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Beans of Wisdom: This post not sponsored by Subway

This week in Beans of Wisdom…

In “Fangirl meets her comic book hero in W–Two Worlds,” Itenoria started a discussion loop in comment #2:

And that is why I love the amazingness that is stories. Right now we have a drama based on a person having to save the character her father created from her father’s obsession with killing him when she doesn’t even know that the actual reason her father is so insistent on killing her comic book boyfriend is because yet another writer is writing her father into a killing frenzy. Imagine if she could break the fourth wall and turn to us and be like, you all are the ones creating this mess for me aren’t you? It’s because of you that my father’s creator is making my father want to kill his creation all so you can have a story that will keep you hooked for 8 weeks. Wait? Can we turn that into the trailer? This unending question of what universe is real and what is fake. Who knows, we just might discover that we ourselves are characters in someone else’s story.

mary replied:

But who’s watching us? What kind of show are WE in? Are the ratings going well? Will we get an extension?

pogo:

So we’re basically The Truman Show but with fangirls?!

TaeBi:

A drama where we are all eternally in search for the one perfect drama. And of course it’s doing well, what with all the dramas within dramas that the ultimate viewers (whoever they are) get to watch.

Chandler:

*GASP* So this is why I can’t stop watching dramas…
Here I thought I was a drama addict, but really…I’m just being written as one?
Normally, I’d have an existential crisis at the thought of my agency being taken from me, but if this means I don’t have to take responsibility for my poor decisions, I’ll take it

rentenmann:

Getting cut? Does that mean we die? Then drama-watching IS good for my health afterall! YES!

 

There was a certain funny shower scene mentioned in last week’s “Beans of Wisdom: Puppies and secret doors” so Michykdrama says in comment #5:

I know what I’m going to be googling tonight :
My secret hotel
Namgoong Min
Towel 😛

siwonnie27 comes to the rescue with:

Here is the shower scene

See? Life is better if we share.

 

Peach has a complaint in “Wanted: Episode 4” comment #2:

This show needs to be a little more subtle with it’s musical cues. I’ve already gotten that Manager Kwon is a sketchy dude by seeing his sketchy behavior. I don’t need super_suspicious.mp4 playing everytime he appears on screen.

 

While rubytuesday has a different problem in comment #6 of “Meet the imperial prince lineup in Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart: Goryeo posters.”

So here’s expecting second lead syndrome. And third lead syndrome. And fourth lead syndrome. And fifth lead syndrome…

 

Sylvia says in comment #12.1.2 of “Doctors: Episode 5”:

In my fantasy world, when things get too angsty and painful for the second lead, Yoon Do will simply shuffle back a step and go “Things look quite complicated here. I don’t want to get involved, so I’m going to leave.” And find a better job elsewhere with less shifty hospital politics and a girl who doesn’t have 124820498309 guys chasing after her.

For the sake of accuracy, Chiisan lists it down for us:

Lol at “a girl who doesn’t have 124820498309 guys chasing after her” xD
I’m gonna do some math with all the guys who openly and secretly have had an interest in Hyejung:

  1. Hong Hong Hong
  2. Yoondo
  3. Jisoo da Puppy
  4. Kangsoo da New Puppy
  5. Yoondo’s uncle
  6. Tall and cute Gangster Boss

Thank you, math beanies!

 

In comment #23 of “Doctors: Episode 5,” Am says:

I don’t know where the drama is going with Jihong’s confessions. The fact that everything is happening so fast in the romance department makes me wary of what is to come..

This hurry to have them be in love makes me sad because it doesn’t give me the time to really invest and care in their romantic relationship. Kim Raewon and Park Shinhye have great chemistry and I like their characters’ interactions…but where’s the build up? Hyejung and Jihong have not seen each other in 13 years. There needs to be a period of re-acquaintance or else their primarily dynamic will always be student/teacher because they never took the time to redefine it.

I guess I was hoping we would see them establish a colleague relationship before jumping into the romance. I want to see an evolution, some growth, something like a journey…Please no more fast forwarding.

