Lazy Unnie’s Couch: Reply 1997

Set in the 1990’s, the drama centers around a female high school student Shi Won, who idolizes boyband H.O.T and her 5 high school friends in Busan. As the timeline moves back and forth between their past as 18-year-old high schoolers in 1997 and their present as 33-year-olds at their high school reunion dinner in 2012, where one couple will announce that they’re getting married.

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  • Starring: Jung Eun Ji | Seo In Guk | Hoya | Shin So Yool | Eun Ji Won | Lee Si Eon | Song Jong Ho
  • Episodes: 16 (1 hr.)
  • Aired: July 24 – September 18, 2012
  • Network: tvN

Oh the Reply Series, where it all began. What began? My love for Seo In Guk, of course. So, a show about a fangirl living her best fangirl adolesence and falling in love? Sign me up. And throw in the brooding yet hot and sometimes funny Seo In Guk, I was hooked.

Things I loved about this installment: Sung Shi Won was my spirit animal. I could see parts of myself in her, it made watching her journey from teenage fangirl to mom, much more enjoyable because I connected on some level that I usually don’t connect with other characters. She was unapologetic yet naive, and sometimes I feel like that adds to the complexity of a character. Not to say the characters in this were very complex. Except…

My next highlight: The relationship and dynamic between Kang Jun Hee and Yoon Jae. In my opinion, this storyline ran parrallel to the main one. Best friends who have underlining feelings for friends. Just so happens, that one friend is also a guy. What Reply 1997 did was show us the feelings without yelling it in our faces. You could see Kang Jun Hee’s love and how it grew. And you also saw what happens when it isn’t returned in the same way. The ending for him was a sad one in my opinion, but I was still happy that this kind of story was told.

What I realized with this series quickly was that the parents, Lee Il Hwa and Sung Dong Il, were really a staple when it came to the glue and the comic relief. There were times when I wished for them to be in scenes. The chemistry between them and Shi Won was hilarious. The one scene where Sung Dong Il ends up cutting his daughter’s hair due to her shenanigans, I was rolling on the floor. The chemistry not only between them but the whole cast was amazing. The friends to lovers trope was alive and well in this.

With all the things I loved about this show, the one thing I couldn’t stand was the inclusion of the love square that was really a triangle that really had no chance of being one. For them to make Yoon Jae’s brother his rival for Shi Won’s affection felt cruel. However, I guess they succeeded in what they were going for because even though deep down I knew who Shi Won ends up with, there were moments of doubt. At the end of the day though, the show gets you with that OTP and makes you root for them to the end.

Acting : 8.5/10
Story : 8.5/10
Music : 8/10
Overall : 8.5/10
Recommended For : Those who like idol dramas and flashbacks

Fave Song : All For You – Eunji & Seo In Guk

First Impressions: Doctors & Heavenly Soldiers

As y’all have read and figured out by now, I have extreme drama ADHD and like to pick up shiny new dramas from time to time. But in all honesty though, I have been anticipating these two dramas so like I had to watch them. I considered giving each its own post, but then I realized that was extra effort that I’m not with. Hehehe. So let’s have a look shall we.


Dr. Romantic 2


Genre: Medical, Romance, Melodrama
Origin: South Korea
Episodes: 16
Air-date: January 6, 2020 to present
Starring: Han Seok Kyu as Teacher Kim / Dr. Boo Yong Joo, Lee Sung Kyung as Cha Eun Jae, Ahn Hyo Seop as Seo Woo Jin, Kim Joo Heon as Park Min Gook

Three years following the events of Dr. Romantic, Kim Sa-bu (Han Suk-kyu) comes to Geodae Hospital to recruit a general surgeon. He finds Seo Woo-jin (Ahn Hyo-seop), a doctor with a troubled past who is ostracized by his fellow doctors, and offers him the job. In the meantime, Cha Eun-jae (Lee Sung-kyung) is suspended after making another mistake in the operation room and has no other choice but to follow the two doctors to Doldam Hospital.

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Thoughts: YASSSSSS!!! My baby Lee Sung Kyung is back in her doctor garb looking sophisticatedly sexy and hot as usual. Jin Seo Woo was better than Yoo Hye Jung debate yo mamma! The way we had to stan a bad bitch. Okay but in all honestly, I was super excited for this drama. I admit that I didn’t finish the first season, but I knew that the concept and idea behind this was a great one regardless so when I heard a second season was coming and that Sung Kyung was the female lead?! I don’t think anyone else could have been any happier than myself. I was nervous that Ahn Hyo Seop was the lead because he hasn’t been the strongest actor in all that I had seen him in tbh. However after watching the two episodes I am blinded by chemistry and therefore, I have never said anything bad about Hyo Seop ever before in my life. He is my best friend. Teacher Kim and the crew are back being absolutely amazing as usual. I love how he is like this asshole and yells at them, but it is all just tough love. I love how Kim Min Jae managed to have more chemistry with the other doctor in a 5 second scene than he did with Seungyeon in all 16 episodes of Flower Crew. The premiere episodes gave us the right amount of tension and romance and my heart fluttered every step of the way. Baekhyun’s OST playing every time Eun Jae and Woo Jin have a scene together!!! The piggy back scene! The coffee scene!! THE CHEMISTRY!!

