Friday, January 29, 2021

Best Korean Drama of 2020 & 2021 (Must Watch)



Tale of the Nine Tailed (九尾狐传)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Review: Gotta love drama that made me tear so hard. Dong-Wook played his role surprising well as a "gumiho". The unmovable love towards the love of his life that lasts for centuries. All the sacrifices made just to see her live a happy life.

Title: 구미호뎐 / Gumihodyeon
Also known as: Tale of The Nine-Tailed Fox
Previously known as: 별에서 온 남자 / Byeoleseo On Namja (Man From the Stars)
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Romance, Drama, Suspens, Horror
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: tvN
Broadcast Period: 07-Oct-20 to 03-Dec-20 (Completed)

Cast:
Lee Dong-Wook as Lee Yeon
Jo Bo-Ah as Nam Ji-A
Kim Beom as Lee Rang
Hwang Hee as Goo Shin-Joo

Synopsis:
Lee Yeon (Lee Dong-Wook) was once the mountain spirit of Baekdudaegan. He sacrificed his life as a mountain god to resurrect the life of the woman he loved A Eum. Lee Yeon now lives his life as a nine tailed fox in human form. He has lived this way for hundreds of years. Meanwhile, Nam Ji-A (Jo Bo-Ah) works for TVC station as a PD of documentaries. She seeks out stories on the supernatural. Back in 1999, her parents were involved in a car accident in Yeou Gogae. She remembers a man that saved her in that accident. Now, Nam Ji-A reviews CCTV footage from a wedding hall where the bride disappeared. She sees the man that saved her as child walking out the wedding wall with a red umbrella. His name is Lee Yeon.


Mr Queen (哲仁王后)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Review: Work life has been really tense lately. With the Covid-19 situation prolonging and marking new high everyday, this comes in just in time to remedy the sore hearts, to put smile on everyone's face. Interesting time-travel and body switching plots. So funny to see Queen Cheorin behaving and thinking like a prurience man. Can't help laughing out loud.

Title: 철인왕후 / Cheorinwanghu
Also known as: Queen Cheorin
Previously known as: 
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Romance, Drama, Suspense, Horror
Episodes: 20
Broadcast Network: tvN
Broadcast Period: 12-Dec-20 to 14-Feb-21 (Ongoing)

Cast:
Shin Hye-Sun as Kim So-Yong (Queen Cheorin) / Jang Bong-hwan
Kim Jung-Hyun as Lee Won-Beom (King Cheoljong) 

Synopsis:
In the modern age, Jang Bong-hwan (Choi Jin-hyuk) is a chef who works for the country's top politicians at the Blue House. He has a free spirit, but he one day finds himself in the body of Queen Cheorin (Shin Hye-sun) in the Joseon period. King Cheoljong (Kim Jung-hyun), the reigning monarch, is a gentle and easy-going person. However, he is only king in name. Queen Sunwon (Bae Jong-ok), the late King Sunjo’s wife, wields true power in the country and has relegated King Cheoljong to a figurehead. Her ambitious younger brother, Kim Jwa-geun (Kim Tae-woo), also desires power. Queen Cheorin soon discovers that King Cheoljong is not what he seems, and that he has a dark and suspicious side to him.

Ratings: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Review: Intrigue opening that would keep you pondering and trying to relate to its growing storyline. It is mysterious, it is decent. Not the usual kind of light-hearted romantic K-drama. I was captivated by interdimensional travel when reading through the synopsis, even harder to resist when I saw "Lee Min Ho" in the casting list.

