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!

Currently Watching: Moonlight Drawn By Clouds aka Love in the Moonlight

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I’m pretty sure, PRETTY PRETTY SURE, that by now you know my intense obsession, I’m not kidding, with Park Bo Gum. I’ve seen him a few times before but never as an OTP. I even joke around one day that all I see (when he smiles) is his teeth. At the time, my heart was not moved by him. He was just another puppy to me. Then the Bombastic clip happens. My jaw was on the floor for a minute but then, I moved on. The first episode flew by and I was feeling good. The second episode passed by and I was still calm. By the fourth episode, I was completely smitten, head over heel, ready to dump all my biases for Park Bo Gum! I have never felt this intense feeling in my entire life! I see Gummy everywhere. He’s with me in the office, he’s with me when making dinner, he’s with me when watching other dramas, he’s on my reports too…! Oy, I’m having Gummy fever. I don’t think I will recover from this. I’m this close to writing a stalking post but thank’s to kfangurl, I don’t need it anymore. God, now I have a second thought. Dang it!

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Because I love everything Gummy and all I see is Gummy in this drama, I intend to do something different for this post. I just want to ogle him *giggle* and so, this post will be video clip heavy! What, you can’t expect me to calm down after what I wrote, right? It has to be a fantabulous post for bubblyGummylicious!

Yes, my Gummy is the Crown Prince. And Yoo Jung baby is Eunuch Hong Sam Nom but her real name is Hong Ra On. She crossed dressing as a man but not on her own will. She was forced to do so due to her mom’s request. She never knew the reason why. As a child, she trusted and obeyed her mom. Atta girl!

Prior to becoming the palace eunuch, Ra On was a dating doctor. She helped men write love letters. As a woman, she knows what women want to hear. Hence, she got so popular among men in love. Through this, she got to meet the Crown Prince Lee Yeong. By this time, I was completely sold. Lee Yeong is a funny scholar guy. He and Ra On became close but the Prince was not aware that Ra On, or rather Sam Nom, is a woman. And Ra On did not know Lee Yeong’s royal identity! Well, this is where the fun began!

Unfortunate for Sam Nom, she was caught by Lee Yeong’s cousin, Kim Yoon Sung. The man known to hang out around brothel could smell Ra On’s ladylike move. He immediately became attracted to her and tried to protect her from Lee Yeong. Sadly he failed. Ra On got summoned to work under Lee Yeong. Fine by me! But… when Lee Yeong revealed his true identity to her. Omona omona omona!

So how their relationship turned out to be? As you have guessed it, it turned out just fine! More than fine! Lee Yeong and Sam Nom became really closed. Their relationship blossomed so strong that they became the talk of the palace! The Queen Mother, Lee Yeong’s step mom, got suspicious and hinted gay rumor. Of course, it is natural to accuse when two men spending time like lovers. But something happened. Queen Mother wanted to humiliate Lee Yeong in front of the public. She bribed the performing dancer for Lee Yeong’s event and sent her away. The Head of Eunuch for Lee Yeong’s household was panicking. Thankfully… Ra On came to the rescue. But…

Lee Yeong heard about his missing dancer but was stunned by the substitute dancer. He wondered who stepped in. Her eyes reminded him of someone. He was not sure. Could it be Sam Nom? After all, “he” was the only person who knew the dance steps by hard. But the thought was shut down when he found Sam Nom in his room finishing up her assigned work. Somehow, Lee Yeong couldn’t sit still after the night’s event. He eventually found out her identity… Was he angry? Was he mad?

*sings Love is a star….* In the beginning, he thought he was crazy to love another man. But when he found out that he is in love with a woman, he grinned from ear to ear. But along with the discovery of her name, her identity started to reveal. She is a daughter of a wanted man. Her father is a rebel and a traitor to the country. Sam Nom eventually realized who she is and decided to take a leave. Poor Lee Yeong, he really did not want to separate from her.

So what happened next? Well, this happened… *laughs*

And this…

And of course… we must not forget this *wink*

Meanwhile, while Ra On is gone the politics continue on as usual. The King was weak and had  no choice but to create an ally with another minister. The Prime Minister is a vicious man and this forced the King to marry Lee Yeong away. I was sadden by this… To watch him marry someone he didn’t love was, and still is, painful. My heart hurts badly!

