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So Ji Sub Filmography Bingo

For this week, i bring you my favorite actor, So Ji Sub! Over the years he has played various characters, most of them were tortured souls (I think it suits him alot and most of it is due to his expressive eyes). I remember back then every time I see him, I just knew it’s going to be a melodrama or a gangster kind of movie. It was only in the recent years that he started doing more romantic comedy and I have to say, he is quite charming and funny! Let me know which one is your favorite So Ji Sub drama or movie!

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One Sunny Day (2014)

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Drama: One Sunny Day (좋은 날)
Network: LINE TV (Web drama)
Date: December 19, 2014 – January 2015
No. of episodes: 10

Plot
The story is about a guy and a girl who met in Jeju Island while on a business trip. They both got robbed and guy ended up staying at a guest house together and depending on each other (he lost his wallet, she lost her phone). They slowly fall in love as they stayed in Jeju Island, but what happens when they go back to Seoul?

Cast
So Ji Sub – Kim Ji-ho
Kim Ji won – Girl

Review
Oh, what a cute and warm drama! I can’t believe Ji won was only 22 when she filmed this drama. They looked so good together, considering SJS is way older than her. (Either she looks old or he looks young!) The story was very simple and could happen to anyone, that’s why it felt so real and relatable. Each episode was only around 10 mins so this was so easy to watch, and yet it felt complete and unrushed (maybe because 10 mins x 10 episodes almost felt like just watching a movie). I love both of them, they argued at the start but they quickly became friends and were attracted to each other. I like how they did not rush the romance, but showed us how they slowly fell in love that you can’t help but root for them to be together. I also love the OST. If you’re looking for a sweet romance, try this web drama!

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So Ji Sub says Hello Manila!

Last night was the moment I have been waiting for and it was totally satisfying and memorable to finally see my ultimate bias, So Ji Sub, in the flesh. It felt so surreal!! The minute the lights went on and he came out, clad in an all-white suit (vs the last 7 FMs where he dressed black), I felt like I was seeing an angel. He looks the same as how you see him on tv — he is so handsome and he was tall and fit! Gah!! I felt like this was the culmination of my 15 years of watching kdramas – and the prize is So Ji Sub!

This is my first ever fanmeeting – and I’m glad that it was So Ji Sub. I think it is best to attend a FM of the idol or actor that you really really like/love so that you can really savor the moment and be thrilled with all the feels. I actually didn’t know what to expect in a FM – but I did try to watch of the youtube and IG vids of SJS’ FMs in Taiwan, Japan, Bangkok, Jakarta and HK. I thought I was fully prepared since I watched some of the segments and his performances. But nothing prepared me for the real thing! I really wanted to enjoy the show and bask in his presence so I didn’t really take a lot of pictures and videos. I just sneaked in a few snaps now and then but I didn’t mind coz the whole experience is now saved and forever locked in my memories.

So just a quick rundown what happened during the fanmeeting. He started with singing Barry Manilow’s song, “Can’t Smile Without You”. I loved the song and the reason why he chose the song (but you can see his reason is so tito oppa-ish which I don’t mind coz it perfectly matched my tita-ness).

The first segment was called “You’ve got a message” where the host asked a few things about So Ji Sub like what filipino food he ate, which Philippine place he would like to visit next time, etc.

The second segment was called “Code Name: Terrius” where 2 lucky fans were able to personally ask advice from SJS on their concerns. I don’t know if SJS knew the questions beforehand (he most likely didn’t) but I loved all his answers – you can really sense that he is sensible and mature. He actually gave quite good advice considering the pressure of thinking on the spot. On the first question about a girl having a quarterlife crisis, he told her not to worry too much and just continue to do what you love. He also mentioned even with 23 years in the industry, he also still gets worried like her. The second question was so sweet – the girl confessed that SJS is her first love since she first watched Memories in Bali in elementary – and that she even turned down suitors because he is her ideal guy. The girl asked SJS what to do with her feelings. I’m thinking SJS must get a lot of these love confessions from so many girls and I love that his answer was still very sincere and practical. Everyone has different ideal types and who/what you are seeing now becomes your ideal. He told her to not think using her mind but instead to use her heart. Do not turn down your suitors and find someone who will really love you with all your heart. Awww. What a romantic guy.

