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I can still remember how my friends and I developed a fanfiction which casted our selves and our korean biases.  Specifically CNBlue’s Lee Jonghyun played a vampire role and me as a young teacher in a university. After around 2 years we were just so surprised that it is working to come true!  Last Feb 9 a lot of buzz came from korean news outlets and blogs that Jonghyun is being courted to star in a korean drama about vampires and humans in a high school setting. OMG! ❤ It’s as if they knew of our dream. 😛

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It has been reported that Jonghyun is potentially to star in a KBS korean drama entitled Orange Marmalade. FNC Entertainment stated that he is currently in consideration of the role though nothing has been decided yet.  It has also been said that the talks are in its final stages.

Orange Marmalade is romantic fantasy drama (based on a webtoon of the same title) of Baek Ma Ri, a vampire who hides her true identitiy as she transfers to a new school where she will fall in love with the popular high school boy Jung Jae Min. Yeo Jin Goo (The Moon Embracing the Sun, Hwayi, Missing You) is being reported offered the lead role (while Jonghyun will play the supporting role) with nothing final as of yet too.

If Jonghyun will accept the offer it will be his comeback in the dramaland after his successful portrayal of “Colin” in  A Gentleman’s Dignity. I really can’t wait (and I know a lot of fans too) for it to be official.  I did some reserach on the possible supporting character he might take and I hope he would really be a vampire soon in the character of “Han Si Hoo”, a vampire who likes Baek Ma Ri, wahhh its a love triangle and I’m sure kdrama fans hearts will have a hard time choosing between a human and a vampire, hahahaha. 🙂  So let’s wait and see if a Burning Vampire will be a reality, hihihi. ❤

Orange Marmalade is set to follow Spy and target to air in May. At least when my seoulmate Kim Jaejoong enlists I will still be happy ahahaha. 🙂  Aja!

Sources:
dkpopnews
kdramastars
moonroknews
dramabeans
orangemarmalade.wikia.com

Update:
And this is confirmed now and they are filming already. #WishComeTrue ❤ 

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After the successful 5th Annual Kpop and Culture Fest (KFEST5) hallyu gathering that brought the k-pop boy band M.Pire to Manila, KFest Manila Events Management is set for another big thing it has never done before.  This October they are bringing in one of the biggest and popular Korean boy group U-Kiss in this year’s biggest k-pop event in the Philippines dubbed as KNATION Music Show Case 2014: U-Kiss Live in Manila. This exciting k-event is set to happen on October 5, 2014, 6pm at Halls 3 and 4 of the SMX Convention Center Mall of Asia.

To the delight of Filipino k-pop fans the U-Kiss boys won’t be performing solo. They will be joined in by no less than 4 popular names in the k-pop industry as the showcase will also be featuring performances from M.Pire (yes they are coming back), 4L, Bigstar and Winners Crew.

KNATION Music Showcase 2014

Check these videos out and feel the excitement as the handsome boys of U-Kiss, M.Pire and Bigstar with the sexy ladies of 4L invite you to join them on October 5.

U-KISS: Fall in love more with the English skills of Eli and Kevin, wahh!

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M.PIRE: Lumin’s ‘Mahal ko kayo” is so epic cutie!

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BIGSTAR: Let’s do watch out what these cute boys can offer…

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The sexy ladies of 4L: Are you ready fanboys? hahaha…

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So did those “See you in Knation Manila” give you so much feels? 🙂 Don’t miss this biggest event Kpop and Culture Fest team with BNT News Philippines has ever put up to date.  Tickets are available at SM Tickets and prices are as follows: VVIP – 3,999, VIP – 2,999, CLASS A – 1,499 and GEN AD – 599.  For more details kindly visit Kpop and Culture Fest or  BNT News Philippines Facebook pages or check out their promotional video below.  See you on Oct 5.  Hwaiting! ^_^

<credits to Kpop and Culture Fest for the poster and videos>

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Starting the month of March right with a thing close to my heart : last March 1, 2014 another gem and good news to K-pop and Korean drama enthusiasts came to Philippines.  littlemisshoo’s  Oppa! Take Me to Korea!  book was launched at National Book Store Glorietta1.  This is littlemisshoo’s second book on finding your way to Hallyu hotspots in Korea following the success of her first book Travel to Korea in Kpop and Kdrama Syle  in the same genre (Hallyu or Korean Wave defined as the ever increasing popularity of Korean culture mostly through Korean pop music and dramas).  The book was out since Jan of this year through pre-order online and in Singapore and book launches followed in Malaysia and Philippines among others.

