Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Kdrama Obsession 7

Secret Garden

Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won

This is the first time I have actually watched a romantic comedy from both of these actors and I just gotta say... they are both nailing their respective roles.  Hyun Bin as the self-centered, pompous, rich man-child is utterly adorable.  You will have a love-hate relationship with his character.  He has moments when you wish he is in front of you so you can hug him or kiss him for being sooo cute... but most of the time, you will wish he is in front of you so you can smack him on the head for the stupid things he says and does.  Ha Ji Won is also killing it as an action freak woman, her character is physically strong and she can really pull-off those action sequences really well, but her soft personality and inferiority complex is very real that we can relate to her easily.  I have not yet really finished watching since work is getting in the way, but I do feel that the storyline and the acting of the two leads will keep me very entertained. 

Click here to watch on mysoju (with english subs)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Without Words - You're Beautiful OST

This is the English translation of the lyrics to Without Words... I love this song so much which was from the drama You're Beautiful.  You get to hear it a lot during the drama and has a version that was sung by Jang Geun Suk and another one by Park Shin Hye.  I love the meaning of the words... Listen to it and read...
This is the version sung by Park Shin Hye
This one is the version sung by Jang Geun Suk
I shouldn’t have done that,
I should have pretended not to know
like I didn’t see it, like I couldn’t see it
I shouldn’t have looked at you in the first place
I should have run away
I should have pretended I wasn’t listening
like I didn’t hear it, like I couldn’t hear it
I shouldn’t have heard your love in the first place
Without a word, you made me know what love is
Without a word, you gave me your love
Made me fill myself with your every breath
Then you ran away
Without a word, love leaves me
Without a word, love abandons me
Wondering what to say next
My lips were surprised
It came without a word
Why does it hurt so much?
Why does it hurt continuously?
Except for the fact that I can’t see you anymore, and that you’re not here anymore
otherwise, it’ll be just the same like before
Without a word, you made me know what love is
Without a word, you gave me your love
Made me fill myself with your every breath
Then you ran away
Without a word, love leaves me
Without a word, love abandons me
Wondering what to say next
My lips were surprised
Without a word, tears starts falling down
Without a word, my heart is broken
Without a word, I waited for love
Without a word, love hurts me
I’ve become transparent, I’ve become a fool
and I cry just by looking at the sky
Without a word, separation finds me
Without a word, the end comes to me
It tool my heart by surprised
To send you away unexpectedly
It came without a word
Without a word, love appears
Without a word, love vanishes
Like a fever I’ve had, maybe all I have to do is hurt for a while
Because in the end, the only thing that remains are scars

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Kpop Obsession 5

Jung Yong Hwa
Lead Vocals for C.N. Blue
Kang Shin Woo in You're Beautiful

I have honestly never heard of C.N. Blue before I have seen You're Beautiful.  Only after I watched it did I find out that he is also in a band and their songs are pretty much ok.  I seem to have this thing for second leads.  It is so disarming how they always end up in the friend zone but they do not give up on what they feel.  When he has accepted that he can only be a friend to Park Shin Hye's character in the series, it was very admirable.  Although his character really did drag on a bit about the confession thing.  I think it was in Episode 6 during the Myungdong "semi-date" that they had was his moment.  It was the moment when he could have really won her heart... it was also the moment when "the ship has sailed".  

It was also very enjoyable to watch his semi-married life with SNSD's Seohyun in We Got Married.  He was very mature and manly and dependable.  He had epitomized the "oppa" figure during that stint (as opposed to the younger man image of Kim Hyun Joong to Hwang Bo).

He is cute (on the smallish side), but he does the rockstar look very well when performing onstage. I suppose everyone knows how to google and youtube, so just look him up and watch.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Kdrama Obsession 6

You're Beautiful

Jang Geun Suk
Park Shin Hye
Jung Yong Hwa
Lee Hong Ki

This is the drama series that got me addicted to Jang Geun Suk.  After watching this, I had to look for the rest of his movies and dramas and watched it.  He certainly delivered on those glares... and his snobbishness is utterly adorable.  You will know that he is the good guy trying to be bad to put up a wall around him.  For a change, he has mommy issues (since most drama heroes have daddy issues) to blame for this wall.  It is just a shame that the ratings did not soar when it showed in Korea since it was competing with IRIS.  However, I really think that this drama was underrated and did not get the attention it truly deserved.  It was a refreshing look at the kpop idol phenomenon and it was a really fun and engaging story.  Jang Geun Suk rocked the Hwang Tae Kyung character and his looks really matched the character well...

