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Eye Candy Friday: Cha Joo Ik

Posted July 23, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 1 Comment

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 Soo Hyuk as Cha Joo Ik from Doom at Your Service. He was such a cool character. He had mystery, a reserved charm, and great looks to form a really magnetic character and I thoroughly enjoyed him in this drama. There were parts of the show that were a little slow in the beginning but every time he showed up on the screen, I forgot about the sluggish start.

I really enjoyed the main romance but that secondary romance featuring Lee Soo Hyuk was too good. I loved the longing, the kiss that stayed with the two of them for all of those years and I thought the love triangle was handled well. I have a huge crush on this guy right now so that’s why he’s this week’s Eye Candy Friday.

Until next week…enjoy!

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Five K-Drama Actors that I’m Crushing On

Posted July 21, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 2 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 5 k-drama actor crushes.

My tastes in celebrity crushes sure have changed since I was younger. I’ve always had a celebrity crush that my poor best friend, Theresa, had to listen to me gush all over all the damn time. My celebrity crushes used to be like Paul Walker, Justin Timberlake, Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block, haha and just very American guys. These days, you’ll find me crushing and watching all kinds of Korean dramas because of any one of these guys. Also, my celebrity crush lists when it comes to k-dramas change almost weekly. I discover new k-drama crushes all the time so don’t be surprised if you see another one of these posts with a completely new list of crushes.

So, here’s today’s top 5 list. Here is my list of celebrity k-drama crushes.

Check it out.

1. Park Seo Joon

Filmography: Itaewon Class, She Was Pretty, Fight My Way, What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim, Midnight Runners, The Divine Fury

Park Seo Joon was my very first k-drama crush. I watched Itaewon Class in less 24 hours and then proceeded to binge-watch everything that I could get my hands on that starred this fine ass man. I’ve still got some stuff of his to watch but I either can’t find them to watch (legally, anyway) or the storyline isn’t my normal jam so I’ve gotten distracted by something else. I can’t wait for his next project, whether it’s a movie or a drama, because I hella miss watching him in stuff. After months and months of not seeing him in anything new, the little bit that he was in Record of Youth, had me acting like an excited school girl with a crush so seriously, I love this guy.

2. Gong Yoo

Filmography: Goblin, Big, Coffee Prince, Train to Busan, The Suspect, Silenced

While Park Seo Joon was my first k-drama crush, Gong Yoo was my introduction to the world of K-Entertainment. I watched his movie Train to Busan and was like, “Okay, I want more of this. I don’t mind the subtitles and plus, that guy is foine. More of that, please.” And that was that. After discovering k-movies and then after that, k-dramas, I have yet to watch a full American show from beginning to end. So yeah, this guy is responsible for my deep dive into all things Korean entertainment so of course, he’s on my celebrity crush list.

3. Park Hyung Sik

Filmography: Suits, Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth, The Heirs, Juror 8, Two Lights: Relumino

I’ve been crushing so hard on this guy, ever since watching and LOVING Strong Woman, Do Bong Soon. I thought he was such a great character and his performance was fantastic. I also thought he had great chemistry with Park Bo Young. He’s such a good-looking guy but he’s also a great actor. I loved him in Suits, and I really liked him in Juror 8. From what I saw of the show, he was great in Hwarang and he rocked his long hair wig a lot better than Park Seo Joon did. Haha.

4. Lee Je Hoon

Filmography: Move to Heaven, Taxi Driver, Where Stars Land, Signal, Time to Hunt, Collectors

Lee Je Hoon came onto my radar after watching Time to Hunt and what’s funny is that I hated his character for getting his friends in so much trouble. So when I was looking for a suspense drama to watch and came across Signal, I almost didn’t watch it because I was still mad at him from Time to Hunt. I’m glad that I went ahead and watched Signal because I loved him in there and that show led me to Taxi Drive and Move to Heaven. I have loved him in every single thing that I’ve watched of his and I’m looking for more to jump into. Where Stars Land and Tomorrow with You are on my list.

5. Jang Ki Yong

Filmography: My Roommate is a Gumiho, Search: WWW,My Mister, Born Again, Sweet & Sour, The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos

Jang Ki Yong is my latest k-drama crush. I just recently discovered him when I started My Roommate is Gumiho but I’ve also discovered that he’s been in some dramas that I’ve watched, I just didn’t know who he was and he didn’t play big characters. I can’t believe he was the same guy that I hated in My Mister. He plays the immortal loner role extremely well and I was all out in love with him in every single episode of My Roommate is Gumiho, even when he was being an immortal weirdo. I’m looking forward to digging into his back list as well. Damn, he’s foine as hell!

Do you watch K-Dramas? Who are some of your k-drama crushes right now?

