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- 10/26/13--11:48: _Our Favorite Spooky...
- 10/28/13--20:00: _Go to the Korean Mu...
- 11/01/13--03:00: _Celebrate These Nov...
- 11/05/13--15:00: _Movember Is Here!
- 11/07/13--03:00: _Mean Girls in Drama...
- 11/07/13--22:37: _M&N’s Debut Makes P...
- 11/09/13--03:00: _Korean R&B Singer J...
- 11/11/13--02:30: _Coming to Europe: 5...
- 11/13/13--03:00: _Infinite’s First Wo...
- 11/15/13--03:30: _Let’s Cook With Vik...
- 11/17/13--03:00: _Hot Thai Actor Mari...
- 11/19/13--11:41: _Community Stories: ...
- 11/20/13--09:55: _Get Ready for a Maj...
- 11/21/13--04:00: _K-Pop Idols Yoona a...
- 11/25/13--16:19: _Enter to Win Signed...
- 11/27/13--08:00: _'Inspiring Age,' Ki...
- 11/28/13--04:30: _Happy Thanksgiving!
- 11/29/13--03:00: _LC9 Launches Their ...
- 12/01/13--03:00: _Feel-Good or Not-So...
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- 10/26/13--11:48: Our Favorite Spooky Dramas!
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- 11/01/13--03:00: Celebrate These November K-Pop Birthdays!
- 11/05/13--15:00: Movember Is Here!
- 11/07/13--03:00: Mean Girls in Dramas: BFFs to Worst Enemies
- 11/07/13--22:37: M&N’s Debut Makes Pepero Day Special
- 11/09/13--03:00: Korean R&B Singer Jung In to Marry Co-Star Jo Jung Chi
- 11/11/13--02:30: Coming to Europe: 5 On-Air and Upcoming K-Dramas!
- 11/13/13--03:00: Infinite’s First World Tour: One Great Step
- 11/15/13--03:30: Let’s Cook With Viki: Bubble Milk Tea!
- 1 package of quick-cook tapioca/sago palm pearls (note: these are not the same tapioca pearls found in Western tapioca pudding)
- 3 teaspoons of brown sugar
- 1 8-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
- 8-10 Tablespoons of good quality black tea
- If you’re not using the “quick-cook” or “five-minute” tapioca pearls, be sure to read the package instructions for how to cook the pearls, since you may need to boil them twice before you can enjoy!
- Pearls can’t be made too far ahead of time. If you have them sit in a refrigerated container overnight, they will congeal and become a gummy clump. It’s best to only make enough for immediate consumption instead of making too many and trying to reserve some for later!
- 11/17/13--03:00: Hot Thai Actor Mario Maurer a Must-See in ‘To Each a Flower’
- 11/19/13--11:41: Community Stories: Sonia from France!
- 11/20/13--09:55: Get Ready for a Major Music-Filled Weekend!
- 11/21/13--04:00: K-Pop Idols Yoona and IU Star in New Dramas
- 11/25/13--16:19: Enter to Win Signed Photo of a Star of ‘Never Give Up, Dodo’!
- 11/28/13--04:30: Happy Thanksgiving!
- 11/29/13--03:00: LC9 Launches Their First Reality Show
- 12/01/13--03:00: Feel-Good or Not-So-Feel-Good Dramas for the Holidays
- 12/02/13--03:00: Celebrate December Star Birthdays!
It’s almost time for Halloween and to set the right mood for the upcoming holiday, we’ve created a list of our favorite spooky dramas that are full of witches, vampires and ghosts! Grab a couple of friends, some popcorn and get ready to hide under the covers!
|See these spooky dramas|
Who Are You
When two police officers team up and one reveals that she can see ghosts, what happens next? Watch as this unlikely pair helps ghosts come to terms with their past!
When an employee has the ability to see ghosts after getting into a bad accident, will her boss be able to save her from her scary world of communicating with ghosts?
