Friday, August 21, 2015

The Time That I Loved You, 7000 Days Episodes 15 & 16 Recap

For the last two episodes I decided to only do one post. Partly because I was away from my computer for a couple weeks I wasn't able to do as many memes or get any screenshots from these two nor was I able to take notes for the summary. And partly because the two episodes are so cohesive. That being said I still wanted to finish out this series in my reviews, but am not going to be able to do it as thorough as I have been.  Take heart, though, I will be back with new and fresh posts very soon.  I will be focusing more on discussion based and count down posts instead of episode recaps.  I'll still be doing memes though. Anyway, let's get right into it and summary these last two episodes.

When we left off Ha Na and Won were locked into a pretty hot makeout session in the middle of the airport.  Won still has to go to Paris because he took on the trainer position, even though Ha Na isn't going anymore. So now they're secretly dating, but are long-distance for the time being. They try to spend as much time talking to each other as they can by texts, phone calls, and Skype sessions but they miss each other a lot and Won has been gone for two months by now.


Meanwhile Mi Hyang is pregnant and decides to keep the baby.  Won surprises Ha Na by showing up a month early and they're both very happy to see each other.  Mi Hyang tells her boyfriend that she's pregnant and they decide to get married and move in with each other.


Dae Bok has been sequestered in his room for days, drawing something but we don't yet know what when he finally comes out and has finished his project. Won finds out that his mom has been very sick and in the hospital and together he and Ha Na go to visit her and he allows himself to forgive her.  Won and Ha Na go on a date where Ha Na accidentally rips the button on his shirt.  When she goes to his room to get the sewing kit to repair it, things get a little steamy between them and before you know it they wake up in the same bed together the next morning, quite happy in each others' arms.



Mi Hyang moves out of Won's house and in with her boyfriend once Won and Ha Na start to get friendlier.  We find out that Dae Bok's comic was about Won and Ha Na's love story. He stole the plot from Won's screenplay and illustrated and put it online where it got a lot of attention.  Ha Na got mad but everyone else including Won thought it was great.  Won teases Ha Na about getting married and when Dae Bok tells her he'll give her 80% of the profit from the webtoon when she gets married she says she's getting married which surprises everyone, even herself, because she's now said she'll marry Won. Won's super excited.


Won properly proposes to Ha Na while she's on a flight to her business trip and she of course says yes.  The two have a simple marriage ceremony that consists of Ha Na coming out of her house, them meeting in the middle, and walking back to Won's house together.


We get a glimpse into their married life together.  8 months later and they argue and fight, but they always make up and they're still best friends.  They play together like friends.  Ha Na finds out that she's pregnant and Won gets so excited.  She starts to lessen her load at work, because she realizes that if she only focuses on work she'll miss out on the important things in life.

And that my friends is the end of our drama.  I haven't seen the Taiwanese original, so I can't compare it but I must say that I really liked this drama. Yes, there was a lot of frustration at the amount of time it took them to confess when it was clear they had strong feelings for each other from the beginning, but their relationship became one that is so easy to envy. Without a friendship that strong, you can't have a relationship that strong.

You can catch up all the entire series' worth of episode reviews and Drama Clubs below. Again stay tuned for some fun posts coming soon and as always drama on!

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Time That I Loved You, 7000 Days Episode 14 Recap

Hello friends and future friends. I know this is long past due, but all my things have been packed away and I had an across country move.  I still am functioning with only a few of my belongings so I won't be able to do as thorough as a summary as I normally do, but I didn't want to delay the summary any longer. I'll try to have episodes 15 and 16 summarized by tomorrow. 

When we left off Won had asked Ha Na to find him. Well, she did.  She tells him she broke up with Seo Hoo and that she needs time.  She goes home and tells her family that she broke up with Seo Hoo and they're happy to hear it and believe it's a sign of maturity.

 
She cleans her room, which is unlike her, but otherwise Ha Na takes the break up pretty well. Dae Bok shares his concerns about the impending seriousness of his relationship with Manager Hong and Won encourages him to re-explore his talent in drawing and make a career out of it.  Dae Bok seems to like this idea. 


