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My Top 10 Korean Dramas

A friend asked me if I could suggest any Korean dramas that someone new to K-Drama’s should watch. So here is my top 10 drama’s!

#10 Dream High

Dream High
Staring: Kim Soo Hyun, Taec yeon, Suzy, Eun Jeong, IU and Woo Yong

Admittedly, I only saw this recently as I really caved in and wanted to see what it was like. I am a fan of 2PM and Woo Yong is my favourite member. So It was perfect to see what he would like acting. With reguards to this drama, based in a music school where artists can debut and begin their music career. Its a little different to what I have seen, so it was nice to see something fresh. It had an array of characters, which helps, although the girls can just be too bitchy that I guess they really wanted to show more of the horrible side to trying to get into the music industry. Its a drama that should be on everyone’s watch list, and as it isn’t really focused on romance, so it helps.

#9 Oh! My Lady

Oh! My LadyStarring: Choi Si Won and Chae Rim

This was the first Korean drama that I watched, so it holds a special place in my heart. This is a romance drama, so be prepared for the awkward tension moments where the characters try to work out their feelings. But its not so bad. It does have the added bonus of ha
ving Siwon-ssi showing off his abs and doing bad acting and apparently poor dancing skills. I got a bit confused by the dancing skills part, seeing as he is a member of Super Junior, but its hard to tell because he isn’t dancing in most of the MV’s… he seems to be absent doing other things. This is a good drama that got me into Korean drama’s. I think most of their drama’s has some sort or romance in it, so you can’t escape them. But this isn’t really focused on their romance but how can a lady help a man stop being childish and become the man he is meant to be.

#8 Shut Up! Flower Boy Band

Shut Up! Flower Boy Band
Staring: Yu Min Gyu, L, Seong Jun, Lee Hyeon Jae and Kim Min Seok

It is again, a music based drama. Following a band who want to be famous and show people they are not just delinquents. They might be rough and stand up for themselves, but they really just want to show they have what it takes. Its a great drama that I wish they had explored the characters more. But this drama is part of the “Flower Boy” series, there is two other’s series that are not connected in any way, apart from the name having “Flower Boy” in it. But do watch them too, they have good ratings too.

 

#7 Faith

FaithStaring: Lee Min Ho and Kim Hee Sun

This was my favourite drama of 2012. This is more about time travel and how the main female adapts to a different life helping the very strict but hot Choi (Lee Min Ho). Its a very interesting drama to watch. I couldn’t stop watching it, but I am a Lee Min Ho fan, so that could be why 😛 This does show a little more of the romance towards the end of the series, otherwise, it focuses on the relationships of the other characters. Especially the King and Queen of the era.

 

#6 Heartstrings

HearstringsStaring Jeong Yong Hwa and Park Sin Hye

If you can’t tell by now that I love music, then what have you been reading for the past few minutes?! Again, set in an Arts school, this shows how students from the traditional and the modern courses have pride in their skills and think they are better than the other. However, it changes once they get to know each other. Its a heart warming drama that shows you don’t have to always follow what your parents think your life should be like. But you should find your own dream. The chemistry between the characters are great and the songs they use are great. Apart from Carmen.. Sorry, I HATE THAT SONG! I had to bite my tongue during my HS Music Exam when it was a piece we had to listen to.

#5 City Hunter

City HunterStaring: Lee Min Ho and Park Min Yong

And the first Lee Min Ho drama that I watched has appeared at #5. This is really focused on Lee Yun Seong getting revenge after he finds out that his step father isn’t who he thought he is after he hears how his real father died. Thus letting Lee Min Ho show a really sexy, bad-ass side of the character. That and I really love mysterious guy. I really liked how it showed Yun Seong putting up walls to not let anyone know his identity and protecting himself.

#4 Missing You

Missing YouStaring: Bak “Micky” Yu cheon and Yun Eun Hye

This is a romance and tragedy drama. So be prepared to see the tears and heart ache! This drama really did make me like Micky more as an actor. And he didn’t take of his shirt to interest me! I really love watching Yun Eun Hye since I saw her movie “Little Black Dress”. She definitely is definitely a good actress. I marathoned this drama because it was so moving and I really hated the young guy who wanted the girl all to his self and is a total selfish bastard. But  that’s just my opinion.

