Saturday, 25 September 2021

Belle by Syu Ariani

September 25, 2021 0 Comments
Assalamualaikum, good day dearest! Happy weekend. Just a quick update on book review. Since aku tengah on hold segala tbr sampailah aku habis review buku-buku yang aku dah baca ni. So, gigihla kita hehe.





Tajuk : Belle
Penulis : Syu Ariani
Mukasurat : 621 pages
Penerbit : BLEU Fantasy Publication
Terbitan : April 2021
ISBN : 9789671910924
Related : Anastasia, Ursula
Blurb : 

ADELINE JAMEELA.

Maksud namanya, noble. Cantik. Tapi kenapa dia rasa kehidupannya tak secantik mana? Hidupnya kabur-kabur sebab dia tak ingat apa-apa langsung! Namun dengan kehadiran Ayaaz, hati dijentik satu rasa. 

"Tolong percayakan saya."

Kala satu demi satu penipuan tersingkap, Adeline nekad. Akan dia buka kotak Pandora itu dan bongkarkan segalanya.

"Pandora box is a source of great, unforeseen troubles. Think you can handle the consequences?"
"Try me."

Namun setelah kotak Pandora terbuka, dia terngadah. Kerana hakikatnya... Hidupnya tak seindah nama yang dimiliki.

AYAAZ.

Menjadi pengawal peribadi Adeline Jameela, tak mudah. Menguji mental dan fizikal. Menguji perasaanya. Dia yang berjanji untuk sentiasa ada buat wanita itu akhirnya dia sendiri yang berkata...

"Saya tak pernah ada hubungan dengan Adeline Jameela. Sampai bila-bila."

Satu garisan jelas dicipta Ayaaz. Meski dia tahu ada hati yang berantakan, Ayaaz terpaksa. Kerana haikatnya... Dia yang membawa kelam ke dalam dunia wanita itu.

"Awak tahu tak, Beauty and the Beast ada twisted version?"
"Twisted version?"
"Haah. Dalam twisted version, sebenarnya..."

Jika di dalam dongeng Beauty and the Beast, Belle tetap setia bersama Beast mengharungi segala dugaan. Bagaimana dengan mereka? Apa kesudahan kisah mereka?

Buku ketiga dalam siri 'Twisted Tales: Princess Series' karya Syu Ariani ni merupakan antara buku yang aku sangat nantikan 'kelahirannya'. Berbeza dengan dua buku sebelumnya yang menceritakan tentang kisah si villain, buku ketiga merupakan satu kejutan. Tidak seperti buku pertama yang menampilkan kisah si kakak tiri Cinderella - Anastasia dan buku kedua pula mencerikan kisah Ursula daripada The Little Mermaid, buku ketiga ni menceritakan kisah Belle daripada Beauty and the Beast. Kalau ikutkan, sepatutnya watak Gastonlah yang sepatutnya diceritakan.

Aku ada satu habit bila baca buku iaitu aku akan baca lebih kurang 20% daripada ketebalan buku kemudian aku akan skim through. Secara tak langsung, aku akan dapat spoil sikit-sikit apa yang akan jadi. Tapi, aku langsung tak dapat nak buat  perkaitan masa baca novel ni. Bahagian depan fokus  pada watak Adel (Adeline Jameela) dan jugak Ayaaz. Tapi bila aku skim, tiba-tiba fokus beralih pada Beast dan juga Belle. Kalau identity si Beast memanglah dapat kita teka siapa tapi untuk Belle, apa pulak perkaitannya dengan si Adel? Misteri... Sedikit demi sedikit, identiti sebenar Belle dan Adel terbuka. Mulanya, aku memang dapat agak siapa Belle. Cuma yang aku tak faham, how? Aku suka cara kaksyu tease pembaca. Sikit-sikit dia bagi hint... Pandai-pandailah fahamkan.

Adel yang sedar daripada sebulan koma, hilang ingatannya. Dato Sri Akma memperkenalkan diri sebagai mama kepada Adel. Tapi, dia sedikitpun tak ingat apa-apa memori yang berkaitan dengan mama, banglo itu, atau sesiapa. Namun, sejak kemunculan Ayaaz yang menyelamatkannya daripada diculik, dan seterusnya diambil sebagai bodyguard, Adel dapat rasakan memorinya kembali. Tapi... betulakah itu memorinya atau sekadar ilusi?

Kalau aku katakan Ursula merupakan satu novel yang agak main emosi, Belle ni lebih lagi. Setelah kotak Pandora terbuka, segala yang kabur menjadi jelas, segala yang terhijab kembali terungkai, membuatkan aku sukar untuk menahan emosi. Kisah kehidupan sebenar seorang Belle, sangat terseksa. Kisah kehidupan Adel yang penuh dengan pendustaan, pengorbanan si Beast melindungi Bellenya. Kebanyakkan babak berjaya membuatkan aku mengalir air mata. 

Walaupun babak aksi agak limited berbanding dua novel sebelumnya, tapi tetap menyengat bila dibaca. Ditambah lagi dengan kemunculan favourite couple aku, Tengku Hadi-Asyfa, makin gamat aku rasakan. Kedua-duanya masih lagi tangkas mengalahkan musuh. Dan Beast... Janjinya untuk melindungi Belle dipegang teguh, tak sekali pun dia menyerah kalah walaupun cedera parah. Watak Beast, memang buas apabila nyawa Belle menjadi ancaman tapi bila bersama Belle, comel sungguh!

Bagi aku, perjalanan cerita novel ni sangat menarik. Cukup rasa gula, garamnya. Disebalik rahsia yang tertutup, disetiap  kebenaran yang tak terungkap, disetiap babak yang dinaratif, semuanya memuaskan hati aku. Satu pengorbanan menjadi menoktahkan kisah, memberi ruang kepada Beauty and the Beast meneruskan pengembaraan. Tahniah kepada penulis untuk satu lagi naskah hebat. I loikeee!

-thes

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Hanya Kamu Johanna by Dilla Ahmad

September 21, 2021 15 Comments
Assalamualaikum, good day dearest! Lama dah aku tak blogwalk. Ada masalah sikit dengan laptop. Ni pun update guna phone. Tapi itulah aku tak berapa gemar sangat nak guna phone. Tapi sebab dah lama tak jengah blog, aku gagahkan jugakla.





Tajuk : Hanya Kamu Johanna
Penulis : Dilla Ahmad
Mukasurat : 480 pages
Penerbit : Anaasa Publication
Terbitan : November 2015
ISBN : 9789670870083
Blurb : 

"Pasti ada sesuatu perkara yang awak buat sampai umi hantar awak ke mari, kan??" - SYED HARRAZ
"Saya dah bunuh seseorang!" - JOHANNA

Pertama kali bertentang mata dengan Johanna, Syed Harraz tidak suka dengan imej gadis itu. Dari atas sampai ke bawah, semuanya hitam. Gothic. Itulah gaya yang dibawa oleh Johanna.

