Reply 1988

I finished watching Reply 1988 recently. I can honestly say, that this has been one of the best series that I’ve watched in a long time.

Reply 1988

Plot:

“In 1988, Duk-Sun (Hyeri), Jung-Hwan (Ryoo Joon-Yeol), Sun-Woo (Ko Gyung-Pyo) and Dong-Ryong (Lee Dong-Hwi) are high school students and Taek (Park Bo-Gum) is a go player. These five people have been friends since they were little kids. They all grew up together and are neighbors to this day. Their families are also very close to each other. They always hang around Taek’s room and spend time together.”

It was cute and funny, but it was also a bit sad. It made me miss my childhood friends. This is one of those series that tugs at the heart strings and makes you wish that you would’ve done things differently in life. It’s that good.

I admit, I only started watching it because it has one season (of 20 episodes). I wasn’t expecting each episode to last almost two hours. I thought it would be a nice way to fill my free time and relax. Instead, I cried my eyes out at the final episodes.

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“Time will always flow.
Everything will pass by.
Everything will age.
That might be why youth is beautiful.
It shines, blindingly bright, for just an instant.
But to it, you can never go back.
A time when many tears were shed.
The time of my youth was like that as well.”

— Sung Deok Sun – Reply 1988

I feel old now. I am 29 and I feel much older than that. All of my childhood friends have moved on and made a life of themselves. They followed their dreams and took their chances. I think this is how being left behind feels like. Sure, not all of us have the same aspirations and dreams. Some of us might be slower when taking decisions or might not be sure of what we want from life. But, it still feels sad.

Even feeling like that, I know for sure that I will re-watch Reply 1988. It is not a filler series for my free time, but a sweet reminder of times gone by. A reminder of what we had, what we are and what we can become.

“In the end, fate and destiny do not just happen out of coincidence. They are products of earnest, simple choices, that make up miraculous moments. Being resolute, making decisions without hesitation, that is what makes timing.”

— Jung-Hwan – Reply 1988

Wonder Girls – Why So Lonely

Wonder Girls have released a new song, Why So Lonely. I can’t believe how many years have passed since I first listened to “Tell Me”. I feel a bit nostalgic.

