Archive | September 2011

[드라마] 나도, 꽃!

Yey! I guess I found my next drama! 나도, 꽃! Me too, Flower! is an upcoming MBC drama. I don’t know much about it yet, but the fact that writer Kim Do Woo is the writer makes me excited! Kim Do Woo THE great! THE My Name Is Kim Sam Soon writer! ^_^

Wait! Don’t I have tons of dramas on my to-watch list already? O.o

Finally passing a Japanese exam!

I’ve been failing my Japanese exams one after the other. And when I say failing, I mean like 3 out of 20-30 points! We have a total of 7 long exams for Japanese II and usually comprises of 4 parts: Short quiz, Grammar and Vocabulary, Listening and Kanji.

I wished that I could perfect at least one set of exam. It may sound like a BIG dream for someone getting a score as low as 3, but the exams were pretty easy, I just don’t have time to study (ehem, linguistics papers overload, ehem!).

Yesterday we had Exam 6 and it was an easy one – IF I had studied. I could easily get a perfect score, but since I didn’t study again, I only get passing scores. Oh, did I say it right? I passed!!! Haha! Finally! I actually got a perfect score (for the first time) on the short quiz part! Then passed all the other sections. Well, that’s good enough considering I didn’t study at all.

And I still have a chance to perfect an exam. Because exam 7 is take home! Woot!

Now my last worries will be the Finals! When I don’t think I’ll have time to review again because of other linguistics subjects that I mustn’t fail else I’m dead!

I hate finals week!!! And can’t wait for the semester to end so that I can blog again, study Korean again, watch my dramas, and continue fangirling over Kim Sun Ah. ^_^

Korean Movie Night

Yesterday was a really nice day. Since I stayed in a boarding house, I rarely have a chance to go out of our campus (unless I go to our hometown… or there is a sudden trip to erhm… Cebu! XD).

Yesterday me and my language partner cum best friend meet up for our English language exchange on her dormitory. As always, I enjoy every minute with her. We talked a lot about lots of stuff. Her English is getting better and better and she asks really good questions. I wonder when will my Korean be at par with her English? ㅠㅠ

After our lesson, we wen’t straight to the movie house to catch a Korean movie. There’s an on-going Korean Film Festival in the metro and we got tickets! I was supposed to watch My Dear Enemy (멋진 하루) last Thursday night, but was too busy to go out on a weekday. Me and Yoo Rin ended up watching last Happy Life (즐거운 인생).

I remember a few years back, we can’t easily watch a Korean movie in our country. But recently there are Film Festivals and they are getting more and more popular each year.

It was actually very easy to download these movies over the internet, but still, being able to watch it on the big screen, in comfy cinema seats, together with a friend, is definitely more fun than staying in your room and staring your laptop screen.

The movie was fun. Nothing special. But it was like watching a movie and a concert at the same time. I’m glad I liked it. I was actually trying to stay away from that particular film because I don’t like one actor (hey, what the…? I didn’t mention his name! Why are you still throwing tomatoes at me?). But he was not bad at all in the movie. And his fans were really funny! Whenever he appears on screen, they either scream, clap their hands or simply giggle on their seats. It WAS really funny! And I must say he has a big fanbase in the Philippines, and I was quite surprised about that.

After the movie, we had a nice dinner, then we head back to our university.

I wish we can do things like this more often… 🙂

세부에서생긴일- What happened in Cebu

Kim Sun Ah, and the rest of the Scent Of A Woman team, in Cebu, Philippines.

Photos from Cebu… as posted on my me2day.

