Just Watched: Circle

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Circle was the most complicated drama I have seen this year. The reason I said it was that this drama was difficult to predict. Really drove me insane! I really could not piece out the puzzle until the last three episodes. Yeah, I think my brain was not able to keep up especially that in each episode, the story was told in two different years. The first 30 minutes focused on the present world while the last 30 minutes on the year 2037. It felt like watching two different stories in a drama. Thankfully, Orion and Drama Panda were available to explain exactly the story was.

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Currently Watching: Oh Hae Young Again

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Omg, y’all… Words can describe how much I love this show! I mean Seo Hyun Jin, my girl, and sister from another parent is in it!!! She’s the perfect babe!!! I fell in love for the first time in King’s Daughter, Soo Baek Hyang. And then I fell for her again in The Three Musketeers. I did not watch her Let’s Eat season 2 drama sadly… *pouts*. But I might change my mind after this drama! I might even check out Feast of the Gods, too! *giggle* but please, before you ooh and aah… Please keep it to yourself until I actually watch them! You know, I can be over greedy and say yes to everything! I have trouble with saying no, you see… But we shall see, okay? *wink*

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Back to Oh Hae Young Again. Oh Hae Young is not the girl you want to rave about. She is seriously a mean chic! Her words can be tough to swallow even though she meant well. I would feel offended even if we have been friends for years. Yeah, she’s that kind of mean girl. Mean yet genuine. But for some reason, I empathized with her. Imagine growing up with another girl that has the same name as you are… I’ve seen a few cases during my elementary years. However, the girls I grew up with were not bullied. In fact, they were fine and we made them comfortable in their own skin albeit their names. In Oh Hae Young case though, she was treated badly by her school mates. She was completely ignored because the other Oh Hae Young got all the attention in the class. Well, she is beautiful, smart and friendly. Yeah, she has all the brownies for the perfect popular in school. And she’s sweet!

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Oh Hae Young Again started when her fiancee dumped her days before their wedding ceremony. Yeah, ouch! But, due to her ego and with his permission, she made it sound like he is the bad guy and told her parents that she broke up with him instead. To be honest, he did it because he didn’t want to her to know that he’s going to jail. But the way he said it… Like “the way you chew your food turn me off” or something like that makes her think she is undesirable. Oh, gawd. Way to go, Han Tae Jin. You just killed her ego *shakes head*. But the girl was able to move on… Except her parents. They kicked her out and she had to move into a studio apartment. While busy arranging her furniture, she accidentally knocked the wall and left a big hole. Behind that cheap wall, apparently, is a door to a room in the house. And then she met Do Kyeong – the owner of the room; the man of the house! Eeeep!

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The other Oh Hae Young aka yippeo Oh Hae Young got hired in the same company as the mean Oh Hae Young. What a coincident, huh? They just happened to work in the same industry, huh? Anyway… When she found out about yippeo, she tried to avoid her. And here we go again, our mean girl is back into how she was in school. But, she pretty much has moved on from her painful past and refused to step down. I know she tried. She confronted yippeo! Well, obviously, she was able to do it with alcohol in her system. Trust me, it was a sad feeling for her. But she swallowed her pride and made amend with yippeo. And the world is happily ever after! Except one thing!!! Oh Hae Young started to fall for Do Kyeong not knowing that Do Kyeong and his bestie, Ji Sang, were responsible for breaking her wedding apart! Why did they do that? Do Kyeong and Ji Sang thought Tae Jin is marrying yippeo Oh Hae Young, which was Do Kyeong’s runaway bride! Yikes!!! And now what? How are they going to solve all the mess?

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Again, I did not disclose a lot of things. Do Kyeong, for once, always has a nanosecond vision of Oh Hae Young. It’s like a premonition and no one else in it but her. It is weird. He wondered that, too. But why does he only see her? The ending for episode 10 was a bit cliffhanger to me. I was panicking. Is Do Kyeong dead and all that we saw are nothing but a dream? I really don’t know and am curious to know it on the next episode. I really hope not! By the way, for all Oh Hae Young Again fans, this show received additional two episodes. I dislike extension but I’m making an exception once again, like I did for Heaven’s Promise, because I love Oh Hae Young Again. Even though I am not Eric’s fan, I’m willing to watch it. Besides, the chemistry between Eric and Hyun Jin are undeniably hot! A big applause to the casting director for selecting these two!

