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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 (193)

Posted February 27, 2023 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

I’m in my strawberry banana smoothie era because I have made so many this week. Not because I’m trying to use the strawberries and bananas before they go bad either. I have been craving it all week. I spent a lot of time this week trying to read a book for my book club that was yesterday and I just couldn’t finish it. One of my goals this year is to read all of my book club books. I’m in two book clubs, one with my book friends and one with my sisters and our daughters, and entering the third month of the year, I’ve already failed in both book clubs. I DNF’d January’s book in my family book club and last month’s book for my book friend’s book club. I’m really hoping that our March picks are a lot better because I can’t fail every single month, haha.

Over the weekend, J-Hope announced that he had started the paperwork for his own military enlistment. He canceled his enlistment postponement and is getting himself ready to join the military ranks with Jin. I’m sad because of all the members, Hoseok has been the most active on social media to keep us fans connected with him so it’ll be lonely on these purple streets without for him two years. I’m really going to need their enlistment to go as fast as Jang Ki Yong’s did. I remember when he left and I blinked and now he’s out. Let’s hope that will be the case with the rest of the members. Hoseok is also dropping a song on Brenna’s birthday (March 3rd) so March is really shaping out to be a really busy month for BTS and ARMY. Seventeen, please enjoy your break…please don’t drop anything until April, I beg. 🙂

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

What I Watched

Taxi Driver | 4 out of 5

Therese and I decided to watch this drama (I’m watching it again) for this month’s buddy watch and we are loving it. I’m so glad that one of my favorite shows from 2021 is a show that my best friend enjoyed it as well. Even though we’re both in agreement that the first half of this season is a lot better than the second half, we still enjoyed it. Such a great show!

Our Blooming Youth: I think the show has hit its stride for me because I enjoyed this week’s episodes and I’m invested now. The back and forth of trust between the Crown Prince and Jae Yi is gonna give me whiplash but I’m finally on board for it all. I’m starting to think that I have a girl crush on Pyo Ye Jin too because I absolutely adore her character in this show just as much as I enjoy her character in Taxi Driver. I just love her so much. I’m excited for the next couple of episodes.

Run BTS: It’s a sad week! Run BTS has aired their final episode for the time being and I’m so sad but holy cow, that last episode was something else. I’m used to laughing like a hyena whenever I watch any of their shows and that was exactly what I did while watching this one. Jimin had me dying. It was funny to see that the rap line was a lot better at scoring goals in this game than Jimin was, considering how bad they were at foot volleyball. I’m going to miss this show while the boys are off busy doing other things and during their military enlistment. This was such a highlight for my week.

Suchwita: This week’s guest was Tablo from Epik High. I don’t know much about Tablo’s music with Epik High since my introduction to him and his music was through BTS. I have listened to some of his music though and enjoyed it so I plan on listening to more. I really enjoyed this episode of Suchwita. I loved watching them talk about music, their friendship, seeing them being so appreciative of the support and just of each other was super cool. I thought Tablo turning down dinner plans with Yoongi because he had to help his kid with their homework was super cute, too. Yoongi had no idea what to do with that, haha. Seeing that this show has surpassed all of the expectations that Yoongi had for the show and becoming something so much bigger than a talk show where the other members can come and promote their solo stuff makes me so happy. This is at the top of my favorite shows right now.

Seventeen in the Soop 2: What a great show this one turned out to be. I wasn’t expecting any difference, mind you, but I was still surprised at how much I enjoyed seeing the guys relax and spend their days doing whatever it was they wanted. I loved seeing Jeonghan make Hoshi spend the entire day with him. Through these episodes, Jeonghan became one of my favorite members. I’m also really soft for Minghao. Seeing him take care of Vernon was too stinking sweet.

The Heavenly Idol: This week’s episodes were good so I’ll definitely be tuning in for more. I’m LOVING Woo Yeon Woo right now and Kim Dal is a great character that I’m looking forward to more from.

Taxi Driver 2: I freaking love this show. The second half of the first season wasn’t my favorite but the second season seems to have picked back up and I am over the moon about it. This week’s episodes were a lot of fun at the same time that it was infuriating to see the bad guys taking advantage of all of those old folks. I did laugh when they sang Jin’s song though, haha. Ugh, metal balls from Crash Course in Romance is in a new show and already pissing me off. If he don’t mind his damn business…but that ending to next week’s preview????


Call it Love: This show premiered this week and the first two episodes were pretty compelling. Compelling enough that I’m already planning to continue this one. I really like Lee Sung Kyung so I’m looking forward to seeing her story roll out.

