Jung Il Woo… Sweet Songpyeon!

Happy Chuseok!  

If you have read some of my previous posts about Chuseok, you know now it is considered like a Korean Thanksgiving.  One important addition to this celebration (probably the most important) is the remembrance and honoring of their ancestors.  It is one of their most important Korean holidays. This holiday is also celebrated under the name Mid-Autumn Festival in many other Asian countries.  By the way if you celebrate this Festival have a deliciously happy one! 

Today, I wanted to focus on one particular food item, the Songpyeon, one of the staples of Chuseok.  Many families make them and gift them.  And what exactly is it?  According to Wikipedia, Songpyeons are half-moon shaped rice cakes that typically contain sweet or semi-sweet fillings, such as soybeans, cowpeas, chestnuts, jujubes, dates, red beans, sesame seeds, or honey. They are steamed over a layer of pine needles, which gives them a distinctive taste and the fragrant smell of fresh pine trees. The name Songpyeon comes from the use of pine needles—”song” means pine tree, thus, songpyeon translates to “pine cakes.” 

I know…Cowpeas? Jujubes? What?  So cowpeas are black eyes peas:

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And these are jujubes:

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Songpyeon is used to show gratitude for the year’s harvest by placing it on a table with other foods, including harvested fruit, and taro. These three foods symbolize, respectively, the fruit of the heavens, the fruit of the earth, and the fruit of the underground.

Songpyeon is also said to represent the moon and wishes, which is why people will say their wishes while making and eating it. Many stories describe why songpyeon is in the shape of a half moon rather than a full moon. The most common belief is that Korean ancestors thought that a round-shaped full moon could only wane while a half-moon would fill up. This is considered a sign of abundance and prosperity. 

An old Korean anecdote says that the person who makes beautifully-shaped songpyeon will meet a good spouse or give birth to a beautiful baby.  I’m glad for Ilwoo, his songpyeon must be absolutely beautiful so… ! 

There are many variations of Songpyeon depending on the region in South Korea. 

In Seoul is they are known for its small, five-colored or osaek songpyeon (오색송편). The five colors—white, brown, pink, green, and yellow—represent the harmony of nature. White songpyeon lacks any color additives, but the other colors are obtained using natural ingredients. These are some of the ingredients Koreans use to color them naturally:

  • Green  – mugwort powder (Ssuk Garu 쑥가루)

  • Yellow  – pumpkin powder (Danhobak Garu 단호박 가루), gardenia seed pods (Chija 치자) but sometimes the taste can be a bit strange after a while

  • Red – Cockscomb flower (Maendrami 맨드라미), Beets

  • Pink  – Youth berry or magnolia vine (Omija 오미자) aka Schisandra chinensisis is a red berry that has 5 flavors, raspberry juice

  • Purple – blueberry juice, purple grapes, purple sweet potato

 They look like this:

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If you are interested in trying to make them, HERE is an excellent website showing the steps.

In the Chungcheong province, known for its pumpkins, they have a pumpkin songpyeon. The pumpkins are dried and ground into a powder which is then mixed with the rice flour to make the dough. The rice cakes are often shaped to look like small pumpkins. The result is a sweet rice cake that is bright in color. 

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Sadly I’ve run out of time so I can’t do region by region which was my intention…so here are some other variations from the rest of the country.  If you want to read more about how Koreans celebrate this holiday you can go HERE.

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Such a lovely tradition. I can imagine Ilwoo with his family… making them …and his laugh!

May GOD bless you, your family and ancestors Ilwoo Ssi! Have a great time together!

Jung Il woo celebrating Chuseok on the set of “My Fair Lady” in 2009.

Had to delight in that sweet Songpyeon one more time!

Happy 35th Birthday Ilwoo! (34th Western)

September 9, 2021

On a blessed day like today… 35 years ago, Ilwoo came into this world!

