2017년 8월 30일 수요일

The reason why singer IU confessed "more money than now is meaningless"

IU's interview with fashion magazine 'CeCi' regarding her thoughts on money in September 2015 is attracting attention among netizens again recently.

Q: Compared to the past, as you’re better off financially now, are you happier with your life now too? What does money mean to you?

There’s a saying that goes money can’t buy you happiness. Although it’s not wrong to say so, having more money does slightly increase your probability of becoming happier. As long as you’re not swayed by the numbers (and start to gamble and stuff). The sure thing is that money gives something good like confidence and feeling secure to people but it doesn't guarantee hapiness.
Recently, I had a conversation with mother about the topic of money. Although we’re earning a lot more than before, proportionally, we’re also spending more and it seems we’ve lost the value of money. Even though there was a time when we felt like we could breathe again if we could even get our hands on 100 thousand won (90 USD), seeing how I’m numb to even larger sums of money now, I feel like I’ve been deprived of times which i would have been happier.
So I thought about that. After much contemplation, I came to the conclusion that actually, I don’t need anything above my current assets and my parents agreed with me too.

The netizens who read article responded "I admire her humble mind and want to be like her", "So that's why she donate every year." and so on.

2017년 8월 25일 금요일

SBS travel entertainment program with Park Ji Sung was put on hold due to terror attack in Spain


SBS travel entertainment program, which attracted attention with the casting of Park Ji-sung, was either canceled or perhaps postponed.
The reason for this is said to be due to poor local situation in Spain, which was planned to be the main filming location of the program.

A official of SBS media company said, "Park Ji-sung was trying to leave to Spain with the SBS staffs including Lim Hyung Taek PD who directed 'Running Man' but it was called off due to the recent terror attack in Spain and there is nothing I can say about his new SBS program for now since nothing has been decided yet."

Samsung and LG to hold more than a half of the Latin America smartphone market share

Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics swallowed more than a half of the Latin American smartphone market.
The two companies ranked first and second in shipments, accounting for 51% of the total in the second quarter.
In particular, Samsung Electronics overwhelmed Apple, Huawei and Motorola with the highest market share ever recorded.

According to the counterpoint, US market research company on the 21st, Samsung Electronics ranked first in Latin America's smartphone market with the highest market share of 40.9% in the second quarter. It is a 6.7% p increase over the same period last year. Shipments increased 27%, mainly in low-priced models, the Galaxy J series in 2016.

Samsung Electronics' success is attributed to its marketing investment, which lasted more than 10 years, and its rapid launch through the establishment of a local factory.
Counterpoint said, "Samsung Electronics succeeded in shortening time to market by producing smartphones at Brazilian and Argentinian factories." "For example, the Galaxy S8 was launched in Brazil 20 days after the global launch and the Galaxy S7 was launched in Brazil in 40 days."

LG Electronics ranked second with a market share of 10.1%. Shipments fell 5%, losing 1.5% percent market share over the last year but barely kept double digits.
LG Electronics launched a sales strategy focusing on the K series, including the K4 and K10 models.

Motorola, however, grew rapidly as its shipments increased 65% compared to last year, while LG Electronics was stalled. Motorola's market share is 9.9%, which is only 0.2% difference from LG Electronics. Counterpoint added, "If Samsung is the most robust brand, Motorola is the fastest growing brand."

Latin American smartphone market grew 9% compared to last year as economic growth and the launch of LTE services in some countries. "Peru and Chile have grown backwards, but Colombia, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina are growing steadily," Counterpoint said. "While the market is centered on mid to low-end models, demand for premium models is growing, and there is room for companies like Apple to grow."

2017년 8월 22일 화요일

Actress Lee Young-ae's lastest pictorial for the September issue of Elle.

Fashion Media Elle unveiled a beauty photoshoots featuring the alluring beauty of Asia's leading actress Lee Young-ae.

Lee Young-ae is still looking as beautiful as ever in her latest shoot for Elle Korea.

This pictorial which depicts the elegance and fascinating aura of Lee Young-ae who represents the nobility of the queen, is a perfect combination of her unique white smooth skin, gentle eyes and moist lip make-up, creating more sophisticated and intense beauty than any season.

Lee Young-ae's beauty pictorial will be available in the September issue of Elle.

2017년 8월 21일 월요일

Husband of Actress Song Sun-mi found dead at a law office in Seocho-dong, Seoul

Mr.Koh, husband of Actress Song Sun-mi was stabbed to death by a murderer on the 21st.

Seocho Police Station reported on Monday that they are investigating a Cho, 28-year-old man who had stabbed a Koh at a law office in Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu in Seoul.

Mr.Koh was found at 11:50 am on the 21st while blood was being shed at the scene and was transferred to nearby Seoul St. Mary's Hospital.

Koh had been in a dispute with his family over inheritance of his grandfather's estate and was reported to have been helped by Cho, who knew the situation of other family members.

Cho said he would receive hundreds of millions of won in return for giving him information on inheritance, but the police said the crime was carried out when Koh had only given him 10 million won.

