Friday, 20 January 2017

The 'coolest person' in the eyes of Korea's citizens nowadays

(t/n: Even though it's just an article talking about his fashion and style, I thought it'd also be nice to see who's behind the investigation counsel and not just the witnesses and suspects.)
Lee Kyu Chul, spokesperson for the investigation team


Joseon Ilbo via Naver: Perfectly matching coat and muffler... investigation counsel's spokesperson, wears clothes very well

1. [+4800, -153] The coolest person these days.

2. [+4563, -116] He does his job properly so everything he does seems awesome.

3. [+4035, -116] The investigation counsel reads what's on the people's minds so I'm always anticipating their reports

4. [+3363, -111] You're awesome~ fighting to the investigation team

5. [+2836, -106] He seems really cool and intelligent during their briefings. I always thought he was charming and looks like it's not just me who thinks that. His glasses suit him well too~^^ Please help ease the citizen's anger fairly, work hard, we're putting our trust on you.

6. [+653, -42] If you're a just man, whatever you wear will look good.

7. [+586, -28] Just as clean and nicely you wear your clothes, please investigate thoroughly too

8. [+553, -37] I'm drawn in by them more than celebrities these days! Fighting to the investigation counsel who looks the most charming when they put in their all in the work they do.


The bus driver missing 2,400 won, "I got fired while chaebols are set free"


(t/n: This was mentioned by the top comment on this article where a bus driver who was missing 2400 won (~$2) was fired and charged for embezzlement while Samsung's CEO, Lee Jae Yong was set free.)

No Cut News via Daum: 2,400 won bus driver "Chaebols are set free and I got fired"

1. [+10,864, -73] Ji Kang Hun said this before. "One law for the rich and another for the poor." I can truly feel the truth of these words these days.

2. [+9899, -63] This country really seems to be a country for chaebols and their vested interests.  The term "Hell Joseon" didn't come out of nowhere.

3. [+8291, -554] Presidents and government officials who can't be honest, once they're ordered to kill the 'flies'... to them it's only right that this person gets fired, to them he embezzled 2,400 won even though it could be a simple mistake...

4. [+2919, -18] 420 billion won, set free. 2400 won, fired. Well, that's fair. ㅋㅋ

5. [+2882, -21] Are you reading this? Future generations will remember you judge Jo Eui Yeon (t/n: The judge who made the decision to dismiss Lee Jae Yong's arrest.)

6. [+2583, -16] The Department of Justice can be thrown in the trash~

7. [+2217, -17] You see here in Hell Joseon, you have to take a lot for you not to get arrested..

8. [+2014, -12] What a dirty world...




If there was an awards ceremony for OSTs, which song would receive the daesang?

1. Lovers in Paris: To Your Side - Jo Sung Mo

2. Sassy Girl Chun Hyang: Emergency Room - Izi

3. My Name is Kim Sam Soon: She Is - Clazziquai

4. Goong: Perhaps Love - J.ae, HowL

5. Temptation of the Wife: Can't Forgive - Cha Soo Kyung

6. Secret Garden: That Man - Baek Ji Young

7. Beethoven Virus: Can You Hear Me - Taeyeon

8. Stairway to Heaven: I Miss You - Kim Bum Soo

9. YWCFTS: My Destiny - LYn

10. I'm Sorry I Love You: Snow Flower - Park Hyo Shin

11. Boys Over Flowers: Because I'm Stupid - SS501

12. King's Family: Find Love Find Life - Jo Hang Jo

13. Moon Embraces the Sun: Back in Time - LYn

14. Iris: Don't Forget - Baek Ji Young

15. Phoenix: Fate - Lee Sung Chul

16. Other


- The fact that 'Emergency Room' is still on the charts when you go to the karaoke says it all

- Isn't it obviously Snow Flower?

- They're all songs worthy of the daesang...

