Somebody S2 E1: Welcome to the some-stay

Somebody is back for season 2! If you haven’t watched Season 1, I strongly recommend it. Somebody is a reality show on Mnet that brings together 10 dancers of various genres to dance with each other – and possible form love connections on the way. We know from Season 1 that couples can form (yay Joori and Seung Hyuk) so we are going into this with a positive attitude!

The first episode is a intro into each dancer. They give a short intro and actually give a short dance in front of them.

Hye Soo got the most first impression votes. Her genre is Korean Modern Dance. It’s no mystery that she got the most attention as she gives off the sweet, cute lovely vibes all at once. She’s very elegant in her dances as she twirls to IU’s Through the Night. And there are definitely at least two guys that fall for her hard with these moves.

Yena is the next to go. Initially, the response from the viewers were pretty negative. She revealed that it’s been some time since she performed ballet (she dance to Somewhere Only We Know) – and not going to lie, when you compare her moves to Ye Rin’s it’s a big gap. She also is not the friendliest with the girl contestants. Yes, we know it’s not a “make friends” show but when she was done with her dance, she pointed out how Hye Soo was in her spot. There is no denying it – she literally said “That spot is mine” and not in a tone of respect. Girl, this is not how you want to portray yourself.

Hot girl So Ri is up next. She bounces her hips to Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift and the guys don’t know where to look. She’s pretty well known in the K-pop industry. She is still an active idol and holds a strong fandom. Although the oldest of the group, I think this is a very brave and solid move for her to not just showcase her bangin’ moves but find love as well.

Ye Rim is up as the last and I can’t help but say that she is my favorite. Not only because she is stunning in her outfit but you can just tell she is genuinely sweet and absolutely amazing at ballet – she’s done performances overseas and is actually well known in Korea. She’s also nicknamed Thomas the train because of her beautiful smile! As she is literally a flower dancing to She by Elvis, I actually noticed it wasn’t just my mouth that was open at the end of the performance! P.S. If you remember Dae Han from Season 1, she’s close with him as she dances with him on a regular basis!

Jae Yeob is actually the first to go but third in the first impression votes. His genre is hip hop as you can guess from his style but what blew me away was his crew – I mean, they’re named Hype Up. How can you not be hyped! I like how interactive they are with the performance. Was I the only one yelling, ‘nope’ and ‘yup’ during the song when they told us to?

Next to go is Jun Hyuk, and you guessed it, he is one of my favorites. His moves captured my attention right away (can you guess that my favorite genre is modern?) and I think he’s a real gentleman in this episode. I hope that he makes a genuine connection with someone – my guess is that he’s the type of person on a date to notice the small things and is affectionate when appropriate. Of note he danced to Speechless by Dan + Shay.

Woo Tae is the guy who gets the most first impression votes. His dance is with his crew to the song Stay with Me (acoustic version) and then he did a break dance. I actually couldn’t stop laughing in the middle because did anyone notice how all his crew members had blonde hair? They are all also shorter than him so it was pretty funny.

Do Yoon is the last to go but honestly, you have my heart man. This guy is so silly and cute in the best way. He got last in the first impression votes but makes light of the situation and doesn’t let that deter him from performing his best. In his intro, he states that he’s the type of person to go all in and he wants to find someone to lean on – which I found a great segway to his dance to Good Day by Melomance.


The last part of the episode is how all the dancers get together for dinner. Tension rises as the guys and girls show interest in each other. Do Yoon is at the end of the table and is visibly nervous as he drinks about a liter of water, and when he does say something I’m cheering for him! He is brave in asking if people’s first impression changed after watching people perform (and then maybe it was the way it was edited but barely no one answered him!)

On each episode, everyone sends their ‘some’ music. This is music that is meaningful for them and is sent anonymously. For today’s episode, it’s while they are at the dinner table.

The signals are as follows:

  • Ye Rim to Woo Tae
  • Woo Tae to Hye Soo
  • Jae Yeob to Hye Soo
  • So Ri to Jun Hyuk
  • Yena to Jun Hyuk
  • Hye Soo to Jae Yeob
  • Do Yoon to Ye Rim
  • Jun Hyuk to Ye Rim

Who do you think will strengthen their ‘some’? Who are your favorites? Leave a comment below!

