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justamom last won the day on May 17 2018

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  1. Sky castle craze is everywhere! My friends in Korea sent me these two hilarious videos:
  2. We’re heading into the final stretch now...and everything is starting to unravel. I actually found episodes 17 and 18 a little slow. Yesterday was Yeh Suh’s awakening, today it’s Kang Joon Sang... But I like how his story, and his relationship with his mother unraveled. Sometime back I read a study of university students in Singapore (where I’m from) and students expressed sadness that “my parents only like the child who gets good grades, they don’t love me for who I am.” And for Kang Joon Sang to say That broke me. That was just heartbreaking. The writer’s message to all the helicopter parents out there is clear—do we want our kids to say this to us in the future? As Kang Joon Sang said to his mom in ep 17: “I’m almost 50, and I don’t even know how to live my life because of you.” P.S. in answer to my question last night, how many of you would be willing to sacrifice your child’s future? I saw some Korean forum articles about this. And the sad thing is, most people said they would choose to do exactly what Kwak Mi Hyang is doing - to protect their child’s future.
  3. Just finished 17 and wow! This show continues to surprise. Just a few initial thoughts: - the central character arc driving this show is Kwak Min Hyang (pronounced kwang, so it doesn’t really rhyme with Quack, hehe) - and the central question here is: Can she find her conscience and redeem herself? - it turns out, Yeh Suh might be the first to break. Yeh Suh, the one she trained to live without empathy or compassion for others, is starting to realize she’s lived her entire life wrong. - From Day 1 she is a woman without scruples, manipulative and willing to put up with anything for her daughter’s success. - But one by one, over and over again, her beliefs are challenged. By the death of her friend, the return of Soo Im her friend from childhood, her admission to the public about her past - But then the choice becomes sacrificing her daughter’s future (everything she has worked for the past eighteen years) or living with her guilty conscience for the rest of her life. Or as the preview says, her life or her daughter’s life. What will she choose? What a question!!!! Would you sacrifice your child’s future if that meant doing the right thing? Or would you knowingly do something bad/wrong just to protect your child? One minor quibble. I know Yeh Suh is moved by her love for Woo Joo, but I thought the transition from her hopelessly infatuated with Coach Kim Joo Young, to suspecting her was a bit abrupt. It would have been nice to show more of her loss of innocence. Fascinating character, especially when paralleled against her mom!
  4. I think the dashboard cam is from the killer’s car. And they doctored the video, editing out the killer and jumping straight to the moment where Woo Joo with his bright red sweater leaned out of the balcony. Now my question is, how did the killer slip in and out unnoticed?
  5. Just finished 14...and I am surprised at the direction the show has taken!
  6. HAHAHAHAHAHA I agree!! Episode 12 was...daebak. This show pulls no punches. My heart was in my throat. Not makjang at all. Yeh Suh Omma is having her awakening, now that her daughter is for the first time pulling away from her - that's what parenting a teenager is like, isn't it? Even at 20 episodes, it isn't dragging anything out. I'm guessing the scenes they added were Kang Joo Sang's hospital cronyism and the doctors' antics. Oh Nara is a star and I'm so glad she's being given the chance to shine. I think besides Woo Joo's mom she's the mom most honest with her feelings. And her son's line killed me. I have a feeling there's more to Kim Joo Young...so my hubby was right about her faking her connection to Yeon Du...but...how is she getting her whole troupe of trainers to follow her? Just because she's paying them well? Intriguing and I sure hope the show doesn't make her out to be a one-dimensional villain. And I wonder if Yeh Suh or Woo Joo's mom will be the one to find out about Kay. Writers often insert themselves in the story somehow and I think that's Woo Joo's mom, the truth seeker - who isn't always the wisest and is sometimes even manipulated, but eventually breaks through to the truth. I'm glad all the moms, one by one, are having their own "awakening" to the consequences of their actions. It's gift to all of us is it makes us think and reflect on our own actions as parents/kids too. Can't wait for more!!
  7. I just watched Episode 11 and OMG! Kim Bora and Yeon Jung Ah were OUTSTANDING. Best new actress award right there to Kim Bora....great episode!
  8. I have a question!! so, I got my husband addicted on Sky Castle as well and we just finished 10 together. And we have completely different guesses about Kim Young Joo and Yeon Doo’s connection. My guess: Yeon Doo is actually Kay, the secret daughter Coach is hiding in a “sky castle” Hubby: that’s not possible. Yeon Du has older siblings. And she’s dead. I think Coach is just making up the story about her link to her to fool Woo Joo’s mom. Also, what’s your guess on why Coach is pushing Hyena to the Kang family? Is she trying to concoct an explosion? Your guess???
