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Bae Soo Bin…

He played Cha Chun Soo, Dong Yi’s beloved orabeoni. The one who was cast aside as soon as Dong Yi set her eyes on the king. Poor guy seriously dedicated his life to her. I did some research into the real Dong Yi in Korean history, and so far have not found any mention of this person. Whether or not he really existed, Bae Soo Bin did a fantastic job with this character. Chun Soo is the kind of guy that no parent would ever say no to if he wanted to date their daughter. But I suppose Ji Jin Hee is tough competition 😉

I fell slightly in love with Chun Soo orabeoni in Dong Yi…enough so that I began watching Brilliant Inheritence (Shining Inheritence?) which also stared Han Hyo Joo (Dong Yi) and Bae Soo Bin (Chun Soo). But of course, BSB loses the girl again…this time to some KID. *sighs* I still don’t know why. I’m on episode 7…the story itself isn’t really that appealing to me… I just keep forwarding to the parts where BSB and HHJ are on screen together because they’re so damn cute.

He’s such a sweet heart. and TWICE he loses the same girl lol.
I wonder if he’s like that in real life too…cuz he lost his real gf not too long ago also.

Don’t worry, Sunny oppa. You can always come find me 😉

As long as you smile at me, I’ll be putty in your hands, and no one will steal me away….unless it’s HyunBin.

Then all bets are off 😉 jkjkjk! LOL

 

….when is it your turn to win?

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Scent of a Woman – the Korean version

I actually finished this a while ago.  Scent of a Woman is one of the newer romcoms to come on tv…and as enjoyable as it was to watch, I find myself struggling to write about it.  The plot is pretty straight forward kdrama.  Girl lives simple life, gets picked on by everyone…find out she has cancer so quits her job and does her own thing.   While doing her own thing she meets the man of her dreams, who’s rich but has obligations because of it, including the obligation to be married to some rich man’s rich daughter….the daughter is of course a giant b***h (as mentioned in the previous post, this one is certified 110% psychotic)…. and while being a patient re-encounters a man who’s been in love with her for like 20 years.

and touches a zillion lives while she is sick.

The female lead was played by Kim Sun Ah…who lost too many pounds to play the cancer patient.  She is the only reason I kept watching this series.  She played Kim Sam Soon opposite Hyun Bin years ago and I was so impressed then…I’m still super impressed with her acting now!

The male lead (that’d be the rich man of her dreams) was played by Lee Dong Wook, who is seriously not my cup of tea.  He reminds me of James Franco.  80% sleeping in every scene…and can’t act. and isn’t hot.  Maybe I’m just biased because at the very beginning when he stepped out of his beaut of a car, and turned around….i expected HyunBin’s face lol. oh what a disappointment.

The psychotic woman was played by Seo Hyo Rim….who…isn’t…pretty. At all.  her face looks like the Cheshire Cat.  and that…blob….of…hair…what the heck was that?!  It looked like she didn’t quite know what to do with it either.

and finally the doctor who she SHOULD’VE picked cuz he actually looks ok and can act was played by Uhm Ki Joon.  He was actually pretty good. Very geeky look lol. I quite liked it.  Then again I always fall for the one who looses out. Unless he looses out to Binnie..then well yeah sorry man.

Seriously nothing to say. So I’ll just rate it:

Storyline: 5/10 – overused plot…
Cloths: 5/10 – Seo Hyo Rim had some impressive outfits…other than that…zzz…
Scenic: 9/10 – I’ve yet to come across a present day kdrama series that doesn’t have good scenery
Hotties: 1/10 – the 1 is for Kim Sun Ah.  The rest of them? not my cup of anything
Teary moments: 7/10 – I cried my eyes out when Kim Sun Ah’s room mate died.  She was like sunshine.

Overall: 6/10 – I enjoyed it….finished it in 4 days…but again, only because Kim Sun Ah was great.  I don’t think this would be a series I’d go back to, unless I seriously had NOTHING to do.

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Don’t be upset…

someone told me a long time ago that being upset just won’t cut it.  it’ll make me miserable and it doesn’t solve anything.  so he proposed a better way for me to get over it.

…plot revenge.

