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My first thoughts on the K-variety show “Barefooted friends”

Hey everyone! I know it’s too early to write a “review” on the Korean variety show “Barefooted friends” just yet, but the first episode aired not long ago and i have recently watched it with English subtitles so i taught i would write my thoughts on it. The show is part of the “SBS Sunday’s lineup (shows)”, it airs on SBS and premiered on the 21rst April 2013.

Concept of the show as i understand: The cast travels to a country, a country different from their own culture (outside Korea), not for leisure sake, but to live like the proper locals of that country, having to experience how it would be like if they were from there and was a normal citizen, eg. working as a local earning money, living in a local house, etc. Here is the Wikipedia page : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barefooted_Friends

I like the concept of the show, not only is it original but i believe each episode would be a humbling experience for the celebrity guests in terms of having to live as a local, “normal/common” person, in a foreign country, it would be a humbling experience.

Cast: Kang Ho-dong; Yoon Jong-shin; Yu Sae-yoon; Kim Bum-soo; Kim Hyun-joong; Yoon Si-yoon; Eunhyuk; Uee

First of all, let me just say, the initial reason why i have even considered watching the show has got to be because of Kim Hyun Joong. When i heard he is going to be a regular cast of a certain variety show called “Barefooted friends”, i taught i HAVE to watch that show. Why Kim Hyun Joong? Because watching certain interviews of him and his appearance on “We got married”, i have always taught this guy had such great and awesome sense of humor and personality and I’ve always felt that part of his personality, some call it “4D personality” was been overshadowed or unnoticed by the outside public because of the pop/idol singer” image he has.

Therefore, understand my joy when i heard he was going to be a cast, a regular cast for that matter , of a variety show hosted by one of the most respectable and funniest host/MC in S.Korea. I taught “Finally! Kim Hyun joong, go show your skills! :)”

Kang Ho dong! I have heard a whole lot about Kang Ho dong, he has got such great reputation in the “variety” business in S.Korea and is considered one of the best MC, so for a person like me , having being introduced to the Korean culture for almost 2 years now it’d be weird if i had never heard his name being mentioned, but let me admit that I’ve never been a regular viewer of the shows he’s hosted, which makes “Barefooted friends” the first proper show i have watched hosted by Kang Ho dong.

20130429-015130.jpg My impression of him on Barefooted friends? He’s very likable! I’m not exaggerating one bit, he is a different and original host, the kind that laughs alongside the other members when he finds things to be funny, without feeling the pressure of being “serious” just letting the members laughs by themselves, he is just natural and himself. He also have this kind of ” next door neighbor look”, which makes one relate to him, making me understand why he’s liked by many. I can’t wait to see more of him and his skills as the show goes on.

The cast? I’m not familiar with all of the cast so i did not have particular expectations, when an audience is not familiar with a cast,it’s either “they like” or “they don’t like”, the connection goes well or doesn’t, the cast could break or make a show. Me? I LIKE, thinking of me originally watching the show because of Kim Hyun Joong, watching the first episode i saw myself growing fond of each cast member, and i feel each one of them brings something different and unique to the show, the cast is diverse it’s a good and original mix. It does not only contain “KPOP faces” or “Young fresh faces” but it also contains “middle-aged men”.
It does not contain “an ALL men cast” but contain ” 7 males AND a female” , i like the diversity.
UEE as the only woman, i like. I have only witnessed her variety skills on the show i regularly watch “Running Man” , i remember watching the 137th episode and thinking “this girl is strong!” Anyway, that’s not the point.
I believe as the only girl in this new variety show, UEE would fit it in well with the other men in the cast, she is competitive and confident at the same time.
Yoon Jong shin, I like him. Hahahah , he reminds me so much of Ji suk Jin from Running Man,from the comments he makes and even his fashion style , it’s too funny to watch. I’m glad he’s on the show though, he keeps the cast balanced with his “ajhussi image” and comedian feel. I can somehow feel he’s the one that is going to be “the big man” if Kang ho dong is not seen on the show.
There was a moment in the first episode, where i felt quite sorry for him when he couldn’t find anyone that wanted a ride on his motorcycle!!

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Kim Hyun Joong I actually taught he was going to be a little introvert for the first episode, but he wasn’t and we witnessed some of his moments, i somehow feel as the show goes along a soundtrack is going to be added anytime his “blunt and funny moments” appears.
Yoon Si yoon ,as a variety newbie, i got to say he is pretty good, very good.
Same for the other members, they were funny and natural in front of the cameras, not trying to “look good” all the time,and this type of behaviour is something needed for a show like that. Let’s take notice that once the members reached Vietnam and had to get up a few hours later, being blindfolded, they were not given time to brush their teethes or bath, but not one complain or anything like that was heard.

