Friday, July 8, 2011

Trying coffins while being alive ..... in South Korea

(Reuters Life!) - At age 62, Ha Yu-soo had begun to feel his mortality, wondering about the timing of death's soft tap on the shoulder. But why wait, he thought. Maybe he could take a test run.

Ha donned a traditional yellow hemp robe, lay down inside a casket and felt at peace -- until the somber, dark-suited attendants placed a lid on the coffin. Then Ha realized his worst fear: the eternal darkness had finally come.

"How grateful I was that this was a fake funeral, not real," he said with a sigh of relief.

"There's but one step from life to death but the difference is huge," Ha, a fire protection system inspector, told Reuters.

Ha joined around 70 other people on a "well-dying" course, run by a local district office in the northeast of Seoul. The course's motto: "Don't take life for granted."

Baek Sung-ok, an ovarian cancer patient who opted out of chemotherapy several years ago, said the experience of being in a coffin made her feel more appreciative of those around her.

"I will abandon greed to relate to my husband and love my daughters more," she said, rising from the casket.

Another activity is penning farewell letters.

"Even if I no longer exist here, please get along with your siblings and be more selfless," Kim Young-sook wrote to her four children.


Kang Kyung-ah, the seminar's instructor, said this literal near-death experience could have meaning for those from all walks of life, whether they be the elderly or young.

Suicide is a big issue in south-korea. Among the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member countries, South Korea is ranked among the highest in the suicide ranks, with the rate rising sharply after the Asian financial crisis hit in 1997 -- and still climbing.

Online suicide pacts, the suicide of K-pop celebrities and even the suicide of a former president show the negative side of rapid economic development and a highly competitive atmosphere.

"The top cause of death for people in their 20s, 30s and 40s is suicide. These people are the working age group ... (the seminar) can change the meaning of one's life and give a chance to know oneself," said Kang, a nursing professor at Sahmyook University.

While some see the mock funeral as a way to reflect on life and prepare for death, many skeptics question whether death simulation can prevent suicide and blame some entrepreneurs for using this as a commercial event.

"Slipping into the casket is to practice dying which can happen unexpectedly at any age, but the coffin experience alone is not enough," said Oh Jin-tak, a philosophy professor at Hallym University and head of the Hallym University Suicide Prevention Center.

But Kang says participants in the well-dying course don't suffer from depression.

"Rather than preparing for death, the program makes them think about life," Kang said, adding participants come away wanting to lead fuller lives.

As the death rehearsal ends, the grim mood is over. Participants are glad to be back from the dead and start to clap and sing a song called "Happy."

"Even if someone tries this for fun, it definitely tells you something ... about death," Ha says.

Source : Reuters

You've Fallen For Me

Genre: Romance, Music
Episode :16
Brocasted by: MBC

Lead Cast:
Jung Yong Hwa as Lee Shin
Park Shin Hye as Lee Kyu Won

Synopsis: Lee Shin is a university student majoring in modern music. He is also the vocalist and guitarist of the band “The Stupid.” Shin is known for his good looks and strong passion for music, but in reality he is cold, lacks interest in anything unrelated to music and has neither dreams nor plans for the future. He initially likes Jung Yoon Soo, a dance professor at university, but this all changes when he meets Lee Kyu Won.
Lee Kyu Won is a bright and outgoing student who was born into a prestigious family and is majoring in traditional Korean instruments, especially the gayageum. Kyu Won’s grandfather, Lee Dong Gun, is one of the top 3 traditional musicians of his age and his biggest wish is to see his granddaughter become a traditional music prodigy. Trying to live up to her grandfather’s expectations, Kyu Won immerses herself in training and becomes a university student who knows nothing outside of her studies. As her friends are fans of “The Stupid”, she was forced to go to the band’s concert with them. There she saw Lee Shin performing live, and is immediately captivated by him.


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Kang Daesung is the most discussed person on the Internet in June

Well this is not a surprise but well here are the details.

Whose news attracted the most attention in June?

SK Marketing and Company's online research platform 'Trillion' ( has revealed June's most searched person on their portal. There were a total of 6,782 adult males and females who have participated in the research and the result was announced on 5th.

The person who attracted most attention in June was Big Bang's Daesung (Kang Daesung, 22). 38.5% of the surveyed people chose him.

Chaseungwon of the recent popular drama of MBC TV 'The Greatest Love' has gained 14.1% votes and Imjaebeom who wore a Nazi uniform in his national tour has got 14.1 % of the total votes too.

Another person who caught attention is the ex-boyfriend of a trot group('Iris')'s member since he stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death. (10% of votes, ranks 4th place). The 5th place is taken up by Gi Meonjin (7.1%) who joined the protest against Hanji Heavy Industries and Construction Aerial.

Gong Hyonjin (3.3%) who took up the role of 'Gua Ejeong' has captured the 6th place. It is true that the drama 'The Greatest Love' is popular since Gong Hyonjin and Chaseungwon both rank high in this survey.

In terms of age, people from 10s to 20s have shown relatively more interest in the issue of 'Big Bang' 's Daesung. Imjaebeom and Gimyeojin are mostly the concerns of people in their 30s and 40s. Particularly speaking, the people who showed interest to Daesung's news and the age of the groups are inversely proportional. (i.e. the younger the age groups, the more interest has been shown to the news.)

A total of 6895 people have participated in the survey and they were also what news they searched most in June. 'Daesung' fatal traffic accident' topped the list.(22%). It is found that more interest towards the accident is shown among women.
Source : bigbangupdates

Sunday, July 3, 2011

A funny video

Hello !!! I miss you all. I don't even have time to whatch my drama. No mader what I have a video for you. I was sleeping at Sayuri's home. We where whatching video on youtube and we find this one. Hope you will like it. I think this young man is right. But I will whatch them no matter what.