Tak pernah ada perempuan yang tak menggedik bila bersama dengannya. Semua akan menempel apabila melihat wajah kacak Syed Harraz. Tapi yang ini, sedikit pun tidak menunjukkan minat kepadanya. Namun, bila adanya Johanna, hidupnya tidak lagi sunyi. Gadis itu merubah rutinnya. Bagi Johanna pula, hadirnya bukan untuk memikat sesiapa. Jauh sekali Syed Harraz Hussain. Siapa sangka, dia boleh berkawan baik dengan lelaki senyum senget itu.

"Nak ke mana tu?" -  SYED HARRAZ
"Nak sambung kerja gualah, bro!" - JOHANNA
"Aik? Layanlah aku makan dulu. Aku sorang-sorang aje makan ni." - SYED HARRAZ
"Lu tu bukan  suami gua, bro... Nake kena layan bagai!" - JOHANNA

Setiap kali panahan mata bundar itu tepat memandangnya, jantung Syed Harraz berdegup laju. Hati mula memainkan tempo.  Dunia ini ana yang punya!

Tapi, apabila si abang suarakan rasa suka pada Johanna, jantung pula berhenti berdetak. Nafas seakan sudah tersekat. Senyuman si abang meluluhkan perasaan. Syed Harraz hanya mampu berdiam. Dia hanya mampu melihat. Kepada Johanna disampaikan pesan. Kerana cinta ini tidak memandang siapa aku dan siapa kamu!

Pertama kali aku baca karya daripada penulis ni. Permulaanya not bad. Syed Harraz yang sentiasa dengan perempuan keliling pinggang kena tangkap basah dengan perempuan Cina! Nasib baiklah ada kawan baiknya si Remy dengan Kevin dalam rumah tu, dan pembantu rumah pun ada jadi kes digugurkan. Malangnya, disebabkan kes tu, bapanya menjatuhkan hukum mencari calon dalam masa setahun. Kalau tidak akan dijodohkan dengan pilihan mak tirinya.

Perkenalan Johanna dengan Syed Harraz bermula bilamana Johanna dihantar ke rumah Syed Harraz untuk bantu pembantu rumah Syed Harraz. Mulanya aku ingatkan umi yang disebut dalam blurb umi kepada Syed Harraz tapi rupanya umi tu merupakan penjaga rumah pemulihan akhlak, tempat Johanna tinggal. Sehari ditugaskan di rumah  Syed Harraz, Johanna dah buat hal. Dengan bahasa panggilan dia punya rock, Lu-Gua nyahh! Dengan Syed Harraz yang tuan rumah tu pun dia main taram aje. Maklumlah, dia dihantar pun sebab hukuman umi dan dia tak dibayar gaji.

Penceritaan novel ni santai aje. Dengan bahasa pasar yang Johanna guna. Tambah pulak dengan babak-babak gila-gila antara Syed Harraz dengan Johanna memang meriah aku ketawa. Part Syed Harraz bawak Johanna ke makan malam keluarga kononnya nak jadikan fake girlfriend upahan tapi bila dah sampai boleh pulak dia tergoda dengan si Naomi yang seksi, calon pilihan mak tirinya. Bebal sungguh Pak Syed yang satu ni! Nasib baiklah ada si abang, Syed Haziq yang layankan Johanna.

Hubungan Johanna dengan Syed Harraz makin rapat lepas  Syed Harraz berjaya pujuk Johanna yang merajuk sebab buat dia macam orang bodoh masa makan malam tu. Konflik mula bila Syed Haziq mula tunjukkan minat dekat Johanna. Hah, tak tentu arah  Syed Harraz dibuatnya! Nak merelakan si abang yang dah dua tahun menyendiri bahagia tapi hati sendiri sakit. Johanna pula, mulutnya memuji lebih ke Syed Haziq tapi hatinya menyebut Syed Harraz. Haihlahh.

Konflik ni, taklah berat pun. Biasa je sebenarnya and boleh resolve kalau bincang baik-baik. Tapi, sebabkan Syed Harraz ni ingatkan Johanna suka dengan abang dia, dia pun let go aje. Malangnya, niat baik Syed Haziq nak memeperisterikan Johanna tak kesampaian bila nyawa terpisah dari jasad. Wasiat yang ditinggalkan menyatukan Johanna dan Syed Harraz demi anak-anaknya. Nasib baiklah pihak Johanna dengan  Syed Harraz ni takde halangan sangat. Cuma si Naomi tu ajelah yang acah nak malukan Johanna dekat majlis dia tapi dia pulak yang dimalukan balik. Lol.

Dalam rumah tangga dorang ni takde konflik pun. Cuma part jealous sikit, merajuk sikit tu biasalah. Dapat pulak anak-anak express. Memang meriah la perkahwinan mereka. Rancangan si mak tiri pulak menjadi fokus.  Syed Harraz yang dah tahu mak tiri dia ni nakkan kuasa dalam syarikat teruskan siasatan and  akhirnya berjaya selamatkan ayah dia daripada terus jadi mangsa si perempuan tamak.

Bagi aku, flow penceritaan cantik tersusun. Semuanya berlaku sedang elok and fit perfectly. Dengan permulaan yang gila-gila, buatkan aku terhibur membaca. Part konflik, macam yang aku cakap taklah buatkan aku stress nak tolong cari solution. Konfliknya tak berat hatta part si mak tiri merancang nak dapatkan syarikat keluarga Syed Harraz. Overall, simple but enjoyable read. Insya-Allah in future, boleh check novel daripada penulis ni lagi.
-thes

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Sweet Home

September 12, 2021 10 Comments
Assalamualaikum, good day dearest! Happy weekend~

not mine; credited to the rightful owner



Title : Sweet Home
Episodes : 10 
Genre : Fantasy, Thriller, Horror, Mystery
Director : Lee Eung Bok
Writer : Kim Kan-Bi (webcomic), Hwang Young-Chan (webcomic), Heung So-Ri, Kim Hyung-Min, Park So-Ri
Network : Netflix
Cast : Song Kang, Lee Si Young, Lee Do Hyun, Lee Jin Wook
Plot : 

After losing his whole family in a car accident,  a high school student, Cha Hyun Soo, moved to an one room apartment. The next day, when the residents of the apartment wanted to get out they find out that their apartment was locked. Once they opened the shutter gate, they discovered a mysterious monster waiting in front of the gate. With the lead of Lee Eun Hyuk, a med-school student, they bring the shutter down and stay inside the building. The residents then discovered that there is a mysterious phenomenon where human turns into monsters hit the world. Those with the symptoms of nose bleed, fainting, sudden aggression was advice to be isolated. The phenomenon however is not infectious. 

Based on a webcomic of the same name written by Kim Kan Bi and Hwang Young Chan published in 2017.

SPOILER ALERT

I was actually debating whether or not I should watch this drama. All because I read all those reviews that said it kind of left hanging (after Partner For Justice, I don't think I can stomach another drama left with questionable ending) but here I am taking my chance. Also, when the cast appeared in Running Man, I am really convinced, especially when Lee Jin Wook starred in this drama too.

First few episodes was so thrilling, nerve-wrecking and definitely scary. Especially when Hyun Soo went out his room to save the kids. I am so scared for him to go fetch the kids and went back up. Plus the monsters, oh the monsters. Each of them are so scary for me to look at. And some are just plain disgusting like the one that waited in front of their building. One thing I am sure is, don't you ever watch this drama while eating. I am not sure about you, but all those bloods, monsters and images made me gagged several times.

