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.

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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

CALMLY MOVING AT A TRANQUIL PACE, YOUR HOUSE HELPER IS AN EASY K-DRAMA WATCH WHICH TOUCHES ON WOES AND FEARS WE HAVE ABOUT CAREER, LOVE AND LIFE.

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.

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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.”

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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.


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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.


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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.

 

What I’m Currently Watching – 2018 Summer K-Dramas

By summer dramas, we fans mean the July to September roster.

Check out the links for K-dramas which aired in July and will be airing this month.

To be honest I like the diversity of spring dramas more than what I am seeing right now in the current lineup.

Two of highly-anticipated dramas already said hello to me. In the case of “Mr. Sunshine”, eventhough it is undeniably stunning in terms of cinematography, I can’t find myself connecting to the characters nearing to its halfway mark. Lasy year’s best writer gave the biggest K-drama premiere disappointment for me this year, and I had to summon all the happy memories I have with Lee Dong Wook and Cho Seung Woo to finish its 2-hour run.

Same goes with “Your Honor“, no matter how much I like Yoon Shi Yoon. I’m just tired of this endless SBS legal drama parade to be honest. Hopefully we get some sound twists to be thrown to make it less different from what they can offer.

Thirty But Seventeen“, “Let’s Eat 3” and “Let Me Introduce Her“, and “My ID is Gangnam Beauty” caught my attention and would probably stay on my weekly schedule now that “Your House Helper”, “Are You Human?” and “Life on Mars” will be leaving the batch.

Check out Viki for the new titles they have for us K-drama fans.

K-Drama Premiere Afterthoughts: “Thirty But Seventeen”

INTERESTING DRAMA MIX PAIRED WITH FIRST LOVE SEASONINGS MAKES THIRTY BUT SEVENTEEN AN ENGROSSING ROMANCE STORY.

Tracing the plot to be navigated by the characters of SBS newest romance story, we expect the initial framework to have amusing narrative bends, which will be managed engagingly by its talented cast.

As outlined on its opening week, 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 had already abandoned her, and the house which her parents built was sold to new owners.

Read FULL PREMIERE RECAP on HELLOKPOP.

Watch on Viki.

 

K-Drama Premiere Afterthoughts: “Your Honor”

CRUDE AND CONCEITED, YOON SHI YOON PARADED TWO CHARACTERS THAT WILL CHALLENGE HIS ACTING ARSENAL IN YOUR HONOR.

Premiering on top for its time slot, “Your Honor” strangely fascinates by throwing a story of twin brothers, who live in extremely different circumstances and unresolved mutual animosity.

Fairly giving enough time to introduce the main leads of the new SBS series, a judicial trainee, a media reporter and a lawyer are up to support the narrative, which appears to depict a chronicle akin to the network’s courtroom drama trademark.

Read FULL PREMIERE RECAP on HELLOKPOP.

Watch on Viki.

 

K-Drama Premiere Afterthoughts: “Let Me Introduce Her”

BY UNRAVELING PIECES OF MYSTERY, LET ME INTRODUCE HER SUBCONSCIOUSLY PUSHES VIEWERS TO STAY ATTUNED IN DECIPHERING THE CRYPTIC PAST OF THE FOCAL CHARACTER.

SBS new Saturday series Let Me Introduce Her, starring Nam Sang Mi, Kim Jae Won and Jo Hyun Jae, does not look to disappoint with their collaboration, as it thrills with its premise about a woman, who resorts to plastic surgery, to escape her looming endangered life, only to wake up after the operation without memory of her past life.

The reliable and seasoned ensemble cast easily reels where the story is heading slowly, but surely in a mind-stimulating manner and ample drama that lingers. A showdown of refined portrayals and riveting plot is expected to be a weekly special treat for its following.

Read FULL PREMIERE RECAP on HELLOKPOP.

Watch on Viki.

