K-Dramas of 2017 That You Should Binge-Watch Before The Year Ends

Because This Is My First Life

The year is quickly drawing to a close, but not without addictive K-Dramas that kept us glued to our screens for hours and hours almost everyday!

Of course, you’ve heard about 2017’s biggest hits like the cinematographically stunning Goblin (okay, it premiered in 2016, but it emerged as one of this year’s most popular dramas), the cute Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo that got us asking “Do you like Messi?”, and the super kilig Fight for My Way. In fact, you’ve probably watched those shows and still can’t get over them to this very day. Don’t worry, a lot of fans can relate!

But let me break to you now that this post is not about this year’s most talked-about Korean dramas. Here, I am rounding up seven underappreciated yet seriously good series from 2017 that you most definitely have to check out before we ring in another year of crack K-Dramas:

Circle: Two Worlds Connected

Circle

Okay, so what we have here are two brothers (Yoo Jin Goo and Ahn Woo Yeon) in search of their missing father and a beautiful alien named “Byul” (Gong Seung Yeon), who they believe carries the answers they have long been looking for. The second half of each episode features a ~perfect~ world some time in the future, where citizens’ memories have been erased and emotions are controlled through cutting-edge technology under a new centralized government headed by a secretive official, who has a shared past with the brothers. Intensely suspenseful with edge-of-your-seat twists and thrills, this dystopian sci-fi drama is unforgiving. While watching, put your theories on hold. Or better yet, just dismiss them all. They’re most likely wrong anyway.

Save Me

Save Me

The life of Sang Mi (Seo Ye Ji) has never been easy, but things have yet to become difficult for her. When her family is invited to join a cult by a charismatic leader who goes by the title “Spiritual Father,” her gullible father – who was recently scammed by a colleague – didn’t even take a second to hesitate and said yes. Living in the company of brainwashed followers (including her parents) who think she is the answer to their salvation, Sang Mi is determined to escape, leading her to seek the help of guilt-stricken Sang Hwan (2PM’s Taecyeon) and wrongfully-accused Dong Chul (Woo Do Hwan) to save her.

“Save Me” won’t leave you be. It is terrifying as it is disturbing – but in a good way. It bravely tackles an unconventional subject and jabs audiences with bits and pieces of hidden realities that are both eye-opening and thought-provoking.

Star of the Universe

Star of the Universe

The first part (and the best) of MBC’s “Three Colors of Fantasy” trilogy, “Star of the Universe” follows young grim reaper Kim Ha Na (Ji Woo), who is a huge fan of struggling has-been soloist Woo Joo (EXO’s Suho). When she finds out that her favorite singer will soon “go up,” Ha Na is faced with a dilemma: Should she fulfill her duty and collect Woo Joo’s soul or defy the rules and save the only man she loves? A story about music, second chances, and first love, “Star of the Universe” packs all the feels in just three episodes, leaving you in fits of laughter one moment and in tears the next. Here’s a tip: Grab a box of tissues before binge-watching. Trust me, you’ll need it.

Chicago Typewriter

Chicago Typewriter

Yoo Ah In, Im Soo Jung, and Go Kyung Pyo take on double roles for “Chicago Typewriter” as witers in Japanese colonial era Korea in the 1930s and as a best-selling writer plagued by depression, a literary fanatic, and a genius jazz-loving writer in the present.

This intellectually crafted story about literatis in the past whose reincarnated lives cross paths again in the present is unlike any other K-Drama you’ve seen before, and its historical roots make it all the more interesting. Prepare your heart, because this love story that transcends the test of time will leave it shattered into pieces.

Age of Youth 2

Age of Youth 2

The girls of the Bell Epoque boarding house (Han Ye Ri, KARA’s Han Seung Yeon, Park Eun Bin, Ji Woo) have returned, with more drama, shenanigans, and hilarity in tow! Picking up three months then a year after audiences first met the girls, “Age of Youth 2” continues to connect the characters through events that will challenge their strength in dealing with growing pains. And, oh, a new and lovable addition to the house (Choi Ah Ra) brings her own brand of quirkiness to the group. You might want to check out the first season of “Age of Youth” (if you haven’t yet) before hopping on to this one. Don’t worry, though, it wouldn’t be a waste of your time, since  the show, as a whole, is a refreshing take on the chick drama category. It’s fun, insightful, and the best part: It reminds you that you’re not alone in facing your daily struggles in love and life.

