Something Spooky This Way Comes #3 – Binge-Worthy Thrills

This post was delayed for obvious reasons. We will be back on schedule next Monday. Last week we gave you ten pumpkin haired looks that were hits and misses. This week we’re giving you ten dramas that were positively daunting and just what you need for this Halloween season. We each picked five dramas that we believe would help complete your need for thrills, chills, ghostly and supernatural. You’re welcome! 

Lazy Unnie’s Picks

Suspicious Partner

The series is about Noh Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook), a prosecutor, and Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun), a prosecutor trainee, and how they work together on a mysterious case involving a sly psychopath murderer. They find out how deeply connected they are by their past.

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This one barely constitutes as spooky, as Sugar Baby has told me, but there is something about it that just gives me the creeps. Maybe it was the fact that it basically starts off with a murder. Or maybe it was the serial killer running around. Let’s just say I had more shivers during this than I should and it wasn’t because of the intense sexual chemistry between the leads.

Oh My Ghostess

Bong Sun, a timid young woman, is possessed by the ghost of a lustful virgin. She has zero self-confidence, and because of her extreme shyness, she doesn’t have any close friends. At the restaurant where she works as an assistant, she’s not particularly good at anything, and mostly just gets yelled at a lot. Her grandmother was a shaman so from a young age she’s been able to occasionally see ghosts, though it’s not until she meets the lascivious ghost that she gets possessed totally.

Sun Woo is a conceited star chef who’s overflowing with confidence in his food and his skills. Bong Sun harbors a secret crush on him, though he doesn’t take much notice of her for two reasons: because he’s always surrounded by women and because he’s hung up on an old flame. But then one day, Bong Sun starts acting differently, shedding her mousy personality, and ends up constantly on Sun Woo’s mind.

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OMG! This was one of my first dramas that I watched and immediately fell in love. It was creeptastic and all the romantic tension that I tend to love. The ghosts in this was ewww but at the same time, entertaining.

Let’s Fight Ghost

Hyun Ji (Kim So Hyun) studied for most of her life before she died at the age of 19. She is now a ghost and has wandered around the world for several years. Hyun Ji then meets exorcist Park Bong Pal (Taecyeon). Hyun Ji and Bong Pal listens to various stories from ghosts and sends them to the other-world.

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I hated this on first watch. It had reminded me so much of Oh My Ghostess, I wanted to hate it as much as I could. But in the end, I loved it. I loved it for it’s complex ghost story and talk about a spooky villain! The possession here was way more scary than OMG for me. Kwon Yul just has that “imma kill you but be nice about.”

The Guest

Twenty years ago, Yoon Hwa Pyung (Kim Dong-wook), a young psychic born into a shaman family, learns about the powerful demon called “Sohn” (Guest). The demon is very powerful and possesses the power to control other demons and allow them to possess weak people. The possessed people then go mad, kill their families, and stab themselves in the eye. Hwa Pyung, Choi Yoon (Kim Jae-wook); a young boy born in a religious Catholic family, and Kang Kil-Young (Jung Eun-chae); the daughter of a detective, fatefully meet when their families are killed by a demon.

Twenty years later, the demon killings started again. Hwa Pyung is now a taxi driver who uses his power to seek out possessed people in order to help them, Yoon is a Catholic priest who is talented in exorcism, and Kil Young is a detective who doesn’t believe in ghosts. The trio meets again and tries to work together to defeat “Sohn”.

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I haven’t technically watched this fully but that’s because it was SCARY (and the female lead can’t act). I knew I wanted to watch because of Kim Jae Wook and I wanted all the Coffee Prince feels, but none of that was here. In its place was scary themes. Maybe I’ll finish it this month.

A Korean Odyssey

In 2017, Son Oh-Gong and Ma-Wang are in conflict with each other as they look for a true light in a dark world where evil thrives. From there, Son Oh-Gong is bound to his protective role towards Seon-mi, the little girl he had met years ago. Having made a contract with Seon-mi 25 years ago, entitling her to seek help from Son Oh-Gong whenever she calls him in exchange for letting him free, the two meet again in a fateful encounter.

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This is kinda of perfect to get you in the halloween spirit because it’s filled with spirits. To me it’s like Goblin and Oh My Ghost had a baby. But with a terrible ending. Sorry, not sorry. Either way, if the spirits don’t get you, maybe the zombie girl will.

Sugar Baby’s Picks

The Ghost Detective

Detective Lee Da-il (Choi Daniel), who catches ghosts, tries to solve the case of his assistant, Jung Yeo-wool’s (Park Eun-bin) younger sibling’s bizarre death. He runs into a mysterious woman in red called Sunwoo Hye (Lee Ji-ah) who appears at every crime scene

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Although I didn’t finish this drama, I am still recommending it because I really liked watching the couple of episodes that I did see! I thought it was thrilling and the ghosts were terrifying and for a while I kept seeing the lady in red even after I finished the episodes. I loved that there was a hearing impaired character and the use of the hearing aid to communicate with the ghosts and the flashbacks. I think this drama will definitely add to your Halloween feeling.

Thirteen Terrors

A group of teens searches for the dark truth behind their school’s mysterious and brutal history.

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I ended up watching this because of Fon and then I realized it was an anthology. Some episodes were really good, while others weren’t as much and that is fine, a lot of people compare it to the Twilight Zone and I can respect that. The last episode used to be a standalone short film so I suggest watching the film vs the episode as the episode chopped a few bits.

Save Me

Sang Mi and her family move to Muji-gun, where she has no friends or relatives. There she meets four young men, Han Sang Hwan, Seok Dong Cheol, Woo Jung Hoon, and Choi Man Hee. When Sang Mi and her family face some tourble, Spiritual Father, Baek Jung Ki of Goosunwon, offers to help them. However, her family is slowly getting sucked into the pseudo-religious cult and the four young men try to help her.

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Gahhhhh. Still thinking about this drama two years later. I just can’t and will probably never get over this. I went into this drama just expecting to see Taecyeon’s fine ass with NO idea what this shit was about. Each episode made my skin crawl and had my blood boiling. I keep wanting to do a rewatch, but I don’t know if I can put myself through this again.. Man do I love this drama! Sang Mi, YOU FUCKING SUPERSTAR!!

