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Happy Birthday Jang Hyuk!!

Actors, Jang Hyuk

Happy Birthday Jang Hyuk

December 20th is Jang Hyuk’s Birthday!

It’s been almost a year now since my Jang Hyuk journey has began. I want to pay special respect to Jang Hyuk’s career today and growth as an actor.

I joke a lot, especially on twitter, and come across as a fan obsessed, hormone driven Kya girl. Truth is, what I adore more than anything about Jang Hyuk is his acting. Yes he is gorgeous, yes he is sexy but more than anything he is talented.

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So, I’m a slacker.

Kdrama

slacker just wants to watch kdramas

I’ve been really lazy lately and have been completely neglecting my writing. I’ve been contently immersed in my own little Kdrama world, but as a result, I have not really been sharing it but selfishly keeping it to myself. Partially, I think this is due to the fact that’s it’s probably not all that interesting to most. I’m not really watching anything new these days, but rather I’m currently watching the 2002 drama Glass Slippers. It’s 40 episodes, which is a lot for me. I normally stay away from dramas that are that long, but I’m watching it for So Ji Sub.

In the next couple weeks I do hope to get back on a proper writing routine. I still want to write a proper review for Fated to Love You, Road No. 1, Cain and Abel, Rough Cut and Always.

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Drowning in a Sea of Kdramas

Jang Hyuk, Kdrama, So Ji Sub

Jang Hyuk fan art so ji sub fan art by zhaoul

Happy Saturday Everyone!

This is going to be a short post. My brain is so full of kdrama info right now. I’ve been drowning myself in a sea of Kdramas. I’m staying up too late, watching for too long, and starting another drama like I’m afraid they’re going to go out of style.

I’m still marathon watching So Ji Sub and the amount of projects I’ve seen him in is now catching up to my Jang Hyuk obsession (scary I know, like one engulfing obsession is not enough)!

Anyway, it’s fun, but the one downside of marathon watching an actor you love is not all the dramas are equally enjoyable. Sure, no matter what you enjoy the actor and even gain new appreciation for dramas you wouldn’t normally like, but you have to suffer through a lot of heart break and unsatisfying endings.

I’m currently watching So Ji Sub in “A thousand years of love” – yes, that’s how truly dedicated I am. Actually, there’s a lot I do like about it despite the ridiculous hairdo and early 2000 drama cheese. I did however, again, spoil the ending for myself. I can’t stop myself these days. My curiosity keeps getting the best of me. Well, despite the fact that I know somewhat what is going to happen, I’m going to keep watching.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Road No. 1 Review

Actors, Kdrama, Melodrama, Romantic Melodrama, So Ji Sub

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Out of the super intense melodramas and historical dramas that I’ve seen, I’ll say that Road No. 1 is in my top three favorite along with Chuno and Tree with Deep Roots.

Road No. 1 can be very uncomfortable at times since the story takes place in the first year of the Korean war which began on June 25, 1950. Although the characters and stories are fictional, there’s an underlining discomfort watching knowing that people did actually suffer through turmoil as illustrated. There’s an uneasiness as you watch and it’s a reminder that such horrid events do occur and nothing in this world is ever certain.

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Sophie’s Revenge – Quick Movie Review

Movie, Romance, So Ji Sub

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Revenge movies can be quite predictable but fun and lighthearted. I was in the mood for something simple and funny, so I thought this might be the right choice.

There were some aspects of this movie that weren’t bad. It wasn’t fantastic, but the love story was cute enough and the interaction Sophie (Zhang Ziyi) had with her ex Jeff (So Ji-Sub).

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Old Goodbye – Synopsis and pics

Actors, Jang Hyuk, Kdrama

I’m really looking forward to watching Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara in the Old Goodbye. Check out the synopsis and pics posted on Stuck on Hyuk. It sounds really interesting, somewhat sad and beautiful. If you’ve watched them in Fated To Love You, you know that they have amazing chemistry and that this is bound to be good.

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Happy Birthday So Ji Sub

Actors, So Ji Sub

Today is So Ji Sub’s Birthday.

so ji sub

Lately, I’ve been marathon watching So Ji Sub. I had watched Master’s Sun quite some time ago, but decided that it was now time to venture further into his body of work.

