A Koala’s Playground Turns One

In the blink of an eye, I’ve been blogging at the playground for a year now. June 8th is also another personal moment for me, but in the blog world it’s considered a bloggerversary. Over the past year, it’s been a pleasure sharing thoughtful and enthusiastic discourse about dramas and other sundry entertainment-related topics with new and old friends alike.

I watch dramas because I find them both entertaining and thought-provoking,Β which areΒ sometimes mutually exclusive when it comes to various dramas I’ve watched over the years. I love what I do, and I’ll continue to do it as long as I love it. I want to thank every lurker and commenter for spending time reading my ramblings. I don’t have any presents to giveaway, so I thought I’d answer some common reader questions over the past year instead.

Where are you from: Born in a country in Asia, raised in the US

Where are you now: US – Pacific Standard Time

How many languages do you know: I am fluent in 3 languages, conversational in 2 more

What is your favorite K-drama: City Hall

What is your favorite TW-drama: Sunny Happiness

What is your favorite J-dorama: Pride and Nobuta wo Produce

Do you follow K-pop: No

Why are you a Koala: I have no clue

What subject matter at AKP do you know most about: Mangas

The first K-drama you watched: Seodongyeo

First K-drama crush: Jo Hyun Jae

First J-dorama crush: Yamapi

First TW-drama crush: Zai Zai (Vic Zhou)

Do you like to read: I love to read, my Kindle is constantly by my side

How many hits do you get a day: Between 50,000 to 60,000

Do you work: Yes

Do you sleep: Yes, I get my beauty sleep

Are you three people pretending to be one person: No πŸ˜€

And with that concludes the Koala-version of 21-questions. I am exceedingly unsentimental and hate birthdays, anniversaries, and all forms of milestone celebrations when it comes to myself, so this will likely be the first and last time I mark off a year gone by at the playground. It’s been a wild ride and I’ve loved every minute of it – the cheers and the jeers. So here’s a toast, to everyone, for making this endeavor so much fun for me.


A Koala’s Playground Turns One — 273 Comments

  1. Congrats!! Or is Happy Birthday??
    Oh well we’ll go with Happy Bloggerversary πŸ™‚
    I found your blog during 49 days &since then been addicted. I love how your blog carters to not just k-dramas bt tw &J as well which I love too.
    I love your crushes. Mines is Yamapi too &Nobuta wo Produce one of my faves. Kame, Maki &Yamapi were so cute. Where I became a diehard Maki &YaMaki fan <3
    Love Zai Zai too…

    Anyways again happy bloggerversary πŸ™‚

  2. congratulations! and i thank u for starting this blog bcoz you’re very thorough and very engaging in everything that you right. thank you for sharing your thoughts and more to come! πŸ™‚

  3. Hello Ms. Koala!

    Long long time no see… How are you??
    You probably are wondering who on earth is this chick… XD and if you even know me… XD The answer to the first one is = I was here as a PKer.. The answer to the other one= no you don’t… but in my delusional fantasy based on one tiny mention you did once, then yes you do. πŸ™‚

    Anyhow… Life has taken over completely (this is like the most critical pt in my life or smth…) so that’s why I don’t have time to do anything anymore, including blogging… but since your blog is one i have a particular fondness for, it’s one of the few indulgences i give myself, lurking from time to time although I dont have time to comment anymore.. you’d be surprised by the magical effect of cheering me up from a slump just by reading, or even just skimming through your one of your posts.

    All this ramble… in short to say, thank you for blogging… and happy bloggerversary!!!

    • also… Itadakimasu… if you happen to be still here… I STILL haven’t forgotten about our chatroom… will get to it one day… (I hate not finishing something I set my mind to do), when I get my life back.

      • v! you’re here!!! omo, i missed you. itadakimasu and i (and some more chingus) are constantly in touch and i will make sure that she reads your message. *hugs*

        sooooo good to see you!

      • hi chingoo! *virtual bear hug* Im getting a bit teary… missed you too!! so good to see you. what’s ur new fav addiction now?

      • OMGGGG V!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        ugh.. i hope you read this message… hehe since i’m not getting AKP notifications anymore.. it’s harder to keep track of posts and chat around like we all did during PK period… about a year ago already^^

        missed you sooo much! And you know what we said to each other each and every single post, so dearest dongsaeng, don’t you worry about that!!!
        I’m so sooo happy to hear from you and that you remember me and our crazy chatroom still!

        Gambatte~ne Chingu!!

      • ok i wanted to keep this short but i can’t… in case you read this, also wanted to say….

        i had to blink twice when i saw your avatar and nick hhahahhaha… like: “is that really v??? THE V???? ^^

      • adding another random post… it’s so happy to post again and see these familiar avatars and nicks around!!!!! getting teary bout that too!!!…been a bit of a looney lately (along with many MANY others i guess) with all the Kim Hyun Joong stuff flying around!!!! heh, this is adding a bit to the crazy!!!

        (and i’m so hoping that you’re gonna read this so i’m not having this monologue for nothing xD)

      • ok sorry one last thing… i already posted a thank-you but… Koala thank you so much again for this little place of happiness!!! Although it’s almost midnight, finding this right here just makes my day x)

      • V!!!!!!! I finally checked my soompi and saw you replied so bad of me for not checking. i hope your finals are alright! πŸ™‚
        we’ve missed you lots πŸ™‚

      • sheeesh ok, one more additon: i just went to our chatroom.. haha feeling nostalgic. gonna have to read and save the stuff when i have time (i always felt i have to go there and just copy and save it, but somehow… it feels like time is not right to do so x))

      • @JJ
        kkk.. XD XD
        don’t worry too much about not checking… I’m awfully terrible with correspondence myself so I can’t say I’m in any position to blame you… πŸ™‚ My finals were quite alright, thank you for asking… (did I somewhere complain to u about my finals? -_-” haha… sorry I vented…). Miss all of you guys loads as well! ^^
        And you’re such a darling for dropping by to say hello to me, even after all this while!

