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Open Thread #498

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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Hi

this whole week I ´ve been a human like button walking around with a thumbsup cause the thumb mentioned got stuck between a door and is kinda bluish. Nothing serious, just makes me appear a bit Mr Beanish. Totally hurt the first two days tho.
watching or actually finished:
Radiant Office
Perfect wife

bummed there´s no Chicago Typewriter this week.

now what? no meme contest either
I guess I´ll re-plant my potted flowers instead.

also have a new phone and trying to get used to it. put EXID´s Ah Yeah as the ringtone.what´s yours?

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DOTS ost talk love's wistle part!!!
the best!!! will wake me up even im in deep sleep :D

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I see you've taken your rightful spot at the top of the open thread! Love it. Bummer about the thumb, though! My ringtone is the one that came with my phone. I'd put another one on it, but too lazy to figure out how! Have a great weekend!

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it is not difficult, you just download a ringtone but I downloaded mine on the laptop first and tranferred it to the phone after. It was easier to look for a better version on the laptop

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My phone actually allows me to use a regular MP3 file. I also have SHINee's Get the Treasure to wake up to. Sirens are effective :-p

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Haha i have exo's debute song mama. The intense chanting works pretty well too. With a side desh of hearth attack if you don't know its comming :p

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That was me in college! Totally contributed for all my morning classes lol *altho most of the time i ended up skipping class ><*

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I have 4minute "hate" as my ringtone for this reason. Bang Bang Bang also works really well

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I don't have anything interesting as my ring tone atm, but the most interesting one I've had was the opening of Lejonet Från Norden by Sabaton

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Healer's instrumental ost

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@redfox: ouch! Get better soon...

I've got Healer too! It makes quite a nice ringtone, and it is obscure enough to outsiders not to embarrass me... :-)

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omo, me too. nice tone though it is causing some withdrawal symptom as side-effect Healer-ya! :D

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haha this is currently my alarm settings

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Oh dear! Get healed soon! You never know how important a body part is until you hurt it.

Yeah, am not happy about missing Chicago Typewriter. My crush on Yoo Ah In, especially in the past with all that lovely arty revolutionary writerly mane!

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it would be nothing, but putting on my bra and closing my pants zipper is difficult. I was thinking of just wearing a loose tunic but it is not allowed at work. they really are inconsiderate towards people who can´t use their thumb.

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Try buckling in front first and then pushing it to the back before your wear the straps.

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you I mean

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closed it and put it on overhead.

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redfox -

Hope your thumb heals soon!

No special ringtone on my phone --- just one of the tones that came with the phone. There are several to chose from on the phone, and I've gone through them, but they all sound awful. So I stayed with the default tone, which is like a chime sound. I should change it.

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Hope your thumb heals soon!

Think I have an EXO song as my ring tone. Which means that my ohone goes "I lost my mind" everytime it rings. It amuses me :P

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now that would be appropriate for me as well most days especially today when we had the first cruiser ship in harbour and there were supposed to be 5 groups of tourists in Faqt Margaret but were 18. over 600 people in 3 hours. the tower width is 24 m... it was so packed I sneaked behind the curtain that hides wires on the ground floor exhibition and hid there. LOL

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Haha Oh wow yeah I don't blame you!

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I am sorry I downvoted your comment by mistake, while scrolling down I accidentally pressed on the thumbs, so bad that there's no option to undo it.

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LOL thumbs again

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I'm going to guess their first Christmas song.

Sorry couldn't help myself.

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Haha actually not! Its from "what is love?" Which was their "pre-debute" debute song :p

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One time i had don't go! Didnt work well coz i ended up not answering my calls lol

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Hope your thumb gets well soon!

My ringtone is saltnpaper's Satellite, can't get enough of it!

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well I bandaged and wrapped my thumb up nicely, then accidentally set it on fire slightly when I tried to light the stove with a match...

the flowers are planted, I also baked a "sai" (what we call white bread), vacuumed all the spilled flour off the floor and chased a pigeon. I have nothing to do not and I really dont want to write memos for work either.... dramas why did you leave me?????

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I want to see your first paragraph portrayed in a kdrama now ...

But big 👎🏼 about your 👍🏼, though. Hope it heals up soon.

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I have different ring tones for all those I talk to often. Among those are Bubble Pop, Lion Heart, and Miu Lê - OST Em Là Bà Nội . A couple of others that I need to update.

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Nice, shiny new article on CT...

