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Open Thread #495

Happy Friday everyone!

Here is your Open Thread, which is here for you to chat about anything you want, whether it be drama-related or not. Nothing’s off-topic here! Spoilers may be rife, so proceed accordingly.

 
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Happy Easter weekend everybody!!

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Happy Easter!

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OT week 10! Or is it week 1 on the new Dramabeans? (Apologies now for the long post and possibly no line breaks ahead!) Another busy week for everyone, it seems, especially @javabeans, @girlfriday, @mary, etc, etc, etc. Thank you for working so hard! But why did you have to roll out the new site the same week I started my blog???

Oh well, sleep continues to be overrated.

Speaking of, the new blog is up at https://freethekimchi.wordpress.com/ and also will be on freethekimchi.com eventually, when we figure out how to map it there. I can’t believe the domain wasn’t taken!

It’s been Goblin all week this week, but when has it not been about Goblin in the last 10 weeks with me? Honestly, I can’t wait for Man to Man and Circle, and even more excited Man to Man is on Netflix! I hope they sub it well, because if not, I may have to write some nasty letters. I saw that there is a classified for subbers from Netflix, LOL.

Anywho, my first meeting of Goblin/Kdramas was last Saturday, so while Dramabeans was working on the new site, I was hosting 10 or so people at my house for an afternoon of Galbi, Goblin, and Gong Yoo, not necessarily in that order. How happy was I? Rolling with a bed full of puppies happy! These are Kdrama newbies, even greener than I, so I wasn’t sure how they would react. Many of them hadn’t ever watched anything in another language. But it wasn’t long until they understood my fascination, nay, OBSESSION, with this genre of entertainment. Although I was just going to screen the first episode, we ended up starting half of the second until real life interfered. (But dressing up, going to a fundraising dinner, taking inappropriate pictures with my husband in a photo booth, winning $100.00 worth of dry cleaning in a raffle after cleaning up at a black jack table was pretty fun too.)

So next month, we’ll continue the series, and if I play my cards right, I’ll be sharing Goblin with my best friends until the end of the year, which is just fine by me!

So my husband said this to me this week while wearing his one-size-too-small Snoopy (the dog, not the rapper) t-shirt:

Husband: *proudly* Look at my pecs in this shirt!

Me: *looking at his chest, trying to hide my smirk*
Yes, honey, they look as almost as good as Gong Yoo’s. *wink*

Husband: *looking at me flabbergasted because I hadn’t mentioned Gong Yoo in about 2 weeks*

Husband: *trying to think of a come-back*

Husband: *still can’t think of one*

Husband: *sighing* You’re right, they’re not as good as Gong Yoo’s. But how about these guns? *flexes biceps*

Me: *hysterically laughing, hyperventilating, looking for a paper bag to breathe into*

Me: I *pant, pant, breathe* LOVE *pant, pant, breathe* YOU, HONEY! *Gives husband big hug*

Me: Are you crying? I thought you were being ironic!

Husband: No *sniff, sniff*

Moral of the story: For future reference, jokes about my husband’s body are off limits.

Second...

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...continued...moral: But, seriously, Gong Yoo’s pecs (a la “The Suspect”) are no joke either.
Third moral: I’m a terrible wife, who laughs at the expense of her husband.

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Oh, ally! How I wish your part of middle America was anywhere near St Louis so I invite myself to dinner. I can NOT believe 'free the kimchi' was available, that is just - well, meant to be, I guess! I like your new blog, best of luck with the Gospel of KDrama ??

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As far as where "middle America" is, as the saying goes: I'd tell you but then I'd have the kill you ?. Aside from this, we are intensely private people and my husband would probably never talk to me again if he knew I was sharing all these stories with complete strangers! But they are complete gold and someone besides me should enjoy these, even if just for a little while.

And, thank the dramabeans' gods for line breaks! *bowing lowly*

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? consider me dead! ?

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First open thread since the launch of the new and improved Dramabeans! Congratulations and thanks again to JB, GF, Heads, mary, and all the wonderful people who keep Dramabeans running.

Happy easter, everyone!

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Happy Easter to you and to all my Wondrous Beans!

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Heehee I sarang you, chingus <3

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Hello beanies!

To all those people who recommended Chief Kim, THANK YOU! I'm loving it and Namgoong Min is perfect for this role! Surprised at Junho's improvement in the acting department too.

Still waiting for Chicago Typewriter's next episode. And sad that SWDBS is ending this week. It'll be difficult to say goodbye to our OTP.

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I'm facing the same thing too!! I'm also watching Whisper to carry be over right now ?

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The comments Min made were pretty complimentary to him. It seems like Junho really worked hard and took advantage of a great cast and crew to improve.

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The goodwill and enthusiasm of the beanies encouraged me to continue with Chief Kim as well :P Namgoong Min is on a role ?

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Happy Easter Everyone!!

I am at that week in drama land where :
- one of my favourite dramas is ending this week (SWDBS) and I'm panicking about what to watch next, and
- my other drama that I'm watching (TLAHL) has hit the mid-drama frustrating section - I can see the noble-idiocy-forced-separation-misunderstanding coming at me like a truck of doom.

What to do what to do? #firstworlddramaproblem

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Can't we create a ban for noble idiocy ? Like too much is not good for our heart and mental health.

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Well, I don't see it as Noble Idiocy, but a necessary step in order to make our characters grow. Han Gyul needs that time to figure himself out, so even though I'm not big on the angst, I do see the point of it. But that's just me. :) I love this drama tho. :D

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hi limechilli.. Chicago Typewriter just started.. and its a gonna be a good watch i think.. you may lean onto that drama! :)

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Thanks so much for the recommendation. I have been eyeing that one as a bit of an unknown but sounds like I need to start it!

