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9 Best K-Dramas Of 2020... So Far

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We’re about to wrap up the first half of 2020—I know, right—so we thought we’d look back on some of the *best* K-dramas we’ve seen during the first six months of the year so far. We listed down, in no particular order, nine K-dramas that we genuinely loved and enjoyed during from January to June 2020. And if you haven’t seen some of these yet, it’s not too late to catch them on Netflix or Viu!

Itaewon Class (January - March 2020)

Where to watch: Netflix
Starring: Park Seo Joon, Kim Da Mi, Kwon Nara

Easily one of favorite dramas this year, Itaewon Class follows the story of Park Saeroyi and his journey to seek revenge against the family that caused the many troubles in his life. Also, it was this webtoon-turned-series that gave birth to PSJ’s iconic chestnut hair.

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A World of Married Couple (March - May 2020)

Where to watch: Viu
Starring: Kim Hee Ae, Park Hae Joon, Han So Hee

A World of Married Couple follows the story of picture-perfect couple Dr. Ji Sun Woo and her husband Lee Tae Oh. Sun Woo, however, suspects Tae Oh is being unfaithful and well, she wasn’t wrong. We were so emotionally invested in this drama just like everyone else who patiently waited for new episodes weekly—we even made a ranking of the worst characters and an honest review! Also, this drama set and broke several TV rating records, including their own! So go ahead and watch it, stat! P.S. Kim Hee Ae actually won Best Actress at the 56th Baeksang Awards for her role as Ji Sun Woo!

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Crash Landing On You (December 2019 - February 2020)

Where to watch: Netflix
Starring: Son Ye Jin, Hyun Bin

Literally everyone and their mom (and tita and tito) watched Crash Landing On You. In fact, the world gained a lot of new K-drama fans after watching this particular series. #Riri4ever #TomatoCultivator

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Hospital Playlist (March - May 2020)

Where to watch: Netflix
Starring: Jo Jung Seok, Jeun Mi Do, Jung Kyoung Ho, Yoo Yun Seok, Kim Dae Myung

From the creators of the Reply series, Hospital Playlist is about the friendship of a group of doctors who’ve been together since they entered med school in the '90s. When they're not saving lives in the hospital, they come together to play music in a band. We’re telling you, this drama is *fantastic*. No complicated storylines, just great storytelling and heartwarming moments.

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The King: Eternal Monarch (April - June 2020)

Where to watch: Netflix
Starring: Lee Min Ho, Kim Go Eun

The King: Eternal Monarch was the highly-anticipated comeback of one of our OG oppas, Lee Min Ho. It was his first drama after three years, and his first time starring alongside Goblin actress Kim Go Eun. The plot is anything but simple—it includes time travel and parallel worlds—so prepare to be blown away by this unforgettable drama.

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Extracurricular (April 2020)

Where to watch: Netflix
Starring: Kim Dong Hee, Park Joo Hyun

Itaewon Class and Sky Castle star Kim Dong Hee landed his first lead role in Extracurricular this year. This show is about a bunch of high school kids who “choose a life of crime” and had to face the consequences of their actions.

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Hi Bye, Mama! (February - April 2020)

Where to watch: Netflix
Starring: Kim Tae Hee, Lee Kyu Hyung

Hi Bye, Mama is Kim Tae Hee’s first project after five years of not starring in a drama. We instantly fell in love with this heartwarming drama about a first-time mom-to-be who unexpectedly passed away in an accident. Warning: Lots of crying will definitely happen if you start this series!

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Dr. Romantic 2 (January - February 2020)

Where to watch: Viu
Starring: Han Suk Kyu, Ahn Hyo Seop

This is the sequel to Dr. Romantic, which aired in 2016. If you enjoy watching medical dramas, this should totally be on your list! Fun fact: A Pinay actually appears on the show! Check out how she landed the role here.

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When The Weather Is Fine (February - April 2020)

Where to watch: Viu
Starring: Park Min Young, Seo Kang Joon

We don’t know about you, but we’ll watch anything Park Min Young stars in. Min Young plays the role of Mok Hae Won, who leaves Seoul to live in the countryside, where she lived during her childhood. There, she reconnects with an old friend played by Seo Kang Joon. This heartwarming drama is all about healing and forgiveness, so do check it out, too!

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We can't wait for more dramas to come out this year!

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This is a drawing and a poem I’ve made for a summer love. Our time together was short-lived but the feelings were not.

“God’s Gift”

On a platform we stand

Faces seen all in a blur

Relentless searching led by a spur

To find someone, to feel something

Aren’t we fools to waste away time?

To look for one man’s treasure

Somewhere as ephemeral, as fragile

As a bond built in crime

But aren’t we just like every weary heart?

Hoping for an oasis

In the midst of the desert

Wanting to quench our thirst

Aren’t we all like frosted windows

Of old and battered houses on winter?

Wishing for the sun to give us warmth

To melt the facade so we can show what the inside is made

Aren’t we maven pretenders?

A Casanova? A Temptress? Who made us this way?

A sly fox? A ruthless hunter?