        Major LOL >.<
        I came here not sure if you would read my comment since I don't know if you still hang around here still but since dearest yeisha assured me she was still in contact with you, I had some sort of hope but I didn't expect this MANY comments… haha.. looks like our habit of always having things to say and add did not go much away, even after one year (gasp!!! really??). Quite frankly, I'm not sure it'll EVER be gone in my case… I am usually the quiet stoic type but I can be such a chatterbox when unleashed. πŸ™‚ (and especially with my online persona… yes, I'm different online and in real life… although the older I get, the more the two personas tend to mesh up… I become more loose in my behavior in real life, and a little bit more mature online and oh dear… I just started rambling again. :\) [edit: btw, the following content might be a tad too incoherent because all i did was copy and paste your answers and reply to them as they go… ]

        Yes, I'm reading your message. ^^ I'm not about to say hey to you, and then not reply back when you favor me with an answer am I? That would be at the height of discourtesy… ^^ although quite frankly, that IS exactly what I did with our chatroom. πŸ™
        dear me… I STILL can't get over the fact that it's been nearly a year… missed you sooo much too! so very very very much!! (have u finally watched MGIAG? or u always have watched it and I'm mixing you up with someone else.. in that case, ignore me). I also forgot I was a dongsaeng…. until I remembered all the wise advices you gave me about how I would change as I mature and I was like DUH… it just that what I remembered more about you was that you felt so much more like a chingoo that I've known for as long as forever…. ^^ and I have to say that since then, I haven't had the luxury to meet someone else with whom I poured as much out of myself as with you. haha.

        Of course I still remember you and our "crazy" chatroom!! haha… I wouldn't have come up with the world crazy myself but reading it.. it does feel quite an accurate word to describe it..

        well… I wanted to keep this short as well but looks like I'll have to resign myself to rambling…
        quite honestly, I had to blink a bit too when I saw your reply… I wasn't sure you'd do so but I thought I should at least let you know about my intention (and hopefully eventual completion) of replying

        Yes, I'm feeling so happy too to see most of the pkers still here… we were really an enthusiastic bunch weren't we?? haha. to be honest, I have been quite a bit out of the KHJ phase for a while now… although I always come back to him… my obsession for him is seasonal… lately, the only thing I can afford to do is skimming through all the news, and fast forwarding when watching dramas [news regarding to Suju is an exception… -_-" fans are not got Everlating Friends for nothing you know… seems like I'm stuck with SJ for life. btw, if I recall right, you like siwonnie right? r you excited about Extravagant challenge? I have to say after rereading Skip Beat (which I owe I ought not to have done but did so anyway… at the expense of studying and of several all nighters… I'm mighty excited for it… I didn't like Skip beat the first time around (well, towards the end anyways) but the second time around did the trick. by the by, do u have any interest in mangas?)
        I'm hoping you read this too… although to be quite frank, I'm content as well if you didn't and I had a monologue… I sort of NEED this… haven't poured myself out in a long… it's been bubbling up for a while and it's quite relieving to have this monologue.. in fact, in some way, i sort of wish it WAS a monologue… I'm quite embarrassed by this outpouring… plus I'm not sure if I can prevent another chatroom forming. -_-"
        Feel free to ignore my comment. In a way, it would b welcomed.

        Oh dear… you're right to thank Koala… did I just turn this post about thanking HER to all about me, me, me?! *head drops*
        Sorry Ms. Koala… but really, thank you so much for this blog.

        Haha.. you make me want to go back to our chatroom as well! (dont tempt me please… i have as little self control as I cannot afford to have already… )… it was good epic stuff wasn't it? XD It went from silly things like spazzing, to venting, to sharing experiences and discussing life and love… XD (btw, if you don't mind me asking… any progress on the latter?)
        wonder what you mean by it not being right to save the chatroom? maybe because it is too private and personal information to keep?
        and wow… that was short… NOT. again, feel absolutely free to IGNORE this whole thing. I'm almost tempted to order you to do so…

      • @lulybunny
        Never too late!! especially to be so nice too me!
        Seriously, I’m so touched by all of you welcoming me!
        Hello there to you too! XD so good of you to say hi to me.. You made me very happy!
        Missed you and im so glad you passed by. ^^

      • Hello V. You don’t know me but I’m butting in because I saw you talk about Skip Beat!
        I’m also excited about it! Just wondering… Do you happen to know when it is going to air?
        Also, have you seen the trailer? It seriously exceeded my expectations.

      • Koala, I am so sorry… I didn’t know posting the link would result in an embedded video. πŸ™ I am relatively new to this site.

      • Hi kk. Nice to meet you. N don’t hesitate to “butt in”! I always welcome talks about dramas, entertainment in general, etc. and I never deny spazzing about SJ. ^^
        Yes, I’ve seen the trailer. (but no, I dont know when the drama will air, sorry. Wonnie and Hae are scheduled to finish filming end of june, so I expect it to be either july or august.. not very precised, I know).
        Honestly, as much as I anticipated Extravagant Challenge, I also dreaded it at the same time… cuz as much as I love sj… it’s absolutely NO guarantee that i’ll like a drama they are in. And also, I was worried a bit about Hae because his real character is as far as Shou as it can be and he has always played the nice guy, either in Attacks of the gominam, or It’s Daddy’s daughter… As for wonnie, he is practically a live Ren anyways (well, the Ren celebrity persona in any case), he even looks a bit caucasian like (SPOILER SPOILER ren is supposed to be SPOILER).
        so all in all, I wasn’t sure I wanted the boys to be in a bad drama and I wasn’t sure skip beat would translate into a good drama… BUT all that said… the trailer made me really hopeful!
        I’ve always liked Ivy and she looks like she would be able to play a likeable Kyoko, despite Kyoko’s antics. I even like Bianca’s chemistry with Ivy in the trailer… I never thought I would say this but looks like I might like Bianca as Kanae. As for the boys… man, I was taken aback at how PERFECT Hae was as Shou (in the trailer in any case)… I never expected it of him… I didn’t think he had it in him honestly. He fits the role even more than wonnie although siwon definitely has the star aura Ren has… I wonder how they’ll end the drama though… the anime ending was kind of dissastifying and I really liked the Cain siblings arc of the manga but I doubt the drama will include that part. πŸ™
        Also, at first, I didn’t know what to think of the boys speaking a mix of korea and chinese… but in the end, I think that’s much better than dubbed voices. Plus, I can understand both languages (at least the basics) so I don’t have a problem with them using korean. and wow… sorry.. I just made a major spazzing there…

      • Thank you for including me. πŸ™‚
        I also love talking about entertainment, and I like mangas especially. I also like Super Junior as well but like you said, my liking does not as a shield against bad acting, or a bad drama. And I completely loved it that you spazzed about Skip Beat.
        BTW, I’m new so I’m not sure but is there a rule against off topic conversations here like in soompi or other places? Since you apologized so many times, I wonder if we might get into trouble for talking about Skip Beat!
        I hope not because I also want to spazz with you!