Episode 15 was my last episode of Moonlight Drawn by Clouds. Since then, I have been extremely busy with traveling for work, moving to my new home, selling my old home, working, and being a housewife and mom. Life is a pain. I finally able to breathe and blog this. Also, I’m surprised that even though the show has ended for a while, I have managed to avoid spoilers. I have seen photos here and there but I just couldn’t really connect the dots.

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What do I expect for the next three episodes? I don’t know what to expect. Knowing that it is a happy ending for our Prince and his girlfriend, I assume the wedding did not take place. I also assume that someone or perhaps the Crown Prince himself was able to shake some sense over King’s head. However, my biggest fear is Ra On. She is a traitor’s daughter so did they turn this around and accept her as Prince’s girlfriend and maybe, I don’t know, his wife?

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As you can tell, I pretty much ignore other characters. You can watch it yourself. I’m for the OTP and they are the center of my attention. This 18 episode drama is great and also exceptional in today’s Korean drama world. It started as a typical gender bender drama but the development of the story as you go deeper and deeper it makes you really hook on it even more. Park Bo Gum and his many faces took this drama to a whole new level. There is no awkward in his acting even thought he is not a season actor and also inexperienced in historical drama. His acting gig is definitely rising now thanks to this drama. He is certainly an actor worth watching from now on. I look forward to his future project.

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As you know, I’m not a sageuk fan. But the romance got me intrigued. Even the politics got me curious. I know some of the watchers don’t follow much of the politics but I feel that it is one of the important elements of this drama. I admit the story gets a bit draggy after episode 12. But it did not matter to me as you know why *giggles*.

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Before I end, I will leave My Person, the final song of the great soundtrack from this drama. The song is performed by none other than our Prince Gummy. Please, this is not the only songs I love. I actually love the entire soundtrack. The songs are easy to my ears and for sure, easy on yours, too. Please do give them a hear.

By this time, it is clear that I’m all for Moonlight Drawn by Clouds. I am sure you get my hint, right? If you have not seen it, what are you waiting for? WATCH IT!

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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!!!!

 

Breaking News: Bombastic

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I was in Dubai when I saw this clip and seriously I fell off my chair from laughing too hard! I just can’t! The handsome Park Bo Gum looks hilarious! His dance was on point! Even I can’t help but dance with him! The song itself is so appropriate! Who would have thought Jessy Matador’s 2011 Bombastic would be used for Moonlight Drawn by Clouds teaser? Seriously, Jessy is going to be famous!!!

Back to Park Bo Gum, he will play the Crown Prince who fell in love with a crossed dressed Hong Ra On. Yeap, anything with a cross-dressing drama theme, I am in!!! Holla! You can tell how exstatic I am for this drama. The teaser alone is effing bombastic!!! Is it bad that I’m already falling for the teaser not knowing how well this drama would be? We all know KBS dramas tend to go south. I cringed when I heard Moonlight is a KBS drama but I vowed to stick to it! I’m glad August is around the corner. I am excited to watch it!

Tell me if you, too, fell for it!!! Seriously Park Bo Gum!!!! You really slayed in this vid! This clip really made my morning 10 times better (even though I should be sleeping now!). The way he danced and bit his lower lips…. Aaaaaaarghh I’m so dead!!!! Bo Gum ahhhh…. don’t do this to your fans! Below is the making of the clip! Oy….. you must watch it till the end! Cutie, sexy, kitty… woof woof! *laughs hard*

 

Currently Watching: Heaven’s Promise 

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Finally! FINALLY! Kdrama God has answered my pray. KBS is finally making a comeback with a stellar daily drama! I miss KBS so much but their recent C-grade dramas really turn me off. Urgh. Congratulations, the network finally earns its reputation back with Descendants of the Sun (which y’all know I dropped it *shrugs*) and now, Heaven’s Promise and Five Children . Especially with daily dramas, nothing has grabbed my attention. I really feel good now. And this drama is not just another feel-good drama, it is a satisfying after a series of gross meal dramas! Ha, that’s my closed attempt to a metaphor…! Kinda! *giggle*

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Currently Watching: Five Children

