I liked dreamcatchers before they were K-drama certified cool.

1 04 2014

I finished watching The Heirs (2013, SBS) around a week ago and started a full-blown review on the series, but 2629 words in, I realised, all I actually wanted to talk about was Choi Young Do. So, give me a few more days (this, in my terms, could possibly mean about a year, lol) and I will be back in hardcore second male lead syndrome gushing galore.

In the meantime, I would like to share a few wallpapers I made up, plus five quick and general thoughts on the idolicious series. No, it wasn’t perfection, many wasted opportunities actually, but I got what I needed out of it— a new lover in Choi Young Do, and many gloriously sweet, smile-inducing moments ❤❤❤❤❤❤ Enjoy, lah, and feel free to let me know what you think. X

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[ SPOILERMETER: A few major moments discussed. Though some are prretty predictable, it may still probably best to go watch the series before making your return for the complete enjoyment effect. I say this to you because I am that type <3 ]

Thought Number One: Show Me Da Bromance.
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I wanted more bromance. Quite frankly, there can never be an overdose on this. I loved the bickering and banter between Kim Tan and Choi Young Do— if there is ever a way to do love/hate relationships, THIS right here is it. They were hilarious as fudge, for example in the scene in episode 12 when Tan boots Young Do into the swimming pool, then quite expressionlessly says, “Sorry, my foot slipped “— golden to the power of all the brothers in this Universe. It’s very reminiscent of a scene in the manga/anime Slam Dunk actually, where Rukawa “accidentally” punches Sakuragi in the face and says pretty much the exact same thing (and we all know those two boys secretly loved each other X))

Above all, what I loved most was that I felt like I became a better person watching Tan and Young Do work out their differences. The moment when Young Do sprints his lungs out to make sure Tan would see his biological mother before she fled from the city towards the end of the series was freaking farking perfection. It was forgiveness in its purest form without having to express it in words. Gah, their story was so much more moving than that between our main couple.

I also would’ve liked to have seen more of the relationship between Tan and his dear hyung, Kim Won. Heck, more of Kim Won in general would’ve been more than welcome. His story seemed the most relevant to the Korean title of the series— bearing the weight of the crown and all the sacrifices that come along with it. I’d defs hug him.

Thought Number Two: Whose 엄마s In The House?
The relationship between Tan and Eun Sang‘s mothers was actually rather unexpected for me, but I 100% shipped them through and through! It just goes to show that friendships can develop in the most unlikely scenarios, yet at the same time, their bond really did make sense. At the end of the day, both women were mothers who weren’t able to proudly voice to the world who they were. In a world where tall, good-looking, hot-blooded young men distract us left, right and centre, Han Ki Ae and Park Hee Nam‘s individual and collaborative stories truly called for a spot in everybody’s hearts.
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Thought Number Three: Thank gawd for Park Shin Hye.
Did anyone else struggle to understand and accept just why all the guys were so gripped and entranced by Cha Eun Sung, especially Kim Tan? Like, from start to finish? Was he simply sick of all the Cali beach babes? It can’t just be Eun Sang‘s beautifully silky, soft, shiny tresses that flowed oh-so-graciously in the Californian wind, right? I love Park Shin Hye (and kudos to her and her natural, relatable, girl-next-door wholesomeness for actually keeping the character out of the I-Loathe-You! basket), however, from where I was sitting, Eun Sang never really did anything to prove she was willing to sacrifice and fight for their love as much as Tan did. To me, it seemed like she had a major case of “Poor me! Poor me!” syndrome, and pretty much just kept running away whenever any adversity showed up— even if it was the tiniest of all hiccups. Maybe it’s a lack of cultural comprehension on my part, or I missed something somewhere, but when Kim Tan‘s father “forces” her to go to another country (Buenos Aires? YES PLEASE FOR ME!), I kept thinking to myself, Eun Sang dear, you do realise you don’t have to go. It’s not like he was making life-endangering threats to you or your loved ones, all he was really doing was verbally attacking your character. Be strong enough to show him you are THE woman who will make his son a better man— and that certainly does not equate to disintegrating into non-existence (and causing our Young Do to lose so much sleep over you T_T). Please, go out there and find your OWN dream.

