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Korean Cold Noodle Rhapsody (2021)

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TV Show: Korean Cold Noodle Rhapsody
Country: South Korea
Episodes: 2
Aired: Aug 20, 2021
Aired On: Friday
Network: Netflix
Duration: 48 min.

Review
I love noodles, esp stir fried, dry or cold noodles so I was salivating the whole time I was watching this show. I’m not a fan of noodle soups. I tend to eat the noodles and meat and not finish the soup.

I have only tasted authentic milmyeon back in 2017 when I went to Busan and it was as good as it looks!

I didnt realize there were so many ways to cook the naengmyeon broth.. there’s beef, seafood, water kimchi, and a mix of beef, pork, chicken broth. I also loved the last few minutes where they showed the new and innovative ways to serve naengmyeon. I wish I will be able to try them all!

I hope Park Jong Won continues the rhapsody series coz it’s very informative and delicious 🥰

Rating: 9/10

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Nevertheless (2021)

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Drama: Nevertheless (알고있지만)
Network: JTBC
Episodes: 10
Release Date: June 19 – August 21, 2021
Runtime: Saturday 23:00
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Plot
A girl who just got out of a bad relationship meets two guys who like her. One is a playboy she can’t resist, the other is a childhood friend who is in love with her. Which guy will she choose?

Main Cast
Han So Hee – Yoo Nabi
Song Kang – Park Jae Eun
Chae Jong Hyeop – Yang Do Hyeok
Yang Hye Ji – Oh Bit Na
Kim Min Gwi – Nam Kyu Hyun
Lee Ho Jung – Yoon Sol
Yoon Seo Ah – Seo Ji Wan

Review:
I’m probably one of the minority who liked this drama and the ending. Give these kids a break. They are in college so they are still immature and bound to make mistakes. Heck, even mature adults tend to be foolish when it comes to love. And society has long dictated that everyone has to be in a relationship and get married or else you’re weird or pathetic. Not everyone wants to be in a relationship, the same way that not everyone wants to keep dating. To each his own. For me, what’s important is the couple has to communicate and be honest with each other with what they want. If you both agree to date with no labels, that’s fine. No one is a “playboy” or a “slut” just because they are dating or sleeping with someone with no labels.

I think the main problem with Jae Eon and Nabi’s relationship is not talking to each other. They both like each other, but rather than sit down and talk about it, they prefer to hide their feelings (Jae Eon) or push back then keep coming back (Nabi). They also didn’t trust each other. Had Jae Eon and Nabi had talked and trusted each other in the first place, we wouldn’t have a story. Maybe Nabi would have realized that Jae Eon was really sincere. Maybe Jae On would have realized he’s a fool to let her go. Maybe they continue with their relationship and then break up within the year. Or maybe they’ll last a few years.

Love is a gamble. Use both your head and your heart (not just one or the other). Whomever you choose, be ready to face the consequences. If you feel the relationship is not right or you made a wrong decision, be brave to get out of the relationship or yourself and your partner. I was actually fine with whoever Nabi chose to be with, whether it’s Do Hyeok or Jae Eon. Just like what the professor said. “Eat what you want. And do what you want to do. Like the people you like.” But i’ll add “As long as you’re not hurting anyone.”

Comparing between Do Hyeok and Jae Eon, I felt that Nabi has no romantic feelings for Do Hyeok. Some people are saying, Nabi doesn’t deserve Do Hyeok. Well, Nabi never liked him more than as a friend anyways. Likewise, just because Do Hyeok is nice doesn’t mean he has to get the girl. You can’t force feelings. Wouldn’t it be worse if Nabi accepted Do Hyeok even if she didn’t like him? It would be better to stay as friends. And both of them deserve to be happy with someone who loves them back.

