MBC scored one of the best series for 2018 in My Secret Terrius. Creatively conceived in complete package, it even included extra perk for fulfilling the dreams of So Ji Sub fans to see right before their very eyes the imaginary romance they all dream of with him — a picture of him taking care of children plus doing house chores like a dream husband. *wink

For its polished and lively screenplay and sane story direction, it is one drama I would highly recommend this year.

Read FULL REVIEW on Hellokpop.




Lucky for the abundance of adorable scenes, Devilish Charm reached an engrossing story dedicated to people who seek feel-good romantic stories.

Despite the messy ending which relied on viewers’ understanding nature to accept whatever road to happy ending scenarios thrown in the concluding episodes, Devilish Charm is still a safe bet for a romantic treat.

Credit to Choi Jin Hyuk and Song Ha Yoon’s spot-on portrayals and a reliable support from the secondary characters, this drama is perfect for a weekend binge if your set theme is romance.

Read FULL REVIEW on Hellokpop.



The Third Charm is reminiscent of the feel I had with heartwarming romance drama Because This Is My First Life, in the sense that the love lessons cut deep to people who have experienced the anguish that always comes with heartfelt adoration we feel for someone.

In a sea of Korean romantic dramas, it is rare to find an unfeigned love story. Most often than not, avid followers can already predict the flow of the narrative. Hence, going an extra mile with a simple love premise is already a feat hard to accomplish.

The Third Charm is one of my personal favorites among the love stories I’ve seen this year.

Read FULL REVIEW on Hellokpop.



The Smile Has Left Your Eyes put me on that realization on how I underestimated melodramas to be just relying on tears and series of unfortunate events to whirl its narrative.

If given proper treatment, even with bare setting along with essential conflicts and characters, it can paint an idyllic picture that goes back to one of the fundamental goals of storytelling — providing clear inspiration to its viewers.

Read FULL REVIEW on Hellokpop.

K-Drama Review: HYMN OF DEATH


Hymn of Death presented the story of a man and a woman who have been living to please and make sacrifices for their families when their utmost wishes are simple joys they can easily obtain on their own.

Although it is a quick drama watch, it challenged me to formulate the takeaways from Sim Deok and Woo Jin. Their story might not appeal to a general public owing to how it touches themes of alienation, depression, disobedience to parents and even forbidden affair. So, I flipped the other side to make the lessons from Hymn of Death to be more relatable and understandable.

Read FULL REVIEW on Hellokpop.

Korean Drama Quick Reviews: “THE GREAT SEDUCER” & “THE GRAND PRINCE”


All was good until the seduction was abruptly halted. I was set on the mood it advertised about a master player. I felt that the seduction part was cut off when it was just heating up because the lead love couple’s parents love arc made it messier.

Individually, the four main characters fairly painted their characters to the best of what the story flow could offer. But given their talents, they could have done more if the narrative did not dwell on the conflict related to the lead love couple’s parents.

Nevertheless, there were striking moments from the love journeys and friendship drawn in the narrative. However, it was not enough to create a lingering story.


We did not have much historical productions this year. But interestingly, all of the period dramas accomplished well in ratings and story values.

That had been the fate of The Grand Prince which I truly regretted not being able to write a full review because I really enjoyed it like how I loved Queen For Seven Daysdearly.

Grand Prince announced its presence through an engaging symphony of love and drama, involving a woman caught in between the affection of two Joseon princes. The grandiose design, powered by indelible portrayals of the actors, made up the familiar contours of classic historical masterpiece which we have loved in the past, visibly evident in this new spectacle.

As the only period drama aired in the first half of the year, Grand Prince superbly unravels the poignant events of the story.  It drives a balanced energy by incorporating the trademark political strife of historical dramas and cushioning it with the romance elements of the story. It secures a well-blended serious and bright notes, while drawing the viewers to its stunning love tale. The seamless narration easily navigates the viewers to the compass of the narrative.

K-Drama Review: MR. SUNSHINE



A crowd pleaser to its target audience, Mr. Sunshine may appeal to selected audience who particularly likes stories set in traditional times. But it is one drama, I would highly-recommend this year, taking into consideration of the story’s historical premise value, superb cast portrayal, and overall make of the series.

Furthermore, the quality of the cinematic experience of every episode is one for the books, that even with its somber tone, it would yield a trance moment for you to appreciate its worth.

