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I know…I know…this second part is way too late. I don’t know why I bother to make recaps or summaries when I do not have time for it. Yada…yada…yada!

Anyway, going back to our hero and heroine. The brothers were able to get ajumma out of the hotel without anyone really recognizing her. Our lovely ajumma is unfortunately still in denial. She knew already that her selfish bastard of a husband left her and their daughter for another woman and yet she still cannot accept it.

Ajumma and Jang Dong Hwa went out for a drink and they seemed to click. They were very comfy with each other’s company. While they were walking on some street, she saw a nice pair of shoes and she instantly like it. JDH saw that she liked the pair of shoes. It would also be nice if they end up together since I feel he will treat her just right but we all know this is ajumma and Song Jae Bin’s story.

SJB was quite worried about ajumma and he’s somehow felt envious that she went out with his brother.  When ajumma and JDH went home, she sent JDH to the house then she went to the garden and decided to call her ex-hubby. She told him not to hang up on her since she has so many things to tell him but the ex-hubby was not interested. She kept on telling him what she feels but alas, the hubby was not on the other line anymore. That did not deter her from saying all she wanted to say. She was crying so much and SJB saw it all.

SJB was so mad at ajumma’s ex-hubby so he went to the wine exclusive club to confront him. He gave him money to settle things right. I am not particularly sure what transpired between the two. All I understand is that SJB wanted the ex-hubby to settle things right with ajumma. The lady boss/owner/present lover to ex-hubby was quite suspicious on what went on between the two. That description is way too long. Let’s give her a name – Go Jung Suk.

When SJB went home, he saw ajumma preparing to go out and asked her where she’s going. She said she’s going to meet someone. He saw how her clothes and told her that he will buy her some clothes in the city. He said that that it’s the main reason why her ex-hubby left her in the first place.

SJB overhauled her and drop her off to the meeting place.

Go Jung Suk was tailing her present lover/companion – the ex-hubby. Too long a well so let’s give him a name – Ahn Yoon Sik.

So, they met by the riverbank. He tried paying her off with the same money SJB gave him. He demanded that she leave SJB’s house and rent a condominium for her and their daughter ASAP. She naturally was surprised with the money so she asked him where he got it from but he refused to give more info.

Go Jung Suk was following Ahn Yoon Sik and naturally confronted both of them. When she saw the envelope in ajumma’s hand, Ahn Yoon Sik immediately reasoned out that she wanted alimony. GSK deducted that is the reason why he borrowed money from SJB. Ajumma was quite surprised that the money was from SJB. AYS kept on telling ajumma to stop asking for more money and to not use their daughter anymore. Ajumma cannot believe what she was hearing and she doesn’t know if she’s going to laugh at the unbelievable things her ex-hubby was saying.

When they left her, she was so frustrated, disappointed, mad and in so much pain. SJB was still waiting for her in his car. When he saw AYS and GJS driving off, he immediately went to find her. He let her cry her heart out in his arms.

In that very moment, SJB made a realization and decision. He told her that from that moment on, they are no longer friends. He probably meant that they will not be just friends anymore. He hugged her tightly.

Ajumma now knew why SJB have always been telling her how terrible her husband is. He asked her if she still wants to continue longing for her cheating ex-hubby. She just returned the money to him.

After the incident, SJB was quite happy and was friendlier towards ajumma. He also decided to tell his brother that ajumma was a former classmate of his and not to worry because she won’t reveal his secret to the public. JDH accepted the whole thing calmly. SJB also wanted to reveal that she’s his first love but ajumma warned him not to.

Wait, did I mention that AYS proposed to GJS with lots of candles scenario thing. He can really be charming if he wants to be.

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This is one series that I never thought I’d get to like. First and foremost, I’m not really that familiar with the lead actors. Sure, I’ve seen them before in other dramas but they never really got my interest. If it were not a romantic comedy I would not even watch their teaser or preview. 
 
I’ve had enough of dramas of single women in their early forties with a child trying to make a living “scenarios”. Don’t get me wrong, I have so much respect for them but I hate it when they get to be portrayed as pathetic, poor ajummas. Give me a break! Most of them are confident, never to be cross type of women, in control with their lives.
 
So, when I heard it was a comedy, well, all the logic thinking must be thrown out of the window. I embraced the series with open arms. Age shouldn’t matter. 40’s now is the new 30’s.
 
For those who who didn’t have the time to watch the series yet, I’ll just give you an overview on the whole storyline, the characters and how it ended. To those who hate spoilers, stop here. Click away.
 
Our main heroine is what they call in Korea as an ajumma, stereotyped up to her hairstyle. Hong Sun Hee is nearing her 40th year. She is ‘separated’ from her good-for-nothing husband and with a child.
 
