Whatcha Watchin’ – May 2nd – Finding Nemo

What do you mean it’s May? Huh? HUH?

Sugar Baby Unnie

I finally am in a good place with airing dramas, but that means finding other dramas to binge.

Dramas

Watching

Tomorrow: A slow watch…

Lie To Me: Wow this rewatch has been making me LOL. I totally forgot how much fun this was in the early episodes.

Love All Play: THIS IS GIVING ME LIFE!! I AM JUST CHEESING AND SO HAPPY ALL THE TIME.

Shooting Stars: The chemistry is soooo good. And not just with the leads, it is with everyone.

On Deck

Soundtrack #1: I swear I am gonna watch soon. like real soon.

Forever Love: I hear many a cute things and I am in a cute mood.

Switch On: Thai version of ‘W’ which I never finished so why not add this to the mess lmfao.

Lazy Unnie

Really in a slump and I don’t see May being better because I find myself extremely busy with all the things that isn’t drama watching.

Dramas

  • F4 (Thailand) – Maybe this month I’ll get to finishing this.
  • Cutie Pie – Sex, sex, sex.
  • Not Me – This might turn to a group watch if I don’t pick up the pace.
  • Shooting Stars – Taking me forever to get through two episodes but that’s because of the ADHD, not the show. The show is good.
  • Lie to Me – They really don’t make shows like this anymore. So funny.
  • Love All Play – I AM IN LOVEEEE! And I don’t care what Sugar Baby says, we are sharing claim on Chae Jong Hyeop.

Web-Dramas

  • Failing in Love – When is it time to drop a show? I just keep getting distracted.

On Deck

  • Tomorrow – GIVE ME REAPERS!
  • Soundtrack #1 – I love Park Hyungsik so…
  • KinnPorsche – I need me some adult dark BL so…
  • Blueming – This looks like it might be cute? I’m trying to support more Korean BLs. I’m down for the movement!

Hit It or Skip It – April 2022 Week 4

I feel like I blinked and we’re at the end of the month. Sugar Baby said to me that I have all the music this week and I think she’s right.

VERIVERY “Undercover”

Almost didn’t even recognize them. The song is a much more mature sound for the group. I like it.

MONSTA X “LOVE”

There are better songs on the mini but the jazz elements save this.

SOYOU “Business (Feat. BE’O)”

Being able to sing gets your far. Chill song.

ICHILLIN’ “Play Hide & Seek”

Surprisingly not a bad song. I liked the rap part too. It’s cute.

Moon Byul “C.I.T.T (Cheese in the Trap)”

Feels very Avril vibes and it fits her. I like this a lot.

Mirani “Gasoline”

Hella autotuned but that’s nothing different.

PSY “That That (prod. & feat. Suga)

He ate this. It’s fun and addicting to listen to.

Kang Daniel “Read to Ride”

I love this. It’s groovy and Mr. Kang Daniel is really coming into his own.

Huh! “Come Upright (Prod. Viann)”

Electro pop mixed with k-hip-hop with Huh! and his cool tone make for a great song.

Miyeon “Drive”

Would have been better with a better singer like Taeyeon or Wendy

E’LAST “Creature”

I sadly forgot it the moment it stopped.

Yoon Jisung “BLOOM”

Sounds like a bad 80’s commercial jingle.

BUSTERS “FUTT”

An annoying version of a STAYC song.

DKB “SOBER”

This felt like a weird mashup. I don’t know where they were going with the song.

Favorite SOTW:

Least Favorite SOTW:

Asian Drama Bingo : April Check-In

What is April anyway? Just a hump to jump over to May basically.

Lazy Unnie’s Card

Gonna blame the NBA playoffs for my lack of productivity.

Sugar Baby’s Card

Before we label it a drama slump, ask yourself, is it a slump or are dramas simply not engaging currently??