TOP THREE!!

 

#3 Coffee Prince

Coffee PrinceStaring Yun Eun Hye, Gong Yu, Lee SeonGyun and ChaeJeong

And I found this drama while watching Korean Drama Kissing video’s… yes its sad, I was bored, GO A HEAD AND JUDGE ME!!! It was to help me find romance drama’s. This seemed like an interesting one to watch, and it didn’t disappoint. This was the first drama I saw Yun Eun Hye in.

It was interesting seeing her play a boyish character. It did get a little strange when Choe hang yeol (Gong Yu) as almost being gay. But he was kind of cute though.

 

#2 You Who Came From The Stars

You Who Came From The StarsStaring: Kim Soo Hyun and Jeon Ji Hyeon

I have written a proper review on this drama – https://sazzy-bu.co.uk/별에서-온-그대-review/ I am a Kim Soo Hyun fan after I saw him in the movie Secretly And Greatly.

This is a romance drama, but with a sexy 400 year old alien (Kim Soo Hyun) as the main guy. Now, I have to say that Jeon Ji Hyeon was the most annoying character and I wish she wasn’t like she was. I hated her use of American english that made my teeth grind. But she was bearable towards the end.

AND FINALLY!!!!

#1 Secret Garden

Secret GardenStaring: Hyeon Bin and Ha Ji Won

I have also written a review for this series – https://sazzy-bu.co.uk/secret-garden-review/ I had to watch this drama because it had gotten good reviews and was highly recommended. So I gave it a try and I really have to admit its not the normal girl loves boy. But its the boy who chases after the tomboyish girl instead.

This is an interesting watch and its one that everyone should see. I really love the characters and the chemistry between them.

So that is my top 10 Korean drama’s. If anyone asks, I can do a Japanese drama too. I might even make a music artist top 10 too, depending on my mood.

First Day Back

Well it’s the first day back to the grind stone. I know I’ve only had 3 weeks off. But it has all gone by so quickly.

 

I thankfully arrived back in Japan with no problems, my flight wasn’t overbooked and I didn’t get delayed a whole day. The only down-side was that I wasn’t able to sleep as well as I would have hoped. I was one of the few who were fortunate enough to be sitting with an empty seat next to me. So after a while, I gave up trying to be polite and try to sleep in one chair. But I really needed to sleep to help with jetlag. It was just that finding a comfortable way to sleep was difficult. I was seated in the middle 4-seat width column on one side, while on the other side; the person didn’t seem interested in sleeping at all. He was far more comfortable reading his book with the light on. I think he did sleep for a little while, but it wasn’t very long. His light was bright and it didn’t help that I was sat near the toilet in the middle of economy. So I also had the light to show that the toilet was vacant or occupied shining on me. I didn’t really fancy wearing a night mask, so I tried blocking the light with my hands in front of my face or just throwing the blanket over me to dim it out. Overall, I think I got a few hours’ sleep, but it clearly wasn’t really enough. I slept more on the train from the airport to Ueno Station, the shinkansen and the bus from Morioka to Kuji. I guess I was more relaxed than on the plane even though I am sure that it would have been better to sleep on the plane because I didn’t have to worry about missing my stop. Oh well, it’s just one of those things I guess. I am just glad to be back in Kuji safely.

 

Friday was so hectic. It didn’t help that I had bad jetlag and felt dizzy most of the day. But in the morning I had to meet the new school principals and head of English, which finished at 11:40am. Then I had to go home and then go to Morioka for a health check and to sign my contract. When arrived at the office, I just saw a bunch of smiling faces and frantic hands waving at me. It was great to feel welcomed, but it seems that most of them wanted to talk to me. I didn’t get that finished until around 5:40pm. Then I really wanted to make the most of being in Morioka and near my favourite shop “The Body Shop”. Although google maps hated me and I almost went to the wrong Aeon mall, which was in fact a super market. But it took a fair bit of my petrol while trying to drive around on roads I don’t really know. But once I stopped at a Lawson, and managed to find where the right Aeon mall is. Once I got there, the mall was quiet and I was able to get what I wanted in the Body Shop and then I went to Tower records and found Super Junior M’s Swing mini-album. After that, I went to get a quick snack before the drive back to Kuji. Although, I tried to save the little battery power I had in my phone and not use the GPS to help me find my way back. But I was getting annoyed by the lights of the car behind me instead and ended up turning when I wasn’t meant to. Luckily I didn’t go far and was able to turn around and get back on route. I didn’t do too bad and got back to Kuji in two hours and thirty minutes. It would have been quicker if I had not taken the wrong turning and gotten stuck behind a really slow driver.

