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30 Day Kdrama Challenge

I got this from tumbler. It was supposed to be a 30 day challenge, but I just want to try answering them now. I haven’t seen a lot of dramas yet, but I think this is kinda fun. 재미있는 것 같아요.

Day 01: Your Favorite Kdrama

My Name Is Kim Sam Soon

Day 02: Your Favorite Male Lead Character

Hmm… Jo Guk (City Hall) is the most romantic guy. Gi-Chan (Bad Couple) is the ideal-almost-perfect guy. Joo-Won (Secret Garden) is the most three-dimensional male character I have encountered so far.

Day 03: Your Favorite Female Lead Character

Kim Sam-Soon (My Name Is Kim Sam Soon) nonetheless!

Day 04: Your Favorite Male Third Wheel Character

Probably Kang Shi-Wan (When It’s At Night)

Day 05: Your Favorite Female Third Wheel Character

I usually hate all of them… but Yoon-Seul (Secret Garden) is loveable. Wait, is she a third wheel character? Maybe Wang Joo-Hyun (When It’s At Night).

Day 06: Your Favorite Song from a Kdrama OST

Aww, this is really difficult. I’ll name a few… please? Inside My Heart (My Name Is Kim Sam Soon) is just so special. 늦은 시각 (What’s Up Fox?) is a long-time favorite. 불안한 사랑 (City Hall) is such a beautiful one. 사랑하고 사랑합니다 (City Hall) is something that I can’t stop listening to. There are still more songs that I truly like… And I love Noh Young-Shim (musical director) so much!

Day 07: Your Favorite Line/s by a Male Lead Character

이런건 남자가 하게 해야죠.차문 열어줄때까지 타지도 말고, 손수건 안깔아주면 어디 앉지도 말고,숟가락 젓가락 안놔주면 밥도먹지말고. 한번도 안그래봤죠? 앞으론 그래봐요.여잔 스스로 귀하게 여길줄도 알아야해요. – Jo Guk (City Hall)

Day 08: Your Favorite Line/s by a Female Lead Character

Uhm… I can’t decide yet. But it’s gonna be either from Sam-Soon (My Name Is Kim Sam Soon) or Mi-Rae (City Hall). I’m still in the process of compiling them here.

Day 09: Your Favorite Line/s by a Male Third Wheel

Hmm… probably when Shi-Wan confessed to Cho-Hee (When It’s At Night), but I haven’t memorized the line.

Day 10: Your Favorite Line/s by a Female Third Wheel

Ah! I love a line from Yoon-Seul, but I have to check it again. I didn’t memorize it either.

Day 11; Your Favorite Dialogue

A lot? City Hall dialogues perhaps.

Day 12: Your Favorite Story

My Name Is Kim Sam Soon no less. (City Hall would be my favorite love story though)

Day 13: Your Favorite “I Love You”

None yet. But I have a favorite proposal (City Hall)! And favorite confession (My Name Is Kim Sam Soon)

Day 14: Your Favorite Kiss

Shin Mi-Rae and Jo Guk’s kisses. All of them!!! (City Hall)

Day 15: Your Favorite Ending

City Hall!

Day 16: A Kdrama you started but can’t finish

I have a few… but it were Worlds Within and Lovers that I have attempted to watch twice and I still can’t finish any of them.

Day 17: A Kdrama you’ve watched more than once

All of Kim Sun-Ah’s drama, My Name Is Kim Sam Soon being the most watched, followed by City Hall.

Day 18: The Worst Kdrama that you’ve watched until the end

Coffee Prince

Day 19: Your Best Actor

Cha Seung-Won

Day 20: Your Best Actress

KIM SUN-AH!

Day 21: Your Worst Actor

Kwon Sang-Woo? ㅋㅋㅋ

Day 22: Your Worst Actress

Lee Da-Hee? Eugene? Song Hye-Kyo?

Day 23: Your Best Couple

Jo Guk and Mi-Rae!!!