      • V!!!!!! :):):) buahahahahahah you’re making it really hard not to reply… hahaha with all those questions and info -_______-

        …. ugh, don’t know what to do, want to reply but i’m at work right now so not gonna attend to your message this moment anyways! And I don’t want you to feel pressured or have urges to go crazy here again ….. x(
        Do know I’m HAPPY to hear back from you (and the extend of your message x)) and don’t come back if real life is too crazy!!!

        ah and btw, we’ll most likely be watching Extravagant challenge together… whether actively or passively πŸ˜‰

        … Annyeong Chingu!!

      • SHEEEESH ok… so i started typing away and it turns out that i really haven’t changed a single bit either… πŸ™
        but since this post is about koala’s anniversary and i feel embarrassed about the amount of info I’m about to drop… I’m just gonna head over the chatroom and post my essay -____- there.
        again, don’t go over there and/or reply if life doesn’t let you^^ in a way, I’m selfishly replying for me (as I too can not NOT return a β€œfavor” either) UGH

      • Oh crap, I think I just lured you to the chatroom πŸ™ (just read your sentence about not tempting you to go over there…) sheeeesh MI AN MI AN MI AN!!!!! πŸ™ πŸ™ :(…
        Ignore these messages !!!!!!!!!!!

      • lol… too late… I already WENT there anyways.. XD (i was half joking about you tempting me… so dont feel too guilty. πŸ™‚ plus it’s the weekend) Even though you told me to ignore your message… honestly, it’s quite hard to. sigh.
        can’t believe i got back to the right post on the first try…. I didn’t think i would remember where our chatroom was but I did…

        aw…. now that you said you typed a reply, I selfishly WANT to read it… -_-” haha… but you probably deleted it by now… πŸ™
        if you still have it, feel free to post it here. or at the chatroom.

        you know what.. maybe i should just make a wordpress just for our “chatting” (aka essay writing)… but i think maybe that would take out the fun (??).

        Anyhow, that’s lots of πŸ™ you made there… don’t feel guilty about it. And you can count on me to actively watch Extravagant Challenge (honestly, I cannot NOT be active where SJ is concerned…)

  4. Wow, with the quality of your blog, I though you would have bloggin longer.

    Congratulations & Well Done! A million Thanks to you for the pleasure and entertainment you’v e given me and you thousands of other readers.

    Your J- and TW-actor ‘crushes’ are my favourites, too. And I so love City Hall.

    To many more years of blogging…

  5. Thanks for all the wonderful recaps and also all the detailed expose of the previews and opinions. Have a nice and great year of enjoying more gd dramas to come.

    Have a great year!

  6. Congrats – you have a great blog that’s my cup of tea!! I think I’ve visited your blog for as long as you’ve been around!! he he…and I’ve been faithful too!! But I am so naive… me thinks koala is located DownUnder Australia!! ha ha thinking you have a penchant for koala!! I never ask but just assumed you’re an asian living in aussie land. Guess I’m so wrong ! Want you to know – you provide me and lots of others lots of enjoyment – getting our K-fix or T-fix!! Thanks a bunch & your efforts and literary skill is much appreciated and valued! Cheers!!

  7. Sheng ri kuai le! Chukae! FΓ©licitations! Congratulations!

    Let’s cross fingers for this Playgroung to last many, many more years!

  8. Otsukare! Koala your’e amaizing! Work and family and kids and dramas and the blog… Wow, just wow… it’s good to see that u have the time for a beauthy sleep… pls do tell me/us how you manage. make it our present for the next aniversary. wish u all the best!

  9. Congratulations on your first bloggerversary, koala! I mentioned in the past that while waiting for your recaps I’ve been reading your past posts. Well, I think I’ve gone through all your posts already, and just wait for new ones to come (stalker-like). So, thanks for all your insightful, funny, entertaining, swoon-generating recaps. And although this is also tinged with very selfish motives, I sincerely hope you will have more b-versaries to come!

  10. Happy bloggerversary, to you.
    Happy bloggerversary, to you.
    Happy bloggerversary, Koalas playground,
    Happy bloggerversary, to you.

    LOL, hey if Marilyn Monroe chant, to JFK, I can do it to, right? I hope the glass don’t get broken!!

  11. Congratulations Koala for the 1 year anniversary!!!!

    Its kinda amazing TODAY is your Anniversary because Coincidentally Todays is SS501’s Anniversay also as well as today is HyunJoong’s solo debut!!!!!

    It seems June 8 is such an important day!!!

  12. Congrats!! Ockoala…thanks for being here for us..

    I can’t remember how I found your blog but recently I visit your playground almost everyday!!

    I can’t believe your fav K-drama is CITY HALL!! It’s is my type too


  13. Congratulations Koala, thanks for the hard work and the love for kdramas… you don’t know how you saved my days these last few gloomy days of my life… You have been a sunlight in the nights that seemed to be undending for me… Kamsahamnida… I hope you will just go on and on… πŸ˜€

  14. KUDOS to you madame koala… here’s wishing you more years of fantastic blogging and sharing those amazing views to us your loyal readers…i thought you’ve been blogging for more than a year already, am glad to know I discovered you shortly after you started…i was just a shy lurker then…hehehe

    Happy Bloggersary and always remember, we love you!!! muwahhhhhhhhhh

  15. Congratulations! I love your blog even though I get lost on Manga verbage but otherwise I love what you write and how expressive you are. Glad I found you. Yay, West coast, me too.

  16. CONGRATS!! to whatever the celebration for… is it birthday? or is it anniversary??

    Thank you soooo much for everything you’ve done for this blog, to satisfied our hunger of K-Drama. How you must struggled with your private life but on the same time you manage the time to give us a fabulous recap of us…

  17. Happy blogversary!
    Thank you for giving up so much of your time and talent to do this blog, you are a blessing!
    May you have more anniversaries and blog hits to come!

