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[English] KB Financial Group’s Wishes For a Happy Lunar New Year

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“In 2015, KB will become an even greater source of happiness”

The Lunar New Year holiday officially starts tomorrow, 2/18 and lasts until Sunday, 2/22. What you see in the KB ad is a fabric game board for the traditional Korean game called “yutnori”. If you look at the lower right hand corner, you’ll see 4 wooden sticks. Players get in teams and throw these sticks in the air. Depending on the position that they land, they get to move around the board using tokens a given number of spaces. The object of the game is to be the first to go around the board. My relatives in Korea love playing this game during Lunar New Year. Kim Yuna’s quote in the ad says,”Enjoy an exciting game of yutnori with your family.”

Credit: Steve Miller

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Korean to English translation by Elise, Lee Seung Gi Forever

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[English] Lee Seung Gi to Take Part in KB Rock Star Talk Concert Event

On September 23, 2014 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Seung Gi will be joining KB Kookmin Bank’s CEO, Lee Gun Ho, figure skater Kim Yuna and violist Richard Yongjae O’Neill for KB Kookmin Bank’s Rock Star Talk Concert. It will be held at the COEX auditorium in Gangnam.  There will be a random drawing of tickets through 3 separate events. You can enter online at https://www.kbstar.com/ under the KB star event zone from September 2nd (Mon) through September 16th. (Tues).

The lucky winners will be announced on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at the same online location (event zone). Seung Gi is described as “Singer Lee Seung Gi” who shares “the world’s most beautiful music” so he will most probably do some singing. The green lettering above Seung Gi’s photo is about sharing while the lettering above Kim Yuna’s photo is about happiness. Since this is a “KB Rock Star Talk Concert” that combines “Talk and Music”, it should be an exciting event.

Event #1: There are special tickets called “Golden Tickets” which are equivalent to VIP Seating. 10 lucky winners will receive 2 tickets each through a random drawing.

Event #2: Fill out 5 blanks explaining what KB bank is to you “My KB Kookmin bank is 00000! 250 winners will receive 2 tickets each through a random drawing. Seats will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

Event #3: Quiz time! Who is not appearing in the Rock Star Talk Concert ?

The answer is really obvious, the choices are KB Kookmin Bank CEO Lee Gun Ho, Richard Yongjae O’Neill, Kim Yuna, Sohn Yeon Jae, and Lee Seung Gi.

100 lucky winners will be chosen out of the ones who submit the correct answer (Rhythmic gymnastics star, Sohn Yeon Jae). They will receive one gift certificate through mobile phone for a tall Starbucks cafe latte. It is expected to be sent to phones on Friday, September 19th.

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Please visit this link to login and enter:  KB Rock Star Talk Concert

Korean to English translation by Elise Min, Lee Seung Gi Forever


Lee Seung Gi’s Comments About Kim Yuna After Sochi Results

As a Korean-American, yesterday’s outcome for the ladies’ figure-skating competition was quite honestly a surprising one for me. I emigrated to the USA at the age of 3 and lived there all my life so my way of thinking and culture is as American as apple pie.  Yesterday’s results weren’t about Russia vs. Korea. It was about the fairness in the judging process and good sportsmanship. Like Katarina Witt, Kurt Browning, and other well known people in the figure skating world,  Kim Yuna not winning the gold came as a huge shock to me. This was not about nationalistic pride, but about obvious score inflation and underscoring going on with the judging panel. Her performance was flawless. She landed all of her jumps perfectly, yet she was underscored and even received a zero for her triple flip during the short program from one of the judges. It makes absolutely no sense since she had a seamless performance set to ‘Send in the Clowns’. It was simply poetry in motion.  Her free skating program set to ‘Adios Nonino’ was pure art. Had I been watching this back home in the USA, I would’ve felt the same way. I am proud to be of Korean ethnicity but always tear up with American pride whenever I land on US soil for visits back  home. Despite the results and her disappointment, she handled the situation with class and aplomb. sochi kimyuna

Watch her Sochi Olympic performance: Kim Yuna 

Watch her short program performance: Kim Yuna

Please support fair sportsmanship and sign the petition to investigate the judging of the Sochi Ladies’ Figure Skating Competition here: Yuna Kim’s petition:

This morning’s newspapers and online news were full of headlines about Kim Yuna.  Lee Seung Gi, who worked with Kim Yuna for several CF commercials and ‘Smile Boy’, the official song for the FIFA 2010 World Cup Championships, made the following comment about her this morning,”Challenge after challenge….although she is young, I respect her. ” Lee Seung Gi (27, singer) stated,” I have worked with Kim Yuna when we were cast together as CF models and also sang a duet with her.   She rocketed to the world’s best in the figure skating world. After watching her challenge herself again at the Sochi Olympics, although she is young, she commands respect. Kim Yuna, thank you.”

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Credit: Joong Ang Daily online via jejuslov

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Smile Boy

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Source: dclsg, Joong Ang Daily News, gomgommyzang

Photo credit: dongA.com, fiesta, Sports Seoul, jejuslov

Korean to English translation by Elise Min, Lee Seung Gi Forever