Nah, but deadass I am already so emotionally invested in our leads that I just know I am in for a hell of a ride when shit hits the fan. I want everyone to be happy. Found families are my weakness. I also liked how they not so subtly addressed the former leads and saying not to expect any cameos! Still I guess for the fans of season one it would be nice for a quick name drop every now and then? HOWEVER, let me reiterate that I didn’t watch so I personally don’t care.

Recommendation: If you’re into medical dramas, workplace found families and want to forget Lee Sung Kyung acted in About Time.

Where to watch: Viki

First Impression Score: 9/10

Fairyland Lovers


Genre: Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
Origin: China
Episodes: 35
Air-date: January 6, 2020 to present
Starring: Johnny Bai as Bai Qi, Zheng Qui Hong as Lin Xia, Ji Xiao Bing as Yang Jian, Estelle Chen as Xiao Xiao, Marcus Li as Ai Li, Xuan Lu as Ling Long

It tells the story of spirit doctor Bai Qi as he travels the world to rid spirits of their obsessions. In the process, he meets the sunny Lin Xia whom he has known from a long time ago. Bai Qi is a doctor whose identity is shrouded in mystery. He has one very unusual job to use the power of the Taoyuan to heal spirits. Spirits are humans that have been polluted by worldly desires and only in healing them can they return to their normal lives. By mistake, Bai Qi and a human girl named Lin Xia enter into a cohabitation agreement. As their lives intersect, a memory that has been sealed for thousands of years also rises to the surface.

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Thoughts: I haven’t watched a good modern fantasy cdrama in a long time. Naturally I had to check this out even if people were comparing it to…G..G..Goblin *barfs* Fortunately, I decided to give it a chance anyways and I am so glad I did. Compared to the last round of modern fantasy cdramas that I have tried this one is actually very entertaining. The male lead is your typical tsundere type and the female lead is the eccentric girl who can somehow thaw his cold exterior. The thing that doesn’t make this feel very repetitive is the whole concept behind the story as well as the performances of our leads. I find the male lead to very obviously lack enough sense to put two and two together, but he is still thoughtful and smart when it benefits him. I also find the female lead to be annoying but like in a cute way. She’s very pretty in some shots and always waking up with a full face of makeup. The chemistry between the two feels very sweet and fragile and it is where I gather this heartwarming feeling that the show brings out. I like the second male lead as well and his no nonsense attitude. I anticipate seeing him with Xiao Xiao because she is actually kinda likable in a weird way.. I guess we’ll see how that goes.. The drama itself is very sweet and stirring so far. It gives me a bit of a Moonshine and Valentine vibe with all the mythology and stuff, but it also doesn’t feel as slow and uneventful as the aforementioned. I think that overall I am super interested in seeing how things play out.

Recommendation: If you’re into Fantasy dramas, aren’t tired of tsundere leads and like staring at pretty people.

Where to watch: Youtube

First Impression Score: 7/10 Bubble Teas


Whatcha Watchin' – Jan 12th

So it has been twelve days into 2020 which means you are all morally obligated to have broken at least half of the new years resolutions that you have made. If it makes you feel any better, I didn’t make a new years resolution, but I did say I was going to do dry January but as is evident by our post on twitter that didn’t happen. Heheh. So this is a check-in post for you guys to see what the Unnies have been watching because we don’t yell about it enough on our twitter!

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Naturally because I have drama ADHD I had to organize my dramas into two sections. Just roll with it please!

Korean Dramas

Hot Stove League: I previously did a first impressions on this one and ugh I love this drama so much yall. I am easily predicting this drama becoming one of my top tens of all time. It is so engaging and wholesome. Everyone is so perfectly casted that everything feels full there has been no dull moments in the nine episodes I watched. I am gushing. GUSHING.

Queen: Love and War: So I fell behind a bit on this one, but I am still watching it for now. Heheh. I am on episode 5, pending how it goes, for the next update I may end up dropping it. I had found it previously to be very entertaining, but I’m not sure I am liking the direction things seem to be going in. It isn’t what I initially expected nor much like what the premise hinted at it being.

Lawless lawyer: I am doing a rewatch on this one to see if I still loved it as much as the first time around. So far I am still obsessed with how good Lee Joon Gi and Seo Ye Ji’s chemistry was! Literally so sizzling!

Chinese Dramas

Joy of Life: THIS DRAMA IS EVERYTHING. It’s already finished airing and is all subbed, but I’ve been doing Viki subs because I like watching on the tv and I can navigate better verses the Youtube app on my smart tv. I also wanted to savor it because there’s no other current drama airing that has my favs and is this good. Song Yi as Ruo Ruo is giving me absolute LIFE.

