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.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Wehaiyo Drive: Scrambling to Understand

This week, while still in mourning, I did not have much time to venture out of my comfort zone. I was mostly sticking to the same dramas and songs of what I know, so this week, there is nothing too new at the Wehaiyo! Drive. I will also keep it short this week.

This week's Dramas:

1) Legend of Fuyao - 扶摇

Watch it on: Dramafever or Viki

I am slowly watching this drama up to episode 11 since the plot has lost some of its initial fire. After the tournament at Taiyuan Mountain, Fu Yao (played by Yang Mi) and fake prince, Zhangsun Wuji (played by Ethan Ruan) escape the mountain and go their separate ways. Sadly, I did not see much of them together after that. I miss our main couple! The story also seems to take on a new direction as Fu Yao's adventure continues.

Instead, Fu Yao meets Zhan Beiye (played by Vengo Gao), who is the third (in power, not by birth) prince of the Tiansha kingdom who looks really strong on the outside, but has a weakness on the inside since his mother is being used to force him to take on missions for the king. I am surprised that Fu Yao could not beat him in martial arts and ends up being tied up with rope by Beiye. Beiye is also an intelligent person as he figured out early on who really stole the englobement bell that he was in charge of guarding, and he strategized to lure the culprit out later on.

There are a lot of new characters and it would take me a while to get familiarized with them.

2) About Time (멈추고 싶은 순간 : 어바웃 타임)

Watch it on: Viki

All I can really think about this week after watching episodes 13 and 14 is how crazy Bae Soo Bong (played by Im Se Mi) is for forcing a marriage to happen even if she has to ask her potential father-in-law to break the arms and legs of Lee Do Ha (Lee Sang Yoon) to make it happen.

Even if Soo Bong can marry Do Ha, how can she ever attain any form of love from him after all her horrible deeds? She is clearly selfish by advancing her own agenda instead of considering Do Ha's wishes. By the end of episode 14, Do Ha made it clear to Soo Bong, yet again, that he cannot marry her. I do not particularly care if Soo Bong jumped off the rooftop of a building, except this type of action is far from her character, who is the type of character who would not easily give up when facing failure. At least, I do not expect her to go into shock and think about taking her own life after failing to marry Do Ha.

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

Watch it on: Viki

In episodes 10 and 11, Secretary Kim Mi So (Park Min Young) is very close to uncovering the truth about the childhood kidnapping event involving her, Lee Young Joon (played by Park Seo Joon), and his older brother, Lee Sung Yeon (played by Lee Tae Hwan). At this point, we know that Sung Yeon's memories has been somehow planted into his head and Young Joon is the actual boy that was kidnapped with Mi So when they were young. There is still the mystery woman in their childhood nightmares, who Young Joon and Mi So cannot identify yet.

On the other hand, there were many comedic moments in this drama with our side characters. I laughed out loud when Mi So's sister thought Young Joon had a sexual dysfunction problem because he could not initially kiss Mi So.

The side love story lines with the office staff are also interesting. I want to see more development between neighbors Go Gwi Nam (Changsung) and Kim Ji-A (Pyo Ye Jin). They are still bickering like enemies with the last argument about making outrageous demands for offers of leftover food.

On the other hand, Bong Se Ra (Hwang Bo Ra) and Yang Cheol (Kang Hong Suk) are almost becoming a couple. Yang Cheol is visibly smitten by Se Ra as she drunkenly walks away. I am blown away by Kang Hong Suk's singing ability during the "King of Mask Singer" segment. Did he have any musical theater experience?

Did the casts members get through any scenes without laughing?

This week's Music:

I was not particularly obsessed with music this week (except for Nu'est W's "Dejavu" and other songs that were previously featured on the Wehaiyo! Drive), so this week's music features songs in the back of my mind.

1) Mystery Singer (Han Dong Geun?) who covered "Breath" in the King of Mask Singer show

This version of Shinee Jonghyun's "Breath" was stunning. The mystery man sang a mature version of the song. The rendition was beautiful and worth another listen.

If the mystery singer is really Han Dong Geun from Pledis Entertainment, then that's amazing as well.


This song randomly made its way back into my Youtube playlist. It brings back memories of I.O.I., the temporary Produce 101, season 1 winner group, except this particular song is promoted by the I.O.I. sub-unit (with seven of eleven members) since not every member could join the promotions.

Still, I like seeing and listening to a strong woman theme even though they are singing about a "mighty good man."

3) Khan - I'm Your Girl

I did not replay this song in its entirety at all this week, but this song was stuck in the back of my mind, especially the chorus part (You-oo-ou-oo-ou...I'm your girl...). I suppose, even with a brief listen, the song was unconsciously stuck in my mind. I do not know specifically who the Khan duo is, but I am very curious to learn more about them.

Upon a little research, the girls are formerly The Ark members, but are now formed as a duo under Maroo Entertainment as Khan.

This weeks seems to be a random week for me. Every week is a different experience. See you next week.