Girls’ Generation 1979

Girls' Generation 1979

Think “The Wonder Years,” but set in Daegu, Korea in the late ’70s. That’s pretty much a way to describe “Girls’ Generation 1979” – a coming-of-age dramedy that gives us a peek into the life of Jung Hee (WJSN’s Bona), who experiences the sweetness and pain of love and heartbreak for the first time. Joining her is a colorful set of characters, including the Seoulite Hye-Joo (Chae Soo Jin), a beauty-and-brains kind of girl who has just moved in to the city with her father; Dong Moon (Seo Young Joo), a charming nerd who has fallen for Jung Hee; Son Jin (Yeo Hoi Hyeon), who’s the epitome of Mr. Perfect to Jung Hee; and Young Choon (CNBLUE’s Lee Jonghyun), a hard-working young man who takes odd jobs to support himself and his little sister.

Light-hearted and endearing, “Girls’ Generation 1979” treats audiences to a delightful blast from the past, complete with nostalgic costumes, backdrops, references, and background music (The Carpenters, anyone?) that scream ’70s.

Because This Is My  First Life

Because This Is My First Life

What happens when two oddballs decide living together as a fake married couple? Laughter and angst ensue, apparently. Stoic mobile app designer Se Hee (Lee Min Ki) and homeless scriptwriter Ji Ho (Jung So Min) thought marrying each other would be the answer to their personal crises. One has an exorbitant house loan to pay, while the other is finding an ideal place to stay. Living together under a tenancy contract should be easy, they reckon, after all, they’re not in love with each other – or are they?

Joined by an equally colorful set of characters like the smart and sassy Sooji (Esom), romantic CEO Sang Goo (Park Byung Eun), manipulative girlfriend Ho Rang (Kim Ga Eun), and aspiring businessman Won Seok (Kim Min Seok), Se Hee and Ji Ho start to realize that they are finally entering a chapter in their 30s with more than what they bargained for.

It’s not everyday you come across a K-Drama that’s so beautifully written, it would be impossible for you to drop it. That’s “Because This Is My First Life.” Replete with quotes to live by, moments that strike a chord, and fearless takes on various aspects of life, it carefully weaves the contrasting personalities of realistic characters with realistic issues, bringing forth the ultimate slice-of-life story that’s not only for those struggling in their 30s, but for anybody who watches it. Really, do yourself a favor and check out this show. You can thank me later.

Written by Krew member Andy Flores

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RELIVE THE HOTTEST MOMENTS FROM KIM JAEJOONG’S FIRST FAN-MEETING IN MANILA

Lo and behold, finally, after 11 years, the Hottest Asian Artist Kim Jaejoong finally came back to the Philippines! And despite the pouring rain last November 30, Kim Jaejoong still managed to maintain the hotness in his first fan-meeting here in Araneta Coliseum!

Let me process this since I am still shocked and in disbelief because I just saw THE KIM JAEJOONG in flesh and he is breathing the same air with me! I bet a lot of his fans feel the same way as I am because we waited for too long. But him coming back to us through this very intimate fan-meeting was really really WORTH IT.

One month before, Kim Jaejoong announced that he will be back to Manila through his V-live. Fangirl Asia eventually confirmed the announcement with the event poster and details of Jaejoong’s first ever fan-meeting here in the Philippines. The announcement gathered positive response among his Filipino fans and some of them even cried because of excitement.

Kim Jaejoong is well known as the “Hallyu Wave King of KPOP”  by the 1st and 2nd generation fans of KPOP. His dream of becoming an idol came true when he successfully debuted under the boy group TVXQ (Rising Gods of the East). On the latter years of his career, he became part of the trio KPOP group JYJ and now, he works as a soloist artist and a K-drama actor. His latest drama was Manhole and it was aired this 2017 at KBS channel.

