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Hello!

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HELLO IVOIRE!!!! How was ur week?????

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HELLOOOOO OMG!!!!! *waves*
My week was busy, very busy but good. Thank you for asking. How was yours?

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Mine was busy as well....a different kind of busy...ramping up d studying hours n lowering d sleeping hours as med school exams round two is in less than two weeks. also read my post below about BB tixs!....*le sigh*

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OMG, good to hear from you again :-). Keep up with the studying, and please study a lot and diligently, it will pay off and and you won't regret it.
Also, I did read about your BB Tixs, sad :-(. I don't know if this is a silver lining, but you at least get to go the concert. I hope someone will buy the extra ticket from you...

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i hope so too...but m highly pessimistic cuz there r still a lot of tickets available on the ticketmaster website....i read some of ur posts down n i hope things are okay.....i wish d best for u n ur move n hope that whatever ur hoping to accomplish u shall....

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I would encourage you to remain optimistic OMG, because things could change, and continue to let as many people as you know or as many people as you can reach know that you have those tickets available, so hopefully someone would want to buy it (or them) from you. Hang in there.
Yeah, things seem to slowly be changing in my life for the better, so that's always good. You know how life goes, we have our ups and we have our downs, all of us. I feel cautiously optimistic, more intent on doing well in what I need to do and seeing where the chips will fall.
Thank you for your kind wishes, I take them to heart and I hope you will do really well during your exams and in your med school career :-)

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Salut, Ivoire! How are you? Have you managed to move and resolve some of those issues that you had to tackle last week?

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Salut OTS!

Yes, I did move last Friday, and I have another move coming up soon, and then I should be set for a while. I will be doing a lot of traveling between cities once I am at my final destination (for now) because of the different hats (and responsibilities) I will have. It will be a good thing however, I will just have to be very organized, which I need to learn to become more of. I will be engaged in some new things and I am looking forward to that. It should be interesting.

I am a little anxious but you know, it has to do with when one is starting a new season and not really sure of things because you don't see everything on the horizon. I just want to do a really good job (make that an excellent job) so the people I am supporting/helping will continue to be thrilled to have me around :-). That's what I am striving for. I plan on being diligent in achieving that. It shouldn't be too hard though, because they are already happy to have me in their lives, and I am happy to be in theirs.

The issues are being tackled one at a time and that is encouraging to me. I will let you know when some (or all) of those issues are behind me. How about you, how are you? How has life been treating you? Are you sleeping better these days? Any new dreams of LMH :-)? None with me.

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Ivoire,
Your life sounds stressful yet exciting.:) I really hope everything goes well for you, and you seem to have enough determination to make things work - good luck!
I'm okay-ish - as I wrote below, I've lost my laptop, and the situation at home is a bit stressul, so it's hard to concentrate on research. I should probably learn from those hard-working K-drama heroines how to always stay optimistic.:)
No dreams about LMH lately, but I haven't seen the last two episodes of Faith yet, but based on the recaps I would expect that they would encourage my brain to summon the image of LMH when I'm asleep!

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I think their optimism and pluck is proportionate to the amount of ramyun they ingest - along the theory that any food with a half-life of 100 years would impart some staying power to anyone who ate it.

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OTS, yes to your first sentence :-) and thank you for your kind and well wishes. I did read about your laptop and I am so sorry about that :-(.
So by the situation being hard at home, you mean home-your flat- home or home as in Ukraine-home? In any case, I hope that things will be resolved/lighten up so you can focus better on research.
Re: being optimistic and upbeat, I too have been trying to emulate the Kdramas heroines and the actors/actresses behind them, they work so hard and constantly push themselves (I think they strive on it). I am getting better at it, I think (I just have to put my mind to it, really and it works).
Speaking of sleep, how are you doing there? You didn't answer that... :-)

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Once again, JoAnne being her witty self :-)

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@ Ivoire,

Re: sleep - it's slowly getting better! We agreed with a friend that we would come to the office by 9.30 every day, work until 7-8 pm and go to bed before midnight, which seems to be working. I also joined a jogging group, and as you said, exercising always helps. By the situation at home I meant home-home. I am fortunate to have a great flatmate who even understands my love for Korean dramas - she's a big fan of Jewel in the Palace.:)

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@JoAnne, I nearly choked on my breakfast while laughing at your analysis of plucky K-drama heroines and their ramyun. You rock!

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Bonjour Ivoire! We meet again! I'm so bleary eyed from being up so late last night, and you know what is partially responsible for that! I'm still thinking of my answer....

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Bonjour KL! and yes, we do meet again :-).
I don't believe I have an inkling of why you might have been up so late. Why was that again? *Frown my face while asking, wondering.* Nah, I am just kidding, I do know why :-). Please take your time thinking of your answer, we are not going anywhere...
I hope you will be able to catch up on your sleep this weekend (the dramas will be there [and their beautiful men], waiting for you. So please, go ahead and sleep):-)

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I'm watching a 2 month old, a 9 month old, and a 5 year old this weekend, plus taking my 88 year old Mom to see the Philly Pops orchestra Sunday afternoon, so I don't think dramas or sleep will be in the picture! But thanks!

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Awww... You sound very busy, and your weekend hasn't even started yet :-(. I will have to talk to you about the children watching thing, on the other medium. I have seen the Boston Pops Orchestra on TV and liked it. I am sure the Philly one must be awesome and you get to spend some time with your mom, yay!!!!
I really do hope that you will be able to catch up on your sleep at some point. Are all three children your grandchildren? (just curious...)

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Mais bien sur! I wouldn't do that for just anyone!

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Oh, I see :-). So you wouldn't do that for my children? LOL (we know I have none, but I thought I would ask, just to see your response :-). So what say you?)

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Well, I am a sucker for my friends when they ask for help! But coming out to California to watch your kids may be a bit much - altho I do it for my daughter regularly, so why not?

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Happy Friday, Ivoire!

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Back at you, CRP :-)

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And of course Happy OT everyone! I do hope that you will have a wonderful weekend! It is getting gloomy in my neck of the wood and getting cold as well. I guess Fall/Autumn has hit/is hitting Northern CA. It is time to wear those sweaters and jackets again.

I am behind on Faith and I will try to catch up. There were some major leaps forward in the romance department in Faith, so I am assuming some the conversations today might be about that on OT. I am still going to be very busy for the next few weeks (who isn't right?) so I am still keeping it at one drama, for the time being. Speaking of Faith, I keep wishing we would see more of Philip Lee :-(. I deplore the fact that his character doesn't have more of an arc/story. He has great chemistry with KHS, and with the rest of the cast and I was really looking forward to seeing more of him in this drama *sigh,* unfortunately... That's not the case.

