Modern Farmer A React-Cap Ep 2

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ErlNotEarl: Here we are once more, I’m still with my very good friend Missnelly and boy am I so psyched about this episode. I so want to see how these city boys would fare as farmers. I’m so ready to see them fail, sorry not sorry, LOL. How about you chingu?

Missnelly: The first episode was lukewarm for me. I’m dreading it with this episode but I’m here for Hong Ki. But really, I’m secretly hoping this show will take off… Please writer-nim, DO NOT fail me!

ErlNotEarl: Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best. What are we waiting for, let’s do this! fist pump Okay, so let me backtrack a bit when Hyuk joined the group of wannabe farmers. I was thinking somewhere in the next ep there’s going to be a brawl or something close to that and there it is! cheering Fist fight, fist fight, fist fight!

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Missnelly: Nah, he can’t fight with Hyuk! The man left his 6 figures career to help him!

ErlNotEarl: Yeah, yeah, you’re right, not really gonna happen, he ended up accepting that Hyuk has to tag along. Btw, isn’t the name of the village cool or what? Hadurok, oh yeah!

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Missnelly:  Hmmmmm I guess it is cool. I don’t put too much thought into it, chingu.

ErlNotEarl: Well, you know me, obsessed with details. I liked the legend, or make up legend that MinKi told too, and the way that they illustrated it – jjang, but I wanted a doe to be the highlight. Oh wait, a doe has no antlers. Never mind, the deer will do, the deer with a shiny golden medal.

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Missnelly: I just can’t with the deer and his shiny gold medal. Only in Modern Farmer!

ErlNotEarl: Definitely only in Modern Farmer. Loved the disbelief shown on the boys’ faces when they finally reached MinKi’s land, well 400,000 square feet is something alright; it is vast. I wish I have something like that too, especially if cabbages just fall from the sky and plant itself into it, and oh and turn into money afterwards. I definitely want that land.

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Missnelly: Sorry, it ain’t happenin’, girlfriend. We are meant to work our butt off. Yes, I’m a party pooper. Get back to work!

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ErlNotEarl: I knew you would rain on my parade, Miss Wake Up Call. Right, I’m awake and back to work and seeing something seriously unexpected in the house MinKi inherited – a hostile wild deer living inside, not outside the house. It’s a disaster and they must be all hungry though only Ki Joon voiced out his hunger, and the fastest solution MinKi suggested is to make some ramen. It is easy to cook but where to find it?

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Missnelly: Convenience store! Where else, right?

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ErlNotEarl:  Right, so begins the scavenger hunt for a convenience store but looky what they found first. MinKi’s old school and oh, down in memory lane. And wow, first love during elementary grade, amazing! I mean amazingly advance.

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Missnelly: When a boy is in love… Aaaaah. And her flawless image!

ErlNotEarl: And he’s so valiant, saving his first love! Wow, such an awesome boy!

Missnelly: Bravo! Awesome boy with awesome first impression!

ErlNotEarl: Then we see Yoon Hee, chingu, it’s your heroine! Now we know who she really is and she’s having fun, well that looks fun, chasing a piglet. Have you tried that? I did.

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Missnelly: She is my heroine! My dimple heroine! I’m a city girl, remember? The closest farm animal I had was ducks which later ended up as meals! Urgh… My tainted memory lane tsk tsk tsk. But hey, the closeup on that piglet though… So, so cute!!!

ErlNotEarl: Mian, I forgot. I grew up near a farm so, yeah, I tried lots of things involving farm animals. And I had a taste of your tainted memory. Back to your heroine who seems to be some kind of a local government official by the way she speaks of a gathering something, kinda vague but I have this feeling in my belly.

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Missnelly: I thought she was just super friendly, I didn’t get the hint, chingu.

ErlNotEarl: There’s this certain air of friendly authority around her, my belly says so. Ooops, oh-oh, the boys haven’t found anything or anywhere to eat and when they asked a little kid they found out a horror – there’s no store in the village whatsoever! The place they can find one is about forty minutes away by bus, oh bummer!

Missnelly: It is hard to believe there isn’t any in the village! HARD.TO.BELIEVE!

ErlNotEarl: It is very hard to believe but it’s the truth. They spotted some apples nearby and I have a bad feeling about them pilfering;  they’re gonna get caught I tell you. But I have to admit the apples do look delicious.

Missnelly: Yes, and I’m a fan of sagwa!!! Those apples do look delicious!

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ErlNotEarl: See, as predicted they were caught and oh mama, that’s one sharp shovel! They are so dead once the ahjusshi catches them.

Missnelly: I screamed with MinKi! Can’t help it when the apple in his hand slashed to half!

ErlNotEarl: Run for your lives boys! And yes, that’s it, I like what I am seeing now, guys washing their clothes! I would like to see something like this every day.

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Missnelly: Oy miss pervy you!

ErlNotEarl: Can’t help it, sometimes the perviness comes out, it can’t be helped. Awww, nice, a greenhouse and look at the flowers, I love flowers. And here comes the flower boys, in their underwear! Oh goody, show you just made my day!

Missnelly: I’m still baffled by the ahjumma’s look! She is fit to be her son’s wife!

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ErlNotEarl: Who wouldn’t I mean just look at the contrast. MUAHAHAHA. Excuse me, let me pick myself up from the floor okay, I’m laughing so hard.

Missnelly: Four grown men running around village in their boxers. Hmmm mmmm, if you’re not laughing hard, something is wrong with you.

ErlNotEarl: No, nothing’s wrong with me, I’m completely fine compared to this drunk gentleman. I wonder how drunk he is. Come to think of it, we haven’t seen him completely sober to begin with.

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Missnelly: Nope, he’s been like that since the funeral time! I know he’s not good looking but my eyes must be crossed today… He’s kinda hot! Drunken hot mess HAWT!

ErlNotEarl: He is? I  didn’t notice, I’ll check later. Oy, here comes the boys and now there’s two ahjusshi’s chasing them. Oh wait, make that three since someone accidentally spills Mr. Drunkard’s makgeolli.

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Missnelly: ROFL the whole villagers should chase them! They are bound to do something ridiculous anyway!

ErlNotEarl: WAAHAHAHAHAHA, save me, I can’t breathe! Oh em, just look at them all soaking wet covering their fronts with sacks, it’s a farm alright; it’s a freaking hilarious farm!

Missnelly: Seoulites in the village! The new title of this show!

ErlNotEarl: That’s a good one chingu, that’s a very good title as good as MinKi’s reaction when he learned the woman on the motorbike is his first love, gah, how do you describe it? I can’t think of anything coherent right now; comedy gold, can we say comedy gold? What was he expecting?

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Missnelly: “Maldoandwae’ plastered all over MinKi’s face! Bahahaha!

ErlNotEarl: Why isn’t he happy to know she’s the village head? That’s a good thing right? Is he expecting much more than that? As for me I was expecting my first love to go to hell and take his friends with him.

Missnelly: The image he had of her was a gentle, ladylike lady and to finally meet her in such situation with her in that ahjumma pants (which by the way I want a pair so  badly now!), it’s a turn off!

ErlNotEarl: God, his expectation is really high, oh mo. MinKi-sshi, life never goes the way you want it to; it takes its own course.

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Missnelly: Yes, sadly but that’s the truth! For example, his career! His luck exited his life a long time ago.

ErlNotEarl: Exactly and good job Yoon Hee, give the boy a good scolding, he deserves it.

Missnelly: But she is too funny though. No matter how much she scolded him, I find her cute! And when he found out she’s a single mom? His crushed heart shattered to pieces! LOL

ErlNotEarl: Poor guy, though it’s really hard to tell if I’m sorry for him or what, I wanna think about it some more but, errr.. What is the identity of this dish? Is it floating crab in clear soy sauce with chili? I’m scared to eat it judging by how it looks.

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Missnelly: I had to cover my face for a minute there. Yuck! I have no clue what this godly mom is trying to do. Kill her family? No one will survive with that soup!

ErlNotEarl: I would definitely not eat that, never! Yoon Hee didn’t, she got away with the “I’m full” excuse and now look: another person down in memory lane scene! Cute and the kid who dedicated the song is just so romantic for his age. Cassette tapes, those were the days. Do you still have any of your cassette tapes from back then chingu, I still have some and the player of course.

Missnelly: I do, I have a box full of tapes! Surprise, I can be quite sentimental! But how I wish I have someone recording beautiful songs for me. Yeah, too late now.

ErlNotEarl: Never too late, maybe you can ask your better half.. keke. Good luck with that. smirks Aww, this made me sad suddenly. Mr. Ex Intern, I so wish he won’t die. Writer-nim please, let him live.

Missnelly: I know, jjaebal writer-nim. Do not let US down!

ErlNotEarl: I agree, jjaebal! Wait, what just happened? Oh this is fun: who has the strongest pee, only boys can have this competition. Ki Joon is a firefighter, MUAHAHAHAHA. Only they are peeing at the wrong place.

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Missnelly: The look on the villagers!!!!! Poor Yoon Hee, getting scolded by her own people! But if I ever get to meet Ki Joon in person, I will shake his hand (after he washes his hands, of course!) and personally congratulate him on his powerful urine stream! LOL

ErlNotEarl: Say what now? Look who’s getting her perviness up by a level. gives a side glance Right so they had no other choice but to go home but the wild deer is still in the house and our boys end up sleeping in the car, such a pity. They look down casted – MinKi is trying to pick up himself with looking at his girlfriend’s (?) pics while Mr. ex Intern takes his medicine. My heart hurts for him especially when he said he hasn’t experienced falling in love yet and he’s dying. Where’s the humanity?!

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Missnelly: Life is unfair. Is he a virgin? Even worse!

ErlNotEarl: Please don’t let him be a virgin, waaaah! No, just please NO! It’s the morning after, first time I see someone put sun protection cream before farming, never saw that when I used to come and work on my grandma’s farm.

Missnelly: Seoulites!

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ErlNotEarl: Yup, city boys! And see how they just sat in the middle of the field, mobile phones in hand to look up how to grow cabbages, seriously, I am about to die from laughing, HELP!

Missnelly: Hey, you gotta bless the smartphones! But look at their enthusiasm! Jjang!

ErlNotEarl: But cabbages don’t grow with enthusiasm alone. Three hours later and nothing, absolutely nowhere near plowing the field. This is just too funny. They saw a tractor and thought of borrowing it but the person driving it is the ahjusshi who’s greenhouse they trashed so yeah, never mind.

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Missnelly: Seriously, how can they have not have a single plan on how to farm? MinKi should have just swallow his pride but instead, Hyuk did it! Even though he failed, he did it with a smile! I like that spirit!

ErlNotEarl: And you like him. Well in the end because the other band members all wanted to go back to Seoul, MinKi had no choice but swallow his pride and borrow a tractor from Yoon Hee noona, the village head.

Missnelly: nods I do like Hyuk and his million dollar smile! But believe me, I would walk away with them in this situation. MinKi is not convincing at all!

ErlNotEarl: I would but I probably will be back to watch him fail, I’m evil that way. kekeke. MinKi is absolutely clueless about farming; he’s driving Yoon Hee and me crazy? How about you chingu?

Missnelly: I think he thinks he can do it all without a single help from the expert. The city pride is killing me and yes, he is driving me crazy!

ErlNotEarl: Well he can’t and thank goodness Yoon Hee was there to help; otherwise nothing will happen at all.

Missnelly: She has a heart of gold. She is the village head, I think she will do anything to help MinKi even though she is annoyed with him.

ErlNotEarl: I think so too, she’s just too nice like that. Oh noes, the deer, Mr. Flower escaped from his cage. Why do I feel uneasy?

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Missnelly: Ggotdol-ahhhh! What a name! But oh no!!!

ErlNotEarl: See, this is why I am uneasy, poor Mr. Flower.

Missnelly: OH.MY.GOD!!!! How can a deer escape from its cage? Unless someone didn’t lock it… And I do not expect the deer to be dead this soon. Now I see why there’s another deer in the picture.

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ErlNotEarl: Am I sick if I find it funny and sad at the same time that they’re hiding the dead Mr. Flower?

Missnelly: Not sure, chingu. But I would do the same too! Even though it is not entirely my fault…

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ErlNotEarl: It’s still alive, Mr. Flower is still alive. Well it’s dying but oh man, Yoon Hee’s reaction.

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Missnelly: May Ggotdol rest in his deer land in peace. Amen!

