Author: Rowena

The Wednesday Five: Favorite K-Drama Dads

Posted October 6, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

I’m a list person. I have a list for every single thing in my life from a to-do list, a list of books that I want to read, a running shopping list, and in the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing different k-entertainment lists that I’ve been keeping track of. You’ll be seeing my top 5 lists of stuff like my current celebrity crushes, my favorite k-drama female protagonists, my favorite k-drama male protagonists, my to-be-watched k-dramas, and you know, stuff like that.

This week’s Wednesday Five will feature Favorite K-Drama Dads.

1. Park Sung Yul from Itaewon Class

This guy was my introduction to k-drama dads and he was definitely a memorable one. From the first moment we see him to the last time we see him, he completely won me over. His influence on his son was so strong and so impactful that long after he was gone, Park Saeroyi lived his life to make him proud. He worked hard and he strived to create a life for himself that soju would be sweet to him again. I cried from beginning to end of Itaewon Class because the love that Saeroyi had for his father was evident in every life choice he made for himself. I loved this appa so much!

2. Sung Dong Il from Reply 1988

I love to laugh and one of my favorite things about my own Dad is how funny he is. Deok Sunah’s Dad was one of the highlights of that show for me. I loved the way that he was with his family, the way that he was with the other families in the neighborhood and I thought he was hilarious with his friends. He was a good man through and through that loved his family and strived to be a good Dad to all of his kids. He wasn’t a pushover but he tried to be fair and when he was wrong, he tried to make up for that and I just adored him so.

3. Yoon Hyun Jong from Racket Boys

This guy was another great Dad and I really liked him. He was kind of an airhead who at first glance, came off like he didn’t know what was going on but after a while, you start to realize that he’s the smartest guy in the room. He was also the kind of dad that made everyone feel welcome, no matter who you were or where you came from. He led a very inclusive life and took care of everyone quietly and I really liked that about him.

4. Do Chil Goo from Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

This Dad was another one that I enjoyed a lot. He was the complete opposite of his wife and loved that he was his kids favorite. He spoiled his kids and stuck up for them even if that meant trouble for himself. He was a great Dad to have on your side and I thought Bong Soon was lucky to have him. The worry that went through him for his son hit me right in my feels and I really came to love, not just him, but his son as well. Even as we’re learning more about him through the eyes of his brother and his son, my love for him grew. Such a great brother and father.

5. Han Jung Woo from Move to Heaven

We didn’t get a lot of screen time with this dad but he certainly left an impression on me. Much like Park Saeroyi’s dad in Itaewon Class, he raised his son to be strong, upright, and hardworking. He did a great job and before he died at the beginning of the show, I felt how much he loved his son.

Do you watch K-Dramas? Who are some of your favorite K-Drama Dads?

Tags: , , ,

The Monthly Recap: September 2021

Posted October 5, 2021 by Rowena in Dramas, Features, Movies | 2 Comments

The Monthly Recap posts are a way for me to take a look back and reflect on my previous month in books, movies, and Korean dramas. From what I read, what I watched, what I got, and the books, shows, and movies that I need to get to. I always lose track of what I have, what I need to read, what I want to watch and I need these posts to keep me honest with my damn self because I be forgetting shit.

I came home from a trip to Colorado for my nephew’s birthday on September 1st. I was wrapping up my time with my family and though it was a pretty crazy week away from work, I still had a really good time seeing and catching up with the family.
Monthly Stats
Dramas Watched: 12 | Dramas Completed: 4
Dramas DNF’d: 1 | K-Drama Boyfriend of the Month: Hong Du Sik
Favorite Drama: Squid Games | Least Favorite Drama: Uncontrollaby Fond
Ongoing Dramas I Watched

Police University
The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim
Hometown Cha Cha
Lovers of the Red Sky
Yumi’s Cells
Dali and the Cocky Prince

September was the month that I started watching a lot of new K-dramas. I’ve never watched so many k-dramas at one time. I thought I’d be a lot more confused but I’m not having any trouble at all keeping stories and characters straight from each drama so needless to say, I’m enjoying each drama that I’m watching. My favorite of the bunch is probably Lovers of the Red Sky, followed closely by Hometown Cha Cha, but Yumi’s Cells ain’t no slouch either. There’s a lot of good stuff here and I’m sad that some of them will be ending in the next couple of weeks.
Dramas I Completed

