Rounding Off January

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

I’ve always looked to quotes for life motivation, but I thought of including them in the beginning from now on, to just remind me of some good quotes out there. This quote by Eleanor Roosevelt really gives me the energy to do things that I think I can’t possibly do, but I test myself to my limits and when I do the task in the end, I feel so proud of myself. Quotes like this give me motivation to go on with my day with my own type of flair.

Even though this month-long venture has taken a lot of physical effort out of me, I am still glad for it because I was able to finish a lot of posts that were just left hanging and basically crank out a lot of other topics that could decide the path of my blog entries. Although it was a lot of work and planning, it was honestly super fun writing on this blog regularly and coming up with good topics to write on. It would be fun to have these kinds of short moments of activity and I was always grateful for having a place to put my thoughts about things that mattered to me the most.

Although I’m not sure if I did actually make it to 25 posts this month, I know for sure that there will be 20, which is quite a lot in my book. Pretty proud of myself for coming so far and surviving college again. Somehow after being home for so long during the break, I am missing home much more. Maybe it’s because I had to ride on the plane there alone.

Anyway, still watching a couple of dramas actually. I think I’m going to stick to the ones that are currently airing, although I might get a couple episodes behind with school work and other work. I am hoping that I will be posting more frequently; I am currently thinking about posting once a week on Fridays, and making this blog a regular, fun thing to do after a long week of class, but we’ll see. I might have to combine a couple weeks worth to actually have something decent. Hopefully I’ll be writing again soon!

xoxo,

dramaqueensoph

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Chinese New Year 2017

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

-Thomas Edison

I find that this quote really resonates with me when I’m going through a rough patch, knowing that there is light in the tunnel and if you don’t see the light, there’s still more to go.

I realized I never came up with specific goals for myself for the new year, so I decided to post this around the Chinese New Year season. 🙂

  1. Be a better person
  2. Take more risks
  3. Become a better writer
  4. Be a better communicator
  5. Love the moment

 

xoxo,

dramaqueensoph

Good Study Tips

Recently I’ve tried to take some notes on how to be a better student. Here are some of the main points I took away from that:

  1. Be mindful of your goals [with my desire to be able to take Korean for at least two years, I have to work hard and succeed in my required classes]
  2. Review your notes
  3. Read the textbook out loud and summarize what you’ve read
  4. Plan your weeks and DO IT
  5. Prioritize your activities
  6. Find a good place to study (that will also give you sufficient exercise! i.e. walking to the library)
  7. Find motivation (this leads back to #1)
  8. Have spaced repetition

Some tips when studying:

  1. Stand up (when studying) and move around more
  2. Reward yourself (from time to time!!!)
  3. Sit near a window
  4. Do a headstand (or put your head below your heart)
  5. Watch a YouTube video if you get stuck

Here are my super colorful and beautiful notes 🙂

Learning Korean TAG

This is a super fun tag started from Hangukdrama, a blogger that I really look up to. Even though the post is a bit old, I wanted to do it on my blog, so I’m going to do it. I challenge everyone else who is learning Korean because it’s fun for you to personally see what motivates you to learn Korean. Even if you aren’t learning Korean, I hope this motivates you to learn Korean, or any other language you’ve been putting off.

Here is her original post: http://www.hangukdrama.com/21-question-tag-the-korean-learner-version/

 

1. Why Korean?

Korean dramas had a deep impact on my life. It sounds lame, but it really did. I wrote a blog post about this called How KDramas Changed My Life.

2 . Daum or Naver (dictionary I mean)?

I don’t really have a preference, but do I have the Naver dictionary on my phone.

3. First website that you visit every day?

Netizenbuzz.

4. Best thing that happened to you? (related to learning Korean)

Being able to meet other people who are learning Korean at school.

5. Ever regretted learning Korean?

Nope, only wish I could learn it faster.

6. Most common feedback/question you get when you say you are learning Korean?

“Why are you learning Korean?” I feel like this question is often said with a hint of disdain.

7. First Korean food that comes to your mind?

Kimchi.

8. Most overrated Korean drama?

Descendants of the Sun. Still liked it a lot though. Wrote plenty of episode reviews for the drama.

9. Most underrated Korean drama?

The Master’s Sun!! Also wrote a posted called Why I Love The Master’s Sun. The first two and last paragraphs are spoiler-free, but the others have spoilers so I would stay away and watch the drama first! hehe

10.Latest milestone in learning Korean?

