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Monday, February 10, 2020

Afterthoughts: Melting Me Softly



So this is my first drama back after literally my last drama I watched being half of 'What's Wrong with Secretary Kim'. Side note: loved that drama, just couldn't handle finishing it. 

I was scrolling through Viki and was looking to start a drama. Which has been a pretty hard task for me since I just couldn't bring myself to watch them. I purposefully picked this one because I didn't have high expectations for it. Hear me out. 
The Viki description is as follows:

'Go Mi Ran (Won Jin Ah) is a young jobseeker who is told she will be given around US$ 4,200 if she takes part in a cryogenic freezing program. She is told that she will be frozen for just 24 hours and then leave with her money.
Also being frozen is Ma Dong Chan (Ji Chang Wook), a popular entertainment TV producer who is cold as ice when it comes to working – but tends to get hot and passionate when it comes to affairs of the heart.
But instead of waking up a day later, the duo awakes from cryogenic slumber to find they have slept through 20 years. All the people Mi Ran and Dong Chan once knew have aged by 20 years, but their own bodies and memories have not changed at all.
Life 20 years in the future is not easy – and things are made harder for the duo when they discover that should their body temperatures rise above 33 degrees Celsius, they will die.
When Mi Ran and Dong Chan begin developing feelings for each other, temperatures start to rise…spawning all sorts of dramatic consequences.
Will the duo fight back the heat of a potentially fatal romance? And will they discover the mysterious reason why they were frozen for two decades – and the role of the enigmatic Dr. Hwang, the shady figure behind the freezing project?'

Which to some people is probably like OMG SO INTERESTING. But I was kinda like okay this isn't normally my thing. I don't usually like these kind of dramas. But it had Ji Chang Wook in it. His dramas are top notch so I figured that would help and it would be a good drama to start back on. GOOD IDEA. Best idea I've had in awhile. I'll tell you why.

In my honest opinion, the drama isn't AMAZING. Would I ever rewatch it? Probably not. Did I like it? Sure. If rating I would give it about a 6 or 7 out of 10. It was not bad. It just... felt really long. 

So the drama isn't SUPER emotional. You aren't going to cry your eyes out for hours like you would with 'Goblin' or something.. But it's enough to make your eyes leak. 

One of the things I'm most thankful for in this drama is the fact that the second lead female wasn't actually evil. She wasn't this cold hearted super bitch. She actually was relatable.. and sad. Very sad. Sometimes... or.... alot of times. The super evil second lead female gets overplayed and I just get tired of it. So had she been evil the whole drama, I might have given up on it. 

The first few episodes I was not feeling it. Still. I was live-texting Bunny the whole time like ''okay this is not terrible but like i don't know if i like it'' type of texts. But after the first few episodes it was okay. And thankfully no main or even really supporting cast died because it's what I expected and I was dreading that also. It was very hard to get into, but I kept watching and eventually liked it so i stuck with it. 

Now, the drama SEVERELY LACKS romance. It's like not there. This is mostly because that's how the story line makes it. They're temperature rises for everything that makes their heart race so too much intimacy was not allowed. The first kiss in this drama actually pissed me off. I was left staring at the screen like 'wtf just happened'. She kissed him because she thought she was going to die and wanted to kiss someone before she died but this came out of scenic nowhere... and I was so confused and actually frustrated and irritated with her character (which seems to be quite a common occurrence in this drama).

The ONLY actual kiss scene in the whole drama was amazing. But that is the ONLY ONE. Not even after they are cured and they COULD kiss, did they. 




Which also gave so little closure to something that was so built up for so long throughout the drama.  Okay after looking at youtube there was a small kiss in the attic but like they had to cut it short because hello lets not die. 

So that's pretty frustrating. 

And then the ending. The final episode. Matched the rest of the drama and drug out. She's frozen again. In a coma. This type of stuff.
30 minutes before the drama is over, she's almost dying again. 15 minutes before the end, she woke up but is saying shes gonna go abroad and study..... The WORST. Now it changed and they both left and did world tour youtubing. Great. But like.....  we got a total of 8 approximate minutes of happiness and that was suppose to end a dramas worth of suffering and anguish. Didn't happen. 

All in all the drama is pretty good. Like it's interesting if you give it a chance and the cast was AMAZING but the script was something that could have been SO MUCH BETTER. There were hilarious times and there were times when my eyes leaked, but again. 6 or 7 out of 10 rating. You should watch it.

