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[Staff Spotlight] Get to know gummimochi

Explain your username (and/or avatar).

My username is a combination of my two favorite things: sour gummy worms and mochi. As for the avatar, think of it as my mini-me who is almost always listening to K-pop.

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

For the longest time, I thought my first drama was Happy Together (1999), which starred familiar names like Lee Byung-heon, Song Seung-heon, and Kim Ha-neul. But the first one I remember watching with my family was First Love (1996) with Bae Yong-joon.

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

In college, I worked at a career center and learned everything there is to know about the job search, the interview process, and resume writing. Sure it was a desk job, but I picked up valuable skills that’ll stick with me forever.

What’s your favorite drama that you recapped?

Ah, that’s a toughie. While I’ll always have a soft spot for Operation Proposal, I’d have to say I loved covering Bad Guys. Totally badass, totally worth your time.

What drama genres do you especially like?

Honestly, almost any drama with flawed heroes, formidable villains, and good storytelling will be up my alley. That can be a great crime procedural, a mystifying psychological thriller, an epic sageuk, or a good ol’ romantic comedy.

What drama genres do you especially dislike?

Weekend family dramas. You know the ones I’m talking about—where everyone is screaming at everyone else over the smallest slight. I’d like to keep my eardrums intact, thanks.

What was your major in school?

Psychology. My mind thrives off of learning about what makes people tick and the experiences that shape who we are and become threads of the story of our lives.

What’s a random skill you have?

Cross stitching, specifically patterns of my all-time favorite subjects, including but not limited to: Rurouni Kenshin, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Vampire Hunter D. How I got into it: A few years ago, I wanted an easy, cost-effective hobby to do and discovered that Sherlock Holmes would cross stitch as a way to relieve stress. So I picked up a needle and have never looked back since.

Favorite non-Korean movie and/or TV show?

Community. #sixseasonsandamovie

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

Lee Jun-ki, the Energizer Bunny who would be so very happy and appreciative to meet a fan. And because if I ever met Kang Haneul, I’d be sitting in a corner, hyperventilating.

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

Gluttony, for surely there are too many delicious cuisines in the world I could ever enjoy in one lifetime.

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

Drug lord Jung Shi-hyun would teach whiny-why-is-he-famous Cha Young-bin (Entourage) the true meaning of Heartless City by making him run laps wearing necklaces of cocaine.

 
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Hahahaha! A girl after my own heart or should I say stomach? :D I wish watching kdramas made me lose weight from all the heart pounding, stress from waiting for next episodes and sleep deprivation I am going through. Alas no such thing.. BTW missing your Running Man recaps @gummimochi.

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Missing the Running Man recaps too!

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OH! Psychology student too here!

That is an interesting baby mutant drama, I totally want to watch that ?

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Enjoyed hearing what makes Gumi tick for Kdrama.

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Weren't you a Park Jungsoo fan? I remember that from your old avatar, but I guess you stopped?

I have a soft spot for Operation Proposal too!
Bae Yong Joon is still big in my heart now, he was such a legend.

Rurouni Kenshin, Howl’s Moving Castle... are you talking about the original works (manga for Kenshin and book for Howl (RIP DWJ), or are you talking about the live-adaptation for Kenshin and the animation for Howl?

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Omo, the old avatar was a picture of Daesung (VIP4LYFE). Indeed, the live-action of Kenshin and animation of Howl's Moving Castles are the inspiration of my current projects. However, I'm slowly trying to fit in episodes of the anime. But seriously, who has the TIME.

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VIP YES

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Awww...Diana Wynne Jones...why you gotta make me sad...she was a fantastic novelist (wrote one of my fave books).

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What a coincidence that I see her name in this post. I just recommended her book in Open thread #501!
Which one is your favorite? The usual ones are Chrestomanci and Dalemark of course, but there's also Enchanted Glass and Power of Three or Fire and Hemlock which are mentioned often.
Mine is the boring choice that almost everyone chooses: Lives of Ch. Chant. :)

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My favorite is The Dark Lord of Derkholm. So freaking good!! If you haven't gotten to it yet read it now!!! But, I have read all of her books and they are all amazing!