A person can be super sweet in public but abusive in private. A bad person can also change with the right person. Let’s not make judgements based on rumors or what other people say. Interesting to me that Jae Eon is made to be a bad guy but why do Bitna, Sol, Jiwan encourage Nabi to go out with him? Either they know the real Jae Eon is nice or they are lousy friends. There was also this scene where the girl that Jae Eon dated was badmouthing or lying about him to her friends. I guess that’s where his reputation started. I wish we had more scenes showing Jae Eon’s point of view so we actually get to know him better and what he really feels. Most of the time, it’s one sided, we only hear Nabi’s thoughts, it was only in the last 2 episodes we hear Jae Eon’s thoughts about her. There seems to be a background story why Jae Eon refuses to be in a relationship. It’s probably because he grew up without a steady and loving relationship with his parents, that’s why he is cold and doesn’t let people in. Or he pushes back the minute he starts feeling something or the girl is becoming clingy.

This drama also made me realize that we as viewers (ranting on the internet) plus all of Nabi’s friends are commenting and gossiping too much on Nabi and Jae Eon’s relationship when we aren’t even part of the relationship! Just like how we do with our own friends, we meddle and gossip about other people. I realized we should all mind our own business coz we don’t know what’s happening between them. All we can do is give advice (if they need or want it) and support them.

The best character for me is Kyu Hyun. Probably the only mature one in the group. So I’m not happy he ended up with Bitna who seems really immature. This drama also hyped too much on Sol and Jiwan’s relationship. I wasn’t sure why. They didn’t really do anything but have misunderstandings all throughout the drama. And i didn’t like Jiwan. I don’t know if it’s the acting or that’s really the character, but her aegyo wasn’t cute, it was annoying. She looked so immature compared to the smart and sensible Sol. But i guess for these 2 couples opposites attract, and both seem happy so again, let’s mind our own business 🙂

The downsides of this drama are the too many references on butterfly. Like, okay I get it Nabi. butterfly tattoo, butterfly lighter, real butterflies in Jae Eon’s house, butterfly sculpture. Yeah Yeah. I honestly find butterflies creepy, because there’s this superstition that when you see butterfly (esp white or black), it means someone is going to die or someone dead is trying to make themselves felt.

Also, the second half dragged and the scenes and conflicts were repetitive. Push and pull. Argue, make up, fight. Okay maybe this really happens in reality. I know the feeling of being insecure or being in that ‘are we or aren’t we together’ phase and it is scary and uneasy feeling. So I totally felt for Nabi. The ‘I don’t like you but I can’t resist coming back’ is a feeling I know too much and trust me, it’s terrible and really difficult to cut off. But 10 episodes (already short in Kdrama standards) still felt too long considering the quality of the story. Maybe 8 would have made the story tighter. Or they could have explored Jae Eon’s pov more.

Lastly, I wanted to see everyone’s exhibition projects, not just Nabi’s and Sol’s.

Rating: 8/10

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Monthly Magazine House (2021)

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Drama: Monthly Magazine Home (월간 집)
Network: JTBC
Episodes: 16
Release Date: June 16 – August 5, 2021
Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 21:00

Plot: A guy with a house falls in love with a girl who dreams of a home.

Main Cast:
Kim Ji Suk – Yoo Ja Sung
Jung Somin – Na Young Won
Jung Gun Joo – Shin Gyeom
Kim Won Hae – Choi Go
Chae Jung Ahn – Yeo Ui Joo
Ahn Chang Hwan – Nam Sang Soon

Review:
Watch this if you like the classic romcoms kind of Kdramas. For newbies, you might get annoyed with how Jasung treats Young Won.

I think without a great cast, this could have been really bad. Yoo Jasung is an a$$hat at the start but somehow I couldn’t get angry at him because how could I when he is played by Kim Jisuk who has effortlessly hilarious and handsome. I like Jasung. He wasn’t being a jerk because he is a jerk. It’s just that he had a bad childhood and decided to focus all his energy into making money. So much that he has forgotten to live. I wouldn’t mind having a generous friend like Jasung hihi.

Somin’s character is a more upbeat version of BIMFL character. She is wonderful and charming. When Young won, who maybe poor but also still very warm, came into his life, he couldn’t help but thaw his ice cold heart. After all, what’s the use of having too much money when you can’t share your life with someone? I believe Jasung was drawn by Young won because like her, he understands how it is to be poor and not to have a home. And he was also impressed how much Young won was trying hard save up to have her own house. So much that he started helping her in his own little ways. Soon, he was spreading his goodwill to everyone in his team.

