Month: February 2018

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2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang

Can you believe that opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics starts tomorrow, Friday 2/9/18?

I’m pretty thrilled that the Winter Olympics will be held in South Korea this year. I’m all about tying things into ISWAKD and making this site a fun destination for all. On top of that, the winter is my favorite time of year. It feels like fate that a few of my favorite things are converging at the same time. So while this blog is mainly about talking k-dramas, I also wanted to extend the ability to showcase content related to the PyeongChang Olympics. I will likely post periodically during the duration of the event between drama watching.

A lot of familiar faces will be serving as Honorary Ambassadors—such as Lee Dong Wook, Kim Woo Bin, Lee Min Ho, and Hong Jong Hyun to name but a few. There are also k-pop acts performing during the opening and closing ceremonies. I believe EXO is going to be performing at the closing ceremony. (Correct me if I’m wrong, though.)

I’ll be at work while a lot of the events are airing, so I won’t really have the opportunity to provide constant updates. I’m sure there are other blogs and places that will keep that info updated regularly. If you’d like to talk about the Olympics with me and with others here, you are more than welcome to leave your thoughts below in the comments. I may also add a temporary chat to the sidebar if anyone is interested. Please be sure to vote in the poll below and let me know!

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K-Drama: Is ‘Just Between Lovers’ Worth The Emotional Turmoil?

“It’s not only 48 people died, it’s as many as 48 people died.” – Ha Moon Soo

It’s been a long and, sometimes, torturous emotional roller coaster. Really, Just Between Lovers is achingly beautiful and sincere of its character portrayals and their struggles. I must reiterate that this is not an easy drama to watch or stomach.

Just Between Lovers is rife with tragedy and despair, but through that pain, our characters learn and grow. There is always a thread of hope running parallel to the story. This is not an upbeat drama. This is not a romantic comedy. The mood is a bit depressing, but I think it’s important to note that it isn’t all despair and negativity. There are positives that come out of this drama and, me personally, I readily recommend Just Between Lovers.

If a drama can make me think long after it ends, it’s a pretty special story. What’s even more significant and special is when the story teaches great lessons and gives hope and chances for healing. I have come out of Just Between Lovers with a stronger need to be a better me — not just for those around me but for myself; I also have a deeper need to work hard on the relationships in my life. Truly, this drama will make you realize just how precious family is. And while it’s something we already know, sometimes our crazy lives make us lose sight of that. Anytime a drama can make me want to be a better person in my own life, I know it’s left a significant impact on me.

Personal connections to the story aside, I just want to state that Just Between Lovers is a beautifully poignant story. It doesn’t shy away from the hard or difficult moments in lives. If you’re an emotional person like I am, I can guarantee you will cry buckets while watching this drama. But, as I mentioned before, it’s not all that way. This is a melodrama and the drama runs the show, but the characters, acting, connections, story, and so many more details will make this worth mucking through the difficult times.

At the end of the day, I highly recommend this series. Just don’t forget to have a box of tissues handy.

A series recap will be coming this week. Stay tuned! If you’re still nervous about taking the plunge on an angsty melodrama, I hope I can convince you to give it a chance through my series review. I also finished up Untouchable this weekend, so I need to review that as well. Hopefully, I’ll get some good content to

If you’d like to read more of my thoughts and previous posts on this drama, you can find them here and here.