Monday, December 12, 2011

Controversial Twin Tower building design

A new Twin Tower project has attracted numerous complaints in the USA, with suggestions the towers were inspired by the explosions at New York's World Trade Centre in 2001.

The twin towers are connected midway by a cloud shape section, making it the conjoined twin towers.

Despite the negative feedback, South Korean developers will proceed with the project that will be built in Seoul's CDB by 2016. Dutch architects MVRDV defend their design, stating that:

"It was not our intention to create an image resembling the attacks nor did we see the resemblance during the design process. We sincerely apologise to anyone whose feelings we have hurt."

However, Jim Riches a former New York deputy fire chief who son was killed on 9/11 does not believe the architects.

"It looks just like the towers imploding," the New York Daily News quoted him as saying. "I think they’re trying to sensationalise it. It’s a cheap way to get publicity.”

From a distance, I do see a disturbing resemblance. Up close, the cloud looks like LEGO blocks poking out of the building. It is a bold design, one that has brought back some painful memories for a lot of people.

What do you think of the tower design? Do you see a resemblance to the NY twin towers? Do you think it's distasteful if the towers were built?

Reference: AFP

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Odd Things I saw – Buddha pear

If you are craving for fruit, why not try a Buddha pear? These unique pears were created by Gao Xianzhang, a Chinese farmer.

Gao spent 6 years perfecting the design of the Buddha mould for the pears. The facial details of the Buddha pear are intriguing. You can see eyes, nose and a mona lisa smile.

These pears cost around 10AUD each. These pears have been selling quickly in his village.

'People seem to think they are cute or lucky and will buy them as soon as they're off the tree,' Gao explained.

Looking at the Buddha pears gives me a peaceful and happy feeling.

The art of branding in China

In China, people place high importance on brand names, as they are deeply superstitious and have a strong belief in feng shui. Popular brands in china include the fizzy drink ‘Tasty fun’(aka Coca-Cola), the fashionable running shoes ‘Enduring & Perserving’ (aka Nike) and the flash car ‘Precious horse’ (aka BMW).

China is a massive market for corporations with sales of consumer goods increasing by 13% per year and luxury goods 25% a year. When a corporation decides to introduce their brand in China, it is crucial that they get their ‘Chinese brand name’ correct – as it can make or break the brand.

When it comes to selecting the right brand name, a team of consultants carefully use computer programs and linguistic analysis to ensure that the Chinese brand name has a positive connotation in both Mandarin and Cantonese.

Some of the best Chinese brand names actually sound like the English equivalent. There is a lot of artistry in translating and selecting the right brand name for the Chinese market. Here are some examples:

Coca-Cola’s Chinese name is ‘Kekoukele’, which means - tasty fun.

Tide detergent or ‘Taizie’ means – gets rid of dirt

Reeboks or ‘Rui Bu’ means ‘quick steps’ (Isn’t that clever?)

Colgate or ‘Gao lu jie’ means ‘revealing superior cleanliness’

It’s quite brilliant that they were able to come up with clever Chinese homonyms for the original English name. Often, the phonetic Chinese translation can lead to a brand name with no meaning in Chinese (therefore the brand would be identified foreign) or it can have a negative meaning.

Therefore corporations prefer to choose a Chinese name that suggests power, status and good luck. But, if the name could also sound like the English equivalent – that would be an added bonus.

Common Chinese words that are found in many brands include: le ‘happy’, li ‘power’, ‘ma’ horse and fu ‘lucky’.

Microsoft had a bit of trouble with selecting their Chinese name for search engine ‘Bing’. Bing in Chinese means disease, defect and virus. With consultation, they chose the name ‘Bi ying’ which means ‘responds without fail’.

Another interesting story is Peugeot, they decided to choose a homonym name ‘Biao Zhi’ which sounds similar to the Chinese slang for ‘prostitute’ (biaozi). The automobile brand has inspired many dirty jokes as you can imagine.

If you are entering the Chinese market, carefully select your Chinese brand name as it will impact on your business.

Reference: new York times

Korean singer Rain completes basic training at boot camp

On November 17th, Kpop singer Rain had the chance to spend some time with his family and friends after finishing 5 weeks of basic military training.

Rain’s father, sister and close friends came to visit Rain at base camp.

Military pictures of Rain have been released, he looks healthy and happy – fans will be happy to see that.

It seems that Rain’s sister has been getting quite a bit of attention in media. Jung Hana recently revealed that she received a package from her brother. In the letter Rain tells her to be careful and lock the door when she’s at home. He also reminded her to wash his dog while he was gone.

Military service is compulsory for all Korean men, they are required to serve for 2 years. Rain enlisted in October this year, he has 22 months left to serve.

What a week!

It’s been a huge week this week.

President Obama made his first official visit to Australia.

Bradley Cooper was named the sexiest man alive.

Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 was released.

Friday, November 11, 2011

CherriiPOP Playlist 11-11-11

Happy 11-11-11. I hope this day brought you a lot of good luck. Remember to send in your song requests & dedications for our final show of the year! It will be epic!

Enjoy the KPOP Music Festival in Sydney tomorrow! My friends will be reviewing the concert on next week's show! I can't wait

Here is our playlist.
Take off - 2pm
Fiction - Beast
Starlight, moonlight - Secret
Hello Hello - FT Island
Braveheart - Nerdhead
Hold my hand - IU
If - Kana Nishini
Yura yura - Beni

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Odd Things I saw – 1 million dollar alcohol

Suntory will be selling a limited edition 50 year old whiskey for the cool price of ¥1 million (~ 12,700AUD) per 700mL bottle.

