Dec 22, 2008

3 Dads 1 Mom NGs!

I love watching Korean Dramas' NGs (bloopers) after watching the drama (especially if the drama have a sad ending - it lifted up your mood back). But there's something about 3 Dads and 1 Mom NGs that makes you smile like a loony person infront of your computer's monitor. It's full of laughter!

Look at the baby - how she stop crying when the director yelled "CUT!" ^_^


Bought the DVD of this drama already, the subtitles doesn't looks o great. Hmmm..when will I get to watch it ?????? I remember a comedy sitcom that I used to watch during my pre-teen days... maybe the title "Out of This World", its about this kids who was half human, half alien. She had this ability to stop time by connecting her two index together, the she was able to communicate with her alien father. Or maybe have powers like Hiro Nakamura (Heroes). Isnt it nice to be able to stop time, when you have a deadline, you dont have to rush, just stop time and you could do it leisurely... haha, it will make proscrastinate more!

Dec 20, 2008

Mysterious Island???




Went for a family cum shopping trip to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah in the middle of this month, a three-cars convoyed. Anyway, when we reached KK, my niece was asking me, "Did you see on the way the island that we saw when we were at Muara Beach?" (not exact words lah...). And I was like picturing a map of Borneo in my head, how even from Muara we can't barely see Labuan with our naked eyes (at least my eyesight), so I said to her "Impossible eh, the same island...jauh jua tu" . Thats the end of the story then.
But then another niece of mine saw the pictures above her sister had posted, and make a comment about it. So my 'curiosity' got the better of me and I googled some maps of Sabah. I cant remember exactly the exact location where the island were visible to the naked eyes en route; but if I'm not mistaken it was when we were passing by Sipitang or Papar (most probably!). So after, some 'googling', the island was most probably Pulau Tiga, even farther back from Labuan as seen from Muara. So I still beg to differ with my nieces...its not the same island!


Dec 8, 2008

Seo Dong MV




Faces of Jo Hyun Jae in Seo Dong Yo



Jang and Princess Seon Hwa





The other Princess





Seo Dong Yo NG

The one that got me laughing was when Seon Hwa was bitten by a snake, and Ryu Jin tries to carry her... haha is Lee Bo Young that heavy? But it seem Hyun Jae have no problem in carrying her, or else there would be an NG on that too right?

Nov 18, 2008

Ballads of Seo Dong (5)

" Destiny is not the path that you can't avoid but the path you choose to take although you can choose to avoid it. But there is one path that I took because I could not avoid it; it was an unavoidable path - that path was you my princess" - Jang/ King Mu



Finally, I got to rewatched this favourite drama of mine (Really, really discipline myself not to drop by any cds shop). I wanted to skip the episodes before Jang was born and his childhood years, but with my 'excellent' memory, I already forget relevant information, sigh! so I do need to rewatched those episodes...
So to cut the story short, Jang was born from a forbidden liason of the King WI Deok of Baekje and a palace dancer Yeon Ga Mo. Knowing of Yeon Ga Mo preganancy, the King ordered her to flee and hide for her life. He gave her a pendant, a night glowing pearl, in which only the his sons could possessed, therefore if she gave birth to girl, he ordered her to throw the pendant to the deepest pond. Yeon Ga Mo raised Jang on her own till he was 10, when she couldn't rein in his 'inventiveness' anymore, she send him to Mok Ra So at the Taehaksa institute. [Taehaksa was Baekje’s prestigious institute of science technology located within the palace ground, it possessed and developed the most up-to-date technology at that time, and the institute was always in danger of industrial espionage from other countries like the Goguryo and the Silla]. Mok Ra So was the guy she was in love with and planning to marry before the king get in the way.
King Wi Deok, was a sorrowful king, oppressed by the nobles and his own nephew, Buyeo Sun who was after the throne. Apart from Jang, he had three other prince that was acknowledge, the eldest Crown Prince Ah Jwa, the second prince died at a young age and the third one was also very ill. Crown Prince Ah Jwa had to seek safety in Japan, after several attempts to eliminate him, and there were rumours that he was already dead. Buyeo Sun pressed the king to appoint his father, the king's brother, to be crowned as the next succession to the throne. However, on the night of the ceremony, strong storms came about, in which halted the ceremony to a stop. Buyeo Sun blames it on Taehaksa people, specifically Mok Ra So who was the strong supporter of Crown Prince Ah Jwa, and ordered them all to be killed. But thanks to Jang, Mok Ra So and several others managed to flee before the raid began. Hahaaha... it was funny to think that no matter how advanced our science and technology is right now, the possibilty for us to engineer desirable weather conditions at will???? let alone during that time period...
So anyway, Jang brought the runaways to his mother village before they all flee to Silla. He and Mok Ra So asked the identity of Jang's father, but she still keep the secret. She told Jang to come back to her when he was 20, then she would tell him who his father was, but alas she was killed by the soldiers who was pursuing them. They all took refuge in Silla, where they became tradesman supplying goods to the Silla's palace. There, while delivering the goods, Jang met Princess Seon Hwa for the first time...
The love story between Jang and Princess Seon Hwa was truly a better "Romeo and Juliet" story. Born to two different enemy states, at first Princess Seon Hwa thought that her royal title was nothing but a burden, separating her from Jang. She was willing to give it all up, her princess status, her parents, life of luxury, her country just to be with him, just a lowly peasant. I would call any real person who did this stupid and naive, but since this is just fiction...what-the-hell, it was touching to see a love so great, that there's nothing she would not do for him. It brought to mind the phrase, 'behind a successful man, stood a strong woman', it was true in this case, cause without Seon Hwa, it might not be possible for jang to raise to greatness. She was there to paved the way for him, always there when he needed her, when he's feeling lost and defeated, she pull him back up again and prod him to move. But what has he done for her?
The first time I watched this drama, I hate the character Satek Giru so much. But now, I can see him in a different perspective. Like he said, he might be a villain in Baekje but in Silla he was a hero, willing to risk his life and infiltrate enemy camp, to learn their tools. Like he said also, who in this world isn't selfish, willing to do something for personal gains? A much lesser man, would slunk into the corner after all he had worked hard to build gone in a blink of an eye. But not Giru, he lost everything, his country, his family and the woman he love. What else is there to lose apart form his life? He got nothing to live for anyway. Its either Everything or Nothing at all, he said. All I want is everything.
Jang said Giru mistake was betting his life on someone else while what he should have done was betting on himself. Blinded by his hatred towards Jang and driven by vengeance, he let himself be used and when he's no longer useful to that person, he was hunted down to be eliminated. But even in the end, he dont know what he had done wrong to deserve that fate, he still put the blame on Jang.