 

i’m completely serious.  that’s what he told me.  if i’m upset, then i should think of how i wish karma would come to my rescue. lol.  to this day, i hear him telling me that every time i’m upset at someone.

so this time…k-drama once again comes to my rescue, in the form of one crazy Korean bitch in the series Scent of a Woman.  I’m not done the series yet, close~ but there’s this one girl who…i don’t even quite know how to describe her other than crazy Korean Bitch.  sorry, korean gals that i know. but i’m not sure there is crazy quite like Korean drama girl crazy.  i sincerely hope that this does not translate to real life…because holyshit that’s some scary stuff.  the girl who plays the part looks pretty vicious too actually. i wouldn’t want to step on her toes…she’d prob scratch my eyes out.

Im Se Kyeong?  fml she’s effing insane. load (screechingly so), high maintenance, unreasonable, spoiled, bitch.
plus she’s ugly. wtf is with that…thing…with the hair. O_o

so. i wished her upon the one who’s making my heart hurt. i wished he would find himself with his hands full of someone just like her.  so he would know that what he threw away, would’ve been the best thing that could’ve happened to him. plus the fact that his brother would prob punch his face out if he brought someone like that home. lol. made me chuckle.

 

thanks, bon. best advice ever.

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If you don’t want to get hurt…

good luck with that one.  If anyone’s figured out how to live a full life and not get hurt, please do let me know.

Today’s the last day of August.  It’s been a summer filled to the brim with adventures and firsts – I’m trying very hard to live life.

Mexico was pretty much a week full of firsts: first time to Mexico, first time to go to the airport at 4am, first all nighter since BCIT, first beach, first bikini, first all inclusive, first HAMMOCK (oh loves!), first time running around in a tropical storm at 2am drunk out of my mind, first snorkel, first scuba, first CLIFF JUMP!, first cenote, first time at Chichen Itza (it’s a chicken?), first beach wedding! first whale shark, first Isle of Coco, first sunburn (!), first so many everything~

HK was actually quite adventurous too actually, which is strange because I go back on an annual basis.  It’s like taxes…I’ll be there. 😉  First time as maid of honour (Rita, I love you~), first wedding speech (ohmygad), first spa in HK, first time in SheungWan during a freak storm which flooded every freakin intersection, first time (x 6) to Elements and the Sky100 + Ritz Carlton, first time inside Peninsula, first time I met with Daniel, Tim, BenG and ChiChi in HK, first time I got along with the cat I don’t like….etc.  Happy I got to share my birthday with my Gramma!  and Ta!! Even though these yearly trips are now pretty much a must, it’s always felt like I’m going home.  I’m thankful that I can feel that way…thankful of all the love that is still there waiting for me.

Oh…hit my first, and prabably last, double this summer for softball.
First time I’ve gone to watch baseball…first time I’ve enjoyed baseball. I’m in denial…caught my dad watching MLB the other day…he raised his eyebrow at me when I walked by and laughed at me. -_-”

First time I’ve gotten so completely hooked on Korean dramas. O_o sighs.

But as adventurous and first time worthy as summer 2011 was for me…. underneath it all, I just wished I could’ve been there for you…. miss you lots, baby girl.  Hope you’re doing ok.

And as September closes in, Greenday once again rolls through my mind:  Wake me up when September ends.

13 days.  In 13 days it’d be 10 years. Grampa, I miss your smile.

…Don’t fall in love.

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1st Shop of Coffee Prince – “So let’s go….”

Another series done~

This one was #4 on mysoju.com’s all time fave list.  Also recommended by Yoonhee…so I had to watch.  When I posted on my facebook that I was about to watch this one, I got lots of comments on how it’s a classic.  Now I see why.  It’s definitely one I would go back and re-watch, and considering purchasing a copy for myself lol.

+ Summary +
Go Eun Chan is a happy go lucky girl who has the [mis]fortune of looking like a guy.  Because her father passed away and she is the eldest child, she took it upon herself to provide for her mom and younger sister…and it seemed easier for her to do it as a guy than a girl.

In the meantime, Choi Han Gyul is back in Korea as ordered by his grandma….and he re-enters this minor love triangle that involves his cousin, Choi Han Seong, and a girl that he’s had a crush on for the past 9 years, Han Yoo Joo.

Han Gyul runs into Eun Chan one day during an attempted robbery, and because he thought she was a guy, he ends up hiring her as a pretend lover to fend off the match making attempts that his grandma has been forcing on him.  His grandma eventually decides that in order for him to return to New York, he must take an old run down coffee shop, and triple its earnings.  Eun Chan begs him to hire her as one of the “prince” waiters that will work there.

