Saturday, October 27, 2018

In Memory of Dramafever

Hello readers,

You may have noticed that I stopped the Wehaiyo Drive series for a while. Now, even Dramafever has ceased to exist. I feel kind of lost at the moment. What do we do now?

The very first drama I have ever seen (with Dramafever commercials) is Paradise Ranch (2011). I do not know why I did not mind the commercials at that time.

I followed Dramafever's blog a lot. Once Dramafever announced that they were looking for guest reviewers, I purposely started this Wehaiyo! blog so that I can qualify as a blogger. I launched Wehaiyo! with a "Top K-drama Kisses" post. To my surprise, Dramafever contacted me to start drama reviews. I found my true calling and started volunteering as a guest reviewer for Dramafever in 2013.

I reviewed the following three dramas that year:

1) I Hear Your Voice

2) Good Doctor

This drama was also remade into an American TV series on the ABC channel for two seasons so far (2017 - Present). I am proud of this fact because I felt like I contributed to the popularity of Good Doctor's success in some way that it was also remade in the USA.

3) Unemployed Romance

While writing for Dramafever and working with other Dramafever reviewers were great, it required more than full time hours to complete the job. I had to schedule meetings with my fellow reviewers, create and contribute to outline plans, create endless screenshots in advance to use in case we discuss certain scenes, take notes on that actual drama, writing down my thoughts, editing posts, and publishing posts. I think the most I worked was 11 hours for one post. I was eventually burnt out with a full time job and the arrival of my first child, so I eventually took a break in hopes that I will rejoin Dramafever again at a later time.

It was also after I finished volunteering that I started subscribing to Dramafever on a yearly subscription, which, at the time, includes a deal that gives me a free Chromecast, which I still use to this day in my bedroom.

While I was not a drama reviewer anymore, I still posted Wehaiyo! Annual Dramafever Awards review (second to fifth) on the side from 2013-2016. I loved giving my opinions on the nominees and I even attended the Third Annual Dramafever 2014 Awards live in New York. I felt as if this was Dramafever's highest moment.

Other highlight moments was attending Dramafever's first meetup event and also being invited to the Heirs Dramafever Premiere Party in 2013, both locations in New York city, the same city as Dramafever's headquarters. I loved meeting drama fans and at the Heirs Premiere party, we watched the first two episodes together.

I used to participate in Dramafever's referral program, which gives me free accumulation of a monthly subscription until they discontinued it. However, they created another referral program and only sites with a lot of views would qualify in the program. Wehaiyo! is still a small blog with only more than a thousand of views a month.

I was always on the lookout for hiring positions at Dramafever. They were mostly hiring management positions and IT developer positions.

Sadly, Dramafever shut down abruptly on October 16th, 2018. I have, since, received my annual subscription refund. Strangely, I was home that day and finished the Suspicious Partner drama before Dramafever was officially closed.

I was in shock later that night when I saw Twitter posts saying Dramafever was shut down. Unfortunately, my fate with Dramafever ends here.

I am very sad. With this post ends my Dramafever life. Where do we go from here? I owe Dramafever a lot for the creation of this Wehaiyo! blog. I do have a subscription to rival company, Viki, part of the Rakuten Group of companies, and I am grateful that Viki still exists.

I want to believe that I made at least a small contribution to Dramafever for all my efforts. I want to thank Dramafever and Dramafever fans who supported and support me and my Wehaiyo! blog.

I miss Dramafever. I will ponder my life in the meantime. Please let me know what types of posts you would like to see on Wehaiyo! I will think about the direction I want to take for Wehaiyo! in the meantime.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wehaiyo Drive: Where Do Stories Lead Us?

Hello Readers,

It's been a while. I might not be able to update as often, but please keep an eye out on random updates in the future.

This week's Dramas:

1) My ID is Gangnam Beauty (내 ID는 강남미인)

Watch it on: Dramafever 

I finished this drama! Episodes 14 through 16 included the build-up to the finale, but I was left somewhat disappointed because there was not enough time to really have any meaningful scenes. I want to mention my final thoughts on most of the cast because the ending seemed rushed. Overall, there seem to be a lot of characters who are underdeveloped.

Main couple: Kang Mi Rae (Im Soo Hyang) and Do Kyung Seok (Cha Eun Woo)
I always find it refreshing to see a couple develop naturally and this is definitely a couple that did not have any problems in becoming a couple. All the problems that they encountered were really what was in Mi Rae's mind because she has such off-putting low self-esteem. Had she not been so self-conscious, they would have became a couple much faster, but there would not have been much of a plot.

Do Kyung Seok's Parents
This was not really up to open interpretation, but it seems a reconciliation is a long shot after Kyung Seok's father tried to have better relations with Kyung's Seok's mother. He seems to have lost his career and his assistant, but he does not seem to have truly reflected on his actions toward his children. Furthermore, there are no scenes of him attempting to connect with his children. I found it sad and unresolved.

Hyun Soo Ah
I really think her character took an unrealistic turn when she started having panic attacks after seeing candid campus pictures of her body on the internet. All along, she was the type of person who can twist the truth to her advantage. All she had to do, if asked, is to deny those pictures. She collapsed in the last episode, really weak and bitter. I could not fully blame her stalker, student Chung Dong Woon (Ham Sung Min) for confronting Soo Ah because Soo Ah had a responsibility in making him believe she had feelings for him. I am not sure why Soo Ah became friendly with Dong Woon in the first place. This story line is not that realistic to me. I was upset when she said that she wants Dong Woon in jail for as long as possible when he basically threw water in her face when it could have been worse. He is given a restraining order and he was expelled from school, so that is already a huge punishment. Lastly, we do not see Soo Ah and Mi Rae reconcile, but there is a hint of a friendly gesture from Soo Ah when she quietly left Mi Rae a present and visited Kyung Seok at his part time job for maybe the last time. I am not sure if I should pity her since she wasted so much time pursuing somebody she does not truly love.

Yeon Woo Young (Kwak Dong Yeon) and Oh Hyun Jung (Min Do Hee)
The story line for Woo Young went downhill after he was rejected by Mi Rae. He did not have much of a story and the plot forced him to help Soo Ah, but he failed in helping her or even finding her whereabouts when Dong Woon was confronting her. In the end, the Yeon Woo Young and Oh Hyun Jung characters became empty characters. I read that Oh Hyun Jung's character is not in the originally webtoon story line, but inserted into the drama to make Mi Rae less lonely. She did not have any significant influence on the plot and was mostly absent. It is a shame that these two characters were not developed enough to become interesting.

Mi Rae's Parents
They were not given enough time to react to Mi Rae in a dating relationship with Kyung Seok and the fact that Kyung Seok spent a night at their home without supervision. They spent a lot of time at the beginning of the drama to introduce Mi Rae's father and how protective he is of his daughter, but there are no more scenes to continue his character's protectiveness of Mi Rae.