*All photo, video, and content credit to Mnet and the show Somebody. Disclaimer: tallkoreangirl is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.

Love Catcher S2 E8: The truth comes out + Where are they now?

Before you get into episode 3, remember to read about episode 1 here and episode 2 here and episode 3 here and episode 4 here and episode 5 here and episode 6 here and episode 7 here!

Dun, dun dun! The final episode! Everyone’s identities will finally be revealed in this review. And I also have been following the members on their Instagram and I will share my thoughts on where they are now!

This time it’s the guys’ turn to choose their dates. Jung Jin chooses Sae Ra, Yeon Woo chooses So Young, In Ook and Chan Woo choose Ga Bin.

In Ook’s the most confident as he walks in the girls’ room as now everyone knows he’s a Love Catcher (and the girls all want him). He even asks Ga Bin on a date in front of everyone (ha, Yeon Woo in the middle of them). I think this is adorable. The tension in this room gets high as shortly after this, Chan Woo comes into the room and asks Ga Bin to come outside with him – where he asks her on a date.

Skipping to Ga Bin’s date with Chan Woo first

They get on a yacht for a date on the water. This means a lot to Chan Woo as we noted in a previous episode that this was where Ga Bin and In Ook went on a date and that did not settle well with Chan Woo. The views are picture perfect – emerald blue water, clear blue skies.

With Ga Bin and In Ook’s date

Ga Bin meets In Ook at his cafe (go follow him @rato_coffee). The cafe is cozy and something you want to go to with a blanket and your winter read. They sit and answer more burning questions about each other and you’re left feeling a bit sure that if this relationship went beyond the show, it would be stable and be a good balance.

The final decisions come. BUT WAIT! There is a twist before this. The members can switch their identity before they decide who to choose. Before the decisions are revealed, we get a hint that two members changed their identity.

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First couple up first: Sae Ra and Jung Jin. They both open each other’s boxes and they are both Love Catchers. We get some background that a couple minutes before this reveal Sae Ra changed hers from Money to Love. They both chose their hearts and in the end, chose each other.

UPDATE 11/17/19: They have their own Youtube channel. Find their vlogs here! They vlog about their dates, Q&As, and just their daily lives. They are still going strong after the show!

The second couple to reveal their boxes are So Young and Yeon Woo. Yeon Woo is Love but So Young is Money. So Young is the one who ends up crying in the end and in the end we find out Yeon Woo switched his to Love. He makes light of the situation and make So Young feel less bad with his antics.

The final couple is (unfortunately) Ga Bin and Chan Woo. I rooted for him all the time but this last episode rubbed me in all the wrong ways. Ga Bin ends up passing In Ook to give her box to Chan Woo – and guess what? Chan Woo is Money! That smirk when she left. The comments he made even a couple seconds up until they opened each other’s boxes… I just felt so bad.

And it left him a little hurt too. Unlike the other members, he was late to join the Instagram gang. He even wrote a note for when the finale aired for the viewers, as he knew his mistakes. But even so, there has been so many instances when this whole group got together after the show, and you guessed it Ga Bin and Chan Woo were there too.

As far as where they are now, Chan Woo set up his own coffee shop in Korea. Sae Ra and Jung Jin are continuing their full time jobs while uploading cute couple pics and vids online. In Ook is still running his coffee shop and is doing very well. Yeong Seo and Chae Rang are kind of a mystery but they both upload from time to time on their Instagram. So Young has been a bag designer but with the prize money she is expanding her business it seems like to include all fashion. And Ga Bin? She’s uploaded a couple of professional headshots – unsure if she is going to pursue something in the entertainment industry but I wish her the best!

*All photo, video, and content credit to Mnet and the show Love Catcher. Disclaimer: tallkoreangirl is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.

Love Catcher S2 E7: Love lines strengthen

Before you get into episode 3, remember to read about episode 1 here and episode 2 here and episode 3 here and episode 4 here and episode 5 here and episode 6 here!

Everyone looks like they’ve had a rough night. Just to recap, they had to send two roommates home the night before. But can someone tell me why Chan Woo has to wear a suit to breakfast?

