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Happy Friday everyone!

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Yay! I am first! Never happened before!

*Does the happy dance, the kuku dance, the electric slide, breakdances..*

Don't judge me!

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Shiku! HI! I feel like I haven't seen you in ages! Food - there is a really good Indian restaurant but I can't remember what it's called. It's up north of me so a friend always takes me. There is a delicious Chinese place down south thats just called Chinese food. It serves American Chinese and real Chinese. So when I go with my Chinese friend, I get the good stuff.

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I have been in and out in OT but I always seem to miss you. Did you decide to move to Colorado? I am moving again later this month further along the East Coast and am pretty excited but am sad at the same time as I won't be seeing snow very often.

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Come to Virginia! We get smattering of snow, which is more than enough in my book. :-)

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Sounds nice but am moving to North Carolina and am actually concerned there is a lot of racism over there.

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Happy Weekend, Shiku!

If I danced I might judge you, but I don't so I won't! I'll admire instead :D

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*Clap! Clap! Clap!*

Would appreciate some dirty dancing, too.

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Since I haven't watched k-dramas this week, I will ask a non-k-drama related question.

What's your favorite restaurant and why?

Mine is Bahama Breeze because they have live entertainment and good Carribean food.

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hmm,
what a hard question! my favorite restaurant is any that delivers indian food to my house!

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Does such a place exist?
I would be in heaven!

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well there is this place but they expect me to order over $35 ( not really a problem I could eat indian food everyday for a week or invite someone over) and then charge $12.50 for delivery charge. That chafes me the most but I'm sure I'll give in any day now.

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In any large city! I can get anything delivered. Kitchen? Who needs a kitchen. All I need is a phone and a place to store the take out menus.

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lol I say make it yourself! You never know what people put in your food these days. I'm not THAT big of a health nut, I swear!

And $12 delivery charge and then if you give them a tip...?! Crazy!

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Local themed: Atashi, a Korean restaurant that serves the best bibbimbap around

Chain: Ruby Tuesdays, I like the salad bar and sliders for lunch.

Seafood (I'm on the Atlantic Ocean): Beach Pub, a darling little dive with scarred wooden tables, old chairs, a 50-beer selection, and fish so fresh you'd swear their eyes were pleading at you. My favorite is the blacken tuna burrito.

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That beach pub sounds amazing! like a secret local spot.

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Yep - it doesn't look like much, but it never is empty. And it's far enough from the oceanfront that few if any tourists will find it. And since it'll probably never make a Diners and Dives episode (sorry Shel), there's rarely a waitlist.

We actually have had a couple of local restaurants make the Food Network, including one that my late cousin worked in. He had said Bobby Flay is a pretty nice guy face to face.

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Yup, Phil's was a tiny little place until the Food Network got hold of it.

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I deff need to give it a try when I'm in the area!

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Hmm... Wagamama is really awesome :D

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I love Wagamama too!

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I've only been there once a few years ago when I was visiting, but yeah, it really is good. :-)

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Local: Phil's Fish Market Although now that made a couple of Food Network shows (did a cioppino throw-down where he beat Bobby Flay) we can only go in the off-season cuz the line is ridiculous. Love the clam chowder, the onion rings, the giant mahi mahi tacos and live bluegrass music three days a week.

Mexican: Grew up on Mexican so I'm picky. The Whole Enchilada down the street. It's a fun atmosphere, the food is fabulous, tho a bit pricey. Especially love hanging out on the patio eating outdoors when the weather is nice. Most often though I eat at Sarita's, a litte tiny place that is the only place I've found in California that makes Mexican like my Arizona roots. And, it's cheap, and they make the best carnitas in the world.

Asian: The Lemon Grass Thai place. LOVE LOVE LOVE their curries and their Pad Thai.

Couldn't think of a single chain that I like as much as any of those. Maybe Islands Burgers...but I usually get fish tacos there, go figure. :0)

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Shel!! That all sounded great. But what's cioppino?

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Cioppino is a San Francisco/Italian seafood soup. Tomato based. Apparently, when the Italian fishermen in SF would come in ...the Italian mamas would have a big pot of tomato/fish broth going and they would throw whatever seafood they could into it: calamari, shrimp, fish, crab, mussels. So its a SF regional thing....usually served with sourdough.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=548hLRGXeHU There's the first part of the throwdown video, they'll probably explain it there.

