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Open Thread #259
by | September 28, 2012 | 472 Comments

Peppertones – “Asian Game.” If Korea had hipsters, this is the song I imagine they’d be rocking out to. Well, rocking out internallyβ€”outwardly they’d be tapping toes indifferently, nursing PBRs and looking out through asymmetrical haircuts, pretending not to dance inside. [ Download ]

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472 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Ivoire

    Happy Friday everyone!

    • 1.1 Mystisith

      Bonjour Ivoire!
      OT is early and so you are!
      Feels good to be here in that little corner of the cyberspace.

      • 1.1.1 kakashi

        Bonjour, Ivoire! Congrats on being first πŸ™‚
        A very happy Friday and weekend to everyone, I’m happy.

        • Ivoire

          Bonjour Kakashi,

          And thanks for the compliment *bows.* Sooo glad to know that you are happy. May I ask what brought that on? (I am just being curious :-), maybe you are just happy, no particular reason?). Being happy is always a good thing, in my book!!!!!

          Hope you will continue to be happy :-)…

          • kakashi

            you know, Ivoire, the question “why are you happy” is actually quite a challenging question to answer! πŸ™‚
            Why am I happy? I guess it’s because I have a wonderful family and I am currently co-authoring a paper with somebody, which I find very inspiring. And then, I love the Korean shows that are currently airing, so that also makes me happy… and I just cooked my husband’s favourite dish, it smells nice here, and that also makes me happy. So I’m still happy today, which is gooood

          • Ivoire

            Hey Kakashi,

            I LOVE your answer, all around. Those to me are good reasons to be happy, so please, enjoy being happy, to the fullest :-)!!!! It’s nice to see that you truly appreciate those times and you recognize them, good for you!!!!!

      • 1.1.2 Ivoire

        Finalement, bonjour Mysti,

        Yeah, OT was a little early yesterday and I just happened to catch that. I didn’t expect to be the first one to post, it just happened. How are you? It does feel nice to be in this corner of cyberspace…

        I hope your weekend is going well and that the weather is nice, if not bearable where you are. Are you still gardening?

        • Mystisith

          I saw you.
          The fun times of gardening are coming to an end: I tidy up everything for the cold season. Now I’m spying the apple tree, almost good. *dreaming of custard apple tarts*

          • Ivoire

            Ooh, “Custard apple tarts,” that sounds delicious, Yum!!!!!
            Do you think you could share the recipe with me and/or point me (online) towards some good recipes you have tried and liked? I would really appreciate that. I will be working with some children soon (YAY!!!!!) and I would love to introduce them to new recipes and foods, besides trying some new things myself :-). I love to cook, I just have to have people to eat it.
            What dramas are you currently watching? I guess I could also scroll down to your name and read, but it would be nice if you told me. Among those dramas, are there any that you prefer? (I am sure VP2 must be one of them :-))

            Have a wonderful week!

      • 1.1.3 Ivoire

        Sorry Mysti, I posted my response to you under the wrong name. Please read below, thanks!

    • 1.2 Shukmeister

      Ohayao gozaimasu, Iv!

      • 1.2.1 Ivoire

        Ohayao gozaimasu back at you Shukie,

        And I am assuming that is Japanese for???? (help…) (I am hoping I guessed the right language). How are you doing and feeling this morning/today? Did you have fun at the wedding? Didn’t drink too much champagne, did you? *Imagines Shukie swinging from the chandeliers, LOL*

        Well, a good champagne is always good and I hope you guys had a wonderful weather for the wedding :-)…

        I saw your questions on last OT: I always listen to the songs of the current drama I am watching, there are always some songs I end up liking. Currently, it is Faith and Gaksital.

        Some of the OST dramas I have liked: TK2Hs, QIHM (though I haven’t watched the whole drama), Faith, City Hunter, Gaksital, RTP, Personal Taste and AGD, to name a few. For some dramas, I might not like the whole OST, and end up focusing on some of the songs only. OSTs always remind me of the characters and of certain scenes in dramas. Hope this helps.

        • Shukmeister

          It’s japanese for “good morning”, so you got it right!

          Wedding was fun; I managed to get my man out on the dance floor a couple of times. Poor guy, he has no rhythm and a low tolerance for alcohol [evil grin], so I only took a couple of pictures. lol

          Thanks for answering my question! There’s such a difference in soundtracks I find it fascinating that certain OST’s stick in people’s minds, whether or not the series does (you may recall my “stickiness” experiment in June). I haven’t had a chance to look for or listen to the recco’s, but I intend to. I haver every single one you mentioned already!

          And as a side note for you and Korazy, I wanted to give you a little anecdote:

          At the rehearsal dinner, I bumped into a young man I nanny’d for in the early to mid 90’s. Needless to say, he’s a good deal taller now. Anyways, we bumped into each other in the restaurant and it turns out he’s a cook there. We chatted for a few minutes and I caught up with the party, already seated.

          A few minutes later, the owner of the restaurant came to the table, congratulated the bridal couple and offered complimentary appetizers. The waitress told me later that Mike told her he thought the world of me and mentioned it to the owner. It almost made me bawl, since he’s now in his 20’s and I only talk to the family maybe a couple of times a year. It kind of shows how your actions have a greater impact than you can imagine!

          Sorry to wax rhapsodic, I just thought you’d like that, since you’ve been a caretaker too. Anyway, have a great Saturday!

          • Korazy Lady

            Ahh, Shukie, love this story! (yes, I am sneaking on my daughter’s computer again so I can actually tell who replied to what)

            I have to laugh because I am married to a totally rythmless guy and I love to dance! Sometimes his dancing is truly cringeworthy, but you have to take the bad with the good!

            Glad you enjoyed the wedding!

        • Ivoire

          @ Shukie, love your story, thank you so much for sharing :-). I have to go get ready (I am going to church), so I will reply later. You know what to do…
          I left you another message below on CMP (or CRP) post, I hope you will like it :-)…

          • Shukmeister

            LOL – read it.

            I’ll see what I can do, after I finish my vampire romance fiction and my multigenerational fiction. πŸ™‚

          • Ivoire

            I would be ever so honored if you did that, no pressure however and as long as it is PG-13 :-). I tend to be more into reading and watching emotions being displayed and the changes that people go through as they grow, heal, fall in love and interact with others, etc…

            And then during the PDA and intimate moments (and I don’t mean like S-E-X detailed, more like even holding hands can be intimate depending on what it means for both parties involved, a gaze, that kind of thing), I want to know how the woman felt (how it affected her, in this case Ivoire) and how the guy felt. Very often, we are told about the guy’s physical reactions and not enough about how he was affected emotionally, mentally, psychologically etc… I want to read and find out about that.

            Also, as you can tell by my behavior on DB and on OT, I am very relationship driven, so relationships are important to me. It would be nice if relationships are a big part of the story as well and international and intercultural friendships, that kind of thing… So, not that I am telling you what to write, because I am not, but I hope this helps somehow… :-). I know you have a great imagination, so I leave things up to you. Also, please make me a good girl (not naive, but you know… romantic, sentimental, intelligent [emotionally and otherwise] because, as you must have gathered from reading my posts, I am :-))

            Also, P.S.: I will not be mad or angry if that fanfic does not happen, so again, no pressure πŸ™‚

    • 1.3 zgznoona

      Morning Iv!!!
      Happy OT,
      how are you doing?

      • 1.3.1 Ivoire

        Hola Zgz, Que tal? Como van las cosas?

        I am good, going through some (good) changes and being busy. I have some things to adjust too, but change is good, this time around. How about you, how is life treating you?
        I haven’t tried the omelet recipe yet, I will let you know when I do and how it came out :-)!!! Do you know how to make “chocolate con churros” or where I could find a good recipe for it? (also, a good recipe for a yummy paella [that has been tried and tested, preferably]). Thanks :-)!!!!

        I hope your weekend is going well :-)!!!!

    • 1.4 christy

      Hello Ivoire! I’ve been really sparse around OT lately because I did land that job in Minneapolis area and have been in this crazy transition between jobs and having TWO weddings to be in coming up!!! One of them is this weekend, the other is in two weeks. Looks like I’ll be moving moving after that wedding so the cramp in my kdrama style isn’t going to let up anytime soon! Yay? Sigh? hahaha. I keep thinking it would have been nice to get together with the other local kdrama fans in CA before I relocate, but I have no time. πŸ™ In any case, a real job!!! finally moving out of parents house!!! Minneapolis/St.Paul!!!! *excited* πŸ™‚

      • 1.4.1 Ivoire

        Good morning Christy,

        It is sooo good to hear from you. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW JOB!!!!!! That is wonderful news, really!!!! I am soooooo happy for you *Does the happy dance for you* Now get ready to experience some serious cold *Brrrrrrrr,* but then you will also experience fully the four seasons πŸ™‚

        WOW!!!!! and TWO weddings!!!! My, you are a very busy woman, and that’s good too. Your life sounds very exciting and that’s great!!!!! So, are both weddings in CA? Don’t worry about Kdramas, the good news is they will still be there when you are ready to watch them πŸ™‚

        Maybe at some point, when you visit CA, we could meet? You know you should be able to find us on OT… We can also exchange emails if you want to and stay in touch that way (I might not always be on OT). Will it be your first time in MN? I think you will love it there…

        And I’m excited for you!!! Like you said, new job, out of your parents’ house, that is wonderful, indeed! Enjoy your weddings and your new season!!! It sounds like you are going through some positive changes, YAY!!!!!

    • 1.5 oftheshore

      Hello Ivoire! How are you doing these days?

      • 1.5.1 Ivoire

        Good morning (my time) OTS,

        I am good. And you? How was your last trip and did you manage to finish the project you were working on (writing) and turn it in? And what about your sleep pattern, back to normal?

        I didn’t respond to your last comment last week, but I loved what you said about your male roommates and how things were between you guys. If I had roommates like that, I would miss them too. Any dreams of LMHot lately? (interesting to see I don’t have the corner on that market, LOL)

        Have a great weekend!!! Still enjoying Faith? Are you completely done with the move and unpacked? Fun, isn’t it?

        • oftheshore

          Hey-hey, Ivoire!:)
          The trip was good, thank you! Cardiff is just such a lovely city, and I think I enjoyed in more than the actual conference. I’m working on an update/paper for my supervisors now, but trying to take it easy/easier, and I’m also flying home next week for a wedding.
          Alas, no dreams about LMHot since that last one, but now I do soooooort of wish I had a friend like the LMH from my dream. πŸ™‚
          I’m still enjoying Faith, and surprisingly, mostly because of the romance. The OTP has a great chemistry, and the shadow tracing scene was just so amazingly intense!

        • Ivoire

          Hey OTS, good to read from you again, I got dash, and will try to answer you later, just wanted to let you know…

    • 1.6 cmrprindle's phone

      Happy Friday, Ivoire!

      • 1.6.1 Ivoire

        Hey CRP,

        What’s cooking? How are you doing? Any success continuing to hook your friend on Kdramas? πŸ™‚ We talked about that a loooong time ago, don’t know if you remember.
        Are you still singing? If yes, any concerts/performances lately?

        • cmrprindle

          Ivoire! I do remember our last talk, ages ago, and it’s totally my fault that it didn’t continue.

          The hooking of the friend was going swimmingly until she started having trouble with her eyes. We haven’t quite finished Best Love (and I’m starting to think I never will, lol) but I know she really wants to. As soon as she can see without squinting and needing to rest her good eye. I have no idea what to suggest for our 3rd drama. Any suggestions? We seem to do well with romcoms.

          I am still singing. Our rehearsal season just started…our 3rd one was last night otherwise I actually might have been online. We’re trying some new stuff this year. I might actually write a song. Meep! But no concert-y stuff coming up. Our teacher/mentor will be gone part of October and all of November, and we’ll be learning an entirely new repetoire, so it’ll take us a while before we’re performance ready.

          And how are things with you? (Although, I’m sure if I scroll up I can see that for myself, lol.) I am re-reading Shuk’s “The Prince & His Harem” ever so slowly, as she was kind enough to send it to me via kindle (joy!) and you’ve been on my mind. πŸ™‚

          • Ivoire

            Hey CRP, I have been on your mind? Yay!!!! *Squees with joy* :-). Yeah, if you scroll up, you will get an idea of what’s going on with me. I can’t stay long now, because I am moving soon and I still have a lot to figure out. I am trying to be good and not be on OT and on DB for too long.
            You know me, however, I will eventually answer and touch on the points you mentioned :-)! Enjoy your reading. Also, you have a blog, right?

          • Shukmeister

            Yay! I’m mentioned! Even though Iv still hasn’t forgiven me for her character, I’m sure. πŸ˜‰

          • Ivoire

            @ Shukie,

            Yeah, you are right! Iv STILL hasn’t forgotten you for killing her WONDERFUL character πŸ™ I mean, how could you do that? *wines and taps her foot* You could have at least given her a wonderful, gorgeous, adorable, wealthy, accomplished, sophisticated, I would-follow-you-to-the-end-of-the-earth and listen-to-you-all-day-long kind of guy (you guys have seen how long my posts can be, yeah, I can talk like that as well, that’s how I bond, what can I say. I am also a good listener though).
            You know, the guy could have seduced and impressed her with his amazing qualities and because he lived in another (exotic) country and her contract with the company was up, she would have willingly followed him wherever he went (let’s be honest, Iv ain’t getting any younger and the guy is one in a million :-)). I know, I know, that is kind of Ricky’s character I described (maybe), but Iv is not trying to steal anyone’s thunder and would have loved to be taken out of the story because she was whisked away by a very charming and kind and loving man of her own.

            So Shukie, for the time being, go sit in the corner and think about what you did, *Pouts and crosses her arms* πŸ™‚

          • Ivoire

            @ CRP, still haven’t been able to answer you, will try at some point, however…:-)

    • 1.7 mary

      Yehey! Ivoire is first again. πŸ™‚

      I kind of miss seeing that lately. Happy Friday to you too. (It’s almost Saturday here)

      • 1.7.1 Ivoire

        Hello there Mary,

        Loved this: “Yehey! Ivoire is first again, ” and this: “I kind of miss seeing that lately,” yay indeed :-)! You made my day <3!!!!

        I will have to visit your site again to see the new Kdrama laws. You are so funny and on point with those. Please keep them coming. It might be Sunday or almost Sunday for you.
        Where do you live (as in, in what country?) if you don't mind my asking?

    • 1.8 Leaf

      Happy OT Unni!!!
      Hope you have an awesome week!!! πŸ˜€

      • 1.8.1 Ivoire

        Aaah!!!! There is my dongsaeng ,<3

        And how are we, this weekend? Are you done dealing with jetlag and are you fully adjusted to life back in the UK? Did you end up going to the CNBLUE concert? If so, how was it? Please do tell…

        If you have any good pictures we can see (of China, Korea, CNBLUE concert) and you post them, please let us know where we can see them :-).

        Have a wonderful weekend <3!!!!!

        P.S.: Have you heard from you boyfriend since you have been back in England?

    • 1.9 Laya

      Happy weekend, Ivoire! <3

      • 1.9.1 Ivoire

        Hellooooo Laya,

        Long time no see!!! How are you? Well I hope. I think last time we communicated, you were taking online classes? If you did, how is that going? And I think you do recaps of philipino (sp?) dramas, right? What’s new there?

        How’s the family? Still enjoying the peace and quiet at home, I hope :-). What kind of weather are you guys having at this time of the year? (I am just curious. I always want to know what is going on in other people’s countries).

        I hope your weekend is going well :-)!!!!

    • 1.10 Ivoire

      Hello everyone,

      And what a warm welcome!!!! *smiles* I wasn’t planning on being on OT today because I end up being here for hours and since I like to procrastinate, well… being on OT doesn’t always help, but the warm welcome makes me change my mind (about how I felt earlier), especially when I look at the gloomy weather I can see from my window *sighs*

      I hope you guys have a better weather and better weather forecast for this weekend in your part of the world. It is supposed to be nicer later in the day, and I am hoping that is what will happen.

      @ Kakashi: Sorry I didn’t answer back last weekend, so I did today (I like to finish my conversations)

      1– Ivoire September 28th, 2012 at 7:42 am
      (I will have to add something to that: it’s not that I don’t like to see abs, it’s more that once or twice is good enough for me. After that, it becomes gratuitous and it’s not new anymore. This is a case for me where “less is more” or better, “less is good” as far as I am concerned. I think I just wanted to speak up for those who are like me, however few we might be :-). Knowing you, I think you will understand πŸ™‚

      2–Still at Kakashi: Ivoire September 28th, 2012 at 8:04 am (Can you tell I am a LMH fan, I know quite a bit about him, :-). I think that it is more that I just care about him a lot, overall).

      3–@ Sabah, I just saw your post on last OT, you are sooo smart, and you know me well already :-)!!!!! (see the comment I made earlier to Kakashi about liking to finish my conversations. That character trait of mine earned me a “long nickname” on OT a few weeks ago, and we had a good laugh about that. The lady who gave me the nickname did well, for it represented who I have been on OT and on DB in general, as well as who I tend to be in real life :-)…

      4–@ Aryast, thanks for posting some YT examples of Hans Zimmer’s music. I haven’t listened to it yet, but I will (I will make a note of it) :-). I hope that all is well with you… Also, I just saw your fangirling about JIW and it brought a smile to my face. This is partly why I love this blog, because we can do things like that here and not worry about looking (or in this case “sounding”) stupid. I can only dream of a day when I would meet my favorite Korean actors and actresses and singers, basically, my favorite Korean celebrities (not all of them are actors/actresses and singers).

