China Drama Review Super Star Academy 超星星学园

Super Star Academy (2016) 超星星学园

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 10/10, 9/10 sometimes  No. of times I watched it: 2

starring Xiao Zhan as Fang Tian Zhe, Wang Yu Wen as Cheng Zhi Er, Bai Shu as Wan Shi Cun, Wu Jia Cheng as Shen Hao, Peng Chu Yue as Li Ya Dang, Xu Xiao Lu as Huo Bei Bei, Gu Jia Cheng as Su Ge La Di, Guo Zi Fan as Zhou Dong, Hong Chen as Bai Bai, Zhao Lei as Mao Zi Jian, Chen Ze Xi as Fu Liwei, You You as Xiao Ai

My sister watched this drama some time ago (before Xiao Zhan becomes famous) and sometimes mentioned it to me, making me curious about it. But the way that I imagined what the drama is like based on how she described it is a little different from the drama itself haha. She made the drama seem darker when she said that many people die towards the end and there is chaos. Maybe it is just my own imagination haha. Decided to watch it due to lack of fantasy dramas to watch.

Loved the fantasy in the drama. Every horoscope has its own distinctive supernatural power. For example, running very fast for Aries, invisibility for Cancer, lion roar for Leo, making people slow down for Libra, controlling people and predicting the future for Aquarius, splitting into identical selves for Gemini, reflecting attacks for Scorpio, impersonation for Pisces etc. Liked the competitions carried out for the students.

It is cool when they use their supernatural power. The coolest and most powerful supernatural power to me is the one Leo has. When Shi Cun battles Tian Zhe, he blows out tunes of many songs and the attacks are strong. His roars are also powerful. My sister also likes Leo’s power the most. She feels that Shi Cun’s attack is gentle but cruel. Although Tian Zhe may not use his power much for the first half of the drama, I liked how Tian Zhe uses his power for crucial moments like splitting into identical selves to save Zhi Er and having 2 of him pull Zhi Er up from the cliff edge since one of him wasnt strong enough. Felt that Tian Zhe’s power is well-used to evoke certain atmosphere. There is one time that he escapes from his house to have a secret date with Zhi Er and leaves an identical self at home. Then, his mother realises it and the conversation between the mother and the other self was touching and it seems like his real self heard it as his identical self at home disappears after that and there is some sadness on his face. Another time is when his mother is being put under house arrest (?) and he splits into identical selves to serve the elders so that he can go in to see her. When they allow him to visit, all the identical selves clumsily rush to the door haha. The only time that I feel that the power of impersonation that the Pisces has is good is when Xiao Ai uses it to comfort Bei Bei. It is a warm comforting method as she takes on the identity of the person Bei Bei likes to hug her instead of using her own identity. Felt that the power of Aries is cool to watch but it is more useful for escaping than battles. The power of Aquarius is quite common but a scene that left an impression is where Bai Bai pats Shi Cun’s back and he moves quickly away from her saying that he is also afraid of cockroach (Bai Bai claimed that she just used her hand to catch a cockroach to Xiao Ai).

This drama has many comedy scenes. The comedy scenes are sometimes quite unexpected, weird, and out of place or sudden. Some may think that it is a bit overused but I think it is fine haha. For example, Shi Cun and the Ophiuchus leader meeting at the rooftop and being all serious then Shi Cun asks why they need to meet at the rooftop. Then, the Ophiuchus leader says that it happens often in movies and Shi Cun says that those people dont choose 2pm in the afternoon. They then wipe off their sweat. They have funny after-school activities like “Ex-boyfriend go and die” club. I found the comedy scenes (even the weird ones) quite amusing and they made the drama more fun to watch. Found the Ophiuchus people’s behaviours funny, especially when they are chasing Zhi Er to recapture her. One follows the rules of the traffic light and cant catch up, the other says that it is time to get off work when he already can catch her, another ends up competing with a random runner on the street, some cant help but pick up money someone dropped and they keep asking the others to chase her but no one bothers and the funny part is Zhi Er also cant resist picking up the money. Tian Zhe’s mother is hilarious at times.

 

Felt that there are many distinctive characters and I liked many of them. Liked how Tian Zhe, Ya Dang, and Bei Bei have a loyal follower each. Liked how Ya Dang is hilarious at times and how he is good at singing. Loved the scene that he sings “1000 reasons to feel sad” with his band, including Zi Jian, under the bridge coincidentally while Shi Cun is watching Tian Zhe hugging Zhi Er. Liked the relationship between Zi Jian and Ya Dang. Liked the couple Zhou Dong and Bai Bai. Throughout the drama, they are saying cheesy words to each other and I had fun watching how sweet they are together. Liked the scene before they battle Zi Jian and the scene where Zhou Dong carries an umbrella for Bai Bai when they are in the mountains and gives her anything she asks for. Both of them are smart and they work well together. At first, I didnt find Shen Hao good-looking but as the drama goes, I found Shen Hao more and more good-looking haha. Liked the relationship between Shen Hao and Tian Zhe and how he is loyal to Tian Zhe. It is funny how he is jealous of Zhi Er when Tian Zhe chooses her over him. Liked how he is hilarious at times. Liked the development of relationship between Shen Hao and Ya Dang from enemies to friends. It is funny how their followers are just enemies on the surface to follow their leaders. Liked the plot twist regarding the character that seems loyal to Tian Zhe’s mother. Found the Ophiuchus leader hilarious. Liked how the relationship between Bei Bei and Xiao Ai grows and how Bei Bei sees Xiao Ai as a friend instead of just a follower towards the end of the drama. It is cool how Xiao Ming that is sometimes mentioned but doesnt appear at all until towards the end of the drama is actually such a significant second lead. After I tried tagging the actors in Instagram, then I realised most of them are actually from a cpop group X Nine haha. Felt that this drama is better than Oh My Emperor which my sister watched and I peeked into and I think they acted better in this drama.

