I’m 20, in College and I Want My Mom to Drive Me to School

A few minutes ago, I asked my mom if she could pick me up from my job tomorrow which will end at 9 pm, she said maybe. Then I asked her again if she can drive me to school tomorrow, she said maybe. She said that since her boyfriend is here, maybe he can drive me. I told her I don’t want him to because she’s my mom and I want her to drive me to school. Then I went to my room.

I may sound like a brat who just don’t want to walk on a -15 degree Celcius winter weather with wind chill at 7:10 in the morning to a 10-minute away bus stop but I have a very valid reason. I have never remembered my mom take me to school when I was in elementary or high school. I’ve tried to remember any instances that she had taken me to school even for just one time, but it has never ever come up. This has bothered me ever since I was young because I used to see my classmates with their mom beside them on the first day of school. Their moms would tell them that everything will be okay or that they will just be outside. I wish my mom had done that for me.

Starting from kindergarten, it was always my grandma who would take me to school. She was a Grade-2 teacher on that elementary school so I would be at the school at 7 in the morning then leave her classroom at about 7:20 to go to my classroom. When I was in kinder-1, she would ask one of her pupils to accompany me to the classroom. But when I was in kinder-2, I asked her not to anymore because “I was a big girl”.

First day of school was supposed to be a big deal for any parents and kids… or atleast it was for me. I don’t remember much of it when I was starting kindergarten but I remembered being excited about starting Grade-1. I can finally wear the white t-shirt with the school seal on it and the blue skirt that made me feel like a princess everytime I would walk (it was really just a blue pleated skirt which length was past my knees). But I don’t remember my mom saying goodbye outside my classroom door nor the packed lunch that she would have made to cheer on me. Rather, I only remember the excited feeling of wearing that elementary school’s uniform.

Now don’t get my mom wrong. She wasn’t a neglectful mom who forgot about her only kid’s school woes. Before she went abroad, she worked at her hometown as a nurse, about almost 2 hours away from where I was living, and we only see each other during the weekend. It was pretty hard on me when I was very young because I would always cry hard everytime she had to leave. Every Sunday I would think that maybe tomorrow, Monday, she’d take me to school. Never happened.

When I was in kindergarten, I would always feel happy going back to my grandma’s classroom and tell her about everything that we did. I would show her my notebook and the stars that I’ve got. Then I would quietly sit at the back of the classroom while she teaches her class. Then Saturday comes and I would tell my mom about my classes but with less details and excitement. I feel like in a way, she also lost that experience of knowing what happened to me in school or what I did or what my petty accomplishments were for the day even though it wasn’t exactly a very big deal.

My mom also has never accompanied me to enroll in school until I was in college (in the Philippines) and I had to force her. I remember feeling envious of other kids with their mom with them filling out forms. It was always my grandma and I enrolling myself. When I was enrolling in Nursing for my second year, I remember forcing my mom to come with me to school because I wanted to experience enrolling for school with her. I wanted that atleast once in my life, I knew that I had that memory of mom helping me enroll in school. In the end, she just sat in one of the benches and waited for me to finish the whole enrollment process.

My mom has never packed me lunch when I was in elementary through high school. This is because she had always worked far away from me. She worked at her hometown then starting going abroad when I was in Grade 4. It was my grandma or my aunt who would always prepare my lunch for me. Everytime we have lunch in the classroom, I remember being a bit envious sometimes of my classmates who said that their mom cooked their food for them or prepared their lunches. I wished at that time my mom did too.

Now that I’m in college and lives in Canada, I wanted my mom to drive me to school just so I can say that I’ve experienced it. So I can tell my kids that my mom has driven me to school. She had driven me to school last semester and I loved it. I loved the feeling  of closing the car door knowing that she had finally took me to school after all those years.

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Overanalyzing Big Bang’s Loser

I’m not making an MV review nor a song review. I’m just overanalyzing Big Bang’s new song Loser. 

Big Bang has done it again. They were able to produce two music videos and gain millions of views just after a few days. Their two songs, Bae Bae and Loser, are both able to achieve all-kill in different music charts. Well, it’s actually expected considering that Big Bang is one of K-pop’s top group. In addition, Big Bang’s last release as a group was in 2012 and individual member promotions after that. Fans have been anticipating for this comeback for over two years now! 