  18. Happy blogversary! just wanna to let u know tt i am really happy to have found your playground …wish u happy always with all ur love 1…n keep up the good job…

  19. Congrats Koala…. i love city hall too. no wonder im sticking to your blog ever since i discovered it. :D.

    Wish you more years in providing us recap…… let’s watch drama together for more wonderful years πŸ™‚

  20. congratulations and happy bloggy-versary! thanks for all the sweet (and sometimes crazy) times in your playground and for everything that you do.

    cheers! kanpai! salud! here’s to many, many more years of drama watching and spazzing. *pops a virtual bubbly for ockoala and all the playground chingus* πŸ˜‰

  21. Congrats to my beloved and awesome Koala, ive had such fun reading your posts and recaps, pls keep them coming!! Love ya πŸ™‚

  22. Congratulation… Happy 1 year Blogerversary.. Since Playfull Kiss I always read your recap, but I haven’t comment anything yet, but since Marry me, Mary I was encouraging myself to comment at your pages because it turn out to be exciting as I have read all the comments here. I wish you always healthy and you can recap your favourite Kdrama which is now to be one of my favourite drama too (Lie to me and Best Love for Kdrama, Drunken To Love You for Tdrama) πŸ™‚
    Anyway, can you tell me, are you decide not to recap City Hunter anymore? I also love this drama too, but you only recap this drama only until episode 2.
    OK then.. Once again Congratulation Ockoala… Love you…

  23. Congratulations, Koala unni! And thanks for providing a place for drama-crazies like me to play!

    P.S. Congratulations on the graduation of your little koalas, too!

  24. Congratulations Captain Ockoala!!! \O/

    Cheers to this wonderful blog of yours that because of this i was able to meet sweet,nice and awesome virtual friends from around the globe in our lovely ship GG forum. And for this I thank you very, very much. I wish you more success in the future dramas you’re going to feature in the more years to come! You’re the best Captain!!!

    Oh and ZZ, City Hall, Nobuta wo produce….. me likey too!

  25. Hehehe~ hw u noe u got a lurkers~~ im one of dem.. and i juz wanna wish u a
    Happy blogversary~ heheheh~ And thanks for all ur recaps… I enjoy all ur
    recaps tremendously.. with screencaps and ur tots in it as well~

    Keep on goin~~ Hwaiiting~ or Jiayou~ c”,)

  26. Koala.. Shukahaeyo!!! Thanks a lot for your happiness sharing from your love of drama (as same as me). Wish you the more and more happiness in your drama world.

  27. happy anniversary!!!!!!
    btw, love the baner…nice couples..esp Geuns n LTM couple (they hav same outfit colors) πŸ™‚

  28. congratulations !

    just want to let you know that we enjoy your blog.

    happy blogversary

    We appreciate you and your efforts for making this blog!

    your the best! and thank you.

  29. Felicitations! May there be many more. Love your ramblings – some are so acidic and hiliarious, while some are what’s on my mind too. Keep them coming. Thanks.

  30. Koala, Chukahae! ^___^
    funny, but I had this weird assumption that you’re living in Australia because of ‘koala’, lol.
    i really like your blog, especially your posts on taiwan dramas [i rely on you for those]. keep writing and happy blogsary!

  31. saeng-il chuka-e to your blog.. hope that you’ll continue to recap more amazing dramas in the future.. πŸ˜‰

  32. Happy 1st bloggerversary, Your Koala Highness! I have enjoyed reading your posts over the last few months. I wish you all the best and look forward to more of your lovely writing.

  33. happy bloggerversary Koala! πŸ™‚ (i’m one of the many lurkers of this site πŸ™‚ ) we are so greatful for sharing your love on dramas, it is much appreciated….Godbless! πŸ™‚

  34. Thank you for your hard work for the past 1 year… I really enjoy your blog a lot when I 1st found your blog just few months ago… Now your blog is my no. 1 website that I browse everyday… To get the juice of the every drama you blog about… Hope there are many more years to come…

  35. Hi Koala,

    Congrats on your 1st anniversary. I chanced upon your website just a few weeks ago when I was searching for info on LTM. Since then, I have been visiting your blog several times a day.. I have to admit, it’s mainly for more news on LTM.. Yup.. I am one of the addicts to this drama and have no idea why.. ahaha.. Thanks for your super fast updates and insightful and humorous recaps.. Keep blogging for our sake and also because you enjoy it, yah? =)

  36. One day , just like any other , with teacup & biscuit in hand , I danced & skipped & chanced upon a secret door . Having never ventured into anything like this before , I opened ..very cautiously , slightly afraid .
    I heard happy chatter & gigglely peals of laughter & lotsa busy feet jostling around.
    I opened some more…& there before me , a delightful mesmerising playground of Koalas just havin’ fun Fun & more FUN!
    Day by Day ,the lively banter , the cheerful friendliness , the sweet camaraderie beckoned and finally ,toe by toe i inched out into the playground.
    Many stars & moons later , a satisfied & happy * sigh!* koala swings there daily with plenty of wonderful sweet chingu koala pals !
    There..the koala with the jade butterfly hair-clip ? Thats me. The Tiger-shaped pendant I’m wearing? Some pals at the playground gave it to me! * Love*
    Thank you Mama Koala for your Welcome ,your insightful & Fun chatter , your Lovely Warm Playground & most of all , the beautiful pals that came with it !!
    *Smoochy Kisses & tight Bear Hugs *

  37. Happy 1st bloggerversary πŸ™‚
    I’ve came to Koala land since I watched 49 Days and found your beautiful recap here. Just wanna say thank you for spending your time sharing your thought with us ^^

  38. Happy anniversary! Hope you continue blogging your drama passions coz I really love your writingsand ramblings. I may not always agree with your drama picks but wants to read you blog nonetheless.. More power!!

  39. happy 1st bloggerversary! you dont know how grateful i am for all your blogging! please please please continue your wonderful blog! <3

  40. Congratulations to Koala’s Playground, happy 1st year Anniversary to your blog. I day won’t be complete without it. I’m so happy I got to know and play in it. Thanks!

