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Sweet Stranger and Me Epi 1 & 2

Lee Soo Hyuk brought me into this drama and he still looks pretty much like Gwi in modern times (OK, Gwi didn't die after that fight with Yeon Seol, he lives for another thousand years, that makes a perfect sense). The phase is not bad and the story itself is not 100% new (the concept is kind of similar to Yan Papa but off course Yan Papa is a more family focused drama, not a romance one. There's at least another one in Jdorama realm but I can't think of the title at the moment). But regardless, I got to say that this drama is hella entertaining, a stress relief from that harem drama but only to realize that Queen Hwangbo is in here as well as Duk Bong's secretary (who basically rolls eyes at her employer almost all the time LOL). We'll probably see a number of angst in the latter episodes (but hey, what's angst after watching that harem drama LOL). In the meantime, there're lots of funny scenes from each episode eg. when NanGil lifted up NaRi with Whitney Houston's BGM queue (and I will alwayyyss loooveee youuuuu, OMG, that's just hillarious), or the doctor was concerned with Duk Bong's 'paleness', or any bickering scenes of the 'father' and daughter. They're enough to make you smile. So unless the annoying girl gets too annoying (yes, there's this shameless girl whose goal is to just wreck other people's relationship aka a boyfriend thief), I don't think I'll fast forward the episode with the current phase. And lastly, when LSH going to get the girl? This is for the x number of times he ain't get the girl LOL.

Nigeru wa Hajida ga Yaku ni Tatsu Epi 2

I'm happy with this drama. It's fun to watch and it injects social opinion enough to trigger discussion on marriage & employment. In this episode, the focus is on meet the family and the pressure from society to have that wedding party. Arguments are thrown such as it's a waste of money, it's a way to tell the society 'hey, we're married now', or just simply it's the things in life that you do. Each options are explored and weighed by our main couple. What I like here, they discussed things together, and both gave opinions and not holding back at it, but I'm not sure whether this will continue when they add on jealousy into equation LOL. There's also the snippets of discussion between marriage and carrier between Mikuri and her mom, which I found it makes perfect sense. After all, the marriage itself is very sudden, and it's natural that the mother questions what Mikuri wants to do with her carrier. But from this episode, what I like the most is when Tsuzaki & Mikuri had dinner and Tsuzaki was concerned that Mikuri couldn't sleep, and he said this: A workplace is not made with the employees' effort alone. The employers also have to put in effort. I completely agree on this. This is something that lots of companies seem to neglect, they put in tons of KPI, expectations on employee but turn sideways on what the employee actually needs and this reflects on the company culture and office environment. So relatable that I applaud the script writer for this. Can't wait for the next episode, we're going to see that how the 3rd party will affect this marriage contract XD.

Doctor X Season 4 Epi 1

We're at the 4th season already and as expected with any Doctor X series, Daimon Michiko kicks ass, again, and Himura is the director now after was almost relieved from his position, wait, he even moved up because of the last minute dirty game LOL. And why Ebina was not in Doctor X this time? It's because he's staring in the other drama with Amami Yuki LOL! Now, when are we going to get Hanzawa Naoki season 2 or Legal High season 3? It's a bit long overdue, don't you think? Oh I almost forgot, we have to wait until Sakai Masato finished the taiga haha...

And tomorrow... epi 19... it'll be angst, angst, angst, and more angst... gah!!!
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K the end of 2012 is near, 1 more day to go based on SG time and instead of writing about drama, I've doing screencaping documentaries and concert DVD (well, they're more fun actually but off course more time consuming. But again, it doesn't mean that I don't watch lots of drama. On the contrary, I think I watch more compare to last year. It's just that it doesn't get translated into words because I have to wait for subs for almost most of it. 2012 is full of medical, mystery, historical, detective drama. So, how on earth I can watch those without subs and enjoy the drama to their full potential? So, yeah, and by the time I finish the drama, months has passed and the new drama have lined up saying 'watch me, watch me.'

So, this time I'm just going to say what I like about those drama and what keep me watching them or why I dump them. I notice as well that I watch the least amount of drama on Summer season, and double or triple the dose for Fall season. Have anybody experienced this as well? I hope I'm not the only one because I feel like an acute drama junkie every fall season.

So, let's get started and it's gonna be LONG.... )
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Doctor-X

Out of boredom, I picked this drama to watch yesterday and partly also due to curiosity after reading the high rating finale episode... and I finished the whole series at one go (8 hours straight). So, what the X factor that made me glue to TV on Sunday besides my laziness to touch my work?

Doctor-X in my opinion is somewhat similar to Team Medical Dragon in terms of theme. The story revolves around the genius surgeon in the setting of ugly university hospital politics. The differences are the lead is female, kakkoii and sexy at the same time, works as a contractor, doesn't want to meddle in the things that don't require medical license, which totally go against the norm in the university hospital. Off course her attitude throws off the upper hospital management and definitely the nosy office manager (she's Aiba-chan's mama in My Girl, love her acting here, hehe). Her colleagues also despise/look down/hate her guts and attitudes towards work and patients, especially when she blatantly challenge the medical procedure to be used for the surgery case during the pre-surgery conference. So, how Michiko is going to survive in this environment?

Definitely she's surviving because she's protected by her contract, AND she never fails. I seriously love the way she said 'I never fail' as a matter of fact and in absolute confidence. True to her words, she always delivers even to the point she could make a hero of the fellow doctor and at the same time learn the surgery technique of that doctor. Off course, she's not alone fighting on the battlefield. Behind her, there's a team of uncles in her house who seem to be only playing mahjong all the time but happily beat Michiko on every single game. But don't be fooled, those uncles are doctors themselves. In fact the one who acts as Michiko's manager, as cunning as he is, is a great doctor himself.

What I like about this drama is that this drama has a very neat and sharp storyline. It doesn't spin around the politics. Instead it's just literally shows us the ugly side of the politics and how it affects the whole hospital and how one deemed as a problem doctor could change the whole team of doctor's perspective towards the industry itself. They also touch the clashing ideas of treating patience as doctor, strictly honest in diagnosing the illness and not prioritizing the patients' emotion versus turning medical field to serve towards service industry where patients' wishes takes precedence.

Totally recommend this drama for a short marathon and it'll totally open up a topic to discuss if you're not watching it alone ;)

And one last thing to mention, Yonekura-san is totally hot and sexy! And I wish my legs are that slim and long! She looks fabulous with those mini skirts and boots!

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