Love is Fate: Watching for Vin Zhang, obviously. This drama aired a while a back but there are still no subs for all episode. There is someone subbing and they’re doing their best. I don’t feel at a lost though, because frankly this drama is extremely poor quality in everything. However, a wife has to support her husband in any way possible.

The Romance of Hua Rong: This is a very cute little drama that I picked up. So far pacing seems okay and it’s actually somewhat entertaining. The male and female lead have great banter. The story seems fun we’ll see how things go.

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I’m not watching as many shows as Sugar Baby at once but here are the few that are actively keeping my attention.

Hotel Del Luna: As I make my way through the dramas I should have been watching the last two years, I’ve finally arrived at this fantasy supernatural one. People talked this one up for me and even though I’m only a few episodes in, I can say I’m really enjoying it. I realized I’m not that big of a fan of Jin Goo so it’s going to be an interesting journey but the plot is really what is grabbing me. I just love a good ass ghost story.

Workman: If you’re into webshows, this is for you. I watched all I could on YouTube. I loved Jang Sung Kyu when he popped up on Knowing Bros but to see his own little show is hilarious. I admit, I checked it out cause of the EXO episode but went back and started with episode one. The premise is great, working all these part time jobs for a day. It’s both funny and really nice to see just regular people in their element. Everyone loves the Everland episodes but mine so far are the ones at the baseball stadium. I cried laughing.


Lazy Unnie's Couch: Thirty But Seventeen

THIRTY BUT SEVENTEEN

Woo Seo Ri, a violin prodigy at 17 who was about to study in Germany, got into a bus accident and fell into a coma waking up 13 years later. Mentally she is still only 17, while physically she is now 30. Due to a trauma he experienced 13 years before, Gong Woo Jin does not want to have a relationship with others. This series is about a man and a woman whose lives in their own ways essentially stopped when they were 17. Together, they use all their might to try and open the door to the happiness that they once thought had been closed to them.

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  • Starring: Shin Hye Sun | Yang Se Jong | Ahn Hyo Seop | Ye Ji Won
  • Episodes: 32 (35 min.)
  • Aired: July 23 – September 18, 2018
  • Network: SBS


Two dramas within a week. This is what happens when I enter my binging moods. Now I want to preface and say that I really did like this drama. But let me go in and say how they LIED to me. I was bamboozled to think that this would be all sunshine and rainbows. Okay, let me rewind. I didn’t think it would be that sweet because the synopsis clearly says there was trauma. Let me explain how I ended up crying way more than both the leads combined.

Originally I was going to watch this sooner than now but because I was jilted by Yang Se Jong in Temperature of Love, I was like pause. Either way, I’m glad I took a chance because the story seemed to be much more cuter than I expected. Hands down, Woo Seo Ri stole the whole show. Yes, I’m starting this off with boasting about how from the moment she wakes up from her 13 year coma, Shin Hye Sun’s acting was so endearing and spot on, it’s how you expect someone to react to the fact that they’ve slept their whole adolescence away and now basically an adult. It’s how I live but I’ve not been in a coma.

The trauma they speak of is so apparent from the beginning. Woo Seo Ri can’t catch a damn break. Dead parents? Check. Injured in a horrific bus crash? Check. Abandoned by her only guardians? Check. If it seemed like it would make her even more handicapped to deal with her reality, the writer threw it at her.

Now lets talk Yang Se Jong’s Gong Woo Jin. We first meet 17 year old Woo Jin and he falls for the ditzy girl who’s heads is in the clouds. Of course he does cute things like paints a picture of her. But when he meets her on the bus and it’s like fate that they actually talk. The sad thing is he tells her to stay on the bus and unknown to him… CRASH. Now a case of mistaken identity paired with guilt, fast forward to a closed off adult version of Woo Jin. Again, fate seems to be at work because once Woo Seo Ri wakes up, she ends up back at her old home, and who lives there? None other than Mr. Gong, his nephew Yoo Chan and an almost Robotic housekeeper named Jennifer. And lets not forget about Seo Ri’s dog Peng who is now Woo Jin’s Deok Soo. Talk about strings connecting these two.

All the funny things happen that I don’t need to go into. Because let me say, they were hilarious. Making strangers live together and one of them is at a disadvantage because they don’t even know how to adult, comedy gold people. Even hints at a love triangle but again, can you call it a triangle when one point never even considered another a contender? Either way, Yoo Chan was like the purest of cinnamon rolls when he was all about Seo Ri. But none of that is what had me balling my eyes out in the end. It was the pure conviction and innocence of Shin Hye Sun’s performance. SPOILER AHEAD, BEWARE…

There was a scene where Woo Seo Ri comes face to face with a key person from her past and the pain she feels… I thought I had got stabbed in the heart and face. All the hate, hurt, and regret that she was feeling. The confusion of why her, all of it came through and it wasn’t even over the top. It was what you expected from a teenager who had been hurt. I was blown away. So because of that and the strings that the writer put in place between her and Woo Jin, I was a mess by the end.

