‘Human Condition 2′ Episode 15 (2015-04-18)

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In last week’s episode, the members and guest participants were asked to rate their chat partners for their mission date, from 1-6 (highest to lowest choice). So will they be paired up with their preferred choice?


The pairing up will be according to the highest rating on each others list. If the first selection is not mutual (as each others first choice), the selection will be passed around until both parties find a partner listed as their next preferred choice.
Starting with Tae Hui, his first choice was Hye Rin (Raina’s real name) which he wrote wrongly as Hye Rim. The following selection of each member’s first choice did not match until it came to Ji Won and Hee Jeong.
Tae Hui  ………   Hye Rin (Raina)
Raina  ………….  Hyun Woo
Hyun Woo ……  Hye Jeong
Hye Jeong ……  Ji Won
Ji Won …………  Hee Jeong
Hee Jeong ……. Ji Won


Ji Won was pleasantly surprised that Hee Jeong had also selected him as first choice.
15-5Sang Hyun’s turn next to reveal his first choice as Raina.
They were paired up as he was her second choice.


Remainder selection with first or next choice on each others list:
Mi Sun  ……….   Tae Gyu (3rd couple, each other as first choice)

Eun Yeong …..  Jae Young (4th couple)
Eun Ji   ……….   Hyun Woo (5th couple)
Tae Hui  ………   Hye Jeong (6th couple, each other as 4th choice).
The lady did not seem very happy with their pairing up though.


The paired couples were given their mission for the day, an activity they would be doing together to get a better understanding of the gender differences.
Sang Hyun & Raina     ………    childcare
Ji Won & Hee Jeong    ………    yoga
Jae Young & Eun Young …..   shopping
Tae Gyu & Mi Sun  ………….     dance sport
Hyun Woo & Eun Ji    ……….  games
Tae Hui & Hye Jeong   ……..   boxing
Most of them were fine with their assigned mission but Tae Hui could not quite believe what they got.
Couple boxing??  What was the PD thinking of? 

Ji Won and Hee Jeong sets out for their yoga class.
I quite like these 2 being paired up as they share an easy affability and seem to enjoy each others company.
Though Hee Jeong had no difficulty following the instructor on the steps of their flying yoga session, it was tough on Ji Won. His moaning and groaning throughout made me laugh out loud. He’s certainly not very fit as he had mentioned in a previous episode that he does not exercise.



In contrast, the ‘reluctant’ couple Tae Hui and Hye Jeong goes quietly on their way to their boxing session. I hope it’s because of their initial awkwardness and not due to unhappiness with the way it had turned out. The chilly atmosphere improved after Tae Hui stopped to get Hye Jeong some boiled corn from a roadside stall and soon they were talking to each other. 


Tae Hui warming up before the couple sparring session. Now why did he use Sang Hyun as his imagined target? I don’t find it funny at all.


Of all the 6 assigned mission, I do not get the significance of this couple boxing. What is the purpose or reason to have such sparring when it’s an unequal contest.
So all Tae Hui could do was try to avoid the punches and at most, push Hye Jeong away. Is this supposed to teach the men that they should never hit a woman?
Shopping, a typical activity for Jae Young and Eun Young’s mission. I think most of us would know very well that men and women shop differently. As Jae Young soon found out too, it is best for them to shop separately and meet up later.  Women need to explore and see everything while the men just need to purchase what they have in mind.

Hyun Woo and Eun Ji goes bowling and seems to enjoy their time together. He gives her some pointers on how to improve her technique but her throws still ended up mostly in the gutter.


Tae Gyu and Mi Sun receives a quick lesson on dance sport and had a fun time trying the quick steps. Not too bad as beginners.

Sang Hyun and Raina is assigned to babysit 2 young and very active kids. The little girl Ko Eun is quite adorable and wouldn’t stop dancing once she hears the music. Sang Hyun thought that she would grow tired but the little one soon proved him wrong.

