Mar 152018
 

that man oh soo kdramaOngoing drama. Still watching.

Preview: Finally, a cute fantasy/romance drama! Loving the leads, they look good together but greatly hoping that Lee Jong Hyun’s acting will improve a bit more, at least on the same level like his leading lady. Story is about a guy who can see and manipulate feelings by the help of magic pollens.

Trailer : That Man Oh Soo

Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Jong Hyun as Oh Soo
Kim So Eun as Seo Yoo Ri

Dec 302017
 

im not a robot kdramaSummary: When the robot Aji 3 wasn’t at all ready to do its job and its creators desperately needed to deliver it to the new owner, they come up with an idea to hire someone who looks like the robot and for the meantime do its function. And that someone is Jo Ji Ah, whose current job is to secure limited edition toys and items for her clients. She has to pretend as the newly finished robot to Kim Min Kyu who happened to be one of her former clients.

Trailer: I’m Not A Robot

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Science Fiction
Episodes: 32 (35 minutes/episode)
Stars: Yoo Seung Ho as Kim Min Kyoo
Chae Soo Bin as Jo Ji Ah / Aji 3
Uhm Ki Joon as Hong Baek Kyoon

Likes: I soooo love this drama for so many cute reasons which will be enumerated later below :). Main thing… it’s the first drama this year that made me sooo happy, excited and in love! If these three reasons are present especially the last one, I normally don’t see any flaw. It’s what everybody calls,  “blinded by love”,  lol!

Yes, I love everything!!! From the…

Top Leads – the chemistry between our 2 top leads is insurmountable. From the start to finish, it was overwhelming! I love Yoo Seung Ho’s acting. He’s not just a pretty face but he knows his craft so well. He’s all emotions and I always got carried away by his acting, haha! I also couldn’t ignore how handsome he was in this drama. Gone are the days when he was all cute. He now turned into a very handsome leading man. As to our girl, Chae Soo Bin, I love her bubbly character here. She never overdid her acting which normally turns out annoying with some. She was a perfect match with Yoo Seung Ho. Just love both of them!

The kissing scenes – the greatest kissing scenes are from those who had a really good chemistry and our top couple had it so expect these scenes to send you to the moon :)! What I love most is the generosity to produce more than two top kissing scenes in one drama. Oh, I enjoyed them all! My favourite, of course, was the kitchen kiss! It was also the longest ;).

The umbrella – it was the most important prop! It was important for him and for her… and later for both. It was part of their love story. This prop made it till the last scene. Can someone tell me where I can buy one?

The heart lamps – not as important as the umbrella and I actually didn’t see how it would replace SMS, emails… but I thought they were really cute and they somehow match the cheesiness of the story :).

The heart books – so corny of Aji 3 but couldn’t help but love it too! This was the heart Aji 3 / Jo Ji Ah made by rearranging the books on the bookshelf so they would look like a big heart. Awww!

My favourite quotes – “This is the perfect moment when you kiss.” – Aji 3 “My heart is itchy, it’s about to sprout!” – Kim Min Kyu. Sooo cheesy but loved them all!

The rest of the cast – everyone was good and funny and I specially loved it that additional love teams were created. It was great seeing the professor finally started noticing Pie. Sun Hye, Ji Ah’s bestfriend was interested with Ssan Ip. Even Ri El showed a probability dating Hyoo Chul.

Sun Hye, the dating expert – I love her! She was funny, an additional icing to the already delicious cake.

The Winter Wonderland – I don’t like cold but I couldn’t help liking Kim Mim Kyu’s place turned into a winter wonderland. The snow-covered garden with those properly-groomed trees and bushes looked so amazingly beautiful and romantic.

Some tiny references – Was Kim Min Kyu’s house, the popular Go Jun Pyo’s house in BOF? And I couldn’t help noticing the W kissing scene on TV!

Epilogue – that “2-year-later” epilogue is a big bonus for a 16-episode drama! I love epilogues, though short but they tell more.

And the ending – well, couldn’t ask for more satisfying ending. It was well-done and most importantly, it made me so happy!

Dislikes: I was so in love, no dislikes or whatsoever, lol!

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

 

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Jul 132017
 

bride of the water god kdramaSummary: Habaek, the water god, leaves the realms of the gods for the human world to look for the divine stones. He then meets So Ah, a psychiatrist who is the descendant of the servants of the gods. While looking for the stones and staying at her place, the 2 fall in love with each other.

Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Nam Joo Hyuk as Ha Baek
Shin Se Kyung as So Ah
Im Ju Hwan as Hoo Ye
Krystal Jung as Moo Ra
Gong Myung as Bi Ryum

Likes: It was exciting to have yet another fantasy drama this year. I love the setting and the characters. The 2 worlds looked great! It started with showing some details of the realm of the gods with Habaek himself in his godly appearance. It was followed by the introduction to the human world and what could be prettier than a cherry blossom naturally-decorated Seoul :).

After some impressive intro to both world, we got a taste of Habaek’s on and off power in the human world. I thought that rescue scene: Habaek rescuing So Ah from a fall, looked awesome. I got very excited and waited for more scenes like that.

I love Habaek! I think the character was very charming. He might have lost his power but he kept his charm. His looks was charming so as the way he spoke. I loved it when he talked seriously but always came out funny like when he said, “A guy can’t love without a car” or “Candies shouldn’t be eaten at once”. And how can I forget his description of the mug he gave to his girl, “This is me (referring to the guy on the mug) and this is you (pointing to the dog on the mug which represents So Ah). And of course (even if he overdid it a bit), I love all his shirtless scenes :).

Best actor in this drama was Im Ju Hwan, hands down! He upstaged everyone! And all I thought, the director was simply bad making most actors here looked quite sloppy. But hey how come there was one who really stood out! Im Ju Hwan did really great. In the end, he was the only I was looking forward to watch. This guy deserves a leading role next time!

Shin Se Kyung was also great. Her acting put Nam Joo Hyuk in a bad light. She all had the emotions going but always unreciprocated.

Forget the acting although she wasn’t that bad but  Krystal Jung probably had the best part for trying out all those gorgeous outfits! Well, she gave them all justice as she has the body for them. The entire drama was like a runway for her.

OST is love! Bride of the Water God OST.

The sunset and bride scenes at the end were both lovely. Habaek and So Ah looked really good together!

Dislikes: The storyline was a mess. A lot of informations were lacking and/or unsupported. I have the impression that some were left for the audience to figure out or the writers simply expected us to read the manhwa.

Bad acting everywhere. Aside from the 2 excellent actors in this drama I mentioned above, the rest were so-so. But will have to concentrate on Nam Joo Hyuk (sorry fans), he was very lacking. There was no facial expression! It’s awkward to watch that while Shin Se Kyung was giving it her all, everytime the camera shifted to Nam Joo Hyuk, nothing as in nothing. It hurt to watch. There’s still a room for improvement, no rush for top lead roles if you’re not yet ready. Nam Joo Hyuk, you were very promising in Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart: Ryeo.

The ending, wahhh! So poor. No one bothers to improve anything. It was like… Ok folks, not doing well in the ratings, let’s just get it over and done with. I thought it would compete with Goblin but nahhh!

But because of Im Ju Hwan’s performance, I’m still giving it a…

My Rating: 7 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jul 062017
 

fight for my way kdramaSummary: Ko Dong Man and Choi Ae Ra are childhood friends who are both there for each other during difficult times. As they failed to fulfill their childhood dreams, they’ve tried to do unexciting jobs to feed themselves which left both of them unhappy and discontented. So when the chance came to do it right, they grabbed the opportunity.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Seo Joon as Ko Dong Man
Kim Ji Won as Choi Ae Ra
Ahn Jae Hong as Kim Joo Man
Song Ha Yoon as Baek Sul Hee

Likes: Although it’s a typical bestfriend-love kind of story, I can’t hide the fact that I like these 2 bestfriends! They’re super good looking, great in acting and the chemistry is super top! The 2 complemented each other in acting and looks. And they were very comfortable with each other’s company.

Park Seo Joon is sexiest in this role! Hands down. Just look at that body! Who says Korean men can’t be buffed. I like his role here, the not so smart Ko Dong Man but a martial arts genius.

