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The Wednesday Five: Strong Male Leads that I Love

Posted March 15, 2023 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. I love me a strong female lead but I’m also here for the strong male leads that be kicking ass too.

This week’s Wednesday Five will feature my favorite strong male leads that I love from all of the k-dramas that I’ve watched so far. I talk about all of these guys a lot on the blog, with the exception of Han Ji Hyuk from The Veil but just let it be known, I hella love all of the guys on this list. These are the guys I’d choose to put on my team if I needed to kick ass.

1. Kim Do Ki from Taxi Driver

Where to Watch: Viki
Starring: Lee Je Hoon

2. Jang Uk from Alchemy of Souls

Where to Watch: Netflix
Starring: Lee Jae Wook

3. Yeon Shi Eun from Weak Hero, Class 1

Where to Watch: Viki
Starring: Park Ji Hoon

4. Ko Dong Man from Fight for My Way

Where to Watch: Viki
Starring: Park Seo Joon

5. Han Ji Hyuk from The Veil

Where to Watch: Viki
Starring: Namkoong Min

Every single one of these guys kicked some serious ass in their respective shows. They’re all fine as hell and I’m a huge fan of their characters. If you haven’t watched any of the shows that they’re in, pleasea fix that if it’s your jam. Lots of action, mystery, suspense, and hot guys!

Who are some of your favorite strong male leads?

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The Weekly Recap (195)

Posted March 13, 2023 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Happy Birthday, Meghan!

Happy Birthday to my ARMY bestie in California, haha. It’s so funny because Meghan is so fiercely independent and can’t be forced to do anything. She’s always been like that ever since she was a kid so it makes me so happy that when I forced her to watch BTS videos with me when she was staying at my house, she became curious about them and went home and fell in love with them on her own. She is my K-Pop buddy because we are both in the middle of falling in love with Seventeen and I love having someone that I can share everything under the sun about Seventeen AND BTS with.

It’s been an eventful week for me because your girl is employed again and I start next week Monday so I’m pretty excited and stoked to finally get caught up on my bills again. I blew through my savings trying to survive the last few months while I searched for a job and the Unemployment office for California can suck a fat one. I’m STILL going back and forth with them about my damn claim and seriously, whoever tried to open a claim using my social can suck an even bigger one and I hope that they never see the cool side of a pillow ever again. Warm and hot pillows forever!

Brenna, Lasi, and Baby Lata’ema

Also, I forgot to tell you guys last week but dude, I have another baby to spoil! My niece Chach and her husband Isaiah had their baby girl last week and her name is Lata’ema! She’s a big girl, way bigger than her Mom was when she was born but outside of that, she is the exact replica of her mother. Such a cutie patootie baby and I cannot wait to meet her. Fingers crossed that I’ll get to meet her next week. Wish me luck!

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

What I Watched

Traveler, Season 1 | 4 out of 5
The Glory, Season 2 | 4.5 out of 5

I binged both of these shows this week and they were both great. I enjoyed The Glory, Pt. 2 more because holy shit that show ended the way that I wand it to end and I’m hella wondering if we’re going to get another season…and even though I’m not normally a fan of extending a show longer than the 16 episodes, I’m low key hoping for another season of this show so that we can get some revenge for my guy Yeo Jung. Fingers crossed.

Our Blooming Youth: There’s a lot going on and it’s a little hard to follow everything but I will say that despite that, I’m still enjoying it. My favorite thing about the show right now is seeing our main leads become closer and closer with each other. He’s so smitten but still very aware of her feelings for her ex-fiance but she is super soft for him too and I’m enjoying seeing their slow burn romance come together. I am also curious about where all of the mystery and drama goes and man, once the second lead finds out the truth about the female lead, it’s gonna be crazy and I know that my heart is going to hurt for him because boy, your best friend stole your girl.

Jinny’s Kitchen: I’m not sure that I could explain why I’m enjoying this show so much because it’s more than just seeing V and Park Seo Joon every week, cause really all they’re doing is making ramen, corn dogs, and sauces followed by V and Wooshik washing all the dishes. I don’t know what crack is in this show but I’m enjoying it. I like the break it gives me from all of the heavier dramas that I’m watching. The ARMY that left Taehyung a note in this week’s episode was too cute. She’s a real ARMY too because we didn’t hear one thing about his trip to Mexico and she didn’t bother him while he was working, her entire interaction with him was hers and her alone. Cute! Jinny’s Kitchen Wooshik is giving me major In the Soop Seokjin vibes. The way the both of them wake up cracks me up.

Taxi Driver 2: This week’s episodes (even though they were split up) were much more interesting to me than the last country bumpkins episodes were. Man, my heart hurt for the kids and seeing how determined Kim Do Ki was to find them and protect them from that punk bastard Mr. Kang put my heart back together again. I’m glad that we got the original writer back because the episodes are much more interesting again and I’m glad. I see that Metal Balls is going to piss me off in this show too. Grrr. I’m mighty curious about who the hell he is though.