Dearest Ilwoo Ssi… Celebrating and wishing the best to every aspect that makes you!  These drawings look to illustrate this in the best way I can create in this moment… the diferent aspects that make you and my wishes in each one.  Some of the words were inspired by James’ song “Waltzing Along.”

I find myself so happy in this moment… SO full of love.  I’m so thankful that your Being knows my Being… and those many blessed days when we have connected will be part of the universal story forever more!

Celebrating your kind spirit…

Represented by the Eye…  May your eyes let you see beyond all the disasters.  When you really see there are no disasters… disasters are human creations, GOD is perfect and only good.  May you see beyond all that is… may you always stay connected to GOD Ilwoo!

“Seeing is deliberate.  It’s always a choice, even if we don’t realize it. Proper seeing, requires a separate intention of the eye.  It’s all about the angles.  Change your perspective and you change not only how you see but what you see. From the right point of view, every storm and every drop in it is a rainbow.”  Henry David Thoreau

 

Celebrating your creative mind…

Represented by the Brain…  May your mind be wide open, May your mind set you free.   The mind is our connection to spirit and body… by staying open we stay connected to GOD and all its abundance, we see different perspectives and ultimately realize we are all one and our lives reflect this connection in joy and prosperity… may you always be happy Ilwoo!

“Your life is not determined by whatever you achieve or not achieve. Your life is determined by your state of consciousness in the present moment.” Eckhart Tolle

 

Celebrating your beautiful body…

Represented by the the Heart…  May your heart beat strong. May your heart lead you on.  Your heart is the pump that beats about 115,000 times a day to keep your body living.  Your body is the embodiment of your soul in this material plane. A good balance between the physical intakes such as air, water and food and your connection to GOD will help manifest health and beauty in your body that irradiates from within…  Continue to be good to your body Ilwoo! It totally shows!

If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.

The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience.

If this sounds too mystical, refer again to the body. Every significant vital sign- body temperature, heart rate, oxygen consumption, hormone level, brain activity, and so on- alters the moment you decide to do anything… decisions are signals telling your body, mind, and environment to move in a certain direction.
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The heart also represents Love and Will…  May your heart always be guided by GOD’s divine love!

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or ever touched – they must be felt with the heart.”  Hellen Keller

 

Cheers dearest brother!  Trust in  GOD…in health, in joy, in love!

Cheering you on and waltzing along with you,

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Let’s dance! Ready?  This is the song that inspired me… it is one of my favorite spiritual songs… it always upflifts me…

Here is James singing this beatiful spiritual song!  May your ears be open by the wonderful!

Lyrics:

Help comes
When you need it most
I’m cured by laughter
Mood swings – not sure I can cope
My life’s in plaster (In plaster)
May your mind be set you free (Be opened by the wonderful)
May your heart lead you on
May your mind let you be through all disasters (Be opened by the wonderful)
May your heart lead you on
These wounds are all self-imposed
Life’s no disaster
All roads lead onto death row
Who knows what comes after
May your mind be wide open
May your heart beat strong
May your minds will be broken
By this heartfelt song
Arriba…
May your mind set you free (Be opened by the wonderful)
May your heart lead you on
May your mind let you be through all disasters (be opened by the wonderful)
May your heart lead you on (may your heart lead you on)
May your eyes let you see through all disasters (be opened by the wonderful)
May your heart lead you on (may your heart lead you on)
(May your mind let you be opened by the wonderful)
Set you free (May your heart lead you on) etc.
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: James Patrick Glennie / Timothy Booth / James Lawrence Gott

 

 

 

Jung Il woo visits The House of Dreams.

September 1, 2021

Hello!  How have you all been?  I am back from my trip.  Family Time! Paris, Madrid, Málaga and Granada… I feel so nourished and happy… inspired!… but most of all so, so, SO THANKFUL!