To which Chandler replies:

+100

It’s like they have some really great ingredients, but decided to serve dinner before the appetizer. And because I’m spending so much time thinking about the appetizer I didn’t get, I don’t fully enjoy my dinner even though it’s pretty delicious. And then that’s taken away before I’m finished and I’m already eating dessert?! Ultimately, I end up leaving feeling hungry…

I probably went too far with that analogy, but it really describes how I feel about the romance here.

 

eli_anne reacts to yet another drama doctor in “Han Seok-kyu offered SBS drama Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim” comment #6:

“Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim”

Eh isn’t SBS already airing that right now?

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim (Rae Won)

 

In this week’s cryfest aka “Dear My Friends: Episode 15,” WM writes in comment #12:

If crying releases toxins, I was as clean as a mountain spring by the end of this episode. It was so, so, so good, and then the crack of my heart at the end when [SPOILER REDACTED] before racing to find out about her mom. Oh, show, you’ve undone me again!

 

Meanwhile, in “Doctors: Episode 6”, Am worries in comment #12:

I hope Doctors are immune to rain because that stuff is deadly

michykdrama reassures us with:

Lol! Pneumonia for all?
Nah… its only when there is noble idiocy involved and forced separation… then one will be caught in the deadly rain and then faint/fall terribly ill and have to be nursed back to health by the other person… cue intense looks of longing and emotional pining…

Haha replies:

Only in k-dramaland you mean ??? in real life people don’t get sick from getting wet in the rain. Since this is a medical drama it should be realistic at least on this front. We don’t get a flu from rain, but we do get it from viruses passed on from another infected person lol

Chriser explains further:

That is true virus are the main cause of illnesses. Short wetness won’t make you ill. Most rainfalls tends to be significantly colder than 98.6 degrees. When the body is exposed to too much coldness, blood flow tends to be slow. When the blood slows down, other body functions will slow down too including immune system. If the immune system slows down, the body cannot fight any potential illnesses. This is why warming up after a thorough drench is important. Another thing is if foreign particles get into the lungs, it can turn into pneumonia. If you’re exposed to rain for too long, it is high probability the person can inhale the rain. If you inhale rain in highly polluted area like Seoul or L.A., there is a chance you inhaled bad bacteria or airborne viruses that got caught in the water. Not saying these are major causes of illnesses from rain just some probable ones.

While Sue says:

Lol! I’ve always said the same thing. In Korea you don’t get wet in the rain because within hours you develop an incapacitating fever that prevents you from taking care of yourself. Of course, in Korea people go to the hospital for the smallest things, but incapacitating fevers must be taken care of by romantic leads, that provide bags of medicine and lovingly wipe foreheads with wet towels. Of course, in this case the doctors must be immune, because if they aren’t they’ll both faint and nobody will be able to take care of them.

 

In “Open Thread #455” comment #48, Helenya is worried about something else:

I have spent the week binge watching Kdramas and it’s now at the point where EVERY time I see a road in the shot my heart starts racing. If I am ever blessed with a trip to Korea I am not walking on any of roads there… just saying…

 

In “Beautiful Gong Shim: Episode 15” comment #13, nasalhazel observes:

For someone whose appendix burst (or whatever that was), Gong Shim is sure looking lively and active post-op. Glad to know a fully loaded Subway sub is totally OK as a first meal after surgery.

While phuong in comment #1 of “Doctors: Episode 6” notes:

subway product placement in dramas is getting out of hand lmao i’ve lodt count of how many times i’ve seen it like when seo woo said “i brought sandwiches” i was like “haha she’s not going bring out subway right” AND SHE DID

To which Am replies:

Subway help produce like 90% of dramas. When I see their passive advertisements, I don’t know whether I should be annoyed or grateful lol

Miranda says:

It’s not stress causing Gong Shim’s bald spot – a steady diet of tuna salad Subways have been causing her hair to fall out.

While ZappyR admits to succumbing to our Sandwich Overlords:

It works though

I actually went out and drove one time just to go get Subway because the darn drama I was watching kept showing it.

