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The Weekly Recap (178)

Posted October 3, 2022 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Man, it’s been a cool minute since I’ve done one of these posts but I figured it was time for a comeback. I know that before these posts were centered around my reading schedule but these days, they’ll be centered around my k-drama watching. I’ve been reading more and more but not as much as I’m watching k-dramas so I’ll take this feature wherever I’m spending most of my time these days.

This past week was pretty quiet and it’s been that way since I came back from Hawaii. Yeah, I went to Hawaii and I had an absolute blast with my family. I went for my nephew’s wedding and stayed for a week doing all of the things with my sisters. We went ziplining, ate garlic shrimp at the Kahuku food truck spot, hiked to Waimea Falls and then swam, we enjoyed a day at PCC (Polynesian Culture Center) and went on lots of scenic drives that took my breath away. I spent the week with my shorty best friend, Caiden, and enjoyed my time with my family. There were ups and there were downs but it was such a memorable trip that I wouldn’t have traded it for anything in the world.

My best friend is spending the week with me in Vegas and I am loving that she’s here. We’re going to do all of the things and mostly stay home too, haha.

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

What I Watched

If You Wish Upon Me: This drama wrapped this week and while I wasn’t completely satisfied with the ending, I still rather enjoyed the drama as a whole so I’m glad that I watched this one. I’ll be reviewing this one eventually so be on the lookout for that. 🙂

Once Upon a Smalltown: This is the other drama that wrapped up this week and boy am I glad that it did. I went into this drama wanting to support the male main lead because I liked him in School 2021 but honestly, this show was boring and I never really connected with anyone in the smalltown nor was I invested in the main romance. The female lead didn’t do a thing for me and her acting was off for most of the show so I just never warmed up to her. I was glad to say bye to this one.

Little Women: Kim Go Eun and the crew on this show are really knocking it out of the park with this one. I am so invested in everything that is happening right now. All storylines, every character, and even though I be wanting to strangle the youngest sister, I adore her too. Man but this show is a good one. I am hella loving Choi Do Il, too. With his ol’ fine ass…

The Law Cafe: I started this show last week and binge-watched all of the episodes that are out. My first impression is YESSSS, I’m digging every single thing about this show. From the characters to the cases that the law cafe takes on, and the romance between the two main leads, it’s all really good so far and I’m looking forward to seeing where the show takes us.

Young Actor’s Retreat: I don’t watch very many variety type shows (only Run BTS, come to think of it) but I’m really enjoying this one. I love seeing these actors interact with each other but mostly, I’m enjoying seeing how they are without a script to follow and seeing them just have being themselves. Seeing them being competitive and having fun with each other is entertaining as hell so I’m really enjoying this one.

What I Reviewed

A Business Proposal | 4 out of 5

I’m hoping to catch up on some review writing this week so hopefully next week, I’ll have more reviews to add here. Wish me luck!

What I Posted

The Wednesday Five: K-Drama Actor Crushes
Eye Candy Friday: Do Bae Man from Military Prosecutor Doberman

Eye Candy Friday

Do Bae Man

Military Prosecutor Doberman

What Made Me Laugh

Big Hit, Jin’s company, posted an update on the cases that they’re working on that are harmful, hurtful, spreading of mis and disinformation on all things Bangtan and even announced that they have identified someone that they have now turned over for prosecution. Army’s all over the world took to Twitter to celebrate seeing Big Hit protecting the boys from harm. Jin took to Weverse to ask us besties for the gossip. LOL, I freaking love him!

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

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The Weekly Recap (177)

Posted January 17, 2022 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

Hey everyone!

The second of 2022 was pretty quiet on my end. I worked every day but even work was quiet. This is usually our slow quarter at work so I expected to be slow but I’m low-key bored, not that I’m going to complain because I know that this period isn’t going to last long. Before I know what’s what, the jobs will be pouring in and I’ll be in hell again so I’m going to enjoy this peace and quiet for however long it lasts.

This week was also the week that our water heater went out. We were without water for two whole days because not only did the water heater go down but we had some serious irrigation issues in our front yard and back yard that caused some slight flooding so we had to get all of that fixed. The water heater was replaced, so I was able to take an actual shower which made me happy. We’re in the process of getting the irrigation issues dealt with so that should be over soon and all will be well again. Fingers crossed.

