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[Staff Spotlight] Get to know javabeans

With so many minions contributing regularly to this site, we thought it might be nice to get to know everyone on Team Dramabeans in a more official capacity. It’s easy for us to forget sometimes that you guys don’t get a lot of chances to get to know our minions as people, and not just drama-recapping machines. They are very good at that—being recapping machines, I mean—but I can vouch for them also being very good at being people, too, and quite interesting ones at that!

So we whipped up some questions to put to the team, and will be posting these regularly until everyone’s had a chance in the spotlight. Hope you enjoy getting to know our minion army.

Me first!

Explain your username (and/or avatar).

I have no particular reason for picking javabeans; I needed a handle and it was coffee-related, which is always a plus. My avatar comes from the Dal Ja’s Spring episode that features several women struggling through their roles as women, professionals, mothers, and bosses, and “Wonder Dal Ja” was something of a symbol for an everywoman being admirable for doing her best job being herself.

What is the first drama that you watched (or the first drama that made an impression)?

Jealousy in 1992. I grew up with dramas always playing in the background because my parents watched them every day, but Jealousy was the first that caught my interest, and the first that inspired that excited, hoppy feeling inside that I would later come to know as drama addiction.

Tell us about a job or two that you’ve had in the past.

I once drove a KBS documentary PD around LA for a week as his personal chauffeur/errand runner. I was 19, and I had no interest in documentaries or KBS but was asked by a friend of a friend of a friend whose only contact in LA was me. I watched him scrambling to put together half-baked concepts and film snippets of scattered ideas to air in Korea as actual TV episodes. I now have a pretty low opinion of KBS documentaries.

Have you ever lived a moment that you thought belonged in a drama?

Being in an unrequited crush-o-go-round that would have been hilarious for how perfectly it misaligned everyone’s feelings, except for how much it freaking hurt at the time. If it had been a drama, it would have been the C-list kind that loses its way by being way too angsty for 12 episodes and then fizzles out without a resolution.

What’s your favorite drama that you recapped?

I try to enjoy each experience, but there have been a couple that felt a little extra special. Healer was a really satisfying experience thanks to the Dramabeans fandom that really embraced it with warmth and positivity. I look back fondly (now) at all the cracky dramas that caused Dramabeans to crash when the recap was posted (Boys Before Flowers, You’re Beautiful, Dream High, City Hunter, You From Another Star…). Coffee Prince was probably the one that really solidified the satisfaction of recapping as its own process, because it was so early and I didn’t know what I was doing then, or what I even wanted recapping to be. Amazing what it’s become.

What drama genres do you especially like?

I like romantic comedies so much I even like the bad ones. Also like campus relationship stories, comedies (the wackier and more screwball, the better), action thrillers, low-key indie-esque projects. I also love sci-fi, but only when it’s done very well.

What drama genres do you especially dislike?

I’ll try everything, but the threshold is low for strident makjang (the ones that actively strive to raise your blood pressure) and overindulgent tearjerkers, and I’m ambivalent to straight-up prodecurals, whether legal, medical, or police.

Is there a drama character you’ve ever strongly identified with, and why?

I’ve never been an abandoned teenager, rocker, or male, but I did feel a peculiar affinity for Sung Joon’s character in Shut Up: Flower Boy Band because I felt like his emotional reactions are what mine would have been. Withdrawn, seething anger that has nowhere to go but inward? Repressing feelings and facing everything alone? Ding, ding, ding. It didn’t necessarily make me like him more (I know what a flaw is when I see it!), but it made me really buy into the story and the conflicts. More recently, Individualist Ji-young. Who needs people? Humbug.

What drama character would you want to be?

Buki (Wang Bit-na) from The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry. So cool, self-possessed, no-bullshit, and totally content with herself. Striving to be like her would be an admirable goal. Lee Yuri in Father Is Strange is a more flawed version of rockstar professional woman (equally badass, though), while Buki is the more aspirational role model.

What was your major in school?

Japanese.

What’s a random skill you have?

I have a brown belt in Taekwondo, broke boards with my fist, and have lost 100% of the sparring matches I have ever attempted. I loved learning the choreographed forms and technique, but couldn’t apply those skills in action to (literally) save my life. I probably should have studied ballet instead.