Life

Hello, everyone. HAS Shanea back from about a 2 year hiatus. At this point in life, I'll never promise that I will come out with new content or start on new exciting adventures or do anything, for that matter. Life has gotten a bit tough and as much as I would love to say 'I'M BACK, HERE'S HAS' FUTURE', life is just so unpredictable and to be honest I am just now getting back into Korean things. 

So I'll give some updates because why not? 

1. I moved from my small town in Mississippi to Minneapolis, MN to attend the University of Minnesota. Asian Languages and Literatures major. Focus in Korean (of course). And it was amazing. Seriously the opportunity of a lifetime and it was the most amazing experience. But I've had so many life problems pop up since I've been here, I've had to give this up. Financial being the biggest part.

2. Me and my boyfriend moved in together and got a cat. 



She's the cutest and the sweetest little piece of garbage. (I say that lovingly)

3. And this one is kind of a shocker. I fell out of the Korean world. Not because I didn't like it anymore. Trust, that's definitely not it. I was studying it. Life got really rough and if we are honest it's still pretty rough. So I just became overwhelmed with other things and fell into a huge depression and it's almost like this depression rejected anything that brought me joy. I'm still struggling with this. It's really hard for me to find my way out of the whole I've gone into but I'm trying. I definitely couldn't watch dramas. Oh no. Not possible. Too emotional. And again, rejecting them.

4. I finally saw DAY6 in concert. We won't talk about the fact that I had a huge anxiety attack and had to leave early. But in case you didn't know, KARD and DAY6 are my top groups.

5. I am still sick. Still battling my lung issues. Still in and out of the doctor. Thankfully in the past 2 years, I've only been admitted to the hospital once. Thank God for Minnesota having better healthcare options so i can see doctors whenever i need to. Which is usually weekly. 

6. Bunny hates on me because I never watch the videos she sends and never remember to text her back in timely manner. LOL

So life has been pretty hectic. Heck, I don't even know half of the groups out anymore dude. I just watched 'Melting Me Softly' and everyone in the Viki comments is like GOLDEN CHILD OMGGGGG GOLDEN CHILDDDD because apparently a member is in the drama and I was over here like ....who the heck is that... and I still need to look them up and listen to their music because I'm just awful.

I wanted to write and share that life is difficult sometimes, ya know? I feel it. Everyday. But I'm trying to force myself to do the things I enjoy. So I felt I needed to write on here because this blog gave me so much joy for so long. It's been 8 years this year since I started it. 

Oh, I did manage to upload new lyric videos to Youtube. I got so excited and was like IM GONNA DO A MILLION OF THESE. and I think i mustered up 2. LOL 




All in good time. 

Stay happy and healthy, friends.

-HAS Shanea Feb 11 2020

Sunday, October 21, 2018

KDQ'S Billboard Top 10 ~ 10/13/18



Hey Hey HEEEYYYY all of our HAS fans!  Long time no see huh?  It's been a rough year for the HAS group.  If you haven't checked our Facebook page for the update,  here in the link (you should like and follow the page while you are there *wink*) 


Now back to today's blog.  I am going to try... And I mean REALLY REALLY try to keep this up every week.  I am doing this from my phone as I no longer have a laptop (DEDICATION!) so please bear (bear? bare?) with me! 

TOP 10 FROM BILLBOARD 100 KOREA
10/13/18


10

Fall In Fall - Vibe




Idol - BTS





8

 Every Day Every Moment - Paul Kim 




7

Love ing - Ben





6

Way Back Home - Shaun





5

Goodbye - Punch





4

Siren - Sumni





3

The Hardest Part - Roy Kim




2

Goodbye Road - Ikon





1

The Has Never Been A Day I Haven't Loved You - Im Chang Jung




Now.... Usually I comment something about each video but since this is the first time I am doing this,  I just got to the point but I will give my opinion about a few things.  

1. I only know 1 song from this list and you guessed it,  its BTS.  Now I know most of these groups/singers but not any of these songs.  How sad is that? 

2. IKONs song is new to the list.  

3. Why do they not just have a kpop list?  I get it,  these are still classified as kpop but.... Are they really? 

Anyway,  I hope you enjoyed this weeks Top 10.  Check back next week to see if your favorite song/artist made it to the top 10! 





