Christmas has never been a big thing in my family and this year was no different. We went to my cousin’s housewarming, then to Suntec to get my dad’s phone fixed and finally dinner with some of my relatives.
Anyway it’s exam week(s) at the moment but then immediately after my paper, I’m flying off for a family holiday. The day I come back will be the day that PJ flies to Korea for 3 weeks T.T That means we won’t meet for five weeks? Is it very clingy if I say that it feels v long?? HAHA. I feel like it’s not a holiday if I don’t go over to nua in PJ’s house yknw 😦 Hope we still have time to do that when she comes back!
Because of the clashing schedules, we decided to meet today for dinner. I happened to be driving to school before dinner because I had things to do in school. So I decided to take a leap of faith and ask my dad if I could drive out for dinner with them. AND DUM DUM DUMMM because of my experience with dealing w my parents, I knew the correct formula with which to structure my request… REQUEST APPROVED WOOHOOOOO. So this dinner marks the first time I’ve driven out for dinner w my friends!!
We went to Lola’s for dinner because we all haven’t had it for the longest time. I cannot emphasise how value-for-money is rly. We paid $14 each for duck confit, chicken wings and pasta. (Obviously not blogger material because once the food came, we only took the effort to Snapchat it and then we gobbled it up hehe). Oh yeah! Lola’s expanded their restuarant space so now they’re twice as big YAY. Yay to shorter waiting time rly – they told us expected waiting time would be an hour but we only waited for 20 mins or so.
After that we kinda got their message that we should vacate our seats because people were still waiting for a table (maybe that’s why the waiting time was so short also) so we quickly paid the bill and went back to the car (!! I get a little thrill from saying that hehe. 22 year olds us wow). Head to MacDonald’s at AMK where we shared a McNuggets meal (because it’s not Singapore if we’re not eating) along with our memories of the past, our hopes for the future and our lives at present 🙂
I really really am so comfortable with these two people. So thankful to have met ST online (lol), PJ in JC and to have them in my life even till now. It’s like the three of us just fit together and it’s amazing how I am close to both of them as individuals and we’re all close as a group as well. Love yall so so much tq for being my best friends and being my first passengers to be driven out for dinner by me!!
I must say first off that I was probably already predisposed to liking Sassy Go Go. Reasons why are as follows:
Eunji! In another high school drama! SOLD.
I tend to quite like high school dramas
Ji Soo. JI SOOOOOOO. (Okay but to be completely honest, Sassy Go Go was the first drama I saw him in. BUT WHAT’S THERE NOT TO LOVE?)
Lee Won-guen has the crinkliest, cutest, “I’m intelligent and you are cute” eye smile
Eunji! High school drama!
But there were several things about the drama that I found a bit embarrassing initially. First of all the title – what is “Sassy Go Go”?! The English title of the drama is Cheer Up. EITHER WAY it sounds super cheesy?? Especially Sassy Go Go LOL. I remember feeling a bit reluctant in telling people the title of the show heh.
Another issue was the plot synopsis. Like huh okay dance club = losers. Cheerleading club created by combining the dance club + elites of the school? Also elites of school are those who study v well omg what kind of universe is this. I couldn’t really get it. Since when did nerds rule the school!? It’s always the good looking ones / the artistic ones / the athletic ones etc. This was some weird universe man. Also what’s with cheerleaders? I’ve never rly heard of cheerleaders in a K-drama. Music and dance definitely yes but cheer?? Err.. okay.
I wonder if people didn’t give a chance to this drama because of the above reasons, like I read that the ratings for the drama were quite low? But IT IS SUCH A GOOD DRAMA. FOR REAL. FROM AN UNBIASED STANDPOINT. It’s such a waste that it didn’t get the recognition it deserves. And the drama was rly carried by Eunji and the other young actors sigh is that why also? Because people just label it as an idol drama? SAD.
Okay now about the drama. To be honest… I finished it about two weeks ago? So I don’t remember it as clearly as I would like to (goldfish memory sigh). First off a plot synopsis which I think more accurately conveys the story of Sassy Go Go:
Sassy Go Go centres around Kang Yeon-doo (played by Jung Eunji) and her friends. We are first introduced to her and her band of merrymakers in the dance club, Real King and we learn that the whole club are the people who are at the bottom of the food chain in their school, Sevit High, because they are literally ranked the lowest (in terms of academic scores). Their school is practically run by the rich kids’ parents who are able to manipulate the principal (because money always calls the shots in these dramas). The parents are obsessed with their kids’ grades and with having their children enter prestigious universities – especially Kwon Soo-ah’s (Chae Soo-bin) mother who has lots of money and thus influence in the school. The school shuts down Real King because anyway the members are losers in the school and provide no value AND they even *gasp* dare to disturb the members of Baek Ho (a cheerleading club, but only in name because the members are the elite students who basically only meet to… study. Together. In silence. At their own desks.) with their loud music.