Writing a journal in Korean every day? I can introduce myself in Korean and attempt to use the honorific form.

11. Favorite Korean word / phrase?

에라 모르겠다 It’s a Big Bang song 😉

12. Name 3 people (fictional / real) who motivate / influence your Korean learning journey

Jung Eun-ji, Yoo Jae-suk, Song Joong-ki

People I want to meet that have inspired me to learn the language.

13. Secret ambition / goal (relating to Korean)

Meet Song Joong-ki and act in a drama with him (like Fatima in Descendants of the Sun). Or just becoming an actress in Korea works too.

14. I want to sound like _____ when I speak Korean

Choi Yoo-jung.

15. Best compliment received (for Korean)

“You sound like a native Korean!” -from a native Korean (when I sang Into the New World)

16. When is the last time you sat down and study Korean?

Last semester. I tried to study on my own, but I have little motivation to do so. I find it hard to motivate myself unless I am forced to (by the school and my peers).

17. Favorite textbook?

I’ve only gone through one Korean textbook haha.

18. Special people you met (online or otherwise) through Korean?

The most supportive people in class.

19. How has learning Korean changed you / your life? 

It helped my GPA, it made me happier, and it gave me irreplaceable relationships with people.

20. Ever dreamt in Korean?

Yes. After watching Heirs I think. I dreamed that Lee Min-ho was carrying me through a hay maze. I spoke Korean and the people understood me even though I had no clue as to what I was saying (this was before I started learning Korean).

21. Single best thing about learning Korean?

Being able to write simple sentences in Korean and also being able to use sing in Korean (I use Everysing soo much now).

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xoxo,

dramaqueensoph

 

 

Interview

Inspired by taremin

What is your name?

dramaqueensoph. Can you tell by that? I’ll give you a hint, it doesn’t end with the letter ‘a’.

If you had another name other than the one you have, what would it be?

I really like the name Mina, but that’s a pretty common name nowadays. I like it because it’s easy to pronounce in a lot of East Asian languages (actually, in all the 3 languages). I really like my name right now so I don’t know. I like the name Suzy too, so maybe that?

What’s your favorite color and why?

I have always said red because my birthstone is ruby. Also, in China red is considered a “lucky” color and I am pretty superstitious.

What’s your favorite book? Movie?

I haven’t read a book in like forever, but I like the Legend series (mostly influenced by the fact that the author came to my high school and signed Prodigy for me). Prodigy is probably the only fictional book I have left on my bookshelf because, like I mentioned, I don’t really read for fun anymore. My favorite movie is How to Train Your Dragon because I really like Hiccup (he is so cute!), even though most people like the dragon better. I have probably watched that movie…I’m not sure..more than seven times I think.

Who’s your favorite author?

Marie Lu. I also admire J.K. Rowling.

What are your goals in life?

I heard that “happiness is the best revenge” somewhere, and I guess for all the wrongs I feel about life at times, I think being happy is a primary goal in my life.

What is your dream job?

I guess an ideal dream job is something freelance or something I can do at home. But I guess it wouldn’t be ideal because I wouldn’t have a stable income or be able to go out often. Hm…this is hard. Oh wait, I know. An actress. I want to work in the entertainment industry.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

I want to be a rich person’s cat, so I can live in luxury and not have to do anything. Wait I didn’t answer this question properly. I think I would be a cat though because I can never please everyone like a dog, and I have my days where I’m not lazy, but for the most part, I’m pretty lazy.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go?

I would want to go to (surprise, surprise) Seoul. I visited for the first time last summer and it was probably one of my favorite vacations. All the other vacations I’ve gone on with my family were not decided by me, but rather my family. Although I’ve already been in Seoul, I would want to go back. Some other places I would like to visit are London, Paris, Tokyo, and Hawaii.

What is the most interesting thing about you?

I honestly don’t think there is anything that really makes me special from others. I’m just another Asian girl who likes Korean dramas. I like to write, but I’m not particularly good at it. OH, I guess I used to speak Quebec French.

What is one thing that people don’t know about you but you think they should?

I don’t know…maybe the fact that I’m weird? If you approach me thinking I’m sort of sane then I think you should leave. lol

What music do you like? What artists do you listen to?

