[REVIEW] Ao Haru Ride / Blue Spring Ride (Anime, Manga, Movie)

vlcsnap-2016-12-29-10h19m41s454I was looking for an anime to watch and came across Ao Haru Ride which had a lot of positive reviews and I’m glad I did. I got hooked pretty quickly and finished the 12 episodes within a day.

As the anime only covers up to volume 4 of the manga (there are total 13 volumes), I decided to read up the manga as well and also check out the live adaption film.

I have different reviews for the anime, manga and the movie. My personal favorite is the anime. If I were to judge the anime solely on its own, I would say it is one of the best anime I’ve watched thus far. However, I wouldn’t say the same thing for the movie and I have mixed feelings about the manga.

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24 Dec: LeeJIN’s Current Drama Ranking

1 – Weightlifting Kim Bok Joo
2 – Oh My Geum Bi
3 – Romantic Doctor
4 – Goblin
5 – Solomon’s Perjury

I just started on Solomon’s Perjury and have yet to watch Night Light. Legend of the Blue Sea was dropped. My current addiction is obviously the first four on the list. All of them are great dramas. Goblin is still considered pretty new so I’m not sure if it could be considered in the safe zone yet. We never know what will happen with dramas.

Weightlifting Kim Bok Joo is a gem. I miss youth dramas and this one hits all the right spots! It’s probably one of the best youth dramas I’ve ever watched so far. Oh My Geum Bi is also really good but I need to prepare myself for the upcoming tears. Might not be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s really a good drama. Romantic Doctor is good too! I love them medical dramas and it’s not as politically focused as most medical dramas. I think it has a good balance of medical scenes, romantic scenes and political scenes.

That’s about it right now. Probably will check Hwarang out soon. Happy Holidays everyone! Merry Christmas! ❤


img_20161206_111026I know this is pretty random – but I just thought it would be okay to post this here. A random post on Boracay 2016 and the rough estimate of the cost and my experience! Good things are meant to be shared!

My travel period was from 4 Dec 2016 – 8 Dec 2016. It was a 4D3N trip and I was travelling from Singapore with a friend. My total cost incurred was about SGD810, including flights and hotel. Flight + Hotel were paid beforehand. I changed SGD 350 for all expenses there. (rate was 34.6; changed at raffles place)

I was travelling with 4 other people – but staying in a hotel with only 1 of them.

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First Impression: OH MY GEUM BI

vlcsnap-2016-11-23-14h20m30s497This is so good! I didn’t really had any plans to watch this but I read some positive reviews on it so I decided to give it a try and I’m glad I did.

Basically it’s about Geum Bi who goes to find her dad after her Aunt leaves her on her own. It’s her first time seeing her dad, and Hwi Chul has no idea who’s Geum Bi or who her mother is.

The story seems simple enough – irresponsible parents and Geum Bi, a smart child, who will be diagnosed with dementia later on.

Part of the reason why I didn’t want to watch this was because its inevitable that it would make me shed a lot of tears – and I’m already regretting my decision but I guess shedding tears for a good drama is a good thing. No Pain No Gain.

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vlcsnap-2016-11-21-07h45m03s793I didn’t have much expectations for this, but YAY! I found the first two episodes refreshing and fun! Kim Bok Joo and friends are adorable and cute. Most of the casts are familiar, but fresh faces.

They have your typical school-bullying dynamics, but it’s not too intense in any way. At least our female lead has the physical strength. Lee Sung Kyung is doing an amazing job actually.

I just find the whole drama really warm and cute and it feels like it’s been quite a while since the last youth drama, so this is nice for a change. And Nam Joo Hyuk and Lee Sung Kyung has some really cute chemistry!!!

But my most favorite is the three friends. GOSH they are so cute!!! Do you like Messi?

Will be looking forward for more ❤

First Impression: LEGEND OF THE BLUE SEA

vlcsnap-2016-11-21-07h31m13s547Finally? The trailers looked wacky and I was excited for this but….the first two episodes did not match my expectations.

I’m not sure how to describe the drama so far, but I found it boring and a little unfocused? First of all the historical portion is  confusing. I know that it’s supposed to be something like a “reflection” of the present, how in the past, a mermaid and a human know each other and fell in love and created a bond.

However, I find that having that small portion in the two episodes was confusing and made us shift focus back and forth. I just thought that it might have been more effective if they showed all of the historical portions in the first episode followed by present time.

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First Impression: ROMANTIC DOCTOR

vlcsnap-2016-11-21-07h29m59s335Yes! Finally something to watch on Mon-Tue. I’m not watching any of the other Mon-Tue dramas and I’m glad that at least Romantic Doctor suits me.

I’m not sure how to review this yet – but I did liked the first four episodes. However, I find that medical dramas are hard to classify them too early because usually they either turn too politically centered, or too romantically centered.

However, for the first four episodes, I would say it’s balanced quite well. I do love the medical scenes and found it sufficient.

I’ve got to say that the romance moved at super speed. I was taken aback for sure, but I guess its not such a bad thing after all. Now we could skip all the initial love stages in most dramas, and focus more on story.

I love the characters and how they are so different from each other. And I love the whole mystery surrounding Master Kim and the usual question – the best or a good doctor?

Don’t disappoint drama!

REVIEW: Novoland, The Castle in the Sky

vlcsnap-2016-11-09-22h12m12s271Alright, I’m not sure how should I go about reviewing this. I started this because it looked interesting and someone recommended me to give it a try.

It was interesting initially, but I can’t deny that there are a lot of things which made me frustrated. I’m glad it was only 28 episodes long and I didn’t have to waste more time on it.

In fact, when it comes to chinese historical or wuxia dramas, I have a little bit more patience in me, maybe because I grew up watching these kinds of dramas.

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REVIEW: Jealousy Incarnate

vlcsnap-2016-11-15-06h49m27s265Finished Jealousy Incarnate!

I love this drama! It was quirky, unique and funny! There isn’t much to say about the drama, just that you have to be in “the mood” to watch it, to fully enjoy it.

I’m not sure about others, but for me, I have to have a certain mood to watch this. It wasn’t exactly a drama I could just watch anytime, anywhere. But every time when I watch it, it leaves me laughing like a mad woman.

The characters are all crazy. And I like that ❤

I would recommend this for anyone who wants a good laugh. But, be warned, it’s not your straight up romance comedy.


REVIEW: On the way to the Airport


I finally finished On The Way To The Airport! It’s an amazing feat because I’ve been so busy lately it’s so hard to catch up and finish a drama.

Overall, I thought the drama was good. It had this certain consistent mood throughout that there wasn’t any moment which I thought was randomly added or thrown in. I watched this basically without any expectations but I do find it pretty decent.

However, as the theme of the drama is about two married individuals being attracted to each other, it might make some viewers uncomfortable.

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