First off, I don’t understand Korean. Even though I’ve been into K-entertainment for years now, I can only pick up some words but not understand the whole sentence. With that being said, I’m pretty surprised that I teared up at the end of the music video. This music video isn’t just a normal “in-box” MV that k-pop has been overusing. It has a story and even though I don’t understand what they were singing at first, I was able to get the gist of the music video.

I was reading some Youtube comments and came across a lot of comments about this song being the story of each Big Bang member. I read the English translation and I get why fans has been saying this. This song wasn’t just made for that fans’ delight. It was produced by the members themselves to portray their story to the world.

I’ll now overanalyze this song. In addition to the lyrics, I’ll also be using the music video as a source.

G-DRAGON

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Honestly, I’ve never fit in with the world
I was always alone
It’s been a long time since I’ve forgotten about love
I can’t listen to hopeful love songs anymore
You and me both
We’re just sad clowns, tamed and scripted
I’ve come too far
I’M COMING HOME
I wanna go back
To when I was young

GD has penned many of Big Bang’s hit songs such as Lies, Haru Haru and Fantastic Baby. Because of this, he is considered one of the top composers in Korea and gains lot of royalties because of this. He is also seen as a fashion trendsetter and leads Big Bang in fashion. However, due to his success, his life isn’t as private as he wants it to be. Almost everything he does gets to the public thus dating is such a difficult thing to do.

If you don’t follow k-pop news, “idol” dating is seen as a blasphemy and traitorous for the fans. It becomes difficult for idols to date freely because of the negative public backlash that they get. GD has been linked with Japanese actress Kiko Mizuhara and news of them dating has been popping up in the past few months now. However, denies has been heard from both parties (but many fans still argue that THEY DO DATE).

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GD also seems to say here that he wants to go back to his youthful days. When he wasn’t surrounded by cameras and almost everything that he can say isn’t scripted. It’s like he wants to take a break and be normal… even for just one day.

TAEYANG
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At some point
I started looking at the ground more than the sky
It’s hard even to breathe
I hold out my hand
But no one holds it
I’m a

Taeyang is known as devout Christian. However, even the strongest shake and I think that’s what happened to Taeyang. Being an idol is difficult and sometimes you probably have to do something that will cause you to “sin”. “Looking at the ground more” could have meant that for a while, he stopped asking God for help and did what he had to do to succeed. He has been asking for help from “above” yet he didn’t get that help.

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I blame the blue sky
I sometimes want to put everything down
I wanna say goodbye
After the wandering of this path finishes
Please, I hope I can close my eyes without regrets

“Blue sky” here could mean heaven and he blames it for whatever’s happening to him right now. We see Taeyang falling off the roof and the cross which reads “WILL SIN FIND YOU” breaking. The cross could have meant that at some point, Taeyang has been on that crossroad where he has to choose whether to follow or go against his religion.

TOP

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It’s a cycle of girls and mistakes
Love them for one night
And hate them when morning comes
Can’t own up to it
Because of my selfish pleasure
Everything is being ruined
Can’t stop this dangerous full speed run
Now I have no interest, no fun anymore
I’m standing alone at the edge of a cliff
I’m going home
I wanna go back
To how it was before

TOP’s part makes me think of one-night stands. I’ve never seen him as person who does this but who knows right? Idols are humans too who also needs pleasure from time to time. In the MV, TOP is wearing gloves which means he is not really skin-to-skin touching the girl. His look of distate and hand on the girl’s throat can mean that even though he has been pleasured (sexually?) by a lot of girls, he does not get satisfaction from it. Also, TOP may have a lot of mistakes behind-the-scenes that fans doesn’t know of and may have slowly engulfed him.

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At the start of the MV, TOP looks posh and polished. However, the MV progressed and he appears to be worn out with a worried look on his face and holding on his tears as he tries to walk straight. “… I’m standing alone at the edge of the cliff” may mean that the stress has built up inside him and he just wants to end it all. In the end, all he wants to do it just go back where everything was simple.

DAESUNG

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At some point
I’ve gotten scared of people’s eyes
I’m sick of crying so I tried smiling
But no one recognizes me
I’m a

It was revealed before that Daesung developed stage-fright a few months after their debut and it was singer Gummy who helped him get over it. He overcame this after a year with determination and support from fans, family and friends. Daesung is also known as a good variety character with his remarks and antics. Whenever Daesung is a guest in a variety show, expect a riot and lots of a laughter. However, behind those smiles can be a man full of struggle and sadness. He tries to hide the fact that he is experiencing something opposite to his jolly character. “But no one recognizes me”.