I can say no more... just watch if you can... 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Kdrama Obsession 5

Mary Stayed Out All Night or Marry Me Mary
Moon Geun Young
Jang Geun Suk

This is the Kdrama series that I am trying to finish right now.  I just gotta say, Jang Geun Suk is rocking this hippie style, though he looks really girl-like with long hair.  I love how this series is so far-fetched and out of touch with reality.  It is like a child's fairy tale story, one that we know does not exist, but it makes us believe in it anyway.  I can't help but feel hope in finding love again... Why don't you try watching it?

Click here to watch with English Subs

TVXQ Wedding Photoshoot on Heroes

Who doesn't want to b pretend brides to these men? I would have a really hard time stopping myself from staring...forming coherent sentences...and generally being civilized...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Kpop Obsession 4

Ahh... This guy is the one that got me addicted to kpop... and right now, watching one of his old videos, when he was a guest in Family Outing I (eps 64 and 65)... He looked so bashful when talking to Lee Hyori.  It's so cute that he doesn't hesitate to let everyone know of his admiration for this woman and how cute and shy he is around her.  It's so disarming how he looks at her... Makes the rest of us wish that we were in her place huh?

Kpop Obsession 2

I can't get enough of TVXQ... I am now re-watching old videos that I have downloaded (back when there were still 5 of them).  I really love how they perform as a group... and I love this song:

This performance was during their Five in the Black Tour in Budokan and it was the first time they have performed in a big venue in Japan.  I chose to upload this with comments from the 5 of them (including all the teasing since Yuchun and Junsu were both crying, Yunho was holding back tears, Jaejoong was smiling at his dongsaengs and Max was just being Max...) (=v=)

Kpop Obsession 3

I have always been fascinated by tattoos and the meaning they hold for those who have it.  I personally would not want to have it on myself (for aesthetic purposes, and I am scared of needles)... But I really am interested with those who have it, specially if they are cute boys like the ones below:

too fast to live too young to die on G Dragon

vita dolce on one arm and moderato on the other

I don't really know what stuff Jaejoong had written here, I can just see Dong Bang Shin Ki of course, Soul, and Hope to the end.. the G clef signs on both ends are also words, one says "The pleasures of the mighty are the tears of the poor" and "A song will outlive sermons in the memory"...

He also has "Always keep the faith" on his left chest, close to his heart, probably a sign to all Cassies out there that he is DBSK at heart... Yuchun has the same one at the same place... Cute huh?

He has new ones on his lower back, but I think those are names of Junsu amd Yuchun... What do you think?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Kpop Obsession 1

When you read my posts on this blog, anybody can tell that I am currently obsessed (just a teeny bit) with Max Changmin of TVXQ.  Probably due to my having recently watched Paradise Meadow, or probably because I have noticed that he is so far off from what he looks like and what he was when TVXQ was just starting out.  Anyway, just to feed a little bit of my obsession, here are some pics...

My apologies if I am not able to credit sources for the pictures, I have already lost track of where I had gotten them... 

Heroes Ep 37

TVXQ were guests on Heroes Ep 37 as grooms during the wedding photoshoot.  The boys didn't do much except stand around and be their gorgeous selves.  It was really amusing though when they were teasing Changmin about IU.  Hongchul mentioned that in the dressing room, when they mentioned IU's name, Yunho was surprised, looked at Max and they had this secret exchange of some sort.  Does Max like IU?  That would be utterly adorable... (^^)  If you watch the episode, you will notice that during the selection of ladies they will be doing the shoot with, Max had no problem whatsoever looking all 3 ladies in the eye (aside from Bongsun spitting on him accidentally).  However, when it was time to look at IU in the eye, he was the one who couldn't last, and hurriedly looked down (still in a really charming way I might add).  Anyway, here are the videos with (just the part with TVXQ in it).  Enjoy (^^) /

Summer & Love - KyuSaeng

I had just finished watching this and although it is really short and their acting is still raw... I did love the message of the video and the resort where they shot this in.  One of these days, I will have enough to spend my vacation in Eskaya, Panglao Island, Bohol.

I love how in this video, Kyu is being more forward and Saengie is being shy.  Also, I was laughing when Kyu was dragging Saeng out for a drink... I don't think Saeng would tolerate that coming from a dongsaeng and I don't think Kyu would drag his hyung out...  All in all.... it's about friendship and how important that bond is.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Kdrama Obsession 2

Paradise Ranch
a.k.a. Paradise Meadow / Paradise Farm
Shim Changmin
Lee Yeon Hee
Yoo Ha Na
Joo Sang Wook

This is the first attempt of Max into acting.  Since this is the first time that he has ever acted lengthily, not counting his mostly cute stuff in Banjun Dramas and Vacation, I think that he was able to hold his own.  Of course, his co-stars were more seasoned actors and had contributed a lot to the overall delivery of this drama.  I also felt that his role was really fit for him and he wouldn't have much difficulty portraying it. This is a classic story for most of the koreanovelas I have watched.  There was just the slight twist that they had gotten married and divorced when they were still really young.  This is something you will watch if you want to take your mind off reality, get lost in sweet romantic moments, and drool over Max's physique (which has really developed well).

