Isha2SK2015 @ SBS Drama My Love From The Star Special Exhibition

I’m back from my trip to South Korea!!!

My plan was to post from SK but we all know the best laid plans….

One of our many stops was the SBS Drama My Love From The Star Special Exhibition which is open until end of August this year.

It was….frickin’….amaze balls.

I was totally obsessed with Do Min Joon and Cheon Song I’s homes during the drama and being able to see everything in person was breath taking.

Everything was EXACTLY the same.

I was totally blown away.

They were also playing the entire MLFTS soundtrack on the over head ‘Bose-like’ quality sound system, that was totally giving me the chills as we walked around looking at all those beautiful scenes I’d only seen on the Viki app on my I Pad from all the way in the USA.

I have to say, if I had the gold coins to build and design a home from scratch, Cheon Song I’s entire home would definitely be my blue print, along with Do Min Joon’s garden area with the water moat. Droolz.

Visitors could not walk around in their homes, but the exhibit was set up so that you could walk in partially from all different angles to get great pictures.

Being able to walk in Do Min Joon’s door and shut it behind me was more that enough. LOL

When I saw their building elevator, I freaked the fak out and immediately jumped in and struck a crazy pose that had absolutely nothing to do with the drama whatsoever.

Well…you’ll see in the pics. Hehehe.

Absolutely no shame.

Enjoy!!! ^^

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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. ^.^

Countdown to Korea!

The countdown is on….

Soon I will be fastening my seat belt once again for my first trip to Seoul, South Korea!

Can I just say, my feels are at an all time high. I don’t really know how I am going to contain myself over the next two and a half months.

I am going with a school mate of mine, whose love of K pop and K dramas are totally on par with mine. We watch pretty much all of the same dramas, we both melt like ice cream for Bangtan Boys and also love Korean foods, so this trip is going to be INSANE.

I purchased my new Samsung camera on Black Friday, fully equipped with wifi and all sorts of other goodies, so I can be on FULL paparazzi mode from the minute we land in Incheon. We are hoping to spot some celebs on our trip and I have a strong feeling we won’t be disappointed.

Our schedule is totally jam packed. From Hongdae to Jeju, we are planning to fit in as much as we possibly can. A Bangtan fan meeting is high on the to do list, of course. Seeing them would be…OMG. I can’t even find the words.

I will probably gain a ton of weight on this trip, as I plan to eat everything in sight. – _ – There’s a few restaurants that were featured in the drama Let’s Eat that are on our list, the Hello Kitty cafe (I saw online that the cafes sell HK wearing a hanbok…HAVE TO get her), The Mins…Basically every where there’s food and drinks. Yum! I can taste the calories already.

If you have been to Seoul and know of any must see places or must eat spots, please let me know.

I am totally open to suggestions! ^^

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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What are the real ‘Oppa’ rules?

My friend and I were chatting today about my Bias list (currently only has 5 guys) and the possibility of my having to change it into two separate lists:

  1. I’m your Noona Bias List

  2. You’re my Oppa Bias List

Which brought back up the Oppa question.

Not that I plan on running around Korea and calling every guy older than me Oppa but since it is fully integrated into Korean culture, it is something that I am curious about.

I got the older brother, older male friend and boyfriend part. It’s the age part that kills me every time. With the US age and the Korean age not being the same, if you want to address someone as your Oppa, which age is the correct age to follow?

For example: If a guy was born in Korea in November 1977, he would be 36 in the US but 38 in Korea. He would turn 39 in Korea, not in November but in January.

So for a woman born in the US in November 1977, can she call him Oppa?

Based on US age he is not her Oppa but in Korean age he is.

*Please note that I was not born in November 1977 and am not using my age as this example. Kekekeke  ~ _ ~

6 more days until Japan!!!

Needless to say, I am hella excited! ^ _ ^

I am missing BTS – Bangtan Boys events in Osaka by a few days but I will still be able to enjoy the benefits of them being in Japan so much recently. Their merchandise and pictures will be EVERYWHERE. I’ll also be able to see them on tv programs. Yes….I will be BTSing in Tokyo.  – _ –  

Still don’t know what BTSing is? Click here for my Blog Spot K-ictionary post.

When I went to Japan last year, I was surprised at how many K Pop music videos and programs I saw. I was even watching K dramas. Even though there were no English subs, I considered it a luxury to be able to just put on the tv and see them instead of having to You Tube, Google search or use an app. Oh and all the Anime too. Seriously, I’ll need one day alone just to watch tv.

I am pretty much all finished packing. I am proud of myself for being able to make everything fit in just one suitcase and carry on. ~ _ ~ 

I will be posting pics/vids during my trip on the Travel tab on my main page. You can also follow me on Instagram or Twitter.

Here are a few pics from my trip last year. I only have these since the rest was video. Feel free to leave me a comment if you want me to post some video clips too.

View from my hotel – 1st night in Tokyo
I was just in time to see the Cherry Blossoms….and have an allergy attack. – _ –
 
Ticket for the Nozomi – Bullet Train to Osaka
Osaka – View from my hotel room