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Managed to clear some drama over the long weekend (well, only 2) and this is one of the 2. The story is about Do Bong Soon, the girl with super power, the family legacy only for the female members. Based on the premise alone you can tell that this is a comedy, bound to be funny and hilarious. I'm watching this because of Park Bo Young (she's hella cute in Oh My Ghostess) and Park Hyung Shik (because no way I'm gonna watch Hwarang where he won't ever get the girl, don't have the heart to see the heartbroken pretty face), and that's basically the OTP.

But is it worth watching? )
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Besides drama questions, in RL, I've been asked tons of questions about skincare. What skincare brand is good? How to get smooth skin? Why does my skin dry? Organic, natural skincare must be better for my skin, right? and the questions continues. I'm not an expert or a cosmetologist, but one thing I find about finding out the skincare for you is like finding the 'right' drama to watch. There are TONS of preliminary questions that you have to ask yourself before even picking a product, which is why I often just stare at the skincare aisle and spend lots of time there, with most of the time coming out without even buying anything. The only difference is that there're 2 more categories to take into consideration with skincare, compare to drama.

Side note: I'm doing this long rambling post because I'm waiting for some drama to watch and instead being actually working productively, my brain refuse to work and this topic has been bugging me for quite some time.

I can go on and on rambling about skincare, and this is just general stuffs LOL )

So, these are just my opinions and thoughts, a very long rambling, yes, but I find that sometimes we're to bogged down with what people or the ads say that we forgot what we actually need. Just like drama, use the skincare that makes you feel good and happy and enjoy the product, don't let the products or brands or practices or other people dictate you.
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Okay, I think now my DW account looks more presentable and I think all the entries from LJ has been imported.
Moving forward I'll do posting from DW, and just linked it to LJ until the day that TOS T&C hits my blog :)

I have some thoughts, since I've been using so many different kinds of skin care (yes I have the itchy hand to buy and try skin care products) over the years (probably the only skincare I haven't touched is SKII, this one is reserved when I hit 50), anybody interested in this kind of posting? I got lots of people asking questions on skincare in RL so thought maybe it'll be useful? But I don't think I'll do those post like demo (like those beauty blogs do) with tons of pictures because I have a completely different view on skincare, and skincare is not make up, so no demo or picture needed, but that's just my opinion.

So, what do you think?

So...

Apr. 9th, 2017 06:47 pm
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Continuing the TOS issue thingy... I decided to just have dreamwidth as back up. Moving forward I'll do the posting from DW (as I thought, DW doesn't have image storage so... i have to make more dropbox accounts... pain...), still in the midst of setting up the DW, it looks horrible T__T, and I don't have the brain to make it prettier either (tbh, LJ makes the standard basic stuff looks decent without lots of manual efforts), so I just hope the content aka my ramblings and chattering posts makes up for it.

Now that it's settled, is there any new J-drama worth watching? I can't basically think of anything to watch in J-dramaland. I thought I saw CRISIS trailer but where's the actual drama? Not aired yet? I tried Quartet and couldn't even finish the first episode T__T. My friend kept on saying to continue watching Tokyo Tarareba Musume (I like the manga, but the drama just seemed... off). I'm left with 2 more episode of the marriage propaganda drama and I dread to watch it. FujiTV (or any other station) shouldn't make anymore josei live-action which involved smut in the storyline, they end up changing too many premises and adding up too many unnecessary characters, and basically butcher what makes the manga swoon-worthy. SIGH...
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I've been reading these posts on the new user agreement thingy. Yes, it looks dodgy (heck I even read the better interpretation from Tumblr, not from here), and for a person whose part of her job is reading contracts, I have a really hard time understanding what the clauses in that agreement actually means, so this brings the question, should I stay in LJ, or move somewhere else?

I've been using LJ for a good around 7 years, not too long, but long enough to have enough posts that it'll cause a hazzle if I'm going to move (especially those with lots of caps). So, the huge question is if I want to move, where should I move? dreamwidth? wordpress? blogspot? tumblr (I still can't get used to using Tumblr especially to post things, and I hate using tags)?

I know I'm not that active anymore in posting stuffs (those takes so much time and nowadays I just don't have as much attention span as I used to have in making those posts. But, still it's just nice to see the old posts and reference to some old stuffs so I'd still want to keep those (memories, keepsakes, emotional attachments, yes those emo stuffs, you know the drill).

So, back to the question, to stay or not to stay...

Sigh...

Probably this is a way of telling me to get my shit together with my RL too...
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Just finished this one, finally! And just to clarify and get over with, this is a HUMAN drama, no romance, nope zero romance. So don't ever ever hope that you'll see the Pride couple ship sails, nope, wrong drama. Obviously the objective of this drama is completely different and I'd be much happier if this is clearly stated from the get go so that I can set my expectation correctly. Hmmph!

