Category: South Korea

Splash Splash Love (KDrama Review)

Splash Splash Love poster

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.

Splash Splash Love (KDrama Review)

Love this drama so much

Genre:  Romance *****

Cast

  • Kim Seul-gi as Jang Dan-bi / Jang Yeong-sil
  • Yoon Doo-joon as  the King, Yi Do
  • Jin Ki-joo as Dan-bi’s friend So-heon / Queen Soheon of the Cheongsong Shim clan
  • Ahn Hyo-seop as Park Yeon / Che Ah-jin

I cannot recommend this short drama highly enough if you are into cute, sweetest love stories.

This drama gave birth to a longer drama series called Love in the Moonlight (aka MoonLight Drawn by Clouds) which catapulted Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung into mega-stardom.

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


Present day.

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.

 

Jang Hyuk – Korean Actor

Jang Hyuk

Jang Hyuk

Jang Hyuk – Korean Actor

Jang Hyuk is a Korean actor, who has the most captivating sexy laugh. His rather guttural throaty way of talking would send chills through your spine 🙂

He looks wickedly handsome as well. A true romantic hero.

He is very versatile.  He is watchable whether in drama, mystery, historical or comedy.

Films & Drama

  • Fated to Love (my favourite); I love this drama so much.  His chemistry with Jang Na Ra is just amazing.
  • The Flu,  I love this film.
  • Beautiful Mind

Korean Perilla Leaves

Korean Perilla Leaves, photo by PH Morton

Korean Perilla Leaves

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 – Korean Actress

Hwang Jung-Eum – Korean Actress

Hwang Jung-Eum

BioData:

  • DoB: 25 January 1985 (33)
  • Height: 1.67 m
  • Education: Theatre and Film at University of Suwon
  • Civil Status:  Married to Lee Young-Don (professional golfer), 1 child
  • Occupation:  Singer, Actress

Dramas & Films:


 

 

Hwang Jung-Eum is a South Korean actress and singer but I have come to know her for her acting in KDrama.  She is one of my favourite actresses.  She is a versatile actress with a tremendous range.  She can do comedy and the most tear-jerking acting.


Snippets:

3 Jan 2018

Hwang Jung-Eum is on maternity leave.  Hope she comes back soon.


24 March 2018

I heard that Jung Eum is coming back from her maternity leave and will be starring in a comedy drama called ‘Hoon Nam Jung Eum’  and slated to show this May.  I hope this is true.


23 May 2018

She is back with a new comedy drama called Handsome Guy and Jung Eum.

Pink Radish Pickles Korean Style

*Side dishes readily available in the fridge to complete a meal can look like a well prepared feast.  Below is a Korean recipe of pickled pink radishes just perfect for the new year.

Pink Radish, photo by PH Morton

Pink Radish Pickles Korean Style-

 

Ingredients

  • 1½ lbs pink radishes
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar or rice vinegar
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Method of Preparation:

  • Wash the little radish, removing all dirts and grits.  Top and tail and them but cutting the stem and the root bits.
  • Cut them into thin circular slices.  Set them aside for the moment.
  • Heat a sauce pan and pour in the white wine vinegar and water.  Stir in the sugar and salt.
  • Bring to a boil under low heat, stirring occasionally to dissolved the sugar and salt granules.  This should take no more than 4 minutes.
  • Put the radish slices in a jar or jars and top up with the hot vinegar.  Leave uncovered for an hour or until the liquid had cooled completely.
  • Put the lid on tightly and store in the fridge.
  • It can last up to 5 days in the fridge with the radishes keeping its crunch!
  • Enjoy!

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Happy Sisters – KDrama Review

Happy Sisters

Happy Sisters – KDrama Review

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.

Main Cast:

  • 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
  • Sung Doo-seop as Cha Do-hoon, the musician

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 against a nearby wall.

OMG, this drama is actually quite addictive once you get into it.

Episode 26:

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 weekday. 🙂 🙂 😉  And probably avidly wait for every episode 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 cliché 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.

