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The Monthly Recap: October 2022

Posted November 1, 2022 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

The Monthly Recap posts are a way for me to take a look back and reflect on my previous month in Korean dramas. I always lose track of what I want to watch and I need these posts to keep me honest with my damn self because I be forgetting shit. So let’s start this recap, shall we?

I can’t believe that we’re already entering into the last two months of the year and that a month has passed since my last Monthly Recap. Time is moving way too fast and I’m not sure I’m ready for the new year. I have loads of plans and shit to do but am I ready to tackle all of it? Not really. The show must go on though so I’ll be moving forward with this post, at the very least.

October was a lot busier than I thought it would, especially with how busy September was. I traveled to Utah and then on to California for different things. I had a lot of fun but was more than ready for a break from the hustle and bustle that is my family life. I did manage to get some k-drama watching in so that’s a good thing. Let’s take a look back on what I watched, what worked, and what didn’t work for me. Shall we?

Monthly Stats

Dramas Watched: 9 | Dramas Dropped: 1 | Dramas Still Watching: 6
Dramas Reviewed: 4 | Boyfriend of the Month: Choi Do Il from Little Women
Favorite Drama: Little Women | Least Favorite Drama: The Cursed

Dramas I Completed

Little Women | 4 out of 5
Young Actor’s Retreat | 5 out of 5
The Law Cafe | 4 out of 5

This was a solid month in my k-drama watching. Out of the three shows that I completed, my favorite of the bunch was definitely Little Women. My least favorite is the one drama that I couldn’t even finish.

Dramas I Dropped

The Cursed | 1.5 out of 5

Therese and I tried to get into this show but it was too confusing, the story was just meh and it was hard to connect with the characters so we got to episode 5 and called it quits. I was surprised that we only got to episode 5 because I thought we were watching for days and were a lot farther into the show but nope…it was that boring for the both of us. Oh well.

Dramas I’m Still Watching

Blind
Love in Contract
Bad Prosecutor

Gaus Electronics
Love is for Suckers
May I Help You?

Dramas I Reviewed

The Sound of Magic | 3.5 out of 5
My Liberation Notes | 4.5 out of 5
Military Prosecutor Doberman | 3.5 out of 5
Our Blues | 4.5 out of 5

Actors that Stood Out

Jung Eun Ji in Blind

I’m really enjoying this drama and I’m sad that it’s wrapping up next week BUT as much as I’m enjoying the main three leads, I’m enjoying Jung Eun Ji’s character the most. She’s always looking on the bright side of things and always doing her best to do what’s right. I like her acting so I’m looking forward to checking her out in whatever else she’s got going on.

Kwak Dong Yeon from Gaus Electronics

I love me some Kwak Dong Yeon but I especially love him in this drama. I didn’t think that I could love one of his characters more than I loved Jerry from Big Mouth but I hella love Lee Sang Sik. I love how unlucky he is and how optimistic he is even when things are stacked against him. He treats everyday as a day to do better than yesterday and I just love him sincerity so he stayed with me throughout the month.

Go Kyung Pyo in Love in Contract

I’ve seen Go Kyung Pyo in a lot of different things and I’ve enjoyed him in everything he’s been in but it wasn’t until this show and this character that I’ve really paid attention to him. I really like him as Jung Ji Ho and seeing him bring this character to life every week has been a delight. I’m buying everything he’s selling and seeing his character learn to fall in love and be in love has been great. He’s been great.

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!

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The Weekly Recap (181)

Posted October 31, 2022 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

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Happy Halloween!

Stay safe out there if you’re celebrating on the streets this year. Halloween’s not really my thing so I’ll be in the house, probably watching some k-dramas. My thoughts and prayers are with the families that were affected by the sad events in Itaewon over the weekend. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about all of that. Between that and Jin’s military enlistment, I’ve been a giant ball of emotions. So if you’re going out tonight, please, please, please be safe.

I’m back home so this week was for catching up on my rest, catching on my k-dramas, and relaxing in my own space. I’m also all caught up on all things Bangtan and to all of those people that showed up at the airport and were stalking the guys lives…I hope you step on three legos every day for the next 20 years. SMH.

