Cafe con Aroma 2021

Not sure how much they can update this classic, but I will put forth the energy to give it a try. Have not watched a Colombian novela in ages, or a novela, as we’ve known them, period. Can this one renew my interest? Guess I’ll just have to wait and see…….

Miss you guys…..sigh……

A Man and a Woman

So, while still in movie mode, checked out Gong Yoo and Jeon Do Yeon, in the 2016 movie “A Man and a Woman.” These two have special needs children, her a son, and him a daughter, and they meet in Finland, while dropping their children off to a bus trip to a special needs camp. Both are guarded, but highly protective of their children, so they decide to go to the camp themselves for piece of mind. When they reach their destination, they feel better and go off to share a meal. A snow storm ensues, and they spend the night, in separate rooms of course, until the storm blows over.

The next morning, they decide to take a walk, (the snow has stopped) and they end up in a small spa house in the woods. You can tell that both have been dealing with a lot where their children are concerned, and later we find out that there’s more to the story whereas they are both married to spouses with other issues. They end up making love, and part ways.

Eight months later, they meet again in Korea, and the love affair takes off. It almost seems “desperate” and “stalkerish” on Gong Yoo’s part, but as they get in deeper and deeper, the feelings are reciprocated on the heroine’s part too. They eventually want to take off together, but both are too committed to their children, and their marital situations as well. The sadness in their eyes and their beings, as realization of their situations set in more and more broke my heart for them. Worth the watch though, cause Gong Yoo is always worth it to me, lol. Also nice to see Jeon and Yoon Se Ah (aka “Ghost”) from LIP share the screen again…..

Mood of the day

Which actually should’ve been titled “In search of Jin Cheol,” lol. Anyhoo, I could’ve sworn that I’ve seen the actor, Yoo Yoon Seok, in another drama or something, but looking up his bio, it doesn’t seem I have. Moon Chae Won I’ve seen many times before though. The premise of them meeting up on a train and graduating to coupledom sounded cute, and I was really in the mood for a short movie.

However, the movie fell flat for me. I couldn’t really see him as a player who breaks hearts, but more of a man of a series of relationships that didn’t work out for one reason or another. Moon Chae Won, otoh, I could see as a girl in a “going nowhere 10 year relationship,” but I didn’t feel the necessary connection as to why she hung in there that long. Her boyfriend, mind you, was only on screen for a hot 2 mins, but Korean writers usually live for the breakup scene! Had it been an angst filled breakup, I could’ve believed her reason for hanging in there 10 yrs.

The leads had some chemistry, but not enough to root for them moving forward. He was a great kisser though—— so my heart jumped .5 on the Richter scale……everything else was very formulaic.

Guess I gotta watch So Ji and Han Hyo Joo in “Always” again, lol….Heard So Ji got married last year! I’m truly out of the loop!

Not Asian, but…

Started watching the short novela” Pajaro Soñador” at the recommendation of my long time coworker. It’s actually a Turkish novela, but is on Unimas in Spanish. It’s fresh, funny, different, and the leads are great, although they’re both just too beautiful for words, lol. She’s an aspiring writer who is mandated by her parents to get a job before they marry her off. He’s a worldly photographer, who takes over his father’s company due to his Dad’s health problems. His brother, who’s been with the company is not too happy and engages in behind the scene hijinks in order to sabotage his brother—— at least I think so, since my Spanish a little bit “iffy.” This one is dripping with “beautiful” people, but interesting characters and a pretty good storyline.

The chemistry between the leads is off the charts though—— and did I mention it’s funny! Episodes are on Unimas’ website if anyone is interested, or looks for something different in the future

#pajaro-sonador, #turkish

The Villain in Eccentric! Chef Moon!

I loathe, detest, abhor, downright HATE the man! They’d better have a KNOCKDOWN fit for a King for his devious arse! Anyhoo, I’ve liked this actor, Ahn Nae Sang, in quite a few other dramas. He’s a veteran with an impressive movie and drama history, so disliking him intensely is pretty easy, thanks to his acting chops lol.