And finally a shout out to Jung Yoo Jin as Woo Jin’s college best friend and boss, Kang Hee Soo. She showed how there could be a man and woman friendship that DOES NOT need to have some underlining romantic ploy. Soulmates aren’t always romantic, people!

Acting : 9/10
Story : 8/10
Music : 8/10
Overall : 8.5/10
Recommended For : If you like meet cutes, co-habitation and little puppies

Fave Song : Just Stay – Hyolyn

Spins On The Turntable: G.E.M. – City Zoo

G.E.M – City Zoo [Album & Music videos Reviews]

Title: City Zoo
Artist: G.E.M
Label: Sony Music Taiwan
Release: December 27, 2019

G.E.M is such a literal queen like. Ughhh THE POWER SHE POSSESSES. Do I know Mandarin? No. Are there any translations for what these lyrics mean for more than half the album? No.Do I know anything about musical theory? No. So what exactly is the review going to be about? Simple: Can a bitch bop or not?

This is G.E.M’s first album since her departure from Hummingbird label, so I imagine there is a lot of hidden meanings behind a few of these songs. She was the executive producer for this album. She made contributions to the lyrics, composition, and production. Let us explore.


City Zoo (Title Track)

I love the visuals of this mv. I love the computerization of everything and I feel like this fits the vibe of the whole song. She looks so stunning the various scenes. It is almost like a video game. The solid imagery that accentuates her lyrics. The incorporation of various album cover arts is a fun idea. The lyrics talk about the hardship behind every choice we make and our darkest desires. All that deep shit aside, we need to talk about that fucking BASS. Listen.. this shit be BANGING in my car.

Full Stop (Promotional Single)

This song is basically an ode to her 12 year career. The hairstyles in this video a callback to her previous videos. It’s a breakup song for her and Hummingbird. She talks about how naïve she was when she had first started and how everything has come to a full stop. I love how representative it is as the last song on the album before she added Still That Girl.

Selfless (Promotional Single)

So this video is a vibe. Selfless is so simple to understand, that there isn’t much explanation needed. The arrangement amplifies the feeling present. The symbolism of the chameleon which is an animal that blends in and becomes invisible along side giving up yourself in a relationship and becoming selfless. I love G.E.M’s voice.

Miss Similar (Pre-Release)

What is up with Asian people and wanting to wear dreads so badly? Girl take them shits out please and thank you. I am actually quite uncomfortable with how closely the rubber skin resembles black face. I am sure there’s a lot of symbolism in this, but I just can’t get over the goofy ass braids. Now as for the song itself, it is the only rap song on the album and gives a kind of Eminem “Lose Yourself” vibe. I actually was able to see the translation for the lyrics and I can see exactly what she was going for with the lyrics and visual. She is attacking the standards for society and how everything has these ridiculous connotations of what it means to be perfect. The last verse hones home how she too wanted to be more similar to what is acceptable in society for women and that it took a long time for her to break away.

WALK ON WATER (Soundtrack Release)

This song was the Chinese theme song for the latest Terminator movie which I didn’t even know existed. There isn’t much of a music video as it is just her standing in various rooms and occasional parallels to Terminator scenes. The video also has scenes from the movie captured in it. The song has a kind of deep house pop vibe to it and fully captures the air of confidence that it is aiming for. Even before knowing what the lyrics were saying I could tell that this was a song that was about being confident because of the hook.

Fly Away

I read that Fly Away is centered on G.E.M’s wish to express her inner struggles and desire to share her mood with others. I can definitely feel the force and desperation behind the words when she sings the catchy hook. I find myself mesmerized by the haunting sound that seems to fill the vastness. It feels very powerful like the type of song that someone belts when pleading with a love one. The subtleness of the drum and the way it swells into the chorus is so beautifully done and quite effective

Long After

I always immediately think of a pensive mood and hidden character when I hear songs that start off with a piano note. As the song progresses beyond the 1 minute mark, I feel like there’s a sense of longing. This songs puts me in a somber mode. Her vocals are very touching and warming. The 3 minute mark when it’s a full orchestra band then falls back into the quite piano for three beats before bringing back that full soft band sound? DELICIOUS. I can put this one on if I’m in the mood to be dramatic with the rain falling on my windows.

Mama

This song is definitely about her mother right? I will admit it is the song that I skip at about midway, but I’m sure that if I knew what she was saying I would like it more. It just reminds me of a simple soft rap style that’s similar to what the K-hip hop crew goes for. Nothing particularly special about this one.

Grey Wolf

This is like a NCT song, but an actually good one. A bop to bop! It’s like so quiet at parts but then so very alarming and not jarring in the least. The production is so good and add in the belts and vocals, I know people would try to steal this shit but they can’t imitate this excellence!

