Thank you once again!

liebster-award

The first one was totally unexpected and this one comes as a further surprise! Thanks for all the love given to this blog. I am very grateful for Drama Cat for this nomination. I am feeling a bit of pressure as I haven’t managed to nominate anyone for the first Liebster Award the blog received and here comes another. Hopefully I can nominate others by this year. Sorry about my busy schedule and lack of discovering or reading new blogs.

Sorry that I can’t write another post this week as it is an extremely busy week for me.

Next, to the questions given:

1) What is your go-to re-watch drama and why?
Currently, the drama that I watched the most number of times is You who came from the stars. I like the plot a lot and the episodes are used wisely so I never get tired of it. In addition, I love fantasy so Do Min Joon’s alien power attracts me to rewatch.

2) What drama theme do you wish didn’t exist?
I don’t really  like horror but I won’t wish it doesn’t exist since there are people who like this theme.

3) Who is your favorite actor/actress?
Well, I like many actors and actresses which is why I can watch so many dramas. If I choose one, I will say the actor that I like and admire the most is Lee Seung Gi. It is not only because of his ability to act well and his handsome look but also his all-rounded entertainment career as a singer, actor, entertainer… For Singapore, (sry, forgot to add in) my favourite actor is Elvin Ng. He kind of marked my start to actively watching Singapore Dramas with his character in Breakout.

4) What is your guilty pleasure drama theme?
I love romance. Haha, after fantasy though. My friends are quite surprised to hear so as it is unlike how people usually see me as. People usually think I am the quiet and innocent person who just studies. I like how relationships are being developed in dramas as the characters fight, learn to care and finally love each other.

5) What drama would you recommend to somebody who has never seen an Asian drama?
Perhaps King of Baking. I think it is content-rich and a good start to people who are not sure what type of genre they like or do not like romance genre.

6) Explain the plot of your favorite drama without naming it.
The male lead is about to be sent overseas to study. He escapes and ends up near a spooky temple. There, he accidentally releases a nine-tailed fox who follows him for support and saves his life. While he tries to get rid of the fox, he slowly falls in love with it. Their fate is further twisted when they realise (after drinking the potion) that in order for one to live, the other has to die. What will be the choice for the fox who wants to be human yet do not want him to die? Does one have to sacrifice for the other to live? Should be quite obvious which drama it is.

7) Where would you most like to travel?
I want to travel to Japan since I just learnt Japanese for a few years.

8) What is your goal for the second half of the year?
I hope to achieve good academic results and develop to become a better person while doing things that I like to do.
(secret) Hopefully I can start a relationship with someone if not I will just give up on it. Haha.

9) What is your creative outlet?
I am not entirely sure what creative outlet means. If it means hobby, I like to read and write and of course watch dramas. I relieve the most stress by watching dramas, my best escape from real life. From time to time, I like to swim to refresh myself.

10) What country do you blog from?
I blog from Singapore, a clean and green city with no natural disasters. Proud of being a Singaporean haha.

11) What is your dream job?
My number 1 dream job: I would like to be a writer even though I am still lacking in terms of the skills and language ability. Being a blogger is another good option if possible.
Job that I am working towards for now: An entrepreneur or business manager.

To viewers of the blog, thanks for reading this post about myself. To Drama Cat, thank you for nominating me. I am happy that you like the blog and will use this acknowledgement to keep blogging.

Gdnight!

Lucky JM

Korean Drama Review FFI

Falling for innocence (2015) 為純情著迷

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 8/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

Falling For Innocence

starring Jung Kyung Ho as Kang Min Ho, Lee Tae Woo as Kang Min Ho (young), Kim So Yun as Kim Soon Jung, Jung Da Bin as Kim Soon Jung (young), Yoon Hyun Min as Joon Hee, Jin Goo as Ma Dong Wook (Soon Jung`s fiance),  Choi Soo Han as Ma Dong Wook (young).

