Korean Odyssey (Korean Drama 2017)

Synopsis:

This drama is also known as Hwayugi.

Jin Seon Mi is a human child who can see ghosts and other creatures beyond the sight of a normal person. Due to this, she was able to see and recognize a monster named Mawang in a guise of a human. She saw him drive away the ghosts who was chasing after her with the use of an umbrella. When Mawang realized that she can see him, he made her go to the marble mountains to retrieve something of importance and in exchange he will give his umbrella that Jin Seon Mi wanted from him so she can protect herself. However, instead of retrieving what Mawang requested, she accidentally released a different monster disguised as a human being. The monster called himself Son Oh Gong who was previously a deity equal to the heavens. In the process of releasing him, they exchanged a promise that Son Oh Gong will protect her if she calls out his name, but he tricked her by removing the memory of knowing his name and so he was able to get away from her.

Years later when Jin Seon Mi was in her 30’s, she has once again crossed paths with Mawang and Son Oh Gong. This time, she has become the “Samjang”, a human who has the scent of a lotus flower which could only be smelled by monsters. This makes her the ultimate human prey which makes a monster become strong with the taste of her blood and if they eat her, they become powerful as well.

Destiny made Seon Mi and Son Oh Gong meet for a higher purpose in the future but the deities never expected that the samjang would fall in love with the monster and so their story is told.

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Words from Me:

When my cousin recommended this drama and told me that it’s a really good show and worth the watch, I had some second thoughts since she said there was a catch, the show consists of monsters and supernatural beings that could be quite scary. But since I was able to survive the drama Master’s Sun, I was okay with this.

For a hyped drama such as Hwayugi, it definitely lived up to its expectations. This drama is totally my cup of tea because I love all elements of fantasy, action, drama, comedy and romance. The story isn’t lacking either and it never felt rushed. I also think that the script was well thought of because there are so many quotable quotes in this drama especially from Son Oh Gong. There might be bits of loop holes here and there in the storyline but it’s forgivable because the ending made it all seem senseless. Though the series was a typical horror-drama-romcom type wherein a human can see ghosts, monsters and other entities, the thing that set this drama aside from the rest was the execution of all the characters, including the supporting casts. The all the actors where really good and nobody looked too stiff. It was as if the roles where made for them.

 

A lot of people thought that the final episode felt like a cliff hanger or that it needs a second season, but for me, there is finality in the story between Jin Seon Mi and Son Oh Gong. If ever they plan on making a part two, I think it is going to be a different story all together. There were several things that surprised me upon watching this drama which I need to put under a spoiler tag (please see below of this post) because my thoughts are connected to major incidents that happened to the characters.

The cinematography was very pretty along with the OST. I would probably remember the songs and associate it with certain scenes from this drama if it gets played out of the blue on the radio or wherever. I would also re-watch this in the future if I forgot the details and wanted to be reminded of how cool the main characters where. Over all I’d rate this drama 9/10 and would highly recommend it to anyone who’s not a scaredycat.

 

*MAJOR SPOILERS* 

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One of the things I noted and got me confused was when the octopus prince named Ok Ryong inhibited a female body, an actress called Alice. It was really weird when he-Ok Ryong fell in love with PK just because the woman he’s possessed liked PK, the thought that his feelings got swayed simply because he was inside a woman was really a tricky thing. Because of that he gave up his life for him… so basically what he felt was really genuine, right? Another one is Summer Fairy, since she’s sharing General Winter’s body the guy had to cross-dress which is another taboo for Kdramas. We don’t usually see guys cross dressing in Kdrama world.

Finally, the scene when the main character died shocked me. Literally died and had no sense of being reincarnated soon. I know that Samjang is actually destined to die but usually, KDrama land makes the main characters survive or get into the cycle of reincarnation, ie. Goblin. Does this drama ring a bell?

The fact that the writer wasn’t shy to portray about LGBT or kill off main characters was a huge thing. Usually, KDramas try to pacify things and generalize to fit whatever seems alright for the viewers, however in this series, they just went on the roll and disregarded the norm. This was a great surprise and made the drama more appealing.

Full House (Korean Drama 2004)

Synopsis:

Han Ji Eun, an aspiring scriptwriter, lives in a house called “Full House” built by her late father. One day, her two best friends trick her into believing she has won a free vacation. While she is away, they sell her house. On the plane, she meets a famous actor named Lee Young Jae. Through comedic events, they get acquainted during her vacation and when she returns, she discovers her house has been sold to him.

Though they don’t get along with each other, as she is messy and he has a bad temper and likes cleanliness, they agreed to live with each other. At first, Ji Eun works as his maid in order to buy her house back, but because of Young Jae’s wish to make the love of his life, Kang Hye Won jealous, they get married. They set up a contract for the marriage to last six months. During that time, complications arise and Ji Eun and Young Jae become attracted to each other.

