Currently Watching: Laurel Tree Tailors

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Wow, it must be something in the water with KBS right now. They continue to produce great weekend family drama. Five Children was a great hit! I enjoyed it so much! If I could rewatch, I would! I was skeptical with Laurel Tree Tailors simply because of the title! And the drama poster was not to my liking. Like Five Children, I waited for reactions on the Twitter before I started it. The reviews were extremely favorable. I knew immediately that it is a cue for me to stat it. And frankly, 46 episodes later, this show does not fail me at all. Bravo to KBS. Again, the next drama has a big shoe to fill in!

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Where do I even begin with this show? Unlike Blow Breeze, this show makes me laugh. A lot! I did not like the beginning, though. It started a meh. This drama started with Man Sool, the president and owner of the Laurel Tree Tailors shop. He decided to run away from his family and his work and left his family in disarray. I thought it was a very bold yet selfish move by him. Needless to say, though, his disappearance united the family together. His apprentice Sam Do moved back to the city to run the tailor shop. His once arrogant son divorced his wife and started working in the shop, too. Yeon Shil, the junior apprentice, worked her hardest to escape her almost marriage to Gi-Pyo, a gangster she owed her life to. Tae Yang, Yeon Shil’s friend, struggled after his girlfriend left him for a wealthy man. Lastly, Tae Pyung, once a famous singer had to face his reality that he is no longer known to people.

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All these five characters unite because of Laurel Tree Tailors. The plots and twists in this drama really made it really enjoyable. Yes, it has some frustrating moments but it is way better than any other family and daily dramas. The coupling in this show is to die for. They all have their own dynamics. Sam Do and his bossy wife Sun Nyeo are the hardest couples to watch. Sun Nyeo is older than Sam Do and wanted a child. But he constantly avoiding her because really, she really is an embarrassment to him. Physically and mentally. Dong Jin fell for the apprentice, Yeon Shil. Of course, he did not fall for her immediately. He called her pretentious while all she ever wanted was to get along with her master’s son. Tae Yang had the hardest love life. His ex-girlfriend dumped him for a rich man who hired him just to torment him. He found love unexpectedly. Through his ex’s boyfriend’s sister! Small world, isn’t it? And lastly, our talented Tae Pyung. Dong Jin’s sister, Dong-Sook has been a fan of his music since she was in her 20s. She’s been so supportive of Tae Pyung. The road to their coupling hit a roadblock when her mom hooked her up with a self-made stingy, rich man.

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The side characters’ stories are as entertaining as the main leads. I really can’t find any other way to hate them. And I really can’t give you any reasons to hate this drama. The only thing I dislike was that the show got extended by another 4 episodes. I don’t know what the reason was but I am actually okay. I haven’t seen this week’s episodes but I am certainly looking forward to it. I know some watchers are sick of the main couple, Dong Jin and Yeon Shil by now. I am not but I do get it. Her loyalty is questionable, sometimes. My favorite couple of the bunches is Tae Yang (aka Kang star) and Hyo Won. I look forward to their scenes all the time! And his proposal to her was to die for. I will never eat cotton candy the same way anymore.

Laurel Tree Tailors, or known to others as The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop, is a must watch family drama. I will seriously miss this show when it ends. Really, the show really brightens up my weekend. Yes, I am a fan of family weekend dramas. I may sound bias but hey, I think it is worth a shot. You won’t be disappointed! If you do *pouts*, please holla me!

Just Watched: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

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It just so happened that Scarlet Heart Ryeo was aired around the same time Moonlight Drawn by Clouds. Because it started airing two weeks later, my focus was mainly on the other drama. But to be honest, I usually don’t do this. Last time when Kill Me, Heal Me was aired, Jekyll, Hide and Me was airing too. I’m not a big fan when two similar genre or theme drama airing at the same time slot. Almost always one will get neglected. Fortunately for Scarlet Heart, I decided to pick it up because it has different story plots than Moonlight.

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The show ended in early November. It ended with a bang! I was stunned. The ending was not as I imagined it to be. It feels incomplete. Someone told me to draw my own conclusion. I usually am good at that but for some reason, I was being stubborn and refuse to do so. I mean the show, despite the flaws which I really did not mind, ended abruptly as if it was edited by a newbie! The certain loopholes got me really frustrated and disappointed. The writer ran out of time! How could you run out of time? Certainly bad planning! If she wants me to watch her next work, she better work on planning and coordinating her writings well!