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Haha, I literally just marathoned the show because everyone's been saying how sweet it is. It actually surpassed my expectations for it, but I did face-palm when I realised what I came just in time for, lol. Still, this show is called The Liar and his Lover so I'm hoping this will be a point when So-rim will have to look past his noble idiocy and believe in the feelings beneath. I don't mind them taking time to focus on her debut either.

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Haha I am totally with you about the growth. I think the bit I hate is that the characters never ever talk about stuff with their significant other. It's always doing what they think is the best for everyone without any clear idea of what the other person wants. I guess that makes it "noble idiocy!"

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I got ever so frustrated with TLAHL that I'm in a hiatus at the moment. So then in two weeks I can bingewatch and get over the mid-drama slump :) That's not my usual MO but as I'm a newish K-Drama convert, I have MANY MANY series to occupy my time with :)

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Hi Beanies ! Did you all spend a good week ?

Mine was just : Period exams + upcoming dramas + currently watching dramas = mental breakdown ! And I will travel to Germany to take summer courses for a month. Seriously, I don't know if I will have time to watch dramas. The positive point is I won't have to torture myself waiting for new episodes. I'm waiting for Ruler – Master of the Mask and Man to Man.

This week I began watching Chicago Typewriter and Mystery Queen. I totally love Yoo Ah In look in the 1930s ! I like Choi Kang Hee ahjumma character, she reminds me a bit of Miss Marple.

This year in addition to Gil Ra Im and Shi Won, we can add new fangirls in dramaland : So Rim (The Liar and His Lover), Jeon Seol (Chicago Typewriter) and soon-to-be on screen Cha Do Ha (Man to Man) ! I relate sometimes to their reactions to their favorite group/singer/writer haha.
Do you other dramas with fangirls or fanboys as main character ?

There is a KBS Drama Special I recently watched : The Legendary Lackey. I remember seeing the main actor somewhere but I don't remember where. I liked the friendship and the quirky tone. I wish School 2017 will be more like this with a female centric friendship. I want more of female friends in dramas.

I'm looking forward to Son Ye Jin new film and hope Ha Ji Won and Song Hyekyo will choose a project this year. It will make me happy having my favorite actresses on screen this year.

Flower released Moon Jellyfish and I'm in love with this song and the choreo. I'm not a rhard core fan of them but I appreciate their songs. Dreamcatcher caught my eyes with their Jrock sound mixed with Kpop elements. That's a group I will follow more in the future.

Happy Friday and don't eat too much chocolate !

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The Legendary Lackey (aka The Legendary Shuttle?) lead has played the king in Mirror of the Witch, and I remember him well as the bad seed turned good from School 2013. I know he's been in other things, and I want to say his name is Lee Ji-hoon. Hang on, gonna do some fact-checking... Yup, born in 1988, not the one born in the 1970s, like me.

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Oh that's where I saw him thank you !

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Period exams + upcoming dramas + currently watching dramas = mental breakdown !
Sounds like my week, preparing for my final exams in university!
And yes really excited for Ruler - Master of the Mask and Man to Man and Suspicious Partner (after seeing Ji Chang Wook in that pink bowtie :P)

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Oh I forgot Suspicious Partner ! The promotion is surprisingly cute. Nam Ji Hyun and Ji Changwook are adorable.

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Lee Jihoon was also in Legend of the Blue Sea as the step-brother

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This website is the mother of all websites. #moaw

Great job!!

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Yay, Surplus Princess!

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My favorite mermaid! ? And her obsession with apple butt isn't bad either. ?

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I liked the scenes with the Terminator music.

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Am I the only person who refused to watch the last episode so I could pretend it ended the way I wanted it to?

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Who else is in love with The Liar and his Lover? #JoyxHyunWoo <3

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I tried but I cannot warm up to the characters. I saw the Japanese original which I really liked.

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Aw, that's sad. :( I really love it though. I like how goofy and dorky they all are.

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hi zgs! i love it too! joy and hyunwoo is just soooo
cute! :) plus the show isn't shy on adding the realism about the dating world. like the shoulder rest scene and tie her shoelaces scene. ^^

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YES!! They are so sweet together! I was watching some behind the scenes clips and Hyun Woo keeps laughing because Joy is so cute and augh, just SO MANY FEELS! <3

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plus it's the plot is working around music and how hyun woo works with it.. I love music too just like soo rim and han gyeol.. :)

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Yes and their relationship is just so CUTE! They're both so pure! <3 :D Just love this drama to bits!

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Will try to give it another go.

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I am. It's the only drama I'm watching currently.
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It's adorable, cute, and about​ to be full of angst. Characters are flawed and real. Supporting characters have depth as well.
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#crudeplayalltheway

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Yes, the supporting characters are the meat of this show. They are so real and 3 dimensional. I especially love the crude play boys and yoona! <3

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I'm loving how the story with both the Crude Play boys and Yoona is given so much depth. I feel for all their situations. In fact, I'm enjoying it so much that it's kind of disappointing when they rely on petty (romantic) jealousy to drive Yoona or Chan-young, because they have so much more going for them as characters. I find their conflicts within the music industry very compelling.

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I love it so much, I die every time Joy and Hyun-woo are on-screen together. I think this character is super easy for Joy to play because she doesn't have to do much acting as So-rim. Of course, there are moments when you notice her inadequacies, like she can't really emote with her eyes but I still love her to death in this role. I hope, however, that this will be the first and last role she plays until she takes proper acting lessons. I love Lee Hyun-woo as Kang Han-gyul so damn much. At first, I was worried his character would be a broody musician type but he's really just a normal guy who's a tax obsessed with his music being perfect. Most importantly, he's playing an age appropriate character. I cannot tell you how happy that makes me.

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Happy Easter. Unfortunately this is the last week of SWDBS ;(
Have to come to terms with the end of this awesome drama and say goodbye to Min Min and Bong Bong.
Need to get my hands on the dvd when it comes out.

