Friday, August 1, 2014

Review: Triangle

First Impression

Synopsis: It’s a drama about three brothers who were separated for more than 20 years and later met with no recognition of each other. The eldest Jang Dong Soo has become a police officer diligent in finding his lost brothers and to take revenge to the people who have caused their father's death as an activist leader. The middle child Jang Dong Chul grew up as Heo Youngdal, a known gangster who apparently lost his childhood memories; while the youngest Jang Dong Woo lived as Yoon Yang Ha who was adopted by Chairman of a Casino and was raised to be the heir. Will they be able to make up for the years lost and fill the gaps between them for a reunion?


Its strengths are what I absolutely love about this drama. Probably one of the strengths which is the reason why I favored it mostly is the actors and the sequencing that was excellent to my standard. Since I have been following it from the beginning, I have heard various comments and opinions regarding this series in both extremes. Some viewers even make fun of the small details and some would tend to overlook them because some simply enjoy. To me, it has been very effective because I’m in that category of those who would fall to compliment it first before taking notice of the weak points. So, I would like to further discuss the strengths of it.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Fated to Love You First Impression (Episode 1-6)

In a nutshell: This is a Korean remake of the Taiwanese drama called Fated to Love You starring Ethan Ruan and Qiao En which was aired back in 2006. For the Korean counterpart, it led Jang Hyuk as Geon and Jang Nara as Kim Mi Young.

The story is about the entanglement of life between two individuals who met by chance in Macau after much confusion with the room number of the hotel where they both were checked in, but with different partners who eventually dumped them both. After spending a night together, this is where it all started.


I haven’t watched the Taiwanese drama online but I remember catching up few episodes at the local channel where it was aired back in day (that sounds really old and odd to me speaking of which). So, I think that it’s a good thing because I will be able to predict less of the story and feel surprised with the events that could happen next. However, since I decided to watch this one and to be honest, curiosity is a normal phenomenon to happen since I’m fidgety at wanting to know what could happen afterwards though it might spoil me, I checked some clips on youtube. But of course I won’t spoil it here myself. And now I start to imagine my thoughts which I can’t divulge, “Ohhhh…” Anyways, I’m sure that if you can relate to it and you feel that you have the telekinetic power to reveal what it is, comment below. But that’s not the point I’m talking, because I’m excited to go all out and discuss it with you but I’m just weird like this that I can’t seem to know how and where to begin. I will just leave it to the fate, in the hands of the scriptwriter whatever that shall be revised and decided to be pursued from the original story.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Review: Witch's Romance

In a nutshell: A romantic comedy series between a 39 year old career woman Ban Ji Yeon and a 25 year old medicine student and part timer Yoon Dong Ha

I just finished this drama last week and I have been setting aside my commitment to write a review because I can't believe that it's already over. But now it's really sinking in that mondays and tuesdays will never be the same again, I think that it's time to make one. 

Throughout the series, there was never a dull moment that was wasted. I don't have anything to dislike about the series, even with the presence of "polar bear" because it became an affirmation regarding the romance shared by Ban Ji Yeon and Yoon Dong Ha. Furthermore, I thought that he wasn't a bad person after all, contrary to the hateful things that has done to Ji Yeon which damaged his image. Also, I felt sorry to him that he was late to be back for her. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Kdrama Updates: Witch's Romance, Triangle, Angel Eyes

Here is an update regarding the kdramas that I am following. I think this is the crucial part for me whether to continue watching or not because they are already halfway their broadcast and I have to pass through this stage to decide. Hmm, I shall start talking about them and let’s find out if they have gotten interesting.

Angel Eyes

Unfortunately, I find it hard getting through episode 10 of Angel Eyes. It’s been like 2-3 weeks since I enjoyed an episode of it. I think I have gotten through the first half of episode 10 and now, I am badly attached at the actors that I can’t afford to drop it. However, the reason why I am thinking twice is that the baddies are starting to make their move in ruining the plot? But still, I have the same concerns about it like I’ve had in my impression. This drama is lacking in terms of sequencing or transition. I find it sometimes hard because they insert scenes which diverts one emotion to another. I feel that it's a bit underwhelming when they suddenly insert the good, but followed by the bad right after. So, I feel like as a viewer, it contradicts the element of consistency hence getting on the way for a smooth transition. I thought, episodes 1-4 were fine regarding the pace but ever since Dong Ju revealed himself to Soo Wan again, it has become predictable. They reunited too fast for me. Plus, I pity the second male lead so much because he was being tossed around when the first love came in the picture. In his place, I feel like Soo Wan cheated on him all the while. I think I need this drama to get rid of its villain plans and keep up with the good. Through this, I think I can still bear to watch it till the final round of events.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

