September 11, 2010

Dramawear!

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It’s not something I spread around the drama-circles, but I love making handmade jewelry. A while ago I set up an etsy shop. (Etsy is essentially amazon for handmade goods) But I haven’t really been able to think of a successful concept. So I wanted to see if people would be interested in an etsy store with drama-based handmade goods. Like a “My GF is a Gumiho” necklace, or a handmade pig-rabbit (I’ve made a couple already. Takes forever.) So please take the following poll and let me know what you guys think!

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September 5, 2010

Park Shin Hye in a Taiwanese Drama!

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George HuPark Shin Hye

That’s right, everyone! Park Shin Hye is going to be co-starring with George Hu in GTV‘s upcoming drama: an adaptation of the manga “Hayate the Combat Butler” (旋風管家). Okay, just looking at the title you’ve got me sold. The manga’s genre is, Continue reading

August 24, 2010

2ne1 US Debut!

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That’s right, people! 2NE1, the 4-girl Korean pop group is planning to debut in the United States.  And guess who’s planning to produce them? Continue reading

August 18, 2010

[Update:release date!] Nicholas Teo in a New Drama!

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[UPDATE]: According to CpopAccess’s article (linked below), The drama is scheduled to premiere on Sunday September 19th at 10 pm. Any guesses as to when Viikii will be done translating it?

That’s right folks! Nicholas Teo, the star of the wonderful, adorable, Smiling Pasta and Invincible Shan Bao Mei (which I have yet to finish-darn slow fansubbers), is going to be in a new drama come September! Continue reading

August 16, 2010

Hi My Sweetheart Episodes 4-8 part II

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I thought that doll was a good place to leave off.

When BCJ finally wakes up again, she asks her mom about Da Lung. Mom tells her all about the England business and when Bai Chu Jie gets upset about it, Mom yells too. “Everything I’ve done for you is your own good!” She yells. But Bai Chu Jie is tired of this. Continue reading

August 12, 2010

Hi My Sweetheart Episodes 4-8 part I

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I feel terrible. I left all of you guys hanging forever! But I’m back, and instead of jumping over the episodes I already watched, I’ll give you a brief-ish summary of what’s happened so far. I have the episode 3 recap on my old computer, so it’ll be up in a bit.

Okay, so when we left off, BCJ decides that she’s going to compete in the Miss Sweetheart competition, too. She doesn’t tell Da Lung this, though.  One night, you see Da Lung finishing helping Mo Lee practice. She’s about to ask him to dinner or something when BCJ charges in, grabs him by the arm, and drags him out. Ah, true love. Continue reading

August 10, 2010

PS Man Review

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from top left, going clock-wise: WEN SHENG HAO, BIANCA BAI, LAN CHENG LONG, SONIA SUI

The first Taiwanese drama I’ve seen that goes to 21 episodes, and for some good reasons (I’ll rant about those in a separate post so there aren’t any spoilers here).

ACTING: Lots of people gave Sonia Sui and Bianca Bai crap for their acting (they’re both model-turned-actresses), but I wasn’t too discouraged. I think I’m just bad at discerning bad acting from a weird character. To be honest, I think the roles they played called for weird things. For example: Continue reading

June 28, 2010

Does Pricking Your Finger Actually Work?

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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

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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 Continue reading

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