Running Man: Review of Episode 187

By The Gorgeous Palah Chingu

Han River Crossing Race
Han River Crossing Race

Running man already garnered their fans worldwide since 2010. If you ask people around 12-20 (that is so into KPOP), running man is not a strange world for them. I have been one of the RM fans since 2010. They created so many creative games and their sense of entertainment is no joke. Running man had 191 episodes already and continuing the show strongly until now. I may not actively watch running man lately due to my busy schedule and some of the episode is so boring that I can’t finish watching it. If you asked me what my favorite episode is, I can’t say. Among 191 episodes, there is some that I enjoyed but people find it boring and it goes vice versa. Today, I didn’t want to spazzing about my favorite episodes or my favorite member in the show. I just wanted to share how amazing Episode 187 is.

Running Man Member with their team.
Running Man Member with their team.

The theme of National College Festival is used by Team Running Man in this episode. They went to 7 Top universities in Korea and select 2 students from each institution to try the impossible in the mission of Crossing Han River. Those 7 universities are Dongguk University, Korea University, Sungshin’s Women University, Sogang University, Kyung Hee University, Konkuk University and Jungang University. Running Man Members initiate the mission by going to the mentioned university to recruit the students who can be part of their team. There are so many variety games and challenges that they did in order to ensure they did pick the best one among thousands of students. Why did I say to try the impossible in the above? That’s because they are going to cross Han River with a boat they made from unusual materials that didn’t used to build the boat.

This idea originally came from the episode 159 (couple or gold episode) when they have to made boat from materials given and cross the swimming pool. It is copied from other reality show overseas which I don’t know the name of that program. Running man did show the footage saying they follow the idea from the show. In that episode, the team is partnered up as a couple together with a guest. They all made a boat with a cupboard, plastic, cellophane tape and other materials given by the staff. After finished making the boat, they all set off to cross the pool team by team to record their time. The winner will be the one who took the shortest time to cross the pool. Each of them made a very distinctive shape of boat to differentiate them from other team. I personally like Junchi and JungIn boat because it shaped similarly with the boat and I can see that they felt secure when rowing it in. However, they are not the fastest one. The team that won this race is team Jaesuk-Kwangyu. Despite having the most unstable looking boat, they did row very fast to ensure they arrived to finish line without sinking. The boat maybe one of the factors to win the race but the speed of rowing the boat also contributes in the winning.

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The root of idea of Han river cross race.
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Monday Couple Alert!!!! :3
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Jungchi and Jungin Boat in Episode 159

In the episode of 178, Running Man program beating the word of impossible once again by using the cupboard boat (that they themselves made) and try to cross the Han River in a time given. They gave a very great episode to end the year of 2013. The format changed on this particular episode where the Running Man Members against the Staff of Running Man. Running Man Members will try to win every game that the staff sets and if they did win, the punishment at the end of the game will be given to the staff. To cross Han River is not easy, if you see the size of Han River, you will say it is impossible to do it. The risk of sinking, the wind direction, the wave and you even might get exhausted in the middle of the river due to rowing the cupboard boat. I was right indeed; they did suffer all of it. One of the boats almost sinking, the wind direction kept stirring them to opposite direction, the big wave passed through the boat and they all look exhausted from rowing the boat endlessly. The amazing thing is they didn’t stop. They finished the race. They divided the running man members into 2 groups and them rowing those 2 boats endlessly. One of the boats manage to arrive within the time given by the program PD. The other boat though they have a rough start but boy, they still finished their race. They didn’t give up. The feeling of accomplishment is so overwhelming that they did cry because of it. They did cross Han River with a cupboard boat and how many people have done that? You tell me.

