Random news/ thoughts (Singapore Drama)

The Mediacorp Star Awards Singapore is approaching… (7 to 10pm on 19 April and 26 April) I am really looking forward to it as usual even though I know that the results can be “astonishing”. Haha. Really hope my favourite idols can win some awards!

Sorry that my review on You can be an angel too will be delayed.

Lucky JM

Korean Drama Review Healer

Healer (2014) 治愈者

Genre: Thriller, Romance, Comedy, Action, Mystery

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

healer

starring Ji Chang Wook as Seo Jung Hoo / Healer, Yoo Ji Tae as Kim Moon Ho, Park Min Young as Chae Young Shin.

Plot: Kim Moon Ho (Yoo Ji Tae) is a popular reporter at a major broadcasting company run by his older brother. As he tries all ways to make truth come to light, he helps people who feel wronged. He kept silent about his brother’s bad deeds towards his brother’s very own friends due to his lack of power. With people on his side and the power of media, he finally managed to do something about it. Meanwhile, with the help of Kim Moon Ho, internet reporter Chae Young Shin (Park Min Young) and Seo Jung Hoo (Ji Chang Wook), known as “Healer,” grow into real reporters.

Zoom into characters: Seo Jung Hoo, code name Healer, is a night errand guy who does any work except murder as long as the payment is sufficient. His dream is to get an uninhabited island in South Pacific (if I did not remember wrongly) and live there until he meets bold and sunny Young Shin. In order to find out more about Young Shin as requested by his client (Moon Ho), he stages as a coward reporter in Someday News. Despite being framed as a murderer and suspected to be near Young Shin, he continues to be around Young Shin on impulse. Young Shin was adopted by a gangster+lawyer after being physically abused by her first adoptive parent. Despite having breathing problems whenever she witnesses violence, she is not afraid to stand up against the bad guys and is protective towards “chicken-hearted” Jung Hoo. She calls herself a veteran entertainment reporter until she gets the chance to learn from her idol, Moon Ho.

I am impressed with Jung Hoo’s extraordinary martial arts skills when fighting. He can even move from one place to another using the rooftops of buildings alone. He also has very outstanding disguise ability (haha), allowing him to sneak into places without being noticed. It is fun to watch the people’s expressions when they finally discover the real him. I especially liked the scene that he saves Young Shin from the crashing elevator. The background music and action are just perfect!

When Ji Chang Wook acts as coward Bong Soo, I almost thought he is like that due to lack of being with people. Haha. I did not expect that it is just a strong cover… It is quite funny that he is doing most of the protecting in face of danger yet make it seem like Young Shin is protecting him instead. He even fakes being upset because of the bugs infesting his house and pretends to vomit but steals a handcuff from the detective. Haha. I enjoyed watching Young Shin break out into weird dances or singing strange songs when she is upset.  How I wish I can learn how to pick-lock like Young Shin! I am glad when Young Shin finally finds out that Bong Soo is the night errand guy she has a crush on. The secret date that they only hold hands once without even looking at each other is just too short.

The hacker healer who helps Jung Hoo with his tasks adds humour into this drama. She is often mimicking other’s voice and enjoys her time alone in a room filled with computers. She is really good at hacking, even causing a train to stop from her room. She sends announcements by making characters go into Jung Hoo’s computer screen and talk. The spectacles that Jung Hoo wears as healer is very cool. He can connect it to the hacker healer’s computer and even uses them to read emails or take pictures.

It is tragic that among the friends only one, Moon Ho’s brother, does well. Perhaps if he did not betray, he will also face the same consequence as the others? He should have at least felt sorry for them (did he?) or tried to take revenge with his newly gained power and not just satisfy his greed. It is admirable that Moon Ho tries to uncover his brother’s bad deeds and pay back whatever he can such as helping to find the daughter of one of the friends. While he can just sit back and earn a lot of money with his brother’s “help”, he choose to do things that may make the world a better place.

Why you should watch: Despite it boring me when the scenes do not include the lead couple, there is a good mix of romance and action in this drama. At first, I did not want to watch it as I thought it is just another reporter related drama. Fortunately, I went to read the recaps and liked the characters for both the lead which is why I started watching. It gives great satisfaction and the ending is good! I liked how Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young portrayed their characters, making the drama more memorable.

