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The Wednesday Five: Favorite Dramas on Netflix

Posted July 13, 2022 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 My Favorite K-Dramas on Netflix. These are the k-dramas that I watched on Netflix and enjoyed so much that I kept right on watching k-dramas, leaving most everything else behind.


1. Itaewon Class

My Drama List | Netflix
Starring: Park Seo Joon, Kim Da Mi, Kwon Na Ra

This is the drama that started it all. I didn’t used to be a person that went outside of my comfort zone and try new things. I liked what I liked and never really cared about anything else. I also wasn’t someone that cared for subtitles. Why watch something with subtitles when there were plenty of content that I could consume in my own language? But when my nephew coaxed me into trying this one since I watched and loved Train to Busan, I did so very hesitantly. That first episode turned into the second episode, turned into the third episode and the very next day, I was done and wanted another. There wasn’t anything that I didn’t love about this show, with the exception of the Jang family. I hated them and come to think of it, I still hate them. Damn assholes. But yay for Team Sae Royi.


2. Our Beloved Summer

My Drama List | Netflix
Starring: Choi Woo Shik, Kim Da Mi, Kim Sung Cheol

I adored this show from beginning to end. I love me some Choi Woo Shik and thought he did Choi Woong’s character justice. I loved the pacing of this drama, from the romance to everything else going on, it was just all well done and exactly my vibe. I waited anxiously each week for the new episodes and in the end, I was completely satisfied with everything. I was sad that it was ending but I was more happy that I was part of the journey. I especially loved V’s song for this show. So, so good.


3. A Business Proposal

My Drama List | Netflix
Starring: Ahn Hyo Seop, Kim Seo Jeong, Kim Min Gue

As a huge fan of romance and the two main leads, I went into this one happily. There wasn’t much that I didn’t enjoy about this one but for me, it was the secondary romance that lit me up like the fourth of July. The humor, the characters, and both of the romances made this such a fun ride. Everything about this drama is everything that I love in a drama so of course this is on my top k-dramas.


4. It’s Okay to Not be Okay

My Drama List | Netflix
Starring: Kim Soo Hyun, Seo Ye Ji, Oh Jung Se

This drama is a lot different from what I normally like. I prefer light and fluffy over dark and heavy but this one??? Yeah, this one just hit different. Every single episode felt like a season finale and every episode had me ugly crying when that song played. You know which song I’m talking about. Breath by Sam Kim came on and I was already sitting up, getting ready to bawl my eyes out. This drama pulled at my heart strings, broke my entire heart, but the ending put me all back together again, nice and right. This is one of my all time favorite k-dramas. Just so damn good.


5. Racket Boys

My Drama List | Netflix
Starring: Tang Jun Sang, Son Sang Yeon, Choi Hyun Wook

This is one of the most wholesome ass shows that I’ve ever watched in my life. I loved everything about this show and when they took a break in releasing new episodes, I didn’t know what to do with myself. This was one of the highlights of my week when it was airing new episodes. I’m so glad that I watched this show. It introduced me to new actors that I have come to love and it entertained the socks right off me every week. I love this one to pieces and I probably always will.

What are some of your favorite k-dramas on Netflix? Share in the comments!

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Review: Our Beloved Summer

Posted July 12, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews, TV Shows | 0 Comments

Our Beloved Summer

Starring: Choi Woo Shik, Kim Da Mi, Kim Sung Cheol, Noh Jung Eui
Year Released: 2021
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Country: South Korea
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Who I Watched It For: Choi Woo Shik

Years after filming a viral documentary in high school, two bickering ex-lovers get pulled back in front of the camera — and into each other’s lives.

Choi Woong seems naive and a free-spirited man, but he wants to have something for the first time in his life. For that, he shows what he holds in his mind.

Kook Yeon Soo aimed to become the top student at her school, but she is now an adult who lives fiercely, adapting to her reality.
I was looking forward to this drama long before it came out. I am a fan of Choi Woo Shik, but also of Kim Da Mi and the premise of this show sounded cute so I was prepared. This drama follows two young characters, Choi Woong and Kook Yeon Soo as they journey through life after filming a reality show together in high school. They hated each other in high school and you know that always leads to a rocky romantic relationship and after a messy break up, they’re brought back together again when they’re approached to revamp their old reality show, ten years later.

When we first see these two again, the viewer is under the impression that the breakup is Yeon Soo’s fault and as each episode passes, we start to see that things aren’t so black and white where the break up is concerned. Both Yeon Soo and Woong are in different places in their lives but of course they still have big time feelings for each other and the battle they put up made for a very interesting viewing adventure.

Choi Woo Shik made a very convincing and spot on Choi Woong. I thought he pulled off the character extremely well and I loved his character so much. There were times when I want to spank him for the way that he acted around his parents but for the most part, my heart went out to him. He was very soft for Yeon Soo and he didn’t mess around about that or with her. He was always up front and even though NJ tried to be a distraction for him, Woong was steadfast in his resolve to always love Yeon Soo. He was a good son to his parents, a great friend to Ji Woong, and when she let him, a fantastic boyfriend to Yeon Soo. All in all, I absolutely loved Woong.

