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Top Series For Guys Looking For Their First K-Drama To Binge Watch

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Fans would agree that they turn to K-dramas for the shows’ light-hearted scenes na tamang pampakilig lang, which is why it’s not as appealing for people who aren’t exactly into romantic themes. Not to mention that there seems to be a misconception that K-dramas are for girls only. (2020 na, fam. You do you!) If you’d had your fair share of binge-watch sessions, though, you’d know that these K-dramas offer more than just heartwarming storylines; they’ve got substance and life lessons, too.

We asked our followers on Instagram about the best series they’d recommend to a guy friend who’s just trying to get into K-dramas, and these are the shows that reigned supreme. #GenerationCandy suggests you start your K-drama journey with these series first:

Itaewon Class

Starring: Park Seo Joon, Kim Da Mi, Kim Dong Hee, Kwon Nara 

Watch it on: Netflix

The recently concluded drama starring the everyone’s favorite oppa Park Seo Joon is a good starting point for K-drama newbies. It’s based on a webtoon and is about the not-so-easy journey to success of Park Saeroyi who opens a restaurant in Itaewon called Dan Bam and competes with top restaurant group Jangga Company. Instagram user @heyitsgeloy says it’s “not too rom-com, but has a lot of lessons in life.” User @lxxreen also says, “It’s not your typical K-drama. [There’s] a lot of inspiring lessons especially if you’re into business.”

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Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

Starring: Park Hyung Sik, Park Bo Young, Ji Soo

Do Bong Soon is a strong and independent woman—literally, because she was born with incredible strength. She gets hired by Min Hyuk, a video game company CEO, as his bodyguard after receiving anonymous threats. Coincidentally, various kidnappings have been popping up in Bong Soon’s neighborhood which are being investigated by her friend-slash-crush, and she and Min Hyuk end up helping out in solving the cases. It’s a good show to suggest to guy friends who believe that women can be equally as powerful as men in every aspect. User @amberapola shares, “I watched this with my younger brother (a K-drama newbie at that time) and he really enjoyed it.”

Crash Landing On You

Starring: Hyun Bin, Son Ye Jin, Seo Ji Hye, Kim Jung Hyun

Watch it on: Netflix

Plenty of people have answered the 2020 hit Crash Landing On You. Everyone has been hyping up CLOY on social media that it’s hard not to get curious! The drama revolves around a South Korean CEO who ends up in North Korea after a paragliding accident. There, she meets a North Korean soldier and convinces him to help her get back home. There are a lot more interesting plot twists and characters along the way, and the characters and cast members are equally lovable.

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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

Starring: Lee Sung Kyung, Nam Joo Hyuk, Kyung Soo Jin

Watch it on: Netflix or Viu

If you’re especially into sports, this 2016 coming-of-age drama about student athletes would totally be relatable. It’s also where the famous line, “Do you like Messi?” came from, ICYDK. User @prestasche says, “’Di pa gano’n ka-complicated ang plot,” while @yukuokirigaya says it has the “cutest couple and plot.”

Reply 1988

Starring: Park Bo Gum, Lee Hyeri, Ryu Jun Yeol, Go Kyung Pyo

Watch it on: Netflix or Viu

Set in the ‘80s to ‘90s, Reply 1988 mainly revolves around themes of family and friendship, and will extort all sorts of emotions out of you. If you’re not so much a fan of cutesy rom-coms, Reply 1988 would be a good place to start. User @jeremiah_victoriaa suggests this K-drama, too, saying that it’s a good watch if you’re about improving family ties.

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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