Only 150 bottles of Yamazaki Single Malt 50-year old Whisky will be available for purchase. They will be available for purchase in selected department stores and liquore stores in Japan from Dec. 13 - Just in time for Christmas.

The limited edition 50 year old whiskey was introduced in 2005 and 2007 and they were immediately sold out, despite the large price tag.

11-11-11, Make a Wish

Today, Friday the 11-11-11 marks a date that is only seen once every century. Many believe that this day will provide good fortune and they are using this day to their advantage.

Many couples will be getting married on this auspicious day, because many believe it result in a happy life together. In Las Vegas, it is expected that over 3,000 couples will be tying the not today - three times the usual number (Washington Post).

Casinos are expecting a spike in people visiting, because gamblers are superstitious bunch.

Vikki MacKinnon, a numerologist in Calgary, Ontario, said she expects the day to be a “cosmic wake-up call.”

“Eleven is a number of illumination and enlightenment, a number of insight, blinding flashes of the obvious, and a number of transformation, I think really good things will come out of [11-11-11].”

I hope you all experience good luck today! If something out of the ordinary happened to you on 11-11-11 share it with us.

KPOP Music Festival 2011 - 1 MORE DAY TO GO

The biggest KPOP music festival is ONLY 1 DAY AWAY. Tomorrow, 12 of the biggest kpop bands will perform LIVE for Aussie fans at ANZ stadium in Sydney.

The groups performing at this epic concert are TVXQ, SNSD, Shinee, Sistar, Secret, Miss A, MBlaq, Kara, CNBlue, B2st, 4minute & 2am.

All bands have arrived in Sydney for rehearsals. Few lucky fans were invited to watch rehearsals, getting a taste of what to expect on show day. If you are lucky, you may bump in to the bands out and about in Sydney!

Fans from around Australia will be flying to Sydney for to catch their favourite idols perform live. My Melbourne friends will be flying up to Sydney to watch 2am, CNBlue. They will be giving an exclusive concert review to CherriiPOP when they come back. That will be exciting.

The full concert will air in Korea on December 3rd.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Project 11eleven – Get involved & Press record

The date 11-11-11 occurs once in a hundred years and to mark this occasion, Project 11eleven is documenting this day around the globe. This is the largest creative project to be launched in the world, and you can be apart of it.

On 11-11-11, you can film, record music, take photos, blog or tweet about this day. Project 11eleven hopes to have participants from all 196 countries. So start spreading the word.

This project will give a unique glimpse in to human societies around the world - on the same day. Submissions will be made in to a 2 hour documentary, photobook and CD.

To get involved, all you need to do is register on their website and it will provide you all the information you need.

I will be submitting photos of me at the Radio Monash Studios to project 11eleven because 11-11-11 falls on a Friday – which is CherriiPOP day!

Start getting creative and press record.

For more information, check out

Friday, November 4, 2011

CherriiPOP Playlist for 4th November 2011

I hope you enjoyed tonight’s show! One more week until the biggest KPOP concert hits Australia! How exciting!

We only have a few more live shows left this year, so remember to send in your song requests, dedications & shout outs.

Help the CherriiPOP facebook page reach 100 likes!

Here is the playlist:
Tiny rainbow – Yukari Tamura
Everyone is number 1 – Andy Lau
Fadeless love – Flower
How great is your love – SNSD
Your best friend – Mai Kuraki
Run for you – Kat-tun
Thi si duoi vang trang – Bao Han
Shock – Beast
Magic Number – Maaya sakamo

Hugh Jackman singing in Chinese

Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman was a guest on Conan’s talk show this week. Hugh was talking about a Chinese film that he had a minor role in called ‘Snow flower and the secret fan’.

In the film he had to sing a Chinese song, Hugh revealed that he had to learn the song phonetically. It took him 2 months to learn because mandarin is a difficult language.

The audience was encouraging Hugh to sing the song and Hugh was happy to do so. Then Conan joined, singing along to the Chinese song. Who knew Conan knew that Chinese song! Coincidence? – I think not!

I couldn't find the footage on Youtube, but I found a video of Hugh singing the Chinese song on Jay Leno's show

Movie News – Shanghai Calling

I’ve got some exciting movie news for you guys. Daniel has revealed some details of his new film ‘Shanghai Calling’.

The film has an exciting international cast which includes Eliza Coupe, Bill Paxton, Geng Le, Zhu Zhu & Alan Ruck.

Shanghai Calling is a romcom about American immigrants living in China. The official movie website was launched on November 1st.

I can reveal a bit about the movie’s plot:

Daniel Henney plays an ambitious New York attorney who was sent to Shanghai on assignment. To add some drama to the film, he gets in to a legal mess that could jeopardize his career. His luck changes as he meets people that help him appreciate Shanghai.

Some still shots of the film have been released on the website. No release date of the film has been announced. I will keep you posted.

For more movie news – check out the official website:

Kpop Music Fest 2011 concert countdown – 8 days to go

The biggest kpop concert to hit Australia – Kpop Music Fest is only 8 days away! Who’s going? The event is held exclusively in Sydney and kpop fans from all over Australia will be flying there just to see their favourite idols. I have a few friends in Melbourne who will be flying up for the event, they bought VIP tickets so they are just metres away from the stage.

