K-Drama Musings… – Pinocchio! The Drama, Not the Cartoon

Wow where do I even start with this drama!

So… for a drama I wasn’t too inclined to watch, for my own denial reasons I think, I fell so hard for this in episode 1 and now at episode 10 I’m still loving every minute of it.

Thus I’m penning my thoughts down at the height of this drama (or so I feel) because I always feel that dramas are the best at the start and mid-point. Usually towards the end a lot of unnecessary and frustrating drama idiocy and conflict happens. Also, once the over-arching plot wraps up, the show usually moves at a slower and less-than-exciting pace so… while it’s still all oohs and aahs, I thought I would quickly share my love for this.

I mean, it’s not to say that this drama will face that usual drama arch decline because so far I’m really liking the pace of the story and apart from the obvious eventual OTP (lead couple pairing), I actually have no idea what’s going to happen next.

That’s a big deal considering drama plots are often so predictable.

 

So, the reason for the name Pinocchio is because the show is centered around a fictional medical(?) condition where a group of people termed Pinocchios cannot lie else they break into uncontrollable hiccups. How annoying would that be in real life?

Sometimes we have to lie, even a harmless white one, just to get through life, no?

While the concept sounds peculiar and easy for you to frown upon, as I did heh, I think ultimately it reaches deeper roots of self-righteousness (for the lead Pinocchio, mainly) and working through webs of lies with true honesty be it found within yourself or via the inconvenient medical condition.

I’m trying to explain as much as I can of how I like the concept of the show without giving too much away but I think, thus far at least, the continual theme of deceit, lies, unraveling truths and staying true to oneself has been quite carried through across all scenarios and plots within the drama.

It’s not a show where the characters are perfect, they’re largely imperfect actually, but the journey of them learning more about themselves and realizing that sometimes they’re not that far off from becoming the person they hate is quite enjoyable to watch.

 

Moving on from the plot to the swoon-worthy aspect of the drama.

As many have said Park Shin Hye and Lee Jong Suk have this undeniable amount of chemistry and I think that shows well on screen (and off too actually).



BUT… there’s always a but, I feel that there were some scenes where Park Shin Hye could have emoted better so the scene was more moving but yet it isn’t that she’s bad at acting, she’s generally quite okay but perhaps when it comes to moving scenes, this is simply her style of acting it out.

She can do cute, whacky, funny and all but its only the touching, heart-wrenching bits that felt mildly disconnected sometimes during the emotional or ‘romantic’ scenes, if I were being nitpicky. Or it could be playing alongside Jong Suk and how he’s just more obvious (and hmm, better?) with emoting.

Speaking of Jong Suk, I’ll say I’ve noticed him around many shows (running man even) but never took any interest in him until this show. He really shines through it and did an incredible job at his role, all aspects of it.

From super tacky country bumpkin…

To heart-wrenching sobs…

So yes, anyway I’m rambling too much but yet talking about absolutely nothing at all because while finding a way to describe this show or even finding pictures to plop on here was tough without giving the story away because there was always something going on at every aspect of it.

Really, I love the pace of this drama. More dramas should be like this!

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So yes this sums up my ramble and also part fan-girling. I’m so obsessed with this, I swear not Lee Jong Suk… but okay, maybe a little bit of him, that I really recommend everyone to go see this.

There’s enough story. enough romance, enough heart-strings tugging without the obvious idiocy (okay a bit of idiocy but done quite cool-y), and enough pretty because most scenes are really well-shot. Overall a highly recommended drama in a really long time!

Have you seen Pinocchio yet?

What other dramas are you obsessed about right now?

Thanks for reading!

K-Drama Musings… – Birth Of A Beauty & Inspiring Generation (Age of Feeling)

Alrightey!

It’s been awhile since a K-Drama post because the dramas I’ve been catching these days are a little… so so?

One of them I really tried to like but eventually I just couldn’t get the hang of it and stopped. While the other, I do like and it’s a pretty good one but it’s not the usual genre of dramas I go for so there isn’t all that rom-com fluttery fun that makes me feel inclined to watch it, but yet its still quite good.

So… that is why I’ve been a little lacklustre to document them but I thought I would share my thoughts a little about what I’ve been watching on the tube right now (or what I tried to watch) before talking about my most recent obsession in another musings post.

So… Birth of a Beauty.

I had high hopes for this drama, very high hopes, because Joo Sang Wook!

I think he’s a pretty good rom-com actor, delivering a heartening and yet also comical role in Cunning Single Lady (I quite liked that drama) and then there’s also the incredibly gorgeous Han Ye Seul along with a plot of transformation from an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan with revenge thrown in, that’s got to be something, right?

Wrong. For me, at least.