Day 24: Your Worst Couple

Han-Kyul and Eun-Chan (Coffee Prince)

Day 25: Your First Kdrama

My Name Is Kim Sam Soon

Day 26: Your Recently Finished Kdrama

Secret Garden

Day 27: A Kdrama loved by many but you don’t seem to like

Boys Over Flowers and Coffee Prince

Day 28: A Kdrama not loved by many but you seem to like

The Women Who Still Wants to Marry (because I’m sure a lot likes City Hall too, right? 🙂 )

Day 29: A Kdrama which made you so happy

City Hall

Day 30: A Kdrama which made you so sad

None? My Name Is Kim Sam Soon made me cry so much, but it doesn’t necessarily made me sad. I was a bit sad with disappointed for When It’s At Night. I usually feel sad whenever I finished watching a good drama. I feel empty.

Listening to K-dramas

This started as a comment in Hangukdrama and Korean blog’s Learning Languages – a revolutionary approach entry. And after clicking the POST COMMENT button, I was surprised that it was really long and that it looks like a blog entry itself. So why don’t I blog it anyway? (edited some parts)

I watch Korean movies and dramas, and started listening to Korean songs (mostly Drama OSTs) on my computer, ipod and cellphone. I listen to podcast lessons too, if I have time.

And just recently, I decided to LISTEN to Korean dramas. I just went back to school and, although Korean classes are part of my current curriculum, it still means lesser time to study self-study Korean. AND lesser time to watch Korean dramas (sad!). I usually have my music on whatever I do (review for an exam, reading readings, writing a report, going to and from school), so I thought, why not listen to dramas instead? I extracted the audio of my favorite drama (My Name Is Kim Sam Soon and later on will listen to City Hall too – yey!) and I listen to it while studying, and while on my way to and from school. Sometimes even during classes if I can sneak it.

At the moment, it doesn’t matter whether I understand everything or nothing at all. I just familiarize myself with the sounds, intonation, expressions, speed. I get to pick up vocabs and grammar patterns too as I listen, intentionally or unintentionally. At the same time I get to enjoy listening to Kim Sun-Ah‘s voice. And I also get to memorize some lines from the drama too.

Recently I started studying the scripts too. My Korean is still not good that’s why I’m still lost with a lot of grammar patterns that I don’t know. So I’m focusing on vocabs for the mean time. It’s fun when you get to recognize a pattern you just learned as you listen. And it’s also equally fun, when you are in class and a new grammar or vocab is being introduce and you remember it from the drama. For me it makes my remember grammar or vocabs easier – especially if it was Kim Sun-Ah who said it! 🙂

Of course this method will only work for some people. It may sound really boring, but since I’m so addicted to a My Name Is Kim Sam Soon and City Hall. I wouldn’t mind listening to it over and over until I memorize all the lines. ㅋㅋㅋ

Funny thing though, I was told, about 3 times already, by 3 different groups of Korean friends, at 3 different times, that I sound very much like Kim Sam-Soon. Hmm… would I sound like Mi-Rae when I start listening to City Hall?

So I guess it’s a proof that you’ll get to pick up something from listening. I was not mimicking Sam-Soon at all. I don’t even know how to mimic her. It just came out naturally.

And this is exactly my concern when I start learning Japanese next semester. I am not exposed at all to Japanese. In my lifetime, I think I’ve only seen 2 Japanese dramas, 1 anime series and no more than 20 Japanese movies. I have 6 Japanese songs out of my 500+ Korean songs in my netbook (and no Japanese song in my ipod) and I don’t remember the last time I played any of them. ㅋㅋㅋ My only motivation: Kim Sun-Ah speaks fluent Japanese. So i guess I just have to watch video clips and interviews of her speaking Japanese over and over and over. 🙂

[드라마] 당신 혹시 나 좋아해? “Secret Garden” Episode 3

I’m not very impressed with Episode 3. Maybe I was expecting too much since I enjoyed the first 2 episodes. I’m not saying Episode 3 is bad. No! Not at all. But it seems like not much happen on this episode.

I can’t help but remember My Name Is Kim Sam Soon with this scene though:

라임: 당신 혹시 나 좋아해? 나 좋아한냐구?!

주원: 내가 그렇게 미친놈같아? 아니 내가 어디 모자라보여? 나 같은 사람이 댁같은 여자 좋아하는거 봤어? 현실적으로 그게 말이 된다고 생각해? 착각하는거 같아 말해두는데 나랑 결혼하고 싶어 줄서있는 학벌집안외모되는 여자들 사진만 쌓아도 빌딩 하나 쌓아. 근데 그쪽은 집안학벌능력나이 뭐하나 괜찮은게 없잖아 혹시 해당사항 있음 손들고?!

