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Nirvana in Fire (Wow!)

When you cannot let go of a fictional character: Lin Shu (Xiao Shu)/Mei Changsu/Su Zhe

For his brevity, humour, wittiness, endless strategic planning==; and sleeps, sidekicks and a damn! very understanding partner.

In a Good Way
Because I love writing my opinions without needing to validate and cross-referencing with anything. Let’s just say this is a therapy from scientific writing.

The drama starts solid, might have been too slow because my brain goes very fast to know what’s next and fizzled out at the end so I spend plenty of time skipping the staring and the uninteresting characters which is funny as I wrote this because I love the characters. There are no jerks and there are no bitches. Everyone is so likeable and understanding. There is very little angst and it really tells the journey of these college students in a very relatable and realistic way and I love it for it.

Liu Chuan: He is the perfect seniors you met at the university. He is kind (real kind, not in a sarcastic way at all, because I met too many sarcastic guys at uni that I became desensitized to it), athletic, active in clubs, top-scorer, popular (with boys, girls and lecturers) and since this is a drama, he has a secret. Lol. Not as in double-personality or anything makjang, it’s just that he has an expectation to meet once he graduated. And that expectation is a huge one and something that he is reluctant to fulfil.

Jia En: She is a pretty normal girl, a dork, someone who strive to keep her grades, a thoughtful person, keen to learn, a filial daughter, someone who looks up to Liu Chuan (because he is oh-so-worthy) like her mentor, respectful to her seniors, and humble. She is a very, very normal girl and I love her for it. I find it hard to find a heroine like her in any dramas so I really enjoy her character.

2nd male lead: because I don’t care about him that I just cannot remember his character's name. He is the character that I find most unlikeable because of the amount of screen time that he gets. But he has one redeeming factor, his steadfast and straightforward love. And I think his character got the most character development in the story. So, I kinda enjoy his character in the latter half when the drama plot starts to fizzle out which is a shame because I end up not watching it that much.

Bai Xuen: She is the female version of Liu Chuan. They might be the mirror image of each other and the reason why Liu Chuan never consider her as a romantic partner. If it’s not because of the chemistry between Liu Chuan and Jia En I would have shipped these two because I always wonder what would happen when two perfect people are together. Why it never happens before in drama (because two positive charges repel each other)? An undramatic drama. That’s what it will be.

I love the ending (might not be a popular opinion). It is so realistic. Like the rest of the drama. 

Cheese in the Trap
Drama vs Webtoon vs Movie (in the order of discovery)

I love the Drama. It’s warm, fuzzy, and make my heart flutter, the shots are beautifully made and it introduced me to this story which I am forever grateful. Since we have three versions of this material and there seems to be plenty of comparisons on it I just want to add my two cents. This is my personal opinion of it so take it with very little grain of salt.


Yoo Jung: Park Hae Jin is Yoo Jung. There is no doubt about it. Jung is warm and chilling at the same time. To be honest, I always thought it was a miracle that he fell in love with Hong Seol. He seems to be the guy that will always do the right thing and meets every expectation piled up on him. I have a feeling that if he didn’t meet Seol then he will marry anyone that his father chose for him, take over the company and just live a life like that, never really feel the need to reveal himself to anyone. Content but perhaps not so happy.
Drama Yoo Jung: With the materials presented in the drama, stalker, assignments and everything, I always thought that someone cannot live an adult life like that. I mean when you are a school kid, sure, you can go around backstabbing people and plot against other people demises but to do that as an adult is downright childish and cruel. But that is Yoo Jung, he has his child-like trait but he is also cruel to the person that use him as a leverage. He always allows a certain amount of pushovers because he do not want to be an outcast but he pretty much hides his true feelings all the time. He put on a different mask on every occasion and people that he met (I mean almost everyone did that too) but he also plots people’s demises!? I just cannot accept that. So, I always like the open ending of it (because it left so much room for imagination and my imagination can run wild) that Yoo Jung went somewhere else to discover himself because I truly think he cannot live like that for the rest of his life. He needs to know that his actions are wrong and the key to live a happy life is communication. No matter how trivial that sound, Say it! Out Loud! That you are not happy!
But then, I read other people’s opinions on why they hate the ending. It’s because they want to see the process of Yoo Jung discovering himself. That is a very valid opinion because he is the main lead after all and this story is about him and Seol manoeuvring their life and responsibilities.

But the thing I dislike the most about the drama is the controversies surrounding it. It starts to eclipse the drama itself but I do think the outcry is valid.
Movie Yoo Jung: They properly explain his struggle and dilemma and pretty much stays true to his character. Though the 2 hours movie is definitely not enough to show the complexity of his character well.

My interpretation of Seol: My interpretation of Seol from the webtoon is she has some steel inside her, playful and slightly awkward (as we all are during our university’s life).
Drama Seol: She is so skittish and when she did stand up it’s because of desperation. She is a complete pushover which makes it really hard for me to watch because it’s so real. Her struggle is real and Kim Go Eun acts that part to perfection. But she is also lacking the steel that I felt like a crucial characterization for her to be together with Yoo Jung. She always needs to be push to the verge first before taking any action and looking at her suffocates me so much.
Movie Seol: Oh Yeon Seo takes on Seol is closer to the webtoon. She has grace (perhaps too graceful) in her and some steel with a sense of humour and sarcasm that is Seol. I can totally see her be with Jung for the rest of their life (let’s admit it, I am a sucker for happy ending) because Yoo Jung is going to take over the company and he needs a partner by his side that can manoeuvre through the society with grace and wits.