Vampire Prosecutor 2
The sequel to the hit series, “Vampire Prosecutor,” Min Tae Yeon is back as he tries to solve unsolved murder cases!
Watch the girls of the popular J-pop group, Dempagumi.inc., attend the White Witch Academy in this school tale about witches, magic and adventure!
The Witch (La Bruja)
In this Colombian telenovela, Amanda Mora, a young woman with a fascination with witchcraft, crosses paths with a ruthless businessman named Jamie Cruz! Watch as power and corruption unfold in this intense drama!
Know of another spooky show we should add to our list? Or have a favorite Halloween tradition you’d like to tell us about? Let us know in the comments below!
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Are you hoping to attend the MBC Korean Music Wave Singapore 2013 concert — featuring the hottest lineup of K-pop superstars sharing the same stage — but haven’t been able to secure tickets?
Viki is giving away 8 Regular Concert Tickets + 4 Rehearsal Passes + 2 Press Conference Passes.
Here’s How to Enter
Answer the following question: In less than 2 sentences, tell us why you should win the tickets to the Korean Music Wave Singapore 2013.
Answer the question in ONE of the following two ways:
We will accept entries for this giveaway from October 16 to October 23, 2013.
For more details about the event, visit the MBC Korean Music Wave site. Enter for your chance to win free tickets today, and good luck!
Can you believe that it’s already November? Where did the time go?
What better way is there to usher in the new month than to celebrate the birthdays of our favorite idols? Here’s a list of some of our favorite music idols’ birthdays:
November 2 - Miryo (Brown Eyed Girls)
November 4 - T.O.P (BIGBANG)
T.O.P is a rapper for the very successful Korean hip-hop group BIGBANG. Check him out in some of our favorite dramas, including “I Am Sam” and “IRIS”! Or check out his solo career with his best known song, “TURN IT UP”!
November 5 - BoA
BoA is a popular singer who recently starred in the drama “Hope for Dating.” Check out Episode 1 now!
November 6 - Kris (EXO-M)
Kris is the leader and rapper of EXO-M, with popular breakdowns in the songs “MAMA”and “Wolf.” Check out his special shout-out to Viki fans!
November 16 - Hyung Sik (ZE:A)
With ZE:A’s recent hits, such as “The Ghost of Wind,” and his recent activity in the much-anticipated new drama “Heirs: He Who Wears the Crown Must Bear Its Weight,” Hyung Sik is quickly becoming one of the most popular idols around!
November 23 - L.Joe (TEEN TOP)
TEEN TOP has been rocking the charts lately with catchy new songs like “Rocking,” and the “Mischievous Rapper” is no doubt one of the reasons why!
November 27 - Chan Yeol (EXO-K)
EXO-K’s lead rapper, Chan Yeol, is known for his interest in playing many different instruments and his super positive attitude! Check him out in all of our favorite EXO videos!
Know of an idol with a November birthday that we missed? Let us know and tell us how you’d celebrate a birthday with them!
|Kim Nam Gil|
A famous quote by the English playwright William Congreve says, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
A woman can start out as your “BFF” (best friend forever), but what happens when that relationship ends up on the rocks? There is nothing more treacherous — or more fun to watch — than a woman who suddenly becomes your worst enemy. Here are three examples of female relationships gone awry from our favorite television dramas and anime on Viki.
In this Japanese anime series, Nanako attends a prestigious girls’ high school and is invited to join an exclusive “sorority” by her new friend, Mary. But Mary tries to drive a wedge between Nanako and her childhood best friend, Tomoko. Could Mary have something up her sleeve in intentionally causing problems between the best friends?
The Greatest Love
Goo Ae Jung (played by Gong Hyo Jin) and Kang Se Ri (played by Yoo In Na) were in the same popular K-pop girl group that broke up years ago in this 2011 Korean drama series. The former friends are no longer on good terms over some unknown event that happened years ago. Se Ri, who is now the bigger star, wants to make sure that Ae Jung continues to live marginally as a has-been. Will Se Ri also steal away Ae Jung’s man?
