Birthday Giveaway Challenge: Entry #2

Musing Gyeong-bok-gung PalaceWoohoo~! We have our second entry to my inaugural Birthday Postcard Challenge! And what a beautiful postcard it is of one of Korea’s famed palaces! 🙂

This entry comes to us from Jules who hails from England. Some of her favorite things? Kychon Chicken, Gong Yoo, learning Korean, good friends, traveling (especially to Korea), and Gong Yoo…oh wait, I already mentioned him, didn’t I? 😉

Many thanks to Jules for this breathtaking view of Gyeong-bok-gung Palace! Rest assured, the postcard will find a comfy place on a board that I’m creating just for Twinkles. 🙂

If any of you Twinkles are even remotely thinking about entering, it’s not too late to still get your postcard in the mail. I’d love to share your entry with the rest of the Musings community. You can check out the details of the original post here.

I can’t wait to see whose postcard will be entry #3! 😉

Movie Monday: Time Renegades (2016)

Starring: Im Su Jeong as Yoon Jung [1983] / So Eun [2015], Lee Jin Wook as Detective Gun Woo [2015], Jo Jung Suk as Ji Hwan [1983], Lee Min Ho (the other one) as Kang Seung Bum, Lee Ki Woo as Detective Lee, and Jeong Jin Yeong as Detective Kang

Rating: PG-13/R, subject matter and some violence

Running Time: 107 mins.

Twinkies: 4 1/2 stars

You can catch the rest of her review here. Have a wonderful Monday~!

Eye Candy of the Week: Mind over Matter

PSJ 14BJH 14Happy Sunday, Twinkles~! It’s been another scorching weekend–at least where I live–but hopefully, this week’s eye candy pictures remind us of cooler times. 🙂

There’s this odd little saying in Korean that basically suggests we combat heat with heat and cold with cold. Weird, I know. However, I thought it was appropriate for this week’s hot temperatures. When one is dealing with heat, think of cooler temperatures and being bundled up nice and snuggly. Heh…mind over matter, right? Perhaps if we keep convincing ourselves that we’re actually cold and feeling warm and toasty in our fashion attire, then we’ll actually start feeling cooler.

I boldly insist that this is possible: Mind over matter, Twinkles! 😉

In any case, I wish you another blessed week as you deal with all your Real Life duties! Stay “cool”! 🙂

Birthday Giveaway Challenge: Entry #1

Musing CalgaryWe have our first entry to my inaugural Birthday Postcard Challenge! Woohoo~! *blows noisemaker*

This postcard was sent by our dear XXYYZZ who hails from Calgary, Alberta in Canada. She writes that some of her “favorite things aside from Korean dramas” are traveling (whether by car or by plane), trying different cuisine (“nothing scares me. I’m all for a food adventure!”), and coffee (especially Starbucks coffee and mugs).

Yup, XXYYZZ (aka Ellen) is truly a kindred spirit! Between the two of us, we have some of Starbucks’ many beautiful mugs! 😉

Many thanks to XXYYZZ for being our first entry in this giveaway challenge! It’s not too late to still get your postcard in the mail. You can check out the details of the original post here. I can’t wait to see whose postcard will be entry #2! 😉

Friday Fun: B1A4 – “With You” (그대와 함께) from 1994 OST (응답하라 1994 OST)

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Happy Friday, Twinkles~! I hope you’re all staying cool is what promises to be a scorcher of a weekend…at least for those of us in Southern California. 😉

For this Friday, I found myself reminiscing on some of my favorite “oldies but goodies” and settled on this remake of a popular song from Feeling (1994). It’s definitely an updated version with not only a boy band singing the lyrics, but also a faster tempo to match the faster times of today.

You all ready for a bit of auditory and visual fun? 😉
Continue reading Friday Fun: B1A4 – “With You” (그대와 함께) from 1994 OST (응답하라 1994 OST)

Eye Candy of the Week: Show Those Pearly Whites and Sparkle!

BJH 13PSJ 13Happy Sunday, Twinkles~! I hope you are having or have had–depending on where you live–another glorious Sunday! 🙂

I am a bit late in my post today, but I hope you guys don’t mind. Thankfully, I’m still well within my self-imposed Sunday deadline, so all is good! 🙂

May the pearly-white smiles on our Mr. and Ms. Eye Candy of 2016 cheer you up as you prepare for another productive week ahead.

