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!

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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.

Love Catcher S2 E5: Knocking on the wrong door

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!

So to recap from last episode, the love triangle is now a love square with Ga Bin in the middle, Chae Rang is being oddly sneaky, and Jung Jin and Sae Ra are still hinting at their interest in each other.

The episode starts off with tension between Yeon Woo and In Ook. Now if you remember Yeon Woo went on a date with Ga Bin the day before. But if I’m going to be honest here, the celebrity cast was only focused on how Yeon Woo was shirtless (again).

Then it quickly jumps to the kitchen where there are hearts flying around Jung Jin and Sae Ra. As the only ones awake, they cook breakfast together – feeding each other, staring at each other. These two are a definite couple, whether money or love.

There’s another palpable tension in the girls’ room. Chae Rang, going into the secret room the day before, now knows that In Ook (the guy she is interested in) picked Ga Bin. Site note, as much as Chae Rang isn’t my favorite, I think her fashion and makeup style is very cute. I saw her using an eye shadow palette similar to these: here and here2!

Ga Bin then goes into the kitchen, only to find Chan Woo sitting on the couch not looking the best – he’s actually sick. He says “hi” when she comes in, and she smirks in his direction – unsure if he saw this. But what I am sure he saw is how Yeon Woo and Ga Bin start talking, go into the dining room together, and sit next to each other. C’mon guys, give him a break!

So if I could highlight a moment from this episode, not only is this guy super sick but when he goes to the dining table and sees another love connection forming, he proclaims to the whole group that he will be a good partner/team with someone if that other person is willing to be too. When he says this, the WHOLE TABLE looks at Ga Bin. The way that Chan Woo looked at her here is the most real. And if you don’t know this guy likes Ga Bin, you live under a rock.


The date for this episode is a garden party. First, I would hire Yeon Woo as my hairdresser. This guy looks great and goes to do Min Seok’s hair too- why doesn’t he do this hairstyle more often? When you zoom in closely, you can see he uses the Unix hairdryer.

In the cars on the way to their date, Jung Jin reveals that all the guys think that Chae Rang is a Money Catcher. Hm, foreshadowing?

Their date and challenge is a cooking class led by a famous chef, Kim So Bong. Inside their surprise box is a live squid. If you have a fear of tentacles or hate the killing of seafood, do NOT watch this part. And as the only ones who have cooked live squid before, the day quickly becomes In Ook versus Chan Woo.

A couple things to note in this cooking challenge:

  1. In Ook is sweet to Chae Rang and dare I say, even flirts with her. I know he showed his interest in Ga Bin before but her sneaky ways must have gotten through to him. She takes his watch off for him and cleans it with her apron. And rest assured, he is now opening up to this girl.
  2. These squids are grossly gigantic. I love seafood but how they kill these creatures is absolutely brutal to watch that. And for once, I was not focused on the couples.
  3. Chan Woo can’t stop staring at Ga Bin. Dude, are you cooking or not?
  4. All those final dishes made me so hungry! Why does no restaurant deliver seafood paella?!
  5. How does the couple who made fried rice with three ingredients win this challenge?

After the winner is announced, all the couples eat each other’s dishes. Except Chan Woo, who revealed he cannot eat seafood … until he eats it? He felt left out because everyone was eating Ga Bin’s dish and complimenting it. So this guy – this guy eats it! Everyone is floored.

Is he going to have an allergic reaction? Is he going to choke and die? These are literally the thoughts of everyone at that table.

And just when we think something bad is going to happen, he gets up to most likely spit it out. And then comes back and compliments the dish. Yes, you saw that right. He spits out the dish he probably chewed four bites, and just to make Ga Bin happy, he says how good the dish is.


