Queen: Love and War: Drama Review – Episode 11 -16|Finale

Yesss… finally it is here.

In this post, I will be reviewing the remaining episodes of Queen: Love and War and also giving my final thoughts on the drama.

If you haven’t seen the two previous reviews, use these links πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ Queen: Love and War: Drama Review – Episode 1-4

πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ Queen: Love And War: Drama Review – Episode 5-10

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

At the end of episode 10, Baek Ja Yong told Eun Bo to poison the King. The drama continues with Eun Bo refusing but complying at the end because she was threatened with her mother’s life. Honestly, I knew they were going to use her mother against her, but I had hoped for her to open up about everything to the king. Sure, things still tuned out okay, but she could have saved herself from all the stress.

I felt so vindicated when prince Jae Hwa finally admitted to his greed for power and revenge. He never had any intentions to create a better world in the first place. Because I have been thinking, why do they hate the king so much? He is smart, just, kind and willing to work with good ministers. There also wasn’t any show of him disregarding his people’s wellbeing. So what exactly was their problem if not wanting to acquire power for themselves. Jae Hwa and the left minster’s daughter are so alike. If someone says they don’t love you, leave them and give yourself space to heal. Why do you have to take your heart to the deepest part of hell just to get their affection or destroy what you can’t have?πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

On a side note, am I the only one that finds the King’s tonation odd? Something about his pronunciation throws me off. I noticed this since the first episode but never mentioned it. I’m only pointing it out now because this my last time discussing this drama. Anyways it’s not a big deal. The characters that impressed me a lot in these final episodes were Wal and the King. Aside from his prophetic dreams, the King is brilliant. He was able to decipher most of the plots coming his way. That made things more interesting for me.

  • Wal played by Lee Si EonScreenshot (31)He proved himself to be more than comic relief and showcased his skills from years of running an investigation agency. He was the one that discovered most of the critical details that helped the main couple deal with the criminals around them. I adore his relationship with Eun Bo. He acts like an older brother that scolds her when she’s acting silly, and he is also her best friend who supports her relationship with the King. I was so grateful that they didn’t kill off his character. At first, I thought he was going to jump ships and betray Eun Bo, but thankfully, his role did not take such a predictable route.

So far, most scenes in this series have been quite smart and realistic, so I was absolutely disappointed during that assassination attempt. I understand why the queen stood still because it was her plot to get Eun Bo killed. However, why were Eun Bo and Song Yi just standing still when a man was pointing a gun right at them? No one even tried to dodge or run. Also, the guards could not even shoot him in the leg or something. They gave him the space to pick up his gun and fire. What was going on there? I’m confused. I honestly think that the scene could have been handled better.

Once all the traitors started getting exposed, I knew what was coming next. They were all going to band together and attempt to get the throne. It is like once their plan A fails, they just rush into the next dense plot and end up in deeper holes of no return. That aside, the Kim family are certainly bad schemers. All their plans backfire, and it is always fun to see the outcome πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. I was kind of sad that prince Jae Hwa killed minister Hong. He was the only true one on the king’s side, and his death at the end didn’t make any point, but okay.

The person who surprised me to the end was the Queen Dowager. I assumed she had some plot, but she was actually doing things for the best interest of the throne in a just manner. That was an unexpected turn of events.

Now with concerns to the ending, I knew Eun Bo was going to be pregnant and give birth to a son. And, of course, they would meet again before the drama wrapped up. Although I had hoped to see how they will make her queen. I feel that would have been a more exciting way to end things.

Final Thoughts:

Overall I think this was a good drama, but there were some let downs. I am going to discuss the disappointing factors first and then conclude with the aspects I enjoyed.

Storywise, Queen: Love and War is nothing new to me. I have watched enough Korean historical dramas to know the usual formula used. Actually, most Korean dramas nowadays are similar, but a few still go the extra mile to make slight changes that separate them from the majority. That was what I was waiting for, but I never got with this series. I knew most of what was coming, I simply waited to see how things would unfold. There wasn’t much that enticed me as a viewer, and I do not like feeling that way because it means something is missing.

Another thing I have issues with is writing. This might just be me over analyzing things, but I think the emotions and developments for most characters were not handled properly. The characters were losing their spark as the story progressed. Also, for some, the intense emotions they displayed were not groomed well enough for the viewers to understand or relate with. Now, this might just be my brain overworking, but that is what I noticed.

Enough with the let downs, here are the remarkable aspects of this show –

I love that I could see the queen selection process in detail. The main couple’s chemistry was great. They both did a fantastic job as the centers. The cinematography and costumes for this show were also well crafted. On a regular, I do prefer the odd and moody artistic style of filming, but I also enjoy filming that focuses on the use of vibrant colours. So I genuinely enjoyed how colourful this production was. Kudos to the actors for a job well doneπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. From the main actors to the supporting casts, everyone carried their weight. They all showed exceptional acting skills, and that is the main factor that sells any story for me.

Aside from the few misses, Queen: Love and War is a good drama. Therefore my rating is 8/10. To understand my rating, click πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ Drama|Movie Rating Guide

If you have not seen this drama, the full episodes are available with this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ Queen: Love and War with English Subtitles on Viki

And if you are currently watching or you’ve already completed it, feel free to share your opinions with me in the comment section.

 

 

Drama|Movie Rating Guide

I always give a rating for each drama or movie I review, so I decided to write down my rating guide for you all to better understand my reasons behind each score I assign. Now, of course, the reasons for each rating might overlap sometimes, so it is up to me to decide based on how I feel. Still, I will leave a link to this post under all my current and upcoming drama/movie reviews as a reference for everyone.

1 – 4.5:

I highly doubt that any drama review with such a rating will be posted on this blog, but just in case I feel the need to share my disappointment, then you all might get one. This rating means that I did not complete the drama/movie because of how bad it was from the start. Definitely, something was missing, and the storyline must have been all over the place. There was no hope, so I had to pack my bags and move on. It also means that I will not be watching it again unless someone forces me to and with valid reasons too.


5 – 6.5:Β 

For a drama/movie to get this rating, it means that at some point, it became very unbearable to watch, but I still completed it. The acting and storyline were not the best, therefore a lot of skipping occurred. Of course, I will always give more detailed reasons for why I did not enjoy it much in my review. Also, I will not be rewatching the drama.


7 – 8.5:Β 

This rating means that the drama/movie was nothing new plotwise but still okay. The acting was good. The execution of the story was standard, but there were a few misses that caused it to lose points. Meaning that with each element that I felt was not right or unnecessary, I deducted a point. I will always give a detailed explanation of the misses in my review. Also, I can see myself watching the series or film again.


9 – 9.5:

When I assign such a rating, it means that everything about the drama/movie was perfect. The crew did a fantastic job, the storyline was fresh and relatable. The characters had exceptional chemistry, and the development was impeccable. Therefore this is a solid film or series to go back to anytime. Usually, these traits deserve a 10/10, but the main question I always pose to myself at the end is – (Even though it did not affect my viewing experience, was there anything that could have been efficiently done to take perfection even further?) If there is something I find, then 10/10 is not given.


