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All About My Name Is Kim Sam Soon Novelist Ji Soo Hyun

DISCLAIMER: My translation of the article may not be accurate.

If it’s not yet obvious, I’m a big My Name Is Kim Sam Soon fan. Before I become a Kim Sun Ah fan, I was first a Sam Soon fan.That drama caught me off guard, made me laugh and cry at unexpected moments. Made me look at life differently. Made me shake off all my insecurities. Made me enjoy life more. In my book, it’s the best drama every written.

My Name Is Kim Sam Soon is originally a novel, written by a female novelist Ji Soo Hyun, published in 2004  – a year before the drama aired. The novel was later adapted for television and was penned by drama writer Kim Do Wo.

When I first learned the My Name Is Kim Sam Soon was originally a novel, I can’t help but be interested in the book so I had a friend buy me a copy even if my Korean then is not even enough to introduce myself properly. All I did since then is open the book once in a while, read some pages (without understanding it), close it, put it back on the shelf, and hope that someday I’ll be able to read it. Like REALLY read it.

I’m curious to find out what were the changes made in the drama version. What parts were removed. What parts were retained. How faithful the adaptation was? And, honestly speaking, I’m most curious to know which will I like better.

I’m also curious about the novelist, as much as I am curious with Kim Do Wo (and other Korean drama writers). I’ve always wondered what kind of person they both are to come up with such stories and characters. Are they married. Do they have kids. Are they romantic. Are they similar to the character/s they write? Or are they the exact opposite?

Anyway, yesterday I came across a short article – an interview with writer Ji Soo Hyun. If I’m not mistaken it was part of the “Curious about My Name Is Kim Sam Soon” series of Woman Donga and was written in 2005 (in the middle of the drama’s broadcast). The article satisfied my curiosity over the ‘mysterious’ novelist. Now she is not just a name to me.

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My Name Is Kim Sam Soon novelist Ji Soo Hyun

Self-portrait of Novelist Ji Soo Hyun

Self-portrait of Novelist Ji Soo Hyun

As the drama My Name Is Kim Sam Soon gains popularity, a lot of people became more and more curious about the writer behind the original novel, Ms. Ji Soo Hyun. She dislikes the idea of showing herself to the public, thus she refused a photoshoot and we proceeded with an email interview instead.

Age: 32
Blood type: B
Hobby: Eating delicious cakes
Ideal type: Someone like Hyun Bin – arrogant but with a warm heart

That’s the profile of the writer who wrote the novel from which the sky-high popular MBC drama My Name Is Kim Sam Soon was adapted from. She said she is very similar to Sam Soon because she actually modeled the character to herself. She was born prematurely (7 months) and she has always been clumsy since she was a child, tripping here, falling there. And whenever that happens, she repeatedly hear her mother sigh “Aigoo! This little Sam Soon!” And even Kim Sun Ah’s (as Kim Sam Soon?) mistakes or errors in the drama, she all have experienced them.

“Since I was a kid, there were times I’ve thought of becoming a patissier because I love cakes. But I don’t have great baking skills like Sam Soon. The cakes I baked were uneven and the cookies I made were too hard you can’t even chew it.

“Just like in dramas, I’ve also experienced lots of bad lucks and bad timings. I have met a fender bender WHILE I was having a driving lesson. I went to the district office to pay my dues on the deadline just in time when the doors are being closed and locked. I even have to be rescued in Halla Mountain (alodia: this I’m not 100% sure).

“When Sam Soon is upset she bake cakes early in the morning. When I’m upset I scribble at dawn,” she said.

She took Industrial Design in college. In 2000 she quit her job, moved to Yongin Gyeonggi-do and started writing. At that time, her health was not so good. She had plenty of free time at home and one day she came across a website where you can upload your written novels. So she started posting stories she imagined since she was a kid.

Last year, her internet novel that gathered a lot of attention, “Noona and I or She and I?” was adapted to television in KBS Snow WhiteAnd just last March, her “Our 4321 days” was adapted as KBCS 18 vs 29. Other than those two mentioned, currently, television and movie production companies have purchased rights and contracts of most of her novels for TV or screen adaptation.

“Sam Soon is a character that was patterned after myself.”

“The reason why a lot of women my age, cherish the drama My Name Is Kim Sam Soon so much, is that they feel that they can see themselves in Sam Soon. ‘Must go to blind dates no matter how boring it is.’ ‘Must save money for the future.’ ‘Must diet.’ They sympathize with Sam Soon who find all these things easier said than done. They also cheer for Sam Soon who works hard despite unfavorable circumstances.

The lead male characters who appeared in the novel reflect Ji Soo Hyun’s ideal types. “Whenever I write I think that to be able to reach the readers, they too must be able to feel the feeling of being in love. Creating handsome characters with good personality would be effective but it is not always the case. Men who cherish women sincerely – I make an effort to create those kind of male characters whom women would want to fall in love with,” she said.

Ji Soo Hyun doesn’t fret as to what and how many parts they exclude or edit out from her novels when they are being adapted to other mediums. She said, “I have already expressed myself the way I want it on my novel. It’s a pleasure to have my work to be adapted into a drama. It’s fun to imagine when you read a novel. And it’s even more fun to see it with your own eyes in a drama.”

“AsI watch the drama, I can see that both the writer and the director exerted efforts in being faithful with the original novel. Sam Soon is more vigorous and full of energy in the drama than in the novel, but that’s plainly her – Sam Soon. Jin Hun, I think, was almost exactly the character in the novel – not just being younger, but being simple-hearted while acting pervertly; and having a painful past. Hee Jin, Jin Hun’s ex-girlfriend, appeared way earlier than she did in the novel but I’m also curious as to how her original small role will develop into a bigger one in the drama.”