Anyway, let me not talk too fast, as there are much more episodes coming, this show has a lot of competitions among other very successful shows currently airing on Korean TV right now, but i believe this show has potential to be good, what could be the best asset for this show, that could keep viewers hanging even if the content becomes poor would be ….the chemistry between the cast, in the first episode because the teams were separated we, the viewers, didn’t really get a chance to see the interactions very much, but the content and missions were interesting enough to keep us entertained. But in the opening and when i look at the different members’ personalities, i have a feeling they would connect well. For a variety show to be successful, it needs the whole package: good chemistry between casts; great content/concept, creativity, etc.
Another thing that needs to be seen on the show is for each member of the cast to stand out, a member being “too quiet/too shy” would seem transparent, and for that kind of show it could not work well.

Let’s see what happens in future episodes! 🙂

You can leave comments. What did you think of the first episode, what do you think of the show, the concept,the members? 🙂

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List of the full winners of the 2013 African movie academy awards! (AMAA)

The African movie academy awards is an event that aims to honor,celebrate and acknowledge the talents and people in the African movie industry, which includes actors, directors as well as writers. It is one of the most anticipated and most important events when it comes to the African movie industry.
The 9th edition of African Movie academy awards(AMAA) took place on the 20th April 2013,it was held at the Glory Land cultural centre in Yenageoa,Bayelya State capital in Nigeria.

Here is the FULL LIST OF WINNERS of the 9th edition of AMAA’s :

Prize For Best Short Film: Kwaku Ananse (Ghana)

Prize For Best Documentary: Fuelling Poverty (Nigeria)

Prize For Best Diaspora Feature:Stones In The Sun (Haiti/USA)

Prize For Best Diaspora Documentary:Fan Do Brasil- (Brazil/Guatamela)

Prize For Best Animation:Adventure Of Zambedia- (South Africa)

Prize For Best Film By An Africans Abroad:Last Flight To Abuja- (UK/Nigeria)

Prize For Achievement In Production Design:Elelwani (South Africa)

Prize For Achievement In Costume Design:Blood And Henna (Nigeria)

Prize For Achievement In Makeup:The Meeting (Nigeria)

Prize For Achievement In Soundtrack:The Last Fishing Boat (Malawi)

Prize For Achievement In Visual Effects:The Twin Sword (Nigeria)

Prize For Achievement In Sound: Nairobi Half Life (Kenya/Germany)

Prize For Achievement In Cinematography:Uhlanga, The Mark (South Africa)

Prize For Achievement In Editing:Hereoes And Zereoes (Nigeria/Ghana)

Prize For Achievement In Lightning:Moi Zaphira (Burkina Faso)

Prize For Achievement In Screenplay:Hereoes And Zereoes

Prize For Best Nigerian Film:Confusion Na Wa (Nigeria)

Prize For Best Film In An African Language:Moi Zaphira

Prize For Best Promising Actor:Belina Effah- Kokomma

Prize for Best Actor In A Supporting Role: Gabriel Afolayan- Hoodrush

Prize For Best Actress In A Supporting Role: Hermelinda Cimela- Virgin Magarida

Prize For Best Actor In A Leading Role: Justus Esiri- Assasins Practice

Prize For Best Actress In A Leading Role:Florence Masebe- Elelwani

Prize For Best Director:Niji Akanni- Hereoes And Zereoes

Prize For Best Film:Confusion Na Wa (Nigeria)

Lifetime Achievement Awards: Tunde Kelani, Chief Eddi Ugboma, Sir Ositadinma Okeke Oguno (Ossy Affason), Ayuko Badu and Chief Pete Edochie

Special Recognition Of Pillars Of Nollywood @ 20:
Eem Isong, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Kenneth Okonkwo and Film/ Video Producers And Marketers Association of Nigeria (FVPMAN)
Special Jury Award: Ninah’s Dairy (Cameroon)

What a successful event! Congrats to all the winners!

Korea · Thoughts · Welcome!

Some asks “Why are Jihyo & Gary not dating in real life?”

Hello everyone!

My recent article “Why is Monday couple so popular among Running Man fans?” has gained a lot of attention which i did not expect, so thank you. But more than anything, it made me realize how once again very popular Running Man and the members are, around the world.

Anyway, the idea of writing the post you’re reading right now, about this particular subject (referring to the title “Why is Monday couple not dating in real life (yet)?) is completely unexpected and random, as i had no taught of laying out my opinions or write an article concerning that particular subject.

But then after watching episode 139 of Running Man with excitement, i feel am in the right mood to write.

Monday couple.

Even though i like Monday couple, i have never gone as far as wanting them together in real life, as their interactions have always been sufficient for me ..but

” Why is Monday couple not dating already?” “Date already!” “Gary likes her,why is Jihyo oblivious to see that?” are among the most common lines one would hear among other “Runners” especially among Monday couple fans.

I’m passionate about finding answers to questions or issues people want to know about, investigating the truth about a particular matter.
Somehow,I’m a very logical person, accepting the truth even if it means hurting my “fangirling” mind on the other side of my skull.

Today,i have decided to transform my thoughts into words but at the same time also give space for the readers to form their own judgments on the subject.

