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!

Historical Drama and Why I Love Them

I love watching historical dramas. Specifically, Asian historical dramas.

What’s not to like about them? The characters wear lots of beautiful clothes and most of the time they have elaborate costumes or make-up.

It’s very easy to see that a lot of thought were put into the extensive layers being worn. They are gorgeous and artistic. 

Have you seen the headpieces adorned in Chinese historical dramas? Absolutely elegant and exquisite.

Historical drama is also the reason why I love YangMi because she never disappoints.

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Yang Mi and Her Conflicted Look

That is Yang Mi and this is the story of why I’ve watched several of her dramas.

Yang Mi is an actress from Mainland China and has acted in numerous dramas and movies.

I’ve watched her in modern dramas and also in historical/fantasy dramas.

I prefer her in historical/fantasy dramas. Why? I just feel that she looks more regal when she acts in historical dramas. She has taken main roles in dramas, made them her own and you could feel the conflicted feelings of the role she’s playing….and it’s very real, the tears and all.

I’ve watched her in The Interpreter, Three Lives, Three Worlds:Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms (or Eternal Love), The Negotiator and Legend of Fuyao.

And I hope I’ll be able to watch more of her work in the future. 

A Tale of Love and Modern Witches

Today I am going to talk about a summer Korean drama that I am half way watching.

Witch’s Love
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It is called Witch’s Love and like most other summer K-dramas, it has a simple and light story line, packaged in 12 episodes. Let me tell you that even for a 12 episodes drama, the kissing scenes are too many to count and it actually surpasses past K-dramas with more high profile actors.

For those who are planning to watch this drama and have yet started, please stop reading because what I’m about to say will contain spoilers.

So we know that ChoHong lost her powers and in order to get it back, she has to kiss her fated man.

The moment she heard the ringing bells while wearing the elf looking ears, she was on the phone with JaeWook and Director Ma was tapping her shoulder at the same time. Who is the ringing bells meant for?

When she got to kiss Director Ma, the rose sign on her chest flickered. What does that mean? She hasn’t gotten her powers back yet at that time, and she was supposed to get her powers back instantly after getting the kiss from her fated man, but she did not.

And we know later on when she fainted and JaeWook gave her CPR, she got her powers back when she was at the emergency department. 

What was the flickering rose all about?

Maybe JaeWook wasn’t her fated man but Director Ma is, and when her powers came back to her while she was at the emergency department it was really a delayed reaction kinda thing?

I don’t know and I can’t wait to find out the conclusion.

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Moonshine and Valentine

 

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I had the chance to watch this Chinese drama not too long ago and I would say that I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, regardless of what other people has said of the disappointing, open-ended ending.

I do have a small beef in regards to the storyline.

The story was about a girl who was destined to be the cure for a hybrid child. Now it was understandable that the only method to harvest the needed organ was by death since it was the ancient time. And at every incarnation, the girl was destined to not live a long life anyway. So in modern times like now, I would have thought that the girl (if she knew about her long-forged destiny earlier on into her relationship with the guy) would still be able to save the guy by giving a part of her organ (in this case the liver, and it is known that a liver could regenerate back to its full size if a part of it is transplanted) and not have to give up her life.

That was what I understood anyway but it seems later on the storyline conveniently mentioned that the girl’s life essence was the cure for the hybrid child. So why go for taking the liver out?? Is the life essence based in the liver?? I don’t know really.

But it was a good in-between drama to watch.

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Dramas I Watched #1

Let me be honest…I am a big Korean drama fan.

I’ve watched many dramas but I wouldn’t call myself obsessed with K-dramas.

Over the years, I’ve followed many actors and I thought I would start a “Dramas I Watched” thread with a drama starring one of my favourite actor, Park Shin Hye.

It’s called Doctors and I just love the way the male lead courted PSH’s character. I think for people who are seeking love, they should put themselves out there and be upfront about their feelings to get the desired results. That is the moral of the story that I got from watching this drama.