The songs and instrumental pieces of Faith are available on Youtube, which makes me happy because I have been waiting for them. The choral version is one of my favorite instrumental pieces. I have become curious about the OSTs of Kdramas and film in general. I love that in Kdramas OSTs, they use a lot of string instruments and the piano. It makes me wish I could be sitting somewhere in the room when they play/sing and record those songs and instrumental pieces. I also love listening to MC Sniper (Faith, AATM, Chuno and another drama which name I can't remember right now, maybe VP2, I think).

Thank you so much for the warm responses last week. I was awwwing and I appreciated them all (still do). I still have to answer them, and I will. One more move to go (for me) soon, and then I should be set for a while. How do I do it? As I said last week, I am rolling with the punches, going with the flow and doing what I need to do, as the sayings go.

I guess I don't have much to say about dramaland this week (besides what I just said) and no "big" question of the week, maybe because I am behind on Faith. There are always the next OTs, right? I did check out episode 2 of Oohlala Spouses (per Maya's recommendation), and the show looks funny. It is nice to see "older" actors being the leads in a prime time drama and do well (initially) in the ratings, as JB mentioned this week. OS reminded me of Gaksital and of SeGa (what I have seen of it). I will put it on my list of dramas to eventually watch.

OK, I do have a question after all: am I the only one who has noticed that "mysoju" is down? As in there is no website that shows up when I google and search for "mysoju." I was looking for the 1st season (episodes) of WGM (mysoju had them) and I couldn't find it (earlier in the) week. I wonder if it will be back. I remember the discussion a few weeks back about websites being down. Mysoju was available at the time those conversations were taking place (and even after, for a while).

So, having said all I can think of (for now), I shall post my second message :-)...

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OK, this was long again :-). It never looks this long when I originally type it :-). That fools me every time *smile*

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I think My Soju is gone for good. ::sniffle::

It was discussed a few OTs ago. (See the posts starting at 35.)

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Hi Llamaesque,

So Mysoju is gone for good huh? *Sobs* That is sad. Maybe as Mysti suggested, they should register outside the US, I am not really sure how those things work. If the link you just posted is the one I am thinking about, I did read the conversations about some sites being taken down and what was happening with DF. I think I did watch some episodes of WGM season 1 after those discussions still. I wanted to watch all the episodes of season 1 of WGM, it was (and it is to date) my favorite season. I guess I will have to look for it elsewhere.
There are also some movies I wanted to watch on MS :-(, Oh well... Thanks for sharing in the sadness...

I do hope you will have a great weekend, still :-)

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I'm not involved with My Soju and don't know anything more than what was posted. I do know the website was back up for a while at a new location, but now seems to be gone. (Which is also true of kimchidrama, unfortunately.)

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Hi Llamaesque again, thanks for the update...

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can someone explain d deal with DF n all d other kdrama websites that r not Viki????

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OMG, click on Llamaesque highlighted link and follow her instructions and you will find the info. You can also go on her webpage from OT# 256.

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Faith released its instrumental piece? i tried looking it up in youtube,but im drawing up blanks.Can u please tell me da pieces' name/title?

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Hello Joybells, check it here and listen to the following songs, you could have them play automatically by activating the rotation thing that looks like a wheel (just click on it):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMBO4k1GrOE&feature=BFa&list=PLiu1Korukq1OVSmP8S6wL5QrYt-ACbEWc

Apparently there are 11 or 12 songs, but only 8 songs posted by this person are allowed on you tube. You could also search youtube by typing "OST Faith" or "OST Instrumental pieces of Faith, Korean drama" or a variation of that. I hope this helps...

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Hey Ivoire,Checked out the link you gave me.Its exactly what i was lookin for,thank you so much. khamsahamida :)

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Joybells, you are very welcome!!!! I am glad I could help. This is part of what this community is here for. Enjoy the soundtrack :-)

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Hi Ivoire,

Thank you so much for posting! I'm listening to it now as I make myself cozy, and read the comments here.

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Ivoire! Where have you been this week? I haven't seen you in the Faith posts. Please don't tell me you've stopped watching!! :)

Anyway, hope you were missing because of something fun! And good to have you back!

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Rashell,

LOL, it is nice to be noticed missing :-). This week, I met with someone I needed to see (and a few little people I will be spending time with :-)), and that took precedence over everything else. I am sure you know how that goes, having been there (especially recently) right?

That being said, you must not have looked very closely (you didn't pay attention, Rashell, "shame on you" :-)) because I did post a comment on the recap of episode 18 and another comment/response on one of the commenter's comment, much farther down, but in the same recap.

A commenter said she missed my long and detailed comments and like you, she missed me. I guess I will have to get back on those (I haven't done those since episode 12. Episode 11 was my last long and detailed comment). I was debating whether I should continue to do those (they are time consumming, as much as I enjoy writing them). Seeing that I have a few readers, I might try to get back on that train, especially since I am considering taking a break from Kdrama watching after Faith, which might mean no more writing as much on DB, except for OTs. We will see... I mean, Faith only has 3 more weeks left, but I am also very busy in my personal life and about to be very busy in my professional life, and those are very important, right?

Believe it or not :-), I have not fully watched epis. 15-16 and 17 (only the skinship scenes, to check a few things out, acting and chemistry wise) and I will have to rewatch ep. 18 b/c I was a little lost when I did watch it. I am not giving up on Faith, I would like to see how it ends, I am curious about that. I will admit that I was not as pulled into it, feeling the need to ABSOLUTELY watch it, so I did not hurry.

Thank you for the welcome back :-). I was missing because I had some stuff on my plate I needed to take care of, and also b/c I felt that I needed some time away from dramas, and that felt really good, to be focusing on other things. I get really engrossed when I watch a drama. My episode viewing and commenting process is a long and detailed one, but I experience the drama better that way and I get more out of it that way too.

I thought you would be rejoicing that I have not commented on Faith (and also not watched it recently). One less woman looking at your boyfriend no? You must really feel secure (in his attention for you) if you care more about me not watching anymore than you do the many comments about how gorgeous (or awesome) your boyfriend is :-).

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HA! I'm so sorry that I missed your comments. I don't always check back as often as I maybe should. I'm sometimes a comment and run kinda gal.

And when you're "boyfriend" looks like mine, you have to be secure about other people looking at him. It really can't be helped, so I've accepted it. And I love to hear how awesome and beautiful he is, but I definitely miss hearing your indepth analysis more. I know that he's gorgeous, but I don't know what Ivoire thinks. So yeah, try to find time to post. You are missed when you don't.

