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  1. Wow, now, it's only two more episodes to go. But I'm glad at how things are panning out. Crossed fingers, it appears we are looking forward to a happy ending. Man-wol promised to keep Chan-seung in her memory to the best of her ability. And more importantly, the last remaining vestige of the Moon Tree remains within Chan-seung. She will be back! And when that happens, I hope we get to witness even just a glimpse of some sensual romantic scenes! Kidding aside, I hope all of you had fun watching the most recent episode. Even if I don't get to participate or contribute much in here, I just want to say that I feel happy and honoured to be in your midst. Thanks again for making my K-drama experience worthwhile. Btw, kudos to the actors involved in such stirring scenes for their powerful acting. Lee Do-hyun's Chung-myung was memorably acted. Unfortunately, I'm not into K-pop and I haven't seen My Mister yet besides failing to finish Ryeo, but through this drama, IU grew on me. She gained a new fan in me. I loved the scenes when she met Chung-myung in Chan-seung's body in which she is in profound disbelief as she struggled to absorb the facts and defend herself against the larger implications, and when the confused her imagined killing Chan-seung, so visceral and compelling. And lastly, applause to Yeo Jin-goo for his tender acting. You can't help not to cry with him as he felt pangs of longing and loneliness because of Man-wol's departure. See you next week-end!
  2. This day has been quite awful for me due to various reasons. But as night went in and this beautiful episode of HDL I've just seen, I feel assuaged. Thank you HDL and thank you chingu-Soompiers for your insightful thoughts and fun contributions making my viewing experience more worthwhile. Kudos, btw, to chingus who percipiently figured out from the get-go the mysterious firefly's role. It's nice to know that Chung-myung is close to achieving his redemption. But onto the juicier part, at long last drama gods rewarded those of us who patiently have been thirsting for some tickling romance. My heart gave a loud thudder as Man-wol and Chan-seung shared tender moments with each at her suite as she tried to cutely nurse the bruised and wounded him. But my heart skipped a beat at the magical, stirring ending scene. Man-wol with all her barriers broken down tearfully went for it first, her kiss was gentle and swift until Chan-seung pulled her again to lovingly deliver a kiss. Yet again, this episode's ghost case pertaining to the parents and their ghostly ill child mirrored the lovers' plight. The more Chan-seung is into protecting and loving Man-wol, the closer he is moving towards his own harm and ruin. But we already know that he doesn't mind it. He chose to wholeheartedly embrace, to feel the now. He chose to face his fate. His love for her is selfless and brave. It was wonderful witnessing how they developed this special closeness and interdependence that slowly blossomed into a romance. Let's hope that their passion grows more as she inches towards the climactic confrontation of her foreordained path.
  3. Speechless . . . I'm sad that this is what this beautiful ship has come to.
  4. I'm beyond shocked... But come what may, I stand behind Koo esp. since many have already been disparaging her after those convos went online and have since been struck down.
  5. I hope you all savoured watching the latest episode! Uri couple's date was my most favourite scene also that touching scene among the driver, the father and his young son. Forgiveness has a rending, liberating power. How lovely would that be if at death we really get this chance to purposedly chat with a living human through a dream call service. It somewhat reminded me of Mitch Albom's The First Phone Call from Heaven, a book I recommend. It speaks of the importance and timeliness of the present and of hope; faith; forgiveness; and peace. Anyhow, wow! - I can't hardly wait for the next episode. I'm dying for that long-awaited kiss scene. Wishfully thinking it would be really steamy! Kidding aside, Chung-myung was the primary cause of Man-wol's injury. It's pretty interesting to see how his untold story pans out ultimately bringing about their respective redemption. Only five episodes left, let's ardently hope that HDL will have a pleasing and satisfying end. Enchanted to be watching this drama with all of you. Thank you for your insights and convivial attitude!
  6. Annyeong to Bogummy's lovely fans! Thanks for all your fun inputs! It's truly lovely knowing and it likewise makes me giddy that Bogummy is quite thoughtful and of the sentimental kind as well. Like him, I also meticulously keep letters and mementos which to me are akin to most precious of treasures. I also see to it to remember the names of persons I had the chance of knowing or meeting. The latter gesture can be an expression of sincerity, eagerness, and/or respect. Thank you @gumtaek for your lovely long post! Be safe in your travels! I will also be travelling soon for some commitments abroad hopefully after my eomma starts feeling well. Take care! Blessings to you and yours! Blessings to all!
