Getting into the Groove with MBLAQ

Or my completely dimwitted way of saying “a written reaction to Be a Man’s MV”

Right, so I never thought this day would come that I’d be writing something like this; who would have thought. But I guess it’s something inevitable, something that was on the way or maybe has already arrived but I refuse to acknowledge, or maybe more than that. Anyway, it’s too late to turn back, and since I’m already here anyways, by that I mean I am already into K-ent, why not go all the way. Thus, I am embracing it fully and taking the plunge.

A few weeks ago.. Wait, let me check my calendar to be sure.. *checking calendar* Yup, a few weeks ago, out of curiosity and because I’ve been receiving tweets from @soompi and reading post all over fb and some blogs that I follow, I watched the MV of Be a Man by MBLAQ. Admittedly, it’s not really my first time to watch a Kpop MV; I’ve watched a few – EXO’s, Wonder Girls’, Taeyang’s and some other, the occasion though, is rare. I don’t count watching FT Island’s MVs as watching Kpop because for me, FT Island is more K-alternative rock-ish band. I do count them as a boy band though because they are all boys and in a band.

Well, enough of my fixation with FT Island for now, as I said, I watched the MV of MBLAQ’s Be a Man and surprise, surprise, hot stuff:

From my visual perspective, it’s no doubt a feast for the eyes: awesome choreography, editing and phasing; not to mention hot boys in suits, just the right ingredients for a hearty, scrumptious feast for the eyes. As for the musicality, they have done an exemplary job of putting together an awesome mix of R & B and Soul with a twist of modern jazzy pop that makes me wanna bust my dancing shoes off its hiding place. And no I am not claiming to be a dancer, but I do like to dance especially if the occasion calls for it.

And most importantly, the lyrics; yes, I am very critical when it comes with the lyrics, must be the frustrated poet in me or something; anyways, the lyrics, it’s heartfelt and sad. You would think that because it is an upbeat-ish song it has a lovey dovey lyrics or something, wrong! It’s expressed with the way MBLAQ sung each single line of the lyrics – yearning and indecision. I particularly love the rap part, the way it sounded so sarcastic yet heartbreaking, that’s somehow a feat to express, I’m completely impressed.

To sum it all up, the picture this MV painted in my head is that of a guy, dancing and expressing his heart out trying to reach out to his lover who dumped him; somehow insisting that she is his air. Inspiring and overwhelming at the same time. Wicked! It’s such a good idea that I checked this MV, well probably not so good since I just took another step towards the point of no return but who cares. I’m going to explore some more and this is definitely not the last time I’ll be watching an MLAQ MV, that I am sure.

Bride of the Century Ep 2

So far so good, things are about to get interesting with the disappearance of Yi-kyung and Doo-rim replacing her. It’s the good old switcheroo and here’s hoping that it makes an unforgettable impact to everyone and I mean every one especially the cynical and snobbish Kang-joo, or is he really cynical and snobbish? Hmmm.

Mood Setter: Broken Sonnet by Hale [audio]


The show left off with Yi-Hyun telling Doo-rim that he needs her to be the fiancee of Choi Kang-joo, the heir of Taeyang Goup. Seen driving to Yi-kyung’s house is Yi-hyun and Doo-rim, and judging by the bag she is carrying with her, Doo-rim has agreed to the proposed arrangement by Yi-hyun. Once inside, they were greeted by a very much surprised looking Yi-kyung’s mom. Doo-rim introduced herself and the mom voiced out that she didn’t expect that Yi-kyung and Doo-rim was “that” much alike. You tell me, you should know better, you’re supposed to be the mother. She didn’t say much more than Doo-rim must be tired, she should rest. Once Doo-rim and Yi-hyun left, she said something like she still feels it’s gonna be troublesome, although they look alike, Doo-rim seems tacky.

Upstairs, Yi-hyun shows the room that Doo-rim is to use while she stays with them. He gives direction to where bathroom is and tells her to rest and let him know if she needs anything. She says good night; once Yi-hyun left, she let out a sigh and checked out her temporary room.


In the living room, Yi-hyun and mom are having a talk. Mom says she hasn’t seen anything like what she’s seeing now. She begins to ask Yi-hyun if his father maybe did something but before she can finish her sentence, Yi-hyun said that it’s not possible, he has looked into Doo-rim’s family background, she has nothing to do with their family. Mom then admitted that she didn’t think it was possible either; it’s just that they look so similar that she can’t resist saying it. Yi-hyun, sounding wise said that there are many unexplainable things in the world. Mom didn’t argue anymore since it is to their advantage anyway.


Doo-rim is coming out of the bathroom and seen on her face is the curious cat look. She looks left and right and wandered to Yi-kyung’s room. She’s amazed at the princess like room; she saw the huge photo of Yi-kyung and as she looks closely she said they are similar but completely different. She looks around further, getting the vibe that it’s like a makeup store, she mistaken a glass containing cotton balls as cotton candy and tried to eat one and chocked on it; at the same time Yi-hyun enters the room, he was somehow angered. He told Doo-rim not to enter Yi-kyung’s room and not to touch her things without permission. Doo-rim apologized and said she’s going to be careful moving forward.

The next day, Doo-rim is having a salon makeover in preparation to posing as Yi-kyung. She takes off her bracelet, as she was stepped out of the elevator; she got a call from Yi-hyun asking if she’s done. Unknown to her, the bracelet dropped on the floor when she took the call. She was about to go out to the lobby when a group of woman walks in passing her like she’s not there. In the process, the bracelet was kicked under the classy Christmas Tree and out of sight. She grumbled about how the women acted, she put her hand in her pocket and realized that her lucky “charmed bracelet” is missing. She goes back to the salon thinking she must have left it there.


At the lobby Kang-joo enters, assistant in tow. He sees Yi-hyun and they greeted each other. Yi-hyun asked what brings him in the premises, turns out there’s a photo shoot for their family owned mall at the studio located in the building where the salon is, he was passing by and thought to have a look. Yi-hyun said that he is meeting a vendor. Kang-joo then excused himself since he thinks Yi-hyun is busy – they can talk some more at the upcoming dinner. Worried, Yi-hyun calls Doo-rim.


Doo-rim on the other hand is getting on thr elevator to go back to the salon for her bracelet, at the same time Kang-joo walks in. They almost saw each other thankfully the elevator door closed. While this is happening, I’m trying so hard not to bite my nails, she’s gonna be caught, she’s gonna be caught, oh nos! At the lobby Yi-hyun is pacing in panic, I know he’s thinking what I am thinking of plus Doo-rim is not answering his call.


As Kang-joo is waiting for the elevator, queue spooky background music and lo, the tree is shaking! The bracelet is crawling inch by inch until it reached his shoes. Is it attracted to him too? I know I am. He picks it up, examines it for a bit then hanged it on the tree. The elevator pinged opened Doo-rim walks out of one as Kang-joo hopped on the other. THEY. DIDN’T. SEE. EACH. OTHER. AGAIN! Well I am not worried anymore, they both have poor eyesight like me or they don’t pay much attention to their surroundings. Doo-rim is still wondering where the bracelet could be. She turns and smiled as she found it hanging on the tree. She even praised and thanked whoever hanged it in there for having sense.


She was on her way out and almost run over to a worried Yi-hyun. He snaps at her for not answering her phone then asked if she ran into Kang-joo. She said no and apologizes for keeping him waiting. She said that she was looking for her lucky charmed bracelet; she also mentioned what happened when she took it off – she lost her money and grandma was hospitalized. When she put it back on she met him, was able to pay for grandma’s surgery, basically it turned her life around in a good way and that makes the bracelet important. Yi-hyun looks around and suggested they get out of the place.


At home, she starts training in preparation for dinner, glasses first and honestly, I’m with her; it’s confusing. Can we just drink from a mug please, thank you! Yi-hyun the drill master says she needs to practice to not make any mistakes. He then shows the pictures of the Choi family starting from dad, mom and when he reached to introducing Kang-joo’s brother, she said she knows who Choi Kang-in is. She said everything she know about him and ended with “I am a Monster fan.” I love the fangirl in her. She asked if Kang-in is going to be at the dinner, completely looking forward to seeing her idol completely keeping Yi-hyun off track. He’s probably thinking she’s weird; she then noticed the man next to Kang-in and asked if it is Kang-joo. Yi-hyun said that only immediate family members would be present on that dinner thus she only needs to remember the faces he showed her. He also said to speak less and only when asked a question, she should also smile lightly; how does one smile lightly? Isn’t that called smirking? She asked him to speak casually with her so as not to give away anything at the dinner which he agreed to.


On to dinner, Yi-kyung’s mom, Yi-hyun and Doo-rim make their way to the place of reservation; I can almost feel how nervous Doo-rim is. Yi-hyun asked her to relax and do as they practiced. As they continue to walk to the dinner area, Doo-rim asked for a time out, I mean to go to the washroom.


As she was about to straighten herself, she saw the woman who ran away with her money humming to herself while putting on lipstick. Of course she confronts her and when the woman realized who she was she ran away, Doo-rim ran after her.


Meanwhile, Yi-kyung’s mom and Yi-hyun steps into the reservation area and was surprised to see the Choi family already there. Daddy Choi says they just got there. Mommy Choi looked for Yi-kyung and Yi-kyung’s mom mentioned that she came with them but.. Okay so everybody is perplexed about the situation. She asked Yi-hyun to get Doo-rim but Kang-joo volunteered to do it himself.


Outside, Doo-rim is running after the woman, yelling like a mad woman should. Kang-joo sees her and even shook his head. He continued walking in another direction when he stopped, I guess he’s thinking isn’t that Yi-kyung?


On the other hand, Doo-rim and the woman are still in “catch me if you can” mode with Doo-rim screaming like there’s no tomorrow. She managed to catch her; she sits on one of the couches at the lobby checking the woman’s purse to take her wallet while the woman asked to be forgiven – Kang-joo is making his way towards them. Doo-rim still doesn’t have any clue that she’s about to be in trouble, she’s still fuming that even the praises from woman is not helping at all.


Kang-joo is just a few steps away, oh em! Oh em! Luckily Kang-in called him, calling Doo-rim’s attention too. Kang-in wants to ask his Hyung to reconsider the contract for their band as the mall model. Doo-rim then realized who was having a conversation a few steps away for them, she anxiously ordered the woman to go; to the woman’s disbelief. She threatened to kill her if she doesn’t leave quickly thus the lady happily ran away from danger just in time as the Choi brothers finished talking. As Kang-in makes his way inside, Kang-joo walks towards a shaken Doo-rim; as expected pretty boy high and mighty mentions about her going MIA on his inauguration ceremony. He also asked if she did the math and realized the score that’s why she’s back. She carefully apologized for worrying him. He coolly said that he was not worried, it was her mother and bother that was worried that they might break up. He asked about the person she was with which she nervously denied. Seeing that she’s not getting up he asked if she’s not going inside, and she somehow snapped out of it and said she’s coming.


In a creepy corridor; seriously expecting the ghost to pop out any minute soon, Kang-joo stops walking to lay down the rules; she is not to disappear and act out again. If she can’t handle her role, she can walk away now, there are plenty of people who’re willing to be on her shoes. Cold! Doo-rim got the grasp of what type of person Kang-joo is, she thinks he’s self-absorbed, the way he talks is emotionally detached and to help her sum it up let me say, he’s an ass. Kang-joo wants her to decide on what she wants to do; it’s her last chance to break the engagement off. She brushed it off with saying that their parents are waiting, they should go in. She makes her way in but tripped when she walked pass brushing his shoulder. Kang-joo is not a complete ass after all because as she falls, he caught her. Erhm, there was a bit of a pleasant accident though at least for me it’s pleasant; they happen to kiss as he hold her to keep her from falling and she grabs on his tie for support. When they realized what happened, they got into an argument that goes like “it’s your fault, you did it, you should have avoided it, and you did it on purpose” it was cute, completely hilarious and was settled by “let’s talk about it later.” I actually don’t care who is to blame, I wanna see this pair kiss again, with feelings if possible.


At dinner, Doo-rim is completely annoyed that Kang-joo is ignoring her, she’s also pissed that she lost her chance to reclaim her money from the woman because of him. Her phone rings, her ringtone is a song off the Monster’s first album as noticed by the band’s leader – Kang-in. He also asked if Doo-rim likes pop songs because he was thinking she as Yi-kyung only like classical music being a piano major. Doo-rim lets it slip that she’s a fan. She was then invited to the Monster comeback showcase which she happily accepted. He was very happy because none of his family members knows about his songs. When Kang-joo’s mom mentioned she didn’t have any idea that she was a fan of her youngest son, she somehow came back to her senses and came up with a good excuse to the approval of Daddy Choi.

A dish was served, she was at a lost as to what utensil to use; luckily Yi-hyun noticed so he picked up his own utensils and Doo-rim copied it. She liked the dish thus she ate heartily and Daddy Choi noticed. He was happy to see that she’s not picky. He even mentioned that he doesn’t like how ladies pick on their food. She was about to say that she eats anything but Kang-joo butted in that she doesn’t eat fish, and she almost let slip that she eats sushi. At that moment, Yi-hyun stopped her and Yi-kyung’s mom mentioned that her daughter got sick when she ate sushi when she was younger thus she avoided the food, but she eats anything else.


Dad is in a hurry for the wedding to take place, he’s quite envious of his friends who already have grandchildren, and he wants to hold one in his arms soon. Yi-kyung’s mom said it’s not a problem for them but Kang-joo just started working and he must be quite busy. Mommy Choi said something like “so what, we can prepare the wedding.” She said she and Yi-kyung’s mom will meet to plan everything accordingly much to the uneasiness of Yi-kyung’s mom.


