Over half a year later…

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Hello all!  Long time no see.  Happy 2018!

I have been on hiatus for over half a year now, starting from May 2017 and continuing up ’til now (January 2018).

2017 was a year full of firsts and it was certainly one of the hardest years of my life.  I moved overseas and started working full time.  Moving overseas was a huge change for me, let alone starting to work FT.  When I first moved, my body and mind were under immense amounts of stress.  I was jetlagged constantly and felt overwhelmed by everything.  I felt that my identity as a blogger was far removed from me as I started to take on new identities as a FT employee, a foreigner…as someone starting out from the bottom up.  Believe it or not, I did not even log into my blog for over half a year!

What I’ve been watching

I barely watched any new dramas at all.  I’ve been pretty much out of the loop when it comes to the latest most popular dramas.  Here’s what I have watched throughout the past half year:

  • Million Yen Women [J-drama]–This is the only jdrama that I finished during the last half year.  It was GREAT.  The mystery, the cast, the characters, the pace, the music….I just really enjoyed this drama from start to finish.  There are a couple weird parts (it’s technically a “harem” setup with one guy, 5 women….some parts were like “erm wut…”) but overall the drama was enthralling to me.
  • Terrace House: Opening New Doors [Japanese reality TV]–This is the latest season of Terrace House.  It takes place in Karuizawa, Japan.  It is currently airing.  So far it has a relaxing vibe and great relationships between the house members.  I look forward to watching it every week!  There are also 2 other seasons on Netflix–Aloha State (in Hawaii) and Boys and Girls in the City (in Tokyo).  I recommend the Tokyo season.  It takes a while to get into but eventually I fell in love with the show.
  • Princess Agents [c-drama; watched around 14episodes]–I checked this out for Lin Geng Xin and Zhao Liying.  I remembered the epic trailer with Zhao Liying kicking butt.  I was curious to see Zhao Liying in a tougher, action-oriented role.  And of course I like Lin Geng Xin.  So far, I enjoy seeing Zhao Liying’s action scenes as well as the costumes in the drama.  The story’s emphasis on the hard lives of slaves and their struggle to survive is an interesting take.  Zhao Liying’s character doesn’t give a darn about romance even though there are some OTPs forming.  She is just focused on SURVIVAL!  I like that her focus is unwavering and uncompromising even when she’s surrounded by hot princes.  As for the downsides, I think Lin Geng Xin is not as good of a fit for his “icy” role.  I think Hu Ge would’ve totally nailed this role, whereas LGX’s portrayal doesn’t make me feel anything for him.  (And mind you, I loved LGX in BBJX.)  The other issue I have is that some of the villains feel cookie cutter and not that compelling.
  • Legend of Zhen Huan [c-drama; rewatch]–I’m sure no one is surprised to hear that I repeatedly watched LZH episodes over and over again.  I can just randomly pick any episode to watch and I’ll still be a happy camper.  I notice new things every time I watch it.  Needless to say, LZH has been a great stress reliever for me.  Now if only Ruyi would air.  Yes, I have been rewatching the Ruyi trailer over and over again.  HAH.

Unfortunately I do not have time to catch up on replying to 8 months worth of comments.  However, I would like to say that I was heartened by the comments that I discovered when I logged into my blog for the first time in 8 months.  Thank you to everyone who still read my reviews and took the time to leave a nice comment.  I’m especially glad that some old reviews were still enjoyable to some readers.

If you don’t like it, don’t watch it?

I did get some complaints about my criticism of some actors/actresses portrayals and the not-so-great parts of some dramas.  I understand how reading criticism about a drama you love can feel disheartening.  I believe presenting both the good and bad parts of a drama is fair game in a review.  If I only say good things about a drama that actually has some not-so-great parts, it would not be honest to my readers.