Jinny’s Kitchen: Taehyung went to Mexico to film this show with his besties Park Seo Joon and Choi Woo Shik. Of course I tuned in. I loved that this one premiered for our region as well as the Asian region because Disney Plus and their regional restrictions are annoying as hell. This is going to be a fun break between all of the intense revenge dramas that I’m watching right now. I loved seeing V in his dish washing era and I completely adore Park Seo Joon and seeing him when his corndogs burned was too freaking cute.

What I Reviewed

Would You Like a Cup of Coffee? | 3 out of 5
Unlock My Boss | 3 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (192)
The Wednesday Five: Strong Female Leads I Love
Eye Candy Friday: Ha Do Young from The Glory

Eye Candy Friday

Ha Do Young

The Glory

What Made Me Laugh

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

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Review: Unlock My Boss

Posted February 23, 2023 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Unlock My Boss

Starring: Chae Jong Hyeop, Park Sung Woong, Seo Eun Soo, Heo Ji Na, Ahn Nae Sang, Kim Sung Oh
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: Drama, Fantasy, Comedy, Mystery
Country: South Korea
Director: Lee Chul Ha
Screenwriter: Kim Hyun Min
Where to Watch: Viki

As founder and CEO of one of the country’s largest IT companies, Kim Sun Joo is a name everyone knows. A true genius in his field, Sun Joo has everything in life going for him. But living at the top comes with its own set of challenges, and some would stop at nothing to bring him down. In this case, literally.

Hunted down by an unknown killer, Sun Joo becomes the unfortunate victim of a senseless murder. But instead of leaving this life, Sun Joo’s spirit somehow takes up residence in his smartphone. Now trapped within his phone, Sun Joo might have spent an eternity there, had Park In Sung not stumbled upon it.

A down-and-out university graduate unable to find a job, In Sung is shocked to find a phone inhabited by the spirit of Sun Joo. Taking advantage of the situation Sun Joo does his best to convince In Sung to help him; a task which becomes much easier once he mentions the hefty reward he’s willing to give In Sung in exchange for his services.

Taking on the role of temporary CEO, In Sung steps into Sun Joo’s shoes at the company, much to the chagrin of his secretary, Jung Se Yeon. Working together in secret, will the two be able to find those responsible for Sun Joo’s death?

I became a fan of Chae Jong Hyeop after watching him in The Witch’s Diner and Love All Play. So when this one was being promoted, it was on my radar strictly because Jong Hyeop starred in it. The story itself isn’t one that I thought I would enjoy since it seemed too silly for me and while it’s not a favorite of mine, this show did entertain and keep me curious enough to finish it out though I didn’t think I would in the middle.

The Story

So this drama follows a young man who teams up with the administrative assistant of a CEO of one of the largest IT companies in South Korea as they try to get their boss out of the smartphone. Park In Sung found the phone near his parents house and after some back and forth, arguing with the man that claims to be stuck in the phone, he decides that since he doesn’t have anything else going on, he’ll take a stab at helping this guy find out what happened, who is behind his abduction, and live the rich life for a little bit. Little did he know the adventure that awaited him once he took the job on.

Male Lead

Park In Sung is a down on his luck young adult that can’t seem to land a steady job. He’s been trying but he’s been striking out so when this dream job lands in his lap, he finds himself jumping through hoop after hoop to stay afloat. He’s trying to land a steady job to get his parents, specifically his dad off his back since he seems to have lost confidence that In Sung is going to accomplish anything in his life so he wants him to come back home and help him run their family farm. In Sung is determined to succeed no matter what and with his drive and the good head that he had on his shoulder, I was rooting him on. I loved the way that he was with everyone from the CEO’s young daughter to Uncle Mafia to the female lead, he was genuinely nice to everyone and really tried his hardest to do always do the right thing and I lovedhat about him.

Female Lead

I’m not going to lie, when we’re first introduced to Se Yeong’s character, I didn’t realize she was the female lead and I was side-eyeing the hell out of her. I thought she played a part in the CEO’s abduction and I thought just a whole lot of things that weren’t good. I’m glad that I was wrong on every point because she was so different from Park In Sung and yet I really loved those differences. I loved how smart she was, how strong she was and I really felt for her character and everything she was going through at the same time that she was trying to help find her boss. She ended up being one of my favorite characters and I’m glad for that cause she was pretty awesome. Very relatable.

