Monday, September 28, 2009

Pieces of Me & Brilliant Legacy Review

having fun with my younger sisters

It's been more than two weeks I haven't written anything. Blame it on the 2-week holidays that I had.hehe. Speaking of Eid, I had a lot of fun spending time with family & cousins.

Eid is an event that I always anticipate; because it's full of happiness and joy.

I wish I could share my stories earlier on how I prepared for Eid but the time has flown too fast; I had the busiest moment at home. Anyway, today is already the 10th day of Eid and I'm back in Kuala Lumpur; struggling with the classes & scheduled tests (oh!NO!!).



another moment!

home-made cookies.they may look less presentable but they are yummy.hehe


It's weird enough, although I was busy visiting relatives' houses and entertaining guests at home, I still had time watching full episodes of Brilliant Legacy @ Shining Inheritance. Well, taking into account how high hope I had to watch the series, I completed watching the total of 28 episodes within 4 days (phew~ you can imagine how determined I was to finish them all.this is what we meant by a truly K-drama addict.ehe). Satisfied with the series, I'd like to write a brief review and comments on it.

bright casts!!


As an introduction, Brilliant Legacy is about a daddy's girl named Go Eun Sung who were living as a family with her father, autistic brother named Eun Woo, stepsister named Seung-Mi and a stepmother. Something big happened to the family (but I refuse to tell you what happened to them.hehe...simply because I hate when people revealing too much on the storyline of dramas/movies before I watch them). And in order to appreciate the value of the storyline, I recommend you to watch it. It's a definitely must-watch series (as compared to My Fair Lady or Dream). When the 'big thing' happened in the family, Hwan, Park Jun Se and Hwan's family came into picture. The storyline is basically simple but if you try to forward/skip few scenes, I'm afraid you'll miss something important in the series. So, my advice; Watch it slowly.hehe. Patience is the best POLICY.


from left: Chae Won, Seunggi, Hyo Joo & Soo Bin
Rather than commenting on the storyline, I prefer to comment on the characters in Brilliant Legacy.


She's a next door girl that any guy would fall in love with. Not simply because she's pretty and cute, but she has this bright personality. Being a daddy's girl, we would know that she loves her dad very much; it's like without her dad her spirit will be taken away. After the 'big thing' happened in her life, she struggled with the WORLD. Money; which she never thought it might harm her turned into something which is cruel and harmful. Because of money, her stepmom kicked her and her autistic brother out of the house and she had no choice but to earn for their living. But thanks to the cruelty of money, she met someone nice, warm and charming, Park Jun Se. Things did not turn up so well for her in the beginning once she met with another guy named Hwan, a 'chaebol'. Her life is miserable enough after meeting that guy. One after one incident happened including the loss of her brother, Go Eun Woo. It was sad when your own blood brother is nowhere to be found. Search after search ended up unsuccesfully but Eun Sung never gave up. One day, she met a grandmother who happened to be Hwan's grandmother and this is the turning point of the growth of love between Eun Sung and Hwan. It's a cliche actually because the story of a man and woman fall in love after fight or hatred is undeniably common.ehe. On top of it, I'd say that Eun Sung's strong will and determination to find her brother is something that has moved my heart. She could do anything to protect her brother; she earned money from few part-time jobs just to make sure her brother will live comfortably once she found him, she's willing to leave the man that she loves in return of her brother etc.


Han Hyo Joo

Personally, I like Han Hyo Joo's acting. It's natural; when she's sad she cried her heart out, whenever she's happy she would smile and laugh wholeheartedly together with her smiling eyes. Her chemistry with Soo Bin was great; while with Seunggi, both looked adorable. No wonder she became a hot commodity after the series. She's pretty, chic (i must say she has a very good sense of fashion) and of course talented. I'm looking forward to watch her again in Soul Special featuring K.Will and two other casts.



I'm not sure if every 'chaebol' (2nd generation from wealthy family) is arrogant like Hwan and Goo Joon Pyo.hehe. In the beginning of the story, the character of Hwan was not so appealing to me. Spoilt with money of her grandmother; he never cared about other feelings. Throwing money at someone's face, playing around with others heartlessly are common things. Fortunately, the moment Eun Sung started living with Hwan's family, Hwan slowly turned into someone else. Quarreling with Eun Sung almost everyday, hating her for being chosen to be a new heir of his grandmother's fortune is understandable. However, day by day he developed special feeling for Eun Sung; getting jealous over the relationship between Eun Sung and Jun Se made him realized that all he needs was Eun Sung and that was when the love story came into picture. However, the presence of Jun Se and Seung-Mi made everything complicated; this is how a rectangle love begins. Spending time with Eun Sung has changed Hwan into a new person; he was able to understand her grandmother's feeling, the importance of money to others and the most important thing is that he could appreciate others. When the storyline started focussing on the love felt by Hwan, I started to understand why Hwan was cold and arrogant then. The death of his father which he believed it was caused by him (her dad met with a fatal accident in order to save him) is the reason why he started to become a rude, bad person. But deeply in his inside, he's just a nice guy, with lots of love to share.