I wrote an article on this!  Here is the post:  Music –What am I listening to? I wrote this article recently, so it’s pretty up to date with what I’m currently listening to. Even though I am not watching the drama Goblin, I like a lot of the OST songs for that drama. I’m currently listening to a lot of that. Also super excited for Suzy’s new single. I didn’t really enjoy Pretend at first, but after I looked up the lyrics, I started to like the song a lot. I really like the line “I’m afraid they’ll talk about me”, and I was watching Suzy’s reality show yesterday and that was the line she could resonate the most with when singing, so I guess the feelings that she gave off when singing that song rubbed off a bit on me. I am currently also liking Bolbbalgan Sachungi; they give off the vibe that I really like these days: the relaxing, R&B vibe.

What are your hobbies?

Listening to music, typing (I like the sound that it makes), eating.

I like how this article was much more organized (mainly came from the fact that there were guiding questions) and I think it would be interesting to do more of these kinds of question/interview type posts.

xoxo,

dramaqueensoph

Complete KDrama List #1-62 (with short reviews)

These will be rated on a scale from 1-10; similar to the dramabeans reviews, the first number will be how I thought of it and the second number will be how good objectively it was (there is a difference).

  1. Boys Over Flowers 꽃보다 남자 (8/5) – Honestly this drama wasn’t super great, with all of the cliches and the filler that just made the story longer. The content in general wasn’t great but I am slightly biased towards this drama, being my pathway for other dramas.
  2. Personal Taste 개인의 취향 (9/7) – Definitely a better drama overall compared to Boys Over Flowers. Really enjoyed how the plot progressed accordingly. Probably worth a rewatch.
  3. You’re Beautiful 미남이시네요 (9/6.5) – Really liked this drama at the time, but I don’t think I could make myself rewatch and make myself believe that Park Shin-hye could pass as a guy.
  4. City Hunter 시티헌터 (9.5/10) – The first episode was pretty boring, which could deter some people. But the rest will keep you on the edge of your seat. So epic! The chemistry between the leads were so strong as well…it’s no wonder that they dated a bit afterwards.
  5. Flower Boy Next Door 이웃집 꽃미남 (9/6.5) – For some reason I really liked this drama the first time watching it. I could relate to the female lead always staying at home
  6. Flower Boy Ramen Shop 꽃미남 라면가게  (9/8) – I think I liked this drama more than I should’ve, but I generally thought Flower Boy Next Door was slightly better. However, after watching a bit of both dramas again, I will have to say that objectively this one is better. Jung Il-woo is seriously sooo good looking in this. I still remember his name. Cha Chi-soo. Maybe it’s because it was said so many times in the drama.
  7. Heartstrings 넌 내게 반했어 (8/7) – Thought this one was not bad, but looking back, Yong-hwa’s acting was pretty bad. He didn’t really make that many expressions, even though he did play the arrogant guitar player guy. And omg I’m just thinking about this. The last kiss was sooo awkward. Anyway, moving on. Not sure how this is gonna get done but it must.
  8. Goong 궁 (7.5/7) – This drama started off pretty well. I liked the premise in the beginning, but towards the middle it started becoming super laggy (like a real sageuk–the reason why I don’t watch sageuks unless there is a modern twist, and even then…). However, I still enjoyed it and unknowingly kept pressing the button for the next episode.
  9. Playful Kiss 장난스런 키스 (7.5/4) – I think I liked the idea of this drama. But it seemed to me that the girl lacked a bit of common sense at times, making this drama a pain in the butt at times. Posted a more throughout review the second time I watched it!
  10. Queen In Hyun’s Man 인현왕후의 남자 (9.5/8.5) – Definitely in the top 5 dramas I’ve watched so far. I think the actors were well matched and even though there were many plot holes, the leads made up for it. I think this is the first drama I finished in one weekend during school haha.
  11. Mah Boy 마보이 (7.5/7) – I loved the lead actress from her child roles in other dramas so I gave this drama a try. It’s a lighthearted, cute, and short drama. Worth it for the short amount of time it lasted.