      To the rest of you, I am getting ready to answer you individually… You know how I like to personalize my interactions πŸ™‚

      • 1.10.1 Sabah

        I couldn’t work out if you thought I was smart because I comprehended the state of your character OR that if it was a general observation. If it is the first, I would say that it has nothing to do with me since you are an open book and in a good way, the kind that is the antithesis to hypocrisy. If it is the second, then I would be troubled because it always worries me when people agree with me, let alone think that I talk sense. Hehe.

        I can easily believe that people would bestow you with ‘terms of endearment.’ It has been a honour to have known you.

      • 1.10.2 Ivoire

        Hi Sabah, I just left you a long response in the last OT, I hope you will see it. I will be back to respond to your comment here, (and you know I will :-))

      • 1.10.3 Ivoire

        Sabah, don’t be so modest πŸ™‚

        I actually meant both of your meanings, come to think of it (see, you are sooo smart :-)). You DID comprehend the state of my character AND it was a general observation as well. I DO think you are smart and you know how to read people. You are also right that I am an open book, and INTENTIONALLY SO. Can I just add that you do talk sense, a lot :-)!!!!

        The honor (to have known you) has been all mine and I hope it will continue to be ours. Speaking of terms of endearment, “Ivoire” is one of those, as I explained at length in the last OT. Some of the people here, with whom I am connected on other social media, still call me “Ivoire” there and not by my real name, because to them, that’s who I am, and I think that’s very cool. It is also our mutual connection to DB, because that is where I use that name the most (here and with my family).

        • Sabah

          I have replied in #258 OT. Of course, there is no obligation to read and reply but I wouldn’t expect you to do otherwise BUT please even despite yourself, do not feel obliged and if you do reply, do so in your own time.

          I think Ivoire is most befitting since it encompasses so much of you, your history and attitude. Speaking as someone who inclines to call people by their full names mainly because it is the names their parents bestowed upon them, I do find that upon occasion, nicknames encompass a quality or essence of a person that their full names don’t. I would concur with your friends that Ivoire it quite the perfect fit. : )

        • Ivoire

          Hi Sabah,

          Just got done reading your response on OT # 258 and I loved it. I really love the way you write. I will take you at your word and will answer when I have the time. As I said in my last post (below), I need to move, in the next few days.
          I have a suggestion, which you don’t have to agree to: since we are getting personal (meaning sharing personal views and information), would you mind if I gave you my email address and we continued to get to know each other via email? I have done that with 4 ladies I met on OT so far, and so far so good. Again, just a suggestion, it felt kind of appropriate to move it to another venue, especially considering the nature of the information shared.

          Please let me know what you think, and have a wonderful weekend, I hope.

    • 1.11 Ivoire

      OK guys, it is 12:29pm my time on this Friday, and I have been on two OTs (# 259 and # 258) since 6:17am this morning. Duty calls, and I need to go deal with life and issues and moves, yeah, you read right. As always, I will be back at some point, so please remember to check here, if you wish to find out what I wrote.

      Again a wonderful weekend to all of you, and I will just say, “A Bientot” (See you or in OT’s case, Read you soon).

      • 1.11.1 kakashi

        oooohh, what a shame, cause now I am back! πŸ™‚
        (not really… it’s 1;27am here and I really, really, really need to go to bed!)

        • Ivoire

          Good morning Kakashi, (my time)

          I hope you had a great night. I am going to take some time responding to the messages that were left for me, and so I hope that you will have the time to read the responses I have for you, both here and on OT #258 (as I mentioned in my previous message).

          I hope your day is going well :-)!!!

          • kakashi

            read it all! Will get back to you, probably not on here but on FB …

    • 1.12 Korazy Lady

      Ivoire – Bonsoir! I haven’t forgotten our last conversation, but I have been watching 2 kids under 2 for the last week and haven’t had a minutes to call, write, email, etc. I don’t know how you do the Nanny job! I mean, I’m used to kids but all day is exhausting!

      Anyway, hope all is well!

      • 1.12.1 Ivoire

        Good morning KL,

        It is sooo good to hear from you :-)!!!! So, you are exhausted, huh… LOL. Yeah kids, you gotta love them though, I know I do. I know I am a little younger than you, so maybe that makes a difference? You have to admit that having kids around can be fun though, all those hugs, and “I love yous,” and playing with dolls, and trucks, and reading books and singing, (and in my case teaching them foreign languages and foreign cultures), and kissing booboos away (when they hurt themselves) etc… I have to be honest and confess that I actually love doing that. It makes my heart feel full and I get to participate in how they are raised and teach them manners and help them and their families in the children’s development, what’s not to love? πŸ™‚

        That being said, yeah, kids can be exhausting, I totally agree with that, which is why I am sooo happy they have parents I can return them to :-)… It makes it a little easier and helps in handling the time I have with them.

        Have you left Oregon yet? Where were you with the two kids? Did you visit your daughter in LA? (that’s how I can explain it).

        I haven’t forgotten our conversations either and I have been swamped as well, so I guess we could pick up where we left off, whenever we pick that back up? It might be easier for me to talk to you on the phone, so let me know when you would be free to talk, and I will give you my number. There are a number of things we could discuss, besides the matter we said we would discuss.

        The weather is gloomy again this morning. I hope that you are having a much better weather than I am, and that you day is going well πŸ™‚

        • Korazy Lady

          Thanks for answering, Ivoire. I was called to LA early to help my daughter out, so it is my grandkids I’ve been watching. They are adorable (check out my facebook page!) but BIG. The 5 month old is 20 lbs, the 21 month old is 34 lbs. So that is one of the reasons I’m exhausted – from the constant picking up and transporting them places. Also, I have been helping to decorate their new house, which means I am literally in charge of the design, shopping for items, and right down to painting the walls myself. So I have been a busy person.

          The saving grace here has been the weather. Absolutely fabulous, and I have been taking advantage of it by walking the kiddies for at least an hour a day, sometimes more than once. Tomorrow is my last day, and I will miss them, but I need to get back to my life (and my KD’s!) I’m so behind on Faith, I don’t know where I left off or what’s going on. The only thing I’ve managed to watch is Nice Guy. (Love it!)

          Are you watching anything besides that now?

          • Ivoire

            Hi KL,

            You do sound like a very busy woman, good for you! It is supposed to keep out of trouble :-). As busy and as tired as it sounds, it also sounds like you had some fun, and some exercise, for sure, which is great!!!! I will have to look at your FB page to see the pictures of your grandkids.

            You must be really good at decorating, if your daughter put you in charge of that. I will keep that in mind when I have my own place :-)…

            I am also glad you guys had an awesome weather, that always helps when needing to take babies outside. I am also sure you will be happy to be back in your own home and resuming your routine, which includes watching addicting Kdramas πŸ™‚ (I can relate). For now, I am only sticking to Faith, because of how I watch Kdramas (it’s a long process, he he he) and also because I actually want to reduce the # of dramas I am watching. I am considering (have been for a while) not watching any drama at some point for a while (even if it’s a short while) so I can reflect (on my life) and turn my attention to other things (I will be a little less distracted). I still haven’t done it yet, but I want to, at some point. I think it might be good for me (I also think I will go through withdrawal pains, maybe πŸ™‚ but that will be OK. Living life is important too :-))

            I hope your weekend is ending well!

    • 1.13 am

      Happy Weekend Ivoire and everyone! πŸ™‚

      • 1.13.1 Ivoire

        Good morning (my time) Am,

        How are you doing today? Happy weekend to you as well and thank you for stopping by. Are you watching any Kdramas these days? I am just watching Faith for the time being, and waiting for Oohlala Spouses, which starts next Monday.
        I hope your weekend is going well :-)!!!!

  2. Shukmeister

    Happy Friday, DBOT’s!

    This week finds me mired in RL, but I thought I’d seagull down, drop some stuff, and fly away again. lol

    I finished Haeundae Lovers, which was a nice light fluffy piece to get away from the darker elements in my life: Arang and Faith.

    Watched the final of RMPW and will miss Oguri Shun’s hair. I will not, however, miss Ishihara Satomi’s lips. I can’t even tell you what was wrong; there was just a fundamental dissonance in her face. I really enjoyed the show nevertheless.

    Anyways, I’m going to a Friday wedding, and won’t be up for a while. Everyone take care!

    • 2.1 Shukmeister

      Ooh, and I forgot the most important thing – BIG BANG!

      • 2.1.1 Leaf

        Oh have so so much fun!!!
        Super jelous!!!!! <3<3<3

    • 2.2 kakashi

      Damn RL for interfering. I know what you mean πŸ™‚

      • 2.2.1 Shukmeister

        [nodsnods] The wedding is at noon today (currently 0940 here EST), so I really have to pull out the warpaint and start the prepwork on making me beautiful – lol.

        I also managed to watch most of Autumn’s Concerto, starring Wu Vanness, and Long Vacation, both from 2009. I guess I was into pianos this week. Liked them both, altho Wu gets the number one thumbs-up in my book, but I’m not going to claim shallowness in looking at those abs. 😎

        I should have episode 10 of my recap project uploaded tonight (cross fingers). Just the screencaps to do. That will depend on how long the champaigne flows at the reception. [wink]

        • kakashi

          oh, champagne… that’s a very dangerous liquid. it always makes me suuuper happy and totally fluffy in the head –> never plan to word after drinking champagne is my conclusion… enjoy!

          • Shukmeister

            I’m not working either, and a bunkbed at my rescue squad is less than a mile away, although it might look funny to be picked up in an ambulance instead of a taxi. LOL

        • zgznoona

          If you mean Long Vacation the Japanese drama, it’s actually from 1996. I love that drama

          • Shukmeister

            Yeah, that’s the one. My typo!

        • JoAnne

          Autumn’s Concerto….Long Live the #Wuniverse!

          My goodness, but Bitter Ren was something to see. And the little boy? Xiao Le, I think he was? SO CUTE. Oh! and Gardener! Man. I need to watch this again.

          • Shukmeister

            The little boy was also in “Down With Love” with Jerry Yan – fyi

        • Will work for soju

          Loved Long Vacation – it is a kind of show that builds up slowly but then really gets under your skin.

          • Shukmeister

            The kissing scene so great and in your face, as opposed to RMPR where I was looking for a fairy circle around Natsui, since he kept dancing around the issues. lol.

    • 2.3 cv

      Hi Shukie! have fun at the wedding! ^^ See you when you come back! πŸ™‚

      • 2.3.1 Shukmeister

        Thanks, cv! Deciding on the lotion right now: citrusy, orange sandalwood, or dark chocolate/raspberry? Darn you Bath and Body Works!!

        • cv

          LOL they all seem to smell good but some are just too overpowering! :p

          • Shukmeister

            Decided on the choco/rasp.

            It was fun! I danced a lot, including my guy (who really has no rhythm) and the 75 year old grandmother of the bride. They gave out bags of Virginia peanuts as favors and had a huge spread of candy as a side table. Plus open bar. I headed over to the parent’s to give them some of my largesse, since I can’t eat peanuts and my dad loves them. It keeps me on the will. hee hee hee

    • 2.4 Lemon

      I think I get what you mean by her lips. I think it was because the upper lip was much larger than the bottom one.

      That’s why she looked MUCH better whenever she smiled. πŸ™‚

      • 2.4.1 Shukmeister

        Was that it? I dunno. It didn’t look akward all the time, just occasionally with certain expressions.

      • 2.4.2 enz

        not just that – it also was downturning a lot and that gave it that clownish look until she smiles and thins out the upper lip and shows her teeth.
        THAT is my analysis of what bugged me about her lips – i just kept thinking leeches! i know it sounds mean but unfortunately that was the case

    • 2.5 myweithisway

      Enjoy the wedding!

      Btw, how was HL? I’m debating on whether to start it or not (and no, I haven’t the recaps because I don’t want to be spoiled incase I decide to watch it)

      • 2.5.1 Shukmeister

        Lots of fluff – don’t look for deepp meanings or anything like that. That having been said, it was a nice counterpoint to some of the darker shows.

    • 2.6 zgznoona

      Have fun at the wedding. I hope you have better weather than I do. It’s raining here in South Florida.
      talk to you later πŸ™‚

      • 2.6.1 Shukmeister

        Sunny and upper 70’s..

    • 2.7 cmrprindle's phone

      Have fun at the weeding. I haven’t been to one since…last summer, I think, and it was wonderful. Happy Friday!

      • 2.7.1 cmrprindle's phone

        Argh! Wedding, autocorrect! Wedding! Either way, have fun πŸ™‚

        • Shukmeister

          I guess I can weed too. Oh wait, I’m homeless. lol

          • cmrprindle

            Um…offer to weed a stranger’s lawn? lol. Gram loves it when we do lawn-work for her. Lord knows we don’t have any greenery that doesn’t come from a faux-ceramic pot around here..

          • Shukmeister

            Hee hee hee –

            The landlord has the neighbor’s kid mow, so all I have to do is look at the window at the green. Now my parents are a different story, but that I do with my dad, so yanking bermudagrass is no hardship.

    • 2.8 enz

      thank goodness someone else get distracted by her lips. i keep thinking jessica rabbit when i see her lips.

      watching rmpw episode 7 – i find the story interesting but really dont like the girl. all that rapid speak and shrillness and shrieking – why???? is that really so cute? i am doomed then πŸ™‚

      • 2.8.1 Shukmeister

        She was not an endearing character, for sure. Yeah, I could do without a lot that was coming out of her mouth.
        You should enjoy the ending though.

        • Enz

          Am really starting to enjoy the drama now at episode 8. That oguri shun is very hot! Esp on his bike πŸ™‚

          • Shukmeister

            IKR! I want to take off his helmet and fluff those locks. And I love the sockless look. Even his ankles are smexy! lol

        • enz

          ooh i really liked the drama from epi 7 onwards. and yesh, ending was fab – “i can turn any distance to nil”
          *swooon* πŸ™‚

          love that he has such an expressive face too and yes, his fashion sense in the drama – very much likey

          • Shukmeister

            His little boy pout makes me melt, especially when accompanied by the chin stubble [sigh]. The man-child is always the best on the screen. Probably not so much in real life, though. πŸ˜›

            I liked the ending, but hoped for more smoochies; I think the second lead got more lip-time than Natsui. Still, she got the man in the end.

            I got a copy of “Crow Zero”, a recent Shun film recco’d by a DBOT. Haven’t watched it yet as it might be a movie choice for the Movie Noonas at the BB concert.

    • 2.9 Korazy Lady

      Hey Shukmeister! Hope the wedding was fun. It is now close to 7 Pacific time and I am just getting my first chance to get on the OT (on a real computer this time.) An emergency came up at my daughter’s in LA so I left Portland in a hurry to get here. Now I’ve been watching two under two for a week and I’m beat. All is well now, though.

      Still bummed about the tickets. I forgot I have class Thurs night but definitely want to meet up with the Noonas at sometime during that weekend so I’ll tweet you.

      Thanks for keeping me in the loop!

      • 2.9.1 Shukmeister

        No worries, Kor.
        I’m in the process of working on a retreat weekend for 20 teens at my church. Once that’s over with in October, my focus will be finishing up the BB plans and disseminating the info.

    • 2.10 Shukmeister

      On one of my BB Alive Tour tracking sites, they made this announcement:

      They’ve added another date to both the Anaheim CA and the Newark NJ showdates. It’s not posted on Ticketmaster yet, though, so no idea when tix will go on sale.

      Dates will now be Nov 2 / 3 California, Nov 8 / 9 Newark.

      Anyone for seeing them twice? just kidding. πŸ˜‰

      • 2.10.1 cmrprindle

        I have to tell the Beauty ashi! Her sister is trying really hard to get tix, although I believe she’s looking for backstage VIP passes. Not that I’m into Big Bang, per se, but I wish I had that kinda cash! πŸ˜€ Hmm…I don’t think Beauty ashi works weekends. Must remember for Monday! Or tell her uncle/dad/whoever-that-older-owner-guy-is-to-her.

      • 2.10.2 MeeisLee

        Tickets go on sale Oct 6 (next saturday) at 10am (according to official Big Bang FB page)!!!!!

        Did you get VIP tickets, Shukmeister?

        • Shukmeister

          Didn’t want them, Mee.
          I’m too old to grunt my way through general admission. lol

          I have considered getting a ticket for the new concert date, since my travel plans put me in NYC Thursday morning. That way I can see them twice! Might be Suengri overload, though.

          I’m looking forward to actually meeting a bunch of DBOT’s and I’ve been begging…err…respectfully requesting to meet the DB Goddesses, some of which will be there too.

          On second thought, I’ll probably not consider the new show date, as I may miss out on noraebang with the Noonas, and who doesn’t want to shake a tamborine while wearing toilet paper on your head while singing asian pop songs? Badly?


          • MeeisLee

            Toilet paper hats sounds like fun :). I’m picturing something like a Dokko Jin rendition of GD’s “Heartbreaker:

            At this point I plan on going to the Friday concert, so I don’t know if I’ll see you guys there! Or maybe not, since I have no idea who I’d be looking for. I’m sure you guys will have loads of fun!

            May I ask where (section) are you seats?

          • Korazy Lady

            Noraebang with the noonas sounds right up my alley, Shukie. Not sure if the toilet paper is a good look for me, but put a mic (or a hairbrush or a beer bottle) in my hand and I can sing the night away. Did you find an actual noraebang where you get your own room? Cuz I’m not sure if Newark is ready for the Beaners taking over a karaoke bar!

          • Shukmeister


            Location is allll the way in the back, second tier. We plan to meet up for dinner ahead of time. I’ll be updating my blog with the public deets as they become available. We are talking about at least one dinner with as many DBOT’s as we can, probably Friday before the concert, in Newark.


            CMPR is looking into karaoke bars and found a good one in K-town in NYC. We will be putting the final plans together after I get through my weekend with the teens from my church the middle of October.
            You’ve got plans for Saturday already, neh?