Monday couple “Why are they not dating already?” The obvious answer would be “Because Jihyo has got a boyfriend” but i would answer this question in such a way one would understand, particularly if they are Running Man viewers.


For a relationship to develop, a person has got to spend quality time with the person they like, talking while no one is around and trying to get know the person on a personal level. With no public or eyes around you, just simplicity.Her/him and you, eyes to eyes.~

For Jihyo and Gary’s case they have not had any romantic development outside of Running Man. (PS: unless they secretly dated with no cameras around and nobody knows about it)
To build a relationship with someone, one can’t only rely on seeing that person once or twice a week on a show with tens of cameras, because this is NO real foundation for a real relationship.
If one day Gary and Jihyo became a real couple and the announcement came on TV, you should not believe it happened all on Running man, no, they talked behind the scenes, called each other and became close ,they made time for each other outside of the show to build a real foundation.
For e.g if there is a couple in your work place. It did not happen overnight: they had to talk outside of work to try to get to know each other, they therefore became close and then their relationship became public for everyone to see.
Therefore i believe one of the reasons why Jihyo & Gary despite their Monday couple characters, are not dating in real life like some may want is because no real move has been made outside of the show.
But of course, after filming Running for more than two years as members, it is very likely they have met behind the scenes among the running man members.
Jihyo & Gary might have been on the phone outside of Running Man, but what am saying is, were they rather talking as friends, leaving their Monday couple status and teasing in Running Man’s location?


What about Song Jihyo?

I believe a person could never date someone while being in love with someone else or being attached to someone.
Song jihyo has dated, in fact is currently dating someone outside of Running Man while being known as the Monday girlfriend. I believe she wouldn’t have being able to do so if she felt she was in a real relationship with Gary.

When Gary gives her compliments, among the numerous compliments she received from him on Running Man, the reason why Jihyo does not take it to heart, is it because she sees it as a show he puts on for Running Man, therefore she tries not to waver?
As a female, If a man gives you compliments in front of others and people ship you two, but as soon as you’re off work, school that person doesn’t come near you, would you believe the guy and his words? Won’t you try to not take his words too much at heart next time he gives you compliments?

I once saw a tweet that says “Gary got dumped by Jihyo, Gary & Jihyo broke up!!!” It made me think for a moment…”Are people taking it too far or not?”


But first, let me ask you: [Question] Have you ever had a crush on someone? You really loved how they looked, their smell, their presence …but if a friend asked you “Would you die for them? Do you love them with all your heart” You’d say No or maybe just laugh at their faces ” bwaHahahaha, He’s my crush,it doesn’t mean i Looveeeeee him ,gosh”.

Just.. a crush.

Is this imagery similar with Gary’s situation?: After Jihyo’s relationship announcement came up, a lot of running man fans felt sorry for Gary and through his twitter page showed their encouragement ,
Gary replied to the tweets ““Did we work this hard on the sketch from the start…? I will work harder now, knowing that there are people out there who care about me enough to tell me to be strong, but no need for that anymore!! There is nothing that I need to be strong about… there are other people out there who are struggling for real… my biggest struggle is finding myself haha.”

He later wrote, “Why do I have to listen to people telling me that they are sorry, when they don’t need to be and I don’t need to hear it…?”

[Imagine] Your friend asks if you would ever want to date your crush, you respond “No”.
But it is not a “No” in the sense that you don’t like her/him but a “No” because you believe you have no chance getting their attentions or you might even think you wont be good enough for them, they’re too good for you , therefore you never make the move, not wanting to make a fool of yourself?

Is it similar with Gary’ situation, this time?: Gary in 2011 had a twitter interview while being fully on mode being the “Monday boyfriend”, when the question ““You and Song Ji Hyo are a ‘couple’ on ‘Running Man’. What are the odds of the two of you actually dating?” he responded by ” “Ji Hyo is a really laid back, sweet & cute dongseng of mine, as well as a good colleague. Someone like myself that lives with no boundaries and with a tendency to mess up from time to time probably isn’t a good fit for her, haha. I think she needs to find someone better than me.”


The reason of this post was to give a clearer & simple idea about what are some possible reasons why Song jihyo and Gary aren’t dating in real life as some may have wished for.
But no one can read someone’s mind unless you are them. You never know what could, have, might happen, happened behind the scenes , or even what could happen in the future.
Thus the reason why i added a “(yet)”.

In my opinion Gary’s other half should be a girl that:
1) like the word “STRESS” 2) Likes coffee 3) likes wearing caps!

For Song Jihyo, her perfect other half should be :
1) A man who Is stronger than her 2) gives her compliments 3) makes her laugh.

Monday couple happened naturally on Running Man but whether they do date in real life or not as some want, shouldn’t be our focus as one can’t fight against destiny and fate, therefore we should support the decisions they make no matter what 🙂

The foundation of every relationship even between boyfriend-girlfriend is friendship. Once you have that, you have everything!
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