ErlNotEarl: Amen and I don’t know if their idea to replace Mr. Flower is brilliant or what, I can only smell more trouble, hilarious trouble.

Missnelly: It is trouble. The wild deer is no Mr. Flower! Five of them against one deer! Ack!

ErlNotEarl: That’s so funny though, MUAHAHAHAHA. Holy rabies, the governor came and he wants to see Mr. Flower right away. Dear, dear, the deer they brought looks frighteningly not suitable to meet the governor at all.

Missnelly: I cringed for the deer! Save the poor animal’s life!

ErlNotEarl: Or save the people’s lives, I think that’s suitable. HAHAHAHAHAHA. I will have to admit it was epic how they used Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World as background music with all the chaos happening. It was so awesome because it’s not wonderful at all, oh my, I’m laughing so hard my roommate thinks I finally lost it.

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Missnelly: Best scene ever! Whoever decided on this song, he or she has really good sense of humor!

ErlNotEarl: He or she has an awesome sense of humor alright. Now I’m so looking forward to the next ep. Modern Farmer; you’ve awakened me from my stupor, thank you.

Missnelly: Okay, I gotta admit that this episode  has elevated my impression on Modern Farmer. I’m definitely looking forward for the next episode! Bring it!

Modern Farmer A React-Cap Ep 1

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ErlNotEarl: So this is finally happening, like finally. For the love of our dear Hongki, I am going to be joined by a very good friend to do a react-cap, short for reaction recap that is. It’s not a secret that I adore Hongki I mean just check out my headers, he’s all over my place. But before I blabber some more, let me introduce my good friend Missnelly, who will be with me in doing this crazy and fun react-cap.

Missnelly: Hello! I’m happy to be here! Thanks for considering me as your React-Cap partner. I finally have someone to squee over Hongki. Thanks to you, I am officially a stalker too. Hongki, nice Halloween outfit you got there!

ErlNotEarl: You’re my one and only Hongki squee partner, you’re always welcome. Yay to stalking Hongki. So without further ado, let dive into it, shall we?

Missnelly: Let’s! I’m excited for this show. The premise. Hongki. The premise. And Hongki. Can you feel my excitement? 🙂

ErlNotEarl: Oh, I do feel your excitement alright, it’s seeping through my screen. Well the moment the show started, my hope was really high! I mean I’m that girl who has high respect for Kurt Cobain and them quoting him it was just wow, you got me show! I believe in what Mr. Cobain said: Life is better to burn out than fade away.

Missnelly: No matter how excited I am, I never put all my hopes in one basket. I always begin my show with skeptical in mind. I don’t know, I prefer it this way.

ErlNotEarl: I bet you do, but you know me, I have high hopes. The opening scene is actually familiar, drunk band members going to their next performance. Sorry, my college life was filled with bands, bands, bands. It’s hilarious how they say step on the pedal when there’s none. And that part where Minki was floating in the air with beer and all, pretty nice editing. Unbelievable that he seems to be not hurt but, it’s a show alright. Would have been a shining moment if not for Mr. Beefy Guy worried over her girl getting hurt; RUN BOYS RUN!

Missnelly: Oh my god, that was awesome! Did you see his face? His drunken face? He was drunk yet still looking very pretty! I’m telling ya, only idol can pull this perfect drunken look! That Mr. Beefy Guy though… My eyes were locked on his guns! Whoa! That’s a show stopper! It did to me!

ErlNotEarl: Hongki is always pretty, end of story. kekeke. On to the venue, fangirls all worried, I can see us doing that, right chingu? Look at his face here, how he snapped out of it. Game face on! His lines here, I’ve heard it so much before, I mean from friends who were in a band and by the tone I already have the hunch that they disbanded. And I was right.

Missnelly: Have you seen me fangirling over my bias? Wait, you have and I have seen you too. Hehehe. Anyway, this is the part I didn’t get it at all. I was too slow to pick  up that they were disbanded already.

ErlNotEarl: I kinda caught it because of the background music, it has this far away feel. It’s sadder and sadder to see him playing on his own and him thinking that he has become a loser. But he kinda does especially when he picked a fight with the school girls.

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Missnelly: Yes, it is sad to watch him alone on that stage. However, the fact that he still wants to be a singer deserves a big round of applause. But I’m with you, the minute he picked a fight with those nasty high school girls, I see loser all over his face.

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ErlNotEarl: It’s hilarious yes, but sad too, what he became.

Missnelly: I wonder what went wrong, actually. We were introduced to him as a drunken master. So did he ruin his shot for stardom?

ErlNotEarl: I think there is more to it than the show let us see. It’s kinda holding something out for us to really stay tuned. Well we are going to anyways, for the love of Hongki. Now here is another sad thing, Han Chul the intern. He looks sick, sick of doing his job and sick as in not physically well. Oh and I noticed what he used to mix the coffee, I’m guilty of doing the same, using the sachet to mix my coffee at the office. kekeke

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Missnelly: My head is spinning at the word coffee. You know me and my relationship with coffee. We simply don’t get along well. Han Chul looks lifeless to me. Why bother going to work if his heart and soul is not in the office? If it is up to me, I would just quit the job.

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ErlNotEarl: There’s definitely a reason, we’re going to find out soon. We’ll get to the bottom of this. There’s another member, Ki Joon, trying to pass the exam to be a government official. I don’t really get that? Do you chingu?

Missnelly: I don’t either.

ErlNotEarl: Either way, he’s nowhere near passing if his score is 34. LOL. And look, a pity party!

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Missnelly: He doesn’t have the government officer material. Look at his face! I can’t take him seriously!

ErlNotEarl: I won’t take him seriously. I just wanna watch him drink some beer. Yeah, I know you oppose drinking that much but sometimes, it’s really needed.

Missnelly: But you end up with the same shit once you sober! Pardon my S word, it has to be released!

ErlNotEarl: No worries, that’s mild, it’s fine. But you know, I doubt though that they can cheer each other up, they’re all hostile. Just take Han Chul giving Minki an advice then Minki bites back. Boys.

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Missnelly: But that’s what they do best!

ErlNotEarl: Yes, boys shall be boys. Oh and this is a scene I was expecting, Han Chul paying the tab. Poor intern.

Missnelly: The poorest of them all!

ErlNotEarl: Why did he touch an old wound anyways, somehow he deserves it.

Missnelly: Well… It’s hard to forget.

ErlNotEarl: Indeed, it’s hard to forget. Looky, bills scattered all over, this I will never see in real life and you know why. Oh and I’ll never see gangsters too, am too scared to take any loan, I’m a chicken.

Missnelly: I’ve seen gangsters chasing after another group of gangsters. I was probably less than 5 years old. Pretty surreal feeling now that I’m thinking of it. I will take a loan. Only the legal kind, of course 🙂

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ErlNotEarl: Spoken like a true blue accounts person. Here comes the water torture. Btw, I heard that scenes took hours to shoot and uri Hongki such a pro, no complains at all. I love him.

Missnelly: Hours? Oh my goodness, poor Hongki! All I care is his beautiful hair! Am I sick or what?

ErlNotEarl: Ah yes, poor Hongki and his hair. We are a bit sick, that’s established. kekeke. Back to Hongki, I mean Minki being immersed in water, poor baby. But wait, the gangster leader seems to be mesmerized by his guitar, hmmmm. I sense a connection..

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Missnelly: Really? What connection? It is just a guitar, right?

ErlNotEarl: It’s not just any guitar I think, the way he holds it, the caress, it means something. Could it be his? I bet it’s his; I’ll keep a closer eye on this one.

Missnelly: How? I don’t get it. I thought it reminded the gangster leader of his past where he once a guitarist too.

ErlNotEarl: No, there’s this something in his eyes. And why suddenly change his mind if it’s just a reminder? Even his gangster followers noticed that. Ah, there’s a call, love the ringtone, it says too much. Yes baby, to me you’re a champion.

Missnelly: Kekeke I laughed so hard at the ringtone! Classic!

ErlNotEarl: We love classic! Here’s a place I’m scared of. Funeral Home where nasty tempered Grandma Kim is. I wonder, if I die, will there be people to come and see me for the last time? Just a thought, hmmm… Moving on, Grandma Kim has no flowers so in comes Tae Hee with the brightest idea ever, borrow from the other family, that’s a good idea right?

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Missnelly: Seriously, that was the ABSOLUTE BEST idea one can thought of! Tae Hee is my super hero! It’s gonna get toss away, so why not sharing the flowers! Make a whole lot of sense!

ErlNotEarl: It does, I loved that her aegyo won the ahjusshi over! Yes to aegyo! Then she runs over Minki breaking his precious sunglasses, I laughed so hard at that scene, his expression, too cute.

Missnelly: His expression was the bomb, yo! He was well composed on the Bride of the Century, I’m so glad he is more looser in here.

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ErlNotEarl: This is, I think, an improved version of Jeremy. And the look on his face when he found out he has this 400,000 square feet of land as inheritance, and out comes the crocodiles tears. Too bad the price is too cheap for him to sell.

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Missnelly: Urgh, typical gold digger crocodile tears. But I couldn’t help but laughing when he found out the real value of the land. Nothing comes easy in life, Minki!

ErlNotEarl: Life is sure not easy, it isn’t. Especially if you’re a dishwasher but what do you know, one comment from the boss and he has a life turner! Cabbages! kekekeke. I love how he made an extensive research right away and boom, smooth sailing here I come. Thus the farming begins, now to gather help. First stop Mr. Intern. And oh no, he’s dying.

Missnelly: You think he’s dying? I think it was some kind of mistake. Someone must have accidentally switched his record with a terminally ill patient.

ErlNotEarl: I’m uncertain regarding that, the doctor doesn’t seem to be a quack and it’s the first time I’ve watch a show that lets you know of a possible death on the first ep, how about you?

Missnelly: Yes, it is my first time too and am already in denial. I don’t know you yet! You aka Mr. Intern that is.

ErlNotEarl: Maybe I haven’t watched that much drama, oh well, too many dramas, too little time. Btw, I loved this version of Knockin on Heaven’s Door, it’s good.

Missnelly: So far it is working…

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ErlNotEarl: He’s pretty down to hear any sort of BS so it’s a no for Mr. Intern, nope, no cabbage farming for him, thank you. Next on the list, of course, is Ki Joon who was not convinced as well. At this point I was thinking he’s gonna do it alone but that’ll be absurd so, yeah; never mind.

Missnelly: I thought Minki would have giving up on the idea of farming. I actually have no faith on him.

ErlNotEarl: Well luckily they changed their minds. And I actually love that Mr. Intern gets to knock the daylight out of his abusive boss, thumbs up to you Mr. Intern! And Ki Joon, yeah, good decision child. Forget the exam, just grow cabbages!

Missnelly: Hehehe. It was hard imagining the boys getting rich from growing cabbages. We shall see how modern farmers they will be…

ErlNotEarl: Which is a good thing, so the team is almost complete; they’re gonna be cabbage farmers, hurray! But of course you can’t live Seoul without making a promise to your love interest and let me tell you, I paused for 5 minutes on that scene because Hongki is just soo cute and adorable this noona’s heart melted like an ice cream.

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Missnelly: D’awwwwww. I did think he looks super cute!

ErlNotEarl: Now here’s the last member whom Minki despise – Hyuk and aww, I think he has daddy issues.

Missnelly: But he’s the member I have been looking forward to know!

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ErlNotEarl: Am curious about him too but he seems to be so carefree for my liking. He sees Han Chul and in the end…

Missnelly: The boy said yes to farming without blinking his eyes!

ErlNotEarl: And it’s back to how it started, all four of them together. This is going to be really interesting. Can’t wait to see the next ep.

Missienelly: I was feeling lukewarm by the end of it so am glad I didn’t put that much hope, yet, into Modern Farmer.

By My Side – His & Her Perspective

His:

Realization swept down on me like cold water,

Drenching and numbing me at the same time.

Knowing the truth, that wretched deception,

All the now uncertainty; bring holes to my soul.

Amidst it all, as things dawn on me I ask:

Why was I always the last to know?

How could they keep me in the dark?

How could I have thought it was worth it?

Yes, I was furious, mad; isn’t that natural?

More so for you’re the first I ever trusted,

The first to know the real me,

The first person to ever have my heart.

I wanted to cause you pain, the same way I do,

I wanted to berate you from head to toe;

I wanted to have my revenge on you –

Only by hurting you, I ache much more.

