Large age gap between main characters in k-drama: Is it a trend?

Just my two cents after watching I Hear Your Voice‘s episode 8. A very petty you might say. It’s not even the highlight, it’s probably not even worth bringing up. As I said, petty. But what might be petty to you is really causing me a disturbance that I can’t get off my head whenever I watch these dramas. Is Jang Hye Sung (Lee Bo Young)  and Park Soo Ha (Lee Jong Suk) in a love line for this drama? I know that Soo Ha has been crushing on her. The fact that he’s crushing on her is already very disturbing to me so when I see Cha Kwan Woo (Yoon Sang Hyun) mustering his courage and asking her to be his girlfriend. Honestly after that scene I was so excited to watch this drama but at the end of episode 8 we see Soo Ha kissing Hye Sung it made me think, ah is the actual love line between these two? Is Cha Lawyer the infamous ‘second guy’?

I have never been fond of the pairing of large age gap between the main characters. Lee Jong Suk and Lee Bo Young both have 11 years of age gap. Honestly when I’m sure that this drama is going down to that path, I’m not sure if I’m going to continue watching it. While we’re at it, doesn’t it seem like there’s a lot of large age gap couples in the recent drama production?

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The most recent drama that portrays just that is Dating Agency: Cyrano. In fact, it is still an ongoing drama. I did an entry of this drama here. The main characters are SNSD’s Sooyoung and Lee Jong Hyuk, both having 13 years gap in age. It might sound more shocking when I put it this way, she’s in her 20s and he’s in his 40s AND she’s an idol in the most popular Korean girl group and he is an actor with two sons aged 10 and 7. As probably one of the hugest fan of Dad! Where Are We Going variety show that Lee Jong Hyuk is in with his second son Junsu, makes matter worse for me. He has this loving, playful dad image in my eyes and that has taken its toll on me in a sense that I can’t focus on his character in this drama. Notice ‘in this drama’. I would have gladly watched his drama diligently if only he wasn’t paired with someone 13 years younger his age.

Another example of this case is a recently wrapped drama, When A Man Loves. I became a fan of Song Seung Hoon after watching My Princess, his project alongside Kim Tae Hee. They were adorable in that drama! And then this (drama) happened. I was excited to see him returning to the small screen again but turned off when I knew Shin Se Kyung was his partner. That’s 14 years age difference. I did try to watch the drama but I lasted only 4 episodes. It didn’t work for me, because I really wanted Yeon Woo Jin, the ‘second guy’ who seemed to be more age appropriate for Shin Se Kyung, to be the hero. Plus I really loved his acting in Arang and the Magistrate. Since I didn’t watch the drama, I didn’t know the ending. I did see some AKP’s spoiler article title (AKP is notorious for giving out spoilers, I hate it) that Shin Se Kyung had a turn of heart, but I’m sure she ended up with Song Seung Hoon in the end. So, meh.

Now on to my biggest disappointed in the history of k-drama casting yet, 7th Civil Servant. I am really really a fan of Joo Won + the fact that this is a spy drama + 2PM’s Chansung in the cast made me high with expectations. Choi Kang Hee is 11 years older than him. I  felt weird watching the love line so although it was a drama that I waited so excitedly to come out, I stopped watching after 8 episodes. Choi Kang Hee is known for her baby face feature in the industry, but frankly I can’t agree with that. She looks her age for me. Even Kim Tae Hee who is 3 years younger than her looks far younger. Don’t misunderstand. It’s not like I have anything against her. In fact, her drama with Ji Sung, Protect The Boss, is one of my all time favorite drama. It’s just that, this whole age gap thing just doesn’t cut it for me.

It’s not that I’m completely against this large age gap romance. It’s just that I dislike them appearing in my dramas. At least for me. There isn’t any decent drama I’m watching right now. I Hear Your Voice has a very very good story line, I really loved the how it revolves around law and all, but the age thing is bothering me. While Dating Agency: Cyrano has all the obligatory romcom elements a romcom drama has to have, from the love-hate relationship, eye candies (Moo Jin and Arang omg) to their A+ stars cameos, there is still that age gap that keeping me off. I’m also watching Monstar now for the sake of Junhyung. He’s one of my /ultimate bias/ and it’s his debut drama so I felt obligated to watch. I don’t like the leading lady at all, and I have always disliked school themed drama (the reason why I still haven’t moved on from episode 1 of School 2013), so it’s all basically for Junhyung. Aren’t you proud of your little fan here Joker?

