A love story unappreciated


I’ve watched this drama months ago and the reason why I’ve decided to write my opinion about this drama now is because most people I know that watched this one didn’t appreciate it at all. I know there were boring parts at first, and yes maybe they disliked it because it had Lee Minho and Jun Jihyun as its main lead and they already expect the story line to be as boring as ‘The Heirs‘ and as less interesting as ‘My Love From the Stars‘.

I admit the Spain part was totally unnecessary, that I couldn’t wait for them to just go back to Seoul and continue their story there instead. Yes the first meeting was vital for the love birds, but the amnesia part made it totally useless, again. But the first meeting never really happened in Spain, instead it has occurred hundred years ago already, during the Joseon times, and that’s what made me love this drama.


I decided to watch this drama because of the cast, but stayed because of the story. The beginning of the love story of Damryeong and Sehwa was a thousand times better than Heo Joonjae and Sim Cheong‘s. But all the sick plot and plot twists happened in modern day Seoul, and because the past lives of our OTP ended tragically, they had to continue and change their fate in the future.

It was amazing how everything that was happening in the future was connected to the past. The connection between Damryeong and Heo Joonjae was similar to Detective Lee Jaehan and Park Haeyoung in ‘Signal‘ (sans the walkie talkie). I’ve always wanted Lee Minho to go back to another meaningful rom-com after ‘Personal Taste‘, and we all know Jun Jihyun can ace a crazy, lunatic, ignorant heroine perfectly already, the super powers upgraded the role I guess. We found another amazing sidekicks namely Taeoh (Shin Wonho), which is a good combination of both a cute and handsome boy, and of course Jo Namdoo (Lee Heejoon), the conman who we thought was a good guy, then a bad guy, and then a total angel in the end. The dark horse in this story was Heo Chihyun (Lee Jihoon). His character gave a total 360 degrees evolution from his first appearance to the last. He developed a good friendship with Sim Cheong, which gave me hope that maybe, just maybe, he will be a good guy in the end. I was wrong. He had bad genes to begin with.

The other minor characters portrayed their roles well too. It was hard for me to watch the lovable dad from Reply series Sung Dongil turn into a pscychopath. Chihyun’s mother is also another character that is dark from the core. Good thing we had some Mo Yooran (Na Younghee), Cha Siah (Shin Hyesun) and Ahn Jinjoo (Moon Sori) bickering scenes, which gives me laughter all the time.


The ending was satisfying. It gave us the perfect closure that we did not achieve after the finale episode of ‘My Love From the Stars’. Sim Cheong remained a mermaid, but because of the past life of her little girlfriend Yoona, she realized that she and Heo Joonjae can have the happy ending they never had before. I wish there were scenes where Heo Joonjae was hanging out (or swimming) with the mermaid Sim Cheong at the sea or something. He never got to converse or interact properly with Sim Cheong when she was in her mermaid form. That would have been nice.

After watching the drama, I still don’t know why many people dislike it, maybe because they didn’t give this drama a chance to unfold the greater story in it. I’ve been watching Kdramas for 15+ years and I can say the theme may not be unique but the story line is. I try to not care about how other people criticize this drama just because a popular actor like Lee Minho and a popular actress like Jun Jihyun are the leads. They both did a good job and their characters did justice to the story line. I just hope there will come a time where people will stop judging kdramas based on the leads in it. Yes it’s true that most people, especially international kdrama fans, refer to the casts first before watching the drama but you don’t have to use the same basis to criticize. Enjoy if you can and if not, you can hate it but after you appreciate everything in it.


WINNER: Fate Number For


After a year and two months, WINNER is finally back! I know Inner Circles can never get over the sudden ending of their EXIT project last year but at least this comeback helped us heal, a lot. I have been waiting for this comeback since last year, and I’ve never been this thirsty for a KPOP group before (WINNER is my ultimate bias, that’s why).

