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New Beginnings Sept 2014

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Age Ending in 9 Boys is all slapstick and superstition. It’s a Friday-Saturday 16 episode rom-com about three brothers and an uncle whose ages end in 9. Mom visits a psychic who informs her that they are “Plus Nine” boys which means that they will have a lot of bad luck in the coming year. Recap on Couch Kimchi, Watch on Viki DramaBay

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What’s With This Family? is a 50 episode weekend family drama.Every family has its issues but what happens when the patriarch in the family is not happy with the behaviors of his children? Cha Bong Soon (Yoo Dong-Geun) does not intend to just sit back and take bad treatment from his three adult children – Cha Kang Shim (Kim Hyun-Joo), Cha Gang Jae (Yoon Park) and Cha Dal Bong (Park Hyung-Sik) – and decides to take legal action against them. With such chaos going on in her family, Kang Shim has a tough time focusing on her job as secretary to Moon Tae Joo (Kim Sang-Kyung), the very demanding second-in-command of the Daeoh Company. Will Tae Joo get sucked into the Cha family drama as well? VikiDramaBay

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Blade Man (English) Iron Man (Korean) is a 20 episode fantasy romance about a man (Lee Dong-Wook) who has knives standing upright all over his body because of the pain that his heart’s been through and a woman (Shin Se-Kyung) who helps him become human with her unconditional love. The drama will premiere on Wednesday, September 10, and airs following Joseon Gunman. I really don’t know what to say except it looks pretty. DramaBeans DramaBay

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Banana Pineapple Cheesecake

Makes 1 Cheesecake, servings for 9 
Prep Time:45 minutes plus overnight for setting
Cook time:15 minutes
Ingredients for Crust:
• 1 cup Gluten Free Ginger Snap Crumbs
• ¼ cup Sugar
• 1 stick melted Butter
Ingredients for Filling:
• 1 (8oz) package Cream Cheese softened
• 1 small box instant cheesecake pudding mix
• 1 ½ cups cold Milk
• 1 container pineapple yogurt
• small container of whipped topping
• 1 (16 oz) can crushed pineapple, well drained
• 1 banana, peeled and sliced
• 1 small jar Maraschino Cherries, well drained
• Small pkg of chopped pecans

Directions:

• Preheat oven to 350°.
• In a mixing bowl combine ginger snap crumbs and 1/4 cup sugar
• Add melted butter, mix until combined.
• Press Graham cracker mixture into the bottom of an 9 x 9 pan.
• Press to flatten well.
• Bake at 350° for 15 minutes, until brown.
• Cool completely on a wire rack (you can speed it along in the refrigerator).
• Line cooled Graham cracker crust with sliced set aside.
• In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy and add cheesecake pudding mixture.
• Fold in by hand ½ of the whipped topping to the mixture, saving the rest for the top layer.
• Spread filling mixture over bananas in ginger snap crust.
• Top with well drained pineapple.
• Top the filling/pineapple with remaining whipped topping.
• Top with maraschino cherries and diced pecans.
• Refrigerate overnight to allow to fully set.


High School ♥ Love-On ♥ Reflections

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The Infinite boys (Nam Woo-Hyun and Lee Sung-Yeol) are really cute. WooHyun frequently says the opposite of what he means and his bravado gets him in a lot of trouble. SungYeol (Umbrella) is the smartest kid in school and helps WH and Angel out a lot.  It’s hard to believe that the heroine in this story, Angel (Kim Sae-Ron) is only 14-15 years old and has already been in 8 movies and 8 dramas. She is the star that makes the drama worth watching.

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It seems like Angel turned human because of her interest in humans via KDramas (not because she saved WHyun). She interprets everything through her drama lens and longs for the human experience. She still has powers but using them drains all her energy and they are gradually fading.

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Math teacher, StepMom, DeadbeatMom, “Witch” abandoned her own son for her happiness and even worse, she tries to get him transferred to another school because he makes her uncomfortable. But Gram is having none of that. WHyun already transferred once because of a stalker’s mom. Bad StepMom! Although CopDad has good intentions he is rather clueless.

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No wonder Unbrella hates StepMom although he doesn’t know everything. He blames her for breaking up his parents marriage. Umbella is nice to nearly everyone except StepMom. She is nice to him until she suspects him of helping a cheater. Then her true colors manifest. WHyun tells her Umbrella is innocent but she doesn’t want proof because it’s dangerous physically and politically.

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Gram is amazing! She runs a restaurant on top of raising WHyun and taking in Angel. She knows when to fight and when to bow out. But it looks like she has a serious illness. If she doesn’t tell anyone, who will help?

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There’s another human angel that shows up from time to time. At first he seems like a janitor at the school, then a homeless man, and next an entrepreneur giving out free ice cream. The Korean bully culture has me baffled. Older kids bully younger kids. The rich bully the poor. The police bully victims. Most are confrontational although many choose to remain victims rather than explain or defend themselves and suffer the fallout. is there no justice?

