Pongdang Pongdang Love, also known as Splash Splash Love is a web drama which was originally shown as a 10-segment series. The cluster was then put together and shown as an hour of 2 episodes on telly.
Honetly though Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung were absolutley adorable as king and Hong Ra On, Kim Seul-gi and Yoon Doo-joon could have perfectly starred in this longer drama. Their chemistry is sizzling.
The story surrounds a high school senior, Jang Dan-bi, who was so stressed at the thought of sitting her 2016 CSAT that she run out of school into the park in the middle of the rain. She saw a puddle and decided to jump on to it.
The next time she was conscious, she was in a middle of an offering pot in the front yard of the palace during the Joseon era, which had been suffering from draught for the last three years.
She was about to be executed but she blurted out that she is a math genius. The king at that time had been trouble by inability to understand and solve the Pythagorean Theorem. Somehow Dan-Bi knew how, as every modern high student does. 🙂 (I hope)
She told the king that she was a high school senior from the future. Apparently the term for high school senior has the same sound as that of a eunuch. Therefore, it was misunderstood that she was a eunuch.
She started teaching the king using her high school knowledge. She helped created annals for surgery, anatomy, botany and maths. 🙂
Before long, the king started feeling rather fond of her, though he thought she was a castrated young man. 🙂 Love has no bounds.
In the end, she got found out to be a girl.
The king was happy, and his happiness in paramount that the Dowager Queen has made her a Royal Consort.
Though Dan-bi adored the king, she was not prepared to sleep with him in that instant as a concubine.
She was introduced to the Dowager Queen who was the replica of her mother. She was left sobbing because she missed her mother so much.
She told the king that she wishes to leave soon. But the king begged her to stay. He also made it as an official order. He can’t live without her.
The king took her to his secret writing room, where he has completed his Hangul alphabet. She was delighted. She was left in the room admiring it when suddenly she was struck in the head and stab in the back, while the room was set on fire.
Fortunately she was not too harmed as she was carrying her backpack with her thick match book on it. It took the full force of the sword.
The king realised that as long as she was with him, her life will be in danger. Finally, he sadly agree that she must return to her time.
They had a lovely time in the seaside, being playful in the rain. And then she slipped away into the water.
The king said that he will find her no matter how long it takes. ahhhhh
She was just in time to sit in her CSAT.
When she got home from school, she was happy to see her mother.
After her part time job, it was another rainy day. She noticed a puddle and was rather tempted to jump in but all of a sudden a man was holding a yellow umbrella over her head, sheltering her from the rain. He looked exactly like the king. He said they had met a long time ago.
A flashback of him helping her pick up her book that had fallen while inside the bus. She run out before she remember to take her yellow umbrella.
It is just the sweetest drama. There are so many cute scenes and funny ones.
There was that time when she was forced to ride a horse and thought it must be easy peasy a la gangham style.
I wish the leads make another longer drama. They are so cute together.
I often see in Korean dramas that they eat their barbecued thin pork or beef slices wrapped in the same leaves as above. Of course they also use the standard lettuce leaf.
Anyway, Peter and I fancied a bit of change for the new year so we decided to create our on table-top barbecue dinner a la Korean. and also a delicious warming hotpot.
But first off, we went shopping for the ingredients. We went to Seoul Plaza in Golders Green, North London. I happened to see these leaves amidst the ready made Korean side dishes. It was about £1.99 for a packet of 20 leaves.
We did our barbecue and duly wrapped pieces of meat with kimchi, radish and sauces into a perilla leaf. It tasted really good. The leaf has an aromatic minty scent with a herby taste. I actually preferred it to the crisp iceberg lettuce. Peter also love the perilla leaves. I think we would use more of it in the future.
Perilla apparently is a member of the mint family. It grows from seed and very easy to cultivate. But where can you get the seeds?!!! If you are from the UK and know where to get them in London, please kindly let us know!!!
bbq pork wrapped in perilla leaf, photo by PH Morton
Hwang Jung-Eum is a South Korean actress and singer but I have come to know her for her acting in KDrama. She is in this list because she is of course one of my favourite actresses. She is a versatile actress with a tremendous range. She can do comedy and the most tear-jerking acting.
I have to say I have been totally sidetracked by A Love So Beautiful, a Chinese drama, that I have lost much of my appetite for Korean dramas lately. I did try to watch a few and can’t really get into them but for some reason this new Korean drama, Happy Sisters, managed to piqued my interest.
Actually I first watched it while waiting for the twit (from Twitter) from Noumi that ALSB has been subbed. Oh the time I had waited for the English subs!!! Well worth it.
Anyway, I began to watch Happy Sisters., thinking what is this?!!! There was that monstrous looking mother-in-law, the lead girls where ajumma (older lady) looking.
I was pleasantly surprised. But I have to admit that I have fast-forwarded a lot of the scenes from the first 7 episodes and concentrating mainly in the stories of the two sisters. By episode 8 I am totally hooked and even loving the monstrous mother-in-law.
Shim Yi-young as Yoon Ye-eun – wife
Han Young as Yoon Sang-eun – contract marriage wife
Oh Dae-gyu as Choi Jae-woong – contract marriage husband
Kang Seo-joon as Lee Jin-seop – erring husband
Lee Shi-kang as Min Hyung-joo – Handsome jobless
Ban So-young as Jo Hwa-young – the mistress
Bo Ra-na as Go Da Hong – Grunge lady with two kids
Heo Eun Jung as Lee Se Ran – Lee Jin-seop’s sister
Lee Ye-Bin as Lee Byeong Sook – fat young sister.
Jung Geun as Gong Il-Sam – Miss Jo’s ex-bf and an ex-con
Ye-eun is the younger sister married for seven years to Jin-Seop, who is having an affair with his personal assistant, Hwa-young (Miss Jo).