Obviously these two clubs clash (because the school has no other clubs yknw even tho there are other students). The plot point used to drive the drama is that Soo-ah’s mum decides that she needs to build her ‘specs’ and thus the school has to make their students cheerlead (Baek Ho becomes a cheerleading club for reals) and win a competition so that Soo-ah gets to build her specs. The story then continues to explore how the students of the two clubs (on the different ends of the school hierarchy) become friends as the line between the two dissolve as they work towards a common goal with supportive teachers (ALWAYS A MUST IN HIGH SCHOOL DRAMAS). Along the way, Yeon-doo also starts to form a closer bond w Kim Yeol (Lee Won-guen) and Seo Ha-joon (Ji Soo). SO WE ALL KNOW WHAT’S GNA HAPPEN RIGHT. But remember she also has a childhood friend in Ha Dong-jae (Cha Hak-yeon). Just enjoy the ride of confusion as your heart gets pulled in multiple directions.
Wow I think that’s the longest plot synopsis of any drama that I have written. Okay now as usual, here’s what I rly liked about the show:
Disclaimer: I will try to indicate spoilers as and when I accidentally on purpose include them, but no guarantees. So read at your own risk if you haven’t watched the drama and are intending to (which I strongly encourage. DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS).
I thought it was the friendship and the rapport that the actors have with each other that really carried this drama. I really enjoyed seeing the friendship in the drama. Kinda like the friendship that I enjoyed in Reply 1997. But different ofc. Reply featured a whole group of childhood friends who grew up together. Sassy Go Go has a group of people slowly becoming friends and defending and protecting each other. We get to see how their friendship develops and how there no longer is any line between those who can study and does who cannot. They even start to help each other in their studies aww. Eunji really also makes things v comfortable for everyone – I wonder if I like it so much because her character here is in some ways similar to her character in Reply? Both are really loyal to their friends and follow their heart.
I feel that the drama also explores what it means to be a student today. Should we be grades-obsessed and merely work hard to get into a good university? Is it the only thing that matters? The drama seems to point towards no, but you can make your own conclusions. What I took from the drama was the chance to reflect on my own experience. The drama talks of specs building, and in Singapore, students do something similar where they join activities just to build up their resume. The drama poses the question of whether we give up our happiness now just for the chance of happiness in future? It questions the logic of working hard now and totally neglecting play so that we will be happy in future. I personally think there can be a balance. Of course the drama presents the extreme of the Baek Ho kids who just study without enjoying themselves. Gradually the kids start to learn how to let go and become 18 year olds themselves which is the message Sassy Go Go is sending I guess?
Another thing that I enjoyed in the drama was the juxtaposition of familial love. Yeon-doo gets the loving mum, Ha-joon and Kim Yeol get the misguided dads and Soo-ah gets the grades-obsessed mum. (Oh wow just realised that the drama feature more of a single parent thing over a set) We see how the parents’ behaviour (and expectations) affect the way the kids behave in school and how they interact with other people.
-SPOILERS HERE ONWARDS-
I really liked how Yeon-doo’s mum treated her daughter with respect and put her first for everything. Her love for her daughter was manifest through kind words and displays of affection. In contrast, Kim Yeol’s dad truly loved his son but didn’t know how to show it. His distance from Kim Yeol as the he grew up caused a rift between father and son which made their relationship very awkward as Kim Yeol grew older. Don’t even need to mention Ha-joon’s freaking ABUSIVE FATHER WTHHH. Omg my heart BLEEDS FOR YOU HAJOONIE. And Soo-ah’s mum. Goes to show that abuse isn’t just physical. The mental torture and pressure that Soo-ah is under from her mum doesn’t justify the horrible HORRIBLE evil things that she did but it helps to explain it somewhat.