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Critics praise Yoo Ah In’s acting skills in playing two different characters from different eras. Many said he successfully created two very different persons. From their physical features alone, Han Se Joo and Seo Hwi Young are not even close to distant cousin. On top of that, Yoo Ah In successfully created different attitude, gestures, face muscles, and tone for each of the characters; the eccentric brassy Han Se Joo and the mysterious poised Seo Hwi Young– and these details made people believe that they are two people for real. It refreshed my memory too that Yoo Ah In can pull off a comedic role.
Critics on Ohmynews [Ohmynews is one of the very few news portals publishing independent reviews on dramas, films or books] made some interesting notes on Chicago Typewriter‘s scriptwriter Jin Soo Wan. Here are the summaries of their opinion:
Writer Jin Soo Wan is digging the psychological activities through a slow building process of the storyline, which stimulates the audience to think. She is excellent at delivering deep messages in a seemingly obvious and childish setting.
Novelist Park Jin Gyu, who wrote award-winning novel “Suspicious Molds” wrote in Ent Media that, “from the perspective of a realistic novelist, Chicago Typewriter underlines the reality of a trapped novelist, a character played by Yoo Ah In. Han Se Joo is a wacky and demanding personality, he is just like a myth of a fabulous artist that people [Koreans] have been craving for a long time– a well-worn, bizarre artist, a character that fits in the framework of the Koreans’ mind.” Han Se Joo told his rival novelist Baek Tae Min, “Instead of spending your time in the hair salon, write like crazy” –this is no different from the writer’s reality.
It is a bit understandable that Jin, as a drama scriptwriter, created a filthy rich author [note: in this case, Han Se Joo started his “empire” from the scratch. He didn’t become rich all of sudden] with idol popularity character, who writes weekly series [novel Chicago Typewriter], just like a ‘drama writer’ does, because it is close to her reality where she has to forget sleeping and spends her time writing 120 minutes of script every week. In the reality of making our drama, where production begins and drama airs before all the scripts completed, drama writers literally write like ‘crazy’. If the speed of the script completion does not match the speed of the drama, the writer is ought to write the ‘side script’ [fragmented script].

https://yooahinsikseekland.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/the-various-findings-in-chicago-typewriter-the-journey-to-find-the-soul-of-writing-a-writers-critical-self-reflection/

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Thanks for uploading! I haven't started CT yet; just waiting for it to finish, so I can marathon it.

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Yoo Ah In is doing a fabulous job - I totally agree with the article, he has created two totally different characters, and they do not look alike, either - it's not just the hairstyle, it is something about the way he is using his facial muscles. What an amazing actor.

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My ringtone is Lady Oscar "The Rose Of Versallaise", the Japanese instrument. I changed it since OH My Venus days, because SMH's ringtone was Lady Oscar the Korean version.

I am thinking of changing it to Satalite CT OST.

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두근두근 from The Greatest Love... already long time I see...
Wish your thumb a speedy recovery!

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I used to have the instrumental OST from Secret Garden :)

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I used to have her SMS tone from Secret Garden until one day it went off in a Korean grocery 😳
Now I stick to Korean songs for alarms, currently using all Park Seo Joon ballads. He is delicious to wake up to but not so good at motivating one out of bed. 😉

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Oh no, get well soon! Speaking of injured fingers, I had a colleague who slipped in the parking lot and injured her middle finger. She had a splint on for a whole week, so every time she held up her hand she would unintentionally be giving everyone the finger XD;;;

My ringtone is (still) Big Bang's Tell Me Goodbye :D

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Mine is instrumental of Reset by Tiger JK, ost of Who are you: School 2015. My co-workers find it cool.

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It was three or four phones ago (a GS2 or a Moto Rizr) where I got tech-y and had "La Distancia para un Deulo" as my ring tone. It came from Bleach, when they go to Hueco Mundo. That whole arc had a Spanish theme to it, and I loved it!

This is the only comment I can leave tonight, as it's taken at least 30 minutes to type this, which included a restart of my miserable current phone as well as deleting my browser history. This is painfully slow, which makes me want test my phone's flight potential.

Beyond that, Happy Friday!

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ohhhh Bleach and the music it was swag

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When I started to read your comment, I thought you meant you'd been "liking" a lot of things, but as I read on, I realized this much more serious! Feel better!

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My ringtone is the Shiela Ki Jawani song from the Indian movie Tees Maar Khan, but just the music parts, like the drum beats, etc.

I like the song, and it seems that I'm the only one who has it as a ringtone in my part of the world so I always know it's my phone that's ringing.

If anyone's interested to hear it (and see the fun choreography), here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTmF2v59CtI

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It was the orchestra version of Fantastic Baby.
Then the sound of my nephew giggle, laugh, shrieking.
Idk what to do next.