Oppa! Take Me to Korea! book copies at the launch

Oppa! Take Me to Korea! book copies at the launch

littlemisshoo giving her welcome speech at the book launch

littlemisshoo giving her welcome speech at the book launch

For those who are not familiar with littlemisshoo here’s a little background on her as taken from the book and her blog littlemisshoo.com.  Miss Hoo is born in Singapore and has a degree in Computer and Information Systems from University of London.  She has been a Korean drama and k-pop fan since 2002, who have fallen deeply in love with Korean culture.  She learned Korean language through private tuition and self-learning and even attended a three-week Korean language course in Yonsei University in 2011.  She has been running her own blog prior to writing the first book sharing whatever she know of Korean dramas and k-pop locations providing locations information and photos to help fellow fans through her travels to Korea…and this love led her to finally writing and publishing the first and now the second travel guide books to Korea lovers.  — Now I know why I instantly loved her, I can relate to her love for Korean culture, so very me isn’t it (and I know a lot can relate too) . 🙂 ^^

littlemisshoo with her books at NBS Glorietta 1

littlemisshoo with her books at NBS Glorietta 1 (cr to National Bookstore facebook page)

Now on with the book launch proper.  It’s an afternoon filled with excitement as the author shared the book features in a “Korea Travel Workshop” session.  Miss Hoo engaged us more as she tells her Korea travel stories in making this book possible.  We really love her job, who would not? If only I can apply as an assistant writer or the likes of a personal assistant hahaha. 😛

Korea Travel Workshop

Korea Travel Workshop

Korea Travel Workshop

Her first book, true to its title Travel to Korea in Kpop and Kdrama Syle focused on K-pop idols café and restaurant shops and famous Kdrama filming locations.  Her second book Oppa! Take Me to Korea! continued this fashion with a whole new set of kdrama and kpop places and this time the book is much more colourful and double the number of pages of the first one, so that’s double the fun.  The directions are also much more detailed hence easier to follow.

littlemisshoo's masterpieces <3

littlemisshoo’s masterpieces ❤

During the “Korea travel Workshop” she showed some of the featured Korean drama and kpop locations in the book.  Of course cafes are just the top of mind filming locations of Korean dramas hence this café street in Gyeonggi-do landed the pages of Oppa! Take Me to Korea! Wonder what were the Korean dramas filmed here?  Just scroll down. 🙂 (photos from littlemisshoo’s slides as shown in the workshop)

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page 84-85 of Oppa! Ttake Me to Korea! <3

page 84-85 of Oppa! Ttake Me to Korea! ❤

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Korean Drama - clip screencap from My Love from Another star

Korean Drama – clip screencap from My Love from Another star

Yes the just concluded viral alien-human love story korean drama Man From Another Star and I Need Romance 2012 were filmed here.  What a way to open the travel workshop hihihi.  Just a disclaimer though that as of writing of the book the epic Man From Another Star drama is not yet aired (or at most still airing) so it is not really part of the book but coincidentally I’m Home café is part of this café street featured in pages 84-85 so might as well littlemisshoo pointed it out during the book launch.  You are so keen Miss Hoo.  And due to various request of her blog readers she recently posted on her blogsite a feature on Hakrim Coffee – one drama filming location of Man From Another Star.  Check this link for her blogpost.

The very popular dramas of 2013 That Winter the Wind Blows (Café Illuso on the finale episode) and The Master’s Sun (Enter 6 Shopping Mall, with that famous fountain^^) are among the other Korean dramas featured in the book.  These two and a lot more….