What is your favorite example of a female relationship that goes from good to bad? Let us know!
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Love is in the air for Korean celebrities this year. A few months ago, we watched the blockbuster wedding ceremonies for Lee Byung Hun/Lee Min Jung and Ji Sung/Park Bo Young. It seems to now be in vogue for stars to tie the knot after meeting on the set of TV dramas and movies. This time, we celebrate the modest and low-key marriage of two talented musicians.
Indie musician Jo Jung Chi proposed to his girlfriend of 11 years, R&B singer Jung In, while filming the final episode of the reality show, “We Got Married.” The real-life couple played virtual newlyweds as part of the show, performing such “married life” tasks as moving into a new home and entertaining dinner guests.
As a finale event for their segment on “We Got Married,” Jo Jung Chi surprised Jung In with a marriage proposal. However, Jung In is opposed to the idea of a big wedding ceremony and the institution of marriage itself, so she responded sadly with, “Don’t do this.”
|Jung In and Jo Jung Chi have decided to forgo a traditional wedding.|
Congratulations from Viki to this kind and talented pair!
We’re excited to announce that the following five Korean dramas are now available to European viewers, in addition to viewers in the Americas. See the exciting stories that are now available for you to enjoy!
The Suspicious Housemaid
A stoic and mysterious new housekeeper helps the Eun family recover from the tragedy of losing a mother.
Madly in Love
A decade after a man loses his first love, he falls in love with her younger sister only to face the intertwined tragedies of their two families that were caused by their parents.
The Woman Who Married Three Times
A mother and her two grown daughters deal with family, love and heartbreak in this family drama.
Upcoming in December
My Love From the Star
This romantic comedy is about an alien who landed on Earth 400 years ago during the Chosun Dynasty and has lived four lifetimes. In modern-day Korea, the alien falls in love with an actress. Watch it next month!
Song Mi Kyung is happily married to a successful businessman, until she finds out that her husband is having an affair. What is she plotting when she decides to lie low and get closer to the cheating couple?
Click here for a list of 50 other K-dramas that also are available in Europe!
This year, Korean boy band Infinite went on its very first world tour, visiting all of its fans from Seoul to Jakarta, Indonesia; San Jose, California; and even London! Fans from all over the world prepared themselves for this very special concert, learning all the words to their favorite songs and even preparing presents for the band’s members!
Of course, being fans of Infinite, we had to go and prepare ourselves for the concert as well!
First, we learned all the words to the band’s newest song, “Destiny.”
Then, we painted our nails in celebration of Infinite’s official color (“metal pearl gold”) and the first world tour! The gold is for Infinite, and the blue-grey represents the color scheme of the newest album, “Destiny.”
After that, we got ready to attend the concert with our friends!
|Viki’s Brittany and Stephanie with friends!|
It was incredible to see the boys live, and their passion and joy of meeting with their fans truly showed in their performance! There was plenty of “aegyo” (making cute faces) and fan interaction — Woohyun even gave a rose to one very lucky fan!
L sings to his adoring fans!|
|Sungyeol and Dongwoo perform during the finale!|
|The boys serenade us with ‘Going to You’|
|L takes solo stage|
Infinite performs ‘Nothing’s Over’|
|Sunggyu walks through a sea of fans|
|Sungyeol touches a fan’s hand|
|Woohyun gives a ‘thumbs up’ to the fans|
|Infinite waves goodbye to everyone|
Overall, the concert was amazing, and we absolutely cannot wait for the boys to go on another world tour and visit us! Infinite, fighting!
Special thanks to our friends at 24-7 KPOP for all the wonderful photos of the concert!
In celebration of our new Taiwanese dramas, “Love Family”and “Deja Vu,” we decided that this week’s edition of Let’s Cook With Viki would star one of our favorite Taiwanese drinks — Bubble Milk Tea (Boba)!
Bubble milk tea, also known as pearl milk tea, tapioca milk tea, and boba tea, is a popular drink across Asia and has even found its way into the United States, Canada and Australia! The little “bubbles” at the bottom of the glass are sweet gummy pearls that add a fun element to any drink!