Woo Jin (Lee Tae Sun) and Choi Jung Boon (Jun Seung Hye)
Are these two even a couple? I think they were supposed to be, but I suppose we ran out of time and there is basically no story line between the two people. There is no solution for Woo Jin when he lost his bar and I do not see the purpose of Jung Boon's character for being in the story.

Yoo Eun (Park Yoo Na)
I find Yoon Eun to be a strange character that I do not understand. All of a sudden, she is really interested in Soo Ah and is trying really hard to be Soo Ah's friend. I find that unrealistic that she would go out of her way to support Soo Ah.

Lastly, Goo Tae Young (Ryu Ki San) and Kim Tae Hee (Lee Ye Rim)
This is the type of ending I appreciate for this couple where Tae Hee tells Tae Young that she has gotten over him. I see how flaky Tae Young is with his relationship with Tae Hee and it is clear that they would not be in a relationship for long. It does not have to be Soo Ah, but I feel any girl could have lured Tae Young away from Tae Hee. Tae Hee deserves a better man.

2) Devilish Joy (마성의 기쁨)

Watch it on: Dramafever

I started watching this drama, episode one through four, and realized that this is a romantic comedy with an emphasis on comedy. I have not laughed this much in a while and I have this drama to thank for that. The screenshot I posted was a result of our main character, Gong Ma Sung (Choi Jin Hyuk) who ate an entire cabinet of home-grown lettuce because he thought it would help him go to sleep and erase his love, entertainer Joo Gi Bbeum (Song Ha Yoon) from his short term memory since he wakes up with a clean memory slate every morning.

I am reminded of actor Choi Jin Hyuk's charms as he gets into character as a genius doctor with a strong passion for charity, though I do not know if he is doing charity work because he knows one day his memory and overall condition will deteriorate or if he was truly passionate to work on building a charitable foundation from the beginning.

I love how unafraid actress Song Ha Yoon is to make herself look unattractive for her role. How many actresses are willing to put a fish in their mouth and have an extra bra visibly fall onto her stomach underneath her clothes?  Song Ha Yoon has guts and I can tell she will be a well-loved popular actress because of this role. I was interested in watching more of her works since she acted in Fight My Way last year as a helpless girlfriend who watches her boyfriend almost gets lured away by a woman who has a similar personality with her.

3) Delightful Girl Choon Hyang (당신의 하우스헬퍼)

Watch it on: Dramafever

I watched episode 12, which is only one episode. I thought I would have finished this drama by now, but I have slowed down a bit. Again, I am still smitten by actor Uhm Tae Woong who plays Byun Hak Do, but this is probably the last episode we will see him being considered as a good guy before he turn into a bad guy, so I am hesitating a bit before I finish this drama.

I still love to watch Han Chaeyoung and Jae Hee act together. They have a great chemistry together that is easily shown on the screen. I finally see a kiss scene between their characters, Choon Hyang and Mong Ryong, which made me excited. It is good to see them overcome their obstacles, but the second leads, Hak Do and Chae Rin (Park Shi Eun) will not stop until they break this couple apart.

This week's Music:

As promised, I am introducing some female artists. I have been fascinated by watching reaction reviews of K-pop songs lately. I think it is interesting to see a professional review K-pop in many aspects: song, production, and dance.

1) Girls' Generation Oh! GG - 몰랐니 (Lil' Touch)

Girls' Generation is back as a unit, Oh! GG, but who cares as long as they are back. I miss this group because they are the first K-pop group I seriously liked since 2009, which sparked my love for K-pop music. This song is also very catchy and I enjoyed watching their dance for this song. I do not feel like the other members are absent because this is such a well made music video with a charming dance.

I feel also a bit awkward since recently there was news that Hyoyeon was caught on camera telling a male staff member at a World Club Dome Korea event not to repeatedly touch her. It makes me think that suggestive songs like this give men the wrong idea.

The song lyrics give an American feel to it by asking someone to actually touch the singer: Give me a lil' touch

2) Sunmi - (선미) - Siren (사이렌)

I could not wait to introduce this song for my Wehaiyo Drive since I absolutely love Sunmi's music video and song. She is really coming up with songs that seem so lyrically and physically strong. It's also sad that she is not too strong in real life since she really looks too skinny and that she often collapses from overworking.

Recently, she collapsed again after a Music Bank pre-recording though I do not know if she truly collapsed or she was dizzy overall. In any case, I hope she gets some rest and come back again to show her awesome stages.

The song is about a seemingly bad girl who gets into a relationship with a boy, who knows she's toxic for him, but won't leave her. She does not want him to be hurt by her, so she tries to be the strong one and push him away. It's an interesting story and who knows where that story will potentially lead us.

3) As One - 미안해야하는거니 (Do I Have To Be Apologize?) (Delightful Girl Choon Hyang OST) 

Since I am watching the Delightful Girl Choon Hyang drama, I am addicted to this song by the duo, As One. As One is a long time musical duo who retired last year. I asked my husband for more information because I cannot tell that there are two voices singing this song. My husband says that they purposely sing "as one," so that made sense to me.

I feel like I do not understand this song, but I can feel a sadness and a longing feeling from it. This is the amazing impact of music because we do not have to understand it, but we only need to feel an emotion from it. 

From my interpretation, the song is about the singer apologizing for developing feelings for someone whom the singer made suffer. I suppose, due to the guilt, the singer is apologetic, but cannot forget the person she loves. Therefore, I think their love is in limbo, which is why I feel sad and longing feelings from listening to this song.

Well, that is all I have to offer in our Wehaiyo Drive for now. Nobody seems to complain about the lack of updates, so I will be introducing a Wehaiyo Drive whenever I have the spare time. I hope to connect with you all again next time.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Wehaiyo Drive: Love Is Back

Hello Wehaiyo Drive readers,

I am back after two weeks for another round of Wehaiyo Drive. Actually, I went on summer vacation and was not able to update for a while. Nevertheless, I tried to catch up on some drama shows last week including an old drama.

This week's Dramas:

1) My ID is Gangnam Beauty (내 ID는 강남미인)

Watch it on: Dramafever 

At this point, I am reviewing episodes seven to thirteen. It is easily my top drama right now to watch. My husband joined me in watching it halfway and he was also hooked by the drama.

First, I'd like to congratulate the mom, Na Hye Sung (played by Park Joo Mi) who finally reunited with her children, Do Kyung Seok (played by Cha Eun Woo) and Do Kyung Hee (played by Kim Ji Min). Na Hye Sung is really stepping up into her role as mom, though I wish she tried to reconcile with them earlier. It's a bit extreme also to leave the country while her children were small.