Our main hero is a celebrity. Song Jae Bin is a megastar, a poster boy of Korea with so many endorsements to his name.  One of his most guarded secrets is his true age. Publicly he is 32 years old but in truth he is one year shy of the big 4-Oh. 
 
Although their status and physical appearance are way different, they were once schoolmates and he was harboring a crush for her then, oh well actually after watching a few more episodes, it turned out that they were sort of sweethearts and they were supposed to meet up several years ago but she never turned up. He often wonders about her and he had some people look for her.

 

 
 
With a twist of fate, their lives were intertwined once again. It was one hell of a crazy scene when they saw each other again. They clashed and he immediately denied that he is her former classmate, Jang Dong Chul. He changed his name and all. She was not the person he imagined she turned out to be. He often fantasizes her to be a beautiful, sexy, confident career woman in the past. Now, he thought she is there to blackmail him.
 
She on the other hand, is very much unfortunate for the kind of husband she has, not to mention her terrible in-laws. One day, her husband got involved in some trouble and landed in jail. She tried to get the bail money but some rich woman came to bail her husband as exchange for being her lover/partner.
 
Her unfaithful, irresponsible husband tried deceiving her but she will soon find out the real score. She is then left without a husband and possibly without resources and a house.
 
Her dire situation left her with no choice but to go to Song Jae Bin’s household. A comedy of errors led her to become SJB’s housekeeper and the three males living in that house (SJB, his brother, Jang Dong Hwa and his nephew) soon became enthralled with her. The equation becomes a little bit complicated when a certain actress came into the picture. A triangle perhaps? Get the drift?
 
Meanwhile, her pathetic hubby along with the rich woman opened a new wine bar and restaurant. She invited SJB to the opening. He brought an overhauled Ajumma to the event. A “trying to humiliate our heroine” scene happened since they all know that she’s just the housekeeper. It led to SJB’s rescuing our ajumma from the clutches of the rich woman bar owner. The rich woman never thought that it will make SJB mad and so asked her “lover”/partner, Ajumma’s hubby to help her with the situation and appease SJB.
 
SJB’s brother did a background check on Sun Hee’s(ajumma) since he can feel that there is a burgeoning closeness between the two. He was quite shock that her hubby is none other than the rich woman’s “lover”/partner. I kept on using “lover” because the rich woman, Go Jung Sook, does not really want a lover per se, but more of a romantic companion, whatever that means.
 
Anyway, when Ahn Yoon Sik, Ajumma’s irresponsible hubby realized that his wife is working for SJB, he tried immediately to make her sign the divorce papers telling her that it was not for real, just so that his (fake) debtors would not hound her and be free of his problems. Apparently, he told her that he was involved with unsavory people and he got so much debts and he is concern for her welfare that he do not want her to be involved with it.

  
 
When SJB found out the truth as well, he was so mad at Ahn Yoon Sik for deceiving her.. Both the Jang brothers did their best to tell Ajumma’s ex-hubby that he pissed them so bad. Ahn Yoon Sik was so confused as to why both brothers are affected so much.
 
Ajumma eventually found out the truth when she accidentally saw an engagement invitation in the Jang’s household. She went to the hotel to really see for herself. JSB during that time was having a press conference and when he saw her in the hotel, he knew already why she’s there.
 
He ran after her to steer her away from the pain of seeing it for herself. He was able to grab her but not before she was able to hear her ex-hubby’s voice. The media was surprised at his actions so they followed him. When he realized that the media was there, he knew he needed to do something before they pounced on her. Thank God for his brother’s immediate reflex reaction. Jang Dong Hwa took off his jacket and covered Ajumma’s head so nobody was able to get her picture.
 
(to be continued)
 
(Photos: Credited as Labeled)

 

 

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Ever since I featured a Thai drama or a lakorn as they are popularly called, there are kind souls who gave me a recommended list of lakorns that they enjoyed watching and from that list, this one got my interest.

I find the story light, cute and funny. There were times that I fast-forwarded it, oh well; there were “drag-gedy moments”.

Thai TV series : Sompong nong Somchai – สมปองน้องสมชาย. Starring Paul Pattarapol, Jenny Tienphosuwan, Jamie Buher.

There is some kind of Coffee Prince flavor in it since it is about two pretty girls who went on a disguise to help the police. They posed as brothers, Sompong and Somchai (hence, the title) and worked as male dancers for a music group. They are there to do some undercover investigative work. A singer was murdered. Complications came in when they both fell in love with a singer and a director.