Let’s remind you of all the kpop bands that will be performing: TVXQ, SNSD, Shinee, Sistar, Secret, Miss A, MBlaq, Kara, CNBlue, B2st, 4Minute, 2am.

There is an exclusive event for some lucky kpop fans. The concert organizers have organized a Rehearsal tour! How cool is that? Fans will be able to watch their idols do sound checks and see the production crew put the show together. I love all the behind the scenes stuff.

If you are going to the concert, let me know who you are most excited to see!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Japan unveils the world's largest glasses-free 3D display

Wouldn't you love to have this 3D screen in your home theatre? This is the latest 3D display unveiled in Japan and its the World's largest auto-stereoscopic 3D screen.

Some of the cool features include:
- Full-HD resolution with 57 effective viewing angles
- Condenser lens & diffuser film to smooth the transition between viewing angles
- No glasses are required

This screen weighs over 1,000 pounds and has 57 projectors to render the 3D images.

This would make the ultimate cinematic experience for movie goers.

CherriiPOP Playlist for 28th October 2011

Good luck for exams everyone! I hope you all enjoyed tonight’s show =) Remember you can still send in your song requests and dedications.

Also, the CherriiPOP facebook page is trying to reach 100 Likes by the end of the year. Help us reach it =)

Here is the playlist:

They are coming – Wheesung
Love is move – Secret
Still – Flower
Airbag – Tablo
Vitamin – SNSD
Love song – Rain
Run for you – Kat-tun
Journey – Tackey & Tsubasa

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Funny Charlyne Yi

I was watching Conan’s show and he had a really interesting and funny guest on – Charlyne Yi. For those of you who don’t know her, she’s a comedian and actress on the medical drama ‘House’. What was fascinating about the interview was her humor and honesty.

When she was last on Conan’s show, Charlyne was telling him how bad of an actress she is. She went on to say, she thought it would be cool if she could act in ‘House’ because she was doing some charity work. Somehow, one of the producers from ‘House’ saw the interview and called her up to offer her a part.

In her latest interview, she was telling Conan how she couldn’t believe that the producers offered her a part. She asked the producer, “Didn’t you hear me saying how bad of an actress I was?”

The producer still offered her the job. She loves working on the show but she still doesn’t understand why they hired her.

Would you pay for Imperfect teeth?

The perfect smile is what many people strive for, paying thousands of dollars for dental work so they can achieve perfect teeth. However, in Japan straight teeth is actually frowned upon. Interesting isn’t it?

In Japan, perfect teeth are viewed as intimidating and it will actually prevent people from making conversation. Therefore, Japanese people are paying for stick on crooked teeth.

At dental salon, people can buy fake teeth which are glued on their real teeth. The procedure costs around 390AUD.

Japan: Matchmaking for Monks

Buddhist monks have a strict lifestyle; part of that lifestyle includes not marrying and starting a family. However, Japanese Buddhist monks are allowed to marry and have a family.

Due to ageing populations and low birth rates in Japan, coupled with the strict and solitary life of a monk, there has been growing concern over the succession of temples. Single monks have been attending matchmaking events in the capital to find a suitable partner.

One of the monks at the event said, "It's very hard to find a young woman who wants to marry a monk unless we take very proactive approaches in meeting such women."

A woman who was looking for a monk husband stated, “"If you marry a monk who owns a temple, as opposed to marrying a businessman, you do not need to worry about your husband being laid off as a result of his company's restructuring.”

Interesting story. I still can’t picture monks in the dating scene; it’s quite a foreign thought to me. When I think about it, it would be quite hard for monks to find a partner. These matchmaking events would help monks meet woman who are interested in them and their lifestyle.


Odd Things I saw – Art goes Bananas

Food has become a popular medium for art. We’ve seen lettuce art, bread art, bento box art and now, bananas are breaking in to the art scene. Japanese artist Keisuke Yamada carves out banana sculptures using a toothpick and a spoon.

Since bananas oxidize quickly, Yamada needs to work fast and finish the sculpture within 30 minutes. Once his banana masterpiece is completed, he takes a photo for his website and then he eats the tasty art.

He was initially surprised by the huge response he received when he posted his first banana sculptures. Some of his sculptures include Elvis, Zeus, Homer & Marge Simpson, a dragon, as well as the royal couple Prince William and Duchess Kate. The detail he puts in the banana is incredible – you can see facial structures like frowns and cheekbones.

Since his popularity has grown, his online fans now send him suggestions for his banana art work; that keeps him inspired.

Bananas cost around $10/kg – I haven’t eaten a banana for quite a while. Seeing his artwork makes me crave bananas. And who knows – I might try to carve something cool out of a banana next time I eat it.


Friday, October 21, 2011

CherriiPOP Playlist for 21th October 2011

Thank you for tuning in to this week’s show! I had a lot of fun. Remember to keep sending in your song requests and dedications. I love hearing from you all.

Here is the playlist:
The boy – SNSD
Lucky guy – Kim Hyun Joong
Rightaway – Inoran
You get me – Kylee
Time before time – Anita Mui
Love song – Rain
Whatever you are tonight – Kylee
Everyone is number 1 – Andy Lau

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Odd Things I saw – Japanese company invents a motorbike that runs on excrement

Check out the Ad for this unique bike

Sorry to gross you all out – but this story just had to be included in the Odd Things I Saw segment. (I hope none of you are eating because you will definitely lose your appetite)

Japan comes up with a lot of crazy yet brilliant inventions. This latest invention – a motorbike that runs on excrement (Yep – it’s fueled by poo) takes the cake.