There’s just a little too much cray in the show and while Joo Sang Wook can be quite the exaggerated joker, I think the (probably deliberate and scripted) whackiness that he and his tag team partner Han Ye Seul delivered is just a little too much. Way too much. But on that up side, they’re both really talented to deliver such whacky and weird scenarios.

Even with a sombre over-arching story about an attempted murder and conspiracies, I just can’t start taking the show seriously because of all the cray. And I thought the amount of whackiness in Surplus Princess was over the top, this is tipping even ‘over the top’ over the edge.

But of course, that’s just my thoughts because this show does have its own fanbase that was sad to see it finish up and go so if light-hearted and at times embarrassing / exaggerated comedic antics are your brand of humor then maybe you’ll come to appreciate this show more than I did.

I was just so disturbed to see the beautiful Han Ye Seul act like a sampat mad-woman but… I guess she did really well in that sense.

*sampat – Singlish (or Hokkien?) lingo for someone who is… a bit whacky, crazy, kinda embarrasing but totally not in the endearing way. Unless you’re blind in love or something.

 

Moving on from all that fluffy cray cray to something completely solemn and different, the next show I want to share a little about is Inspiring Generation. Which is also known by another name as Age of Feeling.

Apart from saeguk (period dramas), the next genre I’m not the most keen on would be action-ish dramas.

The whole heavy mood, dark backstory and loads of killing / blood involved, set in a rather quaint time-frame sort of action dramas.

It’s usually a little too heavy and serious for me since I watch dramas to chill and laugh off the day’s stress. So why did I end up starting on Inspiring Generation even though I knew it was an action focused film set in the 1930s?

Well, part curiosity and part Song Jae Rim.

Swoons~

Even though I knew his role here was rather small and his screen time infrequent, I guess it also helps that the lead actor was one I used to fancy, Kim Hyun Joong (though my respect for him is a little tainted due to the abuse incident…).

So anyway, I would say contrary to Birth of A Beauty (and what a turn of events it is, choosing the action over rom-com) I actually quite like Inspiring Generation.

The story is captivating, the set up and props are quite mesmerizing and I love how Im Soo Hyang plays Tekuchi Gaya – she’s so badass and skilled a swords… woman(?) and yet poised and elegant at the same time. Plus her hair, makeup and wardrobe is always on point.

I think of the whole cast she’s probably my favorite character even when she isn’t actually the protagonist. It’s complicated… it always is with dramas like these.

But yes, it’s a nice show to watch along the sides and while I don’t feel compelled to watch it (I can go 2 days before deciding to watch the next episode), when I do I’m not disappointed with the cinematics, fight sequence etc. It’s all quite well planned out and I guess if you’re looking to catch something different or if action packed dramas are your thing, this is a nice watch.

Who doesn’t like meaningless (okay, there’s meaning but its all so shallow cause its ~back in the day) fist fights, somersaults all over and knifes flying through / slicing the air.

Right?

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There you go! That’s quite a ramble for some simple and quick drama talk. I just wanted to air my thoughts on the two things I’ve been trying to catch / am catching right now.

Though that said, I finally caved and just the other night Hubs and I sat down to watch our very first episode of Pinocchio (The K-Drama one).

This drama had been recommended to me by so many that I just had to watch it and I will say that I didn’t regret giving it a go in the end. In fact, I think this is fast becoming my next new drama obsession. I’ve never felt so compelled to watch the next episode of the drama since… Man From the Stars, maybe?

I’ll talk about this once I’m a few more episodes in. I’m not at episode 2 only and I’m so obsessed already! Are you catching Pinocchio too or have finished watching it already?

 

Thanks for reading you guys! And sticking by this almost ‘filler content’ period.

I’ve got a number of treatments to talk about real soon and I am excited to share (as I received good results from them) but I do want to know… how do you guys feel about treatment entries?

I know I tend to get quite lengthy and indepth in them because I feel that people want to know everything but do you all prefer a more skimmed approach and just focus on pictures and some before and after thrown in etc?

Would love to hear your thoughts and for those who love treatments (facials, hair treatments etc) entries, stay tuned alright!

K-Drama Musing… – Surplus Princess

I seem to be doing a lot of K-Drama Musings these days, my bad! I’m just so so caught up with them right now it seems. As I had said when I first started this telly/tube series, I never was that much of a K-Drama fan.

No, seriously.

I watched a couple here and there only because they were highly raved and highly talked about but I was never addicted to finding another new drama (once I was done with one) to fill that drama-telly-tube void that you get once a drama you’ve been following religiously and super caught up about ends.

I mean it sucks and life gets momentarily ’empty’ but alls good after awhile.

Though these days I’m on a roll, really. It’s K-Drama after K-Drama and even when I’m not entirely done with one I start on another. It’s like as I am typing this, I’m a little sad about reaching the end point of said drama in the title (I’ll talk about it shortly) but at the same time I’m already considering some options to move on to once I’m formally done with Surplus Princess.