So I’m laying it all down, as crazy as that might sound,

I won’t be whining like a child anymore.

And regardless if you like someone else –

I need to have you by my side.

 

Hers:

I was too late to realize what’s happening,

Too late to see the bigger picture;

Cause I was mesmerized, taken in by you,

You whom I care for with all my heart.

Amidst this chaos I am unexpectedly trapped in

A trap I escaped from while almost losing someone,

It hit me, the cost of my greed, my selfishness,

Is way higher than I can ever repay.

It saddens me, the thought of you getting hurt,

Knowing you might recoil in the process,

Knowing that it’s better not to long for you,

Wishing you’ll never know the truth.

I know you’ll want revenge once you find out,

You hated being deceived the most,

I’m almost prepared for all the hurtful words,

Yet it still cuts me down, hurts worst.

If only the circumstances are different,

If only you’re not so out of reach,

If only it’s something possible –

I’ll keep you here, right by my side.

AN:

Adapted and inspired by Bride of the Century Ep 11 & 12.

Bride of the Century Ep 2

So far so good, things are about to get interesting with the disappearance of Yi-kyung and Doo-rim replacing her. It’s the good old switcheroo and here’s hoping that it makes an unforgettable impact to everyone and I mean every one especially the cynical and snobbish Kang-joo, or is he really cynical and snobbish? Hmmm.

Mood Setter: Broken Sonnet by Hale [audio http://a.tumblr.com/tumblr_kto5n8fE4W1qa2w7lo1.mp3]

 

The show left off with Yi-Hyun telling Doo-rim that he needs her to be the fiancee of Choi Kang-joo, the heir of Taeyang Goup. Seen driving to Yi-kyung’s house is Yi-hyun and Doo-rim, and judging by the bag she is carrying with her, Doo-rim has agreed to the proposed arrangement by Yi-hyun. Once inside, they were greeted by a very much surprised looking Yi-kyung’s mom. Doo-rim introduced herself and the mom voiced out that she didn’t expect that Yi-kyung and Doo-rim was “that” much alike. You tell me, you should know better, you’re supposed to be the mother. She didn’t say much more than Doo-rim must be tired, she should rest. Once Doo-rim and Yi-hyun left, she said something like she still feels it’s gonna be troublesome, although they look alike, Doo-rim seems tacky.

Upstairs, Yi-hyun shows the room that Doo-rim is to use while she stays with them. He gives direction to where bathroom is and tells her to rest and let him know if she needs anything. She says good night; once Yi-hyun left, she let out a sigh and checked out her temporary room.

 

In the living room, Yi-hyun and mom are having a talk. Mom says she hasn’t seen anything like what she’s seeing now. She begins to ask Yi-hyun if his father maybe did something but before she can finish her sentence, Yi-hyun said that it’s not possible, he has looked into Doo-rim’s family background, she has nothing to do with their family. Mom then admitted that she didn’t think it was possible either; it’s just that they look so similar that she can’t resist saying it. Yi-hyun, sounding wise said that there are many unexplainable things in the world. Mom didn’t argue anymore since it is to their advantage anyway.

 

Doo-rim is coming out of the bathroom and seen on her face is the curious cat look. She looks left and right and wandered to Yi-kyung’s room. She’s amazed at the princess like room; she saw the huge photo of Yi-kyung and as she looks closely she said they are similar but completely different. She looks around further, getting the vibe that it’s like a makeup store, she mistaken a glass containing cotton balls as cotton candy and tried to eat one and chocked on it; at the same time Yi-hyun enters the room, he was somehow angered. He told Doo-rim not to enter Yi-kyung’s room and not to touch her things without permission. Doo-rim apologized and said she’s going to be careful moving forward.

The next day, Doo-rim is having a salon makeover in preparation to posing as Yi-kyung. She takes off her bracelet, as she was stepped out of the elevator; she got a call from Yi-hyun asking if she’s done. Unknown to her, the bracelet dropped on the floor when she took the call. She was about to go out to the lobby when a group of woman walks in passing her like she’s not there. In the process, the bracelet was kicked under the classy Christmas Tree and out of sight. She grumbled about how the women acted, she put her hand in her pocket and realized that her lucky “charmed bracelet” is missing. She goes back to the salon thinking she must have left it there.

 

At the lobby Kang-joo enters, assistant in tow. He sees Yi-hyun and they greeted each other. Yi-hyun asked what brings him in the premises, turns out there’s a photo shoot for their family owned mall at the studio located in the building where the salon is, he was passing by and thought to have a look. Yi-hyun said that he is meeting a vendor. Kang-joo then excused himself since he thinks Yi-hyun is busy – they can talk some more at the upcoming dinner. Worried, Yi-hyun calls Doo-rim.

 

Doo-rim on the other hand is getting on thr elevator to go back to the salon for her bracelet, at the same time Kang-joo walks in. They almost saw each other thankfully the elevator door closed. While this is happening, I’m trying so hard not to bite my nails, she’s gonna be caught, she’s gonna be caught, oh nos! At the lobby Yi-hyun is pacing in panic, I know he’s thinking what I am thinking of plus Doo-rim is not answering his call.

 

As Kang-joo is waiting for the elevator, queue spooky background music and lo, the tree is shaking! The bracelet is crawling inch by inch until it reached his shoes. Is it attracted to him too? I know I am. He picks it up, examines it for a bit then hanged it on the tree. The elevator pinged opened Doo-rim walks out of one as Kang-joo hopped on the other. THEY. DIDN’T. SEE. EACH. OTHER. AGAIN! Well I am not worried anymore, they both have poor eyesight like me or they don’t pay much attention to their surroundings. Doo-rim is still wondering where the bracelet could be. She turns and smiled as she found it hanging on the tree. She even praised and thanked whoever hanged it in there for having sense.

 

She was on her way out and almost run over to a worried Yi-hyun. He snaps at her for not answering her phone then asked if she ran into Kang-joo. She said no and apologizes for keeping him waiting. She said that she was looking for her lucky charmed bracelet; she also mentioned what happened when she took it off – she lost her money and grandma was hospitalized. When she put it back on she met him, was able to pay for grandma’s surgery, basically it turned her life around in a good way and that makes the bracelet important. Yi-hyun looks around and suggested they get out of the place.

 

At home, she starts training in preparation for dinner, glasses first and honestly, I’m with her; it’s confusing. Can we just drink from a mug please, thank you! Yi-hyun the drill master says she needs to practice to not make any mistakes. He then shows the pictures of the Choi family starting from dad, mom and when he reached to introducing Kang-joo’s brother, she said she knows who Choi Kang-in is. She said everything she know about him and ended with “I am a Monster fan.” I love the fangirl in her. She asked if Kang-in is going to be at the dinner, completely looking forward to seeing her idol completely keeping Yi-hyun off track. He’s probably thinking she’s weird; she then noticed the man next to Kang-in and asked if it is Kang-joo. Yi-hyun said that only immediate family members would be present on that dinner thus she only needs to remember the faces he showed her. He also said to speak less and only when asked a question, she should also smile lightly; how does one smile lightly? Isn’t that called smirking? She asked him to speak casually with her so as not to give away anything at the dinner which he agreed to.

 

On to dinner, Yi-kyung’s mom, Yi-hyun and Doo-rim make their way to the place of reservation; I can almost feel how nervous Doo-rim is. Yi-hyun asked her to relax and do as they practiced. As they continue to walk to the dinner area, Doo-rim asked for a time out, I mean to go to the washroom.

 

As she was about to straighten herself, she saw the woman who ran away with her money humming to herself while putting on lipstick. Of course she confronts her and when the woman realized who she was she ran away, Doo-rim ran after her.

 

Meanwhile, Yi-kyung’s mom and Yi-hyun steps into the reservation area and was surprised to see the Choi family already there. Daddy Choi says they just got there. Mommy Choi looked for Yi-kyung and Yi-kyung’s mom mentioned that she came with them but.. Okay so everybody is perplexed about the situation. She asked Yi-hyun to get Doo-rim but Kang-joo volunteered to do it himself.

 

Outside, Doo-rim is running after the woman, yelling like a mad woman should. Kang-joo sees her and even shook his head. He continued walking in another direction when he stopped, I guess he’s thinking isn’t that Yi-kyung?

 

On the other hand, Doo-rim and the woman are still in “catch me if you can” mode with Doo-rim screaming like there’s no tomorrow. She managed to catch her; she sits on one of the couches at the lobby checking the woman’s purse to take her wallet while the woman asked to be forgiven – Kang-joo is making his way towards them. Doo-rim still doesn’t have any clue that she’s about to be in trouble, she’s still fuming that even the praises from woman is not helping at all.

 

Kang-joo is just a few steps away, oh em! Oh em! Luckily Kang-in called him, calling Doo-rim’s attention too. Kang-in wants to ask his Hyung to reconsider the contract for their band as the mall model. Doo-rim then realized who was having a conversation a few steps away for them, she anxiously ordered the woman to go; to the woman’s disbelief. She threatened to kill her if she doesn’t leave quickly thus the lady happily ran away from danger just in time as the Choi brothers finished talking. As Kang-in makes his way inside, Kang-joo walks towards a shaken Doo-rim; as expected pretty boy high and mighty mentions about her going MIA on his inauguration ceremony. He also asked if she did the math and realized the score that’s why she’s back. She carefully apologized for worrying him. He coolly said that he was not worried, it was her mother and bother that was worried that they might break up. He asked about the person she was with which she nervously denied. Seeing that she’s not getting up he asked if she’s not going inside, and she somehow snapped out of it and said she’s coming.

 

In a creepy corridor; seriously expecting the ghost to pop out any minute soon, Kang-joo stops walking to lay down the rules; she is not to disappear and act out again. If she can’t handle her role, she can walk away now, there are plenty of people who’re willing to be on her shoes. Cold! Doo-rim got the grasp of what type of person Kang-joo is, she thinks he’s self-absorbed, the way he talks is emotionally detached and to help her sum it up let me say, he’s an ass. Kang-joo wants her to decide on what she wants to do; it’s her last chance to break the engagement off. She brushed it off with saying that their parents are waiting, they should go in. She makes her way in but tripped when she walked pass brushing his shoulder. Kang-joo is not a complete ass after all because as she falls, he caught her. Erhm, there was a bit of a pleasant accident though at least for me it’s pleasant; they happen to kiss as he hold her to keep her from falling and she grabs on his tie for support. When they realized what happened, they got into an argument that goes like “it’s your fault, you did it, you should have avoided it, and you did it on purpose” it was cute, completely hilarious and was settled by “let’s talk about it later.” I actually don’t care who is to blame, I wanna see this pair kiss again, with feelings if possible.

 

At dinner, Doo-rim is completely annoyed that Kang-joo is ignoring her, she’s also pissed that she lost her chance to reclaim her money from the woman because of him. Her phone rings, her ringtone is a song off the Monster’s first album as noticed by the band’s leader – Kang-in. He also asked if Doo-rim likes pop songs because he was thinking she as Yi-kyung only like classical music being a piano major. Doo-rim lets it slip that she’s a fan. She was then invited to the Monster comeback showcase which she happily accepted. He was very happy because none of his family members knows about his songs. When Kang-joo’s mom mentioned she didn’t have any idea that she was a fan of her youngest son, she somehow came back to her senses and came up with a good excuse to the approval of Daddy Choi.

A dish was served, she was at a lost as to what utensil to use; luckily Yi-hyun noticed so he picked up his own utensils and Doo-rim copied it. She liked the dish thus she ate heartily and Daddy Choi noticed. He was happy to see that she’s not picky. He even mentioned that he doesn’t like how ladies pick on their food. She was about to say that she eats anything but Kang-joo butted in that she doesn’t eat fish, and she almost let slip that she eats sushi. At that moment, Yi-hyun stopped her and Yi-kyung’s mom mentioned that her daughter got sick when she ate sushi when she was younger thus she avoided the food, but she eats anything else.

 

Dad is in a hurry for the wedding to take place, he’s quite envious of his friends who already have grandchildren, and he wants to hold one in his arms soon. Yi-kyung’s mom said it’s not a problem for them but Kang-joo just started working and he must be quite busy. Mommy Choi said something like “so what, we can prepare the wedding.” She said she and Yi-kyung’s mom will meet to plan everything accordingly much to the uneasiness of Yi-kyung’s mom.

