Sunday, March 30, 2014

Running Man in Australia Episode 189

It was late at night, Kwang Soo and Haha armed with a camera were prepared to go to every room and disturb the other members. They went into Gary room and attempted to play a prank on him. Suddenly, Gary turned the table around and gave Haha and Kwang Soo a fright. In return, they lifted the blanket to show us a naked Gary! 

Jong kook joined in the commotion and went to every room to 'split everyone legs'. Poor Woo Bin and Rain cannot escape from Spartakook. 

At the other room, Ji Suk Jin and Jae Suk were bickering on the bed. At this moment, Haha and Kwang Soo appeared. They jumped on the bed and Rain soon joined in the dance with the hyungs.

The next day, Rain and Jong Kook appeared at the mission area first. The last person who arrived was Ji Suk Jin. Therefore, Rain team were able to choose the cards: Land, Air and Sea. Rain and Woo Bin teams choose land, Haha team choose Sea and Jae Suk team was left with Air. 

The guys were obviously enjoying their ride and Kwang Soo even posed for the camera but the camera chose to focus on Woo Bin. During the ride, Kwang Soo talked about betrayal skills to Woo Bin. On the other hand, Woo Bin worries if he could take revenge on Kookie since he had became fitter since he saw him last time. Kwang Soo offered some tips such as attacking the weakest area as long as you apologize. 

At the sea, Gary was pushing all the mission to Haha since today is his birthday. Their mission is parasailing speed quiz. Haha reluctantly agreed to do so give Gary a well deserved break. 

Both the mat Hyung were still bickering with each other. They remarked that the people who should do this mission is on playing on land. Poor hyungs have to string 15 beads into the string while riding on the seaplane. They were freak out during the ride and was screaming throughout the mission. 

These two teams have to carry a glass of water while riding on the jeep. With combined effort, they must achieve 1litre of water in order to complete this mission. The first round, both of the teams failed since the water spilled out during the ride before they reach the destination. 

Kookie tried to negotiate to lower down the level of water but Kwang Soo disapproved. Actually he had discussed with Woo Bin secretly to stored some water in the mouth. They were accused by Rain team for cheating. Woo Bin was forced to confess his 'crime'.

At the next round, Rain team used Kwang Soo tactic. There was a drizzle during the ride and they were happy that they could collect some water. They spotted the Sea plane and exclaimed that Jae Suk and Ji Suk Jin must be frightened. Indeed, the hyungs were frightened but they managed to string in the beads and emerged as the winner for this round. Haha and Gary were relieved that they do not need to do their mission because of the bad weather. They even got to see the dolphins and name them after themselves. 

Ji Hyo arrived at Melbourne and her secret mission is to obtain three earth cards to be the earth lady. This lucky girl gets to enjoyed the foods and coffee prepared by the staffs. All she have to do is eat and drink secretly without the Running Man notice. 

Kwang Soo team arrived at the destination and the place was already flooded with people. They even filmed a 'music video' on their way to the destination. Their mission is to enlist the help of 5 men in the street to participate in the game. It was a arm wrestling game. Kwang Soo did well and managed to win the game. They picked a fire card. 

Ji Hyo was anxious to know that the Running man teams were around the place. However, she completed all her mission and achieved the earth lady status. Jae Suk and Ji Suk Jin managed to complete their mission and received a wind card. At the other side, Haha team completed their mission too. They received the Wind card. 

Rain team have to guess the song which  the street performer sings. Jong Kook managed to guess it correctly - La Song. Rain was embarrassed that he could not recognize his song. They got a fire card for completing their mission.

They received a call from Ji Hyo and were told to assemble at the Royal Exhibition Muesum. Kwang Soo and Ji Hyo hugged each other. Their final mission is to find the card that they lack and bring Ji Hyo to the platform in order to win the race.  

They got together and discussed about their cards. Soon, everyone was busy searching for cards hidden everywhere. Kwang Soo wondered if he could steal Ji Hyo card and was 'punished' for his betrayal. 

Rain was impressive in finding the cards and eliminate the other players. Finally, only Woo Bin, Ji Suk Jin, Gary and Haha were left to face Jong Kook and Rain. They agreed to allies with each other. However, Rain had found Woo Bin card and eliminated him.