Next, I want to mention the most hated girl in the drama, Hyun Soo-Ah, who is supposedly the most beautiful chemistry freshmen student, but has a lot of hidden agendas. So far, she lies about where she lives, her family background (She needs to be struck by lightning for shunning family ties to her poor grandmother without a really good reason), her feelings toward at least three other classmates on campus (ruining one relationship already without care), and now we know that she covers up her bulimia problem. Even if I had to lie about the reason for going to the bathroom by bringing my toothbrush, I would at least look the part and actually brush my teeth before returning to work. I hate it when people say something and not follow through, even if it is just for pretend.

Kang Mirae really disappointed me lately. She had another ridiculous event where she got harassed for her appearance at her part-time job and it shook her up. She even started worrying about how other people would view her if she dated Kyung Seok, one of the most handsome men on campus. Luckily for her, Kyung Seok does not take "no" for an answer and tells her he will wait until she decides to change her mind. Soo-Ah's underhanded tactics actually forces Mirae to make decisions to protect Kyung Seok and confess to him herself. This is a classic case of moving forward after taking a few steps back. Too bad Kyung Seok was hurt in the process since he was punished for being handsome.

2) No Time For Love (연애는 무슨 연애)

As mentioned in the last Wehaiyo Drive, I wanted to review a mini-drama. I am proud to add No Time For Love on the list as I was furiously waiting for each episode. I am drawn to dramas that show a different character's point of view in each episode such as Modulove (모두의 연애). I plan to do a full review on this drama in a later post, so if you are interested in that, please check this blog at a later time.

This drama talks about why each character does not have "time" or should I say, the reason, to date. College student, Geum Sarang (played by Nuri Kim) tried date a fellow college student Lee Seom (played by Joo Byung Ha), but that relationship was going nowhere as he just wanted a casual dating relationship or to flirt around with her. While trying to get over her last relationship, Sarang vows not to date after being burned by Seom, but then she meets Cha Joon Il (played by Park Sang Nam), who makes her falter.

Cha Joon Il is a marketing major who works multiple jobs to keep financially afloat while he looks for a permanant job. Therefore, dating is the last thing on his mind. He meets Sarang by accident upon returning her wallet that was found in the convenience store where he works and becomes interested in her.

Riwon (played by Kim Hyeonju) is a longtime friend of Joon Il and supports him however she can. She also realizes, for a very long time, that she has an interest in Joon Il as well.

Finally, Lee Seom was a man who was not ready to be in a relationship based on seeing his friends and thought that flirting around was the best method for not getting hurt.

Throughout the drama, I was the most excited watching Joon Il and Sarang's love blossom. This drama is worth watching and is only eight mini episodes long.

3) Delightful Girl Choon Hyang (당신의 하우스헬퍼)

Watch it on: Dramafever

I have gone back to watch an older drama, Delightful Girl, Choon Hyang, which I never finished even though I loved the story. People who know the famous love story would enjoy this drama way more because this drama is a modern take of the story of Choon Hyang and her lover, Mong Ryong. I watched the 2000 film, Choonhyang, years ago so I knew the basic background of the story. At the end of every episode in the drama, there is a reference to the original storyline in a historical scene with a plot twist.

I especially love the main leads of the drama version, Han Chaeyoung and Jae Hee. They are both beautiful people with a lot of expressions when they act with each other. Their couple scenes are so realistic and comedic, which is something I miss from watching Korean dramas. I feel a certain sadness that they are not real life couples, but of course, it is only my wishful thinking.

Thirdly, actor Uhm Tae Woong, who plays Byun Hak Do, is really handsome in this drama. I almost wish his character could be with Chunhyang as well.

I had a lot of laughs with this drama and I can see why the viewership was high and the drama and its cast became very popular. So far, I watched up to episode 11 when Choon Hyang and Mong Ryong became a real couple and started falling in love. I am desperately waiting for a kiss scene. I have not finished the drama yet, so maybe I can talk more about this in the next Wehaiyo Drive.

This week's Music:

There is a lot of good music lately. I will probably introduce more in the next Wehaiyo Drive, especially female artists.

1) Nu'est W - And I (Mr. Sunshine OST - Part 10)

I have not watched the Mr. Sunshine drama, but I am already feeling very sad vibes. Baekho's voice shines in this song with his strong and sad voice in the chorus. The entire Nu'est W group sang an excellent song. It makes me think that Nu'est W will continue to have great opportunities to show their talent. Listening to this song makes me yearn for another Nu'est W comeback.

The song is about farewell, but hoping to meet the person in the happy future. It is bad timing to meet in the present and the singer hopes to meet the person again in the future. It sounds really sad.

2) NCT DREAM - We Go Up

The more I listen to this song, the more I am addicted to it. I am a definite NCT fan. Sadly, this is member Mark's last promotion with NCT Dream as he is "graduating" from NCT Dream subunit, which is a group meant to be for youngsters.

A reason why I love NCT Dream songs is that they are so positive. Their songs are very upbeat. When I think of this group, I think of cheers, joy, possibilities, and the power to dream of achieving anything.

This song is no different. There is only one direction we can head as we live our lives: We go up. We improve ourselves. We level up.

If you have time, watch their NCT Dream 100 second dance, a compilation of their songs.

3) The Boyz - Right Here

I am back again with another recommendation from The Boyz. As I wrote in the other Wehaiyo Drives, I really like The Boyz. As a group, I really like the quality of their songs.

In their new song, the music, while it sounds great, did not grab my attention as much as their dance moves. I really liked the beginning when they stand in a circle and the camera spins around to film the members. I love how they break into smaller groups to dance and how they dance around each other. I also liked how they get into an almost "pool ball" formation like how a player first sets up the balls on the pool table before starting to play pool. Their dance performance is impressive!

I am feeling their energetic performance as usual.

The song has a confident American-style song lyrics about a singer wanting to be with a girl, knowing that the girl is also interested in the singer. The girl should know that she wants to be with the singer and that to make things less complicated, they should be together.

I hope you enjoyed this week's Wehaiyo Drive. I realized that I have so much that I want to express, write and post, but it takes hours for me to create these posts. Please cheer me on.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Wehaiyo Drive: Around the Corner

Hello Wehaiyo Drive readers,

I am back and just around the corner as I bring you my next edition of the Wehaiyo Drive. Last week, I had family over and partied a lot, so I could not get to the computer to write down my latest and greatest thoughts.

Anyway, I have a lot of opinions to share, so I cannot wait until I show you the last two week's of the Wehaiyo Drive. Next week's Wehaiyo Drive should be exciting as well.

This week's Dramas:

1) My ID is Gangnam Beauty (내 ID는 강남미인)

Watch it on: Dramafever 

There were basically three thoughts I had while watching My ID is Gangnam Beauty, episodes five and six.

#1) College student's Do Kyung Seok's (played by Cha Eun Woo) stare
This guy's stare is so intense. I am not sure how to react to his gaze. There are so many scenes of him being quiet and just staring (at Gangnam Beauty Kang Mirae played by Im Soo Hyang, no doubt).