The Heavenly Idol: How much longer is Yeon Woo going to act like an idiot? I think this show is too silly for me. I’m interested one episode and then the next, I want to spank Yeon Woo (or I guess it’s Rembrary) and call it quits. But even with all of my gripes, I can’t stop watching it. I am getting soft for all of the members of Wild Animal so I’ll stick it out for them and to see Rembrary get his shit together.

Delivery Man: The first two episodes of this drama set up the tone for the rest of the show and I’m curious enough to keep going. I really liked the first two episodes even though the female lead was annoying as shit in the first one. I’m curious what other cases we’ll be working on during the course this show and how many different ghosts we’re going to meet. This show reminds me of May I Help You with its own unique spin so I’m curious about how the mystery behind his Mom’s accident will unfold.

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (194)
The Monthly Recap: February 2023
Review: The Forbidden Marriage
The Wednesday Five: Dramas that Didn’t Live Up to the Hype
The SVT Listen: 17 Carat
The TBW Pile: March 2023
Eye Candy Friday: Boo Seungkwan from Seventeen

Eye Candy Friday

Boo Seungkwan

Seventeen in the Soop

What Made Me Laugh

@strawgab IM SICK #mingyu #kimmingyu #carat #seventeen #svt ♬ Bye Bye – Mariah Carey

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

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The TBW Pile: March 2023

Posted March 9, 2023 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

With so many k-dramas to look forward to (and even some older releases that I’m itching to watch), I’m organizing my k-drama watching and keeping track of it all here on the blog. Each month, I’ll put a list together of the shows that I’m planning 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 what my drama watching plan was for last month.

Previous Month Stats

Drama’s to Watch: 9 | Drama’s Watched: 8 | Drama’s Unwatched: 1
Drama’s Started: 11 | Dramas Completed: 7 | Drama’s Dropped: 3
Favorite Watch: Seventeen in the Soop | Least Favorite Watch: Strangers Again

March’s TBW PILE

Buddy Watch

Taxi Driver 2

Therese and I never got around to watching the drama we planned on watching last month, which was When My Love Blooms. Instead, we watched the first season of Taxi Driver so this month, we’re going to watch the second season. That’s the plan, anyway. Therese, let’s get on it!

March Releases

Delivery Man
Divorce Attorney Shin
The Glory, Pt. 2
The Secret Romantic Guesthouse
Joseon Lawyer

I’m not sure that I’ll watch every single one of these dramas but these are the new releases that I’m interested in. We’ll see what I end up watching next month but for now, the plan is all of these.

Shows That Are Finishing in March

The Heavenly Idol

Of the dramas that I’m watching right now, this is the only drama that ends in March. The rest end in April. This is just an okay drama. I’m much more interested in what’s going on then I was when I first started it but it’s not going on any favorites lists. I much prefer Kim Min Gue’s character in A Business Proposal.

What dramas are on your TBW pile for March? 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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The Monthly Recap: February 2023

Posted March 7, 2023 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.

February was a short month and I didn’t watch a whole lot of dramas. I think there was a week where I didn’t watch anything outside of Seventeen in the Soop. Now that the shows that I was excited to start have begun, I’m hopeful that my March drama watching will be pick up. So let’s start this recap, shall we?

Monthly Stats

Dramas Completed: 6 | Dramas Dropped: 2 | Dramas Still Watching: 5
Dramas Reviewed: 6 | Boyfriend of the Month:
Favorite Drama: Love to Hate You | Least Favorite Drama: Strangers Again

What I Completed

Seventeen in the Soop 1
Alice in Borderland
First Love
The Interests of Love
Seventeen in the Soop 2

Of all the shows that I watched in February, my favorite watches weren’t even dramas but both seasons of Seventeen in the Soop. They were shows for resting and healing from hectic schedules and seeing Seventeen enjoy themselves and relax was very healing for me as well. I enjoyed those shows so much that I searched out other kinds of shows that aren’t just dramas and am watching a traveling show with Lee Je Hoon and Ryu Jun Yeol.

What I Dropped

Strangers Again

These two shows are my first dropped shows of the year. I wasn’t in the mood for Trolley and am still unsure if I’ll go back to it but I didn’t want to finish Strangers Again and that bummed me out since I was really looking forward to that acting pair together. Oh well.

What I’m Still Watching

Our Blooming Youth
The Heavenly Idol
Taxi Driver 2
Jinny’s Kitchen

What I Reviewed

May I Help You?
Summer Strike
Alchemy of Souls 2: Light and Shadow
Would You Like a Cup of Coffee?
Unlock My Boss
Money Heist: Korea – Joing Economic Area, Pt. 2

Actors that Stood Out

Boo Seungkwan: I am super soft for Seungkwan from Seventeen. I adore his personality, I love how funny he is, and just everything about him. He was such a delightful part of watching Seventeen in the Soop. He made me laugh so much and with every passing episode, I loved him more and more.