Cafe Illuso (That Winter the Wind Blows)

Cafe Illuso (That Winter the Wind Blows)

Enter 6 Shopping Mall (The Master's Sun)

Enter 6 Shopping Mall (The Master’s Sun)

For K-Pop I know a lot will be interested in this “We Got Married Village” and but of course the very close to my heart Coffee Cojjee co-owned by Kim Jaejoong of JYJ (wahhh my SEOULmate hahaha). There are just news/rumors that he already let go of the shares on this café with the opening of his own Café JHolic, but nevertheless I would still want to go here. ❤

We Got Married Village

We Got Married Village

Coffee Cojjee (Kim Jaejoong)

Coffee Cojjee (Kim Jaejoong)

Aside from these, what makes this book different from the first one is the addition of two other popular city and island in South Korea aside from Seoul.  Oppa! Take Me to Korea! offers around 100 pages feature on the 3rd largest city in SK : Daegu City and the infamous honeymoon place of Jeju Island.

Jeju Island is probably most popular island outside Seoul but Daegu  is I think not so heard of.  I have encountered of Daegu City probably by watching Korean dramas but I was not really aware that it is as awesome as Seoul until littlemisshoo gave us an overview of what is Daegu as featured in the book.

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Daegu City (slides from the book launch)

Daegu City (slides from the book launch)

Being the 3rd largest City in Korea Daegu boasts of not just nature, but also hallyu and yes SHOPPING!  Miss Hoo mentioned that it is around 30% cheaper (if I remember it correctly) there compared to Seoul.  It’s like a “cheaper” version of “Myeongdong fashion and shopping district”.

Daegu Shopping street

Daegu Shopping street

Not only that, my memory is correct that I have heard Daegu in korean dramas as one of the popular drama Love Rain or Sarang Bi was filmed here.  The book featured a lot of “Love Rain in Daegu” (See below photos of slides presented at the launch).  OMO, Jang Keun Suk, I envy Miss Hoo as she have been there and took photos  ❤

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Hallyu in Daegu features Love Rain kdrama of Jang Keun Suk <3

Hallyu in Daegu features Love Rain kdrama of Jang Keun Suk ❤

An “almost everything on Jeju” part of the book featured Jeju Island’s nature and adventure apart from the “Love” island’s romantic spots as littlemisshoo called it “Fantastic 8 Days in Jeju”.  This part even presented a “Rent a car” option as well as this Hello Kitty island for the kids at heart. Really fantastic, as this is my ultimate dream place to go in Korea…someday soon hihihi. ❤

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After around an hour of travel talk what else can we say but, Aw, we want more!  Really I’m eager to know more about what’s in the book but I guess I’m just excited to flip the pages of Oppa! Take Me to Korea! for my next Korea trip (Wahh I hope to book this year).  I remember how useful Travel to Korea in Kpop and Kdrama Style is for us when we were in Seoul October of 2013.  We were able to navigate must see shops in Myeongdong as well as last minute decision to go to the Caffe Bene branch where most of the korean dramas were filmed.  Imagine it was already around 9pm but thanks to the magic travel guide book that we found the famous cafe so easily.  Happy like a kid me to have taken photo with the signed mugs of Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won: the Secret drama couple.  Littlemisshoo’s book is so handy and user-friendly to a k-fangirl wandering in Seoul.  Surely Oppa! Take Me to Korea! will do more.

Caffe Bene page from Travel to Korea in K-pop and Kdrama Style <3

Caffe Bene page from Travel to Korea in K-pop and Kdrama Style ❤

holding signed mugs of Hyun Bin and Ha Ji won of Secret Garden hihihi <3

holding signed mugs of Hyun Bin and Ha Ji won of Secret Garden hihihi ❤

at Caffe Bene Deonseo-dong branch in Seoul

at Caffe Bene Deonseo-dong branch in Seoul

with Caffe Bene souvenir kdrama photos

with Caffe Bene souvenir kdrama photos

I would really want to thank Miss Hoo for having this second book and her never ending passion to share hallyu and nature spots in Korea.  Of course the book launch event wont be complete without a book signing part.  Yey, I got her sign again, and what made this happier is the fact that she kinda knows me as she said “Oh, hi, you look really familiar” ~ waahhh, a k-fangirl and blogger really knows her fellow addicts. ^^