Favorite non-Korean movie and/or TV show?

Singin’ in the Rain, Wonderfalls, and 30 Rock.

Which Hallyu celebrity would you actually want to meet and spend an hour with?

JYP, because I feel like he would teach me to be more productive and appreciative of every minute of my day and every opportunity of my life. I mean, I’ve already drunk the Kool-Aid on JYP’s eccentric brand of life philosophy, but a refresher course could be handy.

Which of the 7 deadly sins would be your undoing? (Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, or sloth.)

Pride. I can readily imagine the scenario where I am too proud to ask for help attempting/doing/moving anything and am found weeks later, crushed underneath the bookcase I insisted on moving myself, to my eternal dismay.

Your favorite drama has an unholy alliance with your most hated drama and produces a mutant baby drama. Describe the plot.

A teenage girl is sexually assaulted in front of her helpless boyfriend, gets a new face, and comes back years later with a newfound talent for songwriting and rallies her ragtag rocker friends to win the battle of the bands and score a record deal. The most violently traumatic feel-good underdog musical of the year.

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"I like romantic comedies so much I even like the bad ones"..this! ME too omgg.
And now I 'have' to watch/finish shut up flower boy band! Glad to meet you javabeans! And a brown belt in taekwondo? Wow, I basically live in my underground watching kdramas, but have been itching to start karate, may be this will be the inspiration/ kick that I needed?

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Quickly adds BooF.....Hoo to vocabulary from JYP life philosophy post!

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It's nice to get to know our recappers better. After my schedule got so much more busy, I have relied on recaps for most of the dramas I never got to fully watch. So, this is a sincere thank you to each one you. It's nice to have this section since I always wondered why one would pick the avatar they did or chose the username they did. This is a great way to communicate with us beanies about yourselves.
P.S That's literally how I feel every time I'm at tae kwon do class. If I really needed to save myself, I probably wouldn't get very far with my tae kwon do skills either.

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thanks for the opportunity to get to know more about team dramabeans! i will read them all~

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Too good! I have always wanted to know about every recapper here. I even used to check for photos and videos of you guys.. got to see JB, GF, Heads & gummi.. ? Now that I got a peek into Sara's heart, looking forward to know about others too..!

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Well nice to meet you, Javabeans! I like your taste :-).
Love this feature, get your spotlight, recappers and other DB heroes! ?

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I didn't know I could adore you more, @javabeans, but here you go listing Wonderfalls as one of your fave TV shows and now I pledge allegiance to you forever.

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I was reading this and then had to login so I could specifically spazz out about Wonderfalls! I still mourn how it was cut too short.....

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Same here - a yeah for Wonderfalls!

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Same here! Extra extra love for Javabeans and all you folks because of Wonderfalls! That was so short-lived but every moment was extremely wonderful. *pushes plastic toy in a barrel over niagra falls*

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Me too! I am so happy whenever I find people who love Wonderfalls!

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So this is where all the Wonderfalls fans were at! As if I had another reason to love DB even more. :)

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Ah I always wanted to know more about the DB team so this new corner is much appreciated..

I wonder what is the hated show referred to in this mixture-

A teenage girl is attacked in front of her helpless boyfriend, gets a new face, and comes back years later with a newfound talent for songwriting and rallies her ragtag rocker friends to win the battle of the bands and score a record deal. The most violently traumatic feel-good underdog musical of the year.

I guess the favourite show is Shut Up Flower Boy Band :)

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Yes, I too was wondering what the most hated drama is ?

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It might be I Miss You?

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That's my guess too...

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That was my first thought as well...I had forgotten how traumatizing that drama was...so much crying...

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Yep, my guess too.

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I think definitely I Miss You, if anyone is unsure, check out her rating and comment http://www.dramabeans.com/ratings/page/4/

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The "New Face" part got me thinking W's villain. But it's probably not. Hmm. I'm curious which musical is she referring to.

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I thought the gets a new face bit was about Birth of a Beauty,but I don't remember javabeans hating it as much as I Miss You...

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I miss you for the bad drama

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I knew she didn't like it, but I had no idea it was the worst drama she watched. ^^""" YEH needs a comeback so she can erase that memory with a better one.