Lee Seunggi

When Brilliant Legacy premiered, I was surprised because one of the casts is Lee Seunggi. I love watching 2 Days 1 Night and one of the hosts is him. The fact that I know he's not an ordinary celebrity (he's a singer also) plus his intellectual character in real life, I hoped he would do well in this series. As I expected, the drama is a success (well, the ratings climbed up to 40%!!! Wow! the weekend dramas always did well.good for them!) and Seunggi's acting is good. I didn't feel much about character of Hwan in the beginning but later it developed especially when he started to like Eun Sung. My favourite scene would be when Hwan chased Eun Sung in the bridge and telling her that he trusts, likes and wants Eun Sung along with his teary eyes. Seunggi did a very good job in this scene and it moved my heart. Speaking of the best moment between Eun Sung and Hwan, I also like the scene whereby Eun Sung and Hwan went for a date (just like when Jandi wanted to have a date before leaving Joon Pyo; Eun Sung did the same for the sake of her brother). The scene when Eun Sung whispered her goodbye to Hwan enough to make me down. I never knew that seeing one's back can be really painful.isk. Overall, Seunggi can improve his already good acting. Whenever I watch him in 2D1N, I will definitely remember him as Hwan.ehe




A charming, helpful and kind man who can win any women's hearts (at least mine.ehehe). I usually didn't fall for the nice guy characters (eg. BOF's Ji Hoo, Fullhouse's Min Hyuk, My Girl's Lee Junki etc) but this time around, it's a bit different. I just love Jun Se's character!!! Rather than Ji Hoo being a firefighter for Geum Jan Di, Jun Se oppa's actions are stronger than words. Helping Eun Sung without asking for a return, and being honest with Eun Sung on how he felt for her made him appears to be too good to be true.ehehe. I love the moment when he said to Eun Sung, "I don't want to be your oppa anymore, I want to be your MAN"; eventhough his love was rejected by Eun Sung. You know what, I would definitely know from the very beginning that he would be rejected but I still had a hope that in the end, Eun Sung would accept him. A guy like him is one in a million, his honesty with himself, with others melt my heart away; so I was thinking why didn't Eun Sung??hehe. But, this is not a sad ending (because if Eun Sung chose Jun Se, it could be considered as a sad ending, but not for me of course. If I'm the scriptwriter, I will put Eun Sung and Jun Se together.ehe). I forgot to mention that Jun Se comes from a rich family, but he lived happily with his own path; he ran a restaurant (cute.ehe). The love for Eun Sung doesn't mean that he wants to have her only, love for Eun Sung is to protect her. That's why when Hwan started to show some interest in Eun Sung, he warned him not to hurt her feeling. How did the love could bring hurt to Eun Sung? You must watch it.ehe. Like I said, it's a rectangle love story. Besides Hwan, Jun Se, Eun Sung, there's another woman-Seung Mi.


Bae Soo Bin


When I watched the teaser of the drama, I thought that this guy has a charm. Although he's not as young as Lee Seunggi (If I'm not mistaken he's 33/34; I've done some research on him.ehe). True enough, he has the CHARM. His acting skill is at par with his 10 years experience. I was surprised to know that he has 10 years experience without me noticing him, but later it makes sense as he starred most in historical dramas previously. I consider a good actor or actress when they are smart in making the right face expression and gesture in the right time (that's why I like Mino.ehe), and Soo Bin is one of them. He has an advantage to be loved by audience as he played a kind character (as I mentioned earlier, he could win all women's hearts). He also gained stardom due to this drama as once I typed Bae Soo Bin on the youtube, countless vids will come out (it makes my stalking job easy.ehe. don't worry, I'm still Mino addict.haha). And speaking of the best moment between Eun Sung and Jun Se oppa (lucky enough he's older than me, unlike Mino.isk.hehe), I'm thinking of the scene whereby Eun Sung consoled Jun Se by competing in a bicycle race (cute!ehe). There are many other moments (of course) but without love and solely oppa-dongseng relationship between Eun Sung and Jun Se, those moments cannot be compared with Eun Sung-Hwan moments. But, if you ask me what will be my choice between Hwan and Jun Se, I'd definitely choose Jun See. Thanks to Soo Bin's acting which was a way much better than Lee Seunggi. He carried the nice guy character better than anyone else.




