Apr 122014
 

empress ki kdramaSummary: A marvelous story how a brave Seung Nyang who posed as a man in her country Koryo, later became the Empress of Yuan.

Genre: Period, Political, Melodrama, Romance
Episodes: 50
Stars: Ha Ji Won as Ki Seung Nyang / Empress Ki
Joo Jin Mo as Wang Yoo
Ji Chang Wook as Ta Hwan




Likes: It has a very well written script and packed with interesting characters, plus great cast and direction, beautiful costumes and accessories, great OST and set in a rich Yuan and Koryo era. It’s a huge production, yes! But all the above mentioned are making it another great drama in my list. I thought 50-episode drama is too long but with this much details in the story, it had to be that long. There was not even a single draggy moment, it was just well done!

Favorite characters:
Seung Nyang – I love Seung Nyang! Brave, strong, talented, a femme warrior, defender of the young royals.  No wonder the princes fell for her even when she was still dressed as a man!

Lady Ki and Empress Ki – she was still fighting with sword every now and then, not to forget blinded Tanqishi in that very lady outfit but her strength was her influence! She just basically had everyone falling for her :). Let me count, hm the Emperor, the King of Koryo, even Tanqishi. She got a lot of people on her side which was obviously necessary to survive when you’re in a palace.

Emperor of Yuan – you’ve got to love him and hate him at the same time. He was so annoying when he’s this scared little puppy emperor but when he started to do something and act more emperorly, he was so adorable!

King of Koryo – what can I say, he’s the perfect husband! He’s so  good-looking, intelligent, can do sword-fight and he would even do everything for the woman he loves!

First Regent – he’s the perfect villain. Relaxed, cunning, smart, brave, a hero for another ruler but just got drowned in power. Sad to see him go.

Tanashiri – daughter of the 1st Regent so yes you want her gone because she becomes really dangerous but it’s also sad to see her go.

Empress Dowager – oh this lady is first an ally then she becomes a deadly opponent. All for power!

Tal Tal – forget about the emperor and king of Koryo, I would go for him all the way! His face, his voice his hair, his brain! He’s perfect!

Favorite Scene: though it’s obvious Seung Nyang would end up with the emperor (afterall the drama is called Empress Ki), there’s a scene (and it became my favorite scene) where I thought the 2 are the best couple. When Seung Nyang was assigned to protect the emperor when he was exiled in Koryo, they went for a horse ride on the beach. They raced and before the young emperor could lose, he jumped on Seung Nyang’s horse, riding with her until they fell in to the water. The scene was just so beautiful. I fell in love with the 2 right away. That was a deciding moment who she would ride with until the end.

One more thing I  like about this drama is that our Lady Ki had the 2 men ;). She loved them both and she had them both. No unrequited love here. It would have been such a waste otherwise :). So definitely not a Jun Pyo and Ji Hoo kind.




Dislikes: I said to myself, I have to prepare my heart for the ending but I was just really sad. To be Empress Ki, you have to have everyone (especially the bad) around you. But really no point if they’re all gone! But I think I was more sad that it had to end. Saying goodbye to all those wonderful characters and their (might be cruel) world.

My Rating: 9.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 042014
 

Summary: Nam Da Jung, a reporter frthe prime minister and i kdramaom a tabloid magazine meets path with the future prime minister of Korea. These odd pair has to get married for convenience, for Nam Da Jung to make her father happy and for the Kwon Yul, to avoid scandal.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 17
Stars: Lee Bum Soo as Kwon Yul
Im Yoon Ah as Nam Da Jung
Chae Jung Ahn as Seo Hye Joo
Yoon Shi Yoon as Kang In Ho
Ryu Jin as Park Joon Ki




Likes: This reminds me of the Sound of Music! Not as good but funny and cute.

Funny, cute even corny scenes! You have to bear them all. This is what it’s all about. Forget about politics, it’s just an excuse.

