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Warmest Greetings!

May I ask, does anyone know of anyone recapping 3rd Ward/3rd Hospital? Understandably the subs are a little slow on this one and I really loved the premise of Modern vs Traditional medicine.

Failing that, is anyone watching it? How are they handling the premise? Is it just a plot device or is it used well as a source of conflict? Also what about characterizations?

Thank you.

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Hello Sabah! I'm watching it too! Raw that is, with my very limited Korean... WE NEED SUBS!!!!
Western/Eastern opposition is used both ways: By principle, and because something happened (character death). A lot of acupuncture scenes, including for skinship.^^
I like the approach of the drama: All in all it's pretty light and easy to watch with a tendency for funny.

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I got one website has it subbed but in chinese. If you know chinese, then you can visit this site.
www[dot]funtude[dot]com =]

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Hehe, learning Chinese to understand Korean... It's like my friend who has to translate our lectures from English into French so that another friend can translate it into Arabic for someone else to understand! Hehe.

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The best language is a mix of english, Chinese and Korean!!
It's awesome <3

^sigh^ I miss being abroad...

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Since I'm in a chipper mood today, I will share (bore) you with an idiosyncrasy of mine...

I love listening to Korean/Chinese/Japanese people speaking English. That accent just does something to me deep inside...sometimes I hang out at the local University bar just to hear the foreign students speak English. It's just a drug. Cue Nine Inch Nails 'Perfect Drug...'

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My thing is a Scottish accent. oh man...what those men in skirts do to my thoughts...

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Hehe...Totally don't get it BUT love that you do! We are all so different but in the same vein similar too. Love it!

Thanks for sharing!

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I'm like that with Japanese speaking English. Case in point... Battleship. Asano Tadanobu speaking English was just, I can't explain. I just love how it sounds.

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Hey Mystisith, : )

You're better than me. I tried watching it raw but just created a whole 'other' drama out of it...hehe

Ah, so it is more breezy than deep. Still, I think I will give it a go...once subs are out.

Heartfelt thanks!

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Update The 3rd Ward: Ep2 subbed just appeared at dramacrazy. It will spread on other sites I suppose.

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The thing is...I'm a bit of a quality freak, so I would hold out for soft subs to go with my HQ raw. Also really like watching things on bigger screens. It reminds me of a newsround report where a kid is trying to watch Lord of the Things on his 4" iPhone.

At least my obsessiveness, borderline OCD is teaching me patience.

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Did I just type 'Lord of the Things?' Hehe

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on his iphone? haha

that's nothing...

we watch Boys over Flowers on my IPOD!!! (may it RIP ^cries^)

yeah... fun times!

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Seriously!? Hehe, I can't imagine how you were able to distinguish between the pin sized heads of the flower boys, more like flower pods. Still, I completely understand, I really do.

We truly live in a world of 'TV on demand!' I remember I was once allowed to use the teacher's toilet in their staff room in an emergency AND they had a TV in there!

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We were even able to read the subs haha!

But seriously... it wasn't actually that bad...

and yeah... all staff rooms have tvs now...

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No, I mean in the actual Toilet itself!

'Reading Subs?!' Hehe, as you said 'fun times!'

Though quite trivial in the broader perspective, I think it is good to be so passionate about things, better than being bored of life, for me there is no greater tragedy.

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haha I completely missed the toilet part of it...

OMG that's really weird..... ^shudders^

and I'm so used to reading subs I put them on everything even english stuff...
I'm too lazy to listen haha

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Yeah, I don't even want to know...

LOL! That's truly an adverse side effect of Kdramas; constant subs.

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Well I'm pretty deaf so actually subs are really great for me!
Seriously... listening is so so so much effort...

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I get that actually, sometimes I 'hear' my own versions of things and need to rewind...

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Hi everyone,

Some of you might have seen these videos, but they were new to me, so I thought I would post them here. They might have been posted before here on DB. If they were, please forgive the repetition, thanks! There are many more of course, but I chose to post just these.

1--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YnGM-kl1Q8&feature=branded
Psy Brings Down the Ellen House!

2--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr5Z0SHBNvo&feature=branded
'Gangnam Style' Mom and Son!

3--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dlhhfpFBTk
PSY - GANGNAM STYLE(NBC TODAY LIVE SHOW)

4--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZmkU5Pg1sw
Surprise! Britney Learns 'Gangnam Style' from Psy!

I guess the Korean wave is alive and well :-)? : http://www.hancinema.net/hallyu-korean-wave-will-not-last-5-years-42649.html

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Oh my! Heartfelt thanks. I am indebted!

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,happy Friday night to everyone!

,Off to download and marathon RMPW.. Gonna marathon this sucker for the weekend.. Some Oguri Shun love is just what the doctor described to let off stress from work.. :)

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RMPW Was so good! You won't regret it....perfect,sweet show to marathon. Is anyone else watching sprout? I kinda wish I had waited to marathon it, because the episdoes seem SO short!

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Just finished watching RMPW and i really liked it. Enjoy!

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YOON YOON JAE... Saranghe

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I'm not ready to say goodbye to him just yet!!

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Me either! Or any of the cast. When will I have another kickass heroine like Shi-won again??!?!?!

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That is one hot-blooded boy.