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Happy Easter weekend!

Should i watch whisper? I was hoping for a 'i hear your voice' kind of show, but this seems much darker.

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It isn't really 'I hear your voice' - For this drama the two protagonists are like anti-heroes? So while we want to root for them sometimes it's a little difficult to because of all their actions and portrayal of human nature etc. But I also think that this is the beauty of the writing - in the creation of truly complex characters!

Also the romance between the two protagonists of this drama is virtually non-existent (hints but definitely hasn't happened yet).

Sill, I think Whisper is quite gripping and exciting with all the politics and betrayal - a good replacement for the Defendant!

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I tried to watch a bit of "Whisper", and I couldn't get past the first two eps. I found it too over-the-top/makjang/ridiculous. Also it is in no way similar to "I Hear Your Voice". I'm trying to think of a show that is similar to it, but I can't seem to come up with any. This shows you that "I Hear Your Voice" is unique. Oh you can try "Pinocchio" by this same writer, but this time it is about reporters instead of lawyers, but it also has romance and that idealistic bend on how the conflict is resolved/dealt-with.

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Hey everyone! I haven't posted in OT for a while.

I'm in a bit of a drama slump... a big one, actually. I'm currently abroad and won't be back in the USA for about a month, so my ability to legally access dramas is surprisingly limited because the selection on Viki and DF here in Spain is pitiful compared to the USA. And the ones I CAN watch haven't kept my interest.

I eventually dropped Strong Woman Do Bong-soon. It was cute at times but I got 10 episodes in and realized I just wasn't jumping for the next episode. I've recently come to the realization that I ain't got time for something that isn't keeping my attention, so I've been dropping more and more dramas. It's a freeing feeling, haha.

I am watching ONE drama, though. An old one.

Wish Upon a Star (5/20): I actually didn't like the first episode much, but pushed on to episode 2 just to give it a fair chance. So glad I did! I'm surprised by how much I like this. Forced cohabitation dramas are a dime a dozen, but the fact that she has to take care of her 5 siblings (and hide them) gives this more weight. The kids are super cute and I'm really enjoying it! The romance really isn't there yet, though. Like, at all. It's almost non-existent.

So yeah, it's fun so far. Except for the melodramatic chaebol family bit. I hate that part. A lot.

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I loved the kids! I want to watch right just see Parang. And there will be plenty of romance in the love triangle that's coming. Palgang was frustrating in the first episode but it made her growth in the drama al the more impressive.

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Oh, I agree. Pal-gang was soooo incredibly selfish in episode 1 and that's a big part of what turned me off (along with the fact that I actually laughed at some of the melodramatic scenes... haha). Then all of the emotion of episode 2 sucked me right in. I can't imagine having so much responsibility thrust upon my shoulders so suddenly. Granted, she should have been more responsible from the get-go, but as you said, this is what makes her growth so much more sweet. Looking forward to the romance!

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If you're only away for a month. Try any VPN service that gives you a 30 day free trial period. (I use ExpressVPN) VPN to USA server and voila Viki and DramaFever works again.

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Oh, I've actually been here since January. I tried the whole VPN thing at first but just couldn't be bothered, honestly, lol. I think I would definitely have used a VPN if I couldn't access any dramas at all, but since I can get some I've just been dealing with the restrictions.

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Wish upon a star is one of my all time favorite dramas. It has so many flaws (the romance development being one of htem) and yet I cannot help but love it. The kids/siblings and their relationship, pluss the main heroine's growth really is the main drive force for me in it though. I love the scene where she makes a desition and cuts her hair.

(and everyone hate the melodramtic chaebol family bit ;) And the second female lead... ^^)

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Yep, I honestly think the sibling relationship is strong enough to stand on its own and they don't need any of the other unnecessary plot points... but oh well. :) And glad to know I'm not alone!

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Oh I agree. In a way that's one of the biggest differenve between k- and jdramas: the need to ALWAYS have romance in the picture. Somewhere. I think the drama could have been stronger if the focus had been on the siblings. Or even just letting the romance come about because of her change and her determination for her siblings and not the way it did.

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I have some phases as well where I drop a lot of dramas and then after a while I am back in super drama mode and all is good again. ahahah.

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@mindy:

I am watching ONE drama, though. An old one. Wish Upon a Star (5/20): I actually didn't like the first episode much, but pushed on to episode 2 just to give it a fair chance. So glad I did! I'm surprised by how much I like this...

Like you, I've been watching vintage Kdramas (and movies) and have been enjoying them a lot. Back in November, I watched STARS FALLING FROM THE SKY (alternate title) at KissAsian, which offers subtitles by the incomparable Written In The Heavens Subbing Squad. It's a good show, with many heartwarming scenes. A nice family drama wrapped in an office romance and bundled with chaebol scheming and mayhem. It was so good I marathoned it in two days.

Shin Dong-wook was my main reason for tuning in. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool SOUL MATE fan, and am eagerly awaiting his return to acting in LOOKOUT.

Thanks to DramaWiki, I learned that each of the Jin kids is named for a color. Now Pal-Kang's fiery temperament makes sense: her name is "Red"! The eldest? boy is played by Park Ji Bin as Jin Joo Hwang "Orange". Kim Yoo-Ri of KPOP group Girl Story plays 2nd daughter Jin No Rang "Yellow." Joo Ji Won as daughter #3?, Jin Cho Rok, "Green". Chun Bo Geun as son #2 Jin Pa Rang, "Blue". Infant son Nam Bit, "Indigo."

While half-brothers Kang-Ha (Kim Ji-Hoon) and Ju-Ha (Shin Dong-Won) -- and their Korean-American nephew, Tae-kyu (Lee Kyeon), who is a supermarket heir and supposedly studying -- took turns vying for the affection of insurance saleslady Pal-Kang, they were always good sports and cared deeply for each other.

