9 New Year's Resolutions for K-Drama Fans

If youre a K-drama fan, you might just be able to relate to my New Years resolutions. Here are my resolutions for the upcoming year.


1. Watch More Dramas

I started this resolution early. With all the great on-air dramas out lately, Ive resolved to keep up-to-date with Let’s Eat, The Prime Minister Is Dating, Miss Korea,” and My Love From the Star. Wish me luck!


2. Learn a New Language

Since youre watching dramas anyway, why not try subtitling to help build your Korean or other language skills? Watch and learn.




3. Eat Better

With easy-to-follow recipes from our Let’s Cook With Viki blog series, such as home-made jja jang myun, bubble milk tea, and more, we all can eat better (or more deliciously) in 2014.

Dont be afraid to enjoy your food, just like Lee Min Ho does in the following episode of City Hunter.


Check out our recipe for jja jang myun, or black bean noodles, here!

4. Travel More

For your travel inspiration, enjoy shots of exotic locales all over Southeast Asia and the world in Barefoot Friends and Here We Go, World Challenge. I say we all meet up in Korea next year! Whos with me?!

I cant wait to visit Jeju Island, where countless K-drama scenes have been filmed.

Ha Ni and Seung Jo play around on their honeymoon in Playful Kiss.
Yi Jung and Ga Eul meet for a chat in Boys Over Flowers.

5. Be Thankful for Loved Ones

Let the holiday spirit of giving continue into 2014. Show your gratitude for family, friends, and the volunteers who subtitle your favorite shows on Viki. (Just leaving a nice comment on the video page makes their day!)


6. Get in Shape

Need some motivation to hit the gym? Ive found that watching K-dramas on my phone or tablet while working out on the treadmill does wonders! Think chocolate abs and shower scenes!

Excuse me while I replay this scene of Kim Soo Hyun in My Love From the Star as inspiration to go to the gym.



7. Explore Other Genres

I tend to watch a lot of romantic comedies, so Ive resolved to watch more fantasy and action dramas next year, and dramas from outside of Korea. If you have the same idea, weve got your back — with Taiwanese dramas (e.g., Just You), Japanese dramas (e.g., Innocent Lilies), and telenovelas (e.g., Eva Luna).

Just look at Aaron Yan in Just You — how cute is he?

8. Try a New Look

Trying on a new hairstyle or outfit is always fun, especially when you need that extra spring in your step to tackle your New Years resolutions. Makeovers are a key plot point in many dramas, such as Boys Over Flowers, Coffee Prince, and Princess’ Stand In.



9. Watch the Live Stream of the Taipei 101 New Year's Eve Countdown

I'm going to ring in the new year with one of the biggest countdown events in the world! I'm talking about the Taipei 101 New Year's Eve Countdown, a LIVE concert featuring top Taiwanese pop stars such as Rainie Yang, Wilber Pan, David Yao, S.H.E, and Puff Guo from Dream Girls and the drama "Just You."

You can watch the live stream on our Taipei Countdown YouTube Channel on December 31st. If you miss the live event, you can watch the show after the fact on our Viki Channel. Check out our blog post for more details!



So what did you think? Can you relate to my New Year's resolutions? Tell us what you would add to this list!


Christmas with Lunafly

Christmas came early for some Lukies as they celebrated the joyous season with Lunafly during their recent showcase, Christmas with Lunafly Live in Singapore. From familiar tunes like ‘Fly to Love’ and ‘Day by Day’ (English version of Clear Day, Cloudy Day) to covers of classics and hit songs, Lunafly grabbed the hearts of their fans with their amazing live performances.






Not only are they talented, their humour is a plus point as well! Teo did a perfect imitation of British-Korean member Sam’s accented English, and even teased the crowd with pick up lines in Mandarin.


Pleasing the fans even more, Teo showed off his nifty dance moves to fellow labelmate LC9’s Mama Beat, drawing screams from the numerous fans. As it was their 450th day since debut, Lukies prepared a fan event - holding cards to congratulate them, and presented a cake to the 3 boys.



Saving the best for the last, Christmas couldn’t get more exciting for Lukies when Lunafly came back for an encore in Santa costumes and even personally presented roses to the fans!


Now Viki has a special present for Lukies around the world too! We will be giving away 3 autographed polaroids of Lunafly together with a Viki Tshirt. (Psst! Each of the Lunafly members have a Viki shirt too, so you might be one of the lucky fans to get an identical shirt with them!) 


Stay tuned for more details on this exclusive giveaway!







EXCLUSIVE: U.S. ‘Boys Over Flowers’ First Episode Released

Last night, the U.S. version of the famous drama franchise Boys Over Flowers, premiered last night, exclusively on Viki.com, in the United States. 


You can watch the episode for yourself below. But first, check out our review, which points out a few of the most noticeable differences you'll see between the U.S. and Asian drama versions.


Watch the First Episode of 'Boys Before Friends'



What are the main differences between the U.S. show, "Boys Before Friends," and the Asian dramas?

Grown Ups and Graduate School

“Boys Before Friends” takes the classic love story out of high school and plants it in a performing arts graduate school. As we meet the main characters in the opening sequence, we learn that they are adults in their 20s who live apart from their families. This is one important difference between the American and Asian versions, which featured parents in major decision-making roles. We’ll have to wait to see whether the infamous evil mother appears in future episodes!


Bullying Is for All Ages


In the first episode, we see some familiar bullying scenes inspired by the Asian dramas: An innocent girl gets her homemade cake smashed in her face, and classmates pour trash on the heroine, Zoey. There are even some more creative tactics added to the mix. While it’s unusual to see this kind of behavior from adults in graduate school, the description of the four “F4” boys reveals that privileged backgrounds have allowed them to act like children with no consequences.


