Whimsical

What I Am Watching and Reading and Doing and Things

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The cherry blossoms in my area have begun to bloom: it’s spring, even if the temperature stays obnoxiously close to 0°C/32°F. I’m looking forward to warmer weather and lots of bike rides. I’m lucky to live in a city with scenic bike paths. You can even follow them with a street view camera on Naver. In Korea, Naver Maps > Google Maps.

Watching

I watch Korean dramas because they’re entertaining and good for my Korean. Recently, I’ve been sticking to atypical ones, but this time I’ve gone for a Korean Drama™. It’s crazy and strongly flavored with makjang. This isn’t exactly it, but the basic premise: A brother writes his sister letters, but she hasn’t been getting them because her family keeps them from her and she’s blind. The siblings don’t live together because of serious drama in their family. Dad hooked up with a secretary. At any rate, the day a letter falls into her hands, she goes to find her brother. She finds her brother’s friend with the same name instead. Her brother’s friend is being pursued by the police while he reads the letter to her because his girlfriend decides to put him in jail for a year as she can’t count on him to not cheat on her while she’s overseas. Instead of just getting arrested, he runs from the police. While he’s running, his friend (the girl’s brother) follows him and gets hit by a car and dies. At the same, she gets a phone call telling her that her father’s in trouble. Her brother is dead in front of her but she doesn’t know because she can’t see. Anyway, she’s rich and her father was the CEO of a company. After a year, her brother’s friend gets out of jail and he pretends to be her brother so he can take her money. That’s how 그 겨울, 바람이 분다 (That Winter, the Wind Blows) begins.

Normally, I don’t have a high tolerance for cram-in-every-possible-cliche-we-can dramas, but there’s something about this one that has my attention. Years ago, I watched a series with amnesia, kidnapping, getting hit by a car, blindness, suicide, a terminal disease, mistaken identity, Prince Charming, Candy Girl/Cinderella, a love triangle, and death—it was too much. Its gimmicks quickly stopped being shocking and became annoying. Even though the one I’m watching now has a car accident, death, blindness … within its first sixty minutes as long as it doesn’t go as far as the other, I think I’ll be okay.

Reading

I’ve been reading Korean short stories and things about graduate school, because I’m applying this month. I also read Holes. It’s a children’s book, but I enjoyed it immensely. I am a huge sucker for stories that aren’t in chronological order and feature multiple view points.

Doing (for) callistonian.net

I’ve moved and backdated two sets of photos from Flickr here: cat cafe (2011) and Hamarikyu Gardens in Tokyo (2009).

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3 Comments

  • Reply Amanda April 12, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I watched Holes the movie a few years ago, and meant to read the book but just never got around to it. Next time I see it at the library, I’ll have to grab it…

  • Reply Kathie P. Burks April 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    The story is about Oh Soo (Jo In Sung), a man was abandoned under a tree when he was a baby. He was mistaken as the son of a rich businessman, because he has the same name with his friend who was actually killed in an accident. Because he needs to pay his debt within 100 days, he pretended to be his friend Oh Soo, thinking that he will be able to get some money. The problem is he has to trick Oh Soo’s blind sister, Oh Young (Song Hye Kyo), a blind woman who inherits all her father’s wealth. After entering the house pretending to be her brother, Oh Soo finds out that Oh Young is actually surrounded by people who want her money. After getting to know her, Oh Soo finds himself attracted to her and tries to protect her.

  • Reply Isaiah S. Page June 13, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    The story is about Oh Soo (Jo In Sung), a man was abandoned under a tree when he was a baby. He was mistaken as the son of a rich businessman, because he has the same name with his friend who was actually killed in an accident. Because he needs to pay his debt within 100 days, he pretended to be his friend Oh Soo, thinking that he will be able to get some money. The problem is he has to trick Oh Soo’s blind sister, Oh Young (Song Hye Kyo), a blind woman who inherits all her father’s wealth. After entering the house pretending to be her brother, Oh Soo finds out that Oh Young is actually surrounded by people who want her money. After getting to know her, Oh Soo finds himself attracted to her and tries to protect her.

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