Saturday, November 30, 2013

First Impression: Let's Eat Episode 1

Hmm, let me see? This show totally captured my attention first with food however, I was kind of hesitant to start yet excited because I might have bad cravings that I won't be able to satisfy. And that exactly is one of the worst things that could happen to me. I don't want myself to be frustrated over that fact however, yadda yadda I tried tasting the flavor of this series and I am totally in. The story is bias towards their main objective which is to highlight food, more food and the elements that would spice up everything. I am not complaining though.

So I started watching this show with the knowledge of how surprisingly good it was as I have heard from k-netizens. Oh well, I believe in them so I was tagged along with their expectation. Regarding with the casts, this is my first time seeing Yoon Do Joon act in a drama and he's the only one I'm familiar with in there. So what have I expected from him? Not much but probably it was sort of refreshing to know that he has built an impressive debut to most of the viewers through his character Koo Dae Young which is still not clear to me about his being. He came off as a weirdo, messy and disorganized. In other words, he's a random guy with a talent in eating on-the-go foods though I mean, he must have a real great appetite to be able to satisfy himself with it. Going back to him being an actor, I know that this is perhaps his second project as an actor after IRIS II which I didn't bother watching because of the unfavorable opinion of netizens. Anyway, I just have to mention it because there were no special regard for Doo Joon's acting when it aired. So, I feel the need to emphasize that I didn't have the background to start with in him in that aspect. Fortunately, I am kind of nodding my head. My favorite scene was when he talked about the difference in jajangmyun that kind of freaked the lady in front oh him. Hah.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Reaction Post: Reply 1994 Episodes 9 - 11

Episode 9: Na Jung confessed to Oppa-ya about her feelings towards him which was on the day of the first snow in Seoul early in the morning. But then Na Jung was too scared to listen to Trash that she didn’t let him speak after to hear his response. She only succumb to him in embarrassment of what she did, but hey. I can’t believe that Na Jung had mustered her courage to confess to him in his room after waking him up, at least she got balls. I don’t understand Trash for being such a coward towards his feelings for her like it is obvious already but why did he ever let Na Jung confess first? Isn’t that un-gentleman-like? Well, to me at least. Though I hate more to see Oppa-ya in pain after seeing Na Jung be that way, like dude, how are we able to deal with you when what we from your eyes is totally different of what you are doing in the moment. I am so disappointed that you have kept your silence until now. I want to see your point of view, as well.

I believe that it was in this episode that everyone switched their ship to Chilbong not only because he’s better looking (which is obvious but I don’t care about their appearances in relation to the matters of true love) but also she’s treated Na Jung better than Trash. Though I stand firm in Team Oppa, I am kind of wavering with what’s in the mind of the writer. She might have formulated these tricks before or may have foreseen that this will work to create doubts but then again, the audience participation with whom to root for might possibly give way for a change of heart. No, it would bring me so much heartache if that will happen because Oppa-ya is the first love. Other than that, what is there to root for in him? He must get out of the way and prove himself deserving of Na Jung.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Reaction Post: The Heirs Episodes 11 - 14

Well I would have to speak of the four episodes as a whole and I think I wouldn't even be able to backtrack all of my favorite moments. So basically this is just a wrap up of how satisfying it has been for the past few weeks which I was originally doubtful of in this drama because you know, its history of wasted moments and dull beginnings. Cue "Love is the moment". /cringe

Moving on. Well, the Heirs in general is not the best to be categorized as a great drama, but because they do have actors who are capable in delivering their roles, I'm glad for that cause. And as I move on from the previous bitterness I had, I accept how it is now and they are excelling a lot, at least on the aspect of putting the pieces together as compared to their here and there happenings in previous episodes. The character development is finally taking place as we have passed the middle mark before it ends (which I still refuse to talk about because that would cause a major withdrawal as early as now). So I would have to talk about the characters and their progress in the story rather than the moments for now.

So starting with Kim Tan, we have started to see him as a spoiled brat, but the good things about him are still dominant despite of being a bully at school as perceived and witnessed by the students. Now that we have seen him grow, we could sense that he's developed responsibility in his actions not only for his own but also for the people whom he cares like his family, Cha Eun Sang as well as his extended environment of his which is the school and most importantly *ehem* Choi Young Do *ehem*. Anyway, the gradual open up of one's true self may be hard at first because who would have thought that he's a sweet guy to everyone? He connects well with Hyo Shin sunbae and he's a constant follower of his Hyung, Won. There are a lot of reasons for us to be attracted with Kim Tan as much as character development is concerned. Adding to that, he's only 18 yet he is thinking maturely and is always making sure that others would feel more secured than his own self. Those are really good points to note from him.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cool Kiz on The Block - Basketball (3 Parts)

Heeeey! :)

It's been a while since I watched cool kiz and the last time I remember is the final match of the badminton team  that eventually separated after two months of being together. So sad, yes. Plus I became busy after it ended. The time went by so fast that I could only skip myself from watching the show. Now that I have spare time to watch, I decided to since everyone has been recommending the basketball episodes and I've been hearing so much of how fun it is so I gave it a try. 