#ahn-nae-sang, #eccentric-chef-moon, #eric-mun, #go-won-hee

Eccentric! Chef Moon! – 1st ep

Smart drama! Lots in the 1st ep to keep you interested enough to want more.

He’s a Chef of course, an accomplished and famous one. She’s also accomplished, as a fashion designer, albeit an anorexic one who keeps her true identity hidden. There’s mystery, intrigue, bad guys, good guys, happiness, sorrow and an unusual surprise for our hero——all in ep 1! Eric has matured and I like it! Jury’s still out on the heroine, but she’s definitely got my attention!

#eccentric-chef-moon, #eric-mun, #go-won-hee

Eric!

I really want to start “Eccentric! Chef Moon“! Because it’s Eric!

#eccentric-chef-moon, #eric-mun

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

Finally got to One Spring Night…..

Been wanting to watch this one since Camelia’s review last summer, and I’m glad I am! Complex adult relationship where the main couple so far, only up to ep 4, are really having a difficult time trying to navigate exactly how to move forward with their feelings for one another. Their relationship feels so raw and real, atypical yet not so much in today’s blended society. They’re both so candid, she to the point where you almost think she’s mean and standoffish, and him with heartfelt honesty, and eyes that speak volumes. He told her from the git go that he can’t be “just” friends with her even though she’s practically married to her long time boyfriend, and he has a young son. And frankly, even though her feelings for her current boyfriend aren’t the marrying kind, I think that she would’ve permanently broke it off with him if she wasn’t so torn and conflicted about these new feeling’s she experiencing with our hero. He’s bringing out feelings in her that we’re long dead with her boyfriend, and she’s made him want to love again after heartbreak.

An appropriately murky scene from One Spring Night

Strong sister bonds here, and I like that! Their Dad is an ass so far, but I get the feeling that he’s in for some eye opening moments—— at least I hope so. I like their Mom and our hero’s parents are supportive. I don’t hate the boyfriend yet, but he’s starting to get manipulative and clingy, so if I do end up hating him I won’t be surprised, lol. The Eldest sister’s husband needs a serious beat down, and I’m admiring the way she seems to be getting her life and over all well being back in order. The youngest sister is carefree and moves to the beat of her own drum—- love it!

And YES Camelia, her wardrobe is unflattering, unbecoming and downright UGLY!!! Lol….

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

Finished Coffee & Vanilla, and in a strange way…

I get it. IMHO, she, Risa, was pitiful and self deprecating—- without the humor, until the very end. I can’t recall seeing anyone put themselves down so much! He, Hiroto, was a protector—- along with oodles of manipulating behavior, and she needed protection—— from everything and from almost everyone! Hiroto was the shorter Jdrama version of Christian Grey, and this 20 something, young, innocent girl was no match for him. He made love to her at will, but was also completely taken with and by this young woman. He loved her, and she loved him, pure and simple. Had she been more mature, maybe she would’ve been able to recognize his manipulation tactics, and I can foresee problems in the future when she finally does “ grow up.”

It was her innocence that drew all those who came into her world to her. She was a magnet for the heterosexual males need to protect, and possess. Yet Hiroto was so confident in his super powers over her, he didn’t worry much about the competition. He was an emotional abuser if you ask me, but again, he really loved Risa.

The secondary characters were pretty good along with their storylines, but there were a few moments that had me rolling my eyes. Risa’s goal towards the end was to become stronger and to protect Mr Fukami when she could—- and when he allowed her. He did display some vulnerabilities, but they were ones that he took care of himself in the past. He has an interesting relationship with both his rival and his secretary.

So, I don’t know if I really recommend this one or not, but if you do decide to watch, it’s an interesting study in manipulating behavior…….thank goodness Jdrama episodes are pretty short!

#coffee-vanilla, #coffee-and-vanilla, #dori-sakurada, #fukuhara-haruka