Over half a year later…
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,