Look now, I'm happy because I made the right decision to watch. So I encourage you to watch these episodes as well because they are as thrilling and hilarious as the badminton episodes plus we have here gorgeous people to ogle as a bonus to their skills. It is pleasant and exciting that they chose guests who have the basic skills, interest and physical ability to compete with professionals hence, it's easier or a bit lighter to watch their hard work unlike the members that composed the badminton team which were engaged to learn, it was such a terrible yet satisfying experience for them because they worked so hard for two months yet they never won against their opponents so I think that this is where "fun" is inserted for these episodes, they really do have great chances. Aside from that, we also witness the gradual improvement of Kang Ho Dong, Lee Su Geun, Changmin and John Park who are the novice ones with their skills. Psssh. They complain though that it's still really hard. Lol. Anyhow, I'm happy with the additions to the team like Ji Suk, Julien Kang, Coach Woo, JYP, Hye Jeong who's the only girl in the team as well as the older coach who seems to be a good motivator to everyone.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fan Account and Fancams: Infinite One Great Step Live in Manila

My friends and I (the three of us) went to Infinite's concert in November 3, 2013 at Araneta Coliseum here in Manila without buying the tickets prior to the concert so we went there semi prepared, long story but to cut it short, we got robbed off our money by Araneta Coliseum. However, the concert was worth it so everything's good and forgiven but still, we feel cheated somehow because we bought upper box b center which costed around P2500 ($60) but we were seated at the back which was suppose to be for the regular ones that is the cheapest ticket of the concert.

Infinite, I would have to admit myself that I'm not familiar with them at first and I only knew some of their songs, maybe half of what they have sung. Moreover, I knew that they are fairly good with live performances so I already had an idea of the quality of the concert that I am going to attend and at least, they have established a decent impression on me for the first few months of getting to know them. Meanwhile my friend is the one who's really a fan of theirs. Her happiness must have doubled compared to us two. LOL.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Review: Can We Get Married?

In a Nutshell: It's about a couple (Hae Yeon and Jong Hun) which life is about to change due to impending marriage. However, the involvement of their family most especially their mothers who are major influences in their lives has affected the process of their engagement contributing to the problems between the two. Would they be able to get through this test or not?

Halftime Report: Here


I liked this drama lot from the beginning because I thought that the spontaneous script and the reality it brings to all couples were illustrated through the atmosphere and the environment. Well, I still actually liked the whole concept of in-laws and the inclusive element of the love stories as well as marriage problems brought about by some circumstances. However, there are instances wherein I've felt kind of irritated to the excessive complaints and/or demands of these two mothers involved whose role are major to their children. Nonetheless, I still appreciate their concern and somewhere along the way, I had a gist of where they are coming from and despite of it happening in the war zone, it shouldn't affect much of the relationship between Hae Yeon and Jong Hun. The problem should still be dealt with by the couple themselves proving on how much they want to be together.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Noted: Reply 1994 Episodes 6 - 8

Episode 6 - Up until this episode, I am convinced that Trash oppa is the husband of Na Jung. That particular scene wherein Chilbong kissed Na Jung during the dare which purpose was for Samcheonpo and Yoon Jin to make peace with each other, Trash oppa was the only person who witnessed and stared at the moment, I felt his jealousy so I thought, despite of that scene, there's a big hope to my OTP (one true paring).

Plus, what is this Bingirae crushing on Trash? Gosh this is a major gossip going on but not surprising at all. They even kissed during the dare. LOL. He's so cute because it's all obvious now but of course he can't let him know yet. Reminds me of Hoya's character in Reply 1997 which I adored so much.

The ending of this episode was a heart warming one as everyone gathered in the living room to watch the 1994 Semi Final bid of South Korea in the World Cup. Added to the scene was the tenderness of the kids to Na Jung's mom after stressing her out the past few days prior to the good news. Despite everything, mom and dad are blessed to have a baby again which made everybody excited and sweet to her.

Trash oppa being affectionate to Bingirae. Hehe.

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Heirs: Episode 7 - 10

Well, contrary from the previous episodes which I may consider frustrating and a waste, I thought that for these episodes that I will be talking about, Heirs definitely stepped up their game. I'm really glad to see the progress of the story because all the reasons that was building up in me to hate the drama are somewhat decreased. I didn't expect much because if you would refer to my previous reaction post, Heirs didn't deliver aside from Kim Woo Bin and Lee Min Ho but actually there were a lot of robbed scenes from Kim Woo Bin in the past because of the unnecessary drama. Fortunately, they were able to turn the table a hundred eighty degrees this time around. So let's see the pointers that switched my fangirl moments on.