Title: 더 킹: 영원의 군주 / Deo King: Yeong-won-ui Gunju
Also known as: Queen Cheorin 
Previously known as: 
Genre: Romance, Fantasy 
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: SBS
Broadcast Period: 17-Apr-20 to 12-Jun-20 (Completed)

Cast:
Lee Min-Ho as Lee Gon
Kim Go-Eun as Jeong Tae-Eul 
Woo Do-Hwan as Jo Young

Synopsis:
Lee Gon (Lee Min-ho), a modern-day Emperor of the Kingdom of Corea, attempts to cross the barrier into an alternate reality where the Republic of Korea exists in the Kingdom's stead. He comes across detective Jung Tae-eul (Kim Go-eun), whom he recognizes from an identity card he obtained during the turning point of his childhood: his father's assassination. Lee Gon's half-uncle, Lee Lim (Lee Jung-jin), who assassinated the previous king, Lee Ho (Lee Gon's father), is in hiding and assembling armies whilst traversing back and forth between the two parallel worlds.





















Hotel Del Luna (德鲁纳酒店)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Review: One of the ghost scenes was actually quite real and scary to my surprise, for those faint-hearted viewers, gotta prepare well for that very episode. Pretty decent CG effects I must say. I enjoy fantasies like how I enjoyed this one here. How I wish that Gu Chan-sung is the reborn of Go Chung-myung as he loved and sacrificed that much for Man-wol, has been the one staying by her side over the centuries but turned out to be not. A tad bit of disappointing.... Love the soundtracks and Man-Wol's outfits.

Title: 호텔 델루나 / Hotel Delluna
Also known as: 月之酒店、月之客棧
Previously known as: 
Genre: Dark, Fantasy, Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: tvN
Broadcast Period: 13-Jul-20 to 1-Sep-20 (Completed)

Cast:
Lee Ji-Eun (IU) as Jang Man-Wol
Yeo Jin-Goo as Gu Chan-Sung
Lee Do-Hyun as Go Chung-Myung

Synopsis:
Jang Man-Wol (IU) is the CEO of Hotel del Luna. The hotel is situated in downtown in Seoul and has a very old appearance. She made a big error many years ago and, because of this, she has been stuck at Hotel del Luna. She is beautiful, but she is fickle, suspicious and greedy.

Koo Chan-Sung (Yeo Jin-Goo) worked as the youngest assistant manager ever at a multinational hotel corporation. He is a sincere perfectionist. He looks level-headed, but he actually has a soft disposition. Due to an unexpected case, he begins to work as a manager at Hotel del Luna. The hotel's clientele consists of ghosts.

It's Okay to Not Be Okay (虽然是精神病但没关系)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★★☆

Review: Kim Soo Hyun is back with another big hit after 5 years! He appeared to be more natural in his acting with Seo Yea Ji, don't you think? I was hooked as soon as I watched the first episode not knowing the synopsis or how the story gonna turn out to be like. It's good to just sit down and enjoy the rollercoaster ride sometimes. Predictable is less thrilling. Two people who crossed path are destined to run into each other again after years of separation. Both had an agonizing childhood, they fell in love, hurt, and healed throughout the process.

Title: 사이코지만 괜찮아 / Saikojiman Gwaenchana
Also known as: Psycho But It's Okay
Previously known as: 
Genre: Dark, Fantasy, Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: tvN
Broadcast Period: 20-Jun-20 to 9-Aug-20 (Completed)

Cast:
Kim Soo-Hyun as Moon Gang-Tae
Seo Yea-Ji as Ko Moon-Young
Oh Jung-Se as Moon Sang-Tae
Park Gyu-Young as Nam Ju-Ri

Synopsis:
Moon Gang-tae (Kim Soo-hyun) lives with his autistic older brother Moon Sang-tae (Oh Jung-se). They frequently move from town to town ever since Sang-tae witnessed their mother's murder. Gang-Tae works as a caretaker in a psychiatric ward at every place they settle in. While working in a hospital, he meets a famous children's book writer, Ko Moon-young (Seo Yea-ji), who is rumored to have antisocial personality disorder.

