Tuesday, 30 June 2015

My June 2015 Choices - Variety Shows, Songs, Videos, and more!

Already half a year has flown by, and my Year 10 school experience will be over in two weeks. It's quite saddening to think that I will only be having one more year until the end of secondary school, but I'll be going to sixth form, so I'm sticking with the school for another three years still! Anyway, as a soon-to-be tradition, it's time to tell you about my favourites of the month!

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Best K-Drama Moments: June Week #3 - Producer (x2), Who Are You: School 2015, High Society, Mask + Warm and Cozy

My habit is loving you.

Joon Mo has been working tirelessly behind Ye Jin's back to get her streetlights turned on, cluing her into his real feelings. So basically, this poker-faced guy who edited out her confession really does love her, huh? She calls him up in the middle of the night to kill a mosquito. When he makes the 30-minute drive, she gets him to admit to getting the lights turned on. She asks why he would spend several days making complaints to get lights turned on for a street where he doesn't even live. And why he would make a 30-minute trip from one phone call from her. With no escape in sight, he confesses. He tells her that he's spend half his life following her from college to KBS, and he's realized that it wasn't just a habit but actually love. He explains that the reason he's taken a long time to get to this point was that he was worried that if they dated, she'd dump him. However, now, he's grateful that she didn't let him go.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Writing Boredom: Regret

 A combination of cheese, tomatoes, and manicotti pasta fell down towards the ground and arrived with a huge crash as the platter smashed into sharpened pieces. Heath stared down at the mess he had created, refusing to look directly at Sera. He tried to contain himself as she uttered those words, but no amount of self-control or anger management classes could have stopped him from venting out his frustration on the ruined meal. Unable to stop, Heath walked towards the dining table and put his hands down as to suggest a menacing demeanour of anger and dissatisfaction.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Halftime Report: Top K-Dramas of 2015

Park Ji Sang is a doctor specializing in hepatic-pancreatic-biliary surgery in the best cancer hospital in the country. He is also a vampire. Despite seeming cold and unfeeling, Ji Sang masks his soft heart and inner pain and yearns for closeness with people. He believes very strongly in the sanctity of human life, and suppresses his thirst for blood to treat terminally ill patients and save lives. Among his colleagues in Yoo Ri Ta, a hotshot physician who entered medical school at the age of 17 and is also the niece of the chaebol group chairman who owns the hospital. Ri Ta is highly capable but snooty and prideful, yet Ji Sang finds himself falling for her. He also gets drawn into a conflict between good and evil as he encounters Lee Jae Wook, a two-faced hospital chief who gains everyone's trust with his gentle demeanor, but inwardly harbors a dangerous ambition for power and a talent for cruelty.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

News Articles #15: June 23, 2015 - Kim So Hyun's Upcoming Film; Yook Sungjae Celebrates End of "Who Are You;" Lee Jong Suk's Interview; + "Producer" Ends With High Ratings

EXO's D.O and Kim So Hyun Confirmed for Melodrama Film
The cast for director Lee Eun Hee's upcoming film Pure Love has been officially announced. EXO's D.O, Kim So Hyun, David Lee, Yeon Joon Seok, Joo Da Young, and more have been confirmed to star in the movie. The filming will start this summer and the movie is scheduled to be released next spring. Pure Love will have people reminiscing about their first love stories as they listen to love stories on the radio. During a live broadcast, a radio DJ receives a letter that shares stories from a fishing village 23 years ago.

D.O and Kim So Hyun will portray the main characters and enact a pure love story. David Lee from KBS's Who Are You, Yeon Joon Seok from MBC's Make a Wish, and Joo Da Young from KBS's Masked Prosecutor will play supporting roles. Many are looking forward to seeing how the actors pull off the regional dialect. This film will be director Lee Eun Hee's first full-length feature film. Filming will take place in Goheung County in Jeollanam-do Province.

Monday, 22 June 2015

13th Completed Drama: Producer

Synonyms: The Producers
Episodes: 12
Country: South Korea
Aired: May 15, 2015 - Jun. 20, 2015
Network: KBS2
Duration: 1 hr. 20 mins.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Viewers Rating: 7.8/10
My Rating: 8.5/10

Synopsis: The drama is set in the backstage world of broadcasting industry. The story revolves around the dynamic work and life of people who work in entertainment division of television network. Ra Joon Mo, a 10-year veteran PD of variety shows. He’s described to have a long list of variety shows credit but without a notable program under his name. 10-year veteran music show PD, Tak Ye Ji, is described to started out as an innocent and smart young rookie but the harsh working competition has changed her personality. She now become a sharp and prideful woman who says whatever is on her mind, even in front of her bosses. Rookie variety show PD, Baek Sung Chan who leaves a bright path as a prosecutor for a career in broadcast industry because of love. Diva-like top celebrity singer name Cindy, who began as a trainee at the age of 13 and has been in industry for 10 years. She’s known as an ice princess because she never lets herself feel deep affection for anyone. She experienced a lot of betrayal in the past that cause her to keep everyone at a safe distance.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