“The novel and the drama were two different fruits from the same tree,” said Ji Soo Hyun. I may be the one who provided the basic foundation, but I completely give my trust and believe the director, writer and all the drama staff,” she said.

SOURCE: 여성동아

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Sadly this article (and a whole lot more out there) was not translated because most people are just curious about the drama then. Times like this I really love learning Korean! I wouldn’t have learned about this awesome writer if I don’t know Korean. XD

I am currently downloading 18 vs 29 because it looks like I’m gonna like it. I guess more than Writer Kim Do Wo (My Name Is Kim Sam Soon screenplay writer), I’ll be stalking Writer Ji Soo Hyun more. I’m more encouraged to finish reading My Name Is Kim Sam Soon novel now that I know more about the novelist. 🙂

[드라마] Faith: Princess 노국

I have no plans of watching Faith but a very good friend keeps telling me about it (the same friend who influenced me into watching Arang and the Magistrate too). I actually just fell in love with one of the soundtracks first, 그대니까, and eventually got curious about the drama.

At first I have confused Faith with Time Slip Dr. Jin. Gah! Why so many time-warps dramas? And later realized it was a different drama. And I’m loving the story so much.

Last night I was watching Episode 4 and I’m simple amazed with Princess Noh Gook and her fluency to Goryeo Language (Korean). Princess Noh Gook is a Yuan Princess, thus speaks Chinese (Yuan language? I don’t know). However she is very fluent in Korean (then Goryeo) that the King himself initially thought she is a Korean (from Goryeo country). Warrior Choi Young asked her when did she learn Korean since she only married their King for 2 years and she is already very fluent.

최영: 먼저 한 가지 여쭤도 되겠습니까? 고려말은 언제 배우셨습니까?
노국공주: 8년이다. 8년 전 한 사람을 보았다. 고려사람이었다. 그에게 말을 건네보려고 말을 배우기 시작했다.

Choi Young: But first, can I ask you something? When did you learn Goryeo language.

Princess Noh Gook: It’s been 8 years. 8 years ago I met someone. Someone from Goryeo. I started learning the language in order to communicate with him.

Awww, that was sweet! Learning a language to be able to communicate with someone she likes/loves. Although technically I started learning Korean just to be able to register to Kim Sun Ah’s fancafe, I continued learning because I also want to communicate with people – my Sunaforever family (including Kim Sun Ah herself). And as years go by, I met more and more Korean (not just Koreans) people that I want to communicate well in Korean.

8 years! So I still have 2-3 more years to, hopefully, reach Princess Noh Gook’s fluency? Hahaha.

[소설] I Do I Do: Chapter 1.1

DISCLAIMER: I’m still not good in Korean. Please take my translations with a grain of salt (might as well take the whole salt shaker with you). I’m just doing this for fun and found reading and attempting to translate the novel as another opportunity for me to learn Korean in a fun way.

Mary jane. A lovely shoes with rounded front and a strap. It’s easy to match it with any outfit but if it is worn with a very feminine one-piece dress, it’s like being a princess from a fairy tale. A magical secret moment when a cute and innocent girl changes into a lovely lady. A shoes that hides a secret sexiness.

 

SHOWCASE 1: The place where my mary janes took me.


First day of kindergarten.

Dad bought her only daughter a pair of red shoes. The same kind of mary janes that Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland wore.

Ji Ahn steps her little foot into the red enamel shoes that sparkles like a ruby. And for the first time Ji Ahn heard the sound of her soul the moment she fastens the thin strap with a click.

“Right, this is it!”

The round front of the shoes covers the toes and everything turns into one – yes, that kind of ‘matching’ feeling.

Every clacking step Ji Ahn took, she heard the sound of magic unfolding. Every clacking sound Ji Ahn makes on each of her step is the sound of magic –  the clacking sound of happiness.

It seems like Ji Ahn can go anywhere just like Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz, just like Alice in Alice in Wonderland, and just like Cinderella who’ve met her prince charming. It seems like it became possible to go anywhere Ji Ahn wants just like magic.

“Shoes, shoes! Take me to the place where magical shoes that are as pretty and as wonderful as you sleeps!”

A place full of shoes that are lovelier than Dorothy’s and more dazzling than Cinderella’s!

Then, if she can grab that happiness by a hand she’ll be happy, won’t she?

Now, if only she can fill her hands with beautiful magical shoes……..

[소설] I Do I Do: Cover

DISCLAIMER: I’m still not good in Korean. Please take my translations with a grain of salt (might as well take the whole salt shaker with you). I’m just doing this for fun and found reading and attempting to translate the novel as another opportunity for me to learn Korean in a fun way.

Inserts:

It’s funny that you will give up on life just because of THAT?
A straight forward cheer to those who have dreams!
The role model of today’s generation – romantic-comedy queen Kim Sun Ah!
Winner of KOCCA’s story-writing contest

So what if you took the wrong path? So what if you have to step back a little?
The safe route is not necessarily the best one!

Front Cover:

She is a natural born shoe-holic. Since childhood, for no apparent reasons, she just happen to like shoes.

(She) thinks Manilyn Monroe’s life is really cool – having a scandal with Kennedy and dying a mysterious death while still in the flower of her youth. (note: the text was cut off on some parts)

Strongly denying it, but honestly I really don’t know. Maybe I’m liking that ‘kid’?

Eliza said, “The world is full of things that you never could have imagined happening. But the things that you thought couldn’t happen, when it happens, it is really cool. Because the things you never thought could happen, is happening.”

Although your classy outfits is shouting Gangnam, your exuding ‘hometown manners’ reveals that you are Chungbuk’s ‘little princess’.

Haven’t been on a date for 10 years. A city workaholic worn out and stressed 365 days a year.

If she were to choose a color to represent herself, she’d probably choose primary colors over pastels. It must absolutely be clear whether something is hot or cool; something like ‘somewhat roundish’ and ‘lukewarm’ doesn’t amuse her.

