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Korean Drama Hwarang Favorite Scenes

The upcoming Korean drama that will be shown in local television next month is very exciting. I've read a lot of positive comments from fellow fans of the show that is entitled Hwarang. Although there are negative comments about it, we can't ignore the charm of the characters that made this project attract fans from the Philippines. This is the same Korean television series mentioned by Anne Curtis when she was interviewed about her favorite Korean TV shows. Are you ready? Let's talk about the beautiful knights.

Hwarang, a famed Korean Drama, is becoming more popular these days as it will be shown via ABS CBN this coming November 2017. The said TV series, dubbed as The Poet Warrior Youth, was originally shown in KBS2 from December 19, 2016 to February 21, 2017 and top-billed by Park seo-joon, Go A-ra and Park Hyung-sik. As an avid fan of the show, I'd like to share my favorite scenes of Hwarang, especially the parts that are really spectacular and fascinating. I'll focus more on the lessons shown of each scene, the emotions involved and how it could possibly resonates with the viewers. With screen-grabs of each scene, I wouldn't want to tell-all in order to give way to those who haven't seen the entire drama yet.


But before talking about my favorite scenes, let me share with you the top three characters that made the story shine. Moo-myung, the nameless boy who was called Dog Bird. He became so enamored with Aro who is a half-breed, having a half-lowly and half-royal status. She's the sister of a very close friend named Sun-woo. Later on, he used the same name to be able to protect Aro. The most interesting character is played by Park Hyung-sik, who is the faceless king of Silla hiding under the name of Ji-dwi, and later on became a strong leader of his people. 

1. The Sword Dance is the first thing that comes into mind if I remember Hwarang while reading about my favorite Korean dramas. If you'll see the scenes where they practice the dance for an upcoming presentation in front of the queen, it's really hilarious and entertaining. To the tune of Even If I Die, It's You, the Sword Dance is really awesome.


2. The scene wherein Moo-myung or Sun-woo told Aro that "If you'll die, I'll die, too." There was a scene when Aro got hit by an arrow released by Sookmyung, the sister of the faceless king. It is a common scenario of a heroine in danger and the hero comes along to save her, but it gave a strong support to the story-line that the two will eventually fall in love no matter what. Aro often shows off her doubts that Sun-woo is really her brother, tells her close friend that she has mixed feelings towards her sibling, and later on will know that she's right that the Sun-woo he knows is not really her brother. 


If you also noticed the way her character is portrayed, that she's subdued in most cases, maybe it's because the focus of the story is really the friendship and strength of the beautiful knights. She was able to help make them shine though, especially when she was hired to take care of their medical needs inside the Hwarang residence.


3. The moment when the beautiful knights have chosen a king for the future is really breathtaking. It is obvious that the known king, formerly called Ji-dwi, isn't confident that his comrades will not support him.


4. The scene wherein one of the beautiful knights died is heartbreaking. He left a letter stating and quoting what he learned as a Hwarang that "Even a rough path becomes a path." He mentioned that his half-breed brother is only protecting him as a sacred bone. When all of them gathered in front of his coffin, their leader even mentioned, "Never lose a friend."


5. If you will see the scene where the faceless king saves Aro, you'll be extremely emotional. It was a life and death situation for Aro since the queen regent ordered that everyone who sees the face of the king will die. 


6. The grand entrance of Hwarang to save their comrades who escaped from their enemies is spectacular. I find it very captivating, especially when Su-ho and Ban-ryu became close friends, since they're shown as enemies at the start of the story.


7. The scene wherein Su-ho is staring at the queen regent is mesmerizing. We know that she's a womanizer, a playboy who is so popular among girls in town, but we couldn't believe that he will eventually fall in love with Ji-dwi's mother. The queen regent love his loyalty to the royal family during the time he was asked to guard her. 


8. During the preparation for the show, an event to make the people happy in front of the queen regent, Ban Ryu was caught in the dilemma of staying loyal to his comrades or following the wishes of his adoptive father. He can't disobey his adoptive father because his biological father will also bear the consequences, but he can't betray the other beautiful knights and the woman he loves who wanted him to perform at the show, so that was really hard for him. 