Alas! The day finally came for the Filipino fans to finally meet Kim Jaejoong. It was at 10 a.m. when fans flocked the area of the Big Dome. Right before the start of the fan-meeting, a fan-signing event was held. Those lucky winners who were raffled by Fangirl Asia will have a chance for their posters to be signed by Kim Jaejoong. At this part I was jealous because they will get to see Kim Jaejoong up close~! We were waiting at the green gate of the coliseum and we can hear and see the squeals and cries of the fangirls as they exit the area with their signed posters. I can say that they were all floating in Cloud 9 because they kept on saying that Jaejoong is really handsome in person and he was so kind to them. Awww~ And I can also see the effort that the fans put in because they came to Araneta with their pajamas only since it was the “theme” of the fan-meeting! To be honest, they really look so cute!

Once I entered the Big Dome, I was greeted by the deafening screams of the fans! They were all  ecstatic to finally meet Kim Jaejoong and when the lights dimmed, together with the other fangirls, I also scream my lungs out.

Our very own host Kring Elezano, welcomed Kim Jaejoong on stage.The host asked Kim Jaejoong how he was feeling today, but Kim Jaejoong was left speechless when fans started screaming so loud when he was about to answer. A wide smile appeared in his face and then he told the host that it was a long time since he last saw his Filipino fans and then he said to the fans that he prepared some Filipino greetings. I was actually in awe when Kim Jaejoong started speaking Tagalog and his introduction goes like this, “mabuhay, Ako po si Kim Jaejoong, kamusta po kayo at maraming salamat po!” It was almost a perfect accent and the fans went cray cray!

The host then later explained that the first segment will be composed of games and interactions that will enable Kim Jaejoong be immersed to Filipino culture while the 2nd segment will be dedicated to his fan-service and live stage performances.

We started off with a Question and Answer portion. A board full of Instax was put on the stage. Ms. Kring explained that Jaejoong needs to pick one instax/picture and he will answer the question written by the fan behind the image. Also,the owner of the lucky picture will get a signed item from Jaejoong as a prize.

He picked a total of seven photos in random. The segment went smoothly as Kim Jaejoong commented that the questions that were asked are all intellectual and not naughty. The first query is about what vacation spot in the Philippines does Kim Jaejoong wants to visit and he enthusiastically answered that he wants to visit Cebu because a lot of his friends recommended this place to him. The second question entails Jaejoong to pick his favorite pet. Kim Jaejoong said that this is really a tricky question because he loves all his pets! But in the end, he later picked Jiji the Russian Blue Cat as his favorite. The segment continued as Kim Jaejoong was asked if we will see him again in a new drama soon, and of course it’s good news as he revealed that his next project will be released this 2018! YAS! Kim Jaejoong picked another photo and this time, it was a grad photo of one of his fans. The message at the back says that he is one of her inspirations when she was studying in school and up until now, the fan asked him if what about Kim Jaejoong, what is his inspiration? After too much thought Jaejoong said that his source of inspiration are books and the image of his past. And then we came to the last query prompting Kim Jaejoong to answer if he can time travel, where will he go and why? With honesty, Kim Jaejoong said that he doesn’t want to go back or time-travel anywhere because he is currently happy on where he is right now! AWWW KIM JAEJOONG OPPA YOU’RE MAKING ME EMOTIONAL!

As the fan-meeting progressed, the Question and Answer portion was reversed and it is time for Kim Jaejoong to ask the audience and he will test them if the fans truly know him because most of the questions are fun facts about himself. The host picked those who will answer per category like for example, those who have passports with them can answer the question Jaejoong will going to ask. Okay so folks, this was my favorite part of the fan-meeting because Jaejoong asked random and tricky questions to us like “This is found inside me and I’m loosing it.” IT WAS TOUGH and it took like 10 fans to answer the question and all of them didn’t get it right. Hints were given and I was practically thinking so hard! What the hell Kim Jaejoong!?! Why do you make our brains bleed with this tricky question! He later revealed the answer as the one thing that he is losing right now is stamina or his energy. But alas! Kim Jaejoong please don’t lose your stamina, we fans are here to cheer you up whenever you feel tired!

See the full segment below here:

Fan-meeting video Part 1 credits to forsythia jlynne

After the Q&A portion, it was time for the fans to really interact with Kim Jaejoong through charades! Three fans who were wearing pajamas are luckily chosen to join Kim Jaejoong on stage! There was a scene stealer in this segment and it was a fan who was wearing a sexy red lingerie. Jaejoong was shy and embarrassed when she saw the girl and kept on covering his eyes! Whaaa such a cutie! The mechanics of the game was simple, if Jaejoong guessed the fan’s actions correctly then the fan will get one point. The fan with the most number of points will get a special prize from Jaejoong.

