SUSPICIOUS PARTNERS (K-drama 2017)

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I give 10/10 to my Ji Chang Wook. He's totally hot as grumpy and quick tempered prosecutor who hated by lawyers and most of the criminals.

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8/10 for Nam Ji-Hyun who was able to present the character of Bong-Hee as a feisty lawyer despite being accused as a murderer and experience a lot of trouble in life and in love.

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The smartest villain for the 2nd quarter of the year goes to Dong-Ha. Without a doubt, I'll give you my 10/10.  You deserve it because I really hate you for being so clever and vicious on your crime.

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To halabeonimLee Dek Hwa, my goodness, I hope you will be my grandpa. For the entire episodes, you make me laugh. You were the ice breaker of the group. I can't imagine you without in this show, it might bore me. 10/10

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I hope I have a friend like you who is very loyal and supportive. I hated you when you almost ignore your own feelings for the sake of friendship and for the happiness of others.  8/10

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Jang Hyuk-Jin, I almost cried when I thought you will die on this show (sorry spoiler). You are the father of the group. Quite dependable and very supportive. Everyone cried when you are struggling to survive in the midst of your death. 8/10

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To the ladies who are the cheater in this drama, good job. I never disliked you at all because you set some flavors to our main cast's relationship. It's difficult to hate you both because you were gorgeous and resemblance to all women who need to be understood and loved. 8/10.

Plot:  About Noh Ji-wook (Ji Chang-wook), a prosecutor and Eun Bong-hee (Nam Ji-hyun), a prosecutor trainee and how they work together on a mysterious case involving a sly psychopath murderer.Verdict: 8/10

CHUCKY DOLL

Chucky:If this is what it takes to be human, then I'd rather take my chances as a supernaturally-possessed doll! It's much less complicated! Think about it! What's so great about being human? You get sick! You get old! As a doll, I'm infamous! I am Chucky! The killer doll!

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I grew up with Chucky through watching all his movie since 1988. From totally feeling terrified, I became comfortable with his notorious killing to the point that he no longer frightens me. But, I just really like him, sounds weird? Some of my friends told me too.

When I saw the Chucky doll collection, I really wanted to purchase it, but the price is approximately AED 400 / USD 110.00 which is impossible for me to buy at this critical financial moment of my life. I’m pretty sure though, I couldn’t bring him at home because everyone hates him and it will be tragic for me to see that they couldn't love him enough.

So, just stay there, Chucky, for a bit of time, someone might buy and accept you for who you are. You will never feel alone again.Aja!

 

FIGHT FOR MY WAY (K-drama 2017)

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Fight for my way is a kind of drama which you can totally relate. It has the story of our very own which we walked every day with struggles, failures, and achievement in our lives. It features, the chances to attain what has missed by giving up on our dreams and love. It's good to be true that after all, it's not too late to have what we want.

I like all the cast in this drama, it suits them all. The individual characters have their own stories to tell in their own limelight. What I like is their friendship bond, you'd wish you grew up with them too.

Overall, this drama is refreshing to watch. They were all cute and entertaining.

Verdict: 8/10

 

Main Cast:

Park Seo-joon as Ko Dong-man

Kim Ji-won as Choi Ae-raAhn Jae-hong as Kim Joo-man

Song Ha-yoon as Baek Seol-hee

 

GIRLS THEY WANNA HAVE FUN

There are several adventure sports and games in Nepal. Paragliding, Bungy Jumping, Ultra Light flights, Rafting, Zip flyer and etc.  I wanted the Ultra Lights Flights, but it was too expensive for us and the weather was quite unpredictable too.

 

So, we have decided to do the Zipflyer.

ZipFlyer Adventure

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The speed of the Zip comes 100 miles per hour with 2000 ft vertical down. The ride is about 2 minutes. It begins from the hilltop of Sarangkot, the view point of Pokhara valley with the overview of the beautiful Seti River and dense forest from a platform overlooking the Himalaya.