Don't get me wrong, this is a good drama, probably the best on in this season. Well, if you're looking at the rest which is more like romcom attempts but come out as marriage propaganda drama, this one is the one comes close to the real drama. You can rely on TBS for a good drama (well, at least their high profile one for the season). Kimutaku still got it, he's really Okita sensei here, the idealist doctor who never give up and obviously believes in good of everybody, literally. He didn't even bear grudges when he found out that his best friend actually sabotaged him to steal his girl friend by shipping him to Seattle. He used it as the opportunity and got back as a much better surgeon and that alone already wrecked havoc his so-called best friend's self esteem. I don't know how much noble idiocy he got that he could always see the good in everything, it's just unreal. And you probably better off shipping Okita-sensei with scalpel instead of with Mifuyu, sobs!

This drama has a very good phase, it's building, but it doesn't slow down and it even offers you so many different kinds of site story such as the bitchy lawyer's past catching up with her. But the overall story doesn't give you that 'OMG I need the next episode NOW!' vibe, well, you can see that I just happily waiting for the subs and made zero attempt in watching RAW, so yeah, it's that kind of drama that you can watch leisurely.

My only problem is only with Masao (the best friend) character. To be honest, I kind of disappointed that he practically got away with all the shits and stunts that he'd pulled. For goodness sake, he tried to kill off his father in law in the first episode that everybody seems to just glaze over with, and at the end he got EVERYTHING, and Okita? Well, the drama just pointed out that he decided his own path and went with it (that idealist + noble idiocy part of him... it's admirable and frustrating at the same time). If we argue that Masao had it bad since young, starting with the high expectation from daddy, Okita also had it bad, his dad constantly comparing him with Masao, so that doesn't make it that it's OK to pull all those shits. The drama tries to make it as if he tried to save Mifuyu by bringing Okita but later on he's taking Okita's procedures and saying he's going to do it... but the first thing that came out to my mind is, OMG he's trying to KILL Mifuyu, NO! That's how much dodgy this Masao character is to me despite what the drama tries to convey.

What about Mifuyu? To me, her character is just 101% full of goodness that I find it surreal. She has full trust towards everybody near her, didn't even realize that her husband is screwing that bitchy lawyer, and that's probably the result of being loved by everybody as well. She's also an idealist like Okita, but with daddy as the back up. Family is her number one priority, not really the husband, the daughter. Heck she got more scenes with the daughter than probably alone time scene with Masao. And her most memorable scene with a male is with Okita-sensei, when she was freaking out and scared upon finding out about the tumour (yes, I find that it's the best scene throughout the whole drama).

Aside from the characters and all, this drama also brought up the issues with general public conception towards doctors and hospital. One, operation must be successful. Yes, off course that's the expectation of any medical practitioner as it's their occupation and they're handling humans' lives, but I don't understand the underlying expectation that you cannot fail or only do the procedure when it's a certain success *cough* 100% aka zettai naoshimasu or in english definitely curable (cured after operation). There're always chances of failure, anything can happen in that operating table and yes, I believe doctors will do their best (there're lots of doctors who are not and purposely semi fail the ops so that they can get more money, and yes these types exist and it's disgusting), but I also believe that they're humans, not GOD, and that's why we have liability insurance for doctors! The other one is the notion that doctors only treat the rich people. It's true in a certain sense, especially in countries where health insurance or health subsity is not prominant and you literally must have tons of cash in your savings when the illness hits you. I like how Okita address this issue with the kid that every doctor would try their best to save their patients, it's making this drama more humane (well it's human drama, that's why). But this at the same time downplays the fact that medical treatments, especially those with terminal illness, require money.

Despite all this, I'd still think this drama is much better executed than Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim. The sole reason is that there're less extreme cases in this drama, only difficult procedures and more realistic issues with your judgement eg. whether you thoroughly examine breast cancer on a 14 years old or you assume that a 14 year old is not yet of age to have a breast cancer. Whereas Romantic Doctor is throwing all the shits from epi 1, from the shitty hospital politics to the extreme cases of terror and epidemic and they also like to play the karma card. Very different approach and take for the same medical themed drama so it's up to your preference which one you'd like better. The side reason is that this drama doesn't have a STUPID character that take 13 episodes to get his shit together.
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When you read enough loads of shoujo manga or watch a high school drama, what are the chance that you have the following situation: there's this some random stranger/classmate/may even your own best friend suddenly appearing in front of the main girl together with some other random friend (mind you, not alone) asks the main character for a favor to pass a love confession letter to the dude (can be the male dude in the story OR second dude or whatever), and then the main character is in dilemma on how to pass the letter. This is the main situation, some other stories will have the continuation to the situation whereby if that so-called love confession letter ended up not being delivered, then so-called random stranger or whatever cries or not happy with the main girl and then that friend started to hold grudges and creating conflict. And worse, in the end of the conflict, most of the time the main girl have to apologize first for not realizing the other girl's feeling, and then a new friendship blossoms.