But I do understand being busy in real life. So if I can only get to say hi here for a while, I'll try to be accepting of that. LOL

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Rashell,

Awwww... you made my day and my weekend, btw. I don't go around fishing for compliments, but I will be honest and admit that they are encouraging and that I appreciate them. As I have said earlier, I had been debating whether I should continue to write those long comments of mine (I don't know how to write them any shorter. I always want to "write" all that I feel and have seen in an episode and I try to pay attention to a lot of things, so I end up being detailed. By the time I am done writing, one knows exactly what I thought and how I felt). I feel comforted and am glad that you and a few (OK, maybe a couple of people) appreciate my process, it makes me feel that it was time well spent.

The danger for me has been that after I post, I get responses and then I want to write some more, b/c honestly, I would rather do that than other things, so I need to watch it :-). I think I am so vested b/c my heart is in it (watching the episode, commenting and reading others' comments and commenting some more). That activity of analyzing the drama is more addicting to me sometimes than just watching certain dramas themselves, but it starts with watching the episode, so I have to start there.

This " And I love to hear how awesome and beautiful he is, but I definitely miss hearing your in depth analysis more. I know that he’s gorgeous, but I don’t know what Ivoire thinks. So yeah, try to find time to post. You are missed when you don’t. " warmed my heart. Thank you!!!! When I have had a busy and sometimes challenging week and I come to DB to this, on OT or on a recap, it does warm my heart and makes me feel better. Again, I am not going around looking for compliments, but I think you know as well as I do, that a kind comment or word can go a long way. It can act like a balm on one's heart. And I do LOVE to write, so you got me there :-) (pulling at my heart and at my weaknesses, you sneaky you :-)).

So please make sure you stop by and drop a line (or two or more) when I comment, because it makes me feel like my time wasn't wasted to do it. I have had a few times when no one responded to my comment, and it was :-(. I know that many people comment, so it is not like there are no comments/opinions to read and that is what I have been thinking, that even if I don't comment, others do and so it is OK. But I think I am realizing that my style is maybe appreciated and liked (for lack of better words), and I have noticed that there are times when I have said one or two or many things that no one else has mentioned (I read all the comments, sometimes) and so then, my commenting was worthwhile. the process is long, which is why I stepped back some :-). I would have to say that I get more out of the drama that way, however.

I loved this: "But I do understand being busy in real life. So if I can only get to say hi here for a while, I’ll try to be accepting of that. LOL" I thought it was cute and funny, LOL. Were you trying to make me feel guilty? Manipulate me maybe with the end of your sentence? (just kidding). It is just that your last sentence sounded so dramatic (at least to me) :-)...

Have a wonderful weekend, Rashell!

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Were you trying to make me feel guilty? Manipulate me maybe with the end of your sentence? (just kidding). It is just that your last sentence sounded so dramatic (at least to me) …

HA! Wow, that's a lot to get out of a simple sentence LOL. But I am a drama addict so it could be that my ending was a touch on the dramatic side. But I would never deliberately try to manipulate you. Just wanted you to know that I'd missed our chats but could be understanding of committments in real life. I have a few of my own. :)

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Rashell,

LOL at your reaction, precious!!!! OK, I am guilty! See, this is what happens when someone like me who likes to analyze/dissect dramas (and other things) read comments/responses, I end up reading a lot into your response, even thoughts you didn't know you had, LOL. I think I have magic powers like the baddies in Faith. I can read people's intentions.

Now that you know that, are you sure you still want me to share my thoughts on recaps? I might come up with notions and thoughts that even characters didn't know they had, LOL. You know the saying: "Be careful what you wish for..." :-)

I was pulling your leg (some) but in all honesty, your last sentence could be read with a dramatic tone, try it, and you will see. It works. This back and forth banter is fun though, I can see why you missed it on the recaps:-)...

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Ivoire! : )

I love how you nearly always manage to begin these OT. It creates such a good mood; a loving and open ambiance. I don't know, it kind of makes me feel safe.

Wishing you well!

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Sabah, (I really love your screen name, btw)

I have been thinking about you. It is good to hear from you. Yeah, my weeks are busy and will be for a while, until I get my bearings. I will still be very busy after that, but I should be settled (some) and be organized, so I will be breathing better. Thank you again for your patience, Re: you know what.

Thank you for your compliment, it is making my day and my week (this will hold me until next OT and beyond). The interesting thing is I don't even try to create anything, I just write and put online what comes to my mind, and before you know it, there is a journal waiting to be read :-). I am glad it creates a mood, and more importantly that it makes you feel safe.

A lovely weekend to you!

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Ivoire,

Your name is prettier to me though. Whereas mine is an aspiration, yours is more an inspiration as it encapsulates your history, something old which you take into the new, your future.

Please do not feel rushed. I tend to flow more in line with the pace of the earth rather than the world we have created upon it. The Earth's pace is slow and gradual, it takes a lot of patience as you noted, but nothing worth gaining is easy to come by. Well except your friendship (hopefully), which has been gifted to me. : )

I believe you when you say it is natural. So I am going to make you blush AND quite possibly cringe BUT most people who have had the honour to know you would say this is true of you: Some people make the world a better place just by being in it.

Wishing you well and much happiness.

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Sabah, Sabah, Sabah, *smiles warmly*

How do you do it? You are killing me... softly with your kindness. I tell myself I will stop participating (maybe) on OT and cut way back on commenting on DB, and then I get comments like yours and it's like Awwww..., really? *sighs, but for a good reason.* You are such a nurturing person, and I haven't even met you yet, *chuckles*

Well, thank you, for everything!!!! *Bows to you at 90 degrees angle* You know, now that you say it, I DO like my name, b/c it is pretty and it is me. I originally used it b/c I needed a screen name and yet wanted something connected to me as well. Only people in my family used to call me that. The more I see it written, the more I grow attached to it and the more I like it. I find it funny when some people who I have met here prefer to continue calling by that name, even after they find out what my 1st name is. Adding to that the things I have shared with you and the significance it has in light of recent events, and you can clearly see why I am deeply attached to it, *feeling emotional and sentimental.* Thank you for making me realize that (I just did, I swear).

This "but nothing worth gaining is easy to come by." Ain't that the truth... I (and many) here can attest to that, many times over, so I continue to plug along, with the desire to remain diligent.

I like how we are slowly building our friendship, a step at a time. About writing, it is the place where I go to be me and express myself (partly). If I can make people feel better in the process, or write something they want to read, the better :-). Maybe that's what comes across, and people sense it and respond to it. My heart goes into what I write, no matter how long or short the comment/response and at the end of the day, that is all I can do.
Speaking along those lines, I finally spoke last week to one of the OTers, and her first comment was: "You sound exactly like the way Ivoire would sound!" It was so funny and cute. How could I sound any different, LOL? I AM Ivoire :-)...