I finished this drama in less than one day because it was so intriguing and it keeps me wondering what happens next. With a very fast pace setting, 10 episodes is nothing. I loves each and every character. And that is a big problem when you watch this type of drama. You became attached to them and then you lose them.

I also loves how they gave a tiny bit of four main characters' past. Like how Seo Yi Kyung's fiance  (should I say ex-fiance because he died or may have became a monster?) was actually involved with this crazy monster-ization experiment and how Pyeon Sang Wook is not just a crazy gangster. Their pasts definitely gave justification on why they acted they way they did.

It was so emotional and sad and heartbreaking to watch the few last episodes. Especially the sword man, Jung Jae Hoon died. He almost died the first time but then survived but he really dies in order to save the other residents. The moment when he actually confessed that he like Ji Soo nearly had me bawling (exaggeration but you got it). And then more and more of them dying. Oh gosh, I really can't.

At first, Lee Eun Hyuk, the med-student came off like a selfish person. But then his character just grew warmer and his ending was just so hurt to see. Here I am, hanging off the tiny thread that he is alive for next season (I hope there is next one or else). Also, this drama really did not gave any chance for romance. Lee Eun Yu who likes Hyun Su  was forced to be separated from him, Yoon Ji Yoo lost Jung Jae Hoon in a fight with monster, Pyeon Sang Wook lost Yu Ri while trying to save her. Gosh, it was so heart breaking to see them.

The ending as they said, it was questionable. Especially how Pyeon Sang Wook was able to get on a military car with Hyun Su. Why ? Did he actually is not a gangster or what? It was a relieve to see that some of them able to escape the building through the tunnel but I am sure that the battle is not over. Especially when Seo Yi Kyung told them to survive. Also, all the monsters were just miraculously disappear when the soldiers surrounded their apartment building. Really weird but I'll take it they are inferior to the snow. Hence, I am very much hoping for the next season soon to truly end this drama. 



Bonus point, the OSTs were all so great! I love them and they definitely fit the mood of this drama. So, all, watch this drama, no regret.


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-thes

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Jagakan Aku by Syu Ariani

September 08, 2021 2 Comments
Assalamualaikum, good day dearest! 



Tajuk : Jagakan Aku
Penulis : Syu Ariani
Mukasurat : 668 pages
Penerbit : Karyaseni
Terbitan : September 2019
ISBN : 9789674691394
Blurb : 

"Cuma Doktor Ana Zahirah yang boleh tentukan kematian saya."

Bergegar dunia Zahirah apabila seseorang datang menemuinya dan mengatakan itu. Semuanya bermula selepas dia menjadi saksi kepada satu babak percubaan membunuh secara tidak sengaja. Kini, tak semena-mena dia terheret sama dalam permainan nyawa Devil Angel.

"Kadang-kadang tak ada niat membunuh, tapi keadaan mendesak." - AINA NATASHA

"Dia membunuh sebab dia seronok membunuh. Itu aje." - MUZAFFAR

Di antara kedua-dua sebab itu, yang mana satu menjadi punca Devil Angel membunuh? Atau ada sebab lain, yang membuatkan Devil Angel 'menghantar' mangsa-mangsanya kepada Zahirah? Sungguh, Zahirah penasaran!

"Ana Zahirah. Kau... Mengecewakan aku." - DEVIL ANGEL

Insan-insan terdekat Zahirah mulai menjadi mangsa. Emosi Zahirah bertambah kacau-bilau apabila ASP Aydin mengesyaki dia ialah Devil Angel, atau sekurang-kurangnya dia bersubahat dengan Devil Angel. Tetapi suatu hari...

"Jangan takut. Aku akan jagakan kau." - ASP AYDIN

Entah mengapa, jiwa wanita Zahirah telah meresap masuk janji Aydin. Diam-diam, dia mempercayai lelaki itu dan janjinya. Satu insiden di Kuala Lumpur membuka peluang untuk Zahirah mengetahui kisah silam Aydin dan tak dapat tidak, hati wanitanya terus terbuka untuk lelaki itu.

Namun, bisakah Aydin kotakan janjinya bilamana Zahirah sudah menjadi obsesi Devil Angel? Pada saat Zahirah sendiri berubah menjadi wanita tidak berjiwa, mampukah dia menghalang Devil Angel daripada terus-terusan membunuh? Atau Zahirah sendiri akan jatuh ke lembah gelap, dan menjadi serupa Devil Angel?

"Whoever fights the monster should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look into the abyss, the abyss looks into you." - FRIEDRICH NIETSZCHE, GERMAN PHILOSOPHER

Last time I read a psycho-thriller was 'Aku Lelakimu' by Sara Aisha and I really looks forward to read this book. Dan aku tersangat puas hati dengan novel ni.

Dari permulaan bab lagi dah buat aku berdebar-debar. Lepastu, ditinggalkan pulak dengan pertanyaan, kenapa dan apa. Dan, permainan nyawa dari Devil Angel pun bermula. Asalnya, agak susah untuk aku make sense of the situation, mungkin sebab aku dah lama tak baca and tengok drama yang bergenre psiko thriller so aku struggle sikit nak ikut perubahan masa.

Watak Ana Zahirah bagi aku sangat cekal. Hilang orang tersayang dari usia muda, bila hidupnya dah mula nak stabil tiba-tiba terjebak dalam permainan si gila Devil Angel. Semuanya sebab dia nampak  dan halang Devil Angel daripada terus menikam mangsanya. Dia yang mulanya teguh berdiri walaupun berkali-kali Devil Angel permainkan dengan hantar mangsa yang dah parah ditikam ke hospital tempat dia bekerja tapi akhirnya mangsa-mangsa tu tetap akan mati semakin lemah. Hampir Zahirah tersungkur bilamana Devil Angel persembahkan di hadapan dia, seorang musuh lama. Dan... Di depan Ana Zahirah, kenalannya itu dikelar. Hilang semangat seorang Ana Zahirah. Dan cara penulis bercerita, aku sendiri dapat rasakan betapa terseksanya watak Zahirah ni.

Watak Aydin, seorang yang tegas pendirian, tak campur aduk urusan peribadi dan kerja. Dan dia... letakkan Zahirah sebagai suspect dalam kes Devil Angel. Nak bandingkan Aydin dengan watak Muzaffar, aku akan kata Muzaffar lebih nampak sayangnya pada Zahirah. Itu yang aku mula-mula fikir. Tapi, Aydin sebenarnya sayangkan Zahirah dan dia juga berjanji untuk menjadi penjaga kepada Ana Zahirah. Aydin... sangat gentleman, seriously. Mulanya dia digambarkan macam a bit cold, mean person tapi makin lama watak Aydin ni makin warm, makin memahami. It's hard not love him. And, the way dia ajak Zahirah kahwin, macam ajak lepak mamak tahu tak. Straightforward betul. Takde nak kiasan apa semua. Haih, comel betul.