This plot device has been re-used and re-cycled for so many decades but with no incline to disappear, at all. I hate this plot from the bottom of my heart, but not really realizing the core reason why I hate this plot. From a glance through, it'll just look like the main girl will be in dilemma and start realizing her own feelings bla bla bla, but that's beside the point, that's trivial, and can be instigated through so many other plot device. But a lot of times, why oh why, the writers again and again using this asking for favor to pass on something. It can be a letter, a valentine choco, so many other items too.

The reason is simple, this is pure coercion and bullying act from a selfish coward person. She wants something, but she doesn't have the guts to get it. So what does she do? She makes other girl to do her bidding, but she's scared that the other girl not going to do what she wants, so she brings in WITNESS and coerce the girl in the name of FAVOR, and left the poor girl on her own to figure out how to carry on the so-called favor. You know one thing about favor is that you don't have the obligation to do it. It's a favor for other people, it's something that's good if you do it, but if you can't do it, then the other person can't even press or hold grudges on the other person.

Again, this story line has been reused so much that it makes me wonder, does this also happen in the real life? Not always the exact situation, but similar, asking another person for a favor and bringing along witnesses and corner/almost gang up the person being asked to do the favor, and got mad especially if that so-called person not be able to do. I can think so many similar situation in office setting and it could involve your supervisor or bosses abusing their power in similar manner. It's worrying if it's rooted from school environment and if this is a common practice because regardless, fundamentaly, putting a person involuntarily into uncomfortable situation and to do something that she's not comfortable with is bullying (I even look up the dictionary for the definition to make sure I use the term correctly).

I always believe that while manga or drama are full with elements of fantasy or exaggeration, however, there's always some amount of truth and reality in it, because otherwise we won't be able to relate to the story at all.

So, have you come across whereby in the given situation the main girl told off the other girl to fu*k off and give the shit herself to the dude? Or tell that other girl to get her shit together and not rely on people? I'll be glad to read that story.
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Having almost to no drama to watch (yes, it's that much drama I've been watching lately) makes me end up with mindless browsing on drama thumbnails, both j-drama and k-drama. Upon browsing those, I realize, there're more and more cross remakes happening between Chinese, Korean and Japanese, whether it's drama converted to drama or movie converted to drama vice versa. First we have the live-action from manga to drama/movie, then on top of that there's these remakes. The remakes has been happening since years ago, and it creates kind of an excitement and curiousity especially if the original is that good, will the remake be as good or even better? But just like its live-action counterpart, seems that I've been hearing remakes more often now, compare to years ago. What happened? Does the industry getting lazzier and just want to get quick ideas and cash in? It's still a gamble despite the original being mega successful (side eyeing a certain drama, you know which one). So below is just some example that I can think of, you know how lazy I am to do extra research to find out ALL remakes across 10 years? Please don't expect me to do this, I still have to use my brain to prepare for workshop & training materials (RL sucks), and this is just for fun and healing therapy for me.

Here we go.. )
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Let me just let it out first, this is probably the most worth of your time drama for Winter 2017 season. Will it go to the classic bucket? Most likely no, come on, who are we kidding, we have PRIDE, Long Vacation, Love Generation and the whole bunch of other Kimutaku drama that has the J-drama charms in full blast. But, does Kimutaku still have it? YES, he still got it. It's more subtle now because of the theme and storyline but you can see it in his eyes, that yearning!

Epi 1 is honestly rather boring because they just basically laying out the background and the set up, but I have some faith in Kimutaku, so I stay. Okita sensei came back to Tokyo after 10 years in Seattle with a badass surgery skill and also still with the don't care of the world attitude (pretty much like Kiryu in Hero but without the eccentric mode and more serious, and look more like Daimon Michiko without the ittashimasen and shippaishinaide iconic remarks). Awaiting in Tokyo is the sick former boss who he has to save, ex girlfriend now married with his 'best friend' (we'll get to that later), and the whole team of surgeon who actually err, not really fond of him, except for 1 nurse who is damn impressed with his mad skill.

So, up until epi 5, we see character development on practically each of those in the main casting list aka the rest of the main casting background story, what made them become that way, except for Okita, Mifuyu. Well, we get to see glimpses of how a greedy asshole Masao is. He already shipped Okita to Seattle, snatched Mifuyu from Okita (I hugely think this is Okita's stupidity and major plot mover anyway), had affair with the secretary(? - who really cares what she does, she's hot, sexy, always in tight skirt and yes she bangs the boss), and tried to sabotage the current director. However, despite being that greedy and such an asshole, he's so bloody insecure when Okita come to the picture, always spying over Okita and Mifuyu (that's what you get when you snatching somebody else's), furthermore when the Director (Mifuyu's dad) shows favor towards Okita (so why the hell he shipped Okita to Seattle? another plot mover). But what about Okita? His character is consistent up until now, stay through to what he's doing, not caring about politics and the corporate ladder, just honing his surgerical skills and basically saving patients left and right. And Mifuyu? Same, being a good mother to a cute daughter (emphasizing how an asshole Masao is), a caring doctor but still not sure on what role she should be playing in the team, given that she's the director's daughter, plus she's sick. The 2 leads only starts moving in this episode 5, Mifuyu dropping hints on why Okita 'left' her, when did Okita 'dumped' her. Okita had that look (you know what kind of look I'm talking about) when looking at Mifuyu. It's not so obvious in epi 1-4, so subtle, but gradually we see that 'look.' That's why I say, Kimutaku still has it! Or, I'm just biased and have too much imagination, yeah!