She's the stepsister of Eun Sung. She's ordinarily a good person but due to her greed to have Hwan (who is her oppa; just like Eun Sung and Jun Se, Hwan and Seung-Mi are also in oppa-dongseng relationship), she turned into someone else. She did everything that no one would believe she would do but to get Hwan, she could do anything including betrayed Eun Sung who has always been nice to her. Her dark side obviously shown when Hwan started to show interest in Eun Sung and being influenced by her mother, she is no longer Seung Mi that Hwan used to know.


Moon Chae Won


Although she's not a new actress but she slowly climbs the fame. I believe she started to be noticed since Painter of Wind. One drama after another (after she involved in Brilliant Legacy, she proceeds with My Fair Lady!), and I'd say her acting is okay. Compared to Brilliant Legacy, her character in My Fair Lady as a cheerful girl is better. However in my opinion, she did a great job in sad scenes particularly crying scenes. The most rememberable moment is when she pleaded Eun Sung to save her; as she would die without Hwan (if you watch this drama, you would feel how important Hwan to Seung-Mi. It's kinda sad living a life like hers, relying too much on someone else). For me, she's pretty and looks fresh and of course she has a bright future if she continues improving her acting skills.

honestly, I love Eun Sung & Jun Se oppa better.hehe


in the end, their love won :)


Out of 10, I rate this drama 8/10 based on the storyline and characters. I recommend you to watch this drama. 28 episodes may sound lengthy and draggy but trust me, there's a lot of things you can learn from this drama :)



extras:

there are tons of updates of Lee Min Ho etc but I can't afford to write everything (I'm having post-Raya fatigue.hehe). Let's pics and gifs speak.


1) More NGs (bloopers) of Worlds Within came out after the Worlds Within promotion in Japan (only Hyun Bin attended, without SHK). This gif is one of the new released Ngs and it clearly shows how close these two lovebirds are.ehe.


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2) On Sept 25, Lee Min Ho held a Trugen fanmeeting. These are few pics (melting~). I love his interaction with kids (in any event, kids seem comfortable to be around him.ehe)






3) These are few gifs of Lee Min Ho before the existence of Goo Joon Pyo (in my fav variety show, The Star Golden Bell Challenge). I'm hoping to see him in variety shows like SGB again; miss his boyish attitude!


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4) Omo! Mino winks.hehe (in Cass & Levis Signature photoshoot)

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Take care of yourselves people!
Have a great week (i pray i will have a great one.ehe)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Unfortunate Events

PART 1

Well, lately lots of things happened to people around me. And I'd like to express how sorry I am.
First of all, my condolence to my friend, Hafiq who just lost his beloved grandma last Sunday. Al-Fatihah. My beloved roomate, Kinah's beloved father is being hospitalized since last Saturday. I hope all of you can pray for her father's health. If you do, may God grant your prayers. Amin... My friends; Herda & Syiqin just discharged from 7 day quarantine (since H1N1 broke out, the doctors tend to give one week MC). Alhamdulillah, they are in good condition now.

Yesterday, my younger sister called & informed me that the money she and few friends collected from lecturers & individuals were stolen! Those monies are collected for the use of the orphans (in Perak). Can you imagine; after putting all the hard work and effort to collect them; they were gone without a single cent left? Few hundreds ringgit were gone just like that and the orphans need those monies. Do the thief(s) have a heart? Whoever he/she/they are; they should remember that it is a great sin to misuse orphans' properties. Only GOD knows who YOU ARE.

