Countdown to Korea – Update!!!

One month to go before I leave for Seoul!!!

screaming internally

As usual, my arch nemesis “Only One Suitcase” is still at large and needs to be conquered.

I have a pretty good idea of what I want to pack for my trip, but seeing as 50% of the items are not purchased and are currently still in their stores…

The weather in South Korea is being very disrespectful and adding to my packing woes.

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Whuuut?!?

SK, I need you to be at like 60-ish so that I can wear my outfits that are still in the stores. – _ –

I found out that recently that K Con Japan 2015 will be taking place while I am in SK. Which means there will be one or two days that Incheon will be absolutely swamped with all types of k pop goodies artists.

My camera and my body are ready.

Also…BTS, your East Coast Noona is coming!!!

screams internally again

I seriously don’t know if I’ll survive this trip to the k pop/drama promised land.

Between fan girling, eating, shopping and Soju-ing….SMH

#Isha2SK2015

…coming soon.

Heard It Through The Grapevine – Korean Drama Mini Review

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*This post may contain SPOILERS!!!

Plot (Credit: asianwiki.com)

Han Jung-Ho (Yu Jun-Sang) works at a law firm. He is a powerful man and even becomes involved with the appointment of a government official. He is married to an elegant and beautiful woman, Choi Yeon-Hee (Yoo Ho-Jeong), and has a perfect son, Han In-Sang (Lee Joon). Yet, Han Jung-Ho and Choi Yeon-Hee face difficulties and various incidents after their son marries a girl they never expected as a daughter-in-law (Ko Ah-Sung).

I am currently watching Heard it through the grapevine on Viki but sometimes I watch it on Drama Cool as they may have the subs first.

Can I just say, that this drama is very refreshing in the way that every time it starts to go “to the left” and present itself as having a “typical” Korean drama plot, the kids (Han In-Sang and Seo Bom) do or say something non-typical to Han In-Sang’s parents that shocks both myself and his parents.

I have seen wayyyy too many k dramas where a Lead allows their parents to stomp all over their significant other in the most disrespectful ways for episode after episode after episode. Seeing the collaboration, understanding and young love between Han In-Sang and Seo Bom is awesome. Han In-Sang absolutely adores his new wife and baby. He practically oozes it out of his pores and it is so so sweet and somehow also very smexy to watch. His voice is so yumm…..Sorry! Got side tracked for a sec. – _ – I also like that they communicate with each other well and that even when they say or do something that his parents don’t like, it is still done in the utmost respectful way.

His parents’ reactions to this though are frickin’ HILARIOUS, seeing as their son has obviously never shown any type of disagreement to anything they’ve told him to do or say before. His parents are totally over the top with their dramatic crying, out bursts and evil-in-laws-cosplay, which being the refined and classy people they portray to the general public, seeing their son and new daughter in law push them over the edge is everything and more. It really is something special to watch. Every time they try to set some new rule or boundary, they are either politely reprimanded by the kids or caught doing the exact same thing that they as the parents said not to do.

I really look forward to how this all continues to play out. Right now, although Han In-Sang and Seo Bom are married and have a child, they are still underage. The push and pull between his parents and the kids over this technicality is interesting. Seo Bom’s parents on the other hand are more flexible. Though they are upset she wasn’t able to go to college, they are happy she is married and won’t be a single mom. Plus their new son in law is very partial to them, and will quickly apologize or try to make amends for his parents’ erratic behavior.

I also thoroughly enjoy the commentary made by Han In-Sang’s parents staff. The situation is very unexpected and totally new to them. Seeing the ‘Young Master’ put his foot down, leads to many discussions between the staff, privately of course and well out of his parents ear shot. Their comments to each other about each event that happens can almost be considered fan comments*, as I find the things they say similar to what the viewers are commenting as they watch.

*On Viki, fans can comment as they watch the shows/movies. Subs show on the bottom of the screen while viewer comments appear on the top. This feature can be turned on or off as you watch. I always have it on. It is THE BEST. Especially when someone writes the exact same thing you were thinking….or screaming.

I also love the secretaries that work in Han In-Sang’s father’s office. Since where they sit in the office is an open style seating where someone can literally pop up from any direction, when something happens that they want to discuss they speak using a mix of Japanese and Korean. The first time I heard them I was like wait…Now I cackle at the pure genius of it. Not one person in the office is on to them.