Plot: The sudden death of Kang Min Ho’s (Jung Kyung Ho) father led to his uncle taking over the company. His mother who suddenly becomes a widow and loses the company committed suicide, leaving Min Ho to fend for himself in the world. Although he inherits his father’s heart disease, he is fortunate to find a suitable heart and undergoes a heart transplant surgery just before his predicted death. However, his personality changes due to cellular memory syndrome as a result. He begins to have warm feelings and falls in love with Kim Soon Jung (Kim So Yun) who is a secretary. He then realizes the true meaning of love and happiness.

Zoom into characters: Min Ho does many cruel things just so as to get revenge on his uncle. He is about to succeed but was told that he only had one month left. As Soon Jung offended him once and her father betrayed his father, she treats Soon Jung badly and tries all means to hurt her feelings. Soon Jung’s life is at her peak and she is about to get married with Dong Wook, a persistent and honest police/detective. They may be a poor couple but they are happy. However, Dong Wook’s death turned Soon Jung’s life upside down. Dong Wook’s heart starts to beat within Min Ho instead which leads to many confusion and new found love. Min Ho who wanted to make the company bankrupt has conflicted feelings as he would be destroying what his father (who remains in his memory as too idealistic) built up.

I enjoyed watching how Min Ho starts to change and is exasperated when he does something he normally does not do. Especially liked the scene when Soon Jung hurts her hand and tears start falling off Min Ho’s eyes out of his control and he wonders why he is like that. It is funny when Min Ho uses Dong Wook’s tricks while trying to catch a criminal and shows off his new gained martial arts skills. Loved how Jung Kyung Ho lightens the mood of the drama with his humour added keeping me entertained throughout. Liked how Soon Jung is portrayed as a capable and smart secretary who does her best to help any boss she is working for and thinks on the boss’s behalf.

Liked Min Ho’s interaction with his secretary who takes care of him and is concerned about his health. Thankfully Jung Kyung Ho’s hairstyle changed haha. I found the company politics kind of boring but its effect on me is being shrank by the chemistry of the lead couple.  I admit that the ending is a bit absurd even though it is not a sad ending. The fantasy part of the drama is what keeps me going as it makes me curious to what may happen next which is so unlike Min Ho. I guess this situation won’t happen in real life haha. Imagine behaving like someone else after a heart transplant…I am glad that Soon Jung realises the difference in the way her two boyfriends actually are and she is not liking Min Ho because he resembles Dong Wook.

It is sad that Dong Wook’s father has to send off his son so suddenly and his son’s death is actually caused by his son’s best friend, Joon Hee. It is fun to watch how Dong Wook’s father treats Min Ho like his son due to the similarity between the two even though he detests Min Ho at first . It is even more sad when Joon Hee’s father chooses death to cover up his son’s crime. Although Joon Hee seems to be working hard towards gaining more, he is actually losing more, especially the relationship with his poor father whom he could have treasured.

Why you should watch: Thanks to tumblr blogger SomeWhatDiana, I who did not know what to watch managed to discover such an interesting drama. Side-noting to the trend: Nowadays, it seems like many people compare dramas to Healer and a good drama would be one that can somehow be comparable to Healer. Hence, any drama that is described as such caught my attention and this was one of them. At first, I was a bit skeptical about this drama, especially because of the posters haha but ends up liking it for its plot and Jung Kyung Ho’s acting.

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Favourite MVs+ osts: Paradise by Davink   Whole album

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Korean Drama Review QIHM

Sry for being slow in writing this review. Wanted to post it with the others when I started this blog but was not able to. As I only managed to refresh my memory on this drama after watching it a second time, I am posting it now. It is still good watching it now and then.

