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Vlog Entry #12: Student Video Projects

In another post I explain a little bit more about how these awesome videos came into the world. So if you want to learn more, you can check that out. Othewise I’ll just get out of your way and let you enjoy yourself!

A comedic introduction to some of the sports students practice at my school.

 


MICA Bids Farewell to Superstar K

I could not watch the episode of Supertstar K6 last Friday, but the outpouring of negative reactions from Filipinos in South Korea that I have read on Facebook was enough for me to conclude that MICA was eliminated from the show. My first reaction was, “Why so soon?” I was expecting the group to stay a bit longer and at least make it to Top 3, but I suppose my husband was right. He told me from Day 1 of the live show that no matter how great the girls are as singers, they will most probably not win the contest because at some point, they will be asked to render Korean songs from which their elocution will be scrutinized by the judges.


MICA’s First Live Performance on Superstar K6

The sisters are still in! ^^ They got Filipino expats in Korea excited. Facebook walls are mostly about their exhilarating performance tonight. The girls sang “Maria”, original soundtrack of the romantic-comedy “미녀는 괴로워” (200 Pound Beauty). The judges gave them the second highest scores, and mostly positive feedbacks.


Nature Republic’s BB Cream for Men

I saw this BB cream for men while I was shopping for pasalubong (gift) in Nature Republic.


Fellow Pinoys in Korea, Let’s Vote for MICA… ^^

 

Filipina Singing Group MICA: Part of Superstar K6’s Top 11

And the Winner of “K-Pop Now” is…

Hello, everyone!


“Discover-Korea-in-your-country” Contest

With the increase in the popularity of K-pop, K-drama and almost everything Korean, it isn’t surprising to see snippets of South Korean culture anywhere in the world.


Win Copies of K-POP Now by Tuttle Publishing

Based on the awesome response of our previous giveaway contest we are encouraged to come up with a new giveaway contest for the book K-POP Now by Mark James Russell. This book is published by Tuttle Publishing and this time they will be giving away not 3, but 5 copies of K-POP Now to anyone who will answer 3 simple questions about K-POP.

Tell us in the comment section below your answer for the following 3 questions.


I’m Back and I’m Giving away a K-Pop Book! ^^

K-Pop Book Giveaway Winner! (K-Pop Now!)

It was a lot of fun reading through the 130+ entries for the free K-Pop book, “K-Pop Now!”, which is offered by the folks over at Tuttle Publishing. Many great answers from people who are clearly K-Pop fans.
I enjoyed reading through the answers and getting down to the best was quite difficult. Without further adieu, here is the winner.

Also, here are some of the great answers I received.


Free K-Pop Book Giveaway Contest (Tuttle Publishing)

Everyone loves the word “FREE”.  I do.

The great folks over at Tuttle Publishing know this and recently contacted me about giving away some great new books that would be of interest to those who love all things Korea and also follow my blog and YouTube channel.

Since the topics I write and vlog about always have to do with Korea in one form or another, giving away books related to Korea seemed like a logical idea.

What better topic for people interested in Korea than K-Pop?! 

The book up for grabs is “K-Pop Now” by Mark James Russell.  Check out the details here.

Here’s how the contest works:


Understanding Psy and Snoop Dogg's "Hangover"

Earlier this week, international sensation Psy debuted his latest release, "Hangover," featuring American rapper Snoop Dogg (er... Lion) on his oft-visited YouTube channel. Responses to the video have been mixed. Some believe the song is just as catchy as his "Gangnam Style," a viral hit that has received over 2 billion views to date. Still others have complained, slamming the video for its incessant product placement and Snoop Dogg's ever-growing tendency to sell out. Either way, "Hangover" is entertaining and paints a rather accurate portrait of Korea's intense drinking culture and famous nightlife (sans all the twerking in gold booty shorts). For those less accustomed to Korean ways, read on to better understand what exactly the duo are doing in the five minute video.

My K-Style Makeover at Jenny House in Cheongdam-dong

Over the past decade, Korea has gained a reputation for being one of the top beauty destinations of the world. Anyone who has strolled the streets of Seoul would probably agree that Koreans are some of the most beautiful, well put-together people on earth. It seems that just about everyone- including the men- has flawless skin, perfect hair and an impeccable sense of style. The world has come to realize this through the globalization of Korean dramas, movies and music and as a result, the Korean beauty business is booming, with global exports of the nation's innovative, multi-functional cosmetics increasing exponentially on a daily basis.

Sandara Park in the Philippines

 

Sandara Park in the Philippines

 

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With so little time to do anything productive this month, you’d think I’d find something better to do with myself. I could have studied a language, planned my next trip around Asia, written an article, sponsored a dog, cooked a fantastic meal, exercised, or at least prepared for my day job.

Instead, I arsed around making this here pointless video… enjoy!