Next segment is a video showing SJS answering 51k questions about himself. It was specially interesting coz we got lots of tidbits and insights to his hobbies and interests. His penalty for not answering were so cute!! He had to wear all sorts of hats and head costumes. I don’t think there is anyone else who can wear them as stylishly as he can.

Last segment is a Quiz for SJS. Everytime he gets the right answer, he can choose the lucky fan who gets a signed tshirt. If he loses, he gets a penalty. He can also select a lucky fan to answer for him but same rules apply – right answer the fan gets a shirt, wrong answer SJS gets a penalty. This was hilarious – I love that SJS was so game and was interacting hilariously with the fans. Likewise, I love that the fans purposely made him lose so that he gets all the penalty. All in all, he was able to luckily guess 1 correct answer, and 3 fans gave the wrong answer. The first girl almost caved when SJS asked her what is “Mahal kita” in english. I actually feel bad for the girl. If I was in her position i would have wanted to give him the correct answer, but i guess peer pressure made her say, “pretty”. Smart Jisub doubted the answer and the girl gave a different answer “I love you”. It’s a good thing SJS is too kindhearted and used “pretty” so he lost the first point. His penalty was to wear the angel wings.. Ahh.. he really looked like a beautiful angel. The funniest is the mom who straightfaced told SJS she watched OMV but couldn’t remember the answer, and gave the wrong choice. When SJS realized the mom was happily telling him to get penalty, SJS asked the mom if she knew the answer all along and she said “Yup!” to his dismay. If i remember, the penalty is to wear the flower crown and the corsage. The third fan (?) shocked me and the person beside me. She was seated on the first row and she was asked if he know that scene in Terrius where Kim Bon was made to don an ahjumma outfit and do some chores. I think everyone knew the answer (it was relatively easy) and even SJS knew the answer- but he said, he will give that chance to a fan — too bad for him the lady haven’t watched the drama (she told that to SJS’s FACE!! seriously!!) and the two evil ladies behind me plied her with the incorrect answer. SJS’s face was so hilarious! “Please change your answer.. are you sure?” haha. His penalty I think was the morning call? or was it the hearts? Btw, the morning call was so cute! He said, “Hello. Gumising ka na. Mahal na kita!” oh my fangirl heart couldn’t take it. he spoke really good Tagalog btw, without the accent. I think he needs to make a tagalog song or rap, asap. Last, one of the main part of the segment is that SJS prepared a special gift for one lucky fan – a polaroid snap of him during rehearsal (I think) and right before he came out of the stage and an identical couple necklace. I think everyone in the room wanted to be the lucky girl. He held her hand, shook her hands and even hugged her. ARGGHH. I am so happy for her, but half wishing it was me!!

He sang another song, “Picnic” – oh he has such a nice voice. he just sat down most of the time, with no other props except for the light and he still looked amazing.

Now on to the second part of the fanmeeting. Okay, I already saw the previous FMs so I was already expecting a few songs like Love Scenario and boy Go.. but I didn’t expect the second half to be a frigging mini concert party!!! during the first part, he was dressed in a white suit and looked so elegant and gentlemanly. Then he came out with Soul Dive dressed in a glittery shirt and oozing with SWAGGGGG!!! during the introduction, he said he was nervous because he is meeting the filipino fans for the first time so he doesn’t know what to expect, then right before the first part ended, he said that he has calmed down and is no longer feeling nervous. Yup, he is right. He just exploded with so much confidence rapping and hyping the crowd! It was just song after song after song. I think he did 5 songs? (Love scenario, then Soul dive did a song without him, then SJS came back to sing AOAOA, then So Ganzi, Boy Go, Coke Bottle Baby). and just when I thought they were finished they did an encore of “So LOVE” and ended the show with confetti all over the place! All through out the 30 minute performance (more or less), they just kept throwing signed shirts, towels, stuffed toy, balls to the fans. I am quite disappointed that I didn’t get to a catch a single item!!! (he gave out a lot near my area and my seatmates got them!) But the best one is him throwing up the 51k cap he was wearing the entire night to a lucky fan!! SJS and Soul Dive is a great team — they all looked so good, they can rival any boyband out there and still come out looking and sounding great!

