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Unnie Life Lessons: Do’s and Dont’s to have Healthy Relationships by My Absolute Boyfriend

Love is such a complex and elaborate subject that can’t be explained in just one or two definitions. I’m no relationship expert but the conversations/advices that My Absolute Boyfriend conveyed seemed valid and objectively correct. I admit that I’m not a fan of this genre but watching this kdrama showed the good effects and learnings a transcendent kind of love can give✨

Even though I almost gave up finishing this because of my disappointment with how the story and characters progressed, I’m glad I pushed through and absolutely watched all 40 episodes.

Because I wanted to say so much more about My Absolute Boyfriend and interpret its ending, I wrote a separate post about it. Do check out the recap if you’re interested on what the final scene was and my thoughts on the human-robot love triangle! 🤖👨‍🦱

For a brief overview of this kdrama, check out my first impressions post!

Unnie Life Lessons

DON’T: Supress your feelings when you feel sad or upset. There’s only so much we can take as a human being and keeping sentiments bottled up is not good for the people involved. Trust that your partner will be able to understand what you feel.

  • This is a tricky set-up because the argument seems to favor no one: To the person complaining, they don’t want to come off like a whiner but they genuinely feel upset for having to put up with their loved one’s absence or shortcomings. To the person who is genuinely busy, they can feel unfairly judged because their reasons are valid and can be excused. BUT this is where Da Da got it wrong as she should have at least tried to tell Wang Joon how she felt even if it might lead to an argument.
  • We can say what we feel in a way that doesn’t come off like we’re looking for a fight. Tell them what and why you feel such emotions because keeping it bottled up only prolongs your agony. Regardless of how your partner reacts, don’t feel bad or think that your feelings are invalid. Talk it out, listen to each other, and react only when both of you have had time to really think about what has been said.

DO: Loving someone means looking out for their well-being and wanting what’s best for them even if that means you’re not always by their side or able to comfort them all the time. 

  • When you truly care about someone, isn’t it second nature for you to want to see them happy? I felt like this particular conversation between them was a foreshadowing of the future that if Da Da decides to dump him or if something goes wrong, he’ll be able to let her go because Da Da’s happiness is what matters most.

  • It’s a selfless kind of love that we can all aspire to but find hard to do because our natural instinct when we care for someone is to fight to keep them around. Prioritizing someone else’s needs can also be interpreted as you loving yourself as well — by letting go of someone you can’t keep, you are releasing yourself from the burden/pain you feel of seeing them get hurt by being with you.
  • Letting go, at least for me, can also mean not being too controlling or restricting to your loved ones. Let them have their space to pursue hobbies on their own, go on trips without you, or hang out with other people and still feel secure that your relationship won’t be affected by it. Trust that the connection you share is a different kind but is just as valid and significant like others.

  • The scene above is a testament that Want Joon has finally let Da Da go. Even if he admitted that he didn’t want their relationship to work out, the mere fact that he still helped them means that he values Da Da’s happiness more than his own. He may not have gotten Da Da back as a girlfriend in the end but he still has her as a friend — and that’s still a relationship worth cherishing.

DO: Acknowledging how you feel and owning up to it even if you don’t understand why you feel that way or uncertain of how other people might react. Being true to what you feel is a good thing because it means you are aware of what makes you happy.

  • I know I said that I’m not a fan of Da Da and Young Gu being together but her owning up to what she feels for him is a courageous confession of how he understood her feelings. I know I said in my recap post that she could just be fixated on the fact that Zero Nine gave her everything Wang Joon couldn’t anymore but if her character concluded it as romantic feelings, I can respect that.
  • We may not understand why we feel the way we feel, but we usually know how we feel in situations. We know we feel happy or uncomfortable, if we feel burdened or if we’re genuinely enjoying someone’s company — just like how Da Da felt being with Zero Nine even if it seems illogical because he is a robot. Not everything we feel is true though so take the time to sort out your emotions and don’t act out based on fleeting moments.

DON’T: Insist your own opinions and constantly barrage your loved ones with negative wisdom. You may be speaking the truth but don’t forget to be open-minded and give them a chance to explain their side. If it’s something you can learn to support, be there for them. If you really can’t, let your friend know respectfully. 