By the end of the game, the girl who was wearing the sexy red lingerie was declared as the winner! Her name was KD and for the special prize, she got the chance to have a photo-op with Kim Jaejoong on stage! GAAAAH! It was an intense moment when KD started approaching Jaejoong because he was oh so shy of what she’s wearing. I say chivalry is not yet dead because Kim Jaejoong himself took of his polo jacket and placed it on KD’s shoulder to cover her revealing dress! GOSH SO LUCKY! HE IS SUCH A GENTLEMAN! Seriously the fans inside the dome we’re all shouting and stomping their feet when they witnessed this iconic moment during Jaejoong’s fan-meeting! LOL!

We move to the next segment called: TAGAY! I was so excited to witness this segment because Kim Jaejoong will try Filipino dishes that is very unusual to a foreigner’s liking! Each plate is paired with a glass of beer and the host told us that under the plates, there are words with either YES or NO. If Jaejoong picked a dish with a YES under the plate then he will do a dare prepared by his Filipino fans!

The dishes that he tried are Papaitan, Kinilaw na Isda, Sisig and Chicharon na Bulaklak. After tasting the dishes, Jaejoong said that most of them are really delicious and these kind of foods are familiar to his taste buds. Luckily enough for the fans, Kim Jaejoong was able to pick three dishes with a YES under the plate. And these are the type of dares he fulfilled by the end of the segment: Spell your name using your butt, Do an Aegyo (cute face), and dance sexily to the song Versace on the floor.

Kim Jaejoong immersed himself into the Filipino Pop Culture during the last two interactive games. For the first one, Kim Jaejoong hummed while listening to one of the famous OPM songs and fans need to guess what songs were being sung by Kim Jaejoong. It was easy task for us because the rhythm is so familiar and he hymned to the songs of Dahil Sa’Yo, Tadhana, Basang Basa sa Ulan, Ikaw, and Forevermore. Down to the last part of this segment, Kim Jaejoong danced to the iconic Filipino dance moves which are  Otso Otso, Whoops Kiri Whoops, Spaghetti, and Pamela One!

Of course the fan-meeting  will not end without Kim Jaejoong performing his songs to his Filipino fans. Finally! AS IN FINALLY! This part got me emotional because I finally heard his singing voice and it was so soothing! I love the part when Kim Jaejoong performed Good Morning Night and he asked to stand up so we can also join him in his electrifying performance! We actually did this for about four times and even if my legs were shaking, I can’t stop jumping to his song! And by the end, Kim Jaejoong serenaded us once again with his hit songs My Only Comfort, Run Away, Although We Met Again, We Will Meet Again, and Now is Good! To be honest, I got tears in the last song.

Fan-meeting video Part 2 credits to forsythia jlynne

Kim Jaejoong’s message to his Filipino fans is that he is happy and he wasn’t expecting to see a huge volume of fans in his first fan-meeting here in Manila. The feeling is overwhelming and he is gratified that the Filipino fans really welcomed him with a warm heart. We were all shouting “KAJIMA” (Don’t Go) to Kim Jaejoong because seriously, one night is not enough for us to have fun with him! Even if he was on his way to backstage, he kept on shouting I love you and Thank you to his Filipino Fans. By the end of the night, he promised that he will come back here in the Philippines for a concert and we also promised that we will see him again soon!

Thank you Kim Jaejoong for the memorable experience. It was short and quick but the night was filled with too much love and you left us all in awestruck. It may take us a long time to experience this again but it’s okay, we fans will be with you in every step of the way.

Written by Krew Member Alexine Jimenez 

Photos by Krew Member Denice Magbanua 

Song Joong Ki Philippines’ The Battleship Island Block Screening

Ki Ailes show their support for The Battleship Island

Ki Ailes show their support for The Battleship Island

Last September 3, 2017, the country’s first and only fan base of international South Korean actor Song Joong Ki, the Song Joong Ki Philippines, held 3 block screenings of the blockbuster hit, ‘The Battleship Island’, at SM Light Mall Cinemas in Mandaluyong City.