Inside Front Cover

Do you know what “line” is? A millimeter can make a difference in the quality!

Kim Jong Hak Production Planning
First place winner for ‘Korean Story Contest’ in a KOCCA sponsored Mythopoeia Project 2010
MBC drama

Jo Jeong Hwa (screenplay)

Born in Seoul and majored in Scriptwriting for Film and Theater at Sangmyeong University. He debuted as a junior writer for MBC sitcom Non-stop, and after that wrote scenarios for movies (No Comment Family, Man Who Went to Mars) and dramas (Rays of Sunshine, Stranger Than Paradise) and has then been active on both the silver screen and television.

Park Yi Jeong (novel)

He joined writing contests with the motto of leaving various deeply moving works. He wrote with a wide spectrum. From general fiction, romance, fantasy as well as action, thriller, comics and cartoons, to game stories.
He worked with many experts on different genres gaining him a deep understanding and a strong foundation and was sought by OSMU (One Source Multi Use).
He has also fictionalized movies including Haunters, Petty Romance, Blind and Sunny.

Inside Insert

Eliza said, “The world is full of things that you never could have imagined happening. But the things that you thought couldn’t happen, when it happens, it is really cool. Because the things you never thought could happen, is happening.”

<excerpt from Anne of Green Gables>

Back Cover

“Why does it have to be shoes? Why do I have to be at the bottom?”

“Do you know that good shoes takes you to good places? At first I only thought that pretty shoes brings you good luck. But it’s not the case. Shoes actually can let the magic unfold. The braver I become, the better I feel. So I will be taken to a place where my heart leads me. And that place is the best place that could be.”

I, Hwang Ji An, is a natural born shoe-holic. Since I was a kid, for no apparent reason, I’ve always liked shoes. Even when I have to wear a sweatsuit without make-up, I must wear only the prettiest and most luxurious pair of sneakers.
Tremendous efforts and a deep passion I gained even worldwide recognition for my talents and skills. And in my age, of late thirties, I received the best treatment in the industry being a top designer and gaining a director position in my the company that I work for. And at this rate I think that as long as I continue running forward, there’s no doubt that I can become a CEO and be able to launch a brand under my own name. However, one day I stumbled upon a path that I have never even imagined. Is this the collapse of my dream? Or is this the start of a new life? First I have to try. But because of pride, or perhaps embarrassment I am hesitant.

Inside Back Cover

Director Hwang Ji Ahn’s “Life Coaching” for those who are dreaming a dream.

1. Design your goal.
Hwang Ji Ahn’s coaching tip: You have to sketch your life.

All designs starts from a sketch. Same with your life.  Sensible women design their own life and must know how to combine colors too. Whether life is a first-class luxurious brand, or an imitation on a display rack on the streets depends on your own choice. It’s not somebody else’s, it is your life. There’s always something that is solely your own that you can’t sacrifice or share with somebody else. To me it’s shoes and fashion. Before I even reached puberty, I have already started designing my own life. Dreams, future, desires? I like all of them. The moment you start sketching your life, life becomes beautiful. Keep that in mind. A masterpiece is not born, they are made.

2. Design your tomorrow.
Hwang Ji Ahn’s coaching tip: Once the draft of your sketch is done, start putting the details.

Have no regrets after a day passes by. There’s still another chance for you tomorrow. And that chance has been prepared for you. First of all start from choosing the shoes and the outfit you’ll wear tomorrow. It’ll be the beginning of a change on busy mornings. And you will see improvements on yourself little by little. Before you know it you’ll become the object of envy of others. Refined, fashionable, glamorous, luxurious, lovely, sexy, classy, powerful… Solely through fashion, you’ll be able to possess all of these. The tomorrow that you can design can be as diverse as this. Keep this in mind. When you design your tomorrow, you design your success.

3. Design your confidence.
Hwang Ji Ahn’s coaching tip: Coco Channel said, “I am fashion”

Your own ability. Style is an aura. Successful people are……..

[소설] I Do I Do (intro)

I finally got my I Do I Do novel! Thanks to eggmoonrice!!! She got it for last June 3rd, got it last June 12th and brought to to me last Sunday (17th).

I was in a bad mood because of embassy-related stress so I didn’t bother reading it right away. But now that I’m feeling fairly o-k, my excitement in reading it is slowly coming back. 🙂

At first I was even contemplating whether I’ll read it or wait until the drama’s over to avoid possible spoilers (I hate spoilers), but I realized 1.) this is just book 1, so I am still spared from the ‘ending’ spoiler (from browsing it looks like the story in the book is just right until the last episode that aired last week) and 2.) do I really believe that I will finish reading the entire novel BEFORE the drama ends?

I tried reading the covers and intros and summaries last night. It was still difficult for me. But when I tried reading the start of the novel I was able to understand a big portion of it. And it makes me happy. This is the first time I’m going to read a novel in Korean. I attempted My Name Is Kim Sam Soon before but I still haven’t gotten past the first few pages. I was thinking of starting to seriously read it this summer when I Do I Do came. I’m more interested with I Do I Do for now, so My Name Is Kim Sam Soon would have to wait a bit.

Again, we have book 1. I was a bit disappointed that it’s on paperback (unlike my hardbound Kim Sam Soon. But the cover’s pretty (not to mention the insert with Kim Sun Ah photo. I love the color theme because it’s pink. But the base is white in a matte finish (urgh! I can’t just toss it away on my bag and I must remember not to hold it with dirty hands!).

It’s 335 pages but the fonts are big (way bigger than my Kim Sam Soon novel). I has 9 chapters, or ‘showcase’ as what they used on the book. And each ‘showcase’ is further divided into smaller sections (yey!).

It’s written by Park Yi Jeong (박이정) but the screenplay writer, Jo Jeong Hwa (조정화) is also credited on the book.

