[Drama Craze] Currently Watching – Bring It On, Ghost!

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It’s summer – hot and humid. I’m in need of a breeze to blow away all this and I think this drama came out just in time. So far, I’m loving it. Of course I’m talking about Bring It On, Ghost!  the drama remake of a webtoon that’s currently helping me endure a really rough summer. And probably the drama I’d be watching over and over if this happens to be the last drama project of one of my favorite idol before he starts Military Service. I’ll be waiting Taec!

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So, what’s it about you ask? It’s about a college student moonlighting as an exorcist for hire– Park Bong-pal (Ok Taec-yeon). He happens to have the ability to see and touch ghost. That’s quite new for me, the touch part, not the ghost. He was hired by the adorable ghost Kim Hyun-ji (Kim So-hyun) to exorcise a ghost in a haunted ladies’ school and the rest just snowballed in and she decided to stick with him when she happen to have a glimpse of the day she died when they accidentally kissed. Naturally, she can’t stay around for free and that’s how the ghost fighting duo started, and they shall rid the premises with hateful ghost at the right price. Pretty neat, right, but that’s not all.

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There’s the comedic side as provided by Choi Cheon-sang (Kang Ki-young) and Kim In-rang (Lee David), Bong-pal’s sunbae also President and Vice President of Ghostnet a mystery club of the university they’re attending. They were present at the ladies’ school and they learned of Bong-pal’s abilities making him a must have member of their club that’s on the brink of being dissolved. Later on, they became sidekicks, working as Bong-pal’s “agent.” I’m seriously getting confused with the actor playing Choi Cheon-sang. I mean seeing him as a college student then a resident doctor (W – Two Worlds) is quite confusing. He’s busy and he’s funny.

Of course there’s the cute bickering of Hyun-ji and Bong-pal. I love the pettiness and their blossoming interest with each other, not sure how that’s going to work but I have at least a few theories or I can read the webtoon, not that I am not tempted to read it now. I also love that through Hyun-ji’s encouragement/presence, Bong-pal is slowly breaking down all of the walls that he has put up because of the whole ghost related abilities and losing his mother.

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I’m completely hooked by the flow of the story, the mystery is still in place and my hows and whys are still unanswered and that keeps me interested to sit around and wait to see what’s gonna happen next. I’m quite happy too by Taec’s acting improvement. He improved a lot and it’s really pleasant to watch him alongside Kim So-hyun. All the partiality I initially have because of the age gap has disappeared. Their chemistry is solid and complimentary at the same time.

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The show is recommendable and if you got hooked with dramas like Master’s Sun and Oh My Ghost, you are definitely going to enjoy Bring It On, Ghost. Don’t watch alone though if you’re a scaredy-cat, the ghosts they’re fighting are terrifying.

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[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

[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.

[That Tune on a Monday] I Wish It Was You

I have this song on repeat since yesterday and am not bothered even a bit. That’s a lie. My reaction when this song was played in Flower Boy Next Door is ah, this is a parting song, a heartbreak song; how do I know? Well, I may not understand Korean that well but I watched plenty of Korean dramas to basically get a context and a song starting with lyrics like (this is what I thought the lyrics says, before reading the actual English translation) if it was you it would have been nice is definitely not a love song with a happy content plus the fact that it is ballad-y (-ish) it’s definitely a heartbreak song. I feel the pain, I know of someone who has experienced that kind of situation; let’s just say I’m going to keep that someone nameless.

I guess it really happens, that situation where you wish for someone so badly to be that right person for you but it turns out that it can’t be and no matter how painful it is on you, you’ll be that noble idiot to let go because you wish for that person’s happiness. Yup, it happens in real life, not just in dramas, I know some noble idiots in person.

Just so what I am talking about is clear (and for my reference) here’s the English translation of the song (credits to pop!gasa):

I wish it was you

Lee Jung

I wish it was you, the person who will laugh with me
I wish it was you, the person who will walk with me
I wish it was you — on our way back home in the late evening,
The one person who will passionately hug me

* I’m afraid it will all disappear if I tell you
So I’ve hidden these words without anyone knowing

** I really wish it was you, do you know how I feel?
Because my love is like breathing, I can’t hide it
I can’t let go of you, who is turning away right now
It hurts but for you, I need to say goodbye now

* Repeat

** Repeat

There is just so much to say
But I can’t say it and I miss you so I call your name again

I wish it was me, the person who is next to you right now
I can’t let go of you, who is turning away right now
It hurts but for you, I need to…
For you, I need to say goodbye now.