Kim Ji Won  is super good! Very pretty and when it comes to acting, she’s a natural. She’s one of those very promising female leads in Korean TV. Her role as Cho Ae Ra, although didn’t match her pretty face, she simply did it with ease.

Very good supporting couple story! I was always interested as to what will happen to our Joo Man and Sul Hee as much as I was looking forward to our Dong Man and Ae Ra. The supporting couple had a very well-done, one of the most elaborated supporting story in my history of kdrama addiction :).

I love the friendships, the bromance and (womance)? Is there such a word? Ae Ra has Sul Hee, Dong Man has Joo Man. The 4 are really close friends. But wait, we also have Dong Man and coachinim! The latter even threatens our top leads’ romance :).

Dong  Man’s command in the English language was awesome! Tap! Tap! No Tap! Yes Tap! Lol! Oh well, as long as John Karellas understood everything.

BTS’s Fire as Dong Man’s intro music whenever he would enter the ring. I thought that was cool!

I love the flashbacks when they were still young. It gives clarity to some loose ends.

I like it that our Nam Il villa’s ahjumma ended up as someone very important. Give’s the story a nice twist.

I thought the scene of both fathers hiding inside the ahjumma’s cabinet was the funniest :)).

I was missing some wedding scenes but the proposal was lovely! It will do, it will do.

Dislikes: I just didn’t get the thing with the flippy cellphone. And the ahjumma had cellphone already at that time. When was that 25 years ago?

Nam Il 2 is too handsome to have a very small role. I was expecting more.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jul 062017
 

My-Sassy-Girl kdramaSummary: Gyun Woo, after coming back from Qing as a scholar lands on a job as the crown prince’s teacher. He meets a not-so-sassy, drunk but pretty lady in the streets of the capital only to find out later that she’s the princess Hye Myung. The princess has been trying to find out if her mother, the ousted queen is still alive. Gyun Woo tries to help her but finds out later he did a great mistake in the past that will cause their relationship to crumble.

Genre: Period, Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 32 (30-min episodes)
Stars: Joo Won as Gyun Woo
Oh Yeon Seo as Princess Hye Myung
Lee Jung Shin as Kang Joon Young
Kim Yoon Hye as Jung Da Yun

Likes: It’s period drama but not the serious ones. I love how they made it look like the modern times for instance…

  • Gyun Woo pictured in the beginning as the fashionista from Joseon and popular scholar in Qing.
  • Classy cafes and restaurants in the capital where the nobles and their wives and kids hang out. The nobles’ wives talk about the latest bag fashion and the daughters talk about the eligible bachelors in the town.
  • The bookstore! I love the bookstore with famous novels like Boys Over Flowers, My Lover from the Stars, Secret Garden and some more titles from popular kdramas.
  • The rich girls’ nail makeover hangout.
  • Those annoying pretty boys law enforcers who keep bugging Lady Da Yun.
  • The shoes! Pretty shoes in the streets of Joseon and the rich ladies have a collection of them.
  • The prince of Qing! He was far from looking like someone from Qing but who cares, he looked so good and looked like from a foreign land!
  • Even gangsters are well-organized like the present-time Korean mafia.
  • Use of rings to propose!

Some funny and cute moments but my favourite was when the princess was caught by Gyun Woo’s parents and sister slept over at Gyun’s Woo’s room. She wasn’t so sassy afterall!

We have great-looking leads! I love both of them. Joo Won, his looks and height complements the super beautiful Oh Yeon Soo!

Lee Jung Shin, it’s good to see him trying another drama genre. Although more workshop and practice for his acting skills, he has a great 2nd lead potential.

Great actress award goes to Yoon Se Ah, the annoying queen in this drama. Her facial expressions, dialogues and body languages show how professional she is.

From all period dramas I’d watched so far, this one has the sweetest Queen mum (the queen dowager, mum of the king).

Towards the end, we had 2 great story twists. One is the sad fate of Joo Myung and the Queen. The other one is Gyun Woo’s lost memory coming back and shedding light to the events of the past.

Great, flashy costumes!

Beautiful bridge scene and proposal as ending!

Dislikes: Some of the sets looked so made up like the garden of the princess. It looks like they decorated it with fake flowers.

Yes we have 2 gorgeous-looking leads but the chemistry, hm… not so blown-away.

The ending. Yes, very pretty bridge scene but no proper epilogue just lots of flashbacks. Quite poor.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jun 082017
 

suspicious partner kdramaSummary: Noh Ji Wook is a prosecutor who lost his position for helping a former lawyer intern, Eun Bong Hee acquitted from her case of killing her boyfriend, son of the District Attorney. The two then work together run a private law firm and get to defend a guy who would be the answer to all puzzles and capturing him would put everything back in place.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Thriller, Legal
Episodes: 40 (30-min episodes)
Stars: Ji Chang Wook as Noh Ji Wook
Nam Ji Hyun as Eun Bong Hee
Choi Tae Joon as Ji Eun Hyuk
Nara as Cha Yoo Jung

Likes: The genres thrown into this drama are surprisingly complementing each other. The combination of romance, comedy, thriller and legal was well-balanced coming up with a quite satisfying show.

I love that aside from the romance building up between the lead actors, there was some serious legal cases to solve. And I’m not just talking about one but several cases. These independent stories that normally ends each episode kept the whole show interesting. My personal favorite was about that guy who can see the future, who was always in legal trouble by trying stop future crime. He then predicted that 2 people who were present in the lawyer’s office that time will die. I thought that was funny how it freaked out everyone!

We’ve got 4 good-looking leads!

Ji Chang Wook is always a personal favourite. I thought he would be boring as a prosecutor or lawyer but he proved that wrong. Super sexy in his prosecutor outfit! He prosecuted and defended  like a pro! And as usual, very irresistible to the ladies! How can you resist the way he stares at you girl?!

Nam Ji Hyun looks pretty although wasn’t really into her coloured hair. Her character was funny and bubbly which match the quite reserved Noh Ji Wook acted by Ji Chang Wook.

Choi Tae Joon was very handsome and cute as Eun Hyuk and I think his chemistry with Nara was excellent even surpassing that of the top leads.

Nara is super sexy. Her face, her body even her acting was natural. She did an awesome job!

I almost cried when Secretary Bang almost died! He was one of those useful and funny side characters together with Byun Young Hee, Ji Wook’s adoptive dad. Na Ji Hae, Bong Hee’s friend from law school also falls into this category.

But I think the star of the show is Kim Hyung Kyu who gave justice to the character of Hyun Soo, our villain in this drama! His acting was just superb that sometimes overshadowing our top leads. Hyun Soo’s character was so well-crafted that any actor who would give justice to him will definitely shine. Therefore a shoutout to Kim Hyung Kyu, boy you did great job in this drama! I won’t be surprised to see you more in the future!

Glad that Hyun Soo’s character already ended in the second to the last episode (Hyun Soo stole too much of the show) and the story concentrated back again with the top leads and how it would end with them. Ji Wook and Bong Hee had enough time at the end to draw everyone’s attention back to their love story. And I think it ended well.

Dislikes: What a waste of Kim Hong Fa in this drama. His character, the District Attorney Jang Moo Young didn’t really show how good he is as an actor. He was super awesome as Kang Yu Taek in Whisper!

Super obvious ad placement by Papa John’s Pizza!

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 272017
 

my secret romance kdramaSummary: Lee Yoo Mi, a nutritionist who just got a job at a company cafeteria finds out that the company’s director, Cha Jin Wook is the guy she once had a one-night stand with. On the other hand, Cha Jin Wook is happy to see her again as he didn’t really forget her after what happened to the 2 of them.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 13
Stars: Sung Hoon as Cha Jin Wook
Song Ji Eun as Lee Yoo Mi
Kim Jae Young as Jung Hyun Tae
Jung Da Sol as Joo Hye Ri

Likes: The typical setup brings me back memories of good old kdramas, the likes of My Girl, Coffee Prince and Only You! It’s predictable but couldn’t stop watching it. It’s the same old story just with different actors, different set and I would say less conservative.