Aside from Kim Sun Ah’s photo (that I’ve already removed), there’s also her autograph. I hope it’s enough motivation for me to keep reading (though I’d say I’m sooo interested and curious about the story and in fact, loving it, so I think that should be a good enough motivation for me).

I use a pencil to mark or underline some words on the book. But I use post-its to write notes and definitions. And I have a small notepad to jot down words and grammar explanations. I use naver dictionary to check words out when I’m online and a paper dictionary when I’m not.

I will try reading and translating one section a day if it’s not too long. Or maybe at least a couple of paragraphs a day. Just please note, I am an amateur to this and my Korean is still far from good. Thus my translations will never be accurate. I just want to do this for myself (because if not, I will probably be too lazy to just read). I am also doing this to learn through the novel. But feel free to read it if you want/curious about the novel. And if you speak Korean and you happen to have a copy of the book too and found some errors, I’ll appreciate corrections. 🙂

I Do I Do Episode 5 Preview

Is it that simple?

Ji Ahn was astounded to find out that she is carrying Tae Kang’s child.
Jun Hee advised Ji Ahn to get rid of the baby and to keep everything a secret to Eun Seong.
Suddenly Ji Ahn’s parents came to her company looking for her. Tae Kang was showing them around. The employees find it odd that Ji Ahn suddenly changed and became listless.
Nari begged Madam Jang on her knees and was caught by the employees in such a helplessness situation.
Meanwhile, following Jun Hee’s advised, Ji Ahn went to the ob-gyn…
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What???!!!!! Oho! Right from the start I hate this Jun Hee!!! What kind of a friend are you???? Well, I won’t go into women’s rights and all… but really advising your friend to get rid of the baby AND keep everything a secret to Eun Seong?! Woah, you are really some friend here!

I Do I Do novel excerpts – spoilers anyone?

These are book excerpts from online bookstores. May or may not be spoilers for the drama. Nonetheless, you can’t say I didn’t warn you. 🙂

Table of Contents (excerpts)

Chapter 1 The place where my mary janes took me
Chapter 2 Glory for shoes only
Chapter 3 The inappropriate carrot
Chapter 4 Buying was easy
Chapter 5 The next stage of menopause

Inside the book

It was the first day of kindergarten. Dad bought her only daughter a pair of red shoes. The same kind of mary janes that Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland wore. Ji Ahn steps her little foot into the red enamel shoes that sparkles like a ruby. And for the first time Ji Ahn heard the sound of her soul the moment she fastens the thin strap with a click. Every clacking step Ji Ahn took, she heard the sound of magic unfolding. Every clacking sound Ji Ahn makes on each of her step is the sound of magic –  the clacking sound of happiness. – page 9

All designs starts from a sketch. Same with your life. A life drawn using the colors of a rainbow on a white paper. Of course, if it’s a woman with sense, she must know how to design and color her own life. Whether my life is a first-class luxurios brand, or an imitation on a display rack on the streets depends on my own choice. It’s not somebody else’s, it is your life. There’s always something that is solely your own that you can’t sacrifice or share with somebody else. To me it’s shoes and fashion. – page 47

A  top designer – a great job that a lot of people are envious of. On a top position – a Director. Plus living in a classy house. Driving an equally classy car. A 10-floor shoe closet brimming with shoes she likes – to the point of having to send a number of pairs on bazaars. There was no reason to get bored (?). There was no reason to feel lonely (?). It’s not the trauma of a failed marriage.  It’s not also a man-phobia. Ji Ahn simply doesn’t need marriage. Falling in love; getting married; washing husband’s clothes; cooking; giving birth; raising kids – it just doesn’t attract her. She didn’t want any of these. Reading trends, leading, creating – those are the things she likes. It’s not Joseon era anymore. One doesn’t marry a man her parents selected, give birth to kids, and live life obediently. That’s just rustic! – page 102

FYI: Novel is 304 pages

SOURCE: Kyobobook

I’m glad I read (and translated) the excerpts. It feels like I’m getting to know Ji Ahn more and more. Not that I need to get to know Ji Ahn more. Kim Sun Ah is doing an excellent job in bringing Ji Ahn to life. But it just feels so different (and so 신기하다 too) reading the novel. Now, if novels are only these short… *sigh*

NEW WORDS:
영광 – honor, glory
부적절하다 – to be inappropriate
갱년기 – menopause
단계 – stage, phase, step
유치원 – kindergarten
켤레 – pair
가느다랗다 – to be very thin/slender
발등 – top of the foot
당기다 – to pull, draw, tug, yank, jerk
달칵 – with a click
난생처음 – first time in one’s life
영혼 – soul, spirit
울림 – echo
펼쳐지다 – to spread, to unfold
또각 – tap, clack
한 발짝씩 – one step(by step)
마찬가지 – the same
스스로 – oneself
일류 – first class
명품
좌판 – dislay/stand
희생당하다 – to sacrifice
나누다 – to divide
직장 – job
수석 – top
오직 – only, solely
평 – floor
실패하다 – to fail
남성- man, male
혐오증 – phobia
단순하다 – simply
이끌다 – to lead
정하다 – to decide, to determine
순종하다 – to be obedient
촌스럽게!

[드라마] I Do, I Do Episode 2 Ramblings

A fellow I Do watcher commented on ockoala’s blog that watching I Do I Do is like reading a novel. And I agree. That’s exactly how I feel when I watch this drama. But wait! Of course it feels like a novel. It was a novel to begin with.

Watching episode 2 live was very tiring for me because mom is beside me and have turned me into her personal simultaneous translator!!! It was already difficult for me to understand it, and I have to translate it real-time for her! I gave up halfway through the episode and suggested that we just watch it peacefully. After my live viewing, I felt that the episode was nice, but I was too tired, I slept right away. I had to rewatch it in order for me to appreciate it more.

