Arirang Special M60 Ep251 (2)

Though I had planned to catch this episode of Sang Hyun’s visit to Brazil on Arirang Live TV last Sunday, I forgot to tune in.  But since it’s been posted on You Tube, I’ve watched it 3 times.  It’s nice to see the beautiful places in Brazil and share in Sang Hyun’s experiences.  And to see the candid expression on his face ….. priceless.


At the Selaron Steps, Sang Hyun: I should have brought my Gapdong stickers.
Brazil-3Trying the popular local dish Feijoada which didn’t go down too well ……




At the Mercado Municipal market, trying one of the local fruits with a weird taste.


Granadila which resembles frog spawn but tasted delicious.



Brazil-12Trying to figure out how to eat the thick Brazuca sandwich.



Brazil-15Hmm …….. delicious




Brazil-19Meeting up with Brazilian singer-songwriter Fabio Cadore
An impromptu composition of lyrics for Fabio’s song




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Sang Hyun With 5WHO (Reminiscence)

Though we had heard about the previous group 5WHO in which Sang Hyun had been part of in the earlier days, there had been very little information about it.  There were times when Sang Hyun himself had mentioned this group and we have seen a few pictures of the other members but we still do not know much about them.
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So it comes as a pleasant surprise when Korean actor Go Se Won revealed that he was one of the members of 5WHO on the recent talks shows, JTBC’s Chuseok Special ‘Same Age Friend’ (동갑내기) broadcast on 8th September and on MBC’s Radio Star (황금어장 라디오스타) on 10th September.
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A 3 minute highlight of this episode on the MBC variety show ‘Radio Star’
According to Go Se Won, Sang Hyun was the group leader and lead vocalist and they had been training seriously together for 2 years with the aim of making their debut as a 4 member idol group.  Their role model at that time was the British boy band Blue.  But it was with much regret that their plans fell though in the end and their group debut did not happen.
When asked for the reason, Go Se Won mentioned that since Sang Hyun was shooting some CFs, he had started to relax and was acting more on his own.  Though he had no ill feelings towards Sang Hyun, much regret remains.  And as to their current relationship, he says they have lost contact.

It feels kind of sad to me that their dream of forming an idol group did not come true.
  I believe it was as much Sang Hyun’s dream too to debut as a singer as he had mentioned before.  How would it have been if he had stuck to that path and did not take up acting? As we know, acting wasn’t his first love and he did not have much interest in it in the beginning.  It was only after much struggle and hard work, and due to his family circumstances that he made up his mind to take acting seriously.
 From some of the articles I had searched on 5WHO, there was mention that their planned debut was in the Fall of 2006.  Sang Hyun had started acting in his first drama ‘Marrying A Millionaire’ at the end of 2005 and had also sung the OST “Sarang Haet Suht Suh’ (사랑했었어) for the drama Princess Lu Lu (August 2005).  So this would be the song he had sung during his time with 5WHO.

Some of the Korean media articles in which Sang Hyun had mentioned the group 5WHO:
With the group being active back in 2005, I had not expected to find much on 5WHO as their official site would probably have ceased.  So it was with pleasant surprise that the site under Cafe Daum had not been removed though it had ceased its updates since November 2005 when it moved to another site.
To see Sang Hyun’s pic album from 2005, click on the 3rd link at the top with the words 이미지 보기
Another fan site for X5 with a picture of Sang Hyun with 2 members, Go Se Won and Choi Won Jun and which had a congratulatory message for the group’s 1st anniversary on 2nd August 2006.  That would mean the group had formed in August 2005.

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As I was looking for previous news, I came across an article above which really touched me.  The unexpected gesture by his fan group Cafe who had turned up with food support during the filming of ‘Marrying A Millionaire’ had so moved Sang Hyun that it had made him teared up.  This was the first time he had received such a gift of love from his fans during filming and he had never expected something like this to happen for him.  In fact, he had thought at first that this food support was meant for other actors. 
So this love and support from his fans was something he really treasure ….. whether from the past, present or in future.
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Arirang Special M60 Ep251 – Encontro Surfing The Wave Of Telenovela

Update on Sang Hyun’s trip to Brazil in June 2014, thanks to Arirang TV.
This is the full 1 hour clip which replaces the earlier clip with the playlist.
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Sang Hyun’s Trip To Brazil (Arirang Special)

Yay, finally we get to watch the full episode of Sang Hyun’s trip to Brazil on 23rd June which is being broadcast on Arirang TV for the whole of this week.  This episode titled ‘Encontro, Surfing The Wave Of Telenova’ is on Arirang Special from 8th – 15th September. Some of the episodes were of a shorter 30 mins duration while others were a full 60 mins.
What’s great is that this special episode can be watched on its Live TV without a need to register or login.  Just check the Live TV schedule and tune in.  The next episode will be shown this Sunday 14th @ 16:00 (KST) and a repeat on the following Monday 16th @ 5:00 (KST).
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To check Arirang Live TV schedule
Click on the TV schedule as above to display the broadcast schedule for the week.


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Next full 60 mins episode of Sang Hyun’s trip to Brazil on this Sunday 14th @ 16:00 (KST).
Final episode on following Monday 15th @ 05:00 (KST)


To watch live, click on ‘On Air TV’ which will open up the media player.

The episode could probably be re-watched from the Video On Demand (VOD) section for registered members which requires login. 
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Sang Hyun at the Mercado Municipal in Sao Paulo

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Happy watching on Arirang Special.
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5 Siblings Of Deoksuri (덕수리 오형제)

I had been wondering when ‘5 Siblings of Deoksuri’ would be shown in the theaters since filming of the movie had wrapped up at the end of last January but there were hardly any updates on it.  With some of its BTS shots making an appearance on a blog a couple of days ago, perhaps we can expect it to be out soon?
To recap, the movie is about the relationship of 5 siblings through their parents’ re-marriage.
Their relationship as mentioned in my previous post :
Sang Hyun (Su Gyo) and Chanseong (Su Geun) as blood brothers.
Song Sae Byeok (Dong Su) and Lee Young Eun (Hyun Jeong) as their half siblings.

Kim Ji Min as youngest daughter Su Jeong of the remarried parents.
Pics source ……
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Sang Hyun as the older brother Su Gyo certainly looks the part, though I didn’t expect that hairstyle and black rim glasses.  Another transformation which is a contrast from the tough image of Mu Yeom.
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Could that be his on-screen baby girl?
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Sang Hyun as Su Gyo bears a close resemblance to himself as Jung Sung Min (above)
from the 2008 drama ‘3 Dads 1 Mum’
That smile remains just the same throughout the years.
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Message On Weibo (8th September 2014)

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중국도 추석이라고 들었는데 잘 보내고 계시나요? 중국 팬 여러분 해피 추석 보내 시구요. 보고싶습니다.^^
I heard China is also having Thanksgiving, are you having a good time?
Happy Thanksgiving to all the Chinese fans.
I would like to see you  ^ ^
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Happy Chuseok & Mid-Autumn Festival 2014

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Both Chuseok and the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the same day, which is on 8th September for 2014. Though certain traditional practices may differ, the concept is similar …… a harvest festival of thanksgiving and spending time with family and loved ones.
Wishing our Korean, Chinese & Vietnamese friends ….. Happy Thanksgiving.

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