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Fireworks Of My Heart hangover

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It isn’t the first Chinese drama I’ve seen, but definitely the longest to linger in my head. It has been almost two months since I finished all 40 episodes of Fireworks Of My Heart in 5 freaking days, yet I still catch myself playing the damn thing while I work, laughing and getting smitten by my favorite scenes. I’d like to think that it is because it’s a challenge to get loose from the claws of Yang Yang ’s charms. But maybe, just maybe, this drama just loved me back and that is why I can’t get over it. Image Source Song Yan’s (Yang Yang) uniform won me over. Men in uniforms exude authority, responsibility, and protection and these things are all true about him. He is the fire station chief, responsible for bringing out only the best in the firefighters through intense and somewhat ruthless training, placing the safety not only of the entire city but also of his team members in his hands. While all of us would agree that all of these make him one hell of a dream boy, he is still not

House MD: Everybody lies

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Just when I thought I already finished all of Season 1, I discovered that I actually missed 12 episodes. I know, I am an idiot. House MD is distinct from all the other medical dramas I’ve seen so naturally I had to know what crippled the brilliant man, what it took to be his patient, best friend, protégé, and even girlfriend. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) had me when he said that “everybody lies” because I am a hundred percent with him on this. People lie to feel better about themselves. We lie to people we don’t like because we want to impress them with things that aren’t true. We lie to our friends because we want to be accepted by them. We lie to our bosses because it would be unprofessional to hit them up with “No, it’s not okay for me to work on someone else’s job just because they ditched workday today.” House MD  is a pain to happen in real life. The seemingly endless, expensive, and sometimes painful diagnostic exams. The cocktails of meds pushed into your system praying to heav

Watashi no Shite Kurenai Pheromone Kareshi

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Pheromones are similar to hormones but work outside of the body. They induce activity in other individuals, such as sexual arousal .  Yep, I had to Google the thing because I think I’ve never seen this word before. I stumbled upon this drama in my constant search for a short, light, and toe-curling series that could be marathoned on a lazy Saturday evening. Indeed, Watashi no Shite Kurenai Pheromone Kareshi (My Pheromone Boyfriend Who Won’t Do It) gave me something short and sweet, enough to get me rolling on the bed but not too light because we all know human relationships are complex, romantic, or otherwise. The meet-cute Mizukawa Rei ( Shimazaki Haruka ) is my spirit animal. The girl is thirty and has a promising career in the real estate industry, but she chose to leave everything behind and embark on an art subscription business with two of her friends. Years ago, people would think that no one in their right mind would choose to restart a career when they were thirty, stable,

Another JDrama review: Perfect Crime

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Here's to another Dori Sakurada drama review. We stan cute villain leads! After the cringe-y  Coffee and Vanilla  I wanted more of him to see when I'd finally stop drooling over him  if he's really a good actor because I'm not gonna lie, cringe-y or not, his acting in that drama was great, along with the other actors. Anyway, Perfect Crime made it up for the previous drama's lack of execution and logic and lived up to the expectations that Love Lasts Forever has set. Although it felt sad and I ached for some of the characters, I'm glad that I decided to watch it.  What's the story about Okay, this is such a tangled affair that I may need a diagram to explain it perfectly. While all of the characters are essential to the story, it starts with four people - Kaori Maejima (Reina Triendl), Haruto Shinonome (Dori Sakurada), Takuma Fuyuki (Hidekazu Mashima), and Miwa Fuyuki (Lee Ayumi).  Miwa started going out with Haruto, but in the middle of their relationship,

Jdrama review: Coffee and Vanilla

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Okay, I think I've seen this before, I told myself as I watch the cringe-y monologue of the female lead. Enter the mighty good-looking super young self-made CEO. Yes, I've seen this before, everything is oh-so-familiar. Then the first declaration of love happened before the first episode ends.  It clicked! It's the many Wattpad stories I've edited in the past. I stumbled upon a 60-second clip of this drama on Instagram, and that scene made me think maybe this is another professor-student romance akin to Do Min Joon and Cheon Song Yi's initial relationship, although the title makes me think of Christian and Anastasia. And because I love My Love From The Star to the moon and back, I decided maybe I also need to watch this. But no, Google tells me its premise is nothing near the story of the mysterious 400-year-old alien and his famous celebrity neighbor. Coffee and Vanilla is a cringe-worthy, toe-curling drama that kept me up the whole night. The cringe-worthy female