Looking back, Mr. Sunshine took a simple route following how period set stories are usually done. We got the historical problem scenario to spur the web of the events, the heroes and the villains to move inside it, and the path to a satisfying closure.

But it was the expressive depictions and garnished screenplay execution that made Mr. Sunshine a force to reckon.

Read the FULL REVIEW on Hellokpop.

Fans can watch Mr. Sunshine via Netflix.

K-Drama Review: TALE OF FAIRY



Admittedly, Tale of Fairy is one of my drama disappointments this year. Although the intention was there, the execution will require viewers to watch it on a binge to get the whole picture to understand its message.

Strangely though, even with all those heavy sigh moments, I remained faithful as a weekly follower instead of skipping it. But there are a lot more neat fantasy-romance to choose from that you can enjoy without suffering frequent confusions like this one.

READ FULL REVIEW on Hellokpop.

K-Drama Review: JUST DANCE



Just Dance relishes the idea of a point in one’s life when chasing dreams is scary, because you are uncertain about it. With relatable friendship side stories and romance hints, the swift movement of Just Dance has made the series an easy watch. You can even finish it in one sitting.

My weekly doses of this youth drama has had me cry and smile subconsciously, because it easily evokes those fond memories when I was once a young woman, full of passion, yet unsure of what my life purpose would be like.

Indeed, what makes you happy does not always translate to what you want to do in life – this is the biggest takeaway I got from Dance Sports girls.

Read FULL REVIEW on Hellokpop.

New K-Dramas To Watch On Viki This Fall

Ready to play with yellows and crimsons? Here are new K-dramas to look forward this autumn!

When Time Stopped

A man goes back and forth in the time-space continuum, with no regard for the passing of time and aging. Joon Woo (Kim Hyun Joong) leads a lonely existence due to his special ability. One day, he meets a woman who makes time matter for the first time in his life. Will he be able to be with her? “When Time Stopped” is a 2018 Viki Original drama series. It is “Boys Over Flowers” star Kim Hyun Joong’s comeback drama after “Inspiring Generation” in 2014.

Watch it on Viki.

Love Alert

What could a top actress and a dermatologist have in common? Not much when the top actress is Yoon Yoo Jung (Yoon Eun Hye) and the dermatologist is Cha Woo Hyun (Chun Jung Myung). Yoo Jung has enjoyed great career success but bad relationship failures. But she’s still optimistic that the right man will come along. Woo Hyun is a sought-after doctor but is pessimistic and can’t be bothered with female entanglements. When Yoo Jung and Woo Hyun accidentally get involved in a scandal in the media, it’ll take all the finesse that Han Jae Kyung (Han Go Eun), the president of Yoo Jung’s agency, can muster. What kind of an agreement will be agreed between Yoo Jung and Woo to weather the storm? 

Watch in Viki.

Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter

A fantasy tale of a wingless fairy who needs to await the reincarnation of her former husband to try to locate her lost wings and return to heaven.

Watch it on Viki.

Dokgo Rewind

He couldn’t protect his twin brother. Now, he wants revenge. Kang Hyuk (EXO’s Sehun) is devastated when school bullies cause the death of his twin brother, Kang Hoo. He wants to go after the bad kids at his high school and make them pay for what they did. With the help of Kim Hyun Sun (Kang Mina) and Kim Jong Il (Jo Byung Gyu), Kang Hyuk seeks justice, but at what price will he get it?  “Dokgo Rewind” is a 2018 South Korean web drama series directed by Choi Eun Jong. It is based on a popular webtoon.

Watch it on Viki.

You may also check my November 2018 Korean Drama New Releases at Hellokpop.

Win Tickets To #LeeJongSukinMNL Via “Art School 2018 With Lee Jong Suk Oppa”

Unleash your creative mind to MEET THE HITMAKER ACTOR AT 2018 LEE JONG SUK FAN MEETING TOUR <CRANK UP> on November 18!

Lee Jong Suk

I’m sure everyone who loves Lee Jong Suk has been thinking about ways to raise money for his fan meeting ticket when the news of his visit spread in the Philippine’s K-drama grapevine on August 12.

Apart from the ticket-selling which was launched on October 14, here’s another chance to score tickets and meet Lee Jong Suk live at the Araneta Coliseum.

In collaboration with PULP Live World and Happee Sy, abbyinhallyuland will give tickets to the best entries of – “Art School 2018 With Lee Jong Suk Oppa”. *yes pun intended

Check out the guidelines below and amaze us with your best artworks based on drama/film characters portrayed by our favorite actor.