 

One of those guys stuck in the middle for 10 minutes.

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This is my second time, I had my first in the Philippines. Still, I was feeling nervous, but excited.

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So here it goes, the real me shouting like crazy.

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It was a fun ride.

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Bungy Jumping

Location: Hemja, Near Tibetan Camp, Pokhara.
Hight: 80 meters / 50m & 32m Cliff Steel Tower
Price: Rs 3,000/- Nepali Citizen
Price: Rs 6,490/USD 63 – Foreigner Citizen

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It wasn’t me there. I still have no guts to do this thrilling activity.

 

Nightlife

Yes, there is a nightlife in Pokhara.

Where to party? Don’t worry, Pokhara knows many bars and restaurants.  All the locations are easy to find because it’s just near in the lakeside area.

 

We are told that one of the best bars in town is Busy Bee, so we went there and found it without no trouble.

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Busy bee is literally busy. There were so many people at the time when we dine and drink. There are so many foreigners too, you wouldn’t feel out of place. There’s a live band playing good songs, a dance floor, and a good beer.

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We truly had a wonderful night.  Thank you Pokhara!

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Want some a real friendship bonding?

Stay away from your mobiles. For once, let's talk about me, you and us.

Honestly, I really don't like talking to someone who is pretending to listen to me while being busy playing with their phones. I get insulted. It lost my interest. It annoys me. It wants me to leave.

Why we need to meet up, then all we have to do is just stick our noses on the phone and taking pictures with sentimental captions like "happy to see them"? If you want to bond, let us enjoy the moment without thinking what is happening in the social media world. Don't ask the wifi password, challenge yourself.

If we can't do that, then shame on you, on me and on us. Let's stop this concealment and move on to our different lives.

I'm not happy to see you all  lost the essesnce of face-to-face interactions.

 

 

 

 

VETERAN (K-movie 2015)

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Detective Seo Do-cheol is tough and merciless when it comes to crime. But while investigating a high-profile case, Seo finds out that arrogant young millionaire Jo Tae-oh — the third-generation heir to powerful conglomerate Sinjin Group — is pulling some strings behind the scenes. However, no matter how rigorously Seo's team pursues him, Jo always escapes with the help of his wealth and connections.

Veteran is nerve-racking in the way it masterfully mixes hardcore action, allows a brief post for a comic break, then resumes the suspense. I feel like this movie creates a new Jackie Chan chic. It was fun, poignant and has a full blown-out combat thrill with good cops and bad asses.

All the characters in this movie are not wasted. They made the story even more appealing, especially Yoo Ah In who did a great job of portraying a ruthless spoiled sociopathic heir vs. Hwang Jung Min, the hilarious and stubborn cop. Watching them fight head to head was very impressive since they have noted that "no police has ever touched one of the super rich."  You'll see how this two brutally fight with each other.

This movie has its all own blast of style and swagger. It showcases the unjust system in the world that always presenting to us, but with perfect rhythm.

Verdict: 9/10 

 

 

 

 

Talk soon, Extroverted Friend

I am overwhelmed by the unexpected openness from your letter. Though we never talked about it for a long time, I can imagine the courage you must have to put to let me know what is really going on inside of you, the things that I have never even pick a glimpse before. I couldn’t agree more that you are good at hiding everything. Sometimes, I confused you of being secretive or introvert.  I thought if I started to be open to you, you would follow my lead, but then I was wrong. My beliefs lead me to sadness.

When we’re still together before, I was really confused and asking myself what was really going on between us. I believed that you should be a man to stand for a relationship, but then, you weren’t able to do it. The truth is,  it doesn’t change me the way I believe in you from the first time we have met because I know you are still a good man, the good person I have known and a good friend to me when I needed you most . I have loved you for that.

I know what you are feeling before, your struggles of wanting to share something with me but left unspoken. At times, I really don’t comprehend what you are trying to tell, but still, I listened because I know that was all you need, someone who won’t judge you.