First Impressions: Sh**ting Stars


Sh**ting Stars


Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Origin: South Korea
Episodes: 16
Air-date: Apr 22, 2022 – present
Starring: Lee Sung Kyung as Oh Han Byul, Kim Young Dae as Gong Tae Sung, Yoon Jong Hoon as Kang Yoo Sung, Kim Yoon Hye as Park Ho Yeong, Park So Jin as Jo Ki Peum, Lee Jung Shin as Do Soo Hyuk

A behind-the-scenes look at the entertainment industry’s PR teams, managers, and reporters as they scramble to clean up the messes created by their stars. Oh Han Byul leads an entertainment agency’s PR team. One of her top clients is the star Gong Tae Sung, who can do no wrong. They were in high school and college together, where he became her sworn enemy. They bicker constantly but soon develop feelings for one another.

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Thoughts: I, Sugar Baby Unnie, am an easy woman. Thoroughly and shamefully so. I love Lee Sung Kyung and I love Kim Young Dae. There wasn’t a reality in which I would not be watching this drama. Let’s get the controversy out of the way— Yes, the depiction of ‘Africa’ is very poor. I’m over people using Africa to show humanity. Imagine, I was saying how they’re able to find white people so easily all the time, but for some reason when it comes to Black people, they can only ever find them to make a mockery or emphasize how poor Africa is. Like gtfo. Also, umm pretty sure there are places in Korea without clean running water too but I digress. Now, on to the show… It’s enjoyable! I like what we’ve seen so far. The whole behind the scenes of the entertainment world is fun. I enjoy the characters and their personality traits so far. I was genuinely cracking up at the way they portray the world around them. I relate to Soo Hyuk deeply in that when I am off the clock, I am off the clock. Do not fucking call me. This feels like it’ll be an easy one to watch as I don’t anticipate any surprises. One thing about me though? I LOVE BICKERING COUPLES. GIVE ME ALL THE BANTER. Keep this pace and I will be deeply satisfied.

Recommendations: If you’re into bickering couples, celeb stories, and hijinks.

Where To Watch: Viki

First Impression Score: 7.5/10


Until Next Time! xx

Spins On The Turntable: Dreamcatcher – Apocalypse: Save Us

Dreamcatcher – Apocalypse: Save Us

Title: Apocalypse: Save Us
Artist: Dreamcatcher 
Label: Dreamcatcher Company 
Release: April 12, 2022

I feel like I had to give this one a review because like how else can I be blatantly biased? We got a solo song from each member! I may not talk about Dreamcatcher often, but they are still a top tier group. I am so proud of their growth. Just a refresher, biases are SuA and Siyeon. Okay? Okay.


Title Track – Maison

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Okay so confession time, I wasn’t too too impressed with many title tracks post Scream and so I was a bit nervous when I saw the teasers for this one. However, I love when I get to eat my words because they definitely shut me up. It was so reminiscent of their old style that I like immediately enjoyed this. Music video wise, it’s a no for me dawg. Everything else though? On point. I love the simplicity of the chorus and this might be one of my favorite Dami rap verses in their entire discography. I am also obsessed with the post bridge chorus. It is a serve and Korea agrees! WE GOT OUR FIRST WIN.

B-Sides

Intro: Save Us

Rating: 2 out of 5.

This might be one of the worst intros they’ve ever had. I literally cannot remember anything about it.

Locked Inside A Door

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I liked this almost immediately. I am a huge sucker for a kind of funk/swing infused style on a guitar. The vocals and rap is so complimentary. The percussions on the chorus just fits the whole vibe that you’re supposed to experience here and I am all for it.

Starlight

Rating: 5 out of 5.

EXCELLENCE. PERFECTION. YOU ABSOLUTELY GET IT THE FIRST TIME. One thing I can always count on them to do is give me something to love. Synth pop is a trend I don’t tire of. If every girl group wants to go that route I will gladly accept it.

Together

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Electropop esque in nature. Perfect for a festival and dancing. I can already picture this one at the concert just pumping up the crowd. It’s fun and cute. I don’t know if it is necessarily something that sticks, but in the moment you get what you get.

