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To new beginnings

So…I wonder how many of you are still here after my extended hiatus? Probably not a lot. There are days when I wonder if I’ve changed way too much to live up to my blog’s name. For starters, I don’t really see myself as a true ‘dramaholic’ anymore (oops) and I no longer spaz over shows like I used to. I still watch them from time to time, but have never really felt compelled to write about them. There were times when I have actually come across dramas (sadly not a lot of them) that I’ve really loved to the point that I was tempted to write extensively about (Misaeng!) but I never really pulled through because RL in itself was too overwhelming. Instead of worrying about keeping up to date with shows I’ve started to focus more on my personal life. When I started this blog 3 years ago, little did I know that I was going to be MIA for so long.

I honestly don’t know what I am supposed to do with this space. Should I delete everything that I’ve written in the past now that the title of the blog is no longer a reflection of my current state? But then there’s all of these stuff that I’ve written in the past that I am still proud of today (however awkward and childish they might seem now when viewed retrospectively) and I just thought that it’d be a shame to completely get rid of them. This then brings me to my next point.

I am going to revamp this space and mould it into my own personal blog rather than a blog that’s more focused on drama-commentary (which is what it used to be in the past). This means a change of name is in order, along with many other things like layout and content. I know that this might be upsetting for some of you so I won’t blame you if you choose to leave because everyone’s entitled to make their own choice and I respect that.

For those of you who are lucky enough to read this (honestly don’t think there’s going to be anyone left ’cause this space is practically dead), thank you! I will not make any promises as to how often I’ll blog because God knows how bad I am at keeping them. However, I will TRY to post more regularly in my attempt to resurrect this blog.

I’ve just changed my domain so you can now find me on here instead.

 

 

The Sisterhood of The World Blogger Award

Okay to be honest I’ve been in a blogging rut for God knows how long…and sometimes I tend to forget that this space still exists (or maybe I do but for whatsoever reasons I just couldn’t find it in me to write anymore) so imagine my surprise when I heard that I’ve actually been nominated for The Sisterhood of The World Blogger Award by the ever so kind one and only Dramajjang/Kwon Sang Seung. Thank you so much for this nomination T____T It’s not everyday you get to be reminded that you’re not forgotten in this blogosphere. I’m so sorry it took me so long to answer this questions but I’m glad that I’ve finally managed to do it. I actually had lots of fun answering them (in fact I think I got a bit carried away for one of the questions XD).

Now for the rules of this award:

  1. Link the blogger who nominated you on your post.
  2. Put the award logo on your blog.
  3. Answer the ten questions that were given to you.
  4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Nominate five blogs and make sure they are aware they are nominated.
  6. When you have responded, leave a link in the comment of the person who nominated you.

Dramajjang‘s 10 questions:

1) To makjang or not to makjang?

No makjang please HAHA it’s one of the reasons why I generally stay away from weekend dramas. I’m all for makjang-free dramas ^___^

2) Do you fall in love in every drama with a different actor/actress too?

Well it depends really sometimes when I really like an actor/actress the love usually carries through to his/her other projects. There are times where I rediscover actors/actresses through really good acting projects though haha I don’t think I’ve answered your question properly oops.

3) Has your bias ever betrayed your feelings? And if yes, when?

I don’t have a bias now. I used to adore FT Island who is practically my first ever Korean bias when I was in high school but I grew out of my fangirl phase over the years (omg I feel so ancient now T____T). If we are going by ex-biases there’s Big Bang and FT Island and Lee Seunggi but I don’t think I’ve been disappointed/betrayed by them before (I WAS fangirly but not thattt obsessed till the point that I would let them affect my emotions in that way), so nope, that hasn’t happened before.

4) Do you like Cho Yong Pil’s music and generally, 80s South Korean music?

Okay I need to make a confession. The only Cho Yong Pil music that I know is Bounce (which is fairly recent) which I like heh. Yeah I think 80s South Korean music is amazing – I mean, we’ve got the likes of Lee Moon-Se, Lee Sun-hee, Yoo Jae-ha, Boohwal and Deulgukhwa but those are the ones that stood out to me the most. I mean their influence is still there and their legendary songs are still being covered on national tv until this very day BUT I’m personally a bigger fan of the ballad-era in the 1990s heh my favourites are Lee Juck (who used to be part of Panic), Kim Yeon-woo, Toy/Yoo Hee-yeol (not the best singer but his collabs were amazing I think Passionate Goodbye is super iconic I still love it even now). I just realised that pretty much all of them are guys oops…*guilty face* What can I say…I love my ahjusshis. Of course there’s also Yoon Jong Shin, Shin Seung Hun, Lee Seung Hwan, Yoon Sang etc but like they haven’t really left that much of an impression on me. With these names that I’ve mentioned though some of them only had like one or two hit songs that I’m actually familiar with so it’s not like my knowledge of them is perfect or anything. I think Yoon Do Hyun also came up in the 1990s, his voice is pretty good even though tbh I haven’t listened to him a lot.

