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“A Korean Odyssey” Review: A bumbling mess that barely scraps by for me

Overall Review:

A take on an ancient folktale that doesn’t resonate with the original as such. Instead of bringing much anticipation that most carried, it makes huge efforts to focus on just the added romance aspect which brings utter disappointment. Not only that, the main purpose of the drama is made unclear as well. Huge lifesavers of the drama are definitely the side characters, as well as the evident character development with our leads.

Hello and welcome back to the blog! I’m bringing to you all the much awaited review of A Korean Odyssey, which has been something that I’ve been following for the last 2-3 months or so. This drama has definitely taken me on a ride, for all sorts of reasons. Not only did it bring me a little hit of nostalgia, but it also kept me invested to see and follow these handful of characters who I certainly rooted for eagerly. So now, let’s finish this once and for all.

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“A Korean Odyssey” Current Trek: Should I continue this or not?

Hello everyone! I am back with a couple of posts lined up, starting off with this one. There has been a number of dramas that I’ve been curious to check out and start off the year with, and this one has definitely been on my radar for a while. There is only really two reasons for this. Number one: It is Seung Gi’s comeback drama (god how I’ve missed him!) and so I’ve been meaning to see if he’s still got it (which he has most definitely not failed to do). And number two: the drama is based off a classic story that I’ve grown up watching and reading for as long as I could remember. Journey to the West has been something that every Chinese kid has grown up with, simply because it’s just been around for that long, and the story always gets a remake every couple of years. Some have been fantastic, while others most definitely fall short. And so, when I heard that this drama would be based loosely on the classic, just set in a more modern setting suited for our time, I was most definitely curious to see how this would go. Also, it doesn’t hurt that this drama is a Hong Sister’s creation xD

And here, I will share with you my thoughts on how this drama has been going for me, and what I plan to do next. So…let’s get on with it.

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Returning back to Blogging: 30-Day Asian Drama Challenge – Day 7

 

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Whoop! One week down already! Today’s question is slightly harder in my opinion, since there’s multiple dramas who always provides a childhood section, but makes it difficult for me to get attached to them:

Your favourite child actors/actresses

Thinking back to some older dramas, I can think of many child actors who gave an amazing performance when it came to the childhood portions. Sadly, they’re all grown up now, and it’s hard for me to classify them as children now. For example, Park Shin Hye and Baek Sung Hyun in Stairway to Heaven were amazing, but they’ve reached their 20s. Jo Jung Eun who played the younger Jang Geum in A Jewel in the Palace was definitely a memorable one, but she’s a year younger than I am currently i.e. no way could she be classified a child anymore.

So then, I try to think much more recent child actors and actresses, and finally thought of a couple.

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Returning back to Blogging: 30-Day Asian Drama Challenge – Day 6

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Welcome back to the 6th day of the Asian Drama Challenge! Here is today’s question:

Your favourite older actors/actresses

I really love this question, simply because this is a rarely considered question. I’ve come across so many actors and actresses over the years who I have fallen for despite the age gap. To make sure I don’t ramble away with this post, I’ve limited to 3 actors and 3 actresses! (It was still really hard to limit this list!!!)

Let’s start with the gents, shall we?

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Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo booted off “Running Man” without notice:…2016 just sucks man…

My lovely Spartace…how I will miss your chemistry on-screen

 

 

Yesterday was just simply a horrid day for fellow runners such as myself. Many are left in a tragic state over this news, and I felt that I myself needed to contribute my thoughts on this matter, and hopefully help others who are torn over the news.

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“Splash Splash LOVE (퐁당퐁당 LOVE)” Review: Cute, sweet and just plain goodness. Thank you for your existence ^^~

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Overall Review:

A short, sweet and easy drama that has everything you’ve wanted and needed. Adorable, well-paced and just perfect in length and execution. Great for those who are seeking for a cute and short rom-com, or for those who want to take a break from some heavy long-term commitment dramas 😉

I am certainly not the first nor the last blogger to rave about how good this drama special was. And yes, of course some points that I’ll go over have probably been talked about before, however I personally believe that this drama deserves proper recognition. It is really quite rare currently to see a K-drama as short as this one yet still so solid, enjoyable and not just loose ends left in the wind; the drama definitely took its disadvantage (length of airing) and turned it into an advantage. Those who are seeking a kdrama special that doesn’t require a huge commitment but is still wanting to watching something great, this may be the one for you. Anyway, before I continue rambling further, let’s get on with this review.