Sigh. If only all the products are that affordable.

I would love to have that fridge from Lucky Romance.

angieya has a solution:

I think the only way to escape the Subway virus nowadays is to watch sageuks (but only those who don’t have time traveling lol).

An illusion Miranda shatters:

All the sword scabbards also contain footlong sandwiches.

ZappyR:

Imagine of Hong Joo’s black magic suddenly conjured a Subway tuna sandwich? And Poong Yeon reheats it with his fire power? And they use Yo Gwang gigantic sword to cut it in half to give to Jun and Yeon Hui?

I’ll probably stop watching kdramas for a while.

Miranda has more to say in the same thread:

We’ve reached an important point in Subway product placement, I feel. For years, it’s lurked in the background – sometimes subtly, sometimes absurdly prominently, but always there, watching. Waiting.

Waiting to lull the audience into a sense of complacency so it could seize its chance and straight-up murder a woman.

Is it dramatic to think that a Subway sandwich deliberately caused the death of one of society’s most vulnerable, a recovering brain surgery patient? Perhaps. But I think we would all do well to take this for what it is: a warning.

Subway has killed. And it will kill again.

Also this:

I am starting a rumor right now: the kidnapper in “Wanted” is a Subway Veggie Delight footlong.

Snowy, defender of Innocent Sandwiches replies:

Huh? The ajumma didn’t take a bite.
If there’s a lesson to be learned here, it is to eat Subway or else you will die!

To which Miranda has a ready answer:

Nope, it’s like black magic – Subway carries a dark aura. That poor woman’s system was weakened by lack of food and when the sandwich approached, her entire body seized in panic and horror.

…can you imagine someone giving you a Subway sandwich after you hadn’t eaten in days? “Here, I’ve brought you some processed meats between some highly seasoned sponges. Enjoy.” Only an enemy with blackness in their heart would do such a thing. Also, Seo Woo.

 

If you’re tired of Subway PPLs, the Dramabeans Commenting Policy is 100% sandwich-free.

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Lost it at the Subway-sandwiches-in-sword-scabbards comment. I don't think I'll ever be able to watch sageuk the same way again.

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And Poong-yeon using his healing spiritual fire as a toaster!

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New meaning to toasted buns!

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LOL!

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Wheeeee!!!!!

My comments are immortalized in cyberspace!! ?

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I laughed my head off when I saw ZappyR's MotW+Subway reply, someone please send this plot to SNL Korea, I wanna see that sketch soooo bad.

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+100000!

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Oh please don't give any ideas about PPL-filled sageuk to producers out there..
Y'know only sageuk is immune to PPL nowadays.

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Too late! *coughgufamilybookcough*

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Time traveler can perhaps bring Subway into sageuk era...

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Is korean beef (hanwoo) to sageuks what Subway is to modern dramas? I've noticed some strangely extended discussions of how tasty and healthy beef is in Mirror of the Witch. Perhaps too many Koreans are on some goguma/banana/cherry tomatoes diet and not eating enough beef.

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thanks for providing much needed laughter. :) even if it was subway filled, haha. another enlightening discussion is about the CCTV in OT. dramabeans and beanies certainly never fail me.

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Ha ha ha ha ha ! My dear beanies !

You all are the reason why some depressing days can turn around in a instant because you manage to make me laugh out loud that everything seems brighter!!!
Thank you!

From, a long term resident lurker !

PS: And these might soon be my most favorite series of posts in db after the conversational posts of JB and GF !

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The abs in the shower scene were nice, but conversation in the towel afterwards is an ADVENTURE without subs. ?

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You need to watch it subbed....what happens next makes the scene just wow

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THANK YOU for gathering so much Subway commentary. I'm crying from laughing so much! Also, YEAH, I got on the Beans of Wisdom! I feel like I just won something. :-D

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It's 5.30 am here.. And I'm craving for Subway.
Should I go get my own sandwiches?

