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Series review: 'Sweet Home' shows how desires can make monsters out of men

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Photo courtesy of Netflix  Netflix's new Korean thriller series "Sweet Home" may be about monsters, but it also shows that there may be a monster in every man. Set in the old apartment building Green Home, "Sweet Home" tells the story of 18-year-old Cha Hyun-soo, played by "Love Alarm" actor Song Kang. Following a series of painful events in his life, Hyun-soo moved into the apartment and started living alone. However, on the day he decided to take his own life, monsters started appearing all around them, forcing the remaining residents of Green Home to survive, or to turn into monsters themselves. Photo courtesy of Netflix Having turned into a monster himself, the remaining residents, led by Lee Eun-Hyeok (Lee Do-hyun), started sending him to "dangerous missions," which basically involves having to go back to the upper floors to retrieve personal items and fight off monsters in the process. Despite acting more human than monster, Hyun-su had

Go on a "Hotel del Luna" inspired photo shoot with chic vintage pieces from Ikseon Boutique

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Filipino K-drama fans can now dress up like their favorite drama characters, thanks to shops offering vintage pieces for rent. A trip to the South Korean capital of Seoul won't be complete without donning the traditional Korean hanbok, but those who want to try more than traditional clothes can also rent vintage clothes for a photo shoot. Located in the heart of Ikseondong in Seoul, Ikseon Boutique and Kyungsung Clothes both offer chic vintage pieces for rent. Fans of Korean dramas like "Hotel del Luna," "Chicago Typewriter" or "Mr. Sunshine," just to name a few, can channel their favorite characters with the right combination of dresses and accessories from the shops. For KRW 30,000 (approximately P1,300) for three hours, one can choose a complete outfit, which includes clothes and accessories. Both Ikseon Boutique and Kyungsung also offer simple shoes for an additional fee. We got to check out what Ikseon Boutique has to offer d

Now you can rent an 'unnie' for your beauty needs

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Travelling to Seoul? A new tour service lets customers go on a Korean beauty tour with a local female friend. Following the success of its "rent an oppa" service, the people behind Oh My Oppa launched a new service, this time providing their customers with a unique experience with an "unnie." "Unnie" is a term Korean women use to call females older than them. It is similar to the Filipino "ate" or "sister" in English. The idea came to mind after customers started looking for guides they can do some beauty-related activities with. "It would be more certain that we got an idea of hiring female guide from customers who wanted to do some 'girl thing' with Korean local friend," Hyunjung Roh said via email. Screen grab of Oh My Oppa's Instagram page. Activities customers can do with their chosen unnies include shopping for beauty products and clothes, as well as getting beauty treatments. Customers

Why I love Hongdae

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I first visited Seoul two years ago, and while planning for my trip, I decided to stay in Hongdae after reading that it is mostly frequented by students and younger people. I fell in love with Hongdae after watching a young singer performing on the streets. He was performing Don't Forget (잊어버리지마) by Crush (feat. Taeyeon), which was my jam at that time. Since it was my first time in Seoul at that time, I spent a lot of time watching street performers/buskers. On my last day, I spent the whole afternoon watching this group perform. On my second trip to Seoul, I stayed for a few days in Myeongdong. I missed the vibe in Hongdae, and knew that I had to go back the moment I stepped out of my room. Don't get me wrong, Myeongdong is my second favorite place in Seoul, but Hongdae just has a special place in my heart. At that time, I was supposed to stay a few days in Busan, but some unexpected things happened so I ended up transferring from Myeongdong to Hongdae. As

I booked an "oppa" for my birthday. Here's what happened

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It's been almost ten years since I fell in love with everything Korean. Fresh out of college, one of my first jobs is to teach English to Koreans. At first, I told myself that I wouldn't be too involved with the culture. I was studying for my Master's degree at that time and even when I started to fall in love with Korea, I consciously rejected the idea of shifting out of my major (Southeast Asia) to Korean studies. My love for Korea started when a student taught me how to read and write in Korean. Being a history and culture buff, I started falling in love with everything about South Korea with every letter and word I learn from my "teacher." I started listening to K-pop, and then I started watching Korean dramas. I started eating Korean food and even ~daydreamed~ of having a Korean boyfriend. One of the first things I learned about Korean culture is that they take age and titles seriously. Even an age difference of two years would put one at a higher &q

New to K-Drama? Must-See Dramas to get You Started

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안녕 친구! There will always be that one thing, be it a song, a movie, or a drama, that will get you hooked to something you'll be enjoying for a long time. For K-Drama fans, the drama or movie that introduced them to their favorite actors and actresses will always be memorable. I've been a fan of anything Korean for more than a decade now, and yet the memories of that first time I saw Gong Yoo is still fresh in my memory. I mean, who wouldn't fall for this face? via GIPHY Here are five Korean dramas that every newbie should see. Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy (also known as Hello My Teacher), 2005 via GIPHY Before he became popular (again) on Goblin, Gong Yoo first made waves with his character on The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (with Yoon Eun-hye), but if you want to go farther back in his filmography, then you should watch him on Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy. In this series, Gong Yoo played the role of Park Tae-in, a high school student (which he pulled

Kpop News: Rest in peace, Kim Jonghyun

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From @jonghyun.948 on Instagram 안녕 친구! Kim Jonghyun of Korean boy group Shinee passed away Monday. He was 27. According to a report on The Korea Herald , Kim died in the hospital after he was found unconscious at a residence in Cheongdam-dong in Seoul. Police said they received a call from Kim's sister Monday afternoon, saying his brother may have attempted to commit suicide. Kim was found with a burning coal briquette nearby. Police said they will investigate the incident as a suspected suicide. Kim is a vocalist for Shinee. (This article was originally published on ABS-CBN News Online )