The (Belated) Sunshine Award

First, I owe all these lovelies who nominated me for this award a huge apology for taking so long to respond. I went into hibernation for a lot longer than anticipated.

Second, to anyone still reading this blog, I’m sorry too for taking a leave of absence not fully planned or accounted for.

Life gets in the way, yunno? Or more accurately, feeling like I wasn’t in the right headspace to blog. Or rather, not feeling like anything I had to say was worth writing about. And then the side of me that’s full of self-loathing emerged with her devil horns and said to me, “No one reads this blog anyway. So go ahead, just keep on being lazy.” Silly me, I listened to her.

Also, my drama watching had slowed to a trickle and then came to a screeching halt, so that compounded the rut.

And then I became obsessed with Rurouni Kenshin (aka Samurai X)–the films, the manga, the anime, the EVERYTHING–which sort of took over my life. I even thought of turning this entire blog into a shrine to Kenshin. But that’s another story.

But I recently picked up watching a couple of shows again. So here I am.

TL; DR I’m sorry, I’m back, and here are my answers to your questions:

From the lovely Jac at hkoreandramaisland

1. What is your favorite pet? 

I don’t have a pet at the moment. But I grew up with dogs (and for a short while, two cats), love them, and I promised myself instead of children, I will have a dog. Maybe two. I will name them Kenshin and Kaoru.

2. Who’s your favorite singer?

Ooh too many to list. And each time I’m asked this I name different people. Right now, since I just dug out my Purple Rain CD yesterday, it’s Prince.

3. If you could live in another planet, which one would it be?

I’d live on the forest moon of Endor with the Ewoks.

4. What is your favorite Asian movie?

Ooh dear, too many! In the Mood For Love by Wong Kar Wai, incomparably gorgeous and swoony and sad. Drunken Master II! Jackie Chan, Anita Mui–CLASSIC. And if you haven’t seen Graveyard of the Fireflies, please do. It’s life-changing. And there’s a Rurouni Kenshin anime miniseries called Trust & Betrayal that’s so beautiful it brought me to my knees. It’s a masterpiece.

5. Writing or drawing?

I can’t draw to save my life. Jury’s out on the writing.

6. Concert or movie theater?

Ooooh both! Movies are cheaper, more accessible. Concerts are rare treat, and physically exhilarating.

7. Tea or Coffee

COFFEE. BLACK. With sugar.

8. What’s your favorite part of blogging?


9. Fill in the blank Pop_________! 

Er…I dunno. Sorry!

10. Winter or Summer?

Since I was born and raised in the tropics, summer. I don’t fare well in the cold.

From Yami Hyunnie of Asian Reviewer Maniac

1. What is your lucky number?

I have no idea! Seven?

2. What is one food that you could never get sick of eating?

Noodles! All shapes and sizes, colours and textures.

3. Pick one: The ability to mind control or the ability to phase out of anything solid (intangibility)

Mind control. Definitely mind control. What a deliciously evil power.

4. What is one memory in your childhood that you could never forget?

I was five and I saw my first dinosaur at a natural history museum. Scary but exciting! It was massive. That’s all I remember.

5. If you had only one chance in this life to meet your destined lover, but at the same time you also had the only chance to ever meet your top 3 most favourite celebrities, which chance would you pick and why?

Since I already met my destined lover, can I pick my top 3 celebs? Of course I can. And I shall. In my dreams.

6. If you were given a chance to live the life of another seen from a movie/tv series, who would it be and why?

I’d live the life of Go Eun Chan because she gets to make coffee every day (yum!) and more importantly, gets to go home to this:


7. Do you wanna build a snowman??

No. I don’t like the cold. But I did enjoy Frozen :).

8. Tea or coffee?


9. What is your top most replayed song on your iPod/music device?

My Ipod died, but I listen to my youtube playlist a lot on shuffle. That has a lot of J- & K- artists on it.

10. If you could gain the ability to talk to one type of animal, which would it be?

Dragons. I’d love to talk to dragons. But only nice ones like the one in How to Train Your Dragon, not like, Smaug.

From sweetie pie Snow of The Drama Corner

1. What is your favourite thing to do when you are not watching dramas.

I like to cook and watch youtube cooking-related shows.  I made this today off of one of my fave cooking channels. Turned out pretty well too.

2. Which is your all time favourite movie in the following categories: [1] Thriller [2] Romance [3] Comedy.

Oohh toughie. Is Blade Runner a thriller? What about Memories of Murder? Romance–In The Mood For Love (shut up, it’s totally a romance.) Comedy–Drunken Master II! Groundhog Day is hysterical and I love love love 3 Idiots.

3. Your favourite book.

Rurouni Kenshin! An epic tale of redemption and about holding on to your humanity when the world has given you no reason to. So compassionate and so moving. LOVE IT TO DEATH.

