Introverted Boss

Introverted Boss
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Introvert comes from Latin intro-, “inward,” and vertere, “turning.” It describes a person who tends to turn inward mentally. – Vocabulary.com

In my mind, introverted is quite different from shy. One can overcome shyness, but a person cannot suddenly become an introvert or extrovert overnight. The factors of making a person an introvert and extrovert are both internal and external, with external influences magnified what’s already internal.

I’m picking apart words because the title of this show is also called My Shy Boss, but when you look at the Korean title, 내성적인 is translated from the word introverted, so while the alternative title is less challenging for people whose first language is not English, there’s a loss of flavor with that particular translation. Ok, I’m done with my take on the title.

I’ve been watching fewer Korean dramas in recent years because I’m more strapped for time with my current commitments, so I tend to choose carefully what to watch and tend to not start watching when the premise is not interesting. Honestly, Protect the Boss had a similar premise where the male lead was a beta male learning to step up to become an alpha male, but there are some differences

  • Different backstory of female lead
  • Larger ensemble with richer stories for secondary characters
  • Less likeable second male lead
  • Yeon Woo Jin is the boss this time

Yeon Woo Jin has caught my attention since Arang and the Magistrate. There is something about him that attracts my eyes. He definitely hit the ball out of the park with his introvert interpretation of the boss. I look forward to having him as one of the A-list Korean actors along the lines of Gong Yoo.

I hope I have time to update this when I’m done watching this drama.

The Lonely and Great God – Goblin

I honestly have not watched K-Drama for quite a while. You can tell from all the posts I’ve been putting up.

I really enjoy Gong Yoo as an actor, not just Coffee Prince, though that is obvious. I even enjoy his performance in the notorious Big (yeah I made a pun, look it up).

I also have a preference of Sci-Fi and supernatural genres, so Goblin really sit well with me.

I am also really invested in the second leads’ story. I can’t believe Lee Dong Wook was rejected numerous times before he got his role. I am only half way into the series, and am anticipating Lee and Yoo Inna’s story line.

Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses

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I took a expository writing class for one of my last classes in college. I was not very good at it, but walked away with a valuable life lesson taught by my teacher: Good writing starts with honesty.

This book caught my eye as I once practiced Yoga, and wanted to go back to the lonely road of independent practice. If you are reading this book expecting it to teach you Yoga, you are reading the wrong book. This is the author’s sometimes rewarding, sometimes joyful, sometimes cruel, sometimes painful, but honest, truthful, keep-it-at-100 life journey. She used Yoga poses to draw a parallel to a phase of her life she was going through.

The author’s lesson is simple: Life is a journey, and the moment you live in right now comes from all the journeys and choices you made before. The journey you go through today will lead you to future journeys. Life is also mostly 20/20 hindsight.

Come Back, Ahjussi

In the software development process, a reference implementation (or, less frequently, sample implementation or model implementation) is the standard from which all other implementations and corresponding customizations are derived. An improvement to a reference implementation reflects an unchanging specification. (Wikipedia: Reference Implementation)

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This show is a reference implementation of a Korean Drama. See above for definition.

A Korean Drama cross references genres defined by American drama: comedy, tragedy, documentary, etc. There is also a cross over genre called dramedy, which is also know as a comedy drama. Grey’s Anatomy is an example of a dramedy. Spoilers ahead.

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Serene was a word you could put to Brooklyn, New York.

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was my first high school English book I read before I started high school. I had really bad memories of trying to understand concepts when I barely got out of 8th Grade and trying to be a grown up. I didn’t remember much of the book except the really funny parts like how a 3 year old was weaned, and a clueless father on a disastrous family outing.

Reading it as an adult was a completely different story. I didn’t realize how much I’ve grown as a person until I go back and re-read some of the books I was made to read in high school. This one takes home the trophy for a tearjerker.

Not all of us may be as poor and disadvantaged as Francie Nolan, but all of us have a little Francie within us: strength when facing adversaries, strength when our hearts were broken in two, in three, even in pieces.

The whole ride, I was rooting for Francie, scene after scene, disappointment after disappointment, heartbreak after heartbreak. At the end, she was just like that tree outside her apartment: No matter how many times it’s cut down, it will grow another, another and another. It will grow when the sun doesn’t shine or when there’s no rain. It will grow no matter how harsh the wind blows or how cold the weather gets.

I cried a few times reading the book. I cried to celebrate the youth I used to have. I cried to appreciate how far I’ve come, and how much farther I have to go.