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It is the week of the secondary characters. I felt so sad for Shin-woo with his fantasy love for Go Mi-nyeo. And the actor playing Shin-woo managed to convey his heartache without going over the top.
And Jeremy.. our adorable Jeremy. I felt so bad for him that his love cannot be reciprocated. He is so straightforward with everything, even his pain he’s not able to hide it. When he was in the magic bus and he sang that supposedly happy song, I wanted to cry along with him. Hongki did so well in this scene, I think I’ll be an FT Island fan soon :)

And lastly, a glimpse of the real Go Mi-nam! He looks like a naughty little guy with that smirk. I wish we’d seen him sooner. He looks interesting.

I haven’t watched yet, but since I’m addicted, I’ve already read the wonderful recap of my YB crack supplier, javabeans. Thanks, JB!

I just have to say, the last line of this epi makes me sooo happy, I can’t stop grinning.

Mi-nyeo: “Please act as though you don’t know. I won’t look anymore.”
Tae-kyung: “Don’t stop looking. You can’t quit of your own accord. Keep looking at me! Like you are now, keep looking only at me!”

I got goosebumps with this line.. what a way for Tae-kyung to finally admit his feelings. That’s the sweetest way of saying, “will you be my girlfriend?”

Finally! After several failed attempts, Shin-woo got the perfect timing! :)
He got to be the white knight to save the damsel in distress. And in such a grand way!

And I’m so glad Jeremy is now in on the secret. I felt so bad for him for being so confused of his feelings for Go Mi-nam. And it’s nice that he’s accepted he likes her even before knowing that she’s a girl.

Tae-kyung.. what can I say? You are my new TV boyfriend (hee). No matter how abrasive your exterior is, it cannot hide your softie insides :)

And for the Tae-kyung and Mi-nam pair.. these two are the densest people I’ve seen (but in an adorable way). The past episodes are so full of love confessions from each other but they can’t clue in on the signs! But it’s still very sweet and squee-worthy.

Next epi.. pls-pls come soon. I can’t wait! This is my new kdrama-crack :D

Whooo! So much angst!
A hurting Mi-nam..
A jealous Tae-kyung..
A martyred Shin-woo..
And the sweet Jeremy..
I am soo in love with this series <3

I wonder how long before Tae-kyung admits to himself the he's in lurve :D
Of course before the HEA, there will be the requisite happy and lovey-dovey moments between Shin-woo and Mi-nam.. Just to force Tae-kyung to take action.
Will Jeremy ever get his chance?
And how on earth will they be able to pass Mi-nam as a boy with that voice??

But I’m willing to let it slide. I love her voice. And I’m totally in love with this drama :D

Edited to add:
Oh-oh-oh.. how could I forget.. “No matter how many other stars there are, all I can see is the moon.” (with him referring to Mi-nam as the moon) Kyaaa!!!

The story is getting better and better! And as expected, I’m so addicted to it, I can’t wait for wed-thursday to get the new epis.
I think I’m soo enamored by Tae-kyung! Sour on the outside by sweet and squishy on the inside :) No matter how hard he tries to be mean, he still ends up being the nice guy.
Shin-woo is also sweet, but I feel so sorry for him. He’s trying to court a very clueless girl. Haha!
And Mi-nam/Mi-nyeo.. she looks so much like Eun-hye on Coffee Prince, but I think I’m liking her more. She got the innocent look to a tee.
Oohh.. I can’t wait for the love triangle to get even more intense. AND I can’t wait for next week :(

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I’m obsessed.. and it’s only 2 episodes in!

I never watch a drama until all episodes are done.  I don’t like the cliffhangers and waiting for a week to see the next epi.  I like the option of going with minimal sleep for days just to finish the whole drama :)

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 But this one is different.  The first two episodes are just addicting.  The story is something similar to Coffee Prince.  A girl pretending to be a boy and joins a boyband.  For such a cliche storyline, it has a unique feel to it.  And the characters are adorable.  From the main (Mi Nam, and the rest of the boybanders), to the agent and stylist, down to the anti-fans.

