MARCH 05, 2020

After the crash

BY CHICA VILLARTA
PROGRAM PHOTOS FROM TVN

These seven things will help you relive everything you love about Crash Landing on You.

Warning: This article contains spoilers.

All efforts to deny are futile: the Crash Landing on You (CLOY) wave has taken over us, and despite our efforts to resume regular programming after the show’s finalé last February, our hallyu-addicted selves will carry a torch for Captain Ri Jeong Hyeok and Yoon Se-Ri for months, even years to come.

The fact that CLOY is on Netflix is the only one saving us through this #RiRi-less drought. You’re not alone if you’ve watched each of the 16 episodes thrice, or been replaying your favorite scenes over and over again.

Crash Landing on You tells the story of a North Korean army captain and a South Korean CEO who fall in love.

But as it is, we’ve decided not to wallow in the tragedy of fiction and decided to compile a list of things that will help you relive the best Crash Landing on You moments, as if the story were still going on in your reality.

1. Hand-drip coffee

It was a romantic move that earned Captain Ri a finger heart from Yoon Se-Ri’s penniless pocket. 

Captain Ri Jeong Hyeok (played by actor Hyun Bin) prepares coffee for a sleeping Se-Ri.

After failing to promise her the chance to return to her life in Seoul where she longed to sip espresso in her posh Gangnam neighborhood, Ri Jeong Hyeok dusted his forgotten coffee tools, roasted beans himself, and greeted Se-Ri the next morning with a cup of his own handmade drip coffee.

From left to right: Bean Plus SD-02 My Drip Dripper (P1,850); Stagg Pour Over Kettle (P5,211) and Stagg X Paper Filter (P604/pack of 50). Images from Coffee Lab.

Remember the butterflies that came with this literally heartwarming act of love by making your very own pour over brew with Coffee Lab’s extensive selection of coffee-making gear. Beans are available in store, too.

Visit Coffee Lab at UP Town Center.

2. Fragrant shampoo

We look back at Se-Ri’s impromptu awarding ceremony as one of the most endearing and funny moments in CLOY, setting the stage for a great friendship sub-story between the rich CEO and her squad of naive yet lovable soldiers. 

Master Sergeant Pyo Chi Soo (played by actor Yang Kyung Won), Yoon Se-Ri’s enduring frenemy.

The love-hate relationship between Yoon Se-Ri and Master Sergeant Pyo Chi Soo was perfectly reflected in the scene: after not receiving a special award, Sergeant Pyo was handed Se-Ri’s barely-touched personal care items: shampoo, conditioner and bodywash—products he had never heard of. 

In later episodes, it is revealed that the sergeant could no longer live without shampoo, as he said it made his hair smell like a bed of flowers.

Love, Beauty and Planet Smooth and Serene Shampoo (P390). Image from Love, Beauty and Planet

Bask in the fragrance of a floral shampoo like it’s your first time to try it. Love, Beauty and Planet’s Argan Oil and Lavender shampoo should do the trick.

Love, Beauty and Planet is available in Watson’s, located at select Ayala Malls.

3. Scented candles

When Captain Ri brought home a regular candle for Yoon Se-Ri when she requested a scented one for bathing and sleeping, we chuckled and forgave him for his adorable slip-up. 

But who would have known that a few episodes down, we would fall head over heels when he used a scented candle as a torch to look for Se-Ri when she got lost in the marketplace at night?

Yoon Se-Ri (played by actress Son Ye-jin) and Ri Jeong Hyeok meet at the marketplace.

Needless to say, one of CLOY’s most romantic moments made us want to stock up on scented candles—local brand Saan Saan’s soy candles bear one-of-a-kind fragrances, dark amber packaging and rough, typewritten labels we feel would be perfect to light inside Captain Ri’s rustic yet homey North Korea abode.

Saan Saan Homemade Soy Candle in No. 05 Linen Room (from P535). Image from Saan Saan

Saan Saan is available at Trading Post, located at the fourth floor of One Bonifacio High, Taguig.

4. Moisturizing essence

Yoon Se-Ri’s entrepreneurial chops came rushing out when she unexpectedly saw skincare products from her own company, Se-Ri’s Choice, sold at a North Korean marketplace. 