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In the MV, Daesung is beaten up by a group of guys. Because of this, he works hard to be able to defeat these men. In the end, he was able to fight the leader (I think) of the group.

SEUNGRI

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Loser, loner
A coward who pretends to be tough
A mean delinquent
In the mirror, you’re
JUST A LOSER
A loner, a jackass covered in scars
Dirty trash
In the mirror, I’m a

Seungri doesn’t have individual parts here but he sings the chorus with another member. However, in the MV, he is shown as a boyfriend with a two-timing girlfriend. He calls his girlfriend but she doesn’t know that he can see her going on a date with another guy. This made him kick the mirror of car. Another is inside the apartment where the girl apparently didn’t pick up which made him mad.

I’ve read some comments that this could mean that Seungri might have a girlfriend that cheated on him before.

BIGBANG

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Loser, loner
A coward who pretends to be tough
A mean delinquent
In the mirror, you’re
JUST A LOSER
A loner, a jackass covered in scars
Dirty trash
In the mirror, I’m a

Each of them had a chance to sing this part. This shows that deep inside, they are all insecure about something. We see them as these great guys who’s got the world on their hands yet they seem to see someone unworthy of it. They have all been scarred in some way, it could be hate comments or the mistakes that they’ve made, and even though they don’t show it, they bottle it up inside.

The last part shows all of them walking together. This shows that as a group, they are all able to overcome past their hurdles and move forward.

MV screenshots are all mine. Lyric source: http://www.kpoplyrics.net/big-bang-loser-lyrics-english-romanized.html

Philippine High School vs Canadian High School Upgrading

Before anything else, let me just say that I’m neither a teacher nor an expert in the education system of both countries. I am a student and this is obviously from my point of view. 

To make things easier, courses (subjects) that I’ve taken in the Philippines will be written as “high school [course]”, for example “high school Bio”. Courses taken in Canada will be written as “[course] upgrading”, for example “Bio upgrading”. 

I graduated high school in the Philippines. We’re one of the last few high school batches that graduated with only 10 years of basic education. As of SY 2011-2012, the Philippines’ Department of Education has started to implement the first phase of k-12. Before k-12, high school was only 4 years which means that even if I already graduated in high school, I’ll still be considered a high school student in Canada because of that missing 2 years. Luckily, I was already done with my first two years of Nursing education and so I didn’t have to go back to a traditional high school. 

When I say traditional high school, I mean going to a high school, prepare for prom and graduate with a toga and cap. I would have spent two years doing Grades 11 and Grade 12. But hey, I actually told myself that would have been better rather than spending money just to get my Grades 11 and 12 courses. 

Academic upgrading is pretty much taking up some high school courses in a college/university for various reasons.(Though a student can also do some upgrading in a high school but s/he’ll be stuck with the high school kids.) Some of the reasons could include:

  • the student needs higher grade than what s/he currently has.
  • higher GPA is needed to get into a program.
  • It’s been years since the student has graduated from high school and s/he needs to take it again for his/her desired program
  • an immigrant where his/her high school qualifications aren’t at par with the Canadian system.
  • Blew up the diploma exam and now has to get better grades (because there’s no diploma exam in upgrading!)

These are some of the reasons of a lot of my classmates in upgrading. I have classmates who just graduated in high school and some who are over 30 years old just figured out what they really wanna do or finally have the time to do what they want.

Back to the topic, what’s the difference between my high school education in the Philippines compared to my high school upgrading courses in Canada? To make things clearer, I’m doing my upgrading in a college (nope, not a university… that’ll be too expensive). I’ll try to compare it using only the courses that I’ve taken namely  Biology (0120&0130/Gr 11&12), Chemistry (0120&0130/Gr 11&12) and English (0130/Gr 12). I took Math (30-1/Gr 12) but I won’t include it since I had four Maths in high school: Elementary and Secondary Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry. I feel like it’s sort of unfair to compare just one Math upgrading course to four different Math disciplines. 

BIOLOGY

Biology was very interesting. I’ve done Bio in second year of high school. I remember memorizing different bacteria, families and parts of a plant. I remember genetics (it was in the 2nd grading and my fave topic until now) and planting corns without fertilizer (we produced tiny corns). One of the highlights of our Bio class was dissecting an earthworm. We were quite disappointed that we didn’t dissect a frog like some schools probably do. Our teacher told us that it wasn’t allowed anymore and we have to just settle with the earthworm (we had a fat, long one). Needless to say, we found soil in the earthworm. 

