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SHINee in Singapore for drama concert

Posted by diopatra on February 2, 2010

K-pop boy band SHINee is now in Singapore to perform at the “Oh Joonsung Drama Concert,” which will be a tribute to Korean dramas that have swept viewers, especially in Asia.

The concert will be held at Esplanade on Feb. 1 and 2. According to Esplanade, concertgoers can expect to hear songs and instrumental pieces from soundtracks of Korean drama series written by the Korean composer, arranger and lyricist, Oh Joonsung.

Songs like “Boys Over Flowers,” “My Girl,” “Shining Inheritance,” “My Love,” “Witch Amusement,” “The King and I,” “Get Karl! Oh Soo Jung,” “Dream,” “The Queen Returns” and “Heading for the Ground” will surely excite the fans.

Music videos of some of the Korean dramas will also be shown during the concert.

SHINee arrived on Jan. 29 and held a press conference on Jan. 30 at Esplanade.

Oh will direct his nine-piece band called Green Cacao, as well as a 23-piece orchestra. Oh is one of Korea’s top drama music composers whose credits include music scores for “My Girl” and “Boys over Flowers.”

Meanwhile, SHINee will perform together with K-pop artists Bobby Kim, a Korean-American who debuted in 1994, and Mario.

Esplanade stated, “Over the years, Kim has since risen in popularity in the both hip hop and ballad music. His amazing and soulful voice has brought him everywhere in the Korean entertainment industry, ranging from commercials to sound-track albums for TV dramas.

“It is time to relive fond memories of these dramas. Complementing heart-wrenching, humorous and happy-ending storylines, the music of Oh Joonsung will tug and touch your hearts. If you are ardent fans of these endearing and internationally renowned drama series or would like to listen to some of the most beautiful music to be written, these performances are not to be missed!” according to Esplanade.

SHINee has ended their promotion of their hit songs “Ring Ding Dong” and “Jojo” on Korean music TV programs.

Manila Bulletin

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Ethan Ruan surprisingly hit on; Cheryl Yang happily smacks butt

Posted by diopatra on June 23, 2009

Source: Liberty Times
Translation: Sarah @ http://asianfanatics.net

Ethan Ruan & Cheryl Yang earlier went to Singapore to promote their drama ‘My Queen’ and met with over 2000 fans. However, one female fan said to Ethan: “Come back to my house,” and this shocked Ethan so much that he fell back and ended up sitting on the stage. He laughed saying: “She looked so serious, so bold, really scared me there.”

As soon as the 2 got off the plane, there were hundreds of fans waiting for them at the airport. During the 3 days of promotional activities, everyday, there would be fans renting out vans to follow them. Outside their hotel, there would also be fans waiting 24 hours around the clock. Fans even provided whiteboard pens so that when the 2 were rushing off to their notices, they could communicate ‘via writing’.

2000 fans were present at the fan-meet event, and the 2 each acted out roles with fans. Cheryl and her fans acted out the part when Dan Wu Shuang found out about Luca’s age, she immediately kicked him out. So to ‘kick Lucas out’, Cheryl kept smacking the male fan’s butt, and this made everyone in the audience laugh.

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Jet Li takes Singapore citizenship

Posted by diopatra on June 18, 2009

SINGAPORE—Chinese action star Jet Li has taken up Singapore citizenship and bought a property in the city state worth nearly 20 million Singapore dollars (US$14 million), according to a report Wednesday.

The Business Times did not say when the Beijing-born star took up his new nationality or bought the upmarket property. It did not give its source.

Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) would not confirm the newspaper report when contacted by Agence France-Presse for reasons of confidentiality.

A Beijing-based staff member at Li’s One Foundation contacted by AFP declined comment.

Li is the latest Chinese star to have taken up Singapore citizenship, following in the footsteps of leading actress Gong Li, who shot to fame with her roles in “Farewell My Concubine” and later “Memoirs of a Geisha.”

Gong Li, who is not related to Jet Li, became a Singapore citizen last year.

