An award? For moi?!! I am duly humbled and deliciously delighted that my dearest, sweetest (and inspiring) friend, Kfangurl of The Fangirl Verdict felt that I brought a little sunshine to her life and, as a result, nominated me for a Sunshine Award. And, if that wasn’t enough, my little baby MBLAQ sister, Nelly of MyMyooz also nominated me. Really, though, if ever there were rays of sunshine both here in the blogosphere and simply in general, these two darling ladies are all that and more! Kfangurl and I go way back…way, way back and I am one lucky blogger to have her in my corner as both mentor and friend. Nelly and I bonded and I mean BONDED over our mutual love, respect, and ardent adoration of MBLAQ’s main lead vocal, G.O, and this is a bond that will never be broken even in light of the latest news of alleged departure of two of the five members of the group. But…please, let’s not go there right now, because I just can’t….
So let me first say thank you to both Kfangurl and Nelly for the nom – I love both of you, lots!! Like this:
And now, what’s the deal with this award?
The Sunshine Award is a virtual award making its way through the blogging world and is being given to bloggers by fellow bloggers who they find to be inspirational and positive. I am honored that Kfangurl and Nelly feel that I am both.♥
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
- Nominate a few other bloggers.
- Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominate.
- Notify the bloggers on their blog.
- Put the award button on your blog.
So follow my ray of sunshine and let’s begin.
1. What’s your favorite K-drama?
I would have to say my favorite is the first I ever watched, Coffee Prince. I think this was a great intro to Korean drama. I had no reference point and thought all of the characters fit into this gender-bending story quite nicely. It also tackled the oft-times taboo world of homosexuality which I thought was brave and handled well. But that is because Gong Yoo was agonizingly convincing as man struggling with the realization that he is attracted to another man (well, what he thought was a man). Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye made this drama work. They were believable, endearing, and relatable. The supporting cast was also very good.
I particularly liked Han Gyul’s halmeoni played by Kim Young Ok. She was feisty and snarky…but complete butter when grandson Han Gyul (Gong Yoo) teased and lovingly cajoled her. In fact, now that I think about it, Gong Yoo had wonderful chemistry with his entire supporting cast and an especially potent chem with his leading lady, Eun Hye.
One thing is for sure, my first drama set the tone for a drama kiss that not too many have lived up to since. But my fave kiss in Coffee Prince was not the kiss many probably think. Mine showed up in my fave scene of the drama when Han Gyul, no longer able to fight his feelings, confronts Go Eun Chan (who he still believes is a man) with a combination of overwhelming attraction and confusion and in that moment of complete pathos, surrenders to his heart’s calling. Gong Yoo was brilliant in this scene. You can feel every emotion along with him.
2. What is your favorite K-movie?
Most of the K-movies I have watched have been a result of research. Back in the day when my blog focused on a particular K-actor and/or K-musician in what I called a K-Shot of Hot, I would dive deep into the works of that particular Shot. It was then that I watched any movie that Shot starred in, if I had access to it. Otherwise, I mostly stuck to drama. My choices are limited then to those films of Rain, Hyun Bin and Yoo Seung Ho. And, Rain wins with I’m A Cyborg But That’s Okay.
I absolutely adored this movie in all of its blatant quirkiness. But I am a bit of a quirk so it should come as no surprise that this movie resonated with me. An unconventional love story set in a mental institution (well….that part doesn’t really resonate – but the overall quirkiness of the story most certainly does), it was the performances of both Rain and Im Soo Jung under the eclectic eye of director Park Chan Wook that made this a win for me. Oh..it’s out there. But if you are familiar with Park Chan Wook’s work, you will agree that his films are a bit unconventional. I could go into the entire whack story line and try to describe it, but you will think you are listening to someone tripping on LSD. Instead, I will share two of the more memorable moments for me in this film. Exhibit A: The delicious kiss Rain and Im Soo Jung shared:
Exhibit B: The yodel song. Yes…Rain yodels and does it pretty well:
If you don’t mind a little ‘out there’ then you might want to check this one out. It’s not for everyone but if you give it a chance, you might enjoy it!
3. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
It has become a creative outlet for me and a place for me to gush about my bias.
Additionally, it has become a great place for me to share my outrageous adventures in fangirling. Hmm…I rather like the sound of that. Might have to consider a title change…or perhaps just a tagline.^^ It also has become a link to meeting like-minded people, not only in way of mutual love for Korean entertainment, but in the shared enjoyment of writing….(the K-entertainment part is a HUGE bonus, however)! I am not going to find too many people who will let me squee out of control over the young and sexy Korean men…..ahem, MAN (oh my bias has a tight grip and short leash on me all right) constantly diverting my attention away from that so-called real life.
4. How do you balance blogging with Real Life? Assuming you have a Real Life.
I can’t and I don’t. That pretty much sums it up for me. Clearly my real life has taken (and continues to do so) a backseat to my blogging and, well, adventuring lives. The premise of my blog is to document my outrageous adventures in fangirling (yep I definitely need to use that as my tagline) and so it goes that I must procure those adventures at all costs. Case in point:
I am ditching my family for the second year in a row during Thanksgiving to leave the country to be with my bias. More on that adventure to come…. <kekekeke>
5. Which kdrama character (does not have to be a lead character) would you like to date in real life?
Yep…this is SO predictable, I know…I KNOW! In my defense, I would date this guy for a few reasons and all of them good! First of all, this is G.O of MBLAQ who had a minor role in 유령 (Ghost/Phantom) as cyber detective, Lee Tae Kyun. I think everyone in the world who knows me knows that I have a big love for this guy. BIG. HUGE. Lee Tae Kyun (or Detective Cute…that’s what I called him while watching this drama) was a former computer gamer who joins the cyber investigative team of the Korean national police force lead by So Ji Sub who are investigating the murder of a young actress who was mixed up in all kinds of bad. Tae Kyun is a brilliant computer geek. Oh right there is a win for me.
He is very much dedicated to his work and sometimes that includes having a drink or two with his colleagues. Clearly he is not a drinker (this is a plus) but when he does drink…it brings out the geek in him even more.
Omgeeee…..adorable drunk computer geek detective man!!!!
After I help him nurse that cruel hangover he most likely would experience, he would be back to his brilliant self and really, he’d be perfect for me. ALL of my computer equipment (and gadgetry) would be in working order all of the time. Who doesn’t want a computer geek in the family??? Second, he’s a police officer, a detective. That’s just hot. And, I would be completely safe and very protected under his watchful Scorpio eyes (this is if Tae Kyun is born under the sign of Scorpio like G.O). Finally, he is just so freaking kind, thoughtful and sweet.
6. Which kdrama character (again, does not have to be a lead character) would you like to be BFFs with in real life?
Arang from Arang and The Magistrate. Arang is a gutsy, no-nonsense gal with a heart of gold, gumption and very a handsome boyfriend. I figure if I hung out with her I may land myself a man of equal ilk via association! Arang having a magistrate as a boyfriend would ultimately keep us both out of trouble. I obviously have a penchant for authority figures. See Number 5 above.
With Arang, I would have many amazing adventures and I could talk her out of all those ridiculous noble but idiotic decisions she makes – I would use tough love and she would thank me in the end. She could teach me how to run, climb and jump in a hanbok…hey, could be useful some day!^^
7. If you could re-cast any kdrama, which roles would you re-cast, and with whom?
During the first couple of episodes of The Musical starring Daniel Choi and Ku Hye Sun, I kept envisioning G.O in Daniel Choi’s role as Hong Jae Hee, a musical theater composer. Given G.O’s recent success in both Seopyeonje and The Kingdom of the Winds, I could easily see him in a role that had something to do with musical theater. Also, given the fact that G.O is also a composer, albeit in the more popular music sense, I could really see him in this kind of role. Then, when I got to see Daniel get his kiss on with Ok Joo Hyun, I really wanted to see G.O in that role.