Some people like to say “If you don’t like it, don’t watch it”.  I don’t think it’s that simple.  I believe that it’s possible to enjoy and even love a drama even if you don’t love everything about it.  Just because I don’t like or feel frustrated by some aspects of a drama doesn’t automatically mean that I don’t like it as a whole or that I should just not watch it.  Liking or not liking is not such a cut and dry issue.  We got the term “love hate relationship” for a reason.  Anyways, I doubt that those who complained will read this anyways, since they’re probably following their motto “If you don’t like it, don’t read it.”

Looking towards the future…

I’m not sure what the future direction of my blog is. I don’t know if I’ll have the time or the inspiration to blog this year.  I can’t make any promises.  My most anticipated drama is Legend of Ruyi/Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace….which sadly hasn’t started airing yet. Fingers crossed!

Anyways, let me know what you’ve been up to.  Any good drama recs? Any New Year’s Resolutions?

‘Til next time,



I'm heisui, an Asian drama blogger and the creator of My Drama Tea. I love stories and writing, so I watch dramas and blog. I especially have a penchant for Japanese and Chinese dramas, and those hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered. Oh, and I'm Legend of Zhen Huan-obsessed!
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  • Heisui, Welcome back!! It sounds like your life over the past year has been interesting, to say the least. I hope your stress level will go down, and you can enjoy yourself some. If you have time to watch some dramas, right now I am watching a c-drama called Mr. Right, with Jin Dong and Maggie Jiang. I am really liking it so far. The chemistry between Jin Dong and Maggie Jiang has been great; they have some funny scenes, and their relationship has been growing little by little. So far, I can recommend it. I also enjoyed Princess Agents a lot. It definitely was different seeing Zhao Liying in that type of role; there were times I found myself thinking that she is just too petite and delicate to be as tough as she was in that role, to the point where it was a little distracting for me. But it was still a good drama that I enjoyed watching. Anyway, take good care of yourself, and I hope to read your great commentary here again soon!

    • Hi Peter, it’s always great hearing from you. Yes, it has been very interesting and a big learning experience. I do hope that this year I can lean back and enjoy myself. 😉 Thanks for the recommendation. For Princess Agents, yeah, Zhao Liying is very petite for the role. A lot of her outfits are also super delicate looking and emphasize her petite frame. I figure she’s got the special inner power that gives her extra strength though. 😉

  • Well, look what popped up! It sounds like your last six months could almost be a drama – blogger moves overseas, finds new work, new world, lives to write about it. Good luck in your new venture!

    I haven’t watched much Japanese tv this past year – although I find that I watch and rewatch some of my past favorites as kind of relaxation. I know what’s going to happen in oldies but goodies like Asuko March!, Egao no Hosoku and Heroine Disqualified.

    In Chinese dramas, I really enjoyed Faithful to Buddha, Faithful to You and Nothing Gold can Stay. One is a rather fanciful mash-up of sci-fi and history and the other is a slice-of-life period piece. If you ever get a chance to check out Thai lakorns, I recommend You Are My Destiny – the Thai version of Fated to Love You (Korean and Taiwanese) – it’s very moving and (in my opinion) the best version yet.

    As for Princess Agents – argh, I watched it to the bitter end. A little draggy midway but I loved how Zhao Liying never gave in, she just kept gaming the system.

    Unfortunately, I felt Lin Geng Xin and Shawn Dou were both pretty much wasted. Icy didn’t seem to take – instead, they both seemed under the weather.

    • Haha, I wish it were like a drama but it’s just life. 😛 I think old favorites are really great for relaxation. Especially the ones that bring back good memories and happy feelings. Wow I didn’t know that there’s a Thai version of Fated to Love You! After your recommendation I tried Nothing Gold Can Stay. I wasn’t a big fan of Chen Xiao and Peter Ho before but wow they’re both really suited for their roles! And Sun Li’s character is very endearing.

