‘Human Condition 2′ Episode 11 (2015-03-21)

The members were split into 2 teams for a trip on healing and re-charging. In the previous episode, Ji Won’s team had gone for the adrenaline charged bungee jump which he had to opt out of. I was actually surprised that Hyun Woo had managed to do it though he was clearly shaking while up on that high platform.
11-1The first destination for Sang Hyun, Tae Gyu and Jae Young was Taean Chungcheongnam-d0 where they boarded a boat for octopus harvesting. 11-2
It must have been freezing out in the open sea. A playful Tae Gyu teasing Sang Hyun, placing his icy cold hands on his face and making him scream.
11-4Finally they reached the harvesting traps where empty conch shells attached to a rope are used to lure the octopus into them.
A rather gruesome way of eating live octopus by dipping into chili paste and chewing on them while they were still wriggling around. I heard that the tentacles would stick to the inside of the mouth and here they could be seen sticking onto their faces as well.
11-7Unfortunately their boat trip had to be cut short as Tae Gyu developed severe sea sickness. Back at the harbour, they had a delicious meal from their catch.  Tae Gyu proposed a game of counting to 31, with each person being allowed to call out a maximum of 3 numbers and the loser being the one who gets 31. In this instance, they decided that the penalty was to eat octopus with wasabi.
As the counting progressed, Sang Hyun realized that he would lose when Tae Gyu counted to 24 because with 7 numbers remaining, he would the the one who gets 31.
  He tried to make an appeal to Tae Gyu but to no avail.
No escape with the pungent wasabi, a burning taste which penetrates one’s nostrils and brings tears.

It is not so bad when eaten in small amounts.
In agony after chewing on a piece of octopus mixed with a dollop of wasabi.
11-11Meanwhile Ji Won’s team arrived at Heong Seong where they were introduced to a traditional way of cooking using an underground roasting pit.
11-12One side of the pit contains stones which are heated to high temperatures and the meat to be cooked is place in the pit next to it. After being carefully covered with sand, water is poured into the first pit and the hot steam generated would cook the meat in the next compartment.


11-14Care is taken to ensure that the meat does not come into contact with the soil and a sheet is used to cover them. Pine needle leaves are added to give a nice aroma to the cooked food.
11-15Though the members were hungry as they had not eaten anything along the way, they would have to be patient as they helped with the unusual method of cooking.
11-16Much to their disappointment, the meat were still uncooked after 2 hours but they tried to lighten the mood by making some jokes about the half cooked chicken which Ji Won likened to a fossil which they had dug out. Finally they had to resort to cooking the meat over the grill. The villager apologized for the unfortunate development and explained that due to the limited time for filming, the cooking time was cut short.
Their next destination was to a mental and physical healing eco-zone retreat with basic accommodation without the usual amenities such as air-cond, TV or fridge. This would be a place to recharge and de-stress.
Their first task was to write a letter to themselves and which would be delivered 6 months later. This was probably so that they could look back on that moment and reflect on what they have achieved over this time.  The next morning, they had to get up early for a morning hike up the hill to recharge their energy, watch the sunrise and make a heartfelt wish.  To be in touch with oneself and feel at one with the earth.
Making their wishes for good health and happiness for themselves, their families and all those around them.
11-17The next destination for Sang Hyun’s team was to the Magoksa temple for counseling and meditation. The monk said that she is Sang Hyun’s fan and had watched the drama Secret Garden. When he wondered whether they had TV here and where she could had watched it, she smiled and replied that it’s a secret.
Tae Gyu wanted to know if they have absolutely no stress in this place. The reply was that there is stress due to people’s 108 worldly desires and it is in knowing how to handle stress and be a master of oneself.
For Tae Gyu who feels a lot of stress from too much thinking and having a lot of anxieties, the advice was not to worry excessively about the past or future but to focus on reality and to live in the present moment. To Jae Young who feels a lot of stress due to the presence of many seniors around him, the monk explained more in depth about the Buddhist belief in reincarnation. The difficulties with certain people were due to what one had done to them in one’s past life so the fault is one’s own and one would have to repent.
11-18Sang Hyun’s concern was what if the wife does not listen to his words, should he ignore it or react to it?  Tae Gyu suggested that he should try to take control but Sang Hyun said that he only wants to lead and not to dominate.
The monk remarked that he must love his wife a lot. Her analogy of a relationship is to that of taking care of a tree where giving it too much water or neglecting it would result in its destruction. So the advice is to nurture a relationship with sufficient love and care but temper it with sufficient indifference.
11-19They had to wake up at 5am the next morning to perform the 108 bows, threading one bead after every bow to keep count. The monk explained that due to one’s mind being scattered, this ritual would gather the mind as one. The monks themselves would get up at 3am to perform this. Tae Gyu made a joke that she would have no sleep watching the drama Secret Garden and having to get up so early.


11-21Feeling the strain of performing the bow repeatedly ……


11-23The after effects with his knees giving way on getting up .



