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Welcome to Dramabeans’ first vlog! (+GIVEAWAY)

Ahhh, we’re on video and you can see us now!

Despite all of our instincts telling us not to, @girlfriday and I have fiiiiinally joined the new generation and got together in front of the camera for the first time to do what we like to do most: talk about dramas, what’s going on in the news lately, and tell you guys what’s going on here at Dramabeans central.

We’re making this a weekly series (there! We committed! We have to do it now!), and we’d love to hear your thoughts on what you’d like to hear us talk about, what you think of the format, and even what kind of products you’d like to see most in future giveaways!

We’ll also be answering reader questions in future videos, so be sure to leave us your questions in the comments below.

 

On to the giveaway!โ €

In celebration of our new K-drama & K-beauty shop, weโ€™re kicking off our first Instagram giveaway by giving away one full set of the Peripera Airy Ink Velvet tints! (That’s all 10 colors.) ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹โ €

GIVEAWAY RULES:

  1. Follow us on IG @dramabeans
  2. Like the Instagram giveaway postโ €
  3. Comment and tag 2 friends! ๐Ÿ‘ฏ
  4. โ €
    And thatโ€™s it! Giveaway is open internationally and will end on Monday, November 13, 2017. Good luck!

    (We will be doing lots more giveaways in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more free stuff in following videos.)

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Woah im glad DB came to the other side! Good luck with this.

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Do they have cookies there?

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Our wishes for cookies will be fulfilled...

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If New Heaven's God so wills it.

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Lol! Father Baek must be giddy from the pits of hell that we occasionally mention New Heaven's god. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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Mary, any chance of you appearing in a future vlog?
Special guest appearance ?

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And I've been wondering about the podcast, I like listening to it while doing my paperworks. Now I hv to watch, haha, not complaining, anything is good.

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You guys can't even imagine my surprise when I watched this and found out you are Koreans.i am new to dramabeans so I always think all dramabeans Staffs are Americans. Dnt even know why I thought so

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Well, they ARE Americans, so it's OK.

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They ARE Americans.

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Americans do come with so many different flavors, and despite what we hear in the news nowadays, for me this is what makes America great! (I am an Asian-American BTW)

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oh, they're Asian-American! man, I thought their English was flawless despite them not being natives and I felt so inadequate for a minute!

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I would also point out that there is no one who is "native" to the US unless we are talking about Native Americans who are the only true natives. Many people who grew up outside the US including Koreans speak English fluently equal and better than native speakers. Many people who were born elsewhere or had families that were elsewhere, but moved to the US at some point do speak English fluently.

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I read this piece javabeans did a long time ago about how she was raised in the US, but I do believe her family immigrated from Korea. She watched kdramas growing up in California, got a degree is writing, figured out how to make her obsession into the coolest job ever, and the rest is Dramabeans history.

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Love that you state that the rest is DB history.

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Javabeans looks like actress Lee Da-In, damsel in distress in Hwarang and Chaebol Daughter in My Golden Life.

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๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
Javabeans and Girlfriday, just thought Mondays couldnโ€™t get any better and you surprised us with the vlog!!

Oh my fangirlโ€™s heart!! Thank you for everything you do for us Beanies.

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Looking forward to it! Just some feedback, can you look into using a lavalier mic set-up? It is a bit hard to hear/discern some of the audio.

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I reripped it, increased the gain (volume) to the max and it's much easier to hear.

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I third this! Normally I use volume at 20, but for the vlog I use 50...

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i thought i was the only one who couldn't hear them as well as i had like.. and not everyone understands the technology so yes, please adjust the mic issues

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I downloaded the video to watch later, I need to bump up the volume a bit. Nice to see your faces again (I saw some shots of you both back in the podcast days), love your hair(s)! :D

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and some kcon photos.. which has heads and tineybeanie i think

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Oops, forgot to add, if you do this again, please either increase the volume on the video or use mics? It's hard too hear at some points. Other than that, it's cool!!!

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Does this mean that the podcast is no more? That would be sad. I liked the occasional drunk commentary.

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Lol still remember that drunk one with JB's cat.

Would be nice to see your kitty too JB :p.

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A VLOG??
*dies*

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Oh, man, now I really have to dig deep in my bad memory for the IG password.
Love your visibility and please do share more!
Genuine for BTLIOF is perfect.

I don't listen to music, so please more of the other dramas merchandise in the shop. And is it possible to feature the make up you offer in the vlogs, it looks good, but can you for example do tutorials or show the existing ones out there?

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I want dramabeans stickers T____T

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Heol! My jaw literally dropped when I saw this! I remember years ago, someone posted a photo of you two and it was a big deal because you were strictly in incognito mode in those days. I applaud your courage to put yourselves out there like this-- you've come a long way.

