My mother still remembers that when K preceded something, it was usually followed by more Ks :(

Hello to all my K-Kiddos,

I just want to thank everyone for making my blog such a K-Tastic hit this year! Just today, I’ve had 9 unique visitors to the site… 9! So I’m going all out next year. I’ve quit my “job” in the districts of red lights, although I hesitate to call as such since its really more of a pastime, and I’m devoting every waking moment of mine to all things K. I’ve even gotten my brother (the handsome guy on the left of the page who makes the entirety of my insta-feed … to freelance for me and even post in my name on occasion. Best K-hristmas gift this year!


I also want to share with y’all one of my deepest loves, and that is podcast consumption! If you’ve never listened to a ‘pod’, think of it like this – a lecture encapsulated into KBs of portable memory that you can take with you everywhere and listen to when all your friends ubiquitously proclamate for you to “back off, you smell like decaying cabbage, and you shade yourself from the sun like some sort of shriveling snail.” And you can stand proud, pop in your skull-candies you questionably acquired from your beloved brother, and delve into life’s deepest intellectual challenges, or listen to a funny fun story. Here’s my listicle of favorite pods continuing production in 2015! but only with listener support :/

1) Strangers – Throaty and terminally congested narrator and producer Lea Thau releases incredible stories with perpetually solid content, editing, and meaning. Unfortunately, she sounds as if she awoken from a 2 week binger every time she awakes groggily to record, but thankfully she’s not the one telling stories.

2) Serial – Normally my inner-hipster would admonish myself for enjoying something so mainstream, but it’s fine guys – I listened to it before it was cool. Still, the lack of pink ink will hide this from my judging readers. If you’ve never heard of this podcastic craze, I’ll allow SNL to satirize it for you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATXbJjuZqbc

3) True Story – I’m tactfully inserting this horrific pod onto the list to juxtapose it to the brilliance that is Strangers. These short podcasts feature young trustifarian Stanford grads, who I imagine are attempting to explore meaningful humor of the minute details of their sorrowful existences. I suggest listening to “See You Next Fall”, sit in preponderance about in all the mundane things you could’ve done with that 6 minutes and lament the eternal loss of that time, then listen to an inspirational episode of Strangers like “Franky Carrillo: Life”. I promise it’ll make you want to befriend more brown people in your life.

4) How Jamaica Conquered the World – Cause of Jamaican accents and the story of “Cool Runnings”

5) KCRW’s Unfictional – I really like storytelling pods, okay!


Okay everyone enjoy the New Year if yah follow the Western calendar! Byeeeeee

Veronica Mars Movie: Minute by Minute Commentary and Reviewish

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Obviously this has nothing to do with Korean dramas (yet), but mix in some wine, and ongoing chatter about which cameo was a Kickstarter backer, and suddenly we are putting on our snark hats and slurrily attempting to remember which media organization made an appearance when.

The first 40 minutes are pretty sparse considering we were either squeeing or drinking, so it later becomes more chronological, but probably makes less sense. Also, I remembered time stamps apprx. 10% of the time.  Whoops.  Ooo and spoilers be wary (thought nothing whoa crazy crazy was given away).

P.S.(Because apparently this is in letter format now.)  Though this was edited a bit, I left in all the expletives/crudeness because alcohol is known to have such an effect.  NSFW because I’m PG-15 like that.

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School 2013 – Not So Serious Review

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Ahhh! I am upside down on this roller coaster of emotions.  Which can only mean one thing? I doth finished School 2013: the pains, the gains!, and what the neighbors thought edition.  School 2013 went a really interesting route by pretty much solely focusing on the bonds of high school friendship, with perhaps the least emphasis on romance I have seen in a drama yet.  (Is that a Top 5 I smell? Mmmm..) But really it made this show all the more special.*

Also. THIS DRAMA CHANGES EVERYTHING. Seriously folks, how many top 5 lists are now ruined by my lack of School 2013’s inclusion.  Why didn’t y’all tell me?!? Let’s see we’ll start with the obvious: Best Alt-couple, which honestly could be made up of 5 pairings from this drama alone and I’d be satisfied.  Second is Soccer in K-Dramas. Why did I include stupid Boys over Flowers pandering to their viewers with soccer shorts, when I could have had Kim Woo BinLee Jong Suk angsty tension over the sport that led to dashed dreams and broken hearts. Seriously even saying the word “soccer” created an almost pavlovian response of ill from our two leads. My bad you guys… Even my favorite usage of English songs list should undergo construction for the lack of “Happy Together” School 2013 edition, which used several remixed versions to great effect in the 1st half of the drama.  Now does this mean I will retroactively change these lists? BAHAHAHA #way2lazy. But consider this my apology for it’s lack of representation. Sounds like I need to go back to school to learn how to make these lists correctly. Daniel Choi will be my teacher in life and love right!?

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*And also, I would argue more realistic.  This is obviously coming from my own personal experience but during those years we may have had our first whiff of guy craziness, but the bond of friendship was oh so much more influential than any high school crushes, dates, or boy/girlfriends. This seemed pretty universal for the school.  Then again, my school was designed by an architect who previously created prison blueprints, so we all might have gone a little mad from the lack of windows.