I LOVED THIS: "Wishing you well and much happiness," mostly b/c I am ready to be well and I TOTALLY welcome the happiness (a deluge of it would be nice :-)) And I wish you the same...

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Ivoire, : )

Aw, I always feel humbled when people 'thank me' for just liking beauty. Isn't just a natural consequence of being human. You are a warm person, so naturally I would find comfort in your words. It's more than that, as that person noted, you sound like you because you are sincere. There isn't any pretentiousness and I think that resonates the most with people. It might seem like a small thing but when you meet ten or even hundred or so people who insist on showing you their ugly side, it is a balm to find one real person who wants to share some goodness. Trust me, it is something grand.

I am sure you have heard this saying before, that a good word is like a goodly tree,' that's what your words do for people; they plant seeds of courtesy and of friendship. We are indebted to you for it.

Ah, your name. I love how it found you, though you had it with you always. There are some things in our lives that are just awaiting their cue, too early and we might overlook them and too late and we would regret. This was just perfect timing for an appreciation of its worth. I am honoured that I got to be here for it. : )

I know that your principles of courtesy won't allow you to leave without replying BUT please note that I understand the restraints of time and the responsibilities of duty. It's OK, to reply to me some other time and place.

Wishing you an abundance of happiness.

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Sabah, I will take you at your word and will reply later, here or somewhere else :-)

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You can most definitely take me at my word. : )

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Good and thanks! :-)

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Hi ivoire, I am enz and am new here but you seem to be a legend here and I wanted to just add my good wishes for this move and your next one and hope you get to be settled by the end of the year as you wish.

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Hello Enz and a warm welcome to you :-)!!!!!

I did read your post further down and I was meaning to drop a line to welcome you. Thank you for your kind comments and well wishes, I appreciate them. As many have said, people are nice here, so please make yourself at home and get comfortable. You will get to know people, the more you participate and read others' comments. I was once a newbie and remember being nervous when I 1st posted.

By that time, I had diligently been reading other DBeaners'comments and posts, so I kindda "knew" who was who and what they had done or what had happened to them (based on how much they had shared in previous OTs). I was made to feel welcomed and the conversations were lively. I never stopped after that, as my long and frequent posts can attest :-)...

We are so very happy to have here and I hope that you will have a wonderful weekend. If you don't mind my asking, what part of the world do you live in? (what country?). I am just curious, time zones and all...

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Thanks for the warm welcome:). I live in the capital of Malaysia , kuala lumpur.. So, it's often Saturday here by the time I get to OT.

I do love how on Friday, everyone converges on this little corner and starts these chats.

I have visions that if we could only get everyone to love k drama, we could achieve world peace!! Haha

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Enz,

Part of the beauty of OT (and of DB as a whole) for me is that we can interact here with people who live in many different places in the world.
This "I have visions that if we could only get everyone to love k drama, we could achieve world peace!! Haha" made me smile! If only it were that simple, really... We can only dream and hope though :-)

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I know.. If only. But simple is how things should be most times. Keep it simple

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Enz, I will answer this b/c I can make it short :-)

Yeah, to your 1st response, I wish life could be as simple as people learning to love Kdramas and holding hands together and maybe learning how to speak Korean too? :-) (So we could understand and appreciate Kdramas better) and getting along.

2--Yes, I am French speaking (From Cameroon in Central Africa) but currently reside in Northern California. I do speak 4 languages fluently, however: French, English, Spanish and Bulu, which happens to be my native Cameroonian language, and I am slowly learning Korean as well.

3--I have held many positions in my life so far and have had many responsibilities professionally. Currently I am going back into being a nanny b/c I LOVE working with children, but I also tutor French (and Spanish) and I do translation work (for French-English so far). I have worked in offices at some point in my life, and I have worked in the medical field as well. As I said, I have worn many different hats so far.

4-- I know you live in Malaysia, are you from there?

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ivoire! you are in danger of unleashing a monster - the too much information monster in me :)

yes, i am from malaysia - born and bred. not originally from the capital - was born in kedah, a northern malaysian state also known as the rice bowl of malaysia. so was surrounded by padi fields and rubber plantations growing up. now, am in a concrete jungle but life is pretty good as at least i live close to where i work and dont need to commute so much for work. its the thing that would make my life most miserable i think.

ethnicity wise, i am a chinese. its wonderful that you can speak so many languages. i cant speak mandarin ( my mother tongue!) well but already am interested in learning korean. i do speak hokkien (chinese dialect) and malay. its nothing to brag about here - you speak the dialect with parents coz they dont speak english and you learn the other two languages in school - so its just natural for most to speak a few languages.

your life truly sounds interesting. i would love to travel to africa - esp to see the wildlife there. hopefully, in the next year or so. but now, korea is also a much wanted travel destination for me, unsurprisingly :)

thanks for the good wishes on my weekend. i am going to a concert tonight which also is a charity concert for breast cancer awareness. its called spanish sensations and features a classic guitarist with our local orchestra. am sure i will enjoy it. really looking forward to it :) hope your weekend is shaping up nicely

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Ivoire, am sure you must have mentioned in past OTs ( if I remember you mentioned about being a nanny?) am curious too - where are you living currently and the way everyone greets you, am I right in that you're French speaking?

If you're too busy, don't worry about replying. Am sure one of these days I will read enough to know!

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Hey Enz,

Thanks for your response. I will try and respond as well before the weekend is over (before the end of Sunday, my time, which is DB time as well). I hope you had fun at the concert. It has been great getting to know you. Thanks for "approaching" me and connecting with me. Again, one of the blessings of participating on this blog, we meet and interact with people from different walks of life and from all over the world, and we don't have to pay an expensive airline ticket to do it, though I do love traveling :-)

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Ivoire, It's true.. I debated whether to 'approach' or not.. You already have so many folks that are known to you and so many comments to reply to, I wasn't sure quite how to start. But wishing ppl well can never go wrong I thought.

Thanks too for responding so warmly to a newbie :)

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Hello Enz,

This is very late and I apologize. This: "Thanks too for responding so warmly to a newbie," makes want to tell you that you are very welcome, and that I don't see why I wouldn't respond warmly to you. I was once a newbie, and will be a newbie in some areas of my life, I am sure, so I totally know the feeling. I wanted to honor the fact that you "approached" me. We all need to feel welcome when we are new somewhere (and even if we are not new, we should still feel welcomed, I think).

