The members continue with their search for books recommendation based on their given keywords and their week finally culminated in a quiz competition held at KBS. Similar to the previous episode, there was much discussion on various books but this time, there were also some interesting insights shared by the people they meet.
Related clips highlights:
Sang Hyun’s team with the keyword ‘success’ makes their way to Itaewon to meet Hong Seok Cheon,
the CEO of a Thai restaurant. We saw him in a previous instagram photo with the members at a cafe https://instagram.com/p/0MzDTEqgGV/?taken-by=tonyhong1004
Tony Hong is indeed a good example of success as he now operates 9 restaurants and achieving that success had involved a great deal of hard work. When he first started out, what spurred him on was his interest in Thai food. He had encountered many difficulties then as he had no contacts and lacked the know-how. So he had blindly made his way to Thailand and waited at the back door for the chefs. Another personal sharing was regarding his coming out which had also been a difficult period for him.
Success to him meant doing the work he likes and doing it well. 2 things which had helped him in his time of crisis were movies and books. Reading the book on Harvey Bernard Milk (an American politician and first openly gay person to be elected to public office) and watching the movie had given him much inspiration and helped him live with pride and confidence.
The book he recommended was ‘Whale Rock’ by author Lee Sun Won. It’s a tale about a whale rock on the mountain which dreams of going into the sea. Though it was unable to move on its own, it finally fulfilled its dream. The insight it has given him is that one needs to meet challenges in order to succeed and being able to discard the major stuff, greed and status would enable one to have a new life and a new dream. To him, it is a book which gives one a direction in life.
The members were treated to some delicious Thai dishes and also learned to prepare creative toast with egg, cheese and tomatoes. Simple and fun to make as well.
Ji Won’s team with their keyword ‘leadership’ sets out to KBS to meet PD Yu Ho Jin (PD of the variety show 2D1N). Ji Won decided to pull a prank on him by offering him an iced coffee mixed with canary sauce. I’m not sure what kind of sauce it is but judging from his expression, it must have tasted awful with coffee.
The members were surprised to be told that he’s a writer and one of his books is the thriller novel titled ‘Player’. A book pertaining to leadership he mentioned was Kim Hun’s ‘Song Of The Sword’ based on the war hero General Lee Sun Sin who had to shoulder heavy responsibilities and risked his life for his country. It had also been adapted into a KBS drama.
A book he recommended, the title which I think is ‘Dried Story’ (?) is a sort of analogy similar to dried fish and about the preservation of people’s thoughts and history.
Sang Hyun’s team with their final keyword ‘stories’ pays a visit to veteran novelist Park Beom Sin whose many literary works had been adapted into dramas. Though they must have been in awe of him at first, he seemed to be quite a humorous person.
Sharing his stories with them, he talked about his childhood days when he did not even read a single book until the 7th grade as his family was poor. It was only after junior high school that he had his first visit to the library and since then, he had developed a voracious appetite for reading. The book which gave him the strongest impression was ‘Hill With A Double Rainbow’ by author Kim Nae Seong, an interesting and sad story about twin sisters who grew up in different environment.
When he had finished reading it and while on his way to school, he began to see everything with new eyes as if it was a completely different world. Since then, he had gone to the library everyday, reading one book each day. And even in class, he would be secretly reading his book inside his textbook. If he had not read this book, he would not have become an author so it had been a great influence and inspiration in his life.
His recommendation was Saint-Exupery’s autobiographical novel ‘Wind, Sand & Stars’. To him, the biggest feature about books has to do with emotion. He had them laughing when he said that he had a whole shelf of books he had yet to read but it was comforting just to sit there and stare at them. Just looking at them would also give him inspiration. He had them laughing again when he referred to his very thick language dictionary, that sometimes he still had to check out things through the internet. But it is comforting to have it at hand and is a source of his sensitivity and love for language.
Before leaving, the members were each presented with a copy of his book which he autographed.
The members had finally completed their mission on getting their books recommendation and the 2 teams would be taking on the challenge of a quiz at KBS on the various books that week.
There would be 3 rounds, with topics on common issues for the first and 3rd round and on individual issues for the 2nd round. Depending on the outcome, they would then be given their final mission.
For the first round, the topic would be based on their earlier debate with the elementary school students on the tale of ‘The Fairy & Woodcutter’ and there would be 3 questions with 50 points each.
Ji Won must have been too excited as he pressed the buzzer even before the first question was read out in full. It was Tae Gyu who answered correctly the question on what the woodcutter was reborn as.
