Currently Watching: My Father is Strange

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There is something in KBS weekend world air! I’m not sure what it is but they have been applying the same formula for the past three weekend dramas. They hit a jackpot with Five Children. I then said the next drama will need to work harder to meet Five Children‘s success. Laurel Tree Tailors happened. First of all, what a title. The synopsis wasn’t attractive at all. Like Five Children, I did not watch it immediately. It took me several weeks to finally gave in.

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Just Dropped: Hwarang 

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KBS’s anticipated winter drama, Hwarang, started last year. I, along with the fangirls of the world, was really looking forward to this show. One of the reasons why this show got so many raves was the cast. They reminded me of Moon Lover, a group of handsome young (and hot) men in their mane of glory dressed in what appears to be Joseon-style pirate like. Also, the vibe that I got where modern music meets modern Joseon world certainly reminded me of The Knight’s Tale time even though the story lines are pretty much different.

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Let me be frank. The reason I was drawn to Hwarang was because of Park Hyung Sik. Yup, he’s my one and only intention. I do like Park Seo Joon but he does nothing to my heart. Go Ara, no matter how pretty she is, is not my ideal babe. I don’t know; I just don’t feel her chemistry with the men. Furthermore, she annoyed me big time. I really despise her weak character. Now please, do not judge me because I only saw up to episode 10. She could be the weakest link in the beginning but who knows by now she is back stronger and more confident.

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The story, too, weirded me out. When Park Seo Joon’s character, Moo Yung, pretended to be Ah Ro’s (Go Ara) brother when clearly he is not her long-lost, blood brother I sort of feeling uneasy. And then when the two developed some feelings yet suppress it because, ya know, they are “siblings” got me feeling really barfy. Ok, clearly Moo Yung knows they are not related. But Ah Ro though… she was attracted to him. Granted that she continuously reminded herself that her feeling is wrong, I still could not and would not accept it. *sigh* I am sure they have taken care of this misunderstanding. I am sure the two lovebirds feel relieved. But I wonder if Ah Ro felt cheated by her dad. It was her dad’s idea for Moo Yung to pretend to be her brother. They did it all to protect her. But really, she’s a big girl! I am sure she could take care of her own feeling…

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Hyung Sik’s character as the snobbiest, arrogant, and blunt Maek Jong is really sad. He was forced to hide his identity as the next King. I don’t know why his mom refuses to acknowledge him. Is she power hunger? Why did he agree to her request? Maek Jong retaliated and joined Hwarang, an elite group of Knights. Maek Jong was not supposed to join but as he was so angry with his cuckoo’s mom, he entered the group as his way of revenge. Of course his mom was shocked! And she could not say anything out of fear leaking his, as well as hers, secret.

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Now, the story itself is interesting. The drama, as I remember, is pretty funny. So why I dropped it? I don’t know… I just can’t past the cheesiness. For some reason, it feels as if I am watching Boys Over Flower. In addition, I have been so behind in my watch and decided to sacrifice Hwarang. I might watch the last two episodes just for my closure. But would I recommend it? Ya know, I can’t say I could. I had problems with Ah Ro so I most likely not recommend it. Sorry… (not sorry)

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!

Breaking News: Love in the Moonlight Trailer is OUT!!!

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I’m so excited! The trailer is here!!!!! I’m so excited!!! 12 days to go! Yes, I am counting! And now praying for Love in the Moonlight aka Moonlight Drawn by Clouds success from the beginning to the end! You know how I feel with KBS production dramas! Ma fingers and toes are crossing now!!!!

 

Currently Watching: All About My Mom

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When was the last time you saw family weekend drama? I really can’t remember anymore. I finally took a plunge when I found out that Eugene is making a comeback after giving birth. And then Lee Sang Woon is in it. Good lord so exciting. But when I started the show, I began to feel that the show is too… cozy. Not as dramatic as typical weekend family drama should be! In a way, I’m fine with it because I’ve been watching so many crazy daily dramas that I actually appreciate watching an uneventful, slow pace, mild conflict dramas like All About My Mom. Sadly though, a few found it extremely boring that they drop it after 20 some episodes. Wae? The back to back to back plots. The boring and whining daughter. The selfish mom. Same old thing over and over and over again…

