Just Bananas About: Week of 8/22/16

Do you ever get that sense of déjà vu?  As I’ve been watching the latest episodes of Infinite Challenge, that’s exactly what I’ve been feeling as it looks like the members were in LA in and around the days after KCON.

At first, it really just did seem like a coincidence that they happen to come across Kim Jong Kook and Zico.  Then I noticed that that they stayed at the same hotel that I planned on staying at.  I actually stayed at a place only a few blocks away.

But then I noticed that they also visited Joshua Tree National Park.  And it’s a bummer that I really didn’t cross paths with them at all throughout my stay.  How is that possible?

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 8/19/16

You’d think that with all these idols releasing albums, singles and the like, it would be an exciting week in K-Pop but I’ve been feeling very meh about it all.  I’m just beginning to get excited again as we close out this week but more on that later.  However, there does appear theme this week.  It’s all about the tough YG ladies.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 8/15/16

It was one of the best episodes of Fantastic Duo ever that probably did not make you want to go outside.  Not that anyone would want to go outside.  I mean, seriously.  I made a big mistake in thinking I could handle going outdoors.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 8/12/16

It’s been over a week since I’ve returned from L.A. but I still have not adjusted back to East Coast time.  But I finally did get a chance to download some indie music that I’ve been waiting to listen to.  If this summer heat has got you feeling a bit sluggish, then these easy-going tracks might be up your alley.  They’re not lullabies meant to put you to sleep but rather provide a sense of calm and dose of romance.

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[Review] Dear My Friends – 디어 마이 프렌즈


A group of friends rediscover themselves as they navigate through their twilight years.

Martin Smith – Go go! picnic

마틴스미스 – Go go! picnic

As Park Wan’s (Go Hyun Jung) mother, Jang Nan Hee (Go Doo Shim) became divorced when she discovered that her husband was cheating on her.  Although she has trust issues when it comes to men, she is incredibly loyal to her friends.  Lee Young Won (Park Won Sook) was once Nan Hee’s friend from school but who have grown apart.  Oh Choong Nam (Yoon Yeo Jung) has never gotten married but that has never stopped her from befriending intellectuals who often abuse her gracious hospitality.

Jo Hee Ja (Kim Hye Ja) is the soft-spoken one of the group who was recently widowed.  Unwilling to rely on help of her children, she decides to keep living in the house she once shared with her husband to show that she is capable of doing things by herself.  After hearing the news that Hee Ja is widowed, Lee Sung Jae (Joo Hyun) reappears in her life.  The vivacious, jubilant Moon Jung Ah (Na Moon Hee) always keeps a positive attitude despite the fact that her husband, Kim Suk Kyun (Shin Gu) naturally irritable temper because she holds on to the dream that one day she and her husband will travel the world once they are retired.

As a single, unmarried woman, Park Wan is often dragged into helping out this group by her mother.  Though she hides her own pain and sadness, she begins to learn her own life lessons by observing this group.

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Monkey Poo: W is being postponed due to the Olympics

We know that it comes every 4 years.  And still, I’m bummed every time one of my shows are postponed due to the Olympics.  And so comes the news this week that Episodes 7 and 8 of W will be postponed because of Olympic coverage.

Update 8/10/16 – Woohoo!  It looks like Episode 7 scheduled to air today was not delayed.  However, the programming schedule is still up in the air for tomorrow.  Stay tuned.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 8/8/16

I’ve been looking forward to this Fantastic Duo.  This week we got the Diva special featuring Gummy, Bada and Yoon Mi Rae.  The first episode dealt mostly with Bada and Yoon Mi Rae but I quite enjoyed watching their various contestants competing for the coveted spot to go up against the reigning champs, Kim Gun Mo and Masan Sulli.

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