You beanies never fail to make me laugh! Thanks for Subway-filled wisdom today! :)

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After a few weeks of resistance, I finally succumbed to all the Subway PPL and went out and got one. I felt like such a lemming, haha.

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So many great comments. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Beanies are the are the best.

I missed the whole existential-crisis discussion about the possibility that we may be characters in someone else's story, but I went through a similar crisis myself a few weeks ago-- during the time that I was trying to decipher whether or not all of the OHYA story was real, Elon Musk stated in an interview that he thinks the odds are billions to one that we are not real, and are in someone else's simulation: http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/2/11837874/elon-musk-says-odds-living-in-simulation

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I missed an existential crisis discussion?! Dang!

Mr. Musk is way late to the party... Jonathan Swift beat him to the punch with

The vermin only teaze and pinch
Their foes superior by an inch.
So, naturalists observe, a flea
Has smaller fleas that on him prey;
And these have smaller still to bite 'em,
And so proceed ad infinitum.

-- On Poetry: a Rhapsody (1733)

If it sounds kind of familiar... it spawned a nursery rhyme, Siphonaptera (Fleas), which begins thus:

Big fleas have little fleas,
Upon their backs to bite 'em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas,
and so, ad infinitum.

Now for something even more cosmic...

Mandelbrot Set Zoom
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEw8xpb1aRA

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Let's not overlook NGM current costar OJW:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BHpcEkrjAdI/
It's a little dark but he's serving up some really nice shoulders on a tank top.

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Alessar!! Omg thanks for sharing Again!! ?
This is just one more reason why they need to give us broody shower scenes in BGS! They clearly both have got it, so why not flaunt it? So much brooding between the boys and no shower scenes? It's a crying shame.

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Happy to help!

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Omo...someone call the fire department!!
4:38 min of OJW deliciousness https://youtu.be/hCdVN3KwH2k
(This yt channel is going to be the death of me)

Writer-nim, give us a NGM & OJW broody shower scene!!

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I remember that Yoon Shi Yoon helped to cheer up Yoona in the Prime Minister and I with the ginormous Subway party sandwich. Maybe it'll come back with Hong Joo's black magic.

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I remember that Yoona's character held her politicians wives club luncheon meeting at subway. Lol that was the first time I notice subway being so prominent in a kdrama.

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There was a period a while back when Burger King was popping up all over in dramas. I'm glad that seems to be over.

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Thank you for the honorable mention DB staff! I can now die a happy woman ?

Will never be able to look at a Subway store the same way again after this... Not sure if my friends/husband will think I'm mad if I snort-laugh/grin-like-an-idiot whenever Subway is around.

Have a great weekend folks, and stay out of the rain! ?

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Whenever I see a Subway these days, I think of kdrama, but curiously, I never want to actually go in and get a sandwich.

As for Gong Shim, I was OK with her eating a sub after her appendectomy, but it was really weird seeing Gong Meanie chowing down on one.

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Uhh... subway ppl sure isnt working for me... ite THE sandwich store i avoid the most... beh

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Honestly the reason I bought a Galaxy S4 was PPL in the dramas airing at the time (plus it genuinely had good reviews). Now I'm super-aware of Samsung PPL. Like in Mask they opened up a box that had a tablet with a recorded message from a year earlier but it was actually an a Galaxy Tab S2 which was going to released in a month. And you know on Beautiful Gong Shim when Gong Meanie put Ahn Dan-te's clothes in the wash using a special "add one thing to the wash" panel? Yup. New product. I actually got an email about that very washer the following week. (Since I'm on the Samsung mailing list for having registered products.)

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Seriously, can Subway just get their asses out of my valuable drama time? I dont want to waste my time watching an actor pretend to like Subway when we can have so much other Korean food deliciousness to watch...like garlic jokbal in Beautiful Gong Shim!

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Comments on the last Beans of Wisdom post can make the next Beans of Wisdom?! This is inception greater than the previous comments about commenting on a post about comments.

Also, comments. It just needs to be there one more time.