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

What I Watched

Twentieth Century Girl | 4 out of 5


Blind: I am finally all caught up on this show and I’m hooked. The way that I can’t figure out who’s good and who’s not and what the heck is going on but I can’t stop watching. The actors and actresses in this show are doing a fantastic job of carrying this story. I’m invested and super curious about how this is all going to pan out so yeah, I’ll be tuning in every week until the very end.

Gaus Electronics: This show is a lot of fun to watch. I’m glad that I added it to my weekly k-drama line up. I’m enjoying the heck out of this one.

The Law Cafe: This show wrapped up this week and I’m a little bummed that the ending dragged for me. The first half of the season was strong and I was totally invested but somewhere along the way, the show lost steam and I lost interest in what was happening. While I did enjoy the show overall, I wasn’t that bothered that the show came to its end.

Love in Contract: This weeks episodes were good ones. I didn’t know that I would enjoy this show as much as I am when I first started watching it. With each passing episode, it gets better and better for me. What an impossible situation to be in for all three leads but they continue to shine through their struggles. Gah, so good.

Bad Prosecutor: I finally started this one and holy shit, this drama is good. It’s my style of drama and I’m here for another drama with DO from Exo leading the story. This has the right amount of mystery, thrills, and humor to keep me coming back for more. I’m all in on this one!

Love is For Suckers: This one is a mess but I’m invested in what is going on. It started off so great. It was cute, it was fun, and I adored the friendship between Yeo Reum and Jae Hoon but then episode 4 and 5 happened and now I want to burn shit down. I’m hooked though so I need to see how it all comes together and fixes itself but gah….the mess! I’m not even going to front, I watched episode 5 screaming, “THAT’S WHAT YOU GET!” But even I feel bad for all the shit going on right now. Gah again.

May I Help You?: I started this drama this week and I’m glad that I did. I love Lee Hyeri and would watch her read her grocery list if she released it. I’m super glad that this show has an interesting premise and I already love Hyeri’s character so much. I’ll continue to watch it to see everything unfold.

What I Reviewed

Military Prosecutor Doberman | 3.5 out of 5
Our Blues | 4.5 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (180)
The Wednesday Five: My K-Drama Best Friends
Eye Candy Friday: Park Tae Joon

Eye Candy Friday

Park Tae Joon

Love All Play

What Made Me Laugh

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

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Eye Candy Friday: Park Tae Joon from Love All Play

Posted October 28, 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 Park Tae Joon from Love All Play. I adored his character and thought he was such a great first lead. I’m really looking forward to more of his stuff to support.

I’ll be reviewing this drama soon so be on the look out for that. This one is a good one to binge too.

Watch Love All Play

Love All Play

Starring: Chae Jong Hyeop, Park Joo Hyun, Park Ji Hyun
Year Released: 2022
Genre: Drama, Sports, Romance

A sports romance drama that depicts the passion and affection for badminton of a male and female protagonist who is a mixed doubles group with players from the badminton business team.

Park Tae Joon, who naturally wound up in the world of badminton because of his parents’ badminton equipment business. Although he had begun to see the sport as work, his passion for badminton is reignited due to a desire to impress a woman.

Park Tae Yang is a former aspiring Olympian who had to leave the badminton world for three years due to a bribing scandal.

Until next week…enjoy!

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Review: Our Blues

Posted October 27, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Our Blues

Starring: Lee Byung Hun, Shin Min Ah, Cha Seung Won, Lee Jung Eun, Uhm Jung Hwa, Han Ji Min, Kim Woo Bin, Kim Hye Ja, Go Doo Shim
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: 20
Genre: Life, Drama, Melodrama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Recommended By: Park Jimin
Who I Watched It For: Park Jimin

“Our Blues” takes on an omnibus-style drama, which tells the story of diverse characters that are somewhat interconnected, in one way or the other.

Lee Dong Suk, a guy born on the beautiful island of Jeju, sells goods from the mainland in his truck for a living. He meets Min Sun Ah, a girl with a mysterious past, who has come to Jeju to escape that life.

Park Jung Joon, a ship captain, falls in love with Lee Young Ok, a diver with a bright and bubbly personality.