This has been my two cents.

A lately disappointed k-drama avid fan, xx

Behind closed doors

I had a dream last night about enrolling back in UiTM Puncak Alam, or Palam as we call it, for my degree course. Even in my dream I disliked it so much I cried. You can imagine how much I dislike going back there in real life. I have my reasons. I can never understand my course mates, who claimed they miss Palam when it has only been three days since they left. Even until now, it’s close to three months since we left, I still haven’t developed a sense of longing of that place. I did feel weird googling these photos to insert in this post, like a very slight sadness but it’s a weird feeling I can’t even decipher into words. Another thing that also happened today was seeing my high school junior’s photos of her in Palam. That was pretty weird too. I’m sure she doesn’t know me very well but I did gave her my two cents about life there when she was contemplating whether to enroll in Palam or Matrix. I was honest with my opinions and gave her pros and cons of both institutes, I guess her heart goes to Palam. To be frank, I’d choose Palam over Matrix any day, although knowing I’d have healthier social life if I choose otherwise. Anyways I’m proud of her for continuing the legacy(?) of ex Lok Yuk student studying there. Maroline and I were the only ex LY students to go there last year, and I didn’t want that ‘trace’ to extinct somehow.

With Maroline. 7 years and counting.

With Maroline. 7 years and counting.

Notice how I used the term ‘healthy social life’ earlier. It’s one of my biggest, if not the biggest stress I have during my stay in Palam. I’m a very difficult person, it’s hard to approach me cause I seem uninterested in socializing and the fact that I can never converse without the other party initiating it first. Unless in the event that I’m comfortable with you which usually doesn’t happen unless in extreme cases. To make matters worse, the life in Palam is soooooo different from my life in Sabah. It’s so hard to adapt, as a matter of fact I did not adapt even after one year. I can’t talk about the differences in detail as they’re sensitive matters.

I live with 7 other housemates, and 6 of them were so close with each other they’d eat, hang out together, only Maroline who was my roommate and I were excluded. We live behind closed doors. We zone out. I zone out. I think Maroline would do better if I wasn’t being so stubborn, in fact she had better relationship with them than I was. I just couldn’t adapt. I do better in class. I’m not as reserved when I’m at the faculty, I talk I laugh we joke around. I’m so thankful for the existence of Iche who was my classmate, a fellow Sabahan. We have the same gag code and similar interests, and the fact that I’m so reserved and she’s always so bubbly, she brings it out in me.

Iche and I during our class trip at Skytrex Shah Alam

Iche and I during our class trip at Skytrex Shah Alam

I was unlucky and lucky at the same time. I was unlucky because I didn’t have many friends, I was awkward wherever I go, I couldn’t adapt, I couldn’t understand the people, the people couldn’t understand me and it was hard. I was lucky because I have friends to help me cope all this. I wasn’t alone. In lectures and class, I have Iche who is my partner in crime. We come to class together, we’d skip class together. Neither of us want to come to class if one wants to skip. Our classmates call us a combo pack, because really we ALWAYS stick together. In my house, I have Maroline who’s been my best friend since Form 1. I can say we understand each other after those years spent together so I find comfort in her. I think I’d die alone in that house from awkwardness if it wasn’t for her. We’ve gone through a lot behind Room D’s closed door for a year. And lastly, outside class and my house, I have The Usuals. It’s usually me, Maroline, Azu and Naf. We’d have dinner every night without fail, except those busy days with study groups. Azu was my classmate back in primary school while Naf was in the next class from the same primary school so I know them both for a long time. It’s the same reason again, all of us have the same code thus we match. All outings outside Palam are spent with these crazy girls. We have a lot of crazy inside jokes and made crazy nicknames for people in Palam ranging from Wolverine (the very first victim we made on day 1 of orientation which is day 1 of us meeting), Chuck Norris, Bart, That Guy, Si Ketat, Espirit Guy, Chalker Boy, Scumbag (I,II,III,IV), Scumbag Vain, Bitch of Palam (which we shortened to BaLam for easy reference), and a looooooooot more. It’s a crazy clique, I must say.

