May 12, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Hi Hello! Gonna try starting a post but I am really super tired from internship (Hell YEAH!) so hardly doubt I will finish today which is May 8th Wednesday. Let’s see how long did I take to post this eventually. And yes, from my title, this post will be rather similar to one of my earlier post that I posted last summer. I am thus doing up 2 different korean variety reviews however, there will not do much comparison since they are both very different shows plus they are at different time slots. Anyway, another thing to note is that both shows are rather new and till date will most likely have around 10+ episodes so yup there’s sure to be plenty of time to catch up on the previous episodes.
The Human Condition – 인간의 조건
(CAUTION: Some descriptions are captured from The Gag Concert, another type of variety show that I will be doing a sole review at a later day.)
The Human Condition is currently one of my must-watch variety shows despite the fact that its a very korean-ish show and I highly doubt my Kpop crazy friends will ever watch it. No idols, not a single one at all, just gagman or what we called comedians and are those really traditional korean comedians. But still its a really good educational variety show that I highly encouraged all to watch just one episode especially from the first mission, which got me hook to it. The Human Condition is a variety show under the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) and is currently aired every Saturday at KST 11.25pm. It has screened its pilot project on November 24th, 2012 but has only officially debuted on February 16th, 2013. The variety shows has six regular hosts/comedians and are as followed listed by seniority. First, the awkward elderly where at times is just so weird but there is no doubt that given his experiences in the entertainment industry made him one of the best comedian for now – Park Sung-Ho 박성호. Followed by, Park ‘best’ friend who runs an entertainment company but has a heart of an evil child whom just love to fool around with his dongsengs – Kim Joon-Ho 김준호. Our dearest Madam Jeong from Gag Concert, with the most brotherly character – Jung Tae-ho 정태호. The very famous korean standard pig of all times – Kim Joon-Hyun 김준현. My ultimate biased korean flower boy comedian whom is the true representative of short guys (Keke ) - Heo Kyung-Hwan 허경환. And last but not least, our country bumpkin Yang Mommy – Yang Sang-Gook 양상국. Together, these six are being deprived of a certain necessities for a week and this is how the show goes. For now, they have taken up 4 missions (1) Living without Phone/Internet/TVs, (2) Living without trash, (3) Living without car and (4) Living without money. And there is no doubt, the first mission is still the most entertaining of all as it certainly have reflected how we have living these recent years with so many gadgets around us, keeping us company basically every single seconds that we no longer take a sit back and enjoy what’s around us or perhaps appreciate the beauty of these gadgets. Nevertheless, given the nature of these six hosts (they are all KBS Gag Concert regular casts), there is most definitely never ending fun and laughter in the show. In fact, it is worrying in the beginning that the boys will be too busy trying to out-funny each other that there will be no one left to host the show! But, putting a team that has already known each other for years and meet each other nearly every day even without the show, the chemistry is there which helps to bring the show to a different level from the start as there no need to have those getting-to-know each other days and whether the group can function as a team. However, their latest mission, living without money was alittle disappointing as money is a very sensitive issue in my opinion and is by far the most challenging mission which is why the team seem to be losing the momentum in second episode but I will be still watching on!
Daddy, Where Are You Going? - 아빠! 어디가?