#2) Social Issues
At first I thought this drama was very shallow in that we only see scenes of Kang Mirae and her plastic surgery aftermath, but the story is a lot deeper than that. It is about women trying to find confidence in themselves and they tackle the gender expectation issue in episodes five and six.

Second-year student Kim Tae-Hee (Lee Ye Rim) was teased by the male chemistry majors because they believe she is overweight. I know Asian countries have a different standard on what is considered thin, but most women in the drama around Kim Tae-Hee do not seem to believe she is considered overweight. To the men or, should I say, most men since there is a second-year student who has a crush on her, she has the image of a fat person who likes to snack, and people cannot see past her weight because every person snacks. In addition, her name, Kim Tae-Hee, reminds the men of the real life mega-superstar actress with the same name who is known to be one of the most beautiful actresses in Korea.

Another second-year tomboy student, Kwon Yoon-Byul (Bae Da-Bin) has boyish looks and tries to stand up for the women in the department whenever possible. The boys tease her that she is being harsh to them and they think of her as being moody all the time. I do not know much of Yoon-Byul's background, but it seems to me that she has the tomboyish look on purpose because she cannot stand the way the boys acts around women.

At first, freshman Class President Yoo Eun (Park Yoo-na) was jealous that the boys did not consider her as one of the prettiest girls in the class, but she learned to not care since being one of the class beauties could also mean being sexually harassed by the upperclassmen. She wanted to speak up for the ladies so many times, but she held back because she was only a freshman among the group and had little power to influence others or so she thought. Eventually, she could not take any gender bias or sexual harassment comments any longer and took a stand against her seniors. I really like her character because that is me in real life. I have to be pushed to the limit to finally confront a social problem. I am glad she eventually took a stand regardless of what the consequences may be.

#3) Kang Mirae's father averts his gazes
Ever since he found out his daughter had plastic surgery, Kang Mirae's father, Kang Tae-Sik (Woo Hyun) could not look his daughter in the eyes. Throughout the episodes, he can be seen talking, but never looking her way. I find that sad, but realistic. I think I would react the same way, at least for a while, if I found out somebody close to me had plastic surgery. It can be hard to emotionally accept somebody who has a different and permanent image even if they become prettier. I remember when my mother had a permanent eyeliner and eyebrows tattoo. I could not look her in the eyes for a long time because all I can imagine is how painful that must be for her.

2) Are You Human Too? (너도 인간이니)

Watch it on: Dramafever

As I promised from last week, I started watching Are You Human Too? in the last two weeks. I hope you all do not get too excited for my review because I already mentioned that I do not like non-human and human love stories. Therefore, it seems that I will only watch one episode at a time.

The most memorable scene has to be when actor Seo Kang Joon sees himself before the human him gets hit by a car. That really left an impact in my mind. It is fascinating to see the two Nam Shin characters look at each other.

I was not focusing on the plot too much, but I watched some entertaining scenes where the robot Nam Shin is practicing how to be the real Nam Shin in the simulation room. I wonder if I have an android version of me lurking around the corner. I would then have lots of time to blog while my android self can go to do other jobs (for money).

3) Your House Helper (당신의 하우스헬퍼)

Watch it on: Viki

Even though episodes are only thirty minutes long, I find myself watching only one episode at a time. Episode 2 is a continuation of House Helper Kim Ji Woon (Ha Seok Jin) and Intern Im Da Young's (Bona) seemingly unimportant life.

Ji Woon continues his house helping duties to clean up a family home, which allows the mother and father time to have dinner, actually converse, and spend time together. In a way, he is bringing happiness to other people's lives while covering up his own sorrows. We still do not know what happened to his past, but he is content living a quiet life and only responding to the call of others.

I feel bad for intern Im Da Young who clearly does not have a future at the advertising company she is working for, but she continues to work hard in hopes that her luck will change. If I were her, I would have done the same, except I would leave when it is time to leave. After all, the intern's role is to gain experience and hopefully land a job, but if the job part does not happen, at least the intern can retain the experience. I worked three intern jobs before I landed an unrelated job. Life is unexpected in many ways. Hopefully, there is a great job waiting for her around the corner.

This week's Music:

The last two weeks of music took me through twists and bends of emotions. I never know what song I would be interested in listening to at the moment.

1) Red Velvet (레드벨벳) - Power Up

Of course, Red Velvet is back! Besides all the fruit innuendos in many of their songs, I am impressed with how creative they are with each song. The "Ba-Banana-Ba-Ba-Banana" part got stuck in my head for the last two weeks. There is an interesting I-vi-V#-V chord progression (I forgot a lot of music theory from long ago, so I hope this is correct!) that I find very interesting and unconventional.

At first, I thought they were just singing "Ba Ba Ba," but they were actually singing the word, banana.

2) George (죠지) and Gang Haein (강혜인) - Something 

This is my favorite drama right now, so naturally, I am intrigued by the soothing song of "Something" from the My ID is Gangnam Beauty OST. It's also cool to watch Cha Eun Woo or even envision his stone cold expressions.

3) Kim Sung kyu (김성규) - Sorry (Shine live version) 

Sung kyu gave such a memorable performance in his 1st Solo Concert Live event that I could not ignore him for my Wehaiyo Drive. He really does have a beautiful singing style. I wish I could go to his concert! 

In this song, he is apologizing like crazy. I just feel like crying. What has he done to deserve this? My heart aches whenever he sings "hold me," "don't leave me," or "save me."

Sung kyu is in the army right now, but I cannot wait for him to come back with his amazing talent.

Next week, I want to review some old dramas and even a mini drama. I can't wait! 
It seems summer is almost coming to an end and it is getting colder. Let's bring out the light jackets and embrace the upcoming season.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Wehaiyo Drive: Quiet Realm

This week has been quiet for me as I barely had time to watch dramas or listen to music. Furthermore, there were not many dramas or songs that caught my eye. I suppose we all have uneventful weeks.

This week's Dramas:

1) My ID is Gangnam Beauty (내 ID는 강남미인)

Watch it on: Dramafever 

In episodes three and four of My ID is Gangnam Beauty, college student Do Kyung Seok (played by Cha Eun Woo) seems to be very observant of Gangnam beauty, Kang Mirae (Im Soo Hyang) and the other popular girl in their class, Hyun Soo-A (Jo Woo-ri).

When Kyung Seok frankly told Mirae about what he thinks about her grading other people's faces, Mirae, offended, was taken aback and told him to mind his own business. I was internally cheering because somebody had to say it, though I would not have been as blunt as Kyung Seok. However, Mirae soon realizes how superficial she is by rating the faces of other female classmates rather than judging them by their personalities and actions. I am glad that Mirae is maturing little by little.

