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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

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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

Random thoughts 11

Watched Star Awards on the day that it was screened but I am not going to write a post on it as I am quite lazy haha and also it was not that different this year. Was a bit unhappy that Mind Matters didnt win any award but I kind of expected it since the awards dont usually go to where I want them to. I wonder when Ivan Lo will get the Young talent/Green Apple Award. He should have gotten it long ago. One of the highlights is Eric Chou (one of my sister’s favourite singers) singing 2 of his songs haha. Still sad about Aloysius Pang’s demise whenever I think about it. Never thought I would feel sad for a real person’s death if I am not close with the person. Saw Jerry Yan in Star Awards and Trump Card vs Trump Card 4 and I am getting curious about Meteor Garden 2001, even though I dont like to watch remakes. I happened to watch Boys over Flowers first. I am a fan of Vic Chou so I may try it out.

Just finished He is psychometric which is the first kdrama that I finished watching every episode after Are you human too. It is creepy and morbid but the fantasy is good and the cast acted well. I am in the process of scanning through My Poseidon which I feel that it is not good enough due to the bland plot revolving around the company. Watching because of Zhang Yun Long. Finished some of the China variety shows like Gao Neng Shao Nian Tuan and Trump Card vs Trump Card 4 with my sister. Finished Run for time 2 some time ago too. I watched Trump Card vs Trump Card 4 because of Hua Chen Yu, one of my most favourite China singers. Looking forward to Abyss kdrama which has fantasy haha… Put aside Singapore Drama Hello from the other side near 1/4 or 1/2 way. The starting and fantasy are good but there is a lack of interesting plot development after some time. See if I have the motivation to watch more and write a review about it later on. My sister and I feel that we wouldnt want to live in that other world if we were to die. That world is like continuing the life of a human and we have to continue caring about having money etc.

Will write a review soon when I have time. Long for you 2 first followed by He is psychometric. Thanks for the support!

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, Whirlwind girl, Long for you 2

Korean Dramas: Let’s fight ghost/Hwarang-the beginning/Goblin/He is psychometric

Dropped/scanned through kdramas: Lawless lawyer/Where stars land/Still 17

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

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~Lucky JM

Random thoughts 10

Currently, there is a kdrama drought even though my friend is enjoying her time watching The Last Empress. Or maybe there is a serious kdrama drought since Are you human too? My sister, as usual, is still having some China Dramas to watch. Dont know how she find so many China Dramas haha…

I am now spending some of my drama time watching the latest Running Man episodes and China variety shows like Run for time and Who’s the murderer. I watched until ep 8 for Clean with passion for now which is not too bad but probably not enough tension or interesting plot development to keep me going. I chased Memories of the Alhambra until episode 6 then the pace dropped quite a lot and I scanned through it. The light in your eyes doesnt seem to be going in the direction I wished it will. Liked the acting by Nam Joo Hyuk and Han Ji Min, and the fantasy. Liked Park Sun Ho’s acting in The Best Chicken but not really attracted to the plot haha. Watched 2 episodes of The Crowned Clown because of Yeo Jin Goo but the plot doesnt attract me. Dropped The Last Empress after the first episode. Thought there will be some fantasy involved but there isnt and it is more of a “high intensity” revenge story.

My sister and I just finished watching Long for you 2 China Drama together and it is considered good but I have to go back and watch the first few episodes since she watched those without me. Liked the fantasy in it! Watched episodes 11-14 for Emperors and me. The funny thing about this drama is that whenever the female lead time-travels to a historical time period, she brings back the emperor of that time period to the modern times. But this drama is a bit too brain-cracking for me and I dont feel like watching the scenes where the emperors try to get used to their new environment and fit into the modern times so I may not watch it. My sister and I started on Singapore Drama Hello from the other side as it has fantasy involved, even though it may be a bit morbid.

Hope I will get some motivation to write some reviews haha.

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, Whirlwind girl

Korean Dramas: Let’s fight ghost/Hwarang-the beginning/Goblin

Dropped/scanned through kdramas: Lawless lawyer/Where stars land/Still 17

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

Check out our instagram @dramacream_jiaminying or facebook Dramas Shows Life for dramas and shows recaps!