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Currently Watching: Signal

1010You know how I somewhat partial with cop dramas, right? Some are good, some are just pure action. And those corrupt police drama ones… *shakes head* But Signal is above and beyond. It somewhat gives me God’s Gift and Nine: Nine Times Time Travel combo vibes. That butterfly effect… I love this element in a drama. But I didn’t expect Signal would go this route at all. In fact, I am surprised that it did. It really solidify my believe that this show has met my expectations. What else would Signal bring to the table as I catching up with episode 12? dd7ns75785ae3jrdu912This detective drama keeps me up to my toes. It continuously pushing me to think as hard as the characters. When past and present world collide, when the writer is forcing you as watchers to witness the parallel life between a character’s past and present… Wahhhh I just can’t help but noticing this growing envy of such awesome drama plot. How does one able to think it through and project it into a moving story? Yeah, I hear you. I am putting too much thought into this. Let me live this awesome Signal life, chingu *wink* IE001916557_STDAs I said earlier, Signal is unlike any other cop dramas you have seen. The color scheme is colorful only in Detective Cha’s home. The rest of the scenes are gloomy and grey but certainly meet the mood of this drama. Signal started with rookie Park Hae Young discovering an old police transmitter used by the late Detective Lee Jae Han. Hae Young uses the transmitter to communicate with Detective Lee. There is only one catch; the transmitter only works at 11:23 pm. Why? Is it the time when Detective Lee went missing?  Anyway, the cases that Park Hae Young is working on are unsolved cold cases and directly related with the work of Detective Lee. Detective Cha was the maknae of the office when she began working in the police unit. She received guidance and ultimately support by Detective Lee. 20 years later, Detective Cha is the team leader for the cold case and Hae Young reports to her. IE001920278_STDCha does not know that Hae Young has been in “contact” with Lee. When she was notified by Section Chief Ahn Chi Soo that Hae Young has been digging on Lee, she started to feel alert. The truth is she herself is looking for the missing Lee. She and Ahn wonder why a rookie like Park would be interested in Lee’s case? They both calculated the time and thought Park and Lee never cross path. However, they are both wrong. Park and Lee did cross path and the two are tied through the very first case Park worked on under Cha’s team. Now, although it sounds pretty direct and interesting, but what a cop drama will be without corruption, political influence and murder within the system, right? *wiggles brows* 20160118010010263000426910Signal touches all aspects of crime. From kidnap and revenge to serial killer and gang-rape crimes, the show has yet to fail me. It grips me so hard. It is edgy. It is hearty. It is compelling. It is emotional. And if you are watching this show, let’s take a moment and acknowledge all the characters in Signal. As I was in awe with all characters in Cruel City, I am having this deja vu with all characters in this drama. They are absolutely brilliant and together made Signal a really fantastic drama! I can’t help but saying this but Signal is one of the best dramas of 2016! I just know it!

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Currently Watching: Cheese in the Trap

b3EgeXk1_ff898b_fHow did this happen? From being curious, 8 episodes later I’m still glued to Cheese in the Trap. This anticipated manga turned drama received so many buzz in my Twitter list. As Grace would say, I’m officially trapped. But being trap doesn’t mean I really, really, REALLY like it. In a way I do, but deep down I feel something is missing. I really can’t pin down what it is… Perhaps, the slow pace and quirky mood? I usually like this style of drama. But this time I am half sold *pouts sadly* E1VOVAjL_d7660c_fIt has nothing to do with the cast although Baek In Ha, one of the characters, is driving me batshit crazy. I’m not a fan of the actress (since It’s Okay, It’s Love) and definitely not a fan of her as In Ha. Her over dramatic acting skill says it all and it is grossing me out! Yes, I am taking it personally. Other than that, I wish this show will give more feels because I only feel it tiny bit. I want more. The whole thing is just too cold. *shrugs* maybe I have been pms-ing for the past 4 weeks?X3bApaAL_fda961_fBack to Cheese in the Trap, this drama is all on Seol the cheese girl. She’s nerdy and quirky yet super cute. I love her and her conversation in her head. Very fascinating! She started her university course again after taking a year break. Prior to her break, senior Jung and herself were never on the same page. His then girlfriend always picks on Seol. And one time at the party, Seol witnessed something that creep her out. A drink suddenly spilled onto Jung’s girlfriend and she got wet. But what shocked Seol was that Jung acted all worried over the spill but as soon as his girlfriend left for clean up, he broke a wicked smile. Seol happened to see that smile and Jung caught her staring at him. To me, that entire scene was insanely creepy. Obviously, Jung spilled the drink on purpose. Wae? Did he not like her? Or did he find it very thrilling to make someone frustrated and angry? Hmmmm interesting behavior… VLQ2woq3_157f24_fFast forward a year later, Seol was forced to enroll into a class under a professor she doesn’t favor with. And Jung happens to be in the class. She continues to avoid him whereas Jung continues to get closer to her. Seol became suspicious and started questioning his intention. Why is he oh-so friendly now? It turns out he approaches her with an intention to date. Of course, Jung hesitated in the beginning but now, our cheese is trapped under Jung’s spell. At the same time, Seol started to befriend Baek In Ho and found out that In Ho and Jung knows each other. In Ho advises her to beware of Jung’s sleek tricks and Seol keeps that in mind. Sadly, he never really gives her a concrete reason. Why? Why can’t he tell her everything?  D45Xym23_da58ad_fTo me, the whole drama is intriguing and fishy. Some speculate that Jung is a serial killer. Some say that he is a murderer. Or whatever. I am curious. We know his background. We know how powerful he is simply by watching him controlling In Ho and In Ha. How far can he be to control these two? And now I need to know whether is he a serial killer or just a mistaken identity? Park Hae Jin as Jung is really something. He somehow brought in his serial killer mindset from Bad Guys into this show. It is hard to read him which makes Cheese in the Trap very interesting. All I ask is that can he and Seol be a bit livelier?

