Why Choi Do Kyung Fails To Understand Seo Ji An

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As the majority of the core “My Golden Life” viewers continues to blame Seo Ji An for Choi Do Kyung’s current struggle with life, it would be good to view the situation from a different angle. Despite loving Choi Do Kyung from the depth of her heart, Seo Ji An can’t accept his heart. He gave her one last chance and then it would be over once and for all. This was the final ultimatum he presented to her. It didn’t work out as Choi Do Kyung wished for. Seo Ji An insisted on her refusal by just nodding her head. She has a very good reason for her refusal, but Choi Do Kyung fails to understand Seo Ji An. Why?

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Seo Ji An’s dislike for the chaebol world started when she lost her opportunity to become a regular at Haesung Group to Yoon Ha Jung who was parachuted through connections. Their catfight is still one of my favorite scenes.

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Then when she was forced to kneel down for chaebol ladies in the parking garage of a department store, because of a misunderstanding. She was dismissed from her part time job nevertheless.

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After she had entered the Haesung Group family, she became a regular, because she was parachuted herself as the missed chaebol daughter
Choi Eun Suk, although the family had packed it in a credible story and
Seo Ji An kept the name under which she was known.

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This kind of dislike is to overcome when you fall in love with a chaebol son, because it is not mixed with fear yet.

When did fear start to root in Seo Ji An?

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The moment Seo Ji An found out her mother had lied that she was
Choi Eun Suk, she wanted to tell Noh Myung Hee right away and ask for forgiveness. However. that same moment she watched how
Noh Myung Hee humiliated the lady who had leaked the news that
Choi Eun Suk had been found. On top of that, Choi Seo Hyun told
Seo Ji An this lady still was lucky. Another employee who had betrayed the loyalty of Haesung Group experienced that the whole family was robbed of their jobs and were left with nothing. That moment Seo Ji An didn’t have the courage to confess anymore and started to think of another solution.


The moment Seo Ji An couldn’t avoid anymore to tell the truth and wanted to ask Choi Do Kyung to side her as he had promised her as part of a deal they had made together, but earlier than the end of the 40th Anniversary Event, he let her down again. Pointing out she was no match for him and the kiss they had exchanged was nothing more than a kiss. She didn’t even get the chance to tell why she had wanted to meet with him!

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Then Seo Ji An started to suffer from mental breakdowns. The first one occurred, when Choi Jae Sung confronted her with the result of the DNA test he had taken on her. She wasn’t able and even given the chance to tell her own story. She knew she wasn’t Choi Eun Suk and when she became aware she wasn’t Choi Eun Suk didn’t matter at all. Seo Ji An was treated badly and kicked out of the house in a way which left nothing to guess.

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The second mental breakdown occurred, when she saw how Choi Jae Sung was beating up Seo Tae Soo out of anger. This image was more than
Seo Ji An could bear and made her turn away from Seo parents’ house.

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The third mental breakdown occurred, when Seo Ji Soo didn’t gave
Seo Ji An a chance to tell her why she hadn’t informed her immediately about the lie, but slapped her right away.

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This was the moment Seo Ji An disappeared, more death than alive, and made the decision to end her life. She felt responsible for everything what has happened to the people she dearly loved and couldn’t live with the realization that there was nothing she could do to reverse it.

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Although Seo Ji An was saved from her attempt to suicide and returned to Seoul with the help of her good friend Sun Woo Hyuk, her dislike of the chaebol world and the fear for the Haesung Group in particular, had so deeply rooted itself in her that a relationship with Choi Do Kyung was out of the question.

Choi Do Kyung knows what Seo Ji An had told his mother, but he doesn’t know how his mother has threated Seo Ji An and her family again, if she would ever dare to go near her son. The way on how Noh Myung Hee insisted mother Seo should tell Seo Ji An she is no longer working for Haesung Group in the restaurant anymore, when she came to pay her the last salary, is one more hidden thread to remind Seo Ji An of what she is capable of to do.

