This marks the longest and one of the most treacherous exam period I've ever had.
It's simply torturous to maintain your studying momentum when most of the other faculties seemed to have finished their exams. Burp. Yes, I will repent for all those times I've finished my exams weeks earlier than others.
And to add on to the sufferings, my computer decided that it simply cannot handle more than two tasks simultaneously while I was doing ELAN programming. Added "chucking the laptop out the window" into my list of fantasies.
Okay, so while I was busy yanking my hair outta my mori, I made the greatest decision to drown my sorrows with K dramas.
AND I AM NOW OBSESSED. IN LOVE. INSANE. Like "OPPA SARANGHAEYOOOO" that kinda degree.
Due to my extreme biasedness to Jpop and Japan, I've never really noticed how simply BEAUTIFUL South Korea's culture was!
Confession: my resistance to the Kpop wave had always been futile coz I'M A FREAKING CASSIE. Less than three *raises hand*
I think one of the greatest things about K dramas is that one can learn ALOT about people and of Korea's culture.
WAD IZ JJIM JIL BANG?? I never knew of their existence until I've watched Cruel Temptation! WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING WITH MAH LYFE?
My favorite thing about Korea's culture is definitely their use of honorifics! It is so interesting to see that they always have to announce their birth year during introduction to acquaintances; they have to establish a hierarchy of seniority.
CALL ME UNNIE/NOONA NOW, COZ I WON'T BE MISTAKEN AS A FAKE DONG SAENG AGAIN.
If only the Singapore culture has this as one of our manner requisite...
So yea, I have been catching up with a few of K dramas' most popular titles AND THEY'RE ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. I can't emphasize how professionally serious the Koreans take their acting; even their Idol dramas set a comparatively high standard.
So after watching the "National drama" that was 'Moon Embracing the Sun' ( KIM SOO HYUN AND HAN GA IN OMGGG HOTNESS OVERLOAD I CAN'T.), I decided to see how the other national dramas are like. BTW the love story is so beautiful ahh. But well, I thought that the drama's strongest point (besides the strong cast) is its focus on romance.. I kinda wished that the series included more historically/ culturally based elements, like 大長今. But oh well no complains!
Randomly stumbled upon PINOCCHIO coz of Lee Jong Suk's appearance on Running Man:
I was absolutely blown away by the story. Really admire how cleverly the scriptwriters planned out each episode and how they explore journalism as a whole. We all know that journalism is not easy, but I've never really thought of how 'impact'-ful (hur hur) it can be.
I was a little bored for the first and second episode coz it was really dramatic and emotionally heavy (hey I was looking for rom coms to make me feel better). The flashbacks and flash-forwards kind of destabilizes the audiences' comprehension of the seriousness of the story, but I realize this might just be one of the constant element throughout all other K dramas- they like to tell you about the characters' background and establish their personality & relationships before moving on with the story. In the case of Pinocchio, I thought it was really well done, especially how the series straddled both elements of tragedy and humor carefully enough.
The story developed its characters so beautifully, I'm in tears. Literally. It made me cry buckets and it made me laugh my ass off. The young actors for Ki Ha Myung and especially Ki Jae Myung were especially talented and their character portrayal was very moving.
I am sorry to say that I really didn't know who Park Shin Hye was before watching this; I just thought that her depiction of the Pinocchio syndrome was really natural...as expected from the most popular actress in Korea's film industry.
Lee-Yu Bi as Yoon Yu Rae was simply refreshing; she is so pretty and funny! Wish they could have wrapped up her character with a happy ending with our dear 'Cap Cap' rather than an ambiguous one, but I guess if everyone had a happy ending, then the sense of realism would be spoilt.
Yoon Kyun-Sang(aka Ki Jae Myung aka Le Hyung) naturally received a considerable amount of attention even though his was a supporting character- his eyes...omg his eyes! Such sorrow and anger that sends shivers down your spine! Netizens were right to go cray over him- such potential. And handsomeness.
It is not difficult to see why this was such a popular K drama series AND I AM SO GLAD THAT I DID NOT LAG TOO LONG TO WATCH THIS; it finished airing early this year.
NOW IT'S TIME TO FANGIRL OVER LEE JONG SUK~~Was quite distracted by his nose throughout the series..but hey, still very talented and handsome.
I hear your voice
As a Legal Drama it was really informative; I knew nuts about court procedure before this series. Character development was really well done and the uniqueness of each character is admirable,given that the series was so short; I think audiences can feel and empathise with every single character.
Another series with Lee Jong Suk as main lead; I first saw the making of this drama series and saw alot of good reviews about it and I was not disappointed- I loved Lee Bo Young's very candid and independent Hye Sung. I felt the potent aegyo-ness of Lee Jong Suk and was immediately converted into a fangirl. He portrayed the immaturity and growing maturity of Soo-ha really well. Brilliant selection of sound tracks. Portrayal of older-woman and younger man relationship was so sweet, it's just....daeeeeebak.
I could not stop watching after starting on the series (WHAT IS EXAM) because it was all rather fast-paced and you'd just want to continue finding out what happened next.
It's just............A MUST WATCH, making me all warm and fuzzy inside...and also making me feel sad about my own reality in general -.-
Birth of a Beauty
It was on the list for "popular series" and seemed promising, so I immediately jumped into watching this.
It's a fun series, but it was quite disappointing for me because it had great potential for plot and character development. I liked the references to reality shows "Change" and was quite stoked for the plot to unveil. But it seemed to drag on and on for the whole 21 episodes; looking more like a parody and extremely watered down and conflated version of Cruel Temptation (seriously, the series was so good that we see so many other vague versions of it) and 200 pound beauty.
Some loopholes were unexplained and though its a rom com, I couldn't take the characters seriously (did Geum-Ran really recalled her past during the first few episodes? Her reaction was just so-so) and the light hearted vibe just wasn't suitable,given the context of the characters' situation. I dno, I just thought that if you wanna dramatize tragedy, lightheartedness should come much later/ be executed at the appropriate times and not in between the serious scenes,like some red herring.
Nonetheless, Tae-Hee always comes and save the day and it was entertaining enough.
Brb, gonna re-watch and cry over Cruel Temptation after this series.
Brb, gonna re-watch and cry over Cruel Temptation after this series.