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New Beginnings

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   It’s not surprising to me that the The Three Musketeers opening was awesome, but check out Dramabeans recap of episode 1. Set in the Joseon Dynasty period. The drama series follows the Crown Prince Sohyeon (Lee Jin-Wook), his warriors Heo Seung-Po (Yang Dong-Geun) and An Min-Seo (Jung Hae-In) and Park Dal-Hyang (Jung Yong-Hwa) who is taking his military exam.
 Inspired by Alexandre Dumas’s 1844 novel,"The Three Musketeers" the Korean drama will consist of three series (or seasons) with each consisting of 12 episodes (one per week).”The Three Musketeers” is the first tvN drama series to air on Sundays. Watch on DramaBay

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Discovery of Romance also started well. Han Yeo-Reum (Jung Yu-Mi) is in love with her boyfriend Ha-Jin (Sung Joon ), but her ex-boyfriend, Kang Tae-Ha (Eric) misses her and shows up at a most opportune time. “Discovery of Romance” takes over the KBS2 Mon & Tue 21:55 time slot previously occupied by “Trot Lovers” and will be followed by “Cantabile Tomorrow" October, 2014. Eric & Jung Yu-Mi previously starred together in 2007 MBC drama series "Que Sera Sera". Watch on DramaBay Recaps on DramaBeans

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My Secret Hotel is described as a mystery rom-com. A divorced couple meet again as a wedding planner and a potential groom. Sang-Hyo (Yoo In-Na) is the manager for the wedding department of a hotel. She is a perfectionist with a bright personality. She meets her ex-husband Hae-Young (Jin Lee-Han) as a client at the hotel. Sang-Hyo and Hae-Young were in love, married, and divorced in less than 100 days. Her ex, Hae-Young (Jin Lee-Han) is a famous architect. 
   Sung-Gyeom (Namgung Min) is Sang-Hyo’s boss. The murder case that brings about a crisis at the hotel is related to his personal history. He is in a love triangle with Sang-Hyo and Eun-Joo (Lee Young-Eun). Eun-Joo works as public relations manager for the hotel and she is ambitious. Watch on DramaBayRecaps on Koala’s Playground.

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New Beginnings

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Surplus Princess (The Idle Mermaid) may be the most promising new drama of the season since it is cuteness overload and starts out with a passionate underwater kiss. Ha-Ni (Jo Bo-Ah) is a mermaid. For a man she is in love with, she becomes a human being and begins to live at the Ingyeo House. The house is for people who are preparing to land their first jobs. To permanently become a human being, Ha-Ni must make the man love her within 100 days. There is one episode weekly Thursdays on VikiDramaBay,  GoodDrama, and DramaFire. Recaps

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It’s Okay. There’s Love is about a house full of psychos and shrinks with psychiatric problems. It’s packed with dark humor and surprises. Jang Jae-Yeol is a schizophrenic mystery writer and radio DJ. Ji Hae-Soo is going through her first year fellowship in psychiatry at a University Hospital. After she meets Jang Jae-Yeol, her life goes through big changes. It airs Wednesdays and Thursdays on VikiDramaFeverDramaBay, and KDrama. It’s being recapped on DramaBeans and CouchKimchi.
   Night Watchman’s Journal was promoted as a ghost story but it is really demonic. I trashed it when the demonized king was planning to murder his devoted wife to marry a witch. Actually the night after the second episode I dreamed that I was casting demons out of the lead characters. No fun. 

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Happy Endings

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Hotel King is all makjang but if I had to describe it in one word, that word would be “beautiful”. Everything about the drama was beautiful and I liked all the characters including the bad guy (Lee Deok-Hwa) who was dominated by envy all his life. Baek (Kim Hae-Sook) was the most entertaining character as she changed from super spy to bad guy to childlike (from amnesia) Of course the OPT gets together in the end along with JaeWan’s (Lee Dong-Wook) childhood friend Roman Lee (Jin Tae-Hyun) Luckily the drama has run its course so you can marathon all 32 episodes and I highly recommend it. Watch on Viki

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Triangle is makjang and beautiful as well. Little bro (Siwan) is killed in the end because of his misplaced loyalty to the Chairman who killed his biological father. In the end Chairman’s hit man goes to prison, Young Dal (Kim Jae-Joong) gets everything and Chairman commits suicide after losing everything and his minions turn on him.  YoungDal also gets the girl and big bro (Lee Beom-Soo) goes to America to be with the woman he loves. Ultimately this drama is a JaeJoong showcase and well worth watching if you like JJ. Watch on Viki

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God’s Quiz is similar to Eleventh Hour about mad scientists, human cloning, human trafficking, and other gritty subjects. But the main characters Ryu Deok-Hwan as JinWoo and Lee Dong-Hae as Han ShiWoo (even though he is killed at the end) made it worth watching for me. Turns out that the worst mad scientist is the main character’s mother who persists in illegal cloning of humans with the support of the main bad guy. She changes a little when her only son is threatened and puts an end to the bad guy. She takes responsibility for a potentially failed clone of herself to raise her as a daughter. On DramaBay.
  Although “You’re All Surrounded” got good ratings, it was a waste.

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