5 Reasons Birthday Girl Puff Guo Can’t Be Ignored!

Today, we officially celebrate a quarter century of life for rising Taiwanese star Puff Guo!

With recent success in “Just You” and “Love Myself or You,” she’s become high in demand as a drama leading actress. All of you even voted for her to move on to the next round of our Viki #WorldCup2014 Celebrity Bracket in a tight race against Lee Da Hae!

Happy 25th Birthday, Puff!

We absolutely adore Puff Guo, and there’s no stopping her as she rides this wave of increasing popularity. Check out these five reasons why she continues to get even hotter and hotter!

She’s a Triple Threat — Singer, Actress, Dancer

In April 2011, Puff debuted as a member of Taiwanese girl group Dream Girls. Her fellow members include Emily Song, who is Korean, and Tia Li, who is Taiwanese and currently starring in “Fall in Love With Me” with Aaron Yan.

Dream Girls members from left to right: Tia, Puff, Emily

She was Named the Sexiest Woman in the World

For both 2013 and 2014, Puff received the most votes to top the list for FHM Taiwan’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World. She beat out heavy favorites, including Amber An, who held the title in 2011 and 2012.

She’s Shared the Screen With the Hottest Male Co-Stars

In “Just You,” Qi Yi (played by Aaron Yan) decides to buy a small marketing design company and his childhood home. The problem is that the home is currently being rented by Cheng Liang Liang (played by Puff Guo), who refuses to move out. When Qi Yi arrives at his new company, he discovers that Liang Liang works there, too!

In “Love Myself or You,” Du Kai Qi (played by Puff Guo) is an independent, single woman who is passionate about her job as a sous chef at fine-dining French restaurant, Figaro Cuisine. Fu Zi Jie (played by Jasper Liu) shows up as the new intern, while hiding the fact that he’s a classically trained chef who just returned from France.

She’s Making a Name for Herself in Korea

Starring as Heechul’s (from “Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Team”) partner in “We Got Married Global Edition Season 2,” Puff is slowly becoming well known outside of Taiwan. On the show, Puff and Heechul learn to overcome their language barriers and enjoy a variety of activities as a newlywed couple. With newfound fame in Korea, maybe Puff will venture into Japan or Thailand next?

She Fought Her Way to Success

Puff had a difficult and sad childhood, with the early passing of her mother from breast cancer. To support her younger sister, she started working as a model at age 20 and gave up on her academic study. It’s great to see that all her hard work paid off — go girl power!

What do you love most about Puff? Let us know in the comments!

You + Favorite Celebrity = Best Summer Vacation!

With summer vacation in full swing, start enjoying all those activities and adventures you’ve been putting off until the weather got warmer and school was out. We say, stop wasting time and go have fun! But first, isn’t it always better to have someone to share these precious moments with you? Well, we have the formula for summer vacation success right here:

You + Favorite Celebrity = Lifetime of Happiness 

If you could pick any celebrity, who would you choose to bring along on your summer vacation? Maybe Lee Jong Suk, Kim Hyun Joong, or Aaron Yan? How about Puff Guo, Song Ji Hyo, or Lee Min Jung? The possibilities are endless, and we know picking just one is heartbreaking. 

This might help make your decision easier. Imagine yourself doing the following summertime activities and see which celebrity would be the ideal mate to share the experience with!

Go on a Romantic Picnic

Turn up the romance by feeding each other food, cuddling, and simply spending quality time together such as the adorable couples below:

Gong Hyo Jin (from “Master’s Sun”) and Cha Seung Won (from “You’re All Surrounded”) in “The Greatest Love.”

Kim Raver and Robert Buckley in “Lipstick Jungle.

Have Fun at an Amusement Park

Ride on the ferris wheel like Bae Suzy (from “Gu Family Book”) and Taecyeon (from “Wonderful Days”) in “Dream High.”

Or enjoy yummy cotton candy and play games like Park Yoo Chun (from “Three Days”) and Han Ji Min in “Rooftop Prince.”

Go Sightseeing Around Town

Make memories and capture them with photos that last forever! Try posing with peace signs like Jasper Liu and Puff Guo (from “Just You”) in “Love Myself or You.”

Go Biking in the Fresh Air

Not only is biking like Annie Chen and George Hu in “Love Around” great exercise, but it’s also an inexpensive way to get around. You never know where you might end up!

