Currently Watching: The Royal Gambler aka Jackpot

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So I started my post and I forgot all about it… And since it was saved on my work laptop, I am not going to complain and decided to rewrite it. This post is definitely overdue. The Royal Gambler (aka Jackpot) has done airing and I placed this drama on hold because I wanted to finish blogging it before enjoying the last 5 episodes. I noticed that there are not many people on my Twitter timeline watching it. I wonder why… Is it because of Jang Geun Seuk? Or no one is interested in this drama? Hmmm… *rubs chin*

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Jackpot has been on my radar ever since I found out that Jang Geun Seuk is in it. I’m fond of his acting so I wanted to watch this because of him. I have never seen him  in sageuk drama and I thought this is my chance to see him before he gets enlisted. Seriously, I’m so thankful that I am because the story is captivating and awesome. I’m not a history buff so what I saw, sadly, I believe in it. I should check the fact but too lazy to do so *shrugs*. Anyway, I’m entertained by Jackpot. Every time I watch the show, I pray that the show will not end. I find it so amusing and interesting. Plus, I have never seen this side of Geun Seuk before. He really put his pretty face aside and not afraid to dive down into dirt and mud.

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This 24 episodes drama received an average rating of 8/10 on MDL. I am quite happy with that. The show did go a bit crazy and unrealistic midway but the performances by the casts remain top notch. Well, except for Im Ji Yeon. Her performance isn’t bad. I nicknamed her the second Jin Se Yeon *giggle*. Anyway, what I dislike about Jackpot is the repetitive plots. I know this is common among period drama but you know what, these directors need a wake-up call. Why? Repetitive plots bore us to death and it is not only waste our time, it resulted to some of us to drop the show! C’mon, PD-nim… Learn from it!

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*clears throat* now that’s out of my system, let’s focus a bit on the story. It was sad in the beginning. Dae Gil had a tough life. He was born premature and got thrown out of the palace because the King believe he was the cause of drought and believed that the boy is not his child. The Queen’s ex-husband took Dae Gil and raised him as his own thinking that Dae-Gil IS his own son. Pardon me if you got confused a bit because I totally skip the history between the Queen, the King, and the Queen’s ex-husband. Dae Gil life went mayhem as he was raised by his dad as a gambler. He won a few but lost too many. Dae Gil continuously challenged by Lee In Jwa. Dae Gil had to gamble his life and realized that In Jwa is correct all along. But deep down, he doubts In Jwa’s intention but unable to dodge him. For now.

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Meanwhile, In Jwa resented the King. Why? He believes the throne is his after what happened to his family. He uses Dam Seo and brainwashed her into thinking that the King caused the death of her father. In Jwa has a purpose. He keeps Dae Gil closer to him because he knows the boy’s royalty background. Right now, the combination of raising Dam Seo as an assassin, starting a fire between Dae Gil and Prince Yeo Ning, and keeping Dae Gil under the dark is In Jwa’s weapon to achieve his dream. To kill the King Suk Jong.

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See? What did I tell you? This show is fascinating had the writer and PD did not screw it up with repetitive and silly plots. But I would still recommend Jackpot. The story is very engaging. The performance is superb. The OST is wonderful! The cinematography is beautiful. To hear this from a saguek hater, Jackpot really is amazing. Again, I have to emphasize that Jang Geun Seuk’s performance is unbelievably great! The show may make no sense to you, so please be prepare if you decided to watch it. Overall, I highly recommend The Royal Gambler. *wipes sweat* Now if you excuse me, I’m going to finish this show. If you don’t hear from by Wednesday, you know I’m somewhere in the corner crying… T____T

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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: Will It Snow For Christmas?