Always

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Naturally no kpop album is complete without a slower, more subdued song. This is very boring and that is okay. We can’t always win yanno. The vocals sound really good though!

Skit: The seven doors

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Just a break before we dive into the solos.

Cherry (Real Miracle)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Yes Miss JiU. This slay. It’s the second best Kpop song I have heard that’s titled Cherry. Like I said before, so much of this speaks to me on a personal level. A huge sucker for a funk string.

No Dot

Rating: 5 out of 5.

NO CRUMBS LEFT BEHIND. I can’t explain it, but this is exactly what I thought a SuA solo song would sound like. She is a server and we had to stan. Like, it’s not even biasism at this point, it’s just facts. At first I was iffy about the edm hip hop beats, but yknow it gets you moving. So yeah, sorry to y’all, she won. You see the choreo? Yeah that’s an ace.

Entracing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This reminds me of Chinese drama OST so much and I find that so beautiful. We already bared witness to a Siyeon solo, so I was curious to see how else she would present herself and I wasn’t disappointed at all. It just sounds so beautiful and traditional.

Winter

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Well. Do y’all see how pretty Handongie looks with red hair? OHMYGOD. Um so this song, is very boring and average. Not much going for it unfortunately.

For

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is another one that was slightly mid as well which was disappointing because I had expected something a bit different from her. That being said, I enjoyed it more than Handong because it gave me dreamy vibes.

Beauty Full

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

By far the one that shocked me the most. Idk if I am so out of touch with the fandom, but this was a surprise. I really didn’t think that this was the way Dami was gonna go but oh wow do I love this. She buss down! A love an unapologetic pop rock sound. Transforming me to the early 2000s. More please.

Playground

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Cute. Unfortunately, Cherry is the same vibe and it is better. Still, I like the trumpet and piano at the beginning of the second verse. Sadly, not very memorable overall.

Final Thoughts

I genuinely enjoyed this in its entirety especially in comparison to the two that came before it. I will admit that Sleep-walking has yet to be dethroned, but she is just THAT GIRL. I had fun with this and I can tell the girls did as well. The album as a whole was more pop influenced which isn’t a bad thing. I like the growth. Vocals were great, raps were great. I couldn’t give much for cohesiveness because that wasn’t the idea behind this album. I like the taste of solos because it makes me think about how a solo project would go. Now we need duets. (Suayeon, I’m talking to you.)

Concept: 4/5
Vocals: 5/5
Raps: 5/5
Cohesiveness: 3/5
Overall Rating: 4/5


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First Impressions: Love All Play


Love All Play


Genre: Romance, Sports, Drama
Origin: South Korea
Episodes: 16
Air-date: Apr 20, 2022 – present
Starring: Park Ju Hyun as Park Tae Yang, Chae Jong Hyeop as Park Tae Joon, Park Ji Hyun as Park Jun Young, Kim Moon Joon as Yook Jung Hwan, Seo Ji Hye as Lee Yoo Min

A sports romance drama that depicts the passion and affection for badminton of a male and female protagonist who is a mixed doubles group with players from the badminton business team. Park Tae Joon, who naturally wound up in the world of badminton because of his parents’ badminton equipment business. Although he had begun to see the sport as work, his passion for badminton is reignited due to a desire to impress a woman. Park Tae Yang is a former aspiring Olympian who had to leave the badminton world for three years due to a bribing scandal.

