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Andrea. 30 years young. Book lover, voracious reader, and obsessed with all things k-drama.

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10 Reasons You Should Be Watching ‘Just Between Lovers’

  1. The story doesn’t shy away from the difficult mental duress our leads are suffering. They experienced a very traumatic event that has stayed with them through adulthood. What I most appreciate about this drama is that it doesn’t forget the pain and suffering our leads are experiencing in favor of other content.  Instead, the story peels back each characters many layers in a very, natural, believable timeline.
  2. Junho (from 2 PM) is outstanding for being a newbie actor and his work here deserves to be commended. Everything about his portrayal of Lee Kang Doo is perfection. Whether it’s an emotional breakdown or one of Kang Doo’s rare smiles, Junho brings so much depth and awareness to this character.
  3. The beauty of Just Between Lovers is that it nicely showcases how the same traumatic event can affect everyone differently. No one reacts to a situation exactly the same as the next person, and that level of realism makes the story more honest and compelling to watch.
  4. Won Jin Ah is also knocking it out of the park as Moon Soo. While her character is tiny and quiet at times, she’s fiercely determined and family loyal.
  5. The soundtrack. I know k-dramas can sometimes feel tedious and eye-roll worthy when the same couple of songs play throughout the episodes, but they are such great songs that I can’t help but love them. They do such a great job building up to pivotal moments. I would definitely recommend checking out the soundtrack.
  6. Oh my, the chemistry! Junho and Jin Ah really have a natural chemistry that breathes life into their characters. They have a great repertoire and come across very natural in their interactions with one another especially.
  7. Let’s not forget the slow burn romance. Romance is typically slow in k-dramas, which isn’t surprising, but what’s nice about it in this aspect is that we get to spend a ton of time watching our leads grow and develop an amazing friendship.
  8. The emotional impact. Let me take a minute to stress that this is a very emotional story. You will laugh out laugh and you will cry ugly tears. It’s emotionally draining but in a good way. It all feels authentic as we learn more about our characters inner demons and struggles. Those emotional moments make it so much easier to connect to the characters
  9. The plot is not a crazy train. It’s well thought out and slowly chugs along, gaining more momentum and revealing more tidbits to keep the story going. Thanks to a plot that makes sense and doesn’t try to be too ambitious, the pacing feels just right. There may be subplots and small side stories, but it seems that everything is connected somehow. I really appreciate that attention to detail.
  10. And last but not least, I love the poignant use of the flashback sequences. There is so much to love–like the slow burn romance the writers have carefully crafted, but I really appreciate the use of the flashbacks. It’s enough to shed some light on the big traumatic event with the S Mall collapse, but it does so in a way that you’re only given a puzzle piece at a time.

And there you have it! A quick list 10 reasons to watch Just Between Lover. I have to admit that this my favorite k-drama right now. It’s the right blend of everything for me. No drama is perfect, but I think this one comes pretty darn close.

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2018 & New Beginnings


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We may only be 14 days into the New Year, but I feel more determined and motivated than I ever have before. Maybe it’s because turning 30 in December brought so many things into perspective in my own life. For the first time in a long time, I want to put myself first and immerse myself in something I’ve always loved: culture.

With friends, I have decided to travel to Toronto, Canada this year for a whole week. My goal is either in the spring or the fall. I plan to visit many places, but the area I want to explore the most is Koreatown. I don’t know if I have any Canadian readers out there, but if I do and you’re local to the Toronto area, I would love your guidance and recommendations.

I’m excited to try the Korean restaurants and there’s even a grocery store in the area. I plan to document my trip and share it with all of you. From my research, there is a lot of culture in Toronto, so I’m excited and feeling blessed that I get the opportunity to travel there. It may not be South Korea, but it’s one step closer.

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What Should I Watch Next?

I’ve been chipping away, bit by bit, with my many goals this year. I’m still doing some aesthetic changes to the blog, but it’s in a pretty decent state right now. While I work on that behind the scenes, I have also scheduled myself more time to indulge in drama watching. One of my goals this year is to be kinder to myself and put my needs first. I have big plans for this site, which I hope I can pull off.

I mostly cover k-dramas, but I’m going to diversify and add more Thai and Filipino content as I also get a lot of hits on that content. I also enjoy Thai and Filipino dramas, so this is a win-win for me. The problem is that I no longer have a subscription with TFC–that is why I stopped reviewing Filipino dramas. It’s a pricey monthly subscription. I already have subscriptions to Netflix, Viki, and DramaFever, so the costs add up quickly. I also now pay yearly for It Started With a K-Drama. Helping bring content that my readers enjoy is important to me, so I urge you all to vote below and let me know your thoughts. K-dramas are my number one love, so that content always comes first.