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I also screamed viciously when she watched fellow welfare student Moon Joon Young get bullied and humiliated AND NOT do anything about it. At all. From memory she momentarily tried early on, but then Kim Tan aggressively pulled her away and dished out an illicit warning. And she pretty much just left it at that. And she didn’t even say goodbye to him when he left the school! *shakes head* Poor form. I know, I know, in real life it probably is best to keep yourself away from certain exposures… but you’re supposed to be a drama heroine— in my books, you gotta work for that title.

Thought Number Four: Who said K-Pop stars were terrible actors? 
Yoon Chan Young and Lee Bo Na. Loved them. Times a hundred million. That is all. ❥ ❥ ❥
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Thought Number Five: I may heart Lee Min Ho.
I officially don’t hate Lee Min Ho. Okay, fine, I’m going to say it— I was actually LOVING Lee Min Ho in this series. His eyebrows, his hair, his voice, his gaze. Everything. Even the fugly sweaters. I was liking him so much that I thought about cremating my status as Arashi‘s most illogical fangirl this side of the equator— it was so intense I practically felt like I was cheating on Matsumoto Jun. You see, my dislike for Min Ho shi came solely— and probably somewhat defensively— from the whole Boys Over Flowers situation. You can read all about it here. While I stand by the Korean version being far below the perfection that was Hana Yori Dango (and Meteor Garden ), I do think a lot of my residual refusal to give Lee Min Ho another chance was simply to validate my support for my toyboy Arashi‘s youngest (and IMO the most beautiful) member as the best portrayal of The Arrogant Leader With The Bad Perm character ever. But time does indeed heal, and well, the Californian sunshine does make everyone look better.

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I loved that as the male lead, Kim Tan wasn’t an arrogant prick to begin with who spoke to people with zero respect and made life hell for the girl (and every other human being) for no apparent reason. He was gentle, calmly spoken, and had a sense of loneliness and empathy that you more often associate with a second male lead. Yes, he was the totally cuddleable, non-prickly softie. I was really feeling him. Really, really wanting to feel feeling him. Though upon his return to Kimchi land, he did seem to become a little bit aggressive and possessive— weren’t like 99% of his pashing services physically forced upon Eun Sang? So wouldn’t work on me. I would be kneecapping him in the nether regions for sure… before running to Young Do (with some sort of aegyo action possibly :D) and asking him to further kick Kim Tan‘s ass for me.

Unfortunately as well, compared to Young Do at least, Tan really didn’t show enough transitional maturity. Who he was in the beginning, was more or less who he was in the end. Though I think he was actually sweeter in the first few episodes— as in, I would a thousand trillion per cent date American Tan, but would definitely have some reservations towards Korean Tan (sad to say that the leading male and female characters showed the least amount of growth in this series— in fact, all the subplots were more exciting than their love story… m(_ _)m). I still love him though. For all the sh*t his family put him through, and for all the emotional baggage he carries, he definitely had a clear pass to be the jackass of the century. But I’m glad he wasn’t. Overall a nice male lead but…

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…Just not as nice as Choi Young Do :D

Aaaahh can’t wait to dedicate an entire post to the guy.

 Additional thought: Min Ho and Woo Bin wore slightly too much makeup in this series. I think it was to the point where I would actually move my face away if they lent in for a kiss… nah, I would still so totally go for it, lol.

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[ Image credits: m.enewsworld.interest.me, dramabeans, 24h.com.vn, handsomescorner.tumblr.com, andlinalovemib.blogspot.com l GIF credit: woobinista.tumblr.com ]

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I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you.

4 04 2013

My love has returned for you, So Ji Sub shi.

^And it’s not just because you make frolicking around in the desert look so damn good.

It’s because, you are, after all these years, (*cue Shania Twain voice*) still the one (don’t worry Eita san, you’re still the one too *major eyebrow twitch*).

For those who don’t know, let me give you a bit of our relationship history.

Ji Sub and I first crossed paths with each other in Bali. That is, in What Happened In Bali. Was he a good guy, or was he a bad guy? I never quite decided at that point. While I shipped Jo In Sung and Ha Ji Won all the way in that series, I definitely felt a little something for Ji Sub. Something good. Something intriguing. Something that left me wanting to know more.

Then on one gloriously sunny day, I was browsing through my local DVD store, looking for the next Korean drama to delude myself with, and my eye quickly became drawn to this:

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I was like, I’m Sorry, I Love You ? That’s a pretty sweet title. Filmed in Melbourne? Hey, that’s my hometown, bay-bay! And this dude, why does he look a tad familiar? Oh! It’s Kang In Wook (Ji Sub‘s character in WHIB )! WOW he looks goooood in that bandana and hobo cardigan… and with that man-hair around his face~~ Okay, fine, sold.

