Plus Nine Boys, Episodes 1-10: The Calm Before the Storm Written by Joyce On October 1, 2014
Plus Nine Boys is a little drama that slowly wormed its way into my heart with its quirky premise and its cast of realistic and grounded characters. When its teaser was first released, it already caught my eye for its portrayal of romance over a spectrum of ages and personalities; it’s practically like watching four mini-dramas unfold.
In the Korean culture, there’s a belief that the number 9 is cursed. In this case, the four male leads are essentially doomed, especially in terms of their love life. The four charming leads are 9-year old Dong-gu (Choi Ro-woon), 19-year old Min-gu (BTOB’s Sung-jae), 29-year old Jin-gu (Kim Young-kwang), 39- year old Kwang-soo (Oh Jung-se)
Visitors to the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in central Seoul browse products at the Design Lab section of the complex. Initially much of the place was supposed to be devoted to showcasing the works of independent designers, but it turned into a cluster of booths that sell products of design companies. By Park Sang-moon
From a distance, it looks like it could be something out of a fictional dystopian world or a disturbing UFO, but since its establishment, many here have praised it as an embodiment of experimental architecture, representing a futuristic ethos.While the debate continues over the exterior of the 484 billion won ($470 million) Dongdaemun Design Plaza, the enormous cultural complex that opened in March, Park Su-ji, a 22-year-old industrial design major, is more interested in how it will serve aspiring designers like her
Yiruma, the internationally-renowned pianist-composer from South Korea was in Singapore to perform publicly for the very first time at The Star Performing Arts Center on April 5. All 5,000 tickets were completely sold out. I was so lucky to be able to watch him perform his beautiful melodies; it was even more meaningful because that day was my birthday!
The soft-spoken pianist has a great sense of humor, surprisingly. After opening the concert with “May Be“, Yiruma stood up to greet the 5,000 strong audience.
“Hi Singapore, hi everyone. Wow! This is really wonderful, it’s very scary. It’s scary, but it’s very exciting to be here in Singapore. Are there any Koreans here? Annyeonghaseyo! I’m composer and pianist Yiruma, it’s so nice to meet you. Thank You!”
“Xie xie (Thank you, in Mandarin), I started with the song called ‘May Be
This week brought another fabulous pair of “Man from the Stars” episodes. The unique combination of suspense, romance, and comedy continue to make for excellent entertainment. Min Joon’s role as Song Yi’s protector gets put to the test at many points during these two episodes. From falling fish bowls to runaway cars, Min Joon sure has has his work cut out for him. Thankfully, he has some pretty cool superpowers to help him out. The writer does a wonderful job balancing the nail-biting suspense with laugh-out-loud funny interactions. Be prepared for a roller coaster of emotions when you watch this show!
Min Joon Saves the Day
In the climatic end of Episode 7, Min Joon stretches his powers to the max in order to rescue Song Yi from an immediate death. Be sure to add stopping a car with his bare hands to the list of awesome things Min Joon can do
JYP Entertainment has published the results of their Extraordinary General Meeting regarding the merger between the publicly listed JYP Entertainment and the non listed JYP on the Korean Financial Supervisory Service’s DART Electronic Reporting System. The report states that the merger has been approved with the merger effective starting from October 17.
There were a lot of big words in that first paragraph so lets break it down a bit because this report has some juicy information, including how much each of their artists make for the company.
First a summary JYP Entertainment
used to be separate companies responsible for separate artists They have decided to merge the two companies together under the “JYP Entertainment
” banner They held an investor’s meeting to discuss the merger They have revealed that they plan to expand their business to include drama, movie production, tour packages, musicals and actors