My K-Drama Addiction: She Was Pretty

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Okay, I never really understood the K-Drama and this whole K-Pop shebang - how almost everyone in the world loves K-Pop. Even that's an understatement. Every time I hear a new K-pop band having concerts in Hong Kong and Manila, I'm always amazed by the fanbase. It's crazy. Hollywood style but Asian.

The first K-Drama I watched was Boys Over Flowers. I watched it because I like the story of Meteor Garden and of course, Lee Min Ho. But even then, I don't recall being obssessed with the show. I even skipped several episodes. The show (itself) also did not become a precedent to me being drawn to K-Drama. It was more of being interested with other K-dramas that Lee Min Ho starred in. But even my so-called infatuation with this Oppa didn't last long.

I've watched other K-dramas that were shown during primetime on a local TV. But it was because K-drama is the last show before the news and I watch the news. Or that I always leave the TV on until I pass out. But these K-dramas still didn't tickle my fancy.

Then came "What's Wrong With Secretary Kim?". Okay, that will have a separate post. But I gotta say, it was the K-drama that really got me hooked into this K-drama/K-pop craze.

I told myself though, I gotta set some limits cos I do not have all the time in the world to watch all the recommended shows. And that limit started with watching shows that Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young starred in. That seemed to be an easy way to start my calculated addiction (if that made sense). Well, that's what I thought.

After watching What's Wrong with Secretary Kim last year, I haven't really thought of watching a new show. To me, Secretary Kim was that good. All the feels were right up my alley. Then one day, I saw a post on Facebook about She Was Pretty. The photo was Park Seo Joon and his leading lady. I thought he had a new show (or just finished one) so I immediately watched it on Netflix. Then I found out it was his show back in 2015. But since I had already started watching, might as well just finish it. 

The first few episodes were blah. Also, the female lead was annoying. Her voice was annoying. But I kept watching because hello, Park Seo Joon. But when it reached the 5th or 6th episode, I started to realise that the second male lead was kinda cute. See, I couldn't really tell yet because I prefer clean looking guys than rugged guys but there was just something about the second male lead that made him extra interesting. He's so out there with his comedic ways yet he's been hiding in plain sight all this time. Watch it and you'll know what I mean.

Among all the Korean actors I have watched so far, this second male lead Siwon Choi, has the best facial expressions - and I mean best. He can be extremely comedic and be dashing the next second.

If you have seen both What's Wrong With Secretary Kim and She Was Pretty, you'd say the story line is quite similar - except that She Was Pretty had an amazing second male lead. If I were actually to choose between Park Seo Joon and Siwon Choi (in this show), I'd choose Siwon. I mean, he liked the girl for who she was. Even when she didn't look pretty - whereas Park Seo Joon who only concretely paid attention to her when she revamped herself. But then Siwon played the friend card to get close to the girl which is probably why he ended up in the friend zone as well. But man, all the efforts he did for the girl in this show were heart melting to the point that you'd tell the girl why can't she just choose this guy over her petty puppy love.

This show is basically about a pretty girl who had a puppy love with a chubby boy. The boy left for the US then came back to Korea more than 10 years later and wanted to reconnect. The then-pretty girl is no longer pretty now due to unforeseen circumstances in her life. She asked her pretty best friend to pretend to be her and meet up with her puppy love upon finding out that chubby boy turned out to be a handsome man now! Things get crazy as the best friend continues pretending to be her and falls for the chubby boy while the lead girl works for a Magazine and has her puppy love as her boss. Siwon Choi gets involved as the shoulder to cry on/older brother/closest officemate for the main female character and her best friend (as a VIP hotel guest). It's the usual happy ending story. But this time around though, I wanted it to end differently.

Park Seo Joon was still hot as ever in this show. This is the first time I have watched Siwon Choi ever and he did not disappoint. I actually like this show so much because of him and not because of PSJ. It's also because of this show that made me watch all the other shows of Siwon Choi.

If you miss What's Wrong With Secretary Kim, you can watch this show. Just don't expect too much and just ignore the female lead as her voice is really annoying. You'll get through it. Others kept playing fast forward. LOL!

What's in My LV Cosmetic Pouch?

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I recently changed my makeup kit and most of the items in it cos I have been putting minimal makeup in the past years. I ditched the brow powder as I had my brows done for that literal "woke u like this" brows/look.

Feel Like Meghan Markle with the Strathberry Midi Tote

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Strathberry Midi Tote #strathberry

After what feels like a lifetime, I’m trying to blog again. Let’s see if I can fully commit myself to being a blogger again. But trust me, I have been itching to write. For years.

For a change, let me write about a purse - one of 2018’s hyped bag/brand because of Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.i have known of the brand’s existence since I saw it from The Bag Hag’s IG (maybe 2016 or 2017). But it only really caught my attention when I saw Meghan carrying this wearing her emerald green dress. That’s my color palette.

And because I felt like I did not have a designer bag in tan on rotation, I decided to get this bag instead. It wasn’t easy. It was sold out for months because like I said, it was really hyped up. I think any brand seen on Royals automatically shoots up. When I was notified that it was back in stock at Strathberry’s US website, I almost checked out. But then I suddenly remembered that there is Strathberry at Lane Crawford in Hong Kong. So, I got in touch with Lane Crawford HK and told them to hold the bag for me. I’m so thankful cos they do not usually allow this given it’s the last stock and the most saleable color! After a few days, I finally got the bag! So, a big thank you to Lane Crawford HK!

Okay now, on to the bag.  If you are working in a corporate world, this is a great bag because it’s structured and it means business. Yes, you can still use this even when you are dressed down but it just looks way better when you are a bit dressed up. It has a detachable strap that you can use when you want to wear this as a crossbody but I do not recommend you do that as they have not perfected the hook part of the straps. I feel like it deforms the bag eventually.

The size. I got the midi tote which is medium I suppose. But since it has a bar closure for the handles, you won’t be able to maximise the usual tote space. You can fit the essentials and that’s about it. But then I may have one too many essentials though! Other times, I think I should have gotten the bigger one. But since it’s really aethetically pleasing to the eyes, fine. Midi tote it is. Maganda talga when worn, promise.

Now the leather texture. For a bag that costs HKD5,400, I was not expecting the leather to feel cheap. Yes, I said it. Cheap. It feels like one scratch and the leather will break apart. The softness of the leather makes it feel cheap rather than expensive. I mean, the Gucci’s matelasse is soft but does not feel cheap. When I was rummaging my closet decluttering, I saw an old bag I bought from Zara. And wow, same leather with my Strathberry. But for a fraction of a price. My overexcitement got the best of me that I only noticed the leather when I started using it.

So, there. If you still want the Tote series from Strathberry, consider the leather. Tan comes in two types of leather - the normal one and the bridled leather. The latter is more expensive. Have not seen it in person but I hope the price tag can justify the type of leather. If you will use this as an office bag, go for the bigger one. If you will use this as a casual bag, go for the nano. It’s trendier with its chain strap.

Strathberry is not available in the Philippines but you can purchase it from neighoring Asian countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, and Thailand.

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