In Grade 11 Bio, some of our lessons consisted of respiratory and circulatory system. It’s not surprising to me considering that I already did my Anatomy and Physiology course in college before but it’s the fact that we took this in detail. I don’t remember much doing this in high school. We might have but not in enough detail that we have to memorize the parts and functions of the respiratory system or which chamber does oxygenated blood goes. I DID THAT IN COLLEGE!

When I moved on to Grade 12 Bio, we did much more complicated stuff. We did the nervous and endocrine systems. Aside from all these hormones that I have to get familiarize again, we also had to memorize it and know which affects which. Our second experiment is by far the most exciting experiment I’ve done for all of Bio. WE DISSECTED A FETAL PIG. YES! We didn’t do a frog, we had a pig. Apparently, even some high schools do it. They buy off a pig (killed/died humanely) and have us cut it open and look at the different body systems. We were able to identify which one is a pancreas or how squishy it actually is. We also have genetics as one of our topics and thank goodness I still remember Punnet square. But I don’t remember doing a dihybrid cross nor doing a sex-linked trait (might/might not have done it in high school). 

ENGLISH

I did English pretty much since I started going to school. Therefore, I didn’t have much problem in my English upgrading. For this course, we barely did anything orally in front of the class. We had 2 or 3 reportings then the rest of our oral grades is just from our seat. Since our class is more focused in writing, we did a lot of essay assignments and made our own poems. We had classes held at a computer lab where our teacher blocked any web browsers to avoid Googling (but thank goodness I have a phone). It was actually my English teacher who caught a lot of my writing mistakes such as tenses and punctuation, something that no one has done yet even after reading some of my essays. 

Compared to my English upgrading, we did a lot of oral practice in my high school English. It was in fourth year high school that I finally started to have less fear on going up front and talk to the crowd because of the various speaking exercises that we did. Even though we’ve been doing declamations and orations since first year high school, it was my fourth year high school teacher who really pushed us to think fast and talk flawlessly (I’m still working on the “flawlessly” part). 

In both English courses though, we had to make a final written output. For my high school English, I had to a term paper and successfully defend it to graduate (my topic was about conformity). For my English upgrading, we had to make an essay about a foundation or philanthropist “who makes the world a better place” (my essay was about Gawad Kalinga). 

CHEMISTRY

I did Chemistry in 3rd year high school. I remember answering “Dihydrogen monoxide” for H20 and our teacher said it was wrong because it’s just supposed to be water. I asked this question in my Grade 12 chem teacher and she said it’s “sort of” acceptable but not much actually uses it. 

The one experiment that I can remember from my high school chemistry was titration. We had this burette and flasks and fancy chemicals that we’ve barely used. We were so excited to titrate and was disappointed one titration after another as we kept on overshooting our solution. Actually, this is the only experiment I remember. Probably because some aren’t as memorable as this one. A lot of my high school Chem lessons came back to me as I do my upgrading. But maybe because we only had one Chem course in high school that almost half of the lessons that I learned in Chem upgrading is new. 

In Grade 11 Chem, we learned how to name compounds, something that I also learned in high school Chem. The first few lessons were a breeze, actually… Grade 11 Chem was fine. A lot of the lessons were not new to me except for some like identifying the nonpolar/polar compounds and stoichiometry problems. I was able to get good marks in this course because I feel like a lot of these were review. In addition, we also did cool experiments which included titration! This time, I was able to get the perfect peach colour that we want. There were also a lot of boiling and dangerous chemicals that were able to handle. I felt like a mini scientist!

Grade 12 Chem is different though. Lesson started off easy, enthalpy change then moved on to more stoichiometry questions then voltaic/electrolytic cells then organic chem stuff (of course there are some more lessons in between). The experiments includes some corrosive materials and lots of boiling. At one point, I BROKE A MERCURY THERMOMETER! I was so scared and nervous because I thought my teacher would scold me. But she didn’t! And I asked her if I have to pay for it and she told me not to worry because it was an accident. They only charge those who were obviously playing. Phew! I remember breaking a cover slip in high school Bio and I had to replace it.