~Lucky JM

Random thoughts 9: Dramas dropped+current schedule

Feeling a little bored haha so just going to write what I have been doing or will be doing.

My sister and I have been dropping many Korean Dramas these days, probably more than in the past? I plan to finish the reviews for Sweet Dreams and Ashes of Love by December(hopefully since I am a procrastinator). Sad that lack of dramas to chase.

Although there was quite some hype for My ID is Gangnam Beauty, we dropped it after the first episode haha. The male lead is quite good-looking but I guess that’s not enough to make us continue. After the mystery is uncovered in What’s wrong with Secretary Kim, the tension and suspense that captivated me to watch is gone and I felt like dropping it. The mystery seems to be holding up the drama and once it is gone, the attractive part of the drama seems to collapse with it. And we did drop it towards the end. Hopefully I can pick it up again.

More recent dramas such as Where stars land, Still 17, 100 days my prince, Devilish Joy, dont give me the motivation to chase or at least watch till the end.

My sister and I dropped Where stars land and Still 17 about 1/4 to half way. My sister dropped Where Stars Land after the confession scene while I managed to scan through most of it. The starting was very good and the pace and characters were great for both dramas but somehow after around 1/4 of it, the pace drops a lot and the characters lose their distinctive characteristics which attracted me. It is quite a waste. I will try to persist and finish these 2 if I can. Where stars land seems to be better than Still 17 as Lee Soo Yeon’s emotional struggle of wanting to lead a normal life consistently shines through in the drama. However, both lack interesting plot development and plot twists after 1/4 of it.

100 days my prince and Devilish Joy are dramas related to memory loss. I love dramas related to memory loss but the plot developments in these 2 dramas are not enough to attract me to watch it episode by episode. For Devilish Joy, I feel that it would have been better if the impact of memory loss felt each time Ma Sung loses his memory is greater and if there are more fun/comedy scenes related to the memory loss. Not sure if I am right since I didnt watch quite a lot of episodes. 100 days my prince’s plot does not seem interesting enough even though there are some attractive features such as the prince becoming a commoner but not acting like one after losing his memory and him marrying, living and interacting with a commoner that was actually once a noble lady.

Maybe I am just being fussy? Am I supposed to be contented and just watch those I can get my hands on since it is difficult to consistently include creative and completely new things in dramas? My sister and my preference for fantasy dramas is probably hard to meet? The trend has moved from fantasy to crime to probably hardship and suffering and it seems to be moving towards sci-fiction now.

Due to lack of fantasy dramas, I went back and watch Back to 1989 Taiwanese Drama and You who came from the stars kdrama haha… My sister and I tried When time stopped but the tone is quite grim. Not sure if we will continue. My sister suddenly felt like watching a law drama after a role play at school haha so we watched Lawless Lawyer. We finished about 3/4 of it then my sister found it getting boring so we put it aside for now. The only things that may keep me going in Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter are to find out who is Mama Fairy’s real husband and to watch the cat/tiger that can transform to human. For the newer dramas, I am considering Memories of the Alhambra and Clean With Passion For Now. My sister and I have watched the first episode for both. Memories of the Alhambra seems to be a sci-fiction drama about augmented reality. I suddenly have this weird+crazy thought that Chan Yeol’s character is killed by the game character he created after I read some comments about the drama. I laughed my way through most of the first episode of Clean With Passion For Now. Considering watching it but it doesnt have fantasy elements though, not sure if the pace will drop later.

On a side note, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by the instagram account. At first, I usually post around 7-8 posts per drama but after I learnt how to cut videos, I have double the number of posts to put. Usually I can finish posting about a drama shortly after a drama is completed but now it seems to be dragged since I have to arrange so many posts and have to arrange such that it is not always the same drama appearing. In the past, I only post 2 posts in around 6 days but now I seem to need to post 8 posts for 4 days and still cannot finish posting. :\ Feel that I am spending too much time on the instagram account and I wont be able to maintain the frequency of posting once school starts. Hope I can settle this before this month ends.

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~Lucky JM

Random thoughts 8 and some recommendations

As my sister is busy, I have helped to complete the reviews for Three Colour Fantasy mini drama series since I happened to watch Romance full of life with her and glimpsed through The Universe’s Star when she was rewatching it. She has already written Queen of the Ring review.

