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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Scarlet Letter ‘M’: Rules of the Game

Here in Jamaica all social characters have nicknames or street names, or become such nicknames, for example, “Babylon” means Police (the general view of the police is not positive at all); “Nanny” refers to the Jamaican $500 note because an illustration of our only National Heroine, Nanny of the Maroons, is on it. Therefore the roles we play in our lives are no different. When a man and a woman are married to each other, they are called Husband and Wife, which we now refer to as “Hussy” and “Wifey”. We know the institution of marriage (or any long term relationship) has been plagued by outsiders for centuries. These outsiders are called “homewreckers”, be it man or woman, however it’s the woman that is more reknown for this role. So, if you cheat on your loved one then you are giving “bun”. During these last two decades, give or take a few years, a homewrecker in Jamaica is called “matey” (or “bunner (wo)man”: a term recently popularised by famous local talk show host).

Despite being frowned upon for many years, most women still choose to be a matey because she receives almost all wifey priveleges, but most importantly because she is not the one being hurt and deceived. In addition, there is a paradigm shift in the concept of matey in our local dancehall music. In the 90’s the matey was put down and condemned but now is revered, praised and seen as a necessity (whether to improve a marriage or for his or her own personal gain). There are some celebrities who are “mateys” and came out the winners (Angelina Jolie, Alicia Keys), while others fell flat on their faces (Fantasia). The success of the matey depends on a lot of rules or guidelines that will almost guarantee a long term relationship with a spouse. I will list some below but not in any order of importance:

  1. Be invisible to the wifey/hussy, their family and friends.
  2. Do not expect to become the wife or husband.
  3. Take what you can get and leave.
  4. Do not confront the wife/ hussy in any way.
  5. Do not fall in love (in otherwords don’t be a Marilyn Monroe).
  6. Keep calls, appointments, texts, emails within a respectable time schedule to avoid suspicion.
  7. Never say anything bad about the wifey/hussy.
  8. If you have been identified as the matey, then it’s time to move on, it will only get uglier.
  9. If you are seriously looking for a permanent stream of income by all means have a love child (case in point: Schwarzenegger).

Knowing the risks of being a matey, would you still want to be one? Why or why not? Also, please feel free to discuss the rules by adding your own rules or discussing any of the points mentioned.