Great cast! I love Im Yoon Ah and love her long curly hair, it hides her very long neck! Though not so familiar with Lee Bum but I’ve grown fond of him as the drama continued. Chae Jung Ah, it’s been a while since I’ve seen her (last was Coffee Prince) but she’s still gorgeous and love her outfits in this drama. Yoon Shi Yoon, that cute face I can’t forget, truly a flower boy!

I love kdramas which mentions famous stories. This one has 1001 nights. Secret Garden has Alice in Wonderland and I think That Winter, the Wind Blows mentioned The Little Prince!

It was finally getting interesting towards the end. Those few episodes, I really started liking The Prime Minister. And glad there was an interesting twist, that made it worth sticking until the final episode.

I like the ending. Everyone ended up happy with their choices.

Dislikes:  Nam Da Jung’s character was so annoying especially in the beginning. It was almost unbearable.

Impossible circumstances! Doesn’t give you a feeling of hope it would happen in reality.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Apr 042014
 

that winter the wind blows kdramaSummary: Oh Soo, a notorious gambler is in big trouble and in order to save himself from the gangster boss and raise money to pay his debt, he’s posing as the long lost brother of a blind heiress whose name was also Oh Soo.

Genre: Melodrama, Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Jo In Sung as Oh Soo
Song Hye Kyo as Oh Young
Kim Bum as Park Jin Sung
Jung Eun Ji as Moon Hee Sun




Likes: I didn’t have high expectations but after a few episodes, I got hooked! It has a very common story but I think what made it really addictive is the chemistry between the leads and their best acting talents in a melodrama. I just couldn’t wait what happens next to the two characters so 16 episodes was a swift!

Every episode has a great cliffhanger! Watch and you’ll know what I mean!

Love the OST! I specially love the background music which is being played when everything gets exciting.

Filled with lots of picture perfect scenes which make the whole drama so beautiful! My favorite is when Oh Soo brought Oh Young to the top of a snowy mountain and let her hear the nature’s bells. So touching! I thought I’m gonna fall in love with Oh Soo right at that moment :).

Jo In Sung – I love him in this drama! I was rooting he’d do a great job after watching Frozen Flower (must watch)!

Song Hye Kyo – girl, you didn’t age a bit! She still has a gorgeous face since Full House!

Great to see Kim Bum again and surprised he can really act ;)!

My favorite characters would be Secretary Wang – couldn’t hate her for what she did and of course Moo Chul – I’ll give him the best Hyung award :)!

I was ready for a very sad ending but still hoped for a happy one. I’m glad this drama granted me my wish! So yes, I love the ending! I watched the last episode over and over again, lol!




Dislikes: Lots of heartaches of course but glad I was in shape to take them all :).

My Rating: 9.0 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 042014
 

Summary: Park Soo Ha, a high schoi hear your voice kdramaol student is looking for the woman who once helped him put the man who killed his father into jail. He then realized she became a lawyer and went to meet her. With his ability to read people’s mind, he’s trying to protect her from now newly released killer of his dad.  

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Fantasy, Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Episodes: 18
Stars: Lee Bo Young as Jang Hye Sung
Lee Jong Suk as Park Soo Ha
Yoon Sang Hyun as Cha Kwan Woo
Lee Da Hee as Seo Do Yun



Likes: Good story! Lawyer-themed so I expected interesting cases to be solved. There were of course like what I expected but it also has its own main and important case which involved our brave leading characters. It was a thrill to watch it till end.

This is another noona-love drama I like. It was good to watch it with You Who Came from the Stars which is (guess what) a noona-love drama as well. It seems to be the trend in 2013 and it gives us (all within noona-age bracket) some hopes. Lol!

Another superpower drama. The other one is alien alright, this one is hearing thoughts!

Lee Bo Young – first time to see her in a drama. She definitely did give justice portraying

Jang Hye Sung. She has a cute and young face which helped me accept the fact she would end up with the young guy :).

Lee Jong Suk – hm definitely a cute guy! But was he too thin? I swear I won’t fit in hos skinny pants!

Yoon Sang Hyun – I like him here. I liked him as Oska in Secret Garden but a lawyer seems to suit him well.

Lee Da Hee – She’s just gorgeous! She always looks very intimidating. And yeah she can also act!