After the dinner, the parents and brothers decided to leave first to let the “couple” spend some more time to themselves. Well they did spend some time, some time to bicker cutely about the kiss. Harhar. I can feel that something is changing with Kang-joo somehow although he opted to leave first, it’s like he’s starting to be curious about her already. As Doo-rim finished talking to herself in public, President Kaneko approached and greeted her, she said the necklace looks good on her. Doo-rim not knowing how to speak in Japanese panicked; thankfully, Yi-hyun stayed behind and saved the day.


At Yi-hyun’s car, he admits that he got was nervous for her that’s why he stayed behind, it was a close call. Doo-rim admitted to having made a lot of mistakes but Yi-hyun is only relieved that she was not caught. Doo-rim then let a piece of her mind and maybe a ton of feelings regarding the situation. She understands his sister, why she ran because of the attitude of her husband to be. She even capped it with “so this is what an arranged marriage in a drama is like.” After saying that she realized who she’s with and apologized. She didn’t had the chance to finish her explanation because Yi-hyun points that what she said was true thus she doesn’t have to feel bad.


At the Jang’s residence, specifically in Doo-rim’s “room” she’s checking the wallet of the woman who ran away with their money. Apparently she’s living a semi charmed life now. She’s still fuming for not catching her all because of Kang-joo plus he even got to kiss her lips that she has been protecting for 25 years. That long? Oh… Well.. Downstairs, the Jangs are talking about the event of the day, Mommy Jang admitted to be nervous while Yi-hyun said they still got through it so it’s fine. Mommy is complaining that the house is a mess since she had to let the help go. She’s distressed, “until when are they going to live like this?” Yi-hyun admitted that he thought that they’d find her right away, he underestimated things. Mommy walks out. Doo-rim overhears the conversation, by the look on her face, she’s gonna do something about their sentiments.


As expected, the morning after, the Jangs woke up to Doo-rim taking command of the kitchen. She volunteered to take care of everything on the house from cooking to doing the laundry despite the offer of Yi-kyung’s mom to hire another help. She asked them to taste the food that she prepared and they liked it, better than the help according to Yi-hyun. Yi-hyun also mentioned that they would have an extensive training after breakfast.


The first thing on the lesson is Yi-Kyung’s likes and dislikes; this is difficult for Doo-rim since she likes everything that she hates and I am guessing vice versa. As they progress, Yi-hyun noticed that Doo-rim is looking at her amazed; she mentioned what she noticed – the way he calls her sister “our Yi-kyung” with a lot of care and even knows everything she likes. She also added that if only Kang-joo cared about a quarter of the way he cared about her sister, it would have been nice. Yi-hyun then hands her Choi Kang-joo’s family tree and the list of Yi-kyung’s school friends for her to memorize. He also hand her a phone containing all the important numbers that he knows of. That moment, the phone rang – it’s Mommy Choi asking her to come down the ancestral house, the dreamy haunted house.


At the House of Choi, Doo-rim was greeted by the house help, as she makes her way to the main house, she pause to admire the place that “looks like a palace.” It turns out it’s more training, like she’s not having enough already. But this one is in preparation for “her” life as Kang-joo’s “shadow”; is that another name for being a wife nowadays? She was handed a list, the proper name I guess would be “all about Kang-joo” because it is all about his likes, dislikes, fashion brand. I wonder if there’s anything about nail art in there too. LOL. She was also given the schedule of family gatherings that a “daughter in law” is supposed to know. And living up to being a mother in law to be, Mommy Choi “warns” her that she should act accordingly and befitting of the title “wife to Kang-joo the great.” She promised to do her best so as not to disappoint her. She ordered to eat dinner with them and told to hang out on Kang-joo’s room.


As usual, Doo-rim is on curious cat mode; she checked out the room that according to her is as big as a gym. She was wowed by the fencing gear; she took the sword and played with it and did a “nestea” on the bed landing on the remote of the sound system. It played a classic music, the kind that often used when trouble is approaching and it is. Queue Kang-joo holding the remote; he turns the music off and removes the head gear off Doo-rim’s.  He gives her a scolding, no wait, a nagging; anyways, he insinuated that she is playing games, pretend games. He goes to change his clothes with Doo-rim still in the room. I smell something fishy. He gets a phone call and signals Doo-rim to hand him his phone.


After his phone conversation, he nags Doo-rim some more, at this point, Doo-rim told him to get changed, she’ll go downstairs. As she makes her way to the door, Kang-joo blocks him and backed her on the wall, his hand pressed on her throat. He was on “asshole” mode quoting what Yi-kyung said that she wants to know him better. He asked if she’s not interested to know his body. Oooh, this early, okay, give it to me! Harhar.


He leans in for a kiss that didn’t happen because Doo-rim pushed him so hard his back hit the door. She pulls up fists threatening him that he’s gonna pay dearly if he ever lay a finger on her body. She came to her senses when Kang-joo asked “what this?” She came up with a perfect explanation that she wants to preserve traditions and ended it with something like “don’t even think about it.” She made a big sigh of relief once she got out of his room, she called him a pervert.


At home, she’s reviewing the list of gatherings; the upcoming one is for the death anniversary of Kang-joo’s grandfather, the founder of Taeyang Group. Yi-hyun mentioned that it’s the largest gathering of the year to be attended by the entire extended family and company executives. He also mentioned that it is expected that the future daughter in law attends as well. She finally lost it, saying that it’s too much, their deal is only dinner now there’s a death anniversary, gatherings and events too! How is she supposed to attend on all of those occasions? Yi-hyun persuade her with talks of helping her open a store under her name, worked like magic, he got her to agree, she even bragged that she can do well because she organized the memorials for her parents thus she knows the feeling.


At the gathering, she is to greet the elders – great uncle and aunt Choi; she couldn’t do it right away because one of them, great aunt Choi is busy playing with her phone. In the end, Daddy Choi took the phone; Doo-rim was about to give a proper greeting when great aunt Choi started shouting that she’s not Kang-joos fiancee. She ordered her to be gone, and she was escorted outside before great aunt Choi really lose it. Outside, she runs into Roo-mi, the little bitch. She let lose her venomous tongue but Doo-rim can’t remember who she is thus she didn’t have much reaction. She was sort of saved by Mommy Choi, obviously pleased to see Roo-mi. They chatted sweetly and Mommy Choi invited her for tea.


Once Roo-mi was inside, Doo-rim checked whatever information she has on Roo-mi, she was surprised to find out that she was Yi-kyung’s best friend especially she talks harshly to her. At that exact moment, Kang-joo appears and asked what she is doing. They start to bicker again, he said something like don’t try too hard, just act like it, you can’t do anything useful anyways. She in turn said what she thinks every time he sees him – because of the way he manage to say the most emotionally detached things that are so cold that her heart feels like freezing over, she would rather direct all her affection to the first dog she sees then walks out leaving a dumbfounded Kang-joo.


In the kitchen, she happily helped in the preparation to the delight of the helps, they’re talking about how easy it is to get along with her when Kang-joo passed by hearing what the helps think of his fiancee. I see a small smile forming of pretty boy’s face; I knew he’s not so tough. Of course what is a gathering without gossiping and slandering, that’s quite normal.The topic is about the fate of the first wife of I am guessing Daddy Choi. Overhearing the conversation, Doo-rim joins them and asked who else died. At that moment, Mommy Choi came, like the lady of the house that she is; she scolded the helps for gossiping and warns Doo-rim about being too close to the helps for her own good.


She goes back in the house to a waiting great aunt Choi, wanting a piggy back ride from her. Mommy Choi insist that she can’t do that for her but great aunt is determined to have a piggy back ride from Doo-rim, even kicking helper Ahjussi when he volunteered to do it. Doo-rim happily gave great aunt Choi a piggy back ride, calling her grandma. As she was carrying her, great aunt Choi peed; Mommy Choi and the Ahjumma Ahn panicked while Doo-rim just happily mentioned that grandma must be relieved and offered to change her clothes. This was witnessed by a shocked Roo-mi and a now somehow melting Kang-joo, I can tell by the way he’s suppressing his smile.


In one of the rooms of the palace, I mean the House of Choi, Doo-rim finished attending to great aunt Choi, she wants to sleep and tired Doo-rim opted to nap, not before thinking of her own grandma back at their place. Seen is grandma, sadly eating her meal, thinking of how sad her Doo-rim is in a new city by herself; grandma don’t cry, she’s not as sad as you think.


Back at the House of Choi, Kang-joo is seen in the room where Doo-rim and great aunt Choi is sleeping. He watched her for a bit, probably wondering who the hell this girl is. She started snoring; making him somehow shake his head but instead, he tried shaking her awake. I think it’s becoming their thing to bicker every time they see each other, I am not complaining, it is cute. She asked what is he doing, he shouldn’t be watching her sleep it’s perverted. Of course he defended himself that he won’t be interested to watch a snoring woman sleep; he just wanted to wake her because the memorial is starting. That got her embarrassed, she said she was tired; he didn’t want to listen, he just wants her to come out.




Doo-rim is helping to clear the things used for the memorial, when the lights started to blink then switched off. She lights a match when out of nowhere, Kang-joo appears, scaring the bejesus out of her. She screams and falls down over Kang-joo’s body, scattering match sticks all over the floor and Kang-joo’s hair. As they looked at each other’s shocked faces, Roo-mi enters seeing their somehow inappropriate position. Once Kang-joo saw Roo-mi, he harshly pushed Doo-rim aside; looked at her without saying a word. The bitch walked out leaving Kang-joo who blamed Doo-rim for doing it on purpose because she knows Roo-mi was there. She depended herself saying it was his fault for appearing out of nowhere and scaring her. He won’t have any of it; he walks out leaving Doo-rim to continue with what she was doing. As she leaves the room, the family photo was shown and standing with the crowd is our resident ghost. Who is she?


At the Jangs, Yi-kyung’s mom is taking a talisman from one of Yi-kyung’s pillow; Yi-hyun sees her and asked what she’s doing in her daughter’s room. She’s being melodramatic thinking about her welfare. Yi-hyun assures her that nothing is going to happen to her daughter, don’t worry too much. She asked about Doo-rim and he reports that she called saying the memorial has ended. He sees the talisman and asked what it is. Mommy said it is supposed to help bring harmonious relationship between bride and groom though it is useless now.


Back to the House of Choi, Kang-joo and Roo-mi are having a serious talk; Roo-mi wants to know if her “oppa” is really going to marry Yi-kyung. His answer is somehow a yes because she’s the woman his parents have chosen. Roo-mi asked if it doesn’t matter who the bride is as long as his parents agreed to her; he agrees to it, it doesn’t matter. She tells him not to marry someone he doesn’t have feelings with; well, girl nobody is asking for your opinion so shush! Kang-joo is as cold as ever saying feelings and love doesn’t really exist. They are pretty close, I can see that, there’s a past that she’s talking about though I don’t have any idea about it yet, she ask him to stop keeping people out and being distant. He tells her not to overstep her boundaries. Miss Delusional says can’t she say that much when she stayed by his side for so long. Keeping up with being cold he replied with “I never asked you to.” Wow, he’s a complete jerk! Roo-mi pours what she really feels, she said something like “can’t it be me then since it doesn’t matter to you anyways, whoever you marry, so let it be me because I’ve only have eyes for you since we are little.” Sorry, that’s my interpretation. He asked her to stop it already, since she’s hurting; I wish it was that easy to do.


Not far from them, Doo-rim is watching, hiding behind a tree. As Kang-joo stands to leave, Roo-mi back hugs him saying she can’t stop, I know right and I don’t know what you’ll do too. As Kang-joo turns, he sees peeping Doo-rim and moves out of Roo-mi’s back hug, panic seen evident on his face. Doo-rim runs away looking back a few times while doing so and once she’s out of sight, Kang-joo let out a loud sigh, is that out of guilt? I knew he’s feeling something for her already. Roo-mi is in the same wavelength as I am because she pointed it out to Kang-joo “if it doesn’t matter, why the guilty expression?” good point girl; still pretty boy is holding the excuse that his family chose her so be careful not to speak lightly about her. He leaves Roo-mi to grieve her unrequited love.


As she’s far from sight now, Doo-rim now contemplates the meaning of what she saw; conclusion – Kang-joo and Roo-mi are in a relationship, she also understands now why Roo-mi treated her badly when they saw each other earlier. She wonders what will happen if he falls for her but quickly brushed it aside since once Yi-kyung comes back, it won’t matter to her anyways. She kicks an imaginary stone or something only to be distracted by our resident ghost, wearing a helper’s uniform, smiling as she floats away. She follows her to I think it’s where the family altar is. There’s a helper outside, Doo-rim asked if she saw her fellow helper just now and she answers no. Doo-rim wonders if she’s starting to see things because she definitely saw her went to that place that she decides to check out.


Queue creepy sound effects and meowing cat. As she looks for the cat, our resident ghost is behind a post opposite the entrance where Kang-joo is seen entering. Omo, what is the ghost up to now? Kang-joo is looking for Doo-rim posting to be Yi-kyung. He hears the cry of the cat and went to investigate. He sees Doo-rim, under a table that’s above a trap door. She was surprised by Kang-joo’s appearance thus she hits her head on the table. He was irritated but she’s more concerned about something else. She asked him to come closer; once he’s near, she hands him the kitten and goes back to the trap door. He’s impatient and asked why she is coming back in. She pulls out a dead cat, the kitten’s mommy. They found a shovel somewhere, and Doo-rim gestures for Kang-joo to shovel. He gives the excuse that he’s the heir of Taeyang Group but Doo-rim is not buying it. I might have said the same thing, “just shovel already!” He clearly doesn’t know how thus Doo-rim did the shoveling herself all the while mumbling that he probably didn’t do much with his hand anyways other than eat, wipe his ass and hold a pen leaving Kang-joo fuming. After giving the mommy cat a proper burial, she took the kitty from Kang-joo declaring that she’s going to be its mother then leaves ; surprising Kang-joo who I think is expecting a talk or a chance to explain – but why?