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The Weekly Recap (171)

Posted July 19, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 6 Comments

Work has been kicking my ass in the last couple of weeks (more so than normal) so I skipped last week’s Weekly Recap so this week, you get two weeks of what I’ve been up to.

Before I start, I want to give two of my besties the biggest shout-out because they are always thinking about me, and I appreciate them so much. I got a package from them in the mail this week with a BTS magazine that Therese saw in the store and picked up for me and some of the cutest BTS stickers that BNice included in the package. It brightened my day so THANKS GUYS! I HELLA LOVE Y’ALL!

Here’s a JK hand kiss just for you guys! Haha.

Next week, I’m hosting a girl’s weekend here in Vegas for my nephew’s fiance. We’re doing our side’s bridal shower and everyone is coming to my house for it. We’ll be doing touristy things around town but our home base for the weekend will be my house and I’m thrilled to be hosting my first party with my fam. This weekend was for deep cleaning the shit out of my house. I took everything out of my pantry and washed all of the glass storage containers, I took the rice out of the giant rice jar and washed that. Did the same thing all around the house. I cleaned the base boards, I scrubbed my bathroom from top to bottom and made myself a little dizzy with all of the bleach fumes but everything is clean. This week is for washing all the towels, hand towels, blankets, and everything so that folks will have clean things to use. This coming weekend, Ingrid and I plan on starting our Family picture wall so I’m pretty excited about that. I’ll be sure to take pictures and share them afterward.

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

My Roommate is a Gumiho (2021) | 4.25 out of 5
Search: WWW (2018) | 3.5 out of 5
The 8th Night (2021) | out of 5

I can’t believe that My Roommate is a Gumiho is finished. I enjoyed the hell out of that show and the chemistry between everyone involved was evident in each episode. I’ll be reviewing it soon on the blog so be on the lookout for that. I also finished watching Search: WWW and that was another solid drama but not my favorite. I enjoyed the secondary romance more than the main one but both romances drove me a little up the wall. I loved that the show featured three very different, but super strong women figures and told their individual stories. I also watched and enjoyed The 8th Night on Netflix.

I also decided that I was going to start a series re-watch of one of my all-time favorite shows, One Tree Hill and I think I’m going to start this week…right, Therese? Haha. I’m roping my bestie into watching it with me from L.A. and I don’t plan on binge-watching it so I won’t be rushing through this re-watch. I’ll watch a few episodes each week until I’m done. I was inspired to do a re-watch after listening to my three favorite gals, Hilarie Burton, Sophia Bush, and Bethany Joy Lenz talk about the show and giving us fans a behind the scenes look back into their experiences and their memories from shooting the show.

Their podcast is such a fun listen and I make sure to never miss an episode. If you guys are fans of One Tree Hill, you should check out their podcast called Drama Queens. I listen to them on Spotify but you can check them out on all sorts of places. I’ll definitely be blogging about my OTH re-watch so that’s something I’m looking forward to.

Thoughts on This Week’s Episodes from the Drama’s I’m Watching

Racket Boys (2021): This week’s episode continues to be so freaking wholesome that I can’t stand it. Just kidding, I love this show. I loved that it’s a lot different from the other shows that I’m watching and I absolutely adore each and every single team member on the girls’ and the boys’ badminton teams. They’re finally playing in the Nationals tournament and the girls aren’t as confident as the boys and I really like Se Yoon’s character. She’s Team Hae Kang so he better win his match against Park Chan better stay in his lane.

Imitation (2021): I started this show this week on a whim, after seeing it while browsing Viki. I’m glad that I did because I’m enjoying it. I’m really liking the female lead and though I’m much more into the second male lead (but not with the main female lead, her friend from her girl group who has an obvious crush on the second lead). It’s an interesting look into the kpop world and man, all of that work and shit that these idols have to go through, only for them to lose their privacy and have their every waking minute scheduled – couldn’t be me but it makes me feel better to help my idols in any way that I can. By supporting them, streaming their music, and buying their merch.
What I Read

Battle Royal (Palace Insiders #1) by Lucy Parker | 4 out of 5
This was another solid book by Lucy Parker. She never fails to deliver delightful romances and I’m glad that I read this one.
Song of the Week

Permission to Dance

July 9th was Army’s birthday and BTS gifted us with a song that Ed Sheeran co-wrote for them. It was another upbeat song with a hopeful message and included sign language in their dance choreography for Disability Pride month and I’m really digging the song. The song, the vibe, the dance, all of it is wrapped up in a happy BTS performance that just makes me super happy. I know that it wasn’t for everyone and I saw all over YouTube, TikTok, and even Twitter that there was a part of Army that didn’t love the song for one reason or another. I’m not going to say anything on that. Folks can love or not love anything but me? I love the song, I love the music video and I loved what BTS continues to do for us fans. I love that they continue to give us hope that spring will come through the music they release. So let’s dance through the tough times. Let’s laugh and be happy because we may need permission to do most everything right now but we don’t need permission to dance so let’s do that.
What I Got