 

 


AOA “모야” Moya ~ K-pop Eye Candy

AOA Black  ( meaning Ace of Angels 에이오에이) is a smalled band formed with 5 of the 7 members of the main AOA pop group, Jimin, Choa, Yuna, Youkyung, and Mina.  AOA debuted in 2012 and revived a slew of nominations that year from various  award shows like SBS MTV, Allkpop Awards, Mnet asian music awards etc. with 3 singles peeking on the Korean music charts all within the top 10 range.


Get your music on this summer in Seoul.

I’m all about the music. I am up for any concert, just ask. With only a few days left before I leave (tear tear), lately I’ve been reminicing about all I’ve managed to experience while teaching and living in Korea (Are you ready?). I am amazed at how much I have done in such a short amount of time, especially when I think about all the concerts I’ve attended. It seems like ages ago, but at this time last year I was preparing to witness Lady Gaga’s first and very controvercial world tour stop in Seoul.


Man of the Week: Jaejoong (김재중)



I got an e-mail the other day titled Hyun Bin is hot, but Jaejoong is hotter. While I don't know where my bias would lie, luckily this isn't a zero-sum game. We can just enjoy both of them.

The “Gwiyomi” Craze

 

While “Gangnam Style” is constantly getting more views, which has now reached over 1.486 billion, and


Hallyu Top 10 Android App (Korean Actors, Actresses, & Kpop bands)

The Korean wave or Hallyu refers to the increase in the popularity of South Korean entertainment and culture beginning in the 1990s in Asia, and more recently, in other parts of the world. The wave represents a surge in the international visibility of Korean culture. The term Hallyu was coined in mid-1999 by Beijing journalists surprised at the fast growing popularity of Korean entertainment and culture in China.


Lee Hi 이하이 “It’s Over” ~ K-pop Eye Candy

 

K-pop singer Lee Hi released a new single recently that I just fell in love with on TV and had to feature in a K-pop eyecandy post!

It’s Over” is one of the five tracks that was released for Lee Hi’s first full album “First Love”.


Hey ya’ll! It’s K-Country! Is K-Pop Turnin’ Country to Keep Itself Fresh?

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I hear tell that them folks over there in tha K-pop studios, that’s producin’ all them fine tunes, are gettin’ wise to tha fact that their, ohhh, what’s that word… genre, might be gettin’ a little on tha stale side. They’s a figurin’ that dog just won’t hunt forevuh.

So, looks like they done went and thunk on tryin’ supmtin’ new to give a little life to them tunes they makin’. Country K-pop!

From Time Magazine:


K-Pop and the Future of Korea

Many Westerners who come to Korea to live or to visit quickly write off K-pop, Korea's mainstream music genre, as a cheesy, sugar-coated excuse for entertainment. They see outlandish costumes, boys in heavy eyeliner, and flamboyant choreographed dance moves.  They become annoyed with strange Engrish lyrics and seemingly identical tunes that blare from just about every storefront of the country.  But, what they don't realize is that K-pop is much bigger than skinny jeans and plastic faces.  In fact, K-pop is transforming Korea as the world knows it.

My 2012: While you were busy Googling ‘What is a Gangnam?’…


Top Korean Dramas for the year 2012

 

Originally published on The Korea Guide


Top 10 K-POP Songs from Korea for the year 2012

This year too Google has published the zietgeist for 2012 highlighting the top 10 most searched Korean Pop Songs in South Korea. GANGNAM STYLE tops the list as expected. And songs like Trouble Maker has made it to the list just because of the controversy involved.

IU You and I - KPOP Top Songs 2012


Most Searched People in South Korea for the year 2012

This year too Google has published the zietgeist for 2012 highlighting the top 10 most searched people in South Korea. The list is dominated by females K-POP stars with only two male celebrities making it to the list and one of them is not even a K-POP star. Surprisingly Lee Min Ho does not feature in this list.

Top 10 Most Searched People in South Korea for the year 2012

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27 Popular Romantic Korean Dramas you must watch

If you want to learn Korean, or you are a big Korean Drama fanatic, or you love watching romantic dramas, or it is snowing outside and you are locked in your room with nothing better to do, or you have a Korean boy friend / girl friend, or you want to watch something different yet romantic or you are in love with Korean Culture, or you have heard of hallyu but dont know what it is, or you are just a die-hard fan of lee min ho, or you are just plain getting bored, or you are feeling lonely, or you just had a break up with your boyfriend / girlfriend, or whatever your reason might be, but if you have even the slightest of interest in Korean Culture or Korean Entertainment then here are the top 27 dramas you must watch.

If you are very new to Korean culture and if you find this list overwhelming then we recommend that you watch atleast the top 5 dramas that we have shortlisted and let us know what you think.. And even if that is too much for you then we recommend that you watch at the least ? Coffee Prince ? and we guarantee that you will come back looking for more..korean drama personal-taste - lee min ho

Top 5 must watch Korean Dramas


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