Currently Watching: Queen of Mystery

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I just love Choi Kang Hee. She is just so adorable! From the way she talks and makes faces, I just find her utterly adorable! I have been trying my best to watch all her dramas though I couldn’t get into her Glamorous Temptation and quit 7th Grade Civil Servant. And even though I said I have been trying, I still haven’t seen her old dramas. Anyway, I love her in Heart to Heart and I thought Queen of Mystery will give me the same feels as well. I have been playing catch up with this drama since Monday and I am finally watching episode 10. I really enjoy watching the OTP. Their chemistry is awesome. She calls him Detective Ha. He calls her ahjumma. So hilarious!

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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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Currently Watching: Page Turner

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I finally saw the anticipated KBS drama special, Page Turner. In the beginning, I thought the show has ended. But it turns out I still have another episode to go. Yay for me! So glad that I do not need to rush my watch just to finish it. I believe the third and final episode will air tonight. I’m not sure if I am able to catch up on it this week but either way, I will watch it when the time is available.

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Page Turner is very interesting. I usually dislike high school drama but this one was written quite well. I found it very solid. Kim So Hyun is a solid actor and her presence really forced Ji Soo and Shin Jae Haa to step up in their roles as well. I love the three of them. The boys can be a bit immature but that’s how boys are, right? Besides, I do not want to be overcritical with them. They are still young and this is a high school drama. So why not give them a break and enjoy the story, right?

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So here is the thing. Yoon Yoo Seol is a great pianist and a top student in her school. Being pianist, however, is not her dream. She was forced to be one because of her mom. It is sad but Yoo Seol is a great daughter and listens to her mom. One day, she got into an accident and lost her sight. She now has to adjust to her new lifestyle as a blind person. Seo Jin Mok was her mom’s student and he is the second best in the school. He and Yoo Seol were neck to neck on being the best of the best. Though enemies, Jin Mok felt guilty and a became concerned over her sudden fatal. He volunteers to be her guide but Jeong Cha Shik stepped in and offered his service instead. Cha Shik lost his chance to continue his career in sports due to his injury and now looking for a new opportunity for his future life and working with Yoo Seol is a great opportunity for him.

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Cha Shik’s dad was a pianist and he thought going back to the root would be his next adventure. However, he is rusty and need guidance. Being Yoo Seol’s assistance would give him opportunity to pick up and make music his future career. But we all know Yoo Seol. She’s a bit bratty and stuck up even at her current condition. Do you think she would give in and be Cha Shik’s mentor? This 3-episode KBS2 drama special is a must watch. Though it portrays the life of high schoolers, it is also warm and hearty. I really am looking forward to tonight’s episode. Yes, I will park myself in front of tv and watch it raw *grins*.

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Currently Watching: Orange Marmalade

Orange-Marmalade-Poster1Hmmmm, I really like the name. And who does not like orange marmalade on a wheat toast, right? But heh, we are not talking about that. We are talking about webtoon turned drama on KBS2 that started airing on May 15. Yes, this drama. Orange Marmalade. Before I started it, I thought I would give the webtoon a try. I read up to ep 20 something… The verdict? Too slow. I quit and hoped that the drama would be better. I know an adaptation from a webtoon to a drama can be a hit or miss. Writers often took what’s important, retained good characters and moved on with the story. I have seen a lot of webtoon dramas and most of them are quite nice. And I usually don’t read the original toon so my perspective came directly from watching the drama itself. But this time, I am a bit biased and read the toon instead. *shakes head* It’s a big mistake on my part and I shouldn’t have read it! Whacha ma called it? Peer pressure? Something like that! *hides in the corner*

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Thank goodness I stop sooner because first of all, my expectation was set up really high when I started watching Orange Marmalade. Yeah, the drama is completely off from the original and now it is heading to an unknown territory. Well, I’m not sure whether the next part of the drama is as written in the toon but for all I know, and my gut feeling says so, it is going downhill. Wae? The development of characters. Wait… what development? This drama moves too fast it skipped the formality of who’s who and what’s what! The writers expect the viewers to know everything! Hell, not everyone read the manhwa and even for me, what makes they think we would understand the story fully? First of all, the target audience for Orange Marmalade is mostly teens and young adult. If the stories are hanging and hoping that these two groups of watchers would get it, the writers should think again! And c’mon, it is a vampire drama and it supposed to be mysterious, fun and full of admiration! What is this I’m watching? And at one point, this drama is turning into Monstar! Why????

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I’m not going to dwell over how disaster this drama is with you. All I know is it made me utterly lost and somewhat disappointed with the plots. Yeo Jin Goo is a great cast as Jae Min. I’m not even comparing him to cold Jae Min in manhwa. They are two separate personalities. But sadly, I feel that Jin Goo is wasting his time. He has so much potential and this drama is a waste of his mature talent. Seol Hyun isn’t bad. I’ve seen her in Ugly Alert. Though she still needs much coaching in acting, she is definitely improving. But as Ma Ri, I’d rather keep her from talking to be honest. Yes, I’m being picky. Jong Hyun as Shi Hoo is another important character in this drama. Also another waste of talent. *shrugs* I feel sad already…

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I made the right choice of not watching Blood. I should have made the same executive decision by not falling for Orange Marmalade. Too bad I did. *head banging* And after 4 episodes, it is now officially dropped from my watching list. The preview for episode 5 seems like the drama is moving to a different period of time. The writers are using Jin Goo to lure audience again… What’s the point? I am shallow but not THAT shallow. Urgh… If you share the same sentiment as I am, I think it is time to drop this disaster drama. For those who can bear it, carry on… And good luck!

