Saturday, May 11, 2013

Interesting Korean diet commercial

If you are living in Korea or familiar with their "culture" the TV ads I'll be showing here will be very interesting to you. Now that Spring is almost finished, more and more young men and women are hitting the gyms. FYI just like convenience stores you'll find fitness clubs in almost every corner in Seoul.

Part 1

So this TV ad has two characters. The Girl and her Fat. Part 1 doesn't need an explanation I guess. It's very universal. Like you can consider yourself thin but because of that fat you're carrying with you, the original sexy/thin you won't or can't show up. As a media student, I think the idea is very brilliant! 

Part 2

Second part now comes with some Korean-ish yet a bit universal concept for people who are having a hard time to diet. The first scene shows the Girl trying to go out for a run but Fat says let's do it tomorrow. haha so she ended up not exercising. Then the second scene was at a coffee shop. FYI Korea is known to be a coffee shop republic (not coffee republic but shop). You can watch this video Coffee Culture in Korea I made months ago for fun. hehe So going back, the girl was gonna order her drinks and Fat said "caramel macchiato" so the Girl said it. The counter ask her for the size, Fat said "large large" yeah the Girl ended up getting large caramel macchiato. LOL. After that, the next scene shows the Girl being stressed from working up late...Then Fat says eat "sweets sweets.." so there she ended up eating chocolates.

The scenes and idea are very simple but this TV ad definitely makes everyone smile. Aside from TV, this is being shown in many public places too like movie theaters and subway stations. Most of the time girls would stop and watch it and say "OMG that's really me!" or "That's exactly what I do" kinds of lines.

Heo Young Saeng and MIB on ASC

ASC's MCs Hanbyul and Eric Nam and the special guests

Arirang TV's very own idol variety real-time show After School Club's (ASC) second guests were SS501's Heo Young Saeng and rap group MIB. I wasn't really able to stay during the whole recording so I will just show you some pics I took when I was at the studio.

ASC's special guests Heo Young Saeng and MIB
MIB (5Zic, Sims, Cream, Kangnam)
 MCs Led Apple's Hanbyul and Eric Nam

MIB or Most Incredible Busters is famous for having good music (yep personal favorite). During the show SIMS was asked how he feels being the maknae (youngest) in the group but at the same time because of his mature appearance people usually think of him as the oldest. When that was asked I thought maybe he'd received such question a million times already. LOL I've encountered MIB many times. I even interviewed them for like 10 minutes before haha. The first one was during their debut. Originally I didn't have a good impression of the group because of their angry looking manager at that time. But now, they've changed a lot. They're very friendly and I don't see that angry looking manager anymore, although there is one more now but he's kinda ok. haha. When Kangnam saw me the other day he was like "We've met before right?" in Japanese. So I said, yeah a couple of times. I actually interviewed you before. So he was "Oh hahaha"

Heo Young Saeng's like...Why am I doing this? kkk
Now, every time we meet at the hallway in any music shows or events we act like we know each other. Haha. They're very nice. So far I've only talked to Kangnam. I usually call him by the name Takuya, not because it's his real name (no idea what's his real name though) because he looks like Takuya the famous Japanese singer and actor. I've also met Heo Young Saeng many times already but wasn't really able to talk to him. But I have a good impression of him because of the last picture (see above). I told him to hold his CD and I will take a pic and he said sure! hold the his signed CD, smiled and posed. Then we shook hands and he even tapped my back. Like cool fwends! kk

For more details about After School Club go and check their official accounts here : FacebookTwitterWebsite. The good thing about this show is international fans can participate. Check the website for the instructions. You can also watch the previous episodes on the VOD list.

A-Prince Joins Gangwon in Reviving Korean Traditional Market

I had a chance to join A-Prince in one of their most recent activities. We went to Gangwon Province last May 5th to attend a charity concert. The concert aims to revive people's interest and hoping that more and more people in the community would patronize local products in the market. A-PRINCE got invited as ambassadors and also the first K-Pop group to grace the said event for this year. Last year B1A4, U-Kiss, Chi Chi also attended the said event.

The members said they're really honored to be invited for such event. Before the concert started they were given a chance to roam around and enjoy the market. So they bought products being sold there like rice, noodles, vegetables just like Korean ajummas ^^. Woobin said they'll be bringing it back to their dorm.

A-PRINCE performed their hit singles Hello and You're the Only One. They also did a cover of One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful. They ended their performance with PSY's Gangnam Style and Gentleman which was received by the people with a massive applause and a lot of giggles from girls.