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Triumph in the Skies
Triumph in the Skies 2003

I must say, “Triumph in the Skies” is the best HK drama I have seen in a long time. For a quite a while, I have been swept away by the Korean wave and then caught up in the Taiwan storm, until “Triumph” captured me and had me soaring in the sky.
The character that got my utmost attention is definitely Sam Tang. I adore his serious and frank personality in the show. Though Sam is not the romantic prince charming or the dashing knight in the shining armour, there is a special charm in his forthrightness and severity that draws me to him right from the beginning. It is so natural for me to fall in love with Sam Tang. To me, he possesses the most essential qualities that a woman hopes for in a man, which are namely, loyalty, responsibility and most importantly, security. He is very attractive in a down-to-earth and dependable way. I would entrust myself to him in a heartbeat. Francis Ng’s portrayal of Sam Tang is impeccable. He has breathed life into Sam Tang and made the character so believable that I feel for him in every one of his joy and sorrow. When he smiles, he lights me up. When he is sad, my surrounding turns gloomy. Without a doubt, Sam Tang left a lasting impression in my heart.
Another character to look out for would be Issac Tang. His cool and suave appearance, combined with his “bad-boy” demeanor unquestioningly demands attention and flutters many hearts. Ron Ng has portrayed his character of Issac very well. He is definitely a very potential candidate to go far in the showbiz.

Overall, “Triumph in the skies” is a show executed with finesse. I have had a highly enjoyable time watching it.

Princess Hours (Goong)
Princess Hours (Goong) 2006

Joo Ji Hoon (Lee Shin) - Initially, I was quite skeptical about his acting ability, taking into account that he used to be a model and did not have prior acting experience. However, as I was partial to his cool and good looks, I decided to give him the benefit of doubt and reserve my opinion till I see him in action. Granted that his acting was kind of unsmooth at the beginning, good improvements were seen as the story gradually unfolded and entailed more expression of emotions from him. I found myself glued to the screen and looking forward to see more of his scenes. His performance just got better and better as the show progressed. At the end of the show, I was satisfied with the portrayal of his character. He had delivered a wonderful performance in “Goong”, which I had not expected for a newbie.

My Girl
My Girl 2006

I have just finished watching My Girl recently and enjoyed it so much, it is the only show in my mind now.

The kissing between Lee Dong Wook and Lee Da Hae is so sweetly intimate and romantic. I find myself rewinding the disc again and again just to re-watch their kiss.

Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle 2004

Howl’s Moving Castle had transported me into a fantasy world, where witches and wizards were a common phenomenon.

I was fascinated by Howl and Sophie’s light walk in the air against the backdrop of the brilliant blue sky…the spells cast easily in a blink of an eye…the flourish display of magical powers with a simple wave of the hand…the witty and lovable flame, Calcifer…and most of all, the castle with “legs” that could walk from place to place like a “castle on the move”, also aptly known as “The Moving Castle.”

Overall, watching Howl’s Moving Castle had been an enjoyable experience.

Daddy-Long-Legs 2004

Daddy Long Legs (“Kidari Ajeossi”) is a uniquely sweet love story that has touched my heart, though there is also a certain extent of complexity in the plot.

On the surface, the storyline may seem simple, but some confusion did arise during the course of watching. But as the show progressed, the missing pieces began to fall into place on the empty slots of the jigsaw puzzle. Then a clearer picture started to materialize.

The romance between Jun Ho and Yeong Mi reminded me of first love. Falling in love for the first time, holding hands for the first time, kissing for the first time, receiving flowers for the first time…it’s so sweet.

How I wished Jun Ho did not have to go like this. His deep love for Yeong Mi was so touching. He was such a loving and sensitive guy.

I began watching this show with little expectations, but at the end of it, I was
left a beautiful impression.

The Bali Story
The Bali Story 2004

WHIB revolved around the complicated love triangle of Jae Min, Soo Jung and In Wook. Their chance encounter in Bali marked the beginning of a series of unexpected events, which was set to change the course of their lives forever. They became embroidered into a web of hatred, jealousy, pain and heartache, which traumatized their emotions immensely.

Soo Jung was torn between the two eligible men, In Wook and Jae Min. One was caring and sensitive, while the other was rich and influential. Both men possessed the qualities of the man of her dreams, yet she could not have the best of both worlds. Whenever she was with either one of them, her heart would miss the other. This agonized her immensely. If only the two men could merge into one, then she would not have to make the tough choice between them.

As a result of her indecisiveness, tragedy occurred.

