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.
As I’ve watched a copious amount of dramas since May of 2015, I thought it was long overdo to add onto my original list found here. This time, I’ll be adding other Asian dramas to the mix to make this list more well-rounded. I have watched many amazing series in the past year, and while I don’t get to mention or post about them all, there are characters I simply cannot forget. I love a good romance and having any excuse to dote over my favorites.
Note: I took an agonizing amount of time on YouTube searching for the videos that I felt best encompassed these characters and showcase why I love them as much as I do. Please enjoy and let me know what you think. I might continue these kinds of posts in the future if there’s an interest for it.
It’s been a long time since I last posted – so long that it feels like years have passed by. I’m aware that statement is grossly exaggerated, but it really feels that way too me. Real life hasn’t been too kind. Between work, car hunting woes, and some family issues going on, it’s been nearly impossible for me to sit down and blog. I find enough free time to watch my dramas, but it’s at the expense of much-needed sleep, so I made the executive decision to push off blogging until my heart was itching to write and I had time to do it. Thanks to Labor Day weekend here in the US, I have off today, Monday, so there’s nothing like an extended weekend to help me recharge my batteries.
Slowly but surely, I’m going to get back to my blogging routine, but until that happens, I put together a little post with some of the dramas I’m watching. I had to keep it short and sweet, but I warn you that there are spoilers, so please continue on at your own risk if you’re not up to date with any of these dramas.
The Lizquen loveteam. That’s Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil for those of you that aren’t familiar. What they bring to the table: realistic emotions, staggering chemistry, and a comfortableness between each other.
This drama is packed full of Filipino love and culture. As an international fan of this series, we have the opportunity to learn more about culture and history thanks to Serena (Liza Soberano).
Everything important is in Dolce Amore: family values and relationships, dysfunctional and disconnected/separated families, true friendship, achievement through hard word, monetary hardship, and more.
The scenery! Whether it’s an exotic location or not, it’s always fun and interesting to see what different places in the Philippines actually look like.
The inclusion of Italian. It’s one thing for the characters to live in Italy, but it’s a bonus that the characters are actually speaking the language. Even better — most of these characters are at least bilingual.
Episodes air every day from Monday to Friday, so that’s a healthy dose of Lizquen during the working week. And this method helps keep the events of the series fresher on the mind.
Each episode is a manageable 20+ minutes. They are always under 30 and always over 20. This means it’s much easier to binge-watch. Score!
I have to admit, the plot is fantastic and gripping. The concept itself isn’t something we’ve never heard of before, but it’s a well-written story that tugs at the heart. The writing is clean and cohesive.
The lovely people at TFC subtitle every, single episode in English. So for anyone that doesn’t speak Tagalog or doesn’t speak it fluently, this is a huge bonus to enjoy the show.
Most of all, my favorite thing about Dolce Amore, is that Serena and Tenten develop a strong bond of friendship. It’s really touching to watch their journey as they learn more about each other and forge lasting friendships. This is primarily the focus of the drama, and I find it to be one of the most special aspects of this series.
I’m aware that some of these reasons are vague, but I tried to keep any “spoilers” to a minimum. I am absolutely in love with this show. I’m not sure what I was expecting when I first read the synopsis a few months back, but what I’m seeing on screen in so much better than what I had in my head.
So… what do you think? Will you be watching Dolce Amore? Are you watching it now? Would you recommend it to your friends?
Last week was a great week for Dolce Amore. And there’s nothing I appreciate more than a solid build up of friendship. It is the groundwork to a great relationship, and if it’s anything to judge from these past five episodes, it’s safe to say that Tenten and Serena are laying a solid foundation to an, hopefully, eventual relationship.
We have a long way to go in this drama, so we’ll just have to be patient and see where things lead.
As promised, I have my review of the pilot through episode 15. Thankfully, ABS-CBN uploaded the pilot onto their youtube channel. It’s without English subtitles right now, but as least you can check it out if you aren’t a TFC subscriber. Due to time constraints, this is more of a summary of the first 15 episodes. I hope that, in the future, I can review individual episodes. Keep your fingers crossed and I’ll work as hard as possible to keep up with Dolce Amore.
If you just love Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil together, you’re in luck. I’m still feeling giddy over their movie Everyday, I Love You. To be honest, I’m always a little giddy when it comes to these two. I still want to watch the rest of Forevermore, but until the beginning portion is subbed on TFC, I will just have to sit tight and enjoy their new drama Dolce Amore instead.
And if you happen to have a subscription on TFC like I do, you can watch the first five episodes right now.
I know many of you probably don’t have a subscription, so I will try my best to review this series as I watch. (Don’t worry OTWOL fans, I haven’t forgotten about you. I love this series but I’m so far behind and it’s going to be a little bit until I have the time to binge watch and recap what I’ve missed. But it will happen!)
Plot synopsis:Two young wandering souls, both in search of who they really are will be brought together by destiny and feel an infallible connection with each other. Serena (Liza Soberano), a young girl raised in Italy by her adoptive parents, lives a good life but cannot shake off the feeling that an important part of her identity seems to be missing – the truth about where she came from. Bearing the same struggles is Tenten (Enrique Gil), who grew up in an orphanage suffering from the pain of his real parents’ rejection. A hardworking “raketero,” Tenten takes on different jobs to help his adoptive family. Serena’s and Tenten’s worlds will collide when Serena, in search of herself, wanders off and travels to the Philippines, a country she is strangely drawn to and heard about from her Filipina nanny. From their unexpected meetup, the two will discover a sense of belonging with each other and will find themselves exploring the greatest adventure of all – falling in love.
After this past week’s episodes of On the Wings of Love, I have plenty to talk about, but I had to condense my feelings. Between Jiggs getting into an accident and blowing his condition out of proportion to Tita Jack’s confession, it seems things only grow more complicated and difficult for our beloved characters. Don’t worry… there’s some sweeter, happier moments as well.
Time is definitely not on my side these days, but I make it mandatory that I unwind after work with an episode or two of some kind of drama. It’s the ultimate stress reliever, trust me. That said, this is a first for me. Yep, you’ve heard that right. This is my very first Filipino drama, and like anything new (of the Asian variety) that I discover, I can’t help but hash out all of my feels with those of you who get it.
If you haven’t watched any of this series yet, please remember that if you read beyond this point, you will definitely encounter some spoilers. It’s been a hectic week so I apologize that some of my thoughts aren’t very well put together. This week I will be able to watch the episodes as they air because I recently purchased a premium subscription at TFC. The price was a little steep, but I can watch the series in HD and with English subtitles, so it feels like it was well worth it. Plus, I can post more regularly about the series now.