After countless of marathons, nocturnal nights, tears + an eye infection (due to a blocked tear duct from excessive crying— I blame Hyun Bin in A Millionaire’s First Love) I must say that I consider myself an expert in deciphering the kdrama code. However, having very unKorean Korean friends they are unable to verify whether art imitates life, therefore I’m guessing (and hoping) that some of my discoveries ain’t true…lol!
- You can pull over without prior warning amidst busy traffic and no one will honk or show you the finger.
- The men often fake stomach cramps to get out from a bad date— I thought only women had periods.
- Adult piggyback rides are totally acceptable.
- It’s always meal time in kdramaland yet no one gains weight…except for Kim Sam Soon.¹
- You’ve heard the phrase “drink to forget”. How about drink, eat and puke to forget after what seems to be 10 rounds of soju and barbeque? Best thing about the Koreans: they never drink on an empty stomach…
- …but puking your guts out follows soon after (and perhaps some kissing…eeugh)
- The knight in shining armour comes rescuing by grabbing your hand and dragging you away IN PUBLIC. Aww, how romantic.
- Words like mianhae 미안 해 (sorry), baboya 바보야 (fool) & saranghae 사랑해 (I love you) make up the entire script. Put them together and you’ll get, “Sorry, [I’m a] fool. I love you”’ which is pretty much the story line of every kdrama. Dude seriously? YOU NEED TO MOVE ON. FIGHTING!!
- The men are crybabies. The women just cry louder.
- Someone is always dying from a terminal illness or a tragic accident after finding true love. Time to mandi bunga.²
¹ Character from the famous 2005 drama My Lovely Sam Soon/ My Name is Kim Sam Soon; touted as the Korean version of Bridget Jones’s Diary.
² The act of taking a floral bath to dispel bad luck commonly practised in Malaysia.