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1001 Most Romantic Songs

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (bleeding heart) Hill Garden – Nr Hampstead Heath
Photo by PH Morton

1001 Most Romantic Songs

This is Global Granary’s all tie most romantic music compilation, which is a work in progress.

Our list currently includes the following:

YVES MONTAND – Les Feuilles Mortes

Jim Croce – I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song

Bobby Darin sings “Beyond the Sea”

Charles Trenet – La Mer

Sandra Dee & Bobby Darin-Dream Lover

hyun bin-that man lyrics (eng+korea sub) ost secret garden

Peter Frampton – Baby I Love Your Way (’76)

Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th Birthday

Dame Vera Lynn

Giant projection slide of Vera Lynn on the iconic white cliffs of Dover.

Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th Birthday

Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th  Birthday.

During World War 2 (WWll) Vera Lynn was known as the ‘forces sweetheart’ and was massively popular.

Born in London 20th March 1917, she became an actress singer and songwriter. During the war years, her songs  “We’ll Meet Again“, “The White Cliffs of Dover“, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “There’ll Always Be an England“. became iconic and a tonic for troops and forces fighting in the war. The white cliffs of Dover were the last part of Britain troops saw as they departed on ships across the Channel to fight. Also the cliff were a  welcoming sight on their return home.

My late father was a WW2 soldier in the British army(known as Desert Rats) fighting in Egypt.

Vera Lynn undertook concert tours in Burma, Egypt and India for the troops. She remained popular after the war, appearing in movies and on radio & TV.  At the age of 92, Vera became the oldest artist ever to top UK music charts with a melody of her famous songs. She outsold outselling both the Arctic Monkeys and the Beatles.

My favourite rock group Pink Floyd even had a track about her in their superb album ‘The Wall’.


Whenever my wife hears anything about Vera Lynn she would burst into song of We’ll meet again

Happy Song Collection

flower meadow, photo by JMorton

There are songs that makes you feel instinctively happy regardless of the lyrics.  I think it has to do with the tempo of the song.

I felt a lightness of being.

Happy Song Collection

My list comprises of the following:

Day Dream Believer, the Monkees – this song always gets me clapping in tune with the music.   Happy clappy indeed.

In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry

Happy – Pharrell Williams

Gangnam Style, Psy

Blue, Eiffel 65

Hey Ya, Outcast

Where is the Love, The Black Eyed Peas

Hollaback Girl, Gwen Stefani

Push the Button, Sugababes

Mickey, Toni Basil

Girls Just Want to have Fun, Cyndi Lauper

Rasputin, Boney M

Numa Numa, Dragostea Din

Barbie Girl, Aqua

Nobody, Wonder Girls

Coming Around Again / Itsy Bitsy Spider – Carly Simon

Fugees & Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly

Destined to Love You – Chinese Drama

Destined to Love You

Destined to Love You – Chinese Drama

This drama is very underrated.   Destined to Love You has the potential to be popular internationally, if not globally, if only all the episodes are given an English subtitles, allowing wider audience to enjoy it fully.

It has the charm comparable to those massively loved British Carry On films, sophisticated intelligence of the Monty Python and satirical comedy of Mel Brooks, The Producers.

The drama is a corroboration of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

I fell in love with Destined to Love You the moment I saw the first episode.  It was so engaging. I wanted to see more.

There were great chemistry between the love triangle played beautifully by Chen Qiao En (aka Joe chen), Jia Nia Liang and Bosco Wong.   The chemistry was such that you would be happy that anyone of the two leading men will get the girl (Joe Chen).

Apparently Jia Nia Liang really wanted to make the drama that he willingly had his pay cut.  He was so good on the drama.  You just fall in love with his antics which are sometimes excruciatingly funny. I have never laughed so much watching a tv program.

Below is a synopsis I cut and pasted.  I just could not put into words what the story is all about from my own point of me; there just too many ‘choice’ scenes that I would like to include and therefore would probably curtail your enjoyment if I give too much away.