The coolest thing that we did though was making Nylon 6,6. I felt like a little kid while mixing the chemicals and trying to pull out some strands. A few days ago, I was browsing through our lab manual for Grade 11 Chem when the last page included making soap. MAKING SOAP! I’ve made soap before, IN COLLEGE! And here it’s in the Grade 11 course. 

The biggest thing that’s very different in my Philippine high school experience compared to my Canadian upgrading is of course the language. However, being taught in English isn’t really new to me. My high school see to it that our subjects are more or less taught in English (except if the teacher is struggling already ^_^). This is one of the reasons why I was able to adjust fairly well in the new educational environment. 

Korean Words I’ve Picked Up from K-Dramas and K-Songs

I’ve watched Korean Dramas and listened to the K-pop since I was in high school. Years later, I still do. Since I’ve done it for such a long time, I’m bound to pick-up some random Korean words. It actually surprises me when I use it in daily conversations.

  • Daebak (awesome) – I use this a lot when I watch variety shows and something amazing happens. I don’t use this much in daily convos though but I use it when I talk to myself.
  • Jinja/chincha (really?!) – this one I use almost everyday especially if I’m spacing out and uninterested in whatever someone’s telling me.
  • Jeongmal/cheongmal (really) – this is the really inreally like you. I use this a lot when I watch Korean shows and just unconsciously say it. Sometimes when I’m frustrated, I also say it. It’s a very versatile word ^_^
  • Aish~ – it’s an expression that you say especially when you’re frustrated. I use this a lot that it became natural to me. (though I much more use “Ayyyyyyyy” *Filipino*)
  • Yeppuda (beautiful/pretty) – I say it when I say something pretty or cute (more like Kyeopta).
  • Andwae~ (no way) – I picked this up recently because of Lee Kwang Soo. He always says it that I actually start saying this everytime I see something bad happening in Running Man.

I know a lot of non-Koreans fans like me who are using “Yah!” in their vocabulary. I never picked this up though. We have a way of calling which is “Hoy!” or “Oy!” which is easier and faster for me to pronounce. (I’m lazy that way)

Why Kang Gary is DAEBAK~~

I’ve been watching random episodes of Running Man for a few weeks now. The first episode that I watched was the Episode 84 (Big Bang vs. Running Man) then Episode 85 (Big Bang vs. Running man 2). After these two episodes, I already lost count of how many episodes I’ve already watched. I watch it at home or at school. Whenever I watch it at school, I can’t help but laugh at all the antics that the members and guests are doing. My friend told me once that she likes looking at me while watching an episode because I look so happy.

Out of all the 7 members, it’s Kang Gary that I always look forward to watch. Everytime I look at the comments, there would always be comments about Kang Gary being awesome and badass. As I watch more and more episode, I realize that I want to meet someone like Kang Gary.

KANG GARY IS A FIGHTER!

Dude’s got 8-degree belt in Taekwondo and Hapkido, graduated in bodyguard school and was an AMATEUR BOXER for 10 years! And I still kept on wondering why he doesn’t have a six-pack. Anyways, this guy can easily defeat the members in the nametag tearing (YES INCLUDING KIM JONG GOOK) if he’ll gonna use his skill. But since he’s not allowed to do use any violence, we’ll just let the other members win. Also, Gil (of Leessang) said that Gary has never been in a (probably street)) fight ever since he’s meet him. AND THAT PROBABLY WAS A LONG TIME AGO.

HE’S AN AWESOME RAPPER (and lyricist, musician)

Waaaay before he was known as the “Random Mr. Capable”, Gary is first known as a member of Leessang, a hiphop group. Before I watched Running Man, I already know who Gary was because he’s sometimes appears on Allkpop. However, I never read any of the news related to him because I didn’t listen to their songs. However, as in a lot of RM episodes, they would usually play some Leessang songs and the one that really made me search about their songs is “The Girl Who Can’t Break Up and the Boy Who Can’t Leave” (Leesang ft. Jung In). The first time I heard it, I fell inlove with the song as well as Gary’s rapping and Gil’s husky voice. Gary sounded like he was feeling the rap and was full of emotions. DAE~BAK~

GARY’s KING OF FLIRTING and is VERY WITTY 

Aside from being the “Random Mr. Capable”, Gary is also the other half of the Monday Couple (alongside Song Ji Hyo). I’m always amazed by how fast Gary can think of cheesy and sweet things to say to Ji Hyo. This leads to a point where people are often wondering on whether or not they were real. BUT JINJA! DATE ALREADY! Anyway, it’s his fast wit and perfect timing when it comes to flirting that made the Monday Couple possible in the first place.