Kim Da Mi as Kook Yeon Soo made sense to me. She plays the reserved and sarcastic heroine really well. She was smart and she had a lot of burdens that she kept close to her chest and as we slowly get to know the real Yeon Soo, my heart went out to her. I loved that her story was slow to reveal just how hard she had it cause when the truth of everything on her end came out, that punch to the chest was something I wasn’t prepared for. Kim Da Mi did a great job with this character and I’m looking forward to more of her stuff in the future.

The romance was sweet and I didn’t mind the back and forth between both characters. I also felt bad for the second lead. He just could not get his timing right and then for him to carry such a loaded torch for Yeon Soo, all of this time and find her again when she’s reuniting with your best friend? Sheesh, how unlucky. As bad as I felt for Ji Woong, I was glad that the love triangle wasn’t a true love triangle with each guy getting a turn at loving her. I wouldn’t have been a fan of that. I’m glad that Woong and Yeon Soo were true in their feelings for each other the entire time. Their love for each other was so strong and so true that time and other distractions were never a factor in keeping them apart for long.

There’s a lot to love about this romance. The pacing, the characters, the romance, they all made for a great viewing experience and I think that k-drama fans who love a good second chance love story will be happy with this one. Choi Woo Shik and Kim Da Mi are a great couple visually and they had great chemistry in this show so I would definitely recommend this show if you’re in the mood for a nice romance. This is definitely a good one.
The OST

Every single time that this song came on the show, my heart was either breaking or so full that it was near to burst. I love this song so much and V, one of my favorite singers, does the song justice. So this OST is added to my list of favorite k-drama OSTs.
Final Rating

via GIPHY

4 out of 5

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Eye Candy Friday: Choi Woong

Posted July 8, 2022 by Rowena in Features | 0 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 Choi Woong from Our Beloved Summer. Throughout this entire drama, I was soft for Woong. He was so vulnerable for so much of the show and you think you know him and why he is the way that he is but he’s so much more. I loved the way that he was with his friends, his family, and most especially, with Yeon Soo. Choi Woo Shik does such a great job portraying Woong and I just love him so. I especially love his character’s song that V sang for him. All around, I love this guy and that’s why he’s this week’s Eye Candy Friday man.






Watch Our Beloved Summer

Our Beloved Summer


My Drama List | Netflix
Starring: Choi Woo Shik, Kim Da Mi, Kim Sung Cheol
Year Released: 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Romance

Years after filming a viral documentary in high school, two bickering ex-lovers get pulled back in front of the camera — and into each other’s lives.

Choi Woong seems naive and a free-spirited man, but he wants to have something for the first time in his life. For that, he shows what he holds in his mind.

Kook Yeon Soo aimed to become the top student at her school, but she is now an adult who lives fiercely, adapting to her reality.

Until next week…enjoy!

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Review: Dear My Friends

Posted July 7, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews, TV Shows | 0 Comments

Dear My Friends

Starring: Go Hyun Jung, Go Doo Shim, Kim Hye Ja, Park Won Sook, Na Moon Hee, Youn Yuk Jung, Jo In Sung
Year Released: 2016
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Country: South Korea
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Recommended By: Kim Namjoon

Park Wan is a translator who is constantly pulled by her mother, Jang Nan Hee, to hang out with her elder friends, Jo Hee Ja, Moon Jung Ah, Oh Choong Nam, and Lee Yeong Won. The plot revolves around the friends’ twilight years as they are rediscovering themselves through relationships and family, the struggles they face due to their old age, and their life journey that they share with Park Wan in the hope she would write a novel about them.
RM recommended this drama and though I normally wouldn’t have chosen to watch it for myself, I’m so glad that I gave it a try. This was one of those dramas that kicked you in the gut and made you sit up and take notice of yourself and your own life. There are life lessons in this one that spoke to me, as a person who has had to take care of aging parents. It’s never easy and your parents will have you wishing for peace at every turn. Watching this show made me remember the many times that I drove my Mom and her friends around while they laughed and had the best time. I never wanted to drive them but I always had the best time while I was with them.