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I read nearly all her books but was saving that one for a special time when I was truly free and had time to relax and savor it... (I was thinking abroad summer vacation)
Then I remember the first time I found out about her death. Her name trended on Worldwide trends on twitter, and even before I clicked on the Trend link, I had a bad feeling it was what I dreaded. I mean, she's a relatively obscure writer so for her name to trend... it had to be big news. I was unfortunately right. dsl;fkjsd;fjks;djf
Ever since then, I just put off reading that book. Like if I didn't read it, it would feel final. I know it has no logical connection whatsoever, it's just this stupid feeling I have.
Your comment sort of woke the need in me to read that book, made it more immediate as I was putting it off at the back of my mind. I think I'll be able to read that book soon. (sorry, I'm sure you didn't expect me to word vomit this heavy stuff out when you made your recommendation. lol)
Anyway, thanks for this. I'm going to rest now, but I have a feeling after I wake up, I'll be ordering a new book ;)

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*If I didn't read that, it wouldn't feel final

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One of my all time favorite books. Just so darn clever and fun...

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Derk! ♥

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Hahaha, I LOVE your reason for starting cross stitch. That's hilarious ?

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Hmm...is it just a coincidence that you also studied Psychology? I remember it also being Girlfriday's major. Or...since I'm also studying Psychology, is this some foreshadowing that I'm meant to be a minion someday? >.<
Also, Howl's Moving Castle and LJK, yess!!

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Ninja Teacher WOULD not only be happy to meet a fan, but he would initiate the selfies. and/or video.I also hope to meet him, but he´d be frightened by my resting bi*** face

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I remember you from the High Kick days. I was genuinely grateful to have someone willing to recap family dramas, it was (and still is) a rare find.

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Wait there's a high kick recap? In dramabeans?

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High kick 3 as far as I know....

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O the ol' sitcom days.

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Weren't you the one who used to recap RM? I would think those would have been the most memorable since they took years :)

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Variety is in my DNA.

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We should have a question for favorite variety shows. I want to hear about yours.

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Yes, Special Questions: why is variety in gummi's DNA?

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Thanks for telling us a bit about yourself, gummimochi. I've just this minute finished watching Bad Guys - what an amazing drama - so I'll definitely be reading your recaps tomorrow.

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Now you'll be all ready for Bad Guys 2. Congratulations!!!
Isn't Ma dong seok great? Watch his youtube interview with David (all in english) on youtube, you'll have a good time, promise :)

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I loved your writing since Mirae's choice (Ironic, I know, and went back and read many of your recaps a few years ago). You could say I'm a gummimochi expert... which is why I've noticed...
Is there a special reason why a lot of the dramas you recapped like Sirius, Full Sun, Incarnation of Money, Full House 2 are not included in the Master List of recaps? Those are the only from the ones I remember... and there's probably more. My first thought was that you didn't like them so you excluded them from the list, but then, Operation Proposal isn't in the Master List either, and you just said you were fond of it... Just curious as to the reason for their exclusion. Or didn't you like your writing from back then?

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Yay for Heartless City!

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@gummimochi
Omo! Kenshin Himura! Samurai X! Though from your replies I realise you watched the live action movie rather than the anime, which is opposite for me, because I haven't watched the movie yet, for fear of it not living up to my insanely high expectations. Kenshin was my first manga/anime crush in high school ?

I should find the time to watch the movies, but like you, who has the time?

I also used to be a cross stitch fiend in my younger days (my mom got me into it) and I love the idea that one could be done of Kenshin and co! Because last time it used to just be flowers, letters, pastel baby drawings I did (her attempt to make me a girly-girl), and this is so much cooler!

Thank you for sharing! I'm loving these posts!

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The movie adaptation is awesome! I assure you, you won't be disappointed.