I hope you had a lovely week and a great time at that concert. And I agree with you, wishing people well is always a good thing to do.

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hi ivoire

hope your weekend is going great. ive had to work this saturday but will be off tomorrow - cant wait.

the concert last week was good. i have no classical music background but i did recognise some of the music although i wouldnt know the composers but for the programme.

my drama watching is really slow coz i only can manage one or two episodes a day usually. so since last weekend, am only at episode 15 of city hunter. am not so enamoured with lee min ho - i really like joon hyuk though. he is very intense.

am planning a trip to myanmar in dec. i didnt realise that its really not cheap there! apparently prices have really shot up now that they have opened up a little.

apart from that, there is nothing very much going on in my life. i like my dramas in k-land, not in real life :)

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Hallihallo Ivoire and hello everybody else! Happy Friday.
I'm still too busy and it's no fun at all. Couldn't even watch my favorite of all dramas ever, Arang... :-( I'll probably wait for it to finish and then marathon the last 8 episodes ... Or I'll start from the beginning again and marathon it all. Yes, that's a plan. Kakashi, hwaiting!

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oh, and I wanted to ask: is anybody watching the Great Seer? Is it good?

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There she is: I was wondering when you were going to show yourself here :-). I think you should take your time handling what you need to handle, b/c DB and OTs and dramas are not going anywhere, (*whispers: they promised :-)*). So go, take care of that little pesky thing called life, we all have to and we understand :-).

I do hope you will have an amazing weekend, Kakashi! About the Great Seer, read some of the comments below.

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ah, the wise woman speaks again :)
so true, DB, OTs, KDramas will be there for a long time (I hope!!!!) so what's a little RL stress now and again?
But I think I'm going to watch Vampire Diaries now ... hehe. too much heartache in all my favorite shows this week. Need something a little more fluff.

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Kakashi,

This "ah, the wise woman speaks again :)" I got the reference, FYI *smiles.* So, also remember to breathe, that is important and oxygen will go to your brain (I think). OK, now I just sound like a mom or an unni (I am the latter and I have been the former by extension, so...).

Is VD a Kdrama as well? Too much heartache in your fav. shows this week, you thought there was heartache in Faith? (I could stomach it) or maybe it is not one of your fav. shows, so that comment doesn't apply to it, hehehe... Please explain :-) (b/c now I am curious).

Enjoy your show Kakashi :-)

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ah, no, Vampire Diaries is absolutely not Korean - it's a (rather stupid) American show. The 4th Season started yesterday. I have time this weekend and will get back on the KDrama-wagon then :)
And yes, Faith also made me sad. The whole thing about her having to go back etc.

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Oh I see, about VD. I keep hoping that Faith will have a HEA kind of ending, but I don't know, we will see I guess. I am very curious about the ending, however it goes...

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Hello Ivoire!

How are you? How was your week?

I'm late too the party but I'm super-hyper today. The London Film Festival has come to town, so I'm reeling from the awesome films I have been watching, starting with Hosoda Mamoru's Ookami Kodomo (Wolf Children) yesterday and Miike Takeshi's Ai to Makoto (For Love's Sake with Tsumabuki Satoshi!!!). The hyperness is probably mostly due to Ai to Makoto, which is a way over-the-top manga adaptation in musical form set in the 70s.

Still watching the J-film Dreams for Sale tonight, which is all serious and will probably bring me back down to earth. :-D :-D :-D

Draaaamaaaaas... somehow I ended up marathoning Tatta Hitotsu no Koi (which I had previously seen) last weekend, which made me want for more Kamenashi Kazuya, so I went for Suppli next (hadn't seen that before). Also started Orange Days (with Tsumabuki again), and although Tsumabuki is his usual awesome self, I'm not sure I will be able to handle the female lead for a whole 10 episodes.

Haven't watched any k-dramas this week, but I have three K-films coming up at the London Film Festival: A Fish (Mulgogi), Helpless (Hwacha) and Romance Joe (plus more Japanese stuff, something from Israel and something from Chile and if some films weren't sold out already I would go see more even!) Equally excited for all of them!

Hope everyone has a fab weekend.

*still hyperactively reeling, my apologies* :-D

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How's Ai to Makoto? You had me at Miike (really enjoyed the Crows Zero movies) and Tsumabuki. Will have to admit that I have yet to watch any of Tsumabuki's works...his Waterboys has been on my to-watch list since forever. Any additional reccs will be much appreciated.

Kame was absolutely glorious in THnK!! <3 Suppli was just bad, lol despite having him (for an idol i think he's quite good) and Eita (wasted!!). I love these two THnK fanvids. Beautiful and evocative...just like the show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKfvL3AJdUU&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz2f-fysNYg&feature=related

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I really loved Ai to Makoto but it's probably one of those love-or-hate things. (And if anyone walked into that cinema without know that it was going to be a genre-mash up whacky musical Japanese style, I'm sure they didn't know what hit them once the reel rolled.)

I recommend anything with Tsumabuki. He is nice eyecandy, but he's a truly natural actor. Haven't actually seen Waterboys (Tsumabuki's done so much, I'm working my way through all his dramas and films one by one!), but I've enjoyed everything I've seen with him. I only just started Orange Days, but one drama of his that I watched was Slow Days (himonotales recapped it).

Kame was lovely in THnK - he can really do that kind of character. Suppli, I thought, was alright - his acting was fine, but I didn't quite like the way he wrote his character or certain twists in the tale. But watchable. I'll watch the fanvids tomorrow, I really have to go to sleep!

I will review all the films (I've tickets for 9 at the moment) I see at the festival, not sure when exactly I'll have the review up for Ai to Makoto though it's a higher priority one. (Wolf Children is on the top of my list for reviews at the moment, but it will be screening at a lot of festivals around the world soon)

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Hi Alua,
My week was good. How was your trip to India? Great I trust. Sounds like you are busy these days with exciting things going on for you.

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Are you still unpacking from your moving? Hope that hasn't been too stressful.

India was lovely (I miss it!) - I put some pics on the blog, I think one in August (entitled something like "Back from Kashmir") and one in September (Photologia), and when I find a free moment I'll put one more more set of pictures... but who know when that will be.

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Hey Alua,

I actually didn't unpack everything, since I will be moving again soon. I might do some repacking and I will add to what I have here with me before I go to the next place (that's my plan). I haven't visited your blog in a long time. I probably should, so I can see the pictures. Thanks for posting them. Have a great weekend!

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alua~

How was Ookami Kodomo (Wolf Children) ?

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Very reflective, intrinsically sad, not for kids but absolutely wonderful.