My interpretation of Inho: Explosive, reckless, I don’t give much a damn but do not hurt any girl in front of me because I have a childhood trauma of watching my sis abused when I was young and being helpless to do anything about it.
Drama Inho: Might not be a popular opinion but I do not like Seo Kang Joon interpretation of him. Let’s get this over this. I do not like his acting. That’s harsh but that’s the harshest I can be to him. He is a young and new actor then and perhaps is too pretty for Inho role. He tries too hard to be thug-like that I cringe when I look at him acting with the devil-may-care attitude. I kept on thinking he is ‘acting’ this part and my standard of good acting is when I can stop thinking that this actor is acting and the character really comes to life. With the amount of screen time that he gets I was hoping that he may settle into his character and rope his way into my heart but that didn’t happen so I basically skip all his scenes because he is the opposite kind of painful to watch to the drama Seol.
Movie Inho: I love him. He is endearing, slightly reckless, protective of his Noona and has chemistry with everyone in it. He looks great with Seol, Jung and Inha. He has this very convincing I don’t care swag (very important to me) and perhaps is less explosive and crazy than the original Inho but he makes a very believable Inho.

My interpretation of Inha: Bitchy, conniving, vain and loud.
Drama Inha: Lee Sung Kyung was not bad in it. I love her over-the-top actions (even when there are negative critics of her take on the character from the beginning). But I also realized of her limitation in acting the scenes. Her eyes are not convincing enough. Her eyes are not crazy enough. It was like she is pretending to be bat-shit crazy so that people wouldn’t step on her (not really bitchy crazy. That could also be her defence mechanism in her everyday life so I pretty much accept that). But yeah, her acting is definitely off. No offence to Lee Sung Kyung fans. I love her in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. She embodies the character well. I don’t care about critics saying her physique is not right and everything. She is an actress and a model. I wouldn’t want her to have a body of an athlete for a role and then struggle to shed off the weight because netizens can be downright harsh with body size. I want everyone to eat healthily and be happy with their body (okay, I’ll stop here. This is Cheese in the Trap).
Movie Inha: Man, what a difference a veteran can make. She is really crazy and vain and there is a shimmering violent inside her. Too bad she has very little screen time because I would have loved to see her confrontation with Jung and Jung’s father.

Eun Tak and Bora: Both are equally good in drama and movie.

This is getting too long.

Drama: I hate the second half. I want more Yoo Jung. Period.

Movie: There is very little time to explore everything and it may have cheated the viewers with the chapter thingy and as for me I watched this movie knowing what’s coming next and it really helps to put everything into perspective. Other than that, it was a very bland movie. I don’t know, I love everyone in it, but I don’t feel anything after watching it other than everyone acts really well.

I’ve got the feeling that the real villain in this story is Jung’s father. Jung, Inha and Inho are just three broken children who really want to receive love above everything else. They are just pretty much very normal because I do think everyone carries a trauma. Whether you overcome it or not, you live on, right.

I miss my co-workers and fellow students who has gone through the same journey with me. Everyone has move on with their life while I am sill stuck in this place. My new year starts with a tremendous feeling of anxiousness and apprehension.

5 X 10
2018 marks 10 years of my journey with Arashi. It has been a beneficial one-way relationship. Thank you for introducing me to the Japan Entertainment. I can definitely say I know more Japan tarento than my own country's celebrity just by watching your regular shows. My Japanese has also improved a lot although I am nowhere near fluent.

Korekara mou, yoroshiku onegaishimasu~

W - Two World
My current obsession. I am literally a living ghost until this one ends. The feeeelss~~, the cliffhangers, the stakes is REAL! (or not since its a fantasy genre after all).

Its Okay Its Love. Finding, meeting, believing and marrying the 'one' for you. Realistic character, solid acting, wonderful OST

Akagami no Shirayukihime

Aaaaaa... I could swoon on Zen all day. Haaa~~~

Its a very beautiful stories with great characters, great costume designs and more importantly entertaining plot.

Please, please check it out

My first journal, I used to write more private journal in my diary and I check that the last time I update my journal is last year. It is such a waste. I've been keeping that journal for about 10 years already and it is such a great thing to see how much you have changed in 10 years. Really, you don't have to write about you day or anything like that, just may be your thoughts and major events in your life.

Note to self: Go and dig the diary

Lists of my fav jdroma

Maou (must watch if you are a revenge-freak like me)
Soredemo Ikite Yuku (beautiful, soulful, very real human drama)
Hana Kimi (hilarious cast)
1 Litre of Tears (cry me a river. I am constantly wiping my nose through the episodes)
Innocent love (beautiful/contaminated? love. poor acting though)
Soratobu Kouhoshitsu (very entertaining plot and beautiful love story)
Hard Nuts (good chemistry between the leads)
Strawberry Night (one of the best police drama I've watch)
Rich Man Poor Woman (two persons meeting and changing each other. Cute Couple!)
Okitegami Kyoko no Biboroku (great chemistry and interesting case plot)
37.5°C no Namida (interesting situation. Really Japan can make all kind of story background and it is still interesting)

will update in the near future for my own reference