  12. Heirs 왕관을 쓰려는 자, 그 무게를 견뎌라 – 상속자들 (2/3) – I think I reviewed this drama because I disliked it so much. There was wayyy too much hype behind it and I think that’s the reason why I didn’t like it. I was on a social media site the other day and suddenly realized..it has been three years since this drama! And yet this drama is forever etched in my head as the worse drama I’ve ever seen. Although the actors were good actors, the plot was shallow, and every scene was basically superficial and for show. It was basically a fashion show of actors. I gave it a positive number rating because of the hype and also Min-hyuk.
  13. Shining Inheritance 찬란한 유산 (6.5/7.5) – This drama wasn’t bad at first, but slowly worsened as it kept dragging out the main plot points. It turns out that this drama had higher ratings than Boys Over Flowers, a drama that aired the same year. I really liked Lee Seung-gi after this and realized how important is it to have a good character- it makes you prettier on the outside as well. Random piece of advice that could have been twisted by the fact that the female lead was actually really pretty to begin with.
  14. 49 Days 49일 (8/7) – Really liked the premise of this drama. Makes the tears fall.
  15. I Can Hear Your Voice 너의 목소리가 들려 (9.5/9.5) – I really liked this one because of the male lead, but I also like how the female lead has a mind of her own. The plot was quite riveting and it never lost my attention. Also, this drama is probably on my top five favorite dramas.
  16. My Love From Another Star 별에서 온 그대 (10/9.5) – In the beginning this drama, I was hooked somehow on the plot, because I didn’t like the actors in particular. I think it’s because the actors were so point-on and the plot was refreshing in the sense that the drama world has never seen anything similar to it before.
  17. Bride of the Century 백년의 신부 (9/7) – I thought this drama had really good chemistry between the main leads and because it wasn’t super memorable plot-wise.
  18. The Master’s Sun 주군의 태양 (10/10) – In my opinion, this is probably the best story any writer could have fathomed. Definitely #1 at the moment and the short list of dramas I recommend to everyone. However, even though I like it very much, some people seem to not like it as much; it is mainly centered around ghosts so it can get slightly dark. Somehow I love the lead actors in this drama, but I don’t like them as much in the other dramas they’re in, which is strange. I’m currently rewatching it right now hehe (for the third time).
  19. School 2013 학교 2013 (7/7) – This drama was made to continue the “School” series and mainly centered around the bromance between actors Kim Woo-bin and Lee Jong-suk. Although it was interesting in the beginning and the middle, the fact that it was only centered around the bromance alone made it a bit dull in the end.
  20. Reply 1997 응답하라 1997 (10/8.5 ) – Loved this drama when I first watched it and it really defined the person I am today, really. I loved the atmosphere of the drama and the fact that Sung Shi-won is herself and doesn’t care what others think about her when doing what her heart desires.
  21. Doctor Stranger 닥터 이방인 (5/4) – Started off well, but due to how other people viewed the drama, the plot went a different way every episode.
  22. Cunning Single Lady 앙큼한 돌싱녀 (3/3) – Didn’t like the male or female leads in the drama. Didn’t know why I bothered to watch. I guess it was interesting in a way since the lady divorced her husband but then the husband became rich. Sort of funny.
  23. Trot Lovers 트로트의 연인 (9/8) – I think I’m a little biased because I love the main actress, but I loved the singing in this drama and how the main actress discovered herself throughout the course of the drama.
  24. My Secret Hotel 마이 시크릿 호텔 (7/5) – Too much hype, not enough deliverance. In the end, the drama pushed the second lead too much and then the rest was a long, slow, mess.
  25. Hi School Love On 하이스쿨: 러브온 (8/6) – Watched this drama mainly because of INFINITE’s Woo-hyun and Sung-yeol, but ended up being a cute and light drama.
  26. Pinocchio 피노키오 (7.5/8) – Really anticipated this drama a lot, but disappointed in some aspects. Also started to like Park Shin-hye less (decided to give her a second chance after Heirs). The whole drama was basically the same thing over and over. Basically showed how corrupt the media could be (is?) and how that leaves a horrible impression on the public forever.
