5 K-Drama Boyfriends We Wish Existed In Real Life
If you're a habitual K-Drama binge-watcher who still doesn't have a boyfriend—well, have you realized why yet? It's obviously the fault of those romcom mini-series! Thanks to them, we now have such unrealistic romantic expectations.
But there's no use in crying over your love life (or lack thereof). Here, we've rounded up the five greatest K-Drama boyfriends of all time, so you can rewatch and relive their most swoon-worthy moments forever.
- Nam Joo Hyuk as Jung Joon Hyung in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Let's face it: Jung Joon Hyung is serious #boyfriendgoals. He's sweet (the way he acts whenever he feels kilig is so cute!), funny (every time he teases Bok Joo), and caring (when he looked after his GF when she was sick/depressed). He likes it when a girl can eat, and he's willing to complete your relationship bucket list. Oh, and did we mention that he's really good-looking as well? ♥ No wonder we all love him!
- Song Joong Ki as Captain Yoo Si Jin in Descendants of the Sun
Are you still reeling (in a good way, that is) from the news that he's marrying his DOTS co-star Song Hye Kyo IRL? Well, who could blame them—their chemistry was what made the show so successful. Anyway, Yoo Si Jin may be gone a lot due to his army position, but that doesn't mean he'll love you any less. He's protective and loyal—he'll literally come back to life for you, so don't worry about the LDR thing!
- Park Hyung Sik as Ahn Min Hyuk in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
At first glance, one might think that Ahn Min Hyuk is a shallow, spoiled chaebol, but he's actually polite and gracious—not to mention intelligent enough to make a fortune without his wealthy father's help. Plus, despite the fact that most guys would get insecure about their gf having superhuman strength, he's respectful enough to acknowledge her power and to love her as she is without the stereotypical ~fragile masculinity~ lots of guys have these days. (Also: he's cute when he gets kilig. Aw.)
- Lee Jong Suk as Kang Meol in W: Two Worlds
He may have had a rough and mysterious past (his entire family was murdered and he was framed?!)—but he was strong enough to rise above it all. Although his desire to avenge his parents' death by killing their murderer seems a little dark, it just goes to show how much he cares about his loved ones, as well as the great lengths he'll go to just to save them. But while he may seem all-serious, he's actually a fan of grand, romantic (and, unlike some people, non-creepy) gestures: He'll literally leave his world for you.
- Park Seo Joon as Dong Man in Fight for My Way
We may have started this drama for DOTS's Kim Ji Won, but it's actually Park Seo Joon as formerly famed taekwando master Dong Man that made us stay. No matter how many "third-rate" scenarios life throws at him, Dong Man maintains a sense of optimism that can brighten up any girl's day. He's that guy bestie who makes sure that you don't cry (aw) and that you don't get hurt (even if it means punching your cheating ex in the process). All because he's been secretly in love with you all along! *swoon*
Darren Wang as Hsu Tai Yu in Our Times
Okay, technically it's a Taiwanese movie, not a K-Drama, but so what? Hsu Tai You is the king of secretly-good bad boys. Sure, he tries to downplay every sweet move with sarcasm, but he's just as much a sucker for romance as we all are! Smart, handsome, and dashing—he's got it all, and it's thanks to him that we were kilig and moved to tears at the same time when watching the movie! ♥
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5 Mystery-Thriller Novels to Read
If you’re stuck at home and out of Netflix shows to binge-watch, then you might want to try and read these mystery-thriller books to match your homemade Dalgona Coffee.
1. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The debut novel, and Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery & Thriller of 2019, follows Alicia Berenson, a well-known painter married to an esteemed fashion photographer. Life seemed perfect for Alicia, until one evening when she shot her husband five times, and… never spoke again.
2. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
From the author of Final Girls comes this page turning novel about an infamous building in Manhattan called the Bartholomew. After stumbling upon an ad to become an apartment sitter, Jules Larsen has set out to look after apartment 12A under strict and somewhat odd conditions. Not long after stepping foot in the building, Jules has been met with unfriendly tenants, eerie noises in the apartment unit, and an abrupt departure of a fellow sitter named Ingrid.
3. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
If you loved Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho or David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, then this book is for you. After the disappearance of her Aunt Vivian while working as a night-shift clerk at the Sun Down Motel in 1982, Carly has set off to Fell NY, to work the same job at the same place as her Aunt had 35 years ago – with hopes of uncovering the truth lurking behind the Motel walls.
