Monday, July 11, 2016

10 Things Only Running Man Fans Understand

Today is officially Running Man's 6th Anniversary. Six years ago, the show went on air in South Korea, and it has left us in stitches since. Throughout the six years on air, Running Man has changed variety shows so much. They've brought in iconic elements like the nametag ripping games, and have influenced pop culture in not only Korea, but all around the world as well.

Kudos to them for this feat that not many shows can attest to doing.

So in celebration of all things Running Man, here are 10 things only Running Man fans can understand completely.

#10 The Hidden Couples

Every Running Man fan, and even those who aren't, know about the Monday Couple and the Easy Brothers. These are the couples that have been heavily promoted within the confines of the show. But Running Man fans have pointed out time and time again that there are waaaay more couples within the Running Man family. These include; The SpartAce Couple (Kim Jong-kook and Song Ji-hyo), The Candy Alliance (Yoo Jae-suk and Song Ji-hyo),

KwangMong Siblings (Lee Kwang-soo and Song Ji-hyo),

HaHyo Couple (HaHa and Ji-hyo) among others. Feel free to add on any which I may have missed out on in the comments below.

#9 Framer Kwang-soo

Before he became the ultimate Icon of Betrayal, Kwang-soo was a lethal framer. From pointing out Song Ji-hyo's constant swearing (Song Ji-Yok) and Kim Jong-kook's penchant for playing skipping bands with neighbourhood kids, seemed like his framing skills were off the charts. That is, until his betrayal genes took over.

Here are some classic zingers.

Read about Framer Kwang-soo here.

#8 Gary's Stressss

There's something about seeing Gary's STRESSSS and totally laughing at it.

#7 Meep Meep Dong-wan

Every Running Man viewer will know the familiar soundbite "Meep Meep". It will almost always be accompanied by a new alteration of FD Dong-wan, the master of disguises and costume changes.

He's just so good at what he does that he's booked a spot in every Running Man fan's heart.

You can read more about FD Dong-wan here.

#6 Running Man's Korean Humor

From flying chairs to forehead slaps, Running Man seems to have perfected the art of making people laugh. The Korean style of humor, which includes a lot of comical slapstick, resonates even if you don't understand the language.

It's their body language and other means which makes them so hilarious.

#5 Every Member's Personal Theme Song

The background music plays an important part of every Running Man episode. With the music, you're instantly able to tell the mood, set up humorous or tense moments and sometimes, the music itself is able to bring about the laughs. Such is the power of a good soundtrack in a variety show. These themes are the embodiment of the characters that the Running Man members portray in the show.

Find all the personal theme songs here.

#4 Kwang-soo's Eternal Bad Luck

From his first appearance on Running Man, soaked in the pouring rain and ignored by the other members, Kwang-soo has established a reputation for being the Icon of Misfortune. He is seemingly blessed by the God of Variety for the timing and sheer unluckiness he seems to get. It's something the fans appreciate the most about the Unlucky Giraffe.

Read more about the Icon of Misfortune here.

#3 The Horror of the Bells

The Bells are a spine-chilling sound to both the Running Man members and to the fans. In the past, the Bells Hide and Seek game was one of Running Man's main talking points.

The horror of the jingling bells are enough to keep anyone wary, and to make the members squeal. You've never experienced true horror until you hear the bells behind you down a long corridor. Seriously.

Read more about the Bells here.

#2 Jae-suk's Ability To Talk

Make no mistake; Yoo Jae-suk is one of the best MCs in South Korea, if not the world. His speaking ability far exceeds what you would expect of a normal MC. He can simultaneously interview, prank and joke guests on the show, and make sure that no one is left out in the cold. The best example of this is the Running Man 100 v 100 episode (ep 271-272) in which he managed to keep all the guests entertained, while making sure everyone got to introduce themselves.

Masterclass in speaking.

#1 7012

Much has been written about Running Man's 7 members and how they have made the show into what it is today. 7012, or "The 7 Forever" in Korean, is a cheesy reminder that the Running Man members are as close to each other as a family, both on and off camera, and are as important to the show as kimchi is to rice.

Happy 6th Anniversary Running Man. 6 Years Running.


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Budak in Da Nang 2k16: The Skinny

A little after 2 years later, I was fortunate enough to return to Da Nang, Vietnam, with the support from the Da Nang Tourism Board. We were invited to attend the first ever Beach and M.I.C.E Travel Mart (BMTM) held in Da Nang, which, thankfully, does not contain any Jerrys scurrying around.

As for all my travel posts, I will usually write a skinny post, to reflect on my physique. If you are an avid stalker of my social media sites in the past 2 weeks, you may have stumbled upon a lot of nicely taken photos of Da Nang, none of which were taken from 2 years ago.

There are, however, tons of newly taken pictures of me. 

Since this is just a really skinny post, I'll let pictures do the talking for now and flesh it out in the upcoming few blog posts. I'll mostly be covering the BMTM 2016, as well as a budak's adventure in the fantastic city of  Da Nang.

The view from my hotel room at Grand Sea Hotel.

But first, pictures.

Getting to Da Nang wasn't easy. We were stuck in transit at the Ho Chi Minh International Airport for a little over 5 hours, mostly because our flight kept getting delayed. Thankfully, the company was good and the time passed by in a flash.

It was probably the first time I had spent so much time sitting around in an airport, but it's not something I would want to experience again in the near future.

On the plus side, the first meal in Da Nang; Vietnamese version of wantan mee, was absolutely delicious.

The day before the BMTM was due to start was spent wandering around the city of Da Nang and its respective sights. I've covered most of the places we visited in the previous post; Marble Mountain and Monkey Mountain,

The view from on top of Marble Mountain.

The temple gardens at Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain)
...with a few new additions to the list of places, like the Galina Mud Spa and the Han Market.

A Budak lost in the Han Market.

It was during this one day trip that we met some of the friendliest people in the world. It probably also helped that me and Chingy were the youngest ones in our group.

Because this was Vietnam, there was also a lot of coffee involved.

The one thing about this trip is that it involved a lot of official events. As this was the first time the BMTM was held in Da Nang, they spared no expense in making it as grand as possible. The Gala Dinner was amazing,

and the experience at the actual BMTM gave a lot of insights into how Da Nang was shaping itself into a legit must-go travel destination.

There were beaches involved.

And swimming in one of the nicest pools in Da Nang with a group of newly made friends from Taiwan, whose names I wish I could type out but can't because I am a banana.

Food was amazing. While it did get repetitive after all the different hotel buffets we were brought for, there is no shortage of amazing street food in Da Nang. I was fortunate to have some time off and just explore Da Nang for a few hours with Chingy and just go around jalan-jalan cari makan.

Grilled Chilli Banh Mi with Pork Floss in the making.

I was later brought around by Nhung, the friendliest volunteer guide and aspiring translator I have ever met, as she brought me to visit a different side of Da Nang, the charming local side that you can never find on tours.

The final day was to Hue, a city that laughs. Because Hue Hue Hue. I kid. The architecture and history behind the royal city of Hue is something that amazes me (and my camera).

Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue.

Like I said, this isn't all there is to my trip to Vietnam. I will be updating more posts in the coming few days. I just want to record another round of thank yous to the Da Nang Tourism Board for the amazing job they did in accommodating us in their lovely city.

It's good to be back.