Reborn Rich

reborn rich kdramaOngoing drama. Still watching.

Preview: Yoon Hyun Woo has worked for Soonyang group for a long time but was accused of embezzlement and got got shot while on his trip abroad. He died but then finds himself in the body of the youngest Soonyang grandson, Jin Do Jun. He decides to take revenge and works to become the owner of Soonyang Group.

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Genre: Family, Revenge, Chaebol
Episodes: 16
Stars: Song Joong Ki as Yoon Hyun Woo / Jin Do Jun
Shin Hyun Bin as Seo Min Young
Lee Sung Min as Jin Yang Cheol

Good Job

good job kdramaSummary: Eun Seon Woo is the owner of Eun Kang group. He also secretly runs a private detective office to mainly investigate the mystery behind his mother’s death. He meets Don Se Ra, who has an ability to see extremely far objects with her bare eyes. Don Se Ra starts working for Eun Soo Woo’s detective work and eventually falls in love with each other.

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Genre: Romantic Comedy, Detective, Boss Romance, Chaebol, Rich Boy Poor Girl
Episodes: 12
Stars: Jung Il Woo as Eun Seon Woo
Kwon Yoo Ri as Don Se Ra
Eum Moon Suk as Yang Jin Mo
Song Sang Eun as Sa Na Hee



Likes: Main reason why I watch this is the leads! Jung Il Woo and Kwon Yoo Ri look extremely good together and their chemistry is undeniably strong. I’m glad they reunited after Bossam. Finally I get to enjoy a kissing scene here, unlike Bossam, which is a period drama, deprived all of us of a kissing scene. So, yeah here we go, more closeness and finally kisses!

Our main leads:

Jung Il Woo as Eun Seon Woo – perfectly good-looking and haughty as usual, loved seeing him here in different detective outfits and of course in CEO suits. He looked really great with Kwon Yoo Ri! They were so comfortable with each other! Jung Il Woo seems to love great entrances. Most of his previous roles have this scene where he can show off himself. It’s becoming like a Jung Il Woo signature already, and I’m loving it!

Kwon Yoo Ri as Don Se Ra – is it me or she’s getting prettier everytime I see her. She was serenely beautiful in Bossam. Here, she was cool and sexy! As I’ve mentioned above, she was comfortable with her leading man making their scenes look very natural.

Action, Detective. It was enjoyable to watch all their detective adventures. The outfits were cool! The secret detective room is a dream for all detective wannabes. It goes on to say, if you’re rich, you can have all the toys you want! What a privilege!



Detective Bromance. I love the bromance between Eun Soon Woo (Jung Il Woo) and Yang Jin Mo (Eum Moon Suk). They were always fun to watch with all their detective adventures!

Extra Love Team. Yang Jin Moo and Sa Na Hee were such fun! Both best friend of the top leads, it’s good to see them as another love team!

Impressive villains. All along I thought it was just Kang Tae Joon (Yoon Sun Woo). Bad guy was written all over his face. He was so good in acting. But who would have thought, our good and quiet secretary Kim to be the ultimate baddie. I’m just impressed with the  villains.

Love the Ending. I love how everything got resolved, and how generous they are with the epilogue. It was great to see the two love teams doing well on their own.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)


Love in Contract

Summary: Choi Sang Eun is a single life helper who has an odd job of being in a marriage contract with men who need help by having a contractual wife. She’s entangled between two clients, Jung Ji Ho, a judge and Kang Hae Jin, a popular actor.

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Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contract Marriage, Chaebol
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Min Young as Choi Sang Eun
Go Kyung Pyo as Jung Ji Ho
Kim Jae Young as Kang Hae Jin




Likes: This turned out really good! At first I was so distracted by Kang Min Young’s drastic face transformation. She looked sooo different from her last kdrama, but I’ll elaborate on this on the dislike section. Good thing is, Kang Min Young is a great actress and she chooses her drama well. But then, I got hesitant with Go Kyung Pyo, her leading man. Hm, would this actually work? Surprisingly, it did! I think it was a combination of an unusual plot, surprisingly awesome chemistry, and a brilliant cast!

Unusual Plot. What a weird job Choi Sang Eun has! And how she was groomed to be the heiress of a conglomerate family. Definitely an unusual story. Then here comes one of her pretend husbands, a judge who wasn’t good with people and possessed a mysterious personality. Interestingly, she ended up liking him. I like how the writers gave more weight on personality than possession and title. Choi Sang Eun chose a boring judge over a chaebol / popular actor! That’s definitely something new!

