Start-Up

start-up kdramaSummary: In order to impress her estranged, rich mum and sister, Seo Dal Mi quits her job to start her own business. She meets Nam Do San, the founder of NamSan Tech, who she thinks was her long time pen pal. They team up to join the hackathon for start ups which is run by a company called Sandbox.

Trailer: Start-Up

Genre: Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Bae Suzy as Seo Dal Mi
Nam Joo Hyuk as Nam Do San
Kim Sun Ho as Han Ji Pyung
Kang Han Na as Won In Jae



Likes: Such a success! Why? It captures its audience through its young, dynamic, ambitious and innovative nature of start-ups. Although it’s not at all easy as it seemed, the drama came out very entertaining and inspiring. I like the love story that came with it, the family dramas behind the most important characters and especially that found friendship from someone unknown.

Family bond. As the saying goes, blood is thicker than water. It holds true for our main girl, Seo Dal Mi’s story. How her family got separated but in the end, they all put their past behind and started supporting each other.

The dream. This one’s for Nam Do San who didn’t even know how to dream until he meets the girl he fell in love with. He got himself into a very difficult situation that ironing it out seemed like a dream for him.

The pen pal. I personally love the pen pal story. There’s something special with writing letters. It connects people on a different and special level. Han Ji Pyeong became Seo Dal Mi’s first love and he also became everyone’s love. I hopelessly root for him :(.

The grandma of all. I would say, she was the source of all good things that happened later. She was also the connection between everyone important in the drama. I used a lot of tissue whenever this grandma appeared.

The girl on the swing. I love the background story of this girl. It brought up the importance of choosing Seo Dal Mi’s Dad. Also it’s such a meaningful representation of the Sandbox company.

Cherry blossoms. The beautiful beginning and end of a friendship was well represented by the blooming and falling of cherry flowers.



Tarzan. Knowing how Nam Do San explained to Seo Dal Mi how AI worked using Tarzan and Jane as examples, it made more sense to call the self-driving car, Tarzan. If you don’t know, then Tarzan would sound very cheesy.

Yeong Sil. It wasn’t just Han Ji Pyeong but we were all getting into this charming virtual assistant. Yeong Sil, what’s my love prediction today? Would I be money lucky? Help me decide! Love the voice, I knew he sounded so familiar!

Surprising cameos. Lee Bo Young looking gorgeous as she appeared in episode 10. But the best is when the voice of Yeong Sil came to life and Yeo Jin Goo appeared on the last episode! Yes Yeong Sil’s voice was Yoo Jin Goo’s!

Favourite quote: “You’re a cosmos. It’s not yet you’re time to bloom. Be patient for fall.”

Appealing intro. It helps make a good drama to have a great intro design and music. Well done!

Now the question, are you team…

Seo Dal Mi and Nam Do San – I love their chemistry and they look good together too. In the end I think our too smart but kind-hearted Nam Do San needed someone like Seo Dal Mi who could complement his personality. I see them as a better match.

Seo Dal Mi and Han Ji Pyeong – first love is first love no matter what. I love how Han Ji Pyeong had been a pillar to Seo Dal Mi even when they were still pen pals. He still remained until the end.

Our talented cast.

Bae Suzy as Seo Dal Mi – This is actually the first time that I totally like her. She was extra vibrant and pretty and I was loving the chemistry between her and Nam Joo Hyuk.

Nam Joo Hyuk as Nam Do San – he was awesome here! I was very impressed in his acting, much better than in the drama Bride of the Water God . His facial expressions were better. He could cry too. Loved his shy, not so confident and nerdy character and as I’ve mentioned above, his chemistry with Bae Suzy was great.



Kim Sun Ho as Han Ji Pyung – omo, I fell in love with the character and who wouldn’t be? The story was really working to Kim Sun Ho’s favor – so deserving for the second male syndrome award!

Kang Han Na as Won In Jae – tough character for this pretty lady and she did so well in it!

Ending with an epilogue. A more elaborate ending is still my favorite especially when it comes with an epilogue.

Dislikes: Sometimes I couldn’t overlook how easy it was for these start ups to climb up the ladder. I know it’s for entertainment purposes only but really, it’s never that easy to run a business, much more to be a successful company to the point of going public (being in the stock market). You won’t look young anymore, believe me.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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The Spy Who Loved Me

the spy who loved me kdramaSummary: Kang Ah Reum is a wedding dress designer who used to be married to Jun Ji Hoon, who disguised himself as a travel writer but actually a spy. Kang Ah Reum never knew the true identity of her first husband. She then later marries Derek Hyun, who works as a diplomatic official but actually also a spy.

Trailer: The Spy Who Loved Me

Genre: Romance, Action
Episodes: 32
Stars: Eric as Jun Ji Hoon
Yoo In Na as Kang Ah Reum
Im Joo Hwan as Derek Hyun




Likes: I couldn’t remember watching a spy drama so far so having one was kind of exciting. I love Yoo In Na and I was also looking forward to see Im Joo Hwan. At least these two I know won’t disappoint me.

Jeju Island. I’m seeing more of Jeju Island these days and I like it! It reminds me of my early kdrama days when most popular dramas I watched was set in Jeju. The first two episodes of this drama were having Jeju island as its picturesque backdrop, reminiscing the time when our top characters were falling in love. And as soon as the couple settled down in Seoul, they fell out of love. So you see, Jeju is love!

Jun Ji Hoon vs. Derek Hyun, which husband are you?

Derek Hyun all the way! At least Derek had a valid reason to lie about his identity as he was connected with an industrial spy group which was wanted by the authority whereas Jun Ji Hyun, it wasn’t that necessary. Looks-wise, I’m biased here, as I have a big crush on Im Joo Hwan, just wasn’t into the the hair though. Derek was also looking better in suit as he was taller therefore looking more slender than Jun Ji Hoon. And of course, Derek’s character was to fall for. He was a bad spy but trying to change to the woman he loves.

Attractive Cast…

Eric as Jun Ji Hoon – first time to see Eric in a drama and he wasn’t that bad. Love his dancing gig on the first episode. He’s definitely got the moves, after all he’s a member of SHINHWA. He’s English was also great!

Yoo In Na as Kang Ah Reum – I love this girl, she’s a natural. She was always cute everytime she was torn between her two husbands. Jun Ji Hyun or Derek, she could easily establish a good chemistry with either of them.

Im Joo Hwan as Derek Hyun – Yes, I have a big crush on this dude but let’s be honest, he’s really also a great actor. He clearly stood out in this drama. Side by side with Eric, it was easy to tell who was better in acting.

The Good vs. the Bad team

Team Gulliver – I love this team especially their boss, Chief Ban Jin Min, he was so funny. Jun Ji Hoon and Seo Ra were hot! Young Goo was just adorable. And sad to see Kang Tae Ryong go in the end.

Team Helmes – the big boss was just too cool! She looked and acted cool all the time. That’s Derek’s mom for you, she was very impressive! Of course, the son comes after the mom… smart, handsome and cool! Right hand Tinker wasn’t lagging behind, with his looks he could be a model!



The Ending. Derek’s bitter-sweet ending wasn’t that bad. He maintained his coolness till the end. I even love his grey hair! As for Jun Ji Hoon and Kang Ah Reum, that 2 years-later epilogue was good enough to revive their connection.

Favourite Quote: “Bring yourself back to the happiest moment of you life.”

Dislikes: Eric looked way too tired! I know he’s a handsome man but he needs some sleep. He looked like a new parent.

Spy cliche: Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred. Hm, too trying hard to be Mr. Bond.

I really don’t understand why Kang Ah Reum, who’s a wedding dress designer suddenly became a tech expert, breaking into the lab and trying to retrieve some secret information. How was that possible? Was I missing something?

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

The Tale of the Nine-Tailed

th etale of the nine tailed kdramaSummary: Lee Yun is a thousand year old gumiho who used to be a mountain spirit who could control the air and the rain. In return for the reincarnation of his human first love, he gave up being the ruler of nature. Lee Yun now lives in the present world dedicating his life getting rid of evil spirits roaming around the human world. He meets Nam Ji Ah, a TV show producer, who totally looks like his past love.

Trailer: The Tale of the Nine-Tailed

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Action
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Dong Wook as Lee Yun
Jo Bo Ah as Nam Ji Ah
Kim Bum as Lee Rang
Kim Yong Ji as Yoo Ri




Likes: I’m always in for a good fantasy drama and I really liked how this one started. It had a “Goblin” feel to it. That tragic love story between a mountain spirit and a human girl and set thousands of years ago when the world was different. I love how good-looking our mountain spirit was, a nine-tailed fox who had power over his forest. Beautiful, untouched world which was set to be abandoned because of his love to a human girl.