Jong kook held on to Haha and Ji Suk Jin while Rain grabbed a reluctant Song Ji Hyo to the platform. Gary came too late and Rain placed all the element cards with Ji Hyo Earth card. 

Rain and Jong kook became the winner team. They received a gold coin and the members joke that his girl friend (kim Tae Hee) will be happy to receive the present. 


Kwang Soo is really funny in these Australia episodes. He is the funny man and sometimes I admire his thick skinned. He does make me laugh recently without been irritating. I think Kwang Soo is indeed a nice person in real life. I like that Kwang Soo partnered with Woo Bin. Their interaction was great and their music video was embarrassingly funny too. 

Rain is really competitive and when he paired up with Jong Kook to make the strongest team, it is too difficult to defeat them. Although I did hope for a nice twist at the end where the underdogs win, I am also expecting Rain to win. He is a great  athletic and he has a great drive to win. On the other hand, Woo Bin is very cute and sporting as compared to his previous appearance. The final mission could be anti-climax but I do enjoyed the process and appreciate the Running man team effort. 

Running Man in Australia Episode 188

Our first Agent is Kim Woo Bin who acted in the Drama - The Heirs. 

The second Agent is Korean international star - Rain (Bi). 

They were divided into different teams. Rain/Kwang Soo, Haha/Jong Kook, Woo Bin/JaeSuk and Suk Jin/Gary. Welcome to Australia! Song Ji Hyo was busy filming Emergency Couple and will only appear in the next episode. The PDs announced their mission is to find the lost treasure chest by gathering the four elements: Fire, Water, Earth, Wind. All of them chose a card and off we goes to the destination. 

The teams took the helicopters to arrived at the destination: Brisbane seashore. Their mission is to dive into the sea, search for the right key to open the treasure box under the ship wreckage. 

Kim Jong Kook and Haha hop on the ATVs to drive to the ship wreckage. Soon, Rain overtake them and took the lead. 

Rain is a good diver and he took as many keys as he could under the water. On the other hand, the only team that was struggling hard is Gary/Ji Suk Jin team. 

Ji Suk Jin lacks of stamina and Gary had to complete the mission solely by himself. Rain and Kwang Soo won the race and took a boat and travel back to the shore. Won Bin and Jae Suk finished second, followed by Haha and Jong Kook. It is hard to tell if Jong Kook used his strength to open the treasure chest. Anyway, we were left with the last team Gary and Ji Suk Jin. Eventually, after many dives, Gary managed to open the treasure chest and grab the list for their next mission. The first two winner teams can ask questions about the card which they choose. 

They have to travel back by helicopter again. We can see their astonished expression when they heard the instruction from the PDs. They were send off to the wildlife statuary and their next mission is jump over a combined of 3 metres. Soon, all of them dressed up in adorable Kangaroo costumes. Won Bin look cute with his sunglasses. Rain attempts to jump 1.8 metres but failed.

After several tries, Won Bin and Jae Suk completed the high jump first. Followed by Kwang Soo and Rain. They were told by the Zoo keeper to feed the kangaroo next. Jae Suk looked worried as he talked about his fear of Kangaroo having watched videos about them. Eventually their mission was carried out smoothly and the Kangaroos actually fed on the food in their hands.

Haha and Ji Suk Jin challenged each other at the high jump and surprisingly Ji Suk Jin won. Yes, Ji suk Jin was lucky this time round and Haha was unlucky to hit the pole with his leg during the jump.

After their encounter with the Kangaroo, their next mission is to look for the koala bear that matches the picture of the koala Bear card they are holding. Despite several tries, they got it wrong. Finally, Jae Suk team tried to get the hint from the zoo keeper. With some tricks, Jae suk managed to gather some clues and headed to the right direction to find the koala bear. Jae Suk and Woo Bin found the koala bear and took picture of it. They emerged as the winner, therefore they could ask the questions about the cards. The Zookeeper explained that each Kola bear has different characteristics, therefore she could identify each of them. 

Their next stop is at the supermarket. They were given a list of groceries written in English. Rain was proficient in English and they completed their shopping fast enough to emerge in the first place. They set off to the next destination by car. 

