07 June, 2012

Riding the Hallyu Wave

Sometimes I wonder if I live in an alternate reality, mostly because when I think back to before I watched K-drama, I realize that there was this whole world going on that I had no idea about. It's actually kind of hard to think about what I would be like without K-drama. It's sort of like Harry Potter post Hogwarts - thinking about Harry Potter pre Hogwarts - minus the magic, Voldemort, and the whole saving the world thing. Actually maybe not minus the saving the world part.

You might think I'm crazy, but my pet theory is - if people were to expose/embrace themselves to other cultures' music, literature, film, food, culture, history, etc., they'd be a whole lot less prone to bombing them out of existence. I mean, I would never want South Korea to go to war mostly because Hyun Bin is in the marines, and he still needs to make more dramas and add his genes to the gene pool. Oh, and also, I don't really like war. 

War aside, learning about other cultures has always fascinated me, and the Korean culture is no exception. I have had many Korean friends and acquaintances long before I became addicted to drama and K-pop, but now I feel like part of my soul is Korean. Yeah, that sounds a little weird I guess, but you know that moment when you would rather say omo! or aigoo, or one of my favourites, ohtokay!?. 
I can well remember that moment when I learned what makjang meant - yes, thank you Boys Over Flowers - or should I really be saying thank you for that one? And then on the netizen-speak side of things, I never thought I'd ever know what OTP meant, exclaim daebak, talk about second-male-lead-syndrome, chocolate abs, aegyo (thank you Rain and Full House), or that I'd use swoon and squee on such a regular basis. 

Speaking of swooning and squeeing, becoming a total fangirl in post-teenage years has been a rather fun experience. While I am definitely not at the ajhumma stage of life, I am enough past the teenage years to have a large portion of K-pop idols call me noona. That certainly doesn't stop me from being an Inspirit-ELF-VIP-Cassiopeia-Kiss Me-BANA-B2uty-Baby-Melody-Primadonna-Eels-Henecia-Minoz-Airen-Triple S. Wow, that was a mouthful! Oh the joy of OSTs that launched my obsession with K-pop! 

And perhaps the best part of all of this is that I have found some of my bestest friends. Who knew that when I started on this whole crazy-drama-watching adventure that I would have such interesting conversations, and create such happy memories with fellow drama-watching friends. Because when it comes down to it, watching drama makes me happy-sad-melodramatic-crazy-in love with life and the world, and isn't that a good place to be? Drama hwaiting!!!


  1. A friend messaged me this today about this post ^_^ : I love your reasons South Korea shouldn't go to war!! Yay for Hyun Bin saving the world! Also, you've perfectly expressed so many of my thoughts and feelings about my exposure to the Korean wave. I've been contemplating as well how my horizons expanded so much just by starting to watch a few kdramas, and then exploring more into Korean culture and history. I also feel part Korean in spirit. You know, the part that isn't Latina, Indian or white girl.

    1. After I posted, I forgot to add that this was the friend who introduced me to K-drama ^^

  2. I stumbled across this post and I just love the way you were able to say everything I've been feeling about finding kdrama and kpop. It just sounded a whole lot better than when I try to phrase it. Before I started blogging, I had no idea how fast an interest in kdramas spread.

  3. Kdrama really is quite an interesting thing. This is actually the first post we ever posted ^^ so I am glad that you found it and enjoyed it.

  4. Jaime the Drama NoonaMarch 08, 2014 1:19 AM

    Bravo Chingu! I truly couldn't have said this better myself! Truly! I absolutely and wholeheartedly agree with everything you've said. It truly is an amazing thing, the Hallyu Wave. It has brought so many people into my life that I now adore very much!

  5. I am so glad you liked this post! This was the first post I ever wrote and posted, long before I even knew what a crazy and wonderful adventure the bloggersphere would be! It really seems like forever ago before I met all you wonderful and amazing people! Ah the feels!!!!!!! ❤❤❤

  6. Jaime the Drama NoonaMarch 08, 2014 1:25 AM

    Wow! What a lovely first post! I know what you mean :) When I started the blog I had no idea the ride I was in for. I wouldn't trade it for the world though. I am loving every moment of it!

  7. Me too! I really love that I stumbled down the rabbit hole into this crazy and lovely and wonderful world!