Queen In Hyun’s man (2012) 仁显王后的男人

Genre: Time-travel, Romance, Action

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

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starring Ji Hyun Woo as Kim Boong Do and Yoo In Na as Choi Hee Jin.
Plot: The drama about a classic scholar who arrives 300 years into the modern times (year 2012) from the Chosun (year 1694) through time warp and meets a delinquent actress. Park Boong Do (Ji Hyun Woo) is a scholar who had supported the reinstatement of Queen In Hyun when Jang Heebin’s schemes resulted in her being deposed and replaced as King Sukjong’s queen consort. He travels 300 years into the future of modern Seoul and meets Choi Hee Jin (Yoo In Na), a no-name actress who is expecting a career renaissance through her role as Queen In Hyun in a TV drama ‘New Jang Heebin’. Whenever he meets danger in Chosun year, he will end up in the modern time due to a talisman he carries. He falls in love with Hee Jin. He also intelligently uses the time-travelling ability to help the king get rid of the evil courtiers.

Impressed by how adaptable Boong Do is to the modern times. He is even capable of stealing clothes or buying necessities to help him to treat himself or get him to Hee Jin. It is fun to watch how Hee Jin tries to mislead him on the use of some items, linking them to kisses somehow such as the use of a tie. It is funny when they first meet and Hee Jin deduced that he is drunk when he asks if he is dreaming. Enjoyed the process of the numerous times Boong Do changing history and coming back to the present to meet Hee Jin, the only one that remembers him. It feels that Hee Jin is alone in this as she is the only one that is worried about Boong Do and cries for him when others don’t even remember who Boong Do is.

Especially loved the sad parts towards the end of the drama when they cannot reach out to each other as Boong Do’s talisman fails to work and when they are standing back to back in different time periods sending a wave of sadness to Hee Jin. If one can endure the toughest time, a good ending is sure to come. Do not give up. As the saying goes, there is always a rainbow after a thunderstorm.

Why you should watch: This is another drama that leaves a deep impression as the events unfold. They have great chemistry. By the way, they were actually real life couple. The plot is brilliant and it is different from rooftop prince as Boong Do travels to and fro between the past and present rather than staying in the present. The perspective is also different as he is not a crown prince but rather a scholar who wants to help Queen In Hyun after his family is executed.

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MV+Favourite osts: Another time, the same sky by Joo Hee 8eight

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Random thoughts: Should I watch Singapore Drama Super Senior?

Since it’s been some time since I reviewed on a recent Singapore Drama, I shall just write on some random thoughts on Singapore Dramas.

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I have been asking myself,
“Is it worth watching Singapore Drama Super Senior for Aloysius Pang and Jayley Woo?”

Super Senior starring many veteran actors and actresses is the currently airing Singapore Drama about how ageing does not affect people negatively. Instead, it can be a positive advantage. Aloysius Pang acting as a doctor has been “stalking” Jayley Woo’s character who later becomes a nurse and finally gets to date her (if I am not wrong). Due to his father’s death later on, Aloysius Pang’s character decides to quit being a doctor and become a hawker (food vendor) to succeed his father’s business much to his mother’s disapproval.

Did catch a few scenes of their chemistry which is a lot more sweet than them in Tiger Mum. When they finally got together in Tiger Mum, it feels a bit awkward to me and not as natural. Well, my sister did comment that Aloysius Pang looks too young for his role in Super Senior but he still looks good in the role (to me). Haha.

It is highly likely that I may skip this drama as a whole though unless convinced otherwise… Looking forward to the upcoming The Journey: Our Homeland. Can’t wait to see Romeo Tan acting as both the evil villain and Zhang Min’s son. Zhang Yan is really horrible, the cause of misfortune. Feel so sad for Zhang Jia that in the trailer Minhui passes away.

Korean Drama Review 5 Fingers

Five fingers (2012) 五根手指

Genre: Romance, Melodrama, Music

Enjoyment: 8/10  Pace: 8/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

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starring Joo Ji Hoon as Yoo Ji Ho, Kang Yi Suk as Yoo Ji Ho (Young), Chae Shi Ra as Chae Young Ran (In Ha’s mother), Ji Chang Wook as Yoo In Ha, Kim Ji Hoon as Yoo In Ha (Young), Jin Se Yun as Hong Da Mi, Kim Sung Kyung as Hong Da Mi (Young).