Background stories. Kind of contented and satisfied with the throwbacks to that forgotten world. Not just the tragic love story of our hero Lee Yeon, who’s a nine-tailed fox but also his severed relationship with his half brother Lee Rang. I also liked the detailed background story of the existence of our villain, the Imoogi, who, later in the present kept on pestering our hero.

Foxly bromance. Lee Yeon and Lee Rang’s relationship was turbulent but no matter how bad it was, they would always end up rescuing each other. Love the brotherly chemistry between these two!  On the other hand, Lee Yeon’s bromance with his right hand Shin Joo was also something admirable.

Daebak first episode. I have to give that episode a ten! The introduction to the characters especially Lee Yeon, and how it was filled with daebak actions which made our hero looked super cool, definitely left me super excited!

Episode titles. Love the titles of each episode. They were creative and nicely summarizes the episode and gives a heads up on what’s going to happen.

The sister of King Hades. I just love her character, her world, her job – she was this stuck-up manager of the Afterlife Immigration Office, who has the power to decide when a human dies and lead him or her to the afterlife by crossing the Samdo river. Although she was that stuck-up, she also possessed a humanly character who is capable to love and grieve.

Love teams. Lee Yeon and the reincarnation of his first love, Nam Ji Ah – their story goes back to the ancient time which ended tragically but both got another chance in the present. Or Shin Joo, the right-hand fox of Lee Yeon who falls in love with the rescued Russian lady fox of Lee Rang, Yoo Ri. The second team is adorable too!



Bok Gil twist. This was a twist at the end and I didn’t see it coming. It surprised me, that’s why I really like it.

The Cast…

Lee Dong Wook as Lee Yun – I just couldn’t stop swooning  over his fox looks. This is definitely the sexiest looks Lee Dong Wook ever sported. I loved his reddish fox hair, his eyes when they gleamed, his  sexy smile and his slank figure! He could give Gong Yoo a run for his money when it comes to sword swinging!

Jo Bo Ah as Nam Ji Ah was her normal pretty self but did two challenging roles. I’m not such a big fan of her but her performance here is definitely a level higher than her past roles.

Kim Bum as Lee Rang – I liked Lee Rang’s character. Angry little brother who actually just wanted to be clingy and he had the most dramatic ending. It was good to see Kim Bum again! It’s been ages since I watched Boys Over Flowers!

Lee Tae Ri as Imoogi – I love this guy. I think he’s underrated. Glad he was given such an important role.

Dislikes: Honestly, I’m not a fan of Jo Bo Ah’s acting. I don’t know what it is but I never warmed up to her.

What was with the ending? It was confusing! I thought Lee Yeon turned human but what was with the wielding of sword???

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Record of Youth

record of youth kdramaSummary: Sa Hye Jun has been working as a model for 7 years but what he really wants is to become an actor. He is always compared to his close friend, Won Hae Hyo, who is also a model and comes from a rich family. Through their work, Sa Hye Jun and Won Hae Hyo  get acquainted with a professional makeup artist, Han Jung Ha, who is a huge fan of Sa Hye Jun.

Trailer: Record of Youth

Genre: Melodrama, Family, Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Bo Gum as Sa Hye Joon
Park So Dam as Han Jung Ha
Byun Woo Suk as Won Hae Hyo




Likes: Such a heart-warming story about life and experiences. This one’s especially focused on family, love and ambition and how everyone achieved their success going through failures. I like how realistic the family settings are. The bickering, favoritism, how open family members are when it comes to criticizing each other, the tension, the awkwardness of Sa Hye Jun’s family was too realistic, I could even relate to them. Same with the rich family of Won Hye Hyo, how the mom managed and controlled her kids, the cold atmosphere when everyone is at the table, how empty that big house was and how actually lonely these rich people are. And not to forget the life of Han Jung Ha who came from a broken family.

Love the characters and their convictions. I’ll focus on the main three although I would say this is one of the most character-rich dramas I’ve ever watched.

Sa Hye Jun’s perseverance to become a successful actor was truly inspiring. He worked so hard to achieve his dreams despite the criticisms he had received. He had the ambition so big that would crash obstacles which come his way. And although he reached the top, he remained a humble guy. That all made this character so beautiful. I’m not a huge fan of Park Bo Gum but I know he can act and I’ve got to give it to him, he did so well as Sa Hye Jun. And added bonus, he can speak English so well! I’m impressed!

Han Jung Ha’s calm and focused personality was her charm. She was so likeable, drawing our two main male leads to her which was very understandable. She had the courage to shift career paths despite the risk but since it was following what she loved most, she tried to pursue it. Such an admirable and beautiful character too. Park So Dam (the actress) is cute but not overly pretty which is good for the character.

Won Hae Hyo exuded coolness and elegance all the time. Definitely a rich kid just by the look of him. He trotted the runway like a pro and his face could launch a thousand me, lol! I know I’m biased. I have a big crush on Byun Woo Suk since Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency. But his character here, though rich and handsome, was quite pitiful. I feel for him when he was losing his self-esteem, poor Hae Hyo :(.

Love the bromance between the three friends Sa Hye Jun, Won Hae Hyo and Jinu. Made me missed my childhood friends!



Chemistry between Park Bo Gum and Park So Dam wasn’t bad at all. I definitely love that kiss, it was full of affection. The two definitely nailed that moment.

Tear-jerker beautiful moment: Grandpa’s speech!

The featured library: Starfield Library would be on my top spots to visit in Seoul! Looked awesome!

It is a hip drama (design-wise and the focus on social media and acting industry). It’s about the lives of young people these days, their experiences and struggles. But what I like most about it was consistency to its theme, it was such a heart-warming show all though out.

And speaking of hip, the OST is too. Check out Record of Youth OST.

The list of awesome cameos in this drama is long! But my favorite was Park Seo Joon. He really looked like a close friend of Park Bo Gum here. They were so natural on screen. Seo Hyun Jin and Lee Sung Kyung as leading ladies of Sa Hye Jun in two separate dramas inside this drama also caught my attention.

I love how everyone followed the path that was best for them. Even if that means being drafted to the army :), at least for our two male leads. It goes to show that time fixes things. And since I’m a sucker for epilogues, two years later was a big bonus!

Dislikes: The Krispy Creme Donut ad was just too much. I could deal with the BMW and the Subway but the donut was too aggressive.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Alice

alice kdramaSummary: Park Jin Gyum is a police detective finding out about people traveling from the future through a place called Alice. The main purpose of Alice is to provide healing  for clients in the future who had some bad experiences in the past. So they get to travel back to fix it. While investigating, Park Jin Gyum meets a woman who totally looks like his dead mom.

Trailer: Alice

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Time-travel, Science Fiction, Romance
Episodes: 32
Stars: Kim Hee Sun as Yoon Tae Yi / Park Sun Young
Joo Won as Park Jin Gyum
Kwak Shi Yang as Yoo Min Hyuk
Lee Da In as Kim Do Yun
Kim Sang Ho as Go Hyung Suk
Choi Won Young as Suk Oh Won



Likes: It started so well! I love the action-packed first and second episodes. They gave a fantastic impression of this 16 episode- show that waiting for the next episodes was like a torture. It was fast-paced and very well done! I was filled with curiosity.

I love time-travel genre even though it confuses my already confused brain. Alice was clear from the beginning about parallel universes. So I thought, it would be like The King: Eternal Monarch. It was consistent for a couple of episodes and I was holding on to that.

The book of prophecy added to the mystery. I kind of like it although there was no need of it at the end. Everyone would figure out eventually what would happen. But yeah, the Alice in Wonderland thing was very mysterious to me :).

Mind-boggling twists! Lots of them in this drama. Some of them were shedding lights (love those kind) but some of them just led to confusion.

Love the cast!

Joo Won as Park Jin Gyum – he did a great job! And if I were to choose which was his best look: is it the 2010 highschooler Park Jin Gyum, the 2020 detective Park Jin Gyum or the old teacher/mastermind Park Jin Gyum? I would go for the old one! Joo Won looked great as an old man, no doubt about that! Talking about his acting skills, he was brilliant doing all three selves. He was even exceptional when he turned to a psycho, creepy highschooler.

Kim Hee Sun as Yoon Tae Yi / Park Sun Young – what I like most about her was her voice and it fit nicely with her character as Park Sun Young, Park Jin Gyum’s mom. She did so well as the mom especially on her dying moments. I don’t know how many times she died, I lost count but yes every time she was dying, she was so convincing.

Kwak Shi Yang as Yoo Min Hyuk – he’s such a good-looking guy and I wonder why I didn’t see him in other kdramas before. What’s even better is he can cry! Oh Min Hyuk ssi, my heart was torn seeing those tears.

Lee Da In as Kim Do Yun – I love her character as Kim Do Hyun… very chatty, caring, loyal and I wished so badly that she would end up with Park Jin Gyum. I thought the two looked cute together.