Sang-eun is the older sister who got into so much debt. In desperation entered into a contract marriage with a prosperous plastic surgeon, Jae-woong, who is not interested with a traditional marriage but just to give a mother figure to his beloved daughter.
In the background at the moment is a young good-looking man by the name of Hyung-joo (Handsome Jobless), who met Ye-eun by accident and taken her to the hospital. He found Ye-eun rather interesting.
The real fun began (episode 10) during the wedding of Sang-eun and Jae-woong. Hwa-young gave Jin Seop a final warning of not attending his sister-in-law’s wedding or else all hell will break loose. But Jin Seop attended anyway as he is expected to walk the bride down the aisle.
Hwa-young was a feisty woman, who refused to be thwarted. So she sent a couple of selfies of her and Jin Seop in bed together to Ye-eun.
At this same moment, Hyung-joo, who happened to be a good friend of the groom spied Ye-eun in the bridal welcoming party. As he approached her, Ye-eun just walked passed him in a rather agitated mood that Hyung-joo fallowed her. There he witnessed Ye-eun’s husband confessing his love to his mistress, while Ye-eun was catatonic with shock in a nearby wall.
OMG, this drama is actually quite addictive once you get into it.
I have been reading comments on the site where I watch this drama and they are really hilarious. Most of them are saying that they are going to stop watching because Ye-eun (YE) is so stupid hanging on to her stupid good for nothing husband. But these viewers are still there with me watching five days a week, every weekdays. 🙂 🙂 😉 And probably avidly wait for every episodes of the rest of the 120. LOL
The comments are something to look forward to as much as the addictive drama itself.
I can understand their feelings because I think it too but then again, it was also fun watching everyone in the drama squirming in an old cliche situation. And the chemistry between erring husband Jin-seop and YE is actually on the boil.
There is another man, the handsome jobless (he is not actually jobless, in fact he is the CEO of TShampoo), in the background who is subconsciously attracted to YE. But the chemistry between YE and husband is really strong.
The ongoing one-upmanship between YE and Miss Jo, the mistress is bizarrely enjoyable to watch. Miss Jo is a caricature of evilness.
Anyway at this episode, YE decided to have a break from the house because her sister-in-law is adding to her stress. After she scolded her sister-in-law which was heard by mother-in-law, she was told to leave. So YE did. But come dinnertime, they wanted her back.
Miss Jo learned that YE left and took the opportunity to go over the family house and do the cooking. Everyone noticed that she can’t really cook but they all said that she did well. They don’t want to upset her. Miss Jo bandied about the idea that she comes from a rich family, who are based abroad and they would be likely to invest in Jin-seop business.
(I think there is no rich family in the background. Miss Jo would run the business into the ground, the way she was spending and bribing everyone from the company account.)
Jin-seop begged YE to come back because he is scared of the consequences of his adultery from his mother and employees of the company; the company that YE helped build.
This is such a slapstick comedy. This episode is YE’s without a doubt. She is the hands-down victor. After Miss Jo insinuated that she did the dirty with Jin seop in YE’s bedroom, YE retaliated by going to Miss Jo’s apartment to cause mayhem. Hilarious.
They are a bunch of good actor. I just don’t know what is the point of the woman with the bad hair-do with insane rap/hip-hop pretensions. I supposed she’s there and her children to bump up time for a 120 episodes.
Ep 28 – 29
Ep 28 is lacklustre.
As to episode 29, the mother-in-law finally found out about son’s affair. Though she was at first shocked that her son is just like her two timing husband, she finally ordered YE to give Jin Seop a divorce.
Miss Jo enticed the mother-in-law with a prospect of a grandson, which YE can’t give Jin Seop after 7 years of marriage. To top it all, Miss Jo’s father threatened Jin Seop that he wlll ruin his company.
I think Miss Jo hired professional actors to play her parents.
Poor YE. But all the initiating forces of a happier time for YE is slowly coming together. Handsome Jobless is the CEO of TShampoo and again and again YE is shown creating her homemade shampoo. Yey
A for a bit schadenfreude for YE one day, Miss Jo will go through the company money in no time and Jin Seop will go bankrupt.
Actually this drama is becoming tedious especially with the introduction of a new horrid character of the ex-boyfriend of Miss Jo who was just released from prison but causing boring mayhem.
I think the scriptwriters should start thinking of divorce for poor YE and be done with it. Let her start living for herself. And also the director should tell Han Young playing Yoon Sang-eun to act better. Her trying to be cute is off putting. Sang-eun must be almost 40.
The last 5 minutes of this episode is the most hilarious and most satisfying yet. Da Hong found out that YE is being cheated on by Jin Seop with his secretary. She went to the office and let hell loose. Sang-Eun also joined in in beating up Jin Seop and Miss Jo.
Once again after another fraught confrontation, YE went to her favourite park bench where Hyung Joo (handsome jobless) found her. He advised that she has to end her current situation and go for divorce. He was very motivational. He said:
The best revenge to those who betrayed you (in love) is to forget them as soon as you break up, don’t cling.
Divorce is a choice not a failure.
Breaking up with someone doesn’t mean you get abandoned. It is just a new start.
With these food for thoughts, At last YE had decided to divorce Jin Seop but there is a condition.
The condition was that the monter-mother-in-law had to get divorced first.
Miss Jo is pregnant.
Yey, perfect end for this week, YE is finally divorced from Jin Seop, but I must say they really do have chemistry. YE punching his face and kicking him on the shin was really very satisfying. 🙂 Good way to say good-bye to the past.
BTW: The interaction between Byeong-Suk (Jin-Seop youngest sister) and Il Sam (Miss Jo’s ex and an ex-con) was rather sweet. I bet they’ll end up together. Byeong Suk is the best of the lot.