The chemistry. Choi Sang Eun and Jung Ji Ho’s chemistry was slowly built up during those dinner nights they shared at the latter’s place. I absolutely like the awkwardness, it was so realistic! They didn’t talk much but both presence was connecting. I love Jung Ji Ho’s simple gesture to cook, he was so likeable because of that and compensated a lot in his lack of communication skills. It’s really true that you connect with someone through cooking and eating together alone. So yeah, if you don’t know how to talk, at least learn how to cook! The food will do the talking for you 😄.



The love triangle. Choi Sang Eun’s personality was looking for someone beyond money, title and fame. She was very clear from the very beginning that she was into Jung Ji Ho. She didn’t give our poor Kang Hae Jin some false hopes. However, as a good samaritan, she helped Kang Hae Jin resolved his own family issues. But to be fair, Kang Hae Jin, with his visuals and chabeol status, gave Jung Ji Ho a great competition.

Park Min Young as Choi Sang Eun – surprised to see a new face but still the great Park Min Young. The role is multi-talented but felt unloved by the people she expected to love her. How would I describe Choi San Eun, hm broken, but still goes one with one’s life.

Go Kyung Pyo as Jung Ji Ho – somehow he was too tall for the leading lady but you’ll get to like him. Jung Ji Ho was also a difficult personality. To describe him, hm lonely. He was longing for company but it was always a difficult task for him to be with people.



Kim Jae Young as Kang Hae Jin – good-looking guy and as Kang Hae Jin, a sacrificer. He sacrificed a lot for other people; for his first love, for his mum or his family. It was time to that he did something for himself, and that was choosing what he actually liked doing best; acting.

Gwang Nam-ssi. He was Choi Sang Eun’s housemate and ex-husband. I just love the genuine friendship these two were sharing. He was gay and desperately needed a wife to show to his family, so he got into a marriage contract with Choi Sang Eun, but even after their divorce he stayed to support her emotionally.

Madame Yoo. Jin Kyung is once again impressive! She was such a madame with her expensive outfits. Loved the aattitude!

Favourite Quote. “Most wounded flowers are the most fragrant.”

OST is Love. I just really love the OST. Check out Love Contract OST here.

Beautiful Ending. It was great! No flashy ending, instead heartwarming.

Dislikes: Park Min Young should put a stop to plastic surgery. She’s starting to look like a plastic doll, for real. Her new nose is even not straight, it was so distracting. Of course, the face doesn’t have something to do with her acting, but it’s just strange to see a fast-changing face. For me, her face was perfect in Secretary Kim.

Kopiko ad placement was getting aggressive.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)


A Business Proposal

a busines proposal kdramaSummary: Shin Ha Ri works for a food company as a researcher. One day, her life changes when she tries to go on a blind date instead of her close friend, but the guy she dates happens to be Kang Tae Moo, the CEO of the company where she works for.

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Genre: Romantic Comedy, Boss Romance, Office, Rich Boy Poor Girl, Chaebol
Episodes: 12
Stars: Ahn Hyo Seop as Kang Tae Moo
Kim Se Jung as Shin Ha Ri
Kim Min Gyu as Cha Sung Hoon
Sul In Ah as Jin Young Seo




Likes: This is a pretty straightforward good romantic comedy. With 12 episodes only, it was able to capture our hearts with its really good-looking top and supporting leads and their strong chemistry. Lots of cliches but they kind of worked on its favour. It was definitely funny, cringy at times, and such a joy to watch on our seemingly never-ending rainy days.

My Girl Vibe. That whole pretending she was someone else brought back memories of My Girl, one of the old kdramas that I really like. It was predictable, like oh yeah, that’s gonna backfire. I knew what was coming, but I still liked it. This never gets old.

The Loveteams. I was already good with our top leads doing well when it comes to chemistry, then comes the supporting loveteam! What a bonus! I love both pairs. They all looked great with each other. And not to forget the awesome pair in Ha Ri’s team, Mr. Gye and the team lead, Yeo Ui-Joo! They were so funny.



Strong chemistry. Our main pair, Kang Tae Moo and Shin Ha Ri’s chemistry was just top. I just loved how Tae Moo would look at her with so much admiration. Their bed scene caused a stir for showing some skin, but really, I didn’t mind 😉. Our hot CEO had some sexy back to show anyway.

