My New Fascination with Korean Dramas

My New Fascination with Korean DramasQuite unexpectedly, I grew found of Korean drama and K-Pop. Who could think! It all started back in September 2015 (six months back). It’s not like I began watching these dramas out of the blue. I’ve been obsessed with Japan since late 2012 or for 3 years before I became interested in Korean culture as well. It all began when I had a talk with a director of a Japanese company that specialized in beauty and hygiene products. There was something about that conversation that made me pay attention, and I began to research all things Japan and learned a ton in the process.

Asian world is so different from the Western world. Even with all modern life similarities, they still do things their own way. Feeling stuck and bored, I craved for something different, less familiar, more mysterious and intriguing, and I found it.

But in 2015 I somehow became obsessed with North Korea. Unfortunately, I don’t remember how it started. It could be a self-shot documentary on YouTube that I stumbled upon. I guess so. So I began to read and watch everything I could find on North Korea. I couldn’t understand that interest myself. Maybe because there was a link to USSR, and I am a no stranger to that country. I read interviews and was even considering to donate to a charity that helps North Korean defectors to settle in South Korea.

Then I noticed that in many interviews there is a mention of South Korean dramas and how some people are getting punished for watching them, especially distributing them. In some cases, the punishment was death. I believe the first time I heard of this was from Hyeon Seo Lee who is also the author of the book called Girl With Seven Names. She mentioned that children are forced to watch executions and shared her experience. She saw the first execution when she was seven, and the person executed was her close friend’s mother. She was killed for watching South Korean dramas.

It sounded so strange. But then I read it many times and from the accounts of different people. So I became curious and wanted to see what is that thing about Korean drama that makes North Korean government so nervous. If they even kill people for that, maybe it’s something awesome and I am missing out, I thought.

Well, it turns out that this relatively small country has a huge cultural impact on entire Asia and even beyond that. K-drama is seen as one of the country’s most popular products along with K-pop, Korean food, fashion and beauty industry and technology. When I took a closer look by actually watching Korean dramas myself, I found out that while not all of them are perfect, they do tend to be an interesting blend of fashion, design, romance, adventure and technology. I’ve been bing watching beginning from September, and I am not planning to stop anytime soon. Couldn’t expect that from myself. This makes me wonder, What else in this world am I missing?

Money, Cars and Richest Rappers

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While luxurious cars like Maserati, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Bugatti remain a dream for most people, there are those for whom it’s pretty much real and driving this type of awesomeness is an everyday affair for them. Who are they? They are famous professional athletes, Hollywood stars, wealthy businessmen, politicians, entertainers and rappers.

There is one million way to make one million dollars and some people seem to just get hang of it. While many others seem to be frustrated these type of people seem to be not just playing but actually controlling. Once you figure out your way to the top, be that music, professional sports, acting or business things apparently get reduced to a very specific easy to follow formula. Well, maybe not easy but also not as hard as one might imagine.

I realize you might have your doubts about what I am saying. But today I am not talking guesses, rather I am talking from the position of knowledge and have clear cut proofs to show you. Let’s take rappers and entertainers as an example. I chose rappers because many guys who read my blog are young and are into this type of music. These people are someone who they see and listen too every day. We have no idea how they got there but what is definitely clear is that they all live absolutely awesome lifestyle and not just a type of lifestyle they display in videos but much more than that. In reality, they sometimes have to tone down their wealth and lifestyle to be able to better connect with audience.

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That’s really interesting indeed. These people are rich because WE made them rich. Yes, guys, you and me made them rich by buying their stuff. There is a lesson in that really. While we are dreaming and watching their videos and listen to their music, they are actually living OUR dream. What do I suggest? I don’t know. Maybe to start looking at the bigger picture and start figuring out what we are good at and what is that special thing we could offer to the world that a lot of people would appreciate.

If you think you don’t have anything special you are not alone. But if you look at the biography of some of them you will see that not each of them was something special in the beginning either. Sure some were and some got a lot of help, some were fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time, but some were really nothing special and yet, they made themselves so extraordinary rich. I will leave you at that now. Hope you are inspired by now. Go and start figuring things out. Don’t waste a day, make every day count on the way to your goal.