 

Thankfully Saturday was a little bit more relaxing. I did have an Eikaiwa (Adult English Conversation Class) in the morning. I felt a little bad by just leaving instantly. But I was given a Bagel to try and I really enjoyed it. Then I noticed someone was watching Finding Nemo, so I was intrigued to listen to it as it was in Japanese. Afterwards, I was finally able to go shopping and buy all the food and drink that I needed. I arrived too late on Thursday to go shopping and I was also exhausted. Then I definitely didn’t have time on Friday, so I just had to wait. When I got home, I was also finally able to clean the mess that I left before going on holiday.

before After

As you can see, I really did leave it in such a state. In addition, as it was finally warm enough to sleep without using a heater on a timer, I could move my bed back into my tatami room and make way for getting a better sofa into my apartment. Even though I only moved my bed into the room just before Christmas, it was strange to be back into the tatami room.

 

Today was my first day at a new High School. It was really nerve wrecking to have to start all over again. There isn’t a teachers seating plan, so I can’t try to learn all the staff’s names as it’s a huge staff room and so many faces to put the names to. Luckily I only had two classes to teach today and the students were shy, but I think I managed to get them to open up, even if it was only a little. However, I am still nervous about teaching them from their text book. Although I might know the second years textbook as Taneichi is using the same book. I might be lucky and be able to use the same ideas for the different schools. I am hoping I can get away with that.

Now In Tokyo!

In Tokyo!I have arrived in Tokyo!!  I am just waiting for my hotel room to warm up while I really plan where I want to go here.

Tue. 18th March: Ikebukuro, to walk around the shops and try and find the cinema such as this:
Durarara!!If you have watchedデュラララ!! then you will understand. Its definitely a great novel, manga and anime.  ROFL! Well its not often that I get to go to Tokyo, so I might as well do an Otaku thing LOL

I am sure I will looking around the shops and seeing if I can find a Hello Kitty store for presents for friends. But I am going to Shibuya, so if I can’t find what I’m looking for, there is bound to be something in Shibuya!

Then go to Shinjuku, to see if I can find the sculptures I’m looking for. There is one that I want to take a selfie next to! Just to show I’ve been there hahaha

Wed. 19th March (Optional): Going to Shibuya just to see what’s there and try to walk across the famous crossing!  Really, if I have time, I might try to go to Shibuya on Tuesday before I meet up with a friend to have a meal for my birthday.

Wed. 19th March: Visit a temple and see any other sites before going back to my hotel, to sleep before leaving in the morning to get to Narita Airport.

별에서 온 그대 ~ Review

You Who Came From The Stars별에서 온 그대 or You Who Came From The Stars (my favourite translation of the title) Review

I admit, I started to watch this after seeing people constantly posting pictures on Tumblr. I know its a weird reason, but I was interested in what it would be like.

At first, I was really annoyed by Cheon Song Yi. Her English was a little annoying for me. But I guess it was the strong American accent that annoyed me more than anything. I did like how Jeon Ji Hyeon tried though. I think it was the character’s ego that annoyed me, when she thought she was everything.

Yet when I saw Do Min Joo(Kim Soo Hyun) I was glad he was a quiet, introverted in a way. It seemed to suit the qualities of an Alien. The TowelAlthough, I am still unsure as to why a towel is warn in the shower, I am sure some clever photography would have been best to make the view think he was naked… was the towel really necessary? I guess it was really a PG drama… but it was shown at 22:00… no young child should be up at this time…. Should have used clever shooting!

It was great to see Do Min Jo slowly open up and actually connect with human’s. Even if it was to an Actress who likes the lime-light. But she soon because a softy, and of course,  a clingy women who tries to act strong but isn’t inside.

The chemistry between the two leads was cute and it was nice to see them show more emotions as you watch each episode. Though, the supporting characters were too much most of the time. This drama had a lot of people who were clinging to their crushes and to be honest….. THEY SEEMED LIKE STALKERS!!! it was a little scary at times. If I ever become like that, I want someone to shoot me!