Inside the house, Daddy Choi is expressing her fondness towards Doo-rim; okay he thinks it is Yi-kyung. Mommy Choi cryptically replied with a”let’s wait and see if she really is compatible with our son.” He pointed out that she chose her herself why is she still not satisfied. He asked if she still likes Roo-mi to be the bride. She gave an excuse that marriage cannot be forced; she admitted that it’s regretful but it seems that Roo-mi is not meant to be part of their family. The talks turns to Daddy Choi’s first love; such sensitive topic that made him upset. He puts down the lovely looking tea cup forcefully when Mommy Choi mentioned that Kang-joo might also.. This is about the curse, oh, Mommy knows something it seems. Daddy Choi said it’s all nonsense; he asked her if she believes the curse and to not let the kids hear her talk about it especially with the upcoming events. He walks out, leaving Mommy Choi to open a chest containing a diary and a red shoe. Is that the same shoe from the first episode?


Meanwhile, the “bickering” cute “couple” has arrived to the House of Jang. Doo-rim has slept all the way to the disbelief of Kang-joo. She asked if they reached her “house” gaining an order to wipe the saliva off her mouth. She said she’s tired from running all day. And my guess is true, pretty boy wants to explain himself. He’s angry cause she’s acting as if she didn’t see or hear anything. He tries to explain what happened with Roo-mi but at the same time, the kitty wanted to have Doo-rim’s attention, it peed. He snapped at her asking is the kitten more important than what he has to say? He orders her to get out before the car seat is ruined. He also reminded her not be late for the TV interview for the next day. He’s totally fuming as he drives away. Doo-rim is completely oblivious to the real reason why he’s mad. Her mind is completely wrapped in the kitty; that she can’t keep because Yi-kyung is allergic to it. She gets another scolding from Yi-hyun, poor girl. She apologized for her mistakes but asked if she can keep the cat, she’s going to take it with her once Yi-kyung comes back.


The next day at the Choi’s house, Mommy Choi goes to Daddy Choi’s room but he’s not there; where could he be? Ah, there he is, under a tree; thinking of his first love. He sees an old man and bowed, who is he?

At the mall, Doo-rim is rushing; she approached Roo-mi the bitch and asked if she’s late. Putting her outfit together took some time. He asked where is Kang-joo; Roo-mi completely ignored her and walked off. Doo-rim and Kang-joo finally saw each other, he checked out her outfit and asked Doo-rim to remove her bracelet because it’s about the necklace today, it has to stand out. She doesn’t want to, she insist that she’s just going to hide it so it can’t be seen. He didn’t really agree but started walking.


On the way to the venue, the customer service girl who got fired blocked their way. She was enraged by heartless Kang-joo. She takes a tomato out of her bag and throws it at Kang-joo but Doo-rim blocked it, surprising Kang-joo and herself.



I knew it’s gonna be an awesome disaster once the switch takes place, firstly because they are extremely different from each other, Doo-rim is a drop of sunshine while Yi-kyung is an iceberg in the making and that is only in reference with their attitude, it gets to the extreme if you throw in the status in life.

Another thing that I expected is Kang-joo slowly peeling off the unfeeling facade, when he tried to explain about what Doo-rim saw, I sort of confirmed it, he’s not a cold person but a guarded person, maybe because he’s rich or something, I look forward to see him growing up.

I’m not gonna deny that this BotC is filled with cliches but they used it so well I don’t even care anymore. I’m so looking forward to the mayhem that is to come. The only thing that I can’t really brush from my head is why is the ghost haunting the Choi family? Why is it said to be killing off the first bride of the first born son? What happened to Daddy Choi’s first love? I guess I’ll have to patiently wait for answers.

Bride of the Century Ep 1

A chaebol meets and fell in love with a poor girl without knowing it, clichéd right? How about adding a ghost on top of that, do you know what you are getting? Trouble, yes, trouble because it’s going to be engaging no matter how clichéd it is. Those are the ingredients in the cooking pot labeled Bride of the Century and so far, I’m loving this mixture.

Mood Setter: Stay by Cueshe [audio]

The show opens with a group of gossiping women peeping on walls made out of paper, there’s another disadvantage of walls made of paper, one should really think plenty of times when deciding to build a house; just kidding. Anyways, they are each saying how pitiful the girl is and that she won’t even survive her first night. That’s the moment that the curse that false to the first bride of the first son of the family was mentioned. Inside the room, the groom is also talking about the same thing although by the way he’s talking; it shows that he doesn’t believe such thing. Ohhhhh, it’s ‘the haunting’ thingy and the ghost is supposedly the ‘owner’ of the ‘house’ though I can’t really say if all those were true, you know, tongue in cheek, “rumors has it.”


Then enters Lady Choi, well I guess she is also Lady Choi here like on her old days as a “Mugakshi” though not quite as bad ass. She gives instruction that no one is to disturb the newly wed. Queue weird noises, gushing winds, in short, scary sound effects, yes, yes, it is predictable but I am falling for it. The groom is seen fainting, the lights turning into Christmas lights cut to the bride running in the woods or something like that while the groom organize a search party and finally, the silhouette of a lady with long black hair in long flowing black dress. She chases the helpless and frightened bride to a cliff and a screamed was heard, the next thing seen is a shoe on the edge of the cliff.


Move on to present day, to a seafood diver hauling her catch of the day, she have a good haul by the smile plastered on her cute face. As she sits by the shore she sees a red coat, a pair of red shoes and its owner, a woman who jumped off the cliff. She dives in to save her and as she swims to take her to safety queue scary sound effects; the woman in white was briefly shown to be in a black flowing dress, oh nos, it’s the ghost not of girlfriends past but the ghost from a long time ago. She’s somehow taken a back but managed to take the woman to the shore.

As she was about to give her CPR, the woman started breathing again and even complained that she took so long to save her. What an interesting ghost we have here. Apparently she’s broken hearted because her lover loved someone else – cheated of her, despite of his promise to love only her for the rest of his life. She called the diver who saved her a girl with a grade school kid’s body; which is far from the thanks that she was expecting. Unexpectedly for two people meeting each other for the first time, they had a conversation about love, and they each have a good point about it I must admit, it was quite entertaining. The woman, now draped in a red coat gave her ‘savior’ her bracelet saying that it’s all she has, that it’s a lucky charm that brings love and that she, the diver is not to take it for granted because it is going to change her life. The woman then disappeared with her red shoes that are hot off the shelf not after she gave her a word of encouragement: “fighting!” leaving Doo-rim – that’s what grandma called her; dumbfounded.

Grandma and Doo-rim owns a seafood restaurant by the sea, Doo-rim goes to deliver somewhere I’m guessing the construction site in the vicinity. The said site is facing some decline and an inevitable halt because the payment of the workers is not on time and they are resisting, well I would too if I was in their shoes. The gentleman whom the ‘site supervisor’ is reporting relayed that they should be receiving funds from Taeyang Group in the near future; thus he asked for them to bear with the company until that time.

He receives a call from Yi-kyung oh wait, she looks uncannily like Doo-rim. She’s on her way to the airport and by her response to her brother it is certain that she’s meeting an important person thus the need for not making mistakes.

Seen driving her scoter is Doo-rim, on delivery duty. ‘Oppa’ is still on the phone apparently worrying because it has been a while since her sister has seen the person she’s meeting. He asked her to make the meeting a little less awkward. As Doo-rim gets off her scoter, she saw some bricks falling directly on helmetless gentleman. She ran, pushed him aside thus the bricks landed and broke on her helmeted head. The gentleman was stunned at the wonder girl who saved her but mostly because she looks like her sister. They asked each other if they are okay all the while he has this look of disbelief on his face. He got to ask if she needs to go to the hospital once he somehow came to his senses but she says she’s fine, she has extensive martial arts training; hearing that he gave his card with an assuring “if anything is wrong, you can reach me at this number.”

As Doo-rim runs to hand out her delivery, he got a call from his sister, he relayed what happened, that he saw someone that looks like her. She asked if there’s a secret to her birth that she’s not aware of like does she have a twin sister separated from her as a baby. I’ve seen that story before; a typical melo. She was assured that he is okay and he is coming home early. He was approached and asked to eat lunch at a restaurant but he opted to eat with the workers; it turned out to be a good thing, it brought him closer to his employees.


At the airport the reporters are gathered awaiting the arrival of a very handsome guy that is an understatement; let me wipe my drool… Done! He stops in front of Yi-kyung and she hands him a bouquet as a sign of welcoming him back. He is Kang-joo and he is one cold good looking bad ass that came home after studying abroad and apparently he’s displeased about the ruckus about his coming home.


As they drive somewhere he asked his Roo-mi about something he had instructed her, she hands him a box that he gave to Yi-kyung. Inside it is a necklace that he wants him to wear. They end up in I assume a Japanese restaurant. She’s just eating salad because she doesn’t eat sushi which Kang-joo is unaware of. She says the Salmon salad is good enough, salmon and caviar is edible to her. She asked what his likes and dislikes are. She also expressed that she can really feel that they are engaged now since they are eating together and he even gave her a gift thus she wants them to get to know each other better. Kang-joo opted to be a royal ass by asking if she didn’t see the list that his mom has prepared, they don’t need to waste time getting to know each other. Taken a back she asked if he isn’t tired, he should have went home since he just arrived and his parents are probably waiting for him. At that precise time, she found out the true reason why he invited her for lunch – to close a deal with President Kaneko, the president of JR Group. She also understand why he gave the necklace – Eternal Love, it was designed by President Kaneko’s deceased husband. The moment she saw it and upon learning that he proposed to Yi-kyung with it, like her deceased husband, she cancelled her previous appointment and signed with Kang-joo’s company.


Yi-kyung was outraged knowing that she was used like a puppet which he agreed, she is his puppet. Since their marriage is a business deal and not out of love. Weirdly, even if he’s behaving like an ass I can’t help but swoon a bit, Lee Hong-ki is adorable but he looks good enough to eat as Kang-joo. He walks out with his staffs, leaving her to brood and walk in another direction only to be stopped by Kan-joo’s brother – Kang-in with girlfriend Leann in tow. She tells him she had lunch with his brother who just got back. She leaves the pair treating them coldly.


Kang-joo does a company inspection, staffs in tow. First, he axed the idol group as image models of the company; next he fired the customer service staff for smoking, that’s a busy work day for someone who just got back home I say. At Yi-kyung’s house, Yi-kyung’s mom is having a fit because of her daughter getting all worked up for being treated like a puppet. She orders her to hold it in even if she feels wronged. She says that their company is in money trouble, investors had all withdrawn and Taeyang Group is their last hope for the company not to shut down. My, it is indeed a business deal kind of wedding; all of their hopes are invested on this one too.


Knag-joo finally reached home; one of those historic homes, so beautiful. He’s all smiles as he greets the house help who are excited to see him home. He sits down for tea with his parents and let me just say that I love the tea set, it looks so elegant and all, I suddenly have this urge to buy one. Back to the family afternoon tea party, his dad praised him for closing the deal with JR Group. As it should, his mom doesn’t see him working right away as a good thing while his dad imparted wise words, keys to success. The talk then shifted to his brother, obviously the family’s ‘black sheep’. He hasn’t called, his phone is turned off, and it could be he hasn’t been home in a while too. Kang-joo assures his parents that his brother would go home in his own accord one day.


At Yi-kyung’s house, there’s another tea party going own. The talk is about the construction site, has the issue been resolved and all that. Oppa – Yi-hyun asked if her sister’s airport encounter went well. Instead of going to the details, she asked about the girl that look likes her, how much they resemble. Shift to the county side, Doo-rim took off the “lucky bracelet” calling it a piece of crap, I have a bad feeling she shouldn’t have done that. She goes to sleep beside her grandma, the bracelet seen on top of the table, I can feel trouble a-brewing.


At Kang-joo’s house, Kang-joo lights a candle. He’s in front of an altar having a flashback of his young self, knocking from inside a locked room; another mysterious thing, why was he locked and why is he all dirty?  On his way out, he meets the house help. She was surprised that he’s not yet asleep; he should be tired because he just got back. He bid the help good night and walks away. Additional mystery: the house help noticed that he goes to that altar the moment he gets home, what’s with that?


Somewhere near the sea, Doo-rim is doing an awesome job at sales talking to some Monster fanatics. They ordered everything that she recommended and even gave 30% discount, yeah! She then goes to give her lodge money; I’m guessing it’s a cooperative thingy where each members take turns in receiving money, something like that. The shop owner, who is also in charge of keeping the “members” money, gave her some cosmetics, I get this feeling that she’s up to no good; it’s just a feeling. I’ll wait and see.


At Yi-kyung’s house, her room specifically, Yi-kyung is still stewing, she checks her phone, there’s this message. She takes a deep breath and wonder aloud how important is Choi Kang-joo to have the right to treat her badly. Mom checks on her, she doesn’t looks so good, what is troubling her? The scene fades to reveal an old spectacled guy seeing a client off; once she disappeared, he ran inside the “temple” to rest. I figure he’s a psychic, he feels the disturbance and the ghost appeared as he opens his eyes, the same one from the beginning and at the beach and she is gliding down on him and stopped once they are face to face. She went down to business saying she’s out of time. A woman is to come once she leaves and he is to reveal everything to her, let her know everything she wants. What a bossy scary ghost!


True enough, a woman came – Yi-kyung’s mom; she mentioned of her daughter’s upcoming wedding, the psychic assumes that she wants to know about the future of the bride and groom. He asked for their date of birth so she hands him an envelope not with the date of birth but with money. She said she knows that he takes care of Taeyang Group family using the lunar and solar cycle. What is the significance of this meeting?


By the sea side, Doo-rim is selling coffee and cup ramen.  She meets the customers from the restaurant earlier. The girls are talking about how hot Choi Kang-joo is while Doo-rim doesn’t have the slightest idea who he is. They gave her the details and as they were doing so, one of the girls noticed that she looks like someone, like Kang-joo’s fiancée. They were interrupted by customers who ordered coffees but wouldn’t pay. A bad idea as they ended beaten up by Doo-rim to the cheering of the passers by.