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I have got born hater from epik high :P:)

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My ringtone is Balloons by TVXQ because I still love that ridiculous song, and then my text tones are just like suho screaming exo sarangha! at mamas, or chanyeol's "chogiwa" from wolf. jhope screaming i love you. sungjae awkwardly saying hey guys in english....park jimin saying ding dong and excuse me. kai asking for noona to buy him chicken....Baekhyun saying bacon....ah i have no life all i do is make silly audio clips >.< when i should be working on my salon notebook thats do on the 16th

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Happy Friday beanies!!! commenting for the first time after the outlook is changed!!!

"how can you guys do this to me"??????
Already i'm an addict to the Korean and Japanese dramas!!!
I can't even stop watching the dramas airing in those languages!!!!
Waiting for the drama to air and the suspence is already making me die of curiosity
As if like nailing the coffin of mine i'm now starting to get addicted to the chinese dramas!!!
And i happily blame that to the posts which were posted by @somegirl!!!

While i was browsing i saw the topic of "[Winners] Goblin Ring Giveaway: 5 memes to rule them all"
while i was browsing the memes in the general commenting page i was laughing so much like a crackpot without stopping!!!
Then i saw the posts of SOMEGIRL with the characters of the drama love O2O!!!
Those pics made me so curious and I started to schim through her posts!!!
The problem is i couldn't find the name of the drama!!! When i tried to search through the internet i couldn't pinpont the name of the drama!!!
At last i searched it through the image search of the google!!!

SOMEGIRL thank you so much for posting those pics!!! And after finding the name of the drama and watching the first episode i couldn't stop watching it!!!
I usually don't watch dramas which were more than 25 episoded!!! but after watching the first episode i couldn't stop my self and thus began the Love O2O marathon!!!
I enjoyed the drama very very much!!! It gave me the feeling of the softness of the love!!!!

So plzz guys recommend me some other dramas which have a cute, loveable plotbunny!!! like Love O2O!!!
Plzz i want to watch more of these!!! and i so very much love that drama!!!

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lol, i binged Love 020 in one weekend, i absolutely loved the fluffiness, i recommend boss & me (shanshan comes to eat), its from the same writer, slightly slower in the beginning but it does pick up and its also a bit more mature relationship! hope you enjoy it

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OT week lucky #13! I hope everyone is doing well. I am enjoying the new site immensely! You Beanies are so fun and creative, and I’m enjoying your wall posts! I’ve become quite adept at meme-making and really need to learn to do GIFs next! However, it will have to wait a week, because, *drumroll, please*, I’m having the second Free the Kimchi meeting tomorrow! Our little eclectic group is so excited to meet again, bringing a couple new friends, and falling in love with Gong Yoo all over again. And I’m beyond the moon that Goblin and Gong Yoo did well at the Baeksang’s. Also, excited that Seo Hyun Jin was top actress! I started watching Korean dramas with much more excitement after a friend recommended watching her in RDTK. Now, I need to see Another Oh Hae Young.

I did watch Queen In Hyun’s man in its entirety this week and I loved it! They wove the timelines together so well and the OTP was too much to handle. I really liked how Yoo In Na portrayed the struggling actress. She was winsome, adorable, and embodied the role so well. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen Ji Hyun Woo in anything and was sold on him too. The chemistry between them was palpable. *Spoilers ahead* I did think the ending was a bit too contrived with her cell phone call getting through 300 years, without electricity (how did it stay charged?). At least she could have used her amnesiac year to go to the temple and pray every day or had a modern Buddhist monk make her a talisman, or ANYTHING else. I wanted her to remember loving him, and wanting the best for him, like his slave-girl/consort, whom I felt had more love for him than she did. I also felt that him trying to commit suicide was unlike his character and surprised me at the end as well. Endings to kdramas are NEVER how I would like. Does anyone have any recommendations on a drama with a great ENDING?

So a sweet story today which happened a couple weeks ago…
I was having a rough week—busy, couldn’t keep up, maybe running about an hour behind schedule every day, which is never like me.

Husband calls the office: *Cell phone rings*

Me: Hello?

Husband: Hi, are you busy?

Me: Too busy, I’m double booked three timeslots in a row, someone had a reaction in shot clinic, and I’m an hour behind. I’ll call you back at lunch--if I get one.

Husband: Okay, talk later.

*Later, at lunchtime…*

Secretary: There’s something in your office on your desk.

Me: Like a Mt. Everest amount of paperwork??? *Laughing…*

Secretary: Just go to your office.

Me: *walking fast to office, because, really, I can do the paperwork later, there are actual human bodies that I need to see now*

*Rounds corner, sees flowers on table, knowing exactly who they are from…Opens card… “From your [husband's nationality] Gong Yoo”…Laughing again…Heart melts*

Me at lunch: *Calling husband*

Husband: Hello---Did you get the flowers?

