LEAD COUPLES THAT STILL MAKE MY HEART SOAR (Part 2)

As I’ve watched a copious amount of dramas since May of 2015, I thought it was long overdo to add onto my original list found here. This time, I’ll be adding other Asian dramas to the mix to make this list more well-rounded. I have watched many amazing series in the past year, and while I don’t get to mention or post about them all, there are characters I simply cannot forget. I love a good romance and having any excuse to dote over my favorites.

Note: I took an agonizing amount of time on YouTube searching for the videos that I felt best encompassed these characters and showcase why I love them as much as I do. Please enjoy and let me know what you think. I might continue these kinds of posts in the future if there’s an interest for it.

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Drama Ramblings & Real Life Updates

Hi readers and fellow drama fans!

It’s been a long time since I last posted – so long that it feels like years have passed by. I’m aware that statement is grossly exaggerated, but it really feels that way too me. Real life hasn’t been too kind. Between work, car hunting woes, and some family issues going on, it’s been nearly impossible for me to sit down and blog. I find enough free time to watch my dramas, but it’s at the expense of much-needed sleep, so I made the executive decision to push off blogging until my heart was itching to write and I had time to do it. Thanks to Labor Day weekend here in the US, I have off today, Monday, so there’s nothing like an extended weekend to help me recharge my batteries.

Slowly but surely, I’m going to get back to my blogging routine, but until that happens, I put together a little post with some of the dramas I’m watching. I had to keep it short and sweet, but I warn you that there are spoilers, so please continue on at your own risk if you’re not up to date with any of these dramas.

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Thai Drama Recommendations: Fav Dramas of 2016 (Part 1)

While I admit that it’s a little early to be cranking out the ‘favorite dramas’ list, there have been some lakorns that have captivated me from beginning to end so far this year. I simply couldn’t let a whole year pass without mentioning them. That said, I’ve included my favorite dramas (so far!) of 2016 below. As we still have 5 months left of the year, I’m sure this list will grow, which is why I’m splitting this up into two parts. Dramas are listed from favorite to least favorite.

Note: I don’t average many lakorns a year. It’s only within the past two months that I’ve started watching more of them, so these lists will be small and average only 2, maybe 3 dramas each. 

Padiwarada (Beloved Loyal Wife) – James Jirayu has been on my radar for a while. I first saw him in Ruk Sutrit (Love to the Extreme) and while his character was the epitome of a spoiled brat, he really grew on me. Once I saw that he was going to be the lead in Padiwarada, I started to do a little research. I had never watched a period lakorn before, but it was easy to fall in love with this one. It wasn’t insta love; it was an arranged marriage that neither Saran nor Rin wanted. As much as they clashed and bickered, true love eventually blossomed as they got to know one another. There was a really, really irritating side character that tested my resolve until the very end, but James and Bella are so perfect and on point in this series that’s it’s hard to stay aggravated.

Mon Rak Asoon – Of my favorite’s list, I consider Mon Rak Asoon to be a sleeper drama. What I mean by that is that I started to watch it to fill the void of another drama, but it only took a few episodes for me to realize what a masterpiece this drama was. For me, Film as Terd stole the show and had me loving and hating and loving him over and over again. Terd is a complicated character who is colder, meaner, and emotionally closed off because of a personal tragedy. Nampeung coming into his life to teach his young, troubled son is just what the two of them need. The question is can either of them open up their heart to Nampeung?

Piang Chai Kon Nee Mai (When a Man Loves a Woman) – I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t like bratty, self-absorbed female leads. It took me ages to watch Leh Nangfah for that very reason. Nonetheless, I slowly started to warm up to our female lead. As opposite as the leads were, they were oddly charming and well-matched. Anusaniya is brilliant when it comes to business, but when it comes to personal relationships, she doesn’t know to act. Satawat is warm and hard-working and genuinely good. What’s not to love with a humbled doctor? Warning: There are a few elements of this drama that I couldn’t stand, but the relationship between Anusaniya and Satawat caught me – hook, line, and sinker. Be prepared for an arranged marriage that takes some getting used to. Plus, James Ma is really, really, really adorable. (Are you guys catching a trend here with the James’ and arranged marriage themes? I promise it wasn’t intentional!)

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While we’re on the subject of Thai dramas, here are a few more I plan to start watching over the next couple of months:

Song Huajai Nee Puea Tur aka Two Spirits’ Love – Giving this one a chance as I liked Mint when I watched Cubic last year. I’ve only seen Mario in the movie Little Thing Called Love, so I look forward to seeing their work together.

Rak Fun Thalob aka Love Chaotically – I know I seem to reference Leh Nangfah a lot, but I really liked Vill’s work there, so much that I’ve been seeking out some of her dramas to see a different side to her acting. Plus, I’m a sucker for a good road trip story. It’s all about the journey, lessons learned, and personal growth that I enjoy the most. I can’t forget to add that I’ve never watched a Thai series with a road trip, so that was a bonus point.