(Ans: a rooster).
With Jae Young’s help, their team had also answered the 2nd question correctly regarding an idiom on the ‘consequence of getting one’s just desserts’.
(Ans: well earned punishment)
For the 3rd question of round 1, they were to write in Hanja (Chinese characters) the word ‘winged steed’ which was the horse which the woodcutter had rode on from heaven to return to earth.
Sang Hyun’s team (on the right) did not managed to write the character correctly so this time the 50 points were awarded to Ji Won’s team. The correct characters are 天馬.
Results for round 1: Ji Won’s team 50 points / Sang Hyun’s team 100 points.
Questions for the 2nd round would be based on the recommended novels. 6 questions with 100 points each.
Round 2 first question for Sang Hyun’s team …… name of the author of ‘Hill With A Double Rainbow’
This was the book which the veteran author Park Beom Sin had talked about. Sang Hyun seems to be struggling to recall though he had read the book the day before but in the end, he managed to answer correctly (Ans: author Kim Nae Seong)
Both teams managed to answered the next few questions but when it came to the last question for Sang Hyun’s team related to the novel ‘Whale Rock’, they did not managed to give the correct answer.
Ji Won’s team was overjoyed when Tae Hui correctly answered their final question as their total score of 350 points had overtaken Sang Hyun’s team with 300 points.
Their laughter at Ji Won’s inability to answer that question had turned into gloom.
Round 3 with the final question with 200 points regarding the name of 3 novels.
50 + 50 + 100 points.
Both teams got 1 title correctly but they were stuck with the final title.
It was Sang Hyun who finally came up with the correct answer to the complete title of the 3rd novel.
Ans: An Antenna Conveys The Ideas (author Bernard Werber)
I thought the author has an interesting way of describing human thought as being forwarded and received by others who in turn convey them in a similar manner, as if each person has an inbuilt antenna. So regardless of territory or frontier, their thoughts and ideas are spread to others.
Screaming with joy with their total score of 450 points to Ji Won’s team of 400 points.
Definitely a close fight but a well deserved victory.
Sang Hyun’s team was given their next task which was a visit to an audio book recording studio. The music director An Ik-Su introduced to them the various items which were used to create the different sound effects such as waves, rain, swords, boat whistle, train, elephant trumpeting and even walking on snow.
The members carry out a practice round before the actual recording. The fairytale which if I’m not mistaken is titled ‘Sun Moon’ (해님 달님) which is about a tiger wanting to eat up a family in a village (?) Sang Hyun would play the mother’s role, Jae Young as the tiger and Tae Gyu would do the narration.
As Sang Hyun and Tae Gyu are both actors, they had no problem acting out their characters. Sang Hyun too is known for his mimicry so he can easily play any voice role. Unfortunately for Jae Young, his portrayal of a tiger sounded rather flat and far from evil.
Watching this segment made me laugh out loud, especially with Jae Young’s inability to give the correct voice portrayal even with coaching from both Sang Hyun and Tae Gyu. The music director suggested that they exchanged roles with Sang Hyun playing the tiger and Jae Young as the mother while Tae Gyu continued with the narration. But that did not work out either and which made me burst into laughter again because they are all just so funny.
Another round of roles exchange with Sang Hyun as the tiger, Tae Gyu as the mother and Jae Young doing the narration as well as the role of both the brother and sister.
The actual audio book recording finally begins.
Sang Hyun and Tae Gyu giving a great voice performance.
Sang Hyun the ferocious tiger with his vicious roar
Jae Young also doing quite well, getting into his multiple roles of narrator, brother and sister which brings a smile to the others.
The audio book recording is completed and would be donated to the visually impaired community welfare center in Nowon-gu, Seoul.
In the next episode 14 on 11th April ….. the theme is the ‘opposite sex’ and the question is ‘Women cannot perform as well as men?’ There will be 6 lovely ladies who will be their guests for 3 days 2 nights.
The 6 lady guests from top left clockwise:
Park Mi Sun, Park Eun Young, Lee Hye Jong, Raina, Park Eun Ji, Kim Hee Jung
Surprisingly Sang Hyun seems rather shy when Raina approaches.
Checking out the driving skill of the ladies.
Cooking skills of men vs women.
Sang Hyun doing his hair flicking move and looking great with that smile.
Certainly looks fun, so what would be the verdict on the battle of the sexes?