Pop Culture & Society
Swimmer Park Tae-hwan awash in congratulations
by | August 10, 2008 | 23 Comments
As we know, Koreans sure have a fierce sense of cultural pride (sometimes to uncomfortably myopic degrees). So it’s no big surprise that all are elated with Olympic gold medalist Park Tae-hwan‘s win in the 400m freestyle on August 10. In about the half-day since he’s won the medal, his... More »

Celebrity News
A kiss for good luck
by | August 10, 2008 | 3 Comments
Bada donates a kiss in the name of the “Love’s Magic Kiss Relay” campaign on August 10 in Seoul’s Myungdong district. The campaign features 11 female stars (also Hyori, Seo In-young, Sohn Tae-young, Solbi, Hwangbo, Shin Bong-seon, Wang Bit-na, Ahn Hye-kyung, Ha Yumi, Choi Eun-kyung) donating their lipstick kisses (made... More »

Celebrity News
‘Fro my goodness
by | August 9, 2008 | 20 Comments
Are all the stylists in Korea on vacay or something? What the frak is going on with stars these days? I mean, why would you style yourself like this, above, when you normally look like this? Lee Seon-kyun attends the 2nd Korea Youth Film Festival on August 9. Oh, honey.... More »

Celebrity News
Han Ji-hye’s Olympic “Friends”
by | August 9, 2008 | 19 Comments
On August 9, actress Han Ji-hye took her place in front of the mic at Intersound recording studio in Seoul. She was there to sing the (or should I say one of many) Olympic theme song “Friends” with a guy identified merely as “Chinese star William.” (Using those details, I’ve... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Da-hae extends role as kimchi girl
by | August 9, 2008 | 8 Comments
Looks like Lee Da-hae has done so well hawking the Samsung-brand Hauzen kimchi refrigerator that they’re extending her contract with her another year, bringing her total time serving as brand model to three years. As the face of Hauzen, she has capitalized on her cute, lively image, popularized the “asahk... More »

Celebrity News
Wedding plans continue for Kwon Sang-Woo
by | August 8, 2008 | 10 Comments
Kwon Sang-woo is taking a cue from popular variety-show host Yoo Jae-seok in planning his upcoming nuptial proceedings. With only a month and a half till he ties the knot with Sohn Tae-young (retract those claws, ladies), he’s adopting the same rules for the Big Day that Yoo engaged for... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #42
by | August 8, 2008 | 38 Comments
  (This is actually the model daughter of female former basketball star Park Chan-sook — silver medalist at 1984’s Olympic games — who’s just made a CF deal with SK Telecom. But I just like the shirt.) Cuz the T-shirt message is awesome: SONG OF THE DAY Tristan Prettyman –... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Pageant drama!
by | August 8, 2008 | 17 Comments
Ooh, more Miss Korea drama. (There’s always drama surrounding a Miss Korea pageant, isn’t there? Or, I suppose, any pageant.) First there was all that shrewish chatter that winner Na Ri wasn’t pretty enough. Now, Kim Hee-kyung, one of the recent finalists (Miss Korea mi, or 미), is facing some... More »

Drama Casting & News
Painting in the Wind
by | August 7, 2008 | 10 Comments
It might just be me, but I find it hilarious that Park Shin-yang sports glasses in his new role in the sageuk drama The Painter of Wind. No doubt glasses were in existence back in the Joseon era, but still, did they fear that adoring fans wouldn’t recognize Park without... More »

Celebrity News
Pretty people looking… not so pretty, actually
by | August 7, 2008 | 51 Comments
I don’t usually comment on fashion, usually because I don’t care enough about what makes fashion “good” or “trendy” or “cutting-edge.” But I DO know bad fashion when I see it, and while I was scrolling through a bunch of the latest photos hitting the (internet) wire, I was taken... More »

Drama Casting & News
Red-hot and ready for a Love Marriage
by | August 7, 2008 | 8 Comments
Kim Min-hee poses in red for a scene in the upcoming KBS rom-com series Love Marriage. This recent shoot took place in a club in Seoul’s trendy Apgu neighborhood, wherein Kim wore clothing and accessories totaling a cost of 25 million won, or approximately $25,000. Apparently the fashionista actress handles... More »