A 40-year-old pilot who had flown hundreds of planes and had been responsible for hundred thousands of people, for the first time in his life was sweating.

He had just received a call from some men who had taken his wife. They had threatened to kill his wife if he didn’t crash the plane.

There was a politician, an international diplomat, on board. They wanted to kill him.

The pilot’s flight had been caught up in a political feud.

There was no question. Without a doubt, he would crash the plane.

It meant saving his wife.

The love of his life.

He had asked to speak with his wife. And to provide proof of life they had let him. His wife knew they wouldn’t let them have much time. So all she asked was, ‘how many are there on the plane today?’.

‘It is okay. I can save you.’

‘I know you can. Question is: Can you make me proud?’

And they had disconnected the phone. He thought that he would do it in a heartbeat. He couldn’t imagine a life without her. He thought he would crash the plane.

But then he remembered the 10-year-old boy who had gotten on the plane to meet his mother after 2 years, he had said so as he boarded the plane.

He remembered the 18-year-old girl who was off to start her undergraduate in a university.

He remembered the 70-year-old grandfather excited to meet his recently born granddaughter.

He remembered a reporter returning home from a 3-month long project and excited to be received by her husband.

He remembered all those people with aspirations and bright futures.

He also remembered that he loved his wife far too much for her to unload so many deaths on her mind.

The arrival of the plane was announced at the airport.

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The elevator door opened slowly. Aima looked up from her phone. She didn’t usually look up from her phone.

Who does?

Not at least until you are crossing a road.

And even if people do, Aima wasn’t one of them.

Smartphone was her life. If she wasn’t working on her phone – sending emails and compiling documents – then she was surfing on social media. And if not that either, then playing games.

But it was a whole new world inside the elevator.

Like clockwork, she would enter the elevator from her floor at 9 am.

Like clockwork, the elevator would stop 3 floors down.

Like clockwork, she would look up to register who came in.

Only an acknowledging glance. And she would get the same in return.

But she had never had the guts to talk to him. And what could she possibly talk about in the 15 seconds it took to reach the ground floor.

Anyway, the door closed behind him and the countdown began so did her brain’s routine weird assessments.


“He is hot. Last night, when I was stalking him on Facebook. Hot Dayum. The new picture.”


“He dresses well. He is always dressed in proper attire. On Friday when I saw him in the morning, he was even wearing a tie.”


“He doesn’t seem rude. A week ago when the first-floor old lady started talking to him and wouldn’t stop even after half an hour, he was so sweet with her.”


“He looks educated. Didn’t last month I saw him reading John Grisham? If he gets John Grisham, he gotta be educated!”


“He has such a nice voice. Yesterday, the phone call he had. What did he say? ‘No, I am busy’.”


“Only 10 seconds left. Shit.”


“I will talk to him today!”


“I will talk to him at the 5-second marker”


“Who am I kidding? Let’s just wait for tomorrow.”



The elevator was stuck.

“Uhoh! What do I do? Now I gotta talk. Not talking now would be more awkward. But wait, will I die? Shit, I am going to die.”

Just then, she heard someone say, ‘Aima, breathe!’

‘Oh my God. I am losing oxygen. I am already hallucinating.’ She thought.

‘Breathe Aima. Open your eyes and breathe.’ It was that sweet voice again.

Wait, what?

Aima slowly opened her eyes and there he was… TALKING TO HER… HE WAS TALKING TO HER…

‘Uh hi,’ Aima whispered.

‘Hello, Aima. You look like you’ll faint. Breathe. Slowly. Everything will be fine.’

He knew her name?

When? Why? How?

In a daze, she saw him walk past her towards the phone line.

‘Hello? Excuse me, the elevator is stuck… Yes there are two people here…  Yes, thank you, we will wait.’

He turned.

‘See that wasn’t too hard, was it now?’

‘Yes,’ her voice was hoarse.

‘Don’t worry. They are coming to fix the issue. We will be out in no time.’  He was talking so much. He was talking to her. Her crush was talking to her!

‘How do you know my name?’ She blurts out.

‘Aima, we have been living in the same building for the past two years, it will be weird NOT to know your name. Wait… are you telling me you don’t know my name?’

‘No No. That’s not what I meant.’

‘So you know my name?’ He asked again.