김선아언니 이렇게… 우리 나라에… 다시 만나서 정말 반가웠어요… 언니의 필리핀말 정말 잘하시네요. 정말 정말 행복해요! 우리 나라에서 폭 쉴 수 있어서 정말 다행해요.사릉해요~ ♥

Kim Sun Ah Unnie… I’m glad to meet you again… (this time) in our country…. Unnie’s Filipino is really good. I’m very very happy! It’s good that you were bale to take a good rest in our country. Iluvyah~

감사합니다 언니! 한국에 잘 도착하시기 바랍니다. 제가 아직도 세부에 있어요. 오늘밤에 (한밤중) 마닐라로 비행기를 타고 돌아갈거예요. ^_^

Thank you Unnie! I wish you’ll get to Korea safely. I’m still in Cebu. Tonight (midnight) is my flight back to Manila. ^_^

이 사진 자막이 “한국 출발” 맞죠? 김선아언니, 이동욱님, 선물 있어요. 우리요. ^_^

This photo’s title is “Setting off to Korea” isn’t it? Kim Sun Ah Unnie, Mr. Lee Dong Wook, we have a present. Us. ^_^ (ooriyo)

우리 강지욱 본부장님도 만났어 정말 반가워요. ^_^

I’m glad to meet our (General Manager) bon-boo-jang-nim(wrong spelling dia!!!!) Kang Ji Wook. ^_^

Detailed stories later… 🙂

My Suna Unnie is here – IN THE PHILIPPINES!!!

Oh my friggin’ god!!!! OH MYYYYYYY GOOOOODDDDD!!!!

The “love of my life” is here in the Philippines!

It was reported today that Suna Unnie and the Scent Of A Woman team (including actors Lee Dong Wook, Eom Ki Joon, Seo Hyo Rim + Writer and PD) are going to Cebu for a vacation after the filming of Scent Of A Woman ended.

It’s been my/our lifelong wish for Suna Unnie to visit the Philippines. And now it came true!

I would really want to meet her again…

But Cebu is really far from where I am… I have to take an airplane to go there. And I also have no idea yet where to find them…

http://www.tvreport.co.kr/?c=news&m=newsview&idx=153627

Lee Dong Wook: 세부 출발!! (http://me2day.net/actor_wook)

To go or not to go to Cebu? – that is the question!

Withdrawal syndrome at its best!

Scent Of A Woman just ended a few days ago (ME 1: Was that just a few days ago? ME 2: Yes, it hasn’t been a week yet! ME 1: I feels like years already… ㅠㅠ)… and my withdrawal syndrome is just starting to get worse and worse each day. ㅠㅠ

I usually have just a day of withdrawal syndrome for a typical drama… maybe just a few hours for a so-so drama… and just 10 minutes for a really bad one. For dramas that are good (most of the ones listed on my Top10), my withdrawal syndrome could last for a week… sometimes 2 weeks… 3 weeks max!

But for a Kim Sun Ah drama, it will last for months… sometimes even years (honestly!).

Now, Scent Of A Woman has become my number one drama, toppling my 5-year-long number one drama, My Name Is Kim Sam Soon. For 2 months I’ve engaged myself with fan activities – 본방사수, soompi, subbing, etc etc etc… I’ve sacrificed precious study hours and sleeping hours for this drama. And because I know that I have spoiled myself so much while this drama was airing, I decided to cut things out. I even blocked soompi so as not to distract myself further. But it’s just making me feel emptier.

I think I really need help! ㅠㅠ What shall I do? 살려주세요!!!

A Perfect Ending

“IF I HAD LIVED LIKE THE OLD YEON-JAE…”

by twelvejan

 

“If you weren’t sick would we be more happy than this?”
“If I had lived like the old Yeon-jae who couldn’t talk to people, I wouldn’t have approached you – I wouldn’t have been able to get mom remarried or go on trips. And I would have just dreamed about happiness every day. But right now I am happy.”
Translation: http://soulsrebel.wordpress.com

This. This is what you call the perfect ending. It tied up all the loose ends, without leaving us feeling disappointed or dissatisfied. It gave us closure. It didn’t leave us with a miraculously cured Yeon-jae. It didn’t leave us with utter sadness with her departure. Instead, it left us hanging, wondering when she will die. But this little cliff hanger still gave us closure. Because Scent of a Woman has embedded this little message in our brain cells. That even if Yeon-jae eventually dies, it will be alright. Because she has lived her life to the fullest, with each day being a brand new day. And she taught that, to everyone around her. To embrace each day as if it’s the last.
Acceptance, and living life to the fullest. The two messages SOAW were driving at. Yes, we know this by heart, but yet we still take life for granted. Thinking there’s always tomorrow. Maybe it’s time for us to take a step back and realize this.