SBS Variety Show: Roommate


I didn't expect my viewing habit to be loaded with plenty of currently airing shows from Korea and I feel a bit absorbed in watching them. So I came across this variety show since a lot of mentions about it has been made in my timeline. First, the familiar names Lee Dong Wook, Park Bom, Chan Yeol were tagged together and to me these are the few ones I could recognize so I was curious what must have this show has to offer for putting all these people together? Basically, the concept of it is to create a home for celebrities where they would go back to after a busy long day. So we have the rock music icon in the 90s, Shin Sung Woo who's taking part as Chan Yeol of EXO's roommate, supermodel & fashion enthusiast Lee So Ra who's roommate is the 4D or 4 dimensional personality Park Bom from 2ne1 and Song Ga Yeon, a sports driven 19 year old who has a very pretty face but with a  tough personality because of being a Road FC Fighter. Other roommates are actors & flower boys Park Min Woo & Seo Kang Joon. The pairing of Orange Caramel's Nana and actress Hong Soo Hyun is another matched upbeat & straightforward personalities. The unexpected and the probably the most opposite looking partners are the handsome actor Lee Dong Wook and comedienne Jo Se Ho yet they clicked so well in terms of humor and energy.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

First Impression: Witch's Romance's Yoon Dong Ha, Park Seo Joon

feel lucky this season and that K-drama gods has been so good to me as I found myself watching three series that are currently airing (Angel Eyes, Triangle, Witch's Romance). All of which are I'm excited to update everytime and the reason I think is that,as much as my preference is concerned, they are watchable. However, I also want to start so many dramas because of the promising competition and plot but I haven't found a time yet for follow up thus for now, I'll have to enjoy myself indulging to this madness without having to overwhelm my viewing habits. Other shows that I'm considering are Dr. Stranger, Big Man & You're All Surrounded. But, I'll talk about Witch's Romance first because it makes me grin to have found an underdog that is right down my alley. 

So what is it all about? This series is a remake of the Taiwanese drama called My Queen starring Ethan Ruan in the cable channel tvN, which is a story of a woman older by 14 years to a man whom he had an entangled fate with. When I say fate, I won't go through the details because we all know how fate works in Kdramas which is an infinite of possibilities so as much as I can, I wouldn't spoil it to my readers nor elaborate it because I think it's nothing special. I'm not really interested by the plot itself nor the cinematography but I'm most interested with the man who played the role of Yoon Dong Ha, Park Seo Joon. But before I start spazzing about his endless charm and charisma, let's look at the apple of his eyes, Ban Ji Yeon played by Uhm Jung Hwa. Surprisingly, these two have a chemistry together which is amazing and extraordinary. But for me, I give credit to their skills in portraying their roles because to be very honest, this is an unexpected pairing but it could work and it did. Maybe we can give credit to the writer, director and the production as well? Because of the tremendous job of making this happen with the casting. Nonetheless, the most amazing feat for this drama to be proud of for me, is 2014's rising star, Park Seo Joon. Yes, and I already gave that title to him because he deserved much recognition. Haha.

Friday, May 9, 2014

First Impression: Triangle


Genre: Action, Family, Melodrama

This drama first caught me at Kim Jaejoong and Lee Bum Soo working together again even though I haven't seen their first project together which is Dr. Jin. Im Si Wan's casting probably became one of my reasons too to keep an eye on the showing date and such. This drama has only become a candidate out of so many interesting dramas I've had in my mind, but I really wasn't so sure whether I'm really gonna make time for it or not. Nonetheless, I've had my first impression with the trailer and that's when I decided give it a try.

What was about the trailer? Even though it was only a clip and there was just a few seconds shown, I've seen a matured Jaejoong (Heo Yeong Dal) as an actor in a role of a gangster and I had the gut feel this is going to be different from the past projects he's done. So please don't disappoint me.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Drama Recommendation: Angel Eyes

·         Lee Sang Yoon – Park Dong Joo / Dylan Park
·         Kang Ha Neul – young Park Dong Joo
·         Goo Hye Sun – Yoon Soo Wan
·         Nam Ji Hyun – as young Yoon Soo Wan
·         Kim Ji Suk – Kang Ji Won
·         Seungri – Teddy

In a nutshell: This is a melodrama about Yoon Soo Wan (Goo Hye Sun) and Park Dong Joo’s (Lee Sang Yoon) love for each other in the past 12 years,  and the fate that they have to face after so many years that passed by.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Review: Ashita, mama ga inai (Tomorrow, mom won't be here)

Synopsis: The story is about children who have found shelter, purpose and direction, friendship and family through Kogamo no Le, an orphanage headed by a middle aged man named Maou. The kids have different backgrounds of where they came from, and for the essence of it in the drama, the issues were resolved one by one as they go through challenges and growth at such a tender age.

Just a brief background of the series, the story has raised attempts by the government or group of people who are against its broadcast to put an end to it because it involves violence, child abuse and mental disorder which isn't an acceptable issue that the country is facing. Fortunately, they were able to wrap it up even with the said attempts to halt its airing.