  3. Cap Rice

    Good morning every one. I have a question. What is the name of the Korean movie about the middle school girls who grow apart to come back together for old memories? One of the girls liked to cus a lot. Was it something about sunshine? It was a hit in Korea back in April or March, I think. I searched the website but couldn’t find it. Can you help me? Thank you.

    • 3.1 spooksmom

      @Cap Rice- The movie you are referring to is Sunny.

    • 3.2 im_eve

      SUNNY πŸ™‚

    • 3.3 spooksmom

      Here is the link on dramabeans for the movie:

      • 3.3.1 Cap Rice

        Thank you.

  4. leonardswench

    Last Friday of September, so ready for the golds and oranges of a glorious Octoberfest to embrace us … and then there’s the Siwon abs to make it extra amazing.

    • 4.1 JoAnne

      Hey stranger!

    • 4.2 jomo

      When did you pop in? Missing you.

  5. Laya

    Oh, is it that time of the week already?

    Happy weekend, OT!

    Still watching TTBY. I’m thinking could we just have Eun-gyul/Hyun-jae instead? πŸ˜›

    Gearing up to continue watching Nice Guy. I think I need lots of chocolates for this one.

    • 5.1 John



      The closing song for TTBY.

      Do you know who sings it and are there subbed lyrics for it ?

      • 5.1.1 Shukmeister

        John –

        Alice Chen’s World has the current TTBY OST and tracklist. I’m not sure about the lyrics, though. Good hunting!

        • John

          Thanks Shuk, Alice does have a lot of OSTs .

      • 5.1.2 Mystisith
        Dropped the show a long time ago but this song is nice indeed. πŸ™‚

        • John



        • JoAnne

          The entire OST is great – it gets heavy rotation for me lately.

      • 5.1.3 Laya

        Ah, you mean “Stand Up” by J Min (currently playing on loop on my playlist along with “In Your Eyes” (Onew) “It’s Me” (Sunny and Luna), “Butterfly” (Jessica and Krystal), and “Closer” (Taeyeon))? Myst got ahead of me in posting it, but there are a lot of TTBY OST videos on YouTube with romanized and English subs.

        • jomo

          Stand Up and Onew play constantly on my iPod.
          Both are so evocative. The other two are a little more typical OST types.

          • Laya

            Stand Up, In Your Eyes, and It’s Me are my top 3 favorites. I think of them as the main theme, TJ’s song for JH, and JH’s song for TJ. πŸ˜€

        • John



        • Jambo

          Yep, that’s pretty much my morning playlist to get me going! πŸ™‚

          • Laya

            My morning playlist is a mix of the TTBY and You’ve Fallen For Me OSTs, plus the Dream High theme and Promise from You’re Beautiful. πŸ˜€ Talk of feel good.

      • 5.1.4 joybells

        I think you talking bout “Stand up”-J-min …. da song plays at the end credits…as for da subbed lyrics if u go to you-tube n search..u’ll comes across many.. πŸ™‚

    • 5.2 la dee dah

      Eun-gyul and Hyun Jae? After he went all Dream High on Tae Joon and got Eun-gyul hurt? Hyun Jae doesn’t even deserve to be in the same room as Eun gyul.

      • 5.2.1 John

        How could they forgive Hyun Jae?

        That flowerpot would have maimed/killed Tae.

        • jomo

          I forgive him.
          I don’t want his guilt to weigh down his Chest of Glory.

          Anyway, turning him in to EG’s slave was the best thing I have ever experienced on television EVER.

          • Laya

            “Anyway, turning him in to EG’s slave was the best thing I have ever experienced on television EVER.”

            ^Ai-yah, THIS. Which is why I suddenly wanted to ship EG/HJ =))

          • la dee dah

            Chest of Glory..ha ha.. well, if you put it that way!

          • jomo

            @Laya –

            I have actually been shipping EG/HJ for some time, but only after shipping Jomo/HJ first.

          • Laya

            Jomo/HJ. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      • 5.2.2 Lemon

        I know it really was pretty evil of Hyun Jae to drop the flower pot and cut off the brakes on Tae Joon’s bike.

        But I really can’t seem to hate that guy, especially when he was walking his sister home and squatting down to talk to her. It was just so heartbreaking.

        Then he looked genuinely sorry towards Eun Gyul and Tae Joon. So I guess I’m forgiving him..

      • 5.2.3 Laya

        Well, Hye-mi did forgive Baek-hee in the end. And I was yelling at Eun-gyul, “Your roomie just killed your nationals spot, man!”

        The way the drama’s been going so far, it wasn’t so far-fetched for everyone to forgive him– they’re all softys. They were all angry at first, but changed their minds after seeing Hyeon Ji. I’m guessing Hyeon Jae might be in the school on a high jump scholarship, because of what Hyeon Ji said– mom’s working, no mention of dad, the kid is home alone, oppa promised to make their lives better. So he thought he might finally get the upper hand when Tae Joon quit jumping (remember he also leaked the yips thing to the reporter?) and then surprise! TJ’s back in fighting form! And then the sponsorship offer, with his chances looking worse and worse. So he’s a pretty desperate high school kid. If everyone had condemned him, what would he have done… quit school and jumped off a bridge, in his state of mind? At least now everyone’s given him a second chance– I only hope their faith in him is justified. And it’s cute how Eun Gyul is giving him the chance to do penance by making him his “slave.” Not realistic, but yeah– when was this drama ever…?

        • Lemon

          Exactly! If they decided not to forgive him, and treat him like shit, I had a feeling he’d do something stupid/ kill himself or something like that. He just seemed so desperate when he did those things, and you could tell he was really conflicted as well.

          What he did is still inexcusable, but he’s young and I think he deserves a second chance!

        • la dee dah

          Ya, I knew that once Hyun Jae threw the flowerpot and cut the bike brakes that they would forgive him within the same episode. These are the same people that let the guy who attacked Jae Hee get away without reporting him among other things.

          I just wished the drama showed that there are consequences to bad actions. Yes, Hyun Jae seems to have a bad life. But I see his actions as the same as if someone actually did get seriously hurt – the intents of his actions were to hurt someone. That no one was seriously injured was extremely lucky on everyone else’s end – it’s not something from Hyun Jae’s doing (he did not go and try to stop them from riding the bike, for example). And then to give him a second chance sooo soon – I would be more okay with it if he was actually punished in some way or other (and no, being Eun gyul’s slave doesn’t count!) and then they forgive him later.

      • 5.2.4 JoAnne

        I was so worried by that sharp turn into idiot writing land…but they corrected really fast and if it was the only way they could think of to get him smiling with Tae Joon and slaving for Eun Gyeol – I’m good with it.

    • 5.3 John


      I wonder if Jae Hee would be happier with Eun-gyul?

      • 5.3.1 jomo

        Suddenly, I had an image of Lee Hyun Woo (EG) involved with Park Si Yeon (Jae Hee in Nice Guy) and my brain broke.

        Hmmmm, which makes me ask – how about casting them in a gender swapped K version of Kou Kou Kyoushi?
        Huh? Huh?

        • Laya

          Jomo, my brain broke with yours when I read this comment. But come to think of it… the image has possibilities. (ohmigod MaryKay)

          And now you have also reminded me to ask people for their recommendations of manga to be adapted into K-dramas.

      • 5.3.2 Laya

        Well, JH and EG call each other “best friends” now and they’re cute together, they do try to care for each other, but JH really isn’t as close to him as she is with TJ. Plus, when EG confessed to her, she didn’t consider telling him she’s a girl but she did with TJ. So maybe in another universe without a Tae-joon in it?

        Breaks my heart how the Nakatsu is always the most big-hearted character– EG accepts the possibility that he might be gay and confesses to JH anyway, and now he forgives HJ for derailing his nationals spot. At least he won’t be too angry about JH lying to him and ending up with TJ, I guess.

    • 5.4 zgznoona

      Happy weekend Laya!!!
      I don’t dare to watch Nice Guy. I don’t think my heart can take it

      • 5.4.1 Laya

        Happy weekend zgznoona!

        That’s the same reason why I’ve been holding off on watching it– I’ve got hypertension and started hyperventilating less than 10 minutes into Episode 1. But Song Joong Ki and Moon Chae Won are two of my favorite K-drama actors ever (to the extent of using the names of characters they’ve played as my usernames) and it looks like they’re both doing a great job. Hence the chocolates. I need something feel-good to counteract the pain and tension.

        • zgznoona

          Enjoy the ride then πŸ˜‰
          But don’t blame the drama if you gain weight πŸ˜›

          • Laya

            Or faint from high blood pressure πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      • 5.4.2 Korazy Lady

        OMG, Nice Guy is my new crack! Just be prepared for the crazy twists and turns, expect the worst but enjoy the beautiful faces (and great acting of SJK)! I wish I didn’t have to wait every week for new episodes.

        • joybells

          Loving nice guy..its my new crack too.. i love moon cha young after watching “the princess man” but its my first SJK drama.n SJK is doin a great job.But is it just me or is he like realli baby-faced…not that i dont find him attractive,but i cant believe he’s 27,i thought he was in his late teens or early twenties.. πŸ™‚

          • Laya

            Sometimes SJK reminds me very much of Leonardo diCaprio circa Romeo+Juliet and Titanic. πŸ˜€

            He’s 27? I can MINE him then? πŸ˜€ Loved him since Gu Yong Ha in SKKS. <3

          • Korazy Lady

            He is totally baby faced but that’s why he’s so irresistible. Which is a good thing because his character can be quite scary. I miss seeing his cute little smile from the first episode. It’s amazing how in the flashbacks he and PSY look so convincingly like highschoolers or college aged kids. But his expressions make him seem older in the present day. Good acting, I guess. I heard he was quite good in the movie Penny Pinchers, too.

    • 5.5 iZzie :)

      Happy Weekend, Laya! πŸ™‚

      • 5.5.1 Laya

        Happy weekend, Izzie!! Kumusta? πŸ™‚

        • iZzie :)

          Ok naman, thank you. πŸ™‚ Heto, buhay-baboy ngayong weekend: kain-tulog… nood. πŸ˜›

          How about you? Kumusta na? πŸ™‚

          • Laya

            Sineseryoso ko ang “convalescence” hahaha. Nagsusulat ng K-pop idol fic in the guise of a Tagalog romance, for kicks. At least my BP has now stabilized at 110/80. Katakot yung 180/100 dati.

          • iZzie :)

            Woah! 180/100? That’s scary indeed! Glad you’ve recovered.
            Ay, relax-relax lang.
            Haha! Good luck on the fanfic! “Tagalog romance?” now that’s an interesting twist. I hope I get to read that piece soon. πŸ˜‰ Must be a very effective therapy writing it.

            I try to write fanfics too, pero hindi pa nakakalayo. I have the basic setup – the characters, the setting, but I haven’t completed the skeleton of the story and that caused the writing block. Haha! And them laziness came over me.
            And then there’s this long queue of dramas to watch. LOL. I just went on vacation, and just like work, it all piled up when I returned. πŸ˜›

            I hope you feel a lot better. Aja! Aja! πŸ™‚

          • Laya

            Scary talaga, kaya umalis muna ako sa work, hee. At least may napag-gagamitan ng kaadikan natin sa K-drama and stuff?

            Haha I took notes from this book “How to Write a Romance Novel and Get It Published” which said to create a notebook for each story, with pages for the characters, setting, plot, etc. Tapos you build character bios. It’s working so far. There’s also a basic plot formula which isn’t that far away from the basic K-drama rom-com/teen romance formula, seeing that Tagalog romances have 10 chapters (100 pages, 20k words) and K-dramas have 16 episodes. So you know where to put the meet-cute, the light and fluffy, and the angst. Who knows, if I actually send it to a publisher you might get to read it? I just have to finish it first– I’m at 11k words so far.

  6. cv

    Happy OT everyone! ^^

    What a week! Dramas ending–Golden time and Haeundae lovers. Both weren’t bad. Golden time–wondering if they are thinking of a second season. Would be nice. ^^ Haeundae lovers was meh…. It was nice that he knew what he wanted though. haha!

    Jdorama edinding:

    Beginners—still cute and uplifting. Liked it.

    Summer rescue—Beautiful and breath taking scenery of the moutain. Liked it also.

    Vision: Still waiting for last episode. So far so good but I’m hoping for a great ending that makes sense. haha!

    Faith— Oh it’s getting real good but such stab in the heart feeling when you know any happy moments can turn bad. arrrrrgh!

    Arang—I’m still catching up but wow, the story sure is picking up the pace which is awsome!

    Nice guy— I wasn’t going to watch but did and well, not bad….but don’t know if I’ll continue though. I just can’t stand the b*tching and backstabbing. I like my melos but not like that.

    On another note, I’m going to Big Bang concert in NJ on NOv. 9! WAaaahoooo! ^^ LOL Can’t believe it’s only a monthish away. πŸ˜€

    Happy weekend all!

    • 6.1 Shukmeister

      [High five] Yep, tix are printed and all but placed in the safe deposit box. hee hee hee.

      There wasn’t a long of angsty moments in HaeunLov, which was a nice change from the 5 seconds of cute turned into a one hour crying jag. I thought the Tae Sung’s little boy pouting and snarky comments were spot on. What else has Kim Kang Woo done?

      • 6.1.1 Sabah

        I loved him in Story of a man. Very different to HL though.

      • 6.1.2 cv

        I’m glad the tix are safe. hahahahha We can’t have them go missing when it’s so close to the date. ^^

        HL was kinda too cheesy for me. I started it… then skip to ep 13, then watched the the last ep. I didn’t really missed much. lol but yea, it was a nice watch—kinda.

        • Shukmeister

          I liked the over-the-top overreacting of some of the characters. It was a nice change from the melo, kind of like a dish of plain vanilla after a Death by Chocolate dessert.

    • 6.2 zgznoona

      Happy Friday!!
      I thought I was the only one watching Summer Rescue. I love the scenery too.
      Vision is getting to convoluted, I’m also worrying about the ending, but I hope is good

      • 6.2.1 cv

        Nope, you aren’t! ^^ hehe
        SR was such a nice watch. I liked the growth of the characters, even the side ones. They each had a story to tell and are connected somewhat in some way. In the end, I was like, aaahhh, it ended too soon.

        Vision–I liked each stories that seem to all end with her but I haven’t been able to figure out how and why and what’s the deal with her. I hope that the last ep will go into that little detail so that we have a closure of how that will be solved. I would hate to see the good guys die in the last ep but anything is still possible.

        • zgznoona

          I felt the same way about SR, didn’t want it to be over.
          About Vision, I think she has a spec, like her mom. But that guy took her away hen she was young and use her power to experiment with mental control. Lest see what happens . Subs should be out soon

          • cv

            Hmm… it’s too bad they didn’t go into the mother a little bit more. I know she got her power from her mother who see’s ghost. I wonder if her mother will show up last ep? Can’t wait for the ending since the cop who liked her has enter into the computer game that makes everyone crazy—which means: he’ll have to kill to be with her? How does pyscho killer know who’s playing the game?

          • zgznoona

            I know, but in his case it should have any effect since he’s already with her. We know drama logic requires suspension of disbelief. So we just need to wait for the subs and see what happens

          • cv

            OMG! so I just finished watching Vision and it’s good but it didn’t really answer some questions that still bugs me.


            So he played the game to find her but he was able to overcome the urge to kill for Christina. Is it because Rena saw the future of him trying to kill the dude and stopped him time before becoming a murderer? If that’s the case, I suppose it’s understandable why he was able to stop since he knew her already.
            But at the end, he had his eyes wide open when he hugged her like he was still under the negative influence of having to kill 3 people to be with her. Makes you wonder if he did kill 3 people before walking into the room. hahha! Man, kinda creepy.

            Overall, it wasn’t a bad watch. I wished it had gone out with a bang wrapping up loose ends instead of how it ended. It seemed unfinished to me. Wonder if they are thinking of a second season? Open ending isn’t bad but they have to do it right otherwise it just feels…incomplete. :p

    • 6.3 cv

      Just finished with the lastest ep of ARang!


      Omg! He meet is mother aka demon stealer in her body. Yikes! Can’t wait til next week! hehe ^^

      Oh and third hospital is pretty good too. Like it that the brothers are so different as night and day–one intense and serious while the other seen to enjoy life and having fun while at it.

      TTBY: two more eps to go! Can’t say enough but I love the fluff in this drama. I like all the acting…awkward some parts but oooh so cute and pretty. ^^

    • 6.4 John


      I’ll check out Summer Rescue. I need a new J Drama.

      • 6.4.1 cv


        You should give it a try! It’s just so lovely. ^^

        • John


          Just finished Ep. 1 of Summer Rescue. Looking forward to seeing more. Thanks for recommending this.

  7. Lemon

    Yaye it’s Friday! for those of you who want to see more 1997 cuteness. πŸ™‚

    I’m watching Nice Guy, To the beautiful you and Faith now, while reading Arang recaps.

    To the beautiful you is kinda driving me crazy with my love-hate relationship with it. The cute parts are GREAT, but the heroine is just…ugh. It really requires a HUUUGE suspension of belief to accept that Jae Hee still doesn’t know Taejoon knows she’s a girl.

    But the ending of ep 14, where Eun Gyul finds out she’s a girl? FANTASTIC. <3

    • 7.1 spooksmom

      @ Lemon-those pics made my day! Thank you for sharing them! I miss Answer Me 1997 and those two are so cute together!

      • 7.1.1 Lemon

        Hee, you’re welcome. πŸ™‚

        When I saw them I was like, OMG MUST SHARE.

        Plus the last picture is just so adorable!

    • 7.2 Lemon

      OH btw, any good recommendations for movies to watch?

