Archive for September, 2009

Skybanner for Jaebom

This is indeed ambitious but you gotta admit that it is a good idea. Scratch that, it is a terrific idea.

The sky banner will be flown at 2-4 pm in Seattle, Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds on the 28th.

It will look like this:

And if you’re wondering if Jaebom will be able to read the message, well, the ones spearheading this project said that they know people, who know people, who know Jay who will ensure that he will get to read the message on the banner.

Donation is still needed and that’s why I’m posting this on my blog. If you are willing to do so, then go here.

I’m not a 2PM fan however, how can I pass up something as big as this?

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A lot of people know about G-Dragon’s Heartbreaker having similarities to Flo Rida’s Right Round and Sony already sent warning letters to YG regarding it.

However, there’s another issue brewing up. 2NE1’s famous I Don’t Care is accused of having similarities to Lionel Richie’s Just Go. I haven’t heard of the song before so when I listened to it I was surprised.

First off, I love the song. Just Go is just good. Of course, we all know that Lionel Richie’s got a very good voice and his collaboration with Akon fits.

The video is getting so many views already in youtube because people are in a hurry to compare if there are indeed similarities. 2NE1’s diehard fans are very quick to say that the song is definitely nothing like I Don’t Care.

Of course what do you expect? That everything is the same? Definitely not. But jeez, people, what’s wrong with your ears? For some reason, I can definitely hear similarities. (And I’m not the only one, too bad.)

Wait, I guess before I get stoned down, I must tell you guys that I do love 2NE1 but I’m not blind, (or deaf for that matter).

At around 00:50 sec, when he starts to sing the chorus (So you can just chill and clear your head…), you’ll definitely hear it. Even the part (I just want us to go go go) sounds a slower version of I don’t care eh eh eh eh part.

But like I said, it’s only the chorus that sounds alike. And for me, that’s very little. G-Dragon’s song is more glaringly obvious. I guess it’s up to the songwriters or the court (or whoever is in the authority) to decide whether or not the songs are plagiarized.

Oh, you can also compare it yourself. Too bad I can’t embed the MV here. But oh well, watch the video here.

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Finally! Seung Gi’s MV for Let’s Break Up is out. This song is his title song for his fourth album, Shadow.

God, am I so damn glad that he is back as a singer. Though I tremendously enjoyed his amazing performance in Shining Inheritance, I still miss his voice. He is one of the best solo singer and balladeer in Korea. (And for me he is the best male solo singer, okay?)

And thank God, he wasn’t beaten up in this video. LOL.

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The two giant tv networks in the Philippines are remaking two another popular Korean dramas. ABS-CBN had previously remade My Girl and Only You while GMA remade My Name is Kim Sam Soon and All About Eve.

Due to the success of these remakes, each station is  now going for another remake. ABS-CBN is remaking Lovers In Paris, the successful SBS series back in 2004. This show won the Baeksang award for best television drama in 2005. It was also very successful in the Philippines with the drama placed in the primetime slot having the highest rating of 39.7%.

The Philippine remake stars award winning actor Piolo Pascual and KC Concepcion as Han Ki Joo and Kang Tae Young. However, to make the names ear-friendly and easy to Filipinos, they were changed to:

Han Ki Joo – Carlo

Kang Tae Young – Vivian

Yoon Soo Hyuk – Martin

The series will premiere on September 28 in ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida (primetime slot in the Philippines.)

On the other hand, GMA remakes another successful SBS series, Stairway to Heaven. This tv series is already airing on a  primetime slot in GMA.

This show stars Dingdong Dantes and Rhian Ramos. Like in Lovers in Paris, the names are also changed.

Cha Song Joo – Cholo

Han Jung Suh / Kim Ji Soo – Jodi / Jenna

Han Yoo Ri – Eunice

Han Tae-Hwa / Han Chul-soo – Tristan / Charlie

I wonder if anyone will post subbed videos online.

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Since I’ve just finished Shining Inheritance, I really wanted more of Lee Seung Gi. So, I was scouring Youtube and then I found out that he actually joined 1N2D. This is more than amazing, Lee Seung Gi on a variety show! I so miss seeing him in a variety show.

I was not disappointed. These clips are proofs. That’s why I love variety shows. They’re so much fun.

First: This is the best clip. I was laughing so hard. Ho Dong and Ji Won was so good in manipulating Seung Gi that he actually said those words at the end. It was so funny.

Second best clip. Lee Seung Gi teaches his two co-stars basic Math and English.

His debut in 1 Night 2 Days

It’s also a bonus that Kang Ho Dong is in this show. My favorite MCs are him and Yoo Jae Suk.I think I’m gonna watch this show religiously from now on. Thank God, someone’s subbing it.

All videos are credited to riddlebox2001@youtube.

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I’m so torn between hating this trailer and liking it. I guess a lot of my friends already know that I am a DIEHARD Sherlock Holmes fan. When I first heard of Guy Ritchie making a new Sherlock Holmes movie, I was literally jumping around and yelling my lungs out because I was too happy. You see the last Sherlock Holmes movie was back in 1988 and that was a comedic twist on the real Holmes story. On the other hand, Basil Rathbone’s Holmes ended in 1946 with Dressed to Kill.

