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Thursday, November 9, 2017

[mslee’s thoughts] Temperature of Love – Jung Sun’s Pain is Killing Me

How did I end up suffering the pains and insecurities of Jung Sun the way he feels them? Writernim and Pdnim must be doing their job and seriously letting viewers root for the protagonist while showing his emotional traumas and weaknesses. It has been a couple of weeks since I felt that the drama was slipping from the expectation I had after watching from episode 1 up to the romance part where it all feels beautiful. When they decide to go deeper to what the CEO feels towards Hyun Soo and made his character a little bit disappointing I started to lose interest in watching the subbed version right after it was shared the next day. I let time passes by and just take my time until when it will be convenient to watch the next episode. I feel that CEO Park has been disrespectful of the relationship between Jung Sun and Hyun Soo when he continues to pursue his own feelings in a selfish way. The moment he cannot figure out what matters most between friendship and business or how they started first, I somehow lose whatever fondness I have for CEO Park and go all the way to support my adorable Jung Sun. I felt that Jung Sun was being cornered by the writer making him helpless while seeing his restaurant lose customers and then CEO Park started to meddle with the business. I know he has shares and he has a right to make an appeal to Jung Sun to do reality check and make improvements but what makes him more confident in meddling was triggered by the fact that Hyun Soo is in love with Jng Su. He is trying to sway or shake the confidence of Jung Sun and Hyun Soo as well regarding their work. I am not happy the way the story is going and I am really pissed that a man of CEO Park can be stubborn to see that he has been long defeated when it comes to making Hyun Soo his woman.

But of course, Jung Sun and Hyun Soo still have the power to lure me into watching the recent episodes despite the heavy feeling that stays in my heart. Seeing both try hard to stay connected, to be trusting of each other make up for the emotional stress I feel about the storyline. But then again, writer strikes again let Hyun Soo’s mother sick who needs surgery asap. Just when Jung Sun was firmly telling Hyun Soo that he is not going anywhere, CEO Park becomes the only person who can help the family move up the surgery because of his connections to the hospital where Hyun Soo’s mom stays. How ironic that the last man Hyun Soo wants to go to for help became the hero from her family’s point of view. While Jung Sun who never go for favors from his father begged for assistance and got rejected. It tore my heart to see him trying and fail. That the only thing he can do is what he is best doing… cook healthy foods for Hyun Soo’s love ones. To make them strong physically despite the emotional turmoil they are suffering. 

But what was that scene where the family all gathered and look grateful with all smiles towards CEO Park Jung Sun witnessed? Gosh! That scene was like a salt on a wound. Jung Sun felt incapable. He felt lacking in financial assistance. He is trying but not enough. The family however is not aware that they are acting insensitive towards him. Even Hyun Soo’s dad seems patronizing when Jung Sun went to the hospital and gave them lunch box. 

I felt Jung Sun has lost his balance figuratively seeing the scene in front of his eyes. There was no room for him inside that hospital room. He was the outcast. He felt an outsider. He felt he is not Hyun Soo’s boyfriend. It was a moment when he realized he cannot do anything for them but CEO Park can and whatever it is will materialized. I feel frustrated once again. While I know Hyun Soo loves him too much, this is a scene that will somehow break Jung Sun’s stance in staying still by her side. I hate this development although this is temporary. It may not mean anything anymore to CEO Park but the damage has been done. Park may feel indecisive after his talk with Jung Sun’s mother about how he loves him as a brother or that Hyun Soo is not the only woman out there, that he may now let Hyun Soo go. Jung Sun has come to terms in that moment by the hospital door. He could be thinking he is not the right person for Hyun Soo. And I fear he would take a step back.

I wish to see his smiles. I really felt his self-esteem lowering. It’s true…love is not simply about loving each other. It has to endure, it has to be strong for both and it should be trusting amidst all odds. When outside force shakes love between two people, sometimes even the most sounding mind or judgement are clouded and that is the time that reasoning must be heard or else all will crumble.

Am I in for another twist in the drama? Will love tire itself out? Oh please writernim, have mercy on us viewers.  Jung Sun’s pain is killing me. CEO Park annoys me. Ottokeo?


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

[mslee’e thoughts] Ho Rang and Won Seok Are Finally Engaged! #BTIMFL ep 9

I have been rooting for Ho Rang all along for her ultimate dream to marry her one true love Won Seok. Perhaps others would think that she is petty to have such dreams as a woman in this modern day. Yes, there is more to life than being a wife. One can always choose careers over being a wife and explore the world as a single successful working woman without being tied down by domestic chores and children. But then, let us be honest for a minute. As a woman myself, I have always dreamed of having a perfect life with a perfect husband and beautiful children in a home I dreamed of at one point in my life. Perfect in the sense that everything will fall into place and nothing will ruin my idea of a family. Not that everything will be that kind of perfect but at least I have a picture of what I want when I marry. So this is why I always understand Ho Rang and her frustration to marry. She and Won Seok has been in a relationship for 7 years and to say that marriage is the only thing left to be done for them to be a couple in its truest sense. She has always worried about not being able to have children if Won Seok continues to put aside marriage. Well not that I don’t understand Won Seok and his worries. He has yet to be successful in his work. Both cannot afford yet to live in a much decent house than what they have right now, on a rooftop which can only accommodate a bed. 

