The Thing with Korean Dramas

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Nerdiscoveries is a feature hosted by The Bibliophile Confessions where we share our new discoveries that totally make us nerd/geek out.

The thing is… I don’t know. I don’t really know what it is with Asian Dramas, particularly Korean dramas, that made me so hooked.

I vaguely remember the first Korean drama I’ve watched but I guess it was Autumn in My Heart. with Song Hye Kyo as one of the main characters. It was aired on local TV and I think I was still in third grade during that time. My mum loved it so much, I was practically forced into watching it. Not that I complained, for I actually loved it.

After that, countless of other Asian dramas, especially Korean and Taiwanese were aired on local TV. Of course, I got into the Meteor Garden craze. It was basically a phenomenon here. I even watched the Japanese, Korean and Animated versions of it.

Fast-forward to today, I don’t think I’m much of an enthusiast as I was back then. Of course, I still watch some but I set some standards on picking which ones to watch.

The guy lead must be an eyecandy.

Okay, as crazy as this sounds, I do actually apply this rule and the fact that it’s the first one I mentioned states how important this is for me. Watching K-Dramas requires effort for me since I have to keep up with the subtitles while focusing on what’s happening on screen, so it needs to be worthwhile.

Light and fun show

I barely watch serious Korean dramas, although I’ve seen some historical/period dramas that are more serious but can still incorporate humor like Moon Embracing the Sun. I love watching Korean shows that are real fun because they lift up my mood in an instant.

High Ratings

This one is really important as well. Korean dramas have at least 16 episodes on an average. Each episode is about an hour. Given I’m such a big binge-watcher, I’m throwing out 16 hours of my day for watching one show. Moon Embracing the Sun had 20 episodes and I watched the whole season in one sitting. No joke. It took me one and a half days to finish it. Shower and meals included. Well, for this one, I usually watch dramas which were either recommended to me or popular enough to catch my attention.

So what’s the point of this post?

Well, last February, I discovered a cute clip from a Korean drama called Oh My Venus. It’s a love story between an overweight lawyer and a popular gym trainer. The clip consisted of cheesy and cute kissing scenes from their gym sessions. Hahaha! It was totally adorable so I told my friends about it and we watched it.

Oh My Venus stars So Ji Sub (The Master’s Sun) as the personal trainer and Shin Min Ah (My Girlfriend is a Gumiho) as the lawyer. There were lots of substories to be looked forward to and I honestly had an awesome time watching it. I also cried too!

So I wasn’t given just one eyecandy. I was blessed with THREE. <3

That same month, I also discovered another Korean Drama. I don’t know if you’ve heard it already (probably through me hahaha!) but it’s called Descendants of the Sun which features Song Joong Ki (aka my~ boyfriend haha) as Army Captain Yoo Si Jin and Song Hye Kyo as Doctor Kang Mo Yeon.

I first saw Joong Ki when I watched Sungkyunkwan Scandal where I developed my huge crush for him. His character was such a comic relief, I even forgot my “eyecandy rule” since there were technically four main characters so I focused on him and the other guy (Yoo Ah In).

Song Joong Ki as Captain Yoo Si Jin.

Anyways, back to Descendants, It was the first drama that Joong Ki signed on since he was discharged from his mandatory military service so it was quite the experience seeing him play as a soldier. It was also great to watch Song Hye Kyo again! I think the last show I’ve seen with her in it was Full House and that was more than a decade ago. Haha!

This drama might be too overrated already since a lot of people are talking about it. It was even bought by a local TV network to for it to be aired here in PH. For me, it’s definitely worth the hype because the story is cute but gripping. It’s action packed and cheesy at the same time. There’s balance in every episode and it will leave you hanging.

THERE’S THIS SCENE <3

There are also amazing side stories to watch, especially the romance between the two secondary leads, Sgt. Seo Dae Yong and Lt. Yoon Myeong Ju. Myeong Ju is the daughter of the Army General, who’s not in favor of Dae Yong because of his low rank.

I haven’t cried yet but it’s down to the last two episodes this week and I have a strong feeling that I’ll be in tears once this series ends! Hahaha! I’m not going to tell much in case you’re interested to watch it.  And in case you’re going to, don’t forget to tell me your thoughts about it!

*dreamy sigh*

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Discovering Sense8

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The last time I made a Nerdiscoveries post, it was about a TV show. Now, I raise you guys another one. Well, technically this one is an Netflix original series.

I heard about Sense8 on Twitter. I kept on seeing this on my timeline for weeks. Fellow bookworms, and even authors, kept on tweeting about this so I, naturally, caved in and checked the series out. First scene of the pilot episode and I was already hooked. Naveen Andrews’ familiar face (my Mom is a big fan of Lost) made me more interested about it.

In case you haven’t heard about this yet (Surely, you have), the story is about eight different characters, from different places all over the world, connected to each other both emotionally and mentally which started from a shared vision. They’re called sensates. And yeah, the title is totally a wordplay.

Will Gorski, aka my cute lil puppy! <3
Will Gorski, aka my cute lil puppy! <3

The characters are really amazing and I love the fact that most of the actors are really similar to their characters. Will , is a police from Chicago aka my cute lil puppy. Riley is a DJ from Iceland, working in London; Capheus is a van driver from Kenya; Nomi, is a transwoman hacktivist living with her girlfriend in San Francisco; Sun is a daughter of a wealthy businessman from Seoul; Kala is a pharmacist from India; Wolfgang is from Berlin, an occasional locksmith-slash-robber; and Lito, an actor from Mexico.