Though the lawyer-theme can become so serious, there were some comical relief that made it easier to watch especially to viewers like me who can’t stand heavy drama. Oh wait, I was actually able to stand them! They were really good heavy drama moments.

I have to mention the cameo of the popular lawyer Choi Yoon of A Gentleman’s Dignity. Love to see him again!

It was a good ending! I like the kiss!




Dislikes: There were some annoying scenes that I didn’t like. It was too stupid for it to happen!

The villain became soo draggy with his intention to kill. But well, we won’t have a drama, right?

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 042014
 

you who came from the stars kdramaSummary: A handsome alien came to earth 400 years ago, met someone he liked but unfortunately she died instantly. Fast forward to the present with still the same handsome alien, he meets a girl who exactly looks like the girl in the past.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Time-travel, Fantasy
Episodes: 20
Stars: Jeon Ji Hyun as Chun Song Yi
Kim Soo Hyun as Do Min Joon
Park Hae Jin as Lee Hwi Kyung
Yoo In Na as Yoo Se Mi




Likes: Alien story is hot this year because of Kim Soo Hyun! Can’t get enough of this guy. He needs to do at least 2 dramas in a year!

Of course alien sounds bizarre for a kdrama theme but wait until our handsome alien shows off his power…teleporting seems to be his specialty!  But that also includes controlling objects and staying young for hundred of years! Isn’t it impressive ladies?!

I love Chun Song Yi, she’s funny and bubbly! She was most funny whenever she would say something in English! I think she even upstaged Do Min Joon’s sarcastically funny character. In the end I love them both!

Do Min Joon’s interview in between scenes was a nice add up. It gives you that secure feeling that whatever the couple is going through in that very episode, it will turn out alright in the end. Or did it, really?

I love the music! It made the scenes more exciting.

Jeon Ji Hyun is perfect for the role, she was just great! Park Hae Jin is handsome! Well, someone’s got to compete with Kim Soo Hyun! And it was good to see Yoo In Na again after Queen In Hyun’s Man!

Favorite scenes: when he used his power to drag her back flying into his arms and kissed her (it was like wrist-grab alien style), when he froze time to kiss her goodbye, when he overheated after they kissed for the first time, when he teleported and froze time just to delete a text message he didn’t mean to send her (well, he actually meant it, just embarassed to acknowledge), when she got a bit crazy after they broke up, that ET moment with her brother, when he teleported to a deserted place which looked like Jeju and of course that awesome red carpet moment!

I love the ending! If she was perfectly happy so do I.




Dislikes: I just had that feeling that it wasn’t mean to be 21 episode long. It got a bit draggy towards the end. Were they trying to stretch it because of its popularity? They really shouldn’t do that.

I want more of Kim Soo Hyun! This was more of a KSH teaser.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 042014
 

pretty man kdramaSummary: Pretty man Dokgo Ma Te has to find a valuable password his deceased mother has left. He has to win over several women that could help him get to his goal.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Family
Episodes: 16
Stars: Jang Geun Suk as Dokgo Ma Te
IU as Kim Bo Tong
Lee Jang Woo as David Choi
Han Chae Young as Hong Yoo Ra




Likes: It’s unexpectedly good. This is my Cheongdamdong Alice of 2013! It has a good story line with unexpected twists! I thought it was just one of these cute dramas, more visuals than story but no I was wrong. This has both!

Talking of visuals, this  drama is indeed packed with pretty faces! The perfect face of Jang Geun Suk, the very cute IU, the handsome (with sexy voice) Lee Jang Woo and the gorgeous doll Han Chae Young!

I like the 10 characters of women that our pretty man Dokgo Ma Te has to conquer. I didn’t expect the last 3 specially the last one. It makes every episode interesting!

The ending is good. A closure to every important characters’ story without overdoing it.

I love David Choi! It was always heartbreaking to see him getting rejected so I’m glad he might end up with a glamping fanatic in the end.

Best acting award of course goes to the iron lady, MG queen, Na Hong Ran. I love her! She was just great!