  9. Ahhhh I can't believe I stayed up this late to catch up on all the episodes.....finally watched till ep 9 and I take back my words. This show has captured both my head and heart. Yeondu's story, and Woo Joo's mom's connection to her, that stole my heart. I can't believe how well this show has captured all the tiny psychological nuances, including how Kang Joon Sang and Han Seo Jin, the ones at the top of the pyramid, outwardly pretend to be the most humble, forgiving and generous people on earth, the ones who always have to say the right sounding things. And I love how the other two ladies Jin Jin and particularly Seung Hye seem to be finally growing a spine (ahem ahem!) to all the Sky Castle nonsense. Loving every minute! Resisting the urge to peek at ep 10...but I might just...! edit: So I’m in the middle of 10 now and it’s just struck me. The REAL Sky Castle isn’t Sky Castle. It’s the house where Coach has imprisoned her daughter Yeon Du. And Su Im’s real purpose in the story is to free her.
  10. I'm somewhere in the middle of episode 5 now, and I'm liking it but it hasn't seized my heart like My Ahjussi. It's gone for my head, rather than my heart, which is also how I felt about Misty ie its extremely thought provoking and interesting, but I'm not shedding tears for anyone yet. I am pumping my fist though! I actually recognise many of the characters here...guess I've been watching K drama for too long...LOL Lee Tae Ran is the cram school head from Ahn Pan Seok's A Wife's Dignity. I thought she did a fantastic job there and I'm glad she's been given this role which is much brighter and seems to suit her personality. Speaking of which, this drama and the whole Daechi-dong business (famous cram school district) reminds me a lot more of A Wife's Dignity than Heard it Through the Grapevine, although the former was more of a love story. Oh Nara is Jeong Hee from My Ahjussi! Kim Seo Hyung is Myung Hee from The Good Wife (she was fantastic there and so much better than that awful role in the Great Seducer which was...the most painful drama to watch ever) Jeong Jun Ho (Ye Suh and Yeh Bin's father) was in IRIS and Queen of Reversals, both huge hits which I plan to but haven't watched Kim Byung Chul - oh come on everyone has seen him before I remember him in Descendents of The Sun (flakey commander), oh wow he was also in Love in the Moonlight, Goblin, Mr Sunshine Jo Jae Yun is someone else we all know also - he was also in DOTS (the corrupt businessman I think) and I also saw him in Liar's Game and more recently in the Ma Dong Sun movie Outlaws! Not forgetting the famous mother in law Jung Aeri! Most recently in Bab Noona, Temperature of Love, Angel Eyes and many many more...
  11. Hi everyone -waves- its been a crazy half year. I’m back because I started watching sky castle. And also finally have a bit of reprieve from work and family and writing obligations. ive been checking in every now and then and glad to see everyone still sharing in the Ahjussi love and @sadiesmith and @widala especially still going strong. @riazni as we close off the year Ahjussi remains very special in my heart, something that still continues to comfort and give me strength today.
  12. OMG what did I just watch? (bear with me here, I’m catching up) couldn't wait for the hubby so started watching episode 1 tonight. I love how each character is real and not just put in there for the sake of furthering the plot, that’s a sign the writer has really spent a lot of time with his/her characters, it feels like each one even the minor ones has a story to tell. I could sense I was in the hands of a skilled writer. I did think the build up was a bit slow, but i could sense something big and drastic was coming. But boy did i not expect the ending. It had me shook. My heart leapt to my throat and it’s still there now. PS oh and I recognized so many fantastic older actors who would otherwise just be part of a supporting cast or minor role. What a solid cast. Love! @sadiesmith @h2ogirl come come watch with me! @40somethingahjumma @chickfactor @oldschooler This might be up your alley too
  13. Helloooooo everybody!!!! It’s been a looong time! I broke my Soompi fast to come back and post here, because I’ve been hearing so much about Sky Castle from my Korean friends. And I come here and see @jongski, @Wotad and @africandramalover? It’s a party! (are you kidding there’s a drama cooler than My Ahjussi this year?) I actually haven’t watched anything but i read some of your posts and my Korean friends keep telling me to watch...so I’m going to get started! And I’ll be back! (I haven’t watched any drama in full since My Ahjussi, just bits here and there, but everything so far has sucked...so am really glad to finally have another mature drama! With mature actors—yes! And Oh Nara I’ve missed you!!)
  14. You’re kidding! Golden life was sh—(expletive which will not be uttered). It started out well then descended into makjang melo.
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