Lee Jong Suk Fan Meeting In Manila

“ART SCHOOL 2018 WITH lee jong suk oppa” GAME MECHANICS:

1. Crank up your inner artist and create a stunning FAN ART of your FAVORITE LEE JONG SUK CHARACTER
(digital or not as long as long as it is clear when you send the JPEG image to us; no collage of his multiple characters just ONE character only)

2. Send your fan art to abbyinhallyuland@gmail.com with EMAIL SUBJECT: LEE JONG SUK FAN ART – [FULL NAME]. 

3. On the email body, include your full name, contact no., and Facebook and/or, Instagram and Twitter profile links.

4. Please send the fan art in JPEG format with the file name LEE JONG SUK FAN ART [FULL NAME].

5. Only one fan art per person will be eligible for the contest. Please do send ONE entry only. Please DO NOT submit a picture you would get online. 

6. Follow Pulp Live World, Happee Sy and abbyinhallyuland on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Facebook: PULP Live World, Happee Hour and abbyinhallyuland.

Twitter: PULP Live World, Happee Hour and abbyinhallyuland

Instagram: PULP Live World, Happee Hour and abbyinhallyuland.

7. Once you have submitted your entry, make sure to repost this article/FB page post on your Facebook account with the event’s official hashtag #LeeJongSukinMNL and my unique SNS tag for this event #LeeJongSukinMNLxAbbyInHallyuLand; then tag me abbyinhallyuland PULP Live World and Happee Hour on your post. (Make sure your post is set to PUBLIC.)

8. The contest will run from October 15 to November 10.

Upon contemplating on the request and suggestions of Lee Jong Suk fans who want to participate, but is worried about the “social engagement drive” rule, I am officially lifting the rule to generate likes and shares on Facebook. Just make sure to follow the first seven instructions and we will be good.

9. Criteria for judging the Final 10 fan arts include FOLLOWING the above instructions properly and making sure that our team will say “WOW” when we see your drawing. *wink*

10. Announcement of the winners will be on November 14.  Winners will be emailed and notified through text message about details on how the tickets will be claimed.

Disclaimer: As complete details for #LeeJongSukinMNL is still on-going, the type of tickets to be given in the event is yet to be announced since it will be provided by the event organizer. 



5 Reminders Before #LeeJongSukinMNL Ticket-Selling Day

Lee Jong Suk Fan Meeting In Manila

October 14 is D-DAY for the ticket-selling of “2018 Lee Jong Suk Fan Meeting Tour CRANK UP.”

After sending us to the sweetest high with Lee Jong Suk’s fan meeting announcement in August, our golden “oppa portkey” will soon be available for us to purchase. *wink

Read through the guidelines released by PULP Live World to ensure smooth process when you buy the tickets on Sunday, October 14.


1. DO NOT BUY on illegal ticket-selling websites!
The official website to buy #LeeJongSukinMNL tickets online is via www.ticketnet.com.ph. Please refer to the outlet store guide of ticketnet below if you will opt to buy your ticket offline.

Lee Jong Suk In Manila

2. Set your alarm right.
If you want the best view to fulfill all those years that you dreamt of seeing Lee Jong Suk in person, then make sure you set your alarm right if you intend to buy the tickets online or offline. Sleep well the night before to make sure you are awake on Sunday, October 14, because tickets start selling promptly at 12PM.

3. Ticket prices range from P2,500 – P10,000 (excluding ticketing charges).
Read through the ticket price breakdown below:
· PHOTO ROYALTY – P 10,000 – includes photo opportunity by group of 20 with Lee Jong Suk
· FANATICS – P 10,000 – will stay at the very front beside the stage and get opportunity to play games with Lee Jong Suk
· HI-TOUCH ROYALTY – P 8,500 – high touch session with Lee Jong Suk
· LEE – P 7,500
· JONG – P 5,500
· SUK – P 2,500
All ticket holders will get a free poster and randomly win a signed poster. Happee Sy said that additional announcements will be made in the coming days regarding upper box seats and P800 area.

lee Jong Suk In Manila

4. Sit back and wait for your November date with Lee Jong Suk
Sleep and make sure you are at your prettiest when you attend the 2018 Lee Jong Suk Fan Meeting Tour CRANK UP on November 18.