  41. Koala! Happy Anniversary to you! I wish you many many more. I absolutely love your blog and your affection for not only kdramas but jdoramas and twdramas as well. You rock! Keep up the awesome work <3

  42. Happy anniversary koala! happy to meet this site that mirrors myself in your type and interest in drama.. let me guess.. your a CANCER, right?

  43. Happy 1st bloggerversary Ms. Koala, I’m mostly a lurker here at you playground… I chanced upon this playground while looking for info on Playfull kiss… and since then I have lurking here everyday… Thanks for sharing things that you love with us…

  44. Congrats! You have made our life so much more colorful with all your information on the lovely and interesting dramas.

  45. Dear koala, congrats on your 1st bloggerversary..
    thanx for bringing joy and happiness to me through your recaps..
    keep it up dear πŸ˜€

  46. Congratulations for your 1st blogger anniversary Koala…
    Thanks for giving great recaps so far and make my days more colourful..

    Keep fighting Koala..

  47. Congrats, Koala-san!

    I’ve been camping in your playground since LTM Ep 1. I hope you don’t mind.
    I love J-dorama (e.g. Kimutaku dramas & Nodame series) and mangas as well. But I have not really interested in T-drama before, so your blog is sort of open my mind that T-drama are worth watched too.
    Thanks! Arigatou! Komawo!

  48. Hey! What can I say, I love you.
    Been visiting your playground for a while already.
    Can’t remember when I first stumbled in.
    Thank you sooooooo much! Muacks.
    Happy Anniversary Koala!

  49. Joyeux blog anniversaire Melle KOALA, merci pour tous vos recapitulatifs, actuellement je ne regarde que LTM et votre blog m’aide Γ  patienter jusqu’au prochain Γ©pisode. Merci encore
    P.S : moi aussi, jusqu’a maintenant, mon Kdrama favoris est city hall

    (Happy Blog Birthday Miss KOALA, thank you for all your racaps. Currently, I’m only addicted on LTM and your blog helps me waiting till the next episode . Thank you again
    P.S: me too, till now, my favorite Kdrama is city hall)

  50. Happy anniversary Koala san!
    I love your blog, well you and dramabeans are my top favorites.
    Let me tell you the years will fly by and before you know it will be your seventh anniversary, Yahooo! time really flies when your having this much fun.

  51. how far you’ve come in just a year! i’m a silent lurker, actually, but i’ve been here since day1** and i want to say.. a heartfelt thank you, for giving me and all of us here many moments of happy reading, and laughing, and spazzing. thanks for sharing with us your thoughts. can you imagine that? you’ve developed a following just based on your amazingly funny wit and your thoughts that go everywhere. it truly speaks to your credit how big the community on AKP has become! πŸ˜€ congratulations, your koalan highness! πŸ˜€

    **okay, maaaaaybe day20–something. πŸ˜›

  52. Happy anniversary! I really enjoy reading your blog.
    Please DO keep writing, I’m constantly and impatiently waiting for your amazing creations.

  53. Congratulations koala! I don’t always leave comments behind but I’m a regular visitor of your blog and I love it! May your passion for dramas never end hee πŸ™‚
    PS Nobuta is one of my super favorite jdramas as well.

  54. Congrats and thank you. Just started lurking on your blog quite recently. Happy to say its nice and enjoyable playing here at ur playground. Cheers ^v^

  55. Happy bloggerversary Koala! Been lurking around your playground since Dream High days. I admire your enthusiasm and dedication and your advanced skills in many languages :D. I love your recaps!

  56. Happy anniversay, Koala. I find your blog very well written and love your fun twists to what you see. Enjoy reading them. Love your recaps.

  57. only 1 year? it seems longer than that. no need for giveaways. your recaps, ranting and thoughts, basically the way you express yourself is what i appreciate most. happy first bloggerversary!

  58. Happy Bloggerversary Koala!

    I started reading your blog a few weeks ago and now I’m hooked. I enjoy your work, specifically your recaps and commentaries, you’ve given me hours and hours of pure reading fun. Maraming Salamat at Mabuhay!


    it was such a honour to get to now more about you regards to the answered questioned above.

    have been 7 months i followed your blog and am going to continue to do so. thanks for all the recaps and post which done through your hard work. appreciate it so much and keep’ em coming.

    last but not least,

    just enjoy yourself in everything you do & have a wonderful year ahead.

  60. Been visiting your playground for a while now but have never commented. Finally doing it just to wish you a Happy 1st Bloggerversary! May you continue to do what you do and keep us koala fans happily reading your blogs everyday!

  61. Congrats Koala!!! And many many many thank for sharing your playground with us. I’m a blogger myself so I know how much our blog means to us..Wishing your playground more years to come!!!Cheerssss!!! πŸ™‚

  62. Congratulations Captain! Happy 1st blogger anniversary! (^__^)

    Thank you for welcoming and inviting us to your very entertaining, informative, friendly and multi-faceted blog, that is, Koalasplayground.
    May your blog’s readership continue to grow! πŸ˜€ Cheers! \o/

  63. Congratulations and thank you for sharing what you enjoy doing to us. Your recaps are a big help especially for us who can’t understand Korean but still would want to enjoy the wonderful series Korean-entertainment industry is churning out.

    God bless you always.

  64. Congratulations! Keeping a blog is not an easy task and here you are updating the drama junkies with the latest news on top of your hectic (i’m sure) family life, i thank you for your dedication. to the next anniversary *toast!

  65. Happy anniversary Koala!!

    It’s been fun for us to be able to join you play in your playground…

    Here’s a toast for your happiness, another toast for your dedication to write this enjoyable blog, another toast for your healthiness, another toast for more success in the future… and many more toasts to cheer you, and thank you..

  66. Happy bloggerversary !
    Thank you for the recaps, the commentaries and for your humor. This playground is a great one.
    Cheers πŸ™‚

  67. Happy Happy Bloggerversary !!!!
    I appreciate all the hard work you do to bring so these recaps and entertainment news that we koala fans look forward to everyday….
    Thank you and Happy Bloggerversary

  68. Congrats with your one year bloggerversary!
    Nice to have your blog to read. I have no idea how you can do this all besides working. You must be a wonder woman.