I commend the stylists in this drama for making everyone looked great. I kind of like the combination of heels and rolled-up pants, made the ladies look taller. Also loved Joo Won’s everyday detective look, simple but looked good on him. And he looked exceptionally handsome in that police uniform!

Talking about chemistry, there so much of it in this drama. I love the chemistry between Park Jin Gyum and Kim Do Yun, Tae Yi and Min Hyuk and even the police chief Go Hyung Suk and his wife. But Tae Yi and Park Jin Gyum, hm that’s one thing that would go to my dislike.



I love the OST! Here are five songs from this drama I love listening to right now… Alice OST. Love The Star best. Somehow, that song reminds me of the Faith OST where Kim Hee Sun also starred with Lee Min Ho.

Dislikes: The ending was so confusing! First, the story didn’t stick to its parallel-universes-rule which was clearly explained in the beginning. It ended up explaining the ending with a single timeline rule which was even not consistent. Like how come Park Jin Gyum, the architect did not even recognize professor Tae Yi considering she still looked like her mom. I don’t know but the ending sucks. What a disappointment. And the fact that the scriptwriters insisted till the very end on the romance between Park Jin Gyum and Tae Yi gives me creeps people. Excuse me, but she is still his mom, right?! Why insist on this Oedipus complex kind of scenario – creepy! I would have loved to see Do Yun ended up with Jin Gyum! They have more chemistry than the Tae Yi and Jin Gyum team.

And uh that shameless ad placement of a weight loss product Prof. Tae Yi was promoting, I couldn’t take that scene, it was just too much.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

its okay to not be okay kdramaSummary: Moon Kang Tae works as a psychiatric caregiver and also takes care of his grown up brother who has special needs. He is great at his job but he doesn’t stay long in one hospital or employer. Due to a childhood trauma, he moves around with his brother a lot. Moon Kang Tae meets Ko Moon Young, a popular, successful and eccentric kids book author. Ko Moon Young takes a liking to Moon Kang Tae and starts following him around.

Trailer: It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

Genre: Romance, Psychological
Episodes: 16
Stars: Kim Soo Hyun as Moon Kang Tae
Seo Ye Ji as Ko Moon Young
Oh Jung Se as Moon Sang Tae




Likes: A beautifully-written story with much focus on details. I love the combination of  exceptional characters combined with intense psychological drama, with added series of literary masterpieces and illustrations in a much rural, coastal backdrop. It was unique in a way and such an enjoyable show to follow until the end.

The grotesque animation. I’m a huge fan of this part. It gave the whole drama a dark tone and at the same time retained some cuteness. Which was my exact whole impression of the non-animated part. A great introduction indeed.

The cursed castle. This impressive set was just perfect for the story. A princess is not a princess without a castle afterall. Eerie but perfect!

The featured books and stories. I love all the books and the amazing stories and the morals that came with it but I think The Zombie Kid left a special place in my heart. Moreoever, I also like the touching story of the two brothers who made sure the other has a sack of rice for his family.

The storytelling with its animated illustration. Illustrated stories are simply the best. There are people like me who are visual so I really enjoy illustrated books, much more animated illustrations!

The titles of each episode. Yes it was the book’s title and each episode’s story is a reflection of that in the book.

The sarcasm in Ko Moon Young’s Fairy tale Class. I enjoyed this bit. There’s so much truth in all of these…

What is a fairy tale?  It is a cruel fantasy that illustrates the brutality and violence of this world in a paradoxical manner.

Moral on Ugly Duckling – raising someone else’s child is unrewarding, so just look after your own.

Moral on The Little Mermaid – karma will bite you hard if you covet on an engaged man.

Conclusion: A fairy tale isn’t a hallucinogen that gives us hopes and dreams. It is a stimulant that makes us face reality.

The beautiful coastal, countryside. A break from the usual busy and crowded Seoul. I thought the psychiatric hospital’s location was a perfect place to those seeking emotional and psychological healing. Love the view of the ocean!

The OST. Love, love the beautiful OST: It’s Okay Not To Be Okay!

The Brilliant Cast…

Kim Soo Hyun as Moon Kang Tae – I know Kim Soo Hyun would always choose a good role and as Moon Kang Tae, his comeback role after his military, it was a sure winner for him. His downcast personality as Moon Kang Tae showed how well he could do with serious roles like this one. At first I thought he was too thin but I realized it was all part of it.



Seo Ye Ji as Ko Moon Young – no one could do this role better than Seo Yi Ji. She was hands down the best! I loved her voice, perfectly fitting her role as Ko Moon Young. I loved Ko Moon Young’s different looks: beautiful, sultry, eccentric, arrogant, intimidating – difficult with a beautiful and talented soul. She was every inch a character from a fairy tale, the one with the very tiny waist :)! Moreover, all the outfits she wore were gorgeous and suited her really well!

Oh Jung Se as Moon Sang Tae – I’ve got to give the best actor award to  Oh Jung Se for doing Moon Sang Tae soooo well! The acting was just brilliant, hands down. I loved how he mastered the mannerisms, the stutter when he talked, the way he walked and how he could portray that innocence of someone who living in his own world. Such a brilliant actor!

The Ending with a twist. I love how the brother whom everyone thought was someone everyone would take care of became the one protecting others.  I didn’t see that twist with the mum coming but what a  surprise! In the end, everyone found their peace, could move on and grow more.

Dislikes: I’m less a fan of psychological drama. Sometimes it’s too sad. It’s just that this one was too good to let it slip.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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Dinner Mate

dinner mate kdramaSummary: On her trip to Jeju and after being dumped by her boyfriend, Woo Do Hee meets Kim Hae Kyung, a psychiatrist who happens to be in the island to treat a patient. They share a dinner together. Without high expectation that they’ll meet again, the two find each other and share another meal at a fish market in Seoul. Once again they part without exchanging contact details and leave it to fate to find each other once more.

Trailer: Dinner Mate

Genre: Romance
Episodes: 32
Stars: Song Seung Hun as Kim Hae Kyung
Seo Ji Hye as Woo Do Hee
Lee Ji Hoon as Jung Jae Hyuk (Do Hee’s first love)
Son Na Eun as Jin No Eul (Hae Kyung’s first love)



Likes: Another romance drama but this time with some focus on food, psychiatry and content creation. It had its share of melodramatic moments but well-balanced with some light-hearted scenes.

Food. Yes, one can build a solid relationship based on sharing a meal. It’s something very basic that is often ignored. I just like how this drama put so much importance on food and how it brings people together. It’s something that I can attest to.

Psychiatry. Yes, we must not ignore our own personal struggles whatever they are. I like how the characters in the drama dealt with each of their own problems and how other people around them was a help to them. And sometimes, getting some professional help might just be the only option for others.

Content Creation. Oh well, it’s a legit source of income these days but I was just fascinated with the idea that there might be actually businesses only centered in producing hit videos for platforms like youtube!

The Cast…

Song Seung Hun as Kim Hae Kyung – he looked great in all his outfits, so neat and handsome, too handsome for a doctor actually. His crying moment here was quite convincing.

Seo Ji Hye as Woo Do Hee – Seo Ji Hye is really beautiful that she can be quite intimidating. The character was strong-willed, independent, hard-working and who didn’t give up easily on finding love again. It was her kind of role.

Lee Ji Hoon as Jung Jae Hyuk – Lee Ji Hoon is just a great actor and as Jung Jae Hyuk, he was just brilliant! His breakdown moment was impressive! I would hand the best actor award to this guy.

Son Na Eun as Jin No Eul – very pretty and she knows it! Son Na Eun did well as Jin No Eul who was this confident, cool and proud woman who thought she could have everything/everyone whenever she wanted it/them.

The Love Team…

Kim Hae Kyung and Woo Do Hee – they were great together but sometimes I have that impression that they were more friends than lovers. Lacking a bit of chemistry, nevertheless great pair.



Nam Ah Young and Keanu – I love these two, they had better chemistry than the top leads. Nam Ah Young’s persistent character is what we all need if we really wanna have something. And because of that her Prince of Parasol became hers forever.

Jung Jae Hyuk and Jin No Eul – it was being hinted at the end and I like the idea! Why not? They also look great together. And maybe, just maybe, eating ramyeon together will be an awesome start.

OST. Love the upbeat music especially Yummy Yummy! Check out Dinner Mate OST!

The Ending. I love how it ended not just for the lead characters but others as well. I especially like Nam Ah Young and Keanu’s ending and also how Jung Jae Hyuk found healing with the help of his doctor. No loose ends. Well done!

Dislikes: Very stingy with kissing scenes.

It became draggy also towards the end.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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When My Love Blooms

when my love blooms kdramaSummary: Yoon Ji Soo is in her 40s and has a son from a divorced marriage. She is having a hard time as a single mom trying to raise her son and make a living as a piano teacher. After several years, she meets her first love unexpectedly. His name is Han Jae Hyun, his senior in college who she deeply admired and loved.