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“A Well Raised Daughter Ha-Na” Review: Long, long and epic, just epic…

Our four main leads...nice~

Our four main leads…nice~

Overall Review:

A really exhausting ride, one that may be the funnest of times, or the most torturing of times; it really depends on which ship you sail with. But one thing is for certain – you will definitely stick around for other reasons other than the romance.

Hey guys, I’m back again with another review! This time it’s a daily drama that I had randomly picked up a week ago after realising who the main protagonist was (through utter shock!) and that the amazing Lee Tae-Gon was in it too. After looking up online that there was not really a lot of reviews out there about this drama, I decided to give it a try myself and see how I would find it.

This is in fact the longest drama that I have ever watched. And even though each episode is only 35 minutes long,  the whole drama still clocks up to over 60 hours worth of content. It just seems so scary that I was able to finish this entire drama within a time span of a week… Oh dear, my addiction is official (not that I wasn’t aware of that before) And it’s slightly worse with this drama because objectively speaking, this wasn’t exactly the best drama I’ve ever seen…

On a side note as well, there is a certain section that does include spoilers. Please be aware and venture forth with caution. It has been marked and labelled, don’t worry, but just…be careful, ‘kay?

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The one and only Wax (왁스) returns with her new project album “Spark(스파크)”: Unni, you are one amazing woman!

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What’s up everyone, Hyunnie here! I am finally back from a very lengthy hiatus! As I have explained in my previous post, I’ve been busy trying to finish off a couple of assessments (major essays for example), fighting off a bad case of the flu, and also been trying to cope with my first days of practical at a high school! So, August & September have just been such a hectic time period for me, and I do apologise for disappearing for so long! I’ll try and get back into the routine again, but I have to admi, that is certainly easier said than done!

Today’s post is about Wax unni’s newest album “Spark”, which was released on the 26th August. I have been a huge fan of Wax ever since I discovered her song Coin Laundry (사랑한 적도 없는) at the beginning of the year (“Coin Laundry” is still a song that I love and play all the time!) so when I heard that she was releasing a new album, I literally freaked out and jumped up and down for about 10 minutes straight! The sad thing about this, is that I feel that she is so underrated, despite her being in the business for almost 15 years. Therefore, I hope that this post will bring more awareness about her, and encourage you all to go and check her out; she is amazing! If you want to read more about her, here is a nice post written by Soompi about her background and some of her greatest hits.

Alright, enough chit-chat and let’s get started with this review!

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“49 Days” Review: A drama I will encourage even my own future children to watch and learn from :)

A drama worth watching; a journey worth experiencing...

A drama worth watching; a journey worth experiencing…

Overall Review:

A drama that has, and will forever, teach me about life and how grateful I should be of each day I am given. With its impeccable writing and an amazing cast, this drama took me on a journey that was thought-provoking, moving, memorable and inspirational.

Hello~~ Welcome back to the site! Today will be another Kdrama review!!! I’ve been enjoying my holidays quite a lot by catching up on a couple of dramas that I’ve been eyeing on for the past couple of months, years even. “49 Days” was one of them, a drama that I had put aside for at least a year or two as I wasn’t too sure about what is was about. Not wanting to ruin too much for myself, I left it and kind-of forgot that I wanted to watch it in the first place!

But, after realising that Bae Soo Bin was in the drama (I’ve been on a recent witchhunt-like routine with him for the past week or so LOL), I wanted to see into his other works apart from the famous classic ‘revenge’ Kdrama “Temptations of an Angel”. But, after I had watched the first two episodes, I realised that my love for Soo Bin’s acting wasn’t the main reason for me finishing the drama in just under 2 days; it was due to the amazing and wonderfully talented Lee Yo Won who truly made this drama one of the most popular Kdramas of 2011, and possibly one of my most favourite dramas of all time.

So, shall we begin??

Note: It may be impossible for this review to be spoiler-free, and I would recommend anyone who is considering to watch this drama, to avoid any possible spoilers at all costs. Knowing anything about the ending may possibly ruin the experience. I will be making notices before and after any possible spoilers in the review. Regardless you have been warned.

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I finally return to…lawsuits and break ups…WHAT the hell??!

Pfft, I wish LOL!

Pfft, I wish LOL!

I am finally returning!!! Hooray!

Oh my, how I’ve have missed you all! *Kisses and hugs thrown everywhere* Exams are now all complete, essays have all been handed in and I’m slowly gaining my sleeping routine back (staying up for five consecutive nights is the worst sort of pain to ever experience. Trust me, DON’T DO IT!!! ><) So, I’ll be slightly slow, but I’ll get there.

The purpose of this post is simple – it’s just going to be short and sweet, and it’s just a way to say “Thank You for waiting” and that “Yes, I’m still alive!”

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