Shokuzai

The murder of Emili, a young girl, leaves the inhabitants of a small Japanese village in shock. The raped body of Emily is found by the four classmates with whom she was playing. The murder is never solved. Emili’s mother, Asako (Kyoko Koizumi), is torn by grief and puts a curse on the four girls when they claim that they don’t remember the killer’s face. Each of the girls, in their own way, will do their penance for their silence. Deeply struck by the words of Asako and burdened with her curse, the four girls are forced into adulthood which eventually triggers a chain of events.

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In the same breath of Save Me this drama was absolutely bonkers. It was one of the first Japanese dramas I had ever seen and I don’t regret it at all. Matter of fact, I have noticed that Japanese dramas tend to be way darker than Korean or Chinese dramas and I am 100% okay with that. The twist wasn’t quite as twisty for me but I liked it nonetheless. A few people didn’t like the ending, but I didn’t mind it at all.

The Master’s Sun

Joo Joong-won (So Ji-sub) is the cold and distant CEO of Kingdom, a conglomerate that includes a major department store and hotel. He meets the gloomy Tae Gong-shil (Gong Hyo-jin), who started seeing ghosts after an accident. Their lives take a new turn as they discover whenever Gong-shil touches Joong-won the ghosts that surround her disappear; after much pleading from Gong-shil to allow her to stay by Joong-won’s side in return she must help him recover a fortune that was stolen from him during a kidnapping attempt.

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I wouldn’t feel complete and content in my heart if I didn’t include this cute fluffy ghostly drama. The whole premise was good and the execution wasn’t bad either but man if I don’t think they could’ve ended this shit three episodes earlier than they did. LOL. Anyways…. 꺼져!!!


Enjoy your thrills!

Rest In Peace Choi Jinri

Oh god. My heart is so heavy guys.  We had a post scheduled for today but for obvious reasons that will not be happening. As you all know and by the title of this article, Sulli has passed away. It has been about three hours since I’ve heard the news and I don’t think it’ll actually hit me that she’s gone until much later. I keep randomly bursting into tears at work. The only emotions that I can completely process right now are disbelief and anger. I am in disbelief because it doesn’t seem real that she won’t be here anymore. I am angry because I can already tell how the media will twist and contort things to absolve themselves of any blame. I am angry at the number of tweets that have since gone viral about mental health and idols knowing full well that within a few weeks stan twitter will be back to running smear campaigns against idols from groups they dislike.

This isn’t about me though. This is about how the world of Korean entertainment has just lost an actual angel.

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She was vibrant, caring, understanding and had a beautiful soul. She spoke up about the things she experienced and tried her best to bring awareness to various causes. I loved that about her, I loved how she still tried to persevere even when things got insanely horrible. I’ve admired her in so many ways. She tried to live her most authentic life in a judgmental society. I have gathered this much about her from merely seeing her public events and the glimpses she has given us into her life. I can’t image how people who are close to her and share intimate moments with her feel. My heart goes out to all her family and friends who have to deal with this loss. I hope that we can all be respectful of how someone chooses to grieve. Thankfully, she is now at peace and her suffering has ended.

May you be reborn as that lovely flower full of vitality. You did well, peach princess.  


Battle of the B’s: Best B-Side Tracks – TWICE

I know I said that I would keep up with this feature, but life happened and I became extra lazy. But luckily I had some of these already planned out. Yay! Now Cheer Up and lets see what I Likey from TWICE!

The Story Begins (Debut EP, 2015)

Do It Again – I didn’t end up liking this EP until after I was already a fan. But outside of the title track, I really enjoyed this. It went well with the whole cheerleader/dance team vibe that Twice has. It was upbeat but not in an annoying way.

Page Two (Second EP, 2016)

Ready To Talk (Tuk Tok) – This was a whole other girl. It had a groovier sound but still in a cutesy way that Twice is so good at showing. It gave Jihyo and Nayeon time to showcase their vocal ranges but didn’t take over the song. I could listen to this on repeat all day.

Twicecoster: Lane 1 (Third EP, 2016)

1 TO 10 – Dreamy pop. That is what this is. It’s hard to go against TT because it was just THAT song, but this gave a warm feeling. It wasn’t cute or sexy, it was just pretty. The vocals weren’t in your face and the beat was soft and groovy.

Twicecoaster: Lane 2 (Third EP Repackage, 2017)

Ice Cream – Very different from what I’m used to with twice. It was the first ballad of theirs that I really fell in love with. It stayed with that dreamy vibe that 1TO 10 had but just slowed down. The vocals were on point, the visuals were stunning. Everything about this made me feel as good as having some ice cream would.

Signal (Fourth EP, 2017)

Someone Like Me – I am starting to think that the best Twice B-sides are the ones where they break away from their own mold. Someone Like Me is a clear example of that. It’s not over produced, the vocals are simple. It’s just a simple feel good love song. It doesn’t go any place but it doesn’t have to. Kind of like an IU song.

Twiceagram (First Studio Album, 2017)

DON’T GIVE UP – This was the album that introduced me to Twice. Likey was a BEAST and I loved it along with so many tracks. DGU is one that always just stands out when I do a listen of it. It feels fresh and fun but also has a small dose of retro that I love.

Merry & Happy (First Studio Album Repackage, 2017)

Turtle – I was NOT here for this release. I didn’t really like Heart Shaker at all. But I did love Turtle so that’s why it’s my pick. I could have picked any track but this one had the most Christmasy feel and it was a sweet ballad.

What Is Love? (Fifth EP, 2018)

Say Yes – Talk about another release I couldn’t stand. What Is Love was a bop but the rest sounded like a soundtrack to some video game. Say Yes was the only ballad track and it was the best because it didn’t make me want to angry smash a game controller.

Summer Nights (Fifth EP Repackage, 2018)

CHILLAX – Twice has the talent of picking the best song for their title track so picking a best B-side can be hard. For this it was hard because I disliked What Is Love so much. But CHILLAX doesn’t make me want to stab my brain and it is a great summer track. Has an underlining of that tropical pop that I love (no I don’t) but it isn’t bad at all. It stays fun throughout and makes me dance.

