The Dawn of My K-Addiction

Where do I begin? It’s been ages since I wrote anything…ok…First of all I love watching movies and tv series, especially action, fantasy and horror. There comes a time when the binge-watcher gets very thirsty and has no water to drink and they get desperate: sometime in January of this year (2018) one night I wanted some good horror and since Asian Horror shows are good I found myself watching Black (Hangul: 블랙). I didn’t realise it was a series until the first episode ended. It was corny, funny, weird and most of all, refreshing. It was more of a romance-fantasy and who doesn’t love a good romance, especially when the lead actors are good-looking. I binged it off and I wanted more.

The Bride of Habaek (Hangul: 하백의 신부) was my next Korean drama series, then Black Knight: The Man Who Guards Me (Hangul: 흑기사), Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo (Hangul: 역도요정 김복주), Strong Girl Bong-soon (Hangul: 힘쎈여자 도봉순), and more. Yes in less than two months I devoured these shows and more. These dramas have anywhere from 16 to 20 episodes.

I always used to tease my bestie for watching these ridiculous shows. Now look at me. Yup, I called her and apologised…twice. I now understand why she likes watching South Korean Drama.

What makes them so good? The male and female leads are always so well-developed and strong (annoying sometimes), funny, charismatic (and full of them damn hot selves – bordering narcissism). Where there is romance, the focus is more on the feelings of each character, that first touch, holding hands, first kiss and no sex scenes, yes, none, which makes these shows so pure, it touches the heart, you might shed a tear and even cuss out some of the characters. Hahahaha. However, they do not go easy on the violence, creepiness and grossness. Hehehe. My kind of thing. Also, the amazing soundtracks and heavy product placement, all packed into 57 to 85 minutes. Yup each episode is like a short to full feature length film.

Well, right now I’m trying to find another series to watch after being completely destroyed after watching in two days Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (Hangul: 달의 연인 – 보보경심 려). The original soundtrack songs are really good, my favourite is Forgetting You (그대를 잊는다는 건) by Davichi (다비치). This drama is very lovely, awesome visuals, amazing cast and a very powerful story…you’re gonna need a lot of tissue and therapy after watching it. Enjoy!

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Date Night (With Myself): The Pros and Cons of going to the Movies Alone

Have you ever been to the movies alone? It can be very rewarding or it can be stressful especially if you are like me who cannot afford to miss a thing, but there are times you can feel awkward. So you may be wondering how is this is even a taboo. In Jamaica, going to the movies all by yourself is considered a no-no. “You can’t go to the movies by yourself!” or “I rather stay home than go alone” are some of the responses I get whenever I mention my solo mission to watch a show. Come on people! Is it really that bad?

Here are some things I would like to point out from my perspective of course.

PROS

  1. You will be early because there is no one keeping a seat for you.
  2. Enough time to buy food before the movie starts.
  3. Smiling to yourself because there are sad and anxious people waiting for their company to arrive.
  4. No one beside you asking questions and distracting you.
  5. You only spend on yourself (very cost effective).
  6. You can be very invisible.
  7. You won’t be embarrassing anyone but yourself if you do something silly.
  8. Having a great sense of freedom.
  9. You can watch back to back movies.

CONS

  1. No one is keeping a seat for you.
  2. You better buy all the food you need for the entire show.
  3. Hiding yourself because some guy thinks the cinema is a pick up spot.
  4. No one to talk to during intermission.
  5. No one spending on you.
  6. Some may see you as pitiful.
  7. You won’t be embarrassing anyone but yourself if you do something silly.
  8. If you end up missing no one will know.
  9. No hanging out afterwards, just head straight home.