Jung Eun Hee, a fish shop owner, reunites with her past lover Choi Han Soo. They cross paths in Jeju Island when he returns back, after realizing that city life is not for him.

I went into this drama because of Park Jimin. Jimin was singing one of the songs on the OST so to support my fellow Bulletproof Boyscout, I put this drama on my to watch list. I won’t lie. This show started off really slow. The first couple of stories dragged for me and I wasn’t sure that I’d continue because I had to hype myself up to watch the new episodes in the beginning but boy am I glad that I kept with it. With each passing week, I cried a little more and then when Jimin’s song with Ha Sung Woon finally makes its debut? I cried EVEN MORE. The song matched the couple’s story so well that I came to love the song even more as well.

There’s a lot of characters to follow in this show but I loved each and every story, every character, and just the entire town. Lee Young Ok’s character was hard to root for. She was so mysterious, so frustratingly hard to get to know that it turned me off but as her story starts to come to light more and more, I hated her less and less. While I didn’t completely understand the reasons she did the things that she did to and for her sister, in the end, I was glad that she found a home and I was glad that she could stop running from her life.

Each character in this show had a story to tell and we saw them all. Big stories, little stories, stories told through other stories, the way that the writers meshed them all together was pretty great. I can’t tell you which story was my favorite because it’s a tie between the pregnancy story and the granddaughter coming to stay with the grandmother. I cried the most in those two stories but each story was pretty great in their own right. All of the actors did a fantastic job of bringing their characters to life and I loved that each character shined in their own way and added to the village that I came to know and love in the end.

There’s a lot to love with this drama. Lots of great acting, a fantastic OST, and a lot of pretty eye candy to look at as well. The pacing is on the slower side but I thought it worked well with the kind of drama that this was. Everything comes at you but the overall feel of the drama is slow, steady, and oh so good. I really enjoyed this one and I think y’all will too.

Final Rating

4.5 out of 5

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The Wednesday Five: My K-Drama Besties

Posted October 26, 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 top K-Drama Besties. These are some of my favorite k-drama characters that I would love to be besties with in real life. These characters have captured my heart and I adore them to pieces and know that we would have the best of times if we were really best friends.

1. Ji Eun Tak from Goblin

I want to be besties with Eun Tak because if anyone needed someone in their corner, it was her. I mean, I know that she eventually finds her found family but before she found them, she was living life on her own and I got a mean mouth so I could have stood up for her at school, I could have fought some bitches for her, especially her cousin. I could have definitely fought that bitch. I wanted to protect Eun Tak so much because she was such a sweet person, even with the shitty hand she was dealt. She’s a much better person than I am.

2. Naksu, from Alchemy of Souls

Naksu is a bad bitch and I always want to be around bad bitches. Naksu is such a bad bitch that she could protect me from anything and everyone. And since I have this big ol’ mean mouth, with Naksu, I could run it without fear of consequence because having Naksu as a best friend, she’d handle all of my light weight, haha. Let’s not talk about my love for her boo thang. LMAO.

3. Sung Deok Sun from Reply 1988

Deok Sun is one of the funniest and most fun female leads that I’ve ever watched. She was funny as shit, silly as shit, and just looks like she’d be a good time, no matter what we were doing. She’d be the best best friend because of everything I mentioned. We all need a goofy bestie to make life more interesting and Deok Sun fits that bill perfectly. Let’s not talk about my love for her boo thang either, haha.

4. Na Hee Do from Twenty Five, Twenty One

Ain’t nobody as loyal to the soil as Na Hee Do. She’s one of those best friends that take all of your secrets to the grave so she’d be a great bestie. She’s also really good at fencing so I’d carry her bags so that I could travel all over the world so she could play and I could see the world. It would be a fun friendship, I promise. I would be her loudest cheerleader at all of her matches, too. See? So much fun.

5. Jin Yeong Seo from A Business Proposal

I really loved Jin Yeong from A Business Proposal. I thought she was a great best friend to the main female lead. She was thoughtful, she was funny, and just the right amount of silly that would be a good time. She’s the kind of bestie that sleepovers were made for. We would have so much fun together. Our girls nights in would be full of laughter for sure.

There you have it. The five k-drama characters that I want to be besties with. Who’s on your list?

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