5. Follow PULP Live World
If you have questions or inquiries, please reach out to the friendly team of PULP Live World by calling them at 727-4957. For show information and updates visit www.pulpliveworld.com.
Be sure to follow PULP Live World on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

2018 Lee Jong Suk Fan Meeting Tour CRANK UP is brought to fans by PULP Live World, Globe at Home and The Creative Lab, in partnership with A Man Project.

Lee Jong Suk Fan Meeting In Manila

K-Drama Review: Thirty But Seventeen



Thirty But Seventeen

Taking in Chan’s mantra to not think and feel had helped a lot in focusing on the merits of Thirty But Seventeen. The story of a woman, who wakes up from a 13-year coma and is left to figure out how to survive in her 30-year old self, has designed woman-empowering lessons about chasing dreams and living in the moment.

Thirty But Seventeen tells the story of an unfortunate accident, which caused a 17-year-old violin prodigy to be unconscious for 13 years. When she wakes up, her uncle and aunt are nowhere to be found, and the house which her parents built was sold to new owners. Adjusting to what she missed in the last 17 years, she is helped by the family who owns the new house as she gropes her way to accustom herself of being a 30-year-old woman.

Live in the moment while appreciating life changes is the lingering nudge I received from Thirty But Seventeen. Albeit some supine plot movements, it is a safe watch, but don’t expect too much.

When compared to a musical piece, it lacks the crescendo to make the rhythm push the audience upwards for some lingering thoughts about it, yet you appreciate while watching it, no doubt.

Fans can watch Thirty But Seventeen on Viki.

Read my FULL REVIEW on hellokpop.

K-Drama Review: Voice 2


Continuing the success of its predecessor, Voice 2 enabled an opportunity for OCN network to push for plans to expand the story in multiple seasons. Leaving the viewers on a thrilling cliff-hanger at the finale episode of Voice 2, it has officially announced the continuation of the well-received OCN crime thriller onto a third installment. Meticulously written, Voice 2 took advantage of its known driving points that will keep its audience interest while maneuvering a scintillating serial killer chase. OCN has made sure that every actor it will tap in its crime series gives justice to their role, just like how Lee and Kwon have amazed with their outwitting match, and making it the same feel yet different approach compared to Jang Hyuk and Kim Jae Wook’s contention last year.

Fans can watch the full series of Voice 2 on VIU.

Read my FULL REVIEW on hellokpop.

K-Drama Review: My ID is Gangnam Beauty

My ID is Gangnam Beauty thankfully proves how youth dramas does not warrant immature characters, while treading on excess baggages of being young, chasing dreams, and discovering love.

It easily hooks due to its refreshing mood, and successfully elevates its game through romantic notes in the waning episodes.

One of those rare few youth dramas that I gladly recommend if I will be asked for K-drama suggestions on the spot, because of its nicely paced, decently acted, and engaging overall appeal.

Read my FULL REVIEW at Hellokpop.

Cheering Up For The Dreams Of Teen Dancers On “Dancing High”

Dancing High Teen


I am more of a music lover, but since I am nurturing my new-found K-pop love, that could have contributed to why I got hooked on new K-show – Dancing High ‘Teen’.

The variety program qualified the most talented dancers in the country to be grouped in five teams of seven members. The ultimate winner gets to have a chance of a dance scholarship abroad.

Celebrity dancer-mentors will take charge in honing the skills of the teen dancer trainees.

That’s basically the format of the show. What I like about it so far is how I am introduced to different types of modern dances. The pilot episode has had me bask on impressive dance showcases of the participants who paraded snappy quick cuts, defined big movements along with style and individuality in their performances.

Actually, variety shows are staple needs for my K-drama watching because I need it to break the saturation when I am hitting it when I am on a continuous binge.

Dancing High is a nice watch and has a nice editing, that’s actually expected of KBS. I love their editing of The Unit. I stayed glued watching its premiere, and craved for more of it because I was drawn to the educational tour I got about different types of dances that I was not aware of. The spontaneity easily draws attention even for audience who does not particularly have interest in dancing, like me.

It is a new show, so you have a time to follow how the stories of the aspiring dancers unfold.

Watch it on Viki.


K-Drama Review: Your House Helper


KBS2 TV’s healing drama sealed the message it has wished to impart by smartly casting Ha Suk Jin as the focal character of Your House Helper.

One of the few actors who can bring justice to roles given to him, his character as a former-banker-turned-genius-house-organizer has made viewers swoon from those pep talks he delivered as he also journeys in confronting his own misgivings.

Taking a minimalist route, Your House Helper does not make the viewers feel any negativity, yet the positive tone does not make it linger.