Finally to the 3 main characters haha. Liked the characters Shi Cun and Tian Zhe. A little dont like Zhi Er as she tells Shi Cun to put things back to their original positions even if people may not approve of it (cant remember exactly) and later becomes angry at him for doing that. Liked the background stories of Shi Cun and Tian Zhe. Shi Cun is the illegitimate child of Tian Zhe’s father. Tian Zhe’s mother is all out to kill him, especially since her son is not Leo. Because of that, Shi Cun lives a miserable life as his mother falls ill after an accident caused by Tian Zhe’s mother and she passes away eventually. Shi Cun only wants revenge until he meets Zhi Er. He equips himself with very high level of supernatural power, even though he pretends he has low level of supernatural power. Tian Zhe doesnt lead an easy life as he has to hide the fact that he is not Leo but Gemini as only Leo can take over Tian Zhe’s father corporation/company. Liked how Bai Shu and Xiao Zhan portrayed their characters’ emotional struggles. Felt that Shi Cun is a complex and likeable character and was happy that there is a good amount of screen time given to him. While his character is dark within, his character is cute on the surface and sometimes foolish. My sister found Shi Cun cute and he is the character that left the deepest impression on her. The scene that Shi Cun sacrifices himself for everyone is heartbreaking (sry for the spoiler). Liked how Tian Zhe is good at fighting. I guess the reason why he needs to be so good at fighting is because he doesnt want to use his supernatural power at all. Laughed at the scene where he sends Zi Jian and his gang of people flying. Touched by how Tian Zhe protects his secret with his life but when both Zhi Er and Shen Hao are in danger, he chooses to reveal his real identity to save them. It is funny how Tian Zhe’s English name is Maybe haha. Liked how Zhi Er is smart and determined and she is able to survive well in the competitions without any supernatural power.

Liked the development of relationship and chemistry between Zhi Er and Tian Zhe. At the start, there were some misunderstandings as Zhi Er went into Tian Zhe’s private changing room and she thought that he is a pervert as he went in after her. It was fun watching them bickering and watching how Tian Zhe protects her without being too obvious about it. The big turning point in their relationship is likely from the part where she knows Tian Zhe is her saviour when they were young. Liked their secret dates haha. Liked the interactions between them.

Liked the friendship between Zhi Er and Shi Cun. Liked how Shi Cun is always there for her (except at a few crucial moments haha), helps her with training her supernatural power, and rescues her from bad situations. Felt that both Tian Zhe and Zhi Er neglect their friends when they have a lover…

The pace of this drama is quite good, possible to chase it.

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Korean Drama Review Perfume

Doing this by memory.

Perfume (2019) 香水

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Comedy, Family

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 9/10  No. of times I watched it: 2

  

starring Shin Sung Rok as Seo E Do, Go Won Hee as Min Ye Rin, Ha Jae Sook as Min Jae Hee, Kim Shi Ah as Min Jae Hee (child), Cha Ye Ryun as Han Ji Na, Kim Min Gyu as Yoon Min Suk, Jo Han Chul as Kim Tae Joon (Jae Hee’s husband), Kim Jin Kyung as Kim Jin Kyung (Jae Hee’s daughter), Kim Ki Doo as Park Joon Yong (Yi Do’s secretary)

Finished this drama at around July this year. Didnt know what to watch and happened to see the plot of this drama which includes a man with 52 phobias and 35 allergies. Didnt expect much from it but it turns out to be a good drama. Felt that Shin Sung Rok was only good for villain roles and I didnt really like him but this drama changed my view.

Liked how there is nice fantasy included in this drama about a older fat woman being able to transform into her pretty younger self 20 years ago (which she names Ye Rin) when she applies a magical perfume on herself. It is funny how there is lightning and thunder that come with each transformation, scaring people who are at that venue, especially E Do. Because of the magical perfume, she is able to have a second chance to do what she truly wants to do and pursue her dreams.

Liked the heartwarming scenes in the drama. Jae Hee’s emotional struggle is heartfelt. The background music together with her internal dialogues is touching and I can feel tears in my eyes once or twice. For example, when she gets a chance to be a substitute model as a model injured herself, she feels that she will have no regrets if she dies after that. Also, at one of the model training sessions where they go to a cliff to shout that they love themselves, she apologises to herself for treating herself as trouble when she already tries so hard to live her life.