Leads and Support

Uber sexy and good-looking leads. Sung Hoon and Song Ji Eun really look great together. Their chemistry on screen was over the top. They were very comfortable with each other (gives you a suspicion that they might be dating in real life, who knows!). It’s good to see Sung Hoon as the leading man finally. For once he’s got the looks (which was really emphasized throughout the entire drama) and his acting wasn’t too bad though it could still improve. Song Ji Eun was very pretty! Her character Lee Yoo Mi didn’t bring out the best of her acting skills but she definitely fit in the pretty, cute, sexy, pitiful Lee Yoo Mi character qualification.

Supporting actor, Kim Jae Young looks good as well but his acting was still a bit awkward. More practice and he could land on a top lead role soon. Jung Da Sol on the other hand was excellent! She did Joo Hye Ri’s character with ease.

Overall, all our top actors were great-looking as if they just came out of the comic pages.

Romantic Set

I’m not talking about the company’s cafeteria or Hyun Tae’s cafe but the coastal set of the drama. I’ve been wondering what the name of that rocky beach where the 2 love birds had their first date? And yes glad google gave me the answer. It’s the beautiful Jajakdo beach! The coastal drive was fantastic as well, it looked almost like the Californian Pacific Coast! And that hotel where the wedding was held in the beginning and the last episode, the overlooking view of the blue sea was wonderful and romantic! They did an excellent wedding set here not just once but twice.

Kissing Scenes

Unlike old dramas where leads are overly shy with their kisses, all the kissing scenes here looked so real! I think the number of kissing scenes outnumbered the number of episodes of the show! Who am I to complain? Great kissing scenes, looked unedited as well. Sung Hoon looked like he has to prove he’s one of the great kissers which he quite nailed. My favorite was when he asked her to carry the plates and when her two hands were occupied, he just bowed on her and kissed her helplessly. Eottoke? What are you gonna do girl? Melt? But try not to break the plates!


I love the comic version in the beginning of every episode. Our characters all looked polished and perfect. It’s nice to see that it’s not that much different in the real life. They all really looked comic-like!

Ending is what I’d hoped for following the typical story model. All is good, everyone found their happiness and although I wasn’t sure if it was their own wedding, it’s great to see our top characters following their hearts. Cheesy but happy!

Dislikes: A few episodes when it was just about breaking up and being together was impossible! I mean a few episodes for a 13-episode drama is quite long! I didn’t see a reason why she (once again) left him in the car on that beach only to look for him in a scooter the next day.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Mar 092017
 

Summary: Do Bong Soon possesses super power that is only passed down the women in her family. She has the strength to stop moving vehicles or move heavy obstacles, can crush and bend anything with her bare hands, can fight strong and trained gangsters but  doesn’t have the ability to control her powers until she meets Ainsoft CEO, Ahn Min Hyuk. With her desire to work as a game developer at Ainsoft, she takes the offer to be the bodyguard of the CEO.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Bo Young as Do Bong Soon
Park Hyung Sik as Ahn Min Hyuk
Ji Soo as Gook Doo

Likes: What can I say… I like everything in this drama! It’s super fun to watch when the…

  • Story is a cute romantic comedy but mixed with some crime-solving mystery. A romantic comedy with Park Hyun Sik is most-awaited but adding a well-thought crime story on the side adds icing on the already-delicious cake!
  • Leading man is Park Hyung Sik! I’ve been waiting for him to get the top lead. He’s super charming! And with his previous top performances like in Hwarang, he’d become one of the new anticipated leading men in kdrama. I think the CEO role, Ahn Min Hyuk secured him a place in our heart (at least he’s in mine). I loved his character here, and of course his swagger!
  • Leading lady is super cute but not annoying. First time to watch Park Bo Young and I’m loving her! She’s not just cute, she also knows her craft. Do Bong Soon role suits this lady pretty well!
  • Chemistry is over the top! Oh my gosh, I was giggling all the time. Our 2 lovebirds were just fun to watch! The sparks were everywhere! I totally love the first kiss on the beach. I thought it would turn out cheesy but it really wasn’t. The piano kiss was also daebak! How about the almost-kiss at Do Bong Soon’s room which got interrupted by her brother, that was super funny! And last but not the least, the wedding kiss!
  • Supporting lead is such a waste (in a good way)! Gook Doo oh Gook Doo, why oh why?! Oh well, I bet I’ll see him as lead next.
  • Thugs and colleagues are super funny! I just couldn’t stop laughing at everything. Where do I start… the gangster boss who always tried to look bossy but drank the poo wine or one of his subordinates who first got beaten up by Bong Soon, then got beaten up by Gook Do then got beaten up again losing his teeth and breaking most parts of the body. How about the office with the always awkward secretary Gong but I think nothing beats Dong-Pyung, he was the best!
  • Dong-Pyung kills it! Yes he did and for that I have to give the best actor award in this drama to this guy (which real actor name, I don’t know haha). And he even did 2 roles, the other one is the “beaten-up thug”. He did awesome!
  • Villain is super handsome! Yes he is and he can even pass as a model with that physique and well-chiseled face but well, he opted to be an actor, a villain to our super Bong Soon. Surely, everyone will remember him.
  • Catching the dangerous villain becomes super fun! I love Do Bong Soon and the boys’ plan in catching the elusive Kim Jang Hyun. With police Gook Do chasing him through ship containers and Min Hyuk following him with a flying drone, and of course Bong Soon moving heavy containers to trap him. Finally, checkmate!
  • Pink hoodie becomes a sign of super strength! I bet, I bet… super fans will be wearing the pink hoodie. Love how it represented our petite but strong woman, Do Bong Soon!
  • Strong Woman, Do Bong Soon loves Jo In Sung! I so love her for loving my beloved Jo In Sung! It’s funny how she sets her screensaver to Jo In Sung  and Min Hyuk would change it to his own photo :). Jealousy so cute!
  • OST is as upbeat as the drama! I’m gonna miss Super Power Girl!
  • Bonus scenes are cute, funny and over the top! I’ve got to give it to the Romeo and Juliet scene. Lomeo oh Lomeo! Lol!
  • Cameos are super funny! Yoon Sang Hyun as Charles Go was I think the best!
  • Ending is all what we wanted! What can be better to a proposal under the cherry blossoms but then we still get to see the wedding and when you thought it’s over, here still comes the babies!

Dislikes: I can’t think of any right now. I’m still enjoying it!

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Dec 012016
 

Summary: Born in the present time as Shim Chung and Heo Joon Jae, this couple who had an ill-fated love in the past meet again and are destined to fall in love again. Since Sim Chung is a mermaid and has a limited time on land, she has to capture Heo Joon Jae’s heart so she could be loved by him in return and will make her stay on land possible. The couple is facing a possibility to  repeat all things in the past including their sad end but will a happy ending possible this time?

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Fantasy
Episodes: 20
Stars: Jun Ji Hyun as Shim Chung
Lee Min Ho as Heo Joon Jae
Lee Hee Joon as Jo Nam Doo
Shin Won Ho as Tae Oh
Lee Ji Hoon as Heo Cha Hyun
Shin Hye Sun as Cha Shi Ah

Likes: This is another great fantasy drama to love this year! A mermaid falling in love with a human is sure will capture everyone’s attention but adding a parallel story which happened during the Joseon era which is slowly giving answers, unraveling the mystery of the present time adds to the mystic of the whole show. It’s simply a beautiful, quite well-done story-telling!

We’ve got two of the most sought actors in Korea doing the show so this makes its anticipation quite high. But how did they do? Quite well, I would say. Lee Min Ho and Jun Ji Hyun’s chemistry was just over the top! The two were relaxed and comfortable with each other. And both are extremely good-looking!

Lee Min Ho – though his English pronunciation is still the same, his Joseon accent has improved a lot. Gorgeous in whatever he wears in this drama, he had the chance to showcase his huge wardrobe. Of course, he looked prim and proper in his Joseon outfit but his fashionable outfits in the presents days were outrageous, he looked every inch a model! He’s obviously younger than the leading lady but he successfully able to develop that strong chemistry with her.