10:

A full score implies that I cannot stop raving about the epicness of the drama/movie to everyone. It was one of the best I have seen, and I will be rewatching it a lot. It is the kind of series or film that drops life gems and has compelling characters. Also, the writing and direction must have been incredible from start to finish, there were no flaws or plot holes. Furthermore, even though there is not a need for a second season or part two, I want more. Now, of course, the last thing is that same question from the 9 -9.5 range – (Even though it did not affect my viewing experience, was there anything that could have been efficiently done to take perfection even further?) If nothing comes to mind, I leave it as a solid 10/10.

 

Someday Or One Day: Drama Review – Episode 8 – 13|FINALE

Hello, everyoneπŸ€—πŸ€—

Sorry I couldn’t follow my schedule as promised. I was tired after writing my test yesterday, so I slept off once I got home. All the same, I am here now. I will be reviewing the remaining episodes for Someday Or One Day and also giving my final thoughts on the drama.

If you haven’t read my review for episodes 1-7, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ Someday Or One Day: Drama Review – Episode 1-7

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

At the end of episode 7, we were left off with Huang Yu Xuan’s discovery of Li Zi Wei at Uncle Wen Lei’s coffee shop. The drama continues with a quick showcase of the real Wang Quan Sheng’s life. From his short story, I was able to understand how Li Zi Wei’s time travel happened. At first, I was confused when they showed the older Li Zi Wei in 2008, but he was also in Wang Quan Sheng’s body from 2003. Thankfully they clarified why that was happening, so no plotholes there. Now at that point, I realized how interconnected the time travel pattern was. Also, I was so confident that it wasn’t Mo Jun Jie that killed Chen Yun Ru. Hence, my bet was on their weird classmate. So when the psycho doctor time travelled as well, I was mind blown. Everyone played a role in the time loop. Honestly, if you try to analyze the time travel process, you will come to discover that there was never an exact starting point.

Huang Yu Xuan is shown as the one who travelled back first, but she needed something to make that trip. The music tape came from the past. If Li Zi Wei did not disappear after the plane crash, Huang Yu Xuan would not travel back in time. So no matter what they did, it could never have been unravelled. Therefore I like how they handled the story. Every event had to happen for them to get proper clarification on what should be done to end the time loop.

Episode ten was definitely the main turning point of the story. Things began to get very dark from there. It was quite disturbing to see the psycho doctor (Xie Zhi Qi) mentor his younger self into a killer. He had severe mental issues, and he practically destroyed his elder brother’s mind. I would have loved to see how his character turned out after everything. But since they didn’t show the future for anyone, I am not too concerned about him.

Concerning the ending. I think episodes 8, 9 and the first half of 10 were used to make up for the fact that we would not see Li Zi Wei and Huang Yu Xuan’s time together as a couple after their entire ordeal. I don’t mind it because I got some adorable and hilarious moments from our leads. I laughed so hard at Li Zi Wei’s tantrum after he found out about Huang Yu Xuan’s boyfriend. Their chemistry throughout the series was on flames, so I am satisfied. The love that Li Zi Wei showed for Huang Yu Xuan throughout the show was intense, in the right way. I genuinely wish that everyone could find someone like him as their partner, but life is not Disney land. Li Zi Wei practically waited for 15 years before he could see her again. Yu Xuan, on the other hand, had him as Wang Quang Sheng to accompany her. So although it was an open ending for our leads, they did hint at the possibility of them meeting in the future. There is also an extra clip on the official IG account for this drama, but unfortunately, it hasn’t been subbed. Here is the account link πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ SDOOD Official IG

Edit: I just found the subbed version of the extra clip, so hereΒ  it is:

To wrap up, let’s discuss the magnet of the story. The one, The only, Chen Yun Ru!!!. Once again, I will like to compliment Alice for such a fantastic job done at portraying two characters. From the posture down to their expressions, everything was different. In the last episodes, I was quickly able to notice that it was Chen Yun Ru pretending to be Huang Yu Xuan. Chen Yun Ru’s character showcased the actual reality of severe depression. At first, when she started acting weird, I was kind of frustrated. To me, her trying to live as someone else to attain happiness was disappointing. I just wanted her to be herself. All she needed to do was to try and be more open. That way, she could grow into her own unique personality and meet people who cared about her naturally. Plus, there was Mo Jun Jie, who really loved the real Chen Yun Ru. So I didn’t want her to let the hurtful words eat her up.

Yes, my intentions were quite sincere, but after watching the heavy scene before she jumped, I came to a sudden awareness. Me telling Chen Yun Ru to be herself and try harder would not encourage her but rather drain her more. Because to someone who is going through severe depression, they have already tried their best. They are now at their breaking point. So telling them to work harder confirms that you don’t understand their pain. Therefore I think the right way to go about it is to make them see some glimmer of hope in the world like Huang Yu Xuan did for Chen Yun Ru.

“It’s not because you are too disappointed in this world, but because you have too many expectations from this world.”

If you’re going through rough times, please remember that you are unique, and you have a purpose in this universe. There is always going to be at least one person that cares about you. Keep Fighting!!!πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺ🏼 and talk to someone.

Also, as individuals never neglect or undermine a friend or person going through emotional distress. They need you, so be kind and reach out a helping hand. It goes a long way.

Final Thoughts:

This was such a deep, meaningful and refreshing drama. I love that even towards the end of the show, the story was still as engaging. It didn’t drag, and there were always new things to be uncovered. That is what I call superb writing skills. I enjoyed every minute I spent watching this excellent production. The director, writers, casts and production crew all deserve a massive round of applauseπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. Someday Or One Day is definitely high up in my list for recommendations. I will be ranting about it to my friends for a very long time.

While watching the last few episodes, I couldn’t help but be so overwhelmed by how good it was. At first, I was scared that there might be a few plotholes due to the back and forth time switch, but they proved me wrong. Every little detail was addressed correctly. Furthermore, I most say that they perfected the concept of switching between timelines because that kept the viewers intrigued. They kept us guessing by holding back on information and showcasing everything bit by bit. The entire show felt like a puzzle piece that was coming together with each episode.

I will also like to commend this drama for using its platform to discuss critical issues that so many people are currently facing. As the story progressed, it touched on topics like depression, suicide, discrimination based on sexual orientation, and mental health. I am glad that our society is becoming more open to such discussions. People are now taken more seriously and help centres have been put in place to assist anyone in need. Of course, there is still more work to be done concerning the pressure from inconsiderate statements, norms and opinions. But, for now, this is a good start.

Another thing I absolutely loved about this drama was the OSTs and background scores. There were all so beautiful, heartfelt and gave off a nostalgic feeling. I found it so hard to skip the intro because of the opening theme. I have already talked about that song in a previous post. Use this link to check it out πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ Shi Shi – Someday or One day: Song Of The Week

Now here are some other notable mentions that caught my attention –

  • YELLOW – “Someday”
  • 831 – “Miss You 30000”
  • Shi Shi – “Come Away”
  • Naiwen Yang – “Will we remember?”