First, I’m glad that Hwang Ji Ahn didn’t throw her shoes to catch Tae Kang. 1.) she’ve done that oh so many times on her previous dramas and 2.) it’ll be inconsistent with her shoe-loving character.

I love how Ji Ahn knows her stuff so well, enough to catch Tae Kang lying. And her knowledge about shoes reminds me so much of Kim Sam Soon’s love and passion for cakes. So yes, I’m sold with all these passion over shoes.

“Alright, forget about yourself. Just think of you father.”

I also like the fact that she showed a teeny-bit of concern towards this kid whom she had spent one depressing day with. She’s even brave enough to brought up his father. If we are on a different drama realm, she would probably think twice before mentioning anything that connects to the day when she had a one night stand with the kid sitting in front of her and will try to pretend that that unfateful day never existed. But she didn’t bat an eyelid when she mentioned his father. So is Tae Kang. He also didn’t budge when he mentioned her issues with her parents as his defense against Ji Ahn. Because without her knowing it, she has touched something sensitive . Tae Kang is, in fact, doing this for his father. Anyway, I love how mature they both handle their one-night stand.


Another memorable scene for me was the the first face to face encounter of Na Ri and Ji Ahn. It  was epic! I knew the moment Na Ri sweet-talked her way into getting Ji Ahn’s ultra-cool office that we’ll be dealing with a biatche here (Urgh, drama! Can’t you wait like a couple more episodes first before ousting Ji Ahn on the nice office? I haven’t had enough of the fabulous sight of Ji Ahn on that office yet! ㅠㅠ). I started getting a bit sad knowing that the person meant to anihilate Ji Ahn has arrived. I forgot one thing. Will there be anyone more biatche then our Ji Ahn? Ha! I love how honest Ji Ahn was. Saying how horrible she feels being ousted from her ‘throne’. It’s not very usual, especially in Korean culture to say something like that to someone you’ve just met and whose position is higher than yours. I guess Ji Ahn doesn’t need us anymore. She can very well take care of herself. Oh very-Samsoonish! Ji Ahn-ah, we’ll just cheer for you then! Go Ji Ahn!

Nonetheless I hate the biatche! Na Ri, that is. Seems like she’s someone who doesn’t give up easily. I suddenly want to wear heels and step on her foot. Biatche! Who cares whether she studied MBA in the states, she’s still a 낙하산! Biatche!

Oh, I love Kim Sun Ah’s acting! I can almost see smoke coming out of her nostrils – her anger is seeping out of my laptop screen. I’m wondering though if it was the scene that a staff from I Do I Do once mentioned when the extras got scared of Kim Sun Ah after the take. Darn! The way she threw that stupid menopause prevention pamphlet – woah! No wonder our Kim Sun Ah was dubbed as the ‘queen of nuance’.

And thankfully Ji Ahn’s using a blackberry (not a galaxy note for god’s sake!) and the most boring ringtone on earth!

And woah woah woah! I’m loving where this 맞선 is going. If only… if only our Ji Ahn is not carrying Tae Kang’s child I would really love for this two to end up together. Well, on second thought, although they seem compatible and it looks like they’re going to understand each other, I guess it will be difficult for them to be together. How will they find time to see each other? Do they have to book an appointment for their dates? And kids. If they’ll have some. If they’ll have time to have some. What are they going to do with them? Maybe compatibility doesn’t equate perfect match. Nonetheless, I am loving these two. More than Ji Ahn and Tae Kang. In this episode at least.

Aww, I was a bit disappointed that Tae Kang sold Beyonce. 1.) a motorbike with the name Beyonce is just epic 2.) I want to see more of Kim Sun Ah riding a motorbike 3.) I was wishing Tae Kang would sacrifice Beyonce for Ji Ahn. Apparently he did sacrifice Beyonce, but not for Ji Ahn, rather for his dad. Which is equally, if not more sweet. Anyhow, I think it is also good because noona + a virgin dongsaeng + a drunken one night stand + a motorbike is so What’s Up Fox?-ish

“How am I supposed to know when will we finish?”

I so can relate on their office situation. Though I don’t have a husband, I have a mother and I have friends and I’ve used “How am I supposed to know when will we finish?” a number of times. In the working world – at least in Ji Ahn’s and mine, there’s only a start time, but there will never be an end time. I feel for Team Leader Ma. I also remember a similar scene… either from Dalja’s Spring or On Air… or was it Worlds Within?

“Tell her I have dismenorrea. No, it needs to be something more severe. Ah, irritable bowel syndrome. Aw, just tell her I died!”

And although the way they all cancelled the dinner with Ji Ahn is very funny with the EA (I’m assuming she’s an executive assistant or simply an assistant) taking down notes and all, I can totally relate to this scene as well. God knows how many times me and my former co-workers have done this to escape from work or from overtime or to avoid dinner or luncheon with a boss that we hate/fear – and we all end up just saying, tell him/her/them I died. Now I feel for my previous bosses. Did they feel the same way as Ji Ahn when we made alibis just to avoid being with them?

“Korean Time!”

Oh! There’s such a thing as Korean Time too? I’m wondering what is Korean Time? I thought Koreans are almost always on time. (edit: found THIS 코리안 타임은 약속시간에 일부러 늦게 도착하는 행동이나 그 버릇을 이르는 말이다.)

And I love the entire “alone” moment of Ji Ahn. Our poor Ji Ahn. No one to call. No one to have a meal with. It’s so depressing to see such a powerful, capable and strong Director like this. Just like what Tae Kang would say later one, “I can’t even look at you because you are too pitiful”. My only consolation is that I/we know that literally she is not alone anymore for at that time her baby is with her already. Now, I’m just not sure if that’s something Ji Ahn would be happy about.