Overall, I really enjoyed watching it and was sympathizing with Do Min Jo’s emotional realization of what love really is. It was great to see him portray those heart squeezing scenes (when yo watch the clips at the end of each episode, you will understand).

I think the cast was picked well as all were able to show different emotions. Although, I found the side story of the Lee brother’s to be a little stale and wanted to skip past to go back to the lovers. But that is my personal opinion.

If you love watching romantic drama’s, then this should definitely be on your list to watch. Its not the normal where the female is this cutesy, dumb, and naive character. Yet, she can really get annoying at times. I think it is a little appealing to watch in some aspects. I wasn’t disappointed at the end of each episode. Instead, I was kept at the edge of my seat, waiting for the next episode to see what happens. Cliff hangers were good and the little bonus clips at the end of each episode added to the story and to the characters.

Watch it when you get the chance!!!

 

Some Things Must Come to an End

Donghae & EunhyukI’m having a horrible week and bought this CD to cheer me up. But I really can’t believe that the past year is almost ending. I know some things must come to an end. So my first year Japan is ending and its Graduation for the 3rd High Schools students here. I am very lucky to have been allowed to join the ceremony this year. I didn’t actually ask, I just left a post-it note on MY desk, and the JTE saw it and asked…. I was totally going to ask today as I left the post-it note to remind me to ask. I was saved the trouble I guess.

Its just going to be strange to say goodbye to all the 3rd year students. Although, I only teach two classes out of the three. They are still interesting students who have spoken to me outside of classes and have seemed to have taken an interest in learning English. Even if some don’t like the JTE. I felt accepted by the students because they seemed to talk to me and even though they would sometimes ask non-topic related questions during class, they still eventually did the worksheets I set them.

I know I am never going to forget the students I taught for the first year of teaching. But I also feel a little guilty for getting attached to them. But if I don’t get close to my students, how am I meant to understand them and figure out what works for them when trying to learn what I’m teaching. I guess its just a downside to teaching.

Its been a great year, although with some awkward moments and I hope I don’t get any more horny students making about my body shape. But I think I’ve settled into my role a little more and I can handle the students if it gets out of control.

When I arrived I didn’t know what to expect at my schools, what the teachers were like, if they would accept me and if they would talk to me. One of the best choices I made, was asking to join the Brass Band Club. Though I feel bad for not going as much as I should, but I was in the staff room working on things. So its not like I was missing it for a lame reason such as not really wanting to go. It was the perfect opportunity to get to know more of my students and keep playing the flute.

As much as I would like to have my third year students again for another year, I can’t keep them behind a year. I can only wish them the best and hope they do what they really want to do. I just have to make sure that I don’t start crying when its time to say goodbye to them. Though its going to be hard, as my small class of 9 were amazing students and I got on with them really well.

Its just a little shame that there is going to be more changes than I hope in the future. But I guess its going to be a new challenge and one I will have to face.

Life Goes On

Life Goes OnOkay so this will be the last time I up-date about this sort of thing for a while.

If you follow my facebook then you will already know that I got rejected recently. Well I can’t really blame the guy who is going to marry his fiancé soon. I really do know how to choose them. Anyway, at least I can’t say I tried. But is it bad that rather than hurting from a broken heart, I am numb more than anything?

I guess this is the fourth time in a row where it’s happened, so it’s not really a surprise or anything. Maybe I am just used to it by now. Isn’t there a phrase “Rejection is my only friend”? But isn’t better to have rejection as a friend, than regret? At least I can’t complain that I tried or that I wish I had tried harder. It is strange how things turn out now. But I guess in a way, I am glad it didn’t work out.

If anything, it has opened my eyes that maybe I don’t need to only stay here for four years, like I want to. But I am seriously thinking about working in South Korea too. I could even only stay here in Japan for three years and then maybe two years in Korea or something. I know I am getting close to thirty, and it is my twenty-eighth birthday in exactly one month’s time. So why can’t I explore the world now. Of course I would still love to go to South Korea for a holiday in the summer if I can. I’ve wanted to go there for a while and it is cheaper to fly from Japan than from the UK. At least there is that advantage. I will just have to look further into how about getting a job there. But it is not as if I need to decide soon because I still want to live in Japan longer. I am just thinking about after my job here before going back to England with more life experience and qualifications as a teacher.

