BTS video of American-born Korean-Canadian actress Grace Park’s photo shoot with Complex Magazine. Apparently the word “conservative” has different meaning in the eastern and western part of the world. A bit unsafe for work…
Archives for June 2008
Red carpet pictures and list of major winners from the 45th Daejong Film Festival (aka the Grand Bell Awards) in Korea, images by Newsen. Featured celebrities in this photoset include Choi Gi-hwan, Kim Ah-joong, Kim Yun-jin, Im Su-jung, Shin Ae, Go Ara, Han Yeh-seul, Jang Geun-seuk and Han Chae-young.
Emcee Choi Gi-hwan and Kim Ah-joong
Korean singer Kim Jang-hoon collapsed on stage during a live performance on June 28; he managed to regain his conciousness in a short while and was sent to hospital for treatment. Reports suggested that he has overworked himself and requires plenty of rest to recover from exhaustion.
Kim Jang-hoon is not the first Korean artist admitted to hospital for overworking recently; just a week ago rapper MC Mong was hospitalised for exhaustion too… and cases like these happen a bit too often in Korean entertainment world.
The hardworking South Koreans
In fact, lots of other Koreans are facing overworking problems too. Forbes released a report last month that South Koreans work the longest hours per year (among 32 researched countries)… they work on average 2,357 hours per year (six-and-a-half hours daily), almost doubled the Dutch at the bottom (1,391 hours per year).
Considering that Seoul is the most expensive city to live in Asia, I can understand the need for them to work hard… but nothing matters more than health (and ultimately life); they need to enjoy their lives a little bit more.
Bill Gates officially leaves his full-time executive role at Microsoft last Friday to focus on his philanthropic organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He bids farewell with a humorous video which features some famous celebs and Microsoft staff…
I am not sure what you folks think of him, but for me… Bill Gates is a key figure who shapes the world for the past two decades. Without him, the personal computer (and software) industry probably won’t boom at such a pace…
And without the boom, our internet won’t have the chance to prosper as it is, and people around the world would not be able to communicate as easily now.
So, it’s a huge thank you to Bill. And I hope he enjoys his philanthropic life and continues to make the world a better place.
Japan’s NHK and other broadcasters have proposed a new tower in Sumida, Tokyo… which if completed, would be the world’s tallest free-standing tower (611m) and the tallest man-made structure in Japan.
The new tower is officially named Tokyo Sky Tree (東京スカイツリー, Tōkyō Sukai Tsurii) following a public voting by Tokyo residents. The tower is currently scheduled for completion in 2011.
The current tallest man-made structure in Japan is the original Tokyo Tower, a popular tourist attraction, which stands at 333m tall.