This bike was invented by Toto, the same company that invented the awesome high tech toilets. Not surprisingly, the bike doubles up as a portaloo. Instead of fueling the bike up with petrol, the biker can go to the toilet on the bike and their waste will be turned in to biofuel. And with the rising price of petrol, this would be quite an attractive option for many motorists.

There is one setback - motorists can’t go to the toilet on the side of the road. They would need to find somewhere private to do their business, so that may be a tough challenge in the cityscape.

Since the bike is running on feces, I wonder how smelly the emissions from the bike will be (ewww). I don’t think it would be a pleasant smell for the public. Thinking of this makes me cringe a bit.

The company hopes this bike will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 50 per cent in the next six years. A statistic that would make Al Gore jump for joy.

Would people really use this bike around the city? Looking at the picture, the bike looks like a Harley with a toilet seat stuck to it.

Who is this bike suppose to appeal to - I don't see women riding a toilet bike around shopping, nor do I see men driving on the highway with it. I have a feeling, Al Gore and other green people will trade in their toyota prius for a toilet bike.

Would you ride this bike around town? Join in the conversation.


Jackie Chan’s 100th film – ‘1911’

Jackie Chan has come a long way since starting out as a child actor and a stunt man in the film industry. He has become a heavyweight in Asian films and he paved the way for Asian actors in Hollywood. His film career has spanned over 4 decades and now the hardest working man in show biz has released his 100th film.

In recent years, Jackie Chan has expressed his desire to shed his kung fu star persona and become a serious actor. Jackie has been taking on more dramatic and challenging roles (e.g. Shinjuki Incident, The Karate Kid) to display his acting versatility. To mark his 100th film, he had chosen a historic drama ‘1911’ to mark the achievement.

1911, tells the story of the founding republic of China when Sun Yat-sen’s revolutionary forces overthrew the Ming dynasty. An all star including Joan Chen, Hu Ge, Zhang Ziyi along with Jackie’s son Jaycee, accompany him in this epic movie. The film was filmed over 6 intensive months.

In Australia the film was released on October 13th at Village cinemas. You can check out their website for session details.

Congrats to Jackie for this incredible achievement. I hope to see his 200th film in the future *^_^*

Supermodel Coco Rocha working her magic

I was watching America’s Next Top Model episode that featured supermodel Coco Rocha and I was blown away by her expert posing. One of the contestants said that Coco was able to do 75 poses in one minute. I didn’t quite understand how that was possible, but watching that episode proved me wrong. I found this youtube video of Coco posing – you’ll be amazed.

I was testing it out in the mirror, and every look of mine looks rather idiotic. But every frame of Coco is fierce!

Sneak Peak of tonight's show

We've got heaps of awesome music tonight! Here is a sneak peak:

This is Kim Hyun Joong's latest single 'Lucky guy' from his new mini album 'Lucky'

Movie Review (Thai) – Yes or No (2010)

I enjoy watching Thai movies; their voice is really unique in the film landscape. My knowledge of Thai movies is quite limited - I’ve only seen a handful of films. However, all the films I’ve seen have been deeply memorable because they challenge how you think.

Judging by the movie poster for ‘Yes or No’, I was expecting a typical teen comedy romance that is so prevalent in Asian cinema (e.g. Korea, Japan, Taiwan). When I started watching it, it was nothing I expected – which I found incredibly refreshing.

The first surprise of the film was to learn that the male actor on the movie poster is actually a female who has masculine features. The love story is actually about two females.

Pie is a wealthy girl who moves in to a college dorm and learns that she has to share her room with Kim, whom she initially thought was a boy. Kim quickly proves to Pie that she is in fact a girl, who dresses and behaves like a male. Pie is initially uncomfortable with the arrangement and tries to move to another dorm, citing that she didn’t want to share her room with a ‘tom’. Her request is denied and she gives Kim a hard time by setting out all these rules that Kim has to follow.

Their friendship organically develops as Pie slowly sees that Kim is a caring person. However, Pie is reluctant for her mother to visit her dorm room because she has negative views on ‘toms’. Her mother believes ‘toms’ are freaks and they are ruining society. Things get complicated as Pie discovers she has feelings for Kim and they start a secret relationship.

Secrets never last and their relationship is exposed by a girl who admires Kim. Many people get hurt along the way. The question begs - will their love survive?

The film works on so many levels - with the two talented leads, and a story that was beautifully written and not melodramatic. I found the film reminiscent of Brokeback Mountain, but with humor fused in to the plot.

This is a great romantic dramedy, I give it 4/5 stars.

Friday, October 14, 2011

CherriiPOP Playlist for 14th October 2011

Thank you for tuning in to this week’s show!

My shoutouts for today:
- Take care of yourself Rain!
- Sending love to Bao Han.

Remember to send in your song requests and dedications. Also, if you would like me to interview someone - suggest a guest =)

Here is the playlist
More Kiss – Fairies
Sixth sense – Brown eyed girls
Niem vui hon nhien – Bao Han
Thi si duoi vang trang – Bao Han
Deep Night – Hey Say Jump
Love Song – Rain
Every heart – Boa
It’s raining - Rain

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Odd Things I saw – Plastic Surgery Superman

A Philippines resident, Herbert Chavez has gone undergone extreme plastic surgery to look like his idol Superman.