I looked into this, The House of Dreams, Ilwoo’s latest adventure.  When I saw Ilwoo’s Instagram Post I thought “He visited an exhibit in a museum.”  Yes and really no, this was a temporary event/store showcasing interior design ideas (and more) and the sale of apartments.  Is Ilwoo considering moving into his own place?  Only time will tell…!  I visited The House of Dreams Website.  These are images from there translated using Google:

All of the lifestyle you’ve been dreaming of New concept living festa!

The most perfect home for you.
We present ‘Dream House’ , a space that contains all the possibilities of a space that you have been thinking about , breaking the concept of an existing space and allowing various arrangements and productions.

Dream House Gallery is a new type of brand experience space that showcases the house and lifestyle that everyone dreams of based on the housing philosophy and technology of e-Pyunhan World .

A lounge with a variety of brand experiences for dreamers

A space where the journey of Dream House begins with interaction

A space immersed in the time of light with digital media art

This is what our dear Oppa posted!  A dream man in a dreaming bridge!  Can it get an better?

BTW, the music is “Glass Animals” from Black Mambo.  He has shared this music in a story before… and this was the video he took there:

For this video he used Han Zimmer’s Day one.

Media space where you can experience advanced technology in advance

A concept house that inspires everyone’s dream home

A space where the event starts with the world’s premium niche perfumes. (Me: he must have loved this!)

Studio reflecting the lifestyle of one or two people with various personalities and tastes

Community showroom reflecting various lifestyles of all ages

There was a store in the website:

 

A collaboration item that Dream House, which contains the philosophy and values ​​of Korea’s representative brand e-Pyunhan World, presents the best life that everyone has dreamed
of together with excellent brands that represent lifestyle.

A unique limited edition artist collaboration item presented by D-Museum and Dream House, which leads domestic and foreign cultural and artistic trends and turns everyday life into art.

 

A limited edition lifestyle item created with the sensibility of e-Pyunhan World for dreamers who dream of their own special lifestyle

At the beginning I thought it was like an interior design store.  But their company is also a building company that sells apartments in their apartment building complexes.  HERE you can see this company’s history.  And HERE if you click on the second item from left to right, you can see the many buildings they have… this is one of them (translated with Google Translate)

And now let’s enjoy some images from their Instagram hashtag in Korean.  The first photo has Ilwoo there and comes via one of The Dream House creative directors: IG victoria_ism.

 

I wanted to picture him there a bit more, so I created these:

I like these… the green in these:

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I think this must have been inspiring to see to get ideas. It’s interesting how it is very little Korean as it looks very western.   The bags remind me of Harrod’s tea tins somehow.

What does your house of dreams look like? For me, My House of Dreams is not material, it is not another person. It is within me and I carry it wherever I go. It’s foundation is connected to universal energy… to GOD. My bedroom is peace, the studio/office is adventure, the kitchen is health and the living room is trust.  The garden is beauty. I work on keeping it clean. Sometimes fear shadows slip in with all their chaos, but I keep the windows open and let the light in. Shadows of fear are not real so they disintegrate when held in the light of truth.  I love how the light dissolves them into rainbows as they are swept away leaving stardust floating like fireflies…

Bossam Steal the Fate OST

August 9, 2021

Hello!  Here are the main songs of Bossam Steal the Fate’s OST.  I created  a page for each song with a video and both the Hangul and English translation.  This will be my last post at this website in August as I am traveling in two days until the end of the month!

Thank you for you continued support!  To delight in Jung Il woo one more time, here is a video fresh off the press! that highlights some of the music but most of all the impressive performance by Jung Il woo as Bawoo.

Playlist with the main tracks of the OST HERE.

Video with the OST:

 

Pages with each track in Hangul and English and video:

OST 1  “Just one day” (타이틀 단 하루만)

OST 2  “Love Song” (연가)

OST 3   “Song Of Destiny”

OST 4   “Angular Stones”

OST 5     “Along the Trail”

OST 6   “Song of Bawoo”

OST 7   “Collar”

OST 8  “Longest Night”

OST 9  “Very Beautiful”

 

Jung Il woo cancels his 2021 Fan Meeting due to the recent fires in Turkey.