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Breaking the record for the thing people never did before.
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Second try – after the first boat sinks. they build another one which had simple design.
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they are trying to make a boat that fits 4 people – Episode 178

I would say that being in the show for 191 episodes did help them to build such amazing teamwork. They knew each other so well that even they can synchronize their rowing instantly. The chemistry between the members of Running Man is just awesome. When the recent episode of Running Man (well, not really recent because I just watching it yesterday) showing that they going to do another episode of crossing the Han River with man-made boat, I can’t contain myself. I downloaded the entire episode that I have left behind and start marathon all the episodes. Episode 187 does not disappoint me. I love it. I love how they managed to get 2 students onboard with the idea of crossing the Han River using recycle materials in this episode. They had to play game to determine who can choose the materials first. There are 7 materials given by the staffs and they can only use that material solely for building a boat (except plastic and cellophane tape to wrap it). They are no longer given a cupboard box like they got in the previous episode. Plastic Bottles, Tin Can, Basin, Ball, Balloon, Plastic Bag and blanket are the materials that they had to choose to create a boat. When Gary and Jihyo both got the worst material which are plastic bag and blanket to create boat, people kind of predicted that they are going to sink first.

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Jihyo and her team lead the way in this race.
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Can you imagine that the boat they are sitting are made of only filled-air plastic bag?

Unfortunately, those people are wrong. Jihyo and Gary team managed to arrive earlier than that team who had good materials to build a boat. Jihyo proving once again that she’s the Ace among Running Man Members. She and her team arrived first despite having a blanket as a material. Gary’s Team came second and successfully builds a boat using a plastic bag that filled with air (manually). They did fill every single plastic bag without any air pump. Kwangsu’s Team could be in a third place but they got exhausted in the middle of Han River and rowing the boat a bit slower. At that time, Jaesuk’s team managed to cut them and arrived in a third place. Kwangsu’s team in the fourth place is not bad at all considering their sole material is balloon. They even had a hardship at the beginning because the balloon kept popping. The rest of Running Man Member like Jong Kook, Haha and Ji Suk Jin placed at 5, 6 and 7 irrespectively. This episode totally shows that nothing is impossible. You could have the worst material ever but if your mind set that you can do it, you will beat the odds. Gary who had both female members in his team still gets a second place compared to other team who had 2 male members in the team. It showed that gender differences should not be considered as a factor to win or to lose. You could have all guy members in the team and you still lose. Overall, I am really satisfied with this episode. Their commitment, teamwork and dedication are something that we all should admire.

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PAPA, WHERE ARE WE GOING? (Chinese Ver.) – In Love With the Papas

BY RUBY CHINGU 030d7efaa

I am currently head over heels in love with the Chinese adaptation of famous reality show, Appa Eodiga. Despite using the same theme of father-child relationships, the Chinese adaptation was surprisingly very different and refreshing mainly due to the vast cultural differences between the parenting styles exhibited by the South Korean appas and Chinese papas. However, the Chinese ver. has a more varied types of fathers, from the doting to the dictatorial ones.

Their parenting flaws were obvious, which makes the series even more compelling to watch because the fathers have to face the challenges of confronting the problems in the relationship with their child. Their children, raised in mostly affluent families, are spoiled and bratty, though not excessively. I love how despite the flaws, the fathers love their children unconditionally and vice versa. The main point is that they are always seeking to improve their parenting skills and gaining new experiences. The fathers get tired most of the time and learn how to appreciate their wives, the ones who have been raising their children for many years.

Introducing the father-child couples (WARNING, THREE OF THE PAPAS ARE SUPERBLY HOT!!) –

1. JIMMY LIN AND HIS SON, KIMI

D9ED3FC1D03834822FF45CC551AThe dimpled Jimmy Lin was literally every girl’s crush during the late 90s and early 2000s. He’s cute, he’s endearing and he NEVER ages. He’s 40 years old who looks like a 25 years old. Even the way he dresses (T-shirt, jeans, caps) makes it ever harder to believe that he’s actually a doting father to Kimi, who calls him PAPPY (OMG, THAT IS THE CUTEST THING EVERRRRR!!). It is easy to fall in love with Jimmy the father whose parenting style can be categorized as SOFT SOFT SOFT TO THE CORE. He never raises his voice to his boy, always kneeling and squatting to talk to him. He seems to be like an open-minded father who treats his son like a baby. He holds him even when he’s tired and displays an unlimited amount of patience. He killed a spider for him, covered the windows with newspaper and stayed awake a bit later after his son went to sleep to make sure no bugs and insects ever come near him.

MELT, BITCHES, MELT!!