Monday, April 7, 2014

K-drama Updates that made me Giddy!

Jang Hyuk and Jara to Reunite in Fated To Love You

I still can't believe this is happening because Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara together just brings back so many childhood memories. Bright Girl is one of the oldest kdramas I've watched in the early 2000s on our local TV channel. But I've only remembered who the characters were in restrospect after being finally immersed in the business. This is a squeal worthy news and even though I'm not a fan of Fated To Love You, as an adaptation of the Taiwanese drama, count me in because the two actors are in my generation of classic & legend.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ashita, Mama ga inai Episode 6

If there is one j-dorama that I would gladly recommend this season, that would be Ashita, mama ga inai or Tomorrow, Mom Won't be Here. I have given out my reasons in my first impression that I have made regarding episodes 1-2. Well, recently I have also finished Shitsuren Chocolatier, and if I were to recommend it, that is for entertainment & grandiosity. But for Ashita, I would recommend it for the unique storyline, the adorable characters, and the bond, innocence and maturity of the kids. But what is taking me so long to watch is that gooddrama dot net has just recently uploaded all remaining 4 episodes. Yep it's sad we only got 4 episodes left, nonetheless, I know that this is going to be a memorable j-drama. So I first manage to watch episode 6 and I've decided to write down my review about it since I have so much time on hand.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Shitsuren Chocolatier (The Finale)

So the roller coaster ride of emotion has finally reached its finale which I thought is the start of more good things to come for Souta (Matsumoto Jun). I liked the concept of the ending. Souta became properly heartbroken, Saeko decided to face her reality which she has long ignored by running away and by indulging herself in chocolates. I’m happy for the characters, and overall, I had the realization as well that instead of wishing to see them change from being immature to a responsible adult, it’s better for the drama to show first the instances that made the characters who they are. Basically, I have so much good things to say probably because I liked how it ended.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Shitsuren Chocolatier Episode 9-10

I don't know how the drama does this to me. Despite the given stupidity of the characters in their own ways, I have a deep sense of appreciation whenever they reflect on their actions and their thinking like a normal person would. Souta became aware of the mistakes he's done and is even confused if the love he has for Saeko is wrong or bad. Nonetheless, he knows the obvious thing that is they are committing adultery but he's just crazy about her, he doesn't know how to justify his actions other than his long due love for Saeko. On the other hand, Kaoruko-san has realized how unpleasant she comes out in front of others, most especially to men. Saeko has become instrumental in that process for Kaoruko-san to attain that self awareness. She was stunned by how Saeko would guess the personality of the person she's talking about, but the most exciting and the most surprising part is that she's affected by Sekiya's cold shoulders in his text reply "in detail". Though I also want to know the point of view of his, he really doesn't show interest on her or maybe I misunderstood him as well. Sekiya is somewhat a passive personality who would be sensitive and he wouldn't exert himself to people who doesn't show concern to him. Thus, he distanced himself from Kaoruko-san. Given in the first few encounters, she talked so much about Souta and her displeasure on him, who wouldn't be pushed away? However, the fact that he agreed to an invitation by Kaoruko means something. Seeing how complicated the characters are, it makes them more human in-spite of all the crazy attributes they got.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: MIMI

I finished this mini series last night and I found a great motivation to make a review about it today. So after finishing the film, I kind of felt withdrawals which is bizarre because I thought it's an average story, and the acting was lacking immensely despite how they look amazing onscreen. I thought Changmin was cute, handsome, passionate but in most of his acting moments, stiff and dull. On the other hand, Moon Ga Young is satisfactory though, there is still so much to improve in her acting. I found the supporting casts commendable though, like the creepy guy in front of Min Woo's apartment and the death angel or something like that. I was happy by the performances of the supporting casts and that includes the girl who has the ability to guess apartment's passwords that trespass on Min Woo's place but for a good cause - which is perhaps, concern? 
Maybe the withdrawals was because of the excellent execution of the reunion scene at the last episode in the latter minutes by Mimi and Min Woo. It was the only time that I saw Min Woo come to life through the expressive eyes of Changmin. To be honest, I didn't expect him to deliver the scene that well so at the same time, I was proud of him because I felt him and his emotion coming together so I was like, finally this is what made it worth watching. I had that kind of reassurance that I made the right choice to watch despite not being my instant favorite from the start.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Shitsuren Chocolatier Episode 8

I wanted to update what has been going on in this drama so I'll take advantage of my mood to do this. For the past three days, I managed to catch up from episode 3-8 so I was feeling happy and accomplished because I have so many reaction regarding the characters and the development of the story. Obviously, if you're exposed to the Shitsuren fandom, you would notice that a lot of people have mixed emotions regarding this drama - which I don't question why because it's as good as it is bad. So let me talk about the good as well as the bad points in this series which are influential on how you see it in totality. Let's do this!