Jun Ji Hyun – she’s intimidatingly beautiful and fashionable! Very natural in acting as if she’s just acting herself. She’s quite funny as well but what impressed me more were her underwater scenes. Very graceful and comfortable in water. She might have used a double with the mermaid outfit but did obviously some water scenes. Impressive!

The breathtaking worlds we have in this drama…

The Joseon period – beautiful mountain and coastal sceneries but my most favorite is when they released the lanterns. It looks so romantic!

The underwater world of Sim Chung the mermaid – colourful corals and caves, the water world is just wonderful!

The Spanish charming towns – the first few episodes were shot in Spain showcasting the beauty of the place. Scenic coastal views, beaches, beautiful town architecture add to the romantic feel of the show.

The present Seoul – shot in winter season, a very cold Seoul becomes the place of our lovebirds. Namsan tower, skiing place, even the beach side is full of snow. Brrr, cold but ramained romantic, thanks to our hot couple!

The outfits! Everyone is very fashionable. Well-chosen outfits for every character. Lee Min Ho was very fashionable here especially that he had to change into several outfits due the nature of his job. But I was always looking forward to what Jun Ji Hyun was wearing. This lady can wear everything and will still look great!

The kiss scenes! All of them are good. I took note of them all and surprisingly always labeled it the first kiss. It’s how good every kiss was! But boy, that one french kiss that says all… so passionate, so sexy and so sad as it was saying goodbye. Never seen Lee Min Ho kissed like that.

Most funny scenes! I was mostly entertained by these two…

  • Hae Joon Jae hearing whatever Sim Chung was thinking.
  • Shi Ah thinking Tae Oh really is in love with her.

A family of villains! And they were great villains. Transcending their villainous fate from the Joseon period to the present day Seoul.

Happy ending. I’m glad Shi Ah had her happy ending after desperately chasing Hae Joon Jae for years. The notorious family of villain was brought to justice. Joon Jae finally reunited with his mum. And lastly, after 3 years, Sim Chung coming back healthy to her Joon Jae after recuperating under the sea.

Dislikes: It has uncanny similarity to Goblin. Too bad Goblin ended first so that kind of spoiled the ending for me.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Nov 052016
 

sweet stranger and me kdramaSummary: Hong Na Ri, a beautiful flight stewardess goes home to her deceased mother’s house only to find out that it’s now owned by a guy Go Nan Gil, who lives there and runs the family dumpling business. She finds out that her mother married Go Nan Gil and he’s not just running the family business but also is the legal owner of the family’s house and land. 

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Soo Ae as Hong Na Ri
Kim Young Kwang as Go Nan Gil
Lee Soo Hyuk as Kwon Duk Bong
Jo Bo Ah as Do Yeo Joo

Likes: It started really well. Cast looked promising. Story, a typical crazy setup but intriguing. Provincial setting is a good break from Seoul. It looked sweet and I was up to finishing all 16 episodes of it.

Soo Ae is one of my favorite Korean actresses. She’s a brilliant actress. She can be cute, she can be serious without overacting. And above all her beauty is timeless. I don’t get tired of it at all. Her character as a stewardess in this drama brings out that elegance in her. She looked really great in her stewardess outfit.

The drama had the same feel like The Vineyard Man. Small town, but instead of a farmer, the guy is a dumpling chef, girl goes from city style to province, simple outfits, simple life, simple living but there was a possibility of big love.

Comical reliefs in this drama are not bad. I love Kwon Duk Shim! Though she could be really bratty, she was always cute whenever she sees the main guy, Go Nan Gil. Another one, Lee Yong Gyoo, one of the dumpling guys was also funny, chatty and a possible partner to our already cute Duk Shim!

Some beautiful scenes of the countryside we don’t normally get to see when the main set is in the city. Love the beach, the lake, the forest, the small town street scenes.

The ending was cute though kind of expected.

Dislikes: As I mentioned above, the drama started really well. I was very hopeful about it but after I think the 5th or 6th episode, there was not much improvement. It became really boring.

The chemistry of the main leads wasn’t that good. I love Soo Ae but pairing her with Kim Young Kwang just didn’t work. Young Kwang, though a promising young actor, just didn’t suit the character Go Nan Gil well. Too soft for a supposed to be tough character.

It was lacking good antagonists. It was lacking the challenge. It makes the show so dull.

Too many flashbacks! Was it because the show didn’t do well that they had to recycle a lot of previous scenes? The last episode were full of flashbacks, so bored that I had to forward a lot.

I haven’t given a low rating in a very long time but I guess I have to now…

My Rating: 6.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Sep 152016
 

cinderellaand4knightsSummary: Eun Ha Won is a student who got kicked out from her own home and didn’t have much of a choice but to grab an offer from the Chairman of Haneul Group which is to live in the Sky House together with the famous Kang cousins (the Chairman’s grandsons) and fulfill some important tasks given to her by the chairman himself.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Jung Il Woo as Kang Ji Woon
Ahn Jae Hyun as Kang Hyun Min
Park So Dam as Eun Ha Won
Lee Jung Shin as Kang Seo Woo
Choi Min as Lee Yoon Sung
Son Na Eun as Park Hye Ji

Likes: Seriously, the story is not really important here. It’s all about the boys! Yes I repeat it’s all about the pretty boys in this drama! It’s a Cinderella story alright but I’ll get to her later. Let’s talk about the Kang cousins first…

Kang Ji Won (Jung Il Woo) – tough mechanic, rides a motorbike,  very pretty and rich! He’s an orphan so he’s the guy who seems to suffer the most emotionally. Has an unrequited love for his cousin, Kang Hyun Min’s first love Hye Ji so basically you just wanna hug and tell him to give up all his sufferings and come to you haha.

Kang Hyun Min (Ahn Jae Hyun) – trying to appear like a playboy all the time to cover up his love for Hye Ji. He drives hot cars, hotter than his chicks! His cocky attitude is more charming than annoying. Playful like a child but extremely gifted with a supermodel face! He knows that he’s rich and he’s definitely not afraid to show it off.

Kang Seo Woo (Lee Jung Shin) – our sweet and kind musician but everyone knows those are never enough to win your girl. He’s quite romantic doing his confession through a song. It made the girl feel loved? No, in this case actually awkward as she was into someone else. It was always poor Seo Woo. But wait, among the 3, he’s the one I’ve got a crush on! Not the character though but the artist Lee Jung Shin of CNBLUE.  Been waiting for him to be in dramas like the other members. My wish had been heared! Thank you!

Eun Ha Won (Park So Dam) – our Cinderella! Not the prettiest. Also not the tallest but you’ll love her like how the cousins love her in this drama. Hard-working, sincere and has the ability to lead and love, she won the heart of everyone especially her preferred Kang cousin Ji Won.

Chemistry! Kang Hyun Min and Hye Ji have the best chemistry but our leads Kang Ji Won and Eun Ha Won are not much behind especially at the end when the story became more focused on these two.

So generous with kissing scenes. Though our leads’ first kissing scene occurred in a much later episode, more were given at the end. Sky Ranch and stairway kissing scenes were my absolute favorites!

Sky House is over the top! It’s befitting our 3 pretty princes although I thought it lacked proper security haha.

Quite thrilling last episodes when grandpa and Ji Won had to go into liver surgery while Hyun Min tried to win the votes of shareholders against grandpa losing his position as chairman.

Lovely twist! When Ji Won and Ha Won found out that they had met before during their mothers’ funeral. Their love got supported by undeniable fate!

Love the OST! Check out…
For You by BTOB

Only One by ZIA

I Believe by Younha

My Romeo by Jessi

I just love the ending. Everyone had a  happy closure. Finally a blessing from the powerful grandpa to our Ji Won and Ha Won. The quite childish Hyun Min taking responsibility over his love. Seo Woo back into what he actually loves most, busking. Secretary Yoon Sung’s decision to protect the company. Grandpa’s successful surgery and him making-up with his ex-wife (cute scene). Of course, picnic reunion as ending.

Dislikes: The boys sometimes are obviously wearing too much lipstick. Too much! They’re sooo pretty already.

