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[Drama-induced Shopping] Growing the impossible


You’re Beautiful

By @natzillagorilla

The first thing I ever really, truly, wanted needed from a drama was the beautiful Pig-Rabbit. How could something be so cute? And fluffy? More importantly, how could I get one? I remembered my disappointment when I couldn’t have Kim Sam-soon’s stuffed pig (at that time, from the other side of the world, it was impossible) so I vowed to not let history repeat itself and immediately looked everywhere for a Pig-Rabbit to call my own.

I found an incredibly sketchy website that sold it and, without even thinking about asking the owner of the card — my mom — for permission, I simply ordered it. Now, as soon as I clicked on that Buy button, I suddenly came to my senses. Why was I spending so much money on a stuffed toy? Why was I spending so much money, on a sketchy site, with my mom’s card, simply to buy a freaking (albeit uber-cute) Pig-Rabbit plushie? I still blame Jang Geun-seok (Hwang Tae-kyung, really) for that momentary lapse of reason.

I was freaking out as passages of the article on phishing scams I’d recently read flashed through my mind. What would I tell my mom? How could I explain to her what a Pig-Rabbit was and why I desperately needed it in my life? As fast as I could, I contacted the website and asked them to cancel the order. I never got a reply, but thankfully, nothing was ever charged to my mom’s card. My Pig-Rabbit need, however, was somewhat fulfilled when a friend bought me a cute, tiny keychain plushie. (She later told me she’d thought she’d bought a full-sized one, but the website had somehow scammed her… I didn’t even want to ask which website it’d been!)


The Lonely Shining Goblin

After that, I swore to myself I’d never lose my head over anything drama-related, and that I wouldn’t spend money on stuff I could really do without. Thus, I painfully coveted that beautiful tear-shaped necklace from 49 Days, Enrique’s panda hat, Dok-mi’s entire wardrobe, Dokko Jin’s skull scarf, the gorgeous “You Bastard”… you get the idea!

Things seduced me right and left for years, but I always told myself I didn’t actually need them so I never caved in. That is, until Goblin came around. Given my background, you’d think I’d go crazy for those cute Goblin and Reaper plushies (honestly, I did, and I’m still hoping someone, someday will surprise me with those), but what did it for me was that gorgeous buckwheat field. I’d never seen buckwheat before, and I’d only heard of it because I like to eat soba and gluten-free recipes, but as soon as I saw that field… something clicked within me. The need again!

Seeing as I’m definitely not a flower person, I wondered if it had something to do with Gong Yoo oppa just standing there (because we all know he makes everything look astounding), but there was just something else about it that pulled me in.

Therefore, I asked my aunt, who works with plants, for some buckwheat to grow. I even showed her a clip from the drama so that she could see how beautiful it’d look. She explained that we have no buckwheat in my country, and that even if we could find it someplace else, the tropical weather conditions wouldn’t be ideal. I was so sad! I’d already imagined myself sitting among the pretty white flowers, maybe even sitting on a bench like the one in the drama.

My aunt probably felt my disappointment because she told me she’d find a way to get some buckwheat to see if we could make it work. I told her not to worry about it, that I’d merely asked her because I wasn’t aware it only grew in specific places, and that I’d just look for a buckwheat field if I’d ever had the chance of returning to South Korea.

A couple of months later, I received a call from my aunt, asking me to come out of the house since she wanted to show me something. I opened the door… to find a wooden bench right there! My aunt explained that my grandpa had heard her talking about the buckwheat field I wanted and the bench that she’d seen on the drama clip I’d shown her so, without even telling her, he’d asked a friend to make one for me. I was so incredibly happy and grateful! I wouldn’t have my buckwheat field, but I’d have my lovely Goblin bench, which I placed on my backyard and decorated with fake plastic flowers (the only kind of flowers my cat won’t eat!).

Another couple of months later, weeks into my longest hospital stay, my aunt told me that one of her friends had brought us a bag of buckwheat seeds. She’d been checking with all her foreign friends to see if someone could bring us some in order to surprise me while I was cranky, in pain, and desperate to go back home. I was excited about it, but at the same time a bit skeptical. We waited several weeks for something to happen, I even left the hospital, but our project seemed to be doomed for failure.

That is, until one day my aunt texted me a picture of the tiniest, cutest leaf! I was amazed by that little leaf, which later turned into several leaves, which later turned into flowers. Buckwheat flowers in a tropical country!

Now, I always try to pay attention to whatever message the universe is trying to send me, and when I saw those pretty flowers, I knew the previous connection I’d felt was because I simply needed to see them bloom when they did. Seeing these pretty flowers flourishing when they weren’t really supposed to, made me feel like I, too, was thriving.

So, even though I still stop myself from buying basically everything I see on dramas (even Subway!), I was, and still am, grateful for that almost-worldwide search for buckwheat because I’m sure not even Go Hye-ran’s entire closet could give me as much hope as these tiny, simple flowers do every time I look at them.

(I’m not above buying a pair, or 10, of Oska socks, if someone ever finds them!)