To conclude, Ga Bin shows no affection towards Chan Woo. Yes, she was previously interested in him and she would probably be going after him in real life but hello, they are on a money versus love reality TV show. Of course she’s going to have suspicions! I think in some parts, she is over-analyzing each person (which may not be a bad thing at times) but it leads her to be closed off. And Chan Woo is left knocking on a potential door in which Ga Bin won’t open. I’m still rooting for them, as well as the Jung Jin-Sae Ra couple and hopefully things go in a good direction next week!

Here is next week’s episode:

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A tall girl’s review of Netflix’s “Tall Girl” movie: Where it falls short

Clearly, I needed to watch this movie as duh, that’s me – the tall girl – but here I will give my honest review on Netflix’s new rom com, “Tall Girl” and where it hits close to heart, but of course, also falls short.

A quick summary of the plot: Jodi (played by Ava Michelle) is the tallest girl in her high school at 6’1″. She has always felt uncomfortable in her own skin. To add to it, she is endlessly mocked by her classmates for her height and tries to avoid attention at all costs – until Stig, the Swedish foreign exchange student, comes in.


This Netflix movie, as cheesy and exaggerated as it is, actually has pretty relatable parts. The classmates constantly ask Jodi, “How’s the weather up there?” and on a real note, I’ve only gotten that question two or three times. But if there is a routine question I would get, it would be “Do you play volleyball or basketball?” or “It must be hard finding a guy taller than you.”

If I’m going to share a secret, I did try out for my high school volleyball team and no, I did not make the cut. My poor hand-eye coordination led the ball to hit my face more than my hands.

Like Jodi, I was also uncomfortable in my skin being the tallest in my class from elementary school all the way to high school. I also nodded with knowing recognition when they did a flashback to Jodi being in the back for group school photos because I remember when that was me. And if there was ever a lunch line in grade school that had the kids line up by height, you know that I would never be the line leader.

It’s also true that being tall, I stayed away from high heels. As much as I secretly loved trying on my mom’s heels and flaunting a Tyra Banks walk in my home, I could never get the courage to wear them at school or just outside. And if there was a special occasion to wear them like prom, I would try to find the lowest heel possible to make sure my date didn’t feel self conscious.

Which brings me to my next point: boys.

It is with no doubt that I had a hard time finding a guy taller than me all throughout my life. In fact, when people asked me what my ideal type was I only had one criteria: over 6 feet (hey, I had to leave some room for me and my shoes). This image of my ‘ideal guy’ consumed me so much so, that the more time that I spent looking for someone taller and not finding ‘the one,’ the more I would hate myself and my height for it.

I had this cycle that would be on repeat: I blamed my parents initially. And then I blamed God for creating me like this. And then I blamed myself – I had so much self hate surrounding my 5’11” stature that I thought I would never find my person.

I also had a “I’ve been there!” moment when Jodi ended up Googling “height reduction surgery.” (And for all the curious, it is not just a costly procedure but a VERY intense one. I highly do not recommend looking into it!)

Where “Tall Girls” the movie falls short, though, is not the plot itself or the message it is trying to give to its audience, it is actually the love line. It is cringe-worthy. They have to keep it interesting all the while trying to make it high-school appropriate, and I think Jodi was almost forced into certain love lines to make a happy ending for the movie.

Another reason why the movie falls short is the lack of diversity. Other than the Black best friend who is confident in all the right ways, all the high schoolers are Caucasian and come from an affluent background (who drives BMW SUVs to school at 16?)


Overall, I enjoyed the movie as it touched on the ‘tall girl’ moments that no other movie has touched on: I do tend to slouch more, random branches on trees hit me more often on my run than they should, and pants are never going to be “ankle length.”

Although I sometimes still do feel awkward being that “tall Korean girl” today, I remind myself of how far I’ve come.

I embrace that I have hobbies beyond sports. I do a Tyra Banks walk in pants that only reach my calves (and dresses that are too short). And yes, I have a boyfriend who is shorter than me but I love that about him and I have a strong feeling he is ‘the one.’

This movie is not just for the tall girls – it’s for anyone who has insecurities. Everyone, and let me repeat everyone, has body issues. While you may feel ‘different,’ it is important you learn to love yourself.

