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February 24, 2014

Wonderful Days, Korean Numbers App, and Happy Birthday to Mi

Mihansa.net turned two last week. My schedule has been too crazy for the past few months to even watch Kdrama, much less write about it. However, I’ll make time for Lee Seo Jin’s new drama.

Wonderful Days | Wonderful Times | Very Good Times | Wonderful Season | Good Times Indeed

Series poster for Wonderful Days참 좋은 시절 – translated variously as above – debuted in Korea on Saturday to healthy ratings, easily outranking the numerous competing dramas in the same time slot. We have seen a lot of Lee Seo Jin in commercials since his success in the Grandpas Over Flowers series (the 3rd installment of which was filmed in Spain last month, but has not yet aired). That’s all very well, but it’ll be nice to see him in something that’s longer than two minutes!

Where to Watch

Happily, Very Good Times is a KBS drama, so I’ll be able to view it on the local KBS America station starting March 8th. For those less fortunately situated, Viki is in licensing talks. KBS World has full episodes of the previous drama in this time slot available to U.S. audiences on YouTube (scroll down to KBS Drama). I would expect Wonderful Times eps to be added on the same schedule as the KBS America broadcasts (late afternoons Saturday and Sundays, starting March 8th).

More about Wonderful Days
Cast and Location

The other leads (including the obligatory Kpop star, 2 pm’s Taec Yeon) are new to me, but I recognize many of the supporting actors, from the versatile Yoon Yeo Jung to ubiquitous comic sidekick/hoods Kim Kwang Kyu and Kim Sang Ho. Refreshingly, this drama gets out of Seoul, and is set in a country village, a rarity for contemporary dramas. Looking forward to 50 episodes!

Korea Numbers Android Game

Korean Bubbles screenshotKorean Bubbles is a free falling bubbles game for Android. Match numbers to their Hangeul names (or vice versa). Offers both Korean number systems, plus Korean color words. A fun way to speed up your Hangeul reading skills.

Update 2/9/16: It hasn’t been updated since 2011 and the developer’s website link no longer works, but the game is still available on the AmazonAppStore and GooglePlay.

October 23, 2013

Grandpas Over Flowers Season 1

It’s been a busy summer, with too little time to even watch Kdrama, much less write about it. Mianhae, dear readers. I am with Korea in spirit. Mihansa.net isn’t entirely deserted, however.
Lee Seo Jin and Grandpas Over Flowers Park Geun Hyung, Shin Goo, and Baek Il Seob leap into the air in front of the Eiffel Tower
If you’re interested in the Grandpas Over Flowers reality show with Lee Seo Jin, Lee Soon Jae, Park Geun Hyung, Shin Goo and Baek Il Seob, check out the comments thread on the Lee Seo Jin page.

I’ll try to watch Season 2 soon. It’s just been announced that the location for Season 3 (with Lee Seung Gi and 4 ahjumma actresses) is… (drumroll)… Croatia! Keeping it fresh, for sure!