  • Da Da’s friend, Kyu Ri, kept convincing her that dating Zero Nine was absurd. To be fair, I would also be highly skeptical if my friend was dating a robot but once we air out our sentiments, we should also be open to hear our friend explain their side. 
  • We are individuals who make decisions and live our life the way we want to. We owe our loved ones the same respect and boundaries that we expect them to give to us as well. More than once, Kyu Ri lectured Da Da harshly and even set up a situation where Wang Joon and her could spend some alone time.

  • Kyu Ri was eventually able to accept their relationship as she saw Zero Nine’s genuine care for her. BUT even if she wasn’t able to support them after giving it a fair chance, it would still be okay. She shouldn’t force her opinions any longer though and respect Da Da’s decision. 
  • We may not understand or agree with everything our loved one say or do, because we are unique individuals, but it is possible to still maintain a good relationship with them. Sometimes, the best support is being honest enough to let them know that you have a different point of view, but that you can respect and not influence their minds to your favor.

DO: Stay together for the bad times. Every relationship will encounter problems and getting through these tough times will make a relationship stronger.

This has been one of my longest posts to date but I’m glad that I was able to share my thoughts on My Absolute Boyfriend’s life lessons. It may not have been the best kdrama but I still enjoyed it in my own way. Give it a try and who knows? You might appreciate it more than you think😊

Just like how love abounded with our main trio, I wish you the best in your relationships with your family, friends, and/or significant others. Be honest and talk about what you feel to each other, learn to compromise, and forgive one another. May we grow closer and our values become better each day we spend with our loved ones🌸

Unnie Recommends: Hotel Del Luna

A haven for the dead, Hotel Del Luna or Guest House of the Moon is an upscale purgatory of sorts for souls that have unfinished business in the realm of the living. With amenities such as a sky lounge overlooking the city, a beach where you can get a tan or swim to your heart’s content, our staff will ensure that your unfulfilled desires in your human form are achieved while you stay with us🌙

You’ll know where to find us once you’re dead. If you’re a lost soul wandering around on your own, we wish you the best in your own journey to the afterlife. We hope you have a pleasant stay with us.

-CEO Jang Man Weol

Current Impression

I’m liking what I see based on the first 2 episodes that premiered this week. Hotel Del Luna is sprinkled with various elements: From a period setting (Where it all began), to fantasy aspects with the hotel catering to the dead, with a dash of romcom (I’m assuming the 2 leads will form a romance), and a whole lot of horror mystery.

Our titular female is Jang Man Weol (Played by Kpop star IU), tasked to manage the supernatural home as a form of repentance for killing a number of people. Not many details have been provided about her past life as the episode fastforwards into modern day Korea. She is feisty, full of angst, stylish boss but does her job of managing the hotel well. Not dead but not fully alive, Man Weol is not your average female protagonist and I am loving it😈 Due to a deal she made with our leading man’s (Yeo Jin Goo stars as Koo Chan Sung) father where in exchange for saving his life, she gets to have Chan Sung as an adult.

Chan Sung is a smart and handsome man who works at luxury hotels as a manager. He comes back to Korea after the 20 year deadline hoping that the deal his father made has been void. Mang Weol is eager to collect what is hers and gifts him with the ability to see ghosts to give him a hard time to work properly at his other job. Yeo Jin Goo expresses more emotions here than his last kdrama (I’m talking to you My Absolute Boyfriend😠) and his kindhearted & rational character is a nice contrast to IU’s narcissistic ways.

For a human to be seeing ghosts constantly, Chan Sung is handling it pretty well. He is very reluctant in working at the hotel but due to his kind disposition and Man Weol’s coaxing, he gets entangled with Hotel Del Lunas affairs. I’m certain Chan Sung will play a big part in Mang Weol’s journey back to her humanity but I’m not sure what’s in it for him. I have a hunch he’ll eventually replace her as the owner as she finds peace herself but let’s see what the future holds for our unlikely, bickering duo.

Hotel Del Luna is like a rest stop for lost souls who need time to do something on Earth before leaving for the afterlife. We don’t know when we’ll perish and to be given a chance to fulfill such wishes and prepare ourselves for what’s to come is comforting. Let’s look forward to a visual treat and a pleasurable stay as we check in indefinitely at Hotel Del Luna.🏰

Unnie Life Lessons: 4 Missions Accomplished in Angel’s Last Mission: Love

Are we merely fulfilling the destiny laid out for us or can we change our fates depending on our actions? Angel’s Last Mission: Love shows us that we have the power to alter our destiny but it is not without sacrifices and hardships.