 

After the dinner, the parents and brothers decided to leave first to let the “couple” spend some more time to themselves. Well they did spend some time, some time to bicker cutely about the kiss. Harhar. I can feel that something is changing with Kang-joo somehow although he opted to leave first, it’s like he’s starting to be curious about her already. As Doo-rim finished talking to herself in public, President Kaneko approached and greeted her, she said the necklace looks good on her. Doo-rim not knowing how to speak in Japanese panicked; thankfully, Yi-hyun stayed behind and saved the day.

 

At Yi-hyun’s car, he admits that he got was nervous for her that’s why he stayed behind, it was a close call. Doo-rim admitted to having made a lot of mistakes but Yi-hyun is only relieved that she was not caught. Doo-rim then let a piece of her mind and maybe a ton of feelings regarding the situation. She understands his sister, why she ran because of the attitude of her husband to be. She even capped it with “so this is what an arranged marriage in a drama is like.” After saying that she realized who she’s with and apologized. She didn’t had the chance to finish her explanation because Yi-hyun points that what she said was true thus she doesn’t have to feel bad.

 

At the Jang’s residence, specifically in Doo-rim’s “room” she’s checking the wallet of the woman who ran away with their money. Apparently she’s living a semi charmed life now. She’s still fuming for not catching her all because of Kang-joo plus he even got to kiss her lips that she has been protecting for 25 years. That long? Oh… Well.. Downstairs, the Jangs are talking about the event of the day, Mommy Jang admitted to be nervous while Yi-hyun said they still got through it so it’s fine. Mommy is complaining that the house is a mess since she had to let the help go. She’s distressed, “until when are they going to live like this?” Yi-hyun admitted that he thought that they’d find her right away, he underestimated things. Mommy walks out. Doo-rim overhears the conversation, by the look on her face, she’s gonna do something about their sentiments.

 

As expected, the morning after, the Jangs woke up to Doo-rim taking command of the kitchen. She volunteered to take care of everything on the house from cooking to doing the laundry despite the offer of Yi-kyung’s mom to hire another help. She asked them to taste the food that she prepared and they liked it, better than the help according to Yi-hyun. Yi-hyun also mentioned that they would have an extensive training after breakfast.

 

The first thing on the lesson is Yi-Kyung’s likes and dislikes; this is difficult for Doo-rim since she likes everything that she hates and I am guessing vice versa. As they progress, Yi-hyun noticed that Doo-rim is looking at her amazed; she mentioned what she noticed – the way he calls her sister “our Yi-kyung” with a lot of care and even knows everything she likes. She also added that if only Kang-joo cared about a quarter of the way he cared about her sister, it would have been nice. Yi-hyun then hands her Choi Kang-joo’s family tree and the list of Yi-kyung’s school friends for her to memorize. He also hand her a phone containing all the important numbers that he knows of. That moment, the phone rang – it’s Mommy Choi asking her to come down the ancestral house, the dreamy haunted house.

 

At the House of Choi, Doo-rim was greeted by the house help, as she makes her way to the main house, she pause to admire the place that “looks like a palace.” It turns out it’s more training, like she’s not having enough already. But this one is in preparation for “her” life as Kang-joo’s “shadow”; is that another name for being a wife nowadays? She was handed a list, the proper name I guess would be “all about Kang-joo” because it is all about his likes, dislikes, fashion brand. I wonder if there’s anything about nail art in there too. LOL. She was also given the schedule of family gatherings that a “daughter in law” is supposed to know. And living up to being a mother in law to be, Mommy Choi “warns” her that she should act accordingly and befitting of the title “wife to Kang-joo the great.” She promised to do her best so as not to disappoint her. She ordered to eat dinner with them and told to hang out on Kang-joo’s room.

 

As usual, Doo-rim is on curious cat mode; she checked out the room that according to her is as big as a gym. She was wowed by the fencing gear; she took the sword and played with it and did a “nestea” on the bed landing on the remote of the sound system. It played a classic music, the kind that often used when trouble is approaching and it is. Queue Kang-joo holding the remote; he turns the music off and removes the head gear off Doo-rim’s.  He gives her a scolding, no wait, a nagging; anyways, he insinuated that she is playing games, pretend games. He goes to change his clothes with Doo-rim still in the room. I smell something fishy. He gets a phone call and signals Doo-rim to hand him his phone.

 

After his phone conversation, he nags Doo-rim some more, at this point, Doo-rim told him to get changed, she’ll go downstairs. As she makes her way to the door, Kang-joo blocks him and backed her on the wall, his hand pressed on her throat. He was on “asshole” mode quoting what Yi-kyung said that she wants to know him better. He asked if she’s not interested to know his body. Oooh, this early, okay, give it to me! Harhar.

 

He leans in for a kiss that didn’t happen because Doo-rim pushed him so hard his back hit the door. She pulls up fists threatening him that he’s gonna pay dearly if he ever lay a finger on her body. She came to her senses when Kang-joo asked “what this?” She came up with a perfect explanation that she wants to preserve traditions and ended it with something like “don’t even think about it.” She made a big sigh of relief once she got out of his room, she called him a pervert.

  

At home, she’s reviewing the list of gatherings; the upcoming one is for the death anniversary of Kang-joo’s grandfather, the founder of Taeyang Group. Yi-hyun mentioned that it’s the largest gathering of the year to be attended by the entire extended family and company executives. He also mentioned that it is expected that the future daughter in law attends as well. She finally lost it, saying that it’s too much, their deal is only dinner now there’s a death anniversary, gatherings and events too! How is she supposed to attend on all of those occasions? Yi-hyun persuade her with talks of helping her open a store under her name, worked like magic, he got her to agree, she even bragged that she can do well because she organized the memorials for her parents thus she knows the feeling.

 

At the gathering, she is to greet the elders – great uncle and aunt Choi; she couldn’t do it right away because one of them, great aunt Choi is busy playing with her phone. In the end, Daddy Choi took the phone; Doo-rim was about to give a proper greeting when great aunt Choi started shouting that she’s not Kang-joos fiancee. She ordered her to be gone, and she was escorted outside before great aunt Choi really lose it. Outside, she runs into Roo-mi, the little bitch. She let lose her venomous tongue but Doo-rim can’t remember who she is thus she didn’t have much reaction. She was sort of saved by Mommy Choi, obviously pleased to see Roo-mi. They chatted sweetly and Mommy Choi invited her for tea.

 

Once Roo-mi was inside, Doo-rim checked whatever information she has on Roo-mi, she was surprised to find out that she was Yi-kyung’s best friend especially she talks harshly to her. At that exact moment, Kang-joo appears and asked what she is doing. They start to bicker again, he said something like don’t try too hard, just act like it, you can’t do anything useful anyways. She in turn said what she thinks every time he sees him – because of the way he manage to say the most emotionally detached things that are so cold that her heart feels like freezing over, she would rather direct all her affection to the first dog she sees then walks out leaving a dumbfounded Kang-joo.

 

In the kitchen, she happily helped in the preparation to the delight of the helps, they’re talking about how easy it is to get along with her when Kang-joo passed by hearing what the helps think of his fiancee. I see a small smile forming of pretty boy’s face; I knew he’s not so tough. Of course what is a gathering without gossiping and slandering, that’s quite normal.The topic is about the fate of the first wife of I am guessing Daddy Choi. Overhearing the conversation, Doo-rim joins them and asked who else died. At that moment, Mommy Choi came, like the lady of the house that she is; she scolded the helps for gossiping and warns Doo-rim about being too close to the helps for her own good.

 

She goes back in the house to a waiting great aunt Choi, wanting a piggy back ride from her. Mommy Choi insist that she can’t do that for her but great aunt is determined to have a piggy back ride from Doo-rim, even kicking helper Ahjussi when he volunteered to do it. Doo-rim happily gave great aunt Choi a piggy back ride, calling her grandma. As she was carrying her, great aunt Choi peed; Mommy Choi and the Ahjumma Ahn panicked while Doo-rim just happily mentioned that grandma must be relieved and offered to change her clothes. This was witnessed by a shocked Roo-mi and a now somehow melting Kang-joo, I can tell by the way he’s suppressing his smile.

 

In one of the rooms of the palace, I mean the House of Choi, Doo-rim finished attending to great aunt Choi, she wants to sleep and tired Doo-rim opted to nap, not before thinking of her own grandma back at their place. Seen is grandma, sadly eating her meal, thinking of how sad her Doo-rim is in a new city by herself; grandma don’t cry, she’s not as sad as you think.

 

Back at the House of Choi, Kang-joo is seen in the room where Doo-rim and great aunt Choi is sleeping. He watched her for a bit, probably wondering who the hell this girl is. She started snoring; making him somehow shake his head but instead, he tried shaking her awake. I think it’s becoming their thing to bicker every time they see each other, I am not complaining, it is cute. She asked what is he doing, he shouldn’t be watching her sleep it’s perverted. Of course he defended himself that he won’t be interested to watch a snoring woman sleep; he just wanted to wake her because the memorial is starting. That got her embarrassed, she said she was tired; he didn’t want to listen, he just wants her to come out.

 

M E M O R I A L

 

Doo-rim is helping to clear the things used for the memorial, when the lights started to blink then switched off. She lights a match when out of nowhere, Kang-joo appears, scaring the bejesus out of her. She screams and falls down over Kang-joo’s body, scattering match sticks all over the floor and Kang-joo’s hair. As they looked at each other’s shocked faces, Roo-mi enters seeing their somehow inappropriate position. Once Kang-joo saw Roo-mi, he harshly pushed Doo-rim aside; looked at her without saying a word. The bitch walked out leaving Kang-joo who blamed Doo-rim for doing it on purpose because she knows Roo-mi was there. She depended herself saying it was his fault for appearing out of nowhere and scaring her. He won’t have any of it; he walks out leaving Doo-rim to continue with what she was doing. As she leaves the room, the family photo was shown and standing with the crowd is our resident ghost. Who is she?

 

At the Jangs, Yi-kyung’s mom is taking a talisman from one of Yi-kyung’s pillow; Yi-hyun sees her and asked what she’s doing in her daughter’s room. She’s being melodramatic thinking about her welfare. Yi-hyun assures her that nothing is going to happen to her daughter, don’t worry too much. She asked about Doo-rim and he reports that she called saying the memorial has ended. He sees the talisman and asked what it is. Mommy said it is supposed to help bring harmonious relationship between bride and groom though it is useless now.

 

Back to the House of Choi, Kang-joo and Roo-mi are having a serious talk; Roo-mi wants to know if her “oppa” is really going to marry Yi-kyung. His answer is somehow a yes because she’s the woman his parents have chosen. Roo-mi asked if it doesn’t matter who the bride is as long as his parents agreed to her; he agrees to it, it doesn’t matter. She tells him not to marry someone he doesn’t have feelings with; well, girl nobody is asking for your opinion so shush! Kang-joo is as cold as ever saying feelings and love doesn’t really exist. They are pretty close, I can see that, there’s a past that she’s talking about though I don’t have any idea about it yet, she ask him to stop keeping people out and being distant. He tells her not to overstep her boundaries. Miss Delusional says can’t she say that much when she stayed by his side for so long. Keeping up with being cold he replied with “I never asked you to.” Wow, he’s a complete jerk! Roo-mi pours what she really feels, she said something like “can’t it be me then since it doesn’t matter to you anyways, whoever you marry, so let it be me because I’ve only have eyes for you since we are little.” Sorry, that’s my interpretation. He asked her to stop it already, since she’s hurting; I wish it was that easy to do.

 

Not far from them, Doo-rim is watching, hiding behind a tree. As Kang-joo stands to leave, Roo-mi back hugs him saying she can’t stop, I know right and I don’t know what you’ll do too. As Kang-joo turns, he sees peeping Doo-rim and moves out of Roo-mi’s back hug, panic seen evident on his face. Doo-rim runs away looking back a few times while doing so and once she’s out of sight, Kang-joo let out a loud sigh, is that out of guilt? I knew he’s feeling something for her already. Roo-mi is in the same wavelength as I am because she pointed it out to Kang-joo “if it doesn’t matter, why the guilty expression?” good point girl; still pretty boy is holding the excuse that his family chose her so be careful not to speak lightly about her. He leaves Roo-mi to grieve her unrequited love.

