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.

 

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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.

Lead Couples That Still Make My Heart Soar

In k-drama land, there are plenty of reasons that make us love one more than the other. It could be a culmination of factors — plot, acting, setting, music, etc. For me, some the dramas that stand out the most are the ones that have strong, beautiful, epic-style love stories between the two leads. I won’t even attempt to lie: love stories are my favorite part of books and moves. Maybe it’s the hopeless romantic in me wishing that I’ll one day find my own love. Either way, I have a deeper connection with the dramas that have beautiful love story over the sillier, quirky dramas. (Not that the silly ones aren’t good, FYI.)

Below I’ve compiled a list of the leads that have made me feel every emotion in the book… and then some.

Warning: As always, there will be spoilers in my list. Please proceed at your own risk.

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10 More Reasons Why You Should Be Watching Healer

I am just loving Healer so much that I couldn’t refrain from sharing a few more reasons everyone needs to be watching this drama. So, just in case the first 10 reasons weren’t sufficient enough, here are 10 more that might just sway you to start watching this drama immediately.

11. If you love a good underdog story, you’ve come to the right place. There are multiple characters in this series that refuse to believe what they’ve been told, so they go searching for the truth and try their best to find justice and ultimately find peace. And more often than not, they are taking massive risks.

12. The details. This series is all about the small details along the way that slowly, like a blurry picture, start to focus and sharpen. And you don’t have to worry about the plot dragging because Healer keeps going steadily. I’ve had so much fun piecing together the bits and pieces we’ve been getting along the way. It’s almost like becoming a reporter. Because, let’s face it, the detectives in this drama don’t seem too capable of finding the real truth.

13. You’ll become emotional. You might even cry. There are some great moments that tug hard at the heartstrings. I won’t say more for fear of spoiling anything. So, I’ll leave you with one more thing. If you love to emotionally connect with what’s happening on your screen, you’ll certainly find it in Healer.

14. Ji Chang Wook sings, and guys, he sings really, really well. This beautiful love ballad is showcased in episode 17 and 18. Even if you’ve already heard it, I’ve added it to this post just so you can listen to it all all again — or just listen to it for the first time. Warning: one listen won’t be enough.

15. The male and female lead are actually good for each other. As different as they seem to be, you’ll find that maybe they aren’t that different after all. Also, a major *squee* moment when you learn more about their pasts.

16. If you’re looking for a sincere love without the chaos and eye-rolling silly drama of love triangles and love squares, this is an excellent place to start.

17. The cliffhangers. I know, I know. “We love cliffhangers” said no one ever, but the beauty of this drama is that there are only two episodes left to air, so if you’re wavering and about to start this drama, now is as good a time as any because you won’t have to wait week-to-week in nail-biting suspense.

18. Each character has a beautifully explored back story. The writing is solid, and I love that secondary characters that would be pushed to the side in any other drama get to shine in this one. So, kudos to the writing team for giving depth and understanding to these characters.

19. Every episode hovers at the one hour mark — give or take a little. ‘

20. Long after it’s over, this is the kind of drama that will linger in your mind. You won’t forget the characters. You won’t forget the story. You won’t forget the music. You won’t forget the brilliant writing.

Man Crush Monday: Ji Chang Wook

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JI CHANG WOOK.

If the name Ji Chang Wook doesn’t ring any bells for you, it’s okay. I had no idea who he was until I started to watch Healer.

His acting is top notch, his smile is beautiful, and he can cry so freaking well. Okay, I won’t leave out that he’s also really, really attractive. And tall. And he just has this calming voice that you could listen to all day. Aside from being attractive, I sincerely mean that this guy can act. If you’ve been unsure about watching Healer, check out at least the first four episodes and you will quickly understand how and why Ji Chang Wook became my Man Crush Monday. And long after Healer ends, I have the sneaking suspicion that I’ll have to keep a close eye on Chang Wook’s future endeavers.

As a shortcut, you can either watch the drama on drama fever or viki. Also, here are my top 10 reasons why you should be watching Healer.

10 Reasons Why You Should Be Watching Healer

Healer was a big gamble for me—in the sense that I wasn’t particularly wowed by the premise. Initially. In this case, initially is the key. Some dramas are hard to judge by trailers and synopsis’s alone. In fact, I’ve felt pretty “meh” (unimpressed) about the recent k-drama offerings. But, after another sleepless night, I decided to give it a shot.

It couldn’t be that bad, right?

Actually, it’s not bad at all. It’s kind of addictive. I’ve marathoned 10 episodes in a few short days, and while that may not seem like an impressive feat, it is when you are either working, sleeping, or dreaming of when you get to sleep.

With that said, here are ten reasons why I think you should be watching Healer.

1. Ji Chang Wook is really, really good as “The Nighttime Errand Boy” and his by-day dorky alias Kim Boong Soo. And he has such an adorable stutter as the latter character. Cute things aside, his acting is top notch here.

2. The OST (original soundtrack). I know I probably mention this in every list, but music isn’t just filler. It helps you get in the right mood for the scenes, and really good soundtracks bring the best out in a scene. While it’s not the best OST I’ve ever heard, it’s definitely in my top five. If you need further convincing, here you go:

3. Park Min Young is so adorable and sweet as Chae Young Shin. She’s not over the top quirky or even annoying. She’s relatively normal for k-drama land, and it’s a depiction I really, really appreciate. Young Shin is a bit slow on the uptake in some areas, but it’s really fun to watch her character grow and learn.

4.  Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young have a really nice chemistry. And that’s where I’ll stop or else I could end up blurting out spoilers.

5. This is not City Hunter. Yes, there are quite a few similarities, but I’m finding Healer to be much better executed overall. And for any of you who have followed this blog for a while, you’ll know that City Hunter is my favorite drama, but I’m being honest when I say that Healer has tugged at my heartstrings and captured my interest much better. (Look out Lee Min Ho, Ji Chang Wook is creeping up on my love for you.) We’ll see how similar I feel after watching the last ten episodes.

6. It’s marathon worthy. You won’t be able to stop with just one episode. You’ll want to know more and you’ll keep watching. I try hard to pace myself, but it’s hard not to as the story slowly reveals little bits of information that will keep you wondering just how all of these characters are connected.

7. The Ahjumma aka Jung Hoo’s boss. She’s nerdy, bizarre, and she uses a high-pitched voice in certain situations. She’s also a hacking guru.

8. While this drama has some darker and gritty moments, it’s really a lighter drama overall. If you like a little action and romance that isn’t overly violent with guns, swords, etc, then you’ve found the right drama.

9. This is a character-driven drama. The characters are the heart and soul of what works so marvelously on Healer.

10. A big part of the story is centered in the world of Korean reporters. I can’t vouch for the credibility in real life, but it feels pretty authentic. And it’s nice to see a character working a job that’s a little different than the norm in k-drama land.