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Maybe I haven't watched a lot of dramas about new faces but the only one I could think of was Temptation of a Wife when I read that ? it was a mak jang that shot my blood pressure to the roof...

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This is so interesting, thanks for sharing javabeans! I always come back here to read recaps of older dramas as I make my way through them. Even though I can't contribute to the discussion anymore, I still get a lot out of reading what you and other recappers thought way back when, and feel like I get to know your voices. And now I kind of want to watch that mutant baby drama.

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Me, too! I always read recaps of older dramas, months or years after they've aired, so I can't contribute to the discussions anymore. But, it's still very satisfying...and, like myheartisomg, I get a lot of out of them!

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awww.. can't wait to read the rest of dramabeans.

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Wow, I LOVE Wonderfalls! It was such a short lived piece of joy that I am always happy to hear that someone else enjoyed it as much as I did. I still mourn its loss!
Thank you for the peak at your life ad for starting this wonderful blog :)

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Fun feature! It's nice getting to know more about the team behind the site. I love the Dalja's Spring avatar - love that drama generally - and it was that show that led me to this site.

Looking forward to reading about the others!

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I will have to try Dalja's Spring one of these days..

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It's one of those dramas I'm saving for when I need to marathon a good show - like if I'm sick and stuck on the couch.

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same its on my watch list as its constantly being mentioned on db

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Yay for the Singin' in the Rain love! It was my absolute favorite film when I was a kid, which means I have watched it at least a hundred times and can still, to this day, quote most of the dialogue from memory. "Dignity! Always dignity!"

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"Pierre you shouldn't have come!"

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YES! YES! YES!!1 NOOOooo NOooooo Noooowoooooaaa.

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"Moses supposes his toeses are roses" are words to live by.

My favorite songs are nobody's favorite songs. Beautiful girls~~~~ and Fit as a fiddle, I'm ready for love~~~

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Wait a minute... I just realized i wasn't replying to a random Beanie's comment but the great recapper Odi!!!

Falls from shock. Thanks for hanging on there with Whisper, man.

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My father has recently been watching the original movies where Arthur Freed's songs were first used, and a few weeks ago he was telling me about how the "I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin'" montage was actually pretty accurate. Which then, of course, meant that we randomly burst into the "I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin'" song, complete with the sped up bits that eventually slow ("doo, wackadoo, wackadoo") into "Beautiful Girls."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z0FEzE5AJs

I've always loved that song if only to marvel at the colorful and impressive outfits! When I was a kid, I liked figuring out which one I'd want to wear. ^_^ (fox to the opera, probably, or maybe hiding something in my sleeves)

I love all the songs, but I admit I still instinctively want to fast-forward through "You Were Meant For Me" because that was always the most boring when I was a wee tot.

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Loving all the references to Singin' in the Rain! lol Absolutely love that movie!

I loved Gene Kelly and had such a huge crush on him I went and watched all his musicals ♥

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This is fun! Love the idea of getting to know you all especially since i joined the site a couple years back and haven't been here since the beginning. Though I'm trying to figure out which dramas spawned your violent/feel good musical??? Dream High? lost with the new face part lol

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musical drama is most likely shut up flower boy band

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I have always lurked around dramabeans since BoF and this has been my go-to site for recaps. I have always enjoyed your recaps (and all your side comments - which I think makes the recaps unique). I must say that dramabeans have gone a long way since a decade ago and I am very happy about it! It won't be possible wothout our beloved "dictator-for-life".

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Love this.

And Thank You for the introduction to the JYP life philosophy...Kool-Aide officially drunk. (though holy hell - that's some serious discipline)

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Ooh, I really love this idea! Always wanted to know the recappers a little more, though the new DB made this easy, I would've never thought to ask some of these questins! Looking forward to know the rest!

"I have a brown belt in Taekwondo, broke boards with my fist, and have lost 100% of the sparring matches I have ever attempted"
This made me laugh really hard and about pride, I think that will be the death of me someday, that or wrath! LOL!