Qian Bao Bao is on the run from creditors with her sick mother. She meets Xiao Han on the train, who offers her hope for curing her mother. But when an assassination attempt results in Xiao Han falling off the train, Bao Bao feels she has no choice but to take her place. Thus she assumes the role of a psychology instructor at a prestigious military school, and becomes entangled in a in a love triangle and some dangerous politics while trying to hide her true identity.

Please Chinese translator, kindly complete the rest of the subtitles for the dramas, please, please, please!

Dramacool needs translation from episode 22 – 41.  Please



Happy Home – Korean Melodrama

L-R: Lee Pil-mo, Kim So-Yeon & Lee Sang-woo


Happy Home – Korean Melodrama

I watched this melodrama’s all 51 episodes (75 minutes per episode) over two days (I did fast-forward a bit). It was two days of almost non-stop crying.  Sometimes it was not just free falling tears but actually sobbing.  Hu hu hu.

Happy Home is anything but a happy home. The family is so dysfunctional, you’ll thank your lucky star yours is ‘normal’. 🙂 🙂 🙂

The actors were all magnificent, including the young cast/children but I particularly like the Lee Pil-mo, who played Yoo Hyun-gi, the husband of the eldest child of the Bong family.  He was perfectly matched by the elegantly beautiful Kim So-yeon who played Bong Hae-ryung, the eldest child of the Bong family.  Most of their scenes were emotional rollercoaster. Lee Pil-mo with his controlled acting and often well groomed in three-piece suit spoke to the heart.  I actually like him better than Lee Sang Woo, though he is also gorgeous.

As a brief synopsis the story is about the Bong family who opened a Chinese restaurant.  Bong Sam-bong the family patriarch and his wife had 3 children, twins Bong Hae-ryung & Bong Man-ho and a younger daughter, Bong Hae-won.  The Bong family is a nuclear family where generations of relatives live and eat together.  They bicker and sometimes do each other harm but they pull together when need be.

Bong Hae-ryung was married to Yoo Hyun-gi, happily at first but after the death of their much beloved son, her life became a living nightmare, tortured by her sadistic mother-in-law and largely ignored by husband who became remote and secretive.  For five years after the death of her son, she was alone in her guilty grief as she blamed herself of her son’s accident.

She found her mother-in-law’s secretary kissing her husband in their study and this was the final straw that drove her away, out of the house and marriage.

The character of the philandering husband gets interesting.  He was cheating but he was absolutely furious with his mistress.   They had an understanding that they do not conduct any hanky-panky in the house.  His house is for his wife alone, where he sleeps and where he eats – sacred!

After a time, Bong Hae-ryung had a romance with another gorgeous man, Lee Sang Woo who played Seo Ji-geon.  The romance was so sweet.  After she finally had her divorce, she got engaged and eventually held some sort of marriage ceremony with Seo- Ji-geon.  But this ended too soon as she found out that her ex-husband had only months to live due to a malignant brain tumour.

Her ex begged her to return to him for 3 months,  she did because she felt sorry for him when she found him, looking lost and forlorn, waiting in the rain for their son outside his school.  Apparently one of the symptoms of his illness in temporary amnesia.

I easily cry at melodrama but this drama was something else!  It is a cryfest! I mostly cried for the husband as he had a sad back-story.

A story that you will remember for a long time.  Highly recommend it.

I Have a Lover – Korean Melodrama

I Have a Lover – Korean Melodrama

I love this drama.  There is something about it that pulls me back time and again, so much so that I have watched it several times already.

I told my husband that I love this drama and it is my favourite one.  He did remind me that I said previously that Goblin was my favourite.  Oh yeah.

Well I have a Lover is my second favourite! 🙂

It is a melodrama of marriage, grief and infidelity.

Be prepared to watch it with a lot of hankies as it will tear your heart apart.