He has been having plastic surgery since 1995. Some procedures include:
- Chin augmentation to achieve the famous cleft
- Silicone injections in the lips for fuller lips
- Implants in the thigh to make them bigger
- A rhinoplasty for a higher nose bridge

This man has taken his idolization for the famous comic book character to another level. I wonder if this means he will only fall in love with someone that looks like Lois Lane?

Michelle Yeoh walks the red carpet for Auung San Suu Kyi biopic film

Actress Michelle Yeoh and Director Luc Besson were in Busan to promote their biopic film ‘The Lady’ about Auung San Suu Kyi.

Michelle Yeoh took on this role because she hoped that the film will pressure the Myanmar government to respect human rights.

“We are very proud of this movie and we believe it is a very important movie because of who she is and because of her fight for democracy with words,” said Yeoh.

Michelle met Suu Kyi last December when the democracy heroine was released from two decades of on-off house arrest.”

“The Lady” will be released around the world on the 30th November 2011.

He said Suu Kyi had yet to see the final film.

“She said I will see it when I am courageous enough,” said Besson. Besson also stated that the activist had not read the script or been involved in the production of the film.

Reference: Korean Herald

Bao Han opens herself up to her fans like never before

Last Friday, former Vpop star Bao Han opened to her fans that she had been diagnosed with early stage Parkinson’s Disease. The diagnosis was made 2 years ago. For the past few months she has been opening up about the experience and how doctors didn't know what her mystery illness was. An outpour of love and support from fans were sent to her. To read her blog visit:

What is so amazing is that Bao Han was reassuring her fans that she is ok and very happy. She is truly inspiring. I wanted to share her keys to life

1. to be happy with what i've got,
2. to do whatever makes me happy,
3. love those people who love me back,
4. let go of things and people that/who put me down,
5. find a sense of humor in everything,
6. when i feel that i'm about to break down, i allow it BUT i get up fast too,
7. to look fabulous (hahaha i just can't help it, cause fashion is still my ultimate passion),
8. to be there for others cause i am not the only one with problems,
9. to not ever give up on my dreams and hopes,
10. health ALWAYS comes first and LOVE YOURSELF!!! (i have even learned to love my tremor and other physical challenges, cause they are a part of me now) so please dont look at me differently.

Lots of Love to BH!

Kpop group SNSD to crack the US music industry

Exciting news for Kpop fans! On October 19th, popular girl group SNSD will release their single ‘The Boys’ in the US through Interscope Records. Other artists on this record label include Lady Gaga, Eminem and the Black Eyed Peas.

The girls were lucky to have Teddy Riley produce their upcoming track. Teddy has worked with the biggest names in the music industry, including Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown and Lady Gaga.

SNSD will also be releasing their third studio album in Korea on the same date. Looks like October is going to be a huge month for the girls. I’m excited to listen to all their new music. I will keep you all posted.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Kpop Superstar Rain begins his Military Service

After months of delay, the day has finally come for Rain to join the military. Today marks Rain's first day as an active soldier, he will be required to serve for at least 2 years. This news have been making headlines around the world, here is Time magazine's article.

Hundreds of his devoted fans gathered in front of the military base to see their idol before he began life as a soldier. Rain gave a military salute to his tearful fans before he walked in to boot camp in Uijeongbu, Seoul.

Rain has been working non-stop before his enlistment date: touring Korea with 'The Best Show' to farewell his fans, recording new music 'Busan Woman' and filming a movie 'Red Scarfe'.

Rain is one of the most successful Entertainers from Korea, achieving global success in 2004 when he released his hit album 'It's Raining' and starred in the hit TV dramedy show 'Full House'. He has traveled a path that others hadn't, starting his own record label, fashion line and pursuing a Hollywood Acting Career.

His profile has grown in the United States over the past few years. He starred in blockbuster films 'Speed Racer' and 'Ninja Assassin'. Time Magazine named him in their '100 Most Influential People List'.

Rain's story is inspiring. When he was auditioning for entertainment agencies, he was rejected many times. They told him that he was talented, but not good looking enough because he didn't have double eyelids. Rain kept believing in his dream and he had the self confidence to not get the popular double eyelid surgery. Eventually he met his manager, JYP - the man that would turn Rain in to a global star.

Rain will be greatly missed in the entertainment industry. His fans have tweeted many messages telling him that they are waiting for him.

Take Care Rain!!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Brooke Huuskes - Transplant Australia

Thank you so much to Brooke for sharing her inspiring story on the show.

Brooke Huuskes will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Transplant Australia. Her dream of going to Mt Kilimanjaro would not have been possible if she had not recieved the lifesaving kidney transplant. She hopes that her journey to Mt Kilimanjaro will raise awareness about organ donation and help others who are still waiting for the lifesaving transplant.

Brooke was born with reflux nephropathy, which resulted her kidneys to be damaged at an early age. A significant amount of her youth and teen years were spent visiting doctors; who were closely monitoring her kidney function. It was hard, but Brooke chose to live her life to the fullest and live with no regrets.