Thursday, July 19, 2018

Bunny's Hoppin Hip Hop Corner ( Cheetah)

I really don't know a lot about this artist today. We can learn together!!!!
I do know that she is the winner of the first Unpretty Rapstar, and I do know about her song "change my number," I did like it, but it wasn't a OMG HAD TO LISTEN TO OVER AND OVER type song.


Cheetah



I did  know that she was also an underground before going on the show. With that being said you don't usually hear a lot from her. She's not usually on a lot of shows that I know of , to promote her music, BUT I just love her swag. 

Upon doing some research I did find that Cheetah before debuting was in a terrible accident (she got hit by a bus...yessss hoppers a bus) and it landed her in a coma for a good while. That's the reason you never hear her sing the respirator ruined her vocal cords.

Cheetah is a member of C9 Entertainment, which supports artist like Jung Joon Yong ( and Drug Restaurant)  and Wanna One, just to name a few.

I'm always excited about her new stuff because I love seeing people like her succeed. When she came out with this new one after being gone for a while I was so ready. 

"I'll Be There" dropped on the 28th of February




Can I just say I love her new look. Can we just take a minute and just look at how FLAWLESS she is!!!!!!

I was really shocked about this single. It wasn't really what I expected from her. I kinda expected it to be a little be more pop music then what she gave me, but I actually liked it. All in all I thought It was a good comeback and something we really needed. as listeners.


Thanks again for reading and remember Stay Hoppin ;)  by for now see you next time.

Bunny's Hoppin Hip Hop Corner (Update)

HEY MY FELLOW HOPPERS LONG TIME NO SEE!!! It's been absolutely crazy for me! I'm in a new spot with a new place, with new family! But news is good. I'm sorry I haven't been around, but it's been a BUSY couple of months. But FINALLY I'M BACK!! so lets get started with an update. The last you saw me we talked about "She's Gone" by Jong Ilhoon, and SanE and Mad Clown's "Butterfly, " but there are several other comebacks I want to talk about.


Yoonmirae 



Yoonmirae is one of my FAVORITE Korean artist in this hip hop or music history. If you follow my blogs you might can figure out who my biases are. (Tablo, Top, Tiger Jk, Yoonmirae) each one of them have their own lane, but this woman just fits in mine. I love her so much she's a great singer, rapper, and even mom. I mean it can't be that bad being married to this......

Anyway, Yoonmirae has come up with several new singles in the past couple of months....and her new album "Gemini 2 " is one of my new favorites of the year !!


The album has some MAD features with people like my boy Junoflo ya'll know I love me some Juno. Double K , Tiger Jk, And Champagne are just to name a few more. But with a name and the Bad A$$ ness that she has how can you expect any less. 





Kawi Bawi Bo was her first comeback of the year and honestly it was exactly what I wanted from her. But if it's not for you don't worry because there is one the next one is where she took it to a whole new level. JUNOFLOOOOO




This song right here ya'll ... equals life LOL no but really it's just an all around catchy song. You should listen to it multiple times.... in a row.... for hours lol







That's it for this blog... I know it's kind of short but I hope your excited to see me with some more comebacks :D by ya'll

And as always stay Hoppin :D

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Afterthoughts: Hwayugi (A Korean Odyssey) [SUPER SPOILER]

Hwayugi (A Korean Odyssey)









Okay, so I loved this drama.... for the most part. But even though I did like it, I have to admit that there were so many problems with it that by the time the drama ended I was left feeling unsettled and kind of just frustrated that I wasted so much time on this drama. But I feel like if a season 2 came out, then all would be right in the world and I wouldn't nearly have as big of a problem with it as I do now. Now, I want to go ahead and warn you that I'm not keeping spoilers out of this. This will be a full on spoiler fest because I'm giving my thoughts on this drama.

So for starters, I'll start with the OST. Which was GOLD, by the way. This was one of the best OST's I've seen in a drama.



Specifically Bumkey's 'When I Saw You'




Which I mean, you can't really go wrong with Bumkey anyways... But the song just perfectly matched up with the drama. It easily became my favorite OST of 2018. 

As for the casting, I believe the casting was perfect. I heard a lot of different opinions on this one, but to me I think the casting of this drama was just perfect. Because they're all so different, it just works. It's dysfunctional but amazing at the same time.

