Withdrawal Therapy

I’ve been playing this song nonstop, well actually almost the whole The Heirs OST since Friday like it’s some kind of therapy. I think I’m sick, I think its withdrawal syndrome. Today, it finally hit me that it’s finished, what I watched last Friday (I’ve seen the raw on Thursday, Friday was with subtitles) is the final episode of The Heirs, there won’t be anything more. The End, Finish, Finito. WHY?! I’m so not ready, hence, the withdrawal. If I had an idea I would be feeling this way, I wouldn’t have incorporated watching the said Korean Drama to my weekly routine, well too late.

The Heirs is the first Korean Drama that I kept track of. I usually watch completed series because I hate being left hanging. You know that feeling when you’re having this really engaging conversation with a friend and just when he/she notices that you’re completely hooked with what you guys are talking about he/she would stop then refuses to go on? And you feel like strangling her/him because you’re dying to know what happens next. What I am trying to avoid is similar to that, I refuse to experience that; you can’t do that to me, you can’t do the build up and not deliver! I set that aside when I kept track of The Heirs, I endured week after week. And once they stopped showing the preview for the next episode I frequented those blog sites that keep track of the show (Joonni, A Dramatic Life, Koala’s Playground) to check if they have posted and translated it. I even read live recap (I will forever thank Joonni for that) and ultimately, watched the live airing (raw and without English subtitles.) I was completely hooked, and as I said, it is my drama crack of the year.

It’s no secret that I watched it because of Lee Min-ho; I’m not denying it. My close friend says that I am biased towards him, well; Lee Min-ho is my ultimate bias, ever!  Although I have to admit that towards the end, I had this unexplainable fondness for the character played by Kim Woo-bin and I was happy about his closure and the way his character matured. It’s quite surprising because I really hated his character at first, confused the day light out of me, like a person with a multiple personality disorder, okay, it was entertaining in a creepy way, but still if you’re not into creepy like me, Choi Young-do would give you a whiplash.

Maybe I should write a review about the show for me to completely accept that it’s completed, but I’m not ready yet. For now I’ll just have the OST on repeat, and try to picture the scenes where it was played. Here’s some more of my favorites:

On a creepy note, since watching The Heirs, everytime I see or notice a couple look or gaze at each other I can’t help but sing “Love is the mooomeeent…” in my head, no kidding. I need therapy, badly.

[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?

[Day 14] It’s a Party, You’re Invited! (If you could invite 10 people to a dinner party, fictional, current or historical, who would they be?)

Like I would really throw one, in my not always wholesome dream! Honestly, I don’t really like parties that much, blame it on being shy and the lack of confidence to hold a decent and entertaining conversation or just me being somehow in between social and anti social. However, since its part of the challenge then I am giving in and I put much thought about it, so much that in the end I am sort of disappointed that it was just 10 people. There’s plenty to invite. Anyways, with no further ado, below are the 10 people that I would like to invite to my uber private, not guaranteed to be not boring dinner party (it did say fictional, current or historical so let me dream) in no particular order:

1. William Shakespeare – for the obvious reason that I worship the guy; he’s my hero and I learned plenty of things from him, parting is such sweet sorrow, do you see the brilliance there? I might ask him some awkward question too, well mostly something that I’ve been dying to know but not going to mention. (hehe)

2. Jacob Black – isn’t he one of the hottest fictional character ever! I watched the Twilight Saga not because of Edward Cullen but because of him, because of hawt Jacob Black and during all those scenes where Bella pushes him away I volunteered to take him in.

3. Lee Min-ho – do I need to explain why? I don’t think so.

4. Jang Geun-suk – I would invite him only because I want him to sing all night long. I love his voice that much, but I think not as much as I love Lee Hong-ki’s whom I won’t invite because I am still debating with myself if I am willing to admit that I have an ICOMYM.

5. Alexander Skarsgard – he’s an interesting guy, very interesting. 😉

6. Jack Sparrow – one of my most favorite almost lunatic characters. It’s going to be a fun night with rum I say.

7. Ha Ji-won – my goddess!

8. Jan Michael Villas – my dear brother. Why is he invited? Well mainly because I want to buy him a drink and actually drink with him and more. I feel like we’ve been forced to mature and step up, we didn’t really have that much play time; I want that dinner to be a moment to talk too, a way for me to know what happened all those years that I was gone.

9. Anne Gelene Gregorio

10. Mary Anne Redil

The last two I’m inviting mainly because I miss them, our time together in one specific place. It’s been forever since that time and I dearly miss them. At least to them, I’m not so difficult to understand, at least to them, I can leave my guard down.

Now that is going to be one interesting dinner party. Who would you invite if it was you who’s hosting it?

[Day 11] I Quote! (What are your favorite quotes?)

I love quotes and quoting people; if I’m in a sarcastic mood I even air quote just to stress how offended I was by a particular sentence or words. I feel this unexplainable joy whenever I quote something, maybe because those are words that really hit home, touched me like no other and made me wonder, in that order. That said, today’s challenge is easy to me who quotes every little touching lines and all, or is it really? I had way too much sources of quotes: books, Korean Dramas, Movies, and friends too; knowing that had me thinking, which quotes to write, I have a thousand to choose from? After much thought I decided I’ll write ten (10) out of the long list of my favorite quotes and it is as follows, in no particular order:

1. Love means never having to say you’re sorry. – Love Story, Erich Segal.

2. Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it. – A Walk to Remember, Nicholas Sparks.