The lead actress (Shin Hye Sun) and lead actor (L) were superb in this kdrama and I hope that they will be catapulted into further stardom because of this kdrama!💫 It was such a high intensity show with all the shouting, rage, and cat & mouse angles certain episodes brought. Balancing out the tense moments were the comedic chops of our angel, Kim Dan, and the subtle but growing love he shared with Yeon Seo were great moments that made the show more exciting to watch.

For a brief overview of Angel’s Last Mission: Love, please read my previous post to get to know this romcom melodrama a bit better!

Unnie Life Lessons

1. Yeon Seo was able to find love and live a life overcoming her scars of losing loved ones and being unable to dance because of her blindness. She emerged a stronger and happier person because she enabled herself to do so💃🏻

  • Yeon Seo was so used to being alone and miserable she never thought about how other people might feel of her coming back and automatically getting the lead role in Giselle. She didn’t take Kim Dan’s advice like an entitled heiress but rather, she even suggested to hold an audition to be fair. It shows her willingness to compromise and work with others sincerely.

  • Although Kim Dan was highly influential to her path to recovery, it was still her choice if she wanted to listen to him. It was on her own accord to reach out to the ballet corps and sincerely compliment Ni Na of her amazing audition as Giselle. She remained temperamental and wasn’t the most approachable person around but people learned to appreciate her true nature as well.

  • It takes a lot of courage to open up and try to get along with people who clearly don’t like you. It’s not easy to think of others given what Yeon Seo has been through herself but she understood that her dreams and hopes are not hers alone; other people get upset or have the same aspirations like her. We can feel as if our own pain is the worst and most brutal compared to others but we can’t compare what we feel to another’s because we’ll never know the magnitude of what one is feeling unless we are them.

2. Our resident angel upheld good values and preached the teachings of God to practically everyone he met. Even if Kim Dan got entangled with human business and rebeled against the norm, his intentions were pure and his actions consistently reflected that of a good person.

  • Never one to be quiet about his feelings, Kim Dan said what he wanted to even if it’s toward an audience that didn’t want to hear his opinion. He told Yeon Seo what she needed to hear and fought for his mission to help her find love again. I think he also learned that humans get frustrated and fixated on things that may not make sense for his angel persona but he adapted well enough to give Yeon Seo the space she needed because she was overcoming her own fears and insecurities.

  • He saw with his own eyes how evil crept its way into Yeon Seo’s life and by falling in love with her did he start to doubt God’s grand plans for her. Angel’s Last Mission: Love imparts that it’s okay to be confused and angry with your faith — I think that only by questioning your beliefs will you slowly realize the reason and purpose of your struggles. In the end, even if we are tempted to commit a sin, we are anchored to our core values that remind us of what is right. Even when we make mistakes, our beliefs will tell us to repent and ask for forgiveness.

3. We will probably never fully comprehend the reasons why tragic events happen in our life. Not defying what is morally good despite questioning the events of our life is a sacrifice we should strive for. A better tomorrow will come even if we can’t imagine it.

  • Kim Dan felt frustrated and confused as to why he can’t save Yeon Seo because saving someone from murder is good right? But it also makes sense that as an angel, he can’t meddle with human affairs especially with matters of life and death. He almost killed Ru Na as the person responsible for Yeon Seo’s attempted murders to desperately prevent any more harm to come to her but he stopped himself because he knew that it would be a grave sin to do so.

  • I’m not saying to blindly follow a set of rules established by an invisible deity and hope that by not breaking any of them, you won’t have a hard time. Even if you don’t believe in God, you still follow a set of guidelines that tell you what is objectively right or wrong. Things happen for a reason and I believe that once we get past the confusion and pain, we’ll find this life worth living for✨

4. Yeon Seo and Kim Dan were given a miracle and can spend the rest of their lives together as human beings. They don’t know the exact reason why this was allowed and it didn’t happen immediately but this could be God’s plan for them all along.

  • Kim Dan was forgiven for his sin of falling in love with a human and remained an angel. Yeon Seo became the chairman of Fantasia and continued to live her life well despite Dan’s absence. It was then revealed that Kim Dan was allowed to be with her all this time but he was invisible to the human eye. One fateful day as Seo Yeon was contemplating on the bench where they first interacted, she was finally able to see him as his handkerchief (Identity to be an angel) disappeared.