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For me, summer means Bollywood movies, kpop comebacks and a lot of ice cream. I got my kpop comeback!  I’ve been eating ice cream for a while. It seems I am only missing out on Bollywood movies.

~~~ Wonder Girls: “Why So Lonely” ~~~

I am still not used of seeing this group without Sun Ye and So Hee. It still doesn’t feel like they left the group. I was thinking it is a bit funny how 4Minute disbanded this year, yet Wonder Girls are keep going strong. It is sad that Hyuna has two groups under her belt and now is going solo.

Is it wrong to wish for a special comeback with all of the members, past and present? I kinda miss Sun Ye voice, So Hee charms and even Hyuna.

Oh well, I guess you can’t have everything in life.

Regarding the new song, I am loving it. I really have nothing more to add. I guess, with Koreans songs you either love them or not. There is no inbetween way. I am now trying to find the full album (if there is one).

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From Why So Lonely, I ended up listening to Tell Me and Nobody. I guess I do feel nostalgic for the good old days. They were good, and it is sad that I am only realizing this now.

Flawless skin

There is no such thing as being perfect, but there are some people out there that are pretty close to being perfect

My biggest flaw has always been my skin. I have really dry skin. I must admit that I am very lazy and I don’t always moisturize or even shave for that matter. If fluffy legs would be as cute for humans as they are with cats I would be the happiest person ever.

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I don’t have a skin regime, nor do a me time set aside just to pamper myself. Which is weird since I waste a lot of time in front of the computer or playing silly games. I waste a lot of time looking at gorgeous people and wondering how do they do it?

Well, I’m sure they do it just by taking care of themselves. It’s not rocket science, if you want to look good you take care of yourself. It sounds so easy, but when you put it in practice you really need a lot of determination not to give up.

So, I came up with a pretty simple plan: Exfoliate – Moisturize .

It won’t be a daily thing. I don’t plan on making it a daily thing, Heck I live in the real world so, no. I must be true to myself and know that with my lifestyle it will be impossible to do something on a daily basis, besides going to work. So, I will stick on those 4 steps once every two days. It might not be much but its a beginning towards being awesome and stuff.

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 Then there’s my face… I can hide my legs and my body under clothes, but I really cannot wear a mask. My face is oily and I get a lot of pimples from constantly touching. I managed at one point to stop touching my face and to keep a daily routine then I fell off the wagon and that was it.

But, spending time on the Internet made a bit jealous on certain people, for example Yoona from Girls Generation or Hyomin from T-ara. I know that I probably picked the worst examples ever, since they are idols and have an army of people behind them that made sure they are perfect from head to toes. That and the fact they are Koreans and everybody knows Koreans have the most flawless skin ever. I swear they don’t even have pores, their skin is like porcelain.

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Still, they are a good example. Its proof that you can achieve a flawless complexion. Now all that I need is to become an idol… That or just find out what they are using and hope to God I won’t go broke to buy all the products they might be using.

Leaving the jokes aside, I really want to have good skin. I just need to find something that works for me and just take care of myself. Also, I’ve found a little video that just blown my mind. I shall never underestimate someone that is wearing natural makeup (Korean style).

YesStyle Package

I promised myself a while ago that I shall act and dress more feminine, that I will take better care of myself. Believe it or not, that is really hard, especially when time is not your friend.

Dressing like a young respectable woman, making sure your skin is soft and nice, applying make up, taking care of yourself in general takes a lot of time. That an the fact that in Romania good quality clothes & make up are very expensive makes it even harder.

Lately, all the make-up I bought was from online stores. Its much cheaper and this way you can take your time and pick whatever you want, without having to worry about the store clerk giving you weird looks. I know, I’m weird myself but I am one of those people that hates going to the mall. I hate it because it looks like a fashion show. I’m not saying that people should dress like they are going to Walmart but even so, its intimidating to see the effort some people put into their appearance just to eat at McDonald’s.

With clothes its a bit more tricky.

You see, you need to know your body when you buy clothes without trying them on. You need to know your measurements, what style flatters you and you need a little bit of luck.

On that note, I can honestly say I really got lucky this year when I ordered from YesStyle. I managed to catch the sale period and I even got free shipping. It was one of the best buys I made in the last few years. It took me two weeks to decide on what to buy and another moth for the order to be shipped to me, but I bought Autumn clothes when people were making plans for their summer vacation so the shipping time didn’t affect me in any way.

I bought 5 things:

1. Drop-Shoulder Knit Top, this is a quirky piece of clothing  and its exactly as on the website.

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2. Set: Belted Cardigan + Camisole. I actually ordered the biggest size on this item. I was afraid that the sizes wouldn’t match, and heck Asians are very slim, I;m not. So, Its a bit large one me, but still nice.

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3. Geometric Print Sweater. This piece will determine me to keep my belly flat.

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4. Keyhole-Back Knit Sweater, my favorite of them all.

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5. Buckled Canvas Backpack

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I’m really happy with the quality of the clothes and I actually can’t wait to wear them. Next step, purchasing shoes and then I shall never have to go shopping again. My little PC will do everything for me. I can dream right?!?

I Miss You (Korean Drama)

I actually made time in my hobbies/free time schedule for Korean dramas. Even if most of the Romanian TV channels air daily Korean dramas I never actually have the time to watch them.

My only option is to watch them online if English subtitles are available.

Last year I watched one Korean drama “Lie to Me” and even that series I was unable to finish. So, while I was looking up again the entire series for “Lie to Me” I started watching the recently completed series “I Miss You“.

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I only watched the first two episodes of the drama. Each episode is one hour long.

I must say the first episode was very confusing. In the first 20-30 minutes a lot of things were going on and it was hard to tell the relationship between the characters. But I managed to figure out what was going on.. eventually.

Basically the “plot” starts with two different situations:

  • Soo-Yeon (played by Kim So-Hyun) is a 15 year old kid who is bullied at school because of her father is a murderer. Also, her home life with her mother is not actually very pleasant since they are barely scrapping off  and the entire world seems to be against them.
  • And there is Jung-Woo (played by Yeo Jin-Ku) who comes back to Korea from America wanting to be more closer to his family. But what he doesn’t know is that his family is in a feud over a huge sum of money.

And around this time Soo-Yeon meets Jung-Woo. They have a rough start since Jung-Woo ignores Soo-Yeon after he learns about her father but soon has a change of heart. Then they start hanging out and Jung Woo even protects her as much as he can from the bullying at school.

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Then, they grow up and lose touch with each other.

The second episode ends with the grown up version of Jung-Woo (played by Park Yoochun) sitting on the stairs of Soo-Yeon old home just contemplating his memories and wanting to reunite with his old love.

The first two episode were really cute to watch. For the time being I am enjoying this drama and hopefully the next episodes will be as interesting.

~~~Pictures source: 1, 2 ~~~