Gigolo image suits JGS very well!
Oh how I missed JGS long hair, the one he sported in the 1st episodes. So pretty!

Dislikes:  Very little chemistry between JGS and IU. Sweet moments didn’t make me giddy much.

It was odd to see JGS cry in the last episode. It looked very forced. Sorry.

Heavily advertised Ferrino!

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 042014
 

good doctor kdramaSummary: Park Si On who has autism made it as practice surgeon in one of the best hospital in Korea. He had 6 months to prove he’s capable of being a good doctor.

Genre: Medical, Romance, Melodrama, Family
Episodes: 20
Stars: Joo Won as Park Shi On
Moon Chae Won as Cha Yoon Seo
Joo Sang Wook as Kim Do Han
Kim Min Seo as Yoo Chae Kyung




Likes: It’s a new genre for me in kdrama world but since I used to watch Grey’s Anatomy before so I kind of expected similar dramatic and thrilling stories every episode. Yes I was right and these ones were also packed with great stories!

Very well chosen cast! Everyone was natural in their acting!
-Joo Won has improved a lot since Bridal Mask. Excellent portraying of an autistic character!
-Moon Chae Won is a natural. The strong, brilliant Cha Yoon Seo  fits her well!
-Joo Sang Wook is sooo handsome! And his character makes him more handsome!!!
-Kim Min Seo is always consistent with her roles. Her character as Chae Kyung has great chemistry with Kim Do Han.

I like how the main characters developed slowly throughout the drama. Park Si On’s character development was remarkable. I also like the Chief of Pediatric who in the beginning was irritating but he turned out being likeable in the end.

My favorite patients were the puppy girl and In Hye. These 2 girls were great in acting and I love their stories and the ending.

Love couples in the hospital! I love the head and chubby nurse, they were funny – a comical relief in a serious hospital drama.

The ending was good and realistic. I love Park Si On’s speech after being accepted in the hospital as a full-pledged doctor with the closing “Thank you for loving me”. So touching!

And the epilogue! It was funny having Park Ki Woong (cameo) there. Oh I’m pretty sure they didn’t make fun of Bridal Mask ;).

Dislikes: Though the drama was packed with good stories, characters and actors, it’s still a melodrama. Lots of crying. I can’t stand watching 2 episodes in a row! Took me almost a month to finish it!

Too much shouting! I’m just wondering if it’s really like that in Korea. Seniors shouting at their juniors even in a hospital environment.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 042014
 

marry him if you dare kdramaSummary: Na Mi Rae travelled from the future to when she was just about to meet her husband so she could stop it from happening and was hoping that would change her life when she travels back.

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Time-travel
Episodes: 16
Stars: Yoon Eun Hye as Na Mi Rae
Choi Myung Gil as old Na Mi Rae
Lee Dong Gun as Kim Shin
Jung Yong Hwa as Park Se Joo
Han Chae Ah as Seo Yoo Kyung




Likes: Attractive cast! I was looking forward to another YEH and been waiting for Lee Dong Gun to come out. Yong Hwa, I will always love to see his face. Han Chae Ah, I was curious if she was just a pretty face in Bridal Mask but no she can really act.

Different genre. I’m always curious about time-travel.

Favorite characters… Seo Yoo Kyung, she was pretty, funny, bubbly and actually smart! Miranda, I love her, she’s definitely the grandma of a handsome Chaebol!

Dislikes: I think Lee Dong Gun’s comeback took so long. I wasn’t just warming up to him, plus having Yong Hwa as his competitor just killed him.

Na Mi Rae, the character was just annoying. Don’t understand why these 2 guys were fighting over her.

The ending!!! Was it Kim Shin or Se Joo??? So annoying. I’d like to think it’s See Joo but they could have been clearer about this (for a goodnight sleep’s sake)!

My Rating: 7 stars! (10 as highest)

Apr 042014
 

secret kdramaSummary: A story of a woman who tries to keep a secret to save the man that she loves but ended up being unwanted by him in the end.