I love the YoonBros, ShiWon, her parents, all the friends....man, I will miss them.

But yeah, Shiwonnie and YoonYoonJae most of all.

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ditto that! man, I'm really going to miss this show! it was such a feel good show...and now it's over :( any recommendations for what to watch next?

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Yoon Jae=<333333333

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"How to Become Yoon Yoon Jae" skit by Seo In Guk in SNL Korea is hilarious and hot... Cant stop watching..

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Hi I am so happy I want to hug everyone cause I got new running shoes with a huge bargain, 100 euros less - with just 28 euros! hurray! and running shirt with half price. yay!

I have news: Tallinn has a new korean cafe called kimbap. Next to the main bus station. Then in our shopping centers the huge monster size tv screens are showing k-pop lately!!!! I think the wave is arriving....

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also, in todays newspaper there was a story on Shin -someone who escaped from a North Korean prison camp. More and more about Korea. so I hope soon the korean dramas will arrive on our screens as well! one can hope!

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Hello everyone!!! How are you all?

I'm back in the UK and up at Uni already :(
Only just moved in yesterday... front door doesn't work, had no gas and ended up being locked in my room due to the handle being broken...

yeah... I am REALLY REALLY hating being poor :(

So yeah... rich hot boyfriend I really need saving now...

Anyway.... hope you all have a good week!

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Wait that's totally too depressing... so I need to focus on the good things in life which are I'M GOING TO A CNBLUE CONCERT TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3<3<3

Feel better now!

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:-) That was my next question. Good luck with a working house.

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heh well 'working' maybe the best I can hope for...

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Make sure your phone is working. Cos' I do love CN Blue and they are hot :-) And you're going to watch them live.
Fancam! Fancam!!

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haha I'll try...

I took some photos last time at the Beast Concert but my phone camera was so rubbish you could barely see anything :(

I got a new phone since then so hopefully better this time!! <3

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CNBLUE! Aw, that is just awesome! Wishing you a wondrous night!

I loved this moment he narrated. If anything could make me do something so extreme as camp out at their hotel, it would be for a moment like this...@ around 3:41minute mark.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xigrry_4cnblue-110419-strong-heart-yonghwa-s-hotel-fashion_fun

This is just extra stuff...
around 1:57

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xqo3jg_yh-sh-120417-eng-sub_people?start=2

WAIT WAIT WAIT...CNBLUE are in the UK! Why didn't anyone tell me! May I ask where are they performing? I doubt it would be my hometown Luton BUT still, I need to know...

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London of course... in the O2 area!!!!
(Ok ok.... the IndiO2 one but still!)

So yeah... I'm taking a train down with a friend so where we are gonna meet up with everyone!!

Gonna be epic!! <3<3<3

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Oh my! I am have goosebumps for you! It's going to be awesome! Much love! <3 Wishing you a wonderful night!

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Also, may I ask, how did you find out about it? It was off my radar completely!

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umm... though allkpop and soompi and well informed friends...?

But yeah... there's no one place...

unless we are dealing with Big Bang and 2NE1 as they have their own facebook pages which regularly updates about concerts...

in fact they are going to update soon about their concert in the UK... ^glares at YG^ AREN'T THEY??????

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Hehe...Thanks.

Yeah, I am always late on these things still...I will enjoy it through your happiness!

Have an awesome time, sending out positive energy and much love! <3<3<3

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I usually watch cnbluestorm.com for updates about the band. :D

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Bookmarked! Heartfelt thanks!

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CNBLUE concert.... omg I'm so envious! :D Have fun!!!

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I will do!!!

And lots of us are going so it is gonna be great!!! <3

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Leaf, do take pics of them. Goodness, live! You so lucky! ^^

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I know!! <3

The UK is finally getting on the radar!!!!

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@ Leaf, Sabah and everyone else,

FYI, CNBLUE does have its own facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/CNBLUEOfficial?ref=ts

Glad you made it home safely, Leaf. I hope you will have a great school year at Uni, this year.

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Thank you. I am much obliged.

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@ Sabah,

You are very welcome, my dear! I am glad I could be of some help. I loved this: "Thank you. I am much obliged." :-)
Reading your posts earlier, I noticed that you say "Thank you" a lot. It brought a smile to my face, because I do the same thing :-), and it makes me appreciate when someone does it to me. Also, I LOVE the way you write (I am much obliged).
Please keep that up, and have a great weekend :-)!

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Thank you for your kind attention.

I believe that the necessary niceties of life are indispensable for the simple reason that we are a communal race. Life is about human connections, even just a smile. I find the hardest thing nowadays is to connect to people, even just on a superficial level. However the lowest level is simple pleasantries; once we let go of those, the human experience will become a solitary existence.

I wish you well and I wish you love. Once again, thank you. : )

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@ Sabah,
I will be back later to answer. I have to go and handle life now, but please check back here tomorrow or by Sunday, thanks!

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Ah No problem! I will wait until whenever which tends to be a little earlier than forever, but either way, I will wait.

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Hi Sabah,

I wanted to apologize for last week. I did mean to reply but I didn't get around to doing it. I just really LOVED your answer because I actually happen to think the way you do. Blogs can be places where people do away with manners because of the anonymity they provide to those who comment. I try to be an extension of who I am in real life, even if I will probably not meet many of these people in real life. I have gotten some nice responses as a result and reading your comments and the way you address people and seem to treat them warmed my heart because you and I think along the same lines and seem to care about some of the same things.