They arrived in a villa resort near the sea and the house look so spacious. Rain behaved as though the house belong to him. The PDs said that Kwang Soo and Rain could ask them a question about the cards. Throughout the day when they were partners, they did not trust each other. Rain even suspected that Kwang Soo is going to betray him. Jae Suk and Rain team could ask one question about the cards and they had already guessed the cards they had picked. 

The rest of the teams arrived and the PDs asked the the winner team to switch partner for tomorrow mission. Rain picked Jong Kook as his partner to the protest of other members. Kwang Soo picked Woo Bin to the dismay of Jae Suk who had to pair up with Ji Suk Jin. Haha will partner with Gary for the missions tomorrow. 

The boys will rest in the villa for today but they must wake up at 5am and assemble at the entrance, the first team to reach will have an advantage. Playful Haha decided to play a prank on Ji Suk Jin. Both Haha and Kwang Soo distracted him and threw him down the swimming pool. Jong Kook heard the commotion and came out to check. He was targeted and was pushed into the pool too. Jong Kook exclaimed that he had only brought a singlet to Australia and now it is soaked with water. Now, it is payback time for Haha and Kwang Soo. Next in line was Gary, Jae Suk and Woo Bin.

Their final target is Rain who by now is aware of this and tried his best to hide in one corner. However, Kwang Soo and gang discovers his hideout. They banged on the glass and disappeared when Rain turned around to check. That was really scarily and Rain soon realized that they had found him. They signaled for him to join them in the pool. Yes, Rain took out his clothes and jumped into the pool! The  next episode, Ji Hyo will be back.


I always like episodes that was filmed overseas. However, this Australia episode was a little boring. I think the interaction was a bit lacking because they have to travel from place to place. Nonetheless, I like the sceneries of Australia and enjoyed this episode. Since Australia tourisim sponsored this trip, I guess the Running Man have to try as much as they could to promote Australia. 

Boys will always be boys and I love the last part when the guys played with each other. The guests - Rain and Woo Bin are so sporting and cute. I like the way the boys played a prank on each other without Ji Hyo around. I supposed if Ji Hyo is around, they would behave themselves better. It is great to see the Running Man and guests to let their hair down and have a great time bonding with each other. :)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Kim Jong Kook OST - Mark Of Tear

Kim Jong Kook

Kim Jong Kook latest OST - Mark Of Tear did very well in Korean music chart. This song is from the latest Korean drama - Love In Memory 2. The storyline is about healing and memories of the past. Starring Jeong Woong-In who act as the father prepared to say goodbye to his family. 

How do you feel about this song? Actually, I am not very impress with Mark of Tear as compared to his previous songs. Somehow, I think the song is not as expressive but Kim Jong kook still scored well with his vocal. Perhaps I am bias towards another OST from Good Doctor, I prefer this song - How come you don't know? 

Mark Of Tear sound 'boring' to me in some aspects especially the tempo/rhythm and the musical instruments used. I supposed this song  matches the drama pretty well. Since the story is rather solemn and Kim Jong Kook smoothing voice brought out the emotions needed in this song.  Nonetheless, as a Kim Jong kook fan, it is a delight to hear his latest song. Hope that he will release an album soon. For now, let's enjoy this ballad - Mark Of Tear.

Monday, March 24, 2014

My Love From The Star Episode 16

Song Yi pushes Min Joon away from his embrace, thinking that he is toying with her feelings. She asked Min Joon why did he like her and he did not give any response. Feeling angry, Song Yi turned and walked away. 

When she turned around and stopped to ask if his planet kisses women randomly and stated that her planet is different, men only kisses women when he like her. Getting no response, Song Yi turned and saw Min Joon clutches his heart as he collapsed. 

Song Yi struggled to pull Min Joon into the car and drove recklessly in the traffic. She was concerned about Min Joon condition and finally brought him safely back to his home. 

Min Joon woke up and cuddle up with Song Yi on the bed. He finally admitted that he truly like Song Yi. A further probe about his kiss, it was revealed to Song Yi that Min Joon kiss is solely for her. 