 

K-Drama Fangirl Diary: Meeting Nam Joo Hyuk in Person Washed Out All Habaek Disappointments Instantly

I expected the Dara + Joo Hyuk fancon to be a big event. And I was right, we were greeted by an enormous crowd, tantalizing lights and party music to hype up the festivity.
We were grateful for the VIP tickets Penshoppe provided our team, and even more happy from the prepared neat program flow which showcased song and dance numbers by local artists, brand fashion show, and the highlight of the night — meeting the K-star brand ambassadors of Penshoppe.

Joo Hyuk remarked it was a first time for him to meet such a big crowd, and his multitude of followers did not disappoint in throwing in loud cheers to welcome him.
Social media has already feasted on some fans who failed to mind their manners in the event. That “spur of meeting the oppa of my dreams” won’t justify the unacceptable behavior. Hopefully, Nam Joo Hyuk would be understanding of what happened since his demeanor is really patient and nice.

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He took time to master how “I love you” is said in the vernacular. And yes, we know he just want to please us, and we are all willing believers that he loves us all. When asked what his ideal date was, he responded bringing all of us in a nice beach in the country making us feel frenzied, that even when he cutely said it will be “dutch treat”, he is still the squishiest ever.

There was also a big runway in the arena… Joo Hyuk and Dara take turns changing spots to make sure that all fans have a taste of their visuals. Our lucky spot has had the actor going near us a few times, so you can only imagine how many times my noona heart burst because of heart-flutters. And I don’t care but I have proof that our eyes really met a lot of times. *chuckles*

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So given the fascination I got from meeting him up close in person, I will erase the memory of Habaek and promise to rate all his future dramas 5 stars from now on. *just kidding* Needless to say, I’m already vouching full support to his next drama, hopefully we get to see it very soon.

Check out some more pics on the album at my Facebook page as well as well as the first few photos I posted last week.

K-Drama Fan Girl Diary: Meeting Jung Hae In Twice Would Never Be Enough

I am going to start this “diary” segment to share with you guys my experiences going to fan meetings of Korean actors and K-pop artists based on my media coverage via hellokpop. As HKP, is usually in a standard news feature format, my thoughts for this fan-girling adventure would be more freestyle, well hopefully, I’m so used to writing brief and concise now that I can’t even post on my facebook personal account without following the rules. *lol*

This year, I covered two “SMILE” fan meeting events of Jung Hae In in Thailand and my home country, Philippines. Usually, the program flow is the same with some alterations that would appeal to local audiences. The Bangkok leg is memorable for me because it is my first overseas coverage, I had to use my limited Hangeul to translate the event highlights. But I and Danica enjoyed the festive mood while waiting outside the venue hall. Not to mention, the freebies we were able to haul.
Here is my fan meeting recap for Jung Hae In in Thailand.

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(We are quite far so my camera can only rely on the big screen)

We did not get the best seats in Thailand, but we were surprised how everyone including the media people were asked to line up for the high touch session. And that sweet fleeting moment of close proximity with Jung Hae In, really weakened my knees. Experiencing it real and not coming from the small screen was a bit different.

And he has such a small face that I wonder how small Son Ye Jin’s face is. The next time I met Jung Hae In was on his fanmeet in my home country. It pretty much has the same program, with him giving hugs generously to lucky fans who won games. He was more relaxed compared to how he was in Bangkok probably because the host VJ is Korean so the communication barrier was barely felt.
I touched his hand with my left and right hands thanks to those events. But I still want to ask for more. *lol* Btw, here is the Manila leg recap.

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Just like any k-drama fan, meeting an actor whom I really liked in a particular drama is a fangirling fulfilling experience. So if ever you will get a chance to meet them in your city especially since high touch is typical for Korean actors fanmeet, don’t hesitate to save money for the tickets. This is also part of work-life-k-drama-life balance, you see. *chuckles*

Check out some photos from the events.

 

K-Drama Review: What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?

A BREATHTAKING LOVE JOURNEY THAT ENDEARS PROPELLED WHAT’S WRONG WITH SECRETARY KIM?

There was no dull moment on watching the romance blossomed for the love couple of What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? Embellished with saccharine scenes and made even more lively with ample quirks, Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young’s collaboration was a darling treat for rom-com followers.

