7 Things I Learned From Healer

Healer Ep 18 Young Shin and Jung Ho

I know what you’re thinking. It’s been months since Healer ended, and months since I last wrote, and my first post after a long hiatus is about…Healer? Haven’t I watched anything since then? Have I not moved on??

Well, short answer is yes and no. I’ve only managed to finish two K-dramas, TWO, a clear indicator that I’m having a spate of bad luck with K-dramas since those ended around the same time Healer did ages ago.

But this little K-slump of mine got me thinking about the last drama I was legitimately thrilled about. Plus, I wanted to give the show a decent send-off on this blog, which it never quite got for some reason, and I’m not going to pass up the chance to plaster Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young’s precious faces all over the blog again.

And…okay, fine. The true story is this post was already half-way written, and since I’m short of time, I’m going with the low-hanging fruit today.

So, I present to you my lil’ low-hanging fruit listicle :D.

1. Never ever underestimate the power of a crack drama

Healer Ep 12 Their hands touch

The Healer Handjob of DEATH

I haven’t been watching K-drama for very long (two years-plus now, according to WordPress), much less live-watching shows, but of all the dramas that I’ve watched so far, I think Healer was one that made me truly understand why these particular dramas are called “crack”.  I’ve been into dramas before, or at least I thought I was, but this “crack” business really is what it sounds like–a deep-seated need, a craving emerging from some previously unknown part of your body.

It was a perfect storm circumstance–my mood, a lack of other watchable fare, and an entire day drugged on cold meds that led me to Healer. And the funny thing is, I’m not quite sure why this particular drama fit the bill, though I do have a couple of guesses (see #2), but I do know it was all somewhat bewildering. What drove me to count the days, hours, minutes? To actually look forward to Mondays? To reblog the life out of every single gif on tumblr, giggling and swooning? To seek out fan fiction and, failing to find any, harass people to start writing some??! It was the crack I tell you. The crack made me do it.

And in the aftermath of a crack drama, like coming up for air after a deep sea dive, blinking into the sunlight after a swimming in a fog of subterranean madness, I hardly recognise that person. Who was nutcase Continue reading

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A Tour of Kuala Lumpur With GOT7

I don’t know a thing about K-pop group GOT7 other than they have seven members and they are very new (I believe the technical term is “rookie”). So imagine my surprise when I came across their new video only to recognise what looked like my city, no matter how hard they tried to make it look like a generic urban wonderland. And then I vaguely recalled that GOT7 trended on twitter not to long ago and this must’ve been why.

I was tickled! And I whenever I’m tickled, I seize the moment and try to be productive.

So welcome to my brief introduction to life in Kuala Lumpur through the lens of GOT7’s ‘A’ MV.

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Liebster Finale

Liebster logoI took far too long to do this so I’m really sorry, but better late than never right? So here we go with the last of the bunch:

chippyblue of FanGirl asks:

Top 10 K dramas
Click on my Favourites page and you’ll discover I only have four. If I had to add to it, it’d be Que Sera Sera, Shut Up Flower Boy Band, and Queen InHyun’s Man. I hope to include Secret Love Affair to this soon.

Top 5 K drama actors

Gong Yoo

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Gong Yoo, Jang Hyuk, Song Jong Ki, Kim Myung Min, and lately, Cho Seung Woo who I’ve really enjoyed in God’s Gift.

Top 5 K drama actresses
Gong Hyo Jin, Kim Sun Ah, Kim Hee Ae, Shin Min Ah, Jung Ryeo Won. Remind me to make headers for Jung Ryeo Won one day.

What is the last book you read or currently reading?
I read That Far Gone fanfic by Mywebfoot. It’s fabulous!

Who is the K drama character you loved hating?
Oooh, since you’ve just reminded me about Que Sera Sera I’d say Eric Mun’s character Tae Joo. He was a despicable tool. And he was great to hate. I hated rooting for him when he finally started to make some good decisions.