Liked the comedy scenes and most of them are due to Shin Sung Rok. Knew that he is capable of them after having a peek into The Last Empress which I dropped. For example, a scene where he makes a big fuss about Ye Rin not washing her hair by immediately jumping up and spraying the whole living room with disinfectant (?), a scene where he jumps on a pogo stick on rainy days at midnight, frightening people at his company as they thought he is a one-legged ghost. Want to try the pogo stick one day haha. The competition between E Do and his half-brother, Min Suk, to win Ye Rin’s heart was funny and immature haha. For example, after Ye Rin says she loves money, E Do makes a dress with notes for her and Min Suk gives her a tissue box filled with notes. Then, she takes out all the money and gives them back and in the end, E Do snatches Min Suk’s money and they run around in E Do’s house because of that. It is funny how E Do’s mother cant remember his phobias and allergies and often offers him food he is allergic to or wear clothes with polka dots which will cause him panic attacks.

Enjoyed the development of relationship and chemistry between E Do and Ye Rin. Ye Rin can fit perfectly into the clothes that E Do makes which allowed her to be the substitute model for one event, leading to the first time they work together. After threatening E Do, she manages to work at his house as a housekeeper and after that becomes a model through E Do’s business partner. Liked how Ye Rin is accepting towards E Do’s phobias and allergies and how she can memorise all of them and make sure he is safe from those things. Liked how E Do helps her become a better model, giving her materials to use, helping with designs, helping her gain confidence, pointing out her mistakes. Ye Rin manages to inspire and help E Do get out of his designing slump once. It is funny how E Do always tells Ye Rin not to fall for him. Liked how it is shown that E Do can overcome some of his phobias when she is in danger and later some of his phobias are gone because of her. Liked how E Do is able to take good care of her when needed. When Ye Rin injured her arms, E Do learns how to cook to cook for her and also helps her wash her hair. Liked how E Do is sure of his feelings for Ye Rin and confesses his feelings to the media when he is pressured to say that she is just his housekeeper. It was heartbreaking when they sign an agreement that they will not be lovers and Ye Rin will leave after fulfilling what she wants to do (cant remember exactly) as Ye Rin may die when the perfume is used up.

Liked the characters E Do and Jae Hee/Ye Rin. Liked how E Do is an excellent clothes designer and how he can know people’s body sizes just by looking. It is funny how he has so many rules when people come to interview him and he expects people to remember all of them haha. It is funny how he tells people to get out of the place in 2.5s when he is angry and when he feels embarrassed. It is interesting how he is so knowledgeable and I dont know where he read all the weird things from. Besides how his character is hilarious and fun to watch, I am touched by how much he loves and is loyal to his first love. He recognises his first love no matter how her appearance changes and his love for her never changes. When he meets Jae Hee (without knowing she is Ye Rin), he is concerned about her and wants to help her lead a better life no matter she likes him or not. Liked how Ye Rin/Jae Hee is good at cleaning the place, even the dirtiest room can be sparkling clean after she cleans it up. Liked how she has licences for many types of cuisine and she shows her skills when she works at E Do’s house. Both Jae Hee and Ye Rin portrayed their love for Jin Kyung, Jae Hee’s daughter, well. Liked how the actresses portrayed the same emotional struggle felt well, and they felt like one person especially when that happens. Could have had other more obvious traits that are shared between Jae Hee and Ye Rin. Liked how Jae Hee/Ye Rin is a loyal fan of Min Suk, even being willing to pretend to be dating Min Suk so that his career wont be negatively affected. Liked how she is good at dealing with situations. Enjoyed watching how Jae Hee gets back at her husband after she becomes more confident.

My sister felt that it is possible for E Do to accept Jae Hee’s appearance readily due to him being fat in the past. Because E Do experienced life as a fat person before, that is probably why he can accept Jae Hee straightaway. I felt that the similarity between them is the insecurity they felt at certain point of their lives. Liked watching how they, especially Ye Rin/Jae Hee, overcome their insecurity and become more confident about themselves. It is cool and heartwarming how they made a promise in the past that E Do will design the clothes and Jae Hee will be his model and they manage to fulfill it after such a long time (sry for the spoiler).

Liked the interactions among E Do, Ji Na, Min Suk, Ye Rin, E Do’s secretary, and E Do&Min Suk’s mother individually and as groups. Felt that E Do’s secretary is quite good at doing background check. He finds out that Ye Rin is Jae Hee so fast haha. Liked how Ji Na helps Ye Rin pursue her dreams. Liked the background story between Min Suk and E Do. Liked the scene where Jae Hee makes an elaborate plan filled with dominoes to kill her husband haha. It was cool! Didnt like Jae Hee’s husband and a little dont like Jin Kyung. Although Jin Kyung lets her mother go to allow her to pursue her dreams, she still shows that she doesnt really respect what her mother wants. When Jae Hee wants to quit her job and go on vacation with her, Jin Kyung tells her not to do so. Didnt know that eating something one is allergic to can be a method to commit suicide. E Do attempts to eat walnut (?) to commit suicide and it is heartbreaking to watch.