Actually, the chemistry between the whole cast was cute. The kids and their pseudo-uncles and cousin were heartwarming, humorous, touching, and down to earth in innumerable little ways. Shin Dong-Wook was his usual charming self. I really liked the way the relationship between him and his half-brother was portrayed. He and Kim Ji-Hoon were handsome as heck, with good rom-com timing.

Well worth the watch. The child actors who played the five younger siblings were ueber-cute and did a great job, especially the younger girl and boy (Green and Blue, respectively). Orange, the eldest boy, was a very responsible kid. I really liked how he rode herd on the younger kids. -- And I loved their late parents to bits. Grandpa (Lee Soon-Jae) and the elder cleaning lady (the late Kim Ji-Young) at work were also great. I've seen him in other shows, and love his voice.

Since you like this Kdrama, you might want to check out another vintage one: BAD FAMILY / FAKE FAMILY SERVICE. The title is a bit strange, but it is another heartwarming family show about families of choice.

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Happy Friday beanies.

How's everyone doing with the new DB? I'm loving it! All the new features are great, the DB team did such an awesome job, congrats!

I'm planning to go to Italy later this year with my friend, thinking August or October, which is better? I heard Italy is hot in August and crowded too especially Venice, and Venice is definitely on our list. Our country is hot, really hot like we don't even feel our winters, it's summer almost all the time so we don't want to go and feel no difference (weather wise). We're thinking Milan, Como, Venice and Cisily, we only have those two months as options, we'll be pretty busy the rest of the year, so when should we go?

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azzo -

Your trip sounds fun! I have a friend who went last year with family in August. They said that August was unbearably hot. I've also heard that many places are closed in August because that's the month Italian citizens go on holiday/vacation. But I'm sure every month in Italy has it's charm!

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Our friend went there last year too and when asked she said it was pretty hot but the pics looked so beautiful. The thing is my birthday is in August and I wanted to celebrate it in Italy I guess I'll do that at home this year!

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buongiornio, azzo! LOL. Wow, this week's OT has lots of travelers. Given the choice, I'd pick October for Italy for weather and for smaller crowds. I hate being hot when traveling and would much rather require a light sweater! It will still be quite warm in Sicily and have nice/autumn colors in Milan and Como. Have you already visited Rome and Florence? It would be hard to visit Italy and sacrifice seeing them! The summer crowds in Florence are very bad, like in Venice. Have a great time, buon viaggio!

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Bounasera, bbstl! If that's even right and it's evening in this part of the world! It seems like we're going to go in October because we love autumn colors. We're still thinking of places to visit in Italy depending on how long we're going to stay, so far the plan is for 15 days but we might change it to 20 because there is so much pretty! Thank you!

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Va bene, azzo, October is the better choice. Venice and Florence will be packed almost all year round, you just have to expect it. They're ancient cities with narrow streets and they fill up fast! If you can do 20 days, more time in Italy is allllways better than less time. MMmmm! And as korfan points out, you have a better chance of meeting Italians in October than in August when they're all on their own vacations in Greece or Sweden or, I dunno, the Grand Canyon ? I haven't even been there in August but central Italy was beastly in early July (and I'm from a hot, humid place), so: October, all the way. Buona Sera!

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@azzo My family will be going to Italy in 4 weeks! It's our first time and will be in Venice for 3 days. I would echo the sentiment that August would be too hot and muggy, if travel blogs can be trusted. I'm excited for you and for myself too!

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It's our first time too, we've been planning for this trip for almost 10 years, we're very excited! if you find must-visit places in Venice let me know. Enjoy you trip, Ally!

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I know Venice a bit. August in Venice is horrid. Sometimes the canals smell and nowadays too many tourists everywhere. Huge cruise ships sometimes overshadow the shoreline of Castello area( east of St. Mark's Square). Once those tourists got off, touristy areas were packed like sardine. October was better but it was more than twenty years ago. I was in Florence in mid October three years ago and the place was filled with tourists. I personally think Como is overrated and like Lugano, Ascona and Locarno in Switzerland. Milanese prefer to go Italian Switzerland for more polished /clean atmosphere. Sicily is lovely but it is rather a big island and again it is far better going there in October cause Sicily in August is hot( but usually very dry) They got some great Greek sites and foods are great.
Usually restaurants quality in August in Italy go down cause chefs tend not to work during mid August. In Oct and Nov, there are some wonderful seasonal foods available in Italy!
Enjoy Italy!

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Thank you for all the info, definitely keeping that in mind.

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Italian beany here! Hello! August is a no go time for Venice. It is too hot and the insects will eat you alive! October is much better. Maybe a bit more crowded than August but you will be able to breath. Plus mid August is Ferragosto (Italian holiday) and for at least 2 weeks lots of shops etc are closed since most of the country is on holiday. Milan is ok but it is not the prettiest city: city centre part with Duomo and Via Montenapoleone with all the boutiques is ok but compared to Florence you will see the difference. It is an industrial city. Como (Lake and city) is lovely and not too far from Milan. Sicily will be still nice and warm in October...you will see people still on the beach and swimming in the sea!

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Hello, tesshan! Nice to hear from an Italian beanie! October does seem like the better choice. We'll be starting our trip from Milan but maybe only stay there for 2 days, I feel like we have to add Florence in our plan now and Rome too. Como is lovely and looks so picturesque. I can't wait to see all of those places, thank you.

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Hooray, a real Beanie Italiano! I wasn't going to say Milan is dull but since you did I will pile on. Two days will be enough, but you cannot miss Florence, it's glorious even when overcrowded. Just keep hydrated, well fed and be sure your shoes are comfy! I find a small aperitif or vino during the day makes my foot and back pain much less, btw ?

