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Eye Candy Friday: Kim Taehyung

Posted December 30, 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 Kim Taehyung from BTS.

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Today’s my bias’ birthday so I’m featuring his lovely spirit on this week’s Eye Candy Friday. He’s definitely made this year a good one and I hope that he’s spending today happy, healthy, and surrounded by loved ones. Here are some of my favorite pictures from this year.

Watch V Perform Run BTS in Busan

Until next week…enjoy!

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The Wednesday Five: Things I Love about K-Dramas

Posted December 28, 2022 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 five things that I Love about K-Dramas. I’ve got an obsessive personality where once I get into something, I really get into it and I won’t come up for air until I’m over it. It’s been about 2 years since I started watching k-dramas and I’m not seeing any signs of my obsession cooling and it’s mostly because of these five things.

Korean dramas are rich with culture, with unbelievable talent, and they provide the needed escape that I need from my everyday life. I used to only read books for that escape but now I’ve added Korean dramas and I find myself a lot lighter these days because I’m doing a better job of balancing all of the things that I love and not just throwing myself into one of them. So, if you’re a friend or family member of mine and are wondering why I love Korean dramas so much…here you go.

1. The Food

I’ve started, not just eating more Korean food since I started watching k-dramas but I’ve also started making Korean food. Every single drama that I watch has at least three scenes when the characters are eating food that looks amazing, even if it’s just ramen, that shit be looking good as hell. My next thing that I make is going to be one of those rolling egg omelets. Japchae and kimbap are my absolute favorites.

2. The Visuals

There is no denying that there are many, many beautiful people in Korea and a huge chunk of them star in k-dramas. Along with their good looks, they are really good in these k-dramas. Therese is probably sick of my on-going dialogue of, “DAMN HE’S FINE” every ten seconds in every drama that we watch together. I have so many favorite actors and actresses because they be killing the visuals game on these k-dramas. It’s never a bad thing to watch pretty people on screen and that’s why this is one of the reasons I love k-dramas. They introduced me to Park Seo Joon, Kim Tae Hyung, and Lee Hyeri.

3. The Friendships

There have been some solid friendships in almost all of the k-dramas that I watch and each time, I love them more and more. I love all of the friendships too. The bromances, the girl squads, and even the friendships like the one pictured above. Their friendship in particular sticks out as one of my favorite k-drama friendships because the love and care that they showed for each other, always having eachother’s backs through thick and thin is what friendship is all about. No smoldering glances, no hidden romantic love, just a genuine connection of support for the other. K-dramas do such a great job of portraying that and it’s one of the reasons I love watching k-dramas so much.

4. The Romances

I’m a romantic at heart and will always ship and support a love match so it goes without saying that I love the romances in k-dramas. There have been some really good ones too. I love that k-dramas showcase all of the different tropes so well too. There is a k-drama for every trope and the pairings for each k-drama are so good. The visuals I mentioned before, in a second chance romance? Love it. In a unrequited love? Yep, love it. The romance between a gumiho and a college student? Yeah, I’m in! I love romance in all its forms and I love romance in k-dramas the most.

5. The Settings

No matter what k-drama you’re watching, at one point or another, you’re going to be hit in the face with the beauty of Korea. From the different palaces, to the beaches of Busan and Jeju, the fields all over, it’s all super beautiful. Even their amusement parks are beautiful and k-dramas showcase that beauty all the time. It’s one of my favorite things about k-dramas. So much beauty.

What are you some of your favorite things in k-dramas?

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Eye Candy Friday: Jang Man Wol from Hotel Del Luna

Posted December 23, 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 Jang Man Wol from Hotel Del Luna. This year was the year that I became a big IU fan. I adore everything about her and in this drama? Jang Man Wol was the bomb so that’s why I’m featuring her this week. Love, love, loved her.