Ep 27

Hahahaha

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 actors.  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 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

Episode 32-33

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 scriptwriter 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.

Episode 34

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 break loose.  Sang-Eun also joined in in beating up Jin Seop and Miss Jo.

Episode 36

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.

Episode 37-39

The condition was that the monster-mother-in-law had to get divorced first.

Miss Jo is pregnant.

Episode 40

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 goodbye 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 of it as well. 🙂

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.  🙂

Episode 45

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 likable.

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?

Episode 54-58

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 upper hand, 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 thoroughly 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 an 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.

Episode 73

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.

Episode 74-76

The gorgeous mother of SE & YE had a confrontation with the monstrous ex-mother in law.  She head butted 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. 🙁

Episodes 77-79

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 a lighter note, SE is now loved up with her doctor hubby.  I bet this will not last as his first wife will materialise soon.

Episodes 80-82

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 any 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 friend.  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.

Episode 83

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.  🙂

Episodes 90-99

Se Ran has a massive crush with the Do-hoon.  He is interested with her as well but wanted to reform her as she is so immature.

Hwa Young is still creating mayhem despite being a fugitive from the law.

Jin Seop lost his CEO position and his control of his company.  He is still penitent and keep getting drunk and wanted YE back.

Mal Shim (monster mother in law) has apologised to WE for treating her abominably while she was married to Jin Seop.  She has also given her husband a divorce after all these years.

SE is fully reconciled with her husband but behaving strangely by wanting to work as a cleaner or as a waitress.  I think she inhaled too much chemicals while cleaning toilets.  She can’t be stopped with her menial job despite the doctor telling her to stop.  She used to be a piano teacher, why not find something on the same line of her background?

Hyung Joo was at one point suspected by his own board at TGM Group for giving the formula for their shampoo to competitors.  It turned out a girl, who works with the research team with YE was the culprit.  How can she know the password to the laptop of Hyung Joo to be able to open it and still super-important document?

Hyung Joo’s ex-girlfriend is also back in the scene. She is now divorced and wanted him back.

As to Byeong Seok and Ill Sam, their relationship is going strong.  Byeong SEok did try to go to a blind date set up by her mother but she only wanted Ill Sam.

There are a lot of background stories of why Hwa Young turned monstrous, but I am afraid they are not good enough for the audience to buy and give her a happy ending.

Episode 100 -113

There have been so much that have happened but one thing remains the same, the police are ineffectual.

Poor Hyung Joo ended up in hospital after being stabbed by the doctor.  Hwa Young, having found out that Hyung Joo was not dead went to the hospital to confront him and ended up stabbing his wound with her spiky stiletto.  Ouch!!!

The police can’t find Hwa Young and the doctor to arrest and reprimand.

Il Sam and Byeong Sook are now living with her parents but they won’t allow them to get married.

YE and Hyung Joo are really lovey-dovey.  Despite YE’s mother’s hot and cold response to the two lovebirds decision to get married.

The alcoholic ex-wife of Jae Woong had surfaced.  This storyline is terrible.  For a long time alcoholic, she was rather subdued and reasonable.  🙂  I don’t really care really because there is only a handful more episodes before the big finish.

Speaking of alcoholic, Jin Seop ended up in the hospital being of his drinking.  He was back carried by Hyung Joo to the hospital, kind of him.  However, Jin Seop has more medical problems than over-indulging in alcohol.

He was told that he was infertile and the other problem is yet to be revealed.

Almost at the same time and in the same hospital, YE is consulting a doctor of her tiredness and sleepiness.  She was told that she should go to a different clinic, the OB-Gyn, in fact as she is pregnant!   One Happy Sister!

Episode 114 – 115

Jin Seop was in pieces, from pretending to be terminally ill to it coming true!

He had been diagnosed as both infertile and having advanced pancreatic cancer and he had only a couple of months to live.

YE can’t enjoy her pregnancy in the open, she cannot even share the joy with Hyung Joo, because she is scared that something might happen to her baby, especially with Hwa Young still a fugitive and vengeful.

And she has the right to be concerned as Hwa Young came to see her with a knife in her pocket.

