Many Hallyu stars profess to be singers as well as actors, but don’t you love it when a star can’ really’ sing and not just in a noraebang scene?
I just watched My Fair Lady again and I love Yoon Sang Hyun’s voice. So far he’s both, acted and sung theme songs for My Fair Lady and Secret Garden. He’s played the musician Oska in Secret Garden but those songs are his real voice.
The Hawaii Korean Cultural School is starting up their Summer Semester, beginning June 8!
All those who’d like to learn Korean (aka not have to read subtitles when they watch their dramas), raise your hand. The semester will last 6 weeks, each Saturday.
Video of Kim Ji Hun’s arrival into HNL airport Hawaii
After a four hour plane delay in Las Vegas, Wish Upon a Star Korean-drama star, Kim Ji Hun finally arrived into Honolulu Airport and was greeted by fans, with leis and gifts.
If you’re a fan of K-drama actor, Kim Jihoon, then here’s your chance to meet him and take pictures with him in person!
Okay, it’s not Friday, but I haven’t done one of these in a while. This week’s video is from Korea Today.
In my 2010 post, I wrote a post about 10 Funny quirks you didn’t know about Koreans and I listed this topic as one… Freebies.
You can get a lot of free stuff in Korea. Korean society is very strong about giving consumers incentives to buy and sometimes, you wonder how they can afford to do that. Anything from 1+1 deals (buy one, get one free), to “free service” (when you get something complimentary of your purchase), Korea always seems to be giving. I’ve always wondered why that was… check this out.
What is the Sprint #wishaday project?
Why I’m doing this:
“I’d like to terminate my parents’ Sprint mobile plan, just after months of signing the contract. I’d like to terminate the plan with no termination fee and still hold the number we have”
When 2012 ended, it left us with some good films, songs and dramas. But what will 2013 bring? Recently, I went over to one of my favorite Korean expat sites, Korea Bridge and… Continue reading
The Korean Cultural School has just started their Spring Semester of Korean Language classes. They’re still accepting late students, so if you’d like to brush up your Korean for watching Korean dramas, for that future trip to Korea or just for your own personal interest in the culture… then now is the time!
What are some reasons why Korean drama fans should check out the Honolulu International Film Festival?…
These days, it seems that HIFF is bringing in more Korean films to satiate Hawaii’s love for Asian films and to feed the growing enthusiasm towards Korean films.
Earlier, I wrote about BB cream as being one of the secrets to Hallyu skin, but obviously in Korea, there’s more. A lot of it has to do with skin clinics and dermatologists in Korea (and yes, plastic surgeons).
If you’ve ever seen the popular K-drama show, The Palace (or Gung or Princess Diaries), then you’ll know part of the fascination tourists visiting Korea can have with the Teddy Bear Museum on Jeju Island. The show features cute… Continue reading
Ulzzang (pronounced uhl-jang) means “best face” or “good looking” in Korean. This slang is often used by netizen contests and girls competing for the title of “ulzzang”.
This is video #2 of a two part series of Video Pick Fridays on the topic of ‘Beauty in Korea’. This is a documentary video made by a film student shinibi on youtube.
Arirang Today goes inside to show us why Koreans are not only facial appearance (enough to go to plastic surgeons), but also their weight.
Face it, if you’ve seen Korean dramas, you probably want to know their beauty secrets! Aside from BB cream, I’ve been wondering what makes Hallyu stars so damn gorgeous. Well, I’ve got some tips for you!
When the news hit the Hawaii press that Bae Yong Joon‘s Gorilla in the Cafe was opening in Waikiki, it had K-drama fans excited. What would the cafe look like, what would happen at the opening… Continue reading
This week’s video is from Arirang Today and it tells us how Korean makeup is taking the world by storm.
In it, actress Min Hyo-Lin (from the 2011 film Sunny, *remember the beautiful girl who gets her face cut?*) gives sheds the secret to great lipstick is concealer before applying color and a foreigner gets a makeover with Korean makeup artist who explains that application of a base with fingers (vs. a sponge) helps to maintain moisturizer.
Cont. from: Hawaii’s Korean Festival 2012 was hot, yet so cool (Part 1) . What is a Hawaii Korean Festival without a little drama fever? Hawaii is finally starting hook into Korean culture… Continue reading
Hawaii’s 11th Annual Korean Festival was hot yet so coooool.
Aside from the Hawaiian heat making its way into summer, there were a lot of really good performances and events on the festival grounds.
I know all you Seo Ji-Seok fans wanna know if the man arrived.
Keeaumoku Supermarket on 835 Keeaumoku is tucked away in a small mall plaza next to Red House Honolulu so it may not be apparent to the passing drivers. It’s noteworthy to mention because the market is probably as big as the Palama Market store near Don Quixote.
Around the globe, teens are catching the fever of K-pop and with Korean entertainment companies casting their net wider, there’s been auditions around the world for SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, JYP etc… What does it take to become a Kpop star?
Korea has oodles of festivals throughout the year. It’s as if they have much to celebrate. When you’re in Hawaii, there’s only one Korean festival to inform you about the entire culture. Thus,… Continue reading
What is it like to train to be a K-pop star?
SM Entertainment, home of K-pop star bands like Girls Generation, SHINee, BoA and Super Junior, just released a movie this May, called
‘I AM”. It took over 9000 hours of tapes to edit together a film documenting the lives, auditions, trainee periods and success stories of these stars up until their Madison Square garden concert in New York.
We originally saw Kim Soo Hyun in Dream High (my favorite) as the reluctant hero who rises from a country bumpkin to a Rain-like K-pop superstar. You may have even seen him in Giant or as a child star in dramas such as, Father’s House, Will it Snow for Christmas? or Jungle Fish. But his following has been gathering a storm since MBC’s drama ‘The Moon that Embraces the Sun
My mother is the big Korean drama fan of our household and having watched over 200+ dramas over the past two years, I thought this might be a great place for her to share her passion with others!
She has a list of her favorite shows, so I was hoping she’d recommend dramas worth watching, share some fun tidbits from her internet stalkings for gossip on the shows and their stars; and ideally, I hoped she’d explore and report on Korean events going on in Hawaii. Afterall, this is what I do with my own travel blog (Grrrl Traveler).
Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s working.
If you know of 2NE1 and Big Bang, then you indirectly know of YG Entertainment. They’re one of Korea’s leading entertainment groups and K-pop star factories and they’ll soon be holding global auditions in: London, Berlin, New York, Toronto, Seattle, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Osaka.
Red House Honolulu is a small Korean-fusion restaurant with a stylish, trendy and a taste for projecting K-pop videos on the wall while you eat.
I’d always wondered what a Korean drama club was like. Now the mysterious veil is opened.
Hallyu fans in Hawaii will be excited to learn that Hallyu megastar, Bae Yong Joon will be opening a cafe in Waikiki.
The Korean Film Archive (KOFA) has announced that it is partnering with Google to put 70 classic Korean films on YouTube this May.