Now, let’s get into all of the things that I did in the last two weeks since I missed last week’s post…

What I Read

Human Acts by Han Kang | 4 out of 5
Save Me by BTS, Lico | 4.5 out of 5
Bombshell (Hell’s Belles #1) by Sarah MacLean | 4 out of 5
Getting Played (Getting Some #1) by Emma Chase | 2.5 out of 5

My reading has definitely picked up this week but I don’t want to jinx it so I’m just going to be happy that I’m reading again and hope that it continues. I started the year with a buddy read and some book club reads. I’ve already started my fourth read of the year but it’s slow going because I started and almost finished an entire drama in two days. I don’t regret it though because the drama was good.

My favorite read of the week goes to the webtoon, Save Me. The story was fun and though the ending felt a bit rushed, I still rather enjoyed the story as a whole. It was fun to see Jin trying to save all of the boys, getting it wrong and then trying again. If, at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again. It was great. My least favorite read of the week goes to Getting Played (Getting Some #1) by Emma Chase. This is a re-read for me and I don’t remember the dialogue being so cheesy and the characters being so corny.

What I Watched

School 2021 | 3.5 out of 5
Encanto | 4.5 out of 5
Dear My Friends | 4 out of 5

I enjoyed School 2021 and was a little sad that it ended this week. I was really happy with the way that it all ended but was it my favorite k-drama ever? Nah. Still, it was good. Brenna has been telling me over and over how much she loved Encanto so I watched it for myself this week and am super glad that I did. I cried, I rejoiced, and I just loved it all. Great recommendation and if you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend that you change that.

I spent my long weekend watching Dear My Friends on Netflix. I wasn’t expecting this drama to be as emotionally charged as it was and I’m super glad that I gave it a go. I can see me and my bestie, Therese acting up like these old ladies and calling Brenna to come and save us from our shenanigans. I can’t wait, haha.

Our Beloved Summer

I’m sad that there are only four more episodes left of this drama. This wasn’t one of those action-packed, fast-paced dramas but I thought the pacing worked for the story being told here. I enjoyed the past and the present lives of Choi Wung and Kook Yeon Soo. Seeing these two finally come together in truth, instead of assumed truths, was so satisfying.

I really love me some Choi Wung and every single time that V’s voice comes on, singing Christmas Tree, my heart breaks and soars because I love hearing V sing.

Ghost Doctor

I started this drama last week because I like Kim Bum but after four episodes, I am still not locked in. I fell asleep in every single episode that I watched and I’m thinking that I’m going to drop this one, which bums me out because I thought that I would enjoy this one a lot more. But, it’s low-key boring to me.

I’m not sure if my boredom is due to the actual storyline or if it’s because I’m not in the mood for it right now but either way, I’m dropping it. I’m not sure if I’m dropping it for good, or if I’m dropping it for now. I guess we’ll find out.

Demon Slayer, Season 2

The highlights of my week continue to be watching Demon Slayer with Therese every Sunday and this week’s episode was too good.

Seeing Nezuko finally get the chance to feel everything that she’s been suppressing ever since she turned into a demon was more emotional than I was expecting. So far, this season is my favorite season and I’m super obsessed. I’m collecting the print manga’s so that I can read everything ahead of the episodes released each week. I’m also watching everything that I can find on YouTube as well. Needless to say, this anime is good as shit.

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (176)
My Year in Review: 2021 in K-Dramas
The Wednesday Five: My Favorite Dramas of 2021
My To Be Watched Pile: January 2022
Eye Candy Friday: Jung Yi Hyun
The Wednesday Five: Favorite OST Songs
Eye Candy Friday: Lee Yool from 100 Days, My Prince

Eye Candy Friday

Jung Yi Hyun


Lee Yool

100 Days, My Prince

What Made Me Laugh

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

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The Weekly Recap (175)

Posted October 4, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

This last week of work has seriously sucked ass. More than one day was shot to shit because everyone is busy, nobody can take any more work so it’s taking me a lot longer to do my work and when people don’t listen, it pisses me off because I can never say what I want to say to them. At least I’ve vented my frustrations to my boss and she seems to hear me and want to make things better for me and my colleagues. We’ll see what this coming week brings me. Fingers crossed that its peace.

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

What I Watched

Taxi Driver | 4 out of 5
The Vanished | 4 out of 5

Thoughts on This Week’s Episodes

Police University: Ugh, I’m a bit bummed that one of my favorite characters ended up being something that I’m hesitating to believe is actually true. This show is wrapping up and though I think the first half was a lot stronger than the second half, I’m still enjoying this show and I’m still loving the hell out of Sun Ho and Kang Hee and their squad. I’m pretty anxious to see how this all comes together. The end is near and I don’t know how I feel about that yet.

