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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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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Taking A Dare! -Asian drama Style Day 11 to 15!

30 day challenge

Day 11: Drama pairing that you would thought have great chemistry, but they didn’t.

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Me: Hmmmmm, let me see… Jang Na-Ra and Choi Daniel in Baby-Faced Beauty. I know I’m going to offend a lot of people but this is what I believed. I just cannot see them having the chemistry at all. It was God awful; they both seemed to be pushing the envelope too hard! Another pairing gone wrong is Ji Hyun Woo and Nam Sang Mi in Invincible Lee Pyung Kang. It was a decent drama. That’s all; these two did not have a great chemistry. I’d rather seem them as friends. Nothing more.

Mari: Hyun Bin & Ha Jin Min from “Hyde Jekyll, me” I think Hyun Bin is one of the sexiest men around and she was adorable in “Rooftop Prince” and is praised for her acting. So I was prepared to love them together. It could have been the bad script but I never got anything from them. 

Erl: Hyun Bin and Han Ji-min in Hyde, Jekyll, Me. I was not completely convinced of the pairing. It’s a crazy drama but… Yeah, it’s not so believable for me.

Sada: Heartstrings (PSH&JYH), Empress Ki (HJW&JJM), Take Care of the Young Lady (YEH&YSH), The Heirs …some of the OTPs.

Day 12: Actor or actress you dislike for reasons you can’t explain.

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Me: Han Ye Seul! She’s a pretty actress BUT…. I don’t know. I dislike her acting style. I dislike her shaky voice. I dislike everything about her except her beauty. And her diva-ish character when she walked out on Spy Myeong Wol really turn me off. That behavior is unacceptable no matter how legit her reasons were. I dislike her immediately after that!

Mari: I honestly don’t have one, because I always have a reason to dislike them. Maybe Jin Se Yeon. Yet I do have a reason for not liking her. She can’t ACT!!!! 

Erl: This is difficult, can’t really think of any… Oh wait, Kim Yoo-Ri, there’s something about her that I can’t point out. So there’s this “dislike” but it’s really “subtle.” 

Sada: Koo Hye Sun and Kim Sun Ah, I really gave her tons of chances and still nothing. Lee Jin Wook is a hit and miss, Han Ye Seul, Wannes Wu and Joo Won, we just can’t click.

Day 13: Western series (or a movie) you think you could be adapted into a drama.

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Me: I really loved the Minority Report! I heard there’s a drama version of the said movie. I really hope some akdrama or jdrama PDs would take up this challenge. It would be awesome!

Mari: none? I don’t think western shows would translate well to Asia. The same way Japan shows are never good when made into Kdramas. They loose a lot in the translation.

Erl: I would love to see Yo soy Betty, la fea, that one’s awesome. Also 24 or Alias. I can almost picture Alias, with Ha Ji-Won.

Sada: Los  Serrano, La Reina del Sur, Yo soy Betty, la fea, Un Paso Adelante, Binbir Gece.
Yes, yes, yes watched a lot of telenovelas in my youth.

Day 14: Drama villain that you loved to hate or sympathized with.

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Me: Bae Su Bin’s character as Ahn Do Hoon in Secret Love. He frustrates me big time. He sent his pregnant girlfriend to prison for something he did!!!! I am livid with his selfish greed! He killed her father so that his secret will be buried forever. That A-hole was horrendous. I have no pity for him. He remains one of the characters I loved to hate forever! Another character I loved to hate is Hong Se Na from Rooftop Prince. She made me furious!!! If I could get into my screen and pull her out and abuse her (abuse is a gentle word you see), I would!!!!!

Mari: Yoon Ji Sook from “The Village: Achiara’s Secret*SPOILERS!! Skip if you haven’t watched this show* Ji Sook was insane, she was evil, she hated her sister, hated her daughter, and only cared for her husband & pretended to care for her older adopted son. So by all accounts, she was a hateful person. Then slowly you start finding out what made her this way, what drove her to both murder & insanity. You start to think that while no, she can’t be forgiven. If she would have had a better family she would had been ok. 

Erl: Namgung Min’s Chef Kwon Jae-hee in The Girl Who Sees Smells. He’s twisted, he’s absolutely off his rocker but I completely pity him. He’s completely convinced that he owns the lives of those he murdered. If only he ever considered that there’s a thing called an “interview..” 

Sada: Yoon Je Moon character  in The King 2 Heart,  Lee JoonHyuk in the Equator Man, Bae So Bin in Secret, if Kim Woo-Hyung was a villain in I. Generation eh I liked her, liked  dark Jang Geum Suk in Hong Gil Dong, I always love to hate Eom KJ. PARK WON-SUK in 100  YEAR INHERITANCE is a piece of art.

Day 15: Drama you watched in full, but it was a waste your time in retrospect.

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Me: Thorn Birds. It was just stupid. Stupid! I’m still angry thinking it! The second lead, Yoo Kyung, was stupid and evil. The male lead, Yeong Jo, was stupid. The revenge was super awful! But it was so addictive I finished it anyway. But really, don’t ever watch it if you haven’t seen it. It was a waste of my time… And anger! Lots of anger!

