Category: Features

Eye Candy Friday: Cho Sang Gu from Move to Heaven

Posted December 16, 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 Cho Sang Gu from Move to Heaven. I love me some Lee Je Hoon so seeing him featured here shouldn’t be a surprise. I will never need an excuse to post pictures of this fine ass man but here you go anyway.

You’re welcome. 🙂

Watch Move to Heaven

Move to Heaven

Where to Watch: Netflix
Starring: Lee Je Hoon, Tang Jun Sang, Hong Seung Hee
Year Released: 2021
Genre: Drama, Family, Life

Han Geu Roo is a 20-year-old with Autism. He works for his father’s business “Move To Heaven,” a company that specializes in crime scene cleanup, where they also collect and arrange items left by deceased people, and deliver them to the bereaved family.

When Geu Roo’s father dies, Geu Roo’s guardianship passes to his uncle, ex-convict Cho Sang Gu, who is a martial arts fighter in underground matches. Per the father’s will, Sang Gu must care for and work with Geu Roo in “Move To Heaven” for three months to gain full guardianship and claim the inheritance. Eying money, Sang Gu agrees to the conditions and moves in.

Until next week…enjoy!

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The Wednesday Five: Squad Goals

Posted December 14, 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 friendships, or squad goals. These are my favorite friendship circles from all of the k-dramas that I’ve watched up to date. I laughed, I cried, I happy sighed, with each of these squads and I just adored their dynamic, their love for each other and just them. Period.

1. Reply 1988

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

These five are at the very top of my favorite squad goals list. They were everything. Their friendship was crazy and it was fun but they were also very loyal to one another. The way that two of the boys were in love with the one girl in the group and were considerate of each other warmed my heart but I also loved just how silly they were with each other. The way that they looked forward to Taek winning his tournaments so he would buy them all food, the way that they all took turns teaching Taek bad words, how to be a normal kid, and the way that they reacted to each other (especially when they found out that Sun Woo was dating Deok Sun’s sister, haha) and just…everything. These guys were everything.

2. Twenty Five, Twenty One

Where to Watch: Netflix
Starring: Nam Joo Hyuk, Kim Tae Ri, Choi Hyun Wook

These guys were another fantastic friend group. I loved how supportive they were of each other, even when it was hard for them to do so. Hee Do and Yurim’s friendship came a long way but once they became friends, they were tight as hell and I really liked their friendship. Each of them had their own relationship with each other but I really liked the scenes in which they were all together. I mean, it’s hard to top the friendship between Ji Woong and Seung Wan but I thought their collective friendship between the five of them was pretty special and I really enjoyed seeing them.

3. Dear My Friends

Where to Watch: Netflix
Starring: Kim Hye Ja, Na Moon Hee, Go Doo Shim

I watched this show and couldn’t help but hope that my own squad would be just as tight as this squad was in this drama. They were damn near 80 years old, still getting in trouble but close as ever. I loved how they kept showing up for each other, even when it meant that they would get in trouble from kids. I know that I’m going to be giving Brenna fits when I’m older and I’m low key excited about that. I adored the friendship between all of these old ladies, so much so that I want that for myself.

4. Fight for My Way

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

These four were a lot of fun. They were also extremely loyal to each other even through the downs of a couple going through it. I loved how they each knew their place in the friendship and the girls stuck with the girls while the boys did the same. I also loved how supportive they were of each other. Love, love, love these guys!

5. Crash Landing On You

Where to Watch: Netflix
Starring: Hyun Bin, Son Ye Jin, Seo Ji Hye

This squad holds a special place in my heart. I love how loyal they were to their boss and how that loyalty extended to his lady love. These guys were such a joy to watch and seeing them struggle, stumble, and then get back up to try again had me super happy. Adored these guys.

What are some of your favorite k-drama squad goals?

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The Weekly Recap (186)

Posted December 12, 2022 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Hey guys!

It’s a new week and it’s been a quiet week. I didn’t get anywhere on my job hunt this week since I was busy learning my sister’s job and getting familiar with what she does daily. I’m also helping her with her company Christmas party this week, so I’m sure there will be things that she needs my input on so my job hunt has been pushed back one more time. When I get back from L.A. after Christmas, I won’t have anything else for the next little while to plan for so I’m going to get serious about my job hunt then.