Last Guard (Psy-Changeling Trinity #5) by Nalini Singh
Isn’t it Bromantic? (Bromance Book Club #4) by Lyssa Kay Adams
What I Got for Review

This is how I looked through Edelweiss and Netgalley this week, trying to see if any new review copies looked interesting to me but I didn’t see anything that I absolutely had to read so I didn’t get anything. Hmm. Maybe next week.
Eye Candy Friday

Shin Woo Yeo

My Roommate is a Gumiho

Han Joon Hwi

Law School
What I Reviewed

The Nun (2018) | 3.25 out of 5
Law School (2021) | 4.25 out of 5
The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary | 3.5 out of 5
Taxi Driver (2021) | 4.75 out of 5
What I Posted
The Monthly Recap: June 2021
The Weekly Recap (169)
My TBR Pile: July 2021
The Weekly Recap (170)
Eye Candy Friday: Shin Woo Yeo
Five K-Dramas I Quit Recently
Eye Candy Friday: Han Joon Hwi
What Made Me Laugh

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

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Eye Candy Friday: Shin Woo Yeo

Posted July 9, 2021 by Rowena in Features, TV Shows | 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 Shin Woo Yeo from the k-drama, My Roommate is a Gumiho. Woo Yeo is played by Jang Ki Yong and man, that guy is FOINE! I’ve been crushing on him since episode 1. I’ve got to say that Jang Ki Yong plays the immortal gumiho role really well. Almost like he was made for the part. His character is complicated and has an interesting story and homie is selling every single bit. I’ll be reviewing My Roommate is a Gumiho soon, so be on the lookout for that. In the meantime, enjoy some fine ass pictures of my guy Shin Woo Yeo.

Until next week…enjoy!

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My TBR Pile: July 2021

Posted July 7, 2021 by Rowena in Books, Features | 6 Comments

So, every month I put a list together of the books that I either need to read for review or the books that I want to get around to reading (finally). I’m also trying to be more responsible with my Kindle Unlimited and Audible Escape subscriptions so I’m going to post my TBR Pile on the blog so you guys can keep me honest. This year, I’m going to start breaking my TBR Pile up into different sections so that I know which books I’m reading for what because in my old age, I need reminders.

Here’s a breakdown of how I did on last month’s TBR Pile.
Previous Month Stats

Books to Read: 7
Books Read: 4
Books Unread: 3
Pages Read: 1,239 | Hours Listened: 0
Favorite Read: Devil in Disguise | Least Favorite Read: To Sir, with Love

I was supposed to read 7 books but I only managed to read 4 of the 7. I kept meaning to read my webtoons but I never managed to get that done. Maybe this month will be better on that front? Who knows. I’m pretty excited about the books that are on this month’s TBR pile. Lots of books that I’ve been pretty anxious to read so I’ll make a concerted effort to get these books read.

Here are the books I’ve lined up for this month’s TBR Pile.


Buddy Reads

Angel in a Devil’s Arms by Julie Anne Long

Before the pandemic started, my book friends and I used to meet up to catch up with each others lives and chat about the books that we’re loving the books that we’re hating. We would meet up every chance we got and before e-books, we used to end our lunches in the parking lot and swap paperback books. We used to pack up our books that we wanted to share or were thinking of getting rid of, bring them to our girls lunch and go through trunk after trunk after trunk, getting new books to read. Goodness, I miss those days. They were so much fun.

Nowadays, we meet once a month on a Sunday afternoon and we chat. We still chat about books, but we also chat about our lives and anything else that comes up. We also read a book together each month and discuss it on our zoom call. This month, we’re reading and discussing Angel in a Devil’s Arms by Julie Anne Long and I can’t wait!
Review Pile

Battle Royal by Lucy Parker
The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

This month, I’m going to focus on getting these two books read from my review pile. So far, I’ve been doing such a great job of not downloading every book that I want on both Netgalley and Edelweiss and I’m caught up on my review pile so I’m able to read my August review books this month.

I’ve been waiting a long time for The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang so I’m really looking forward to getting that one read. Quan’s book!
TBR Pile

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 13
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 14
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 15

I never got around to reading these books last month since I just got my paperback copy of volume 13 last week so I can finally move on in the series. I finished book 12 (I read it twice) and now, it’s volume 13 time. Finally!

What books are on your TBR pile for July? Anything good that I should keep my eye out on? Please share the books you have on deck to read next month.