APARTMENT TOUR

We just moved into a new apartment this summer. I love the location and its surrounding (this is always my number one priority in choosing a place to live), which is right in between The Hague’s city centre and the beach. Beside the location, I also had all kind of different wishes for the apartment itself; high ceiling, big window, a balcony facing the street, on 1st or 2nd floor, and….. a bath tub. I should admit that the house hunting period was a stressful one, but thankfully it finally paid off. We got what we wished for: 3,6 m high ceiling, big windows from both sides, and we’ve even got 2 sunny balconies! Since then we’ve been filling it in with the furnitures we’ve carefully picked from all different kind of places.

More or less the main interior pieces are now well curated. So let me take you to our apartment tour! I will also insert the link for each product, if it’s available.

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The chandelier is from the previous owner and although at first i thought it wasn’t pretty, but in the end we’re keeping it since it actually kind of fits with our theme pretty well!

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This 60’s style teak wood dressoir is from Furnified. Oh such a show stealer he is! Everyone who visited our house always asked where did we get this dressoir from. So now you know where to get it 🙂 And the painting standing next to it was…….made by me!

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We bought this huge mirror (100 x 190 cm) from an ornament shop on Prinsegracht.

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Royal blue velvet sofa from Made.com

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Side table set with marble top from Zara Home

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Our dining table was vintage, given by Bob’s friend’s grandfather, and it is extendable up to 8-10 seats. So yes, we can have a proper Christmas dinner here 😉 The dining chairs are also a very lucky vintage find. They are of Danish designer J.L. Møller from the 50’s.

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Navy-royal blue is our chosen colour theme, while we’ve put some touch of gold and brass as the accent. Important to us to keep the space open, airy and spacious.

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The poef is from Sissy-boy

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Both the cabinet and mirror are again, vintage (YES FOR THE LOVE OF VINTAGE…..)

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I am also BIG fan of Art Deco period, so a little touch of it surely won’t hurt. You can always find this Giso lamp from any art deco shop, or you can also check Gispen out.

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Bob’s working area

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And….my favourite place in a whole house! This is where the magic happens.

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That’s as far as I can show you and hopefully you can get some inspiration, or simply enjoy this post 🙂 And good to remember that home always grows with us. For now this is what we have, but we plan to get other bits of things later, like some nice artworks, floor lamp, reading lights, or a nice fluffy rug to warm us up during the upcoming winter.

I’d like to also let you know that I do commission on interior design/styling project within the Netherlands. Just drop me a message if you are interested 🙂

 

See you on next post,

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Photo Diary – LILLE

We stayed in beautiful Lille, France for 3 days, hoping to get a little bit of sun but the weather seriously was not that different than it was is Holland :))

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But we did have one good shiny day. And we’re grateful for that.

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We stayed in Grand Hotel Bellevue. It was such a pretty old-style hotel (which I love!!) and the staffs are friendly and helpful.

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I enjoy the colour palette of this hotel interior. Royal blue and gold, combined with marble surfaces here and there. Plus this old elevator was like the icing of the cake 🙂

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When in France, gotta check the vast option of beauty products at the pharmacy.

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This red dress is vintage, got it from Episode vintage shop in Amsterdam.

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Is it wine o’clock already?

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The next day…

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Dress from Mango.

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We had the best quiche ever!!

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At the citadel.

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If you happen to visit Lille and enjoy vintage shopping, you need to go here!! (picture below) The lady owner was super lovely and stylish! Although her English was not so good, she helped me a lot. I could feel her sincerity and her love for the stuffs she sells. I got myself a couple of super chic and lovely trousers here.

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And get yourself some sweets from Meert. Because you deserve it 😉

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This jacket I got from a vintage shop in Antwerp. Yes, I love vintage clothing! (and furniture too..)

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Dinner at the infamous local restaurant Les Compagnons de la Grappe. Come here a bit earlier because this place gets full really quickly! My advice, when you’re here, try their Carbonnade flamande. It is a specialty dish in Lille, beef stew cooked in beer. You’re welcome.

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Here comes the last day. Time to go home..

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Dress is also vintage, I bought it in Den Haag.

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Train ride, nice scenery, a good book, and some sweets.. Perfection.

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See you on next post!

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Photo Diary – ANTWERP

We went for a short trip to Antwerp at the end of July. The weather was not that much of a difference from how it was in Holland: warm and rainy. But we managed to enjoy the city anyway!