      This is a little off topic, but it’s a friday night here, and sadly, I’m stuck at home.. So I was thinking of having a movie night! With me, myself, and Lemon!

      I’ve got drinks and snacks, just searching for some good movies to watch. I think i’ve watched all the mainstream romcoms + recent blockbusters + famous korean movies (eg. Sunny, Intro to architecture, my sassy girl, and probably 20 others)

      Any movies you feel are interesting, underrated, or simply your favourite?

      P.S. my current favourite is Jurassic Park! πŸ˜€

      • 7.2.1 FishcalledWanda

        Hi Lemon!

        I like doing a movie night when I’m alone too! Did you watch the kmovie Chilling Romance? I liked it very much and it has Lee Min Ki in it! It can be a little scary because it deals with ghost depending on what you are used to, but I thought it was more funny than scary!

        Jurassic Park always stays a classic!

        • Lemon

          No, I haven’t watched it! I was a little hesitant since it deals with ghosts and all, but since you recommended it, I’ll try it. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

          And omg Fish Called Wanda? As in the movie? HAHA cool ‘name’.

          • FishcalledWanda

            Haha, yes! Thanks! Nice you caught on! πŸ˜‰ I was thinking about what name to use and this popped up! Not the best movie in the world, but it’s damn funny! Maybe you can (re-?)watch it for your movie night!

            You’re welcome, hope you’ll like it! And the ghosty stuff is not horror-like. There are some spooky moments, but nothing like The Ring or Exorcist.

        • Shukmeister

          Chilling Romance was awesomesauce! I highly recco it too.

          Another funny one is the Thai film “Hello Stranger”. The plot is two Thai’s find themselves in Korea; she is touring all the KDrama sights (so you get a glimpse of the Winter Sonata park, and the Coffee Prince shop!). He went on a tour to get away from a broken relationship and ends up missing the bus, so they hang with each other as the attraction grows. Really cute film, and the Thai language is interesting to listen to.

          Another cutesy K-movie is “Detective K- Search For the Virtuous Widow”, which has a bumbling detective and his faithful sidekick set in Joseon.

          Happy watching!

          • FishcalledWanda

            ‘Hello stranger’ sounds very good! Although I wasn’t the one asking for recommendations, I thank thee! If I ever find myself in Korea travelling to all the dramasights is one thing I’ll certainly do! Never watched a Thai film before, but for everything there’s a first!

          • Lemon

            Wow! Hello stranger looks super cute to watch + it’ll be like I’m sightseeing in Korea! It’s a bit sad that I’m so excited, lol.

            (Thats what happens when you have nothing to do on a Friday night.)

      • 7.2.2 Carole McDonnell

        Just went to one of my fave lists:

        Uhm…in no particular order

        Eleventh Mother
        My Rainy Days
        Virgin Snow
        Run, Daddy, Run
        Sensitive Couple (about a woman who sees ghosts and can’t get a boyfriend)
        Hansel and Gretel
        The Man from nowhere
        After School

        Love Letter
        Aoi Tori

        • Lemon


          Checked out some of your recommendations.

          My Rainy Days as in the japanese movie about the high school prostitute and the professor? I really enjoyed that movie! And of course Ajusshi/The man from nowhere.

          Sensitive couple seems cute. I’ll put that on my list. πŸ˜€

          No serious shows tonight, and horror is a definitely no-no for me, so no Hansel and Gretel! >:)

        • rbee

          I just watched My Rainy Days per your recommendation and loved it! Thanks! I don’t comment here often, but love to read everything. Always pick up good stuff to watch and thought I’d say thank you for once. πŸ™‚

      • 7.2.3 Enz

        Have you ever watched mars attack by Tim Burton? I really loved it. a long time ago

        Recently watched Paul … Also hilarious

        Both has funny looking aliens in it

        • Enz

          Oops both HAVE.. HAVE aliens. Sigh my English

    • 7.3 John


      Thank you for the pics. Soo cute

  8. Katherine

    Well it’ll be Saturday here in Sydney/Aus in another 17mins or so & all I have on my mind right now is JAY PARK lol. Finally getting the chance to see a Korean singer perform LIVE or actually seeing a Korean celebrity in the flesh. (Still in shock that Song Joong Ki came here awhile ago for a photo-shoot & I had no clue about it until the pictorials were released LOL)

    • 8.1 Katherine

      Also got to finish of Bu Bu Jing Xin – 10 episodes to go & I’m loving every minute of this drama.

      • 8.1.1 John


        I loved BBJX. Death Defying Sister !

      • 8.1.2 Farpavilions

        Grab the hankies …. you’ll be sobbing aplenty!

  9. John


    TTBY, Arang, Faith, May Queen and Panda & Hedgehog.


    • 9.1 Sabah

      I am loving Panda & Hedgehog! So much cuteness and makeshift families that just warms my heart. I know trouble is brewing on the horizon but I always end an episode with the biggest grin on my face!

      EunHyuk was my bias for such a long time but Donghae is slowly but surely making himself a place in my heart.

      Really sweet show!

      • 9.1.1 FishcalledWanda

        I was thinking of starting Panda, but I’m watching so much already I can’t keep up! But I hear very good things about it and your comment speaks in its favour, so I’m seriously contemplating it! It is always nice to have a more cute and happy drama to keep the dark ones company.

        • Sabah

          Hey, : )

          Nothing profound or cutting edge but a whole lot of cute and excellent chemistry between everyone. There is romance, bromance, sisterhood, love, second chances, family and did I mention cuteness? Definitely recommended as a good pick me up for any type of blues.

          • FishcalledWanda

            Hi! How are you?

            I’m having a bit of a cold, my radiator won’t work and it’s raining outside. So it’s sounds like a little Panda could be exactly what I needed. Can’t withstand bromance in combination with said cuteness and family and all the good things you mentioned! I’m very tempted to start it right away…

          • Sabah

            Not as bright as brilliant but not as dim as depressed. So-so.

            Ah! all those things that will make you miss home even more. : ) Still that is what Kdramas are for, hehe.

            I would recommend it because at its heart it is about protecting yourself from the cold harshness of the world through forming a family from the anyone and everyone who would be your friend. It’s about always looking out for the best in people despite mistakes and regardless of who gets who, it is about staying close anyway.

          • FishcalledWanda

            Aww, it sounds right up my alley! Makeshift families always give me a warm and fuzzy feeling. You described it very beautifully!

            Yes, it makes me miss home even more indeed. Luckily, I’m watching enough dramas to cope with it πŸ™‚ And also, I’m going home today to spend the weekend at home. Yay!

            That’s a poetic way to describe that so-so feeling, wishing you well.

          • Sabah

            Yay indeed!

            I initially began watching it because of its name and upon a whim but it held my attention from the first episode and gradually I found myself invested. It has such a good attitude and tone; reminding us that we just get past ourselves and grab hold onto happiness. As Novala Takemoto says, ‘it takes courage to hold onto happiness.’

          • FishcalledWanda

            The name also caught my attention, it sounds really cute. Sometimes the dramas you just start watching without thinking, can turn out to be your favourite. (It can also be the complete opposite of course).
            What a nice quote. It’s certainly true. Sometimes you have to make hard decisions or go through a difficult phase. Things don’t always stay the same and to reach happiness (again) and hold on to it, takes courage.

            You definitely convinced me to start watching it now! πŸ™‚

          • Sabah

            “Sometimes you have to make hard decisions or go through a difficult phase. Things don’t always stay the same and to reach happiness (again) and hold on to it, takes courage. ”

            That’s true, we do tend to hesitate when it comes to trying again. I think for me, I persevere because there isn’t any other state I want to be in. I understand that fatigue that causes people to remain unhappy and give up but happiness is like a drug for me, I just can’t find peace in any other state. As you said, it is hard but it is hard to remain unhappy too, so I guess, it is just about choosing what kind of hard you can bear with.

            That quote is from a favourite book/film ‘Kamikaze Girls,’ which is again about forming families out of the unlikeliest of people. It addresses the question of isolation too. Something else that I would highly recommend though with a disclaimer that it is quite ‘quirky,’ maybe too far left field for people uninitiated to the style of detailing found in such Japanese story telling.

          • FishcalledWanda

            Even though it’s hard to try, why wouldn’t you not try if it means there is a chance for a better situation. Maybe you won’t reach happiness, but when you are truly unhappy, things can only get better. And as you said, being unhappy is hard too.
            I found this through my own experience. I was always very shy and that made me unhappy at times. I found it very hard to speak to people and connect with them. Whenever I had to do a presentation I was nervous days before I had to do it. Then I had enough of it. I took classes to get better at presenting and choose a study in which presenting is a important factor. It was not easy and I still don’t like it, but I’m not feeling sick with nervosity anymore. I tried to speak up and made some friends. This is a little example of course, but it was a big step for me and it made me more happy then I was before.

            I will definitely check out that book/film. Is Novala Takemoto not also a fashion designer, or am I mistaking him with someone else?

          • Sabah

            I loved reading about your experience. Heartfelt thanks for sharing because it was heartwarming. It just emphasizes the wonderful rewards of overcoming obstacles.

            Nothing is little, for even the smallest of things can have important significance. I think we tend to belittle things through underestimating them and in contrast hype things up when in fact they are quite trivial. I would wholeheartedly congratulate you in your achievement. It is wonderful!

            Yes, it is the same fashion designer. I don’t know if that would deter you or encourage you, but I would say you shouldn’t let his flamboyant style influence you either way. Sure the book/film’s characters are imbued with that style BUT the substance is inspiring! Also there are some great one-liners.

          • FishcalledWanda

            Thanks for your kind words. They mean much to me.

            I’m going to check out the movie/book regardless of the fact that he’s quite the exuberant persona. Just wanted to know if my brain connected the right pieces of info;p
            I always find it interesting that people who may seem superficial at the first sight because of their flamboyant appearance, do have very deep thoughts and are not the ’empty’ persons you may have mistaken them for. Perfect case of judging a person before getting to know him/her.

          • Sabah

            I truly do wish you the best of success.

            I actually didn’t know of him until after I read the book. I was pleasantly surprised and though I learned not to judge a person by their appearance too, it came from a different angle in that I knew his character first and THEN tried to fit the ‘persona’ to it. hehe.

          • FishcalledWanda

            Thanks so much, Sabah!
            I read in the last OT when we talked about ‘home’ that you said you haven’t found yours yet. I wish for you that you’ll find it eventually.

            Almost completed downloading the first ep of Panda, so I’ll probably watch it later today.
            Have a nice weekend πŸ™‚

          • Sabah

            Thank you for your kindest wishes, I am ever in need of them. I would say though, that even this wait for the sight of my home brings a joy in imagining of possibilities and conjuring expectations.

            You know, this is one thing we can never replace; that first time you watch, view, witness something. You can never go back and see it again with the same anticipation of what will come next and more importantly, what feelings it will stir within you. It’s a wonderful thing, that first time you meet something special.

    • 9.2 myweithisway

      Where are you watching Panda & Hedgehog? (assuming you’re in the US)

      • 9.2.1 Sabah

        Nope, in the UK. I normally DL raws and hunt for subs.

        I checked Soompi and currently you can watch it subbed online at dramacrazy[dot]net OR epdrama[dot]com

        I hope that helped.

        • myweithisway

          thanks for the info!

          …maybe I need to revert back to DL raws since I can’t make do without HD these days *sigh* I’m so spoiled =D

          • Sabah

            Tell me about it! It seems like it was only yesterday that I was ‘happily’ watching everything in SDTV.

      • 9.2.2 Janelle

        Panda and Hedgehog is over at Viki, if you’re looking for a US-friendly source.

    • 9.3 zgznoona

      Happy Friday John!!
      How are you doing?
      I’m watching all those except May Queen. But I don’t think I’ll watch that one.
      I’m surprise you’re not watching Nice Guy, since you like melo.

      • 9.3.1 John


        Happy Friday!

        May Queen has plenty of melo.

        I saw the first two eps of NG, might watch it when some of the current shows are finished.

        What happened with the subs for Sprout?

        Arang in my current fave.

        • zgznoona

          The girl whose doing them was busy with school. Yesterday she published eps 9 and 10 on her LJ. She’s the only one I know doing the subs, so I joined that community to get the subs faster

        • Korazy Lady

          I was wondering if you were watching Nice Guy, John. It is my new crack. Well, actually it’s the only thing I’ve had time for while being away for the last two weeks. I guess the nastiness constantly surprises me but I love, love, love the cast.

  10. 10 Mystisith

    Review for this week:
    – Still watching Arang and Faith: FF a lot.
    – 5 Fingers and May Queen: FF also, to see my men and that’s fine with me. Stories are really not that impressive (been there, done that).
    – Vampire Prosecutor 2: Love the episode of that week. Just the right balance of angst, humor and gravitas. Episode 4 promises to be a killer: Will he do THAT???
    – Marathoned The 1000th Man: Nice little drama packed with noona killers. 50% rom-com, 50%melo. No big stars and mini serie format, which explains why it flies under the radar.
    – Panda and Hedgehog: Still the cutest show ever.
    – The 3rd Ward/Hospital: Love, love, love. Watch raw then subbed. Just the right mix of medical, romance, character growth and funny.
    – Started Rascal Sons and I like it. First ep is subbed now for those who want to try. Come on, ratings must increase: It’s an order!
    – Rewatching SeGa and noticing a lot of details that escaped me the previous times (hints, cameos, pop culture inside jokes).
    – Started Lovers in Paris: At episode 4 now. Like it so far. But the French spoken on it by the Korean actors… Could be improved *ear plugs*.
    – Started watching We Got Married with the Kang-Yoon couple. The concept of the show leaves me a bit uncomfortable but those 2 are funny: Clash of the cultures all the way.
    – Can’t wait for Ohlala Couple and The Horse Doctor next week.

    • 10.1 Sabah

      “Will he do THAT!” Yeah, I really don’t want it, I mean I wouldn’t have minded so much if it came later on BUT now, it seems too soon. Sure, emergencies always have rotten timing but still, I am hoping that it is some kind of strange dream or something…

      • 10.1.1 zgznoona

        I my theory (and I hope is true) is that it’s just a dream. It has to be, IT BETTER BE. But there is nothing we can do about it. Unless we pull one like Shi-won’s mom (AM1997) and harass the writer until he/she changes the story

        • Sabah

          Hehe. Still seriously, let’s do it.

          I am just NOT ready for that! It’s too sudden, and there was so much more to discover, develop between them before anything so dramatic happened. I really want it to be a dream, but failing that I am just going to trust the writers because season 1 main story arc was excellently done and its finale just rocked!

  11. 11 cherkell

    Happy Friday/Saturday (where applicable) DBers! Real Life has slapped me upsides the head with a 2×4 and left me crumpled on the ground, so I only have time for a hit-and-run today. But here’s three items I’d like to share with you all:

    1. Happy Chuseok to everyone who celebrates, especially to Our Most Generous Dramabeans Overlords. Hope you have a wonderful time with your families over the Holiday Weekend! ν•΄ν”Ό 좔석!!

    2. Because of said Holiday Special Programming, Episodes 13 and 14 of “Five Fingers” will be broadcast back-to-back on 29 September, starting at 8:40 PM KST (or 4:40 AM here on the Left Coast for ease of reference), with no episode scheduled for Sunday night. Didn’t want the other live-streamers in here to be caught off-guard… and I’d better stock up on triple-strength espresso for waking up at that ungodly hour. What I won’t do for My Precious… ::sigh::

    3. And in the Depressing News Department, I have suffered through 7 (count them, 7!) reorganizations of various business areas at my company over the past 9.3 years. Number 8 turned out to not be so lucky, though — I’ll be packing up my desk by the end of October and moving on to greener pastures. Where, I have no idea… but I’m sure it will be greener. πŸ™‚

    Saying that, I gotta go. Hope you all have a great weekend! Seeyas later today!!

    • 11.1 Mystisith

      Finally you have news for your work. Sad to hear about the leaving but at the same time you didn’t feel very happy with it so yes, it could be a good opportunity. *Sending good vibes you way*.

    • 11.2 oftheshore

      Good luck with the job search, cherkell! I’m sure you’ll find a place where you would be valued!

    • 11.3 Shukmeister

      Glad you’re finally out of the limbo stage with your employment, although it’s probably not the way you planned it.
      Still, I can tell you I got let go from a job that was killing me 5 years ago, and picked up a government job that was less money, but soooo much less stress and angst it was a godsend. Plus a uniform so I never need to wonder what to wear!
      Here’s wishing you good hunting, and don’t forget to check out the east coast too. [wink]

      And don’t forget the other positive – BIG BANG!

      • 11.3.1 cherkell

        YESSSSS!!!! FANTASTIC BABY!!! *dance*

        Yeah, now I won’t have to worry about begging for vacation time anymore… I guess there is a silver lining in all this. πŸ˜›

        • Shukmeister

          I still have a bottle of soju and some whipped cream with your name on it. [wink]

          • cherkell

            Only ONE? Hmpf. She don’t know me very well, do she? πŸ˜›

            It’s NEWARK, baby! There’s gotta be a liquor store (or 10) within stumbling distance of the hotel! BWAHAHAHA!! *rubbing hands with evil grin*

          • Shukmeister

            LOL – I’ve got gifts for everyone, but I am bringing a big ole bottle to share. I thought there were a couple of people going who have never had the joy of doing soju shots.

    • 11.4 zgznoona

      You’re a capable person, so I’m sure you’ll find a better job soon. And at least all these weeks of uncertainty are over.
      Tomorrow you’ll have a double dose of your precious. Wow Are you sure you can handle it? πŸ˜›

    • 11.5 cv

      Hi cherkell!
      Sorry to hear about your depressing news. Good luck with whatever comes after—lots of new opportunities—maybe even move to SK(j/k). But hey, anything is possible and would be soooo awsome. ^^

      Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

    • 11.6 Leaf

      I hope you find another job soon!!! And a much better one!!!!! <3

    • 11.7 Lemon

      Good luck with job hunting!