Even though Kimi seems a little spoiled at times, he’s a sweet affectionate child. I mean, who can ever say no to that sparkling eyes? Who can’t help but to protect that precious baby… Hehehe. Jimmy is also the most active dad, being a race car driver/actor and all. He pretty much knows how to do a lot of things and is resourceful. Maybe that’s why Kimi always feels incredibly sheltered and protected around him. Kimi cannot complete his missions UNLESS Jimmy tags along and accompanied him. But then, Kimi’s only four. I’m sure many of us were a lot worse when we were at that age.

2. GUO TAO AND HIS SON, SHITOU (ROCK)

guotao+rockThe tough father Guo Tao is a complete contrast to Jimmy Lin. He is a disciplinarian towards his super active child, Shitou, who is also the big gege (brother) amongst the children. Simply put, Guo Tao is similar to the fathers we know – firm, authoritative and very manly. He tolerates little with Shitou’s tantrums and has made it clear that he expects Shitou to be in his best behaviour. “How old are you now?” he asked. “Six,” his son replied. “Then, why are you behaving like a baby?” At times, he can be super scary. However, he loves his boy dearly and is always worried for him. He is more to the conservative side of parenting.

Shitou is an active child, always running around and leading the other kids even during the time he’s injured. He is also the one who has yet to cry on the show. Sometimes I find his tough act kind of annoying. However, he is indeed the most reliable kid on the show. He is not afraid to face the challenges and does not rely on his father too much. With that strict upbringing, we can easily see that Shitou is the child who has the best ability to adapt himself to multiple situations. Thus, the reason why he’s the favourite amongst the children. He is their reliable big gege!

3. TIAN LIANG AND HIS DAUGHTER, CINDY

Dad18Our next papa is a former Olympic diver turned actor, Tian Liang. He is what I would call a nagging and strict but affectionate father. He is quite strict with his daughter and tries his best to encourage her to overcome challenges. His efforts, however, mostly ended up in her crying for hours long. He is at times helpless, at times anxious and at times very very patient. I particularly love the scene where he nagged at Cindy as they were preparing for bed, advising her calmly that she should not Angela mei-mei if the latter cried. He faced problems getting through to Cindy but we can see the improvements as he deals with his daughter diplomatically. Instead of scolding her, he would try to talk sense into her.

With her papa in sight, Cindy is an overly-attached daughter who cries at every small things. She can cry endlessly for hours, whining and whining and whining to the extent even I find her annoying. However, when her papa is not around her, she turns into an independent reliable daughter, always excited to complete her missions. She is the best runner and the strongest child who always offers other children to carry their stuffs. This maturity shines only when her papa is not with her. It is quite understandable. Her vulnerabilities are shown only to her father, whom she feels the most safest at. She would always hold hands with the younger Angela, whom she treats like a little sister. Who knew the crybaby can be a protector at times? It’s confusing but I think Cindy is my favourite child, hehehe.

4. ZHANG LIANG AND HIS SON, TIANTIAN

 tumblr_mw9skn9ppY1snerhxo2_1280 The youngest father of the bunch is Zhang Lian, who was born in 1981. Unlike most fathers, Zhang Liang aspired to be a friend to his son, a person that he could talk and pour his heart to. If one looks at his behavior in the show, one could never expect that he’s a top model and the only Chinese male to ever walk on Milan runaways. Hahaha. Why? Because Zhang Liang is a wonderful dad – almost a perfect one. He is the kind of dad children are not afraid of.  However, once his son misbehaved – like throwing sands at the other kid once – he quickly disciplined his child by asking him to apologize. It can be seen that he is very close to his son.

Tiantian is a very well-behaved active boy. Thanks to his father’s supermodel gene, he is also the handsomest one, hehehehe. During the first episode, he cried so much as he had to give up his gadgets like iPods for three days. However, slowly, he learned to adapt to the situations and became a calmer child. Then, Tiantian proves to be a very special kid in one episode where the fathers tested the kids’ honesty and loyalty by asking them to take care of a few chicken eggs. When the eggs were broken deliberately by one of the fathers, Tiantian apologized to his father very sincerely for disappointing him and even telling him that he can hit him. I almost fucking cried when that happened. The other fathers, upon seeing the child’s reaction, were touched as well. Tiantian did not complain, cry or whine. Instead, he accepted the blame like a man and was ready for the consequences. Go, Tiantian!!