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The whole Kpop Abs Youtube channel is glorious. I don't even care to explain to my roommate why I've been watching half nekkid guys for half an hour now.

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Wait... There's something like that??

I need to step up my game... Haha
Hope it doesn't have subway ppl since I don't think abs and subway can work that way

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I just checked it out. No Subway ppl, but lots of chocolate ads aimed at women! LOL. They sure know their target audience.

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ooh AAAAADDDDSSSSSS (*read in the screen junkies narrator voice)

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Yeah I echo @Sancheezy! Why is the first time im hearing about this??
Thank you @Chiisan for sharing! ?

So many lovely things shared by Beanies today!

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Now if we all could be drops of water in that scene...?

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Just invite your roommate to watch with you! The more the merrier.

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Went to youtube, watched, bookmarked, rewatched, rewatch... ???

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the what what??? ???
It even has a whole On Joo Hwan video for Alessar and all us BGS fans. Michykdrama, you are so right - both those guys + all that angst and no broody shower scenes, what a waste!

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Oh lord this was hilarious. I want this subtitled though!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCdVN3KwH2k

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Reading the W worldception make me think of dramaworld I want to be...
But I don't think that's really needed since it's not gonna have much different if I am not the lead... Maybe I am just that role that appear as the tourist looking for direction in the city or random role that compliment how the lead looked like a good match.

Since that's the case, I prefer a drama starred Lee Sang Woo or Lee Jun KI or song jong ki..
At least I can see them in that world

Ps: being kdrama lead need much problem and you have to be aware at all time, all people either loved you or secretly want to murder you..(lol)

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Hahaha...
Kwkkkkwk...
Lol

So much funy stuff in this post..

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thing is, for once blatant product placement actually worked on me. i saw so many subway sandwiches that for the first time in over 6 years i went and got subway—twice! i don't know if their target were actual south korea citizens or the global market, but it sure worked on me.

the subway ppl is more amusing than annoying for me. i'm much more annoyed by cosmetic/clothing ppl. like when a guy randomly drags a girl to a department store to buy her a whole new outfit cause she got wet in her rain, or a girl whips out a compact and begins touching up her makeup in public. in a private area, yes. but you should not be fixing your foundation in the middle of the street or shopping area!

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Wow that Namgoong Min shower scene is such a treat. But were they trying to compare who's taller in the room...? Lol!

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Yep. That's why it was brought up in the previous beans of wisdom. :) Some beanies were trying to guess NGM's height and someone else mentioned that scene in My Secret Hotel to estimate NGM's actual height.

Jin Yi-han was jealous of NGM's abs so he just bragged about his height instead. :D

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Ha! That's so cute! Both of them are so hot.

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Speaking about Subway PPL, I remember how the Signal director seemed to have given up entirely on trying to make the PPL subtle and instead made it as obvious as possible eg Soo-hyun's mom serving Hae-young a fully wrapped subway sandwich at home lol.

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And that one scene where Hae-young leaves home and walks into Subway, orders a sandwich, then next scene he's at work working. No mention of the sandwich he bought after. :D

They didn't bother making an excuse for the Subway scene at all. Hahahaha

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Seriously that was the best Subway PPL ever coz it was so obvious that PD Kim Won-suk was giving them the finger. Lol Can we have a best Subway PPL category for the Beanie awards? XD

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This must happen.

It must.

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More subtle ways to Subwayise your fav dramas:

Replace all the wallpaper in the indoor scenes with Subway wrappers

Have the hero chomp on a soggy subway sandwich broodily as he showers.

Have the broody hero rinse his mouth angrily and spit out bits and pieces of tuna (or roast beef or turkey). Make sure the camera pans in on his spit in dramatic closeups.

Have the characters yell cheerily, "I'm feeling like an Italian BMT!" when happy, or gasp in shock, "Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki!", and in moments of deep hurt, sob, "Your words are cruel...I'm feeling like a Cold Cut Combo right now..."