At home, she finds that most of the bills increased. As she counts her earning, she wished that she could earn as much as she earned that night again. Grandma brings snacks, Doo-rim’s favorite sweet potato, they ate it with kimchee and let me just say that scenes like this always warms my heart, it reminds me of those days with my own grandma, may she rest in peace.  She mentioned that once she gets her lodge money, she will take grandma to the hospital for a checkup, but grandma won’t budge. She recollects that she got sick when Doo-rim’s parents died and she won’t be going to any hospital until they come back. Doo-rim, feeling grandma’s sadness cheered her up with promises of good life once she makes lots of money; she says grandma has to live long to enjoy everything. They closely watch grandma’s favorite drama on their beat up tv.


The next day, my fear about the shop owner who’s in charge of collecting the cooperative’s money materialized, she ran away taking Doo-rim’s hard earned money with her. Everyone is distressed. Doo-rim drives off to the bus station but Bong Sook is nowhere to be found. She walks lifelessly, hopeless because of what happened. When she reached home, she sees grandma passed out on the floor.


At the hospital, the doctor says that grandma needs surgery as soon as possible. Poor hardworking Doo-rim, how wronged you must be feeling, how desperate you must be. Grandma wakes up, having the same sentiments that I have, she promised that she will find that woman once she gets out of the hospital but Doo-rim insist that she can earn the money again, all she need is for grandma to be healthy so grandma should rest, she is such a sweet grandchild.


At the Choi house, Daddy Choi is playing a classic sad song, seen on the table is a picture of a woman in a wedding dress, who could she be? Outside, Mommy Choi sees Daddy Choi; she tells Daddy Choi that she knows he doesn’t want to live in this house but it’s his mother’s last wish for them to stay there. And revelation, the woman in the picture is Daddy Choi’s first love and I can sense that Mommy Choi is jealous of her; does it make sense that you are jealous of a dead person?  Hmmm. She says if he wants to get rid of the house, he should start with the picture first.


At Kang-joo’s office, one of his assistants reminds him that it’s already late; Mr. Workaholic seems to not mind staying at the office, he sends him home. In a restaurant somewhere, Yi-kyung’s ‘friends’ are admiring the necklace that Kang-joo gave her. Roo-mi says it’s as expensive as an apartment in Gangnam, but it’s just natural for the future daughter in law of Taeyang Group to receive something like it. There’s this air of animosity between Yi-Kyung and Roo-mi; I am guessing, Roo-mi is in love with Kang-joo, its clichéd and predictable but who says that premise can’t be reused. They irritate one another and Roo-mi went as far as telling Yi-kyung that her perseverance is unbelievable in a very insulting way.


In the bathroom, Yi-kyung goes head to head with Roo-mi asking why she was chosen and not her. Turns out Roo-mi is the daughter of the Attorney General who investigated Taeyang Group’s money laundering case a year ago not to mention Yi-kyung parents wanted her to marry into Taeyang Group though that’s not enough reason for Roo-mi to give up. She grew up with Kang-joo and plans to stick around like gum in a shoe; she warns Yi-kyung to be careful because she might take her place. Yi-kyung is not the least shaken, she plans to do everything for the wedding to take place because their company’s future depends on it, she won’t let the opportunity pass her by. They insult each other some more, Roo-mi riled her for being a true to form puppet. She walks out with the last words; a reminder that she has to attend Kang-joo’s officially joining the company party.

Day of the party, Yi-kyung is dolling up, she’s remembering the time when Kang-joo called her his puppet and her mom’s words that the marriage need to work out for their sake. I can tell the wheels on her head are turning and I don’t think she’s up to something good.

At the party, a little boy hands a note and a box to Yi-hyun; he asked the boy “where is the noona who gave the box” the boy mentioned that she left. He panicky makes his way to Yi-kyung’s mom handing the box and the note. It’s from Yi-kyung, asking for some time to think; she’s returning the necklace “to hold on to her last bit of pride.” Right after they finished checking the note and the box the Choi family approached. Daddy Choi says he doesn’t see Yi-kyung, Yi-kyung’s mom came up with some excuse though I don’t have any idea what it was, I wasn’t shown.

From the party, the scene shifted to Yi-kyung’s house, mom desperately calls out to what seems to be an empty house. They go to her room and found it empty. She breaks down agonizing “what would happen to her Yi-kyung?” Yi-hyun comforts her saying he will find her, he will make sure that she is found.

Kang-joo’s mom calls Yi-kyung’s mom showing pictures of Yi-kyung taken by paparazzi. Ah, so the excuse was a case of appendicitis, too bad it was thwarted by the paparazzi. It was not published; thankfully, Taeyang Group cleans up “nicely” though Kang-joo’s mom gave an ultimatum – a family dinner to be attended by both parties and if Yi-kyung fails to attend, they would have no choice but to reconsider the marriage.


At her office, Yi-kyung’s mom is having a fit; the detective doesn’t have any news of Yi-kyung’s whereabouts and the dinner is right in front of their noses; breaking the engagement is not an option due to the current state of their company, a complete chaos is about to break if Yi-kyung is not found. Yi-hyun mentioned that what they need is to get pass the dinner date that was set, they can buy some time if ever.


At Doo-rim’s house, she is currently on the phone with a money lending agent, she’s annoyed that she needs to make a down payment when she is trying to borrow money, well I agree, that doesn’t make any sense. She remembers that grandma is waiting for her; she grabs what she can and rushed out of the house.


Yi-hyun drove to Grandma and Doo-rim’s restaurant; he was told that the restaurant is closed for the day. Cut to Doo-rim checking what I am guessing to be lottery numbers; she didn’t win. She puts her hand on her pocket and the bracelet fell down; she recalled the words that the woman she saved said that the bracelet is a lucky charm. She puts it on saying she’s gonna give the lottery one more try. She checks her money and found the card that Yi-hyun gave her.


Flashback to Yi-hyun saying if something goes wrong to give him a call; after having a few minutes of argument with herself, she decided to give him a call. At that exact moment, Yi-hyun sees her, she lies trough her teeth saying she’s in serious pain because of the accident only to panic when he said he is coming like right now. The girl is a terrible liar. Yi-hyun approached her asking if they can talk.


As they sit in a park somewhere, he asked if she can put her hair up, Doo-rim shaken up insist that the injury is internal. Yi-hyun having not much time stands up and put her hair up. He can’t believe how much Doo-rim resembles her “missing” sister. Doo-rim thinking that she’s been caught lying comes clean that she needs money because something came up, she even apologized. Instead of making a fuzz, Yi-hyun said that he needs her to be the fiancée of Taeyang Group’s Choi Kang-joo to Doo-rim’s surprise.


At Taeyang Group’s mall, Kang-joo and staffs are seen entering and employees are bowing in respect, he passed by a woman, wait, isn’t that our resident ghost? He somehow sensed it and he turned around but Miss Ghost is gone, in her place is a mall’s employee.



This is unexpectedly entertaining. It’s nice to see Lee Hong-ki stepping out of the box, you know being an adorable cute cutie to a hawt one, well in my opinion that is. So far I am very much intrigued, I have so many questions that I want to be answered like who is this ghost, why is she killing the first bride, is Yi-kyung and Doo-rim twins or something, why do they look alike, what’s the issue with Daddy Choi why did Yi-kyung left and so on. Another thing I am curious about is the bracelet that brings love, if the ghost that gave it to her takes the life of the first brides, is it some sort of talisman thingy much like Queen In-hyun’s Man? Hmmm.

Also, I can’t help but love the contrast in character of Yi-kyung and Doo-rim; seeing that Doo-rim is about to step on Yi-kyung’s place, I can’t help but wonder what’s going to happen and how it is going to affect Kang-joo and everyone around her in general. It’s going to be so fun.

Roo-mi successfully irritated me as she should, although I do hope that she gets over her unrequited love for her own good, life is too short to be too clingy to a guy that doesn’t notice you at all, it’s another thing if you know that he also has the hots for you but in her case, I don’t see any sparkle, or I refuse to see any.

So far I am entertained, and I hope it continues to entertain me.

K Watching and More

Mood Setter: Compass By FT Island [audio]

I haven’t been writing anything about what I have been watching lately because of my schedule and because my laptop has given up on me. That’s the sad truth; my beloved laptop that has been with me for the past 5 years has finally broken down. Luckily, I was able to buy its replacement, I named it Agent O because its color is orange, makes sense doesn’t it? Right, so what have I been watching?

Today, as a test run, I watched We Got Married Global Edition – Lee Hong Ki and Fujii Mina; surprisingly, I finished their whole stint and squeed to my heart’s content. They are so cute and Hong Ki is adorable as ever. Well, I have openly admitting that I adore Hong Ki, I’ve written several post about him already and I know it’s gonna accumulate some more what with me being into his currently airing drama Bride of the Century. It’s fun so far and one of these days I’ll be starting my musing for every episode (I finished programming my “baby” today, test runs are done and I am good to go) and what I can say is, its jjang!

Another on my watch list is I Miss You; I finished two episodes so far and Yeo Jin-goo, that kid is proving to be a noona killer in the making. Loved that scene where he cheekily say “yogi kaji” and smiled. Such a tease this kid, I can’t believe he’s jailbait. I guess I won’t be seeing much of him in this drama though; the ending hinted that it’s headed to the time jump but I know it won’t take long before he’ll be getting his own lead role.

Next on the watch list is the last 6 episodes of I Need Romance 3; I know, I’m way behind on this one but RL is really taking most of my time lately. I’ve read in dramabeans that it has been neatly tied although what I am curious about is that was there even a slight display of “alone time” in the last episodes? I guess I’ll be finding out soon enough.

As I mentioned, I’m watching Bride of the Century and it’s proving to be fun and interesting so far. Of course I am watching it because of Hong Ki and this I have to say he’s doing awesome portraying his role as a “heartless” chaebol while Yang Jin-sung is completely a breath of fresh air as a sunny poor girl from the county. I especially like the ghost, she is something.

Photo Credits to the Owner

So far that’s all I have in my plate. There’s plenty of dramas that came out since the last week of February that it’s overwhelming and I’m still undecided if I am to watch some of them. Personally I am intrigued by Three Days and I also want to start watching Empress Ki but I guess I’ll wait for a bit; my time is still limited. I would greatly appreciate and love suggestions though, it’s welcomed and I am looking forward to it.

[K-Drama Review] Me Too, Flower!

I’ve been mooning over Yoon Shi-yoon lately, because I want to, har har. That being said I decided to watch those dramas that he was casted in. After Flower Boy Next Door, I opt to watch Me Too, Flower and yes, it has something to do with the inclusion of the word “flower” to the title because flower equals beautiful, that’s the logic; at least the Korean Drama logic and indeed it was beautiful.

What the babble’s about?

Cha Bong-sun (Lee Ji-ah) is a police officer with a bit of unplaced angst, a hint of rebellion and a need to be loved, in every possible way. When she was not promoted as a Sergeant, she staged a protest that caused her to take some counseling from Park Tae-hwa (Jo Min-ki) a wealthy psychologist that she finds irritating specially he’s been asking things she’s been avoiding to face for so long. As she is leaving his office, she almost had an accident that adds to her initial irritations.

At work, she was assigned a new patrol partner, Jo Ma-ru (Lee Gi-kwang). They were tasked to respond to an incident report from Perche, a high end fashion store owned by Park Hwa-young (Han Go-eun). She sees Seo Jae-hee (Yoon Shi-yoon) who is working as a valet parking attendant. Unbeknownst to her, it is just a cover, he is actually the co-founder of the store. The initial irritation just adds up as they had a real accident that cause him to be fired from his job. He goes to the police station to tell her that he was fired and demanded she find a job for her. The tension between them is obvious that it goes to say that he is about to shake her already shaky world while trying to find his own closure from his shady past.

Initial Reaction

I find this drama extremely interesting, well I know it has to do with me mooning over Yoon Shi-yoon but aside from that, the story line is great, as per my opinion, makes me want to have my own shrink for all those time that I feel like I am losing it, harhar. The characters are believable in a way that you feel with them: like I sympathize with Bong-sun’s being all reluctant to forgive her parents whom she thought abandoned her. I understand Jae-hee’s wish to protect Hwa-young and her son because he feels responsible for her husband’s death. I can somehow accept Hwa-young’s being obsessive with Jae-hee because she needed someone to hold on to after her husband’s tragic demise. I love Dr. Tae-hwa, and as I already mentioned,  I wish he was my shrink. Ma-ru is another character that I am fond of, the way he’s hesitant to pursue his love interest is interesting and I am somewhat sad that he lost his chance. I can also relate to Kim Dal (Seo Hyo-rim) her wanting to have it all and be loved.

Oh so engaging!

Initially, it was all about me watching Yoon Shi-yoon, yes that shallow but hey, fangirls are fangirls and nope, I’m not ashamed about it. Though I have to admit I am happy that this drama turned out to be good and engaging. Here’s why:

1. Cha Bong-sun in all her shiny layers. It’s amazing how she doesn’t want to accept at first that there’s something wrong with her, how she covers her thoughtful and sweet self with angst and roughness because she’s afraid and she haven’t experienced love yet she overcame everything and found a love to last her days no matter their differences.


2. Seo Jae-hee and his quest to do right plus self forgiveness. I love the way Yoon Shi-yoon gave life to this chatacter, it’s good, no great well actually awesome. The different emotions he showed are so tasteful it’s unbelievable. It’s such a joy to watch. I like how he was lonely and how it is self inflicted, how he wants to be responsible about something that he didn’t entirely did on purpose.

3. We found our missing pieces. That’s exactly what I think while watching the love story between Bong-sun and Jae-hee flourish, beautifully. True it was a long road but it was filled with sweetness and everything else. I was happy that in the end, they accepted each other’s differences.