The pace of this drama is good, even though the pace drops a little towards the end. This drama is actually better than Angel’s Last Mission: Love which was screened at the similar time period, even though it is not as popular.

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Perfume quotes (Korean Drama)

When I was struggling to live, my fate kept pushing me down while telling me to die. But once I gave up and tried to die, it told me not to die. It kept telling me not to die and pulled me up. The person who pulled me up back then was you. Thank you. I will never forget it. (Ye Rin to E Do)

I think real love is different. When you really love someone, it isn’t always comfortable and warm. You are uncomfortable and lonely more often. (Ye Rin to Min Suk)

To me, clothes were simply a tool for hiding my body. I hated myself. I was pathetic and ugly. I didn’t want to look at myself. How could someone like me become a model? Only people who are special and exude confidence should be models. (Ye Rin to E Do)

~Min Ye Rin

 

Most comets are balls of ice. Tons of water and ammonia are frozen together. You are seeing pieces of them that travelled through the cold and lonely space for a very long time that are fatigued and are breaking off and falling. However, the moment they are fatigued and give up on their journey, the comet meets the warm atmosphere and gives off the brightest light in its entire life. Love is like that. You will meet someone too. Someone who will make you shine brighter than anything in the world. (E Do to Ye Rin)

Designers must actualise the demands of the era and the desires of people through clothes and models must express the designer’s ideal and vision for that outfit precisely and beautifully. But you fear clothes.
You are special too. You draw my attention. No one in this world can become special on their own. Once someone appreciates that person’s worth, that person becomes special.
(E Do to Ye Rin)

I guess I wanted you to loathe me. I needed that to comfortably hate you. (E do to Min Suk)

~Seo E Do

Random thoughts 12

Hello everyone! Long time no post.

Was busy with school work recently so didnt have the time to write any review and I may be busy preparing for examinations soon. I think I will not write Random thoughts anymore unless there is something special to write about. This will add more review writing time for myself. If you want to know what we are up to, you can follow our Instagram dramacream_jiaminying or Facebook Dramas Shows Life. There will be recaps of dramas and shows we are watching via videos and grid posts, and also what we think about the dramas and shows.

Currently watching Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency and Extraordinary You. Extraordinary You is the only fantasy drama at the moment haha, too sad. The pace of Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency is just nice at the moment to me and the plot is good. I am rooting for Soo to go with Gaettong. Based on my experience with Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter, I feel it is likely to happen. Besides, Hoon has traits that make me feel that he is the second lead. Although people think that Soo is the second lead, I feel that Hoon may be the lead for this drama since the focus is on match-making but he may not get the girl (unless Gaettong doesnt like Soo enough or she believes Soo is dead).

Melting me softly is a bit dry to me, the feeling it gives is more like I am watching a documentary. Vagabond makes me feel like I am watching a crime-related drama so I may drop it. Scanned through Welcome 2 life and Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung. Welcome 2 Life is crime-related while Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung is slow-paced. However, there are things I like about them.

Just for collation

Finished but no review done

China Dramas: 不一样的美男子2 A different kind of pretty man 2, Boss and me, Master Devil dont kiss me 1&2/Superstar Academy

Korean Dramas: Let’s fight ghost/Hwarang-the beginning/Goblin/Perfume/Hotel Del Luna

Dropped/scanned through kdramas: Lawless lawyer/The Secret Life of My Secretary

Taiwanese Dramas: Love Cuisine full review (quick review done)/ Silence

~Lucky JM

Love Alarm (2019)

Love Alarm (2019)

Cast: Kim So Hyun as Kim Jojo, Song Kang as Hwang Sun Oh, Jung Ga-ram as Lee Hye-young

Episodes: 8

Recommendation: 6/10

My Own Review:

Apologies if the review is not super accurate as I watched part of the drama and skimmed through part of the drama.

I watched this drama because I wanted to know how the Love Alarm Application actually works and how it is actually being used in the drama. I personally quite like how the Love Alarm Application is able to let me know whether I love someone and whether the someone loves me or not (as long as there are only 2 of us in the 10 metre radius). Just like how Kim Jojo and Hwang Sun Oh rings each other’s love alarm when only the 2 of them are together. But I feel that my alarm being ringed by someone I do not know can be quite creepy as well. I would prefer the love alarm only ringing if it is a mutual love (since the aim of this application should be telling each other that they love each other and form a couple).

I like how the drama not only use the application to form couples but also let people confirm that they do not love for each other. This is evident from Kim Jojo and her ex-boyfriend being able to confirm that they do not love each other with the application. But actually without the application, it is quite obvious that they do not even love each other as her ex-boyfriend does not even share sorrows with her and Kim Jojo does not even trust her ex-boyfriend enough to share her sorrows with him. However, this application gave a concrete evidence that they do not love each other and helped Kim Jojo to end this bad relationship.

Spoiler: For some time, Kim Jojo actually installed another application to prevent ringing Hwang Sun Oh’s love alarm despite her still liking him. I felt very upset by that and I am unable to accept it as she did that just because she felt small and scared the more she date him (if I am not wrong). She used the Love Alarm Application to show that she does not like him anymore. It was so heart-breaking at the moment. But the most heart-breaking thing is Hwang Sun Oh’s alarm will always and only ring for Kim Jojo even if Kim Jojo does not ring his alarm anymore. The contrast of them always ringing each other’s alarm to confirm their love makes it even more sad.