The pathway of romance in this drama is introduced early and is pretty much all about this series. It all started with a heartbroken guy, Souta who studied in Paris to be a Chocolatier, inspired by his ex girlfriend or lover Saeko, who was passionate towards chocolates. When they broke up, he wanted her to regret her decision of not choosing him. So he was driven by such thought to be successful. Basically, it's where his inspiration in making chocolate comes from. That premise is very clear, right? However in this drama, a series of  events or should I say foolishness happens in every single episode because of unrequited love by Souta. So now, I'm at episode 8 which I hoped would finally make him - the heartbroken chocolatier - break free from his first love. But that was too much for my expectation. I should have known better by now that he has a very wide range of imagination, it's ridiculous! I wonder when will he get better for himself. I was really disappointed, so I vented out a portion of that on twitter but isn't enough to suffice my emotion. Hence, I'm here.

Monday, March 17, 2014

In A Good Way Episode 16

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I haven't found any In A Good Way episode as fascinating as this one. The peers of both Jia En and Liu Chuan were both really curious about the progress of their relationship at this early stage. Hence, they talked about the "bases" to which Jia En responded blankly and Xiao Wei as a "baseball game?". Then Bai Xue is discovered to haven't been kissed in her life while Tracy is really the liberated or shall I say the perverted friend. Anyhow, I love the diversity of everyone's characters because it means that they could provide something into the group that is special and supplementary to others. Meanwhile, the boys, A Qing and Ri Qi are naughty talking about the bases with Liu Chuan wherein he responded "love is not a baseball game" which was smart. The principle of "LiuChuanism" is something that I really admire and that will never wither. Not just because it's a responsible foundation for any relationship but because it's rational and thinking independently. Him saying that when a situation comes, he's confident to act according to his own judgment. Anyhow, I find the whole execution part of the scenes amusing because it is still considered as innocent and a childlike one compared to the real thing. But another thing is given to this drama, it's hilarious!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

In A Good Way Episode 15

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I still need to catch up with In A Good Way which I never imagined to be doing because I love this drama, however it has occurred to me that I have to marathon 3-4 episodes for a week. Hopefully, I'd catch up with episode 16 so I could finally be back on track. I wish.

So going back to this episode, aside from the obvious that is Liu Chuan and Jia En finally together, Ren Wei has been really strange which we all know the reason why - he has finally seen the worth of Jia En in his life. But what could be done when Jia En now belongs to someone else? As a good friend, the least yet also the best thing he could do for her is to be happy and adapt the attitude that Bai Xue has towards the relationship of two which is positive. If I were to advise Ren Wei, that is to hang out more with Bai Xue so his crush could be by his side and that there would still be rainbows and sunshine upon him no matter how its hard. But instance just shows the difference between the two feelings - love and admiration. Because there is a different approach between them and heck, you could be attracted to anyone you see around but you could feel something that is special to the person you love. I feel sorry for Ren Wei but I'm also happy for Jia En and Liu Chuan so I guess I could start talking about them endearingly.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Halftime Review: Road No. 1


This drama is seriously one of the best K-dramas I've watched technically speaking. When I say that, my criteria in using my judgment would include execution of the scenes, editing, casting, cinematography, script and a heartfelt story about war, romance, and brotherhood. I can also say that perhaps, I've never heard of this Kdrama before until one night, I came across a video and started watching it; hence it was a total surprise to me having without any expectation. The first episode really got me hooked into watching as I could sense the quality it has comparing to other Kdramas I've seen. So I did some research also, went to google because I wanted to read few reviews about it but I didn't find any from drama bloggers. I can't imagine how an excellent Kdrama like this could be missed out in the midst of Kdrama wave going on. It really talks about how much popularity gets the credit for everyone to watch a Korean drama. I was sad learning about it.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

In A Good Way Episode 14


Episode 14 is a disappointing episode to me because I didn't expect the consequences after consequences that happened. Though it is possible, I feel that it was an act to finally force the development of the OTP. I'm happy for those two and those fans who were pleased in this episode. But I'm indifferent in my thoughts because I simply did not want this kind of romantic confession to be overdone which you will be seeing in the latter part of this episode. To be honest, I wasn't paying attention because everything was just so cheesy and it goes against the subtleness of this series. However, I know it's about time but I believe that they could have done a better job in letting Liu Chuan know what Jia En really feels. Furthermore, I felt kind of irritated at Liu Chuan in this episode because he was just really stupid - for leaving the treasure hunt club with no explanation in the midst of chaos. Because of that, I wanted to join Bai Xue and Ren Wei in cursing him from behind. Do you believe that love really makes you irrational? This is proven to be the same case to Liu Chuan because he wanted to save Jia En but at the same time, turned his back to his friends. He's annoying, isn't he?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In A Good Way Episode 13