Trailer: When My Love Blooms

Genre: Romance, Melodrama, Rich Boy Poor Girl
Episodes: 16
Stars: Yoo Ji Tae as Han Jae Hyun
Jin Young as Han Jae Hyun (20s)
Lee Bo Young as Yoon Ji Soo
Jeon So Nee as Yoon Ji Soo (20s)



Likes: Beautiful storytelling going back and forth the eventful past and the somewhat blurry present. I love the details of the 90’s set, it was very well researched. From the fashion, hairstyle, happenings, transportation down to those little gadgets like pagers, casette tapes / recorders and analog phones. I also like the emphasis on radio stations when you can request songs and leave messages for someone on air. I went to college in the 90’s so all those things bring back old memories. The heavy focus on the love story in the past, how Han Jae Hyun and Yoon Ji Soo met, how they fell in love, how they spent time together, how they shared the same convictions, how their love was being challenged and how they got separated, shed light on why these 2 souls deserve nothing else but being reunited. I like it, I thought it was beautifully told.

The powerful couples:

Jin Young as Han Jae Hyun and Jeon So Nee as Yoon Ji Soo – Two young souls in love, full of energy, life and dreams! I love the chemistry between these two, they really looked great together. I’m also impressed by the acting. This is probably Jin Young’s (Got7) first serious drama role and I would say he did great. Same with Jeon So Nee, new face in the drama world but her performance was top. She’s very pretty too!

Yoo Ji Tae as Han Jae Hyun and Lee Bo Young as Yoon Ji Soo – getting back to you first love in your 40’s after going through separate tough lives, honestly it’s hard to imagine :). But since it’s the very handsome Yoo Ji Tae and the always young-looking Lee Bo Young, it was imaginable! These two looked great together. Plus I have a big crush on Yoon Ji Tae, those smiles made me melt!

The most beautiful reunion – at the train station on that snowy night!  I’m not a big fan of snow. Even just the sight of it on tv makes me freeze but that scene at the train station emitted so much warmth. The hair of Yoon Ji Su when she was turning around to look at Han Jae Hyun – such a beautiful reminiscent of the young past.

Those most beautiful kissing scenes on the beach during sunset both by the young past and the older present. Well, one way to reignite the romance is reliving the beautiful past eh.

The lovely poem sent by the young Han Jae Hyun to the radio station:

The End of that Summer

The crape myrtle survived that summer. The tree didn’t crumble even after a series of storms. Like a shower of hail, I hung red flowers. That summer, I was in a middle of a storm. That summer, my despair bore red flowers like they were mocking me, but after several storms, they didn’t fall. When they fell, they clung and climbed up. The stubborn flowers of the fire-breathing crape myrtle covered a small garden with blood. And my despair vanished like magic.



The OST is perfect with the melo atmosphere… When My Love Blooms OST.

I normally dislike drama ad placement but those Samsung flip phones look really good!

Dislikes: It got quite boring towards the end. It was going back and forth in slow pace. Nothing much new going on, I was falling asleep most of the time.

There was closure on most threads but I found them so cringy especially the closing of the main characters. They could have done it without that.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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The King: Eternal Monarch

the king eternal monarch kdramaSummary: King Lee Gon of the Kingdom of Corea, a parallel world of the Republic of Korea, crosses dimension chasing after a person who he thinks was his savior when he was a little boy who was about to get killed. He finally meets Jung Tae Eul, a detective in the other world, who he thinks was his saviour but she doesn’t have a recollection of him. In his constant trip to the other side, King Lee Gon realizes the two worlds are messed up due to the doing of his traitor uncle Lee Rim. So he is finding a way to fix it.

Trailer: The King: Eternal Monarch

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Time-travel, Kings & Princes, Rich Boy Poor Girl
Episodes: 32
Stars: Lee Min Ho as Lee Gon
Kim Go Eun as Jung Tae Eul / Luna
Woo Do Hwan as Jo Eun Sub / Jo Young
Kim Kyung Nam as Kang Shin Jae
Jung Eun Chae as Goo Seo Ryung
Lee Jung Jin as Lee Rim



Likes: I absolutely love this fantasy/romance with time-travel genre! Although I knew time-travel would always confuse me but I was willing and all ready to be confused before I started the first episode. And talking about it…

The first episode. That was a mysterious, intriguing and nerve-racking first episode. Everything was perfect! It started so well. I love the storytelling as if someone was reading a legend to me. “And so there once this legendary bamboo flute which allows the owner to travel between parallel worlds. Of course, because of its power, one soul wanted to get hold of it and use it for his plans and that to take control of different worlds and live almost immortal. Unfortunately or fortunately, the flute got snapped into two and he only got half of it. The other half went to our guy, the King!” That was a good introduction to a complicated storyline combined with a remarkable action scene when the crown prince was about to get killed but then shooting began and broke the glass roof. Following the shattered glass, came down the powdery snow onto the dead King and the hurt young crown prince. Yeah, what a scene!  I thougt it was brilliant!

The promising cast.

Lee Min Ho as Lee Gon – It was good to see LMH back in the drama world, I’ve missed him! Although, I know in my heart he’s not the best actor out there, he’s still a favourite of mine and it was good to see him taking the role of King Lee Gon of the Kingdom of Corea. He looked dashing in his kingly outfits and very knightly on his white horse, Maximus!

Kim Go Eun as Jung Tae Eul and Luna – I like both roles but my favourite is her Luna character – lonely, dark, sad, scary and even dying. Jung Tae Eul on the other hand was the likeable type – brave, smart, happier and healthier. I would say Kim Go Eun did well especially with Luna.

Woo Do Hwan as Jo Eun Sub / Jo Young – Woo Do Hwan was awesome! Upstaging the lead actor is definitely a feat. As Jo Young, the very handsome bodyguard of the King also known as the unbreakable sword, he could pass as the next Bond! But his Jo Eun Sub character would give Woo Do Han the best acting award. He totally pulled it off! Jo Eun Sub was such a funny guy with a very heavy Busan accent. The show was light-hearted because of him.

Kim Kyung Nam as Kang Shin Jae – He’s not your typical Korean cutie but omo this guy can act. I was very impressed with his crying moments.

Jung Eun Chae as Goo Seo Ryung – two words, intimidatingly beautiful! Young but she looked very mature in acting. The Prime Minister role suited her so well.

Lee Jung Jin as Lee Rim – oh this guy is a veteran, I could tell. Such a brilliant actor. I think the show would have struggled more without him as the villain.

Awesome OST & score. I love the score most, very powerful! But here’s a link to both OST and score… The King: Eternal Monarch OST + Score.

Set Design. There was an obvious effort on the sets but my favourite was the King’s office. That library / office was just impressive. Lee Gon always looked kingly in that room. Well done!

Costume Design. Of course, the king’s wardrobe was the best. I love his outfit when he went to see Jung Tae Eul for the first time and he didn’t have money so he had to sell the precious buttons on his coat. That was lovely coat! Runner up is the Prime Minister’s wardrobe.



Epic Scenes. Aside from the first episode’s epic scene, there were some more like the almost battle with Japan, the rescue of Jung Tae Eul on the streets of the kingdom headed by the king himself, the king’s New Year walk on a snowy night meeting Lee Rim  and everytime when the TIME stops.

The Ending. Not so bad actually. I was kind of getting ready for a sad or tragic ending. But it ended well, giving closures to most of the threads.

Dislikes: It wasn’t the best but it wasn’t a bad script, it was just simply poor execution of the script. After the first episode, it was a total mess. Confused the hell out of me! It took it until episode 11 to finally take off but even then I wasn’t completely satisfied. Such a waste, it could have been done better.

I’ve never seen so aggressive ad placements in my kdrama watching history. Really onto your face ads!  Too much chicken, milk tea, ginseng, coffee… and more! Ruin the whole thing.

So disturbed by Lee Min Ho’s perfectly done lips especially on the earlier episodes. Too much makeup!

The chemistry wasn’t just there.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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The World of the Married

The-World-of-the-Married kdramaSummary: Ji Sun Woo is a successful doctor and she seems to have everything including a happy marriage and family but she realizes that all around her is full of lies and she painfully discovers one after the other including her husband’s infidelity.

Trailer: The World of the Married

Genre: Romance, Thriller, Revenge
Episodes: 16
Stars: Kim Hee Ae as Ji Sun Woo
Park Hae Joon as Lee Tae Oh
Park Sun Young as Ko Ye Rim
Kim Young Min as Son Je Hyuk
Han So Hee as Yeo Da Kyung


Likes: This drama was an underdog. Taking down the likes of “The King: Eternal Monarch”. It wasn’t even on my list of to watch dramas but the rating was just impressive that I was tempted to take a peek. And yes, a one episode peek was all I needed to keep watching until the end.