Overall, Someday Or One Day was a solid show. The pacing was perfect, and I was also satisfied with the ending. I can see myself watching it again. Therefore my rating for this is 10/10.

To understand my rating, click πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ Drama|Movie Rating Guide

If you haven’t watched this drama, go check it out now with this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ Someday Or One Day with English Subtitles on Viki

Also, if you’re currently on it or you’ve already completed Someday Or One Day, feel free to share your opinions with me in the comment section.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Gowns and Glamour

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

Chinese actress and singer Huang Yi for Mars Fashion. She is so gorgeous, and I love the classy vintage vibe of these photos.img_2905img_2901img_2906img_2899

 

Next is Taiwanese actress and singer, Joanne Tseng. These are her latest shots for Bella Taiwan. She is one of my favourite Taiwanese actresses, so I was so happy when he announced her marriage earlier this year. img_3594img_3597img_3596img_3599

 

img_2882img_2884img_2883Yanzi’s studio shared some more photos of the actress at the 2019 Weibo Awards Ceremony. She looks like cinderella with the silver-blue gown. She is beautiful.

 

img_3054Dilraba Dilmurat on the cover spread for L’Official China. This is one of my favourites pictures from this photoshoot.

 

img_3204img_3205Angelababy at Zhejiang TV 2020 Spring Festival Gala. I love this look. She is glittering.

 

Last on this list is the Chinese actress and singer, Li Bingbing. She is wearing Jenny Packham for the 2019 Weibo Awards Ceremony.img_2886img_2887

 

 

 

Lim Kim – MINJOKYO(ENTRANCE) & YELLOW: Songs Of The Week

My chosen songs for this week are “MINJOKYO(ENTRANCE)” and “YELLOW” by Lim Kim. These two songs are my favourite from Lim Kim’s album – GENERASIAN. Recently, I have been listening to this EP a lot.

Kim Ye-rim, popularly known as Lim Kim, is a South Korean singer and former member of the duo known as Togeworl. She became known through the talent show – Superstar K3. Lim Kim was signed to MYSTIC Entertainment, but after her contract expired in 2016, she left the company. In 2019, after taking a three-year hiatus, Lim Kim came back as a totally different artist. She first released the digital single “SAL-KI” and then went on to release the EP titled GENERASIAN. Lim Kim is currently not signed to any company, which means she is an independent artist.

I discovered Lim Kim through the song “Awoo” in 2016. She has a beautiful voice, so I was quite sad that she wasn’t releasing new music. Late last year, I decided to look her up, and that was when I got to hear her new EP. I remember being so confused and shocked because of how different she sounded.

Yess, Lim Kim has always had a unique sound, but this new Lim Kim is also a rapper. She now sounds very powerful and unapologetic as she uses her music to discuss female liberation. Plus, her lyrics debunks the stereotypical western views of East Asian women. I love that she is using her platform to talk about social issues.

Also, I genuinely appreciate the fusion of modern music with traditional instruments and dances. I am not Korean; hence I do not understand all the subliminal messages, but I could tell that Lim Kim was bent on making a statement. I am very proud of her for taking an unconventional approach with her comeback. Here is an interview that explains why she took a long break and the reason for her new music direction –

Check out the live stages for “YELLOW” and another good song on the album titled “YO-SOUL” 

Listening to the EP – GENERASIAN was a full-blown experience for me. It is definitely not mainstream music, but personally, I enjoy diving into unconventional sounds every now and then. So if you are like me, go check out this EP –

My Pictorial|Pictures Faves: Flowers and Fantasy

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

First on my list is Angelababy on the cover of COSMOPOLITAN China – March 2020 Issue. She was photographed by Chen Man. I really love the concept of insects and nature, she looks like a fairy in all these set of photos.img_3629img_3632img_3631img_3630img_3628

 

img_3606img_3608img_3607img_3605South Korean Model Han Hye-jin rocks FENDI for the 2020 March Issue of Harper’s BAZAAR. I love the vibrant colours, and the way the flowers were incorporated into the shoot is also beautiful.

 

img_3323img_3663img_3325img_3324Chinese actress Zhou Yutong for NeufMode Style. I love the pastoral setting of these pictures. She is stunning.

 

img_3329img_3331Teaser images for Dreamcatcher’s 1st Album – Dystopia: The Tree of Language. I haven’t listened to any song from this group, but I really love their concept for this comeback. I might check them out.

 

img_3321Chinese actress Xu Jiao updated her fans with some new pictures. This is my favourite. She looks like an antique painting.

Here are some other images that she posted.img_3327img_3328

 

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Update:

Hey guys, how’s everyone doing?

I have been quite busy with school and midterm tests recently, so I haven’t been able to post frequently.

Therefore with concerns to the last part reviews for Queen: Love and War & Someday or One Day, I will try my best to get both up by Wednesday. Also, my 2020 Winter Playlist should be available by Thursday.

I also have reviews for Crash Landing On You and Find Yourself coming up next week during my school break. So keep an eye out for that.

I have to get back to studying now. Take care, everyone.

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Official HIGE DANdism – I LOVE: Song Of The Week

The chosen song for this week is “I LOVE” by Official HIGE DANdism. I have been listening to this song a lot since I discovered it from the ongoing Japanese drama, Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo. img_3373Official HIGE DANdism, also known as Higedan, is a Japanese pop band formed in 2012. There are four members – Satoshi Fujihara (lead vocalist, keyboards), Daisuke Ozasa (guitar, background vocalist), Makoto Narazaki (bass guitar, saxophone, background vocalist) and Masaki Matsuura (drummer, background vocalist). The band is currently signed to Pony Canyon. Official HIGE DANdism gained popularity with their hit song “Pretender” in 2019. img_3378 I don’t know what it is about the song that got me so addicted. I didn’t take notice of it at first, then suddenly since the ending of last week, I found myself listening to it on repeat. Well, I do love a good rock song, and Japanese bands are amazing. So maybe, it was the instrumental that finally got to me. Plus, I like it when they sing “I love” because of the drums and clapping that comes in hard during that section.

Another thing might be the language, it sounds charming to me. Overall, I just think “I LOVE” by Official HIGE DANdism is a lovely song. Hence I had to share it with you all. I hope everyone enjoys listening to it.

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Tenno no Ryoriban: Drama Review

I just finished watching this drama, and even though I initially did not plan to review it, I think it deserves to be discussed a little. This is going to be a quick review.

Tenno no Ryoribin, also known as The Emperor’s Cook, is a 2015 Japanese drama based on a novel with the same native name by Hisahide Sugimori. It ran for twelve episodes. The main character of this series is Akiyama Tokuzo, which was played by Satoh Takeru.

Sypnosis: Akiyama Tokuzo is a young man living in a rural area. He easily gets absorbed in things but quickly loses interest and moves on to something new. This behaviour continually creates problems for his family. One day while delivering goods to an army kitchen, he meets a chef who gives him cutlet to eat. Tokuzo immediately falls in love with cooking. So he decides to move to Tokyo to learn the craft. He later travels to Paris to study more about culinary arts. Fighting against discrimination and prejudice, Tokuzo becomes a chef at the Hotel Ritz in Paris. At age 25, he becomes the chef for the Emperor of Japan.