Since Gary is also a lyricist, it’s already a given that he’s pretty damn fast in spurting out cheesy words. However, he’s not much of a talker whenever they’re all together standing and sometimes even overshadowed by Haha.

HE WON 2 BEST OF THE BEST MATCH!

He won the first and second Best of the Best match on which he won a trip to Europe on his second win. Even though he’s considered as the “Random Mr. Capable”, he\s actually very capable of doing things especially by himself. He has a simple way of approaching things which in turn becomes advantageous to him. He thinks and decides fast, add to that his speed and strength, he is certainly worthy of his titles.

KANG GARY’S CHARMING!

KANG GARY LOOKING HOT AND STARING AT ME

In Korea, Gary can be considered “ugly”. You’ll often hear it from the members themselves, from him and some other guests. The standard for handsomeness in Korea are the k-pop idols and “flower boy” actors as well as some actors such as Kim Won Bin. Gary has a “typical” South Korean male-face and that makes him a subject to teasing when it comes to physical appearance. However, GARY IS CHARMING. Yes, I’m saying this again, HE IS CHARMING. The way he raps, so awesome and the way he talks, so manly. Everytime he carries out a mission and starts to get serious, I can’t help but squeal so damn hard. He may not have the best face (nor the nicest body) but dude got the personality and the charm.

If by chance Kang Gary can read this, DO YOUR BEST IN ALL OF YOUR MISSIONS! and please tell Yoo Jae Suk hi ^_^

My Questions for the Running Man Cast and Crew

*questions are added everytime I’m curious about something*

  • How many glasses did Yoo Jae Suk and Ji Suk Jin break?
  • What’s the total number of the caps/hat worn on the show?
  • What was the most serious injury did any of the members have? (aside from Kim Jong Kook’s existing back problems)
  • Can we have a taekwondo match between Kim Jong Kook and Kang Gary?
  • Did Kang Gary ever ask Song Ji Hyo out (off-cam) ? *this is sort of none of my business but I’m dying to knoooow*
  • Will we see Jae Suk’s wife, Suk Jin’s wife and Haha’s wife in any episode soon?
  • Will there be an episode where the mission is to not bully Lee Kwang Soo in any way?
  • How much gold does Ji Hyo currently have?
  • How did you cast Ji Hyo? *I love her (I always root for her)*
  • Will Song Jong Ki be coming back again?
  • Can you make Kim Jong Kook eat unhealthy foods for one day? *as his mission. pleasseee.*
  • Can you make a theme song for Running Man?
  • How much do you spend per episode? Considering that you guys film in big buildings and travel everywhere.
  • HOW ATHLETIC ARE THE CAMERA MEN? *they run along with a running man/woman while carrying a camera*
  • Can you make am episode where it’s the members vs staff? There was one with the writers but I want something where the staff are actively playing.
  • Do Ji Hyo and Gary flirt off-camera?
  • How many jackets were ever made for the show?
  • How many nametags were made for the show?
  • What do you do with all the mud after the games?

[Series Glance] Legendary Witches

Legendary Witches is an ongoing drama in MBS. SPOILERS AHEAD up until Episode 19. 

I was just looking for good series to watch in Viki when I came upon this series. I was looking for a medical or period drama and this wasn’t what I expected to get hooked up on. I never saw the trailer nor heard this title. This could be one of those unpopular Korean dramas locally but is gaining attention internationally. Currently, there are 20 episodes in Viki.

The story starts off with Moon Soo-In (Han Ji-Hye) losing her husband, a son of a chaebol. Their marriage was never approved by the father because she’s an orphan and poor whereas her mother-in-law (who has alzheimers) loves her dearly. She was planning to leave the house but then the father decided to hand over the company to her. However, it was a plan all along of the father-in-law to destroy her and frame her for some crimes about the company which led her being thrown to jail. She’s also about to have a second chance in love with (if she accepts him) Nam Woo Seok (Ha Seok Jin).

Shim Bok Nyeo (Go Doo-Shim) is the mother figure of the four. She was falsely accused of killing her husband and son (Jin Woo). It is known that her husband and Ma Tae San (father-in-law) were once business partners in bakery. She’s about to have a second chance in love with her friend Park Yi Moon (yes, I ship them so much).

