2022 is for New Beginnings

And just like that, 2020 is gone, my 32 day vacation leaves are complete and it’s 2022 and back to work.

There are so many things I’m looking forward to for this new year. I moved to a new job (starting tomorrow). I’m excited to meet new people, work on a new industry and take on a much bigger role that I used to have. Exciting and scary, but I’m ready for the challenge!

Taking on a new role also means I finally have more time for myself. No more work til the wee hours in the morning (yehey!) which means, more time to watch (double yehey!). There are so many dramas I’m looking forward to watch next year — mostly drama comebacks of my fave stars — So Ji Sub (OMG!!!), Jang Hyuk (in another historical drama), Kim Nam Gil (yes, he will have 2 dramas), Lee Jong Suk (about time!), Lee Joon Gi (another revenge drama but I’ll take it), Ha Jung Woo (eek!!! he’s back with Hwang Jung Min) and Jo In Sung (with bestie Cha Tae Hyun and Han Hyo Joo).

I still want to watch more Chinese and Japanese dramas — there are so many I don’t know where to squeeze them in but I will find the time.

Lastly, I wish the pandemic will be over by mid- or end-2022 because I miss travelling to Korea, watching Kpop concerts and Kdrama stars fan meeting. Until then, please everyone, stay healthy and strong, and keep on Kdrama dreaming! 🙂

The Raincoat Killer (2021)

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Documentary: The Raincoat Killer: Chasing a Predator in Korea
Country: South Korea
Episodes: 3
Aired: Oct 22, 2021
Aired On: Friday
Original Network: Netflix
Duration: 50 min.

Review:
Very chilling documentary about the first serial killer in South Korea. I heard this inspired several Kdrama and movies like Taxi Driver and The Chaser.

He doesn’t wear a raincoat when he kills his victims, he uses a sledgehammer to hit his victims’ head, chops the bodies into 16-18 pieces, and buries them in a bamboo grove behind a temple. He was convicted for 21 murders. Horrifying.

This 3 episode show are narrated by the different retired police chief, detectives, profiler, and CSI during the between 2003-2004. They talked about how the first murders started, how they tried to look for evidences, linked the different cases and finding the evidences. They also talked about what went wrong, what they could have done better, and how it changed their whole system. What was missing I think was a little background on the killer and why he was killing people. But maybe he was too delusional and they couldn’t get anything.

Watch this if you like true crime and if you’re curious about Korean history.

Q1 2021 Drama List Report

Hello! Just wanted to recap all dramas that i completed watching from Jan to March 2021.

January 2021
1. Kairos – 9/10
2. Hot Stove League – 9/10
3. The Penthouse S1 – 9/10

February 2021
4. Delayed Justice – 8/10
5. Lovestruck in the City – 7/10

March 2021
6. Awaken – 8.5/10
7. True Beauty – 9/10
8. Homemade Love Story – 7.5/10
9. Love Alarm S2
10. This Guy is the Biggest Mistake in My Life (JDrama)

Total Completed Dramas in Q1 is 10.

Movies:
1. What Happened to Mr Cha – 6/10
2. Korean Pork Belly Rhapsody – 9/10
3. Space Sweepers
4. I Can Speak – 8.5/10

Ongoing:

  • L.U.C.A The Beginning
  • Once Again
  • The Penthouse S2
  • Scripting Your Destiny
  • Oh Master
  • Sisyphus The Myth
  • Vincenzo
  • Romantic Doctor Kim S1
  • Navillera

Happy New Year 2021!

Thank you 2020 is over and we survived. I gave up on writing new years’ resolution years ago because I know i usually don’t complete them (haha). Instead, i just continue to do my best in my personal life and career, because i want to be more flexible, esp amidst a world of uncertainty.

For me, a healthy mindset is more important because that’s what will help me cope and thrive in this new normal. But still, some minimum goals are needed so we dont feel like we wasted our time and efforts.

In terms of my watching habits, i think i fid a good job last year in spicing up the kind of dramas i watch. For example, i have started watching more dramas based on plot, and as a result, i discovered new actors and actresses like Lee Yuri and Yeong Junghun in Lies of Lies. Similarly, i have found a new appreciation for my old favorites like Jang Hyuk and Kim Haneul.

I have watched more OCN dramas and scifi, crime dramas than i used to, something i have always want to but never had a chance given my lack of time. I have changed my opinion on Chinese dramas, i think there are some good dramas out there, and not as cheesy and cringey as i thought most of them are.

As i enter the new year, i wish to continue giving myself time to watch dramas. If i watched 49 dramas last year, i’m hoping to watch 50 this year, or more. I promise to watch more Chinese (and/or Taiwanese) dramas this year. And more of those historical Chinese dramas (eg Ashes of Love). I promise to watch more Japanese dramas (i only watched on last year).

I promise to watch more sageuks (eg. Kim Yoo Jung and Kim Sohyun’s new dramas). I promise to watch the old fantastic dramas I’ve always wanted to but keep putting off (eg. Stranger, Signal, Romantic Dr Kim). Speaking of which, i would like to watch more medical dramas since that’s the genre that i only watch once or twice a year. I want to watch more asian movies.

I will continue to work on my unboxing videos of Kdrama OSTs and Kpop Cds in my Youtube channel. And lastly, I will continue writing about Kdramas.

Happy new year and stay healthy!