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  1. PARK MIN-YOUNG, KIM JAE-WOOK CONFIRMED IN NEW ROM COM Park Min-young (What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim) and Kim Jae-wook (The Guest) have both been confirmed to star in the upcoming drama “Her Private Life” (literal title). The drama will be based on the webtoon “Noona Fan Dot Com” by Kim Sung-yeon, which is a romantic comedy about idol fangirl Sung Duk-mi and the two guys who are in love with her. Sung Duk-mi (to be portrayed by Park Min-young) currently works as a senior curator of an art museum and has been a dedicated fan of idols for 20 years, beginning with g.o.d’s Yoon Kye-sang. She runs a fan site for an idol group and has a huge crush on band member Min-joon. She hires Min-joon’s hyung to work at her restaurant to find out more about her crush, but eventually falls for the older brother instead. Her private life (aka secret fangirling) is about to be revealed after meeting their new director, A-list painter Ryan Gold (to be played by Kim Jae-wook). “Her Private Life” will on tvN after the conclusion of “Touch Your Heart.” https://ahjummamshies.com/2019/01/29/park-min-young-kim-jae-wook-confirmed-in-new-rom-com/
  2. PARK MIN-YOUNG, KIM JAE-WOOK CONFIRMED IN NEW ROM COM Park Min-young (What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim) and Kim Jae-wook (The Guest) have both been confirmed to star in the upcoming drama “Her Private Life” (literal title). The drama will be based on the webtoon “Noona Fan Dot Com” by Kim Sung-yeon, which is a romantic comedy about idol fangirl Sung Duk-mi and the two guys who are in love with her. Sung Duk-mi (to be portrayed by Park Min-young) currently works as a senior curator of an art museum and has been a dedicated fan of idols for 20 years, beginning with g.o.d’s Yoon Kye-sang. She runs a fan site for an idol group and has a huge crush on band member Min-joon. She hires Min-joon’s hyung to work at her restaurant to find out more about her crush, but eventually falls for the older brother instead. Her private life (aka secret fangirling) is about to be revealed after meeting their new director, A-list painter Ryan Gold (to be played by Kim Jae-wook). “Her Private Life” will on tvN after the conclusion of “Touch Your Heart.” https://ahjummamshies.com/2019/01/29/park-min-young-kim-jae-wook-confirmed-in-new-rom-com/
  3. The Third Charm: Series Review For my inaugural post in this new blog, I have decided to do a series review of this realistic romance drama starring Seo Kang-joon and Esom. I was really looking forward to this show ever since the casting news was confirmed. It was not promoted as a romantic comedy, but somehow it made me hopeful to see Kang-joon and Esom flex their rom com muscles in this project. Never did I expect that the “comedy” I was hoping for was a tragedy in the making. THE FIRST CHARM The drama started during their early college years. On Joon-young (Seo Kang-joon) is a straight-A Chemistry student who lives a very systematic life, and writes down all his achievements in a portfolio. His parents work in the academe. He cooks for the family, and cleans the house during his free time. He is not your typical as he is not a loner in school. He has his own set of friends who brings him to blind dates. The heroine Lee Young-jae (Esom) is a hardworking part-timer at a beauty salon, who dreams of becoming a professional hairstylist some day. Her older brother Soo-jae (Yang Dong-geun) is his only family left because their parents died when Young-jae was just a baby. Since Young-jae doesn’t have the means to go to college, she balances her time working at the salon while studying a vocational course in hair-styling. Nothing can stop Young-jae from chasing her dream. After a not-so pleasant first meeting and a roller coaster of events, the main couple got together eventually. Joon-young thought Young-jae was also a college student when he met her during a group blind date. Even though Young-jae’s background didn’t really bother Joon-young, the poor heroine still did not want him to know. But then, as if it’s a premonition that this relationship would be doomed until the end, Joon-young and Young-jae broke up just a day after they officially became a couple. Joon-young was devastated after Young-jae asked him to break up with her. He thought this was because of a simple misunderstanding at the department party wherein Young-jae’s petty secret was revealed by another petty individual. It was revealed later on that Seo-jae met an accident which caused his legs to be paralyzed, and made Young-jae the family’s breadwinner overnight. She didn’t tell Joon-young about any of this, until they met again in their mid-20s. What I liked about this first charm was how the story depicted Joon-young to be the grand youngster with a plan but no definite dream, and Young-jae as the persevering orphan with big dreams but no elaborate plan. But then, the drama seems like it’s really in the mood to toy with us because the systematic Joon-young dropped out of university and enrolled in police academy. When everyone thought he is out to become the next great chemist, he entered the police force and evolved into a tough criminal chaser – a far cry from what everyone imagined him to be. THE SECOND CHARM This is where the show picked up: the year 2013. After clearing out their