Okay back to the 1980s…I think Kim Hyun-sik was also pretty huge (but I don’t know his songs well). Well for Lee Moon Sae the classic ones that I can think of now are Girl and Sunset Glow. Lee Sun-hee though has got so many iconic songs and I shall save your time by redirecting you to this playlist here. With Yoo Jae-ha (we lost him way too soon) there’s the legendary Because I Love You and You In My Arms (please watch Ha Dong Kyun’s Cover of YIMA!), and with Boohwal there’s Never Ending Story and for Deulgukhwa we’ve got Please. HAHA I think my knowledge of the 1980s Gayo is fairly limited. I only have Korean variety shows, music shows and song covers to thank for exposing me to the oldies (Immortal Song 2 is freaking awesome in terms of reintroducing oldies into mainstream gayo). Oh crap, I hadn’t realised that this turned out to be way longer than expected heh. It’s not everyday I get to talk about the oldies that I like so thank you so much for your question. ^___^

5) Which are your favorite 2015 drama and/or movie for the time being?

T-drama Mr Right Wanted (technically a 2014 drama but it finished its run in 2015 so I’m just treating it as a 2015 one). I haven’t got much time to watch dramas this year. I’ve watched Kill Me Heal Me but it’s not something that I’d go out of my way to recommend to first timers and as for the other dramas I’ve dropped them like hot potatoes (Misaeng would be perfect but it’s a 2014 drama so…*shrugs*).

6) Which actor/actress would you like to see in a drama during 2015?

Song Joong Ki ❤

7) After Kill Me, Heal Me ended, how many personalities did you acquire? If you haven’t watched it yet, why?!

Just one HAHA I think it was fun while it lasted but it’s not like a must-watch for me. I personally stuck on for Ji Sung despite how distracting Hwang Jung-eum’s plasticky-ness & OTT-ness was but sadly the drama lost its steam in the later half oh wells.

8) To have loved and to have lost or to have never loved?

To have loved and to have lost. At least there’s the memories that’ll sustain you through your old age, no?

9) Have you ever drank soju? And if yes, did you get drunk?

Yeahhh, I prefer makgeolli though it’s a bit milder plus I generally like the smell of rice wine heh. With soju nope I don’t think I’ve allowed myself to drink to the extent that I’ll be drunk (because there won’t be people to carry me home lol just kidding ;p)

10) Would you do the chincha dance with me?

Okay I had to google up the chincha dance (I’m outdated I know -____-) and I still haven’t got the slightest idea what it’s about HAHA fail. I’m a dance klutz but if you’re willing to bear with my ineptness on the dance floor I guess why not? HEH

My 10 questions are less drama-orientated because I’d very much prefer to get to know the lovely people who’ve come across my space. I mean, dramas are great and all, but at the end of the end they’re just fiction whereas you awesome people are real people living real lives, y’know? One of the things that I’ve always been drawn to whenever I discover a new blog is to find out more about the masterminds behind these fascinating writings (I’m instantly drawn to the ‘About Me’ page pretty much every single time). Anyways here are my questions:

1. Did you have a childhood nickname? If so, what’s the story behind it?
2. Tell me three things about the place you grew up in.
3. What’s the craziest/oddest thing you’ve ever eaten?
4. Would you rather eat healthy or exercise regularly?
5. If you had to pick one representative dish that best encapsulates where you are from what would it be and why?
6. How do you spend your free time apart from watching shows?
7. If you could go back into time (say, ten years) to offer a piece of advice to the younger you, what would it be and why?
8. What is one of the most adventurous things you’ve ever done?
9. What is something you are waiting for, or looking forward to, right now?
10. Where are you from? How did you get to discover this space? In other words, what brought you here?