 

My Ode to Scent Of A Woman

by donnapie

So, this is really it.

We’re really down to the final  homestretch and just like Yeonjae who has a heavy feeling in her heart  while watching the days of her life tick away, I too have the same  feeling of burden weighing deep in my chest over the fact that a few  days from now i would have to say goodbye to this drama that has meant a  lot to me.

Perhaps, it is the underlying story in this show that had ingrained it into my consciousness more than that of others.

It  might be due to the fact that it deals with things that are all  familiar and dear to all of us like life, death and love that makes it  harder  to say goodbye and which makes it difficult to let it go.

But  more than that, i think it is the way in how the scriptwriters wrote  this show and how the actors portrayed their roles that brought a sense  of realness to these characters as if they really exist in real life and  that makes us feel like we we really know them and that they are people  who are really close to us.

I cried when Hee Joo died because i felt as if i also lost a little sister.

I  smiled at Eun Seok’s rediscovery of his sense of compassion because he  is a great doctor and i know that with it, he can become even greater.

I hate Saekyung with a vengeance with no need for explanations and I  think Sookyung is a mother with faults but one who shows her love for  her daughter in such a unique and heartfelt way that i can’t help but  worry for her now that she knows of Yeonjae’s illness.

I cheer for Yeonjae to beat cancer because she has so much left to live for.

My  heart skips a beat whenever i see JiWook show his love for Yeonjae  because he does it without boundaries and without limits that i wish  everybody could find a love like that at least even once in their entire  lifetime.

I can’t help but feel overwhelming emotions of tenderness whenever i  see Yeonjae and Jiwook together because their love is the kind that is  supposed to last a lifetime but couldn’t.

To say that i’d miss this drama is an understatement.

I  will be pining for it, longing for it, remembering it for a long time  and i have a strong feeling that it will make other dramas that i’d  watch after this pale in comparison because of the high standards that  it has set in terms of how  it has stirred my emotions.

I will truly miss a lot of things from Scent of a Woman.

I’d  miss the spazzing that goes on in the soompi forums and on  tumblr  where i found a sense of belonging and camaraderie from everyone that  share the same passion for this drama that i have.

I’d miss  reading the recaps from dramabeans website the day after the drama airs  and scouring each and every one of the comments to laugh at some, shake  my head violently in disagreement at others and nod my head in  understanding at most.

I’d miss watching the show live through  livestream and reading through live comments and recaps as they come  violently and furiously from one to the next that my head is almost  spinning because i can’t keep up.

I’d miss Hye Won and how good  of a friend she is to Yeonjae that even if she was quick to judge her at  first, she’s made up for that mistake by more than a thousandfold by  being so supportive to her and to Ji Wook as well afterwards.

I’d  miss Ramses and Veronica and the tango studio and how just seeing  Jiwook and Yeonjae together there already brings butterflies to my  stomach because i know what’s next to come.

I’d miss Kang Ji Wook.   A guy who can show his real feelings without  fear and who is not afraid to cry in front of the woman he loves  because he is man enough to admit that his tears are not a sign of  weakness but rather an evidence of how much love he feels for her.

I’d  miss his one thousand and one facial expressions, the look of sheer  happiness on his face when Yeonjae calls him or meets him, the  dumbfounded expression on his face when she does something that  surprises him,  the look of desire that passes over his eyes when they  dance the tango or when he goes in for a kiss, the blissful smile he has  on when Yeonjae is in his arms and how peaceful he looks just being  with her  that somehow it’s as if you can tell that he’s found his  heaven just by having her in his embrace.

I’d miss Yeonjae and her courageous battle for her life and for the person she loves.

She  has truly inspired me in a lot of ways and even if she’s had moments  when she had shown her vulnerability and her humanity, there are more  times when she made her life count in ways that are beyond imaginable.

I  applaud her selflessness in  making sure that in her last few remaining  days on earth she had tried to make sure that that life not just remain  valuable to her but that it would also leave a lasting impression and a  positive change to all of the people that she will be leaving behind.