Listen to Brooke share her inspiring story.
Her joy and enthusiasm for life is truly amazing.
Brooke Huuskes - Transplant Australia on CherriiPOP show by cherriipoptheshow

To support her journey, or read more about it visit:

The original female action star – Michelle Yeoh

Michelle Yeoh is tough as nails and she can hold her own in action sequences alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li. She wasn’t a trained martial artist when she started action films. She was actually a ballerina, so she had the flexibility, strength and coordination to pick up martial arts very quickly.

I was watching some of her interviews on YouTube and she said stunts for American films are a lot easier than Hong Kong films. Back when she was starting out in film, there was no CGI - all the actors had to do the stunts for real.

She was describing how she had to jump off a building and land in to a pile of cardboard boxes (because they didn’t used airbags in Hong Kong). On top of the boxes were some mattresses to help cushion the fall. When she jumped off, she was falling a lot faster than she had anticipated. She wasn’t prepared for the landing. She landed on her head and she heard a snap. She had to go to hospital and she was in a body cast because she had damaged her spine, her neck.

She didn’t tell her parents about the dangers of the stunts she had to perform, because she didn’t want them to worry. This time she was seriously injured, and the media was about to circulate the story. She had to call her parents – she talked to them casually, then she mentioned that the media might report a story about my injury and she said that it was a publicity stunt.

Another interesting story she mentioned was about a fight scene between her and Jet Li. She said that Jet Li always treats her like a brother. Jet Li doesn’t see her as a girl, so he does not treat her like one. In fight scenes he does not go easy on her. In one scenario, he was charging at her with a huge sword, Michelle couldn’t block him in time because he was so powerful. The sword hit her nose, but luckily it didn’t break.

Michelle is one tough female!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Odd Things I saw – Padlocks of Love, China

For thousands of years in China, padlocks have been used to symbolize an everlasting marriage. Doesn’t that sound romantic?

To have an everlasting love, the couple must have their names engraved on a padlock. On an ancient tree with red ribbons, the couple must fasten their padlock and throw away the key in to a nearby waterway. This will lock, or should I say unite their love forever.

Couples can also lock their padlock on the Great Wall of China and throw the key down the mountain. Another popular place for love locks is Mt Huangshan in China. Lovers make a promise of a lifetime on the mountain with the witness of the heaven’s blue sky and white clouds. They will throw the key down the cliff, sealing their love.

It’s uncertain where this tradition originated in the world. Some sources speculate that it was China. This ancient tradition is commonly practiced today, with many love lock sites around the world e.g. Russia, Japan, France.

Before you lock your love with someone, make sure they are the right person!

Nikita – Back for Season 2

Action star Maggie Q is back for season 2 of Nikita. The second series premiered last Friday with 1.8 million viewers in America.

The episode opens with Nikita and Michael (they are finally a couple) plotting to take down Division. Alex, once Nikita’s ally and protégé is now her enemy. It’s interesting to watch how the dynamic between the characters change as the series progresses.

I love Maggie Q! In an interview, she said she took on this role because she wanted to bring movie quality action to TV. She sets a high standard for herself and pushes herself to meet that bar everyday. That is passion and dedication.

Check out her interview

Laughing Yoga – Mixing Laughter & Exercise

For the past couple of years, several hundred people have been meeting up in a public park in Ha Noi to do a unique kind of exercise – Laughing Yoga.

Laughing Yoga, combines exercise and laughing – 2 essential ingredients for a happy life. People that practice laughing yoga have said they have better health: a stronger immune system and improved body strength. It helps them feel younger and allows them to forget their worries.

Laughing Yoga classes run for 45 minutes. People can expect to laugh non-stop during these lessons. When I watch the video of the class, it looks so much fun! You can see everyone is enjoying themselves. When you laugh and exercise, your brain releases endorphins which results in a feel-good feeling.

Laughing Yoga was launched in 1995 by Dr Madam Kataria, now there are more than 6,000 clubs in 60 countries.

Friday, September 23, 2011

CherriiPOP Playlist for 23rd September 2011

Thanks for listening to the CherriiPOP show this week. Hope you guys enjoyed the show! I especially loved the Odd Things I saw segment with Zombie Wedding Photos. Remember to send in your song requests and dedications for the show! I will continue to invite Author Amy Chua on the show! Send in suggestions for guests on the Cherriipop show on to our facebook page!

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Here is our playlist

Glamorous sky – Mika Nakashima
Favourite – Verbal Jint
Suddenly – Kim Bo Kyung
Forget it – Jewelry-s
Day by day – Kim Bo Kyung
I can be free – Juju
Thi Si Duoi Vang Trang – Bao Han & Me (LOL! I just had to play the virtual duet I mixed, I know I sound terrible. But I love singing along with her music)
A-Cha – Super Junior

Odd Things I Saw: Zombie Wedding Photos

Every couple wants magnificent wedding photos for their special day. Generally, couples want classic photos where they look like they stepped out of a fairytale. However, Korean couple Julian Sunmi Park and Benjamin Jinsuk Lee decided to break the mould.

Instead of the fairytale themed wedding photos, they chose a zombie themed wedding photos. YUP! Zombie themed. Not very romantic, but definitely funny.

Let me set up the scenario. Like in a horror film, the couple is having a romantic picnic in the garden. Suddenly, a hideous zombie (a paid actor in full make-up and costume) jumps out and starts to attack the couple.

Out of nowhere, the couple pulls out a knife and a shovel to attack the zombie. (Question: Who carries a shovel on a date?). After they defeat the zombie, the couple shares a tender kiss under the sun. How sweet.