Ready to make some bubble milk tea? Then let’s grab our ingredients!
Ready to go? Remember to wash your hands and clean your workspace!
First, bring the 8 to10 Tablespoons of black tea to a boil in an 8-quart pot.* Boil for 10 minutes, or until the tea has steeped to a very dark color. (If you’d prefer your tea to be less bitter or stronger, simply adjust the amount of tea leaves and water.)
* Note: Since extra-large tea strainers are something most of us don’t own, I chose to place the leaves in a metal fine-mesh strainer which I sat on top of the boiling water, this keeps us from having to strain the leaves out later!
Next, we poured one can of sweetened condensed milk into the tea (after the leaves are removed) and stirred until this was well blended.
While we waited for our tea to cool, we took our quick-cook tapioca pearls and added them to another pot of boiling water. Once the pearls turned soft and dark in color, we added three teaspoons of brown sugar and mixed well. Then, we drained the pearls and rinsed them with cold water!
|Be sure to use a large pot or risk having the pearls spill over while boiling!|
Once the tea is cool, add your pearls to your drink, top it off with a “boba” straw and serve!
|Bubble Milk Tea|
A few notes...
If you haven’t heard of Mario Maurer, you’ve been missing out. This half-Thai, half-German heartthrob is a talented model and actor with global appeal. He stars in the Chinese short film, “To Each a Flower,” which is available on Viki for viewers worldwide. Here’s why you should check it out:
|Thai-German actor Mario Maurer stars in ‘To Each a Flower’|
|Who’s hotter: 2PM’s Nichkhun or Mario Maurer?|
|Mario Maurer dresses with style in ‘To Each a Flower’|
|The short film follows the struggles of a troubled couple|
|Beautiful Chinese pop star A Duo stars in the film|
You’ll also be able to enjoy Lyn’s beautiful vocals (nominee for Best Vocal Performance — Female), which will melt your heart.
|G-Dragon performing on ‘SBS Inki Gayo’|
|Yoon Si Yoon in an episode of ‘Barefoot Friends’|
|EXO’s Xiumin in the latest episode of ‘Running Man’|
Certain shows are available only in the Americas.
This winter, K-pop idols are taking lead roles in several anticipated new dramas. IU, known as the “Nation’s Little Sister” in Korea, will star in “Beautiful Man.” Yoona from Girls’ Generation will play a spunky reporter in “Prime Minister and I.”
IU’s character in “Beautiful Man” is a very ordinary girl named Kim Bo Tong. In addition to being a strange-sounding girl’s name, “Bo Tong” literally means “average” in Korean! IU has acted in past dramas such as “Dream High,” and we’re excited to see her take on another cute, underdog role alongside the beautiful man himself, Jang Geun Suk.
|IU plays average schoolgirl Kim Bo Tong in ‘Beautiful Man’|
|Yoona is a courageous reporter in ‘Prime Minister and I’|
“Miss Korea” stars the beautiful Lee Yeon Hee and premieres on December 18. The lovely actress is not a K-pop idol, but here’s a fun fact: Lee Yeon Hee was an S.M. trainee who almost debuted as part of Girls’ Generation! She chose to pursue her acting career instead.
Which K-pop singer are you looking forward to seeing on Viki this winter? Let us know!
Are you a fan of the hilarious Chinese web series “Never Give Up, Dodo”? Then get ready, because you now have the chance to win one of 24 autographed photos of Godfrey Gao, Yin Hang, Mike Sui, Sunny Wang, or Peter Ho from “Le Jun Kai” through our photo caption contest!
All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post. Your comment must include:
(1) Your own funny and creative caption for the picture shown below
(2) Your Viki username
For fun, submit the photo with your caption written on it on Twitter or Instagram and tag @Viki and add #Viki.
You can submit an entry from now until December 21st.