Aima forgot all anxiety and kept on explaining herself for another 2 minutes to clear her position. And then she saw it. He was smiling.

“Do you feel better?” He asked.

“Yes!” She said quietly.

10 minutes later when the maintenance guy opened the door, they were very much into each other. Apparently, both had quite a few mutual interests and had decided to meet later that day for tea.

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Girls normally don’t do that.

They don’t express their feelings.

Maybe girls are afraid of it.

Or they have been so rigorously conditioned that they have come to accept it as their nature to not be the first to express their feelings.

But she was not going to do that. She had decided she won’t. She would go against all these preconceived notions and would express her feelings first.

She felt she could do that. She felt she was brave.

She felt brave because she could. She felt it was fate that had brought them together. Why else could she have met him after so many years? And why else would he have paid so much attention to her? Why else would he have been meeting her? And in all those meetings, she had had so much fun.

He had been her very first crush. She had a crush on him when they were very young. They were in school. But she could never tell him that. And then they left school. Everybody had parted ways.

And 15 years later, in a foreign country, they had coincidentally bumped into each other. The two who had never talked to each other, couldn’t stop talking now. She could feel her crush revive.

She was falling in love. Again.

They had met each other in a mall the first time. And they had promised to coordinate and meet again.

But before that, before they could establish any kind of contact, they had ended up meeting at a store. It was the second coincidental encounter. After putting all their shopping in their cars, they had ice-cream and talked for an hour before realizing it had already been an hour.

Like they say: If it happens once, its chance, if it happens twice, it is coincidence, if it happens thrice, its destiny.

And it was then she had decided.

She had decided, if they meet again, she’d know they were destined to be together. Meant to be together. Then she’ll propose. She’ll do it. Without regret.

And it had happened.

She had gone on a business trip to another city and he had been there for a vacation.

They were in the same hotel.

Even her work colleague had noticed it. He had noticed that the woman who was extremely professional in her business dealings had actually wrapped each day’s work in a hurry to rush to her hotel. And she would have coffee with her childhood crush each night at the hotel patio.

She found it amazing that she had so much to talk about with him. They would not just talk about their nostalgic memories but also, as Danielle Steel says, ‘talk about everything and nothing’.

They had returned a week later. That is when she had received a text message from him. She had felt excited like a teenager. He wanted to meet up. And she had replied in a second without even thinking how desperate it might seem.

Well, it wouldn’t matter when she confesses her feelings for him, tomorrow.

The next day she got ready with care. She chose a really nice kurta to go with jeans. She chose her best shoes. And she actually took a new handbag for a change. Her heart was beating really fast. But she wasn’t going to back out of it today. No! She wouldn’t.

Soon, she made her way to the open-air restaurant she had suggested.

In the back of her mind, she could actually hear someone say its all too good to be true. but she refused to listen to it.


It was fate. And she had decided to, for once in her life, be expressive.

She got there 15 minutes early.

3 minutes later, she saw him at the end of the street.

He was early too.

He had dressed up too.

He also had a bouquet.

He seemed nervous too.

He saw her from there and waved. He was walking towards her with a smile that was so wide, the kind of smile you have when you are extremely nervous.

Did he like her too?

Could life really be this easy?

Maybe it was. Maybe life had decided to give her this happiness.

And when he was just two shops away, something she had only seen in movies happened.

Everything went slow motion.

A baby stroller on the side pavement wheeled onto the road.

The biker took a sudden turn left to avoid the stroller.

The car swerved to avoid the biker.

It skidded down the road onto the pavement.

She saw it all happen.

She was 10 feet away.

But she saw it all happen.

And she also saw a bouquet full of red flowers go up in the air and the petals all scattered on the road.

It wasn’t destiny after all.

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When There Was Mom And…

Alia slept that night like any other night. Nothing out of the ordinary. A peaceful sleep on a weekday? Stress of the university and yet, a peaceful sleep? That, itself, was extraordinary.

Comfy in the bed, with multiple alarms set, she had her self covered with a blanket. But these alarms were just a formality. Her mom was gonna come wake her up anyway for the morning prayer so despite all those wailing alarms she knew she could steal a few moment more’s sleep.