      Take it that you’ve been with one company long enough, and it’s time to try something new. πŸ™‚ New colleagues, friends, culture and maybe a better job too!

      Everything happens for a reason, so I’m sure good things would come your way. Fighting!

    • 11.8 cherkell

      More relieved than anything, but I’m still honked off on how badly I was treated over the past 8 months since that beeyotch took over my department. Let’s see if I remain calm once the severance package is put in front of me. If I like, then it’s off to travel for a few months to clear my head. If I don’t like, then a wrongful termination lawsuit will be filed. Mark my words… you don’t screw with a Chicago Girl, dammit!

    • 11.9 kdramapedia

      Sorry to hear about your job! Something similar happened to me in January! G’luck on everything. That just means something better is coming along for you!

  12. 12 canxi

    It’s morning! It’s a rainy morning & I’m sick )))’: And also hungry.

    But, I want to go to the Museum today o__o it’s the last day for an exhibit I want to see and so I’m just gonna bundle up and deal with it and hope I don’t get a fever. So far, I’ve been fever free which is good.

    I am in between dramas right now, so I’m not watching anything lol, but I think I’ll start Haeundae Lovers later today or sometime next week.

    • 12.1 FishcalledWanda

      Poor you! Hope you don’t catch a fever!
      What exhibition are you planning to visit?

      I always feel kinda dreary when I’m in between dramas, so I always start another one very soon, unless I have to process a very intense one first!

      • 12.1.1 canxi

        Thanks Wanda! I was planning on going to see Yayoi Kusama, buuut I checked the weather and it’s going to the be raining and eventually thunder storming all day so I decided to stay home )’:

        It’s the last day for the exhibit, but one of her installations that I really wanted to check out will be in the museum throughout October, so I can go back when I feel better πŸ˜€ Silver lining ftw!

        I feel dreary too–I finished Rich Man, Poor Woman (a jdrama, so cute) and so now am just laying around lol. But, I have a good book to keep me company while I wait for things to end πŸ™‚

        • FishcalledWanda

          Is she the one who incorporates all those polka dots in her work?
          You better stay home if it’s gonna go thunderstorming! Luckily you still have the opportunity to see that installation you wanted to!

          Yay good books! The best thing to go through the post-drama blues. For my escapism, I either watch dramas a read a book!

          • canxi

            Yep! That’s the one! And yeah, I’m staying home. Covered in bed sheets LOL.

            And me too! It’s the best escapism to read πŸ™‚ Whether it be subtitles or pages,lol. I think the reason I like subtitled dramas is because it feels like I’m reading a story with the imagination part done for me XD HAHA

          • FishcalledWanda

            She makes very interesting works. Cool you have the chance to see her work in tha real, I have to do with pictures. Or take a plane.

            Haha, so true! Sometimes I read so much on one day, that at the end my eyes are very tired. Dramas are stories and because of that offer a very good way to escape into anther reality.

          • canxi

            I hope she comes round your way one day. I found out about her exhibit really late (literally last week). I need to stop watching dramas and go on other websites.

        • FishcalledWanda

          That happens often! I always feel stupid when reading about something I’d like to see AFTER it’s been.
          I hope so too, would be very nice!

    • 12.2 zgznoona

      It’s raining on my part of the earth too. So dark it feels like late evening.
      Enjoy the museum visit, and don’t get too wet.

      About HL, I didn’t like the second half, but that’s normal since it was packed with angst

      • 12.2.1 canxi

        Ah, I don’t mind angst but I guess if they pack it all in at once it must get exhausting O_O

  13. 13 JIW_sobangnim

    hey i have no where else to kinda promote my song to the world,Haha! i loved Reply 1997 and made a cover with my friend to show how much we love this drama ~~ we sang the title track All For You in English and Chinese! ~~ HAHA! Hope you don’t laugh too much, our voices are pretty bad and we just wanna have a try at this competition ~ <3 Thanks!

    • 13.1 zgznoona

      I’m listening, anc can’t help to think I’m mid way with a similar project, and scares me to think about it

    • 13.2 canxi

      Hahaha, I thought it was pretty cute actually. Reminds me of friends at karaoke.

  14. 14 FishcalledWanda

    Hello fellow dramafans! Happy Friday!
    Hope everyone is well.

    So glad it’s friday and I can take a break! Well not too much of a break since being a student means having little free time. I don’t know how it’s elsewhere, but where I live there is the common opinion that students are swimming in free time and are partying every night, but that’s not how I experience it!

    I’m so happy when I read that Joo Won is taking on another drama! I still miss seeing his face in a drama (thankfully there is still 1n2d, or else I don’t know what I would have done). The drama in which he will be sounds like fun, so I can’t wait! I’m impressed he’s taking on another drama so soon after Gaksital. Since it’s airing in January, I hope he can take some free time.

    Liking Faith so far, seeing Lee Min Ho’s face always makes me happy! I like Arang very much and I just love Vampire Prosecutor.
    Almost finished watching White Christmas, and it’s very good! I really wanted to marathon the whole thing, but alas, life won’t always let me. But I watched 3 episodes last night before I went to sleep. Apparently it made such an impression that I dreamt about it. Can’t say it was a very happy dream, but it was also kinda cool.

    Out of curiosity, are there any Dutch kdramafans here? Cause the only Korean things that have reached the Netherlands are PSY’s Gangnam Style and some action movies (with al lot of angry men, blood and gunshots).

    • 14.1 canxi

      I seriously feel there is not a stone left untouched by Gangnam Style.

      • 14.1.1 FishcalledWanda

        Haha, so true! Imagine how weird it is that EVERYONE knows it and talks about it and listens to it on the radio (where it is everywhere) and no one knows about Korean culture or watches dramas. I started watching dramas some 2,5 years ago and there is nothing from Korea in my country and no one talks about it unless it’s about history stuff and then all of a sudden there PSY, weird! It’s like two worlds crash all of a sudden, my kworld and my everyday world.

        Now I know what it takes to conquer the world. Invent a catchy song to be played at clubs with an accompanying dance move… Now I can start my master plan, beware!

        • canxi

          Yeah, I know! I’m still surprised it got so big and just continues to get bigger. But imagine how much richer PSY is. Christmas is gonna be epic for his family O___O Birthdays….anniversaries….random gift giving…

        • erinlibrarian

          I know how you feel about two worlds colliding. I definitely felt that way when my husband (who is a band teacher) found a recording of Ohio University’s marching band performing PSY.

          • FishcalledWanda

            Yes! It’s just too weird. I always consider my drama watching as a world apart of my ‘normal’ everyday life and I don’t discuss it with anyone in real life, and then it’s just so weird (I keep repeating weird, but I can’t think of a better fitting word ;p) if something Korean penetrates into that everyday life!

        • Enz

          You don’t talk about it in RL?? I am a little evangelical!! EVERYBODY gets to hear about it, like it or not.. I work in operation theatre and have taken to occasionally playing Korean OSTs ( bought 101 OSTs for 49.90 rm) when patients are undergoing caesareans.. I have this image of of all our Malay, Indian, Chinese boys and girls 18 years from now inexplicably drawn to all things K and all traced back to having been born to Korean OSTs!!! Hehehe

          • FishcalledWanda

            Nah, I don’t. Wish I could, though. I always got weird looks when I tried, so I stopped talking about it. Sometimes I feel I’m about to burst, when a drama is so good (or bad!) that I have to talk about it. Luckily there are plenty of sites where dramas are discussed!

          • Shukmeister

            The people I work with roll their eyes and keep moving when they see / hear the stuff, but I’ve hooked a few friends into watching individual shows.

            And I’ve all but tattooed BigBang on my torso talking about the New Jersey, USA concert. My peeps think I’m weird but fun, and there are worse ways to be thought of. lol

          • enz

            ya, ppl roll their eyes but i dont care πŸ™‚ also i am fairly active on my fb page so everyone knows about my dramas.

            when i meet a colleague and they are in a bad mood, i point my index finger to their head and say ” you, you .. go watch some korean dramas.. i prescribe it!!”

            have been successful in getting my sis and some friends(male and female) to watch them too just by talking about them

          • Shukmeister

            Enz –

            Over my workweek, I have two different colleagues that share the workload on different days. One likes jazz, the other likes old school rock.
            So I have tailored the office music for each one, interspersing it with some of my favs, including KDrama / KPop, and even a little Mandopop (love me some Fahrenheit). So I try to be sneaky when it comes to music. lol

    • 14.2 Loes

      I’ll delurk for a while to let you know that you’re not the only Dutch fan! And I hear you about Gangnam Style: it’s really weird. Before, people would just stare at me blankly if I told them about kdrama’s, k-indie, and learning Korean, and now they’re all ‘oppa, oppa’ πŸ™‚ So yeah, weird.

      • 14.2.1 FishcalledWanda

        Thanks for delurking! Nice to know I’m not the only one in the whole country πŸ˜‰

        Kijken mensen uit je omgeving ook kdramas of ben je de enige? En hoe ben je erop gekomen?

        • Loes

          I randomly came across Hana Yori Dango yeaaars ago when I was still in my anime phase, watched it and liked it, but it never occurred to me that there could be other asian drama’s worth watching. And then in 2010 I found out about Boys over Flowers (during a nostalgic HYD search on youtube), and that’s how my addiction began ^^ How about you?

          And alas, I’m the only fan here.. I’ve tried my best to convert my friends but to no avail. However, I have met some other kdrama fans over the past two years from other parts of the country but I haven’t kept in touch with them, and I also know of some fans by hearsay (in the vein of “aaah, Korean drama’s? my sister’s boyfriend’s aunt also likes them”) so there must actually be quite a number of us ^^

          • FishcalledWanda

            Aah, Hana Yori Dango, I watched that one after I discovered jdramas a long time ago!
            I stumbled upon dramas because I had an anime phase too! Well, more precise it started with mangas. Don’t know if you know the manga Liar Game. Then I found out there was a ‘live-action’ series of that manga. I thought it would look ubercrappy (with bad costumes and weird people) and went to watch it out of curiosity. I became instantly addicted. A whole world opened up, lol. After that (some 4/5 years ago, I think) I discovered You’re Beautiful and converted from jdramas to kdramas. And now I can say I’m an addicted fan. Sometimes I wonder how my live would look like if I had not decided to start reading mangas and watch the series of it…Think I’d have a lot more time to study ;p

            I lived in this kdrama vacuum, because I didn’t know there was this whole community thing going on. So glad I discovered al these sites (and Dramabeans in particular, of course)!
            Good to know there are more dramafans in our small country. Too bad you couldn’t convert anyone, there can never be enough drama-addicts! I haven’t even tried to convert anyone. I get weird looks if I even begin talking about dramas, let alone get people to watch them!
            We should start a Dutch drama community, lol

          • Loes

            “Sometimes I wonder how my live would look like if I had not decided to start reading mangas and watch the series of it…Think I’d have a lot more time to study ;p”

            I know! I’m actually trying to limit my drama-watching because I’ve just started my master’s degree, so I really need to focus on my studies, but so many good drama’s have been airing lately that watching less is kind of hard *sigh*.

            But I guess most Dutch (and Belgian) people discover kdrama’s through jdrama’s, simply because Japanese pop culture is more known here – at least, the stories of Dutch kfans I’ve spoken to so far support this hypothesis, and you also fit the pattern πŸ˜‰

            It’s nice to be able to squee with other people about your latest drama obsession, so I’m also happy there are sites like this. But I’m not giving up on my attempts to get people I know IRL to watch them.. Maybe I’ll succeed one day ;P

            Haha a Dutch community would be cool, but I guess we’d be the only two members since I’ve no idea where to find the others XD

          • FishcalledWanda

            Yeah, there is just too much goodness airing right now! May I ask what master you’re studying?
            Ha, I’m part of the pattern. But it’s true, japanese culture is more well-known here. Before kdramas I didn’t even think about Korea, all I knew about it was from history class. But now I’m not only obsessed with the dramas also with the culture. One day I want to learn the language, it’s so beautiful. Compared with Dutch, it’s so elegant.

            You’re on a mission πŸ˜‰ Hope you’ll succeed one day. If you find one who’ll convert, don’t forget to inform him/her about the Dutch drama community ;p

  15. 15 JIW_sobangnim

    Can’t wait to get my dose of to the beautiful you and nice guy! finished my arang already lol. what would happen if i did live in Korea? too much drama too little time. i guess ill be the expert on flipping channels <3 having movie night as well here in chilly Melbourne with my new crush. if only he knows how interested i am in getting to know him than Won Bin in AhJussi :-C

  16. 16 sumee

    oh my is anyone else having.. arang obsessive symptoms !

    • 16.1 Cez Prieto

      Hahaha…I definitely caught that disease!

      • 16.1.1 sumee

        i m so terribly addicted ! dang one big big big week to go !

    • 16.2 opheliadrowning

      Big time. I sit around trying to find live recaps on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, and then I watch without subs, read the recaps, and then watch the episodes once they have been subbed.

      I’m even half tempted to write fan fiction for it, honestly lol.

      • 16.2.1 sumee

        pls go ahead & let all the wildness begins πŸ˜‰

    • 16.3 Bakachild

      omg yes. every week’s wait is torture.

  17. 17 Cez Prieto

    Cheers to Friday!

    I am so loving Arang right now.
    It’s my first time to follow a saeguk drama and be crazy with LJK.

    Looking forward to a happy ending and more OTP development next week. πŸ™‚

    • 17.1 sumee

      this is my second after skks !

  18. 18 kewbie

    Happy Friday, all! This has started out as a memorable Friday as I have seen my first TP’ed yard ever in my life (while on my way out to the Y)! Obviously I don’t get out much. πŸ˜‰ too busy at home watching kdramas. Hope you all are well!

    • 18.1 canxi

      I’ve never seen one! I want to though…as long as it’s not my own yard…lol. Why did they get TP’ed???

      • 18.1.1 kewbie

        Hi canxi! Actually it looked like it was a party because there were balloons around. I’m originally from the city so we don’t see stuff like that. Living in the burbs has its charms I suppose. πŸ˜‰

        • canxi

          Hi! I live in a city too, haha, so TP’ing means definitely getting caught and taken in if it’s not your house/apartment lol. Good to know it was a party and not a prank though O:

  19. 19 KStyle

    Hello to all and Happy Friday!!!

    It has been a hot lil minute since I’ve visited the hottest blogspot ever created. I’ve missed you all.

    Just doing a quick drop-by.

    Mm in Kdrama viewing news

    Love Faith: I mean Lee Min Ho, enough said for me anyways

    The Thousandth Man: loving it, now if only it had more viewers/subbers

    Arang: Can I so be you in my ghost life cuz you’re kind of awesome.

    To the Beautiful You: it’s so cute/cheesy, just enough to not make you want to vomit πŸ™‚

    Mmmm still wanting Bridal Mask to air, I mean I just feel that it couldve stayed on for forever and I dont think anyone would have a problem with that

    Sooo Answer Me 1997 part 2 anyone cuz I would so be on board with that. Please pretty pretty please.

    I think that I will have to prepare my mind for Nice Guy and I don’t think I’m ready to watch it yet.

    H-Lovers, mmm I’ll finish you some time in the future or not, it just depends on my mood, m’ok.

    And Finally….

    Vampire Proscutornim !!!!!! Awwwww What joy in my Life. It is now complete. Everything is alright now that you’re here (DollHouse ref).

    Peace outDB Fam

    Enjoy your Weekend
    Have a great Turkey Week Korea!!!

  20. 20 zgznoona

    Happy OT DBers!!!
    I hope you are ready to enjoy your weekend.
    A friend invited me to NYC mid October 11 to the 15. And wonder if there is any OTer in the area who wants to meet Sat night.

    On the drama front, this week felt a little bit empty with out
    RMPW and AM1997.

    Glad HL is over, it had turned into a very disappointing drama.

    TTBY kind of grow on me, I still don’t love it and FF a lot in it but the romance parts are fun to watch.

    I’m behind with Panda, Arang, and Faith

    Happy that the girl who makes the subs for sprout found some time to do eps 9 and 10. So I’ll watch them later today
    I have to admit I’m curious about Nice Guy, but I’m terrify of the melodrama, so I’m pretty sure I won’t jump in those waters (at least for now)

    I’m sure I have more things to talk about, but that’s it for now

    • 20.1 cv

      Hi zgznoona!
      Too bad I’m not on the east coast. You should come up in Nov again for BB gathering with the rest of us. ^^ It’ll be fun!

      • 20.1.1 zgznoona

        I wish I could. I was talking about it with Shukmeister the other day. I’m sure you’ll have a awesome weekend, but my life doesn’t allow me to spend that much.

        • Shukmeister

          I think we should do a Miami meeting of the Movie Noonas, especially in the winter. How much space do you have in your living room, z? lol

  21. 21 myweithisway

    Hoping that Big Bang will add another concert east coast! Or better yet, an east coast FT Island concert!
    …*delusional dreams of a fangirl*

    • 21.1 MeeisLee

      Your wish has been granted! Well, not the FT Island one but another concert date was added for Big Bang :). Which one are you planning on going to, Nov 8 or Nov 9?

