Movie Monday: Operation Chromite (2016)

Starring: Lee Jung-jae as Jang Hak-soo, Lee Beom-su as Lim Gye-jin, Liam Neeson as General Douglas MacArthur, and Sean Dulake as Lt. Col. Edward L. Rowny

Rating: PG-13, subject matter and some violence

Running Time: 116 mins.

Twinkies: 4 3/4 Military stars

You can read the rest of the review here. Happy Monday, Twinkles~!

Eye Candy of the Week: Simple Yet Glam

BJH 19PSJ 19Happy Sunday, Twinkles~! I hope you’re all enjoying the last week of August. 🙂

As I mentioned in last week’s “Eye Candy” post, I’ve been making more of an effort to dress a bit more “stylishly,” and I can proudly share that I wore heels from Monday to Thursday of last week as I lectured. 🙂

Now with a new week before us, I find myself watching to be a bit more “classic” or “retro” glam, if that makes any sense. So…for this week, I’m going to try to take out my blouses, shirts, and blazers from the closet and let them see some beautiful California sunshine. In addition to the heels then, we’ll see how long I can keep up this “new” look. LOL.

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Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016) – Long Preview

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I know that I posted a long highlights video of this series two weeks ago (here), but I recently came across another long preview, this time with English subtitles. And since I have a policy about sharing being a sign of caring, I thought I’d share the “love” and help whet your appetite for this series. It premieres this Monday (August 29, 2016).

Without further ado, I hope you enjoy this nice lengthy taste of what promises to be the next blockbuster Kdrama if my suspicions are correct!  Continue reading Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016) – Long Preview

Friday Fun: Jeon Woo Sung (전우성) (Noel (노을)) – “My Heart” (내 맘) – “My Heart”

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Happy Friday, Twinkles~!

To celebrate the reunion (finally!) of our beloved Kang Chul and Yeon Joo, I offer you today’s “Friday Fun” selection–number 6 on the OST.

I don’t know about you, but my first week of the fall term was a crazy one–almost as crazy as the events of W, maybe LOL–so this song is perfect to quietly usher us into a much welcomed weekend! 🙂 Enjoy!  Continue reading Friday Fun: Jeon Woo Sung (전우성) (Noel (노을)) – “My Heart” (내 맘) – “My Heart”

W: Episode 10

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Episode 10 takes us on a deeper and faster roller coaster than did episode 9, so I hope you’re willing to suspend your disbelief of the new developments and simply enjoy the thrill of the ride. Heh…The irony of my statement just now is that this little twinkie despises the physical roller coasters. Absolutely can’t stand them and does anything and everything to avoid getting on one; however, these metaphorical roller coasters, on the other hand, she can handle and even learn to relish. 😉 Shall we continue with my musings…?  Continue reading W: Episode 10

Movie Monday: Train to Busan (2016)

Tunnel (2016) Coming to US and Canadian Theaters!

Tunnel (2016)~Coming to US and Canadian Theaters!

Okay, it isn’t that I’ve been lazy and remiss in writing my movie reviews. My real life hasn’t been all rosy and puppy dog tails. Just when I get in the mood to watch a movie, there just isn’t enough satisfaction to write about it; however, instead of a review, how about my encouraging you to spend some money in support of Korean entertainment!

We so rarely get to see Korean movies coming to the Americas, if you will. Normally it is CJ&E that bless us with a few theater showing; however, Well Go USA has entered into the arena and is bringing us some of the latest. For all you lucky folks here that may/may not have seen Train to Busan, you have this group to thank for it.

Starring: Ha Jeong Woo as Jung Soo, Bae Doo Na as Se Hyeon, and Oh Dal Su as Dae Kyung

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 127 mins.

You can read the rest of the review here. Happy Monday, Twinkles~!

Eye Candy of the Week: Style It up!

BJH 18PSJ 18Happy Sunday, Twinkles~! I hope you’re all doing fabulously well and ready to jump into another week! 😉

With the new academic year before me, I find myself wanting to make a change, and so, my small personal goal for this Fall 2016 term is…wait for it…to dress a bit more stylishly for my college students. *gasp!* I know…those of you who know my secret wish to go to work every day in my old medical school scrubs are probably shocked by this goal of mine, but for some reason this year, I really don’t want to be that stodgy English professor whose wardrobe seems permanently fixed in the “classic” and “conservative” style. >.<  Continue reading Eye Candy of the Week: Style It up!