However, the reason why I gave 6/10 is because the parts that I want it fast is slow and the parts that I want is slow is fast.

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China Drama Review Whirlwind Girl 旋风少女

My sister and I happened to rewatch some parts of this drama due to a lack of dramas to watch nowadays so I decided to quickly write this review before it gets postponed to dont know when.
(Sigh, such a serious lack of dramas to watch since the change in trend of genre of kdramas. Felt that the scriptwriting for kdramas in general has deteriorated, even though many people seem to still enjoy them. China modern dramas are still not good enough to replace kdramas at the moment. Used to enjoy sg dramas in the past but based on the trailers nowadays, I feel that the target audience has narrowed. I guess there is nothing I can do but be more understanding towards my drama friend…)

Dropped Abyss, The Secret Life of My Secretary, Search: WWW at the first few episodes. Currently finishing up Angel’s Last Mission: Love and finished watching Perfume. Hopefully I can finish Angel’s Last Mission: Love as my sister dropped it at the 3rd last episode. Just finished watching Super Star Academy which my sister recommended me. It is quite a good watch. Currently watching Debut china drama which my sister recommended me. More or less finished scanning through About is Love, The Night of the Comet, From Survivor to Healer (Didnt watch middle part), My Poseidon, and Go Go Squid which do not have plots that are good enough but I have my own reasons for scanning through them. Started on Hotel Del Luna which is good.

Doing this by memory.

Whirlwind Girl (2015) 旋风少女

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 9/10  No. of times I watched it: 3

 

starring Hu Bingqing as Qi Baicao, Yang Yang as Ruo Bai, Chen Xiang as Fang Tinghao, Bai Jingting as Yu Chuyuan, Zhao Yuannuan as Fang Tingyi, Yang Tailang as Shen Bo, Leo Wu as Hu Yifeng, Tan Songyun as Fan Xiaoying, Li Ze as Wu Xiuda, Yu Haoyang as Wu Xiuqin, Yu Tinger as Qu Guangya, Jiang Yiyi as Kim Min-joo, Zhang Xueying as Li En-xiu, Jang Tae-hoon as Min Shenghao

Happened to come across this drama due to becoming a fan of Yang Yang after watching him in Love O2O. This drama is a lot better than Love O2O to me and Yang Yang’s character is totally different here. Wanted to dismiss this drama when I started it as I feel that the personal monologue in the first episode is weird. Luckily, I didnt. Once I got past that, I couldnt stop watching.

The thing that stands out in this drama is Ruo Bai’s selfless love. He doesnt need Bai Cao to reciprocate his love at all and doesnt even want Bai Cao to know how much he does/has done for her. Liked how Ruo Bai likes to write calligraphy. And it is interesting how it is used to show his frustration and anger once and also shows how much he sacrifices for Bai Cao in the scene that he had to use newspapers instead of his usual calligraphy paper to help pay for her training expenses at the academy. Touched by Ruo Bai’s love for Bai Cao, especially towards the end when he chooses to help Bai Cao (because it is the critical time in her Taekwondo journey) instead of caring about his own health or when he risks his life to plead with the culprit to tell the truth that Bai Cao’s master/Taekwondo teacher did not use drug for his competition. I dont think such a person exists in the world and it is also not that good in a relationship as one person is giving too much and the other is not giving enough but I liked the character a lot and it shows unconditional love very well. My sister is so angry at him and wants to scold him for his foolishness at the 2nd time she watched it with me haha.

Chased this drama due to the Taekwondo competitions. Ruo Bai is a very good coach and he manages to guide Bai Cao not only in her trainings, but also in competitions to help her improve and develop and make good use of her strengths so that she can win in competitions. Enjoyed watching how there are many different types of interesting opponents whom Bai Cao needs to find out their weaknesses and beat. Enjoyed watching the cool stunts performed by Bai Cao during competitions.

Liked the character Bai Cao. Her loyalty to her Taekwondo master/teacher shines in this drama. Although Guang Ya, the Taekwondo master’s biological daughter, draws a line with him after the drug incident, Bai Cao never changes how she treats him and her belief that he is innocent never wavered. She also refuses to change her master even though that can lead to a better future in Taekwondo. Liked how she has great strength due to practice even though she didnt undergo any Taekwondo training. Felt that she looks a lot more cool than Ruo Bai when doing the Taekwondo moves haha. Liked the soft toy that she carries around. It looks like a grass which kind of represents her. Enjoyed watching her growth as she becomes better and better at Taekwondo. Liked how Bai Cao respects Chu Yuan’s decision to never do Taekwondo again without question and even prevents the battle between Ting Hao and Chu Yuan.