For real, for real. If I’m being honest though, if my sister’s company doesn’t hire me, I’m going to be annoyed because what the hell am I even doing all this for? Gah.

Hmm, I will say that between me helping my sister with all of her work, I did manage to become a k-pop fan for real. I used to only listen to BTS but I’ve discovered Seventeen and their music makes me happy. So much so that I’ve got two biases and I purchased their fandom membership (I have three fandom memberships right now…yikes.), I’ve added collecting their photocards to my 2023 goals (just my biases though because there are 13 members in this group) and I’ve added my favorite songs to my weekly streaminig lists so I’m listening to a lot of Indigo (AMAZING ALBUM!), The Astronaut by Jin, Jack in the Box by J Hope, and loads of Seventeen and TXT. I am in k-pop heaven right now.

Now, let’s get into all of the things that I did last week…because it was a lot. I didn’t realize that I’m juggling so many different dramas right now. Some dramas are on their way out though so my watch list should ease up soon. On with the show though…

What I Watched

May I Help You?: We’re in our dating era, guys! Tae Hee and Dong Joo are official and just as things are starting to heat up for them as a couple, the shit hits the fan. Like, everything. I’m really glad that this drama is character driven because I really enjoy both Tae Hee and Dong Joo’s characters.

They’re good people, trying their best each and every day and I just adore them so much. Finding out that Tae Hee’s younger brother was actually the first ghost that Dong Joo saw, reeling from the guilt she’s been carrying around all these years and seeing that it’s part of the same guilt that Tae Hee has been carrying as well. Gah, so much drama and I’m here for it all. I’m curious about how this will all come together to wrap up drama. Sigh, this has been such a great drama.

Behind Every Star: I’m really only watching this show for Jane. There are only a few weeks left of this show and I wonder if I’ll tune in until the very end. Right now, I don’t think so but we’ll see but damn I really hope Jane wins her man back. She better not end up with the guy that bought the company. Also, it was great to see Daniel Henney in this weeks episodes. He’s so damn handsome.

Revenge of Others: This show gives me anxiety. Every damn episode there is something happening that has my heart racing cause I just know that these damn high school kids are going to get caught and everything is going to go up in smoke. This week wasn’t any different. Still, I can’t stop watching and I can’t stop hoping that everything comes together and resolves itself nice and tidy.

The First Responders: I’m still a big fan of this show and this week’s episodes only added to my love for these characters, the work that they do, and just everything. Love this one!

Reborn Rich: The last couple of weeks, I’ve been a bit bored with all of the business shit going on with Reborn Rich but not anymore. I’m gone and completely hooked. I think the romance between the two main leads is a weird one for sure because how the hell do they start dating and then she shows up at his work the way that she did? SMH. Get it together girl. I’m glad that I stuck with this one because things are heating up and I’m stoked to see where we go from here.

Summer Strike: I think this one is a keeper. Last week I didn’t think that I’d keep on with this one but the secondary characters have stood out a lot for me and I’m really liking them and it is through them that I’ve come to love the main leads. That’s never happened before. But, I’m good and hooked now and I’m going to need only good things for Bom now. I freaking demand it. Sigh.

Extraordinary You: I only managed to watch two episode of this one this week and though I’ve warmed up a little bit, the heroine still drives me a little crazy. I’m interested enough that I’m not going to drop this but it’s not my favorite, not by a long shotot. We’ll see how this all turns out though.

Alchemy of Souls 2: IT’S HERE! IT’S FINALY HERE! Therese and I have been waiting for the release of this season to drop for what seems like forever and the first two episodes were just as amazing as we hoped they’d be. I’m SO excited to see where this new season takes us and I’m itching for more Naksu and Jang Uk. There’s no time to fuck around and I’m so here for the changes from the last season. AHHHHHHH, SO EXCITED!!

The Forbidden Marriage: This show premiered this week and the first two episodes were a lot of fun. There was enough of everything that I like in a drama to satisfy me and leave me wanting more. I can already tell that it’s going to be a great ride and I’m looking forward to more.