It is so heartwarming to see kindness being extended, and I probably should not make a big deal out of it, but it is just refreshing to see that. And when I see that, I want to express my appreciation, because I think that when something is good, it is worth mentioning it. It reminds me that there are still some good people out there who care and who dare to show how much they care.

I hope that you will have a lovely weekend! By the way, where do you live? (as in, in what country? I am just curious...).

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Hey Ivoire, : )

I checked back everyday, not because of any good trait within me but rather because no matter what, you seemed to be someone who would keep their promise. I am just so happy that you confirmed that, as you say, "It reminds me that there are still some good people out there who care and who dare to show how much they care."

Everyday, I see things that should make me want to run away and live an isolated existence in a cave but the truth is no matter how wonderful a life you could have without having any connection to another person, this life is about sharing experiences and being a smaller part of something bigger. Even if we don't connect to a person, with people, which all to often is the case, we can still share things.

The short of the long of it is to say, though I rarely find a connection to the world around me, I am always seeking out ways to connect to the earth and its inhabitants AND the best and quickest way to do that is through civility.

I live in Luton, which is about 30 miles north of London and about 30 years behind. hehe.

May I ask about your username? It has always intrigued me. Is it an actual name, and if so from which country and if I may ask further, it meaning?

I wish you well too. I am indebted to you for being proof of something that keeps me hopeful. Thank you.

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Hi Sabah,

I will start by saying that participating on OT for all this time has been worth it for meeting people like you. I keep being impressed by how you and I think alike when it comes to civility, which I so appreciate. I will now address all the points you made and the questions you asked. And please, feel free to ask questions :-)...

So, you wrote 6 paragraphs, and I will address them by paragraph 1, 2, etc... so as not to repeat them.

Paragraph 1: Thank you for your faith in me. It gnawed at me that I hadn't answer when I could have, if I had been better organized. As I said earlier, when things are lovely or good, I like to point them out, as there is already so much pain and ugliness in the world (I make an effort to counterbalance that if I can). It felt good to finally post the answer I had for you. This (just so you know), made my day, "but rather because no matter what, you seemed to be someone who would keep their promise. I am just so happy that you confirmed that." Thank you, *bows* :-)

Paragraph 2: Re: the beginning of your parag., I think it would be hard to have a wonderful life without any human connections because I believe that we were created to have human and social connections. More than that, we are born with such need, many studies confirm that (i.e., early born babies [premies] who react positively to being touched and rocked and held when they are fighting to make it to a normal body growth and weight, among many examples, people dying of loneliness when their spouse dies, some people committing suicide, etc...). I personally think that is one the reasons why people get on blogs and on the internet and unfortunately, predators know it and target naive and vulnerable people *sighs*. I do agree about the sharing the experience philosophy you have.

Paragraph 3: This is sad to me: "though I rarely find a connection to the world around me" why is that, if I may ask? I am however glad that you continue to seek out ways to connect to people.

This was funny: "about 30 years behind." Really? Is it a town? How big of a community is it?

So, my username is French and means Ivory in English. I am from Cameroon in Central Africa but I currently reside in Nothern California. I have been in the US for 19 years now. Ivoire is a French translation of my middle name (which was also my paternal grandmother's name) from my Cameroonian native language which is Bulu. Cameroon has over 250 native languages and I speak mine (from my ethnic group) fluently and I can understand and superficially speak a few others. Based on how my middle name "MBANG" or "Mbang" is pronounced (there are different ways to pronounced it, with the tone and emphasis placed on a different syllable), my middle name can mean many things, two of which are: Ivory and Center and Nut. Ivory is a thing (like gold) used to make jewelry and is found on elephants' tusks but has been banned from being sold in Africa because too many elephants were killed for their tusks. It is however a beautiful color and a beautiful thing (for lack of a better word).

There is some information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivory
to enlighten you more. The center or nucleus of a thing is the most important thing of that thing. It is the thing that other things stem from, like the nut of a fruit that is used to be planted so more fruit of that variety can be had. Cameroon like Canada has 2 official languages, and I am from the Francophone side, although I do speak English fluently (we start learning English at a young age in Cameroon). "Ivoire" is then a French translation of my (dear) middle name in my native language. My dad used to like calling me that, to remind me of how precious and dear I was to him (I am the oldest of 6 children) and my dad passed away this February of Leukemia, so "Ivoire" has a VERY SPECIAL meaning for me. People have liked that name on OT. I hope my explanation made sense and helped. I also like that it is a cool and unique name :-)

What about you, tell me about "Sabah," everything :-)...

I LOVED this: "I wish you well too. I am indebted to you for being proof of something that keeps me hopeful. Thank you." Awwww!!!!!! You really made my day, you are soooo sweet and so kindhearted. *gives you virtual hugs* :-)

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I loved what you said about counterbalancing darkness. It is such a wonderful sentiment. The thing about light is that it can impact upon darkness in a way that darkness cannot upon light. Whether physical or spiritual, light is a tremendous thing. I truly wish you prosperity and success, in this intent of yours.