Friday Fun: KCM – “Remember” (기억)

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Happy Friday, Twinkles~!

So…I’m obviously still on my kick. 🙂 As I get ready to return to my college for another academic year this upcoming week–my first faculty meeting of the year is today (Friday)–I thought a slower song for this Friday would be appropriate as a slow deep breath before plunging into the hustle and bustle of the fall term. 🙂

Enjoy! I wish you a soothing and calm weekend, my dear Twinkles! Continue reading Friday Fun: KCM – “Remember” (기억)

Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016)

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I hope you’re all ready for the onslaught of fusion saeguks that are slated to hit the airwaves for the late summer/early fall season!

Debuting just one week after Love in the Moonlight, Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo is the second saeguk series on my radar and one that is definitely not going for light-hearted entertainment. Not even close! Continue reading Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016)

Love in the Moonlight: Long Highlights Teaser

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Mark your calendars, Twinkles! Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung return to the small screen this August 22, 2016, in what looks to be another fusion saeguk drama laced with the appropriate amount of the funnies to tickle our viewing fancy. 🙂

Excited? You bet! 😉  Continue reading Love in the Moonlight: Long Highlights Teaser

Birthday Challenge Giveaway: Entry #6

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Happy Monday, Twinkles~! I think this might be our very last postcard entry to the inaugural Birthday Postcard Challenge, and I’ve got to say that I was quite pleased with the level of participation. 🙂 Hopefully, the next time, more Twinkles take part and share themselves with the rest of the community. 🙂

This last postcard–unless I receive one in the mail today–comes to us from Nayong of Malaysia. Isn’t it a beautiful, picturesque view of Cameron Highlands?

Some of her favorite things? For food, she loves Korean yukgaejang; for actors, Lee Min Ho; for Korean music, “too many to name all”; and last but not least, traveling with me!

Awww…thanks for sharing, Nayong! *hugs* I look forward to the next time I get to travel with you, since it’s one of my favorite things, too!

I believe this is the last postcard, so stay tuned for the big announcement soon! 😉 The details of the original post can be found here.

Eye Candy of the Week: Back to School…!

BJH 17PSJ 17Happy Sunday, Twinkles~! Yes, you read correctly. In some parts of the world, school has already begun, and myriads of students are buckling down for the new academic year.

Reactions, of course, are varied. Some eager beavers are excited to begin learning new things and hopping to school each morning while other students are lamenting what feels like a way-too-short summer vacation and dreading an endless immediate future of early mornings and “boring” lectures and “tedious” assignments.

Whatever the reaction may be, though, I thought that I would help you all usher in the new academic year with two pictures that seem a bit like “school” outfits. 🙂

Wishing you all another “W”onderful week as many of you return to school! 🙂 Yes, I am most definitely excited for this week–episodes 8 and 9 are set to air this Wednesday and Thursday…I hope! Personally, I’d love for MBC to redeem themselves with a 3-episode week, but alas, I am realistic and will settle for the usual two episodes/week. Here’s just hoping that the show doesn’t get preempted again by the Olympics. 😉

Let’s continue to fight the good fight, Twinkles! 😉

Birthday Giveaway Challenge: Entry #5

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Woohoo~! You ready for the fifth entry to the inaugural Birthday Postcard Challenge? This one comes from shl who lives in Singapore and sent me two postcards, but for the purposes of the giveaway, I’ll be only sharing with you one. I hope you don’t mind. 🙂 It’s a special book-themed postcard pamphlet that was produced by the National Library Board in Singapore. 🙂

Now, she wrote that she just wanted to share a bit of Singpore and her love of books and doesn’t want to be included in the giveaway, but I thought that I’d still include her and then give her the option to regift the prize to someone of her choice if she ends up winning. 🙂

So…some of her favorite things besides watching Kdrama? She loves “reading, going for walks, baking, kissing and hugging my children, and surprising my friends…In the world of kdramas, I love ‘bad boys who need love or reform’ and ‘good boys next door’…Oh dear, what a conflict! I also love well-written stories over grandly romantic plots (I’m looking at you, Descendants of the Sun!)”

Awww…glad that you shared some of your favorite things with us, shl! And many thanks for the two postcards!

I have one last postcard to share with you tomorrow before I announce the winner, so stay tuned! 😉 The details of the original post can be found here.