Devil Angel. Seorang pembunuh, yang menikam mangsa berkali-kali like a devil. Kemudian hantar mangsa ke hospital, like an angel. Dari situlah datangnya nama Devil Angel. Dan dia, adalah syaitan dan tak mungkin malaikat sebab akhirnya, semua mangsa dia tetap akan mati, one way or another. Identiti Devil Angel ni memang aku tak boleh nak agak siapa. Mulanya aku ingatkan Muzaffar sebab dia mula kenal dengan Zahirah masa Zahirah jadi saksi cubaan bunuh Devil Angel. And semua kebetulan (tinggal apartment yang sama, kebetulan lalu kawasan gelap tu sekaligus jumpa Zahirah untuk pertama kali, kebetulan buat volunteer work dekat hospital tempat Zahirah bekerja) terasa staged. Tapi aku salah sebab Muzaffar ni informant kepada Aydin. He's V.

Once again, aku lost. Entah siapa identiti sebenar Devil Angel ni. Like, 65% into the book, aku boleh agak dah siapa Devil Angel. Hint yang penulis tinggalkan sangat-sangat subtle and kau kena berfikir lebih untuk tahu siapa dia. Kalau baca perwatakan yang ditunjukkan memang kau takkan sangka yang dialah Devil Angel but babe, ingat novel ni novel psiko, so, pembunuh dia mestilah seorang yang psiko. 

Novel ni is a very well-written. Sangat-sangat informatif. Lagi-lagi gambaran kerja seorang pegawai polis, juga seorang doktor. Aku sukakan cara setiap babak digarap dan diolah. Serius kata, aku boleh bayangkan macam mana ianya terjadi. Penulis pulak gunakan third pov jadi lebih senang untuk aku tahu dan faham perasaan setiap watak. Lepastu, ada pulak cameo dari Aina Natasha and Arhan from 'Anastasia' hah memang lagi syok la aku baca. Especially masa Aina become the heroin that saves Zahirah. Girl crush sangat kau! Oh, aku perasan jugak ada mention nama Lyssa and Ameer from 'Aku Ada' tapi aku tak berapa ingat pasal apa. Hehe.

Pengakhiran cerita... Ni susah untuk aku gambarkan perasaan aku. Aku harap Devil Angel akan diadili mahkamah atas semua kesalahan dia. Tapi, just like White Killer in 'Aku Lelakimu', Devil Angel pun tak sempat jejak mahkamah. Cuma aku rasa hukuman kepada Devil Angel ni memang padanlah lepas apa yang dia buat dekat mangsa-mangsa dia. And untuk watak utama, seharusnya happy ending. And the epilogues, aduhai comel sungguh. As a conclusion, novel ni, bagi aku one of the best read. 





A deep quote from Muzaffar, kan? And kalau tak salah aku, akan ada novel untuk dia, soon. Yes, after everything, aku memang naaaaak sangat kisah Muzaffar pulak. So, I'm looking forward for this. Sangat. Sangat. Itupun kalau aku tak salah tafsir la dengan mms V yang penulis pernah share dekat IG story. Harapnya kisah dia la. Hehe.


-thes

Monday, 6 September 2021

18 Again

September 06, 2021 2 Comments
Assalamualaikum, good day dearest! This drama was so loved when it first released. I found so many comments of it on Twitter like wow.

not mine; credited to the rightful owner


Title : 18 Again
Episodes : 16
Genre : Romance, Fantasy, Drama, Comedy
Director : Ha Byung Hoon
Writer : Kim Do Yeon, Ahn Eun Bin, Choi Yi Ryun
Network : JTBC
Cast : Lee Do Hyun, Kim Ha Neul, Yoon Sang Hyun
Plot : 

Jung Da Jung and Hong Dae Young had been together since they were in high school. After accidentally got pregnant, Hong Dae Young sacrifed his dream of becoming a professional basketball player to take responsibility of Da Jung and his unborn child. 18 years later, they had a pair of twin, Si Ah and Si Woo who is now in high school. Da Jung is pursuing her dream to be an announcer meanwhile Dae Young works as washing machine repairman. One day, Da Jung gave Dae Young's a divorce documents. Dae Young who couldn't understand why she gave him the divorce paper, think that she might change her mind if he got the promotion for that year. His planned goes in vain after that when his junior got promoted. Dae Young then went to basket ball court and wished to go back after he scored a goal. On the way home, he saw his daughter working at a convenient store. Furious, he marched to her and began to scold her. His daughter however did not recognized him and threaten  to call the police. Dae Young was shocked to discover his physical appearance had changed to his 18 years old. With this new chance, Dae Young asked for his friend, Go Deok Jin to be his father.  Hong Dae Young then enrolled to his former high school under the name Go Woo Young to pursue his dream of becoming a basketball player.

This drama is a remake of USA film '17 Again' released in 2009.

SPOILER ALERT

Another light rom-com with a flare of fantasy drama here! This drama honestly have been in my waiting list for so long and I finally got to watch and finish it. Honestly, I watch this drama solely because of Lee Do Hyun. Ever since he appeared in Running Man, I kind of got hooked with his character and that led me to this drama. 

The fantasy part of this drama was just how Hong Dae Young can looked like his old 18 years old self in a blink of an eye - literally as it happened after he scored a goal. And all of the other elements are very much like the reality of our society. How a woman was criticized in her workplace because she is a mother, her background education is not on par of her co-workers, how a father's sacrifice for his family and yet 'he is never there for them during their hardship', and how a woman can never live in peace without people judging her personal life.

I love the way they constantly gives us scenes of younger days of main characters. It really helps with the storyline. How they went from a very loving couple to distant and cold couple. All the unsaid words, the unseen deeds leads them to the untangled vines of misunderstanding. While Dae Young went to school playing pretend as Woo Young, he learnt so many things that he doesn't know when he lived as Dae Young. From tiny things about his wife to little things about his twins. His initial resolve to take the second chance to chase his dream slowly faded and all he wanted to do is to be there for his family.

The chemistry between casts were really great, especially between the boys, Gu Ja Sung and Seo Ji Ho. I loves it when they tried to be 'hero' for Si Ah but failed when Woo Young swooped in. The bromance between Woo Young and Si Woo was also one of my favorite. Sadly, Woo Young was just a figment created by Hong Dae Young. While it was great to see Dae Young getting flustered, protective over his family when he is Woo Young, it is a teensy teeny tiny bit awkward and weird for me to see the romance between Woo Young and Da Jung. I was actually hoping to see Da Jung with Ye Ji Hoon because they actually looked great together. But okay, at least Dae Young went back to his older appearance.

I loves how this drama have the constant humor make it more enjoyable. Seriously, those two workers of Deok Jin had the worst timing ever. They always overheard Deok Jin and Woo Young arguing with each other. It was so hilarious. Also, the occasional angst that got me teared up and even cry especially those scenes when Dae Young's father help Da Jung during their hard time and Da Jung's mother help Dae Young. They were so against them keeping the pregnancy so when they came around and help their in-law without the knowledge of their respective child was so heartwarming.

