Aaah, being young is so, so precious. The springboard to a lifetime of experiences: love, hurt, rejection, elation, the highs, the lows. A young friend of mine recently lamented how she wished she was already in her 30s. Being 20s is hard, she said, finding love is hard, striking out on her own is hard.
I decided to share with her a quote I’d read recently. How I wish I had come across this when I was in my 20s and spent less time counting scores and wallowing in self-pity.
“Time is absolutely marvelous. We get to anticipate the experiences we want to have — which is often more enjoyable than the experiences themselves.” – Benjamin P. Hardy
May 22 was my last post just before I took a whirlwind 4 weeks off, traveled across multiple time zones, logged over 30,000 flying KM, ate six meals a day like the Hobbits, walked until my feet ached, immersed in local cultures, and snapped countless picturesque pics, mind you, with a few selfies thrown in. But since this is not a travel blog, I will dispense with the details. And now back at home, real life is catching up; new work responsibilities have peeled away the time and energy I normally would have left in a busy day to indulge in reading, writing and blogging.
But, one thing I’ve continued to pamper myself with is drama-watching; it remains one of my few avenues for escapism from an already heady life.
So, barely fifteen months into my blogging adventure, I’m already struggling to make a once a month post. It used to be an ambitious once a week routine. Notwithstanding, the dwindling number of dramas I’m watching these days makes it difficult to find something fresh to write about.
2016 marks the sixth year I’ve watched kdramas. Compared to many other kdrama bloggers, six years is nothing. Many of my fellow bloggers have been at it for many more years with hundreds of dramas under their belt. And so are their blogs. On the same note, many personal blogs have also disappeared during this six year stretch. Sad to see since some of these bloggers are really good at it. But unfortunately, such is life and people move on.
Quoting a seasoned, delightful drama blogger whom I follow, Timescout recently commented on one of my posts, “many in the community have become disillusioned, become more selective, tropes start to annoy them and they’ve become grumpy curmedgeon.” Her humourous but blunt takes on dramas in general is what makes me read her blog even though these days kdramas seem to have little staying power on her very selective list.
One episode of So Ji Sub is all it takes to ruin kdrama leading men for me.
Yes, those to die for washboard abs is something to behold but if you could believe me, I actually find him sexier dressed in a windowpane suit, wincing his trademark frown than the famous bathtub scene in Oh My Venus.
There are many things I love about Korean Entertainment, specifically K-dramas. I’m less into K-pop or its variety shows.
As an ardent female fan, I gotta admit to going gooey-eyed over handsome and charismatic Korean actors: from Hyun Bin’s dimples and So Ji Sub’s furrowed brow to Song Joong Ki’s sweet looks.
But unless these hunks are already in their mid thirties, many of us will dread that day when he has to enlist in South Korea’s compulsory national service. This post does not debate the merit of conscription. That remains a passionate issue in a country that is still technically at war; the Korean War ended with a cease fire, not a peace treaty.
Tis the last weekend in the month of love! Before the sun sets on the last day of February I’m determined to churn out a second post. After all, I spin up tales of love and swoon over make belief kdrama couples in my spare time so it would be remiss of me not to pen something to mark the most romantic month of the year.
So my friends, let’s fall in love with a kdrama, get smitten with an OTP, be a fangirl or fanboy for a day and set our hearts a-fluttering.
Before the month started I was already emotionally engaged, appropriately committed and giddily swept off my feet by two kdramas that premiered a decade apart: Lovers and I Have a Lover.