Another pityful figure, Princess Woo Young. At first she was a hateful character, just another one of her brother, Buyeo Sun's henchman. But then, she realised that after all those challenges that Jang had faced and overcome, she had come to admired him and fall in love with him. She sacrificed a lot for Jang and save his life countless time, but she can't make him love her. The joy on her face, when painstakingly finished handsewing a garment for Jang and then to have it rejected. I know it is better that way, for Jang to make her known where she stood, break her heart and be done with it, rather than show her kindness and giving her false hope - there are times you gotta be cruel to be kind, but still...sigh!

Then, after she also helped him with the nobles, Jang gave her the most precious thing he had, th night glowing pearl, to show her his appreciation for all her helps that he could never pay back - she rejected it. She said, if he wants to thank her, then promise her that in his next life, he'll be her man. If not them, then the next life, or the next life...sob! sob!

Another woman who was in love with Jang, was Eun Jin, the girl he grew up with at Haneul Jae. But although she truly loves Jang also, she always shows her merry and supportive face. I truly like Koo Hye Sun character here (dying to see her serious side in The King and I).

Will it make that lasting impression for me before if the last episode was not a tear-jerker romantic? I don't know...cause the last episode was the one I remembered the most, but now after rewatching it again I believe there were other scenes between Jang and Seon Hwa that are more touching. Lee Bo Young was beautiful as Seon Hwa, but she just don't have the chemistry on screen with Jo Hyun Jae. And when she tries to be playful and mischievous, it just isnt the same class as Lee Da Hee and Yoon Eun Hye.

Jo Hyun Jae - what else is there to say, he's perfect. His strong gaze shows his stubborness when he believes he was right. His troubled face, when he was thinking too much. I just wished that Ryu Jin was a bit on the smaller stature as Hyun Jae, so that he does not steals the scene with his taller big frame...

In one of the website, found this....

In an interview Hyun Jae was asked what he thought of Jang. He answered, "In my opinion, he is like God. He is too good to be true, like no human. He always thought about others before himself ". He went on to say, "While portraying him, I thought, 'If I were him, I would have done this'. To be honest, my personality is nothing like Jang. He is very generous. No matter how others treat him, he always accepted and was willing to forgive, which is not possible for me. I think no one in this world would be like that."



Cast
Jo Hyun Jae as Jang /Suh Dong (King Mu of Baekje)
Lee Bo Young as Princess Sun-hwa of Shilla / Ladi Jin Ga Gyeong
Ryu Jin as Sa Taek Gi Ru / Kim Do Ham
Koo Hye Sun as Eun Jin
Im Hyun Sik as Bumro's dad
Lee Chang Hoon as Mok Rasoo
Jung Sun Kyung as Mo Jin (Eun Jin's mother)

Kim Yeong Ho as Buyeo Sun

History Lesson:

During King Mu reign, the Three Kingdoms (Goguryeo, Baekje, and Silla) were at war with each other, as alliances shifted and the neighboring China also experienced a change of dynasties.
Because reliable historical sources are hard to find for the
Three Kingdoms period, the specifics of Mu's policies are not known.
Reign
Early in his reign, Mu attacked Silla several times. He also requested assistance from
Sui Dynasty of China to attack Goguryeo. Following the Goguryeo-Sui War, the Sui was replaced by the Tang Dynasty in China in 618.
In 627, he attempted to recover land lost to Silla, but stopped when Tang intervened diplomatically. The same year, he sent the Buddhist monk
Gwalleuk to Japan with texts on Buddhism, astronomy, history, and geography.
He formally established the
Mireuksa temple in 602. He is also said to have ordered the repair of Baekje's Sabi Palace in 630, and the construction near his palace of the earliest known artificial lake in Korea [2]. His policies in the latter half of his reign, which emphasized construction projects at the expense of national defence, are often thought to have contributed to the fall of Baekje which took place twenty years after his death.
There is reason to believe that he moved the capital of Baekje from
Sabi in Buyeo County to Iksan, at least briefly. Archaeological evidence in Iksan, including tombs attributed to Mu and his wife Queen Seonhwa, appears to confirm this. [3]
Mu retained close ties with Tang China, but Tang later allied with
Silla in the wars that ultimately unified the Korean Peninsula under Silla's rule by 668.

Seodong-yo
The
Samguk Yusa relates a legend regarding Mu's marriage to a princess of Silla, although historians consider it unlikely to be true, given the hostilities between the rival kingdoms. In this story, the young Seodong (Mu's childhood name) falls in love with a Silla princess, and intentionally spreads a song about the princess and himself among the people. Thanks to this song ("Seodong-yo," or "Seodong's Song") the Silla king banishes the princess, and Mu marries her and becomes the king of Baekje.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_monarchs_of_Korea

If you watched Jumong, then Jang was the great, great great.... grandson of him. One of Jumong's son founded Baekjae.

Nov 17, 2008

Yi San Vol 1 and 2

Also known as: Yi San - King Jeong Jo / Lee San, Wind of the Palace
Episodes: 77

The story so far...

It all started when Yi San was still young. His father, the Crown-Prince was imprisoned inside a rice box, in the middle of the scorching courtyard, without food and drinks. He was punished by the king who believed the rumours that his own son is organising a rebellion to kill him and take the throne. What kind of king - and his own father to that- would punish someone based only on heresay without solid proof? Furthermore, why would his own son, who he already crowned as his successor, was so in haste to take the throne that he know would soon been his? Isnt that already a tad suspicious?

Yi San, tries to smuggle some food to his father, and on the way meet Song Yeon; the palace maid and Dae Su; soon-to-be-palace-eunuch, who also was sneaking around at the palace. They agreed to help each other that night and a bond of friendhip was formed - without them knowing the real identity of Yi San. The Crown Prince asked his son not to have revenge in his heart, and not to hate his grandfather. He told his son to showed his grandfather the painting he paints of the three of them- then maybe, his grandfather will see the truth. But darn, the grandfather only took a glance at it. The Crown Prince died.

Yi San survived the palace to adulthood, after all the schemes to eliminate him also. Though he was crowned as the Crown Prince by his grandfather, he's still didn't manage to win his grandfather's heart. So living in the palace was not a guarantee of happiness, he was walking on egg-shells, don't know who wants him deads and missing his two bestfriends who had to run away.
Then, the three friends was reunite again when Dae Su and Song Yeon came back to the city and managed to get a job in the palace. And the culprits behind all those schemes was revealed one by one. Even Yi San was surprised to find the person who were honey-mouthed and always kind to him was the ones out to get him, his grandfather's daughter and wife (the queen). But does it really take a brain surgeon to find that out? Just think who will benefits the most with him out of the picture. Not his two young half-brothers, or is it half-uncles...I forgot already.
At first I thought Princess Hwu Wan was the king and Queen Jeong Sun's daughter, but i was wrong. She was the King daughter with another woman. The old king married Queen Jeong Sun when he was 66 (urgh...man! kubur kata mari dah oooi...) and she was barely 15. It seems they don't have any offsprings. So she was young and barely experienced the world when she was confined to life in the gilded palace, and the king was busy running the nation that he cant spare her enough time- thus making her power hungry.
Hmmm...I watched many historical korean dramas already, and I dont think the king has absolute power in everything. There's the noble and other ministers that could forced the king hand. But then everyone desires to be king.... I dont understand...why asked for headache?

The picture above shows Princess Hwa Wan (the king's daughter) and her adoptive son who helped her cooked up all those schemes. Lady Kyeon (Yi San's mother) and Yi San's sweet and understanding wife Crown Princess Hyo Eui ( I believe she helped Yi San and Song Yeon to be together- wouldn't any man just love to have a wife like that?)

Hong Gook-young is the man who helped Yi San to claimed the throne, his very loyal and smart advisor but I believed he betrayed Yi San at the end because of power-greed also. (I read Wiki before when I first heard about Yi San the drama - so I remembered bit and pieces. Now I try not to spoil the ending by rereading it again). Anyway, doesn't he look like Song Il Gook (Jumong) here? I didn't notice the similarities in New Heart...

What else do I remember in Vol.2... Hmmm...Yi San and Song Yeon finally realised their true feelings of each other (thanks to his mother's scheming to separate them - haha...sometimes good intentions do backfire!). Then just as all the bad people get punished, the King has dementia and sometimes forget things...fudge!


