Hae Soo consumed by sadness

South Korea’s single households are the largest and account for more than a third of all households, totaling just over 21 million households. This is resulting in a boon in businesses targeting single households.

Convenience stores in South Korea are growing by double digits as the single households are preferring to buy single serving meals versus bulk purchase at large retailers.

Food manufacturers are making a variety of prepared meals; the sales of instant microwave rice for single serving have also grown by double digits. Since the living area tends to be small for one person, home appliances are also trending to be smaller, convenient and more energy efficient. The single person travel segment is also one of the fastest-growing among travelers in South Korea as single households tends to spend on themselves.

Weekly Update

‘Perfect Bride’

Episodes 7 & 8

Today, 6:30 p.m.: Nam Ki-ja’s unexpected visit to Gab-soon and Gab-dol’s place catches them off guard. Unable to handle living in fear, Gab-dol sets out to tell their parents and deal with the consequences. And as Gab-dol and Gab-soon ring the doorbell.

Today, 7:45 p.m.: Gab-soon’s family finds out that she and Gab-dol have been living together. Gab-soon and Gab-dol tell them the whole story and ask for their understanding. Gab-soon’s parents are enraged at the news, and sets out to meet Gab-dol’s parents.

‘Scarlet Heart’

Episodes 19 & 20 (final)

Monday, 7:45 p.m.: Shaken to the core by Chae-ryung’s death, Hae Soo begs King Gwangjong to let her leave the palace. Wang Wook and Wang Won plot to separate Baek-ah from King Gwangjong.

Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: Hae Soo moves into Prince Jung’s private residence. She is consumed by sadness at being apart from King Gwangjong. King Gwangjong visits Prince Jung’s residence discreetly to see her. He decides to give up on Hae Soo after seeing her happy with Jung.

‘Don’t Dare To Dream’

Episodes 23 & 24 (final)

Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: The news room is all the buzz about the cancer news. Hwa-shin gives Na-ri a big hug and disappears. News room goes through a big change. Agonizing over what to do, Hwa-shin decides to break up with Na-ri but has no courage to tell her.

Thursday, 7:45 p.m.: Hwa-shin is anxious to get married soon, after he spends the night with Na-ri. But he is faced with unexpected opposition from Chi-yul. He is at the verge of demotion after voicing his own opinion during the news and ready to turn in his resignation.

‘Happy Home’

Episodes 8 & 9

Friday, 7:45 p.m.: Se-ri discovers Man-ho took out a loan from a loan shark and decides Mi-soon is the only person who can help them. Gyeong-ok asks Hae-ryung to look after the orphanage kids who await surgeries and she visits them at the hospital. Hyun-ki sees this at the hospital.

Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: Hyun-ki refuses to divorce. At Hyun-ki’s solid refusal, Gyeong-ok and Young-eun press harder for the divorce. Hae-ryung gives support and courage to Ji-gun, who’s anxious over Yoon-ho’s surgery.

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Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. This column offers synopses of the dramas playing throughout Hawaii. Chung can be reached at 521-8066 or jeffchung@kbfd.com.

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