What is it in Asian dramas you like best?
The women-centered stories, the unabashed romanticism that makes me swoon, and the music is pretty good too.

What is the number one song on your playlist?

Currently, its a song by a Japanese band called Tricot. Saw their gig a couple of weeks ago and it’s been on heavy rotation ever since.

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The Liebster Award–Part 3

awardWell, I’m back with another round of questions to answer for the Liebster Award. Shucks, I’m really chuffed yet again by the shout-outs, especially since these are from blogs I love and read all the time. So let’s do this!

Picture Perfect Paradise asks: 

1. If you could write the script for a drama, what would it be about?

I recently heard a story about a fortune teller who tells fortunes using a deck of cards. The cards need to be buried with the fortune teller and then dug up after a few days by someone she’d chosen to pass them on to. And I thought, now that would make a great character!

So, my drama would be something along the lines of a fortune teller who goes in search for someone to pass on her powers to when she finds out that she’s dying. After a string of rejects she stumbles on a young woman who is a con artist with whom she inexplicably has a connection. Throw in a hot client-turned-love interest and another sidekick they pick up along the way, as this rag tag bunch go on their merry way trying to prevent a murder that the fortune teller has foretold. It’ll have lots of womance–our leads learn from and heal each other–lots of comedy, thrills and spills, heart, and some sexy kisses. But it ends with the fortune teller’s death. I haven’t filled in all the details yet and I doubt I can since I’ve never been one to write fiction, so if anyone out there cares to fill in the blanks, be my guest!

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Writing Fanfiction: A Conversation With Mywebfoot on Writing, Shipping and Publishing, Plus a Chance to Win Her New eBook!

TFG1I’m always thinking of ways to try new things with the blog, so I’m hugely excited to share this Q&A with Mywebfoot, a fanfic writer I got to know of by stalking lurking on The Master’s Sun threads during that hit drama’s run last year.

Mywebfoot’s series of So Ji Sub and Gong Hyo Jin couple fanfics called That Far Gone sent plenty of shipping hearts a flutter (including mine) with her witty and descriptive scenes written in So Ji Sub’s voice telling of a deepening relationship between the actors on the TMS set. The actors’ crackling chemistry on and off-screen played a major part in my enjoyment of the show and is largely why the SoGong couple as they’ve been named, has a legion of dedicated and loyal fans.

Spurred by the popularity of her series, Mywebfoot decided to expand those chapters into a full-length eBook now available for sale. She’s also very kindly made one free copy available for one lucky reader, but I’ll get to that later!

Here she shares a little more about the process of writing and the importance of finding a supportive community on her journey towards publishing her latest work: Continue reading

The Liebster Award–Part 2

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[Shucks, there’ve been a couple more (thanks again Snow and Ahjusshi Fan!)so I’ve updated this page to keep the Liebsters together. Scroll down if you’re interested ;)]

Well lookie here! I’m really chuffed and grateful for Erl at A Mix of Anything and Everything for nominating me for the Liebster Award (why do I feel like I’m writing my Oscar acceptance speech?).

I know everybody says this but it is true that I’d never really thought anyone would read anything on my blog, let alone receive something like this.  So I am downright humbled and well pleased that this has come my way. So Erl, I shower you with rose petals, and same goes for anyone who has ever read and commented here on my little corner of the world. Everyone gets rose petals! Continue reading

Discovering: EXO’s ‘Growl’ a.k.a. What Have You Done to Me Tumblr?

I never imagined I’d be writing about K-pop on this blog. But then again, I never imagined I’d be writing about K-dramas in the first place, so that should tell you something about how I nurture my interests–impulsively, indulgently.

And you should probably know that I’m terminally behind the times. My middle name is ‘late bloomer’ so I apologise for a post that will be gushing about something that’s old news.

I should start with how I came across EXO in the first place. I caved and got on tumblr last week, and much to my surprise I’ve been mesmerised. It’s taken over my online life.