Yes or Yes (Sixth EP, 2018)

SUNSET – I lied, THIS was better than the title track. Yes or Yes was a bop, yes lol but it didn’t have the levels that SUNSET did. Had the nice R&B vibe but still in the girly 80’s pop wheelhouse. If I had heard this song when they first debuted, I would have stanned right away. If the vocals were a little tighter, I would have thought it was a Red Velvet song. No shade, all tea.

The Year of Yes (Sixth EP Repackage, 2018)

Be as ONE – My favorite ballad from Twice and it wasn’t even in Korean first. I don’t think I can describe how emotional it makes me to listen. No where as emotional as Miracles in December makes me, but close.

FANCY YOU (Seventh EP, 2019)

STUCK IN MY HEAD – This EP had the song of the damn year on it, so it’s hard to top Fancy. But like the title says, SIMH got stuck in my head when I first listened. It felt different and more adult than the cute cheerleaders we knew from 4 years ago. It’s hard hitting and the repeating beat just gets stuck to you.

Feel Special (Eighth EP, 2019)

RAINBOW – This was a hard decision because Get Loud was also a great choice. But it was Rainbow’s built up to the chorus that grabbed me by the heart strings. It reminds me of a Jessie J song in the best way. If I knew how to speak Korean, I would be belting out the chorus and dancing around my room. For not, I’ll just stick to badly dancing to the house-esque beat and embarrassing myself.

First Impressions – Too Many Dramas, Too Little Time

Wow, I feel like there’s been an onslaught of dramas lately that have attacked me from across the continent of Asia. As such, I couldn’t simply decide which I was just merely going to glance at verses fully invest it and thus, I dabbled a bit and had a little taste. If you’re wondering what my criteria for a first impression is then know that it is typically if I have watched less than six episodes of a series with more than twenty episodes and less than three of a series that has less than twenty episodes. Let’s dig in, shall we?


Extra-Ordinary You


Genre: Comedy, Romance, School, Fantasy
Origin: South Korea
Episodes: 32
Air-date: October 2, 2019 to present
Starring: Kim Hye Yoon as Eun Dan Oh, Kim Seok Woo (Rowoon) as Number 13 / Ha Ru, Lee Jae Wook as Baek Kyung, Lee Na Eun as Yeo Joo Da, Kim Young Dae as Oh Nam Joo, Jung Gun Joo as Lee Do Hwa, Lee Tae Ro as Jin Min Chae “Dried Squid Fairy”

What would you do if you found out that you were, in fact, a character in a comic? And an extra character on top of that? Change the course of the story, obviously!

Eun Dan Oh is a 18-year-old high-school student from a wealthy family who suffers from a lifelong heart condition that inevitably means she will not live past her teenage years. However, when Dan Oh realizes she is experiencing long gaps in her memory as well, she comes into the unhappy inheritance of another fact in her life: she is a character in a Korean webtoon and all of her actions are predetermined by the artist who draws her. To make matters worse, she discovers she is only a supporting character in the cast. With her newfound understanding of the world she inhabits, she is determined to find true love in her own plot-line and circumvent the author’s plans for her character by utilizing the flashes of storyboard she alone is able to see.

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Thoughts: I am shocked by the fact that I am genuinely intrigued. I vaguely remember seeing the description of the plot and thought to myself, “oh this sounds kinda interesting” but then I remembered W and had war flashbacks. Nonetheless, I couldn’t resist the urge to check it out and I am not regretting that choice. I like the world so far and even though things are a little bit confusing, I think it will be interesting to see how things unfold. I haven’t read the webtoon so I am in a spoiler free state of mind. I found Dan Oh to be so freaking funny and endearing. Her inner thoughts are the best glimpses into what her true personality is and I can’t get over the snide remarks she makes when she has figured out that her duty is to be the “bridge” between the two leads. I can’t say much about the male lead because we don’t know much about him, but Rowoon is hot soo…. yeah. The comic is also very clearly heavily inspired by manga, Boys Over Flowers and its 93000 live action remakes. Obviously I am going to keep watching this one and I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Recommendation: If you’re into rom-coms, school dramas and light humor. I was told the webtoon is actually not as lighthearted so take that how you want.

Where to watch: Kocowa or Viki Pass Plus

First Impression Score: 8/10 Bubble Teas

Pegasus Market


Genre: Comedy, Drama
Origin: South Korea
Episodes: 12
Air-date: September 20, 2019 – Present
Starring: Kim Byung Chul as Jung Bok Dong, Lee Dong Hwi as Moon Seok Gu, Park Ho San as Kwon Young Goo, Jung Hye Sung as Jo Mi Ran

Moon Suk-Goo works as a manager at Cheonrima Mart, which belongs to the Daema Group. Cheonrima Mart’s future looks bleak as they don’t have many customers and Moon Suk-Goo is frustrated by the store’s situation. One day, Jung Bok-Dong, who was an executive at Cheonrima Group, is demoted to the CEO position at Cheonrima Mart. Manager Moon Suk-Goo begins to have hope that the store will experience a turnaround with the new CEO. In actuality, Jung Bok-Dong wants to destroy Cheonrima Mart to take revenge on the parent company for his demotion. Unexpectedly, Jung Bok-Dong’s actions soon causes the store to attract customers.

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Thoughts: I wasn’t actually interested in watching this but I ended up checking out the first episode because I really like Kim Byung Chul and Jung Hye Sung. I only ended up watching one episode and that took longer than I anticipated to do so. I often find that workplace type dramas are hits or misses with me and this one has fallen into the miss category. This is a drama that you have to be in the mood to watch. As much as it was refreshing to see the ridiculousness, it was also reminding me of a drama that I do not like at all, Revolutionary Love. The plots are in no way similar but it just gave me that feeling. Needless to say I’m not impressed and will skip this one.

Recommendation: If you’re into workplace dramas, over-the-top humor and revenge plots.