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I can’t believe I boarded on Five Children train!!!! Seriously, I was not expecting this! In the beginning, the synopsis did not grasp me. It sounded too makjang for my taste. And then last month, I was browsing the tv channels in my hotel room and Five Children was on. Episode 11 to be exact. So I watched. And watched. And continue to watch until the end. It didn’t feel makjang at all. In fact, it felt very earthy and comedy-ish. I immediately got hooked on the show. Obviously, I did not want to pull a Grace so I decided to start it from the beginning. And as of last week, I saw the newly subbed aired episodes! Yeap, I managed to catch up!!! I was so determined to do so mainly because I wanted to start on another new drama and I will not start until I’m caught up with Five Children! *giggles* I feel like a champ now! *flexes her biceps*

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So Five Children is a great family drama and it is currently my current crack family weekend drama! It is been very smooth and easy to watch up until last week. But I think something huge is about to happen. I mean, think about it, it’s not a family drama without crazy hair pulling, fist punching, and cussing! Also, I feel that after 28 episodes, this drama though is seriously wasted a lot of time on the second brother. His story is the most uninteresting one of the bunch. But hey, I know it is a family drama and all family drama loves incorporating every single character’s background story. I personally feel it could have been done in a more productive way. Nevertheless, I’m still enjoying Five Children the most for two reasons: the divorced couple and the golf couple! Who are they? Well, *rubs hands*, allow me to give you my version through their romance *wink*.

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Sang Tae and Mi Jung: They are both single. Sang Tae is a widow with two kids. After his sick wife died, he moved in with his in-laws. Who does that? Shouldn’t he go with his family? Anyway, that’s what he did and his in-laws appreciated his consideration. I find him rather gentleman for what he did. Mi Jung, on the other hand, is a divorcee. Her husband cheated on her with her best friend! That basturd! She has been divorced for three years but her children, 3 kids, were left clueless. They assumed that their dad is in the US for work. Even Mi Jung’s grandmother was clueless!

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The two met at their workplace. Mi Jung got hired as an Assistant Manager to Team Leader Lee Sang Tae. In the beginning, Mi Jung felt that Sang Tae has given a romance vibe but the misunderstanding forces them to distance themselves. Eventually, they sorted out their feelings for each other and started dating. The only problem is Sang Tae’s in-laws, especially his mother in law, are not happy that he’s seeing Mi Jung. In my opinion, his mother in law has no right in stopping him and his dating life. Throwing tantrum will not change the back the fact that her daughter is dead! BUT, there is another hurdle Sang Tae has yet to see. Though his dad will understand, his mom will also deny Mi Jung, too. So what would Sang Tae do? Should he please his family or himself?

 

Sang Min and Yun Tae: These two singles met in an unexpected way. Yun Tae, Sang Tae’s youngest sibling, is heartbroken. Jin Joo, Sang Tae’s sister in law and Yun Tae’s friend, likes Tae Min. Tae Min and Yun Tae have been friends for years but Yun Tae never confessed her love for him! Her shyness gave Tae Min away to Jin Joo. Devastated, she walked out of the club drunk and got into what she thought to be a taxi. It turns out, she got into Sang Min’s car. Sang Min is a professional yet diva-ish golfer. He is a bit weird to a sense that can be very ignorant and naive at the same time. It is hard to describe his personality. He definitely an edgy diva!

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Anyway, the two met when she got into his car drunk. He kicked her out of the car. Yun Tae accidentally took his phone. Diva Sang Min was concerned over his phone and made Yun Tae shut it off. However, before the phone exchange, Sang Min’s constant harassment made Yun Tae’s insecurity deeper. Something happened later that after the phone exchange, Sang Min continuously to harass her. She definitely aroused his curiosity. He was puzzled how Yun Tae, not once, attracted to his handsome look! *laughs* The man then went from completely psycho to madly in love with Yun Tae. He has found his way into her home and now, he’s working on getting into her heart! But devastated Yun Tae is still heartbroken… Can he make her forget her crush and go to him instead?

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So what these four have in common? Sang Min is the model and spokesperson for Sang Tae’s company. Yun Tae is Sang Tae’s sister. And unknown to Yun Tae, Tae Min is Sang Min’s younger brother. Yeap, it’s a small world, isn’t it? Typical kdrama plots, chingu! There are other interesting side stories you should be aware, too. Some  are funny, some are just… meh. But who cares… that’s what FF button is for! *giggle* Now, please get your azz and park them on your couch (where it should be!). Five Children is one hilarious and comical family drama. One must not miss this show. Every year, there is that one fabulous family drama and I can say Five Children is the one! Watch it! I’ll judge you if you aren’t watching it! *evil eyes*

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