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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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Singer Bii Releases “Come Back to Me” for New Taiwanese Drama

We’ve seen EXO and M4M, two korean boy groups that are composed of Chinese boys. Now I introduce to you a Chinese singer who is actually mixed Taiwanese-Korean. This 23-year old’s name is Bi Shujin 毕书尽 and goes by the stage name “Bii“. You may have heard of this guy’s voice, in fact, if you have chanced upon the new teaser for George Hu and Annie Chen’s new drama “Love Around”, its theme song is sung by him! Name another singer who’s tried to interweave Chinese and Korean in one song. This one is titled Come Back to Me.

By the way, does he not look a bit like Lu Han from EXO? Hehe.

Here’s another song by Bii. He collaborated with makeup artist-turned-singer Chen Shi An 陳勢安 on a song called Be Imperative 勢在必行.

TaecGui Couple Meets Nichkhun (WHAT IN THE WHAT?)

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On Global We Got Married, Taecyeon and Gui Gui finally meet 2pm member Nichkhun at their house-warming party. If you’ve been watching WGM, recall that Gui Gui commented on Nichkhun’s good face (but also Taec’s nice body) when asked about her ideal type of guy:

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Ever since the first episode, Gui Gui has been making it an ongoing joke to the hilariously entertaining dismay of her husband-to-be, Taecyeon. Knowing Gui Gui’s sense of humor from Taiwanese shows she’s been on, it’s obvious she mentions Nichkhun to tease and to get a reaction from Taec. It has made a lot of fans wonder, what if Nichkhun actually showed up on Global WGM. What would Taec and Gui Gui’s reactions be?! Well that episode has finally arrived! Nichkhun arrives to the housewarming party along with 2pm members Woohyung (yes, its Jason from Dream High!) and Joonho. And Gui Gui could not contain her surprise and delight. Meanwhile, Taec sighs in surrender.

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What I really like is how how, after her initial delight at seeing Nichkhun, Gui Gui shows her respect for her husband and doesn’t try to embarrass him in front of his buddies. When asked by the other members how she felt about Nichkhun now, she says “Oppa and I are married now.” Aww.

By the way, she makes the boys do the “10 out of 10” dance in this episode. Sooo funny.

Enter M4M: The New Boyband on the Chinese and Korean Pop Scene (SONG + PICS)


Alen, the main vocalist of M4M


Vinson is the main dancer of the group

No they’re not another kpop boyband. Well…yes, and no. All the members are Chinese, but like EXO-M, they debuted in both China and Korea. But Chinese boys singing in Chinese = cpop boyband, right?! Anyways, M4M, upon first impression, is like the mature and much less awkward brother of EXO-M. Jimmy & Alen caught my eye on the get-go, because Jimmy reminded me of Jang Geun Suk with his long hairstyle and Alen looks like he came right out of a manga. Right now I can’t decide whether Alen looks like Yamapi, Chen Xuedong, or Michael Zhang. M4M’s debut single is called “Sadness” which was released on March 12th [insert some joke about kpop song titles]. “Sadness” currently ranks #5 in YinYueTai’s music charts.

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Song Of the Week: “Fool” By Juniel and Yonghwa (CN Blue)



Can we first comment on those biceps and those lips? Let us revisit those You’re Beautiful days when Yonghwa was the second choice for protagonist Minam. Second choice?! Not anymore, Mr. Biceps. All kidding aside, check out Juniel and Yonghwa’s duet song “Fool”, which was released in mid-2012. Juniel’s voice is soothing yet powerful and solid, very much like what netizens like to dub her, the young IU. Her voice is paired with Yonghwa’s smooth-as-chocolate vocals in this acoustic ballad. And to comment on the music video, the directors made the perfect decision to combine this song with an equally dreamy backdrop, a roadtrip/RV trailer setting, which fits with the innocent summertime love theme. “Fool” has a catchy beat with lullaby undertones, what’s not to love?


Have a listen and tell me what you think.

SOTW: Wei Chen’s “Chen Ai”

魏晨 – [尘埃]
To listen and watch: http://www.yinyuetai.com/video/553358

Wei Chen’s new single [V SPACE] just released a new song titled “Dust” a few weeks ago. It’s been consistently ranked in the top 10 of popular Chinese music website, YinYueTai. In 2009, Weichen met with Mainland Chinese viewers in Let’s Watch Meteor Shower as f4 member, Akira. All I remembered was his sweet baozi face paired with a deep, masculine voice. Barely 4 years later, Wei Chen is now China’s hottest idol singer. currently, Weichen is under a korean music management, hence, his mvs are reminiscent of kpop dance music videos.

I just love the beat and the lyrics in Chen Ai/Dust.Wei Chen’s amazing vocals are utilized well, compared to the other songs his korean management label produced with him. It’s very romantic-ballad-meets-kpop-dance. I think the repetition device used within this song really works for, not against it, and really makes this song fantastic.