The short reviews can be found at Korean Web Drama or Super Short Drama Series.

The Universe’s Star

Romance full of life

Maybe my sister will do her review for these dramas when she is free haha? Especially liked the fantasy in the 2 dramas. The way Byul in The Universe’s Star reacts and responds when she gets to know seconds (?) before Woo Joo is about to die each time left a deep impression on me. I liked the ending of the drama. Although the ending is sad, it nicely illustrates how time is precious, and no matter how much amount of time we are left with, we should cherish every moment and make every moment fulfilling and meaningful. Happy to see Yoon Shi Yoon in Romance full of life! He looks good in both hairstyles haha… Touched by the simple and heartwarming story in Romance full of life as we see how In Sung struggles with his desire to escape from being a failure and attempts to excel in life, and the drama ends nicely with So Ra’s “confession”. Trying not to give too much spoiler haha.

I feel that kdramas nowadays, besides moving away from fantasy, is going towards the bitter struggles and hardships trend haha. There seems to be higher intensity of pain and bitterness when struggles and hardships are portrayed. For example, Hospital Ship, Doubtful Victory, Come and Hug Me, Just between Lovers, The Great Seducer (I think). Even supposedly more light-hearted dramas like Are you human too and What’s wrong with Secretary Kim have such feelings lingering too.

Currently, I have put aside About Time (not enough plot development) and Ms Hammurabi (too crime-related) after some episodes. I am still watching Are you human too, What’s wrong with Secretary Kim with my sister. I have browsed through about 3/4 of Come and Hug me. I am browsing through Come and Hug me as it does not have enough plot content for me but the perspective it takes is interesting. I have tried Singapore Drama Gifted and dropped it haha. Was looking forward to it due to the trailer which portrayed complexity of and struggle in certain characters, and Elvin Ng acting in it but it is not as good as I expected.

I have scanned through the whole of China Drama Sweet Dreams and found it good enough to chase haha. Waiting to see if my sister wants to watch it with me… I am also starting on China Drama Ashes of Love. First time I am trying out a China Period/Historical Drama. I dont really like the plot of China Period/Historical Dramas as it is usually a combination of reincarnation and tragic love+sacrifice but I am trying this out due to becoming a fan of Deng Lun after seeing him in Sweet Dreams. Hope I can take the tragic parts later on…

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~Lucky JM

Random thoughts Korea Trip

So happy that I managed to fulfill one of my life goals by visiting South Korea last week! Wanted to die there with no regrets haha but too good/bad I am back in Singapore again. Planned this trip with my sister for many months. Wanted to go in the winter season in January this year but my parents felt that it was too cold. This is my first time visiting Korea and I dont think I will be going there again for quite some time. The travelling time is too long for my liking and my ears hurt from the airplane flights.

Wanted to visit Korea largely due to Korean Dramas and Korean Variety Shows.

9 things I did that appear often in Kdramas or K variety shows:

1. Wore hairbands in amusement park+ 2. Rode carousel at Lotte World
 

3. Wore hanbok and walked around

4. Slept on the floor with hard pillow at a resort (ignore the soft pillow haha, it is misplaced)

5. Ate triangle kimbap

6. Stood at the bus stop

7. Played with the revolving doors

8. Ate street food: Fried fishcake and kimbap

9. Passed by Han River

Ate many Korean food like jajangmyeon (more bland and less meat than Sg’s), korean fried chicken (surprisingly not oily), 8 flavours meat, tteokbokki, korean pancake, hot stone pot bibimbap, seafood dinner with raw moving abalone, abalone porridge, ginseng chicken soup with glutinous rice and wine. Liked the vermicelli/glass noodles in soup meal the most! Got sick of kimchi, bbq food and seaweed soup as the days go.

 

Immersed in the beautiful scenery and cooling weather
 

  My sister brought Mr Buckwheat home!
Had a lot of fun haha. Hope that Korea continues to have good dramas if not my (our) happy time will be greatly reduced.

~Lucky JM

Random thoughts Star Awards 2018

As usual, I looked forward to Star Awards and it is one of my anticipations of the year.