Though the story shouldn’t be taken seriously, minimal exaggeration of annoying characters should have been applied. Like Ha Won to be less nagging, step daughter and mother less annoying, fake father less stupid…

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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May 182016
 

beautiful gong shim kdramaSummary: Gong Shim seems to be the unluckiest girl with no proper job, an easy target for bullies and also lacking in the looks department. She meets 2 guys who are becoming her defenders. One is a lawyer who’s renting her rooftop room and the other one is an heir. She’s falling in love with the lawyer who she thinks is a simple guy but turns out to be someone else.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 20
Stars: Nam Goong Min as Ahn Dan Tae
Min Ah as Gong Shim
Ohn Joo Wan as Suk Joon Soo
Seo Hyo Rim as Gong Mi

Likes: It’s a light-hearted drama with genuinely great leads. I love Nam Goong Min! His role here is not the usual creepy and super sexy but sexy nevertheless. Min Ah as Gong Shim is a pleasant surprise. She did so well for a kpop idol. She gave edge to her Gong Shim character (the way she looks, talks and walks.) A natural talent indeed.

Also the chemistry between leads was top and instant. I love watching them both. Eventhough there weren’t many kissing scenes but everytime our leads were together, they show an amazing chemistry!

You could rely on some funny moments. Entertaining side kicks, jokes, surprising scenes.

The outfits were quite realistic. Gong Shim’s wardrobe was very well thought of and consistent. Same with  Ahn Dan Tae’s outfits. They both looked like commoners (0f course until Gong Shim got really pretty and begun dressing sexy and Ahn Dan Tae started wearing suits).

Moms’ fights and dads’ bromance! Love the scene when Gong Shim’s mom slammed Joon Soo’s mom on the floor and both dads found out they were both member of a fan club during their younger years.

I love Joon Soo and his unrequited love. Too bad Gong Shim wasn’t just into him but he’s got my precious Ji Hoo’s award (I  will make this award official soon so watch out for it).

The ending was quite cliche but totally loved it! Gong Shim turning into a beautiful swan (with proper hair and sexier outfit) is a sight to behold. The typical one year after without communication turned out alright.

Dislikes: A lot of holes with all that kidnapping story. Too weak.

Joon Soo turning against his own uncle and mother was unimaginable.

Gong Mi, Gong Shims sister didn’t come too strong in the end.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Nov 192015
 

oh my venus kdramaSummary: Kang Joo Eun, a lawyer who’s on the heavy side due to her hypothyroidism met famous personal trainer of star Kim Young Ho on the flight from the US back to Korea. She took the chance to get help from him in order to lose some weight especially after her breakup with her long-time boyfriend. Working with her coach was finding more about him; his past and his current responsibility as the heir of Gahong group.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: So Ji Sub as Kim Young Ho
Shin Min Ah as Kang Joo Eun
Jung Gyu Woon as Im Woo Shik
Yoo In Young as Oh Soo Jin

Likes:  It’s good to see another romantic comedy with big stars like So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah. They looked great together! Shin Min Ah’s character Kang Joo Eun was funny and easy. She always tried to stay positive and worked hard for everything.  On the other hand, So Ji Sub’s character Kim Young Ho was very serious and his way of life was strict discipline and planning. It’s good to see these 2 main characters complement each other. Furthermore, the chemistry between the two was undoubtedly strong. They were so comfortable with each other. It’s cute to see the girl being more aggressive and flirty then the guy being more reserved.

Those fatty masks were so well done especially Oh Soo Jin’s! I think the girls were so cute looking chubby. Chubby Kang Joo Eun was very cute though she lost that pretty dimple.

Epic meeting at the police station! I enjoyed this part very much. Ex-boyfriend protecting his ex-girlfriend, ex-boyfriend’s current girl came to a rescue, ex-girlfriend’s future boyfriend came to testify. It was so twisted, it was awesome.

These drama has lots of great moments. Let’s take a look at my favorites…

  • The umbrella-kiss moment – so that was Kim Young Ho’s taste of life. As coffee with cream to the chubby Kang Joo Eun.
  • Meeting coachinim at Ayang Bridge moment – girl running towards sexy coach waiting with open arms!
  • Boarding-departure moments – when one escapes one’s world, off to the other’s.
  • Sexy moments – we get lots of these when our 2 main leads are oozing with sexiness.
  • Pat-pat moments – letting go.
  • Meeting the family moments – awkward!
  • Proposal moment – our Kim Young Ho pulled a great proposal his girl truly deserved.

Supporting cast is awesome! Starting with the supporting leads, they were the main leads’ serious competition. Im Woo Shik and Oh Soo Jin can actually do a spin off. Other characters who made good impression were Snake and Ji Woong (truly Hyungs), Snake’s persistent girl, chairwoman/grandma who was always looking fierce, Young Ho’s assistant who always looked stiff but best supporting actor award, I’m giving it to the angry uncle-in-law!

Leading man in this drama is definitely the total dream guy! Trainer of Stars (given to have a sexy body), heir to Gahong group (rich boy), can do DIY treatment (a doctor), very helpful of others in need (a savior), can knit (a pink scarf for his girl) and last but not the least, can pull off an awesome proposal (lucky girl).

Ending with a promising wedding and short epilogue revealing an extravagant gift for grandma!

Dislikes: The leading men’s outfit especially the suits are not so impressive. Young Ho’s were always looking to big for him and had too much padding, he looked like an asthmatic person. Woo Shik’s suit prints were such eye sores!

So Ji Sub looks too thin, too tired and too pale in this drama. Far from the very sexy So Ji Sub in The Master’s Sun. He’s still sexy but not as sexy.

Awkward family meeting. Kang Joo Eun overdid it during her first family visit. They just could have omitted that part. It was too painful to watch.

Last episode was just lots of flashbacks!

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Oct 082015
 

she was pretty kdramaSummary: Kim Hye Jin was happy to hear from her old friend Ji Sung Joon. Remembering him as the chubby boy from school, she was surprised to see him as a handsome, successful man. Ji Sung Joon on the other hand remembered her as the pretty girl and thought she would even look prettier in the present. Unfortunately it wasn’t the case.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Hwang Jung Eum as Kim Hye Jin
Park Seo Joon as Ji Sung Joon
Go Joon Hee as Min Ha Ri
Choi Shi Won as Kim Shin Hyuk

Likes: I was glad to see Hwang Jung Eum and Park Seo Joon as a couple in this drama. Though these 2 were kind of siblings in Kill Me, Heal Me, the guy’s interest on her made me wish to see them together in another drama. It seemed my wish had been heard. There was obviously a good chemistry between the leads though Park Seo Joon appears to be much younger than Hwang Jung Eum. The bubbly character of Kim Hye Jin suited to that cold personality of Ji Sung Joon which made it comfortable to watch.

Si Won oh Si Won! It’s great to see another idol in a drama. Si Won delivered pretty well. His transformation from the scruffy look reporter to the very handsome author TEN was definitely MOST (magazine)-like! His looks, acting, command in the English language, I’m pretty sure I’ll be seeing him more in the future. Furthermore, his character in this drama had been made the “big lose”. Such a waste Si Won got dumped! Something like that… The one that got away but not to worry he’ll have his own drama next time :).

Hug and kissing scene on the hospital bed was a heart-stopping one.

Kim Hye Jin’s look transformation was worth the wait. It took it 8 episodes to finally see her pretty but she turned really pretty and more likeable.

It was cute to mention Super Junior while focusing the camera on Si Won’s face.

The lady boss got to be the funniest character in this drama. Her outfits were outrageous so as her Italian accent. It was always very entertaining to watch her.

The ending was cliche so as the whole drama actually but there’s something about cliches that I like. No surprises. I got the ending that I like… wedding scene and an elaborate epilogue that was even showing a beautiful offspring.

Dislikes: It was hard to watch the 2 main leads unlikeable characters in the beginning. Kim Hye Jin was just too loud and Ji Sung Joon was such an ass.

I like Park Seo Joon but he’s no Ji Sung. He was a bit lacking when it comes to acting.