Meanwhile, Kyung Seok is also seeing through Soo-A as she tries to harm Mirae's popularity at school by connecting plastic surgery with Mirae and purposely getting hurt by a fallen flask in science class. Kyung Seok wasted no time to expose Soo-A for having bad intentions. I like smart leading men. I find his personality more refreshing to watch than him being deceived by women until he realizes the truth at the end.

On another note, I am glad that bully Kim Chan Woo (Oh Hee Joon) was put in his place after his classmate, Yeon Woo Young, played by the handsome Kwak Dong Yeon, gave him an extremely strong warning that he would put his life on the line to ruin Chan Woo's career if Chan Woo does not shape up and stop bullying the underclassmen.

2) Love In Trouble (Suspicious Partner) (수상한 파트너)

Watch it on: Dramafever

I seem to be replaying the episodes 9-12 of Love In Trouble (Suspicious Partner) over and over again. Whenever I have nothing to do, I put this drama on and see what happens. I do like watching this drama and I think the characters are cute, but I am not in love with it.

I was excited about the potential bromance between No Ji Wook played by Ji Chang Wook and Ji Eun Hyuk played by Choi Tae Joon. It was them against 30 school teens in a fight at the park. I want their broken relationship that was torn over their friend and ex-girlfriend, Cha Yoo Jung (Nara), to mend. I like Eun Hyuk's character the best because he hides his pain so well that it is almost a skill.

3) Your House Helper (당신의 하우스헬퍼)

Watch it on: Viki

It's time to start a new drama! I have been waiting to watch Your House Helper simply because Ha Seok Jin is in it. He seems to have a recurring role as a man who is meticulous and clean like his role in Let's Drink (Drinking Solo).

After watching episode one, we are introduced to two main women who have interesting lives and messy homes: Im Da Young played by Bona, an advertising intern and Yoon Sang-A (played by Go Won-Hee), a jewelry designer.

I think their stories are interesting so far. Da Young is stuck as a helpless intern who works very hard, but is barely recognized by her superiors and Sang-A, who seems to be struggling in the jewelry design world and an absent boyfriend (On the picture frame, he looks like actor Kim Sun Ho?)

We also have other characters, which I am not too familiar with yet: Kang Hye-joo (Jeon Soo Jin) and Han So-Mi (Seo Eun Ah), a timid nail shop owner. Furthermore, the three women, So Mi, Da Young, and Sang-A are known as OnDol Three Musketeers, but have not seen each other in a long time.

I cannot wait to watch more episodes. Each episode is 30 minutes long and can be easily watched in one sitting.

This week's Music:

I have not really found too much to talk about in music. Here are some songs that are easy to listen to in my quiet realm.

1) Leon Lai (黎明) - Perhaps, Not Necessarily, But (或許, 未必 ,不過)

I have not introduced Hong Kong pop music, which is my other favorite type of music, on the Wehaiyo Drive before. I think I might have been channeling my grandmother when I thought of Leon Lai, one of the original, legendary, four heavenly kings of Hong Kong pop. My grandmother is a big fan of Leon and calls him her adopted son. I should translate this song one day on this blog.

This song is called "Perhaps, Not Necessarily, But" to describe loving one person. The singer thinks there is a possibility of having a million women who suit him in this world, but in the end, it is this one woman who is a part of his world.

2) Seo Kang  Joon - You Are My Love

This song is from the Are You Human Too soundtrack. I have not seen this drama yet, but it seems that I should watch it. I will warn Wehaiyo Driver readers that I am not a fan of watching humans in love with a non-human, which is probably why I delayed watching this drama. However, I will put this on my list for next week's Wehaiyo Drive.

The song is so relaxing to listen to since there seems to be a dull feel to it. Seo Kang Joon's voice blends into the music.

3) Julian Cheung (張智霖) - Wishing You (Zok Guan) Well (祝君好)

I am including another Hong Kong artist in here. I suppose I was randomly browsing and came across one of my favorite songs. Julian Cheng is another great singer. The song is a theme song to the Hong Kong drama, Return of the Cuckoo with my favorite Hong Kong actress, Charmaine Sheh. The title of the song does not actually mean, "Wishing You Well," but wishing Zok Guan, the main female character of the drama, well.

Listening to this song makes me want to watch the drama right now. I think I have never seen this drama, but the song was popular, so I loved listening to the song when I was younger.

What is most notable in the meloncholy lyrics is that the singer rather not hug and grow old with this woman he loves, but rather keep this woman in his heart. Even if they meet by accident, the singer thinks the other guy is better suited for the woman than the singer. The singer only hopes to stop from afar to wish the woman, Zok Guan, well.

I hope this week's post is not that lackluster. I continually strive to provide you better posts every week.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Wehaiyo Drive: Beautiful Transformation

I am back this week with our Wehaiyo Drive.

I have not been given too much of a break lately, but I hope to continue finding new content for the second half of the summer. I think I need a nice vacation at this point, but with life going at such a fast pace, I might miss the latest dramas and songs in a blink of an eye.

This is why I must keep on blogging and thank you for your support! Let's bring in more views at the Wehaiyo Drives.

This week's Dramas:

1) What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (김비서가 왜 그럴까)

Watch it on: Viki

The finale is here! I cannot believe I have seen the entire drama already, but I can tell already that there seems to be no more conflicts in the story. However, I felt rushed when the ending was so abrupt for our side characters.

Lee Young Joon (Park Seo Joon) and his beloved secretary, Kim Mi So (Park Min Young) get the ultimate happy ending by getting married, which to me, seems to be at warp speed. Poor Young Joon had to propose four times to get Mi So to accept his proposal. I think having a man who wants to get married throughout the drama is a rare sight. I have tried to plan my wedding in six months and even that was not enough time to get everything ready. However, Young Joon is a rich dude, so of course, everything is easier to implement. It is really nice to see this couple go from a strictly working relationship to a married couple.

As for our side couples and characters, I was a bit disappointed. I really thought there would be a more exciting story for them, but everything was rushed.

Lee Sung Yeon (Lee Tae Hwan), Young Joon's brother just quietly disappeared from the story. After he found out the truth, his character stood still and they gave him the direction to just travel the world alone. That seems to be such a sad ending for me, but at least he is healing.

I wanted to see more development with workaholic Go Gwi Nam (Hwang Chansung) and easygoing Kim Jia (Pyo Ye Jin)'s relationship. Go Gwi Nam initially rejected Jia's confession, but I find it hard to believe that he would just make a quick turnaround by suddenly letting go of his financial goals that he had all drama long just to date Jia, and that he perhaps asked Jia to date him at the wedding just to save money on his first date. He made me doubt his intentions. I am not convinced about Gwi Nam's transformation. Realistically, I think Jia may be in trouble as she would not be used to living the frugal life. However, I wish this couple lots of happiness. Can we possible get a spin-off drama of them?