AND OK I KNOW YOU MUST BE LIKE WHY HAS PUISAN NOT MENTIONED THIS. I WILL NOT DISAPPOINT AND PROUDLY SAY IN CAPS THAT I LOVE THE LOVELINES IN THE DRAMA. And Ji soo. I loved Ji soo as Ha-joon SO MUCH in the drama. At first I was really rooting for the Yeon-doo/ Kim Yeol couple. Then I was very confused as to where the lovelines were drawn. Was it gna be a Yeon-doo/ Kim Yeol/Ha-joon loveline? Or was it going to be Yeon-doo/ Kim Yeol/Dong-jae? BUT WHY IS HA-JOON LINKED TO SOO-AH NOW?? Oh wait now Soo-ah is friendly with Dong-jae with the frequent encounters OMG WHAT IS GOING ON. I was so so confused with the lovelines. But they settled on the key love triangle in the drama like halfway through phew. THEN I STARTED TO BE V TORN. NOW DO I WANT KIM YEOL OR HA-JOON??? But it was pretty obvious that Kim Yeol was gna end up with Yeon-doo. CONFIRM. Plus she has feelings for him!
So now the problem is how are they going to deal with Ha-joon and his broken heart. MY POOR FRAGILE HAJOON I WILL LOVE YOU COME TO MEEEEE. To add to the issue, Ha-joon and Kim Yeol are BFFFFFFF T.T DON’T WRECK THEIR FRIENDSHIP OVER A GIRL. THIS DRAMA IS NOT GNA PULL A NOBLE SACRIFICE-LOVE-FOR-BROTHERHOOD-BUT-IN-THE-END-LOVE-WILL-PREVAIL PLOTLINE ON ME. Plus they only got 12 episodes lol not enough time to do it. Also at the same time YEON-DOO CANNOT BE ALONE. But I legit didn’t know what I wanted from the drama hahaha. BUT ULTIMATELY I thought the drama handled it really well –
After all, the main point was for Ha-joon to be able to start caring and loving someone. For him to start living his lifeas he should rather than just breathing and passing time and staying alive. And Yeon-doo gave him that. She gave him a reason to smile, to want to protect someone OMG AND TO SMILE LA BASICALLY. He was so so incredibly happy even to be punished because it was with Yeon-doo.
My favourite part of the last episode is how they showed how Ha-joon has made his peace with Yeon-doo and Kim Yeol dating and the three of them have found some sort of equilibrium. It doesn’t seem awkward and they’re happy so I’m happy ^^
But I did find the last episode quite rushed. Too many things had to happen in that last episode which I thought ended the drama on a waaayyyy too hurried note. I felt that I couldn’t properly emphasise with Ha-joon’s character development (in how he finally stood up to his dad) for example. (Only giving that as an eg becos I cannot recall the rest LOL). The saving grace of the last episode is the epilogue depicting how the characters are now – how their friendship continues and how familial ties are slowly being rebuilt and strengthened. Without the epilogue I would have been quite thoroughly disappointed 😦
It’s probably quite clear from my above review as to who stole my heart in the drama. It’s not to say that I don’t like the main couple in the drama of course. What’s there not to love? I enjoyed how they complemented each other and how they changed each other for the better, providing a balance to the other’s more extreme personality. Eunji really shines in these roles. Lee Won-guen also omg MORE CRINKLY EYE SMILES. MORE. I love the way he cherishes her and recognises her for her potential. What starts off as a mild interest in this strange, different girl blossoms into care and concern and finally love :’)
All in all, the drama really surprised me. I didn’t expect myself to enjoy it as much as I did. I honestly would smile to myself as I watched it and it was so so torturous waiting each week for the episodes to come out and for subbers to English sub it sigh. Once again really grateful to people who sub K-dramas. So if you’re looking for a drama to while your time away, this drama only takes 12h to finish. WATCH IT NAAAOOOOO. Then you can message me as you watch it so I can relive the beautiful moments in this drama hehe.
(The images I used in this post are hyperlinked to the original sources of the images unless otherwise stated)
This video encapsulates the reason for my interest in Bobby. Look at how he interacts w the audience (who are probably older than him?!) and how he exudes confidence and is all like ‘this is where I belong, if you don’t like it then too bad’. Every time I watch this performance I fall a bit more in love w Bobby/ am reminded of why I like him so much. I love how he can turn from this fierce performer to a cuddly ball of fluff when he smiles omg.
At the time of the video he was only 19 years old. 19 OMG. What was I doing at 19. Oh right, first year of University. HERE HE IS OWNING THE STAGE OMG. Damn boss and fierce and got style?!
LOL I actually started this post saying ‘exams are over’ but my exams haven’t even started. It’s just that my projects are over *party* but I have one exam to get through before I can declare the end of Y4S1 *end party* But I’m rly behaving like exams are over hoho because the last two weeks of school were crazy busy so it’s celebration time wheeee. Plus my one and only exam is for an elective module which I can S/U (but hopefully not) so I’m not that worried about it. There’s still time!