4. Your go-to drama.

Coffee Prince. Like the Highlander, there can only be one.

5. In your opinion, the best drama couple is………..

Go Eun Chan and Choi Han Kyul. Like, forever. And ever.

Coffee Prince ep 1

6. What is the best smell in the world?

The smell of my freshly showered husband.

7. Your dream pairing for a drama.

Lordy. I’m terrible at this. All I’ll say is Gong Yoo needs to be in a moody, sexy melodrama on jtbc with an older woman like me Kim Hee Ae while Kim Woo Bin needs to play an awkward nerd who falls for a rockstar played by me Shin Min Ah.

8. Your favourite character from Friends (if you haven’t seen it, then from any other American T.V. show)

Can I pick two? Joey and Phoebe! They cracked me up and I loved that they were besties.

From the dynamic NeeNee who blogs at Asian Addicts Annoymous

(By the way, NeeNee I love your blog’s new look! It’s gorgeous and streamlined. TEACH ME)

1. When you need to brighten the mood, what’s your go to song?

I love to wallow so when I’m in those moods I pick music that greases the wallowing wheels and I’m like a happy hippo in the mud. But lately I’ve been listening to Epik High’s Shoebox which makes me happy :).

2. On a rainy day this is what’s playing on my music player of choice: _____.

Any song by Nick Drake and Elliot Smith.

3. Sunrise, sunset, or neither?

Sunset. I’m never up in time for sunrise. Willingly at least.

4. If you could meet any Korean actor/actress and spend the day with them, who would it be and what would you do?

Does it have to be an actor? Can I pick the Kim Sam Soon, Me Too Flower, Valid Love etc writer Kim Do Woo? I’d just interrogate her all day long and ask her how she does what she does, and whether she thinks all her heroines are basically iterations of herself. Coz they gotta be, right?

From Indigo of Between Worlds

1. Kim Woo Bin without his trademark eyebrows or Kim Woo Bin without his deep voice – which version of him would you choose?

Neither. Without his eyebrows or his voice he wouldn’t be the same man we all love.

2. Choose a K-pop song to describe how you feel about your favourite K-drama actor/K-pop bias. (Feel free to include a line or two from the lyrics to further explain your choice.)

Um… “Sorry sorry na na na na naaanana/Shawty shawty shawty nananana nana” (I have no idea what the Korean lyrics are so that’s what it sounds like to me) from “Sorry Sorry” by Super Junior.

Because I feel so SORRY that all these boys are so much younger than me and I feel AWFUL perving at them.

3. Pick two drama titles and mash them into one. Briefly explain the premise of this mash-up drama. (e.g. The Heirs From The Stars)

Oh god. Coffee Princess? A girl barista who lives on a rooftop with her four buddies gets transported back to the Joseon period? And gets mistaken for a prince? And has to keep up with the ruse because of reasons? I suck at this, sorry!

4. You’re going to noraebang (karaoke) with your Korean friends. It’s your turn to sing, what song will you pick? (It has to be a Korean song)

“Sorry Sorry” by Super Junior. I’d do the dance too to distract from the fact that I can’t sing.

5. Pick three Korean male celebrities of your choice….Okay, ready? Now highlight the hidden text in the following brackets: (Let’s play a round of Kiss, Marry, Kill. Out of these three celebrities, who will you kiss, who will you marry and who will you kill? Let the games begin, muahahahahahaa XD)

Good lord, I can’t kill Kang Ha Neul! I luff him! As for the other two, take a wild guess. I’ve talked about them earlier.

6. Which drama do you think would be more interesting to watch if all the leading female characters were male and vice versa?

Bad Guys would be pretty awesome with an all-women cast right? It would be called…Gizibe. Whoa. Somebody make this happen!

7. Who do you think was a better boyfriend: Gu Jun Pyo from Boys Over Flowers or Kim Tan from The Heirs? Or rather, who was worse?

I didn’t finish BOF so I can’t say for sure, but surely it can’t get worse than Kim Tan, right?

8. Finish this sentence: A K-drama is not a K-drama without…

someone getting pissed drunk on soju.

From cutie pie Blacksesame88 of The Black Sesame

1. If you could chose to play any character in a Korean drama, who would it be and why?

It always comes back to Go Eun Chan. Sorry, it’s boring but it’s true. Because A) coffee and B) Choi Han Kyul.

2. List your TOP 3 dramas of all time and briefly explain why you love them.

Let me direct you to my favourites page, though it probably needs an update. But if you’re too lazy to click: 1) Coffee Prince, 2) Kim Sam Soon and 3) A Wife’s Credentials. As for why, click the link and you’ll find out :D.