I do worry that if this is a 10 episode drama, the story development is too rush. We have so many things going on at the same time: the regular cases which raise lots of ethical questions (something that J-dorama is really good at), the big elephant medical case (Mifuyu's), the possible loveline (which I really dunno where it'll end up --> are we going to support furin here? TBS you better think carefully, we're talking about the PRIDE couple here, lots of fans will bash you (me included) if Mifuyu stick to Masao after you show him being such an asshole, on the other hand if Okita snatch Mifuyu back, what does that mean? Furin is OK in the name of love? What about the kid? OMG, so messy). I don't understand why they don't just make Mifuyu engaged to Masao, instead married with children, that'll be less messier, but off course, more predictable. If this is a 16 episode K-drama, I can see the more juicy and angst come to play because they have the length, I'd think even 12 episode J-drama should be enough to make some main plot ellaborate. Up until epi 5, we just have the main plot looking like the background instead of being the main. So, we'll see how it goes from epi 6, Mifuyu now knows that she's screwed with the tumour and demand answer on why the hell Okita 'dumped' her. I don't think he ever dumped her nor he ever stopped loving her. Drama we need more episodes!!!
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Obviously I'm still stressed, my workload just trippled after 1 meeting and I have a migraine now (probably need to sleep soon). So, I thought might as well pick up another dorama to rant my stress out. At the rate we're going there're so many j-dorama with almost the same (I refuse to use the word similar) theme anyway. And this one, yes, still within the same theme. Rinko has this fear that she'll be alone by 2020 (Tokyo olympic) as if having a dude next to you will guarantee happiness, oh well, this is the essence of shoujo manga anyway. She has this ideals on what kind of dude that she wants (the typical prince charming type) that she rejected her colleague, which she nicknamed dasai-kun, 8 years ago under the premise that he's well... lame. Fastforward to the present, with 3 years down the road to Tokyo Olympic and still single, she's now worried that maybe she'll be alone forever, with the tara and reba psycho-ing her when she's drunk into this thoughts. Dasai-kun that she turned down turn out to be quite a catchy dude, and after 8 years, she actually feels that she enjoys his company. But alas, he'd moved on to another YOUNGER girl (why it always have to be younger, it's beyond me, too typical). And to make it worse, the ladies are sort of turned down in a drink to meet dudes place because the dudes choose YOUNGER girls (the 20s generation). Plus there's this blonde dude who kept poking their conscience over their drinking and ranting session (well, everybody need one, so I don't really get his issue, but anyway, this is the plot and we just let it flow as is).

Surprisingly I enjoy this drama despite the theme though I won't say this drama is J-version of Sex and the City (where's the sexy stuff? ZERO, NONE, don't misslead people please!). At the same time, I'd like to say, EDITING and PRESENTATION is important of the drama. This drama has the same concept of girls better be married to be 'happy', but it doesn't come as offensive as Totsuzen desuga Ashita Kekkonshimasu because exactly of these 2 aspects. Sure it's not the super magical drama, J-drama romcom magic has long gone by now. The way drama goes now is trying to play around with the more realistic aspect of girls have conditions to pick their dudes and it's even said that it's okay to have a loveless marriage, so long the dude doesn't go playing around (I think one of the girls in Totsuzen said this). I bet that this is a taboo in the old rabu rabu theme drama. But at the same time it shows something from the social aspect, the fear of being lonely in the society is real. Why people want to get married? Why they want to have family? There's no guarantee of happiness in marriage, you have to work the relationship and put in tons of effort to make it work as well, and it has to be 2 ways. Plus what's the guarantee that people will stick together high and low, there must be a pull factor, which in lots of cases is love.

I probably will have more things to say after I watched more episodes, for now I'd stick with this drama.
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and by episode 3, I still haven't seen Nanami said 'You're find whatever you're now'. Wait, why am I still watching this after ranting so much in episode 1? Oh right, because I got nothing else to watch and I'm stressed and I need to blah my stress through something writable, and this drama gives the perfect condition for ranting, LMAO.

They finally throw in Ono x Rio line, but in a very unsignificant and nonchalant way, which is quite disappointing to me. Instead they up the scenes of Asuka and Kamiya, which is OK, understandable because second lead must have a bit more screentime, yeah? But why Kamiya is not that good looking? Or is it just my perception of good looking is the likes of shoujo manga, nevermind, still thinks not good looking enough.