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YOUR COMMENT IS 100% dramaworthy. Could you imagine it? I'm laughing my ass of at work and all my co-workers are staring at me as if I've lost the plot. This

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Is the Subway advertising getting to us all, ZappyR? I also got a Subway sandwich THE DAY AFTER watching Doctors Ep6 and Gong Shim in the hospital and Gong Shim's sister actually in Subway. The marketing team has slowly crept up to us.... but that sweet onion chicken teriyaki was still hella good.

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No! Don't! Now I want one! We're all secretly becoming minions in their grand design--get the beanies obsessed, and it'll be the best marketing in years!

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I wonder if Subway has their own ppl, i.e. HD screen tvs plastered to the wall airing Subway cuts from dramas

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They should capitalize on that, tbh. Like just turn every Subway in KR to a tourist spot for drama fans. XD Name a couple of subs after the good ones.

But then would they have to pay the dramas back for rights to put drama clips/cutouts in their store?

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That's a good idea, mary. They could have Subway sandwiches walking about and mingling with the tourists, you know, like Disneyland. People could take pics with their favourite sandwich. Heck, have the toppings join in the parade too....how fun would it be to take a selfie with a giant sized pickle? Or a hot green bell pepper? And don't even get me started on the mayo...

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Pwahahahaha...omg, subway should just hire beanies for their PR team.

I wonder if the Subway shop in DOTS has become a tourist attraction. They'd be stupid not to capitalize on it, like this is the chair SJK sat on, this is the napkin he used displayed in a glass cabinet etc. ^o^

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Lol at the subway jokes.
I just hope subway is paying enough for all the global eyeballs they are reaching. Maybe soon, they will feature a chaebol who runs the subway chain

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Flower Boys Subway Shop ???

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LOL!!! :D

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In a twist, the franchise sponsor is JimmyJohns.

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Freaky fast! Lolololol!

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Yeah, the drama would be called "Footlonging for You". The plot is simply, this Subway heir who turns up with a footlong subway sandwich every time the girl's in trouble, see. When she collapses, feverish, on the sofa, he'll whip out The Sandwich, adroitly pick out the green cucumber slices and place them neatly in a semicircle across her burning forehead. If that doesn't work, he'll dip the whole sandwich in a basin of water and place it gently it across her forehead. And when she gets nosebleeds from pumping gas, he'll appear with (yet another) sandwich, break off the ends, and shove them expertly into both her nostrils to staunch the nosebleeds.

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And the wrist-grab will make way for the new and very progressive 'reverse sub-grab' whereby the heroine lovingly but daringly draws the hero into a kiss by grabbing hold of his six inch. Omo, Subway you byeon-tae

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OMG LOLOL

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lmaoooo Footlonging For You (and I haven't yet finished choking on my own laughter over the six-inch lol)

This comment chain needs to go in next week's Beans of Wisdom, and NOW.

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oooomg Beans of Wisdom Hall of Fame ?

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NGM's height and the obsession of Subway with k dramas. 2 very interesting topics. NGM is not tall - sources say he is 1.78 but he looks more like 1.75. Just compare him with Minah. He does not exactly tower over her 1.64m frame , does he? Seok Joon is taller - at 1.8m.

And altho I must say that NGM is trying very hard at comedy - he still comes across as cheesy at best and creepy at worse. sigh. He's great at physical comedy tho'. lol at Ep 18 when gong shim flung him to the ground when daddy chanced upon the love birds.

It seems that he was not classically trained in acting. He actually got a mechanical engineering degree and later decided to try his hand at acting. Probably explains his technical delivery and studied gestures? :P can't complain about his abs and pecs tho!

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Omg! Please write whole script and I'm gonna go find a producer. Anthony, where are you?!

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YY -this is priceless!! (wiping tears of laughter away) - thanks for making my Monday!

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that looooong subway ppl joke!! I swear where the hell did subway gets so much money to ppl almost every currently airing drama. And also I'm not sure but why do poor girls in dramas always wear doc marts???? Like they always make Hwang Jung Eum so poor that she got no money for anything at all but she always gets doc marts? like hello you're poor but you're buy a pair of shoes cost more than 100 bucks? And Gong shim too. I don't geddit. is doc marts cheaper in Korea?