I’m a huge fan of this episode despite reading few negative comments about it because the momentum of the long and electrifying hug shared by Liu Chuan and Jia En was basically not followed up in this episode. But we all know how this drama works right? It’s a work in progress and I’m sure the cliffhanger in the end of episode 12 won’t be put to waste in the future. Patience is indeed a virtue to achieve the pleasure of having Liu Chuan and Jia En to finally express their love for one another. If you’re going to seek for the development of the OTP in this episode, you won’t be able to enjoy it as much as I did. I’m glad I wasn’t floored in anticipation because it would be disappointing to me as well like what happened to others. There were more plenty amazing shots than a one lacking element so to me, it was still a great episode. Furthermore, the supporting casts were once again highlighted so I have no problem even if Liu Chuan and Jia En were being pushed aside.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

First Impression: MIMI


It's a suspense thrill drama about a web toon artist, Han Min Woo (28) who temporarily lost his memory of the past 10 years. He started to feel symptoms of headache since he saw a calendar from 2003, 8th of December. Since then, he never knew how to continue the story of December 8 to move forward. Because of that, he decided to meet the person who would help him solve his problem - that is his blank memory of the past 10 years of his life.

In 2003, when he was 18 years old, he's had his first love named Mimi. But then they were separated when Min Woo and his mom moved out of the town to live elsewhere due to financial problem and he had to quit school as well because of that.


The writing, cinematography and the story exceeds an average Kdrama but I can't say it's a perfect one. I love Changmin but he was a bit stiff with his facial expressions and his lack of acting experience was still apparent. Also, since he's a singer who isn't very good with lip sync, he had a hard time channeling raw emotions in acting unless the emotion is on his nature and character. Nonetheless, I would give him a passing grade because of his mysterious aura and good visuals as Min Woo. Somehow, I could see his character in him but sometimes I was hoping he'd unleash more of his facial point. Even so, he's good at acting pissed or mad. Haha, I don't think it's a talent but a nature in him.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Review: Pasta (2010)

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Synopsis: Chef Choi Hyuk came from Italy upon a request for him to lead La Sferra's kitchen as the head Chef, an Italian Restaurant in Seoul. The reason why he was called will be revealed shortly after few scenarios. His presence in the kitchen of La Sferra has brought a revamped of the cooks in the kitchen because of him deliberately wanting to fire all women who are part of it. It has become a part of his working principle to not allow women interfere his daily course of work and even worse, to meddle with their activities. For this cause, Seo Yoo Kyung who happens to be the "maknae" - the most recent worker in the kitchen to be hired who's now on her third year might lose her job and her dream to hold a pan and cook pasta. These are all possible because of the authoritative and strict head, Chef Choi.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Halftime Report: Pasta (2010)

Gong Hyo Jin as Seo Yoo Kyung
Lee Sun Gyun as Choi Hyun Wook

This is Pasta-in-love centered about the romance shared between a chef and a cook in the kitchen. The main attraction, other than the food is the spark brought by the sentiment of romance and the comedic tone of this drama that is grabbing and well delivered. With all the moments worthy of the eyes, heating up and tossing the emotions in the pan, it's a very sweet treat that anyone could enjoy.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Magazine Photoshoot: Grazia feat. TVXQ

GRAZIA KOREA 2014 Vol.24 동방신기

credit: Grazia Korea

I was left speechless when I saw the end product of this photo-shoot. Furthermore, I just can’t help myself from flailing over the video I posted above featuring TVXQ’s Yunho and Changmin. It’s is a mini clip of the behind the scenes while doing the best thing that they are good at which is being attractive. I can only grin in appreciation of these two boys as they put on their charisma and model-like attitude on the shoot. I love Changmin’s mood which is relaxed through the vibes of just having fun; but I must say that Yunho, though I am biased with Changmin, really projects naturally in front of the camera. I don’t know, I thought his facial expressions do have presence and his eyes are expressive but  he couldn’t use them in his dramas (why though? He’s good at it when dancing but on the other end of his talent which is acting, he can’t do the same thing). Anyway, Changmin is that bit shy and aloof, nonetheless his height is suited for being a model and his face is also very handsome. I guess it’s where his charm comes from – being true to his nature even in front of the flashing lights.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Variety Recommendation: Running Man Episode 181 “Romeo and Juliet”featuring Lee Jong Suk, Park Bo Young, Lee Se Young

You can search up on google for this episode of Running Man which I decided to watch yesterday out of good mood. So, instead of catching up with dramas that I am currently watching, I chose to watch this one for reasons which couldn’t be any random. First is of course, Lee Jong Suk’s name is an instant magnet for me to click on the link. Second, the title caught my attention, “Romeo and Juliet” and I was curious as well; and third, Park Bo Young is also there who has left a good impression on me in “A Werewolf Boy”! And I knew that these two teamed up for a movie called “Hot Young Bloods” which is about rivalries, friendships and secret crushes held by students at a high school in Heongseong, South Korea set in the early 1980s. This movie was already released in Korea so I thought; it was for a promotion that’s why they were both invited on the show. However I was surprised there was no mention of the movie. Anyway, I believe I heard of them guesting but I didn’t really pay attention until yesterday.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

