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2013 Chinese TV Drama Awards Ceremony: Fashion Post

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Anhui TV Channel has just hosted this year’s drama awards: To start off, this is purely a fashion post, since I’m not sure exactly who got what awards, I’m not going to mention any of them until the video of the awards ceremony comes out/when I get to watch it. Let’s start the fashion madness. Keep in mind I have no experience in fashion analyzing so my comments will be pretty rudimentary at best. If all fails, just enjoy the pretty pictures!


Joe Chen (Chen Qiao En) is decked in what looks like Read More…

Don’t Forget Your Toilet Paper!

I reckon a lot of people will be hitting the water parks during these hot days in China. An entire day (or even half day)’s worth of shopping or going to historical parks during its scorching hot June to August months will require some needed items to ward off the heat and stay fresh. Among the top essentials are toilet paper, wet wipes and a parasol. Uh toilet paper?! Here’s a list of items to give ideas for any travelers hoping to visit some of China’s beautiful cities in the summer BUT want to keep your cool (hehe) as you explore the city! You are welcome to adapt this list for summer day adventures in Korea, Japan, or another Asian country you are visiting. Leggo my ego. daytime adventures in china

I found metro cards very useful when exploring in Chinese cities. Best methods of travel are the subway system and metro buses, but you will need to be familiar with the subway routes (etc) before you embark on one. And with both transportation, you need to be slightly more aggressive than you would in a Western setting, like pushing your way through the subway door to (hopefully) earn a seat! And for everyone interested, toilets in China are ranked too: personal experience, if anything, has led me to believe the worst ones are at shopping centers. Avoid them at all costs! I enjoyed the ones at KFC and McDs though, and luckily for Western travelers, these fast food restaurants show up everywhere. Air conditioning, by the way, is available in most Chinese shopping malls.

Oh, and while we’re at the topic of Beijing and Shanghai, these two most well-known cities of China are so often compared to each other despite that they have their own distinct traits. In the summer months, Beijing is like a flame-blowing dragon (interpret it however you like) and Shanghai is like a taking a dip in a hot bowl of oily soup. But hey – there’s one more excuse for ice-cream! Oh the fruity goodness of Da Hong Guo 大红果冰棍.


Things you didn’t know you need when you are out and about in a Chinese city….

The bare min:

  • toilet paper – very few public restrooms are stocked with toilet paper (this author had a poor experience with Yi He Yuan’s lack of this accommodation). stay on the safe side because you never know.
  • wet wipes, or cleansing wipes are good when your makeup is starting to glide off your face in the heat and are good for refreshing after a sticky-icky ride in a crowded metro bus or subway (but at least there is usually air conditioning in the subway ^^)
  • hand sanitizers because the word has it that you can’t find them in the stores! and you might want to use them before a meal
  • water is crucial when it’s hot outside and if you will be walking for a while
  • parasol also known as the sun-umbrella- this is an effective that Chinese women do to protect from the sun and stay cool
  • Beijing is plagued with seasonal dust storms so bring close-toed shoes that don’t mind getting dirty.

You might also want to carry:

  • camera
  • your own set of utensils if you are going to be dining in restaurants and from outdoor food vendors
  • blotting paper if your face gets oily easily
  • wallet – remember to have exchanged for Chinese RMB and bring your metro card too
  • sunglasses so you are not getting premature wrinkles from squinting at signs and the glare from cars

Would you carry these items? Other essentials?