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Currently Watching: Joseon Gunman

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Many who knows me knows that I hate (not dislike) sageuk genre drama. Only a few sageuk drama that caught my attention before. Arang and the Magistrate was one. Lee Jun Ki was so awesome he made me forget I was watching sageuk. Chuno was awesome too. Warrior Baek Dong Soo was extremely superb I saw it again two more times. I had major withdrawal after the show ended, Michele knows it. Tree with Deep Roots was a hard watch and I’m thankful for DramaFan for holding my hands till the end. So when 2014 started way back in January, I made a new resolution. I gotta make some peace and love with sageuk. I decided that my new kdrama resolution for this year is to watch 5 sageuk dramas. At first I thought it will be impossible because I have not find any sageuk that caught my attention. Until Joseon Gunman came along…

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Lee Jun Ki is not the main reason I decided to watch Joseon Gunman although his presence is enough to soothe this shaky heart of mind. Again, he made this show such a breeze I don’t realized it’s a sageuk! And yes chingus, Joseon Gunman is my first sageuk drama for 2014! A big check mark on my list. One down, 4 more to go! *rubs hands happily* What’s next? Now I’m excited and hopeful I may get to complete my sageuk resolution by December 31! Don’t worry, as of today, I’ve added two more sageuk and one of them is currently super addictive!

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With Joseon Gunman, I really don’t know what the show was all about at the beginning. I started watching it because everybody else are watching it too. I started it after the second week airing and I found it pretty awesome. Like I said, Lee Jun Ki made it so good I forgot it’s a sageuk! This dude has one awesome magic touch. When I saw him in his entire proper hanbok, he brought me the Arang feeeelzzz! Oooh my, this guy looks damn good in hanbok. But I started to follow the story after episode 5 and lo and behold, I’m unstoppable! This show is pretty addictive! As soon as Yoon Kang came back to Joseon as a new person with a stinking brand new identity, I cannot let this show pass anymore. Yeap, I’m pretty much addicted to quit. Yoon Kang’s dad was the famous greatest swordsman murdered for his loyalty to the King. Lord Choi Won Shin, previously a slave but given a new life to him and his daughter, became the puppet in this whole scandal. He was trained as a gunman and gunned down Yoon Kang’s dad. Yoon Kang decided to revenge for his dad but ended up being gunned down by Lord Choi as well. When Yoon Kang came back to Joseon as Hanzo 3 years later, everyone were shocked as he resembled the dead Yoon Kang so much. Well, he is Yoon Kang but refused to butt down that he is him as you know, that will reveal his secrets. Also, there will be no fun anymore, right? As Hanzo, he arrived back to his hometown as a Japanese merchant to deal with Joseon merchants, particularly with Lord Choi. And the most importantly, he came back armed as a smoking-hot shooter! But his SOLE purpose for coming back is to avenge for the murder of his dad. The only problem is that he is opening a bigger can of worm which he didn’t expect to see.

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Joseon Gunman is not for everyone. There is a lot of back and forth unnecessary plots that really draggy and many people, including me, are annoyed with Nam Sang Mi, our damsel in distress heroine. To be honest, she annoyed me at the beginning but her character took a little swift which made me feel better now. But I rather see Jun Hye Bin plays Nam Sang Mi’s character as Soo In. I think the PD made a big mistake in casting. But overall, I really enjoy watching this show. Please do not expect any romance though. I mean, there is love interest but I wouldn’t put my stock on them. His chemistry is great but hers is pretty blehhhh. Originally scheduled for 20 episodes, the network extended Joseon Gunman by two more episodes making it 22 episodes all together. Extension is not my thing so I’m really frustrated when it got extended… Extension means plenty of filler plots from ep 19 to 22. Now, would I suggest Joseon Gunman? It’s hard to say. In the beginning, I wanted to say no but now, my view of this show has changed BIG time. My liking towards history has changed and I’m more receptive to it lately. Again, I’m not a sageuk fan but this show is goddamn awesome! It’s not Bridal Mask par unfortunately, but it still great!

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Currently Watching: Two Mothers

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Yeap, me and my daily dramas again. We are kind of inseparable *giggles*. I don’t know *shrugs* why I’m suddenly drawn to it. The story plots are much more juicier and scandalous. LOL scandalous is my new favorite word by the way *grins*. Bel can vouch me on that! So anyway, since Ruby Ring is almost ending I decided to find a new replacement for a new revenge daily drama. Lena, Bel and I agreed that we should watch Two Mothers. The teaser preview was very convincing! The drama poster was so scary we fell for it immediately. And the synopsis of the show were extremely scandalous and downright stupid but we went on with the show regardless since we decided to watch it together.

