I remember seeing Jewel in the Palace long long time ago. I can say that it was my first ever Korean Drama. Back then, I don't have access to internet so i have no way of knowing if these dramas are available online so i didn't even pay attention or didn't even try to explore other existing Kdramas that time. I just watch whatever is being broadcasted in free TV. I remember seeing back then Stairway to Heaven and Winter Sonata (I'm not sure of the title) and then that's it.
My first taste of taiwanese drama was Meteor Garden. I've seen it because it was the trend that time and not because i really want to watch it.
I only started to take KDramas seriously April of 2015 when i stumble upon DongYi in youtube. I was surprised because i thought that KDramas all ends up tragically wherein everybody dies in the end. After DongYi i started looking for similar dramas which started my fascination for sageuks. eventually led me to modern Kdramas story. the first non sageuk i fell in love with is My Love From Another Star. I enjoyed that drama so much that i started to look for its OST which led me to KPOP. My thirst for more Kdramas made me discover KissAsian which introduced me to other dramas in Japan, China, Taiwan and Thailand.