I was a little hesitant about this drama at first, I won’t even lie.

After dying laughing watching the episode when Seo Bom had the baby in Han In-Sang’s parents house five minutes after she met them, I was like “OMFGawd Yaaaassss.”

Me likey. ^.^

Bad Guys…How ‘bad’ are they?

This post contains mild SPOILERS!

Bad Guys 

PlotTo combat rising violent crimes, the Police Chief asks Detective Oh Goo-Tak (Kim Sang-Joong) to form a team consisting of criminals. Detective Oh Goo-Tak is currently suspended from the police force for using excessive force. Detective Oh Goo-Tak gathers team members: Park Woong-Cheol (Ma Dong-Seok) who is a gangster, Lee Jung-Moon (Park Hae-Jin) who is the youngest serial killer with extraordinary intelligence and Jung Tae-Soo (Jo Dong-Hyeok) who is a contract killer. Also, Police Inspector Yoo Mi-Young (Gang Ye-Won) joins the team. She tries to have the guys work as a team by dealing with them rationally and sometimes emotionally.

Plot Credit: AsianWiki.com

I usually don’t write about a drama unless I really like a particular show. Especially if it is only a few episodes in.

I have to say that the male characters totally dominate this show.

Kim Sang-Joong: I saw him in  Golden Rainbow, where his character’s personality was not as’strong’ as this current one’s is. He could physically fight but when it came to saying “no” and putting his foot down towards his friends’ many wrong doings, he was a complete push over. IT DROVE ME INSANE for all 41 episodes or however many he appeared in. In Bad Guys however, tragedy has made him mentally as well as physically strong. He can teach a class on Manipulation 101 and the way he growls out everything he says is so bad ass. He keeps all of the ‘Team Members’ in check with extreme push and pull, which while knowing their individual criminal back grounds, is very interesting to watch.

Park Hae-Jin: I saw him in You who Came From The Stars and Dr Stranger. Honestly, his characters in both weren’t really my style. The SML (Second Male Lead) doesn’t suit him. However here, he is smexy in a absolutely terrifying way. Talk about less is more. His silence in this drama is worth so much more than him yelling out loud. His one eye covered fringe (hair style)  helps add to his allure. If someone can stare you down with one eye covered, then you’d better know your ass is in trouble. You can see the evil on his face. He tends to stick to moving in the shadows, which kind of makes you unconsciously want to double check where you are walking on the street at night irl (in real life).

Ma Dong-Seok: I don’t recall seeing him in a drama or movie but he does seem familiar to me. He gave off a ‘teddy bear’ feeling when his character was first introduced. Then I saw him maul a few people. I quickly changed that to just ‘bear’, scratch the ‘teddy’ part. His bark is definitely as bad as his bite. He is more brawn than brains but his character is still weirdly likable. Maybe it’s just me?

Jo Dong-Hyeok: I’ve seen him in Inspiring Generation. He was pretty good. I liked his fight scenes more than anything. However, in Bad Guys I absolutely his love his character. Especially when he gets mad! Ho ho ho!  You can see on his face the moment when he gets tired of all the long talking and/or when he hears/sees something he doesn’t like. You know the punishment is coming. What you don’t know is what he will do but when he does it…OMG. Not to mention that he is total eye candy. The combination suits him me him well.

Even though I know that all of the guys in this drama are bad to the bone, their character portrayal gives me a feeling similar to what could be called Stockholm Syndrome. I forget every single episode that even though they are helping the police, they are also fresh out of prison for doing really bad things.

*Sighs. Only four episodes so far and I am totally hooked.

If you like fight scenes, murder, mystery and bad guys turned good a teenie bit better, then I would definitely recommend Bad Guys. ^^

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We Got Married – Song Jae Rim & Kim So Eun – Updated 11/21

Please Note – This post contains WGM spoilers!!!