15-19Sang Hyun teases little Ko Eun with the toy bird which records and plays back sounds.
Sang Hyun and little Seong Jae playing a ‘mobiles stealing’ game. Watching him playing seriously like a big little kid made me laugh out loud as he was just as adorable as the little ones in the following scene below.
When Seong Jae decided to take a jigsaw piece from big brother Sang Hyun as a bonus, Sang Hyun’s eyes widened in surprise and protesting loudly, asked why Seong Jae was always taking his pieces. And then reached over to take it back.
Not giving in until the end, Sang Hyun wins all the pieces much to Seong Jae’s dismay.
Explaining his parenting philosophy Sang Hyun says that in a game, it is not to lose unconditionally. Men need to have a fighting spirit and to always give in to the child from a young age would make them arrogant. When he has children, he would also play with them in this interesting manner.
After the indoor games, it was time for some fresh air. As I was watching this scene, the image of Sang Hyun with his own family came to mind. I hope we could see that some day soon.


15-27Looks like the many activities with the lively kids had finally worn out the babysitter



The kids mum soon returns and when Sang Hyun commented that it’s great that little Ko Eun did not even cry once, mum says that she’s used to meeting people.

Big brother Sang Hyun asking Ko Eun for a kiss which she readily obliged.
Such an adorable little girl.
Later that night, the participants shared their views on what each of them thought were different between the genders. I noticed that Sang Hyun was not asked to answer that question. The members enjoy their final night together sharing a barbeque dinner as well as supper back in the hostel. From the initial awkwardness on their first meeting, everyone seems to have grown much closer.
Their final mission the next day was to go out to conduct counseling for couples based on what they have learnt. 



Coming up in the second last episode 16 of Human Condition 2 broadcast on this Saturday 25th, the theme is ‘Our country’
With the help of a special guest Sam Hammington, the members would carry out a visitors survey.
They would split into 2 teams to make a promotional video for Korea.
Ji Won and Tae Hui films Jae Young in traditional clothing making a jajangmyeon delivery.
Sang Hyun and Tae Gyu goes around Seoul for their promotional video.
They seem to be bickering over the filming.
Dear boys, the program is soon coming to an end so do enjoy your remaining time together.
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SBS ‘Law Of The Jungle In Micronesia’

1st to 4th row, from left to right:
Yoon Sang Hyun, Bae Soo Bin, Eun Ji Won
Kim Byung Man, Ryu Dam, Ryu Seung Su
Kang Nam (M.I.B), Park Han Byeol, Lee Jung Jin
Jeong Jin Woon (2AM), Kim Da Som (Sistar), Yi Yi Kyung
That was fast but certainly welcomed news that Sang Hyun together with Ji Won will be taking part in another variety show ‘Laws Of The Jungle In Micronesia’ which would be broadcast sometime in May. The rest of the 12 member casts are as above, with Kim Byung Man and Ryu Dam being the fixed cast members. Filming of the 1st episode will take place on 27th April on Yap Island which is located in the western Caroline Islands, east of Mindanao in the Philippines.
I’ve not heard of this reality-documentary variety show but seems it was first aired in October 2011 and already in its 4th season. The concept of this reality show is on jungle survival skills where the casts travel to primitive places and experience life with the natives and local tribes. Judging from the previous episodes, the duration of each show is around 2 months before a change is made for both cast members and location. 
Program homepage  http://program.sbs.co.kr/builder/programMainList.do?pgm_id=00000353336


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‘Human Condition 2′ Episode 12 (English Subs)

Episode 12 (2015-03-28)
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‘Human Condition’ Season 3

HC2Members of Human Condition season 2
Bong Tae Gyu, Heo Tae Hui, Yoon Sang Hyun, Eun Ji Won, Kim Jae Young & Hyun Woo
Sadly my gut feeling about Human Condition 2 has come true. Due to the declining ratings, the show will be replaced by Season 3 with the following 6 members with the theme on urban farming. The first episode of Season 3 will be broadcast on Saturday 9th May @ 23:15 which means there are only 3 more episodes left. 
I’m going to miss the show and do not intend to watch season 3. Let’s hope we will have some new show or drama in which Sang Hyun will be acting.
HC3Members of Human Condition season 3
Clockwise (from top left)
Yoon Jong Shin, Jo Jeong Chi, Choi Hyeon Seok, Park Sung Kwang, Jeong Tae Ho & Jeong Chang Guk
Related news: http://www.isnews.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=58856
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Wishful Thinking …..