Excerpted from: MyDramalist

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Words from Me:

So far it is still my ALL TIME FAVORITE Korean drama series. I even re-watched all 16 episodes for I don’t know how many times in the past 15 years. Another thing that won me over was the OST. It just sticks in your head that you would want to hear it over and over and over again.

Although some people had commented it becomes all stale and boring in the long run, I don’t see that. Yes. I’m totally blinded with this drama. All I see is Song Hye Kyo and that cute chemistry she had with Rain. The bickering and never ending I-hide-my-feelings-because-I-think-I’m-falling-for-you-now charade is what made me love it more. It was a romantic comedy which made me laugh my ass out and then squirm in the inside when things aren’t going well for the main leads. I also look forward to the main character’s cat and dog antics: I’m starting to like you. You’re starting to like me. BUT we’re SO not going to tell each other about these absurd feelings.

That’s the whole concept of the main character’s convoluted feelings.

In Full House, it was all fair in love and… eerrr debt? That’s how everything started. A contract (oh what a cliché!) and the jealousy induced acting between strangers. In the story, the ever bright Han Ji-Eun is a wacky lead female which lead to a ridiculous story line. Crazy as her character is, Lee Young-jae is the logical one but eventually becomes irrational when it comes to Ji-Eun.

I will still re-watch this despite being an old school drama, because honestly, this is the drama that paved the way for me to love most Korean Dramas.

 

Online Shop: It’s Cool to Be Fab

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There used to be days when online selling through different social media was the hype… well actually even these days it’s still the same. The only difference in my opinion is that some were able to establish their reputation in the long run and that includes a seller in Instagram who called herself “It’s Cool to Be Fab”.

This isn’t the typical online shop where I was able to download an app and cart stuff because it’s a shop from Instagram. There are a lot of bogus sellers in Instagram so it’s best to check out the comments and the followers to see how genuine the account is. Speaking of followers, this account has a total of 26,500+ followers. Believe me, she’s not an actress endorsing something but a real life seller. I’ve been following this account since 2015 and not once did she ever let me down with my orders. If there’s a problem with the item, she would inform me about it before hand. Sometimes she would include a cute note along with her packages and when I’m lucky enough, she would also give out a couple of freebies but these are usually on special occasions. I also don’t have to wait too long for my orders to be delivered because she has a schedule for shipping. When the payment arrives to her account on the right time prior to her arranged shipment, chances are my bought items will be included in that bunch.

What I like about this shop is that it’s in Instagram and I get to interact with the seller herself. Another thing about the shop owner is that she’s super nice and easy to talk with. I love the products she sells, although most are thrifted, the quality of the clothes are in their best shape as if it’s still brand new. Most online shops in IG are very misleading, because the photos are very nice but when I finally get the item, it would only disappointed me. Not in this shop though, because here, what you see is what you get. She takes pictures meticulously, then posts several photos showing the whole outfit including the details on close up and lastly, she comments about it. Yes, she comments on her own products to verify about the item’s worth. I always take her word for it because I know it would be what it is and she doesn’t give false hope to her clients.

Every collection she would post has a theme of either Japanese, Korean or current trend inspired clothes and accessories, this is also usually pre-announced. When she says 7 pm, she would post stuff during that time unless something urgent comes up. When she starts posting, I suggest to refresh the feeds quickly, since she already has a lot of followers most of the items are easily sold out in no time. Buying is a first come first served basis unless there’s a “bid” or a “steal”. Bidding or stealing means you can buy the item for a higher price than the first person who grabbed the item.

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There are several ethical rules on online buying in IG accounts or any social media account to be exact, but here is the number one golden rule: Don’t be a bogus buyer. It means, reserving the item but not really paying for it or sometimes asking a lot about the product but don’t have the intention of buying it. That’s really annoying for the seller and a total waste of time. I’ve experienced being an online seller too and it’s such a bother to answer queries and end up not selling anything at all. Other rules and details are already in the IG account so all you have to do is read, browse and buy.

As for the payment, there are different modes of payment and you can also see this in the rules. For those who want to check out the account, you can go directly here: @itscooltobefab – add the account and wait to be approved since it is a private account and only approved people can buy in her shop. This is to verify that the person buying is real and not a bot.

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Over all I enjoyed shopping in her store and even have clothes from her shop that became memorable milestones in my life. Hopefully the shop goes on steadfast and make a lot of other people happy with their clothes.

 

 

Tops in courtesy of @itscooltobefab
3/4 sleeves made in Korea for my 30th Birthday and engagement night.