First Impression: Tomorrow, Mom will not be Here (Ashita, Mama ga inai)


Ashida Mana as Post, Suzuki Rio as Maki, Sakurada Hiyori as Piami, Watanabe Konomi as Bombi, Mikami Hiroshi as Sasaki Tomonori, Kimura Fumino as Mizusawa Kana, Miura Shohei as Locker, Sakai Miki as Ryoka, Shirota Yu as Tojo Yuki, Ohgo Suzuka as Otsubone

Yosh! I found a Japanese drama to watch side by side with Chocolatier, and this one is totally refreshing and lightweight drama. I love the kids so much and to speak about them, cute is an understatement. They are mega loaded with adorableness, squishiness and are very lovable as well. It's about orphans from different backgrounds that are gathered together in search for a perfect foster parents for them. They are handled by a middle aged man named Mao. He's the one arranging opportunities for the kids to experience how it's like having parents to take care of them; and with mutual agreement, eventually the kids will be separated from each other to live and make a household happy. In this essence, the drama also includes the value of finding happiness in life and how to create it despite the circumstances under them. Sometimes it's even more convenient to feel unhappy because too much happiness will cause sadness afterwards. Those realization will come to surface and as an adult, you could only agree to these.

In A Good Way Episode 12

Photo Credit: Yao Chun Yao's facebook page

In a nutshell, this is the best episode yet! I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to download this episode so I could repeat the amazing concert experience in this drama featuring Wu Bai and Zhang Zhen Yue, two of the most popular music acts from the 90s. During the concert, I found my love for new songs such as "Freedom" and "Love Me, Don't Leave" by Zhang Zhen Yue, so for that matter, I am happy and thankful I was introduced to them. Furthermore, the performances were awesome, Wu Bai was powerful and Zhang Zhen Yue was a quality and a passionate one as well. IAGW was able to insert some important scenes while the performances were going on and I thought this drama did so well in that department once again. Though I have read opinions such as they went far from reality with the production getting beyond expectations, I can't agree to them completely. Of course, we need those lighted props and such in order to characterize the scenes more and I find no fault in doing that. It doesn't hurt to give in to pleasures sometimes, moreover; it didn't overshadow the essence of the event, since they were able to show how everyone persevered to make it successful through the process. We saw them work hard and not disheartened by failures; hence, most certainly, they deserved an spectacular concert.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Halftime Report: I'm Sorry I Love You


So Ji Sub as Cha Moo Hyuk (Memories of Bali)
Im Soo Jung as Song Eun Chae
Jung Kyung Ho as Choi Yun (Heartless City)

I just caught up with watching this drama and I know that I'm a decade late for it but it's better than never. I think that this is one of the classic K-dramas out there that you shouldn't miss regardless of its age. However, you couldn't help but compare its cinematography to today's k-dramas since it was a bit lacking in the scenes yet we can still appreciate its touch. Yes or Yes? Nonetheless, I think that overall, it was well delivered in the acting department through the intensity of the emotions by the actors. Moreover, the fashion is not visually appealing as well but that's a given anyway. However, you couldn't help but to be really distracted of it sometimes. You couldn't imagine how these clothes made it to the trend few years ago. Even I myself thinks it's impossible - with all the baggy elements and the loose pants that So Ji Sub (Moo Hyuk) was sporting, I can only shake my head. But to further discuss the more important things, I think that I would focus my review on the story, on the actors and on why this has become phenomenal in Korea during those times. Also, I won't be missing it's lapses in the story as well.

Friday, January 31, 2014

In A Good Way Episode 11


In this episode, the differences and conflicting opinion among friends surfaced with regards to the protest led by Jia En and Liu Chuan against the unlawful grading system of the professor who failed Xiao Wei. I think I would focus more on the individualized beliefs of the characters more than anything in this episode as we witness them take on separate ways. Nonetheless, there is something to learn from as we realize that this is what a true essence of friendship is in going through difficulties - with variety of personalities and opinions to consider.

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Liebster Award!!! I am nominated :D

Hi guys!! Since I’m new to Liebster Award, I really thank DramaFan for nominating me and giving me a chance to be introduced to other bloggers and also, to share my thoughts regarding the dramas I’ve watched. I think that this idea is amazing because it encourages bloggers to nominate their fellows who have less than 200 followers be exposed to bloggers of the same interests. Cool! Two thumbs up! Will get back for a confetti and a happy dance dot gif for this. :D
So here are the rules:
  • 1.      Each nominee link back the person who nominated them.
  • 2.      Answer 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
  • 3.      Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
  • 4.      Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • 5.      Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.