It is KBS drama after all, peeps. I guess they are trying to lay low after series of uninteresting dramas by this network. But for me, the show is outstanding and solid. It sort of reminds me of Wonderful Days. Pure family agendas and not forgetting, heavily invested on doing the right things for the person(s) they love. It is so outstanding that it receives additional 4 episodes. But I believe they had to do so because the show was getting tighter had they continue to end it at episode 50. Well, it can be a win-win or a win-lose thing… Depending how you see it. But I’m find either way and dying to catch up. I have 8 episodes left since it just completed airing.photo621315All About My Mom. The title says it all. It is all about kids trying to impress their moms. And all about the daughter in laws trying to impress their mother in laws. Sad enough? Furthermore, the relationship between mom and daughter are so strained that neither one of them could be on the same page. Their love hate relationship is nothing to be envied of. I hate to be in their shoes. But yeah, that’s All About My Mom in a nutshell. I don’t want to throw names into this post because there are too many characters and you won’t know who’s who until you watch it. But if you have the time and energy, I highly recommend this drama. It can be boring at times but it certainly hearty to watch *smiles*All_about_my_Mom_07_20150905_12M.mp4_20150907_142816.803

 

 

Just Watched: Puberty Medley

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It was brought to my attention that in order to be a cooler kdrama fan, I must watch Puberty Medley. I know a few of you, eyeing Sada and Bel intensely, were judging me. Please do not be surprised. There are too many dramas out there and I only have this one bruised body to deal with all the dramas, including my very own drama *giggle*. If I am not told, I won’t be watching it. But then again, I am a Taurus and I am stubborn. I’ve put Moon Embracing the Sun aside too many times that really, I do not know if I will watch it now.ad1Puberty Medley is a 2013 KBS drama special. It is only 4 episodes long but the show was so much fun that I finished it all in one sitting. I really enjoyed the pace of the drama, and it was such a breeze drama. The bully part was nothing compares to other high school dramas. The romance is so 1950s – shy, romantic, sweet, a tug and pull kind of love. I love it! The story is very simple. Because of his dad’s work, Choi Jong Woo moves a lot. The shortest he ever stayed in one place was about 6 months long. So when he moved in to this new town, Jong Woo concluded that it is best not to be friend with any one. Sure enough, two months into his school term, his dad was asked to move in to Seoul. His mom was happy because… let’s face it, who doesn’t want to move to Seoul! Right? I do, too!!! But then his parents changed their mind when they realized they have done nothing for their son. And so, they decided that they will stay where they are so that their son can graduate from his high school peacefully. And hope that he will get a life he deserves.ad2Meanwhile, when Jong Woo heard that they are moving again, he started to volunteer to participate in the town musical show and date the class’s leader, Ah Yeong, out of frustration. She annoyed him and as for revenge, he asked her out on a date. What intent to humiliate her in front of the class, she instead accepted his proposal. Throughout the show, you will see how these two went from being annoyed to love each other.ad4

The ending was unexpected. When we know Jong Woo moves a lot, this time Ah Yeong is moving away. To Seoul!!! They decided to keep in touch but life happens. 10 years later, Jong Woo saw her post and took a trip to Seoul to see her again. I guess they are meant for each other. What a warm fuzzy feeling drama. I love it! You should watch it if you haven’t!ad3

Just Watched: Don’t Worry, I’m A Ghost

Don't_Worry,_I'm_a_Ghost-p1Yeah, I got bored all of a sudden. It’s not that I have nothing to watch but… I just lost my mood. *sigh* My internet always slowed down around Sunday prime time and it forces me to give up on my watch. Stupid internet. So to kill time while doing house chores, I decided to keep my mind occupied with Don’t Worry, I’m A Ghost. It’s a one-episode special drama by KBS that was aired back in 2012. I’ve heard of this drama before but never had the opportunity to look for it. When it pops up on my Viki dashboard, I guess it’s a sign that I must watch it.

Don't_Worry,_I'm_a_Ghost-02Don’t get turn off by the title. It’s just a ghost, and it was not a scary one. If I can be a ghost, I want it to be pretty like her. The story is pretty simple. Yeon Hwa is a lovely ghost. She was stabbed to death at her home. On the same night she lost her life, Moon Ki had an accident and suffered a temporary concussion. As a result of that, he had temporary memory loss and started seeing Yeon Hwa. They both wondered what happened to them. She wanted to know how and why she died, he wanted to know his background, and together they did their little investigation. The ending to this drama was really unexpected. I did not see it coming. Together, they figured out that he accidentally stabbed her to death in the midst of stopping his friend from robbing Yeon Hwa’s home!

Don't_Worry,_I'm_a_Ghost-01The drama was short. I mean it was only an hour long. The story was simple and short, and all the questions were answered in the end. But was I satisfied? To me, it was too lovey dovey. The acting by the OTP was weak to me. But who doesn’t like Park Shin Hye, right? But I think, if you are looking for something light to watch, look no further. Don’t Worry, I’m A Ghost is just a click away. You can also catch it on KBS’s YouTube Channel.