So I’ve been thinking hmm what to bake. And dum dum dummm I decided on these beauties
I’m a really slow baker because I take ages to measure out everything. But these were done in about an hour which is really quick for me (though the recipe did say it should be done in 30 mins but lol no way for me)! Also, with the exception of blueberries, the ingredients for these muffins are things that can usually be found in the kitchen so I was vv happy w this recipe. Sharing this recipe here so that I’ll be able to reference it if I happen to lose the link in future!
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for muffin tops
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup (80 ml) neutral flavored oil; canola, vegetable and grape seed are great – I used olive oil because that was the only oil I had at home
1 large egg
1/3 – 1/2 cup (80 ml – 120 ml) milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 to 8 ounces fresh or frozen blueberries
Heat Oven and Prepare Muffin Cups
Heat oven to 400º F. For big-topped muffins, line 8 standard-size muffin cups with paper liners and fill the remaining cups with 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to helps to make sure the muffins bake evenly. For standard-size muffins, line 12 standard-sized muffin cups with paper liners.
Prepare Muffin Batter
Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
Add vegetable oil to a measuring jug that holds at least 1 cup. Add the egg then fill the jug to the 1-cup line with milk (this should be 1/3 to a 1/2 cup of milk). Add vanilla and whisk until combined.
Add milk mixture to the bowl with flour and sugar then use a fork to combine. Do not over mix. Add blueberries and use a spatula or spoon to gently fold the blueberries into the muffin batter.
Bake blueberry muffins 15 to 20 minutes or until tops are no longer wet and a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out with crumbs, not wet batter. Transfer muffins to a cooling rack and cool.
AND TADAAAHHH THE END PRODUCT THAT WAS INSTAGRAM-ED
I love the fact that I don’t need to use the mixer for these muffins omg how easy can it get rly. The only troublesome thing was measuring out the ingredients. But. One. Bowl. So measuring out the ingredients is rly like ok I can deal w this.
I only shared a muffin w my sis at the time of writing, but I really liked what I ate so I rly think I might just make another batch tomorrow because I still have blueberries in the fridge hehe. Overkill? NAAHHHHH.
I went for a run today and ofc needed to Snapchat the once in a blue moon event. When I came home, I saw that Selene sent a post-exercise snap as well. And upon receiving my snap, Em sent me a post-exercise snap as well. Which means all three of us were exercising at around the same time?!! Is it fate or what.
I am a person who thrives on making other people happy. A long time ago, I’ve realised that I’m someone who needs approval from others. And making my friends happy is like a step up from that.
So today when PJ and ST laughed at something I said, I was a bit surprised that instead of feeling happy that they approved of my joke (and by extension me), I was happy because I made them laugh. Because maybe, in that brief moment as they read my messages, they forgot about the stress and busyness of school. And it made me really happy to think that for a split second, maybe they forgot about the stress they’re facing :’) I really want to do that for them yknw. I see them so busy and tired from school and it makes me so sad. Because they do that for me, I really want to help them as well.
I think I can say that I truly, with all my heart, consider meeting these two people one of the best things that has happened to me in my 22 years.
PJ was talking about how yet again she’s doing work because she has piles and piles of work to do this semester omg my poor friend 😥 She said that at the rate she’s going, she might just become addicted to work LOL UNLIKELY?! Hence the conversation in the screenshot.
I started watching Angry Mom because of Ji Soo actually. I was watching Sassy, Go Go and noticed him (as well as Lee Won-geun but he didn’t really act in any other dramas that I thought I would be interested in ) so I decided to check out Angry Mom. So I guess you could say I was predisposed to already favour his character? But I must say that the character he plays in the drama is rly v appealing to girls (hello, emotionally damaged bad boy w a cute smile?! What’s there not to love?) so I’m sure that even if I wasn’t primed to like him, I probably would still have fallen for his character.
Bonus digression picture of the bromance in Sassy, Go Go:
Anyway. Angry Mom.
The basic storyline is that Jo Gang-ja’s (played by Kim Hee-sun) daughter was being bullied in school because of her connection and friendship to a student who was outcast by the rest of the school. So the title of the drama is immediately obvious haha. She gets into protective lioness mode and decides to infiltrate her daughter’s high school to find out who was behind the bullying. And in doing so, she discovers that the bullying is a mere small manifestation of much more devious going-ons in the school.
I imagine the conversation that happened before they decided with the title to be quite amusing:
A: So what should we name our drama??
B: How about Mom goes to school?