The second variety show that I will be discussing about its Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) plan to save their dying sunday golden variety show timeslot. Daddy, Where Are You Going is currently one of the up and rising variety shows that has not only made its name that big in Korea but across Asia too with simply only 10 episodes. Daddy, Where Are You Going has debuted on January 6th, 2013 and is currently airing every Sunday at KST 4.55pm. The concept of the show is really simple as its basically a replicate of all other real variety shows where the regular cast will head out of the city and stayed in the countryside area for 2 days 1 night. Along the way, there will be some mission like finding a home and food etc to survive. But what makes this show different is the fact that there don’t just put together a group of artistes and off you go like of thing but instead, they gathered 5 dads and their respective children and off they go on the trip to discover Korea while building on their father-children relationships. This is the main reason why the show is that good cause the concept of family is something that everyone can relate too and with children, it brings out the ‘REAL’ feelings as it not very possible to 100% manipulate them which brings the variety show to a holistic level – fun yet real. Without further ado, I shall introduce our 5 dads and their children as followed by the seniority of the child. Firstly, the eldest kid but yet a cry-baby at heart – Kim Min-Gook 김민국 with its announcer dad Kim Sung-Joo 김성주. A very serious family whom takes almost every single task seriously and is all out to win but luck doesn’t seem to be on their side most of the times. Next, the little pretty flower boy whom I believe has the talent to become the next korean top actor or even an idol – Sung Joon 성준 and his famous actor dad Sung Dong-II 성동일. Joonie is by far the most handsome among the children and is a very independent kid plus I love how the father-son relationship moves from awkward to a much friendly and loving father-son relationship. Damnz they are seriously father and son as they are just so similar! The next kid whom stomach seem to be getting bigger and bigger by the day – Yoon Hoo 윤후 with his singer dad Yoon Min-Su 윤민수. Being the youngest dad, he passes off the friend-friend relationship more as compared to rest of the families and Min-Su has given Hoo a lot of freedom when he comes to food and even chasing girl. FYI, Hoo is really into Ji-Ah. Ji-Ah even mentioned once that she wants to marry Hoo when they grown up. Moving on, we have the one and only girl in the group the little princess Song Ji-Ah 송지아 with her national soccer dad Song Jong-Gook 송종국, and this soccer dad is just a 24hour Dad whom simply love and adore his little baby girl. And lastly, my favourite father-son as this little boy is just so 4D that it never fails to make me laugh and want a kid like him – Lee Jun-Su 이준수 with his charming actor dad Lee Jong-Hyuk 이종혁, this family is really my ideal simply because I love the way how the two interacts! Jun-Su is such a playful and entertaining kid that can bring joy to you nearly every day and his dad simply just plays along although at times, he does step in to tell Jun-Su what’s right and wrong. On the whole, the show has the winning card as who’s mind seeing how the father interact with its kids! Youngsters like me will adore the cuteness of the kid, those unwed couples may get hitch the let’s get married, married couples will be prompt to have a baby or going for another one and the elderly folks this is already their cup of tea seeing how heart-warming father-children can be. Although at times I do feel the kids do not really catch the variety feel, in the end somehow it will still catches me back and prompt me to watch it again next week!
Okay, that’s pretty much the 2 newly variety shows I have intended to introduce. And to end off my post, I am gonna post a clip from one of my those on-off variety show but its really entertaining at times. MBC Infinity Challenge 무한도전- One Day More (Les Miserable). Enjoy and may you have a great day ahead!
April 24, 2013 § Leave a Comment
In exactly 12 hours, I will be done with my final paper and officially done with my second year in University! Time sure flies and its gone before you knew it! I am officially at the half-way mark of my University life and it feels so good Really damn good.
As usual nothing really special happen this semester, really nothing special. But okay perhaps meeting Professor Catherine Kuen .. wellz, SHE IS JUST SO COOL. Hahaha. Best Professor ever and I really learnt alot and have so much fun/entertainment under her teaching. How I wish all the professors can be like her and studying will be so much more fun. A rather tough semester I will say as the modules that I have taken wasn’t easy at all but I did enjoy myself. Many many frustrating moments, but I did learn alot and realize/discover a different side of me – someone more grown up and mature that I used to be a few years ago. First time in my life, I started thinking about who and where will I be 5 years down the road (like make plans for it) and not just me in my lives but my family as well since my dad really want to retire soon but my little brother isn’t growing up any faster. LOL. I guess at some point of time we just force ourselves to grow up. But anyway, those are just some random thoughts I have been having lately. Will be staying in this burning hot Singapore this summer as I managed to clinch an internship in a very decent company. No no hardly even traveling. Nevertheless, watch out cause I am pretty certain I will write more often. Ideas, ideas and more ideas popping in my mind now. 궁금해요~? 궁금해요~~? 궁금하면 500원! A quote from my favourite gagman, Heo Gyeong Hwan 허경환 at KBS Gag Concert <개그콘서트> - Dignity of a Flower Beggar <거지의품격>.