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Whooo, sounds yummy. I wonder if any restaurants serve that in Virginia Beach? I think I'll add that to my "Gotta Try" list in my PalmPilot...

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Ooh...I just watched the video. I live 3 miles inland from Moss Landing, which is where Phil's is. That's the beach where we go watch the sunset in the summer and go hunting for sand dollars in the winter.

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@ Shel - from the sound of it, if you go there this afternoon, you'll be all healed by the time you get a table. lol

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LOL could be, but it's off season. We're cool until spring break month....mid March to mid April it's nuts while everyone comes here on Spring break....a smart move because our nicest weather is in the spring and fall. Summers tend to be foggy and kind of chilly.

Our favorite bluegrass band plays on Tuesday nights and we go pretty regularly in the off-season. And for sure, all birthdays. It's not a birthday until Billy of Bean Creek sings you Happy Birthday...he always makes up the 2nd verse and it's always funny. He's been singing Happy Birthday to my baby girl since she was about 3.

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At 2:56 in part 2, is my band! From the left Annie (amazing fiddle player....search for her on youtube, Annie Staninec) John, Billy and Sarah. We started going to Phil's when my daughter was tiny and she would dance in the aisles. A couple of years ago, Sarah came up and said "is this the same little girl that used to dance in the aisles?" Now she's "too cool". But, if they know we're coming, they save us table by theirs. Annie has moved on, got a gig touring Europe with a more famous bluegrass band, but they just got another fiddle/banjo player and keep on.

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Why do we have to talk about all the foods that just aren't the same in Korea again this week?

I LOVE Mexican, and same for Indian, and it's also occurred to me that I miss NY-style bagels, deli sandwiches, and pizza. There's plenty of pizza here, but never the greasy, cheese-only kind you can find all over NYC...

I'm not really a foodie, but, being vegetarian, I really can't appreciate Korean food as much as many people can, and am left to crave the foods I enjoyed in the US that aren't typical here, because vegetarianism is so rare.

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Poor Sethe

[pat on head with one hand, eating tempeh burger with other]. Ok, I'm just evil...lol

But welcome to OT anyway!!!

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Hi Shuk!

I don't know if you're making fun of me (and other vegetarians), but I actually really like tempeh :) On the bright side, there is plenty of tofu here, and I've found it, on the whole, much more flavorful than the US tofu I've had.

And, if I haven't mentioned it before, I do love me some ramyun (ADORE my sodium), and that's plentiful here.

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Aw, Sethe! Sending a virtual black bean/roasted corn/monterey jack/cilantro quesedilla on a homemade tortilla from Miguel's in Marina. My favorite lunch. No one should be Mexican food-deprived, ever. :0)

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....with quacamole, of course....

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Should I have the Mitt-ster deliver it? Although, he's a bit busy these days....

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Oh, you're so sweet, Shel :)

Don't forget the chips and salsa!

And yeah, having Mittens be the delivery man would be fantastic... but he's super-busy gearing up for Super Tuesday these next few days (trying to figure out what positions he should publicly take on important issues, and all). But, you know, if he has a few hours...

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@ Sethe

Tempeh is the only vegetarian product I like. For health reasons I have to limit my intake of soy.

But, yes, I was making fun of you, too! Hee!

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@Shukmeister

Why were you making fun of me?

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Basically I make fun of everybody, including myself, my family, the dog, work, prime numbers, Diet Dr Pepper, my eating habits and attire, and anything else that strikes me.

I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings; it wasn't meant to be mean-spirited or anything.

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Talking about all my fave places made me hungry for Thai, so I had hubby go get take out at Lemon Grass. I told them medium spicy, but I dunno whose scale they were using. BUT, 'twas yummy anyway and I have the added bonus of clear sinuses now, lol.

Penang Curry, Pad Thai and Pineapple Fried Rice. YUM!

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Pad Thai and Pineapple Fried Rice! My two favorite things! Add my third, Tiger Shrimp, and I'm done for :)

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I like Pad Thai, never tried pineapple rice, and do you have to remove the claws from the Tiger Shrimp?