Cast:
Lee Seo Jin as Yi San / King Jeong Jo ,
Han Ji Min as Seong Song Yeon ,
Park Eun Hye as Queen Hyo Eui,
Lee Jong Soo as Park Dae Su



Extended Cast:

Jo Yeon Woo as Jeong Hu Kyeom
Lee Soon Jae as King Yeong Jo,
Kyun Mi Ri as Lady Hye Kyeong,
Sung Hyun Ah as Princess Hwa Wan,
Kim Yeo Jin as Queen Jeong Sun,
Han Sang Jin as Hong Guk Young, Lee Ip Sae as Cho Bi,
Lee Hui Do as Park Dal Ho / Uncle Park,
Maeng Sang Hoon as Eunuch Nam / Nam Si Cho,
Park Ji Bin as young Yi San,
Lee Han Na as young Song Yeon,
Kwon Oh Min as young Dae Soo,
Lee In Sung as young Hu Kyeom.

Nov 12, 2008

Surgeon Bong Dal Hee (4)

I finished Yi San Vol.2 a few days after my return from Taipei trip. There was something wrong with the 3rd Disc, so I went to the shop to exchange it. Funnily enough, the salesgirl didnt bother to check for my receipt- just get me a new disc unfussily. Hmph! If I lost my receipt, then I'm sure they would ask for it. Gosh! I thought it was only up to Vol.3, but now I found out its up to Vol.4!!! Fudge, maybe by middle of next year, the last final Vol will be available here...maybe I should wrote something about it before I completely forgot whats in Vol I & II
Anyway, did I wrote before that along with Oh Pil Seung, I also bought another boxset? These from the cds shop in Kiulap (across Hua Ho), the nice saleslady there already memorize my face and said it's okay if it tooks me months to finish the dramas, if something wrong, I can still get an exchange. She also gives a further discount- unlike some other shops I know...

So anyhow, after Yi San, I started watching Surgeon Bong Dal Hee a week ago and finish it off last night.Its another korean medical drama, as nice as New Heart :) but much more funnier I think with Dr. Park antics.

Bong Dal Hee (Lee Yo Won) had to dropout from her second year residency at a hospital due to health complications, but now she's back on her feet and had to restart her residency again at the Han Book Hospital. She had to lie to her mother, saying she's studying abroad, for her mother forbids her to be a doctor - fearing it will jeopardize her life again.
At the hospital, her teamates were Dr. Park, Dr Jo and Dr. Lee (Like in Grey's Anatomy, its Meredith,Lizzy, Yang, George and ...). At first, she was the 'outsider' being she graduated from an unknown hospital and she's a bit older than the rest of them (so they presumed she's a bit on the slow side)- especially Dr. Jo. I know another key thing to predict who's gonna end up with whom in Korean Dramas; their soulmate would be the person who they met first (incidentally or not) before the other person -unless of course the other person is their childhood bestfriend or something; then that timeline is tough to beat, so that scenorio doesnt apply in this 'theory'


There's an attraction between her and Dr. Lee Geon Wook (Kim Min Joon) the head of General Surgery from the start. But will it come to fruitation? Dr Lee, just return back to Korea, he went abroad for a year after he divorced his wife Dr Jo Moon Kyung (Oh Yoon Ah) when he found out he was not the biological father to their 6 years-old son. Even after a year the wound is still raw and bleeding, in that he still cant even see the cute little boy he thought his son for years. Or will the relationship between him and Dal Hee is just 'platonic' in that they feel comf0rtable being with each other? He carries too much baggage with him...

Then there's Dr. Ahn Jong Geun (Lee Bum Soo), the arrogant, self-righteous cardiac specialist. He was actually adopted by Dr Lee Geon Wook's uncle (who was the chief doctor in that hospital too) ,until he was 12and then a tragedy happened and he was kicked back to an orphange. He change his name and made himself a successful and famous doctor through his own hardwork and dedication. So you could understand where the coldness come from. What was his motive from coming to work at the hospital? Pure or Evil? Anyway, he and Dal Hee don't get off to a good start, but as the two grow fond of each other as time goes by. I think the turning point for Dr Ahn was when he found out how passionate Dal Hee was in being a doctor in that she don't care if her life was cut short.


Thats the gist of the drama, but in between there's story of the patients and the doctors. Gotten so sad over the Dong Geun who had cancer. Remembering back, I used to be non-chalant when I read/heard about people who had cancer. Its the same illness, as the other illness - it leads to death. But now, hell I kinda understand whats the big deal about cancer is - the pain, suffering, helplessness, hopelessness. (Err...does this kid really have some kind of illness? Cause in the drama goodbye party, he still look sickly as in the drama...hope he will get better)



Back to good mood! Lets talk about the funny Dr. Park... I laughed when he was giving penicilin injection to Dr Ahn when Dal Hee walks in-at that time there's something undercurrent already between Dr Ahn and Dal Hee. He only tell Dal Hee its penicilin, so Dal Hee assumed Dr Ahn got syphilis through the normal means (lots of partners) while in truth he prick his finger with the syringe he just injected to a syphilis-infected patient. She asked him snidely if he wants her to buy for him a box of condoms, he tell her not to bother, he got boxful of supply already. Dal Hee exits the room in a huff! Out of her earshot, he scolded Dr Park and order him to tell the truth of the matter to Dal Hee ^_^


Yawn! I'm so sleepy now...all other of my favourite scenes flies off my mind... Will Dal Hee survive her residency? Will she ends up with Dr Lee or does he reconcile back with his ex-wife? What about Dr Ahn, is there space for him in her heart?