August 3, 2021

Sadly, due to the fires in Turkey, Jung Il woo decided to cancel his Fan meeting.  This is the message from the Turkish Official Fan Club.

This was the description in English:

“Hello, we  are sorry to share this announcement  with you. we pray that the forest fires will end as soon as possible and Turkey will not suffer any damage.

We sincerely apologize to the fans who supported us during this process and awaited our event.

Ticket sales are now closed. For ticket refund processes and all your questions, please contact white_organisation.  You will be answered and taken care of with care and attention.”

It is so sad.  I pray all the terrible fires contained in Turkey soon.   Just saw some footage and maps and the fires there have spread towards the west too!   I pray they can contain it soon!  Something miraculous id that Istanbul, their capital is on the North.

I also pray for the fires in the US, Canada and Greece and the places we haven’t heard about.  Last year it was the Amazon in Brasil and Australia.  What does it take for us to act?

How do we act?  Because praying won’t be enough. How do we pressure the rich companies in this world, to the people in power, to change to more environmental friendly technology, products…   it starts with us, with our choices. Many of us still have the choice, of what we buy, how often we buy it.  What we eat, from where…  What transportation to use and how often…  every bit counts, for you and for me, for Jung Il woo, for all.

Ilwoo Ssi…  Of course you had to cancel, being the kind person your are.  Not wanting to add more pressure.  Other opportunities will be come… they are around the corner. You already know this!  It is time to re-group. And to nurture yourself.

Here are some videos… the last one is of the air quality in my home state.  One would never think one could be affected… but another consequence of fire is smoke and too much or it becomes air pollution, and air has no boundaries, it goes every where… and the smoke from California and Oregon and maybe even Canada came all the way into my home.  It definitely hit home for me!

Silent sigh.

 

 

 

Revisiting a Woo Delight!

July 29, 2021

I decided to place this in a post to make it easier for you to enjoy.  This post came as a consequence of two people related to Jung Il woo that are having birthdays today.  One his mom, another his fan.  Today I’ve thought of how amazing Jung Il woo’s mom is, not just helping raise this man into the wonderful human being that he is, but also for being so patient and kind as she encounters us, his fans!  This is something I witnessed in person and I will never forget!  Happy Birthday and may God bless you Mrs. Sim Yeon-Ok!

So as you delight in these beautiful images, think of all the work it must have taken to raise this person… I’ve always wondered how one gets chosen to be a mom… is it vibrational energy…? Is it total randomness?  Fate?  What ever it is… I will take a version that is more than fate or randomness… I believe that behind all that we see and experience is an intelligent energy, that places everything where it is meant to be.  Then think of all the situations in one’s life that helps you become who you are…

So now onto the factual information:  This is from 2015!  A Behind the Scenes look at the Photo Shoot for his 2016 Calendar. He told the story and created anticipation for his coming calendar through a section in Naver called StarCast.  Sadly, it doesn’t exist anymore!  Good thing I copied them all! ^ ^ Many of them are in the WOO Delight section in the main menu.

Here we go…

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Life is short and time flies… Ah, it’s so sad. There is no time!
“Will you tell me the way…? The way to get to your mind~?” How come days pass so fast like this…?

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Time, will you stop for a while? You go so fast~♪
The time flies so fans as if running away strangely if I’m with you like the lyric in the song… But! What can I do? 2015 seems to pass so fast too. Why? Since the Season Greeting that you would fall into Jung il woo every day for 365 days, 12 months, and for the year is prepared!

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Hello~?! My name is… Jung il woo.