Review: 

I absolutely enjoyed every minute of this drama. I felt like I was on a journey with Akiyama Tokuzo. Satoh Takeru is an astounding actor. I have watched him in a few movies, but this is such an intriguing and outstanding role. I clearly need to check out more of his projects. I already knew that he was a good actor, but this role completely took my love for him to another level. The way he showcased Tokuzo’s growth throughout the series was pure gold. Satoh Takeru definitely owned his craft with this drama.

I love how the story was written. We could see that Tokuzo did not achieve his dreams alone. His family, friends and mentors supported him along the way. Including every single person he met throughout his journey, whether bad or good, they all had an impact on his character. This also relates to real-life where we meet so many different people. Of course, not all turn out to be good influences, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t learn something out of the encounter. I also admire how his character never gave up once he discovered what he wanted to do in life. He stayed focused and knew that he couldn’t afford to disappoint himself or his family any longer.

There were a few times when I wished for Tokuzo to pay more attention to his family after marriage. My concern was later resolved during the time when his wife was ill. I could see that he genuinely cared for his family, but he also took his job as the Emperor’s chef very seriously. This goes to show that his character wasn’t perfect. He was a bit selfish and also had a quick temper, but these traits are what made his character intriguing.

The other two roles that really stood out to me were Tokuzo’s brother – Shutaro and Tokuzo’s wife – Toshiko. These two characters made me shed tears because of their love and support for Tokuzo. Kuroki Haru, who acted as Toshiko, is such a skilled actress. Her subtle and quite expressions were always a delight to watch. She gave so much life to her character without ever saying much. I applaud her and I will definitely check out more of her works. Suzuki Ryohei, who played as Shutaro, is also another experienced actor. His delivery was always on point. His support of Tokuzo’s dream was heartwarming to watch. I am glad he saw his younger brother succeed.

Another thing I loved was the music. It was well placed, so it sparked more emotions for me.

Overall, I think this was a well-written drama. The story progression was perfect, and the screen time was well divided among every character. All members of the cast did a fantastic job. No matter the amount of time they had on screen, each role had a purpose and made the desired impact. I could see the effort made by the production team to ensure they got every foreign country’s scenario right. Also, most of the non-Japanese actors gave a believable performance. This was an inspiring and excellent series to watch. Therefore my rating for Tenno no Ryoriban is 10/10.

To understand my rating, click πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Drama|Movie Rating Guide

Missed Reviews Compilation – Part 2

A-Lin – Passenger:img_3366 If you’ve been following my blog since it started, you’ll know that I LOVE A-Lin. “Passenger” was released as a single late last year, but she just dropped the music video yesterday. This is such a beautiful song. She always manages to make me feel the emotions even without any understanding of the song. I love how stripped down this track is. It almost sounds acoustic because the only instruments you can actually hear are the guitar and soft drums. So it gives a lot of space for A-Lin’s voice to soar. I also like the aesthetics of the music video, A-Lin is stunning.

 

TREASURE – Going Crazy (Performance Film):img_3362 This is my first time checking out anything for this newly formed group. I didn’t watch the survival show, and the only member I know is Bang Yedam. I wasn’t expecting their sound to be this pop-ish. Apart from WINNER and AKMU, almost all the artists in YG gravitate towards classic hip hop. I guess they went for this sound because of the age range in the group. Also, this is my first time seeing a YG group with so many members. All the same, I think TREASURE did great. They are young and talented, so even if this song is not my style, I am excited to see what they will bring to the Kpop community.

 

Lee Hae-Ri – from h:img_3076 On the 29th of January, Lee Hae-Ri from Davichi released her second mini-album titled from h. It has six songs with “Just Cry” as its title track. Lee Hae-Ri is the queen of ballads. She has a lovely voice and never fails to convey the right emotions when she sings. With these new set of songs, she showcased a variety of ballad styles. So if you enjoy slow songs, this is for you. My favourite song from this album is “Where the love goes”. I tried to add all the official music videos I could find. 

 

SUPER JUNIOR – 2YA2YAO!:img_3364 I love Super Junior, and this song is a BOP. The beat is so good, and the melody for the chorus is catchy. Plus, all the handsomeness going on in the music video, who could resist? Their voices still remain as good as ever. “2YA2YA0!” is three minutes and thirty seconds long, but I still needed more time. It felt too short for me. I already added it to my playlist because I need more groovy songs to relieve stress.

 

Poetic Narrator EP – Poetic License: img_3079This is a newly formed duo. The members are Juniel and Doko, and this release is their official debut. The EP has five songs. Three tracks have music videos, and the rest can be heard on this album sampler πŸ‘‡πŸΌ They have a really soothing sound. I genuinely enjoyed every song on this album, it was like a mix between neo-soul and R&B. Their voices are beautiful. They complement each other really well. I love the lady’s soft tone. I cannot wait to learn more about them. I added the entire EP to my playlist. It was too good, so I couldn’t select a favourite. Here are the music videos –

 

Kim Jae Joong EP – Love song: img_3365 This EP has four songs with “Tender love” as its title track. I can see myself on the balcony of a beach house staring at the ocean while this album plays in the background. Although I know who Kim Jae Joong is, I hardly listen to his songs. So this album is an introduction to his music for me, and I truly enjoyed every minute. He has a powerful and genuine voice. My favourite song from the album is the title track. Here is a sample of the remaining songs –

Missed Reviews Compilation – Part 1

I have been quite busy, so I couldn’t review most of the songs that got released lately. Now here is a list of the recent releases that I truly enjoyed –

BIBI – Restless: img_3355 This is such a soothing song to listen to. BIBI has a unique tone, and she always makes the most lovely tracks. So I highly recommended “Restless” to anyone who needs some chill music to help them relax. Plus, the music video is beautiful, and BIBI is so adorable.

 

Vince Feat. Zion.T – EMERGENCY:img_3357 I actually planned to check this out because of Zion.T. I really do not know much about Vince, he seems to be a new artist. I could only find two songs on his Spotify account, and I am already in love with his sound. Vince has the classic Korean sexy R&B vibe, so if that is your arena, you will enjoy his songs. Here is his other song titled “MENNAL” –

 

SECHSKIES EP – ALL FOR YOU: img_3358 I am so happy that they are back. I adore the sound of older Kpop groups. They always give off a nostalgic and sweet feel. Plus, their songs are also very catchy. This new EP has five songs. The title track is also called “ALL FOR YOU”. I enjoyed listening to all five songs. My favourites are – “ALL FOR YOU” & -“MEANINGLESS”. Here is a sample of the EP –

 

HYUKOH EP – through love:img_3361 HYUKOH always impresses with their music, so I had to check out their latest album. I recently featured their old song “TOMBOY” as my song for this week. To check out that post, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ HYUKOH – TOMBOY: Song Of The Week. This new album has six songs, and it is quite different from their usual sound. It has more instrumental solos and less lyrical sections. The songs made me feel like I was lying in an open field while staring at the sun. They sound very trancelike and give off a sense of serenity. I added the entire album to my playlist because just selecting a few songs will cause me to miss out on the full experience. HYUKOH’s through love is another good recommendation for some good relaxation time.