Meanwhile, Cha Sung Hoon and Jin Young Seo weren’t lagging behind. These two’s chemistry was also awesome. Our girl appeared to be more aggressive, but yes she could, she was hot and a chaebol!

The Worry Dolls. I just like those dolls. They do help in reality. My son has a worry whale, and whenever something’s bothering him, he would cuddle his worry whale. It’s just cute, how the dolls came out to have the same purpose 😊.

OST is Love. The songs are quite good. Reminds of old drama OSTs. Check out A Business Proposal OST!



The Beautiful Cast

Ahn Hyo Seop as Kang Tae Moo – love all his drama but I think this is the first time he really established an amazing chemistry with his leading lady. That workaholic handsome boss role suited him so well. And I like it best when his character got cocky, so adorable.

Kim Se Jung as Shin Ha Ri – I didn’t warm up to her in the beginning. I thought first she looked older. But Shin Ha Ri’s personality was just likeable and fun. And yeah, she was a great kisser too!

Kim Min Gyu as Cha Sung Hoon – hot body and looked great in glasses too! Love his bromance with Ahn Hyo Seop!

Sul In Ah as Jin Young Seo – she’s cute and bubbly! Jin Young Seo is the type of character everyone wants to be friends with.

How to be a good boyfriend according to our awesome Kang Tae Moo…

1. Show off wealth.
2. Get clingy.
3. Be loyal like a dog.

The Ending. One year later with a proposal under the lovely cherry blossoms, I would take that anytime!

Dislikes: What’s with the tacky grandpa house? I love Kang Tae Moo’s grandpa, but he would have deserved a much better house. Don’t you think?

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)


Dali and the Cocky Prince

Dali and the Cocky Prince KdramaSummary: By mistake, Jin Moo Hak meets Kim Da Li in the Netherlands and makes a connection with her. He had no idea, she is from a prestigious Korean family. They meet again in Korea, Da Li struggling to save the family’s museum from collapsing. Jin Moo Hak tries his best to be of help to her.

Trailer: Dali and the Cocky Prince

Genre:  Romantic Comedy, Chaebol, Food
Episodes: 16
Stars: Kim Min Jae as Jin Moo Hak
Park Gyu Young as Kim Dal Ri
Kwon Yool as Jang Tae Jin
Yeon Woo as Ahn Chak Hee
Hwang Hee as Joo Won Tak



Likes: I just love the fact that Dali and Moo Hak’s love story revolves around art and art appreciation. I love art and I like going to museums, and I thought of it sometimes as a romantic place. Art museums in kdrama have been a set to famous romantic dramas in the past like Secret Garden, Her Private Life and even the house of the very rich in Mine. Museums command vastness, space, special light and of course contains the curated, precious art. It is such a special place.

Art effects. I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but at the end of every episode the scene becomes a piece of art, like a beautiful oil painting. Such a nice and relevant touch! And for those who are curious which Modigliani’s painting was featured on the first episode, it’s the Jeanne Hébuterne with Hat and Necklace. The famous Dance in the Country by Renoir was also the inspiration of the drama’s official poster. It’s art all over the place!

Opposite attracts. The character of Dali, who grew up loving art and became an expert of it, was the total opposite of Jin Moo Hak, who grew up focused on making money and was uncultured in matters concerning art. Dali always commanded class and poise inspite of the financial challenges she was facing. She was a good person to begin with. Jin Moo Hak , although greedy to earn more money, uncultured, tacky and could be vulgar with his language, was also a genuine person. In the end, he made Dali laugh, feel protected and loved.



The cast. The top three are just artsy as their characters…

Kim Min Jae as Jin Moo Hak – his tacky appearance was one thing but no one can deny he’s got a young and handsome face. I thought Kim Min Jae looks like Yeo Jin Goo but he was nowhere looking like the latter in this drama. I was seeing a lot of Song Joong Ki in him here.

Park Gyu Young as Kim Dal Ri – My gosh, I thought this role was just perfect for her. She perfected the look of a prestigious family’s daughter. Always classy and poised! I also love her beauty, she looked so delicate just like the art pieces.