Liked the development of relationship and chemistry between Bai Cao and Ruo Bai. Liked the interactions between Ruo Bai and Bai Cao, even though most of the sweet interactions happen without the knowledge of the other party (as mentioned above about unconditional love). For example, a sweet but funny scene is where Ruo Bai secretly unlocks the gate for Bai Cao to enter as she comes back late/after curfew time but she jumps over the wall (?) despite receiving the note from under the gate. Liked watching Ruo Bai’s smiles haha.

Felt neutral about the character Chu Yuan. The good part of the character and the bad part of the character balances out haha. Liked how he is caring and gentle, and how he has a background story of being very good at Taekwondo but quits due to various reasons. However, he did not firmly reject Ting Yi and caused harm to Bai Cao so he is not good enough for Bai Cao to me. Plus, there is always a right timing for something and he loses his chance to be with Bai Cao due to him leaving. Even if he comes back and is sure of his feelings for Bai Cao, it is too late haha.

Liked the character Ting Hao. He is a good brother to Ting Yi and a good friend to Bai Cao and later a good friend to Ruo Bai. It is cool that he is good at Taekwondo. It is funny how Ting Hao starts to like Bai Cao after he pulls her into his car through the ceiling to prevent her from getting hit by his sport car. It is funny how he tries to hide his identity and gets closer to Bai Cao. Laughed at the ridiculously (?) funny methods he uses to confess his love for Bai Cao like pouring flower petals through a drone (?), and singing to Bai Cao with a band in front of many. Although he is immature and doesnt care about Bai Cao’s feelings at the start, he gradually becomes a more understanding person. It is good that he is so rich haha. Liked it when he uses his wealth for good purposes like the phone and tracking device he gives Bai Cao when she goes overseas and they come to good use when she really is separated from the others on the street as she went to catch a thief. It is funny how he always wants to compete with Chu Yuan or whoever he deems worthy. Later on, when he finds out about what Ruo Bai did for Bai Cao without letting her know, he hints to Bai Cao about it and gives up pursuing Bai Cao. Liked how he is a good friend to Ruo Bai towards the end when he forces and personally brings Ruo Bai to go for check-up and consultation, even though Ruo Bai is too stubborn and didnt go for treatment at the end. My sister liked the character more the second time we watched it together. May become a fan of Chen Xiang after this drama.

Liked the characters Xiao Ying and Yi Feng. Liked how Xiao Ying is so cheery and bubbly. She adds quite a lot of humour to the drama. Liked how she is such a loyal friend to Bai Cao. It is funny how Yi Feng is often seen yawning. Liked how Yi Feng is good at Taekwondo. Liked the friendship between Yi Feng and Ruo Bai. It was fun to watch the interactions between Xiao Ying and Yi Feng. Liked the development of the relationship and the chemistry between them, even though they didnt become a couple at this season and Xiao Ying likes Ruo Bai initially. May become Leo Wu’s/Wu Lei’s or Tan Songyun’s fan after this drama.

Liked the acting by the cast! Liked how there are many heartwarming and touching scenes in this drama and I could feel tears in my eyes several times. For example, when Xiao Ying kneels in the rain with Bai Cao to stop her from continue doing so, when Xiao Ying brings Bai Cao to her house and say that Bai Cao can depend on her, when Bai Cao cheers for Guang Ya during Guang Ya’s competition even though she was forced to leave that Taekwando team before that. It is funny how Min Joo always wants to challenge Bai Cao haha. It is funny how young Min Joo is immature but strong and Sheng Hao, her senior, has to try to keep her under control. Liked En Xiu who is cool and elegant. This is one of the few times that an actress can attract me without many scenes. Liked her interactions with Bai Cao, Ting Hao, Chu Yuan, and Min Joo. Enjoyed watching the interactions among people in Song Bai Taekwondo Center. Didnt like Ting Yi, the biased coach, Quan Sheng Taekwondo Center people and a little dont like Guang Ya. Liked how there is an analyst who is Ting Hao’s friend.

Currently watching Yang Yang’s new drama The King’s Avatar.

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Benefits of watching dramas

I have heard some people say that watching dramas is useless and there are some that wonder why people would watch dramas so I decided to write a post about it to answer them once and for all. Besides entertaining and making one experience various emotions like happiness and sadness, watching dramas provides life benefits.

Dramas help us
1) Become better people

-We learn to make better decisions.
Seeing the consequences of certain decisions prevents us from making the same decisions.
E.g. We should not say mean things and break up because we have a terminal illness or some problems that cant be resolved that happens often in dramas. The other party has the right to know the truth and it is better to face it together. If the other party wants to leave after you say the truth, you can let the person leave then. Sacrificing yourself for another’s happiness doesnt make you a hero if you harm the person in the process.
E.g. The importance of being courageous to avoid regrets
E.g. Dont pick up broken pieces of glass. I realised I have the temptation to do so too haha.

-We learn not to jump to conclusions.
Misunderstandings often happen in dramas because characters jump to conclusions. However, it is often revealed that there are other sides to the story and what u see may not be everything, what u think happened may not have happened. Besides making us think twice and find out more before coming to a conclusion, dramas make us more understanding towards others. There may be another side to the story of others that we dont know of.