You’re welcome. 🙂

Watch Hotel Del Luna

Hotel Del Luna

Where to Watch: Netflix
Starring: IU, Yeo Jin Goo, Shin Jung Keun
Year Released: 2019
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Romance

Nestled deep in the heart of Seoul’s thriving downtown sits a curious hotel, the like of which no one has ever seen before. Old beyond measure, the building has stood for millennia, an ever-present testament to the fact that things are not always what they seem. Running this hotel is Jang Man Wol, a greedy, suspicious soul who has spent the past thousand years acting as the establishment’s CEO. Bound to the hotel by a deity who keeps her there to save her from going berserk and self-destruction with rage, hatred and thirst for revenge. Her only hope of escape is if she could let go of her resentment and hatred, and find love. Trapped in her resentment for a betrayal, Man Wol is doomed to spend all of the eternity running this odd establishment, catering to the needs of the most peculiar clientele.

Things take an interesting turn when Goo Chan Sung shows up. Once the youngest assistant manager ever to work at a multinational hotel corporation, Chan Sung finds himself forced to manage the Hotel del Luna because of a deal his father made with Man Wol years ago. Excellent with managing money, he starts to put Jang’s excessive spending and disastrous finance situation in order, that may be exactly what this odd establishment and its cursed CEO needs.

Until next week…enjoy!

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The Wednesday Five: K-Drama Comfort Watches

Posted December 21, 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 comfort watches. These are the dramas that I always go back to when I’m in between shows or episodes. When it’s late at night and I’m not in the mood to read. I’ll put these on and instantly be in a great mood. These are my favorite comfort dramas.

1. Reply 1988

Where to Watch: Netflix
Starring: Park Bo Gum, Lee Hyeri, Ryu Joon Yeol

This is the k-drama that I rewatch the most. I watch episode 19 weekly. I absolutely adore this show. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched the scene when the boys are in class and sang Stevie Wonder with Dong Ryong. There are so many great scenes in this show and when I’m feeling down or just need a mood booster, odds are, I’m turning this show on. Probably episode 19. If you know, you know. 🙂

2. Fight For My Way

Where to Watch: Viki
Starring: Park Seo Joon, Kim Ji Won, Ahn Jae Hong

This is another of my comfort watches. That scene where Ae Ra is getting pushed around by all of those dickheads and Dong Man comes running in and jumping off the car to kick some dickhead ass? Yeah, I absolutely adore that. I also really like jealous Dong Man and aegyo Ae Ra. There’s a lot of gems tucked away in this drama and I re-watch them a lot.

3. Strong Woman, Do Bong Soon

Where to Watch: Viki
Starring: Park Hyung Shik, Park Bo Young, Jisoo

This drama is such a feel good drama and that couch scene when he asks her to love him back? Gah, I’m a puddle of goo for that. I absolutely adore these two and this show. I re-watch this one pretty often. I’m always watching the couch scene, the roof scene where she’s beginning him to leave her and save himself and he refuses? Gah. Absolutely adore that one. I also love watching them when they were texting in bed and how excited Min Min got over getting cutesy texts from Bong Soon. And when he finds out that she’s Pink Sweatshirt? Gah, LOVE!!

4. My Roommate is a Gumiho

Where to Watch: Viki
Starring: Jang Ki Yong, Hyeri, Bae In Hyuk

If you’ve seen this drama then you should probably know which scene I be watching of this one? LOL. Just kidding, there are a lot. This is one of those dramas that I’ll watch random episodes just because I really enjoyed the chemistry between the two main leads. Lee Dam is one of my favorite characters and I just like her vibe and seeing her love Orishin (I don’t know how you spell it, haha). And I loved seeing him in love with her. Sigh. I love this one.

5. Our Beloved Summer

Where to Watch: Netflix
Starring: Choi Woo Shik, Kim Da Mi, Kim Sung Cheol

This is one of those dramas that I will probably watch every year. This was such a feel good drama and I completely adored all of the characters, the romance story between the main leads and every single time V’s beautiful singing voice came on, singing Christmas Tree never fails to put me right in my feels. This is one of those comfort watches that I never hesitate in watching. This one is such a great re-watch drama. Who doesn’t like seeing Choi Woo Shik on their screen? Swoon.

What are some of your comfort k-dramas?

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The Weekly Recap (187)

Posted December 19, 2022 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Happy Monday, everyone!