They snuggled with each other till the next morning. Yoon Jae looked around in the house for his sister. He gave a call to her sister was about sneaking out of Min Joon house. Yoon Jae was surprised to see his sister emerging from the house and sternly asked his sister to follow him. 

On the other hand, Jae kyung was about to think of plan to kill his brother since he knows about the secretary killer. His plan was ruined when he approached the room because Hwi Kyung had awoken. Thankfully, Hwi Kyung play it safe by feigning a lapse memory. 

We got a flashback regarding Jae Kyung interrogation at the police station. Apparently, Jae Kyung had denied any relationship with Yura. 

Taking matters into his own hands, Yoon Jae decided to sort things out with Min Joon. He went to Min Joon house and demand to know about his relationship with his sister Song Yi. He was hostile to Min Joon until the latter offered him chocolate milk. 

Before Yoon Jae could carry on with his mission, he was distracted by Min Joon fancy telescope. He was attracted to the telescope and had a newfound respect for Min Joon hyung. 

Song Yi visited Hwi Kyung at the hospital and thanked him for saving her life. However, she could not repay his love by loving him back. Hwi Kyung understood and insisted that it is alright for him to just be by her side as a friend. Song Yi was touched and gave him a hug. 

Song Yi went to the balcony and called out Min Joon name. When Min Joon did not appear immediately, she muttered under her breath at his thoughlessnes. The next moment, Min Joon appeared behind her and took issue on her name calling. 

Song Yi realized that she will grow old eventually whereas Min Joon will still maintained his youthful look. She was horrified that this will eventually happen to them. 

Min Joon met up with Lawyer Jang and shared with him about Song Yi worries about the age issue. The conversation shifted to Min Joon impending departure. Min Joon pointed to Lawyer Jang briefcase when he noticed a bug planted there. They continued to play along and Min Joon even said that he will consider working with Jae Kyung in exchange for Song Yi life. 

Jae Kyung picked Hwi Kyung up from the hospital. Hwi Kyung noticed that his brother had a new replacement with the secretary killer, however he pretend to be mistaken about his identity. 

When Hwi Kyung is alone, he continued to conduct his own investigation starting from the stunt crew. 

Min Joon came to pick Song Yi up and was warmly welcomed by Yoon Jae. Song Yi emerged from her room dressed like a teenager, to the shocked of everyone with the ridiculous outfit.

At the film set, Se Mi and Song had an interview. While Se Mi was trying to be all nice as though she was following a script. Song Yi was more transparent with her feeling and refused to follow the script. Min Joon who was standing at the side as her manager shakes his head at her bluntness. 

Song Yi was about to film some action scenes. Min Joon overheard the director and the staffs talked about the previous incident. They had always wanted to play a trick on Song Yi. Therefore, they plan to make things difficult for her. The director make Song Yi did many NGs (Not Good Takes) and finally decided to use the first take. Min Joon let the director and his staffs tasted their own medicine by using his power to make them trumble down the hill. 

The filming was delayed for an hour, Song Yi felt bored and she caught an eye on the game Go-Stop. She played the game with the staffs and was delighted that she won every round. In fact, Min Joon had been helping her to win by freezing the time and swop the cards. 

Song Yi talked about her future with Min Joon and was excited about their dating. However, sadness clouded Min Joon face as he ask if they could accomplish everything that Song Yi hope for in one week because he is leaving. 


100 days later, Song Yi was at the top of Namsum Tower. We saw a pair of couple locks written with Song Yi and Min Joon name. Song Yi waited expectantly at a restuarant and her expression deflated when it is not the one she is waiting for. 


I am glad that Min Joon had finally confessed his feeling to Song Yi. Oh, I love how they cuddle and snuggle with each other. On the other hand, I am worried that Min Joon will disappear from this planet, leaving Song Yi alone. The ending is unpredictable but I really hope that they would end up together. 

Hwi Kyung had impressed me with his intelligence and loyalty towards his love. He is such a good guy that I would root for him with Song Yi if only Min Joon is not in the picture. It is good that the focus of attention shifted to Hwi Kyung to gather evidence about his own brother. 

Yoon Jae is so cute in this episode. His expression and attitude change quickly when he faces Min Joon. I like it that he love his sister Song Yi and was genuinely concern about her. 

Photo credits: Dramabeans