For all the frustrations and challenges I dealt with (and am still dealing with) for being tall, I am at a point in my life where I am proud to be a tall Korean girl.


Watch the trailer below and the movie at Netflix, and comment on what you think!

Love Catcher S2 E4: The love triangle becomes a love square

Spoiler alert: never underestimate the youngest of the group.

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

Chae Rang and In Ook scheduled a breakfast-making date the day before, making this the first time these two are alone together. Chae Rang gets ready at 8:30 am, and I mean this girl is full makeup ready with some fancy dangle earrings. The thing is, In Ook forgets and goes jogging with two other guys.

Disappointed, she comes back to the girls’ side of the house and then Sae Ra with the cute save “How can people go running this early?” Again, my new girl crush. To our surprise (or not), when In Ook comes back he doesn’t even remember he made such plans. Lol.

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Leave it to the sweet guys Jung Jin and Chan Woo to the rescue with helping Chae Rang for breakfast. Is there a theme that people follow every day? I mean, these guys are head to toe identical in their outfits. But hey, we ain’t complaining! (And neither is sneaky Chae Rang…)

In Ook comes down to the kitchen and she gives the cold shoulder to him at least 4 times. As much as I am not the biggest fan of this girl, I feel for her. Who likes a guy who doesn’t keep a simple promise?

But then later, she uses this to her advantage and starts flirting with In Ook at the dining table. Go figure.

A zoom of the table and we note that there are a couple people missing – Chan Woo is clearly stalling in the kitchen and making tomato caprese (what?!) but clearly, he’s waiting for someone, you know the girl he literally confessed his heart out to last night at the pool.

And here’s the highlight of this episode: Chan Woo pulls out a chair for Ga Bin without her knowing. What a guy.

Chan Woo follows her to the kitchen and asks if she wants to eat breakfast – and then cooks an entire meal just for her. Again what a guy.

Before you get too smitten with Chan Woo, their main TV turns on and lets everyone know of their dates for the day: Jung Jin-So Young, Min Seok-Yeong Seo, Chan Woo-Chae Rang, In Ook-Sae Ra, Yeon Woo-Ga Bin.

These couples are actually surprising, considering no one saw any romantic feelings with any of them.

In the car, Chan Woo confesses to Chae Rang that he has his eyes only on one person. We all know who that is, dude. You are the king of expressing yourself. Ironically, In Ook confesses to Sae Ra that he is not great at expressing himself. You sure about that man?

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They arrive at the site and the couples challenge is “girlfriend makeup” (or “여친메이크업” in Korean). I don’t know what’s surprising for the girls – they the guys are doing their makeup or they have to take their makeup off. But to be real, these girls look fab with no makeup on.

Yeon Woo stands out from the other guys. He’s a hairstylist but has done makeup before. Evidence A: he did swatches on his hand! Evidence B: he has a powder puff pad on his pinky finger so he can rest his hand on her face!

Min Seok is no joke either though. He pulls So Young in between his knees (literally) to get up close and personal for her makeup session and they start feeling each other out in a good way (until things go south later when he calls her the wrong name). Jung Jun tries to go in bold with the glitter liquid eye shadow, and although the judges say this is way too overboard, I have to admit I wore this to work today. All the guys start using the eye curler (which that reminds me I need one), and let’s just say they get closer with the curler!

Chan Woo is funny because as much as he was focused on Chae Rang in the beginning, his focus drifts to his one and only Ga Bin. Chae Rang hits her arm on something, Chan Woo completely doesn’t notice (or cares), and then whispers something (probably a big f you) under his breath when he sees Yeon Woo and Ga Bin together. Unfortunately, this was all caught on camera.

But you can feel the tension as Yeon Woo calls him pretty, and Chan Woo goes to Ga Bin’s table to get a Kleenex. When he sees Ga Bin, he can’t help but smile his ‘I like you’ smile, and when he overhears Ga Bin ask Yeon Woo cutely if she can get her makeup done by him every morning, Chan Woo’s face goes cold.