Not much went down this week, except our precious Seokjin entered the military and we were gifted with pictures of all our boys together. It was nice to see them all together again but also sad because Jin’s military enlistment is underway. I’m not going to talk about all of the assholes that disregarded Jin’s request that no media and fans show up to the place where he was going but I do think they’re all assholes, not ARMY.

I’ll also say that I’m not sure how multi-stans do it all. Trying to discover Seventeen’s music, watch their videos, and start collecting their pc’s is hard and slow going because I take my streaming duties seriously so while I’m slowly making my way through their music and videos, I’m also streaming RM’s new album, Jin’s single, Hoseok’s album, and PROOF. Life as a k-pop stan is busy and expensive as hell but someone’s gotta do it and why not me? lol.

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

What I Watched

May I Help You?: Lots of shit went down this week and I am surprised that I didn’t see this one coming. I’m not sure who and what I thought was going to be behind everything but I wasn’t expecting any of this until it slapped me right in the face. The way that this week’s episodes played out makes me think that we might be getting our break up this coming week and I’m just not ready for that. Still, I love this damn show so much.

Behind Every Star: This drama ended this week and while I’m glad that I finished it, I’m not sure that I would watch another season with these characters. I really liked Jane’s character, from the jump and til the end, see was such a highlight on this show for me. I’m SO glad with the way that her storyline wrapped up. 🙂 I won’t forget her character, I won’t forget her fine ass boyfriend either. Everyone else? I’m not so sure that I’d remember them. This show was good but not one that I’d go back to.

Revenge of Others: I can’t believe that this show is already over. It was a dark but action-packed ride and I’m glad that I stuck it out. This was a wild ride and the ending eas unexpected and a little hmm, weird so I was a little bummed that what I was hoping didn’t happen, happened but still, it was a solid drama.

The First Responders: Man, I really like the way that show is put together. The cases, the overall story being told, and just all of the characters…I love them and I’m not ready to say goodbye to these characters yet. I am happy that this drama has introduced me to even more fantastic actors and actresses.

Reborn Rich: The plot keeps right on getting thicker and I’m here for it. My heart hurts for Do Jun right now. I’m finally all caught up and gah, we’re almost at the end and things just keep getting more and more interesting. I’m here for all of this.

Summer Strike: The first couple of weeks, I wasn’t that into this show and was only watching it in support of the main actors but I’m glad that I stuck it out because it’s much more enjoyable now. I really enjoy the high school couple’s romance and I’m really starting to adore the main couple. I also hate the librarian lady because all she does is judge everyone around her but I also really adore the kids that be running amock in the library.

Extraordinary You: I didn’t watch any episodes of this drama this week and I’m probably going to put this one on hold since I’m busy with other shows and other things. I’ll come back to this one though.

Alchemy of Souls 2: GAH, I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH! Jang Uk, I feel your pain and I know that your love for Naksu is real but you gotta stop hurting my girl. My girl just wanna be loved so I’mma need the writers to move on from this part. I get it. Naksu is hurt, Jang Uk is hurt, everybody got their own shit going on so let’s get on with it…PLEASEEEEEE!!!! Still, I LOVED this week’s episodes. SO MUCH GOODNESS.

The Forbidden Marriage: This is my #2 show that I’m watching right now. The humor, the characters, and there’s just the right amount of everything that I adore in a drama to make me love this one so. The King is so smitten right now and is fighting it hard. I’m so here for all of this sexual tension. I can’t wait to see where this one goes.

Unlock the Boss: I’m good and hooked now. This week’s episodes were great and the overall feel of this show is just my jam so I’m looking forward to where the writers take us from here on out. I know that Se Yeon is a good person so I hope that we can finally move on from suspecting her. There are lots of twists and turns in this one and I need to figure out what happened my damn self.

What I Reviewed

Alchemy of Souls | 5 out of 5
Hotel Del Luna | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (186)
The Wednesday Five: Squad Goals
Eye Candy Friday: Cho Sang Gu from Move to Heaven

Eye Candy Friday

Cho Sang Gu

Move to You

What Made Me Laugh

JinMu pissing everyone off

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

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