As for the storyline, this is where I have some problems with. 

For starters I will say that this drama could have been AMAZING if they had tweaked a few parts of it. It started off really well in the beginning and it wasn't until episode like 14 that I had problems finishing the drama. I think this drama could have wrapped up in 16 episodes rather than dragging onto 20. So after about the 16th episode, it really just seemed dragged out. 
So I will start with the problems I had. 

Problem #1. Bu Ja's death. 

I really love this actress. Her ability to play 3 different roles in one character was just great. She did amazing. From idol to zombie to evil priestess, she did amazing. My favorite of course was the zombie (Bu Ja)
The problem comes in when the priestess comes and possesses Bu Ja. Which I think was a nice touch. But we were all hoping and wishing the priestess would be cast out of her body and Bu Ja and PK would be reunited. And in the end, the priestess stayed and PK had to burn her. Which was just crap because I really wanted her to come back so bad. That's probably one of the things I was waiting for the most with this drama was Bu Ja and PK to be reunited and that the stupid squid prince would go back home. So when it came down to the priestess being defeated and lost all her powers and energy, she started rotting and couldn't do anything. And the problem is that you know deep down that Bu Ja was still in there somewhere because when Sam Jang(yes i'm just going to refer to her as this) was talking to her, she showed her how the idol girl had died. So you know when PK burned her, Bu Ja was still in there somewhere and just couldn't come out. So it was just a really sad ending to a good story. 

2. The Dragon Prince's death. 


It seems I have a problem with everyone's death. I do. I really do. Because this isn't the last one.  But the problem I have with his death is the fact that it was more impactful than probably any other death in this drama. Isn't that something? The other death's in this drama had less impact on me than this one. Just the fact that PK told her to go get Ma Wang and she/he/? refused to do so and just threw herself on PK to save him just tore my heart to shreds. 

3. The dragon fight. 

I'm sorry, if you lead up for 4 episodes about this amazing evil dragon that's going to come and end the world, don't you think there should have been a bigger dragon fight scene? And also a better dragon? Because guys, that dragon CGI was just awful. I mean that probably ruined the whole thing for me. If it looked realer, I probably would have enjoyed it more. But then also the fact that it was over within a 10 minute span. And that's including the cut scene where he takes her away from the fight and she dies. Like 3 hits and it's gone. And he isn't even seen fighting it. Just hitting the air in front of the camera. I guess this comes from my being an American and our movies like this would have had this big badass dragon and the fight would have been so amazing. Instead it was like a Dragon Ball dragon who got hit 3 times and it was over in the blink of an eye. I just feel like if the drama was going to be based on the fact that this evil creature was going to come and rule the world and she had to be the sacrifice, the fight should have had more of an impact. Which brings me to my next problem.

4. Sam Jang's death. 

Now, I don't have a problem that she died. I knew it was coming. It was inevitable. The problem I have is that honestly Dragon Prince's death had more of an impact! Her death was like this:

Evil dude stabs
Sam Jang Bleeds. Ow. Hurts. Blood everywhere.
Monkey comes and hits dragon once
Monkey takes Sam Jang to forest
Sam Jang dies.
Monkey goes and kills dragon.

Like it was literally so not what I would have expected saying the whole drama was based off the fact that this was her destiny. So this problem really goes along with the dragon fight. Because they're both the same thing. The worst part is that the evil politician dude was the one who stabbed her with it... The death bell rang... Which should have meant that monkey was the one to stab her. Now, I know they were all for switching the destiny and making the death bell not work... But... I still think that was not a good way to go. I think what should have happened is Sam Jang Stabbed herself in a different area that way she wouldn't have bled out so easily and fought off the dragon some rather than just sitting there because she's dying and bleeding out so fast. Just the whole scene was a massive let down. Now admittedly, when monkey has her in that forest and she's dying/dies.. I cried so much. Because it just was so sad. I really wished she didn't have to die. So when she did (even though it wasn't an amazing scene) it still sucked. 