 

As she’s far from sight now, Doo-rim now contemplates the meaning of what she saw; conclusion – Kang-joo and Roo-mi are in a relationship, she also understands now why Roo-mi treated her badly when they saw each other earlier. She wonders what will happen if he falls for her but quickly brushed it aside since once Yi-kyung comes back, it won’t matter to her anyways. She kicks an imaginary stone or something only to be distracted by our resident ghost, wearing a helper’s uniform, smiling as she floats away. She follows her to I think it’s where the family altar is. There’s a helper outside, Doo-rim asked if she saw her fellow helper just now and she answers no. Doo-rim wonders if she’s starting to see things because she definitely saw her went to that place that she decides to check out.

 

Queue creepy sound effects and meowing cat. As she looks for the cat, our resident ghost is behind a post opposite the entrance where Kang-joo is seen entering. Omo, what is the ghost up to now? Kang-joo is looking for Doo-rim posting to be Yi-kyung. He hears the cry of the cat and went to investigate. He sees Doo-rim, under a table that’s above a trap door. She was surprised by Kang-joo’s appearance thus she hits her head on the table. He was irritated but she’s more concerned about something else. She asked him to come closer; once he’s near, she hands him the kitten and goes back to the trap door. He’s impatient and asked why she is coming back in. She pulls out a dead cat, the kitten’s mommy. They found a shovel somewhere, and Doo-rim gestures for Kang-joo to shovel. He gives the excuse that he’s the heir of Taeyang Group but Doo-rim is not buying it. I might have said the same thing, “just shovel already!” He clearly doesn’t know how thus Doo-rim did the shoveling herself all the while mumbling that he probably didn’t do much with his hand anyways other than eat, wipe his ass and hold a pen leaving Kang-joo fuming. After giving the mommy cat a proper burial, she took the kitty from Kang-joo declaring that she’s going to be its mother then leaves ; surprising Kang-joo who I think is expecting a talk or a chance to explain – but why?

 

Inside the house, Daddy Choi is expressing her fondness towards Doo-rim; okay he thinks it is Yi-kyung. Mommy Choi cryptically replied with a”let’s wait and see if she really is compatible with our son.” He pointed out that she chose her herself why is she still not satisfied. He asked if she still likes Roo-mi to be the bride. She gave an excuse that marriage cannot be forced; she admitted that it’s regretful but it seems that Roo-mi is not meant to be part of their family. The talks turns to Daddy Choi’s first love; such sensitive topic that made him upset. He puts down the lovely looking tea cup forcefully when Mommy Choi mentioned that Kang-joo might also.. This is about the curse, oh, Mommy knows something it seems. Daddy Choi said it’s all nonsense; he asked her if she believes the curse and to not let the kids hear her talk about it especially with the upcoming events. He walks out, leaving Mommy Choi to open a chest containing a diary and a red shoe. Is that the same shoe from the first episode?

 

Meanwhile, the “bickering” cute “couple” has arrived to the House of Jang. Doo-rim has slept all the way to the disbelief of Kang-joo. She asked if they reached her “house” gaining an order to wipe the saliva off her mouth. She said she’s tired from running all day. And my guess is true, pretty boy wants to explain himself. He’s angry cause she’s acting as if she didn’t see or hear anything. He tries to explain what happened with Roo-mi but at the same time, the kitty wanted to have Doo-rim’s attention, it peed. He snapped at her asking is the kitten more important than what he has to say? He orders her to get out before the car seat is ruined. He also reminded her not be late for the TV interview for the next day. He’s totally fuming as he drives away. Doo-rim is completely oblivious to the real reason why he’s mad. Her mind is completely wrapped in the kitty; that she can’t keep because Yi-kyung is allergic to it. She gets another scolding from Yi-hyun, poor girl. She apologized for her mistakes but asked if she can keep the cat, she’s going to take it with her once Yi-kyung comes back.

 

The next day at the Choi’s house, Mommy Choi goes to Daddy Choi’s room but he’s not there; where could he be? Ah, there he is, under a tree; thinking of his first love. He sees an old man and bowed, who is he?

At the mall, Doo-rim is rushing; she approached Roo-mi the bitch and asked if she’s late. Putting her outfit together took some time. He asked where is Kang-joo; Roo-mi completely ignored her and walked off. Doo-rim and Kang-joo finally saw each other, he checked out her outfit and asked Doo-rim to remove her bracelet because it’s about the necklace today, it has to stand out. She doesn’t want to, she insist that she’s just going to hide it so it can’t be seen. He didn’t really agree but started walking.

 

On the way to the venue, the customer service girl who got fired blocked their way. She was enraged by heartless Kang-joo. She takes a tomato out of her bag and throws it at Kang-joo but Doo-rim blocked it, surprising Kang-joo and herself.

 

Musing

I knew it’s gonna be an awesome disaster once the switch takes place, firstly because they are extremely different from each other, Doo-rim is a drop of sunshine while Yi-kyung is an iceberg in the making and that is only in reference with their attitude, it gets to the extreme if you throw in the status in life.

Another thing that I expected is Kang-joo slowly peeling off the unfeeling facade, when he tried to explain about what Doo-rim saw, I sort of confirmed it, he’s not a cold person but a guarded person, maybe because he’s rich or something, I look forward to see him growing up.

I’m not gonna deny that this BotC is filled with cliches but they used it so well I don’t even care anymore. I’m so looking forward to the mayhem that is to come. The only thing that I can’t really brush from my head is why is the ghost haunting the Choi family? Why is it said to be killing off the first bride of the first born son? What happened to Daddy Choi’s first love? I guess I’ll have to patiently wait for answers.

Bride of the Century Ep 1

A chaebol meets and fell in love with a poor girl without knowing it, clichéd right? How about adding a ghost on top of that, do you know what you are getting? Trouble, yes, trouble because it’s going to be engaging no matter how clichéd it is. Those are the ingredients in the cooking pot labeled Bride of the Century and so far, I’m loving this mixture.

Mood Setter: Stay by Cueshe [audio http://www.gimiklive.com/pidoy/MP3/Cueshe/Cueshe%20-%20Stay.mp3]

The show opens with a group of gossiping women peeping on walls made out of paper, there’s another disadvantage of walls made of paper, one should really think plenty of times when deciding to build a house; just kidding. Anyways, they are each saying how pitiful the girl is and that she won’t even survive her first night. That’s the moment that the curse that false to the first bride of the first son of the family was mentioned. Inside the room, the groom is also talking about the same thing although by the way he’s talking; it shows that he doesn’t believe such thing. Ohhhhh, it’s ‘the haunting’ thingy and the ghost is supposedly the ‘owner’ of the ‘house’ though I can’t really say if all those were true, you know, tongue in cheek, “rumors has it.”

 

Then enters Lady Choi, well I guess she is also Lady Choi here like on her old days as a “Mugakshi” though not quite as bad ass. She gives instruction that no one is to disturb the newly wed. Queue weird noises, gushing winds, in short, scary sound effects, yes, yes, it is predictable but I am falling for it. The groom is seen fainting, the lights turning into Christmas lights cut to the bride running in the woods or something like that while the groom organize a search party and finally, the silhouette of a lady with long black hair in long flowing black dress. She chases the helpless and frightened bride to a cliff and a screamed was heard, the next thing seen is a shoe on the edge of the cliff.

 

Move on to present day, to a seafood diver hauling her catch of the day, she have a good haul by the smile plastered on her cute face. As she sits by the shore she sees a red coat, a pair of red shoes and its owner, a woman who jumped off the cliff. She dives in to save her and as she swims to take her to safety queue scary sound effects; the woman in white was briefly shown to be in a black flowing dress, oh nos, it’s the ghost not of girlfriends past but the ghost from a long time ago. She’s somehow taken a back but managed to take the woman to the shore.

As she was about to give her CPR, the woman started breathing again and even complained that she took so long to save her. What an interesting ghost we have here. Apparently she’s broken hearted because her lover loved someone else – cheated of her, despite of his promise to love only her for the rest of his life. She called the diver who saved her a girl with a grade school kid’s body; which is far from the thanks that she was expecting. Unexpectedly for two people meeting each other for the first time, they had a conversation about love, and they each have a good point about it I must admit, it was quite entertaining. The woman, now draped in a red coat gave her ‘savior’ her bracelet saying that it’s all she has, that it’s a lucky charm that brings love and that she, the diver is not to take it for granted because it is going to change her life. The woman then disappeared with her red shoes that are hot off the shelf not after she gave her a word of encouragement: “fighting!” leaving Doo-rim – that’s what grandma called her; dumbfounded.

Grandma and Doo-rim owns a seafood restaurant by the sea, Doo-rim goes to deliver somewhere I’m guessing the construction site in the vicinity. The said site is facing some decline and an inevitable halt because the payment of the workers is not on time and they are resisting, well I would too if I was in their shoes. The gentleman whom the ‘site supervisor’ is reporting relayed that they should be receiving funds from Taeyang Group in the near future; thus he asked for them to bear with the company until that time.

He receives a call from Yi-kyung oh wait, she looks uncannily like Doo-rim. She’s on her way to the airport and by her response to her brother it is certain that she’s meeting an important person thus the need for not making mistakes.

Seen driving her scoter is Doo-rim, on delivery duty. ‘Oppa’ is still on the phone apparently worrying because it has been a while since her sister has seen the person she’s meeting. He asked her to make the meeting a little less awkward. As Doo-rim gets off her scoter, she saw some bricks falling directly on helmetless gentleman. She ran, pushed him aside thus the bricks landed and broke on her helmeted head. The gentleman was stunned at the wonder girl who saved her but mostly because she looks like her sister. They asked each other if they are okay all the while he has this look of disbelief on his face. He got to ask if she needs to go to the hospital once he somehow came to his senses but she says she’s fine, she has extensive martial arts training; hearing that he gave his card with an assuring “if anything is wrong, you can reach me at this number.”

As Doo-rim runs to hand out her delivery, he got a call from his sister, he relayed what happened, that he saw someone that looks like her. She asked if there’s a secret to her birth that she’s not aware of like does she have a twin sister separated from her as a baby. I’ve seen that story before; a typical melo. She was assured that he is okay and he is coming home early. He was approached and asked to eat lunch at a restaurant but he opted to eat with the workers; it turned out to be a good thing, it brought him closer to his employees.

 

At the airport the reporters are gathered awaiting the arrival of a very handsome guy that is an understatement; let me wipe my drool… Done! He stops in front of Yi-kyung and she hands him a bouquet as a sign of welcoming him back. He is Kang-joo and he is one cold good looking bad ass that came home after studying abroad and apparently he’s displeased about the ruckus about his coming home.

 

As they drive somewhere he asked his Roo-mi about something he had instructed her, she hands him a box that he gave to Yi-kyung. Inside it is a necklace that he wants him to wear. They end up in I assume a Japanese restaurant. She’s just eating salad because she doesn’t eat sushi which Kang-joo is unaware of. She says the Salmon salad is good enough, salmon and caviar is edible to her. She asked what his likes and dislikes are. She also expressed that she can really feel that they are engaged now since they are eating together and he even gave her a gift thus she wants them to get to know each other better. Kang-joo opted to be a royal ass by asking if she didn’t see the list that his mom has prepared, they don’t need to waste time getting to know each other. Taken a back she asked if he isn’t tired, he should have went home since he just arrived and his parents are probably waiting for him. At that precise time, she found out the true reason why he invited her for lunch – to close a deal with President Kaneko, the president of JR Group. She also understand why he gave the necklace – Eternal Love, it was designed by President Kaneko’s deceased husband. The moment she saw it and upon learning that he proposed to Yi-kyung with it, like her deceased husband, she cancelled her previous appointment and signed with Kang-joo’s company.

 

Yi-kyung was outraged knowing that she was used like a puppet which he agreed, she is his puppet. Since their marriage is a business deal and not out of love. Weirdly, even if he’s behaving like an ass I can’t help but swoon a bit, Lee Hong-ki is adorable but he looks good enough to eat as Kang-joo. He walks out with his staffs, leaving her to brood and walk in another direction only to be stopped by Kan-joo’s brother – Kang-in with girlfriend Leann in tow. She tells him she had lunch with his brother who just got back. She leaves the pair treating them coldly.

 

Kang-joo does a company inspection, staffs in tow. First, he axed the idol group as image models of the company; next he fired the customer service staff for smoking, that’s a busy work day for someone who just got back home I say. At Yi-kyung’s house, Yi-kyung’s mom is having a fit because of her daughter getting all worked up for being treated like a puppet. She orders her to hold it in even if she feels wronged. She says that their company is in money trouble, investors had all withdrawn and Taeyang Group is their last hope for the company not to shut down. My, it is indeed a business deal kind of wedding; all of their hopes are invested on this one too.