Today’s mission has given an upper hand to the girls: they have to pick two guys they want to go on a date with. The flipside is that the guys pick one person from their list. It seems like Sae Ra is pretty set. She only has her eyes on Jung Jin (and vice versa).

The girls choose as follows (along with who the guys picked):

  • Sae Ra: Jung Jin and Chan Woo
  • So Young: In Ook and Yeon Woo
  • Yeon Seo: In Ook and Yeon Woo
  • Ga Bin: In Ook and Chan Woo

This episode gives you the feels by starting off with Jung Jin and Sae Ra first. They’re definitely googly eyes for each other. They both reveal that the first couples challenge was a big push for them to get closer to each other, which they both like and are appreciative of. Jung Jin reveals that he has fallen for Sae Ra, and of course Sae Ra is worried. He’s told her before that he falls in love easily and stammers to let her know that she’s different.

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Yeon Woo and So Young’s date gives you the feels too. A romantic date in a hot air balloon? Heck, I’m afraid of heights but I could totally fall for a stranger there.

When they start to eat dinner at the seafood restaurant, Yeon Woo directly tells So Young that she is his type.

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I totally didn’t give In Ook the credit but the way he treats and respects Ga Bin is commendable. He’s sweet with her and starts to open up to her more about his feelings.

What caught my attention is how he said he was happy in that moment with Ga Bin – and trust me, you definitely looked it! They go over their dating styles and how they are like when they are in a relationship. And to be honest, they have a lot in common. Things looked really good between those two

…until Chan Woo shows up for part two. On a side note, Ga Bin’s red handbag was too cute so I found some similar ones here: one and two.

If In Ook’s date was a classy cute restaurant one, Chan Woo’s was casual and chill at the pub. They drink, smirk at each other, smile. Chan Woo confesses some more that his heart is all for Ga Bin, and asks her out for a second date when the show is over.

At this point, I know I was preferring Chan Woo over In Ook but I really think it’s personal preference on what vibe you want. They are just two different people with two different vibes.

When they get home, well that is a different vibe in the house. The two guys (In Ook and Chan Woo) meet after their awkward meeting before. They sit around this marble coffee table (which I have at home!) and talk about their dates – which I don’t know if this is the smartest thing in the world. The guys go at it with snarky questions and comments. Chan Woo says “I heard the food at the restaurant was good.”

The shocking twist comes at the end of the episode like always. The members voted on whose identity are the most curious to see. It ended up being In Ook – who happened to be Love Catcher!

If Ga Bin had a headache before, she definitely has a 10/10 migraine at this point. She thought In Ook was Money all along. Who will she pick?

The epilogue for this episode grabs at the heartstrings a lot. In Ook asks Ga Bin to talk and she lets him know it’s hard. He’s nothing but sweet and gives her her time and space.

Read the next episode’s review!

*All photo, video, and content credit to Mnet and the show Love Catcher. Disclaimer: tallkoreangirl is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.

Love Catcher S2 E6: The most suspicious get eliminated

Before you get into episode 3, remember to read about episode 1 here and episode 2 here and episode 3 here and episode 4 here and episode 5 here!

It’s been a long time coming and definitely overdue but here are the recaps and my thoughts of the last three episodes of this nail-biting reality show!

We ended the last episode with Chan Woo trying to secretly ask Ga Bin on a date in front of everyone but she didn’t buy it. And we start this episode with Yeon Woo doing Min Suk’s hair as they get ready for the last couple’s challenge: doll making.

So Young is finally coupled with In Ook. She has been eyeing him since the first meeting and is definitely excited about the date!

Young Seo and Chan Woo have a heart-to-heart on the car ride to their date. Yeong Seo worries that she didn’t express herself enough and Chan Woo worries that the person he likes is slowly pushing themselves away.

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When everyone arrives at the cafe, the first scene is finger curling. So Young acts super cute in front of In Ook – her voice changes, her tone is super high and her skinship is too the extreme. Ok girl, let’s tone this down a notch.

But I give it to her. She knows time is running low and she wants to let In Ook know that she is interested. She is also very straightforward: she asks which date he liked the most so far, and even points out Ga Bin out. This may have backfired a bit though.

