K-Drama Watch – Romance is A Bonus Book

If you are on Netflix, you would have seen a new Korean drama title on air called Romance is A Bonus Book. Aired once a week for 16 episodes, it has just ended its run and I have just completed watching all episodes.

Unlike the typical K-drama story line of a rich chaebol (heir to a fortune) and a poor woman working her way up in life, this drama tells a story of a single mom returning to work due to financial constraints. Having a 7 years gap in her employment history is definitely a big disadvantage in an environment that is already biased towards her decision to look after her family full time.

What sets this drama apart from current dramas is its artistic flair in its story line. It shows passion about the making of books and the people who eat, drink and breathe books in a publishing company.

I like that in each episode, they incorporate a little life lesson. Story telling that focuses on what matters in life.

It’s sort of like a coming-of-age movies or dramas, but for adults who needs a realignment of priorities in their lives.

Truth be told, I was only watching this drama because of the male lead, Lee JongSuk, who played the character Cha EunHo. Little did I know that despite its light weight story line, it is impactful and brought me to tears in some episodes.

The moment Cha EunHo realises that Dan-I has mutual feelings.

The drama resonates well with me because like the female character Kang Dan-I, I too wish to be in paid employment again after a decade of home-full-time-gig.

At the end of the show, the company decided to implement a blind recruitment policy, whereby new staff will be interviewed and recruited based on merit. Too good to be true for that to happen in real life, but I get my happy ending which is all I want in my dramas.

Beautifully written.

Perfectly executed.

A definite good watch!

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C-Drama Watch – Goodbye My Princess

Goodbye My Princess

By the time this post is out, the series with 52 episodes would have ended.

I have watched 41 subtitled episodes and I have many questions than answers regarding the plot and relationship statuses of the characters.

Based on a novel, this mainland Chinese drama is about the fifth prince of the Li empire, bent on revenge for his birth mother’s death and as strategic and cunning as he could be, nothing could prepare him for this thing called love.

Through a series of cruel deaths and misunderstandings, the lead female character called the ninth princess, decided to jump off a cliff in order to erase all the painful memories and the fifth prince followed suit.

A few months later, the ninth princess is at the Li empire’s palace, destined to be married to the crown prince of the Li empire and the fifth prince is on the sidelines, bidding his time and scheming his way to get rid of the current crown prince.

With no memories of each other, they both set out to make their mark in the palace without ever meeting each other.

And what happened when they finally meet?

No sparks flying that’s for sure! Both were struggling with amnesia and no knowledge of their past love affair.

By now are you wondering about those around them who witnessed their love story?

NO ONE said a thing. They sort off entered into a silence pact.

By episode 41 and with no knowledge of how the story unfolds in the novel, I was already fearing that this drama is going to be one of those with tragic, unsatisfactory ending. Impatient for subtitles to come out for the remainder episodes, I watched raw episodes up to episode 48 and I can conclude this drama with this one sentence :

This drama is going to end tragically and I will feel like I’ve wasted 48 hours of my life on such sad and wretched drama.

I guess it’s fine if you prefer sad or melancholic endings. I like happy endings better just because real life has a lot of sadness already and I want my entertainment to ENTERTAIN me, not make me feel more forlorn.

I might watch just the finale when the subtitle is out, but I’ll be doing a lot of fast forwarding just to be done with the drama.

What do you want from a drama? Are you like me too?

K-Drama Watch – Familiar Wife

Today I am going to talk about one of the many K-dramas that I’ve watched and if you have not watch it yet and don’t want any spoilers, stop now.

This drama is about a married couple, JooHyuk and WooJin who has been married for many years.

Life is a daily struggle for both of them as they had to balance work and family obligations.

It got too much for WooJin who felt that she shouldered more responsibilities to a point that it impacted her mental health.

Meanwhile JooHyuk felt like he has been in an abusive relationship and began to question if life could be better if he did not marry WooJin.

He went through a magical toll booth using a magical coin and he found that he was able to travel back to the year he first met WooJin. The next time he woke up, he would be back in his present time, but for a minor thing that he changed in the past, he could see the effect of that action.

So then he decided to change the one thing that he thought was making his life miserable, which is his first encounter with WooJin.

When he woke up, he found that his first encounter with WooJin never happened and he is living a life that he thought was the best he could ever have.

Apparently WooJin has a good life of her own too and JooHyuk began to learn the reasons why his wife from the previous timeline behaved the way she did.

JooHyuk finally understood that he was equally to blame for how bad his marriage was in the previous timeline and in the end he tried to return back to the past so he could go back to the life that he desperately longed for. But he couldn’t.

Did they end up together again?

Well, yes.

How you ask?

They fell in love with each other again.

Now, the moral of the story are:

  • Respect your partner, communicate and listen well.
  • Take responsibilities together.
  • Appreciate what you have and make the best of it. You may not get another chance at it.

Ending was good and deserving for a romance, fantasy drama. The couple restarted a timeline where they had a fulfilling life with ups and downs thrown at them, but they kept supporting and loving each other.

Personally, this drama resonated well with me. Life isn’t all about the destination, but the journey to get there.

Well worth the 16 episodes!

Hello 2019!

Hello and welcome to my first post in 2019! I hope the new year has treated you well now that we’re almost a month into it.

I had a rather busy December leading up to Christmas as it was also the time when school and kindergarten wound up their sessions and there were lots of packing up, gift giving and parting wishes.

I had an interesting break over Christmas with a trip to Singapore before commencing with Christmas festivities and wedding celebrations over the new year in Malaysia.

Regular posts should be back next week (hopefully!) as the school reopens (and hopefully I’ll have more quiet time to work on my posts).

Until then, have a wonderful week ahead!

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How Parents Pack and Travel

Recently I read a thread on how elderly parents pack and get ready for air travel.

There were many stories and people who could relate to this and I found that almost all who had similar stories were late teens to young adults.

Kids, let this aunty enlighten you on why elderly parents pack and get ready the way they are now.

Have you ever pack for 2 adults and one or more kids for lets say, a 3 days 2 nights interstate trip?

If you have not, then don’t ever question your elderly parents on why they get ready the way they do. Chances are, they have had multitude of experiences packing for you and your siblings for most of their lives. If they don’t pack and get ready the way they are now, you and your family won’t ever be ready to venture outside of your house while you were growing up.

It’s fine to question on issues that you feel are exaggerated and in this case it’s getting ready 5 hours before departure time. Please don’t ridicule them though, you don’t know what they’ve been through.

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