Mari: *laughs* ahhhhhh! Till this day I can’t get over how much I hated this writer for I Summon You, Gold. You made us hate the wife with a passion because she was a selfish heartless witch. Then you introduced us to this lovely girl, you made us & him fall in love with her. Then for the next 3/4 of the drama, you ignore the fact that his wife is alive & could come back. Then you give us a big “f$&@ you” by bringing said wife back and guess what she’s nice now & wants her husband back. My blood pressure is rising just thinking about this! I still see red when I picture the end with all the brothers happy with their wives camping  our poor lovely lead as the 3rd wheel alone just watching then be happy! 

Erl: Marry Him If You Dare. I still ask myself what the hell was I thinking and high on when I watched that drama. It was such a waste. And then there’s Hyde, Jekyll, Me. I believe I hypnotized myself into sticking to this drama. In my head, I was chanting “it’s Oppa, you’re watching it for Oppa!” 

Sada: Birth of the Beauty…marathon it, total waste of time. Dream high 2, Emergency Couple, Hyde, Jekyll ,Me, Marry Him If You Dare, Warm and Cozy, When A Man Loves, among much more.

Currently Watching: Misaeng

Misaeng-Korean-DramaI avoided this drama like plague last year. The thought that it is a drama of working class people shudders me. I’m so afraid to see how people get treated in real life. I’m very blessed. So very blessed. Throughout my working experience, I have yet to receive bad treatments from bosses and peers. Sure, I came across some odd and bizarre requests and I do get pissed once awhile, but it never prompt me to send my resignation letter for that. If anything, all bosses tear up when I gave them my resignation letter. I’m proud of myself sometimes… A good relationship at work is definitely a must. Even though some of the work I’ve done are either part I’ve learned through my education or something that I like, I always make the best of it. Life is too short and sometimes, being employed is better than is not. I suck it up big time before and it pays off. *giggles* I’m proud of myself.

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Well, enough self praising self *rolling eyes* and let’s focus on Misaeng. What should I say about Misaeng? Wow! I actually went back and forth and back and forth figuring it out what exactly I should write for this post. Misaeng made me speechless. I guess I shouldn’t have complain my internship experience now. These kids really went through hell. It is true that some ace and ivy leagues students can be snobbish, but with my experience, I was looked down due to my 3rd tier university background. Oh well, those were the past but Misaeng really reminded me of my past. But I did not go through hell as they did. And nothing prepares them when they enter the real work force. I must say, the minute they entered the real work world life, they must have wish they could remain in the internship world. I was really scared for them. Oh my god, I cringed for them so much! Andwaeeeeeeeeeeee…..!

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Misaeng introduced me to Im Shi Wan. I have been a fan of ZE:A songs but never bother to know their members. I actually don’t care. There are too many names to remember, I’ll stick to my favorite groups. But I’m surprised by Shi Wan’s acting skills. It is hard to find a good idol actor and Shi Wan is quite impressive. His face really fits in with his character. I must say PD-nim, good job on casting him *claps*. He conveys the emotions so good I really believe in him wholeheartedly. And it turns out, this is not his first acting gig! Omo! I feel so left out…. *cries*. I will try to watch his other dramas just to see if he was good in his previous dramas as he is in Misaeng. Hehehe, I just want to be miss little investigator *grins* and it is fun!

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Well, apparently, Misaeng is a drama based off of manga. Wow, really? This manga must be super serious coz this drama is not a comedy at all. And also, there is a prequel to this drama titled Incomplete Life: Prequel. I think I should watch this too. Anywho, Misaeng follows the life of Jang Geu Rae. They always make fun of Geu Rae coz his name sounds like geurae (really?) but Geu Rae never felt offended by it. I guess he’s used to it. Geu Rae spent most of his life mastering the asian chess but he was advised by his teacher that he may be out of luck if he doesn’t win the next game. Well, we know he didn’t coz he entered the real work force for the first time in his life. He doesn’t have any university degree but to rely on his high school diploma. All the interns were baffled and wondered how did he get a spot in a prestigious company. I wonder that myself. His mom’s connection but how? *rubs chin*. Geu Rae had a hard time adjusting and learning new things and often looked down by his peers and supervisors. But when he made it to the list of top 4 that won seats in the company, he definitely some rookie no one should look down upon now. And for the next episodes, you will see how he learned through experience from his other colleagues and make it to his. I love that he is willing to give it a try in anything… That persevere and determination as he relate it with his experience as a chess student… Wow!

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I’m currently on episode 10 out of 20 episodes. Misaeng is not an easy watch. It does portrayed regular life of an employee from every angle and every position. I really love the realistic and dynamic of this drama. It feels good to know that I’m not the only one that go through some hardship at work, although theirs are much harder than mine. If you have not watch it, please do so. It is not an enjoyable drama, but it is a drama you can relate with. But beware, this drama is an eye-bag inducer *giggles*. You may develop one yourself… *winks*