Good mornin’, Sunshine!
You might’ve seen the Sunshine Award making its rounds in the k-blogosphere lately. Well, today it’s my turn to join the sunshiny fun!
But first of all, let’s get some context. (You guys know how much I love my context!)
I did a bit of poking around, and found that the Sunshine Award is given to bloggers who “positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
D’aw~ That’s so nice, isn’t it?
Thanks to Snow of The Drama Corner for nominating me as a positive inspiration!
Now, let’s get down to business, shall we?
- Thank the person who nominated you
- Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
- Nominate a few other bloggers
- Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated
- Notify the bloggers on their blog
- Put the award button on your blog
1. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not watching dramas?
Hur. Does making a detour into movies and variety count as “not watching dramas?” Coz that’s what I do when I’m not watching dramas. As many of you know, I’m currently a little fixated with Hong Jong Hyun in We Got Married. And that’s not watching drama, I swears!
I mean, just look at him:
Alright, fine. Other than watching stuff on my screen, I also like to eat. And play the keyboard. And sing. Usually not all at the same time, although it’s been known to happen. Ahem.
2. Which is your all-time favorite movie in the following categories:  Thriller  Romance  Comedy.
Wow. This one’s pretty tough. Coz I don’t watch that many movies. And I certainly don’t tend to go for thrillers when I do.
If I had to pick one in this category, I pick The Sixth Sense. I thought it was well-written, and cleverly executed. Haley Joel Osment and Bruce Willis are both excellent in it too.
If you’ve read my Liebster posts (here & here), you’d know that When Harry Met Sally is a favorite of mine. For the sake of adding something new to the mix, this time, I pick The Lake House, starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.
I watched this before I discovered kdramas. This was a time in my life when I felt particularly vulnerable, and I was really taken with the movie’s theme of love overcoming all odds. I watched it several times, and cried every time.
Omigosh. This would have to be Dance ‘Til Dawn, a fantastically cheesy retro movie circa 1988, starring a whole bunch of famous Hollywood names, before they became Hollywood names. Can you match the faces to the names that you see in this movie poster?
The movie itself is so much feel-good fun that I’ve watched this multiple times, and it’s always given me a good case of the giggles every time. If you can get your hands on it, I highly recommend it!
3. Your favorite book
One of my all-time faves is Little Women. Such a classic.
For something a little less classic, I really like this one that I read recently, titled Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen.
It’s the memoirs of 14-year-old Maya as she does a year-long experiment where she follows the advice of a popularity guidebook written in 1951. It’s quirky, earnest and often laugh-out-loud hilarious. Best of all, it’s a fun, easy, yet thought-provoking read for anyone, at any age.
4. Your go-to drama
Gosh. I don’t actually have a go-to drama, to be honest. When I need a pick-me-up, I go with what my mood dictates.
Even though I don’t have one single go-to drama, I will name several dramas that, to me, qualify as feel-good, comfort food. Those would be Goong, Coffee Prince, Pasta, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Life is Beautiful & Ojakgyo Brothers.
5. In your opinion, the best drama couple is………..
Wow, tough question! There are so many drama couples that I would rank highly, for their chemistry, for the way the actors bring the characters and their relationship to life, for the emotional resonance and the feels.
One of my faves is Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye in Coffee Prince. So natural, so adorable, so sparky!
6. What is the best smell in the world?
I’m gonna hafta say, the smell of stuff baking. My mom bakes, and whether it’s bread, cake or pies, when the goodies are baking and the smell wafts through the house, it’s just so, SO yummy.
See, I did say that I like to eat when I’m not watching drama. 😉
7. Your dream pairing for a drama.
Wow. You’re asking a lot of hard questions today, Snow!
I have so many dream pairings, honestly. It’s partly why we now have Dream Dramas as a Thing on the blog.
One of the things that Lady G and I were joking about recently, is how we should have all the guys with strong brows play brothers. Coz y’all know how I love my men with strong brows!