I went home, read the blurb for the plot carefully again and began to second-guess my decision. So, okay, someone’s going to die again in the most melodramatic of fashion. Why do all good-hearted and good-looking citizens of South Korea always go down that path? Goshdarnit, I’ve freaking paid for this. Can not let this 17 dollars go to waste. I’ll just watch it.

Four days and a city’s dam’s worth of tears later, I was like, I am SO NOT sorry. So. Ji. Sub. *sniffles* I. Freaking. Love. You.

I can’t explain logically why I love the series so much but I guess that’s how I also know it’s true love. It has been my favourite series ever since and I have no doubt it will remain so until the end of time. Irrespective of how many times Ethan Ruan strips his shirt off in any of his series, irrespective of what The Hong Sisters attempt to round up, even irrespective of how many ridiculously perfect performances Eita or Kimura Takuya pitch in (although these two have certainly brought along series that have come very, very,VERYCLOSE). Forever and a day, I will choose to scream “saranghae!” at the top of my lungs a thousand times in a dingy subway and make and eat ramen with So Ji Sub.

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To show him just how much he meant to me following that series, I went on to watch some of his older stuff (Law Firm, Glass Shoes, We Are Dating Now ). I realised he was definitely the man. I sent him off into the army, patiently waiting for his return. I knew he knew I loved him. I knew he would return a better man. I knew this would be good for both of us. I knew I could stay faithful.

Or so I thought.

After being discharged from the military, Ji Sub seemed to gravitate uncontrollably towards the big black melodramatic hole. And he only delved deeper. His mini-drama U-Turn with Lee Yeon Hee was kinda okay, but Cain And Abel ? Oh my, does life really have to be that bleak? And Road Number One ? Far too heavy. Colossal fail. It just wasn’t what I was looking for.

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His Sony Alpha CFs were amazing but I couldn’t just live on those. In an attempt to maintain the love, I picked up a few of his films (Rough Cut, Sophie’s Revenge ), I even briefly watched him as some zombie-like thing in Kitaro and the Millennium Curse. But I just didn’t get it. Apart from those rippling abs, and those long, beautiful, elegant fingers, this wasn’t the same Ji Sub I fell in love with.

I was beginning to drift away. He tried to lure me back with the wannabe tearjerker of a film Always. There were moments where I thought I could return to that place again but in the end, it just fell short. I don’t know. Intentionally aiming to make me cry just doesn’t cut it anymore. We’ve been through this before. Where I am now, I need more than that.

Feeling the emotional void, I virtually skid off the whole Korean drama radar altogether. I hid. Actually I began to explore things with a younger boy *coughs*Mario Maurer*coughs* That was light and fun (and still is >_>;;;) but something about a crime drama caught my attention once more. The Ghost. Wow, it’s finished airing already? It has received some good praise. Ji Sub has seemingly pulled himself out of all that helplessly miserable melodrama. I must give him another chance. I must watch this series.

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And I’m so glad I did. I mean, Ji Sub in a suit for, like, almost 20 episodes of the series? Glad. Glad. Glad. So glad in fact, I am actually pondering a review (though don’t put your hopes up too much, lol).

Until then, enjoy a few wallies of the man:

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That XX + G-Dragon One Of A Kind wallpaper

2 09 2012

So in one week, G-Dragon goes from this…

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…to this…

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*rubs eyes* *blinks* *chokes on spaghetti hair* O_0;;;(!)

I think I am really, shamelessly, becoming a full-fledged, er, admirer of this one fifth of Korean supergroup BIGBANG. His comeback song One Of A Kind is so unapologetically, cheekily cocky in the most Can’t-Help-But-Grin-And-Bop-Along kinda way (the MV too!) that, well, you really can’t help but just grin and bop along to the darn thing.

His just released That XX however, is at the whole other end of the spectrum. With all that slick, laid-back acoustic goodness, the song is just perfection to the ears. Looking up the lyrics (translation and romanisation here,) seeing the contrast between these first two tracks, and knowing he played a huge part in the brilliance of BIGBANG‘s most recent album Alive, really leaves me with little option but to join in on all the GD love in believing the man is a genius.