Uncontrollably Fond | 2.75 out of 5
D.P. | 4.25 out of 5
Tomorrow with You | 3 out of 5
Squid Games | 4.25 out of 5

Of the dramas that I did finish, my favorite leans just a smidge toward Squid Games since I watched that so quickly because I couldn’t stop. It’s not #1 in every single country that streams Netflix for nothing. That show was good and though there were things that I rolled my eyes at, I still really enjoyed it. Same with D.P. I ended up liking that show a lot more than I thought I would. The stories, the characters, all of them made my heart hurt and I always love seeing Jung Hae In acting in anything. I love that guy!
Dramas I DNF’d


I thought that I was in the mood for something suspenseful so I loaded this bad boy right up but about two episodes in, I turned it off. I’m not sure what my issue was but as it turns out, I wasn’t in the mood to slog through something as deep and dark as this show turned out to be so for now, I’m DNF-ing it.
What Movies I Watched

Twenty | 5 out of 5

I saw that Kim Woobin and Kang Haneul was in this one so I had to watch it. I’m SO glad that I did because I laughed my ass off from beginning to end. I’m not sure which friend ended up being my favorite of the trio because I loved them all. This movie is my Midnight Runners from last year. Five stars all the way, it was such an enjoyable movie.
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (172)
The Wednesday Five: K-Drama Girl Crushes
Eye Candy Friday: Kim Namjoon
The Weekly Recap (173)
The Wednesday Five: My Favorite Second Leads
Eye Candy Friday: Lee Gil Yong
The Weekly Recap (174)
What I Reviewed

My Roommate is a Gumiho | 4.25 out of 5
Racket Boys | 5 out of 5
D.P. | 4.25 out of 5
Uncontrollably Fond | 2.75 out of 5

How was your month, in all the things? Did you read or watch anything good (or bad)? Share in the comments, I’d love to catch up!

Tags: , ,

The Weekly Recap (175)

Posted October 4, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

This last week of work has seriously sucked ass. More than one day was shot to shit because everyone is busy, nobody can take any more work so it’s taking me a lot longer to do my work and when people don’t listen, it pisses me off because I can never say what I want to say to them. At least I’ve vented my frustrations to my boss and she seems to hear me and want to make things better for me and my colleagues. We’ll see what this coming week brings me. Fingers crossed that its peace.

Anyway, let’s get into all of the things that I did last week…
What I Watched

Taxi Driver | 4 out of 5
The Vanished | 4 out of 5
Thoughts on This Week’s Episodes

Police University: Ugh, I’m a bit bummed that one of my favorite characters ended up being something that I’m hesitating to believe is actually true. This show is wrapping up and though I think the first half was a lot stronger than the second half, I’m still enjoying this show and I’m still loving the hell out of Sun Ho and Kang Hee and their squad. I’m pretty anxious to see how this all comes together. The end is near and I don’t know how I feel about that yet.

The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim: This week’s episode was short and not at all sweet. I wanted to smack the hell out of Ga Doo Shim. She’s supposed to be the billy bad ass shaman but it takes her forever to react and make a move when she’s in the middle of fighting the bad spirits. Poor Na Woo Soo, he gotta do everything his damn self because Doo Shim be taking her sweet ass time shaking herself off. Even the annoying girl that likes Woo Soo was faster to step up and fight the evil spirit. Get it together, Doo Shimah!

Lovers of the Red Sky: I’m still really enjoying this show and this week brought the love triangle out and though I’m not a big fan of those damn things, I’m liking the second lead just enough for this one to be interesting. Sorry second lead, I’m still Team Ha Ram.

Hometown Cha Cha Cha: This week’s episodes weren’t my favorite episodes of the show so far but despite the cheesiness and my disappointment in both Hye Jin and Du Sik for some immature shit that had me scratching my head, the way that this week’s episodes ended dimmed my disappointment in the immature way that Hye Jin treated Du Sik before they came out as a couple to the town a bit so I’m glad that alls well that ends well. I am looking forward to the next few episodes though. I’m really wanting to see how Du Sik’s past comes to light.