The nerve-racking first episode. The storytelling / script  was impressive and how it was all (the past happy times, the present and the revelation) compressed in one episode coming up with a bomb pilot episode.  You just need to watch the first one and you’ll be hooked for sure.

Paying attention to details. I’ve got to commend the director for doing a great job. This kind of show where most of the time emotions are involved, you’ve got to be really good in capturing feelings and atmosphere. The focus on facial expressions was very well done, and in combination with great lines and dialogues, everyone looked brilliant in acting. Moreover the sets are well laid out and designed to produce the most desired atmosphere.

A long episode with a bomb. Have you noticed an episode is over an hour long. It’s like 1hr and 20mins if I’m not mistaken. It’s quite long that I always ended up staying late at night but nothing to complain about as it made the story more elaborate that they could plant a bomb in it. Every episode has this explosion scene, always my most-awaited.

The OST. The tracks sound sad but befitting such a sorrowful drama. Check out The World of the Married OST! I also like the intrumental music especially the one playing everytime something interesting is happening. Check out the end The World of the Married Intrumental OST!

The brilliant acting. This follows when the show has a brilliant director normally. Everyone did a fantastic job!

Kim Hee Ae as Ji Sun Woo – you’ve got to give it to her, she was the star of the show. The Ji Sun Woo character was a combination of an independent, successful, strong and brave woman who despite having to go through a family trauma, managed to have control of her own life, marriage and family, and even after the fallout of her marriage, managed to stay well-composed. It was when Ji Sun Woo finally brokedown and let out a good cry that I thought I was in for a good outpouring of emotions too. Kim Hee Ae, I would say, got my vote for the best actress award this year.

Park Hae Joon as Lee Tae Oh – another interesting character and Park Hae Joon nailed it. At times, sexy but most of the times, despicable. But no matter how much you hate him, after a while you’ll pity him. That was exactly the reason why the relationship with his ex wife Ji Sun Woo never ended. Lee Tae Oh, until the end was oblivious of the fact how much hurt he had caused people around him.

Han So Hee as Yeo Da Kyung – I always thought Han So Hee is pretty. I’ve seen her in a couple of dramas before but was never really impressed of her acting. Well, except this one! As a mistress Yeo Da Kyung, she exuded youthful beauty that could tempt any man in the planet and was determined to put a leash on that man she wanted to be with. Later as Mrs. Lee Tae Oh, she was controling and cunning but always maintained composure and patience. I commend Han So Hee for playing the role of Yeo Da Kyung so well. This was her best performance so far. She wasn’t just pretty but could actually act brilliantly.



The other married couple. I like how the story gave attention to another marriage which was in the brink of extinction. The Ye Rim and Je Hyuk story was a beautiful addition to yet another tragic married life. Like Lee Tae Oh and Ji Sun Woo’s story, theirs also highlighted the reasons why and why not these two souls could be together.

Jun Jin Seo as Lee Joon Young. This boy has a bright future ahead. He looks good and and acts good. I would watch out for him. In a couple of years, I’d like to see him in a leading role.

Most epic moment. Got to be Ji Sun Woo’s entrance to the shooting range to join the lady’s club. I thought she was too cool in maroon leather coat with a gun in her hands!

Well dressed cast. Like Ji Sun Woo’s slaying outfit above, she was the whole time clad in gorgeous outfit throughout the show. The rest of the cast wasn’t left behind. Everyone was well-dressed!

The End. Actually, I couldn’t think of a better ending than how it ended. I wanna leave it like that, it was perfect that way. There was realization on everyone, they’ve got to make the best choice out of all, and only that, they would find peace and happiness and in Ji Sun Woo’s part, forgiveness from the one she loves the most.

Dislikes: There were some over- the- top situations, maybe not even possible in real life but hey it’s a kdrama afterall.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day

i'll find you on a beautiful daySummary: After a failed teaching career in Seoul, Mok Hae Won goes back to the countryside where she grew up and studied. She meets again her former classmate Im Eun Sub who now owns a bookshop and is quite content with his life in the village. Little did she know that Im Eun Sub liked her a lot even when they were still young but opted to admire her from the far.

Trailer: I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day

Genre: Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Min Young as Mok Hae Won
Seo Kang Joon as Im Eun Sub



Likes: I would normally go for the romantic comedy but I won’t say no to a wonderfully made romance drama complete with all the necessary spices.

A beautifully written script. Such a great storytelling with focus on details. It didn’t give me an impression of being lost while following every episode. There was always a sense of cohesiveness. It was of course focus on the present but with important flashbacks of the past. It was going back and forth like that but it was just so well done.

The small town set. Some kdramas seem to be parting away from the usual Seoul scenes these days which is a breath of fresh air. Something new, something we don’t normally connect with Korea. I love the small town feel in this one. A place with very few people who mostly know each other and gather on special occasions to connect with everyone further. That very close ties between people in this town was also very well emphasize in this drama.

The focus on values. I love how the characters had emphasis on their values. It didn’t matter if one had a similar value to another, the important thing is how a character stood by his or her own values. For example, when there was this discussion during the book club meeting and someone said, you go around trying to find your happiness somewhere only to end up going back to where you come from and realize that happiness lies there. Then someone else contradicted, what if the case is you’re trying to find happiness somewhere but could not find it so you just decided that the simple happiness you find at home is actually the happiness you’ve been looking for.

It gave us a lot of thoughts. What is really important to each one of us?

The unique characters. This was something that really impressed me about this drama. The characters are very well thought of. I could appreciate it already if the main characters are very well defined but in this case everyone’s character was equally important. The aunt and mum of Mok Hae Won surprised me in the later episodes, they had their own interesting story. I also like the way how Mok Hae Won’s family appeared cold towards each other. They didn’t like to talk about feelings which is okay because in reality some people are just like that.

The top leads. There’s no denying that our top leads are both good looking. Not just that, they’re brilliant actors as well. But what I enjoyed most is the strong chemistry between Park Min Young and Seo Kang Joon. When this is ticked, then the kissing scenes are awesome.

Perfectly conveyed feelings. Another amazing job done was conveying those sometimes unimaginable feelings. How could you show it on TV? This was thanks to a combination of good acting and I would say directing.

Consistent mood. The picturisque scenes (a combination of beautiful countryside and dramatic seasons), the warm atmosphere of the bookstore despite the thick snow of the outside word, the cold feel of the Hodu house where people as cold as ice live, the simple and somewhat happy lifestyle in a small town, the camaraderie between people, and so on. It was somehow very appealing to me.

The focus on books. I love how this drama promoted reading books and even just the existence of books in general. We live in a digital time when we can get information easily online. Books are somewhat no longer a thing. Well, think again, there’s something in books than just the information it gives. They bring people together. We sometimes forget that, don’t we?

I also love that every episode is a title of a book in the drama (if you’ve noticed). I particularly like The Maze of Sisterfield! That episode unfolded a lot of secrets.



The OST. It brings back memories of old dramas which had songs sounding like these… Like A Winter’s Dream and All day Long.

Favorite Quote. “You would rather not see the sunshine with the fear of losing it”.

The Ending. One word, beautiful!

Dislikes: Can’t think of one.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Itaewon Class

itaewon class kdramaSummary: Park Sae Royi, after losing his father and who did not get justice from it, promises himself to take revenge against the people who did him wrong. After some years serving in prison and later working very hard to raise some money, he finally manages to own a pub in Itaewon, an area in Seoul popular for its nightlife and restaurants.

Trailer: Itaewon Class

Genre: Romance, Revenge
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Seo Joon as Park Sae Royi
Kim Da Mi as Jo Yi Seo
Yoo Jae Myung as Jang Dae Hee
Nara as Oh Soo Ah



Likes: The story was great! It had a revenge theme with a tinge of romance. I like how it all started, from the time when our main guy, Park Sae Royi, was still in highschool, how he met his first love, how he was challenged by the powerful, how he lost his dad and how his life crumbled after that. The foundation of revenge was clear and strong. I loved how the story developed from that main foundation. The determination of our main guy to be successful in order to get back to the people who hurt him – what a way to get his revenge.

Character development. Everyone in the beginning was just a nobody but I love how the writers focused on the character development and I’m not just talking about Park Sae Royi’s, the main character of the drama but all the others as well. Like how it became clearer how powerful Jang Dae Hee was, how Ma Hyumi became the most popular transgender chef, how Jo Yi Seo fell in love with Park Sae Ro Yi, how Soo Ah faded in Park Sae Royi’s eyes, how Geun So became greedy with power or how Jeung Gun turned into a messed up person. There were a lot of characters but I ended up knowing each of them by heart. Everyone was well-justified.

The name Itaewon Class. How did they come up with it, I wondered that myself because it wasn’t explained until the other half of the full drama. So don’t be impatient, wait and it will be explained later.

