Quite a long walk home

Quite a long walk home today in wet, mucky, and sticky roads due to the heavy rain earlier this afternoon. At least I was listening to Angel Eyes OST to keep me from being bored as I walk one block after the other until I finally get a ride.

I specially like this part of the lyrics of Blue Bird by Jo Jung-hee.

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Kim Ji-suk and Goo Hye-sun, two of the main cast of Angel Eyes

Where do you go
when you’re lonely
Tell me
What you do
when you feel so blue like me

When I feel like that
I think your eyes
and your smile
And suddenly, the sunshine
appears close to me

Not surprisingly though, I wasn’t even sweating. Well that’s because it rained and it was already 12am. I managed to get home at 1am, as if I went to somewhere so far that it took me that long to get home.

Before I decided to go home, I had to keep myself busy with having kumquat tea while reading Invisible Woman on its chapter 15. When I finished the chapter, I started looking at the brochure I got from a tech shop as I was canvassing prices for a microSD. I couldn’t stay any longer after more than an hour at Dakasi because I really had to take a restroom break. It was still raining a bit hard when I checked outside, so I went to have ramyun as dinner. And then the mall closes.

As I got out of the mall, I heard the guard saying there’s floodwater along Espana Road and that kept me from going home. I stayed at a convenience store for an hour, I sipped coffee and continued with chapter 16. I was at the brink of deciding whether I’d go on and finish until chapter 18 or start heading home. Eventually, I decided with heading home and found lots of people waiting for a ride home. There’s no more floodwater but the next dilemma is getting a ride home when every passing jeepney or bus is full.

So I started walking and turned on my iPod to listen to the very beautiful Angel Eyes OST.

photo from Pinterest

Photo from Pinterest

If only I’m walking on a pavement as beautiful as the photo. Then walking in the rain wouldn’t be that bad.

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Hotel King Ep. 1 – The Reception

 

Lee Dong-wook as Cha Jae-wan, the hotel manager.   Damn, I effin love the poster. It’s creatively beautiful.

Done with Ep. 1 and what the heck I’m impressed! It starts off really straight, with a strong tension that will keep you thinking. Lee Dong-wook is a whole lot more cold, as in extremely cold and menacing here from his Seol Gong-chan from My Girl. LDW is simply remarkable from the very start.  

I remember it was from the drama My Girl that I met Lee Dong-wook, and boy was I immediately captivated with his really handsome face. The snobbish and cold Seol Gong-chan became his trademark role for me. And because of that drama, he became one of the very first Korean actors that I really like. And yes of course, that’s where I got to know Lee Da-hae too. I remember too, Seol Gong-chan (LDW) in My Girl is the heir to this big hotel, but other than this Seol Gong-chan and Cha Jae-wan are way too different when it comes to their personalities and background. 

A huge reason for me watching this drama is Lee Dong-wook. Second big reason is it’s the reunion project of Lee Dong-wook and Lee Da-hae as I really, really like them in My Girl. The LDW-LDH pairing is one of my most favorite pairings. They’re on top of my elite and best Kdrama couple list. And My Girl is one of my ultimate most favorite Korean dramas ever.  Naturally, I got really excited when I heard about this; as you know it’s a bit unusual in Kdrama or Kmovie land for actors who starred together years ago and work with each other again. I’m just so thrilled to see them together again for a new drama, and I’m just perfectly happy to see how they’ve become such close friends since My Girl. 

My Girl cast. Always one of my ultimate favorite Korean dramas ever.

My Girl cast. Always one of my ultimate favorite Korean dramas ever.

Well back to the drama, it is said that Cha Jae-wan (Lee Dong-wook) and Ah Moh-ne (Lee Da-hae) are siblings. Hmm… But I’m keeping my tabs on this, I’m sure there will be something. It’s pretty interesting that they are introduced in the drama as siblings but I see many are reacting on this. Of course, My Girl fans would definitely not want them to be purely siblings in the drama.

On a side note, I somehow feel like LDH’s Ah Moh-ne is annoying. Like seriously. She was so lovable as Joo Yoo-rin in My Girl, but here – she’s definitely annoying. I can already feel it from this episode. I noticed how she was so much prettier back to My Girl days.

Lee Dong-wook and Lee Da-hae in My Girl

Lee Dong-wook and Lee Da-hae in My Girl

Lee Da-hae was asked from the press con if her character is similar to Jun Ji-hyun’s Chun Song-yi from You Came From The Stars. She answered that Ah Moh-ne and Chun Song-yi are different, and that her character’s clumsiness and bubbly attitude are just for a show and not who she really is. 

She is right actually.  Ah Moh-ne is no Chun Song-yi. Song-yi is never pretending. She always likes to be true to herself and to others. When she’s angry, she’s angry. When she’s sad, she cries. When she’s desperate, she’s really desperate. When she likes you, she really tells you she likes you. Ah Moh-ne just like how she is described in the story is the Korean Paris Hilton, so think Paris Hilton and that’s how she is.

The cast of MBC’s new weekend drama Hotel King


I’d like to highlight too how I just love the first appearance of Kim Hae-soo as the senior manager. She’s sassy and domineering. 