In one of the scenes, Hari was doing yoga with too much makeup. Hm…

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Aug 132015
 

The Time We Were Not In Love kdramaSummary: Oh Ha Na and Choi Won have been good friends and neighbours for 17 years. They’ve been through thick and thin and both  had been in love with someone else and ended up brokenhearted. With the comeback of Oh Ha Na’s ex-boyfriend, Choi Won’s chance to express his real feelings to his bestfriend has gotten slim.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Ha Ji Won as Oh Ha Na
Lee Jin Wook as Choi Won
Yoon Kyun Sang as Cha Seo Hoo
Choo Soo Hyun as Lee So Eun

Likes: Lead stars are my favorites! Always a fan of Ha Ji Won since Secret Garden. And Choi Won, I just couldn’t get enough of him from the Three Musketeers! They’re a very promising pair and their chemistry didn’t disappoint at all. This is specially proven at the 15th episodes.

I like the way the story was told. Lots of flashbacks from where the leads were still in highschool. It brings back some of my personal memories (not exactly though). I bet there are some of you who could relate as well :).

Our tall and handsome Yoon Kyun Sang as Cha Seo Hoo is a tough competition. He could have run easily with our girl!

For the working ladies, Oh Ha Na’s daily office outfits are something to consider. They seem to have put a lot of effort dressing her up (always looking great from head to toe). Definitely “dressing for success”.

The older loveteam (between the older pianist and Choi Won’s cousin) is a great icebreaker. These 2 were somehow cute together despite the ages. And having to end up with a baby together makes me like these lovebirds more!

I like the games of words… 1 + won, my one (Won), one (Ha Na) to one and I’m Lonely (which was supposed to be Rooney). Just cute!

To compensate for all the heartbreaks and the times the 2 leads didn’t spend with each other, I’m glad they pulled off a full episode of happy ending. The wedding and the baby news might be a big cliche but it just had to end like.

Dislikes: Though I like the actors, I didn’t really warm up to the characters. Oh Ha Na’s character just didn’t fit Ha Ji Won. Too girly, submissive and at times irritating. Where did my tough girl go? Choi Won’s character was also too pitiful! It was hard to see him got rejected by his girl, even got abandoned by his mum. Poor Choi Won! Wanted to adopt him at that instance!

Lee Jin Wook is too thin! He looks thinner than Ha Ji Won!

I understand it’s sponsored by Tandy (shoes) but they could have been subtle with the promotion. The show is obviously a big shoe promotion. Showing the workplace, the shops and Oh Ha Na (Ha Ji Won) wearing their shoes. It was too “in your face”!

At times, it just really gets boring.

My Rating: 7 stars! (10 as highest)

May 192015
 

producer kdramaSummary: Baek Seung Chan is a rookie producer in KBS. He’s learning his way how to be a successful producer but assigned in a team which is doing a long time show but not just raking the desired ratings anymore. He made friends with his seniors and became the interest of a famous pop star Cindy.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 12
Stars: Cha Tae Hyun as Ra Joon Mo
Kim Soo Hyun as Baek Seung Chan
Gong Hyo Jin as Tak Ye Ji
IU as Cindy

Likes:   It’s educational! Suddenly I’ve learned about what producers of a show are really doing behind the scenes. And of course not to forget all those people under him. The never ending politics and business behind every show. Are we making money? How’s the rating? How’s the censorship? Do we have a teaser to impress? Do we have interesting people in the show? Have we edited it well? Or captioned correctly? Hm, definitely, a learning experience.

But what I like more is the comparison of a production of a show to stories of each characters. Pay attention to the title of every episode.

The cast is awesome! Just looking at who’s in the show makes you think right away, this is gonna be big. We’ve got Kim Soo Hyun, Gong Hyo Jin, IU and Cha Tae Hyun! Let’s talk about each one…

Kim Soo Hyun – I always anticipate his next drama. He’s a great a actor and watching him here taking a different role only shows he’s not stereotyped to be just the handsome, rich, prowerful guy. He did pretty well!

Gong Hyo Jin – she’s always Gong Hyo Jin. It’s either you like her or not and I happen to like her a lot. She’s a pro, she’s very natural, no sign of intimidation.

IU – oh wow, she’s pretty as a doll here and I like her role as a bitchy and complicated popstar. And her voice, even when she’s only talking, is very sexy. Wait until you hear her sing.

Cha Tae Hyun – first time seeing him in a drama. He’s actually very charming!

If you pay close attention, plenty of cameos from well-known celebrities. Let me enumerate who I remembered most… Jang Hyuk, Lee Seung Ki, Sandara Park, Go Ah Ra and Seo Hyun!

The show was quite funny. Love the sexy Kim Da Jung, the HR lady and that mascular guy, Cindy’s manager and lots more.

One good thing about unrequited love… I love how Tak Ye Ji  would look at Ra Joon Mo, Beak Seung Chan would look at Tak Ye Ji and how Cindy would look at Baek Seung Chan!

I love the ending. It was very promising that my preferred pairs would end up with each other. So I’m happy :).

Dislikes: It was just 12 episodes but each one lasted for almost 2 hours. Too long for an episode. What’s wrong with coming up with an hour-episode and in return come up with a higher number of episodes.

There were just too much talking in the beginning that I first doubted it would be a good drama.

It was hard to watch Kim Soo Hyun getting rejected. Not so used to that!

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 102015
 

sensory couple kdramaSummary: After a tragic accident, Choi Eun Sul later known as Oh Cho Rim lost her memory but gained something extra-ordinary in return. Her one eye turned colourful and she could see smell through it. She later crossed paths with the young policeman Choi Moo Gak and helped him solved crime cases using her ability to see smell.

Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy, Thriller
Episodes: 16
Stars: Yoochun as Choi Moo Gak
Shin Se kyung as Choi Eun Sul / Oh Cho Rim
Nam Goong Min as Kwon Jae Hee
Yoon Jin Seo as Yum Mi

Likes: It’s refreshing to watch something a bit different. I love how they visualize smell… all those cute icons floating in the air :).

Two funny and bubbly main characters are great addition to what’s already an interesting plot. It’s great to see Yoochun doing something funny again. I think it suits him better than doing serious roles. Nothing to dislike about Shin Se Kyung. I think she’s a great actress and she did a good job portraying Oh Cho Rim.

Though I love the 2 main characters, the supporting roles and the actors themselves are no small time. Nam Goong Min is wow in this drama! Watch and you’ll find out why :)! Yoon Jin Seo, I thought I’ve seen that lovely face before. Oh yeah I was right, she was in my favorite “Old Boy”.

I love crime solving stories. It’s no Sherlock Holmes but it’s a good break from my usual kdrama love stories. They put much thought on each murder case which made an episode interesting to watch.

The police force was very entertaining. I like that guy who had a Russian girlfriend. Him saying her name was always cute.

I like how the lives of our 2 main characters entertwined. Sure, it was tragic but these 2 made a way to be together in the end.

Dislikes: There were just scenes that I found silly. Like practicing and performing that skit. Once would have been okay but I think they did it thrice. It was too much!

Some obvious clue that there might still be trouble. Underestimating Nam Goong Min’s creepy character. Of course he’s Kwon Jae Hee, the very handsome, hot, sexy, celebrity chef in the drama. He won’t die that easily.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Mar 032015
 

kill me heal me kdramaSummary: A third-generation chaebol, Cha Do Hyun suffering from multiple personality disorder seeks help to deal with his illness and met a young psyciatrist, Oh Ri Jin in the process. As they try to work together, grim secrets from the past started to get unraveled while also discovering that they both originally knew each other.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Medical, Mystery
Episodes: 20
Stars: Ji Sung as Cha Do Hyun
Hwang Jung Eum as Oh Ri Jin
Park Seo Joon as Oh Ri Ohn
Oh Min Suk as Cha Ki Joon
Kim Yoo Ri as Han Chae Yun

Likes: Simply put, an excellent drama! Let’s hear out why?

Great script! This is undeniably the best storyline I ever had in a kdrama. The twists are great, they never fail to surprise me. Every episode was a bomb. I thought oh okay, the great secret has been revealed, nothing interesting left but boy the surprises never stopped until it finally ended. I kept on saying, Oh my, that’s why! (with goosebumps of course)

Great director! It’s obvious, the story won’t shine and the cast won’t either if it wasn’t directed awesomely.