  22. 22 la dee dah

    Have a question for anyone that watched Prosecutor Princess, because I just watched the first few episodes (heard it was a good drama). Does the lead girl get any better? I’m having a very very hard time rooting for her. She’s just sooo selfish, she does not listen to anyone who tries to tell her the proper way to do things, she gives her “excuse” about why she doesn’t think she should do things like stay overtime, eat with other co-workers, wear more appropriate clothing, etc. But then we’re supposed to feel sorry for her when she’s scolded or people talk about her bad work habits? I shouldn’t be clapping because the bureau chief loses his temper and goes off on her and she cringes and cries, but I was. And the worst part is, she doesn’t think she’s at fault for anything, she thinks other people are just weird for berating her or that and bad things just happen to her (not that she caused them). And ugh, now there’s something between her and that lead prosecutor? What the? Hope she gets better real soon, because even Park Shi Hoo is not enough…

    • 22.1 oftheshore

      I nearly dropped the series around ep.5 because I was feeling the same way about the main character as you do. However, she does get considerably better, especially after episode 8 (?).

    • 22.2 christy

      hmmm, I watched this drama several months ago, I ended up liking it but didn’t think it was uh-may-zing or anything. In my opinion, she does grow and get better by the end. It’s funny how people can have such diff reactions to a show tho, because I actually really liked the lead prosecutor guy and thought he’d be really good for her, but yeah, I hated the way she just kinda bulldozed around justifying everything by her crush. I was just cringing from all her rather clueless orchestrating and I never felt sorry for her, more like… when it is going to get through to you?!?!.I’m trying to remember if I’d call it a “soon” change, not sure. Most of the change I think comes through in the cases she ends up working on, I dunno. But I hope you’ll stick with it at least a little longer!

    • 22.3 canxi

      Prosecutor Princess is like Legally Blonde. She becomes stronger and smarter but her actual character doesn’t really change. She does grow on you and it’s pretty nice show, so I hope you stick in there πŸ˜€ I think everyone is pretty annoyed with her at first so we understand. We’re here for you. XD

    • 22.4 sumee

      it gets much much much better after ep soe hyun is lovely ! park shi hoo is a hoot ! pls don drop it !

    • 22.5 Llamaesque

      I agree with everyone else…she gets better toward the end. On the other hand, I don’t think she improves enough to overlook what a horrible ditz she was in the first half of the drama. The writers should have scaled back her self-absorbtion like 50 percent :b

    • 22.6 la dee dah

      Thanks everyone for your input! I guess I’ll stick it out until at least the 8th episode. Now, they just gave her a sex abuse case involving a child (what the??), and just watched her trying to question the girl…

      • 22.6.1 la dee dah

        Meant to also say that during the questioning, there was much cringing and face-palming on my part… sigh…

  23. 23 ricecakes

    Episode 13 of To The Beautiful You really makes me miss the original Hana Kimi (which was the first ever j/k/tdrama I watched). I forgot about it, but the part with the tarot cards reminded me of my favorite side character – Kazuma. I kinda wish that TTBY had all the crazy wackiness too… But it has Lee Hyun Woo who doesn’t seem to have a bad angle, so I’m okay. (Seriously boy… your face. Stop it!)

    What was everyone else’s first dramas?

    • 23.1 cv

      haha. I love soccer boy! ^^ His character is just so cute!


      He found out he is a she! yikes! Next week can’t come fast enough. LOL

      My first drama was Full House. Second was Autumn tale. One was fun while the other is just so angst–oh the melo. :p

    • 23.2 Sabah

      I agree with you about missing that detailing of Hana Kimi. Although Kdramas have their own distinct style from Jdramas, AND I wouldn’t want them to emulate that in any way, I much prefer Jdrama originals than the Kdrama remakes, for instance BOF. I think it is the detailing of the characters that makes even that wackiness ‘believable’ or rather endearing. Still, Hana Kimi will always be a favourite, and maybe that is just the problem that I have with TTBY. It isn’t it, but rather me. (I sound like I am breaking up with it…)

      My first drama was Chinese Paladin. Ah, though that ending broke me a little I loved it! I also realized that my own faith had so much in common with Taoism. I loved Xiao Yao and Yue Ru & Tang Yu & Ah Nu (both broke my heart again) but the biggest thing that kept me coming back was He Ge. Lovely.

      My first Kdrama was My Girl and maybe because it was the first, it remains my most favourite even though I would admit it is not the best.

      • 23.2.1 Sabah

        * Hu Ge!

      • 23.2.2 Shukmeister

        My Girl was cute, and I loved the ending where everyone just shrugged and said “So What?”

        • Sabah

          Yeah, that’s how I would describe it, cute. Current cute drama; Panda!

    • 23.3 enz

      lee hyun woo is coming to malaysia next – i dont know to promote what though. i saw him as a kid in the return of iljimae.. he’s all grown up now – has he become famous? sorry, just am new to k drama.

    • 23.4 Jambo

      My first Kdrama was Playful Kiss, then Boys Over Flower, then My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho, Summer Scent, Autumn in My Heart, City Hunter…..and on and on….two years of Kdramas…I’ve got dark circles and eyebags, but I’m happy! :p

    • 23.5 Jeannette

      My first drama was Ouran High School Host Club. I moved on to the Taiwanese adaptation of Absolute Boyfriend and from there, the K-drama Boys Before Flowers.

      Thus my love for k-drama was born.

    • 23.6 Shukmeister

      My first KDrama was Bad Boy starring Kim Nam-gil.

      My first JDorama was Hana Yori Dango, the original manga adaptation that spawned BOF and Meteor Garden.

      My first TWDrama was Devil Beside You starring Rainie Yang and Mike He.

      My first HKDrama was Ghetto Justice. The lead character’s name is “LA Law” lol.

      My first Thai lakhorn was Roy Marn / Don’t Marry Me.

      • 23.6.1 Sabah

        Mike He in Devil…evil boys have never been so alluring.

        • Shukmeister

          There’s been a couple of shows I’ve watched with Mike He in them, but DBU is my favorite.
          Love Contract was good up until the last 2 episodes, which were an LSD-laden journey through WTFLand.
          Sunny Happiness petered out in the end – too bad, it had good promise.
          Love Keeps Going was another hastily-written happy ending, but overall not bad.

      • 23.6.2 Shukmeister

        I’m looking at my first potential Vietnamese one, but it’s gotta wait until the end of the year, what with RL all but poking me with a stick and lighting matches under my toes.

  24. 24 oftheshore

    Hi everyone!
    So I’m still watching Faith – clearly not a perfect drama in terms of directing, but I’m loving the story, the characters and the OTP. I wish they would at least get rid of the uber-crappy editor who seems way too fond of slo-motion, though. Slo-mo annoys me to no end and it really spoils some amazing scenes.
    Also, damn you dramas for making me feel all mushy and sentimental. I blame Lee Min-Ho’s puppy eyes and all that shadow tracing.

    • 24.1 FishcalledWanda

      Hi oftheshore!

      I feel the same about Faith. The directing is crappy; there was this scene in which Eun So was on a horse in slomo and her hair was flying around and it just made no sense!The fight scenes are pretty lame too, the wirework is obvious and unintentionally funny! They’re flying horizontally and stuff like that… But I still like it! I mean, how can I withstand Lee Min Ho?

      • 24.1.1 oftheshore

        Oh goodness, that hat scene…I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, though – I don’t think that writing is bad in this show, and I love me some good writing. I can even cope with bad directing if I’m invested in the story. For instance, LMH is great, but I had to drop Personal Taste after that ‘game over’ scene, precisely because I was annoyed by the story/writing. With a better director and a bigger budget Faith could have been uh-ma-zing. πŸ™
        And now I also have this irresistible urge to rewatch City Hunter.

        • FishcalledWanda

          I AM rewatching City Hunter! Perfect combo of everything (and lots of LMH)

          The writing certainly is not bad, but the whole show could be some much better with some better directing! It’s a shame… I never finished Personal Taste, either. Though I love LMH, there is a limit. I guess I’ll keep watching Faith, I’m too invested now to stop. But I can’t stop thinking about what could have been.

  25. 25 christy

    So yeah, working full time and planning a move and being in weddings is putting a SEVERE cramp in my kdrama style. Sigh. With Gaksital, Answer Me 1997, and now Haeundae Lovers (tho I still have to watch the last two eps) finished, I’m left with Faith. I did manage to find the time to add Nice Guy. Still, I end up reading the recaps just to stay current faster, and squeeze episodes in here and I’m trailing in Faith by like…a lot, lol. I’ll be happy to be moved and settled and I may not make new friends quickly because I’ll hole up to catch up! Lol.

    Just a random curiosity. How does everyone keep track of who/where/what they are talking to/about in this thread? Once it blows up and there are subconvos within convos and it depends which “reply” you hit as to where your comment falls on the ladder… it can get confusing sometimes when reading to catch up or trying to go back and find my own post in the mix. I’ve taken to jotting down the number of the comment, perhaps that’s all there is to it. πŸ™‚

    • 25.1 Mystisith

      About method and techniques for the OT:
      I use Chrome and the “”searching” option with my name as a keyword to check any replies.
      Then I do the same with the names of my OT friends.
      I refresh from time to time and scroll the all thing for the other comments.
      For those who use their phones I have to say I have no idea how they manage this.

      • 25.1.1 christy

        Ah! I’d never thought about the browser’s search feature! I use Firefox and it has something similar, though I rarely remember it’s there, haha. Thanks!

      • 25.1.2 Shukmeister

        @Mystisith @Christy

        I’m with Mysti. If the replies end up too far out from the source, I hashtag the person I’m responding to, so that they can use a search request to find my response.
        I have several nicknames, so my search is shortened to “Shuk” and it captures almost everyone.

        You can also search by date, so you don’t have to go through the entire 300+ entries to see what’s new if you come back later on in the week, as some of us do.

        • christy

          ooo, search by date too, such a good tip!. πŸ™‚ Using search has made it SO much easier to navigate! Thank you both so much for the help! πŸ™‚

          • Shukmeister

            [best sun-coming-up smile] Glad I could help.

  26. 26 Aryast

    Happy OT! Gosh it’s the weekend already??

    Been busy with university stuff to watch any of this week’s drama, namely Arang, Faith and Nice Guy. So, I’m watching them all in one go tonight!

    I also started watching Story of A Man – SO GOOD. After I’m done with that, I’m gonna start on Haeundae Lovers just because of the stark difference between the darker Chae Do-woo and the lighter funnier amnesiac played by Kim Kang-woo. His acting is so impeccable that it gets quite unnerving.

    Marathon-ed RMPW over last weekend. Enjoyed every bit of it. Except for a certain actress’s lips. Although, it was ranked as first place for the β€œ4th Beautiful Lips Ranking” on an Oricon poll…. What? Beats me. *shrugs*

    Happy Friday again everybody! Dramas here I come~ πŸ˜‰

    • 26.1 Aryast

      Oooh! I forgot about Vampire Prosecutor. Who else is excited about episode 4??? I saw the preview and started screaming! I hope it’s not a fake-out but at the same I do. Whatever it is, I don’t think I can be disappointed.

      • 26.1.1 Shukmeister

        I’m both sweating and squeeing over the preview.

        • Aryast

          Too bad I have to wait til Tuesday when it’s completely subbed to catch it. :/ But it’s worth it. I know it’s worth the wait!

    • 26.2 enz

      am at epi 8 of rmpw – you can tell how slow i am with my dramas! – and finally i am loving the story and the development. hooray! πŸ™‚

      am contemplating watching 49 days after this to extend my JIW feels

      how do ppl cope with watching sooo many all at once??! its beyond me

      • 26.2.1 Aryast

        Hello Enz! How have you been all week? Haha I see that you still haven’t gotten over the JIW-mania? I only managed up to episode 6/episode 7 of 49 Days. It was too draggy for my liking. But maybe I’ll pick it up. Who knows? Heh.

        Yupp, see! RMPW’s story development is sapid enough for you to NOT be distracted by the actress’s lips. Oguri Shun’s acting is so spot on.

        I don’t know about everyone else, but during weekends, if I don’t have plans with friends/family I’ll just stay locked up in my room and marathon dramas. Heh. πŸ™‚

        • enz

          i am loving me some oguri shun – acting and looks :p . love his bike too

      • 26.2.2 Aryast

        Ooh and JIW has crazy hair in 49 Days. It’s so… frizzy and puffy. Not that he looks bad. How could he ever??

        • enz

          but lots of ppl seem to have liked 49 days. i guess i have to watch for myself hmm

      • 26.2.3 Shukmeister

        @enz –

        In my case, I have job that has periods of slowdown. That’s when I do my creative writing (my two current original fictions). During my lunchtime, it’s easier to stay in the building, so I eat in a conference room with a downloaded drama and watch (my current recap of 18 vs 29 occurs there).

        I’m an EMT volunteering on my weekends and that’s when I watch the new stuff. So it all meshes pretty well, even though it looks like I do a lot! And RL always can through a monkey wrench into the routine.

        I have to confess I was little American programming except for a few shows. And I never watch anything when it is actually airing, either DVR’ng it or waiting for online streaming.

        And that’s how it all jigsaws together! Of course, you mileage may vary!

        • enz

          ahhh… still, it seems to me almost everyone here is juggling more than 3 dramas. i find myself exhausted if i get one that i really cant help but marathon through over a weekend. so much so that sometimes i hope i like the drama enough but not so much that i NEED to marathon it!!

          AND ive completely stopped watching tv ! except for korean variety shows on sunday. seee how bad its been!??

          i feel like i have just discovered this whole new world. its euphorifying. ok no such word but you know what i mean.


          • Shukmeister

            I never said it wasn’t exhausting, but the euphorifying effect does help a little – lol.

  27. 27 cmrprindle's phone

    My phone browser seems to be stuck on the Broody Shower Scene banner. Thank you indeed, DB!

    Happy Friday, chingus. I have unfortunately fallen off the History of the Salary Man wagon. But I am now on the Padam Padam wagon…one slow download at a time. Yes both are pretty old, but I don’t seem to be able to keep up with currently airing stuff πŸ™

    Anywho, how is everyone?

    • 27.1 oftheshore

      I was just recently thinking that there should definitely exist a Society for Promotion of Broody Shower Scenes in Dramas. It would serve a very important purpose: protecting the rights of female drama fans across the world to their dose of shower scenes and post-army abs.

      • 27.1.1 canxi

        You’re very serious about this,lol.

        • oftheshore

          Shower scenes are srs bzns! πŸ˜€
          I keep wondering if we could have a shower/bathing scene with LMH in Faith. I mean, he has to bathe (and probably washes his hair at least twice a day – his mane of glory is really shiny!) and he tends to brood a lot, too…

          • FishcalledWanda

            Not a bad thing to be stuck on! If you start that society count me as your first follower! All hail the abs!
            And omg a LMH shower scene, yes please! And haha is mane of glory is shiny! I think he uses a lot of natural soaps stuff from earlier times to keep it so well maintained.
            Maybe he can shower beneath a waterfall or something like that…

            I started watching Padam Padam a long time ago, but never got around to finish it. It is very lovely though, but sometimes it gets kinda illogical. The cinematography is beautiful and the romance is very sweet. I liked the supernatural stuff too.

      • 27.1.2 zgznoona

        Where do I have to sign for the creation of the Society for Promotion of Broody Shower Scenes in Dramas πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

        • oftheshore

          @ zgznoona and FishcalledWanda,
          As a very serious society, we could provide incentives to industry professionals to produce quality shower scenes. For instance, we could introduce the Best Shower Scene awards for the best acting in, directing, editing and scripting of a shower scene. In terms of writing, we would need to evaluate whether it fits into the story, and from an editing perspective, we’d need to determine whether a sufficient amount of abs has been shown and whether there were any interfering unnecessary flashbacks etc.

          • FishcalledWanda

            I highly agree with this. As the first members of this very serious society we would hand out the awards ourselves, of course. To check if the actor in the shower scene is indeed the actor himself we will have to conduct a special comparing ceremony. Which we will conduct ourselves, of course. (In which Touching is legitimate and necessary, of course). After verifying that the abs are indeed from the same actor, we will hand out the award.

          • oftheshore

            @ Wanda, yes, of course, we need to be absolutely objective, so close inspection and multiple rewatches of scenes will surely be involved.

          • Shukmeister

            The Tiny Towel Award – The best view / greatest amount of skin showing.

            The Chisel Award – Best use of chest definition and manscaping.

            The Squee Award – Showing Quintessential Use for Evocative Euphoria

            Master Brooder Award – for the greatest abs hands all over..err hands down!

          • oftheshore

            @ Shukmeister
            These ideas are just plain awesome! My personal favourite is the Tiny Towel Award – reminds me of the Hand Towel. πŸ˜€
            I would add something on emotion – eg. The Best Portrayal of Inner Turmoil, need to think about this a bit more.
            We should definitely continue in the next OT…

        • FishcalledWanda

          VERY close inspection, that is!

          • Enz

            Heheh tooo funny

      • 27.1.3 cmrprindle

        Omigosh! You guys had me seriously cracking up, but I didn’t have any time to reply during work, and then no energy after work! You’re all the best!

    • 27.2 canxi

      I love Padam Padam, I hope you love it too. I started watching it over the other day,lol.

      • 27.2.1 cmrprindle

        Thanks, canxi! I’m enjoying it so far πŸ™‚

    • 27.3 Ladytron33

      I always wondered…who is the actor in the Broody Shower Scene banner? He’s so hot, but I can never place him. It’s probably someone really obvious.

      • 27.3.1 FishcalledWanda

        There is a button at the bottom of the site named ‘rotating headers’, there the headers are listed with the name of the actor(s)! And the broody showers person is really hot indeed!

      • 27.3.2 canxi

        I think it’s Lee Dong Wook..I think… lol. It probably is.

    • 27.4 zgznoona

      Happy Friday cmrprindle!!!!
      I started Salary Man a few months a go with Raine, I need to go back to it. Because watching 1 or 2 eps when I meet her is not an option any more.

      • 27.4.1 cmrprindle

        Happy Friday, zgz!!!