For Seulong, I don’t know how important his character is going to be in the story yet. However, I’m a bit confused as to what really is his character. The acting is a bit off to be honest. I’m not sure if he’s this immature and overly emotional hotel staff, or if it’s simply the acting problem. 

I’m also curious as to what is Wang Ji-hye’s role in the story. How is she going to be related to Cha Jae-wan or Ah Moh-ne or the rest of the cast?

I’m also seeing a lot of familiar faces from the supporting cast. From the chairman, vice chairman, even to the hotel staff with Seulong, and the other high-ranking hotel staff with Lee Dong-wook during a car scene. 

 

Superman and Do Min-joon

Do Min-joon (Kim Soo-hyun) from You Came From The Stars

Do Min-joon (Kim Soo-hyun) from You Came From The Stars

Christopher Reeve in Superman IV

Christopher Reeve in Superman IV

Brandon Routh in Superman Returns

Brandon Routh in Superman Returns

I’ve been watching too much Superman today on HBO. I have no idea if it’s a special day for Superman that’s why there’s a marathon.

I turned the TV on about past 3PM and it’s Superman III with Christopher Reeve, then it was followed by Superman IV, then the most recent before Henry Cavill’s version Superman Returns with Brandon Routh. And all the time, I just can’t help but think about Do Min-joon, especially when Clark becomes Superman and flashes those superpowers.

The screenwriter for You Came From The Stars really patterned Do Min-joon to Superman’s character. She just added or took out some factors so that he’s still authentically Do Min-joon. An example is that Do Min-joon is no superhero, so he doesn’t need a red and blue costume. He doesn’t need an alter ego like Clark Kent. He doesn’t want to help. Doesn’t want to get involved. Unless of course, it involves his dear Chun Song-yi. And his weakness is not a Kryptonite but Chun Song-yi. His planet is not called Krypton and he has no known family. Unlike Superman, he’s been on Earth for hundred years. He’s less compassionate about the Earth people. And he feels that people are not to be trusted.

But oh Do Min-joon rocks the glasses too like Clark Kent! 

That authentic Kdrama shower scene appreciation

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A Korean drama is no Korean drama without a shower scene, sometimes even series of shower scenes. And You Came From The Stars must have it too, not just one but two on Ep. 1 and 2. This is what I’ve seen so far, as I’m currently on Ep. 12. I remember Eric has one too in Que Sera Sera. It’s like one of those things that Kdrama can never be without.

I was watching a Chinese channel this Saturday and they were featuring the drama, and then out of the blue they showed this image of Kim Soo-hyun with ripped abs. I think it was from The Thieves. I didn’t even know he had abs until this drama. Then they were showing scenes from Full House, Autumn in My Heart, Winter Sonata, City Hunter, then back to You Came From The Stars. I didn’t understand a thing, but I was simply giddy when I saw it being featured on the channel. Crazy as I am.

As described by an article below from Soompi: “I’m also glad that Min Joon likes brooding in the shower. He’s already had two shower scenes and I’m hoping this becomes a normal occurrence!”

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Yeah he surely loves brooding in the shower. I noticed, he usually has his brooding scenes in the shower or at the greenhouse.

http://www.soompi.com/2013/12/20/recap-man-from-the-stars-hits-the-right-notes-in-episodes-1-2/:

On another note, I definitely love the design of his shower room. I just love everything about Do Min-joon’s place.

You Came From The Stars – Ep. 9 Fave Moments

I love this drama so much, I cannot help but blog about it and these favorite scenes in every episode. I’m only on episode 9, I’m pretty slow because I choose to be and I don’t want to finish it the soonest.

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Favorite scene 1: The episode started with Do Min-joon lecturing about an experiment explaining the importance of skinship. He tells his students, “You must never be deceived. You must differentiate between your heart beating and falling in love.” That it’s just the playful games of skinship and trickery of hormones. “You must not be taken in by this.”

It’s a scientific explanation, and he has a point. It is after all true. However, he himself is swayed by his heart abnormally beating fast. Not because he couldn’t differentiate the mere beating of his heart, but because he already has feelings for her. Awwwww. Kilig!

It looks to me like a contest to whose heart beats the fastest. That’s dangerous.

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Favorite scene 3: Palpitation is supposed to be worrisome but not this. This is the only palpitation that causes great amount of “kilig.” Hilarious as ever when it peaks at 300, what in the world Do Min-joon, calm your heart please.

At first, I thought it was probably his initial reaction to the kiss because he’s not used to it something like that. But when I checked the other episodes, he collapsed again after doing it. Song-yi is a lump of virus.

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Favorite scene 3: That hilarious moment when they’re having a heated discussion, then Song-yi tells him to get out. Oh because Song-yi is a forgetful superstar. She forgot she wasn’t at her own place. I cannot get over at how she runs hurriedly after realizing it out of embarassment. Then comes back a little later.

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Favorite scene 4: Oh I have to add this too. The aftershock of the kiss.  And just everytime when Song-yi talks to him in English, pure adorable.