PART 2


2pm

K-pop world has its up and down. Recently, a controversial issue came out as to few phrases written by the leader of 2pm-Jaebeom@Jay in his Myspace account 3 years ago (3yrs?only after 3 yrs this issue comes out?wow!this must be a conspiracy to take him down). Btw, those who are following the k-pop music, they would definitely know who 2pm is.They are one of the hottest boybands in South Korea.if you don't know anything about them, feel free to google 2pm. hmm..I don't think I should write in details what he wrote in his Myspace but the important thing is that no matter what he's written about Korea@Koreans, those words shouldn't be interpreted literally. What the phrases meant might be different from what the netizens thought it might be. Those words written by him may not indicate that he has a grudge/hatred over Koreans/Korea but just to express his unpleasant feeling he had during his trainee days (one thing I respect about Korean boy/girl band/group is that they need to be trained, supervised & monitored for quite a long period before they debut). We can presume the training period was tough enough for him and the unpleasant words came out from him can be understood as to express his feeling. Unfortunately, I'd say he's not strong enough to hang in there; until everything slows down. Jaebeom who is a Korean American officially quitted as the leader of 2pm and he went back to Seattle. I'm pretty sure my high school friend, Aishah needs sometime to heal her broken heart over this Jaebeom thing (she's a big fan of 2pm). The moral of the story; think first before you do anything. And of course, we cannot undermine the power of Netizens!! They are hated by many (not only 2pm fans) at this moment. But of course, the big fans of 2pm will definitely hunt them down! (i just can't believe that there is this petition put forward by the netizens asking for Jaebeom to commit suicide. Are they crazy?)




Influenza A H1N1 is spreading without knowing who their victim is. It was reported that Kim Hyun Joong is tested positive! He is currently held at a medical center in Tokyo, Japan (he's diagnosed with H1N1 after the Boys Over Flowers Yokohama Event and there are reports that he could stay there for up to a month). Get well Soon JiHoo sunbae!

PART 3

Lee Min Ho is coming to Singapore on October 10. arghhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! When I first read the first post about it in the Lee Min Ho Soompi, I was shocked (of course!) and extremely happpyyyyyyyyyyy.... but why Singapore? eh.nope.let me rephrase my sentence.hehe. Why only Singapore? Come to Malaysia!!! I'll definitely welcome him with my warm hug. *nose-bleeding* hehehehe. hmm...I wonder if I can go & meet him eye to eye in Singapore. OMG! *excited*

Teaser for Cass **** CF is out! the chemistry between Mino & Dara of 2NE1 is awesome. Hot,extremely hot.hehe. I love the playboy Mino here. kewl. I'm sorry I cannot upload the teaser here (due to religious sensitivity) but these are few gifs to share.

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Mino is appointed as a Unicef ambassador. It's a good thing he involves in such a programme. Keep up the good work Mino!!



more latest photos of him *nose-bleeding*


BOF Yokohama Event


Japanese Mag
how can you not love him?hehe

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Boys Over Flowers Yokohama Event (New!)


Lee Min Ho before departing to Japan
(love the LV bag!)



Lee Min Ho upon arrival at Japan

swarmed by Japanese fans

The Premier Event for Boys Over Flowers was held at Yokohama National University Hall in Japan on Sept 5. BOF's cast; Lee Min Ho, Kim Hyun Joong, Kim Joon, Im Ju-hwan (Yi Jung's bro in BOF) and Kim So-eun (Gaeul) attended the event. Goo Hye Sun and Kim Bum didn't join this event but according to reliable sources, they will participate in another event held in the afternoon of Sept 6 (nice!!it's like a mini reunion of BOF.hehe). Once again, Mino surprised his fans by singing 'My Everything' while Joonie appeared on the stage with two other T-Max members singing 'Paradise' and 'Say Yes'. Hyun Joong sang two solo songs including 'Please Help' (he must be exhausted! he was in Malaysia last Friday & now, he's in Japan. btw, one Malaysian fan witnessed Hyun Joong lost balance of himself and almost fainted after the fanmeeting. Health should come first Leader!!)


from left: MC,Minchul of T-Max,Yunhwa of T-Max, Kim Joon,
Lee Min Ho, translator, Kim Hyun Joong, Im Ju-hwan, Kim So Eun, MC


F3! minus Bummy :(


Mr Smile Guy.hehe :)

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a fancam of Mino speaking Japanese (kawaiiiii!)

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extra:
F4's Photobook called SOFF is already released to public. Unfortunately, from what I heard, it's quite expensive. But again, if you wish to have in your possession the unseen photos of F4, this is your chance. GRAB it!hehe :D

These are few pics of Mino (it goes without saying that my primary concern is on Mino.
so, bear with it.hehe). these photos were taken during the filming of BOF (that's why Mino looks lil skinny in those pics.ehe.but, he's hotter & masculiner now.hahaha)





it's already 3am. i can't believe I've posted 2 posts in one night.hehe :)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

There are countless reasons why I love my friends!!