The ending was very satisfying with the Dae Young and Da Jung found each other again, the twins got to do what they loves and them becoming a family again. I also loves how they highlighted that even after the second marriage, Da Jung and Dae Young still found themselves arguing, fighting and all those bad moments. It shows that even if it was their second shot in marriage, they will still do it wrong, but as they realize that life a is lifelong lesson, they will came around to fix their mistakes.

Also, I loves the OSTs. And here is some of my personal favorite;

hello by so hyang

one person by solji

moments make memories by juk jae

somebody by clara c

if we love again by yoon sang hyun




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-thes

Thursday, 2 September 2021

Giveaway #busyrakongsirezeki Wang Tunai RM100

September 02, 2021 14 Comments

 Assalamualaikum, good day dearest! I'm joining another giveaway today and this time from blogger Busyra.


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Since aku baru tahu dan follow tentang blogger Busyra ni, aku tak tahulah content apa yang selalu beliau kongsikan. Tengah-tengah belek layout blog sis busyra ni, terperasan pulak tab 'Puisi' hah terus tekan. Scroll punya scroll tajuk puisi ternampak satu tajuk yang aku rasakan unik.


"Pelangi Hitam"


Puisi yang sis Busyra garap pada tahun 2017 ni basically (eh dah macam presentation dekat sekolah besikeli besikeli) bercerita tentang manusia. Walaupun kita pandang pada benda yang sama, in this case, pelangi tapi belum tentu kita 'pandang' benda yang sama. Faham tak apa aku maksudkan?


Well, one person might say pelangi tu satu keindahan selepas hujan but for another pelangi mungkin cuma satu ilusi. Mungkin juga kehadiran pelangi menyeksa bagi sesetengah orang. We never know. Seperti juga dalam puisi, "Kisah hidup manusia takkan sama, seperti aku dan dia,". Puisi garapan sis Busyra ni nampak macam straightforward tapi aku rasa agak mendalam juga maknanya.


Aku perasan banyak juga sis Busyra share resepi. Aku ni pengumpul resepi tegar (cubanya belum tentu) Insya-Allah rajinlah aku nyinggah blog sis.


-thes

SUPRISE GIVEAWAY BY AIENIENKA

September 02, 2021 11 Comments

 Assalamualaikum, good day dearest! Sesupriseeeee~ Terkejut tak? Hehe, moh le join giveaway kak Aien ni.


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Since seorang suraya jarang dapat surprise (kasi hint mana tahu ada yg baik hati nak kasi hadiah hehe) so kisah surprise ni cuma satu event je yang terlintas dekat kepala. Well, masatu diploma first year so standard la duk asrama kan. Malam before my birthday, dah siap-siap nak tidur sebab kelas esoknya awal pagi, memang masa tu dah gosok gigi semua, selimut pun dah tarik tinggal nak lelap je. Baru je tutup mata sekali pintu bilik terbukak dari luar.


Cuak jugakla en sebab siapa pulak nak datang bertandang bilik tengah malam centu. Sekali dengar orang nyanyi lagu happy birthday HAHAHA masatu terharu jugaklah. Yang buat surprise tu dua kawan dari sekolah menengah, Hajar, Atie, Piqa, Aisyah, roommate Piqa dengan Lin, roommate aku.


Master planner confirm dah si Hajar sebab dia yang tahu and ingat birthday aku (partly sebab dia lahir few days after aku hahahha) pastu yang lain confirm la follow je. Habis je dorang nyanyi, aku pun cakap la happy birthday dekat Lin, roommate aku. Pastu yang lain blur. HAHAHHA. Well, aku dengan Lin punya birthday, tarikh yang sama and aku penah bagitahu Hajar tapi dia lupa agaknya hahha. Kelakar je bila ingat balik. Kesian dekat Lin yang plan surprise birthday aku padahal time tu birthday dia jugak. Kenangan betul.


Tu jelah kenangan surprise yang memang tak boleh lupa.


-thes

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Watcher

September 01, 2021 6 Comments
Assalamualaikum, good day dearest! Welcome, September~ Wow, time really fly fast. We are now in September and just few months away from 2022. 

not mine; credited to the rightful owner



Title : Watcher
Episodes : 16
Genre : Investigation, Crime, Action
Director : Ahn Gil Ho
Writer : Ahn Sang Woon
Network : OCN
Cast : Seo Kang Joon, Han Suk Gyu, Kim Hyun Joo
Plot : 

Kim Young Goon, a young traffic police officer was under investigation after he fired his gun to a suspect. He was taken by the Crime Squad under the lead of Jang Hae Ryung. However, after Do Chi Gwang, the chief of internal affair investigation team looked at the case, he called for Kim Young Goon to be investigated under his team. Do Chi Gwang recognized Kim Young Goon as the son of his corrupted police team member who was prison after found guilty killing his wife. After solving the case involving the traffic violator, Deputy Commissioner Yeom asked Do Chi Gwang to lead an internal affair investigation team to apprehend all of the corrupted police officer with Lawyer Han Tae Joo who used to be a prosecutor, as the advisor for the team. Do Chi Gwang then asked Kim Young Goon to be part of the team. 


SPOILER ALERT


The drama starts off with the Young Goon who was a traffic police officer following a traffic violator and fired his gun towards the violator despite him not attacking. That is how he was put under investigation. Do Chi Gwang, the chief of internal affair investigation team who was on his mission to prove Jang Hye Ryung, a thriving special crime unit captain is corrupt heard about Kim Young Goon's case. Do Chi Gwang then took Kim Young Goon's case from Hye Ryung.

It was made clear from the start that Do Chi Gwang is targeting Jang Hye Ryung and wanted him punished. The question was why? Jang Hye Ryung was an actual headache for me. Why? Because I could not put him on good nor bad side. He came off strong when he shot his own teammate right across his head when that person tried to kill Young Goon. But all of his scenes doesn't really show either he is good or not. Plus, he is too expressionless.

After Deputy Commissioner Yeom gave permission to Chi Gwang to investigate whoever he wanted and put Lawyer Han Tae Jo as the legal advisor of his team, they begin to investigate Jang Hye Ryung. Or... trying to. Lawyer Han only wanted to get her revenge on the person who cut off her and her husband thumb. Meanwhile Chi Gwang just wanted to catch the bad guys in the police association. And Young Goon, he need to know either his memory is right or not. Did he really witness his father killed his mother. All three of them had different mission and they worker together to satisfy their mission.

This drama seriously confuses me so much. I am really interested in knowing who is the killer of Young Goon's mother because that case is tied to all three of them. Kim Young Goon's father used to be a detective and was in the same team as Do Chi Gwang and Jang Hye Ryung while Lawyer Han was the prosecutor for the case. Because Lawyer Han just wanted to get revenge to the one who ruin her thumb, I never know which side she will stand. One second she will be on Do Chi Gwang side but when she saw an opportunity to get the identity of that person, she will immediately switch side. 

The identity of Young Goon's mother killer was so hard to guess. They really keep it until two lasts episode before revealing him. Before that, I was so convinced that Chi Gwang is the killer due to the way he acts.  When they found dead bodies at the abandon area, I believe there was only one killer but then I was proven wrong when the plot twist came. It was really unexpected and honestly, doesn't really fit into the case. And that was where this drama loss it appeal to me. 