11-26Sang Hyun sharing that he had felt close to tears during the bowing ritual as he thought about his wife which had Tae Gyu wondering if they had been fighting and whether he’s really happy. He said that it is because he is very thankful for having met a good person.
11-29Their final activity was to attend a cooking class which uses only organic vegetables and to learn about healthy eating. The vegetables were lightly grilled and eaten with various self prepared sauces made with sesame, tomato, kiwi fruit, miso and fermented herbs.
As the vegetables were all grown organically, they could be eaten with the skin. This is a good source of fiber which has an impact on the micro-organisms in the intestine and body waste is not accumulated in them.
11-30The lady asking them to guess her age. Tae Gyu thought she was about 55 but she is actually 65 years old. Her advice and life philosophy is to take things easy and have fun, to have a balance of work, life and play. The members enjoyed their meal which tasted delicious eaten with the various sauces.
A post health check after their 3 days 2 nights healing and recharging trip.


Tae Gyu’s health report was the best as his vascular age is around 18 and his face seemed to have brightened up. His prior free radicals count at 3264fp had dropped drastically to only 462fp. Healthy activities, eating right and managing stress clearly has an effect of good health.
The following episode 12 this Saturday 28th March with the theme on books. This place should be the Paju Book City which is a huge cultural complex housing many book cafes, book stores, galleries and book publishers and its buildings blend with its beautiful surroundings.


To the lady’s question on how many books they have read, Ji Won says none and Jae Young only 3 so far.
  They take a quiz on knowledge gained from reading.


Sang Hyun and his team visits the radio station and appears on Cool FM with Jang Dong Min and Lady Jane




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‘Human Condition 2′ Episode 8 (English Subs)

Episode 8 (2015-02-28) ratings @ 4.5%
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‘Human Condition 2′ Episode 11 Highlights (2015-03-21)

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Sang Hyun’s team sets off with enthusiasm on their healing trip with Tae-An, Chungcheong-do as their first destination to cool their intense body heat. But on arrival at the seaside, they seemed rather disappointed. Especially for Tae Gyu, this place being the filming location of the 2008 drama ‘A Tale of Legendary Libido’ in which he had acted in but which held no good memories for him.
On the benefits of eating octopus, Dr Han explains that it is a good health food for people of all ages.
Being rich in both taurine and iron, it is good for liver function, treatment of fatigue and anemia, and for growing children.

The members board the boat to get to the fishing traps for the octopus. Empty conch shells are used because the octopus mistake them for their home and crawls into them. The captain said that they can eat the octopus immediately after washing with sea water and dipping into chilli paste so the members gave it a try, but it looks really gruesome to eat them alive.
Unfortunately Tae Gyu developed severe seasickness and they had to sail back. Before they boarded the boat, they had been offered motion sickness medicine but he had refused to take it.  The reason Sang Hyun was screaming at one part was because Tae Gyu wanted him to feel his icy cold hands on his face.

Seems an interesting way of cooking using a DIY roast pit but unfortunately, it did not work in this instance. The members were disappointed that the meat were still raw even after 2 hours of ‘roasting’. Perhaps if the meat had been placed directly over the hot pit instead of in the compartment next to it, the heat would have been strong enough.

The trip for Ji Won’s team was meant to recharge their energy. Besides feeling that energy from the earth when they attempted the underground roast pit, they would go on an early morning hike for the fresh air and to watch the sunrise.
Halfway up, their guide introduced to them a game of trust and to wake their other senses besides using one’s sight. So they would partner each other, with one person guiding the other who had his eyes closed. At the summit, they would also communicate with nature by making a wish. I think there are people who would even hug a tree to feel its energy and be one with nature, which is quite a lovely way of recharging.  And so is watching the sunrise.
Though the members joked about wishing for money, their true wish is for health and happiness for themselves, their families and everyone around them. Tae Hui had also wished to be able to continue acting while Hyun Woo had wished for happy things and to do drama. I think Sang Hyun would have been really happy if he were here too. 
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Sang Hyun At Jo Ji Hwan’s Wedding (2015-03-21)

Sang Hyun at Jo Ji Hwan’s wedding held today at Four Seasons Korea in Anyang, Gyeonggi-do.
Jo Ji Hwan had acted as Ha Mu Yeom’s assistant in the drama Gapdong.

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Popular with the female guests
Jo Ji Hwan & bride Park Hye Min
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‘Human Condition 2′ Episode 11 Preview (2015-03-21)


In tonight’s episode 11 of ‘Human Conditon 2′, Sang Hyun with Tae Gyu and Jae Young  goes on an octupus hunting trip in the open sea at Chungcheong-do. The disappointment of being on a motorboat instead of the expected luxury yacht was soon replaced by excitement as they sailed out to the open sea to do fishing the traditional way. Eventually they caught an octopus which Sang Hyun bit into while it was still wriggling. Meanwhile Tae Gyu gets seasick.
I’ve always marveled at how the Koreans can eat live octopus. Anyone ever tried that before? I know I can’t as I don’t eat raw seafood and also cannot bite into something which is still alive.
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Sang Hyun on KBS Cool FM (Clip)