So upon hearing this amazingly good news last year, I was totally excited. Another plus factor was Robert Downey, Jr. casted as my favorite detective. I don’t know how he’ll fare as Holmes but I really like him in Iron Man, so I was already curious.

These past months, I wasn’t that much updated about the movie. But earlier I watched the trailer which was actually released months ago.

Honestly, I don’t know how to react to the trailer. As a movie viewer, the trailer was awesome and it made the movie looked promising. It’s entertaining and it appears that a lot of things are going on. It was exciting and Downey was both gorgeous and ridiculous at the same time. The movie looks fun.

However, I am not just an ordinary moviegoer. I am a SHERLOCK HOLMES FAN. I am someone who:

  • read all 4 novels and 56 short stories featuring him (I even make sure to read The Hound of the Baskervilles at least once every year),
  • someone who watched all the movies and tv series I could get my hands on,
  • someone who joined his international fanclubs,
  • someone who tried very hard to learn his Science of Deduction,
  • someone who feels extreme joy at the mere mention of his name in any book, tv series or movie,
  • someone who decided to watch House, MD (and fell in love with it) because Gregory House is a medical Sherlock Holmes and;
  • someone who endures more than 700 chapters of Detective Conan because Shinichi Kudo’s favorite detective is Sherlock Holmes.

I am that and more.

So, if I’m going to look at this movie in that perspective. I would say I was definitely disappointed. This was not Sherlock Holmes at all. I mean, I understand the need to make it modern but jeez, do they have to ruin the character up to such degree? There’s a lot of action and it looks great but where is the famous clever deduction that Holmes is famous for?

Okay, I know I definitely sound like a total fanatic (which I admit I am) however, I am still going to watch this film. Not because I want to “check it out” but because as fanatic as I am to Sherlock Holmes, I know I need to grow up and be open minded about it. After all, I’ve accepted the fact a long time ago that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is already dead and there will never be another Sherlock Holmes based on Doyle’s perspective. We all know that if they’re not going to make this more action packed then it’s not gonna hit Hollywood.

So even though this is not MY Sherlock Holmes, it is closest to him as I can ever get.

…and Robert Downey, Jr. rocks.

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“I believe you. I like you. I want to have you.”

Also Known As: Chanranhan Yusan/ Brilliant Legacy/ Beautiful Legacy


Han Hyo Joo as Go Eun Sung
Lee Seung Ki as Sun Woo Hwan
Bae Soo Bin as Park Jun Se
Moon Chae Won as Yoo Seung Mi
Ban Hyo Jung as Jang Sook Ja
Kim Mi Sook as Baek Sung Hee
Jun In Taek as Go Pyung Joong

The Plot:

Go Eun Sung’s life is similar to Cinderella’s. After her father died, her step-mother, Baek Sung Hee, took away all of her assets and her younger brother, Eun Woo, suddenly disappears without a trace. Despite this, Eun Sung preservers and works really hard to fulfill her dreams. When the CEO of a food company, Jang Sook Ja, suffers amnesia and can’t remember who she is Eun Sung takes her in. However, Eun Sung does not know that she is the grandmother of Sun Woo Hwan, the man who she switched bags with at the airport. How will their constant bickering lead them to realize that they care more about each other than they let on?

credits: dramawiki


After a long hiatus in watching Asian dramas (I got obsessed with variety shows and mangas) and having so many stalled dramas, I decided to watch this series and I was hooked so I actually finished it.

The plot is like a modern fairytale, and yes, definitely like Cinderella’s (which is my fave fairytale by the way). Her real mother died and her father remarried. Her stepmother appeared to be nice in front of her and her father but when her father “died”, she kicked her and her autistic brother out in the streets. She became poor and lost her brother. She met a kind grandmother who turned out to be a very rich person. However, in this fairy tale, we’ve got two princes. One is a jerk and the another is one of the kindest person I’ve ever seen graced Korean dramas.

Its underlying plot is basic and cliche even. There are some things that seemed illogical however the drama’s attack to this ordinary plot is unexpected.There were so many things happening at the same time but it didn’t gave the audience an overwhelming feeling because everything just fits. It’s like an intricate web of single events that is no matter how complex, the effect is just one.

I was pretty surprised that this series actually has 28 episodes. This is the longest Korean drama that I’ve ever watched. When I checked the number, I was actually a bit skeptic as to whether I have the patience to finish it.

However, I was already hooked during the very first episode. The car chase completely won me over. Haha.

Last thing, this is the very first subbed drama  that I’ve watched with my mom. She really doesn’t like watching dramas in their original language because she’s not used to reading subtitles. Also, whenever she watches TV, she has to be doing something else, whether it is housework or poring over some documents. But well, she watched this one, not all episodes but yeah, she tried.