Episode 41 – 44
YE is finally divorced and quite contented with her new beginning.
Miss Jo is now married to Jin Seop and creating havoc in the household. She is using her pregnancy to boss everybody around. She is doing a good job.
Monster-mother-in-law is getting her comeuppance for treating YE so horrendously. Miss Jo is working her like a maid.
The cunning Miss Jo is also busy milking the finances of the company.( Jin Seop might end up in jail for fraud, I reckon.)
YE and Hyung Joo’s (HJ) friendship is heating up.
HJ accidentally found out the extent of Miss Jo’s trickery and has become even more protective of YE. (lucky woman)
#44 was hilarious and satisfying. Miss Jo’s slapping of Se Ran was so good. Jin Seop also got a taste of Miss Jo’s wickedness by having a handful of bean paste slapped on his face by Miss Jo after she heard Jin Seop saying that he misses YE red bean stew. 🙂
HJ was about to confess who he really was to YE but got interrupted by their respective parents until the moment for heart to heart was gone.
Da Hong entered the shampoo competition and won. However, she was not the one who created the winning shampoo but YE.
HJ hired a lawyer for YE to deal with her alimony. JIn Seop called YE to harass her about the lawyer. There is a bit of continuity of errors here. YE bought a new phone as a celebration of her new single life. She got rid of her old phone and old number. How did Jin Seop know her new number? Does it mean she wasted her money for a new phone? I must admit this scene was niggling me.
Episode 46 -50
YE got her alimony money at last. Miss Jo (Hwa Young) has discovered that HJ is the heir to TMO Group. She has now making her mission to prevent YE to be cinderella, having a happily ever after with her prince charming.
HY also managed to convince her mother in law to give her bank account and stamp so HY can give her shares from the company.
I have to say, the story is becoming tedious with only a few characters who are likeable.
Why is YE continues be downtrodden? Why doesn’t she help herself?
Why is SE becoming more annoying with her childish behaviour when she is obviously an adjumma. It is really unattractive. Why doesn’t she find something constructive to do like teaching music again, instead of wasting her time with another man. She is so horny. She is such a silly idiotic woman.
By the way, the mother of YE and SE is so lovely to look at. Why aren’t her daughters look like her? 🙂
Also children are supposed to be cute in dramas. Soo Ji and Soo Chan were cute at first but there are overacting. Shame on the writers for not giving these two talented youngsters a better script.
To be fair, Choi Jin-hee is adorable.
The only cute thing is the story at the moment is the fat sister having a lovely friendship with her kickboxing instructor.
I am beginning to fast forward the drama once again and just watching bits here and there. 38 minutes for just 7 minutes. LOL
Please stop the wickedness or at least do not concentrate on the wickedness of Hwa Young. Start YE to be happy and let SE gets her rodgering from her contract husband so she stops her whining and pouting. LOL
Episodes 51- 53
The Winter Olympics 2018, which is being held in South Korea has impacted on the scheduling of this daily daytime drama.
For all it is worth, HY is becoming more wicked and YE and the rest are just taking it in. Even HJ is ineffectual. SE is still a useless, immature wife, who might embark on an affair. Poor Jin Seop is a battered husband.
Episode 53 ended with Jin Seop and his ‘rich’ father-in-law accidentally meeting in a men’s toilet. Will Jin Seop find out about the fake father-in-law?
As this drama unfolds, I am wondering why it is called Happy Sisters because they are more like the Annoying Demented Sisters.
For adjummas, they are both so immature and self-centered.
Anyway, it turned out that Hwa Young is having twins, therefore despite her evil streaks, she is feted by the family.
YE is now working at TMG corp. It was a rocky start, having found out that the CEO was none other than HJ (handsome jobless).
Episode 59 – 60
Halfway to the whole series, which is actually about how evil is Hwa Young. This drama is all about her. She is the leading character.
But is she it not, can the writers please retire her a least a few episodes.
It is so ridiculous. It was Se Ran’s first day at the TMO Group and she got into fight with YE. What do you know? Hwa Young went into the office and pulled YE’s hair.
Writers, come on? There is no real reason for this. Hwa Young might be a psycho but she knows, you can’t just go into an office and assault someone.
BTW, SE got her much awaited shag with her contract husband after a drunken night together. The next morning, they both behaved like scalded virgins! LOL
Episode 61 –
The story is really tedious because it is really going round and round in circle around Hwa Young’s little finger.
The only thing that is cute in this drama is the budding romance between Byeong Suk and Il Sam. Sam was so tender towards Byeong Suk and she to him and he notices it. Sweet.
Episodes 62 – 68
Hwa Young’s has been found out that she was not pregnant. Se Ran overheard Hwa Young’s connivance with her doctor about their scheme of fake pregnancy.
Se Ran, you would think would now get the upperhand, wouldn’t you? No instead Hwa Young kidnapped her and threatened her with bodily harm so Se Ran once again let another opportunity to tell her family how fake Hwa Young was.
Hwa Young, being throughly evil, used one stone to kill several birds: She purposely threw herself on the stairs in front of YE, to blame YE for her fall and the ‘miscarriage’ of her twins.
I bet after all these evil doings of Hwa Young, she will end up forgiven towards the end of this drama. 🙁
Episodes 69 – 70
I just watched the last 5 minutes of the drama as I can’t really stomach all the nastiness and the stupidity. The last five minutes also shows preview for the the next episode.
Hwa Young is still queening it and I am beginning to get annoyed with Min Hyung Joo. Why did he not reveal how fake Hwa Young immediately before she created more havoc? Why did he not tell security not to let Hwa Young into the building without appointment? Don’t they have CCTV inside the building to check what happened?
Nope there is no CCTV.
In episode 70, Il Sam found out that Hwa Young was never pregnant for the reason that the doctor made her to be sterile in the past. The conversation between Ill Sam and the doctor was overheard by Hyung Joo.