Itaewon. I’ve had dramas before focused on other popular areas in Seoul like Cheondamdong but never heard of Itaewon. Itaewon means freedom according to the drama and it’s good to know that there’s such a vibrant and multicultural place in Seoul with lots of restaurants and pubs. Thus, it was a great idea to add a foreigner in the main cast. Toni spoke Korean fluently, well done!

The awesome cast! Who are they…

Park Seo Joon as Park Sae Royi – this was his best performance yet. His character was serious, firm, determined and proud so there were times when he had to deal with things like flirting and he suddenly turned awkward. Park Seo Joon portrayed this so well. It’s good to see him doing some serious roles.

Kim Da Mi as Jo Yi Seo – cute and obnoxious, she was a natural! I also like her coolness. Her outfit, hair, the way she walked and talked, witty and smart, young and head over heels for Par Sae Royi. You’ll despise her at first but you’ll fall in love with her later on.

Yoo Jae Myung as Jang Dae Hee – this guy is a veteran. His acting was flawless. I liked him when he was very powerful but I love his acting more when he was going down. Gosh, that final crying was impressive!

Nara as Oh Soo Ah – she is pretty like a doll and like other former idols, she found her talent in acting. She was quite good! I think the chemistry between her and Park Seo Joon was really great.

The outfits. Got to credit the costume designer for the cast’s outfits, well done! I especially love Soo Ah’s executive outfits, Jo Yi Seo’s very cool leather jackets, Jang Dae Hee’s traditional clothes, Ma Hyumi’s pretty outfits and Park Sae Royi’s loose, relaxed but cool clothing.



Love the OST. The tracks were so well-integrated with the drama. I especially like Gaho – Start Over.

Finale. I love it!!! There were closures on pretty much everyone. It felt like I could sleep properly after that.

Cameo. And yes closure with a great cameo at the end, hello Park Bo Gum!

Dislikes: I think there was a soar in rating towards the end of the drama because there was an obvious crowding of ad placements. Hello Tifanny, Mercedes Benz, Samsung… too many to handle. But got to give them credit on how they integrated Montblanc so well at the start.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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My Country

my country kdramaSummary: Set during the Goryeo Kingdom, two good friends separate as enemies and both become warriors trying to protect their country. Seo Hwi, who was the son of a former general, who was then accused of treason, has to serve Prince Jeongan in order to take his revenge against his friend’s father but then realizes that the cause of his own father’s death is Prince Jeongan himself.

Trailer: My Country

Genre: Period, Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Yang Se Jong as Seo Hwi
Woo Do Hwan as Nam Sun Ho
Kim Sul Hyun as Han Hee Jae
Jang Hyuk as Lee Bang Won (Taejong of Joseon)
Kim Young Chul as Lee Sung Gye
Ahn Nae Sang as Nam Jun



Likes: This drama delivered a very good first impression. The sets, cinematography, costumes, soundtrack and of course the brilliant cast! It was sooo good to see two of my favourites, Yang Se Jong and Woo Do Hwan  in a sageuk drama dressed in traditional Goryeo era costumes. Speaking the old language also added to their charismatic roles.

Love the fight scenes! So many of them but my favourites were always the duel between the bestfriends Seo Hwi and Nam Sun Ho. At least when Prince Jeongan (Jang Hyuk) didn’t draw his sword!

Cast worth talking about…

Yang Se Jong as Seo Hwi – it was refreshing to see Yang Se Jong in a sageuk role and it was understandable why he was picked to portray Seo Hwi. Yang Se Jong’s good boy face suits Seo Hwi well. He was perfect for that loyal servant and a very good friend role.

Woo Do Hwan as Nam Sun Ho – this guy has the perfect noble look. Loved his long, straight hair and his very handsome face. Also looked great in a warrior costume. Despite his status, Woo Do Hwan as Nam Sun ho was a sensitive soul and a very loyal friend.

Jang Hyuk as Lee Bang Won or Prince Jeongan – Although I loved both actors above but I think Jang Hyuk stole the show! He just dominated everything! He was every inch looking like a prince, a proud and ambitious one, who was also excellent in fighting and politics! I couldn’t help, I was fangirling! I loved how he would go around with his fan, waving it around. His long hair was so perfect for his so handsome face! And of course, the acting was as usual brilliant! It’s Jang Hyuk, y’all!

One of my favourite scenes of this drama is the confrontation between the King and Prince Jeongan. I thought the exchange of words was worse than any arrow or sword. And before it ended, the King shot an arrow through Prince Jeongan’s kept hair which all hang down, of course all in a princely fashion.

The chemistry here was between the male actors. We’ve got undeniable chemistry between the two bestfriends, Seo Hwi and Nam Sun Ho, then Seo Hwi and Prince Jeongan, then Nam Sun Ho and his loyal henchman, then Seo Hwi and his three good friends. They were inseparable!

I love the comical relief, the love story between Seo Hwi’s friends, Park Moon Bok and a beautiful gisaeng. These two were quite funny.



The ending as I expected ended between the undying love of two good friends. How sweet. And since it was a love triangle, the third party ended up in tears.

Dislikes: I wasn’t warming up to Kim Sul Hyun at all. Poor chemistry between her and Yang Se Jong.

The storyline was all over the place. There was a point when I would say there was no point in fighting anymore. Everyone was just lost, the characters were lost, they don’t know what they were fighting for.

This is the first sageuk I ever watched when characters don’t die after getting stabbed TROUGH with a sword a couple of times. Ahm, was I watching fantasy or what?

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Doctor John

doctor john kdramaSummary: Cha Yo Han, a talented anesthesiologist serves 3 years in prison for administering euthanasia on one of his patients. He then meets Kang Shi Young, a year 2 resident of a famous hospital, at the prison where Cha Yo Han was serving and where Kang Shi Young is working as the prison doctor. Later, outside prison, they cross paths again at the hospital they are both working at.

Trailer: Doctor John

Genre: Medical, Romance
Episodes: 32
Stars: Ji Sung as Cha Yo Han
Lee Se Young as Kang Shi Young
Lee Kyu Hyung as Son Suk Ki
Hwang Hee as Lee Yoo Joon



Likes: I think my top reason for liking Doctor John was the leads. You can’t go wrong with Ji Sung. He’s such a brilliant actor! And being paired with Lee Se Young in this drama was even better! Their chemistry was sooo good! And I loved the fact that they kept on delaying that first kiss until the very end. The thrill would have ended sooner if it came early.

Ji Sung as Cha Yo Han – yes, this guy can do all roles and this time, a doctor and a very competent one at that. Ji Sung always took his roles seriously, always delivered a brilliant portrayal of his character. I even loved the mannerism he did so well for this character like the tapping of the finger every time he was trying to concentrate over something. So immersed in his roles, a brilliant actor indeed! One more thing I admire about Ji Sung is he always manage to look cool and sexy whatever role he’s into. Well here, a really cool and sexy doctor!

Lee Se Young as Kang Shi Young – she’s come very far with her career. A young, brilliant actress and very pretty too. I’ve watched her as a zombie, then a queen, then here, a 2nd year resident who admired her senior. Her portrayal of Kang Shi Young, a young doctor who underwent a trauma in the past and who wasn’t sure of her capabilities as a doctor, was so good and convincing. I like her a lot. Perfect match for Ji Sung!

Main and sub stories were well done. I love Doctor John’s story. His struggles and love life were well-balanced. I didn’t get that feeling that everything was all about medical stuff. His love story was well integrated and had as much weight as him being a doctor and a patient. Same goes to the background story of Kang Shi Young that justified her own struggles. Then  later her story of falling in love. Well, I just thought it was beautiful! In addition, the sub stories were really good too especially the patient’s. It was like watching mini kdramas within a kdrama. So many interesting cases.

The chemistry was very good that I couldn’t help looking forward to the romantic parts. My favourites were the confession in the elevator and of course the kiss at the airport. I know they dragged that first kiss for too long but I think it was good that way. The romance didn’t die out until the very end.

Touching a very sensitive topic like euthanasia is something I don’t see a lot in kdrama so that made it more interesting.

The special bond the doctors developed in the pain department was something I missed a lot when the drama ended.



I love the OST! Some English songs there and they were all good. Listening to them always remind me how sexy Ji Sung was in his white robe :-)… Doctor John OST.

The Ending. It was teasing but it was good. I’ve got my epilogue moment, it was long so I was happy.

Dislikes: Ahm, too much Subway ad placement. Really, the first kind of date was in Subway? Hm, I’m not sure about that.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung

rookie historian kdramaSummary: Our girl Hae Ryung tries to become a historian avoiding her fate to get married to a noble man. She comes across Prince Lee Rim who is writing romantic novels anonymously. After she passed the exam as a historian, she starts as an apprentice in the palace. She finds out that the romantic novel author is actually a prince.