Missing You

This is a sweet and soft song. I can very easily imagine this as the OST for a TV show. I can tell that it is a love song. Very simple and pure.

Don’t Force it (with Eric Chou)

BITCH. How are you gonna include Eric Chou and think I would not stan? That man’s voice is literally like honey. I was fortunate enough to find the translation for these lyrics and ohmygod it is such a beautiful break-up ballad. Even if I didn’t know what the lyrics were saying, the entire mood and arrangement would make it very obvious this is a breakup song. Why do their voices sound so beautiful together? Please don’t touch me, I am having a moment. I am trying to get wifed up by Eric Chou.

Unreachable

This is like a synth pop sound that is kind of tired out. This could very easily be the sister track to Tao’s “Beggar”… I feel like this may have been one of the songs that she recorded in L.A.

Still That Girl

I love the pop rock vibe of this one. I can assume that she is talking fiercely about how she is still the baddest bitch in this place. I literally fell in love with it immediately. I can feel the determination behind her voice. This song ended the album on a perfect note.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I found this album to be very strong. Some songs stood out more than others. However, there is a song for everyone and it doesn’t take away from the charm and charisma of both the artist and the album. It was a very good piece of work that showcased the growth she has had as an artist 12 years into her career. I am excited to see what else she will do and how else she will transform with her new label.

Bonus Content!
G.E.M x Jolin Tsai being freaking cute af!

Concept: 4.5/5
Vocals: 5/5
Raps: 3.5/5
Cohesiveness: 4.5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5


Sugar Baby's Review Corner: My Little Princess

My Little Princess

Genre: Comedy, Romance, School
Origin: China
Episodes: 16
Air-date: Aug 11, 2016 to Sept 21, 2016
Starring: Zhang Yu Xi as Lin Xing Chen, Mike Angelo as Jiang Nian Yu, Kenji Chen as Zheng Chu Yao, BeBe Chang as Yu Yang Yang

Lin Xing Chen has everything in life. She is rich, beautiful, and adored by all. She is also cursed with the fate that any man she likes will not like her back. She begins a difficult journey to win the heart of a rich heir. Standing in her way to a happily-ever-after is a sweet, compassionate but poor girl and a smart, multitalented but poor boy.

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Previously, I had started this drama three times within the last two years and each time I never made it beyond 10 minutes. So how did I make it through all sixteen episodes this round? Peak boredom? I don’t know. I guess when a bitch is bored, a bitch just be watching shit. I needed something mindless while I waited on Joy of Life subs. SEE FRAME OF MIND! As I made my way through episode after episode I kept saying to myself that I really should just stop this, but I didn’t because I’m not a weak ass bitch and also it wasn’t really like I was wasting any time. Granted, it did take me longer to get done with episodes 13 through 16 which I could just say is due to my inability to complete dramas, but that would mean doing some self-reflection and I don’t fuck with that. IT WAS THE DRAMA’S FAULT FOR BEING SO DUMB AND DRAGGING ON SHIT THAT NO ONE CARED ABOUT.  

Of all the Chinese dramas that I have gorged on in the last two years since I have started watching them, this by far has to be the one that feels like a standard typical Korean Drama. Maybe it was due to it being sixteen episodes and not nine million, but I got such a strong Kdrama vibe from it. The story was very simple and surface level. It was a ‘what you see is what you get’ type of situation. I felt like it mirrored your typical Boys over Flowers narrative, except that our female lead isn’t a poor moron, but a rich moron instead. She was cursed with the fate that any man who she likes will not like her back. Who cursed her? Idk.. My main problem with this story was how painfully unaware the characters were during the crucial moments. I could not understand how they would openly say things or do things with no regard to who could be easily eavesdropping/watching. I also laughed at how unbelievable the scenes of them being in the orchestra and playing the instruments were—THEY DIDN’T EVEN SYNC UP WITH THE MUSIC. Speaking of synching up, the editing…. Yall.. Yall….. YALL….. I kid you fucking not, there are episodes where they use stock photos while transitioning to another scene and THE FUCKING SHUTTERSTOCK WATERMARK IS RIGHT THERE.

Now let me tell you about the four leads; A spoiled girl with princess syndrome, a reliable male genius with captain save a hoe complex, an egocentric boy with prince syndrome and an “innocent” poor lovable girl. The best character was certainly our female lead, Lin Xing Chen. She grew up rich with butlers and having her paintings in gallerias before she was even a teenager. This is why everyone claims that she has princess syndrome because she has had quite the privileged life thus far. However, the truth of the matter is that there is a secret behind her birth. You see, Xing Chen’s real mother is actually Zheng Mu and not Chen Ming Le. Xing Chen was a child born out of an extra martial affair. Since Ming Le didn’t have a child for herself, Zheng Mu decided to give her daughter up so that she could have a better life. Which would have been a sweet idea had Zheng Mu not been a greedy waste of space. So because of the pressure of not being a “real” princess, our female lead had no choice but to try to pull our prince at any cost. Xing Chen could have very easily been an intolerable character, but she was more or less the “bitch” with a heart of gold. Except I never thought she was a bitch at any point in time. I did think she was fucking stupid though and was probably why her ass was failing so many classes. Nevertheless, I liked seeing her obsess over BL mangas and I liked seeing her moments where she would assert herself.