Most definitely ending this post off with a song. However, was going through my playlist and I just have to feel that there is a need to put up 2 songs for this post cause its been so long since my last post! (Excuses only ) Firstly, although this has been released about a month plus ago, they are still currently the men that I adore! Infinite – Man in Love <남자가 사랑할 때>.
Secondly, a song by Leessang and Eugene from SeeYa. FYI, Leessang is made up Gil from MBC Infinity Challenge <무한도전> and of course Gray aka Garie from everyone all time favourite SBS Running Man <런닝맨>. LeeSSang – Tears <눈물>.
February 14, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Before I begin, I will like to dedicate this following post to the entire production team of Ah Boys To Men <新兵正传> especially the director Jack Neo and the 5 main casts – Joshua Tan, Maxi Lim, Wang Wei Liang, Noah Yap and Tosh Zhang. You guys have inspired me to write this following post.
To summarize the film, Ah Boys To Men <新兵正传> is a 2012–2013 Singaporean two-part comedy film produced, directed and written by Jack Neo along side with Link Sng. The film starring 5 newbies actors as named Joshua Tan aka Ken Chow, Maxi Lim aka Wayang King, Wang Wei Liang aka Lo-Bang, Noah Yap aka IP Man and Tosh Zhang aka Sergeant Ong. It revolves around a group of army recruits in National Service in Singapore. The film consists of two cinematic part where the first commercially released on November 8, 2012, and the second on February 1, 2013. In conjunction with the Ministry of Defence’s 2012 NS45 campaign – From Fathers to Sons, it is meant to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Singapore’s National Service. Ah Boys To Men is the first local film to be released in two parts and the first to film in Pulau Tekong. Part one’s box office revenue alone made it the highest-grossing Singaporean film of all time. As shown in video above, it is the theme song for Ah Boys To Men Part 1.
OH YES!! It has been such a long awhile since a good Singapore local made film has been released. Jack Neo is certainly a talented and true bloom Singaporean. I simply love how he sees Singapore in the most Singaporean Style and films them all down so that our future generation can see it somedays. Anyway, to be exact, the last Singapore local made film that I truly enjoyed very much was The Great Great World <大世界> produced in 2011. Oh well, being a Singaporeans myself, I guess I have to show my support to local films especially those really good ones that are worth a mention. Kekeke
To start, shouts out to all non-Singaporeans out there first, welcome to Singapore where army is a big big B-I-G thing. In Singapore, all-able men at the age of 18 have to serve what we called National Services (NS) for about 22 to 24 months, followed by I-don’t-really-know how many years exactly of Reservist Services (RS). There is absolutely no way you can avoid this and if you really do, there is a heavy fine awaiting you and the giving up of Singapore citizenship rights. Being a current Singapore Youth myself, I have indeed watched my guy friends dragged themselves into army while we as ladies carry on with our education. Wellz, if you really want to find out more about the National Service, this film is just the one for you! Pictures are certainly much better than my wordy explanation. The film has indeed done a wonderful job depicting how it is like to be an army boy in Singapore. Although the casts are rather young and newbies actors, Director Neo has done a pretty decent job in guiding them and driving this film to success. Here, I will like to mention two newbies that caught my attention whom are most definitely Joshua Tan aka Ken Chow (who so happened is my friend’s cousin! WOW!) and Tosh Zhang aka Sergeant Ong. Joshua being the main lead where the whole story center around him, has definitely put in his utmost effort in acting his role. Great job done in expressing his emotions and body languages as an actor. Being the main of the main cast, I guess most of the success of the show has to be credited to him somehow right? As for Tosh Zhang, Mr Sergeant Ong, I salute you cause you really make your role shine so brightly that at times you just make the film that great! I truly really adore Sergeant Ong alot even though half the time he was simply screaming and yelling his head off! Hahaha
Anyway, that’s not exactly my main motive for writing this post. As infer from my title, what really inspires me from the film is watching how much Singapore have developed since 1965 when we first gained independence. The times when our forefathers emigrated over to Singapore to now where we all stand strong and fighting for our every rights as a Singaporean. This could be seen in the commotion that was created when the government passed the white paper to forecast and have Singapore’s population to increase up to 6.9million with the influx of “foreign talents”. From emigrants that came from different part of Asia to true Singaporeans where we stand to protect our uniqueness. In short, from Emigrants to Singaporean (adapted from Ah Boys To Men). In line with the theme of the show, I will like to thanks all Singaporeans men past, present or the future who sacrificed 2 years of their life to protect the land we called home while the ladies “selfishly” went ahead with our education. Lastly, what touches my heart closely is seeing how beautiful Singapore is now. With all the skyscrapers, touches of green splatted everywhere and the uniqueness of Singapore’s high rising HDB flats (our housing estate), Singapore is by all means MAGNIFICENT. As a youth myself and I believe I have mentioned many times in my wordpress is that I always wanted to see the world and never felt enough with just Singapore. But under the directing of Jack Neo, he made me pause for that few moments and admire the “inner” beauty of Singapore and shown me that no matter what my dreams are, where my destinations will be, there will be this one very day that I should and ought to return back to Singapore, the island I called home. I don’t really know about you but I am and I will be always – proud to be a Singaporean.