Woo Jin, who connects with the girls struggling to unclutter their thoughts, and the lessons extended in the drama have been the saving grace of the series.

While it lives up to its promise of becoming a healing drama, it would have not hurt the narrative if it went through a little insertions of energizing twists to upbeat the flow of the story.

The predictable plot, which spelt problem-to-be-resolved trajectory, could have done more – if the talented cast who graced the series would have given more movement to the narrative.

Read my FULL REVIEW on Hellokpop.

Watch it on Viki or viu.com.

K-Dramaland Newsnippets: New September K-Drama Premieres, The Man Who Became King, The Third Charm

Check out K-dramaland news and updates from August 26 – September 1.

New month means new set of k-dramas to premiere. Check out my monthly listicle on Hellokpop for the 10 new Korean dramas that will welcome autumn. Click the title below.

10 Korean Dramas To Start In September 2018 With So Ji Sub, Seo In Guk, Lee Min Ki & Others

I also wrote mid-series check for Thirty But Seventeen and the full review of Your House Helper.

Thirty But Seventeen

Now for casting news of upcoming dramas…

Seo Kang Joon and Esom pair up for “The Third Charm”

The Third Charm takes the story of a man and a woman, who discover love passing through memories and events they will create through the four seasons of twelve years they spend being together.

Seo Kang Joon deviates from his last dreamy handsome look to Big-Bang-Theory-nerdy-but-still-handsome face to portray On Joon Young. His uptight personality is set to loosen up, because of Lee Young Jae (Esom) – a student who works as a beauty assistant and dreams of becoming a famous hairdresser. Their opposing personalities will draw an engaging love story for all audiences to set the romantic mood of autumn.

Read the full article HERE.

Yeo Jin Goo and Lee Se Young are also set to headline tvN’s “The Man Who Became King”

Based on the high-grossing movie Masquerade, the upcoming tvN drama takes the story of Prince Gwanghae who struggled during his reign as a monarch, battling the tumultuous power struggle in the palace.

He will switch place with a peasant named Ha Sun after he survived another poisoning attempt.

Yeo Jin Goo will play the dual roles of Prince Gwanghae and Ha Sun, while Lee Se Young will become his queen.

Read the full article HERE.

You can watch Thirty But Seventeen and Your House Helper on Viki.

For my upcoming k-drama reviews, I am set to write “Life on Mars” and “Are You Human?” next week.

I am currently watching “My ID is Gangnam Beauty”, “Voice 2”, “Your Honor”, and “Thirty But Seventeen”, “Familiar Wife”, “Lovely Horribly and “Risky Romance”. The said dramas I watch on viu.com.  I also love Mr. Sunshine which you can watch on Netflix.

Lee Jong Suk Kicks Off World Fan Meeting Tour On A High Note

Over 21,000 Japanese fans flocked to Tokyo and Osaka in Japan to join Lee Jong Suk for the prelude of his ‘Crank Up’ fan meeting tour.

Initially planned for two days in Tokyo, the Osaka stop was added to cater for the clamor of fans who wished to see their cherished actor.

Lee Jong Suk engaged with his fans as he bubbly shared his recent travel adventures and interests.

Lee Jong Suk

He looked back on his acting career by sharing stories about School 2013, I Hear Your Voice, Pinocchio, W and While You Were Sleeping. Fans were treated to Lee Jong Suk’s warm and genuine smiles as reflected on the plenty of collective laugh and cheers from the crowd.

The highlight of the event was his heartfelt piano performance which sends the audience to tears feeling the emotions of Lee Jong Suk poured out in two special songs prepared for them.

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He remarked, “I thought that the guy who can play the piano is cool and it challenged me. But it was really difficult. I want to continue learning.”

His extraordinary fan love was conveyed through generous amount of hugs and reciprocating the fan love declarations he received from fans who were able to closely engaged with him in the games prepared in the event.

The actor who became all-around performer for his beloved fans became one with crying fans as he read through his love letter in the brink of tears.

Hinting his upcoming military service Lee Jong Suk said, “I hope you will not be sad even if you do not see me frequently for a while. In my 30s, I will greet you as a mature person and even more better as an actor.”

Lee Jong Suk

Meanwhile, Lee Jong-seok will continue to meet with Korean fans through a domestic fan meeting ‘Pit-a-Pat’ at the KBS Arena Hall in Seoul on September 1.