Registration Booth

Registration Booth

Guests lining up for the block screening

Excited guests waiting for the next block screening

Song Joong Ki Philippines, a non-profit organization, was established back in 2010, and has been actively running with more than half a million followers, a.k.a. Ki Ailes, on its official Facebook page. Led by one of its founding members, Ms. Meljoy Mata and 11 other members, the group has been organizing numerous events and has appeared in different television shows and movie premieres to promote all the activities and products showcased by the well-known, award-winning actor. The Battleship Island Block Screening is the group’s first big event, as numerous supporters in different parts of Manila gathered to show their support for Song Joong Ki.

Guests lining up

During the registration and claiming of tickets, guests were given freebies such as fan cards, movie posters, and free loot bags that contained some Song Joong Ki merchandise. They also held a raffle with items coming from different sponsors for all the attendees of the event.

Raffle time

Song Joong Ki freebies

Song Joong Ki freebies

Fans weren’t left disappointed as the movie showed an incredible performance of the power house cast and the intense cinematography will definitely make you experience what it was like in the island during the war (you’ll hear the viewers’ reactions during the war scene, and of course, when Song Joong Ki first entered the scene).

Directed by Ryoo Seung-Wan, The Battleship Island features a star-studded cast composed of top Hallyu stars Song Joong Ki, So Ji Sub, and Hwang Jung Min. The movie was inspired by historical facts, that tells the story about a group of Korean workers, who were forced into labor slavery and who risked their lives in an attempt to escape from the Japanese occupation on Hashima Island (dubbed in the movie as the Battleship Island).

The Song Joong Ki Philippines Team

Song Joong Ki Philippines Team

Song Joong Ki Philippines once again served its purpose as it provided all the fans of the actor in Metro Manila, an interactive field where they could gather and celebrate the much awaited comeback of Song Joong Ki to the big screen.

Thank you Song Joong Ki Philippines

Song Joong Ki Philippines official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SongJoongKiPH/

Written by Krew Member Erika Salaga

Window of Pain and Glory; DMZ Docs Film Fest

“How humane can we be as a human?”

Not your traditional Korean and mainstream storyline, variety of characters from the seven internationally-acclaimed documentary films opened our eyes on the sensitive issues brought by the divided peninsula of Korea. These films were screened last May 11 to 13 during the Manila leg of DMZ Docs Korean Film Festival held at the Cine Adarna UPFI Film Center Diliman.

Mrs. B., A North Korean Woman

The film ‘Mrs. B a North Korean Woman’ by director Jero Yun, who graced the opening day, rejuvenated the atmosphere of the theater as it officially kicked off the series of documentaries for the festival. Yun’s film revolved around a North Korean who escaped from her motherland, became a human trafficker in China and eventually tried to see asylum in South Korea. The film gained loads of applause as the story ended with a melodramatic tune coming from Mrs. B.

“To inform the public about Korea’s other side through film and visual arts”

After the screening, Korean Cultural Center Director Lee Jin Cheol informed the audience that the Philippine leg of DMZ International Documentary Film festival aims to display the enormous desire of Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to be remembered as a landmark of peace for the two Koreas who are currently facing political issues.

Following are remarks from UP Film Institute Director Sari Raissa Dalena who noted that the selection of films will make known how the country deals with contemporary issues governing Korea and how such films contribute in cultural exchange.

A rundown of commentaries made by Patrick Campos, Director of the Office of Research and Publication of the College of Mass Communication of the University of the Philippines (UP), remind everyone the importance of human subjects as the base of national interest.

Wrapping up the opening ceremony was a talk made by Director Yun himself who gave his best, to answer all the points of interest by the viewers. He also admitted that the story of Mrs. B whom they refer as Madame B during the shoot made a huge impact in his view as a filmmaker and encouraged him to produce a ‘better’ film and at some point made him feel more humane.

Categorically, we may answer the question “How humane can we be as a human?” by simply explaining science theories or stating the good deeds we do for others. However, films like the ones featured in DMZ International Film Festival might also prove that your thinking might be the other way around. See how suffering and survival can make one humane and how perspective could build a strong character inside as a human.

Written by Krew Member Mikai Javier

6 Korean Travel Variety Shows to Binge-Watch This Summer

It’s summer!

For almost everyone, summer is pretty much synonymous to hitting the beach, throwing pool parties for the fam or the entire barkada, or traveling overseas to catch a cool breeze or bask under the heat of the sun even more.

