August seems to be a month for reunions.

Going through my blog and it’s been one entry per month for me since June. Not good. I actually envy those who churn out a write-up so easily. I, on the other hand, take days to even draft a single post!πŸ˜‰

On a personal note, so happy to have reconnected with grade school friends for the past two weeks. I haven’t seen both Romielyn and January since high school graduation so when they were in town barely two weeks apart, the Cebu crew met up with them respectively for dinner.

I am thrilled majority of them share my love for K-dramas. Aside from reminiscing about our antics during elementary and high school, we had a good laugh discussing the latest series on our list and the oppas we’ve fawned over.😍

Never mind if coming home at half-past midnight on a weekday caused me to sleep through my alarm or that a glass of mojito on a weekend makes me drowsy. The trip down memory lane and advanced birthday celebrations (for Berna and I) were worth it.

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Kinain ng Sistema: Hangul and Chopsticks.

As much as I hated how Ruler: Master of the Mask ended, my search for its OST on Apple Music kick-started my interest in learning the Korean alphabet. Hangul is a fascinating subject that I wondered why I never bothered with this many years before. Imagine my delight when I could finally read the characters on labels, store signs and even AsianWiki profiles of Korean celebrities.πŸ˜‰

I still have a lot to learn in terms of sentence construction but it’s fun familiarizing a few phrases from (free) online classes I’ve signed up for. There’s also this book we purchased many years ago that teaches you the basic pronunciation although nothing beats hearing it directly from a native speaker.

My re-discovered love for Korean culture motivated me to continue practicing how to use chopsticks. I’ve been learning the skill for years but I was never able to sustain it. Nowadays, I’m proud to say I have finally made some progress. I no longer fumble handling said utensils if we’re out for ramen or samgyeopsal.πŸ‘

All that’s really left is for me to visit the country itself and experience its culture firsthand. I’m crossing my fingers I can tick that off my bucket list by next year. If not, then I will continue to live vicariously through my K-dramas for the meantime.

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Kinain ng Sistema: My K-Drama Starter List

Do you still remember your first K-drama? I don’t. It was probably a toss between Four Sisters and Fantasy Couple. Video streams were a rarity back then so I had to order DVD copies of fan-subbed dramas to be able to watch my favorites. The thing with K-dramas is that they’re easy to binge-watch. Just 16-20 episodes and you’re done with the story.

With the second wind of K-dramas on Philippine shores, thanks to the unexpected popularity of Descendants of the Sun last year, more and more people have been sucked into this black hole of a habit.Β Can you really blame anyone who fan-girls those gorgeous oppas?Β Besides, it’s always nice to ramble about these things with someone who gets your feels.😊 How awesome is it though when someone loves a drama you recommended?

If you’re a newbie or simply at a loss on what K-drama to start with after a long hiatus, here are some of my recent tried and tested favorites:

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K-Drama Love: Circle

The dramas that premiered in May nearly had us up to our eyeballs in determining which ones to prioritize.πŸ˜‚ While Suspicious Partner and The Best Hit are giving me my necessary rom-com fix, Circle has emerged as a surprising favorite with its sci-fi/procedural thriller approach. The story offers a glimpse of a future where human emotions are controlled and memories are manipulated for a Utopian society. It’s an ethical dilemma that affects our core characters as they discover how 2037’s Human B system had its humble beginnings as a beta project back in 2017. In fact, its germinating phase may have started as early as 2007 when an “alien” appeared in the lives of Woo Jin and Beom Gyun.

So what makes it a drama worth checking out?πŸ€”

It’s the perfect hybrid of all K-drama genres we’re familiar with. Not only does Circle deal with the staple family issues, it also throws in a little bit of romance and sci-fi with a procedural twist on the side.

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Out of Cebu

Dumaguete: How the City of Gentle People won me over.

Our trip to Dumaguete last May started as a spur of the moment decision out of the need to renew my passport before it expires this September. We had no itinerary set except for my DFA appointment and our side trip to Tanjay (45mins to 1hr from the city!) to visit my sister’s godmother so we were literally winging it as soon as we left Cebu around 5AM on a Friday. For people who don’t travel much, we were just happy to arrive at our destination in one piece by 10AM.

The city’s laid-back charm is very comforting. Not once did we experience being taken advantage of and it was easy to go from one place to another even with public transport. My only regret was not being able to food crawl as much as we wanted to. (Chorizo bungkag! *sighs*) Squeezing in everything for a day and a half is a talent that I have yet to master.

Two of those we managed to tick off my list were 2 Story Kitchen and Silliman University. The former is a Korean coffee shop-inspired restaurant with a fusion take on its most popular dishes like kimbap and tteokboki to name a few. With its photogenic nooks and cozy booths, it’s easy to see why this place has become a social media favorite.

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