I knew that when he falls for Youngwon it will be hard. HAHA. I love Kim Ji Suk’s expressions like he was always so stunned by Young Won’s beauty and how everything she does is like so amazing. And everytime she gives him a compliment, his frown turns into a big humongous grin that makes him want to dance to Bboom Bboom. And I love that he never nagged her or looked down on her just because she didn’t have money or expected her to grovel at his feet because he is rich.

Jasung who was so obsessed with money never had a chance to date or have a relationship. Just like how he deals with money, he was determined to succeed in being the best boyfriend to Young Won. Of course being a newbie, he made a lot of mistakes, and I like that he was quick to say sorry or learn how to be better.

Of course, like everyday Kdrama, after getting together and being cute, there will be this defining moment where the couple argues and break up. In this case, Jasung broke up with Young Won for Shin Gyeom, the second lead. For me, Shin Gyeom was cute but boring. He was no match to Jasung’s charisma and energy. And he never had a chance with Young Won because she never liked him other than as a friend. So I feel like his character was a waster or was just there to have some sort of conflict. When Jasung found out that Gyeom likes Young Won too, he decided to break up with Young Won because of his loyalty for Gyeom. Some said it was a noble idiot move, but for me, it was more than that. Jasung have known Gyeom for years. It’s bros before hoes. And it’s his first time to be in love and didn’t know how to handle it. Maybe he should have talked to Young Won about it. Gave Young Won an opportunity to decide what to do since she is part of the relationship. Jasung could also have confronted Gyeom about it and talked about it like a man. Or maybe they didn’t have to break up, just lie low and not rub his relationship in Gyeom’s face. After all, love’s fair in love and war.

When Jasung finally realized what a fool he was and begged Young Won to take him back, i love that Young Won didn’t easily bend and made him worked hard for it. You go girl! He can’t just dump her ruthlessly and think he can come back as if nothing happened. She eventually learned that again, Jasung wasn’t being an ass and realized that all this time he has been there for her and cheered for her even if it’s hard for him to sometimes express how he feels.

As for the Wolganjib team, everyone was funny esp the second couple Sang Soon and Ui Joo. I also liked their story from being a bickering colleagues with different lifestyles to falling in love. Opposites do attract! Of course my fave Kim Won Hae was both annoying at times when he’s trying to be a “good” boss but I love him more as a better friend and confidante to Jasung, Ui Joo and Sang Soon.

I love all the houses that got featured in every episode and all the tidbits about home and money saving. My favorite was the beach house in episode 8 because I also dreamed of retired in a beach front property.

The OST is so nice, especially Imagine and Here I Am. Yup I just bought my own copy! Will do an unboxing video once it arrives.

Now to the worst thing that almost ruined the show. I hate when the writer thinks he/she needs to make an explosive or out of the box twist to end the show. I watched Drinking Solo and the ending was a disappointment, but this was worse than that. Up until episode 15 the drama was so nice and happy. I thought they were going to get their happy ever after. I even liked the twist with the connection between Young Won’s father and Jasung’s past. I thought, hey, that’s so perfect! The writer even found a way to close their childhood traumas and bring the story into a full circle!

But dang what the F happened?!? Young Won got so guilty and disappeared for 3(?) years. Okayyyy maybe we needed the time jump where Young Won works for someone else and not under her boyfriend’s company and where she can heal. Maybe when they meet again they will be “equal” and they will find love again. Their eventual meetup was so nice, at the same place where they had a day trip together, with the crowds blurring and centering on the couple. I remember the exact same scene in Drinking Solo when the couple was also eating at a restaurant and saw each other from the other table. Exact same thing. They could have ended MMH like this and I would have been satisfied. But no, we see Young Won showing Jasung her own big house that she built on her own in just 3 years. Like where did she get the money to buy a land and construct a big house? Where did she even go for 3 years? Turns out she was just working in another magazine. What??? Then how come Jasung never found her? She never even went overseas. And the biggest question of all.. are they getting back together? To me, it felt like they ended up being exes turned good friends. Or worse, like Jasung was just a mentor/big brother to Young Won. Awww.. I’m not happy with the ending but overall, I still loved this drama.