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yes, takeru satoh <3

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Kenshiiiinnn! Yes, the live adaptation is awesome, they're one of my fave movies of all time! I never watched the anime, only the live one but friends who are fans of the anime also said the same thing :)

I have a MAJOR crush on Kenshin the character (and Takeru Satoh by extension) because of it ♥ The fight scenes were just breath-taking

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Bae Yong Joon is mom's crush ever since she watched him Winter Sonata. If he ever return to acting she will die of happiness.
I haven't told her that he got married yet.

Agree with you on Lee Jun-ki being the energizer bunny and his love for his fans. He'd go out of his way to please them.

I'll always remember gummi for her cute dimples!

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"Honestly, almost any drama with flawed heroes, formidable villains, and good storytelling will be up my alley. That can be a great crime procedural, a mystifying psychological thriller, an epic sageuk, or a good ol’ romantic comedy."

Any good recommendation for the romantic comedy with the elements listed?

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Nice to "meet" you, gummimochi!

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Hi, gummi. Cross stitch for a hobby, hmm. I'm thinking of taking up one. Can't kdrama watching count as one? haha. What can i combine it with if i am watching the subtitles as well?

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"Korean Culture" is your hobby. Trust me, you know more than you think and plenty enough to answer questions no one else can answer at Trivia Nights ? ?

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My days of watching Running Man wasn't complete until I read your recap then, thank you so much for your long time dedication!

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Nice to meet you gummimochi! It's always a pleasure reading you. I like your list of kinds of shows... "any drama with flawed heroes, formidable villains, and good storytelling will be up my alley. That can be a great crime procedural, a mystifying psychological thriller, an epic sageuk, or a good ol’ romantic comedy." - the same for me, actually, except I don't really go for sageuk.

Thanks for promptly recapping and sharing your feels with us! Cheers and all the best! ?

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You know, Gummi, it's because of you that I've found my ultimate favorite Kpop group which is BEAST (and now, Highlight, heh).

I remember how I randomly clicked your first ep recap for Monstar. Based on your review, I tried to watch the show and voila, I've been in love with Yong Junhyung since then and eventually with the whole group as well.

I can't imagine myself becoming a Kpop fan at the time but because of your awesome Monstar recaps, I've found a group that I can stan forever. LOL. Thank you so much, Gummi!

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Oh my gosh, that's totally my story too! I was a casual kdrama watcher at best and not into kpop at all. Mostly I watched a couple episodes of dramas and if I was interested I'd come to Dramabeans and read all the recaps instead of slogging through actually watching. But gummi's recaps of Monstar drew me in, and after I read ep. 5 recap, I started watching, and now I'm obsessed with Beast/Highlight and kdrama in general. I've lost thousands of hours but regret none of it. You're the best, gummimochi! I'll join you in the corner with a paper bag when Kang Haneul comes around. ?

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OMG! Yoon Seol Chan is the real culprit behind our Kpop madness.

I'm just really glad that Yong Junhyung introduced me to BEAST. They are just amazing people full of passion and dedication with their craft.

Btw, I'm loving their new releases. I love Sleep Tight so much. :)

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AHHH A FELLOW HIGHLIGHT FAN! (HUGS) Yong Jun-hyung is everything.

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Yoon Seol Chan is everything.

Gosh, I miss him as an actor. How I wish that he will comeback in dramaland someday.

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Omg this is also my story. I've been a highlight bbasoonie thanks to the recaps... so happy to see that there are other highlight fans in here!!! The fandom is not as vocal as others so I'm always delighted when I know there are others who love these guys ^^

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Nice meeting you, my fellow Light! :)

I'm so happy everytime I meet Highlight fans here in Dramabeans. And the fact that we both started to be a fan because of Monstar, gosh, it makes me feel glad as well.

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Not a Light myself (has the fandom name been decided then?) but I have been loving them since their latest "debut" and have basically been catching any and everything that they are coming out with!