Where to watch: kissasian/watchseries

First Impression Score: 5/10 Bubble Teas

The Sand Princess


Genre: Friendship, Romance, Drama, Comedy
Origin: Thailand
Episodes: 14
Air-date: August 24, 2019 – October 6, 2019
Starring: Baifern Pimchanok Luevisadaibul as Kodnipa/”Kod” Dan Worrawech Danuwong as Kirakorn / “Ki”, March Chutavuth Pattarakhumphol as Jirapat

Kodnipa was an orphan girl who went to the city to pursue her education. There, she “befriended” Jirapat, a wealthy heir. Their friendship was based on a mutual benefit, with Jirapat paying her to do trivial things and Kodnipa accepting the money she needed by acting as his servant. Things got complicated when Jirapat impregnated a girl who Kodnipa knew and abandoned the baby in Kodnipa’s house. Since Jirapat could not officially proclaim his child as his own due to his circumstances, he offered Kodnipa two million baht, a condo and monthly “wages” in exchange for Kodnipa’s help in raising the baby as her own. Otherwise, he would send the child to an orphanage. Kodnipa reluctantly accepted as she was against sending the child to the orphanage. Growing up, she started to love Mochi, Jirapat’s baby, like her own. However, her fate was later entangled with Kirakorn, Jirapat’s older brother, resulting in a complicated relationship with the two.

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Thoughts: I was feeling a vibe after Boy For Rent and wanted to watch more Thai dramas and bruh there are so many out there that I wasn’t sure what to click on. The poster for this one looked interesting cause it reminded me of a typical kdrama. Thus, I decided to give this a try. Boy, was a 1000% percent right! This is as kdrama as a plot could get. Poor girl, rich boy…LOVE TRIANGLE WITH THE BROTHERS TOO?? Hahaha. The progression of the story was so dumb and I constantly yelled at my laptop. So yeah it was kinda stupid but I’m still watching nonetheless. I know I will probably end up absolutely loathing it by the end but it is what it is.

Recommendation: If you’re into rom-coms and clichéd stories that are as predictable as they can get and don’t mind average looking men.

Where to watch: kissasian/watchseries

First Impression Score: 6.5/10 Bubble Teas

Bai Mai Tee Pild Plew


Genre: Romance, Melodrama
Origin: Thailand
Episodes: 21
Air-date: June 11, 2019 – August 20, 2019
Starring: Baifern Pimchanok Luevisadaibul as Nira, Push Puttichai Kasetsin as Chatchavee, Sam Yuranunt Pamornmontri as Chomthawat, Nida Patcharvaeerapong as Rungrong, Aun Witaya Wasukraipaisarn as Dr. Benjang

Nira is like a young leaf, which is always there beside the flowers but will never be one of them. Her name, Nira, derives from Niranam which means the anonymous one. The story of a boy who is a little girl at heart, he is shattered from not being accepted by anyone but his mother who wholeheartedly loves him. His father is not a very good man, as he loathes him and mistreats his mother. Nira wants his father to be like his uncle-in-law Chatchavee, the only one aside from his mother who is a warm man and cares for him and understands him. Until the forbidden love occurs, Chatchavee happens to notice and cannot answer back this aberrant love, he denies Nira. Nira, deeply crushed and traumatised by this rejection, decides with his mother’s support to do something that changes the rest of his life. He undergoes a sex reassignment surgery which completely transforms him into a gorgeous woman. Unfortunately, her mother dies during the operation. Devastated, she runs away from the hospital. The one who finds her and helps her is doctor Benjang, who takes her home. She starts living as his sister.

One day, Nira coincidentally meets Chatchavee. Due to her beauty, he starts to fall for her and also Nira’s father. None of them recognise her. The tragedy love begins to be more and more complicated when Nira’s aunt, who always looks down on Nira’s love and is envious of her, discovers the truth and tries to hinder Nira in every way. How will this story end?

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Thoughts: So…Y’all.. Thailand is dark as fuck. Like listen, the plot had me like wtf? Yes, you absolutely read the description correctly. Why did I decide to watch this? Well the first time a mutual on twitter mentioned it, I was like “oh hell no!” Fast forward a few weeks later and I started watching episode one cause curiosity got the best of me, I also noticed that the girl from Sand Princess was the lead and Push is so hot so I caved. I can’t explain what it is guys, but I legitimately wanted to keep watching. I NEED to know how this shit ends and what the fuck goes on here. The acting is over the top dramatic and the storyline is fucking creepy and very uncomfortable but I can’t stop watching yall.

Recommendation: If you’re into revenge plots, incest and not easily offended by very strong and graphic scenes.

Where to watch: justanothermuse.com

First Impression Score: 7.5/10 Bubble Teas

My Mowgli Boy


Genre: Comedy and Romance
Origin: China
Episodes: 50
Air-date: August 29, 2019 to October 3, 2019
Starring: Yang Zi as Ling Xi, Ray Ma as Mo Ge Li, Fu Meng Po as Lu Zi Yue, Ming Ren as Zheng Li, Huang Cancan as Tang Cheng, Wang Zhen Er as Bai Yi Ling, Wu Hao Ze as Ling Yu, Zheng Qiu Hong as Chu Shi

A romance begins between Mo Ge Li boy from the jungle and his muse when she accidentally introduces him to civilization.

Mo Ge Li is a boy from the jungle who was raised by the forest caretaker, Grandpa Lin. Mo Ge Li played with jungle creatures growing up until one day, an independent, career woman mistakenly takes him to the city. Ling Xi wanted to return him back to the forest right away but she couldn’t help but allow him to stay for work reasons. Living under one roof, Mo Ge Li and Ling Xi start to develop a unique relationship. He learns the ways of the world with Ling Xi’s help and acts as a bridge bringing her and the people around him closer to nature.

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Thoughts: So I have a confession to make, I don’t like Yang Zi. I keep trying though! I try a lot to enjoy her stuff but I just can never click with her. It’s why Ashes of Love was such a struggle and Go Go Squid was my personal hell. In this drama I didn’t immediately hate her character so that was a bonus and I saw the potential for growth as well. Ray Ma did well enough as the jungle boy. The story is a modern day Tarzan which we’ve seen many times before. Unfortunately, there is just one thing that these two lack together—Chemistry. It’s dry ladies and gentlemen. So dry. As dry as some of these idols hair extensions. What has me interested in continuing this one (albeit at a very slow pace) is Zheng Li and his relationship with the secretary. I can and probably will end up skipping through this entire series just for their scenes because that is where my interest lies.