Han Hyo Joo as Go Eun Sung: I love her character. Eun Sung not only has a kind heart but she actually has guts. She is not a weak female lead and definitely a refreshing break from other female leads. She knows what’s important to her and she also know how to stand up for herself.  Hyo Joo is a very fetching actress (she actually resembles Song Hye Kyo a bit) but she has definitely come a long way since her Rainbow Romance days. I first appreciated her acting in Spring Waltz where she did a pretty good job. She can definitely act. She’s good in light scenes and she will break your heart when she cries. It’s also amazing how she can have perfect chemistry with the two male leads and grandmother as well.

Lee Seung Gi as Sun Woo Hwan
: I’ve always liked Lee Seung Gi as a singer. I first get to know him in the (amazing) variety show, X-Man but this is the first time I get to see him act. And he can damn act. Omo, he was really good as the jerk Hwan. He was horrible and I feel he was incorrigible. I know he is definitely gonna change later on but I was wondering how they’re gonna do that realistically and whether I’ll actually like him because he was such a douchebag. But I guess the writers did their job very well, Hwan’s transition for the better is slow yet believable. He definitely didn’t change overnight and the process made me like him more. Seung Gi and Hyo Joo definitely looked good together and I hope they’ll have projects soon.

Bae Soo Bin as Park Jun Se: He is my prince!!! How can someone be as perfect as him? He was kind, generous, gentle, and just plain lovable from head to foot. It was pretty unbelievable. However, I love the way his character didn’t change despite Eun Sung turning him down and going with Hwan. You know how nice third wheel guys in Korean dramas changed into cunning men when they get rejected by the person they really love? They will do everything to break up the two who’s destined to be with each other while conniving with the other party. Well, Jun Se didn’t turn that way and I was utmost pleased. It doesn’t mean that he loves Eun Sung less because he didn’t go after her. No, he was definitely heartbroken and disappointed indeed but his love is so pure that when he has already done everything (all good) but the girl still chose another, he decided to let her go. I feel bad for him, nice guys do finish last.

Moon Chae Won as Yoo Seung Mi: The most pitiful character of all and the most sad. Her character is very easy to hate but I can’t seem to hate her fully because she was also a victim of her mother’s wicked ways. She was very lonely from the very start. Her real father isn’t any good and her new father cannot love her completely. She wasn’t close to Eun Sung but she didn’t hate her. She envies her yes, because she also wanted the same attention from her stepfather. But I guess, because she has Hwan and he is her rock, so she didn’t mind very much. However, when her hold on Hwan gets threatened by no less than the person who has everything she wanted, it drove her to allow herself be manipulated by her mother. I think her best moment was when she stopped her mother from jumping off the building in the final ep.

Kim Mi Sook as Baek Sung Hee: I want to mention her because she gave such a terrific performance. It’s amazing how evil she really is, how cunning, how manipulative. It’s scary. She’s so good in conveying messages that will make you believe that it’s the truth. Wow, Kim Mi Sook portrayed this character close to perfection. So formidable.

The other supporting characters are definitely more than forgettable especially grandmother and Eun Sung’s father. Hwan’s family though irritating at times, did their part pretty well. I also adore the second branch workers and Hye Ri, Eun Sung’s friend. And of course, I cannot forget, Go Eun Woo, who is so good in piano and so good in playing a special child. Two thumbs up.

The Soundtrack:

I just finished the drama last night and I haven’t got a chance to look up all the songs used in this drama but a few pieces stick to mind. First is, “Crazily in Love” by Ji Sun. I swear, Ji Sun is such a good singer. She also sang some of my favorite soundtracks in other dramas. Another is “The Person who Lives in My Heart” by Yi Soo (from MC The Max). The first chords of the song sound so much like an OST from Lovers in Paris. “Love is Punishment” by K.Will is also a good insert song. And of course, since Lee Seung Gi is here and he is a singer, we will hear some of his songs. I really love “Will You Marry Me?” I get giddy whenever I hear it. Also, in the noraebang part, Manager sang Seung Gi’s first song when he was still 17, “Because You’re My Woman.” It’s pretty amazing how his voice changed. Compare “Because You’re My Woman” to “Will You Marry Me?” You’ll think that the latter is sang by a younger Seung Gi and the former is sang by an older Seung Gi but it’s actually the other way around.

The Quote:

“I believe in you. I like you. I want to have you.” This was said by Sun Woo Hwan in episode 22 at the bridge. The drama has a lot of good quotes regarding money and life but I choose this one to put at the top. I find it pretty brilliant that he first said I believe you, rather than I like you. It’s like his trust in her is not clouded by his affection for her. He’s not partial because he has feelings for her. So, whether or not he likes her, he still believes in her.

The Ending:

Not gonna spoil the ending for you guys, but all I can say is I was satisfied though I must admit that I was left craving for more. But the whole final episode was heartwarming.


It’s really no wonder why this drama beat Boys Over Flowers in the ratings game. Shining Inheritance is a pretty amazing drama. Their take on the typical plot is good. It has a nice combination of laughs and tears, of heartaches and triumphs. I’m happy that my comeback (sort of) review is this drama. Highly recommended!

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