The OCDrama Digest 10th – 16th Feb

Hi everyone! Did dramaland treat you well this past week? I’ve been somewhat adrift in the currents with nothing to latch onto in terms of a marathon. Except for Coffee Prince, but that is a different kind of marathon. I’m glad In a Good Way returned after the New Year break, and did so with a vengeance. It keeps on getting better and better, and it’s turning out to be far more of an ensemble drama than I ever expected. This is a drama after my own heart but more on that another day. Over to what we’re here for:

Secret Love Affair1. HAWT DAAYYUM, PEOPLE!  This is a screencap from a behind the scenes clip of Secret Love Affair‘s poster shoot which was released this week. And if this isn’t enough heat for you, then let me direct you to this gifset. I warn you, do not look unless you are ready to get singed by some epic sizzle. And I really do mean epic–there are puckering lips involved.  Continue reading

Favourites of 2013

I’m sorry to inflict yet another best-of list on you but I figured it would be good for my swiss cheese memory to jot these down for posterity.

It’s been a year of many firsts: my first year of K-drama watching, of blogging, of tumblr-ing (is that a word?), and of meeting a lovely community of fellow drama obsessives (that means you!) which has been totally awesome.

I wish everyone lots of love, happiness and many more good dramas in 2014!

Favourites

These worked for me in all the ways that matter–heart, story, substance and execution–and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend every one of them. In no particular order: Continue reading

Review: A Wife’s Credentials (2012, jTBC)

Premise: A dutiful housewife struggles to raise and educate her son in the suffocating world of an upper middle class neighbourhood. She discovers love and compassion, unfortunately just not with her husband.

A Wife's Credentials promotional pictureIn my part of the world, there’s a Hokkien phrase “kiasu” which literally translated means “afraid to lose”. It’s describes the rude and selfish behaviour that ruthless competition engenders, such as cutting queues, not giving way on the roads, and my personal favourite, emptying an entire tray of food for yourself at a buffet. Down south in Singapore, kiasu-ism is a hot topic, widely discussed and acknowledged to be a social ill. It’s an outcome of the country’s economic success over the last two decades. One form of kiasu-ism is the Singaporean obsession with education, where parents fret about getting their toddlers into the best pre-schools for fear of being left behind. Continue reading