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MV+Favourite osts: You by Ben  What my eyes say by Tei 

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Getting more and more busy now. Hopefully I will have the time for another review soon.

Korean Drama Review PC

Pinocchio (2014) 皮诺丘

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Family

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

Pinocchio

starring Park Shin Hye as Choi In Ha, Noh Jung Ui as Choi In Ha (young), Lee Jong Suk as Choi Dal Po / Ki Ha Myung, Nam Da Reum as Choi Dal Po / Ki Ha Myung (young), Kim Young Kwang as Seo Bum Jo, Lee Yoo Bi as Yoon Yoo Rae.

Plot: This drama shows the journey of reporters as they learn about how news can affect people’s lives and to put in their best effort to dig out and reflect the truth. In passionate pursuit of the truth, In Ha and Dal Po later become newbie reporters at a current affairs news desk. Among their colleagues are Seo Bum Jo (Kim Young Kwang) a heir from a rich chaebol family and Yoon Yoo Rae (Lee Yoo Bi) who is once a crazy idol fan who now uses those obsessive and determined traits in her new job. While Dal Po takes his revenge as a reporter, In Ha will prove that a Pinocchio can be a good if not better reporter.

Zoom into characters: Ki Ha Myung loses both his parents after his father, Ki Ho Sang (Jung In Ki) the captain of the firefighting squad, becomes the scapegoat due to the media sensationalising the case. Ha Myung is being rescued by Choi In Ha’s grandfather in the sea after his mother jumped off the cliff with him. He feels that his brother abandoned them and decides to stay as Choi Dal Po (In Ha’s grandfather’s mentally challenged son). He is very intelligent and manages to repair the television for In Ha just to find out that In Ha’s mother is actually the MSC reporter that he hates. Because of that, he starts to treat In Ha badly even though he likes her. In Ha has the Pinocchio syndrome and will hiccup whenever she tells a lie so she has no choice but to say the truth. She has tried to stay in contact with her mother by messaging but realises after many years that her mother has changed her phone.

When Ho Sang’s body is initially missing in a factory explosion, cold and calculating MSC reporter Song Cha Ok (Jin Kyung) alleges that Ho Sang survived and is currently in hiding because he was responsible for the deaths of his men (in order to gain more rating). I really feel sorry for the Ki family when they become outcasts in their neighborhood and objects of national scorn when they did not even do anything wrong. I am amazed at how Song Cha Ok manipulates the news including how she squat down to emphasise the severity of the flood which is supposed to only be knee-deep. It is even more surprising to find out that Song Cha Ok (under a superior’s order) manages to divert the anger of the public to Ho Sang and his family just by using news without real solid evidence.

It is a waste that such an intelligent person like Ki Jae Myung (Yoon Kyun Sang) ruins his future because of revenge. I agree with my sister that in this case I would be ironically happy that there is no death sentence for a murderer if not Jae Myung would be dead for killing 3 people. It is cool that Ha Myung read most/all of the books in the library while acting that he is stupid. It must be difficult to get zero for every test when he knows all the answers. I would set reading all the books in a library as my life-long goal. I liked how Ha Myung do things differently from Song Cha Ok even though he tries to take revenge. For example, he proves Song Cha Ok’s innocence instead of just being blinded by revenge.

Park Shin Hye acted as a Pinocchio very well, hiccuping very naturally. I would find it very hard to live life as a Pinocchio. Imagine that even hiding a truth will cost me sleepless nights of hiccups… Haha. Liked how the plot goes back to the start by making Ha Myung and In Ha’s friend the victim to the same thing that happened to Ha Myung’s family. Perhaps if news really affect me in real life (not negatively though) I may be more interested in them…Haha. I feel sorry for Bum Jo. Although his mother does it for him to lead a life in luxury, he has to face the sad truth of his mother’s bad deeds. It was funny when Yoo Rae keeps thinking that Ha Myung likes her just because of Bum Jo’s lies.

Why you should watch: I avoided watching this drama as I wanted to wait for it to finish producing and finish it quickly. Haha. Enjoyed the development of the relationship between In Ha and Ha Myung. Liked the relationships among the intern reporters and their seniors. The drama did not disappoint me with its intriguing plot dipped with some sadness and good acting of the casts. It just makes one want more after each episode. It was fun watching the rivalry between the two news stations (YGN and MSC) and how they train the intern reporters.