This group of old ladies was no different from my crazy Samoan Mom and her friends. They were always getting themselves into some trouble or other and always calling me to come and pick them up. So I empathized with Park Wan. Wan was battling emotional baggage all fronts. From leaving her boyfriend back in Europe, to her running all over South Korea picking up and cleaning up her Mom’s group of friends messes, Wan lived a very busy and emotionally exhausting life. Add to that everything else that pops off during the course of this drama, my frustration with Wan’s character slowly turned into admiration as each episode passed.
The Story
The story follows an older group of friends as they live their lives. Each character is going through something different but equally relatable. They’re all growing older and some are dealing with neglectful children, declining health, being fed up with their spouses, and loneliness. Each character brings something different to the table and through it all, you grow close to each and every single one of them. From each of the different women in the friends group, to their kids, and mostly, to Wan. Wan was the kid that was there for all of the old ladies and she had a special relationship with each of them. They were family to her and she was there for them the same way that they were there for her. The story is woven pretty tight and before you know what’s what, you’ll be hooked.
The Cast
A huge chunk of this cast was familiar to me but the ones that weren’t, are familiar now. I adored each and every single one of these characters from main to supporting and I thought that each of them really shined and did a fantastic job bringing their characters to life. I cried and I laughed, and I felt all of the feelings because these actors and actresses are really good at their jobs. Not too long after I finished this show, BTS came to Las Vegas and I swear I saw my favorite halmoni at the airport after the concert. I was struck mute after seeing her rush from the car on the street to the airport. She was there with two young kids that I assumed were her grandkids but I had the biggest smile on my face because I loved her character in this show so much.
Final Thoughts
Overall, this drama was a great one. It has everything that I love and adore in a show. A charming cast, stories that come to life with every episode, and some life lessons that I apply to my own life. This show made me want to be a better daughter to my Dad. It made me glad for the time that I spent with my Mom and her friends when she was alive. It also made me want to listen more and talk less. My Dad is full of stories from his life in Samoa, to the beginning of his life here in the States, and I’m determined more than ever, thanks to this show, to make sure that I record those stories so that I can keep the memories alive for our future generations.

Through Wan and all of her old lady friends, we are treated to a heartwarming drama that will leave you appreciating the people in your life and want to hug your older relatives closer and tighter before they’re gone. You will feel all of the feels in this drama and you’ll be glad that you watched it when all is said and done. I definitely recommend.
The OST
Final Rating

via GIPHY

4 out of 5

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The Wednesday Five: Dramas Featuring Lawyers

Posted July 6, 2022 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 Dramas that Feature Lawyers. I’m a sucker for a good lawyer drama. I love watching court scenes, seeing cases from beginning to end, and piecing everything together right alongside the lawyers in the show. Whether it’s one case throughout an entire season or a different case every episode, I’m here for it all. Here’s a list of my favorite dramas that feature lawyers.


1. Suits

My Drama List | Netflix
Starring: Jang Dong Gun, Park Hyung Shik, Jin Hee Kyung

I was a huge fan of the American Suits so I enthusiastically jumped into the Korean one. The Korean Suits didn’t let me down either. It was non-stop legal action with characters that I came to love so much. I love me some Park Hyung Shik so seeing him in another drama (there aren’t that many of them right now) and seeing him play the Korean Mike Ross was just *chefs kiss*. He played the part well and gah, this show was so damn good.


2. Juvenile Justice

My Drama List | Netflix
Starring: Kim Hye Soo, Kim My Yeol, Lee Sung Min

This drama was action-packed and kept me at the edge of my seat with each episode. I binge-watched in a couple of days. The cases were interesting, at the same time that they were hard to get through because some of these kids were pretty wild. I liked Eun Seok and her team was a compelling bunch that I was rooting for from beginning to end. It was hard to read Eun Seok at times but I knew that whatever she went through was something pretty heavy and every decision she made, she didn’t make lightly. She was tough and she was a hard worker and she made this show a fantastic ride.


3. Law School

My Drama List | Netflix
Starring: Kim Myung Min, Kim Bum, Ryu Hye Young

I really liked this show. I saw some folks online say that it dragged and was slow in places but not for me. I loved the class of law school kids and I loved how they were each super different but fleshed-out characters that brought the story they were telling in this show to life. I really came to love them and wanted to be part of their squad as well. My favorite character was Ye Seul and man was her character put through the wringer. She was brave and she was strong and her character and her story stayed with me long after I finished the drama. This was a solid drama that I highly recommend.


4. Suspicious Partner

My Drama List | Viki
Starring: Ji Chang Wook, Nam Ji Hyun, Choi Tae Joon

It’s been a while since I watched this drama but oh man do I remember how much I loved it. When I first started watching Korean dramas back in 2020, I was a stickler for watching the 16-episode dramas that were plentiful. Watching a drama with more than that didn’t happen until this show. This show has 40 episodes and I watched every single one gleefully. I loved the romance in this one and I loved seeing Ji Wook and Bong Hee in action. They were well matched and made this lawyer show such a good one.


5. Extraordinary Attorney Woo

My Drama List | Netflix
Starring: Park Eun Bin, Kang Tae Oh, Kang Ki Young

This is a new show that is still releasing episodes every week. There are only two episodes out so far but oh man, those episodes are good ones. This lawyer, Woo Young Woo, is on the autistic spectrum and she’s smart and she’s interesting and I am absolutely thrilled to be watching this show for the first time. I’m enjoying it a lot and can’t wait for more.

What are some of your favorite dramas that feature lawyers?

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