Poor deluded Jin Seop, he signed out all his assets to Hwa Young.
Hyung Joo has the doctor to reveal the fake pregnancy and miscarriage. Ooppss nope, he was double crossed. You would think a Hyung Joo would take the bagful of money he gave the doctor. He didn’t.
I am beginning to think that he is all handsomeness but rather brainless!
The actor should complain to the producers and writers for making his character such a dummy.
The gorgeous mother of SE & YE had a confrontation with the monstrous ex-mother in law. She headbutted her and it looked so satisfying. LOL
Il Sam got run over by a car on purpose by the doctor with instruction from Hwa Young. Everything now is out in the open. The family started to find out about the fake pregnancy and miscarriage.
Hyung Joo and YE are getting ever so closer.
It is beginning to look like that no matter how evil Hwa Young has become, this drama will give her a happy ending. I think this should not be the case, she should be made to suffer as we the viewers are with all her evil doings. 🙁
They have finally rambled Hwa Young and yet she still had the upper hand. But it was rather fun because she really get a well deserved slapping from everyone.
The sister in law has been revealed as having a fake college diploma from Oxford University. The mother was so funny asking, Se Ran, did you not graduate in the States? She should have twigged immediately that something was amiss with the diploma because Oxford U is in the UK not USA.
Seriously this drama is all about Hwa Young, the she devil, not happy sisters.,
In lighter note, SE is now loved up with her doctor hubby. I bet this will not last as his first wife will materialise soon.
YE and Hyung Joo’s relationship have now moved a notch up. They had their first snog in episode 82 and he confessed to her as well.
This development was due to Se Ran having drugged and kidnap Hyung Joo and having taken to a hotel to do the dirty on him but starvation had taken the better of her. She was voraciously chomping on a cream cake when Hyung Joo came out of his drug-induced sleep.
Se Ran confessed immediately what she had done. A photo of him and Se Ran was also been sent to YE.
YE was so upset with Hyung Joo but he was not taking none of it. He told her the truth and that if the same thing would have had happen to her, he would have trusted her. YE was shamed.
She apologised to Hyung Joo but he said it was not enough.
What was he to her? He was not satisfied with her just being a friends. He then kissed her passionately.
SE and Jae Woong happiness did not last long as their contract marriage had been found out by Jinhee, the daughter, who was so let down and very upset.
SE’s mother was told what was going on with the contract marriage and was so upset that she had fainted, due to angina problem.
Hyung Joo having confessed to YE said that she is now his woman and would give her a littlest time to make her heart accept him as her man. Awwww.
He said that he is rather slow with his feelings because once he had made up his mind, he will never change it.
The cutest scene though was the growing attraction between Byeong Suk and Il Sam. They were falling in love over an enormous order of fried chicken and beer. 🙂
Episode 84 – 89
I thought Hwa Young was easily the most dislikable character in this drama, but I have changed my mind now. It was that immature, self-centered SE. She found out she was pregnant; the doctor was happy with it and also little Jin Hee was going to be ecstatic to have a sibling. But of course SE wants a maximum attention as Jin Hee had been the centre of attention for having run away a few days ago.
She wants the doctor and Jin Hee on a piece of string and yank it whenever and however she wants. Really annoying biatch.
YE and Hyung Joo stepped up the level of their relationship. YE and her mum got invited to meet and greet Hyung Joo’s mum.
The occasion descended into a chaos as it was a four-way shock.
Hyung Joo’s mum was shocked to find out that her son’s girlfriend was her best-friend ex-daughter-in-law and her maid’s daughter.
YE’s mum found out that her daughter’s boyfriend is the son of her boss lady.
Hyung Joo was shock to find out that YE’s mom is their lovely housekeeper.
And YE was shocked to find out that the lovely woman was the best friend of her ex-mother-in-law.
To grade the level of shock, Hyung Joo’s mom won hands down. So much so that she ended up in hospital. How can she as a good mother allow her son to marry a divorcee, who by all accounts can’t have a child and to top it all, much older than her beloved son and not even considering their status in life?!!!
Hyung Joo’s mum is still a lovely woman. She did not make a scene much and was almost resigned that Hyung Joo will end up married to an adjumma.
Jin Seop is knowing more and more of Hwa Young’s background.
Apparently Hwa Young was made pregnant by her married doctor boyfriend who performed an abortion on her and at the same time giving her a hysterectomy without her consent and ruined her life.
That is very sad but why would she have an affair with a married guy?
Se Ran is likely to end up with the musician as they keep bumping to each other.
But the cute scene goes to Il Sam and Byeong Suk. 🙂
I have just started watching this new South Korean drama and I much say it is very promising. The lead actress plays Jwa Yoon-Yi (Baek Jin-Hee) is adorably quirky but extremely efficient, while the lead actor is Daniel Choi playing the reluctant boss, Nam Chi – Won.
Jugglers pertain to the so-called office wives, the personal assistants, who would do almost anything for their bosses. (In some cases, sleep with the boss is not out of bounds, but so naughty especially if the boss is already taken!)
Jugglers are the employees who anticipate every need of their employer. And this is what this drama is all about.
The Personal Assistants are encouraged to get to know their bosses inside and out, his health condition, mental condition, his hobbies, his habits, people nearest and dearest to him, people who want to do him harm, everything. Sometimes the PA knows more of their bosses than the bosses know themselves.
The only thing is that if the boss is particularly demanding, a PA’s life is no longer her own. She lives and breathes her boss life, including his personal.
During episode 1, Jwa Yoon Yi ended up being fired from her job because her boss’ wife wrongly thought that she was sleeping with her boss. Unfortunately for Jwa Yoon Yi, the news got around and it was difficult to find another job. That is until she was made a fait accompli PA to Nam Chi Won.