Cast:
Lee Yo Won as Bong Dal Hee. Dont like her in Bad Love and Fashion 70s, but here she's very good. She's very beautiful too!


Lee Bum Soo as Ahn Joong Geun. I think what makes his look weird is his 'non-prominent' eyebrows - just didnt match with his thick black locks, big eyes and huge smiles. But what I like about him is his facial expression, you can guess the feelings he wants to potray just by the changes in his expressions.
Oh Yoon Ah as Jo Moon Kyung. Hmm...didnt notice her before in other dramas
Kim Min Joon as Lee Geon Wook. Like him in Damo, never got to finish Into The Storm... He look very manly except for the way he sit and use his hands when he's talking, so pondan-ish

Extended Cast:
Choi Yeo Jin as Jo A-ra. (It was nice not seeing her as a bitch from start-to-finish)
Kim Hae Sook as Yang Eun Jah (Dal Hee's mother)
Kim Jung Min as Bong Mi Hee (Dal Hee's sister)
Kim In Kwon as Park Jae Bum (He's very cute with his small, bow-like mouth)
Song Jong Ho as Lee Min Woo (Forgetable)

Oct 26, 2008

Oh! Pil Seung and Bong Soon Young (3)

Before I start on Pil Seung...Yeay! Yi San Vol.2 is here! I wasn't planning on buying any new drama, I was window-shopping for a birthday present for my friend when I saw Yi San Vol.2 on the shelf. I was debating with myself, should I buy or should I not? You only have 5 days left before going off to Taiwan, when would you have time to watch it? The warranty for exchange is only for two weeks, what if its something wrong with your copy? I could bring my pc to Taiwan with me, and watch it at the hotel, by the time the 2 weeks is over, I'll finish it off for sure... Bringing the laptop? berat lah...and are you sure you wont fall staright to sleep at the hotel after tending the booth from 10-6, then rush to do some shopping before the shop closes, like you always did? Oh well, just finish Pil Seung, so I can finish 3 out of 7 dvds before wednesday, maybe 2 dvds at Taiwan, so left over 2 after I got back...sounds like a plan! and off I go to the cashier before I change my mind again. Haha...if there were other shoppers observing me, I don't know what they would be thinking watching me go back and forth the dvds shelf, taking the boxset out and putting it back. Now, its sunday, two more days to go and finish off already 1 dvd...I'm just a bit behind schedule ^_^ Its raining the whole day today, ideal day to curl under the sheet, in bed, watching tv and falling to sleep... cant believe its 7pm already! How times flies when you wish it wont.................

Busan born and raised Oh Pil Seung was running away from his creditors...to Seoul. Unbeknownst to him, in Seoul a young man life's was taken in a car accident, leaving an empire business without a heir. The grandmother 'fortunately' remember that her son had sired another son, albeit illegitimate and beforehand she wont acknowledged him and the mother. Desperate time calls for desperate measure; beggers cant be chooser - so off she sends her right-hand man to search for the long-lost grandson.
Pil Seung was stranded at Seoul Station, with no funds and the only friend he has in Seoul hang up the phone on him, because he still hold a grudge. So there he was countng his last cents when a drunken lady (Boon Soon Young) stumbled on him-scattering his coins everywhere- without an apology or even a glance back. When he halt and berated her, the table was turn on him, how can you reason with a drunk person? He was accused of stealing her bag, and together they were brought to the police station. What a coincidence! as it turned out, she was the sister of his friend, so he get to stay at his friend house after all. With her help, he get a job at the supermarket she works at. Pil Seung and Soon Young ends up being good friend.
It was here, while chasing Pil Seung for telling their workmates an embarassing story about her that she stumbled again with Yoon Jae Woong, the playboy, confident, tall and handsome Senior Manager of the head office of the supermarket. Jae Woong finally met a woman who resisted his charms and wouldnt spent a one-night stand with him, but how can Soon Young resist him for long when he pursue her so earnestly then?
The grandmother finally track Pil Seung and brought him to her house and get him installed in the office. She also alotted her deceased grandson's fiancee, Noh So Joung as Pil Seung assistant, to teach him the ropes so to speak. It shows how kind-hearted Pil Seung is that he didnt even think of holding a grudge to his grandmother who chases him and his mother away so long ago. He tried to learn as much as and as fast as he can, he tried to fit in although he know that some laugh behind his backs, he just put on a brave front and smile - for the sake of the grandmother. In the meantime, his heart is breaking too when he see the blossoming romance between Soon Young and his arch-rival Jae Woong, He was in love with Soon Young ever since their night sojourn at the police station.
But don't worry, Pil Seung you have the beautiful smart and talented Noh So Joung standing behind you. Close encounters with Pil Seung, getting to know him better, she falls in love with Pil Seung. Although feeling guilty at first for forgetting her dead fiance so fast to the point she quit her job, but she cant just sit idle and worrying about Pil Seung, so she take her job again. She said to Jae Woong there were many ways to love a person. See, Soon Young soon founds out that her feelings for Pil Seung runs deeper than mere friendship, she thought she was in love with Jae Woong just because who wouldn't??? and he was so pityful and emotionally insecure at times...
So who would Soon Young chose the charismatic Jae Woong or the free-spirited Pil Seung? Can Pil Seung rise up to the challenge to be the president of the company? Was he the true biological grandson or just a fake?
I would enjoy this drama very much if I haven't watch tons of other dramas before. So it was a slow drama for me, where there's no villain. Just normal people getting on with their normal lives, making daily decisons. If it was in real life, wouldn't it be nice if Pil Seung's assistant end up with Jae Woong? but if its drama, oh come on...what sappy 'everyone-lives-happily-ever-after ending ' tia ^_^
Casts:

Ahn Jae Wook as Oh Pil-seung (DOB: 12 Sept 1971)

Chae Rim as Bong Soon-young (DOB: 28 Mar 1979)
Ryu Jin as Yoon Jae-woong (DOB : 16 Nov 1972)

Park Sun Young as Noh Yoo-jung ; Pil-seung's assistant(DOB: 21 Aug 1976)
Oh yeah, isnt the lady playing Pil Seung's step mom Lee Hye Sook? Soo Bin's mom in You Are My Destiny? The ajumma in My 19 Year Old Sister In Law? She was loud and abrasive there with big hair, but here she was more demure and subdued so I'm not sure....


Lee Hye Sook (DOB: 4 Sept 1962)

Oct 4, 2008

On Air (3.5)

Had finished watching this drama weekss ago, but fudge this was the worse fasting month for me. At work I had no time to read my personal email, or browse through the internet, the workload keep piling up!!!!! There were days I was still typing on my desk until the normal working hours when everyone had already left for home exactly at two :( I was running around with several tasks in my head. There's one day when one officer asked me about something, and I answered I'll check it later (My memory space is getting crowded these days). And that person reply back I shouldn't have to check it again, I should've KNOWN since I'm the fucking secretary of the committee. "Sesungguhnya aku sedang berpuasa" or else.... Haha as if! I'd still swallowed the retort back even if I'm not fasting. Its not that I dont have the backbone to be sarcastic back but I'm thinking of the long term, how uncomfortable the work environment would be if I just say what I please to those thoughtless people. There were times when I was too late to bite my tongue, I really regret what I say :( Kata orang, "Terlajak kereta boleh reverse or u-turn, terlajak kata...unless you have the power to erase one's memory...regret/sorry is useless"

Back to the drama, I feel its been a long time since I can't guess the ending of the drama; who's gonna end up with whom. So I was really addicted to watch the next episodes and the next until I reach half of the drama. Its about two successful women and the two guys; one down on his luck and the other just starting on his career - in short the women have the 'power' here, the one who did the rescuing ^_^
Oh Seung Ah (Kim Ha Neul) is a famous successful actress albeit the fact she really can't act well. Having enough of her abusive, controlling Manager, she went in search of another agency after her contract with him expires. But all the other agency are all the same, so she went to Jang Ki Joon (Kim Bum Soo), the agent who help her when she was just starting on the entertainment business. Jang Ki Joon's agency was just being declared bankrupt, and the only actors he got left was two unknown talents. When, Seung Ah came to him, it was a boost to his spirit as well as his agency.
Lee Kyung Min (Park Yong Ha) was a drama PD who got his first chance at being a director. Seo Young Eun (Song Yoon Ah) is a much sought after script writer who was divorced and has a young son. Kyung Min feels that all her scripts lacks depth and only cares about viewers rating, he asked her to make some changes, a complete overhaul to be correct. In response, she flew away to Taiwan and he had a hard time convincing her to come back and work with him on the drama.There are two scenes where I like the most ^_^ First, when Ki Joon shield Young Eun's face from the sun with his palms. How it rattled Kyung Min and Seung Ah 's feathers but they try not to show it - I said try, Kyung Min made snide remarks about how big Young Eun's face is but the two person didn't understand. Second, when they played 'Truth or Dare" and everyone not wanting to reveal the truth but prefer to drink the wine instead.
It is here that I was intrigued, did he fall in love with Seung Ah years ago when she came to him wanting to be an actress, and did she likewise fall for him too? Or was he in love with the suicide actress or just feeling guilty because he couldnt save her? Who's the person he said he was in love with for years?????
This drama tries to show behind the scene of a drama production. But is it really like this? They have the beginning and have an idea about the ending but didnt know whats in between? And all the actresses and actors can also influence the way the story goes? Wow! I dont wanna be at the writers' shoes.