with littlemisshoo <3

with littlemisshoo ❤

me and my friend with littlemisshoo <3

me and my friend with littlemisshoo ❤

my signed Oppa! Take Me To Korea! <3

my signed Oppa! Take Me To Korea! ❤

Oppa! Take Me To Korea! is now available in Manila though National Bookstore.  Kindly call the nearest branch to you to make sure it’s there but I think NBS Glorietta is the most sure one 🙂  For those outside the Philippines you can visit littlemisshoo’s facebook page here and blog at littlemisshoo.com for more info on the book and how to buy it online.  Borrowing her note on my book “Have fun in Korea”…Aja! 🙂

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I can’t wait to share my thoughts on this book so in lieu of a full review I’m giving some lil’ notes that will surely let you buy this Philippines’ First Pinoy-Korean nobela…just in case you don’t have one or haven’t read it yet.

The K-Pop Star and I by J.P. Adrian…to all Filipino Kpop or Hallyu fanatics you may have heard this book that was launched in the infamous KFest4 event last July 28 held at SM Megatrade Hall 2 of SM Megamall.  I’m lucky enough to enter the event and had my copy of the book that was sold out that day just as the event tickets. 🙂

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So what’s with the book?  It’s a story of an ordinary girl named Joy who had a chance of a lifetime to meet and be with a famous Kpop star as tadahhhh… no less than his personal assistant.  The first time I heard of this book I was, “what a local k-fan fiction, a dream storyline of almost all fangirls to be launched here?”  I’m just as excited and curious on how and where would the story go and if it would hit me in the heart.   And yes it did, boom!!!

I myself is a confessed fangirl who weaves my own fan fiction stories with my Korean biases and also dreaming of publishing my own book (wish wish din pag may time) but unlike me this k-fiction is not about a fangirl.  The main character in the story knows none about K-stuff amidst the roaring Hallyu fever setting of the story.  She doesn’t have a facebook or any social networking account, struggling to pronounce “Kamsa…hamnida” and even refers to Super Junior as a super hero.  OMG! Hahahaha and these all the more make it so humorously thrilling to read.

Kick start your k-imagination with this: How would a day of being caught in a traffic jam and spilling Starbucks coffee on a tight fitted shirt of a then unknown to her Korean star would change everything in her life?  Wahhh!  The kilig factor started right there in chapter one. ♥

Here are some of my points of view (pardon for some fangirl spazz from me)  in my attempt to write a book review.  🙂

The use of both English and Filipino language in telling the story is perfect.  I thought it’s awkward on the first chapter but as the story goes I think it matched the mood of Joy who is continuously struggling between her serious nerdy self (English) or to give in to the kpop fad and dream she is experiencing (Filipino).  And mind you the deep Tagalog and English words made me all laugh out loud.  You can feel it through your heart. ♥ It’s so damang-dama, sapul!  I picked some expressions and phrases that would tickle you to read it:

                …feeling stupid. I wanted to kick myself. Hard. I swallowed the lump that suddenly formed in my throat and composed myself…

                …Sinikap kong hwag mag-blush kahit na nararamdaman ko na nag-iinit ang mga pisngi ko…

                    …Sure, anytime Sir…Shit ang gaga mo Joy!  (watch out the situation that led the main character say this)

                …I just want to stay in this moment forever…Saan nga bang linya ng kanta iyon?

The k-pop star’s anonymous identity made the story closer to k-fangirl hearts as it all the more will make you dream you are in “Joy’s shoe” with your own bias.  Think of this one quotable quote from him and imagine who might be him “I promise (pinky swear)…Don’t turn into a flower.”  As what I have posted in in Facebook – it’s for all k-fanatics out there.  We all can relate.