This year’s one is super cool, the stage, the lighting and the effects. However, it is shorter and there is also a little feeling of being more withdrawn from the audience. A bit sad that there are no funny skits this year but it is still nice to see idols there as a fan of many… Didnt really like the parts when they used words to describe a character nominated. After all, it is drama which is visual and the words felt technical, dead and sometimes overwhelming. And they should have shown video clips of the nominated characters before the actual day like the other years so that I can enjoy it many times on TV haha. That is actually my favourite part for Star Awards every year.

While looking through Star Awards, I also can see if I have missed out any good dramas, and When Duty Calls and Have a Little Faith caught my attention which I may consider watching. My sister says that she has lost interest in Star Awards since the people she is a fan of somehow got out of her list, mostly due to lack of acting in good dramas or in good roles. Luckily, I still have a sustainable list which is one of the reasons why I still watch sg dramas or Star Awards. It was nice to see Elvin Ng giving an award to another person since he has already attained Top 10 Most Popular Male Artiste Award 10 times but will miss the times he is nominated for something, and gets a chance to obtain an award and say a speech. Hopefully soon! Sadly, My Friends from Afar didnt win any award though I had hoped they would win something. Usually, the dramas I like a lot dont win much awards haha…for example Blessings, 3 Wishes. Nice to see Desmond Tan, Shaun Chen, Romeo Tan attaining awards! Rebecca Lim is really getting Best Actress Award for roles I thought she wouldnt haha but not going to complain since I am her fan. Andie Chen and Kate Pang’s child is cute haha. Nathan Hartono got quite an amount of screen time and it was nice to see him bouncing around and being immersed in his music (since Sing! China) like he is inviting us into his own music world. But actually i hoped that the artistes can sing their dramas’ theme songs haha.

Not sure why but there seems to be more heartwarming moments this year? Was funny and heartwarming when Jin Yin Ji was awarded her first Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste Award after so many years of being an artiste. It was unexpected but not sure why there was so much commotion since there are always unexpected awardees for this, even for best supporting actress/actor or best actor/actress like last year. Sometimes, I am suspicious of how the judges choose the awardees for certain awards. But the good thing is that the recipients of the awards can be anyone…

Random thoughts 7

Hello everyone! I have been busy recently so couldnt clear much of my backlog or write new reviews. Will put up a post once I am more free… For the past few months, I managed to edit the Korean Drama reviews King 2 Hearts, Gu Family Book and Operational Proposal to make them more “filling”.

Nowadays, sadly not many good Korean Dramas that attract me to watch. My happy time reduced haha. :/ Lucky for my sister, she still has some China Dramas to keep her entertained. I finished I am not a robot which kept me entertained. Then, I dashed through Boy Hood with my sister which is a fun watch with one of my favourite China singers in it. A Korean Odyssey started out well but I feel that the plot is getting more bland with not enough plot twists and its emphasis on tragedy is a bit too strong for my liking. The reason that I am not putting it aside is because I enjoy the interaction between the demon characters+Sam Jang+her secretary.

Doubtful victory started out very well but became quite a drag about halfway through. They could have focused more on Jong Sam’s talent and the detective team instead of political problems and struggles. Although the actors and actress acted well in Two Cops, the plot is too crime related which made me stop watching it after some time.

I (almost) finished watching Mind Matters which is a good watch with solid plot, and nice humour and acting. Liked how they dedicated a drama to mental illnesses to spread awareness about them. Mental illnesses are actually quite common but people somehow treat them like a taboo and feel fearful about people with such illnesses. Started watching because of Qi Yu Wu and end up liking the plot.

 

Just for collation

Finished but no review done

China Dramas: 不一样的美男子 Buyiyangdemeinanzi 2, Boss and me, Master Devil dont kiss me 1&2, Whirlwind girl, 我们的少年时代 Boy Hood

Korean Dramas: Let’s fight ghost/Hwarang-the beginning/ While you were sleeping/Goblin/I am not a robot

Long series Korean Dramas: All about my Mum (slot in when parents watched)

Singapore Dramas: Mind Matters (actually I am left with about 2 episodes)

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

 

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~Lucky JM