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While You Were Sleeping

Been quite into Korean dramas recently, thanks to my friends egging me on non-stop. One person recommending me something is one thing but when multiple people recommend the same show… of course I gotta check it out 😀

The last K-drama I finished was While You Were Sleeping. I was told to just watch the opening and I wouldn’t be able to stop, and geez I really didn’t stop until I finished all 16 episodes in a week. So here’s me unloading all my feels.

While You Were Sleeping wallpaper

It has all the usual elements of a successful K-drama (e.g. good-looking cast, gorgeous setting, bomb soundtrack etc) and I like that it’s very fast-paced since the beginning.

Another reason why I enjoyed this show so much is because the female lead (Suzy) is a journalist and the male lead (Lee Jong-suk) is a prosecutor so romance aside, there are a lot of crime elements and courtroom drama scenes. They also touch on the whole law vs. press vs. public opinion debate which is super intriguing and satisfying to watch.

I know it’s sensationalised and there’s suspension of disbelief because it’s fiction, but still… makes me wonder what I’m doing at work. There was a scene where Suzy fought so hard to have a story told even though her supervisor didn’t want to cover it because it would make the news station look bad. She got her way, of course. Can’t say the same about here 🤪

“When you go the wrong way, the GPS reroutes the directions. Can you drive with a GPS that keeps saying the wrong way is the right way? If we were wrong, we must correct it. Who would believe the news that keeps arguing it’s right when it’s wrong?”

I also like how they didn’t make Suzy’s character overly-pretty to fit a conventional standard (if that makes sense because she’s SUZY and already beautiful to begin with). Loved her with her glasses and short hair and I wish they didn’t get rid of her glasses after the first few episodes. Luckily there was no makeover scene like those Hollywood nonsense 🙄

While You Were Sleeping Suzy

Suzy While You Were Sleeping

While You Were Sleeping Suzy Bae

Hello how do you perf?!?!?! She looks pretty even when she cries 🥺 And I need to control myself or this will end up being a spam post of Suzy gifs.

One of my favourite scenes was when she was nervous about returning to work after a long hiatus and just standing at the traffic light in front of the news station, afraid to walk in.

While You Were Sleeping scene

I could already predict what was going to happen next (standard K-drama cliche) but that didn’t stop me from swooning when he suddenly appeared and took her hand in his and reassured her 🥺🥺🥺 Damn feels. It‘s such an underrated scene but I love it.

I also love how she’s always using his tie to wipe her tears or smudged makeup HAHA.

While You Were Sleeping couple

Funnily I don’t feel like they have sizzling chemistry (maybe just lukewarm?) like the couples in other shows (e.g. Crash Landing On You, Descendants Of The Sun). Still very cute though!!!

The only thing I found annoying was when Suzy’s character was wishy-washy and unsure about the relationship. It’s just very frustrating when one person is so sure of the other, but the other person isn’t for very dumb reasons. Thankfully it didn’t last long.

But I love how this show does not have any evil third party or ‘extra’ female character to hate. That’s why I say it’s fast-paced without unnecessary drama. There is only one villain and he’s hot too 😂

While You Were Sleeping Yu Beom

I wish the show had developed his character more because he’s such a complex villain. Like he’s a defence lawyer for criminals but in actual fact he despises them. And they keep showing scenes of him disgustedly washing his own hands (the whole ‘blood on your hands’ trope) but they never really explored it. His ending was so… lame for such a complicated character.

Anyway, I was naively thinking, eh for once there’s no second male lead syndrome in a Korean drama. Until it came full force in the last two episodes wtf. Stop messing with my feels!!!

Another cliche: Everyone knows the second male lead is in love with the female lead except the female lead 🤦 Loveee his arc though, it was super well done.

I haven’t watched that many K-dramas but I realised the format is usually the same. And there’s always the same cliche scenes which we know are cliches but love anyway. I think I’ve seen these in Boys Over Flowers / Crash Landing On You / While you Were Sleeping / Goblin:

• When female lead is in trouble and male lead comes to the rescue in time despite not knowing her location, but it’s ok because they are so ~connected~ 🤣 (see video below)

• When female lead is sad and crying alone but insists she isn’t, though male lead knows better and magically appears right in front of her

• Male lead and female lead have actually met before years ago but don’t remember it yet

• They will always find each other, no matter what. It is pretty much a rule.

On a whole, I enjoyed the show very much. It was hard to stop watching especially when most episodes ended with a cliffhanger. The plot is very solid because the characters deal with a new crime every few episodes, each one more intriguing and clever than the last.