The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim: This week’s episode was short and not at all sweet. I wanted to smack the hell out of Ga Doo Shim. She’s supposed to be the billy bad ass shaman but it takes her forever to react and make a move when she’s in the middle of fighting the bad spirits. Poor Na Woo Soo, he gotta do everything his damn self because Doo Shim be taking her sweet ass time shaking herself off. Even the annoying girl that likes Woo Soo was faster to step up and fight the evil spirit. Get it together, Doo Shimah!

Lovers of the Red Sky: I’m still really enjoying this show and this week brought the love triangle out and though I’m not a big fan of those damn things, I’m liking the second lead just enough for this one to be interesting. Sorry second lead, I’m still Team Ha Ram.

Hometown Cha Cha Cha: This week’s episodes weren’t my favorite episodes of the show so far but despite the cheesiness and my disappointment in both Hye Jin and Du Sik for some immature shit that had me scratching my head, the way that this week’s episodes ended dimmed my disappointment in the immature way that Hye Jin treated Du Sik before they came out as a couple to the town a bit so I’m glad that alls well that ends well. I am looking forward to the next few episodes though. I’m really wanting to see how Du Sik’s past comes to light.

Lost: Man, this show is such an emotional one and though it’s hard to get through sometimes, I’m glad that I stick with it because even through the slowness of the storytelling, there are bright beaming moments that really gets me right in my heart. Each character is going through their own struggles and struggling to keep it together and I’m pretty anxious to see more.

Yumi’s Cells: Ooh we got jealous Yumi this week and I was so here for it! This show is just too cute for words. Between Yumi’s cells, Woong’s cells, and their sweet romance, there’s a lot going on that I think is so cute so I’m completely invested in this show. The way that the first episode ended was so stinkin’ cute that I can’t stand it. The second episode of the week was a little cheesy but I didn’t mind too much. I just didn’t really understand why it was so hard for Yumi to just be upfront about the damn glass windowed bathroom. What was so hard about telling him it was the only oceanview room left was the one she got? But I guess they needed to go through that entire day to get to that episode’s ending and…hot damn!! 😛

The Veil: I started this show this week while I waited for English subtitles for my other shows and I’m hella glad that I did because this show is good. It’s smart, it’s action packed, and I’m piecing the puzzle right along with the main lead and just like him, I need answers. I’m invested in what happened to him last year before his accident and the romantic in me is curious to see if he hooks up with his partner. I hope so. LOL. The opposites attract thing is really working for me. I can’t wait for more episodes.

What I Listened To

My Universe by Coldplay feat. BTS

This music video gave me life! It’s one of those music videos that warmed me right up. The song is great, the message behind the song and then the video??? Yeah, they did everything right and I love it so much! Hologram JK, the Kim line visual, Hoseok’s space lady love interest, Jimin’s high notes, and Suga owning his verse? Yeah, I love this song and video so much!

Ugh by BTS

This song matched my mood at work every day this week so it got a lot of playing time because can I ugh (ugh)??

Trivia 轉: Seesaw

To mellow myself out after the aggressive flows in Ugh, I listened to Suga calm my ass down with this song. I even did the dance in my head every single time I listened to this.

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (174)

What Made Me Laugh

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

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The Weekly Recap (174)

Posted September 27, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 6 Comments

October is going to be a busy month for me and for my family. So as September winds to a close (and I can’t believe that we’re already heading into the tenth month of the year). Our second October in this damn pandemic. Gah. Anyway, this week was for cementing travel plans. I’ll be in L.A. for a couple of weeks and then traveling back to Denver for a couple of days during the time that I’m in L.A. So I’ve been booking my flights and figuring out where I’ll be staying while I’m away from home.

Then my birthday is in November and Bren booked her doctors and dentist’s appointments so that she’ll be in Vegas for my birthday so I’m thinking that I’m going to make some plans for a girls weekend with my best friends that weekend but it’s still early days for that. I’ll get that figured out in the next few weeks.

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

What I Watched

Squid Game | 4.5 out of 5
Tomorrow with You | 3 out of 5

I binge-watched Squid Game this week since I was hearing all about it from everyone, everywhere. Some of my favorite mutuals on Twitter were talking about it so as soon as I was done with Tomorrow with You, I jumped right in. I’m not at all mad that I did because it was good, hella gory but the story itself was interesting, there was enough entertainment value to make the entire viewing worth the time. Tomorrow with You was good but it was slow moving in the middle and it just wasn’t my favorite of either of the main leads dramas that I’ve seen so far.

Thoughts on This Week’s Episode

The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim: We’re almost to the part of the show where the good guys battle the bad guys and I’m so excited for it. This show has captured my interest from the very beginning and that hasn’t stopped yet. I really like Ga Doo Shim and Na Woo Soo and this week’s episode ended on a sweet note. A sweet note that was kind of bittersweet for them since they both think the worst of their situation.