The Cast

It was a pleasant surprise to see a child actress in this show that I loved so much in the last show that I watched her in. The CEO’s daughter, Min Ah. I absolutely loved her in Our Blues and absolutely loved her in this one as well. I saw a lot of familiar faces in this drama and enjoyed what each of them brought to the show. The characters aren’t what I had issues with, I struggled with the story being told…but I did like everyone (except the bad guys, eff them, haha).

Final Thoughts

Overall, this drama isn’t going to be a favorite of mine but I did enjoy everyone’s efforts. The acting, the humor, the heart were all great. I just wished that I connected with the story being told. The whole AI stuff, the abduction, the bad guys themselves, all of it was super fluffy to me and while I enjoyed the actors, the characters, it was them that I kept tuning in for. I did enjoy the show but I spent most of the time watching this one, hoping that next week it would pick up.

Final Rating

3 out of 5

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The Monthly Recap: January 2023

Posted February 7, 2023 by Rowena in Features | 2 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. So let’s start this recap, shall we?

I wasn’t expecting to be as busy as I was in the month of January. I was in Utah and then flew into L.A. for some family stuff and by the time that I got home, I was too exhausted mentally to focus on any drama watching so February started off really slow…but even with how busy I was in January, I watched hella dramas.

Here’s a rundown of what my month looked like. Check it out…

Monthly Stats

Dramas Watched: 12 | Dramas Dropped: 0 | Dramas Still Watching: 1
Dramas Reviewed: 1 | Boyfriend of the Month: Jang Uk
Favorite Drama: Alchemy of Souls 2: Light and Shadow | Least Favorite Drama: Singles Inferno 2

Dramas I Completed

The Glory | 4 out of 5
Summer Strike | 3.5 out of 5
Alchemy of Souls 2: Light and Shadow | 4.5 out of 5
Unlock My Boss | 3.5 out of 5
The Forbidden Marriage | 3.5 out of 5

Island, Season 1 | 4 out of 5
Would You Like Some Coffee? | 3.5 out of 5
Singles Inferno 2 | 3 out of 5
Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economics Area – Part 2 | 3.5 out of 5
He is Psychometric | 4 out of 5
Alice in Borderland, Season 1 | 4 out of 5

Dramas I’m Still Watching

The Interest of Love

Dramas I Reviewed

Fan Letter, Please | 4 out of 5

Actors that Stood Out

Jung Sung Il from The Glory: This guy was a pretty big highlight for me while watching The Glory. I watched the show for Lee Do Hyun and was pleasantly surprised at the introduction of Ha Do Young. He was fine as hell and I’m going to need him to not be a bad guy. Please, please, please don’t be a bad guy.

Cha Eun Woo from Island: Cha Eun Woo as Priest Yohan was such a vibe. He was such a delightful part of the first season. The show, for the most part was on the dark side and Yohan provided a little sunlight that went a long way and I just really liked his character.

Park Jin Young from He is Psychometric: I watched this show randomly with Therese and we were both so smitten with Park Jin Young in it. He was so handsome and just kept getting more handsome and more handsome with each passing episode. Even after the show ended we were still smitten with him. He fine as hell.

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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My TBW Pile: January 2023

Posted January 5, 2023 by Rowena in Features | 2 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: 14 | Drama’s Watched: 12 | Drama’s Unwatched: 2
Drama’s Started: 6 | Dramas Completed: 5 | Drama’s Dropped: 1
Favorite Watch: May I Help You | Least Favorite Watch: Behind Every Star

I didn’t get around to starting Money Heist Korea 2 and The Fabulous. I’m sure I’ll be adding those shows to this month’s line up. Fingers crossed, anyway. I did a decent job of keeping up with all of my dramas considering how busy I was in December. I did a lot of traveling and forced family fun so that cramped my drama watching quite a bit but when there’s a will, there’s a way.

January’s TBW PILE

Buddy Watch

Would You Like a Cup of Coffee?

Therese and I already finished our January buddy watch but this is what we watched. 🙂

January Releases

Payback: Money and Power
Crash Course in Romance
Can We Be Strangers?

Since this is a plan of action for my k-drama watching for the upcoming month, instead of sharing all of the January new releases in this portion of the post, I’m just going to be sharing the new releases that I plan on watching. I’ve been including all of the new releases in the past like two or three posts and it’s confusing me, number wise so yeah, I’m doing away with that. So these are the new releases that I’m looking forward to watching this month.

Shows That Are Finishing in January

Alchemy of Souls 2: Light and Shadow
The Forbidden Marriage
Unlock My Boss
Island, Season 1

What dramas are on your TBW pile for January? 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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