I thought it wouldn't be as good as The Girl Who Leapt through Time (which I adore adore adore), but I like it just as much but for very, very different reasons.

I'm expecting to have the full-length review ready by next weekend (in time for the Scotland Loves Anime screening and if I'm fast I'll have it in time for the Honolulu screening which is midweek!).

You'd like it I think!

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I haven't seen The Girl Who Leapt through Time.

I might check that out this weekend.

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Happy OTF and TGIF everyone! I’m glad for the weekend because it gives me a break from these lovely children…I do love teaching but good googly some of these young’uns….
Very much enjoying VP2, Faith and Arang. The Thousandth Man has turned out to be slightly better than I expected – though to be honest, I had very low expectations – but there’s only one more ep and I feel they spent too much time on the mom and her lovelorn secretary and not enough on the OTP. Sigh.
Counting down the days to Big Bang…and on that topic, I have a VIP ticket for sale. There were 4 of us going, but one person backed out. It’s for the Nov 9 New Jersey concert and of course includes the goody bag. If anyone is interested, please email me - [email protected]. Or reply here with your email and I’ll contact you.

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I'd also like to add that it would be awesome to meet up with any fellow Beaners going to the concert! We're flying into NJ on the 7th and staying at the Mariott by the airport.

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I will be going to Big Bang on the 9th too! hahaha I wonder who else on dramabeans is going?

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There are a bunch of us who will be there, and I think we're meeting for dinner before the concert. Some of us are actually going to be there Thursday night. But Shukmeister is the chief planner. The more, the merrier, I'm sure!

Stacy, check your email!

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Happy Friday to my fellow Dramabeaners!
I haven’t been able to participate in the last couple Open Threads so I have missed all your comments. I am woefully behind in my drama watching as my daughter’s wedding was last weekend. It was over in a blink of an eye, but all the prep was worth it. She was married standing under 1000 origami cranes, we had an almost authentic Korean wedding dinner, and some of the guests had their first experience with soju. (to explain, she was born in Seoul but has lived most of her life in the States in a non-Korean community)
I am really enjoying Arang (I am holding my breath) and am still following Faith; I am finishing up the last episodes of To the Beautiful You, Golden Time and Thousandth Man. I plan on picking up Nice Guy, but am not sure about Horse Healer, Oohlala Souses or the Great Seer. What is everyone else watching?

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Congratulations on your daughter's wedding, RPS! (One of the things I love about the OT is that there are people old enough to have married kids and even grandchildren on here!) THe wedding sounds awesome!

I am watching Nice Guy - be prepared for a ride with something unsettling happening at every turn. But it is truly my crack right now. I'm also watching Ohlala Couple - I hate with a capitol H the husband's character, but love body switching and it is pretty hilarious and the actors do a great job. I couldn't make it through one episode of the Great Seer - OK, it wasn't completely subbed, but it's too gritty for me, and I cannot watch saeguek torture scenes, even with the promise of seeing Ji Sung.

Just my opinions - hope you have a great, relaxing weekend--after a wedding, you deserve it!

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I haven't made it past the first two episodes of Ohlala Couple for the reason you mentioned. Hard for me to get enthusiastic about a KDrama comedy when one of the leads is so unlikable. I struggled with that in Couple or Trouble (can't remember its other name right now) till over halfway through the series, even though I liked "Overboard," the movie it was based on.

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The funny thing with OS is that the husband is still so unlikeable even when being portrayed by the woman! It makes me repulsed to watch him treating his wife that way. At least Couple or Trouble had OJH's dimples to distract from the lead actress's obnoxious character. But I have to hand it to the male lead in OS - he is seriously hilarious in the role of the wife.

Not sure how long I'll stay with it. I'm just trying to get a little levity after being so angsted after watching episodes of Nice Guy!

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I don't really have any desire to see this because just in the first episode or two of recaps the husband sounds like such a f-ing pig that I would actually have heartburn from watching. I will wait. If toward the end people start saying OMG you have to watch it's soooooo worth it - then I'll watch. But for now, this is a pass for me.

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That's why I couldn't even start the drama (only read the recaps so far).... that kind of dislikable I can't handle, not in real life and not in dramas! Just get too angry....

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KL, I really love the way SHJ portraying the wife. Totally hilarious since he got all the small details as well, like her hands movement, etc. Haven't watched episode 3-4 yet. So I don't know how despicable the husband's character is (or still is).

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That's my issue with Ohlala as well. I loathe that man completely and see no way that I could EVER root for him to get his wife back. But it is dang funny to watch. And the guy that plays the husband is acting the heck out of his part and being the wife. He's an awesome actor.

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Congratulations on the wedding! I'm sure it was a complete, but happy whirlwind experience :)

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Oh wow, congratulations to you and your daughter!

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Congratulations RPS (to you, your family and your daughter), It sounds like it was a wonderful time. I 2nd KL (Korazy Lady) in wishing you some much needed rest now (and hopefully some kdramas watching while you are resting :-)).
I hope you will have a wonderful weekend!

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Congratulations on the wedding - it sounds like it was lovely and the sentimentality of acknowledging her beginning in this world brings a tear to my eye.

What doesn't, right?

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Congratulation on your daughter's wedding, RPS!
I'm currently watching Arang, Nice Guy, and Oohlala Spouses (I'm a bit behind by 1 or 2 episodes tho').

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congratulations on your daughter's wedding! Someday it'll be a granddaughter's wedding
I finished golden time a few weeks ago and I still miss it. I think you'll love the ending. I'm watching goong finally. I'm also watching get karl oh soo jung and I psyched myself up to watch the great seer. It was always something I wanted to watch- based on the premise alone but then adding jisung to it's cast pushed it to the foreground! I'm going to watch kim so roo first though. I thought I would watch horse healer too but movies and shows about horses always start me thinking of the plight of horses. Nice guy is sooo on my list but I'm not in the mood yet.

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It's sad that first mysoju, then kimchidramas/mykimchidrama got taken down. I hope the others will be alright - seems to be a blitz going on :(

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Yep. Here we go again. People who create streaming sites should just register them on servers outside the US. When KD was down it was a surprise, but MYKD knew was coming their way...

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HAPPY OT EVERYONE!!!!

Here's what happened to me this week...like an idiot, AFTER i bought the 11/8 BIGBANG tickets, i went on ebay n i saw this really good seats for the 11/9 ticket n i bought it like an idiot cuz i thought i could refund my tickets for the 11/8.......I cant so now m stuck with two tickets n wasted $225....AARRGGG!! so if anyone wants tickets for d 11/8 show...message me!!