Lost: Man, this show is such an emotional one and though it’s hard to get through sometimes, I’m glad that I stick with it because even through the slowness of the storytelling, there are bright beaming moments that really gets me right in my heart. Each character is going through their own struggles and struggling to keep it together and I’m pretty anxious to see more.

Yumi’s Cells: Ooh we got jealous Yumi this week and I was so here for it! This show is just too cute for words. Between Yumi’s cells, Woong’s cells, and their sweet romance, there’s a lot going on that I think is so cute so I’m completely invested in this show. The way that the first episode ended was so stinkin’ cute that I can’t stand it. The second episode of the week was a little cheesy but I didn’t mind too much. I just didn’t really understand why it was so hard for Yumi to just be upfront about the damn glass windowed bathroom. What was so hard about telling him it was the only oceanview room left was the one she got? But I guess they needed to go through that entire day to get to that episode’s ending and…hot damn!! 😛

The Veil: I started this show this week while I waited for English subtitles for my other shows and I’m hella glad that I did because this show is good. It’s smart, it’s action packed, and I’m piecing the puzzle right along with the main lead and just like him, I need answers. I’m invested in what happened to him last year before his accident and the romantic in me is curious to see if he hooks up with his partner. I hope so. LOL. The opposites attract thing is really working for me. I can’t wait for more episodes.
What I Listened To

My Universe by Coldplay feat. BTS

This music video gave me life! It’s one of those music videos that warmed me right up. The song is great, the message behind the song and then the video??? Yeah, they did everything right and I love it so much! Hologram JK, the Kim line visual, Hoseok’s space lady love interest, Jimin’s high notes, and Suga owning his verse? Yeah, I love this song and video so much!

Ugh by BTS

This song matched my mood at work every day this week so it got a lot of playing time because can I ugh (ugh)??

Trivia 轉: Seesaw

To mellow myself out after the aggressive flows in Ugh, I listened to Suga calm my ass down with this song. I even did the dance in my head every single time I listened to this.
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (174)
What Made Me Laugh

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

Tags: , , ,

The Weekly Recap (174)

Posted September 27, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 6 Comments

October is going to be a busy month for me and for my family. So as September winds to a close (and I can’t believe that we’re already heading into the tenth month of the year). Our second October in this damn pandemic. Gah. Anyway, this week was for cementing travel plans. I’ll be in L.A. for a couple of weeks and then traveling back to Denver for a couple of days during the time that I’m in L.A. So I’ve been booking my flights and figuring out where I’ll be staying while I’m away from home.

Then my birthday is in November and Bren booked her doctors and dentist’s appointments so that she’ll be in Vegas for my birthday so I’m thinking that I’m going to make some plans for a girls weekend with my best friends that weekend but it’s still early days for that. I’ll get that figured out in the next few weeks.

Now, let’s get into all of the things that I did last week…
What I Watched

Squid Game | 4.5 out of 5
Tomorrow with You | 3 out of 5

I binge-watched Squid Game this week since I was hearing all about it from everyone, everywhere. Some of my favorite mutuals on Twitter were talking about it so as soon as I was done with Tomorrow with You, I jumped right in. I’m not at all mad that I did because it was good, hella gory but the story itself was interesting, there was enough entertainment value to make the entire viewing worth the time. Tomorrow with You was good but it was slow moving in the middle and it just wasn’t my favorite of either of the main leads dramas that I’ve seen so far.
Thoughts on This Week’s Episode

The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim: We’re almost to the part of the show where the good guys battle the bad guys and I’m so excited for it. This show has captured my interest from the very beginning and that hasn’t stopped yet. I really like Ga Doo Shim and Na Woo Soo and this week’s episode ended on a sweet note. A sweet note that was kind of bittersweet for them since they both think the worst of their situation.

Lovers of the Red Sky: I’m completely caught on this show and it’s battling for first place in my favorite shows of the moment. I’m really enjoying this historical drama, a lot more than I anticipated since historical dramas aren’t my favorite. Still, both Ahn In Yeop and Kim Yoo Jung are fantastic actors and are really doing their thing in this show.

