Blogmas Day 24- Christmas Eve in Texas + KDrama Recommendations

Its so nice to be back home in Texas with my family. Everytime I come back I feel like its just a huge break from the hustle and bustle of New York City and my busy life. I love living in NYC and wouldn't trade it for the world, but it can definitely sometimes be overwhelming and tiring. Having the opportunity to step away occasionally allows me to rejuvenate and refresh myself, and it honestly makes me appreciate my life even more. There isn't too much to do in my Houston suburb so I enjoy the simple things in life that I often overlook living in a big city- waking up later with no set agenda for the day, breakfast in bed, watching TV all day in pajamas.

I've been asked several times to do a post on my favorite Korean dramas since I'm always watching them. I've been addicted to Kdramas (and I'm not even Korean!) for years now ever since my mom introduced them to me senior year of high school. They differ from American TV shows in that they typically don't continue on past one season (there are a select few that do have a season two at most) and range anywhere from 12 to 100 episodes. The story lines are usually less sexualized and more dramatic. I personally enjoy the romantic comedies because the stories are always so cute and it allows me to step away from my own life for a few hours. If you haven't seen any, I highly recommend checking one out. Below are a few of my favorites!

My Girl- This was my very first Kdrama and it was life changing! It was funny and cute, but touching at the same time and the leads had amazing chemistry. The plot had lots of ups and downs, but I loved every single minute of it. This was the drama that started my addiction!

Goong- Every girl's secret dream is to fall in love with a prince and become a princess and this drama makes that dream come true! The drama also explores the inner workings of palace life and the intracacies that comes with being a member of the royal family.

City Hunter- To this day, City Hunter is one of my favorite dramas. The story line is revenge driven (a common theme), but the specifics are different and unique. The fight scenes were good and having an attractive male lead definitely helped too!

Boys Over Flowers- Sometimes this drama made me cringe over its cheesiness and over the top scenes, but I became so enthralled by the character's relationships and emotions. It's based on a pretty popular manga and remained mostly accurate. If you think having one attractive male actor was nice, imagine a team of 4 of them!

Queen Inhyun's Man- This drama was highly overlooked in my opinion, probably because it came out around the same time as another similar drama that had more a popular cast (Rooftop Prince). But to be honest, it shouldn't have! I was hooked on every episode and wouldn't leave the house for days until I finished. The story line isn't too unique (time traveling), but the lead actor and actress had some of the best on screen chemistry that I've ever seen. They went on to date as well :) 

My Love from Another Star- This was the drama that made chicken and beer insanely popular. It launched super fans from all over the world, including myself. The characters had such strong personalities and their Romeo and Juliet style love story was beautifully portrayed. If you're looking for laughs, this is a good one.

Mask- A thriller with a romantic twist. This drama sucked me in every step of the way. I actually felt emotionally invested in the characters' relationship. I can't say more otherwise I'll ruin the many twists and turns, but I highly recommend!

Ojakgyo Brothers- One of the best family dramas to ever come out, in my opinion. It won tons of awards the year it was released and catapulted its main actress, Uee, into drama stardom (she was a singer before). It portrays the family dynamics well and with so many characters, it was able to remain interesting throughout the 50 episodes.

School 2015- The School dramas is one that has reoccurring season, although the cast is usually different and the plots are never connected to previous seasons. The series has been going on for a while now and portrays students in different genres (1988, 2017, etc...). School 2015 casted an amazingly talented lead, Kim So Hyun, who had to play two characters and did such a great job. The story was intense and heart felt.