4. Kim Dal wants to be loved. For a person who lost her once charming life, it is but expected that things would turn out awry and quite frankly, somewhat acceptable. True she’s a pain and annoyingly cute at that but you have to admire a person who knows what she wants.


5. Jo Ma-ru, baby calculating his way to love. This is sad,  because in doing so he missed his chance, not that he really has one anyways still, he continued to take care of his Bong-sun noona and even stepped up for her when she was falling apart over her break up.


5. Tae-hwa the shrink for all needs and purposes. Having a shrink I guess is a real love hate relationship. He prods and tells you things you don’t want to hear; makes you realize what it is that’s troubling you, comforts you on your meltdown. Yup, I need a shrink. LOL


Yet, I was weary, I was!

A good drama also makes you weary, that I think is part of it that can’t be denied. It would have been better if it wasn’t there but let’s face it, it’s required, well sort of. Here’s the source of my weariness:

1. Hwa-young, the obsessed feeling victimized woman. At first I was entertained, truly I am. I thought this character was dignified and all, that was until she showed her true colors. What’s with being clingy and using emotions as means of blackmail and keeping a person close to you for your own purpose and gain? That’s not loving at all, if it was then pigs can fly is what I think.


2. Overly pushing and pulling to the point of exhaustion and self destruction. The first and second time was adorable and bearable but the last few was too much for my own liking, make up your mind people; break up if you really mean it. Well maybe they need to prolong the agony, these guys are masochist, not the other meaning and by these guys I mean Bong-sun and Jae-hee.

3. Jae-hee’s noble idiocy and partiality. Why do I say partiality, well he was partial with everything; first his feelings then his true status and lastly his “obligation” to Hwa-young. He could have revealed it all in one time but he had to be partial and turn things complicated. I guess that was needed to prolong the drama but still, I just wish he muster enough courage to tell Bong-sun everything right away. Then there’s noble idiocy; this is a part that can’t be omitted I think, somehow I was expecting something like this to happen but I didn’t like that it took a long airing time, it was difficult to watch, so frustrating.


4. Bong-sun’s allergy to riches. Well it’s more on she thinks less of herself, initially it was fine, but the longer it drags the more I get sick of it because come on, it’s not his mistake if he is rich, the only mistake I see there is he took so long to let her know.

Oh Those Melodies

Anyone who watches Korean Dramas knows the importance of the OST, these are a must. It adds to the attraction of the drama and I have to say Me Too, Flower’s OST is good, extremely pleasant to the ears. Here are some of the songs that I kinda listen to even after I finished watching the drama:

Seo Yeon (서연) – Love is You (ft. Blue Marble)


BB Boys – L. O. V. E.


Oshima Mai feat. Levela – You


Beast – Dreaming


Worth Capturing

Some of those scenes that I liked and as it says: captured. Let me note: spoiler alert, maximum level I guess, or yeah, maximum level. I got all excited with screen caps, sorry.


First meeting; the tension and sparks are pretty obvious.


They met once more and their fates are sealed.


Do you like me? The answer is pretty obvious right?


Uhm, this pretty much is here because I want it to be here. ^^


This is a fangirls dream.


This is why you shouldn’t provoke her, poor Jae-hee; you brought it on yourself though.


He tries to bribe her, look how things turned out. Lesson: don’t mess with her.


She’s not suffering from depression according to Ma-ru, that’s what she’s happy about.


Frenemy, indulgent frenemy.


It started as a dare, Ma-ru had such rotten timing, I wanted mooore of the naughty.


This is why she’s too clingy on him, he’s awesome with the kid too.




Hallucination, first clear sign that you’re falling.


I laugh so hard watching this part; it would have been better if she just walked straight but she has to try and avoid them, thus the chaos.


Ex bf meets “current” bf and since they kissed, they’re not strangers anymore.


Ma-ru Darth Vader.


This is called ROFL.


He gets them to talk, and talk they do.


The reason she’s so angry is because she’s beginning to fall for him hard.


At first it was just to stop her but I guess her brain stopped working at the same time mine did thus it turned into a make out session.


“Window Shopping”


You’re prettiest when you’re drinking doesn’t really sound as a compliment. ^^


Adorable Father’s Day.


Coolest “Fangirl” ever!


He went out of town for some business and she’s worried cause it was said that it’s a sick leave at work. Girlfriend finally had the guts to move forward, accept her feelings only they don’t even know their phone numbers which does not make sense because of all the skinship.


He came back, he missed her and wants to keep seeing her. He’s her “Oppa” and she’s so happy she can’t hide it.


“I’ll let you know about him if you have lunch with me,” says the shrink who hates eating alone.


He said she can lean on him thus she poured her heart and they share their fears of living alone.


Bong-sunnie’s aeygo monster moment.


The “can you please tell me what I want to hear and take my side” moment.


Calm before the storm, first dinner together.


Before and after identity revelation.


That story explains so much about you.


The cutest and sincerest apology.


“I know you, you know her but I didn’t know you’re dating” or “it’s a small world after all and guys are petty” moment.


“I’m drunk, I had an accident and I think I am bleeding, I need Officer Cha!” says the adorable drunk puppy on the street.


More of the cute drunk moment because I can’t help it. Oh and he said she is not supposed to go home, awe-some!


Face off.


I wanna give you a hug or two!


He delivers pizza and brings hot packs because he’s sweet like that. ^^


“I got used, I can’t decide what to do, I need consultation!” says the rude girl in 10 inches high heels.


Hurting ourselves because we’re masochist like that.


This is why she’s so afraid.


The moment of truth, thank you USB!




How about some consultation my dear cousin?


He’s keeping her warm.


I love how mom is happy she found someone to care and love her just the way she is.


Love me, that’s all I ask of you.


Somehow I want more than that but since she’s a patient, that would do, oh hugs, more hugs.


Formal greeting.


Take it down!


Cuddling, more cuddling!


I could say that regardless of those wearying points, I was satisfied with Me Too, Flower and if I have time, I would re-watch it again, not just for Yoon Shi-yoon but for something more like the shrink advises and all the craziness.



9 out of 10

I Need Romance 3 [Ep 1 & 2]

A challenge that I wanted to take on this year is to write something about a live drama, a recap of sort. And before it was aired I had my eyes on I Need Romance 3 honestly because of Sung Joon, because I adored him since I first saw him in Lie to Me. Another thing is this is a Noona Romance, I love noona romances! Maybe because I am a noona myself, LOL. Seriously, it’s appealing and I’m entertained, the episodes ends before I know it.

Episode 1: The Girl Who Resembles Shing Shing

The show opens with a seven year old pigtail haired little girl walking under the first snow fall of the year on her way to meet the male narrator, whom she said looked like a sweet potato, because he’s ugly. Typical of a seven year old, well at least I think so.

He (the baby) grew up in Shing Shing’s house. When he turned one, she said he got uglier, turned into a cooked sweet potato, that’s why she always covers his face. Seriously I don’t believe her for a bit because she smiles at him cutely while he sleeps on her lap.

On the next frame we see Sweet Potato all grown up, his name is Joo Wan (Sung Joon) he just came back to Korea after 17 years of being abroad. He’s quite the romanticist, especially as he narrates about the smart, innocent and kind Shing Shing from his memory all the while looking at the girls around.

Next we see Shing Shing or Shin Joo-yeon (Kim So-yeon) with her officemates, giggling like school girls while talking about  Jung Hee-jae’s (Yoon Seung-ah) hour long kiss-a-palooza with her boyfriend and how they had to move from one alley to another to avoid an audience. No, she and her boyfriend can’t afford a motel, we asked that, yes I am including myself, and because if they do go anytime they want to, it’s gonna cost half of their paycheck and he’s still studying for his civil service exam. Their suggestion made me wish I was working for their team, they say let’s fund your motel fee, take it from the company dinner money, awesome!

Joo-yeon gets a call from her mom, informing her that Sweet Potato has returned to Korea, he does music, and that makes her say “he grew up a total delinquent”. Meanwhile Wan is being picked up at the airport by his manager. He informs him  where he is to stay and details of his schedule which he brushed off. He asked for the key and drove away, not before giving his dos and don’ts. I love that he’s such a badass.

On the other hand, Joo-yeon is sort of whining about what her mom is asking her to do, to house Wan for a year. When her officemate mentioned her boyfriend, she lights up, that’s a good excuse! She calls her mom asking for Sweet Potato’s number saying she’ll meet him, NOT.

We then see Wan at the beach, looking extremely proud of himself, with a sweet smile on his face. He promised Shing Shing he’ll return and he has. He didn’t say it but I think deep inside he’s saying something like ain’t I cool?  He gets a message from Shing Shing asking him to call her which of course he does. They bantered, he asked why is she speaking informally to him. When he asked if she remembers his face, she doesn’t but she points out “I remember it’s ugly.” I completely oppose! She asks where he is and he goes all sentimental mentioning if she remembers that they went to see a giraffe on a snowy day. She’s not a bit interested and went down to business, she doesn’t want to house him for a year, she has a boyfriend, and they are “active” and it’s going to be uncomfortable to all of them. Poor Wan could only ask why she hates him which she replied with “first, because you’re ugly and second, my mom received her salary from raising you. With that money we were able to live.” In short she doesn’t want to be reminded about that time. She went all out by saying she dislikes it to the point that she’s disgusted. That’s gonna bruise, I’m telling you. She said something like, you get the gist right, don’t bother me. She’s about to hang up only Wan asks wait. He said he missed her. Her conscience hit her a bit then she hangs up. I hate that sad look on Wan’s face, come here puppy, I’ll gladly adopt you!

Next scene, we see Joo-yeon in all her Marketing Director at a Home Shopping Channel glory with her team. They’re about to go on air in five minutes and she’s giving last minutes instructions, she wants good close-ups of their products. Her teammates are all nervous but she’s all like “it’s gonna sell, wait.” Of course it did sell, like hotcakes.

There’s a cutie, wait, who is he? He is Kang Tae-yoon (Namgoong Min) Joo-yeon’s sunbae. This scene is cute: she shush her teammates not to be too proud and giddy saying they are to start negotiating for next season’s product and if they look so happy they won’t get the deal but she goes off to his sunbae’s office and bragged about her achievements. Yup, I’m convinced she’s though, not really. They’re pretty close alright because he patronizes her, playfully. He said she should go to the outside stairwell to see Lee Jung-ho (Alex Chu). She runs out, only to come back to ask “how do I look now?” which I think she shouldn’t have bothered to do because she knows she’s pretty. Right.

She goes to see her Jagiya, throws her arms around him and then the smoochie. He asked her out for dinner because he has something to say, I wonder what.

Back at the workplace, at the mention of dinner her officemate Lee Woo-young (Park Yu-hwan) said he saw her boyfriend at a jewelry shop in Cheongdamdong. I am really amazed at this people’s closeness. He was picking up her mom’s pendant from repair, sweet child, and he saw PD Lee looking at a “two-ring love” necklace. The guys went all hoity-toity except for Lee Min-jung (Park Hyo-joo). According to her “marriage isn’t a happy ending, it’s a train ticket to hell.” Of course I don’t have any idea what she’s talking about and I don’t want to give it a try at the moment.  Hee-jae searched the web for the necklace, that’s one expensive jewelry I’d say. They are all sure it’s going to be a proposal.

Wan did end up attending the photo shoot as scheduled. A woman was fuzzing about his clothes saying it’s perfect. She is Oh Se-ryung (Wang Ji-won) and he know him as Allen. He asked her what does disgusted mean? I knew it’s gonna bother him. He said someone said that word to him and she can’t believe that there’s a person who would dare say those word to the great Allen Joo. She asked who and he admitted a person he used to like from a long time ago. Conclusion, first love.

We cut to Joo-yeon having “the dinner” she looks expectant though the atmosphere is pretty tensed. Then we see Wan, with his musical instruments all nostalgic. Turns out Shing Shing taught him music. Back at the restaurant, Joo-yeon decided to break the silence and asked what is it that the boyfriend wants to say to her. He drops the bomb, “let’s break up.”

We see a flashback of young Joo-yeon and little Wan playing the piano. She’s asking what feeling does the music gives. Joy, happiness, then pain. Little Wan can’t explain pain so she sites an example – him falling off a bike and hurting his knees and elbow. She said that’s pain. Little Wan’s argument makes sense, he says that’s physical and she explains there are times when your heart hurts too and the difference from physical pain but it’s unexplainable. “Where’s the heart?” I love scenes like this, curious child, cute! The next question is what is sadness.

At the dinner fiasco, Joo-yeon orders ice cream. It’s the now almost ex boyfriend’s turn to be jumpy “I said let’s break up, why aren’t you asking why?” She doesn’t want to know. You can sense that she’s been there before and she has no intention of  holding onto a guy who asks her to “break up.” They had that logical discussion about it’s not whether you could catch it or not, it’s the feelings that matters. Sadly, she said it’s not important to her, something like feeling. The now ex boyfriend walks out.

We hear Wan’s voice saying sadness, continued by young Joo-yeon. “Sadness is when you break up, your heart hurts, at that time the pain grows deeper. There’s something that gets welled up in your heart and you call that sadness.” Somewhat accurate. Young Joo-yeon also explained the reason behind a break up. I’m wondering if that’s an appropriate thing to explain to a child, just saying that is. We hear Wan’s voice saying Shing Shing raised him and taught him how to play the piano.

At the restaurant Joo-yeon continues to eat her ice cream while contemplating or more on convincing herself. “There’s no reason to be sad or hurt, a relationship coming to an end is natural.” Then we see the reason why she turned out to be what she is now.

 Flashback to her first heartbreak, she thought that the sky was collapsing. It’s the same with the second time. We see her leaning on a wall of rock, crying. Saying she can wait, while the guy is insistent on letting go with the lamest excuse that you’re too pretty. Argh, men! She goes inside the house but changes her mind and ran back, shouting she’s willing to wait, only he’s not there anymore. She sees him, the back he didn’t want to show her. He was pigging out at one of those street food eatery. How sad is that she’s falling apart and he’s having his fill of fish cake. The agony!