  69. Congratulations!!! LOVE your blog and thank you so very much for bringing joy to our mundane lives. Wish you all the best in your future endeavours, xoxoxo.

  70. Congrats, my dear! A day for many happy celebrations left and right indeed and many many many many more to come!

    *cheers and hugs and kisses*

  71. Congratulation on your 1st bloggerversary. Thanks a million I really enjoyed reading your comments, recaps and etc. May God blesses you always. Happy……Happy….
    Anniversary and Have a blessed day.

  72. Congrats Koala !! Wish you and your website a very happy and longlife! =D
    But can you tell me what’s the drama next to playful kiss on the pic on your site ?
    I don’t know this one and i love your choices …

  73. iam from SA
    and love your blog alot
    Congratulations 4 1 anniversary
    and my son like yours is graduating from Kindergarten today:D

  74. Hi, lurker here!

    Just wanted to say Happy Blogversary and thanks for writing such interesting posts about these dramas we all love, or love to hate πŸ˜‰

    Hugs, and hope there’s yet many blogversaries to come!

  75. Congrats…I’m a new “lurker and commenter”, but City Hall is also my favorite KDrama. Your blog is great fun and thanks so much!

  76. —–Happy—1st-Anniv—Ockoala—<@-<@-<@ kampai !!!!

    Thank you so much for your enjoyable recaps, spoilers and entertainment news.
    OCKOALA….. YOU ROCK !!!! πŸ˜€

  77. Happy first anniversary Koala , you rock my dear πŸ™‚
    I have to thank V for letting me know this beautiful blog πŸ™‚


  79. Dear Koala,

    Congratulation; I am so happy to know your blog. I love to visit to your playground every day although I am quiet busy at this moment. I like to read your recap and thoughts.
    Please keep it up.

  80. Happy 1st Anniversary! May there be many many more.
    I know I don’t often post (silent lurker) but would like to say THANK YOU for providing me hours of fun reading your blog.

  81. Happy anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I realy realy realy realy luv your blog.
    Plizzzzzz keep your great job.
    Thank you so much…..gomawo!!!!!!!!

  82. Happy anniversary~ Thanks for all the funny and insightful recaps!!

    Maybe next year you’ll share how you manage to deal with 5 languages?! LOL

  83. Super congrats on your blogging anniversary! Mostly a lurker. Your humorous comments on the drama characters simply crack me up and genius. Love, love, love the variety of topics you do!

  84. congrats! i love your site!!! i dunno how u do it….work, raise 2 little koalas, watch and recapp dramas, AND sleep???!!!

    youre the best!

  85. happy blogger anniversary koala. I always read your blog before I start my daily activity. thank you so much…koala.

  86. thanks for sharing your passion with us. i really appreciate your insights on k-drama. happy 1st … many more to come πŸ™‚

  87. Koala!!!! CONGRATZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!! and thank you sooo much for feeding us more drama crack that we can handle.. πŸ˜€ and hope more years to come…so again Cheers!!..and let the good times keep on rolling at AKP!!!!…

  88. Happy B loggerversary Ms. Koala!

    Please keep up this wonderful blog for as long as you can!

    Congrats to your little koalas too!

  89. congrats koala!!!
    this blog has been wonderful!
    this blog has been one of the reasons why i got so involve in the world of blogging!

    thank you for always sharing your Kdrama and Tdrama goodies!

    wish you great blogging year ahead!

    God Bless always!

    and just keep on rocking our PK fairy!

  90. Congrats!!!! time sure flies when you watching k-drama. I will be sure to remind you off every anniversary lol.

  91. Happy Anniversary Koala! You made a lot of us happy and excited as well. A word “thank you” is not enough to express how I am so grateful to your doings. Again congrats and cheers!

  92. A thousand congratulations to you, Koala !
    Your blog reminds me of the Koala bear that I was playing with in Australia a few years back. BTW, I am from South East Asia. I love your blog and your recaps on LTM (my fav drama) are just awesome. Keep up with the good writing!

  93. Hi ockoala!

    You have started a wonderful blog, so happy bloggavesary to you and thanks for all your hard work. I love your site, and your writing and insight on dramas are what keep me coming back for more everyday.

    I love it, it makes my day!

  94. Happy anniversary! I refresh your blog everytime I get on my computer! As a fellow mum of 2, I applaud your superwoman ability to handle 2 young children and such a successful blog! You’re amazing! Keep up your good work!

  95. I wasn’t able to read everything awhile ago as I was in a hurry. Anyway, now I read this post again and I’d like to comment (again).

    So you speak like five languages ockoala unni? Wow! That’s a great feat! I studied French for three years and it was like six years ago and I remember being comfortable with the language then but now couldn’t remember anything at all, well, except for maybe merde! Mwa ha ha! So knowing five languages is pretty awesome! I guess you know French as you always sneak in some French words here, Japanese, Mandarin, English of course, and yes, Korean (was wondering what the last language is, mwa ha ha, Larkspur, of course it’s Korean, duh?)! Oh that’s only the fourth. I wonder what’s the last one. Maybe it’s some European language like Spanish or probably Italian? You’re probably from San Fro? but I think I remember you telling us about snow, well, Seattle then? Just having fun guessing unni!

    So your first K-drama crush is Jo Hyun Jae? Mine is Joo Ji Hoon (as if you care ha ha ha). Yup, he’s my first Korean boyfriend in fact, while Jo Hyun Jae is my latest mwa ha ha ha! Is City Hall really that good? I guess I would have to watch it then. My TW-drama crush is Vic Zhou too because of Hwa Ze Lei, but found Chen Ling hotter (well, I guess, hottest among the characters he played). I haven’t watched any J-drama though.

    It’s good to know more about you dear unni! Thanks for the post!

  96. I have read many blogs earlier, but you are natural.

    Great work to keep our kdrama addiction feed continue.


  98. Happy first birthday….. I started to addicted to this blog since 49 days recap and now LTM, love the way your write the recap and always enjoy to read your thought specially about LTM. Anyway congrats 4 your graduation of koala babies.. Keep writing coz I’ll always enjoy visited this blog.<3

  99. ….Happy bloggerversary! your blog is a great fun to read and its our pleasure knowing a wonderful blogger! thanks for all the fun and great review of our favorite drama.