Yoon Jeonghan: Jeonghan is a lot funnier than I thought he’d be. I thought that he would be a more serious and quiet but he’s not at all what I thought. That scene in Seventeen in the Soop when Mingyu is rowing him in the boat is hands down, my favorite part of the entire first season. I laughed so much and Jeonghan is me. I love him. He was a bright highlight for me in February.

Kim Ji Hoon: I enjoyed Kim Ji Hoon as Denver in Money Heist so seeing him play a completely different character in Love to Hate You was such a treat. His character was one of my favorite characters of the month. Love, love, love him.

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 (194)

Posted March 6, 2023 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

Happy Monday, everyone!

It’s been a pretty quiet week for me and I spent a lot of it reading, watching my shows, and streaming my faves. J-Hope dropped his last song before he goes to the military and it features J. Cole, his long-time inspiration and idol. It’s a song with a hopeful vibe that I think will do a great job of holding the fandom together while he’s in the military. I loved that the music video shows Hoseok going back to his dancing roots while his idol raps on the rooftop. We need all the YouTube streams we can get for this one so if you’re army (and even if you’re not), please stream On the Street with us!

Jungkook went live this last week and my guy had me dying. He sang for us, he reacted to On the Street with us, and then…my guy went to sleep and left us all on Live. He was slumped so much that he started snoring and they had to cut his live off remotely. Haha, he’s out here living his best life and I love that even after he deleted his IG, he goes on Weverse to make sure we know he’s still alive and well. That’s definitely going to be a huge part of army history. Haha.

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

What I Watched

Crash Course in Romance | 3.5 out of 5

Crash Course in Romance aired the final episodes this week and while I wasn’t a big fan of the murder story during the course of the telling of it, I wasn’t a big fan of the way that whole thing played out EVEN MORE. The whole thing with the real Mom had me rolling my eyes as well but everything else? Loved. I’ll be reviewing this one soon so be on the look out for that.

Suchwita: This is my favorite show right now. I just really love listening to the different conversations that Yoongi has with all of his guests. They’ve all been different and I’ve liked how each of them has shared their experiences in the music and acting industry and seeing how flustered Yoongi gets with whatever praise they send his way makes me happy. This week, actor Lee Sung Min came through to promote his new movie, The Devil’s Deal and I enjoyed seeing him swap stories of their early days doing music and acting in their hometown of Daegu. I liked how easy their conversation was and how we learned little tidbits of both Suga and Lee Sung Min’s careers.

Our Blooming Youth: This weeks episodes were cute. I’m much more invested in what’s going on, and I wanted to spank the Crown Prince for kicking my girl out. I did love the way that she was cheering against my guy during the competition even though she only had eyes for him.

Jinny’s Kitchen: I am loving this show so much. I love seeing my k-drama bias, Park Seo Joon rock it out in the kitchen and I absolutely adore my BTS bias as he works his ass off as well. I’m also glad that Woo Shik is finally in Mexico and working with everyone. Poor guy was put immediately to work after traveling for 20 hours to get there and then had serious FOMO while washing those dishes. I haven’t watched very many Korean tv shows but I’m really liking them and this one is cute. They’re a nice break from the dramas.

Taxi Driver 2: We only got one episode this week of Taxi Driver (does anyone know what was up with that?) but I was hooked the entire episode, and that ending? Gah, I really need the next episode like now. I wish that our married couple would have acted less cheesy and more like a married couple but I’ll take whatever kind of affection I can get from them. The way that he proposed to her made my heart skip a beat though, not going to lie, haha. I see that the next episode comes out today so I’ll definitely be tuning in for that. While I haven’t loved every episode (or case, I should say), I’m still really loving having this show back.

The Heavenly Idol: I’m trying really hard to like Rembrary but no lie, he annoys the shit out of me. There’s just something about him that makes me want to kick him in the nuts. But then he saves someone using his divine powers and I forget for a little bit that I’m annoyed with him. I’m really liking Kim Dal though. My girl is just trying to power through everything life throws her way and Rembrary be putting a kink in every single one of her days. I am starting to get soft for all of the members of Wild Animal though. I’ll keep watching this, hoping that this episode will be the episode where Rembrary stops getting on my nerves. So far, it happened yet. Maybe next week though.

Traveler: Because we only got one episode of Taxi Driver this week, I started this show to get more of a Lee Je Hoon fix and I’m glad that I did because I watched three episodes of this one and learned a lot of things. I learned that Ryu Jun Yeol’s English name is Anthony and I loved seeing him maneuver his way around Cuba and then once Je Hoon got there, I freaking adored seeing them together. I haven’t watched very many shows like this but I’m thoroughly enjoying this one.

What I Reviewed

Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area, Pt. 2 | 4 out of 5
He is Psychometric | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (193)
The Wednesday Five: Dramas I’m Looking Forward to in March 2023
The SVT Listen: Second Wind by BSS
Eye Candy Friday: Priest Yohan from Island

Eye Candy Friday

Priest Yohan


What Made Me Laugh

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

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