But my tune changed as the drama progressed as I began to loathe Ku Hye Sun. Knowing Jae Hee falls head over smitten heels with her very annoying character, Ko Eun Bi, I was like…ok, NO! Inasmuch as I disliked the 2nd female lead character, Bae Kang Hee (but not the actress who portrayed her, Ok Joo Hyun) who was Jae Hee’s first love, I would have rather she left her husband and returned to Jae Hee, (yeah, they had history those two..steamy, hot history at that) then have him end up with Eun Bi. See, Kang Hee dumped Jae Hee and married musical theater producer, Han Sang Won (Kim Hyun Sung) to secure her career as a musical theater actress. Devastated, Jae Hee leaves Korea, leaves musical theater, and begins composing pop songs in the US. After several years of healing, he returns to Korea.
Kang Hee (now married) tries to rekindle their passionate love (seriously?). Not ideal for a girl to dump the man she really loves to marry for selfish and clearly self-indulgent reasons, breaking that man’s heart into five catrillion pieces and then…when he returns automatically feels privileged to have him back totally forgetting she is…uh…MARRIED! Not cool. So, with hesitation, I could see G.O in the role if things were changed up a little…maybe. G.O would have rocked the broken heart thing, though. Oh yes indeed, that man is replete with emotion and not afraid to show it.
Another thing is for sure. G.O would have steamed up screens across the dramasphere kissing Joo Hyun. I mean…can you imagine him in scenes like these:
Oy!! Dying at the thought of that.
8. If you could say one thing to any actor or actress in k-ent, who would you pick, and what would you say to him/her?
Yeo Jin Goo!!!! Where did you learn to kiss like that? You are only 17!!!! Wait…did he turn 18 yet? Regardless, he’s a pup and can already throw down some serious kiss action as he adeptly displayed opposite Ha Yeon Soo (7 years his senior) in Potato Star:
1. Who is your favorite third wheeler in kdrama?
Thinking over my drama list (which is not very extensive), I was trying to comb my brain for that third wheel. I don’t know if this character would necessarily constitute a ‘third wheel’ but I am going to say Yoon Sang Hyun’s Oska in Secret Garden.
His true love is engaged to his cousin Joo Won (Hyun Bin). So there is a bit of a third wheel situation going on there. Likewise, he seems to have nonchalantly (and with no real agenda) ingratiated himself between Joo Won (again) and Gil Ram Im. I enjoyed the drama and it wasn’t all because of the leads. I happened to really like Oska. His evolution throughout the course of the show, from petulant aging idol to basically settling into his age and working from that point, made him endearing. I thought he was hilarious and I thoroughly enjoyed watching him. Plus, I think he is a cutie!^^
The collective team of Terri and Stephe at CloudUSA. I happen to know and love these amazing ladies both here in blogland and in real life. They are truly positive, inspirational, and a whole lot more.
Next, I nominate my Tumblr partner at Byung Hee World, the gregarious Nelly from MyMyooz. Nelly doesn’t know this, but she will never get rid of me. I am both fan and stalker!! Kidding…kidding!! Really though, I could not ask for a better partner to squee, drool, fawn and completely spazz over G.O with. She inspires and is positive and is the perfect balance to my crazy!! Plus, in this difficult time for G.O and MBLAQ, it is good to have a thoughtful and understanding bestie as we both begin to mend our broken hearts in anticipation of a very unknown future. Love is beautiful pain, eh Nelly?
1. If you could be a member in any K-pop group (past or present), which one would it be and what would be your specialty (main vocal, visual, dance, rap)?
2. You win a contest to have your fave K-artist (musician or actor…or both) visit your hometown. Where would you take him or her first and why?
3. Who is your favorite actor (Korean or other) and what genre would you like to see him in that he has not yet explored?
4. Have you ever successfully converted someone into a K-music or K-drama lover? If so, what was your strategy?
5. Who would you like to see your fave K-artist collaborate with?
6. What (or who) inspires you most about blogging?
Have at it nominees!!!!^^
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