First Impressions: Cinderella and Four Knights (2016) – Revisited

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I told you that I really wanted to like this series, didn’t I? So to be fair to Cinderella and Four Knights, I made the time today to watch Episode 2…and finally realized what it was that was bothering me about the show, aside from the numerous cliches…. Continue reading First Impressions: Cinderella and Four Knights (2016) – Revisited

Birthday Giveaway Challenge: Entry #4

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Woohoo~! We have our fourth entry to my inaugural Birthday Postcard Challenge! This one comes from Mawiie who was in Sevilla, Spain, during the time of the giveaway announcement and decided to send a postcard from there. Hee~! I don’t have a postcard from Sevilla in my collection, so this is quite the welcomed postcard! 🙂

Besides traveling and visiting with good friends, Mawiie’s favorite things are creating clay creations when she has some free time, fangirling over Lee Seung Gi and The King 2 Hearts, spending quality time with her little kitty, and tasting delicious cuisines from various cultures.

Many thanks for the postcard, Mawiie! I can’t wait to see what new “favorite” things I discover about you this upcoming year! 😉

Stay tuned for entries #5 and 6! 😉 The details of the original post can be found here. The winner will be announced on August 15th! 🙂

First Impressions: Cinderella and Four Knights (2016)

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As a way to console myself from W‘s Episode 8 preemption–mean, MBC, just plain mean!–I took a peek this morning at tvN‘s latest series, Cinderella and Four Knights, starring Park So Dam (as Eun Ha Won), Ahn Jae Hyun (as Kang Hyun Min), Jung Il Woo (as Kang Ji Woon), and Lee Jung Shin (Kang Seo Woo). My thoughts…?

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Friday Fun: Love in the Moonlight Dance Party!

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Happy Friday, Twinkles~!

And O.M.G! For this week’s “Friday Fun,” I bring you a treat that is guaranteed to make your jaws drop in stunned amusement and your eyes twinkle with mirth…at least if you have the same sense of humor as I do! 😉 Enjoy and let the weekend festivities begin~! Continue reading Friday Fun: Love in the Moonlight Dance Party!

Birthday Giveaway Challenge: Entry #3

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Hurray~! We have our third–and possibly last–entry to my inaugural Birthday Postcard Challenge! And this time, our postcard comes from the sunny state of Florida, USA. 🙂 (My apologies for taking so long in blogging this post; I’ve had this postcard now for about a week but was just too swamped with RL to share it with you all. >.< )

Anyhow, Christina sends greetings from P.S.L., Florida and shares that some of her “favorite things besides watching Asian dramas [are] reading a book that’s so good I don’t even realize it’s 2 am, drinking coffee on the back porch while my dogs play outside, and spending time with my family.”

Many thanks, Christina~! I love this postcard and that I now know a bit more about you! 🙂

Here’s hoping there’s an entry #4! 😉 You can check out the details of the original post here. The winner will be announced next week, so stay tuned! 🙂

Eye Candy of the Week: Sometimes, Simple Is Best…

BJH 16PSJ 16Happy Sunday, Twinkles~! I’m late in posting my Sunday’s Eye Candies, but this weekend was my church’s VBS (Vacation Bible School) for the children’s department, and yours truly was in charge of the 3-day festivities.

Heh. Needless to say, I’d forgotten how physically exhausting things can get when one is around a group of children. 😉

So for this week, I thought that I’d offer you something along the lines of the simple. After a whirlwind flurry of activities, I’m treasuring the simple. 🙂

Wishing you all a “simple” week as you continue to make your mark in your respective spheres! 🙂 Let’s continue to fight the good fight, Twinkles! 😉

Friday Fun: W and Uncontrollably Fond

The little canine who keeps me busy.
The little canine who keeps me busy.

Happy Friday, Twinkles~!

As you know, I’ve succumbed to the lure of W and was actually going to mini-recap Episode 6 on Thursday, but alas, Real Life duties intruded into my Kdramaland fun and prevented me from frolicking with Kang Chul and Yeon Joo.

*deep sigh* >.<

However, I thought that I could at least share with you a fun little music video from the series, and just so that some of you don’t feel the sting of leaving Uncontrollably Fond in the ratings dust, I’m also offering you all a bonus Friday Fun selection. After all, some of you may want to go and support the other series as well. 😉 In truth, I like watching Shin Joon Young and Noh Eul as much as I enjoy watching Kang Chul and Yeon Joo. 🙂

In any case, have a fabulous weekend! Enjoy the Friday Fun selections, my dear Twinkles~!
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