And I have formed one final verdict— I am fatefully drawn to people with bad hair -_-lll

Now leaving you with some One Of A Kind wallies I spent most of my day making. Nice comments voluntary, enjoyment necessary :)

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Have a grand day!

[ Images used at the top of this post and in the wallpapers were taken from the following blogs, not in any particular order: My Music Radar, World Through A Filter, SUPER CUTE SUPER, muuuuuuuuuses, Lady Chi’s Asian Persuasion, Asian Music Xtreme+ another site which I closed the tab on before I saved the URL. Holla at me if you in da know. ]





Eita wallpaper + new avie.

19 08 2012

Because I was bored.
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Eita wallpaper, https://candyme.wordpress.com/ (created by jicks *please credit*please DO NOT hotlink*) Eita wallpaper, https://candyme.wordpress.com/ (created by jicks *please credit*please DO NOT hotlink*) Eita wallpaper, https://candyme.wordpress.com/ (created by jicks *please credit*please DO NOT hotlink*)

Okay, so that’s a part lie. The truth is I, uh, guilelessly ended up at the YOUMAKEMECRY tumblr page (my what a beautiful collection xDD)… fine, so that’s another lie. I was actually searching for pictures of Chinese actor Shawn Dou. Yes, this is the first time I have mentioned him on my blog. Why were we stalking him? More in an upcoming post!

Anyways, the moral of the story is, you just never know where life takes you so always keep your eyes peeled for the good stuff! I did not expect to see these images but I was so taken away by the rugged preppiness of Mr Bad Hair, I had no choice but to wallpaperise it (and I figured it was due time I refreshed my gravatar logo.) You may or may not notice with the wallies that I am liking cleaner layouts of late. Low saturation with one or two small pops of colour. Letting the subject’s face do the talking. Hope you guys like.

By the way, if you are interested in another nice tumblr to assist in amping up that “special” folder of “special” images on your computer (you know the one I’m referring to~~) please have a look at A Suit Distraction. Yes I had a very productive day. All this hard work eventually led me to the following discovery— Eita and Matsuda Ryuhei are slated to star in a dorama version of Mahoro ekimae Tada Benriken (!) January 2013. Bring it. Briiiiiing iiiiit. BRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNG IIIIIIITTTTTT (!!!!!!)

Lastly, just a few small formalities before I leave you alone: please do not take gravatar logo as I pieced it together really intending it for my use only ^^ Feel free to take wallies however, just try not to hotlink the file(s.) A kind little credit will also go a long way. Arigatougozaimasu :-)





And you thought you had me worked out.

3 08 2012

I know in my last post it sounded as if I should be fanning after Yoo Ah In, but nuh-uh, let me make things clear— Moon Jae Shin was my favourite character but actor-wise, it’s pretty-faced Song Joong Ki who has me running after his drama+filmography.

I think this largely has to do with realising that the boy is set to star in the upcoming series Nice Guy, which will be penned by none other than (revenge) “drama queen,” Lee Kyung Hee (the woman is responsible for several of my all-time favourite dramas and has made me cry around 2.3million gallons of tears~~) In a nutshell, Joong Ki will play a guy who was betrayed by a girl so he uses another girl to take revenge on the original girl. Sounding a bit doomsday? Bring on the wailing, squealing and crying-resultant nasal mucus I say!

Anyways, here are a few wallpapers I whipped up to showcase my, ah, noona love (man am I starting to show my age *fake laughs* >_>; Also, Joong Ki in wallie #01— agree with me, there’s definitely a bit of a James Dean vibe going on…)

Song Joong Ki wallpaper, wallpaper created by jicks. please credit: https://candyme.wordpress.com Song Joong Ki wallpaper, wallpaper created by jicks. please credit: https://candyme.wordpress.com Song Joong Ki wallpaper, wallpaper created by jicks. please credit: https://candyme.wordpress.com

Bon appétit! ;)

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P.S. Images used in wallies were taken from one of my new favourite blogs to stalk, The Talking Cupboard. If you click through, you will see why.

P.P.S. In other news, I have been flogging Beast‘s new track like crazy. I’ve always been somewhat of a closet Beast fangirl (I guess because they are young, like, er, Miura Haruma young~ *twitch* *twitch*) but… screw it! It’s not as if my reputation is by any means in tact these days anyways~~ I am loving their latest and greatest, Beautiful Night, which is slightly uncharacteristic of me since I’m really not a dance-pop person at all. Listen for yourself though. And watch the flippin’ MV. I guarantee you will find yourself jumpin’ jumpin’ (Destiny’s Child style?) It really is just easy, breezy, youthtastically cool.