    • Always! Some Soju, some Tequila and some Pitorro and, let’s get this party started right now!!! LOL

      Of course a LOT of food, because, that is a strong combination!!!

  100. Congratulations. I really enjoyed reading your blog. Your perceptive remarks of each of the dramas you wrote were very well thought.

  101. Congrats Captain,, happy first birthday!!
    I’m a silient lurker from M3 airing, love your blog and thanks soo much for wonderful playground <3<3

  102. Congratulations! I’m new to your site and already I found it very entertaining. Thanks so much for all the fun, witty recaps!

  103. Congratulations!!!!
    Very glad you decided to start blogging one year ago today! Thanks for all your work! All the best in the year to come! Aja Aja Fighting!!!!!!

  104. happy anniversary. just found out ur new website days ago ‘coz Im looking for someone who will recap my fav LTM. anyway read all ur blogs n enjoy it very much. include me as one of ur fallowers from now on. I’m also on pacific time. thanks

    • I am, too, but unfortunately none of the drama ones, just German, English and French : (

      Koala-san, congratulations, you’re awesome!!! ^^

      • Here is English and Spanish, and I really want to learn French, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and Vulcan

        Kashkau wuhkuh eh teretuhr =
        Our minds are joined, together, and as one.


  105. Happy 1st bloggerversary! May you have many many more, and may there be many more crack dramas for you to keep blogging about. πŸ˜›

    Fun fact, today also happens to be my and my mother’s birthday. πŸ˜€

    • Say Happy Birthday from me!! If she ask you who am I? Answer a blogger fanatic, totally dragged by LTM, who btw is an amazing, totally take you by surprise, Korean drama!!!!

      LOL, save me a piece of cake!!!! =0)

  106. Happy aniversary! Hope you can continue like this for another ten, twenty…well, for how many years you can do it πŸ™‚ Fighting!

  107. Happy 1st Anniversary

    Your Blog is the Best Playground for me.

    Thank You for all the super fast recaps and news.

    Best regards from one of your fans in Indonesia

  108. Wow! It’s only a year? Happy Anniversary and congratulations. I hope you will continue to deliver us your wonderful insights and recaps.
    AND…thank you for our GeunGeun playground. You made it possible for our dreams to come true…we’re getting there!

  109. Hey, Koala, Happy First Birthday!!!
    I’ve only discovered your website a few months ago, but it’s up there on my must-read website everyday when I turn on the computer. I’ve nejoyed your caps and thoughts on dramas, and thank you for all the updates on my fave stars.

    Keep up the wonderful work. Here’s to more years spending time here at Koala’s Playground! πŸ˜‰

  110. Congratulations for your 1st anniversay. Triple celebration in 2 days (1st anniv of your blog, graduation of baby boy koala and graduation of baby girl koala) *confetti*
    I hope there are many more years to come that you going to recap the dramas. *cheers*

  111. Sorry that it took me almost a year to find my way here. But Im gonna be a devoted fan from now on. *raises her coffee cup* Here’s to you, mother koala, for more years to come

  112. Happy anniversary. Thanks for all the recaps and updates on upcoming dramas and actors/actresses. Keep up the great work!!

    Lots of love!!!

  113. City Hall is my favorite K-drama too! It’s my go to drama any times any days! It puts smiles on my face, tears in my eyes, and thoughts on my noodles!
    Happy bloggerversary! I really admire you. Being a blogger with brilliant thoughts to share and an undeniable sense of humor, you also work, are a mom of 2, and take care of your beauty sleep. Thanks for the day I found the Koala’s Playground! =)

  114. “Are you three people pretending to be one person: No” LOL. Married with two toddlers, a job, and producing 8 recaps a weeks, no wonder people ask you that, I still find it hard to believe that you actually sleep πŸ™‚ Cheers for those speedy fingers (…and brain of course) . Congrats Ockoala!

    so happy to play here aside from DB…just found your site the other day LTM is my fav!
    Thank you for the fast recaps!

  116. Congratulations, Koala!! And to your little koalas as well on their graduation!

    Oh, you’re American too?! I’ve always assumed you were Australian b/c of a comment made by one of your readers. Anyway, wishing your AKP blog many more wonderful anniversaries to come!


    Wow, has it really been a year since I've started following AKP? Already? Sigh. Lol. Happy day, ockoala jie jie!

  118. Congratulations, you awesome person!!!! The playground is win, so I’m really happy more and more people are discovering it and keep dropping by. Thank you for letting us in πŸ™‚
    *sends margarita cupcakes*

  119. Congrats on this significant milestone! Thanks for keeping up with this great site, watching lots of dramas, having a real job, sleep and caring for your family as well! I truly appreciate all the hard work and labour that you have put into this πŸ˜‰ I’ve recently discovered this site (since Dream High) and mostly lurking around in the shadows but i truly appreciate all the character analysis and the vid previews/pics that you post on the latest dramas!

    It’s a wonderful playground, please keep it going!

  120. You do something that make a lot of people happy. Thank you. πŸ™‚ And, for sharing something of you are, another thank you. It’s always interesting to me to know of who and what goes on behind the scenes, so to speak. Many more great blogging years. May writing always give you enough fulfillment to keep going at it.

  121. just a thought…why ockoala? are you ocd like me πŸ™‚ ..but i’m not the obssesed type..just want everything neat and in proper order…that’s why i love ki joon of LTM=)

  122. Koala! Congratulations and THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all the effort you put into your site while sharing your KDrama addiction. (Does that make you an enabler?) I know this site takes a lot of time, time you could be spending with your children. However, banish any feelings of guilt for the time you spend on your site; know that us out here in Internet Fan Land eagerly await your opinions while your children will soon be rolling-their-eyes when you speak. Sad as it is, your children will grow and leave you. We, your addiction-sharing fans, will not leave you. We can’t.

  123. Happy 1st anniversary Koala. Hoping for more enjoyment years ahead with you. Following a recap site like yours here, really encourage me to create one my own (in the future). You must be good at time management of your own to complete all the materials for this site.
    I salute you for fluency in 3 languages. It is really something. I tried to advance my German and French the last two years, and found it difficult though everyone around speak these two languages other than English since there is no day without kdrama or dorama, indeed I started to say more words and sentences in korean and japanese…. LOL.
    Felicitation mon ami!!!