Son Poong Geum (Oh Hyun Kyung), a con artist, is the prettiest of the four (she implied this ^_^). She has conned Bok Nyeo once which led to Bok Nyeo being sent to the hospital. She has a love/hate relationship with Tak Wol Han (Lee Jong Won), the driver for the Ma family.

The youngest is Seo Mi Oh (Ha Yeon-Soo) a.k.a. Gwang Taeng omma, a former model and ex-girlfriend of Ma Do Jin. She got pregnant with Do Jin’s son and had plans to abort him. However, on the day that she was supposed to get rid of the baby, she experienced morning sickness and backed out. She was sent to the jail for threatening the life of Ma Do Jin. Do Jin’s mom made her sign a paper that said that she went abroad and aborted the child and made Do Jin believe this.

The story is very interesting considering that their stories are very connected with each other. They all met in the prison and learned how to bake their (except for Mi Oh). They then lived together in one house (except for Poong Geum who lives in a study house) and lived like a family. Joined a baking competition, won, bought a truck and started a bakery truck business. However, the first-born Ma, Ma Joo Ran, who hates Soo In decided to sabotage everything and hired men to take the truck away. In debt, Soo In and the family goes to the grandma they met in prison and won lotto for help. She said that she’ll just say yes and help them if Bok Nyeo apologizes to her. (Bad summary, I know).

Over-all, the story is going pretty good. Though it’s going pretty slow right now, I suppose we’ll have much more actions in upcoming episodes considering that everyone’s hating on someone right now. I also have theories like Woo Seok is Bok Nyeo’s missing son, Jin Woo. It’s  kinda obvious in a way but hey, there could be a plot twist.

Do Jin is is revealed to be not the Ma’s patriarch’s son. He is also very much in love and Mi Oh but is engaged (unwillingly) to someone else. He also finally met his son and his son apparently liked him already! (I ship Mi Oh and Do Jin more than Soo In and Woo Seok).

I want to write more stuff her but the series is far from done and I don’t wanna ruin the fun just yet. If you haven’t watched the series yet, go ahead. Reading this didn’t exactly ruin it for you because the in-between details and drama is fun to watch.

On Canadian Stereotypes

I’ve been living here in Canada for over a year now. I’ve also worked as a cashier for about 8-9 months now so I can say that I have experience when it comes to dealing with a lot of people. I was bored in Google so I decided to search the common Canadian stereotypes and my opinion about it. 

(This list is from http://www.thetoptens.com/canadian-stereotypes/)

1. EH?

Probably the most common of all Canadian stereotypes. And it’s not on top of the list for nothing ’cause 98% of all the Canadians that I talk with adds this on their sentence. Whether as a way of asking or just to add emphasis on what they’re talking about, these people love their “Eh”. 

2. Everyone’s extremely polite. 

Yeah, a bit maybe. A lot of times when I bump into someone (and my fault), I say sorry and the other person says sorry too. When even just something that you shouldn’t be sorry about, you still say sorry. Yes, that’s how polite a LOT of people are. But seriously, there’s no perfect country with perfect people. There are also a LOT of rude people here. You can just never get rid of them. 

3. It’s cold. 

I live in Northern Alberta. The place where temperature during winter can go down as low as -40 degree Celcius. Yes, it’s cold. But since it’s currently summer, the temperature that we had this morning was 31 degree Celsius. So nope. Canada is not always cold. 

4. All that’s watched is Hockey.

During the Winter Olympics, a lot of people actually can’t stop talking about hockey. They actually had to change the curfew (or I think move it, either way it happened in my place) in bars so that people can drink and cheer for the Canadian team. Yep, that’s how dedicated they are to hockey. But some people just don’t care. 

5. They say a-boot, not about.

They DON’T say “a-boot”. They say “a-boat”. 

6. They all drink Tim Hortons. 

Uh. Tim Hortons is actually one, if not the most popular, place to get coffee and easy breakfast foods. And Timbits. Definitely timbits. Can someone please tell me if there’s no Canadian who haven’t tired Tim Hortons coffee?

7. All they eat is Kraft Dinner. 

Since I work in grocery store, I see a lot of these Kraft Dinners being bought. Be it in a box or in the microwaveable cup, a lot of Canadians love Kraft Dinner. It’s easy to make and cheap, too. (I tried it before, didn’t like the flavor that I got.) I think a Canadian gets to try Kraft Dinner atleast once in their lifetime. 