I don't really understand that up till episode 3, there's still that awkwardness lingers when Asuka has that alone time with Nanami or in the regular dialogues as well. Intentional? Or just because the dialogue flow are choppy (which some part are choppy) because it's definitely not the chemistry. I like the way Nanami looks at Asuka, it's similar to the manga, and it gives you feels (try my best not to bloody compare with the way So looks at Soo, I'm just killing myself over this la). But I just can't let go the fact that they spent a night together and there's no pillow talk or whatever. I thought the government is encouraging young couples to make babies (hence those marriage propaganda), and there's a reason for Getsu9 being Getsu9 because of the rabu rabu theme, but the lack of bed scenes kind of contradict everything? WTH is wrong with you J-dorama, is this part of the passive agressive culture thing? If you don't want to show the whole bed scene but at least the afterwards scene will do, and have that bloody pillow talk. Take PRIDE for example, the bet scene is just the morning after, and have Haru kissed Aki, and that already gives so many FEELS. And there're ain't any Johnny's in this drama, so what's the apprehension? Wait until so later episode? How later? I'd expect this to happen in epi 6, if they decided to have that Nanami suddenly had to go to Hokkaido for a shoot plot, or are they going to change the whole setting? They've changed a lot so far, so won't be surprised anymore.

And to think that the next season is Aiba-chan's drama.... another weird tantei drama, Aiba-chan need some major romcom, I think he can pull it off but I dunno if Johnny's try to market his 'innocent and cute' image forever, which is no longer appropriate anymore tbh, come on, he's a man now and he looks freaking smexy sometimes (if he's not too thin).

Ahhh, I feel better now, going to have a work call soon.. time to ommmmm...
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Totsuzen desu ga Ashita Kekkonshimasu Epi 1

OK, I read the manga (not all, only those that already been translated) and I like the premise because the marriage theme is not as repulsive as I thought it would be. The relationship develop nicely with the right pace while the battle of value is explained clearly (everybody has different opinion and that's fine as long as it's not shoved over to the reader's brain). But, what did FujiTV do? They butcher the whole thing and this is just the first episode! The opening is 100% looks like a propaganda with Asuka narrating people's current opinions on marriage, and hers is 'I want to get married and become a housewife'. I like Asuka in the manga because though she has that mindset of getting married and becoming a housewife as a goal, but she's not mulling over this as literally the goal, the manga makes Asuka being heartbroken on the emotional level (there's love being broken in here) so that it's compelling, while the drama emphasize Asuka getting her 'goal' crushed because of the breakup, wtf FujiTV. The most infuriating part in this first episode is they cut this phrase 'You're fine as the way you are now' supposedly said by Nanami when he comforts the heartbroken Asuka. Without this, the drama is just about 'girls find happiness by getting married', MY ASS! This is why divorce rate is high (as Nanami points out), it's not wrong to get married, but it's terribly wrong thinking you'll find happiness if you get married. SMH with you propaganda FujiTV!!! That's not what the manga trying to tell because the manga direction is more like finding compromise in between aka the characters' mindset supposed to change and get to the direction whereby you get married with the person you love (where the rabu rabu story supposed to be). I like Nishiuchi Mariya and I'm happy that she gets the Getsu9 lead role, but I'm mad at how they made Asuka character semi bimbotic here, grrrr!!! More points to rant, they made Asuka still lives in her parents house, so how they supposed to get Asuka x Nanami rabu rabu moments??? Why can't they just follow the bloody damn manga? Why it's so difficult? And! Why the make Mikami looks like a stupid comedic role? I like Sawamura Ikki, but it's time he should be playing cool supporting role, which is what Mikami should be. Next, who the hell is that 3rd girl? That's a completely not necessary extra character, just so that we have a match for Mikami? Heck, we not supposed to know anything about Mikami, he's supposed to be just the cool Nanami's guardian! And don't get me started with Ono. Are we going to get Ono x Rio line? Ono x Rio is the reversed role (and comparison) for Nanami x Asuka, if there's no Ono x Rio, then WTF are we watching? I HATE YOU FUJITV! It seems that rabu2 drama magic ends the moment Kimutaku not doing Getsu9 drama. Sigh.

Tomorrow for You Epi 3-4

FujiTV really need to learn from TVN in making romcom. I enjoy this drama much more despite SoJoon is still an asshole. Him chasing MaRin is definitely not love here --> we'll see this going into the huge hell of a mess in the next episodes, will this be more messier than Another Miss Oh's mess, and I'll have high expectation on this. This time travel thing will soon become a boomerang for SoJoon, in both love and business. I'm hoping for a happy end (if Another Miss Oh gets a happy end, I'll be damn if this one is not LOL), with tons of angst in between (SoJoon's future self telling his current self to treat MaRin right is the huge indication). The drama never escapes from the annoying characters, MaRin's mom makes me boil in anger (I fast forward her scenes), GunSook *the bitch 'friend'* needs to get laid more often by her busy husband. She didn't even come to the wedding, drama only shows the husband!!! More drama coming up as I can feel the storm is brewing.