Lovers of the Red Sky: I’m completely caught on this show and it’s battling for first place in my favorite shows of the moment. I’m really enjoying this historical drama, a lot more than I anticipated since historical dramas aren’t my favorite. Still, both Ahn In Yeop and Kim Yoo Jung are fantastic actors and are really doing their thing in this show.

Hometown Cha Cha Cha: Another fantastic week of fresh episodes. I just adore this show so much. The village continues to charm the socks right off of me and while I feel bad for the second lead, I’m sorry dude but Hye Jin is not meant for you. I ship Hye Jin and Dong Sik so hard and I’m even loving the hell out of the romance between the cop and Hye Jin’s best friend. I just love how stinkin’ wholesome this entire show is and I’m already thirsty for more. This show makes me so happy and there isn’t a male lead that I’m loving more than I’m loving Chief Hong right now. I can’t deny it anymore, either. *swoon*

Lost: The pacing for this show is slow but I don’t think that takes away from my enjoyment. I’m really liking the way that each story being told here is slowly unrolling and I have every faith that once everything is out in the open, the wait will have been worth it. There’s a lot going on with every single character and seeing each of them live their lives while they’re all just so damn sad has me cheering them all on. From Kang Jae to Bu Yeong to Tak and Min Jung, their stories are interesting and I’m completely invested.

Yumi’s Cells: Ooh, early days dating is captured so cutely in this week’s episodes. It’s kind of weird for me to not despise Ahn Bo Hyun in a drama since I haven’t watched him in anything since Itaewon Class but oh man, I love him to pieces in this show. He’s really doing his character justice. Kim Go Eun’s character doesn’t stand a chance and I’m so here for seeing both of their characters grow together in love. Happy sigh.

Dali and the Cocky Prince: I started this show over the weekend even though I’m already watching 10 other shows but I’m not mad about it. I really enjoy Kim Min Jae and am looking forward to what he’ll bring to this new role. So far, so good and I’m already looking forward to the next episodes.

What I Listened To

My Universe by Coldplay feat. BTS

This song dropped on Friday and there isn’t a thing that I don’t love about it. From Chris Martin’s vocals to each of our boys shining in their own way, making this song just super special for all of us BTS fans around the world. I really like this collaboration and seeing the genuine respect that Coldplay and BTS have for each other makes this song even more special.

Film Out by BTS

Yeah, I’m still streaming and loving the hell out of this song. I haven’t paid much attention to any of their Japanese songs outside of this one and Let Go but these two are some of my top songs of their entire discography so I should really check their other songs out. But yeah, I’m streaming this song a lot more these days than some others that are on my regular rotation.

Spring Day by BTS

This is probably one of the only songs that I can sing along to the entire song…even Suga’s part. So it’s constantly playing. I’m always streaming this video or the song on Spotify. This song slaps so freaking hard. Love it.

What I Got

The Legacy (Off Campus #5) by Elle Kennedy

You’d think that I would stop buying books if I’m not reading them but my dumbass just keeps on adding to my TBR pile every month and this book is the newest addition. I love this series so getting short stories for each of the couples that I’ve come to love sounds like a good time to me so I’ll definitely be making room in week to read this.

Eye Candy Friday

Lee Gil Yong

The Witch’s Diner

What I Reviewed

D.P. | 4.25 out of 5
Uncontrollably Fond | 2.75 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (173)
The Wednesday Five: My Favorite Second Leads
Eye Candy Friday: Lee Gil Yong

What Made Me Laugh

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

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The Weekly Recap (173)

Posted September 20, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

This week was a quiet one here in Las Vegas. I didn’t do much outside of work, watch my kdramas, blog hop (I promise I’m reading everyone’s blog posts, I’m just not very chatty right now. Ugh, I need to get over myself already), and keep up with all things BTS.

I will say that work has been kicking my ass the last couple of weeks. I’m a regional staffing manager so as the jobs pour in, it’s my job to staff them. I have 24 hours to staff projects before they hit my naughty list and with how busy everyone’s been, my naughty list has been growing overwhelmingly long. I haven’t seen the bottom of my dashboard in weeks. I’m grateful that Brenna hasn’t seen an influx of work the way that I do because I wouldn’t want her to be as stressed as I am right now. Please pray for me!

Bren lives in Utah and this past weekend she was able to meet up with a bunch of my cousins that live in Utah and meet a lot of her cousins for the first time so that was nice. It was a family potluck and she had a good time so I’m glad. She even made plans to hang out with the family soon so that makes me happy. I’m glad that she’ll be forming friendships and solid relationships with family that we haven’t been all that close with in the past.