In the grander scale of life, I am still really young and it could still just too early for me to settle. Although the peer pressure from other friends who have already got boyfriends and are settling down, it’s still hard to feel out of place. One thing is for sure, I know I am not getting any younger. I just need to live life at my own pace and try to put out the fact, that I am one of the few people who are focused on working (well I should be…) out of my mind.

It’s just a dream as it is to be living in a country I’ve always wanted to visit for years. I have a job here and a very nice apartment. So I just need to worry about that. Plus, since I was a child, I thought I wasn’t cut out for dating and that I would probably end up alone. So why am I disappointed by getting rejected. Okay I admit to being lonely and I’ve been like this for a while. So what is another 5, 10, 20 or so years going to do? At least I get to try and stand on my own two feet in Japan first.

I know I should really focus on learning the language and getting to understand the teachers around me. Maybe I should just try to find some classes first and then work from there. Learning on my own is only helping me in some degree.

I might be getting older, but I just to be confident in myself to not want a want to fill a gap that maybe men cannot fill.

One Big Step

Its Valentines
I finally took one big step today. Although, I did the cowardly thing and didn’t give it to him directly, but I put in his shoe locker instead. But I am still embarrassed that I actually did something like this. I’ve been so long out of the dating game, that even the Japanese way of courting is confusing. But thank goodness for Shoujo manga lol Now I just have to wait. At least, I hope he noticed this bag inside… but if he didn’t, then he had better find it tomorrow >.<

I am still going round in circles about if its really okay to pursue someone who works at the same school as you. But we don’t actually work together or even sit together in the staff room. So that’s a positive thing. Its just I don’t want fellow staff members to think poorly of me for it either. I just like him for who he is and I have no hidden agenda.

However, how can anyone not like this guy for who he is? His way of say hello is adorable because he is a shy guy. But on Monday, he was shovelling the snow (yeah I looked at ass at some point or another.. well if he would have his back to me, what else am I meant to do 😛 ). He was standing under the porch roof, about to move more snow when a large pile of snow falls directly in front of him. So he turns round to see if anyone saw as well, and it just so happened to me. So he does this kind of “kyaaaaa” face and I can’t help but laugh, but I am also trying to think of something to say in Japanese, but all the words escape my mind and I carry on laughing. I think I was the only one who saw so it was our little moment.

I think people who are smart enough must have caught on that I like him. I think I smile to him more than anyone else and I tend to look around the room more to see if he is there.

Except for today. The only reason I was able to sneak his chocolates into his shoe locker was because there was a meeting at 2pm and there wasn’t any students around. So I put it in when no one was around. After that, I kept my head down went back to writing notes on a book I’ve been reading for almost a year now about planning lessons and classes. This is solely for my Eikaiwa’s (English conversation classes). I know Interac. has their way of teaching so I follow their guidelines for school lessons.

Now its a waiting game to see if he actually contacts me. I am really thankful for my friends who helped me write in a card. It was only a little message in Japanese. So I hope he understands.

Fingers crossed people!

Proud Moments

From StudentIts a proud moment yet tearful one when I read this. A student gave me her exchange diary today and she wrote this message inside. I had a very small class of 9 3rd year students studying Oral Communication. But now their final tests have started and I don’t get to teach this amazing little group any more.

This small class was such a joy to teach and I really got to know them. They were the perfect small group of students who interacted, listened and studied very hard. I hope their little project was enjoyable as they learnt about describing a character, while reviewing what they had already learnt but put in a different way and expanded on it.

Compared to when I first started teaching them and starting the exchange diaries, their English has improved so much and so has their pronunciation. I am rather sad to say good bye to my 3rd year students as they welcomed me the most and talked to me a lot during and outside of classes.

Seeing a student write something like this makes me proud and very happy to have come to this country to teach. There may have been times when I confused them why trying my best to explain.

Now I can only wish them the best and hope they don’t forget what they have learnt during my lessons .

All The Best 3A at Taneichi!