They are such a perfect bunch of hard-working, funny, talented weirdos :P

I am currently loving all the ajhussi jokes, their variety appearances (Weekly idol was the best) and the many different versions of "Please don't be sad" (did you watch the mannequin version- it is awesome) :D

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It's official. The fandom is Light.

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Woah! I noticed this way too late!
Light for the win! :)

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*googles cross stitching* My gawd, that looks familiar~! I think I did a little bit of that in my childhood. Only simple flowers or something. LOL

I would love to meet Lee Jun Ki too. ❤️❤️❤️

Yayyy Jung Shi Hyun! I recognized his name before you mentioned Heartless City! I wish I could go rewatch it sometimes. And see Yoon Hyun Min too. ^^ But too many current dramas. XP

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I think the first recap I've read of yours was probably Hanakimi... the drama wasn't good, but I've loved your recaps for it. lol.

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Hi @gummimochi!! I'm so excited to hear that your favorite drama is Heartless City! I LOVED it!! Such a good drama ?

I was into cross stitching when I was younger. I loved how satisfying it was to see the full picture emerge as you stitch. Didn't really continue or pick it up again though ?

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Nice to meet you gummimochi!

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You had me at cross-stitching!!

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Hi I like k drama very much allso watch there shows

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I like to cross stitch too once in a while to get over stress. I picked up cross stitching because my grandma encouraged me to do it when I was 5 years old but I didn't really get into it until last year. I really like doing arts and crafts thanks to her, and about two months ago I made a Totoro plush out of felt.
Also about "Rurouni Kenshin" I absolutely loved the live action
movies. I tried to watch the anime but I can't get over his voice XD

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The best is you spend an hour with Lee Jun-ki and Kang Haneul together. And, don't worry I'll stand in a corner, cheering you... Hwaiting! LMAO

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LJK will be so nice and make sure you can't stay in the corner, and you know what a spaz KHN is irl, so it will be great! A laugh riot! Good thinking, inna, take lots of pictures?!

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Nice to meet you. I enjoyed your Priminister and I, Imaginary Cat and It's Okay, it's love recaps. :)

Interesting to see that your name is a reflection of your deadly sin. :)

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Oooh. A community fan. I like you.

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gummimochi, it's so nice to know a little bit more about you! Thank you for sharing!

I love that you like learning about people and their experiences. People are fascinating and so are their stories. Thank you for all your recaps and for all you do here. It is certainly appreciated!

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gummiiiii~ I love mochi and sour gummi candies too!

That's the cutest reason for picking up cross-stitching! I wish we could see your works... *puppy eyes*

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*narrows eyes* What do I get in exchange

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I'm learning cross-stitching...period..?

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Your mutant drama is amazing rofl!! :-D
"I’d like to keep my eardrums intact, thanks." Same. On certain occasions I've removed my headphones or put the show on mute because of the sudden unwanted screams. -_-

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You had me at #sixseasonsandamovie. Imlove Community! Also DWJ books are amazing!!

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She's probably talking about the movie anime not the books (which are amazing, I agree)

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Awwww.. Heartless City.

I am absolutely fond of the drama. I guess its inappropriate to say that about a drama where people kills and get killed every (other) episode.

But people have to see how dandy Jung Kyung Ho can be.

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Awwww! LEE JUN K!!! That's actually so true: The guys has a good head on his shoulders and is so appreciative of all that he has and all the fame he's accumulated, bless his heart =) But I bet that Kang Ha Neul would have a similar reaction, but instead of hyperventilating, he'd probably just be sitting there laughing himself silly.... Seriously, his positive personality is so infectious =)))
Jung Shi Hyun!!! Oh man, all the feels are coming back and now I'm going to have to re-visit that drama again ~!!! Hehe

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I love how straight up all your answers are, gummi. When I first read this feature, I didn't think it was short. But, now i feel like there could be more questions. :P random ones like, "what's your current ringtone?" Or something like that.