'Z3' and the Power of Friends


In the behind-the-scenes interview, cast members talked about the changes we could expect to see in the American Boys Over Flowers remake. Without a doubt, one of the biggest differences I noticed was that Zoey was given a strong group of girlfriends. These girls not only listen to Zoey’s stories about events at school and offer advice, they also stick up for Zoey when she’s in trouble, fearlessly facing the F4 (and naming themselves “Z3” for fun). Some of my favorite scenes were watching Zoey, Piper, and Chloe joke around with each other; their friendship will definitely be a highlight in the show.

The attractive, multicultural cast of Boys Before Friends.
We hope you enjoyed the review of 
“Boys Before Friends Episode 1! You can catch new episodes every Thursday on Viki.

EXCLUSIVE: New Year’s Eve LIVE Concert in Taipei




Want to be a part of the first ever LIVE concert on Viki? Were preparing for one of the biggest New Years Eve events in the world  the 2014 Taipei 101 New Years Eve Countdown — featuring performances by top Taiwanese Pop stars such as Rainie Yang, Wilber Pan, David Tao, and S.H.E.!

The show's going live very soon! Join the watch party on our Taipei 101 YouTube Channel and stay tuned. You won’t want to miss this global entertainment showcase streamed real-time! 

When: From 7:00 p.m. on December 31, 2013, to 1:00 a.m. on January 1, 2014 (Taiwan local time)
Where: Live streaming on Vikis Taipei’s 101 YouTube Channel 
Latest Artist Line-up: Bii, Dream Girls, S.H.E, Fukuyama Masaharu, Rainie Yang, Wilber Pan, Hebe, Janet, Luan Tan Ah Xiang, Wei Li An, Liu Zi Qian, Xia Yu Qiao, Yoga Lin, Lin Zhi Sheng, Yang Dai Kang, Hao Jiao Xiang Qi, Chairman, Lan Xin Mei, Xie Jin Yan, Guo Yan Wen and David Tao

Don’t forget to check out our playlist of hit songs from the concert’s performers, and enjoy promotional clips and shout-out videos on our Viki channel.

If you cant watch the concert live, you can see all of the footage subtitled by Viki volunteers (on a one-hour delay) on the 2014 Taipei 101 New Year’s Eve Countdown channel. 

Want to help subtitle or segment the concert while its on air? Sign up to join the Taipei 101 channel team here in our discussion forums

Things That Remind Us of Christmas

Bells are ringing, presents are being wrapped; our favorite snowy season is right around the corner! While you curl up warm and fuzzy in bed, what better to snuggle with than dramas and movies?

In the spirit of Christmas, here are some of the things that fondly remind us of the holiday season!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The tale of Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer is a classic Christmas story. Relive your childhood memories with this Christmas tale of an underdog who helps light the way for Santa's sleigh.


Rudolph is one of our favorite Christmas stories of all time.



Santa Claus

What would Christmas be without this white-bearded jolly old man sliding down chimneys and stuffing presents in everyone's Christmas stockings? See Santa in action in the animated cartoon.


Santa Claus rides around the world in his sleigh in this classic cartoon.



And check out actor Ethan Ruan, who sneakily dresses up as Santa in the Taiwanese drama, My Queen



Food

One of the best parts of this joyous season is a home-cooked holiday feast. Let's Eat is a Korean drama made especially to get your mouth watering. It's all about eating, and features B2ST's handsome leader Doojoon as a food-loving playboy.



White Wonderland


When we think of the holidays, we think of a white wonderland of gorgeous winter weather. Whether you live in the snow-covered hills in Europe or the warmer climates of Singapore and Australia, get into the holiday spirit by snuggling with your loved ones and enjoying these dramas.

That Winter, The Wind Blows

An opportunistic con artist sees an easy prey in a blind heiress … until his emotions get in the way.




In My Love From the Star, Kim Soo Hyun plays a 400-year-old alien from the Joseon era, who falls in love with a top actress. We can enjoy sweeping views of the Korean landscape in all different seasons.


Kim Soo Hyun's immortal character plays over 10 different roles in Episode 1 alone.
Tell us, what are some of your favorite shows that put you in a festive mood?


Happy Holidays, 节日快乐, & καλές διακοπές!

From all of us at Viki, to our amazing community all over the world, we wish you Happy Holidays and a joyous New Year!



Also, special shout-out to the below Viki community members who contributed to our Happy Holidays e-card. What other languages are we missing? Share yours in the comments here or on on Facebook and Twitter!

keii2009
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mateja_3
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Bastet
LaLena
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Spread the Holiday Cheer with these Memes!

Ready for some holiday cheer, Viki style? 

First, check out what's coming soon, including Kim Hyun Joong's return to TV, "Inspiring Generation" available worldwide this January. Reminder also to let us know what shows you loved on Viki this year in our annual Fan Favorite Vote.

And finally, the holidays aren't complete without holiday memes - share these with friends and family: 



What do you want this holiday season? We loved So Ji Sub in "Master's Sun." 






The holiday season is a great time to spend with family and friends, including your favorite fictional ones like the group in Flower Boy Next Door



If you're going to ask Santa for something under the tree, you might as well dream big, right? While you wait for your favorite stars to be wrapped up, watch them in some of their best roles like Lee Min Ho in "Heirs," Mario Maurer in "To Each a Flower," Jang Geun Suk in "Beautiful Man," and Kim Soo Hyun in "The Moon Embracing the Sun."





Need something to get excited about in the New Year? Kim Hyun Joong returns to TV in K-Drama "Inspiring Generation," available worldwide to Viki fans! 




Happy Holidays from all of us at Viki! And don't forget to tell us which shows you're watching this holiday season.