Archive for June, 2010

June 28, 2010

Does Pricking Your Finger Actually Work?

by staples

So you know how in Korean dramas, whenever someone gets indigestion they take out a humongo needle and stab at thumbs? Well, my stomach was hurting today and  my niece came over. Co-drama-nut as she is, she insisted we give it a shot. She was ready to go, but we quickly began to argue over exactly what the steps were and where the actual pricking should be. So, we looked it up, and voila!

http://kimchimamas.typepad.com/kimchi_mamas/2007/03/sick_find_yours.html

On this site, we found pretty good instructions on how to get about it. We went through the back-thumping, arm massaging, and thumb tying steps. . . but there was still a problem. My niece and I argued briefly on the location of the “nail bed”: I thought it as directly beneath the tip of the nail because I swear I saw that in a drama once, but my niece said it was behind the nail near the cuticle. She was able to cite a specific drama, so she won.

So now I’m sitting here. The pain has eased somewhat, though I now have a nerve-like pain between the eyes. We’ll see. I doubt I drew enough blood.

June 8, 2010

New Blog: Citra Music

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Do you like stuffing your music player with songs from all over? I’m not just talking Korean, but Japanese, Indonesian, and maybe even *gasp* American songs? Citra Music is a place to download the discography of your favorite artists from all over the place. Now, don’t get me wrong–I’m not advocating you download the songs, not buy the album, and then starve your favorite artist of his bread and water. I’m saying that if you don’t know the discography of, say, Big Bang, or if someone says “Epik High is so cool!” and you don’t know what their talking about, here’s what you do: go to citramusicsite.wordpress.com, click on the artist you want to look at in the sidebar and say “Hey, now I know what songs they have.” Then you can either listen to the songs on Youtube or download the album from the site. But read this next line closely, this is Staples wagging a weary finger at you: don’t leave your favorite artist high and dry–support them! You can buy albums on yesasia.com, amazon (occasionally) and lots of new Korean and Mandarin artists are finding their way onto iTunes in the US store as well! (Found a couple Nicky Lee albums there the other day–so excited!)

June 8, 2010

Soulmate Review

by staples

LEE SOO KYUNG, SHIN DONG WOOK, CHOI PHILLIP, SA KANG, JANG MI IN AE

A very good drama recommended by Dramabeans. It’s very different, yet very touching. They essentially trace the story of a relationship that is meant to be from before the beginning onwards. What’s great is that they analyze a relationship from both the guy’s and the girls’ perspective.  Anyway, mix the goofy adorability of You’re Beautiful with the maturity and thoughtfulness of QSS along with Coffee Prince’s soundtrack and you have Soulmate. Not at all

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June 8, 2010

Que Sera Sera Review

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From left to right: LEE KYU HAN, YOON JI HYE, ERIC MOON, JUNG YOO MI

Amazingly deep. Definitely not for the casual drama viewer.

ACTING: The point of this drama was to be good, probably with the intention that enjoyability should follow. The acting was very good, there was a lot of energy between the characters. In addition, though this is more kudos to the writers, but the characters themselves were very realistic.

PLOT: Loved it, up until what was to me a rather lukewarm ending. Rumors have been circulating about the ending being a fantasy sequence, but watching it, I never imagined that for an instant. So I’m going to continue believing that the ending was the ending. There’s a lot of angst and a couple

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June 6, 2010

You’re Beautiful Review

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You're Beautiful

ACTORS: JANG GEUN SUK, PARK SHIN HYE, LEE HONG KI, JUNG YONG HWA

Oh my goodness. This is probably one of the best dramas out there. If you don’t realize its intent, you can mistake it as shallow k-pop mainstream crap, but it’s not. The point of You’re Beautiful is to make fun of typical mainstream Korean culture by parodying it. The greatest thing, though, is that they’ll set up these situations so that you start thinking “wow. that looks exactly like Korean Drama Cliche #2.” But then,

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