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.

Novel Writing: Initial Research & A Poll

Don’t get too excited because I don’t make any kind of promises, but I’m in the very beginning stages of planning a novel inspired by k-dramas. Research is very important to me. So before I really delve deep into potential plots or characters, I wanted to take things back to the basics and ask the questions that you’d all know best. I’m just testing out the waters and seeing where things may lead. Please be aware that this is not a sure thing at this stage, but I want to prepare accordingly and see if this is something I could pull off. Any good story needs a solid foundation, so before I go ahead and get any big ideas, I just want to put a couple of ‘feeler’ questions out there. And here is the first:

When it comes to a k-drama, what makes it a k-drama for you? Besides the characters being Korean and speaking language, what quintessential elements do you expect to see? And to add onto that, I added a poll where you can selective your favorite k-drama cliches/tropes.

I’m aware there are many tropes out there, but as I don’t really have a solid idea to even start writing yet, my goal was to reach out to all of the lovely people that know best: my fellow k-drama readers! So, what do you say? Help a girl out? My k-drama of choices are rom com’s, so I’m more partial to writing a rom com novel, but absolutely nothing is set in stone yet.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated! Hope everyone is having a good week. I’m just getting back into my groove after suffering for six days with the flu from hell.

Camp Nano, Lemons, and the Hong Sisters

When life gives you lemons, you —

Okay, I’ll shut my trap before I incite a bunch of random, overused proverbs. I will say that I’ve been pretty bummed with the new k-dramas lately. I went into details about that on my last post, and I promise I’m not going there today. Instead, I thought I’d spend a little time talking about dramas and real life.

I work full time for a logistics company. The past six months have been nothing short of a living hell due to circumstances beyond my control at work. It isn’t anything I’ve done wrong, but I’ve had to take on the mother load of responsibility out of nowhere. Thank goodness a sense of normalcy is returning to my work life or I was heading towards a mental and physical breakdown from the lack of sleep and the amount of stress I was going through. That in turn has made me crave lighter, fluffier dramas to help calm and relax me. Coming home to constant migraines and a defeatist attitude hasn’t been my finest hour, but I muddled through with the aid of some great dramas. I constantly thank the drama gods for giving me Shopping King Louis when it did because it aired at a time when I needed it most.

As I’m loving every minute of Strong Woman Do Boong Soon, it’s also tough to wait a week for new episodes. I’ve never been the most patient person, so that’s why I decided to backtrack and try out an older Hong Sisters drama — My Girlfriend is a Gumiho. I’m having so much fun with it because I covet all things the Hong Sisters pen. They may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but gosh darn it, their dramas make me happy and Gumiho has me excited like the first time I watched My Girl. I’m feeling so energized and happy. I’m already up to episode six and OMO… Lee Seung Gi and and Shin Min Ah are so damn cute together. I can’t even formulate words to explain just how cute they are.

(Couldn’t resist a gif of Nick when he was writing his Zombie novel on New Girl.) 😂😂😂

And that brings me to my last topic: Camp Nano. Yep, I’m a writer. (And I use the term ‘writer’ loosely as it’s been strictly a hobby since my early teen years. In the early 2000’s, I used to post a lot of a website called FictionPress.) Next to reading and k-dramas, writing is one of my favorite things to do. I haven’t done camp nano and regular nanowrimo in years, so I figured it was time to get myself back on the wagon again and write something with a little k-drama flair. K-drama tropes, here I come! Because, let’s face it, k-dramas really are my biggest inspiration these days and I’d be lost without them.

 

Drama Roundup: What I’m Currently Watching & More

2017 has been an interesting year for k-dramas, but I find myself stuck in a bit of a rut. Lately, there hasn’t been much that I’ve loved. Voice was excellent and My Shy Boss was a decent watch, but I just can’t seem to find the right k-drama to fill my strange, seemingly endless void. I’m a sucker for an upbeat romantic comedy. Yep, you guessed it. I’m a hopeless romantic. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. There are plenty of other dramas I enjoy without the romantic element (like Voice), but I generally stick to the styles I love; there are always exceptions to that, though.

Nonetheless, I’m having a really, really tough time finding a new drama to love. There has been one major exception, which I list below. But other than that, nothing is wowing me, guys. There are usually 2-3 dramas that I watch in every cycle, but I’m down to one. Yep, one is the loneliest number. The only advantage of having nothing new to watch is that I have an insanely long list of older k-dramas I’ve been meaning to watch. Maybe this is a sign from the k-drama gods telling me to ignore the current mediocre offerings and do what I do best: binge-watch a completed drama.