Thank you Mr Jack Neo for this film.
Thank you Joshua, Maxi, Wei Liang, Noah and Tosh for giving up some part of your lives to make this film happen.
PS. off to catch the next movie, Beautiful Beautiful BEAUTIFUL CREATURES!!
January 7, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Hello peeps! Okay, I have been procrastinating for 7 days before I started on this new year post. Not because I was plain lazy, but I was just thinking really hard and deep about exactly what’s do I want 2013 to be before I start writing this post (Like starting the year right). Every year, we will always tell ourselves the same old resolutions that by the time we get to December 31st, we most likely have forgotten what we had wished for. And I don’t want my 2013 be that usual year cause its isn’t going to be. I am turning into this special age this year that allows me legally to do anything and I no longer need my parents’ consents. So 2013 will be a special year and I am going to make it come true. I initially wanted to share my resolutions here but on a second thoughts, I am sorry but I decided to keep it private cause some of these resolutions are very closed to my heart.
Anyway, thanks you for everyone that have been part of life in 2012 cause you guys have made my year really special especially my vancouver pals and my international friends in my ASEAN-India trip. Not to forgot those good friends that have been in my life for like 8/9 years and counting or those university friends that I have been recently. THANK YOU Now, let’s put our hands together to welcome 2013!! The year that I will create even more beautiful memories. Shall start getting ready cause school starting tomorrow and I shall make it right this time
A song to kick start the year which is a wish that I have wishing for a while. The destiny that I am believing and waiting.
Girls Generation (SNSD) – I Got A Boy
December 26, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Before I begin, EVERYBODY MERRY MERRY BERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!! YES!! It’s december and this is my favorite time of the year. Not just because it’s the holiday season but I truly adore those snowing scenes and those cold moments being warmed up by a hot chocolate. Oh well, I guess judging from where I am from, snow is impossible as if it really snows, it will be the end of the world. Keke
Finally, I decided to do some blogging as it has been a couple of days since I have been back from India. But I was in no state of mind to do any blogging for the past few days which I shall explain that in a while. As you all have been reading, you should be able to guess what the theme about this post. Yes, its none other than my India 2012 trip!! OMG, the trip was the best I have even had in so many years. Okay, I did claim my summer trip to the west as the best earlier this year but this India trip has just beat all ratings and claimed the number one spot in my heart. There are just 2 simple reasons why this trip is the best I ever had.
1. Being Thankful
The theme for this India trip is called – ASEAN India Youth Exchange 2012. I was not just going for a holiday as throughout the 12 days stayed there, there were plenty of sightseeings and also dozens of industrial visits. Furthermore, I was also able to attend the ASEAN India Car Rally Flag off. But to me, what most important part was to be able to be the one of the 7 Singaporeans representatives for the trip. Carrying the Singapore badge on me for the 12 days made me feel really proud of being a Singaporean and for the first time, I could feel that perhaps there were some ways I could actually help Singapore.