I am nominating my favourite bloggers Heisui of My Drama Tea, Mookie, Jan of blogphilic & dramaphilic, Shweta of A Splash of Inspiration and last but not least I’d love to return the favour to the ultra-cool Kwon Sang Seung of Dramajjang (because I’m too curious about you!). Have fun answering the questions y’all! ❤

The Sunshine Award

Hello…it’s been ages since I last wrote or posted anything in this space. A lot has happened this summer – I wanted to post pictures from my travels but my internet was too laggy and then one thing happened after another and before I even realise it, blogging became much less of a priority to me. Having said that, maybe it’s time for me to get up some of my backlogged travel posts real soon before I completely forget about them again. -.-))) So what drew me to de-lurk again? The currently trending ‘Sunshine Award’ of course! I saw some questions on Splash of Inspiration which intrigued me enough to want to answer them because I realised that my answers to some of them have changed over time.

Now on to the questions:

1. Why do you blog? Do you foresee yourself quitting?

I’ve previously written up one post specifically on why I blog but to sum it up…it serves as a coping mechanism as well as a witness/testament of my personal growth , it helps me restructure my thoughts in any way I like, whenever and however I like it, plus it’s also quite a healing process for me. A lot has changed since then. I stopped blogging altogether since I sorta went on an unannounced drama hiatus. Truth be told, I felt like I needed a break from the depressing slump that is the K-entertainment industry. Nothing managed to capture my attention, and none of the K-dramas (or even any other Asian dramas, for that matter) managed to get past my unbelievably short attention span.

One of the reasons why I started to open up this space was because I wanted to get my love for dramas out there, and in fact, my blog title went through a couple of changes – I went from a ‘K-dramaholic’ to a ‘dramaholic’ when I decided to expand my drama-watching to other Asian dramas. Sadly, at the time of writing I no longer am a dramaholic since I’ve managed to survive  pretty well without having the urge to watch dramas for months (I can’t even remember what was the last drama that I’ve watched). What does one do if he/she no longer live up to his/her reputation as a drama-blogger? I’ve got no idea.

What’s happened is that I basically stopped caring about fulfilling expectations because first and foremost, I don’t blog to satisfy others and secondly, I concede that I am somewhat a drama-blogger but that’s not the only thing that defines me. Besides, blogging about dramas and the like, I also happen to be a full time university student and also a person who loves travelling a lot (the list is not exhaustive, of course). So now the most accurate answer for your first question would be: I blog because I want to whenever I feel like it.

If you had asked me this very same question a year ago I would say no I would never quit but now I would say probably yes qutting is a possibility sometime in the foreseeable future. This summer break has got me thinking about lots of things…and one of it is the realisation that the importance of blogging or getting content up pales in comparison to RL priorities and when you actually are busy all day long you really don’t have any more time to think of blogging (let alone watching dramas) which becomes more of a rare pastime rather than a frequent hobby. Having blogged for so many years I really do hope to blog for as long as I can but who knows what’s gonna happen in the future? All I can say is that I don’t have plans to quit anytime soon (at least for now) and I’ll try my best to keep it going for as long as I can.

2. How do you spend your free time outside of blogging?

I used to spend my free time outside of blogging reading C-novels online or watching Korean or Chinese shows (dramas, variety shows and the like) but now I’ve switched to travelling (whether solo or with company). Travelling solo is a newfound hobby/passion of mine. At the time of writing I have been to 13 places during my summer break, and out of the 13 places, I actually went to 5 places on my own which felt extra satisfying. I still enjoy staying indoors and watching shows but now I very much prefer finding new places to explore at every opportunity that I get. If I happen to find places that I really like enough to make me want to revisit them then I usually just go back to revisiting them now that I actually know the place a lot better. Right now whenever I’m not blogging or travelling I’ve been watching shows like Superstar K6, Youth Over Flowers and very recently We Got Married (but only the Song Jaerim-Kim Soeun couple). I sometimes read a couple of C-novels online too just to make sure that I can still read Chinese characters (lol) and also take a break from all things law-related.

 3. What is the most influential book you’ve read? What is the most thrilling one?

Influential book? I only get to pick one? I don’t have one but I do know what’s the most influential book series that I’ve ever read though…it’s the Harry Potter series! I don’t think I need to do any explaining on why that book is amazing and life-changing. I don’t have a most thrilling book, sadly.

4. Do you drink Tea? If so, what is your favorite kind? If not, explain why you think your drink is better.

Yes I do. In fact, I loveeeeeeeee teas. My dad’s a tea lover (we even have a proper tea set and also various types of Chinese teas at home) through and through. Asians drink tea a lot. I love Chinese herb(al)teas/medicinal herbal teas (we call them ‘Leong Cha’) the most. It serves as a good alternative to western medicine and also tastes super yummy if done right. There are too many types of leong chas to be named but suffice to say that if I can only pick one type of drink for the rest of my life, herbal teas would be my pick. If we’re talking about teas in general I actually like quite a few of them like the Korean Corn Tea (oksusu cha), Japanese green tea (ocha) and my eternal TWG favourite would have to be the Silvermoon Tea (which is just green tea infused with berries and vanilla really, but the smell is so freaking amazing it’s literally impossible to not fall in love with it). So yeah, I drink tea, a lot.

