March 18, 2008

Annyong ha shimnikka!

Or should I say Bonjour!!!
It's good to be back in Singapore and even better to log on to see that readership for HelloHallyu is still going strong! Thanks for the support!


Both Mydaemon and I are fully recharged after a wonderful trip to London and Paris. You can expect to see more updates following the short hiatus while we were scooting around the streets of these two great cities and soaking up as much of the culture rich environment.

HelloHallyu goes to London!

As promised, I kept my eyes peeled for potential sighting of Korean stars. Sad to say, I only managed to witness the red carpet opening of the Hollywood movie "The Game Plan" which starred Dwyane Johnson (The Rock) and the young starlet Madison Pettis (whom I saw at the event). I shouldn't complain too much since this was my first 'red carpet event'.

While Korean stars decided to give the streets of Paris and London a miss while we were there, there were still plenty of Korean culture to be found in both cities. A hot steaming bowl of bibimbhap can be easily obtained from the Korean restaurants found in London's Chinatown, although I did not manage to find a single one in Paris.

Korean flavour was also present in the form an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London). Brought to you by none other than Samsung of Korea!

And who says you can only see handok in Korea. There's already a couple in London!

You can see Mydaemon's hand in the photo below touching a priceless Korean vase. Don't worry, the vase is one of the 'interactive' pieces on display. We can touch it, but we can't break it. *hehe* Oh, by the way, this will be the closest, and I mean it, that you will ever see of Mydaemon. As for myself, just be contented that I am the guy behind the viewfinder of the camera who brings you such wonderful shots. Ah, the ego's puffing up.

Korean Air also made its presence felt in the world famous Louvre Museum in Paris. All the audioguides were sponsored by Korean Air, but they still come at the price of 6 Euros. . . But the guide was really great! It gadget was like a Palm with a huge interactive screen that shows directions as well as details on the exhibits that we were viewing. Great stuff!

Did someone mention that the audioguides from Louvre is a really cool gadget?
They sure are!

Korean entertainment was limited as the hotels only had UK channels (in London) while there's only SkyNews in Paris. It was especially bad in Paris since there's nothing but news, news and more news on TV. We became experts in UK news in one single week. Not something which I thought of ever achieving.

But there's always light at the end of the tunnel. Those who have travelled on Singapore Airlines before would know of its famed inflight Kris World entertainment system. Apart from major Hollywood flicks, there were also Chinese, Japanese and KOREAN movies (yah!). So I made do with my Korean entertainment withdrawal with viewing the movie Le Grand Chef thousands of feet above as the plane whizzed towards home. Will share my review of the movie in another post since it deserves one on it own. :)

Ok, time to catch up with the going-ons in the Korean drama and entertainment world. So what have I missed in the last 2 weeks...

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