But for me, a total homebody who prefers staying in the comforts of her home over posing for Insta-worthy sunny season pics, summer is all about binge-watching and catching up on TV shows I missed – that is, of course, whenever I’m not dragged to a trip by relatives or friends.

My guilty pleasure? Korean travel variety shows.

Unlike typical travel programs you see on TV that will simply sweep you across a certain city or country – throwing in facts and tips here and there as the host samples local fare or joins in some loud festival – Korean travel variety shows are not just informative but also extremely entertaining. I’m talking about wacky missions and tons of excitement topped with lots and lots of laughter here!

Indeed, watching K-Celebs exploring a new place abroad or featuring Korea’s lesser-known destinations in these incredibly addictive shows is an experience in its own, and if you’re curious enough to check out one for yourself during your free time, here are six Korean travel variety shows that will give you some good laughs and serious #TravelGoals:

One Fine Day

 photo ofd13cb_zpsyoeifoxw.pngThe survival skills of SEVENTEEN are put to a test on “One Fine Day: 13 Castaway Boys”

MBC Music’s “One Fine Day” (OFD) goes all out in treating your favorite idols to themed trips. In the earlier seasons, OFD is mainly about giving overworked idols a vacation they deserve, but now, each trip almost always comes with a catch.

Among my favorite guests of this show are the boys of SEVENTEEN. In One Fine Day, which was renamed as “13 Castaway Boys” just for them, the group’s survival skills were put to a test as they were marooned on the island of Yeoseo in the southern tip of South Korea, with nothing but a plastic bag packed with items they deemed as their “needs.” Their teamwork, funny antics, and charm in variety probably helped them score another OFD season, the currently-running SEVENTEEN’s One Fine Day in Japan.

Also check out: SHINee Surprise Vacation (Onew in Thailand, Jonghyun in Japan, Key and Minho in England, and Taemin in Switzerland), AOA’s Hainan Getaway, VIXX’s One Fine Day in Jeju, Super Junior’s One Fine Day in Switzerland, and G-Friend’s Variety Training in Cebu

Battle Trip

 photo battletrip_zpsimux3sa8.jpgSandara Park and Hyoni exploring the Philippine islands for “Battle Trip”

Some time last year, there was a fuss around my workplace in Bonifacio Global City. Apparently, Sandara Park was shooting a segment at a restaurant nearby for KBS travel show called “Battle Trip.”

Curious, I checked the show after it aired, and got hooked by its simple yet fresh concept: MCs divide into teams and go on an adventure in exciting destinations. Upon returning to Korea, they will then come together in the studio to talk about their experiences and decide on which team has had the better trip.

While Sandara and her travel buddy Kang Hyoni’s course called “Dara Tour” initially lost to actor-director Kim Min Gyo’s Pattaya, Thailand escapade, she didn’t fail in showcasing the beauty of the Philippines, even defending the country as a safe place to travel for foreigners.

1 Night 2 Days

 photo 1night2days_zpskmglosmw.jpgThe cast of “1 Night 2 Days” smile for a selcawith their special guests as they filmed the “Handsome Men Winter Camp” episode

This 10-year-old show is one of the longest-running travel-themed programs on air.

Staying true to its motto “real wild road variety”, the 1 Night 2 Days or 1N2D cast members Kim Jong-min, Cha Tae-hyun, Kim Joon-ho, Defconn, Yoon Shi-yoon, and Jung Joon-young embark on different trips throughout South Korea per episode all the while performing a slew of obscure missions to earn rewards (that will make their trip more comfortable)and avoid punishments.

Idol groups like Infinite, APink, and Twice, as well as celebrities like Park Bo Gum, Park Seo Jun, and Han Hyo Joo have graced 1N2D.

New Journey to the West

 photo newjourneytothewest_zps8e1ltym5.jpegThe original cast of “New Journey To The West”

Inspired by the classic Chinese novel “Journey to the West”, this rollicking travel-reality program follows personalities like Lee Seung-gi, Kang Ho-dong, Eun Ji-won, Lee Su-geun, Ahn Jae-hyun, Kyuhyun, and Mino on a backpacking trip across Xi’an, China.

To make things interesting, the cast portrays characters drawn from the original novel, and together, on their trip of 5 days and 4 nights, they take on a string of games that will send you into fits and fits of laughter.