another public enemy 2005
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Another Public Enemy (2005 movie)
The other day I happened to catch this 2005 Korean movie on TV, about a very dedicated prosecutor Kang Chul Joong (Sol Kyung Gu) who was determined to nab the crook Hang Sang Woo (Jung Jun Ho) and bring down a corrupt public official.
There was something about prosecutor Kang which kept me riveted to the screen …… his keen intuition, deep sense of justice that kept him going and his deep grief when his colleague was mistakenly killed though he was the one they were after. Frustrated that going by the book would have allowed the bad guy to get away, he would just do it his way.
I had started watching it with mild interest but as the movie progressed, I was impressed. And somehow the thought of Ha Mu Yeom as prosecutor Kang suddenly popped into mind ….. those soulful eyes, that same determination and strong emotion. If Sang Hyun could play such a role, I believe he would excel in it too. Both the script and acting were great and it did not need a dark theme.


It is my hope that Sang Hyun can consider taking on such a role in his future drama or movie and that it would not just be my wishful thinking. Dear Sang Hyun, are you reading this? We miss your drama.
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‘Human Condition 2′ Episode 14 (2015-04-11)

The theme of this episode is ‘getting to know the opposite sex’ and for both to have a better understanding of each other.  As to the common perception that one sex is better at performing certain tasks, I personally think it would depend on the individual and their limitation …… a combination of nature and nurture.
I was rather surprised and amused to see how acutely shy Sang Hyun was in this instance when he met one of the female guests Raina, a member of the girl group ‘Orange Caramel’. But I remember he had mentioned before his intense shyness with his female co-stars when he started his acting career so perhaps that feeling had not totally gone away even now.  Another thing I noted is that being a married man, he was rather cautious when it came to giving his opinion as it might create a misunderstanding. But I hope he had also enjoyed getting to know the ladies as much as the other members.
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The members meet up at the Suwon KBS Drama Production Center for their new activities of the week. An interesting place to visit, from the photos posted in a couple of blogs.
Tae Gyu was nowhere in sight which made them wonder if he had quit the show. This is in reference to the previous episode in which the doctor had remarked during their physical examination that perhaps he should quit the show due to his high stress level.
They meet director Kim Ji Hyun, an author and relationship counsellor who has appeared in various TV programs on the psychology of love. After some discussion on what they thought were differences between the sexes, the members realized that there would be meeting some invited guests.
The first female guest to arrive is Raina and much to everyone’s amusement, Sang Hyun is suddenly struck by acute shyness on his first meeting with a member from a girl group. Ji Won makes fun of Sang Hyun, turning his face towards her. Perhaps it’s just certain people who bring out this shyness in him as he seems fine with the other female guests. And he also met some members from the girl group SNSD during the previous variety show Family Outing 2.



All the guests have arrived, including Tae Gyu who was late as he was stuck in a traffic jam. The members playfully got him to stand next to the very tall Lee Hye Jeong who is Jae Young’s colleague from the same modeling agency. She had appeared in the previous episode in which Ji Won, Jae Young and Tae Gyu had gone to collect used clothing.
Over 3 days, the members and guests will be assigned different tasks. Today’s challenge would be based on ‘men vs women’ regarding driving and cooking skills.
The guests (left to right):
Park Eun Young (KBS announcer, 32)
Park Mi Sun (actress, comedian, TV host, 48)
Raina (singer from girl group Orange Caramel, 25)
Park Eun Ji (actress, 31)