Kwon Yool as Jang Tae Jin – I always like Kwon Yool. He’s such a brilliant actor. I first noticed him in Whisper and I thought this chaebol badass role suited him so well. I am so glad to see him in this role again! He rocked as Jang Tae Jin! So handsome, so cold, so rich, so powerful, so badass!



Wardrobe design. Yes, it’s commendable! The outfits worn by our Dali and Moo Hak in the Netherlands when they first met were simply gorgeous! Of course I like all the dresses worn by Dali. They were very well-thought of and rightfully fit an heiress. Jin Moo Hak was also looking great in suit but I couldn’t take my eyes off Jang Tae Jin. He just looked so handsome in his outfits!

Playful and happy OST. I miss listening to the songs of the drama. They  always uplifted my mood. Here’s Dali and the Cocky Prince OST!

Ending. I got my 1 year later epilogue so I’m happy 😊.

Dislike: Minor, but I find Kim Min Jae too young-looking for his role.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)


One the Woman

one the woman kdramaSummary: Jo Yeon Joo is a prosecutor who gets into an accident. She wakes up not remembering who she was and is mistaken to be the 2nd daughter-in-law of a rich and powerful family, Kang Mi Na, who just looks like her.

Trailer: One the Woman

Genre:  Romantic Comedy, Chaebol
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Ha Nee as Kang Mi Na / Jo Yeon Joo
Lee Sang Yoon as Han Seung Wook
Lee Won Keun as Ahn Yoo Jun
Jin Seo Yeon as Han Seong Hye



Likes: Lee Ha Nee is definitely the wonder woman of the show! She was everything – she was very funny to begin with, I love her acting skills, her facial expressions are impressive, she’s tall and gorgeous and always looked great in her outfits, I even love her voice – from the thug-like to the chaebol-like tone, her long gorgeous hair is something to be envious about both curly and straight, her knowledge in several languages including Thai is impressive. I would say she gave both Kang Mi Na and Jo Yeon Joo’s characters justice. I especially love Jo Yeon Joo, the prosecutor, as she was super cool and was so skilled in fighting.

Funny Jo Yeon Joo Quote. “I want million and billions not in my probiotic but in my cash!” 😄

Favourite Quotes: “Walls turned sideways are bridges.”

“Once we love someone, we don’t get disappointed in them that easily.”

Tall Men. Oh well, since Lee Ha Nee is quite tall, it was just fitting to have her three tall and handsome leading men…

Lee Sang Yoon as Han Seung Wook – he is a model as seen in his well-proportioned built. After VIP, I’m glad he resurrected his good-boy image as the chaebol Seung Wook and love interest of our Jo Yeon Joo. These two really look great together.

Lee Won Keun as Ahn Yoo Jun – so tall and cute! This hoobae wants his prosecutor noona but our first leading man was to quick to get her. Anyway, his loyalty belongs to his noona all the way to the end. Very admirable!

Song Won Suk as Han Sung Woon – the powerless chaebol ex-husband! He might have been lacking but his looks wasn’t lagging behind.



Gorgeous outfits. It involved dressing up the very rich, and I would say the stylist did an awesome job. Loved Kang Mi Na / Jo Yeon Joo’s outfits, especially that floral dress she wore when she kissed Seung Wook. Han Seong Hye too had an impressive wardrobe, not to mention her notably, gorgeous earrings!

Veteran actors. Lots of them here and it made the show more worthwhile to watch as you can never go wrong with Jun Gook Hwan, Na Young Hee, Kim Chang Wan and Ye Soo Jung. Surprised to see the old maid played by Ye Soo Jung wearing tight jeans and high heels, she looked so fashionable!

Jo Yeon Joo as a bully. How do you bully back your senior when he’s mean to you? Call him Ahhh jhwoo shiii! 😄

Most awaited epilogue. After all the drama, my favourite part came… One year later…

Dislikes: The twist with Kang Mi Na changing her face wasn’t really believable especially that she wasn’t able to retain her deep voice.

The ending was giving more importance in living abroad than staying in their beloved Korea. More loyalty to Korea please!

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)


Mine

mine kdramaSummary: Seo Hee Soo is a former top actress who is now married to the second son of Hyowon Group. Her sister-in-law, Jung Seo Hyun, who is married to the first son, is a chaebol herself. These two women are trying to find their lost identities as they become part of a wealthy family.

