Housekeeping Issues

I know that we’re still seeing issues with posting and commenting on WordPress and for that I’ll say sorry, and here are some things I’ve found have worked better for me (which is slightly better than a sharp stick in the eye, as my dad would say):

  1. Don’t use Safari. If you’re on an iPad or iPhone the default underpinned browser for those devices is Safari too and it acts wonky no matter the device. Just don’t. I have sometimes had issues with Firefox, but few with Chrome, so opt for those alternates.
  2. I also prefer to use the old style Admin page for writing posts and editing. It just works easier for me and I can use either Firefox or Chrome without any issues.
  3. Use the WordPress app for reading, posting, commenting, etc. It’s not easy for tagging, or special features like adding photo galleries or adding the “read more after the break” kinds of things, but it isn’t bad for general purposes.

As for your posts, I’ve tried to add photos to the media folder whenever I can for you to use for illustration purposes when you post something. Please do use photos whenever they’re relevant because they make the posts more visually interesting and it helps a reader focus in on the cast or plot when looking for something or in whetting the appetite.

Similarly, please do use tagging for the show and the primary actors. I go back and add them to older posts whenever I have time, but it’s helpful when you do it. Nagging over, thanks for your help (and I’ll still go back and add tags and pics where I can)!

Dramas and Choices in these strange times

Hello everyone; yes, I’m still here! But I confess to being all over the place when it comes to choosing the things to do, whether it’s things I should be doing, or want to be doing (or even can do) — in other words, pretty much like everyone else! This has resulted in me suffering from a rash of completion issues, to the detriment of posting and updating posts on this site. I definitely need to have someone take a chancla to me (perhaps).

What have I been doing? Well, I was still obsessed with Joy of Life, so much so that I found the source webnovel and inhaled all 746 chapters (which I figure has to be equivalent to about 3500 pages). It’s massive, yes, but I didn’t regret a single moment. I often found myself holding my breath as I was reading — is reading apnea a thing? It just might be! I particularly enjoyed comparing how the novel was adapted to the small screen — a long, spoilery post will follow for those who have not seen the series (and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?) — and contemplating how they will adapt the balance of the novel.

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This led me to reading a totally OTT BL webnovel (smut galore) that too was over 700 chapters! I might add that The Untamed still won’t let me go, so let’s just add in the source novel as well as pages and pages of fanfics for that. Not gonna lie, I’m more than a little obsessed with that series and its cast. (cough* Xiao Zhan), so sue me, I have eyes, don’t I? I even watched Xiao Zhan’s scenes in the forgettable and cheesy Oh! My Emperor (just because), his movie Jade Dynasty, and I’ll probably watch Fights Break Sphere too (bonus: little Fei Liu from Nirvana In Fire, Leo Wu is the lead).

I am watching dramas too, but haven’t been motivated to write about them, and that’s no reflection on their quality because if I’m finishing them and enjoying them, particularly XX, aka Dear My Ex, a short, 5-episode gem available on Kocowa (maybe Viki too). How can you not love a drama featuring a cocktail maker who names a drink “Adios, bitch” for her frenemy? I’m starting a lot of dramas and liking them, which means that hopefully I will finish them. I like Tale of Nokdu and My Roommate Is a Detective, so far, but nothing is making me lose sleep over them the way that reading those novels has. There are some dramas, like the Taiwanese short (13 episodes) time-travel(ish) Some Day Or One Day and the Chinese murder mystery Day and Night that I’m watching that fit this slow-watching mood; they are mood pieces or too gritty for big doses.

I am hopeful that a crop of new dramas will scratch that itch, but I’d like them to get a little closer to being completely finished on air, namely Hyena, Hospital Playlist, Rugal, I’ll Come to You when the Weather Is Nice, and so on — and let’s not forget Lee Min-ho’s new one coming up!

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Which brings me to Crash Landing On You. I’m on “stalled” right now and I’m not exactly sure why. I like it well enough, plot-wise. I find Hyun Bin as ever easy on the eyes. But it’s just not what I’m pressing “play” on at the moment. I have 3 other in-progress dramas that I was watching when all the news starting getting grimmer and grimmer and I’ve yet to return to any of them. It’s like they’re infected somehow too and I’ve put them into a viewing quarantine. I plan to finish them, but time will tell.

Let’s hope we all have the chance to finish the things we want to do, and spend our days doing things that are meaningful and that bring us comfort. Take very good care of yourself and your loved ones, my friends, and here’s hoping that things improve soon!

 

#crash-landing-on-you, #day-and-night, #dear-my-ex, #joy-of-life, #my-roommate-is-a-detective, #some-day-or-one-day, #tale-of-nokdu, #the-untamed, #xx

Finished ‘Life on Mars’

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Gotta say I enjoyed it!