He is set to meet his Philippine fans in 2018 Lee Jong Suk Fan Meeting Tour ‘CRANK UP’ In Manila on November 18 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Ticket selling begins on Sept 16 via http://www.ticketnet.com.ph.

Follow PULP Live World and Happee Hour for show updates.

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K-Dramaland Newsnippets: Park Bo Young’s New Drama, “Lee Mong”, “Voice 2” and “Lovely Horribly” Premieres

It was a busy week for me, but Cha Eun Woo sparked my energy level back as romance started to sweeten my weekly guilty kdrama pleasure – “My ID is Gangnam Beauty”.

Last Sunday, I kicked off a project for Lee Jong Suk’s fan meeting on November so don’t be surprised if I am going to pay extra attention to him in the next few weeks. I also met girl group MOMOLAND last Friday for a private press event. You can check my article at hellokpop if you are a fan. 

I am supposed to complete the mid-series checks until next week and hopefully finished all the reviews for ‘Are You Human?’, ‘Life on Mars’, and ‘Your House Helper’ before the next batch hit its finale week.

So… we have three upcoming k-drama casting news and two k-dramas which opened last week.

Park Bo Young Returns With “Abyss”

Since her sleeper hit Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, all eyes have been on Park Bo Young as to which drama she will appear next.

The actress revealed she has been reviewing proposed scripts and ultimately decided to pick Abyss to make an extraordinary appearance as a fun and charming character.

Read FULL ARTICLE on Hellokpop.

K-Drama Opening Week: Voice 2

Latest K-drama ‘Voice 2’ maneuvers a straightforward kickoff, completed with an explanation of where the replaced season 1 cast are, as well as the introduction to new team members and the atrocious main masked villain who we hope to see the face sooner, this time around.

Read FULL ARTICLE on Hellokpop.

Watch it on VIU.

Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days Joins South Korea’s 10-Million-Movie Club

As expected through its record-breaking trend, film outfit Lotte Entertainment proudly announced ‘Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days’’ newest milestone as confirmed by the Korean Film Council.

The sequel to last year’s blockbuster hit and currently all-time second highest-grossing film notched over 10 million admission sales on August 14.

Read FULL ARTICLE on Hellokpop.

Golden Lineup for tvN’s Revenge Drama “Room No. 9”

Kim Hee Sun, Kim Young Kwang and Kim Hae Sook confirmed appearance for the weekend drama of cable network tvN, which is eyeing a September broadcast after period drama Mr. Sunshine.

Read FULL ARTICLE on Hellokpop.

Yoo Ji Tae & Lee Yo Won Pair Up For “Lee Mong”

Lee Mong will commence filming on October and is looking to be broadcast in the first half of 2019.

The series will be set during Japanese colonial period in Gyeongsong (now Seoul) and will also cover Manchuria and Shanghai in China.

The lead actors, Yoo Ji Tae and Lee Yo Won, will give life to spies who play important roles as Korean independence freedom fighters against the Japanese empire.

Read FULL ARTICLE on Hellokpop.

K-Drama Opening Week: Lovely Horribly

Park Shi Hoo (My Golden Life) and Song Ji Hyo (My Wife Is Having An Affair This Week) are looking all ready for their roles in Lovely Horribly, but the eerie yarn could do a bit more of clear view point in sequencing where the story is heading to.

Read FULL ARTICLE on Hellokpop.

See you next week everyone!


K-Drama Review: “Partners For Justice” (2018)

Make way for my third 5-star rated drama this year!

Overwhelming viewers with tedious crime-busting activities that can either go in circles or hinder the characters’ growth is a prevalent challenge for crime themed series. So you could only imagine how happy I was when K-dramaland gifted me with Partners for Justice this year.

Partners for Justice is reminiscent of the feel Western TV series usually imbibes. That if it goes for more seasons to come, I would gladly remain loyal as a fan. It has mastered an approach to make crime stories not too emotionally taxing to watch, and the diverse human atrocities depicted were carefully selected and given proper redemption. It was a surprise favorite for me this year, given how I did not have any expectations of how it would go about when I first read the synopsis.

Partners for Justice is a well-portrayed and cleverly penned drama that I would highly recommend if you like thriller-crime genres.

Read my FULL REVIEW at Hellokpop.

K-Star Spotlight: Lee Jong Suk – The Hitmaker Actor

From his humble supporting roles, Lee Jong Suk easily found his niche as an actor after transitioning from his modeling roots.

