Monday, December 28, 2009

Concerts and parties galore

This is a very, very quick update.

Seems like 2010 is off to a good start for K Pop fans.

K Pop club party- 9th January 2010
Now this is interesting- dancing to K pop songs is something that has not been done before. So I do hope it will take off. Better still if the DJ spinning the records is one handsome Korean hunk. Wahahaha! Anyway, the price is very, very affordable. Check it out on their facebook here

FT Island fan meet/ concert- 30th January 2010
I've already mentioned previously here that they will be back in Singapore for a concert in January. Tix went on sale at IMM on the 19th December. I think there are are still some more tix left. You can get them from IMM's counter. For more information, refer to FT Island Singapore's fan site, Primanoona

Korean Drama Favourites - The Music of Joon-Sung Oh
The Korean wave sweeps to Esplanade in February for two special evenings of songs and instrumental pieces from soundtracks of some of the most popular Korean drama series written by composer, arranger and lyricist, Joon-Sung Oh.

Considered one of Korea’s most sought-after composer/lyricist, Joon-Sung Oh, will direct his 9-piece band, Green Cacao and a local string ensemble specially put together for the concert.

Some of these songs will be accompanied by music videos from the dramas. Joining them will be Korean popstars Bobby Kim, Mario and SHINee who will perform their signature tunes from the dramas, Dream, My Girl and Boys Over Flowers respectively.

It is time to relive fond memories of these dramas. Complementing heart-wrenching, humourous and happy-ending storylines, the music of Joon-Sung Oh will tug and touch your hearts. If you are ardent fans of these endearing and internationally renowned drama series or would like to listen to some of the most beautiful music to be written, these performances are not to be missed!

Tickets: $150, $130, $110*, $90**
Limited Concessions for NSF, senior citizens and students: $95*, $75**

1 & 2 Feb 09, Mon & Tue
Esplanade Concert Hall
7.30pm

Tickets on sale next week!
http://www.facebook.com/l/5c49c;www.esplanade.com

Source: Singapore-korean school facebook group
posted by: xiuqi89 @ shineee.net
shared by: Blueprincess824 @ DKP
PLEASE TAKE OUT WITH FULL CREDITS

The above was the information I received and found out. However, I have since heard that the performance have been changed to one night only and with changes to the prices. Still trying to find out more information about it. But err....cannot imagine Shinee performing at Esplanade Concert Hall leh. But I would love to see Bobby Kim.

Brown Eyed Girls
I heard in the grapevine that Brown Eyed Girls may be back in SG for a concert in early next year. Let's wait and see.

I think 2010 is going to be a very intersting year in terms of K entertainment. I mentioned in my post yesterday that I would love to see SG Wannabe perform. Well, I wouldn't mind seeing Big Bang perform too....plus a list of many singers.

Oh...if anyone got any news or interesting updates, do drop me a note @ tiffanys_j@yahoo.com.sg

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I'm back from my short break...though when you're on a holiday with a toddler, it is anything but relaxing. Still, I enjoyed myself and I hope everyone had a good holiday too.

Well, from all accounts, it would seemd that Lee Min Ho's fan meet on the 21st December went well. Calling the fans on their handphones was a nice innovative touch. I can imagine the fans being thrilled and shocked to receive a call from him during the concert. Although I think he could have done better than to say, 'Nice to meet chyou' and 'I'm from Korea'. Wahaha! Those of you who doesn't know what I'm rambling about, you can watch the clip here.

I will be finishing off my accounts of the Sundown Festival- Seoul'd Out the next few days. But for now, I thought I'd introduce a song from 2 of my favourite groups- SG Wannabe and VOS. This song that I'm playing on my blog now is titled, 'I Love You'. Not the most imaginative title I know, but I still like the song. And this being the Christmas season where love is the main reason for celebrating, I thought it appropriate to play it now. Whilst most love songs are sad and melancholy, this has a nice upbeat tempo to it. A feel-good, happy song. Unfortunately, it is only released as a digital single for now but I believe it will be released later as part of a proper album. Cho Young Soo, the composer of this song (and many other great songs) has released a previous compilation in 2008. You can watch the mv here.

SG Wannabe and VOS have performed together before on KBS Music Bank's Special Stage a year ago. Great performance. ^^

You know, a couple of years ago, I would never even think or dare to dream of hearing SG Wannabe performing here in Singapore but with all that's happened in the last 2 years- K Pop Night in 2008 and Sundown Festival in 2009...maybe, just maybe...I could dream and hope a little with 2010 approaching. Afterall, VOS has already performed here in 2008 during K Pop Night, why not SG Wannabe? Better still if both of them perform together. Catch a glimpse of VOS's performance in 2008 in Singaporehere

What do you all think? I shall certainly be crossing my fingers and toes. Hehe!

매리 크리스마스! 새해 복 많이 받으세요!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A little bit of this and that

Hello, hello.

Sorry, have been really busy with deadlines and family, so had very little time to edit all the photos and video clips and write my account of the whole event. I will be away next week (well, in a few hours actually), so I will only be able to write about it when I'm back. ^^

In the meantime, here are a couple of events and happennings around Singapore to keep you busy.

Lee Min Ho's schedule in Singapore
Most of you all would have known his flight schedule by now...but just in case you are still trying to find out, here it it...