Aside from those quotable quote and expressions there are a lot of Killer words that will surely make you laugh your heart out loud.  I’ll give my favorite – Thanks to my arrogant Korean Sir in Shining Armor. LOL!  I’m sure you will enjoy choosing your own top 1.

Joy’s grandmother is a character to watch out for.  I must say You already (Ikaw na) lola! She is a revelation though she just played a lil’ part,  hahaha.  Same as the driver Mang Rodel, for the win!  These two supporting characters proved that Halyu wave is everywhere and helped build up the character progression of the main character in their own simple ways.

I started to love everything Korean from watching Korean dramas and in this nobela I truly can relate to each and every detail of the story.  It’s like all the scenes in koreanovelas I’ve watched lumped in a story with a local Philippine setting twist.  I love the MRT and “under the tree” scenes ♥.  And I can’t put off the smile in my face while reading.  I’m even screaming alone in my room in KILIG. ♥  I bet the author is not just a K-pop fan but also a k-drama addict.

The only thing that I think the book fall short in is the part that brings the climax and how fast it led through the ending.  I’m not an expert storyteller but I really got bitin or more politically correct way of saying is that I didn’t expect that the highest part is already coming…or maybe I’m just too engrossed that I would not want it to end…or a sequel is all we need just like all those beautiful Koreanovela stories that touched our hearts.  See for yourselves guys.  I can’t give too many details that might spoil the fun. OMG, I can’t wait to spazz with a friend.  @@

I finished the book in about 2 or 3 hours while I’m so sick lying on bed.  I’m usually slow at reading a book and I’m so surprised I finished it so fast that I forgot my head and body aches in pain.  Thanks so much KPOP and Culture Fest and of course to the author J.P. Adrian for bringing this Pinoy-Korean nobela book.  It’s really a k-fangirl must-have or should I say must-read.  So grab your The K-Pop Star and I copy now for only Php128.  Initially it is available at National Book Store SM North and Trinoma branches but soon it will be available at all mega Manila branches of NBS and Powerbooks.  See the author’s fanpage in this link for more updates or visit KPOP and Culture Fest page.

PS.  I still hope to write a more formal and full book review in my next posts 🙂 Aja!

Update:
You can now enjoy reading The K-pop Star and I online though wattpad in this link. It has also been adapted into a TV mini-series through TV5’s Wattpad Presents last Dec 28, 2015. See this post from the author. ^_^

 

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That moment when she finally saw someone she have been been missing for 2 months but the timing is not right.  Coming from an hour of long lines outside to enter the event hall she looks so haggard and badly needing some re-touch ups.  “Ayoko pa, mamaya na lang,  ampangit ko, hindi ako ready, baka suplado sya today.”  Those were her words of hesitation as she is talking to her friend whose camera is ready for the moment.  As if she has her period on her 2nd day, #IndenialMuch LOL.  But she won’t let that moment pass by without them meeting face to face and so she went to the way where he is standing #HindiNakatiis.

What more can a girl ask for when suddenly amidst the fans crowding him for pictures he made his way to say “Hi” in a so unusual way…He waved his hand and gave that very warm smile that made her forget all the Korean stars she loved.  He was the first one to make the move when their eyes finally meet and he even seems more excited to see her that what the kpop girl tried to hide in her heart.  All those indenial moments melted down and there she is standing still (in cloud 9) in front of him waiting for her turn to be by his side…not knowing that the next scenes would even take her to cloud 100 🙂

[Teaser] A k-pop k-drama Episode 8 with running title The Cosplayer and I  ♥ inspired by the first Pinoy-Korean nobela “The Kpop Star and I” by JP Adrian (which I have finished reading in just two hours, posting my review soon)  and of course a dear kpop inspiration.

Wahahaha, Yes, that’s all fiction guys 🙂  Eto ang mahirap pag nasobrahan ako sa pagod and nagkakasakit, napapa-emo ako. ♥ Well I’m hoping I could really put all those drafts of this fiction (from post-its, my carry on journal, my laptop and facebook notes) into a finished product. Aja!

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