DramaFan’s Questions:
1.      If you are going to a desert island, and you can only take 3 k-dramas with you, which will they be and why?
·         Reply1997 – I need a drama to crack me up while stuck in the deserted island. This is the first drama I have thought of, maybe because I don’t want to be depressed and bored and I know that this k-drama will provide me laughter and amusement to get through the days.
·        ShiningInheritance – This is the k-drama that brought me back to the land of k-dramas, it’s a bit lengthy (28 episodes) nonetheless I was so obsessed with Lee Seung Gi whose character is Hwan, and that obsession turned me into being his fan as an ultimate entertainer in S. Korea. Apart from my interest to the leading actor, I really like his character Hwan and his counterpart Eun Sung (Han Hyo Joo) too. Because I love their pairing so much, I would bring this k-drama with me. Moreover, I like this drama because it gives us the value of money and it’s also gripping, with so much values to teach us.
·         Thank You – I need something to inspire me in the deserted island hence I thought of a k-drama to keep me hopeful and motivated all throughout. So, I chose this Jang Hyuk and Gong Hyo Jin offering, that I can consider as two of the long lists of best k-drama actors. Other than that, since it’s DramaFan who tagged me in this Leibster award, I’m so bringing her Jang Hyuk with me. Kkk~

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Shitsuren Chocolatier First Impression: Episode 1 & 2

Okay so I have been looking for a j-dorama to watch after finishing Gokusen. Little did I know, I would find myself watching another MatsuJun drama which is currently airing in Japan. Though I had a second thought at first because I might feel deprived while waiting every week to come since this drama is not yet finished. However, I started it and was drawn at the sight of chocolate so I didn't hesitate to go all the way.

Character Description:

Matsumoto Jun as Koyurugi Sota

- he is the main character of the drama, who is inspired by heartbreak to be a Chocolatier. He may allow himself to be defeated in love but not in the matters of chocolate because he considers himself competitive.

- I think that Matsujun looks amazing as ever. I still have that occasional crush on him that never fades and together with his talent and for being in Arashi, I can't blame myself for loving him. Though, I find myself conflicted with his character in the drama, regardless of being the actor or entertainer who I really like. I think that the downside of his character is that, he is poisoned with love that it gets him irrational. On the other hand, the good side is that he looks handsome while being passionate with making chocolates. You could feel that he puts his heart, mind and soul for it. But without inspiration, like for example Saeko or women, he is drained of ideas. I thought that inspiration is important but the passion itself is enough to keep you going. Then again, I saw the childish bit of his character through that kind of attitude which I thought would be changed only if he knows how to value himself, as much as he values others and of course chocolates. Obviously, his life is in the togetherness of his passion as a Chocolatier, his conflicts, as well as the good and the bad side of his personality.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

"In A Good Way" Episode 10

This episode is loaded with so much subtleness in Liu Chuan's deliberate wooing over Jia En which I thought is adorable and cute but on the other hand, Jia En is too dense to have a clue on what is going on. Perhaps she also has gotten the hints from his actions which can also be considered as a gesture of a gentleman but she still remains composed. It's quite obvious now that Liu Chuan is directly crushing on Jia En but it isn't obvious enough to Jia En's consciousness and level of maturity. Maybe Jia En has other priorities in life which to me isn’t clear without Liu Chuan’s involvement in her life. She doesn't know things like romantic relationship with anyone just like Ren Wei has realized. That being said, Ren Wei who is still nursing heartbreak from Bai Xue confided on Jia En. As a friend, she advised Ren Wei a realistic and friendly one, saying that he’s always been after perfect girls and so far, he hasn’t been successful. Hence, he needs to change his ideal type and go for someone whom he can be comfortable with. Girl went on talking and describing someone who is so much like herself and that Ren Wei has gotten the idea and flashed the look to Jia En. Unaware of what she did, Jia En was flustered with blankness. However, these two friends adapted the famous Chinese saying: “Life is priceless. Love is even more priceless. For the sake of freedom, they can be sacrificed.” 

Monday, January 20, 2014

"In A Good Way" Episode 9

The cliffhanger of episode 8 that took us into the scenario of Jia En being possibly kidnapped by a horrendous suspect caused worries and slight panic to everyone, but also ended in the first 10 minutes of episode 9. Thank goodness Liu Chuan found her before it went crazy. Another significant event that happened was when Bai Xue overheard who 3631 is. At first, she was in shock and loss for words to hear it from Jia En, as she's the first to find them both followed by Ren Wei. Thus, she needed to compose herself before showing up. The lighter side occurred when Jia En nursed the bruises Liu Chuan got from the forest where he seek for Jia En. The concerned parents tried to explore what happened and at the same time thank Liu Chuan for taking care of Jia En. As a reward, he asked for a black tea which she made. The follow up question which was hilarious told by the dad, "Do you want anything else." With his thumb pointing at Jia En which she immediately dismissed. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

"In A Good Way" Episode 8

This episode tingles in the continuous character development as it is built to supplement the story. During the previous episode, Jia En found out in a subtle way who 3631 is. That led to an awkward silence and acceptance from both. He must have admitted to himself that in the end, Jia En had put all the pieces together no matter how much he tried to hide himself from her and that there is no excuse for it. I must say, I was pretty satisfied at how she discovered him and more importantly, the way she responded upon knowing his identity online. Moreover, I was surprised at how composed she is, and it was totally opposite of his fears and expectations.