Police are investigating the crime scene against Cho and plan to apply for arrest warrant.

In 2006, Song Sun mi married with Koh, film art director who is 3 years older her and they have a 2 years old daughter.

2017년 8월 16일 수요일

Must_buy food items on shopping list of foreign tourists visiting Korea 2017

Thailand has tiger ointment, Japan got cleansing foam and Taiwan is famous for cracker.
There are the essential shopping item to buy when you travel to these country by all means.

Food and snacks are among foreign tourists' favorite shopping list when in Korea.
Last year, food ranked second, following perfume and cosmetics on the essential shopping list of foreign tourists.
(Report on Survey on the Status of Foreign Tourists in 2016.)

Fire chicken ramen is popular among foreigners who challenge spicy taste as well as Jajang ramen, Jjambbong ramen and kalguksu ramen to name a few.
If you like ramen, you should definitely go shopping in Korea.

Gim(Korean dried seaweed)
"Do you eat black paper?" Even the westerners who were disgusted when trying this food for the first time gets addicted to the salty flavor. When foreign tourists go back home, Gim packs are filled up with both hands.

Pear drinks
Drinks made from shaved pears are popular among Western magazines as they are known as "miraculous beverages to relieve hangovers."

Banana flavored milk
Banana milk is known through the Korean Wave drama, and it often appears on the foreigner's Korean shopping certification shot on SNS.

Mixed coffee
The sweet and savory coffee mix is ​​highly praised even in countries that have enjoyed coffee for a long time. Recently, there are many kinds of coffee mix such as latte and mocha.

Oreo Oz
The cereal Oreo Oz that Americans loved. Tragically(?), production of this snack is discontinued locally, and it is one of essential shopping item for American tourists in Korea.

Yogurt jelly
Yogurt jelly is a sweet snack in a cute shape. It is regarded as one of the best snacks in Korea by foreign bloggers.

Ready Q-Chu
The unique hangover drink in the form of jelly, Ready Q-chu is a must-have item for Chinese tourists now that it gets word-of-mouth since introduced by famous Chinese blogger.

In Korea, mask packs to shampoos, toothpaste, rice cookers and cute character socks, dolls are popular shopping items among foreign tourists other than groceries.

2017년 8월 14일 월요일

Korean fashion knocks at European market 2017

In Paris, fashion district Saint-Honoré, there is the best-known editorial shop "Colette".
It is one of the famous places that symbolize the fashion city.
Five Korean designers were encountered here with fashion people in Europe.
The pop-up store which was held from July 31 to August 5, lasted for a week.
Through the weekly pop-up store, five Korean brand names, "Kye" (Kye Han Hee), "Beyond Closet" (Go Tae Yong) "General Idea"(Choi Bum-seok) "Moonj" (Moon Jin Hee) and "Ti Baeg" (Jo Eun Ae) advertised Colette's two windows in a splendid manner.

The pop-up store was a pre-release event for Paris, the K-fashion project, which will be presented at Paris Fashion Week this September (September 26 - October 3).
Five designers are planning to hold a fashion show on September 30th at the Palais de la Bourse, a historic landmark in Paris, to promote Korean fashion to the world.
It is one of the Korean fashion designers' overseas advancement project which is promoted by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and supervised by the Korea Fashion Industry Research Institute.
It is also a stage where you can see the power of K-fashion that attracts attention in the world market.

'K-fashion project Paris' is the first major Korea related event to be held at Paris Fashion Week.
The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy supports the event expenses as part of the "K-fashion premium designer global distribution linkage project" sponsored by the Korea Fashion Industry Research Institute.
In particular, all costumes in this collection are made with made in Korea fabrics and Korean sewing technology. Promoting local buyers with the excellence of Korean design originality and costume making technology by promoting 'Made in Korea, Made for You' as a slogan to promote exports to premium value textile and fashion strategy.
Prior to participating in Paris Fashion Week, the five designers at the Colette, a Paris editing shop for a week, was a great opportunity to get a close look at the reactions of local consumers.
Especially, as the news that Colette will be closed by the end of this year, number of visiters to collet shops as well as fashion people were rapidly increased.
Colette Roussaux, founder Colette shop, who has been directing products for himself for the past 20 years since 1997, surprised many fans by announcing that he would shut down the shop on December 20th through Instagram in July.

This place, which sell clothes, household appliances, music and magazines that reveal its owner's taste is a place that fashion stars like Chanel's chief Karl Lagerfeld loved.
As such, the pride of the designers who sell their products at this place is also great.
Designer Go Tae Yong said, "Colette is store that i have been admired since 10 years ago when I first became a designer and I made a commitment to display my clothes here someday, this time I was able to achieve that goal."

European buyers paid great attention in Korean designer's outfits and various propositions continued to be made to the designers after the event.

2017년 8월 12일 토요일

The movie ‘Midnight Runners’ is sleeper hit: Korean Box office, August 2017

The movie ‘Midnight Runners’ debuted on the box office at second place, surpassing the 'The Battleship Island' on the opening day.