- As I went down the list I kept going "This, oh no this, no this!", couldn't make up my mind

- For me it's Nice Guy's OST "Love Is Like Snow"

- Emergency Room, I Miss You, and Snow Flower

- Definitely #4, I'm getting butterflies just thinking about the song

- This is such a hard decision ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ But I'll go with I Miss You

- Isn't Taeyeon's 'If' a better choice than 'Can You Hear Me'?

- All In songs

- I can't choose....ㅠ




Idol trainees and students reveal the special treatment Chung Yoora got in high school


"Showed off her money, had bad manners, and were arrogant." This is how most of the teachers and students at Chungdam High School remembered Choi's daughter.  There was a time when Choi threatened the gym teacher and said, "I can get a little thing like you fired in an instant, Yoora's father won't stand for this."

However, according to the audit, Chung Yoora's school report was filled only with compliments. "She was naturally bright, lively and she would always listen to her friend's worries.  She was a well-rounded person with great relationships as she was kind and warm-hearted."

There were many instances where Chung was not present in class but the teachers would still give her 100% on tests to which the students complained about. When the students protested this, the teacher came to Yoora's defence and said, "[My actions] are like a mom trying to protect her child.  Can't you see she's going through so much to become a national representative [as a horseback rider]?"

Students and teachers were not allowed to wake Chung Yoora if she was sleeping.  A professor commented that they only saw Chung once or twice for a whole semester.  An alumni revealed, "She had no worries because she already had a university to go to, she went to school to sleep and if you woke her up, she'd get angry at you."  Another student said, "Sometimes she'd just drop by in the mornings and go straight home for lunch."

The high school is filled with students entering the entertainment field so there were also many idol trainees.  The teachers were biased and gave Chung Yoora special treatment.  An idol trainee in the same class as Chung once cried and complained to the teacher because only Chung was allowed to leave class early while the idol trainee was not allowed to miss school at all.


Joongang Ilbo via Naver: [Breaking] "Idol trainee in the same class cried because only Chung Yoora was allowed to leave early"

1. [+19,478, -161] I just can't believe something like this happened in this country.  Hope to see Chung Yoora arrested as soon as possible.

2. [+17,373, -133] Life's an ultimate set of corruption.

3. [+13,932, -243] Can't take away their assets anyway so might as well just put them behind bars for life...

4. [+11,670, -140] Yoora, rights always come with responsibility. It's time for you to pay.

5. [+11,066, -440] The Ewha professors and all the teachers involved, put them all in jail!!!  They don't have the right to be qualified teachers, we mustn't let them teach any more children!!! Disclose who they are!!!

6. [+1300, -13] Only ate lunch, went home early and played with her boyfriend.  No wonder she got pregnant when she was a senior in high school.  What did she learn growing up.  Like mother, like daughter.

7. [+1228, -19] Even chaebol kids won't act that bad.  Rich, classless bastards.

8. [+1049, -10] They're just taking this to the extremes, even the teachers "can't remember" stuff...

9. [+902, -8] The money they used to enjoy themselves are the citizen's tax money.




Thursday, 19 January 2017

Court dismisses arrest warrant for Samsung's CEO, Lee Jae Yong released from detention


The independent counsel, the team currently in charge of investigating the scandal, believes that Samsung paid a total of $36.42 million to Choi Soon Sil in return for benefits.  They fostered a relationship where they paid millions of dollars to Choi to support her organizations and her daughter Chung Yoo Ra.  For instance, reports say that Samsung bought several horses and a horse park in Germany to be used by Yoo Ra costing them more than $3.3 million.  Samsung is believed to have benefitted from this relationship especially through the controversial merger between Samsung C&T and Cheil Industries.  With government support, the merger allowed Samsung to retain control and handover the group's leadership from chairman Lee Kun Hee to his son Lee Jae Yong despite owning only a small amount of shares.  This allowed Samsung to retain control of the whole group for a low cost.  