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Thoughts: Oh wow. This actually surprised me! Like obviously I was going to watch because Chae Jong Hyeop is my husband and I must give him streams to feed our children. However, I didn’t expect to be so immediately invested and so infatuated with it already! It’s only been two episodes! I am loving the energy of the cast and the way these characters are being played. I’m eager to know the real reason why Taeyang left and what’s the whole tea with Junyoung and Jung Hwang. Speaking of Jung Hwang, I love that he’s being seen as some arrogant pos but he’s really just going through his own trauma. I cackled at the scene with the Yoomin, “if she is your daughter, why is she so pretty?” and I think that their dynamic will be so fun to see. The last time I saw Soo Hyang was in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo and it felt kismet to see her here since I would say it’s the kinda vibe that I’m feeling overall with this drama. I really enjoy the easy chemistry between our leads. Like the way I was sold the second they had the sprinkler scene. Yeah yeah yeah sign me tf up. Wtf!! Even the bromances I think will be really good. I’m putting good faith in this one cause I really haven’t felt like this in a long time. I know this happy feeling won’t last forever, but I’m here for the ride.

Recommendations: If you’re into sports dramas, enjoy goofy male leads and a soft chemistry.

Where To Watch: iykyk

First Impression Score: 8.5/10


Until Next Time! xx

Sugar Baby’s Review Corner – Girl Next Room: Security Love

Girl Next Room: Security Love


Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Origin: Thailand
Episodes: 6
Air-date: Jun 21, 2020 – Jul 26, 2020
Starring: Kao Jirayu La-ongmanee as Faigun, Gigie Chanunphat Kamolkiriluck as View Wiwa

View Viva is a famous rising star who lives in Ms. Jam’s all-female Dorm. One day, she meets the helpful and kind man Fai who later on becomes a security guard at Ms. Jam’s dorm as he was fired from an earlier job for something he didn’t do. Fai and View become great friends and Fai always helps and protects View whenever she faces problems. The friendship between the two slowly turned romantic but because of View’s reputation as a famous rising star her reputation dating a poor, normal security guard would end right away.

Will Fai and View have a happy ending?

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I have made it to the end and like I don’t mean to be a contrarian, but this is probably my favorite of the bunch. Is it a case of it being the last one and therefore I am just relieved or is it a case of it actually being good? I do not know.

I enjoy a good forbidden romance and there’s something about the bodyguard trope that either hits or doesn’t hit. In this case, it hit and stuck. I was surprised by how much I found that this one worked well and it’s due to the chemistry. The story was pretty standard, but the acting made all the difference. I thought that the pacing was a bit off, but it worked nonetheless. What I liked the most was that they both got their happy ending and listen, while View is so pretty and sweet, Faigun stole my heart. I want to watch more of Kao cause wow. Yeah.

Overall, I had a good time with this series. We loved to see how this one dorm was host to different stories with their different girls. My definite ranking of the series’ would be;

  1. Security Love
  2. Richy Rich
  3. Midnight Fantasy
  4. Motorbike Baby

Thanks for joining me on this journey! Until next time!


Story:7/10
Acting: 8/10
Music: 7/10
Rewatch Value: 7/10
Overall: 7/10

The Unnie’s Review Couch Corner: A Business Proposal

Shin Ha Ri is a single woman and works for a company. She has a male friend, who she has had a crush on for a long time, but she learns he has a girlfriend. Shin Ha Ri feels sad and decides to meet her friend Jin Young Seo, who is a daughter of a chaebol family. Jin Young Seo then asks Shin Ha Ri to take her place in a blind date and even offers some money for her time. Shin Ha Ri accepts her friend’s offer. She goes out on the blind date as Jin Young Seo, while having the intention to get rejected by her date. When she sees her blind date, Shin Ha Ri is dumbfounded. Her blind date is Kang Tae Mu. He is the CEO of the company where she works. Kang Tae Mu is the CEO of a company that his grandfather founded. One day, his grandfather informed him of an upcoming blind date that he set up for him. Kang Tae Mu is a workaholic and he is annoyed that his grandfather sets up blind dates for him. He decides to marry the next woman whom he meets at a blind date, so he won’t be disturbed from his work anymore. That woman is Shin Ha Ri, but pretending to be Jin Young Seo. On the following day, Shin Ha Ri receives a phone call from Kang Tae Mu. He asks her to marry him.

