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When I have exams, I always find an interest to focus on so that I can take a break from my studies and let my mind have a rest. One year it was folding stars for a friends birthday present, another year, it was reading The Empress of Ice Cream . This time round, it was watching Fated to Love You (2008), a Taiwanese drama starring Chen Qiao En and Ethan Ruan as Chen Xin Yi (陳欣怡) and Ji Cun Xi (紀存希) respectively.

I won’t describe the plot, as thousands of others have done so already, so I’ll just give my thoughts on it.

***SPOILER AHEAD***

It is highly addictive. It starts off fairly predictably, but once Xin Yi falls pregnant, it starts to venture into new territory. It certainly tore at my heartstrings, so I would advise all watchers to be prepared with a box of tissues. I loved Cun Xi’s cheeky smile, his antics and his sweet gestures, but he could also be so cruel sometimes. Overall, I loved the story, but I felt the ending was terrible! It was cliched (not to mention unbelievable) to have the 3 sisters giving birth at once, with Cun Xi acting as the midwife throughout the proceedings. I felt that the screen writer could have put a little more thought to it.

I give this drama 8/10.

A few years ago, I was an avid drama watcher. However, I stopped two years ago, as I felt that story lines were becoming old, and even when I watched dramas recommended by other reviewers, I found them tedious. After watching “Fated to Love You”, I developed an interest in watching dramas once more.

The next drama I watched was Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010) . It was confusing at first – I had to read the drama synopsis for the first few episodes to understand whether Sun Joon knew Yoon Hee was a girl and what the whole fuss about the geum-deung-jisa (golden scroll). By the end, it was a joy to watch to camaraderie between the actors. The script is intelligent, inspiring and comical at the right times. This is not difficult for me to say, as I am partial to period dramas, and also to scripts which weave ancient principles into the script to make to understandable to modern day viewers. I am keen on the use of intellect and loyalty to defeat enemies.
The icing on the cake is the OST for the drama – Found You, sung by JYJ. Mindless, I know, but irresistibly catchy!

I give this drama 9/10. I have not given full points, as I found that it drags on in some places.

Here it is the OST – “Found You” by JYJ. Video courtesy of this user .

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