I hope.. I hope it won’t lose it’s steam.  I hope the writers can keep it interesting.  And I hope I don’t go crazy waiting a week for the next epi.

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Just a day after finishing the drama, I’m already missing Gang Taebong.

I really can’t tell what makes a drama good for me but this one is.

Dal Ja’s Spring is a story of a 33-year old single lady (of course considered almost a spinster in any drama).  She’s successful in her career and satisfied with her life, except that, by some antiquated standard.. she’s not supposed to feel complete ‘coz she’s not married.  She’s a romantic at heart and dreams of the perfect loves and prince charmings.

On the other end is Taebong. 26-year old and world-wise, esp. when it comes to women and romancing them.  The two met, and as per typical drama, they have an arrangement of Taebong being the pretend boyfriend in exchange for a fee.  Of course, the two fell in love eventually, but have hurdles to overcome — yadda, yadda, yadda… Don’t want to go into the details of the story itself.  I think the plot is predictable, but again, the execution and, I think, the rapport and delivery of the main characters is what made this drama engaging.

I love Gang Taebong.  I love that eventhough Dal Ja is 6-yrs older, he’s the more mature one in the relationship.  But  what puzzles me about Taebong is no matter how great a smooth-talker he is and how often he coaches Dal Ja on how a girl should react to a certain love situation, when it comes to applying it himself, he doesn’t seem to get it.  He knows what goes on inside a woman’s head but the simplest things, he overlooks.  Like, him and Dal Ja reaching a certain level of seriousness in their relationship, but he still hasn’t said “I love you to her”.  He shows it in his actions, but he should know that a girl needs to hear the words.

And when he hasn’t told Dal Ja that when he went back to his law firm, he’ll be working with his ex-gf that Dal Ja’s insecure about.  And that the case he’s working on is related to her company.  It’s not like she’ll never find out.  He just let Dal Ja find out about it with the rest of her office collegues.  1 simple rule I think in a relationship is if it involves an ex, tell your girl ASAP.  And don’t let her find out by accident or along with others.  It just raises the insecurity factor.

Well.. at least his flaws made the drama more interesting :)

Now, on to the aesthetics part :)   Lee Min-Ki as Taebong is such an eye candy.  Hee!  And for an aspiring artist (that can’t draw) like myself, the illustrations on every episode is a feast to my eye.  I simply love it.

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Oh, and just to add.. the antagonists here are irritating and freaky.

Didn’t want join the hype.. but it cannot be denied. Coffee Prince is one of the best written and well acted drama I’ve seen. I haven’t finished it yet, but I tell ya, it’s very, very good!

I don’t think I can make a coherent post at this time. I’m still feeling light-headed from lack of sleep. =( I’ve been doing a drama marathon again. I’ll recuperate first and post a long one.

Just something I have to say… just finished twelfth cup… the Princes are hilarious! I can’t help but laugh when the whooped and teased Eun Chan and Han Gyul when they learned they’ve made up =D More on that later.

sassy4.jpgThis drama has given me hope that there is life after “My Girl” =) Thank goodness for that!

It’s the usual story of an arrogant, rich guy meeting a pretty, intelligent poor girl. They meet –> hate each other –> forced to stay together –> fall in love –> face obstacles –> live happily ever after. What makes it interesting was how the story was told.

Mong-ryong and Chun-hyang met and got married when they were high schoolers. Mong-ryong is a problem child of a police chief who always gets in trouble, while Chun-hyang is a studious and responsible girl of a cabaret singer. Due to some unexpected happenings, they had to get married to avoid a scandal but agreed to only stay married until end of high school then decide to go on their separate ways. Their life together were full of bickerings but through it all, they’ve grown to regard each other as friends. While together, Chun-hyang did her best to be a good influence to Mong-ryong, even helping him get accepted to a very prestigious school. The pair got accepted to the same college but Chun-hyang, being strapped for cash was unable to go. Since she didn’t want Mong-ryong and his family to feel obligated to fund her studies, she pretended wanting a break-up, then promptly disappeared.

