Author: Stephanie

Unnie Recommends: 3 Reasons to avidly watch Start-Up kdrama

It’s official: the kdrama drought has ended!😊 I’ve been recommending new shows for awhile now and it’s been great having to look forward to a new story and an ensemble of fresh characters every week. Here’s another one to liven up our quarantine lives as individuals compete for success and love as they follow their dreams in the ever-developing industry of technology and digital innovation in Start-up kdrama.

1. Suzy Bae and Nam Joo Hyuk are helming the show as Seo Dal Mi and Nam Do San — two up and coming adults surfing the ups and downs of being in their 20s.

The 2 superstars I mentioned above should be enough reason for you to watch the show, haha! Kidding aside, Start-up kdrama narrates the story of Seo Dal Mi (Suzy Bae), a hardworking woman who strives for a better life and is out to prove to her estranged sister, Won In Jae, that she is doing well despite not being well-endowed like the latter. They grew up separately when their parents divorced with Dal Mi choosing to stay with their dad and In Jae choosing their mom who got remarried to a rich man, hence the richer and more comfortable life.

Being a math genius when he was a kid, Nam Do San (Nam Joo Hyuk) hasn’t lead the most successful life as he is now a struggling developer eager for venture capitalists to invest in his start-up company. He’s determined to make his work the best it can be but needs more help and opportunities to further his cause. Thru an innocent ploy when she was younger, Dal Mi had a childhood pen pal who she believes is Do San and hopes to reconnect with him now. She’s still hung up over him after all this time and even tells In Jae that they’ll meet with her on a networking party.

2. Competition, romance, and one’s fair share of hardships programmed to make you relate, hate, and adore our character’s respective journeys.

I thought that Suzy Bae’s character would simply be an aspiring individual trying to make a name for herself in the digital landscape and that she’ll meet the other characters thru work. I didn’t expect that this korean drama would be riddled with a tear-jerking backstory and I’m pleasantly excited that each of the 4 main characters are somehow connected with each other. The tension between the 2 sisters is palpable and only time will tell who between Dal Mi or In Jae is truly happy with how their lives have turned out.

Rounding up the main cast is the actual pen pal of Dal Mi, a rough around the edges but also clever guy named Han Ji Pyeong, an orphan who her grandmother briefly took care of when they were just kids. He has made it big as a senior manager at a VC company now and reluctantly orchestrates a meeting between Dal Mi and Do San. Each character is fighting for their own form of achievements and is motivated by different reasons that when we put ourselves in their shoes, will make sense. No matter who you root for (As a favorite character or Dal Mi’s love interest, hihi), I’m certain we’ll learn a thing or two from everyone.

3. It’s a tale of perseverance and pursuing your passions no matter how many people or obstacles dissuade you from doing so. Get inspired and develop your distinct and bright future as well!

Having premiered this week, the first 2 episodes (Kdrama is available in Netflix) did a good job in retelling the past, establishing the current timeline, and setting up the lovely prospects that await our cast. I’m certain we’ve all experienced some form of setback whether it was about work, relationships, or our goals — let Start-up kdrama serve as an inspiration for us to not give up and believe that better things will come our way no matter what.

Unnie Recommends: Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol

Everyone finds comfort in different things. Whether it’d be eating good food, reading books, or listening to music, we all have an affinity to a certain thing or activity that soothes our soul. Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol will be your comfort kdrama as the show belts out a charming story of fresh starts, making new connections, and finding one’s self in the midst of adversity🌸

I’m personally not a big fan of Go Ara because of all the kdramas that I watch her starred in (Hwarang, Black, Miss Hammurabi), I always found her character annoying, haha! Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol korean drama could be the one show to break that record as I actually like her character here😏

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Portraying a rich but innocent pianist, she stars as Gu Ra Ra, a cheerful woman who is about to have her picture perfect life go out of tune. To say that she’s naive is an understatement though as she has no real experience of what it’s like to work for a living and be faced with financial problems that plagued her dad. In the first 2 episodes alone, she loses her dad, is abandoned by her soon-to-be husband, and is conned into an apartment scheme and lost all her money. Despite this, she’s still beaming with smiles and looks at the brighter side of things. She’s not in denial, but it was just how she was raised in a loving and carefree environment that she beams a good-willed aura.