Trailer: Mine

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Revenge, Chaebol
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Bo Young as Seo Hee Soo
Kim Seo Hyung as Jung Seo Hyun
Ok Ja Yeon as Kang Ja Kyung




Likes: Awesome story with equally awesome storytelling! What could I say, surprises were always mind-blowing! I couldn’t tell at all what was coming. All the mysteries surrounding each of our characters were so well plotted. You don’t know who’s telling the truth or why someone has to lie. Bottom line, the message was clear, beyond all those money, power and control, it was about bond, protection and what really matters most to each person.

The Mystery.  It all started in a typical fashion… We had one couple in this crazy rich family who seemed to be normal. Then, it started to get weird with the guy breaking the wife’s trust. It all ended up with the guy getting killed, but who killed him exactly, when everyone in the house wanted him dead?! Truly, the suspense in this drama was slaying!

The Women. I haven’t seen so many strong and gorgeous women in a kdrama like in this one. I just couldn’t get enough of our top 3…

Seo Hee Soo – what a pretty lady! Always well-dressed, and I thought she was the luckiest of them all. And yes because of that, she actually bore the most pain. I thought, this piece was perfect for Lee Bo Young. She always get these kind of melancholic roles. Of course, again, she nailed this one. Such a great actress. I love the scene when she had miscarriage. So convincing and heartbreaking!

Jung Seo Hyun – if I have a female crush then it’s got to be her! How could she look too gorgeous! Kim Seo Hyung so nailed this lesbian character. She had to exude that powerful, strong, boyish personality while maintaining her classy, motherly and leaderly role. I loved how she spoke with commanding tone and at some other point, how she looked like she’s at her breaking point with those eyes always ready to shed tears. Her, standing in front of that beautiful window represented a lot of things… power, class and at the same time confinement.

Kang Ja Kyung – another beautiful face! Ok Ja Yeon proved though that she’s not just a pretty face but a talent powerhouse. Her character transition from the sly tutor who wanted to have what she thought were hers, to a repentful woman who was willing to do everything including giving up her right to her biological son. Accepting and knowing where she stood was her ultimate redemption. I thought she looked gorgeous riding a horse.



The man – Han Ji Yong. He truly shone in this drama. Started as a perfect husband, father and a competent businessman. Beyond a handsome face, wealth and power, his inner core was so corrupted. His character development was quite dramatic. Lee Hyun Wook truly did a great job in this. He’s remarkable!

Camera movement. I really love how the camera moves from one walking person to the next. That continuity and fluidity is totally my style. The stills are also impressive, like the beautiful Jung Seo Hyun window scene.

The setting. That crazy huge property with 2 main houses is befitting the eccentric life of the rich. Heavily fortified with guards at the gate, maids buzzing around in uniforms, wide lawns that you need a transport to get around and our madames always dressed in gowns!

The beautiful and tragic loveteams.

Han Soo Hyeok & Kim Yoo Yeon – young love that defied all the rules. She’s a new maid in the house and he’s the young master, heir to a vast fortune. This could have been a typical rich guy, poor girl kdrama but it wasn’t just about them.

Seo Hee Soo & Han Ji Yong – how the two met was a beautiful love story. They became a powerful couple, Han Ji Yong, being considered as the next chairman of the Hwoyon Group and Seo Hee Seo, a former top actress. Things just didn’t go well with these two and I thought their end was the most tragic.

Jung Seo Hyun & as Noh Ah Rim – our gorgeous madame of the house Jung Seo Hyun being paired with the equally gorgeous and talented artist Noh Ah Rim. Their story was heartbreaking. A love that had to defy social barriers. Beautiful yet at some point tragic.



Episode’s titles. It’s a minor thing but I like this kind of details. It makes one episode an own mini drama. My favourite of course is the final one which was entitled, Glorious Women! Oh hell yeah, they all came out victorious and glorious!

The Ending. With all the tragedy in that household, we could pick up pieces and learn from them. I like how people protected each other, how they’re trying to heal, how they learn where to stand, how they realize their mistakes, how to fight for what they love and I think most importantly, how to get through that high wall, they themselves created.

Dislikes: When did Kopiko become “only for the rich” candy?  At least, that’s what they were implying… high oxygen level in the room (yep only for the rich), but wait kopiko?