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T-Drama: ‘P.S. Man’ Series Review

I have quite the growing ‘to watch’ list, so I decided to tackle it with a Taiwanese drama since I had such a good experience watching The Perfect Match last year. Make note: my experience with t-dramas is quite limited. I’m continuously trying to broaden my horizons and be better-rounded in the Asian dramas I watch.

I’m finally getting back into the swing of things with blogging, too. I’m on a bit of a drama kick, so you’ll be seeing much more from me this year. Hopefully, I can keep up this momentum throughout 2018!

Fighting!

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K-Beauty: ‘Berrisom Animal Mask – Red Gingseng’ Review

Happy 2018, chingu’s!

We’ve made it to another year. As things continue to shift and change in my life, I promised to post more and share more all-things-Asian with my readers. I hope you all stick around and enjoy the content because it all started with a k-drama…

I’m finding more and more k-beauty products in stores in the US.

Truth be told, I’m not a beauty guru. As I’ve reached another milestone age (30), I’ve decided that I want to take care of my skin as much as I possibly can. While I’m still relatively young, I’m not getting any younger. The new year inspired me to start 2018 off on a positive start by trying a Korean face mask. I don’t know much about beauty, but I know Korean beauty standards are no joke and that they have great skincare items on the market.

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Under Construction: Don’t Mind The Mess

Hi readers!

Please don’t mind the mess, but the blog is currently under construction. I’ve upgraded to a premium account, dropped the wordpress from the website link, and I’m currently working on a theme/redesign once I find something I like. I’m also tidying up things around the blog, so if something looks a little wonky or empty, that’s probably why. Everything is still 100% accessible.

I hope to have everything in order by the time the new year starts.

Some goals for the new year so far:

  • Posting content regularly.
  • Doing product reviews for Korean and/or other Asian products. (i.e. make up, clothing, etc)

I’m hoping 2018 will be a good year and that all of you will stick around with me. More details will be coming later.

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K-Drama: ‘Just Between Lovers’ Thoughts & First Impressions

Just Between Lovers is my first foray into melodrama in years.

That’s not a bad thing. My very first melo was early in my k-drama days with That Winter, The Wind Blows. Song Hye Kyo and Jo In Sung were magnificent and enchanting with their character portrayals, but it was a very emotionally exhausting drama to watch. Again, that’s not a bad thing. Melodramas aren’t for everyone. It’s important to note that emotions and events can often be grossly exaggerated, which is why I state that these types of dramas can be very exhausting and difficult to get through at times.

Nonetheless, I was really drawn to Just Between Lovers for its premise. To avoid any spoiler-y tidbits, I’ve added the rest of the content below. If you haven’t watched this drama yet, please be careful as I do mention some things that happen in the first four episodes.

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What I’m Watching, Real Life Updates, & More!

The past three months, I’ve been noticeable absent because I’ve been using all of my time to raise money for the local community at work. It was a very successful effort and we’ll be able to help 5 needy families in our school district this Christmas. Also, November marked my 3 year anniversary at my job that actually came with a raise and a bonus, so I’m feeling very inspired to regularly bring k-drama (also Thai!!) back into my life. While I’m busier than ever at work, I want to make note that my drama watching has been very sporadic up until recently, so I haven’t had much to blog about.

Recently, I finished watching Because This is my First Life, which I loved to pieces. Has anyone else watched this one yet? I think this will easily fit into my top ten dramas of the year. There’s just something that draws me to the dramas where the characters pretend to be in a romantic relationship and are living together. Plus, Nam See Hee was a far cry from the usual male leads in drama land, so he he was an immense joy to watch.

Next k-drama on my list is Just Between Lovers.

As far as Thai dramas go, I’m currently working through an older backlog and watching The Cupids series. I’ve recently finished Kammathep Hunsa, so I will be doing a brief overview of that drama. I also finished up the Thai drama Slamdance and I’m also watching My Dear Loser: Monster Romance.

I’m currently planning a total site redesign. My current theme/layout, is my favorite of the free offerings from WP, and I’ve certainly used it the longest, but I’m ready to change things up a bit. I’m not sure when those changes will roll out, but it will hopefully come with the new year.

Also, I’m going to attempt to branch out my blog a bit. My local CVS added a k-beauty section and I’m anxious to give some of these products a try. I also ordered from Rosegal tonight, so I can’t wait to get the clothing, try it on, and talk Asian fashion. As a plus size woman, this will be an interesting experience, so hopefully the sizes I ordered will work. Fingers crossed!

As you can tell, I have a lot going on right now, so I do apologize for the lack of content lately. My twitter account was hacked and suspended among all of this, but thankfully twitter support reversed that decision, so I can finally access my account and tweet again. Hooray! On top of that, it’s been hectic at work as Christmas approaches and then my birthday is a few days after Christmas, so it’s going to be a bit chaotic going into the new year.

Before I go, let’s add a quick question.

What was your favorite k-drama of 2017 and why?