 

Knag-joo finally reached home; one of those historic homes, so beautiful. He’s all smiles as he greets the house help who are excited to see him home. He sits down for tea with his parents and let me just say that I love the tea set, it looks so elegant and all, I suddenly have this urge to buy one. Back to the family afternoon tea party, his dad praised him for closing the deal with JR Group. As it should, his mom doesn’t see him working right away as a good thing while his dad imparted wise words, keys to success. The talk then shifted to his brother, obviously the family’s ‘black sheep’. He hasn’t called, his phone is turned off, and it could be he hasn’t been home in a while too. Kang-joo assures his parents that his brother would go home in his own accord one day.

 

At Yi-kyung’s house, there’s another tea party going own. The talk is about the construction site, has the issue been resolved and all that. Oppa – Yi-hyun asked if her sister’s airport encounter went well. Instead of going to the details, she asked about the girl that look likes her, how much they resemble. Shift to the county side, Doo-rim took off the “lucky bracelet” calling it a piece of crap, I have a bad feeling she shouldn’t have done that. She goes to sleep beside her grandma, the bracelet seen on top of the table, I can feel trouble a-brewing.

  

At Kang-joo’s house, Kang-joo lights a candle. He’s in front of an altar having a flashback of his young self, knocking from inside a locked room; another mysterious thing, why was he locked and why is he all dirty?  On his way out, he meets the house help. She was surprised that he’s not yet asleep; he should be tired because he just got back. He bid the help good night and walks away. Additional mystery: the house help noticed that he goes to that altar the moment he gets home, what’s with that?

 

Somewhere near the sea, Doo-rim is doing an awesome job at sales talking to some Monster fanatics. They ordered everything that she recommended and even gave 30% discount, yeah! She then goes to give her lodge money; I’m guessing it’s a cooperative thingy where each members take turns in receiving money, something like that. The shop owner, who is also in charge of keeping the “members” money, gave her some cosmetics, I get this feeling that she’s up to no good; it’s just a feeling. I’ll wait and see.

 

At Yi-kyung’s house, her room specifically, Yi-kyung is still stewing, she checks her phone, there’s this message. She takes a deep breath and wonder aloud how important is Choi Kang-joo to have the right to treat her badly. Mom checks on her, she doesn’t looks so good, what is troubling her? The scene fades to reveal an old spectacled guy seeing a client off; once she disappeared, he ran inside the “temple” to rest. I figure he’s a psychic, he feels the disturbance and the ghost appeared as he opens his eyes, the same one from the beginning and at the beach and she is gliding down on him and stopped once they are face to face. She went down to business saying she’s out of time. A woman is to come once she leaves and he is to reveal everything to her, let her know everything she wants. What a bossy scary ghost!

 

True enough, a woman came – Yi-kyung’s mom; she mentioned of her daughter’s upcoming wedding, the psychic assumes that she wants to know about the future of the bride and groom. He asked for their date of birth so she hands him an envelope not with the date of birth but with money. She said she knows that he takes care of Taeyang Group family using the lunar and solar cycle. What is the significance of this meeting?

 

By the sea side, Doo-rim is selling coffee and cup ramen.  She meets the customers from the restaurant earlier. The girls are talking about how hot Choi Kang-joo is while Doo-rim doesn’t have the slightest idea who he is. They gave her the details and as they were doing so, one of the girls noticed that she looks like someone, like Kang-joo’s fiancée. They were interrupted by customers who ordered coffees but wouldn’t pay. A bad idea as they ended beaten up by Doo-rim to the cheering of the passers by.

 

At home, she finds that most of the bills increased. As she counts her earning, she wished that she could earn as much as she earned that night again. Grandma brings snacks, Doo-rim’s favorite sweet potato, they ate it with kimchee and let me just say that scenes like this always warms my heart, it reminds me of those days with my own grandma, may she rest in peace.  She mentioned that once she gets her lodge money, she will take grandma to the hospital for a checkup, but grandma won’t budge. She recollects that she got sick when Doo-rim’s parents died and she won’t be going to any hospital until they come back. Doo-rim, feeling grandma’s sadness cheered her up with promises of good life once she makes lots of money; she says grandma has to live long to enjoy everything. They closely watch grandma’s favorite drama on their beat up tv.

 

The next day, my fear about the shop owner who’s in charge of collecting the cooperative’s money materialized, she ran away taking Doo-rim’s hard earned money with her. Everyone is distressed. Doo-rim drives off to the bus station but Bong Sook is nowhere to be found. She walks lifelessly, hopeless because of what happened. When she reached home, she sees grandma passed out on the floor.

 

At the hospital, the doctor says that grandma needs surgery as soon as possible. Poor hardworking Doo-rim, how wronged you must be feeling, how desperate you must be. Grandma wakes up, having the same sentiments that I have, she promised that she will find that woman once she gets out of the hospital but Doo-rim insist that she can earn the money again, all she need is for grandma to be healthy so grandma should rest, she is such a sweet grandchild.

 

At the Choi house, Daddy Choi is playing a classic sad song, seen on the table is a picture of a woman in a wedding dress, who could she be? Outside, Mommy Choi sees Daddy Choi; she tells Daddy Choi that she knows he doesn’t want to live in this house but it’s his mother’s last wish for them to stay there. And revelation, the woman in the picture is Daddy Choi’s first love and I can sense that Mommy Choi is jealous of her; does it make sense that you are jealous of a dead person?  Hmmm. She says if he wants to get rid of the house, he should start with the picture first.

 

At Kang-joo’s office, one of his assistants reminds him that it’s already late; Mr. Workaholic seems to not mind staying at the office, he sends him home. In a restaurant somewhere, Yi-kyung’s ‘friends’ are admiring the necklace that Kang-joo gave her. Roo-mi says it’s as expensive as an apartment in Gangnam, but it’s just natural for the future daughter in law of Taeyang Group to receive something like it. There’s this air of animosity between Yi-Kyung and Roo-mi; I am guessing, Roo-mi is in love with Kang-joo, its clichéd and predictable but who says that premise can’t be reused. They irritate one another and Roo-mi went as far as telling Yi-kyung that her perseverance is unbelievable in a very insulting way.

 

In the bathroom, Yi-kyung goes head to head with Roo-mi asking why she was chosen and not her. Turns out Roo-mi is the daughter of the Attorney General who investigated Taeyang Group’s money laundering case a year ago not to mention Yi-kyung parents wanted her to marry into Taeyang Group though that’s not enough reason for Roo-mi to give up. She grew up with Kang-joo and plans to stick around like gum in a shoe; she warns Yi-kyung to be careful because she might take her place. Yi-kyung is not the least shaken, she plans to do everything for the wedding to take place because their company’s future depends on it, she won’t let the opportunity pass her by. They insult each other some more, Roo-mi riled her for being a true to form puppet. She walks out with the last words; a reminder that she has to attend Kang-joo’s officially joining the company party.

Day of the party, Yi-kyung is dolling up, she’s remembering the time when Kang-joo called her his puppet and her mom’s words that the marriage need to work out for their sake. I can tell the wheels on her head are turning and I don’t think she’s up to something good.

At the party, a little boy hands a note and a box to Yi-hyun; he asked the boy “where is the noona who gave the box” the boy mentioned that she left. He panicky makes his way to Yi-kyung’s mom handing the box and the note. It’s from Yi-kyung, asking for some time to think; she’s returning the necklace “to hold on to her last bit of pride.” Right after they finished checking the note and the box the Choi family approached. Daddy Choi says he doesn’t see Yi-kyung, Yi-kyung’s mom came up with some excuse though I don’t have any idea what it was, I wasn’t shown.

From the party, the scene shifted to Yi-kyung’s house, mom desperately calls out to what seems to be an empty house. They go to her room and found it empty. She breaks down agonizing “what would happen to her Yi-kyung?” Yi-hyun comforts her saying he will find her, he will make sure that she is found.

Kang-joo’s mom calls Yi-kyung’s mom showing pictures of Yi-kyung taken by paparazzi. Ah, so the excuse was a case of appendicitis, too bad it was thwarted by the paparazzi. It was not published; thankfully, Taeyang Group cleans up “nicely” though Kang-joo’s mom gave an ultimatum – a family dinner to be attended by both parties and if Yi-kyung fails to attend, they would have no choice but to reconsider the marriage.

 

At her office, Yi-kyung’s mom is having a fit; the detective doesn’t have any news of Yi-kyung’s whereabouts and the dinner is right in front of their noses; breaking the engagement is not an option due to the current state of their company, a complete chaos is about to break if Yi-kyung is not found. Yi-hyun mentioned that what they need is to get pass the dinner date that was set, they can buy some time if ever.

 

At Doo-rim’s house, she is currently on the phone with a money lending agent, she’s annoyed that she needs to make a down payment when she is trying to borrow money, well I agree, that doesn’t make any sense. She remembers that grandma is waiting for her; she grabs what she can and rushed out of the house.

 

Yi-hyun drove to Grandma and Doo-rim’s restaurant; he was told that the restaurant is closed for the day. Cut to Doo-rim checking what I am guessing to be lottery numbers; she didn’t win. She puts her hand on her pocket and the bracelet fell down; she recalled the words that the woman she saved said that the bracelet is a lucky charm. She puts it on saying she’s gonna give the lottery one more try. She checks her money and found the card that Yi-hyun gave her.

 

Flashback to Yi-hyun saying if something goes wrong to give him a call; after having a few minutes of argument with herself, she decided to give him a call. At that exact moment, Yi-hyun sees her, she lies trough her teeth saying she’s in serious pain because of the accident only to panic when he said he is coming like right now. The girl is a terrible liar. Yi-hyun approached her asking if they can talk.

 

As they sit in a park somewhere, he asked if she can put her hair up, Doo-rim shaken up insist that the injury is internal. Yi-hyun having not much time stands up and put her hair up. He can’t believe how much Doo-rim resembles her “missing” sister. Doo-rim thinking that she’s been caught lying comes clean that she needs money because something came up, she even apologized. Instead of making a fuzz, Yi-hyun said that he needs her to be the fiancée of Taeyang Group’s Choi Kang-joo to Doo-rim’s surprise.

 

At Taeyang Group’s mall, Kang-joo and staffs are seen entering and employees are bowing in respect, he passed by a woman, wait, isn’t that our resident ghost? He somehow sensed it and he turned around but Miss Ghost is gone, in her place is a mall’s employee.

 

Musing

This is unexpectedly entertaining. It’s nice to see Lee Hong-ki stepping out of the box, you know being an adorable cute cutie to a hawt one, well in my opinion that is. So far I am very much intrigued, I have so many questions that I want to be answered like who is this ghost, why is she killing the first bride, is Yi-kyung and Doo-rim twins or something, why do they look alike, what’s the issue with Daddy Choi why did Yi-kyung left and so on. Another thing I am curious about is the bracelet that brings love, if the ghost that gave it to her takes the life of the first brides, is it some sort of talisman thingy much like Queen In-hyun’s Man? Hmmm.

Also, I can’t help but love the contrast in character of Yi-kyung and Doo-rim; seeing that Doo-rim is about to step on Yi-kyung’s place, I can’t help but wonder what’s going to happen and how it is going to affect Kang-joo and everyone around her in general. It’s going to be so fun.

Roo-mi successfully irritated me as she should, although I do hope that she gets over her unrequited love for her own good, life is too short to be too clingy to a guy that doesn’t notice you at all, it’s another thing if you know that he also has the hots for you but in her case, I don’t see any sparkle, or I refuse to see any.

So far I am entertained, and I hope it continues to entertain me.

K Watching and More

Mood Setter: Compass By FT Island [audio http://210.211.99.70/teenpro.vn/files/song/zg/zg_Compass-FT-Island.mp3]

I haven’t been writing anything about what I have been watching lately because of my schedule and because my laptop has given up on me. That’s the sad truth; my beloved laptop that has been with me for the past 5 years has finally broken down. Luckily, I was able to buy its replacement, I named it Agent O because its color is orange, makes sense doesn’t it? Right, so what have I been watching?