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

What I Watched

Search (2020) | DNF
Twenty (2015) | 5 out of 5

I started Search because I thought I was in the mood for something on the darker side but after two episodes, I put it aside because I was wrong. I wasn’t in the mood for it so I put it aside. I’m not sure when I’ll pick it back up again but I haven’t dropped it so there’s that. I ended my week of kdrama watching by watching a movie with my guys Kang Ha Neul and Kim Woo Bin. *grin* They’re so stinkin’ fine!!

Thoughts on This Week’s Episodes

The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim: I knew that home dude was a shady motherfucker. I still wish that this show was longer than it is because I’m always left wanting more but this show is still really good and I’m still loving the hell out of Doo Shim and her partner in crime, Woo Soo. That Principal needs to go down!

Lovers of the Red Sky: I’m all caught up on this show and I am loving the hell out of it. I’m loving the chemistry between the two main leads and I’m loving how fiercely devoted to her survival that the female lead seems to be. This is still my favorite drama right now but Hometown Cha Cha Cha sure is giving this one a run for their money.

Hometown Cha Cha Cha: Would you believe that my dumbass almost DNF’d this show? City girl got on my damn nerves in the first two episodes so I was slow to watch the rest but I fixed that right up this week and am so glad that I did. I love this damn show! It’s so stinkin’ wholesome and is the perfect drama to start after finishing the greatness that was Racket Boys. I’m hella loving the small village folks and I hella love me some Chief Hong. I don’t want this show to ever end! I want to feel all the feels forever because that hug at the end??? GAH, I FREAKING LOVE THEM!

Lost: I’m not going to lie, I’m spending a whole lot of time watching this show confused af. What happened to the female lead to make her so depressed and just down on her luck? Are the main guys two best friends going to get together? I have so many questions and I’m a little frustrated that I’m not getting the answers that I want as quickly as I want them but I have to admit that despite all of the confusion, I’m invested in what’s going on. I’m invested in both of the main leads stories, I’m invested in the secondary stories and I’m really invested in finding out the truth behind what happened to the third best friend. I’m hooked.

Yumi’s Cells: My girl Kim Eun Go’s back at it with another drama and I’m really here for this show. Its got that Inside Out feel to it and I really enjoy her acting so I’m already hooked. I’m loving all of Yumi’s cells and I’m really loving seeing Choi Min Ho in a drama. I haven’t seen him in one since Hwarang and I never finished that show. Still, so far I’m really enjoying this show and I can’t wait for next week’s episodes.

Tomorrow with You: I started this show and am really enjoying it. I am really loving the hell out of Shin Min Ah in Hometown Cha Cha Cha (haha, after hating her in the first episode) and you guys already know that I love me some Lee Je Hoon so it was a no brainer for me to start this one while in between fresh episodes of all of the other shows I’m watching. I’m about 6 episodes in and I’m liking it a lot. I can’t wait to dig right back in. Lots of great stuff happening.

What I Streamed for BTS

Permission to Dance by BTS

I’m still going strong for this song because I adore it to pieces. I love the message behind, the choreography, and just the song in general. Such a great, feel good song.

Butter remix feat. Meg Thee Stallion

Along with Permission to Dance, I’m still streaming the hell out of this song. I listen to it a lot in my earphones so my sister, who works right next to me won’t be annoyed that I can’t get over this song. I swear I’m Meg thee Stallion when her part comes on.

Just One Day by BTS

This song was where it all started for me becoming Army. I heard this song on TikTok right after I had learned all of the boys names and fell in absolute love with the song. I ain’t turned back since. This song is so freaking good.

What I Got

Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews
Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews
Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews
Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews
Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews
The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
The Royals Next Door by Karina Halle
On Location by Sarah Echavarre Smith

I’m in the process of building my personal library and though it’s slow going, it’s really coming together. I purchased a bunch of print books to add to my shelves and I can’t wait to see my shelves all filled up with my favorite books since those are the books that I’m purchasing again. It’s been so long since I’ve purchased print books that I forgot all about the excitement I used to get when books were delivered. Now, if I could just start reading the damn books, I’ll be completely set. Wish me luck on that.

Eye Candy Friday

Kim Namjoon

RM from BTS

What I Reviewed

My Roommate is a Gumiho (2021) | 4.25 out of 5
Racket Boys (2021) | 5 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (172)
The Wednesday Five: My K-Drama Girl Crushes
Eye Candy Friday: Kim Namjoon from BTS

What Made Me Laugh

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

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