Anywhos in the world of TV, now that fall TV in the US is back in full swing, less time for KDRAMAS.... n i have an exam in less than 2 wks so i have had to cut down in kdramas for now...else i fail my exams...this means HORRIBLE withdrawal n sadness...as i wanted to catch up on Arang before d finale SO i can comment....i love the commenting...LOLs!
I cant wait to watch NIce Guy...SJK is hot hot hot n a bod boy....*swoons*...even tho he's a horrible person in d show....

How was everyone else's week or wkend to come???

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remember how bad guy was good in the beginning? Is nice guy the same? I think song joong ki did his army duty already right?

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You hush, you bad person. *Fingers crossed against the evil mojo of Bad Guy.*

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Put the ones you don't want for sale on Stubhub. Just don't overprice them, and someone will pick them up. Am jealous you are going. I wish I could, but I have a seminar I need to be at. My nieces want to kill me, since they really wanted to go.

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Hello everybody.

Thanks to the Dramabeans Team for bringing dramas to life with their recaps.

And thanks to the person/people who recommended the movie 'Hello Stranger'. I really enjoyed it.

All the best for the week ahead. Fingers crossed for the Arang ending:)

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It's always nice to give a shout out to the hardworking Dramabeans team!

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I superimmenselyforever heart Dramabeans!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Hello everyone
How have y'all been?
I've made this music video for "Queen In-hyun's Man". Please check it out if you like.I've worked a lot on it.
Thanks:)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX1oTI-L2Bc

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awwww...I was watching something on Viki yesterday and their automatic 'next episode' was Ep 1 of QIHM. I heard the music and saw that opening montage and my eyes just filled up immediately - that will always be one of my most-loved stories of all time in any language.

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You did such a good job! My hair stood up and I got teary by the end - good choices in shots and song

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Thank you so so much for watching it:) I'm glad you liked it:)

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shirin-noona~

Nice job! Liking.

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Aw!Thanks John:)

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That was really neat. Loved the music. After spending so much time together filming, it is no wonder those two fell in love in real life after getting to have so many romantic, and sweet scenes together.

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Thank you so much for watching it sunshine:)

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Happy Friday everyone, thank you to the Dramabeans Team for your recap. I had enjoy Arang alot, I am not looking forward Arang ending :(
have a wonderful weekend.

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Hello everyone. Just a quick " Hi" before bed.
I have just marathoned Answer Me 1997 the last 4 days in between work and viki.
I salute you guys who watched it during the weekly episodes. No idea how you survived not knowing who was the dad. By ep 10 I gave up and had to watch ep 16. I could not stand the suspense.
Damn fine drama- hit all the emotional buttons for me. Never laughed and teared so much in each episode before.There seriously can't be another show to beat this drama easily. The writing, directing and acting were superb. I've already raved about it to my friends and am just so happy you guys liked it. Because if not for the hype I wouldn't have watched it. And that would have been such a waste.
Tae Woong- the hyung is daebak. I admired the way they wrote him. My favourite moment is in ep 7 when she was pulling at Yoon Jae's hair after he broke her phone case. Can't recall a heroine being so violently loving to her " love " before. Think I repeated it like 5 times just to laugh at it again.

Have a good weekend everyone. I am such a happy drama viewer having time to catch up on all my dramas this month. This coming week- Nice Guy from ep 1 :-)

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oooh, you're gonna LOVE Nice Guy. It's so very good :)

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as good as bad guy was? I mean remember that scene when mo ne's niece pushes him off the ledge? I know song joong ki is no kim nam gil, but kim nam gil was no kim nam gil until he was shin gun wook. Well technically until he was bidam but you get my point.

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The fact that I understand you is worrisome.

I don't think these two dramas are the same in any respect, really, except that so far we have a bad guy whose heart is not really in being a bad guy.

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Thanks I have people doing subs comparisons for me so checking which is better to watch.Not to mention now that viki has subs for Reply 1997 am wondering if we can get more subs now.Feel bad for Mr X and not to mention some DF subs having DBSK subbed as TVXQ was driving me nuts.Plus I like accurate subs and will probably buy the DVD set if it comes out.All the different cable rips are a pain for me to remember which subs goes with what video.

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Friday!

1 week left of Arang's ghostly goodness.

Also watching, Faith, May Queen, Innocent Guy, (a couple of eps behind on that)

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Good morning, John. I have finally caught up on Faith, but really there are only two words that I'm obsessing over right now - Nice Guy. Enough said!

Hope you have a good weekend.

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I'm behind on them all... well, reading recaps for Faith but avoiding them for Arang, because if I read the recaps I might end up not watching Arang and I want to watch it although I'm like 10 eps behind!

How is May Queen? I suddenly got interested when I realised that the guy from 3-Iron (one of my fave movies ever) is in it!

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May Queen is okay, (a few eps behind).

Of course there's a love triangle, a birth secret, a murder or two.. You know, your standard K melodrama stuff.

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Hello and Happy OT Friday/Saturday DB DramaDahlings! Just a quick hit-and-run again, Noona CherKell Style (horsey dance optional).

Four weeks from today (or 28 sleeps) will begin what I have coined "The Trip To End All Trips" in meeting up with some of the DBers in Newark for the Big Bang show on 9 November. I. CAN'T. WAIT. We is gonna have a great time blowing out the carbons, y'all!! :D

Wrapping up work is a time-suck right now, so the only drama I've had the chance to stay current with is "Five Fingers" for the most obvious reasons. I swear, that show will be the death of me yet with its mood swings and left turns to hell and back again. It's melo with a Capital MMMMMMM... BUT THE ACTING!!! *swoon* JJH and JCW continue to take my breath away with their interactions; tormented half-brothers doesn't even begin to describe their characters. But hey SBS PD-nim? You wanna make a ton of fangirls happy (and you guys rich in the process)? Release the next OST with both those boys singing a duet together. I'll even make an offering to the Production Gods in gratitude, 'cause only seeing a tiny scene with My Precious singing at a noraebang is not satisfying my OST lust in any way. Just sayin'.

I did DVR the first two KBS World episodes of "Nice Guy" and will continue on DVRing so I have something to marathon for the flights Back East and Back West. Other than that, everything else will have to wait until I'm gainfully unemployed and have some time on my hands again.

Saying that, I'm off and will be back later today. Everyone have a wonderful day!! *waves*

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I can't wait for the big day! (Even though I'm not going to the concert with you guys.) This silk be an especially special birthday month :)

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CMR!! Can't wait to see you, sweetie!! Are you a November baby too? Me, you, JoAnne... am I missing anyone from our posse? Maybe I should bring some extra cash for bail money... :P

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Oh boy, here we go again! Do I have to start saving, too? :) I can't wait to meet everyone!