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Thank you for the advice, bbstl. We're definitely adding Florence in our list of places to visit. Aaagh, I can't wait, getting too excited!

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If you're doing Florence, stop by Siena as well, it's a lovely city and doable as a day trip. Rome is great, as is Naples.

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@junny Siena is pretty, there are just so many pretty places, we're still arguing over what to add on our list!

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True! Keep hydrated and go for an aperitivo in the evening (cheaper than dinner but just as tasty). I would add Bologna as well (I went to uni there) and it is the best place for food. Most Italian dishes people love around the world come from that city/region.

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friends of mine did italy last fall and liked Cinque Terre very much...

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Venice is crowded all the time. The center, that is. But Venice is a lot bigger than that tourist center. there are quieter places if you know where to look

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Thank you so much, you guys.
@tesshan @spazmo @redfox

We're still making THE PLAN, there are just so many pretty places and we want to visit as many as possible and get the best out of each place but sadly we only have 15-20 days, we're so torn!

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Good morning!

I am so bothered by the deer in Chicago Typewriter with chains around their necks. Then they are let loose and cause Se Joo to plunge over the cliff – what? I think there is a kdrama deer theme going on with the white deer head over Min Hyuk’s bed (SWDBS), too. Has anyone spotted other deer wandering around out there in kdramaland?

*spoiler* Kpop Star season 6 winner Boyfriend – they deserved it, both are very talented. I’m guessing they’ll go with YG. I didn’t think this season was as exciting as the previous ones, though.

Also watching Strong Woman (ep 14 *sigh* *♥flutter* and Liar Lover.

*spoiler* My Father is Strange ep 12 ending with Yoo Joo and Mi Young meeting face-toface – whoa! Poor, poor Mi Young. Love Lee Joon’s acting (how cute was his little victory dance when he got the part). The Byun family is amazingly on each other’s sides and I absolutely love that. Look how fast Dad came around with Jun Young, like he was in hot water for 24 hours if that. There are 50 episodes total and I am recapping every last one of them. Check it out at http://www.cimiart.wordpress.com

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Oh, in Secret Garden Kim Joo Won was given a herd of deer as a gift from someone who hoped to become his father-in-law. Typically, rude KJW sent it back. Seriously, who's gives a herd of deer? ?

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All this talk about deer has me wondering if the three at my back fence finished the corn I gave them as a snack. Off to check!

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Deer, so random. I don't get it. :)

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There was a deer in the first episode of Mask, giving the official definitive accept-no-imitations "Deer in the Headlights" look.

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Ha! Yup! There sure was. ...... But if I remember correctly, the deer actually showed more movement than some of the actors we sometimes see. In Mask, as the vehicle was speeding down that road, the deer actually got out of the way.

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I noticed MH framed in shots by the (fake, decorative) deer antlers in his office and in his bedroom in the last couple of episodes and laughed, thinking of this thread.

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The deer deco is very fashionable at the moment. Lots of home decor websites have them. Sow lots here in the UK...no idea why so I guess kdrama decorators just follow suite and place them here and there.

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For I think the first time this week, I actually got close to 8 hours of sleep last night! I blame real life, since that really is the culprit this time I and not dramas. I definitely prefer losing sleep to dramas. But the worst of it is past and I can relax! Also, Happy Easter! Or rather, I wish you all a good Easter. ^^

I don't know that spaces work yet, so I'll just use numbers: 1) Mystery Queen: Oh my goodness this show is just so quirky! I love it, and I've stayed for the last two weeks, so I think I'm all aboard.

2) Liar and His Lover: If this were any other drama, I would say we were headed into the major angst zone. And I would be bracing myself for the next four episodes, since I have the hardest time with angst. However Liar and His Lover has kept a quick pace for everything else so far, and I have hope. Especially since they've managed to offset the angst with cute scenes to this point. Plus, I still need my kiss! Will I never get my kiss?! I need something to get me through the hard times! (resists asking @michykdrama to maybe make a gif or two of the phonebooth, or elevator or bus scene)

3) Running Man: It started with a school project (we had to compare versions of an Asian variety tv show, list the differences and why those might arise, and now we're recreating them). But then I got smart and just googled: LJS Running man, FT Island Running Man, and JCW Running man. ^^ So now I have a queue.

4) SWDBS: Looking forward to the finale!

5) Tunnel I absolutely love this show. I will be heartbroken if he's not reunited with Yeon-Sook at the end!

Aaaand I think that's it! So much, I know, I'm surprised at myself when life has been so crazy. And It's not slowing down, either! I have to run to a Real-Life appt now, and then off for a busy day. But I wanted to stop by DB first and say good morning!

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cozybook sunbaenim! hehehello! i just want to ask from you, is mystery queen really a good watch? i started episode 1 and i haven't added anything to it (blame also my real life situations). but i find it also somehow cute. any advice?

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I've caught both weeks now, and while it takes a bit of suspension of disbelief, I've really enjoyed it. ^^ Sherlock Holmsian setups are admittedly one of my favorites, but I think it's really our Ajhumma detective as the Sherlock that I'm loving the most. I'd give it another episode and see if it matches your tastes. I hope your real life is getting less hectic too!

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thanks for the advice sunbaenim..
i'm hoping for it too! :)

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I'm also in love with Tunnel. That drama got my brain overwork throughout the week, thinking about all those oddball characters and possible theories. I want Kwang-ho to go back to '86 and finally reunite with his beloved. But I know that I would be really sad to see him part ways with Sun-jae, future Sung-shik, all his future team member, and even Jae-yi.