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One thing to adapt from the original Scarlet Heart, but as a writer, she should have challenged herself and determined to outbid the original! Geez, this is just a lazy work. She wasted good talents’ time and effort! Prop to the PD for giving us beautiful cinematography; but his direction can be a bit choppy. His editors definitely should have done a better job in editing. Some scenes seemed choppy. Prop to the costume designer for giving us such beautiful costumes, though. I really adore them. I really love UI’s earrings. I wish I could keep them! Prop to the musical director for giving us a beautiful soundtrack! Till this day, I still listen to the OST.

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Scarlet Heart: Ryeo suffered a lot! I blame the writer and some would blame her and the PD for bad editing. Either way, this show was once the most anticipated drama is now the most disappointing drama of the year. So glad none of the actors and actresses are newbies. Or else it’d be tougher for them to sell out on their next role. Sigh.. what a mess. Though I enjoy the pretty and the stories, I don’t enjoy what the writer did. I wouldn’t recommend this show if you have the eyes for every little flaw. If you are able to see through it, I don’t mind you watching it. It’s watchable but please keep your expectations closed to nothing.

Currently Watching: Marriage Contract

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Judging by the title, you can pretty much tell how this drama will go. If you are an avid kdrama fan, I’m sure you are familiar with marriage contract. Often time you know that the show will end up with a happy ending. Aaah… And also, marriage contract almost always take place between rich man and poor girl. Opposite attract = everlasting love. Call me shallow, that’s the typical formula I’ve seen throughout my drama watching with marriage contract and I love it! Love, LOVE it!

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But with Marriage Contract, this drama is not a romcom. Say what now? Yeap, it is a bit sad. Wait, not “a bit” but very, very sad. I cried at the end of episode 7! Uee did a fabulous job that she really did not just move me, but moved the entire nation with her crying scene! I really believed her! I really felt for her pain and panic and all the clutter things that went through her head.

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Let me tell you what Marriage Contract is about. I will tell you from Han Ji Hoon’s perspective. His mom was diagnosed with liver cancer (it’s her fault!) and in need of a new one. Oh Mi Ran is Ji Hoon’s mom and mistress to Han Sung Kook. When Ji Hoon was young, she left Ji Hoon in the care of Sung Kook. Clearly, because of that, Ji Hoon’s resentment towards his mom is deeper than a black hole but deep inside him, he still cares for her. After all, she is still his mom. When his mom was diagnosed and possibly will face her death, he started to feel guilty and wanted to save her. His bestie who happens to work for him suggested finding a liver donor. Guess who heard their conversation and volunteered to be a donor? Kang Hye Soo!

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So who is Kang Hye Soo? Ji Hoon met with Kang Hye Soo briefly one day when she accidentally collapsed in front of his car. What appeared to be that she was hit by him, and as claimed by her bratty daughter and the rest of the world, it turns out to be none of that! She was hospitalized immediately and Ji Hoon made her go through thorough check up just to be sure that he won’t be sued by Hye Soo. She was released hours later with no concussion but the hospital called and told her that she has a brain tumor. And this was behind his back! Now can you relate why she jumps into Ji Hoon’s convo and volunteered to be a donor for his mom? Jjakammanyo, another thing… Hye Soo works in Ji Hoon’s restaurant. He doesn’t know that his bestie manager hired her!

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So now we know… She has her reason to live and so does he. Ji Hoon wants his mom to live but was skeptical of Hye Soo’s request. Plus, donor and donee must be related. Or else… Someone will need to go to jail for that. Ji Hoon and Hye Soo entered a binding contract. A marriage contract with a promise for divorce after the surgery is done. Their agreed terms? She wants money that would support Eun Sung, her daughter, for the rest of her life in return for her healthy organ. That’s a deal! Ji Hoon happened to be a rich guy though most of the money came from his dad. So this marriage deal was done in rush and hush behind his family’s knowledge. But when his dad found out, he pulled a plug on Mi Ran’s surgery and forced Ji Hoon to work back in his main business office.

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Ji Hoon is his dad’s favorite son. His older brother, Han Jung Hoon, is pathetic and a sore loser. He is jealous of Ji Hoon. His fiancée was Jung Hoon’s ex and first lover and now she broke up with him so she can be with Ji Hoon again. Sadly, Jung Hoon is no longer in love with Na Yoon and she’s determined to get him back. Jung Hoon became attached during the process of proving his “legit” marriage to the hospital consular. He was able to make Hye Soo’s bratty daughter into liking him. For some weird reason, he started to feel comfortable around the girls and feeling puzzled of his own feelings. Well, Ji Hoon-ssi, that feeling is called LOVE.