Should I see Liar Game? People have recommended Pinocchio… Or perhaps catch up on that Doctor Stranger that I’ve been meaning to…

So yeah, it’s addictive and it’s quite scary and hopefully I’m not alone in this.

 

But back to the point of this entry, Surplus Princess.

I’ll admit I got started on this drama for one reason and one reason only, Song Jae Rim, heh!

But as it turns out it’s quite a silly feel-good drama (where Song Jae Rim isn’t the lead, dayum) that’s just entertaining to watch. There isn’t a whole lot of logic in there and some people said it’s comparable, in terms of silliness, to that Paris Nail Shop drama (I don’t know, I haven’t seen) but if you’re okay with a little second hand embarrassment, a whole lot of silliness and maybe a little swooning over Song Jae Rim (or the lead guy, who’s got a nice smile) then I’d say this drama isn’t too bad to catch.

I mean, it’s only 10 episodes long… that’s not a lot of your time, yes?

Though this is one drama Hubs tried to watch but just couldn’t get into it. He couldn’t stand the silliness, much as he thought Jo Boa (lead girl) is pretty, he just couldn’t get pass all that whacky.

Which, I guess to each their own but I’m enjoying it and already at episode 6 though I swear I only started this less than a week ago.

If it’s anything to note, this show gets a bit pervy too in an absolutely hilarious and fangirly way but not so funny if you happen to be watching this with awkward people. Meaning, say your mom when a butt scene like this comes on… you know.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

And also, just something I thought I would mention but the name Surplus Princess is really a play on the words in korean because in korean ‘Surplus’ sounds very much like ‘Mermaid’. And if you haven’t already known, this show is somewhat ‘inspired’ by the Little Mermaid such that the lead girl is a mermaid turned human on a quest to find love (or die)… something along those lines.

Again, I don’t want to spoil it but if it sounds interesting enough, you should give it a watch!

So, without giving anything away this is my current K-Drama obsession and what I think of it. It’s something you should watch for some good (and ultra lame) laughs and a nice departure from the last sombre drama I caught (When A Man Loves).

I did say I needed a good laugh after that so, this fulfills the requirements very much.

Plus, there’s Song Jae Rim too, what’s there not to love. Heh.

I catch Surplus Princess over at GoodDrama but EPdrama has subs for it too, check those out ;)

 

Thanks for reading! What’s your current telly/tube obsession? Walking Dead?

(Not Quite A) K-Drama Musing… – JaeRim x SoEun Couple!

Oh-My-God.

Like omg.

Be warned – a tad fan-girly even but… read on at your own expense!

 

Okay… I’ll first like to admit that I gave up watching When A Man Loves after it’s 13th episode. Which means the minute I wrote that ramble, I stopped watching it because, at that point of the show, it felt so draggy and monotonous that I had to make myself watch it and I just wasn’t feeling it anymore.

So yes, I’m sorry Shin Se Kyung, I’m ditching you.

This (Jae Rim x So Eun couple) on the other hand brings soooo much feels into my life.

Some We Got Married backstory for the uninitiated, and also to introduce my history with this on-going korean reality tv show – it’s pretty much a virtual marriage sort of a show where they couple people up be it Idols, Actors/Actresses, Singers, Models, you name it!

My first experience with WGM went back to my days of minor SS501-stanning. Yes, this is kind of history and I don’t see Kim Hyun Joong in the same light after his recent abuse case but he and Hwangbo were the first couple I watched on thsi show and they were… kinda funny, kinda cute?

Lee Hyun Joong x Hwang Bo

After that I stopped for a bit and I can’t recall why I picked up the show again… was it the Kangin x Lee Yoon Ji couple?

Kang In x Lee Yoon Ji

I can’t recall but then I went on quite a binge with this series, following on with the Goguma Couple (Yong Hwa x Seo hyun), Khuntoria (Nichkhun x Victoria), Adam Couple (Ga In x Jo Kwon) and a couple more…

Khuntoria!

I really can’t recall but I believe that was the peak of WGM, where every couple was exciting, fun, and such a joy to watch.

By the time Eun Jung and Jang Woo went on the show, I was tuning out already and I’ve only dropped in on the show a little here and there to catch a couple episodes of Sunhwa, Lee Joon and such but nothing really ignited that whole WGM-fire in me though this couple, this couple here….

Omgosh they’re so cute I can’t even.

Now I’m saying all this knowing how much shade is around WGM for their scripting and whatnot but, like in the case of Running Man, I’m going to go in and pretend to be all oblivious about that and just enjoy the laughs and interactions.

I’ll also say that I didn’t think much of Song Jae Rim prior even when I caught him in Moon That Embraces the Sun but he’s so charming here, regardless if he’s really such a forward byuntae (perv) or not, they’re so entertaining to watch.

