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)

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Currently Watching: Secret Love Affair

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Pppssssstttt…… Sssssshhhh, keep it down. It’s a secret! We cannot let this secret out or else, one of us is going to die! *giggles* Just kidding! I’m just messing with y’all. But let me tell you a little secret. Secret Love Affair was never in my list to watch until DDee from Obsessive Compulsive K-Drama Watching Disorder started spamming her Facebook and blog about it over and over and over until…. OK, I get it DDee. Point taken completely! I’ll watch it! Rawwwwwwww! And when I found out that the main lead actress is Kim Hee Ae, hell yeah I’ll jump in on this wagon. I’m a big fan of her work! Well… I haven’t seen all of her work but Midas. But *swaying her index finger* one drama was enough to evaluate how good she is as an actress! Anyways…..

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Moving back to Secret Love Affair… Well, I kind of feel cheated a bit by this drama though. I thought it was about an affair and a whole lotta steamy hanky panky affair, but what I did not know is that it is more than an affair drama. The secret is just a cover up as the show also led us to the secret life of socials and socialites! Hmmmm where the hell is my affair??? I want steamy affair, and not some power struggle! Urgh… I got a bit frustrated but I decided to give it a go regardless… *shrugs*

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The drama tells a story of Oh Hye-Won, a once a musical prodigy turned director in a performing art school. Her husband, Kang Joon Hyeong, is music professor in the same school. Hye-Won has a secret life. Aside as a director, she also manages the music school’s family foundation money. So on the surface, you will see an elegant, well-composed, and classy lady. But deep down, she’s basically lead a different life. From what I observe, she’s like an upgrade French maid. She gets to dress well but behind the scene, she get slapped, splashed water to her face and yelled by the family foundation. *facepalm* I guess the money was so good for her not to say a single word to anyone! Now, to spice up her already glamorous life, here comes Lee Sun Jae marching into her life. Whether it is coincidence or not, it is hard to tell… At least from Sun Jae’s perspective. Why? When SLA introduced Sun Jae, I couldn’t tell whether he fell in love with Hye-Won at first sight or he was mesmerized by the music or both. Sun Jae is a gifted, self taught pianist. Unfortunately, he never received a proper music education due to his family’s poor condition. Instead, he got creative by creating his space in his tiny apartment that he shared with his mom with an old, used piano and soundproofing it with eggs cardboard. Scccchmart!

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Anyway, Joon Hyeong overheard a pianist playing in the auditorium one night and mistaken it for one of his students. But when he found out it was Sun-Jae, he went berserk and insisted on his wife to use whatever mighty power she has to scout Sun Jae to be his students even though the enrollment to the school has closed. He even made Hye Won auditioned Sun Jae. That basterd really want Sun Jae for his own good actually! *clenching teeth* The audition scene was one of the most beautiful scene I’ve seen in my kdrama life. I so want to make it out with both of them! *nods* I’m not kidding. Their chemistry was unbelievable! From then on, even though Hye Won hesitated she still made Sun Jae a student in the school. And Sun Jae turned her life upside down. But her life turned out more beautiful than ever despite the illegal consummate she had with him. She was able to see life! A life she never seen throughout her marriage life. Nevertheless, she constantly received pressure due to her affairs and her other life. Her other life is pretty dangerous. A slash fund is at stake. I’m skeptical and worried at the same time. What would happen to her? Can she handle all these on her own? She is so composed I never seen her once breaking down.

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Secret Love Affair is sort of misleading but in a good way drama. I’m a fan of this type of drama though. Some says it is boring. Yes, I admit the pace of this drama is sloooooowwwww! However, I find it intriguing and giddy every minute of my time watching it. I’m excited to finish this show. I think it is the best melodrama in awhile regardless of its pace. It is NOT for everyone. It is hard to even recommend it because I personally found it irresistible not to watch! If you want to watch it, give it the first 4 episodes and see if you can handle it… The story gets richer after episode 4… And in addition, good performance by the OTP! I don’t think you should consider… just watch!

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