The dashing actor easily wins over the viewers’ hearts that three years after his debut, he scored his first lead man role in 2014. Since then he never looked back and has cemented a reputation as one of the most bankable actor of his generation.

READ: #LeeJongSukInMNL: Win Tickets To See Korean Actor Lee Jong Suk In November

His midas touch in selecting projects reflects positively through his track record of successful dramas and films.

Today, let’s take a trip down to Lee Jong Suk’s filmography lane.

(Photo from iMBC)
The Rising Actor

Lee began his acting journey through drama ‘Prosecutor Princess’ in 2010. But it was his noticeable stint in iconic fantasy rom-com ‘Secret Garden’ as a prodigal musician which propelled the inevitable rise to his career that same year. He then joins family sitcom ‘High Kick 3’ on MBC the following year showcasing his adorable side as an actor.

Lee Jong Suk
(Screencapture from SBS)

In a span of three years, the tall debonair attracted the attention of showrunners who wished to make him the star in the creative worlds they imagined. In late 2012, Lee powered the other half of problematic student main leads in KBS2 TV’s long-running youth series. He gained positive feedbacks on his emotional portrayal of hardworking high school student with estranged friendship issues with the role portrayed by Kim Woo Bin in ‘School 2013.’

Lee Jong Suk began his big screen projects through supporting roles in films ‘Return to Base’ and ‘No Breathing’ where he acted as a rookie pilot and a swimmer respectively.

(Photo from Hancinema)
Carving His Versatility As An Actor

His first of three collaborations with screenwriter Park Hye Run gifted the diligent actor with acting accolades in 2013’s high-rating drama, ‘I Hear Your Voice,’ which also served as his breakout lead man performance. He took the role of a man whose mind-reading ability helped solved legal cases handled by a public defender portrayed by Lee Bo Young. 

(Photo retrieved from SBS)

From fantasy, the actor challenged himself to his first thriller series in 2014. ‘Doctor Stranger’ showcased his natural sensitivity as an emotional actor by portraying North Korean-educated genius doctor Park Hoon, who would do anything for the woman he loves.

As if his impressive role is not enough for that year, Lee teamed up with Park Shin Hye in another hit series focusing on news reporting world. ‘Pinocchio’ gave a new set of awards for the actor who scored popular actor nod in 51st Baeksang Arts Awards and second top actor honors in Korean Drama Awards. He also starred in nostalgic youth flick Hot Young Bloods with Park Bo Young.

(Screengrab from SBS)
A certified hitmaker

Less than a year and a half after the ‘Pinocchio’ popularity, Lee gave life to another memorable character as Kang Chul in MBC’s fantasy drama – ‘W’. The series gained local and international awards for its inventive plot and has scored online popularity worldwide.

In the second half of 2017, Lee Jong Suk continues his sweet screen rampage by notching film and TV projects with VIP – his first dark villain role as a psychopath being chased by elite detectives.

Afterwards, he fulfilled a lot of women’s dreams in ‘While You Were Sleeping’ – a superb fantasy-legal-romance drama depicting a prosecutor and his connected dreams involving a traumatic event from his past.

(Photo from SBS)

Indeed an actor with a “golden touch”, Lee Jong Suk has become a favorite across different age ranges of drama fans.

His continuously impressive performances speak about his dedication to give back the love he is receiving from the support of his followers.

He is set to meet his global fans with scheduled fan meetings beginning this month stopping by in Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Los Angeles, New York and the Philippines.

Lee Jong Suk Fan Meeting In Manila


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#LeeJongSukInMNL: Win Tickets To See Korean Actor Lee Jong Suk In November

Yes, you read it right. The power of K-drama fan prayers really work! *chuckles*

Dashing Korean actor Lee Jong Suk is coming to Manila in November.

The actor who is known for hit dramas School 2013, Doctor Stranger, Pinocchio, W and While You Were Sleeping will treat his Philippine fans with an intimate date night.

READ: Lee Jong Suk – The Hitmaker Actor

Lee Jong Suk Fan Meeting In Manila

Trust Philippine’s best event organizer to gift local fans with an early Christmas present perfect to complement the holiday festivity. So make sure to mark your calendar on November 18, 2018 for the extraordinary moment to meet Lee Jong Suk live in “2018 LEE JONG SUK FAN MEETING TOUR CRANK UP IN MANILA” at the Araneta Coliseum.

Ticketing begins on September 16, 2018 thru http://www.ticketnet.com.ph.

