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[Staff Spotlight] Get to know chickachunga

Explain your username (and/or avatar).

chickachunga was my cousin’s nickname when she was in high school. Now that she’s no longer in high school, I thought I’d use it as my handle since it’s fun to say, part of my name is in it, I’m a woman, and it’s like a hybrid of “cowabunga!” and chimichanga, two words that roll off your tongue in a fun way. I guess I’m a fan of alliteration and playing with words.

I drew my avatar on my iPad; it’s a self-portrait in which I have TVs for eyes and a pencil in my hair. Did you get that I’m a TV junkie who likes to write? 🙂 I also tend to put my hair up in a bun like that.

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

Six Children (1998). My little sister bore a striking resemblance to the Malsooni character so I just remember so many random Koreans approaching my mom and remarking, “Omo, your kid looks like Malsoon!”

Six Children took place in post-war Korea and centered around a widow struggling to raise six children amidst crippling poverty. I don’t remember much and probably understood very little, but enough to know that this drama was sad and my tear ducts at age 7 were in full working order.

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

I used to be a Hollywood assistant working in TV. I read numerous scripts (most weren’t very good), rolled lots of calls (1 phone + 6 different lines = nonstop ringing), and sent/received countless emails on a daily basis.

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

On a particularly rainy day, a truck zipped through a huge puddle, and I got drenched from head to toe. No handsome guy swooped in and shielded me, either.

What’s your favorite drama that you recapped?

Beautiful Gong Shim. The reason’s obvious when you look at what else I’ve recapped!

What drama genres do you especially like?

Workplace, high school, dark and suspenseful thrillers, snappy rom-com, coming-of-age… As long as the writing and directing are solid, I’m not picky when it comes to genres.

What drama genres do you especially dislike?

Makjang. No Im Sung-han makjangs for me, thank you. Not a fan of the whole baiting for eyeballs by way of randomly killing off characters.

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

Answer Me 1988’s Sung Bora. Just like Bora, I’m a nerd with major RBF.

What was your major in school?

Film & Television.

What’s a random skill you have?

I can play the double bass, and I’m really good with names. I’m also an oracle of random knowledge and can identify obscure actors from their previous works.

Favorite non-Korean movie and/or TV show?

Favorite TV shows: Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Parks and Recreation, Fleabag.

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

Ryu Joon-yeol. He’s well-traveled, speaks English, and seems pretty down to earth.

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

Pride. I can’t help it!

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

A rising movie star named Cha Young-bin quits acting (turns out he was just a pretty face) and goes corporate, working an ordinary 9-to-5 job in a cubicle and getting whipped by a demanding boss, and ultimately finds out that he was a spoiled, undeserving brat all this time when he visits Petra. Yes, it is in Petra that knowledge and common sense suddenly flood his pretty head. Better late than never.

 
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Nice to know you, chickachunga! Your avatar looks cool and it's genius! I guess we have the same interest.
One of the drama is Entourage, right?

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bingo! :)

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And the other Misaeng? :D

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your favourite drama genre is twinsie crazy with mine!
Btw I really love ur avatar from the get go, is so 90's lego feeling. And Im old kids 90 on the block,so.. haha

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Do I offend someone that my comment got down voted?

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Don't try to understand it. I received 4 downvotes now and none of my comments were offensive, hateful or even in any kind negative. There is really no reason to it.

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I received my first downvote yesterday for a reason I don't even know. I read your comment and there was nothing offensive at all. Don't take it to heart.

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No, buttons are too close and someone slipped while getting you an upvote!!! ;) . Please take it with philosophy and have a good day =) .

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loved learning more about you, chickachunga! your username definitely rolls off the tongue for a nice effect hehe.

for your mutant drama, i'm guessing most hated is entourage and favorite is misaeng?

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ding dong deng! :)

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Hehe, aw, can you teach me how to be good with names? I really really want that skill.

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When someone tells me their name, I say it out loud/repeat it back to them while maintaining eye contact!

"Hi, my name's Mungbeanie."
"Mungbeanie! Great name! Nice to meet you, Mungbeanie."

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OK, I'll try it. Thanks @chikachunga !

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You DREW the avatar? That's amazing. ♥ And I'm also JBR with a serious case of resting bitch face hahaha. Good for her finding her match in Sunwoo.

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A fellow film major!! (even though I am assuming it was on the production end, I was studies) But still - Chingu!!! 😆

And yes, Misaeng is the best show ever (Lee Sung-min forever).

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hey chingu! :)

Lee Sung-min can do no wrong!