Today, as a test run, I watched We Got Married Global Edition – Lee Hong Ki and Fujii Mina; surprisingly, I finished their whole stint and squeed to my heart’s content. They are so cute and Hong Ki is adorable as ever. Well, I have openly admitting that I adore Hong Ki, I’ve written several post about him already and I know it’s gonna accumulate some more what with me being into his currently airing drama Bride of the Century. It’s fun so far and one of these days I’ll be starting my musing for every episode (I finished programming my “baby” today, test runs are done and I am good to go) and what I can say is, its jjang!

Another on my watch list is I Miss You; I finished two episodes so far and Yeo Jin-goo, that kid is proving to be a noona killer in the making. Loved that scene where he cheekily say “yogi kaji” and smiled. Such a tease this kid, I can’t believe he’s jailbait. I guess I won’t be seeing much of him in this drama though; the ending hinted that it’s headed to the time jump but I know it won’t take long before he’ll be getting his own lead role.

Next on the watch list is the last 6 episodes of I Need Romance 3; I know, I’m way behind on this one but RL is really taking most of my time lately. I’ve read in dramabeans that it has been neatly tied although what I am curious about is that was there even a slight display of “alone time” in the last episodes? I guess I’ll be finding out soon enough.

As I mentioned, I’m watching Bride of the Century and it’s proving to be fun and interesting so far. Of course I am watching it because of Hong Ki and this I have to say he’s doing awesome portraying his role as a “heartless” chaebol while Yang Jin-sung is completely a breath of fresh air as a sunny poor girl from the county. I especially like the ghost, she is something.

Photo Credits to the Owner

So far that’s all I have in my plate. There’s plenty of dramas that came out since the last week of February that it’s overwhelming and I’m still undecided if I am to watch some of them. Personally I am intrigued by Three Days and I also want to start watching Empress Ki but I guess I’ll wait for a bit; my time is still limited. I would greatly appreciate and love suggestions though, it’s welcomed and I am looking forward to it.

[K-Drama Review] Me Too, Flower!

I’ve been mooning over Yoon Shi-yoon lately, because I want to, har har. That being said I decided to watch those dramas that he was casted in. After Flower Boy Next Door, I opt to watch Me Too, Flower and yes, it has something to do with the inclusion of the word “flower” to the title because flower equals beautiful, that’s the logic; at least the Korean Drama logic and indeed it was beautiful.

What the babble’s about?

Cha Bong-sun (Lee Ji-ah) is a police officer with a bit of unplaced angst, a hint of rebellion and a need to be loved, in every possible way. When she was not promoted as a Sergeant, she staged a protest that caused her to take some counseling from Park Tae-hwa (Jo Min-ki) a wealthy psychologist that she finds irritating specially he’s been asking things she’s been avoiding to face for so long. As she is leaving his office, she almost had an accident that adds to her initial irritations.

At work, she was assigned a new patrol partner, Jo Ma-ru (Lee Gi-kwang). They were tasked to respond to an incident report from Perche, a high end fashion store owned by Park Hwa-young (Han Go-eun). She sees Seo Jae-hee (Yoon Shi-yoon) who is working as a valet parking attendant. Unbeknownst to her, it is just a cover, he is actually the co-founder of the store. The initial irritation just adds up as they had a real accident that cause him to be fired from his job. He goes to the police station to tell her that he was fired and demanded she find a job for her. The tension between them is obvious that it goes to say that he is about to shake her already shaky world while trying to find his own closure from his shady past.

Initial Reaction

I find this drama extremely interesting, well I know it has to do with me mooning over Yoon Shi-yoon but aside from that, the story line is great, as per my opinion, makes me want to have my own shrink for all those time that I feel like I am losing it, harhar. The characters are believable in a way that you feel with them: like I sympathize with Bong-sun’s being all reluctant to forgive her parents whom she thought abandoned her. I understand Jae-hee’s wish to protect Hwa-young and her son because he feels responsible for her husband’s death. I can somehow accept Hwa-young’s being obsessive with Jae-hee because she needed someone to hold on to after her husband’s tragic demise. I love Dr. Tae-hwa, and as I already mentioned,  I wish he was my shrink. Ma-ru is another character that I am fond of, the way he’s hesitant to pursue his love interest is interesting and I am somewhat sad that he lost his chance. I can also relate to Kim Dal (Seo Hyo-rim) her wanting to have it all and be loved.

Oh so engaging!

Initially, it was all about me watching Yoon Shi-yoon, yes that shallow but hey, fangirls are fangirls and nope, I’m not ashamed about it. Though I have to admit I am happy that this drama turned out to be good and engaging. Here’s why:

1. Cha Bong-sun in all her shiny layers. It’s amazing how she doesn’t want to accept at first that there’s something wrong with her, how she covers her thoughtful and sweet self with angst and roughness because she’s afraid and she haven’t experienced love yet she overcame everything and found a love to last her days no matter their differences.

 

2. Seo Jae-hee and his quest to do right plus self forgiveness. I love the way Yoon Shi-yoon gave life to this chatacter, it’s good, no great well actually awesome. The different emotions he showed are so tasteful it’s unbelievable. It’s such a joy to watch. I like how he was lonely and how it is self inflicted, how he wants to be responsible about something that he didn’t entirely did on purpose.

3. We found our missing pieces. That’s exactly what I think while watching the love story between Bong-sun and Jae-hee flourish, beautifully. True it was a long road but it was filled with sweetness and everything else. I was happy that in the end, they accepted each other’s differences.

 

4. Kim Dal wants to be loved. For a person who lost her once charming life, it is but expected that things would turn out awry and quite frankly, somewhat acceptable. True she’s a pain and annoyingly cute at that but you have to admire a person who knows what she wants.

 

5. Jo Ma-ru, baby calculating his way to love. This is sad,  because in doing so he missed his chance, not that he really has one anyways still, he continued to take care of his Bong-sun noona and even stepped up for her when she was falling apart over her break up.

 

5. Tae-hwa the shrink for all needs and purposes. Having a shrink I guess is a real love hate relationship. He prods and tells you things you don’t want to hear; makes you realize what it is that’s troubling you, comforts you on your meltdown. Yup, I need a shrink. LOL

 

Yet, I was weary, I was!

A good drama also makes you weary, that I think is part of it that can’t be denied. It would have been better if it wasn’t there but let’s face it, it’s required, well sort of. Here’s the source of my weariness:

1. Hwa-young, the obsessed feeling victimized woman. At first I was entertained, truly I am. I thought this character was dignified and all, that was until she showed her true colors. What’s with being clingy and using emotions as means of blackmail and keeping a person close to you for your own purpose and gain? That’s not loving at all, if it was then pigs can fly is what I think.

 

2. Overly pushing and pulling to the point of exhaustion and self destruction. The first and second time was adorable and bearable but the last few was too much for my own liking, make up your mind people; break up if you really mean it. Well maybe they need to prolong the agony, these guys are masochist, not the other meaning and by these guys I mean Bong-sun and Jae-hee.

3. Jae-hee’s noble idiocy and partiality. Why do I say partiality, well he was partial with everything; first his feelings then his true status and lastly his “obligation” to Hwa-young. He could have revealed it all in one time but he had to be partial and turn things complicated. I guess that was needed to prolong the drama but still, I just wish he muster enough courage to tell Bong-sun everything right away. Then there’s noble idiocy; this is a part that can’t be omitted I think, somehow I was expecting something like this to happen but I didn’t like that it took a long airing time, it was difficult to watch, so frustrating.

 

4. Bong-sun’s allergy to riches. Well it’s more on she thinks less of herself, initially it was fine, but the longer it drags the more I get sick of it because come on, it’s not his mistake if he is rich, the only mistake I see there is he took so long to let her know.

Oh Those Melodies

Anyone who watches Korean Dramas knows the importance of the OST, these are a must. It adds to the attraction of the drama and I have to say Me Too, Flower’s OST is good, extremely pleasant to the ears. Here are some of the songs that I kinda listen to even after I finished watching the drama:

Seo Yeon (서연) – Love is You (ft. Blue Marble)

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BB Boys – L. O. V. E.

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Oshima Mai feat. Levela – You

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Beast – Dreaming

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Worth Capturing

Some of those scenes that I liked and as it says: captured. Let me note: spoiler alert, maximum level I guess, or yeah, maximum level. I got all excited with screen caps, sorry.

 

First meeting; the tension and sparks are pretty obvious.

 

They met once more and their fates are sealed.

 

Do you like me? The answer is pretty obvious right?

 

Uhm, this pretty much is here because I want it to be here. ^^

 

This is a fangirls dream.

 

This is why you shouldn’t provoke her, poor Jae-hee; you brought it on yourself though.

 

He tries to bribe her, look how things turned out. Lesson: don’t mess with her.

 

She’s not suffering from depression according to Ma-ru, that’s what she’s happy about.

 

Frenemy, indulgent frenemy.

   

It started as a dare, Ma-ru had such rotten timing, I wanted mooore of the naughty.

 

This is why she’s too clingy on him, he’s awesome with the kid too.

 

Pseudo-daddy.

 

Hallucination, first clear sign that you’re falling.

 

I laugh so hard watching this part; it would have been better if she just walked straight but she has to try and avoid them, thus the chaos.

   

Ex bf meets “current” bf and since they kissed, they’re not strangers anymore.

 

Ma-ru Darth Vader.

 

This is called ROFL.

 

He gets them to talk, and talk they do.

 

The reason she’s so angry is because she’s beginning to fall for him hard.

   

At first it was just to stop her but I guess her brain stopped working at the same time mine did thus it turned into a make out session.

 

“Window Shopping”

 

You’re prettiest when you’re drinking doesn’t really sound as a compliment. ^^

 

Adorable Father’s Day.

 

Coolest “Fangirl” ever!

   

He went out of town for some business and she’s worried cause it was said that it’s a sick leave at work. Girlfriend finally had the guts to move forward, accept her feelings only they don’t even know their phone numbers which does not make sense because of all the skinship.

     

He came back, he missed her and wants to keep seeing her. He’s her “Oppa” and she’s so happy she can’t hide it.

 

“I’ll let you know about him if you have lunch with me,” says the shrink who hates eating alone.

     

He said she can lean on him thus she poured her heart and they share their fears of living alone.

 

Bong-sunnie’s aeygo monster moment.

 

The “can you please tell me what I want to hear and take my side” moment.

   

Calm before the storm, first dinner together.

 

Before and after identity revelation.

 

That story explains so much about you.

   

The cutest and sincerest apology.

   

“I know you, you know her but I didn’t know you’re dating” or “it’s a small world after all and guys are petty” moment.

     

“I’m drunk, I had an accident and I think I am bleeding, I need Officer Cha!” says the adorable drunk puppy on the street.

     

More of the cute drunk moment because I can’t help it. Oh and he said she is not supposed to go home, awe-some!

 

Face off.

   

I wanna give you a hug or two!

   

He delivers pizza and brings hot packs because he’s sweet like that. ^^

 

“I got used, I can’t decide what to do, I need consultation!” says the rude girl in 10 inches high heels.

   

Hurting ourselves because we’re masochist like that.

 

This is why she’s so afraid.

 

The moment of truth, thank you USB!

 

Surprise!

 

How about some consultation my dear cousin?

 

He’s keeping her warm.

 

I love how mom is happy she found someone to care and love her just the way she is.

 

Love me, that’s all I ask of you.

 

Somehow I want more than that but since she’s a patient, that would do, oh hugs, more hugs.

 

Formal greeting.

 

Take it down!

 

Cuddling, more cuddling!

Conclusion

I could say that regardless of those wearying points, I was satisfied with Me Too, Flower and if I have time, I would re-watch it again, not just for Yoon Shi-yoon but for something more like the shrink advises and all the craziness.

 

Rating

9 out of 10

[K-Movie Review] A Werewolf Boy (2012)

A Werewolf Boy is a movie recommended by a person I didn’t expect to. He’s someone I work with and he is well aware of my addiction fondness to anything Korean (by that I mean he knows very well about the when, how and why) and one day as we were talking about some codes and email setup he mentioned about this movie, that I Googled of course (because seriously, I can’t believe he would watch Korean Movies) and surprise, I know the guy; well not personally, I’ve watched Sungkyunwan Scandal and his character is my favorite. I’m talking about Song Joong-ki by the way; who’s currently missing from K-Dramaland because of mandatory military service.

What the babble’s about?

An elderly woman’s recollection of her youth, particularly that time she spent at her old home at the countryside to recover from her lung problems; that time when she discovered, tamed and developed a special friendship with a savage boy who can neither read, speak and write.