Most of my food weaknesses revolve around chocolate chip cookie dough, but if I had to state my favorite entre it would have to be my father's slops.

It's a recipe from his Navy days: Ground beef simmered with minestrone soup and vegetables, poured over a heaping mound of mashed potatoes. It's like shepherd's pie, but upside down. Yummy and you get to play with your food.

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There used to be this tiny little carribean restaurant around the corner from my college. I have yet to find a place that has better jerk chicken.

Favorite Chain Restaurant: Red Robin. Love their steak fries and it's my daughter's favorite restaurant, so it just feels like family time whenever we go.

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Favorite place for the cusine is Tast of India, although it is expensive! Love everything on the menu.

Favorite place for both food, ambience and memories is a greek family owned restaurant Kosta's in the neighborhood where I grew up.

It started out when I was a teen as one of those counter only diners where they cooked right in front of you. Over the years, they have expanded many times, added a patio, added wine, added fancy coffees, but still maintained the family feeling.

Best souvkaki, best breakfasts, best seafood.

I walked there as a child and hung out. Stumbled there in college to eat post bar closing breakfasts.
Pushed my stroller there filled diaper bags and baby food so I could relax in the sun and eat something other than PB&J.
Take my kids there after big concerts and school events.
It is where I take out of town friends, too.

Good question.

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There's a place like that in Arizona. It's Mexican food, but my Grammie took us there for our birthdays. We went there after graduations. I hung out there in college with my buddies. When I go home to visit, it's the one place I really wanna go eat. Once when I was home, I mentioned wanting to go there to my dad. He offered to take us out, but he took us to some other Mexican place. It was fine, but he didn't "get" the whole nostalgia thing.

Now my bestie lives in Arizona. She grew up there, too (although we met here in California) and that restaurant is the restaurant where they celebrated all of THEIR occasions. Neither of our hubbies are much for Mexican food, but when I go home, she and I ditch the guys and go have us a chili relleno or enchilada. So now it's our tradition. If they ever go out of business, we'll both cry.

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Shel!! - My dad and my brother-in-law don't like Mexican food either, so I do a Hen Party with my mom and sister about once a month, when my parents are in town.

We shop, or get manicures, pedicures, or massages, then eat Mexican. Kind of a XX chromosome-only bonding day.

We have our favorites, and luckily they show no signs of closing.

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Happy March 1st, OTers!

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LOL! Shiku, look at our post time - it's serendipity!
:)

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Oh my! Has that ever happened before? I am just happy I didn't add anything extra as you wud have surely beaten me in posting.

Proof that great minds think alike.

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You're funny!
But actually, I was only here because I was trying to wake up after marathoning an old Eugenie drama 'Wonderful Life' all night.
**sigh** - so now I'll have that groggy girl's-pajama-party-up-all-night feeling, all day long. Oh, the price we pay for Kdrama addiction...
:)

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my price is a fat eye- the left one from tazza watching. I'm ashamed that it's only 3 episodes at a time.

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I drove from Indy to pa yesterday which made me tired but silly me stayed up all night watching trash tv.

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the little girl in that drama is soooo cute and adorable.

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Cynthia!! Good morning!

And it's actually March 2nd, lol. Maybe you forgot it's a leap year?

And the addiction feels soooo good some days. Other times, maybe not so much. LOL

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She really is exceptionally cute - I was wondering if she's still acting? This was a 2004 drama and she looked about 5 or 6, so I figure she's about 14 or so? I'll have to look her up.

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Shuk@!
Omg - you are SO right and now I'm feeling like such an idiot. The downside to Kdrama all-night marathoning. My brain cells are being sucked out. (Wait! Does this mean that my husband's snide comments regarding my Kdrama obsession are really true?!)
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Guys' snide comments about watching KDrama are NEVER TRUE!

They're just jealous because they can't rock the guyliner like Yun Jung Hoon, and are afraid to wear pink like Lin Min-HOT.

IMHO, anyway.

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Thanks. I feel better now. :)

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[short bow] My pleasure, as always...