  7. How do the Hong Sisters continuously manage to make each episode an extravaganza, wow. Kudos as well to Oh-PD for putting the writer-duo's vision into a spooktacular reality. Anyhow, beautiful ending. My heart was in my mouth; there was a butterfly in my belly. That warm embrace was more lovely and titillating than that sudden kiss in episode 4 and the mystical moon tree seems to concur by making itself awash with blossoms. We've witnessed how their hearts pulsed with jealousy and above all, we've witnessed how fear rose in their blood as they worried for each other's well-being. Man-wol and Chan-seung have already become so much closer together. Their relationship is more defined now. The embrace was clearly a gesture of two people with strong affection for each other. Another equally beautiful part was the reappearance of Yeon-woo and the concomitant affirmation that Chan-seung is his own special person, not a reincarnation of the former or of Chung-myung. Consequently, Man-wol, it positively appears, is inching more and more towards her redemption. The mind may forget, but the heart, or in this case-the soul, always remembers---that was a very touching vignette in which Man-wol tearfully smiled at him. Kudos to IU for her astounding acting esp. on such a crucial scene. Anyway, I hope soompier chingus here are well. I hope you all enjoyed the most recent installments. I have reports due a few hours later in the morning, but I chose to watch HDL first instead. I simply can't get enough of this episode. I'm currently rewatching it raw most esp. the ending/hug scene while cram-writing. I do not recommend this highly stressful habit. Kidding aside, thank you for your fun and insightful comments which I'll be reading and liking when finally able. Thank you for making my HDL experience a fun and noteworthy one. I'll definitely miss you all/this thread when the end is finally here.
  8. Historical drama lovers must've enjoyed this episode a lot which was another emotional roller-coaster. Annyeong chingus, I hope you once again enjoyed this episode. I'm writing this post as I'm awaiting my turn to be called as a witness at court. Anyway, I like this episode a lot for many reasons. But if I may cite only a couple. I like that Man-wol is more and more wearing her heart on her sleeve through her many manifestations of jealousy and projection of romantic feelings. The thought of love has again entertained her being enough to cause a flower to bloom on and a firefly to illumine -the moon tree. The beach scene was both sweet and poignant. Her conflicted feelings are understandable. But I believe that love is more powerful as a cure than as a poison. As such, I'm continuously crossing my fingers here for a happy ending. Second, I like that this episode has somewhat confirmed the theory that Chan-seung is CM/guard captain. There have been many hints as to this in the previous episodes up until the latest. But then again, it is fun and useful to have an open mind in order to see other perspectives. Thirdly, I like that as an advocate for women, the case of the cabinet ghost who can be mistaken for as Ringu's Sadako's twin is made socially relevant because it highlighted the molka epidemic in SK. This drama has brightened my days. And your commentaries here are making my drama journey more enjoyable and meaningful. As such, kamsahamnida so much. I'll miss this forum, I'll miss your fun posts. I might not be able to participate in the discussion next time bec. of work and filial daughter duties as my eomma suddenly fell ill. I'll just like your fun and insightful posts when I'm again able to do so. Thanks again. Have fun watching the forthcoming episodes.
  9. Hotel del Luna just keeps getting better and better. Salute to the Hong Sisters for spinning this spooktacular yarn. This episode is so meaty in that it must be re-seen to better digest it. That sudden kiss by MW and sudden hug by CS with the creepy cabinet ghost as third wheel played in my head like an endless loop of film. IU's and Jin-goo's looks and their characters' personalities complement each other. I love their chemistry. It is said that jealousy is a shadow of love if not a sign of it. MW become unwittingly triggered by the fragile ghost bride. Her expression of irritation as the ghost slept on CS's shoulder followed by shock as he scooped the ghost up like a gallant knight in succour to a distressed damsel was satisfying to witness. Cliched as it may sound, the ghost's message is stirring---true love sets free. Who does not love Audrey Hepburn. Loved the cute homage to her and the iconic film she starred in. Is CS a reincarnation of the guard captain or of Yeon-woo. Or is he an entirely independent mortal who only became an important instrument of Mago to speedily bring about the completion in MW's redemptive story. The mystical dynamics operating amongst our characters are truly mind-boggling. And that scene of MW as a bloody bride with eyes like hard jewels of pain, sadness, and hate was both powerful and poignant. I hope you all enjoyed this episode as much as I did. I can't wait for the tension in the next episode esp. when we get to see more manifestations of jealousy from MW given the sudden appearance of CS's first love.