Yoon Yi is extremely annoying in this episode. She is so clingy and over the top for a PA. She is going to ruin her boss if she continues on with her antics.
This is a rather tender love story. It stars the gorgeous Jung So-Min and a return to the small screen for Lee Min-ki in a leading role after 10 years.
I would watch anything with Jung So-min in it because she is such a good actress and she has that fresh and bright screen presence, which I like.
I was really pleasantly surprised with this drama. There are a lot of things going on with the various characters. But in the middle of it all is a tender and sweet developing love story between two lonely and rather reserved individuals.
Lee Min-ki as Nam Se-hee
Jung So-min as Yoon Ji-ho
Esom as Woo Su-ji
Park Byung-eun as Ma Sang-goo
Kim Ga-eun as Yang Ho-rang
Kim Min-seok as Sim Won-seok
Jung So-min plays Yoon Ji-ho, a 30 year old assistant writer of melodrama who is being taken advantage by work mates and family and became homeless. By sheer coincidence she ended up renting a spare room with Nam-se-hee (played by Lee Min-ki).
Se-hee at 38 had his life planned in minute details. He owns his apartment by way of a mortgage, which he hoped to have paid in 12 years time and is scrimping every penny to do so.
Nam-se-hee has rented out his spare room but had had bad luck with tenants until he met Ji-ho. She was ideal for him. She is quite house-proud. When writing, she would clean and polish every surface in the house to get her inspiration. She also loves Kitty, Se-hee’s cat. That’s not all she avidly does the recycling. And to top it all, she loves football/soccer. She support Arsenal just like Se-hee and they would spend time watching the game on tv. To prevent any complication they had a contract where they agreed that they can not like each other in a romantic way.
Se-hee’s parents are pressuring him to settle down and get married. Se-hee asked Ji-ho to marry him but Ji-ho had to turn him down as she equates marriage with love and affection, not just a landlord and tenant in a contractual marriage. She wants the real deal..
Ji-ho moved out but found that she was lonelier and so does Se-hee. He was missing her.
I love that Se-hee is beginning to loosen up a bit from being very uptight. It is very slowly but really rather sweet to watch.
In episodes 3-4, after Ji-ho was assaulted by a drunk actor, whom she had a crush on for three years, Ji-ho was at her lowest ebb. This finally drove her to accept Se-hee’s proposal of marriage.
It is a sweet love story and Min-ki and So-Min have a good chemistry.
I can’t wait for tonight’s episode. This drama is made up of 16 episodes shown every Mondays and Tuesdays Yey!
I do highly recommend this drama. In the first episode there was that conversation about the neocortex. The neocortex is that part of the brain that gives you memory and sensory. The neocortex is the price humans have to pay for evolution.
Episodes 5 & 6
Woah what happened to the gentle and tender love story developing between the leads? In these episode they have gotten married but before you can say honeymoon period, the gravity that pulled them together is now putting them asunder. Friction no less.
I supposed you can see a mile off when Ji-ho behaved like a new bride and develop a cute proprietorial affection to her husband, Kitty, the cat and the house, that Se-hee can only pull back. He doesn’t do affection from a wife or anybody. He wanted a paying tenant. His goal is clear to him. He wanted the marriage to last for 2 years, until then they will go their separate way. still platonic, bordering on being really strangers to prevent any complication. He wanted to live alone in his little flat where he wanted to die alone as well. This situation of course saddened the already lonely Ji-oo. She was so embarrassed that she put back all her defences on high alert. It is war! 🙂
I am so looking forward to how this story develops next weeks.
After walking out from her writing job, Ji-hoo found a part-time job as a waitress at a nearby coffee shop called YOLO (You Only Live Once) from her husband’s workplace. It was only time that he sees her. And he did. He saw his young missus astride an expensive motorcycle with a young gorgeous man. He felt a twinge of jealousy but stopped himself because she was a wife in name only.
The young man is Bok Nam, teases Ji-Hoo with “if you have a husband, can’t you have a boyfriend?” Which concerns her as she feels the loneliness from her pretend marriage. Bok Nam continued to shower her with time and affection, treating her very well in a touchy feely sort of way, even buying her a hair grip and a book. Very different from her stoic husband.
The end of episode 8 was very uplifting! It looks like a happy ending afterall for Ji-hoo and Se Hee. She thinks that love exists as Se hee extends his hand to her asking her to go home with him.
There was a bit of misunderstanding. Se Hee, after receiving various misinformation, thought that Bok Nam was the stalker and rapist in a dating site Se Hee’s work have been running. Thus, he thought that Ji-hoo was in danger. Se Hee, very out of character, kicked the very expensive motorcycle.
Bok Nam actually was quite innocent. He was a victim of identity theft.
The hand-holding did not last long. Again Se Hee explained in detail that they can’t be any more than landlord and tenant because after their contract marriage is over, the impact on Ji-ho will be immense as a woman and much younger than him.
He is really getting on my nerves 🙁 He will step towards her and then pull back. Poor Ji Ho. Bok Nam teases her that she has a one-sided love for her husband. Ji Ho was a bit concerned but she can’t help herself.
Bok Nam told Ji hoo that he forgave her husband from destroying his motorcycle because he said something lovely about Ji hoo. Apparently Se Hee respect her and she is a good defender (as in football). She knows how to look after herself and their relationship.
But this again did not last long because Se Hee said that she failed her defender role by kowtowing to his parents. He was very upset when Ji Ho went to help out on the memorial day of his family. He paid Ji ho for all her effort with 100,000 KRW ($90). Ji Ho was rather insulted and said that the payment was not enough, he had to work in her family farm in the week and make kimchee.
OMG this episodes’s last 5 minutes is the business. It was so darn cute. I can’t wait for it to be subtitled when I first watched it raw. The kissing was terrifically passionate.