Expect South Korea’s top actor Lee Jong Suk to win our hearts with a downpour of his sunny smiles and knee-weakening charisma.

In cooperation with Pulp Live World, I and my team will be preparing Lee Jong Suk fan projects to give away tickets to “2018 LEE JONG SUK FAN MEETING TOUR <CRANK UP> IN MANILA” so make sure to send a holler on my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter and Instagram so you get to stay updated with those game projects since we will post updates from there.

For more show updates, you may visit www.pulpliveworld.com or keep your eyes glued to its social media accounts, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

K-Dramaland Weekly Newsnippets: Prometheus, Your Honor Premiere, Partners For Justice Review & More

I am back!!! I have collated the K-drama casting news and updates over the week to share with everyone.

I might include some afterthoughts from the dramas I’m tuning in. For this segment I will cover news from August 1-11, and then we will do it a 6-day coverage weekly thing starting August 19.

You can browse the full stories I wrote via HELLOKPOP.

Kim Ji Suk To Play Top Star In Upcoming tvN Drama

Interestingly, he is up to play the role of a top star, who will be involved in a big accident that exiled him to faraway land, Kangsun, which is known to be a slow city. Top Star Yoo Baek (working title) has also confirmed appearance of Lee Sang Yeob (While You Were Sleeping) and Jun So Min (Cross) is positively considering joining the two actors.

Read on Hellokpop.

Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin Are All Psyched Up For Upcoming Film Negotiation

Top stars Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin attended the film presentation of “Negotiation” on August 9. 

The film threads on the story of negotiator Ha Chae Yoon (portrayed by Son Ye Jin), who bargains with a criminal (played by Hyun Bin) in a time limit of the worst hostage situation in Thailand.

Through this film, the lead actors are set to transform into roles which they will act for the first time, with Hyun Bin playing his first villain role and Son Ye Jin swerving from her usual melodrama and romance portrayals.

Read on Hellokpop.

Jin Goo, Ha Ji Won & Park Ki Woong To Banner Spy Drama “Prometheus”

Prometheus has tapped popular and skilled actors Ha Ji Won, Jin Goo, and Park Ki Woong to spearhead the story of Korean secret service agents. The upcoming spy series takes the plot of how peace talks on denuclearization between the two Koreas are in full swing. But the core North Korean scientists who are well-versed in their country’s nuclear weapon disappeared mysteriously. It then propels a race for countries to track down their location deploying their best secret service agents.

Read on Hellokpop.


Kim Dong Wook, Kim Jae Wook & Jung Eun Chae To Explore Supernatural Healing in “Hand: The Guest”

With talented cast of Kim Dong Wook, Kim Jae Wook and Jung Eun Chae bannering the said production, the home of thriller dramas eyes another inventive and gritty project.

Hand: The Guest takes the story of a psychic, a priest and a detective, who will work together to solve crimes committed by strange powers happening in the society. The expelling of evil spirits in Korean way is expected to highlight the series.

Read on Hellokpop.

K-Drama Premiere Recap: Your Honor (SBS)

K-Drama Premiere Recap: Life (jTBC)

K-Drama Review: Partners for Justice (MBC)

On Missing Those Old Korean Romance Classic Movies

Browsing to check the news I missed throughout the day is how I usually lull myself to sleep. So when I came across an article about Park Bo Young and Kim Young Kwang’s “On Your Wedding Day”, I began feeling nostalgic.

You can check the film’s premise here.

Korean movies actually spurred my blogging activities, actually half of it was a bad break up, but half because I grew up being used to writing diaries. So I want to capture my emotions as soon after I watch a beautiful story. When I dig on my old blog entries for self-editing session these days, I can’t help but smile on realizing how I can see how far I’ve grown based on the writings I have made.

Korean Romance Films

“My Sassy Girl”, “The Classic”, “A Moment To Remember”, “Daisy”, “Lovers’ Concerto”, “My Little Bride” and more of these classic romance stories are still my go-to pills every now and then when I want some quiet me-time to recharge my self.

10 years ago, video resources are not as plenty as what we enjoy right now that I treasure my K-movie and drama collection like they are worth thousand bucks designer shoes. 😁

On Your Wedding Day

But then Korean romance films production decline over the years so I think that’s when I started to switch to K-dramas. The last I enjoyed was “Love 911”, the last which disappointed me was this year’s “Be With You”

Hopefully “On Your Wedding Day” gets to be available asap because the “first love” premise and the teasing stills have been indulging me well over the weeks.