Soak Up the Rays at the Beach

In addition to getting a tan, there are lots of fun activities to do at the beach, such as parasailing, windsurfing and riding ATVs. Check out Choi Min Ho and Choi Sulli in “To the Beautiful You” as they cruise on the sand.

Apply Lots of Sunscreen

If you’re planning to be out in the sun, remember to apply plenty of sunblock! It also doesn’t hurt when the person helping you to apply the lotion or spray looks like Kim Bum in “Boys Over Flowers.”

Don’t you wish he would offer to help you, too? Yes, please!

Take a Dip in the Pool

Cool off from the heat with a dip into the pool, so practice your strokes and get swimsuit-ready! Join Puff Guo and Kim Hee Chul (from “Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Team”) in “We Got Married Global Edition Season 2.”

If not the pool, then a swim in the lake also works, like Marlene Favela in “Passion of the Heart.”

Catch the Fireworks

Watch the sky light up with beautiful colors, and maybe sneak in a kiss like Lee Dong Wook (from “Hotel King”) and Kim Sun Ah (from “I Do, I Do”) in “Scent of a Woman.”

Have a Bonfire

Roast marshmallows for a late-night snack, or just stay warm by the fire, like Lee Min Ho (from “The Great Doctor (aka Faith)” and Park Shin Hye (from “Flower Boy Next Door”) in “Heirs.”

Or Kim Soo Hyun and Jun Ji Hyun in “My Love From the Star.”

Relax at a Spa or Sauna

Treat yourself to some rest and relaxation with body massages and facials, like Guy Ecker in “Eva Luna.”

Or roll around in the sauna like Kim So Yeon (from “IRIS”) and Sung Joon (from “Shut Up! Flower Boy Band”) in “I Need Romance 3.”

It’s finally time to decide. … Which favorite celebrity would you choose to accompany you during your summer getaway? Let us know the celebrity and the activity you would choose in the comments!

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#WorldCup2014 Celebrity Bracket Week 3: Telenovela Queens

It's Week 3 of the World Cup, and we have another celebrity bracket ready for you to cast votes on your favorite stars!

How It Works

For each match, the celebrity who gets the most votes will move on to the next round. Remember to cast your votes early so your favorite makes the cut!

We will show a different celebrity pairing for each week of #WorldCup2014. By the end, there will be a final vote to see who is chosen as your overall favorite drama star!

The first match featured Drama Leading Ladies, Puff Guo (from “Love Myself or You”) vs. Lee Da Hae (from "Hotel King"). 

Last week, we featured Young Male Hotties with Mario Maurer (from “The Dog” and “To Each a Flower”) vs. Jasper Liu (from “Love Myself or You”). 

You all voted for one handsome leading actor to move on to the next round. So who received the most votes? Let's say congratulations to... Jasper Liu!! The results were 55% to 45%. He gets to join his beautiful co-star, Puff Guo, who received the most votes during Week 1. 

Now here's the third match: Telenovela Queens

Blanca Soto (from “Eva Luna”) vs. Marlene Favela (from “Wild Cat” and “Passion of the Heart”)

Who is your favorite Telenovela queen?
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Which Mexican beauty will join Puff Guo and Jasper Liu in the next round? Vote and share your picks in the comments too!

Language-Learning Challenge #2: One-Liners

We recently announced the start of our new Language-Learning Challenges to show how easy and fun it can be to learn a new language. We’re so happy to see such great response to the book gifts sponsored by Tuttle Publishing

The answers to last week’s challenge questions in Korean from the drama “Hotel King” were both True. For the first question, when Jae Wan (played by Lee Dong Wook) says, “괜찮아 (Gwen-chan-ah),” he was comforting Mo Ne (played by Lee Da Hae) by saying, “It’s okay,” while patting her head. For the second question, Jae Wan yells, 미쳤어 (Mi-cheo-ssuh)?” at Mo Ne, saying “Are you crazy?” when he found out she helped release Lee Joong Go (played by Lee Duk Hwa) from jail. Hope you got them both correct!