628816Will_it_Snow_for_ChristmasWill It Snow on Christmas? (WISOC) has been on my to-watch list like forever. I don’t know why I put it on hold for this long. The reason it was on my list is because I was intrigued by the title. Yeah, for some odd reason, I feel attracted to the title.  Last year, ironically, Jules sent me a love package. One of the items in the package was a USB. In the USB, there are several dramas, movies and a variety show (Kang SoRa and Suju’ Leeteuk We Got Married). I started watching the show but you know me and variety show… We can never get along. We both need attention *giggles*. Anyway, WISOC was one of the dramas she included. As if she reads my mind… *tacklehugs Jules*. And there you have it, my history with WISOC and I finally able to watch it since I had limited access to internet when I was in Indonesia and limited time to watch my other current dramas. Her USB came in handy… Thanks, Jules!

I didn’t expect this drama to be dramatic and makjang but not too bad. At a glance, the title hinted a warm and hearty romance. But after 11 episodes in, it turns out the drama is more than that. Though it remains as hearty and warm as I want it to be, the ambitious part and the triangle love really turn me off. But the relationship between sons and mom are to die for. I would like my son to treat me as how Cha Kang Jin treats his mom. He respects her even though he dislikes what she does. He loves her so dearly. Kang Jin would talk with his mom for hours over the phone. And he would sing lullabies for her, too. As I’m writing this, I’m tearing up as Han Ji Wan finally went back to her parents. Her disappearance after her brother’s death tore her family apart. Her mom was mourning so hard that she ended up wishing that her daughter would have died instead. Ji Wan felt guilty and ran away from home. It was a lost-lost in Han family. And, her mom was unable to accept her presence even after 8 years of her son’s death.

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Yeah, it is pretty tough to swallow. Where is the romance, right? Well, in this drama, you don’t get one but two romances:  between Cha Kang Jin and Han Ji Won, and between his mom and her dad. This gets complicated a bit. Wae? Ji Won’s dad was in love with Madam Cha but Ji Wan’s mom separated the love birds and married her dad. Sadly, she forgets that she can’t break their love apart. So when Madam Cha and her sons moved into the town, she realized that her ex-lover is living in the same town with his family, too. Tension flared between the two old lovers. Madam Cha acted dramatically just to make a point. At the time, they didn’t realize that their kids like each other. But Ji Wan ran away from home after her brother’s death. She blamed herself for making her brother searched for Kang Jin’s missing pendant that was dropped into the main river. Fast forward later, Kang Jin is a successful project manager in a prominent construction group in Seoul whereas Ji Wan lives from paycheck to paycheck while studying traditional medicine.

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When the two met again, she was stood up by her fiancée who is Kang Jin’s colleague. He was shocked to find out that the bride to be was not only got stood up but also was used by his colleague who is in love with the Chairman’s chaebol daughter. Kang Jin was immediately drawn to Ji Wan but she played hard to get for two reasons: her guilt over her brother’s death and for what she said to Kang Jin right before she ran away from home (her brother’s death drove her to admit that she made him fall for her so that she can dump her – which technically true since she made a bet with her school friend, and she insulted Kang Jin who has a barmaid mom). Her childhood memories made her realized that she is in love with him but do not know where to begin. She tries to protect herself but she found herself dealing with Kang Jin more and more. In the end, she apologized to him and he embraced her. Their love blooms.

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Sadly, when the two started dating, they found out that their parents are in love too. Kang Jin is furious with his mom and Ji Wan is feeling helpless. But in the end, Kang Jin felt his mom deserves the love she needs after being single for years. He is willing to give up his for his mom’s happiness. But now what’s going to happen with our couple? Kang Jin is the strongest one succumbs to his mom’s love whereas Ji Wan suddenly fights to separate the old lovebirds for her mom’s sake. It gets tough. Who would win in this battle? I believe our OTP will get their happy ending but Madam Cha and Han Joon Soo must accept that they are not fated to be together in this lives. On top of that, Joon Soo is terminally ill. It will be a sad ending but I think this drama will satisfy me and you if you haven’t seen it. I really love old dramas. Well written. Better performance. Well executed. You should watch it… I really look forward how the ending will be.

