Monday, September 9, 2013

Ok Taecyeon: The Hottest Dork

Basic info

Name: Ok Taecyeon
Date of Birth: December 27th 1988
Location: Born in Busan, Korea moved to Massachusetts, and then back to Korea
Languages: Korean, English, and Japanese
Profession: Actor, Singer, Model, Dancer, Composer, Songwriter
Debut: 2008

If you've watched We Got Married: Global Edition, then, like me, you may have noticed Ok Taecyeon's dorkiness. He has a very cautious and logical approach to things, and he is easily embarrassed. At first I thought it might just be an act because just about everything else about WGMGE seemed so scripted and planned, but since he held so strong to that trait all the way through the series, I would like to think he's at least a bit like in the show. On the flip side of his geekiness is the greased up sex god that comes out when he's performing with 2PM or working modelling jobs.

source: Mens Health

I think his drama persona is so different from his musical persona that I wonder who the true Taecyeon is. Either way, I think that his acting in Dream High and in Who Are You is great, and I want to see more of his acting in the future. Also, we got a taste of his music and lyric writing talents in WGMGE and I was impressed by that. A man who can write a good love song is very attractive.

Taecyeon with Gui Gui in We Got Married Global Edition


Who Are You (2013)
99 Days with the Superstar (2011)
Dream High (2011)
Cinderella's Sister (2010)


Marriage Blue (2013)


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Best Korean Drama Jobs and Careers

Have you ever wanted to live like your favorite Korean drama heroes and heroines? Well, I'm about to let you in on the secret: you have to get the right job! In Kdrama land certain jobs will land you closer to crush and enemy than any others. Let's review your options. (I will mention plot points from the dramas below, but none of them will ruin the overall experience of the show for anyone who hasn't watched these dramas yet, so I won't call them spoilers. I consider them safe.)

1. The food/milk delivery person

This worked remarkably well for Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye) in Coffe Prince. While she was delivering food, she sneaked a peek at a naked Choi Han Kyul (Gong Yoo). Also, when she had her stint as a milk delivery girl, she captured the heart of Han Kyul's cousin Han Sung (Lee Sun Kyun). Eun Chan actually had many jobs including: barista at Han Kyul's coffe shop, taekwondo instructor, and she also sewed eyes on dolls. Let this be a lesson ladies, the more odd jobs you work, the closer you are to finding your soulmate!

other examples: Can You Hear My Heart?, Shining Inheritance

Monday, September 2, 2013

Song Joong Ki, I Can Wait 2 Years For You

Song Joong Ki as Chul Soo in A Werewolf Boy
Because our beloved Song Joong Ki has left for his mandatory 2-year military service, I decided to write my first profile in my new blog format about him. I have included a resume above with SJK's basic info and his projects (read below for a text version of his projects with links). While he's on a hiatus from making new movies and/or dramas for the next two years, we can all comfort ourselves by watching his previous work. Even if you've already seen everything he's been in, there's no harm in repeat watching, right? Also, you can listen to "Really" and "The Water is Wide" every night before you go to sleep. I strongly recommend his most recent drama Innocent Man if you haven't watched it yet. Of his movies A Werewolf Boy is great if you are looking to cry, and Penny Pinchers is hilarious and sweet. My Friday review this week will be of Penny Pinchers, so look forward to that.

Return to us safely, Joong Ki-yah!

photo source

Sunday, September 1, 2013

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 30 A Kdrama that made you so sad

Day 30: A Kdrama which made you so sad

Im Su Jeong and So Ji Sub in I'm Sorry, I Love You
Happy 100th post, and 30th day of the Kdrama challenge! Thank you for reading my blog.

Wow I'm Sorry, I Love You is sad. From episode one there is a dark cloud hovering over the entire cast. It's the type of drama that fits well with the style of Korean dramas from 2004, but wouldn't work as well now. I won't reveal any important plot points to spoil it for those that haven't seen it yet (which you should if you haven't), but there is pain, desperation, and tragedy hiding around every corner in this drama. Even though So Ji Sub's performance was emotional here, I like his role and performance in Master's Sun much more. His beautiful face and smooth voice are more suited to a sassy business man than a crazy hobo. Watch I'm Sorry, I Love You free and subtitled on DramaFever

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 29 A Kdrama that made you so happy

Day 29 A Kdrama that made you so happy

George Hu and Annie Chen in Love Around
I know it's not a Korean drama, but the Taiwanese drama Love Around never fails to leave me with the warm and fuzzies. The legendary romantic chemistry between George and Annie is put on max for this drama because the show is basically all about the progression of their relationship from friends to lovers. It also features multiple other adorable ships. This drama is all smiles and no tears. It's a great way to escape the drudgery of daily life. Watch Love Around free and subtitled on DramaFever

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 28 A Kdrama Not Loved By Many That You Seem to Like

Day 28: A Kdrama not loved by many That you seem to like

Yoon Eun Hye and Oh Man Seok in The Vineyard Man
The Vineyard Man is one of my favorite Yoon Eun Hye dramas (along with Coffee Prince), but I feel like it is underrated. I'm not sure if it's because it's old (from 2006) or because it's set in the country and focuses on farming so it's not set in Seoul like most Korean dramas. Either way, it's a beautiful, sad, funny, and romantic drama. I know there are others out there like me who enjoyed it, but I think there are many more drama fans who should give it a chance. The chemistry between the two leads is hot, and the country backdrop is gorgeous. Watch The Vineyard Man free and subtitled on DramaFever


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