20/12 (Sunday) - arrive via OZ753 at 8.05pm, T2
21/12 (Monday) - press conference in the afternoon
21/12 (Monday) - Fans meeting at 8pm, Max Pavillion at Singapore Expo
22/12 (Tuesday) - OZ752 @ 10.40pm, T2 (there is only one Asiana Flight on Tuesday).

Enjoy yourselves everyone. I gather those going are learning the lyrics to his song from F4 to sing together with him. hehe!

Tom & Toms opening
Tom & Toms, Korea's most well known coffee chain will be opening it's door in Singapore on the 22nd December. Here's their website in Korea. The 1st store is located at 12 Gopeng St, #01-12 ICON Village. The 2nd store is located at Far East Plaza and schedule for opening at the end of the month. I'll go and check it out when I'm back from my holiday. But those of you who manage to check it out first, let me know how it is ok?

Guess that's all...

Have a great week all and see you all after Christmas. ^^

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sundown Festival- Departure details

I'm sorry I couldn't update this earlier as I was busy with the BEG autograph session this afternoon...but I did update it on my twitter this morning.

So here it is, if any of you are still at home surfing the internet.

Brown Eyed Girls:
Thai Airways, TG 410, T1, 9pm

T-Max, FT Island, Mario, Park Si Nae, Lee Ji Su:
Asiana Airways, OZ 752, T2, 10.40pm

Good luck..and give them a good send-off so that they will want to be back again soon.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sundown Festival 2009 Press Conference, Fan session- a brief look

It's been a long day...and I'm dead tired. So here's some photos first to whet your appetite. Will post about it later. ^^



FT Island




Brown Eyed Girls




T-Max




Mario & Bak Si Nae




Lee Ji Su

Friday, December 11, 2009

T-Max performing live on 11th December 09


Now this caught me by surprise. I didn't hear a word about this, so wonder if it's a last minute arrangement. Anyway, someone passed me this flyer today (thanks K!)

T-Max will be performing at HMV to celebrate its new location opening tomorrow. Ooops. It's today already.
So they will be performing at Orchard Road today. Should be very interesting. But my goodness, it will be one great, mad rush. Press conference @ 1.30pm, performance @ 2.30pm and fan session @ 4pm. Wonder if they will still have time to do any shopping and even rest. Hmm...

Anyway, those of you who are not going to the Meet-and-Greet session at KTO, go and support these boys lah.

Brown Eyed Girls autograph session



I guess the BEG fans should be pretty disappointed that BEG os not on the same flight as the rest. They were practising all the cheers and moves etc to show them. I'm sure BEG wanted to be on the same flight as well to see the whole crowd. (Btw, how was the crowd? I haven't read much news about it anywhere leh...). Sorry I couldn't announce it in my earlier post coz organisers don't want to announce but I did give a hint on my post here and posted on my twitter as well...at 9.40pm. hehe! Anyway, there will be plenty of chances to see these pretty ladies.

I've got some infor from the organiser regarding the autograph session. Ok, let me see if I remember...

1) Queue up to get poster from La Coco Hair. The shop opens at 10am and is located at Orchard Central, #04-13. (It's at one end of the corridor but cannot remember which end liao).

2) You will be given number tags together with the poster. The number stops at 100 but they have prepared more...just in case BEG got more time. Maybe if fans start cheering. Would that work? I guess it would also depends on how tired these girls are after their perfomance on Saturday night.

3) Each person is only allowed one poster and obviously one number tag.

4) Queue up at the atrium with the poster and the number tag.
Ok, I'm not sure if fans have to queue till 2pm since you have number tags of if you can go away and come back later since you will have the number tags. Hmmm....

5) Jia Fa of Yes93.3 will start the ball rolling at about 1.30pm. Got lucky draws, so must go early. ^^

6) The event will start @ 2pm. There will be a short interview with the girls. These will be your best time to take their photos since they will be standing on the stage.

7) Autograph session will start shortly after.

8) Each person will be allowed to get one signature only randomly. That is to say, you will get the signature of whichever BEG member is free when it is your turn.
Oh dear, do I hear groans and protests? Yes, I can understand the disappointment. It would be great to get all 4 signatures. But think about it, this way, it would mean that more fans can go on stage and get up close and personal with at least one of them, and walked past the other 3 girls. hehehe! Be nice, share hor so more people can be happy.

9) Photography is allowed. Just make sure got people help you. If don't have anybody...hmmm.... I guess the staff on hand will try and help where possible and necessary.

10) I haven't heard about the presents, but I guess should be allowed as well. If not, hand to their managers.

Errr... I think that's all. Please behave and be nice to everyone so all can enjoy..including BEG.

Looking forward to seeing all of them tomorrow. ^^

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sundown Festival 09- airport arrival details

Those of you who followed me on my Twitter will have known by now the arrival details. But really, it is not hard to guess. But just in case, here it is.

Flight number: OZ751
Arrival time: 2130
Terminal: T2

Don't forget to give T-Max, FT Island, Lee Ji Soo, Mario& and the rest of the artistes of this great festival a very warm welcome.

And if you haven't bought your tickets, you can still do so at sistic.

Have a good time everyone. ^^

Sundown Festival 2009 - Seou'd Out Meet-and-Greet winners

It was very hard to pick the winners because I know that each and everyone who sent participated in this contest really, really wants to go and see them up close and personal.