  27. Mr. Baek 미스터 백 (2/3) – Found this drama long, drawn-out, and boring. Originally only watched for Lee Joon.
  28. You’re All Surrounded 너희들은 포위됐다 (7.5/7) – Liked Go A-ra in this drama a lot. However, felt that her relationships with Lee Seung-gi was a bit awkward.
  29. That Winter, The Winter Blows 그 겨울, 바람이 분다 (9/8) – When I was watching it, I really liked to see how the characters developed, but thinking back, it wasn’t a popular drama, there were just a lot of sad moments. It was frustrating in the best way.
  30. Falling For Innocence 순정에 반하다 (9/8) – Again, loved this one! I guess this would fall in the top dramas that I enjoyed list. I really liked seeing how the male lead developed through the drama as he got a heart transplant and understands the female lead more and more.
  31. Exo Next Door 우리 옆집에 엑소가 산다 (9/6) – Super cute web-series drama that made me wish that I could live next to EXO.
  32. Divorce Lawyers in Love 이혼변호사는 연애중 (8.5/7) – I liked the plot and the male lead, how he was originally the subordinate of the female lead, but in a twist of events, became the senior.
  33. School 2015: Who Are You 후아유: 학교 2015 (7.5/6) – I really liked this drama at first (liked the lead actors), but the ending was really disappointing. Could have easily been one of the favorites if it just tried to make a happier ending for all of the characters.
  34. Can We Get Married? 우리가 결혼할 수 있을까 (7/5) – Since I had good memories of the drama Playful Kiss, I had high hopes for this drama, since the female lead role seemed to at least have some sense. However, I liked that she was sassy and wouldn’t stand for something that wasn’t her way.
  35. We Broke Up 우리 헤어졌어요 (7/5) – This YG web-drama wasn’t necessarily terrible, but it was sort of predictable. Still a good watch though.
  36. I Remember You 너를 기억해 (6/6) – I honestly forgot what this drama was even about before looking it up. I can’t believe Park Bo-gum and Seo In-guk were in it, but the drama still wasn’t successful. It also gave me a bad impression of Park Bo-gum, because he played a psychopathic younger brother. I liked the beginning because Seo In-guk’s character was really good at figuring things out, but it got slower from there. Huh, turns out that I wrote a post on this: I Remember You.
  37. Innocent Man 세상 어디에도 없는 착한 남자 (7/7) – Had relatively high hopes for this drama because of a recommendation, but turns out to be a drama filled with angst. The male lead couldn’t get over the girl who betrayed him time and time again and the female lead was too hung over the male lead. In the end, both leads have bipolar syndrome it seems and every cliche is thrown into the pit fire. However, a good watch for eye-candy.
  38. Oh My Ghostess 오 나의 귀신님 (9/7.5) – Loved this drama for all its plot holes and unreasonable occurrences. Loved the Soon-ae scenes a bit too much.
  39. Twenty Again 두번째 스무살 (5/5) – At first, I felt really bad for the female lead for having a sucky life, but then she became really annoying; somehow managed to watch through the whole thing.
  40. Sassy Go Go 발칙하게 고고 (9.5/8) – Love the female actress of this drama! She really knows hows how to stand up for herself and those she cares about. I loved every episode of this drama.
  41. D-Day 디데이 (6/6.5) – Thought this drama started off really well, with the dramatic earthquake, but the entire drama was centered on the earthquake, which was kind of boring after 15 hours.
  42. Start Love (6/3) – Honestly forgot about this web-drama, but it’s cute. Moonbyul from Mamamoo is in it and it’s a bit awkward, but short and lighthearted.
  43. Never Die 그녀는 200살 (8/7) – Another web-drama with a 4Minute member. Thought this one was actually a good one; the actress seemed like a real actress instead of a singer.
  44. Splash Splash Love 퐁당퐁당 (10/10) – LOVED this one! I still remember when I watched it (the spring of my senior year) because it made me so happy when I wasn’t feeling well. I wish the actress got more roles in dramas (she was in Oh My Ghostess which I really enjoyed as well) because she’s so lively and funny.