Btw, I was one of those who said "JB's baaack" when the first Revolutionary Love recap was out, but I didn't mean to imply that you'd been away from Dramabeans-- I know you're always working super hard behind the scenes. I just meant that it was a relief to see you invested in a drama again after having experienced what seemed like was a particularly depressing drama-drought.

Rock on!

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OMG a vlog! I've been missing your podcasts so much but this is a nice replacement!

So glad both of you have BTLIOF as your fave, like so many of the rest of us. <3 Genuine is a perfect word for the drama. Gah. I love it so much.

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How exciting! I just love listening to you guys, even when you're poking fun at a terrible drama. For example, the podcast for Mask. Now that you will be doing these vlogs, I think I can forgive you two that it's been 161 days since your last podcast. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks ahead of time for the vlogs!

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Enjoyed your 1st vlog! Both of you look amazing, btw. Iโ€™d like to know what your skin regimen and make up routine is! And how do you decide what to put in your beauty shop? Is it through sponsors/advertisers, things you actually use? Iโ€™m addicted to the kbeauty shop right now. I want to buy everything! Thanks!

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Wow dramabeans first vlog! I'll definitely check it out. I've always been secretly curious as to how all the contributors look like and we get a first glimpes of javabeans & girlfriday. How lucky are we! Thanks~

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This is so awesome!! When I saw this post, I was super surprised that I had to click in. I just finished watching the Vlog and it was really great. I like how there was a summary of the topics in the details section of the video. Watching the Vlog had a different feeling from reading your posts which is a nice change but I still love reading your comments as well. Keep up the good work! Fighting! :)

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Forgot to add, @javabeans the feeling that you talked about where you had to pause because you know something embarrassing is about to happen, I have that too. But my radar's activated when I know that the Villain is about to do something terrible and I just cannot take it.

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That applies currently on TOL every scene with the mother and her boyfriend. Oh dear.

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I'm not too bothered by that though some things do make me cringe. I'm bothered on While You Were Sleeping because I'm so sure that there's going to be some absolutely horrendous "butterfly effect" tragedy happen because of the way the timeline keeps changing.

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But what about Beanies who do not have Instagram accounts (and never plan on having any, lol)?

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Same problem. Can y'all rotate platforms? Like next time do it through Facebook, then Twitter, etc.

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Or maybe even (gasp) Dramabeans. I'm not on any of the big social-network sites -- DB is about as social as I get.

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I think it's a valid question. They probably started with IG because it's the newest account... so this is like a Welcome to Instagram, Dramabeans! party. Who knows, the next giveaways might include the other platforms.

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Or have them but have never used them? Lol!

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but clearly the idea of the concept is to expand reach aka followers.. so 1 person brings in two.. and isn't insta really popular in the US and amongst celebs.. more so than FB etc..

from business point of view..makes sense..garner as many followers as possible on one site to begin with..else distributed viewership doesn't translate into business..

but ofcourse eventually they would also need to consider other platforms..because all these things change so fast

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I would say Twitter and Instagram are the most popular with celebrities.

I'm not sure how distributed the viewership would be because most people are on all three but you would gain/lose some with people who have one but not the other. I would think it would break fairly evenly. Twitter/Instagram seemed to be an addition rather than a complete replacement like how Facebook replaced MySpace, though I would say they have gotten more popular so maybe they will soon enough.

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Yayyy now we can see you girls!! *wave*
I've been missing the podcast too but this is a nice and surprising replacement!!

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Wow, a weekly commitment! I'm more than happy to hear your thoughts every week!! Though, I have to admit vlog is currently a bit difficult to follow for me... is it possible to also provide mp3 to just listen to you?

PS Will this replace the podcasts? And/or What we are watching post?

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Your vlog premiere! Congratulations! Great to see you guys!

I enjoyed the vlog. It's another neat addition to the always wonderful Dramabeans site. Certainly one more reason to enjoy hanging out here. Already looking forward to your future vlogs!

Thanks @javabeans, @girlfriday, and the entire team for all you do!

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Oh, and when I was posting about being happy that Javabeans is back, I meant the recaps and her writing style... and also her drama watching :--) ... (I'm actually sometimes worried that you guys work too much for this site...)

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Question for the future: which kdrama do you think has the strongest first episode?

I want to get some of my friends hooked, but many of the dramas I love don't necessarily have a really strong first episode to get them craving for more.

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Ooooh this is a good question... I vote for Cruel City.

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Agreed!

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In my opinion, the drama that had the best first episode was W Two Worlds. I have yet to find any other kdrama with such a strong first episode.

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Yes, W had a great start. I personally really liked the first eps of Faith & Master's Sun, although I wouldn't recommend Faith as a starter.