That’s the eye opener for her. “Love and break ups are just playing with emotions.” I won’t comment on that one, or does it show that I somewhat agree? We see an interview of a younger Se-ryung, saying something about the increase of the price of gold and selling three couple rings. She has some guts to thank his exes for her loot that she’ll use the money well. We feel that Joo-yeon has some grudge with her once thought of friend; she doesn’t want to give up on love because she’s scared to be like her.

Next we see her with a new boyfriend, who takes her to a motel, this by far is the worst I think. She asked to break up and the guy has the nerve to say something like “fine, let’s break up, but before that let’s have one for the go.” We learn that he’s her fifth relationship. That’s how she ended up like what she is now, not shedding any tears even on a break up, no passion towards a relationship.

She was on her way out when she was stopped at the counter, her ex boyfriend didn’t pay the bill. She got irritated because the Cashier stopped her and not his ex, she saw the situation. She realized she should have left first. She paid for the bill, and she was surprised to see how expensive it was.

We see her walking down the street thinking about having and wanting so many things to say but didn’t because she knows there’s only one reason for break-ups – the passion of dating has ended. That and third party, oops, I wasn’t supposed to say that. Too late though, couldn’t resist. And the first snow fell, it’s like adding fuel to the fire.

 Cut to Lee Woo-young updating his twitter account, posting selcas of him under the first snow. He’s still at the office, and hoping to get home before the snow builds up. He sees a post by the production staff – “with PD Lee Jung-ho who just ended his relationship.” He messaged  Hee-jae, currently making out with her boyfriend at a motel, it’s that time of the month. Min-jung, looking at her own twitter account through her laptop, saw the post. Apparently it’s a group chat, each asking what happened, and Woo-young is providing the info since he took the extra mile to call the production staff. There was one grumpy guy while this is going about, Hee-jae’s boyfriend of course it was just for a bit, and the make out session  commence.

Next we see Min-jung chatting with someone she met on the Internet, okay, that still happens. They’ve know each other for 6 months now. He wants to meet her in person. She’s playing with fire saying it’s the first snow day of the year, should they meet? She said where she lives and said they should meet at the Design Hotel. She’s skeptic if he would bite then she received a reply saying that the Sky Lounge Bar there is nice. Her reply is “we know each other as well as we should, dating is annoying and marriage is worst. I like being alone the best, and I don’t like being bothered. I don’t want to cross fates with anyone either. Isn’t that right?” I was really thinking it was a no, until she added: “when you arrive and check in, please send me your room number.” She say Chateau Margaux would be a good choice of wine. Eyeball it is!

Back to Joo-yeon about to cross the street, when her phone vibrates, it’s Sweet Potato calling. She answered with a crisp “why?” He says it’s snowing, people are saying it’s the first snow of the year. He wants to meet her. To which she replies that it’s the kind of day to be with someone you love. He says he know what the word “disgusted” means now. She said since he knows, he shouldn’t be calling her. He said it seems like she changed a bit and he’s been thinking how did she turned out to be  that kind of woman. He repeats her words earlier, that she has someone she loved saying that was a lie because if she had someone she loved, if she were receiving love then she would be a person that cherishes memories better. He also said “that’s why if you really had someone that you are dating, then it’s better to break up with him, because it’s not real love.” Ouch! He said they will meet soon whether she like it or not because he’s a type of person who keeps promises. He looks at a post it with an address written on it then said “I said that I would come find you. See you later Shing Shing.” How sweet can you get?

We see Joo-yeon in the middle of the street, at the pedestrian crossing, I’m used to this, I’ve seen this scene a lot lately. She looks up sadly while the song Don’t Cry by Lee Hyori plays on the background.

She goes to Tae-yoon’s house more on she barge in. She said she came because she had no place to sleep in. He said “at this time? What if I was with a woman?” She’s all bratty saying “I know you don’t have a woman.” He asked if she wants to drink water, though I don’t see the point in asking because she went straight for his fridge and took out a bottle of wine, proceeded to his cupboard to take glasses. He checked the wine she took out and asked if she have any idea how expensive that wine is? He was about to put it back in the fridge when she said she got dumped and asked what he thinks. He offered the bottle, “let’s drink.” This guy is growing on me, hmmm.

So they drink, and watch some home shopping channel, I’m guessing a rival channel of sort, and she thanks him for helping her forget that she got dumped. He’s a sweetie too, omo! As they continue to watch they took turns on criticizing the products shown.

The next day, Joo-yeon’s team members are all alert and when announced that she’s coming Min-jung asked what her mood is like. She enters and greeted the team with a warm “Good Morning!” She has invitations to a designer’s 2nd year anniversary brand launching celebration. She says it’s a team night out, they should have a great time and it is a club party. Woo-young not surprisingly is in the know that the party is amazing because Allen Joo is the DJ. She doesn’t have any idea who he is. Her teammates said he’s a genius composer, number nine on the Billboard Charts. He wrote “Now and Forever.” Her expression says “what the hell are they talking about?” Getting deeply hooked at this point.

 We see them at the entrance of party, they posed with the designer, checked the collection, then moved to the dance floor. Allen Joo or Joo Wan is at the platform DJ-ing, lots of people are dancing the night away including Joo-yeon. He sees her and recognized her to be Shing Shing; he leaves the platform to approach her. Min-jung is asking her teammates to dance some more but Joo-yeon and the rest of the gang wants to rest for a bit and have some drinks. Wan comes in, he was staring at Joo-yeon which Woo-young noticed. They swoon and posed prettily until Hae-jee noticed that he’s looking at their team leader. Min-jung said she heard she broke up with the PD, Hae-jee said it’s the time for her to be hurting from the break up. She on the other hand, doesn’t wish to be that.

 Wan is on his way to where they were standing in a distracting orange coat. He was stopped by Se-ryung, offering him a drink that he took while looking at Joo-yeon’s direction. The group saw what happened, Min-jung said “Oh Se-ryung must be really hot.” Hae-jee agreed saying she has a large golden personal network which Min-jung corrects that it’s a “bed” network. She said that she was famous at school, known as “cup ramen” because she sends text messages to the boys at her school asking “do you want to come and eat cup ramen with me?” She said Joo-yeon knows too because they went to the same school. Se-ryung sees Joo-yeon saying she almost didn’t recognize her, Woo-young said the necklace she’s wearing is the necklace the PD bought. She told Allen/Wan that Joo-yeon is her friend, they were classmate from high school until college. She corrected her that they were classmates but they’re not friends. She was all sharp saying she should speak correctly. She agreed that they used to be friends, now it’s a classmate whose face she knows. I sense a cat fight. They exchanged sharp words and she calls her easy, then turned to Allen/Wan to ask if he knows what the word “easy” means? He can’t believe that Shing Shing has changed this much thus he concluded that she’s just a woman who resembles her. Se-ryung asked if Joo-yeon is happy living so stiffly, she said she wanted to ask her the same thing. Se-ryung calls Allen/Wan Jagiya and say she thinks Joo-yeon wants to know if he’s happy dating her. He kissed her on the forehead, Joo-yeon snickered, and said “be very happy” she leaves. Wan asked Se-ryung if she did something wrong to that woman. She replied with a flat “I know right.” She continues with she lives life with difficulty, Shin Joo-yeon. He was shocked, he asked what did she just say the woman’s name was. Shin Joo-yeon. He can’t believe that woman is Shing Shing.

 Joo-yeon get in a taxi as Wan runs after her. We see her all teary eyed. Wan is trying to catch his breath. In his head he said “that woman is Shing Shing.”

Episode 2: Nobody Loves Me

 It’s a photo shoot, followed by an interview. Wan was asked when and how did he started composing? We learn that he started when he was 15, that after immigrating when he was 9, he realized the world of music. He made and admired his songs eventually, he looked for singers to sing his songs, that’s how he became a producer. The interviewer points that he lived in the US for a long time but his songs has a Korean feel to it. He answered that the first instrument he learned to play  was the piano, he learned from someone who sits besides him. He didn’t learn how to play as in pressing the keys rather that person taught him how to express emotions with music. It’s all thanks to that person. The next question was predictable – is it a woman and he smiled shyly, but answered yes. He was asked if he’s going to meet her and he said probably he’ll be meeting her soon.

 Flashback to their earlier conversation, he narrates Shing Shing is not the Shing Shing that he knows. She was unfamiliar and cold. More flashbacks, back at the party as Joo-yeon was about to leave, Wan stops her and asked if there’s a person in there that made a mistake to her, why is she so twisted? Joo-yeon asked if he knows her. She tells Se-ryung to lend her the man, I might ask the same thing if it’s possible. She’ll explain why she’s twisted. She ask Wan if he wants to leave with her, since it seems he’s so curious about her. He’s in denial, saying she’s irresponsible. She says “worry about your own life” and walks out. As seen on Episode one Se-ryung mentioned that that woman is Shin Joo-yeon. Wan let’s it sink in, “that woman was Shing Shing.”

 Wan is getting out of a taxi on wait, it’s Joo-yeon’s house. He walks nostalgically as he stops in front of the house’s gate, we fade to a flashback. Little Wan is crying outside young Joo-yeon’s house. She asked Sweet Potato “what’s wrong, why are you crying?” He hands her his tooth; not really sure but it sure looks like one, he’s bawling and insisting she hold on to that and I guess I am correct because she said “why should I keep this dirty thing?” Beats me. He says he have to go to the US and he doesn’t have any thing to give her, it’s not a vacation and he may not come back. She ask “and so”, he said if she keeps it, he’ll come to get it back. Aww, cute, stop crying now okay, I’ll give you some candy. She calls his name, and asks him to listen, saying “your heart hurts right now, you’re sad. In times like this, don’t get angry and yell, you have to speak your heart.” He calms down and says while sobbing “I’m moving to the US, I’ll miss you, Shing Shing.” She said it’s right, they won’t be seeing each other anymore. Little Wan says he’ll come back, definitely. She concedes, wipe his tears and said “be sure to come back, let’s be sure to meet again Sweet Potato.”

At present, we see Wan as he gathers some courage to dial Joo-yeon’s number; she’s out drinking to oblivion, sort of. She saw who’s calling she sneered at the phone, she reminded him that she told him not to call her, “why haven’t you deleted my number?”She’s saying even if he misses her, she’s not an easy woman to meet. She said it was hard for her to raise her. She says things like in the past she trembles because she’s scared that he might get hurt or that he may refuse to eat and so on that doesn’t make sense to me especially since she’s so sweet in all the flashbacks. On the other hand, while Joo-yeon is ranting on the phone, Wan thinks that she was not a friendly woman at all, “she’s a woman who’s made a habit out of hurting people.” A woman who just opens her mouth and venomous words come out. Before he could say anything, she hung up.

He’s walking on her neighborhood, she saw her at the alcohol place that she’s in. She’s drunk but she wants to drink 1 more bottle. The owner asked if she’ll be okay. She said she’s fine, wicked, she don’t get drunk. The owner said it’s cold, she should go home. He enters the place sits in front of her, she asked if she lives in this neighborhood, he didn’t answer and just ordered a bottle. She said she didn’t ask him to sit, did he follow her. She said she kind of liked him, his DJing was very good, she even claimed to be a fan. She said what her officemates told her about him. All the while he was thinking she is full of herself, she lies too. He asked if she heard the song, she said of course, “I’m a fan.” He said if you’re my fan, you should know my name. She said his stage name –Allen Joo.

He asked if her personality has always been like that. She ask what about it, she remembered about the party incident and ask him is that why he’s asking. She said his first impression of her is not good, she said she’s quite bad. She asked what’s the point of living as a good person, “if you are kind, you’ll be blessed.” she doesn’t believe that. He points out at least she won’t be drinking alone at this hour because someone would be by her side. She said so that his reason for sitting with her, because she’s pitiful and lonely. It’s a chilly winter night and she’s drinking by herself without a lover or friends. She admitted that he’s right, nobody loves her but she’s alright, because she’s alone in the world anyway.  She continued with “even when we’re together, wer’e on our own. I wasn’t born to be loved. I was born to eat and live well on my own. Also I REALLY like being lonely.” Ouch. He asked if she was always like this. She said something like “of course not, I realized it as I live” that is the universe’s secret, except herself, everyone’s a stranger. He asked isn’t it hard to live believing that. She said not at all but her logic doesn’t make sense even to her. The expression on Wan’s face as she ask her if she has people who loves her is killing me, it’s like he’s asking “can I save her?” She said she told him earlier, nobody loves her, still, she’s alright. I’m not convinced, well I’m not alone. She gets up to leave.

 She’s walking to her home, Wan is on puppy mode, following her. She drunk talks saying “what’s the reason for me to live kindly? That’s all a trap that people set up to stab you in the back. Living like this is so easy and comfortable, it’s not going the way I want it anyways.” she enters the gate and as she’s about to enter her passcode, she stops and says she should be careful, that she should be in her right mind even if she’s drunk. She shouldn’t let anyone see her passcode. She ends up saying it out loud anyways, and Wan can’t help but stifle a laugh. He tried it out just in case and laughs to know that it’s the passcode alright, he closes the door then sighed.

Inside she turns the TV on and we get a flashback of her and PD ex asking her if she’s not tired, he turns the TV off, he drinks wine and they make out, “drink and relax.” She opens her fridge and remembers what he said, what kind of fridge has only ginseng and water. He’s stacking the fridge with ginseng drink, he stated she hasn’t eaten a meal at home, she said she can’t make a rice serving for one, there’s the issue of spoiling and food going to waste. He said let’s eat together from now on.