  10. @gumtaek Thank you so much for sharing that stirring piece of information. It made my heart very stout. I became a fan of Bogummy precisely because of his good manners and pleasing personality. Thanks for brightening my day. Blessings to you and to all fans of Bogummy!
  11. @TJ Starcandy Annyeong, chingu. Apologies for the belated reply. I was caught up as usual in work. Thank you, btw, for your kind words. It made my heart stout. But guess what---I also enjoyed reading your percipient post. I admire your unique take on the case of Chan-seung. Reincarnation is indeed a tired trope and I wouldn't mind either if his character was written anew and very much apart from the Goryeo captain. I'm still conflicted after having seen the vignette in the latest episode wherein Chan-seung instinctively took the hand of a still sleepy grumpy Man-wol with eye mask on which somehow impels me to believe that he is indeed the Goryeo captain. On the one hand, I also would like to wishfully think that Chan-seung is not the Goryeo captain because it would be a nice prospect to see Man-wol in a lovely process of transmogrification as you so wonderfully set forth in the second to the last paragraph of your post. Besides, the powerful mythical being Mago may have only conjured those ancient memories within him because as per her words, she simply creates a moment or an opportunity. I also second your final astute point. If I may bring up the psychic field of cartomancy once again, the ace of clubs of which Chan-seung epitomises has a connection to authority and business or material wealth of which Man-wol consequently epitomises as the queen of diamonds. Furthermore, it also signifies that the ace of clubs is a romantic who believes in the idea of a soulmate---who is none other than his queen of diamonds, Man-wol. The latest episode was full of feels. It was interesting to note that Man-wol with the sleep mask on is exactly like the blind lady ghost at the bakery. Like the latter who felt her heart thumping as the baker held or guided her hand on the bread, and so was Man-wol's heart also thumping as Chan-seung held her hand while writing her name. That sudden kiss or should I say - the brushing of their lips, was a deliciously hair-raising treat, it compensated for that horrific cabinet spirit. Hopefully, we get to see some intense lip action in the forthcoming episodes. Kidding aside, kommawo chingu for your lovely reply. Kommawo as well to fellow HDL fans. I'm grateful to you all for your interesting insights and cute posts on this thread. It's making my viewing very worthwhile and enjoyable. I hope Saturday comes fast because I can't wait to see how the hot-headed Man-wol deals with jealousy. LOL! Even if HDL is uploaded around midnight in my neck of the woods, I don't mind at all because it's been a long time I've felt this glad and giddy when watching a K-drama. The lovely ballads accompanying each and every episode are also o perfect. They fit the intricate emotional terrain of our lovey-dovey couple. HDL is truly fascinating and fun. The Hong Sisters skillfully blended horror, romance, fantasy, and humour. Happy Watching to all! Advance Happy Weekend! See you!