Ha Na confesses to Won that she wanted to run to him right away after learning the reason he said he'd never love her, but didn't because she didn't understand her feelings for him.

 
She tells him she doesn't feel crazy and out-of-control when she thinks about him, but can't say that she thinks of him just as a friend either. He says they should figure it out together.

 
 Ha Na gets offered a position working in Paris for a year.  She's torn, but Won encourages her, saying it will be a good opportunity. So Ha Na says yes to the position until she finds out that Seo Hoo was the one that recommended her for the position. Meanwhile, Won has taken a training role in Paris for 3 months because he wants to be around Ha Na as much as he can.  Ha Na turns down the position in Paris and waits for Won to return from his flight to tell him, only to find out that he's accepted the training position and is on his way to the airport to go to Paris. 


 He's left her a note asking if she wants to right the next scenario continuing the script that is their story together. Ha Na rushes to the airport to stop Won. She tries calling him, but gets no answer.  Won is on his way to board a plane when he sees that he has 17 missed calls from Ha Na. He immediately turns around and calls her back.  She tells him she's at the airport and he says he'll come find her. She sees him run past her so she takes out the whistle he gave and blow it to get his attention.
 

 He comes running toward her and she tells him she knows how she wants to write the scenario. She kisses him gently and tells him "I like you".  He's come to his sense and kisses her quite passionately and they have a full make-out session in the middle of the airport and that's where our episode ends.


My thoughts: I was kind of disappointed she didn't just run to Won and take him in her arms as soon as he called her out, but she did need a transition period after breaking up with Seo Hoo. I was also really upset when I thought she was going to take the job in Paris.  They were finally confessing their feelings and starting a relationship and she was going to leave for a whole year? That's Kdrama relationship murder.  But I love that she went into sort of a panic, thinking he was going to leave without her telling him how she felt because it made the need more urgent. And that kiss! That was a great kiss and it was about time!

Only a couple more episodes left in this drama. Make sure to catch up on the previous recaps and DramaClubs to catch up with what's been going on and to see what else we have to say about these episodes on this drama's homepage. Until next time drama on!

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Time That I Loved You, 7000 Days Episode 13 Recap

Aren't you anxious to talk about what's going to happen next in The Time That I Loved You, 7000 Days, friends and future friends? When we left off, Ha Na had just discovered the reason Won swore to never love her ( a pretty legitimate reason) and Seo Hoo had left for a business trip with his boss and more than likely ex-lover even after Ha Na told him it would be the end.

As always we take a few steps back. As Ha Na reads Won's play, entitled Summer Days, it recounts many of the encounters that she and Won had during their days in high school from the time they accidentally kissed in the library (which she remembers fondly) to the time he told her that he'd never love her (which is turns out made her sob).  She reads through the end and finds out about Won's friend, Dae Yoon, being in love with her and Won's guilt over not giving her the letters after he died.


She comes out of work and Won is there waiting for her.  They go together to the park and have a very mature relationship about the status of their relationship. Won explains more about shamed by his friend and his own guilt causing him to say he'd never love her. And she in turn explains that it really hurt her and she was scarred by those words.  I can't lie, I was hoping she'd run right into his arms after reading that play but it wasn't exactly a negative reaction.  It seems as though she's finally opened up her heart to Won and now their relationship is going to blossom.


We see Seo Hoo at the airport about to get on the plane when he stops and tells Director Satan (Director Min) that he's not going, even though he knows it'll probably end his career.  I am impressed that Seo Hoo chose not to go. Although, the fact that he even considered going in the first place probably caused a lot of damage to his relationship. Still, it's showing that he is in fact growing as a person as well.
 

Ha Na meets up with Na Young and Jung Mi and discusses her relationships with Seo Hoo and Won honestly. She tells them about how Seo Hoo chose to left and more than that, the way he was acting changed the way she felt about him; she lost the passion he had caused.  As far as Won, she doesn't deny her feelings, but she says that she has to be careful considering the preciousness of their friendship.

Afterward she goes to the batting cages, where Won ends up as well. They realize how often they run into each other, because they share the same familiar locations. They make a bet for one week, that they'll avoid the places they always go and see if they still run into each other to see if it's out of habit or essentially fate.
 

