K-Drama: ‘My Only Love Song’ Brief Review

Good morning to all my fellow ‘K’ fans out there. Things have been kind of crazy at work and home lately. Not that it’s an excuse, but I’ve had a tough time lately. I’ve been emotionally and physically drained these past few months as there have been a lot of changes to my job and my responsibility. Not that I have an issue with that, mind you. My issue is that I’ve been in a strange place mentally. I’ve been going through the motions and lost my interest in watching dramas for a bit there. After Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, things took a turn for the worse at work, and this blog suffered for a few months.

Nonetheless, I love my job. We’re just coming into our busiest time of the year, so stress plays a huge factor in my drama watching.

I attempted to get into the swing of things last month, but when blogging is your hobby and real life strikes, priorities are shifted again. On top of my continued internet woes, I haven’t exactly been a happy camper. It’s okay to be moody. It’s okay to watch dramas and not talk about them. But it’s so relaxing when I can throw all of my energy into talking dramas for a while.

Whining aside, I’m here to talk about a newer k-drama on Netflix called My Only Love Song.

It’s a time slip, fusion historical drama. I watched it as it aired on Netflix in June but I’ve been a little quiet as I’m not entirely sure where I stand with this drama.

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K-Drama: ‘Bride of the Water God’ Poll

Hi readers! I’m currently watching Bride of the Water God and I thought it was time to take a poll. If you’re watching, let me know your thoughts in the comments below. After I catch up on today’s episode, I will be talking in depth about this one and School 2017 as these are the two k-dramas I’ve limited to myself in this round of dramas.

 

K-Drama: ‘School 2017’

Let’s talk School 2017! For a high school drama, this is really exceeding a lot of my expectations. I wasn’t convinced of the story or plot by episode one, but by episode three, I was hooked. It doesn’t take long for the story to heat up.

Good things take time to develop and I think this drama is hitting a lot of good notes so far. Some of the other characters make time drag as their screentime isn’t enough to keep me interested. That’s just a minor issue, though.

Also, I am loving Tae Woon. I am not that familiar with the actor, but he’s doing some good work here. If you haven’t watched Bing Goo yet, it’s on Viki and only two hour-long episodes. That’s how he ended up my radar and I gave School 2017 a fair shot. So far, I’m loving Ra Eun and Tae Woon.

Are you watching this drama? What do you think? Better than you thought? A complete miss?

As I’m 29, I don’t seek out many high school dramas as they have an irritatingly juvenile theme to them (it’s high school), but there are a few exceptions to my rules. I’m pretty happy that we’re seeing all kinds of characters in different situations. They are growing and learning. Our leads also have a nice air of maturity to them. I think it helps that the adults seem to be the ones with the most to learn.

Stay tuned as I plan to post my overview of the first half of the series after I catch today’s episode.

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What to do when you don’t know what k-drama to watch?

Note: I realized I abandoned this series after the first post in June of 2014. As my continued effort to keep this blog constant, I will try to keep pumping out these kinds of posts between dramas and reviews.

What should I watch next?

I feel like this is the million dollar question. This one, seemingly simple, question is full of endless possibilities that depends on a variety of factors.

Have you watched rom-com after rom-com and are now sick to death of them? Maybe you binged a few too many psychological thrillers and now you can’t sleep at night? Maybe you’re sick to death of a million and one doctor dramas? Or maybe your biggest problem is the selection? What the heck do you do when there are so many k-dramas on your list that you can’t decide where to begin? Otoke?!

Never fear drama fans, I’m here to help!

These are tried and true methods that I’ve actually used. Maybe one of these options will work for you. After Strong Woman Do Bong Soon wrapped up, I’ve been in a serious drama lull. I just couldn’t find something that appealed to me, so I thought what would be better than looking through my ‘to watch’ list and employ some of the below methods.

  1. If you’ve got a long list of dramas that you haven’t touched and don’t know where to start, assign each drama a number. Say you have a list with 50 dramas on it. Number each one 1-50. Plug in those numbers at Random.org and let fate decide where you begin. This method is especially useful for those of us who are indecisive. May the odds ever be in your favor!
  2. If you’ve found a new actor/actress that you adore to pieces (and they’ve been in more than one drama) put together a list of their oldest to newest dramas and start with the oldest and work your way to the most recent. There’s nothing more thrilling than seeing your latest bias back-to-back with binge-watches.
  3. Pick any trope you love, commit to it, and find a drama on your list that fits the bill. Does your heart soar for a good Gender Bender drama? Maybe a Rom-Com? Maybe doctor dramas are the key to your heart? Whatever it is, find a trope/cliché that you never get tired of and find your next drama that way. Love Gender Benders and Gong Yoo but have never watched Coffee Prince? There you go! You’ve got your next drama.
  4. Maybe you’re pressed for time and you want to binge-watch something without the huge commitment? There are plenty of web dramas out there that are pint-sized and easy to finish in one sitting without feeling too bad about your life choices. (We’ve all been there!)