 

Lee Seung Chul – I will give you all:img_3118 I saw Park Bo-gum in the teaser, so I decided to check it out, but I stayed for the singer’s beautiful voice. This song is an OST for a webtoon called The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor. This is my first time listening to anything from Lee Seung Chul, but I plan to check out more of his songs later. He is an older singer, so his control of this classic ballad sound is impeccable. If you are a ballad lover like me, you will really enjoy listening to this song. The instrumental for this track also has some rock elements, so if you like that, this is for you.Β 

 

Baek Ji Woong – A Weary Night: img_3218_original I love the deep voice of this singer, and I cannot wait to check out more of his songs. “A Weary Night” is another beautiful ballad. It is the classic slow song accompanied by a keyboard and orchestra. Such songs might seem simple, but what really makes or mars it is the singer’s ability. Baek Ji Woong has a compelling and calming tone, so I was captivated right from his first note. He is really talented. I love discovering new artists to add to my long list of faves.

 

 

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YOOK SUNGJAE – 3X2=6 Project Part 3: Music Review

Yesterday, BtoB’s YOOK SUNGJAE released two new tracks as part 3 of his ongoing 3×2=6 Project. The two new songs are titled “HMHN” and “Hypnotized”. I already checked out one of the tracks from part 2. If you haven’t read that post already, here is the link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ YOOK SUNGJAE – W.A.U: Music Review.

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to each song.)

Reaction to Official Lyric Video for HMHN:

  • So this is the title track for 3×2=6 Project Part 3,Β and it features BtoB’s ILHOON.
  • To know what this song is about, read the description box of the video.
  • I love that all of SungJae’s videos have English captions. I genuinely appreciate the effort to accommodate international fans.
  • This is already a groove right from the start.
  • The voice layering going on in this track is delightful to hear.
  • The instrumental is really good, it is so addictive.
  • SungJae’s control over his voice is excellent, and Ilhoon’s rap tone also complements the style of this song really well.
  • I love that they are starting and ending each other’s lines during the chorus. Almost like a call and response technique.
  • Ilhoon is my bias in BtoB, so I always enjoy hearing him rap, and he never disappoints.
  • Yook SungJae has an incredible voice. I am really impressed, and people need to start paying more attention to this project.
  • There is bound to be one or more songs that anyone can enjoy.
  • “HMHN” is a slow tempo song, but it still has a groovy R&B/ hip hop beat.
  • I love it, so my rating is 10/10.

Reaction to Official Lyric Video for Hypnotized:

  • BtoB’s PENIEL is featured in this song. I love how he’s including his members.
  • The tone of the piano gives off a gloomy vibe. Although, I feel it’s trying to throw me off from what the song will actually sound like.
  • I am enjoying these animated videos that he has been using.
  • I know I have complimented him a lot already, but I absolutely love SungJae’s voice.
  • The background vocals on this track are so beautiful and very trance-like.
  • Yesss…. this is what I am talking about. That beat switch and the way Peniel came in was so perfect.
  • I am definitely enjoying this song more than the “W.A.U”
  • This calls for body rollingπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ. “Hypnotized” is a BOP – “ok ok ok what, ok ok ok whoop, ok ok ok yeah.”
  • WHAT???… SHUT UP, what just happened after he said – “drop the beat, let’s go.”
  • The instrumental in this song goes hard, and I am living for it.
  • THIS IS A GROOVE. I am sold, this is my jam for the whole week.
  • Peniel came in and did his thing. Sungjae also came back with his beautiful vocals to serenade my soul. I am in awe of this track.
  • I know I said I needed to hear something better from him after “W.A.U,” but he didn’t have to go this hard. I AM SHOCKED😲😲.
  • “Hypnotized” is a well-composed track. The way the beat switches up when entering a new section is impressive.
  • I love the trap/EDM elements for the instrumental. This is going on my playlist.
  • The details on what this song is about can be found in the description box of the video.
  • Nah, I wish you all can see my face at this point. Peniel went too hard on this song.
  • Also, SungJae’s vocal runs at the end were not helping.Β  This song has me hypnotized for real.
  • The intensity at the end is too good. That guitar riff. LORD… I’m outπŸ’€πŸ’€.
  • They cannot disrespect me like this. How am I supposed to review other songs now with this standard in mind?
  • PENIEL and YOOK SUNGJAE did an excellent job on this track. They nailed every second, so my rating for “Hypnotized” is a solid 10/10.

I absolutely enjoyed listening to both songs. Go check the 3×2-6 Project if you haven’t already done so.

That is all I have for this post, take care.πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

iKON – Dive: Music Review

Just Yesterday, iKON returned with a new EP titled i DECIDE after a long hiatus. This mini-album features five songs with “Dive” as its title track.img_3353iKON is a South Korean group signed to YG Entertainment. They were introduced to the public through the survival show, WIN: Who is Next. Before debuting, the group also appeared on another survival program called Mix & Match, which defined the final seven-member lineup. iKON officially debuted on September 15th, 2015, with the album – Welcome Back. The group currently has six members – Bobby, Jay, Ju-ne, Song, DK and Chan. The seventh member and former leader of the group B.I left the band on June 12th, 2019.

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)

Reaction to Official MV:

  • I don’t have much time now, so I can only review the title track. However, I will check out the album sampler toΒ see which songs I might like.
  • I have not seen any teaser, so everything will be new to me.
  • I wasn’t expecting the song to start this way. The instrumental is nice.
  • I missed Ju-ne’s voice. That raspy tone is a blessing to my ears.
  • I am still not used to their new names, so I am finding it hard matching the new names to the right member.
  • I am loving “Dive” so far.
  • DK looks really good with the long hair.
  • The vocalists are shinning in this comeback.
  • Bobby always gets me with the hard rap sections. I love his flow. He is so good.
  • The visual for the music video is beautiful, and the red outfits are my favourite for them.
  • As usual, we have the standard iKON chorus singing at the end. That is iKON’s thing, and they always nail it.
  • I love this song, and I am happy with every member’s input.
  • I hope this comeback gets all the support from fans because iKON really needs it now.
  • I know B.I wrote a few songs on the album because they were already working on it before his departure. So in a way, he is still present for this comeback.
  • I wish they could allow him to rejoin the group, but with the way things have been going, I highly doubt that will happen.
  • All the same, “Dive” is a great upbeat song and has that beautiful iKON flavour, which I always enjoy. It isn’t my favourite from them, but the boys did a fantastic job.
  • Therefore, my rating for “Dive” is 9/10.
  • Now let’s check out the album sampler.