-We can develop a better moral compass.
For eg., we should not harm others physically and mentally no matter what, we should take responsibility for our actions and correct our mistakes as soon as possible, we should stand up for what is right

2) Gain knowledge, broaden our horizons

-We can learn about various industries
Dramas have different settings and each of them usually focuses on a certain industry. Scriptwriters and drama producers probably did a lot of research on the industries they want to focus on so we will be able to gain insights into the industries just by watching dramas. It is interesting to learn about various industries without the need to personally work in them.
E.g. Medical industry, floral industry, fashion industry, food industry, media industry, architecture industry, crime related and legal industry, writing industry and many more

-We can learn ideas to be more romantic
No harm having more romance in a relationship/future relationship, isnt it?

-Dramas are perfect places for people-watching
I dont like to watch people in real life but I like to do so when watching dramas. When watching dramas, I can gain awareness of the motivations behind why characters act in a certain way and what actions will lead to what consequences. Most characters who do bad deeds are not hateful as there are reasons why they did what they did. Some characters who are foolish may make me angry but I am happy to see them grow and change. For characters who are talented, confident, and smart, I can learn a lot from them.

3) Reflect on life lessons

We can mature faster if we see dramas in a different light. If you are just on the surface admiring good-looking people (which I do too) and only seeing romantic scenes, then you are missing out on the reflective nature of dramas. I like how dramas make us reflect and they can be our life teachers.
E.g. Some dramas teach the importance of time and how we should make good use of it. Is it better to have a short period of time of bliss and be with people you like or not at all to prevent more sufferings later on?
E.g. Is it better to go after what society wants you to do or to go after what you want to do? Is it better to go after what society desires or to accept yourself for who you are?
E.g. Are people/living things who are different as harmful as they seem? Are people who are the same harmless?

To conclude, people may have a hobby for various reasons. There is no such thing as a useless hobby (as long as u dont harm others and urself) so we should respect whatever people like to do. Anyway, if you dont watch dramas, you are actually missing out on a lot without you knowing haha.

~Lucky JM

Dropped Korean Drama Review Still 17

Thirty but Seventeen/Still 17 (2018) 雖然30但仍17

starring Shin Hye Sun as Woo Seo Ri, Park Shi Eun as Seo Ri (teen), Yang Se Jong as Gong Woo Jin, Yoon Chan Young as Woo Jin (teen), Ahn Hyo Sup as Yoo Chan, Ye Ji Won as Jennifer,  Yoon Sun Woo as Kim Hyung Tae, Wang Suk Hyun as Hyung Tae (teen)

Watched here and there for this drama.

For Still 17, the big flaw that cant be ignored is the same as Where Stars Land which is that Woo Jin loses his distinct characteristics after some episodes. Liked how Woo Jin is weird, how he is a workaholic and how he doesnt care about what people think. Enjoyed watching how he goes around measuring things with a measuring tape. Liked the miniatures he makes. Liked the interactions among the characters in this drama. Enjoyed watching the development of relationship between Seo Ri and Woo Jin and how Seo Ri slowly breaks the ice. Liked the story of young Woo Jin and Seo Ri. Liked the characters, Seo Ri, Jennifer, the 3 rowers, and Woo Jin’s colleague, and superior. Liked the more light-hearted feeling in this drama and the comedy scenes. It is a pity for Seo Ri’s doctor friend who sacrifices so much for Seo Ri after Seo Ri’s accident but doesnt become her lover. I guess the way to interpret this is that life isnt fair. Doesnt mean that if you do a lot, you will get what you want. There are many factors that can get in the way. Liked the relationship between Woo Jin and Chan, especially towards the end when he hugs Woo Jin (like when they were young) when Woo Jin cries and guards outside Woo Jin’s door to prevent Woo Jin from leaving him again. Woo Jin’s and Seo Ri’s emotional struggles could have been reasons for me to continue watching this drama but unfortunately they werent good enough to sustain my interest. It will be unfair to the other dramas that I dropped if I write a long review for this drama so I am not going to do so.

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Doing this by memory. Finished scanning through it at around December 2018.

Where Stars Land/Fox Bride Star (2018) 狐狸新娘星

starring Lee Je Hoon as Lee Soo Yeon, Nam Da Reum as Soo Yeon (young), Chae Soo Bin as Han Yeo Reum, Lee Dong Gun as Seo In Woo, Kim Ji Soo as Yang Seo Koon, Lee Sung Wook as Choi Moo Ja, Kim Kyung Nam as Oh Dae Ki, Lee Soo Kyung as Na Young Joo, Ro Woon as Go Eun Sub

The pace for this drama is very good for the first few episodes until Soo Yeon’s confession scene. Chased this drama until there. There are many emergencies at the airport and I enjoyed watching how the staff deals with the situations. It is interesting to know about the happenings at the airport. Felt that Soo Yeon’s emotional struggle shines through in this drama. However, it was a pity that the distinct characteristics of the character Soo Yeon is gone after the confession scene.