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Currently Watching: Twenty Again

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I’m giddy today. Twenty Again is making me super crazy happy! Wae? Because the main character, Ha No Ra, is taking charge of her life completely! Just like me!!!! Taking charge of my life! I’m all for girl power! Wow, Twenty Again is another awesome production by tvN! I know, I’m just super excited right now and I’m not even through the first paragraph! This drama is so wonderful and energizing I even tweeted Bel to watch it! Aaaaggghhhh and I just completed episode 8! I’m so giddy! Too giddy to even type this post! Just look at his face! Yeap, I just can’t help but to screen shot that face! He was shocked! He was surprised! He was proud! The man is proud!!!! And for the first time, in a loooooooong time, he’s in love again! *squee*

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Was that too immature of me? I told you I was giddy! Omo, I think I’ve overused the word giddy too many times today! Who cares! Giddy, giddy, giddy!!!! *claps* *squee* Oh my god, I feel like I’m dreaming right now! *giggle*. What makes it even better? The fact that the lead actress, Ha No Ra took over her life back and said yes to her hub’s ultimatum divorce? Wow, I was blown away by what she said! Do it! Yes, go for divorce! It is not the end of the world! Take that, sucker!

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And here is No Ra, the woman in control, who said (not her exact words but…) “Go ahead sucker, go ahead and divorce me. I will still go to school!” Muahahahhahahhahaha! I was clapping and laughing so hard! She said it so confidently that she needs no reinforcement (aka her bestie) to back her up this time. I believe her self-confident has skyrocketed so high even her sucker husband was blown away by it! After all, she is no longer the housewife he’s known for the past 20 years!

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So now you know why am I so giddy? She’s in control! She’s in power! She finally snapped out of it! After years of being behind the scene, aka serving her manipulative-yet-acting-as-an-angel evil hub Professor Kim Woo Cheol, Ha No Ra finally decided to be in charged of her life by finishing what she had left in the first place: getting her life back and earn a degree. She decided to go back to school secretly even though her idea was shot down by her husband and son. No Ra and her husband have been living separately under the same roof for the sake of their son. And he’s been blackmailing her that if she ever crosses the separation terms that they’ve agreed on, she will lose her store (I didn’t quite get the name but I think it is the store that belongs to her grandma). On the surface, her husband did not portray himself as a typical bad jerk but eventually his true evil started to emerge when NoRa caught him with another woman. Her identity was revealed to us as one of NoRa’s professors but she doesn’t know. Yet. *wiggles brows* 

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And one of NoRa’s other professors is Cha Hyun Suk, her school mate who once had a major crush on her. But when he found out that NoRa was pregnant and got married to that sucker Professor Kim, Hyun Suk became extremely upset and left to Russia for his studies. NoRa moved to Germany with her husband so he can completed his studies while she ends up alone with their only son. Hyun Suk may have thought she had a great life because she did not come back for her grandma’s funeral but in reality, she couldn’t afford to go home at all. I have yet to know the reason as it was only revealed on episode 8 but she publicly thanked him for being at her grandma’s funeral. Her grateful towards him was beautifully done, in my opinion. I even shed a few tears… It felt really sincere and genuine.