I firmly believe that there’s nothing wrong with you. You are still a person, that is you and nobody can change it. As long as you know who you are, it makes sense, there’s no problem about that. People can understand and accept you, but first, you must also do it for yourself, then everything will be fine. I want you to know, that I have accepted you of who you are,  it might not enough for you to realize before, but it was the truth.

Old memories are good to be cherished. Whatever you have experienced in your younger years just make it sure it won’t affect your entire life. Make up for your mom, start telling her the lightest things happening to you and you will just notice you’ll become closer to her again. She’ll be happy more than anyone in this world.

This must be tough for you, but please try to reach out to others. You can do it. We will never be friends if you didn’t make known yourself to me, right? if someone will invite you out, go, have fun, never sit in your dark room, and please stop drinking pineapple juice when you are out with the boys, they might think you’re weird. Order a beer, eat peanuts and get drunk till your head hurts. (I’m pretty sure you never tried this one)

I hope you are no longer feeling the blues now. Maybe some days it will come again, but at least you learned to sort it out. If things still difficult for you, please send me a letter, again and again, write everything you need to express. Don’t bother about what will come to my reaction, you know me, I don’t give a damn. Just write and write until the keyboard will surrender.  And please, don’t even think of dying again, I have already two friends died, I don’t want to mourn again.

Please do remember, that you are a good person, you never hurt anyone willfully, but please don’t hurt yourself too. You can still trust me, after all, we’ve been together for how many years as friends, more than friends, we broke up, still friends, went to our separate ways, we patch up and talked again. If you are not worthy and if you are not good enough, do you think we still have a conversation like this?

Smile and think of all the good things in life.

Take care,

Extroverted Friend

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PREVIOUS Yours, Introverted Friend

A GIRL WHO READS

If you find a girl who reads, keeps her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real because, for a while, they always are.

 

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Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.

And never forget to buy her a cup of coffee when she reads.

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Yours, Introverted Friend

This is the first time I decided to write my feelings or what my self-wanted to express most. It’s not new to me to hide all things by myself, my sufferings, emotions, I had the difficulty of expressing them. I don’t know how to construct words, making a good story for me to be understood. I’m just a little of introvert if not, a very introvert person.

I know all my stories, but having trouble dealing with them and to how to express in the easiest way it could be for me.  I tried to get out of my shell, but sometimes things just happened that made me go back from where I have been. I got carried away from this absurd character and I’m afraid not being understood at all.

Sometimes, think I’ve become an alien. I hope this is just a manifestation of me, probably the funniest part of me that you would like.

You know, I’m just a kind of a persistent man, don’t know when and how to give up. If I find some little possibility I just can’t seem to stop until I get there. I think I just need to be told, that’s not all the time, the world will side with me. I also hate being left dangling, floating and not knowing when to land.

Lately, for the past many months, I’m so down.  I know I’m giving myself a very hard time. It’s like punishing myself for things that I don’t know what to do as a reward. I just wanted to quit everything, my work, my life.

I guess I got this difficulty since my childhood were other children used to bully me and called me a brat. Since then I have developed myself not to tell my mother of the pains that I get thru. I always eat the sting by myself, and not letting anyone share it because I am greedy for my own agony. It was easy for me to swear more than I could ever sweat.

When I was assigned to work in a new place, I was very lonely. All I could see are just the four corners of the room. There’s no sky nor other people. I could barely see the sun if I won’t get down on the 23rd floor. It’s like I’ve been imprisoned for 6 months. I know, it was nobody’s mistake, blame on me because I didn’t try to see the world. I was so used to sit in the dark corners of my own world.

You should know, there are only a few people where I can confide with, even though I wanted to. Whenever I find myself trying to start, it feels like I’m going to end my story nearly. The thing is, I just wanted to find myself cause I’m lost track already.  And I am telling you this because you are one of those very few I could trust.

Yours,

Introverted Friend

 

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Next: Reply from an extroverted friend.