Recommendation: If you’re into bestiality, acknowledge you’ll probably be more into the side character’s development than the leads and like Yang Zi.

Where to watch: Viki

First Impression Score: 7/10 Bubble Teas

See You Again


Genre: Romance, Life
Origin: China
Episodes: 45
Air-date: July 16, 2019 – August 7, 2019
Starring: Tiffany Tang as Shi Jian, Shawn Dou as Ye Jia Cheng, Yang Shuo as Yi Pei

An accident causes the 31-year-old Shi Jian to fall into a coma. In her dream, she returns to her university days, thus starting another story of meeting her future husband Ye Jia Cheng.

Shi Jian encounters Yi Pei, the owner of a trading business, on the way to visit her husband Ye Jia Cheng. The plane encounters heavy turbulence and causes Shi Jian to lose consciousness. In her dream, the 31-year-old Shi Jian travels back ten years ago to the time when she was still a university student.

After the initial adjustment, Shi Jian decides to start early treatment for her mother’s illness. She is also determined to move up the timeline for when she is due to meet her future husband Ye Jia Cheng. Shi Jian witnesses Ye Jia Cheng’s life before they met. Yi Pei also falls in love with Shi Jian in this timeline. Although she encounters many trials, Shi Jian finds that happiness is within her grasps after all, yet a tragic accident threatens to tear everything apart.

Can Shi Jian break the confines of time to live happily ever after?

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Thoughts: I have a huge crush on Tang Yan because I’m currently watching Princess Weiyoung (slowly but surely) and she is just so good in it that I really wanted to watch more things and thus ended up with this one. I thought it wouldn’t be unbearable even if I am not particularly fond of time travelesque dramas.. Except this one isn’t actually time travel and is a dream and is as exhausting as it sounds. There wasn’t anything in particular that turned me off but more so it was just the entire vibe of the drama. I do have a bias towards modern cdramas because I don’t believe the ones with simple stories should be more than 25 episodes max because then we have these long stretches of episodes where nothing happens, but anyways that rant is reserved for another time. There are so many other cdramas with similar enough plots that are worthy that are actually keeping me entertained. I always try to think of something that I could latch onto to keep my interest going to watch something but there’s no anchor here. As much as I wanted to witness Tiffany in something else I don’t think I can quite last with this one. Maybe I will pick it back up later but for now it is a no.

Recommendation: If you’re into slow plots, slice-of-life and probably a dumb ass reason for the couples to break up.

Where to watch: Viki

First Impression Score: 5.5/10 Bubble Teas


Catch ya on the flip side! Mwah ~

Something Spooky This Way Comes #2 – Pumpkin Spice Hair

As mention in Hocus Pocus Fancast, we love us some pumpkin spiced lattes! What better way to celebrate that to list some pumpkin spice hairdos! Kpop is known for the bold looks and constant hair dye unless you’re Jennie Kim in which case the only thing you know is fifty shades of brown. Here are our top five idol lewks with orange hair and the five we wished did not exist and should probably be removed from existence, in no particular order.

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1.  Lisa – BLACKPINK

Sugar Baby Unnie: Next to blonde (the good blonde, not the dry, short, crusty one with the shitty extensions we got during Square One era), this is one of my favorite hair colors on her. It complimented her so well that even haters had to say she’s stunning. #HateToSeeIt. Maybe she could sneak some bleach into her band-mate’s shampoo at some point.
Lazy Unnie: Let’s be honest, this is Lisa’s BEST color. You would think she was a natural red head with the way that she rocks this. And the cut is so flattering for her adorable face. Slay Thai Princess, Slay.

2. Jimin – BTS

Sugar Baby Unnie: Since he’s a Libra, he’s allowed to make this list.
Lazy Unnie: Jimin has had many colors, from pink to black. However, maybe it’s because he’s an October baby, but the orange surprisingly fits. And when it’s styled back, umph.

3. Handong – Dreamcatcher

Sugar Baby Unnie: Handong is Dreamcatcher’s queen of the hair dye! We love to see it. The varying shades and pastel, who is her hair stylist? Can she bring this back for Idol Producer if the rumors are true? It’s the best color she’s had. I don’t make the rules.
Lazy Unnie: I think I’m liking this one because it’s not all one shade and kinda ombre’s.

4. Hyuna – Soloist

Sugar Baby Unnie: In all genuine honesty, I really liked this color on her. I thought it was quite complimentary and I think Hyuna can pull off a lot of colors. I think her problem lies in her choice of makeup cause she has some where she is quite literally looking like a clown.
Lazy Unnie: This color was very fitting on her, I just wish the styling matched. And she washed it more often.

5. G-Dragon – Big Bang

Sugar Baby Unnie: Your oppas wish they could hold a candle to Jiyong when it comes to eating every single hair color in a 84 pack Crayola box. COME BACK SOON KING. I MISS YOU.
Lazy Unnie: If there is someone who has had a crayon box of colors, it’s GD. And orange has been a good crayon on him.

Worst

1.  Sehun – EXO

Sugar Baby Unnie: From Jongin’s dreads to Baekhyun’s mullet to this. Kokobop era only served lavenderyeol well.
Lazy Unnie: I wanna cry thinking about this color. This was all bad and sadly it was his own damn idea. Even when he had rainbow it was better than looking like Chucky.

2. Chaeyoung – Twice

Sugar Baby Unnie: Instagram blinks were bullying Chaeyoung when she debut this hair saying she was copying Lisa and it sparked yet another twitter fan war.. However, consider that maybe those blinks were right cause damn this color was not for you baby girl.
Lazy Unnie: The color made her look like a ragey ann doll and not in the good way. Good bye to this Annabelle, goodbye!

3. Seulgi – Red Velvet

Sugar Baby Unnie: Hey Ronald Mcdonald.
Lazy Unnie: I love my Queen in everything… except this. I think she’s gorgeous but this was just bad color and a bad style. Never again, please, I beg. No one likes a neon pumpkin.