  • We pray and hope for good things but when we experience unforseen bad moments, we clamor for the fairness and balance God claims He is. I believe that when we live diligently and trust in a higher power, God will bless us with the very thing we prayed so earnestly for or maybe something more. Miracles can happen in our lives… or it won’t. We can’t give up and let time take away our remaining days as a mortal being because even if the pain seems unbearable now, I truly believe that the feeling will pass and reasons to live will find its way to us.

We’ve always been taught that God is all knowing and that He already knows what will happen to us. Thanks to Angel’s Last Mission: Love, I’d like to believe that if change is the only constant thing in this world, then our unpredictability as humans can also move His heart, forgive us, and bring about changes in His plans for us❤️

Unnie Recommends: A Love – Hate Relationship with One Spring Night (But mostly Love!)

Sometimes the most random encounters are those that make an impact in our lives. The memory stays with us longer than we expect and we wonder if such a casual event has more than what it initially offered. In “One Spring Night”, two strangers meet at a pharmacy and make a strong first impression on each other. Little by little, they find out that such a random meeting was a first of many more undiscovered connections they both share with each other.

Current Impression

Love: The story portrays men/women who are almost 30 years of age or above. Do you ever wonder if you’re living differently or similar to other people your age? The emotions, sentiments, and mindset you have — worries, goals, pleasure, are all valid.

Since we’re of similar age, I feel like it’s easier for me to relate and connect with such characters. With topics such as marriage, weighing responsibilities against having a personal life, and the opposite sex attraction but “I have issues” being explored, it feels good to see how others interpret such issues and that it’s okay not to give into the pressure.

Han Ji Min just recently concluded “The Light In your Eyes” kdrama and she’s still fantastic here portraying Jeong In, a librarian who is in a long relationship with her boyfriend (Ki Seok) but finds herself getting curious about the pharmacist she meets one day. It is immediately introduced that she has boyfriend whom she has been dating for awhile but they aren’t affectionate or seem that invested in each other. They update each other about their daily lives but it’s obvious that they both find a companion only in each other.

She is confident, opinionated, goes out for the occasional drink with her friend and seems like a good person. Her hesitation about getting married to her boyfriend I think has more to do with her unsure feelings for him and not about her random encounter at a pharmacy.

It’s normal for us to feel attracted to other men sometimes even when we’re in a relationship and to feel excited about imagining things. We are merely human beings who possess a myriad of emotions that vary from time to time, may it be pure intentions or clouded with malice. But…

Hate: Curiosity gets the best of us and even if we think that it’s harmless, our personal intentions and feelings are not always the best judge of action. The line between what’s right and wrong are blurred easily.

Jeong In meets Yoo Ji Ho, the friendly pharmacist who even if she didn’t have any money to pay for the hangover medicine she bought, was kind enough to let her go for the meantime and pay him back another time. Their next encounters are filled with awkward tension but you get a sense of attraction between them.

Ji Ho is a quiet and simple man who is a single dad, he lives separately from his family and kid so he could live closer to work. He tells Jeong In this fact immediately, perhaps to get it over with and see how she’ll react, but she is not deterred from this. Their world is smaller than they thought as it turns out, Ji Ho plays basketball with Ki Seok (Jeong In’s boyfriend) and they even have dinner together with the whole team one night.

It is Jeong In who initiates to Ji Ho that they become friends. We all know that this is just poking the beast, stirring the pot, and may all the other metaphors of giving in to temptation be applied. When he mentioned how her boyfriend would react, she told him that she wants to be respected and that he shouldn’t assume or worry about things she hasn’t mentioned. Oh come on! That’s like giving a signal to Ji Ho that something can happen between them and she’s willing to explore a possibility of a “relationship” with him. They can’t be just friends, not when you just met someone whom you’re clearly attracted to. If we’re hurting someone, unintentionally but still we do something towards that end, it’s just wrong. But with that said,

Love: Real life is messy and unpredictable. It’s nice to know that other people (even TV characters) go through the same ordeals as we do.

It seems too early to say on what will happen to our leading duo, given that only 4 episodes (1 episode is split into 2 intervals) have been shown. I love that One Spring Night holds many possibilities, whether they eventually become a couple, will Jeong In’s family approve, or how Jeong In deals with Ji Ho’s son are chapters reminiscent of what we, everyday people, can or have already experienced.

