Generic Korean

Archive for May 2011

Kim Haneul’s ideal man closely resembles one of the cast members of 1 night 2 days.  While she gets along best with Lee Suguen, I think it’s probably Uhm Tae Woong.  Please don’t let it be Seunggi.  I love Seunggi but he’s such a throwaway answer.  Stay tuned for next week’s final installment of the actress’ special where she confesses all of this.

If Kim Haneul’s acting career stalls I hope she thinks about getting in to variety programs.  Girl’s a natural.

Looks like everyone is talking about Yoon Kye Sang’s body in his new movie Phungsan Dog as they should.  What what?!

I’m excited to see the movie simply for this picture alone.  Yes I am a perv.  However I’m going to keep my expectations low considering most of Kim Ki Duk’s previously produced films fell flat.  “Beautiful” had is moments but something was off and while I may have watched Rough Cut 3 times (it was because the first time I was too busy watching So JiSup and the second time Kang Ji Hwan), it really wasn’t that great.

Also, the last time I saw Kim Gyuri on tv was on Yoo Hee Yeol’s sketchbook and holy batman was her singing awful.  I realize that she’s close with Bobby Kim and she wanted to sing but wow it was bad.  This is the type of thing you see on American Idol and wonder “didn’t anyone love her enough to tell her the truth?!”  Hopefully she doesn’t sing in this movie.

Btw she’s not that bad at singing.  It was just my initial reaction which gradually subsided and replaced with “i-don’t-care-itis.”

Got my nails did over the holiday weekend.  Instead of the usual manicure, I tried a fairly new process using Shellac Nail Polish.  The polish is made specifically so that it last 2 weeks without chipping.  I called bull on this because usually my nails chip within the first few days.

I’ve heard of this new nail process over a year ago and knew some people who swore by it.  However I was wary of it thinking it was going to ruin my already sensitive nail bed.  After a year of waiting and after several other testimonials, I finally took the plunge.  It involves several turns of paint and drying under a UV light and midway through I thought I was going to fall asleep.  However it’s been 2 days and my nails are in pretty good shape considering I just detailed a car and did several loads of dishes.

This got me thinking.  What is the manicure trend in Korea?  Answer:  Pretty spring colors…and a lot of greens.


This week we saw two new editions to the program.  Kim Yeon Woo had been eliminated and Im Jae Bum had to bow out due to back issues.  In their place arrived JK Kim Dong Wook aka Tiger JK’s nemesis 😛 and Ok Ju Hyun aka Fatty Finkl (I didn’t make up that nickname.  That’s what they used to call her back in the day).

Yoon Do Hyun had been sick and it seems like he’s given it to some of the other singers.  Lee Sora’s voice was not in good condition so Yoon took over MC duties.  I’ve always loved him on Yoon’s Love Letter so it’s nice to seem him back at that position.

This week’s challenge:  A song from a singer I like.

Compared to last week, this week was filled with some awful performances.  Kim Bum Soo sang Boohwal’s “Never Ending Story” which was just bad.  It’s probably because he was sick but I was really disappointed.  I love this song and was excited to see what Kim would do with it.  Blah.

Then BMK went off key and started crying after her performance.  You know, they’re always telling idols to hide their emotions and let it go back stage but BMK must not have gotten that memo because she was losing it by the end of her performance.

I did love Lee Sora’s performance of Im Jae Bum’s “Crying Fist” featuring Soul Dive simply for the reactions it got from the audience.  The genre doesn’t suit her voice at all but I loved that she tried something different.  While Kim Bum Soo, Park Jung Hyun and Yoon Do Hyun stick to what they are comfortable with, Lee continues to experiment.

So here are the standings this week:

1.  Ok Ju Hyun:  “1000 Years” by Lee Seung Hwan
2.   Yoon Do Hyun:  “해야” by Magma
3.   Park Jung Hyun:  “In my Arms” by Yoo Jae Ha
4.   JK Kim Dong Wook:  “비상” by Im Jae Bum
5.   Lee Sora:  “Crying Fist” by Im Jae Bum
6.  Kim Bum Soo:  “Never Ending Story” by Boohwal
7.  BMK:  “Letter” by Kim Kwang Jin

Oh love “1000” Years by Lee Seung Hwan aka Chae Rim’s ex-husband.  While Ok Ju Hyun looked like she was about to have a heart attack back stage, she did pretty well.


Date 2011.05.29

Lee Soo Mi gets funnier and funnier as the show progresses.  I watched a Come to Play episode with her and some other old school actresses and she talked about how close her and Jo In Sung are.  So when everyone was telling her how Lee Seung Gi was the hot celebrity she told Lee Seung Gi that Insung was coming back (from the army) and I immediately had an awww moment.  Girl really does love Jo In Sung.

And I couldn’t stop laughing as Lee SooMi insisted on taking the group jumping picture where the flowers were.  Such a Korean grandma thing to do.  Seriously couldn’t stop laughing as she insisted they walk up to the hill and take pictures with the flowers.  Amazing how agile this woman is.  I’ve tried to take those jumping pictures and no matter how high we all jump we can never get it right.  There’s always one person in mid-crouch.

The friendship between Lee Su Geun and Kim Haneul seems so natural based on how SuGeun was able to joke around with her and make fun of her.  The best comment had to be when Lee SuGeun told Haneul and Uhm TaeWoong that they looked good together only for TaeWoong to turn bright red.  Its so strange that Tae Woong’s such a dork in real life.  I’ve always thought of him as this charismatic, brooding type.  Not the bumbling over his words type.