Honestly, this drama had so much potential to be one of my favorite. But then, the resolution towards the ending feels like an anti-climatic but not really. And it actually baffled me. The existence of that society and the plot twist feels really out of place. Even the ledger that Young Goon's father left for him doesn't seems to fit into the timeline. I was so disappointed. It will be so much better without the plot twist.

I really enjoy this drama up before the plot twist. It was fast paced and the action scenes were sooo great. Plus, the occasional comedy in the drama balanced out the serious-ness. Anyway, give it a try if you are up for it. 


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-thes

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Merdeka Giveaway by TarotTheFool

August 31, 2021 5 Comments

 Assalamualaikum, good day dearest. Last minute joining this giveaway.



Once PKP end, I would reaaaally loves to go to waterpark. Seriously, lama gila tak pi waterpark, rindu lah. Pastu, nak spent time dengan kawan. Paling penting, nak study dalam kelas dengan pensyarah dekat depan bukannya dalam laptop. Dan, itu jelah impian kecil saya.


-thes

64th Malaysia's Independence Day

August 31, 2021 4 Comments

 Assalamualaikum, good day dearest. Alhamdulillah, today marked the 64th year of Malaysia's Independence Day.


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How did you guys celebrate Merdeka this year? My family just simply put up the flag and have some of the lampu kelip-kelip around. Me myself, just spent today relaxing and chilling. With gloomy weather, it makes me sleepy all the time. May you all have a great holiday! 


p/s: beware of all those Merdeka sales, I heard your account balance might reduced significantly

-thes

Monday, 30 August 2021

Sebelum Lamaran Diterima by Ayumi Syafiqah

August 30, 2021 10 Comments
Assalamualaikum, good day dearest! Apa khabar semua? Berminggu-minggu dah aku dok perap review ni. Haih.. Dengan keadaan laptop yang screen mengganggu mata ni nak buat apa pun hilang mood. Nantilah aku bawa pergi baiki haih. Anyway, novel ni best gileeer!





Tajuk : Sebelum Lamaran Diterima
Penulis : Ayumi Syafiqah
Mukasurat : 456 pages
Penerbit : Anaasa Publication
Terbitan : April 2018
ISBN : 9789670870540
Blurb : 

They say a princess always waits for a prince to come and save her, right? Well, this princess saves herself. Itulah moto hidup yang dipegang Kamilia Asyiqin atau Cami, selama ini. Dia tidak perlukan mana-mana lelaki untuk berjaya dalam hidup. Sebab itulah calon-calon suami yang dicarikan oleh mamanya, Julia ditolak mentah-mentah.

"Apa masalah Cami ni? Semua calon yang mama carikan untuk Cami, semua Cami tak nak. Cami nak yang macam mana sebenarnya?" - Julia
"Anak Aunty Marida tu orangnya baik, taat orang tua, ada kerja bagus. Kenal dengan dia pun Cami tak nak?" - Julia
"Sounds like a mummy's boy." - Cami

Julia pula tidak mudah berputus asa. Pencarian diteruskan lagi sehinggalah takdir menemukannya dengan Adam Khairy, mesra dipanggil Kai.

Oh, mama dah jumpa lelaki untuk Cami! Dia pemilik sebuah kedai perniagaan komik. Dia obses dengan superhero! Tapi yang penting, dia baik hati!

"Pernahlah tengok Superman. Peter Parker is so not my type." - Cami
"Sorry, sweetheart. Peter Parker is Spider-Man, not Superman." - Kai

Bagi Kai, bertemu dengan Cami bagaikan satu anugerah yang selama ini dinanti. Apatah lagi dalam masa yang sama dia sedang berdepan dengan dilema untuk menyertai konsert tribute buat arwah ayahnya, Allahyarham A. Iskandar, seorang penyanyi yang pernah terkenal suatu masa dulu.

Bersama Cami, dia mula menelusuri kehidupan yang ditinggalkan oleh arwah ayahnya dan mula membongkar rahsia yang selama ini tersimpan kukuh. 

Hari demi hari yang berlalu, hati Cami yang tegas dengan prinsip mula goyah. Dia jatuh cinta tanpa sengaja!

"You sounds like a jealous girlfriend," - Kai
"Good night, Kai." - Cami

Tapi, sebelum lamaran diterima, Cami perlu jawab soalan hatinya sendiri. Betul ke cinta atau suka semata-mata?

Novel yang pada mulanya aku agak skeptik nak baca. Sebab cover dan tajuknya screams romance! Tapi disebabkan aku sangat intrigued dengan blurb, aku beli jelah.

Novel ni dibahagikan kepada tiga bahagian utama; Bahagian I, Sebelum Lamaran Diterima. Dimulakan dengan babak yang menggeletek hati aku bila Cami buat hal. Disebabkan nak cancel-kan rancangan mama daripada jodohkan dia dengan anak aunty Marida, dia berlakon macam perempuan tak berapa betul masa aunty marida datang rumah. Dengan turban, make-up serupa badut sekali pulak dengan lagu yang dipasang maximum dekat speaker, memang terus makcik tu cancel nak jadikan Cami menantu. And disebabkan kejadian tu jugaklah mama nekad untuk carikan jodoh yang mampu buatkan Cami kalah.

Masa mama berkenalan dengan Kai and jujur nak kenalkan Kai dengan anak dia, Kai sebenarnya dah jumpa Cami dekat kedai komik dia. Dia yang sebelum-sebelum ni layan semua perempuan sama asyiklah teringat dekat Cami lepas diorang berbalah. Scene tu comel betul. And once dah ada peluang untuk kenal Cami dengan lebih dekat, Kai apa lagi, memang dia grablah! Bahagian satu ni relationship Kai dengan Cami ni just full of banters, teasing and a little jealousy. 

Mulanya aku ingatkan Cami ni menganggur ke apa, rupanya dia merupakan seorang blogger, instafamous juga seorang pemilik business tudung. Orangnya ada vision yang jelas and she is super independent. That's why she is a princess that does not need any saving. Tambah pulak dia punya ego tu, haih. Nasib baiklah pandai nak rendahkan ego kalau tak memang tak kahwinla dengan si Kai ni. Dekat bahagian ni jugak the untold story of A. Iskandar, seorang penyanyi yang sangat popular satu masa dulu diceritakan. A. Iskandar yang juga merupakan ayah kepada Kai, ayah yang Kai sangka pilih karier lebih daripada keluarga. 

Dengan Cami, Kai mencari tahu kisah disebalik nama A. Iskandar. Kisah yang bukan dia baca melalui keratan akhbar tapi melalui ornag-orang yang pernah berkhidmat bersama beliau. Lamaran Kai diterima Cami baik. Hari perkahwinan ditetapkan selepas konsert tribute A. Iskandar.

Bahagian II - Setelah Lamaran Diterima.  Sebulan perkahwinan adalah yang paling bahagia. Disebabkan tuntutan kerjaya, Cami semakin sibuk. Balik pun malam. Jumpa suami pun cuma di pagi hari dan lewat malam. Because of that, hubungan dorang makin renggang, komunikasi pun kurang. Bahagian ni paling banyak salah faham. Cami yang selama ni berdikari, buat keputusan sendiri masih dengan cara dia. Dan Kai pulak, terasa hati dengan Cami. Dia rasakan Cami ni seolah-olah lupa yanng dia dah bersuami.