  45. High End Crush 고품격 짝사랑 (6.5/4) – Just watched for the male lead; wasn’t great, but the female actress showed almost no emotion.
  46. Descendants of the Sun 태양의 후예 (8.8/7.5) – I think the leads really held this drama together. I usually only give half ratings, but I had to give this drama a special rating because the hype was actually worth some of the wait. I was so excited for this drama and every scene excited me as I waited for the next to play. Probably will be the only drama that I memorize all the OST lyrics to, so it reminds special in my heart.
  47. Page Turner 페이지 터너 (9/8) – Really enjoyed this short drama! Even wrote a super entertaining first episode review (so less spoiler-ific) on this one.
  48. The Entertainer 딴따라 (5/5.5) – Had a lot of hope for this one, but Hye-ri just got annoying and she was wayyy too overprotective.
  49. Choco Bank 초코 뱅크 (8.5/7) – This short drama surprised me in a good way. I didn’t expect Kai from EXO (male lead) to be so charismatic. Also liked the female actress a lot. The only regret I have for this drama is that it was too short!
  50. Operation Proposal 프러포즈 대작전 (7/5) – I liked this drama more than I expected, even though the male lead kept making annoying mistakes and had to constantly go past into the past to correct them.
  51. Bong Soon 봉순 (6/4) – Short web-drama made by SM Entertainment. It had an okay plot (about a robot woman that falls in love), but not too riveting.
  52. Marriage, Not Dating 연애 말고 결혼 (3/4) – This drama really had a strong start with the leads. I later just got annoyed by the female lead and how much she wavered. She also drank every single day and was very careless and dirty; somehow I just couldn’t see how the main leads were meant to be together after the episodes progressed.
  53. Ghost 유령 (5/4) – Drama with So Ji-sub and Lee Yeon-hee (actress from SM); the plot was interesting at first, but then it just became a never-ending fight to find the perpetrator.
  54. Cheese in the Trap 치즈인더트랩  (7/6) – This drama had really good potential in the beginning. I felt like I could really relate with the female actress. Especially her feelings during the group project, my heart ached with her. However, the drama crumbled upon itself in the end and tossed our feels around like pieces of confetti.
  55. Thumping Spike 두근두근 스파이크 (10/8) – This web-series was wayyy beyond my expectations. I wasn’t going to watch it because I didn’t recognize the main actors, but it turned out to be a good one (also did a review on this one).
  56. Police Force 38 38사기동대 (6/6) – Watched for Sooyoung and Seo In-guk, but turned out to be a disappointment for both characters. It was supposed to be a drama where a member of the police force joins forces with swindlers to collect tax revenue from the rich who have evaded paying taxes for awhile. The concept is good, but the plot dragged on for too long and didn’t focus on Sooyoung as much, as the other characters.
  57. Age of Youth 청춘시대 (10/9) –  Loved this one! I reviewed this drama in the post: Trying to find something as good as DotS…and mildly failing in that department. I talk about the drama in the third paragraph. Really love the interaction between the characters in this one.
  58. Another Oh Haeyoung 또! 오해영 (9.5/9.5) – I really liked this one, and so did most of Korea. I liked that the lead ended up with someone totally unexpected; unlike most dramas, instead of having the most perfect female actress, they chose someone with a life ridden with flaws. Through this drama, we realize that no one is perfect, even those who may appear that way in everyone else’s lives. The first drama that I finished in college!
  59. Ex-Girlfriend Club 구여친클럽 (7.5/6) – This drama was quite interesting and actually pretty addicting in the beginning. Of course, in the end, it dragged out a bit too much. The second (out of two) drama I finished in my first semester!
  60. 7 First Kisses 첫키스만 일곱번째 (10/6) – Delusional in the best way.
  61. W 더블유 (7/7) – Started off strong, but the story in a story idea started to get old. Even though I liked the actors, I felt like the writer ran out of ideas early on.
  62. Cinderella and the Four Knights 신데렐라와 네 명의 기사 (5/5) – This drama was super excessive. It had a good first week (first two episodes), but became more and more unrealistic and cringey to the point that I couldn’t continue.

