Dara, aka Sandara Park, held a live broadcast on Oct. 16 to celebrate her milestone of getting one million subscribers on her YouTube channel Dara TV.
People from different countries tuned in to watch Dara’s broadcast where she thanked subscribers, gave updates about herself, discussed her plans and raffled off personal items to mark the occasion.
Her YouTube subscribers reached one million on Oct. 10 and she tweeted, “Happy 1M subscribers #DaraTV Thank you so much everyone!!! Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat!!! #DaraTV1Million.”
“This is the first time I'm doing YouTube Live and the comments are coming in so fast we can't even read it,” Dara said during the broadcast.
She added, “I've been doing YouTube for three years and there are about 60 videos uploaded on my channel. But, guys, that is amazing because I still hit one million. Thank you to everyone who subscribed.”
Dara also revealed that she put on some weight and she’s very happy about it, saying, “I gained some weight for the first time in my life. I've been 38 to 39 kilos. I've finally gained six kilos.”
“A lot of people were worried about me. I look more mature and I'm very pleased. The sad part about gaining weight is I don't fit into all of my clothes anymore. I recently donated my clothes to my niece and nephews. I'm gonna shop for some jeans next week. My jeans don't fit me anymore,” she said.
She told her Pinoy fans, “Kamusta kayong lahat? Nagustuhan nyo ba yung recent upload ko sa DaraTV, yung Philippine market? Super enjoy ako dun. Ang ginawa ko dun nagpicture lang pero nag-enjoy pa rin ako (How are you? Did you like my recent upload on DaraTV about the Philippine market? I enjoyed it. I only took photos but I still enjoyed it).”
In a video she uploaded on Oct. 3, Dara went to a Filipino street market near the Hyehwadong Catholic Church in Hyehwa-dong in Jongno, Seoul where she got to mingle and take photos with Pinoys and Koreans. Every Sunday, hundreds of Filipinos go to the street market to eat, buy Filipino food and products.The video now has more than 2 million views on YouTube.
Dara also ranked the top five countries that watch her YouTube videos the most and the Philippines emerged as No. 1.
“Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat. Grabe number one talaga kayo (Thank you very much. You are really number one). I love it because I started my career there. I miss you guys. I'm always thankful for support,” she said.
The US placed second with Dara saying, “Thank you so much for supporting DaraTV. South Korea, her home country, is third. She commented, “Even though I have a lot of content outside of Korea, im very thankful that I have a lot of Korean subscribers.”
“Thank you so much, Indonesia,” she said as the country placed fourth while United Arab Emirates is fifth and Dara said, “I've never been there but I really wanna go.”
Dara thanked viewers for enjoying her video with CL and said she also wants “to go to Minzy's dance academy to learn and dance there.”
She was asked what was most memorable during the music video shoot with Park Bom and she said, “It’s always very chaotic when I’m with her. The most memorable thing about that shoot is that it had to be very serious but she just made me laugh so much and she asked why I wasn't being all ‘hip-hoppy’ for my web scene but I just enjoyed that shoot a lot because it was so funny.”
Dara started her showbiz career in the Philippines and left it to debut in 2NE1 in 2009. The group disbanded in 2016. She is still under YG Entertainment.
She was asked if she’s going to blog about a tour of the new YG Entertainment headquarters located in Hapjeong in Mapo District, Seoul.
“Next year, maybe. Still a work in progress. It looks very futuristic, very cool looking. Kinda looks like a music video set,” she said.
One commented that Dara has no problem buying new clothes but she said “I can't shop that much these days because I want to save more money .”
“We should all save money. Since we can't perform and also everyone around the world, we have to save our money. We're just being very mindful here. I'm very thankful because I've been working so much. I just came back from a schedule and this entire week I had schedules and it looks like I will be very busy next week as well so I'm very thankful for my job,” she said.
She said the upcoming episodes on DaraTV include staycation and cooking episodes. To celebrate the milestone, Dara raffled off bracelets and Polaroid photos, and her own clothes.
Dara will also be hosting the second season of the TV show “Idol League” with BTOB’s Eunkwang and the first episode is set on Oct. 17.
About her plans, she said, “Right now, I’m gonna focus on emceeing and you guys can look forward to that. You guys might see something related to acting because I’ve been talking to my musical friend. And for music, it’s always on my mind. We are all working on it so stay tuned.”
Dara during her live broadcast on YouTube (Screenshot from Dara’s video)