Who knew there was a plethora of witty commentary on dramas on tumblr? And not all of it written, mind you. Tumblr is a wonderland for what appears to be either budding or repressed creative souls needing an outlet for expression.

Prior to this I knew as much about tumblr as I know about the spark plugs in my car–it’s there, and without it, the internet does not function. Ok I kid, but after fooling around for a couple of days,  I now understand that tumblr occupies that crucial space between blogging and Twitter. It’s for those who have short attention spans (but I guess what isn’t?). It’s for those who find Twitter’s 140 character limit too restrictive but yet can’t or won’t churn out essays.

No wonder then that it’s a playground for the pithy and the ephemeral. Gifs scroll by, you giggle, swoon, then move on. Tumblr is where people respond immediately to what they see. You feel none of the pressure to write coherent sentences. Few on tumblr do. Occasionally, you’ll encounter paragraphs. But mostly, it’s snapshots.

At lot of the time, you’re re-blogging other people’s content. But that’s what it’s designed for–sharing. Less interacting, more broadcasting. 

And if you’re looking to join a fandom, tumblr is heaven sent. Whether it’s your favourite k-pop group, Supernatural, Beyonce or Harry Potter, you’re guaranteed to find company. You will also, if you’re outside the teen demographic, mostly likely feel way too old.

Beware though, for the wave of content will be a tsunami and it will overwhelm you. Your eyeballs might implode. You will spend more time on tumblr than you should. It’s a black hole. For someone who is primarily a reader and looks to the web for stuff to read, tumblr has forced me to rewire my brain.

Exo Growl MVWhich leads me to EXO. I came across this article which I gamely read since I know nothing about K-pop.

What I knew bout EXO was limited to A) their sasaeng fans, and B) a song about wolves that was not my cup of tea. So imagine my shock to find that EXO had not only a great song in ‘Growl’ but a video (or MV, in K-pop parlance) that was downright awesome.

First, as one must when discussing K-pop, the music. For someone who (mis)spent a good deal of her youth listening to hip hop, R ‘n B and soul almost exclusively, this song scores points with me. It’s straight-up R ‘n B which I thought had gone out of fashion awhile ago. The production is minimal, inoffensive. It’s just a catchy, straight-forward R ‘n B song which is exactly what I like about it. It’s not a stylistic mash-up of what I know of K-pop.

Second, as one must when discussing K-pop, the video. It’s shockingly bled dry of colour. The set is what looks like a grey empty warehouse. And that’s it. Seriously. A K-pop video without neon is borderline heresy. But it’s clearly a stylistic choice to allow the choreography to take centre stage.

Which by the way is kickass. I’m sorry, but I’m out of descriptors because that’s exactly what it is. And the boys dance their cute buns off. They shuffle, they pop and lock, they hop, they do all manner of things in perfect sync. And they do it with swag.

The video is shot in one take which is a simple idea but tricky to execute. There’s no room for mistakes, but yet there’s room for imperfection–there’s a moment in the video where someone’s cap falls off and he bends down to pick up. It’s utterly refreshing to see as I’m used to more carefully constructed and stylised imagery in K-pop.

Exo Growl MV_02Then there’s the stellar camera-work, which weaves in and around the boys for 360 view. It’s immersive and it makes you feel like you’re surrounded by them boys. Which is not a bad place to be.

Because look at them! They’re styled so simply. They look like regular boys. It’s like School 2013 meets barbershop quartet. I’m used to K-pop groups looking like they’re dressed for a party from the distant future. Score more points for pared-down fashion.

And then there are the 12 boys–why so many, SM? Whyyy? I have no idea who is who, but as the camera swirls around, one face after the next comes into view, I struggle to latch on. The video serves you a buffet of cute but you have to chase after it. My fave is the one wearing red shoes. Or was it a cap?

I don’t think I’m on my way to becoming an EXO-tic just yet, but life has a way of proving me wrong. And I don’t know what else tumblr will throw at me but I’m a little afraid to find out.