K-drama Review: Love Alarm Season 2 and CooCoo’s Easy to Cook Chicken Pops

I’ve been caught up in another slump as of late, I feel that being in quarantine, these feelings of inadequacy, insecurity and loneliness comes up to me even more and more. I feel that, in a way I am lagging behind everyone that I see on social and that at this point in my life I am somewhat stuck on what my next step would be for my personal growth.

There are a lot of things that I want to do and plan on doing, like taking up another course either in Digital Marketing or in law, enrolling myself in a formal cooking school, getting more active in my business. However, sometimes everything seems so overwhelming that I can’t seem to segregate which task comes in first.

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I know that everything now can be possible with just a click of our mouse since it’s all online now, however even though it is the new normal I sometimes wish we can just go back to those days of face to face learning and interacting with our peers. I consider myself a people person and I thrive in personal interactions with peers, for me that’s how I learn best, being exposed to other people, taking note of their ideas, plans and thoughts on various subject matters.

I guess, I’ll just have to reassure myself then that this too shall pass and that I will get over this phase soon. I just have to negate all those negative self-talk induced to myself and just re-strategize my plans with the current set-up and make learning more fun to me once again despite the absence of the personal touch. That said, I would like to start off this week by blogging about one of the K-dramas on Netflix that I have been binge-watching as of late. It’s called Love Alarm, this post is a follow up to my previous write-up on its Season 1, a couple of weeks back.

This is the second installment to their first season on Netflix and only contains 6 episodes a little shorter by 2 episodes as compared to its previous season.

The season opens up four years after the initial launch of the Love Alarm dating app, and four years since we were first introduced to the complicated love triangle of Hwang Sun-Oh (Song Kang), Lee Hye-Yeong (Jung Ga-ram), and Kim Jojo (Kim So-Hyun). Now, Love Alarm got a 2.0 update that allows users to see projections about their potential matches.

Sun-Oh, still wants the closure that was missing from their previous breakup and Hye-Yeong decided to fully pursue Jojo in this season blatantly admitting his feelings towards her even though it may come off as one- sided since she could not ring back his love alarm.

In this day and age, where all of us are quite dependent on our phones and even in choosing our life partners and love matches we sometimes head on to various dating apps like Tinder, Bumble and OkCupid to find someone that matches our interests and complements our personality. This is the same dilemma that the drama seems to mirror, how people have become so dependent on the apps and on AI to determine the fate of their love lives and how their future with someone would pan out.

Eventually with a couple of roadblocks and plot twists the storyline ended up with everyone getting their share of the pie even though it might not bode well with the popular opinion.

Jojo ended up with Hye-Yong as she finally came to terms with the ghosts of her past and finally accepted her past fully, battle scars and all as she ran the Jeju Marathon where a lot of memories came flooding back in. Sun-Oh got the closure that he wanted, and despite having a broken friendship with his bestfriend Hye-Yong because they loved the same woman, they reassured each other that they would always be there for each other.

The plot also discusses how ones own volition comes into play here, with the installation of the shield in the app which makes JoJo’s feelings obscure to the person that she likes. It actually allowed her to see other people within her vicinity who also took a liking to her and were content on admiring her from the sidelines. Aside from that, I love the character that Yuk-Jo espouses. Fairly independent, a CEO of her own fashion company, passionate in life and in love and until the very end she never got tired of giving chances to the person who holds her heart which was Sun-oh.

I guess, that really is the essence of love, you continuously persist and forgive despite the challenges and setbacks that may come your way.

Of course, binge-watching on these episodes would be no fun without the usual grub. So since, I wanted something easy to munch on and quick to prepare we decided on having the Taiwanese Chicken Poppers from Coocoo House PH.

Here’s their Menu for your reference.

Here are the ingredients as follows:

  • Coocoo House PH’s ready to cook mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • canola oil or peanut oil for frying
  • 1/3 cup sweet chili sauce
  • cilantro/ carrot for garnish

Next one is how we prepped it up,

Instructions

  • Pour 1-2 inches of oil into a deep skillet. Preheat over medium heat.
  • In another shallow dish, whisk egg, milk, salt and pepper together.
  • Make the mixture into small rounded balls
  • Toss the rounded balls into into the egg mixture, Make sure you coat the chicken completely.
  • Place chicken pieces into hot oil and fry until golden brown on each side. (About 3-4 minutes per side.) Remove and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt.
  • Transfer to a large bowl and toss with sweet chili sauce. Divide into two equal portions and top with carrot and cilantro. Serve.
Here’s the finished product 🙂 Lunch is served! 🙂

8 Comments

  1. I hope that you find your own way to be happy and find your motivation to do things that you like. I strongly agree to what you say about that kind of feeling of being stuck during this pandemic. It feels like our growth is being postponed because of this pandemic. It feels like being stuck in a dark room with no lights, and we can’t figure out where is the right path for us to get out. I hope that this pandemic will come to an end so that we can go back to the things that we love to do just like before.

