Memories of the Alhambra Review

Imagine being trapped inside an augmented-reality game with your worst enemy, someone that betrayed you and you wanted to kill that person inside your mind. Memories of the Alhambra onΒ Netflix is a drama that centers around this idea. What if our imaginations of killing someone becomes a reality?

Hyun Bin, who you may know from Secret Garden and The Snow Queen, plays the role of Jin-woo. (He is the CEO of J Group which is a large investment firm that specializes in optical devices.) He looks for Jung Se-joo, the creator of the very advanced augmented-reality game in Granada,Β  which is a southern part ofΒ  Spain. The game creator is played by Chanyeol of the Kpop group we know as EXO.

From all the Korean dramas I’ve watched recently,Β Memories of the Alhambra stands out because it’s fresh. It’s one of the first dramas to use augmented-reality gaming as part of its story. I have to praise Hyun Bin’s exceptional acting throughout the drama. He really looks tired and exhausted from fighting all the enemies inside this game.

This drama shows that even inside a game, there are many different allies and enemies. But it’s the same as real life. Real friendships in real life remain even in the game.

I give this drama a 9 out of 10 for its creative plot and great cast. πŸ™‚

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Mr. Sunshine OST – See You Again

“See You Again” by Baek Ji Young

See your eyes
See your face
자꾸 κ°€μŠ΄μ΄ λ›°μ–΄μ„œ
See your face
See your eyes
λ§˜μ— ν’ˆμ€ κ±Έ μ•Œμ•˜μ£ 

λ‚΄κ°€ μ‚΄μ•„μ˜¨
세상 μ–΄λŠ μˆœκ°„λ³΄λ‹€ 더
μ†Œμ€‘ν•΄μ„œ

그댈 λ‘˜λŸ¬μ‹Ό
μ‹œκ°„ 꿈 λͺ¨λ‘ λ‹€ ν•œ 쑰각
곡기처럼 κ°„μ§ν–ˆμ£ 

λ„ˆλ¬΄λ‚˜ μ•„νŒŒμ„œ μŠ¬ν”ˆ μ‚¬λž‘μ€
맀일 밀이면 λ‚―μ„  μ–Όκ΅΄λ‘œ μ„œμ„œ

μ €κΈ° λ°”λžŒμ€ κ°€κ³  μžˆλŠ” 길을
μ•Œκ³  μžˆλ‹€ λ§ν•˜μ£ 

I’ll be there
ν•¨κ»˜ ν•˜λ‚˜μš”

See your eyes
See your face
자꾸 눈물이 ν˜λŸ¬μ„œ

가진 것
μ•„λ‹Œ 것
아무 μ†Œμš©μ΄ μ—†μ—ˆμ£ 

λ‚΄κ°€ μ‚΄μ•„κ°ˆ 세상
μ–΄λŠ κ³³μ—μ„œλ„ κ·Έ 이름
λΆ€λ₯Ό 수 μ—†μ–΄μ„œ

이토둝 μ•„νŒ λ˜ 우리 μ‚¬λž‘μ€
맀일 밀이면 λ‚―μ„  μ–Όκ΅΄λ‘œ μ„œμ„œ

μ €κΈ° λ°”λžŒμ€ κ°€κ³  μžˆλŠ” 길을
μ•Œκ³  μžˆλ‹€ λ§ν•˜μ£ 

I’ll be there
ν•¨κ»˜ ν•˜λ‚˜μš”

I’ll be there
I’ll be there

λͺ¨λ‘ 흩어진 뒀에
λ§Œλ‚˜μ£ 
λ‹€ μ•„ν”ˆ κ±°μ£ 

그곳에선 ν•¨κ»˜ 웃고 있죠
I’ll be there
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Cheongdamdong Alice OST – Daddy Long Legs

Baek Ah Yeon Cheongdamdong Alice OST

β€œDaddy Long Legs” by Baek Ah Yeon

ν•œκ±ΈμŒ ν•œκ±ΈμŒ κ°€μš”
Walking toward you step by step
κ·ΈλŒ€λ„ λ‚΄κ²Œλ‘œ μ™€μš”
You are coming toward me too
κ·ΈλŒ€ μž‘μ€ λ―Έμ†ŒλŠ”
Your little smile
λ‚˜μ—κ² μ „λΆ€κ°€ λΌμš”
Becomes my everything.