Me: Of course, and I showed everyone the card. *Because...

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"Queen In Hyun’s Man" is really good, I agree. the OTP is awesome! as a matter of fact, I heard they dated for some time after the show ended ! That Chemistry was real !
hahahahaha

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Aww... Sweet little story.

Queen In-hyun is a great drama, even though the ending is a bit disappointing. Recommendation for drama with great ending??
Hmm... Have you watch Jealousy Incarnate, Marriage Without Dating, and Reply 1997? Personally, I think those 3 have great and memorable ending that suit their overall atmosphere well. Maybe you can try those.

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I thought "History of a Salaryman" had the best ending ever. (For a TV Drama.) The best MOVIE ending is a tie, "Hello Ghost," or "Miss Granny."

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Marriage, Not Dating has been recommended to me several times now. I haven't seen very many Kdramas yet, so everything you mentioned I will put on the list! Thanks!

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Definitively look up Marriage, Not dating! It's great. Also if you want a drama doing all the cliches but very bluntantly and quite enjoyablely check out "Bride of the Century"

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I completely agree about those three shows! They are actually some of my standout favorites from the last few years. I just have such love for those shows because the final episodes made me feel so happy!

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With "Queen In Hyun's Man" I always thought that the ending was supposed to show that it wasn't the monk's talisman/magic that brought them together in the end, but rather it was the power of love that transcended time and allowed the lovers to be reunited.

However I agree that Bong Do trying to kill himself before that was out of character for him, on the other hand he had literally lost everything. I also thought that maybe they could've used a more creative way to get the lovers reunited, instead of a cellphone signal (like him hearing her crying and calling his name instead, which would've been more powerful to show their love/connection that transcends time).

Anyways this is a fantasy, and whatever means was used to show that it was their love that transcended time, I'm fine with it. QIHM is one of my favorite kdramas, if you haven't noticed yet :)

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Ahh. Thanks for your perspective!

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You know, I never found Bong Do trying to kill himself to be out of character. He'd been flirting with suicide tbe whole show. Every time he went to the fiture after the first time he did it by killing himself. Which I know, is not same thing as really being suicidal. But it didn't seem like a stretch to me that he might go for it for reals.

Maybe I am misremembering. May have to rewatch. Woe is me.😜

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I'm actually one of the few people who loved everything about the ending of Queen In-Hyun's Man. I've thought about it a lot, and I think it must be because I am a lot older, and grew up, went to college, and entered the workforce all in the age before cellphones were available. So I think I am more sensitive to their use, they are still an accessory and not part of the 'fiber of my being,' lol. And in the show, cellphone use is constantly shown as a lifeline - calls are sent for help, to re-establish a connection, to maintain a connection. I think the show tried very hard to prove that cellphones are modern-day talismans, but I am the only one who is buying that theory, I guess.

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Definitely Reply 1997! That ending was so satisfying. I loved it so much. It mostly depends on what kind of ending you like though. Personally, I liked the endings of Coffee Prince, Arang and the Magistrate, and It's Okay That's Love. Oh also Strong Woman Do Bong Soon because it was really cute like the rest of the drama. Lol I also really wish dramas would have a stronger ending. I've been so burned lately due to lackluster endings T_T

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Reply 1997 is one of my favorite dramas period. So second this.

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Definitely check out Oh Hae Young Again!

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Watching it now!

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Aww, that's cute!!

Queen In-Hyun's Man definitely had a disappointing end :(

I recommend you check out "I Hear Your Voice" (Lee Jong Suk & Lee Bo Young so are adorable!!)

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everyone at work knows my husband’s love for me and my love for Gong Yoo—how can a girl get so lucky?*

Moral of the Story: On days like this, I feel like I’m living a kdrama.

Second Moral: I’m totally hopeless when it comes to romantic gestures.

Third Moral: He’s mine, and no one can have him—referring to husband, of course! Because I'm okay with everyone loving Gong Yoo--he deserves all the love he can get!

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Ally -

Aww, flowers just because. ...... Awesome. That gesture never goes out of style.

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Aww, your husband deserves his own Baeksang. 😊 Might give you an excuse to see him in a tux. ^__^

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*looks on-line for tuxes* 😜

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I wish all the happiness to you and your husband, your stories are so cute

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It's Friday and I'm at a loss as to what to watch.
First, "Chief Kim" ended, then "Tomorrow with You" and "Strong Woman Do Bong Soon". Now, "Perfect Wife" !!!
What am I going to waaaaaatch?!?!?!

