Personal & Travel
My European trip in 2005… first day in London, arrival, nothing much. Visited the Buckingham Palace, the nearby St. James’s Park, followed by Piccadilly Circus, the under-renovation Trafalgar Square, and also the iconic Big Ben (pic) on my second day in Europe/London.
Lifestyle & Offbeat
A pair of melons were sold for $16,000 USD in Yubari, a Japanese city facing bankruptcy. And Nestle is doing their bid, albeit half-heartedly, to help the city with some Yubari melon flavoured Kit Kat.
Still in Japan, Pepsi is planning to release a cucumber-flavoured soda this summer. And 16-year-old schoolboy Ryo Ishikawa became the youngest ever golfer to win a professional golf tournament.
To the Republic of Korea, a tourism promotion video featuring the “red” spirit of the Koreans. Plus a video of the Hooter Girls in Seoul.
Showbiz & Entertainment
Chinese actress Isabella Leong has landed the role in Hollywood movie The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
Plenty of Korean e-news… American singer Amerie visited Seoul. Jeon Do-yeon won best actress in Cannes, the first Korean to win the award at the prestigious film festival. And transgender entertainer Harisu got married. Congrats!
Not so good news for pop diva Lee Hyori as her new drama was banned by Korea’s Broadcasting Committee for excessive product placement. Entertainment mogul JYP is probably an unhappy man as well, seeing his protégé Rain leaving the company, especially after the confirmation of Rain’s Hollywood debut.
To Japan… Fuji TV is filming Hana Kimi, adapted from a popular manga series. Miss Japan Riyo Mori was crowned Miss Universe 2007 in Mexico, becoming the second Japanese to win the contest. And finally, a movie review for Sinking of Japan.
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