      Heh I take it from your comment on Princess Agents that there’ll be angst….I can really see it as a drama that has a tortured angsty ending…

  • Welcome back!!!!!!!!!! i also moved to a new country last year, but for school. I haven’t watched much j-drama but i started watching Higanbana – Keishicho Sosa Nana ka, just in 2nd episode. I am looking forward to Miss sherlock staring yuko takeuchi which is a HBO Asia original. Wish you all the best this new year!!! 🙂

  • Hello, and welcome back! I think I’m actually more out of the loop than you, having vowed not to watch any new dramas since I started grad school in August 2016. e___e; It’s been great for productivity, but it was really hard to commit at first.

    Wishing you the best of luck in 2018! I’m glad you were able to overcome so many challenges in 2017!

  • Welcome back! Hope this year will be much more smooth sailing for you as you continue to adjust to the changes in your life 🙂 Princess Agents was the first historical C-drama I was able to complete. I was quite enamored by the female lead because I have never seen a female character, especially in a historical drama, that can kick butt like that. And I know she gets saved here and there..but she holds her fort the whole time.

    I’ve seen many people dislike the drama after finishing it because of a certain event. But I can’t help but give kudos to her character. I wouldn’t mind a 2nd season but I’m not sure if that’ll happen.

    • Hi, thanks! Hope you’re doing well too. 🙂 I haven’t continued watching Princess Agents lately but Zhao Li Ying definitely left an impression on me with her kick-butt character! I think there are a lot of cdramas with heroines who kick butt, but the romance is usually the main focus, not the action. I like how romance is not the main focus (at least in the beginning episodes I watched) in Princess Agents.

  • Well hello there! Funny, I moved overseas for a new job this past year too! It certainly takes time to adjust and I hope things are smoothing out for you 🙂

    I’d given up watching Terrace House for awhile, but with Opening New Doors my love for it is coming back. This cast is really refreshing (perhaps with the exception of Yudai, who nonetheless makes for good entertainment). Million Yen Woman was the absolute bomb. Worth my netflix subscription! It just makes me so happy that I can finally put in my money to support good jdrama content. For years it seems like overseas audiences never got the chance to show that we WOULD pay for legal avenues.

    I agree – criticism is an important part of the fandom experience. And it shows that we care enough about the show enough to look at the details. I also love to read reviews that might have the complete opposite opinion of a show than I do. I think that’s the best part!

    • Hey, thanks! I hope you’re doing well overseas! I have been enjoying Terrace House Opening New Doors a lot lately, it is refreshing seeing a new house with new cast members. And YES I was so surprised by Million Yen Women. I wasn’t expecting anything when I started it and was blown away when I got into it.

  • Hi welcome back! Excited to be able to read your post once again! I know what it’s like to move overseas so I totally understand how you’re feeling right now. I hope you’ve been adapting well at least! Will be looking forward to see your new posts and thoughts on Legend of Ruyi as a fellow LZH-lover!

    • Hey, thanks! I am feeling better this year and especially now that the winter has passed. I wish to write about Legend of Ruyi but I have no idea when it’s gonna air! I was so disappointed when it didn’t air in January, which was the first tentative release date.. *sigh*

  • i miss your blog so much! i watch j-dorama and your blog is the only place that has recommendations of what to watch. I felt so lost and i just randomly watched whatever’s available, but it’s not as fun anymore. I also moved overseas in recent years and end up having more time to watch dramas (since i dunno anybody here and hardly go out anymore… blah).

    • Thank you. I have watched lots of videos and shows (mainly on Netflix) but the selection of jdramas on Netflix isn’t that big…so I haven’t watched as much. I do recommend the Netflix jdrama Million Yen Women. It has suspense, humor, and interesting characters. After moving overseas I also had many times when I didn’t go out. It’s hard. Now I’m trying to be a bit more active by going out to see things. 😉

    • Hello, I saw the beginning episodes of the drama. There were a lot of funny scenes. I cracked up during that scene when Sun Li’s character was practicing ‘graceful’ walking.

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