#HELPaKDramaAddict

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Mystery Queen. :D

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I am so happy to hear others love this show!

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@beantown I'm in love with this show. :) It's not terribly smart as in "Oh my god, that twist is genius!" but I think they get around that by showing us the criminals early on. The thrill is not in trying to guess the twists but in just waiting for what clues Seol-ok will see.

Plus, I just love the dynamic between everyone. The mother-in-law isn't 100% hate-able. The husband is shady but I feel like he actually loves Seol-ok(?) The puppy Chief Hong is a bit dumb but he's there to provide the EQ for the team, since Ha Wan-seung or Seol-ok *definitely* do not provide it. (I'm also thrilled that the lady is the genius this time! That makes it, what, 3rd or 4th kdrama this year where the lady is the genius/strong one?) Her best-friend is the bestest friend ever. Even the celebrity inspector is an intriguing character!

Seol-ok is the cutest geniusest ajumma ever. And Ha Wan-seung is such a grumpy bear but we all know he'll bow down to her infinitely superior intellect later on. MWAHAHAHA

I have so many things I like about this show but I can't describe my feels. I just ♥ ♥ ♥

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Same problem but there is I can see your voice S4... and I haven't watched all of the behind the scenes footage of SWDBS yet either

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right now, i'm pretty excited about man to man. and i can't wait for suspicious partner to start up next week \(//∇//)\

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Happy Friday Beanies!
 
Since I seem to have more time "thanks" to the preemption of Chicago Typewriter (must look at glass half full!) I need advice and help again-
 
Im (still) planning my South Korea trip, thanks to all the Beanies that suggested stuff last time!
 
I will be going for 12 days in Oct and I am trying to figure out accommodation-
 
Any recommendations on where to stay?
 
Looking for somewhere convenient (near train/buses) and family friendly (I have a kid). Preferably not too horribly expensive too ;)
 
Also, other than staying the whole trip in Seoul, do you all suggest going out to areas like Busan/Jeju/Geongju/Jeonju?
We are open to a staying a couple of days here and there…
for some reason some people have said 12 days is too long, but the list of things to do seems endless!
 
Have definitely decided to go to:
In Seoul: Myeongdong, N Seoul Tower, Changdeokgung, maybe Gyeongbokgung, Bukchon Hanok Village, Hongdae, Dongdaemun, Gwanghawmun Square
Outside Seoul: Garden of the morning calm (Because I’m a huge MDBC fan if you didn’t already know)
 
Thanks again for your suggestions and I will probably get round to finally compiling all the stuff at some point. I hope. I think I need to stop promising things, just so that I won’t end up breaking them all the time XD

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You have a strong will, if You can see the positive side of that

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Lol. gotta stay sane chingu! ;)

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12 Days in Korea sounds not long enough, but then I'd easily spend a month there and probably not see everything. Countries are like that.
I'm going to Korea soon too, but only for 4 nights, and only Seoul, as a taste tester I call it. 12 days sounds awesome in comparison.
I haven't been before obviously, but I know Busan and Jeju are on my list, despite the latter being an extremely popular tourist destination (Seoul-Jeju is the busiest airline route in the world, and the Chinese can travel to Jeju visa free for 30 days... so... lots of people and probably expensive)
There are lots of cool wee places on the South West coast that look really interesting to me, but I'm not sure what accommodation is like and I'm bad on the names so that probably doesn't really help...

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Yeah I'm concerned that Jeju will be too touristy. Also, a bit spoilt after having gone to NZ- all the scenery so far has paled in comparison. I rather spend time in Seoul and areas around it than travel to Jeju and feel like I walked into a tourist trap. But I'm seeking opinions of those who may have gone to see if I'm mistaken.

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I live in NZ hahahaha (Although currently I'm travelling). Where did you go in NZ?
I still want to go to Korea though...
Yeah fair enough, I mean I live in a tourist trap *shoot me now*, and I've always found that I enjoy a country better if I see something off the tourist route, but definitely get someone who's actually gone!

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South Island! We spent 2 weeks there. Climbed Queenstown Hill (I nearly died, my marathon running husband carrying my 14 kg kid was fine LOL) and the view at the top was stunning. Mount Cook was glorious too! Took a helicopter ride to walk on the glacier. Preferred Doubtful over Milford Sound as we took a bus ride in with a really funny and informative guide and enjoyed it more. Blue pools was also beautiful. Cant remember all the details but I maxed out my camera memory disc because i was taking shot after shot everywhere because everything was so picture perfect! Oh and we got into a traffic jam because a whole bunch of sheep needed to use the road. was the most hilarious thing.

