K-Lookbook: Lee Sung-kyung (Weightlifting Fairy)

It was surprising that Lee Sung-kyung took on the titular role for Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo as it was very different from her real life persona. Her visuals have always been on point and seeing her in an unrequited crush predicament has been hard to believe. But she eventually won me over and made me…

K-Culture: Lesson 7 – Speech Levels

Korean drama fans have probably encountered dialogues revolving around one character's lack of respect due to the way he/she addressed the other interlocutor. It could also be that giddy scene where a character is feeling intimacy just because of the apple of his/her eyes talks to her in a casual manner. Such scenes confuse most…

K-Lookbook: Nam Joo-hyuk (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo)

I haven't taken my eyes off of Nam Joo-hyuk ever since I saw him as the cute student in two Akmu music videos. His pretty boy face and his lanky yet fit bod has made my picky fangirl heart flutter like a childish high school girl. Before Nam Joo-hyuk debuted as an actor on tvN…

K-Culture: Lesson 6 – Hanbok

Aside from melodramatic plots and politicking of characters, there is another thing that catches the eyes of saeguk fans - Korean traditional clothing. Colorful and intricate, Korea's beautiful hanbok (한복) is part of their society since its Three Kingdoms Period. Hanbok, which literally means "Korean clothing," has undergone changes and modification throughout the years. It…

K-Lookbook: Jun Ji-hyun (Legend of the Blue Sea)

Jun Ji-hyun is one of the first Korean actresses that comes into mind when talking about fashion and beauty. Her ethereal face and elegant aura could make any type of clothing look high-fashion. Add the fact that she's one helluva great actress, Jun Ji-hyun secured her place as a superstar. All hail as K-lookbook features…

K-Culture: Lesson 5 – Joseon Dynasty

From romance-comedy to fantasy to heartbreaking melodramas, Joseon Dynasty is probably the most prolific setting for saeguk dramas of any genre. Although most Korean period series were highly fictionalized, one can't deny that it sparks curiosity to get to know the country's history. So, for the third part of K-Culture saeguk series, let's learn more…

K-Lookbook: Lee Min-ho (Legend of the Blue Sea)

Lee Min-ho has been a victim of bad hairstyles or over-the-top chaebol outfits since his first megahit series, Boys Over Flowers. But the things is, no matter how his stylists connive to make him look hilarious, his handsome face alone always saves him. Luckily for him, his Legend of the Blue Sea character seems to…

K-Culture: Lesson 4 – Folklore

Last year, K-dramaland has been dominated by mythical creatures in the form of Goblin and mermaid. But every story has its origin and most legends featured in Korean dramas came from folktales that have been passed down from one generation to another. So in this lesson, let's focus on Korea's mystical stories. Kaja! Imuldam (이물담)…

K-Culture: Lesson 3 – Goryeo Dynasty

The 2016 saeguk drama, Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, kept its audience on the edge of their seats in every episode they aired. Intense, sometimes funny, and often heartbreaking, this star-studded series really left a mark on our hearts. This Korean adaptation of a popular Chinese drama was loosely set on the events occurred during…

K-Lookbook: Gong Yoo (Goblin)

From being a prince-like cafe owner to a selfless father, Gong Yoo has never failed to amaze fangirls and fanboys alike. He is excellent on embodying his fictional character that you will never compare his roles from previous projects. That is why the Ahjummamshies squad unanimously loves him. But one thing is noticeable with Gong…

K-Culture: Lesson 2 – Korean Kinship Terms

The infamous Korean term 'oppa' has been used by so many fangirls that a rookie K-Drama fan is probably confuse of the word's proper usage. In K-dramaverse, there are a lot of other ways a character addresses his/her interlocutor and determining what term to use highly depends on age, seniority, and social status. There are tons…

K-Culture: Lesson 1 – Three Kingdoms

Sageuk dramas are like all-in-one package; there's romance, family angst, politics, and of course, an instant history lesson. For many international viewers, Korean period dramas are the foremost introductory platform into the rich culture of the East Asian peninsula nation. Historical productions highlight Korea's arts, architecture, and social order. Although many popular sageuk dramas contain…

K-Lookbook: Shin Min-a (Tomorrow with You)

Annyeong Ahjummamshies! Are you one of those k-drama fans who can't help but notice how well-styled your favorite character is? Or those who become frustrated whenever your favorite actress comes out with angry-bird-like eyebrows and bird-nest hairstyles? Worry no more because your kiyowo dongsaeng will be your companion with all the wows and nays of fashion…