  12. Now, HDL has another meaning for me besides High-Density Lipoprotein. Annyeong fellow HDL fans. I hope you enjoyed the latest offering as much as I did. Scarlet Heart Ryeo fans are still probably mooning over the Moon Lovers' reunion. And fans of Gugudan Mina must likewise be happy bec. her intriguing character finally made entry. This episode has a rich emotional terrain. It presented the vital part of Man-wol's back story while still delivering the requisite humour, spooks, mystery, and feels as backed lovely OSTs. Those who had seen the drama The Guest would enjoy the funny aspersion to it and literal moon lovers will likewise savour the reference to the anniversary of the moon landing. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that a fashion sophisticate like Man-weol will don such outfit and leggings. ''You're devouring my nights and dreams---how spookily romantic.'' Those interested in psychical stuff like cartomancy must have also probably noticed how accurate Chan-seung's card as ace of clubs is bec., besides his charms and smarts, in this episode it was repeatedly emphasised how impertinently curious he is. It's interesting to note as well, Chan-seung's dreams aside, that the captain of the guards was also pictured as feigning to leave the helpless Man-weol only to return in time to save her thus making the theory tenable that Chan-seung is the reincarnation of the man she held dear in her heart. It's worth recalling how the mystical moon tree, which is an extension of Man-wol's self, started blooming flowers again when Chan-seung's father came over. Life slowly started to be breathed into her being at that very juncture. She always loves to say that Chan-seung caught her fancy and this is because he represented hope and life for her living yet dead being. Anyway, apologies for rambling. Thanks for all these HDL photos, vids, insights, and tidbits. Enjoy. Happy Watching (and re-watching).
  13. booha chingu and fellow fans, orenmanida! It's been a long time since I last posted in here. It's truly lovely seeing how Choi Jin-hyuk's career continues to soar. He deserves his successes. He truly deserves his male lead status. Anyway, I wish you all well. And I hope that you'll savour watching his newest project, Justice. Take care. Cheers!
  14. I find it unfortunate that in those two times I had been to Seoul in those two years my niece stayed there, I haven't had the chance to get closer to Koo even just via her cafe or place of art exhibit. As such, thank you so much for bringing Koo closer to me and the rest of the Sunnies through these insider info and constant updates. Sunnies, how have you been, I hope you're all doing well. First, I'm relieved to hear that Koo finally left that bedamned agency and joined Jae-hyun-ssi's instead. Secondly, I'm ecstatic hearing about her drama comeback plans. I haven't been watching K-dramas for a long time now. I'll definitely be sure to be back in the game esp. when her K-drama is finally out. Thirdly, I'm very glad to hear about her ongoing successful art exhibition although the primordial force behind it is melancholy. A pet parent of many dogs and cats, I can fully empathise with her loss. Just last year, I lost my old doxxie; the year before that, I lost a puppy to parvo and one kitty due to prematurity. And currently, my chronically-ill shih tzu is under the weather while I also have a very old blind min pin who is suffering from an incurable disease. In fact, they both are wearing blessed medals in the hopes that the divine may intervene for their sakes. Upon first hearing about Koo's loss, I felt saddened, but I was comforted by the fact that Koo has her precious gift of art or creativity which can help her be healed from her grief and loss. It was nice to hear that Buddhist precepts had also been of help to her. Two years ago, I lost a parent. And over the years, I had lost some pets. Pets are like members of your family. Although they can't speak, they are always there for you. They are loyal and quite empathetic. They feel and they understand. They have already become a part of you. It is thus not unnatural for a person to be depressed over or grievously grieve the loss of a pet. On a light-hearted note, it's lovely to hear about her interactions with some of her pets. Since thoughts and feelings have evolutionary value, then that means to say that dogs have thoughts and feelings as well. When a person (such as Koo) and his/her dog/s have built a relationship based on mutual trust, love, and obligation, fun interactions such as those described between Koo and her pets (specifically the latter's part of exhibiting consciousness) is a natural consequence. Anyway, sorry for rambling. Thanks again. All the best to Koo and blessings to each and every one of you.
  15. I'm sorry for this trivial comment. I just can't help not to say I gushed when I saw Do Hae-kang again. I just love Kim Hyun-joo. But I also found it lovely that her co-star Lae Jae-yoon in I Have a Lover stars here as well. Anyway, the pilot episode was direct, dramatic, and gripping. I hope that chingudeul will enjoy watching this drama. See you around.
  16. I haven't seen a K-drama for a long, long time and this drama is the only one which piqued my interest as a fan of the supernatural genre. Personally speaking, I have this this psychic ability - a heightened olfactory sense which enables me to sense the otherworldly. It was one of the reasons which made me believe in the supernatural. As an aside, Bel Ami was the only drama I had seen IU in. I wasn't able to finish Scarlet Ryeo and My Mister, as well, unfortunately. She looks lovely, btw, with this kind of style. It reminded me of what Jang Keun-seuk had said when first meeting IU, that IU has this cold and lovely look about her. Anyway, thanks for these lovely photos and other updates. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, I hope that you'll enjoy this drama. See you.