As for me, I’ll be heading up to a youth retreat tomorrow as one of two speakers, so please say a prayer for me as well as for the other teachers and students attending the regional youth retreat. 🙂

I wish you all another victorious week then! And remember to SMILE and SPARKLE! 😉

Friday Fun: Sungha Jung (with Jason Mraz) – “I’m Yours”

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Happy Friday, Twinkles~! I hope you’re ready to usher in another lovely weekend! 😉

Some of you may be a bit surprised by my selection today, but I figured that I could get away with featuring “I’m Yours” since it’s a song that is loved in Korea, and the performance features one of Korea’s internationally-renowned acoustic guitarist, Sungha Jung.

Shall we take a listen and recharge to the soothing strains from this virtuoso? 😉
Continue reading Friday Fun: Sungha Jung (with Jason Mraz) – “I’m Yours”

2 Days and 1 Night: Endorphin Injection!

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Whether you know this long-running variety show as 2 Days and 1 Night or 1 Night and 2 Days, the title matters little in comparison to the hilarious content that gets broadcast each weekend. And oh my is this featured game hilarious!

Seriously, I haven’t laughed this hard in quite some time, and as we hurdle through the mid-week hump today, I thought that this challenge that the men of 2D1N have to complete would be the perfect thing to give us that extra boost of endorphin (aka laughter) to get us through the rest of the week…and I don’t think you need to have English subtitles for this. After all, laughter and silliness are universal! Continue reading 2 Days and 1 Night: Endorphin Injection!

Marathon Drama: Lovers in Prague (2005) – Revisited

MD 07-11-16It’s been over ten years since this series aired on SBS and a little under four years since I introduced it as one of my favorite “Marathon Dramas.” However, I thought that I would revisit it since with Jeon Do Yeon‘s return to the small screen this summer in The Good Wife (2016), SBS has been capitalizing on her star status by releasing clips from Lovers in Prague and Shoot for the Stars (2002). And of course, like the “good” fan of the show that I am, I’ve once again fallen under the spell of this dear little story.  Continue reading Marathon Drama: Lovers in Prague (2005) – Revisited

Movie Monday – Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island (2015)

Starring: Kim Myung Min as Detective K, Lee Yeon Hee as Hisako, Oh Dal Su as Seo Pil, Jo Kwan Woo as Musician Jo, Jung Won Joong as Senior, and Hwang Jung Min as Sakura

Rating: PG-13, subject matter

Running Time: 125 mins.

Twinkies: 2 3/4 stars

You can read the rest of the review here. Have a great Monday, Twinkles!

Eye Candy of the Week: A Moment of Relaxation

BJH 12PSJ 12Happy Sunday, Twinkles~! I trust that you’re all having a blessed day. 🙂

I was again reminded on Saturday as I prepared this post that Real Life is one mean bully sometimes. So for those of us who are fighting valiantly to keep our heads above water, to show the world our best, and to do good whenever we can, I think these two pictures are good reminders for us to take a moment to relax…and if that means a refreshing cup of iced coffee, even better! 😉

As we step into this new work/study week, I wish you all another victorious week! We can do it! If not us, then who, right? 😉

Friday Fun: Heo Young Saeng (허영생) and Lee Jung Hyuk (이정혁) – “Mirotic” (주문)

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It’s Friday, Twinkles! I hope you’re ready to put the work/study week behind you and relax with this week’s Friday selection. 🙂

This week, instead of choosing a soothing song, I thought I’d introduce you to a song that I’ve been listening to as I grade. Time and time again, I’ve found myself returning to this video clip and listening to this powerful rendition of DBSK‘s “Mirotic,” sung by Heo Young Saeng–my favorite SS501 member–and his singing partner on Duet Song FestivalLee Jung Hyuk, whose powerful gravelly voice is already making him a strong contender on the show.

Keep in mind that I’m not a big fan of DBSK or the song “Mirotic,” but this rendition is something else! Shall we take a listen? 😉  Continue reading Friday Fun: Heo Young Saeng (허영생) and Lee Jung Hyuk (이정혁) – “Mirotic” (주문)

Five Children: Happy Together Special (Sung Hoon and Shin Hye Sun) – Episode 455

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Happy Thursday, Twinkles! The English-subbed video of the Sung Hoon – Shin Hye Sun Happy Together episode just became available, and of course, I had to share the news and video of it with you all before I left for work. 😉

Enjoy! And may it help brighten your day today!  Continue reading Five Children: Happy Together Special (Sung Hoon and Shin Hye Sun) – Episode 455

Giveaway: Birthday Month Challenge!