 

EMPRESS KI (Kdrama-2013)

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Empress Ki tells the story of Ki Sung Nyang (Ha Ji Won) who rises from nothing to marry Emperor Ta Hwan (Ji Chang Wook) and become Empress of the Yuan Empire.  She also gets involved in a love triangle with the Emperor and King Wang Yu of Goryeo (Joo Jin Mo).

Finally, I was able to say goodbye to this drama. I was struggling to finish the 51 episodes, because of my schedules, so for me, this is quite a victory.  Empress Ki is just like the other sageuk or historical drama, the imperfections were evident, however, you will love them, hate them, cry for them, they will use your emotions to storm away from the reality and you just have to swim against the tide because it engulfs you totally.

Empress Ki will bring you to Joseon period where power was a survival, loyalty was indispensable, revenge resonates hope and love became a sacrifice. Different characters go through many struggles, a bulk of villainous charm driven into more occurrence of intensity. It was very well structured.

The visuals are no joke in this drama. A wide parade array of colors and styles in their costumes will fill your eyes. The plot was epic, one of a kind. It was beautifully filmed with gorgeous cinematography.

I recommend you to watch this drama and don’t be scared off by the long episodes, you will enjoy the bits of it.

Verdict: 10/10

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PRAY FOR MY DREAM

I thought that I could reach them.

The moments that I’d dreamed of. That’s why I walked confidently while holding onto some faith.  I thought that if I didn’t give up and keep going, that if I’d given it my all, I’d see stars before me and that I’d finally accomplish my dream.  I prayed every day as I only ever looked forward and ran and hoped that there would be a light at the end of this dark, dim tunnel.  I was consumed by hope and ran, and ran.

Yes, I wanted to see that bright light. It really felt like it wouldn’t be much longer now and that it was within my reach. But why, why do I still feel like I’m in the same place and that I’m lacking?

In order to run again, I have to endure and get back up. But there are so many parts of reality that are so hard to bear,  it feels like I’m being forced off my feet, onto the ground.

I’m trying my best to bear it because I don’t want to lose and this is a dream that I want to sacrifice everything in order to achieve. So why is it getting harder for me as I try harder? Why isn’t anyone acknowledging my earnest?  Why am I being toyed with? I don’t ask for much, I just want this one thing.

But as more time passes, all I want to do is sit in defeat.  Why should I have to accept the responsibilities that this world has created for me? Why should I have to endure all this pain? The world won’t leave me alone, and that isn’t my fault.

That’s what I’ve said, but all I’ve done was hide and run because I’m at a loss.

Lord Above, I beg you, hear my plea! And I hate that this is the only thing I can do.  

The only thing I can do is tread on thorns with my bare feet but I close my eyes and say, “I pray for my dream.” 

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A SILENT VOICE (J-anime 2016)

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As a wild youth, elementary school student Shouya Ishida sought to beat boredom in the cruelest ways. When the deaf Shouko Nishimiya transfers into his class, Shouya and the rest of his class thoughtlessly bully her for fun. However, when her mother notifies the school, he is singled out and blamed for everything done to her. With Shouko transferring out of the school, Shouya is left at the mercy of his classmates. He is heartlessly ostracized all throughout elementary and middle school, while teachers turn a blind eye.

 

Bullying is an epidemic in our society, both for our children and adult.

This movie portrays the harsh reality that almost everyone is experienced, the truth of how much people wanted to be understood and accepted despite what is lacking on them. It shows the total root of this problem and the miserable effect on it to those who are treated unfairly.

The silent voice gave us the message of second chances to correct what was done wrongly, that there is nothing wrong to admit our faults, to ask forgiveness and move on. We should always be aware of how we are treating other people, to learn to communicate, to listen and encourage self-worth and acceptance.

I know it takes a lot of hard work to be genuine to others, we’ll surely stumble along the way, but I think it wouldn’t be difficult if we steer humanity.

Verdict: 8/10

 

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Back then, if we could have heard each other’s voices, anything would have been so much better.