아 진짜! Really! When Joo-Won raised his hand, I was half-expecting he’ll say Ra-Im’s hands are ugly! That they look like 족발.

삼순:  너 나 좋아하니? 너 나 좋아해?

진헌: 전에 얘기하지 않았나. 당신같은 여자를 누가 안고 싶어 하겠냐고. 당신… 내 타입 아냐. 왠 줄 알어? 손이 안예뻤거든. 족발이야?

Then when Joo-Won started raising his voice…

주원: 봐, 없지?

라임: 근데 왜 따라다녀

주원: 그걸 왜 나한테 물어?

라임: 그럼 누구한테 물어?

주원: 댁한테 물어야지? 자꾸 떠오르는데 어떡해! 안봐도 계속 같이 있는거나 마찬가진데 나보러 어쩌라고?! “김수한무 거북이와 두루미” 어?! 내가 이걸 밤마다 어?! 내가 오죽하면 이래? 당신대체 나한테 무슨 짓을 한거야 왜하필 난데?!

I was then expecting Ra-Im to answer, “알았어, 꺼져줄게”

진헌: 자꾸 생각나서 미치겠어! 왜 내 머릿 속에 들어와서  날 괴롭혀 왜! 차라리 꺼져버리든가!

삼순: 알았어, 꺼져줄게

It was a little bit annoying for a big My Name Is Kim Sam Soon fan like me… since they were not from the same writer. But it didn’t ruin my viewing. I am just nitpicking a little.

I still am not buying how Joo-Won can fall for Ra-Im so easily. Not that Ra-Im is not likeable. In fact she is. But it’s still so fast for me that I didn’t feel anything with the supposedly swoon-worthy sit-ups scene (that I’m sure a lot of Secret Garden fans almost died of).

But I did like it when Joo-Won pulled Ra-Im’s chair for her:

주워: 그 나이되도록 의자 빼주는 놈도 없었어?

Make’s me wonder, is Joo-Won perhaps not just Oska’s cousin but Jo Guk’s too?

조국: 이런건 남자가 하게 해야죠.차문 열어줄때까지 타지도 말고, 손수건 안깔아주면 어디 앉지도 말고,숟가락 젓가락 안놔주면 밥도먹지말고. 한번도 안그래봤죠?

I also still can’t feel anything for the characters. Joo-Won is insanely funny. And for the first time, I’m literally rolling on the floor laughing at the lead guy instead of the lead girl. But I still can’t get into him.

Nor into Ra-Im.

Which is weird. For Ra-Im seems to be a lovable and really cool character.

Now I’m trying to imagine, had Ra-Im been Kim Sun Ah, would it make any difference? I can confidently say NO. Sure I will have a bias towards Suna Unnie, but with that aside, Ha Ji-Won is actually playing Gil Ra-Im perfectly.

I just don’t understand why I still feel detached to the characters. Despite the fact that I’m enjoying this drama. Maybe I just need more time for the characters to grow into me.

Sorry if I keep comparing Secret Garden to other dramas, specifically My Name Is Kim Sam Soon and City Hall. I know it’s not very… uhm ethical? Next time I’ll make sure I’ll put a disclaimer saying that I’m not doing any reviews of this series, just simply prattling about it as I watch. 🙂

Oh, and did I mention I love THE bag?

[드라마] On “Secret Garden” Episode 2


김수한무 거북이와두루미 삼천갑자동방삭 치치카포사리사리센타 워리워리 세브리깡 무드셀라 구름이 허리케인에 담벼락

This episode drove me crazy! I watched it around 4:00 AM and it was very difficult to suppress my laughters. I didn’t know Hyun Bin could make me laugh so much!

I love the way they represent Joo-Won’s thoughts (by literally showing Ra-Im following him everywhere!).

Joon-Won is definitely a Sam-Shik when it comes to his arrogance and ignorance but a hundred times more naive. Plus a mixture of Jo Gukness – being sweet, concerned yet confused.

And doesn’t this scene…

reminds you of this scene?

I usually will be a little annoyed with these kind of close similarities had I not known that they have the same writer-director team.