Angel Destiny – I love me some Golf. (And Mike, too.) Anyway, this one caught my eye, but I don’t know much about the project, so this is on the back burner for a while.

U Prince Series – This is currently being subbed on GMM’s youtube page. There are 11 parts (meaning 11 different stories), which you can read about here. I’m tempted to start it now, but I will probably won’t start watching until an entire part is finished as I would love to do a brief review of each story.

Are there any new lakorns you think I should be watching that I’m not? I’m always up for suggestions! This has been a very busy summer for me and I haven’t had many opportunities to blog to a degree that I feel happy about. I also have to factor in the fact that I am watching k-dramas and a Filipino drama right now, which doesn’t give me much wiggle room, but lakorns are second to k-dramas for me, so I could always make a little more wiggle room if I need to.

Thai Drama: ‘Secret Love: Puppy Honey Series’ Review

GMM has done it yet again by subtitling another Thai drama! Albeit, I struggled to get into the first Secret Love installment, but Puppy Honey was an entirely different story. It was fun, lighthearted, had an engaging story, but it also taught some great lessons about life, love, second chances, and overcoming your fears. As I’m watching some pretty intense lakorns right now, Puppy Love has been my solace.

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Thai Drama: ‘Leh Nangfah’ Review

When it comes to lakorns, I tend to err on the side of caution. While waiting for the subs to finish on Kiss Me, I decided to fill the void with another lakorn. Unsuprisingly, I wasn’t impressed by the summary and plot line of this series, so I had many, many reservations going into this drama. All I knew was that I adored Push’s acting in Perfect Chemistry (Ugly Duckling Series), and I had to see more of his work.

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Thai Drama: Kiss The Series

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Hi everyone!

I’ve been on a lakorn kick lately. I am working on my review for Leh Nangfah and I am currently watching Boy’s Paradise on youtube, which I will also be reviewing. While all of that is happening, I wanted to talk about a new series I just saw on GMM TV’s youtube channel. It’s called Kiss and if you’ve watched the Ugly Duckling Series, you’ll see a few familiar faces — Mook and her brother Jirakit along with Mild Wiraporn.

 

After watching the trailer, it really caught my attention. If you enjoyed Full House, Kiss Me, and The Ugly Duckling Series, it seems like Kiss is going to have a similar feel. I will be watching this series, so as soon as GMM uploads episodes with subtitles on youtube, I will get to work. I don’t know a whole lot about this series, but here is the official IG page if you want to see some promos and behind the scenes pictures.

Below, I’ve added the trailer. Yes, there are English subtitles, so watch away and tell me what you think!

Thai Drama Recommendation: ‘Kiss Me’

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In Asian drama land, who hasn’t heard of the famous Japanese manga, Itazura na Kiss? This manga has gotten the small screen treatment many times — from Japan to Thailand to South Korean and Taiwan. And while I’m not exactly gung ho (overly enthusiastic) over watching remakes, I am a fan of Mike and Aom who captured my heart in Full House (a k-drama remake).

Warning: Spoilers ahead! Do not read if you haven’t watched the series and don’t want to be spoiled!

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Thai Drama: Ugly Duckling Series ‘Don’t’ Review

I was looking forward to this drama after my lukewarm reception to Pity Girl. Not only does Don’t have a great soundtrack, but the story was really engaging. After confessing her love in elementary school to her crush, Maewnam is literally crushed when he rejects her in front of all his friends. He calls her ugly and it’s at that moment that she decides to wear a box on her head. Maewnam is really damaged by those events and she hides behind the box, truly believing that she’s ugly.

Forced to return to school, Maewnam meets Minton and Zero. Minton is sweet, friendly, and new to the school while Zero is a notorious troublemaker who uses his fists to solve his problems. The question is: who’s the boy that called her ugly all of those years ago? Is it Minton? Is it Zero? Is it another person? I won’t reveal who it is for those of you who haven’t watched the series yet, but Don’t was really addictive.

It’s easy to relate to Maewnam, especially because I’m shy and sensitive. While Maewnam has no problem expressing herself, she has a problem accepting herself. Throughout the series, we get to see her learn and grow and come out of her shell. Mild Wiraporn is a great actress — I see some nice range in her abilities. Her character, Maewnam is notorious for jumping to conclusions, but even in her haste, she learns she was wrong and apologizes. It’s hard not to like her, so it’s sad that she’s torn between two guys throughout most of the series. Although, if you pay attention close enough, one of our certain male leads has very significant scenes with her — even though they’re short — so you might be able to figure out which way this one is heading without too much thinking.

At the end of the day, this drama taught some great messages. It’s okay to be yourself. You can make wrong choices and still turn your life around. You can accept your mistakes and learn that they don’t have to define you. And most of all, you learn not to run away from your problems and instead confront them. These are all nice little themes throughout Don’t. It was mostly a positive experience for me, and I think it’s worth watching. Whether it’s family or friendship, this drama has a little bit of everything.

Don’t has a total of 7 episodes and all of them are available with english subtitles on youtube. Awesome, right?