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So in the next 8 episodes to come, we should expect retaliation from Mi Ran since she does not want to burden her son anymore. We also should expect a romance between Ji Hoon and Hye Soo and of course, Ji Hoon’s world will be shaken by his cruel dad. At this point, I can see how Ji Hoon is very consistent in meeting his dad’s demand and at the same time, getting to what he wants. He knows that pleasing daddy means he will be taken care off for the rest of his life. But how will he please his dad to accept Hye Soo and Eun Sung? Looks like you and I must continue to watch it!

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This show is surprisingly good! This is by far Uee’s best performance I’ve seen in years. She really is very mature as Hye Soo. The show was not bad in the beginning and as it progress, it has gotten better and better. Marriage Contract is a must watch drama. I will think of nothing less of this drama even if Hye Soo ends up being dead (due to her illness). If you haven’t started Marriage Contract, please do so! It’s worth it!

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Currently Watching: High Society

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Whoa! An upgrade version of Heirs? Sign me up! And with Sung Joon as the main lead? Hello, I am so in! *licks* *giggles*. Plus, ZE:A’s Hyungsik is back. *smiles*. Great cast, eh? But the title gives me the impression that we are in it for the young, bold, beautiful and rich! Urgh, I hate dramas with nothing but featuring the rich lifestyles. But after watching several episodes, High Society defies the lifestyles. Somewhat. But I do like the idea of a chaebol girl working her hardest to have a normal life like us. The idea is kinda fresh and different. Plus, I don’t recall seeing girl shower scenes in life. Well, maybe I have but High Society gave a great fan service for Uee’s fans as they did with Sung Joon’s fans. Ahhhh… it is definitely balance.

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I had a hard time blogging this drama due to several reasons. I know majority of watchers love this show. Most of them are for the second lead, which I completely get it. My reason is for the first lead. Prior to the latest episodes, I was extremely disappointed with the lead. I feel that the sparks between the two were rather boring. The feelings I crave for I only found it with the second lead. *sigh* Really, the second lead stole the thunder completely! The chemistry between Ji Yi and Chang Soo are much more interesting than Joon Ki and Yoon Ha. But I found the table has turned recently. Yoon Ha finally snapped out of her fantasy but Ji Yi sunk in deeper and sounded too shallow to me. Oy, I despise shallow character so, so much. But hey, I’m not shooting the messenger… I will shoot the writer for making Ji Yi’s character shallow and childish.

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High Society describes the life of young, rich and beautiful still in search for their own identity in this twisted world. Yoon Ha despised her status as a rich girl and feels that she should make her own living. But to live in disguise is difficult. She is constantly trying to run away from her status but somehow, it is difficult. It is funny that she wanted to make her own living but still driving her luxury car and living in her mansion home. *scratches head* Well, so much for being independent, eh? Anywho, being rich came with a prize. Being the last child in the family, she is not only the rebel one but also the better one among her sisters. She is loved dearly by her brother but her mom hated her so much. Yoon Ha questioned her existence but eventually was shut by the same DNA she shared with her mom. This is truly the worse case I have ever seen in a rich kdrama land. She was arranged to meet Chang Soo not knowing that he is the Director in the supermarket she currently working in.

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Joon Ki met and fell for Yoon Ha for the first time the minute he saw her in a hotel elevator. When he found out that she is a chaebol daughter, he started to pursue her. Well, we can call him a gold digger all we want but to him, he has his own reason. This is a survival. A stepping stone so to speak. But I do have a beef with him. Even though he is proud of his family, he was ashamed of his father’s occupation. Pathetic, really. Since then, he is determined to make a better living for himself but his intention for a better life is a bit selfish. Prior to meeting Yoon Ha, he was dating another rich chaebol. Coincident or not, we all know where he is heading with his current life.

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Yoon Ha and Joon Ki met and it was a love of a different kind. She saw him as a man that would accept her regardless of her background. Sadly, unknowing to her, Joon Ki already know her background and was just playing along as she madly in love with him. We could see him developing love for her but his intention trumped his feeling. When she caught on to him, her furious was unbearable that she is now willing to use her status to get on him. But how far is she willing to do that? Will she understand if she is in his shoe? Joon Ki never shy to admit what he did to her and my feeling is that the reason he was frank was because he is genuinely falling for her. *shrugs* I don’t know, what do you think? Let me know… I’m not sure if I want to recommend High Society. It was a hard watch for me but not for others. Just go by the ears if you think you want to watch it. For me, I do not see a happy ending for this show but who knows, I could be wrong…