The story is about a aesthetically gorgeous couple in their 30s, in the peak of their career, who lost their beloved daughter.  They showed their grief differently.  The wife, Do Hae-gang, played by the stunning actress Kim Hyun Joo, was an ambitious lawyer, who was driven by her grief to focus all her attention to her career.  The husband,Choi Jin-eon, played by the debonair Ji Jin-hee, on the other hand was some sort of a professor in bio-chemistry and was more emotive, sensitive and full of angst.

He felt repelled by his wife’s look of indifference to his grief.  He, of course, found solace with one of his student, Kang Seol-ri, played by Park Han-byul.  He was attracted to her because she reminded him of how his wife was once like.

After Do Hae-gang found out about the affair, even with a broken heart, she did everything she could to get her husband back.  She confronted the young mistress, who cheekily told her that she was not having an illicit love affair with Jin-eon because they are in love.  Love came to her.

The husband was so cruel and was so infatuated with the young mistress that he begged and begged his wife for a divorce.  The wife suffered every kind of humiliation.

Despite emotional blackmail from his wife including trying to commit suicide by jumping from a bridge, Jin-eon knelt down in front of his father, begging him to throw is Hae-gang out and allow a divorce.

The sight of her husband pathetically begging for divorce on his bended knees made Hae-gang was finally realised she was defeated and signed the divorce papers.  If you have not cried over a melodrama, you would on this one.  Jin-eon was so hateful.  By the way, he is obsessed with shoes and shoe laces.  Rather quirky 🙂

In a vast number of Korean dramas, amnesia seems to happen a lot.  This drama is no exception.

Jin-Eon with his young mistress went to America whilst Hae-Gang met an accident and suffered from amnesia and now goes by the name of Dokgo Yong-gi.  She was rescued and cared for by a lawyer.

Four years on, Jin Eon came back from America.  In no time, he met Dokgo/Hae-gang, a more carefree and relax woman who does not recognise him at all.

This is when the fun and romance really begin.  Jin-Eon character had a good and proper redemption.  He stalked Dokgo so lovingly and so dutifully that you forgive his past transgression.  It was very appealing to see how Hae-gang lead Jin-Eon on a merry dance.

His actions were so lovable that this drama goes to your heart and stay there.  It is therefore addicting.

I have watched the drama several times in a month and feels the love of Jin-Eon to Hae-gang.

How can one resist words like:  She was my wife, she is my wife

Another integral part to the drama was the almost subliminal way of playing the sountrack : Years.  You know as soon as it plays, there was a cute or sad moment ahead!  🙂

Love the drama so much.

Highly recommended.

She Was Pretty Vs Pretty Li Hui Zhen

Kim Hye Jin

She Was Pretty Vs Pretty Li Hui Zhen

Li Hui Zhen

It is quite usual to see dramas, especially the popular ones, totally remade and adapted as their own by other countries in Asia.  A good example is a Japanese manga called Itazura na Kiss, which got a Japanese live drama called Mischievous Kiss,  remade by Korean as Playful Kiss, the Thai version is called Kiss Me.  The best version, in my opinion is the Taiwanese version starring Joe Cheng and Ariel Lin called It Started with a Kiss.  The story is the same with just a few twist here and there.

Anyway, last year I watched a Korean drama called She was Pretty starring Hwang Jung Eum and Park Seo-joon.  I enjoyed the drama very much.  It was hilarious in parts and full of pathos the next.

The story is about childhood friendship, (who were each other’s first love).  The girl used to be very pretty with long hair and fair face while the boy was chubby who got bullied a lot in school.  The girl used to protect him.  They got separated when the boy immigrated to the US.

15 years later he came back to Korea/China and hopeful to meet up with his childhood friend.

The boy grew up into a handsome slim guy, while the girl grew up with bad hair and skin problem in a pretty face.

On the day of their meeting the guy failed to recognise the girl.  She was so ashamed that she sent her very pretty best friend to pretend as her.  And that would be it, tieing off loose end of old friendship with the boy!