If you’ve got any tips for choosing your next drama, let me know. I am always looking for new methods to keep my drama addiction alive.

All The New Things

Hi guys!

It’s been quite a month and k-dramas had to be pushed to the back burner for a bit. I was still watching, but I was unable to blog for a bit. But I’m back and ready to start blogging again.

Right now, the only k-drama I’m currently watching is Suspicious Partner, which I hope to touch base on soon. I like it, think it’s well written, and both Nam Ji Hyun and Ji Chang Wook are fantastic, but it feels like it’s missing a little something. It was the perplexing feeling I had while I watched Legend of the Blue Sea. I still can’t place what was off there, either. Nonetheless, I do thoroughly enjoy Suspicious Partner and can’t wait to talk about it as there’s a lot to love and chat about.

I’m not the biggest Taiwanese drama fan. I have a lot more misses than hits, but if a summary catches my eye, I’ll usually give it a shot. Recently, I started The Perfect Match and I’m completely addicted. T-dramas are not my favorite style of dramas, so when I fall in love with one, it’s pretty special. The Perfect Match only has two more episodes to air before it’s over, so it’s a great time to jump on in. This is top T-drama material and it’s easily the best Asian drama I’m currently watching. Two big thumbs up. Stay tuned as I plan to do a review on this drama when it wraps in two weeks.

Other than dramas, I recently fell down the rabbit hole and found myself swept up in Lularoe. I’ve already met a lot of great people through this company, and it’s inspired me to be more pro-active with my own dreams. It hasn’t been particularly kind to my bank account, so I’m practicing self-control and restraint this month.

I’ve also been on the road to rebuilding my credit. Long story short, there were a period in my life where I wasn’t working and also didn’t have health insurance. It resulted in some medical bills going to collections and majorly damaging my credit. Not my finest hour, but I’ve been spending a lot of time clearing things up and getting my credit back to tip-top shape. I’ll get there eventually, but working through this and other real life drama unfortunately has left me emotionally exhausted and too “meh” too blog.

But back to dramas and blogging. I’m working on a few posts to hopefully finish in the coming week.  I’m also trying to decide on another k-drama to watch, but I haven’t been wowed by any of the current dramas. If you have suggestions, I’m happy to listen. Once Suspicious Partner ends it’s either work on my “to watch drama watch” or take on a new show and hope for the best.

I also want to do a major overhaul of this blog – in terms of the layout theme. I’ve had this current theme for three years and I feel it’s more than time for a change. I do swap out header images that I design, but I feel in need of a larger change to breathe fresh life into ISWAKD. This probably won’t happen this month, but it’s on my list of things to do in the near future.

So, a brief overview:

  1. New content coming to the blog this week. (1-2 posts at least.) Yay!
  2. In need of k-drama suggestions. (Leaning towards new dramas, please!)
  3. Working on a new blog design for the distant future.

 

K-Drama: ‘My Girlfriend is a Gumiho’ Review

Omo.

It’s going to be very difficult for me to articulate just the level of impact My Girlfriend is a Gumiho left on me.

I’ve waited a full week to really gauge my feelings on this drama. I loved this one so much that I wanted to take a step back and make sure I wasn’t wearing blinders. But even after that time has passed, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho still makes me giddy. When a drama is everything it’s supposed to be, you can’t help but feel victorious.

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K-Drama: ‘Suspicious Partner’ Teaser & Thoughts

A forgetful killer can be a dangerous thing. Noh Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) is a prosecutor who changes jobs to become a private attorney at a powerful law firm. Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) is a prosecutor trainee who works with prosecutor Cha Yoo Jung (Nara), Ji Wook’s ex-girlfriend who desperately wants to win him back. Attorney Ji Eun Hyuk (Choi Tae Joon) is a longtime family friend of Ji Wook’s but harbors some resentment about their different family circumstances. When a murderer strikes, Bong Hee suddenly finds herself as a suspect in the murder. But it appears the real killer has amnesia, and the killer keeps coming after Bong Hee and Ji Wook. Can the two team up to catch the forgetful killer? “Suspicious Partner” is a 2017 South Korean drama series directed by Park Sun Ho.

Source: Teaser: Suspicious Partner

I’m adding this drama to the list mainly for Ji Chang Wook. Look at that pout in the picture on the left. Oh. Em. Gee. Who’s ready to see Wookie back on screen? I know it hasn’t been that long since The K2, but I’m anxious to see Ji Chang Wook in a non-action role. Yes, I loved Healer to death and The K2 had it’s moments, but Wookie in a rom-com? Yes, please. Where can I sign up?