Woah Se Hee was so manly and sexily forceful. LOL
Thank goodness, I thought from the trailer last week that it was going to be a dream, the seaside kissing, I mean. But no siree! Se Hee said that he had been meaning to correct Ji Ho’s bus stop kiss. He said that was not a kiss, not even a peck. It was just momentary touching of lips. He then proceeded to snog her face. He then asked if she understood and would she like him to show her once more? Our good girl, Ji Ho, said yes. … and more kisses.
It looks like it would be a rather romantic episode tomorrow based on the trailer. But there was a quick shot of Se Hee ex-girldfriend. Nooooo
We have only another 5 episodes. We don’t want heartbreaks, we don’t want misunderstanding. We want lots of loving, a lot of affectionate activities, plenty more of tonsil hockey and probably some tasteful under the sheets frolicking. LOL
What can I say? This is the episode that we have been waiting. For an hour or so, it packed quite a dramatic, romantic, comedic and at the same time melancholic vignettes.
There were so much kissing between Se Hee and Ji Ho (I like) It was so hilarious at the start when Ji Ho was really into it while here mobile was ringing. Se Hee was a good sport, he continued kissing while alerting her of the ringing phone. Phenomenal.
This drama really is of three couples. Se Hee and Ji Ho of course are in the middle of it.
Ji Ho has a couple of bffs since middle school, Soo Ji and Ho Rang.
Soo Ji has a high powered corporate job, where she constantly suffers from sexual harassment from colleagues. Soo Ji puts up with it most times but now and again she strikes back. She started dating Ma Sang-goo, the CEO of where Se Hee works. As much as Sang-goo wants to get even closer to Soo Ji, she rebuffs his advances. She wanted to keep it casual. She said that she lives in a shitty situation and does not want to drag Sang-goo into it.
I must say that their relationship is fun and romantic. I love their teasing and being very sexual and yet tender romance. Esom (Soo Ji) & Park Byung Eun (Mr Ma) have a lovely chemistry. You actually believe their love affair. At first I was rather surprised about Park Byung Eun. I have only seen him playing the shady/baddy characters in dramas in the past. He was actually fanciable as a leading man.
As to Ho Rang, she has the most heart-rending story. She is living with her boyfriend, Won Seok, of 7 years on the small top floor apartment overlooking great scenic view of Seoul.
Her raison d’etre was to get married and be a good stay-at-home housewife. With some manipulation she was finally able to make Won Seok, pop the question. She happily planned a rather lavish wedding, thinking that they have enough money, after all they have been saving at least a 1000 KRW a month. Unbeknown to her Won Seok had hardly put anything as his company was not making any money. In fact he gave up his company and now worked as a salary man with Mr Ma and Se Hee.
Ho Rang, though very sad, won’t say anything, which only troubled and stressed Won Seok. He knew that they are dancing around the issues of marriage, wedding and money and careful not to go into these as it would lead to a point of no return.
Won Seok had to sadly ask Ho Rang to postpose the wedding for another 5 years. Ho Rang reminded him that she will be 35 in 5 years and have been together for 12 years. Won Seok, with breaking heart asked her to break up. hu hu hu Really sad.
Episode 13 & 14
I have to say I was rather annoyed with how this drama is going as far as Ji Ho and Se Hee are concerned. Ji Ho is beginning to irritate. She is so self-obsessed. Why not give Se Hee a chance. He is beginning to lighten up and yet Ji Ho seemed not to notice. He even cooked her omorice for breakfast.
She is now going to ask to end their contract because she thought that she is doing the right thing in giving Se Hee back his freedom to connect with his ex-girlfriend. Of course Se Hee would only feel rejected… again!
Episode 15 – 16
Lovely ending although I got tired of Ji Ho at episode 15. She is so self-centred and immature for a 30 year old but then I remember that the title of the drama was Because This is My First Life so it is about hit and miss. Sometimes you get it right and sometimes you get is so wrong.
I have to admit that they over-use that Room 19 metaphor. It should be put and disposed to Room 101 because it was so corny. Ji Ho mentioned Room 19 to everyone as if they would know what she was talking about.
There was that glazed look in Se Hee when Ji Ho was once again going on about Room 19. If it was real life I am pretty sure he would have said “Shut up, Ji Ho, enough of this I sycophantic twaddle .” LOL
There was also that that pocketful of stars that she was talking about. Her mother said that one should keep all the sparkling moments in one’s star pocket to use up when the going gets tough.
Ji Ho countered that she is divorcing Se Hee to fill her pocket with stars. I love her mother’s reaction “you are talking nonsense”. Despite the wordy excitements of Ji Ho the rest of the drama was fantastic. I love Se Hee’s romantic and emotional side.
This drama is so good that it has been remade in Korean and currently by Thailand.
The story is about a timid office girl, who would try to do anything and everything to please her office co-workers, who accidentally slept (apparently this can happen 🙂 LOL) with a CEO of a large company.
Three months later, they met again but at this time, the girl found out that she was pregnant. After a shotgun marriage, the two learned to live together but it was far from smooth sailing. There were faced it so much emotional upheaval that the girl lost her baby.
Though they loved one another, they thought it was the unborn baby, Doggie Poop, who was holding them together. So they decided to go on their separate ways.
But as the title says, they were fated to love. Three years on, they met again. This time the girl is now successful in her own right so on par with the man. They finally got together and had a baby or two and lived happily ever after.
Fated to Love You (You’re My Destiny) Dramas
Fated to Love You (Taiwanese Version)
The original version is of course stars the very watchable Joe Chen and Ethan Ruan. It was made in 2008. They have a sweet, very touching chemistry. Joe Chen was perfect to play the girl, Chen Xin Yi (Elaine). She showed so much vulnerability that you feel for her. You can see all the gamut of emotion running through her face. Brilliant actress. Ethan Ruan was a perfect foil to Joe. Love them together.
