Tag: Korean Dramas

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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Eye Candy Friday: Han Joon Hwi

Posted July 16, 2021 by Rowena in Reviews, TV Shows | 2 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 Han Joon Hwi from Law School. I watched it on Netflix and really enjoyed his character. He was smart, he had a great moral compass and he protected those that were having a hard time protecting themselves and that he was super good looking didn’t hurt either, haha.

I shipped him hard with Kang Sol A because their chemistry was a lot of fun. If you haven’t watched Law School on Netflix yet and are in the mood for something suspenseful and smart, check it out.













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Until next week…enjoy!

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Five K-Dramas That I Quit Recently

Posted July 14, 2021 by Rowena in TV Shows | 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, I’ll be sharing the latest five k-dramas that I quit recently.

I used to be the kind of person who would not DNF anything. From books to movies, and TV shows, if I started it, I would stay loyal to it no matter what. It’s why I finished Dawson’s Creek long after I stopped caring about who was on the show and who everyone ended up with.

Well, those days are long gone. Life is too short to stick it out on things that just aren’t working for you. I’ve been DNF-ing books left and right and I figured that it’s going to be the same for k-dramas. I’m not a huge fan of the beginning of anything. The beginning of books takes too long to introduce characters, plots, and all of that other stuff and it’s the same with k-dramas. I’m always super anxious to get to the middle parts even though I understand that the beginning is needed so I’ve always had a hard time stopping a series.

Let’s get into this week’s top 5 list, shall we?

Five K-Dramas I Quit Recently

1. Sky Castle


Starring: Yeon Jung Ah, Lee Tae Ran, Yoon Se Ah, Oh Na Ra, Kim Seo Hyung, Jung Joon Ho
Year Released: 2018
Where I Watched It: Viki
Will I Go Back and Watch?: Probably Not

I’m not going to lie. I started watching this show because of a Run BTS episode where J Hope, feeling betrayed at all of the lies and acting going on with the other members, says, “Wow, we should all be in Sky Castle”. Now, I’d heard of the show but it just seemed like a Dynasty type of show and that’s not normally my speed but because Jin said that he liked the show (in another Run BTS episode) and J Hope said that he liked it, I checked it out. I got about 10 episodes in before I started getting bored with the apartment politics, the main mean girl in the apartment building, and just all of the dumb drama that the main mean girl in this show kept bringing up just to stay on top. The lengths that they all went through to keep up with the Jones annoyed me so I stopped it for good and I’m probably not going to pick it back up any time soon, if ever. It’s seriously a me thing. I saw and heard that it was a pretty popular show but again, it ain’t my cup of tea so I’ve moved on.

2. Youth of May


Starring: Lee Do Hyun, Go Min Si, Lee Sang Yi, Geum Sae Rok, Oh Man Suk, Uhm Hyo Sub
Year Released: 2021
Where I Watched It: Viki
Will I Go Back and Watch?: Probably Not

I really liked these two characters in some of the other shows that I’ve watched them. I enjoyed both of their characters in Sweet Home and seeing them playing love interests in this show after playing siblings in Sweet Home made me laugh but it didn’t stop me from being excited to watch them both in something new. I’ve always wanted to see Go Min Si in something where she wasn’t playing the mean girl cousin or the selfish piece of shit that she played in Love Alarm so seeing her as the main lead in this one, with an interesting story was one of the things that I looked forward to the most.

However, this show moved really slow for me. I spent more time wanting to watch something else while I was watching this one and after about 6 episodes, I called it quits for good. I’m sure the story picks up and things come together really nicely, but I just couldn’t finish this one out and that bummed me out.

3. So I Married An Anti-Fan


Starring: Choi Tae Joon, Choi Soo Young, Hwang Chan Sung, Han Ji An, Kim Min Kyu, Kim Min Kyo
Year Released: 2021
Where I Watched It: Viki
Will I Go Back and Watch?: Probably Not

I went into this show, not knowing anything about what it was about. I wanted to watch it because I enjoyed Choi Tae Joon so much in Suspicious Partner with Ji Chang Wook and Nam Ji Hyun. He played that role exceptionally well and he’s great to look at so of course, I wanted to support him in his new show. Sucks that I couldn’t stick it out because the actual show itself, just wasn’t for me.

The story, the main female lead, and just that first episode didn’t work for me. I wasn’t a big fan of the set up and the main female girl annoyed the snot out of me so I barely finished the first episode and just…noped right out of it.