This date really turned things around for Yeon Woo as multiple times throughout the date, you can hear him say how pretty Ga Bin is and this makes her blush.

I know I shouldn’t be, but I could ship Yeon Woo-Ga Bin too. Something about their walk – they just seem comfortable and like a young Romeo and Juliet.

Now for the dinner date:

Chan Woo can’t eat seafood so he is going to cook beef. But not just this, he is actually a little sick (possible fever the day before with chills). Ga Bin hesitates at first but gives Chan Woo medicine from her closet. Chan Woo can’t help but smile his classic smile – and all of a sudden, he is magically healed.

People know Chan Woo likes Ga Bin. He makes two dishes of the Spam on rice dish and the food literally travels across the table to Ga Bin.

And damn, Chae Rang with the punch afterwards: “Did it taste good?” Girl is not about hiding feelings!

As the winners of the couples challenge, Chae Rang and Chan Woo get to go into the secret room. This time, they get to reveal who one person picked as their interest the night before. Chae Rang picks In Ook but completely regrets this decision as she now knows he picked Ga Bin.

Chan Woo with his fancy trench coat can now be at peace knowing that Ga Bin chose him.

Next week’s preview gets a little messayyy. The love triangle has now gone into a love square with three guys (Chan Woo, In Ook, and Yeon Woo) all having interests in Ga Bin.

Who do you think she will pick? And do you think she is Money Catcher or Love Catcher? Comment below!

And see next week’s preview here:

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5 FREE weekly planner templates to get you motivated

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been in a funk. You know, the ‘I don’t want to do anything’ kind of funk. I have been skipping the gym, eating out a bunch, and pushed off all errands. I’ve also been a grinch to everyone near and dear to me (sorry, mom!) but yesterday, I said enough was enough.

I typically write out my tasks in my medium monthly planner but as much as this is a great way to organize the month of September, seeing some of the upcoming events (I’m presenting at a conference at the end of this month) scares me a bit.

So I thought it would be of more motivation to write out weekly tasks and goals.

I’ve created 5 FREE weekly planner templates so you can write down your fitness, self care, work, errands/tasks, etc for this week! Click on the links below each preview to download yours right now! And let me know which one you like the best in the comments below.

Love Catcher S2 E3: The pool of jealousy

Spoiler alert: Min Seok’s identity will be revealed in this review!

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

Tensions start to rise as love lines start to form.

But before we get into that, can we get an amen to the men who took off their shirts in this episode? The first one is Yeon Woo. Let’s just say, never underestimate the youngest of the bunch!

So Young expresses to Ga Bin that she has an interest in In Ook, and Ga Bin reveals that she feels the same but also is confused because she also is interested in Chan Woo. But zoom out, and you’ll see that while they’re talking, Chae Rang is in front of them “looking in the mirror” but actually secretly snitching on the other two girls. Goodness, I called it from the beginning that this girl is all about being a Money Catcher.

Side note, as much as I am not a huge fan of Chae Rang,
her earrings are so cute – I found a similar version here!

The couple’s challenge is revealed and I think it’s pretty adorable that it’s fishing. But (to all the disappointment of the Ga Bin – Chan Woo fans), Ga Bin and In Ook are a couple today, and their reactions to the matching are priceless. In Ook is smiling ear to ear and seeing this, Chan Woo gives him a stern warning to ‘be careful.’

Being unbiased though, it seems like In Ook is already falling for this girl. I mean in a five minute time frame, I don’t think I have ever seen a guy smile so much in anticipation for a date.

The car rides are full of sweet moments for all the couple but if I could pick out two of the my favorites:

  1. Chan Woo’s ‘manner hand’ or 매너손 in Korean while driving
  2. And the highlight: Ga Bin and In Ook confess the person that grabbed their attention the most was each other. This made me smile from ear to ear. As much as I hate to say it, they are so cute.