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

Sisyphus: The Myth

sisyphus kdramaSummary: Han Tae Sul is a rich, genius engineer who owns Quantum and Time, a successful company in Korea. After a plane accident, he discovers traces that leads to his brother’s death. While investigating, he meets Kang Seo Hae, an elite soldier from the future who travels back in time to help him.

Trailer: Sisyphus: The Myth

Genre: Science Fiction, Time-Travel, Fantasy, Mystery, Chaebol
Episodes: 16
Stars: Cho Seung Woo as Han Tae Sul
Park Shin Hye as Kang Seo Hae




Likes: It’s a time-travel drama, of course I would like it, no matter how confusing the story develops. Time-travel intrigues me, how people could possibly travel in time, how they could change the past (or could they actually really change the past?). In Sisyphus, there was only traveling back in time. This is where our young Seo Hae from the future travels back to save a genius engineer named Han Tae Sul.

Complex storytelling. Well, if I had to tell the story my way, all of the concealed mysteries would be revealed untimely. I kind of like how they did it here. We started with a girl from the future traveling to the past to meet a guy she would have to save. While the story goes on in the past, there would flashbacks of the events that happened so far to the girl in the future. At the same time, the guy would also have flashbacks of his life in the past, revealing gradually the mysteries, giving answers to our whys. Honestly, it was hard to follow but glad I was able to keep up with it.

Post-apocalyptic future. This kind of scenes in movies usually puts me in a sullen mood. Surprisingly, this one didn’t. The post-apocalyptic Seoul mostly covered in overgrowth only shows how people in the past were serious about beauty and pop culture. Wasn’t that obvious with the ruins of an Innisfree (South Korean cosmetic) shop and an old BTS poster. In addition to that, the craze on theme parks! It reminds us people that life now is awesome!

So many plot twists. I was like, “Ah that’s why”, all the time! Like I first started asking, why the mum wasn’t with them in the future? How did Seo Hae get hold of that diary? Why’s the broker stuck with working with the downloader? Why’s the chairman helping Sigma? Who is Sigma anyway?



That intro sound. I really like that scratchy radio signal sound at the beginning of every episode. It creates that eerie, alien-like atmosphere.

Favourite quote: “It’s not important where they come from, it’s when they come from”.

The cast. So many talented actors in this show. Of course you need them for challenging characters like Sigma, the chairman, Seo Hae’s dad, the broker and more. But the top leads really made me watch this…

Park Shin Hye as Kang Seo Hae – I don’t miss any Park Shin Hye’s drama. She’s a good actress and she chooses her drama well – always worth-watching. As Kang Seo Hae, she did a lot of action, which is refreshing to see. I love all those running on the roofs, jumping from the bridge, hanging through a rope, punching, kicking and shooting with her cute, pink gun.

Cho Seung Woo as Han Tae Sul – There was an old drama that I watched where Cho Seung Woo was in, and I instantly liked him there, so I got excited to see him in Sisyphus paired with no other than Park Shin Hye. I like him as Han Tae Sul, he’s cute with his humour and sarcasm. And I think he really looked good on that magazine cover.

The moral. Whatever you do, you can’t change anything.  I should have known early on from the title 🙂



Dislikes: Really? Sigma survived the nuclear explosion because he sealed his windows with a masking tape? Really?

Sun, the friend of Seo Hae who keeps helping her, didn’t really have any other use aside from that. He had this striking presence  (maybe because he looks like Lee Sang Yoon), so I was kind of expecting something surprising from his role, but nothing really.

Of all the plot holes, I most question the banana. Why Seo Hae did not know how to peel a banana?!  She ate it with skin! As if she hadn’t seen a banana before! She was already 9 when the war broke. She could already even ride a bike! But still doesn’t know what a banana is 🤔?

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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When My Love Blooms

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

Trailer: When My Love Blooms

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



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

The powerful couples:

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

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

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

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

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

The End of that Summer

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



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

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

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

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

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Crash Landing On You

crash landing on you kdramaSummary: A South Korean heiress lands in North Korea by accident when she was paragliding. She is captured by a North Korean soldier who treats her well and helps her get out of the country safely. But the more time she spends longer with her captor, the more she is falling for him.

Trailer: Crash Landing on You

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Chaebol, Countryside Romance, Military
Episodes: 16
Stars: Hyun Bin as Ri Jung Hyuk
Son Ye Jin as Yoon Se Ri
Seo Ji Hye as Seo Dan (Jung Hyuk’s fiancée)
Kim Jung Hyun as Koo Seung Joon



Likes: A different impression. There are so many reasons to love this drama but for me the most important is how this drama gave a different impression of North Korea. Finally, we have something popular in the south which is humanizing the people of the north. It was good to see all sides even if they’re only possibilities.