BABY BABY, SENTIMENTAL, and IMMATURE, along with PRICKED and I’M YOUNG were blessings to us last year. Half Moon Friends was the long awaited variety show we wanted WINNER to have. They appeared in various shows and did many projects that time. I thought finally WINNER can get to show what they have on their sleeves, the talents and charms that others did not get to see after their debut. I thought it was finally going smooth for them. They were finally climbing their way to the top, but suddenly they went downhill. My thoughts scattered and I felt panic for the remaining four members. Jinwoo trained for so long just to debut under YG. Seungyoon chose to train more under YG rather than to go solo. Seunghoon always wanted to debut in YG (he’s inspired everytime he sees the view of his rooftop apartment). Mino went so much pain already, and what will happen to him if ever this group will also disband?


Last year was definitely a heartbreaking one for us PARKINSEOs. We hopefully waited for EXIT:X,I, and T, then all hopes failed when Taehyun left the group (2016/11/24: BLACK CIRCLE DAY). I cried a lot, no joke. I’ve been a YG stan from the beginning and out of all the groups inside that dungeon-like company, WINNER had a special place in my kokoro. In the beginning, they were just my precious Team A, fighting their way to debut, and when they did they surely slayed. But they got locked up after all the awards and little promotions, maybe to give way to iKON which I don’t disagree. They got locked up for too long though, stars are supposed to shine brighter in dark places. INCLEs never forgot them during their hiatus, and continued supporting them even though they were inactive.

All those uncertainties and fear disappeared when YG and WINNER never gave up on each other. I don’t want WINNER to end up like 2NE1. That group was almost at par with their sunbae group BIGBANG, but the harshness of the KPOP community prevented them to do so. WINNER struggled and endured and now they’re ready to get back on their feet.

GUESS WHO’S BACK? It still feels so surreal now that they’ve returned. Taehyun has always been a good main vocal and a composer for the group, and I surely missed the KangNam chorus parts in their songs. Surprisingly, I did not feel any emptiness at all when I listened to their new songs REALLY REALLY and FOOL. As expected from the ever talented genius leader (and now maknae) Kang Seungyoon. The title tracks were jjang. It made me want more. Of course my greed will never be sated when it comes to WINNER songs, and now it seems like YG is making me even more desperate by releasing a mini album containing just the two songs. YG: I hate you and your love for releasing only 2 songs per album.

“Get lost from my sight.”
Those cruel words I spat out without hesitation
Anyone can see I was a fool
Even if I’m sorry now nothing changes
I know

The video for FOOL was on point. The song was on point. It was a sad love song, one that’s full of regrets. My subconscious tells me that it can be correlated to Taehyun’s departure, and that Seungyoon is still hurt about it (lol fanfic mode?). One of their main vocals left and now all of them are the main vocals. Mino and Seunghoon sang and it was the most beautiful moment for me, oh and also Jinwoo’s improved vocals and Seungyoon’s already perfect voice. I love them ALL okay?

REALLY REALLY sounded less than a ballad than FOOL, this one was the lighter side of love. The redundancy of the title reminded me of BABY BABY but the music did not. I know this may seem stupid but I honestly felt that all the songs they released right now didn’t make me feel empty at all. It was like Nam Taehyun never left, which I think is not a bad thing. The songs were perfect even though it lacked Taehyun’s voice. Jinwoo and Seungyoon totally up-ed their game. Their vocals are exactly what we only needed to hear this time. I wanted to hear the Dumb and Dumber duo rap more though. Maybe in the future. if YG allows it, they get to release a song together (fingers crossed). Now, I think I need to emphasize my opinion about the music video. In terms of production, music and video quality, WINNER never disappointed me. I could still recall almost all of the scenes in all of their music videos because aesthetically they were all great. This, however, made me raise one of my eyebrows. I thought it would be a hundred times better than the different ones because the director was famous (IDK him though). Some scenes (bouncing cars ehem ehem) were weird and not necessary. Don’t get me wrong, I love the song, but the MV was just meh.

I will always want more from WINNER, and I’m not referring to improve their already perfect talents, but instead their songs. I want to listen more, I want to see them more, and above all, I want everyone to appreciate WINNER more because they truly deserve it. WINNER already proved to be a monster rookie back on their debut days, and now I just can’t wait for them to slay like other boy groups. WINNER hwaiting 💙💙💙💙



Movie Review: The Wailing (2016)

I first heard this movie when Yoo Jaesuk was indirectly promoting it on Infinite Challenge and Running Man many episodes ago. Lately, I’ve been marathon-ing the episodes of 2 Days 1 Night, and when I reached the episode where they went to Gokseong, I knew I had to watch the movie. I hurriedly searched the trailer of ‘The Wailing‘ and it earned my approval. In just a few minutes, I was already watching it, on my room, alone, late at night, with the lights off.