3rd Completed Movie: Twenty

Country: South Korea
Release Date: Mar. 25, 2015
Duration: 1 hr. 55 mins.
Genres: Comedy, Friendship, Romance
Viewers Rating: 8.4/10
My Rating: 8.5/10

Synopsis: Chi Ho, Dong Woo and Gyeong Jae have been best friends since high school. Now, they are all 20-year-olds. Chi Ho has a girlfriend, So Min, but he only thinks about wooing other women. An accident leads to Chi Ho to spend time with aspiring actress Eun Hye. Dong Woo hopes to work as a comic artist, but his family's poor financial situation has Dong Woo juggling several part-time jobs. So Hee is the younger sister of Gyeong Jae and she just adores Dong Woo. Gyeong Jae is a freshman in college. He hopes to land a job with a large corporation. Gyeong Jae then meets an upperclassman, Jin Joo, who takes an interest in him and he falls in love with her.

June 2015 CFs: My Favourites of the Month

With a total of 16 commercials and the weather getting warmer, June has certainly brought us some hot CFs. While some CFs are sizzling and flaunt skin, there are plenty of others that are adorably cute and hilarious. Most importantly, there's a ton of eye candy and heartthrobs for everyone to enjoy.

Kim Soo Hyun (starred as Baek Seung Chan in Producerand Gong Seung Yeon (Lee Jong Hyun's wife in We Got Marriedfor Beyond:
While Kim Soo Hyun has been a model for Beyond, this is the first CF with actress Gong Seung Yeon joining the star. They are endorsing the brand's Himalaya Moisture Cream that purportedly helps you achieve clean and pure skin. Beyond is known for being a brand that uses natural ingredients.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Best K-Drama Moments: June Week #2 - Who Are You: School 2015 (x2), Producer, Warm and Cozy, Mask + High Society

Who Are You: School 2015
The bigger badass.

So Young has been a constant thorn in Eun Bi's side, but Eun Byul is back to do some rightful cutting. Upon her return, Eun Byul foils another one of So Young's plans to reveal Eun Bi's identity and avenges her little sister. While repeatedly shoving her backwards, Eun Byul calls So Young out on being a bully, especially for her lack of remorse towards Eun Bi's 'death'. Although she is shaken, So Young readies to strike, but Eun Byul catches her arm and raises her own hand as if to slap her. So Young flinches, expecting the blow, but Eun Byul drops her hand and tells her that answering violence with violence is beneath her.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

12th Completed Drama: Who Are You: School 2015

Who Are You: School 2015
Synonyms: School 6
Episodes: 16
Country: South Korea
Aired: Apr. 27, 2015 - Jun. 16, 2015
Network: KBS2
Duration: 60 mins.
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Romance, School
Viewers Rating: 8.2/10
My Rating: 9.5/10

Synopsis: Sekang High School is the most prestigious private high school in Seoul's Gangnam District, and Go Eun Byul is the most popular girl there. Meanwhile, her identical twin Lee Eun Bi is living in an orphanage and is bullied at school. Then one day, Eun Byul mysteriously disappears. Soon after, Eun Bi loses her memories and is mistaken as being Eun Byul. Eun Bi then starts living her life as Eun Byul.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

News Article #14: June 14, 2015 - New "We Got Married" Couples Show First Dates in Episode Preview

At the end of June 13's episode of the virtual romance show, viewers got a glimpse of the two incoming couples' first dates in the preview for next week. The first virtually married pair is actor Oh Min Suk and actress Kang Ye Won. Oh Min Suk recently appeared in the dramas Misaeng and Kill Me, Heal Me, and Kang Ye Won is known for her appearances in films such as Haeundae and variety shows such as Real Men - Female Soldier Edition

Saturday, 13 June 2015

K-Drama Trend: Eccentric but Lovable Chaebols

Chaebol. n.
Dictionary.com Definition: a South Korean conglomerate, usually owned by a single family, based on authoritarian management and centralized decision making.
K-Drama Definition: a ridiculously rich, good looking man who had everything to offer the (usually poor) girl who he falls in love with except a perfect personality, which the girl usually changes anyway.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Best K-Drama Moments: June Week #1 - Producer, Mask, Warm and Cozy + Who Are You: School 2015

Is this your first?

