10 Things We Usually See in Korean Dramas
- From sworn enemies to soulmates.
We're all too familiar with the ever-present trope of the main guy and main girl meeting each other and deciding upon hate at first sight. However, as the show goes on, they both realize that there's more than meets the eye, subsequently falling in love with each other. (Bonus: When the K-drama is about being forced to live together!) It's predictable, but that doesn't stop us from still getting kilig every time they finally admit their feelings for each other. ♥
- Opposites attract!
One thing we're all familiar with is the dark and brooding leading man and the quirky girl who brings love and happiness into his life, or the fierce and tough leading lady whose heart is softened by a funny guy. A jerk of a rich boy and a hardworking but poor girl? An immortal being and a mortal woman? We've got you covered! (Goblin, anyone?)
- The quirky and funny best friend/sidekick.
We're all for our strong and feisty female protagonists (#GirlPower), but we can't deny that we equally love their cute and adorable besties! Their sweet, unyielding support makes us wish we had wing(wo)men in our lives, too.
- Confession scenes.
Uhm, need we say more? Direct, straight-to-the-point, "Yes, I admit I like you" moments are the best!
- Sudden, tragic setbacks.
Everything seems to be going well at first—but then suddenly, something horrible happens. Maybe the protagonist's dad gets hospitalized. Or maybe the main guy suddenly gets sick. Or a car accident. Or anything, really! (Remember watching the dubbed version of Autumn in My Heart as a kid?) Either way, it's always heartbreaking—and what's worse, sometimes the show's writers decide to be merciless by leaving the entire situation unresolved. Come on, we need our happy ending, guys!
Yeah, we like to fangirl over two guys who are unabashedly besties, too, especially when the help each other get out of sticky situations.
- Second-lead syndrome.
Although we all vie for the relationship of the two main protagonists (#OTP), K-Drama writers also work on character development for the second leads of the show. Not that we're complaining—it only gives us more people to root for! (And let's admit it, sometimes we end up shifting the second leads more.) Just look at Descendants of the Sun's Seo Dae Young and Yoon Myeong Ju!
- From love triangle…to love square?
We have to deal with not just the main guy and the main girl sorting out their feelings for one another, but also their ex-girlfriend or guy best friend. Or maybe the two start out as friends first, but the appearance of a third party make them realize their feelings for each other. Whatever, we still get kilig!
- Using great and catchy OST!
There's the quirky marching song for comedic moments, the dramatic piano-and-strings piece for a turn of tragic events, and the grand orchestral rendition for whenever it gets romantic—e.g., whenever the girl gets swept off her feet. ♥ Oh, and let's not forget the beautiful theme songs for each drama that get us all #LSS! (You were humming DOTS's theme song while watching it, weren't you?)
- Following your heart, and its true desires.
Although the main characters often have to make big decisions out of practicality—even when it means giving up on their dreams—we can't deny that when it comes to love, our faves always come through by following their heart. Sure, they may have been crushing on someone else at first, but they soon realize who truly matters to them, ultimately coming to terms with their real feelings. And that kind of self-reflection is something we as viewers can take with us in our lives. ♥
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"Today, I Won"
I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.
When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.
For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.
After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.
It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.
To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.
Why our high school barkada is the best?
Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.
Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:
1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.
2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.
3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.
4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.
5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.
6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.
7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.
You're gonna bend and break and then at some point in your life, you feel like you don't want to fall in love again.
Not because you're no longer capable of loving but because you're so afraid to get hurt again that you don't want to take a risk anymore. And you're gonna wake up one day and realize that you're not the same person as you were yesterday. The heart aches, heartbreaks, frustration, you'll see, those will transform your whole being into something better.
Honey, move forward. Let go off all the things that are not meant for you. Let go of all the people who hurt you and take you for granted. Don't be stuck feeling miserable.
And don't turn that love into hate when you resent someone for hurting you or for breaking your heart. Just wish them well and let them go. Welcome the possibility of a beautiful love that will come your way. You're worthy of love that you keep on giving to other people. Keep that in mind.
I wish you well and all the happiness. You deserve it.
Here we are — with rough hands entwined, damned hearts at peace, broken souls resting with ease —savoring each passing moment before we part ways...hoping things will turn out to be okay. Here we are — standing still, keeping our earnest desire and ardent passion for each other at bay — hoping the Universe will finally grant us of the day that we no longer have to pretend... that things will no longer have to end.
Here we are — with crooked smiles, lingering touch that will last for a while -- gathering all the remaining courage to set each other free. Wishing for the day that our hearts will no longer have to worry. Here we are letting each other go. Even though we both know that the future is uncertain. Even though we're unsure if our paths will cross once again.