I also like that in the midst of Ji Ahn’s quest for company, her feet brought her to Chae Boong’s 식당. Probably because it was the first and, maybe, the only place where she was able to open her heart out and, maybe, for the first time someone was with her, sharing her pains and frustrations, even caring for her.

And I love how consistent the writer is to Ji Ahn’s character. Despite her being on yet another vulnerable moment here, she is still on her fierce no-one-can-mess-up-with-me-even-if-i’m-depressed attitude. I so love her reaction when Tae Kang banged her table. I was thinking she’d scoof or something like any other typical kdrama girls out there. But she didn’t budge and simply stared back at Tae Kang, must to his amusement thus he ended up scoofing instead.

And when Ji Ahn picked up the bottle of soju, I wanted to warn her not to! But thankfully, as if on cue, Tae Kang started pissing her off once more, and she ended not drinking any. Is Tae Kang already protecting their baby as early as now?

“How am I supposed to eat this ramen without any kimchi?”

And I so love the entire sequence when we all entered Ji Ahn’s house accompanied by the song I Do. The entire sequence was very powerful. Without any dialogues, but we were all introduced to Ji Ahn’s personal world. And it’s just so heartbreaking! The sight of Ji Ahn’s awards with flowers that have wilted already. A high class, yet very messy house with packages, boxes, bags, magazines, empty beer cans, undisposed instant ramen bowls and chopsticks, an almost empty fridge with rotten fruits, two bottles of water and a bowl of kimchi with molds, unwashed dishes on her back. Aww, tears are running down my cheeks just by typing this. I want to hug Ji Ahn now. I’m just not sure if she’ll allow anyone to do that.

It’s just sad. Too sad. Especially the spoilt kimchi. It only doesn’t mean she’s always been away from her apartment. It also shows she hasn’t visited her hometown for a long time. Because if she did, her mom would’ve definitely packed not just kimchi but a whole bunch of side dishes for her to take home and store on her fridge. But doesn’t mom even visit her? Or maybe she doesn’t allow her to.

So, with no one to eat with and with nothing to eat, she just ran into her sanctuary – her amazing shoe closet. That’s probably where she feels most safe and secured at – being surrounded with shoes – exactly just like what Tae Kang told her. But it’s still sad because again, just like what Tae Kang said, shoes are just shoes no matter how many they are.

The entire sequence was too powerful though that I barely noticed Tae Kang and dad moments which are also good too.

And the song I Do is really a good one. Forget the engrish, I just so love it – both lyrics and melody. It’s has a slight trace of pain, but is trying to be strong and hopeful. I’d say very Ji Ahn. And the mixture of that whiff of pain and the warmth of a strong hope is enough to make me cry whenever I hear that song – as much as I cry with Kim Sam Soon‘s Inside My Heart.

Now I’m really really curious as to how OSTs are made. I’m assuming the song writers discuss the story and the characters with the writer or director (or both). OSTs, especially the character “themes” are almost always a perfect match to the characters. OST song writers are very lucky then to know the drama stories in advanced. 🙂

Now every moment Biatche appears, I’m always on the edge of my seat. Somehow I’m thankful she’s there and she doesn’t give up. Giving Ji Ahn more reasons to smash her down.

I also love how this short scene in an aesthetic spa revealed so much about Ji Ahn. Based from their conversations, she doesn’t flaunt with her money even if she has plenty (and doesn’t act like a chaebol). And even if she hated the Biatche who gave her the gift certificate, she used it and didn’t throw it away. She also don’t accept free treats from her rich friend because she said she can take care of herself. Did I say I’m loving Ji Ahn more and more?

As for the friend… I’m not yet sold. Yes, thanks for being with Ji Ahn. Thanks for giving her company. Thanks for being someone she can talk/chat with. But girl, how much do you really know your friend? How she really feels, how much she’s hurting and how she is just putting on a strong mask all this time. You were not even there when she needed you the most. On the other hand, maybe we can’t really blame her for Ji Ahn’s the type who doesn’t easily open her heart out to anyone.

And another hilarious moment! Our Ji Ahn is starting to get a little bit nicer to Dr. Jo, because he persistently sends her text messages thrice a day at exactly 8 in the morning, 12 noon and 11pm. Without fail. Right on the dot. The Ji-Seong  (or Sun-Hyeong in real life) shipper in me is starting to get my hopes up until friend burst her bubble telling her there’s a smartphone application for that that even her little daughter Min Joo knows. Isn’t it fun to see our Ji Ahn is also a bit naive? And Dr. Jo, you’re busted!

And who could Min Joo be? I’m also a sucker for Korean child stars, but my favorites have all started growing up. I hope Min Joo is someone who’s very smart and cute and I wish there will be a few Min Joo Ji Ahn moments in the future – something like Kim Hyang Ki and Shim Eun Kyung in Bad Couple.

And hooray for the first signs of pregnancy! My weakness has always been pregnant characters and here is Kim Sun Ah getting ready to be one! Can’t wait for the next episodes! Maybe not the next yet… maybe it’ll be revealed towards the end of Episode 4? Unnie, how can you act being nauseous so naturally?

Ji Ahn’s parent’s visit to Dr. Jo is one heck of an epic sequence! The elders are THAT curious to know who the lucky (?) and equally strange guy who their daughter finally “likes” and who oddly “likes” their daughter back. At last! Their only daughter who ditches all the 맞선s finally found a match. They must meet this guy, even if it means pretending to be patients – much to Dr. Jo’s amusement!

Now we get to learn more about Ji Ahn’s dad. An old-school Korean patriarch I must say. Not that strange in Korea (I guess), especially if you are not a Seoulite. And the clash of successful career woman Ji Ahn and old-school traditional father is just too scary for me. It’s obvious that Ji Ahn loves his Dad. If not she won’t give a damn when he threatened to remove her from the family registry. And it’s obvious too that Dad loves his only daughter very much and is just concerned about her. But they are extremes of each other. It’s scary and sad.

