It’s a list of Kdramas about courage and pursuing dreams. A spoiler-free insights also about these series and some words of encouragement.
Title: Feeling hopeless? These K-dramas will inspire you to muster up the courage to pursue your dreams no matter what
There are times that you question the paths life has led you. And most of the times, these are the moments when you get tired of chasing your dreams and on the brink of giving up. You have these thoughts, that’s creeping into your mind saying; “Nothing is happening. This won’t work. I’m never good enough. I’m too young. I’m too old. I’m lacking. I will never be able to do it. That’s too big. It seems impossible.” Or sometimes you’re just plain worn out. Too exhausted to even think about your dreams. But despite of so many hardships, isn’t it beautiful to still think “what does it mean to live the life of your dreams?”
Every once in a while, it’s good to hear stories that could ignite our life once again. Here are the list of Kdramas that will inspire you to muster up the courage to pursue your dreams no matter what
1. DREAM HIGH
“There is a long way to go before your story comes to an end. So don’t be anxious that things are taking longer for you. People who take their time getting to their dreams can see and experience more. And in my opinion it is those who take their time that will really make it big time in the end.” -Kang Oh Hyuk
Aside from the excitement of having to watch an all star casts in one drama (Bae Suzy, Kim Soo Hyun, IU & Taecyeon) this series will also make your heart feel alive and hopeful. It’s about teenagers, with different lives and talents, ended up in the same school, the Kirin Arts High School, an academy for aspiring singers, dancers and songwriters. As the students tried to learn their true potential to reach their aspirations, they will find themselves fighting their own weaknesses and struggling in the life so-called “competitions”.
When you feel like you’re stuck or being left behind, and see your friends and colleagues already achieved their goals, will you feel bitter and envious? Will you stop? Will you change your dreams? Or will you stop comparing and start working harder to improve yourself? Our lives unfold as they should be, at their own pace and on their own timeline. What’s meant for us will arrive at the right time and for the right reasons. This is one of the life lessons you’ll get to see in Dream High as each characters take their own steps to be in the spotlight.
2. FIGHT FOR MY WAY
“What were you doing with your time?”
“I earned money. While they went to study abroad and volunteer, I was earning money.” -Choi, Ae-Ra
The story reveals a harsh truth about adulting life, about the younger generation who are not qualified for what the “perfect” society demands. Without backgrounds such as higher education and professional experience, the world tells them to just keep working on ordinary jobs. Fight For My Way is about Ae-Ra who is working an Information Desk Employee instead of living her life as an Announcer and her best friend Dong-Man who is working as Pest Control Employee instead of pursuing his dreams to become a Professional Mixed Martial Artist.
Truth as it may be, being privilege has a lot of perks. On the other hand, lacks of money limits a person’s opportunity and sometimes it even lower a person’s status. But because they have less doesn’t mean they can’t achieve anything. With the kind of life given to them, they learned to appreciate what they have and make the most out of it. Instead of complaining, they used this to motivate themselves to strive harder to accomplish what they really want. This drama will give you a slice of life as you found yourself rooting for the characters as they go after their dreams with vigor and fighting spirit.
3. ITAEWON CLASS
“I’m a rock. Go ahead and sear me. I won’t budge an inch because I’m a rock. Go ahead and beat me up. I’m a solid rock. Go ahead and leave me in darkness. I’m a rock that will shine all alone. I don’t break, ash, nor decay as I go against nature’s way. I survive. I’m a diamond.” -Diamond Poem by Gwang Jin
A past tragic life. Imprisonment. No family. That’s enough reasons to give up on life, but not for Park Saeroyi. Itaewon Class narrates a story of overcoming darkness. It’s a story of growth and patience. It tells you that life isn’t supposed to be linear. It’s not supposed to be a flat line of happiness and forever smiles. It is a constant surge of ups and downs and of twists and turns. It tells you that life wasn’t meant to be easy. But it will also show you that failure will one day lead you to your destiny. That you need first to be broken in order to shine, to be crushed and pressured in order to transform.
Park Saeroyi will teach you how to fight your way back in life. Fall down seven times, and he will stand up eight. Ruin his dreams and he will show you he got backup plans. In this journey, he found friends that helped him build his dreams and make him a better person, just like in our own lives. People will come our way to encourage us, help us, teach us and support us.
In this drama, you will learn to cope up with fears of the unknown as you have people who will walk side by side with you until the end of the race. --- Whoever you are, whether you are in your teenage years, 20’s or 30’s, or whatever season you’re in, whether you’re starting another chapter of your life or you’re closing another one, may your heart never ceased to hope and dream. If you get tired, it’s okay to take a break and rest. Then get up the following day and start taking steps again toward your goals.
I know it’s easier said than done. But I hope and pray that you find your motivations, your reasons, your purpose. I hope that you find the things that will ignite your heart and life to continue dreaming. P.S. The OSTs of these dramas will also inspire you and can give you major LSS ????
Here's a fan art that I made for Lee Joo Young of Itaewon class! I've been making digital illustration since last year and I'm happy that I was able to see my improvements. I'm also happy to see people's reactions and support for my craft even though all of it are made through my phone (adobe illustrator) only ????. You don't actually have to use expensive or complicated medium as long as you know how to be creative and like what you're doing, then you can do it. ????