A marketplace seller reveals her hidden stash of South Korean products

Filled with awe, pride and annoyance at how the seller didn’t market her moisturizing essence well enough, Se-Ri blasted through the product’s key ingredients and benefits—among them softer skin and a glossy complexion.

Skin Food Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence (price available in store). Image from Skin Food

With CLOY’s success, maybe the fictitious Yoon Se-Ri will soon have her name on a skincare brand collab in the real world, but for now, we found a product similar to the Se-Ri’s Choice essence: Skin Food’s Honey Propolis Enrich Essence, promising radiant, glowing, dewy skin.

Visit Skin Food at the second level of Trinoma, Quezon City.

5. Korean fried chicken

We haven’t heard from any CLOY-crazed person who didn’t crave Korean fried chicken after watching the series. 

The dish appears many times throughout the show, memorably when Ri Jeong Hyeok and Yoon Se-Ri shared a plate over glasses of beer as they watched the first snowfall together in Pyeongyang. 

Ri Jeong Hyeok and Yoon Se-Ri share chicken and beer at the North Korean capital.

Fried chicken would also be the center of many discussions between Se-Ri’s loyal assistant Mr. Hong and her diligent insurance broker, and would turn out to be Captain Ri’s soldiers’ favorite food as they stayed in Seoul for their mission.

Jeong Hyeok, Se-Ri and their band of loyal soldiers share chicken and beer over a football game in Seoul.

BBQ Olive Chicken, the fried chicken shop frequented in the show exists in real life (and is also known from the K-drama Goblin), but luckily we have places like Oppa! Chicken that fulfill this post-CLOY fried chicken craving.

Oppa! Chicken in Original flavor (P320/8 pieces). Image from Oppa! Chicken

Visit Oppa! Chicken at the ground floor of Ayala Malls Circuit, Makati.

6. Korean ramen

Sure, ramen is classic K-drama fare, but only true CLOY fans know how ramyeon became pivotal to the development of Seo Dan and Gu Seung Jun’s rather unexpected love story.

At the height of Seo Dan’s despair over the state of her relationship with Ri Jeong Hyeok, she shared a noodle dish with conman Seung Jun who taught her a thing or two about keeping romantic connections alive.

Gu Seung Jun (played by actor Kim Jung Hyun) and Seo Dan (played by actress Seo Ji-hye) discuss romance over ramen.

But this lesson backfired on Seung Jun himself, as he started to develop feelings for Seo Dan. While sharing a pot of instant ramen with her, Seung Jun failed to realize that Seo Dan indirectly admitted her love for him—a detail he would just confirm as he breathed his last.

Samyang Carbonara Hot Chicken Flavor noodles; Ottogi Yeul Noodle Bowl and Ottogi Jin Ramen in Mild (prices available in store)

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, celebrate Seo Dan and Gu Seung Jun’s short but sweet love affair with an instant ramyeon tasting feast.

A wide selection of instant Korean ramen is available in Rustan’s, Glorietta 4.

7. A vase of fresh flowers

We paraglide right towards the Crash Landing finale, where we witness a worthy ending to this fantastic love story: despite living in opposing countries, Ri Jeong Hyeok and Yoon Se-Ri find a bittersweet way to spend the rest of their lives together. 

For two weeks every year, the lovers rendezvous in Switzerland, where they live a limited yet happy life in a house they own on top of the mountains. 

The star-crossed lovers reside once a year in their sprawling Switzerland home.

In the final scene, we see Se-Ri place small flowers into a vase, and head for the field where Jeong Hyeok carries a bundle he picked himself. 

They hug and kiss, and we the viewers know that our uniquely fated lovers will spend the rest of their lives with each other no matter what. It’s the most satisfying ending we could’ve asked for.

Santibañez Flowershop floral arrangement (price available in store). Image from instagram.com/iamnicolebenito

Make your own mini floral arrangement to be one with our favorite K-Drama couple’s happy ending. Santibañez Floweshop in Market! Market! is one of the many to-go stalls for fresh pickings in the middle of the city.

Visit the flower market at Market! Market!, Taguig.

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