        Yeah, I can see how that’s not going to work out too great. lol! What are you up to? I just finished ep 2 yesterday. Took me nearly all week! (I’ve been watching during lunch at work.)

  28. 28 Jae Shin

    Happy Friday~ Hope nobody minds that I join the thread… ^_^
    Downloaded a Bobby Kim song the other day, and my Dad told me he is a very old time singer… Hehe ^_^

    Hang in there for people stumbling along in good ol’ RL~~~

    Going to eat samgyubsal!!!! EEEEE (pork barbecue?)


    Anyone else picking up on the fact that I’m hyper? ^_^

    • 28.1 Mystisith

      Welcome aboard!
      Don’t talk about Korean food to me. *drowning my keyboard*.
      We don’t mind hyper people here: We tie them up nicely like a roast when they get annoying. πŸ™‚
      Looks like it’s time to eat for me.

    • 28.2 iZzie :)

      Thank you for giving me samgyupsal cravings. My plans of staying at home tomorrow is now ruined. I’ll be off to my that new Korean restaurant instead of spending the entire day on drama marathon.


      Happy Friday, and welcome to the thread. πŸ˜‰

      … glad I have soju here. where’s that shot glass…

    • 28.3 zgznoona

      Glad samgyubsal is not something that gets me over excited. I’m not a pork lover any way (lucky me)
      Enjoy lunch/dinner
      and Happy OT

    • 28.4 cmrprindle

      Happy Weekend, Jae Shin! I hope you enjoyed your meal πŸ˜€ And we quite enjoy hyper ppl around here, especially when they’re hyper for drama-related reasons. We’ve all been there πŸ˜‰

    • 28.5 Shukmeister

      WelcomeJaeShinIhopeyouenjoycomingtoOpenThreadenoughto stickaroundandkeepcomingback!lol

  29. 29 Eternal

    Sigh. Another 5 days til episode 7 of Nice Guy/Innocent Man πŸ™

    Eun-ki ahhhh

    • 29.1 Llamaesque

      I’m debating about whether to pick this show up after To the Beautiful You ends, but I think I might have to wait until it’s done airingβ€”everyone is so crazy about it, I think I’ll hate myself if I don’t wait until I can marathon it.

      • 29.1.1 joybells

        keke…i too had da same plans,thought of marothoning it after its over,bt couldnt resist after hearing everyone talk bout i kinda like moon chae won,she’ one of the very few korean actresses who dosent grate my nerves,granted she’ still got to go a along way in terms of acting,but shez improved a lot since her “mackrel run” days

  30. 30 iZzie :)

    What a week!
    I hate budget/planning seasons at work. X-P
    In other news, I was given 2 tickets to a Zac Efron fan conf for tomorrow. Since I’m not a fan, I gave it away. And then I found out that my niece is a big Zac Efron fan. *sigh* Better luck next time, niece. Sowee.
    If it was Lee Min Ho visiting… that would be a different story. πŸ˜€

    The kdrama catch-up weekend resumes tonight. πŸ˜‰

    Happy Friday, chingus!

    • 30.1 cmrprindle

      Happy Weekend, Izzie Smile!
      It must be budge planning season everywhere. My direct supervisor has let a big invoice-y thing languish for two weeks in the face of needing to get our info together for our much bigger budgeting for the next fiscal year. :-/

      Happy drama watching!

  31. 31 diorama

    Happy Friday to all! And especially to those who’ve started school again πŸ™‚

    This week was a doozy. The episode 4 teaser for Vampire Prosecutor had me in FITS. *mild spoilers!* There’s no way Jung In would confess her feelings, find out Tae Yeon’s a vampire, and get changed herself, all in one episode, is there?

    Also started a Chinese class, and my first thought was…must watch some cdramas! lol. Does anyone know a good cdrama that’s available subbed? I know Bu Bu Jing Xin was supposed to be good, something like that. It’s for studying, I swear! πŸ˜›

    • 31.1 Aryast

      IKR! It’s almost all too good to be true. Jung-In? A vampire?? I read somewhere that it could be a fake-out because honestly, Jung-in in a WHITE DRESS? She’s too boisterous fer that. Heh.

      I watch Taiwan dramas instead of CDramas and there’s one I would highly recommend to you – Gloomy Salad Days.
      Don’t let the title fool you because it is GOOOOD.

    • 31.2 Jeannette

      I love T-dramas…I’ve only seen a few, though. I’d have to rec Absolute Boyfriend because of Jiro Wang. They also did a version of Playful Kiss (It Started with a Kiss and part 2: They Kiss Again). Right now I’m in the middle of their adaptation of Hana Kimi. And, no, it’s not a coincidence that all of these have Jiro Wang in them haha.

  32. 32 Leaf

    Hello everyone!!!
    How is everyone??? Hope you are all having a good week!!

    I’m back at Uni finally but happy as I just found out I got 81 in my Mandarin!!! So that’s a 82 and a 81! YAY!!! So happy <3
    Now if only I could as well in my other subjects….

    Not been watching so many dramas but started The Casual Vagency which is really interesting and the most acreate representation of the world that I live I have ever seen.
    Not to mention Pagford is based on where I was brought up… ^shudders^

    Has anyone else started reading it? What do you think?

    Love xxx

    • 32.1 zgznoona

      Hi Leaf
      Glad you’re doing well with Mandarin, I’m sure this summer’s intensive class you took helped.
      Btw, I’m still waiting for stories of the trip πŸ˜‰
      So, are you recommending the book?

      • 32.1.1 Leaf

        It was before the trip! πŸ˜€

        And well the book is good if you want to find out what rural South West England is like…

        And the trip… I’m not sure I really have like a huge amount of stories to tell haha. But you will suffer me bringing it up in every conversation so… you’ll find out that way…

        Hope you have a good week!! <3

    • 32.2 cv

      Hi Leaf! ^^
      congrats on getting a 81! that’s pretty good. I remember when I took Mandarin in HS. (Oh so long ago!) LOL Didn’t do so well but did pass. :p

      Have not read casual vagency yet so I can’t tell you. Do let us know if it’s any good. I have too many other books to read.

      • 32.2.1 Leaf

        You were able to take Mandarin in High School? :O

        What awesome place did you come from???

        Jelous…. my secondary school was so lame πŸ™

    • 32.3 Sabah

      Oh congratulations!

      I don’t think I can contain it any longer…

      How were CNBlue? What was the atmosphere like? Did you enjoy yourself?

      • 32.3.1 Leaf


        IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Seriously they were so so so good and so so so so hot!!!!

        • Sabah

          I have been counting down the days until I could ask you!

          I read on bits and pieces on the internet, for instance about how around 400 people turned up at Heathrow to greet them! Very cool! They were really touched by that and totally not expecting it so they didn’t even arrange security and were caught off guard and a little mobbed too. hehe

          That is awesome! I am so glad it was everything it should have been. Quite befitting! I am also glad you had a great time too. These are the moments we need to hold onto to get through the rubbish parts.

        • ck1Oz

          I came to OT late.Sigh you watched them live.You are so lucky!!!
          Yonghwa was always talented but now he is hot.Isn’t he?

    • 32.4 cmrprindle

      Congratulations, Leaf! That’s wonderful! Mandarin looks so hard…I am duly impressed with your marks.

      I’d read a not great review of The Casual Vacancy. But it sounds like you like it. Worth buying?

  33. 33 Jambo

    Happy Friday, Everyone!

    Reading DB recaps and OTs is becoming to be as essential as breathing to me…sigh! I’m taking that as a sign that I am far gone w/ my Kdrama addiction.

    I’m just realizing TTBY will be ending next week. So sad. At least I still have Arang and Faith. Also, watching Hero (2009)…doing some LJK research. πŸ™‚

  34. 34 Kim Yoonmi

    Game: Name the actors.

    Came up with the game as a variation of the Japanese/Korean game. Anyone want to play with me?

    Objective: Get as many points as possible with your obsession with K-dramas and K-drama actors/actresses.

    1. You can’t name the same actor/actress twice in thread.
    2. Try not to cheat by looking it up.
    3. No, character names don’t count.
    4. It depends on who is faster… so be sure to use the @name to clarify who you are replying to.

    1. 0 points for naming someone without a shared syllable/disqualified.
    2. 1 point for naming only one shared syllable.
    3. 2 Points for two shared syllables.
    4. 3 points if you know same named actor and you name their birth year off the top of your head.

    Let’s see who wins. =P try not to cheat.


    Kim Rae Won–> Lee Min Ho (+0 points) (Disqualified)

    Kim Rae Won–> Kim Suro (+1 point)

    Lee Minho–>Lee Minki (+2 points)

    Jung Da Bin–> Jung Da Bin (2000) (+3 points)

    Start of game: Kim Jae Won

    • 34.1 JoAnne

      @Kim Yoonmi

      Kim Jae Won – > Kim Jae Wook

      • 34.1.1 diorama

        Kim Jae Wook -> Kim Dong Wook

        2 points for me!

        • JoAnne


          Kim Dong Wook -> Lee Dong Wook (4 pts cumulative for me!)

          • Sabah

            @ JoAnne

            Lee Dong Wook -> Lee Jin Wook

            Yeah, I only knew that one because of their close friendship.

          • Sabah

            @Kim Yoonmi

            Clarification: Does the shared syllable have to come in the same order/position as in the first name?

          • Kim Yoonmi

            @Sabah No. But if it floats your boat and makes it more fun, why not?

          • Sabah

            @Kim Yoonmi

            That’s fine, considering that I chose ‘LEE’ Jin Wook, there are so many possibilities but I wanted to mix it up a little, maybe Jin min ah BUT I think it would be better to keep it in the same order.

            OK, new question, how long do I have to wait before I am allowed to go again? Although, it wouldn’t be as much fun or even no fun at all playing by myself…

  35. 35 whimsicalnet

    hi folks, happy OT and happy friday!

    My heart is bleeding for the 2nd lead in TTBY. I must say of the 3 versions of adaptation of the comic, I like the korean 2nd lead the most. so cute.

    Just reading recaps of Arang is killing me. Am really looking forward to watching it when it completes. Hopefully the end would not disappoint.

    Big Bang is in town. While I’m not a fan, I know people who are and AM1997 reminds me always of how intense those feelings can get. πŸ™‚

    Have a great weekend!

  36. 36 enz

    hi everyone! happy OT. its 6 mins into saturday here in malaysia. i have a bit of whisky lingering in my blood.

    thought i would update everyone on meeting jung il woo last sunday – relax, along with 3000 others. its in the last OT too but maybe pretty late so maybe most missed it.

    well, jung il woo came to malaysia 23rd sept to endorse holika holika, which is a south korean skincare and cosmetic brands. some lucky fans wwould meet him and get group pics with him and also get signed autographs of his posters. those fans were predetermined from some lucky draws way back.

    however, one could still have a chance at all that if one were one of the top ten spenders btween 1030 -1230 on that day so i took a chance and spent some money and got into the area zone A which is really close to the stage. got to go up a few times to see him up close, shake his hands, have group pics with him

    i have to say that in person, i think he looks even better than his pics. he is sooooo good looking and when i look at the pics he is soo tall!! i didnt realise standing next to him how tall he was. unfortunately, my vocal cords seized up in the presence of beauty and i couldnt manage saying anything – not even, jung il woo, fighting! so shameful

    here are some links to the pics. he did get a warm reception from the malaysian fans, who all sang him happy birthday in korean, english and malay!!!/HolikaHolikaMY!/media/set/?set=a.489346127742095.122587.175899765753401&type=1

    and the best bit for me was finding the group pic of me with JUng Il woo in one of the chinese newspaper on tuesday and he was looking in my direction! so in my head, i tell my self ” he is totally looking at me!” … why not right? πŸ™‚

    • 36.1 FishcalledWanda

      Hi enz!

      Omg, I’m spazzing here! So cool! When it was sunday I was thinking about you and how it would be!
      If it had been me, I think I also would not manage to say a thing! But you shook hands with him, amazing!

      Thanks for the pics and the update!
      He’s so gorgeous in pics already, it’s hard to believe he can be even more good looking in person! His smile is so beautiful in the pics.
      And of course he’s looking at you! πŸ˜‰

      • 36.1.1 enz

        i wish i could post the pic of the pic from the papers here but i dont know how! really, when i was standing there looking up, i just kept thinking ” wow, he REALLY is handsome” as if i didnt quite expect it! i thought maybe in real life he wouldnt be somehwo and then, he was and sooo charming and smiling so much.

        thanks fishcalledwanda. hope youre not feeling quite as homesick anymore – if i remember, you mentioned you were last weekend

        • FishcalledWanda

          I’d love to see that pic! I’m not sure how you could do that either, maybe make a photograph of the picture and put it on a picture sharing site and then post the link, but that’s a lot of work!
          Wish I’d been there! Whenever I go to a concert I have this weird, almost detached, unreal feeling that I can’t believe the band I love is really in person in front of me! Guess the same goes for very handsome beautifully smiling actors!

          How nice of you to remember that I mentioned that last week! I slooowly gets better. Still isn’t easy, but I have very nice roommates and I painted and decorated my room just how I like it, so it really feels like my own place.

          • Enz

            It really takes a long while sometimes to settle into a place and then some other places, it just happens.

            Having nice roommates will hopefully ease the way for you and there are all those k dramas too πŸ™‚

    • 36.2 Aryast

      Still can’t get over how could he looks! You’re so fortunate to have seen him up close Enz!

      That said, thanks to all the hype, that Egg Soap really caught my attention. I’m thinking of trying it. πŸ˜€ THANK GOODNESS for JIW. πŸ˜› And you of course, Enz. Else, I wouldn’t even have noticed this brand. I happen to be heading to KL tomorrow!

      • 36.2.1 Aryast

        *good he looks

        • enz

          Aryast! did you get anything in the end??

      • 36.2.2 enz

        πŸ™‚ IKR??! he was really beautiful

      • 36.2.3 enz

        ooh.. so far i have used their waterproof slightly glittery eyeliner and i like that. their brush for lining eyes are also great and cheap. i bought masks but have yet to use. umm, their aqua gel lip thingy is not bad either. have yet to use the eye cream i bought coz waiting for current eye cream to finish πŸ™‚

        i didnt buy the egg soap after all

        • Aryast

          I didn’t get to go to Berjaya Times Square so nope, I didn’t get it but it’s ok. Like you, I still have to wait til my current facial wash is finished to use that egg soap. Heh. Aaaaaaandd the newly opened H&M store at Lot 10 is crazy packed. So much so that there’s only one entrance in to control the crowd. You have to actually LINE UP to get in there.

          Yesterday was a long day out with friends though but I finally managed to catch a break and also FINALLY have a good night’s rest last night – partially attributed to wine. πŸ˜›

    • 36.3 Jeannette

      *jaw drop*

      Il woo is one of my favorites! SO LUCKY!

      • 36.3.1 enz

        YUP!! wish i hadnt been dumbstruck though πŸ™ never mind. that smile would have rendered many speechless too i reckon

        • Jeannette

          I probably would have thrown up, haha.

    • 36.4

      My classes and assignments are really killing me this week. Just dropping by to say that you’re so lucky! JIW looks *flawless*. And he’s definitely looking at you. Definitely.

      • 36.4.1 enz

        poor thing. i am so glad all that is behind me! good luck with it.. dont let RL get too much in the way of the dramas!! you can have it ALL!!!


          haha! this cheered me up. i was just complaining to a friend of mine that RL was interfering with my drama-watching schedule :p

    • 36.5 cmrprindle

      Enz! Good for you! That’s a fantastic story! And that would so be me, right next to the person I’m drooling over and unable to say anything. Or worse, talking a mile a minute about really stupid stuff and having to kick myself for it later.

      And you know that he was totally looking at you πŸ˜€

      • 36.5.1 enz

        i tell myself – he must be sooo used to women looking at him and grinning speechlessly. i think if i spoke korean i WOULD have said something but i kept wanting to say something then kept thinking he wont get it – coz the first time i got up, i did say i loved iljimae and had to repeat it coz he looked in askance – so the next two times i went up, i held back πŸ™ oh well ..its over *sniff sniff*

  37. 37 JoAnne

    Good afternoon My Wondrous Beans!

    Such a busy week it’s been – but the weekend is here, and I’m getting rid of my once-loved but now very doggy couch, and so I am happy!

    Let’s see – new music: not sure how I landed on her, but Ali – very soulful, raspy voice. GREAT stuff. Listening to her and to GD’s new stuff and to TTBY Ost a lot this week.


    TTBY – Minho crushing is my kinda Minho – the love just pours out of his eyes, doesn’t it? And Eun Gyeol – that is about the sweetest boy in existence. I’m ok with the brief detour into stupid because it gave us Chest of Glory as a slave, and a potential friend to Tae Joon.

    Rascal Sons – watched 1/2 of the first ep, got an email from Jomo, and suddenly remembered that I had another episode of TTBY to watch. So far, I like RS. We’ll see how much of an ass they make the dad and SIG as cheaters. Don’t really think of that as material for the funny, but Jung Rok managed to get me on his side in AGD so it’s not UNHEARD of.

    Faith – eeeeeeeeeee! Tentative hair strokes! Gentle caresses of paper screen doors! Lee Min Ho in love! Tiny King and Adorable Wife getting some! Eunachs dropping shit! Hello Bad Guy who I thought would be a prop and turned out to be something else entirely AND who happens to be yet more eye candy! Still want Audio Boy to decide he would rather be good and change camps. Am I the only one who sees hesitation and concern in his eyes? Or am I just attributing it to the wrong things?