  17. Just fairly recently, I comforted a chingu who is a huge SHK fan. She told me that during Encounter's promotions, she noticed that SHK's gestures or over-all behaviour seemed odd. Lo and behold, little did we know it was a portent of things to come. Normally, I feel unaffected towards happenings such as this because my main line of work is providing legal counsel or psychological service in marital dissolution cases. But intense shock was what I intensely felt when I heard about the marital break-up in the local news. But what has shocked me even more than their estrangement is the cruel treatment SHK is presently receiving from malicious people. It is so grossly unfair on her part. What's even more painfully disgusting is the internalised misogyny of the women fans of SJK. As an aside, thanks for sharing---these are just pictures, but judging from these, SHK looks kind of sad but at the same time, she seems in calm or at peace which is therefore a good sign. She is so undeniably pretty. Anyway, I wish the best for SHK. Stay strong, SHK fans.
  18. Orenmanida, chingus. Wow, thanks, gumtaek, for posting this Q&A portion. It's very insightful. I'm specially thrilled knowing about Bogummy's desire to learn Japanese. I fell in love with Japanese ever since I heard Ted Ito's ballad on the radio one day as a child or during those times when Mt. Pinatubo erupted. Fortunately, my brother's wife was based in Japan at that juncture and she was the one who acquainted me with the basics. Later on, it was French I fell in love with. It was purely self-study with Japanese (and French) until I was given an opportunity later on in my adult life to live/work in Japan and France in which I was constrained to regularly converse in Japanese and French with nationals of these countries until I gradually became proficient in these languages. Based on my experience, passion and joy are highly essential in learning a new language (this is applicable to other endeavours as well) besides being immersed in an environment wherein you have to regularly speak the foreign language of your choice. Given Bogummy's passionate, courageous, and positive nature, I'm quite optimistic he'll also master Japanese in no time. As for diving, one of my favourite actresses, Ku Hye-sun, trained for her diving certificate in the Philippines last year. Thus I hope that Bogummy will again return to the PH even if it's just for the purpose of pursuing his diving certificate. Anyhow, I wish him the best in his many endeavours. I also wish the same for all of you. May you be blessed in everything that you do. Sorry this post became longish. Annyeong. Take care always.
  19. His fiery intensity as the bête noire in While You Were Sleeping had been felt by many. The award he received at the drama awards ceremony serves as a testament to it. Thus I think Lee Sang-yeob was perfectly cast as the inamorato who will rattle a married woman's humdrum existence. On the one hand, in Temptation (ca. 2014 with Kwon Sang-woo), her character was that of the cheated wife, while in this K-drama remake, Park Ha-sun, who is now married and is a mother, becomes the cheating wife. This genre always generates heated debate due to the intricacy of the issue of extra-marital affairs. The drama can actually be an opportunity to understand or to, at least, peer into the underlying dynamics of a couple's relationship and of an affair. Students of psychology and those in the career of counselling and psychotherapy will gain insight from this drama esp. if besides adeptly showing how different factors shape the couple's relationship, their psychological functioning is astutely depicted as well. Anyhow, I wish you all a happy viewing!
  20. Are there any Filipino fans in here who personally experienced Bogummy's charisma at his fan-meet? Wow, I'm happy that said event went extremely well and that his Philippine fans left a huge impression on him. It's such a pity that I missed it because of work and other exigencies. That said, I somewhat felt that I was a part of it after having enjoyed watching and re-watching videos of his fan-meet. As always, thank you for keeping this page very lively and informative. I wish all fans of Bogummy warmth, peace, and happiness! Take care always!
  21. @irilight Orenmanida, chingu! Work and other equally taxing matters are my huge impediments, it has been three years since I last actively participated in discussions here. As such, it makes my heart swell for your remembrance and invitation. Although I haven't been watching K-dramas for a little while now, trust that I'd give this a try in the coming week-end for you. The topic seems mature and a little intricate which appeal a lot to me, not to mention that the cast is also inviting. I hope you and uri chingudeul will find joy and delight in watching The Wind Blows. Kamsahamnida!