Things Every Titas of K-pop Went Through
For someone who has been a K-pop fan since 2009, I’ve witnessed how the Korean wave continuously stayed on our shores and how it blossomed from the 2nd generation of K-pop Idols to the 3rd generation. And before we can even enjoy social media and live-streaming today, we had a hard time fangirling back then and here, I’ve listed the struggles only Titas of K-pop can relate to.
1. Dealing with a slow internet connection
For some reason, the internet back then was significantly slower than it is today. Youtube videos take too long to load and watching your favorite Korean music show online requires you to dwell on the never-ending buffering that the slow internet connection gives. Patience is a virtue, sis!
2. Downloading k-pop songs
Before we can even enjoy the existence of Spotify, the only way to revel in our favorite k-pop songs multiple times is to have them downloaded or sometimes, you have to buy the physical album first and have the songs ripped from the CD. The struggle is real, I know!
3. Your favorite k-pop group just don’t visit your country
Since K-pop is still not popular in the country back then, when your favorite K-pop group announces world tour, there’s a zero probability that you will get to see your bias in the flesh because Philippines is not always a part of their tour. It’s seriously heartbreaking, tbh!
4. Buying a merch is a rough quest
Few years ago, K-pop was not as popular than it is now, so there are only few k-pop shops online who ship merchs in the Philippines but when they do, the shipping fee is way too expensive and sometimes they cost more than the merchandise itself. But now, you can drop by Divisoria or anywhere in Manila and you’ll find a k-pop merch at a cheap price! Imagine!
5. Watching videos without subtitles
The struggle is real when the most anticipated appearance of your idol on a TV show comes out only to find out that there are no subtitles! So you just end up waiting for someone to upload the subtitles and for the extreme level, you find time in learning the Korean language and wish to speak Korean so you can watch in peace. To become a fan might be one of the most challenging roles to play but believe me when I say that it is just one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
/Cover photo from SM Entertainment
Hi, everyone! How are you all doingand what have you been up to? :) My sister and I have been craving KOREAN FOOD because of all the KDRAMA so we decided to try these KOREAN SNACKS ? It was honestly so much fun and we discovered new favorites!!! This is something to brighten anyone's mood during these times. Just for fun, for the laughs and for the cravings. Here's the link if you want to check it out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz2Wz5A1tmI Would also love to know what your favorite Korean snacks are? :)
With the month long suspension, I see most people tweeting and posting on their stories for suggestions on what to do and since we are promoting the act of staying home as much as possible as it could be the best preventive measure, I figured I should share my top 5 favourite kdramas to watch that I honestly think are a bit underrated so here they are:
Reply 1988 - This 20 episode cheesy, family drama will give you nostalgic vibes while also making you laugh and cry at the same time. It’s definitely my top one that I find myself recommending it to all of my friends and basically ANYONE; it’s just really worth the watch! - Starring Hyeri, Ryoo Joon-Yeol, Ko Gyung-Pyo, Park Bo-Gum and Lee Dong-Hwi
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo - Now this drama is everything I could ever ask a period drama to be. The plot, the cast (especially the princes) and the OST were exceptional that just hearing a single song from it gets to me up to this point. And yes, I am also still waiting for a season 2 like the rest of the world. - Starring Lee Joon-Gi, IU, Kang Ha-Neul, Hong Jong-Hyun, Nam Joo-Hyuk, Baekhyun, Ji Soo, and Yoon Sun-Woo
Cheese in the trap - I believe this is one of the most intriguing and interesting kdramas out there considering the male lead involved and how one would witness the development of each character. It was full of thought-provoking moments yet also cute fluffy romance partnered up with indie flavoured OST that I just really enjoyed. But just a warning if you do watch this: you might feel an intense second male lead syndrome!! - Starring Park Hae-Jin, Kim Go-Eun, Seo Kang-Joon, Lee Sung-Kyung, Nam Joo-Hyuk and Park Min-Ji
Who Are You: School 2015 - Does the name Nam Joo-hyuk ring a bell? How about Yook Sungjae? And also the lovely Kim So-hyun? Need I say more? I think those are enough reasons to get you to watch this drama, but if you are looking for a sweet high school romance combined with an amazing mysterious plot and phenomenal acting then this kdrama is the best choice. - Starring Kim So-Hyun, Nam Joo-Hyuk, Yook Sungjae, Lee Pil-Mo and David Lee
Cheer Up! (Sassy Go Go) - Initially one might think that this kdrama is just your typical high school drama set in a competitive school but it will truly win over your heart with its lighthearted romance, great chemistry between the characters, witty and funny lines while perfectly capturing the enthusiasm of the youth that you’d really find yourself cheering for each character. - Starring Jung Eun-Ji, Lee Won-Geun, Chae Soo-Bin, Cha Hak-Yeon and Ji Soo
I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
I started fixing myself this quarantine. I mean, I started trying makeup products. As a teen, I'm on my phone almost every hour of the day, scroll on my social media accounts, especially Instagram, and also Pinterest where you get to see nice and pleasing photography by bunch of amazing and beautiful people from different parts of the world. So I started taking my own as well. I did not know that taking your own photo and try to get an Instagramable one is sooooooooo hard, it's exhausting. I do not have alot of space in my room, and I would definitely not do it outside our house because of Corona Virus, and I don't want to be seen by our neighbors HAHA so I have no choice but to make tiis inside my room.
Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
Until next time!
First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.
The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.
There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.