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seconding W. up to 5th episode was mind-blowing

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In my opinion, Goblin. Overall, it's not as awesome, but the first episode blew me away. I felt like I was watching a high budget movie watching the Goryeo part.

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I was going to say this, but everyone knows how partial I am! Thank you for that confirmation. The cinematography of that first episode was as good as any film Iโ€™ve ever seen. Not just the Goryeo part but how the red scarf was highlighted in the color-muted scene on the bridge, the camera work and set design at Goblinโ€™s house, the music that set the epic tone of the Goblinโ€™s life, the ship scene, Gong Yoo anchoring it all with his acting...should I go on?

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I donโ€™t remember clearly, but I think I will vote for Signal

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It is wonderful to put faces in our beloved overlords. Thanks for this VLog!.

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Yay! i was so excited to follow you guys on instagram and now a vlog! i'm so happy with all the good news ^___^

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Woo-hoo, loved the v-log!! Can't wait to see more. One favor though, when either one of you is saying an actor/actress name, could you say it just a tiny bit slower. It takes my brain a moment to realize who you are talking about. Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Actually, can that be a whole video too? How to pronounce names with the slowest, most articulate pronunciation as if you're talking to a 5 year-old. I'm so embarrassed when I'm talking to Koreans and butchering the names of my favorite actors/actresses. I'm just horrible at remembering and catching the right pronunciations, so it would help to have a video to come back to.

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It'll help you in the long run to be honest. Way back when I first started listening to their podcasts I also had trouble catching the names as a non-Korean speaker. I quickly got used to it, though, and now have no trouble at all even though my Korean is still more than lacking haha. At least I can now say and recognize the names!

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That would be awesome for my slow ahjumma brain to process the names especially in Korean sometimes they sound a little different than how I imagine them to be with English spellings.

If you are talking about actors out of the context of the drama you are discussing, I would really appreciate if you reference the actors with the dramas they are recently in (similar to the news articles on DB) although I would hate if that makes your natural conversation flow feeling cumbersome.

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They could have the name in hangul and romanized (is that the accurate word for names?) and also the last couple of projects along the bottom like they did for their topics, maybe?

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That's a good idea!

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I know for the podcasts they write out the names of every actor mentioned in the podcast. That was very helpful to reference when I wasn't sure I heard a name quite right! They could even do that in the description box of the YT video.

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Yes, the podcast list of names was very helpful.
I had special trouble with the names in the video because I depended on the Youtube automatic translations to help me thru the so-so sound quality, and it turns out Youtube sucks at Korean names even worse than I do.

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It's so good to watch you both! I got my account on Dramabeans just recently, but I've been a reader of the site for more than 3 years now, and I have to thank you guys for everything that you've done here! Your writing styles make reading the recaps so much fun, and I've often just watched the first episode of a drama to get the context, and then read through the rest of the episodes on Dramabeans (saves so much time :p) Looking forward to more of the vlogs!
P.S : I feel the same as jb about embarrassing scenes in dramas/stories. :D

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OMG this is so cool! Thank you. But does this also mean that you will no longer do podcasts? Because that's my favorite!

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Oh wow! Finally seeing the faces of Dramabeans ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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Question for the next vlog: Who would be your dream guest?

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AAHHHHHH Yayyyy I'm so excited for this!

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Aw nice to meet you two! I continue to like BTIMFL and WYWS. I also continue to enjoy Go Back Couple despite its flaws, there is something very heartfelt, moving and wistful about it.

As for "Temperature of Love", well if this show had any other lead besides YSJ, I would've most probably dropped it, but the actors are elevating this drama. SHJ and the SML are doing a great job in their respective roles as well, but the depth and nuance that YSJ brings to his character is outstanding. I would also put him at LJS's level when it comes to charisma and screen presence, and LJS is my number one in this department. I am thinking of checking out Duel sometime, when I have nothing watch.

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Love this so much :D

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Congratulations JB and GF on your vlog! It's great!! Especially to see you (can practically see the wheels spinning in your minds as you listen to each other! Heh!). This site is just getting better and better!! ๐Ÿ‘โค๐Ÿ’ช

One question I have, which I hope you can answer, is: Is there is a reason (like a known trend, or a secret drama production company's agreement), why there are dramas that come out at about the same time with very similar themes or set ups or bits of plot details. It's like a nice conspiracy.

The latest I noticed is having female script writers and both having a hard time with the same actress as the main writer! (Because This Life is Our First and Temperature of Love), a few years ago there were shows of divorced couples coming back together (Emergency Couple and Cunning Single Lady), and in between, there were spates of shows with similar past life premise(s), or time travel/warp or multiple personalities, or grim reapers, or leads with memory loss... They seem to pop up at not too far apart (within a year or two?) in terms of time, as if they were planned. I find that strange when these shows would have been written by different people and could have been produced at different times. It's always got me wondering. JB and GF, do you have a clue? ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Yes!! Great question! I've been wondering the same thing too.