As luck would have it, the heroine started a job as an intern in a fashion magazine.  The boss happened to be the guy she once knew.

To add more confusion and drama to the story, her best friend really fell for the guy and secretly continued to meet up with him instead of the one off thing the heroine asked her to do.

There was a second lead male that brought so much of the hilarity in the drama.  He was so lovely and actually fell for the heroine even before she had her makeover.

When I heard that it was being remade by China, I was excited and looked forward to seeing it.

I started to watch it at  I have to say that it is watchable but not as good as the KDrama version.  Li Hui Zhen was still pretty compared to Kim Hye Jin.  But for some reason, Li Hui Zhen comes out rather as someone with mental problem, low in IQ and with the most annoying and unnatural laugh!!! Ugh!

The Chinese version is longer, almost double the Korean, which comprised of 16 episodes.  For some reason I have finished watching 19 episodes of the Chinese one in 3 hours (so much fast-forwarding).  It also made me pine for the Korean version which I rewatched and throughly enjoyed again.

Best Korean Drama Original Soundtracks

still from Moonlight drawn by the Clouds

What makes a KDrama special?  In my opinion the choice of soundtrack is very important.  Heartstrings, a Park Shin Hye  & Jung Yong Hwa drama is memorable to me because of the songs.  Step step by Suran also made Jealousy Incarnate that extra special!

Here are my collection of original (official) soundtrack of Korean dramas that I have watched. Many of them 🙂  so again this list is a work in progress.

Best Korean Drama Original Soundtracks

You’ve Fallen For Me – Jung Yong Hwa, from drama Heartstrings

Because I Miss You – Jung Yong Hwa of CNBlue, from drama Heartstings

Stay With Me – corroboration of Chanyeol & Punch, from drama Goblin

Run to You – Lasse Lindh, from drama Angel Eyes

Step Step – Suran, from drama Jealousy Incarnate

Beautiful Sad – Han Soo Ji, from drama Angel Eyes

Million Roses – Comeback Madonna, from drama I am Legend

Beautiful – Crush, from drama Goblin

Hallucination – Jang Jae In ft NaShow, from dram Kill Me, Heal Me

Hush – Lasse Lindh, from drama Goblin

That Man – Hyun Bin & That Woman – Baek Ji Young, from Secret Garden

Fool – Kim Jong Kook, from The Man Living at our House (aka Sweet Stranger and Me)

Angel Eyes – Han Soo Ji – from Angel Eyes

Thumping – Kim Min Seung, from She Was Pretty

Years – Ryu, from I have a Lover

I Choose to Love You, from The Rascal Son, sung by Seo in-Guk and Park Hye Soo from Introverted Boss but the original was from the Korean singing Superstar, Hyorin

Saddest Heartbreak Songs

Photo by PH Morton

Saddest Heartbreak Songs

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.

Music can say a lot.  It can make you blissful, can be energising and can be heartbreaking.

Below is a list of my heartbreaking songs.  It is a work in progress because there are just too many songs out there that can melt your heart and brings tears to your eyes. hu hu hu! 🙁

The songs are not in any order of any significance 🙂 Clicking the song will bring you to youtube.

Please suggest a song to be added to the collection, thanks.

Wherever you Will Go – The Calling

Eric Carmen – Never Gonna Fall In Love Again (’76)

Lonely table just for one -Engelbert Humperdinck

Unbreak My Heart – Toni Braxton

Because of You – by Kelly Clarkson

The Tennessee Waltz – Patti Page

Don’t Cry Joni – Twitty Conway

I’m not In Love – 10CC

Harry Nilsson – Without You 1972 (HD)

I will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

RITA COOLIDGE We’re all alone (1977)

Old Shep – Elvis Presley

Torn – Natalie Imbruglia

Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) – Sue Thompson

The End of the World – Brenda Lee

All Alone Am I – Brenda Lee

Answer – Sarah McLachlan

How do I live – LeAnn Rhimes

Love Takes Time – Mariah Carey

You Don’t have to Say you Love Me – Elvis Presley

Against All Odds – Phil Collins

Every Breath You Take – The Police

Lovefool – The Cardigans

Everytime You Go Away – Paul Young

Missing You – John Waite (Version with Allison Krauss)