5. WANG YUELUN AND HIS DAUGHTER, ANGELA

yuelun+angelaWang Yuelun is a modern father. He works as a director and his daughter, Angela, who is 4 years old. Since he’s a director, Yuelun is a bit shy around cameras. He’s a serious laidback kind of man. He is affectionate towards his daughter but does not spoil her excessively.

Angela is the baby of the show, aside from Kimi. She has this very cute smile and always wears pretty dresses. She loves following her geges and Cindy jiejie (big sister) around. Like other children, she cries all the time, too. But not for long. She’s very bright and cheerful and a complete daddy’s girl.

The show is designed in a way that makes the challenges more obvious. There are genuinely scary moments in the show, where the children get scolded outright or when they are involved in unfortunate incidents. The situations make it more challenging for the father to cope with their roles of calming and comforting the children without their mothers around. Even though their efforts at times seemed imperfect but their sincerity makes the show even more touching. I cried on many scenes where the father, helpless and clueless at the same time, did not give up in trying to support their children in their own ways. Generally, it’s more touching compared to its South Korean counterpart (though I must say at times I cried watching that, too)

The interviews with the fathers, I think, are more candid and of a more serious tone. The fathers would express what they wish for the children to learn and the difficulties in ensuring their children to grow up properly. The children in this show, unlike the Korean ver., would fight and argue openly to the displeasure of their papas. However, one great thing about children is that they make up very quickly and the fight does not last more than a few minutes.

I managed only to find 4 episodes online that have been subbed in English. Am still looking for the rest. There are more than ten episodes in total, I think. However, still, I highly recommend all to watch this show. Observing the differences in parenting styles between South Korean and Chinese dads is revealing and interesting. And always, who does not like cute kids who are always attached to their hero-like papas?

Korean Variety Show Review: Appa Oediga/Dad, Where Are You Going?

By The Gorgeous Palah Chingu

When it comes to variety show, I can assure you that nothing can beat Korean variety show. They had created (by far) the most ingenious and creative games, quizzes, sports and even reality show in their entertainment world. I got addicted years ago because I was once a hardcore Korean Pop (K-pop) fan. I watched Family Outing, Running Man, Happy Together, Lets Go Dream Team, Golden Bell, Star King, Invincible Youth and many more. In the year of 2012 & 2013, Running Man had taken the world by storm and their popularity rise more than I can imagine. Back then in 2008, nobody around me knew Yoo Jae Suk but now, even my aunt recognized him. That’s the scale on how massive Running Man had been now. However, I am not going to talk about Running Man. Lately, the episodes had began to bore me and sometimes I didn’t even finish watching the whole thing. Maybe they should bring back the old games into the program.

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Running Man
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Lets Go Dream Team
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Family Outing
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Star King

Actually, I want to talk about one of the Korean Variety shows titled ‘Appa Oediga’ or in English as ‘Dad, Where are you going?’ Truth be told, I hate kids. I hate the sound of kid’s crying and they annoy me to death. Why I decided to watch this show even when I know it involved a bunch of kids? First and foremost, Jib (my ex roommate at USM) laughing like maniac watching this show. I am interested to know more about the show because for me, Jib is not so easily to entertain. When she laughed while watching it means that must be something different served in the show. I was curious back then but the feeling not strong enough to push me into watching it yet. I just copied it to my external hard disk and kept it there. I said to myself ‘Maybe one day I’ll watch it’. When ruby did come and visit me at Penang, she watched the show. Like Jib, she was hooked and cannot stop laughing about it. Finally, i planned to give it a try. I watched sibling special episode and heck yeah, i was sold.

My Rating: 3.5/5
My Rating: 3.5/5

What is it that this show offered compared to others Korean variety show? I guess that it had different format to it. They put among 5 famous peoples (2 actors, 1 soccer player, 1 emcee and 1 singer) in South Korea who already had kids to join in this show. Together with their kids, they are going to many places in South Korea, doing many activities and spending their times together. The show is basically to show how those fathers will be interacting with their children. Korean artists prone to have such a hectic and busy schedule and sometimes they don’t even spent much time with their family. Even in the first episode, we can see so much awkwardness and discomfort displayed between those fathers and their sons. However, they began to mend their relation episode by episode in this show. You can see that the kids can connect with their fathers and already acknowledges the existence of their father. Some of them who rarely talk to their kids now already become friend and closer to each other.