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Twenty Again is a 20-episode drama that debunk the myth that your life will end after divorce. I know how NoRa feels. I would feel lost as well had I not have a great support and to be honest, I too, will be as scared as her to move on with life on my own. Twenty Again brings a great message to us. We CAN move on after divorce. We WILL move on. What I love the most about this show other than great acting, except for….. the kids as NoRa’s son and his yoeja chingu, is the script. The pun. The punch. The lines are so daebak they really poke us at the right spot! Believe me, you will feel so good hearing it! I highly recommend Twenty Again if you have not see it. And if you are watching it, isn’t Twenty Again another must see drama for this year? *wink*

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Currently Watching: Hidden Identity

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Lately, I have been craving action dramas. I guess my rounds with some action Japanese dramas really made me think twice for my next to-watch drama. And Hidden Identity came in just in time to fill this void in my watch hole. What’s more? This is Kim Bum’s latest comeback since he broke up with Moon Geun Yong. I’m sure I was not the only one waiting for Kim Bum’s comeback to small screen. And with the preview pics of him in stache and guyliner, of course I can’t say no to that! Can you? *wiggles brows*

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Hidden Identity reminds me of Ten and Cruel City. It’s an action police drama, as it is as dark as those two (and many more dramas that I’m lazy to list them here). I typically not a fan of kdrama police drama. We all know how ridiculous and injustice the Korean law system is. But somehow I was able to stick through it. The first two episodes did it with me. I was sold completely by the entire cast. They each have their own strengths and weaknesses, but as a team, they are daebak! I truly enjoyed watching the team and the way they dealt the situation, I’m impressed. I mean, the cases are not extraordinary, but I just love the way they tackle things in their own way. Yeap, this drama is interesting in its own way.

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So what is Hidden Identity about? Just by its title, the team was created secretly and perhaps no approval given by the top. It is consisted of 6 undercover police officers that led by Team Leader Jang. Each of them has their own abilities to fight crime in any means they have. They will do whatever they can to hunt the criminal. Under the Team Leader Jang’s fierce leadership, they were able to catch the criminal. However, the one main plot that get carried away throughout the series is the revenge Min Tae In forever carrying with him. His sister was killed and he is determined to find the crooks. But after 10 episodes, I still questioning his intention. I don’t know, Kim Tae Hoon is notorious for playing baddie so it is difficult to actually see him on the good side. I will feel at ease if he remains the good detective until the end of the series.

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Back to Hidden Identity, Team Leader Jang recruited Cha Geoun Woo as his sniper man. Coincidentally, he was given an undercover mission by his Leader to save another team member that was trapped and his under cover was blown by the crooks. Unknowingly, the person Woo had to save is none other than Min Tae In. They have a history together. They are connected through Tae In’s sister. Woo dated Tae In’s sister and he witnessed the brawl that caused her life. So to meet again at such situation, it was not only awkward but also felt that they are meant to meet again. You can totally see the reaction between the two through their eye contact, and Tae In’s life was totally depending on Woo’s move. Well, this was one of the nail-biting situations you get to see in Hidden Identity. Throughout the 10 episodes, the team will work to solve the crime and at the same time, you will expose to clues that would lead Woo and Tae In closer to find the murderer.

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Well, the question now becomes would I recommend it to you? I’m in a tough spot. I was completely blown away by the first two episodes but felt I was let down the next two episodes. And then, the climax came in waves… Episode 9 and 10 were very suspense yet awesome, I couldn’t sit still. Hidden Identity is not for everyone. There is no romance and there will be no romance. Also, I found Hidden Identity drowned by OCN’s action drama, My Beautiful Bride (review to come soon). I found My Beautiful Bride more intriguing and exciting than Hidden Identity. Nevertheless, Hidden Identity is worth watching if you don’t mind the agenda but definitely not worth rewatching… *shrugs* that’s how I see it.

Song of the Moment: Going Back In Time…

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I suddenly miss the Reply series and started to browse for the OSTs. I started listening to Reply 1994 OST first and it made me miss oppa so much! And then I saw this MV and I went beserk! Tell me if you don’t miss Seo In Guk and Eun Ji combo!!! They are the most awesome OTP couple to date! Seriously, I can’t even put into words how much I ship, ship, ship them on and off the screen! We all know Eun Ji is like the best girl next door to date! Hmmm, well at least in my kdrama dictionary! And Seo In Guk… Well, he is not only cute but he’s the best dork ever! *hands on cheek* What else can I say? Geez, I wish we all could go back in time and live watch Reply 1997 again together. Won’t it be fun? *grins*

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Let’s bring some love back to small screen!