AFP via Inquirer

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Wonder Girls, we fell into their craze last year!

Posted by diopatra on May 20, 2009

This is the news that Singapore has fallen into the ‘Nobody’ dance craze from the Wonder Girls. It was reported on the 17th, through Singapore’s mass media that Wonder Girls have a lot of popularity under the name “Nobody Dance craze”.

Wasn’t it USA that Wonder Girls went to? But it’s not the USA they went to that they are so popular in but it’s Singapore. It is a happy thing that that Wonder Girls’ songs are not only popular in Korea but in other countries as well.

So will they breakthough Singapore instead of USA? It was said that in Singapore, not only Wonder Girls fans but also Clubbers, Students have fallen into Wonder Girls’ ‘Nobody’ dance. But yes, last year there was also a time when we fell into the craze thanks to Nobody’s catchy melody.

Here they’ve fallen into the craze only now. How is it? The song wraps itself around your ear, doesn’t it?

‘Nobody’ is easy to memorise melody and provoking dance is creating a hot wind in whole Asia. According to Singapore, ‘Nobody’ is not only played in clubs but the dance is also taught in dance schools.

Wonder Girls have performed ‘Nobody’ at the ‘Korean Pop Night Concert’ at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in November last year. Is that the reason for their popularity? Wonder Girls are no longer unknown singers in Singapore. Well isn’t it a natural thing that they have captivated Singaporeans with the friendly melody and dance? And there is even a netizen who goes often to the club and teaches the ‘Nobody’ dance through the internet?

Our Wonder Girls whom we are proud of. With the charm that they have captivated Singapore we hope they will captivate USA in a flash.

Source: ETN TV
[Translation: Luxtoraa@sunmijjang.com]

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‘Little Nyonya’ wins Star Awards for Best Drama, Best Supporting Actress

Posted by diopatra on April 27, 2009

SINGAPORE : It wasn’t a clean sweep for “The Little Nyonya” at the Star Awards on Sunday but the popular drama still managed to add another four trophies to its haul, including two Best Supporting Actress awards for Xiang Yun and Ng Hui.

It had already snagged seven awards in the Professional Categories earlier in the week.

“Why are there two winners?” asked a surprised Ng Hui, who played long-suffering maid Ah Tao in “The Little Nyonya”.

“The win is very unexpected as all my fellow co-stars had put up great performances… This is dedicated to my daughter, Yi Xin, who is celebrating her birthday today,” said three-time winner Xiang Yun.

“The Little Nyonya” also won the coveted Best Drama Serial award as well as the Best Actress award for Joanne Peh.

“My mind is still blank, I really did not expect to win this award. Receiving this award is a recognition for my efforts,” said Peh, who had initially auditioned for the lead character of Yue Niang. The part went to Jeanette Aw who was the hot favourite to win the Best Actress award.

“Winning this award gives me the motivation to do my best in my future works and to achieve future nomination in this category.”

The Best Actor award went to Chen Han Wei for his portrayal of an Aids victim in “By My Side”.

The 40-year-old actor who was accepting his third Best Actor trophy, came dressed for success. Pinned to his blazer was a black rosette which Chen had on when he won the Best Actor awards in 2001 and 2005. Said Chen, “Other artistes have been pestering me for it hoping it will bring them success.”

The Best Supporting Actor award went to Chew Chor Meng for his role as a mentally unstable medical student in “The Golden Path”, his first drama in two years.

In an emotional acceptance speech, 41-year-old Chew, who is suffering from muscle dystrophy, thanked those who have expressed concern for his illness. Chew was diagnosed with the genetic disease in September last year and while not life-threatening, it is incurable and causes progressive muscle weakness.

China-born actor Dai Yang Tian received the Best Newcomer award, Belinda Lee was named Best Info-ed Programme Host for “Find Me A Singaporean II”, and Guo Liang won the Best Variety Show Host award for “Celebritea Break”.

Source: Channel News Asia

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