On the opposite end, the worst character in the show was by far Yu Yang Yang. Yu Yang Yang was a supposedly good natured poor girl who got into the college because her father is close with the principal. However, homegirl was a bonafide sneaky ass sly little bitch. One minute she pretends to be all nice and helpless the next she’s purposely saying and doing shit that would have Xing Chen appear in the bad light in front of the boys. If you’re gonna be a bitch then be it with ya whole damn chest!! Speaking of the boys…. I liked Zheng Chu Yao more than I liked Jiang Nian Yu and it was solely because I found him to be more entertaining annnnddd he had the better chemistry with Xing Chen. Could it have been that it was because Kenji was likely blowing out Yuxi’s back at the time? Yes.. Probably.. but that doesn’t negate anything! Jiang Nian Yu was just too average and forgettable even with him being poor and having trauma that no one cares about.

Overall, this drama didn’t have the best storyline nor the best acting nor fully developed and functioning characters, but you know what this drama did have?—An abundance of pervy moments! We got to see naked chests and laugh occasionally. That is all one could ask for when picking a mindless drama. So if you’re bored like me and want to put something on in the background while you do literally anything else then have at it!

Story: 5.5/10
Acting: 6.5/10
Music: 6.5/10
Rewatch Value: 5/10
Overall: 6/10

Fave Song:  None

Lazy Unnie's Playlist : Red Velvet – 'The ReVe Festival' Finale

TITLE: The ReVe Festival: Finale

ARTIST: Red Velvet

LABEL: SM Entertainment

RELEASED: December 23, 2019

My favorite flavor has dropped some dopeness. Yes, Red Velvet came to save Christmas with their first complilation album. Since this is a combination of songs from both The ReVe Festival: Day 1 and Day 2, I’m only going to talk about the 4 new tracks that they gave us because honestly, they’re worthy of it.


PSYCHO – TITLE TRACK

Talk about slaying. From the opening notes of strings and Seulgi giving us that sweet note. I was hooked. The song talks about a relationship that isn’t really the best but can’t stop it either. We all have those, right? But as far as title tracks, I will put this up there with Peek-A-Boo. It’s hook is addicting and will get stuck in your head. Wendy does her damn thing when it comes to vocals. The MV is sexy, sophisticated and I can’t get enough of these ladies. Girl crush indeed.

IN & OUT

Another catchy one from the ladies. The beat is bass pumping and the overlapping vocals isn’t a distraction. The pre-chorus is probably my favorite because the build up to the chorus is nice, even though the drop isn’t a serious one, I don’t think it is really needed or missed.

REMEMBER FOREVER

The Pop R&B queens give us another one. This song has a Christmasy vibe and I think that’s mostly because the piano and subtle bells in the background. But I could get the carol vibes right away with this. I love it though. It’s probably not even a Christmas song. But who cares, came out at the right time.

LA ROUGE – SPECIAL TRACK

If I got to pick another song to be the title besides Psycho, this would be it. It’s called a special track because that’s what it is. Special as hell. That bass rift, the soulful melody, the horns and the chorus… WHEW! I’ve heard Red Velvet do jazzy sort of songs before but this just feels dirty and bluesy in a great way. And the bridge… talent jumped ALL the way out. What I wouldn’t give for an MV of this track. Wishful thinking, along with my Kingdom Come MV that hasn’t come…

PRODUCTION : 9 / 10
VOCALS / RAPPING : 8.5 / 10
VISUALS / CONCEPT : 8 / 10
OVERALL : 8.5 / 10

Lazy Unnie's Couch: Clean With Passion For Now

CLEAN WITH PASSION FOR NOW

Jang Sun Gyeol has wealth and good looks but suffers from severe mysophobia. He is obsessed with cleaning and even owns his own cleaning company. However, he meets a carefree and untidy girl named Gil Oh Sol after she enters his company as a new employee. Oh Sol has worked all sorts of part-time jobs while striving for a full-time job and does not have the luxury to date or be clean. She gave up on being neat after facing the tough reality of the world and is known for always wearing her trademark tracksuit. But she has a bright personality and does not mind getting dirty. With the help of Oh Sol, Sun Gyeol faces his mysophobia and also falls in love with her.