Then we see her drinking ginseng and looking at her ring. We hear the PD’s voice “how are you going to come up with an excuse for this?”he’s looking at her couple rings, she has five. She said that’s not all of it. He asked why is she not throwing those away, what’s the reason. She said there’s a woman who sells them, should they sell it and travel? He said throw or sell them, what’s her reason for keeping them? Her reply is “whenever I see them, I think: how many times have I failed at love and when will I be able to meet my true love, even if I keep on  failing and fills this glass up, don’t give up on love.” He asked how many more times will she try and they agreed that she’ll stop at five but now there’s 6 rings on that wine glass. Aish. As she holds the wine glass she repeats her mantra “except myself, everyone is a stranger. In the end they become strangers.”

 Her teammates came with food and drinks, Woo-young asked “don’t you think she’ll open the door?” Hae-jee is worried because the last bus of the night has already left. She opens the door and they had one of the coolest unplanned pajama party ever. They talked about her break up which she just brushed off, what’s the use, they already broken up anyways. They tried to be logical about it with comparisons to tree, flower and such. Hae-jee of course has a different argument that they reject because the kind of guy she’s talking about doesn’t exist. All men has no soul, they said they haven’t seen one with it. Then Min-jung remembered about her chatmate. She was about to give the details when she remembers Woo-young was there. He’s cool with it, he heard things like what she’s a bout to say before. He says he’s really fine, he’s completely adjusted. He asked if it’s a one night stand story. Min-jung said it’s a one night stand that might not just be a one night stand.

On the next frame we see Min-jung preparing for the eyeball, she receives a message, the picture of Room 2169 at the Design Hotel. Hae-jee asked isn’t that dangerous, she said no, definitely not! She has kept a watch on him for 6 months. She gave his credentials, said she confirmed his educational background and hobbies. On top of that, he’s three years younger than her. The name she gave is Lee Woo-young which makes the real Woo-young choke on his wine, “You used my name?” It’s not only that, she said she’s 27, Joo-yeon doesn’t believe that he fell for it, Hae-jee thinks she doesn’t have a conscience. What’s funny is Min-jung thinks her physical age is 27, Woo-young objects,saying he’s sure she meant her mental age. She won’t concede because if she use the lighting correctly she can pass as 22 years old. Hoel. She has a conscience unlike what they think, she only tricked him by 9 years. She said 10 minutes.. the bed.

The next day, we see Wan meeting with Se-ryung at a cafe. They talked about Joo-yeon. He said it seems like she didn’t have a good relationship with her. She denies that by saying she likes her. He asked “you like a woman who was so rude to you in public? Why?” She tells her their story, that they used to be so close, they’re in the same class in high school, they even went to the restroom together. But she stole her first love. She calls herself a “Bad. Woman.” and said that she understand why Joo-yeon was like that to her. He asked if she apologized, she said no, they just stopped being friends. No questions asked, no blaming their friendship just ended. She confessed that she would have felt better if she slapped her, but her just ending it that way made it scarier. He asked her why did she did that, she didn’t answer, she just gave the reason why she like Joo-yeon. Because she’s prideful.

 There’s a ruckus at Joo-yeon’s workplace, the result of the “new business plan” is announced. Her team didn’t win any place and they stayed up all night for a month. She said that the standards of the company is low and that the plan that won is not a lasting plan. Tae-yoon, the Director heard her and she was called to his office. She’s being bratty saying she’s been in the company for 9 years, she knows better. He offers to take on her project with a revision that they should have a Style Director. We see her team at a restaurant planning the scouting of a Style Director, Min-jung mentioned Oh Se-ryung, she’s also a Style Director. She said put her in the list, work is work. PD Lee came and she leaves first, not without passing PD Lee to say “eat well.” Awkward.

 They begin working on the project, they were all busy and pulling up all-nighters. We see Hae-jee falling asleep standing while waiting for her boyfriend. He gives her a foot spa, said she hasn’t slept in 4 days. She’s optimistic and competitive, she wants to keep up with her seniors. She asked her boyfriend to pass the civil service exam soon for them to realize their plans.

Next day we see the team moving to an awesome office to the envy of the winner of the business plan contest. Woo-young runs in with bad news, PD ex has resigned, and they’re getting a new PD, by Min-jung’s reaction he’s bad. Joo-yeon calls PD ex but his phone is switched off. Woo-young mentioned that he resigned and went for a vacation. She runs out and calls him while driving, she left a voice message that she’s on her way to his home.

We see Se-ryung giving direction to Wan, wait where are they going? Joo-yeon reached PD ex’s house, rings the bell a couple of times, she’s impatient and punched in the passcode when the door opened. She barged in; once inside she asked what the heck is he doing, why is he acting unsophisticated, did he turn up his resignation because they broke up? She said they are one team and she’s not the only one going to be affected by his resignation. He asked “what about you, are you acting cool for other people’s sake? You’re only talking about work even now.”

 Outside we see Se-ryung and Wan getting off the car. Oh no, it’s the same house! She thanks Wan for dropping her. He said it’s a man’s house again. Inside the ex lovers are talking seriously. He said he can’t be like her, like nothing happened, he can’t do that. He’s uncomfortable when he sees her. She said what she feels finally, that it’s not true that there’s nothing wrong with her, she’s not fine, she’s not okay. She’s about to cry when Se-ryung enters. I smell trouble brewing. She looked at her while Se-ryung looks at PD Lee and said “you haven’t left yet?”

 Wan is driving his car when he noticed that Se-ryung left her phone, it is ringing. Back at PD ex’s house Joo-yeon approaches Se-ryung, “it was you? This time too, it was you?” She said that’s right, “what are you going to do?” She pulled her necklace, the same necklace that PD ex brought and threw it. Wan sees the ring pendant. Se-ryung asked Joo-yeon what is she doing, what do you think? She slaps her, we see a flashback of Se-ryung with Joo-yeon’s first love, in her head, she says when her first love ended because of this girl the thing that hurt her the most wasn’t the man cheating on her, or the change of love, nor was it the man who betrayed her. It hurt because she was her friend. We see more flashback showing their closeness, they were discussing about kissing. And them jumping over the school wall.

Back to the present, the slapfest begins. We hear Joo-yeon’s voice that she stopped believing in friendship since then, because it hurt too much, she couldn’t even confront Oh Se-ryung. She slaps her some more and it turned to a cat fight with Wan and PD ex pulling them apart.

 Joo-yeon and Wan leaves PD ex’s house, she realized that moment that “if it is something to fight about  you should fight about it and once you decided to fight, you must win.” Wan is staring at Joo-yeon in his head he thinks she doesn’t have a sense of responsibility, what am I supposed to do with her. The disappointed about his first love is too evident in his face, I’m observing. He asked her did she really have to throw punches, she didn’t pay attention, all she cares about is she thinks she got hit more. Did you ask them to count? She didn’t want to lose. She can lose to everyone in the world except her. She eyed Wan’s car and ask if it’s Oh Se-ryung’s. Before he could answer she approached the car and started kicking it. Wan finally understood and run toward the car to stop her but he’s too late, she had successfully severed one of the side mirrors. She’s about to go for the other side. Wan blocked him but she pushed him away, as she was about to kick the mirror, he ran to her, holding her in the process, they rolled and fell on the ground with Joo-yeon on top of Wan. Staring magic moment, stay that way, I’m fine with it. She hurt her palm, it’s bleeding. Wan gets her attention, he declared that she’s heavier than he thought. Why don’t she examine her wounds after standing. He asked if she has any idea how fast his heart is beating. Something else is running in her mind and it shows on her face. He said because she would destroy the other mirror too, his heart was beating so hard. She said his girlfriend is cheating on him, actually he’s supposed to be the one to destroy the side mirror, not her, why did he stopped her. He finally got to say that the car is not hers but his. Oh the horror! She asked why is he telling her too late. He asked if she gave him a chance. He said these matters are usually handled by law. But he’s reminded she doesn’t really like to follow the law she’d rather resolve matter using her fist. I have to give it to Joo-yeon, she’s a quick thinker, she showed her wounded palm to Wan saying “I got this wound because of you.” She said it is called a “two way mistake” in Korea. There’s something like that? I still have a lot to learn. She said because they both did something wrong, they can just settle it with words. He said to be fair shouldn’t he smash her side view mirror too? She blocks him, asking him not to. Wan asked for her car keys if she doesn’t want him to destroy her side view mirror. She asked why the car key. She did gave it to him but she let her have a piece of her mind, she’s not an easy woman. He said to follow him. She’s worried that he might take him to the police station or something. She said to just settle it with money. He looks her intently, she finally got it that he meant business, she said she’ll go. But where are they going?

 He takes her to the Pharmacy, he asked the pharmacist if the wound can be treated there, the pharmacist said it’s a DIY and gave them what would be needed. At this point she’s relieved and confused. There’s no voice over  but I get the feeling she’s asking why is he being nice to me? He asked her to pay for their purchase. He said the injured person is supposed to pay for the medicine, that’s what he learned in Korea. She asked who thought you such weird things. You’ll be surprised if you find out dear, just wait.

  He treated her wound at a park, as he applies the medicine, she tries not to winced in pain. He said he’s doing it gently, “does it hurt?” She replied it’s endurable. He asked if she’s the kind of woman who can’t say she’s hurting? She said to someone she doesn’t know well, she don’t need to over-exaggerate her pain. He asked, “how about your heart, your boyfriend cheated on you, right? You’re heart, is it okay?” She said it ended the moment she left that house, 20 minutes ago. He tells her he was a wild troublemaker when he was young. He always fell down and hurt himself. Flashback of young Joo-yeon treating little Wan’s hand. She says he should ask his mom money for the medicine, her allowance is limited. We hear her saying that the person who gets injured is supposed to pay for the medicine. I thought so. As she puts medicine on his wound she asked if it hurts. He denies it, and said apply the medicine properly. She knows it’s hurting though. He keeps on denying it doesn’t because he’s a man. He can endure those kind of things. She said, “Sweet Potato, do you want to become an attractive man?” He said he was always attractive. She explains that what’s really attractive is admitting that you’re in pain when you are and being honest about it. Not being conscious of other people, just being who you are. He asked her if being like that is attractive to her. She said yes, that’s attractive. She said that is more attractive than pretending to be a man. And because he wants to be attractive to Shing Shing, he said it hurts and ask if he’s attractive. She said he is totally attractive. Back to Wan, putting bandage to Joo-yeon’s wound. He said every time he got hurt, the person who treated him say those words, “it is more attractive to admit you’re in pain.” He learned to speak with honesty because of that person. Without making calculations about what the other person thinks. She said the way that person thinks could have changed. After going through hard times in life, people do change. He said, he thinks so too. He said that person became a really weird person. That’s why his hearrt really hurts and that if possible, he wants to change that person back to the way she was before. They went back to where the car is parked, she asked for her key. She asked him to send her his account number through text. She said sorry and thank you. Before she could get in the car he stops her, looking intently in her eyes he said she has a place to go with him. She asked where. He replied Hotel, “Maison de Flore.” She asked is he asking her to go to a hotel right now? He thinks he really can’t handle this anymore. “Now she’s even reading between the lines.” He asked why, “you don’t want to?” She snickered asking if he’s hitting on her. He asked if he was, will she come with him, with that radiant smile of his. You know what your doing you puppy!


So far so good, I love this show and to be honest I can’t seem to have enough of it it’s illegal. I knew before it started that it’s interesting and another plus point is Sung Joon’s hair is awesome. It makes up for the not so glorious hair of glory of his in Gu Family Book. Storywise it’s a winner for me. I can relate to the heroine, I know that the way people look at life changes over time especially if you have it rough.

I like the supporting cast too, they are fun. I’m envious of their work atmosphere, it’s not that tight at work but well, I’m the only girl, the only Filipina among the bunch so I don’t think it’s going to turn anywhere near that at my workplace, I really miss working in the Philippines.

What I’m looking forward is how Wan is going to change Joo-yeon, how would that be? I guess I’ll have to wait and see. One thing I know, I’m sure that’s one unexpected moment that would both change their lives.

Flower Boy Next Door, a Review

I recently finished watching Flower Boy Next Door and I was completely smitten! I have an idea I am going to enjoy it because it’s a Romantic Comedy and I am a sucker for rom-coms (no kidding I love rom-coms) but I never imagine I would enjoy it this much.

What the babble’s about?


A copy editor (Go Dok-mi portrayed by Park Shin-hye) who dislikes going out of her apartment (she who is somewhat agoraphobic, heh); she takes peeps on her neighbor not so far across the street (with her yellow binoculars) whom she saw and fell in love at first sight with on that fall day that she last went out her apartment. Her carton of milk that’s delivered daily has post it with drawings in it, drawn by her next door neighbor who happens to have the hots for her for the last 3 years, (Oh Jin-rak portrayed by Kim Ji-hoon) a webtoon artist who created a webtoon called “Zombie Soccer” with his drawing partner (Yoo Dong-hoon portrayed by Go Kyung-pyo). The said webtoon was never published because it is said to plagiarized a video game created by Enrique Geum (portrayed by Yoon Shi-yoon) a game developer from Spain, a fun loving guy who seems to be high on coffee and red bull (he could annoy you to death but he’s too cute to not get away with it) who happens to be cousins with the neighbor from across the street that Dok-mi peeps on. With it being rejected and as he saw his drawing of Go Dok-mi, Oh Jin-rak made an impromptu story, the context being a modern day Rapunzel, a girl trapped in her own apartment and was rescued (drawn out) by her next door neighbor with the title “Flower Boy Next Door.” What he came up with managed to convince their Editor (Kim Seul-gi).

When Enrique arrived in Seoul to “shoot Cupid’s arrow”he stays at his cousin’s place and caught Miss copy editor Dok-mi in the act of peeping and the rest is history, or more on a turmoil to Dok-mi’s peaceful world.