9. Ban Ryu's presence is astonishing. Why? His character is so mysterious, strong and independent. After all, he was only acting to please his adoptive father, who wanted him to be the next ruler of Silla in any way possible. He taught us the importance of being responsible and loyal by strategically helping his fellow beautiful knights to retrieve the stolen goods that were stored in his adoptive father's home. Ban Ryu chose love in the end and it is really fascinating for all of us.


I know that many of you are really excited to watch the show on TV here in the country and reminisce your favorite scenes of the Korean drama. After all, Hwarang is all about camaraderie, true love and patriotism. Even though there are flaws that we can notice here and there, the show is still memorable for me. I can even smile at the remarkable scenes involving the beautiful warriors. How about you, fellow fans out there? 

The Art of Dealing With Insensitive People

One way or another, we meet people as we go along with life. Since no one is an island, we should mingle with others and socialize with them. We just don't exist for ourselves. But there are instances that you won't approve the actions shown by other people. You'll feel offended even at the thought of tolerating them for the sake of peace and camaraderie.

What if you can't take it anymore? Will you keep silent? Or choose to show your angst?


I want to share these questions because every time there is a misunderstanding, these things will matter to the endpoint of our relationship with others. We want peace and happiness so our choices should be tailored to achieve these things.

However, this is not an easy task. After all, you're dealing with people that have different backgrounds in life.

So we should learn to deal with difficult people. There are individuals who are insensitive that they don't even know what they're doing.


Let me share with you the art of dealing with people.

Patience is key. This is very important in an environment that is full of insensitive people. Just think of it as a battleground and your weapon is patience. Add humility in your jar of a happy lifestyle and you'll find it more encouraging. If insensitive people exist, we can't do nothing about it anyway.

Always remember that we have control of our feelings and it is safe to choose tolerance all the time. Once you will start to listen to the suggestions of your prideful heart, things will go astray.

Take time to listen first before reacting to any negative statement. Maybe, the person who mentioned it to hurt you is well-known for being an insensitive person. You're already a winner if you will choose to be humble all the time. There's nothing that you can get for acknowledging the evil deeds of others. Always be on the bright side of life.


Lastly, take note of the things that happened between you and the insensitive person. Even though you chose to tolerate the action during the first time it happened, you will need to prevent any repeat offense against you. If it will ever happen again, avoid the person and stay happy. Stay calm, gorgeous! Love.

Blog Giveaway October 2017

I've never hosted a giveaway in this blog so I'll start doing it this month. I'm not so busy now so I have time to handle this activity for my followers and readers.

UPDATE:

Mary Faith Alfanta won this giveaway but she wasn't able to contact me so I'm going announce another winner.

It's Iris.

CLOSED


1 (one) Winner to receive the following items:

1 Knitted White and Black Blouse
3 iWhite The Original Nosepack [Watsons]
1 Shawill Green Lover Lasting Color Lipstick
1 Ever Bilena Autumn Breeze Matte Lipstick

I'm going to host this giveaway through Rafflecopter.
This giveaway is open to those who have Shipping Address in the Philippines.
The submission of entry will end October 14, 2017, Saturday. Philippine Time.
Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
You can also check this giveaway on my Facebook Page. Thank you and good luck, Karenezines. 

The Loaded Bolds By Color Sensational Maybelline Lipstick

The Loaded Bolds by Color Sensational Maybelline Lipstick has been reviewed by a lot of beauty experts and beauty bloggers last year. Since I've been looking for lipstick products in bold and vibrant colors and I found my favorite pieces, I've decided to feature The Loaded Bolds Maybelline lipsticks.


My Choices

I chose the Fearless Purple and Fierce Pink for my everyday use. I'll just choose one product to wear each day, especially if I'm not in the mood to wear the classy red lipstick.

Reasons of Choosing the Colors

1. I want to try vixen in purple look, especially during boring days. If you want to add a little drama to your look you can just use the Fearless Purple lipstick.

2. I want to bring out the fire in fuchsia, especially if I feel like I'm not in the mood. During these days, I try to balance the day by wearing a hot pink lipstick with a twist of red such as the Fierce Fuchsia.