μ‚¬λž‘μ΄κ² μ£  이런 λ‚΄ λ§ˆμŒμ€
I guess it's love, this feeling of mine
μ‚¬λž‘μ΄κ² μ£  λΆ€μ‘±ν•˜μ§€λ§Œ
I guess it's love, although it's insufficient
λˆˆμ„ 감아도 κ·€λ₯Ό 막아도 κ·ΈλŒ„
Even when I close my eyes, when I cover my ears,
λŠκ»΄μ§€λŠ” λ‚΄ μ•ˆμ˜ μ‚¬λž‘
You're the love inside of me
닿을 수 없어도 λΌμš”
It's okay if I can't reach
만질 수 없어도 λΌμš” 
It's okay if I can't touch
μ§€κΈˆμ²˜λŸΌ κ·ΈλŒ€λ‘œ
Just like it is now
κ·Έ 자리 그곳에 남아
You're still there

μ‚¬λž‘μ΄κ² μ£  이런 λ‚΄ λ§ˆμŒμ€
I guess it's love, this feeling of mine
μ‚¬λž‘μ΄κ² μ£  λΆ€μ‘±ν•˜μ§€λ§Œ
I guess it's love, although it's insufficient
λˆˆμ„ 감아도 κ·€λ₯Ό 막아도 κ·ΈλŒ„
Even when I close my eyes, when I cover my ears,
λŠκ»΄μ§€λŠ” λ‚΄ μ•ˆμ˜ μ‚¬λž‘
You're the love inside of me

μ΄λ ‡κ²Œ κ·ΈλŒ€λ§Œμ„ κ·Έλ¦¬λŠ”λ°
I miss only you, like this
μ΄λ ‡κ²Œ 아무것도 λͺ»ν•˜λŠ”데
I can't do anything, like this
κ·ΈλŒ€μ˜ 흔적 μ‘°μ°¨ 그리운데
I miss even the traces of you

κ·ΈλŒ€μ˜ 마음 λ§ˆμ € λ¨Έλ¬Έλ‹€λ©΄
If your heart stays with me
κ·ΈλŒ€μ˜ 눈길 λ§ˆμ € λΉ„μΆ˜λ‹€λ©΄
If your eyes are with me
λ‚΄ μ „λΆˆ λ‹€ 주어도 λͺ¨μžλΌμš”
Even if I give you my everything, it is not enough

μ‚¬λž‘μ΄κ² μ£  이런 λ‚΄ λ§ˆμŒμ€
I guess it's love, this feeling of mine
μ‚¬λž‘μ΄κ² μ£  λΆ€μ‘±ν•˜μ§€λ§Œ
I guess it's love, although it's insufficient
λˆˆμ„ 감아도 κ·€λ₯Ό 막아도 κ·ΈλŒ„
Even when I close my eyes, when I cover my ears,
λŠκ»΄μ§€λŠ” λ‚΄ μ•ˆμ˜ μ‚¬λž‘
You're the love inside of me
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Unexpected You OST – Where is My Love?

“Where is My Love?” by F.I.X

When did my heart start beating
Why do I breathe only toward you
My heart toward you grows as I stop one foot away
What's wrong with my heart?

Because you started a new love 
You must not hear my heart beating
My heart, watching you without any words 
Why does it keep walking toward you?
 
My love can't be you
Because it never beat like this before
When my love comes I can feel it
My heart will say that it is my love
 
What did you do to me?
I wouldn't be hurting because of you
My heart, watching you from a distance
Why hasn't it given up

My love can't be you but
I haven't been hurt like this before
When my love comes I can feel it
My heart will say that it is my love

Why do I keep crying
Why do I feel this way
You aren't by my side 
It can't be because of that
 
You are my love
The love that I waited for so long
After my love left, I felt it 
My heart hurts
Now my heart says that my love is you
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Poem from The Equator Man

In The Equator Man, Seon Woo reads a beautiful poem to Ji Won.

λ„ˆμ—κ²Œ 이 μ‹œλ₯Ό 보낸닀
I send this poem to you
λ‹ˆμ˜†μ— μžˆλŠ”κ²Œ ν–‰λ³΅ν•˜κ³ 
I am happy being next to you and
λ‹ˆμ˜†μ— μžˆλŠ”λ° λ‘λ €μš΄ λ‚˜λŠ”
I am afraid while I am next to you
λ„ˆλ₯Ό λ§Œλ‚˜κΈ° μ΄μ „μœΌλ‘œ λŒμ•„κ°€κ³  싢지 μ•Šλ‹€
I don't want to return to the state before I met you

κΉŠμ€ 터널에 κ°–ν˜€ μ•žμ΄ 보이지 μ•ŠλŠ” μ‹œκ°„
Inside a deep tunnel, the times we cannot see ahead
λ„ˆμ™€ν•¨κ»˜ 이 ν„°λ„μ˜ 끝을 볼수 μžˆλ‹€λ©΄ μ–Όλ§ˆλ‚˜ μ’‹μ„κΉŒ
It would be so good if we can see the end of this tunnel together
우리 λ‘˜λ§Œ μ•„λŠ” κΈΈ
A road only we know
우리 λ‘˜λ§Œ μ•„λŠ” μ‹œκ°„
A time only we know
λ„ˆλ„ λ‚˜μ™€ 같은 마음이라면
If you feel the same way as me