Also, Nam Ji Hyun was such a great, expressive actress in Shopping King Louis that I’m anxious to see what kind of personality her character will have here.

The only thing that’s slightly off putting: the title. Devon and Cornwall have talked about bad titles and titles that just don’t make sense or don’t sound good. The title Suspicious Partner sounds a bit bland and obvious. It’s not particularly a selling point for me, but if there’s anything we’ve learned in dramaland, it’s that a title doesn’t hold much stock in the grand scheme of things. Here’s to hoping this is a solid drama because I have pretty high standards after seeing Healer.

You Know You Might Be Obsessed With K-Dramas When…

Check it out, this just arrived in the mail this evening! This is my latest splurge. I always carry a ton of crap with me. And with taking a lunch to work every day, it can be hard juggling my lunch bag, my drink, my keys, and my ID badge to get in the building. It’s usually an awkward shuffle where I drop my badge, spill something, or trip over myself. Really, that’s just my kind of luck.

Since my other bag ripped, I thought it would be fun to bring a little more k-drama in my day-to-day life. This is a large white canvas bag with black handles. It measures in at a whopping 18″ by 18″ and has plenty of room for everything I could ever imagine lol. I’m sure it’ll spark some interesting conversations and I plan to take it out with me when I don’t want to lug my purse to movies or events I’m attending. I actually ordered this canvas bag from Red Bubble. I do possess decent skills in photoshop, but this wasn’t my work. (I’m thinking if I do design something for a bag it will probably be W – Two Worlds as I still love that drama to infinity and beyond.) There is a k-pop variant of this bag, but seeing as I’m only starting to get into the genre, I thought I’d hold off on that one for now.

So, there you have it. I’m falling deeper down the k-drama rabbit hole, but that’s a-okay. I’m happy, having fun, and learning a new language. Three cheers for three years of drama watching under my belt!

P.S. I’m going to do my best to get back to posting on a weekly basis again. It’s time to bust out a strict schedule and keep to it. 

Also, I will also be posting about my experience at NerdCon on Saturday, so all you K-Love fans can experience my excitement first hand. My best friend, Tiff, who has done a drama review on this blog a while back, will also be along. So, I’m looking forward to sharing my journey with all of you. For the record, I have attended New York Comic Con once before, so NerdCon is right up my alley. I can’t wait. 

K-Drama: ‘Strong Woman Do Bong Soon’ Review

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon was ultimately a diamond in a rough. It wasn’t perfect and it could have used some tightening in the story line as the story struggled to fill up time with characters and plot lines I cared about. This drama excelled in viewership and created a lot of buzz due to the likability and chemistry between the two leads, Do Bong Soon (Park Bo Young) and Ahn Min Hyuk (Park Hyung Sik). With some polishing, the diamond could have shone a bit brighter. Aside from some minor setbacks, Strong Woman Do Bong Soon was just a lot of fun to watch. And after the end of a particularly long and taxing day, it’s the kind of story I really, really appreciate.

If you’re ready for a HEA (happily ever after), come on in!

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Spring Updates

Hello readers!

April has been an usually busy month for me all around. Sadly, I had to push k-dramas to the side for a little bit. Things are only going to get busier for me as I’ll soon be entering the busiest time of the year at my job, but nonetheless, I’ll still find the time to squeeze in my drama watching!

Here are a few of the things I’m working on right now — including some things that are not drama related.

  • A 10 reasons post about Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. I hope to do an overview of the series as well.
  • I have five more episodes to go of My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and then I will be doing an overview/review of this drama.
  • I’m ready to go with my new exercise regime, but I’m taking things up a notch and joining Weight Watchers as well, so that will be a part of my goals starting May 1st. It shouldn’t disrupt my drama watching too much, but I’ll need to cut back a bit. I will probably watch no more than 1-2 k-dramas at a time. But while I’m on the treadmill, I’ll try to get in some k-drama watching! 🙂
  • I will be certified in CPR and first aid! I just took a class at work yesterday that was taught by a member of the American Red Cross. All I’m waiting for is my certificate and my actual card and then it will be official. So excited! I’m so shy and timid and am definitely adverse to change or trying new things, so this was a test of strength and courage for me.
  • My internet service is terrible, so I’m working on switching over to a new provider by the end of May. It’s made drama watching a real hassle so it’s time to upgrade to cable internet. Maybe I can get back to posting a bit more consistently again.
  • Also, the most exciting part… If you follow Devon and Cornwall (They now have their own website and it looks so good, guys!), I live close enough to meet them at NerdCon. Who knew? Being a voracious reader, there is nothing more exciting than reading a book that has many of the elements of my second love: k-dramas. I daresay it’s a perfection combination for me. And thankfully, it’s on the weekend, so I can make the hour and a half drive. Daebak! I’m loving Pennsylvania a little bit more this week.