    Talking about this K-drama, a lot of my are a big fan of this Love Alarm. They love to talk about this kind of things when we get together, but I can’t relate because I haven’t watch this Love Alarm yet. I know that all of them will be happy for this news that this drama will be having its season 2. I think I should Watch this to during my spare time.

    By the way, that CooCoo’s Easy to Cook Chicken Pops looks so delicious and interesting as well. I love to cook especially if there’s a get together in our family and I think that this CooCoos is another food that I can serve to my family. I’m sure that they will love this. I can’t wait to try this out and make them taste it. Thank you for sharing this.

    1. Awww! I really love your comment! Yes, indeed it makes me feel like my growth is hampered and time is on a standstill due to all the restrictions brought about by this pandemic. Just trying to look on the positive side of things and just trying to work around the resources that we have now to keep us preoccupied. 🙂 Thank you for the comment and for reading through my post, it means a lot to me 🙂

  2. eto dn tlaga ung nakakapagpa happy sakin ngayon e ang panonood ng kdrama heheh sa ngayon pinapanood q po ung vincenzo, super ganda at nakaka excite po tlaga xa panoorin 🥰 may kanya kanya man po tayong pinagdadaanan ngayon pero sa totoo lang dami pa dn naman po nating paraan para maging masaya po, focus na lang po siguro tayo sa masasaya at wag dun sa problema na kinakaharap po natin ngayon ☺

    the best dn po itong coocoo’s easy to cook chicken pops na naishare nyo po mukang madali nga lang xa gawin e excited na dn aq itry!! 🤤❤

  3. Ako naman po hndi ako mahilig manood. eheeh. Pero ang nakakapag pasaya po sakin ang pag aaaga sa dalawang anak ko.. Kahit gaano man kahirap ang kinakaharap nating problema hindi ko talaga sobrang iniisip yun dahil ayokong mag paapekto sa pandemic kaya nag fofocus talaga ang sa dalawang anak ko lalo nat may baby po ako.

    Pero dati po talaga nung dalaga pa ako mahilig po talaga ako manuod ng k-drama. halos pinag pupuyatan kopa nga yon dati ehee.
    Actually naririnig rinig kopo itong Coocoo’s Easy to cook chicken Pops. Gusto konga po gawin ito, Para sa family ko. Gusto ko syang itry , mukhang masarap po kasi talaga sya 😋

  4. Sabi ko sa sarili ko . Hindi ako fan ng mga kdrama pero pag tapos ko mabasa ang blog sa umpisa pa lang , ramdam na po kita 😓 Simula din mag simula ang pandemic hndi ko din alam kung paano ako magsisimula at magiging masaya ulit . Dahil smula ng pandemic natanggal ako sa work buntis pa ako nun at my isang panganay na anak , pero i always pray na alam ko malalampasan ko din lahat . Kase lahat nmn ng women walang hndi kakayanin para sa mga anak . Ung dami ko ding gawin nun pero wala ako magawa kse buntis ako . Gnawa ko po nagfocus sa pagging pregnant ko at sa panganay kong anak para maging masaya . Thankyou for sharing this po . Na inspired pa ako lalo na hndi pa huli na marami pa tayong pwedeng gawin para maging masaya ❤️😊

    Anyway thankyou for sharing the ingredients and instruction how to cook coocoo’s chicken pop ❤️😊

  5. I understand how you feel, sometimes I also feel being left behind, specially now that I need to prioritize my health over my career. This pandemic is really a tough challenge for us, I hope that despite the hardship you are experiencing, you will be able to get over that and may you find moments of hope and resilient despite the uncertainty.
    Love alarm is one of my pending kdrama, I already watched its trailer and read your previous review. This new review is a nice realization how modern technology affects our choices including ways of finding love. But I’m glad that despite that modernization the true essence of love which is persistence, forgiveness, and acceptance still prevailed.
    This taiwanese chicken poppers from coocoo house ph is easy to prepare yet looks delicious. I also like their other ready to cook products, they are affordable and will truly give you the luxury in the comfort of your home. It’s nice that they also have mango ice box cake and fries. Complete na with dessert. This is a must try.

  6. I feel you. I sometimes do get this kind of feeling. Me being stuck at home and it feels like Im here forever 😂 Not that I dont want to be with my kids but I miss being outside without worrying too much about my familys health. Anyway thanks for the review and for the recipe. Try ko to with my kids. I just hope that may this pandemic will end sooner and find other source of hope and inspiration to do things weve loved the most . Mwah mwah

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