But... I have only 2 passes, so I can only make 2 people very happy 9well, actually, someone else did coz I couldn't decide on the winner and asked an independent party to pick the winners). But hey, there's the festival on Saturday and you get to see all of them perform. Isn't that a happy thought? ^^

So here's the answers to my questions:
1) Name all the 5 artites who will be perfoming at the festival
T-Max, Brown Eyed Girls, FT Island, Mario&, Lee Ji Soo

2) When did I first wrote about this festival on my blog?
15th October 2009

And the winners are.....drum roll please....

1) Chiam Min
I/C- Sxxxx418B

2) Cheng Pei Chen
I/C- Sxxxx611H

I ahve sent an email to both of you. Please confirm your attendance by noon today (10th December).

See you all at the festival!

And don't forget to welcome these people at the airport tonight. Details at my next post.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Sundown Festival 2009- FT Island


FT Island is one of those very few rare boy band where I had bought their very first albums. I have most of their albums (well, not the Japanese ones). ^^

When did I get to know them? Hmm... I think it was in 2007 on KBS Music bank when they performed Love Sick (사랑앓이}. Anyway, I was suitably impressed by this young group, with the energy of the music, the song etc. So I went to do a little search and found out that they were new. Frankly,they sounded alot better than many of the new singers who performed on the music show. So I ended buying the first album Cheerful Sensibility.

With so many bands and singers, new and veteran around, they have done pretty well in the last 2 years. I think they have managed to score at least a hit with each of their album release (although, personally, I prefer the first 2 albums more). Along the way, they had a change of member from Oh Won Bin to Song Seung Hyun (not that Song Sung Hyun. Unfortunately, I still can't figure out the faces, except Hong Ki and maybe Jae Jin. Sorry, fans of FT Island, I'm just really bad with faces. Anyway, if you want to see how Won Bin looks like, you can catch him here in an episode of 'Unstoppable Marriage'. Lee Jae Jin acted in this sitcome and all the other members of the group made cameo appearances. Aiyoh, they really looked so young (and a little nerdy. hehehe!). Btw, I really liked the show but stopped halfway as I couldn't get hold of the Chinesse subs anymore. Sob! Sob! I wrote about it very, very briefly here. And oh, listen to ost here, sang by Hong Ki and Nam Gyu Ri.

Most of their songs are rather loud and electrifying (?). Sorry, I kept thinking of the electric guitar and the drums, which are are so much part of this group. Anyway, they can and do sing ballads, and in my opinion, should probably do more. Watch their music videos here and and here. This is from their first album, Cheerful Sensibility. Now watch Bad Woman (나쁜 여자야) from their mini album, Jump Up released this year. They have really grown up. (this song is not amongst my favourite. Don't know why.)

Just like SS501, a couple of the members of FT Island got busy with personal project (well, namely Hong Ki with 'You are Beautiful'). So the other 3 members formed a sub-group and called themselves FT Triple (hmm...wonder who came up with the triple name first, SS501 or FT Island. Good thing it wasn't four of them, or else how to name huh?)

I listened to their songs which is on the Double Date (repackaged album), and you know what, they sound pretty good. I especially like the song, Love Letter (러브레터). Good for them. ^^

Of course, the hottest person from the group right now would be Lee Hong Ki. He appeared in the popular drama, 'You are Beautiful' as one of the lead, Jeremy. Although I haven't watch the whole drama yet, I like his comic dorky character. And he has found quite a few new found fans with this drama. Of course, FT Island sang the ost. Listen to it here. I know alot of fans will be waiting to hear their live performance of this song at the Sundown Festival.

Cute hor?

FT Island came to Singapore for a mini concert (or showcase as it was called) earlier this year. Unfortunately, I couldn't go due to some family commitment, even though I was offered VIP tickets. Sob! Sob! Well, I guess I have another chance when they come down again next year.

Official site
soompi forum
Singapore Fan site


To find out more about the FT Island fan meeting next year, read my post here. I like this song, Bing, Bing, Bing from their album, Cross and Change. Makes me want to stand up and dance. Think they should play this song during the festival. It will get the crowd on the feet.^^

Sundown Festival Meet-and-Greet passes
The contest has ended. Thank you everyone for the support. I will annnounce the winners tomorrow and email them as well. Got to go to bed now or I will never survive tomorrow.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Fan meetings- Lee Min Ho and FT Island

Who says Singapore's K scene isn't exciting?

After the Sundown Festival- Seoul'd Out on the 12th December, Brown Eyed Girls autograph signing session on the 13th December, fans can look forward to another happening event on the 21st December 2009.


Lee Min Ho's first Asia fan meeting. And wow, it looks as if it might be a big event as it will be held at the Singapore Expo.

After Lee Min Ho's no show at Plaza Singapura during his recent Etude House event due to security reasons, many fans were left weeping and tearing their hair out. Lee Min Ho apologised for it at his closed door, exclusive meet-the-fan session and promised to be back. And quicker than you can say Go Jun Pyo, here he is, back again. This time, there is no lucky draw and you are guaranteed to see him. Just pay for the ticket (which was what many fans wanted at the recent Etude House event).

With tickets priced at $98, $148 and $188, the prices aren't cheap. The again, if I'm not wrong, many fans spent roughly this amount (and probably more) at Etude House in a bid to get a chance to win the fan meeting session. So hopefully, the tickets will sell well enough. Ticket sales are now on at Sistic. For those willing to go all the way with the most expensive ticket, you will get an exclusive poster (hmm...how exclusive?) And for those of you who can't get enough of him or have lots of spare cash, there are official merchandise that you can order from here. Oops, seems the prices are not up yet.