Sang Hyun with Tae Gyu and Jae Young making a guest appearance on KBS Cool FM ‘Jang Dong Min Lady Jane’s 2PM’ on 13th March 2015.
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‘Human Condition 2′ Episode 10 (2015-03-14)

10The members are back at the red clay house for what they thought would be another mission but they have an unexpected visitor this time. Dr Han Dong Ha, a herbal medicine specialist and acupuncturist who would be giving them a health check and advice on healthy eating and exercise. The focus for this week would be on their body and health.
Some of the members have body aches and pain due to either bad posture or stress. Tae Gyu with the highest level of pain during the chest examination seemed to have a lot of unresolved stress and when Dr Han suggested that he should get off the show, he protested that it couldn’t be to that degree.
From the member’s health ranking and temperament, they were sorted into the positive and negative groups. Whatever the constitution, the right food would be beneficial such as leek for the negative types and ginseng for the positive types.
Positive group: Sang Hyun, Hyun Woo and Jae Young
Personality ….. out-going, easy to lose one’s temper.

Physique …….. wide shoulders, small hip and pelvis
Body heat ……. warmth in limbs, feel a lot of heat
Negative group: Ji Won, Tae Hui and Tae Gyu.
Personality …… a lot of introspective thinking

Physique ……… narrow shoulders, wide hips
Body heat …….. cold hands and feet, often catch cold
10-4The 2 teams would compete in 4 games …… flexibility test, suspension from the horizontal bar, long jump and 300 meters relay. Watching them in these games had also been good therapy for me because I was laughing so much.
Among all the members, Sang Hyun showed the most flexibility with a reach of 27.5 cm while Tae Gyu could not even reach the start point.
10-5aSang Hyun vs Ji Won for the chin-up suspension from the horizontal bar, a test on arm strength.
Sang Hyun 21seconds : Ji Won 13 seconds. Their priceless expression below really made me laugh.



10-8Sang Hyun could only manage 1 chin up and it was hilarious to see him try to propel himself up by kicking his legs. But it was Tae Hui that made me laugh the most as he tried unsuccessfully to swing himself up after his 5th chin-up.
10-10While the other members had no problem doing the long jump, Sang Hyun seemed to have trouble with arm and leg coordination and was rather hesitant as he tried to get into rhythm. But he was rather adorable here as he bobbed up and down like a little child.



10-13The final round with a brisk walking relay.


Unable to overtake Tae Hui, Sang Hyun throws the baton to Jae Young.
10-16Their dinner that evening was prepared under the guidance of Dr Han with his healthy menu using mainly dried radish, horse radish, chives and leek. Dried radish tea is calming and promotes better sleep and because radish is also rich in calcium, it is good for healthier bones.
Dr Han administering to the members using various Oriental therapy such as cupping, acupuncture and the yucky leech. Cupping uses negative pressure to remove congestion and stimulate blood flow.
10-19Hyun Woo hurt his right hand in an accident a month ago and it was still a bit inflamed.
Medicinal leech therapy …… it seems there are many biologically active compounds secreted in the saliva of leeches and they are used for treatment of various ailments.
It seems a bit yucky but also fascinating to see them latch onto the skin and become engorged.


10-21Sang Hyun complains of his headaches which is centred around his forehead and which Dr Han diagnosed as due to fatigue and indigestion. Hope the acupuncture helps.




For the next part of their therapy, the 2 teams are sent out on a trip for healing.

Sang Hyun’s team would go around Chungcheong-do ….. to cool their body heat, slow down the pace of life and be at one with nature.
Meanwhile Ji Won’s team would travel around Gangwon-do …… to stimulate the heart, feel the earth’s energy and recharge their mental vitality.


10-30bThe 2 teams set out the next morning, with the focus on Ji Won’s team.
Hope we will get to see what Sang Hyun’s team will be doing in the next episode.
The first stop for Ji Won’s team was the scary bungee jump structure which was visible from a distance. Ji Won was adamant that he would not attempt it and he certainly did not look very happy on arrival. Without getting out of the car, he got Hyun Woo to drive off and one of the staff could be seen running after them. Perhaps they managed to pacify him as the next scene shows them going up the structure.
It does look terrifying especially for those with a fear of heights. What made it more scary was the mesh platform where one could see through to the great distance below. Both Ji Won and Hyun Woo were terrified as they tried to walk on top of the beams which support the platform. Poor Hyun Woo was so scared that he was shaking.
I can identify with that feeling as I had once been on this kind of mesh platform at a height and had tried not to walk on the mesh, fearful of the sight of the great drop below. I would not have the guts to ever attempt bungee jumping.


10-34Kudos to Tae Gyu and Hyun Woo who were brave enough to do the jump. This activity is definitely a great stimulant for one’s heart but which is not suitable for everyone.


Not surprisingly, Ji Won opts out of the jump.

In episode 11 this Saturday 21st March …..
11-1Sang Hyun with Tae Gyu and Jae Young at a temple, performing the 108 bows ….. for purification and be one with the mind and body.
For a better understanding of the ritual : http://sunmudo.net/lang/jp/media/downloads/


Having a delicious meal of natural food.
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