Genre: Melodrama, Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Hwang Jung Eum as Kang Yoo Jung
Ji Sung as Jo Min Hyuk
Bae Soo Bin as Ahn Do Hoon
Lee Da Hee as Shin Se Yeon




Likes:  I like everything about the drama; the plot, the cast, the direction, the ending – well done!

The plot – it’s a perfect balance of sadness, revenge, ambition and love. How the truth unravel in the end reminds me of a couple good HongKong movies I watched in the past which has a similar style of storyline. You wouldn’t miss to say, oh so that how it actually happened! Every episode is a thrill you don’t wanna miss.

The cast – well chosen! I just love the four of them. Hwang Jung Eum acted as the perfect victim. Ji Sung, oh Ji Sung (he’s hot!) was perfect immature Chaebol. Bae Soo Bin, he gets these creepy roles but suit him very well. Lee Da Hee, ah she always looked naturally rich!

The direction – for the acting to look very natural, it must be the doing of the so called director! Simply well done!

The ending – we get this story which is almost reality but has a sweet kdrama ending, ahhh! I’m actually used to have a HongKong thriller movie kind of ending but hey this is a kdrama afterall!

The most touching moment is about the son. How dare them writers touch the hearts of the moms?? Wahhh, I couldn’t help crying. But it was good, well researched or maybe the writers are moms as well :).

Perfect length of drama! I wouldn’t ask for an additional episode just to have a longer epilogue. It was perfect like that!

Dislikes: It’s hard to recall something I disliked. I think the likes outweighs it all.

My Rating: 9.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 042014
 

the master's sun kdramaSummary: A girl who can see ghosts found shelter from a powerful, rich and good-looking CEO. She grabbed the chance of staying by his side when he needed someone to talk to his dead ex-girlfriend.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Episodes: 16
Stars: So Ji Sub as Joo Joong Won
Gong Hyo Jin as Tae Gong Sil / Tae-yang
Seo In Guk as Kang Woo
Kim Yoo Ri as Tae Yi Ryung




Likes: My first horror-comedy kdrama and I love it! It was scary at first – it just shows how good the makeup was – but it was enjoyable to watch every episode ending with a solution to every ghost problem :)!

I love every ghost story! It begins with a freaky intro and ends up very funny!

I love Gong Hyo Gin! She always pick a good drama. I hope to see more from her!

Lots of pretty faces! Special mention to So Ji Sub and Kim Yoo Ri – she’s a doll!

I love the leads! It reminds me a lot of The Greatest Love!

Dislikes: As I’ve mentioned above, this drama reminds me of The Greatest Love because of the leads but So Ji Sub, as handsome as he is, didn’t get close to the charisma and sexiness of Cha Seung Won! Anyway…

Due to popularity, they made it 17 episodes. Really, there was no need! It just made episodes 15 and 16 redundant!

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 032014
 

the heirs kdramaSummary: Kim Tan, a handsome, cool young guy and heir to the biggest corporate group in Korea aka Chaebol falls in love with the simple Eun Sang, daughter of their housemaid.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, School, Melodrama, Teens
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Min Ho as Kim Tan
Park Shin Hye as Cha Eun Sang
Kim Woo Bin as Choi Young Do
Krystal Jung as Lee Bo Na
Kim Ji Won as Rachel Yoo
Kang Min Hyuk as Yoon Chan Young
Kang Ha Neul as Lee Hyo Shin
Park Hyung Shik as Jo Myung Soo
Jun Soo Jin as Kang Ye Sol
Choi Jin Hyuk as Kim Won




Likes: I won’t say no to another Lee Min Ho! Plus it’s Park Shin Hye as the leading lady.

Huge intro! Hollywood, mansion, car, rich californian lifestyle… it was exciting!

Eye candies! So many of them.

One kissing scene that I really like, they didn’t hesitate!

Favorite characters award goes to Lee Bo Na – rich, cute, pretty and she delivered her dialogues pretty well. Another one goes to the mom of Kim Tan, she was the star of the show.

Why Choi Young Do? Hah, the bad boy image, the looks, the hairstyle, the ride, the hotel and he always looks terrific in his outfits!