Trailer : Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung

Genre: Period, Romance, Kings & Princes
Episodes: 40
Stars: Shin Se Kyung as Goo Hae Ryung
Cha Eun Woo as Lee Rim



Likes: Well, for once, very educational. Historians were not really given emphasis in other historical kdramas I watched in the past. I didn’t have any idea that they were that important. Moreover, the confidentiality of the records was a big deal. No one even the King could read what had been written. These records could even ruin any King’s reputation for future generations hence historians were fairly feared.

Another learning point for me was the smallpox prevention by vaccinating cow pus on a healthy person. Well, I thought they made that one up but no, it was really done before. Interesting!

Love the emphasis on reading and medical advancements on that era. Impressive!

I would also say that picking a historian, much more a female one, was an ambitious choice of kdrama character. I have to give credit to Shin Se Kyung for doing an awesome job portraying a newb historian who was very curious, smart, fearless and independent. Goo Hae Ryung was a very likeable character, she was fun to watch! And of all Shin Se Kyung’s kdramas I watched before, this was the first one she had a remarkable chemistry with her male lead. So to sum it up, Historians might come as a boring subject but with the right recipe like a strong main character, a good and not too serious historical storyline, top chemistry, colourful costumes… we’ve got a kdrama success there!

Our perfectly handsome male lead was no doubt an eye candy. Cha Eun Woo was just sooo gorgeous! Perfect face, tall, flawless skin, he was so pretty, even prettier than the female lead!  He also looked great in all his prince wardrobes. Such a dashing prince, he was! However, he wasn’t all the looks. This pretty face can cry. So impressed on his crying scene, he really let it all out.

Supporting actors were all great! Special mentions goes to the crown prince, Min Gyu – one of the senior historians, the King, the Queen Dowager and the funny eunuch Heo Sam Bo!

All episodes had awesome cliffhangers. So hard to control myself watching the next one. This always come inconvenient when the time on the clock shows midnight already. Good thing, I could always look forward to the next one.

The first kiss! Ahhh, soo goood! Specially with the line, “I hope you live for a long time and be the owner of my heart.” Omo, omo, omo!



I even love the heartbreaking breakup! Cha Eun Woo, although young and new in kdrama, proved himself capable of being the top lead. He did so well on the breakup scene. Of course, Shin Se Kyung too, but she’s veteran you know.

The ending. Oh, I love how they all maintained and pursued what they wanted to do.

Dislikes: Some lovey dovey scenes in the palace ground seemed impossible without those watchful eyes especially during those times. Maybe too much sometimes.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Angel’s Last Mission: Love

angels last missionSummary: An angel messes up his last mission. Instead of taking the soul of a ballerina, he saves her from the brink of death. He is given though another chance, a mission to make the ballerina fall in love. However she is one difficult soul and that gives our angel a hard time. In the end, she falls in love but no other than with the angel himself.

Trailer: Angel’s Last Mission: Love

Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Episodes: 32
Stars: Shin Hye Sun as Lee Yun Seo
L as Dan
Lee Dong Gun as Ji Kang Woo
Kim Bo Mi as Geum Ni Na



Likes: What a wonderful and graceful intro with our prima ballerina on the spotlight and our gorgeous angel looking good on all-white flapping his wings going for his next mission. It looked such a very promising fantasy drama I had been waiting for. But how did it fair for me? Let’s find out…

Beautiful story on how the soul of a young boy who went to heaven early and became an angel got reunited with the girl he liked when he was still alive. Their fate got entangled when he couldn’t resist saving the girl from the brink of death. As a punishment, cute as it may sound, he became part human and make the girl fall in love with somebody. It’s just cute, really.

I love the cast! Shin Hye Sun was awesome! Her role in this drama… a bratty, rich heir slash prima ballerina fits her so well. I wonder if she really is a ballerina. There were some dancing scenes when she didn’t require a double. Her lean physique looked like a top ballerina to me and she was so looking great in all her outfits, so intimadatingly rich! Her facial expression was always good, always full of emotion.

L’s acting improved a lot although he’s not yet there but it’s good to see him as a main lead. He looked too young for Shin Hye Sun at start but his appearance towards the end kind of improved, making him looked more mature and handsome especially when he was sad.

Lee Dong Gun’s series of supporting leads gives him an edge again. Honestly, he had more chemistry with Shin Hye Sun here. Especially during the scenes when they were still together in the story. I thought he connected so well with her.

Kim Bo Mi wasn’t that bad. She could dance too but found her too thin. Well, that fits her role well as someone who has an eating disorder.

The kissing scenes. I’ve got to admit, some were awkward but I love the final kiss of life. I thought that was beautiful. L was not looking too nervous when he did that so it went really so well.

The saving scene. I held my breath when she fell and I held it even more when Kim Dan appeared as an angel catching her from that fall. It was a beautiful scene! Well, everytime his wings were out, it became exciting!

Giselle. I loved it that they were so detailed with the show. It wasn’t just all practice but they actually really did a good performance on stage.



Angel’s Last Mission: Love OST. Beautiful songs! You’ve got some sad tunes but remember the drama is not a romantic comedy.

Love the ending! I didn’t want to ask a lot questions but I liked how it ended. It was good. A great compensation for all the tears I shed for this drama.

Dislikes: I don’t totally agree with how the writer perceived how all this divine providence works. Misleading for Christians like me but tried to come up with an objective review anyway. Didn’t want to make it complicated, it’s a kdrama afterall.

Weak villains.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Romance is a Bonus Book

romance is a bonus book kdramaSummary: A young, handsome chief editor of a big publishing company has some unfinished business with his first love. Now that she’s divorced, broke, starting from the bottom and even living in his house for the time being, will our chief editor has a chance or will he forever be her little brother?

Trailer: Romance is a Bonus Book

Genre: Office, Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Jong Suk as Cha Eun Ho
Lee Na Young as Kang Dan Yi
Jung Yoo Jin as Song Hae Rin
Wi Ha Joon as Ji Seo Joon



Likes: The book topic is quite interesting. We get to learn a bit about editorial, printing, publishing, marketing and all that is going on at a book publishing company. It gives us an idea how much effort it takes to create and publish a book and what actually happens when they don’t sell. I’m not a big reader but this drama entices people like me to read more for the reason that there is always something to learn about.

I love how they made the Gyeoroo office. It looks really lovely like a mini library. I think all bookworms would love to work in that office. The office atmosphere looked as warm and competent like the design itself.

The characters that made up the publishing firm are very well thought. Something to learn for us who don’t have an idea about this kind of world. I just thought the founders of Gyeoroo looked so cool in trenchcoats! I loved the big boss, the marketing lady director, the young, handsome chief editor, the newly divorced couple, and even the annoying newbie, Ji Hyul grows on you towards the end.

I love that they also tackle the topic about women who are going back to work after a couple of years of raising a family and just don’t stand a chance in getting hired especially in marketing and advertising industries. It’s the sad the truth. But then the drama kinds of ask the business world to think twice of these women who are willing to get back to working and how they could still be as competitive as the younger ones.

There’s so much book passion in this drama. The passion to write a book (authors), the passion to publish a book (publishers) and the passion to read one (readers). Once can really learn regardless of what it is you are going to be passionate about.

The side story of the famous author, Kang Byung Jun was I think a lovely addition and gave the drama a bittersweet ending. The mystery of the title “April 23”, on how it came to be was heartbreaking and the same time a comfort to the son whom the author had left behind. This part is a definite tearjerker!



The couples…

Eun Ho and Dan Yi – cute, noona romance but lacking chemistry.

Hae Rin and Seo Joon – I loved the looming romance. Song Hae Rin was just adorable!

Kim Jae Min and Ko Yoo Sun – the button romance was hilarious! Romance also exists between top bosses ya know.

Ending and Epilogue. Everyone seemed happy in the end especially after making their romances official.

Dislikes: I was really waiting for that chemistry between Eun Ho And Dan Yi but unfortunately, there was too little of it to be excited about. This must be the first Lee Jong Suk drama where I found him less desirable.

Loaded with obvious ad placement. Hello Didier Dubot, Summa Essence and Subway?

My Rating: 7 stars! (10 as highest)

The Crowned Clown

The-crowned-clown kdramaSummary: The throne has put some weight on the King of Joseon so he badly needs some rest and orders a clown, who just looks like him, to take over the throne. However, the clown turns out to be a better king! The king’s most trusted person turns away from him and chooses the clown to lead the nation. However, the secret didn’t come unnoticed. The powerful opposition wants the clown be removed from the throne.