I know there are a lot of FT Island fans out there. But I must say I'm a little surprised at how much they love Singapore. They had their first showcase here in Singapore in June 2009. They will be here for the Sundown Festival on the 12th December...and again next year from 29th January to 30th Janaury for their fan meeting. Well, at least it will be a longer visit this time round.

The tickets are slightly cheaper than Lee Min Ho's fan meet and seems to offer more in return. They are priced at $150 and $100. For $150, you will get an exclusive cd, with the chance to see them up close and personal for an autograph, plus the fan meeting session the next day. I think it's not a bad deal.

With the popularity of the drama, 'You Are Beautiful', it will certainly boost the ticket sales, as many will probably want to see Hong Ki (or Jeremy in the drama). ^^

Tickets go on sale on the 19th December at IMM and the fan meeting will be held at St James (just like the last one). For more details, refer to local fansite as well as the facebook. Hmm... location for sale of tickets within IMM still not decided yet.

Just to side track, the drama, 'You are Beautiful' will be released in Singapore fairly soon. And ...I'm considering bringing in the pig-rabbit as well as the comic books and photobook. Would anyone be interested? Leave your comments here so I know whether it is a viable option to consider. ^^

I wonder if I will get any Christmas present from Santa Claus. I guess I should send off my list to him soon. Wahahaha!

Sundown Festival- Seoul'd Out
Have you bought your tickets?
Have you joined the contest to win the passes??

p/s- The prizes for 'My Girlfriend is an Agent' have been sent out to all the 5 winners last week. I will post it up here this week, plus the final follow up with the event at The Hereen. Sorry, too many things happening at the same time.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Sundown Festival Seoul'd Out Meet-n-Greet Passes

No, I haven't forgotten about this.
Yes, it's still on.

So here it is.

Answer the following 2 questions and email the answers to kimchilandpromotion@gmail.com

1)Name all the 5 artites who will be perfoming at the festival
2)When did I first wrote about this festival on my blog

Please provide the following details about yourself:
1) you name as written on your i/c
2) your i/c number
3) your handphone number

T&C to note:
1) This contest is opened from 4th December till 9th December, 2009.
2) Participants must purchase a Sundown Festival ticket (either via myself, sistic or any other legals means). Your answer must be accompanied by a scanned copy of your ticket (please make sure that the size of the attached image is less than 80kb)
3) You must bring along your i/c and the Sundown Festival ticket for verification on collection date.
4) 2 winners will be picked and will be informed via email as well as posted on my blog on the 10th December.
5) Those who have bought tickets via me will have double the chance at winning the coveted passes.
6) The passes are not transferable.

If you have not bought the tickets, click here for more details

Please note that the Meet-and-Greet session will be held on the 11th December, 4pm at Korea Tourism Organisation's office at Korea Plaza. So please make sure you can attend this session before joining the contest.

Good luck! ^^

P/s- don't forget that BEG has a autograph session on the 13th December, 2pm. Look out for more details here.

EDIT:
My apology. There are only 5 main artistes. For those of you who have named the 5 main artistes in your answers, the answers will be taken as correct. Sorry, maybe I was hoping for Big Bang or SS501 to come as well. hahaha!

For those of you have trouble scanning the ticket, maybe just take a photo of it? If that is easier for you all. Basically, I just need proof that you have bought tickets to the event. ^^

Yoo Ye Eun



Just a very quick blog about this little girl.

I've heard about her sometime ago but never really find out more about her or watched her video clips on youtube until today.

And like many who watched her performed, I was also moved. Not just at her talent, but also at the innocence of a 6 years old child. Yeah, I tend to get a little more soppy nowadays since my little girl came along.

Anyway, Ye Eun was born blind. She was adopted and they found out about her incredible musical ability when she was 2 years old. Since then, she has gone been invited to various shows and events. She has performed here in Singapore last year in front of PM Lee Hsien Loong and will be performing again at this year's charity show organised by Channel U in aid of the Society of the Physically Disabled on the 6th December. Here's the facebook link for more details about this event. Wah! Got quite a lot of stars performing.

She will also be performing at the Singapore Korean School as well as the Assisi Hospice on the 7th December. From her schedule, it seems she will have her lunch at the Korean School. I;m so glad she gets to do something so normal for a little girl. ^^

Anyway, some clips that I found really interesting (especially the ones involving DBSK and it was really quite touching to see Hee Chul crying so openly. Makes me see him in a slightly different light.

When she first appeared on the show Star King- click here

To see Hee Chul cry and being touched by this little girl- click here

I like these 3 clips the best. I know I'm probably a little late and all their fans would have watched the clips by now, but it was the first time for me..so humour me.

DBSK cooking for her- click here

DBSK performing with on the show, Chocolate- click here

DBSK & Super Junior Happy with Ye Eun, click here

For her event at Assisi Hospice on the 7th December, she will be singing together with Lee An. It's great of them to spread a little warmth during festive season. You can help to spread more warmth by making a $10 donation for a lightbulb on the tree in front of the Hospice. Lee An will also be doing a solo performance on the 4th December at the Mt Alvernia hospital at 7pm.