The hotel we were staying was super cute! I mean, look at the bathroom (picture below), isn’t it adorable?? The hotel is called QueenA and it’s so close to the main train station.

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THE DRESS . . . . . . . . . . . MANGO
THE BAG . . . . . . . . . . . . . FOSSIL
THE COAT . . . . . . . . . . . . vintage

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This was where we had dinner. This place serves various dishes from different parts of the world. I had my Swedish fish soup.

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It was a wet, rainy afternoon…

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Gorgeous Stadsfeestzaal

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We decided to ride the ferris wheel that evening

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There’s always something magical about ferris wheel!

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The next morning we had to travel again, and this time to Lille, France.

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We really, genuinely love traveling by train.

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See you on next post! It will be Lille photo diary 🙂

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APRIL FAVORITES

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Hello people!
Seems like we’ve a lot of catching up to do. So let’s get started with my April monthly favourites, shall we?

Zara Coat

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I fell in love with this Chanel-esque frock coat from Zara since it effortlessly elevates any outfits and makes you look so chic. It is not very warm though, so it is perfect for spring season. In the picture I was wearing a warm sweater inside since it’s always cold here in The Hague anyway.
I’ve tried to find the link but they don’t have it anymore in this colour. But you can still check their other coats with similar style now at Zara’s webshop!

Fossil – Emma Satchel Bag

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Anyone who follows my instagram or my friends IRL must have noticed that I’ve been wearing this bag non.stop. This is such an amazing leather bag in quality and size. Yes, THE SIZE! I swear it fits everything… My essentials, makeup pouch, my Canon G7X camera, my fat Senz umbrella, and whatnot. It also looks so classic and a little bit preppy which I like: it tones down the whole look and makes the overall outfit be low-key chic. Fossil is an amazing brand for high quality leather goods in quite an affordable price.

Get the bag HERE.

MEMO – French Leather

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This is everything I want in a perfume. Imagine you sitting in cosy parisian cafe, there is bouquet of roses on a table, you’re in love and you waiting for your lover, you opening your leather purse grabbing red lipstick. This is MEMO French Leather! MEMO is such an amazing niche brand with superior quality fragrance. What I love the most is their formula: you can smell the scents so solidly since the first spray. There is no “alcoholic” smell at all like all other perfumes, meaning that their perfume oil content is that high. I have mentioned about this brand from my Babassu review here. I decided to get the French Leather since it truly represents my personality: full of contradiction. It’s so hard to describe.. but it has those fresh and floral scents from lime, pink pepper, and rose, yet dark and smooth like brown suede and leather. The scent blends in my skin perfectly and it stays all day long!
The price is quite steep for a 75ml eau de perfume, but I should say it is worth every single penny and I would definitely repurchase once I finish with it. Because that’s how much I love it.

Get the perfume HERE or directly on their website HERE.

Cluse – La Vedette Mesh Full in Rose Gold

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I’ve been looking for a perfect small sized watch that is not too flashy but still look dressy. I tried to purchase the one from Bering at de Bijenkorf but it was completely out of stock 😦 Luckily I’ve found a similar one from Cluse for a more affordable price! And it is also less pinkish which I like because it is more neutral and blends so much more naturally on my skin tone.

Get the watch HERE.

LUSH – Celestial moisturiser

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Hands down. This moisturiser does wonders to my sensitive – dry skin. I ran out of my usual I’m From Vitamin Tree Watergel and my skin was really in need for more hydration. So I then tried this moisturiser from Lush, which I was so scared to begin with because Lush skincare for me is a hit-and-miss, since my face is sensitive to perfume and you all know Lush is so much about that fragrant life. I’ve tried the Million Dollar moisturiser in the past but it just stayed on the surface of my skin and the face still got flakey, so I gave it up. But Celestial is a WOW. This calms my skin immensely that the redness on my skin is so much less now, and it keeps my skin supple and dewy all day long! Another big plus, it’s non-fragranced. Now I can not have a day without it.

Get Celestial HERE.

