Twenty Five Twenty One

Twenty five twenty one kdramaSummary: Na Hee Do aspires to be a fencing champion. She has to transfer to a different high school to get more training. At 18, she meets Baek Yi Jin, 22, a hard-working guy who does a lot of part-time jobs. They become friends, then lovers, then see what happens when they turn twenty five and twenty one.

Trailer: Twenty Five Twenty One

Genre: Romance, Melodrama
Episodes: 16
Stars: Kim Tae Ri as Na Hee Do
Nam Joo Hyuk as Baek Yi Jin
Bona as Koo Yoo Rim
Choi Hyun Wook as Moon Ji Woong



Likes: This is one of those kdramas that was just so well done. Such a wonderful story of love, friendship, support and relationship and all that comes with them, happiness, sadness, struggles, challenges, successes, failures and all.

The age. It’s so relatable because I was about Na Hee Do’s age during the turn of the century. All those stuff like comics, school uniform, school ground, friends hanging out a lot, eating, drinking, laughing, just simply having fun like you don’t have to worry about the future, my gosh, they all brought back memories of happy and carefree times. Then, there comes the crush, falling in love, having the first kiss, then comes the lapse in communication, then the breakup. So, we thought, oh well, that’s life. Then, we move on. This was also the time when we like to wear t-shirts a lot. That was our go-to outfit, even to the beach! I just love the beach outing in this drama. It was so like my time. It’s funny, because I always thought I grew up in that dull age 🤔. I come to think of it, and thanks to this drama too, it was not dull at all. It was fun, full of energy, challenging but we don’t break our head over things like we do now 😉. Really thanks to this, I get to look back to the past with a smile and pride and say hey, I grew up in that glorious age!

The characters. I was so impressed by the characters, they’re all very well-thought of.

Na Hee Do – I love her tenacity. She just didn’t give up being a fencer. She worked hard until she was level with her idol, isn’t that impressive! She was this fun, simple, a bit boyish, comics-fanatic, happiness comes from stickers kind of girl. She wasn’t the prettiest but exuded beauty and aura when she was fencing (this is why it’s easy to fall for varsity players ). She was also cute and funny, especially after her several confession attempts. My favourite was when she approached Baek Yi Jin thinking he was her online chat Injeolmi and said, “I have to have you.” 😊 Who wouldn’t fall for her, she was just too cute and likeable. And we’ve all got to thank Kim Tae Ri for bringing Na Hee Do to life. She did an amazing job! Such a great actress!



Baek Yi Jin – the amount of insults, embarrassments and treatment with contempt that this guy had to endure was no joke. I could feel his pain. And because of that pain, he wanted to make a difference for himself. If everyone works hard, he had to work even harder because he was just college dropout. Any career path would have been hard for him, but he worked harder to climb that ladder and I think he deserved where he was at the end. Well, at least the career side of things. I love Baek Yi Jin’s part in Na Hee Do’s life, bittersweet, maybe like Brad Pitt to Jennifer Aniston or Gwyneth Paltrow 😉. The way he would look at her with those puppy eyes, omo, omo, I melt! Credit to our handsome Nam Joo Hyuk for being our Baek Yi Jin. Well done!

Koo Yoo Rim – she was Na Hee Do’s happy ending and I just love the fact that they remained the best of friends after all those things. Koo Yoo Rim’s determination was very admirable. Her pain, struggles and sufferings because of poverty is something that a lot of us could relate to. I love her for loving her parents and sacrificing a lot for them. First time to see this idol Bo Na act and she is a very promising star. Watch out for her.

The Relationships. They always come as complicated. But hm, maybe not all. Some started simple then got complicated, others, the other way around, and sometimes it’s just smooth like butter!

Na Hee Do and Baek Yi Jin – I love how these two started. From strangers to acquaintances, then friends, then lovers, then wutt? Support from the distance? Okay, I’ll just accept that. The story on how they got closer as friends supporting each other on their lowest moments, then fell in love but started drifting apart, it broke my heart big time 😢! It’s so complicated. I just wish they both could have love, happiness and success all at once. But I guess that’s too much to ask.

Na Hee Do and her mum – I think Na Hee Do’s relationship with her mum had contributed to her break up with Baek Yi Jin. Her mum worked hard for her career missing out a lot on Na Hee Do growing up. Na Hee Do just doesn’t want another absentee loved one in her life. But I’m glad, in the end, these two ladies were able to fix  things up.