After few weeks of vacation, Liu Chuan and Jia En met at the Treasure Hunt Club headquarters - Jia En asked Liu Chuan how 3631 is doing and he talked about him as a third person, like a common friend or something. So, they will continue to jump off the seasons in order to meet the future. Okay, I am not complaining and I am excited to meet them on the current year of 2014. But not quickly, I want to savour every moment of watching them grow and witness the change brought by college and friends.

Friday, January 10, 2014

"In A Good Way" Episode 7

It's an extraordinary New Year for everyone who celebrated it through the special camp out organized by the Treasure Hunt Club members, kicking off 1997 by sleeping all together under the night sky. Though they put up a tent earlier which eventually was wrecked after too much excitement from the card game; this highlighted the day that just started. But before completely moving forward, let us go back to 1996 where 3631 and sky's friendship was virtually formed.

Another great year has passed by for Jia En, which has brought delightful events in her life, even exceeding the awesomeness of 1995. Well, it's better to carry that kind of attitude on to the next year - which probably is the right attitude to a better year ahead. Hence, I am impressed once again in this show, as it managed to strengthen the foundation to Jia En's growth as an individual which I consider as a charming young woman and deserving of Liu Chuan's attention.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

"In A Good Way" Episode 6

This is a dream-like episode to our heroine Jia En as she mesmerized the Christmas Party of Cheng Dong University with her transformation in a beautiful dress, year 1996. Meanwhile, the chance of 3631 to finally reveal himself to his online friend, Jia En did not push through because of the circumstances that happened in between the planned confession and carrying it out. Hence, the mystery of 3631 has been stretched longer on to the next episode. I am not complaining though, as for I understand, they focused on the Christmas ball and the growth of Jia En as a woman. It's cute however, that Liu Chuan is jealous of his virtual rival that is 3631, his online identity. Well, boy you need to step up your game or else 3631 is gonna snatch Jia En's heart first.

Hello there, so we have here another juicy episode of In A Good Way. This drama is so interesting, really. Just when you think you have things figured out, it gives you an awkward reality. The characters are well developed and loved by the writer so much as each have their own spotlight given to them. That makes Liu Chuan and Jia En's roles supplemented by the supporting casts, as everyone becomes a tool to each other's growth and change. Speaking of spotlight, I like Ren Wei so much now. His responsibility being a good friend to Jia En is admiring which is different from the Ren Wei we've seen in episode 1, even when we say it's a platonic love that they share. I'm glad they are actually each other's brother and sister. I don't want them to have romantic relationship or whatsoever because what they have now is precious. Though I feel that Ren Wei has so much potential in him to unleash as an ideal man both for Bai Xue and Jia En.

Speaking of character development, Jia En shined in this episode while Liu Chuan took a step backward from his usual upfront and transparent rationality to deal with problems. It's good to see him flawed and that it makes him even more human. I know that like Jia En, he's not perfect but what I like about him is that he overthinks. Maybe because I myself, overthinks a lot too which causes me to be conscious all the time. So, I can totally relate to his awkwardness to come out, how realistic it was portrayed was something that In A Good Way can only pull off. I mean, knowing Liu Chuan, he's a character to be admired but then, we also have to put him in a strange light.

Meanwhile the trio "Men of Steel" - Ah Di, Jacky, and Ren Wei are definitely whack! Guys are so funny and weird but not depressing at all, if ever they act like all drank, it's still hilarious. I wonder where the other Man of Steel has went though, wish he'd come back and join the fun.

Oh em gee. We can't miss out the charms of the two Musketeers, Ri Qi and A Qing too, as they both tried to get closer to the two friends of Jia En, Xiao Wei and Tracy. I think that these two can totally melt my heart away from Liu Chuan for the meantime. I love how Ri Qi approached Xiao Wei and talk about his family's business. Furthermore, A Qing trying to catch Tracy's attention  is very enticing, because boy is cute but Tracy is still giving him cold shoulders despite that. Oh em gee why can't you just grab the opportunity to get to know him. But then, I can't blame her sometimes because he's too straightforward and you wouldn't know his motives to her. Anyhow, it's clear that he has interest to her, because he finds her pretty which she actually is.

I have to make a new paragraph for Ri Qi's coming out in this episode though. Being the wanderer of the group, he comes off as a matured person and that explains why oh my goodness he made me squeal at times for giving Xiao Wei lingering stares. Plus the way he projects himself differently from everyone is noticeable in this episode. I wish, to see more of him in the future.

This episode ended with a question. Will 3631 be found out finally in the next episode or not?

Overall, once again, it's an episode to look forward to.