Basically we had a blast. XD

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I can relate to the tourist trap issue: I've lived in the Orlando, FL area since 1986! The bad part? I still get lost downtown, all six blocks of it. *Sigh* 😅

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I think you guys might need to watch the beginning of an old drama named The Snow Queen in which NZ was used to stand in for Lapland. Hyun Bin is taken up a mountain by a sled team and then goes off alone and . . . It's gorgeous. He's gorgeous. I loved the whole drama but only bits flash back to the NZ parts.

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haaa NZ for Lapland, when the latter barely has any actual mountains... depends on where you go, but it doesnt have too many higher spots. I must try take a look, that sounds very odd. I would love to travel as far as NZ but when I nearly die on short flights what happens on a long one? I would be better off taking a ship where I can walk around...

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Well... you can walk around the plane? You can't go very far cos it's a plane, but you can walk around it if you're restless. That's what I did on my first big longhaul. Or take sleeping pills to knock yourself out for most of it.

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Oh oh oh!!! So I live in Queenstown! Or actually, Arrowtown, but I work in Qtown.
I also agree Doubtful is better than Milford. Doubtful is more wild and isolated and feels like true Fjordland, and Milford is just over commercialized now :/ Although, flying into Milford is stunning, and better than the cruise imo! haha
Sheep on the road hahaha typical NZ... the most typical NZ that could've happened to you actually.
Sounds like you had a great time and saw all the good spots haha. South Island is always better than North (totally not bias at all ;) )

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Now, I want to go to New Zealand!

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Is arrowtown the place with awesome fall foliage? And really quaint too? Because if it is, I was totally there a year ago. Lol. You live in a beautiful place!

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Yess autumn colours and little historic houses, that's Arrowtown!
I do... I really do. It's quite incredible.

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I understand the Chinese tourist traffic to Korea and Jeju are way down due to the THAAD protests, so if that's still in place the crowds and prices may be less than they've been. Tourism is hurting, big time. I've also read that there's a lovely area of Jeju that's in the northeast part of the island (the most touristy part is kind of the south central coast) that's very "green" and there's a tea plantation and forests owned by maybe O'Sulloc? It's a big brand. I'm not home so I can't look it up but I will for later.

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Gonna reply to your above comment here so you get the notification.
NZ as a stand in for Lapland? But Lapland is mostly flat... and NZ is not hahaha
But I will probably never get tired of seeing NZ on screen tbh.

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Thanks, sicarious. I still don't understand how notifications and the whole new site works (having hit IRL crisis mode at the same time as the site change) so I just checked back the old way. I hope to catch up one day but 🤞🏽
So, that's funny that Lapland is mostly flat! The show was based on the fairy tale in which I guess the Snow Queen lives in the frozen mountains of Lapland, or at least a character in the drama has a storybook in which she does. So the mountains of NZ stood in because it was too expensive for the production to go to Scandinavia (and maybe NZ helped out a bit, there was some filming in Christchurch as well). The drama ost is a really good one and although the show wasn't a big hit, it was with me 😍.

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Sounds like a really pretty show either way haha. I might check it out. :P

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I live in NZ! Though I've never been to the South Island.... Hope to visit soon though or go there for university

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With that username I'd guess so... haha
Ooooh you thinking Otago? Or CHCH? for Uni?

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How can 12 days be too long? I've never been to SK, but Busan and Jeju at least would definitely be on my list, since they're such common places to film/mention in dramas etc :)

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Garden of the morning calm is far.. but you can do.. nami island and the garden..
Stay around Insadong...

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@captblackdog is there now, so I would suggest checking out her facebook page and messaging her--her pictures are absolutely mesmerizing. @trys.three on FB.

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Thanks!

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I'm following her progress on FB and it's been great so far!

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Best place for Korea visit is Trip Advisor. https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g294196-i8160-South_Korea.html

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Oh man, my sister and I went for two weeks last October and felt it wasn't enough! We're actually going end of Oct this year too :)
My friend used to live in Busan (now she's in Seoul)) and always gushes about how nice it is. If you're going in the middle of Oct., I believe the Busan Film Festival will be going on and apparently it's fantastic. (FYI at the beginning of the month is chuseok so some places might be closed down for 2-3 days.)

Are you planning on going to the DMZ at all? It's very impactful and quite surreal. I highly recommend if you're a kpop fan to try to go see a daily taping—we went to an Mnet countdown and it was so neat. Also SMTown at COEX is freaking amazing.

I have tons of food recs too if you need them :)

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You can join SM's m tour, which will take you to mnet i guess and some other kpop stuffs lol its on their smtowntravel website!