Youth Over Flowers

 photo youthoverflowers_zpslxjt18te.jpgJung Sang-hoon, Jung Woo, Jo Jung Suk, and Kang ha Neul *chilling* in Iceland

Getting kidnapped has never been this fun.

In “Youth Over Flowers”, celebrities are taken to a far-flung country without prior notice, rendering them completely unprepared for the trip. Every season, the cast spends about a week or so in their destination, filling their time with a number of activities that they planned on their own or have to do for the show.

Among this program’s most notable guests are actors Park Bo Gum, Kang Ha Neul, Jo Jung Suk, and idol group B1A4’s Baro.

Exciting India

 photo flutteringindia_zpsjfgmun1u.jpgClad in traditional Indian kurtas SHINee’s Minho, Super Junior’s Kyuhyun, EXO’s Suho, Infinite’s Sunggyu, and CNBLUE’s Jonghyun pose for a photo in front of the historic Gateway of India

So, what happens when you send five of K-Pop’s biggest stars to a country where very few people know who they are? “Exciting India” has the answer.

In this 4-episode KBS World special, Super Junior’s evil maknae Kyuhyun, Infinite’s leader Sunggyu, CNBLUE’s lead guitarist Jonghyun, EXO’s leader Suho, and SHINee’s main rapper Minho are flown to India as KBS’s newsroom correspondents to create a full-length report on how K-Pop is perceived in the South Asian sub-continent.

Setting forth as men with a mission (well, they look more like university students doing a group project), they scour the city of Mumbai – from the historic Gateway of India, to the cosmopolitan shopping district, to the slums of Dharavi – immersing themselves in the rich Indian culture as they gathered facts, overcame language barrier, and learned the ups and downs of journalism.

Written by The Krew member Andy Flores

5 BTS: The Wings Tour Moments We Can’t Wait To Experience In Manila

We’re just a few days away from the 2017 BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour in Manila, and we could hardly contain our excitement!

Arguably the most-anticipated K-Pop concert of the year, The Wings Tour in Manila (6-7 May) sold out some 20,000 tickets in just a few hours on the first day of ticket selling alone – a true battle of blood, sweat, and tears among the ever-so-passionate ARMYs.

As we count down the days till we witness Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Rap Monster, Jimin, V, and Jungkook set the SM Mall of Asia Arena stage on fire for their third solo concert in the country, let’s run through five The Wings Tour moments we couldn’t wait to experience on both days of BTS’ stop in Manila:

The super lit set list

 

The Wings Tour is divided into four glorious parts on top of VCRs and talking segments. Kicking off with the kinetic “Not Today” numbers and a slew of intro songs, BTS will then treat the audience to solo stages, to be followed by a medley featuring their title songs before they ease down to the encore, capping off the show with “Spring Day.” Crowd favorites like “Fire”, “Dope”, and “Baepsae” are also part of the concert’s set list.

The seven solo stages

We’ve seen BTS hold unit stages at their past concerts, but they’ve never really dedicated an entire segment to solo performances, so we sure are looking forward to the the seven stages of each member this time around. From Taehyung and Jin nailing the high notes in “Stigma” and “Awake” to Hobi’s à la worship “Mama” stage to Jungkook showcasing some impressive footwork during “Begin”, we’ll get to watch the Bangtan Boys bare their souls through powerful, uplifting, sometimes sensual, sometimes heart-wrenching numbers that we certainly won’t forget any time soon.

Watching the live performances of “Spring Day” and “Not Today” for the first time (in the flesh!)

This would be the first time we will be seeing the choreography of “Spring Day” and “Not Today”, as well as the other songs in the Wings and You Never Walk Alone albums including “Blood, Sweat & Tears”, performed live right before our very eyes – of course, we are pumped!

Taking part in the fan projects

From creating a rainbow ARMY Bomb ocean in the US, to forming encouraging messages that illuminated an entire arena in Thailand, ARMYS have always believed in “go big or go home” when it comes to packing a surprise for the boys. And since we PH ARMYs don’t want to get left behind, we have something in store for BTS, too! So if you’re attending the show, it would be best for you to familiarize yourself with all the fan projects and share the word to your fellow concert buddies!