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Actually she has. I just looked.
http://star.koreandrama.org/?p=381
Last year she was in 3 dramas (Manny, Miss Ripley, and Sign)

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Thanks for the link! Can you believe that kid's filmography?! I LOVED her in Miss Ripley - girl can really turn on the tears. And she's only 12?!

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Hi Shukie,

what does IMHO mean?

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@ Iv!

"In My Humble Opinion"

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I liked the contract marriage in Wonderful Life. It ruined me for life!

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Okay, just added Wonderful Life to my viewing list.

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Which part(s)?
The 'divorce after 5 years' or the 'separate bedrooms' or the 'keep your nose outta my private business' clause?
:)

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EVERYTHING!!!

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Ricky oppa... my speciality is contract law. Maybe we should talk a bit further... :D

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Happy Friday!

I was reading this article on BBC yesterday about "ten strange things people do at night," and was surprised to see my favorite nighttime activity on the list...although I've done it so much I don't think it's strange! :P I'm sure everyone else here can relate! It's the seventh one, check it out:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17193783

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I saw that too!!! It's awesome <3

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I'm sorry, I missed it because I was watching asian drama. LOL.

Seriously, it's wild to think that other people like me with strange sleep cycles (in my case, because of work) end up doing similar things. Nice to know I'm unique just like everybody else...

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he he he! what is she watching with jung aeri?

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I'm pretty sure all in OT do that. :D :D

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Except from me...

If I tried to do that at home my Mum would get really annoyed at me as she CAN HEAR EVERYTHING... seriously its quite amazing... and I'm pretty deaf... so therefore can't tell it's loud... You can see this works well can't you?

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Heh. That's why God invented headphones, Leaf. Trust me, I know.
:)

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Hear hear, Cyn.

And, yes, that was a pun. ;-)

- I have a secure wraparound headset I use when I'm working out, for my Kpop and OST music.
- I also have a set of soft earbuds to wear when I fall asleep watching asian drama at the rescue squad.
- I also also have a giant earcovering headset for mowing the lawn, going to a NASCAR race, or in any noisy environment. I amused a passenger during a flight from Phoenix last year wearing the monster headset and attaching it to my dainty netbook while watching anime.

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I know ;) That's how I coped when I was sharing a room at Uni...

But my Mum tells me off for having the Computer ON! Yes she can hear my computer is on from the room next door... and it's not even loud or anything...
I've just given up on that... plus sleep is something I take at any oppertunity...

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Lol! My parents come out of their rooms to check if my lights are on, but good thing their door creaks and I just close my laptop with my headphones in when they do that.

Watching with people around makes me feel weird though... I get the feeling people are watching me and going what the heck is that crazy girl doing...

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Wow there's us. Long time not visiting OT. How's everybody doing? :) Happy Friday!

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It is nice to know that I am not alone ... and that watching kdramas is an acknowledged nighttime activity ... LOL ... Nevermind that I watch it at night and day, even at work sometimes ... double-LOL.

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Me too. Someone at work called me out the other day and said I was looking at Korean School Girls like some kind of perv. I was watching Dream High for crying out loud!

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LOL

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Well, I am trying to figure out how to get SOLIVE running on my work computer. I think the firewall is preventing it and I need SOLIVE to watch SUFBB on Monday/Tuesday. And you know they also look very young, so no doubt I will be labelled as such as well. Ah well ... the perils of being a kdrama addict.

If I cannot get it fixed this weekend (have to work unfortunately), then I will definitely walk with laptop to work.

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LOL!

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Lol, just got done watching Dream High too, the first one. It was surprisingly good with an amazing OST.

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OMG! Here is a poem I wrote about a year ago that fits this.
Drama Dreaming

From dawn to dusk I live my life.
I’m mother, worker bee and wife.
Evenings I beg to be free.
That time is reserved for me

Kids and dishes put away.
Husband sleeping, cares at bay.
My headset and my pjs on,
I’m ready, uri Kim Rae Won!

Reality just can’t compete
with all the light, the lies, the sweet,
the heat, the pretty, and the mean
radiating from the screen.

They laugh, I smile.
They cry, I cry.
They fight, I hurt.
They love, I sigh.
They kiss, and my heart skips a beat.
(The good ones I put on repeat)

I watch until I close my eyes
then suddenly I realize
the clock confirms my worstest fear -
tomorday is already here!