seven years worth of misunderstanding, Joon-young and Young-jae gave their love another chance. Joon-young is now the team leader of a violent crimes unit, while Young-jae works as a head stylist in a premiere salon. And since they are making up for lost times, the couple is almost always inseparable. This is my favorite stage of their relationship… the honeymoon phase. Joon-young and Young-jae are all lovey dovey with the countless skinship and kiss scenes. Joon-young’s tantrums. Their cute kiss and make-up moments. The admirable yet sometimes poignant scenes with Soo-jae. This is the drama’s saving grace for me. It’s what convinced me to continue watching just when I was about to drop it. But here comes the formidable forces that eventually led to Joon-young and Young-jae’s break-up: jealousy, insecurity, and lost of self-love. The couple’s second charm introduced us to Choi Ho-chul (Min Wook-hyuk), the persistent (borderline annoying) dermatologist who hits on Young-jae whenever he could; and Min Se-eun (Kim Yoon-hye), the rookie police officer who has crazy similarities with Joon-young. I kept thinking while watching Young-jae and Joon-young’s honeymoon phase – how on earth would their relationship gets shaken up when they seemed to be head over heels in love with each other? But then I realized that where lies the problem: both of them are so in love with each other that they lost their sense of individuality. They got caught up by their own love without building a strong foundation of self-love. Joon-young was constantly anxious about Young-jae and Ho-chul’s non-existent relationship, and Young-jae could not bear the pressure of being in a relationship. It did not help that she also saw how Joon-young seemed to click with Se-eun. All the emotional pain piled up that the relationship couldn’t be saved anymore. FULL: https://sojulady.wordpress.com/2018/11/21/drunken-nights-the-third-charm-series-review/
  4. K-drama Reaction: 100 Days My Prince | Series Review Days after this drama would surely be uncomfortable #ManCrushMonday Yi Yul (EXO DO /Do Kyung-soo) wasn’t supposed to be the crown prince. His family was content with their simple life out of the palace. But greedy elders need to use a royal blood to fulfill their desirous plan. They planned a coup to replace the king and Yi Yul’s life turned to be an uncomfortable one. He had to stay in the lonely confines of the palace. The once playful and cheerful kid grew up as the stoic and cold crown prince (which confusingly is popular with modern-day fangirls kekeke). Anyway, the introduction of this series was really melodramatic that I didn’t expect the middle arc will have a 180-degree-turn in terms of atmosphere. #TransformationTuesday From the regal and pompous crown prince, Yi Yul suddenly became the poor and still-a-bit-haughty Na Won-deuk. His naiveté due to his amnesia resulted in a lot of is-he-a-pabo? comical antics, which are really different from the atmosphere set by the introductory episodes. I’ve already seen a lot of funny scenes involving a Joseon-royal-pretending -to-be-a-commoner in the past (hi Moonlight Drawn By Clouds Crown Prince!!!) but the hilarity of Won-deuk’s scenes is due to his innocence of his past. He doesn’t have any idea who he was but he still acts like a noble in plain clothes. His love for silk and pearl cabinet was supposed to be a hint of his past lifestyle but everyone around him thinks he is just naïve and dumb. I think the 100 days of Won-deuk stayed true to its romantic-comedy theme. The fake-relationship plot was really executed well. #WomanCrushWednesday The other half of this adorable fake Joseon couple is the street-smart Yoon Yi-seo/Hong Shim (Nam Ji-hyun). I’ve fallen in love with her after her very real talk about marriage and her relatable complaints about being single (haha). But she totally got me when she stood up for her friends and family. She may have some damsel-in-distress moments but she knew how to rescue herself and her man. FULL with pics: https://ahjummamshies.com/2018/11/06/k-drama-reaction-100-days-my-prince-series-review/
  5. K-Drama Reaction: My ID is Gangnam Beauty | Series Review I was already used to quirky over-the-top plots of webtoon-based dramas that I thought My ID is Gangnam Beautywould be another series filled with overzealous characters and out-of-this-world conflicts. The story of a girl who was bullied in middle school and underwent plastic surgery to have a fresh start in college might sound different but as it turned out Kang Mi-rae’s story is something we already knew; not because it was a cliché plot but because we have experienced it one way or another. Kang Mi-rae (Im Soo-hyang) has been ostracized for her “ugly” face. The bullying and denigration she received might have been caused by childish behaviors of her classmates but it wounded her deeply. She decided to have a full-face plastic surgery because she thought she will be accepted and loved by following society’s standard of beauty. It took her a while before she realized that being pretty doesn’t equate to being happy. Mi-rae had to meet Hyun Soo-ah (Jo Woo-ri) and Do Kyeong-seok (Cha Eun-woo) to realize that even beautiful creatures have hidden scars. Full: https://ahjummamshies.com/2018/09/24/k-drama-reaction-my-id-is-a-gangnam-beauty-series-review/
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