Let down the walls, It’ll be okay

Rushed for a hug, now no hesitating

Engulfed by a sense of bliss or was it longing? Eyes wide-open,

Stepping on a quicksand I embraced the fall into the deep end

Gazed at you lying there unaware With you, found something rare I swear

Realization dawning as loud as a thunder

As the Beating of your heart put me into a deep slumber

Waking up from this reverie

Truth slapped me back to reality

Two worlds so different, now I see If only I could I’d be anything and anyone you need me to be I’m the ludicrous clown, you see

Thought if I ruin it first I’d be free

From the doubts brought by my own insecurity I was so wrong,

What a tragicomedy Brought by the month of April

We rushed the ticking of clock to May Hands interlocked

Weaved skin to skin on a rainy day But when June came to say hello, all went dark grey

What was once there ceases to exist Like the wilting of a flower

Once so beautiful, so full of life Now turned into dust by death’s kiss

Unbounded joy brought by your presence

Paralleled with the perennial ache of your absence Yearned for and offered seventh heaven

Now the heart weeps for evanescence

A mirage, to be the fair maiden The sorrow to find out I’d end up our own villain

But all’s well for you are but a distant dream Gamaliel, You are, I knew it from the very beginning .

Written by me, the one-shot story

Coffee is about a girl who used to cherish moments with someone in a cafe. Sometimes, a simple drink can leave an imprint on someone's mind. ____________________________________________

Coffee

It's been a year since my boyfriend and I broke up. I love him and he loves me too but things just didn't worked  the way it should be. Now I'm heading at the cafe where we started and ended. I have no choice but to go there after all it was made up of both happy and sad memories. But that's life , right? We can't be happy all the time. Challenges come and hearts can break. But it doesn't just end there.

"One signature coffee , please." I said as I ordered from the cashier.

"What size?" she asked.

"Small." I said.

Then she took my payment and I headed towards the seat near the window. A window seat.... for two. The cafe was surprisingly full tonight unlike the past few days.

Again, I have no choice but to sit on that window seat. It is where we sit often. It is our seat. Our place. There are a lot of couples at the cafe and wow I'm alone. There's a part of me which says you should be happy because he's not the only guy in this world. Another part of me says you're still hurt so don't pretend to be happy. The truth is , I am both happy and sad.  I'm happy because we're both free and we can focus more in our careers. But I'm sad because I'm not the other half of his heart anymore. I'm sad because I let him go even though I still love him. I'm sad because I can't see him. I'm sad because I can't share this relaxing coffee shop where we can chill with the aromatic smell of the coffee.

"Small signature coffee?" the waitress said as she serves my coffee.

"Yes. Thank you." I said.

"Since you're a regular customer here, we would like to give you this item for free." the waitress said. She handed me a purple journal with the name of the cafe on it and a pen.

"Oh thanks." I said .

"Enjoy your coffee!" she said.

I took advantage of using the freebies from the cafe. A window seat is also a bonus in inspiring me to write something. While sipping my coffee my brain and my heart began to function smoothly.

And so I wrote: My coffee has been cold lately, I can't feel anything after taking a sip and there's no heat to leave a pain on my lips. And it was a relief. But then, I remember one thing about sipping a cold coffee instead of a hot one: cold coffee doesn't leave you any marks when you sipped it, just like a blunt feeling. But a hot coffee will leave you a remarkable pain from the heat which reminds you that you are alive to feel....

I closed the journal and stared at the window. He was the coffee. The hot coffee. No matter how our breakup hurt me, he left me a mark and a lesson to learn. A hot coffee can be a challenge too or an obstacle. They all made you feel that you are alive. That you can go on with your life. You can still stand up. Love taught me to move forward. He taught me to be stronger. He is love.

Belley Marie A day ago

WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A BROKE FANGIRL/FANBOY

One of the proudest things as a fan is the feeling that you are part of their growing fandom and stardom. From streaming their songs online, watching their music videos, TV guestings, collecting photocards, albums, lightsticks, attending to their concert and fan meetings surely, you're a fan! But there's a problem, MONEY.

It's really heartbreaking when you hear that members of your favorite band are coming and their concert is just around the corner but here you are thinking of how to sell one of your kidneys just to go to their concert (kidding).That no matter how much you try to save, it will never be enough for a ticket because you are only a student who has limited resources or if you're an adult, you have bills to pay. So joining a "team bahay" livestream is your last resort, but sometimes even those links don't work!

Of course if there's team bahay there's also "team airport/ team labas", fans who waits at the airport hoping to see their idols upon their arrival. How we wish we could also attend and be part of it, something like shouting their names, fanchants then cry out of happiness while waving their lightsticks or banners. What a concept isn't?

Hey, cheer up! being broke doesn't make you any less of a fan. Know that there are other ways to support and love them. For sure our idols have the same and equal love to us no matter what "team" we belong (team concert, team airport/labas and team bahay).Maybe for some people, they might think we are being overly dramatic without knowing that for us fans, their existence itself and music saved us and made us happy once in our lives. -Gwy June 16,2020

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