Singing along to “2!3! (Hoping For More Good Days)”

What better way to make your fans feel loved than by writing a song especially for them? That’s exactly what BTS did. “2! 3! (Hoping For More Good Days)” is the ARMYs’ official fan song that says so much about the ups and downs that the band and the entire fandom endured together, and getting the opportunity to sing along to it is a chance we definitely wouldn’t miss. After all, it’s not everyday we get to express our love and gratitude to our ultimate bias group by singing back to them with all our hearts.

Written by The Krew member Andy Flores

EXO’rDIUM IN MANILA: DERP YEOL ON THE RUN!

So you all might be wondering, who the hell is Derp Yeol? You might saw him roaming around Araneta a few hours before the second day of EXO’rDIUM in MANILA started. Some fans went cray cray when they saw him but have you spotted him with your very own eyes? 

For extra fun, my friend and I decided to host our very first giveaway in celebration of EXO’s return here in Manila. We want to make the most of our experience since it’s going to be our second time attending EXO’s concert here in the Philippines! But hosting your first giveaway needs to be memorable right? That’s why we added a twist to it and created our very iconic “Derp Yeol” tarpaulin.

The idea is to give out our EXO merchandise for free to those who will be attending the DAY 2 concert. But my friend and I thought that it will be really exhausting to choose among the pool of Filipino EXO-Ls present in the area.

While I was thinking on how are we going to execute our giveaway, my eyes landed on a very particular item at the corner of my room. Rolled and placed in one of my shelves is the Derp Yeol tarpaulin that I used and raised during EXO’luXion in Manila last year. I instantly remembered how people look onto my tarpaulin and saying that it’s one of the best banners that they saw! It even made a commotion last year when I did the rounds in MOA Arena holding the tarpaulin on my back while EXO-Ls chased me for a picture with Derp Yeol. So I said to myself, why not use Derp Yeol again this time for a better reason? LOL!

I immediately told my friend about my plan to use Derp Yeol for our giveaway and together, we formulated our execution plan and the mechanics.

EXO-Ls who spotted Derp Yeol around Araneta are entitled to win a free EXO merchandise. We pin post the mechanics on our twitter accounts and a Philippine-based fan club of Chanyeol helped us spread out our giveaway event by re-tweeting our post~ so sweet! We garnered a lot of positive response and PH EXO-Ls from twitter keep on mentioning that they are excited to meet and greet Derp Yeol on Day 2 and not just get the prizes.

Another twist in the rules is that fans need to find us wearing our baseball caps for a chance to win a free EXO Merchandise, if they spotted us not wearing our caps then it means that they will only get a selfie with Derp Yeol.

We started the game right when we arrived at Araneta Coliseum last February 26, 2017. Derp Yeol was on the run as early as 10:30 am and a lot of EXO-Ls spotted us already. Some were hesitant to approach us but as we walked around the Yellow Gate (Gen Ad entrance) someone said “Uy si Derp Yeol!” She and her friend spotted us and jumped in excitement as she showed us the mechanics which we posted on Twitter.

We congratulated them for finding us and we let them pick their free EXO merchandise via draw lots and before we part ways, we let the winners have the opportunity to take a selfie with Derp Yeol!

An overwhelming response flooded our mentions on Twitter when we posted the picture of our first winners. Some of the fans cannot find us so we tweeted the clues of the different locations where they can find Derp Yeol. Funny thing was that, the fans went to us so fast even if we just tweeted our recent location minutes ago.

The last location of Derp Yeol was in a Coffee Shop nearby and since we’re down with 4 remaining EXO merchandise left, we decided to finish it off so we can finally rest and prepare ourselves (and feels) for the concert. After we tweeted our last location, EXO-Ls flocked around Derp Yeol’s last location hoping to get a free merchandise. Of course we gave the remaining prizes to those who arrived first.

The EXO items that we gave was part of our collection and some are merchandise from different official fan bases. This simple act of giving is not to show-off anything, our goal here is to make everyone have a memorable EXO’rDIUM in MANILA experience. A simple act of generosity is what makes us happy and we also want to spread the love to our fellow EXO-Ls. Our banners may say “Iniirog Kita Bes” to EXO but those deep words are not only meant to them but also for us EXO-Ls — that in this moment, we are a family and WE ARE ONE!

Memorable enough, find us again on the next run of Derp Yeol!~

Written by Alumni Krew Member: Alexine Jimenez