Great cast! Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum is definitely a success pair. I love them both in Secret and was glad to find out they collaborated again. There can’t be any other choice than these two for this drama especially Ji Sung who did a FANTASTIC performance of all 7 characters. Also the supporting cast couldn’t be left out, everyone was just great!

Great personalities! I love them so I’ll talk about every single one…

Mr. X – he appeared last so I thought oh there’s no need for him but when his identity was revealed, I had goosebumps again :).

Nana – she’s one of the biggest surprises here. Oh that name revelation is still giving me goosebumps!

Ahn Yo Sub – I just wanna hug this one a lot. So young, so talented but so depressed :(.

Ahn Yo Na – this girl will make you crack up! So funny! And Ji Sung oh Ji Sung, you did such a great job with this one.

Perry Park –  I lurve the accent! But I think what I like about Perry Park most is the story behind why he existed.

and last but not the least, my favorite of them all…

Shin Si Ge – the looks, the style, the voice, the confidence, the no-fear attitude, the temper… he was just sizzlin hot! I almost fell off my chair when he got his parting gift from the lady love. I’m terribly terribly missing him. Shin Si Ge dear, you made a really great rival!

Great OST! That awesome song which is always played at the right moment and makes my heart beats faster. Yep the one with the rapping :). I don’t understand a word but it sounds really great.

Great ending! Though it had come to the end for the personalities that I started to like, they’ve been given so much value in the drama assuring they’re gonna be missed. It was a bitter, sweet one but done so well.

Note: No dislikes for this drama. I love it and I’m giving it a top rating, same level like my all-time favorite Secret Garden. So there you go…

My Rating: 10 stars! (10 as highest)

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Feb 172015
 

mr back kdramaSummary: After accidentally taking a meteor, Choi Go Bong, an old, rich man who owns several hotels turned into a young man in his 30s and called himself Choi Shin Hyung. He then fell in love with the young Eun Ha Soo who works in his hotel. As Choi Shin Young, he has to deal with love and company matters pretending to be the illigitimate son of the old Choi Go Bong.

Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Shin Ha Kyun as Choi Go Bong / Choi Shin Hyung
Jang Nara as Eun Ha Soo
Lee Joon as Choi Dae Han
Park Ye Jin as Hong Ji Yoon

Likes: It’s a very cute and sweet love story between an old man in a young man’s body and a young lady. This is
what you get when you have an old suitor; a conservative but sweet confession, you’ll be called names like Milky Way, you get to watch his favorite old movie and how about a cherry blossom in winter?

Shin Ha Kyun, I thought he looked too old for Jang Na Ra, who has a very baby face but after a few episodes, I
became a fan of these two. I love their Koong koong da moments!

Love those funny moments like when Choi Shin Hyung acted like the real Choi Go Bong in the house and exposing his siblings dirty secrets right in front of their noses. The revenge elevator scare was funny as well!

MBLAQ in the house! Lee Joon as Choi Dae Han. Though he looked too young to be the rival, it’s good to see an idol in a drama.

The christmas tree is so worth mentioning. Maybe the largest and most beautiful home christmas tree I’ve seen in a kdrama.

Dislikes: The ending wasn’t well thought of. I found it very lousy to just end it like that. Was the scriptwriter became too lazy to think of a great ending? What was that? What happened? After he became old again, he disappeared without a trace? What? Then he was found 1 year later as a young man with amnesia. Nah!

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Feb 172015
 

my secret hotel kdramaSummary: After her failed marriage in Las Vegas, Nam Sang Hyo got back on her feet working as a wedding planner for the wedding department of Secret Hotel, a well known hotel in Korea. She unfortunately bumped into his ex-husband who was a groom-to-be to a wealthy heir and an important client of the hotel. She herself was hopeful to find love again in the person of her very good-looking boss.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Mystery
Episodes: 16
Stars: Yoo In Na as Nam Sang Hyo
Nam Goong Min as Jo Sung Gyum
Jin Yi Han as Goo Hae Young
Lee Young Eun as Yeo Eun Joo

Likes: Though the intriguing background of the love between Nam Sang Hyo and her ex Goo Hae Young was promising, it was the thrilling case of murder that definitely captured my attention. And it did till the end. The secret was unfolding slowly and carefully without giving a hint that could spoil it. At the end, you would say, ahh that’s why. I love this murder-solving case in a drama, it reminds me of a Japanese movie called The Murder of the Inugami clan.

Among the 2 guys, I would definitely go for Jo Sung Gyum. He was too handsome, rich, smart and yeah, the body, too sexy! Such a waste he didn’t end up with our girl.

I thought the competition between Nam Sang Hyo and Yeo Eun Jo fighting over their handsome boss was funny and understandable considering the guy was such a great catch.

Dislikes: I so love Jin Yi Han in Empress Ki, reason why I watched this drama but unfortunately I don’t like
his character here. He was just way too annoying and yeah such a jerk. Though the writer tried to save that annoying character by throwing some flashbacks, the damage had been done. He was just too dislikeable.

Since Nam Sang Hyo ended up with her jerk of a husband and how trying hard the writer had to bend the story line so these 2 would be together, the love story part of this drama became unbearable.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Feb 122015
 

its okay thats love kdramaSummary: Jang Jae Yul, a famous novelist and radio DJ who’s sufferring from a personality disorder meets Ji Hae Soo, a psychiatrist. The 2 had to live together with other 2 guys in a house which is owned by Jang Jae Yul. For Ji Hae Soo, falling in love with someone who can be her patient was the biggest challenge. Helped by other professional psychiatrist friends, the 2 will have a chance to pursuit a normal relationship.

Genre: Melodrama, Romantic Comedy, Medical
Episodes: 16
Stars: Jo In Sung as Jang Jae Yul
Gong Hyo Jin as Ji Hae Soo
Lee Kwang Soo as Park Soo Kwang
Sung Dong Il as Jo Dong Min

Likes: The drama has a serious medical topic but done greatly to appeal to viewers who are into romance. In other words, medical-romance combined nicely topped with 2 of the best actors in Korea.

Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo Gin’s dramas are always to watch for. They seem to be very skilled in choosing dramas where they truly shine and this is one example of that.

Jo In Sung – remains one the sexiest korean actor for me. His sleek, tall figure; pretty face and excellent acting makes him one.
Gong Hyo Gin – this lady though not the prettiest has the charisma on screen. She’ll make you love her.

For those who want to have a good cry, this one’s for you. Great drama moments thanks to the leads.

Presence of good comical reliefs makes the drama light and bearable.

Happy ending for everyone!

Dislikes: There were just moments when it was making me so sad. Not much of a crying-drama person.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Feb 122015
 

marriage without dating kdramaSummary: Ki Tae, a successful beauty surgeon was pressured to get himself a wife otherwise his mum would sell off his beloved flat where he currently lives as a bachelor. He was tempted to ask Jang Mi, who just got dumped by her ex-boyfriend, to pretend to be his girlfriend. In order to test the sincerity of their relationship, Ki Tae’s mum ask the 2 to get married.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Family
Episodes: 16
Stars: Yun Woo Jin as Gong Ki Tae
Han Groo as Joo Jang Mi
Jung Jin Woon as Han Yeo Reum
Han Sun Hwa as Kang Se Ah
Huh Jung Min as Lee Hoon Dong
Yoon So Hee as Nam Hyun Hee

Likes: A fun, light-hearted drama. It was good to watch it with a heavy drama on the side.

Ki Tae and Jang Mi’s characters together is hard for me to imagine in reality but it’s good to see it at least happening on screen.

Kim Hae Sook did it again by acting as a potential evil mother-in-law turned nice. She’s always great!

2AM in the house in the person of Jung Jin Woon! Still some work on the acting but what a prety face!

It ended happily. Specially, happy for Ki Tae’s mother to finally dump that ass of a father.

Dislikes: Yun Woo Jin as lead is still weak. He got upstaged by Jung Jin Woon (by looks).