Overall, I like this drama. but does it make me rush to my favourite shop to buy another set. No. Maybe the fact that I dont have time to watch it does affect it a bit. Didnt like Kim Ha Neul or Song Yoon Ah before but in this drama they kinda okay, adorable in fact for SYA, though KHN I still have reservation. The other two lead actors- never seen them before though I'm planning to watch Surgeon Bong Dal Hee somewhere in the future. What about the mix-blood Ricky Lee Neely? His korean might be better than Daniel Henney or dreamy Dennis Oh but he was not that handsome in a close shot and still look awkward acting...so I don't see him jump to fame too quickly. Another similarities they all three shared is their wooden acts...hehehe. But I would watch Dennis's drama if its interesting; wooden acts won't matter, he's such an eye candy ^_^

Cast:
Lee Bum Soo (DOB: 03.01.1970)


Kim Ha Neul (DOB: 21.02.1978)


Park Yong Ha (DOB: 12.08.1977)


Song Yoon Ah (DOB: 07.06.1973)

Ricky Lee Neely (DOB: 19.06.1981) as Aidan Lee (Seung Ah's friend)

Sep 19, 2008

Play of the Mind

I had a bizarre dream/nightmare last night. I was still in Primary School and the most bizarre thing was one of my classmate, the one sitting next to me was my own niece! Dinnah who was half the age I am. Imagine even if I'm in Primary 6, she was still unborn then...
The story of the dream was at that day and age, children below the age of 16 are prohibited to have adult aka romantic feelings; even to artists or celebrities - if found out they will be carted off to the nearest psychiatric ward and labelled mentally unbalanced/ill. (Bwoh, Dinnah! ^_^ Baik jua it's only in my dream) There I was, after checking this blog and found several posts that I never wrote regarding infatuation over some girl named Noralinda (I racked my brain and couldnt remember if I had former classmate by that name). I was like - who broke into my blog??? My brother? Impossible - the english was too fluid, plus my brother writing jiwang poems?? Laughable! In that dream, I also had this habit of printing out my posts and putting it in a file - I check that file, and sure as rain there were printouts of that posts in the file.
I went to school and my brain was still buzzing, what the teacher was hammering about at the front went unheard. Was I losing my mind? Am I some kind of Schizo? (Haha... I dont think I know what a schizo is when I was in Primary School, only know one kind of craziness - just plain OG). So I went to the toilet to washed my face. My primary school bestfriend Rumaizah was in a class next to mine. When she saw I passed by her class on the way to the toilet, she went out also. In the toilet, she asked me If I'm feeling all right, answered I'm fine; just feeling nauseatic a bit. She was being sympathetic; pat my back, hand me a tissue.
By the time I went back to the class, a new period had started, the one taught by Cikgu Pg Hj Salleh, one of our strictest teacher (well, not the most strict - just the one who showed no favoritism...to me). Just before the teacher started to teach, Aminah (again another one of my Primary School bestfriend) walk to his desk and telling him about how I had this blog, and what I wrote on that blog. She snatched my notebook from my hands and showed him the written instruction how to access that blog. I was rendered speechless, surprised beyond words - lots of activity inside my brain; every thought going on at once. Aminah came to my table again and rummage my schoolbag. She found my blog's file and hand it over to the teacher. (What kind of idiot bring that file to school?) Satisfied with all her evidence, she went back to her seat.
Then Cikgu Pg Hj Salleh started questioning me:
PHS: Is it true, this is your blog?
Me: Yes, Sir. But...
PHS: Do you know this stuff is prohibited for kids your age and you could...
Me: Yes, I know sir. But I created that blog to write a review on tv dramas that I watched and books that I read. I thought it will helps me in my english and sharpen my composition skills (Hahaha...as if! I didnt check my grammar when I wrote and I dont care if anyone read it will understand or not). Those posts...the recent posts, I never wrote it, Sir.
PHS was flipping through the blog file and some magazine clippings (where the hell does this clippings come from?!)
PHS: So you never made this? (Showing a bookmark made from a picture of some male artist I dont know of)
Me: No, Sir! I did some before but I was wayyyyy over it now. It becomes boring. Sir, may I ask a question? (He nods for me to go ahead)
Me: How did Aminah know where to find the instruction to go to my blog in my notebook? And I'm not an idiot, even if I need reminders of my blog address or password, I'm not that stupid to wrote it in my school notebook. And the handwriting wasnt even mine! (His eyebrows come together, thinking hard. He's kinda slow here, that I need to pointed out that fact to him)
PHS: Aminah, bring your notebook here! (Heavy footed now, she come to the front with her notebook; obviously there's no CSI showing then, or else she could planted better evidence, one that doesnt pointed back at her)
The handwriting matched the instruction in my notebook. But still PHS keeps flipping through the pages. He found some glued-together pages and proceed to ripped them unglued. There in the hidden pages was written conversation between Aminah and some unknown accomplice. She asked him/her to try dig up some secrets from Dinnah that could get me in trouble but that person couldnt get Dinnah to say negative things about me except, I'm "udang yang akan jadi bubuk"?? I asked Dinnah who sat next to me what does that mean, but she just cover her face embarrased. Then, about three of my classmate came to the front and stand next to Aminah saying they helped her planting the evidence too after Rumaizah tells them about the blog.
I was really suprised and pissed off. Why did they hate me so? Its not a crime to be a teachers' pet when I didnt abuse it for my own benefit right? Was this what I think of them then (talam 2-muka; but I dont think so- childhood friendship was pure with no hidden agenda) or was this just a reflection of my present state of mind- don't trust anybody even your bestfriend. (See, at this stage in this dream I kinda know I'm dreaming). Rumaizah was called from the class next door and I was facing the culprits stand in a row in front of the class...Suddenly!
Knock! Knock! Are you awake? Argh! I was fighting to stay asleep. I wanna know what the punishment will be, I wanna see them get punished (hehe...vindictive). Another knock and the door pushed open, "Something wrong with my mobile..." The dream vanished and I am fully awake.