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We’re at the shooting set scene of Jung il woo’s 2015 Season Greeting.
Does he look like a child that has put on name tag? Jung il woo looks vacantly~

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The A cut is perfect, the cuts that we will release today are behind cuts. Jung il woo looking vacant, dark, and like a child will be all released~
We selected unprecedented pictures that show various expressions of Jung il woo! So called, ‘pictures of Jung il woo that you may want to save, share, that won’t make you get bored even when you see them in different angles, and that you may wish to see again’

We exclusively release the scene of Jung il woo’s Season Greeting that was shot in top secret since November to only STARCAST! Please look forward to the 2015 Season Greeting which will contain plentiful new images of Jung il woo~

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Shooting test-cut lightly

Although white T-shirt and blue jeans don’t tell everything, isn’t the guy who fits well with them perfect? That guy is fashionista Jung il woo that makes your heart thump!

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This is an actor that expresses with eyes. Goodbye, the image of innocent guy that smiles like a fool. We shivered at his real guy’s charisma!

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He’s a real man~ He was so handsome! We thought he was going to steal female staff’s heart before stealing fans’ hearts…! But he had vanished while he went changing his clothes~ We found him for a long time. What was he doing at the dark place?

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Jung il woo looked relaxed going beyond the boundaries of being serious and going off the wall freely. He completed great style with the luminous stick like the light saber in Star Wars.

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Can you imagine how those humorous expression and luminous stick would be expressed in the Season Greeting photos?
We won’t tell you them now~

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Oh! This is great~! I really like it! HaHaHa~ So great!

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Curious Jung Il woo! King of being curious, Jung Il woo showed passion of shooting photos again and again after monitoring pictures that were taken and discussing it with the photographer. As you may know by seeing every photo of the Season Greeting photos, the shooting was progressed excitingly since Jung Il woo cared about everything!

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Wait a moment! Who is that lady with that beautiful back line checking pictures together by sticking out her head under Jung il woo’s luminous stick?!

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Excuse me… is this the place where obba Jung il woo gets photographed? Obba~

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A dinosaur appeared at the studio shaking its bottoms! She was Jung il woo’s pet, Jung Ah Woo who visited the scene of Jung il woo’s shooting set with her unique heavy walks. She looks like a dinosaur … but she was a Shar-pei dog called, Ah Woo, the youngest of Jung il woo’s family that gets loved from everywhere and who has charm that seems like to burst as much as her clothes.

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Ah Woo, did you come? How was I today?

Jung  Il woo gently looked down at Ah Woo with that expression of looking at someone and with great pose.

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You’re strange. Are you the guy that I know? You make me focus on you~♥

Thanks to Ah Woo that watched him quietly at the scene strangely since she’s a bad girl that messes the whole house, Jung il woo was able to get immersed in the shooting.

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What is this?
We’re happy and thankful that there are 365 days in 12 months and in a year. Are you ready to get your hearts stolen by Jung Il woo for 365 days? This is an image of Jung Il woo preparing to make different concepts for every month.

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We emphasize two and three times that these pictures are just test-cuts and B cuts~ The actual Season Greeting that would be produced plentifully with best cuts… We will save our words!

Since the piece contains Jung Il woo’s soul as much as it would hurt our mouths if we express about it~

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Jung il woo and Ah Woo finally reunited. The dinosaur clothes were prepared several days before in order to bring her to the studio! He should take a commemorative picture with his sibling since she came to this place, right?

“Isn’t Ah Woo so pretty?”

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Ah Woo~ don’t be nervous and be confident!
Please look forward to the 2015 Season Greeting since there is the month which Jung il woo would show up with Ah Woo more specially! Woo siblings competed inwardly to be photographed well compared to Ah Woo~!

Did you see the real guy’s images of being strange, vivid, and full of smiles through the slightly released scene?

“Everyone…, You guys must brace yourselves since Jung Il woo would get every women’s minds in next year too!”

Oh! Were you curious of one thing while reading this STARCAST posting? No, way~ he’s Jung Il woo?! He only filmed at the studio? No, you’ve guessed right. It is true that photos are taken well when those are shot here and there. We slightly release the exclusive making scene!!!