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  • Thankfully, YG Entertainment did the right thing and credited B.I for his songs.
  • I absolutely love the way “Ah Yeah” sounds, it might be my favourite because of the guitar riffs.
  • Oh, I also like “Holding On”. My second favourite on the album for sure.
  • Aww, I also love “Flower”, it is that perfect soft bop.
  • Even though I haven’t listened to the full songs. I can already tell that this is a solid EP.
  • It has a good selection of songs, and I can count three that genuinely suits my taste.
  • I am going to listen to the full album while doing my correction read-through for this post. I will probably post my final thoughts on the blog’s Facebook page.

That is all for this post. I wish iKON all the best during the promotion for i Decide.

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HYUKOH – TOMBOY: Song Of The Week

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The song I am sharing with you all this week is “TOMBOY” by HYUKOH. img_3317HYUKOH is a South Korean Indie band formed in 2014. The group consists of four members – Oh Hyuk (leader/singer/guitarist), Im Dong-geon (bassist), Lim Hyun-Jae (guitarist) and Lee In-woo (drummer). They are currently signed to DooRooDooRoo Artist Company. HYUKOH, along with DAY6 and The Rose, are my favourite bands from South Korea as of now. img_3316

This song was produced by Car, the garden and Oh Hyuk. It is from the band’s 2017 album titled 23.

From the very first time I heard this song, I got a very nostalgic and sad vibe from it. Even without reading the English translation, I could feel some underlying anger and drive. It is one of those songs that I could replay for hours whenever it comes on. Plus, the power in Oh hyuk’s voice always gets me emotional. I enjoy listening to him sing and then when the band comes together, it is just complete bliss for me. They are so talented and very unique. Although this is not a lively song, I still recommend it because it makes for a beautiful listen and talks about life. So I hope you guys enjoy listening to “TOMBOY”.

Here is the English translation for this song –

[Verse 1]
I was awkward with the love my mom always showed
Maybe that’s why things are always so hard
Even inside the greed that I was afraid to lose
There is a small beauty

[Verse 2]
I’m happy right now, so I’m nervous
Because the sea is always calm before the storm
Because don’t want to be set on fire and burn quickly
I’m cheering for love

[Chorus]
The young us
Are too naive to count the rings of trees
Blind, by bright lights, fading away

[Verse 3]
Sad adults always only walk backwards
You, who just passed your Terrible Twenty, look bored
Because don’t want to be set on fire and burn quickly
We’re cheering for love

[Chorus]
The young us
Are too naive to count the rings of trees
Blind, by bright lights, fading away

[Verse 4]
Yea, I didn’t know well back then
We only have common about the difference
Matured, you fell off first
Now, I resemble with you

[Chorus]
The young us
Are too naive to count the rings of trees
Blind, by bright lights, fading away

(source: Genius Lyrics)

Okay, this is for anyone interesting in diving more into HYUKOH’s music. On the 30th of last month, they released a new album titled through love. I really want to review it, but I haven’t had enough time due to school. I’ll probably check it out this weekend.

That is all I have for this post, guys. Take careπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

Adoring: Movie Review

Adoring is a 2019 Chinese film that features people of different ages in the company of their loyal pets as they give love, receive love, discover love and learn to love again. Vivienne is a veterinarian that also runs a pet shop. She looks after the well being of all the pets in the community, and even witnesses six heartwarming stories about the people and the pets they adore.

Expectations: I saw the trailer while scrolling through Instagram earlier today, and I quickly looked for a site to watch the full film. Honestly, I am not an animal lover, but there are a few times when I do find cats adorable. All the same, I am a sucker for love. Whether it be the love of animals or another person, I am here for all of it.😊😊

Review:

I absolutely enjoyed every minute of this film. It was beautiful and filled with love from beginning to end. The bond between the pets and their owners was incredible. Every actor did a fantastic job of bringing their character and relationship with their pets to life. I felt every emotion they expressed, I laughed with them, and cried, as in genuinely cried with them. Also, the acting from the animals was remarkable. I could tell that they were well trained. They even made me reconsider the idea of having a pet. How could such little beings have a vital impact on someone’s life? Adoring is definitely not the most epic film I have seen, but the heartwarming feeling it gave me is truly memorable.

To dive more into the story, let’s look into each pet and their owners,

(warning – spoilers ahead)

  • Zhao Yue and Fang Xin with Seven – img_3314This couple was always lovey-dovey and funny. I loved their chemistry, and I live for William Chan in funny and charming roles. It was amusing whenever he begged Seven (the dog) to let him spend time alone with Fang Xin. Seven truly loved Fang Xin, and he always protected her, so I felt sad watching him in pain. The scene where Fang Xin asked, “who loves me the most?” broke my heart. Including the last moments between him and Zhao Yue, I was tear-bending throughout the entire scene😭😭😭😭. I couldn’t imagine the pain of losing a pet that has accompanied you for almost all your life. Yet I believe that their story shows the beauty of companionship. Seven will forever remain Fang Xin’s best friend.

 

  • Chen Yue Yun and Jiang Nan with Zha –img_3313At first, I thought it was going to be the typical romance trope, but they focused more on the friendship aspect. I love how Nan encouraged Yue Yun. You know you’ve found a true one when they go out of their way to fulfill anything for you. Everyone needs a friend like Nan. Yue Yun also cared for Nan, but he was dealing with a lot. I am glad that he found the courage to continue school. The scene where Zha (the dog) was leading him to school was very emotional. Just seeing the love and support he got from everyone around him gave me major feels. Independence is a great accomplishment, but it’s also okay to lean on others once in a while.

 

  • Cao Wende with Barton –img_3310This was another funny but heartwarming relationship. Right from the start, I knew that Barton was a brilliant dog. At first, when the dog catchers showed up, I died laughing from how serious they were about the mission. It felt like they were on some 007 spy case🀣🀣🀣. However, after knowing Barton’s story, my reaction took a more serious tone. I am happy that they all came together to help get Barton off the streets. Thankfully, the dog eaters did not get to him first. I like how the relationship between these two developed. Barton and Wende showed the importance of trust and learning to love again.

 

  • Gao Ming and Gao Meng Meng with Angela/Hulu –img_3311This was another set that made me cry. Most notably, during their scene at the airport. The way she calls him “dummy daddy” was cute but also hilarious to me. At first, I thought Gao Ming was trying to get his wife and daughter to stay back with him, but later on, I realized that he was only trying to keep Hulu (the cat). To him, Hulu was the only person he had left, and that was also his primary connection to his daughter after the divorce. I am glad that he was able to resolve his relationship with Meng Meng, and he even got to keep Hulu. Everyone needs love and company.

 

  • Li Xiang and Qu Fei Fei with Bell –img_3312I can understand why he didn’t want Fei Fei to know about Bell (the pig). She wasn’t exactly the most conventional pet. All the same, I was still kind of pissed at how Fei Fei reacted to the situation. At first, when Bell kept on misbehaving, I had two guesses. She was either seeking Li Xiang’s attention, or somehow she was trying to help Fei Fei, and I was partially right. I am so glad Bell came back home safely because if she actually got slaughtered, their relationship would have gown downhill. By the end of everything, Fei Fei came to appreciate Bell more. Honestly, the way she rushed to hug Bell shows that she might even love the pet more than Li XiangπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.