This drama is based off a UK series of the same name, which I watched 10 minutes of like 10 years ago, but couldn’t get into, mostly because the protagonist ends up in the 1970s, which is the decade I hate the most, hahaha. The protagonist of this one goes back to the 80s, so it’s better. Also, 1980s Korea much more interesting than 1970s Britain!
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#go-ah-sung, #jung-kyung-ho, #life-on-mars, #park-sung-woong, #police, #time-travel

Now more than ever kdramas are appealing

Since they offer a nice break from reality..so last week I wanted my niece to try watching kdramas again..and I wanted a light entertaining drama. I settled on Oh My Ghostess which I really liked when I first saw it. I think she was successfully intrigued and she even watched a bit more when she got home. Of course by then I was involved in the drama once more so I’ve been watching it again.

I’m again impressed with the versatility of Park Bo-Young..this young actress is doing such an amazing job of portraying two characters side by side. I wonder how much preparation she and Kim Seul Gi (our ghost) had together to work on the physical traits of the portrayal? How awesome is it when two actresses are called to play the same role? Fell in love once more with our egotistical, soft-hearted chef..who is bound and determined that he will not take advantage of his “manic” girlfriend but who is there to support her in all her stages.

We also have another set of ducklings here..not as close or as lovable though but still fun to watch.  I’m just happy to look forward to the zaniness each evening and can even end with a smile..that’s really important at this moment in time!!

What are you guys watching next? Let me know if you’re in the mood for another group watch!

 

#jo-jung-suk, #kim-seul-gi, #oh-my-ghostess, #park-bo-young

Keep well my chingus!

It’s not an easy time for any of us given the crisis involving this new virus..it feels like we’re living in a kdrama where the world isn’t what it used to be and where we’re waiting for our heroes to rescue us. We need to be super hopeful that it will pass soon and super vigilant in terms of our own personal risk factors as well as those of our loved ones.  I think of you all and hope that you are well and that we all keep feeling well..I suppose being quarantined wouldn’t be so bad if we could binge watch on kdramas right? Well…we try to put a positive spin on things amidst the worry and that’s all we can do..other than keep washing our hands of course!!

Finished One Spring Night

Enjoyed it immensely, and yes more than “Something in the Rain.” I found this couple and their situation much more realistic, especially today with people’s lives not being as “traditional “ as they used to be. These two communicated very well, and her bluntness was somehow softened by his calm cheerfulness. They both accepted their challenges with frankness and commitment even though their insecurities and vulnerabilities came to the forefront. Even so, they were very loving and shared some of the sweetest kisses ever!

I loved the family bond between the sisters and their Mom throughout, and their support for one another was phenomenal! The abuse the eldest sister received at her husband’s hands was disturbing, but she never wavered in her resolve to end the abuse for once and for all. I also think that the writers handled this particular storyline well. It could’ve been so much more draining, taking away the strength that was needed to get through it.

The ex got to be a real PITA (pain in the azz), but I was able to sympathize with him to a point because breakups are not easy, especially when one party is not ready to let go and accept the loss.

Our hero’s son was adorable, and both the ex boyfriend and heroine’s father’s were a TRIP! Definitely worth the watch! Thanks for recommending this one Camelia!

#han-ji-min, #jung-hae-in, #kim-jun-han, #one-spring-night

Crash Landing – jump to the Finale – final thoughts

Well..that was well worth it for sure! When I finish a drama with a smile on  my face that’s a definite winner.

I know that most kdramas are about love..romantic love and everything else is sometimes just “filler” but that’s what I loved about this drama. It was definitely about romantic love (and a really special one at that) but just as importantly it was about other kinds of love as well. Those ducklings stole my heart..they loved each other..they loved their captain..they fell in love with that strange lady from the south and every action showed it.Sure..they didn’t convince me for a moment that they were really genuine hard-nosed soldiers but that was definitely beside the point.

And then there were the female ducklings..every bit as wonderful (though not as cute)..I didn’t expect them to capture my heart at all..at the beginning their roles were not quite even and I didn’t enjoy the sucking up but somewhere along the line they became equal..they supported each other..they defended each other..they really loved each other and they too fell in love with the crazy lady from the south..

But that’s not all..I also came to love Dan’s mom..it seemed like she’d be just another overly ambitious mom pushing her daughter towards a good marriage but in the end we see that she’s just a mom who loves her daughter and worries about her and is willing to let her do was SHE wants to do..awesome.

The only mom who didn’t convince me was our stepmom..I don’t think she was well written..and her conversion to a loving, supportive mom didn’t really do it for me..why did she reject her in the first place? I must have missed that part..

All along I think most of us were trying to imagine how they could achieve a happy ending that would be satisfying..well it was really bittersweet I thought..I love that they both remain forever connected and that they  are able to see each other in their Switzerland paradise but really both of them have their lives on hold..they are “alone” for the other 11.5 months of the year..and because they cannot communicate the day will come when one of them won’t show and that will be a terrible day indeed..

 

 

#crash-landing-on-you, #ha-suk-jin, #hyun-bin, #jang-so-yeon, #kim-jung-hyun, #kim-jung-nan, #kim-sun-young, #kim-young-min, #lee-shin-young, #oh-man-suk, #seo-ji-hye, #son-ye-jin, #tang-joon-sang, #yang-kyung-won, #yoo-soo-bin