Oh, well, that’s fine. It’s nothing new.
(I’m sure this happened once to you.)
Sleep arrives without a fight,
Drama dreaming in the night.

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Awesome poem, Jomo! :D

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Collective autobiography.

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True true, Myst.

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Just daebak, Jomo!

Yup, sounds very very familiar. Applies to all of us here, I think.

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Wow.....i'm proud!!! Now I don't feel alone and strange...hehe

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Well, you're probably still strange, but you're not alone because we all are!

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I still feel a little strange because the lady is like 70+. I'm convinced there must be a better way to spend my youth, lol :) Need to kick this addiction.

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HAHA AWESOME!

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Korean drama is an EVERY TIME activity. So is k-drama blogging. Another blogger tweeted about favoring blogging over sleep...me too sister. Me too.

But ya, when I can't sleep I definitely K-drama...and if other people get up to drink water, they come in and watch too even though they 'don't like k-drama'.

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I don't get out of bed for ANYTHING. The glass of water is already there next to me...and unless my bladder is making me CRY...I will not get up.

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The key words for me in that section were "watch for two or three hours undisturbed."

How many of us have had to quickly wipe away a river of tears because family member comes into the room?"
"Mom! Are you crying AGAIN?"

Or stop a scene pre-kiss because you know you don't want anyone watching you watch that? Or should I say watch you replay the kiss scene five times before moving on?
LOL!

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IKR! I'm constantly begging my kid for five minutes of peace, so that I can get my drama on. What on Earth is that kid thinking? I can't focus on her and subtitles at the same time :)

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With me its both my mom and my kid. My mom comes into talk, about either politics or religion, while I am trying to watch my show... so I have to put on pause because I really cannot concentrate on her and the subtitles.

Then my daughter holds my head in her hands and tells me to "look at me, mom ... look at me." And all I want to do is to tell them to go away so that I could enjoy my show.

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So cute!
The "holds my head in her hands" is the best feeling, even when you don't want them to do it.

Your story reminds me of The Cat in the Hat from Dr. Seuss:

Look at me.
Look at me.
Look at me NOW!

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Omo, Jomo!

Yesterday at work, I paused right before The Kiss, worked with an officer who was standing over my shoulder, looked around cautiously after he left to make sure nobody else was waiting, then finally watched The Kiss for the first time.

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Which The Kiss?

We never did have a group vote on which is the all time best- The Kiss.

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@ Jomo -
The Prince Who Turned Into A Frog. Under the starlight. On a blanket with a bottle of wine.

In my town, you can't be under the boardwalk, but one of my first significant kisses came under the 14th St Pier, so I kinda like that type of setup.

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"Look, boys, it's a helicopter"
Boys run to window. "There's no helicopter!"
"yes, there is, look again."
"No...no, there isn't...mom, is that a grown-up part on the tv again?"

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LOLOLOLOL!

You need to add to your repertoire!

Did you guys find the brownies?
Did you see the neighbors across the street got a pool?
Hey, look! A T-rex!

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You wake up and play with people in the tribe, too!?
Oh...
I don't think it counts if I'm up to 3 am BECAUSE I'm watching Korean Dramas.

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happy friday all!^^

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happy friday cv.

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Happy Friday

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Happy OT day!!!

Hope you have a good week!! <3

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Hi ahjummabunny, zyznoona and leaf!
Can't believe it's Friday already! :D

Any good dramas coming out this weekend?

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spoiler!!!!!!!!!!!

So I just finished watching BVS episode 22 and I have to say, finally, a sweet sweeet part just about the two of them--going great so far. Goodness, about time! But then, I'm thinking, no way, it's tooo good to be true.... and it sure was.... ahahahhhahahaha Wow, this show have so much twist and turns and ups and downs, I can't wait until the last two episodes. It's too bad it's a melo and not rom-com. Overall, not bad, not bad.

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Happy Friday one and all.

Well, I'm kind of in withdrawal right now because my W&T fix of Wild Romance and Fermentation Family are no more. I have already ranted (and raved) about Wild Romance in the previous OT, so here I will talk about F-Fam.... Too bad I'm running late for work. XD

So I just wanted to stop by and encourage those who watched F-Fam that if you'd like to encourage/thank/what-have-you the cast and crew of the show, please feel free to give them a tweet on their official twitter account @BH_family.

