Hallyu – n., means “Korean Wave” or “Korean Fever,” it refers to the increased popularity of South Korean culture, mostly attributed to dramas, movies, popular music, food and language. Surf’s up, people! Let Hallyuism lead you to the wonderful shores of KPOP!
Name: people might know me as Imuyachan, yet, my real name is Marina
Location: South Tangerang
“Real job”: I did various job in various field yet, mostly in media. I was a Radio DJ & reporter. Then I joined the Marketing Communication Team of Anycall (Samsung) Indonesia (yup that Anycall that Son Dambi n F4 Endorsed *lol*) and now am working as a Marketing Communication Specialist for one TV Cable while also doing my job as an MC.
ONCE YOU KPOP, YOU CAN’T STOP!
Brief background about hallyuism.wordpress. Reason behind the name? Who thought of the name?
“As for the name, marinastory was firstly established as a media to put all my fiction stories ( I am also a Novelist wanna be 😉 ), yet, I didn’t have much time to write stories anymore, so when I start doing K-Blogging, I changed the subtitle into marinastory with SS501 and Korean entertainment. As for Hallyuism, it’s simply because the content is all about Korean Wave or Hallyu.”
In three words, describe your blog: Hallyu, English and Witty
Let’s take a trip down memory lane, What/ who got you into Kpop?
I was studying in Tourism high school which required me to master foreign languages. And I had a hard time to master Japanese that time and my sensei was like superb killer. In order to get good grades, I try to learn Japanese via music.
My interest for Japanese music continues ‘till it introduced me to BoA as she was promoting her 1st Japanese album during my time as a freshman. I searched info ‘bout her that brought me to know Shinhwa, FTTS, S.E.S, etc. And that’s how I know KPOP!
Shinhwa. Forever a legend.
BLOGGING AND ALL THAT JAZZ
What blog/website, aside from yours, do you visit first thing in the morning and the last one you go to before going to bed?
Typical Korean melodramatic episode in your life as a blogger. Are/Is there any particular HURTFUL comment/s by a reader you received that stung you big time?
Haha..Idon’t have many stories yet
But I do have several to share.
“Once I did a BoF star Jang Jayeon suicide news translation. I translate and put my opinion towards the news. Yet, few visitors disagree and bash me with their words. Hurting me of course, since it was my blog after all and I seriously can write anything in my OWN blog, yet, I just silently close the comment box for everyone’ s sake hahahaha..”
“Other thing that hurts me much or even almost made me to plan a revenge *lol* is when one of my good friend (u know who u are when u read this) said that one writer from this HUGE KPOP site copied my writing. I know that the writer copied mine simply because the one that the writer copied was my own writing and NOT only a translation. I know which one is a translation (since our sources are like the same) and which one is NOT. And the one that he/she copied was my own writing >.< Anyway, as I improved my skills, now, I mostly re-write the articles (do my own writing style, put my opinion n also did research and stuff), so I know when people copied my works. I don’t mind when they re-post my writing, just put credit properly since I am putting an effort when I do translation. Then again, this issue will never end, because there will always be people who does this. But, I believe in the end people will know who is the original writer since one day they will know who’s who right ^^ And I believe that there’s always someone out there that will keep coming to my blog, coz they like my writings’ style and my fast update!”
Are/Is there any particular TOUCHING comment/s that was so inspiring it made you bawl your eyes out as you clutch your chest ala Suju style, and made you want to continue blogging forever and ever?
When people saying thank you for my writing and say how much they love my blog and how it keeps them updated since they only know English ~ nuff to made cry and encourage me to keep blogging.
FUN RANDOM FANDOM QUESTIONS!
In Kpop terms, WHO/ WHAT do you think of when you hear the word/s:
1. IDOL : SS501
2. FANGIRL : fanatic
3. ANTI-FAN : immature
4. NETIZENS : Online news hawker
5. BOY BANDS : Super Junior
6. GIRL GROUPS : 2NE1
7. FANSERVICE : Lee Junki’s Album
8. LEGEND : Shinhwa & Lee Hyori
9. EPIC FAIL : Artist’s suicides
10. SPAZZ : Fan Loyalty
MORE ABOUT KPOP AND YOU!
Drama/TV music/variety show you wish you NEVER watched:
This might ‘cause a chaos, yet, it’s the Coffee Prince K-Drama >.< I can’t helped to think that Yoon Eunhye is a guy than a girl in that drama T_T
Artist (who’s inactive in the K biz right now) you wish should make a real comeback: Yoon Eunhye and Kim Jihoon
Artist you wish should fall off the face of the planet: Park Shiyeon (for personal reason, so just ignore me)
If you could go out on a real one week date with a Korean celebrity on Mnet Scandal, who would it be and why?
I can’t choose between these 2 >.< SS501 Kim Hyunjoong – coz I really wanna experience his 4D, And of course, Actor Lee Dongwook – He was so handsome in LIVE version haha.. when I went to his fan meeting he was so nice to his fans and so handsome with his white flawless skin ❤
Cutie Lee Dong Wook
What things (wholesome or otherwise ROFL) would you want to do with your celeb date?
With Hyunjoong will be a Beach date and he sings for me while playing his guitar ❤ With Lee Dongwook : he will take me to the theme park and we will play all day and he will end it by giving his cutest act for me (an aegyo for me ) since I really want to see that other side of him 😉
If you were a trainee who’s about to debut, which Kpop song would you like to have as your OWN debut song or a stage performance by an artist you’d like to have done YOURSELF?
2NE1’s Pretty Boy will be an awesome debut song. Esp when u have Teddy & Kush oppa as ur song writer and Big Bang as ur no.1 supporter..what else can u expect ❤
ULTIMATE QUESTION. dun dun dun dun!!! Which Korean music company/ family you’d like to be part of & why?
DSP Entertainment, so I can help them in promoting their artist. As a Marketing Communication person, I can’t stand to see people who is wrongly promoting their product (product is artist – for Entertainment Company). I can see that DSP is getting better staff with better intuition, as they successfully put Hyunjoong in We Got Married show and stuff are getting better for SS501 since then. And I can see that the company actually has great artist like A’st1 and Kara yet they just lack of promo and marketing strategies. If some DSP-er see this make sure u guys contact me so I can drop you my CV haha!
TIME TO SAY GOODBYERS!
Typical goodbye message: What do you want to say to your readers? What are your hopes and dreams for your blog?
Thank your for coming to my blog and thank you for those supportive comments that’s really encouraging me as a blogger. My hope is I can make marinastory or hallyuism bigger than ever and make it as one of people’s favorite Hallyu English Blog. I hope to build a positive community and be friends with my readers. I hope more active reader will come and I really want to be a better writer from day to day so I can make people comment on my post whenever they read it.
FLOATINGSTARS RECOMMENDATION: Imuyachan really has great updates and a very reader-friendly style. She’s really very friendly too! I’ve only known her for a while but now we’re like fangirl buddies! lol. I love her SS501 blog too, because the group definitely needs more blogs dedicated to them. I think they’re one of the most underrated boy bands (at least in Korea), though they’re really famous in other parts of Asia. People tend to overlook DSP Ent., but it actually has great artists. Visit marinastory for SS501 updates, HALLYUISM for KPOP updates and follow her at twitter.com/imuyachan!
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