My favourite storyline was when they had to decide between 1) doing an autopsy on a brain-dead victim to identify the cause of death and therefore bring the murderer to justice, or 2) to not do the autopsy so that the victim can donate his organs, thus giving 7 other people a new life but letting his murder get away scot-free. I’m not revealing what happened!!

The ending was very satisfying too with no loose ends and I loved how everything came full circle 😌

While You Were Sleeping scene

I would rate it 7/10 (Crash Landing is a 9/10 for me hehehe I think that’s still one of the best shows I’ve ever seen this year). Thanks for the tears and laughs and 5am nights!!! 💖

Currently watching Goblin which has rave reviews everywhere and is highly recommended by everyone but it’s moving so slowly that my attention span is screaming.

The (Drunk) Girl On The Train

…Is not me.

Was on the train home on Friday night, enjoying my book with my airpods on, totally oblivious to what was unfolding before me. When I looked up, there was already a yellow sea of puke on the floor. Thank god for masks cos I couldn’t smell anything.

blackout drunk

The girl was totally passed out and unresponsive, her head just lolling about and both legs splayed out.

There were a few people around her so I tried to place them. A helpful off-duty nurse whom I initially thought was MRT staff. The guy I wondered whether was an onlooker helping out or her boyfriend.

They were wiping the girl’s face and moving her hair back. The guy also tried to hang a plastic bag under her chin but couldn’t get it to stay in position. He tried to wake her by tapping her cheek (the strangeness of this gesture was why I thought they were strangers) but to no avail.

After awhile, he carried her out of the train. That’s when I realised they were acquainted. His face was also very red so I suppose they both had a lot to drink.

passed out drunk

The puke remained there throughout my journey.

Anyway, my first (lousy) thought was to judge her. I even had the cheek to think ‘I might have broken a tooth but at least I have never…’ until I recalled all my own pukey times from years ago (haven’t reached this extent in a long time, thankfully).

Then afterwards I was judging him because ‘if you are her boyfriend, then you shouldn’t have let her drink this much’. But I realised that when someone is determined to do something, it is actually very hard to stop them. All those times when we know when we should have stopped three glasses ago or left the party an hour ago but didn’t. The best you can do is to just keep them safe.

I also felt that it was very nice of him to take care of her and deal with this despite all the eyes on them. Made me thankful for all the friends who have done the same for me (though I’ve only reached this stage of being unable to go home on my own once, when I broke my tooth).

Then I thought about how it is very easy to judge people but we don’t know what they are going through. Maybe her parents are divorcing. Maybe she just had a breakup and this guy is her friend. Maybe she had a particularly shit day. Maybe she just needs to mask the sadness. We don’t know.

Anyway, hope they are fine. I think they will be, other than her waking up in a pool of regret and self-loathing the next day. But every day is a new beginning and one bad night does not define you.

As for me, I’m surprised and almost in disbelief at how well everything is going. There’s so much to be thankful and happy for every day. I feel like my hard work is paying off and it’s all just very rewarding.

I also realised that there will always be things needing to be done and I should just live in the moment. I mean, I used to like finishing everything so that I can stop thinking about them and go do my own stuff. But things have changed (not in a bad way) and that ‘100% free’ mode is no longer possible (for now).

For awhile, it made me whiny and seem ungrateful. But now that I have changed my mindset and eased into a routine, I feel very content and capable and productive again.

Like, I planned to just shut off for the whole of Friday evening. Was already out when some stuff came in; one marked urgent and the other due that very day. Decided to stay chill and enjoy my evening anyway. If it’s not life and death, it can wait a few hours. Completed the tasks at 3am. Watched Neflix till 5am. Work me, social me, and lazy me all are happy.

All of these has been very enlightening. Of course, I’m very lucky in the sense that everything is flexible and pretty much up to my own planning.

Recently, I even tried sleeping earlier and waking up early for a few days and felt really good. Less groggy and more productive. Too bad it didn’t last long because I started a new K-drama and I can’t stop watching at night. Maybe I will try again.

I should stop using sleep as a tradeable commodity. More work to do? Just use the time meant for sleep. Because I refuse to use time meant for my hobbies. Which is very wrong but I cannot stop when I’m in the middle of a good book or show.

But again, it’s an arrangement that works for me. I just feel very fulfilled right now. Maybe because I stopped being so hard on myself all the time. Don’t feel like running then don’t run. You want that overpriced cappuccino then just get it. You want to be a hamster fanatic then just be. You like that pic of yourself so just post it even though everyone thinks you have no pants on.