Rating-wise, the workplace drama succeeded with flying colors for keeping impressive ratings as well as ranking well in terms of online presence. But the addictive spur that did not waver in each episode was what had made the series commendable.

Read my FULL review at HELLOKPOP.

Watch on Viki!

 

K-Drama Review: Lawless Lawyer

FROM THE EXPECTED SOLID LAUNCH, LAWLESS LAWYER IS EVERY BIT AS RESONANT OF ITS POLISHED AND THRILLING NARRATION DOWN TO THE LAST MINUTE.

Consistent to “law-thugs-and-disharmony” mood, Lawless Lawyer keenly navigates to a steady direction where the heroes ultimately reach an edifying redemption.

One unambiguous conflict plus precise hero-villain showdown make Lawless Lawyer a thrilling crime drama that does not suffer with pointless plot insertion and indecisive characters. The airtight narration consistently conforms to the shifting of the plot bends.

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K-Drama Review: Miss Hammurabi

ALBEIT THE SAD AND REALITY BITING LIFE LESSONS, MISS HAMMURABI IS EMOTIONALLY UPLIFTING.

Intelligently written and superbly acted, Miss Hammurabi thrives on warming up the viewers’ hearts despite the painful situations encompassing the myriad of relatable human disputes discussed throughout the series.

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K-Drama Review: Something In The Rain

GENUINE AND AFFECTING, SOMETHING IN THE RAIN SURPASSES EXPECTATIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE HAD ON THE USUAL MAKE OF ROMANCE K-DRAMAS WHICH HAVE BEEN TYPECAST THROUGHOUT THE YEARS.

Taking subtle storytelling that is focused on the bliss and complication of the love tale, viewers would be immersed to cheer for the fulfillment of the romance that was belatedly realized, crazily enjoyed, and painfully let go in Something in the Rain.

Something in the Rain reinvents the romance drama landscape with how it fervently keeps the serenity of the storytelling by its heartfelt dialogues and spontaneous scenarios.

True love has its own way of proving a relationship that did not initially work – may still work at the right time. That has been one of the myriad takeaways you can ruminate about in the drama.

If you are needing a binge-worthy romance story, consider adding Something in the Rain to your watchlist.

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K-Drama Review: Switch Change The World

SWITCH CHANGE THE WORLD IS AN EXCITING LEGAL DRAMA THAT DOES NOT EXASPERATE!

Relentlessly eager to maintain its stimulating momentum, Switch Change The Worldstuns with smart cast and excitingly flowing story.

From its thrilling opening week, Switch Change The World threads on keeping the audience hooked with no room for anyone to miss the succeeding episodes.

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K-Drama Review: Radio Romance

SERENELY MOVING TO A WHIMSICAL HARMONY, RADIO ROMANCE IS A STEADY WATCH WHICH YOU CAN REALLY SEND OFF HAPPILY WITH A SMILE.

Radio Romance has been clear of what it intends to give its viewers since day 1. True to its promise, it consistently gifts the audience with a sweet romantic story that gives a refreshing embrace.

There are dramas that make you smile even with unnecessary plot bends because the narrative knows when to stop with playing safe, or when to bounce back after an uncalled for storyline lapse. Radio Romanceguardedly moved to a perceivable curve of fulfilling its romantic promise, and not over-achieving the technicalities of the conflicts that surrounded the love pairing.


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K-Drama Review: That Man Oh Soo

That Man Oh Soo has turned out to be a habit-forming romantic comedy for its fans this year. Credit to its commitment to generously give sweet moments for the watchers to just smile and feel giddy-ish.

That Man Oh Soo is a light and comforting watch perfect for rom-com cravers. Though it struggled at its end game, it is the kind of drama that you would rerun due to its sweet scenes. However, we wish it could have ended on a spree of more sweet notes after pulling the amnesia trick, since for the majority of its run, the drama was strongest on the love couple’s saccharine frames. But then again, we were delighted for the most parts of the story, and that’s all that matters.

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