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  • Starring : Kim Se Jeong | Ahn Hyo Seop | Seol In Ah | Kim Min Kyu
  • Episodes : 12 (60 mins.)
  • Aired : February 28 – April 5, 2022
  • Network : SBS, Netflix

Acting: 8/10
Story: 7/10
Music: 8/10
Comfort Score: 8/10
Overall: 8.5/10

Fave Song:

Story: 7/10
Acting: 7/10
Music: 7/10
Rewatch Value: 7/10
Overall: 7/10


Hit It or Skip It – April 2022 Week 3

I never get good weeks. Pfft. I had to dip into the nugu bags for something to post this week. Sighs.

ELO ‘Can’t Be Happy’

No but fr why can’t I be happy??.

Min ft JMIN ‘Hit Me Up’

Cute.

Kim Sung Kyu ‘Savior’

It’s been a rough week y’all..

Choi Junghoon ‘Until I love the love’

Zzzzzz.

Apink ‘I want you to be happy’

Happy 11 years! Zzzzz

Hong Ji Yun ‘The Queen of Love’

Nice gowns. Pretty gowns. Beautiful gowns.

YOUNITE ‘1 of 9’

The pre-release was better.

BOL4 ‘Seoul’

You hear one BOL4 song, you’ve heard them all.

Favorite SOTW: N/A

Least Favorite SOTW: N/A

Sugar Baby’s Review Corner: Thirty-Nine

Thirty-Nine


Genre: Life, Romance, Friendship, Drama
Origin: South Korea
Episodes: 12
Air-date: Feb 16, 2022 – Mar 24, 2022
Starring: Son Ye Jin as Cha Mi Jo, Jeon Mi Do as Jeong Chan Young, Kim Ji Hyun as Jang Joo Hee

Leaning on each other through thick and thin, a trio of best friends stand together as they experience life, love and loss on the brink of turning 40.

Cha Mi Jo is the head dermatologist of a clinic in Gangnam. She is a warm character who grew up in a wealthy environment with a caring family and everything she could wish for.

Jung Chan Young dreamed of becoming an actress but ended up becoming an acting teacher instead. Although her way of speaking may seem blunt and harsh, the sincerity in her words makes her a character impossible to hate.

Jang Joo Hee is a department store cosmetics manager. Due to her timid personality, she has yet to really experience a romantic relationship.

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Okay so just deal with reviews being late okay? Ok. Now, this drama was actually really good and while I did feel like the last episode kinda didn’t work the way the screenwriter and director wanted it to, I still found that when I sat with this drama, I truly enjoyed it.

It has been a while since we’ve been blessed with a drama that was clearly very well thought out and carefully acted. The storyline was pretty straightforward and we are told right from the beginning who was going to pass away and the sense of dread kinda carried its way with you the viewer through the drama. However, I am getting ahead of myself with that one. Something that I really liked about this drama was that the characters were allowed to feel their emotions and react to things in the moment. I feel like we don’t often see that with dramas and crying is often used for comedic effect most times. All three women showed a type of strength that I think is so beautiful to see. In this drama, I felt like we actually got see who these characters were and they felt like very real people.

I thought the cast had a beautiful chemistry and synergy with each other which is required when a drama has as many themes as this one did. It was lovely seeing the ups and down. A bitch bawled, laughed and cried some more. My biggest complaint with this drama sans the final episode, is the fact that we had yet another trio of friendship where one is terminally ill. I know these things are real life, but why couldn’t this drama have just been about these three girls and navigating the last year of their 30s? Why did it have to become a bucket list esque drama with death as the lurker? Is it too much to ask for just good vibes?

All in all though, like I said, the good outweighed the bad. This drama served and I enjoyed it immensely. I wouldn’t rewatch simply cause I do not want to cry anymore, but I would recommend.


Story: 8/10
Acting: 10/10
Music: 8/10
Rewatch Value: 7/10
Overall: 8.5/10