How To Be Thirty: Some things we can learn from Minhyuk's latest drama

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Warning: Spoilers ahead  The first episode premiere of this drama stressed me out - it didn't have subtitles and I wanted to join the raffle where Kang Minhyuk gives away a bookshelf that he painted himself and I wanted it so bad (yes, because I'm a baby Boice)! Anyway, How To Be Thirty is his first drama after the military discharge, and his hey-I-just-finished-serving-the-country glow just made him more adorable. As the story effectively delivered me from quite a stressful day, it didn't bring me to the place where there are no broken hearts unlike other Kdramas did. Pero nakakakilig pa rin! Here are some of my takeaways: Follow your instincts. If you feel like there's something wrong, chances are, there really is. I have no idea how many times my woman instinct could have saved me from disappointments and embarrassment had I not refused to follow it. That one summer evening many years ago I suddenly felt something wasn't quite right upon receiving a stray text m

Kdrama review: Her Private Life and some fangirling shenanigans

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It's been more than a week since I finished watching Her Private Life, and I still think of Ryan Gold and his pretty face. It's the first Kim Jae Wook drama I've seen and maybe it's time for me to broaden my horizon and start watching dramas of actors that are complete strangers to me. Anyway, this drama was aired in 2019, and I finally watched it because one, I'm a Kpop fan now and I knew I'd relate to this; two, it's Christmas break and there's nothing else to do; three, Ryan Gold is irresistibly adorable. image source All things relatable Not gonna lie, the main reason I was compelled to watch this drama is because of Doekmi's (Minyoung) fangirling. Man, she's obsessed with Cha Shian, a member of a fictional Kpop group White Ocean. If I didn't happen to be into Kpop, I'd wonder if her fangirling shenanigans actually happen in real lif

Take me back in time... again: Longing Heart Kdrama review

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After Love Lasts Forever , I wanted another feel-good drama that I could finish watching overnight. It wasn't easy to find one - it just so happened that Lee Jungshin was so cute in his latest vLive video (again, happy birthday Jungshin!) that I decided to look for his dramas. And, surprise, surprise! His 2018 drama, My First Love only has ten episodes and it's all about one of my favorite romance tropes - young love.  It was love at first sight - Kang Shinwoo was sure of it the moment he saw Han Jisoo sleeping on the bus all by herself. He had wanted only her ever since, and that's probably the reason why his heart had never beaten for someone else. Ten years later, they meet again, Jisoo appears to be remorseful in front of her. Too many questions need to be answered. What happened ten years ago, when Jisoo left him and their friends without a trace? Why did she leave without even saying goodbye? If only he could go back in time… And so he did. In that magical lake that

My first JDrama: Love Lasts Forever

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Gimme a drama to watch this weekend, I'm so sad, I told Russ last Friday and she recommended Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo (Love Lasts Forever). It's not Kdrama, she said, but it's like Heartstrings . Of course, as she was the first to witness me when I was losing myself to the seemingly arrogant but charming Lee Shin, she perfectly knew what I needed. Love Lasts Forever is a Japanese drama starring Takeru Sato (Rurouni Kenshin) and Mone Kamishiraishi (Your Name). It only has 10.5 episodes and it kept me up all night. Because why would I wait until the next day to finish when it was so good I didn't notice it was already 4:30 am? If Ultimate Crush were in front of me, I could look at him, say hi, and maybe ask him about how he liked the last film he's seen, or bring him some frozen cookies. Mind you, this happens after a few more meetings. But Nanase Sakura is bolder that anyone I knew, and she's one of the bravest women I've ever seen. The first time she s