Na Hee Do and Koo Yoo Rim – I love their connection. It truly rooted from when they were still young. It might have been an insecurity thing from Koo Yoo Rim’s side when she lost against Na Hee Do when they were just starting, but definitely that was the connection. She started to dream to be the rival of Na Hee Do. Koo Yoo Rim made it to the top, and that made Na Hee Do dream too, and that someday she’ll be competing against Koo Yoo Rim. It took them a  while to be friends but they got there eventually, and what an amazing friendship they have! It was such a nerve-racking scene when they were competing for the gold medal in Madrid, and the embrace at the end made me tear up! Such an emotional scene!



Koo Yoo Rim and Moon Ji Woong – I admire these two for being strong for each other. Both young and in love but going through hardships together. I love that Ji Woong didn’t give up on Koo Yoo Rim, even when the latter tried to break up with him. Their goal was clear (especially from Ji Woong’s side), that they’ll be together no matter what. At the proposal, Ji Woong said, “It doesn’t matter where I come from. What matters is where I will go.”

Na Hee Do, Koo Yoo Rim, Baek Yi Jin, Moon Ji Woong and Ji Seung Wan – the bond between these friends was so strong and very admirable. I love how they hang out together – eat, drink, get drunk, talk, play games. It so brings back a lot of memories for me. I suddenly miss my childhood friends!

Collection of Quotes:

” Injeolmi, I have to have you.” – Na Hee Doo to Baek Yi Jin, mistaking him as her chat friend Injeomi 😍

“In the real world, you make an apology for the sake of everyone’s peace. It’s nothing personal. Society doesn’t care at all about an individual finding peace.” Sunbae giving Baek Yi Jin advice 👍

“”Wherever you are, I will make sure my support reaches you. I will go and reach you.” – Na Hee Do to Baek Yi Jin ❤️

“My support is not reaching him anymore.” – Na Hee Do to herself 😢

“We’re lovers only during the good times, and a burden to each other in the bad times.” Na Hee Do to Baek Yi Jin during the breakup 😢

“It doesn’t matter where I come from. What matters is where I will go.” – Moon Ji Woong proposing to Koo Yoo Rim 🥰



Handsome cameos. Choi Tae Joon (Park Shin Hye’s husband) as Na Hee Do’s ex-boyfriend came us a lovely surprise, especially that Baek Yi Jin was getting jealous of him. Kang Hoon (Red Sleeve) too, surprised us all when he appeared as Baek Yi Jin’s grown up younger brother, Baek Yi Hyun.

Unforgettable OST. I love all the songs that came with the drama. They match the 90’s mood, although they now leave a sting in my heart every time I listen to them. Here’s Twenty Five Twenty One OST!

Ending. I like the part where everyone finds their own closure. Na Hee Do, all grown-up, going back to the place where the most pain had happened. Baek Yi Jin, while retrieving his password after 20 years, reveals his answer to the question, Who’s your first love? In the end, I think it’s not how we grieve on the breakup but how we move on after it. Just like our Na Hee Do and Baek Yi Jin.

Dislikes: I’m still grieving though on the breakup! 😢😢😢

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)


Start-Up

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

Trailer: Start-Up

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Now the question, are you team…

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

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

Our talented cast.

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

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



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

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

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

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

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Bride of the Water God

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, Supernatural, Magic
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)

Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart: Ryeo

moonloversSummary: A girl in the present time gets transported to the Goryeo era after drowning in the river. She wakes up in the past as Lady Hae Soo, who’s related to the wife of the 8th Prince. Because of her status, she easily gets befriended with all the princes including the mysterious, scarfaced 4th prince who later claims the throne and becomes the 4th king of Goryeo, King Gwangjong.

Genre: Period, Romance, Fantasy, Kings & Princes, Flower Boys
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Joon Ki as Wang So (4th Prince)
IU as Hae Soo
Kang Ha Neul as Wang Wook (8th Prince)
Hong Jong Hyun as Wang Yo (3rd Prince)
Kim San Ho as Wang Mu (Crown Prince)
Yoon Sun Woo as Wang Won (9th Prince)
Byun Baek Hyun as Wang Hyun (10th Prince)
Nam Joo Hyuk as Wang Yoo (13th Prince)
Ji Soo as Wang Jung (14th Prince)




Likes: There so much to like about this drama but the main thing I think is the perfect balance between richness in characters (everyone is interesting), stories (everyone has each own story), picturesque setting, the heavier focus on the main couple and the bittersweet ending (it’s afterall the Goryeo era).