  124. Congratulations Koala! Hope you will keep this going…. and thank you very much for this wonderful blog.

  125. Happy 1st Birthday! Although I’m a newcomer to the blogging world, but your writing has made me hooked! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

  126. Congratulations and Thank you… for sharing with us through this one whole year, your love, your raves, rage, wit, ranting, and your addiction. Your playground has become a dearly loved place. Here’s a toast for MORE!!! to come.

  127. H A P P Y F I R S T B L O G G E R V E R S A R Y!!! Have really enjoyed reading your recaps, spoilers and your thoughts which is always full of wits and charm…muahz from all of us koala addicts!

  128. Happy Anniversary!!

    your blog and effort have been soo loved throughout this first year, CONGRADULATIONS!!!
    thank you so so much for this happy playground!!!

  129. h a p p y h a p p y a n n i v e r s a r y . . . d o n ‘ t w o r r y , i d o n ‘t l i k e t h e s e t y p e o f c e l e b r a t i o n s to_o

  130. Congrats on the one yeark mark!! Your blog saves my life. I can get my K-drama fix without watching the whole thing during busy time although I hope to be able to actually watch the dramas soon πŸ˜€

  131. Ooohh, ockoala, I just saw this. Has it already been a year? Good grief, time flies.


    You and your blog are just out of this world. Wishing you many more years of happy blogging. Continue to rock the kdrama blogosphere, my pal!


    Your TW/C drama recaps makes me shout for joy! And takes for carrying on with LTM.

    Bloggers makes dramaland the best place to be a fan. πŸ˜€

  133. LTM brought me here and here I am to stay!!! Happy Anniversary and may you NEVER get tired of blogging and keeping us informed!!!

  134. Discovered your blog recently through LTM, I really enjoy your humorous and also sometimes nasty digs at the characters but most of all, I’d like to thank you for keeping us all entertained and up todate!

  135. Happy Anniversary! Thank you for this awesome blog. I got addicted with your recaps of 49 days. Now I am visit everyday. Thanks again!

  136. Congratulations of the long year passed..may many more to come.I love your playground. All the best for days ,months and years to come.

  137. Happy birthday AKP! You amaze me with your prolific blogging, I don’t know how you do it. Keep it up, we’ll all be reading!

  138. Hope you have many more amazing years πŸ™‚ Do you realize how much I love your blog and love being able to keep up with C/TW-dramas because you are one of the few bloggers who covers them? Thank you for everything you do and all your hard work!

  139. Happy Anniversary! I’ve decided to pick up some additional languages to better enjoy my dramas so I’ll let you be my inspiration…written out that seems like such a sad motivation to learn a language LOL

  140. Here’s to the quickest and most reliable Koala around! Congrats!! Your unjudgemental recaps of Playful Kiss brought me to this playground, and Best Love is calling me here again. Here’s to a very successful year, and the prospect of many more to come!

  141. Saengil Chukahamnida AKP!!! One yr and counting woot woot. Keep being successful. Love your blogs and hope others come to appreciate you as I have, your awesome. YAY Vic Zhou!!! You have really great taste heheh. Though Joe Cheng is my fave, cuz hes first! But Vic Is right up there too.

  142. Congrats Koala on turning one! Or rather should I say, on your Playground turning one ^^ Cheers!! I’ve only recently discovered the little gem of a place but I plan on sticking around for a long time haha

  143. Happy Bloggerversary!!!! Woot woot!!!! I love coming to your awesome playground to read about my fav Kdramas. Your love for it shows in your great writing and you always make me smile with your humorous view on things. Thank you so much for this blog!

  144. Happy Birthday AKP! <3 Go strong and bigger in future. YEAY!
    I love stalk and hanging out at your wonderful playground plus your amazing. I love that sometimes you speak up my mind in exact way/words, let it be about dramas or the actors/tress. LOL Your writing, thoughts and humorous-ism are JJANG! =)))

    What is your favorite K-drama: City Hall – a huge proud Hall-ers too. love love!! =)

  145. happy anniversary koala!!
    thank you for blogging my princess that make me read your blog for the first time.
    and now it’s time for LTM and best love!! πŸ˜€
    i really enjoyed it!
    thank you..

  146. Dearest Captain πŸ˜‰

    God bless you for taking the time out of your busy life to set up this wonderful blog of yours because I have thoroughly myself enjoyed reading your recappings, comments and sharings as well as the other commentators’ comments and sharings. πŸ˜‰

    Happy 1st Anniversary and may you have many more years to spread the joy of your highly insightful, cerebral and entertaining thoughts and feelings on the dramas that you love so much with all of us here. πŸ˜‰

    Thank you so much for everything dear Captain! πŸ˜‰

    **Lots of love***

  147. LTM brought me here too. all well written n entertaining. camping here forever. tq for doing a great blog.

  148. Kudos to you Koala for the best quality racaps and for making everyone happy. Words are not enough to express how grateful we are for your work and for sharing the dramas we so dear. Salamat po!

    Happy Blogversary!

  149. Happy anniversary!! I visit you everyday. My day wouldn’t be complete without me dropping by here. Will forever be grateful. You’re one of my new bestfriends, do you know? =)

  150. Dear ockoala
    Congrats!!! thanks to M3 that I found your blog. Have been following eversince whenever I have got time. It amazes me that you can squeeze so much in a day with koala family and work and so forth and so forth. Brownie points to you!!

    Right now, my addiction is LTM which is almost as serious as M3. Please keep it up..

    Cheers to someone who has unconsciously brought so much joy to us via this blog. For that I thank you. As I always maintain, you’re a gem, for sure!
    Good health and worldpeace to everyone on this blog..

  151. Congratulations on turning one Koala! One year older and a million times smarter!

    I was just reading your one year post and about me section… then… it dawned on me that you might be closer to me than I thought… You don’t by chance live in the state that Katy Perry named a song after & in the city that Misha Barton was once on? hahaha.

  152. Belated Happy 1st Year Anniversary!!! More happy years to come because you made a lot of us happy. Love Vic Zhou and am glad we’re on the same league. Love you Ocoala!!!

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