Trailer: The Crowned Clown

Genre: Period, Romance, Kings & Princes
Episodes: 16
Stars: Yeo Jin Goo as Ha Sun / King Lee Hun
Lee Se Young as Queen Yoo So Woon
Kim Sang Kyung as Lee Gyoo




Likes: The Story. How likely that this would happen? And no one barely noticed? Just in a kdrama perhaps. But who doesn’t love the idea of a clown, who is a king look-a-like takes the throne until he was done with it! Pretty neat, right? Holes and logic aside, I love the fact that a  mere clown successfully ruled as King, turned those people loyal to the real King to be even more loyal to him, made the queen fall in love with him, outwitted opposition’s brilliant moves to remove him from the throne (of course by the help of a few who believed in him), approved laws which benefited the common people and so on and so forth. It went smoothly like that in the first 15 episodes. I love it when the hero is winning all the time no matter what cunning plans to destroy him. I love that Ha Sun, our clown-turned-King always got away with everything. He and Haksan, the Chief Royal Secretary always had a solution to any trouble. They were always a step ahead of their opponents. I couldn’t help but always cheer whenever they were winning! But I knew payback time would come and it damn came I liked it or not. Still a really good story!

Cinematography was awesome! Like most period kdramas I watched, there’s a big emphasis on cinematography. Although it wasn’t as good Mr Sunshine’s, they still did a pretty good job. A lot of remarkable scenes but since I’m always drawn to romance, my top favourite was when the King professed his feeling to the Queen on that cold night and it snowed and yes, I’ve got my first kiss! If I have to go for a sadder one, how about that scene with the real King on the beach with Haksan who was pouring him with poisoned drink. Oh the scenery was perfect but that brought so much sadness :-(. I just loved picture-perfect scenes and this drama was very rich of them.

The Cast. Oh everyone’s brilliant but I’ve got to mention the top ones…

Yeo Jin Goo as Ha Sun and King Lee Hun – his most brilliant performance to date! Yeo Jin Goo has been always brilliant even when he was still a child actor (seen him first in The Moon that Embraces the Sun as the young king) but his double performance here was the best so far! I love him as Ha Sun, the clown and later the remarkable king but I love him more as the crazy King Lee Hun. The latter was I think the more challenging role. Crazy, full of pain, lost, powerful, a very sad character and my dear Yeo Jin Goo portrayed that so well.



Lee Se Young as Queen Yoo So Woon – one of the most beautiful queens in a period drama. The character exuded calmness, uprightness and nobility and Lee See Young did so well here. At least now, I can stop thinking of her as the decaying zombie (A Korean Odyssey).

Kim Sang Kyung as Lee Gyoo – the Chief Royal secretary was so admirable that I just fell in love! I love the character but got to love the actor for a brilliant performance! This guy doesn’t need to try hard to act, he’s a natural. He can let his tears roll down his cheeks without overworking his face. What a talent really!

Other Remarkable Characters. Aside from the top ones I mentioned above, how can I forget the caring and loyal Eunuch Jo, the greedy Shin Chi Soo, the avenging Queen Dowager, the ambitious Prince Jin Pyung Gun, the beautiful Woon Shim, the brave and loyal bodyguard Jang Moo Young and the smart Joo Ho Kul.

The Ending. How would I describe it? It was painful, sad, hopeful and happy. I think I pretty much said it all.

Dislikes: Hm, the justification why it took Ha Sun a long time to come back wasn’t satisfying.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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Fates and Furies

fates and fury kdramaSummary: Goo Hae Ra, a small-time shoe maker in Busan approaches Tae In Joon for a purpose. She makes him fall in love with her to avenge her sister who is in coma for years. However, the way to vengeance is never easy. She meets powerful people who she doesn’t have a clue, could be of help to her or the reason for her downfall.

Trailer: Fates and Furies

Genre: Romance, Revenge
Episodes: 40
Stars: Lee Min Jung as Goo Hae Ra
Joo Sang Wook as Tae In Joon
So Yi Hyun as Cha Soo Hyun
Lee Ki Woo as Jin Tae Oh




Likes: It’s a story of love, deceit, power, status, inconsolable anger and vengeance! It’s a minefield of emotions! You can easily get caught in this chaos and get hooked to it.

I love the style. Very quiet, very serious, not so big in background music (that I already even forgot the OST). Oh wait, let me rephrase, they do background music at the very important scene like the first kiss (with the chorus of Fates and Furies OST … I’m thinking of you…lalala…). Very good, very powerful!

Watched this to see the loveteam Lee Min Jung and Jo Sang Wook who were together in a popular romcom some years ago, Cunning Sexy Lady. Chemistry is still there, I don’t know if it’s from the story, but there’s not much of it. Still enough though to get through the whole drama. Both are still looking great. In fact everyone looked great! Credits to the costume designers especially the thought you poured into coming up with gorgeous business outfits.

If top leads are good-looking, the supporting are equally the same. So Yi Hyun and Lee Ki Woo are eye candies! So Yi Hyun especially is not just looking gorgeous but a top-notched actress. Too beautiful and talented! Her role here shows she can do pretty much everything.

Other antagonists roles were handled pretty well with other veteran actors in this show. The story would have been incomplete without the evil stepmother and brother! Don’t you agree?!



Favourite crumbs…

  • love the chemistry between Tae Jung Min and Kang Eui Gun
  • loving Busan accent!
  • Kim Chang Soo, love this guy! He’s always there to give answers to everything 😉
  • and of course the mystery of Kim Chang Soo (the twist)

I love the ending. I mean who doesn’t like a happy ending after all those heartaches and tears as if there’s no forgiveness left in this world but in the end, our top leads reunite! Back to where they’ve met first (of course with perfect background). No fireworks though but we’ve got the sea covered ;-).

The ending was good and happy but what I like from it most was the twist in the end. I din’t expect that, or was I just not paying much attention. Anyway, surprised and contented by the story twist. As if it served as a seasoning to an already good dish.

Dislikes: The beginning was a bomb but it diffused somewhere in the middle (must admit, it became boring and draggy). Fortunately, a saving bomb exploded at the end.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Memories of the Alhambra

memories of the alhambra kdramaSummary: Yoo Jin Woo, a CEO of an investing company travels to Spain for a business and gets hold of a mysterious game worth investing millions but little did he know that he’ll get suck into the game. He finds help from Jung Hee Joo, a hostel owner who happens to be the sister of the game developer.

Trailers: Memories of the Alhambra

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Mystery, Action
Episodes: 16
Stars: Hyun Bin as Yoo Jin Woo
Park Shin Hye as Jung Hee Joo




Likes: It took me until the 4th episode to get really into it but yes it was worth the wait because since then I couldn’t stop watching. Waiting for the next 2 episodes the following week was so much torture! It was that addictive!

The storyline was quite a mess, got to admit that, but if you pay attention to the explanation at the start of every following episode, you’ll get a grasp of what’s going on or what went on the previous episode. I think there’s an artistic attempt on the storyline but just came out always a bit chaotic. Just pay attention and you’ll be fine :-).

Getting into the game genre was new to me. It was a strange kdrama topic but got hooked as soon as I understood how it worked. Of course, couldn’t help notice a lot of logic holes but holes aside, it was a heart-pounding, thrilling game!

The chemistry came later but it did come, thank you! I thought I would never see Hyun Bin as a likeable man. Finally, he’s back. It’s been a long while oppa! Glad he was paired with Park Shin Hye.

Story – The Ingredients. Definitely an ambitious attempt to combine…

AI – the game idea was awesome although it’s hard to imagine it in reality filling streets and corners with strange gamers trying to hit someone who’s not there.

TRAVEL – Spain’s definitely on my bucketlist now, just look at that beautiful Grand Alhambra Palace, mesmerizing! I love the atmosphere of the place, it was a great intro to the connection that was building between the leads.

MUSIC – we’re going classic with this one. I knew the tune but never knew the title Memories of Alhambra by Francisco de Asís Tárrega. My association to this music in the future will be Hyun Bin haha :-).



POPULAR LEADS – I never had doubts with Park Shin Hye but with Hyun Bin’s last kdrama flop, I was fervently hoping this would be a good come back for him. Well, it bloody should be. This was more focused on Hyun Bin’s character. With this, Hyun Bin oppa is back on my list of top kdrama actor. To be fair, he also really did well. All those silent crying at the very end was very convincing. I’m missing him already :(.

ROMANCE & HORROR – It was romantic at times and scary most of the time. Rare combination for me to watch but just worked out well.

Story – The Crumbs. There were some bits and pieces that make this drama remarkable…

EMMA – she was like an anti-virus. Stabbing bugs with a dagger. So exotic Emma!

OST – Check it out! It’s as powerful as the drama itself… Memories of the Alhambra OST.

Park Shin Hye fluent in Espanol!

Marco looks like G-Dragon, isn’t he?

Cool usernames: ZINU, City Hunter…

The Kiss! It’s a crumb because it was just once.

Dislikes: Swarmed by ads! They tried to integrate them in the story but there were just too many of them. Too obvious! Hello Breitling, Swarovski, Subway… to name a few.

LOGIC HOLES, the big ones! I could ignore the small ones but the big ones, NO. What are they thinking, we won’t notice?

The Ending. I’m still bitter about this. They could have made it more satisfying, really?

But because this made my heart raced and longed for more every week, I will still give it a…

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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