One Spring Night is a melodrama romance where conversations are emphasized and purposeful while background music hits when characters are walking, running, or thinking their time away. Although I feel like some might find the show’s muted tones and slow paced scenes boring, who knows? You might learn to love (and hate) this kdrama more than you think😙

Unnie Recommends: 3 Things to love about Angel’s Last Mission: Love

When tragedy strikes, do you rise to the occasion and live well amidst the adversity or do you dance your way further into darkness? Do you forsake the heavens for your misfortune or fight to have a good life still..? A tale of anguish, hope, and finding yourself again — there’s so many good things to say about this new korean drama: Angel’s Last Mission: Love.

Current Impression

Wow, just wow.. this kdrama got me shivering (literally) in the first few minutes of the opening scene. Ballerinas dance to the music of “Swan Lake” as a prima ballerina, Lee Seo Yeon, prepares to enter the stage. In what seems like a nightmare, she wakes up screaming as the last thing she sees before she wakes is a glass shard almost piercing her eye. We learn that it wasn’t just a dream, and our lead female protagonist is indeed blind.

  1. Get some tissues and prepare to have a good cry as this kdrama will surely bring out the water works in you! With a beautiful story, there are laced sad events and life altering changes that define a hero/heroine. Whether we admit it or not, we might find some solace or relate to their current state in life.

Shin Hye Sun’s character getting blind due to an accident and the aftermath of her coping with her condition is heartbreaking and at the same time admirable. Her acting skills here are amazing as well, I can’t imagine what it’s like to act like a blind person and have to frown and shout all the time as her role leaves her broken, miserable, and just spiteful toward anyone around her.

It’s been 3 years since the accident and her request for a cornea donation keeps getting cancelled at the last minute. Although she drowns herself in pain, she still exercises, is very sharp, and still loves to dance. She’s been through so much and although this doesn’t excuse her harsh behavior, I understand that her sadness and loneliness comes from a very dark place and everyone has a different way of dealing with their emotions.

2. Balancing out the heaviness is comedic moments that can relieve the darkness overshadowing our path to brighter days. The titular angel brings about fun and laughter to accompany your kdrama journey.

As much drama and teary eyed Lee Yeon Seo’s character can evoke, it’s the complete opposite for our angel, Kim Dan. He provides the light comedy with his wacky reactions and goofy expressions, it’s such a natural charisma for the actor (L) to be like this that I’m glad he got this role. His 2 previous kdramas were not the best fit for him so I’m happy to see him thrive on this one. His character talks to himself a lot and sometimes addresses God too in his scenes so expect to smirk or appreciate his portrayal as both an angel and human well.

He becomes a human when he is tasked with his final mission (before going to heaven) to help Lee Seo Yeon find love in 100 days. This is sort of a punishment for him because he meddled in life & death affairs by saving her from a car accident. He does sometimes interfere with everyday life by lending a helping hand to those who need it, be it humans or animals, but not to the point where he can save a life or harm anyone. When he meets Seo Yeon though, his patience and goodwill is tested to the limits as he finds out that getting her to fall in love is harder than he thought when he eventually works as her secretary.

3. You will learn at least 1 or 2 new life lessons. Accept this as a mission of watching this korean drama.

I’m already loving the facts of life our resident angel has been saying to Seo Yeon or to himself. It doesn’t mean that just because you haven’t experienced a serious tragedy that Angel’s Last Mission: Love isn’t for you, it might bring about new realizations and insights. As for people who might be going through something similar, though there might not be the presence of a guardian angel by your side helping you to resolve your problems, know that better days will come as long as you have the will to get better.

*Bonus:

Did I mention that the soundtrack is also very beautiful? Although it adds to the heaviness of the kdrama, the melody is melancholy but at the same time has an uplifting tone as well. I’ve been trying to research the title but haven’t found it yet but you’ll know what I’m talking about when you get to the scene on the bridge in episode 1.

We are often told that things happen for a reason. Not all events in our life will be good, there will always be painful and unexplainable moments where we’ll question what it means to even live. There’s nothing wrong in being sad or upset, embrace it even, but don’t let the darkness swallow you completely. Let’s never forget to sparkle and not give up the one and only precious life we are given✨

Unnie Recommends: My Absolute Boyfriend in 3 Sentence Recaps

What happens when a robot develops human emotions? Are we heading to a society where robots can actually become our companions who display real feelings? My Absolute Boyfriend tickles our fancies with this idea as it tells the tale of a male robot and a human female falling in love with each other and what can ensue between this kind of connection.