Top Three Benefits of Using the Product

1. The Loaded Bolds by Maybelline deliver one-stroke intensity. Each swipe is so bright and colorful that you'll only have to apply a few strokes to complete the application.

2. The Loaded Bolds by Maybelline leave a creamy finish. Each product is perfect for those who don't moisturize their lips on a regular basis. Sometimes my lips look dull and sickly so I use a product with a moisturizing effect.

3. Each color of The Loaded Bolds Maybelline Lipstick is highly pigmented. When I was doing the video for my Karen Ezine YouTube Channel, I have to erase the swatches so many times before the final cut and I discovered that the product is long lasting. I have to use soap and a reliable makeup remover to have clean results.


How To Use/Apply the Lipstick

First, prep your lips. I usually use a lip balm which is also a Maybelline product. It is light pink and has a little dewy effect, just perfect before applying a lipstick.

Second, apply the lipstick in the center of your upper lip. I've learned from my research that a quick swipe can be done just by following the contours of your mouth.

Third, finish it by swiping the product across the lower lip. Be careful not to smudge your makeup and have a clean look.

I'm a fan of Maybelline makeup products, especially their lipsticks. If you're a lipstick lover, share your favorite products in the comments below. Let's talk. You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Take care!

Look Chic and Stylish This Fall With Obsessory Clothing Pieces

We are all ready for the season of smart layering, Autumnal hues and fabulous outerwear. As always we find inspiration from our favorite style bloggers across the globe.

I'm in the mood to amp my style this fall so I shared my inspired styling tips and tricks for Obsessory blog a few days ago. My fashion ideas are really close to my heart as I love experimenting when it comes to wearing clothes and accessories.


Link to the article that I wrote for Obsessory | Three Stunning Fall Looks By Blogger Karen Lopez

Aside from the tips that I wrote for Obsessory followers, I would like to share these three dresses that caught my attention lately while browsing the popular online shopping website. These are chic items that will inspire you to look more polished yet stylish this fall.

1. Be Ladylike with a Pink Lace Up Dress

Zoey Lace Up Dress, Velvet by Graham and Spencer, £29.78

It's more inspiring to wear a lace up dress when your goal is to show off a feminine-looking style this fall. Wear a Zoey Lace Up Dress if you're bored with pieces fit for minimalist styling. 

2. Look Young and Pretty with a Classy Dress


Kylie Dress Young, Fabulous and Broke, £77.44

For a quick night out with friends, it is hard to ignore a classy yet trendy look. A black Kylie dress is interesting because it will make you look fresh and stunning. It has a lovely bias cut that will highlight one's physique. 

3. Pick a Dress With Attractive Autumnal Hues


Helena Dress Novella Royale, £107.22

It is also highly recommended to choose a dress that reflects fall colors to avoid monotonous attire. For a more attractive look, wearing a Helena dress is an awesome preference. It isn't a boring outfit since the design is unique.

This is written for Obsessory.com and for all fashion lovers across the globe. Always remember that great things come to those who shop smart.

Brunch at Altissimo Cafe in Dipolog City

Eight days after my arrival in Dipolog City, I got a chance to enjoy brunch with my friends. I've always wanted to roam around Mindanao and nearby areas so I can review amazing dining places. This is my first stop.


Since there are popular restaurants near our place, my friends and I started our week by visiting an awesome dining area.


Altissimo Cafe is the perfect choice for the gathering since I've been looking for a place to eat delicious homemade ice cream.


It is also enticing to try their delectable offerings such as well-cooked baby back ribs and the chicken and burger combo that comes with fries.


Even though I'm already full, I got excited to order more servings of strawberry ice cream because it really tastes good. 


We had a remarkable brunch at Altissimo Cafe because the food tastes good and the ambiance is cool. It is also very affordable. We only paid less than P600.00 for everything that we ordered. 

I'll definitely come back to review the other items on their menu and order more flavors of their homemade ice cream. If you're interested to know more about this restaurant, you can check their Facebook Page. They're serving breakfast meals from 6am to 10am. That's really awesome!