I love the diversity of the characters in the show! It’s so refreshing to see diverse culture and locations interconnected to each other in one show. It’s just fricking amazing! They all have great chemistry together which was showcased everytime one character pops in and helps another, which is totally cool! The SHIPS IN THIS SHOW ARE TOTALLY LOVELY! My poor heart can’t take it. <33333

I also love the whole vibe of the show, each episode left me wanting more so I ended up watching the whole series in one day. Actually, I watched the first two episodes before I left for Uni but I had to stop because I became really busy with things so when I arrived at my dorm in Uni, I rewatched the first two then continued the rest of the series. Haha!

If you haven’t seen this show yet, please do watch it! Especially for sci-fi enthusiasts!

HAPPY SENSE8 DAY!!


Have you seen Sense8? Tell me about your favorite character(s)/episode(s)!

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*UPDATE: Sense8 has just been confirmed to return for another season so HELL YES!!!! <3

Discovering iZombie

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Hey y’all! Inah here! I’m really excited to share to you guys my recent discovery.

I guess it’s pretty much an established fact that The CW produces really quality TV shows. Almost all of the shows I’m watching (addicted to, actually) were produced by the network, like Supernatural, Arrow, The Flash, The Vampire Diaries and of course, The 100. The list possibly just goes on and on because last week, I have finally gotten around to watching iZombie. There might be mild spoilers in here. Sorry, I just can’t seem to shut up about this.

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I first saw the trailer of iZombie on ETC, a local TV channel here in the Philippines, with my friends. My first impression was it was like the combination of Warm Bodies and Veronica Mars, because when Liv eats a person’s brain, she adapts some memories, visions and traits of the certain person and she uses this to help solve person’s murder case with the help of Clive, a detective. Cool right? Definitely!!

Liv’s character is really interesting, funny and quirky. It’s really empowering as well, seeing her kick some real ass in the show. She was engaged to Major but she broke it off after she turned into a zombie, because she didn’t want to hurt him. Major has a really strong dedication and persistence when it comes to things, that sometimes he gets in trouble for it. He’s adorable, like super adorable.

I also discovered that Bradley James was in this show. Like wow, I loved him as Arthur Pendragon on Merlin. Merlin was probably one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. And he’s in this fricking show and his hair is like this sexy dark brown shade, completely different from his blond style as Arthur. OH MY GOD. I might have screamed and cried a little, and I definitely went crazy on Twitter. Also his character, Lowell Tracy is a musician and he became Liv’s love interest. ALSO DID I MENTION HOW AWESOME THEIR CHEMISTRY IS???

Speaking of blond-turned-brunette, Aly Michalka was also in this show. She stars as Liv’s best friend, Peyton. I love her character. She’s fierce and supportive and a bit sassy. It’s a cool combination!

Clive’s personality, being a police detective, definitely balanced the mixed personalities of the characters. He can be both funny and serious. But what I really like about him is his curiosity and skepticism with Liv having visions.

BUT I guess my ultimate favorite character from the show is Ravi. He’s the first one to know about Liv being a zombie and he didn’t mind it, at all. He’s really funny, cool and adorable. Plus, he’s this cool doctor who wants to create a cure for the zombie virus. He’s like the best friend I’ve never had. I think every single person in the whole entire universe needs a Ravi in their lives. <3

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Rose McIver as Liv and Rahul Kohli as Ravi

I managed to finish the entire series in two and a half days, give or take. I was definitely hooked! I would take a bullet for this show. Hahaha! I love the concept of the story and the cast is fantastic! 10/10 would recommend!!

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Discovering Magic Man

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Nerdiscoveries is a feature hosted by The Bibliophile Confessions where we share our new discoveries that totally make us nerd/geek out.

The thing about me is that most of the time, I don’t really find or discover things out by myself. More often than not I learn about new stuff (songs, bands, books etc.) through my friends (let’s call her Inah) hahahaha!

So a few weeks ago, she tweeted about this very cute guy, Alex Caplow, and his band, Magic Man, and from experience, I’m talking about my complete trust in Inah’s taste, and the fact that I’m sort of obsessed with *coughs coughs* Bastille now, all because of her and her tweets, so yeah, I checked it out. I also tried to follow Alex on Twitter and it’s kind of awesome that he followed me back.

Well, I actually first checked out the Album Art Cover before listening. I’m sorry but I’m kind of an OC with art covers. :)) Okay, so I saw the cover of their album called Before the Waves, and instantly fell in love with it. The cover was colorful and pleasing to the eyes.

MagicMan_BeforeTheWaves

It was a nice preview to the album I’d listened to for a few days non-stop.

Their music has a kind of a up-beat, happy-dance-y feels to it, and some of the happy-dance-y music I’ve listened to before caused me headaches, but suprisingly their songs did not, so I just listened on and on.

Also, I went to their wiki-page and discovered that this sound is actually called synth-pop/synth-rock. (Meaning they play with a synthesizer that is usually played with a keyboard) Their songs sound really nice with it so all I’ve gotta say is Synth-Rock On! =)))

So for the songs, I can say that everything is awesome and you would not regret listening to it. I promise!

Some of the most notable songs are Every Day, because this song is so catchy. I also really loved Paris. I also read that Alex and Sam Lee, who basically started the band, stayed in France and worked as laborers for food and lodging for a time, so that song may be about that but I don’t really know. I think they have an MV for this song too. :)) Another great song is Chicagoland, it kinda makes you wanna dance and move your head to the beat.

So there! I hoped I convinced you to at least try listen to them because they just really deserve to be heard. I left the playlist at the end of the post. Have a listen! 

PS. Their twitter profile consists of many Alex Caplow baby pics which is beyond adorable, check it!!! :))

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