Why Kim Tan? Got to admit, I’m not yet over the Jun Pyo syndrome plus the surfing board, the car (at least when he was in LA), the top Chaebol label and yeah he fought for the girl that he liked.

Dislikes: It was overhyped! The story is just average… poor girl meets Chaebol, father disapproves and so on and so forth. It was lacking good side stories that could keep the excitement. What a waste of characters, there were plenty of them like what happened to Rachel, she started very strong. How about the pair Bo Na and Chan Young? Choi Young didn’t end up as the great Ji Hoo (BOF). The story became draggy very early because it was too focused on the 2 leads.

The ending? I was hoping for a good epilogue that could save it all but unfortunately none.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 032014
 

gu family book kdramaSummary: The story follows the the life of KangChi, a half-human and half-mythical creature, who till the end tried to protect the people who were precious to him.

Genre: Fantasy, Period, Melodrama, Romance
Episodes: 24
Stars:
Lee Seung Ki as Choi Kang Chi
Bae Suzy as Dam Yeo Wool
Lee Sung Jae as Jo Gwan Woong
Jo Sung Ha as Dam Pyung Joon
Yoo Yun Suk as Park Tae Seo
Lee Yoo Bi as Park Chung Jo
Sung Joon as GonYi
Choi Jin Hyuk as Gu Wol Ryung
Yoon Se Ah as Ja Hong Myung
Lee Yeon Hee as Yoon Seo Hwa




Likes: Great story! Never one boring episode for me and I’m talking about all 24!

I always like period drama especially good ones and Gu Family Book belongs to that category. The story is rich!

Great cast! Plenty of really good actors here. I specially love the villain, Lee Sung Jae. I mean hands down, he was just great! Another one of my favorite is Choi Jin Hyuk aka Wol Ryung, father of KangChi. He was hot especially when he turned evil! Hm, I seem to like the bad ones :).

The dialogues were just sooo good especially between the Admiral and Lord Bi Jo! These 2 were always fun to watch.

I like the love story of Kang Chi and Yeo Wool but I think I was truly moved by the bittersweet love story of Kang Chi’s parents! Tragically good!

I’m happy to see Lee Seung Ki paired with someone younger. Finally!

Dislikes: Not sure of Bae Suzy. Somehow her acting wasn’t too period. Was it the accent?

The epilogue, hm. I like how it ended but somehow it was rushed. I was so spoiled with how they put details on the period scenes.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 032014
 

flower boy next door kdramaSummary: A girl who’s been living in her own world, away from the crowd and the noise of the city is surrounded by these handsome, young men who later helped her see the outside world again.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Teens
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Shin Hye as Go Dok Mi
Yoon Shi Yoon as Enrique Geum
Kim Ji Hoon as Oh Jin Rak
Park Soo Jin as Cha Do Hwi
Go Kyung Pyo as Oh Dong Hoon
Mizuta Kouki as Watanabe
Kim Jung San as Han Tae Joon




Likes: Cute, sweet, light and funny! Just what I needed to watch after a serious period drama.

I love the cast especially the 2 leads! They’re both super cute! Though I fell for Kim Ji Hoon’s character, I think the 2 leads are still the best pair.

The ending was awesome! I love it when there’s closure to most of the characters’ stories (not just the leads). Super happy that Oh Jin Rak found another similar girl. I was sad for him all the time until the ending.

2 kissing scenes, yay! First one was okay. Second one was awesome! It wasn’t just me but Go Dok Mi was also feeling Enrique’s dark hair!

Oh the eyes of Yoon Shi Yoon! I see Lee Jun Ki in those eyes but the acting is so Jung Il Woo.

Make a sentence out of I’m Sorry, Thank You and I Love You! I thought that scene would be too cheesy but sooo love it! We should make confessions like that too!

Right Now! was always one of my favorite phrases!

Dislikes: Watching the drama made me always freeze! It looks so cold in Korea.

What happened to Go Dok Mi’s original crush?! He just disappreared. I miss Hippo too :(.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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