Lee An- This singer has been busy. I actually bumped into him at a wedding this year. hehe! Anyway, he's back in Singapore this week but going back to Korea again next week on a tour together with some of his fans. ^^ I heard he will be skiing with them. I think that's really cool and wish I was going too. Now imagine if BYJ was also organising a similar trip. I'll be the first in queue. Oh..Lee An also has a facebook account. Check it out here.

Ok..remember to be generous in your donation for the charity event on the 6th December as well as the Christmas tree, ok? It's the season to be generous. ^^

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Sundown Festival 2009- Brown Eyed Girls


I think without a doubt, most will agree that 2009 belongs to the girl bands. There has been an explosion of girl groups- 2NE1, 4Minute, Girls Generation, Kara, After School, f(x), T-ara and of course Browned Eyed Girls. Frankly, I don't really know most of them beyond their names. But with a new singer or band appearing almost every month, (if not weeks), it's tough recognising them. And of course, it's even tougher for these artistes to have a hit and stay in the limelight.

Of all the names that I mentioned so far, the only one who has made any impression on me so far is Brown Eyed Girls.

When did I get to know them? I can't really rememeber. Maybe it was the song that Ga In did with Yung Jun of SG Wannabe. It has a Christmasy feel about it and really puts me in the mood. Just the right song to play now actually-> Must have Love.

Debuted in 2006, they did managed to capture some attention with a couple of their songs. It just occured to me that most of their songs are not the 'karaoke' type of songs, ie. you can't really sing to. Or at least I can't anyway. This is one of their earlier song- Push the line. It's loud, as are most of their songs. BUT, they looked so different then. ^^

Recently they released their 3rd album, Sound G, where songs like Glam Girl and Abracadabra became hits. Abracadabra in particular caused many tongues to wag because of it's erotic and suggestive style. All I can say is, 'Wow!'.

Their latest hit is Sign from their repackaged album, Sound G repackaged (Side track: why do they always have a repackaged album? I know the agency wants to make more money by coming up with different versions, but this really frustrates me. Anyway, that is another story). Now watch them perform live, which I feel is just as good, if not better than the mv. There is one part of their dance steps that fascinates me- when they hit their fans against their necks during the 'dot..dot..dot..' part. Isn't it painful? Anyway, I can forsee lots of fans with fans on the 12th December. Wahaha!

For me, I still like their song LOVE and my daughter agrees with me. She dances immediately when I play this song. ^^ Crossing my fingers that they will sing this song during their performance here on the 12th December

Official site
soompi forum
International English Forum



Brown Eyed Girls Meet and Greet session


For fans of BEG, this is your one chance to get their autographs and take a photo with them absoultely free, ie, you don't have to buy anything (which in itself is a rarity today). Sponsored by La Coco Hair @ Orchard Central.

Date: 13th December
Time: 2pm
Venue: Orchard Central Atrium Level 4
What you have to do: La Coco Hair, the sponsor of this event (as well as Sundown Festival) will be giving away 500 posters. Get the poster from them for your autograph and photo taking session with the 4 lovely girls. Of course, it's on a first-come-first-served basis. They will sign as many as they can during their appearance...so which means, you have to be the 1st in line. Jia Fa of Yes93.3 will be hosting this event
Where is La Coco: 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #04-13, S(238896). T: 6884 4544/ 6884 4644

This is the poster that they will be giving away, from their latest album.



hmm... I wonder when will the fans start queuing....

To buy tickets to Sundown Festival, click here

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sundown Festival 2009- T Max


Most people probably came to know about the group, T Max when they samg the ost for 'Boys Over Flowers'. Me too. Of course, the fact that Kim Joon (or should I call him Kim Hyung Joon) also starred in the immensely popular drama, helped to propel the group to fame (as it did for SS501).

I remember reading somewhere at that the time that the group was under rated and indeed compare to the other 2 groups who are also coming to the Sundown Festival, T Max has less information.

So I did a little research on them. I don't profess to know the group well but I will agree with the view that they deserve a little more recognition.

Debuted in July 2007 (yes, they are a very young group) with the single 'Blooming', there was some interest in them then. Consisting of Kim Hyung Joon (or Kim Joon), Park Yoon Hwa and Shin Min Chul, they were supposed to be different from the usual pretty boy bands as they were influenced by Japanese music and inspired by the Japanese group, Arashi. Now I have absolutely no idea who Arashi is as the only Japanese group that I know of is SMAP. However, their title song, Blooming, from the same album title, which I'm playing on my blog now, sounds pretty good.

Speaking of SMAP,in 2007, T Max released another mini album in that same year, which was the ost of the movie, 'My Love'. The ost, Lion Heart was a remake of SMAP's. Watch the Lion Heart mv here and then compare it to SMAP's performance here. What do you think? ^^
cover picture for their album Lion Heart


Fortunately or unfortunately, T Max will be associated with 'Boys Over Flowers' for a while. Besides the original song, Paradise, they also sang Fight the Bad Feeling. Well, strictly speaking, the song sppeared in the special, 'F4 Special Edition', a music drama that is set 5 years after the original drama ended. (If you have a winning formula, must milk it for all it's worth).

Recently this July, they released an album, Single Collection. Each of them recorded a song and Kim Hyung Joon (Kim Joon) even invited Kim Hyun Joong to star in his mv. (Ok, I don't know about you but I get totally confused with all the Hyuns and all the Joons somwtimes) You can watch Kim Joon's mv, Jun be Ok here. This is Shin Min Chul's song and this Park Yoon Hwa's song in the album. Hmm... I think I like Min Chul's and Yoon Hwa's songs better, especially Yoon Hwa. Btw, Min Chul also sang one of the song in the drama, 'Return of Iljimae'

Personlly, I am looking forward to seeing them perform their latest single (yes, another single), Love Parade. It's got a really nice upbeat tone to it.