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

 

 

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: The Girl Who Sees Scents

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Clearly, the title does not make any sense, right? Is this true? I mean is this syndrome exist? Trust me, I’d like to believe it is but deep down, I think it’s yet another kdrama creation of a new sickness. *shaking my head* I feel like I’m living in a bubble sometimes since I fall for it so easily. But nevertheless, I did fell for it and sort of deep in love with the show. However, there is one thing I’d like to point out… This is my second drama this year that has death in it! *gasp* I really did not expect it! Not at all… And the worse part was that the writers led us to believe that the person is the suspect of interest! *dun dun dun*. Heh, I didn’t buy it but all the watchers that commented on Viki did!

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Originally, I wasn’t planning on watching this drama. I thought I should devote more of my watch towards non-popular dramas such as daily dramas, Chinese dramas and oldies. But somehow the gravity from newer dramas is pretty strong!!! Like a bee drawn to flowers, I surrendered myself to The Girl Who Sees Scents. *giggles*. Did you like my mediocre implication of life? Oh yeah, I’m feeling a little philosophical… don’t mind me! Back to the drama, it is scheduled to end next week and I’m excited for it to end and move on to a new watch.

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The Girl Who Sees Scents has actually a deeper meaning than its title. It’s not only comedic, it also has the elements of thriller and supernatural. I wouldn’t say it is heavily romantic, but it has some cutesy moments that I think they are cho, cho cute! As the matter of fact, I adore the OTP. Shin Se Kyung has once again step up her acting game! After Blade Man, she definitely improves her gig really fast. I’m fast becoming her fan! *smiles* I’m glad it is her and not Suzy. Heh *shrugs* just saying *ducks from Suzy’s fans* As for Micky, the only drama of his I have yet to watch is 3 Days. I’m quite a fan of his acting even though I still think it can be improved a lot more. But at least, he is more agile in here. Good job, Micky!

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So what the show is all about? Oh Cho Rim woke up from her accident able to see scents! Yeah, that’s it! *giggles* *laughs hysterically*. Okay, okay… Let me add more to this to make it interesting. So it started with Detective Choi Moo Gak who lost his sister to bar code serial killer. Yeap, the killer put a bar code on his victims (he slit the victim’s wrist with a bar code using knife) *shudders*. Anyway, the killer mistakenly took Moo Gak’s sister, Choi Eun Seul, as the person of his interest. But in reality, the real Choi Eun Seul is Oh Cho Rim. Wae different name? Her parents were murdered by the bar code killer as well. In order to protect her, she was taken in by a retired police officer as his daughter and changed her identity to avoid the killer. But why did the killer wants to kill Oh Cho Rim? Hmmmm, let’s go back to Moo Gak. While Cho Rim could see scents, Moo Gak lost his ability to taste and feel after the death of his deongsaeng. If you give him a 150 Fahrenheit, super spicy food to him, he will gauge it in under 2 seconds! Moo Gak met Cho Rim unexpectedly when Cho Rim helped him to catch a robber. But this unexpected partnership made them grew fond of each other and eventually work together to sniff the bar code killer.

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At the end of episode 14, the killer has been exposed and found so I’m not sure how they are going to play around for the next two final episodes. What I love about the serial killer is that he is nothing what we would imagine a killer would be. But I wonder why he kills and why bar code? Pretty interesting style! And also, his method of keeping his victims for days before he kill them is pretty intriguing. He is a genius and using his victims death letter as his way of inspiration to move forward to kill more. He’s like breathing in into the life of his victims per se. Most viewers are drooling by the killer’s good looking and abs… Well, *scratches head shyly* me included! I hope the next two episodes will reveal who Oh Cho Rim is and why she is wanted by the serial killer. This drama is not too bad, although sometimes you will find yourself wondering what the hell are the writers thinking! Regardless though, The Girl Who Sees Scents is pretty entertaining and time flies when you’re watching entertaining drama! Thumbs up from me! Now shoo… go watch it!