Hometown Cha Cha Cha: Another fantastic week of fresh episodes. I just adore this show so much. The village continues to charm the socks right off of me and while I feel bad for the second lead, I’m sorry dude but Hye Jin is not meant for you. I ship Hye Jin and Dong Sik so hard and I’m even loving the hell out of the romance between the cop and Hye Jin’s best friend. I just love how stinkin’ wholesome this entire show is and I’m already thirsty for more. This show makes me so happy and there isn’t a male lead that I’m loving more than I’m loving Chief Hong right now. I can’t deny it anymore, either. *swoon*

Lost: The pacing for this show is slow but I don’t think that takes away from my enjoyment. I’m really liking the way that each story being told here is slowly unrolling and I have every faith that once everything is out in the open, the wait will have been worth it. There’s a lot going on with every single character and seeing each of them live their lives while they’re all just so damn sad has me cheering them all on. From Kang Jae to Bu Yeong to Tak and Min Jung, their stories are interesting and I’m completely invested.

Yumi’s Cells: Ooh, early days dating is captured so cutely in this week’s episodes. It’s kind of weird for me to not despise Ahn Bo Hyun in a drama since I haven’t watched him in anything since Itaewon Class but oh man, I love him to pieces in this show. He’s really doing his character justice. Kim Go Eun’s character doesn’t stand a chance and I’m so here for seeing both of their characters grow together in love. Happy sigh.

Dali and the Cocky Prince: I started this show over the weekend even though I’m already watching 10 other shows but I’m not mad about it. I really enjoy Kim Min Jae and am looking forward to what he’ll bring to this new role. So far, so good and I’m already looking forward to the next episodes.
What I Listened To

My Universe by Coldplay feat. BTS

This song dropped on Friday and there isn’t a thing that I don’t love about it. From Chris Martin’s vocals to each of our boys shining in their own way, making this song just super special for all of us BTS fans around the world. I really like this collaboration and seeing the genuine respect that Coldplay and BTS have for each other makes this song even more special.

Film Out by BTS

Yeah, I’m still streaming and loving the hell out of this song. I haven’t paid much attention to any of their Japanese songs outside of this one and Let Go but these two are some of my top songs of their entire discography so I should really check their other songs out. But yeah, I’m streaming this song a lot more these days than some others that are on my regular rotation.

Spring Day by BTS

This is probably one of the only songs that I can sing along to the entire song…even Suga’s part. So it’s constantly playing. I’m always streaming this video or the song on Spotify. This song slaps so freaking hard. Love it.
What I Got

The Legacy (Off Campus #5) by Elle Kennedy

You’d think that I would stop buying books if I’m not reading them but my dumbass just keeps on adding to my TBR pile every month and this book is the newest addition. I love this series so getting short stories for each of the couples that I’ve come to love sounds like a good time to me so I’ll definitely be making room in week to read this.
Eye Candy Friday

Lee Gil Yong

The Witch’s Diner
What I Reviewed

D.P. | 4.25 out of 5
Uncontrollably Fond | 2.75 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (173)
The Wednesday Five: My Favorite Second Leads
Eye Candy Friday: Lee Gil Yong
What Made Me Laugh

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

Tags: , , ,

Eye Candy Friday: Lee Gil Yong from The Witch’s Diner

Posted September 24, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

Eye Candy Friday is something that I’ve been doing since I first started my personal blog way back in 2003. That first personal blog is long gone but I’ve never really grown out of the eye candy phase. I’m always up for some eye candy. Whether it’s a character from a book (male or female, I don’t discriminate), a character from a movie or TV Show, if I loved them and want to gush about how much I loved them, you’ll find them here. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

This week, I’m featuring Lee Gil Yong from The Witch’s Diner. His character was played by Chae Jong Hyeop. I absolutely, 100% loved this guy in The Witch’s Diner. From beginning to end, I adored him and wanted him to end up with the girl so even though I didn’t get the exact ending that I wanted, I still loved the show and this guy. He’s such a good looking guy and it’s no wonder he’s this week’s eye candy, right?

Check him out…

Until next week…enjoy!

Tags: , , ,