‘TAEGUKGI’ rocks!
‘TAEGUKGI’ rocks!
‘TAEGUKGI’ rocks!
‘TAEGUKGI’ rocks!
‘TAEGUKGI’ rocks!
‘TAEGUKGI’ rocks!
‘TAEGUKGI’ rocks!

Oh, and did I mention that ‘Taegukgi’ rocks??

Ok. I’m gonna sleep now.

PS: I think I really should change my domain name to “Koreanstalker.com”…

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Been visiting the Korean-entertainment forums these past few hours to get feedback re: Jessica Soho’s interview with Bi and Song Hye Kyo and found some interesting opinions that totally amused me. To wit:

(1) Bi and SHK seems to be really cold with each other… if they really are friends, they shouldn’t be THAT stiff. They look like enemies.

…so what do they want, for Bi and SHK to hug and kiss and make out in front of the cameras???

(2) They look too formal, especially SHK. She looks ‘masungit’ (grouchy).

Korea is a polite society. They really are formal when doing interviews and stuff. I watch Arirang Showbiz Extra every week and that’s what I noticed in their presscons. We cannot conclude that they are ‘masungit’ just because they are formal. Take note that when Jessica was having a photo op with the Full House stars, SHK tilted her head closer to Jessica. I think that was a really friendly thing to do.

(3) Jessica Soho’s questions are not good. She asked some frequently asked questions that their fans already know the answer to. She didn’t do research.

In my opinion, she asked some pretty good questions. Her aim is to introduce Bi and SHK to the general Filipino audience, those who only know them as Justin and Jessie from Full House. The people who complain are those who are always on the internet who are updated on what is happening with those two. Of course, we (including me) would find Ms. Soho’s questions as annoying, but those who have seen Bi and SHK for the first time as themselves and not as characters in a drama series will find the questions interesting and informative.

Also, let’s just be glad that she didn’t ask how different is Rain in real life from the character Lee Young Jae (tho’ it seems she asked SHK that question).

Re: Ms. Soho not doing research, I think she did. It’s just that some of the information she got were either outdated or simply wrong (like SHK saying she might be going back to doing movies. It’s wrong, she hasn’t done any movie yet. But since it was a translation from SHK’s own words, it might be the fault of the translator and not Ms. Soho).

(4) The interview is too short.

I think the actual interview isn’t too short, it’s just that they had to edit it due to time constraints. I hope they’d air snippets of that interview – particularly the edited out parts – in between episodes of Full House.

But then again, I also don’t think Ms. Soho got no more than 20 minutes time allocation for the interview. It’s the norm in press junkets like this.

(5) They shouldn’t have dubbed over Bi and SHK’s voices.

WORD.

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(1) Astig ka, Jose Manalo aka. ‘Wangbu’ for your kick-ass impersonation of Bamboo. Seeing him perform with the real Bamboo was a blast. I just don’t know why Bamboo seems to be not amused. I mean, c’mon, Jose is giving you free publicity and promotions, man!

(2) Astig ka, Jessica Soho, for interviewing Rain and Song Hye Gyo TOGETHER. I mean, for some time now, Bi-Kyo fans have been wishing on every star possible to see those two together again in an interview or promo or whatever. Little did we know that our own Peabody Awardee has done it. What’s even more ‘astig’ is, she also interviewed Full House director Pyo Min Soo. Astig ka, talaga, Ma’am Jessica.

(3) Astig ako, coz today is my birthday, and for this year, my gifts to myself are a Hong Kong trip to see Rain and the Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho interview last night. Ah, this year seems to kicked off really well for me, so far…

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Me: Ey bro, guess what I’m doing tomorrow.
My bro: What?
Me: I’m gonna have a photoshoot with FHM.
My bro: WHAT?!?!?!?!!?
Me: I’m not kidding, I really AM gonna have a photoshoot with FHM tomorrow.

…except that they are not shooting me in skimpy attire – much to everyone’s relief – but my 80’s stuff.

Check out for the September 2005 issue of FHM to find out what 80’s stuff did I contribute. :)

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There are two things that I was able to prove from my recent trip to Hong Kong:

(1) God has a wicked sense of humor; and
(2) If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.

I was all ready to accept the fact that there’s no way we’re gonna end up in Hong Kong to attend Rain’s fan gathering/showcase/whatever because we weren’t able to get passes. As the days went on – with me calling Universal Music HK names and Marissa and Rizza putting up their hands in defeat – our chances became slimmer and slimmer. Our contacts never replied back. Nothing is happening. We were all ready to cry come July 4 at the thought that 2,000 screaming fans will be with Rain in HK while we’re stuck here in the Philippines with an 800-peso Rain poster and a second copy of It’s Raining.

But as I said, God has a wicked sense of humor.

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