Also the other characters were also rather adorable. The story would make you cry and love at the antics of the other characters.
Fated to Love You (2014 Korean Version)
I love the Taiwanese version so much but I got curious with this Korean one.
OmG. I was so pleasantly surprised. It is of course the same story but it is still as fresh. I have to say Jang Hyuk with his evil incessant laughter made me smile. I think he has never look handsomer than in this drama. His floppy curls only made him more masculine, a sex on two legs as they say, very fanciable! 🙂
Jang Nara of course is perfect to play the female lead, having the same delicate vulnerable face as Joe Chen.
They chemistry is so hot, rather sexual. LOL
The opening scene where Lee Gun (Jang Hyuk) being the CEO of Chemical industry corp, controls the ads for their new shampoo. He was not happy with the model who was behaving like a diva. So he proceeded to show the director and crew how he wants the ads to look by doing it himself. Woah sexy! This of course, is the beginning of a very sexy drama. Fated to Love You (Korean)
I first heard about this drama a couple of months ago. I heard it was going to be a Jang Na-ra starrer and I looked forward to it. Jang Na-ra has a delicate expressive face, which never ages. I love her, there is always vulnerability to her acting, that gets or speaks to me.
Go Back Couple is a time travel drama, shown on Fridays and Saturdays with 16 episodes. (Correction, 12 episodes).
Choi Ban-Do (played by Son Ho-Jun) and Ma Jin-Joo (played by Jang Na-Ra) are both 38-years-old, and a recently divorced couple.
They got together when they were both in university at the age 20 in 1999.
Fast-forward 18 years on, Choi Ban-Do now works as a medical sales rep, not sure what happened as I thought he was studying civil engineering (civil construction), and Ma Jin-Joo is a housewife with a toddler to look after.
Ban-Do is a hardworking man, who does everything for his clients almost 24/7, that he has neglected his wife and their child.
Due to series of misunderstandings and the hardship of fulfilling their responsibilities, they began to take each other for granted and only ended up bickering when they were together .
During an anniversary that they could not celebrate, in the heat of the moment, due to utter frustration, they both said things that they shouldn’t have.
The last straw for Jin-Joo was finding a credit card statement with hotel bills and then being sent a video photo of her husband holding another woman in front of a hotel (these were all innocent, of course).
Jin Joo announced to her husband that she wanted a divorce. Do Ban-do was at first surprised, but agreed to it. Within a month, they were divorced.
They realised that they had married too young and wished they could go back and restart their respective lives.
On the day of the divorce, they both took their wedding rings off. Jin-Joo dropped hers while aboard a bus and Ban-do threw his outside his bedroom window. Both rings seemed to undergo something supernatural. Jin-joo and Ban-do experienced an earthquake-like shaking and rattling.
The next morning they both woke up in the bodies of their 20-year old selves.
Jin-Joo’s first scene as a 20 years old was really poignant that it brought tears to my eyes. She was crying out for her dead mother in her sleep. But she was being woken up by her mother. She was so happy to see her. Throughout the morning she hugged and followed her mother, who said she was beginning to creep out with Jin-Joo’s clinginess.
I love this drama, so much so that I first watched it raw, I just can’t wait for the subtitles. (Of course I can’t understand a word but then action speaks louder than words 😉 lol). And then watched it this morning with the English sub. The mother scene still got to me.
I am putting a lot of faith in this drama. There have been so many Korean dramas that I could only watch 2-3 episodes and I tend to give up fairly early on.
I supposed the storyline of this drama is more appropriate to me, being married. Don’t I wish sometimes that I can go back in time? Hell, yeah!!! 🙂
Episode 2 is also very watchable. Jin-Joo tried to restart her life but her ex seemed to be everywhere. On a blind-date where they first met, Ban-do ended up still choosing her but said he did it so he could dump her. She followed him out of the restaurant only to find him chasing after his first love. Jin-Joo was heartbroken. She comforted herself that at least it was a closure but she heard a little voice and saw the figure of their toddler following her.
She ended up in a flood of tears and mistakenly got into the back seat of Jung Nam Gil’s (second male lead) car, thinking it was a taxi. I actually want these two to get together.
Again her scene sleeping next to her mother made me cry. huhuhu
They are now both getting into the single life. There was a scene where Jin-Joo in her high-heels running on a slippery slope and being rescued by the handsome Jung Nam Gil (Chang Ki Yong) wearing his ROTC uniform. I have to admit that was so romantic. I wanted them to get together there and then. 🙂 Oh the clubbing scene is really nostalgic. Loving this drama. I watched it raw and then with subtitle.
Ban Do has a double standard mentality. He doesn’t stop himself from enjoying his youth but time and again would remind Jin-Joo that she was an old woman with a child.
It is that addictive.
Again I wish that Nam Gil and Jin-Joo get it together in the end because they do have such a lovely chemistry. It is young and fresh. I watched this episode so many times, fast-forwarding sometimes on the scene between these two. I am an old romantic.
This is an interesting episode. It seems it is repeating what happened in 1999 but completely with different couples. Jin Joo went to the movies with Nam-Gil instead of Ban-do. Then Jin-Joo’s father was giving Nam-Gil the once-over as a potential boyfriend/husband for Jin Joo instead of Ban Do.
Jin Joo is beginning to feel something for Nam-Gil and they have some sweet moments too.
Jin-joo: (In a restopub looking at the menu) Do you like something in particular?
Nam-gil: You. I think it’s true. I think I like you!
They were completely mesmerised with one another! Ah young love!
🙂 🙂 🙂
Ban Do though is beginning to realise that there is more to Jin Joo. She is actually a very attractive woman, wanted by someone rich, handsome and popular Nam-gil and by that slimy medical student.