8. It’s winter all year round.

Hell no. Today’s temperature is pretty much the same as the Philippines.

9. We wear toques all year.

I love toques during winter but not for the whole year. TOQUE DURING SUMMER? Are you kidding me?

10. All men sit down and watch hockey all night.

Huh. There it is again, the Hockey stereotype. I think there’s truth in this statement especially during those big moments in Hockey (Stanley Cup Playoffs). 

So there it is, a non-Canadian’s view on Canadian stereotypes. 

 

On New Year’s Resolutions and Why I Didn’t Make One

The title says it all. I used to have New Year’s Resolution. These are the things that makes me think that I have full control of the year ahead and that I can do whatever I want in my own time.

I can’t remember any resolution that I have kept before. Let it be about habits, goals or anything peculiar about my life. I usually fall of my list during the first month, try to pick it up again in the middle of the year and sometime before the end of the year, I forget to do whatever it is on my list. And I usually don’t care. That’s why this year, I decided to not have this resolution sh*t.

Reason 1: It’s too annoying

I’m the kind of person who plans her life but in the end doesn’t get what I want. That’s kind of annoying actually cause it just breaks the harmony and flow that I want my life to have. I tend to just go with the flow. I live everyday thinking that there is always tomorrow so I have to live today. When you have a list of sort, it makes you think in months instead of days. Get my logic? No. Idc.

Reason 2: I don’t follow it.

I write it, do it the first month, forget about it.

Reason 3: There’s no such thing as New Year’s resolution.

I don’t get it actually. They say that New Year’s resolution is made by the person to become better person for the next year or to be able to achieve something or whatever. The thing is, you can do whatever you want NOW. If you can’t do it NOW, why would writing it as a New Year’s resolution make a difference?

And because I tend to forget whatever my resolutions are, I don’t even know what my resolution was last year. Oh well.

 

On My New Year’s Eve and New Year

This is the first time that I ever celebrated New Year outside of my country. This is my first time celebrating New Year here in Canada. Let me tell you, it’s really different.

I grew up looking forward to New Year because of all the noises and the firecrackers and the celebration that the people bring. Filipinos believe that loud noises shoos bad luck away and so we make lots of noises during New Year celebration. I remember looking outside to find my neighbours lighting up a fountain for everyone to see. It was a very pretty view. And then we light up our sparklers and dance around as we greet everyone, family, friends and neighbours, a Happy New Year. That was really a memory to behold.

New Year here in Canada (well Grande Prairie) is pretty silent (for me). No sparklers, no fountains, no street party, no drunk people outside your house shouting Happy New Year. It was peaceful because I don’t think anyone lost their fingers but it was also very new… very sad for me. Well I do understand that you don’t have to shout or make lots of noises to celebrate but this is not what I’m used to.

There was actually a fireworks on New Year’s Eve and it was very pretty. We were able to see it from our living room and that was very comforting to see. With all the colours and explosions, it was nice.

Waiting for 12 midnight wasn’t as fun as how it was back then. Before, I would be so excited for it. I used to sleep early, around 7 pm, then wake up around 10 or 11 pm as to not miss the countdowns. All night you can hear firecrackers and people shouting outside the house, all eager for the New Year to come. When New Year comes, some of us would jump for the hope of becoming taller or just for the heck of it. However, this year’s New Year is something that I didn’t really look forward to. I didn’t sleep because I have to prepare the house because some friends would be celebrating the New Year with us. I didn’t have anyone at home because my mom was at work and would be home at 11:30. Waiting for the New Year wasn’t half as fun as before. I felt lonely and sad.

My feelings for this year’s New Year celebrations is mixed. I felt lonely because who wouldn’t be? I only celebrated it with my mom and some friends when before I celebrated it with lots of family members. There were noise everywhere and sparklers and fountain and firecrackers back home and there’s just snow here. I used to receive text messages from friends greeting me a Happy New Year but what I get now are just FB messages. Nevertheless, I also felt happy. Why? Because after more than five years, I finally celebrated Christmas and New Year with my mom. It’s something that I looked forward to despite of all my sad and lonely musings about this year’s first day celebration. It’s something that I treasure and celebrate.

New Year celebration is definitely different back home. However, comparing things (which I just did) won’t change anything and would just make me more homesick. But whatever. What’s great is that I get to welcome the Year of the Wooden Horse, 2014! :)

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video: Cagayan de Oro 2014 New Year’s Celebration