Overall, Chan Woo has an upper hand in this challenge as he is tailor in real life (spoiler alert: he wins). He goes to work on this doll’s clothes and I’m over here like, the button on my coat is falling off, I’ll fix it next winter. We get a little bit of a backstory with how he became a tailor. He was actually a model for the company he is working for now first before becoming a tailor for the same company.

When So Young and In Ook get back in the car to go back home, they have another serious discussion about where their hearts are going. So Young said she has been focused on one person (yes, you In Ook) but that person has been focused on another person (Ga Bin got pulled into this unwillingly). In Ook’s answer isn’t great – he says “You never know,” which if I had a crush on someone would make me more anxious.

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Side note: I know So Young was on the verge of tears listening to In Ook but that angle has her highlight on point!

As Young Seo and Chan Woo won the challenge, they both choose to see who voted for them the night before. Sadly for Yeong Seo, no one voted for her, but for Chan Woo, do I need to say more?

The mode gets dark real fast because the time has come to vote for who everyone thinks is the Money Catcher in the house. The one girl and one guy who get the most votes will leave the house. In the end, it ends up being Chae Rang and Min Suk. THE TWO LOVE CATCHERS!

I think how their identities are revealed to the other members are so dramatic. C’mon Mnet, let them have a proper goodbye! But at the end of the reveal, all the other members are in full regret mode and are even more confused then ever. Cue the tears.

On to the next episode!

*All photo, video, and content credit to Mnet and the show Love Catcher. Disclaimer: tallkoreangirl is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.

Why I stopped blogging (and why I’m starting again)

On one of my posts, there was one comment I remember clearly:

“Why do you write on topics like this? Nobody cares. Stop blogging.”

It stung. It stung hard.

It was one comment but the words were sharp. I sat with my laptop on the floor and cried all of that Thursday night. And the next day, I decided to not write on my blog again. It’s taken me 56 days to get back to my site again, and I’m still nervous when I think back to how I felt that one day.

Since then, a lot of things have changed. The sidewalks are now filled with winter parkas, and coffee shops smell like pumpkin spice lattes. Instead of ‘Hot Girl Summer’ we are singing carols and waiting patiently for those Black Friday deals to drop.

But in my personal life, I feel almost lifeless. Even with all the changes around me, I felt – and still feel – stuck in that moment to when I read that.

Not too long after that time, news broke in Korea of a famous k-pop singer, Sulli, who committed suicide. There is high suspicion that Sulli, a former member of the group f(x), who was suffering from severe depression at that time committed suicide because of the antagonistic comments online. This news came as a shock to everyone as she portrayed a very strong, positive person through her social media sites.

Now, I am putting a huge disclaimer that I know I am nothing close to a k-pop star and I have no understanding about the extent of the comments she was getting. I also can’t imagine the hate that she received after defying societal norms in Korea because even my one comment made me rethink my purpose.


I want this post to be a reminder to you reading this that you are worthy of love and life – even with the hate. It may not be hate through an anonymous comment. It may be hate from your coworker or boss, your ex-boyfriend or current girlfriend, and especially yourself.

You are worthy of living the purpose you were given to live and breathe for.

I am still struggling to find my own and get back to the core of myself, as this bump was a really tough one to come back from. But I will come back to spread hope and love and even to finish my Korean show reviews on the side!

I just want to put a special thank you to one reader for reaching out. I got this email about a month ago, and although I haven’t replied, I remember to go back to it every week.

I want to thank you for some of your blogs.  I have some image issues myself and I was inspired by some of your comments and enthusiasm.
I note you haven’t posted for a few weeks now?
Just want to check and see if things are ok, and let you know that you have friends everywhere.
Best

Every time I read it, it fills in the emptiness that was created from the hate comment from before, and it reminds me that even with the hate all around me and us, there is love.

Thank YOU for reading this and I hope that you and I can build on this journey together.


If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, check out the resources below.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Here is a list of international suicide hotlines.
Text TALK to 741741 for 24/7, anonymous, free counseling.
Call the SAMHSA Treatment Referral Hotline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), for free, confidential support for substance abuse treatment.
Call the RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), for confidential crisis support.
Call Trevor Lifeline, 1-866-488-7386, a free and confidential suicide hotline for LGBT youth.
7 Cups and IMAlive are free, anonymous online text chat services with trained listeners, online therapists, and counselors.