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Hello, Me! Episode 1-4 Kdrama Review: What would the younger you say about the life you are currently living?

I’m back with a new review on this latest drama on Netflix! This drama really gets you thinking, what if the you from say, 10, 15, or 20 years ago were to show up in your life right now, would they feel proud or disappointed about the way your life has turned out? What if your life is the complete opposite of all the dreams and aspirations you had as a young teenager?

Ban Han Ni is a 37-year-old woman, she is single, and a part time worker at a grocery store. She’s not a cashier, or a stocker, she’s the woman who dresses up as a squid and tries to get people to try the product. She lives in Gangnam, but not because she’s wealthy, she lives in a room with her better off sister, and is practically her maid. Was this how Ban Han Ni imagined her life 20 years back? Far from it. Ban Han Ni from 20 years ago, was a happy 17-year-old girl, super popular, pretty, and charming. Her dream was to be a in a Kpop girl group, and she was extremely good at dancing. How did her life end up like this then?

We’re not sure what exactly happened in the past 20 years, all we know is that time changed her, and unfortunately not for the better. Time made her, timid, insecure, and depressed.

After losing her job, she finds herself in front of an oncoming bus, and out of desperation for her unhappy life, she doesn’t move away, she wishes to die, but she doesn’t. Instead, she wakes up in a hospital, and the patient next to her, is her! But the 17-year-old version. They both can’t believe it, and together try to figure out the reason why the past self is there, and how they can get her back to the past.

It’s definitely a drama with a similar theme as 13 Going on 30 (one of my favorites) but it’s also very different. It’s very endearing seeing the two versions of her together. The youthfulness that the 17-year-old brings to the 37-year-old is beautiful to watch. It really makes you meditate on how much we change through the years, as adults, we sometimes let the realities of life depress us, we allow our jobs and bad circumstances to rob the joy out of us, but is that how the younger versions of ourselves would have faced the challenges? Did time make us more wise, but also too anxious and unhappy?

In addition to meeting her younger self, she also meets a care free rich younger guy, who finds himself in a similar situation as her: Not knowing exactly what to do with their lives.

Han Yu Hyeon is the son of a rich family, a family who owns a large company. He’s also in his 30s and finds himself without a job, but not because he is a good for nothing bum! He actually has licenses for almost everything, and is a man of many acquired skills and interests, but nothing ever sticks. He’s constantly on the search for something new, afraid of commitment to some degree. His father keeps trying to find a way to make his son finally be responsible and settle down, so he takes away all his money, and makes him find a job.

It seems like the two, with the help of the 17-year-old Ban Ha Ni, will work together to change their situations and start living the life they always wanted but never had the courage to begin!

So far, it’s a very interesting drama, a little slow on some parts, and a little silly in others. However, it’s a good family drama, and I am sure it will have many valuable lessons, I hope it motivates me to finally start living before it’s too late and I find myself 37 years old working as a part time squid haha!

Where you can watch: Netflix!

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Lies of Lies EP 1-4 Review – Your New Favorite KDrama for Fall of 2020

I can’t believe Summer is nearly OVER here in California! However, another season means…NEW KDRAMAS! While I’m waiting for Flower of Evil to end (Really good drama recommendation if you aren’t watching it already) I had to find a replacement so that I won’t feel as empty when it’s over. I stumbled upon Lies of Lies and said “Eh, let’s give it a try even if I’m not familiar with the actors”. This drama, like Flower of Evil, draws me in because it focuses more on adult relationships. Not your teenage first love infatuation stories, but rather serious relationships with an older cast and how these older characters navigate their challenges. To me, that’s something I enjoy watching from time to time. Yes, first love, silly romcoms are fun, entertaining and lovable, but it’s also nice to see “love” from a different point of view, in this case, from a divorced man’s perspective, and from a woman who was abused in her previous marriage.

Photo Source: https://www.soompi.com/article/1424034wpp/lee-yoo-ri-talks-about-what-to-keep-an-eye-on-in-her-new-suspense-romance-drama-lie-after-lie

This drama focuses on the main character Ji Eun Soo played by the very beautiful actress Lee Yu Ri (I want to look like her when I’m 40!). Ji Eun Soo had it all, a good job and good looks, this attracted the son of a chaebol family, it seems he pursued her and eventually married her. This should have been the happy ending, Cinderella gets the prince, the fortune, but that’s not what happens to Ji Eun Soo. She ends up discovering this chaebol prince is an evil violent man, who physically abuses of her. She discovers she’s pregnant with his child and tries to run away from her husband, but he ends up finding her, dragging her back home and almost attempts to kill her. We don’t know what exactly happens next, but she ends ups waking up on the floor of the apartment with a knife in her hand and her husband now dead on the ground. Without being able to prove her innocence, she is then sentenced to prison for 10 years for murdering her husband. Having to give birth at a prison, and then later giving away her baby to her evil mother in law who says she will give her baby a better life.

Ji Eun Soo spends the next 10 years in prison waiting to reunite with her daughter, her only motivation these past 10 years to keep enduring the pain.

Photo Source: https://www.soompi.com/article/1361960wpp/yeon-jung-hoon-to-appear-on-the-return-of-superman-to-help-celebrate-6th-anniversary

Meanwhile, Kang Ji Min, played by Yeon Jeong Hun, is a journalist. Him and his wife keep trying to have children but it seems his wife is infertile and she suffers several miscarriages, so they end up adopting a baby, Ji Eun Soo’s baby. For awhile they are a happy family, until Kang Ji Min discovers his wife is cheating on him. Their marriage falls apart and they get a divorce, leaving Kang Ji Min to finish raising his daughter alone.