I didn't think about it before, but as you say, people do tend to seek other people out and that is because it is a part of our instinct to do so. It is the paradox of the internet, that it is a means by which people become isolated, shutting themselves off from the world around them and yet opening up new avenues of connection (pun not intended) to meet people, at the same time too. Though it also allows for people to drop civilities quite easily, I feel that it is a place where we strive harder to maintain them, mainly in order to confirm our sincerity. For instance, in real life, I might just smile to say thank you to someone holding the door open for me BUT online, I would always remember to actually say thank you because it is harder to 'show' your feelings.

There has always been a disconnection with the world for me. I find it so hard to relate to not only the people on TV, but real life too. Take one instance, feminism, which is nowadays fought primarily upon the right to show off your body and nothing else. It irks me, and though I do not discount other people's view, because I would encourage diversity, it makes me feel lonely that I am the only person who sees the world like I do. I listen to people talk around their hypocrisy, being oblivious to it and again, I won't judge because I am no where near perfect either but it makes me sad at wasted potential. I believe in the beauty and wonder of the human soul, and a great part of that is sharing that wonderment with others, and that is what I find lacking in my life. I am not completely alone, there are one or two close connections that I have made, (and you makes three : ) ) But sometimes I do feel alienated AND I so desperately don't want to be. "Every man's death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind."

Luton! Don't misunderstand me, I love my town, I consider myself a Lutionian as I was born here and lived out my life here BUT despite being a multicultural town, astonishingly it has very narrow minded people. The landscape, the style, the shops, the 'places of interest' are very old fashioned AND not in the quaint 'ye olde' manner but rather in a 1980's manner. You need to see it to believe, though I would not recommend it. I think you would have to have been born here to want to visit here. Hehe

Actually I know about Ivory because of my learning the piano in my childhood and my piano with its Ivory keys is the only remnant of that part of my life. Also my mother is Kenyan, and we have a few Ivory pieces in our house (which my sister abhors and has gradually buried, as a type of recompense, in our back garden hehe)

I love that the word 'Ivoire' has so much contained within, those nuances of meanings, the different languages, the history of a place. It is beautiful. Then of course the personal attachment to it too. I am deeply sorry for your loss. The loss of a parent, even with an estranged parent, affects people profoundly, mainly because no one could ever replace that relationship, it is sacred. To have lost a parent and a close on at that, must be very difficult. I am glad to find that you haven't run away from painful feelings of remembrance but remind yourself of things, so that your father remains a part of your today.

I always cringe about talking about me, but then I have scolded too many times about not sharing 'myself.' Hehe. You are a far better person than me, simply because you offered the hand of friendship first, so I would not refuse this request.

My full name means 'morning's hope' which is that feeling of hope, of potential that I would like to impart to everyone I meet. No matter how grim or dim things become, we can not give up on hope, even if it hurts to hold onto it, like holding onto hot coals. However, it is that hope in the beginning of a new day, a new chapter or new birth, that I love. It is so vast and wondrous, like an unopened gift. I think the word 'hopeful' is what I would use to describe myself, even though sometimes it makes me naive or unrealistic, even at the very least, I am always hopeful.

California? What it is like there? I have only ever lived in Luton and I would love to go somewhere else, even just to see how seasons change differently.

As always, it has been an honour speaking to you. I am much obliged.

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Hi LEaf! Long time no talk to!

Meg and I are totally jealous about the CNBlue thing, that's our fave band.

If you don't count Meg's obsession with everything KHJ and therefore SS501.

Glad you made it home safe. And being grateful for what you have makes everything better. There is always someone worse off than you are. :0)

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I envy you gurl. Hope they will consider Dubai one day.. like tomorrow! hahaha! I wonder how many Boice are here in Dubai
It will be AWESOME and you'll love them more that's for sure.
Enjoy gurl!

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Being poor is the pits, definitely! Am hoping some rich sweet guy comes your way with a wonderful love.

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Would be nice!!!
And the fortune teller did say I would get a boyfriend this year!! haha

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Leaf!!!

Glad you made it back safely. Sorry for the problems with the house. CNBlue is a most excellent choice for chasing away the blues!!

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Open Threeaaad. ^_^ Happy weekend, all!
(more later) :D :D

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Sigh, Rich Man Poor Woman is finally done. Loved it. So cute. I was actually sighing at the end, wishing they'd drag it out some more, but I'm also glad that was the ending, that we could leave Hyuga and Natsui there, still happily bickering.

To The Beautiful You Ep. 11 and 12 - Well, Hanna, you have successfully gotten me to stop wanting to kill you, so congratulations. As for Jaehee-- despite her being so infuriating sometimes, I find myself wanting to smile when she smiles, and cry when she wants to cry. There goes the question of why the guys like her so much. As for Eun-gyul-- although he's not exactly like Nakatsu in the manga, I feel he's captured the core of Nakatsu, someone who's innocent and wacky and earnest. That's the way I feel about the main three-- they're not exactly like the manga characters but at the same time they captured what made the characters special.

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RMPW ending was great - it's nice that they managed to address all of the major themes in the series, including love, work and friendship. I always feel like romantic subplots in J-doramas often end up going nowhere!
SPOILER
The kisses were great, too!