Her mom would get up, switch on the light of the corridor which connected Alia’s, Alia’s sisters’, and Alia’s parents’ room to the living room, and then get everybody up for the morning prayer.

And then before even any alarm went off, her mom was there waking her up. She didn’t say anything probably due to the multiple Quranic verses she recites after the morning prayers. She slowly removed the blanket from Alia’s face and indicated to her that it was time to wake up.

Alia who always wreaked havoc at being woken early morning when even the sun has not risen, woke up at the first try. So, her mom turned and exited the room and into the dark corridor towards the living room. She must have forgotten to switch on the light. Being an obedient little girl today, Alia got up from her bed and followed her out.

Her mom had already disappeared into the living room but Alia stopped at her door to switch on the corridor light because she was afraid of the dark. As she extended her hand towards the light switch, from her right she heard an alarm go off in her mother’s room and she heard her mom groan at her sleep being ruined.

Alia stopped dead.

Without looking toward the living room she squeaked, ‘Mooom!’

Her mom was so shocked that she forgot she was groaning.

Mom: You are up already? Are you feeling ok?

Alia: Did you just wake up?

Mom: Obviously.

Alia: Why did you not switch on the light?

Mom: I just woke up, Alia.

Alia slithered into her mom’s room and for one whole hour, took refuge on the couch.

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Not My ‘Happy Ending Once Again’

Even Elder Soo Bo Ri (refer to Hwayugi) said this too. Jang Na Ra has got to be something supernatural. No way is somebody who looks like this is THIRTY-SEVEN years old! She can’t possibly be human! Girl ain’t getting old, man!

Where were we? Ah Yes. As is my practice of falling in love with the story, the chemistry, the characters, the actors, I go on to do a full background search of those actors. So I did one on Jang Na Ra. And I landed on *drumroll*

As you know by now, I AM A HOPELESS ROMANTIC! You have a hint of love in the drama and I will fall for it bad. And yes! Strongly believer in soulmates (probably why I say no to every marriage proposal… You! Handsome! Lee Jong Suk… I am yours). So yeah this is what this is about. Jang Na Ra as Han Mi Mo and Jung Kyung-ho as Song Soo-hyuk are the protagonists of the story… or like the main protagonists of the story :/

As implied, there are more protagonists. Han Mi Mo has three friends:  Hong ae Ran, Baek Da Jung, and Go Dong Mi. Song Soo Hyuk has a bestie: Koo Hae Joon.

Mi Mo and Da Jung get divorced people married. They actually have an agency for that. Technically, Mi Mo should have been her own first client but hey who am I to judge?

Song Soo Hyuk with no wife is just perfect for me (I mean Mi Mo, Han Mi Mo). Important detail: Song Soo Hyuk is very HOT!

So where does it all begin? When Han Mi Mo and Song Soo Hyuk were 9 years old. Song Soo Hyuk already had a crush (chaksarang) on her. Almost kissed each other as Romeo Juliet. But Juliet moved away from the hometown.  Poor Soo Hyuk. They meet again years later. Mi Mo is a divorcee and Soo Hyuk is a single parent and a journalist. They get married. She falls for his best friend.

Yeah. They drunk get married. Are inches away from registering. And the next night she falls for the hot ER Doctor, Soo Hyuk chingu.

It takes Soo Hyuk some time to re-embrace his feelings for her. But even when he does he does he tries so hard (OMG) to contain his feelings, because of his best friend!

When he is trying to contain his feelings he is just so protective of her that the best friend (Mi Mo boyfriend) gets jealous for in this drama the girl is the stupid one. Can’t see the love in the hot guy’s eyes!

He is just there for her at all times.

Getting married to her coz she is feeling down after being dumped.

Rushing to her at the hospital, untied shoelaces.

And their spot <3

They come to it when they miss the other.

Aside from all this, she is also an ex-celebrity and so she has to deal with the shit that gets thrown in her way and he saves her whenever he can.

Him giving her company because she gets stood up on a date. (That’s fire! Can we all please agree to leave magic for Son Oh Gong).

And Soo Hyuk’s friend Hae Joon, her current namja chingu, is such an insecure person to be jealous of this…

The highlight of the drama though, he confessed to her when she was sleeping only when she was not. She heard everything and then she fell in love with him too.

Actually, I believe she was in love with him from the beginning but realized it after being confessed to. What do you think?

