Energy Mix

One of the things I suffer with is chronic fatigue.   I have no interest in getting all jacked up on pills so I go for a more natural method.  When I’m feeling sluggish, I pop in this playlist and the upbeat tempo of the songs I have on here dump adrenaline/endorphins into my system and help  me make it through the rest of the day.  I also find this mix helpful when I am doing chores, hiking, whatever.

So enjoy, dance with me and if you have any favorites that pump you up when you need a pick me up list them below and maybe I’ll add them to this mix.

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Bring your favorite Kpop group to your city!

There is a new app/website that is determined to bring Kpop to more cities.  As we all know, most groups only go to New York or L.A. where most of us just don’t have the cash to go.   I figure there are easily 5 locations in other states that they could hold successful concerts in.   I wish my city was one of them but we are just not big enough of a metropolis.   Seattle though, I’d drive to.   I would probably even drive up to Vancouver BC if I got the chance, but that is pushing it.

Anyway,  Teen Top’s management is going to let the fans decide the other locations for their US tour.   This is really a clever idea because they sell the tickets early, so they know they will have an audience to pay for the expensive trip to a different town that frankly, nobody else has been to or tried out yet.

Here’s how it works!

If its successful, other groups will jump on board, you can be sure of that.  Kpop owners know that the US is a growing market for their music.  Lets show them just how good we can be to them.

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Bride of the Century Ep. 1 and 2

Episodes 1 and 2  both aired this week and our Drama Club has submitted our reviews to DF and now its my turn for my own personal commentary on this weeks shows.

A devious ghost, feisty women and a man cold enough to get his own winter storm name from the weather channel make up this newest dish for our drama addictions.  I personally was excited to see it because I just wanted to see Jeremy play a jerk.   Thankfully Lee Hong Ki is very good and I quickly fell into character with him.  Yang Jin Sung plays our “look alike” female heroines who are different as night and day.   I was excited to see Jin Sung again because I enjoyed her performance in City Hunter as a bodyguard at Blue House.  She was still kicking butt here and that was fun.  She does an outstanding job playing both characters  of  Yi Kyung/Doo Rim.  2 episodes in and I couldn’t see the resemblance.  She moves and talks so differently that I have no problem buying that its too different people.

I was happy to find out the ghost story was real.   The Ghost makes quite a few appearances in the first episode.  She kills her first victim,  sets up to have Doo Rim rescue her from drowning and then “gifts” her with a  “lucky bracelet” to help her find true love.   Lucky…..yeah right.  She intimidates a psychic and follows our Hero to work.   Whatever the reason, this Ghost clearly has an agenda and has some personal preferences in how this plays out.  I guess if you are going to get to take the soul of the first wife of each first born son you’d get picky, too.

Yi Kyung really gets the raw end of the stick and I don’t blame her one wit for taking off and running away.   She gets treated like a puppet, used, abused and then gets derision heaped all over her.  We have the jealous friend/secretary/childhood sweetheart who just makes matters worse .   Loveless business marriage….woohoo…what every little girl dreams of.   Right?  No?  Yeah… me neither.

Doo Rim is Yi Kyung’s poorer, no relation look alike.  Forced into pretending to be Yi Kyung courtesy of a bad business associate and her dying grandmother who needs surgery,  Doo Rim  submits to temporarily pretending to be the missing girl.   Little does she realize our Ghost has now put her exactly where she wants her.

While the curse is always there, nobody wants to talk about it because, hey….who would sell…”cough cough”…marry their daughter into THAT family?   There is an ongoing debate between the staff and various family members on whether the rumors are true or not.   Thankfully, we the audience aren’t left in the dark….

Our second episode  really lets the comedy play.    We have magically appearing bracelets,  fights with dishonest Ajummas,  stumbles that lead to kisses,  love triangles and through it all we have our cold hero Kang Joo trying to chase off  our fake Yi Kyung (Doo Rim) by acting all alpha male over her.   Doo Rim isn’t’ having any of that, of course and she lets him know it.   I love it when the women aren’t wilting flowers.  At one point, our catty friend confesses to Kang Joo where Doo Rim can hear it and while they didn’t know she was there,  Doo Rim could care less.  After all, its not her wedding.   Kang Joo even tries to bring it up later and she just ignores him.   She was more worried about the cat she was holding then Kang Joo’s need to either absolve himself or cause a problem.

No thanks, I’m not interested in your love triangle, I’ll be over here thank you.  lol

Our Ghost, while not making as many appearances, still shows her influence by getting Doo Rim, not once but TWICE  to trip and fall on our cold hero leading to compromised positions and unwanted kisses.   Seeing Kang Joo covered in matches was priceless.

So far,  this drama has me intrigued and I’m enjoying the underplay.   I’m also going to have a lot of fun talking and playing with Taleena and Firnlambe.

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Dramafever blogger….WOOT!!

I’m so excited I can hardly sit still.  Yes, we adjummas can be giddy too.   I’m going to be guest blogging on Dramafever with Taleena and Firnlambe on the new drama Bride of the Century.