Episode 1 Full – English Sub – Click here (Credit: WGM Subs)

Episode 2 Full – English Sub – Click here (Credit: We Got Married)

Episode 3 Full – English Sub – Click here (Credit: We Got Married)

Episode 4 – English Sub – Part 1 & Part 2 (Credit: English Subtitle WGM)

Episode 5 Full – English Sub – Click here (Credit: EunRim Couple English Sub)

Episode 6 Full – English Sub – Click here (Credit: EunRim Couple English Sub)

Episode 7 Full – English Sub – Click here (Credit: EunRim Couple English Sub)

Episode 8 Full – English Sub – Click here (Credit: EunRim Couple English Sub)

Let’s start this off by discussing the show We Got Married.

Honestly, I was not a fan. The concept just never really interested me. Today however, I managed to take a peek at it because a few of the dramas I was watching wrapped up this weekend and I was bored. My friend told me “Song Jae Rim is in this series. You have to watch it!”. Since Jae Rim has been on my ‘radar’ for a while now, I thought “Meh, why not?”

I.WAS.NOT.READY.

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Kim So Eun, bless her soul. She apparently wasn’t ready either. As I watched the first four episodes, I really felt for her. Her inexperience in the situations that were repeatedly presented clearly showed. What situations you ask? Oh ho ho! I’d be more than happy to answer.

Jae Rim is…..he is a Professional. I just can’t think of any other way to sum it up. He KNOWS what he is doing and he does it extremely WELL.

Personal space – There is none. Jae Rim eradicated that within minutes of them meeting. Every time they are together, he is all up in So Eun’s face and doesn’t give her a minute to get him out. By the end of episode four, I don’t think she even notices it or the ‘lack of’ anymore.

Greasiness – There’s lots of grease. TONS. Jae Rim’s slick lines are sudden and 100% effective. So Eun’s, the MC’s and my reactions were all the same. Horrified and COMPLETELY mesmerized. Jae Rim is a smooth talker. To top it off, after every shocking thing he says, he smiles like a Cheshire cat. The ‘wink from no where’ in episode three almost made me fall out of my bed. He hasn’t shown an ‘innocent face’. Not once.

Body Language – I don’t know if So Eun hasn’t noticed this but Jae Rim positively oozes sexiness out his pores. The way he sits, leans, lays down etc are all VERY suggestive. He moves and positions himself with intent. No, no, no. It’s not just me fan girling. I confirmed and got a co-sign from my friend on this one. In episode three, they are watching a movie? on the laptop and he gets off the floor and lays on dam near the edge of the couch. Something funny happens on screen and he leans ALL the way over So Eun while he was laughing. INTENT.

TMI (Too Much Information) – Jae Rim is showering So Eun AND the viewers with way too much personal information. Like what spicy foods do to his ‘exit’ and when he doesn’t wear underwear. Speaking of, his letting her open his under garment bag while they were unpacking, as in just a few hours after they met, should have been an immediate red flag. So Eun did not know the contents of the bag. Neither did we. When she asked, Jae Rim’s casual response was “Open it”. She did. This man is not to be handled lightly.

Skinship – OMG. Another bridge he crossed within minutes of them meeting and then burned it down behind him. He is either directly touching (hands) or making sure he is close enough to indirectly touch (no hands, but some other body part). So Eun does comment about this but what can she do? She doesn’t hate it and looking at Jae Rim’s fine self, I wouldn’t either.

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I have to say, as someone who is not big on wishy washy guys, I am thoroughly enjoying these two with their ‘cat and mouse’ theme.  Jae Rim and his non filtered shamelessness, has sweet but spicy So Eun going at his pace, whether she wants to or not. His push and pull is very interesting to watch. I look forward to seeing how this plays out in the coming episodes.

On a side note, my friend also pointed out to me that Jae Rim’s birthday is February 18th, the same as my main Bias, Jung Hoseok aka J Hope from BTS. Hoseok is also ‘guilty’ of every single one of those categories I mentioned above for Jae Rim.

Interesting….

Until next time! ^^

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Domino’s Pizza….We need to talk!

So….I just found out that Domino’s Pizza has signed my #4 Bias and smexy Korean actor/model Kim Woo Bin as one of their newest brand models.

Ummmmm. Isn’t Domino’s a world wide company?

I ordered delivery from them last week!!! My flyer didn’t have Kim Woo Bin on it. – _ –

In all fairness Domino’s, a commercial here or there or even a couple of random flyers with WooB’s face in the US would be greatly appreciated.