So far I’ve seen Master’s Sun, Sorry I Love You, We’re dating Now, Always (movie) and I’m currently watching Road No. 1.

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I’ve been teased about my current infatuation, but I’m blissfully enjoying it while it lasts. You never know with this sort of thing if it’ll die down or spin of control (the way it did with my Jang Hyuk obsession).

As someone who enjoys analyzing everything, I’m trying to dissect his work but without much luck. I’m still pinpointing his acting strengths and weaknesses, but find myself just letting go and enjoying watching him.

Well anyway, Happy Birthday Oppa!

This fan girl adores you.

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I’m Sorry I Love You (2004) Kdrama Review

Kdrama, Melodrama, Romantic Melodrama, So Ji Sub

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I don’t know how many of you like to go back and watch older dramas that you haven’t seen before, but periodically, I really enjoy watching older dramas.

“I’m Sorry I love You” has been on my radar for quite some time, but I had been avoiding it, waiting for the right time where I felt I could handle it emotionally. I had been warned that it was sad, so I didn’t know if it would be worth it or not.

There are certain dramas and movies that have really been upsetting, yet beautiful at the same time; so you ask yourself, is it worth it? Well, I’ll be honest – I’m not sure why, but some of the most endearing love stories to me are rather depressing because the love is really tested. It also seems heightened due to tragedy.

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Sunshine Award

Awards

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Considering I haven’t been blogging nearly as much as I should lately, I was very surprised (and delighted) to be nominated for The Sunshine Award, by not only 1, but 4 people!!

Thank you to Kjtamuser, Apqaria, Chris (mydogknowsKorean), and Snow for the nominations! I really do appreciate it!

The Guidelines!

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate a few other bloggers
  • Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated.
  • Notify the bloggers on their blog.
  • Put the award button on your blog.

Questions from kjtamuser

1. Who is your favorite second male lead?

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Well, according to my post on male second leads, my favorite is Yoo Ah-In for his performance in Sungkyunkwan Scandal. I don’t know that I really have a favorite. I appreciate the important part male second leads play in the stories, but I tend to focus on the lead more.

2. What kdrama death did you weep buckets of tears over?

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SPOILER IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED CHUNO: My heart will forever be ripped and shattered into a million pieces for Daegil from Chuno. I will never be the same and the wound will never fully heal. Yes, yes.. I know… I’m being super dramatic but it was traumatizing.

3. What kdrama twist surprised you?

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SPOILER IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED TREE WITH DEEP ROOTS: I did not expect the butcher to be the mastermind. Usually you can smell a twist a mile away, but this one fooled me.

4. What is your source for kdramas? e.g. website, satellite tv

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I mainly watch Kdramas through Viki or DramaFever either on my tv or tablet. My tv is hooked up to the laptop.

5. How many hours a week do you blog?

I used to blog between 3-5 hours a week but not since the beginning of the summer. My interests have been divided and as a result my blog commitment has been shaken. I’m sorry! I’m trying to ease my way back into a regular blogging schedule.

6. Favorite thing about blogging

Best part about blogging is being able to share my thoughts and have other people share their thoughts on a common interest as well. I always like reading other peoples perspectives and it makes watching something so much more enjoyable. I also love drawing and making banners, so I try to incorporate that into my blog as well.

7. Least favourite thing about blogging

Consistency. I’m a procrastinator by nature, so being consistent is a huge struggle. I often have grand ideas of things I can post about, how to improve my blog, but I never seem to make much headway due to my laziness and laundry list of excuses.

8. Would you rather travel to Korea, Japan, or Taiwan?

Personally Korea, but my boyfriend really wants to go to Japan. We are both into anime so I have a feeling we would be visiting Japan first. I’d be happy going to either place, but how could I not want to go Korea?

Questions from Chris (mydogknowsKorean) confessions of a korean rock fan

1. Top 3 ALL TIME Favorite dramas (any country) and why?

So hard to pick three. Can’t I pick 5? I’ll be a rebel and pick 5 – Chuno, Tree with Deep Roots, Autumn’s Concerto, Coffee Prince and Thank You. Reasons are awesomeness.

2. You cashed in all your flyer miles and your savings to go on the trip of a lifetime. Where would you go and what must you see while there?