3. After all; I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. – Notting Hill, Anna Scott.

4. If we love someone so much, how will we be able to handle it one day when we are separated? And if being separated is a part of life and you know about separation well, is it possible that we can love someone and never be afraid of losing them? Is it possible that we can live our entire life without loving at all? – Love of Siam, Mew.

5. I can’t be your boyfriend but that doesn’t mean I don’t love you. – Love of Siam, Tong.

6. “What” and “if” are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life. – Letters to Juliet, Sophie’s Letter to Claire.

7. She had me at my worst; you had me at my best. Pero binaliwala mo ang lahat (But you took everything for granted) and you chose to break my heart. – One More Chance, Popoy Gonzalez

8. Does that work for you? Can you be okay without seeing me? I can’t do it. I don’t know why I’m being clingy myself. But I need to see you. Whether the lion eats grass or caviar can be mixed with rice, I know how pathetic and idiotic this is. But I don’t know about all that – I just want to hold you. – Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, Cha Chi-soo.

9. Yes, you’re right; you don’t fit me. I’m too much for you. You know why? It’s not because you hurt my pride, it’s not because you mentioned my family problems and hurt me. It’s because I took the courage for you, but you didn’t do anything for me. Yes, if that’s what you want, then I will leave you alone. I thought you were a good dream, but you were a bad dream Cha Eun-sang. – The Heirs/The Inheritors, Kim Tan.

10. A cruel revenge where I must shoot my real father, if I did it, would I be able to go on well with my life? I who had to point a gun at the woman I love, do you think I’d be fine? A father who lost his leg for me, and I have to face off with him, how do you think I feel? I wanted you to think of me just once and stop. I, I just wanted to live an ordinary and happy life with you; but it was all a dream. – City Hunter, Lee Yoon Sung.

There you have it, 10 out of the long list of my favorites. Most of them are heartbreaking, I know but then again I am quoting it so it is expected. How about you, what are your favorite quotes?

[Day 8] The Tube Fuels My Addiction (Name any television show you’re addicted to)

Err, I have a confession to make: we do not have a television at home. Come to think of it, it’s been a year since I watched something on an actual television, which only means that my laptop has been working diligently to entertain me, I should be more patient with it (it took me that long to realize that I’m an abusive user, go figure!)

The lack of television didn’t really have any impact at my current home, my roommates and I all have our own laptops, and we all watch TV shows online which is convenient because we do not watch the same shows, plus if it is on an actual TV, there would be a huge problem because of the time-slot (irregular shifts people, irregular, odd shifts) and that is why not having a TV is fine (having no Internet connection is worst!)

Today’s challenge is to name a show that I am addicted to, which made me think, which one of them? I am sort of easily hooked on TV shows, well mostly TV series from TrueBlood to Winx Club. I can imagine some of you wrinkling their foreheads or raising an eyebrow. Yep, huge gap but hey, I think I have more than 10 persons in me what with my mood swinging from left to right; my mom addressed this as the “frustrated writer syndrome.” Her sense of humor is not bad sometimes.

So, TV shows, hmmm. I don’t know about TV shows but I am currently hooked with Korean Drama series. That’s what I have been watching lately and I like most of them (I mean it) so I guess I would just have to name which one I am currently watching (more on obsessing about that is.)

I am currently addicted obsessed with The Heirs/The Inheritors or One Trying to Wear the Crown, Withstands the Weight – The Heirs (I dunno about you but I think this has got to be one of the longest title ever!) It’s a good drama, wait scratch that, it is an almost good drama, let’s say it’s average on my standard but why am I obsessed to the point that I would wake up very early on my off day just to watch it first thing in the morning? A very few friends know the answer: because of Lee Min-ho. Yep, I’m finally letting it out in the open, I’m a Lee Min-ho fangirl (slight) and yes I watched all of his TV series. Why? He’s a very good actor; he’s the only actor I know that can act with his eyes, ah those eyes, I’ll happily drown in those eyes! I read a comment I think it was at Dramabeans’ or maybe at Joonni’s (these are my favorite Korean drama recap/review sites) if he was an American actor he should insure his eyes like some American celebrities (e. g. Jennifer Lopez’ butt) and I definitely agree.

Back to the series, as I said, it is average on my standard because there were parts that are really dragging, and some characters are really giving me a hard time, to quote girlfriday, it’s making me bipolar. And some scenes frustrates the daylight out of me although if you try to justify and read between the lines it’s acceptable but still, can we get it simplified?

Thankfully it picked up its phase last week and ended with a scene that practically broke my heart, made me cry and turned me into a puddle of mush mainly because Lee Min-ho was crying (why are they making Lee Min-ho cry?) I assume the next episode is going to be a good one, or I’m keeping my fingers crossed. But in case it’s not, I’ll still get to watch Lee Min-ho so whatever!


Lee Min-ho as City Hunter

That is my latest addiction obsession. How about you, what’s the television show that you’re addicted to?