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  • Starring: Yoon Gyun Sang | Kim Yoo Jung | Song Jae Rim
  • Episodes: 16 (1 hr. 10 min.)
  • Aired: November 26, 2018 – February 4, 2019
  • Network: jTBC

(Mild spoilers below)


It felt like such a heavy task to pick the first drama to watch of the new year. But I wanted something light and cute. I was coming off the melodramatic Search WWW, so I wanted to settle into a place that always keeps me coming back; a rom-com. CWPFN had been on my to watch list for sometime but it was always a skip over because lets be honest, Yoon Gyun Sang isn’t some drop dead gorgeous leading man. I had only seen him in what I watched of Pinocchio and the rest of the cast were almost all new to me. After hearing and reading how amazing Kim Yoo Jung was as a child actress and the couple of gifs I saw, this one got clicked on.

Let me tell ya, me and Gil Oh Sol could never live together. Our house would be so messy that the cleaning company wouldn’t want to even come in. I say that because she was probably my favorite. The level in which I related to this character was insane. From the messy chaotic energy that she emitted everywhere to the depressing lost of her mother. I was here for her in all of her tries and failures. What I think both the show runners and Kim Yoo Jung did amazingly well was show how you don’t need to have everything together by a certain age. Or how things don’t go as they plan but the fact that you’re even trying is a big feat.

Now Yoon Gyun Sang’s Jang Sun Gyeol. I wanted to dislike him. He wasn’t cute cute but damn it if I didn’t get butterflies every time he did something adorably stupid. The whole time I felt like he was trying to stop a typhoon with an umbrella. That typhoon being Gil Oh Sol. There were times went I think it was a little too much with the way his OCD and Mysophobia but at the same time, I don’t know shit about being a germaphobe so this could have been all on par. But it just seemed weird to me that all of a sudden that this messy girl is the one. The one that is gonna be the cure all. Welcome to dramaland I guess.

And speaking of, can’t come to dramaland without a stop at love triangle central. Now, I didn’t get major second lead syndrome with this one. Maybe it’s because Song Jae Rim’s Dr. Daniel was just so good at stuffing his true feelings away as to no inconvenience anyone else. He was really a shining spot in the whole plot. It wasn’t really a childhood meet cute, but their past kept me intrigued and each episode I was hoping for more things to be revealed about how they knew each other. Let’s just say, Dr. Daniel deserved better and I hope he gets it.

The supporting cast and the side plot holes were cute and I wish they took the time to explore them more. Shout out to my girl Dohee who is doing big things always playing the best wingwoman in dramaland. And let me not forget Lee Do Hyun, the one who stole my heart. He played Gil Oh Dol, Oh Sol’s little brother. He was captivating for sure.

Another captivating aspect was the whole workplace. The cleaning crew was made up of a cast of characters that had you hooked in with the comedy and the sincerity of their plotlines. It was really cute to see how Sun Gyeol and Oh Sol navigated falling in love and being employer and employee. Even though there was the separation, the dynamic didn’t feel awkward. In the end, I actually wished for more workplace scenes between the two of them. Also, I didn’t realize that Cha In Ha was in this but when I realized, it made my heart even more because his potential was there.

Acting: 7.5/10
Story: 7.5/10
Music: 8/10
Overall: 7.5
Recommended For: People who like workplace romances and don’t mind medical terms

Fave Song: Cosmos – Huh Gak

Sugar Baby's Review Corner: Angel's Last Mission

ANGEL’S LAST MISSION: LOVE

Lee Yeon-seo (Shin Hye-sun) was a supremely talented and successful ballerina with her family’s Fantasia Ballet Company but suffers a devastating accident that leaves her blind. She is bitter and abusive towards her staff, including her loyal secretary and butler, her conniving family, and everyone else. Dan (Kim Myung-soo) is an optimistic, carefree angel who is always getting into trouble. In order to return to heaven he is given the seemingly impossible mission of finding true love for Yeon-Seo, but ends up falling for her himself

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Hi! First Sugar Baby review of the year! Let’s get it!! So I started this drama  last year when I paid for a day pass to KOCOWA so I could watch Stove League, but then I was like fuck, I have this day pass, I need to make use of it. I decided to check out this drama because why not? I ended up watching like 20 out of the 32 episodes that day and then obviously, not finishing it up until this weekend. (Mild Spoilers Below)

I feel like when I write reviews, I am kind of like those people who give you sob stories when you search for a recipe online before you get to the ingredients and steps.. However, do I give a fuck? No I do not. I feel the need to give you guys a sense of what my frame of mind was like going into this drama because I truly do believe that a state of mind can affect how you view a piece of work. For me, I just went into this drama thinking I needed something easy to get through and this seemed simple enough. At time of me watching this drama, I wasn’t really drawn to any of the actors. I thought Myungsoo was okay, and I have never liked Lee Dong Gun’s acting in literally anything I have watched. The biggest reason I didn’t want to watch though, was Shin Hye Sun.. I held a lot of resentment towards her from My Golden Life and unfortunately could not separate the role from the actor. I knew it wasn’t her fault that the character was written the way she was in the drama or what the viewers were saying about the other actors/characters. Eventually, I just went for it and I am glad I did.