4. Verity by Colleen Hoover
While known for Young-Adult Novels such as Slammed and Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover offers readers a romantic thriller about Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling author who was given the opportunity to finish the three remaining novels of a successful series after its original author, Verity Crawford, suffered an accident and has become immobile. After receiving an invite at the Crawford manor to sort through Verity’s notes, Lowen discovers an unpublished autobiography revealing the truth about Verity. With the eerie atmosphere of having Verity confined in her own home, and who is seemingly aware of her surroundings, Lowen is certain Verity is not what she appears to be.
5. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
A mind-bending science fiction thriller from the best-selling author of Wayward Pines – Dark Matter is packed with the concept of the Multiverse and the philosophy of existentialism. The novel follows an ordinary Physics professor, Jason Dessen, who was looking forward to dinner with his family while walking the streets of Chicago. The next thing he knew, he was being held at gunpoint – by a man wearing a mask – and injected with an unknown drug and blacks out. When he regains consciousness, he learns that the world he woke up to was different from the world he knew.
Here's a poem I wrote a while back reflecting on what it's like over-rationalize a simple thing like crushing on a dude -- hence, the title "Scientific Method"
You were a phenomenon I cannot wrap my head around
When I first met you, my heart forgot to make its signature sound
And it's overwhelming, your presence;
And underwhelming, so science will be the only language I'll hide in-- For now.
At first glance, I notice your top button unbuttoned,
and your shirt fully cotton
Complete with a smile as nervous as me
And a swagger in your step only I can see
Further on, I find your wit to be at a pace
That doesn't leave any space for tension to rise
and it's all too nice
And ridiculous and a bit too suspicious
That this isn't another (well,) circus.
Now, let's take a wild guess,
Oh, but it has to be smart, yes,
That this could lead to something with potential
That this isn't another differential easily solved
With a formula, tried and tested but never evolved
For so long, we've both been independent of any dependent
Keeping our variables fixed and ourselves distracted
With anything, everything,
But not a single thing
Could stop me from pushing this blindly to find its threshold,
Hoping that it's a quantity my hands could still hold
Over hours, days, and weeks
Through minor revisions and tweaks
Then comes the analysis -- that these weren't accidents
So, now I find myself in a conundrum
With the anomaly in a blue shirt right in front of me,
That this had to be processed logically,
But the findings are as follows:
None of which were shallow, so I therefore conclude that it's true,
I therefore conclude that it's you.
Mi Luna: The Light in My Dark Soul Locked in… Alone…
Why do I feel comforted by darkness? Oh cause maybe because… I am a jolly and very enthusiast kid back then. All I know is to have fun, laugh and play. But as I grow older, everything has changed, a lot. I can feel the changes. I know the more I get older, I’m turning to something I’m not. You know what, I just realized I like it even more. And that’s how I turned a monster. A monster to my own self. Always questioning life and even God about the things that are happening with my life. “Do I deserve this?”. Every day was a struggle. “Which mask should I wear now?”. And every night is my judgement time. “Should I still continue with my miserable life?”. This certainly sum up my whole life. I have this mindset since I was young. I can say that my experiences made me like this. I always want to escape, but every time I tried to pick up myself up, there is always shits that pulls me down. And there, I get tired. Hoping that no one would ever see this. As I despise myself as well. What I can do now is to just embraced everything, I just embraced darkness- reflecting my own self.
“Look at the moon, it can shine alone and it can give us light at night.” A line I was keeping in my mind that a friend of mine helps me realize things and been there to fix my path. And there I started seeking for my moon but I do not know which part should I start. As days passed, I started to open up myself. I started to act as what truly inside me. It is very hard at first and there is this time that even the situation got worst. But as I continue exploring with my life, a question pop out on my head “Why did I still get this far?”, I can say that maybe I should do this, maybe I really can do this but it is myself who is holding me back because I’m afraid.
Now as far as I am trying to revive my soul, there I know that many people care. Yes, I learned to open up but not to all, on different situations there are people who can understand me because they have the same situation as I am. I learn to open up as long as they did not force me. I learned to navigate and open up for whom I trusted and at the same time when I am ready. The light that I am seeking is my own understanding and acceptance about myself. My light is myself and I am Mi Luna. So it is not too late to save myself. I have thought that, I should be a survivor and winner. That I should also be the ruler of my own mind and soul. Eliminate the room for darkness and let the light shine through you, that I can say how I earned myself again. Mi Luna’s darkness have turned to spotlight.
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