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MV+Favourite osts: Pinocchio by Roy Kim and Only Person by K Will    Whole album

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你也可以是天使 (Singapore Drama) memorable quotes from last episode

没有必要因为世俗的眼光而把自己逼到死角。

一个人的时候善待自己,两个人的时候善待对方。

 

我们经常都会错过机会因为它总是穿着外套,看起来不像。

 

人生再难也要坚持,再好也要谦虚,再差也要自信,再多也要节省,再冷也要热情。

我们努力不是为了改变世界,而是不让世界改变我们。

 

真正的关怀不是棉上添花或把酒言欢,而是握着真正有需要的手,查看每个等待慰籍的病容,给处于困境的人看到一丝闪光,带来一线希望。

 

人应该带着热情面对生活,带着激情面对工作,带着真情面对所有人。无论顺水或逆风,都用最甜美的笑容面对人生。

 

人生只有一条路不能选择,那就是放弃的路;只有一条路不能拒绝,那就是成长的路。

 

先从微不足道的小事做起,做对的事情比把事情做对重要。

Korean Drama Review LG

 Liar Game (2014) 诈欺游戏

Genre: Game, Romance, Suspense, Mystery

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 7/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

liar game

starring Lee Sang Yoon as Ha Woo Jin (participant of reality show “Liar Game”), Kim So Eun as Nam Da Jung (participant of reality show “Liar Game”) and Shin Sung Rok as Kang Do Young (MC and planner of reality show “Liar Game”).

Plot: This short drama is about various contestants take part in a game show with a prize of 10 billion won where contestants are encouraged to cheat and lie. The contestants who are able to cheat the others will win the prize but go into more debt if he/she loses the game. Contestants include genius swindler Ha Woo Jin (Lee Sang Yoon) and naive college student Nam Da Jung (Kim So Eun). Meanwhile, Kang Do Young (Shin Sung Rok) will play the MC and planner of this game show.

Zoom into characters: Ha Woo Jin who was once a professor in psychology is a human lie detector. He finds it interesting reading books upside down and can solve a crime just by observing the criminal. Out of revenge for his dead mother, he makes a company bankrupt and attempts to murder the CEO but failed. Nam Da Jung (like Woo Jin’s mother) cannot help but trust people. Her father went into debts and left after he invested in the company that became nothing (because of Woo Jin). Da Jung suddenly finds herself in Liar Game after returning a bag with a lot of money to the police. In order to help Da Jung win money to pay back her debt, a loan shark lackey introduces Woo Jin to her and they work together thereafter. Do Young, the MC of the show, is very sly and tries to raise the ratings of the show by all means. He is also able to control the slightest facial expression, even tricking Woo Jin at times.

All the games are planned well and it is clever how the people trick/ betray each other or work together to win. There is also a background story of how Da Jung, Woo Jin and Do Young are related in the past. To my surprise, Jamie lasted quite long with her quick-wittedness and betrayal instinct. She even painted an innocent image of herself with a wig and some acting to fool the rest of the participants into trusting her. Sung Joon is one of the most good looking participant who managed to stay on in the game for quite long. Haha. I am amazed that one of the participants can see the cards when the emcee is shuffling because of his exceptional vision. I admire that Da Jung is always willing to help others and share her reward with other participants who are in need of money.

Started watching this due to Lee Sang Yoon’s refreshing hairstyle. Haha. I was also quite fascinated by the last lecture Ha Woo Jin gave about lies in the 1st episode. He was proving that people tell an average of 3 lies in a minute(if I remembered correctly). Wanted to stop watching it at first as I think it is more of a variety show than drama. However, I continued watching because of the lead couple’s acting and skipped all of the rules of the games. I have come to like both the lead since dramas before this such as Kim So Eun who acted in Boys over Flowers. Shin Sung Rok really fits villain roles. Haha. Felt sorry for him that he is sold by Ha Woo Jin’s mother as she does not have enough funds to sponsor the orphans and ends up in some unpleasant experiment.

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Liar game quotes (Korean Drama)

Is it so wrong to trust another person?

Nam Da Jung

 

In order to trust, we have to be suspicious first.

Reward loyalty. Punish betrayal so that they will not betray again.

Ha Woo Jin

 

Danger on the outside can be seen but not those on the inside.

Kang Do Young

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