These photos will need some explaining to their children. Full marks for originality.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

10 year old girl – The Sake Expert

Akane Niikura, a ten year old girl has become the youngest certified sake connoisseur in the world. (Is it just me, but does it seem wrong to see a young girl next to bottles & bottles of alcohol?)

Don’t be alarmed, she actually has not tasted any alcohol in her life. So how did she become an expert in sake? Her skills come from her sense of smell and the knowledge of what to look for as sake flows down the side of the glass. Her ability allows her to pick the perfect sake to complement meals.

I find it mind boggling that she knows so much about sake without tasting it. Not surprisingly, her mother is the owner of a sake bar. That is where she acquired all her sake knowledge.

After school, Akane works at the bar with her mother, helping customers choose sake.

When she grows up, she wants to own a sake bar just like her mother.

Look alike dolls comfort Tsunami Survivors

Survivors of the natural disasters in Japan are finding healing and comfort in Omokage bina dolls that resemble loved ones that have passed on.

Mika Sato, has found that two dolls resembling her 6 year old daughter who died in the March 11 tsunami, have helped with her emotional scars.

After Sato received the two dolls from the nonprofit organization Tamezo Club, she said “It was like my daughter came back to me.”

Omokage bina dolls are made by craftsmen who work from photos of deceased people. The craftsmen work many hours to capture the person’s features in the doll; 1 doll can take up to 1 month to complete.

Thirty-six dolls have been donated to families, the Tamezo Club plans to donate a further 1,000 dolls. The organization has also received requests from people who want dolls of their parents and grandparents.

I find this story interesting. I’m no therapist but I question if these dolls are really helping the individuals cope with loss. Like I say, I’m no expert, but part of dealing with loss is acceptance. Accepting that your loved one is gone. With these clone dolls, these people may not be dealing with the loss and burying their feelings.


Kmovie - Portrait of a Beauty on SBSTWO tonight 9:30pm

I love SBS Films! Tonight on SBSTWO, Korean Film ‘Portrait of a beauty’ is on at 9.30pm.

This film is an extravagant period piece from director Jeon Yun-su. It is about a woman who takes on her brother's identity after he commits suicide, in order to maintain the family's status in royal court.

I haven't seen this film yet, I will be watching it tonight.

Lucky Find – Man finds 10 million yen in garbage dump

A man found a bag that contained 10 million yen ($131,000) in a garbage dump on September 22, in Kasai Japan.

The man worked at the Government waste disposal centre and found the money bag while separating garbage.

The Waste centre did the honorable thing and handed the cash to the police. If the owner does not claim the money within 3 months; then the waste centre will be entitled to it.

Police said that the money contained mainly 10,000 yen notes. Most of the notes had been made from 2004 onwards.

What would you do if you found a large sum of money in a bin? Another question is, if no one claimed that money and it was given to you – what would you do with it?

Friday, September 16, 2011

CherriiPOP Playlist for 16th September 2011

Thanks for listening to this week's show! I hope you guys enjoyed the first book review - Battle Hymm of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua.

I have been listening to one of the songs on the show obsessively - Thi Si Duoi Vang Trang by Bao Han. I actually put together a mix where I do a virtual duet with Bao Han. It's easy to spot my voice, I sound horrendous and out of tune. I just love singing along to her music. Let me know what you think
Thi Si Duoi Vang Trang - Bao Han & me by CherriiPOPShow

Here is the playlist
Shake it up - Seo In Gook
Favourite - Verbal Jint
Thi Si Duoi Vang Trang - Bao Han
Fate - Juno
Wired Life - Meisa Kuroki
Chuyen hoa sim - Nhu Quynh
I can be free - Juju
Be Mine - Infinite

University Commencement Speeches

One of my favourite things to do is to listen to Commencement Speeches given by Inspiring people. I always watch these clips for a dose of inspiration. I'm so envious of the keynote speakers that American Universities get. Some have included Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Maria Shriver, Steve Jobs, Jon Stewart, Oprah.

These speeches are very powerful and inspiring. It's amazing to listen to the speakers share their personal stories and give their advice to the newly graduates.

I have to say, I don't recall who the keynote speaker was at my graduation. All I remember from the ceremony was my 2 seconds on stage to receive my degree. It would have been amazing if we got speakers like the American Universities!!

Here are some of my favourite commencement speeches.

Maria Shriver, Journalist
I can't find the speech that Maria Shriver gave. Her speech has been published in a book called 'Ten Things - I wish I'd Known Before I Went Out into the Real World'. I highly this book to you because she gives real advice and honest accounts of her experiences.

Oprah Winfrey - TV Host, Philanthropist

Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple

Jon Stewart, TV Host, Comedian

Conan O'Brien - TV Host, Comedian

Stephen Colbert - TV Host, Comedian

Michelle Obama, First Lady

Book Review - Battle Hymm of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

I'm thrilled to introduce the new Book Review segment on the CherriiPOP show.

The first book I will review is 'Battle Hymm of the Tiger Mother' written by Amy Chua. This book caused a lot of controversy in the US media when it was released this year. The outrage caused by this book was insanely intense that the author even received death threats.

All the media coverage got me very curious about this book - Everyone was talking about it. I wanted to read the book with an open mind and come to my own conclusion about it.

The book is a memoir about raising children in a western society, in the traditional Chinese way. A lot of the media outlets said it was a parenting guide, but it's not.