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Omg i'm on the article!!!! Of course i had to share. Sharing is love ?

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The title of this post had me smiling; the selected posts made chuckle; now the posts have me cracking up!

I will now go get my car jumped and head for Subway and buy a tuna special which could kill me if not toasted in holy flames.

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Re PPL: So does this mean all the toilet paper I saw in The Time I Loved You was PPL? That would explain a lot! Re Subway: Only noticed it in Big Man when the second half of the series the sister got a job at Subway and it occurred to me finally that was her only reason for being. I don't mind subtle ppl but when it's a whole secondary storyline, not so much.

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I know rt? subway must really love k dramas? or is it the other way round? Dots, Beautiful gong shim (how cheap can the chaebol heir of STAR group be when he takes his legal topdog to subway for lunch? gong shim is the smarter sister - go for the rooftop secret heir of STAR GROUP, ditch the puppy dog mummy's boy cheapskate cousin heir! ) .

anyway, beans of wisdom - BOW ! (wow!) lol is hilarious ! - love reading this.

"second lead syndrome, third lead syndrome, fourth lead syndrome .... - one is never enough !

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Imagine of Hong Joo’s black magic suddenly conjured a Subway tuna sandwich? And Poong Yeon reheats it with his fire power? And they use Yo Gwang gigantic sword to cut it in half to give to Jun and Yeon Hui?

I’ll probably stop watching kdramas for a while.

THIS IS GOLD! I'm still laughing! I feel like I'll always remember this when watching MotW.

The other week, my family was just freaking lazy to make meals so we had Subway for I think 4 days (alternate days). I'm so sick of it now.

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the hottest new star in K dramas - the Subway (no, no, not the trains!)

1. .... Ahn Dan Tae hides a ring in a foot long (ok ok 6 inch - in view of his lack of height :P) Subway Melt he buys for gong shim and eggs her on to eat it ... with his characteristic wink wink .. she bites into it innocently and chips her veneers... the date steadily slides into a disaster as he has to piggback her out of subway and run to the hospital - all the while screaming like a mad man " gong shim si! gong shim si! (blood curdling howls....)"

2. park shin hye runs into more thugs in subway and has to execute her gong fu skills with a foot long subway bat - the thugs get a fistful of turkey ham in their face and egg mayo stains on their Armani suits. (Cue the Bruce Lee HEee-yah! howls ). Final scene - the thugs are trapped under a mountain of subway stools and rendered mute by freshly baked parmesan and Italian rolls stuffed as gags in their mouths.

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Rain Fever is real people!!!
I have had two kdrama tropes happen to me in real life(and no, one if them wasn't having a romantic conversation over a Subway footlong): getting lost on a Korean mountain and having a legitimate fever after having been drenched.
For a long time my favorite bit of kdrama absurdity has been the apparent health hazards of getting wet in Korea. I loved to giggle every time a moist heroine falls down in a swoon, but then... it happened to me.
I was at a camp and a sudden crazy downpour soaked me to the bone while running kids out to cars. Then we were shuffled inside in air conditioned room, where I got thoroughly chilled but not dry. I couldn't change and stayed pretty wet all day. That night I didn't feel great. I checked, and to my great surprise, I actually had a fever! That was it though--no delirium or passing out at the feet of my one true love. I still felt like a Kdrama Candy though. It was a good excuse to stay in bed and watch dramas all day the next day.

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Has anyone eaten at an actual SUBWAY in S.Korea? Are they made and taste exactly the way they are made and taste (barely edible w/dubious flavor) in the U.S.?

American restaurants have a tendency to "bastardize" original ethnic dishes to be seemingly more be, perceived, as palatable to American taste buds.

I find it hard to believe they are as popular over there as they've made themselves to be in the U.S. w/out having been adapted, somehow, to Korean taste buds?

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You know Subway PPL has reached a new level of notoriety when they make a reference to it in the Muppets Movie.

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