Bong Sera (Hwang Bora) and her "hero," Yang Cheol (Kang Hong Suk) had a sudden, but happy ending when the entire office already knew that they were dating. They were not that discreet, but it was not obvious that everyone knew about their relationship in the drama. I think Hero Yang Cheol is so cute and I will never forget his karaoke scene, which shows his great vocal skills. I think actor Kang Hong Suk must have a theater background. This couple was cute and over exaggerated.

Lastly, I will miss Park Yoo Sik (Kang Ki Young) and his comedic antics. I want to see Kang Ki Young in more roles, please. His expressions throughout the drama are great and he is a great comic relief to Young Joon's serious character. I was a bit disappointed in the way he quickly made up with his ex-wife, but at least he gets a happy ending.

2) My ID is Gangnam Beauty (내 ID는 강남미인)

Watch it on: Dramafever 

Yay! I started a new drama based on a webtoon. When I saw the above five-minute preview video and I was interested, so I saw this drama shortly after Dramafever released episode one. After watching episodes one and two, I have conflicted thoughts as this concerns a subject about low self-esteem and plastic surgery.

I am used to watching power women and aspire to be a powerful woman, but watching Kang Mirae (Im Soo Hyang) go through numerous timid and weak scenes really turned me off. I understand that this could be a real life story, but I do not enjoy watching this type of character. Furthermore, because she thinks she is ugly and a guy in high school reject her confession, she moves ahead with plastic surgery, and shockingly with her mother's support. I do not know what happened in the past, but it seems that having her classmates and her crush reject her is not enough for me to think that she needs to get plastic surgery to resolve her problems. Another problem is that getting plastic surgery is an easy option in Korea and if a person has a shred of doubt about his or her appearance, plastic surgery  offices seem to be right around the corner. Still, I did not expect her mother to go along with it. I agree with her father's reaction after he found out that she has a new face.

It is clear that after surgery, Mirae attends college with a face full of make-up, adding to her insecurity. The make-up actually makes her look older than she is and even her classmates thought that she was an upperclassman. While I am intrigued about her character, I am also disappointed. Sadly, getting plastic surgery did not make a difference because it did nothing for her self-esteem. Even when she is praised, she doubts herself.

In a cliché story setup, our main, male lead, Do Kyung Seok (Cha Eun Woo), is a quiet and beautiful male who has a depressing family background for unknown reasons. I think we are conditioned to feel bad for our main couple, but it seems very unrefreshing.

My prediction is that with both leads having huge flaws, they will learn to love each other and themselves in this beautiful (inside and out) journey.

3) You're Beautiful (미남이시네요)

Watch it on: Dramafever

I honestly did not expect to watch an old drama, but since I did not really finish this one, I decided to start it again, episode one and two, just to pass the time while I am cleaning up at home. I can't believe Park Shin Hye was so much younger in this drama. Furthermore, she played a rare, meek, nun character, which not the type of character I am used to seeing actress Park Shin Hye play when she is known to play a rising, resilient character.

I thought that this scene in episode 2 was very funny. Go Mi Nyeo (played by Park Shin Hye) is trying to act and cross dress as her twin brother Go Mi Nam in order to secure his place in the band, A.N.JELL. As she was in leader Hwang Tae Kyung's (Jang Keun Suk's) forbidden bedroom, she accidentally bumps into his shelf and knocked down all his CDs and such, which activated the remote for the air conditioner, and subsequently, the music sheets started flying around next to a candle from a tray she brought into his room. Finally, Go Mi Nyeo, while still supporting the half-fallen shelf with her body, while in sweat, resorted to spitting into the candle from afar to try to put out the fire on the candle.

When Tae Kyung came out of the bathroom after showering Go Mi Nyeo's puke off his body from the night before, he was enraged to find out the mess Mi Nyeo made in his room. As he was interogating Mi Nyeo, an award statue from the top shelf fell on Mi Nyeo's head and knocked her unconscious. Just as Tae Kyung was checking whether Mi Nyeo is okay with the statue in his hand, the manager and their bandmates walk in on him and assumed the worst.

This week's Music:

This week is full of good, solo music!

1) Jeong Sewoon (정세운) - 20 SOMETHING (Prod. 멜로망스 정동환, 정세운)

Jeong Sewoon's mini album, "Another," is very pleasant. I am become a steady fan of his music. As a participant of Produce 101, Season 2, I was already interested in his work. I recommend listening to the entire album as it was very enjoyable.

Jeong Sewoon's main track, 20 Something, is a song that I felt I knew the meaning of without going to get the translated lyrics. In the chorus, he was asking himself, "What are you thinking? You're 20 something. 20 something (for God's sakes!)." I added the part in parenthesis just to emphasize the feeling.

There will probably be a time for young people to doubt themselves, but they will have to push on because they have their whole life ahead of them. I have already gone through my twenties and from experience, I was the kind of person who was always optimistic, taking various opportunities because I do not know where they will lead. I spent my twenties learning about me and the world like crazy, which is what I wanted to do before I started having children. I even got married in my twenties, which also made me wonder if that was the right thing to do in my twenties as opposed to later on in life. Because of my motivated attitude, I took every opportunities to try new things and experiences. Therefore, I do not regret much in life.

In Sewoon's lyrics, he tried to make everybody, regardless of their age, have the feeling of being in their twenties to overcome their obstacles and not overthink life. I agree. This song is very soothing and a good pick for people who need to recharge their batteries.

2) Chung Ha (청하)  - Love U 

I swear that I am not purposely listening to songs that are from Produce 101 artists. However, when I heard this song, I was immediately drawn to it and wondered the name of the artist. I did not pay attention to Chung Ha in the past because I did not feel that her music stood out, but this one definitely did. Chung Ha has a hit in her hands and she is now on my Wehaiyo Drive radar.

In the lyrics, she is singing about wanting to love someone (Love you) and then the following lyrics end with  이유 (the reason), which rhymes and is so catchy. She does not know the reason, but she wants to love that person.

I am all for it!

3) SEUNGRI - 셋 셀테니 (1, 2, 3!)

Big Bang's Seungri released a surprisingly great song "셋 셀테니 (1, 2, 3!)" (I'll count to three (1, 2, 3!)). Even more surprising is that his spell of a song has hooked me in and made me go to him for my Wehaiyo Drive. I have not liked a Seungri song since "White Love," and now I have another reason to listen to his songs.

The song is about one man's either wishful thinking or amazing confidence that when he counts to three, the women he has interest in will come to him. 

The music video is also very interesting because it was taken in one shot and I really get a Grease and 50s vibe from the video. Yes, Seungri was doing some wishful thinking by the end of the video. There are also bonus bloopers footage, which is also entertaining to watch.