Here is our happy couple, Han Dong Joo (Max) and Lee Da Ji (Yeon Hee), who had gotten married at the age of 19 and 21 respectively (18 and 20 in our calendars).

Did I mention that they look quite good together?  It helps a lot that their heights match a bit, since Max is pretty tall (6'1 I think).  Anyway, they were madly in love, tried to elope, found that they need parental consent to marry, begged their families to allow them to get married, which they were able to do so.  It was lucky that Max's grandpa liked Da Ji, and I think since he is the eldest, what he says goes (per Korean custom).  So they had gotten married, lived a newly-weds life, except for the physical intimacy part (which I am surprised they were able to not do despite living together for 6 months).  Apparently, Dong Joo felt that Da Ji was too young for that and that he respected her too much.  Anyway, their story was fast forwarded to 6 years after (which makes Dong Joo 27 and Daji 25) and each have their own lives already. Da Ji was trying hard to be a vet at a small town in Jeju, while Dong Joo is a spoilt, rich heir and lived his life that way.  Da Ji is the breadwinner for her family (Dad and Little Sis), while Dong Joo was entirely dependent on his grandpa and Dad (and Mom).  As in the fate of all kdrama couples, they had met again, and since their history is not very favorable (I guess the divorce didn't end well), Dong Joo was showing huge amount of resentment during their first reunion.  While Da Ji was very glad to see Dong Joo, Dong Joo preferred to not have met her again.  Let me fast forward the story a bit (and will not digress to involve the nominal roles of 3rd party involvement from both sides), they ended up working a lot together, living together in Da Ji's farm (hence the title) and finding out that they had fallen in love all over again with the same person.  However, this time they are both more mature.  Dong Joo had tried to tease Da Ji, by cornering her and making her feel that he will be kissing her... only to say that as Da Ji mentioned that she is no longer the 19 year old girl, who only knew how to love him, she is an adult now with responsibilities to herself and her family, Dong Joo pointed out that he is also not the bumbling 21 year old man-child who only wanted to love her.  He wants to share her life, and that means everything in her life, which includes her dreams to keep the ranch, be a vet, be a good daughter and sister.

They had once again, ended up kneeling in front of their families, asking them to accept their relationship.  Of course, the elders had objected again, this time with more reason since they have already proven that they can't be together (divorced).  Here is where their maturity shows, asking them to accept their relationship, and promising that they will earn their trust again, and will not get married until they do.  Of course, 2 years after, Grandpa has gotten naughty and egged Dong Joo to go on vacation with Da Ji and  not come back until he is sure that there is a great-grandson... Hehehe...

Well, like I said, it is a pretty feel good story to watch.  Like many dramas, it is not perfect, there are definite points where many critics would have a field day tearing down.  But for me, I had a lot of fun watching it.  I laughed and smiled and squeeled with delight.  And that for me is the point of any drama...

Kdrama Obsession 1

I just recently watched this drama which starred the really pretty Shin Mina, cutie Lee Seung Gi and sexy No Min Woo... and just to emphasize this... I decided to upload this vid here...

Now ladies... after you pick yourselves up off the floor... What did you think?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

My Favorite Couple 2

Now this couple... I know that they are no longer together as a group, but their bromance and PDA is truly amazing... watch this vid from gwenmin182's channel in youtube:

In all honesty, I don't really see boys act like that toward each other.  I don't see them hold hands... but these boys are really comfortable with each other that they don't seem to care, even if a camera is on them. :-D

YunJae - JaeHo

Saturday, April 9, 2011

My Favorite Couple 1


Not only are they both cute, I also think that their friendship is real.  They have gone through a lot together.  They often spend their holidays together too.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Adorably Cute

Starting Here

I have always been an avid reader of other people's blogs.  Specially if they blog about my addiction, which is mostly kpop, jpop, shoes, bags, everything a girl not my age is obsessing about.  I am not really hoping to gain a following on this blog.  I just want a venue to share my thoughts about anything and everything that has caught my attention for the day.  And today, this caught my attention:

Now, girls, pick yourselves up off the floor, wipe that drool and close that mouth... Coz I am pretty sure squealing has ensued when Changmin started running his fingers through his dripping hair or when Yunho was flicking his head to shake water off his hair.

This song, this dance, this stage, is made for us to swoon and wish we were all there...front and center...watching :-)