Episode 7-8: They didn’t highlight the conflict in the household while they focused more on substance – what I was truly looking forward. I remember anticipating this series a lot without knowing how big is the involvement of the seniors or the older people but it happened to be that they were so involved with the matter of their children – which disappointed me because they steal the spotlight and all but for episode 7 & 8, they started to cut off their scenes to give way for more on what I have been excited about, the three main characters: Cha Eun Sang, Kim Tan and Choi Young Do. I'm ecstatic because despite of seeing them a lot in the past dramas which they were a part of, the chemistry is finally stirring up for Kim Tan and Eun Sang, and Kim Tan and Young Do. Yes, I am totally in for the bromance that partakes between these two men despite of them always growling at each other. But the biggest turning point would have to be, I see Eun Sang in a different light now because she's being sandwiched by two gorgeous men who are both expressive in their interest to her. 

The two actors are agreeable on make believe and I just love the full shot of their facial expressions every single time. Sorry for sounding so superficial but I guess, I can’t help it because we get Woo Bin as the charming second lead here and Lee Min Ho is challenged by his presence. Finally, they are now heading to the right direction for this series. I’m happy. Nonetheless, I still cringe at the mention that they are high school students and are teens. Gosh, I don’t think I can forgive them for doing that to me. Well, I will just embrace that obvious lie because you are entertaining.

Favorite Scene:

Hyo Shin (Kang Ha Neul) sunbae sniffing through his tutor Hyun Joo's (Im Ju Eun) mouth to smell her breath that suggest she ate ramyun for dinner, even though he actually seen him in the convenience store eating. Kyaa~ this particular scene gave me so much feels with so much pleasure that I had hangover with. It’s the first time that I appreciated Kang Ha Neul a lot. He’s such a flower boy, isn’t he? Plus that move he’s made was so fluffy and all, so I was really squealing my heart out when it happened. Kya~ I am totally shipping these two despite of her and Won’s (Kim Tan’s hyung Choi Jin Hyuk) prior romantic relationship.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Review: Gokusen

It has been 7-8 years since the last time I watched this drama and it's one of those that influenced me when I was just starting my interest to J-doramas. But then just recently, I decided to re-watch the series for a random reason that I wanted to relive the moment from the last time I’ve had. I’m glad I did because I can properly make a review about it.

Synopsis: The story is about a high school teacher, Yamaguchi Kumiko or Yankumi (Nakama Yukie), a tough and a diligent educator to her students who's more involved with the matters of life than in the academic purposes. Her background as the fourth generation heir of the Ooedo Family, a group of Yakuza molded her to become who she is in character. However, aside from becoming the next leader of the clan, she also wanted to fulfill her calling which is to become a teacher to change the lives the students of Shirokin High. This is where she entwined fate with the 3D class which is well known as magnets to a lot of troubles.

Theme Song: Let’s play V6’s ‘Feel Your Breeze’ – I just rekindled my love for this song, as it rings in my head these days.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Review: Secretly Greatly

Expectation: I'm not the biggest anticipator of the movie but upon hearing so many good reviews about it; this film starring Kim Soo Hyun has built my confidence in watching. Basically, I expected it to be awesome, thus; they have a huge responsibility to fulfill at least to me as a viewer.

In a nutshell: It's about a North Korean soldier, Won Ryu Han (Kim Soo Hyun) who was sent to South Korea to be a spy in disguise of an idiot (Dong Gu). Together with him are his comrades, Lee Hae Rang (Park Ki Woong) and Ri Hae Jin (LeeHyun Woo) who were sent later to prove their nationalistic attribute as soldiers.

Commentaries: The beginning of the movie was really interesting and that immediately drew me into watching. But then, I realized that I need to look through the movie as a whole because in totality, we need to grasp the essence of its details. So starting with the aim or objective of it, I think that this entails a very thorough reasoning as to why they want to create a story in a way that the soldiers' dignity as people are involved. Through that, we will understand better the core of their character that we have laid eyes on. For me, in the aspect of bringing things into light for the characters, they sort of lacked in it. To explain myself, for this kind of movie which I anticipated, I wanted to see how much the soldiers are motivated to execute the intructions to them in the story like for example, what is worth fighting for aside from your country's pride? Furthermore, I expected lesser contradicting events than they actually have. Well, it saddened me a bit because I lived up to a more polished writing than they delivered. Regardless of that, I think that they can do more than what they have shown so for a film that hit the box office, I wanted more depth. I knew that love for country is a kind of feeling that is significant for a soldier but why do the story has to send traitors to persecute their own men? I thought that it was a bit off as a patriot.