Circumstances lead Gang-tae to work at the OK Psychiatric Hospital in Seongjin City, the same city where they all lived when they were young. Meanwhile, Moon-young forms a romantic obsession for Gang-tae after finding out that their pasts overlap. She follows him to Seongjin, where the trio (including Sang-tae) slowly begins to heal each other's emotional wounds. They unravel many secrets, seek comfort from each other and move forward in their lives.


Sweet Home (甜蜜家园)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Review: First, I thought this is like one of those zombie dramas but surprised with all sort of fully looking monsters. Did a bit of Gooling to find that it is actually based on a 1.4 billion net views webtoon. Beginning was a bit dull but hang in there and you shall be hooked. A group of strangers coming together to fight for their lives and human dignity. Can't wait for Season 2 to release!!!

Title: 스위트홈 / Seuwiteuhom
Also known as: 
Previously known as: 
Genre: Drama, Horror, Apocalyptic
Episodes: 10
Broadcast Network: Netflix
Broadcast Period: 18-Dec-2020 (Season 1)

Cast:
Song Kang as Cha Hyun-su
Lee Jin-wook as Pyeon Sang-wook
Lee Si-young as Seo Yi-kyeong
Lee Do-hyun as Lee Eun-hyeok

Synopsis:
Hyun, a loner high school student who lost his entire family in a terrible accident, is forced to leave his home and has to face a new reality where monsters are trying to wipe out all of humanity. Now he must fight against all odds to try and race against the clock to save what is left of the human race before it's too late.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Winter in Nami Island (南怡岛)


What I love most after returning from Korea was my fair and baby smooth facial skin. Yes, only facial skin as the rest of body was itching like crazy due to skin dryness, I even had dandruff snowing down from my scalp after coming back to Malaysia T_T

I would put the blame on the drastic change of weather which caused me dandruff and my poor self to be sick for almost half a month o.O Not easy adapting between -12 to -14 degrees and 30 to 34 degrees.

Throughout our 6D5N trip, I did shower like usual, day and night, and washed my hair once in every two days despite the freezing cold weather. Tap water is cleaner, air is fresher, food is healthier, coffee is nicer... Sounds like everything is better in Korea huh? LOL. Pardon me for saying the truth, but one thing I must confess is that most of the Koreans we met here are not as polite or friendly as what we've seen in the K-drama / movies. We have been deceived all these years!!!

Day 1 in Korea ❤

Nami Island Korea (南怡岛)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Koh Ngai and Koh Kradan


Koh Ngai is a peaceful little island in Krabi Province. A hidden gem not commercialized with global visitors just yet. There ain't much to do on this island basically but swimming, snorkeling, sleeping, eating and doing nothing. Serenity is what attracts us and most of the tourists here I guess, apart from its natural beauty.

Koh Ngai / Koh Hai

Friday, April 15, 2016

Koh Samui: Fisherman's Village and Bophut Beach


Sometimes, it can be pretty frustrating when you spent quite a certain amount of time to edit and upload the photos only to realize later that they have actually been re-sized in the first place during download. Or rather say, I downloaded the wrong image size without even realizing it!!! Grrrrrr... Time and effort well wasted, Christina! Please tell me that they look OK so I can leave them here as they are with less guilt =p

This takes us back to my Samui Island Trip back in the month of Christmas last year. We were killing time at the Fisherman's Village and Bophut Beach after settling down in our temporary "home". I believe no caption is necessary as most of the shots are candid.

Happy flyday and enjoy!!! ☺☺☺

Koh Samui: Bophut Beach

Monday, March 28, 2016

Lipe Trip: Koh Rawi and Koh Hin Ngam at Tarutao National Park


Hey, hey! Happy Easter Monday everyone!!! *throws Easter eggs and chocolates*

Are you guys sick of my island post yet? I hope not シ 'cause what I'm about to do right now is to load you up with more and more of these images, until you get sick of it! LOL. Just kidding. I wouldn't go that far really. Just relax and enjoy scrolling them k?

Koh Hin Ngam at Tarutao National Park
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