Joo Jang Mi character was a bit annoying.

The story though fun was very common.

My Rating: 7 stars! (10 as highest)

Feb 122015
 

fated to love you kdramaSummary: Lee Gun, a chaebol who manages his family’s company wanted desperately to propose in Macau to his girlfriend but by fate he met Kim Mi Young, a shy secretary in a law firm back in Korea who was also in Macau for a trip. Mi Young got pregnant with Lee Gun’s child after one night of spending together. Lee Gun, after knowing that had to take Mi Young as his wife.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 20
Stars: Jang Hyuk as Lee Gun
Jang Na Ra as Kim Mi Young
Wang Ji Won as Nam Se Ra
Choi Jin Hyuk as Daniel

Likes: I’m sure I’ve seen it before but this kind of story is something I would always watch over and over
again. Reminds me a lot of BOF. They’re the candies of dramas. Addictive, fun, teasing makes you swoon on the (male) leads and has a big production giving our girl that cinderella effect. Tis the reason why I watch kdrama, that one day I would be enjoying another entertaining show like this one.

Very, very attractive leads! Let’s start with…

Jang Hyuk – totally handsome and sexy! Yet another crush of mine :). Have you seen his nose? Perfectly crafted to match his sexy face haha! Actor aside, I love Lee Gun too. The way he laughs, cries and looks at his very shy wife. Wahh! I wanna have him! You saw how sexy he was when he was trying to be the endorser of his own shampoo, so hot! And that long hair, I wish he never had a haircut!

Jang Na Ra – pretty face that exudes innocence just perfect for her role as Mi Young. I love how Mi Young would adjust her eyeglasses while flickering her eyes. So natural.

Wang Ji Won – though her beauty is a bit too edgy for a ballerina, still a pretty face. I thought her role would turn
evil but she remained defeated.

Choi Jin Hyuk – tall, handsome and successful. Just the perfect rival for the almost perfect Lee Gun. Glad they picked someone who’s equally desirable :).

Lots of teasing moments which always ended up as cliffhangers. Always makes me watch the next one and the next…

Lots of funny moments! Prenatal class was top! Prenatal teacher who appears as different characters throughout the drama was a great comical relief.

Love the cameos of Clara and that another guy (probably famous sportsman) as the endorsers of shampoo.

Happy ending for everyone!

Dislikes: I found it a bit too trying hard to show that the two had a happy end. Could have done it without the kids.
It was somehow stiff in the end.

Jang Hyuk with short hair, not much my type. He still looks handsome with short hairdo but his long hair was an important feat. I mean just imagine Gu Jun Pyo without his long, curly locks.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jul 102014
 

you're all surrounded kdramaSummary: Four newly hired young detectives at Gangnam Police Station are making waves with solving difficult and exciting
cases. They’re under a very hard-working team leader who’s grooming them to be great detectives.

Genre: Action, Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Seung Ki as Eun Dae Gu
Cha Seung Won as Seo Pan Suk
Go Ah Ra as Yeo Soo Sun
Ahn Jae Hyun as Park Tae Il
Park Jung Min as Ji Gook

Likes: The script – It’s a well-written one. You might have heard of the story several times but how it was told is the secret why this drama is sooo good. It’s packed with some interesting story twists which always comes as great surprises. Also I like the way each character and scene were justified and explained through random flashbacks. Made me always comment, ah that’s why. Definitely well done!

The actors – great cast though I was after Cha Seung Won who always doesn’t disappoint me with his sexiness, looks and natural acting; the others were also worth the mention. Lee Seung Ki – it always takes me a while to like him but in the end, I always do. Go Ah Ra – she definitely nails the character. Park Jung Min – cute and funny. Ahn Jae Hyun – I thought I would see him soon after Man from the Stars. Such a pretty face!

The director – The credit for the snappiness of this drama goes to the person who tells everyone what to do. Even if you have a great cast but if the directing is bad and makes the acting awkward, the drama comes out sloppy. Lee Seung Ki and Cha Seung Won are important enough to be under a wing of a good director.

I love the 2 main couples. Very well matched! Dae Gu and Soo Sun – cute, young, unpredictable love! Pan Suk and Sa Kyung – both sexy, divorced couple who are finding love again. With all the serious cases they have to solve, these characters will still definitely make you giddy.

Funny! There was always something funny. May it be the awkwardness between lovers and colleagues or the way Cha Seung Won laughs.

Notable villain. Gosh she was sooo annoying!

Other side stories that kept the drama interesting. These stories were also very well integrated.

Favorite scene: the funeral of the lady chief when everyone was wearing their uniforms. Cha Seung Won definitely stood out!!!

Just love the ending! Everything was good. Our legendary team leader still true to his profession even in the countryside :).

Dislikes: I just thought the way they caught the mastermind was silly. For someone who masterminded a perfect crime could fall for a simple confession in the end. Oh well, maybe it was really his time. He was getting annoying anyway.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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May 222014
 

cunning single lady kdramaSummary: After 3 years from getting divorced, Na Ae Ra found out that her ex-husband has become successful and is currently the CEO of his own IT company. In order to get his attention, she grabbed a job as an intern at his company.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Min Jung as Na Ae Ra
Joo Sang Wook as Cha Jung Woo
Kim Kyu Ri as Gook Yeo Jin
Seo Kang Joon as Gook Seung Hyun

 

Likes: Chemistry! Lee Min Jung and Joo Sang Wook’s chemistry was undeniably strong and so as the characters they were playing. Lee Min Jung’s character Na Ae Ra clicked with both men. So no matter who she’d end up to, I would see it as a happy end. Of course I was leaning towards the CEO but Seung Hyun got really handsome when he later became the Director ;).

Lee Min Jung is hot and sexy in this drama! She looks great with long hair but the short do reminds me of her Ha Jae Kyung character in BOF, pretty and smart!

Joo Sang Wook as leading man of course! I’ve watched That Fool and Good Doctor and I thought I really want to see him as the lead. Although his character transformation here was a bit over the top, it really was fun watching him as the perfect-looking CEO. I always wondered what he would wear next ;).

It definitely is a romantic comedy. It brought some giggles on this cold, winter days!

I’ve watched a variety of kdrama genre the past months but watching a typical kdrama (romcom) with a happy ending brings me back to those days when I just started. This was really the type I liked to watch in the beginning. It’s good but… (refer to dislikes)

Dislikes: Yes it’s good but it can get really boring. You already know what’s coming or what’s going to happen next. There’s no challenge and thrill.

The presence of annoying relatives always irritates me. Leads take all the blame when relatives do something stupid.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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May 052014
 

emergency couple kdramaSummary: After some years, a divorced couple meet each other  as medical interns in the same hospital. Both have to fulfill their dreams, find peace and maybe love in the chaotic ER world.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Medical
Episodes: 21
Stars: Song Ji Hyo as Oh Jin Hee
Choi Jin Hyuk as Oh Chang Min
Lee Pil Mo as Gook Chun Soo
Choi Yeo Jin as Shim Ji Hye
Clara as Han Ah Reum

Likes: Divorced couple falling back in love again seems to be the trend this year. It’s different from the usual, I like it! Korea is definitely breaking free from the conservative and traditional ways, which is not all bad if in the end it’s for the best of the individual. Aside from divorce, this drama also shows a strong single mom and a confident young intern characters which again a sign of an open-minded society.

Lots of funny moments! It’s more comedy than the serious ER drama.

Was looking forward to a Choi Jin Hyuk-lead drama after watching Gu Family Book and The Heirs.

I love Chun Soo’s character and I think Lee Pil Mo did a great job portraying him! He’s this brilliant doctor who’s just all work,very private, cold but then became soo cute when he’s falling in love!

I think Shim Ji Hye is just great! Very confident in acting!

Certified happy ending! I think it’s the kind of ending everyone loves.

Dislikes: I just didn’t really warm up to Song Ji Hyo and the character Oh Jin Hee eventhough she got prettier in the end. Then of course the chemistry between her and Choi Jin Hyuk wasn’t really there.

Why is it always attractive to guys in dramas when the ladies drink too much?!

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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
 

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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