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Starring  Lee Hong Ki as our cold and aloof hero.  Yang Jin Sung is playing two parts as our heroine.  Rich girl runs away, poor girl steps in as substitute to save dying grandmother…..yada yada.   What she doesn’t know yet is that our hero’s family has a 100 year old curse that the first wife of the first born male of each generation will die on the wedding night and its not just a rumor.   We have a ghost, who clearly has some preferences on who she kills and for those of us feeling sad at losing an awesome supernatural story with the ending of My Love from Another Star, we have something to warm our hearts with.

This is going to be fun.

 

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Adorable Cosplay

I love the movie My Neighbor Totoro.  Here is a great costume idea.  what do you think?

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If I could just find one close by…

According to Dramafever News, men love kdramas as much as we women do.   Fun article, worth the read.   His reasons for liking kdramas are the same as mine.  Now….if I could just find a man to share all this with.  😛

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Cute Movie Reviews

I’m going to review 3 movies I’ve seen recently on You Tube.

MY MIGHTY PRINCESS

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Shin Min-a plays So-hwi, a girl who is a martial arts prodigy who has a very large crush on Joon-mo, kid in red hat played by Yoo Gun, who is a star on the college hockey team.  On Joo-wan plays Il-yeong, who grew up with So-hwi and is also great at martial arts and is her best friend.

The basic idea of the movie is that So-hwi gets tired of being the super strong martial arts freak at her school.  Its made worse by her crush on a boy on the hockey team.  She abandons her martial arts to chase after the boy she likes and her father, who is also a martial arts master bribes her friend ll-yeong to bring her back into the family business.  II-yeong, who wants the bribe of a motorcycle goes to her school and pesters her trying to get her to change her mind.

This movie I found to be cute and silly but strangely bi-polar.   It starts out with a romantic introduction, then switches to a mediocre school crush movie and then ends with an amazing conclusion that ties to the movie’s opening.  The movie is so different in the middle that I forgot the introduction until we get to the final fight scene.   There is a supernatural element involved in the story that is the only consistent thread tying the whole movie together, which is a good thing because otherwise it would be a really stupid movie.   I loved the twist at the end, it tore my heart a little because I really came to like the character involved, but its why I ended up really liking the movie.   Its definitely a B-movie,  but its still enjoyable to watch.

My Little Bride

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Bo-Eun (Moon Geun-Young) is an ordinary high school girl who worries about SAT’s and has a crush on her school’s baseball team ace, named Jung-Woo (Park Jin-Woo). One day, Bo-Eun’s grandfather orders her to marry Sang-Min (Kim Rae-Won). When they were very young, Bo-Eun’s and Sang-Min’s grandfathers had promised that they would become in-laws. Despite their opposition, they are forced to marry because of the strong influence of Bo-Eun’s grandfather. Bo-Eun’s undercover married life begins: She pretends that she doesn’t have a husband and starts dating Jung-Woo. Bo-Eun believes that she can manage both men and live a double life. Everything goes smoothly until Sang-Min visits Bo-Eun’s school as a student teacher… (thank you wikipedia)

This is a cute film.  Just adorable.   If your looking for something silly and sweet to watch, this is a good choice.   When I first saw it, my eye brows raised at a high schooler marrying a college age kid, but at no time is Sang-min creepy towards her.  He never forgets that she is still a kid and that this is a forced marriage to placate their grandfather whom both love.   In fact, when he discovers her crush on the other boy, he patiently and quietly lets her continue dating the other boy.   His quiet love for her is a warm, tender thread throughout the whole movie.   Rae-won and Geun-young  show off why they are favorites in the kdrama world and with good reason.

100 DAYS WITH MR. ARROGANT

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Another fun pair to watch.

After being dumped by her boyfriend just before their 100 day anniversary, Ha-Young (Ha Ji-Won), meets a college guy named Hyung-Joon (Kim Jae-Won) when she accidentally kicks a can that hits him in the face and causes him to scratch his Lexus. He demands she pay him $3000 on the spot. What follows is a slave contract to pay back the owing amount, however,  after much hassle, she finds out that it only cost $10 dollars to fix.  She then proceeds to let him have it.  To get revenge and to keep her under his thumb, he then shows up as her tutor.  More hi-jinks ensue and before they know it, they find that they don’t hate each other like they thought.

Jae-won tends to play more mellow characters and so it was fun watching him be a jerk in this.  Ji-won is one of my favorite actresses because she always kicks butt.  Even if her character is stupid, they still can kick butt.  She doesn’t do helpless well and thank goodness. I don’t get the helpless act in women.  Yes, I’ve seen the results and I know guys really go for it, but both of my parents would have killed me if me or my sisters had ever been that way.  lol

This movie has a very satisfying romantic ending and a funny comedy vignette afterwards.  So, if you’re in the mood for a feisty romantic comedy, this is a good one.

There is a lot of eye candy in these three movies.   All 4 men are handsome  and all 3 ladies are not wilting flowers.