Plot: “Five Fingers” is about young people who each have their own tragedies to overcome and achieve their dreams. Yoo Ji Ho (Joo Ji Hoon) is a genius pianist with perfect pitch in the show. While he overcomes childhood scars to chase his dream, he gets caught up in a bitter rivalry with his stepmother, the rich successor to a corporation and his stepbrother, a composer.

Zoom into characters: Ji Ho is brought in by Yoo Man Se as an illegitimate child much to the anger of In Ha and his mother. Ji Ho is happy to have a family finally and gets a chance to learn how to play a piano, putting his gifted ability to full use. Da Mi desires to own a piano since young and is finally given one. However, her deaf father is being framed for murder and she has to move house to avoid criticisms from the neighbours.  While In Ha’s mother pretends to be equally fair to both children in front of  Yoo Man Se, she is plotting to help In Ha get all the inheritance. Yoo Man Se on the other hand,  is trying to take revenge on his wife by making her hate the child that she gave birth to (thought as dead) before their marriage. Without knowing his parents’ actual motive of wanting him to be the heir to Boosung, a piano making company, In Ha bears hatred towards his parents and his jealousy for Ji Ho continues to grow.

As my sister suggested watching a tragedy related drama, I decided to try this but it is not the childhood that is tragic for Ji Ho as I expected. I find In Ha more pitiful instead, especially before working together with his mother. At least Ji Ho grew up with all the (fake) love. In Ha has to go through all the torturous skin transplant operations to be able to play the piano again. Even so, he cannot use one of his fingers that was burnt too badly. Ji Chang Wook made his character someone I can sympathise with unlike other evil. However, I dislike how his character is so blinded by jealousy  that he can’t see his mother’s love towards him or how Ji Ho treats him as a younger brother.

Thankfully, Joo Ji Hoon changes his hairstyle midway. Haha. Towards the end, Joo Ji Hoon’s character is now being labelled the most pitiful character in my sister’s list haha. What makes his character so pitiful is that he was hated by his very own mother and in the end becomes the enemy of her while taking revenge. He was genuinely good to both his stepmother and stepbrother but behind his back both are plotting how to get rid of him from their world both in business and music. This brings me to the question: Should stepparents naturally have to be mean to their stepchildren, especially those that are illegitimate? It is funny how In Ha’s mother ends up picking him when she is trying to choose In Ha. In the fire (Ji Ho wearing In Ha’s pyjamas)and in the competition(Ji Ho uses 9 fingers at some points), she tries to save/pick what she thought is In Ha but fails twice. Wonder what it would be like if In Ha’s father is still alive after In Ha and Ji Ho grow up. Can’t imagine…

Nearing the end of the drama, I could feel tears building up in my eyes, starting from when In Ha’s mother starts to go blind after saving Ji Ho and In Ha realises it. That moment that each son realises the fact just tugs at my heart. The most moving scene was when In Ha’s mother who is already blind chases after Ji Ho’s car to finally utter a word of apology and beg for forgiveness but to fall off a cliff. Ji Ho does not even know it and drives off to the airport to leave the country to give his mother time to accept him as her son.

Why you should watch: Finally become Joo Ji Hoon’s fan because of this + his new drama, Mask. This drama is really filled with tragedy and has an interesting plot line. It may be a bit long but still worth the watch if you are interested in piano, music and tragedy. Intrigued by Ji Ho’s musical prodigy throughout the drama from his ability to play out the same melody on the piano heard from another instrument to him recognising a phone and even know which number was dialed by the pitch of the phone’s keypad. Liked Ji Se Yun’s acting in this drama. Too bad there is no exactly good ending in the end for the couple.

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Favourite MVs+ osts: How Painful It Could Be by POSITION and Don`t love me by Lim Jeong Hee

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