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Worst Pasta Ever 10

Worst Pasta Ever

He was referencing a quote in the book and movie ‘The Fault in Our Stars’. I dragged him to see it because I’ve been waiting so long to see it (Korea got it so late) but of course he loved it!

Now onto terrible Korean pasta. We’ve been a little bit spoilt. We found an awesome pizza and pasta place in Jinju, so after going there a few times we forgot how bad most Italian food in Korea is. We didn’t have time to go across town to the good Italian place so we tried a new place. Most Italian food places in Korea have crappy Koreanized pasta – but some are not too bad. I can stomach it as long as it’s pasta. This was horrendous though! I posted a few photos on Instagram for those that want to get an idea about what I mean. I asked for some salt and pepper to try and make the plastic pasta taste better and the waitress was very confused and finally brought me a 2 plates with a pile of cooking salt and pepper on them. We both felt sick afterwards.  Mr Gwon even said that he could easily make better pasta than this place and he isn’t even very good at cooking. Not only was it terrible because it was nothing like Italian food at all, but whatever type of fusion they were trying to achieve failed miserably. We laughed through our tears. I actually really hope that place shuts down so other people aren’t subjected to that. It’s likely to simply because businesses spring up quickly in Korea with not much planning or research and shut down again quickly. Nothing is very long term.

Actually I was very homesick today, which is why there wasn’t a comic earlier. That pasta just made me feel a lot worse. The Fault in Our Stars didn’t make me feel worse though! Of course it made me feel sad, but it made me feel better about things.

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Problem in Korean Dramas 34

Problem in Korean dramas

I love Korean dramas but this is a pet peeve of mine. They will have a character who is supposed to be Korean American arrive in Korea and this person has either not been in Korea since they were a child OR have never been to Korea! But they have a Korean Korean actor play them and there is almost no reference to the cultural and language problems they would likely have. Apparently it’s cool to have a Korean American character but lazy writers won’t give them any more character development. Or even let a Korean American play the character. Koreans that grew up in other countries need better representation in dramas. I’ve seen lots of Korean Americans, or Korean Australians etc, talk about how difficult it can be to come to Korea. People can usually recognise that they didn’t grow up in Korea just by how they look. I’ve heard them be called, “dark-haired foreigners” because so much about them can be different. But at the same time they may not be allowed the same understanding an obviously foreign looking person gets when it comes to fitting into society because they still look Korean enough.

And then there are always the terrible scenes where this actor has to speak English and is supposed to be fluent…

And why are they always from the USA? Why can’t there be Korean Australians? Or from other countries? And in dramas when someone leaves Korea, why do they always go to the USA? And what about visas???

The reality is that even Koreans that go live in another country for just a few years can have difficulties coming back to Korea. Every time we came back to Korea my husband had some difficulties. Now, because we have been here for 6 months, he has settled back into Korean life but he still has lived the majority of his life here. Even then, having lived in another country for a while, some of his core views have changed and he doesn’t always accept everything in Korean society.

Does this type of thing in dramas frustrate you as well? What sort of story-lines involving Koreans from other countries would you like to see?

 

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Let’s Sleep 11

Let's Sleep

So tempting! But we resisted temptation and went to bed so we haven’t seen the latest episode yet. It can be really hard to find time to watch things together.

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Green Shirt 9

Green Shirt

His imagination….

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Nunchucks 11

Nunchuck

He found them while searching through some stuff in the house here.

Some people will know what movie he is quoting, and some people won’t :)

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I need to 23

I need to

And that’s why I had to finish my comic this morning!

I’m watching I need Romance 3 at the moment and I’m enjoying it so much. Especially after the terrible kissing in The Heirs! So nice to watch a drama with real kissing instead of the standing still with eyes wide open…..ugh… hate that so much.

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Only Wearing This 10

Only wearing this

His love for Doctor Who has faded a bit since Matt Smith left. I’m still excited to see what the new episodes are going to be like though.

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Dramas in the Evening 41

Dramas in the evening

He doesn’t watch that many dramas. If he watches one it tends to be a more serious one, whereas I tend to watch the romantic popular ones. I do like watching dramas with him but there are only certain dramas he will watch with me and even then it takes some persuasion. We watched A Gentleman’s Dignity and Reply 1997 together and are making our way through Reply 1994. Dramas like City Hunter he gave up on because of the romance.

That’s why it’s so funny that he is getting emotionally involved in these dramas that his parents watch in the evening. They are completely cliche soap operas but he watches them every night. Last night he got into a heated argument with his father about the characters…

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Reply 1994 4

Today’s comic is over on DramaFever. CLICK HERE.

We’ve really been enjoying the drama Reply 1994 (Answer Me 1994) but I don’t think my husband was as cool as he thought he was back in his teen years…

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Frozen 21

Frozen

No spoilers in the comments please.

Yup, this is his latest obsession. I was going to draw him just dancing around and singing but he insisted I draw him as Anna.

It’s really popular in Korea actually!

Also check out the comic I have on DramaFever.

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Comic on DramaFever 7

I have a comic on DramaFever today CLICK HERE.

Anyone who watches Korean dramas probably knows this feeling. There have been so many episodes leading up to the kiss… so much tension… so much waiting and then FINALLY THEY KISS! But what is this? Why are her eyes open? Why are their lips not moving? Are they really standing like statues for 5 mins as we view them from every angle?

Koreans get just as frustrated at these scenes as international fans do.

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The Day of the Doctor 17

The Day of the Doctor

This was really cute. I won’t say too much because of spoilers but the scene where the 3 of them are together and get their sonic screwdrivers out was what prompted him to run and get his one. He got really immersed in it!

So who watched it?

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While Away 20

While Away

It’s so bad it’s good! In a Boys over Flowers way. Of course my husband has no interest in this drama so I could enjoy it without his criticism while he was away.

I actually think the subplots are more interesting than the main plot and would like to see more of that. I won’t say too much else in case others are planning on watching it and haven’t yet.

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Late at night 14

Late at night

I actually changed the pacing of this one because he really wanted to be a zombie at the end.

We’ve been having some bad bushfires in Australia (I hope anyone near them is okay!) so there has been a lot of smoke over Sydney. It was pretty creepy looking at night, especially with the full moon.

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Soju at School 8

Soju at school

We are enjoying watching the drama Reply 1997. Everyone has been recommending it to us for ages… and yes you are all right, it’s great. My husband especially, is enjoying it because it’s just like watching his teenage years. H.O.T posters included.

We haven’t finished it yet, so no spoilers please. There was a scene in the episode we watched last night where they were secretly drinking soju (most popular Korean alcohol) in the school playground. I questioned Mr Gwon on this and he swore he never did that…. but what he really meant was that he didn’t do that during school hours…. he did it AFTER school hours but still in the school grounds. Naughty.

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