5. Which social media platform do you think is the most useless?

Err…I don’t really have an answer for this question because why would I even want to use a social media platform if it’s useless? I think the social media platforms that I’m currently using now all have their pros and cons so really, I think all of them are pretty much equal in that sense. So none of them is useless, I guess?

Andddddd I’m done!

I wasn’t nominated specifically by any bloggers but still decided to do this because I thought that it would be a great way for me give a heads up confirming that I’m still up and very much alive and also provide a bit of an update on where I am at this point. So if you’re reading this, thank you so much! I’ve missed blogging a lot and I especially miss being part of the blogging community. As for the nominations, pretty much every blogger that I would’ve loved to nominate has either already been nominated and/or has completed the challenge/questions already so I’ll just opt for the predictable easy way out by nominating each and every one of you who’s reading this post. Yes, you! And if you’ve already done this but still are interested to answer the questions below, please feel free to do so in the comments section down below or give me the url link to your response. 🙂

Questions:

1) Where are you from? How did you get to discover this space? In other words, what brought you here?

2) If you can travel to anywhere in the world without having to worry about money, where would you want to visit and why?

3) How do you usually cope with things when you’re feeling unhappy and/or super stressed out?

4) Name something that you’ve always wanted to do but somehow never got around to doing it and elaborate a bit more on why it didn’t happen.

5) What’s your least favourite drama trope? Why? 

Blog anniversary + Giveaway!

My blog anniversary is coming soon (I know, it’s insane. I can’t believe it’s been a year already!).  I’m not the best writer out there, and I don’t update as frequent as I probably should these days but I’m really surprised (and grateful) to see that there’s people out there who actually reads this space, even if I don’t have a lot of readers. This space is admittedly far from being a trendy blog, as I don’t really cover a lot of currently airing dramas. I know it says ‘dramaholic’ up there but this space is first and foremost a personal space for me to express myself (since I don’t really get to talk about things that’s been on my mind in RL) and after that a place for me to spaz about dramas and music (mostly Korean releases) without the fear of being judged or deemed a weirdo.

I know that I’ve said this before but the fact that there’s people who actually watches this space daily (maybe like, five of ’em HEH), feels so surreal to me. Honestly, I’m just plain amazed that anyone actually cares enough to read the stuff that I put out. I love the fact that the posts that I put out, and the ones that I read are relatable, because it’s a great feeling to know that we are not alone. I blog because nice people like you (and many others) are always so enthusiastic and welcoming as a reader, which motivates me to improve better be it as a person or a writer.

I’m still relatively new to the drama-blogging community,  but until this very day I’m still super amazed by how nice my readers are. I especially love replying to comments, as it’s really feels as if I’m talking to my pen pals from different countries and it makes me happy to talk about stuff that I’m actually passionate about to people who are equally (if not more) passionate about it. I love how being part of the blogging community gives you an instant and huge support structure and I especially love the way how bloggers really back each other (through leaving supportive comments on blogs) when needed. We all struggle to go out in the world to meet like-minded people (what are the odds, really?) but through blogging, like minds come together, and people actually come to you instead. It really is amazing to see how united we can be through our blogs even though we are all so far away and we are all at different points in our lives. It always brings a smile to my face whenever I read comments because I know that there are actually people who care enough to leave a response.

That being said, I figured that there’s no better opportunity to thank y’all for your support than to do it on a blog anniversary which is why I’ve decided to host a small giveaway! The rules are pretty simple. All you need to do is to leave a comment down below with your preferred choice of gift through post (a.k.a snail mail): 1) a card, 2) a postcard or 3) a handwritten letter  and state the reason for your choice. I know that it’s not much but it’s just my way of thanking you from the very bottom from my heart. This giveaway is open internationally so everyone is welcome to participate in this event. The best part? There is no limit as to the number of winners  so as long as your comments are posted before Tuesday, April 1, 2014 (GMT), you are eligible for the giveaway (and in effect the winners). Winners will be contacted via email on the 1st of April with more details about the snail mail. Last but not least, thank you so so much for sticking around!