If you do love this song, I also recommend the multilingual version of the song where Seungri goes into Korean, Japanese, Thai, American English, Russian, Spain Spanish, Chinese, French, Arabic, and German. From what I know about Seungri, he really loves learning foreign languages.

That's all I have for now and I will see you next week.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Wehaiyo Drive: It Has To Be You

Hello, Readers,

I apologize for not posting last week. It is a cliché type of excuse, but I really could not get to the computer to relay my thoughts and on top of that, I did not have time to watch dramas. Therefore, this post will cover the last two weeks of my life. I really wish I can do this full time, so please continue to support me and Wehaiyo!

I have decided to drop the exclamation mark on the Wehaiyo Drive series. It looks more natural that way.

This week's Dramas:

1) What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (김비서가 왜 그럴까)

Watch it on: Viki

Episode 13 and 14 are the best episodes so far with off-the-chart love scenes and genuine revelations. Yes, I am aware that the grand finale episodes are even better, but I have not seen it yet. You can bet that I will be mentioning the finale on next week's Wehaiyo Drive.

All Lee Young Joon (Park Seo Joon) and Kim Mi So (Park Min Young) want to do after they move on from their past history is to confirm their relationship by making love. I am talking about a hot kissing scene where he unbuttons her shirt as he kisses her. However, we get a whole episode of tension as we watch them get interupted by an emergency business situation, Mi So's father and his hospital visit, Mi So's eldest sister's shopping spree, and finally, business talk. 

Just when Young Joon was about to give Mi So the space he thought she needed, she genuinely changes her mind, not for him, but for herself because she really wanted to be with him too. She boldly tells him that she was not going home for the night. They have an envious bed scene. I really haven't seen such racy scenes in kdramas in a long time since My Secret Romance, episode one ending.

As if the romance was not enough to fill the two episodes, we also get a nice conclusion to exactly what Secretary Kim wants to do with her life, which is to be Secretary Kim, or should I say Executive Assistant Kim. The emergency company situation seems to be forced, but necessary to show how needed Secretary Kim is to the company, and it is even clearer to her that she enjoys what she does and her accomplishments at the company. I found myself feeling emotional when she comes to this revelation. I am going to miss this drama because I really look up to a character like Secretary Kim. She is not perfect, but she is strong and professional.

It has to be you. You're the woman, Kim Mi So!

2) Tribes and Empires: The Storm of Prophecy - 九州·海上牧云记

Watch it on: Dramafever 

I tried to re-watch this drama and went back to the episodes in the thirties all the way to episode 39, which is probably almost halfway through the drama. I know some people are disappointed with the ending, but I shall watch and find out. The plot is not really intriguing for me, but the actors are and I think that is the reason why I keep watching.

The plot really isn't that interesting as there are more problems than answers. I am the type to want to see romance with action when I am watching action dramas or movies, but there are barely any romantic scenes. We have three hot-looking men, but not much romance to see. 

When Prince Muyan Sheng (Huang Xuan) loses his spirit woman, Panxi (Janice Man), he goes beserk and destroys the astrological tower. His buddy, Muru Hanjiang (Shawn Dou) was helplessly watching the love of his life who was prophesied to be the Queen, Su Yuning (Xu Lu) become Prince Muyan Sheng's wife, but since Prince Muyan Sheng delays the marriage, Janjiang was given the chance to run away with Yuning. The third leading man was not mentioned in the last episodes, but he seems to have a slightly romantic story line going on with Princess Jing (Zhang Jianing).

The plot became so sad, but the men are going crazy over their women. It has to be you (women)!

3) You Drive Me Crazy 미치겠다, 너땜에!

Watch it on: Viki

Do you have two hours of time? Then you can finish this special drama that is only four episodes and 30 minutes each. Romance lovers should not miss this drama. Actually, this drama should have been a regular-length drama because I want more episodes and I know I am not the only one to say it. Since it's only four mini episodes, I will give spoilers.

Kim Rae Won (played by Kim Seon Ho) and Han Eun Sung (played by Lee Yoo Young) have been best friends since college, but one drunken night led them to sleep together. Knowing that they passed the friend zone, Eung Sung cooly told Rae Won that it was a mistake. However, this so-called mistake shook up Rae Won for the next two months.

After a two-month separation, Eun Sung shows up at Rae Won's house and forces Rae Won to let her stay until her plumbing problem is fixed. Rae Won reluctantly agrees and their feelings for each other only grows deeper no matter how much they deny it.

Rae Won realizes that he loves Eun Sung first, but Eun Sung becomes terrified at the idea that if they break up, they won't even be friends anymore. It's a stretch, but I also agree that it should not have taken her one year to come back to him.

In Rae Won's mind, it has to be you (Eun Sung).

I really wanted to see more scenes, but this is a drama special and I want to see more works from both Kim Seon Ho and Han Eun Sung. As Kim Seon Ho mentioned in the Viki interview, Lee Yoo Young is really good at drunk scenes. Her drunk scenes look exceptionally realistic. I am happy that Kim Seon Ho had a leading role in this drama. I want him to take on more leading roles. I also am developing a crush on him and all the characters that he plays.

This week's Music:

I listened to a lot of great music in the last two weeks. I am still cycling over the old featured Wehaiyo Drive music, but there are some new songs too.

1) THE BOYZ (더보이즈) - KeePer (지킬게) (Prod. PARK KYUNG(박경))

I have been listening to The Boyz songs since their debut in December. I really can't find a song that I do not like so far. I do not know who The Boyz members are (besides Ju Haknyeon from Produce 101, Season 2), but I love their songs.

This song is no exception. It's about a male who wants to protect the girl he loves, but does not quite have her affection yet. I love the snappy type singing that they do and they also have their trademark harmonies that sway upwards, which drives me crazy.

2) TWICE (트와이스) - Dance The Night Away

I usually do not fall for Twice songs because I do not like their singing style, but Twice seems to be growing on me. The conclusion is that as long as the song is catchy, I will like it. I love music for what it is-- the music. Sure, there can be flashy entertainers and repetitive styles, but as long as the song is good and catchy, I may like it.

The song is about dancing the night away, enjoying nature, and spending time with one another. The initial tune at the beginning of the song is so catchy. Listening to the song makes me feel young. I think I can probably free dance to the entire song.

It has to be you (all).

3) SEVENTEEN (세븐틴) - 어쩌나 (Oh My!)

Seventeen is back with a new song. Pledis Entertainment is on a roll. This is the type of song that grows on me. The more I listen to it, the more I love it.

This song is about a guy who cannot sleep at night thinking of what he should do about this girl that is constantly on his mind.

What should he do? I think the music video is cute including the whole blanket tent.

What do I do with them? It has to be...that one girl that could make a guy a zombie or an insomniac.