4. Ravi – VIXX

Sugar Baby Unnie: Looking like a construction site warning sign. ROAD CLOSED AHEAD.
Lazy Unnie: And none of his friends told him he looked like a hot mess. So sad.

5. Onew – Shinee

Sugar Baby Unnie: Luckily you have had a few months to reflect during enlistment.
Lazy Unnie: Burnt. Pumpkin. That is all.

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Something Spooky This Way Comes #1 – Hocus Pocus Fancast

Hellooooo.. Have you missed us? I bet you have I mean hellooo it is us after all. So … I, Sugar Baby Unnie, have a confession to make…. I am obsessed with the month of October. Fuck Summer, fuck Winter, fuck Spring! Fall is where it is at and the best month of Fall is October because there are oversized sweaters, pumpkin spiced lattes, apple picking, pumpkin bread, haunted hay rides, corn mazes, halloween and MY BIRTHDAY. What does Christmas have to offer other than egg nog and Christmas music? Sorry Jesus. 

So anyways to commemorate the excellence that is October, Lazy Unnie and myself have decided to bless your souls with a spooktacular feature! ‘Something Spooky This Way Comes’. We have a total of six posts planned (including this one) so let’s have some fun!


Hocus Pocus

Everyone knows the cult classic Hocus Pocus which coincidentally came out the year I was born. Therefore, it logically made sense that we chose this movie to fancast. I sincerely watch this movie every Halloween without fail because it is just that good. Matter of fact, I don’t think October can be officially started until this movie has been watched. Freeform is about to play this all day everyday and I am not mad about it.

Plot summary:

After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.

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Heheheh. As usual, there were a lot of bickering back and forth between Lazy Unnie and myself before I won as I am a bully. Mwah! Enjoy!

Casting Call

Ra Mi Ran as Winifred “Winnie” Sanderson

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I think that Mi Ran is one of the most talent actresses that currently exists in Korean entertainment. She wastes no time in completely immersing in all her roles. If there is someone that can bring the awesomeness of Winnie alive and give Bette Midler a run for her money, it’s her. I recently caught her in Girl Cops (review coming soon) and she’s so freaking awesome.

Son San as Mary Sanderson

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Son San playing Mary? YES PLEASE. Talented to boot and so freaking funny too. Catch her in her most recent drama, Secret Life of My Secretary and Doctor John where she absolutely killed it.

Han Sun Hwa as Sarah Sanderson

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Sun Hwa may not be the strongest actress of this bunch, but if we’re honest, neither is Sarah Jessica Parker really. Sun Hwa can certainly make a convincing Sarah and bonus points to the fact that she was in a kpop group and can therefore ‘sing’ enough to give us this iconic song.

Nam Da Reum as Max Dennison

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I can’t count the number of times that Da Reum has absolutely demolished his older counterparts when it comes to a role. I am looking forward to see his transition to the adult roles because for sure, he is a force to be reckoned with. Casting him as Max is us doing the world the greatest service ever. TAKE THAT GRETA!

Kal So Won as Dani Dennison

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It’s such a shame that idols are saturating all the current kdrama roles, they better count their lucky stars that talents such as So Won, have not reached the age where they can snatch their roles. She is freaking cute to boot and would definitely capture the essence of Dani’s character.. I mean look how she ate the role of Guem Sa Wol!

Kim Hwan Hee as Allison Watts

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Can you believe Allison of all people was the hardest for us to pick? Its likely due to the fact that Allison is so dreadfully dull. No offense Hwan Hee, but I mean you’ve already played Da Reum’s sister so may as well play his love interest as well!

Kwak Dong Yeon as Thackery Binx

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Every time I see Dong Yeon in a role I feel like he is a dependable guy. Therefore, I have no doubt he will do justice by Thackery. I also look forward to see his new main role in the upcoming weekend drama.

Lee Kwang Soo as Billy Butcherson

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Kwang Soo has such perfect comedic timing and is such a great actor that we’re fairly certain he would re-invent and revitalize this character. It would go down in history and these are just plain true facts.

Jung Hae Kyung as Dave Dennison

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In all honesty, I, Sugar Baby, am the one who picked him and it’s because I feel like he’s pretty consistent in playing useless father figures. #SorryNotSorry

Kim Hee Jung as Jenny Dennison

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I really enjoy seeing Kim Hee Jung in her roles and because of that I get the ‘fun mom’ vibe and I think she could do Jenny well enough. Hehehe.

Lee Han Seo as Emily Binx

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Here is someone else who is going to absolutely tear shit up when she gets older. I still recall how touched I was the very first time I ever saw her and she made such a good impression. Although Emily doesn’t play the biggest role in this I can guarantee that with Han Seo as the actress, she will become a scene stealer.

Seo Young Joo as Ernie “Ice”

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Young Joo is an actor I’ve enjoyed seeing transition into more prominent roles. I think a role such as this one would be good to add to his resume and I am very certain he would do a really good job.

Yoo In Soo as Jay

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Heheeh In Soo, I swear I am not typecasting you but I just thought you were so adorably cute while being the school tyrant in At Eighteen that I absolutely had to include you here as Jay hehe..







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So there ya have it! Thoughts, comments and concerns below! Tell us who are some people you would have picked! 

Lazy Unnie’s Couch: Well Intended Love

Well Intended Love

lJxrJfA third-rate actress with leukemia becomes entangled with CEO Ling because she needs him for treatment.

In order to receive bone marrow transplant sooner and to continue her career as an actress, Xia Lin enters into a secret marriage with Ling Yi Zhou, the CEO of a company. Despite the conspiracies and misunderstandings they encounter, the two find true love.


So you know how sometimes you see a crash and you can’t look away because you have to know the outcome? That was Well Intended Love for me. An attractive train wreck that I couldn’t stop watching no matter how bad and out of control it got. Let’s break it down the best way I can.

The Good: I was immediately drawn to the assholely CEO, Ling Yi Zhou. He was outright mean but something about him felt more like a feral cat. Like he was mean because that’s all he knew. I also liked the accidental meeting between him and Xia Lin. It felt natural. Another natural aspect was the friendship between Xia Lin and her BFF Jia Fei. They were the cutest of gal pals.