Credit: soompi

I think this was taken during an autograph signing session during the release of their latest single, Love Parade. Hey, is this the local Rotiboy that I know? Do they have a franchise in Korea?

I read that Min Chul dressed as Gam Jandi during their performance in Japan. Will he do the same here? hehe!

In case any of you are interested to find out more about them, here are some sites to search.

Official site
T Max blogsite (unofficial)
T Max facebook (unofficial)
soompi forum
International English Forum



Meet-and-Greet session
The Meet-and-Greet session will happen on the 11th December afternoon. There are limited passes to this event. You can win them from:
Sistic (when you buy the festival tickets)
Time Out (not sure about this)
Yes93.3 (I think you got to listen to the station this week)
KTO

and of course, on my blog, where I will have 2 tickets to give away.

And in case, you have not bought the tickets to the festival, you can either buy them via Sistic or me

I think the concert will be fun. Now got to cross my fingers and toes that it will not rain. ^^

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sundown Festival 2009 - Seoul'd Out ticket sales



Tiffany in Kimchiland is very pleased to work together with the organiser of Sundown Festival and offer the sale of the tickets here on this blog. What's the difference between ordering via me and via Sistic? Well..
‘티파니 인 김치랜드’는 썬다운 페스티벌 주최측과 함께 티켓 판매를 진행하고 있습니다.
시스틱을 통해 판매되고 있는 티켓 구매에 불편을 느끼시는 싱가폴 한인 여러분들을 위해, 아래와 같은 티켓 판매 방법을 제공해 드리고 있습니다.

1) you save on the administrative charge of $3 charged by Sistic
시스틱 티켓 구매시 발생하는 수수료 $3불 면제 (주최측에서 직접 티켓을 받아 판매하기 때문에, 수수료를 절약하실 수 있습니다.)

2) you get your ticket mailed to you directly free
티켓을 우편으로 무료 배송해 드립니다.

Now I think that's a pretty good deal. ^^

Terms to note:
1) The ticket price is S$85.
티켓 가격은 S$85불입니다.

2) Last day for sale of ticket is on 7th December, 2359.
마지막 티켓 판매일은 2009년 12월 9일 오후 11시 59분 까지 입니다.

3) All payments must be made by 8th December, 1400.
모든 지불은 2009년 12월 8일 오후 2시까지 완료되어야 합니다.

4) For purchase of 1-3 tickets, the tickets will be mailed out via normal post.
Note: I will not be responsible for lost mail. If you wish to receive the tickets via registered mail, please add $2.50 to the cost of the ticket.
1~3매 티켓 구매 시 일반 우편으로 발송됩니다.
주의 : 우편 분실 시 책임지지 않습니다. 만약 등기 우편으로 우송 받기 원하시면 우편료 $2.50을 추가해 주시기 바랍니다.

5) For purchase of 4 tickets and above, the tickets will be mailed out to you via registered mail.
4매 이상 티켓 구매 시 등기 우편으로 우송해 드립니다.

6) Payments to be made via bank transfer or cheque.
지불은 은행 송금 또는 수표를 발송해 주시기 바랍니다.

If you are interested in buying the tickets and supporting this fantastic, fun event, please drop me an email at- qingsmedia@gmail.com
썬다운 페스티벌 티켓 구매 및 행사후원에 관심 있으신 분들은 qingsmedia@gmail.com로 이메일 주시기 바랍니다.

감사합니다.

Meet-and-Greet passes promotion
The very nice people at Sundown Festival have also given me a pair of the very precious, limited, exclusive passes to be given away on this blog.

Details:
You will get a chance to meet all the artistes- FT Island, Brown Eyed Girls, T-Max, Mario and Lee Ji Su at this "Meet-and-Greet" session on the 11th December. Yup, all of them, up close and personal. Now, that's something that doesn't happen everyday.

How to win the passes?
1) Buy a ticket to the Sundown Festival (either through sistic, via me on this blog or anywhere else...as long as the tickets are legal ^^).
2) A question will be asked within the next few weeks here on my blog. Just answer the question and you may just win the pass. When will I ask the question? Err... I haven't decided yet.

With much thanks to Bo Yi of Boom! Korea for the Korean translation. ^^

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My Girlfriend is an Agent/ 7th Grade Civil Servant



Cast: Kim Ha Neul (Ahn Soo Ji,안수지), Kang Ji Hwan (Lee Jae Joon,이재준)

thread on soompi
Official site- Encore
My Girlfriend is an Agent trailer- Singapore version
Kiss scene BTS
Behind the scene

According to Kang Ji Hwan during the press conference in Singapore, 'My Girlfriend is an Agent' beat 'Terminator 3' when it opened in Korea in April this year. It has since sold 4 million tickets. Not bad for a romantic-comedy movie.

Synopsis:
Kim ha Neul (Ahn Ji Su) is a veteran secret agent- cool, calm, well versed in martial arts and very observant. She's good at her job.

But it is a slightly different case when it comes to love. She loves her boyfriend, Kang Ji Hwan (Lee Jae Jun) dearly. But being a good secret agent comes at a cost- She works 24/7. Her boyfriend is sick of her lies and frequent absence due to her job as a 'tour guide'. He decided to leave her and Korea for good. He calls her one last time at the airport...hoping...