The Ordinary – Niaciamide 10% + Zinc 1%

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This skincare line from Deciem has been taking over the internet recently and I can understand why. They offer this straight forward skincare products – mostly serums -with different active ingredients in very affordable prices (I bought this one for only around 6 euro). And they work. I picked this one with Niaciamide, which is a part of vitamin B group, to help lighten my acne scars. We all know Vitamin C is a very effective ingredient to fight with hyper pigmentation, but unfortunately my sensitive skin can not take it 😦 even a low dosage of L-ascorbic acid (the most common vitamin C derivative) can get my skin red, blotchy, and itchy :(( So I opted for Niaciamide instead and it works well! My skin doesn’t react to it and although the progress is not dramatically fast, I can already see some good improvement on my acne scars.

Get the serum HERE.

Walter Benedict

I also found new favourite place to hang out in The Hague! It is a french bistro Walter Benedict at Denneweg. They offer diverse lunch and dinner menu, a nice list of wine, decent coffee, and soothing lounge French music. The interior is so cozy too! It is like a more grown-up hip place 😉

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then the last but not least….

Lovewave – ꡸ ë°¤ (The Night)

Open the link only when you want to fall asleep fast. This is one of those songs that you’d want to listen to during those sleepless nights. Everything in this song is extremely soothing. Give it a try!

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So finally this post has to come to an end, and I’m so happy to have shared with you, you lovely people! And if you enjoy my content here, you can also check my Instagram page (@heyhegia) because I post pictures daily there, and let’s be friends! 🙂
Hope to see you again soon,

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WHILE IN MONSTER

Go to the beach.

Hi, long time no see! Yes, i had been taking some time off blogging. Now I’m back! Well rested, more inspired. I also post (very nice) photos everyday on my Instagram 😉 Feel free to follow me if you’d like to!

Last weekend we celebrated the birthday of Wolf (our nephew), Masja (Bob’s sister), and Jan Jaap (Bob’s dad). We all gathered at a nice beach side restaurant in Monster (yes, it is the name of the city!).

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When you go to the beach but wearing swimsuit is not an option because the weather is freezing cold and of course, windy. The sky was blue though, so I’m not complaining.

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THE COAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MANGO
THE SWEATER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H&M
THE DENIM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .WEEKDAYS
THE SCARF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LUSH (VINTAGE)

 

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Tim and Duuk
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Tim and Bob working together
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Dukie XD
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Wolf, Luna, and me feat. shovels
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What I had: fish plate with salad and fries and sweet white wine
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Glorious.

It was indeed a really nice day together with the family!

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See you next post,

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17 FACTS ABOUT ME

Get to know me a little bit better, if you want.

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I believe in astrology. I was born as a Leo in a fire tiger year. I believe that is to be held accountable for my endless burning energy sometimes.

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I always have vivid dreams in my sleep. I feel like myself is split into two dimensions: where I am now, and where I am in my sleep. The dream dimension always stays the same since I was a child, sometimes I revisit places in my dream from 20 years ago. But the thing is, those places don’t really exist in the world I live in now.

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I find myself not giving a f–k to things that need to be given a f–k, and yet giving f–k to things that I shouldn’t give my f–k.

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I am not scared to be strange. During my uni time I was so different from everyone else and I was fine with that. They can call me strange but for me, my own world is
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Many people wonder about what’s the meaning of my name, Hegia. To be honest there’s no actual meaning. And no, it’s not inspired by the building in Istanbul (I wish..). It is actually simply my parents name combined together HE_____ + GIA_____ (yaaayyyy… problem solved)

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People laugh at my jokes even though I don’t consider myself as a funny person.

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I see myself as a shy and reserved person.

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But that’s not how people see me.

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I love living in the heart of the city. I can never live in the countryside. I like living in a crowd, among a lot of people. But in one condition, they shouldn’t bother me. I am not fond too much of human interaction. People drain my energy.

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I don’t drink black coffee. My coffee should be milky, creamy, with a little bit of sugar.
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I don’t like being the centre of attention.

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But I stand out.

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I hate texting, whatsapp-ing, messenger-ing, you name it. I am always so lazy to check my messages and reply to them, that’s why I feel that some of my friends and family think that I don’t care about them but that’s not true.

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For me, Istanbul is the most beautiful city in the world and it will never change. That’s why it saddens me terribly with everything that is happening in Turkey nowadays.

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I hate to admit it but I am a very sensitive person. I can cry out of nothing in a very wrong timing. Just because i feel some emotions flowing out suddenly.

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I read Russian perfectly.

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I can sing in many different languages (English, Indonesian, Turkish, Japanese, Russian, Ukrainian, Hebrew, Korean, etc) because for me, music is universal and I love this world I live in. Singing is my form of appreciation to other cultures and a celebration for the talent I was given with.