So this family would be made up of Woob, TOP, Lee Min Ki, & now Hong Jong Hyun too. It’d be like Ojakgyo Brothers, where each brother gets his own love-line. Can you imagine the explosion of glorious Brow Pretty on my screen???
While I’m at it, I’d cast Kim Yura as Hong Jong Hyun‘s leading lady, coz they are already so cute together on WGM!
I haven’t decided on the leading ladies of the other brothers, but I’ve always thought that Jung Eun Ji would be wonderful playing opposite Woob.
8. Your favorite character from Friends
I like ’em all, but if I had to choose, I’d pick Phoebe, coz she’s so quirky and funny. Besides, who can forget Smelly Cat?
Yay! Now my turn!
I deliberately thought of bloggers who specifically bring sunshine to my life. I mean, this is the Sunshine Award after all, right?
In each of their own special ways, here are my nominees for blogs that positively and creatively inspire others:
- Muchadoboutlove, who hosts The Talking Cupboard
Muchadoboutlove doesn’t have a lot of time to blog these days, due to her hectic Real Life schedule, but when she’s inspired, she writes the most amazing posts about Korean history and culture, including Korean family & kinship terms, the intricacies of traditional Korean clothing, court attire, ornaments, and even the social strata in the Joseon era. Her passion and dedication is amazing, and I’ve learned so much from reading her posts!
- Kakashi and her minion, who run The Problematic of the Unproblematic
Kakashi and her team bring so much laughter to the blogosphere with their tireless squee-caps, that it’s become a total Thing in the k-blogosphere. Their special brand of snark & squee has resulted in an explosion of page views, and they are fast becoming a Force To Be Reckoned With in the k-blogosphere.
- Grace, who hosts Musings of a Twinkie
I’ve followed Grace’s blog for a while now, and one of the things I really enjoy about her is that she consistently looks for ways to affect others positively. Her regular giveaways are often sweet and generous, for no reason other than to bring some joy to readers. Her personal musings are often heartfelt and thought-provoking. And her efforts to be inclusive and to give the spotlight to others in whom she sees talent always brings a smile to my face.
- Jaime, who hosts The Drama Noona
Jaime is one of the warmest, sweetest people that I’ve met here in the blogosphere. Her enthusiasm, and her willingness to share, help and learn is such a bright spark in the dramaverse. Health and family issues took her away from the blogosphere for a season, but she’s fighting her way back to good health, and to good times here in dramaland as well.
- Michele, my dear friend who hosts The Fangirl Adventure Log
Michele is literally one of my dearest friends in all of dramaland. Our blogs focus on pretty different things – I’m more about the dramas and I’m also a little more sweeping with my k-love, heh. Michele’s more about kpop and her love is much more specific and deep – which is why I might not have talked at length about her blog on this space.
Having said that, Michele is a wonderfully positive force to those around her. An example that comes to mind is, about a month ago, I was blown away to learn that she was offering MBLAQ love packages to those who wished for an autographed copy of MBLAQ album Broken but didn’t have the means to get one. She literally sent autographed albums, complete with photo cards, to fellow fans around the world, as gifts. No strings attached. She paid for the albums and the postage. And I know for a fact that she didn’t know most of the recipients personally. Now, that’s positively and creatively inspiring others!
To my lovely nominees, here are your questions!
1. What’s your favorite kdrama?
2. Your favorite k-movie?
3. Your favorite thing about blogging?
4. How do you balance blogging with Real Life? Assuming that you have a Real Life 😉
5. Which kdrama character (does not have to be a lead character) would you like to date in real life?
6. Which kdrama character (again, does not have to be a lead character) would you like to be BFFs with in real life?
7. If you could re-cast any kdrama, which roles would you re-cast, and with whom?
8. If you could say one thing to any actor or actress in k-ent, who would you pick, and what would you say to him/her?
…And that’s it!
To everyone reading this post, I’d just like to say, thanks for the love. You guys are part of the sunshine in my life too! ❤
Now, stay cool, and just keep on shinin’!