The author Amy Chua, is the John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Amy was raised by very strict and traditional Chinese immigrant parents. Amy wasn’t allowed to have sleepovers, boyfriends. Every day she had to study and play piano. She was brought up to achieve excellence. When Amy had her family of her own, she wanted to raise her 2 daughters the way she was raised.

Amy is incredibly honest about her parenting ways. Her candidness was surprising because it didn't necessary portray her in the best light. She talks about how she would punish her children if they didn't practice the violin or piano. Some of the punishment included no dinner, no toys. But coming from an Asian background, parents tend to exaggerate the punishment sometimes, as a scare tactic. It's the norm in Asian culture. I guess in Western culture, it was a culture shock to read about the things Amy did.

Amy makes comparisons between Chinese and Western parenting styles. She said that the Western is too relaxed. Amy said her children doesn't know what is good for them, so her wishes for them will always override their choices.

She wanted her daughters to excel in school and music. She felt that if her daughters put in their best effort, they would achieve A's. Amy demanded nothing but the best from them. Amy pushed her daughters to show them what they are capable of. An example of this is, Lulu had trouble playing this piano piece called 'The Little White Donkey'. Both hands played to different rhythms at a very fast past. Lulu felt that she just couldn't play it, it was too hard. Amy didn't let that piece defeat Lulu. So Amy forced Lulu to keep practicing and practicing for hours. Amy's husband Jed told Amy to stop pushing Lulu. Amy just knew that Lulu could do it and she continued to push. Then after hours of drilling, Lulu was playing the song. She conquered it. From then on Lulu loved playing that song. I admire that Amy didn't let Lulu give up. When Lulu conquered that challenge, she felt a huge sense of achievement.

Amy writes: "Chinese strategy produces a virtuous circle. Tenacious practice, practice, practice is crucial for excellence; rote repetition is underrated in America."

Amy made a lot of sacrifices for her daughters. The media outlets who said negative things about Amy left this important fact out. Amy expected the best from her daughters, she also gave them her best. Amy had a successful academic career, but she always made herself available to her daughters.

As her youngest daughter Lulu got older, she started to rebel against the chinese parenting way - The 'control' that Amy had over her. Lulu wanted to make decisions for herself and she wanted to quit the violin. Amy and Lulu's relationship was suffering. Amy was afraid of losing Lulu. This is a turning point for Amy in the book. Amy let Lulu quit violin. She realised that the chinese parenting way did not suit everyone. Amy had to step back and let Lulu make her own choices.

After reading this book, it gave me a better appreciation for classical music. I never knew the work involved to become a music prodigy. Talent is one thing; in order to grow you need to develop your skills - that involves hard work.

Parenting is the toughest job in the world. I admire Amy for sharing her experiences and struggles. We can all learn from each other's experiences. As the saying goes, you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover - Well in this case, don't judge the book by the media coverage. Reading excepts won't give you the full picture, the full journey. This book has to be read cover to cover. The moment I started reading it I was glued. I highly recommend this book about parenting, clash of cultures and a mother's struggle to understand her daughters.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

R U OK? Day Australia 15th September 2011

Thursday 15th September, 2011 was R U OK?Day in Australia. It is a national day of action which aims to prevent suicide by encouraging all of us to connect with people around us and see how they are going.

It is important to remember that the smallest gestures can make the biggest difference in a person’s life. Showing someone concern lets them know that there are people that care about them.

When a person feels isolated, their emotions can spiral out and it can lead to depression and other mental illnesses. If no help is provided, it can result in suicide.

Suicide rate in Australia is not falling. According to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), over 2000 Australians took their own lives in 2009.

If you know someone going through a hard time, reach out to them. Talk to them and help them see that the current situation they are in is temporary - Things will get better, will improve.

Life is hard, we need support from each other on this journey.

I want to share inspiring and important words that Will Smith said in an interview. (I’m paraphrasing): There have been so many people that have lived and died before us. All the problems that you have now - have been experienced by someone before you and they written a book about it. No one experiences new problems. Go find that book and read about it.

I think that is important advice. Many times we can feel alone and don’t know how to cope with it. We feel that no one truly understands us. We can see that people try to understand, but they aren’t living it, they don’t know how we feel. If you go and find that book that was written by the person that has been in your shoes; their words and advice will connect with you.

R U OK? Day is one day in a year to raise awareness of mental health. But it is important to apply it to your everyday life.

For more information about R U OK, click here

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Favourite CherriiPOP Moments

Hey Everyone! I want to share with you my favourite moments on the CherriiPOP show.

This season has been amazing! I've had the chance to chat to many inspiring people: Faustina Agolley (TV Presenter), Sean Aiken (One Week Job Founder), Nathan Sawaya (LEGO Artist).

My friends also popped in the studio to give Japanese and Vietnamese Tutorials.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Happy Moon Festival!

Happy Moon Festival Everyone! Moon Festival is on Monday 12th September this year. How is everyone celebrating the Moon Festival weekend? Are you going to Moon Festival events in your area? Having a family gathering?

Moon Festival was one of my favourite childhood festivals. My parents would buy me a really pretty lantern (mine was always a butterly), and they'll take me to a Moon Festival event in the city. All the children got dressed up and were happily carrying their lantern around. It's a fond memory of mine.

This year, I'll just be eating lots of moon cakes. Enjoy eating moon cakes everyone!