B 05-15-16Happy Wednesday, Twinkles~! Hopefully, a revisit of this darling picture of Bentley brings smiles to your faces today as we plow through the middle of the week. 🙂

Some of you may have suspected this post from my “cryptic” hint on Sunday’s post (here)…In preparing this post for today, I realized that I have not held a giveaway on Musings in quite some time. *gasps in shock*  Continue reading Giveaway: Birthday Month Challenge!

Five Children: Happy Together Special

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Happy July 4th, Twinkles~! Especially to those of you in the United States as we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day. 🙂

Now that I’m “back,” I thought that I would share with you an episode from Happy Together, featuring five cast members from one of my current favorite shows, Five Children (2016). Isn’t this a nice way to start the work/study week? 😉 And the best part? It’s subbed in English! 🙂

Enjoy~! And have a victorious week! Continue reading Five Children: Happy Together Special

Eye Candy of the Week: History Never Looked So Good

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We knew that Baek Jin Hee could hold her own in a sageuk drama, but her eye candy counterpart, Park Seo Joon, will soon be flexing his versatile dramatic skills in an upcoming sageuk drama of his own. Until then, I thought that this week’s eye candy post would be a treat for our eyes as we contemplate just how good history can look. *wiggles eyebrows*

Wishing you all a monumentally wonderful week, my dear Twinkles~! And may I just add that you’re going to like what you see here on Musings this week! 😉

Friday Fun: HongCha (홍차) – “Cheer Up” (힘내쏭)

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Happy Friday, Twinkles~! I’m back and so is our Friday Fun corner to help us usher in the new weekend!

In addition, it’s the first weekend of a new month! And July at that! Woohoo~! *blows noisemaker in celebration*

Why is this month so special, you ask? Well…it is the birth month of yours truly and my dear co-blogger, NewKDramaAddict! 🙂

Now, as you know, Real Life has been a bit crazy for many of us, so for today’s selection, I thought that you’d all enjoy a unique collaboration between Cha Tae Hyun (차태현), one of my favorite K-drama stars, and his buddy veteran K-singer Hong Kyung Min (홍경민).

Very much like Hong Jin Young’s “Thumb Up” (see blog post here), “Cheer Up” is a song that reminds us that life, despite how discouraging it can be, is worth living and celebrating because we are not alone; it is made infinitely bearable and better by the support group(s) around us.

Shall we take a listen and recharge from the week for the upcoming week? 😉
Continue reading Friday Fun: HongCha (홍차) – “Cheer Up” (힘내쏭)

Movie Monday: Inside Men – The Original (2015)

Starring: Lee Byung Hun as An Sang Goo, Jo Seung Woo as Prosecutor Woo Jang Hoon, Baek Yoon Shik as Lee Gang Hee, and Lee Kyeong Yeong as Jang Pil Woo

Rating: R, subject matter and some violence

Running Time: 130 mins. (theater version), 180 min (Director’s cut)

Twinkies: 5 stars

Happy Monday, Twinkles~! NewKDramaAddict and I are slowly making our way back to blogging. 🙂 As you can see by this post, NKDA is blogging before I am. Heh…that’s nothing new, right? We know that the woman is incredible when it comes to time management. 😉

You can read the rest of her review here. Have a fabulous week, my dear Twinkles~!

News: I’ll Be Back…

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I really thought that I would be able to continue blogging during the last few weeks of my spring term, but alas…I took a look at my to-grade list today and finally accepted the fact that survival and sanity come way before any fun that can be had romping in Kdramaland.

So…I shall be back in mid-June once final term grades are posted for my students. *sigh* And I had such high hopes of keeping Monday warm while NewKDramaAddict was on break by reprising the “Marathon Drama” corner. Ah well…we shall just have to look forward to the summer months when I’ll have more time to romp with you all here in Kdramaland. The good news is that the summer will herald the return of some of my favorite corners on this blog. 🙂

Stay tuned, my dear Twinkles~! In the meanwhile, I shall miss romping with you for the next few weeks. *waves farewell*

Eye Candy of the Week: Power of a Smile

BJH 10PSJ 10My parents often tell me that a smile has a lot of power and that I should smile whenever possible.

Over the years, I’ve experienced its power and am inclined to agree with them–a smile, particularly a mega-watt smile, can do some amazing things. Shall I name a few general examples?

It can help someone have a brighter outlook on life.

It can give someone an air of confidence that he or she may not otherwise feel inside.

It can make anyone look beautiful.

But most importantly, it can be contagious, prompting smiles in reciprocation from others.

On this start of another glorious week, I wish you lots of mega-watt smiles as you begin another victorious week, my dear Twinkles~! Fighting! *flashes a huge mega-watt smile*