The second episode was enjoyable as well. In fact more enjoyable than City Hall‘s second episode. But what I love most about City Hall is how we were able to closely and slowly look at how Jo Guk fell in love with Mi-Rae. It was a wonderful journey to follow on every episode and yet will still leave everyone unsure when did he exactly fell for Mi-Rae. I think that Joo-Won fell for Ra-Im too fast and too early. Well, it maybe necessary for there are a lot more to happen in this drama.

Creating romantic scenes and Cinderella stories are indeed Kim Eun-Sook‘s strength. The Cinderella part usually annoys me, but with her excellent romance-writing skills she can always get away with it.

Off to Episode 3 in a bit! ♥

[드라마] A first step to “Secret Garden”

재미있었어! 넘 재미있었어! I slept with a little smile plastered on my face after finishing “Secret Garden” at around 3:30 AM earlier.

It was a good start. I like the interaction of the two lead characters and I so love how cool Gil Ra-In was established. God! I would love Kim Sun-Ah on Ha Ji-Won shoes (warning: you’ll probably hear this from me over and over until the last episode of Secret Garden). But even though I would like it better had it been Kim Sun-Ah instead of Ha Ji-Won, surprisingly, I was not annoyed with Ha Ji-Won (yet?) at all. In fact she really looks so cool! And I am liking Hyun Bin‘s role too – something that I never felt for his character in Worlds Within. Was it because Joo-Won was somehow a bit closer to Sam-Shik? With a little sprinkle of Jo Guk?

It was really fun. A hundred times better than City Hall‘s pilot episode – which is probably the most boring pilot episode I have ever seen.

I can already sense the Kim Eun-Sook‘s magic wand weaving the drama as early as the first 10-minutes or so.

And of course the Kim Sun-Ah call-out was indeed a winner!

오스카: 아, 김선아 씨 대역? 오늘 찰 부탁해요.

거라임: 잘 부탁드립니다.

오스카: 내가, 커피 마실래요? 하면, 운동화 빵꾸 나는 건 아니죠?

거라임: 예?

오스카: 다음에 찍어요. 김선아 xxx 않아? xxx 머리 계속 xxx 는데.

오스카: 아닌데? 아, 맞다 맞다! 그 영화! ‘웰컴투 동작구’! 10급 공무원이 구청장 되는 얘기 그거! 거기서 김선아 씨 대역맞죠? 어- 여전히 멋지네요, 길라임 씨.

Looking forward to episode two later… after writing my paper – which is not gonna make it to the deadline! 어떡 해???

WORD OF THE DAY:

대역 – a body double (in movies, tv, etc)

Taking the Plunge

Since I have no interest in Hyun Bin (outside My Name Is Kim Sam Soon), I didn’t even bother checking Secret Garden – until I heard about the “Kim Sun-Ah call-out” on Episode 1. I immediately stopped whatever I was currently downloading and started downloading episode 1. I guess I just missed Suna Unnie so much that a simple call-out was enough to make me go nuts.

Then my jaw just dropped! It was very stupid of me not to know that this a Kim Eun-Sook drama!!! Darn! How could I miss that when, right after seeing – and falling in love with her in City Hall, I swore that I’m going to follow all her dramas from that point forward. The last I heard about her was her collaboration (guidance?) with a new writer (her former assistant) for My Princess. Was I really so busy with school that I missed something this big?

I guess so. School works just keep piling up that I just download the drama without even taking a glance at it.

As days and weeks pass by the more I hear about this drama. From blogs, facebook, twitter, classmates and friends. It gained a lot of popularity – in Korea, in the Internet (foreign fans), at school (Korean class classmates, Korean friends).

I was known as the “source” of Secret Garden in our school’s International Center (for foreign exchange students) since I always give my Korean friends copies of it yet. Earlier I even received an unwarranted cheery smile from a Korean exchange student when he was told that the copies were from me and that I brought the final episode. Ironically, I haven’t seen a single episode.

Time to give it a try?

Javabeans recapped it. She was so excited about it in the beginning despite the fact that she is not really into Kim Eun-Sook. However she doesn’t seem to enjoy it that much anymore towards the last half. She is the one who always give me chills whenever I read what she wrote about My Name Is Kim Sam Soon (poignant and funny and worth the hype). She who likes Boys Over Flower (that I will never ever like) and who never uttered a single word about City Hall.