According to the cinema ticket network of the Film Promotion Commission, the 'Midnight Runners' climbed to the box office to second place with a total of 308,310 audience on 1,102 screens across the nation on August 9.
The cumulative audience is 344,966.

‘Midnight Runners’ revolves around two Korean National Police University students, who witnessed a kidnapping incident and tracked it down.

The domestic box office is enlivened with domestic movies. The popularity of the 'The Battleship Island' has waned somewhat, but it still ranks third and is showing off strength. Other domestic movies are waiting to be released in a row, and this phenomenon is expected to continue for a while.

Meanwhile, the first place in the box office was the 'taxi driver' with 404,959 audiences on 1,446 screens across the country. Followed by "The Battleship Island" (47,959) at third place, "Super Bad 3" (46,902), and "Annabel: Doll Master" (24,864) .

2017년 8월 11일 금요일

The Reason Why Korean Spend So Much On Buying Smartphones

Korea has a fastest smartphones replacement rate.
According to the "2016 Internet Usage Survey," Korean consumers change their smartphones every two years and seven months.
The proportion of premium products in the market is certainly high as well.
In the first half of the year, 60% of the domestic sale accounted for high-end phones priced higher than 600,000 won($550).
So Korea got a bad reputation as a 'smartphone overspending' nation.

On august 9, one of the domestic mobile industry experts said , "There might be some socio-cultural characteristics of Korean reflected in the preference and replacement of premium smartphones in Korea," but "the most fundamental reason for overspending on smartphones is the current distribution structure of smartphones in Korea."

Most smartphones sold in Korea are bundled with the mobile network service from the major providers with monthly smartphone installment payments of 24 months, 30 months, and 36 months.

An industry source said, "The mobile communication store sells the high-end smartphones with card discounts regardless of the credit stability of the consumers anywhere in the country."

"When you buy a TV, the price is either 3 million won, 150,000 won or 500,000 won. You set your budget and make a reasonable shopping according to your cash and card limit, however,  when you buy smartphones, mobile service provider attach installment payments of smartphones to the monthly service bill and only provides the greatest discount when buying a high-priced premium phones with most expensive service plan, thus this sales method usually causes an illusion to the consumer and encourage over-spending," he pointed out.

Another official said, "Mobile operators are paying a lot of subsidies to high-end smartphones and combine them with high-priced plans, while paying low subsidies to cheaper smartphones so it leads to customers to buy more expensive phones than they need."

"In order to reduce the phenomenon of over-consumption on premium smartphones, it is necessary to separates smartphone sales and mobile network services." he added.

Jaein waterfall in rainy Summer

The pond has a sad legend about a man named Jaein who is capable of tightrope walking and his beautiful wife.
On July 7, the Jaein waterfall in Yoncheon Gun, Gyeonggi Province.
The columnar joint, which has a mysterious spirit, shines like a jewel in the rain.

2017년 8월 2일 수요일

The reasons why LG refuse to give up smartphone business even after 9th straight quarterly loss

LG Electronics' smartphone business is still in a slump.
The MC division, which is responsible for smartphones sale reported losses of just two hundred million won($180,000) in 1Q and expectations for recovery. However, it was reported that the deficit expanded to 10 billion won in 2Q.
LG Electronics' smartphone business deficit continues for the 9th quarter consecutively since the third quarter of 2015.

So some critics are saying that LG have to ditch their smartphone business.

However, from the perspective of LG Electronics, the smartphone business is a field that is indispensable for the complexization and smartization of household appliances.
LG consider smartphone is a business that can not be abandoned even if there is one who sees the deficit.

Kim Jong-ki, director at the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade’s ICT & emerging industry division, said, “Smartphones with new functions such as artificial intelligence technology and Internet of Things will create a new market in the fourth industrial revolution with the mobile network shifting from 4G to 5G.”
"smartphones are imperative for the future mobility era in terms of the smart home and Internet of Things,” he added.

The experts’ remarks are in line with LG Electronics’ CEO Jo Seong-jin, who also said at the latest consumer electronics show the company would not give up smartphones and would make a turnaround this year. The mobile communications unit is what will act as a point of cohesion for home appliances that are becoming more complex and smarter, he said.

LG recently launched smart home appliances controlled either by its Hub Robot or smartphones.

LG said, “We plan to continue to invest in the handset business because its communications technologies are deeply linked with other businesses such as smart home and vehicle components.”

Other experts pointed to smartphone’s symbolic significance as to why the tech firm continues with this business.

“It is not easy for LG to take the risk of ditching smartphones because the device is symbolic. Smartphones, unlike home appliances or vehicle components, are portable, meaning it is a very powerful tool to raise a brand’s profile among consumers,” said Yeo Joon-sang, a professor at Dongguk University’s business college.

The other reason why LG won't ditch smartphone is its synergy with the automotive electronics equipment business.
In the automobile industry, smart car technology is also progressing, which combines communication and AI, including autonomous driving and connected cars.
In light of this, given the synergies with the smart car business, which LG Electronics is developing as a future growth engine, LG can not give up smartphones either.
Services such as turning the car on and off, opening and locking the car are already commercialized on smart phones.