And then the sweet romance begins.

If you watch it and I hope you do, let’s talk more about it. Pliss.


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A Night of Surprises Indeed

It was a summer night. And you know how nights are windy, especially summer nights in not so developed areas because of fewer buildings? Well, it wasn’t. The air was still. So it was neither hot nor cold. Just dark. I had been working late at the office and being the scaredy cat I am, I asked my dad to pick me up. So I was sitting in the back of the car for some reason which is odd because I always sit in the passenger seat with my Dad.
Anyway, as we made our way from the office, my Dad took a short cut from an unpaved road which had no streetlights and no houses on either side for, I am guessing, miles. The car was new so at every bump my Dad would mutter angrily or make some kind of comment. He likes talking, my Dad. Naturally, the speed was slow
Suddenly we noticed three silhouettes. A woman with headscarf holding a 3-year-old kid in her arm and a 5-year-old kid by her side signaling for us to stop. My Dad being ever too altruistic stopped right next to her.

The woman: G mein Nadeem Hussain ki bewaa hoon. (I am Nadeem Hussain’s widow)

I don’t like such situations. Especially when I have my iPhone with me. I muttered to my Dad to please not stay long. he ignored me but something in his style, it changed. I could sense it.

The woman: hamein haspatal jana hai, ek emergency hogai hai. Lift de dain. (We have to go to the hospital, there has been an emergency, give us a ride)

I kept urging him quietly to not do that.

My Dad: g zurur bus zara gari pakki road pe le loon phir… (Yes sure. Just let me get onto the tarred road, then…)

And then he started driving at the same speed that he had been driving but this time completely silently. The silhouettes followed us at a short distance.
And then the road ended. The tarred road began. The moment our car got on the road and before I could say anything, my dad slammed his foot on the accelerator and we were off.
I turned to look at the failed hitchhikers and I saw them following us.
We made a turn. They were still following us. They weren’t even getting tired.

I turned to my dad: why did you do that? You never do that. You always help people out. She even introduced herself.

Dad: They have been following us for five minutes, why are they not getting tired? She even has a kid in her arm.

I turned and for sure they were still following us and I could even feel their speed increasing. Now I could feel anxiety kicking in.

Dad: And did you even look at her feet?
They were wrong. Just wrong.

Driving at the fastest speed possible for five minutes we started relaxing.

And then, from the window, I saw a kid’s hand on the edge…

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‘Coffee Prince’ is a Girl

Only South Koreans can make tons of dramas where the girl is mistaken for a guy by literally everybody just because she doesn’t have the 36’ 24’ 34’ figure. And the dimensions too were decided upon by a male world. But No, here we are not going to discuss that because here we are only going to praise these sweet miracles produced by the South Korean drama industry.

I can literally assemble a hundred-foot-long list of dramas that have the girl as a guy and it takes more than 7, 8 episodes for the hero to find the truth out.

This one though! Coffee Prince, broke that record. It stretched it all the way to episode 14. Can you believe that? The guy, poor Gong Yoo, did not know that the person he is attracted to, the person he is in love with is a girl. And all the social stigma kept beating him down for homosexuality is not a praiseworthy trait in South Korea.

So the drama begins. The Girl is Go Eun Chan. She has short hair, a straight body, and she is labelled a boy. How appropriate.

She is literally kicked out of the women sauna she is delivering noodles to (her part-time job). She delivers the cold noodles to the main guy, Han Kyul’s place and he is there in his towel, doesn’t even care to cover himself up properly while (sexily) wiping his perfectly waxed legs.

The one thing she is invested in is her Karate place. She hates these part-time jobs but she does them in order to keep her Karate place afloat. So independent and reliable. Bless her.

And then there is our dear main hero, Han Kyul aka Goblin aka Gong Yoo. He is a flirt when around girls, lead them on and when they get into him, he dumps them, so cute. Yes this is sarcasm

But who is legit cute is the grandmother. Her sole purpose in life aside from running and owning a successful organization is to get her grandson Han Kyul on track and get him introduced to girls. (Halmoni, go easy on him he has to wait 939 years before he meets Goblin’s bride).