Chief Kim Epi 1-3

Drama on accountants and accounting frauds? Oh Yes. The male lead is an asshole, the female lead is self rightous (not sure whether she'll become a liability later), the bad guy is an asshole but a smart asshole. So it's the battle of scheming strategy on how to embezzle money. Drama! I'm slightly concerned that this is KBS, they don't have a good track record in my book, but I'm willing to try because the premise is interesting and there're more shits yet to be revealed.
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Tomorrow with You Epi 1-2

Whoaa, I find that TVN really lives up to their slogan: TVN - Content Trend Leader. They really beef up their drama, and I realized lots of the drama that I liked actually done by TVN (when I don't really watch it for a particular dude, ehem). After Goblin (this will remain at the top and I foresee it'll be for quite awhile), they serve us this drama, Tomorrow with You. Like lots of other people already mentioned, the theme somewhat similar to Queen Inhyeon's Man, time travel. However, beneath that theme, the content has that Another Miss Oh's feels, maybe due to the season as well (Valentine is near, so we're gearing towards the romance thingy). Episode 1 threw in lots of question marks, the mysteries, as we knew the connection from observer's point of view, but not the characters'. Episode 2 reveals that connection, both SoJoon & MaRin were the survivor of the subway incident 7 years ago. While SoJoon became a time traveller from that accident, MaRin though she was reborn and tried to live her life again. The concept alone is interesting, SoJoon's time travelling purpose & concept is completely different from Kim BoongDo's from Queen Inhyeon's Man. Then comes the girl, MaRin, the child actress who no longer in the entertainment business, but kept on living under scrutiny of online articles making fun of her, and in turn public talking about her, not in a good way. And yes, off course we have the rich dude vs poor girl thingy, but at least these days the drama kind of stretch this out a little bit, not blatantly throw this concept to the audience like their past counterparts. How this drama fare in the next episodes? I'll be following this, unless there're other interesting k-drama, I'll be only watching this one and will be forever bitter with the 'what if TVN is the one doing that harem drama?' --> damn, I'll never get out from this bottomless pit.

What about J-drama?
Well, the list is up in amara, but I'l probably only follow the below (and waiting for subs because my brain refuse to work after office hours):

Totsuzen desuga, Ashita Kekkonshimasu ~ heh, another live action. Need to read the manga then decide whether it's good enough. Again, I don't really like this theme of 'girls feels the need or want to get married'. The older I get, the more I got miffed with this concept. It's not romantic, it's more of propaganda, and hell, we don't need to get married to be happy, that's wrong!

Tokyo Tarareba Musume ~ Yoshitaka Yuriko is back! But again, the same theme 'girls + marriage.' I'm crossing finger that they don't push this button too much, else, and instead focus on the girls and their life struggles.

A Life ~ TBS, Kimutaku x Takeuchi Yuuko (PRIDE couple), medical. Watching this, whether this can exceed Karei naru Ichizoku, very very unlikely, but better than nothing at all. They try to throw in that old flame blooming, though I'm very skeptical on how they handle the ethics and morality points in the drama, most likely to be glazed over anyway and I should not be so critical when watching drama, it's not healthy, must keep the point of just watch the bloody damn thing and enjoy it, but it's difficult when they try to inject the emo k-drama feels into it when J-drama style is very different. It doesn't work in You're Beautiful J-version, hence even weirder in the more serious bigger scale drama.

Quartet ~ Matsu Takako, period.

Ubai Ai, Fuyu ~ I don't understand with J-drama. It's now either the 'girl wanting to get married' or 'the extra-marital affair'. What are these TV stations trying to get across? The romance point seems forced (anything taboo is romantic... works in anime, but in drama? It gets old, fast, especially if it's one drama after another, hell we have Saito Takumi resume full of these love affair theme drama).

