Back to 1997...

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A Pink's Jung Eun-ji. She's really very sassy in this drama. I like.

I've been watching a Korean cable drama for the past 2 days. To be honest, I really love how short and sweet the cable dramas are (they are only about 45 minutes, like TVB dramas and have less episodes than the normal free-to-air dramas. Vampire Proecutor (which I really recommend!) is only 12 episodes!!). Among them is Answer me 1997. This drama narrates the stories of the adults who were reminiscing about their high school years. The drama goes from modern day Seoul in 2012 to the days of 1997 in Busan.

I don't know. I'm just washed by a sense of nostalgia as I laughed and smiled through the 16 episodes in 2 days. What made this drama really very successful is its ability to make the viewers connect with the characters. It really brings out memories of my youth, my school days, the days spent fangirl-ing over the K-pop groups, dramas and artistes (I can relate as I belong to the generation where anything Korean is hot!). The drama has quite a vintage feel to it as well, which made it look quite dated, as it should be, for the crux of the story is focused on the late 90s.

The leads of this drama are newcomers to acting, so their acting may not be the best, but the heart is evidently there. I really thought that A Pink's Jung Eun-ji really did a very good job as Sung Si-won, despite not going through any acting training at all. She did make me love Si-won as a character. So bubbly, so cute, so pretty and so... alive. I guess that is what youth is about. So are her cronies.

I really feel and emphatise with all the characters in the drama, because they were who I was back in those days, back when I was still in RV. From the fangirl-ing, the stalking, the slacking... This drama just hits all the right notes for me.

Watching this drama really makes me miss my days in RV. My days in RV were not all that smooth-sailing, but it is the place where I have the most fond memories of. And it is also the place where I have met friends whom I can imagine and will sit around with for at least the next 10 years, reminiscing on what we have done in the past.

This is one of the songs that they played in the drama. It is sung by RiAa and has a really very old-school feeling to it. One of my favourite songs now.
 
As I get on in age (I sound like an old person now...), it is hard for me not to look back at my younger self and wonder if my younger self would approve of what I am doing now. My older self would then wonder how on earth did I manage to get the guts to do all sorts of nonsensical things (including some TOP secrets (I can't reveal them here. Teachers do read my blog.).

I guess that is what youth is all about. Doing things without thinking of any consequences, but those times were really great. ;)

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