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Choi Do Kyung is aware that fear plays a role in Seo Ji An’s refusal to accept his heart, although she had confessed her love to him. However, he fails to understand how justified Seo Ji An’s fear for his family is.
Haesung Group has the money and the power to destroy the lives of all who dare to oppose them. Choi Do Kyung can’t protect Seo Ji An and her family against his family. He can’t even protect himself against them, because he lacks money, power and connections. As long as
Choi Do Kyung doesn’t realize this, he will never be able to understand why Seo Ji An continues to say “no” to him.

Mutual understanding is a must when opposing Haesung Group together. Only then love can overcome fear.

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“My Golden Life” Episodes 35 & 36 English Subs

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Although Seo Ji An confessed her love to Choi Do Kyung, she also told him she had no intention to start something with him.  Her experiences with his world taught her she could not be happy there. Still they grew closer to each other and had good times at the flower market.

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An unexpected encounter with Noh Myung Hee, Choi Do Kyung’s mother, shakes Seo Ji An. After this meeting she went to her mother, Mi Jung, in the restaurant for the first time since her return to Seoul, because she didn’t understand why her mother still worked there. The news of
Jang So Ra’s marriage in the USA caused Noh Myung Hee to go after the woman who made Choi Do Kyung leave the house. She learned through
Ji Soo where she could meet with Seo Ji An and forced a new meeting to express her disapproval and ask for her son’s whereabouts.

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My Golden Life: Each Going Their Own Way……Are They?

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After the break up with Seo Ji An, Choi Do Kyung ran himself ill in the cold snowy playground to release his frustration without wearing his jacket! As they are still living in the same share house Seo Ji an noticed
Choi Do Kyung’s bad condition when he returned. Each of them are supposed to go their own way, but are they?


Break up or not, how could Seo Ji An have ignored that Choi Do Kyung didn’t take the medicine she had put in front of his door? She was worried about him, when she heard him groaning and nursed him to bring the fever down. Without her care for him, Choi Do Kyung would have had a chance of double pneunomia. He was that seriously ill!

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Seo Ji An’s mind was occupied with how serious her father’s illness was, after he had collapsed in front of the house. A paramedic of the hospital had warned her. Father Seo refused to have examinations, but his wife and children insisted on this because of the history of stomach cancer in the family. After the examinations father Seo refused to stay at the hospital and returned home, where he disappeared when the others were still sleeping. Seo Ji An slept in her old room that night. This sad happening brought the family back together again. Except for Seo Ji Soo. Seo Ji An said they should wait for the result of the examinations to come out before notifying her.

Park Si Hoo as Choi Do Kyung (My Golden Life)

As Choi Do Kyung’s first business opportunity had failed because of his grandfather’s doings, his main concern was earning his living expenses again. His former secretary Yoobi asked him to work together on an icy cold job which paid well. Yoobi had resigned from the Haesung Company. In the mean time Choi Do Kyung should think of a new business plan. His friend Yong Gook had advised him to start with a small business plan first.

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A housemate had made Choi Do Kyung realize his dream about Seo Ji An nursing him had not been a dream at all. After Seo Ji An returned from her night at the Seo family house, Choi Do Kyung confronted her with this. Their confrontation ended with Choi Do Kyung saying his wish to be independent and staying in the share house had nothing to do with her anymore.

Park Si Hoo as Choi Do Kyung (My Golden Life)

As soon as Choi Do Kyung was outside he wondered why Seo Ji An looked like a mess and seemed to have cried when she had spent the night at her parents’ house though. He knew this from Sun Woo Hyuk. Why should he care about Seo Ji An, while he just told her that his life was not about her anymore?

Each going their own way, while Choi Do Kyung and Seo Ji An are still living in the same house is not an easy thing to do. So I wonder how writer So Hyun Kyung is going to solve this issue? In my opinion, we will only know if Choi Do Kyung really continues his quest to be independent of his family and starts up his own business without the backing of Seo Ji An, when he is separated from her.

Only then we will know too, if Seo Ji An can stand with her decision to not start something with Choi Do Kyung because of his family background. But then, Choi Do Kyung had said Seo Ji An would only get one chance from him before the break up and she refused to take that chance. So from this point of view, a relationship between Choi Do Kyung and Seo Ji An can only exist in our imagination!

