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Life without the clumsiness and savagery

June 30, 2009

Family Outing has really got to me bad. I’m so in love with the show. I love the family, their bonding, their closeness. It’s really ashame that it has to end. The show will continue without Park Yejin and Lee Chunhee, but the illusion of the family that I have loved is over. What can we do? Nothing is forever.

I already said what I want to say in my previous posts. This article is just to share the english sub of episode 52 (the farewell episode). It’s really sad. Goodbyes are never easy. Here’s the first part of the episode. Just browse the author’s channel for the other parts.

By next week, the replacement of Yejin and Chunhee will join the family. I’m really wondering how the two will fit in the family or if they’ll fit at all. Also, will the fans accept them? I remember the time when Won Bin left FT Island. His replacement receive lots of hate from die hard fans of the original FT Island. The same thing might happen with Family Outing. The show have generate a lot of followings. I hope things would be better than I expect. I will really miss them.

For the last time, Park Yejin and Lee Chunhee.

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A Scandal in the Making?

June 30, 2009

Fan girls are very much familiar with ‘Mnet Scandal’. For those who don’t know, it’s a show where a celebrity is paired up with a fan and they both pretend to be a couple for a week. The first time I found out about the show was with 2pm’s Nichkhun episode. I don’t know if there was any episode before him.

I saw the episode. Actually, it was the only episode I watched. The premise of the show isn’t really that interesting. I’ve seen better shows in MTV. I think the only reason the show is getting the attention it has been receiving is because of the attitude of the fans. Korean fans can be crazily possessive. And that’s what make this show fun for me. It’s not what the show gives but what the fans react to that makes the show worth making.

FT Island’s Hongki went next after Nichkhun. There wasn’t much hype to his episode as much there was with Nichkhun’s. I have a theory to it though. 2pm is an idol group while FT Island is a band. From what I know, there are more crazy fan girls in an idol group than with a band. FT Island fans are more diverse in gender.

A week ago, Mnet found another idol to help break the hearts of fans. Again a 2pm member. I found out about this actually through seoulbeats. Ellie was so pissed because Mnet got Taecyeon a girl. I really like Ellie. She’s very transparent and animated. She even threatened Mnet not to put Jaebeom on the show. Anyway, blogs were bombarded with fan girls crazy comments. I haven’t really seen the episode, but from what I heard, Taecyeon was very comfortable with the girl. Maybe the girl is the girl. He did say he wants to get married when he’s 27.

And now, Mnet’s new target are the I ams. Pictures of 2am’s Seulong and Jo Kwon has recently surfaced. I’m really interested in Jo Kwon’s episode. He seems gay. But then again, he is Korean. Guys are okay to be feminine like him and yet still be straight.

I’m really excited who’ll Mnet get next. DBSK and Bigbang are definitely impossible because of their promotional activities in Japan. Unless, they bring the girl in Japan for a whole week or they’ll choose a Japanese girl to be in the scandal. I highly doubt these are options since Mnet isn’t that well off like KBS, MBC, and SBS. Well, judging from the stage of their music program.

If Mnet people are smart, they’ll get a 2pm or a Super Junior member. No doubt, the two are the hottest boy bands in Korea today, with Bigbang, DBSK, and I think SS501 expanding their popularity to other countries. Well, there’s SHINee but I think they’re too young to be in a relationship as serious as what Mnet’s trying to show. Correct me if I’m wrong with SS501. I think they’re also expanding but I’m not so sure.

I 90% think that it’s gonna be one of these guys who is next.


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SNSD shines us with ‘Genie’

June 30, 2009

SNSD finally released their 2nd mini-album, ‘Genie’. There are six songs in the album with one track being a duet between SNSD’s Jessica Jung and SHINee’s Onew. According to some sources the album is doing great in Korea and that 소원을 말해봐(Genie) and Etude are performing well in the charts. Here’s the track list of the album.

01. 소원을 말해봐(Genie)
02. Etude
03. 여자친구(Girlfriend)
04. 남자친구(Boyfriend)
05. 동화(My Child)
06. 1년 後(One Year Later)

The album is just okay I think. Very typical for an SNSD album. ‘Etude’ is actually the only one good. Well, for my taste it’s the only one worth listening to. It was one of those song that you’ll see yourself in it. I mean if there would be a music video, your everyday life would be it. Well, the melody gave me that feeling. I don’t know yet what the song means.

‘Genie’ is their title track but it didn’t have the catchiness that of ‘Gee’. Or maybe I was just expecting something upbeat. Honestly, the only song of SNSD that I like is ‘Gee’. According to wikipedia they have released several songs already, ‘Into the New World’, ‘Girls’ Generation’, ‘Kissing You’, and ‘Baby, Baby’. I tried to listen to these songs but I’m not really feeling them. The songs, including Genie, are just so gender bias. Maybe that’s why I like Wonder Girls more. In Korea guys singing and dancing to SNSD’s songs might be okay but going outside of Korea, the guy doing it would have social problems.

Another thing, I thought I would understand the album by listening to the songs, but apparently not. I still can’t get why they use the military theme? I would have understood if they dressed up as belly dancers. The album doesn’t sound military. Maybe it’s a Korean thing.


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