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Peppertones – “Asian Game.” If Korea had hipsters, this is the song I imagine they’d be rocking out to. Well, rocking out internally—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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Happy Friday everyone!

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

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Bonjour, Ivoire! Congrats on being first :)
A very happy Friday and weekend to everyone, I'm happy.

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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 :-)...

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you know, Ivoire, the question "why are you happy" is actually quite a challenging question to answer! :-)
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

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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!!!!!

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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?

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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*

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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!

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

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Ohayao gozaimasu, Iv!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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@ 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 :-)...

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LOL - read it.

I'll see what I can do, after I finish my vampire romance fiction and my multigenerational fiction. :-)

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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 :-)

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

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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 :-)!!!!

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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. :( In any case, a real job!!! finally moving out of parents house!!! Minneapolis/St.Paul!!!! *excited* :)

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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 :-)

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 :-)

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!!!!!

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Hello Ivoire! How are you doing these days?

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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?

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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. :)
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!

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

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Happy Friday, Ivoire!

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Hey CRP,

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

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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. :)

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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?

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Yay! I'm mentioned! Even though Iv still hasn't forgiven me for her character, I'm sure. ;-)

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@ Shukie,

Yeah, you are right! Iv STILL hasn't forgotten you for killing her WONDERFUL character :-( 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* :-)

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

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Yehey! Ivoire is first again. :)

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

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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?

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Happy OT Unni!!!
Hope you have an awesome week!!! :D

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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?

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Happy weekend, Ivoire! <3

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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 :-)!!!!

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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--18.1.1.1.3 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 :-)

2--Still at Kakashi: 35.2.1.2 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).

[email protected] 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 :-)...

[email protected] 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 :-)

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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.

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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 :-))

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Sabah, don't be so modest :-)

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).

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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. : )

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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.

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I think that would be a good idea. I had wanted to suggest it but I feared that it might frighten you off. Hehe.

Let's use this account I use for such purposes, i.e. if you send me your email via this account then I will reply to it through my actual personal account.

[email protected]

I would insist that you reply in your own time. I always try to resist that fast pace of modern life and persist in trying to 'gently stroll' through life. Hehe. Take your time.

Though moving can be difficult, I would wish you well for those days wherein you begin to make your new house, a home. Happy new memories.

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Hi Sabah, just wanted to let you know that I did send you an email. And I will take my time to answer you, thank you for your time and your patience :-)

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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).

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oooohh, what a shame, cause now I am back! :)
(not really... it's 1;27am here and I really, really, really need to go to bed!)

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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 :-)!!!

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

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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!

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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? :-)

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 :-)

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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?

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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 :-) (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 :-) but that will be OK. Living life is important too :-))

I hope your weekend is ending well!

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Happy Weekend Ivoire and everyone! :)

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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 :-)!!!!

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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!

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

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

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Damn RL for interfering. I know what you mean :)

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[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. 8-)

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]

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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!

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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

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

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Yeah, that's the one. My typo!

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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.

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The little boy was also in "Down With Love" with Jerry Yan - fyi

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

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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.

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Hi Shukie! have fun at the wedding! ^^ See you when you come back! :)

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

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

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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

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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. :)

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

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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

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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)

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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.

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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 :)

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Sunny and upper 70's..

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

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Argh! Wedding, autocorrect! Wedding! Either way, have fun :)

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

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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..

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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.

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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 :)

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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.

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

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

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ooh i really liked the drama from epi 7 onwards. and yesh, ending was fab - "i can turn any distance to nil"
*swooon* :)

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

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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. :-P

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.

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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!

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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.

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** NEW BIG BANG UPDATE - POSSIBLE ADDITIONAL SHOWS **
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. ;-)

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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! :D 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.

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

Did you get VIP tickets, Shukmeister?

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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?

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Toilet paper hats sounds like fun :). I'm picturing something like a Dokko Jin rendition of GD's "Heartbreaker: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xj24b9_cbl2_people

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?

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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!

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@MeeisLee

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.

@KorazyLady

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?

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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.

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

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SUNNY :)

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Here is the link on dramabeans for the movie: http://www.dramabeans.com/2011/05/girls-rule-the-school-in-sunny/

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Thank you.

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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.

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Hey stranger!

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When did you pop in? Missing you.

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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? :P

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

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Laya~

Friday!

The closing song for TTBY.

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

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John -

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

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Thanks Shuk, Alice does have a lot of OSTs .

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ3ncTopQOQ&list=PL4F856ECF3F74DD1B&index=155&feature=plpp_video
Dropped the show a long time ago but this song is nice indeed. :)

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Mystisith~

Thanks!

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

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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.

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

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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. :D

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Laya~

Thanks!

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Yep, that's pretty much my morning playlist to get me going! :)

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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. :D Talk of feel good.

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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.. :)

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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.

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How could they forgive Hyun Jae?

That flowerpot would have maimed/killed Tae.

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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.

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"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 =))

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

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@Laya -

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

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Jomo/HJ. :D :D :D

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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..

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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...?

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Laya~

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

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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?
Gulp.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Enjoy the ride then ;)
But don't blame the drama if you gain weight :P

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Or faint from high blood pressure :D :D

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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.

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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.. :)

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Sometimes SJK reminds me very much of Leonardo diCaprio circa Romeo+Juliet and Titanic. :D

He's 27? I can MINE him then? :D Loved him since Gu Yong Ha in SKKS. <3

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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.

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Happy Weekend, Laya! :)

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Happy weekend, Izzie!! Kumusta? :)

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Ok naman, thank you. :) Heto, buhay-baboy ngayong weekend: kain-tulog... nood. :P

How about you? Kumusta na? :)

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