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. 

It’s Official, I’m Certified!

Hi guys!

Remember how I took a training course of first aid and CPR last Wednesday?

Well, my certificate of completion has officially arrived and I’m certified for 2 years. I know that most of you come to my blog for k-drama related posts, but I just wanted to take the time to talk about this a little bit.

I’ve always been very backwards and shy. Even around family to some degree. Thanks to my current job, I’ve been able to do a lot of things I was always too scared to do before. Talking on the phone? Oh yeah, that used to paralyze me in fear. I still get anxious, but now I don’t mind it as much. I’ve trained a lot of the girls in my department, and I’m actually training a girl who will ultimately be the boss of my group. I’m more of the following type, so being in charge isn’t something I necessarily aspire to do. And now, my job offered free first aid classes. Only one person got chosen from each department in our building. There were multiple people in my department, but I won. Yes, cue the anxiety. I was riddled with anxiety for a whole month thinking about it, but I was determined to do it, and I wasn’t going to let it stop me.

And guess what? I did it. Maybe I fumbled around a bit, but my instructor never had to correct me on anything, so gold stars to me!

The point of this post is to not let fear rule your life. You want something? Go and get it. It’s helped boost my confidence that I’m doing things I never would’ve dreamed before. Heck, who knew I’d actually start a k-drama blog and actually maintain it for three years? These are pretty big accomplishments for me. So, go and reach for the stars. You are capable of much more than you know. Now, my next task is finding a Korean restaurant within driveable distance until I master some simple Korean dishes. #MotivationMonday

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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.

The Road to a Healthier Me

I recently purchased some new running shoes and exercise clothes, so I’m ready to get moving. When you work sitting at a desk all day, 5 days a week, 40+ hours a week, it’s not exactly the healthiest way to spend your time, but when you need the cash, you do what needs to be done. Nonetheless, I’m trying to get into a routine where I can exercise after work on my treadmill. I’m not really into the gym scene. I’m shy and don’t do crowds. At all. That’s one panic attack I’d rather avoid. That and I’m klutzy and the furthest thing from coordinated.

Anyway, the point is that I’m trying to put together some playlists that will motivate me. Since I want to learn Korean, I want to stick to Korean music. I’m a major newbie when it comes to k-pop. I know a lot of the big acts and some of the songs they’re famous for, but that’s about it If it helps, I listen to FT Island a lot but that’s as far as my Korean journey has taken me.

That said, I’m working on a playlist with EXO songs. I’m not really into hip-hop and r&b, so my personal preference is to avoid music in those genres if I can. I can tolerate in small doses, but it’s not my cup of tea.

So, any suggestions? What k-pop acts make you want to get up and move? I’m trying to be really open-minded here, so I’m open to any and all suggestions.

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.

K-Love Official Cover Reveal!

If there’s one thing you do today, you must check this out. It will make your year just like it did for me.

Devon & Cornwall

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The day is finally here!

You might have gotten pranked one or two times today, but we mean what we say when we are really, truly showing you our OFFICIAL COVER!

Our cover designer over at Kaye Photography did an incredible job putting this together for us! We had so much fun getting sneak peeks during the photo shoot, and then bouncing around ideas for the graphic design of the cover.

We wanted it to look fun and flirty, with a hint of “Korean drama” essence so it would be familiar to K-fans.

And of course, we want to hear your thoughts!

Without further ado, we present to you…

K-Love!

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And here’s a bigger version:

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We just love how it turned out, and think it will look fantastic on bookshelves! What do you think? Are you excited to read more about it?

We will be sharing the “back cover blurb”…

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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!

K-Movie Recommedation: ‘Train To Busan’

If you’re still in the throes of despair after having to say goodbye to Goblin and Gong Yoo, I have some great news to ease your pain. While going through Netflix, I discovered that Train To Busan is available to watch. Score! I saw this movie last year and thought it was excellent and top notch. If you’re a fan of the zombie genre, I give Train To Busan high marks for a great story, great production value, and great acting!

It was a blockbuster hit last year that also helped reinvigorate Gong Yoo’s acting career. If you have Netflix, this is a must watch movie. You can watch it here. One of these days, I will get around to re-watching this one so that I can do a proper review or at least put together a 10 reasons post. In the meantime, I’m working on another post this weekend to recommend some other Korean movies I’ve enjoyed and where you can watch them. While we all love to binge-watch an excellent drama, sometimes we just don’t have the time to do it. K-movies are a perfect solution to this problem.

Tip: If you’re a bit edgy about horror/zombie movies, you may want to avoid watching this one at night while you’re alone. You’ve been fairly warned.