A few days later Won is having a birthday dinner with his co-workers including So Eun and his other friends send him messages.  Ha Na has completely lost track of days and forgot that it was Won's birthday.  She asks the horrible witch design team leader for some leather and stays late at work to hand-stitch him a gift. After Won's done drinking with his co-workers he walks with So Eun a bit before she gets a cab.  She talks about she gave up trying to win him over, because she doesn't want to waste her life liking someone who doesn't like her. I was impressed to hear this from So Eun who just couldn't take a hint earlier.  I think she was just blinded by love, but when she came to her senses she realized her behavior and now I think she could actually be a good friend to Won.



Won seems a little bummed out that the day's passed and he didn't receive any message from Ha Na, even though all of his other high school friends sent him well wishes. Bummed, that is, until he goes outside in the morning and sees that she left him a present. He opens it to find the hand-stitched passport holder she made for him that even has his name embroidered.  The look on his face tells you all that you need to know about how incredibly happy he is to receive a gift like that from her.



They run into each other that night on their way home and realize that even without going to the same familiar places, they still run into each other. They go to their hideout where Ha Na has a happy birthday banner and they share food. It's nice to see them back at the hideout, it's where Ha Na was always the happiest and it's been too long since we've seen them there. We see a flashback to Ha Na and Won celebrating his birthday years earlier.  Ha Na made him a shirt and tried to put his English nickname "Loney" on it, but instead writes "Lonely", which makes Won laugh. She prepares a few other things that area all disasters too, but it doesn't matter because Won loves them regardless.



Back to present day, Ha Na asks Won if he's always that nice and thoughtful of everyone, but he admits to her that he's only like that with her. She seems completely shocked. I don't know how she's completely shocked. She's known the man for 17 years, better than anyone else. Has she never noticed how he treats other people? Then again, the two are kind of in their own bubble when they're together.



Seo Hoo shows up at Ha Na's office and tells her director that the concert is back on.  He goes to see Ha Na in her office and she is not at all happy to see him.  He tells her he didn't get on the plane and that there's nothing going on with him and Direcotr Satan and reiterates that they should get married. She asks if she's just supposed to wait for him every time that he leaves and he can't give her a good answer. So if Seo Hoo never got on the plane, where was he for three days? If he really chose Ha Na over his career, why didn't he go running straight to Ha Na? I don't get this guy at all.




Meanwhile, Dae Bok's girlfriend, Eun Jung says she wants to get married soon which has him seriously thinking about his future and career. Mi Hyang and Jong Hoon also go on a date.  It's cute that even though they have opposite interests, they still seem to get along quite well because they are both willing to adjust to the other one.



Ha Na gets a call from Na Young who is sick so Ha Na goes with her to the hospital.  She has to have surgery so Ha Na stays there overnight with her and through her surgery the next morning since she doesn't have anything she needs to be at work for until an afternoon meeting. Or so she thinks.  While Na Young's surgery Seo Hoo tries to get ahold of Ha Na because they moved the time of the meeting. Ha Na doesn't get to work until after the meeting has taken place and Seo Hoo gets super mad at her without even asking her why she didn't answer her call. This seems ridiculous. Why did they reschedule the meeting without consulting Ha Na, who is supposed to be the lead person in charge. And how can he dare get mad that she wasn't there, when they are the ones who changed the time on the same day.



Ha Na goes home exhausted and Won calls her.  She tells him that she's so tired she wishes she had someone to remove her make-up for her. So, lo and behold, Won comes over and removes her make-up for her gently.  It's probably the most romantic scene to ever happen in a Kdrama from a woman's point of view.  Men probably have no idea how many points Won gained by doing that.



The next day Ha Na breaks up with Seo Hoo! Yes!!!! Thank you, Ha Na! It's about frickin' time. Sure, he's not very happy but she made a good desicion.  He was not good to her and they just weren't good together to be honest. Later, Seo Hoo shows up at the outdoor stage where his benefit performance is going to be and starts playing to gather a crowd with the intention to get attention from Ha Na.  While he's doing that Won texts Ha Na. He tells her that he has started working on the script again and recounts to her how he'll always be there for her. Then he asks her to come and find him. And that's where our episode ends!  Please go to him, Ha Na, please! You guys will be perfect again.