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Community. #sixseasonsandamovie

We can be the best buds lol

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@gummimochi Yes!!! I was so looking forward to this! Out of the ones that made me seek out dramabeans recaps - most of them somehow lined up with gummimochi's recaps so I have a special place in my heart for this!! Always so impressed that you stuck with runningman for so long!! Considering a comeback now that we have two new members joining the cast??

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I appreciate anybody who appreciates Lee Jun Ki. He is my ultimate bias.

Bae Yong Joon and Satoh Takeru are my mom's favourite. She still think he is the best product of Korea and she is a die hard fan of Kenshin.

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wow. Your mom is mom goals.

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Gummi, I love your definition of psychology for you and I've always loved your recaps. They've resonated with me since the beginning, thanks ❤️

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Bad Guys. Badass yeah. Totally worth it. Psychology​, interesting. No wonder you're so good in recapping​ drama like Bad Guys. I love your recaps Gummi!

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Hi gummimochi! For some bizarre reason I've been pronouncing your username wrong in my head all this time. The more you know! I request you post images of your Howl's Moving Castle cross stitching on your wall. That's my favorite Miyazaki film. <3 <3 <3 Also, good that you chose cross stitching, since Sherlock Holmes also did cocaine and morphine to relieve stress! ;)

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Clapping for the Bad Guys shoutout!

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Hello @gummimochi it's good to meet you. Iam happy to know that i can relate to you when it comes to drama genres, i too, love any drama that tells a nice story, doesn't matter which genre. The honour is all mine.

How are you?

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Yay for mochi fans! (= Although I'm now embarrassed to admit that I've always pronounced your name (in my mind) as "goo-mee" than "gah-mee". I just assumed the first part was meant to be pronounced Korean style. Oops!

And that cross-stitching revelation is so unexpected. (= You should totally share some of your works.

Uh, @gummimochi, I hate to burst your bubble but Lee Jun-ki turned out an embarassing disappointment when I watched him at a fan meet in Singapore late last year. He's a great actor, but I felt that he was trying too hard in real life to look sexy and smouldering, and I was just cringing everything he talked about knowing how his fans are crazy about him etc. It was less "I'm so grateful you think so highly of me" and more look-at-me-I'm-awesome. I think at one point, he teased the audience about taking off his shirt, but the way he proposed it seemed like he fully expected the crowd to go wild. But we were a bit muted.

I suppose maybe language barrier was one - he had a reasonably okay command of English, but maybe not enough to convey the right nuances - and the lack of a host for the fan meet another. It's probably awkward and tough to be actively promoting yourself. And maybe certain things that are socially 'normal' in Korea just don't come out right when you say/do them in another culture.

I think I'll still be very supportive of his works, but I'm for sure not going for another fan-meet with him.

Sorry if that sounds very negative! But he really is a major energizer bunny in performing/dancing his songs, and I'm sure he would definitely be enthusiastic to meet fans.

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Everyone knows Oppa is vain (he knows it too) but he seems so fuunnnnn.

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Hi gummi! The first show that I recall watching with you as the recapper was Romance Town. I don't even remember what username I was using then. I've always been so tickled that you and Heads became such good buddies, like JB and GF. I'm so glad that you're still here at DB and I hope you will be for a long, long time.

You know, Kang Haneul seems like he'd be super approachable and easy to talk to/laugh with, but I understand the hyperventilating thing. Youths Over Flowers: Iceland is medicine to me if I'm feeling especially down.

Sherlock Holmes was a cross-stitcher? Mind blown!

P.S. If you ever find yourself in debt, hounded by loan sharks (which I certainly hope you never do), I'll pay big money for your dimples! :)

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(breathes into a paper bag)

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I was always hungry whenever I saw your name. Sigh, not that I know what it means, it'll only make me hungrier. lol.

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Oh my when you said Howl's Movie Castle I almost squealed out loud. I love that book and movie.

And I'm pretty sure I would a puddle of goo on the floor if I ever got to meet Kang Haneul. That man is wonderful.

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