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Last year, I was staying in an apartment (Airbnb) in Hongdae which was amazing because the building was above the subway station. The escalator to go to the subway was just a few steps from the building's main door. Convenience store, cafes, Innisfree store, etc were nearby. Hongdae street was just a walking distant.

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If you like shopping, I suggest Yeongdeungpo and Garosugil/Sinsadong! Also, I think the palaces will be open for night tours during the period you're going. It's worth it to go at night since they have beautiful lighting set up and they'll have a stunning light/dance show at gyeonghoeru!

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Jeju would be wonderful! You can take the kids to the orange farms and pick oranges! And the museum areas will be fun! Although you can also find the museums in Seoul..
I went during Chuseok two years ago, so it wasnt that crowded. And i suppose theres considerably less tourists these days, due to the political issues, so i guess its worth considering!

Do try the black pork bbq, abalone porridge, and the fish! There was this restaurant that I went, its called 춘심이네. Their specialty is this super long fish bbq (probably ribbon fish), which theyll cut at your table. Im sure the kids would love to watch it! ^^

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I like this week's OT screencap too. :D

It's a must-watch!

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This week my wife will have an affair?

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Yes!

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Yesss! It made me to rewatch it!

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I feel like a bad addict.. I have no idea where it's from!

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No, no... don't feel bad. Just watch it if you get time :D

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two thumps up for MWIHAATW:)

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I'm gonna go way off topic, but if anyone likes cute, awkward teenage romance animes, I recommend Tsuki Ga Kirei. You get to see my neighborhood, too, since it's set there. The characters are basically my neighbors.

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Thanks for the anime recommendation: I'll check it out this weekend!

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Summary is not Interesting but Manga similar to hit are my favourites and this genre goes pretty well with my needs so added into it.

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Since we're talking about anime, can I piggyback your post and recommend Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor (Roku de Nashi Majutsu Kōshi to Akashikku Rekōdo)? This was definitely a case of don't judge a book by its cover. If you don't like ep1--and most people didn't--at least watch ep2 and judge from there.

It seems I should do the same for Tsukigakirei as I didn't get past ep1. Will watch again and see.

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It's interesting though because before I learned Japanese, I liked fantasy animes but now that I speak the language and live in Japan, I switched to slice of life. If you like those, or low key animes like Natsume Yuujinchou then you should definitely tryep2. And wait until the end of the ending song, there are extra clips that are funny

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Will do. I watched the first ep of Natsume Yuujinchou and I guess I was turned off by the ending. I do like some SoL dramas though like Flying Witch, and Sweetness & Lightning. Oh, and while not really SoL, I have to watch season 2 of Food Wars. Argh, so much stuff to watch, so little time.

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Lovely complex is one of my favourites!

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Ohhhh, LovCom is a classic :)
Now that you mentioned it I'm feeling nostalgic, maybe I should rewatch it.

And I'm going to add my recommendation for anime too: Kamisama Kiss. It's a light watch with lots of fun and romance, those who are into fantasy stories will not regret to give it a try. :)

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I was recommended gekkan shoujo nozaki kun earlier this week by a friend. It was hilarious! Its about a high schooler who writes shoujo manga, and tells abt the close friends he gets his characters inspirations from! So funny!! And simple and really its something you can watch anytime lol

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Oh im watching the anime tho xp

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Hi Beanies !

Finally... end of exams ! End of semester ! Now I hope I passed them or else I won't be able to study in Germany. I'm going to catch up Chicago Typewriter and Man to Man. Yoo Ah In and Park Hae Jin as reward sounds good.

I finally watched Queen of the Rings and I have SLS T_T He is the only who didn't throw me off. I mean every one was awful : the girl with insecurities uses magic to change appearance and to seduce a hot guy, hot guy only purchases pretty girls and excuses nearly every thing his ideal type does just because she is pretty, pretty girl wants a man to protect her and doesn't care about his feelings and the other college students who make insensitive comments. Was the drama a critic of society being obsessed with beauty and ending with “even if you are ugly you can find a handsome guy too” ? The characters had background explaining they were not bad people but the execution was bad and the show message was not well send in my opinion.

Happy Friday :D

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The second lead in QotR, is that Lee Tae Sun? I've been meaning to watch it, since I really want to see him in something more after Entertainer :)

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Yes, it was the boy from Entertainer.

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I love Kim Seul Gi but couldnt bring myself to finish QOTR. And I like the second lead too. Luckily can get to see KSG in Lookout soon. I hope her character this time would be a bit different from what she usually does.

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From the teaser, her character is not like her typical character and I anticipate so much.

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I gave up ½ way through the 2nd episode on QOTR...