Well, looks like we'll have to wait until the next episode to find out whether she goes to him or not. While you're waiting you can catch up on the rest of the series below as well as our Drama Club post on DramaFever. Drama on, my dear friends, drama on!


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Top 5 Best Kdrama Grandpas

Kdrama Harabeojis (grandpas) can either be the best cheerleaders to their grandchildren or their worst enemy.  Today, I am counting down the Top 5 best Kdrama Grandpas I've seen so far starting with number 5 and working my way to the top of the list.


5) Pal Bong from Baker Kim Tak Gu


 Pal Bong isn't the main character's grandfather, but is the grandfather of his (eventual) love interest and takes on a grandfatherly role for Tak Gu who has no real family of his own.  With Tak Gu, his own granddaughter, and all those who look to him as a mentor he teaches the importance of hard work. He teaches them the value of doing what's right in life, rather than looking for ethical shortcuts. He is a stern but caring teacher and respected by all those who know him.


4) Oh Jong Koo from Miss Korea


We get a 4 for 1 deal in Miss Korea with Jong Koo, his two sons, and grandsons living together and all looking out for his granddaughter, Ji Young. He's the patriarch and therefore directs their collective reactions, which are always protective of Ji Young.  He's always looking out for her best interest and is obviously a very generous man who his family likes to be around considering they ALL still live with him.


3) Kang Man Bok from Smile, You


At home, Man Bok was known as a frugal and stern patriarch, while to the family whom he chauffeured for he was always a teddy bear. When times get hard and the tables are turned, the family he worked for has to live with and work for him.  He has to take the same stern approach with the their family that he did with his own and becomes a father and grandfather to their family as well as his own. He has a warm heart toward them all but has to be stern with them only for their own good.  He provides for an extensive amount of people under his care and not only that, but helps them develop into decent people which for some of the characters in question is a massive feat. 


2) Uhm Paeng Dal from Hundred Year Inheritance


The family in this drama touched my heart so many times. Grandpa, Grandma, Dad, Mom, Uncles, Aunts, and Cousins all living under one roof (as part of a special competition for Grandpa's inheritance). They don't always get along, but they always have each others' backs. No one more so than Paeng Dal who goes to extreme lengths to help his children and grandchildren become responsible adults who value hardwork and family. There is no one more protective of their granchildren than him; not to mention the fact that he tried leave his entire business to one of his granddaughters over everyone else in his family.  Seriously, I can't tell you how much I wished I was part of this family with this great patriarch at the head.


1) Yoon Sook Ju Creating Destiny


Sook Ju could trend #GrandpaGoals.  He is the most supportive grandfather I've ever seen in a Kdrama, almost always taking his grandaughter's side, even against her loveable but naive father. He is incredibly loyal and will go after anyone that dare say anything against his beloved granddaughter. And when her fiance's family is against their relationship, he forbids her from joining their family on the sole basis that they have anything bad to say about her.  Rather than trying to force her into a relationship that she's unsure of like the rest of her family, her grandpa always insists that she goes by her heart and does what she wants, even making sure others don't interfere with her deciscion process.  And the best thing about Sook Ju is that he isn't just a quiet little grandpa. He's quirky and a bit of a Cassanova and he always says things like he sees them. Talk about respecting your grandchildren as individuals, no one does that like Sook Ju. NO ONE!


Any other great Kdrama harabeoji's you can think of that I left out? Let me know in the comments :)


The Time That I Loved You, 7000 Days Episode 12 Recap

Again, sorry I've been neglectful, friends and future friends. I have no excuse other than I didn't want to be cooped up in the house, but rather out enjoying the last remnants of summer now that I've committed myself for an inevitably terrifying winter in Minnesota (I love it, though, don't get me wrong). So let me recap Episode 12 for you. I'm going to try to shake things up a bit this week and include my commentary in the recap. Let me know what you think of the new format. 