The humour. I’ve got to say this is the funniest kdrama so far this year! Every episode always left me giggling. It’s good to see something that could have left so much tension to be sooo funny (especially that it involves the military). So many funny moments in this drama but my favourite would be when the North Korean soldiers under Capt. Ri Jung Hyuk went to the south to bring back their captain in one piece. Oh gosh, I couldn’t stop laughing from all those naive experiences in the south! Of course, it had a good share of crying moments but I would highly recommend it for something that will really make you laugh.

The contrasting sets. I’ve seen over a hundred kdramas so I’m used to how the sets taken in South Korea would look like. But to have two contrasting sets, first the North Korean sets then the South, I found that very interesting. How different these two countries are – pointing out the lacking and good in one and same with the other. The very basic lifestyle in a North Korean village stroke me as primitive but on the other hand, there was emphasis on camaraderie among each other. The advanced, stylish lifestyle of the South brought out estrangement but on the other hand, there was freedom.

Lessons about the North. What did I learn from this drama about the North? Ah, the accent! It must have been Hyun Bin’s doing but suddenly North Korean accent just became so sexy! Agree or disagree? How about those surprise house inspections. I thought, no way, but it actually made sense. The tapping was funny if you’re just watching it but if you’re actually there, that could be quite scary. How about power and connection? Serve and follow the powerful otherwise you’re dead meat. The traffic in Pyongyang is not at all bad, and that’s even the capital! And yes before it gets forgotten, bring some blankets and food in case trains get stranded for 12 hours!

The cast. Undoubtedly, we had an awesome cast, I love them all but will focus on the leads. Let’s start with…

Hyun Bin as Ri Jung Hyuk – so handsome in North Korean military uniform and he also did so well with the northern accent. No reason not to fall in love with Ri Jung Hyuk’s character,  he might be stiff but a good and true person. I think Hyun Bin carried it so well.

Son Ye Jin as Yoon Se Ri – I love her in this drama – fierce, pretty, powerful and smart. She was awesome here. Her chemistry with Hyun Bin was top. Son Ye Jin, didn’t leave a good impression with me in Personal Taste (with Lee Min Ho). I had to drop that drama a long time ago, never finished it. It’s good to see her awesome in this one.

Seo Ji Hye as Seo Dan – oh my gosh, I love Seo Dan! I should have taken notes when Koo Seung Jun told her what he liked about her. That fierce, stylish North Korean lady. Love her stares! They were like lasers, lol! And isn’t she looking like Chanyeol of EXO? She could be his sister!

Kim Jung Hyun as Koo Seung Joon – First, I found him just good looking but when his character developed, I couldn’t help liking this guy. I bet this supporting role will bring Kim Jung Hyun to the top.

The kissing scenes. Ha! How I like a good one! But wait, I didn’t just get one but several and they were all great! Which one was my favourite, let me think… no, not the last one but the one outside the hospital! I thought that was so romantic!

Romanticising the demarcation lines. Well, after watching this drama, everyone will think romantic about those lines. Am I wrong? Oh, it’s already happening!

Important reference. I love the reference to Hyun Bin’s previous drama, Memories of the Alhambra! It was funny when the famous music of Memories of the Alhambra played when Hyun Bin’s character here, Ri Jung Hyuk was playing a computer game.



Cameo. Was that really Kim So Hyun? This just tells us that a new drama from him is dawning. Please, make it happen soon!

The ending. How would I say it. It pleased me and I guess most of you too. I’m glad they found a way to make it work despite the Romeo and Juliet kind of situation. And I love how they ended it where it all started, at the picturesque Switzerland.

Dislikes: It’s obvious how desperate they were to make that sudden paragliding scene. I know it looks cool and it justified that Yoon Se Ri was still alive, but it just didn’t make sense. How did  she manage to get the parachute fixed suddenly, same with her paragliding outfit?

I was hoping and crossing fingers for the supporting love team but sadly someone had to be sacrificed.

I dislike very much when episodes don’t get shown on schedule. The excitement gets interrupted. It happened twice with this drama. But glad it didn’t take a month to continue.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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