Horrible Day


I finally had my first lesson in learning the Koto (Japanese Harp) yesterday with class 1A. I was little nervous as it was my first time learning an instrument in Japan, even more so as the music is in Japanese and in Japanese style. Thank goodness most of the strings are just numbered and don’t have a name. Therefore, it’s a little easier for mean the teacher made a key of all the names, just in case.

It is a very lovely instrument and I can’t wait to have another lesson. I would like to really learn it and then show off to people back home that I have a sixth instrument I can play. I was also asked if I wanted to learn another Japanese instrument and I wasn’t going to turn down such an offer. I might as well learn as much as I can while I am here.

However, today was another matter. It was both horrible and good.

I was unsure on how I would do with my last lesson with my 3K students. This class of boys were the first class I ever taught back in April and I didn’t know what to expect from them. This past year I have seen all my students open up and accept me as their teacher. Even more so to the third year classes. They were a really interesting group and it will be sad to see them leave. But they still haven’t technically finished school. But I wish I could be there for their graduation ceremony. I don’t think I am welcomed though. I know I should asked if I can play but I feel like that would be imposing on them.

Anyway, I was 15 minutes into teacher their lesson. Only to have my JTE, come to the class and ask me to go to 1B instead. This is when I go into panic mode, because I totally didn’t plan their lesson and no extra materials like it said in my SLP. Because I had a new schedule placed on my desk on Monday. And when I asked the JTE  if I have 3K and not 1AB, he said yes. So I was really confused. I had planned a little speech at the end of 3K class as a thank you and good luck. But now I won’t ever get to say it to them (TT__TT)

Okay, so its update time!

Now I haven’t been talking much to the guy I like recently because it’s hard to start a conversation. However, he still does his cute, nervous and shy head nod while smiling. I think he only does it to me… I have not seen him do it to anyone else. So that’s something right?

I am still unsure about it all really. It’s a little strange that he works at the same school I do, but that also makes me wonder if its worth pursuing such a thing. It definitely is a hard to stop going around in circles.

It doesn’t help that I haven’t heard anything from him yet. Maybe writing my email and number in pencil wasn’t a good idea.. or he never opened it because he doesn’t like me the way I think he does. Which is also possible.

The Japanese Winter

The Japanese winter has finally taken its toll on me, I think. I have the start of a cold at a moment. I’ve been sniffing a lot so far today. But don’t worry, I have been taking medicine to help it pass. It is just annoying that I get the cold now and still have a week to teach. At least it was not so bad yesterday when I had a performance with the brass band club at my High School.

So yesterday, All the High Schools in Kuji played in a concert at the Amber Hall. It more of a show case of the Arts from the schools. I was asked to play at this concert last Tuesday and I was somewhat reluctant to agree. But I guess I shouldn’t hold back because my sight reading isn’t bad and I can pick things up quickly. So I gave it a shot and I didn’t do too bad on it. It was only Jupiter by Holst that proved, not only difficult for me, but for the students too. But we somehow got through it.

However, I almost got hit in the face by a flute on Saturday. They don’t position the band like an orchestra and put a pair at a bit of an angle. So when we played a piece, which has the band dancing, they really need to learn spatial awareness. Although, I can’t say anything, because I hit the girl next to me. I did feel a little worse because I am a foreigner and I guess I shouldn’t be there anyway.

I did enjoy myself and I was grateful for the opportunity to take part.

 

Okay so now for the up-date.

Some of you may (or may not) know that there is a guy who has taken a liking to me. It’s taken me a while to figure it all out, because my mind has been all over the place.

Anyway….

I gave the guy I like the small box of omiyage (souvenirs) from my trip. I say gave… I put it on his desk when he wasn’t there. But he did the cutest thing and I almost died. He came up to me with a huge smile on his face with the box at hand. He stood really close to me and then said thank you and “今年もよろしくお願いします”, which means “Please, look after me this year too”. I am sure I went red at the time because not only were there people behind us, but I was trying to work out how to use the photocopier with someone.  I did not say anything about my email was written inside, because that would be embarrassing as I try to figure out how to say it Japanese.

Now it’s the wonderful waiting game. He has my details, will there be an exchange?? As I didn’t see him last Thursday because he wasn’t here (I was feeling guilty and thought I did something really bad). But this morning, when I saw him, he was cute little “it’s cold but I want to say something” face.

If I hear anything, I am sure it will be up on my fb, so look out for it. LOL!