FIRST PART

Friend (or in hangul we refer it as 'Chinggu') is very much influential in my life. Believe it or not; I keep meeting new & very good friends whenever I go and I take it as a blessing from God.

Speaking of 'Chinggu', they have been a great help in my life; be it big & small favour. Taking for example, I'm thankful to Nab for accompanying me to Kl Central yesterday (to collect my train ticket which I've booked earlier for Aidilfitri celebration.can't wait!hehe). Thanks to Ilham for bringing delicious 'soto' from home (yummy.at least i can avoid eating ordinary cafe's food.hehe). My larger than life thanks to Kinah for waking me up everyday for Subuh prayer & class (ehehe.I told you already;I'm not a morning person!). Thanks Kinah (again!hehe). Thank you Herda for buying whatsoever food/kuih-muih for this room (you are d' BOMB!hehe). I remember Kinah & Herda bought me my fav kuih last time,; and at the same time I bought them too.hehe. But frankly speaking, I was moved when both of them thought of me and bought the same kuih and we ended up trying to eat them all (which obviously we couldn't.hehe).

Thank you Chinggu!!!!


SECOND PART

just want to share what I've encountered when I was in one convenience shop. Janggggggggggggg!!!hehe.


Lee Min Ho is on the front cover of magazine called YG. You can imagine how overacted I was.hehe. I flipped through the mag and smiling happily while looking at Mino's pics (most of them from Trugen); then I asked Nab, "Should I buy this?" and she answered wisely, "You have all the pics of him right?". The problem with me is that I always seek for other's advice but I rarely followed their advices.hehe. But, having a 5-minute thought about it and taking into account that the contents of the mag were written in Mandarin, I came to my senses and didn't buy it (if only it's written in English/Bahasa, I'll definitely buy it without having a second thought.hehe)


THIRD PART

Mino. MINO. MiNo. mINo.

a)
behind the scene of CASS CF filming by Lee Min Ho & Dara of 2NE1 (she's an It girl in Korea now). If only I could find the high definition (HD) pic.phew~
btw,the CF will be released soon.



b) behind the scene of Vogue Girl Magazine photoshoot in London.



I have few pics but I only post one here(below)


Mino & the crews were having fun. I like!hehe

c)
Etude House pictures by Lee Min Ho & an actress (I always forgot her name;she starred in Goong S together with Se7en.I remember cursing her a lot while watching her character in that series.ehehe)





d) Cutie Mino during Levis Signature fansigning (i love him more with beanie!!hehe)



e) Etude House CF (without English subtitle). Enjoy!

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p/s: I have Professional Practice test next Wednesday.
Pray for me people!


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

ss501 is in the TOWN!!!!



well, things turned up so quickly. Yesterday morning, it came into my knowledge that ss501 is already in Malaysia since August 31 (crazy!they are here faster than what i thought they would be.aish). From the recent news that I received, they are now in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah filming for their vacation DVD (special edition for their Asian fans) and on Sep 3, they will be holding a fanmeeting (i'm not sure whether it's only limited to Triple S Malaysia or not; because I'm not a member). Here are the details about the Fanmeeting:

DATE: September 3rd, 2009
TIME: 6:00pm
VENUE: One World Hotel Jasmine and Orchid, Room Level C, First Avenue, Bandar Utama City Centre, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia


upon arrival in Malaysia

honestly speaking, i'm not a big fan of theirs but I came to love their songs (thanks to BOF) and I did mention in my previous post that I intend to attend their Concert here. However, the fact that they were coming earlier and within a short notice, they will be holding their FM here; I'd say this thing is blowing my head off. I hate surprises just like judges hate surprises in Court (just because I need everything be precisely arranged instead of saying "ok,let's go!"; this thing doesn't work for me.*sigh*). Hmm.. if only i have my own transport to go here and there, I'd definitely attend the FM (but again if it's limited to Triple S, i cant attend it) or to KLIA; to bid a farewell for them.isk. Btw, I don't know whether the concert's plan is still going on or not (because i want to attend their concert so badly.there are possibilities the concert will be held later because Muslims are fasting; so i doubt if there is any concert to be held in the fasting month; plus their fans are not only Chinese, it includes various races & religions.hehe)


ok, ppl. gtg. my break time (gap between classes) is over. i need to rush to my PP class (scary!!!!hehe). this is my gift to all of you; newly released Tous Les Jours CF by Rain & Goo Hye Sun (what a cute CF.hehe). Enjoy!!


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