Torn Between Two Lovers – Mary McGregor

One Summer Night – Chelsea Chan


Three Degrees – When Will I See You Again (1974)

Oriental Drama Queens

I have to say that I now have more than enough experience to give recommendations of Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, Chinese, Filipino and Thai dramas as I have been solidly and shamelessly 🙂 watching them for so many hours each days, seven days a week.  So tired.

I have developed favourites and below are the queens of them all. Some of the ladies are included in my list of the most beautiful Oriental actress and some are not but they have so much charisma and personality that are equally admirable that come across on tv.

Films, movies and tv dramas by these ladies are watchable and became firm favourites of mine. And if you want to try watching Oriental dramas I can recommend to start with any work from these queens.

Oriental Drama Queens

Park Shin Hye


Park Shin Hye (Korean) was a child actress, who grew up to be a much sought after actress.  She is multi-awarded and must admit, thoroughly deserved, being such a good actress.  She starred in dramas which are amongst my favourites.

Films & Dramas:


The Heirs


You’re Beautiful

Flower Boys next door


Hwang Jung-Eum



Hwang Jung-Eum is a South Korean actress and singer but I have come to know her for her acting in KDrama.  She is in this list because she is of course one of my favourite actresses.  She is a versatile actress with a tremendous range.  She can do comedy and the most tear-jerking acting.

Recommended dramas & Films:

She Was Pretty

Secret Love

Kill Me, Heal Me

Lucky Romance


Gong Hyo Jin

Gong Hyo Jin is in my opinion one of Koreas real Kdrama gems.  She is not one of the traditional stunningly gorgeous Korean actresses, which they industry is known for.  In fact Gong Hyo Jin can be rather plain in some scenes in her dramas.  What she has is a megawatt smile.  When she smiles, she is breathtakingly beautiful.  WOW.  She has an endearing and contagious glint in her smile which reaches up to her eyes.  Definitely one of my favourite actress.  Most dramas that was in were enjoyable and watchable.  Love her.

Films & Dramas (my recommendations)

The Greatest Love *****

Master’s Sun *****

It’s Okay, That’s Love *****

Jealousy Incarnate *****

Missing Child *****

Joe Chen


Joe Chen is a Taiwanese actress who has managed to break through the mainstream Chinese dramas.

I am rather partial to Joe Chen.  She is a good actress but not the greatest.  But she has tonnes of charisma and the cutest toothy smile.  Watching her dramas and movies is like watching Doris Day’s old films.

Films & Dramas (my recommendations)

Fated to love *****

Destined to love you *****

Cruel Romance ***

The Queen of SOP***

The Prince Prince who turns into a frog ***

Easy Fortune Happy Life

Stay with Me****

Jang Nara

Ha Ji Won

Eun Yoon Hye

Eun Yoon Hye is a Korean actress.  She starred in one of my most favourite kdramas with the gorgeous Gong Yoo calle Coffee Prince.

Mirei Kiritani


Song Ji Hyo

Song Ji Hyo is a Korean actress.  Another reliable actress, who you know will deliver the goods by starring in decently scripted dramas.

Films & Dramas (my recommendations)

A Frozen Flower (rather a daring role. lots of tasteful nudity) *****

Codename: Jackal (cute action comedy)

Goong aka Princess Hours

Emergency Couple


Kim Ha Neul

Choi Ji Woo

Kimberley Anne Voltemas

Song Hye Kho


Kim Yoo Jung

Kim Yoo Jung is a Korean actress.  She was a talented child actress who is growing better in her craft.

Films & TV dramas:

Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, this drama shows that she has outgrown her child roles.









Mint Chalida Vijitvongthong

Mint is a Thai actress.

Film & Dramas (my recommendations)

Cubic ******