Episode 116

This is now the last week of a 120 episode-drama. At this stage of the drama, there is no sign of Happy Sisters, only Stupid Sisters! 🙁

And I have to say YE has not really matured or changed much, except she looks prettier but looking very cold.  It seems offices in South Korea are always freezing cold.  YE never take off her coat/jacket inside the office.

Anyway, her character is still stupid and selfish.  How can she continue to not tell Hyung Joo that she is pregnant?  He can do something to protect her and their baby by hiring the best bodyguards after all he is supposed to be a chaebol.

She is as stupid as her older sister.  Fancy carrying a dead weight drunk on her back when she was in the early stage of pregnancy?!!!  While watching I was thinking, if she loses the baby it is her own fault.

Episode 119

This is the penultimate episode.

Jin Seop had found Hwa Young’s hide-out in the mountain.  She was badly beaten by the psycho doctor, who was killed by the nurse through lethal injection.

The suitcase full of money was being carted away by the nurse.  Jin Seop was given a choice of going for the money or take the badly injured Hwa Young to tha hospital.

The hiding YE has also been found by Hyung Joo after Jae woong confessed to Hyung Joo.

Tomorrow, all will be done and dusted!

Episode 120

This is it.  It is the finale of the most ridiculous storylines that I have seen in a long time.  But I have to give credit to the writers all the same because they know how to tug at viewers’ heart and curiosity and won’t let go till the end.

I have read many comments on the channels where I watched this drama and I am telling you they are not very complimentary but day after day, week after week, month after month, they were watching every episode with me.

Anyway here is quick precis:

Alcoholic mum (first wife of the plastic surgeon) has now returned to television with a reality show.  She was quite happy about it and made SE as her manager.

Musician left his loft to Se Ra to go to Germany to tour as part of a band.

Il Sam and Beong Seok had a double wedding with their mother and father.  Beong Seok is pregnant.

Yuri, Hung Joo’s ex-girlfriend resigned and would be taking over her father’s company as CEO one day.

SE has given birth but she will be a working mother as she created a cleaning material which is organic.  I think!  🙂

Hwa Young cut her face when she was pushed by the nasty doctor on the ravine.  She was so upset that she had lost her good looks.  But she’s not sad for long because of the tranquillizers she had been taking had taken a toll on her brain.  She had lost her memory and thought she’s only 19 years old.

This is a problem as the suitcase was actually full of fake money. They don’t know where her real money went or buried.  She is wily to the end.

Finally Jin Seop, Ye Eun and Hyung Joo.  Ye Eun and Hyung joo were reconciled and having a baby and had to get married immediately.

Jin Seop was resigned to his imminent death and beg Ye Eun to let him give her away on her wedding day.

Ye Eun at first was not sure as it would be weird being given away by an ex-husband.  But Jin Seop said that he would like to do it because, he loved her and yet gave her untold amount of grief and on his death, he wanted to give her to a more deserving man. ( I always had a soft spot for Jin Seop even when he was stupidly nasty to Ye Eun, he did love her in his own way, if only they could have had a baby, he would not have left her, I think)

Just something that I thought I should mention.   The usually rather dapper Hyung Joo had a makeup failure.  He had more makeup than Ye Eun which resulted in Hyung Joo looking effeminate.  His eyebrows were a killer!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

I am going to say it again Ye Eun and Jin Seop had a really good chemistry.  And I can say now that the actor who played  Jin Seop should be commended.  Good acting.

 

The End

 

 

Jugglers – Korean Drama Review

Jugglers

Jugglers – Korean Drama Review

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.

Episode 5

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.

Because This is My First Life (KDrama Review)

Drama

Because This is My First Life (KDrama Review)

    • Genre: Romance, Marriage, Contract Marriage
    • Date Released: 2017
    • KDrma: 16 Episodes

Cast:

      • 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

 

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.

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.

Episodes 7-8

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.

Episodes 9-10

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.

Episodes 11

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

Episode 12

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.

It ended well.

 Mun Seongnam – This Life 

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