The entire fanmeeting lasted around 2 hours (1.5 hours FM, 30 mins concert). Right after, I queued for the photo op and waited until my turn. OMG. I was seated on row 3 center and I could see him clearly all through out the show, but it was still electrifying to see him upclose and personal. I love that he would actually look at us right in the eye, saying hi and thank you and waving. during concert and during the photo op. I know he probably will not remember any of us, but the fans like me will remember his look and his sincere eyes. I also heard the hi-touch was more of a shake hands – ugh! had I known, I would have bought both tickets!

Overall, this was a fantastic experience. Before the FM, I was so nervous with excitement, I felt like I was either going to faint or die when I see him, but after the show, I just felt even more energized. I suddenly felt like I can do anything! I will be rooting for his next project and I hope he really makes do with his promise to come back!!!

On a side note, each guest got a free poster, some are signed, some are not, and guess what? I didn’t get the signed poster!! hahaha, I felt so sad. No shirt, no cap, no necklace, no ball, no stuffed pig and not even a signed poster!! Really?!? I guess there must be better fans than me so they got the goodies! Still best experience ever! I feel like I will be on a high for the next few days.. weeks… months.. maybe the entire year!

Check out some of the videos i took during the fanmeeting – not a lot since i was so engrossed in watching him live.

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Terius Behind Me eps. 28-32 (Final)

This show is finally over! I am happy that they were able to close out all the loose ends but also sad that I won’t be seeing So Ji Sub for the next months until he chooses another project.

My thoughts on the last few episodes. Warning: Lots of spoilers.

First is Yong Tae. Finally we see him act bravely and help the NIS catch the Voice. I didn’t expect Yong Tae to get shot in plain view. I thought he would have a more dramatic death – maybe while protecting Bon. Oh, wait never mind. Turns out he is not dead. he survived and he opened a Handsome Man Café (or something like that). The last conversation between Bon and Yong Tae was touching. Bon got him a new name — Wang Minam, and is supposed to be Wang Jeong Nam’s brother. awwww.. and Minam fits so well since it means “handsome”. I hope the two still keep in touch now and then. I like that Yong Tae learned his lesson. He paid his dues by helping NIS but now he must live a plain and simple life. and sometimes simple is better.

So we were right, the bad guys are Director Shim and the voice. Captain Kwon and Bon had a good conversation and decided to band together when they find out about Director Shim. Did not expect Shim to be the one who shot Bon when he was in Poland!! Argh! What a jerk! To think  he shot and left his staff to die!!! Such betrayal. and not just to Bon, both Jiyeon as well. Good thing Jiyeon finally became smart and doubted the Director before she can hand the meaty documents. But I was shocked when she was ran over by the van!!! and more shocked to find it’s that counterterrorist guy who helped during the school bomb scare! Director shim must be a real psycho (or sociopath) to feel so indifferent about killing people he has known for years. all for CornerStone. like what the heck!

even to the end we didn’t really get any good explanation about CornerStone and the Voice – what their motives were that drove them to do all of this nonsense killings. This is one of the weaker parts of the drama. All throughout the story we just heard of CornerStone this and that but I never felt like it was real, because how big is this “company” that it can do all those things. and for 1 person “The Voice” to call all the shots. I don’t know who  else is part of the CornerStone organization – so far we know the Voice, the head of NIS and the counterterrorist guy. who else? is there anyone from the government involved? and it wasn’t even a big scandal/national news when they got caught.

On the side, I want to comment on the Voice’s housekeeper. The scene between her and Bon was funny. hilarious. sexy. I would probably do the same  thing if Bon came over wanting to repair my internet lol.

As for Jiyeon and Do Woo, I’m glad Jiyeon is fine after the nasty accident. and it really takes a life changing event for people to realize who are the most important people. I know Do Woo seemed like he had a crush on Jiyeon and I never minded Do Woo because I thought he was younger than Jiyeon. Good job of him changing his hair color – was it intentional to signify his maturity? But after the accident like Ji Yeon, I saw him in a new light. He really does care for Jiyeon and he seems like a nice guy. And Jiyeon deserves to be with someone who can take care of her, because Bon is just way beyond her reach. I’m not saying Jiyeon is not good enough for Bon, but that Bon only sees her as a friend and colleague and she matches better with Do Woo.