Current Impression

I’m not too keen on another robot/AI kdrama because the last one I saw (Are You Human Too?) had an unsatisfying ending for me and I’m beginning to worry about this one too. Nevertheless, My Absolute Boyfriend’s first 4 episode’s romcom vibes and gorgeous visuals are just impossible to resist 😍 And I’m not just talking about the actor Yeo Jin Goo’s oozing aura here! 

1. Girl gets dumped by boy.

Eom Da Da (Portrayed by Bang Min Ah) is a special effects make-up artist who happens to be in a relationship with a famous actor, Ma Wang Joon. They’ve been in a secret relationship for 7 years and the first scene they had together fake fighting about Da Da getting rid of his make-up, I had a hunch that something was up and I was right.

Their brief playful interaction was really sweet though but Wang Joon joked about breaking up and it turned out to be his true sentiments. Like he claims, he has changed over time. I believe that he still cares for Da Da very much but the pressure of being a rising star and the fact that they can’t declare their love has taken a toll on him.

2. Girl meets Zero Nine (Robot).

Da Da is devastated and there was even a scene where she hid in his house’s bathroom because she wanted to surprise him one night. She didn’t anticipate that he would be having guests over and when she got busted, Wang Joon said that she was his stalker. It was a heartbreaking scene and it was such a bad blow to Da Da. Separating her from a love life perspective, I love her character here — she’s smart, creative, passionate, and a loyal person (Not only to Wang Joon I believe). But I like that she’s not all that put together, meaning she’s still trying to find confidence and maybe a little more self love in the process.

When she meets Zero Nine (Yeo Jin Goo), it was an accidental activation of his system as she happened to kissed him on the lips (1st picture above is reference) when he toppled over her.

3. Zero Nine becomes (rather insists) to be girl’s boyfriend.

The titular boyfriend stars Yeo Jin Goo, he is initally called Zero Nine (His serial number) and eventually named as Young Goo (by Da Da), is a romantic partner robot designed for dating. In order to save him from going to an abusive owner, his guardian stowed him away but instead got delivered to Da Da’s house by mistake. Women fawn over him and find him very attractive so for Da Da not to have this “natural” reaction is proof that humans indeed have unique & different interests and that programmed things can still encounter errors.

Last week’s premiere gave us a glimpse of how Da Da will influence Young Goo’s robotic senses and develop human emotions. It’s not yet explained how advanced the technology is and if the humanistic tendencies is a natural evolution for Young Goo but I am intrigued on how this kdrama will address the issue.

I don’t know what kind of relationship, realistically speaking, a human and robot can have so even if the chemistry between Da Da and Zero Nine is nice, I’m still a bit skeptical of the end result. Even if Young Goo’s purpose is to be a boyfriend to someone, anticipate more than just romantic sparks to fly between our main characters. If a machine can learn to have human emotions, what more can humans produce if not the same or a higher level of knowledge and understanding? 😉

Unnie Life Lessons: 4 Ways to Laugh and Live a Good, Mistake Filled Life from Welcome to Waikiki 2

Welcome to Waikiki 2 is fully booked and had a good run but it seems like the gang will be forever entangled with money problems, career struggles, and making mistakes. The show ended with everyone still trying to find success but the promise of them being all together for the ride is the heart of this show.

Honestly though the 1st season was perfect as the kdrama wrapped up each character’s story beautifully. Although there were open ended arcs and a few more details we could have been fed, there was no pressing curiosity that needed to be further explored. Welcome to Waikiki 2 wasn’t as good as the first one and I felt like they recycled some of the plot devices used previously as well. I felt that the last episode was rushed although kdramas naturally have a 16 episode run, this one felt premature.

Welcome to Waikiki 2 did a good job though like the first season in featuring the 6 characters lives individually and as a group. You get to know little by little who each person is and get to know their highs and woes equally. But if I have to be critical, the characters of Jung Eun and Soo Yeon weren’t really explored. I felt that the show focused Jung Eun liking Jun Ki only and although it showed that she was a good friend to him, her own character didn’t shine through. Soo Yeon had more emotions to show because of her father’s bankruptcy and romance with Woo Shik but she always had a doe eyed look and bland personality. But all in all, every chatacter got a chance to be seen and heard enough to support them in whatever emdeavor they embarked on.

It’s up to our imaginations to think of what kind of future life has in store for our beloved gang. For a brief overview of the show, please read my previous post to catch up.