Stash bucket:
Mahiru no Akuma ~ I like Tanaka Rena, but damn this one looks so gloomy :(
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[livejournal.com profile] i_am_zan knows me so well and that includes my sleeping problem. I've been having sleeping problem for months with sleeping intervals of 2-4 hours (5 hours if I'm lucky), so you can imagine how many hours I actually go on snooze in deep sleep each day despite the effort in sleeping early (obviously I watch so much lesser drama nowadays). I've tried essential oil, which smells heavenly but only works for awhile, unfortunately, but it does make you happier sniffing it; eye mask (those disposable eye masks endorsed by Sho-chan), they're great to make your eyes relax, but it doesn't help you sleep the whole 7 hours non-stop; and the last resort, sleeping pills (I took Benadrill equivalent, which was OK-ed by my bro, the pharmacist). Sleeping pills were a good last resort if you have the entire 10 hours to spend on literally sleeping, because what would happen if you only have around 6-7 hours sleeping time? Yep, you wake up with drowsiness and what do you do for instant recovery? You take coffee, and the cycle continues. I used to be able to sleep despite having coffee during the day (2 cups of kopi-o-kosong aka long black is no biggie for me). However, apparently this ability vanished after I stopped coffee or tea intake for the past 6 months due to my iron defficiency (this effort turned out to be futile as my last test turned out to be STILL in deficit level, boohoo, and now I'm taking iron supplement and awaiting for another follow up test in 2 months time). So, if I take 1 bloody instant coffee now, not even a long black, let alone kopi-o-kosong, I have to be prepared to count sheeps until 2am (or watching mindless youtube clips, or counting more sheeps).

So, obviously my eyebags getting darker and I'm sleep deprived, and work doesn't make life easier, and I'm getting easily provoked and cranky, and my blood pressure rise up (I managed to lower down my blood pressure somehow, a yey at the end of 2016 though, and I pray hard that it remain stable at that level).

Knowing all my health issues (especially when I complain about them every so often, and I do have a lot), and obviously I'm not the only one with the same sleeping problem in my office, my colleague suggested white noise. What's white noise? I also have no idea until I google (hurray for uncle google). The official wiki is here. But in my own definition, white noise is those sounds which are static enough that it can manipulate your psychological mood and lead your brain into a relax and calm state, and without you knowing it, you're snoozing. On top of white noise, there're also pink, brown, and purple noise. What's the difference? Honestly, I have no idea, especially wiki elaborate all those in academic terms. But the gist is, all these noise comes with a function to relax you. Some people use these noises to help them concentrate better and be productive in their study or work... not for me. I tried and I got tired instead, just give me Shinhwa/Arashi/V6 as BGM for my waking up hours, they'll do the job for me. If you youtube white noise, so many things and option will come up, from just statics to rains, nature, fans, water dripping, heartbeats sounds, with 1001 different frequency, volume, tempo, I mean, even rain has so many different sound (with thunder, light rain, drizzles, storms, heavy storms, rain dripping on tile, on tin roof, and so many more) and with duration. I-tunes also have 1001 options for you. And, we also have apps for this where you can record your own white noise, or mix and match and make your own white noise play list (pretty cool, until I don't know how to export the bloody thing into my music player in my phone).

So after 1 week of experiment, I find that I cannot use those itunes music files because they only last for 6-9 minutes and they have the decending sound to nothingness and if you loop it, it'll have stops and intervals. Now I kind of get it why youtube has 3, 6, 8, 9, 10 hours variation of clips. And I need the 10 hours clip to be able to sleep at least 6 hours non-stop. What happen with the shorter ones? I woke up after it finished, and with the looped itunes files, I could feel that the noise is finishing and I ended up not 100% sleeping. I also noticed that I only can take light rain sounds (rain makes me feel cooler, and it confirms the psychological thing when it rains, you just want to cuddle inside your comforter and snooze), and fire crackling sounds at most (it makes me feel warm and toasty, and zzzz). And it has to be in static, simple and stable waves, and no additional bird chirping, thunder, etc. It really goes down to your preferrence. So far, it works, and I hope I can ditch the sleeping pills option with this, and this is cheap and practically free (if you just use youtube and apps).

The clips which are working for me so far are: this, this (my favorite), and this.

I hope by sharing this experience, it can help those who have similar sleeping problems because sleep is important, as important as the rainbow pills in our lives!
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Another year passed by. After a really shitty 2016, I trully wish for a better 2017. Anybody making new year resolution? I'm just hoping that I'll be healthy and happier this year :).

Staying at home watching Kouhaku and JCD has been a New Year's Eve routine as there's no way I'm going to be a part of the sea of humans watching fireworks outside. The hassle of going back afterwards is more than a nightmare than a festive feels.

So the main question is whether the year end shows is better than last year's? Yes and No.

Huh? Why? )
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Never cease to impress, how much cost goes to just for a back hug scene LOL. If the past episode, they have to wreck more than 10 cars just to create a back hug scene, this time they have to go shoot it at the peak of a mountain complete with the aerial view. Storywise, it's getting more intense, and next episode will be the angst. But they still manage to slip in the bromance and the humour (the Gong Yoo scene is just LOL, very short but LOL).


The bromance of these 2 immortal being is basically the essence of this drama
Pretties... )

Happy New Year everybody!
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In this episode we have Nino doing PPAP (which I just can't unsee, I wish I could rewind the time I spent watching this, ugh), Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (only the shiritori segment actually caught my attention), and... This is MJ! First female guest and... she slayed MJ LOL!!! MJ was actually hyper and cute in this segment <3. Anyhoo, enjoy the segment, tried to cut short the caps, but alas...


you cannot unsee this, right?
Again... LONG caps )

Bonus )

I still have 1 Manabu post to be posted in this 2016, cross finger I can finish it on time.
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And that senile grandma is really so determine in burry SMAP alive. And Arashi get to perform as the last performer in Kouhaku, gee, what a coincidence??? I'm proud for Arashi, HOWEVER, that place is like handed over to them, not achieved by them, and that disappoint me because Arashi will get it sooner or later anyway, but no, that senile grandma must do it this way.