Preferably in Boston, if you had to pick a location. ~ _ ~

For the Noonas who know Kim Woo Bin, it’ll be a huge treat. For the ones who don’t know who he is, we’ll take theirs too.

Plus, we’ll buy more pizza. It’s a win win situation either way!

What do you say Domino’s???  O _ o

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K Drama Nicknames

While  watching my K Dramas on the Viki app, I like to have the viewer comments displayed on the screen. They are usually at the top, while the subs show up down below. It was a little distracting at first but now I’m so used to them that I’d rather have them on than off.

It makes me feel as if I have a kindred soul watching with me. I always giggle in delight when someone posts something that I was thinking to myself…..or screaming out loud. ^ _ ^

Another part of the viewers comments that I like are the cute nicknames that they give to certain characters during the series of K Drama episodes. Sometimes the writers of the dramas give the characters their own nicknames as well.

If it is a drama you’ve seen, can you tell who they are referring to just by the nickname?

Drama – Doctor Stranger, Nickname – Lollipop Ahjusshi

Drama – You’re All Surrounded, Nickname – Boots

Drama – Secret Love Affair, Nickname – Foxy

Drama – A Witch’s Romance, Nickname – Polar Bear

Drama – I Need Romance 3, Nickname – Sweet Potato

Drama – School 2013, Nickname – F5

What are some of your K Drama Nicknames?

K-ictionary….The new Dictionary!

Since becoming a fan of Korean dramas and music, a new version of the Dictionary has become available to me.

If it had an official name, it would probably be “K-ictionary –  The official dictionary to the South Korean entertainment industries’ female fans”.

It took me a while to accept these new vocabulary words as some of them already had other meanings based on the original English Dictionary.

Here of some examples of words that I knew before but now have new meanings to me based on the K-ictionary:

1. Ship

Dictionary – A large boat or sea sailing vessel

K-ictionary – To give a co-sign (thumbs up) to two people whom you feel would make a great couple. The couple DOES NOT have to be a guy with a girl.

Example: K pop female fans will ship two male members who are very close and display tons of skin ship with each other.

2. Skin ship

Dictionary – Ummmmm. These two words are in there but not together. Y’all know what skin is and #1 was ship.

K-ictionary – To display affection or close friendship by touching, kissing, cuddling, sitting on, laying on, dancing on, blowing air on, winking at, holding hands with another person. The people displaying skin ship DO NOT have to be opposite sexes.

Example: I don’t think I have to explain this, right? Moving on….

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3. Bro-mance

Dictionary – Basically, this is a combination of two words, brother and romance.

K-ictionary – When two or more guys have a strong friendship and display lots of skin ship towards each other, to an outside observer, it appears as if they have romantic feelings for each other.

Example: Kim Woo Bin and Lee Jong Suk’s characters in School 2013 had an insanely intense Bro-mance that almost made all the female viewers burst into flames from all the Feels.

4. Feels

Dictionary – Your emotions. Usually termed as ‘feelings’.

K-ictionary – When someone (male or female) does something with or without meaning to, that effects you so strongly that in addition to making your feelings go haywire, it may also cause your brain to temporarily malfunction.

Example: “Oh my gawwwd…My feels!!!! J Hope, stop it!”

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I actually dedicated a blog to J Hope under My Obsessions > J Hope…Please stop, that is purely feels based. I wish I could delete it. But my Feels won’t let me.  ~_~

5. Puppy

Dictionary – A newborn to adolescent dog. Generally very playful and super cute in this age range thus making them very hard to resist.

K-ictionary – A cute Male Lead in a drama that has exhibited any of the following, but not limited to, the behaviors listed below:

1) Had his feelings hurt by a Female Lead and is crying

2) Loves someone who doesn’t love him back so he’s lonely

3) Loves someone who loves him back but for whatever reason they can’t be together so he’s sad

4) Is jealous of another Male Lead and shows it in a angry but cute pouty lip way

5) Falls over himself to do something to please the girl he likes

Examples (K drama fan comments): “Oh puppy, don’t cry! She’ll come back to you” or “Look at the puppy smiling because she complimented him!”

These are the main words that I feel a fan of k pop and k dramas will need at the Beginners level.

Be sure to look out for my next K-ictionary post for the Intermediate fans! ^_^