Sep 13, 2008

Breaking Dawn

I had the book in my possession for four days before finally brave myself to start reading it, I dont know why I'm kinda hesitant then when I was so fired up to know the ending before... Well, anyway I like the ending of these series (unlike Harry Potter, hmph!). The book was told from two perspective; Bella and Jacob and then back to Bella. I like it better when told from Jacob's perspective :) Not that I hate Bella as from the previous three books, here she seems more tolerable.
Anyway the ending Bella, Edward and Jacob get their happy ending. Though I'm not overly content with Jacob's happy ending. "Imprinting" somehow steal someone freedom of choice; willpower, but hey all in all, I dont think there's a very satisfying happy ending for Jacob; for him to simply fall in love with another girl without the 'soulmate' syndrome will make him a fickle man.
The questions lingering in my mind was about the wolves pack. After all the troubles were overcomes, they remained two separate packs? Because of his 'object of imprintment' Jacob abandon his early plans to leave his village and his former pack, right? So one pack would have Sam as their Alpha and the other Jacob? What would become of Leah? Will she remain bitter and feeling left-out? or wont she found her own soulmate also someday?
Hmm...wonder what children would a half-vampire and a werewolf have? Opps! There are not werewolves; but shape shifters lah...If not because of the 'confrontation' at the ending I would not notice the difference between werewolves and shape-shifters. Werewolves doesnt change into wolves by will, only when there's full moon and when they can infected someone to become like them by biting, while shape-shifter its in the genes and cannot be transfered to another.

Sep 10, 2008

Crazy For You (3)

What would you do if you fall in love with the person who caused the death of the person you were in love before? Even if its accidental, even if its unintentional; but the fact remains the same - he/she was the reason that your beloved's life was cut short. Even if you could forgive him/her, but would you be able to be with him/her with a clear conscience? would you be able to forget that 'fact'?
Suh Jin Young absorbed herself with work after her fiance was killed in road accident the day before their wedding day. Their bestfriend Hyun Chul went abroad and left her alone dealing with her own grief because he himself was in love with her. He was on the phone with his friend when his friend got hit. The last word he said to Hyun Chul was he knows about Hyun Chul feeling and he trust him...then the sound of BAM! He went back after 5 years, thinking he was cured of his feeling but just one look and all those 5-years effort was useless...

Kim Chae Jun cant get a stable work being an ex-convict, but Director Suh Jin Young give him a chance as an aviation mechanic. Then his childhood sweetheart Min Hee left him because she dont like to live in poverty. She knows that he's willing to work hard for her to get whatever it is she want. But that just it, not anybody had to work hard just to get a bigger tv. Min Hee was materialistic in a nice way, you could understand her frustration and ambition. Furthermore, it gives reason for Min Hee to let go of Chae Jun's hand first ^_^ Chae Jun was falling for the kind and baeutiful Jin Young and she was falling for the hard working, honest, charming, cheerful Chae Jun.
Then, they later found out it was Chae Jun who hit Jin Young's fiance. It didnt help their relationship either by the fact that Jin Young was living with her dead fiance's parents as if she really are their daughter-in-law. To not broken everyone hearts, she kinda broke up with Chae Jun and try to hate him and even wished that he got beaten to death. She no longer can hide from reality by using her working endlesssly. She cant forget Chae Jun. Was it worth it to make everyone happy by living in misery? Or would you be able to be happy when you know you had broken many hearts? Tough choice, but if I were her, they were not my real parents anyway...
Then there's Min Hee and Hyun Chul. Pityful Min Hee, its alright for her to see Chae Jun in pain because of her, but when it was because of another woman, she can's stand it. Pityful, Hyun Chul, happy to be married to the one he love knowing she's in love with another man.

Yoon Kye Sang as Kim Chae Joon
Lee Mi Yun as Suh Jin Young
Kim Eun Joo as Jo Min Hee Lee Jong Hyuk as Lee Hyun Chul