The moment you let the crack seen by others, they will start to tear you apart. Khaira, one of those yang terlibat dengan konsert tribute A. Iskandar, menaruh rasa dekat Kai. Dan... disebabkan obsesi dia, dia cuba untuk singkirkan Cami. Being a public figure means that you live your life under the microscopes of others. Segala  kata-kata kesat, cacian ditujukan dekat Cami. And, she let those things inside of her head. Dia mula rasa yang dia tak sesuai untuk Kai. The insecurities. Bahagian ni paling seksa nak baca. Sebabnya benda kecik je tapi bila dah salah faham, jadi benda yang besar. Lagi-lagi bila Cami taknak langsung bincang, Kai pulak mengalah aje. Memang tak berkesudahan la.

Bahagian III - Lamaran Kedua. Bahagian terakhir ni ceritakan the  aftermath of Cami's kidnapping case. Cami yang hilang keyakinan disebabkan kata-kata Khaira (and those keyboard warriors), juga sebab muka dia yang mungkin akan meninggalkan parut kekal. And because of these reasons, dia tak yakin untuk berdepan dengan Kai. Lagi-lagi bila dia sedar yang dia dah sakitkan hati Kai. Nasib baiklah ada Kamil, kembar Cami yang banyak bagi nasihat and kata semangat.

Walaupun lamaran kedua Kai yang pertama ditolak, Cami akhirnya balik semula pada Kai. And sebab masa mula perkenalan mereka ada tetapkan friendship rules, untuk perbaiki rumah tangga diorang, Kai suruh Cami buat relationship rules. Bagi aku, novel ni bittersweet. It's not too bitter and not too sweet. Just nice. Paling penting it is an easy read with fun. Aku sukakan perkembangan watak Cami dengan Kai. Tambah pulak dengan watak mama yang menghiburkan sekali jugak dengan kisah A. Iskandar yang menggamit perasaan. Pakej lengkap novel ni kasi. 









-thes

Friday, 27 August 2021

Save Me 2

August 27, 2021 4 Comments
Assalamualaikum, good day dearest!




Title : Save Me 2
Episodes : 16
Genre : Mystery, Crime, Religious, 
Director : Lee Kwon
Writer : Joo Geum San (webcomic), Seo Joo Yeon
Network : OCN
Cast : Um Tae Goo, Cheon Ho Jin, Esom, Kim Young Min
Related : Save Me
Plot : 

The government was planning to build a dam and the construction is affecting the village of Woolchuri. The small town villagers is protesting to the government as they own the land and it is their hometown. Byung Ryul, a young man who lives at the village together with his mother, a pregnant wife and an autistic nephew receives a visit from Professor Choi who used to help him when he was in a small accident in Seoul. With the help from Professor Choi, the villagers earned the highest compensation in exchange for the evicting the village.  Feeling grateful, the villagers offers Professor Choi to stay at an empty house in their village. Upon learning that Professor Choi wanted to open a church, Byung Ryul offers to him to use the old, empty and unused hall at the village. After renovating, Professor Choi brought Pastor Song to lead the church. Kim Min Chul, a gangster who used to cause disruption at the village sense doubt the intention of Professor Choi. With Byung Ryul gone missing, he went to investigate the church, Professor Choi and Pastor Song.

The whole drama can be watched without watching the first one as the plot is entirely unrelated. This drama is set (I believe it is) before the cult case in the first season of Save Me.

SPOILER ALERT

I actually planned to watch this drama right after the first season but it was really hard. The beginning plot was a very slow build. The first two episodes were just an introduction to the characters and the foundation of what was coming. Unlike the first season where the cult already established at the town, this season showed how a cult can exist in a society.

In the midst of chaos of having their hometown taken by the government and the fight for compensation money, Elder Choi's presence in Woolchuri was like a bliss. From a stranger introduced by Byung Ryul, he quickly became the most trusted person. It was really crazy how the villagers put their trust in him just because he helped them, once. Min Cheol who had an unpleasant encounter with Elder Choi tried to save the villagers from him. But how can he save them when nobody trust him. To the villagers, Min Cheol was just someone who killed his own father (despite the fact that his father was an abusive man that regularly hit his family) and one who caused trouble.

Up until half of the drama, I always find myself asking, who is the one that need the saving? Byung Ryul was kidnapped by Elder Choi after he discovered his true color. But then he was rarely on the scene. Unlike season 1 where Sang Mi constantly tried to escape from the hell, Byung Ryul can't do anything as he is bounded and away from his hometown. Plus, Elder Choi had his voice recording that he is not ready to become a father hence no one in the village question his disappearance (yeah, they who practically said Min Cheol is untrustworthy after knowing him all his life apparently don't know what kind of person Byung Ryul is. And he lives in the village all his life). The irony.

I loves hoe every character develop as the story progressed. Min Cheol, who just wanted to prove to the villagers that Elder Choi is a bad news began to care more for the villagers. Instead of saving himself when he had the chance to, he went back to get back the compensation money so that the villagers can lives their life after leaving the town. Elder Choi's initial kind, gentle and caring personality turned to darker side as his intention became clearer. Young Sun who used to really hate her brother can finally set aside her judgement and accept him again. And the character that I really did not expect to be the way he became was Pastor Sung. He went from a just normal pastor who was thrown to the countryside to a crazy man. He is delusional, mentally unstable and downright crazy. Killing people in the name of judgement from god? Yeah, right.

I really really appreciate that this season they did not push the character to the romantic side. As in season 1, they tried to match Sang Mi with Sang Hwan but they really didn't match for me. This season, despite Pastor Sung's interest with Young Sun, it was more one sided. Plus, his interest was just a plain obsession and delusion. Young Sun definitely doesn't have any romantic feeling for him for which I'm glad.

The ending left me with a bitter taste in my mouth. While Min Cheol successfully saves Byung Ryul, his sister and Sung Ho (Byung Ryul's autistic nephew) from the disaster, he however failed to saves the villagers' future life. As they lost the compensation money, all of them avoid one another due to embarrassment and guilt. The scene where one of the elderly died and the chief police contacted and visited all of the villagers to ask them to bid the last farewell was so painful to watch. It was so heartbreaking to watch as no one even bother to go to his funeral. Instead of a happy ending like in the first season, this season is more real and very much close to the reality. 

Just like Young Sun's question at the end of the drama, will they be able to put on their faith and trust on people again? Those who they expect to save and help them had betrayed them in the worst possible way and those who they deemed as troublemaker ended up to be the one who fought for their livelihood. Sadly, that was just what society like. We tend to condemn, criticize, and even went as far as cancel them just for one mistake, one fault. We overlooked their kindness and only see the bad things. How unfortunate.

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-thes

Monday, 23 August 2021

The Negotiation

August 23, 2021 6 Comments
Assalamualaikum, good day dearest!