The Usuals: (from left) me, Azu, Naf, Maro

So I have my loss and gain. I pretty much lived in my own tiny bubble. The reason I don’t wanna go back to Palam is because it reminds me of the bad memories I had, how restricted I made myself there. It’s kind of stupid but it does affect me a lot. I want to go to a new place where I can start over, with an improved ‘me’, in a new environment, new set of people, new everything. That’s the reason; I feel like I can’t start new if I go back there. I feel like I’d get hold back and continue my degree life with the same old attitude that I spent my one year with, restricted. It’s about two weeks until I know my placement for degree, and out of the 10 choices I applied, two of them are in Palam. Will fate be funny to my life and choose that 1/5 chances? Till I write again.

Amalina, xx

Roy Kim – Love Love Love Lyric (Hangul/Romanization)

[hangul]

그대여 나 그대 눈을 처음 본 순간부터 오 난
그대여 난 알 수 없는 설레는 향기 속에 빠져
난 그대 눈을 항상 바라만 봤었고 그대도 나를 항상 바라길 바랬소
나 이젠 말할 거에요 이 목소리에 담아서 오
Love, 오~ Love, 그래요 난 그대를 난 너무나 좋아합니다
Love, 오~ Love, 그래요 난 그대를 난 정말로 사랑합니다
Love Love Love, Love Love Love, Love Love Love
오 그대여 나 그댈 바라보는 것만으로도 오 난
오 그대여 나 그댈 생각하는 것만으로도 오 난
하루 하루가 항상 빠르게 갔었고 그대도 나를 항상 바라길 바랬소
나 이젠 말할 거에요 이 목소리에 담아서 오
Love, 오~ Love, 그래요 난 그대를 난 너무나 좋아합니다
Love, 오~ Love, 그래요 난 그대를 난 정말로 사랑합니다
Love Love Love, Love Love Love, Love Love Love
Love, 오~ Love, 그래요 난 그대를 난 너무나 좋아합니다
Love, 오~ Love, 그래요 난 그대를 난 정말로 사랑합니다
Love, 오~ Love, 그래요 난 그대를 난 너무나 좋아합니다
Love, 오~ Love, 그래요 난 그대를 난 정말로 사랑합니다
Love Love Love, Love Love Love, Love Love Love

[romanization]

geudaeyeo na geudae nuneul choeum bon sunganbuteo oh nan
geudaeyeo nan alsu eobneun seolleneun hyanggi soge bbajyeo
nan geudae nuneul hangsang baraman bwasseotgo
geudaedo nareul hangsang baragil baraesso
na ijen malhal kkoyeyo
i moksorie damaseo ohh

love, oh! love, geuraeyo nan geudaereul nan neomuna joahamnida
love, oh~ love, geuraeyo nan geudaereul nan jeongmallo saranghamnida
love love love, love love love, love love love

oh geudaeyo na geudael baraboneun geotmaneurodo oh nan
oh geudaeyo na geudael saenggakhaneun geotmaneurodo oh nan
haru haruga hangsang pareuge gasseotgo
geudaedo nareul hangsang baragil baraesseo
na ijen malhal kkeoyeyo
i moksorie damaseo ohh

love, oh~ love, geuraeyo nan geudaereul nan neomuna joahamnida
love, oh~ love, geuraeyo nan geudaereul nan jeongmallo saranghamnida
love love love, love love love, love love love
love, oh~ love, geuraeyo nan geudaereul nan neomuna joahamnida
love, oh~ love, geuraeyo nan geudaereul nan jeongmallo saranghamnida
love, oh~ love, geuraeyo nan geudaereul nan neomuna joahamnida
love, oh~ love, geuraeyo nan geudaereul nan jeongmallo saranghamnida
love love love, love love love, love love love

Guys, it’s not k-pop!