λ§ν•΄μ€˜
Tell me

λ‚œ 길을 λ– λ‚ κ±°μ•Ό
I will leave

λ„Œ 여기남아도 λ‚œ 널 μƒˆκ²¨μ„œ κ°€λŠ”κΈΈμ΄ 외둭지 μ•Šμ„κ²ƒμ΄λ‹€
Even if you remain here, I won't be lonely because I engraved you in my heart
κ·ΈλŠ” κ·Έλ…€μ—κ²Œ νŽΈμ§€λ₯Ό 썻닀
I wrote this letter to her
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Dream High 2 OST – Together

Dream High 2 OST Part 7

“Together” by JB and Jiyeon

Living day by day, when I'm struggling in this world
When I'm feeling like I'm just one person out of many people
When I see your loving eyes watch me, I feel special
When you give me a warm hug, all my scars heal up

When we're together when we're together
Everything becomes alright, all my bad memories are gone
When we're together when we're together
I become happy again, I smile without knowing it

When I'm lonely, when I feel I'm alone
When everything's unfamiliar, when suddenly I lose confidence

Because you believe in me and your voice gives me courage
I go out to the world again
Because you're standing one step behind me, watching me
It's so important to me

When we're together when we're together
Everything becomes alright, all my bad memories are gone
When we're together when we're together
I become happy again, I smile without knowing it

Just like now
If you are next to me
No matter what obstacle comes
I can overcome it

When we're together when we're together
Everything becomes alright, all my bad memories are gone
When we're together when we're together
I become happy again, I smile without knowing it
When we're together when we're together
Everything becomes alright, all my bad memories are gone
When we're together when we're together
I become happy again, I smile without knowing it
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Important Message Told in Dream High 2

Towards the end of episode 9 of Dream High 2, an important message is left. Shin Hae-Sung was on stage talking about a dream. She says that the school is divided up into two groups. One is for the regular class and the other one is for the honor class. She asked the audience, “Is a dream only meant for the talented? If you have no talent, does that mean you shouldn’t even dream?”

“If you want to dream, you must first close your eyes. When you close your eyes, it doesn’t matter how people look at you. When you close your eyes, you can face yourself, not the person they see you as. I tell myself to never give up a dream. Because it is not for the talented but for people who dream. We will run for our dream even with our small talents.”

The message is strong and I believe it summarizes the drama very well.

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Dream High 2 OST – Walking Toward Me

“Walking Toward Me” by Jin Woon (2AM)

Across the street, I see your image, with your cold eyes 
you look at me, 
walking toward me, walking toward me


You say things that can't be taken back, with your small voice 
you tear up the memories

Your eyes covered me with a blue ocean, you puff me out 
like white smoke from a cigarette, like I'm nothing


Like a sandcastle is washed away by the tide, like there were 
no memories left, you're trying to end it


I am drifting away from you first, my fingertips are still 
pointing toward you, 
drifting away, drifting away


With intolerable pain, I kept your last image in my eyes, but


Your eyes covered me with a blue ocean, you puff me out 
like white smoke from a cigarette, like I'm nothing


Like a sandcastle is washed away by the tide, like there were 
no memories left, 
you're trying to end it


Across the street, I see your image, with your cold eyes 
you look at me, 
walking toward me, walking toward me
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Thousand Days Promise Review

Thousand Days Promise is about Lee Seo Yeon, a woman who has Alzheimer’s disease at a very young age. After Park Ji Hyung learns that she has Alzheimer’s, they get married and he takes care of her. This drama is a sad one and it was hard for me to watch. Seo Yeon was an intelligent woman and as she started to lose her memory, she turned into a fool. She forgets to turn off the stove, how to get home from work, the names of people, how to dress up and even how to go to the bathroom.

One of the things that Seo Yeon says in the drama is that she didn’t choose her path. It was given to her. She’s miserable about her life but there isn’t anything she can do to change it.

When watching Thousand Days Promise, you will see that Ji Hyung takes responsibility of his wife and does everything that he can to take care of her. It’s beautiful but I don’t think it’s common to see this in real life. Can love be so strong? After all, it is a drama.

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Glory Jane OST – Who You Are To Me

Glory Jane OST Part 1

“Who You Are To Me” by Hyorin (Sistar)

How much more do I have to hurt until I see your heart?
I wanted to tell you but tears are flowing
The words I say to you, I wait for only you
Because I love you
I couldn't get a hold of you
I couldn't stop either
There are so many traces of you
Because it's you to me
I desperately want you
Only because it's you
I have to wait no matter what
Would you come closer to me?
You know that you're the only one for me
Please don't leave me alone

Whenever I see you with eyes full of sadness
Without saying a word, I look and smile
The words I say to you, I love only you
Because I love you

It's full inside my head
Full of memories
There are so many traces of you
Because it's you to me
I desperately want you
Only because it's you

I have to wait no matter what
Would you come closer to me?
You know that you're the only one for me
Please don't leave me alone

I want to show you 
I want to let you listen
You're not by my side
It hurts more because of that
Because it's you to me
I desperately want you
Only because it's you
I have to wait no matter what
Would you come closer to me?
You know that you're the only one for me
Please don't leave me alone
Because I love you~
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