4. Encounter


Starring: Park Bo Gum, Song Hye Kyo, Jang Seung Jo, Ko Chang Seok, Shin Jung Keun, Nam Ki Ae
Year Released: 2018
Where I Watched It: Viki
Will I Go Back and Watch?: Probably

I’m a huge Park Bo Gum fan so I was bummed that I only lasted one episode of this one. I think this one suffered from the dreaded beginning info dump and I just wasn’t all that interested in what was going on. I’m pretty sure that it was a mood thing on my part so I’m probably going to go back and finish this, just not now. I want to say that this is the show that Park Bo Gum won an award for but I can’t be sure. In my head, I’m seeing him tearfully accepting his award and thanking Song Joong Ki, who was tearing up as well. Hmm. Anyway, I will say that Park Bo Gum with long hair is…yum.

That man is so good looking and I’m always happy to see him on screen. I can’t wait for him to finish his military duty and come back and make more dramas and movies. I’m ready for more content from him.

5. Reply 1994


Starring: Go Ah Ra, Jung Woo, Yoo Yeon Seok, Kim Sung Kyun, Baro, Min Do Hee
Year Released: 2013
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Will I Go Back and Watch?: Probably Not

I wanted to watch all of the Reply shows after finishing Reply 1988 and…it didn’t work out for me. I wasn’t all that interested in the 1994 after the first couple of episodes. The yelling and the fighting between the two siblings of this show drove me right up the wall. Now, it drove me up the wall in 1988 and was one of the reasons that I didn’t like Sung Bo Ra for the longest time. I felt like she always picked fights for no damn reason so getting more of that in this 1994 Reply show sealed the deal for me. Noped right the fuck out. I couldn’t go through that shit again. Plus, I just wasn’t all that interested in the characters, the boarding house deal so yeah…I probably won’t come back to this one either. There are too many other shows that I’m interested in watching.

Do you watch K-Dramas? Are there any shows that you’ve quit recently? Share in the comments below!

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Review: Law School

Posted July 13, 2021 by Rowena in Reviews, TV Shows | 0 Comments

Law School

Starring: Kim Bum, Ryu Hye Young, Kim Myung Min
Year Released: 2021
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Contemporary, Crime, Drama
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Recommended By: Ryu Hye Young, Kim Bum
Who I Watched It For: Ryu Hye Young, Kim Bum

When a grim incident occurs at their prestigious school, justice through law is put to the test by a tough law professor and his ambitious students.

Yang Jong Hoon is a criminal law professor and a former elite prosecutor, whose harsh words make him the professor to steer clear of. At the same time, there’s something compelling about his strict teaching methods and his refusal to accept less than the best from his future juniors in the legal profession.

Han Joon Hwi, a first-year law student, is at the top of his class. He’s a natural leader whose good looks and easy charm make him the perfect man – on paper. However, there’s an unexpected side to him that remains well-hidden.

Kang Sol (A) is another first-year law student who overcame childhood poverty and hardships by gaining special admission to the school. She walks a path of thorns due to her constant sense of deprivation and shame amidst the wealth and talent that surrounds her. Eventually, her passion will enlighten her on what it truly takes to be a good lawyer.

Kim Eun Sook is a civil law professor who was once the head of the law school’s free legal clinic. Her natural air of authority and freewheeling personality earned her the reputation for being a master in court. Known for being a highly relatable professor, she is the sole colleague Yang Jong Hoon dares to confide in.
After watching and loving, Reply 1988, I knew that I was going to keep up with everything that the cast members are in. I haven’t gotten around to watching any of their older stuff but the first show that I watched afterward is Ryu Hye Young’s Law School. It’s funny how she plays similar characters in both Reply 1988 and Law School, but she carries both of these characters very differently. In Reply 1988, she was mean. She was smart and she was strong but she was mean to those around her and it annoyed me until she won me over with how loyal and fiercely protective she was of her loved ones. In Law School, she’s smart and she’s driven but she takes care of her friends and she cares about them all. She’s the kind of friend you want in your corner.

I’m so glad that I watched this show all the way through because the beginning took some getting used to but I kept watching because I enjoyed the overall story being told and I needed to know who the hell killed the professor.
Main Male Lead: Han Joon Hwi
Kim Bum
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Han Joon Hwi was a great character. He’s a smarty pants, know-it-all, who doesn’t live his life for others. He does what he wants, when he wants, and makes no apologies for his choices. He is driven with a snarky personality that will make you question if he’s capable of doing everything that he’s accused of. He’s certainly got the brains to pull it off, but does he really lack the morals of going through with the crimes?