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I just finished watching the final epi of RMPW with subs. I'm not happy that Yoko still got so much airtime during the last two episodes, but it was a nice ending to close to.

Not watching TTBY, although there is a lot of buzz.

Ciao!

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Oh, and a fellow TTBY fan gave me this link, saying maybe there should be a scene where Taejoon dresses up as a girl or something since he looked so pretty in this. :D /hides from fellow Taejoon fans.

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Happy OT/weekend everyone!

I'm slowly getting over Gaksital withdrawal ... now being assailed by 90s nostalgia from Answer Me 1997 (argh. are softsubs for the finale available anywhere now?? I want to keep this one! pls tell me what Google search terms to use if you are a resourceful fan).

And now Rich Man Poor Woman has ended! *sniff*

I won't do spoilers, but for fellow Hyuga fans, here's an oldie but goodie photoshoot from 2005 (aie, that dates me so much) of Oguri Shun and his BFF Takashi Tsukamoto, courtesy of the amazing pinkujisatsu's LJ ...

The photographer provided soft lighting, clean white linens and shirts, and two very pretty boys in one small space. The shoujo manga hazy glow with sparkly stars exist only in my head. ^_^

Enjoy!
http://pinkujisatsu.livejournal.com/260091.html

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hi

all 16 episode soft subs of 1997 can be found here:
https://twitter.com/ADSkingofbeer

Not sure if i can actualli link this if not feel free to delete

Enjoy!!

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Saranghae! *blows bubbles*

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I'd like to watch Answer Me 1997, but I feel like I kinda missed the spazzing boat. I may have to be spazzing by myself whenever I get to this drama. Still, from the recaps, it looked pretty good.

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Pretty good? PRETTY good? Kewbie. That show fucking rocked. Watch it right away, we'll spazz with you on OT.

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Takashi?! omgahhhh, he's THAT guy from Stand Up!! hahaaa and they were so widdle back then. <3

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And so cuddly!! *melts in BL induced happiness*

Is Stand Up any good? It was on my radar only because of its then-promising cast but I'm not a fan of exaggerated baka comedies...

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Stand Up was really good...it started out as your typical teen boise wanting to get with girls but ended with a lot of heart. It has your typical Japanese wacky humour but not manga wacky. Narimiya and Shun were hysterical together. Then there's Yamapi, who was so adorable here, and Nino.

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Anyone know if there is a place where I could find Robbers on the internet with English subs? I've seen the drama mentioned a few times but didn't find it on my usual websites (dramafever, viki, gooddrama). It might be one of those that just isn't available, but I thought I'd ask. I'm referring to this 2008 drama: http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Robber

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I watched it on You Tube.

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Hi Everyone! Spending my time studying for exam this weekend. (Tomorrow gonna fight for one paper) After the exam, I will marathon recent dramas... Keep myself alive these days through reading recaps here.

Good Day!

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Good Luck on your exam! :)

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PS: is anyone watching Glass Mask? I haven't found it subbed yet, so haven't watched it, but am curious about it.

http://www.hancinema.net/korean_drama_Glass_Mask.php

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Lee Byung Hun's new movie 'Masquerade' (or Gwanghae, The Man Who Became King) is being released in North American cities today, Sept 21. Fans in US (+ Hawaii) and Canada can watch the movie at selected theaters.

Please check it out! ^^

Showtimes listed at the official website

http://www.masquerademovie2012.com/#!locations/c1045

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Hey guys,

So I'm getting a bit bored of Faith, with the whole back and forth of the doctor between Ki Cheul and the main hero. It's just the same conflict over and over.

I'm starting to see better motivation for Ki Cheul though, going against Fate and heaven it self, now that's bad ass.

Also, I can't remember, but is Eun Soo (doctor) going to be getting her own powers soon ? I heard someone said she might get like Harp Music powers or something.

Anyways, I think this weekend I'm going to finish some kdramas that I've watched half way ....

I Love Lee Tai Ri, Ramen Shop, Padam Padam, and I do I do .

Then I'll probably start watching Answer Me 1997 , since I'm also a 90s kid growing up listening to backstreet boys, nsynce, spice girls and the like....

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My 9 y.o daughter absolutely loves Arang & the Magistrate. She thinks Joo Wal is handsome and would agree Arang & Sato can be an item if Sato is not so arrogant. So now I have an idea how she defines 'handsome', got to note that somewhere as bits like this will come in handy someday....

Happy Friday everyone!

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Looks like your daughter and me could fight for the same men. :)

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Aw that's so sweet. The fact that you are taking note of these notes just shows how excellent a mum you are. Wonderful.

Ah, I remember when I first started noticing 'prettiness' in men. Face from the A-Team...man, am I old?!

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LOL - I loved him as Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica!

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Yeah, that hair! And that grin!

I just remember always rooting for him and feeling sad when he was down. Then as I got older I realized that it was my first flutterings of a thing called love.

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Yep, my first flower boy.

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Your daughter is so observant! What a great kdrama viewer. :-)

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my 3.5 year old daughter asks every night to see the "Ghost Hunter". I'm so glad she's not into LJK (he's mine!) but into Han Jeong-soo.