On Cindy's birthday, Joon Mo and Seung Chan take her to the amusement park, with Ye Jin set to join them later. Since Joon Mo has to work, Seung Chan is left to keep Cindy company. During their time alone, Cindy recounts her sad story about this amusement park. It's the place where she met CEO Byun, changing her fate forever. A few seconds pass by and Cindy stands on her tiptoes and kisses Seung Chan, as though she was replacing the bad memory with this dreamy moment.

Monday, 8 June 2015

News Articles #13: June 8, 2015 - BtoB's Comeback in Late June; Kim Woo Bin and Kim So Hyun to Model for Domino's Pizza; "High Society" Stills + "We Got Married" Bad Ratings

BtoB to Have a Comeback in Late June
The group has announced that they will be coming back with their first full-album in late June, and that they have confirmed their title track. It is being reported that the group will be going through a transformation, and will show a completely different side to them with this coming comeback. Their latest album was the winter special album Winter's Tale in December of last year. Since then, they have had a successful debut in Japan, selling over 100,000 albums.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Dropped Drama: Orange Marmalade

Orange Marmalade
Episodes: 12
Country: South Korea
Aired: May 15, 2015 - Jul. 24, 2015
Drop Date: Jun. 7, 2015
Network: KBS2
Duration: 50 mins.
Genres: Drama, Manga, Romance, School, Vampire, Youth
Viewers Rating: 7.6/10
My Rating: 5.5/10

Synopsis: Set in a fantasy world where humans and vampire coexist, the latter have evolved and no longer rely on human blood as food. Still, they are feared and discriminated against by society, causing many of them to hide their true nature and live as "normal" citizens, or else become outcasts. Baek Ma Ri is a socially withdrawn teenage girl hiding her vampire identity. Driven away from several neighbourhoods, she is eager to settle down in her new city and live quietly. But things change when she falls in love with Jung Jae Min, the most popular boy at her high school.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Best K-Drama Moments: May Week #5 - Mask, Producer, Orange Marmalade, Who Are You: School 2015 + Warm and Cozy

He kills her.

Although Mask just entered the weekly lineup, one of its compelling scenes has shot up to our top spot. Our lead, Min Woo, is a tortured man with memory lapses, and one takes place when his fiancee is killed. Did he do it? He doesn't know and the security tape was curiously erased at that crucial moment, so he relies on hypnosis to regain his memory, and it's ugly. Do we really believe that the hero is a murderer? Not in a million years, but this scene of Min Woo strangling Eun Ha to death has me hooked.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Happy Birthday, Park Yoo Chun and Kim So Hyun!

I've actually made an effort to look up all my favourite celebrities birthdays so that when they approach, I can actually make a post on the right day. Anyway, I first discovered Park Yoo Chun when he was filming the popular The Girl Who Sees Smells, and I've also recently found and loved Kim So Hyun who plays Go Eun Byul and Lee Eun Bi in Who Are You: School 2015. I can't believe she is only 16, and four months older than me. She looks about 18, and so mature! Anyways, Happy Birthday you two, love you both!

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

News Articles #12: June 3, 2015 - "School" Series' Male Lead Chemistry; SHINee Sings Duet for "Who Are You" OST; "We Got Married" Announced New Couple with Yook Sung Jae + Shin Se Kyung Confirmed for New Drama

"School" Series' Have Different Chemistry Between Male Leads
The chemistry between Yook Sung Jae and Nam Joo Hyuk of KBS 2TV's Who Are You: School 2015 is quite different from the tight bromance between Kim Woo Bin and Lee Jong Suk in School 2013. A key part to School 2013 was the strong bond between Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin. Though the two drift apart due to a painful past, they were able to resolve their misunderstandings and became tighter than ever. On the other hand, the tension between Nam Joo Hyuk and Yook Sung Jae on School 2015 is keeping viewers of their toes. The competition of the two very different characters is growing by each episode.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Lee Jong Suk and Yook Sung Jae's Dreamy MVs

Lee Jong Suk in "My Valentine" MV
On May 15, the music video for the song My Valentine, by Jung Yeop of Brown Eyed Soul, was unveiled. The music video stars model-actor Lee Jong Suk in a one-man act. IN the video, Lee Jong Suk can be seen preparing himself for a special date with his "valentine," as he tries on a variety of outfits, and even writes up a letter addresses to his date on an old-fashioned typewriter. These scenes match perfectly with the sweet lyrics of the song, which Jung Yeop previously explained he wrote while imagining a date with a special someone.

Monday, 1 June 2015

My Most Anticipated Upcoming June 2015 K-Dramas

I Remember You
Airs: June 22, 2015
Every Monday + Tuesday on KBS2

A romantic thriller about a mystery solving due who bicker and fight, but end up developing feelings for each other. A complicated love story between a criminal profiler who uses his sharp eye to analyze crime scenes and an investigator female cop who stalks him. The two solve crime scenes together while hiding each one's true heart, going through the love-hate relationship and healing in the process.