I wanted to give them thanks, but their home page was, er, of course not in English and even Google Translate was failing me miserably. I figured signing up to twitter and saying hi on their account was the best way to go. That's how much I loved the show. I do have some beef with it, but more on that later.... You know... After work. XD

Spread the word if that's possible and share your love with the show:
https://twitter.com/#!/BH_family

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P.S. How do I know that it's their official twitter account? Because it was on their home page.

http://drama.jtbc.co.kr/balhyo/?cloc=jtbc|header|drama

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I don't want to sign up for twitter. can't you do it on behalf of all the dramabeaners or me?

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LOL

I'll have to do that later at home too--thank the wonderful casts and crew! I just hope they keep the twitter acct open cuz...sometime after a drama is done filming, they close the acct.
I got a twitter acct to play with for work and is using it to follow my favorite kpop artists and actors. ^^

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Yup, went on my twitter and Thanked the cast and crew for a wonderful drama! :) I hope they read their twitters messages.

or do they not?

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I could maybe? I already posted there. I don't know if it's effective if I post for others. I just wanted to give people a way to give their shout out to the cast and crew. If it's not possible, than I say it's the thought that counts. X)

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I am also in serious Fermentation Family withdrawal. It's one of those shows where you find yourself thinking about the characters, wondering how they are doing and what is happening next in their lives, as if they are real people. I would love for there to be a sequel to this show - I wouldn't even care if there was a dramatic plot or not, just to watch these people interact in their daily lives is fun.

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Wouldn't that be wonderful!!? Goodness....
Now, I don't have anything to watch on the weekend either... other then FF and skip beat... :( Have to wait another week until all the new dramas comes out. :)

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Seriously, you should give a try with Feast of The Gods. It's better than what i expected and i'm not the kind to brag about a bad drama. I skipped first 2 eps ( melo intro) and watched eps 3 to 7 in a row. Food, hanoks, mystery, some funny, nice music + 2 handsome men. What's there more to ask ?

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The reason why a sequel would work, or maybe a Special Episode (j-dorama style) is because, you're right, we still are left wondering about where the characters go from here.

[SPOILER ALERT: Seriously, MAJOR SPOILERS]

Beef with the Drama:

What becomes of President Oh? Does he come out of the coma? And if he does, what will his punishment be? Or does he die? Is that a "fair" punishment considering the amount of pain he's dealt out to his wife and Ho-tae and Ho-tae's dad? What is considered just in this (the drama's) world? How about the lady that ran the orphanage that Ho-tae grew up in? I'm guessing the statute of limitation for kidnapping for her ran out too, but what becomes of her? And what's up with forgetting that the Detective was working as a Double Agent for President Oh's side? Seriously? Why even include that storyline and just conveniently forget it?

I can't say I like that President Oh's Secretary did not have to answer for his actions with the Detective letting him go but.... Some things have to be taken into consideration: (1) He did what he did to save his wife and (2) he saved Ho-tae and (3) he was willingly turned himself in. I'm not saying he shouldn't be punished, in the eyes of the law what he did was wrong and therefore the full wrath of the law should come down upon him. The fact that Ho-tae forgave him and that he will play a pivotal role testifying against President Oh is enough to sate my bloodlust.

No really, I wanted blood. I actually thought Hyunsoo was going to die. It would have been poetic considering that in order for Ho-tae to save Hae-jun, he would have had to lose Hyunsoo - gain one brother, lose another. I loved how Hae-jun cried and said he was always a step behind everyone. That even when he's made up his mind to reveal a secret or ask for forgiveness or change for the better, people pretty much beat him to the punchline. It was sad and pathetic because it's the worse way to live your life: to always be a step behind. Seriously, I was close to crying (but didn't).

What to love about the Drama:

I like that Gangster Do-shik remains steadfast in his pursuit of Woo-joo, without an actual relationship coming out of it. The same goes for Chef Uncle Do-shik and the Teacher. In that amount of time given, it makes sense that the drama didn't go around trying to create relationships just for a happy ending.