Ra Ra embarks on a trip to the City of Eunpo as she is intrigued by a social media handle named Dodosolsollasol geotagged in that area. She gets into an accident and is rescued by Sunwoo Jun, a man that she had a brief encounter with previously at her supposed wedding day. I’ve always been a fan of Lee Jae Wook ever since he starred as Baek Kyung in Extraordinary You. I developed a second lead syndrome for him in that kdrama as the hotheaded but secretly caring guy harboring feelings for his predestined leading lady. Jun is an aloof guy and tends to himself, but he was smitten in meeting Ra Ra the 1st time that seeing her in danger now compelled him more than ever to help her. He has his own secret past which he managed to escape when he moved to Eunpo too. Despite acting like it’s a nuisance for him being at her beck and call at the hospital, Jun enjoys spending time and taking care of her. Having no one to turn to, Ra Ra leans on him for support as well.

Perhaps the most appealing aspect of the show (Being a lighthearted & comforting watch) is also what I criticize about it as well. I know that kdramas are fictional stories (Though if you’ve lived out a hero/heroine’s journey, good for you!) and though it’s nice to imagine ourselves in their shoes, it’s still the most part not an accurate reflection of reality. Ra Ra’s downhill momentum is balanced out with Jun’s kindness and attraction, not to mention a growing interest from another potential leading man in Dr. Cha (Her attending doctor at the hospital). It’s a romanticized version of the riches to rags tale where the damsel in distress is lent a helping hand by kindhearted prince charmings. Nevertheless, I am still eager to watch the story unfold until the end. Good people attract good energy, let’s go with that!😜

Enjoy the easygoing feels and colorful melodies of friendship and love that Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol kdrama has to offer. It’s available in Netflix so it’s an accessible show for you. Oh, and if you’re curious on why the title of the show is such, all you have do is watch and find out!🎼

Unnie Recommends: 18 Again

“Given the chance, what would you tell your younger self today?” — The answer would almost always be a profound one, giving only good and helpful advice to the person we were back then. In 18 Again kdrama, one man’s choices will determine on whether he can relinquish his adulthood regrets or will he move on and start anew with the youth that he never got to fully explore.

Based on the movie 17 Again starring Zac Efron, the story highlights the life of a man who is given the opportunity to become his teenage self again. Having married his high school sweetheart who got pregnant at the time, the leading man had to grow up fast and put his basketball career dream on hold in favor of taking care of his new family.

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18 Again kdrama conforms to this main plot and follows the comedic aspects and slice of life nuggets the film provides. However, the show breathes a life of its own as new angles and characters expand what the story can be when converted to a full series. Right off the bat, I really like the humor and witnessing the subtle but definite growth each character will undergo to improve on themselves.

The titular character who gets a do-over is Hong Dae Young, a middle-aged man who is on the verge of a divorce, is stuck in the same position when he started his first job, and is not on the best terms with his 2 kids who are already in high school. As he becomes his 18 year old self again, Dae Young changes his name to Go Woo Young and introduces himself as the secret son of his best friend. He goes to the same school with his kids and tries to get close with them as he realizes that he doesn’t know them as much as he thought. He crosses paths with his wife, Jung Da Jung, often and becomes an integral part of their lives as a nosy but kindhearted teenager, unbeknownst to the very people who have grown unattached to him when he was their dad/husband.

More than the disagreements and growing apart thru time, it’s evident that personal sacrifices and frustrations drove a wedge between Dae Young and Da Jung. If you are unhappy with how your own life is going, you can become toxic and spread the the negativity to your loved ones. Da Jung is more than just a housewife as her goal was to become an anchorwoman but always got rejected due to her background of being a mother (WTF right?). She is finally hired by a broadcasting company thru a blind audition but faces a slew of challenges (and potential suitors!) as she officially achieves her dream job. I like that the show gave the wife a bigger role than in the movie as we get to know her side of the story as well. Both husband and wife will go thru new experiences that will surely bring about self-reflection and life lessons for them😊

Expect a lot of heartwarming but awkward moments between Dae Young and his family as the former takes on his younger body for what I think will consume the show’s majority. I’m certain that the time apart will be good for Dae Young and Da Jung and circumstances will eventually lure them back towards each other. Though we don’t get this kind of back to youth reset, 18 Again korean drama reminds us that it’s never too late to change and make a different decision no matter where we are in our lives💫