But she is unable to answer the phone or get to the airport in time because...she was busy working again.

3 years passed. She does not hear from him at all and is broken hearted. She starts dating this very nice man, who seemed to offer all that a woman could wish for in a marriage.

Then one day, whilst working undercover as a cleaning lady in a toilet (hmm....do men in Korea continue their nature call even if there's a woman cleaner around? For that matter, does it happen anywhere else?), she spot a familiar 'jet of spray' (I'm not sure if it was the 'hose' or the 'spray' she recognised. Hehe!). It was none other that Lee Jae Jun.


Lee Jae Jun had come back to Korea, officially as a certified accountant. But in actual fact, he had joined the secret service organisation too, but in the overseas department. So now, they are both working in the same organisation, just different departments. But of course, neither knew.

Along the way, they both end up working on the same case and in the process, each thought the other was the baddie.



Will they save their love and their counry without killing each other?

Thoughts:
It is actually not easy to do a action romantic comedy movie as easy as it seems. Not only must it be funny enough, the couple must have enough spark between them.

Kim Ha Neul had proved that she was capable of being funny in the hit movie with Kwon Sang Woo, 'My Tutor Friend'. I've always wondered why she never did more comedy roles in dramas. Until 'On Air', I'm afraid she's been a little typcast to do the 'sad, crying' roles. Indeed, one of the reason why she took on this role was because she has never done a action role before.

In the first 5 minutes alone, you see her doing a high speed boat chase in a wedding dress. Throughout the movie, she attempted many more stunts. Not bad for one who has never done any action movie before.



As for Kang Ji Hwan, I had already know he was a funny guy from the drama, 'Capital Scandal'. And in this movie, he was in his element (I loved the way he flexes his fingers. hehe!) Playing a bumbling, newbie secret agent, he was 'blur as a sotong'. He certainly managed to deliver that comic look effects.



But it was his squabbling moments with Kim Ha Neul that was at it's best and funniest. The discussion about breast was hilarious. And the last fight/ dance scene was a nice touch. And I do like the final twist about the her boyfriend (the one she was going to get married to during Kang Ji Hwan's absence)



Whilst the is not laugh-a-minute nor as action packed as I thought it would be initially, the chemistry between Kim Ha Neul and Kang Ji Hwan was good enough to cover everything else. It was enjoyable and worth spending that precious 90 minutes or so to watch. No wonder there was some rumours about the 2 of them dating. hehe!

Kang Ji Hwan has since received the Best Actor award for this movie in the Daejong award and Kim Ha Neul has been nominated for the Best Actress in the upcoming Blue Dragon award.

Kang Ji Hwan's latest movie has already aired. Titled 'Love is Blind', his co-star is Lee Ji Ah. This is part of the 'Telecinema' series. You can watch the mv here

And Kim Ha Neul? She is also involved in the same 'Telecinema' series, though her co-star is with Ji Jin Hee. Titled Paradise, it will be released later in December I think.

My Girlfriend is an Agent promotion:
The very nice people at Encore films have given me 5 sets of movie premiums to be given away. Consisting of the official movie poster and the spy set below.
(p/s- Don't ask me how to use this. I haven't figure it out beyond the fact that it lights up)

Just answer the following question:
Where did Lee Jae Jun and Ahn Soo Ji furst meet again after 3 years?

Send you answer with the following details to: kimchilandpromotion@gmail.com
1) Your name
2) Your contact
3) Your email
4) Your address

T&C:
1) This promotion is open only to residents of Singapore
2) Promotion ends on 2359, 30th November 2009
3) Winners will be notified via email and also posted here
4) Please do not post your answers here as it will not be accepted. Please send your entry to the email above
5) The poster will be folded for easy mailing

Ok. I think that's all. Hope I haven't missed out anything. ^^

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Korean November 09 magazines out

The November magazines are in and should be on sale at Kinokuniya Takashimaya, Comics Connection and selected stores of Poh Kim Video.

For Asta TV, which features SS501 this month, you can check it out at Tiffany's Attic- Asta TV, November 09

For Junior, it features 2PM. Check it out here at Tiffany's Attic- Junior, November 09.

For the rest of the fashion magazines, which is available at Kinokuniya Takashimaya, you can take a look at what's available here at Tiffany's Attic- Korean magazines 09.

I also have very, very limited stocks of 'Boys Over Flowers' calendars and notebook. You can find out more here and here.

^^

Friday, November 13, 2009

Byun Woo Min in town

If you have been following my twitter, Tiffany on the mov, you would have known by now that Byun Woo Min is going to be in town next week.

Byun who?

Those of you who watched the immensely popular (but very long) daily drama,
'Temptation of Wife' or 'Cruel Temptation'

This is Byun Woo Min


In the drama, which really made him 'famous' or 'imfamous', he was not very nice. He had an affair and pretty much killed off his wife. In other words, the guy you would loved to hate. But I guess he must have done a brilliant job in the drama if everyone hates him so much. Whilst looking through his filmography, I realised that he has been very busy since the drama, 'Temptation of Wife', appearing in 'Tamra, The Island' and now the weekend drama, 'Creating Destiny'. I guess that explained why he can only come on a weekday.