 

 

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Thoughts on beginning something new

I love watching my dramas.   Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese….it doesn’t matter.  Love talking about them, but have no one I can really talk to about them.  Blogging about them is proving to be intimidating to start.   What do I do?  Review the ones that I’m almost done with?  (My Love from Another Star)  Or recap the episodes that I’m in the middle of?  (Prince of Lan Ling)  Aaaargh!  lol

I wish I had readers to ask advice on, but I’ve yet to share this blog with anyone because I’m not happy with my content yet.  So, if and when I do get this shared,  enjoy a little laughter at my confusion. lol

 

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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The Prime Minister and I

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I just finished watching this drama and really loved it.

Synopsis:   At 42 years old, Kwon Yul (Lee Beom-soo) is South Korea’s youngest prime minister ever. On top of his reputation of being an honest man of the utmost integrity, he’s also a widower who raises his three children alone. But what the public doesn’t know is that despite his perfect image, Yul is actually a struggling father devoid of even the most basic of parenting skills. Nam Da-jung (Im Yoona) is a journalist who resorts to writing for a trashy tabloid to support her ailing father, but when she chases Prime Minister Kwon for a lucrative exposé, she ends up scooping a whole lot more than she bargained for and the two end up in a contract marriage. (thank you Wikipedia)

That’s your basic plot line of this romantic comedy.  Many dramas call themselves romantic comedies and don’t have enough comedy.  This one has plenty, but they are careful with its use and use it to great effect to lighten up otherwise overly serious characters.

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The character of Kwon Yul is that of a stuffed shirt.  He’s autocratic, stiff,  runs his home more in a military fashion then with warmth.  You can tell he loves his kids but he has no idea how to give them the warmth that they would get from their mother, who has passed away.  He’s trying hard to be straight in the crooked world of politics and has at his side a rabidly loyal aid, played by Chae Jung-An,  who he’s known most of his life.  He’s a character that you could easily dislike at first.  In fact, you probably won’t like him until the first comedy bit happens.  This is where the comedy is used to such great effect.  All the comedy happens as imagination vignettes.  One character is thinking “oh what could happen if I do this….”   And its crazy fun.   Beom-Soo really gets to play both sides of the coin for this character because he has these moments to make the character fun so you can like him.  Without these moments, you wouldn’t watch a Lead character that is so pedantic.

Yoona gets to play our sweet but tough Da-Jung.  She’s a bit of a clutz, goofy and sincere, but she doesn’t back down.  I often have a hard time liking the female lead character in dramas for the first couple of episodes because the trend is to show a girl for whom life just isn’t working and she’s annoying.   It often takes a couple of episodes to let her calm down and just tell the story and THEN she’s good.   You don’t get that too much with Da-Jung.  She is not annoying, you love her quickly and since we start the drama with her starting her story, you’re already in her corner.   I fell in love with Yoona’s spunk when she did Love Rain, so I was happy to see her again and knew I would enjoy watching her.   Da- Jung is a brave character who just wants to make her father happy who is dying of Alzheimers and a tumor.

Yoon Si-Yoon plays our second male lead Kang In-Ho.  He’s Yul’s Chief of Staff who has a huge crush on Da-Jung.   He falls for her first and if it wasn’t for the bizarre circumstances of the plot,  the audience knows they would have ended up together.  It adds a bittersweet touch to his already sad character story.   His brother lies in a vegetable state and we learn early that In-Ho is intent on getting revenge on the person who made his brother that way.   It was nice to see Si-Yoon play a second lead character.   He’s such a great actor that he claimed lead roles very early.   Most of us know him from Baker King and then fell for his endearing character Enrique in Flower boy next door.  He has been the lead in a couple other dramas and so he’s used to holding his own.  This fares him well in this drama because Beom-Soo is so commanding of the screen as Yul that only strong actors can stand next to him and still shine.

Chae Jung-An and Ryu Jin play the loyal aid Seo Hye-Joo and Yul’s brother in law and fellow ministry official Park Joon-Ki.    Hye-Joo is has known both Yul and Joon-Ki since they were kids and has been in love with Yul since then.  She has stayed by his side through all the ups and downs and is frustrated that she can’t take her place at his side.  Joon-Ki on the other hand hates Yul, who he blames for his sister’s death. He is also jealous of him because he’s been in love with Hye-Joo since they were kids and she turned him down flat in her preference for Yul.   He works to undermine  Yul’s position as Prime Minister any way that he can.

I really liked this drama.  It had a great blend of story and comedy in the right places.  It did not go in the direction I was expecting and I’m so glad for that because I didn’t want to see good characters get destroyed.   The ending is well thought out and sweet.    Some other reviewers felt like it was rushed but I thought it was appropriate.   I was surprised how often I saw commentators upset by the difference in the ages of our two leads, about 15 years difference, but I thought it worked well once the story got going.   That never bothered me.  I also didn’t realize that I was already acquainted with Beom-Soo as an actor.  I had thought this was my first exposure to him until I found out I had already watched him in Dr. Jin.  Did not recognize him at all.   I’ve gone back to re-watch Dr. Jin just to watch Beom-Soo.

Over all, this is a really good drama with a serious story line interspersed with light moments to keep the story fun and engaging.

 

 

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