News: BIG BANG and Other Asian Artists in MTV Live

1 04 2010

Peoples! It’s time to tune your TVs!

Many top-notch Asian artists will gather in “MTV LIVE 05.30.10” on May 30,2010 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo.

“MTV LIVE” is the most popular live event that has been held by MTV JAPAN since 2008.

The event theme this year is “Through Live. Connecting Asia” and features four acts from Japan along side with the leading Asian acts in the music scene.

Starting with the most popular dance vocal group that sweeps all 2009 best newcomer awards, BIGBANG. Soul and R&B singer, JAY’ED, Vanness from F4 on his solo career and most popular group both in Japan and Asia, w-inds.

The ticket will go on pre-sale for the artists’ Fan Club members only on Thursday April 1 and to the public on Thursday April 8.

The program will air on MTV JAPAN, MTV ASIA and its international channels to 200,000,000 households worldwide.

I’m so excited! These are all top-notch celebrities! Now who’s excited with me?

Credits: asianfanatics

Source: MTV Japan

Translator: Team.BIGBANG





EMERGENCY: A Call to Arms

30 01 2010

Hello everybody. Alas! This is neither a news update, a fashion blast, a download, or a review of dramas. This is a personal note from I, Calista, to everyone out there with the ability and the generous heart.

I am a great lover of Bumsso. That is, the wonderful pairing of Kim Bum and Kim So Eun (Yi Jung and Ga Eul? Boys Before Flowers? Ring any bells?). Well, So Eun has a new drama coming out called A Good Day for the Wind to Blow. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Anyway, Margaret, the amazing, tireless backbone behind the greatest Bumsso site ever (this site’s download for the 2010 Bon Juk Calendar came from her) is about to embark on the great expedition of subbing for this drama (other sites are really slow and behind on subbing for daily sitcoms).

As mentioned by her, this is not a one-man project. We need lots of help and there’s a shortage of volunteers. I’m a Chinese-English subber myself, but there are also many other positions to be filled. They are listed below:

  • Translators (Both Korean-English or Chinese-English): I can translate, but if we had more this would go a lot quicker. If I translate a 30 minute episode by myself, depending on difficulty, it can take 3-8 hours.
  • Timers: Need to know how to use subbing programs, or have motivation to learn. Also need to have decently fast internet to download the raw files to time them. If I were timing, 30 minute program would take 2-4 hours.
  • Encoder: Should have fast internet to download the raw, and encode it with the sub file. All you need is a program to do it. Usually it can take 15-30 minutes to encode an episode depending on how much memory your computer has.
  • Editor: To make sure the timing is right and the translations are correct. Shouldn’t take more than 1 hour.
  • Uploader (Should also go hand in hand with encoder): Fast internet is a must. My uploading speed maxes out at 30kb/s, so I can’t really help you there. Need to be able to download and upload the raw for the other subbers, and upload the final product to hosting sites such as MegaUpload, Mediafire, Sendspace, etc, and split the videos to upload on youtube. So someone who has fast uploading and downloading speed would be most useful.

Bumsso via Margaret

If you could help, I know that Margaret, all of the waiting viewers of this show, Bumsso website, and I would be extremely grateful. Please reply to this message, message me on my email, or go straight to Margaret’s Bumsso site to let her know you can help (www.bumsso.wordpress.com).

Thank you so much.





News: Barbie Hsu for PETA

28 01 2010

Taiwanese  star,  Barbie Hsu (徐熙媛), stars in a new pro-vegetarian ad for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia.


In the ad, which was released today, Hsu shows off her sexy curves in a “Powered by Tofu” T-shirt and an unbuttoned pair of short shorts, striking a fierce pose next to the words “I Am Barbie Hsu, and I Am a Vegetarian.”

“Animals are like my brothers and sisters, my friends and my family”, says the actor and singer, who was Read the rest of this entry »





Celebrity of the Day: Inoue Mao

27 01 2010

Plenty of people have seen the extremely popular Japanese drama, Hana Yori Dango. The pretty Inoue Mao (井上 真央), born January 9, 1987, was the main actress of the drama. She has been acting for a long time, starring in small roles ever since the young age of five. But it was in 1999 in the drama, Kids War (キッズ・ウォー ~ざけんなよ~) that audiences began to really take notice of the rising star.

In 2005, Mao dominated the screens with Hana Yori Dango (花より男子) where she starred as Makino Tsukushi (牧野 つくし) alongside the band, Arashi’s, member Matsumoto Jun (松本 潤). The drama was hugely successful (note: see JDrama section for Ratings & Review) and the sequel, Hana Yori Dango Returns (花より男子 ~リターンズ~) aired in 2007 under great anticipation.

Mao enrolled in Meiji University at the age of 19 where she studied theater and literature. Her Read the rest of this entry »





Celebrity of the Day: Jay Chou

25 01 2010

He’s your regular superman. Composer, singer, musician, actor, film director, rapper, record producer, DJ, MV director, model, screenwriter and music arranger, Jay Chou (周杰倫) has it all. Born in January, 1979, Jay is one of the most well-known stars in Taiwan, if not Asia. His talent began when he was just a child, starting cello lessons, messing around with his tape recorder, piano lessons. His mother encouraged his abilities and interests. Grades inadequate for University, Jay prepared to enroll into mandatory military service. However, a sports injury prevented him from performing his service, so he took a job as a waiter.

Around this time, he and a friend entered into the competition, Super New Talent King. His friend sang whilst Jay accompanied. They did not win, but the show’s host was impressed by Jay’s complex arrangement. Thus, Jay became a contract composer. Over the next two years he wrote songs for Mandarin pop artists, and also learned Read the rest of this entry »





Fashion & Style: Jolin Tsai Inspired

24 01 2010

Jolin Tsai (蔡依林), the Taiwanese Hamasaki Ayumi. Who can deny her style? A Taiwanese singer, she’s also a great dresser. Here I’m going to break down her style. Who knows? Maybe it’ll inspire you too.

I love this outfit. Jolin’s got the cute shorts, the flirty top. I love the flirty top. Those puffed sleeves are super cupcakey, but in a good way.She’s wearing a cream vest. Well, it’s not really a vesty vest, but more of a lower cut top jacket. Actually, I’m not sure what that it. I just know it looks Read the rest of this entry »





Fashion & Style: Makeup for Asians

24 01 2010

Struggling to find the best brand of makeup or way of applying it? Here’s a complete list of dos and don’ts for Asians… makeup-wise.

DON’T

  • Wear too much eyeliner
  • Have too much blue/green eyeshadow
  • Choose an eyeshadow color that’s too dark
  • Wear false eyelashes that look too long and fake
  • Attempt to change the lightness or darkness of your skin tone with a completely different shade of foundation. It will end up looking like a mask.
  • Use a heap of glittery eyeshadow
  • Use tester lipsticks straight onto your lips. It’s unhygienic. Smudge some onto your fingers before applying

DO

  • Look out for foundation that has yellow undertones
  • Test your foundation on your jawline first
  • Use lots of sky blue. Asian skin loves that color!
  • Store lipstick and perfume in the refrigerator. It’ll last longer
  • Outline your lips in pencil before you apply lipstick or gloss if you don’t want your lipstick to feather
  • Always, ALWAYS wash off your makeup before bed

Some brands that most asians prefer to use include: MAC, Shiseido, Lancome, and Estee Lauder. Browse around for a favorite brand. Personally, I prefer Read the rest of this entry »