 

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Congrats! So now you kind of know me a little bit better 😉

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MARCH FAVOURITES

Hello all!
The month of March has just passed, and it means the time for another monthly favourites! Some products that are mentioned here actually are my re-discoveries, meaning that I have owned them for quite a long time but I just happened to love using them so much (again) lately.

So, without further a do, let’s start with..

MOLTON BROWN – PINK PEPPERPOD BODY WASH

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I got this in 30ml sample size and I love how it smells and how it makes my skin feel! I recently just treated myself a new (again!) perfume from MEMO which has pink pepper essence, so I think it would be nice to have similar scents in the body products I use.
Here in Holland you can find Molton Brown at De Bijenkorf or Babassu.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY – LIP CHEAT “PILLOW TALK”

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This is basically the perfect lip liner for me. It is waterproof, so it doesn’t smear everywhere which is a BIG plus. The colour is sooooo pretty and natural. I can wear it alone or before my lipstick. Here in Holland you can find Charlotte Tilbury makeup at De Bijenkorf.

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TOM FORD – LIPS AND BOYS LIPSTICK “COLLIN”

Okay, so the first thing that attract me the most is from Tom Ford’s Lips and Boys line is the size. It is so cute, so small, yet sophisticated. The lipstick itself glides super smooth like butter on my lips. And the colour “Collin” is something that I reach out every day, keep it in my beauty pouch everywhere I go. It’s that nude pink which is not too warm not too cool, just very very versatile. It’s just like my lips but better.
Here in Holland you can find Tom Ford makeup at De Bijenkorf (again).

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LAURA MERCIER – MATTE RADIANCE BAKED POWDER HIGHLIGHT -01

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This is the first highlight that I ever purchased. I had been very rarely use them because again, I’m an advocate for naturally glowing skin. BUT, there are times when I also want that extra glow-from-within, since I want it to still looking natural. And this one from Laura Mercier is the right choice, since it shows more like a sheen to the skin rather than those super reflective, glittery, metallic finish that I see too much happening on Instagram girls. Again, you can get Laura Mercier makeup at De Bijenkorf.

On the picture below I’ll show you the places i apply the highlighter on, and I applied them using my fingers. I generally use my fingers rather than using brushes or sponges. It gives me more control over it and also gives off a more natural finish to the skin.

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WEEKDAYS JEANS

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To be honest, I always stayed away from wearing jeans since it was always difficult to find the perfect pair for my unique body type. I also find jeans pants very stiff and uncomfortable to wear. But finally I’ve found my perfect pair, it felt like they are indeed meant to be mine.. I found them at WEEKDAYS, in their smallest size: w26 L28. Everything about these jeans just sit right on me, the length is a liiiitle bit long but not quite a problem, and the waistline is perfect! Normally I always find a “gap” between my lower back and the pants but not with this one as you can see in the pictures. And they are super flexible and comfortable too! I’ve been rocking these pants non-stop since then.

I also want to show you 2 Korean thriller series that I had been enjoying so much in the month of March! These series have already ended by this time so you can do a series marathon after this (but only if you want to…)

VOICE

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I am an avid fan of serial killer series/movies. Like, REALLY. I’ve watched almost every Korean serial killer series and movies. And this is one of them. The story is about Moo Jin-Hyuk, a detective whose wife was brutally murdered by a serial killer, and Kang Kwon-Joo, a voice-profiler whose father was also murdered by the same killer. Together they tried to solve some cases that would finally lead them to catch the killer that is responsible for the deaths of their family members.

DEFENDANT

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This series is about  Park Jung-Woo, a prosecutor, who got falsely accused for murdering his family, and sentenced to death. One day, he wakes up and finds himself in locked up at the police station. He has temporary amnesia. He must struggle to prove his innocence and find the truth behind what happened to his family that night. This series started a bit slow at the first episodes but it really got better and better. It is more “polished” than Voice, but it will still make you at the edge of your seat.

Now since the two series were finished, my life feels empty again… But thankfully there is this new drama replacing Voice which is also pretty darn good!! It’s called “Tunnel”. So I still have something interesting to watch in my free time (which is almost non-existent..)

Okay, it’s a wrap! It’s a bit lengthy but I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to drop any comments down below to share your March favourites too!

Until next post,
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