And I love the scene (sorry if I have to start every other paragraph with “I love”, would you be able to put up with me until the next 14 episodes?) when they were choosing the winners for the Shoe Reform Contest for many reasons. 1.) We again see how consistently honest and straight forward our Director Hwang is, 2.) it shows how Biatche has very little knowledge about their products (darn, stop acting all-knowing! even if you are the vice-president, you are just new, and obviously you don’t share the same love and passion towards shoes as Ji Ahn. learn how to humble yourself biatche!)! Ha! Ha ha ha! 3.) it makes me grin to the fact that Ji Ahn is actually unknowingly praising and defending the last person she wants to praise and defend. I wonder how she’ll react when she finds out that she actually made Tae Kang the winner and even made him “closer” to her. I know she (and him) is casual about their one-night stand and, quoting Shin Mi Rae, is not a 20-something who hopes there’s more to a one-night stand. But I’m sure she also doesn’t want to spend everyday of her life with Tae Kang (at least at this point). But I do hope that Tae Kang knows Ji Ahn is all praises to his work.

“Why are you here?”
alodia:  Uhm actually Unnie, it’s all thanks to you!

And the last sequence was epic as well! First our Ji Ahn is soooooooo sexy! Darn! Suna Unnie and her legs!!! And for all we know Ji Ahn is already what, maybe 3 weeks or a month pregnant? Then Tae Kang, smiling like that? Tae Kang good job in making me forget Dr. Jo for a bit. 🙂

I love the episode! I love episode 1 and I love this episode more. I wonder if there’s still place in my heart to love the next 14 episodes more!

I also love and laughed so hard at the preview. Especially during the photo opt session of Ji Ahn and Tae Kang. Those faces. Epic!

Some may think that she’ll find out that she’s pregnant on the next episode. But I think otherwise. Too early, I think. Maybe it will be revealed by the 4th episode? Hopefully a cliffhanger of episode 4 to kill all of us while waiting for episode 5! o.o

Episode 2 has loads stuff and has a very subtle balance of comic and sad scenes it’s giving me a My Name Is Kim Sam Soon feel. And was it because they are both novels originally? I’m simply enjoying this show so much!

Tae Kang – the male Shin Mi Rae?

While watching this episode, I can’t help but see Kim Sun Ah’s character in City Hall, Shin Mi Rae, in Tae Kang. And to my surprise, when I was re-watching it with my mom (with subtitles this time), my mom said the same thing that he is very-Shin Mi Rae. As I’ve said last time, Ji Ahn was more of a kdrama hero while Tae Kang is more of a kdrama heroine. Just like Mi Rae he has practically nothing to be proud of – he doesn’t have money, he only have a high school diploma. Yet he is full of determination. It seems Mi Rae and Tae Kang are trying to beat each other out with the numbers and kinds of part time jobs they’ve had in their lifetime. And when challenged by Jo Guk, Mi Rae dashed forward giving her 200%, so did Tae Kang after being challenged by Ji Ahn. And both of them succeeded with flying colors.

Ji Ahn’s Miranda Moments

“In 30 seconds, explain to me how did this happen.”

I watched The Devil Wears Prada all because it was said that Kim Sun Ah’s character in this drama is somehow patterned/pegged after Meryl Streep‘s Miranda Priestly. Kim Sun Ah was even called Korea’s Meryl Streep on some news articles. And to my surprised, more than loving the movie, I fell in love with Miranda Priestly (and I eventually became a Streeper). I can’t explain because there’s practically almost nothing nice about Miranda, but I was simply in love with her. Quoting Andrea on the movie, “If Miranda were a man, people wouldn’t care about her sadistic ways, only what a great job she does”. Maybe it’s seeing a woman being so in-charge that makes me love Miranda. Or maybe me imagining Kim Sun Ah doing the same things makes me love her.

Miranda and Ji Ahn are quite similar. Successful women. Feared and respected in the industry they are in. Shows passion. Execute excellent outputs. But they are very different too. Ji Ahn is actually nice. Just don’t mess up with her. Strict, yes. Sarcastic, yes. Blunt, yes. But you can see she has a good heart. Miranda is… well… a devil. Unreasonable, sadistic, black-hearted. Though I must say, deep down inside I believe Miranda has a heart. I think women with such talent and passion can’t possibly be devils. There were very few moments in the film when we were able to glimpse at Miranda’s private life and smell a faint whiff of pain. It’s just that it was not tackled that much on the movie. Ji Ahn, being a drama character has plenty of room (about 14 hours longer) to reveal her true self.

Nonetheless, I’m thrilled every time Ji Ahn has these “Miranda Moments”. I have two favorites from this episode. When she asked her store employee to explain to her, IN 30 SECONDS, why the gold labeled shoes were up for sale. And when Dr. Jo called her but she was pissed because she found out that she almost fell for the automatic text messaging function of his smartphone – instead of ignoring his call, or rejecting the call, she picked up, let him say “Hello”, then hangs up. Awesome! I wouldn’t be surprised if later on it’ll be revealed that Ji Ahn is Miranda Priestly’s long lost younger sister. 😀

Father and Son

And I particularly love the father and son relationship of Tae Kang and his dad. He is harsh. No, they are both harsh towards each other. But they deeply love each other! It gives me a feeling similar to Yeon Jae and her mom’s relationship in Scent Of A Woman – bickering all the time, can’t stand each other, yet at the end of the day loves each other deeply. Gee, I told you, Tae Kang is playing this drama’s heroine!

I also love how dad seems to treat shoes as if human, calling them innocent shoe(s). I can’t wait for Ji Ahn to meet him. It would be really complicated. 1.) He imitates her shoes (and that’s something she hates to her heart’s content) but 2.) he shares the same passion and love towards shoes the way Ji Ahn does and 3.) he is an excellent shoe maker. 4.) and he’s going to be her father-in-law. Chaos!