I can’t help but be reminded of some similar scenes from CP although this was released way before CP.
I never got to fully appreciate the series since it does not have complete English subtitles yet. I think its only half way finished. Anyway, body language says it all. It also worked at my advantage since I cannot appreciate the music scoring. No offense meant to Thai Music. I am not saying that it’s bad. It is just that it’s the first time I heard that type of music and I have not adjusted to it yet. It was kind of distracting to me. Cultural differences I guess. Give me some more time and I might be dancing to its tune in the future.

I am not also familiar with Thai actors but they did well. If you guys want to watch it, then click here (with eng subs, incomplete) and click here (complete without eng subs). Do not expect too much logic…it is a comedy. 

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This was shown way back in 2006 but I only had the chance to watch it two days ago. I learned that it was based from a fanfic.  

 

Basically, it’s a story of two guys, Eungyu, (played by cutie Jang Geun Suk) and Heewon (I’m not familiar who played him) liked the same girl Jungwon (played by Cha Ye Ryun). 

Eungyu and Jungwon had a disastrous meeting in an amusement park. She was under a mascot’s uniform and he was with his friends bullying her. She dumped a can of soda to his head without him knowing of the mascot’s identity.

They met again this time without the mascot’s costume. Apparently, they are neighbors. Without so much fanfare, they have become friends and more than friends. It was supposed to be a happy time in their lives but the situation now became complicated with the entrance of Eungyu’s band mate, Heewon who turned out to be Jungwon’s longtime friend.

 

 

DOREMIFASOLATIDO OST

There is some kind of a mystery on why Heewon is bent on making Jungwon’s life miserable. He kept on telling her to avoid Eungyu. It turned out that Jungwon was sort of responsible for making Heewon’s life miserable and so in turn, he do not want to see her happy. 

I think you better watch the movie yourself and discover the twists and turns in the story. I am not saying I really liked it because they somehow tried to squeezed in the whole story in one movie so they kind of rushing everything in. 

The guy is a cutie and sings well. There are cute moments but I felt the ending was too cheesy for me although I am quite happy that it has a happy ending. As you all already know, I am a sucker for a happy ending. No matter how they executed it, I will always go for a happy ending Traditional or unconventional, it does not matter to me. 

 There is angst everywhere. This is a teen flick. This was done two years ago. I got nothing more to say except that Jang Geun Suk was cute in this movie. 

Judge for yourself…watch it here

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I am besieged with work. So, what else is new?

How I wish that this were my work. Wouldnt it be terrific if I get to earn money by blogging my favorite past time…sneakin’ in to the lives and work of asian artists? Ahh…wishful thinking!

That is the only reason why I’m having a hard time updating this blog. Right now, I do not know if I would ever be able to finish Legend/TWSSG. I am down to my last three episodes and I can’t find time to write about it or maybe it is a case of not wanting it to end OR I never really liked the ending. I got too many questions and issues about it and so I can’t get myself to write about it even when I find myself some free time at night. As much as I love BJY, I can’t get any inspiration to write the last three.

Anyway, I am still enjoying Powerful Opponents a.k.a. Formidable Rivals. Although there were some of you, dear readers/friends, who emailed me and told me that some of you were a little bit disappointed with the ending. What a way to end my enchantment with the series…ha ha ha…No worries though, I do love spoilers and that is why I love previews.

 

I heard that The Last Scandal of My Life is nearing its end although there will be a second season and if it turns out to be a hit then a third one will follow and…whew! I haven’t even watch half of the first season. I don’t like long running series. The reason why I fell in love with some of the kdramas is their 16-24 episodes run. Oh well, who am to complain anyway. I can always turn off the TV.

Jang Hyuk got married last June 2. There goes another hot guy…well…no surprises here since, the baby did come first so everyone’s expecting that he’ll do the “right” thing.

(photo credit: Xinhuanet)

The China Quake is quite horrific. Bless the souls of those who perished from the natural disaster. Many chinese artists from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China have offered their help the victims. They even had a fund raising concert recently in Hong Kong and the likes of Jackie Cheung, Sammi Cheng, A-mei, Andy Hui and superstar Andy Lau were seen performing to the delight of the crowd.

No one can beat superstar Jet Li for his passion in helping his countrymen. He announced that he will shun from any entertainment work for a year just to be able to concentrate his efforts in rebuilding Sichuan quake areas. Great job!…a year?! I was hoping I would see more of him after Forbidden Kingdom. Well, I think he already finished The Mummy III so…check out the trailer…and yeah I love JET LI…

Another KMovie will soon be out, My Mighty Princess. It stars Shin Mina along with Yun Go and Joon Mo. The storyline seems to be alrighty. A university student who got superpowers but wants to live an ordinary normal life and have a lovelife as well. We can’t have everything you know. Superman couldnt even get it right. Find someone with superpowers as well and it might work. Look at the Incredibles…ha ha ha! I think I’m going to watch this movie, it’s kinda cute…watch the trailer:

 

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