All About Eve
All About Eve 2000

Among all the dramas I have watched so far, I feel that “All About Eve” has the sweetest and most romantic ending. The show ends with Jang Dong Gun and Chae Rim sharing a sizzling hot kiss by the road. What a beautiful way to bring the drama to a finale! Words are not necessary. The warm melding of their passion communicates all that needs to be known. The kiss has left me lingering in a state of dreaminess and satisfied the romantic nature in me.

My Name is Kim Sam Soon
My Name is Kim Sam Soon 2005

Of the K-dramas I have watched, the one that really cracks me up and got me into fits of laughter is “My Name is Kim Sam Soon”. I couldn’t stop laughing at Sam Soon’s funny antics and the most amazing thing was, she was so natural at doing them!

Personally, one memorably funny scene was when Sam Soon and Sam Shik were both occupying a toilet cubicle each, alongside each other. Sam Soon was making quite a bit of noise while she was in the midst of clearing her bowels. When Sam Shik heard the noise she was producing and the loud grumblings she was making about her constipation, he was absolutely stunned. The expression on his face was priceless! Then came the part when Sam Shik realized there was no toilet paper in his cubicle and had to ask Sam Soon to spare him some. However, she refused to help him outright and began to give him other options such as using his fingers or socks, etc. This particular scene really got me laughing hard!

Of course, there are also many other hilarious scenes that I enjoy very much in this show. Overall, this is a very entertaining and light-hearted drama that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good laugh.

Full House
Full House 2004

This is a delightful drama that made me laugh and lift my spirit. Full House is light-hearted and fun to watch. I enjoy the bickering scenes between Rain and Song Hye Kyo, though it could get a little bit too much sometimes. For me, the striking attractiveness of the main cast also enhanced the appeal of the drama considerably.

Stairway to Heaven
Stairway to Heaven 2003

The title itself impresses me as a long flight of stairs, whereby each step signifies a different phase in one’s life journey. At the final step of the stairs, the resting place awaits. A place without suffering…a place with peace and joy…a place where love continues into infinity.

The theme of the drama is very unique in its own right. It depicts that love does not end when one departs. Instead, it represents the beginning of a love that will never end. I would love to think of Song Joo and Jung Suh fulfilling their deep love for each other into infinity.

From another perspective, it would be a long, tedious wait for Song Joo, before he could reach the top of the stairway to meet Jung Suh. It would take a lot of patience and perseverance for him to continue his life journey in solitude.

The image of Song Joo sitting alone at the piano by the sea, pining for the day that he would reunite with Jung Suh made me feel sad for him. He could only take solace in the knowledge that Jung Suh would be watching over him at every step of the stairway till the day of their reunion in Heaven.

Love Story in Harvard
Love Story in Harvard 2004

The initial episodes of “Love Story In Harvard” reminded me of the endless days, whereby I struggled through my studies. They brought back reminiscences of the many sleepless nights and the numerous hours spent in front of the laptop. I’m so relieved it’s all over now!

Personally, I have enjoyed watching the drama, while it would have been a plus point if both the male leads were more proficient in their spoken English.

In my opinion, the on-screen chemistry between Kim Rae Won and Kim Tae Hee is sizzling. I simply love the scene where they shared an intimately sweet kiss in the bathroom. The scene is mesmerizing.

It is refreshing to see Kim Tae Hee’s transformation from a beautiful villain in “Stairway to Heaven” to a lovely angel in “Love Story in Harvard”, though personally, her character in Stairway left a deeper impression on me. But nonetheless, she looks stunning in both dramas.

Beautiful Days
Beautiful Days 2001

To me, a beautiful day is defined as a day shared between two individuals who are truly and deeply in love with each other. Regardless of any problem or obstacle they may encounter, each day is a beautiful day, as long as they have each other.

“Beautiful Days” depicted the compelling love story between two beautiful people from very different backgrounds, who were brought together by the hand of fate. A beautiful, touching love story that had endured the passage of time and surpassed every hurdle in the way.

It illustrated that the path of love is not a bed of roses. The path is often strewn with ups and downs, as well as difficulties. But, as long as the couple is bonded strongly in their hearts and minds, nothing will be able to draw them apart and their love will find the desired fulfillment.
Lee Byung Hun’s performance in “Beautiful Days” is remarkable. He has delivered an outstanding portrayal of his character, Lee Min Chul. Throughout the whole show, I could not take my eyes off his suave, imposing image. I was also very impressed with how well those stark white shirts fitted his proportional frame.