Now, here is the next set of language-learning challenge questions in Chinese! Both of these questions relate to one-liners spoken by Du Kai Qi (played by Puff Guo) in “Love Myself of You.” You can submit your answers in this survey


1. Kai Qi says “你要听我的 (Ni yao ting wo de)” while drying off Xiao Yi after giving him a bath.

Choose the correct translation for “你要听我的 (Ni yao ting wo de).”

a) You must support me! 
b) You must listen to me! 
c) You must stop me! 

2. Kai Qi says “别想我会放水 (Bie xiang wo hui fang shui)” to Ah Jie (played by Jasper Liu) during their discussion about training for the upcoming cooking competition. 

Choose the correct translation for “别想我会放水 (Bie xiang wo hui fang shui).”

a) Don’t even think that I’ll be going easy on you.
b) Don’t even think that I’ll be putting water on the floor.
c) Don’t even think that I’ll forgive you. 

Keep the conversation going in Discussions on Language Learning topics such as “Words and phrases learned from watching dramas and movies” and “Languages you already know or want to learn”! Remember, you earn points by submitting these Language-Learning Challenges, and the more points you earn, the better your chances of winning book gifts sponsored by Tuttle Publishing!

Continue following our Language-Learning Challenges on Viki, and we’ll have you speaking and understanding several languages in no time. Be on the lookout for our next challenge so you don’t miss out! If you haven’t already, be sure to take our first Language-Learning Challenge in Korean!

Also if you haven't tried it out yet, give the One-Liner tool a shot to test your skills on writing and editing in different languages.

Language-Learning Challenge #1: True or False
Language-Learning Challenge #3: Round-Up
Language-Learning Challenge #4: Combined True or False Quiz

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Get the Limited Edition World Cup Sub-a-Thon Badge!

Join in on the worldwide excitement for the 2014 FIFA World Cup with our World Cup Sub-a-Thon! Taking part is super easy: create at least 1,000 subtitles during the World Cup (June 10, 2014, to July 13, 2014) and you’ll receive this limited-edition badge to proudly display on your profile page on July 14!

Subtitling on Viki is easy — give it a try! Here’s how you can get started:

1) Watch the subtitling tutorial video on our Viki U Channel.

2) Find a video that needs your help in the Project Finder and get started.

It’s that easy! Also, make sure to check out Community Discussions to get to know other Viki community members.

20 Wacky Life Lessons From K-Drama ‘Cunning Single Lady’

Some of you may watch a drama and actually follow the storyline and the plot twists. But if you’re like me, you get distracted by random tangents with the characters and situations.

Take “Cunning Single Lady,” for example. You may have thought this very popular show was about a woman’s journey toward self-empowerment and a couple’s second chance at love. But if that’s all you got out of it, then you missed out on a whole subliminal level of important life lessons.

Here are 20 wacky lessons about life and work that you may have missed if you weren’t paying close attention:

You sometimes have to break valuable electronics to get someone’s attention.

You can show up to anywhere unannounced — as long as you bring beer.

The richer you are, the bigger your sunglasses need to be.

When you’re rich, servants greet you at the door to take your shoes off.

If you’re lucky, someone rich will give you a white envelope full of currency with lots of zeros on it.

If you do anything in front of a parked car in Korea, your actions will be caught on the car’s black box and will be used against you.

But if you’re ever caught, you can get down on your knees and grovel and all will be forgiven.

You can make any mistake once — but not twice!

Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary or looking at your ex-wife while she’s passed out drunk, it’s always a great time to take a selfie.

It’s great to have a passcode lock on your front door so you can lock people out whenever you feel like it.

You can be talking about the same woman with a friend but never realize it because Korean people don’t ask for names!

That’s 10 p.m. — not 10 a.m. — and yes, you’re still at work because that’s where you should be if you want to get ahead in life.

When you least expect it, there will always be that creepy guy at work staring at you.

There will always be treacherous ‘seniors’ at work giving you words of wisdom about surviving a treacherous workplace. 

You can eat a bell pepper like you do an apple, but it won’t be as sweet.

You can give someone tofu to ward off bad luck — especially after a brush with the law.

You can put an egg on a person’s rice to show the person that you like him/her.

Your ‘friends’ will always try to one-up you and embarrass you at group meetings.

You’re never too old to cuddle and sleep with your mom.

You can put a dorky wig or funny-looking hat on Joo Sang Wook, but he’s still hot.

What part of “Cunning Single Lady” was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!