Gokseong was a place, and I have no idea if its literal meaning is wailing or something synonymous. It started off with a clear story line, that there were unexplained murders going on around their little town and our main character Jong Goo (Kwak Dowon) has no idea why they were happening. He meets Moo Myeong (Joon Woohee) in one of the crime scenes, throwing stonesss at him at first then tells the events of the crime scene afterwards. From then on, he had his suspicions on the Japanese stranger (played by Jun Kunimura) who lives alone on the mountains. Days passed and Jong Goo’s daughter Hyojin (Kim Hwanhee) got sick, with the same symptoms as the past victims whose families are all dead. Jong Goo’s mother-in-law thinks that Hyojin needs spiritual help so they called a shaman named Il Gwang who said that Hyojin is possessed by an evil spirit (who he told Jong Goo later on that the evil spirit was Moo Myeong).  Jong Goo puts the blame on the Japanese man at first, and began assaulting him to make him leave the town. The shaman began performing rituals that was physically hurting Hyojin making them believe that it was driving away the ghost. On their last night it was found out that Moo Myeong was not the evil spirit but instead the ghost that was protecting the small town from the real demon which was the Japanese man (Il Gwang was actually a demon accomplice).

Moo Myeong tried to save Jong Goo’s family (that explains the flowers) but our main character has very little faith in her and still suspects her (due to Il Gwang’s influence), even when she was explaining her side to him. Despite Moo Myeong’s persuasion for Jong Goo not to return to his house before the rooster crows for the 3rd time, Jong Goo did not obey and hurriedly went home, and he saw the bodies of his wife and mother-in-law lying dead on the floor, their blood spilled everywhere on the kitchen. His daughter Hyojin was stood behind him waiting and all Jong Goo could do is cry at her before he was killed by his own daughter.

My expectations of this movie were different to what I achieved after I watched it, but it wasn’t a bad thing. I thought I was going to scream and be surprised in some of the scenes instead I was being intrigued about the eerieness of the plot. It reminded me of the movie ‘Tale of the Two Sisters’. The storyline was like ‘Train to Busan‘ meets ‘Sinister‘ (an American film) where in the end one family member kills his/her family because of one demon. Now I realize why South Koreans were totally obssessed with ‘The Wailing’.

The ending still got me confused up to now. How come the demon was trying to flee (looking scared) when he saw Jong Goo and friends being attacked by some zombie? That scene totally got me fooled and I thought for a second that maybe the Japanese man was innocent after all. And what was the connection of all the victims to the demon? How were they chosen to be possessed? I first realized that Moo Myeong wasn’t really bad ghost at the time when Il Gwang desperately wanted to leave the town already but there was something that wanted him to stay (the road scene), but how does Moo Myeong save the people anyway?

Horror movies doesn’t have to make you jump in surprise or make you scream for the thrill, sometimes the horror lies on the plot itself. Storylines like this one leaves you a dissatisfying ending instead, because the good seldom wins in the end.

Drama Review: The K2 (2016)


I have to say, I had high expectations of this drama before it even started. First, it’s an action drama in tvN (hello Signal), and second, I loved Ji Changwook in his previous dramas like Healer and of course, Empress Ki. The introduction of the story itself was daebak. The K2 stars Kim Jeha (Ji Changwook), who was a mercenary soldier assigned in Iraq. He got framed for killing his fiancée Raniya and because of that he becomes a fugitive. He tries to track down the real killer promising to avenge the death of his lover and find out why she was killed, no matter what cost. Things happened that led him to work under Choi Yoojin (Song Yoona), the two faced wife of Representative Jang Sejoon (Jo Sungha). At first I thought she was the evil queen, but after Episode 2, I knew I found the female heroine of the story.