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Me too. He's the only character that I like in that series. I'm really hoping to see him in another project where he'll be the lead soon.

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I hope to see more of him !

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Ah Queen of the Ring.. That drama kinda left a bad tast in my mouth. Even if they tried to redeem themselves in the story it just didn't cover the initial message they seemed to give. Same with that other body swap drama... what was it's name again... anyway two sisters swap body and they ALMOST managed to teach something. But then kinda fell short.

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It sounds a little like School 2015 but not really. The twin literally lived her sister's life.

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Yeah it wasn't School 2015. It was a webdrama. Short thing. I had hopes for it, but they were never realized :p

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I think the body switch web drama is The Miracle. Yeah, it's pretty much the same as Queen of the Rings but I manage to finish QotR (mostly because of Kim Seul Gi) and I dropped The Miracle. Let us say the reason I dropped it is to avoid the disappointment & frustrations I get after QotR because the pacing of the story tells me that they're also going there. These kind of show has an inspiring story to tell but felt short in executing and delivering the message to the viewers explicitly.

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Hey! Congratulations on finishing the semester in one piece!!!! And I'll keep my fingers crossed for you and Germany. It's a wonderful country with a great train and bus system that will allow you to spend each weekend in a different country if you so desire :)

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Thanks that's sweet ! That's good to know since I like taking the bus (is it weird ?). It's my dream to visit Amsterdam and Austria I hope I will have time to do so.

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Where in Germany are you going to study? :D
And I agree with @silentbeluga, they've got great infrastructure, I've never had any problems there when I had to get around ^^ I've also often taken the train from Denmark to Germany and it was always a very pleasant experience and wasn't overly expensive, so I'm guessing it won't be too difficult for you to visit at least one of those countries.

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I'm going to take summer classes in June in Berlin before studying in Düsseldorf for a year. I'm so excited :D

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OMG guys, I just downloaded the ringtone from "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" !!!!!!!

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I have it on my phone but haven't set it to anything.

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Raining like crazy here. It has been hot most if the week. Lots of flowers in bloom.
Watching K dramas Typewriter, Tunnel, Mystery Queen, My Secret Romance, Rebel
Watched K movie Coin Locker Girl
Watched J movie After The Flowers
Finished J drama Quartet
Watching J drama Onna Joushu Naotora.
At the end of each episode there is a short history lesson on the localities and person mentioned in the drama, unfortunately it's not subbed, what a shame.

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not watching the G.O.D ? Boku Unmei no Hito

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I'm actually waiting for the subs to come out for Onna Joushu Naotora. It will be my first historical Jdrama. How is it ?

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I've watched the first three episodes. Enjoying it so far. The actress Arai Miu who is playing the young Otowa / young Naotora is doing a wonderful job.

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Hey John: How is Secret Romance? I love Sung Hoon but it seemed so fluffy and I wasn't in the mood for fluff. Same reason I didn't try to watch The Liar and his love. What am I missing? Is the J-drama good? Haven't watched one in a few months.

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Hi Carole,

My Secret Romance is pure fluff yet somehow they make it palatable, lol.

OJN is good so far. Quartet wasn't bad, classical music soundtrack along with mysteries surrounding our 4 characters

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I watch MSR with a lot of eye rolls and huffing at my TV. It's okay, not amazing. Everytime I see Sung Hoon, I see him as Mr. Anime Face, not that it's a bad thing.

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Doesn't help that he is pretty much phoning it in here. He seems like he doesn't really like his costar IRL.

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i'm watching Onna Joushu Naotora on dramanice dot es - the epilogue history segments are subbed... tho it's only subbed thru ep 10 currently.

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Can anyone that has watched the movie Our Love Story starring Lee Sang Hee and Ryu Sun Young tell me who the woman that visits Jisoo at the bar where she's working is supposed to be? An ex??

Thanks!

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Keeping an eye on France President elections. Watching many of short-stories on korea by leading international news channels.

And a question - Need to find this drama. I have watch 2 FMVs of it. I can't find those FMV anymore so now completely dependent on peoples Memory.
Hero - Rich, Rude, aloof, Gang member, Good Looking, mommy/daddy issues, Gets into contract marriage with heroine
Heroine - Wise, simple, have dignity and under debt of hero's family.
Mother aka Mother-in-Law - orders heroine to marry hero.

Hero asking for divorce. Heroine crying no. of times. Heroine claiming she won't fall in love with the guy. Heroine getting into an car accident.

Unreliable information from YT comments - Old heroine Young Hero, Heorine a teacher - hero a student. No drama based on novel. So that FMV's content is from some other drama.
Most probably a Kdrama.

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