  22. Annyeong Sunnies, I hope you've all been well. Powerful earth tremors recently shook us to the core here in my home-country. It seems that negative reports have been rife of late. On a light-hearted note, thanks to sis cheerkoo for updating us about Koo. I heard that Jae-hyun-ssi has a new drama coming. Hopefully, we'll get to see Koo as well in another drama production soon. I hope that her seminar tomorrow will proceed smoothly and successfully as always. Her topic is most wonderful and interesting---''A life healed through art''. In psychology, art has two functions: diagnostic and therapeutic. In fact, psychology considers art as her soul-mate. Art encourages catharsis, externalization, validation of thoughts and feelings, empowerment, and development of self-worth, among other things. These are dangerous times we live in, whether the cause is natural or man-made. Therefore, let's take extra care and foster vigilance always. Blessings of protection to all!
  23. Annyeong to fellow fans of Bogummy! My home-country has been recently hit by powerful earth tremors. In connection therewith, I've just learned today that Bogummy's Philippine fan meet on April 27 was cancelled and rescheduled on the 22nd of June this year in light of the aforesaid force majeure. I just wanted to comment on Bogummy's tweets to his fan meet's mistress of ceremony. From his choice of words, one can easily glean his kind, gentle, solicitous, humble, and prayerful nature. God bless him more! I hope and pray that his fans from Philippines and elsewhere in the globe are always safe and in the pink of health. Blessings of protection to all of you!
  24. Greetings to all fans of Park Bo Gum! Every time I behold Bogummy's visage, I feel like a teen in love after which a sense of sheer joy, tranquility, and warmth envelopes me from within. It's a wonderful feeling. He's the first actor to make me feel this way. He's the epitome of what a woman wants in a man. He is warm-hearted, humble, hard-working, handsome, smart, talented, generous, etc.---what more can a woman ask for? He's close to perfection. His future love is very lucky! He's like a celestial being in the shell of an earthling. He's an angel, a dashing prince, a knight in shining armour. A couple of weeks ago, a dear chingu-eonnie from Kuala Lumpur saw him just inches away inside a mall. I call that sweet serendipity! Speaking of which, I'm ecstatic to learn that Bogummy is finally going to be here in my home-country on the 27th for a fan-meet. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend due to work exigencies. That said, I'm happy for fellow Filipino fans for their chance to meet the one and only beautiful Bogummy! May the Heavens continue to bless Bogummy! Thank you so much @autumnight for the warm welcome! Thanks for making this thread! What an adorable avatar @gumtaek! Thank you for the warm welcome as well! Pleased to meet you all, Love and Blessings!
  25. @jadecloud Pengyou, hi! Long time no see! First of all, I want to thank you for making this thread. I don't watch C-dramas that much, but I definitely loved watching this after Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace and The Story of Yanxi Palace. If you have time to spare, I hope you'll indulge my query. Otherwise, please know that it's alright if it's not possible. Thank you so much! It is in regard to episode 45, at its end part or when Zichu took Hao Lan for a birthday surprise with those lovely lanterns. I understand that he was romantically speaking to her through odes. But the translations at around 40.24 mark were cut off or untranslated from the site in which I was watching it. If you could just give me a general idea about their conversation without translating word for word what they said to each other would already make my heart full of gratefulness and glee. Thank you so much! Hugs and Blessings! Edited to add: To be more specific, the translations were cut off starting at the part after Hao Lan stated: ''There are mountains and mountains. Who thinks about the cloud? Western beauty.'' And then there were no translations afterwards on their conversation except for: ''Your Majesty is passionate.'' I am dying to know what were the missing parts from 4.24 up to 4.45. Apologies for being passionately fastidious. It is one of my most favourite scenes in the drama. Please reply only at your most convenient time. Duo xie!!! Post-script: It became more lucid and beautiful now that I understand the said scenes which I re-watched for several times with the detailed explanations you so graciously provided in mind. Thank you so much @bluehibiscus and @SailBeneteau for making my viewing experience more enriching.
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