SORRYNOTSORRY: I only acknowledge  one Yoona in this drama, and it’s not Im Yoona (Go Anna). Song Yoona killed it. Her character seemed to be at par with the lead Kim Jeha. Every scene she’s in keeps me interested. I know you’re supposed to hate the character everytime she’s being ambitious or mean (I loved Seju Mishil btw), but as what I’ve said, ever since Jeha saved Choi Yoojin from that car accident, I never saw her as the bad person anymore. I mean, she had her reasons . She fell in love, and gave up everything she had because of that love, but when she found out that all of it was just a lie, she felt betrayed and the only way she can accept her decisions was to forcibly make them right using the wrong methods. The only thing she was confident enough to call hers was JSS Security Company, and Mirror, the heart and brain of Cloud Nine.

Go Anna on the other hand… *exhales. She’s the perfect example of a female character that I hate the most. I’m not purely hating on Yoona here. I’m not a SONE but I see her as an actress, and I loved her in Love Rain and I loved her more in Prime Minister and I. Go Anna just gives me the chills. It’s like the writer wrote her character for aesthetic purposes only, or to have a girl that will become Jeha’s new love interest. I hate her character because of those reasons. It just showed how useless she is, except the back story where her famous mom got murdered to put his dad (who’s not even a husband material) on a leash. Jang Sejoon became a puppet to Choi Yoojin because of her, because Anna is her father’s only weakness. I’ve watched many kdramas already and what I hate the most is a helpless, useless female lead who’s just a weakness to others, and does nothing but use her charms to make everyone like her and protect her. Sorry. I will try not to hate her that much.

What I loved watching this drama is the chemistry between Ji Changwook and Song Yoona’s characters. Every time they’re on the screen, it makes me think whether Choi Yoojin is/will be Kim Jeha’s newfound love (their ship sailed up until Jeha preferred girls he can protect, and those he can secretly observe how-to-not-make-ramyun in the CCTV). I mean the car accident scene, or the umbrella scene? It was good to know Choi Yoojin cared and loved Jeha in the middle, that no matter how uncooperative he is to her plans, she never doubted him or backstabbed him at all, even when her despicable Secretary never failed to slither some bad comments to her ears. She found consolation in him, she found someone who she can be herself with, someone who was not intimidated by her or to voice out the wrong things she does, which may be the reason why she acknowledged him as Mirror’s co-owner. I kept asking myself… what if Choi Yoojin and Cloud Nine survived, and she became the First Lady. She could be ruling South Korea by now. *cue evil laugh

But this is a kdrama, and writers are determined to let the good in the good vs. evil thing win. I thought Jeha would carry a wounded Yoojin in his arms, head to the elevator, and make sure everyone lives (Yes Secretary Kim is included), but in the end they had to kill her and her husband who is now a changed man. I’m not really sure why Anna was okay on the fact justice was not achieved to her mother, that she was content on that happy ending while her real mom was still viewed as a typical kdrama mistress to the public. If I were her, I would’ve loved sitting on Madam Choi’s chair, thinking of ways how to make those bad people pay (especially Uncle) in a bad-ass Choi Yoojin way *another evil laugh, and most certainly not in an aegyo-I-have-to-look-cute-while-I-press-enter-in-front-of-my-boyfriend-who-almost-died-just-to-obtain-this-memory-card kinda way. Jeez… (here I go again)

Don’t get me wrong, I really did love watching The K2, but like the other Kdramas, you have issues… and it looks like K2 and I are in a love-hate relationship after all.

Movie Review: The Annoying Brother (2016)

This movie has a very misleading trailer. I certainly didn’t expect this movie to be a sad one. It started of as a comedy. A conman as a brother, Doshik (Jo Jongseok) bluffs his way out of jail. He uses his younger brother Doyoung‘s (Do Kyungsoo) disability as an excuse which gave him a high percent chance in obtaining a parole.

Jo Jungseok is very good at cursing (almost every sentence he says has one). It’s because of him that I’ve mastered one korean curse word, I won’t say it here though. As an actor, he’s always good in every role he portrays, even as Lee Hwashin on Jealousy Incarnate, which was one of the most shrewd makjang dramas ever. It goes to say how versatile he is, from being a loyal royal guard, a chef/reporter who’s full of himself, or to a troublemaker who does nothing but curse.