I was Team Joon Hwi from the jump and I never once wanted to jump ship. I loved seeing him crush heavy on Kang Sol A, I loved seeing his friendship with her grow with every single episodes. I loved that he remembered exactly who she was and she didn’t. I loved that he tried to protect the girls in his friends group in a way that made them comfortable. He let the girls decide how to help themselves with his help. There was much to love about him and I really did.

I’ve seen Kim Bum in only a couple of shows and I think of all the shows that I’ve watched him in, his character in Law School is my favorite. I thought he brought Joon Hwi’s character to life beautifully. There were different sides to Joon Hwi and Kim Bum did a great job of showing us all of them. I’ve become a fan of his in this show and I plan on watching and supporting his career more in the future.
Main Female Lead: Kang Sol A
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Kang Sol A was my kind of character. She was fun, smart, spunky, and such a crackhead. She was so driven to succeed, that she went above and beyond to try to get good grades. She was busy with school but she made time for her family, and for her friends. She didn’t have the perfect life but she didn’t pretend that she was fine when she wasn’t and she didn’t pretend to be someone she wasn’t. She was who she was and you either liked her for that or you didn’t. She didn’t mess around with how other people thought of her. She did what she felt was right at all times and though she wasn’t perfect, she was still a good person who knew her worth.

I hella shipped Kang Sol A with Han Joon Hwi. I thought they were so cute together. Him crushing on her so obviously and her being annoyed that he was bothering her while she was trying to study. I thought they made such a cute couple and though the ending gave hints but no confirm details about their dating life, I’m going to believe that they’re together and living their happily ever after…together.

Ryu Hye Young did such a great job of bringing Kang Sol A to life. I liked her in this show a lot more than I did Reply 1988 but loved her acting in both.
Second Lead: Yang Jong Hoon
Kim Myung Min

I never thought Yang Jong Hoon was guilty of anything but being an extremely hard professor to please but even knowing that, I still liked him. He seemed to be a man of integrity and he was always there for his students when they needed him, even if he was grumpy while doing so. You could tell that he cared about each student and that he wanted them to be prepared for their future as lawyers. He also wanted to raise and turn his students into lawyers that always did what was best for their clients. He taught them to be lawyers who were on the up and up and I just really liked his characters. There were plenty of shady lawyers both on and off-campus but I never thought he was one of them.

I’ve never seen Kim Myung Min in anything so this was my first and I thought he was a great actor. He played this part exceptionally well and I’m glad to add him to the list of actors that I’d like to support and watch all of his shows/movies.
The Cast
There were some familiar faces in this show and I was glad to see them. I thought the cast of characters, all of the law students especially, were a fun bunch. They were all going through their individual struggles but seeing them study together, grow up together, and cheer each other on made me enjoy this show that much more. I loved that their relationships with each other felt real. There were some that were closer than others, some didn’t even like each other, but at the end of the day, they were a team and they came together to get shit done when it was needed. I loved the way that they all rallied behind Ye-Seul to help her out, even when she didn’t want it. I loved how Joon Hwi made sure that Ji Ho didn’t fight his battle against the prosecutor on his own. I loved getting to know each of them and they definitely made watching this show, week in and week out, an enjoyable experience for me.
The Story
So this show follows a bunch of ambitious law students and their professor, Yang Joon Hoon, who is on trial for the murder of another of their professors, Seo Byeong Ju. While Yang Joon hoon is on trial, loads of stuff pop off and the students band together to figure each case out. Each episode packed in some interesting cases and introduced compelling characters. I tuned in each week, excited to learn more.

The show deals with a lot of real life topics and each case brought a little something different to each character and to the show as a whole. I loved working through each case, developing my own thoughts on each case, on each character, and had a lot of fun getting to know everyone. From plagiarism to murder, to domestic abuse, there’s a lot to unpack but these characters did a great job of carrying each story from beginning to end. The ending left some to be desired but I did like that everyone grew up to be the kind of lawyers that I was proud of. I came to love each law student and professor and even the bad guys were great bad guys because I hated them with a passion.

Overall, this was a good way to spend a couple of hours every week catching up with my law school friends and I’m super happy that I watched it through. The beginning took some getting to used to and was a little slow but if you stick it out, I have no doubt that you’ll come to love everyone the same way that I did. I definitely recommend it.
Final Rating


4.25 out of 5

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