Now the fun begins: the boat date.

The producers are actual genius in having all the couples on one boat. One, they save money by renting out only one boat, but two, the couples can look onto other dates (which makes the day that much more fun).

In Ook gets his flirt on by saying how Ga Bin’s shampoo smells good. Chan Woo sees this move and makes his own move – literally. He runs and sits next to Ga Bin, while unfortunately leaving Sae Ra alone. I wouldn’t say this is the best move by him but I can feel for him – he sees another guy with the girl he likes and he wants to show her that yes, he is there on the boat too.

Sae Ra revealed that she gets motion sickness easily, and before they even get fishing, she goes inside the boat because she doesn’t want to cause a scene. Jung Jin sees this, gets worried, and comes inside to makes sure she’s okay. You go, Glen Coco!

The competition is on, as the couples finally start fishing! Ga Bin and In Ook are literally grabbing the same fishing rod (for a reason the fishing instructor is not sure about). And Chan Woo makes a move on Sae Ra! I literally screamed out of my seat with this back hug. Ga Bin sees this. Jung Jin sees this. Whether it be intentional or not, this move definitely got the pot stirring.

In Ook ends up catching the most fishies. Not only does he win the challenge, he comes home and brags about his date in front of Chan Woo. This guy is S.A.V.A.G.E. But hey, can we just rewind to this glory scene of Chan Woo? I’m going to say, I know this guy is a tailor but I have a gut feeling after this show, he’s going to get a lot of calls from modeling agencies. He has the best sunnies! (Here are some similar ones the other members wore: 1, 2, 3)


The couples come home and while all the other members are getting giddy about going to a 5 feet deep pool, Jung Jin pulls out his guitar and officially becomes the Guitar boy. He goes out onto the terrace and confesses he wants to sing his original song to someone. Timing fits in perfectly as Sae Ra is the only one who doesn’t go to the pool and joins Jung Jin. This is one of my favorite romantic scenes, as they are just real with each other – they get to know each other more in this intimate setting.

Which leads to the pool party. Ladies, I told you so.

In Ook is not shy about his physique as he comes into the pool first. (I mean if I had that body, I would be shirtless 24/7.) It’s unfortunate that he had to cover up all his tattoos though (in Korea, tattoos are seen in a negative light). His pool outfit is bomb.com though! I found a similar red cap and swim trunks here!

Then the girls join. Looks like Ga Bin may be the only one swimming in this pool as Chae Rang didn’t even put on a swimsuit and So Young … well let’s just say she had different intentions in mind.

In Ook makes yet again another move by “teaching” Ga Bin how to swim. Honestly, this is code for “let me just hold your hand.” Chan Woo sees this upstairs, and next thing you know, here comes Chan Woo with the superman dive. He literally doesn’t acknowledge anyone, dives, and butterflies to the end of the pool like it was a walk in the park. Smooth, Chan Woo, smooth.

But I think in all honesty, Chan Woo does have the upper hand here. He is a good swimmer and people know that. Well, Ga Bin does and that’s all that matters. In Ook is irked (to say the least) and leaves – because for Chan Woo, it’s not just the hands that are held (wink wink).

Some things to note about this episode:

  • Yeon Seo literally gets ZERO screen time. Is she even relevant?
  • Chan Woo’s style is spot on. Anyone notice how he wears matching silk pajamas to bed?
  • Maybe it’s the editing, but Chan Woo just seems like a sweet guy (no matter if he’s money or love). He has no interest in Sae Ra but later goes to bring her some medicine because she was so boat sick. I mean, can we get any sweeter than this man?!

The episode ends by revealing Min Seok’s identity. And it was a huge surprise that he was indeed a Love Catcher all along. Now the bigger question is, who really is the Money Catchers? Leave a comment with your guesses below!

Here is next week’s preview:

*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.