It’s frustrating how people who don’t listen to Korean songs generalize all songs sung in Korean as “k-pop”. I think people forgot that pop is a genre and there’s a lot of other genres that exist out there and the fact that Korea is not a country that’s limited to producing only pop songs.

Of course this is a problem with an obvious root; the role of k-idols and the tsunami-like hallyu wave spread all around the world. It can’t be helped that Korean idols really contribute a huge chunk in globalizing Korean music industry. Groups like Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, Big Bang and so on are even known by the non-kpoppers (a term widely used nowadays) thanks to their huge publicity all around the world. I know k-pop is not everyone’s cup of tea. Those who like it really fall for it, and those who don’t really have a lot to say about it. I was once on the sideline, watching and not understanding the whole hallyu wave craze. Who knew it’d be like this today. Heol~

But that’s not my point. I admit I am an avid fan of Big Bang before anyone else in this industry, mainly because it was them who brought me in this whole “madness” if I could put it in an appropriate word. Big Bang is such a big name, a leader in k-pop, a force to be reckoned with. I’m also a fan of Shinhwa, B.A.P and JYJ. These four are very much in the k-pop category. I dare mention these four as I am very much familiar with all the members, their habits, their appearances on shows, songs and albums and fandom inside jokes.

Others, not so much. Well I sometimes listen to new songs that come out either by accident, or if on a good day, by my own will. Some songs got my attention and I’ll download them, some, I’ll just listen once in Youtube and that’s that, or even worse, some I didn’t even bother listening to. The event in which I actually download other idols’ songs is rare. Probably 2/5 chance? I do have my bias in some idol groups and personal favorites, like Junhyung, Onew, Junho and a few others, but that’s only about it.

Now on to the point of this post. I admit I am thrown off by this whole k-pop genre too, at times. Sometimes I understand the feelings of others who hate this genre with their guts. It’s very different from the whole mainstream concept that we grew up with, which is strongly conquered by the North America music industry. Having a bunch of guys in eye-liners and flashy outfits and even flashier hairstyles dancing and singing pop songs in a language that sounds alien might be too much to digest for certain people.

But I have come to accept this.

But I’m not particularly a fan of that. I listen to a lot of songs outside the k-pop genre. Even more than k-pop, too if you minus out Bigbang. I’m probably one of the hugest fan of Epik High, even before they got mainstream after entering YG. I listen to indie bands like Delispice, Standing Egg, Mad Soul Child, Big Baby Driver, Vanilla Unity, Dickpunks to name a few. I love ballads. At midnight I’m always on a search for good ballad songs which is why I like 4MEN, Sung Shi Kyung, M to M, Vibe, Sweet Sorrow and a lot others. I enjoy watching Immortal Songs. I wish I Am A Singer is played on tv too. Sometimes I found songs from legendary singers like Lee Seung Chul, Im Jae Bum, Boohwal, Lee Moon Sae, Cho Yong Pil, Kim Dong Ryul that I like. I listen to them a lot too. I’m a huge fan of Roy Kim and people like him.

Other than that, since I watch a lot of dramas, I listen to a lot of OST, which usually fall into the ballad category. Groups like Busker Busker, Nell, 10cm, Ulala Session are so popular in Korea but not much internationally. These people aren’t in the k-pop circle, but mainstream enough not to be called indie. So what are they? Whatever it is it’s definitely not k-pop. All of this is not k-pop. 

The other day I was on Omegle and they had this new feature of typing in a certain keyword and they’ll connect you with strangers that have keyed in the same keyword so you can chat with people that have the same interest as you. I typed out k-pop out of the blue, and was connected with fans of SuJu, SNSD, B2sT and a lot of other idols. I asked each ad everyone of them whether they listened to Busker Busker (I really wanted to share my love of the boys with others) but all of them answered no. Frustrating!

Some people might ask, why do you listen to these korean indie bands/non k-pop groups or singers when you can find other North American bands that play the same genres? I have thought about that and I think it has to do with my love for the language. Even when I hated k-pop before, I have always liked Korean language. I’d follow Korean tourists in malls just to hear them speak. It’s also the fun in learning other language, the satisfaction you get when you understand that language. I’m very much interested in anything Korean. I taught myself how to read and write, and now I can watch shows without subtitles and understanding 70% of it, depending on the contents of it.

