The “Song” Couple

I’m not surprised…..and they would’ve made some beautiful babies together. Still, the disintegration of so short a seemingly loving courtship and marriage is disheartening for whatever “undisclosed “ reason……

#song-hye-kyo, #song-joong-ki

Sad to hear this…

Micky Yoochun was arrested on charges of buying and using illegal drugs. I knew the allegations were out there, but now that he was actually arrested over destruction of evidence, being a possible flight risk and dropped by his management company, I can only hope that he has a good lawyer. I’m not judging cause I know what drugs can do, but his career is sadly over, at least for now. Hopefully Korea loves a good “comeback” story as much as America does…

#micky-yoochun, #park-yoo-chun

Just an observation

Last week, I had a patient of Korean descent and AMA (advanced maternal age) who had a beautiful baby boy. While I found her pleasant enough ( considering she was over 40, had a big 8+lb baby, and hemorrhoids the size of an avocado) other nurses on my unit found both her and her husband somewhat demanding, abrupt and eager to express their unhappiness with any and everything.

Now we have had many Chinese patients intermittently, who, for the most part, act completely the opposite. I don’t know whether it was just them, or if it was a cultural thing, but I was still excited about actually having people that I can relate to my beloved Kdramas.

It was fun to recognize certain words and phrases that I’ve come to know, and I found it very endearing that she “Oppa-ed” her husband to death! Lol… We don’t get many Korean patients at our community hospital, but they didn’t leave a good impression on my co-workers…

#korean-culture

Dragging my Buns with “Touch…

Dragging my Buns with “Touch Your Heart” even though I find the main couple awfully cute as they navigate their new relationship. It’s so sugary sweet sometimes that you can’t help but grin till your cheeks hurt

Each episode deals with solving some case or problem, and our actress/ secretary is so honest and forthright in helping that she’s won over the office staff. The fact that she really is an actress, at this point, has almost been forgotten. The men are smitten with her, and the women have come to respect and confide in her. The “secret” office romance between our leads remains a secret, and again, they are super cute trying to keep everyone in the dark.

Still, I find myself taking baby steps, much as I like it…

#lee-dong-wook, #touch-your-heart, #yoo-in-na

The Korean Confession

It never fails to surprise me the reaction we get from characters when one or the other confesses their feelings. It’s obviously a BIG deal and seems to almost equate with a proposal for marriage. I wonder if it’s really like that among the common folk? I mean what if someone really likes you, and wants to confess their feelings, but you’re not that into them? It’s like you have to be honest with them while not only trying to spare their feelings, but also feeling the heavy burden of responsibility because you don’t feel the same way.

I know, I know, it’s a cultural thing, but they seem to take “responsibility” to an unreal and unfair level. Seriously, why am “I” responsible for your feelings, when I haven’t returned them or done anything to make you think that I liked you? It’s almost like making one feel guilty and burdened just for being themselves. I guess they live by the mantra that we are “ our brothers keeper.” They do it a lot in not only love instances, but also in family and work relationships…..and let’s not forget the effect that social media has on them! Sheesh to the 12th degree squared!!

#tropes

With 6 episodes to go on Devilish Joy…

I’m actually enjoying Devilish Joy (or Devilish Charm or whatever).

Our hero is very believable in his quest to remember his past, especially the events leading up to his accident 3 years prior. Those events are not rushed, which frustrates me at times, and it seems like there’s much more to the story, which doesn’t surprise me at all given K dramas. Our hero has lead a kind of sad existence since the death of his parents as a young child, and although he has 4 aunties, who should’ve showered him with nothing but love, he’s the heir to the Sunwoo Group, which makes for plotting his downfall a daily agenda. He’s also a doctor of neuroscience, so he’s very meticulous in controlling how he remembers all previous events. His brain resets after 24 hrs and the only thing he remembers is the heroine, so he has journals for the past 3 yrs and daily post its that he uses to remember appointments and such.

The heroine is now committed to him after learning of his accident, and she’s also committed to her father, younger brother and sister. She’s determined to restart her career and make the best of it even though there are dark forces that want to see her go down too. Her and our hero share some really nice kisses, and at this point in the story, she’s the strong one, and he’s the vulnerable one…

There are a few things that ring false though, and it takes away from the reality of my enjoyment and mocks my common sense and trust in humanity. First, the condition our hero suffers from is called “Cinderella amnesia,” and it’s one where the more he remembers the more his chances for dementia increase (eyeroll), he also has episodes of selective memory where his recall shouldn’t be there based on his condition. Second, in his car accident with his parents, his accident 3 years ago, and more recently he had an episode of obvious distress while in a crosswalk. Each time, cars just whizzed by, and people kept about their business as if nothing happened. I just can’t believe people just do that…

#choi-jin-hyuk, #devilish-charm, #devilish-joy, #lee-ho-won, #lee-joo-yeon, #song-ha-yoon

So while waiting…

While waiting for the next episode of Touch your Heart to upload, I found that I just can’t do Tower of Babel (too much MELO!). So I happened upon Devilish Joy, and for the life of me, I don’t know why I want to continue watching this drama?

To be fair, the positives for me include some very funny moments, some slapstick, a somewhat appealing hero and heroine—-so far, and a storyline that’s not so horrible even if it does truly read like a telenovela. Also, I’m not used to instantaneous relationships in Kdramas, where in a 1/2 day’s time, they’re already half in love. (I like, and am used to, the protags slow build up and realizing their feelings for one another somewhere between the 6th and 8th episode, lol).

The negatives for me is not completely the amnesia storyline or the riches to rags heroine storyline, but in how they will successfully play out such an overused theme on both counts. At least when they met, they were both on a somewhat level playing field where she was a popular singer with her own money. But even that can never trump the chaebol types.

So here we are, him with losing his memory every 24 hrs, and her, poor as dirt getting by on making internet videos and being made a fool of. He’s still rich and handsome, yet there is a deep sadness and anger that emanates from him. She’s untypically cheery despite her current circumstance, so I guess that speaks for her character.

Funny, but I find the flow of Kdramas changing quite a bit as I watch these newer dramas… not sure how I feel about that…

#devilish-joy