Do Kyungsoo (I will not call him DO because he’s an actor right now) indeed has a pitiful character. He clearly portrayed someone who’s life suddenly turns into nothing perfectly. Doyoung is the type of character who lives his remaining days waiting to just die but ultimately finds a new purpose in it as he bonds with his hyung. Kyungsoo is a natural when it comes to acting a sad character. Even up to now, I still couldn’t forget his character in It’s Okay It’s Love… Kangwoo barefooted with a bruised face as he runs away from his abusive father, even when he and  Jang Jaeyeol was running happily on the streets of Seoul in Ep4 (still gives me the chills). Right now, Doyoung is a blind guy whose dreams shattered while he was on the process of achieving them. All he had left is his coach Lee Soohyun (Park Shinhye) and his annoying brother who help him change his life.

Jo Jungseok and Do Kyungsoo look so much alike that they could be siblings in real life. The resemblance was not surprising at all. Whenever they bicker, fight, or hang out in public baths (I loved this scene), it was like I was looking at how real brothers bond. Park Shinhye did well as a supporting actress too. I thought she and Kyungsoo will be a thing in the movie at something, but it only focused her as one of the characters that Doyoung can lean on. They could be a thing on day, someday, but nope… this is not a romance movie. I’m glad they focused on the siblings in this story (Duh, the title) and did not include any unnecessary sweet scenes because you don’t need to see that kind of love all the time in movies. The bromance itself was enough to make us laugh and cry at the same time.

It started as a comedy, but in the end it brought us tears. Cancer is like the cliché of all clichés in terms of disasters in kdramas or movies (runner up: Amnesia), but even though we say that we are tired  of these story line/plot twists, we are still caught off guard and end up crying river of tears. But before Doshik’s time reaches its limit, he made sure Doyoung got back to his feet, and continues to reach for his dream, and his hyung’s, which was for him to live happily in behalf of his family. ㅠㅠ

PS: When Doyoung finally said “Hyung”, that was my cue to cry ㅠㅠ 

DAY6: Third Comeback of the Year

They’re back… again. It’s because of this group that I look forward to the 6th day of every month this year. Ever since they debuted I’ve been wanting them them release more songs (2 mini albums were not enough). Right now I’m glad JYP Entertainment did not disappoint.

DAY6. My ears are always floating with hearts whenever I hear your songs. The MVs you release every month are just bonuses, because I look forward to your new songs more than the MVs. ‘Congratulations’ is an exception. That may have topped my list of favorite MVs so far. I was completely shocked when I saw the bitch (pardon my language) in ‘You Were Beautiful’ last month. You made a sequel to my favorite MV, telling us that the guy is starting to get over her while she is beginning to realize that she loves him still (after your lovely subway train date with your new bf/rebound namja? How ’bout NO?)

This month ‘How Can I Say’ tells us that yep… our guy(s) have finally moved on. That no matter how happy she feels right now, now that she recalls how happy they were and how she wishes they could get back together, our guy wants to call this quits. We recall that it was only the girl who wanted to end their relationship and right now, the guys has finally accepted it, and moved on completely. There’s no turning back girl, unless you want to cling to him and be his pathetic ex girlfriend.

Musically speaking (though I’m not an expert in that field), ‘How Can I Say’ gives us an ‘I Wait’ vibe. Though the lyrics are completely different, both songs gave me an animé opening song feels. 

The song, ‘It Could Have Been’ was a sad one. I haven’t looked up its English translation yet but no doubt it’s a sad song.

It could have been like that of you stayed? Something like that… It makes me think of the nonexistent man in my nonexistent love life. All of us have our own version of heartaches at least.

I was never a fan of bands like FT Island or CNBlue, making this band the only special band in my heart. I love their music, their songs, their vocals, visuals, everything. Sometimes it makes you wonder who the main vocal is (AOTA or maybe Dowoon?) There no doubt I love DAY6, and if you ask me who bias is… *coughs Younghyun.

God. I felt like I betrayed the other four. I feel bad. See you next month boys!

Drama Review: Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim (2016)


Hands down to SBS for making this medical Kdrama happen.