5. The end. 

This was by far the worst. With all the reincarnation that goes on in this drama and the deities and the demons and all these different magical beings.. Sam Jang was just dead. She just was. And monkey's memory was shattered. Of course, because this wouldn't be a kdrama without some amnesia. You would think because Sam Jang saved the whole world, she would have become a deity and he could have accepted his call to the heavens and they could have been reunited. Instead, she's just gone and he's left by himself broken and doesn't even know why he's broken. So she comes back for a day. A whole day. To help him remember the memories he has lost... And the literal last 5 minutes of that day before she disappears, he remembers everything. 5 minutes. They have a whole effing 5 minutes to fully appreciate the fact that they're together again. 5 minutes, guys. Then he gives her one of his eyes and she disappears and the drama ends by him driving his car.... ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?! Guys, this was probably one of the worst drama endings I've encountered. I liked City Hunter's ending more than this one and I hated City Hunter's ending. This one just blew my mind on how bad it was. Now, if it turned out there was a Hwayugi 2, then I would be 100% content with that ending because I know there's more story line coming. And we can find out if that new Sam Jang would be their kid because everyone kept saying it looked like the monkey. I just feel like no one at all in the drama or the readers got closure from what happened. It just happened and was over with. I do feel that if the writers were smart, they would capitalize on that and even if they weren't planning on making a 2, they should because everyone wants it. 

Now that we've got the problems I had out of the way, I'll go onto nicer things. 

1. Summer Fairy's death. 

I feel like Summer Fairy's death was very necessary. I still hated it because Summer Fairy was my favorite, man. But I thought it was a really good plot twist that made for a better storyline and really made Winter Fairy's character stand out and become something great. Major kudos to this actor also because he just did the greatest. 

2. Sam Jang and Monkey's love story.

I wasn't sure how I felt about the Geumgango for awhile. Like I really loved seeing him be annoyingly in love with her and I thought it was hilarious but also really nice. But in the end, it turned out that he didn't need it anyways and could have taken it off halfway through the drama had he wanted to because he was already fully in love with her. (Which I totally saw coming and glad it happened) Their love story was all sorts of dysfunctional and far from normal, but it made for a really good drama. The willingness to die for the other one or die so that the other one can live and be okay is just amazing when it's a literal situation. I just really wished there could have been more of it and that after she died, something happened like she reincarnated later and they found each other again or something that could have shown more of the relationship. She didn't even know he could take of the thing by himself when she died. How sad. 

3. Monkey and Bull's Bromance. 

These two were constantly hilarious and equally lovable. And how much Ma Wang missed the monkey after he left was just heartbreaking. 

4. Ma Wang as a whole. 

The whole Ma Wang character was just the best part of this drama. Everything the man was and did was just great. His whole reason for wanting to become a deity, having the dog secretary, finding his son... All of this was just an amazing story line and I loved every minute of watching him. He was hilarious and cocky and childish and even when he went blind, it was just hilarious. His reactions were golden. Hell, I might watch a whole movie dedicated just to Ma Wang. I loved him that much. 

5. The whole concept of the drama. 

I do love this whole concept. I'm not normally into the supernatural side of things, but this drama had a REALLY GOOD concept. Just what happened could have been a little better.

Let's not forget PK and Bu Ja's story. I loved that so much but I already relayed on that in my problem section.  

All in all, I did like the drama. I know it doesn't sound like it, but honestly I did like this drama. I would give it about a 6/10. So not the greatest, but I was absolutely obsessed with this drama until around episode 14 so that definitely counts for something. 

On to watch another drama!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Bunny's Hoppin Hip Hop Corner (San E and Mad Clown)

Welcome back to Bunny's Hoppin hip hop corner. Today we have..... 


San E and Madclown





If you have read my read anything of mine you know just how special they are to me. You may remember "Sour Grapes" (one of my favorite songs of all time)  BUT THEY ARE BACK AT IT AGAIN......



This video is just a ball of cuteness. I mean San E is just a ball of cuteness himself but when they start dancing together I lose it. THEY ARE SO FREAKING ADORABLE I just want them to cuddle me ... both of them HAHAHAHAHA. OH OH OH and we have San E's hip thrust!!!!! Get it boy!!! (:32 seconds). It's a fun song just like their last one together. I love these two together they just make me happy! Their music is upbeat and make me want to laugh. I love with Mad Clown starts singing. It's auto tuned but still fun to watch. Then you can't forget Bumkey and that voice! Overall it's just a fun video and it makes me happy.

I know this was a short post but I didn't want to leave it out!!!!  That's it for today hoppers. We will have more for you tomorrow.