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Nice to know you chickachunga (when I read the handle I imagine a tiny yellow baby chick dancing to some Hawaiian music & using the hoola hoop too, idk why XD)
I've no idea what are the 2 parent dramas of the mutant baby drama are. But again, as usual mutant baby drama is the best part in *get to know db staff* post. Its so much fun 😄
I really hope they make it a theme of the month in the future 😂😂

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I believe it is the horror that is Entourage and the wonder that is Misaeng.

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^Perfectly put, chingu!

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Dear @chickachunga , I forgot to mention this but your drama moment reminded of an exact, if worse, situation 4 years ago. I was going home from my college on a very rainy day on my bike, I was wearing my raincoat so I wasn't soaked, that is, until a guy on one of those speedy bikes crossed me spraying me with water till my waist, as if that wasn't enough, a huge truck crossed me literally drenching me with water from head to toe. My raincoat held up pretty well, & I went home, silently wishing (cursing) that those criminals get a flat tire.

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Ooh thank you @umbrellaman , I guessed a little about misaeng but I've never read entourage so I didn't know 😅

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Love the self-portrait avatar. 👍

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LOL at most of your answers!

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Nice too meet you, Chickachunga!

I am sorry, but everytime I read your name I pronounce as Chikungunya, wich is a desease in my country transmitted by the mosquito aedes aegypti! hahahaha

Sorry, the the writing is so similar! haha

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I always think of chikungunya when I see Chickachunga's handle, too!

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@fernanda-smith hahahaha! eek!

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No guy swooped in to shield you for the puddle splash, but it is even worse that no Joon-hyung (of WLFKBJ) to use you as a shield either (one of the funniest trope subversions to date!)

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I LOVE THAT SCENE!!!! Nice to meet you, chickachunga!

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True that! haha

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I wonder why no blogger has Friends as their favourite TV show!

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I really like your handle, chickachunga! It makes me think of the sounds bangles make together. *Ching, Ching, chung, chung.* and your avatar is cute! :)

I haven't watched answer me 1988 and I had no idea what RBF is, just now googled it and the result made me giggle.

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I believe RBF stands for Resting Bitch Face 😛😃

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When I see Chickachunga, my mind says "chimichunga" LOL!

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Which then reminds me of chimichangas and how it was said in Napoleon Dynamite... 😂

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The whole Six Children, Malsoonie thing made me think of Ma Rin in Tomorrow With You being recognized as the child actress Bap Soon. LOL!

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I dunno, I like BGS for Minah but MSG is coming together fun. Don't watch rom-coms normally, but the com in this one got me going back.

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If you ever meet Ryu Joon Yeol, I will be there. I don't know how, but when there is a will, there is a way!

(Oh wow was that my stalker mode that just went on? My bad.)

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I'm feeling stupid because I still don't understand what the name means. T___T Language barrier?

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<3 you!

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@awcoconuts <3 you more!

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Thanks for sharing some details about yourself!

How neat that you drew your own avatar ..... and that her eyes are TV's! 📺

Finally, thank you for your recaps!

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Hi there! Love your responses. Lol at RBF. You're talents, cool.

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My orchestra director in high school made me play double bass one year (I played violin usually) because we had none. It's strung in 4ths instead of 5ths so I had no idea what note I was playing ever, I just picked random notes that sounded good and went with that.

Really enjoyed your Gong Shim recaps!

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❤️ ❤️ ❤️

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@laica <3 <3 <3 :)

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Hi chikachunga!
I've always wondered about your handle. Thanks for letting us know.
I loved Beautiful GongShim and followed it mostly from the recaps here in dramabeans. Really enjoyed reading your recaps!

I only got the Misaeng reference on your mutant baby drama. Then i read in the comments that the other is Entourage. No wonder i didnt know. I avoided that show like a plague, partly due to the negative reviews.

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"On a particularly rainy day, a truck zipped through......."
I'm so glad it wasn't the truck of Doom...*deep breath* You wouldn't be writing this if it was eh?

Nice to meet you chickachunga!

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Can I join your meeting with RJY please 😍

Nice getting to know you @chickachunga 😊

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Ryu Joon-yeol. He’s well-traveled, speaks English, and seems pretty down to earth.

Me: Suddenly I remember him in Youth Over Flowers: Africa. Anyway nice to meet you.. Your username is unique.. I have to say this :-)

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eee! ♥ also, I love your avatar, it's funky and fierce!

(but oh my god, please teach me how to remember people's names! I'm fine for half an hour, but after that, it's gone!)

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