Unlock the Boss: Another new premiere this week and another show that I’m excited about. The first two episodes were good ones so I’m looking forward to where this one goes as well. December has been a good drama month so far, let’s see if that keeps up but this one is definitely a keeper.

What I Reviewed

Love in Contract | 4 out of 5
Extraordinary Attorney Woo | 4.5 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (185)
The Monthly Recap: November 2022
The Wednesday Five: K-Movies I Love
My TBW Pile: December 2022
Eye Candy Friday: Baek Yi Jin from Twenty-Five, Twent-One

Eye Candy Friday

Baek Yi Jin

Twenty-Five, Twenty-One

What Made Me Laugh

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

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Eye Candy Friday: Baek Yi Jin

Posted December 9, 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 Baek Yi Jin from Twenty-Five, Twenty-One. Baek Yi Jin was such a highlight in this show for me. I adored him from beginning to end. He wasn’t perfect but he woke up every day and tried to be better than he was the day before so my love for him continued to grow with each passing episode. And even though his show didn’t have the ending that I wanted, I still really loved him. And that is why he’s this week’s Eye Candy Friday.

Twenty Five, Twenty One was a great show and even that ending couldn’t smash my love of the characters and the show as a whole. So if you haven’t watched it yet, you should because everyone should know Baek Yi Jin.

Watch Twenty-Five, Twenty-One

Twenty-Five, Twenty-One

Where to Watch: Netflix
Starring: Nam Joo Hyuk, Kim Taeri, Bona
Year Released: 2022
Genre: Drama, Life, Romance

In a time when dreams seem out of reach, a teen fencer pursues big ambitions and meets a hardworking young man who seeks to rebuild his life.

Na Hee Do is a member of her high school fencing team. Due to the South Korean financial crisis, the high school fencing team gets disbanded. Getting through all the difficulties, she becomes a member of the national fencing team.

The South Korean financial crisis also causes Baek Yi Jin’s father’s business to go bankrupt. This leads to a life change for Baek Yi Jin, from living the life of a wealthy person to a poor person. While studying, he works part-time jobs like delivering newspapers. Later, he becomes a sports reporter for a broadcasting network.

Until next week…enjoy!

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My TBW Pile: December 2022

Posted December 8, 2022 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

In an effort to organize my k-drama watching and keep track of what I’m watching, what I’m loving, and what I’m hating, I’m bringing it to the blog. Each month, I’ll put a list together of the shows that I plan on watching and then track my progress through these monthly posts. Let’s see what this month’s plan looks like, shall we?

Here’s a breakdown of how I did on last month’s TBW Pile.

Previous Month Stats

Drama’s to Watch: 16 | Drama’s Watched: 11
Drama’s Dropped: 1 | Drama’s Unwatched: 3
Favorite Watch: Weak Hero, Class 1 | Least Favorite Watch: Love is for Suckers

The three shows that I didn’t get around to watching, one I just haven’t gotten around to but the other two didn’t release. The Fabulous delayed their release because of the tragedy in Itaewon on Halloween and MDL had a November release date for Unlock my Boss but that show is actually releasing their first episodes this week. So I never got around to watching those three but they’re on my list for watching this month.

December’s TBW PILE

Buddy Watch

Alchemy of Souls 2: Light and Shadow

Therese and I never got around to watching the first season again and I’m not that mad about it. I’m not mad at all. About halfway through November, I told Tita that I just wanted to watch the new season of Alchemy of Souls when it releases, without a re-watch of the previous season. I feel like thanks to Kdrama TikTok and IG, I’ve watched enough of the first season to prepare for the second season but we are definitely watching this drama this month. TWO MORE DAYS!!

December Releases

Unlock the Boss
The Forbidden Marriage
Money Heist Korea
Alchemy of Souls 2: Light and Shadow

Interests of Love
The Fabulous
Island, Season 1
The Glory

Shows That Are Finishing in December

May I Help You?
Behind Every Star
Revenge of Others

The First Responders
Reborn Rich
Summer Strike

I’m going to miss the shows that are wrapping up this month and the one that I’m going to miss the most is May I Help You?. I’ll be busy with the December releases though so on to the final batch of 2022 dramas.

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

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