 

  • Luo Hua and An Ying with 726 –img_3309Throughout their scenes, all I could say was, “Aww, the kitten is so adorable.” I couldn’t resist the cuteness😍😍😍. Anyways, An Ying’s case shows that if someone is truly meant for you, no matter how abruptly they come into your lives, they will leave a significant impact. An Ying has mysophobia, so 726 (the kitten) was never in her plan. She simply liked Luo Hua, but because of him, she had to learn to share her space. Even though her first time taking care of 726 was frustrating, she opened up later on. So I guess in her case, she discovered a new kind of love.

Like I mentioned from the beginning, this was really a heartwarming film. Therefore my rating for Adoring is 10/10.

To understand my rating, click πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ Drama|Movie Rating Guide

If you are interested in watching this movie, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Adoring with English Subtitles

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Kings Part 2

If you have not seen the first part of Visual Kings, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Kings. Just like the ladies, I had so many people to include. So here are the rest:

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

Sung Hoon for W Korea Magazine. He was carefully sculpted to enchant anyone that dares to look. LOL.img_3176

 

img_3060img_3061Xiao Zhan on the cover of Vogue Me – February 2020 Issue. He graced the cover with Estelle(a model), but since this is male-focused, I didn’t include their photos together. Anyways Xiao Zhan always serves looks.

 

img_3017img_3018NCT’s Jaehyun was recently featured in ELLE magazine. All NCT members are pure visuals that stun at every given opportunity. I included his pictures for their representation.

 

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Chen Linong for CCTV Chinese New Year Gala program. IΒ  always see his pictures, but I never had the opportunity to include him in my previous photo posts. He is really handsome.

 

img_3104My favourite photo from Lee Do Hyun’s recent shoot for Esquire magazine. He is a rising star, and I cannot wait to watch his next project.

 

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Arthur Chen for the DiorCouture Spring-Summer 2020 show at Paris Fashion Week. I don’t know him that well, but he got my attention. Oh, I just realized that he was the lead for Ever Night (2018). I am suddenly into guys with low cuts.

 

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Lee Jae Wook for DAZED Korea. I cannot wait to see him in a lead role, he is a good actor.

 

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Xu Kaicheng for K-MEDIA. He is seriously giving me Dracula vibes in these photos.

 

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Chinese singer, Ayunga for Vivo x Alexander Wang. I just love his pictures, and he surely looks dapper in this Chinese New Year snaps.

 

And last on this list… πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯ is the one and only Taeyang. Honestly, he looks so good in this photo from Esquire magazine. How can one be that fine? Plus, his thick eyebrows made their statement.Β img_3013

Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo: Drama Review – Episode 1-3

Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo, also known as Love Will Last Forever, is an ongoing Japanese TV series set for ten episodes. It airs every Tuesday, which means we get one episode each week. It started on January 14th.

Sypnosis: Nanase Sakura met Dr. Kairi Tendo several years ago and fell in love with him. To meet her dream man again, she studied hard to become a nurse. Fast forward to five years later, Nanase Sakura is now a 23-year-old rookie nurse starting her career at the same hospital where Tendo works. After meeting him, she realizes that he has a different personality from what she imagined. Kairi Tendo is 31 years old and, his nickname at work is “Devil.” He often makes biting remarks to other doctors and nurses. Nanase Sakura works hard to receive his recognition and also confesses her feelings to him. Due to her persistence, she gains the nickname ” Warrior”  from her co-workers.

Expectations: I saw a clip of this drama on Instagram, and I decided to check it out. Usually, I stay away from such storylines, but it’s Satoh Takeru. How could I resist? He is one of my favourite Japanese actors. Also, I have been searching for a current Japanese series to watch, and none caught my attention except this.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review: 

Overall, I think this is a good drama, and it has the potential to get better with the current progress. I approve of how they showcased the past encounter and quickly rushed things to the present time. They have only ten episodes, so there is no time to waste. Although, I was quite baffled when they showed Tendo slowly wrapping her scarf while the ambulance was waiting for him. I don’t think any doctor would do that.

My primary concern was for Sakura to discover a better drive for her career. I believe that the encounter from five years ago inspired her, but she was also star-struck by Tendo’s good looks. This means, from the get-go, her desire to become a nurse wasn’t just based on her crush for Tendo. Sakura’s situation reminded me of Park Shin Hye’s character in Doctors. She admires Tendo’s skills. So once the series started, I was praying for her to come to that realization. I am very grateful she did because now I can continue watching with ease. Sakura knows that her actual dream is to help others, even though she likes Dr. Kairi Tendo. Kudos to the writer for giving her a personality outside of her crush.

This drama’s atmosphere slightly reminds me of Code Blue. Mainly because it’s been a while since I watched a Japanese medical series. I enjoy how we get to see their interactions with the patients. Their time in the hospital impacts the doctors and nurses. So far, Arin and Kanda are the patients that caught my attention. Kanda’s death made me cry. Honestly, human life is so fragile. One minute someone is here, and the next minute they’re gone forever. Death has taken so many young and bright souls, and as a doctor or nurse, you have to deal with loss regularly. I couldn’t imagine. I’m glad that Tendo was there to comfort Sakura, and I sincerely hope that Arin gets better. She is such a brilliant and nice little girl.

Now let’s talk about some characters,

– Kamishiraishi Mone as Nanase Sakura – The actress is doing a great job. Her expressions are not forced. Nanase Sakura is slow, but that does not mean she isn’t smart. Also, to get through nursing school, you must be extremely hardworking. Therefore, she already has potential. All she simply needs to do now is focus on improving her skills and being more careful. At first, she came off naive and unprepared. Her confession scene gave me major second-hand embarrassment.

Nevertheless, I can tell that Sakura sincerely cares for her patients, and she is willing to take advice. Just like Tendo mentioned, one of her best qualities is that she is quick to take action. She is also hilarious with her vivid daydreams. Plus, the way she beamed up after Tendo called her real name, and her sweet promise to make him smile again is quite adorable. I am sincerely looking forward to her growth throughout the series.

 

– Satoh Takeru as Tendo Kairi – He killed me when he said that he only has enough kindness for the patients. Like his boss asked – are you an internet bundle?πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Also, when he wrote his insult on the paper instead of saying it out, I died. Can’t you let it go?🀣🀣🀣 Right from the start, Tendo seemed like a pineapple to me. He is full of thorns on the outside but sweet once you get past his cold demeanour. There is always a reason for such behaviour. His girlfriend’s death had a significant impact on him, so he needs time to heal. I am a bit confused about the timeline they gave us. If his girlfriend died eight years ago, and Sakura met him five years ago. How come he was kind to her then? Was it just a spur of the moment, or were my subtitles wrong? I can see that Tendo is already getting jealous, and he is beginning to open up. I am excited to see his healing process and how he mentors Sakura.