Those scenes where she’s trying to say goodbye to Mong-ryong and his family was so heart-breaking =( Watching her pretend to be happy while giving up on her dream of going to college, leaving the comfort of her new family, and Mong-ryong whom she’s grown to love is so sad. I wanted to yell out, “just tell them already!” but then, the story would have ended at episode 4. =)

College time is where we see Mong-ryong actually grow up. Not exactly mature, but he figured out what (or who) he wants. And once he figured it out, he pursues with such persistence, you can’t help but root for him. No matter how underhanded and childishly he does it. Mong-ryong, swallowing his arrogance, all for his love for Chun-hyang is also very endearing. It’s probably the girl in me, but how can you not love a man who’s willing to do anything for the girl he loves? **sigh**

sassy1.jpgBut like in any korean drama, there is always the element of the love square in the form of Mong-ryong’s childhood love (Chae-rin) and Chun-hyang’s admirer (Hak-do). These two kept on throwing obstacles between the two that it took them almost 10 years before they finally had their HEA. Imagine, the story span is more or less 10 years, but I never got bored. The transitions where done beautifully, I never felt the jump in years to be unrealistic.

The wedding scene in the finale is so beautifully done. They’ve intertwined the wedding vows being exchanged by the old era and present Mong-ryong and Chun-hyang. They have made a promise of being together forever, until the next life. While watching it, it makes you feel that the vows made by the present “them” is a fulfillment their promise and fate has brought them together again. It’s sweet, and makes you feel that on another lifetime, it’ll be them again.

I think I’ve gushed enough, I’ll just put the rest in bullet-points:

  • Stand-out cry-out-loud scenes for me is where Mong-ryong got so drunk and passed out, and Chun-hyang crying beside him.
  • Mong-ryong on recognizing his one true love. After they got divorced, he was never interested in falling in love again.
  • I was so proud to see Mong-ryong succeed in life as a prosecutor. And even as a prosecutor, he never lost his arrogance. It made more appealing, with the bad boy/no-fear aura ;p
  • At the end of the drama, I was thinking back on where the story started and what happened in between and it made me feel nostalgic. To think that I finished the story in four days, but I felt that I went through their roller-coaster ride with them. I think that reflects on how good the story-telling was.
  • The old era spoofs are an icebreaker to all the drama.
  • They made a spoof on other dramas! That was funny =) It would have been funnier for me if I’m familiar with the dramas that were spoofed. I only recognized Full House, I think.
  • The action sequences are very well executed. I’m a chick flick girl but I especially liked the action here. Dunno why.
  • Mong-ryong’s dad here is the sleazy looking uncle in My Girl. It’s such a big contrast for me because I hated him in My Girl, but I adore him here. He’s so self-righteous but endearing at the same time. And no matter how hard he is on Mong-ryong, you would understand that it is all because he loves his son very much.
  • Seeing a happy ending for Dan-hee and Ji-Hyuk is quite satisfying. Though I don’t care much for Dan-hee, I’m happy to see Ji-Hyuk happy and successful in the end.

All-in-all, a very nice drama to watch. Now I feel guilty that I’ve done such a detailed review here and I didn’t do it for my all time favorite. I now have an excuse to watch “My Girl” again and do a full recap =D

I’ve started watching this new Korean drama series, “Sassy Girl, Chun Hyang”. I think I’m now at episode 4. Had to stop ‘coz real life is calling… hehehe.. So far, the drama’s keeping my interest. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me feel. I thought I’ll never be able to appreciate any other drama after My Girl.