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Usually I'm the one with the bail money, but I'll happily give the job to someone else ;) And yes I am also a Nov baby. I didn't realize there were so many of us.

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LOL that's how you can tell it was REALLY cold spring weather in those years... :P

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Happy Friday Cherkell! ^^
It's only a month away! I'm sooooo excited to see BigBang and DBeaners who's all going also. hehe ;)

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How exciting it is that all the dbeaners are meeting up as well. Dramabeans really created something special with this website bringing together lovers of all things k!

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m sad that i wont be able to join in the pre-BIGBANG festivities....UGH med school exams!!!:(

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CV! Can't wait to see you too!! I will bet the farm that we are gonna have an awesome time!! Warming up the ol' vocal cords for Noona Karaoke Night -- I have a few choice tunes already chosen for the queue, but I'll entertain any and all requests... :)

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Do they have to be Korean songs? Cuz I'm not sure I can get some under my belt in just a few weeks!

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Oh not, not at all. There's only two or three in my Korean repertoire that I know backwards and forwards. I'm thinking 70's Motown, 80's Hair Rock, stuff like those that we'd all know from memory... if we even have any voices left after screaming our lungs out at the Show. ;)

CAN'T. WAIT. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

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Happy OT Friday all! On my wsy to do done Costco shopping. Hope all is well with you!

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Oops I meant WAY. Dang smartphones. BBL!

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I ♥ Costo. One of the cheapest places to buy meats and seafood. Got Langostinos there a few weeks ago.

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Me too. You can definitely find good stuff there. Somehow I managed to tear myself away from Costco sooner than I normally do. Otherwise I would have spent a heck of a lot more money there!

How are you doing LizJ?

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Hi Kewbie, glad others have the same Costco experience as me, if only to make me not look so loony:)

Yep, Costco, you go in intending to buy only one or two things, you swear, but a couple of hundred dollars or so later...I can never keep to my budget in that place! And the sad part is that I am shopping for one. Sigh.

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Hello and happy OT everyone!
As I mentioned in the previous OT, Ukraine (my country) is apparently getting its own version of Protect The Boss, and I'm actually kind of excited for that, if only because it might get the viewers back at home interested in K-dramas.:)
Just before I went home, however, I had my laptop stolen, which spoiled most of the fun, aling with my flu. I have now spent hours looking for a used MacBook Pro in my area.:(
On a happier note, I attended my friends' wedding, which was fun, although the bride was not amused by the family members' requests to (quote) 'start making babies as soon as possible' or 'have at least two children within the next 12 months'. Pfffft.
Also, someone mentioned Neon Bunny here last week, and I just wanted to say how much I adore her songs.:)

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nice relatives! watching goong this week I felt a little envious watching those two idiots get closer. I didn't think maybe I should get married, only it seemed a bit nicer than the life I have now. I hope you keep us updated on save the boss! I really hope it's great.

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Hi, Oftheshore!
I had to go to two weddings not long ago, and I guess they are all quite similar in our part of Europe :). There is a custom that the guests put money for a pram into a basket and they can dance for a while with the bride/groom. It depens a lot from the music band - the whole thing can be funny or embarassing and slightly vulgar - I saw both versions ;)
I am quite intrigued by your Ukrainian version of PtB - can you give any more details or some link to more information?
Greetings!

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Hi kopytko!
Actually, although I know the bride since we were in primary school, we reunited in Warsaw, and we were neighbours with her, her boyfriend (the groom) and my best friend, who was the maid of honour. As such there were several guests from Poland at the wedding.:)
I agree that the wedding traditions in our countries are probably similar. In Poland, do they also steal the bride's shoe?
Regarding Save the Boss/Protect the Boss, all I could find was this page with the photos of the cast: http://www.kino-teatr.ru/kino/movie/prod/ros/101131/titr/
Will let you know if there are any updates, but my guess is that it will start in November/December.

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Thanks, ots!
It will be a great opportunity to revive my Russian, which I haven't spoken or even heard for ages but miss it a lot :). One of the comments says it starts on 29th October, which is nice too. I am really curious how it will be rendered. Now that I think of it, the original was relatively free of difficult culture-bound elements (like all the hierarchy and social relations, well-mannered-doormat-daughter-in-law stuff, etc), so the script shouldn't need many alterations.
I was thinking when the Asian series will come to Europe, and here they are! Once again, thank you for the tip - even if the drama turns out less than great, it will be super interesting to think of similarities and differences and why they were there.

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Sorry about your laptop. :-(

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Thank you so much for your support!
This was just me being an idiot - after all, the city where I live is notrious for its safety.
Are you going to attend any of the London Film Festival screenings this year? I think you mentioned two Japanese films in the previous OT. I'm seeing Romance Joe and Celeste and Jesse forever, because the other films we wanted to see with a friend were sold out. :(

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Losing a laptop is painful. I haven't had one stolen, but some 10 years ago I stepped on mine and broke the screen, which was a painful experience (not physically, but financially).

Don't worry, I need more sleep too!

So much sold out for the festival already --- I did buy tickets for 9 films early (I'm a BFI member), but saved some to make up my mind about later. Still wanted to see Kauwboy (NL), Le Tableau (FR), Key of Life (J) but they are all sold out!

Seeing Romance Joe next Friday!

If you are in London, do you go to the Korean Cultural Centre screenings? Are you planning on going to see any of the Im Kwon-Taek screenings or the Korean Film Festival films (of course, for the later we only know two films on the programme so far)?

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One of my fellow London K-blogger just put a poster for the London Korean Film Festival on Twitter, so we've got more films figured out:

The Thieves
As One
Concubine
Masquerade
White Night

I'm guessing we'll get the full line-up next week some time!

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Aaaargh, please ignore the last part of my post - you answered these questions above, which really shows that I need more sleep.

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Happy Weekend, everyone!

Kinda a hit and run post as I'm between thinga and can't move forward until someone gives me the info I need. Argh. It's trying to turn into that kind of day, but I refuse, darnit!

I'm only watching "old" dramas still: History of the Salary Man (what is your angle, Mo Gabi??) and Padam Padang (why are you so hard to download, ep 10??).

How's everyone else doing this fine, chilly morning?

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It's a fine chilly evening here :)
Gosh, the last weeks were all so hectic for me that I reduced my drama offerings to Nice Guy.
Thank you for mentioning two dramas that I enjoyed a lot - Jung Ryeo Won was sucha revelation - no chance for me to rewatch them, though. Ok, I'll just have a glimpse at some Kim Bum scenes - I've worked hard this week, I deserve it :)