On the side, Eun Chan managed to meet and befriend Han Seong and his dog.  She develops a crush on him, then finds out that the story he told her of the love triangle of Mr A, Miss B and Mr C was actually himself, Yoo Joo and Han Kyul.

Back at work, Han Gyul finds himself becoming attracted to Eun Chan and is worried about his sexuality.  Eun Chan also falls in love with him, but cannot find the courage to tell him that she’s actually a girl  Lots of miscommunication and arguing later…Han Gyul decides that his love for Eun Chan is more important than what other people might think….

+ Cast +

Go Eun Chan – played by Yoon Eun Hye.  Hands down the reason why this series was so interesting.  I hear she’s a singer turned actress…and I’ve got to say whoever cast her in whatever got her to move into acting needs a raise.  She’s a natural.

Choi Han Gyul – played by Gong Yoo.  Funny character.  Reminds me of Hyun Bin’s Kim Joo Won sometimes.  Especially the moments where he’s so clueless.  I think you sort of get to see him grow as an actor through the movie.  At the beginning, the character was sort of weak, but you do see the transformation as Han Gyul figures himself out, and as Gong Yoo settles into the character.  A very believable sort of character… I really enjoyed watching him. There hasn’t been any series with Gong Yoo since Coffee Prince because he had to go for his manadatory army training…seems like he had a pretty simple role in that training which was sort of disappointing after HyunBin got enlisted.  But that’s ok!  Welcome back~ Looking forward to more series from Gong Yoo.

Choi Han Seong – played by Lee Sun Gyun. Can’t blame Eun Chan, I had a crush on this character too.  He’s silly… but caring. Lee Sun Gyun was able to portray the thoughtfulness and care that Han Seong had for Eun Chan…something that he sometimes lacked when it came to his girlfriend Yoo Joo.  Which made it interesting for me, because knowing that Han Seong and Yoo Joo were going to remain a couple even through all the fighting and break ups…. it made me wonder…why?  Why does he stay with this girl who brings out the worst in him when he’s such a lovely person.  I still think that he and Eun Chan would’ve been lovely together 🙂  plus he has the cutest fluffiest dog ever.  Poor thing must’ve been dying in the heat in Korea.

Han Yoo Joo – as played by Chae Jung Ahn.  She’s so pretty.  That’s my first and last impression.  As a character, Yoo Joo was so mellow, it’s hard to say anything.  She’s so mellow sometimes it comes across as boring.  She’s got style. And I love her hair.  But I’ve nothing else to say.

The coffee princes:
Hwang Min Yeop – Lee Un + No Sun Ki – Kim Jae Wook + Jin Ha Rim – Kim Dong Wook.  These guys are hilarious.  Bravo once again on the casting.  Seriously these Korean casting crews are top notch.  There is so much character in these characters that it’s hard to remember it’s only a drama.  I really wish I could work with these three characters lol.  Work would be so much fun.  It shocked me to the bone when I read that Lee Un had actually passed away due to a motorcycle accident in 2008.  It’s such a shame because he seemed like such a great person in all the interviews from Coffee Prince.  Read Gong Yoo’s goodbye…made me so sad.  I also hear that Kim Jae Wook has recently been enlisted in the army.  Be safe and stay healthy~

All in all:

Storyline: 10/10 – it was super fun!  I really enjoyed the story, even though it’s again an old idea.
Cloths: 6/10 – aside from Han Gyul and Yoo Joo, everyone else looked very civilian lol. Nothing special…
Scenic: 9/10 – Han Gyul and Han Seong had some pretty fantastic views from their houses.  Loved the design of Han Gyul’s house…and the front porch.  Loved Han Seong’s area…holy greenery.
Hotties: 8/10 – Gong Yoo is pretty cute and did grow on me. Lee Sun Gyun is very lovable, Yoon Eun Hye is cute…but no one really caught my eye in this one.
Teary moments: 5/10 – surprisingly, I teared up in quite a few places.  Nothing Secret Garden heart wrench worth…but I was surprised.

Overall: I think 10/10.  Loved it.  Will definitely go back to it in the future.

….as far as we can go.” – Choi Han Gyul.

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