SMAP is a freaking legend, at the very least they deserve to bow out with dignity, not being shunned away (rejecting Kouhaku invitation is just PURE BULLSHIT from Johnny's, who are they kidding? really? really? OK I need to cool down, phewwww) and locked in a box as if it's just a bad memory for that senile grandma.

Not impressed with how Johnny's deal with SMAP because it sets presedence to the junior groups (and it makes Arashi so politically correct now that it becomes boring tbh), and with that I can't really be happy with whatever had happened in 2016 (SMAP ends, Narimiya retires --> this is a very sad news and those tabloid people just need to burn in hell for ruining people's lives!!, and internationally Prince, George Michael, and so many more disappear from our world, plus we have that yellow bigbird as US president, and what happened in the Middle East, good lord, my heart breaks everytime I see the news, and all the stupidity going on in Indonesia, for godsakes religion should not be meddled with the nation prosperity)

NOW, I hope 2017 is better! Better J-drama (I have some expectation on Kimutaku drama, especially with the reunion of PRIDE couple), less angsty and better romcom K-drama, better world, better humanity, better economy revival (I know it's tough, but things need to turn around, else there'll be more horrible labor cuts and that's really bad), less economic greed (seriously, shareholders need to be controlled ethically, it's getting out of control on how companies push for short term profits). I think lots of these are wistful thinking, but we need hope to be living as humans, else we're just living beings crowding and destroying this place called earth.
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Cain & Abel epi 4-7

Out of so many drama this Fall 2016, I think I end up looking forward to this one the most. There're some chops in Ryuichi's monologues (I think around episode 6 that I feel the most that it sounds like a plot hole, and this is one of the rare moments where I wish J-drama is having more episodes, so that the story flows better and not choppy), but nevermind, this is just a minor thing that somehow my pettiness just picked up. If we look back from the beginning of the episode, the first 2 episode is quite slow, and it just picked up when Yu starts to get more work aka work harder and getting more confidence while Ryuichi is going down mentally. Love the progressiveness of how Yamada portrayed Yu character. You can see the increasing of confidence level and changes in Yu as a whole (whether this is going to be good or bad). And I find this is to be more interesting than watching Doctor X for now.

Goblin epi 5-7

This beautiful drama is going to get more angsty soon. So we have to savour all the cute and adorbs bromance which are overflowing right now. The honorary mention goes to Grim Reaper with video calls and his hung up on business card (this goes for more than 1 episode LOL). Goblin being jealous is also another funny intake but what's better than Goblin watching Train to Busan (his own movie) and got the scared shit out of it in the most embarassing way.
Though this drama is pretty, with beautiful backdrops, cinematography, fabulous OST and good looking people and also fantastic acting, it doesn't make me emotionally attached to wanting the next episode pronto (side eyeing that harem drama) and it doesn't make me mulling over the characters too (THANK GOODNESS, I got a life to live). So, I guess I can enjoy watching this drama with more freedom and appreciation ;).

Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim epi 13-14

So it takes over 11 episode for the stupid doctor to be less stupid, and it takes 13 episodes for us to see the kissing scene again, no wonder they're dangling us with carrot (that hot kissing scene) in epi 1. Skip lots of non sense, especially with those scenes with Director Do, and off course when Kand Dong Joo being stupid.

Hwarang epi 1-3

Hmm... not as impressive as I'd think. I'm more frustrated watching this than watching Romantic Doctor, tbh. The political portion is more interesting than watching the pretty people (gasp), and probably the problem is the pretty people is not that super pretty as described (or maybe I just have different preferrences). Up till epi 3, I still don't know the characters names, and the main character is blindly taking revenge and not thinking aka rather stupid. Yes, his best friend was killed in front of him, but to direct your sword against the queen just like that, seriously??? really??? Looks like writer-nim just trying to get an easy way out to move the plot and create more angst. Even So knows when to direct his sword despite all his train wreck issues (and yes I still reference whatever to that harem drama and I'm not sorry).
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Can't stress enough how beautiful this drama from cinematography point of view!!! Not to mention the story, the acting is so good so far. I love how the goblin is portrayed here. Gong Yoo gives out this ancient air every now and then, very contrast to the petty and childish side of him when he banters with the shinigami. Speaking the shinigami, the bromance!!! The friendship that only lasts for 5 minutes line is totally LOL.


Our resident goblin LOVES being told that he's cool <3

Some pretties coz... just can't help it... )

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