The story progresses in such a way that the grandmother makes Han Kyul in charge of their rundown shop ‘Coffee Prince’ and Go Eun Chan has to work part time there. Han Kyul’s topmost rule for job applications being ‘only guys can apply for the job’. And Han Kyul is blind enough not to notice her as a girl hires her.

And he also hires her to pretend to be his lover…

Umm whaaaa….

$200 per outing

She gets a chance to learn the art of making coffee from a certified barista who has worked there for quite some time nourishing her skill and also nourishing the budding romance. And all this without letting the guy know that she is a girl. Dude, if you know homosexuality is not praised where you live and you know that he is struggling because of that and his love for you, just PLEASE tell him.

But can we just take a moment to embrace the pureness of Han Kyul’s love? With all the social pressure of not liking a boy, he stands up to himself and accepts it. He decides to just be in love.

Well, Eun Chan honey! Good luck telling him about your gender now.

At least the second lead who falls in love with her was intelligent enough to know her as a girl from the beginning…

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Hwayugi Replica: Review of DilNawaz

Da wassoyo

with another review!

And this one is about




Very anti-climactic, I know. Though not as anti-climactic as the Pakistani dramas.


More like a comparison where I will prove:


Before I begin let’s get one thing straight. Our understanding of djinn is different. The definition for djinn (singular), djinnat (plural), is that they are entities made of fire. They coexist in the realm with the humans. They have powers, and they choose to not interact with humans. The evil djinns do try to scare the humans when the humans try to take their property but on the whole, they have families, life, love, everything humans have, only they are fire and humans, clay.


Shijak… (let’s begin)

It happened when I was procrastinating on Youtube. I had to figure out my life, my quiz the other day, the interview transcription (thesis on Korean dramas, yayy), assignments due. Hence, I spent an entire day on Youtube.

*Did I just hear ‘justified’? I swear I did*

So here I am, scrolling through the suggested videos and I landed over this one video which had hints of horror in it.

Hwayugi had recently ended, and withdrawal symptoms were still raging, so I clicked it.

And I tell you. The song had me hooked.

Also, the girl, the supernatural entity seemed so sad. Not even evil. Just sad. I thought: what the hell. I have time. I need to see this. This might be breaking the mainstream Pakistani dramas about the supernatural. This might be like the Korean dramas where we actually root for a hooman and a ghost (Bring it on ghost), a mermaid and a hooman (Legend of the Blue Sea), an alien and a hooman (My Love from another star), and not to forget the great sage, a monkey, and a hooman (Hwayugi) to end up together.

So I started watching. The guy was a human. And in love with a human. I know. I know. We’ll get there. So eight episodes go by and when in our usual dramas its time to kiss, the human, Fawad, and the female djinn, Dil Nawaz, finally meet. Well, they don’t even meet. Dil Nawaz is under the control of evil human lady hungry for power. She can’t even show herself without the direct approval of her superior. And Fawad has left his mother’s house in anger for she is opposing his marriage with his beloved. So she just messes with Fawad when he is living alone in the house which has been claimed by the Djinn. First messing with him she manages to scare him, but he eventually gets used to a presence which he can’t even see. How cool is that?

She learns what love is when she sees his love for the girl. And then she falls for him. And when the evil human lady tells her to reveal herself to the human, she is happy. When the evil human lady orders her to bewitch him, she is overjoyed. When the evil human lady orders her to get married to the human keeping her under her spell, she is beyond the moon. But here, the drama creators just broke my heart. Reinforcing that djinns are bad and that them being together with a human is just not possible. They make the love of a human and the supernatural just fake. And the guy does not even take a stand. He forgets her and chooses the human girlfriend. He forgets the real feelings he had for her before she bewitches him on the orders of the evil human lady. He chooses to forget the marriage he shared with the djinn when the djinn purposefully lifted her magic at the ‘I do’ moment for she doesn’t want to force him.

And in the end, she leaves him, for his good.

2 years later, The intense love for Fawad eventually becomes her death. Fawad is informed of her worsening situation, and he meets her. And she parts from the world Goblin style.

The asshole even sees the man who had informed her of the djinn’s worsening situation with a baby. The scene implied that the djinn had a baby. But that unworthy human did nothing. Didn’t even own the baby!