And right, right, right kdramas. Enough of the girl and guy spending the first few episdoes continuously bickering over little silly things. Let’s just try rubbing each others wounds with salt instead for a change, shall we? Again, I love the “maturity” of this drama, despite the fact that we have our 15 year old looking (and acting) Tae Kang here. It’s refreshing to see these two adults who doesn’t bicker like elementary school kids, but rather poke each other exactly where it hurts most.

It seems they have revealed too much of themselves during that one night that it seems like no one in this world know them better than each other. And for this I’m willing to forget Dr. Jo whose admiration for Ji Ahn may only be superficial. He may be the “perfect” guy, yes. I would love him for Ji Ahn, yes. But he was not there on Ji Ahn’s weakest day/s. He may be able to understand career woman Director Hwang and will be someone who will not throw a tantrum over overtime works and cancelled dates. But, unfortunately (for Dr. Jo and me who root for him), if was not him, but Tae Kang who knows the woman Ji Ahn, the daughter Ji Ahn. Dr. Jo will not be able to help Ji Ahn heal her wounds because he have no idea what she’s going through. She was only able to reveal her whole self to Tae Kang on that night. Tae Kang, you lucky little rascal!

Episode 2 also made me more and more curious about Ji Ahn’s motivation and reason behind her passion over shoes. And her relationship with her dad when she was younger. When will it be revealed, I wonder?

I also can’t wait for Ji Ahn to find out she’s pregnant. I can’t wait for Tae Kang to find out he impregnated her. I can’t wait for Ji Ahn’s dad to find out she is pregrant and who the father of her baby is. And I can’t wait for Tae Kang’s dad to find out his son impregnated someone and who that someone is. I also can’t wait for Dr. Jo Eun Seong to find our she’s pregnant. Sigh. Dr. Jo, what should we do? I can feel that in the end you’ll just be Ji Ahn’s good friend (*cough* Dr. Chae Eun Seok *cough*). Then… can I just have you? ㅎㅎ

I really can’t wait for episodes 3! Thank god it’s Wednesday tomorrow. But god knows I’ve been having bad withdrawal syndromes since Friday (I didn’t even know it was possible to have withdrawal syndromes even if a drama hasn’t ended yet).

NEW WORDS

(not too many because I think I was more into watching it this time)

지적 재산권 – intellectual property rights
빡빡하다 – to be tight, to be intense
야근을 하다 – work overtime (at night)
회식

I Do I Do Episode 3 Preview

더이상 누나 앞날에 방해되지 않을게요!
From now on, I will not meddle with Noona’s affairs anymore!

지안은 구두 리폼 컨테스트에서 대상을 받은 태강이 지니킴에 입사하려하자 이를 비웃고, 태강은 사람들 앞에서 지안을 난처하게 만들고 사라진다. 

Ji Ahn grits her teeth and scoffs at the fact that Shoes Reform Contest Grand prize winner Tae Kang attempts to enter Jinny Kim (Shoe Company). Tae Kang embarassed Ji Ahn in front of many people and disappeared.

한편, 태강이 지안과 미묘한 관계라는 소문을 듣게 된 나리는 디자이너 명단에서 태강을 발견하고 회심의 미소를 짓는다.

Meanwhile, upon hearing the rumor of Tae Kang and Ji Ahn’s “complicated” relationship Na Ri grinned mischievously and put up Tae Kang’s name on the roster of the design team.

[노래] I Do (English Translation)

*I love love love this song to death and I also love the lyrics. Attempted to translate again, but this is extremely difficult than 꽃보다 그녀 so I may have dozens of mistakes here… don’t trust my translations!

I Do

Park Ji Yoon 박지윤

I Do I Do OST part 2

거짓말처럼 아플거래
Like a lie, they said it’ll hurt.
얼마못가서 두 손 든대
They said soon I will give up.

이상하지 더 힘이 나
But strangely, it gave me strength.
같은 꿈을 꾸는 너만 보면
When I see you who’s dreaming the same dreams.

때되면 나을 감기같은걸
Just like a common cold, it will get better soon.
뒤돌아 한숨 쉬진마
So don’t turn back and sigh.
내 눈물 봐도 모른척해
Even if you see my tears, pretend you didn’t.
널 믿고 약해지지않게
Without hesitations, I believe in you.

그래 I do 나답게 I do
Yes, I do. I’d say I do.
내 가슴이 아직 뛰잖아
My heart is still racing.
세상 보란 듯이 넌 날 옳다 말해줘
Letting the world see, please tell me I’m right.
날 믿어줘 Say me I do
Believe in me, tell me “I Do”

막다른길이 보인데도
Even if I reach a blind alley.
뒷걸음치진 않을래
I will not turn back.
슬픈 기억도 언젠간 끝날
Sad memories will end too.
훗날 함께 웃게될테니
Someday, together we will smile.

그래 I do 나답게 I do
Yes, I do. I’d say I do.
내 가슴이 아직 뛰잖아
My heart is still racing.
세상 보란 듯이 넌 날 옳다 말해줘
Letting the world see, please tell me I’m right.
날 믿어줘 Say me I do
Believe in me, tell me “I Do”

부디 흔들리지마
Please don’t waver.
잡은 꿈을 놓지마
Don’t let go of your dreams.
값진 삶이니까 괜찮아
Because life is precious. It’s okay.

널 위해 영원히 I do
For you, forever I do.
아파도 후회는 없어
Even if it’s painful I have no regrets.

다시 I do 매일 I do
Again, I do. Everyday I do.
어제보다 가까이 왔어
I am a step closer today than yesterday.
우리 한 곳만을 보다 이뤄지는 날
A day will come when we’ll both be together.
꼭 안아줘 Say me I do
Please hold me tightly, tell me I do