I’d miss Kang Ji Wook and Yeon Jae together.

With  their love that’s formidable and so strong and that chemistry so  combustible that no one can contest that no other two people belong more  together and is more deserving of a life lived that ends in happily  ever after.

But most of all, I will be missing seeing my OTP Kim Sun ah and Lee Dong Wook,  together.

The  fact that i long for them week after week after week and the fact that  even just a simple gesture from them can make me smile definitely makes  the waiting worth it. They have as much chemistry as their onscreen  characters and it amazes me to see how they can work with such a heavy  storyline and yet the moment the cameras are off, they are always shown  to be having fun together and just basically caring for each other.

Yes,  there were moments when this show had hurt me.  In more ways than one  by the amount of heartbreak and angst and sometimes disappointment that  it has brought me.  And yet like a lover who makes amends, along with  the bitter comes the sweet and when it makes up to me, it makes it up to  me in more ways than one.

Saying goodbye had never really been my strongest suit.

I’ve  known since the beginning that there will come a time that all this has  to end but now goodbye seems more imminent than ever.

I can’t  help but feel sad about the things i’ve mentioned above which i will  also be leaving behind as this show comes to a close.

But in my heart i know that like Yeon Jae’s illness,  sometimes, goodbyes are also necessary in order for us to grow.

Though  others might laugh at how i am so affected since Scent of A woman is  just a drama anyway, it has truly changed me and it has left me with a  valuable gift that i would treasure forever…

The realization  that we should live life without regrets and that we should live  everyday with the intention of becoming great people not just for our  sake but for the sake of others whose lives we’d also touch as well…

So Thank you Scent of a Woman, Thank You Kang Ji Wook.  Thank You Lee Yeonjae.

For  the lessons that you’ve imparted and for making me want to make the  most out of my life and for reminding me that everyday is a day that  should be lived to the fullest.

Now, if you guys can just hold me while i cry and sob and undergo therapy once this show is over?

Group Hug?

 

 

 

 

On my newfound respect for Jiwook

I am beginning to gain an even greater  appreciation for Jiwook lately because of how he treats Yeon Jae like  she’s just any other normal girlfriend  rather than a girlfriend who is  dying and who has only got a couple of months to live.

I know that it takes a lot of strength and willpower for him to not  coddle her and to shelter her to make sure that nothing happens to her  seeing how much he loves her but i really, really respect how he lets  her become her own person and how he understands that there are just  some things in her life that she has to do by herself.

He knows when to let go and when to push back and he understands when he has to be there for her or when he needs to stay away.

He can sense when to keep quiet or when she just needs a hug and he  gave me an all new perspective in terms of how love sometimes really  need not be said because even if he doesn’t put it to words, you can see  how he feels about her just by looking at his face.

You can sense his hesitation and sadness in letting her go by herself  to her treatments but he puts her wishes first above his and he lets  her go even if you can tell that his heart is telling him to insist that  he be there beside her.

He doesn’t badger her with medical questions of how treatments went or  what the doctors said once she gets out of the hospital but rather he  shows her a wide, excited smile to let her know how much he misses her  and just a hug from her is enough to make his worries and fears subside  although i know he’s probably dying to know if she’s better or if she’s  getting healthier.

 

He doesn’t give her his opinions about not telling her mom about her  illness but rather he just asks her what she plans to do and understands  her decisions and when she asks for encouragement and support, he just  squeezes her hand tightly to let her know that no matter what happens,  he will just always be there.

Jiwook has proven to be such a pillar of strength to Yeonjae at this point. 

Always selfless, always giving, loving her unconditionally and without boundaries to the best that he can.

Even if she’s dying, i guess Yeonjae is still considered to be one of the lucky few.

How many of us will ever have the opportunity to love and be loved like that?

Not all are as lucky. 

And i guess even if there are a lot of things that life has treated  Yeonjae with unfairly, at least this is one lucky break that the heavens  have sent her and it is worth more than it’s weight in gold than of any  illness or sickness that she now has and that which is threatening to kill  her.

by: donnapie