Well, that wraps up two weeks of the Wehaiyo Drive. I love blogging and I would like to do this as long as I can and thank you for your support as always.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Wehaiyo Drive: Powerful, Yet Fragile, Women

Since I was hosting my family for most of last week, I was not able to check too much on what is happening in today's edutainment world. However, I noticed this week's theme is about how powerful, yet fragile a woman can be.

This week's Dramas:

1) Oh My General (将军在上)

Watch it on: Viki

I started a new drama whose heroine, Ye Zhao (played by Sandra Ma), is a Tang General who is forced to marry a pretty boy Zhao Yujin (played by Peter Sheng), but I think she secretly likes the idea of marrying him. I watched through the first four episodes easily and if it was not for a lack of time, I would have kept on going.

Ye Zhao reminds me a lot about myself, because I would have acted the same way. No matter how successful I turn out to be in my career, I have a lot of room for romantic thoughts and I am sure I would be excited and curious about my arranged marriage to my husband and the identity of my husband. Then, after the marriage ceremony is complete, I would be extremely loyal to my husband provided that he is a decent man who is a good person and has a good personality.

Actress Sandra Ma is strong and capable in her role as a rough manly woman. I cannot believe she played the role of Li Bala, a seductive girl in the movie, The Left Ear, which I consider one of my favorite Chinese movies.

Peter Sheng seems to be another good actor as well, but he is a bit skinny to be the love interest of Ye Zhao. I also do not find him to be a pretty boy, but he is not bad looking.

2) About Time (멈추고 싶은 순간 : 어바웃 타임)

Watch it on: Viki

We have finally made it to the finale of About Time. In the last two episodes, I was disappointed in the way the story was unfolding. Throughout the drama, I never understood what exactly made the time stop, what made it accelerate, and by the end, what made it go out of control as our couple gravitates toward their demise. By the end of the drama, the time clock disappeared completely without reason and possibly linked to the heroine's grandmother, which is a far-fetched idea.

I am impressed with Choi Michaela or Mika (played by Lee Sung Kyung) for not being so scared of dying when the end was so near. She basically tries to live the last 19 days of her life peacefully. Lee Do Ha (played by Lee Sang Yoon) was also unafraid of dying as well. He had no problems hesitating about his decisions, knowing that every moment he spends with Mika will lead towards his death.

The story did not make sense in the end. They could have ended it when they were both thinking their last thoughts as time ran out. Miraculously, the couple was somehow reborn and we do not know how much time is left, but to keep the end a happy ending, we as the audience, should not know the truth. Ignorance is bliss.

I would like to give a shoutout to actor Kim Dong Joon who played the music director. I am unsure of his role in this drama. He was not the second leading man and his plot line was going nowhere by the end. He sort of develops an early-stage crush on Mika by the end of the drama, but that will also lead nowhere. I hope Kim Dong Joon earns more acting opportunities because of this role in order to show more of his talent.

Lastly, the Rowoon and Han Seung Yeon couple ending was sweet. It would be nice if she did not spend almost all of the drama rejecting his advances. I did some quick research and Han Seung Yeon is eight years older than Rowoon in real life. It did not bother me since Han Seung Yeon looks younger than her age.

3) What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (김비서가 왜 그럴까)

Watch it on: Viki

This week's episodes 11 and 12 are more like, "What's Wrong with Vice-Chairman Lee Young Joon?"
We finally get the answers to what happened during the kidnapping of Lee Young Joon (played by Park Seo Joon) and his brother Lee Sung Yeon (played by Lee Tae Hwan). The mystery of why Kim Mi So (played by Park Min Young) is so afraid of spiders has been revealed as well. Honestly, this could be realistic, but there is a lot of makjang (outrageous story lines to keep the audience hooked) drama. The Lee family could have had a happy resolution, but they choose the difficult road.

I can see that Mi So feels that her relationship with Young Joon is developing at lightning-fast pace and she is uncomfortable with it. I think Young Joon had asked her to marry him twice already and they barely had more than a couple actual dates. Some people might think Young Joon is creepy or has an ulterior motive for advancing their relationship so fast, except he is so handsome and charming that we forget his actions are creepy. Mi So tries to lightly reject Young Joon's advances to sleep with her, but loses in the end.

To really hook in the audience, the episode ends when Young Joon is unbuttoning Mi So's clothes. Please tune in next week!

This week's Music:

My mind was in a cloud this week, so the music I listened to did not get much repeat listens, but worth mentioning on the Wehaiyo Drive.

1) NUEST W - "Ylenol"

Can somebody explain what this song means? I am really perplexed, but the song and melody are really catchy and puts me in a great mood. First, the title is spelled backwards, so I am guessing the singer is in some type of denial about his loneliness and whether he loves this girl.

It is clear that the singer wants to be with this girl at any chance he gets, but he also sings that "I'm a little lonely because I do not like you." Huh? Furthermore, the singer keeps singing that he is a "little" lonely, which seems to be a contradiction because the lyrics in all verses indicate that he wants to be with this girl.

My conclusion is that this man does not know what he wants and even though his mouth may say that he does not like the girl, he really does like this girl. I sense a lot of mixed feelings in this song.

This is one of my favorite songs on the Nu'est W "Who, You" album.

2) Gugudan SEMINA (구구단 세미나) - "샘이나"

The style of this song reminds me of the style of TaeTiSeo, the Girls Generation unit group. I was curious about what "Semina" means, so I did some quick research. First, like TaeTiSeo, who combined the first character of each member's name, Gugudan also followed the same style, combining the names of  Gugudan members Kim Sejeong, Mina, and Nayoung. Secondly, the word, "semina," sounds like word for jealousy in Korean.

The lyrics are about a confident woman who strongly believes a man has fallen in love with her. The lyrics seem to forcefully indicate that the women gets jealous when the man looks elsewhere for love when the man should be choosing the woman. He may be playing hard to get, and doing so makes the woman love him even more. By the end of the song, the woman is driven crazy, but knows that in the end, he will come to her.

By the way, Kim Sejeong looks great with long hair in a ponytail. She almost looks like a different person to me. 

3) Apink (에이핑크) - "I'm so sick"

Apink released a song that sounds great and sounds like a whole new level of Apink, but it's another song on the Wehaiyo Drive with lyrics that I cannot understand completely. All the members voices sound so good that I do not need to concentrate or look for anybody that does not sing well. Usually, for Apink's songs, I look for Eunji's parts because she sings so well.

I am trying to understand the exact meaning of the song. It seems the woman is sick of lying to herself that she loves this man, but she gets confused when he says he misses her or loves her. She also has a definite impression that when he calls her, he does not truly love her. She tells herself that she does not love him, yet she wishes that he would do something to make her fall in love with him again. In the end, she makes a resolution to leave him.

Women may appear strong, but are really fragile on the inside. Women may make decisions based on fragility, but no matter what choice women make, they continue and power on with even greater courage.