But now, Won Seok surprised her with a ring!. I literally teared up and felt a lump in my throat. Chincha! Seriously! It was a scene that surprised me as much as Ho Rang. I felt that her happiness became my happiness for her as a viewer. It was a simple proposal. He talked about his favorite mathematician, for all I care, and even Ho Rang does not care but at the end of his speech, he simply said that there are things that cannot be proven but still true and that is like their love for each other. Theirs is an ongoing love and relationship and needs proving as they continue down the path but one thing is certain…LOVE is there. It exists. It may not be seen, they cannot wear it for people to see, but they can feel it.  It is as certain as anything that is beyond our imagination. And I totally love how these two character have been able to come to this point even if they still have a lot to learn about each other. Like any couple, man and woman interpret things differently. They have different understanding of what one wants in a relationship. Man will always see things in a direct way while women can see or feel beyond the surface. But..gwenchana! The important thing between Ho Rang and Won Seok is that they honestly love each other.

Of course, this is only the start. I have a feeling writernim might toss more hurdle in their way to preparing their wedding. But hopefully she won’t. It was already tackled in Se Hee and Ji Ho’s wedding. But if there are still loose ends until this couple have their happily ever after wedding/marriage moment I just wish that all will be well.

It is nice to watch something that brings smiles and touch your heart. Love surely makes people happy and be positive in life.

Ho Rang and Won Seok…. Fighting!!!!


Monday, October 30, 2017

[mslee's thoughts] Mad Dog - A Scam That Becomes a Conspiracy?

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Mad Dog is one of the current k drama that is really a must watch. It is about insurance fraud that takes place between an agent and a buyer. A big insurance company pays the beneficiaries. I won't say that I truly understand how it works but I do know that when a person is insured, when he dies, money will be paid off to whoever is written in the contract as the beneficiary. I have always thought that suicide won't be payable but it seems that there are some instances that it is also acceptable.

Well the story is about a team called Mad Dog who investigates insurance fraud. They go after those people who are benefiting from the payouts of the insurance company that seemed anomalous or that death of the insured ones are questionable. Because there really are those scammers that killed purposely and made it looked like an accidental death and then claimed the amount insured. 

Choi Kang Woo used to work in an insurance company but after the death of his wife and son in an airplane crash two years ago, he was devastated and started to work with people he chose to come after this scammers. The airplane crash was found as a suicide ac of one of the pilots who happened to be the older brother of Kim Min Joon. That pilot purchased an insurance worth billions of won and it seemed that Min Joon was the beneficiary.

Mad Dog team and Kim Min Joon met and as the story progressed.  Kang Woo found out his identity. It was not easy for Kang Woo to deal with the brother who killed his wife and son. But Min Joon seems to be investigating on his own and looking for something or someone. With cases on their hands, Kang Woo and his team are always following up on people who had died in what seems to be accident but also fishy at the same time. A death of a man who left a pregnant wife who will benefit from an insurance her husband left is one that Mad Dog is currently investigating. They found out that Min Joon is also friends with this woman and feels something is off. But the woman insists that her husband did not kill himself but he was killed. There was no proof so far to support her claim.


In latest episodes it seems that the President of the insurance company is in a conspiracy with Juhan Airlines. One of the agents in the insurance company was a woman who sold multiple  insurance to one man who have been getting payouts. He and the agent seems to be in cahoots. She is a top selling agent. They both were pronounced dead after. He from an accident and she from suicide. But then now it was uncovered that both were alive. And the man has a connection to the Juhan President. He is being ordered to kill the woman [insurance agent] who is in hiding.

I wonder what the conspiracy is about?

From Min Joon's investigating, his brother did not crashed the plane. It was not suicide after all. The co pilot who testified that his brother crashed that plane that day was an alcoholic and two years later, he now tells a different story. That his brother tried to upright the steering wheel of the airplane. It was true that his brother took medicines that day but they were vitamins as far as he knew. There was a message from the phone that was uncovered that he is planning to meet his young brother, Min Joon soon. Reading those text messages, there is no indication that Min Joon's brother is depressed or suicidal. He was in fact happy to see Min Joon again.

Whatever the story behind the airplane crash, whether it is an accident or what... I think there is more to the story why there is a need to hide some facts. 

Another interesting point in the drama is the chemistry between Min Joon and Jang Ha Ri. I think it would not hurt to insert some loveline between these two characters. They burn the screens with their intense chemistry and I am looking forward for skinships if there will be any or even a kiss. [grins]

Overall the story is good and has a solid plot.

Will try to add some more thoughts as the drama progresses...


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Goo Hye Sun Joins Instagram

Finally..Goo Hye Sun is on IG! She is so beautiful in her self captured photos that she shared.
Follow her @kookoo900

[screencaps] episode 4 The Package

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