An arrest warrant was sought for Samsung's Lee Jae Yong for bribery, embezzlement and perjury.  During the 22-hour questioning, Lee Jae Yong told prosecutors that Samsung was coerced into giving money to Choi Soon Sil, that it was a simple case of extortion by the Blue House, and that Samsung expected no favours in return for the 'donations'.  The independent counsel, however, says it has evidence showing that the support of the merger helped consolidate Lee's control of the group.  Lee was held in detention while they waited for the court's decision on whether to approve the arrest warrant.

The Seoul Central District Court decided on Thursday to decline the issue of an arrest warrant.  Judge Choi Eui Youn said, "I see no need to arrest the suspect right now as there is room for disagreement about the major charges."  Lee was then immediately released from temporary detention where he awaited the court's decision.  



1. [+43,640, -3241] Ah... this is Korea's declaration of giving up democracy... The court is disgraceful... A bus driver who was missing 2,400 won (~$2) was charged for embezzlement yesterday and someone who gave a 430 BILLION bribe is let out free... dirty Republic of Samsung

2. [+31,785, -2048] Fighting to the independent counsel! The citizens are all fighting with you until the end!

3. [+31,721, -2430] You call yourself a judge? Bet their legal team will scout you

4. [+25,994, -1989] Department of Justice: This is insane~~!!

5. [+17,691, -1036] One fearful judge has turned the tides in favour of the corrupt Chaebol conglomerates of Korea.  How do you think you'll be remembered in our history?

6. [+7940, -372] The most corrupt group in Korea. 

7. [+7683, -417] Looks like the judge was on their side...

8. [+7449, -361] Justice is dead. No one is equal in front of the law anymore.

9. [+7216, -323] Similar reason for Shin Dong Bin's dismissal too. The law is different for the rich and the poor.

10. [+6911, -355] It's cold but it looks like we're going to have to go out for a candlelight rally 


Sunday, 15 January 2017

(Spoilers!!!) Netizen's theory about what will happen to Kim Shin

(Spoilers!!!)

'NJTW3' new members Kyuhyun and Mino continue to bring laughs to viewers





Xsportnews via Naver: 'NJTW3' Kyuhyun proves his crazy presence in just two episodes

1. [+2246, -43] NJTW is the bestㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Chinese grapefruit ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ with Kyuhyun's morning dance ㅋㅋㅋ

2. [+1611, -43] Kyuhyun's really funny ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋI have high expectations for him ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

3. [+1561, -36] Kyuhyun's didn't do much but he's freaking funny ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ His presence is insane

4. [+1238, -29] From rap to a girl group dance... he's good at them ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

5. [+773, -15] Melons are good in the morning ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ He's so pessimistic

6. [+301, -12] Na PD has a good eye for things. I don't see the Kyuhyun we thoguht we knew, his cute tricks in the morning were so funny ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

7. [+278, -7] That was freaking funny, but I laughed my butt off when used the durian as a threat ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

8. [+258, -5] Song Mino's song came on and the original Song Mino was sleeping then Kyuhyun came out ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

9. [+256, -10] Pessimistic ballad singer and Song MoJiRi, the two of them exceeded my expectations ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ


Naver TV Cast: Song MoJiRi's emergency request! Call the police!!

1. [+1402, -2] The grapefruit carried the broadcastㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

2. [+1277, -3] I thought it'd be OK when he chose the grapefruit butㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ the Chinese grapefruit ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Song Mino ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

3. [+1021, -7] ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Song Mino and Kyuhyun seem like they're original cast members because they fit in so well, I love watching them ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

4. [+907, -6] He said to call the police ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Seriously

5. [+731, -6] ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Our Mino is too cute ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Hard carries every time on NJTW ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ The grapefruit was the best out of the rest of the fruits ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

6. [+639, -3] Song Mino ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

7. [+623, -3] Mino's cute ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ  Kyuhyun and Jaehyun too ㅋㅋ Why is the grapefruit like that ㅋㅋㅋ

8. [+595, -2] Wait a second, waaait a second ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ So cute

9. [+508, -3] Song Mino's freaking charming ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