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Hi, happy weekend everyone, this the first time I have actually been on an open thread, does anyone know where to access Answer 1997 if you live in Southern Africa, so frustrating not being able to watch it when my kdrama obssession is at its peak and everyone keeps talking about it. On a happier note Sukyungkwan Scandal will soon be showing on ZBCTV (Zimbabwe), this is the first kdrama they have shown in a few years for all those in Southern Africa who havent watched it yet so I have hope they might start showing them again .

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try d.r.a.m.a.c.r.a.z.y without the dots.

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thanks am trying just that as I type !

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I couldnt get the video to work at dramacrazy.. But good drama.net always seem to work. Esp the last playlist which is dailymotion. The othe one I often use is drama fans.org

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The d.r.a.m.a.c.r.a.z.y Speedy Joe 1997 links are working for me (just checked) ... SJ occasionally needs a page refresh but is pretty reliable!

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Welcome Lynnet!

I see everyone has already answered you, so I'm just stopping by and hoping you stick around and become an OT regula!!

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I don't think I am ready to watch the last episode of answer me 1997. I was writing about it earlier today and I almost started crying because I didn't want it to end.

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awww! That's THE #1 con for falling in love with a show. You want it to continue to be awesome but yet when it ends that feeling of forlornness is like parting from a loved one. *sniffles* On the bright side, you can watch AM97 on repeat loop, ne?! <3

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Friday!

I'm woefully behind on several shows, including final episodes.

I'll have plenty to watch this weekend though. Yay!

Trying to avoid seeing spoilers.

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John, how will you survive without our adorable Shiwon? Her little begging faces when she wanted alcohol in the last episode were pretty much epic. I hope you have mead properly fermented by now so that you can dull the pain of your loss...

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Woefully behind. Like 4 episodes of Arang and a gazillion with Faith.

Somehow I don't think I can be bothered with Faith, but Arang! Arang! When will I have time for you? That show I looooove.

Did finish Rich Man Poor Woman today. Asahina in jeans and T-shirt is so much better than Asahina in a suit (though I still don't like him & wouldn't be so forgiving). Natsui somehow ended up being my favourite character, more so than Hyuga!

Sort of up to date with Love Actually (TW), which I have been skip-watching although it's totally not worth watching. Weak, predictable story line, it's like a recycling of all the turns and twists you have ever seen before. And a heroine that will lick the floor because she just is soooo niiiiice to everyone, including the ex who (surprise!) turns up 10 years after disappearing, with some sob story and feeling completely entitled to a relationship that long ceased to exist. At the beginning, at least the ice man was a bit amusing, but when he melted he got unrealistically romantic and when the ex turned up he was being a wavering idiot. To the point that I wanted the younger brother to get the heroine instead (except that the third girl in the story, as naive as she is, deserves the youngest brother because she's got her heart in the right place at least).

Yeah, I don't know why I'm watching it either....

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I was wondering what was up with Asahina's perpetually rumpled suits ... he always looks like he just spent the night crashing on an airport floor!

Watching ARATA's ahjussiness in RMPW and Mitsu no Aji makes me sad thinking of his Ping Pong character *sadface*

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I totally didn't realise he was in Ping Pong. People have been recommending that one to me!

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alua~

Arang is chock full of treats: ghosts, heavenly intervention, action, romance .

RMPW is one of the shows I'm behind on. I'll need another J-drama to fill the void.

I'm watching Sprout but the subs are slow.

Watching a wuxia series, Strange Hero Yi Zhi Mei .

Saw your pics too !

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Arang is a total treat (maybe I'll get my act together and write a post about why it is so awesome).

Yeah, I'm not sure what J-drama to watch next. Sprout would be an option, but I'm not entirely sold on it. Would be better to watch something week by week, rather than catch up on something that has been on for a while already.

Hope you enjoyed the pics! I'll probably post one more set, general ones from Delhi.

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John!

Just finished RMPW, marathoned 2009's Autumn's Concerto starring Wu VanNess, and finally caught up with Haeundae Lovers, Faith, and Arang. And found time for a power nap or two.

Have a good weekend!

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Happy OT everyone. I am in the middle of ep 10 Panda and about to start ep 1 of Answer Me 1997. Finally!! I finally caught up with all my viki work so I am going to marathon this sucker :-) You guys seem to like it.

My random observation tonight. Don't know why but it's been staring at me all week. Every night.
Koreans operate to get double eyelids. Those of you who are in the medical line also know the lower eyebags removal procedure is popular.

So this week....
Golden Time- Dr Jae In's eyebags are about to bulge out and she is so pale she looks like she is about to keel over.

TTBY- those young kids. Sulli has double eyebags. Yes I heard about her 2hr sleep. Minho has just dark rings.

Arang- Lee Jun Ki has double eyebags which were not prominent last week. Yes I heard about how well he worked from 9pm to 7am filming the fight scene.

Panda- Won Il has such enormous eyebags it's not even a dark foundation to make it look as if he has eyebags post crying.

The Faith cast seems to be doing fine. So are the Haeundae Lovers. One thinks if looks are so important that even with the filming schedule- one needs to look after their own assets.
Anyway, I never said I was going to make sense. I just said I was making an observation. ^__^

Bye everyone. Happy chatting. :-)

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@ck1Oz I'm not in the field but I noticed it too. And this is where HD cameras become enemies of the actors: It doesn't forgive anything.