First of all, believe it or not, I’m not that familiar to the main cast. I believe this is the first time I’ve seen Han Sunkyu (Teacher Kim) in a drama. I’ve known Yoo Yeonseok (Kang Dongjoo) since A Werewolf Boy and the drama Gu Family Book,  but I haven’t watched his dramas like Warm and Cozy and Reply 1994. As for Seo Hyunjin (Yoon Seojung), I haven’t watched her drama Another Oh Haeyoung yet (you can punch me for this) so I’m also not familiar in how she acts. PS: Don’t worry about OHY because I’m still on my 2016 Kdrama Marathon.

Maybe it was a good thing that I wasn’t familiar with the lead cast before I watched this drama. It’s always a good thing if you begin watching a Kdrama because of the story line and not because of the cast. I decided to watch this because of the good story, amazing reviews every episode, and of course, the awards they received afterwards proved it. Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim didn’t need any mainstream actors to portray its characters because the story itself was enough to keep me on my seat for hours, clicking the next episode every after an episode ends.

Episode 1 made me think that it will be a romance drama all throughout (maybe like Doctors). Anyone could see that the OTP was definite the moment they kissed passionately (yep at the first episode), but after that episode, the romance went out of focus and it wasn’t even a bad thing.

Episode after episode, it was filled with issues and various types of medical crises. As a pre-med graduate, I was knowledgeable about the terms that they were using but because I’m not a nurse, I had no idea about the procedures done and especially what was happening inside the operating room. I don’t know if because it’s in South Korea or what but their hospital seemed that it was able to cater almost all their patients’ needs, despite the fact that it was introduced as a poorly, almost abandoned, primary (or maybe lower) hospital. I’m not talking about the equipment because I’m fully aware that the ancient ones were replaced. If you’re a primary hospital in the Philippines (yes I’m a Filipina), you won’t be able to store blood in your hospital because blood bags, if you’re not in a blood station of center, will be scarce. In the drama, blood bags (even packed RBCs or FFPs were readily available. Those were one of the main points that I have questions (not issues) with. But hey, this is fiction after all. Welcome to Kdrama land.

The way the characters were written in the story was okay. The writers wanted a lead the other characters can worship and they succeeded. All I can say is that Teacher Kim has a very shrewd mind. When we talk about his skills, undoubtedly he deserves all the praise, but when we talk about his attitude towards his colleagues and hoobaes, especially when he lectures/scolds them, I feel upset like Dongjoo. It’s all for the greater good though, and I admit, all his words make sense, but he expresses his way of things shrewdly. As for Kang Dongjoo, if I continued to pursue my dreams in becoming a doctor, maybe I could relate to him the most. He belonged in the middle class where he had to crawl his way to success. He had to put his everything to make things work, but unlike me, he’s very smart. The world wasn’t a better place to his family so in return he became determined to succeed to correct the injustice his own father experienced because of their status in life. Seojung’s character was also a complex one. I hoped the writers gave more emphasis to her mother’s identity and as to why President  Do was “kind enough” to adopt his friend’s daughter and take care of it. I find it very hard to believe that he’s that filial to his friend, I mean, look at how he treated President Yeo when things started to get rough. Plus how or when did she and President Do started to be distant with each other? If you want to prove yourself to someone, you don’t just leave them like that, unless a reason. As for her PTSD, I don’t recall it ever getting cured and I never even realized how she got over her ex-boyfriend’s death so maybe I missed that part.

The minor characters were true to their roles. Teacher Kim’s OR Team was like #SquadGoals in every hospital. They had each other’s backs, and they were very attached to the hospital to the point where they will do whatever it takes to protect it (in real life a workplace is just a workplace ㅋㅋㅋ). 

 The ending was sort of lacking, but it was just acceptable. Teacher Kim cleared his name, but only to his enemy, which is a more bad ass thing to do once you’ve decided to lay low and just be a good doctor. Even though all of the hospital staff knew about the main OTP’s “secret” relationship, I hoped that in the end they got to reveal it themselves. Yang Sejong (Do Inbeom) is a very good looking specimen, but besides that, I was glad that his character didn’t end up like his father even though he always stood up for him.

I’ve been watching dramas for more than a decade, that’s why I dislike clichés that only evolve around the love story or family issues, etc. It’s been fun watching this drama and I hope to see more of the leads soon.