Viki staff will choose 24 winners and contact them via Private Message on Viki on December 22nd. If you’re one of the lucky winners, you can tell us which autographed photo you prefer, but we can’t guarantee that you will get the photo that you ask for.
We look forward to seeing all your funny and creative captions!
|Caption this picture from 'Never Give Up, Dodo' for a chance to win an autographed photo!|
If you haven’t already, check out “Never Give Up, Dodo”! This 10-episode series is a raunchy romantic comedy about a couple, Dodo and Xu Fei, who decide to get married but face many obstacles to happiness.
Stay tuned for the announcement of winners of the contest on our blog!
We're super excited to announce that Inspiring Age, starring global superstar Kim Hyun Joong of Boys Over Flowers and Playful Kiss fame, will be available worldwide on Viki (outside Korea and Japan) starting in January! Viewers in America and Europe will be able to watch exclusively on Viki.
|Cast members including Kim Hyun Joong attend the first script reading for Inspiring Age.|
Be sure to favorite the Inspiring Age channel here, so you can receive updates when episodes and trailers are released in January. If you haven't already, you should upgrade your account to Viki Pass to enjoy the drama without ads and in HD!
Inspiring Age is being filmed in Korea, Japan and China, making for a powerful international production. Kim Hyun Joong will play Shin Jung Tae, a master fighter who protects his countrymen from the Japanese invasion. Im Soo Hyang's character will be ambitious and charismatic enough to match wits with the hero. After his entertaining performances in top K-Dramas, Boys Over Flowers and Playful Kiss, we look forward to seeing Kim Hyun Joong's on-screen chemistry with his leading lady.
What are you most excited to see in January's premiere of Inspiring Age? Let us know in the comments!
For many this week is the celebration of Thanksgiving, a time to enjoy great food and traditions with family and friends. So as you prepare to enjoy the holiday, here are some of our favorite things we're thankful for!
Nikki Hsieh from Taiwanese Drama 'Princess Stand In' is thankful for food, and so are we! Love to eat? Check out our Let's Cook with Viki series and learn how to make foods from your favorite shows!
We're thankful for all our friends, and wish they were like the ones in 'Shut Up! Flower Boy Band'
We're thankful for K-Drama shower scenes. Like Lee Min Ho In 'The Heirs,' Song Seung Hun in 'My Princess', and Godfrey Gao from 'Never Give up Dodo.'
Need some good dramas to watch this holiday? Check out 'Love Family', 'Rebel Angel', and 'Basketball'.
What are you most thankful for?
If you missed it, here’s the fierce-yet-addictive debut track of LC9, “MaMa Beat”! This futuristic music video had attained a 19+ rating due to some violent scenes.
For the Indonesian Love Beats, LC9 will be having a joint concert with labelmate, Lunafly on January 19th 2014, don't miss out on that!
The end of the year is fast approaching, and you know what that means! For many of us, it’s the time of year that forces us to enjoy lots of “together time” with our loved ones and extended family and friends, whether we want to or not!
So if you and your family celebrate the upcoming holiday season — whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, St. Nicholas Day, Bodhi Day, Eid-al-Adha, Los Posadas, Boxing Day, or the New Year — we recommend that you get into the right holiday spirit by watching the following dramas on Viki.
Do you want to feel thankful for your family and your many blessing this year? Do you want to know that you’re not the only one who has to deal with crazy family members? Do you want the courage to find new love, a long-lost love or family you never knew you had? We have the drama for you!
Dramas That Make You Feel Grateful Your Family Didn’t Cast You Away
Just You — In this Taiwanese drama, Qi Yi (played by Aaron Yan) is abandoned at a young age by his mother. The sense of abandonment affects his entire outlook on life, and he grows up desperately craving motherly affection.
The Tragedy of W — Similarly in this Japanese drama, twin sisters are forsaken by their families and raised in very different circumstances. Satsuki is abandoned by her own grandfather and grows up in poverty, working as a cleaning lady in a nightclub. Mako (both characters played by Emi Takei) grows up in a wealthy family but is desperate to escape it to pursue her own dreams.