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ck10z~

Panda's adorable. She really steppped up this week.

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I'm loving Panda! Both the girl and the show; she really did Seung Ji proud in ep 10. Poor Won Il - I suppose he has a reason for those eyebags, haha.

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Lemon~

I love Won Il's sister.

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The sisters in this drama are awesome. They're sassy and they tell the truth straight up. I appreciate that.

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YES! I particularly love Pan Da Na as the voice of reason. As much as I find Panda adorable and sweet-natured, there are moments where I wanted to slap her upside the head to knock some sense into her - and Da Na would always come along and do just that. :P

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And also Seung-ji grandpa too! And Panda's aunt! So many lovable characters in this drama. Love it to pieces.

I'm still wondering how Seung-ji was convicted. Who did he attempt to murder?

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I love the writer. She/he wrote it so well that it became such a strong episode. Where everyone behaved so matured. It could have so gone the other way.
I don't know who Won Il's sister is- the actress- but she is a hoot to watch every episode.
I went into Panda for Won Il so every time he suffered another cut to his heart- his fan here kept going " aww... why did you become the 2nd lead? "

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You know, I can't take out of my head the scene in INR when he get rid of his shirt on the bed... Seeing him here all new in the matters of love... So cute and innocent. I can only laugh.

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Yes, poor Won Il. Looks like he might get saddled with Eun Bi at this rate, but at least the bromance is still alive!

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Haha! I'm glad you mentioned the bags under their eyes... sooo true. I've notice that they have more makeup on then when they first started airing the show. ^^

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oh god, now I cannot notice anything else than eye bags. thanks a lot, ck1Oz ... NOT! ^_^

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i made a cover of the title track in english and korean for reply 1997! do look upon t favourably!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKExLWT7wV0

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Oh and another observation. Since I am watching too many dramas.
It's Abs Week.
See if you can spot one for every night of the week so far
:-) I kid you not.

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Girl, I know what you mean. The PD-nims are really liking the noona fans this week!

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but ... am I greedy? I want Lee Min-Ho's abs (though I think he mentioned somewhere that he doesn't have any right now) and, MUCH MORE SO, Lee Jun-Ki's abs (who must have plenty with all the fight training he got)!

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Hi Kakashi,

Faith is a sageuk, are we supposed to see any abs? Remember the episode when he was cleaning his wound and Dae-Man (I think) interrupted him? That had him showing his abs some, right? What about the scene where he was laying on the table, weren't there some abs there? Otherwise, you can always rewatch some scenes of CH, that might help. Or maybe you should just focus on LJK, that might be your answer... Especially since he is the one you really want to see.

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Hello Ivoire!
Nice to 'see' you
there's PLENTY of room for abs in saeguks! bathing scenes are good. or wounded scenes. and there were Woodalchi abs when they changed this week! Glorious ones at that ... yes, you are right, we were allowed to glimpse some of LMH's precious skin, but would you call that enough??! surely not, Ivoire, surely not.

LJK has been wounded already, but not even a bit of skin was shown. He is always fully dressed (though sometimes in undergarments), with his hair up. If Arang is lacking in one department, it's clearly: not enough LJK body!

Okay, I'll stop now, I'm beginning to creep myself out. At least he's 30.

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Hi Kakashi, I will be back later to answer.

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Hi Kakashi,

Sorry for the late reply. I wanted to answer to this simply because I wanted to address this issue of abs. I think I am probably in the minority about seeing abs or half naked men in Kdramas. I find that men with nice bodies in Kdramas are a dime a dozen, especially if they are expected to play 1st and 2nd leads. I am not big on being naked or 1/2 naked and flaunting it on screen (if it's private, alone or with a significant other, then it's different, but that's just me). For me, if I have seen it once or twice, I have seen it enough times and I am not interested. How many times do I need to see someone 1/2 naked? It 's not as if all of a sudden their body has changed and I will see something I hadn't seen before.

I actually prefer when things are hinted at, rather than shown. I can tell from the way they wear their clothes that the men in Kdramas have attractive bodies, again especially the 1st and 2nd leads, if they happen to be in their teens, twenties, thirties and even forties. It is a requirement in Kdramaland, and we know that. Believe it or not, I am more interested in the quality or level of acting, the plot, editing, cinematography etc... (you get my drift).
I have come to find those (almost) naked scenes or 1/2 naked scenes gratuitous and I know that they are there for fanservice. After all, most of the kdrama viewers are females, in Korea and especially abroad. That is some consumer power and a good way to help their actors/actresses/singers, etc... become famous and popular internationally as well. I understand that.

Some of my favorite Kdramas are the ones where little or no flesh was shown, because honestly, it wasn't necessary ("President" and "TK2Hs") come to mind. Both were really good (imho) and "President" got some really good reviews by bloggers living outside of Korea (who are Asians. It is a political drama that was very interesting and quite well done. I really liked it. There were no shirtless scenes, they simply were not needed. Even JB and GF admitted that it was a very good drama). Another one that comes to mind is "The Chaser," that has two middle aged (attractive) Korean actors as the leads, and that drama was the lead rating wise during its run in Korea and got excellent reviews.