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You are not seeing things.

28 07 2012

Just a quick update to let you all know that I am alive and also I have a new header rotating itself around at dramabeans :) :) :) Please take a look!!! —>>>

(Kindly click on image to see the full res. file of the banner… saaankuu! ^_^)

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It’s Go Soo on the left and Kang Dong Won on the right. What do these two pretty faces have to do with each other? They teamed up in the 2010 film directed by Kim Min Suk, Haunters (aka Psychics,) which I’ve been dying to see before production even began. However, to this day, my DVD stores continue to want to charge me $27.99 for a copy. Really? Hontouni ? *shakes head* *wags index finger* “Nuh, nuh, nuh, jicksypops doesn’t do that.”~~ (As usual, economical pointers to where I can watch it would be muchly appreciated. I will repay you in… an onslaught of new blog posts, ahahahaha.)

The only encounter I’ve had with Go Soo is through the film Into The White Night. To put it nicely, the movie was underwhelming in comparison to its chillingly brilliant, predecessing J-dorama counterpart so I’ve never really sought out to further investigate the actor’s filmography and/or dramaography.

That indeed might be a good thing because I have enough actors that I am working on (and struggling— but enjoying! :D :D) being a completist for. And Kang Dong Won is one of them. I’m not even sure if I have ever mentioned how much I friggin’ love him but hear me now— I would not even think twice about mothering the beautiful man’s babies.

Duelist was the first film I watched of his, and while I got that it was very visually beautiful and dynamically poetic, I never really quite connected with the plot or the characters.

But then I watched Temptations Of Wolves (aka Romance Of Their Own,) and the rest is friggin’ history. Once you get past the incestual thing— no, wait, Kang Dong Won will make you get past the incestual thing (huh ? What incestual thing, you ask? Nothing graphic, just, still, nah, ’tis not great…)— how do I explain it… you will get that feeling as if you are crossing paths with a the teeniest, tiniest, fluffy little stray kitten… you will want to take him home and give him all your love.

As much as I love him, I’m not blind enough to say that he is the most perfect, most refined artist in terms of acting skill… but he is most definitely on his way. He is no doubt one of the best of his generation. Can’t wait ’til the Korean government returns him. X

Until then, here is a picture of Kang Dong Won shi I found in my, er, treasure chest *clears throat*, with a fellow actor who I feel like is walking a very similar career path, the equally serious-about-acting, just as beautiful, Won Bin shi (btw, I have no recollection of how I sourced this image in the first place so if you believe I owe you or someone else a credit, or you would like me to remove the picture, please gimme a holla.)

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My question is, just how unlucky do you have to be, to be the girl caught in the middle..? *spazzmatic left eyebrow twitch*

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P.S. I know I have no right to ask for anyone’s trust again so believe me only if you will— I do hope never to abandon my blog for such a long time again. m(_ _)m

P.P.S. I sincerely hope everyone has been well and happy :-)





This is so much better than any other boyband dance routine that I’ve ever watched (=∀=);

28 03 2012

Honto ni, honto ni.

*coughs* Johnny K *coughs* *chokes*…

Here is the new UNO Fog Bar CM!

No more field trips to London, no more The Beatles-esque costumes, no more di-gue-ding-dings, but still, it’s <333333333 to the absolute MAX.

I want to say though, Buki, you can grow all the facial hair you want but you can not conceal that babyface!

And, ARGH(!), (semi)Breaking News(!!) Shunny-kunny-kun-kun-kun… when the crap did you get married? I thought you were the more “attainable” one..! TTT___TTT

But now… *looks at Fog Bar boys’ relationship statuses* … this is how it is..?

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LOL. Just joking (also, gomensai, couldn’t help myself with the graphics^^;) I KNOW WHO IS STILL ON THE MARKET ( *locks Sato kun away in Neverland dungeon* *cues Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer tune* ♫ ♪ ♫ ♩ ♬ “Noona, dear, is coming to town..!” ♫ ♪ ♩ MUAHAHAHAHA xDDDDDD) 

Anyways, please watch the making of  the CM. It’s possibly more enjoyable than the actual CM itself:

*dies@the 17sec mark* (Can the boy get any cuter???)