Now, what I’m talking about is cleared. Is the pain evident? It is to me and since I am in need of some inspiration (I can’t write properly if I’m not sad, it’s weird I know but that’s me) I’m keeping this song on repeat until I see that sparks.

As I Strive to Develop, Grow and Remember

As the year ends and as I continue to get comfortable in my own home in the internet, I decided to be sort of systematic. Well it is sort of more because I think I do better or I function well enough if I have a goal or something. Look at how I nailed the 30 day blog challenge in nearly 30 days, that’s something. It would also be an encouragement for me to never give up and take on new things and don’t be overwhelmed just because it’s something I haven’t done before. I would also get to change, improve and polish my writing skills and thought process.

What am I babbling about? Well I came up with things or topics that I would write about on a daily basis, an upgrade of the 30 day blog challenge, a weekly challenge or a guideline of sort, a theme per day, you get the gist. Here’s what I came up with:

~ Monday – I’ll write about a certain song that I listened to or listening to or I listened to and now on repeat in my music player (also known as my iPhone.) That makes Mondays music day or That Tune on a Monday.

~ Tuesday – Since I watch and read way too much, I have way too much quotes that I like and sometimes forget. Thus writing about it doesn’t only make me completely analyze the quote, it makes me remember it easily too, because I can check it out anytime. Thus Tuesdays are about quotes or As I Quote Tuesday.

~ Wednesday – I’ll be posting poems that I wrote or the stories behind a dish that I cooked, whichever comes first and makes Wednesday either Poetry Wednesday or Wednesday’s Kitchen Stories.

~ Thursday – I’ll write about Korean Dramas/Movies that I watched; it’s either some musing, recaps (hoping to be brave enough to take that on,) reviews or some hopefully not so serious fangirling. It’s a day filled with drama, so calling it Dramatic Thursday is more than fitting.

~ Friday – is a rest day, it’s the weekend after all.

~ Saturday – English is not my native language, and as much as possible, I try to learn a new English word everyday (thanks to my Dictionary app it’s a whole lot easier now.) That said every Saturday; I am going to post about my word of the day or That Word This Saturday.

~ Sunday – this day I’ll be posting anything and everything, the choice is endless making Sundays Purely Random Sunday.

It’s very ambitious right? I thought so too but then it’s encouraging, it’s making sure that I write or continue to write. My pronunciation is already in danger; I can’t risk my grammar too.

In closing, with this I hope to develop at least my writing skills, grow with experience as I write one word after the other and remember the feeling, reaction and thought behind each word.

[Day 15] I’m a Fan; This is My Fiction (If you could write a fan fiction story based on an existing movie/book/TV show what would you choose?)

Interesting, very interesting; today’s challenge is actually something that I have been brewing and cultivating in my ever scattered brain and if I just have enough courage in me to pursue it, I would have, but sadly, I’m lacking in the courage department so I’ll just let it lurk and swirl in my head.

So, the challenge, if I could write a fan fiction either movie/book/TV show it is definitely going to be Faith or The Great Doctor. Why? Because as per my opinion, there’s plenty of things that could be developed and improved in that TV show/Korean Drama and there are some scenes that I still can’t get over with, that is still haunting me somehow because I just can’t believe it was executed that way when it could have been another. True there are plenty of things that I liked about it; okay scratch that, I love that Lee Min-ho played the role of Choi Young, for obvious reasons. I like the costumes and the soundtrack (I’m not embarrassed to say that I wake up every morning to the sound of I Am a Woodalchi, Great Big Choi Young.) I almost fell for the special effects as well as the concept of time travelling thru a cave like opening among the rocks (this is the first time travel themed Korean Drama that I ever watched,) and of course I admit to liking the display of cutie warriors. There are plenty of things that I absolutely adore and like, but there are things that I really didn’t get or refuse to get (I am putting my foot down on this one, no excuses, take no prisoner!)

If ever that I do write the said fan fiction, I am definitely going to do something about the ending, and I’m going to start from there. I won’t just let General Choi Young and Eun-soo stare at each other for the love of everything that’s holy! I mean she ran all the way already why not give a tight hug if a kiss is not possible (the actress is married so maybe there’s a clause in her contract that has to do with no kissing or something.) Just thinking about that scene gets me so worked up, and I still feel like I’ve been left hanging on that massive tree waiting for something that’s not going to happen.

Nevertheless, wait until I get that courage, I would write that fan fiction. How about you, if you could write a fan fiction story based on an existing movie/book/TV show what would you choose?