New Years come with many resolutions. Some of us may start the year off idealistic and determined to meet all of our goals, but then life happens and things fall by the wayside. I know I am guilty of this and sometimes this blog fails to be current due to my own shortcomings.
But, with 2019, I’m feeling refreshed and more motivated than ever. It’s been a very tough start to the year and I’ve been feeling down in the dumps.
(A short real life story: I live with my grandparent’s who are not in the best health. Both have gone through cancer and now my grandfather is going through cancer. He’s currently in the middle of radiation and chemo treatments. Sadly, he hasn’t been feeling well this round and he is very short tempered. I am either constantly crying or upset. It can be hard to blog when that happens. I try not to take things personally, but I am in the middle of apartment hunting and putting myself first for once. It is okay to be selfish sometimes and put yourself first. That is the moral of this short story.)
Real life knows how to kick a girl when she’s down. But I digress… 2019 is full of many opportunities. I’ve already buckled down and have been seriously learning Korean. How in the world I’m finding time for it is a miracle in itself. I’ve been forgoing sleep, but sometimes it’s worth it when you have a goal to achieve.
Also, stay tuned for a new podcast episode coming soon! Tiff and I will be recording new content very shortly.
This month, my main goal is to watch more dramas than I have in the past. Yes, I’m talking about pushing myself to the limit and watching as many dramas as I want. At any given moment, I usually watch between 2-3 dramas, but there is usually one that I drop. I plan to watch as many as I possibly can. Of course, I won’t watch them all. Some dramas just don’t appeal to me and some I will only start after a lot of coaxing.
Without further ado, here are the dramas I plan to watch or have begun watching in January. And yes, this isn’t just reserved for k-dramas. You all know I enjoy other Asian dramas as well. So we have Korean and Thai content coming to the blog this month. 🙂
Let’s get started on Dramas I’ll Be Watching in January 2019.
Feel Good To Die.
I’m about a third through this story. I am unable to afford Viki Plus Pass, so when it comes to Kocowa content, I have to wait for the episodes to slowly unlock on Viki. I do have Viki Pass Standard, so at least there is that.
So far, I’m really enjoying this story. Workplace dramas can be draining with the realistic conditions and problems that arise in the office. Whether it’s regarding salaries or staffing issues, this story is chalk full of problems, but the story is nicely balanced with humor.
Also, there’s a time loop that adds a refreshing sci fi/fantasy element to a normal workplace drama. What’s even more impressive is that the time loop element ended up taking a turn that I wasn’t expecting, which is making me enjoy what’s going on all the more.
My hopes are high at this stage, so I hope this drama finishes off strong. I really need to know if Baek Jin Sang can redeem himself.
Available on Viki | Feel Good To Die
Romance is a Bonus Book.
I mentioned in my last post how much I adore Lee Jong Suk, so this is happening this month. The good thing is that it doesn’t begin airing until the 26th, so I will have some time to finish Feel Good To Die.
As I’ve mentioned in a previous post regarding Romance is a Bonus Book, I love reading and writing. Although, I do more reading than writing these days. Watching a workplace drama surrounded around the publishing world and books is not a bad way to spend the time. It’s a different profession than I’ve seen in other k-dramas.
I’m intrigued by the potential noona romance aspect. I’m keeping my eye out for more trailers, but you can guarantee I’ll be watching this the moment the first episode is 100% subtitled in English.
Yuttakarn Prab Nang Marn.
This is currently being subbed by Thippy.
Crazy, intense, and dramatic. Sometimes I like to watch lakorns that push my boundaries. The female lead is referred to as a ‘She Devil’ and judging from the teaser trailers, she looks every bit the role.
I’ve only seen Baifern in Slam Dance. It wasn’t my favorite, but she had a pretty memorable character. You can watch that fully subbed in English on youtube. Her character looks really wicked here and I’m curious to see how the drama makes her more relatable/likeable.
I’ve seen Tao in plenty of dramas. Kiss Me, Kiss The Series, Room Alone, Room Alone 2, and Princess Hours. He looks like a shady guy posing as a secretary with ulterior motives. I’m kind of looking forward to an edgier side of Thai since I feel like he’s played a pretty nice guy in most of his dramas.
Of course, he was a bit prickly and mean at times in Princess Hours, but this seems like a slight departure from what I’m accustomed to. The plan is to start this one soon, too. Sometime in January for sure.
Available at Thippy’s Blog | Yuttakarn Prab Nang Marn
Sanae Rak Nang Cin.
This was fully subbed by Neko. I’ve talked about watching this before in 2018 and I never got around to actually watching it as I had a full plate of dramas to watch.
I will be starting this one soon, hopefully.
Lek and Prim are not actors that I’m very familiar with, but the teasers for this one look interesting. It’s probably one of the tamer Thai dramas I’m taking on next to Kiss Me Again.
Lets see if I can manage 3 Thai/lakorn dramas this month. I’m ready for the challenge.
Available at Neko’s blog | Sanae Rak Nang Cin
I’ve been meaning to watch this one forever now, so I started watching this one the other day. I recommend watching the first part of this series called Kiss as this will help you be more familiar with the story and some of the characters you will see.
For reference, this story takes place before Kiss, so it’s a good idea to start at the beginning. There is also a BL (boy love) story line.
These are both fully subbed in English by GMMTV on youtube. This should be easily accessible to most of you.
Of all the sister’s, I still think Sandee (Mild Wiraporn) is my favorite. I’m only two episodes in, so that could change. I do like Sanwan as well. She may be seen as a nerd, but she isn’t a pushover.
I’m not currently liking Sansuay or Sanson very much. I do love seeing Pete, Kao, Thada, June, and Sandee from the first Kiss story, so they’re keeping me entertained here. Although, I do hope the other characters grow on me. I am early in the story, so there is much opportunity for character growth. Fingers crossed that this finishes as strong as the first series did.
Available on Youtube: Kiss Me Again
And there you have it. I am tackling 2 Korean and 3 Thai dramas this month. I haven’t researched any Chinese dramas yet, so this post could be edited with more content. This is extremely ambitious on my part, but I’m really excited to watch dramas I love to my heart’s content and then blog about them.
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