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That's true!! Ah, now I don't know what I want. Scratch that, I want his wifey to come to the future too (maybe that's why her SSN is expired!). And I think it is the characters I love most in this show--it's not the most twisty turny crime thriller, but I've never seen a group dynamic like theirs. They have everybody: the cold geeeenius, the brilliant young high-ranker, and the experienced gruff sunbae... from the past? I love seeing how they all interact. And the main mystery is still really good, and the episodic ones are just fun to watch.

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Hello everyone! After recommendations from the OT a couple weeks ago, plus people always referring to its greatness, I decided to watch The Princess’s Man this week. Wow! It sucked me in at once and I had little choice but to marathon it during my spring break. After I read and enjoyed JB’s fab review. My feelings were: Wow! (Again) It was a very well-woven story that kept you interested throughout. It did seem like more of a political intrigue sageuk with romance thrown in, during some stretches. To me, it also felt very, very heavy for a very long time. Good ol’ No Gul from the boat was meant to be some comic relief during a long dark stretch of episodes, but he didn’t quite bring enough relief. I wished there was a little something to break up the struggle, though the intrigue of it all always kept me wanting to find out what would happen next. I'm very glad I watched it, so thanks for the recommendations, beanies! Episodes from current on-air fav Radiant Office was a great change of tone to watch right after.

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In this drama, I felt very sad for Shim Myeon. He was definitely a fellow who made some very terrible choices, and you could see how they affected him. I liked how there was never a moment in the drama when anyone said that the feud and resentment between Seung Yoo and Myeon was all because of a woman– because dramas and film have a tendency to do that, and it wasn’t all about Se Ryeong. It was their families, their political loyalties, their friendship…and Se Ryeong. Though it was not necessary for this story, I personally would have liked to see some more scenes between SR and Myeon before things got ugly. I’m talking about some scenes that established a little more of a friendship between them, so that his obsession had a little more to go on. I do understand, though, that the promise of marriage and Myeon’s firs impressions of SR were enough to keep his particular character going. At one point I thought that for Myeon, Se Ryeong was the only thing “good” left that he was fighting for. If they had a deeper relationship, and if SR had been less fierce and more kind toward him, then that would have added additional (and I’ll admit it, unnecessary) conflict to the drama. She was 110% Seung Yoo’s girl from the first horseback ride to the last, and that reflected her strong feeling and strong character. But why did I just feel so sad for Myeon?!

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i know, it was very sad for him... but he should've given up, really. if only for his friend's sake, right? glad you liked the drama, it'll always be in my Top 10... even after the PSH scandal - which i consider was just very poor judgement on his part, and nothing worse...

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Happy Friday everyone!!! It's been a week since I'm in Korea... and it's awesome, wonderful, tasty and colorful.
Stylish office workers? Check! Ladies with flawless skin? Check! Cute guys straight out of an idol training session? Double check! White trucks of doom on every corner? Check and check! Seriuosly, they do drive like crazy... no wonder they're featured so prominently in kdramas :)
Anyway, happy Easter weekend for those celebrating! Best wishes from Jeonju, a tiny tiny room in a very old school guest house with a very lovely ahjumma!

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Hahahaha I always thought if I went to Korea those things would not be all over the place! This is amazing!

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They're everywhere! And don't get me started on delivery motorbikes! Red light? Pedestrian crossing? Nah, never heard of those!

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Enjoy your adventures in our heartland! <3

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capt_blackdog -

Have a wonderful time in Korea!

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Thank you! I'm really having a blast!

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Definitely keep us posted!

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If you're interested, I have a facebook page facebook.com/trys.three My husband and I set it up for the trip which will span 3 countries.

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@capt_blackdog, thanks for the update - that's wild! So happy for you that you're there, please enjoy every instant of being in Korea for us all ??

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Thank you, I'll try to do and taste as much as I can! ^^

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your comment made me smile! sounds like you're having a very enjoyable trip there.

whenever i watch office dramas, i'm always in awe at how fashionably dressed the office workers are. i look back at myself and can't help feeling ashamed. i should really try harder *sheepish smile*

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They ARE fashionable! And very handsome/ pretty. Makes me self conscious about how I dress...

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just an aside... which will sound mean but it's not me who made this comment (just mean enough to repeat it in writing? ?) My Korean Korean teacher says that all girls are pretty in Seoul now because they've had plastic surgery to look like the same 5 actresses! ?

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I've definitely seen some touched up faces, but less than I expected, especially since ads for PS hit you right at the landing! Or they've become more subtle with it :)

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I am loving your posts on FB! The photos are gorgeous; I'm drooling over them. Please keep them coming! ?

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Thanks! We'll keep 'em coming :D

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I wanted to ask you this yesterday before OT crashed, at least for me (?). Are you getting much sense of the political tension there from regular Koreans? Over here the news is heavy on the NK-US issue.

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Not just you. Crashed for me too.

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oooh...korean stylist office workers with their flawless skins and slender body shape? are they really existed? i always thought that 'Suits'is the only US series that could compete the korean's style

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Thank you for the facebook page. Your pictures look amazing! Have a great time and keep posting the interesting things you see!

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happy easter! i am still in an asian drama ban cause i'm writing up a big report, so instead i put on smallville on the background while working, i forgot how much i really loved the series (and the background music), and binged the final season of grimm (will miss it a lot),

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Sometimes when I re-watch Smallville, I focus on watching just parts of Clark and Lois. They're so adorable and magnetic together.

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Hi Everyone! ....... I hope you are all doing well today! The first OT on the new website! .......

Wishing a Happy Easter this weekend to all who celebrate the holiday. ........

Watched this week:

Defendant - It may just be me, but I don't think I've quite figured out exactly how Kang Joon-hyuk fits into the story. I mean, he was at the apartment the night in question, but did he already know Cha Min-ho was going to come over later? Did he and Cha Min-ho have a meeting about that to set things up? All I know is Kang Joon-hyuk did not investigate correctly and is later helping Cha Min-ho. I'm thinking I missed something here. .......

