(winter of 2012) Spoiler Code: GREEN
Two things led me to this drama:
- My success with Gourmet, and how much I miss it.
- Ji Chang Wook and how cute he is ;p
Bachelor’s Vegetable Store is based on a true story. Lee Young-Suk started selling vegetables on a tiny store, and now has more than 30 stores in all Korea; he made his dreams come true with effort and great imagination. Like almost all true stories-based dramas, its bound to have its slow parts or those cliche ones that are there not because it really happened, but for the sake of complicating the plot -not always very successful at it though.
Synopsis: From early youth, Han Tae-Yang’s dream was to have his own vegetable store. He grew up poor, with his younger sister, and a grandmother who taught them all kinds of tricks to survive. He had a best friend Jin Jin-Sim, a girl who kissed him in front of all the boys who were teasing him because he was poor; she told him, the kiss was so that everyone would remember him as Tae-Yang who was kissed rather than Tae-Yang who was poor. One day, a tragedy befalls him and Jin Jin-Sim; a set of unfortunate events ensue when Tae-Yang fears losing Jin Jin-Sim (who is orphan) to another family. Jin Jin-Sim’s friend Mal Ga-On wants her to leave with her and her mother, but something terrible happens and Mak Ga-On cannot be found. Years later Tae-yang is a cheerful young man, with the determination of having his own vegetable store. He finds work at a vegetable market, and meets a girl named Mok Ga-On. -JADEEYES
I started this drama hoping to feel the same way I felt while watching Gourmet years ago (I still remember)… warm, happy, and like I could do anything with my life. Where is the next cooking contest? Im there… art school? Nah Im going to be a Chef!!
When I watched the first episode I didn’t even bother finishing it, I got bored and started watching something else. Yep, Im not going to sugarcoat anything for you… I GOT BORED. But, I later went back, and got hooked on Han Tae Yang and his cheerfulness and endurance… he puts a smile on my face, and makes me want to eat pancakes… err… with vegetables 😀
Plus, after watching one particular scene at the market where he starts working, I was left wondering whether or not the entire story is true… all complications add it, all sub-plots, ALL Tae Yang!
Im not one to get hooked on eye-candy… ONLY! :p I do love to watch a drama because the story is captivating, and Bachelor’s Store is more than captivating. It has become a warm place where I can go and feel like I can reach my dreams too! 😀
Thinking back at how I first started Gourmet; I also got bored with it during the first couple of episodes, so I dropped it. Later I went back to watch it because of Kim Rae Won and how incredible he is as an actor (I don’t even have words). I regretted dropping it the first time; literally, I was in love with it. I couldn’t see a flaw for the love of God, I was blind to others criticism of Nam Sang Min supposedly overacting, and I re-watched it within two months of having completed it. Not to turn this into a “WATCH GOURMET” post, like I said before, I went back to watch BVS; I realized I might just love it as much as Gourmet … and I do! Minus the typical Korean complications of fake daughters, and evil mothers. -_-
BVS is not a drama for you to sit on the edge of your chair, or laugh uncontrollably like a maniac. This drama is for you to learn about perseverance, and the meaning of having a dream. It gets sappy, I know, but it makes you think about the things you haven’t done; did you really tried your best? It makes you want to run out of your house and not stop until you reach a point. Which point? I don’t know… let’s find out. 😉
It is a drama to get inspired and learn from… and, even when I drop the first episode, I end up loving this kind of dramas because I’m all for following your dreams and never giving up until you are dead. Add to that, this being a true story makes it the more touching! So I like to think that I didn’t actually drop the first episode, but put it on hold until I got around to realizing it was a keeper!!
If you are the kind of person who likes “make it happen” stories, then Bachelor’s Vegetable Store is for you.
If you don’t wish to watch for this guy,
… or this guy,
Then watch for the right reasons :p Tae Yang achieving his dream, and the ways he tries to make it happen!!
For whatever reason you choose, Bachelor’s Vegetable Store is a drama that will leave you with a sense of pride and commitment. You will want to eat vegetables all day long… or pancakes 😉
We do not have a review on this drama yet, as it has not finished airing -almost ending -_- Here is a link to the MDL page with basic info on the drama and cast, enjoy!