Watching India for the 12 days made me feel very, I must say VERY fortunate that I am a Singaporean. Indeed, India is growing in full force and may soon emerge as one of the world superpowers but there are still way too many slums and beggars on the streets and made me think otherwise as to how or what exactly the India government gonna do with them. People are still peeing on the streets especially men just along the roadsides and the traffic was really bloody terrible horrible vegetable! Nearly everyday, we would be struck in a jam. There were simply no rules on the road. A saying goes “If you can drive in India, you can drive anywhere!” That’s 100% true! However, what made it worse was the Delhi raping incident that occurred during my stay as a girl was rapped and beaten up so badly that was putting her life at stake now. These made me feel extremely unsafe and no way I was heading to India to work anywhere in the near future. The people simply need to be more educated in order to be a more civilized country where each and every one in the country is able to meet their needs and be respected for who they truly are. Nevertheless, India will grow from what I have observed and the world shall continue to embrace the growth of this next superpower.
Another unique point of this trip was meeting people from the 10 ASEAN countries. The experience was something that I cannot explain using words. It was simply magical. Being able to interact with various ASEAN-ians made me understand how my neighboring countries are growing and kinda of me feel sad as I might have visited many other parts of the world but just not the countries next to me but perhaps only Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. These ASEAN-ians made Singapore feel really special as they really respected our country and had so many wonderful praises of how well our country was doing and more. Here, I will like to thank you guys for thinking highly of Singapore and I promise, I will visit their countries, all 10 ASEAN in the next 10 years.
Lastly, thank you National Youth Council (NYC) of Singapore for nominating me – an average Singaporean to be able to participate in such a important exchange programme and I promise I will be a better citizen and serve my duties diligently as a Singaporean.
Moving on to my second reason, I have to sigh first cause it has been 4 days since I last met him or should I say there is a high chance I will never meet him again. In movies, we always watch people finding love while on a holiday and tell ourselves how untrue this can be. Seriously before I left for the trip, a close friend of mine told me that she had this feeling that I would meet someone on the trip which I simply just laughed off saying in 12 days I would meet someone, you ought to be kidding. But true enough I did. I really did. I met someone that made me feel so special in just 3 days. Everything just fall into place and first time in my life, without knowing much about the other party, I could feel the connection. These 3 days were the best present I had for a long while. All started from adding each other on Facebook, random talks on the way, Kingdom of Dream, Momo Cafe and lastly at the airport … why are you not a Singaporean? Just why can’t you be a Singaporean? I had been asking me this question many times. For the first time in my life, I really thought of giving up all my dreams for you. But this is no dream, I am now in my reality world. Thank you very much for making me believe that love can happen anywhere and everywhere. Everything just fall into place naturally. No stress. No pressure. No panic. Although I really missed you for the past few days, I know I have to let you go cause there are just way too many uncertainties and unknowns between us. Basically, I don’t even know the real you from where you are from. Right now, I need to be really rational and grab some sense. I am sorry but the best way to do it is to delete all memories of you or I may lose control of myself. So till the day, if we even meet again … Goodbye.
P.S. I am off to Bangkok to celebrate the new year!! Thanks daddy and mummy for the trip!! I really needed another short break away from reality before another semester of fighting gonna to start!!
P.S.S Thank you to my friends who are currently in Europe now for getting me the mini Venice house that I have been wanting to have for a long long while
November 20, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Here’s another quick post before I am hitting my books again. Some songs that are worth a recommendation.
1. Little Things – One Direction
This is a super nice song which is why girls all around the world drool over these boys cause they are really good in terms of their voices and their looks. Kekeke
2. In the Heaven – JYJ
One reason why I can’t bear myself to like the current DBSK cause JYJ is indeed a better group in terms of being a musicians. Their voice is a perfect masterpiece. Never understand how SM Entertainment bear to let them go. Shout out to Running Man only female Song Ji Hyo – Mong Ji!
3. 60 Seconds – Infinite Kim Sung Gyu
Fresh from the oven as it’s only release yesterday. Mr Sung Gyu, the stage is all yours for this week music programs and that red hair looks freaking cool that it matches you perfectly.