Now for the characters, I will focus on the princes (of course) and their relationship with our main lady Hae Soo…

Wang So (4th Prince) – though the first episodes were not much about him and Hae Soo but there were promising scenes already that he would be Hae Soo’s destiny. Take for example when he rescued her from falling off the bridge. Wang So wearing his famous mask, wearing black outfits all the time, riding his horse and known for his wolf stories exudes mystery and darkness. To top that all, he has his famous facial scar that no one would dare to look at and touch… except Hae Soo. That defines their connection and the chemistry between the two was undeniably great! He first fall for her, there was resistance from her as she was into someone else but isn’t this the best part! Their love was definitely  difficult. In order to keep the love, they would have to be separated. It’s tragic but it’s Goryeo era, it was kind of expected.

Wang Wook (8th prince) – if I were Hae Soo, in those circumstances, I would also fall in love with this prince. Wang Wook though married to Hae Soo’s cousin, had the looks, the intelligence, the calmness and the love he didn’t hesitate to offer. Aside from that, he was backed up by a very powerful family that could easily make him the successor of the throne. Hae Soo and Wang Wook had some beautiful scenes when they were falling in love like the walk on the snow, the meeting at the cave, the writing tutorial and more. But Wang Wook wasn’t the luckiest, he lost the throne and the woman he deeply desired.

Wang Mu (crown prince) – the crown prince entrusted Hae Soo with his important secret, his skin illness. Because Hae Soo came from the present, she had an idea about the illness and how to manage it. So when Wang Mu became king, Hae Soo became the Damiwon lady who was responsible for everything like tea and bath for the king

Wang Yo (3rd prince) – he rose to the throne by plotting an uprising and kicking Wang Mu out (by of course killing him). Wang Yo became insecure of who his real supporters were. He never liked Hae Soo but kept her as a bait for Wang So’s loyalty. He was the queen’s favorite son and him as the king was like a trophy for her. Good-looking (Big Bang TOP’s deadringer) but too greedy and lacking support, he failed to keep his position.

Wang Hyun (10th prince) – his playful attitude drew Hae Soo’s attention though their first meeting wasn’t really that pleasant. He was a boy at heart who loved toys, plays, games but started having a crush on Hae Soo. His dream of marrying Hae Soo didn’t realize when his father King Taejo married him off to the general’s daughter. He was of course sad but ended up in love with his wife till the end.

Wang Yoo (13th prince) – he was the only one who was into music and drawing, the artist. A good friend and confidante of Hae Soo. They were very close that even Wang So thought Hae Soo liked him. Wang Yoo became Wang So’s loyal people when the latter became king and Wang Yoo’s closeness to Hae Soo became deeper when she became friends with Woo Hee (Wang Yoo’s love interest).

Wang Jung (14th prince) – he was the most gentleman of them all. Having an unrequited love for Hae Soo, he waited until Hae Soo wanted to get out of the palace and took his chance to have her with him. He was the last man Hae Soo was with and the man Hae Soo entrusted his daughter to. A former general, tough and good in fighting, full blooded-brother of Wang So – the king, he chose in the end to live his life loving the lady he love most.

Wang Won (9th prince) – the sneakiest prince. He supported whoever was in power. He took for granted the love of a servant, Chae Ryung whom he manipulated to help him poison the bath of Wang Mu, the former King. Chae Ryung was like a sister to Hae Soo. Hae Soo was so devastated about her death punishment that she despised Wang Won so much that after her own death she left a will punishing Wang Won to his death.

The kisses! Who would forget Wang So’s forced kiss on Hae Soo and Hae Soo’s first-move kiss on Wang So? These 2 made me crazy!

Beautiful dating places of Wang So and Hae Soo. My favorites, the boat ride on that picturesque lake and the 2’s walking place which was adorned with giant trees. Just beautiful scenes!

Don’t forget the awesome OST! I love listening too all of the songs… check out Moon Lovers OST.

The costumes were daebak! They all looked good, the princes specially. Hae Soo’s lady outfits were really beautiful.

The ending! It’s bittersweet but I like it like that. There was a closure to every important story. As I see King Gwangjeong at the end acknowledging that the life of a king is afterall fleeting and vain, seriously I have to hold back my tears! It’s sad but I accepted it  as a beautiful sageuk ending. But come on, the ending screams part 2! Give it to the fans please! I’m one of those who wants to see both of them in the future.




Dislikes: Some scenes were too touchy to pass and some punishments were to weak for the Goryeo era.

My Rating: 9.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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