My response is a little long (what else is new?) but I just wanted to point out that a few of us are not really into Kdramas to see the actors/actresses' skin, so for me, what I have seen of LMH's "skin" in Faith is plenty enough. If I want to see more, I can just go and watch some of the scenes in City Hunter, there are some scenes there where one can see him 1/2 naked, as well as in Personal Taste and BOF. When it comes to how much skin is shown, I like Faith the way it is. The scene with the woodalchis made me smile. It was so random and yet felt so fanservice like :-)...

Not to be concerned however, I am sure (and I know) that you are in great company on this blog when it comes to people who want to or like to see some skin. To each his/her own, right?...

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omo...watching To the Beautiful You ep 12 now.... make it abs and backs week. omo, omo! Is he allowed to be upside down like that? omo.

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I know, right? I had to look up what deung-mok was. So, so...unique. ;-)

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My system went into shock his body was so different from his baby face. Still couldn't shake the image off my mind.

Ep 12 of Faith this week- when we went "hello abs!" I was like- isn't this a sageuk? What is a bare chest doing there when it's not Lee Minho?

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hahahaha that scene - it just showed up out of NOWHERE. I actually screeched out loud I was so surprised and even in that moment I was thinking - did they just throw that in there for us?

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Hi Everyone.

Loved Faith and Arang this week. Gotta catch up with the finale of RMPW and the second and third episodes of Nice Guy. Have been eyeing a coupla other dramas -- a coupla chinese ones and been trying to get my courage up to get back into Five Fingers. Also, might try "To the Beautiful You" again. And i actually went back and started rewatching Ramen Shop. (Love Jug Il Woo!) I might watch Legend since folks on the threads keep bringing it up.

But time is of the essence. I've got some stories to fine-tune and edit, others from friends to critique, and battling latest fibromyalgia relapse...so am somewhat stuck in bed when I'm not at my computer.

Am seriously considering hooking up my internet to my TV. Our local providers do that. In that way I can watch my k-dramas on my regular TV.

The nighttime Emmys are on this weekend, i think, and I gotta say that I am pretty lost when it comes to what the heck is going on on American TV. The only TV stuff I generally watch are k-dramas, and the only American TV stuff I watch are the first 48, I survived, and Grimm. So this year I'll probably be way more interested in the Korean TV award shows than I am in the American Emmys.

-C

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ooh, yeah....and am watching Vampire Prosecutor. Loved the Luna shaman episode.

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Haha, I'm also way more interested in the Korean award shows then the ones in my own country. I basically watch only kdramas. I also watched Grimm, I really liked it. The plot was a bit simplistic at times, but it was original enough to keep watching. Did you watch the whole first season?

Vampire prosecutor is great! I love the team and their dynamics. Ep two was great. Luna/Runa is a very interesting charater.

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Yeah, I watched the first season. I was watching Awake at that time as well. Which was so good and only for a season.

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Grimm is the only US show I follow.

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I recently realized too, I'm following more Kdramas than I am American TV shows. There are American shows I like- I'm watching Covert Affairs, for example, and I'm awaiting the return of Fringe. But the Kdramas (with the occasional Jdrama too) are definitely outnumbering, lately. I'm also watching a couple of British shows like Doctor Who, and, am awaiting the return of the British Merlin.

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It's kinda weird, but since I started Kdramas it seems like American dramas don't really interest me anymore. I also still watch some of them (I really like The Mentalist and Supernatural). I can't exactly figure out why, but I don't feel the emotional impact and obsessiveness I feel with a Kdrama I really like.

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Same here! My DVR was completely full at the beginning of the summer because I had stopped watching all of my American shows. Ended up deleting almost everything because I just have no interest in going back to them. I don't feel the same emotional connection I get with K-dramas. There are one or two that I'm planning on watching when the new season gets underway, but only 1/10 of what I watched in years past.

Hubby and I still watch sitcoms (Parks and Rec, New Girl, Modern Family) together though. Tried to get him into dramas, but it's not happening. Oh well. I guess I can swoon over hot post army abs and cute baby faces in peace.

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Me too, with the full DVR. I was looking at that a few weeks ago, and then remembering how much time I've spent on VIKI lately...

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I think it has to do with what a story actually is. Dramas have a beginning a middle and an end. American shows seem to just be about continuing forever and then being cancelled when viewer interest wanes so the fullness of storytelling isn't there...and the stories become character pieces (which is good) but nothing else really.

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THATS what I like about dramas too. The series go on and on as long as ratings are good and then suddenly they might decide not to renew a season or the stories start getting bad..

I really like that the dramas are almost always 16-24 episodes long

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That... is spot on. I remember when I first started watching K-dramas, a thought I had was that they felt more like unusually long movies than American series, because the overall story arc was far more present from beginning to end. Enz's comment has reminded me too that too many of American shows that I watched left me is sad disappointed at the way they were abruptly canceled or how the final seasons were badly mangled, or how things just went nowhere. I don't like getting into new American shows just as they start airing on TV now, wondering how things will end up with that show down the road- whereas I have been excited and waiting for new Kdramas that are/were coming out.

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Me too! :p

Now, I don't even watch American tv shows except for a few new movies or my favorite tv show--mentalist and criminal minds comes out in dvds--that's when I'll catch up on the last season. It's all Kdramas and doramas with a few Tdramas and Cdramas.

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