Dec 132018
 

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)

Jul 182016
 

doctors kdramaSummary: Hye Jung, a girl with a tough character meets her Mr. Right who happens to be her highschool teacher. After the death of her grandmother who was everything to her, she took the more challenging path and became a neurological surgeon which then lead her the way to reunite with her highschool teacher who is after leaving his teaching profession went back to being a doctor.

Genre: Medical, Romance
Episodes: 20
Stars: Kim Rae Won as Hong Ji Hong
Park Shin Hye as Yoo Hye Jung
Yoon Kyun Sang as Jung Yoon Do
Lee Sung Kyung as Jin Seo Woo




Likes: A more mature role for Park Shin Hye. It’s great to see her grow up with her character here as Hye Jung. Though the drama started when Hye Jung was still in highschool, she was already ahead of her classmates when it comes to maturity. Hye Jung’s painful family experience made her the tough girl she already was. When she became a surgeon, her career-lady character came out but managed to remain tough. In short, Hye Jung’s character development was very well architected throughout the drama; from the young, troubled teen to a surgeon and to someone who would equal the maturity of Ji Hong, the highschool teacher she fell in love with. Park Shin Hye’s performance was impressive! I always see her as cute, teeny actress but in this drama, she became a different person. Her outfits as well were very well chosen to suit her character. Well done!

Ji Hong, the love interest of Hye Jung. He was very charming. Older but charming. Obviously there is this undeniable attraction to older men especially when they show independence, intellect and responsibility. I understand Hye Jung for falling for him. Kim Rae Won (the actor), though not the most handsome was very well suited to play the character.

The chemistry between the leads was undeniably great. Take note there were only a handful kissing scenes throughout the drama but each time these two kissed, it gave me goosebumps. Sparks, sparks everywhere!

Impressive action scene in the beginning when Hye Jung had to fight some goons in the hospital. I doubt there is really a surgeon like that but well, the scene was quite entertaining. She even had to kick asses in highheels!

I love that reunion scene when finally Ji Hong is coming back to Korea and Hye Jung is already a surgeon. He arrived in an emergency helicopter while Hye Jung was waiting at the rooftop of the hospital. While being stunned for seeing him after a long time, he asked her… “Are you married? Do you have a boyfriend? … Then we’re set. ” I feel the stuttering answers of our girl! Whoah!

There were 20 episodes and if it was just really about these two lovebirds it would have been so boring. Luckily there were really great side stories. We have the unrequited love of Yoon Do, the developing romance of Seo Woo, Hye Jung’s family drama, Ji Hong’s dad and some elaborated hospital cases.  Hospital dramas like…

  • the heartbreaking case of a father with 2 sick kids who both needed surgery. (cameo: Nam Goong Min)
  • our practicing Kang Soo who was experiencing blackouts which was caused by a tumor in the head
  • the mother in coma who bore the baby until the baby is old enough to survive outside the womb. Bittersweet!
  • Presidents Jin’s nerve-racking spinal surgery

A well-balanced ending. Neither so cold nor cheesy. Neither so sad nor happy. But had a good amount of suspense with a proper closure to everything. Our girl Hye Jung got the apology, the “thank you” and the love that she deserved.




Dislikes: Are they really wearing highheels in the hospitals??? This disturbed me somehow.

After that exciting lead character reunion, it got a bit boring but I advise you to just hold on to it if you wanna see a great ending.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Feb 172015
 

pinocchio kdramaSummary: After the tragic loss of his parents, a young Ki Ha Myung decided to live by another name Choi Dal Po after being adopted by the person who saved him from the waters. He then met his foster parent’s granddaughter who happened to be the daughter of the reporter who framed his family. Later on, he became a news reporter himself to avenge his family.

Genre: Romance, Family
Episodes: 20
Stars: Park Shin Hye as Choi In Ha
Lee Jong Suk as Choi Dal Po / Ki Ha Myung
Kim Young Kwang as Seo Bum Jo
Lee Yoo Bi as Yoon Yoo Rae




Likes: Interesting to see what’s going on behind all the news we can see on TV, what’s left of the truth after all the manipulation. News is a powerful medium, it should be handled with care and responsibility. This is a drama which sheds light and understanding of the media, what should be taken seriously and what should be ignored.

It’s a great script by the same scriptwriter who did “I Hear Your Voice”.

I love the chemistry between Park Shin Hye and Lee Jong Suk, better that Park Shin Hye being paired with Lee Min Ho!

Lee Jong Suk fits the role perfectly with his very “sincere” looks. Not much of a fun of his looks but for the role,
he was perfect.

Love the first kissing scene! Background looks cold but the two made it looked really cozy :). Though I think their lips must have gotten frozen together :).

Other special characters that I really like are…
Song Cha Ok – mother of Choi In Ha and news anchor of MSC. She was ruthless but can’t deny the elegance of this lady. She always looked and appeared perfect.

Choi Gong Pil – foster father of Choi Dal Po and grandfather of Choi In Ha. Super funny and loving, it’s easy to undertstand why it’s hard to leave him.