Perfect Wife - Jo Yeo-jung is simply fantastic as the creepy/emotionally unstable/psychologically scarred Lee Eun-hee! .......

Strong Woman Do Bong-soon - I watched ep 10 and half of 11 this week. ..... The appearance of the doppelgänger, I can't believe it's the same actor from Chief Kim in this role! .......

Mystery Queen - Interesting to watch Kwon Sang-woo in a comedic role. I don't think I've ever seen him in anything comical. ..... Liking how Seol-ok catches all the details. ..... Already wondering about that husband of hers we haven't seen yet. .......

That's all for now. ....... Everyone take care and have a great Friday!

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For Defendant, Joon-hyuk has no idea who the killer was. Neither does he know that Ji Soo will die later that night. Really, I think his character's purpose was just to show corrupt officials and betraying friends to rise to the top.

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Mango Juice - I did get the corruption part, as well as the friendship betrayal. I just thought that since he constantly looks like he's in a state of fear, so much so that he went as far as to take out the stuffed Nemo from the collected evidence, just so that no one would know he was there that night, that he might have been in on things from the outset.

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He fears his downfall, which lead him to cover up the fact that he was in Jung-woo's house on that night. He tainted the evidence because he got the chance to be the lead prosecutor in Jung-woo's case - the hot topic during that time - which he could use to make a name for himself. If he showed up in the camera footage that he was inside the house during the assumed time frame of the murder, then he'd be dropped as the prosecutor and turned into a witness, or worse, the suspect. Kind of complicated thinking, but he's too anxious every single time. And he chose to save himself instead of his friend. Sigh.

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I understand now. Thanks Mango Juice! ..... I obviously wasn't focusing when he appeared on screen (oops!). Turns out it's pretty straightforward.

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*Waves* Korfan! How are you? I missed you! ^^

Is mystery queen worth a look? Been thinking about trying it out.

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Manin -

Oh my gosh, hello! *waving back* ..... Great to see you! ..... Definitely give Mystery Queen a try and see if you like it. It's quirky, with some funny moments, and some crime-solving to get our protagonists involved with.

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Haha it's been forever right? I was almost surprised I managed to secure my own username, and that no one else had claimed it xD How are you?

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I am tired of k dramas , and now watching english series.
Recently finished Teen wolf and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Considering of watching" Downton abbey "based on recommendations, but it is Drama genre which I don't like.
Dilemma.

So I would like to know what "Downton abbey" is really about.
Can someone explain it to me,please?

On simpler terms, which K dramas is it similar to?
Slice of drama, like miseng .
Makjang ,like daily soap.
Or with some mystery.

Help me, please.

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I liked Downton Abbey. Instead of the British costume dramas which just focus on the Lord of the manor, this show has all the drama of the staff and the family living in the manner. They interweave sometimes soapy drama stuff into what is going on in the world and country. It starts with the sinking of the Titantic and goes through WWI and into the Jazz Age. I don't really have a k-drama comparison though. I guess I would call it a family drama with a mystery or two thrown in and a dash of makjang here and there as well as multiple romance stories. It's worth giving it a go.

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And before DOWNTON ABBEY, there was the original UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS (1971-75), which depicted the lives of an aristocratic British family and their servants from 1903-1930. ;-)

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I loved Downton Abby. It was my first crack drama. I watched it on BBC/England Time before PBS showed it (through VPN) but I also love historical fiction. I think it's worth watching just for the one liners of Dame Judy Dench. She's amazing in this. The love stories between the characters, both between servants, and ladies and lords are compelling. It's about an aristratic family who is running out of money, has to figure out how to continue supporting the people that work for them, and also their own lifestyles. It's a time of change with WW1 and the 1930's on the horizon as well. The detail to Edwardian customs, costumes, furnishings, and setting is breathtaking. The Britsh love their history and nothing is out of place. Quite different from kdramas in this respect. Also, I'm pretty partial to Dan Stevens right now and he's in the first and second seasons, I believe. You'll love him as Matthew Crawley, a lawyer who all of a sudden is next in line to inherit everything, and has to navigate the aristocracy that is thrust upon him as well as one of the daughters he is expected to marry to keep the family inheritance intact. There are also some villains that you will love to hate but some will be redeemed as well. Hope this helps!

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It's Dame Maggie Smith, not Judy Dench as I mentioned above--writing at midnight doesn't suit me.

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I'm seeing Secret Garden for the first time. I find it funny that Yoo In-na and Lee Jong-suk used to have supporting roles before, and I feel like every scene in them are just as precious as the leads'. Scrolling through the recaps of SeGa, I found comments asking "Who's the guy playing the piano?" and the like. Aww, LJS mah boy you've come so far :">

Happy Easter to everyone! Enjoy the long weekend! :)

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secret garden was my first k-drama and holds a special place in my heart, loved the OST and replayed it like a thousand times since the first time :) enjoy!!

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I watched SG because I downloaded the OST via Amazon Prme. Once I listened to the great music, I had to see the show. I've watched it all the way through four times by now? It's a fun ride. And LJS! What a treat. And that actor will ALWAYS be Oska to me!

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I had to reread your comment. OST first before the show? It's the other way around for me. ??

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Oska! ....... Enjoy the drama and have a great weekend also!

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Secret Garden. that brings back memories :P And yes LJS is such a scene stealer in it. Love the relationship between his character and Osca ^^

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I agree. Now I need to rewatch IHYV after this, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to have a new perspective with their interactions haha.

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FRom what i remember from the recaps I think there were some hints to it. But not sure :P I never got around to watch IHYV. When it aire I had exams so was going to wait, and then just never got around to it.It's been on the list forever

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Ah I completely get what you mean. I remember watching Gaksital few months ago and the recapper (well pretty much everyone) didn't know Park Bo Gum's name yet because he was so new at that time, yet people were already captivated by his expressive eyes and good looks despite only appearing for brief time. I felt this weird sense of proudness for him, and giddy when the recappet called him Young Jo In Sung.