However, miracles still happen! Which miracle does writer So Hyun Kyung have in store for us? And how long will she have us wait for that miracle? Questions, questions, questions. The end of each episode always leaves us with new questions!

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Myriad of Feelings in “My Golden Life” 2018.01.13

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Episode 37 of “My Golden Life” showed us a myriad of feelings with in the end the final break up between Choi Do Kyung and Seo Ji An.

As I already expected, Seo Ji An is blamed to the max for her behaviour towards Choi Do Kyung. “How can she be so cold-hearted after all he has done for her”?

I can understand Seo Ji An very well. She only stayed true to herself, although she knew the consequence would be she could not be with
Choi Do Kyung. This has nothing to do with how much she loves him, for that’s beyond doubt. Seo Ji An clearly told again and again, why she couldn’t be in a relationship with Choi Do Kyung. She has experienced the black side of the Choi family. It made her go through “life and death” which made her realize where and how she can be happy and this is not in Choi Do Kyung’s world and with his family.


During this long conversation Choi Do Kyung didn’t get the meaning of what Seo Ji An meant with “having gone through life and death”. So far Sun Woo Hyuk is the only one who knows Seo Ji An survived an attempt to suicide. If it had not been for her longtime friendship with
Sun Woo Hyuk, Seo Ji An would not have come back to Seoul at all. The only thing Choi Do Kyung caught was that Seo Ji An was serious.

Despite his good intentions to pave the way to be with Seo Ji An,
Choi Do Kyung didn’t succeed yet in making Seo Ji An decide to take his hand and overcome the hurdle that he represents the world and family she has become to dislike so much.

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Writer So Hyun Kyung gave us a hint which path Seo Ji An might be going to follow. She was looking at the poster for a design competition being prized with a scholarship for tuition. Her boss advised her earlier to develop her design talent. More or less, Choi Do Kyung is looking down on her for doing carpentry only now. Not that this would be the reason for Seo Ji An to take part in this competition. She does want to develop her artistic skills which have been dormant for so long!

It could mean Choi Do Kyung and Seo Ji An would go separate ways which could make the break up better to bear with for each of them. And who knows how they will face each other after a time of separation?

Also, will Choi Do Kyung continue the path to be independent of his family without the backing of Seo Ji An? Does his motivation come from inside and will he go on? Or will he return to his family as Seo Ji An thinks is best for him?

The preview for episode 38 shows us Choi Do Kyung is experiencing the dark side of his family now too. How will he deal with this?

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Preview Episode 37 “My Golden Life” 2018.01.13

Seo Ji An’s meeting with Choi Do Kyung’s mother seems to have unexpected consequences in the development of the relationship between Seo Ji An and Choi Do Kyung. Are they going to get married? Finally, Choi Do Kyung is not hiding for his family anymore and states Seo Ji An is the woman who has become precious to him! How will his mother respond to this statement?

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“My Golden Life” Audience Rating Rises to 42.8%!

Last episode of “My Golden Life” in 2017 Seo Ji An confessed in tears her love to Choi Do Kyung.

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Almost immediately after this confession Seo Ji An said that she would not start anything with Choi Do Kyung, because of his family background and she didn’t intend to ever go back to that family!

After some persuasion from Do Kyung, she accepted his birthday present though.

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Although Ji An doesn’t want to start something with Do Kyung, they grow closer to each other nevertheless. Do Kyung suggests to start dating without telling anyone about it.

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Ji An helps Do Kyung to prepare for a presentation, although she refused at first. Also they are going to the flower market together, through intervention of Yong Gook, to buy flowers for the wedding of Hyuk’s sister with the baker. Do Kyung uses the opportunity to present Ji An a bouquet of flowers as a thank you for her help. In return she may buy him something to eat!

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In the mean time, mother Choi suspects Ji An, whom she met by coincidence at the start of episode 36, to be the reason Do Kyung wanted to start his own business and live on his own. She takes action to meet with Ji An again and confront her with her suspicion.

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This time Ji An stood up for herself and told Do Kyung’s mother to sort out her problems with her son directly as she was having nothing with him. Choi Myung Hee looked rather shocked when Seo Ji An opposed her and told her clearly she had no intention to return to the family!