Girlfriday, who considers My Name Is Kim Sam Soon as the closest drama to her heart was not wowed by this.

Ockoala who thinks My Name Is Kim Sam Soon is perfect and adores City Hall to the fullest doesn’t like this at all and was disappointed.

Tarits who shared my City Hall addiction, loves it but was not moved with the characters.

Elisa, another City Haller, loves just the story part.

These girls makes me think now. How about me? Me who considers My Name Is Kim Sam Soon as the best thing that ever happened in the K-drama world and holds City Hall close to my heart.

With the exception of My Name Is Kim Sam Soon, I’m not really into the popular dramas and/or young dramas. I’m not really into Hyun Bin, unless of course if he is being Sam-Shik. Ha Ji-Won is nothing to me compared to my lovely Kim Sun-Ah. But I loooove Kim Eun-Sook so much. I enjoyed On Air too (and is still trying to watch, re-watch and continue watching her earlier dramas – though I believe that City Hall is her best drama to date).

Will I like this? LOVE this? Hate this? I guess I would never find the answer until I watch it. And more than the drama itself, I’m more curious now as to what would be my reaction after watching it.

그럼, now at 2:30 AM, despite the busy crazy school schedule and with a 말하기 시험, readings, a paper and a job interview later today, I’m going to take the plunge… 하나, 둘, 셋!

[드라마] Bodyguard (2003)

Originally written on my old blog – April 26, 2009

Finally! After some months, I managed to finish watching Bodyguard. It took me some time not because I didn’t enjoy the drama nor because it was not good. In fact it’s the other way around. I enjoyed it and I think this is a good drama. I was just busy subbing When It’s At Night and preparing my new drama City Hall. If not for my unreliable internet service provider, I might not have finished this drama yet (since I don’t have internet for a few days a month ago I managed to get past episode 3 – watched the next episodes one by one – managed to finally finish it when my internet lagged again yesterday and today).

I’m not the usual fangirl who roots for cute hot and handsome actors. I appreciate actresses more.

But this drama is an exception. If I just have one thing to say about this drama, it’s as simple as “Cha Seung-Won is sooo hot and cute!”

These drama doesn’t leave much impression on me unlike the other dramas I saw. Maybe because the main character is a guy and I can’t relate much to his character. But there were some scenes that I was able to appreciate.

So, since I don’t have much to say, let me just list the things I like and I don’t like about this drama.

I like…

Cha Seung-Won! Cha Seung-Won! And Cha Seung-Won! Hahaha! No, seriously… I like him. This is the first time I saw Cha Seung-Won. He’s the only reason why I put out this drama out of the old drama closet. It’s not the type of drama that I would pick up out of interest or curiosity. But since Cha Seung-Won will be collaborating with my Kim Sun-Ah Unnie really soon, I must get to know him. And I have no regrets. I enjoyed his screen presence as he plays Hong Kyung-Tak. I clearly see his talents. Plus I really like his nuances and quirks that would definitely match Kim Sun-Ah Unnie’s own comedic timing. They would definitely be a perfect comedy couple.

I like Park Yu-Jin! The lady bodyguard! I’ve always loved strong women characters, so how can I let Park Yu-Jin pass? Too bad her own background story was not tackled that much on the drama. I might have loved this drama more if her character was revealed more. But nonetheless I like her.

And I sooo love the Hong family! They seem like a real family to me. I love Kyung-Tak’s mom and dad. And I love the brother-sister relationship of Kyung-Tak and Kyung-Mi. For me, it’s the drama’s strongest point.

I love Song Il-Gook! I hate him to death on this drama! It only means he’s a good actor.

AND THE FOOD!!! I don’t know but everytime I watch Bodyguard, I crave for Korean foods! Maybe because they are always eating… and they were always so into eating!

I hate…

I hate Na-Young. I don’t know. But she annoys me. It may be the weak character that annoys me or it can be Lim Eung-Kyung’s acting (or the lack of it).

What annoys me the most?

Lack of sweet moments between Kyung-Tak and Yu-Jin. They could have kissed – even just once. But they didn’t. Maybe the director and the writer don’t want this drama to appear like the usual romantic-comedy… but still…  so annoying. They look so good together.

Overall, it’s enjoyable. Plot is good as well. But a re-watch? Hmm… I don’t think so. Let’s just leave it as it is.