A: Can you not be so obvious?!
B: How about Schooling Mom?
A: pls can u not.
C: Omg how about Angry Mom???
A & B: GENIUS. U R A GENIUS.
Seriously though hahaha. It’s such a simple title but I think it rly encapsulates the essence of the drama? The whole series was basically carried by Kim Hee-sun for me. She’s the moving force of the whole drama, the catalyst to change in the Angry Mom world. But ofc it’s not just one Angry Mom. She rallied other Angry Moms to bring down the corrupted officials and woohoo.
What I liked about the drama is that even though it deals with corruption in the government, it lightens things up with the whole undercover mom in school thing. There are also running gags (eg the eggs breaking?? didn’t really notice the significance but it was there. Also Han Gong-joo and her minions were hilarious) that kept things light and kept me interested. I’ve never been one for the dark and heavy, political dramas (hence the reason I gave up on Pride and Prejudice) so I really appreciated the funny in Angry Mom.
I was quite hesitant about starting the drama though because I suspected that it would be a bit similar to School 2013 in how there isn’t a loveline (which I rly need la to FILL THE LACK OF LOVELINE IN MY OWN LIFE). And as it turns out, there wasn’t really a loveline sigh. But there was one-sided love on the part of Go Bok-dong (the role that Ji soo plays) for the main character and THAT WAS ALL TO SUSTAIN ME SIGH.
Super cute tho the scenes where he started falling for her then realising that she’s like what, 16 years older than him? LOL. And he’s all like OMG DIES I FELL FOR AN AHJUMMA. But he’s so adorable!! I loved watching him try to protect her even though she’s older and how he acted all tough and stuff hehe.
Just gna squeal about him a bit more because omg ISN’T HE ADORABLE HAHAHA. Like a little puppy tryna protect his owner against like a bulldog or smth hahaha. Totally out of his depth but he still tries. WHICH I SO LOVE!! It’s so cute when they get all flustered on their own. Also, he somehow reminds me of Bobby so it’s a plus there hahaha. He even has that whole ‘actually a good guy but circumstances made him bad, he just needs someone to love him’ thing going on. Sigh. MORE OF HIM PLEASE.
Anyway. The drama involves the main character bringing down corrupted politicians. The thing about dramas that involve corrupted politicians is that it tends to get very tangled. All the old men who hate on each other but work together and have secret vaults omg can you please. It requires too much cognitive effort for me to remember who’s who and how they’re connected and who hates who and who’s the illegitimate son of who etc. SO TIRING. I watch a drama to escape from life guys, not to make my life more complicated!! So I usually give up on those dramas because AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT.
So I really appreciated that the bad guys in Angry Moms were not thaaat difficult to differentiate. Also they established their links a bit more obviously. Also it was interesting how it wasn’t like all bad guys weren’t totally one-dimensional? They were given backstories and I guess we could kinda see from their point-of-view. Of course there were some one-dimensional bad guys who were rotten to the core boo. SUCKS TO YOU!
I get that it might be q unbelievable that one woman can be the downfall of (at least a part of) a corrupted system. But I think that’s the main point of the drama? Don’t poke the sleeping lion AKA don’t mess with children because they’ve got their parents behind them. Which is really sweet to me.
Bullying in high school isn’t something that I can relate with very well. I think what makes the drama so awesome is the familial and the friendship love that it features. Bullying and corrupted politicians are put to a stop thanks to love which is super touching don’t you think?And it’s not the guy swooping in to save the day but the mum. Who can’t relate to that?!
One gripe I have about the drama is the Jo Kang-ja’s husband’s character was quite the one-dimensional one. His story wasn’t really developed and if anything, he seemed more like a plot device. All he did was try to stop her from going to school, and do his job (aka unknowingly working for the bad guys because his character is a bit dim like that). The way he kept bringing up divorce was a bit incongruent with the idea that he loves his wife a lot (something that the drama tried to portray once in awhile). He really seemed like a non-entity for me so I kinda expected them to break up? But nope. So that part was a bit weird for me.
Other than that though, I think Angry Mom is really one of the dramas I’ve really enjoyed without an obvious loveline which is awesome hehe. Episode 15 was so so tragic and sad for me, I really liked it. One of my favourite parts of a dramas is watching the characters (who previously hated each other) band together and fight a force larger than them. It’s rly vv touching to see :’) Ep 15 really played the whole tragedy part v well + it was q sensitive about it I thought. So yep really enjoyed it. Plus the scenes of Ji Soo hehe. Looking forward to seeing more of him in Sassy, Go Go ^^