'Creating Destiny' (credit:soompi)


'Tamra, The Island'


But what really caught my attention was the fact that his first drama was 'Barefooted Youth' starring my favourite K man, Bae Yong Joon and Ko So Young. Bae Yong Joon was really, really good looking in this drama. One of the best (yes, even better than Winter Sonata). Ko So Young was of course in the limelight recently because of her relationship with Jang Dong Gun. Anyway, I feel more connected to Byun Woo Min already. Wahaha!

'Barefooted Youth'

Anyway, he will be in Singapore next Wednesday to promote his drama. Here are his flight details:

Arrival, 17th November:
2.35pm, SQ603

Mall appearances:
12pm, West Mall Atrium & Poh Kim Video Store
1pm - Junction 8 Atrium & Poh Kim Video Store
3pm - City Square Mall Atrium & Poh Kim Video Store
7pm - Quest Modelling agency party at Infusion, Block 16A Dempsey Road

Departure:
11.50pm, SQ602

Coming together with Byun Woo Min and appearing with him at the 3 malls are 2 other K artistes.


James Kim has appeared in the movie, 'Seoul Raider' (pretty droolicious)


Lee Seul is Miss World University 2007 and will appear in her first movie, 'Tears' next year.

You can find you more information about them on Quest Models facebook

'Temptation of Wife' is out on dvd now and available from Poh Kim Video stores. All 129 episodes of it. Happy watching. ^^

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Kim Ha Neul & Kang Ji Hwan- The Secret Agents' Press Conference

미안해요 :(

I have not been feeling well for the last few days and everytime I sit in front of my laptop and open up the blogging site to continue my story about the secret agents, I fall asleep...

So here it is, almost 2 weeks after their visit, I am going to continue with the story. Hope my account is not too stale considering that Kang Ji Hwan had won an award for the movie, had some rumoured relationship with Lee Da Hae after holidaying with her in Phuket and Kim Ha Neul has already announced her new project, which is going to be a horror movie. Now that will be a new attempt by her.

Still, I feel I should share what I saw and felt during their visit here to Singapore as I know there are many fans of theirs out there.

So here it is.

29th October 2009, 10am- Press Conference

I remembered someone was asking here on my blog if the press conference was opened to the public. The organiser had made the answer very obvious.

The stage. It was Lee Min Ho's picture on the same stage last week. ^^


Unlike Lee Min Ho though, both Kim ha Neul and Kang Ji Hwan were on time. I had already received news the night before that Kim Ha Neul has some problem with her eye and had gone straight to Mount Elizabeth after touch down. Poor girl had stye and had to wear her sunglasses. Must have been really uncomfotable. And there were going to be press interviews the whole day.


Still, she looked beautiful and he was droolable. I must admist that initially, they seemed a little severe and serious.


But they soon warmed up and by the end of the session, I found Kim Ha Neul to be warm and friendly and Kang Ji Hwan having a sense of humour.

During the press conference, one of the questions asked was "What was the most memorable part of the movie?" Kim Ha Neul replied that at the end of one fo the kissing scene, she saw blood on Kang Ji Hwan's lips and thought he was bleeding. But in actual fact, she was the one bleeding as she had kissed really, really hard, (Hmm...never thought she was capable of doing this. ^^). She didn't say which scene though, but I'm just wondering.. could it be this scene? It sure seemed passionate enough. As for Kang Ji Hwan, he replied that the fact the movie beat Terminator Salvation in Korea was memorable for him. Unfortunately, it didn't beat Michael Jackson in Singapore.

Now, most fans would know that there is some rumour of romance between them. But they took pains to portray that they are dissimilar in character during their Hong Kong visit and did it again in Singapore. When asked if she would choose career or love, she answered that she would choose love over career as a job is just a job. Kang Ji Hwan on the other hand, replied that although he would have chosen love when he was younger but now that he is older, he thinks career is more important, because "women will not like you if you have no money'. Wahahaha!

As if to further prove to everyone their opposite character, Kang Ji Hwan revealed that Kim Ha Neul may be laughing and joking with the team but the moment the camera rolled, she could really cry. Kang Ji Hwan on the other hand, would be dead serious busy studying his script before the filming but would be really funny once the action starts. Hmm...sounds like a good match to me. Ok ok, don't read too much into this. I'm just speculating. ^^

There wasn't much surprises in the press conference. Singapore media is not known to ask explosive questions. Still, I came away with a good impression of both stars, in particular, Kim Ha Neul. She seemed aloof and cold, and yet, she does emit a sense of warmth. And I'm not saying this to be polite. There was a certain K artiste that I saw not too long ago who was completely bored during a fan meet and it was so painfully obvious.

Anyway, some photos taken during the press conference.

How's my front profile?


What about my side profile?


Hey, I look good even with my eyes closed.


You'd better agree or I'll ask my secret super agent to 'take care' of you.


Musn't laugh..must remain cool. I'm a secret agent.


I tell you I won't laugh. I'm tough. I won't crack.


Hehe!


Wahaha!


His and hers.


A short clip on the autograph signing.

Bye! The end of the press conference.


Here are a couple of photos taken by my friends at the gala premiere on the 28th October at The Cathay. Enjoy!

Credit: Kelly


Credit: Esther


Kim Ha Neul looks great. Kang Ji Hwan looks err.....

The movie is showing now in the cinemas and was number 2 on the list last week. Will it remain so this week? I'll be doing a short review of it later. Stay tuned. ^^