When we last left off with Won and Ha Na, Won told Ha Na that they should continue to be friends. She told him when he left on his trip she thought of him as her friend, but thought that was too selfish to imagine that she could keep him as her friend. He offers her his hand as a sign of friendship.


Seo Hoo walks up to see them holding hands and gets as angry beaver. Are beavers really angry? I guess I don't understand that expression. Anyway, he grabs Ha Na by the hand and drags her away.  Aish, just when Won and Ha Na are making up, Seo Hoo comes in and tries to mess with it. Anyway, he gets mad at her, thinking she sought Won for solace after their fight.  She gets mad back and tells him not to assume things. You know what they say "assume makes and ass out of you and me".


She tells Seo Hoo there was a reason that they were together and reminds him that she chose him over the long friendship she had with Won.  With this statement, Seo Hoo realizes his mistake and hugs her. He tells her he's sorry.  It seems like Seo Hoo really got the weight of what she was saying here. It's a bit surprising to see him authentically apologize like this.  It's still not enough after everything he's done, but surprising nonetheless.



Director Min (Seo Hoo's boss) goes to Ha Na's company and tells Ha Na the concert is being cancelled and asks her to back out of the planning.  This woman is like pure evil. I'm just going to call her Director Satan. She seems really scary and like she has done really dark things to get her power. Ha Na defends Seo Hoo's artistic rights and says the director should check to see what Seo Hoo wants. Ha Na calls Seo Hoo herself who tells her that he's not going on the world tour and that he's going to perform the benefit concert.



Won is attending to a flight where his old teacher, who now has cancer, is a passenger. They greet each other and we see a flashback to Won gazing out the window at Ha Na and his teacher catching him and calling Won out for liking her in a playful manner. Ha Na is working too, this time at the shoe store and Seo Hoo comes to pester her. This time she puts him to work signing autographs and manages to sell a ton of shoes.


Mi Hyang takes a trip to the sauna with Seo Hoo's teacher, Jong Hoon and she tries to break up with him over guilt that he's involved with Seo Hoo, but he's too laid back and says he'll call her. Jong Hoon has this funny sort of confidence, that's not cockiness but more rather he just believes that he and Mi Hyang are meant to be together so he doesn't even question it, like they have been together forever. I think it's sweet in a weird way.
 

 Sometime later Won finds out that his teacher with cancer died. He and the whole high school gang go to the memorial where the funeral of a past high school friend of theirs, Dae Yoon, is brought up and we find out Won was close to him.  Their teacher left some belongs for the students including old pictures and an old movie script that Won had written in high school.



Director Satan shows up at Seo Hoo's apartment uninvited and teases him about liking Ha Na. It's clear she does not get what he sees in her.  She expresses mild jealously, but mostly over the fact that Seo Hoo is choosing Ha Na over his career.  Director Satan threatens to reveal the real reason that Seo Hoo didn't make it to their engagement party and his face goes pale.  What, why? What's the real reason? This mystery is killing me!

Right after Director leaves, Ha Na shows up and they stay inside for two hours while he plays piano.  He's moody and doesn't really want to talk.  Ha Na's a little surprised that he doesn't even ask about the funeral.  Meanwhile Won has gone to his high school friend, Dae Yoon's memorial. We see a flashback ot hem playing basketball in high school. He asks Won to give a love letter to Ha Na. Won never does and we see that Won has a whole stack of undelivered letters in his backpack.
 

Back to present day, Won says that he's not going to feel guilty anymore for loving Ha Na. AHA! There we go! Finally! I've been waiting for so long to know why Won couldn't love Ha Na and surprisingly it's actually a reason that makes sense. Guilt is a powerful motivator. But I'm glad that he's letting go of it now. Let the romance commence (seriously, any time now I'm getting anxious).


On the way home Won runs into Ha Na who looks tired. She asks if she can see his screenplay and he says he will show it to her.  Later on Mi Hyang is on a date with Jong Hoon at a coffee shop and he tells her he has someone he wants her to meet. It is of course, Seo Hoo with Ha Na in tow. Awkward!