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The end of episode 36 on Sunday January 7 left high expectations for episode 37. How will the battle between Seo Ji An and Choi Do Kyung’s mother end? It pushed the audience rating up to a new high of 42.8%!

DateEpisodeNielsen - NationalNielsen - SeoulTNmS - NationalTNmS - Seoul
2017-09-02119.7% (1st)19.5% (3rd)20.7% (1st)17.5% (4th)
2017-09-03223.7% (1st)23.5% (1st)22.5% (1st)20.0% (1st)
2017-09-09322.4% (1st)22.2% (2nd)23.2% (1st)19.4% (2nd)
2017-09-10428.4% (1st)28.2% (1st)29.6% (1st)26.0% (1st)
2017-09-16525.3% (1st)24.5% (1st)25.2% (1st)20,9% (1st)
2017-09-17629.7% (1st)29.7% (1st)28.8% (1st)24.5% (1st)
2017-09-23726.2% (1st)25.6% (1st)25.8% (1st)22.0% (2nd)
2017-09-24830.9% (1st)30.5% (1st)31.2% (1st)28.4% (1st)
2017-09-30925.4%(1st)24.3% (1st)24.4% (1st)21.0% (3rd)
2017-10-011029.6% (1st)29.8% (1st)28.1% (1st)23.9% (1st)
2017-10-071127.2% (1st)26.7% (1st)24.8% (1st)20.3% (3rd)
2017-10-081230.9% (1st)30.1% (1st)30.3% (1st)27.4% (1st)
2017-10-141327.4% (1st)26.5% (1st)27.9% (1st)23.3% (3rd)
2017-10-151432.4% (1st)31.7% (1st)31.2% (1st)27.5% (1st)
2017-10-211529.7% (1st)29.5% (1st)30.2% (1st)27.8% (1st)
2017-10-221635.0% (1st)34.8% (1st)34.2% (1st)31.4% (1st)
2017-10-281730.2% (1st)30.2% (1st)30.3% (1st)26.8% (1st)
2017-10-291834.5% (1st)34.2% (1st)34.2% (1st)30.3% (1st)
2017-11-041931.2% (1st)30.8% (1st)31.1% (1st)27.1% (1st)
2017-11-052036.0% (1st)36.0% (1st)35.5% (1st)31.3% (1st)
2017-11-112132.3% (1st)32.1% (1st)32.2% (1st)30.1% (1st)
2017-11-122237.9% (1st)36.6% (1st)37.1% (1st)34.0% (1st)
2017-11-182335.0% (1st)34.6% (1st)31.4% (1st)27.9% (1st)
2017-11-192437.7% (1st)37.5% (1st)36.3% (1st)33.6% (1st)
2017-11-252534.7% (1st)34.3% (1st)30.7% (1st)27.0% (1st)
2017-11-262639.0% (1st)38.6% (1st)35.9% (1st)32.1% (1st)
2017-12-022735.7% (1st)35.4% (1st)32.7% (1st)29.9% (1st)
2017-12-032838.8% (1st)38.9% (1st)38.7% (1st)35.7% (1st)
2017-12-092935.6% (1st)35.5% (1st)33.2% (1st)29.0% (1st)
2017-12-103041.2% (1st)40.8% (1st)40.2% (1st)36.3% (1st)
2017-12-163135.7% (1st)34.7% (1st)34.2% (1st)30.7% (1st)
2017-12-173240.7% (1st)40.1% (1st)39.6% (1st)35.5% (1st)
2017-12-233334.7% (1st)33.1% (1st)32.8% (1st)29.1% (1st)
2017-12-243437.8% (1st)36.9% (1st)35.9% (1st)31.6% (1st)
2017-12-30Special 122.1% (1st)21.5% (1st)
2017-12-31Special 217.5% (1st)17.3% (1st)21.6% (1st)18.7% (1st)
2018-01-063537.6% (1st)37.2% (1st)
2018-01-073642.8% (1st)42.5% (1st)
2018-01-133737.8% (1st)37.9% (1st)
2018-01-143843.2% (1st)42.9% (1st)
2018-01-203936.8% (1st)35.4% (1st)
2018-01-214041.9% (1st)41.2% (1st)
2018-01-274138.8% (1st)39.3% (1st)
2018-01-284244.2% (1st)44.6% (1st)
2018-02-034340.3% (1st)40.5% (1st)
2018-02-044444.6% (1st)44.1% (1st)
2018-02-114541.9% (1st)41.5% (1st)
2018-02-174634.7% (1st)34.8% (1st)
2018-02-194738.7% (1st)38.9% (1st)
2018-02-254829.3% (1st)28.8% (1st)
2018-03-034938.1% (1st)37.6% (1st)
2018-03-045043.9% (1st)43.0% (1st)
2018-03-105138.1% (1st)36.7% (1st)
2018-03-115245.1% (1st)34.8% (1st)