Photo source: (first two Chinese pictures) 1, 2, (kids eating ice-cream picture) Flickr

Hwang Jin Yi (Fashion)

Modern Day Courtesan
“I hope that the life you will live won’t be too much to handle. And that you will be happy…” – Hwang Jini (Asian Drama Quotes)
This time around, I style Chosun-era famous courtesan Hwang Jini 황진이.
Hwang Jin Yi Facts:
  • based on a true story of a 16th century gisaeng, the love child of a nobleman and gisaeng, the plot tells her rise to success and her three loves (one of them was Jang Geun Suk!!)
  • popular Korean actresses Ha Ji Won and Song Hye Kyo both played the character
  • the program’s success inspired a boom in interest in kisaengs in South Korea
I remember the lovely soundtrack of the series, the exquisite cinematography, and the suspenseful cliffhangers. What catches your eyes the most (and obviously) is the aesthetics; the luxurious fabrics, bold lipcolor, dramatic skirts, and floral patterns of the gisaeng. Though Jini’s fancy attire may be more suitable for ancient times (or today’s gisaeng = modern day courtesans), you can also rock her dramatic style, modified and wearable. To me, the bralette and the skirt pairing makes for a sultry look that is still classy.
If the weather gets chilly, simply slip on a red or white cardigan over the floral bralette. I think this outfit will be a great night-out-with-the-girls look. What do you think?
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Female Prime Minister (Fashion)

Female Prime Minister fashion
The gorgeous color combinations of Lu Zhen and Dan Niang’s outfits in Legend of Lu Zhen 陆贞传奇 (or as previously dubbed Female Prime Minister) are a sight to behold. My personal favorite was the cobalt blue and bright yellow outfit, which is my modern interpretation below:
Female Prime Minister
I came up with a feminine yet fierce outfit comprised of a yellow dress and cobalt blue motorcycle jacket. Legend of Lu Zhen is about the rise of Read More…

Links To Check Out — Week One: Umeboshi, Makeup, Drama Fashions, And Kpop

Hello everyone! This is going to be a new feature thingy on UnderratedGems where I recommend links to inspirational or cool websites (or videos) that I find each week. The sections will change according to each week’s discoveries, so make sure to check them out every week for surprises. And here’s to hoping you learn or discover some new things while you browse my links.

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  1. Make Homemade Umeboshi 梅干: have you tried pickled vegetables 榨菜 or had preserved plums 话梅? Umeboshi are similar; tart in flavor, with a slight saltiness. In Japan, people will eat umeboshi on top of plain rice when they don’t have other dishes. It gives a kick of flavor and never fails to make my mouth water. I’ve seen umeboshi in Jdramas where the students will pack this into their lunchboxes. You can also find these pickled plums in snack form at Asian groceries. With this famous recipe on umeboshi, you can now make it at home!
  2. Kpop is Considered Childish Among Koreans?: Noticed how much of Korean pop music is present on Youtube or on popular forums? It. Is. Everywhere. (everywhere that is, when you have an asian community) Have you wondered that maybe all this hype about kpop is mostly centered around the international fans? This essay suggests that Kpop is actually not a focal culture of Korean people, but its main audience are pre-publescent girls. Whatever you make of it, ’twas an interesting read.
  3. Jenn Im’s Everyday Makeup Tutorial: Not every makeup tutorial out there will include commentary like “this liner is just whatever – it’s like the best whatever” and “my powder just locks everything in place and seals all my hardwork”. Quotable and funny, this girl knows just the things to brighten up a typical makeup video. Let’s not forget her eloquent choice of words. I bet men could even watch her vids without fast-forwarding to the end.
  4. Get This Look – Yoona’s <Love Rain> Fashion: I love fashion. I love dramas. What is there not to love about this? Well, I guess, the price tag.
  5. Recap of <Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in Tokyo> Episode 3: I love the way SleeplessSpirits does the recaps. We are given lots and lots of yummy screencaps with some commentary and summarizing.

Have you read an interesting article lately? Share it with us in the comments below~ 

P.S. Help me come up with a title for this new feature! Something a little more creative than “Links to Check Out”. 

Outfits, Food, and Hairstyle Tutorials!


Here’s a sneak peek:

+ double cone UPDO, inspired by “Chinese Paladin 3” (COMPLETED, click for the tutorial)

+ Sheer Top and Skirt summer outfits, inspired by Korean drama “Big” (COMPLETED!, click to see the outfits)