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I love Do Min-joon’s place so much. I want the same place. I always love scenes here in his greenhouse. Purely majestic. I can imagine myself lying there watching the stars while reading a book.

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Favorite scene 5: That moment when Song-yi is really trying her best to catch Min-joon off guard. She wants him to tell her that he likes her too. I’m used to male main characters in Kdramas who are good looking, rich, stubborn, snobbish, rude, and arrogant. Do Min-joon is no different but if there’s one thing, he’s the only male character who’s so hard to get or playing hard to get to the female lead character. Although, yes of course, I do know that he’s just doing that because he knows he has to leave. He knows by letting her know of his true feelings and identity, he will eventually hurt her, just as much as he will be hurt to leave her behind.

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Favorite scene 6: And last but not the least, the confrontation with Jae-kyung. I find Shin Sung-rok a very effective antagonist. I think I’ve seen him from another drama, can’t just remember though. He has that face of someone who will do anything for himself in the most cruel ways. Well that’s good acting for you.

You Came From The Stars Ep. 1 – Realization

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When he saved little girl Song-yi from getting hit by a truck.

After finishing You Came From The Stars Ep. 1 on Friday before going home, I realized Do Min-joon is a toned down, simpler, more human version of Superman, and oh a Korean version too by the way.

Koreans have comics too but I’m just not too familiar with them, however, I don’t think they have superhero kinds you know. Something like Marvel or DC comics that are mainly on superheroes. Theirs can be somehow likened to topics on Japanese mangas I guess.

He’s no superhero, no blue and red cape, and he doesn’t fly (Oh wait, I have yet to find out if he does fly). But Superman is considered an alien too and Do Min-joon also has the same super senses (although not laser vision), agility powers, foreseeing the future, telekinetic and teleportation abilities, and freezing time. Superman cannot: freeze time, teleport, foresee the future; and non-telekinetic though. On the other hand, Do Min-joon doesn’t necessarily have the super strength that Superman has.

Anyway, this particular scene (above photo) simply stunned me. I was already impressed during the first scene, when he walked into the scene and stopped the carriage from falling. It’s bravo!

At this early in the drama, I am seriously shipping Jun Ji-hyun and Kim Soo-hyun already. I’ve liked Jun Ji-hyun since My Sassy Girl days.  And although I may not like Kim Soo-hyun the way I like Jun Ji-hyun or Kang Dong-won for instance, but I do know him and so far haven’t heard something negative about him; and I am aware that he’s great at what he does – he’s a wonderful actor as far as I know.

They already have a top place in my prestigious all time best Kdrama/Kmovie couple list, alongside Goong’s Joo Ji-hoon – Yoon Eun-hye, Lovers in Paris’ Park Shin-yang – Kim Jeung-eun, My Girl’s Lee Dong-wook – Lee Da-hae, Love for Sale’s Kang Dong-won – Song Hye-kyo, That Winter The Wind Blows’ Jo In-sung – Song Hye-kyo, Memories in Bali’s Jo In-sung- Ha Ji-won, Duelist’s Kang Dong-won – Ha Ji-won; just to name some.

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Their first encounter. This is one of my favorites too from Ep. 1

Jun Ji-hyun’s Chun Song-yi on the other hand, kinda reminds me of her unnamed character in My Sassy Girl. Spunky, wild, strong -willed girl who says whatever she wants to say, and someone who loves genuinely. I think only difference is Song-yi is a bonehead. And she’s more hilarious here than I have ever seen her before.

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When the elevator opened – last scene on Ep. 1

I love this scene too. It’s when the elevator opened while Do Min-joon is thinking of that girl 12 years ago and 400 years ago, that if there is a reason, he will see her again. And right in the moment, the elevator opened to reveal Chun Song-yi and then Lyn’s epic “My Destiny” starts to play. They’re so good in scenes like this. I am in love.

“You Came From The Stars” finale, is it similar to “Time Traveller’s Wife”?

“You Came From The Stars” finale, is it similar to “Time Traveller’s Wife”?

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Netizens say, “Those of you who read the book or watched the movie, “The Time Traveller’s Wife” understand that this is very similar right?”, “At least the final episode of “You Came From The Stars” doesn’t show Do Min-joon naked. I thoughtabout that movie while watching this.”

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They actually expected to see Kim Soo-hyun naked!!! My God.

Ohhh, it does have that bit of similarity but still the slightest of similarity. Yeah, Do Min-joon can be considered a time traveller, he’s an alien and it’s his ability but he can control it. Eric Bana’s role in “Time Traveller’s Wife” doesn’t have any control with his time travelling. I saw the movie and was disappointed real bad. I haven’t read the book though, so I can’t vouch for that.

In another note, there hasn’t been any great Kdrama couples in recent dramas, something like Princess Hour’s Joo Ji-hoon/Yoon Eun-hye, My Girl’s Lee Dong-wook/Lee Da-hae, Lovers in Paris’ Park Shin-yang/Kim Jeung-un just to name some, until these two came along. So totally big ship for them.

[ Note. I spell “traveler” as “traveller” because it’s the correct spelling. ]