Kim Hee Jeong (actress, 23)
Lee Hye Jeong (model, 25)
After everyone had settled in at the hostel, they make their way to a driving test center for their first challenge which is divided into 3 parts.
Part 1 ….. 1 member from each team to complete the driving course including parallel and reverse parking.
Part 2 ….. 1 member from each team to complete the course with 1 passenger from the other team.
Part 3 ….. I member from each team to complete the course with 3 passengers from the other team.
14-7Part 1 ……. Ji Won (80 points) vs Raina (65 points)
Ji Won seems to be a careful driver, completing the course without much difficulty but had some trouble with parallel parking (left pic).  Raina did not do so well, perhaps due to nervousness. She had the most trouble with parallel parking and went over the white line, even with guidance from her team members (right pic)
14-8Part 2 (1 driver with 1 passenger) …… Sang Hyun (75 points) vs Eun Young (70 points)
Sang Hyun takes the wheel with Eun Ji as passenger. He speeds (one of his violations) and goes over the white line a couple of times. Good in both reverse and parallel parking.
14-10Part 3 (1 driver with 3 passengers) …… Hyun Woo (75 points) vs Mi Sun (60 points)
Hyun Woo seems a confident driver and completes the course easily even with the distraction from his lively female passengers (Hye Jeong, Eun Ji & Hee Jeong).  Mi Sun too completes the course without too much trouble in spite of her 4 playful passengers (Sang Hyun, Ji Won, Tae Gyu & Tae Hui).
14-11Final verdict ……. the men team wins.
Before the competition, both had agreed on their penalty for the losing team. If the ladies win, the men would have to buy them coffee and dessert as well as provide a 30 minutes massage. If the men win, they would do their version of  ‘make-up’ for the ladies.
Perhaps the men did not want to upset the ladies too much as they only drew a large ‘beauty’ mark on their faces. But it made me laugh, especially the mark above Hye Jeong’s lips which made her look like Hitler.
14-13The men having a blast with their handiwork  ‘wah-ha-ha!!’
Next is a cooking competition in which both teams would have to create a variety of dishes using tofu as an ingredient. The duration would be an hour, with each member given 1o minutes before their next team mate takes over.
14-14aFirst pair to start is Tae Gyu and Raina, followed by Tae Hui and Hee Jeong.
14-14c Third pair …….  Sang Hyun and Hye Jeong.
14-16Sang Hyun mashing up a block of tofu with minced pork for their dish of tofu steak.


The final pair with Ji Won and Eun Ji.
The men were totally enjoying themselves, cheering on their team mates with lively chants.
3 dishes from the men’s team ……. tofu tteokbokki, tofu steak and Mapo tofu garnished with a slab of fresh tofu
14-18Dishes from the women’s team
Food tasting judge Lee Seung Jin explains that the judging criteria would be based on both variety and taste, with the latter being of greater significance.  Though the women’s team scored higher on variety, the men’s team had a better score for taste. Once again, the overall winner was the men’s team.
14-20 The ladies receive their 2nd ‘make-up’ penalty of a white stripe from nose to cheek.
Their activity the next morning based on ‘men & women’ would be a mission date. Unlike a romantic date, this is to help them learn the gender differences. The men and women were required to have a 4 minutes conversation with every participant of the opposite sex, sort of like speed dating. After completing the chats, each would rate their partners with 1-6 in preference to pair up with on their mission date.
With the women seated first, the men would pick whom they would like to start their chat with. As they have just met the day before, this was certainly awkward since they were required to have knee-to-knee as well as eye contact during their chats.
According to clinical trials, this kind of knee-to-knee contact during conversation makes one feel good with the other party. Perhaps it makes them feel a closer bond with each other?
Must have been really awkward for Sang Hyun since he was already so shy with Raina on their first meeting.




14-28 Sang Hyun with Raina
Unlike the others, Sang Hyun does not have complete knee-to-knee contact with his chat partners. Perhaps he was not comfortable with that as he had his cap over his knee after the first chat.
He did not seem as awkward with his next chat partner Hee Jeong but as can be seen from the pic below, he had placed his cap over his knee.
14-30Sang Hyun and Hee Jeong
Feeling embarrassed when he had the names of both Eun Young and Eun Ji reversed and addressed them as Young Eun and Ji Eun respectively.
14-31Everyone seems pretty awkward at the start
Ji Won must have felt really uncomfortable, judging from his stiff posture




Time for the partner rating but which we will have to find out in the next episode.
Who will be Sang Hyun’s mission date partner?


In this particular scene after they were told about the mission date and to the question ‘which person they would like to have as their mission date partner’, Sang Hyun answered with ‘no comment’. I think he was just being careful here so as not to create any misunderstanding.
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‘Human Condition 2′ Episode 11 (English Subs)

Episode 11 (2015-03-21)
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