Episode 6 ended with a scene inside a men’s toilet cubicle. How romantic is that? It actually was- romantic!
I don’t know but I find the episodes where Nam Gil appears a great deal are fresher and more interesting than when he is not around.
I think they should be together even in the future.
Despite having gone back to the past, Ban do and Jin Joo can’t find that missing synchronicity. Whenever Jin Joo was in danger or needed help, Ban do was nowhere to be found but Nam Gil was there each time.
What I wanted to do if I was in this drama is throw away that half dead cactus.:) It seems it is a symbol of how Ban Do’s budding new found respect, love and affection for a younger more carefree Jin Joo. The cactus is beginning to thrive. Nooo!
No!!! Jin Joo, history would just repeat itself. Dump him while you still can and go for that lovely Nam Gil. 🙂
This is a cute episode where Ban Do and Nam Gil play one-upmanship against one another to impress Jin Joo.
Instead of Ban Do, Jin Joo ended up having a romantic time with Nam Gil at the Bridge of Fireflies. Ban Do once again missed his timing.
The episode ended up with Nam Gil sleeping next to Jin Joo. When he raised his arm as a sign of victory, it was so cute.
Ban do might be working towards his future self by being nice to Kim Ye-rim, heiress to a hospital. He might end up better off than a medical salesman. 🙂
Jin Joo is becoming more into Nam Gil because of his caring way but she can’t really fully take advantage of the attraction because of her future son, Seo Jin.
Go for it girl.
Fair is fair though, there is a chemistry between Ban do and Jin Joo even if I wanted her to end up with Nam Gil.
The music OSTs for episode 9 are great.
OMG, I have to admit I am a bit fickle. I have to confess that I quite love Ban Do now. I really feel for him.
I first watch this episode in a raw form, therefore, hardly understand what was going on, just a slight inkling but I was crying like a baby when Ban Do was crying towards the end.
Anyway I have just watched this now with subtitles and found that Ban Do is just a normal married guy, not the worst. He did love Jin Joo but admitted that he took her for granted because of work. And of course, as to most marriages, you are not into each other as much as you were during the first couple of years. They should have supported one another more.
I don’t understand why Jin Joo was blaming Ban Do for not being able to say goodbye to her mother, who passed away. Why did she need Ban Do to take her to her mother? Why not go by herself.? Afterall at that time, she did not have Seo Jin yet.
I do feel a bit sorry for Nam Gil now. It looks like Ban Do and Jin Joo will always be ‘IT’.
Also I have to mention about Dr Park, I know he was a sleazy scumbag but poor him had been pummelled by both Nam Gil and Ban Do plus he lost his meal ticket in Kim Ye-rim.
I did not know that Michael Jackson had such an impact in South Korea. JIn Joo’s mother and father were so good at ‘moonwalking’. That scene was fun and rather uplifting.
OMG is Ban Do dead? Is this paving the way for Ma Jin Joo and Nam Gil to be together?
I had a rethink, I want Ban Do to end up with Jin Joo afterall. Sorry this is not a good review because I just watch this episode in a raw form. Didn’t really fully understand what was going on plus the fact that I am blinded by tears. Sad ending to this episode and they cleverly did not give away what was going to happen in the usual trailer for the next instalment. I thought this series is composed of 16 episodes but actually it may only be 12 and that makes tomorrow’s as the final one. huhuhu
Ban Do did buy the rings, perhaps these are their tickets of going back to the present. Also they found out that most of their troubles were from misunderstandings. They did not talk about what was really bothering them.
I have to say there are so much issues which are needed to be solved and I don’t think an hour would fully cross the ‘T’s and dot the ‘I’s if indeed tomorrow is the last episode.
Still crying and can’t wait for tomorrow. I hope Ban do is not dead.
Probably they both wake up in the present time, having realised that they can’t live without one of the other.
It was rather a shock to the system to find out that this drama was only a 12- episoder. I was not ready to let Nam Gil, Ma Jin Joo, Ban Do and the rest of the cast to go yet.
There were so many scenes that spoke to me personally. I always love the interaction of Jin Joo and her mother. They were poignant, especially when she asked Jin-Joo to look after her father when she’s gone. She half-believed Jin Joo was a time traveller who left behind a baby in the present time.
Anyway, I have never waited more excitedly for an episode than this one.
I was crying like mad when I thought Ban Do died. Thank goodness he didn’t.
You would thought they would reconcile immediately but of course not! They had to open your floodgate of waterworks first. Again!!!
Ban Do said to Jin Joo that she will always be in his heart. As much as he thought of Seo Jin, their son, all the time, he loved Jin Joo more and acknowledged that he can not make her happy so he had to let her go.
The Nam Gil/Jin Joo fanatics were acknowledged! There was a really touching goodbye between Nam Gil and Jin Joo. It was not particularly traumatic but I found myself tearing up. Nam Gil is so lovely to the end.
I think I cried more than Jang Na Ra did just watching this drama.
I felt the ending was really abrupt. I would have wanted to know more how they affected the timeline.
But it was a good conclusion.
Dr Park got his comeuppance. He can only look on with regret how loved up Kim Ye Rim was with her husband, who looked devoted to her.
Sul is a travel writer?!!!
Jae Woo and Bo Reum got back together.
The time travel is due to the rings. Apparently about 50 long years ago, in the land high above the sky there lived a couple of deities who were doppelgangers of Jin Joo and Ban do. They were unhappily married and in a fit of madness, they both took off their wedding rings and threw them down. The rings grant wishes.
Jin Joo and Ban Do were drawn to the rings when they were shopping for theirs. Upon putting the ring on, Jin Joo wished that she will always be with Ban Do. Thus, when Jin Joo and Ban Do divorced the rings had to do their magic to gluing Ban Do and Jin Joo back together again.