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This is a good section. Pleasure to know you, JB. though somehow, with your writing and all your posts and podcasts, i feel like i know you really well. And the revelations shared here are just true to how i picture you in my head. Indeed, dramabeans is where it is, thanks to you. Looking forward to meeting the rest of the gang.

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Me too with the taekwondo. I got a black belt but the only way I can beat someone up is if they're standing completely still.

I sometimes wonder if kdrama would be this big in the world if not for javabeans. Korea should pay her a commission!

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Lol so true! Dramabeans have become such a big part of my kdrama life!

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Whoa, I just finished listening to the podcast and was thinking it would be so lovely to get to know more about you all, and I log in again and here it is! ?

Javabeans, I think many of us can relate to having a C-list type romance story with an unrequited crush with loads of angsty. ? So you're not alone!!

And I find it amazing that you know taekwondo! ??And I too loved Buki, and very much wanted to be a cool free-spirited person like her (still trying ?).

Thank you for this and everything you guys are doing for this site - you all are amazing! Will be looking forward to getting to know all of you ?

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I just came from the podcast too, hi-5~~~ It was a great fun drunk podcast. They didn't sound that drunk though. :P

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Lol hi 5! ?️

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Yess, I would also like to be like Lee Yuri's character in Father is Strange, albeit less flawed. She's such a badass: self-contained, confident UUGH. I wish there were more characters like that in dramaland.
Lol to the incident with the KBS documentary PD.

Love this section, and I'm excited to know more about the dramabeans team.

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Thanks for this new feature @javabeans!

I too find myself drawn to romantic comedies for the most part...save for City Hunter... and first found this site when I was trying to make heads or tails of BOF!

Can't wait to learn more about the DB staff!

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Oooo! The cool, popular girl, Javabeans, is at the same party I'm at! (That's the vibe I'm getting.)
Great new site thread! I'm happy to get to know you all better.

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Write a comment...loooove you JavaBeans!

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Oh my God!! What an amazing question for the last... mutant baby drama...I just cant stop laughing?
But yes, this is a wonderful initiative to know the people behind dramabeans and looking forward to reading these in the future.... please fo keep such amazing questions though... baby mutant drama...lol

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I like the last question and answer.

I can relate with the SUFBB feels. one thing is that it is personally relatable, another that there are lots of starting musicians trying to find their way. I have witnessed the progress of some of them through years and countless projects, all their insecurities etc so that felt like reality not a drama.

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My mutant drama baby would be of tax-avoiding serial killers who turn a new leaf in life opening a manicure parlour.

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Seo In-Guk??

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I love this idea! And I love you even more after reading this, Javabeans. <3 Concerning the last question: obviously the favorite drama is SUFBB, but what is the most hated drama? I need to know!

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I think it's I Miss You. The 'sexually assaulted in front of her helpless boyfriend and gets a new face' match the leads backstory.

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Thank you so much! That sounds awful. I'll be sure to steer clear.

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OMG. Wonderfalls!
(I have the DVD)

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This is a great addition. ☺ its nice to know more about you. And looking forward the rest of your minion army.

For the record, I appreciate all the hardwork that you guys do. Thank you for this site that we can share our love for everything kdrama. You guys are wonderful.

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"The most violently traumatic feel-good underdog musical of the year." LOL

Looking forward to the rest of this series and getting to know the rest of the Dramabeans recap team!

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Wow! Hi @Javabeans nice to meet you. It's a pleasure to finally meet you. Now that i've met you, more questions keep popping up. Whoa! I think iam getting too greedy, anyway thanks to you, iam able to keep up with kdrama world. Long live you.

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Wow. That last one is intense.

@javabeans Why the Japanese major? And have you done anything with it?

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I think that this staff spotlight is an awesome idea. It really helps to bring us all a little closer together. What with all the sci-fi I've read and watched, I was beginning to think that you all were really machines ;). You all have to be super human, that' s for sure :)!

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What a neat feature! Thank you for sharing these details with us, javabeans!

As a dedicated reader/follower of Dramabeans, you do wonder who is working behind the scenes, watching the good and the bad together with all of us, recapping, and putting all the pieces together which make up this site ..... that brings us so much fun and joy.

It is a pleasure to know you and I look forward to knowing a little bit more about the rest of Team Dramabeans. Thanks for all you guys do!