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Currently Watching: The Princess’ Man

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Yes, I’m on a roll with my sageuk drama! I realized I had this hole in my heart after Shine or Go Crazy! ended! Quite a few people disagree with the ending of that drama but I was content with it. I guess I didn’t put that much hope and I was fine when I saw the ending. But according to Drama Fan from Stuck on Hyuk, the ending was not in line with what was written and it didn’t make any sense. *nods* To a certain degree, it doesn’t. But I saw it from a Buddhist perspective and how perhaps the PD does not want to show encouragement of multiple wives even though this is all in the history (hey, this is just my prediction), I thought the ending is understandable. But overall, the show was so good and left me wanting for more sageuk! I can’t believe I said that! *hands on cheeks*

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So The Princess’ Man came to mind after Mari said she is still watching it. Being that there is another person as you know, I almost always need a hand holding for just in case, I tag along and hopefully will encourage her to finish it too (3 years on hold). I also thought that since this is a 2011 drama, I should give it some love and encourage kdrama newbies to watch it as well… Heh, provided that I must like it to encourage them to watch it, right? *winks* But no fret people, I love The Princess’ Man! I wanted to write a mid-review for this show but I’m too afraid I may not have enough time to do so. I just started the show early this week and I’m already on episode 10! I could easily finish it by Sunday night if I wanna… yeah, it is that engaging and addicting! And the chemistry between Park Shi Hoo and Moon Chae Won is out of this world awesome!  AWWWWWWWesome!

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*clears throat* I got sidetracked by… what else but The Princess’ Man so I’m now on episode 12! *laughs* See how engaging and captivating this show is? This drama is 24 episodes long and it is very dynamic and full of strong characters. Every single actor plays a heavy role in this drama and they really own their characters. I’m impressed by how these characters take me from skeptical to curious to palli-just-tell-me-what’s-next! *breathes heavily* If you think Shine was great, this drama is even better! I don’t even wanna watch anything else at this moment…

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The story started as Princess Kyung Hee’s cousin, Se Ryeong, posed as the Princess when she heard that the new teacher is the candidate for her husband. The teacher, Seung Yoo, is a known womanizer and was pretty daring to lift the blind that separated him from the princess on his first day of teaching! OMG! And that’s how he met Se Ryeong whom he thought was the real Princess. The game between Se Ryeong and him became out of control that jeopardized the real Princess’ chance of future husband. Seung Yoo was accused of meeting the Princess outside of the palace and sentenced to be taken out as the Princess’s husband candidate, and the Princess forbid Se Ryeong from stepping into the palace nor meeting Seung Yoo ever again. Seung Yoo felt betrayed for being lied on but his feelings towards Se Ryeong is growing stronger. Eventually, he accepted her thinking that she’s the palace maid. Oy *facepalm*Se Ryeong had her chance to spill her identity and of her father’s too but she lost that opportunity. When Seung Yoo found out that Prince Su Yang, Se Ryeong father, slaughtered his family and accused him of the person of interest, he disappeared. But when he was finally caught, he found out her true identity. Yeap, he was fooled twice basically and devastated by the death of his family. And the worse of all, to be caught in between his love for Se Ryeong and her dad’s aggressive pursue for the monarch, it left Seung Yoo bitter, thorn and extremely angry! Heh, I don’t blame him… I would strangle her to death if I could!

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This drama not only talks about betrayal, but it also weighed in on friendship between Seung Yoo and Myeon (his childhood who turned his back on him due to jealousy) and family ties between Prince Su Yang and his brothers. There are a lot to swallow when watching this show. The romance at the beginning was a LOL funny but died down and went straight to business after episode 4. As I said earlier, even though this show change its course, I still love it coz it is very engaging. Tess of Couch Kimchi told me to look forward to episode 18 for yet another awesome scene between Se Ryeong and her father. I’m extremely excited now and I don’t think no one can stop me once this review is posted! Oooh, would I recommend it? D’oh, isn’t it obvious enough? *rolls eyes*

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