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5 Classic K-Dramas You Should Watch at Least Once in Your Life

Take a trip down memory lane with these nostalgic shows!
  1. Endless Love: Autumn in My Heart (2000)

Before Song Hye Kyo took the world by storm with Descendants of the Sun, she made her mark on the small screen with Autumn in My Heart. Don't you remember crying your eyes out to the Tagalog-dubbed version as a kid? It's a classic Maria Clara story: Two babies are born on the same day, one to a rich family, and one to a poor family, and they are switched. Uh-oh. Rivalry ensues between the two girls. Fast forward to the future, and love triangles and life-threatening leukemia take center stage. No spoilers, except get your tissues ready.

  1. Stairway to Heaven (2003)

Along with Autumn In My Heart, Stairway to Heaven launched the melodramatic K-drama wave. It’s another Cinderella story, for sure, featuring a beautiful and kindhearted leading lady, deceased biological parents, an evil stepmother, an envious stepsister, a good stepbrother, and of course, the prince—or millionaire, rather—who causes a love triangle. Add cancer to the spiel, and we promise you every single episode will make your eyes water and your heart break. Sigh, why do we love this sad, inaapi stories so much? *sobs*


  1. Jewel in the Palace (2003)

Jewel in the Palace is responsible for drawing the interest of the whole world into Korean culture, particularly its history, cuisine, and landmarks. What's not to like? Set in ancient times, the period drama follows an orphaned kitchen cook who goes on to become the first female physician of the king. Filled with deadly court secrets and lavish royal lifestyles, as well as near life-or-death situations, Jewel in the Palace's intricately-woven plot will certainly make for binge-watching material—and a binge-eating one, too. Yum. #FoodGoals

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  1. Full House (2005)

Fact: Song Hye Kyo was everywhere in the early 2000's. But unlike her first big breakthrough, which was filled with melodrama, Full House is a welcome change, kickstarting the rom-com Hallyu wave. Remember when the K-pop singer Rain was everywhere? The two star as a girl and a guy forced to live in the same house after a nasty prank goes wrong. Of course, they must keep the full extent of their living conditions a secret from the judgmental eyes of society, plus not fall in love. If you want a show filled with kilig moments and big laughs (throwback to the iconic "Three Bears" song, which sounded sooo funny dubbed in Filipino), then Full House is the show for you!

  1. My Lovely Kim Sam Soon (2006)

This list wouldn't be complete without My Lovely Kim Sam Soon, another Korean rom-com that was so popular, it even spawned its own Pinoy remake! The Bridget Jones-esque story focuses on Kim Sam Soon, a young woman who's always struggled with two things: 1. Her weight and 2. Her traditional name, which literally means "3rd daughter". After getting dumped by her cheating boyfriend and losing her job, she's determined to improve, using her love for baking to open a small bakery. She soon meets hotel heir Hyun Jin Heon. Although their relationship is antagonistic at first, it soon blossoms into love. Yes, this show is filled with love triangles and cute chemistry that will make you kilig.

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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.

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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.


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