UNKNOWN TO MANY, Korean series (or Koreanovelas as it is commonly known in the Philippines) remain my happy pill. Whenever I feel really tired and stressed, I always find my way home, and in one corner of my room, I watch Korea’s most loved series till the next morning.

That was true till the recent years. These past few years, I found myself too focused much on work that I tend to forget to relax even a bit, and believed watching Korean series means a waste of time. Even during weekends.

Managing a team of around 40 consultants while handling around a hundred accounts and attending to various meetings and trainings is not easy. The day usually starts early and ends late at night, if not the next morning.

But just before the year 2016 ended, while in the middle of midnight tasks and planning, I decided to watch Korean series again. At long last!

Compared to how addicted I was to Korean series in 2000s to 2012, these past few years are barren. That night was the first time I watched a series again for years.

It was Song Joong Ki‘s ‘Decendants of the Sun‘ that also features my another female favorite, Song Hye-kyo (Autumn in my Heart, Full House). Before the series was shown on GMA Network.

Then after recovering from the nights of sobs, and even full-blown crying moments due to DOTS finale, I decided to watch Lee Dong Wook and Lee Da Hae‘s comeback series, ‘Hotel King.”

Descendants of the Sun
‘Descendants of the Sun’ lead stars Song Joong Ki and Song Hye-kyo.
Hotel King Korean Series
Lee Dong Wook and Lee Da Hae for ‘Hotel King’

Dong Wook and Da Hae remain my top favorite love team. I’m really amazed to know that they still do series these days. Then Joong Ki added up to my list that also include Lee Min Ho (Boys Over Flowers) and Gong Yoo (Coffee Prince). That Gong Yoo movie we all loved, ‘Train to Busan‘ last year was a real treat.

If you were my friend in 2010, my only reason of wanting to go to Korea was to see Gong Yoo and Dong Wook in person. How on Earth that the universe seems to be teasing me these days for the geniuses in Korea worked for the release of ‘Goblin‘ earlier this year. The series features both Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook. Not only that, after the series, the two are seen with cute images together. Imagine that.

Lee Dong Wook and Gong Yoo
Two of my ultimate favorite Korean actors Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook star in ‘Goblin.’
Lee Dong Wook and Gong Yoo Sweet
‘Goblin’ fans even noticed the chemistry between Lee Dong Wook and Gong Yoo, which caused for their sweet images to emerge.

So yes, I’m officially back to watching Korean series.

In fact, watching the hottest series is now even better as I’m able to watch them online, even on-the-go, especially when in the middle of traffic.

While mobile data could be a problem, not anymore with Smart’s recent boost on their Postpaid Plans. Now, anyone can upgrade to a Line-only Postpaid Plan with just a valid ID. Plans start at only P399 per month with additional data plus unlimited texts to all networks; all minutes to all networks; and free access to Facebook Messenger, Viber and Whatsapp every month. It’s actually a great build-your- own-plan experience that best suits anyone’s mobile lifestyle.

My recent favorites include Lee Min Ho‘s ‘The Legend of the Blue Sea,’ to which I am thankful with iFlix and its usual free streaming offers for Smart subscribers. Min Ho stars with Jun Ji‑hyun in this series.

While I remain busy with a lot of things, I make sure to have an episode or two for my favorite actors’ series.

The Legend of the Blue Sea
The Legend of the Blue Sea stars Lee Min Ho and Jun Ji-hyun.

‘Love in the Moonlight’

While still fascinated with my all-time favorite Korean stars, here comes ‘Love in the Moonlight‘ starring new breed of actors I barely know but I easily fell in love with upon seeing a few episodes on television.

In the last few nights, when I felt the need to destress, I decided not to go out to have a massage or feast on some comfort food. Instead, I clicked online and decided to start watching a few more episodes. As of this writing, I am almost past half the entire series and I’m planning to finish when all the task at hand is accomplished. Expect me raving about it in another post. For now, I am still enchanted with Park bo-gum (featured photo) and his magnetic chemistry with Kim Yoo-jung. I am particularly liked how the series showcase the leanings toward homosexual love. Without a doubt, I am in love with Korean series again.

Love in the Moonlight stars
‘Love in the Moonlight’ stars Park Bo-Gum, Kim Yoo-Jung, and Jinyoung.

Sleepless nights are only better when watching good Korean series. Check out the titles featured here and let me know your thoughts in the comments. How about you, what’s that Korean series you would recommend? Care to share with us in the comments? As a treat, here’s Song Joong Ki showing love to our Park bo-gum. You are welcome.

Song Joong Ki and Park bo-gum
Song Joong Ki (Descendants of the Sun) and Park bo-gum (Love in the Moonlight).
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