Initial Reaction

What the hell have I gotten myself into, hehehe; at least during the first few minutes into the film I asked myself that. No, scratch that, my initial reaction is “why do I have this feeling that there’s something scary underlining this ‘fantasy romance’ film?” Weird? I’m not into horror movies, I don’t bother watching those films if I’m on my own, not at all, unless I’m going to watch it with someone that is. And the opening scene itself is uncannily like the opening scenes that Filipino Horror Films has: darkness. When the old lady was shown in the screen, I thought she was a chick witch or something especially with the facial cream and hey, the title is A Werewolf Boy so that could happen right, look at Trueblood and Twilight. I almost didn’t watch it and I wouldn’t have if I am not aware that Song Joong-ki is in it. Thankfully I stayed tuned.

What lingered? (Spoiler Alert)

The Neighbors – well maybe because it gives off that nostalgic feeling to me, you know neighbor’s helping out with things and then staying for lunch or dinner, makes me miss home big time.

Kim Suni (Park Bo-young) warming up with Chul-soo (Song Joong-ki) and the other way around – this transition is beautiful not just because I expected the story to take this turn but because it helped Suni’s character growth a lot, from being a bitter, timid young girl to finally letting her hair down, or something like that. Of course one can understand the resentment on staying in the countryside especially if you’re used to the city. Take my brother for one, he has this love and hate thing about being in our province (my parents’ house is two to three hours away from the city) going on which is why I have a general idea how she feels, not to mention it is for her account that they have to stay there since she’s sick and her doctor recommended fresh air, the poor thing is drowning in self pity.

With the appearance of Chul-soo (a name given by her kind mom, it is the name that Suni’s father wants to give his son), savage, smelly, starved Chul-soo, which of course was a nuisance to Suni in the beginning to the point that she did tell her mom to just send him away and that she’s not gonna eat with him around, (not that anybody can eat with him around anyways) Suni found a kindred soul. Chul-soo on the other hand learned how to love, a love and loyalty similar to that of a dog to his master, and I don’t think there’s any puppy out there as cute and handsome as he is.

Suni’s mom – she is the type of mom that is full of compassion and love, enough to adopt and take care of a feral boy. The scene where she gave Chul-soo a bath is sweet. I don’t think anybody would do what she did for Chul-soo, there’s not enough humanity in this world anymore, sad but true.

The kids – children are pure, always. They see way beyond what the adults see, their fear is something much different. In the eyes of children, if you treat them kindly, they are going to threat you as warm as they can.

I Brushed Off

Ji-tae – that arrogant, loser ass. It’s a character so easy to hate and Yoo Yeon-seok gave good justice to it. Although you have to admit that he being the bad guy is pretty obvious from the start; you know slick hair, rudeness to elders (or everybody) and then he did that hand grabbing (the kind with dark ulterior motive) thingy to ask for a proper goodbye. Yep, he’s definitely the villain but to give him some credit, he has difficulty to express what he really wants to express not that it justifies anything though. There’s a thin line between violence and self defense.

That Significant Song

I love acoustic music thus it’s not surprising that I liked this song, it’s sweet and fuzzy.

Those Captured Moments

First bath in ages.. ^^ObservationShe has decided to train him.Initial test, I just love the reaction of everyone, it’s priceless specially when she said something like “why are you guys not eating?” ahahahaha.I shall train thee.I adore the whole training part and his awareness that he gets “petted” every time he does a good job.

 

He said “don’t go”, but she wanted to do the noble thing by saving him.

Conclusion

All in all I enjoyed this movie, I shed a couple of tears, okay a lot and I used plenty of facial tissue, I was a wreck. The whole separation thing broke me, especially when he said his first real words and of all the words in the world it has to be “don’t go” and the way Suni reacted after hearing that. She’s so broken, wanting to stay yet wanting to go to protect him the way he’s always protected her.

Also, I’m amazed though it’s not quite unexpected that he waited for her all those 47 years just as she asked her to and he accomplished what she asked of him to read that book to her.

How beautiful and pure is a patient love, how rare and almost nonexistent?  The film gave a different, heartfelt, profound and sweet interpretation of the Golden Rule, cause and effect, with kindness you gain kindness, with love, you’ll gain love.

Rating

9.25 Out of 10

Flower Boy Next Door, a Review

I recently finished watching Flower Boy Next Door and I was completely smitten! I have an idea I am going to enjoy it because it’s a Romantic Comedy and I am a sucker for rom-coms (no kidding I love rom-coms) but I never imagine I would enjoy it this much.

What the babble’s about?

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A copy editor (Go Dok-mi portrayed by Park Shin-hye) who dislikes going out of her apartment (she who is somewhat agoraphobic, heh); she takes peeps on her neighbor not so far across the street (with her yellow binoculars) whom she saw and fell in love at first sight with on that fall day that she last went out her apartment. Her carton of milk that’s delivered daily has post it with drawings in it, drawn by her next door neighbor who happens to have the hots for her for the last 3 years, (Oh Jin-rak portrayed by Kim Ji-hoon) a webtoon artist who created a webtoon called “Zombie Soccer” with his drawing partner (Yoo Dong-hoon portrayed by Go Kyung-pyo). The said webtoon was never published because it is said to plagiarized a video game created by Enrique Geum (portrayed by Yoon Shi-yoon) a game developer from Spain, a fun loving guy who seems to be high on coffee and red bull (he could annoy you to death but he’s too cute to not get away with it) who happens to be cousins with the neighbor from across the street that Dok-mi peeps on. With it being rejected and as he saw his drawing of Go Dok-mi, Oh Jin-rak made an impromptu story, the context being a modern day Rapunzel, a girl trapped in her own apartment and was rescued (drawn out) by her next door neighbor with the title “Flower Boy Next Door.” What he came up with managed to convince their Editor (Kim Seul-gi).

When Enrique arrived in Seoul to “shoot Cupid’s arrow”he stays at his cousin’s place and caught Miss copy editor Dok-mi in the act of peeping and the rest is history, or more on a turmoil to Dok-mi’s peaceful world.

Initial Reaction

This drama is one of those dramas that I’ve downloaded earlier on my addiction for Korean Dramas. I happen to read the recap of the first episode at Dramabeans and it sparked my interest that prompted me to take the time to watch it. It was an awesome choice. First few minutes in and I was itching with curiosity: “is she OC, what’s with the post its, recyclables and potted plant indoors?” Honestly, I was hoping there’s a cat, if there was then my theory that she’s a cat lady could have clicked. 😀

Then these came up:

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It was a big sold and the marathon began.

What lingered? (Pardon the Spoiler)

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Go Dok-mi – her sad high school ordeal that pushed her to lock herself in her own world and not to trust anyone with herself, the journal entries that expresses what she really feels no matter how much she tries to avoid it, her acceptance and warming up to Enrique, the confrontation with her best friend turned bully Cha Do-hwi. I marveled at the significant growth of the heroine, how she managed to step out of her shell, it is remarkable although I have to admit that if a guy as insistent as chatty and hyperactive (don’t forget cuteness, I’m all for the fuzz, I love anything full of fuzz and warmth that I basically go gaga over them) as the hero comes bugging me to step out of my apartment, I definitely would.

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Enrique Geum – the bouncing panda, the talk until you drop then end it with an aegyo that melts my brain and my heart and leaves me squeeing, the suave lines that makes me wish was said to me. For me, Yoon Shi-yoon owned this character, the way he portrayed it is amazing. And I can understand why the heroine fell for his character, because under the cheerfulness, the uber sunny disposition, there’s something that people around him are not aware of, something that he can only share with his Ahjumma. And although they have different defense mechanisms, underneath they are both hurt by something similar and is looking for that one person that can understand them.

Can you hear me – I love how Dok-mi and Que-Geum can hear each others thoughts, reminds me of Banana’s in pajamas; are you thinking of what I am thinking of B1? It’s bizarre, the way they can have that one sided yet full conversation.

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Oh Jin-rak, Yoo Dong-hoon and Editor – I can’t help but laugh whenever these people share scenes together, they are hilarious but not clichéd. I love that Dong-hoon got his dream girl in the Editor and vice versa. As for Jin-rak, poor slow and unenergized Jin-rak, I wanted to feel for him, seriously, I want to pity him but I just can’t. He wasted years just watching from the sideline,overthinking (not that I am not guilty with that) and plotting that he lost his chance all together. Well, at least he had the money at the end, that’s what happens in real life, if you’re crappy with your love life, you’re good at your job. If that’s not the case then I would have to ask “what are you doing with your life?”

The Soundtrack – I loved the soundtrack, I downloaded the song and I have this on repeat currently:

It would be fun if I could date him, WISH!

I Brushed Off

Cha Do-hwi – well maybe because I hated her, whatever. The whole time she’s on screen I wanted to yell at her that it’s not all about her, stop making it such a big deal about the teacher because there’s nothing in there. I hated all the fur too but hey, what do I know about fashion anyways.

Tae-joon & Yoon Seo-young affair – I didn’t get it. I re-watched that part too but I just didn’t get it. If they were not getting together anyways then why? I dunno what that was about, Que-Geum liked Seo-young, she like Tae-joon; Que-geum is giving way but why aren’t they getting together? Too busy being noble? Hmmm..

Obsessed Fangirl  – yes, I understand you’re a fan, I am a fan too but I have a life, get your own, don’t be too obsessed about your idol, he has his own life aside from gaming you know.

Que-Geum, to leave or not to leave; Dok-mi the noble – this was the painful part to watch. Why can’t they just talk anyways, that’s possible right? Open communication, face to face conversation. Well I guess I have to accept the fact that noble idiocy is a part of K-dramaland, period.

Those Captured Moments

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Any scene that involves playing with kids is a winner for me.

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Yes, I panic about pets too, this is a cute way to be embarrassed, I liked the second hand embarrassment though if it was me, I would have talked to him. (Fine, I’ll admit it, Yoon Shi-yoon is my newest bias.)

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If I happen to have them as my neighbors, I would definitely attend any gathering or meeting that the owner comes up with.

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Que-Geum at his element, oh you puppy.

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This is one of the sweetest moment of the drama, it’s cute and fuzzy, I love this puppy.

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The three musketeer, after all the planning, it’s an epic fail but the bromance covered for it.

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How a hyperactive person feels once that person is cooped up all day long.

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The reversal that made her realized how much he likes (loves) him.

Conclusion

All in all, I’m very satisfied with this drama and I would gladly recommend it to anyone who would ask for my suggestion. Not just because of the warm and fuzzy but more on because of the good story line.

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Rating

9 out of 10

[As I Quote Tuesday] On Unrequited Love

“How timid and frail is unrequited love? A place you entered of your own accord, but you’re trapped inside, unable to find an exit. He doesn’t know a thing, and could one day leave my line of sight, and the love ends passively. A love that does not bloom flowers and thus cannot dream of bearing fruit, a love like a seed that is forgotten. That is unrequited love.” – Go Dok-mi, Flower Boy Next Door”

Unrequited love is a term that I’ve always heard being mentioned in K-Dramaland, in fact, I think most of the dramas that I’ve watched have characters mentioning about their unrequited loves but the most profound description that I’ve encountered so far is in Flower Boy Next Door. The way Go Dok-mi (portrayed by Park Shin-hye) described unrequited love is so on the spot, the simile sad yet true, oh so true. Knowing the truth about it though, I can’t help but ask, is there a way to avoid it especially because you’re completely aware that it is not gonna bear fruits anyway, so why not avoid it as it comes, or as you feel it?

I did have an answer, “you wish!” Yes, I’m talking to myself and that’s what the other side of me answered. Feelings as I’ve experienced and studied is not something that you can turn on and off like a switch or a faucet that you can open when you want to use and close when you’re done using it. Loving is involuntary, it’s not something you can control even if it just started from mere admiration.

I’ve had my own share of unrequited love; it happened a long, long time ago, but I can still remember him and my embarrassment when he found out about how I felt. Well, there was no outright rejection or something but let’s just say everything was blown out of proportion and he became a proud dude nearing to the jerk type. Thinking about it now, it’s kinda hilarious and the embarrassment part seems subtler than when it really happened. Ah, the memories, I wonder if he still remembers though, I think he’s my friend in facebook, LOL!

If I learned anything from that time it’s to take courage and never be in that situation again, an outright no is way easier to accept and live with than a futile gazing from afar that goes nowhere and might end into something embarrassing and painful.