Although, it having the same director as My Girl could possibly be a factor also =D

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Has My Girl spoiled me for other drama series?Hotelier is another drama that didn’t pass the test for me. From the start, it didn’t give me that “must watch next chapter” feeling. Instead, I have this “when will this episode end” running at the back of my mind. I didn’t find any interesting characters, and the only one remotely interesting for me is a Jackie Chan look-alike =(

I don’t feel like giving a synopsis, this these are the points that stood out:

1. Didn’t find the main characters appealing. I didn’t like Jin Yeoung ‘coz of her facial expressions. Didn’t like Dong Hyuk ‘coz how could an American-raised person have a very bad English accent? Couldn’t they have at least worked on that? And they have zero chemistry. Gosh, watching their scenes is like rubbing two wet wood, praying for a spark. *sigh*

2. The interesting character for me is the secondary character and he looks like Jackie Chan.. so much for the kilig factor

3. Forced myself to watch because of Song Hye Kyo of Full House (I’ve yet to do a blog on that)

4. Watching a 1-hr episode felt like hours.

5. It felt sooo predictable. The CEO starts coughing — oh, she has cancer. Estranged father said he gave away a daughter for adoption in America — huh, let me see, daughter from America you say? How convenient is it that I know of a girl from America in this story as well? The only thing I cannot predict was who will the housekeeping manager end up with =)

I feel like I’m being too harsh. I dunno, maybe I should just watch My Girl over and over and over again… problem is, I loaned the DVD to some friends… well.. on to the next drama!

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Dunno if it’s because I watched it right after “My Girl” but after reading so much hype about My Lovely Sam Soon, I got disappointed with the story.  I must admit, the overall concept is nice.. and the show has it’s moments but.. *sigh*

Ok, the story is about a 30-something, ordinary looking Sam Soon, who just got dumped in public.  She got hired as a patissier and a pretend-gf by the rich and handsome, Jin Hun.  Love triumphs over beauty as Jin Hun chooses Sam Soon despite his mother’s objections and the fact that his perfect ex-gf wants him back.  Seems like an ideal cinderella story, right?  The formula for a romantic comedy are there.. it clicked with everybody else.. why not me? =( *double-sigh* let me count the ways..

1. Sam Soon is really not supposed to be instantly attractive, I get that.  But is she supposed to come out so unrefined?  It’s the small things, chewing with the mouth opened, being so disagreeable, walking with no poise at all..

2. Jin Hun – he can’t seem to make up his mind.  He likes Sam Soon – he likes the ex – he’s sure he likes Sam Soon but he’d have to do this for his ex though it hurts Sam Soon.  The hell?!?  Poor Sam Soon. =(

3. The EX – she’s depicted to be the perfect girl.. and she originally left as a sacrifice to Jin Hun because of her love for him.  Does she deserve to be cast aside?  Hmmm?  Does Sam Soon deserve to get the guy more than her?  Hmmmm..  So sad.  Probably I should watch it one more time.  Give it one more chance?  We’ll see..


A 16-episode drama finished in 5 nights… talk about addictive. =)

Well, this story revolves around two interesting characters bound together by a lie. There is Yoo-rin, an expert fibber that you cannot help but love. And Gong-chan, he’s stuffy, righteous, rich and oh so handsome (fan-girl squeal!).

I haven’t watched lots of korean drama but I’m guessing this will stay on my top 5 lists. It is not a ‘hit you with a mallet” love story. The characters fall in love with each other gradually you don’t even notice it. It’s such a feel good story, with just the right amount of drama to give you an occasional cry =) **sigh** Hope there are more than 16 episodes of this.

And might I say, Gong-chan is one drool-worthy lead.. *squeal!* heh.. =)

Yep… that’s me!

This is what happens to me when I start watching a Kdrama (Korean drama). I can’t seem to stop watching until I finish the whole series.. which is not possible ‘coz I have to go to work at daytime (damn work!) So now I cram my watching at night until early morning.. and I spend my working hours browsing through the net on reviews for the episodes I haven’t watched =(

Yes, I know.. You can say it.. ADDICT!

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