Park Ro Sa – the Chairman! She was the villain character that made this show so interesting. The actress is always to watch for. She always give justice to her characters.

Cameo by Yoon Sang Hyun as lawyer Cha Gwan Woo! Knowing this drama was written by “I Hear My Voice” scriptwriter, making it a parallel story.

I love the ending. It shows what happened later to the most important characters. Definitely a good closure.




Dislikes: It became draggy and melodramatic somewhere between 14th to 18th epeisodes. I got bored. It was hard to finish even just 1 episode. I know they all can cry but there were times when it was just too much crying.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 032014
 

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

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




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

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

Eye candies! So many of them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 032014
 

heartstrings kdramaSummary: Simple girl meets hearthrob of school, fell in love with him but he liked someone else. In the end, they both found their places but had to deal with personal issues.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Teens, School
Episodes: 15
Stars: Jung Yong Hwa as Lee Shin
Park Shin Hye as Lee Kyu Won
Song Chang Ui as Kim Suk Hyun
So Yi Hyun as Jung Yoon Soo
Woo Ri as Han Hee Joo
Kang Min Hyuk as Yeo Joon
Lee Hyun Jin as Hyun Ki Young
Im Se Mi as Cha Bo Woon




Likes: It’s a very likeable story! Unknown girl and popular guy at school getting together. How did it happen?! Yep, you always want to hear the story.

I love the main characters! The good-looking Lee Shin who plays guitar, snobbish especially with girls who like him but sincere when he likes someone. The bubbly, cute Lee Kyu Won who plays Gayageum and works hard to achieve what she likes to do. Both have strong personalities, they just suit each other.

I really like Park Shin Hye and I think of all her dramas I watched, this one is my favorite. She was great here and she looks good with all the hairstyles! The short and wavy one suits her best!

I’m so glad Jung Yong Hwa’s acting improved compared to when he was in You’re Beautiful.
Still more rooms for improvement but he did a great job here. He’s sooo handsome! The character suits him well.

Another special mention, Kang Min Hyuk! Boy, you can act! I guess I’ll be seeing you more in the future!

I’ve got to give credit to the stylist. Well done! Love how you dressed the 2 main characters but the best dressed award goes to So Yi Hyun!

All characters in the story have been given importance. There was a good balance. I will always remember the grandpa, Lee Shin’s dad, Boo Woon, Sa Rang, Yeo Joon and more!

Dislikes: The falling in love part was done in the early episodes. I was still halfway watching it and the 2 leads were going steady already. So as expected, they had to break up just before the ending but you know, they could have at least come up with a good reason why they couldn’t be together for a year. Anyway, just a smalll thing.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 032014
 

yourebeautifulSummary:  A convent girl dragged into lying in order to save her identical twin brother who couldn’t make it in time to join a popular boy group. She had to dress up and act like her brother and live with the other band members in the same house.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Teens
Episodes: 16
Stars: Jang Geun Suk as Hwang Tae Kyung
Park Shin Hye as Go Mi Nam and Go Mi Nyu
Lee Hong Ki as Kang On Yu / Jeremy
Jung Yong Hwa as Kang Shin Woo
UEE as Yoo He Yi




Likes: I’m into idols at the moment. I think it’s the kpop thing that made me watch this finally! Oh yeah CNBlue!

I love Jang Geun Suk! He can act, he can sing and he really looks good from all angles! Though his one eye is smaller than the other, he still looks good!

Actually the 3 guys all look damn good!

Park Shin Hye is cute but the girl to watch is UEE! She was annoyingly great!

Dislikes:  The chemistry between 2 leads was just poor. I love Park Shin Hye but JGS has to be paired with someone else. Sorry no spark at all.

I was never convinced with the kissing scenes. Plus what kind of kisses were those. They were not moving at all!!!

I dislike Park Shin Hye’s role. Too clumsy! Reminds me of Jandi. I always wonder if cold guys really like this kind of girls. I guess not.

Sorry Jung Yong Hwa but no facial expression at all. Hard to be next to JGS. Watching Heartstrings at the moment, I want to see him improved! Even just a bit.

Presence of annoying characters like Manager Ma and Go Mi Nam’s aunt.

My Rating: 7 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 032014
 

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

Right Now! was always one of my favorite phrases!

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

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

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Mar 242014
 

goong s kdramaSummary: A story of a delivery boy who actually is a prince. While trying to prove everyone that he’s rightful to be one, he fell in love with a maid in the palace that made everything complicated.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Teens
Episodes: 20
Stars: Se7en as Lee Hoo
Heo Yi Jae as Yang Soon Ae
Kang Doo as Lee Joon
Park Shin Hye as Shin Sae Ryung

Likes: Se7en is cute!
Great acting Park Shin Hye!
Colorful costumes!

Dislikes: Too teeny drama.
Lead girl wasn’t good (sorry).

My Rating: 6.5 stars! (10 as highest)