I will miss the KIS neighbors!! The scene where they gathered together before Bon leaves for his new assignment was poignant. And funny that the fortuneteller’s fortune actually came true! haha! Sangryul begging for a nose to nose with Bon was half creepy half hysterical! and I will never forget the neighborhood moms getting all fired up whenever they see Bon walking towards the bus stop. Kudos to the team who thought of using TLC’s “Creep” as the background music. Bon is surely not a creep but the intro fits so well.

I will also miss the kids!! Bon is like the sweetest “dad”. I’m sure there will be more precious moments when Bon visits them in-between assignments.

Bon and Aerin. I’m actually not so sure about the ending. On one hand, I think Aerin really makes a good spy. She is observant, quick thinking and brave. Most of the time, I think she is way better than Jiyeon. But she has 2 young kids and she has no babysitter. I don’t think it’s the smartest job for her to take right now. Who will take care of her kids when she goes on assignments? Will the neighborhood moms help her or will she keep them in Jeju with the grandparents? And what if she dies? The kids will become orphans!! The romance between Bon and Aerin? I still think they are just “good friends” who went through a lot together. They share a close bond and have deep respect for each other, but I don’t think it’s love. Not yet anyways. They do make a great partnership. Them working together for Aerin’s first assignment is a splendid idea. Maybe a sequel?? they can call it “Terius Beside Me”. LOL. Sorry for the awful title.

Overall, I loved the show! it has a mix of everything – comedy, action, mystery, friendship, family. It perfectly showcased how versatile So Ji Sub is – he can do action, drama and comedy without missing a single beat. I have never watched any of the 3’s dramas so it was nice seeing new faces. I heard the show ended in the top spot of the ratings during its entire run! Hats off to the team who worked so hard. Looking forward to the next So Ji Sub project! (Please come back soon after you have a good rest this winter break!)

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Terius Behind Me eps. 23-27

Of course Kim Bon survives the car bomb (as if there was any fear of him dying). I was curious to see how he was able to escape and I was a bit disappointed that someone just handed him a key to his handcuffs and he just upped and left the van. Seriously, the van stopped right in the middle of the road, with no other cars and the other car following closely behind. Yet they didn’t notice him and the guards open the door and run to the side. *rolls eyes* but it’s okay. He’s alive. Now makes you wonder, as Bon later on said, “who wants him dead and who wants him alive.” The most logical reasoning is it’s the lady Chief who wants him alive – so who’s the real bad guy? there are no other characters left so I’m guessing it’s the Director. and it turns out the Voice is quite a powerful guy in the government!

I like the short separation between Kim Bon and his friends – it felt like we entered the 3rd and last chapter – the slow burn before we reach the climax. It was nice to see Aerin temporarily move to Jeju Island to stay with her parents. It must have been a welcome change from the all the stress and “deaths” in the city. Bon showing up suddenly in Jeju was a great surprise and his funny ajumma clothes were funnier! How can he make ugly ajumma clothes so sexy is beyond me. and I really love his deadpan humor.

Oh and his loud snoring was hilarious!! I can imagine his charismatic image just got shattered because of this night. it makes him look human though, not just super agent and babysitter extraordinaire.

The reunion of Bon and Jiyeon and Do Woo was sweet – you can really see how deep their friendship is. and this also means the operation if back on. This time, they really need to catch the bad guys. How many lives does Bon have left?

Another nice scene is Bon’s dinner with the KIS neighbors. After all these years of being alone, Bon must feel very touched to find real friends outside of NIS. Real people who like him just as he is. Who missed him and gave welcomed him back to the neighborhood.

while KIS and NIS never got a chance to work together directly, I love that KIS is just so dang useful, sometimes even more than NIS. Jiyeon needed someone to go into the Voice’s house as a housekeeper so they can have intel on the house layout and steal the documents they need as evidence. She asks the help of Aerin, who agreed, because she finally found out the truth about her husband and wants to seek retribution. KIS to the rescue as Eunha was able to secure a job invite through her father in law, and helped train Aerin to pass the interview. the Head housekeeper is meticulous, to never comment about her looks, needs someone with a great sense of taste, and has a weakness for handsome guys. Aerin passed the interview and now the team has a shot in finding the documents! I just hope Aerin does not get caught!!

Last 2 1/2 episodes left – there are still so many unanswered questions and I hope they don’t rush the episodes!