This has been a long post, something I have always wanted to let out from me, even if it is in a form of a blog post that might not even be discovered by anyone. If you have reached the end of this post, it is either you can connect with my concern or you just scrolled past all those paragraphs. Whatever that is, I’m glad to have all this typed out.

xx

Im Jae Bum – For You

You know how when a new song comes out, you listen to it all the time like that’s the only song you listen to for maybe one or two months but after that it just becomes an antique in your playlist that even when you put them on shuffle and it comes out you just skip to the next song? This is not that song. I really listened to this song for the past two years without fail. I didn’t know the song is based on his true story until I saw a comment from a Korean netizen in a video of his performance in I Am A Singer saying it’s from his own story. I was in tears listening to the lyrics again T.T

Nobody really sing this better than the man himself but if there is a cover that I like best out of all the singers that have covered this song, it’s Lee Hayi. Her low tone is something fresh to hear compared to the original husky tone this song was sung in. Jaejoong sang this song too and although I’m such a fan of him (people who know me know my undying love for JJ) but I didn’t like his version of it. Another cover I enjoyed listening was of 4MEN’s Shin Yongjae, he sang it on Immortal Song when Im Jae Bum came to the show.

Dating Agency: Cyrano

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This is a drama that I’ve been waiting for since I heard of its making, Dating Agency: Cyrano. Now for those who are fans of Korean cinematography pieces, you might probably seen the movie Cyrano Agency that this drama is based from.

This drama probably has a lot of viewers among SONEs as SNSD’s Sooyoung is acting as lead. Well I am probably the only one who came to watch this drama for Lee Jong Hyuk. I loved him from Gentlemen’s Dignity which shot him to mainstream popularity, he’s also in my current favorite variety show Dad! Where Are We Going aka Appa Eodiga. Not to forget Lee Chun Hee and also two flower boy-like actors Hong Jong Hyun and Jo Yoon Woo (arang ahhh~~~) He’s such a cutie in the drama!

I have something for tvN’s romcom dramas. Queen Inhyun’s Man, all three Oh! Boy series, Reply 1997 and few more works I enjoyed watching, they never (so far) disappoint so I’m looking forward to this drama. Even the first episode was filled with star-studded cameos. I might not remember all but to mention a few there was Lee Chung Ah, Ji Jin Hee, Lee Yoon Ji, even SHINee’s Taemin.

Still confused about the love lines in this drama, because so far the love line highlights were all focused at their so-called clients. I’m not sure if they’re gonna pair Sooyoung and Lee Jong Hyuk up because that’d be so weird with their 13 years gap in age, so I’m hoping the script doesn’t lead to that road. I don’t mind if she has one with Chun Hee though. He seems to show some affection in Sooyoung’s character.

I’m actually very satisfied with Sooyoung’s acting, because I thought she’d flunk bad thanks to the bad acting her fellow SNSD members showed us (ahem Yoona Yuri Jessica ahem). I’m always very skeptical about idols venturing in the acting department because they always suck, except UEE, but I was pleasantly surprised with Sooyoung, so far.

Okay I’m off to watch the fifth and sixth episode, it was just out!

Bbyong, x

He sings about the spring

This is such a random 3AM post, but here’s some photos, well actually just two photos of Roy Kim‘s cutest one shot made public ever. I was already a fan of him but when I saw him guesting Hello my heart just meltttttttttttttttt.

Are you ready for extreme cuteness?

Are you?

ARE YOU?!

Brace yourself……………………………………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagehere’s another one

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Isn’t that bandana and apple hair combi the cutest thing ever?!?!?! I love you Roy Kim’s stylist/coordi/hairdresser! You have reached the peak of your career with this mere decision.

I went through so much trouble finding just this pair of decent photos. Tried searching on google but nothing came out, just screen cap from the episode. I wanted the official photo. Found the thumbnail on KBSW facebook but still I wasn’t satisfied. Finally I went to KBS official site and found it! I can never navigate myself in the website if I didn’t know how to read and understand hangul *clap clap to myself lol*