Kang Ji Min and Ji Eun Soo’s lives intertwine when Ji Eun Soo comes out of prison looking for her daughter and finds out Kang Ji Min is now the adoptive father of her child. She decides that the only way she can be close to her daughter is by become her daughter’s step mother, so she plots to make Kang Ji Min fall in love with her.

I am in love with the chemistry between these two characters and the chemistry they both have with their daughter.

Ji Eun Soo is a kind, caring, creative woman, so there’s no doubt that Kang Ji Min WILL fall in love with her, in my opinion, he will fall helplessly in love. Kang Ji Min is also a very charming, sweet caring man, the complete contrast of her ex husband who would beat her up, so I think although she is planning on doing this for her daughter, she will end up falling for Kang Ji Min, and end up regretting lying to him and using him for her advantage because he will love her the way she always deserved to be loved.

I cannot wait to see how their relationship develops, if she gets to finally get closer to her daughter, and how Kang Ji Min’s ex wife reacts to the new woman in his life!

Can these troubled souls find happiness in each other?

Where You Can Watch: Viki.com

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Top 5 Korean Dramas To Watch This Summer 2020

I want to start of by saying: I know it’s not summer everywhere. However, here in Southern California, we are finally entering summer time. Usually our summers here on the coast in SoCal consist of spending time at the beach, working on our tans (or avoiding them in my case), drinking plenty of iced coffees and iced teas, going out to eat with friends and exploring LA for fun. COVID-19 has changed all our plans for this year though. How will I be spending my summer? Probably going to the beach but avoiding being near others, wearing my mask every time I go out and making my iced drinks at home and of course, watching a BRAND NEW KDRAMA, because sadly the one I was watching right now has come to an end (The King: Eternal Monarch Review right here).

Here’s a list of a couple of Kdramas that are airing this summer! (or Winter ha!).

  1. Backstreet Rookie
Photo Source: OhKDramas.com

Release Date: June 19th
Where You Can Watch: DramaCool

So this drama is based off of a webtoon, which means it will either be great, or lack in some aspects. It’s starring the oh so popular Ji Chang Wook, who will be playing a 29 year old man named Dae Hyun who was a public relations director who leaves his job and somehow ends up managing a convenience store (I wonder why the downgrade). Young actress Kim Yoo Jung also stars in this drama as a 22 year old named Saet Byul, who ends up working part time for Dae Hyun.

Going to be real honest with all of you readers, this drama doesn’t seem my style, and I may be skipping it. However, for those who love a little comedy, silliness, and lightheartedness this might be the perfect Kdrama for you to watch this summer. Also, side note, but apparently the television channel (based here in the US) Lifetime invested money on this drama! Strange right? Perhaps I will give it a chance just to see if it was worth their investment into the Kdrama world.

2. It’s Okay, Not To Be Okay/ Psycho But It’s Okay

Photo Source: AsianWiki

Release Date: June 20th
Where You Can Watch: Netflix

This drama has been on my look out for list for awhile because it’s Kim Soo Hyun’s first Kdrama in 5 long years. This drama is about a man who works as a caretaker at a psychiatric ward, and a woman who suffers from Antisocial Personality Disorder, who also happens to be a popular children’s book author (I wonder if her creativity comes from her disorder). Will these two opposites fall in love? Could it be the lead actress isn’t crazy at all? Or will it be a drama about coping with your mental illness to teach us a lesson that “It’s Okay, Not To Be Okay?” We will have to wait and find out. As for me, I will definitely be replacing The King: Eternal Monarch with this one.

3. Was It Love/ We Were In Love

Photo Source: AsianWiki

Release Date: July 8th
Where You Can Watch: TBA

There’s still a lot of details left to revealed about this drama and the other last two since they won’t be released until July.

This drama’s lead character will be played by the wonderful Song Ji Hyo who is still looking flawless at age 39. She will be playing the character of a single mom, who hasn’t been in the dating scene for a good 14 years but happens to end up with 4 very different men trying to win her heart, will she give love another chance? Which man, out of the 4, will be the winner of her heart?

This drama is also not exactly my style, but I know this is definitely a drama for an older audience. Song Ji Hyo is a great actress, so this drama could potentially be a good one, I think I will wait on more teasers to see if this is a drama I want to invest my time on.

4. Graceful Friends

Photo Source: AsianWik

Release Date: July 10th
Where You Can Watch: TBA

This drama’s teaser and promotional poster gives me shivers. Looks like it will be a very mysterious thriller drama.

This drama is following a popular trend going on in the Kdrama world, where the cast of many recent popular dramas are all mature adults, and well-seasoned actors, and the plots are more on the darker side.

Centered around a group of friends, several couples in their 40’s who are living a peaceful life until they all become somehow involved in a murder case, and nothing is ever the same for them again.

As for me, I most likely will not be watching this drama, I need a drama to take my life’s stress away not add more! However for those who love dramas that keep you on the edge of your seat and love the thrill, this might just be your drama for summer/winter of 2020!

5. Men are Men

Photo Source: Kdrama Pal

Release Date: July 6th
Where You Can Watch: TBA

I watched the teaser for this drama, and I was dying from laughter at the relatability.

“Those who are determined NOT to marry, actually get married first”

This drama is about a woman who believes men are all the same, so she declares that she wants to be happily single forever, and the moment she does she ends up receiving two love confessions!

You have to watch the first teaser of this drama for yourself, it is hilarious! I will definitely be on the look out for more teasers for this drama. If you can relate to this whole single for life situation, perhaps this will be a drama you will enjoy as well!