The Bad: Even though the chemistry between all the characters were on point and good, it was the freaking plot that took a wrong turn. Okay, a young d-list actress finds out that she has leukemia and this moody CEO is the only way she’s going to survive. I’m still with it. Even the fact that he suggested a contract marriage to appease his sick grandma was also okay. SPOILER AHEAD: What really made it tip the scales into what the fuck territory was the fact that sis wasn’t sick. I repeat, NOT SICK.

The Crazy: This is where things really go off the rails and start burning down. Turns out Yi Zhou was on his Edward Cullen and all stalkery of her. All the lies and things he pulled so he could keep Xia Lin was out of control! So you have that crazy, what do they do? Add a subplot of a stepbrother who is psycho, female one-sided love who attempts murder, some hypnosis, and amnesia, and even faked deaths, this show threw in every cliche it could think of!

The shocking: Surprisingly, with all the unbelievable things that kept happening, I couldn’t stop watching. I didn’t really care for Simona Wang as Xia Lin. She was not this beautiful goddess that all men couldn’t help falling at her feet to me. But I will admit, the sexual tension and crazy love Yi Zhou had for Xia Lin really kept me going. I’m glad that it was only 20 episodes, but shockingly, I’m anticipating what crazy they can come up with for season 2.

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Acting: 7/10
Story: 6/10
Music: 0/10
Overall: 7/10
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Recommend? Partially 
Fave Song: N/A

Sugar Baby’s Review Corner : ‘Boy For Rent’

Boy For Rent

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When love is not as expected….

Smile has a crush on her handsome senior, Kyro, but when she confesses he doesn’t like childish girls. Smile decides to hire a “Boy For Rent” to learn how to make a man’s heart beat. Liz believes her boyfriend, Badz, is cheating on her, and decides to use the Boy For Rent service to get back at him without feeling guilty.. Neither knows that renting a man will change their lives forever.

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I have never finished a Thai drama, actually that’s not true, I have finished Oh My Ghost, but that was partly due to me not having finished the original Oh My Ghost and thus did not find it to be as atrocious as anyone who loved the original had. Also I don’t count remakes because you already know what’s going to happen and you keep watching to see how this version chooses to do it. So like I said, I have never finished a Thai drama.. That is until Boy For Rent.

You all must be thinking, what possessed me to even start watching this shit and honestly I was just bored one Sunday afternoon, saw the title and decided, “fuck it” and twelve episodes later here I am writing a review.

This story is just incredulous to say the least. So many plot holes and inconsistency and I don’t just mean with Liz’s hair that literally goes from brown to black in every damn scene. I mean we know that scenes aren’t film in a continuous sequence but could they at least tell home girl not to die her hair during the middle of filming?!?! It was so distracting! But anyways story is straight up on crack. This is story is about prostitution, yes point blank, plain and simple, this is prostitution. They pay money to rent these boys and then they are basically their properties until the contract is up. So that is why I was not surprised to see that almost every episode had some form of fucked up shit in it? We had Smile almost getting rape at least ten times, and no I am not exaggerating. We had scenes that were quite questionable when it comes to consent. The twist at the end was just straight what the actual fuck and made me wonder if everything was going on over at GMM ONE studios.. Like lmfao y’all tried it.

The characters.. SIGHS. Okay so let’s start with Smile. I don’t like naïve leads, not that there is anything wrong with women who are kind, and sweet, but listen.. Smile was every bit that childish girl that Kyro said, I literally wanted to reach into my laptop screen and smack the dumbass a few times. I don’t think she really developed character wise in all honesty. It was like she went from a nerd to a nerd with a boyfriend. Badz, bless his soul, was your typical handsome male lead. The problems that he created with Liz could have been resolved by COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR GIRLFRIEND. He does have a banging body though (pretty sure it was in Mond’s contract to take the shirt off every episode and I am not complaining.) Liz was a dumb bitch, but not in the dumb cute way that Smile was, but like a proper dumb bitch.. Once again all her issues with Badz would’ve been solved had she just communicated.. Just think for a while, your girl says she saw your man with another girl and you don’t confront him? You’re just like “uhh cool, let me rent a prostitute to cheat with then” like nah girl, first we confront his ass and then we fuck his best friend. Kyro was the caricature of a bad boy who finds a woman that changes him with daddy issues.*yawn*

At this point you’re probably wondering how it was possible that I finished it and if I was hate-watching like I tend to do sometimes, but the truth is that I am in love with Badz and Smile’s chemistry or I guess Mond and Fon. I couldn’t get enough of it. I wanted to see them at all times and watch them be absolutely fucking moronic with each other because they were so freaking cute. I legit skipped all Liz and Kyro scenes cause I could not give any less of a fuck about anything either of the two did. I eagerly waited on my subs just so I could watch these cuties and I don’t regret it all. Matter of fact, if there is someone out there who can just cut all the Liz and Kyro scenes from the drama and make the show solely about Badz and Smile, I would very much appreciate it.

I MEAN LOOK AT THEM:

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Acting: 6.5/10
Production Value: 6/10
Music: N/A
Story: 5.5/10


Overall Rating: 6/10

Lazy Unnie’s Playlist: X1 – QUANTUM LEAP

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TITLE: Emergency: QUANTUM LEAP

ARTIST: X1

LABEL: Swing • Stong

RELEASED: August 27, 2019

My babies have finally debuted! I know they aren’t my real children, but they feel like it because I finally went through the whole produce journey from beginning to debut. Today is such a happy day, I couldn’t even stay asleep and I woke up at 3:30 AM! Either way, it all comes down to the music, right? None of this matters if the music is shit.

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Stand Up (Intro.) – If things are going the same way Wanna One did, there will be a repackage of this EP. And if there is, I NEED THIS TO BE A FULL TRACK!  How dare they just leave this to be an intro. It has a New Jack swing R&B pop feel and I’m here for it. It doesn’t even need much more. Just… a little longer.