Liked how Soo Yeon just wants to live a normal life and how he is strict towards his subordinate and frank at the start. There are many behaviours he has that makes him different from the norm and I enjoyed watching that. For example, the reason why he chooses to work at the airport is because he can hide in the many people there and just focus on doing his duties, he doesnt answer his superiors and even questions if he has to do what he is being told to do, he is quick-witted and good at dealing with emergencies or difficult people. Liked how he is portrayed as Yeo Reum’s superhero at the start, saving Yeo Reum twice with his quick moves and metallic arm. It is cool when he does so. This is the reason why I started watching this drama. It is cool how his metallic arm can bend metal poles and lift cars and it is funny how he breaks things easily when he knocks into them. Laughed at the scene where the water dispenser breaks apart some time after his “attempt” to repair it. It was painful to watch when he starts to lose control of his metalllic arm and when the metallic arm starts to attract magnetic objects and he has to pull himself from the objects.

It is fine if Soo Yeon compromises a little here and there due to Yeo Reum’s influences but his whole character seems to change after the confession scene which to me, is a flaw that cant be ignored in this drama. Liked the chemistry and tension between Soo Yeon and Yeo Reum which are just nice in their relationship. It is funny how the dust robot cleaner follows Soo Yeon and even ships Soo Yeon and Yeo Reum once. Liked how Yeo Reum is compassionate. However, was unable to relate to her emotional struggles. Liked the scene where Yeo Reum thanks Soo Yeon for saving her in the past, no matter he remembers her or not.

Liked how this drama delves into the topic of disability. Liked how Soo Yeon’s emotional struggle was portrayed. His fear of drawing people’s attention and how he thinks that people can hurt him just by looking is well-portrayed (cant remember exactly). Liked the scene where Soo Yeon decides to tell Yeo Reum the truth about himself by meeting her on a wheelchair. That scene left a deep impression on me as he falls from his wheelchair down the steps while trying to get his phone (?) and had difficulty getting up, which nicely shows the struggles he faces due to the disability. However, they should have let Yeo Reum be with the disabled Soo Yeon at least for some time to show that Yeo Reum can accept his disability as a part of him.

Another highlight of this drama is the security team couple. Liked the development of relationship and chemistry between them. Liked how Dae Ki manages to find out many things about Young Joo which she tried to hide. Liked how Dae Ki says that he doesnt like puppy faces but likes cat faces. It is such an accurate description and it is so sweet haha. Liked both of the characters and their interactions with Soo Yeon and Yeo Reum.

Liked the friendship between Eun Sub and Yeo Reum. Liked Soo Yeon and Yeo Reum’s superior who stands up for them when needed and assures them that she is there to help them if they make mistakes. Could have had more depth in the relationship between her and the security superior.

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我的奇妙男友2之恋恋不忘 My Amazing Boyfriend 2 quotes (China Drama)

薛灵乔:

“这不是一场梦。生命中出现的每一个人都有他的使命。因为小福星,我重新回到了你身边。因为云臻,你认识了叶美笑。因为白露,我们体验了初为人父人母的幸福。热热闹闹终会过去。平静安稳的一生才是我希望拥有的。小福星的使命已经完成了,所以他走了。田净植,对不起,是我让你变成了没有安全感的人,总担心着某一天我会再离开。
我再也不会离开你了。”  (ep 24)

“第一,无论家里发生多大的事情,夫妻要同心,不要影响夫妻关系。第二,无论家里发生多大的事情,都要好好吃饭,不能拿自己的身体开玩笑。第三,无论家里发生多大的事情,都交给老公就好了。你老公是超级人类。如果是连你老公都解决不了的事情,那你也解决不了,而且你老公既要担心你,还要担心家里的事,不觉得很可怜吗?” (ep 33)

 

田净植:

“我还能有什么办法。我只能把他从我的人生中慢慢地剔除。对他来说,一辈子很长。但是对我来说,一辈子很短。我再爱他,我也想过好这一辈子,我蹉跎不起啊。” (ep 18)

“美笑,你说现在这样的幸福我真的能够抓得紧吗?喜欢的人,可爱的儿子,家庭和睦,总觉得有点不真实呢。” (ep 37)

 

云臻:

“这世界上本来就是有不同的人。有些人有远大理想,不甘于现状,比如你。有些人正直正义,坚持自己的原则,比如房东大哥。还有些人勇于牺牲奉献,比如蝙蝠妹妹。那当然也会有我这种喜欢吃喝玩乐,不喜欢被束缚的人。但即使如此,我生而为人,也是懂得知恩图报的。” (ep 33)

“作为你的男朋友,我真的很不负责任,总是让你伤心。不过,这是最后一次了。说不定这也不是坏事。跟我在一起那么辛苦,我大概再活八百年也不会成熟,永远都是这个不争气的样子。这样的我竟然被你这么好的女孩子看上,我一定是世界上最幸运的人。可惜,我没有这个运气。我真的好想再陪你几十年。你这么好看,老了也会很好看。想到这么好看的叶美笑以后要嫁给别人,我真是忌妒得快疯了。不行,一想到会这样,我真想立刻跑回家算了。
反正,叶美笑你记住,这辈子你可以出轨,但下辈子被我云臻预定了。” (ep 34)

 

叶美笑:

“幸福就像这个气球。你摊开手心,它就在你手里。你握得太紧,反而会两手空空。” (ep 37)