Finally done woo! I thought this wouldn’t take too long, but ended up taking a whole week. Thinking about maybe doing another when I get around the 100 mark and have enough motivation because this took a lot of energy out of me. Anyway, I had fun doing it! Future drama reviews and edits will be posted in the KDrama Reviews specific page.

xoxo,

dramaqueensoph

Note to Future Self

I want to maybe make this into something that I try to do once a year. I will probably forget, but I at least wanted to try this out.

Hi dramaqueensoph of the future! I feel like future me will be pretty similar to current me, especially since I’ve already gone to college for a bit. Maybe a bit wiser, hopefully a bit taller.

It is the year 2017, which is so weird because I used to feel like 2017 was so far away that it was supposed to be in the far future, but I’m living it right now. Nothing too significant is happening in my life right now, but staying at home 24/7 is definitely not a good thing to be doing. I feel lazier and less inclined to do anything. Yesterday I went to the gym to go swimming and I did 100 yard freestyle and got tired and went to the hot tub. I feel like I should try to work out more, but I need definite motivation, like school, when you have to walk to your classes.

I hope that when you feel like you’re running low on motivation you start to remember the man who bikes four hours to go to work at a fast food restaurant and the guy who works three jobs and doesn’t even get to sleep every day. And the millions of Americans that donate plasma just for the extra money because their jobs don’t give them enough money. I just finished watching a television series about working Americans so I’m still feeling the feels that Diane Sawyer delivered to my soul.

I never really know what to write in these types of posts; I had written (a very cheesy) one to myself at the end of my senior year in high school and I have to say, the main things I have to say to myself still remain pretty much the same: I hope I never lose my passion for the things on this blog and that I continue to work hard and have a future with things I will not regret. Although that mission is ambitious, I hope this short message to myself will resonate with the person I turn out to be.

I am pretty proud of how this challenge to make myself post more on this blog has turned out. I think my end goal was to write 25 articles in total on this page, and that has worked out pretty well. I feel like I might even exceed that goal.

 

xoxo,

dramaqueensoph

How KDramas Changed My Life

When I was younger, I was always on the quieter side. Because of my shyness, I felt like I always wanted to speak out but could never do so. Although I don’t see this now as a negative character trait in particular (I think it is part of someone’s unique charm), I can attest to the fact that it hinders the ability for one to fully communicate one’s desires.

On the day of my birthday at daycare, this girl scratched my face multiple times for no apparent reason. I cried and cried but no one came to help me for some reason. I didn’t understand why she would do that, or why no one came over to help me. I don’t remember which birthday it was, but I can never forget the helpless feeling I got when she did that to me. It has been so long, that the whole situation seems like a dream to me, if not for the reality of the scars that it had left on my face that remain today.

On my best friend’s final birthday party before I left to the United States, my mom had prepared matching gold items for my friend and her older sister. Although my friend opened hers, I was too shy to tell her to keep looking for more in the bag. I wanted to open my mouth and tell her, but my brain would not let it and I remained dumb. It is difficult to explain why this exact situation was particularly heart aching for me, but it was something that I thought for the longest time to be so regretful.

Although I try to be a positive person, for some reason, only the negative memories stick in my brain.

In my early elementary years, I had a lot of friends, but my grades were average at best, and I even failed classes. It’s funny to look back now. I don’t know if it was because I had moved to the United States, but I didn’t like the idea of approaching people and conversing with them when I arrived in the United States. There was a girl in fourth grade who wasn’t really a friend to me; she was weird. The most vivid memory I have is when I won a prize in computer class and everyone was so awed by it. I would bring it home and back to school. One day, she suggested that I leave it inside my desk. Although I was suspicious, I left it there, because if I didn’t have her as a friend, how would I find another friend? The next day, I wasn’t too surprised to find it gone. I remember people silently laughed at me when I had a runny nose and put two pieces of tissues in my nostrils. I remember there was this guy I thought was so good-looking and we were in a math enrichment together and I would be too scared to ask him questions so I would just wait until another girl asked him. Hahaha, I was so weird.  I never wanted to be the center of attention, but in fifth grade, my parents wanted me to run for student council (yeah I know, why did they expect me to do such a thing). I was so afraid to say a couple sentences in front of my peers that I just cried the whole night. In the end, I didn’t give the speech.

In middle school, especially in seventh and eighth grade, I was so blessed to have a group of people that I could call my friends. I was in club swimming, did math club, and orchestra. Oh, and I loved to read. I liked to read so much to the point where my parents would ban me from reading. I never questioned this, but looking back, that is such a weird thing. I questioned my parents at the time too: I told them “everyone else’s parents are happy when their kids read, why do I get in trouble?”. I remember I would keep flashlights in my room and read my books underneath my bed at night still. When I finished reading Catching Fire, I felt like there was a void in me that could only be satisfied with the next book. Middle school was such a great time in my life, even though I didn’t like everything about it.