FLASH (FLAϟH) Title Track – This is no Energetic or even La Vie en Rose. I don’t mean to compare but those two were legendary to me. However, this is a pretty good and on par with the trend dance EDM track. The high notes and raps are what save this song for me. Legit slapped myself when Seungyoun started rapping. And then Seungwoo hitting notes as if it was the easiest thing in the world. The talent jumped all the way out. Now the MV… visually stunning and the dancing was nothing less than tight. For a debut… this is good.

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Like Always – I’m low-key (high-key) in love with this song. Just like Stand Up, it has a retro R&B pop vibe that I’m feeling. The pre-chorus lifts me up and the chorus really makes me fly high (see what I did there?). This song also has some dance elements that I also feel is refreshing. The raps don’t go hard but I think that is what makes it better, it doesn’t need it. I could see this becoming my second favorite off the EP.

I’m here for you – BALLAD TIME! I’m usually not a ballad person, I like to be hype all the time. But, even thugs have a heart. This was PERFECT! Each member was highlighted perfectly. And maybe it’s my bias showing but the combination of Seungyoun and Seungwoo’s voices leave me in a state of frenzy. The falsettos are heavenly. And I am torn about Yohan. Do I like him more as a rapper or singer? Both are proficient. But it’s Seungyoun’s high note that brings the emotions out in me. This wasn’t overproduced and really allowed their talents to shine.

U GOT IT (X1 Version) – Since this song is one from PDX, there isn’t much to say because I have already confessed my love for it and MOVE here. But I will talk about the addition of the non-U GOT IT Team members. I think that the only ones that really stood out and gelled best were Seungyoun and Hangyul. Their voices went perfect with the song. And I am SO glad that Seungwoo kept his high note part. Also performance wise… This was a whole new level of sexy. I’m looking at you Seungyoun and Wookseok!

MOVE (X1 Version) – Now, I’m a MOVE and SIXC supremacist, so when I saw that this was going to be added, first I was happy, then worried. After listening and watching, I was worried for good reason. MOVE will be my favorite song no matter what but the absence of Jinhyuk, Byungchan, Hyeonbin, and Kookheon stood out to me. Maybe I’m nip picking but Dohyon as the main rapper for this song didn’t sit well with me. I would have rather Seungyoun take that role and Dohyon be sub. But not everything was bad. I thought Eunsang, Wooseok, Junho and kinda Seungwoo fit the vibe of the song. Visually? Stunning tho.

X1-MA (X1 Version) – Nothing different. Still the least fave of the produce series title songs. But it is nice to see and listen to these 11 do it. It’s emotional because to see where this long journey has gotten them. I’m proud, a proud noona.

Final Thoughts… I love this EP. It basically is telling the world “Here we are! You loved us individually on the show, now look at what we can do together!” Are these the best debut songs ever? No. But I can’t wait for what else they have in store.

RATING

PRODUCTION: 4/5
VOCALS/RAPPING: 4.5/5
VISUALS/CONCEPT: 5/5
OVERALL: 4.5

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Lazy Unnie’s Couch: Accidentally in Love

Accidentally in Love

oVjyPfChen Qing Qing is the daughter of a rich household desperately wanting to avoid an arranged marriage and find love on her own terms. On the day of the wedding, she flees town and heads out to enroll in the same college where her parents studied, hoping to find out more about their death. She changes her appearance and name in an effort to hide her true identity and does her best to blend in with her classmates. Her desk-mate in school turns out to be the famous singer, Si Tu Feng, whom she’s already had multiple run-ins with. The two don’t start off on the right foot, quarreling constantly and causing each other trouble. But could there be more between them? Thus starts Qing Qing’s quest for answers about her parents’ death and a chance at real love.


Sugar Baby Unnie has been begging and pestering me about when I was going to dabble into the C-Drama world. I was really hesitant at first, like with most things. I had tried watching Meteor Garden last year and the dubbing put me off so much, I didn’t want to even try again. That was until I needed some high dose of fluff and I decided to give this a shot on Netflix. So. Glad. I. Did!

This started off really like any other good rom-com. Quirky girl meets a moody guy and immediately doesn’t hit it off. I started to get Meteor Garden/Boys over Flowers vibes and was about to say goodbye! But there was something about Chen Qing Qing that made me want to keep going.

I really liked that Chen Qing Qing was a rich girl but didn’t really care about that aspect of her life and really was willing to give that all up to dive into her parents’ past and follow their footsteps at the school where they met. But what I didn’t understand, and maybe it’s just me, but Quig Quig basically put on a wig, some makeup with freckles and she was considered in disguise and ugly. I thought she was adorable! I guess they were going for the whole “fall in love with the personality and not looks” things.

Speaking of love… Si Tu Feng. He was adorable. Not the smartest but he made up for it in charm. I really liked the chemistry between the two of them. They didn’t immediately fall in love and I really liked that. The enemies to friends to lovers felt natural. Even when Chen Qing Qing had to trick him and basically play her rich self and poor self, the drama didn’t last long. They even gave him some tragic backstory with slight trauma and Chen Qing Qing helping him through it. The sweetest.

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What DID last long, were the crazy side characters that got in the way. The best friend that actually fell for Chen Qing Qing first wasn’t annoying. But the female antagonist was THE WORST! I mean, the plot started going a bit crazy with her even trying to get married to Si Tu Feng! I could have done without the extreme craziness. I mean, homegirl was going to try and kill herself over some dude who didn’t even like her. Stay in the friendzone sis.

I did want more of the relationship between Si Tu Feng’s nemesis, Lin Yi Yang and Qing Qing’s roommate, Fang Fang. That couple was so cute because it felt perfect and random. He was so hard and she was so quiet and meek. But you could see he really tried to be better for her and with her. Everyone else on campus was scared of him but she was the only one who wasn’t. Like a little mouse standing up to the lion. Plus, they had one of my favorite scenes in the whole show.

Ultimately, this drama really was funny, quirky, and corny but all worked in the best way because the chemistry was believable. The things that weren’t believable was Si Yu Feng as an idol. He was cute, but an idol, no. Also, I couldn’t grasp if they were in college because it felt very high school. But in the end, because of this, my stigma against C-Dramas was lifted.

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Acting: 7/10
Story: 9/10
Music: 7/10
Overall: 8/10
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Recommend? Definitely 
Fave Song: ‘Star’ – Guo Junchen