(Added extra to the Starcast: My stills from the video.)

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How was the making video? Did you enjoy it?
Everything such as package calendar <Jung il woo’s 2015 Season Greeting> that is pre-sold starting from today (December, 12th, Friday), postcard that contains Jung il woo’s handwritten message, and poster are prepared. Then today’s STARCAST will end with the ‘diabolic making video’ that will make you smile like a mom and that will make you want to do save screens. Let’s meet again. Goodbye=3
Writing/Picture/Video= Jung il woo & official homepage (jungilwoo.com)


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That translation… Diabolic?  What?!  No way… more like angelic!  It did make me smile like a mom though!  ^ ^ I wonder if his mom smiled seeing this?

Jung Il Woo’s Ending Comments about Bossam

In  a Dispatch article from July 5th, 2021, Jung Il woo expressed his ending comments about participating in the drama Bossam Steal the Fate.

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“A work that was both a challenge and an adventure”… Jung Il-woo, ‘Bossam’ Ending Comments

Source: Dispatch

Actor Jung Il-woo said goodbye to MBN’s Saturday drama ‘Bossam – Stealing Destiny’ (played by Kim Ji-soo and Park Chul, directed by Kwon Seok-jang, hereinafter ‘Bossam’).

On the 5th, ‘Bossam’ shared his thoughts on Jung Il-woo’s drama ending. Jung Il-woo expressed his heartfelt regret to leave ‘Bossam’ and his sincere affection for his work.

First, “For me, ‘Bossam’ was a challenge and an adventure. It is a work that gave me the opportunity to learn and feel a lot, and to grow both as an actor and as a person.”

Jung Il-woo takes on the role of ‘Bau’, a subsistence boss. A person who lives as a bossamman while hiding the identity of a yangban. He’s a life at the bottom of nothing he hasn’t done to survive.

He gained rave reviews as a historical drama veteran. Through the bow, the charm of a rough man and the heartbreaking story hidden in it were perfectly expressed. He captivated viewers with his desperate romance.

Jung Il-woo said about his breathing with Kwon Yu-ri (as Ongju Soo-kyung), “As we became more comfortable with each other, ‘steamed acting’ came out.

He handed the ball to coach Kwon Seok-jang. “The first credit is the director. The director’s detailed direction was able to maximize the emotional line,” he said.

Jung Il-woo said, “Thank you for the love of many people.

Finally, “The result of my best efforts received a good evaluation, so it was able to become another valuable work for me. Thank you again,” he added.

Jung Il-woo has been challenging all genres, such as ‘The Moon Embracing the Sun’, ‘The Night Watchman’s Journal’, ‘Haechi’, and the play ‘Elephant Song’. He showed an enterprising acting transformation. Looking forward to his next.

Meanwhile, ‘Bossam’ wrote a new history by recording the highest viewership rating since the opening of MBN. It ended on the 4th, breaking its own highest ratings of 9.8% and the highest of 11.2% nationwide.

[Dispatch = Reporter Song Su-min]

Bossam Steal the Fate Episode 20. Photo and Video Recap.

This episode aired on July 4, 2021.  Spoiler alert!

This day was Independence Day for us Americans… well Bossam is not something I wanted to be independent from!  But it had to end sometime…

Favorite part…?  It’s pretty obvious for this last episode.  what could beat that light by the ocean and Jung Il woo?  I don’t think anything in this human world could.  My best dreams with him are always by the ocean… the water… the sun… him…!   This ending was so sweet… so cinderella like that it did not disappoint even without a kiss.

Sigh…

The rest of the MBN videos from this episode can be found HERE.

MBN Stills

I’m starting with the best…

And again to maintain the order…

And they lived happily ever after!

The End.

Wait… I still have my captures!   I made 117 captures… yeah you could say I was saying goodbye.