No seriously, it's super awkward which is something I didn't really expect from two old friends.  Mi Hyang follows Ha Na into the bathroom and tells her that she understands how both she and Won feel. She relates it to her feelings for Jong Hoon. Even though she was going to break up with him, she couldn't because she can't control her feelings around him.  Personally, this makes me happy. I hate when Kdrama couples break up due to unfortunate family connections that really have nothing to do with them personally. But it also makes you think.  If Ha Na feels ashamed by her boyfriend in front of someone she's known forever, maybe he's not the right one. Well, honestly there are a million other reasons he's not the right one, but this is certainly one to add to the list.



Ha Na finds Won outside the convenience store on the way home and they drink together before going home.  When Mi Hyang gets home she confesses to Won that she was with Jong Hoon and that she had a meal with Seo Hoo and Ha Na.  He tells her that she should date Jong Hoon and to not think about his connection to Seo Hoo when she's with him.  Those two are the sweetest cousins ever, they have such great insight into each others' lives and speak a lot of truth. What a healthy relationship, seriously, it's always refreshing to see healthy relationships in Kdramas.


Dae Bok has started working at a convenience store and is now officially dating Ha Na's co-worker Eun Jung, but they have to keep it a secret so it doesn't look like she's being favored at work. The two of them are just the cutest. I feel guilty for misjudging her interest in him earlier. She does really seem to like him, which is cute especially considering he doesn't have much to offer.  And she is starting to motivate him to want to do things and discover his potential. It's a great combo.


Won has been invited back to the high school he graduated from to share his work experience as an alumni.  They ask about his dreams and if he gave up on them - becoming a Director and winning over the heart of a girl he liked - he says that his dreams could still happen so he won't give up on them. Ahh, that's right Won! Never give up!


At work Ha Na's director tells her the benefit concert IS going to be cancelled. She isn't happy and she meets with Director Satan to see why she did it.  Director Satan tells her that Seo Hoo will eventually choose her (The Director) and to get married to Ha Na is a waste of his talent.  Ha Na asks what kind of a relationship Director Satan had with Seo Hoo to be saying those kind of things and the director tells her to ask Seo Hoo herself. This really upsets Ha Na, as it should. This woman is pretty much throwing down the gauntlet and staking a claim to her man.


Seo Hoo calls Ha Na right after this altercation and asks her to come over, but instead she asks him to come find her, although she doesn't tell him where she is, which is kind of weird.  It seems a bit like she's playing games. Why does he have to play Where's Waldo? Anyway, surprisingly, he finds her right away but instead of asking her what's wrong, he immediately tells her that he has to go to Austria for a week.  Shouldn't you at least ask if she's okay first, buddy? I mean, she just called you acting all weird and cryptic and is clearly distraught. He does not get points for attentiveness.


Anyway, Ha Na asks if the trip is with Director Min and he says it is.  Ha Na asks him not to go. She says that if he does it will be the end.  He says he just needs a week and then he leaves. Okay, I mean she flat out tells you that it's going to be the end and you're going to leave anyway? After all that talk about what you'd do to keep her? Or are you just that arrogant? You actually but no bearing into what she says at all do you, Seo Hoo, whoa, what a jerk! Ha Na maybe should have asked what his side of the story was first, but after she drew her line and then he crossed it, that would be a definite deal-breaker for me.


Ha Na goes home and sobs. In the morning she finds Won's screenplay in her mailbox and starts to read it throughout the day and at work.  When Won gets to work he sees Seo Hoo getting ready to board the plane with Director Satan.  We see the plane take off, but we don't actually see Seo Hoo get on the plane so it's very possible he changed his mind last minute. This is a Kdrama after all. Ha Na looks shocked after she's finished the screenplay.  She finds Won waiting for her as she leaves her office and announces to him that now she knows why he said he'd never love her.



Eeek! So exciting! Does this mean Ha Na's heart is finally going to start opening towards Won, I hope so.  And does it mean things are OVER with Seo Hoo. They'd better be.  He's shown his true colors.  Apart from all the manipulation, he's completed dismissed Ha Na and that's a pretty atrocious crime in my book.

Anyway, we'll catch up with the story soon and I can't wait to see where it's going to take us.  Catch up on all my previous posts on this drama with the link below. Have fun friends and Drama On!

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School 2017 : Drama Diagnosis

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