Friday, December 29, 2023

SBS Drama Awards 2023 Winners

The SBS Drama Awards 2023 has come to an end. Without a doubt, 2023 was a great year for KDramas with a wide variety of genres that ensured everyone's tastes were met.

A lot of these dramas were aired in Korea on SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System) and this annual awards ceremony showcased some of the outstanding achievements in their Korean dramas.

SBS Drama Awards 2023 Winners

Best New Actor: Kang You-seok for Payback, Kwon Ah-reum for The Killing Vote, Kim Do-hoon for The Escape of the Seven, Yang Hye-ji for Revenant, Lee Shin-young for Dr. Romantic 3, Lee Hong-nae for Dr. Romantic 3, and Jung Soo-bin for Trolley

Best Child Actor: Choi Hyun-jin for The Killing Vote, Han Ji-an for Dr. Romantic 3, Park So-yi for Revenant, and Ahn Chae-heum for Taxi Driver 2

Scene Stealer: Go Sang-ho and Byun Joong-hee for Taxi Driver 2 and Dr. Romantic 3

Best Supporting Actor (Specialized Genre): Kim Won-hae for Revenant

Best Supporting Actor (Rom-Com): Jung Soon-won and Seo Jung-yeon for My Demon and Trolley

Best Supporting Actor (Multi-Season Series): Son Ji-yoon for The First Responders 2, and Bae Yoo-ram and Jang Hyuk-jin for Taxi Driver 2

Best Teamwork: Dr. Romantic 3

Best Performance: Jin Sun-kyu for Revenant

Excellence Award (Action): Hong Kung for Payback, and Lee Joon and Lee Yoo-bi for The Escape of the Seven

Excellence Award (Rom-Com): Ryeoun and Shin Ye-eun for The Secret Romantic Guesthouse

Excellence Award (Multi-Season Series): Shin Jae-ha and Pyo Ye-jin for Taxi Driver 2

Netizen's Best 2023 SBS Drama: Taxi Driver 2

Top Excellence Award (Action): Park Sung-woong for The Killing Vote and Moon Chae-won for Payback

Top Excellence Award (Rom-Com) and Best Couple: Song Kang and Kim Yoo-jung for My Demon

Top Excellence Award (Multi-Season Series): Ahn Hyo-seop and Lee Sung-kyung for Dr. Romantic 3

Daesang (Grand Prize): Lee Je-hoon for Taxi Driver 2 and Kim Tae-ri for Revenant

What was your favorite SBS Drama this 2023?

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

What to Do in El Nido, Palawan

This wasn't my first trip to El Nido, Palawan. Let's start with that.

However, the first time I went, we were subjected to an intense food trip where we ate at almost 20 restaurants in the span of a few days. We didn't get to see any islands. Heck, we hardly had time to sleep.

Don't get me wrong. I loved that trip to no other. But when people asked me about what to do in El Nido; I literally never knew what to say.

So when the opportunity presented itself to visit El Nido, Palawan again - if even just overnight lol - I jumped at it when I saw that island-hopping was finally on the menu. Here are some of the highlights of our trip.

What to Do in El Nido, Palawan

Fly via AirSWIFT

First and foremost - and I believe this is très important if you want a hassle-free experience: fly via AirSWIFT. This will save you a lot of time as the plane will drop you off directly at El Nido, Palawan in less than 1.5 hours.

Stay at Seda Lio

As for where to stay, I'd recommend Seda Lio El Nido. And make sure to get a room on the ground floor with a pool view. Seda Lio is pretty big and having this particular room made my life as a sun-loving girl so much easier because I could literally just open the glass doors and walk out onto the pool.

The beach was also just a minute walk away from my room - so perfectly convenient!

Visit Kalye Artisano

One of my favorite places in El Nido, Palawan is Kalye Artisano. I love the overall vibe of the place.

It's a great place to chill, eat, shop, and learn a new hobby, such as pottery and weaving. I also heard they have a B&B there now so you can actually stay at Kalye Artisano if you'd like. There are plenty of pictureque areas that are perfect for the 'gram as well.

Enjoy a Boodle Fight by the Beach

What better way to really feel like you're on a beach vacay than by having a boodle fight with fresh seafood and lots of meat by the beach? They even have halo-halo to cap things off, and we even got to meet a craftsman who made cute crafts for us while we ate.

Have Cocktails on a Yacht

The best way to enjoy an El Nido sunset is by far on a yacht.

Get your friends together and spend the afternoon sipping cocktails on a yacht with a musician serenading you. It's definitely worth experiencing at least once in your life!

Go Island-Hopping

And of course, what I came here for in the first place: island-hopping!!! The islands in El Nido, Palawan are all picturesque; and the waters are so blue, it was easy to get lost in them. You can choose to snorkel too. Unfortunately, I have dyed hair, so I couldn't do that this time around.

The Big Lagoon is definitely a must-visit. While there were a lot of people there, I took the opportunity to kayak to a more secluded area where I lied down on my kayak and sang at the top of my lungs, and just soaked everything in.

I honestly didn't realize how much I needed this getaway before I found myself amidst the greatness of that gorgeous lagoon.

As a certified sun lover, I always take the opportunity to head to the beach, no matter how short of a time I get to go there. In some cases, the time simply isn't enough but I can say that even if I only have a night to spare; El Nido, Palawan would be a great getaway because there is so much beauty to see.

I will definitely be going back - hopefully when I have more time. <3 Thank you for the unforgettable memories!

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Sweet Home Season 2 Review

Sweet Home Season 2 is finally out on Netflix, and although I know I'm supposed to be talking about the show as a whole, honestly, the highlight of this season for me was all of the booties I got to see. #sorrynotsorry

As a booty-loving girl, I spent a lot of time rewinding and pausing because, well, I've been single for so long. And also, I mean... they showed their butts so we could appreciate them, right? They worked hard for that, so they deserve all of the love. Okay, I'm done justifying it. (And yes, I have confirmed that they didn't use butt doubles.)

Anyway, as far as the series goes as a whole, I didn't love it as much as I loved Season 1, but I'd still say that it was good. I didn't find myself binge-watching it in one go, but I also didn't hate it as much as other people seem to.

In fact, the first few episodes were pretty great because, since the first season, I've seen so many other dramas of the cast members that I've felt a little more attached to them this time around. The deaths were heartbreaking. That scene of Lee Si-young on the ice (and actually, a lot of scenes in this season) was so darned beautiful.

Truly, if I dissect it bit by bit, there is a lot to love about Sweet Home Season 2.

The problem is that I wasn't invested in each character equally the way that I was in Season 1. Add to that the fact that Song Kang's My Demon was released only a week or so prior to this, and is so light and entertaining (read: perfect for the chill holiday season) that watching something this dark didn't feel right.

Song Kang does showcase his acting prowess in this, though, proving once and for all that he is more than just a pretty face. We also have the addition of Jung Jin-young to the cast who plays his role perfectly. And Si-young, as always, steals the show. Acting-wise, this season is definitely top-notch. I just wish that I cared more.

But obviously, with that ending, they've done nothing but made us long for more. The good news is that we won't have to wait three whole years for the next season as it is slated to be released in 2024.