In high school, I began to like Korean shows. The first post on this blog documents the exact moment, and it was because of that moment that I have this blog today (literally). After binging a couple of episodes in the middle of the night, I would try to act like the female leads in the dramas. I think it was since then when I first dreamed to be an actress. The actresses in the dramas gave me confidence when my brain told me no. Every time I would be afraid of a situation, I would just imagine that the world was a show and play the part of a character in a K-drama. K-dramas taught me that, in a way, it was okay to be loud and voice your opinions outside of home (I was pretty rambunctious at home). In particular, Jung Eun-ji’s character in Reply 1997 really inspired me at the time (it’s also the reason why I like APink so much). I would also lip sync K-pop songs in front of the mirror with the bathroom fan on and my earbuds in. I got more accustomed to seeing my face in front of the mirror, and less afraid of showing that side of myself to others around me. Although I try to conceal my love for Korean things outside of the house and Taremin, the aspects that the pieces of Korean popular culture have taught me have impacted my life for the better.

Hope you enjoyed this rather-lengthy, but rather-appropriate story.

xoxo,

dramaqueensoph

 

Descendants of the Sun Favorite Moments: Episodes 7-10

Hello! Back with another favorite moments post about DotS. I got behind without even realizing wow. Anyway, these two episodes marked the halfway point in the drama, and boy did a lot of things happen. Although it was reminiscent of the earthquake in the past episodes, there were parts in episode 8 that redeemed the slower parts in 7.

Anyway, onto the plot and favorite scenes. Episode 7 starts off with a short replay of the end of 6, with Si-jin saying that he can’t be with her (the exact translation was “I can’t be with you, so please be careful”) to which Mo-yeon replies with a curt “you too”. Then they both walk off, without looking back, which honestly breaks my heart because I want them to be together so badly. During this scene, I think the most realistic part were the tears welling in Mo-yeon’s eyes.

I think it’s also super cute when Si-jin listens in on Mo-yeon’s conversations on the walkie-talkie. I like how Si-jin has to rely on Mo-yeon to help with the patients so they can have their Mo-shi moments. When the two have to talk about which patient to save  (the impaled man, or the man crushed by the building) they finally get to talk to each other face to face after the last shoe-tying encounter.

Motivation, Tumblr, Reply 2014

I feel like these days I’m feeling less motivated to do things in general; even though I feel like certain things should get done, my brain doesn’t motivate me to do them. I think the most my brain does for me throughout the day is writing these posts, which is why I still do it. Although I don’t realize it, when I re-read my old posts, I really see how I’ve grown throughout the person, but more importantly as a writer. I consider this blog like a journal of my thoughts and a journey through what I’m doing, so my outlook is quite different from before. I thought the concept of being anonymous and writing about things that you wouldn’t want the whole world to know was interesting at the time, and I still do. I think these days, with the Internet, nothing is truly private anymore. My name is no longer something I feel like belongs to me, but just a suffix at the end of my documents to keep a record of. I feel like my account name, dramaqueensoph, defines me as a person better. It doesn’t have much meaning behind it, other than what you can see from the surface, but it’s something that I came up with that has been with me for three years. I was just searching Google for “dramaqueensoph” and I happened to stumble upon this!

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I’m just amazed at the fact that someone credited me for that post. It was a rather popular post (with 6 notes!). My Tumblr account was SO 2014, but looking back, it wasn’t too shabby; I mainly retweeted posts, but I haven’t touched it in so long, and I don’t think I will be (also forgot my password and which email I used). I remember Taremin and I would keep tagging each other in posts and now I’m wondering how I must have lived my life back then because Tumblr was such a time drain. I’m looking through it right now and I think I actually saved most of the pictures on there (haha). I remember at the time I thought my Tumblr handle was soo creative. It’s a Luhan and Baekhyun-centered blog account, so I mixed both of their names together. Luhan’s animal was a deer (not sure why, I think it was because fans thought he looked like a deer?) and Baekhyun’s surname is Byun: so the phrase actually reads “dear cutie bun”, without the play on words. Honestly, those were pretty nice days, because I wasn’t super stressed, but I always had something to look forward to (aka EXO videos). Thinking about maybe writing an EXO related post, but just realized I could do that here because there isn’t too much to it.

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Anyway, I think my first “true” K-pop phase was in the spring of 2014 (it’s scary to think that was only three years ago). I remember all I could think of was how much time I could spend watching EXO’s Showtime variety show; I think my grades went down that year as well. I felt like I had transported to another world that I could visit by checking Tumblr and going on my laptop at home. I remember I even learned all of the Growl dance, which says a lot, especially since it was during AP season. I think around that time My Love From Another Star was airing as well. Wow..that was really the peak obsession time.

xoxo,

dramaqueensoph