I am happy that Eun-bi's mom didn't comeback. No, it's not because I want her to go without a mother. I just think she has her place with HE&M now and to tear her away from this family the worst punishment to give a little girl whose mother at this point does not deserve her love. I think Grandpa's death was where the dam broke for me. I didn't just cry because the way Grandpa acted became endearing near the end - it's like in his last days the old man toned down the pouty child talk. I cried because the life we lose in the end is not the one we wanted to say goodbye to. It was also a moment when it hit me that I was at the the end of this journey and was close to saying goodbye to these characters.

The problem with the ending is the number of forgiveness and reconciliation that went on. Ho-tae forgave the Secretary; Ho-tae took his first step towards forgiving his mother; Hyunsoo didn't outright forgive Haejun, but in letting him live (even if it was due to Ho-tae's plead) Hyunsoo effectively took a step toward forgiveness. But, the whole point of Heaven, Earth and Man - the full name of the resty - was healing, and the first step towards healing is forgiveness. The ending included a nice wrap up using the final Kimchi dish that represents removing jealousy, hatred, and all bad feelings so that no unwanted ingredients remained.

Our main coupling was also the highlight of this drama. They said they liked each other, but it's realistic that there wasn't any sudden declarations of love. Their love, which I believe by the end is what it is, can be seen in how they kiss each other, and how they hug, hell just how they touch each other. This love though is also seen in how they worried for each other and supported each other through the tough times. I find these acts of love more romantic than any cheese love declaration the drama could have thrown at us (but thankfully didn't).

The ending may leave some feeling as if it wasn't a proper conclusion, but in some ways, we can say it's the best way and place to end this drama. Why? Because we know that this ragtag family will survive whatever life throws their way. They are stronger now than they were in the beginning.

[/End SPOILERS... I hope]

Despite the negative, this drama had so much going for it with characters I will miss. It really was a sad goodbye for me. It's not a big budget drama. You're not always meant to cry or laugh, but you will surely walk away with a smile. It left me content: happy I got to experience such a change of pace from the rest of what kdramaland has to offer, and at the same time sad that I can't get more when I know there's so much MORE that can come out of it. But what I did get out of it, is worth more than any pot o' gold I tell you now.

To top it of, allow me to share a review/mini-recap that might give this drama praise worthy of it than the words I can come up with:

http://thundiesprattle.com/2012/02/10/fermentation-family/

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Damn! Sorry for the long post. I didn't think it'd be that long. Oh kerfuffle!

Oh well, since F-Fam has ended, no one needs to worry about me blackening OT's doorstep on Fridays. Hahaha. Well, until my next underrated crack shows up.

[Final SPOILER]

P.S. Kim Gyu Chul? Best cameo EVER! I wasn't even surprised since we had a few cast members that were also from Crime Squad. I did however laugh when he showed up. Funny that here he was locked away wrongfully in a asylum by the rich, while in Crime Squad he was wrongfully locked away in prison because of the rich. XD EPIC casting!

[/SPOILER END... fo' real this time!]

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SPOILER!
I remember when the threesome found out that hotae is really han dol but the detective told president oh he didn't know who ki ho tae was pretty much the next day and also if he wasn't a double agent how could they have possibly known about the hit on the secretary.
I was actually glad that hotae got to keep both his brothers. the final kimchi- the seafood wrap kimchi that ho tae's mother could never make, that made her uneasy, that kimchi story was amazing. I felt so great just thinking about it. It's so true, when you remove everything all you have left is longing.

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From Fermentation Family (발효가족) OST

Heaven, Earth & Man (천지인) Official MV:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfuxBJB_66Q&feature=player_embedded

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From Fermentation Family (발효가족) OST

Heaven, Earth & Man (천지인) Official MV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfuxBJB_66Q&feature=player_embedded

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oh yeah google translate deserves to be kicked for some of their translations. If I don't have my korean dictionary I usually copy and paste and translate to other languages and then try to translate to english. I figure they must get it right in one of those languages.

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Haha. I look for phrases on the net to see if they're translated. It's a pain...

But I'm going to start FF. I've heard wonderful things! Especially from ZGZnoona.

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They're bad with translations but good for laughs. ;-)

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I concur Ani....I miss F-Fam and miss hearing Ho Tae gun!!!