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Haha, this conspiracy has been going on for years. The most extraordinary example was Kill Me Heal Me and Hyde Jekyll and Me airing at exactly the same time. And both having courted the same actor for lead.

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what happened to the podcasts?

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In short, Promote Dramabeans!

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What I like about this

1. Youtube is more accessible than podcast. I can't listen to it because I'm always on my phone and apparently, it doesn't support Javascript.

2. Videos feel more interactive.

3. They're giving away Peripera which my bae Kim Sohyun endorses. <3

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So good to see your faces! Ah!! I like the idea of you two vlogging a lot! I've been an avid dramabeans reader since 2010? 2011? I can't remember now...haha it's good to see the beautiful smiles behind the charming and wonderfully quirky personalities!

Around 11 minutes into the video it seemed like ya'll finally began to relax and really open up more which was good to see. I would love to see a good mixture of how chill you two are in your podcasts with the new video format. Maybe it'll just take a couple more videos for ya'll to get used to it ;) I liked the discussion of dramas and news segments and the giveaways, those were great.

What would you two think about combining your variety roulette series with a reaction video format? Every now and then? Picking a series to drop in on for one episode and letting us see you react to it?

Love you both!!

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OMG reaction videos from these two would be EVERYTHING!!!

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Their BoF rewatch podcast is still a favorite of mine. A video version would be AMAZING.

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I was so surprised when I saw this, but it's so awesome. Lol now whenever I read their recaps I'm gonna be reading it with their voice in my head. Also @girlfriday I see you avoiding looking into the camera LOL.

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JavaBeans same thoo. It takes me like 3 hours to watch embarrassing moments, or sometimes I just can't bear to watch at all.

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Wow! I didn't see this coming, but I am actually seeing you guys! This is awesome! I have been your avid fan for so long and I can't keep myself from smiling. Thanks a lot for everything!!!

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Yay for the new vlog.
So happy for you guys!! :-)

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I've got a doubt, which friend do we tag? Any beanie or actual friends because I don't know any beanie personally....

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This was fun to watch! I keep meaning to listen to the podcasts but never get round to it. Somehow video seems more accessible.

I would second the other comments that mention the sound quality needs a bit of improvement. Otherwise, great work! Looking forward to seeing you next week! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Ooooh this is great! Wifi too slow for the video to load though so I'll watch it full later. But does this vlogging mean the podcast thing is over? (I still listen to the Healer edition from time to time! <3 )

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Listen to the Healer podcast? So do I!

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*cue Healer piano intro

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It's funny how you can't watch Go Back Couple because it's so embarrassing - I have no issue this time, but I really had that problem with the Reply series or any Hong Sisters drama.

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By the way, have you two looked at Buam-dong Avengers?

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I adore Marriage Not Dating, but I would have to pause so much watching that show and it never seemed like JB or GF ever had a problem! Same with Oh Hae Young Again.

With Go Back Couple, I've actually had no problem at all though, which is bizarre, because I always thought I was really bad about this stuff. There are still some scenes from dramas I haven't fully watched because of my second-hand embarrassment.

Lol, but I actually got so much enjoyment from the leads in GBC announcing all their issues for the college to hear, because it provided fun commentary on their "choices" (leaving their child behind etc.)!

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To be honest, I much prefer podcasts to vlogs, purely because of how I consume the content (I listen to podcasts to and from my bus to work, which isn't that far of a walk - a mile or so - but having something to keep me occupied does make it easier in the winter).

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so Revolutionary Love is dropped? the chaebol cruelty even scared me away. I hopw Siwon chooses better next time. I m just scared to take another look.

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My wife is watching this, I just canโ€™t. Chaebol abuse, and Siwon and Kang Sora unclogging toilets = pass.

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Awww wut wut now we can find each other in ig ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜ถ

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God I love watching this site grow and grow, every new step is more exciting than the last!! So so happy to be a beanie right now. #startedfromthebottom #nowwehere

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I have finally watched the full vlog and it is nice to see you in person...though I don't know why, but I more imagined you radio-like with the headphones on and the mike hanging in the middle ๐Ÿ˜

Also... I hope you will still do the good old podcasts... they are my favourite... I just prefere the discussions about the dramas longer (and deeper)... with ost snippets... and some funny comments from you ๐Ÿ™‚

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Wowww, so great to see you both! โ™ฅ

I missed your podcasts, this is even better! And we get to see you every week? Thank you JB and GF! ^^

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This is my first time to comment, I've always lurked but I was wondering if it's possible to caption your vlog if you have time or have someone caption it? I am deaf and have trouble on hearing what you're saying especially the automatic captions aren't accurate :(

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This is so awesome! You both look so pretty!

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