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Whoa. Bo-gum was in Gaksital? *googles* Ah, episodes 26-28. I'm amazed. I only got around episode 18 there (couldn't stand fmc's acting) so I didn't see him :(

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Hi...
Just want to say hello and want to be part of a new Open Thread.
And I'll start read in silent like i always do.

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Hi back to you! You're always welcome on the OT! ?

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Hello Hope! Feel free to open up here your KDrama watching/binging experience.. been also a lurker at first and i can relate to you just how reading comments makes you laugh and be satisfied. but you know sharing your experiences too is not bad, you can also ask here for any advice you need in related to KDrama watching.. beanies are always ready to answer your questions.. :) Enjoy!

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Hope Misema -

Hello to you too and feel free to join us in Open Thread whenever you can.

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Happy Friday, Beanies!......
Questions for those using Android: (a) do you see an option on this site to view it in blog view mode? Or is the only way to go directly to Dramabeans dot com /blogview ? I do see the option when using a browser on my desktop...... (b) once we follow a beanie, then is there a way to see the list and go their profile/wall page? Or what's the purpose? I can't see who I followed..........
Drama-wise: I loved the episodes of Radiant Office this week!..........
Comment: pls ignore, just testing if underlining and italics works...

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Oooo italics work. Maybe paragraphs work?
New paragraph here?

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Nope, didn't work. Maybe line break?
New line here?

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When I use an Android device, I do see the blog view option on the top of the page. ...... Regarding the following people situation, I believe the DB Team is working on that. I think that right now, to go to a wall page, you have to find the person's name in a post and click on their profile picture/avatar. Also, if you click on the bell icon, right by your profile picture, you'll see the list of who you're following.

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I guess I'm the only one with those issues on Android then. I still don't see the Blog view option and I don't see the names of those I'm following near the bell icon (or anywhere else). Oh well.

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Hello All, Happy Weekend and a Blessed Easter to all who celebrate it.

(adding a blockquote to break up the text) The season before Easter (Lent) got me thinking about doing with less and giving more. I've been feeling how free-ing it is and how it's possible to be happy with less. I look around at stuff at home stacked up and filling cupboards, and I'm sure I don't need most of them.

This article by Elizabeth Millard brought it home to me. I like the suggestions in her "Try this" paragraphs. ?

https://experiencelife.com/article/the-art-of-enough/

The question now is, can I jettison 'too much' and be happily contented with 'just enough'? ?

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Maybe i am the only 1% who find previous theme better. This seems like buddypress and some points management system. I'm not even amused to see the cluttered home page. I have already seen many more terrible designed korean content sites.

Real life geopolitics is providing enough entertainment that i find no reason to care about some fictional characters.

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Me too. I much prefer the old theme. This one seems unnecessarily complicated and not very user-friendly to me. I prefer something more simple and can work well even on a resized window (because I'm having access to only a laptop so I tend to resize my window a lot).

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Happy Friday, Beanies!
While waiting for new episode of CT, I finally managed to watch Secret Love Affair. Wow. Just wow. It's really good. I've never seen something like that for years. I fall in love with the Show more when I found out YAI did learn how to play piano for real while/before filming. Daww.
(I might check Song Ji Hyo's drama too after I finish that one because I am curious how it tacles the similar issue about affair and all). I guess, having no deep interest in current shows makes a room to catch up on the 'old' ones ?.

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hello hi! :) YAI is really admirable for that, i'll add that to my soon to watch list. thanks for the sharing. with SJH drama, do you mean the My Wife is Having an Affair this Week? Oh. it's a little comedy i think, but the all of the characters are so meaty and well written in that drama. plus the plot and the resolution all fits on the 12 episodes. it will give a rationale on why people do this sometimes and it connects to your emotions on point.. give it a try! it's a good one! :-) i remember JB giving it 6 beans for the year ender bean count. :)

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Yeah that one :) The abbreviation is too long so I didn't type its title ?. I read many good review about it last year, so I'll definitely pick it up in the near future (I stopped at episode 1 because I wasn't in a mood to watch anything about affair lol).

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Oh I use my phone to type the comments on this site, so I can add the emojis/emoticons :)

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That was the first lead role I remember for YAI and I can only describe him as magnetic intensity. Oh, that SHOW. SO STINKING GOOOOOOD. I can't put into words how much I like the OTP chemistry. Wow.

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I first watched YAI in SKKS but never really paid attention to his role until I saw him in Jang Ok Jung. I loved his character and his acting there, so I followed his other sageuk project, SFD, when it was still airing. He played another interesting role really well. He's one of my top 5 favorite korean actors!

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I recently watched SECRET LOVE AFFAIR. Totally addictive. The music was great. And YAI really was playing the piano after all? That makes it even better!

There's a drama special entitled PIANIST that was also quite good. A single episode, IIRC.

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Watching K dramas
Queen Insoo
Chicago Typewriter
Tunnel
Rebel
Mystery Ahjumma, I like this. The time traveler shows, not sure yet.

Saw some of J drama Deathnote while my wife watched it.
Watching J drama Quartet (aka Liars & Lovers), with Mitsushima Hikari,❤️

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Good morning/afternoon/evening....where ever you may be!!! I haven't been watching many dramas lately. I'm only watching tunnel at the moment. I dropped the liar and his lover after 6 episodes -- I'm just not feelin' it. I watched the first episode of Chicago Typewriter when it premiered; I'm waiting to binge it.

Anyone in the New York area???? I'm heading out there for a week next week and would love some recommendations on FOOD! I'm hopeing to get tickets to a Celtics playoffs game too....wish me luck.

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