In my opinion, Lee Byung Hun is a versatile actor, who is able to become the character he is given to portray. In “Beautiful Days”, he had masterfully captured the essence of Min Chul and portrayed the character with finesse. His character as Min Chul had also left a lasting impression in my heart. I believe he would generate the same impact in me for any role he takes on.

Finally, I just want to say, watching “Beautiful Days” has been a beautiful experience for me.

Sangdoo, Let's Go to School
Sangdoo, Let's Go to School 2003

The storyline is captivating, combing comedy, tragedy, romance and parental love. It brings tears to the eyes what a man would go through for the woman and child he loves. I was awed with Bi’s talent for being a versatile actor. He seems to have a talent for acting aside from singing and dancing skills. He can be comedic, sweet, sensitive and serious. Bi’s charming portrayed of Sang Doo makes him one heck of a believable role in his innocent look as well as a mature fatherly look when caring for his sick daughter.

The emotional bond and compatible between Sang Doo and the young actress who played his daughter, Bori is achingly moving. Bori is so cute and wise beyond her age. When Bi shaved her head, I was moved to tears. That was the most impressive scene. A young, single father raising a sick child shows the hardships one must face as a single parent. That little girl has stolen my heart.

The love between Sang Doo and Enhwan – a very influencing story of first love and true love. The day he runs into Enhwan, he knows deep down in his heart she is the one he has been waiting for in life. Many teary moments and the flashback scene where Enhwan recalled the fond memories with Sang Doo.

I'm Sorry I Love You (Misa)
I'm Sorry I Love You (Misa) 2005

MISA is a very intense drama. In a nutshell, I can only think of a word to describe this great drama – absolutely awesome. However, as I sat through the drama, many parts grieved me, whereas some aspects left me wondering why things progressed the way they did.

The lead couple acting earns every ounce of my compassion in this unforgettable drama. Listening to the theme song is able to electrocute me emotionally.

The cast, especially So Ji Sub (Moo Hyuk) delivered a great performance.
His superb acting portrays all the emotional complexity, capturing his role very well. His window of soul conveys myriad expressions – vengeful, fiery, passionate, grief. His striking handsome face bears sadness with heavy burden.

Worth mentioning is eventually when Moo Hyuk discovered the facts behind his abandonment. He was filled with anguish, for what he had done to his half brother, Yoon and for his hatred towards his mother. The distinction between love and hate is so fine. He was hit with the realization that deep down in his heart, he actually loved his mother. Because of this love, he did not disclose his identity to her, for fear, it would break her heart to know her real son was alive all along and that he was going to leave her very soon.

In my humble opinion, I feel that Moo Hyuk’s decision to give his heart to Yoon was also his own way of reconciling and reuniting with his mother. With his heart beating in Yoon’s body, it was like he was receiving his mother’s love as well.

Devil Beside You
Devil Beside You 2005

My cousins and peers award two thumbs up and said this is a MUST watch drama. My regrets if I did not adhered to their advise. True to their compliments, I finished watching in 2 days. Enjoyed tremendously and find it very compelling. Kudos to the two protagonists – Mike is sure a drop dead gorgeous and Rainie is sweet and pretty. They are really a heaven match in the drama. The impact they left on me deep enough looking forward to their new upcoming drama.

It Started With a Kiss
It Started With a Kiss 2005

A kdrama fanatic, I have never watch tdramas. ISWAS is my first drama. I have to admit ISWAS has renewed my confidence in t-dramas. This show is hilarious and gripping, I couldn’t stop laughing. I really can’t find the words to truly express how much I love it. There are scores of scene that have occupied my entire mind every now and then that I could not list them all! I don’t think I could ever get over this drama the impact it made on me will ever go away. Sure within time it will fade but I will constantly remember somewhere deep inside the world of fantasy the love between Zhi Shu and Xiang Qin love exit.

ISWAS is just a drama but hopefully, it will open our hearts to believe that something extraordinary can always occur in our lives, and will stay in our hearts for a long, long time.

The chemistry between Zhi Shu and Xiang Qin are great. The protagonists grew on me with every episode

Xiang Qin - I admire her faithfulness, for 4 years she never has a change of heart towards Zhi Shu. No matter how mean Zhi Shu treated towards her. I felt pity for her at times but fortunately that Zhi Shu’s family dotes on her.

Zhi Shu - This genius of IQ 200; though he is not really handsome, there is just something about him, the X-factor, that makes me feel comfortable with him. Looking at him is comfortable too. I like his serious expressions; he looks relatively good when he is serious. I am sure there are many who fell for him.
All in all, I love this series and still watching the drama I found worth to be in my collection list.

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