Initial Reaction

This drama is one of those dramas that I’ve downloaded earlier on my addiction for Korean Dramas. I happen to read the recap of the first episode at Dramabeans and it sparked my interest that prompted me to take the time to watch it. It was an awesome choice. First few minutes in and I was itching with curiosity: “is she OC, what’s with the post its, recyclables and potted plant indoors?” Honestly, I was hoping there’s a cat, if there was then my theory that she’s a cat lady could have clicked. 😀

Then these came up:


It was a big sold and the marathon began.

What lingered? (Pardon the Spoiler)


Go Dok-mi – her sad high school ordeal that pushed her to lock herself in her own world and not to trust anyone with herself, the journal entries that expresses what she really feels no matter how much she tries to avoid it, her acceptance and warming up to Enrique, the confrontation with her best friend turned bully Cha Do-hwi. I marveled at the significant growth of the heroine, how she managed to step out of her shell, it is remarkable although I have to admit that if a guy as insistent as chatty and hyperactive (don’t forget cuteness, I’m all for the fuzz, I love anything full of fuzz and warmth that I basically go gaga over them) as the hero comes bugging me to step out of my apartment, I definitely would.


Enrique Geum – the bouncing panda, the talk until you drop then end it with an aegyo that melts my brain and my heart and leaves me squeeing, the suave lines that makes me wish was said to me. For me, Yoon Shi-yoon owned this character, the way he portrayed it is amazing. And I can understand why the heroine fell for his character, because under the cheerfulness, the uber sunny disposition, there’s something that people around him are not aware of, something that he can only share with his Ahjumma. And although they have different defense mechanisms, underneath they are both hurt by something similar and is looking for that one person that can understand them.

Can you hear me – I love how Dok-mi and Que-Geum can hear each others thoughts, reminds me of Banana’s in pajamas; are you thinking of what I am thinking of B1? It’s bizarre, the way they can have that one sided yet full conversation.


Oh Jin-rak, Yoo Dong-hoon and Editor – I can’t help but laugh whenever these people share scenes together, they are hilarious but not clichéd. I love that Dong-hoon got his dream girl in the Editor and vice versa. As for Jin-rak, poor slow and unenergized Jin-rak, I wanted to feel for him, seriously, I want to pity him but I just can’t. He wasted years just watching from the sideline,overthinking (not that I am not guilty with that) and plotting that he lost his chance all together. Well, at least he had the money at the end, that’s what happens in real life, if you’re crappy with your love life, you’re good at your job. If that’s not the case then I would have to ask “what are you doing with your life?”

The Soundtrack – I loved the soundtrack, I downloaded the song and I have this on repeat currently:

It would be fun if I could date him, WISH!

I Brushed Off

Cha Do-hwi – well maybe because I hated her, whatever. The whole time she’s on screen I wanted to yell at her that it’s not all about her, stop making it such a big deal about the teacher because there’s nothing in there. I hated all the fur too but hey, what do I know about fashion anyways.

Tae-joon & Yoon Seo-young affair – I didn’t get it. I re-watched that part too but I just didn’t get it. If they were not getting together anyways then why? I dunno what that was about, Que-Geum liked Seo-young, she like Tae-joon; Que-geum is giving way but why aren’t they getting together? Too busy being noble? Hmmm..

Obsessed Fangirl  – yes, I understand you’re a fan, I am a fan too but I have a life, get your own, don’t be too obsessed about your idol, he has his own life aside from gaming you know.

Que-Geum, to leave or not to leave; Dok-mi the noble – this was the painful part to watch. Why can’t they just talk anyways, that’s possible right? Open communication, face to face conversation. Well I guess I have to accept the fact that noble idiocy is a part of K-dramaland, period.

Those Captured Moments


Any scene that involves playing with kids is a winner for me.


Yes, I panic about pets too, this is a cute way to be embarrassed, I liked the second hand embarrassment though if it was me, I would have talked to him. (Fine, I’ll admit it, Yoon Shi-yoon is my newest bias.)


If I happen to have them as my neighbors, I would definitely attend any gathering or meeting that the owner comes up with.


Que-Geum at his element, oh you puppy.


This is one of the sweetest moment of the drama, it’s cute and fuzzy, I love this puppy.


The three musketeer, after all the planning, it’s an epic fail but the bromance covered for it.

bored to death

How a hyperactive person feels once that person is cooped up all day long.

r1 r2

The reversal that made her realized how much he likes (loves) him.


All in all, I’m very satisfied with this drama and I would gladly recommend it to anyone who would ask for my suggestion. Not just because of the warm and fuzzy but more on because of the good story line.



9 out of 10

Pearl of the Orient Sea

“I don’t want to watch the news, I shall not watch the news,” I repeated that over and over in my head since Friday, as if me not watching the news would change the fact that I am well aware that the Visayan Region of my country, the Philippines is facing a disastrous event via typhoon (Haiyan) Yolanda.

Typhoons are not new to my country; we brave numerous typhoons every year, it’s something that can’t be helped, what with the Philippines situated in the Pacific Ocean plus warm air surrounding the Archipelago, the Philippines is prone to typhoons. Yet, no other typhoon has devastated my country like typhoon (Haiyan) Yolanda.

My province might not be directly affected (I’m from Central Luzon, from one of the provinces that typhoon (Nari) Santi wrecked havoc a month ago) but it more than breaks my heart to know the situation in the Philippines right now. I did finally gave in and watched the news, I lasted a few minutes before turning away with a blank expression on my face, trying so hard not to cry.

Today, I read this:

It might be an estimate but still, to say that the devastation was big is an understatement. I feel for my fellow Filipinos (Kababayans) most especially my friends who lost their homes and need to be reconstructed. I understand the uneasiness caused by not being able to contact their loved ones in the Philippines (I experienced it during typhoon Santi; they are just about done restoring the electricity and communication lines.) More importantly, my heart goes to the families who lost their loved ones, more than a destroyed home, a lost life is something that’s cannot be replaced.

On a positive note, I salute my fellow Filipinos who stepped up and did what they can to help those in need. Those who didn’t think of themselves just to be of help to others, Kabayan, I salute you. Truly, the worst of calamities brings people closer together, and I know together, we can stand up again.

If there’s one thing that I am certain, we Filipinos can find a way to turn this around and continue to smile. There’s always a rainbow after the storm and with the world sending in their help, I know and I believe, in God’s perfect time, the pain this typhoon have caused will be completely healed and that we, the Filipinos will stand up, good as new and ready to face the next challenge.

More of the Holidays: Just Shut Up Already, Have Some Ramen!

I’m extremely thankful for the holidays, because it means I’ll have time to sit still without being disturbed at all (that includes my almost beloved iPhone.) Since the number of series that I have accumulated without me noticing it (lesson learned: read thoroughly before downloading,) I have quite a number to watch, not to mention those that I haven’t finished yet (still not done, I hope to finish it sooner.) Thus, I found myself arranging my pillows in a very comfy way, stuff toy in hand, a bottle of water on my improvise side table and this thoughts in mind: “let the Korean Drama marathon begin!” Here’s what I watched:


Title: Shut Up Flower Boy Band (Shut Up and Let’s Go) Genre: Teen, Romance, Music; Broadcast Year: 2012; Total Episodes: 16; Cast: Sung Joon, Lee Hyun-jae, Yoo Min-kyu, Kim Min-suk, Jo Bo-ah, Jung Eui-chul, Lee Min-ki, Kim Jung-min

Summary: Joo Byung-hee (Lee Min-ki) is the crazy, free-spirited leader and vocalist of the popular underground rock group, Eye Candy. Joining him is Kwon Ji-hyuk (Sung Joon), chic Lee Hyun-soo (Kim Myung-soo), playboy Kim Ha-jin (Yoo Min-kyu), silent Jang Do-il (Lee Hyun-jae) and baby-faced Seo Kyung-jong (Kim Min-suk). When their delinquent-ridden school is forced to close down, they debate whether it’s even worth returning to high school at all. However, due to an outside confrontation with their new school’s current ruling band, Strawberry Fields, Eye Candy decides to attend Jungsang High out of spite so they can rule the school once again.

Shut Up Flower Boy Band is an atypical music drama – gritty, relentless and highly stylized to the punk sentiment, but always with heart.

I was disoriented when I started; mostly because the handheld camera was being turned upside down and it was so dark, kinda reminds me of the teens doing the documentary of The Blair Witch Project, and I’m not into horror, I rarely or never watch horror may it be film or series. Also, I was thinking this is centered on teeners (I mean teenagers, allow me to invent terms please) and I’m only familiar with one actor which is Sung Joon (I pitied his character so much in Lie to Me) but I told myself give it a few minutes before I watch something else (I did mentioned I had plenty to chose from) and so I did.

After being disoriented for a few minutes came the decision ender scene, a band rocking a catchy, melodic rock song. I can never say no to a series with rock or alternative bands/songs in it, never happened. So I found myself watching one episode after the other until the very end. And all I can say is it’s worth every minute of it. Why? Because:

  1. The story is engaging in the sense that the characters grows continuously. It’s like watching a flower bud bloom; it makes you wonder how it is going to turn out. It’s the same with this drama, with every change, you’ll wonder how the characters will follow and having experience some of the events on this series once upon a time, I completely relate with the adjustments they had to go through to fit in.
  2. Friendship was portrayed in a very deep sense, as deep as willingness to sacrifice what you value most for the sake of a friend no matter how much that decision could hurt you in the end. Now that’s beautiful. I have but a few friends, and I haven’t experienced anything like that much when it comes to friendship that’s why this aspect appeals to me.
  3. A gathering is not a gathering without food, in this drama it is ramen. You’ll see several scenes where they are eating ramen: after a confrontation, to spend more time with a girl or just plain they are hungry. Food means togetherness, no matter how simple it is.
  4. The story is realistic and is happening now. You’ll find plenty of the characters nowadays, broken family, teeners who spend more time with friends because no one is home. Teeners that engage into fist fights (I’ve seen some of those once upon a time,) get in trouble with their teachers and some being favored by teachers. Teeners trying to find a way to enjoy, a “past time” may it be good or bad.
  5. The love story aspect is not overrated, rather refreshing although the conflict of loving someone who’s in love with someone else while someone else is also in love with you is somehow ambitious to me. (I don’t want to explain myself.)
  6. The songs are awesome, in fact, one of the songs (Jaywalking) is my LSS for a few days now, I even downloaded it and it’s on repeat on my iPhone as of the very moment. The lyrics are simple yet appealing, the melody: awesome (I feel so.)

There still too much to mention on why I fell in love with this series, but words are not enough to describe it. If you haven’t seen it please do so. You won’t regret it. Make sure you have some Kleenex at hand too, you might shed a tear or two.

On a different note, I didn’t know Sung Joon could sing so well. Here’s another song from the OST:

It Started in the Palace

I grew up watching anime (Dragon Ball Z, Ghost Fighter, Voltes V and Daimos to name a few) and Asian dramas (Meteor Garden, Full House, Stairways to Heaven and some other.) It was our (my brothers and I) favorite past time as far as I can remember. In fact, I consider myself a semi couch potato; semi because growing up in our household, there are some task that falls down on me being the eldest of four children. Thus the term semi couch potato, I’ll start watching with my brothers and then walk away to attend to my delegated task.

As I grow older, the number of anime and dramas that I’ve watched accumulated, since I always find time to watch some. Call it a stress reliever or a break from reality. Then, I discovered movies.

When I first came to the United Arab Emirates, I cured my boredom with movies, never ending movies. Since the apartment where I am staying that time doesn’t have a television (it does have an internet connection though) I found myself downloading numerous movies. And that is how I spent my first five years in UAE. Then I changed my job. With the changing of job, I moved out, since my boss imposed that I have to stay near the workplace, I did not have any choice.

The apartment that I moved into, like the first, has no television as well but there’s an internet connection (I guess an internet connection is more important than a television.) As I was getting to know my new roommates, I asked what keeps them sane or busy after work, and one of them showed me the website where she watches Korean dramas which got me curious and at the same time I remembered, dramas! From then onward, I got hooked all over again.


This is the first drama that I’ve watched since 2006. I remember it was being aired in the Philippines when I left. Since it has been so long, I started over. Here’s a summary:

Title: Dae Jang Geum (Jewel in the Palace / Great Jang Geum) Genre: Drama; Broadcast Year: 2003; Total Episodes: 54 Casts: Hong Ri Na, Im Ho, Ji Jin Hee, Lee Young Ae, Yang Mi Kyung

Summary: About 500 years ago during the time of Chosun Dynasty, Korea boasted a rigidly hierarchical and male dominated social structure. Set in this period, “Jewel in the Palace” is based on a true story about a legendary girl (Jang-Geum) who became the first woman to be the supreme royal physician of her times. Despite her poor condition as a low class girl in the male dominated society, Jang-Geum overcame a series of social discrimination and landed herself as a royal cook, later becoming the royal physician, then ultimately the physician in charge of the king. She was even given by the king the title “The Great Jang-Geum”. The story of her checkered life on her success and breakdown as well as her love story beautifully unfold. “Jewel in the Palace” is sure to touch your heart.

One would think 54 episodes (not to mention an hour each episode) is too much (it’s overwhelming if you think about it) but I did finish watching the whole thing. How and why? Firstly, it’s about food. Food has always fascinated me and with Jewel in the Palace, they introduced not only variety of recipes but also ingredients. It got me curious enough to try Korean cuisine, now things will never be the same again. Secondly, the love story is simple yet definite. It made me wish for that era to come back somehow or that that kind of man still exist (I wish!) I admire the selflessness of the lead male character, the sacrifices that he could make for the person he loves, it’s beautiful. Thirdly, it’s history. I love knowing about the past because the present owes so much from it. My reaction would be, so that’s how it was back then, that’s interesting, imagine the evolution. Yes, I’m a cat, I’m curious and no I’m not afraid to die. 😀

If any of you hasn’t seen Jewel in the Palace yet, I recommend to give it a try. You might be surprised where it could lead you. As for me, it lead me back to the kitchen and to watching Korean dramas once again and I’m loving every minute of it.