This couple is only about 8 episodes in and they’ve got a whole myriad of nicknames from OMG Couple, to LTE-Couple (like internet connection speed… hurhur), to 19+ Couple due to their very forward advances and things they say.

I don’t know.. I think this entry is a whole fangirl tribute to this reignited spark I have with WGM but I am enjoying this couple’s interaction so much that I’ve ditched all thoughts of dramas in the meanwhile.

Though maybe I should go watch Surplus Princess… just because Song Jae Rim is in it. Heh.

 

Update – Too late, I’ve already started on Surplus Princess and it’s so silly and hilarious I’m loving it. Though that’s for another musings post in another time ;)

 

Thanks for reading!

Do share, are you a WGM-fan? Have you started watching this couple?

K-Drama Musings: When A Man Loves… (Tsk~)

Time out from the beauty spam!

p.s. Maybe spoilers so if you’re only at the beginning of this show, proceed with caution (or not at all).

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It’s that time again, where I muse about something so frivolous such as my current K-Drama addiction or in this case, what’s currently on my playlist.

Because addiction isn’t quite the right term to sum this up, sadly.

Don’t get me wrong, I started this drama knowing it was a melodrama, which is a genre that doesn’t always sit well with me. If it’s got to be so sad and sombre and serious all the time, it had better be darned good!

In this case, even my adoration for Shin Se Kyung (the girl) couldn’t save the show.

It’s not a bad series and if anything I can’t judge because I am only half way done (episode 13 or so) and I’m already at the point that I have to make myself watch it and when I do it’s just because I want to get to the end of it and get it over and done with. As always in drama-land the whole dragging out a conflict and idiocy / misunderstands are aplenty and at this point I’m just over it.

This drama is quite cliched in many ways but how many other ways can you portray a melodrama, amiright?

But, yes, I don’t have too much to share about this show really except once I’m done with this (which I hope is soon because just get yo’ conflicts sorted already gurl~) I’m going to jump straight into a rom-com. Or something comical. Whichever.

I want some laughs.

Scratch that, maybe loads after this soap opera.

There’s enough pity in this show to make you feel the lead gangsta-man (Song Seunghyun who surprisingly looks well here)’s pain in his life but it’s quite sad (and maybe a bit gifted) that the writers are making me want to throw some at Shin Se Kyung’s character.

I caught some spoilers while searching up images for this post and I want to slap her character even more now.

Gurrrrrrl, you got such a good (ahem, rich) man after you, whatchu thinkin’?

But yes, that’s just me…

Tell me, do you fare well with melodramas? Or do you have good rom-coms to recommend to bring some laughs back to my life.

Thanks for reading!

 

Back to beauty news shortly, ya? ;)

p.s. Walking Dead is back~~~~ But I’m not gonna start until more of it is out. Meanwhile, I’m back on the Season 2 of Bates Motel. Norman you dark, twisted, lost thing…

K-Drama Musings… – You’re All Surrounded

It’s all K-Drama rambles on here so if you’re not interest in this one bit, I suggest you skip this post! :D

 

So, I don’t think I explicitly mention this (not much at least) but I am very much bitten by the K-bug. Or what they call the Hallyu Wave / Korean Fever.

It’s a lot better these days, that’s for sure because back in the day I was obsessed with a capital O. It all started with me chancing upon Big Bang’s Haru Haru music video back in ’08 and… somehow the rest is history.

But anyway, my point is I am quite an avid K-Drama fan these days and have sinced move on from solely catching variety programs (my favorite of which are Weekly Idol and the good old Star Golden Bell, I do miss that).

So, as I was saying… Yes, right now I am completely all over You’re All Surrounded, a show I didn’t think to catch until my husband mentioned that he wanted to. Only because it was so highly rated, so here we are.

I’m not the biggest fan of Lee Seunggi given that I couldn’t even sit through Episode 2 of My Girlfriend is A Gumiho – I know that drama is well-loved but sorry, it’s not my thing… – but I would say he did really well in this show! Albeit seeing him as the typical pissed-off, arrogant and emotion-less lead actor thing is not generally his style but… he did well and he looked suave.

I think what did it for me is this show as a whole, the whole cast and storyline – it all seems so suspense-filled but yet cute and funny at the same time. It has the right mix of everything that I’m surprised it’s not raved as much outside of frequent drama-watchers.

This could rival your Do-Manager y’all! Except for all that super powers business.

 

But anyway, yes I was just rambling away about what I’m watching right now. I’m only on Episode 7 of this drama and all over it already. If you’re a drama lover, you must watch this!

I watch this over at EP Drama, even with all the darn click traps and all.

What dramas are you catching now? Has anyone caught Doctor Stranger, is it any good?