My favorite episodes: Nothing can beat sibling special episode. I watched those episodes first before I decided to commit myself to the whole show. I like how some of them realized that taking care of their children is not so easy and they are very thankful for their wife for doing it on a daily basis. I also can see how they interacted with their siblings. They are so many funny and heartwarming moments on those episodes. New Zealand episode also one of my favorite as those fathers struggled in speaking English but not their sons. I am impressed with Joon and Mingook for speaking perfect English (considering their age, it was good). For friend special episode, we can see how much alike the kids with their friend. I remember one scene that Joon told his father that his friend is awesome and everything but fun is not among them. it turned out that his friend are just like him, the quiet one.

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My favorite pairs : Personally, I like all of them. However, Sung Dong Il and Sung Joon is the one that I feel got many benefits when they joined the show. Sung Dong Il known for his strictness and low tolerance on spoiled kids. He wanted his kids to behave whenever he’s with them. Due to this, Joon cannot really get along with him and preferred to be silent rather than talk to him at all. Joon’s nickname in the show is ‘scholar Joon’. This is because he rarely talks and whenever they captured and recorded him, he always reading or doing some of deep thinking that kid his age will never did. However in siblings episode, we can see how Joon’s sister Bin behaved totally opposite of him. Bin is persistent and cheerful little girl. If Joon is Sung Dong Il’s tranquility, Bin is Sung Dong Il’s bliss. Sung Joon and Sung Bin had a hot and cold relationship as Joon initially will not agree to let Bin come on the show and causing Bin to beg him for permission. At first I thought Joon did not like Bin much but after I saw how active and feisty Bin is, I know why Joon didn’t want her to come. He must pay much attention towards Bin because after all, he is her older brother.

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Another pair of father-son in the show that I like is Yoon Min Soo and Yoon Hoo. They are nothing like Sung Dong Il and Sung Joon. They get along well even before the show. Yoon Min Soo is the friendly kind of father. He treated his son as his equal and showered him with so much affection. I envied their relationship actually. There are one particular scene when Hoo fell and cried, Min Soo hugged him and apologize to him for not being attentive enough to him and let him fell. If I fall, I am pretty sure that my parents will blame me for being careless and there is no chance that they will say sorry for not paying enough attention to me. As Hoo is the only son for Min Soo and he can’t show any interaction with sibling during sibling episode, Min Soo coolly asked Hoo to call him hyung on that episode. Hyung means brother in Korean and Minsoo wanted Hoo to pretend that he’s an elder brother of him to ensure he’s not lonely.

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The rest of father-son pairs like Kim Sung Joo and Kim Min Gook and Lee Jong Hyuk and Lee Jun Su are a typical father that spoiled their children and getting annoyed with their kids’ spoilt behavior in the same time. There are sometime I feel irritated seeing Min Gook cried and being immature compared to the rest of kids. Junsu is naughty and rarely well-behaved and Jong Hyuk seldom scolded him for doing so. Their attitude toward kids is similar to what parents nowadays look like. There is nothing peculiar about them so I decided not to comment much on them.

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There are one hilarious scene occurred in sibling special episode that i find it so cute!!!  Being sassy and playful little kid, Min Yool (Min Gook’s little brother) entertained us with wrong manner speech, calling himself ‘Oppa’ even though he’s younger than Jia.

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Song Jia and Song Jong Kook are exhibiting a typical father-daughter relation. Being the only girl in the show, Jia is being treated like a princess by others and her dad especially. She does have the princess syndrome and she’s not afraid to show it. Her father was not bothered at all by it. I felt pity towards Song Ji Wook, Jia’s little brother because it seems Jia is the one that got more attention despite being the older one. There are certain scenes that show Jong Kook felt Ji Wook has been closer toward him compared to pre-show. I truly felt that Ji Wook had to work twice to earn her father reaction. I don’t hate Jia but if it is up to me, I will treat my son and my daughter equally.

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Anyway, thanks for the team that subbed all of this Korean Variety Shows. Without you guys, we wont be able to enjoy any korean show at all. You guys are the epitome of true fans.
Credit to: Kshownow and Djjang Subs for the videos.