    Arang – oh my god, Lee Jun Ki. I so totally get it now. I will never unget it, in fact. I am so gotten it’s like I’ve been gotten and then been gotten again. wow. Plus – hey, this story is exactly what I like – ghosts, mysteries, demons, more than one pretty, humor, romance, angst. And as our illustrious leadernim has said – this time, the angst is integral to the story, and not just there to make us feel bad.

    Nice Guy – still really liking this story. Now that I know the same writer did ALTK, it explains why I immediately thought there were similarities, and even find the score resembles it. Since that’s my #2 of all-time as far as emotional resonance goes….I won’t be getting off this train.

    Five Fingers – wayyyyyyy behind. Still totally on board but just – no time, and not at the point where I havetowatchorI’lldie. Maybe I can catch up this weekend. I wanna see Vampy, too.

    Sprout – sigh. Still no subs (I know, LJ). and ever since I got the scoop about what happens (or doesn’t) with Hayato…truthfully, not that interested.

    Cher, dearest – all my very best wishes going out to you.

    • 37.1 jomo

      I know you say you have been gotten and gotten re: LJK, but you will be even more gotten if you watch Time Between Dog and Wolf.

      Forgot to mention in my TTBY alert!
      Slave Hyun Jae!! Slave Chest of Glory asking if EG’s crush was on his own self. Who are these writers, and what are they doing in my brain?

      • 37.1.1 JoAnne

        It’s queued up and waiting to go – the first time I tried to find it I couldn’t, but it’s around, now.

    • 37.2 opheliadrowning

      I will never unget LJK either. Granted, I had only seen him in My Girl, which I stopped watching because I came to disliked the two leads, (and being relatively new to Kdramas), but oh my god. He can do everything. Sing, act, dance, fight, be funny. He’s so good in this role. And more and more I find him attractive. I’ve seen pictures of him in his major flower boy days and that does nothing for me, but as Eunoh with short hair and the deep voice? And the eyes? THE EYES. Rawr.

      • 37.2.1 JoAnne

        Someone in Korea makes a documentary called The Eyes of Lee Junk Ki – within days, the entire female population of the world is reduced to a single mass of drooling, grabby-handed, ovary-exploded hormones.

      • 37.2.2 jomo

        I don’t think we are even seeing how gorgeous he can be post Army yet.

        I mean with his hair not even there at all, he is beautfiul.

        What will the women of the world do when they put him in dapper suits and flattering hair?

        I want him to do another bad-guy role after this. He is the sexiest bad guy in the history of time. A conscience free, will do anything to get his way person…in suits…and showers.

      • 37.2.3 Jambo

        Just finished ep 5 or was it 6 of Hero (MBC 2009) and there was a scene there where LJK was playing that Dance Dance Rev Video Game, the heroine was standing with her jaw dropped down to the ground, I’m mentally doing the same thing. It lasted all of 5 seconds!

        If anyone’s interested it’s at (US).

        • jomo

          Also on Netflix, believe it or not.

    • 37.3 Jeannette

      LJK, yes, yes, yes. You know how badly I love him? I bought that “Hello Korean” book from eBay. BECAUSE HIS VOICE IS USED IN THE CDS.

      And Minho. I’m trying to forget him, trying, trying. I can’t. I’ve managed an Onew crush, but Minho, bunny, what are you doing to your noonas?

      Seriously thinking of starting a FB support group for us hopelessly bewitched by our Korean darling. None of my IRL friends get it. πŸ™


      • 37.3.1 JoAnne

        @Jeannette –

        Minho is such a PUNKIN – I want to hug him and pet him and kiss his cute smooth cheeks and ruffle his hair and buy him delicious things to eat and then he takes off his shirt and I remember the long legs and narrow hips and see that HAPPY TRAIL and suddenly this noona is not feeling quite as innocently affectionate.

        But I could keep it PG for Minho if someone will give me Jonghyun to play with.

    • 37.4 Korazy Lady

      Hi Joanne! I expected more love for Nice Guy! I’m so caught up in it and love SJK! Oh, to be young again.

    • 37.5 John


      Fwiw, Eps 9 & 10 of Sprout are now subbed.

      • 37.5.1 JoAnne

        after I get couch out of house YES

    • 37.6 Ivoire

      Hi JoAnne, loved your description of Faith, had me LOL, literally, for like 10mns. Thank you for the laugh…

      • 37.6.1 JoAnne

        glad to be of service, Iv!

  38. 38 mud

    Has anyone seen the trailer for “Stoker” the English film directed by Park Chan-wook, and apparently written by Wentworth Miller?

    • 38.2 Kiara

      WoW Matthew Goode replaced Colin Firth. I think he is perfect, kind of like Christian Bale in American Psycho. I’m not sure I have the stomach for it but I’m so happy for director Park.

    • 38.3 canxi

      I’ve seen it! Looks pretty cool and definitely looks like a Park Chan Wook film! I really want to see it.

    • 38.4 joybells

      Wow…wentworth miller..then i’ll surely look forward to it,i realli liked him in “prison break”.After the 2nd season,it got realli tedious,bt i stuck round till the end of entire season 4 only for wenthworth miller..After completing it i was so hooked onto miller,that i google searched him only to find articles stating he’ gay..i never could have guessed,coz he’ got such a good chemistry with the actress on da the show…sigh!!! I cant even hope to score with him in my Fantasy/alternate universe πŸ˜›

      • 38.4.1 Kiara

        Mr Smartypants Miller wrote the scripts but he is not in the movie I dont think.

  39. 39 Kiara

    JB, maybe rock is not my thing but thats the first song you posted that I dont like. Here is one for you.

    • 39.1 Mystisith

      Thanks for the link. Funny team and great song!

      • 39.1.1 Kiara

        The studio version is good but I prefer this one. That one dude in the middle made me laugh when he sang “somebooooody”towards the end. That guy on the right looks like Chuck Norris lol.

  40. 40 Toya

    OH SHIT! Did you guys see the preview for Vampire Prosecutor ep 4? It’s gonna be a gooooooood episode.

    • 40.1 Mystisith

      No more nails on the left hand. Starting with the right one.

      • 40.1.1 jomo

        I am guessing
        1.. Fake out reach for something
        2..Dream/nightmare or imagination sequence.

        I don’t really care as long as these visions are in my brain, and they keep them coming all series.

        • Mystisith

          I bet on stabbing then coma and near death experience.

  41. 41 Shiku

    Hi Everyone! Happy Friday!
    I haven’t been active in OT for a long time and took a break from k-dramas for a long while.

    Anyway, alot of stuff has happened and am newly married although it was a small civil ceremony (maybe have a bigger ceremony later).

    I am currently watching Bridal Mask as I waited for it to finish and I think Joo Won is fantastic in his role. So am happy all those A-listers declined so he could have a chance to play it. I also love Park Kiwong (loved him since story of a man) but he is traumatizing and giving me whiplash. He is so good in his role.

    I am also watching Arang and the Magistrate, I love how the blending mythology with the saguek story. I love the directing and love Lee JunKi and Shin Minah. And Geveral Chao as Mooyung.

    I am also watching Nice Guy although I feel as if something is missing maybe storywise? But I love all the 3 leads but am particularly impressed with Park Si Yeon portrayal of Ja Hee. I think she has improved so much since the last time I saw her in ‘A man’s Story.’ I love watching here manipulate everyone and still be able to show her vulnerability and I still don’t know what her end-goal is. I think it’s more than taking over the company. Not to crazy about DaeGil’s and Choco’s story though.

    I finished watching Answer me 1997 and I loved it! Am still sad it’s over.

    I love the near season of Vampire Prosecutor and I absolutely love the doctor. It’s such a treat to see how the actor portrays him and gives him so many nuances.

    The last thing am watching is Secret Investigation Record and I love it so far.

    Reading recaps for Faith (still not sure whether to watch it or if recaps is better than the actual show) and Haeundae Lovers.

    • 41.1 cmrprindle

      SHIKU! CONGRATULATIONS!!! *big hugs* This is such a season for weddings. One of my former workmates got married last weekend, and there have been a bunch of engagements in the last few months. It’s great to see you again, and with such good news πŸ˜€ May your marriage be long, healthy and prosperous, through the good, bad and indifferent. *hugs s’more*

      • 41.1.1 joybells

        COngratulations!!!!! Wish you a blissfull wedded life. πŸ˜€

  42. 42 LizJ

    Hi, everyone…happy Friday!

    I have given up on May Queen, mainly due to lack of clarity on the OTP. With the expected length of this series, I suspect the heroine will be bouncing back and forth between the male leads for quite some time. And I hate that…it reminds me of Fashion King. And another similarity with Fashion King…the women in May Queen tend to be treated pretty awful by the men in their lives.

    Watching – currently airing:
    Faith (still pretty jazzed about both the primary and secondary couples, but I’d like to see more emphasis on the romance.

    Aarang and the Magistrate. At times the plot has been too repetitive, but there’s still plenty to like about it.

    Haeundae Lovers. I’d be finished with this now if Viki hadn’t dropped the ball on the subbing. I think Drama Fever has the final three up now, but they aren’t available on the iPad yet.

    Panda and Hedgehog. Ditto with the finale, Viki and the delayed subs, still stuck on the last ep. And this one isn’t on Drama Fever.

    I know I must have gotten really spoiled with Bridal Mask, because, darn, those eps were generally online at Viki and subbed by the evening in the US of the airing date in South Korea.

    Watching – older:
    Love and Marriage. The stack of fairly recent rom-coms that I haven’t seen is getting smaller, but I stumbled upon this one at Drama Fever last week.

    Mulling over:
    Nice Guy. The memory of the aforementioned Fashion King pushes me to mistrust any drama with an anti-hero. I do want to like this one, but if the male lead is going to mutually self destruct with his former lover, I’m not sticking around to watch.

    Five Fingers. How long is this one slated to last? I wondering if this is going to be another long drama, and I won’t have the patience.

    With Haeundae Lovers, and Panda & Hedgehog wrapped up, there’s a serious dearth of current romantic comedies airing that would lighten the mood from the heavy drama in Nice Guy and Five Fingers.

    On the UK and American TV side, I’m sad that Doctor Who is taking a break after this weekend, but Fringe is back tonight, and Once Upon a Time on Sunday! Hurray!

    • 42.1 Mystisith

      About the lack of rom-coms these days: I rant everywhere about that. And good ones are even more difficult to find.
      This is when oldies are welcome to diversify your drama watching.
      That said, you could try The 3rd Hospital/Ward: Very rom-com(ish) and I didn’t see it coming.

    • 42.2 jomo

      Try Taiwan drama Miss Rose for your romance fix!
      It is lovely, and it has Roy.

    • 42.3 Hillary

      @LizJ: really confused. I watch Panda and Hedgehog live on Channel A every weekend. The filming may have wrapped but I don’t believe that the other episodes (including finale) have aired as yet… I could be wrong.

      • 42.3.1 LizJ

        You are right; I was wrong. Panda & Hedgehog has not finished airing!

  43. 43 KrazyK

    Happy Friday everyone in the OT!

    These past two weeks I have been marathoning Vampire Prosecutor season 1 and season 2. OMG. Another excellent kdrama. I love this show and the dynamic between the team. I am all caught up so I am wondering what episode 4 will be like. This show is creative so the promo for next week just makes me angry because if what they showed is a dream then it is a fakeout, but if it is real my head might explode.

    Other than my vampire prosecutor obsession at the moment I am just reading decals to faith, HL, and AATM. I will watch them when they have ended. (hopefully)

  44. 44 MEK

    what is the name of the actor who is playing the king’s uncle in Faith?

  45. 45 Miss D

    All I have to say is that I can’t believe I survived a week without Answer Me 1997. TT.TT I miss watching Yoon-Jae and Shi-won bicker. But I was sooooo happy with the ending.

    Thank goodness Nice Guy came along to distract me from my 1997 withdrawal. I love the main actor! He is portraying his character so well! I really liked him in Sungkyunkwan scandal but i think this new role really pushes his acting skills πŸ™‚

  46. 46 kdramapedia

    Just stopping over really quick on my lunch break at the shiny new job! They’re keeping me busy, but I like it so far. One week down!

    The funny thing is, Faith has really effected my work! I was sitting here going through papers and unconsciously avoided licking my fingers to separate the pages, LOL! I noticed it about an hour ago, and was like, ‘omg, k, get it together! These papers are fine!’ LOL =P

    • 46.1 cmrprindle

      Congrats on the new job, kdramapedia! I started a new job early into my OT posting days. I miss being able to really post at lunch (I’m at a new location w/the same job, and they have DB blocked, plus we often go out for lunch on Fridays).

      Are you doing something you like? Something you wanted? Is it fun? What’s the industry, if you don’t mind sharing? You don’t have to give specifics, but I know how hard it can be to find a job, let alone something you want, so I’m curious in the best way πŸ˜€

  47. 47 kmw3

    hi beanies!!
    Really kicking myself because big bang tickets sold out before i bought some. oh well.
    In happier news next semester for an independent class i got permission that i can create a ‘fake’ Korean Film Class (me as professor). super excited. it should be fun.
    finished watching season 2 of god’s quiz. my mom caught an episode with me and she was not impressed, she’s a crime connoisseur, and she was laughing at ‘some of the overacting from the supportive cast and the fakey body parts’. i really liked it, it took a few episodes but my god awesome. i’m going to show her ‘our town’ soon since its the same actor. i just have to convince her to watch a foreign film, if i can-score!! just like when i convinced my brotherinlaw to watch ‘the man from nowhere’-and he LOVED it! its going to be his birthday present i think.
    going to finish brain and history of a salaryman and then its on to big, i do i do, gakitsal, and story of a man/slingshot. when arang, faith, and nice guy finish ill watch them then. just trying to cram everything in. its a good thing im an insomniac.

    • 47.1 Shukmeister


      Additional dates added for both Anaheim and Newark [nudge nudge] πŸ˜‰

  48. 48 Amberscube

    Hello Beanies,

    I am watching too many dramas nowadays. I seriously want to narrow down my kdramas.

    Just finished Rich Man Poor Woman and Answer Me 1997 although i want to rewatch AM1997 on Viki as soon as the subs are complete.

    Faith… I wish there’s more romance in the storyline. Is it too much to ask? I dont really care much of the political story. QIHM is still my fave time travel drama unless Faith blow me away in the remaining episodes.

    Arang… Still liking it. I feel sorry for Ju Wal, all he actually wanted is love. He got into a wrong family. I like it when they show Im Joo Eun. More Arang and Eun Oh please.

    To the Beautiful You… This is an easy watch, subs are the fastest in Viki.

    Haeundae Lovers… This one is quite a disappointment for me. I really dont care about the characters although i have been watching it till episode 13. Will probably read the recaps just to know the end.

    Nice Guy… I am blewn away with Song Joong Ki’s portrayal of Maru. I love Eun Ki as a character, i am already heartbroken for the the pain she’s going to go through. After watching episode 6 and finding out Maru’s motivation, i am seriously thinking to not watch anymore… This is gonna be too angsty for me. Just knowing that the writer also wrote A Love to Kill and MiSa, i just want to run a way.. Just like what Maru said to Eun Ki, run away now.

    To Watch:

    Shut Up Flower Boy Band
    Oh La La..

    • 48.1 Jeannette

      You will LOVE SUFBB. It was so excellent!

    • 48.2 Miss D

      I second Jeannette! SUFBB is one of my favorite dramas! I mean, what’s not to love?

      All of the actors are attractive and the leads act well
      The plot line actually exist (something that couldn’t be said about other dramas….hum……dream high 2 anyone?)
      And they have awesome music

      The drama really balanced the vibrant nature of youth as the characters grew up and experienced really meaningful moment, which of course they were able to get through because they were together πŸ˜€

      Basically, make sure this drama is at the TOP of you to-watch list because it’s great!

      • 48.2.1 Jeannette

        Sung Joon and L? Together? *happy sigh*

        I really thought they captured the spirit of that age well. The friendships had depth and the characters were well rounded out.

        Plus they had some pretty funny moments! My favorite is when they are at noraebang and Min-suk and Min-Kyu (who is a dorm leader in TTBY!) are singing Infinite’s “Be Mine” and L watches them and does this snort-laugh thing.

        And finally, the soundtrack is awesome. I have watched this drama a few times and I cry and laugh and it’s such a wonderful story about friendship and…I just love it.

    • 48.3 Amberscube

      You are making me so excited already…

  49. 49 Noelle

    I doubt anyone is still on but nonetheless, Happy OT to everyone!

    I think I’m becoming obsessed with Nice Guy. When I got the time I’ll start watching but so far the recaps are doing an awesome job of painting the scene. Thanks HeadsNo2!

    Anyone here watch Runaway Cop? I thought it would be better to be honest. Kind of a letdown.

    • 49.1 Mystisith

      I’m here! ^^
      Watched Runaway Cop this week. Loved the first half craziness then it seriously lost some steam. The models were underutilized: What a shame!

  50. 50 howforwardsale

    Hello Everyone!

    I’m currently suffering from Drama Fatigue. After Answer Me 1997 and RMPW ended it seems my drama life did too. Any Rx? Quick Fixes?
    I am ready to watch anything that isn’t already on my plan-to-watch list. I currently have 167 titles. Isn’t that terrible? There’s no way to watch that list down if I keep this up. So I’ve settled on nibbling away at it by watching J-movies. the last one I watched was Into the White Night (Byukuyako). It was pretty good, I hear there’s a Korean version too.
    I want an autumn pick me up though… heres hoping Ohlala Spouses will do the trick and there’s a J-Drama that Daito Shunsuke will be in this fall too so, yay?.

    • 50.1 Jeannette

      Did you say Daito Shunsuke? My ultimate bias? I am so happy to hear that, as I have “Ouran” memorized at this point and the middle-ending of “How to Date an Otaku Girl” is too sad for me to rewatch.