Rating: 8.75/10

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Racket Boys (2021)

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Drama: Racket Boys (라켓소년단)
Network: SBS
Episodes: 16
Release Date: May 31 – July 20, 2021
Runtime: Mon & Tue 22:00

Plot
A story of young badminton players vying for the junior sports competition while learning about friendship, family, teamwork, love and success.

Main Cast
Tang Jung Sang – Yoon Hae Kang
Son Sang Yeon – Bang Yoon Dam
Choi Hyun Wook – Na Woo Chan
Kim Kang Hoon – Lee Young Tae
Kim Sang Kyung – Yoon Hyeon Jong
Oh Nara – Ra Yeong Ja
Lee Jae In – Han Se Yoon
Lee Ji Won – Lee Han Sol

Review
Absolute gem!!

I came for the sports themed drama and stayed for the kids! Haekang, Yoondam, Woochan, Yongtae, Insol, Seyoon and Hansol were perfectly casted! I’ll predict they are the new generation Kdrama prince and princesses in the making!!

I love the kids’ friendship and romance.
Haekang – He’s such a typical confident kid “I’m the one and only Yoon Hae Kang”. He sounds like a jerk but you’ll come to love him, especially when he shows how much he is a softie. I love Haekang’s growth from hating the village life and his team and becoming passionate about the sport. And how he had found his real friends.

Yoondam – he’s so handsome, like a young Hyun Bin. And i love his cute love story with Hansol. He is also a nice captain.

Woochan – except for his hair, he is also cute, like a young Jang Ki Yong! I love his friendship with Youngtae, his struggles as being an “average” player. I think in a team, everyone needs to have their own position. We can’t have two stars or two captains. So i think Woochan’s position in the team is the best defensive player, who will back the star, and that’s equally important. I love that he finally got to play badminton and I love his scene with his military father.

Lee Yong Tae is like a mini Hae Kang, always so confident even at a young age. He’s also a crybaby. I like the story where he finally got past his imitation of his idol, Lee Young Dae and came up with his own playing style.

Insol – a great addition to the team. I would say he’s not only the brains, but he also has equal badminton skills as the others. I mean, he almost won against Haekang (the final scene was controversial, given that he gave way to Haekang). A few more years and he will be part of the national team too. And i love the super strict father who ended up being his best fan.

I also loved the two girls – Seyoon and Hansol. Seyoon’s is such an amazing and dedicated badminton player. No wonder she’s the best junior player in the country. I love her love story with Hae Kang, it was slow burn from the very start and finally culminated when Hae Kang won the NJSP. I’m amazed by how mature the kids are in this drama. Maybe because they are athletes.

I love loved Jiwon as Seyoon’s best friend. That episode 14 where the drama highlighted the girls’ friendship had me in tears.

I also liked the interaction between the other kids. They maybe rivals on-court but off-court they are friends and have respect for one another.

The coaches — esp. Coach Yoon, Coach Ra, Coach Whitewolf .. sometimes as adults we think we know it all, but sometimes it’s good to learn from the kids too. Coach Yoon came off as a slacker coach but when he starting putting his heart in coaching, he really did well. Coach Ra is very strict since she is a perfectionist, but the episode where they revealed her back story was also sad, and made me admire how tough she has been all these years.

I also loved the badminton matches. I read they all trained for 6-9 months and it really shows.

It took me some time to warm up to the villagers but they were good people. And accepted the badminton team as their own. I cried when grandma passed away.

I’d like to have a season 2 because i love the kids, but i’m afraid it won’t be as good so i’ll just rewatch this.

Rating: 9/10

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KDrama Quickie Podcast is live!

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I tried listening to different kinds of Kdrama podcasts but I found them to be very long – mostly over 1 hour!!! That’s almost like watching 1 hour drama! So why use up 60 mins of your time to talk about the drama I’ve watched if I can just tell it to you in less than 10 minutes? That’s why I decided to name my podcast as KDrama Quickie. Straight, honest and quick to the point. So you can use the rest of the hour to watch more episodes!

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