3. Let’s say there’s going to be drama or film made based on your life, which actor would you want to play YOU in the drama/film?

Lordy. Who’s the best actress in the world? Helen Mirren? She’s a kick ass dame. Except she’s white, much older and looks nothing like me. But if anyone can make it work, she can.

4. Describe the perfect date with your ultimate K-drama actor/K-pop bias (or any celebrity you prefer).

Good god! It’ll be filled with spectacular food. He’d cook (he’s a terrific cook because he went to culinary school in between shoots) and we’d feed each other. Then we’d drive along the coast like that scene in Heirs where Kim Tan drives Eun Sang in his Maserati with the top down, all sunshine-y and shit. Heirs episode 2 Kim Tan & Eun Sang driving

Then we’d play for each other all our favourite tunes on the car stereo and approve of each other’s great taste in music. Then we’d fall asleep on the beach like in Coffee Prince, except you know, happier.

5. You’re the script writer and casting director for a new upcoming drama, who would you cast in your drama (OTP, secondary/supporting actors, etc.) and give a brief synopsis of the what the drama will be about.

It’s present day Seoul. We open during the month of the Hungry Ghost. One ghost has come back to earth to complete his life’s mission: to reclaim his family’s honour. But he has only one month to do it before the gates of hell close. He meets a sullen, underachieving young girl who comes from a family of fortune tellers. Only she doesn’t have the gift and is embarrassed by her nutty family. Until she meets Casper and discovers she’s the only one who can see him. He needs her help or else all is lost. She has to convince herself that her powers are for real, and then has to enlist her dysfunctional family to help (coz they each have different powers, see). Together the motley crew set off on a grand adventure. At heart, it’s a coming-of-age story. Squeeze in some family bonding, magic, comedy, romance and FUN.

That’s all I got. Somebody else can fill in the blanks!

As for casting, I’m not picky! But we need a younger version of someone like Han Groo for our heroine.

6. How has watching Korean dramas and/or listening to K-pop changed your life?

Immeasurably. I now blog (sporadically), I got on twitter and tumblr (yikes!), I interact with people from all over the world, and I’ve rediscovered my love for a damn good story. And boybands. All of which I never imagined doing/loving in a million years.

7. Have you ever had second lead syndrome? Who’s your favorite second lead and why? If you could create a spinoff drama based on his character, who would you cast as his leading lady?

My first experience with SLS was Kim Ji Hoon in Flower Boy Next Door, coz Kim Ji Hoon makes slacker pining oh so sexy and before I got know Enrique better I felt sympathy for Dok Mi having to put up with his perkiness.

In a spinoff drama, he’d play opposite Han Chae Ah who’d force him to get real and shake him up a bit. She’s his editor, the colleague of Kim Seul Gi who’d play a supporting role together with her beau Dong Hoon. They’d double date!

8. I have a giant sweet tooth. If you could be any dessert what would it be and why?

Me too! I’d be a jalebi. A delicious, deep fried jalebi! Crunchy, sweet with a gooey centre 🙂

I’m not passing this on since this is passe by now, and I’m out of the loop as far as new blogs are concerned. But thanks so much again for all the nods!

18 thoughts on “The (Belated) Sunshine Award

  1. Haha that was intense. Cute answers. In the mood for love and drunken master are totally fav classics. AND I LOVE DRAGONS TOO!! Well Chinese Deity dragons. Thanks for a good read and a laugh here and there~ ^_^ theresa


    • I’ve been away for so long that I’d forgotten how to use wordpress and so I clicked way before I was ready to be published. Oh well! Thanks for reading anyway Theresa!

      I really feel like watching In the Mood for Love again. God, those two, Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung, like KILL ME NOW please, they are so unbelievably gorgeous.


  2. Welcome back, chingu! Mana pergi ni? I laughed so hard at the “the smell of my freshly showered husband.” That is not far, I can’t relate to that! Can you bottle it? Ok, that sounds creepy but ya know what I mean! I say when we meet next year, let’s make it bigger and not just the two of us. It’ll be fun! And congrats on your multiple nominations!


    • Kenape gelak ni? It’s true. Doesn’t your hubs smell nice after shower?? Or maybe you prefer sweaty hubs smell? Oh ok I geddit Nelly, I see how you roll.

      Yes, definitely, let’s meet with more peeps!

      Thanks again my dear!!


  3. Welcome back, and thanks for answering my rather lame questions ><! I'm kinda experiencing something similar right now, and I myself am finding it difficult to return to blogging. Anyway, loved reading all your answers, and hear hear to living the life of Go Eun Chan! Congratulations on the award, and hope to hear from you soon!


