Yoon Hye-jin (Shin Min-a), an intelligent and pretty dentist living in the big city, loses her job after she righteously accuses the clinic’s head doctor of overdoing patients’ treatment for profit. She embarks on a trip to the idyllic seaside village of Gongjin, where she meets jack-of-all-trades Hong Du-sik (Kim Seon-ho). Du-sik is held in high esteem in the village because he takes care of the elders and does not shy away from any odd jobs. By chance, the paths of the two people cross several times and they take a liking to each other, while Du-sik constantly helps Hye-jin out of trouble.
This drama is realistic and relatable. I appreciate how the relationship portrayed each of the characters, from married and divorce couples, parents to their children, friendship, neighborhood community, strangers to lovers and so on. Some viewers don’t understand the hype, but I do. I like the simplicity of the story, the characters are matured, the sceneries are beautiful, the love triangle is not toxic and of course, the story line is free from anxiety-ridden.
What makes this drama worthy to watch is the lessons that they are trying to perceive;
“Life isn’t so fair for all of us. Some spend their whole lives on unpaved roads, while some run at full speed only to reach the edge of a cliff.” – Everyone has different struggles in life, we must not judge them and must open our mind to understand what others are going through. Treat everyone as your equals.
“Do you know what it means to be a good parent? It’s staying healthy for a long time. They shouldn’t endure pain to save money for their children. They should take care of themselves.” – It’s okay to sacrifice yourself, as the best thing a person can do to his/her love ones, but taking care of yourself is part of being selfless too.
“You’re bound to meet unexpected situations in life. Even if you use an umbrella, you’ll end up getting drenched. Just put your hands up and welcome the rain.” – Indeed, life problems are unexpected. We thought we are ready to face them, but there are some moments that we are not. Instead of making it hard for ourselves, let’s welcome them and grasp the lessons.
“Being strong and independent doesn’t mean avoiding connections.“- No man is an island. I believe that no person can go through with their struggles alone.
“Apologies make a huge difference.” – They said, being able to realize you made a mistake is a brave step, but apologizing for it is even braver.
And personally, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha has taught me about living a simpler life.
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