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@javabeans 30 rock is awesome,virtual hi5

I still remember how I stumbled upon your site while trying to find watching an episode of coffee prince,and since then I have been a regular 10 years and still going strong
Seriously Healer days were remarkable,the fandom was something

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Cool is nice to know a bit more about the recappers.

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"I like romantic comedies so much I even like the bad ones"
why is this so relatable

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I can relate with the pride definitely. And I'm most curious about the japanese major. Why? How? How was it? Regrets?

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Aaaaaaw...
I love Buki from 'The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry' too, because she's the only one who doesn't want to be married :-D
I mean, she loves herself, has great career, doing whatever she wants to do and also she's a supportive girl-friend, and cool with her girl-friends who wants to settle down

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Oh man... WONDERFALLS. Every few years, I rewatch that one because I love it so much. Jaye was totally the type of heroine I love. Now that I think about it, Korea should remake it. The talking objects with animal faces was probably a bit too wacky for the US at the time, but we've seen crazier in dramas. It has the angst when Eric's wife comes back. Man, now I'm trying to cast it in my head. Ryu Jun Yeol is Eric (I'm casting a bit older... It's my drama, I do what I want). Now that I'm watching Fight My Way, I can see Kim Ji Won as a great Jaye. Or Kim Seul Gi! Yeah, Kim Seul Gi is perfect.

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@javabeans So how often will dramabeans be doing the staff spotlight?

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Okay, I got totally distracted and watched JYP's Healing Camp episode instead. I realized that I'm actually lazier than I thought I was.

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I only followed the link and read the Healing Camp episode recap, which is amazeballs. What an unexpected gem to fall into my day from this lovely new feature, thanks JB! I learned a lot ❤️

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Oooh, cool feature. It's nice to know more about DB recappers since DB has become a huge part of my life. It's nice to meet you, @javabeans.

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"The woman who still wants to marry" was such a wonderful drama with relatable heroines in their 30s (and it is a soft spot of mine because this was when looking for more info on this drama that I found dramabeans).
I remember javabeans or girlfriday mentionned in one comment that she was not 34 (the heroines' age) yet but looking forward to be that cool. I was just 25 at the time and 34 seemed sooooo far off. But here I am, going on 33, single and in a professional slump, and being as much as a mess as these characters were!!! (But also having fun times and amazing friendships with strong-willed and supportive girlfriends!!! I still envy their clothes though...)
Anyway, congratulations on javabeans for running such a wonderful website: I can't imagine you'd pictured yourself running such a business 10 years ago, but as the "woman who still wants to marry" lead said, "we would have been crazy if we had known!!" ?

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Singin' the rain and Lina Lamont <3

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"I am a shimmering star in the cinema firmament. It says so. Right there." Lol, Lina got some of the best lines. Suddenly I want to watch Singin' in the Rain again. :D

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She had the best voice too.

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Thanks for letting us know more about you.

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Awesome new feature! And it'd be fun if Beanies answered some of these same questions on their fan walls.

I find it amusing that someone who says, "Who needs people? Humbug." has managed to create a popular international forum that not only brings people together, but does so in a way that attracts remarkably high levels (compared with other websites) of goodwill, positivity, and camaraderie. (It reminds me of a cat I used to have who acted all aloof, but really was a big softie deep down.)

I'm horrible about asking for help, too, but it's something I want to work on.

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find it amusing that someone who says, "Who needs people? Humbug." has managed to create a popular international forum that not only brings people together, but does so in a way that attracts remarkably high levels (compared with other websites) of goodwill, positivity, and camaraderie.

Exactly my thoughts.

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Thanks JB! I love you!

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I really like this segment! Thanks DB family for this idea. The first time I realize how many writers there were here was from the recent annual beanie award.
I look forward to getting to know more about each and every member of Team DB. *hwaiting*

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Oh what a cool way of getting to know the DB staff members. I am looking forward to reading about the rest.

I'm planning on re-watching Coffee Prince, so I'll definitely go back to JB's recaps. I have not discovered DB way back then. Now I'm excited to read JB's thoughts since she mentioned it as the drama that solidified her satisfaction for recapping. DB has come a long long way for sure.

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