Just Bananas About: Week of 5/23/16

My Fair Seo Hyun Jin.  I am just loving Seo Hyun Jin for her multilayered acting as the cheery, warm-hearted Just Oh Hae Young (aka Dirt Oh Hae Young) on Another Oh Hae Young.  In fact, I think what makes her so lovable is that Seo Hyun Jin has this innate ability to win viewers over with her positivity.

Seo Hyun, Yoo Seung Woo – 사랑이 뭔데 (What is it About Love?)

서현진 , 유승우 – 사랑이 뭔데

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[Review] Descendants of the Sun – 태양의 후예


Captain Yoo Shi Jin (Song Joong Ki) is part of an elite Special Forces Unit in which their highly classified missions help to keep the peace all over the globe.  Dr. Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo) is a surgeon at a big Seoul hospital.  After a misunderstanding, Shi Jin and Mo Yeon fall for each other and begin to date but due to the demanding constraints of their jobs they decide to break up.

Eight months later, they both find themselves in the fictional country of Uruk on a peacekeeping mission.  They both get a chance to rediscover their feelings and understand their views on life.

Sergeant Major Seo Dae Young (Jin Goo) is also part of Shi Jin’s Special Forces Unit.  When he’s not busy trying to keep his best friend Shi Jin out of trouble, he pines for his ex-girlfriend Yoon Myung Joo (Kim Ji Won) who is an army doctor.  She also happens to be the daughter to his Lieutenant General who doesn’t like the fact that his daughter is in love with a soldier.  Instead of facing his dilemma head on, he avoids encountering Myung Joo every chance he gets even though he is madly in love with her.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 5/20/16

There are some weeks when it’s hard to find a newly released song to feature.  Although San E and Chancellor’s “안주거리 (Bar Food)” was released a few weeks ago, it wasn’t something I was eager to feature because while I like the song (a lot), it sounds a lot like San E’s other songs.  However, it’s been a long week and it’s time to embrace the weekend.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 5/16/16

When I first heard the news that Ahn Jae Hyun would be on New Journey to the West 2 to fill in for Lee Seung Gi who is in the army, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it.  However, the episode that aired this past week had me laughing so hard that I couldn’t breathe that it’s totally worth sharing.  (Also, later the new season of Show Me the Money.)

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 5/13/16

I think it the Misaeng OST when I was first introduced to Rosy-Cheeked Adolescence.  They recently released a mini album and I’m loving all the songs on it.  The hard part was figuring out which of their tracks to feature and if I had more time I’d probably translate all 5.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 5/9/16

Lately, there have been a lot of melo and revenge dramas that I’ve been feeling quite dark and twisty.  So much so that I’ve been craving something light and fluffy.  And along comes Another Oh Hae Young.  To be honest, it wasn’t something that I was planning to watch and I didn’t know what to be expect but I’m kind of loving the female heroine, Dirt Oh Hae Young (Seo Hyun Jin).

Wable – 사르르 (Softly)

WABLE(와블) – 사르르

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[Review] Jang Young Shil – 장영실 (蔣英實)


Born as a peasant, Jang Young Shil (Song Il Kook) is an innovative scientist and astronomer that is placed on the national civil service through a new policy established by King Sejong (Kim Sang Kyung).  This new policy supports that officials should be selected based on their talent and not by their wealth or social class.  As a result, Jang Young Shil is the mind behind some of Joseon’s famous inventions such as the water clock, sundial and the celestial globe.  Although he earns the respect of the king and becomes popular with the commoners, he also incites the jealousy of those government officials who dislike the fact that he becomes one of the king’s confidants.

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