Mini Essay

Old-fashioned romance is not dead.

All you have to do is learn how to become
a true k-drama leading man or an oppa.

An oppa means ‘older brother.’ This Korean term also refers to any male that a girl feels close to, such as a brother, friend, or boyfriend.

So how does one become a true Oppa?

Start with a haircut and clean shave.

Learn ways to be close to a woman— hand on the shoulder and carry an umbrella when it rains.
End with tying a woman’s shoelaces, tying her hair gently, or giving her a piggyback ride.

These suggestions are extreme. But, if you watch Kdramas such as Startup, you’ll notice that it’s all about acts of service. An Oppa treats someone with respect. He puts himself out there with his vulnerability.

It’s more than the looks, but being a true gentleman.

About the author

About the author

Bea Trinidad host a podcast about smarter love - Thirsty & Thirty. She is also the official storyteller of a culinary school, CCA Manila. She can help you with writing projects like a love story gift to your special someone or telling your company’s story.

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