Unnie Life Lessons

1. Pursuing something you love and having a hard time is worth the effort and hardships. At the end of the day, at least you know that you’re working towards a dream/goal that you truly are passionate about.

  • Jun Ki was telling Jung Eun that auditioning for minor roles and not knowing whether he’ll get the part is exhausting but he would rather keep trying than doing something else that he doesn’t love. Not everyone is lucky to do something they love for work or even just a hobby because of financial or physical hindrances. His character in this kdrama has always been sure of his love for acting, optimistic, and can endure humiliating and low key roles that it makes one root for him to succeed even more (Although he had already found success in the 1st season as he portrayed an important character in a kdrama but for story purposes, he’s still struggling in season 2).

  • Knowing what you want and actually taking action for it is admirable in itself as any endeavour takes sacrifice and money. There’s the added pressure of time too because as we grow older, it’s natural that we fear to take on more risks especially if our decisions can affect the lives of others. This may not be realistically probable for everyone but know that doing something you love, even if others may look down on you or disapprove, is okay 🙂
  • You don’t need to have everything figured out because it takes time to sort out what you really want to do. If you’re someone who is pursuing something they really want to do but is having a tough time, don’t give up as your conviction for following your dreams will yield good results. For those who are working hard for a job that they don’t necessarily like (but have to) and have other interests, find the time to do it on your spare time. You never know what could happen if you allot even a few hours of your day doing something you love.

2. The famous quote in the movie Forrest Gump goes:

My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You’ll never know what you’re gonna get.

  • Ki Bong was let go in his baseball team because his shoulder injury had recurred again. He became obsessed with a box of chocolates that tasted so delicious to divert his attention elsewhere. Yu Ri told him that life isn’t comprised of good moments only but that there will be sad and bitter events too.
  • Each day is a surprise and we won’t know the wonderful things or struggles that will occur — if it happens, then it happens. I just felt bad for Ki Bong because he loved playing baseball ever since he was a kid so it is extremely difficult for him to go through this. Regardless though of how hard or manageable our life can get, we must pick ourselves up and not avoid the difficult times. A sweet chocolate will pop out soon enough.

3. Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you can forgive others or vice versa, have the courage to forgive yourself too and start over.

  • In the middle of this season, Jun Ki felt ashamed and guilty for accepting a role that his hoobae (Junior colleague) helped him get. He was berated by the fact that being righteous won’t get him far as an actor and using connections to get a role is no big deal. When Jun Ki saw the actual actor who auditioned & got the role before him beg the director for another chance, he decided to quit acting for good.
  • Jung Eun helped Jun Ki ask that same actor for forgiveness and in turn, he was able to cheer up and forgive himself too. We are often harder on ourselves than anyone else because we build certain expectations on ourselves or carry the blame of knowing we did something wrong to heart. Admitting our mistakes & accepting that fact to move forward should go hand in hand.

  • We are imperfect human beings. This is not an excuse to just give up and not try at all, it’s just that we can breathe a little easier knowing that when something we work hard for doesn’t work out, we don’t have to blame ourselves severely. We can get a fresh start, improve, and have a burden-free state of mind.

4. Life doesn’t always go the way we want it to, we will always make mistakes and have bad days. We can’t let the thought of failing stop us from living or taking chances to improve our lives.

  • Welcome to Waikiki 2 has no shortage when it comes to financial and career problems. Even in season 1, the balance in trying to run the guest house while pursuing their individual goals and getting into relationships showcased a realistic slice of life problem. But time and time again, the gang was able to continue with the flow of their lives and found reasons to smile despite their dilemmas.

  • We musn’t forget that we can seek comfort and advice from our family and friends when things get too tough for us to handle alone. Ki Bong helped Yu Ri open a food truck business, Soo Yeon got a chance to be a reporter with Jun Ki’s help, and Jung Eun was encouraged by Jun Ki to not quit acting altogether.

  • Living in this day and age will never be a smooth sailing journey but we can always bounce back from our hardships and move forward. We have to at least try and do something as to have no regrets.

As the guesthouse closes for a 2nd time around, I’m happy I got to watch this chapter filled with new tenants. If the Welcome to Waikiki series has proven anything, making mistakes is okay — learn from the experience and live to fight another day. In the immortal words of Jun Ki, “Kenchana, kenchana!” (It’s okay, it’s okay) 😊