Only You — In this Philippine drama, two sisters are separated in childhood when their father abandons their mother and goes to live with another woman. Nea (played by Claudine Barretto) is left behind with their mother while Jasmine (played by Bea Alonzo) goes to live with their father and new stepmother. Nea grows up with nothing while Jasmine grows up enduring cruel mistreatment from her stepmother.
Trapped — In this Venezuelan telenovela, a woman not only frames her best friend for murder and takes over her life, but she also sends away her friend’s daughters, Diana (played by Alejandra Lazcano) and Gaby (played by Mariana Torres), to be raised by some old woman.
While these dramas deal with pain and loneliness, the endings will have you believing in family again!
Dramas With Families Crazier Than Yours
Keeping Up With the Kardashians Season 4 — No other family can make your family look absolutely normal than the Kardashians, an American family that is famous for just being famous. Watch the fourth season of this reality series that chronicles the over-the-top lives of matriarch Kris, husband Bruce Jenner (former Olympic champion), and siblings Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Rob.
Get Married 3 — In this Indonesian drama, Mae (played by Nirina Zubir), who comes from a poor background, was always made to feel like she wasn’t good enough for Rendy’s (played by Fedi Nuril) well-to-do family. When they couldn’t stop their marriage, Mae’s in-laws find new ways to torment her in her married life, although she’s already crazed out of her mind trying to deal with her new triplets!
In comparison to these families, yours will seem very tame!
Dramas That Prove Only Your Family Has Your Back
Heaven’s Garden — In this Korean drama, Jae In (played by Yoo Ho Jeong) goes against her family’s wishes and marries a divorced man with a daughter, and her father disowns her. Years later, when her husband is imprisoned after his business goes bankrupt and then she finds out that he has been cheating on her, the only place that Jae In can turn to is her family members, who will take her back and allow her to put her life back together.
We hope these dramas will make you feel warm and fuzzy about your own family and give you the courage to survive this holiday season. If there’s a go-to drama that you like to turn to during the holidays, let us know what it is and why!
Can you believe it? We’ve reached the end of 2013! It’s time for Christmas, Chanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, and of course, birthdays! No matter what you celebrate during this holiday season, there’s always time to celebrate the birthday of some of our favorite K-pop idols!
December 2 - Mariana Torres
Actress in "Trapped" (Venevision) starring as "Gabriela "Gaby" Garcés Soriano", sister of Diana Soriano.
December 5 — Kim Yewon of Jewelry
Kim Yewon, one of the main vocalists of girl group Jewelry, also has appeared in several dramas, including “Standby” and “Answer Me, 1997”!
December 9 — Heechul of ZE:A
Heechul, also known as “Mr. Grumpy” among other members of ZE:A, has a self-proclaimed crush on Jessica from SNSD!
December 9 - Minho of SHINee
Minho, leader of the popular boy group, SHINee, is currently starring in “Medical top team” and was recently in “To the Beautiful You.”
December 12 — Seungri of BIGBANG
Seungri, vocalist for the legendary boy band BIGBANG, has promoted his solo career this year with his song “Let’s Talk About Love.”
December 12 - Cheryl Yang
Cheryl Yang, one of Taiwan's most popular actresses, stars in the Taiwanese drama, "My Queen" as a woman whose always put school and work above relationships until she meets a part time assistant at a magazine office!
December 14 — B-Bomb of Block B
B-Bomb, one of the vocalists for the ever-energetic boy group Block B, spent time promoting his group’s newest album, “Very Good,” this year!
December 26 — Chaejin Seok of MYNAME
Chaejin Seok of MYNAME is the “maknae” of the group, or the youngest member. This year, he’ll be turning 18, making him one of the youngest stars in the K-pop industry!
December 31 -- Alejandra Lazcano
Main actress in "Trapped" (Venevision) starring as "Diana Soriano".
No matter what you’re celebrating at the end of 2013, we at Viki wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season!