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Sexy Personified – Hottest Athletes During the World Cup. Part 1

So this may post may go against the grain of my blog’s thesis or whatever, but my life motto is “pretty things always welcome”, so hopefully this works..Because these men are certainly workin’ it.

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But that was so 2010.  4 years later we’re in the land of Portuguese, beaches, and Bossa Nova. Since watching, I’ve now decided Brazil is a premium place to host the World Cup.  Why you ask? Well between the on-going rain and crazy humidity, the players look like they are entering a wet t-shirt contest 10 minutes into the game.  And it is a glorious site to behold.  Any detractors to global warming needn’t look further than the superstars gathered in Brazil to see these men raise the collective temperature by leaving myself and others plenty hot and bothered.  Now some may say, “You’re totally objectifying men with this.” to which I say, “About darn time.”  People will judge others superficially till the end of days, and no matter how troubling that statement is, might as well try to level the playing field through the male body/booty shot.* Enough with the small talk, let’s get down to sexiness! I’m sure I’m leaving many wonders in human form on the bench, but these were just my personal favorites whom I’d love to take home… to mom and dad of course (but that’s after other athletic activities take place 😉 Note: Should update this till the end of the tournament, so stay tuned. (Update. Never mind. Post filled with group stage winners will be forthcoming.)

*In that sense Korean television might have already reached the promise land of equal opportunity offenders of visual exploitation. So yay broody male shower scenes for gender equality!

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Top 5 – Secret Garden References

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Much too long intro:

Secret Garden was my gateway drug into Korean pop-culture, stemming from randomly watching it on Netflix. I fully embraced the crazy, the repetitiveness, the odd couple(s), and the ridiculata.  It wasn’t till months later I started watching dramas regularly, so I really had no idea of just how crazy popular it was both in Korea and world-wide.  But once you watch three dramas in a row using the Secret Garden OST, suddenly the 8th billed actor is getting their own starring roles, and you see articles from the WSJ on Hyun Bin’s return date from the military, one begins to think that this show might have had some cultural impact.

It will be interesting to see if such similar phenomenon will occur with My Love From the Star, which IMO has been the next drama that enraptured world and provided gangbusters ratings.  Thus far MLFTS has sold out lip-stick, opened drama based-exhibits, and made Jeon Ji-Hyun (and chicken with beer) more popular than what was thought not possible, but I feel it’s star will fade faster then SG.  Mostly because there is so much more material rife for parody with SG.  Simply put, the humor from SG came from a mix between laughing at it, as well as with it, whereas MLFTS has decidedly less mockability.  This may seem like a total take-down, but it’s not my number one drama for nothing.  It’s much easier to remember Gil Rae Im and Kim Joo Won walking at a turtles pace in tandem then even a well-crafted joke or one-liner.  Which is why I took note of the many, many times Korean shows payed homage to the body-switching phenom, and before you can say “but the cheesecake, that was some other bitch” here is number 5.

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Top 5 – Instances of Soccer being used in K dramas

This edition of top 5 is taking its cue from the beautiful game, which will be having a moment in this upcoming little known tournament sponsored by the Football Is Forever Always group.  So in order to spread the word, this post will be dedicated to the times when futbol, putbol, chuggu, voetbal, bola sepak, and yes even soccer became apart of K-dramaland.  Apologies to those who watch K-dramas to avoid watching the thirteenth repeat of a Bundesliga match highlight reel, but unlike 95% of Americans, I can’t get enough, so anytime I can share soccer and its culture I will partake! In fact, during a study abroad trip around Europe several years ago, my go-to small talk “in” was bringing up 2010 cup in South Africa, which did become a problem upon reaching the Netherlands and talking to the Dutch…

6b788__71403042_dutch_gettyBesides the fact Europeans were shocked an American girl wanted to discuss the unfairness of Ghana’s heart wrenching loss to Uruguay (I’ll never forgive you Luis Suarez), it proved a great ice breaker.  Which is also why if I suddenly dovetail into some soccer related story that snowballs into the last match of my high school career, just ignore.  Sometimes you never know when soccer team nostalgia pangs will hit, and when they do, I’ll just remind myself of the good ole days..

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Now onto the list!

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The SNL vs SNL: Korea Smackdown – Part One: The Standoff

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While watching SNL (Saturday Night Live) Korea’s excellent GTA series, I wondered why SNL original recipe didn’t come up with their own version.  The US may not be as video game savvy as South Korea, but part of the brilliance of those videos is how they incorporate Korean historical events or holidays (like Japanese Occupation or White Day), so transferring the same structure with American history and culture would be easy and probably better than most of the sketches produced this season.

This led to some Youtube spiraling to see if one group has, shall we say, been “inspired” by the other, and which cast produced the better sketch based on the same idea.  This weeks sketch  – “The Standoff”, a simple premise that seems widely universal, all you need is guys (or gals), guns, and a ill-timed doctors appointment.  Stay tuned for both videos after the jump!

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