Below is from one of my favorite Japanese dramas of all time, Orange Days. It’s a show I watched so many times that I can’t watch anymore because I remember everything. I can’t believe this year is the 13th year since the show graced our screens and defined my youth. Everything about this scene leaves me aching, in pain – especially now. … More “…and the more we grew older, we’d come to realize actually how difficult such simple things were.”
“A line indicates a limit, saying, “That’s as far as you get.” To maintain that boundary means to maintain the same familiarity, and it means that one will respect the universe that it outlines by abiding by its rules and maintaining the relationships existing in it as they are. This also means that, if one were … More (what it means to cross the line)
Why is it so hard to write about friendships forged in the era of the internet? Is it because these friendships were made online, in cyberspace? Is it because these friendships were, in other words, first forged in the realm of virtual reality where things are only as real as… I don’t know… only if … More of friendships forged in the era of the internet, part II.
My flight to Austin, TX, where I’m spending my last spring break just got delayed for a bit, so here I am writing this – because it’s my birthday today! And the annual birthday blog entry so-called tradition continues, one where I look back over the past year and share my thoughts for growth and … More Twenty-Four: Embracing Ch-ch-changes & Shouting “Life, Count Me In!”
Hello existing drama-readers, please make your way and yourself cozy in my freshly produced sister-site: dramaphilic! I’m sorry, truly sorry, you’ve had to sieve through a lot of write-ups you don’t necessarily fancy to get to my drama-related write-ups, and likewise to any non-drama-enthusiast readers reading this, I want to apologize to you as well for the … More New Gateway for Asian Drama-enthusiasts: dramaphilic!
TL;DR: I’m taking a break from drama-writing, possibly until June 2015! New year, new term. Sometimes stress is good. After freaking out last night while job-“surfing” (literally), I woke up today with newfound perseverance and a kind of desperation to get my shit together, for real, this time around. Nothing’s really wrong, to be honest. But I’ve … More “Anything else you get is a privilege.”
jandoe’s Dramafest Reflection is here again! I’ve a friend who chides me all the friggin’ time for watching Asian dramas (I’ll take it in good spirits but when you imply it’s not okay to watch Asian dramas yet totally acceptable to watch Western dramas – get outta here) that I reflected on just why do I invest so much of myself for Asian dramas … More A 2014 Year-end Dramafest Reflection: For The Unsung Heroes in All of Us!
Happy Holidays! I spent the better portion of my last Friday night of fall quarter knee-deep in a sea of emotions elicited from currently-airing Korean drama, Valid Love. Having steered away from any spoilers of the show over the past two weeks (thank goodness), I went into the show blind and halfway through the … More The Strange Case of Valid Love: Deliciously Sinful & Stirringly Evocative.
It is such an interesting and meaningful experience, watching Nodame Cantabile six years later, since I first discovered this gem of a show in 2008. This time around I watched it in completion, from its live-action drama that premiered in late 2006 to the European specials that was released in early 2008 to the first part of the movie … More Revisiting Nodame Cantabile, A Special Ode to the Timeless Cantabile.
You have to be always drunk. That’s all there is to it – it’s the only way. So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that breaks your back and bends you to the earth, you have to be continually drunk. But on what? Wine, poetry or virtue, as you wish. But be drunk. And … More “You have to be always drunk.”