The storyline of this drama wasn’t anything new or profound that was added to KDRAMALAND. If you’ve been a long time viewer such as myself, you already know how this goes and what the end will look like. The pacing of this drama was faster than I expected and this prompted me to think of the storyline from two angles: conflict and romance. I don’t know if I have mentioned before, but something that I appreciate a lot of is when there is a good and interesting central conflict that keeps me engaged. Often with traditional Korean dramas that is not the case, but there are elements that will make up for it. I can highlight two major conflicts of this drama which is her becoming a ballerina again and taking back her parents’ company, and the relationship between her and Angel Dan. So now going back to the pacing of the drama, all the smaller conflicts were resolved quite easily.. She gained her sight back within two episodes of us being introduced to her. She started walking and moving on her own again within two episodes of her getting new eyes. She got back in shape within a week even though she was BLIND and didn’t dance for THREE YEARS. I don’t care how much of a ballerina genius you are that shit is not possible. The problem with the fast pacing though, is that it made the major conflicts a bit weaker. From my perspective, it would have been better seeing her have these struggles for a little longer because it would have made the romantic aspect a lot stronger.

I hated the romance. I hated the romance. I. Hated. The. Romance. The reason I hated the romance was because I was unable to determine why they fell for each other. I didn’t understand why Yeon Seo liked Dan. I didn’t understand why Dan liked Yeon Seo. I didn’t understand when or where Kang Soo started having feels for Yeon Seo as Yeon Seo and not the doppelganger of his ex. I understood that this is a sort of fated and destiny type of drama, but thing was that everything was just way too coincidental that it was just inauthentic. If they had maybe shown us how Yeon Seo and Dan really started to care for each other, I would have been more compelled to believe and actively root for this couple and want them to survive the relationship conflict. It was because of this lack of showing that had me like “well k…” about all the other relationship conflict that came up between them. I never felt like they were in this desperate/defying all odds type of love. This is why the ending didn’t even make me bat an eyelash either way.

Now with all that being said, you’re probably wondering why I said I was glad that I watched this drama. The answer is simple: Shin Hye Sun. This woman won me over completely. Her acting as Lee Yeon Seo was so layered and intriguing that she was the sole reason I watched every part of this drama. I was rooting so much for this character. I could not turn away from the screen whenever she delivered her emotional lines. The dances were so powerful because of her facial expressions. Everything she did was so believable that I ended up being just completely stunned. Yeon Seo was a flawed character. She ended up an orphan at the age of seventeen with an aunt and cousin that despise her. She lost her eyesight and tried to commit suicide. She had her loyal butler who stayed by her side through everything and then he ended up dying and donating his eyes to her. She had so much loss in her life that it was insulting to say the least that we diminished it all down to “all she needed was love.”  A character like this who was being called arrogant, cynical and abusive was such a perfectly flawed character that I couldn’t help falling in love with her. Maybe that’s what Dan saw lol.

So even though the story became sloppy midway and the other character’s and their development were done a huge disservice, I would still recommend this solely so people can see Shin Hye Sun give a spectacular performance. As of this moment, Shin Hye Sun has lodged herself permanently on to my favorite Korean actresses list.

Story: 6.5/10
Acting: 9.5/10
Music: 8/10
Rewatch Value: 6.5/10
Overall: 7.5/10

Fave Song:  Pray – Klang

Unbothered Unnie's Asian Drama Bingo

Happy New Year!! It is 2020!! We are in the beginning of a new decade and we are reminded that time is a social construct. I can’t believe we are three days into 2020 already! Our first post of 2020 is sponsered by a couple empty bottles of champagne and an equal amount of empty cups of coffee. Yes, we may or may not have been nursing hangovers and back to work blues for these last two days. Hehehe.

Actual representation of The Unnies

So, we are excited to do fun things this year and maybe not be as laid back as we originally were in the beginning when we created this blog. With that being said we present to you, our first (new) on-going feature of the year:

~ Asian Drama Bingo! ~

Below are three cards: Lazy Unnie’s bingo card, Sugar Baby Unnie’s and a Bonus bingo card. As we explore the world of Asian dramas this year, we will be playing bingo. If you’re not familiar with the rules of bingo, well then Google is free… For our rules, we will be watching various dramas throughout the year (not limited to 2020 dramas) and then picking one drama per block on our bingo card. We will be trying to achieve bingo in the traditional way of horizontal, vertical or diagonal. We each have our own bingo card and once we have achieved bingo then we will subsequently try the other’s card and then lastly the bonus. card If we manage to hit traditional bingo on all three cards before year’s end then we may get a little spicy and shoot for a full house bingo!

For each drama that will be claimed as a part of bingo, there will be a corresponding review . At the end of each month, we will be providing status on our bingo journey! Please look forward to see what else we have in store for this year and don’t hesitate to play along this with us!


Happy 2020! 💖