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Happy Friday OTers! Geezus, it's MARCH already!! A big shoutout to everyone, and hope that your week was less eventful than mine was…

I have never been sooo glad to see the end of a week than this one -- I need to figure out a way to rig up a big bubble over my cubicle that spells out "DO NOT DISTURB" in bold letters just so I can finish some small projects that have been hanging over my head for way too long. Then I can crank up my tunes and dance around without people staring at me and shaking their heads… more than normal. :)

For better or worse, my Korean comprehension has gone up over 1000% because of all the news sites and reports I've been reading and listening to. To recap what I posted late in last week's OT, Ji Chang Wook was in a car accident at 5:48 AM on Sunday, 26 February at an intersection in Gangnam. His manager was driving and either (allegedly) fell asleep at the wheel or just took his eyes off the road for a second, and they smashed into the back of a dump truck waiting at the stoplight. Both he and the manager suffered minor injuries, but My Precious's face took the brunt of it -- he hit the windshield, which resulted in a 4cm gash on his forehead. He was patched up at hospital, but then insisted on returning to the set to finish filming because the production was so close to the end (in fact, it wrapped yesterday on 1 March). But later that day, after complaining of a migraine and limping badly, he had to return to hospital, where he received stitches to close the wound (and hopefully got a bag of painkillers to boot). He went back to the set on the afternoon of 28 February and resumed filming. I'm not gonna go all postal here in the OT about this, but if you want more details, I've posted my rantings, the accident updates and pictures on my Tumblr page. Just a horrible situation for someone who makes his living with that gorgeous face of his…

And I walked into the office on Wednesday to find out that major changes are coming to my department due to yet another reorganization of our Business Area. Those words always put the fear of God into me, having suffered through four of them in my tiny career here… and this time is no different. So everyone's extra-crabby and sensitive these days -- walking on eggshells was never one of my strong suits. I'm not worried about my position at all, because I'm the only Worker Bee that does what I do in my department. Hopefully this will pass over soon and we can all get back to business. But until that happens… Big Heavy Sigh.

So I'm gonna pack up and head on in for what looks like a long day staring at reports and spreadsheets. But before I bug out, are the Movie Noonas gonna convene at all this weekend, perchance? I'm totally up for one -- just name the time and place!! :)

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Poor JCW! I hope he feels better. I think someone needs to come up with a designated driving service for extremely tired guys.

I hope your job is safe during the reorganization.

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I wanna movie this weekend. This noona is up for it...

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Although I heard rumors that my friend Salah wants to come over Saturday and cook for hubby's b-day and if Salah's cooking, I'll be stuffing my face instead of movie watching. Never knew I loved middle eastern food until I met him. :0)

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your friend salah sounds yummy mediterranean/middle eastern food.

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Damn, everybody is talking food or restaurants or dinners on this OT. What happened ? I mean, it's worst than usually... :) We look like famished bears after hibernation.

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hmm maybe that's why I just ate my lunch 3 hours earlier than usual!

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It's a Friday during Lent for me. So the seafood soup caught my eye and got my tastebuds wondering...

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I skipped lunch. Well, actually, I took a bite out of the pizza I bought and threw out the rest.
It was secretly wheat crust pizza.
Who makes wheat crust pizza?
That is like trying to make fries healthy.
Sure you can make it, but it won't taste as good.
And why do I eat pizza?
FOR THE TASTE.
(Not because it is healthy...)

end rant.

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Jomo -

YOU ARE THE BOMB-DIGGITY IN A NON-EXPLOSIVE SORT OF WAY!! That was the best!!

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Ha! I'm with you, Jomo. :0)

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I was gonna say who wants to watch a movie tomorrow night! There's some really good stuff on Ionair that just arrived - The Front Line, which DB just reviewed, plus Petty Romance, plus Penny Pinching Romance...just a ton of stuff.

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I would have loved to but I can't. Unfortunately, I have to work over the weekend as I have to take over for a co-worker whose relative died ... and he has to fly to Ireland for Monday funeral. So I get to pull his weekend overtime just when I was thinking of relaxing... argg.

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I'm up for it JoAnne. Which one?

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