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Preview Episode 35 “My Golden Life” 2018.01.06

Preview Episode 35 "My Golden Life"

The preview for episode 35 is very promising. After Ji An’s confession to
Do Kyung, they are growing closer together and he even asks her to date! Grandpa Roh doesn’t seem to be happy his grandson keeps standing his ground and is after Ji An now. Or at least, after the woman who caused
Do Kyung to turn his back to the family! What will happen?

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“My Golden Life” Episodes 33 & 34 English Subs

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In episode 33 both Ji An and Hyuk are surprised to see Do Kyung in the shared house when they return from a drink. Yong Gook and Do Kyung happen to be friends and Do Kyung will share the room with Hyuk. Only then Ji An finds out Do Kyung isn’t going to Europe but kicked out of the house as he wanted to live on his own and start his own business. She felt cheated because of the lunch they shared, but Do Kyung said he liked it and was prepared for the beating up!

Episode 33

In episode 34 Do Kyung is working two jobs. One at daytime and one at night to make a living and prepare a surprise for Ji An’s birthday on Christmas Day. Ji An is worried about Do Kyung, because she heard he had hurt himself and despite his hurt hand cooked a surprise meal for her. At the bus stop Do Kyung has another surprise for Ji An for her birthday. Finally, although scolding him at first, Ji An admits she likes Do Kyung.

Episode 34

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“My Golden Life” Episodes 31 & 32 English Subs

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In episode 31 Choi Do Kyung takes the decision to live on his own and starts his own business independent of Haesung Group. He submits his resignation to his parents who can’t believe their eyes. When nothing helps to change Do Kyung’s mind his grandfather, Chairman Noh, kicks him out of the family and the house with nothing more than the clothes he wears and some cash in his wallet. He has to leave everything behind.

Episode 31

In episode 32 Choi Do Kyung wanders around to find a place to sleep and find a job to feed himself. Most of the cash he spent on buying new clothes, a backpack and a one night stay in a hotel. His best friend refuses to help him and tells him to go back to the family. Seo Ji An who thinks
Choi Do Kyung is going to Europe soon, is having lunch with him and they spend a nice time together at a familiar place, Namdaemun Market.

Episode 32

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Park Si Hoo-ssi Happy New Year & Congratulations!

Happy New Year 2018

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Park Si Hoo-ssi your New Year 2018 has started as bright as you could wish for. Your drama “My Golden Life” brought your acting career in a golden flow! In 2011 you received your last Acting Award by KBS and
Sunday December 31, 2017/January 1, 2018 you were gracing the stage again to receive two new Awards!

(Please, click the link in the video to go to YouTube and watch at DramaKBS channel, thank you!)

Besides the Excellence Award for full-length drama, you also received the Best Couple Award with Shin Hye Sun for your roles as the couple (though we still have to see this happen ) Choi Do Kyung and Seo Ji An in “My Golden Life”! Congratulations to both of you!

(Please, click the link in the video to go to YouTube and watch at DramaKBS channel, thank you!)

Although you had to be patient to shine on stage again during an Awards Ceremony, I never doubted you would be there one day! The
2017 KBS Drama Awards felt like the last missing piece of the puzzle which fell into its place. I was smiling all over and my heart was bursting from happiness and joy!

Well done, Park Si Hoo-ssi. May you have a Sparkling, Joyous and Happy 2018 with lots of opportunities coming your way!

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