 

– Yoshikawa Ai as Sakai Yuika – I examined her character with an open mind. She is pissed at Sakura for not taking their profession seriously. What I do not appreciate is her looking down on Sakura. You might be excellent at the technical stuff, but that does not mean you are perfect. If you feel she isn’t going about things the right way, say it to her directly instead of being shady. Or lend a helping hand if you have enough time. Sakura does have some strengths that Sakai lacks. Thankfully by the end of episode three, she realizes that. She also needs to work hard.


Japanese dramas tend not to disappoint me. Hence I have high hopes that this will remain a solid one till the end. Here is a link to the English subbed episodes of this series πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo on BLITZ FANSUB.

If you have started Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo, what do you think of the story so far?

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Queens Part 2

If you have not seen the first part of Visual Queens, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Queens. I had so many ladies, so I could not include them all in one post. Here are the rest:

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

Nana for COSMOPOLITAN Korea -January 2020 Issue. Her radiance is astonishing. She is gorgeous, and I love the apricot/peach coloured makeup look on her.img_2982

 

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Yao Chen graces the cover of Variety China for its January 2020 Issue. I don’t know why but to me, she looks like the exact description of snow white in these photos.

 

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EXID Hani for NYLON Magazine – February 2020 Issue.Β  I love her funky and goofy poses.

 

IU for J .Estina Jewelry. I love all the photos for this jewelry campaign with IU. She always looks fresh with the minimal makeup look.

 

Cecilia Boey exudes casual charm for FireBible. She is so beautiful, and she nails so many different concepts.

 

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BLACKPINK’s Lisa takes the latest cover for ELLE Korea’s February Issue. I love the flowery concept. She is beautiful.

 

img_3097Park Eun Bin for COSMOPOLITAN Korea.Β  She looks like a flower that just bloomed. Honestly, I wish I could rock peach coloured makeup like her. Maybe I’ll give it a try.

 

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Sun Yi for SoFigaro Magazine. She is one of those who doesn’t even have to try. She has a natural and relaxed charm to her.

 

img_2586img_2587AOA’s Seolhyun looks stunning in this shoot for Allure Korea. I love the incorporation of fruits. I hardly get attracted to pink, but this got my attention. The way her hair was pulled back, allowing her face to have all focus and the soft makeup look was a great choice as well.

 

Minah looks lovely with her rosy cheeks in this photoshoot for COSMOPOLITAN Korea.

 

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Guan Xiaotong takes the cover of SoFigaro Magazine’s latest issue. The freckles called to me. She is serving direct eye contact that just makes you want to stare.

 

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BLACKPINK’s Jennie in her latest photoshoot with W Korea. She is definitely someone that can rock any style. She always makes a fashion statement.

 

And last on this list is Xuan Lu for Aida Fashion. Whatever colour editing that is going on in this set of photos is pure magic. I love the brown-goldish tone they used. I have seen many of Xuan Lu’s photoshoots, and she always slays.

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My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Couples Edition.

This edition is focused on couples. I included some real couples, but most of the pictures are actors/models that partnered for a photoshoot or starred in a drama together. ENJOY.

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

First on my list is Sung Hoon and Chun Woo Hee for W Korea. They are so beautiful. Sung Hoon has that perfect edgy, but clean-cut visuals. img_3179img_3207img_3175

 

img_3152img_3151img_3153Dilraba Dilmurat and Vengo Gao on the latest posters for Three Lives, Three Worlds, The Pillow Book. I find it so fascinating that the three posters connect through one tree. Isn’t that cool?

 

img_2790img_2793img_2789Chinese singer Han Geng and his wife Celina Jade shared their romantic wedding pictorial on Weibo. They are so lovely and goofy together.

 

img_2785img_2784img_2783Kris Wu and Japanese model Koki take the front cover of Marie Clarie China – February Issue. They complement each other well, and they are both stunning individuals.

 

img_2056Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin are magnetic on-screen. Their chemistry is to die for. I adore this promo shoot they did for Crash Landing On You.

 

img_3125img_3124Recently released posters for the upcoming Chinese TV series – Find Yourself. It stars Victoria Song and Song Wei Long as leads. I am counting down the hours to its premiere. I have so many dramas to watch, but very little time.πŸ˜ͺ

 

img_3142The leads for Dreaming Back to the Qing Dynasty look quite cozy together in their recent cover shoot for Men’s Uno Young! February issue. I think they had great chemistry in the drama, and I will be keeping an eye out for their future projects.

 

img_2838_originalimg_2837The main casts of the Chinese drama – Ming Dynasty in a New year themed shoot for NEUFMODE Magazine. I need to watch this series, but I have been so busy with school.

 

7c61fcc9-9890-4d73-a150-5e904f2169c8-1947-000000e499bae16dimg_2673Jin Se Yeon and Kim Min Kyu on the promotional posters for Queen: Love and War. The colours for the traditional attires are so vibrant. I could stare at them for days. Costumes are my major delights when watching historical series.

 

img_3046This is a poster for the Chinese web movie – The Enchanting Phantom. It is a remake of A Chinese Ghost Story, and it will be available exclusively on Tencent. The details on this poster are insane, and the colours are remarkably captivating. I must find a means to watch this movie.

 

img_3201A chilling poster for the Chinese drama, Sword Dynasty. The white and blue colours scream elegance. I am tempted to watch the series.

 

And last on my list is the adorable beauty, Zhao Liying and Feng Shaofeng on H&M’s latest Chinese New Year campaign. They released a lot of pictures, but these are my favourites.img_3196img_3195

YOOK SUNGJAE – W.A.U: Music Review

BtoB’S YOOK SUNGJAE released the second part of his 3X2=6 Project on the 16th of this month. There are two songs for Part 2, but I will be reviewing only “W.A.U” img_3226Yook Sung Jae is a South Korean singer, actor, and entertainer. He is a member of the boy group, BtoB. Every member of BtoB is known for their powerful and stable vocals. SungJae is known for his acting in television dramas like Who Are You: 2015, Goblin, and The Village: Achiara’s Secret. He is also a permanent cast on the variety show Master in the House.

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)

Reaction to official Lyric Video:

  • According to the description provided under the video, “W.A.U” is an EDM Pop describing a gentle longing that comes when we feel light after a breakup.
  • I thought this was a ballad, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
  • Now I am excited to hear what it sounds like.
  • Yes, it has English captions. πŸ‘πŸ‘
  • It is definitely EDM Pop, and I like the beat.
  • This is already a groove.πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ
  • SungJae’s voice is so good, and it is lovely hearing him on a very upbeat track.
  • I love the beat drop during the chorus, it is very catchy.
  • So W.A.U stands for “what about you?”
  • Wow, this is a short song. It is not even up to three minutes.
  • I was waiting for more, and it just ended on me after two minutes and fifty-six seconds. WHY?
  • I have to go back and take my time.
  • Honestly, It is a lovely song, but the length doesn’t give me much to appreciate.
  • Overall, I’ll rate it as 8/10.
  • I truly enjoyed it, but it left me hanging. This is just my opinion.
  • I will still be keeping an eye out for more releases from SungJae. Hopefully, I will get something I genuinely love.