I don’ like this

If you want to show a Pakistani geumganggo (the djinn gave Fawad a geumganggo, swear to God)

If you want to show supernatural entities with glowing eyes

If you want to show their departure goblin style

At least, at least, give respect to the love.

You clearly are very impressed by Korean dramas. And trust me, man, I approve!

If you are impressed by Korean dramas, you have to make sure you get the core belief of Kdramas right. THE LOVE HAS TO BE RESPECTED regardless of who you are.

Thank you

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10 Year Challenge: A fan’s POV

As soon as 2019 knocked on our doorsteps, among the very first trends on social media, we saw the ten-year challenge. People uploaded photos of themselves in 2009 and now in 2019 to show how they had changed or not. As expected, some memes also surfaced that would send us into a laughing frenzy. Living in Pakistan and among non-Kdrama fans, these were the #tenyearchallenege posts we could see.

Let’s have a look at the #10yearschallenge that I found remarkable

  1. Top of the list, being broke AF:

  1. Or the 100 year challenge really.
    A never aging Pakistani celeb who is now probably 60 but…

Woman, you vampire?


  1. And we all can relate with this one. The evergreen. The Immortal. The 3310.

The nostalgia hurts more if you have an iPhone 6 which you gotta recharge every other minute.

  1.  Oh and if you are a South Asian kid, you can’t not know this one:

5.  Or something that hits right at stone:


But being a diehard Korean drama fan, the only thing I could think of with the phrase ‘ten-year challenge’ and the numbers ’09 and ’19 was:

One and only, Ji Eun Tak,

The poor kid. Every 10 years, from 9, 19, 29, she gotta run from the grim reaper.


Although the grim reaper was too hot, I probably wouldn’t have minded going with him…

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Stealing hearts by a ‘Playful Kiss’

Ok, So I’ll tell you straight on. This drama is the lamest and the stupidest drama ever, and I have watched it SIXTY SIX times (not kidding).

The drama is about a girl Oh Ha Ni who has fallen madly, deeply, completely, in love with the most intelligent person in her high school, Baek Seung Jo. Baek Seung Jo who can’t care less about stupid people and Ha Ni is the worst academically. Talk about fate!

Talk of fate might be more accurate when I tell you that the girl’s house is destroyed because of poor construction in an earthquake and she has to live in the father’s friend’s house which turns out to be Baek Seung Jo’s house from the second episode.

But let me tell you something! That stupid guy might be intelligent, athletic, superb chef, hot, umm wait, where was I….

Yeah, that guy might be all of these perfect things but he is damn straight stupid when it comes to love. He has clearly noticed her and been impressed by her when she kicks the vending machine to make it work

even if in their next interaction he grades her love confession letter a D-.

He clearly has started caring for her in the second episode to go out of the house and wait for her since there is a pervert roaming in the area. He bought yoghurt to justify his being outside but he waited for a long time that it all melted. <3 <3

He is clearly jealous of the classmate who is very expressive in love for Oh Ha Ni.

And this is just the 3rd episode

And he takes the graduation day picture with her to make the other girls not taunt Oh Ha Ni and teases her…

And he kisses her just because she says she will get over her feelings for him.

And after all this, he is insistent that he is not in love with her.

Seung Jo with the IQ of more than 150 just does not feel like striking up conversations with just anybody without reason and he talks about meaningful stuff with Oh Ha Ni even though she is stupid to not realize what’s going on. Tell me what can be more romantic than somebody who is intelligent enough to go to the top universities of the world chooses to go to the university Ha Ni has been accepted in because she makes life interesting for him (his words, not mine). And yet he doesn’t know if he is in love with her or not. Or what can be more romantic than somebody who is intelligent enough to choose any profession for himself but just because once Ha Ni mentioned she’d like to see him as a doctor he decides to go to medicine.

A month after I have finished the drama every single time, all I can retain is that Baek Seung Jo isn’t expressive enough! And for this reason, I watch it again just to focus on his face (By now I have learnt the dialogues by heart). And MAN, the surge of feeling that I have for this cutest love story ever!!!! He is so damn obvious in his love!!!!

Disclaimer: I am a hopeless romantic – in love with the idea of love – so I just fall in love more and more with the love that the two have. If it were in my power I would just fly in that damn screen and be like, ‘DUDE YOU LOVE HER. WHY CAN’T YOU JUST GET IT?

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