Korea. Must see the cherry blossoms and soak in everything.

3. Dog person or cat person and why?

I love both but I’ll pick cats. I’ve pretty much always had a cat and they’re more independent but still love affection.

4. Your favorite “Asian” actors and singers invite you to KARAOKE…what do you sing?

Creep by Radiohead. Ask any die-hard Jang Hyuk fan why – They know the answer 🙂

5. Who or What got you interested in the TOPIC YOU BLOG ABOUT MOST?

DramaFan and Gumi from the blog Stuck on Hyuk got me obessed with the actor Jang Hyuk. A majority of my reviews are works he has been in.

Questions from Apqaria Crush On Da-hae

1. What was your first ever Kdrama you watched?

I actually started with the Taiwanese drama Skip Beat! I believe my first ever Korean drama was Oh! My lady!

2. What is your favorite genre?

It used to be Romantic Comedy, but I also love Romantic Melodramas and Sageuks (Historical Dramas)

3. What is your favorite quote?

Seriously. I’m joking, but I’m serious.

4. Are you interested in Horoscopes?

I enjoy them, but I don’t take them too seriously, but they are fun.

5. Are you so into social media?

I am. I have two twitter accounts – one for kdramas @zhaoul and one for reality TV @ranceyfan

6. Did you visit Korea before?

Not yet. One day I hope to.

7. Do you like Anime/Manga? if Yes what is your favorite?

I love both but prefer Manga because often animes end abruptly while the manga storyline continues. My love for animes and manga is what first introduced me to the world of Asian Dramas.

8. Did you ever win a prize before? if yes, what was it? and if no, what would be your dream prize?

I won an Xbox 360 once with a bunch of games. That was pretty cool.

Questions from Snow from The Drama Corner

1. What is your favourite thing to do when you are not watching dramas?

I really like reality TV. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine. I also watch lots of movies. I love World Cinema.

2. Which is your all time favourite movie in the following categories: [1] Thriller [2] Romance [3] Comedy?

This is an impossible question for me to answer. I’ve watched so many movies and love multiple movies. If I have to pick, I would say, The Stand for Thriller (not really a thriller, but close enough), Gone with the Wind for Romance, and Victor/Victoria for Comedy.

3. Your favourite book.

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

4. Your go-to drama.

Coffee Prince

5. In your opinion, the best drama couple is………..

Mi Young (Jang Nara) and Lee Gun (Jang Hyuk) from Fated to Love You

6. What is the best smell in the world?

Freedom, then probably vanilla.

7. Your dream pairing for a drama.

Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara. I know they’ve starred together twice already, but I’d like to see them pair up for a third time.

8. Your favourite character from Friends (if you haven’t seen it, then from any other American T.V. show)

Chandler, but at the time Rachel was my favourite.

Questions from Kdramadreamer

1. What drama cliche, if any, are you sick of?

2. What’s your favorite word in Korean?

3. If your life could be a Kdrama story, which one would you want it to be and why?

4. What Kdrama character reminds you the most of yourself?

5. Which Kdrama character would be your ideal love of your life?

6. What was the worst drama you ever saw?

7. Which female lead had you frustrated like no other?

8. Was there ever a male lead you honestly didn’t like, and who?

And without further ado…I nominate:

kellykdramafantasy

SORRY SORRY, I’M A BAD BOY

Zombie Mamma

If you’ve already gotten an award and I missed it, feel free to ignore this. If you just can’t be bothered to go through this entire thing, also feel free to ignore this. No offense will be taken.

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My Spring Days Quick Mid Season Review

Kdrama, Romantic Melodrama

MySpringDays

My Spring Days (aka Spring Day of My life) has me hooked. This was a perfect drama find for me. It has brought me out of my Kdrama dry spell. I’ve finally found a drama (since Fated To Love You) where I can get lost in the romance. My Spring Days stars Sooyoung as Lee Bom-Yi and Kam Woo-Sung as Kang Dong-Ha. The story has some similarities to the American Film, Return to Me (2000) starring David Duchovny and Minnie Driver.

This drama is perfect if you are in the mood for some romance, a splash of perspective and a dose of humanity.

Quick Rating: 4.8/5

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