Title : The Negotiation
Runtime : 114 minutes
Genre : Thriller, Crime
Country / Language : South Korea / Korean
Released year : 2018
Director : Lee Jong Suk
Writer : Choi Sung Hyun
Cast : Hyun Bin, Son Ye Jin
Plot : 

Ha Chae Yoon is a crisis negotiator for Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency. After failing to negotiate with the robber who threaten to kill their hostage and witness the murder right in front of her eyes, she is determined to quit her job. 10 days later, she is called by her superior. Min Tae Gu, a weapon smuggler for international crime organization had called up her name in his scheme of hostage situation. 

SPOILER ALERT

The movie starts off strong with tension-filled hostage situation. It was very nerve-wrecking especially when Chae Yoon went inside the house to negotiate with the robbers. I actually had a big expectation for Chae Yoon's character. She is supposed to be one of the best negotiator but I don't really like how nervous she looked while negotiating with the robbers. What is the point of calling her on her day off if she can't even hide her expression? It seriously let me down big time.

The plot however is really good. It filled with tensions and suspense during the hostage situation with Min Tae Gu. I love how he slowly demanded the high-profiled people to be present and the mystery of why he did what he did. When Chae Yoon is trying to negotiate with him but then was chased out because of the secrets that the higher up is trying to cover. Sure, it was annoying to have those people but it helps the tension even more.

I think this is the first character that the actor Hyun Bin had to be the villain and he is wonderful! I love how he play the calm and cool side and suddenly lost all his coolness and start shouting like a mad. 

I had a guess why Min Tae Gu planned the kidnapping and all but I wasn't sure. All I know is it is related to the hostage situation on the earlier scene. I thought it was to get revenge for the people that he lost, whoever that people are. Well, it is but it went deeper than that. And  I really do not expect that twist! Both location and the end. I really really felt sorry for Min Tae Gu.

Overall, I enjoyed the tension in this movie and I loves Hyun Bin as a bad guy. Maybe producers, directors and writers should give him more character like Min Tae Gu. It was a bit disappointing that Son Ye Jin's character is a bit off at the start. I can understand if her character became wary after the hostage situation but not during that incident, she supposed to be the best negotiator. Other than that, I have no more complaints. 




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-thes

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Second Doses Done!

August 17, 2021 16 Comments

 Assalamualaikum, good day dearest! I meant to write this like, three or four days after the injection day which was on 31st July. However, between the side effects, family problems, my own dramas (laziness) I never came around to write it. And now, three weeks more or less passed. Anyway, this is my experience of second doses vaccination injection. 




I know I promised to take photos of the venue in the first dose entry, (CLICK HERE TO READ) well, there are few photos of it. But not every stages as I was distracted and excited to reunite with some old friends in high school. Well, I only manage to snap 2 photos and even that is not at the best angle. I'm not sure why I would feel really conscious whenever I hold up my phone to take some photo. It feels like someone will come to me scold me. Lol. Anyway, as promised, here is the only shoots I took.


if you can see behind the net, there's another area and that was where I filled out my infos and also met the doctor during the first shot


Anyway, for the second dose, the process is way easier as we only need to give the vaccination card at the entry. Then, wait for them to call. Once your name is called, the staff gave a number card. Before going to the injection waiting area, I was ushered to fill some information (well, not me because I only need to sit while the volunteer fill in my infos for me). 


At the injection area, there was so many people, probably because the traffic before that is so smooth and required so little time, so it was packed with people at the injection area. While everyone else's vaccination card is taken to the nurse, they somehow missed mine. Hence, my turn was pushed back a little. My friends who were later than me managed to finished their 15 minutes wait while me still waiting at the injection area. 


I sat at the front row hence the closeness with the counter lol


Once I got my injection and after all the selfies and little catching up, I went home. I was fine all day (since I got my injection in the morning.) however, my body started to get warm after the isha'. I am coming down with a fever =) Since I have a really low tolerance with any types of pills, I only took one panadol, hoping it is enough to chase the fever away. But no, the fever lasts until two days later even though I regularly take panadol. Added with the fatigue and muscle pain, that's all pretty much is the side effect of the Pfizer vaccine on my body. And all that managed to make me soooo lazy to do anything. Also I think my doses of sleep increased significantly after taking the the second dose shot. Or is it just me?


-thes

Monday, 9 August 2021

It's Okay, That's Love

August 09, 2021 10 Comments
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Title : It's Okay, That's Love
Episodes : 16 episodes
Genre : Psychology, Romance, Comedy
Director : Kim Gyu Tae
Writer : No Hee Kyung
Network : SBS
Cast : Zo In Sung, Gong Hyo Jin, Lee Kwang Soo, Sung Dong Il, Do Kyung Soo(D.O)
Plot : 

Jang Jae Yeol is a novelist and also a radio DJ. One day, he is asked to appear on a talk show where he will be in debate with a psychologist. Ji Hae Soo is forced to replaced her senior in the talk show. They both stand strong with their point and did not want to back down. After the show, Jang Jae Yeol wanted to know Hae Soo better but she avoid him. Because of renovation in his current apartment, Jang Jae Yeol needed to find a new place. His agent told him to go to the house that he rented. When he knew that Hae Soo is one of the tenants, he immediately agree. Besides Hae Soo, there are another two man who rent the house, Jo Dong Min, a psychiatrist and senior of Hae Soo and Park Soo Kwang, a coffee shop worker who had Tourette Syndrome. 

Hands down, this is one of my favorite K-drama all the time. I first watch it in 2014, when it first aired on SBS.

SPOILER ALERT


I think this is the first drama that really drawn me into psychology and my interest in learning them. Despite discussing quite a heavy topics on mental illness, it was executed with so much ease. Each episodes are very very enjoyable and filled with humor.

Ji Hae Soo, even though she herself is a psychologist, she still suffers from panic disorder due to the thought of having sexual relation with another people. And because of her trauma, she couldn't get passed kissing when she is in a relationship. Jae Yeol who knows of her disorder still pursued her with a reason that only Hae Soo can understand him.  

This is one of those drama where the main couple doesn't have complicated relationship. I love how they communicate with one another. With Jae Yeol's understanding and Hae Soo's command, they have a really smooth relationship. Though, it was obvious when Jae Yeol is mad. I seriously loves this couple. They are just so cuteeeee I kenot lahh.

Even though the plot are focusing more on the two main characters, Jang Jae Yeol and Ji Hae Soo the side characters still shines with their own way. One of the reasons why I love this drama so much is because of the chemistry between the actors. Not just between Gong Hyo Jin and Zo In Sung but the whole crew. The facts that some of them are closed friend in real life really helps.

If a story is all flowery, it could get boring. The plot twisted when the perfect man, Jae Yul was actually suffers from schizophrenia. Even though it beforehand (as I have watched it before) I still couldn't help but to shed few drop of tears. His character before and after the diagnosis was so different. We were led to believe that Kang Woo existed when it was all in his head. The guilt he experienced from a young age scarred him for life. Seriously, the last few episode is really hard for me to get by.

Another thing that I enjoyed in this drama is the collection of the OSTs. Oh my, they are all great and well fitted in the drama! What's a drama without a good OSTs, right? Below are some of my favorite track.








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-thes