    • Thanks for reading, and no your questions weren’t lame, I had loads of fun answering all of them :). I’d been wanting to get back to it for awhile though but I just need to light a fire under my ass sometimes, and the fact that there are only a couple weeks left until 2015 was the spark XD.

      Good luck with returning, or not, whatever works best for you my dear!


  4. Oh my gosh, the enjoyment I just had! If I even get to be a big enough deal, will you be a guest columnist? You can write about whatever you want. Hell, you can have your own corner devoted to Coffee Prince and that Japanese thingy…hold on… Rurouni Kenshin! Got it! I just need you to bring some of those lols over my way. I’m glad we both came back from the abyss eventually!


    • Glad you were tickled! And you already ARE a big enough deal :). I’d be happy to write for you, any time though I can’t guarantee the lols though and you’ve got plenty of those already!! I’m thrilled you’re back too! Yours was one of the first spaces I went poking around at when I resurfaced, honest!


      • Awww that gives me warm fuzzies 🙂 I missed you for real while I was gone. Sorry there wasn’t much content to come back to. Is it me or did a whole slew of people drop off the map at the same time? If this were a drama that would mean something for sure. Ooh, if we were in a drama where we played bloggers/online spies, who would you want as your leading man? And while we’re at it, give him a tragic back story. And just go ahead and pick a second lead for kicks.


      • You mean like if I was like hacker ahjumma in Healer?? Then of course the answer would be Ji Chang Wook 😀

        He’d be a fellow online spy who posts fake online dating profiles–the weirder the better–as a stress relief from his stressful day job being a spy (corporate espionage maybe?), and he snarks at all the desperados who wanna meet these weirdos and it’s the one thing he looks forward to doing at the end of each day. One day, just for laughs (or maybe his bestie dares him to? She’s the reason he started doing this in the first place coz he was legit looking to find her a match) he posts his actual profile, and is alot more honest than he ever intended (he was drunk). Well whaddya know, who gets her interest piqued?! MOI!!

        LOL. That’s all I got for now. Haven’t figured out his tragic backstory yet, but no, we’re not going to be first loves, and no he’s not going to hv abandonment issues. Maybe he’s just shy like FBND’s Go Dok Mi?


      • Oh see now THAT would be interesting. Like if Min Ja (played by you) was the heroine. I mean because she basically knows him better than anyone. She’s like…the only person he talks to. Also she protects him, which is cute. So maybe he HAS to post a fake profile of himself to draw out one of his targets (who turns into Second Female Lead). Tragic backstory…he has social anxiety because he witnessed the violent death of his parents. He got into espionage to catch the man responsible. So I think your Second Lead should be…the head of your spy organization? But who is to play him? Also side note on Healer and our maybe collab. Can I just point out my man was literally shirtless within the 1st five minutes of the drama?! And not even for a reason. He just up and popped his shirt off. Golden.


      • Oooh yunno, I kinda dig this version of Healer and not merely because I get to play the heroine LOL. It’s because I haven’t gotten enough of Healer’s spy crew on the show and Min Ja is so awesome! So what if hero and heroine here never actually have met in person? Their entire relationship is mediated virtually, it’s the only way he’d ever reveal anything real about himself. That would make for a real kick ass build up to a kiss though wouldn’t it? Second Female Lead is a…chaebol’s daughter who he needs to get close to to get to her father? Hence fake profile.

        And here I was imaging a quirky rom-com and you’re taking it to badass spy action thriller territory XD. So our Healer sounds like Batman? Except he’s shy and has social anxiety LOL.

        And about shirtless Healer, the thing the show is missing is Healer working out (shirtless, of course) in the gym I know he has in his warehouse that he’s cobbled together from junk scavenged (saving money for the island, see). I’m talking salmon ladder routines, obstacle courses etc, not that wussy Wii tennis playing crap (what was that?!). If you watch Arrow, in the first season, every episode had a scene of Oliver training, shirtless and sweating, muscles rippling the whole nine, so much so it kinda became a running joke. That’s exactly what Healer needs. Plus, didn’t Min Ja say something like, if he’s not working, he’s working out? Or was that my imagination?


  5. Just like you who procrastinated on your writing, I’ve been procrastinating on blog-reading, so sorry that this comment is late. But I just wanted to say thank you for still deciding to answer my questions in the end 🙂 (and sorry for making you “kill” Kang Ha Neul, I luff him too!)

    Also, I can totally understand what it feels like when you don’t have motivation to write because that problem keeps coming up every once in a while for me, too. But all it takes is just one really spazzworthy drama to come along (*cough* Healer *cough*) to find some inspiration again, am I right? 😀


    • You know it girl! I’m so thankful to Healer, like you don’t even know how much I needed this in my life right now! I was so no prepared, but hey, I’m loving every minute of it :). No worries for the late comment, better late than never my dear!


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