I thought the entire car race dragged on for a bit too long considering there was no real tension as to who the winner of the race was.  While the editors tried to make it seem like SuGeun’s group got lost and that there was a race to the finish it was pretty obvious who the winners were.  But we did get to see everyone make funny faces while trying to take a group sel-ca.  Again Lee Soomi cracked me up.  While the mission required them to take pictures with steamed buns they only had enough money for three buns.  The group decided to cut the buns in half and make it look like each person was holding an entire bun in their mouthes.  While the store cashier was praising Choi Ji Woo’s beauty, Lee Soomi in her always annoyed by life voice suddenly turns to the cashier and asks “where’s the knife?”  Now that’s comedic timing.

I think this show’s found someone who is worse than Kim Jong Min in the “Kim Sat Gat” game.  Uhm JungAh had a special moment and couldn’t say “Kim Sat Gat Sat Gat” without adding four additional “Sat Gat”‘s at the end.  The fact that she couldn’t figure out how to stress the syllables had me in stitches.  While I sometimes wonder whether Kim Jong Min is putting on an act Uhm was definitely not faking it.

While Lee Soomi has been typecast as the evil mother in many dramas I hear she’s a sweetheart in real life.  The fact that she was adamant that the group not cheat was so sweet.  If only they knew that the other team had found all the other clues hours in advance.  And Ho Dong was dying to cheat.  You could see he wanted open up the letter they had found but had to defer to the Queen Bee.

What confused me about this episode was that both groups were buying snacks the entire time they were making their way to their destination.  They made it seem like they had $2 to their names yet with every scene, we saw them eating a new snack.

Once both teams arrived at their destinations, they were given the opportunity to win ramen with an advance Rock, Paper, Scissors competition.  At first Lee Soomi insists she’s not very good at the game but they soon realize that she had a secret weapon.  The “PAAAA!!!!!!!”

I almost pee’d my pants as she screamed “PA!!!” scaring her opposition and confusing them into submission.  The resident camera man game expert had no clue what hit him as he stood frozen in fear.

Since Lee Soomi’s group arrived last, they were forced to dunk themselves.  While we’ve seen Lee Seunggi, Kang Ho Dong and Kim Jong Min fall into every type of water formation, I was curious as to how the three actresses would do.  Lee Soomi arrived in her water Puma outfit which cracked me up again.  Why are you so funny?!

There were two things that surprised me about the entire water scene.  Lee Seung Gi’s been getting buff rwar!~  and Choi Jiwoo embarrasses the hell out of me.  I realize the water is cold and she’s not used to such mortal things like falling into water with her clothes on but jfc her reaction was ridiculous.  She kept falling down regardless of how many men were helping her and I thought she was going to drown in knee deep water.  Everyone who was watching the show with me turned to each other and wondered “is she serious?!”

Finally the water Puma took in her 1n2d baptism with some trolling on the side.  She pretended to faint and while Kang HoDong was carrying her away she yells “Hidden Camera/You’ve Been Punk’d!”  Except no one else was in on the joke.  Even her managers looked confused as hell.  SooMi, girl you so crazy.

And finally we get to see some cat fights!  What girls will do for some food.  While both groups had been snacking all day, no one had eaten a proper meal since breakfast.  While Lee Soomi’s group won some ramen, Na PD also gave them some rice and banchan to the ire of the other group.  That along with Lee Soomi’s homemade kimchi made for a pretty delicious looking snack.  Lee SuGuen and his group members vehemently argued that this was unfair and won his group the biggest bowl of rice and banchan they could manage.

But that’s just the beginning.  While Lee Soomi’s group causally talked and ate ramen, Lee SuGeun’s group was screaming at each other playing rock, paper, scissors and trying to win a bite of their precious rice.  I was dying as the girl’s hunger took over and we got to see their personalities.  Seo Woo finally talked, although it was while she was cutting kimchi with her bare hands and crying “I want my mommy”, and Uhm JungAh looked like she was about to punch someone in the face for some food.  Now this is the 1n2d I had been itching for.

I loved how close this group had gotten.  They were literally screaming at each other and arguing about a spoonful of rice.  I would not have expected that watching how they interacted at the start of this trip.  After their rice, the group was still hungry and Seo Woo figured out that while the cameras are on, it doesn’t mean they can’t hide and get something else to eat.

So while Na PD and the staff ate their dinner, the group snuck out for some additional food.  That is until Na PD opened the door to find them red handed.  I loved how you can see SuGuen and Uhm Tae Woong immediately get up to leave while Uhm JungAh is frozen in place, chopsticks in hand over a steaming pot of ramen.

I can’t wait until next week.  My favorite game has always been the charades simply because I get to see Lee SuGuen making funny faces.  He’s too funny.  And poor Na PD:  Forever alone.


I can’t believe Cha’s 42 and has a 21 year old kid!  During his freshman year of college he married his now wife who is 4 years his senior.  They have been married for over 20 years and have a son and younger daughter, whose name is tattoo’d on his arm.

And while this has nothing to do with his family, it has everything to do with baby making.

Episode 9:  Aejung is hurt when Dokko reveals that he no longer has feelings for her.  However, she doesn’t feel right going back to Piljoo (to film We Got Married-equse show) because she doesn’t have feelings for Piljoo.  Piljoo convinces her to continue with the show by saying all he wants is an opportunity with her.  She decides to film the show and tries to open up her heart to Piljoo.

Episode 10:  Dokko obviously still has feelings for Aejung but convinces himself that its because he feels sorry for her not because he’s in love.  Mina and Piljoo continue to meet and Mina reveals why Gookpo Sonyeo broke up.  When Mina drank the laced drink from Seri, she was rushed to the hospital only to find out she was pregnant.  Mina wanted to disappear and so Aejung decided to break the group up.  Aejung has been holding these secrets without telling anyone for the past 10 years.  Dokko who has no idea about any of this goes to film Aejung’s music video and in the process ends up hurting her again.

This doesn’t pertain to the show but…Imma just leave this here.