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So last week was the week of doom. We saw the first 12 episodes. We watched. And we watched. And watched. We started yelling from the first episode. We shook out head in disbelief. Stupid! Ridiculous! Unbelievable! And __________ (insert your preferred cussing word). We thought the main female lead is utterly ridiculous. No! A crack! She accused people blatantly for the death of her oppa without concrete evidence. I mean… C’mon!!!! How stupid can you be! It was no Angel’s Revenge accident! This accident happened on broad daylight with many witnesses who can solemnly swear that her oppa died in a car accident, not murdered as she claim it to be. *shaking my head* she is stupid!

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This morning Lena started watching episode 13. She had to fast forward some parts because she couldn’t stand the boring plots anymore. In order for the Hwa Young aka Grace Lee to revenge her oppa’s death (remember, her oppa got into an accident and not murdered), she started to seduce Byeong Kook, husband to her oppa’s ex. And then she did the most disgusting infidelity act that led me to decide this show is no longer worthy of a watch! She seduced her oppa’s ex’ dad! Now what kind of eff up revenge is this??? Hell NO! I have to put a stop on this! And because of that… I’m dropping Two Mothers. There is no value in this show. Very immoral. I do not want to be part of such nonsense, stupid and disgusting drama. This is a 100 episode drama and it is still airing. I do not want to waste my 60+ hours… *taps on back* This is the best decision I’ve ever made. Please… save your time, DO NOT WATCH Two Mothers. Plus, it is so boooooooring and predictable! Yeah… *nods* toss this drama away!

Currently Watching: Wonderful Days

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After Goddess of Marriage, I got quite skeptical in starting on another weekend family drama. I’m afraid of the angst, makjang like plots. It affects my mood and I do not want to treat people with anger. But because it has Lee Seo Jin aka dimple ahjusshi, I changed my mind. I fell in love with him when kfangurl introduced me to him through Lovers aka gangsta love story. Wow, that dimples… Really, really something. Can I go on forever? He’s that handsome!

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Wonderful Days is a wonderful family drama. Minimal angst although I loathe the female lead’s mother to the max! Ooops, sorry I’m not supposed to say that out loud in the public *sticks her tongue out*. But for any of you who are watching this with me, I’m sure ya’ll would agree my resentment towards her. Other than that, the plotting of Wonderful Days is pretty awesome. What I like the most about this drama is the warm feeling you get being in a family which I’m lacking at this moment. Though the idea of living under the same roof with my parents can be a little daunting, but it has some benefits as well. You get to dine together as family (which I missed this experience the most!), you don’t have to do all the house chores alone and you can always count on someone to care for you when you’re ill.

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collageAnyway, Wonderful Days tells a story of Kang Dong Suk. He was a smart boy in school but unfortunately, his family condition forced him to run away to the  big city in search of life and secure his future. He later  became a successful prosecutor and was sent back to his hometown to lead in one of the cases there. Because he ran away from home, he hesitated to meet his family nor staying at his childhood home. But later on, because of his ill grandfather, he was forced to move back into his family home and live with his family that seems strangers to him. Cha Hae Won, a girl who has been head over heel with Dong Suk, came from a wealthy family. Dong Suk’s mom work at her home as a housekeeper who does everything Hae Won’s mother told her to. She originally wanted to run away to the big city with Dong Suk but because of her mom’s nasty remarks about how he’s so poor and came from an uncivilized family, she was left alone. Fast forward to current life, Hae Won became a loan officer who gives a hefty fines for a loan shark company that is owned by Oh Seung Hoon. Her family wealth is all gone after her dad passed away. She is now living in poorest neighborhood and support her ungrateful mom (who still trying to act that she’s a rich woman) and her wannabe actress sister.

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So the drama started when Dong Suk met Hae Wan through a fight with Dong Suk’s half brother, Kang Dong Hee. They both are working together and from then on, Dong Suk’s feeling for Hae Won grew stronger and stronger. But the object came from her mom at the beginning and it was hard to swallow. Later on, his family objected as well after they found out that it was Hae Won’s late dad that caused the accident that left his harabeoji paralyzed and his twin sister mentally challenged (though I do not see her being mentally challenged at all!).

collageMy last episode was on episode 32 out of 50. I’m certainly behind with this drama but no sweat, chingus coz once I started, I cannot stop. The story is so good and the surprises in this drama is Dong Hee, played by 2PM TaecYeon. He is surprisingly good in his role! I last saw him in Who Are You? and when I thought he was good then, surprisingly he is way better in Wonderful Days! The  boy improved his acting skill big time! *snaps*. And the child actors are extremely good too! When you think it is impossible to have great acting, think again!  Amuden, Wonderful Days is one helluva great family drama! I really, really enjoying this show! Besides, the rating of this drama is crazy high! If the Korean loves it, then ya know it must be good! AND IT IS THAT GOOD!!! Watch it!

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