At this point, I’m open to recommendations. And it doesn’t have to be strictly Korean dramas as I do occasionally watch Taiwanese, Thai, and Filipino dramas as well.

K-Dramas: 

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon: Sometimes you don’t realize how much you need a fun drama until you start watching it. I have to admit that I initially wasn’t sold on the premise of the show. To say that I’m sick to death of the super hero/super power genre is putting it lightly. Surprisingly, I gave it a shot and I was hooked by episode 3. There’s just something about the Korean style of dramas that manages to make me like the dramas I least expect. Also, can we please talk about the fact that Ji Soo needs to nab a leading role soon? Poor guy always seems to be sidelined as the second male lead and I definitely think he has enough charisma and acting ability to carry a drama. (Drama gods, are you listening?) I digress, I’m not feeling second lead syndrome here, I’m just thinking that I’d really love to see Ji Soo flourish in a leading role one of these days. Nonetheless, I am loving Park Bo Young and Park Hyung Sik to pieces together as they have such a fun, earnest, effortless chemistry together. And the height difference between them. Omo. This drama has become my guilty pleasure. It’s generally so upbeat, fun, and quirky that it takes me back to all the lovely and great feelings I had when I was watching Shopping King Louis last year. I can’t give this one enough thumbs up. In fact, as I’m typing this, I’m about to start episode 10.

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Any drama suggestions? Mostly everything I’ve watched until this point is listed here. I’m open to any and all suggestions.

I’m holding out hope that something will catch my eye. Everything else that’s new on Viki and DramaFever hasn’t caught my attention at all. And I’ve had enough of workplace dramas for a while, so Radiant Office is out with a resounding no. Sorry Ha Suk Jin, maybe another time!

Seo In Guk ‘Best of the Best’ K-Drama Roundup

Well, I’m pretty devastated that we’re losing yet another 1987 (my birth year as well!) actor: Seo In Guk. (Why does it always seem like your favorites are all going at the same time?)  The adorable and charming singer/actor, will be signing up for his mandatory enlistment on March 28th. And cue the cry heard around the world. (That’s mine if you haven’t figured that out already.) It’ll be a long two years without him as I’ve really taken a shining to In Guk in the past two years.

So in an effort to honor his work until he returns to us on the small screen again, I’ve put together a post with my top three favorite dramas of his. They’re all a little different, so I hope you can all find something to watch and enjoy. Also, they’re not listed in any particular order. Not going to pick favorites between these three. It’ll be messy and you don’t want me to go there.

Note: I’ve only included dramas I’ve personally watched and re-watched. 

Shopping King Louis – Seo In Guk plays the quirky and fashionable Louis. He’s been raised in a very sheltered environment at his grandmother’s behest. Due to his upbringing, Louis doesn’t really have much of a life, so all of his energy is spent shopping — hence the title ‘Shopping King.’ One day, he ends up in an accident that causes him to lose his memory: retrograde amnesia. The story really begins when he meets the strong, determined, hard working and kind Bok Shil who takes Louis in. Together, the two help each other. It’s mostly cute and quirky, but there are some nice serious moments that shine in this series. If you’re looking for something more uplifting, this is your drama. You can read my spoilery overview of Shopping King Louis here.

High School King – This was my very first time watching Seo In Guk. It tells the story of an eighteen-year-old high school senior who is a star ice hockey player. One day, Min Hyuk’s brother convinces him to masquerade as his older brother at the company he’s just got a job at. I always love roles where actors play double duty with two characters as it really shows off their acting abilities. Like Shopping KingHigh School King has a lighter, quirky element to it. Min Hyuk also struggles to be in two places at once, which is comedic as we watch him run back and forth. The only thing that will be hit or miss in this drama is the romance between our leads. I won’t go into details, but there are two camps: too uncomfortable to ship or two adorable not to ship.

I Remember You / Hello Monster – If you’re watching Voice or you’re just a fan of a good crime/police drama, I Remember You is a standout drama for Seo In Guk. It’s darker; it’s definitely gritty. The themes and general darker tones are much more on point with the likings of Voice, but don’t let that deter you. The acting is phenomenal and memorable here. And while the content isn’t for the faint of heart, we do get a broody and intelligent Seo In Guk if that helps. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Park Bo Gum is in this, but I promise his character is much, much different from Moonlight Drawn By Clouds. Here are a few posts about I Remember You: here, here, and here.

And there you have it! Seo In Guk’s done some great work in the past few years. I don’t think there’s anything I’ve watched of his that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed. When he leaves, I will be watching Squad 38 to bring me comfort. And who knows? Maybe this summer I’ll binge watch these three beauties with my bestie so that I get her hooked on another one of my favs. Sound like a plan?