Secret Garden

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Good for you that the buckwheat flowers actually grew :)

Loved the post, totally get that feeling of regret after you used a card that's not yours.

Hopefully you do find those socks. I've found similar looking ones in a mall before but they were anime faces. Though, it might be kpop faces nowadays as every teenager seems to be into kpop rn, for oska socks tho might be a bit hard since secret garden aired eons ago XD.

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Yes, we were so happy! My aunt couldn't believe it lol ^^
I went to South Korea 4 years ago and looked for Oska socks everywhere, but yeah...no luck :(
I actually would've bought Big Bang socks, but the drawings were a bit terrible so I ended up coming back home with 0 socks in my power *sigh*

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Make the socks yourself.
Design or crop a image and go to a t-shirt printing shop, they make promotional items of all kinds.

For specials birthdays I'v made personaliced t-shirt for my frieds.

There's even an special printing paper you can iron on fabric, it's cheaper, just don't use a laser printer, the heat activates the glue.

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We also thought of this at the time! My BFF and I have made shirts and cups (Kpop related, though) before, but we couldn't find that specific drawing...
Now that you mention it, however, I guess I could ask someone to make me one similar design...hmmm...
Thanks for the tip!

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It was a such a great post! @natzillagorilla And props to your aunt for growing those flowers. I kill everything I touch so I am only allowed plastic plants.

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Are you @natzillagorilla's cat? :O

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@mary You got me! Meow.

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Perséfone, is this you??

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Did you name her like that before or after she started killing all the flowers? :)

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@mary LOL! my brother keeps telling me that if I'd named her something 'nice' she wouldn't kill anything and would leave the poor flowers alone!

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Perséfone. It's a good name. I like it. <3

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That is an amazing name for a cat!

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Tell him I named my cat Kittycat but she still acted like it's shorthand for Borba of the Ankle-griefer clan.

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Thank you for reading! My aunt has such a green thumb...I'm actually quite bad with plants as well, but I'm being extra careful with these! My aunt brings me 6 pots at a time, and then changes them when the flowers start to wilt ^^

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Your aunt rules.

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I think so too! ^^

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Oh, this was beautiful! That bench! Your aunt! I’m so touched by her actions. She really loves you! We are in deer county, and can buy buckwheat during deer season (hunters use it to lure deer out) and we planted it in our garden last year. It’s so beautiful! I’m sure those Goblin plushies are only a matter of time for you. I have both the ones that Eun-tak had: Mr. Buckwheat and Red Nameless, and of course, the Blue Goblin himself!

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Thanks for reading, Ally! Both the bench and the seeds were such nice surprises, I loved how they felt so compelled to get them for me even when it was a silly request ^^
Your garden must be really pretty with buckwheat flower around, love it <3
I want to go live in Japan so I decided I'll buy the 3 of them when that time comes because I technically do *need* plushies in my life!

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Mine came for my birthday last year and Christmas this year! The buckwheat was pretty, but we need to replant it every year. I had no idea it was used for deer here, as we don't hunt, but apparently, it's pretty easy to find in my area. Another thing Goblin indirectly taught me!

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I find it so appalling to use them to lure deer to be hunted :(
That's just another indication that you and Goblin are just meant to be! ;)

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It’s for the best really. Otherwise, the would overrun our area. I’m sure they ate my buckwheat flowers as well! I guess it’s really tasty!

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your grandpa and aunt are FABULOUS!!! you are very lucky to be surrounded by so much LOVE, there's no better method of healing!
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They are! And there isn't!! I even started healing/treatment simply out of love for my mom...it's been working real well so far! ^^

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What a lovely post @natzillagorilla - it's so lovely, I think it could be made into a very lovely family and female centered movie. :) I was so happy to read it. Thank you for sharing.

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Oh, greenfields, thank you for your words! <3 I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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I forgot to say the most important thing! Wish you a speedy recovery and good health. :)

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Thank you~! <3

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Beautiful post @natzillagorilla, I enjoyed reading it. <3

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Thank you so much!! <3 <3

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Thank you so much for this beautiful post and story. I love the themes of how love manifest s itself from the past few Beanies posts when family members take our K drama passion seriously! 💖💖💖

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Thank *you* for reading!! <3
I also find it lovely when friends and family take our passion seriously, even when they don't necesarily like these type of things!

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LOL at the Oska socks!

I love your story about buckwheat treasure hunt and inspiration! Also you look so cute on your Goblin bench :D

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You have NO idea how much I love those socks!!
Thank you!! That was the day I got it, hence the not-really-internet-appropriate-outfit lol

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I may have teared up a bit reading this, @natzillagorilla! What a beautiful post! I concur with everyone else, your aunt is amazing!

Here's hoping for good health and happiness for you in the future. 💖 And plenty more buckwheat flowers! If I knew how to sew at all (I don't), I would make some Oska socks just for you!

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Thank you for reading, mindy!! And for your wishes! Everything's going well now...I'm slowly, but surely getting better!
I'll accept some Minki gifs instead of the socks *coff coff*

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I’m so glad to hear that!

And hehehe, duly noted. Because I totally need excuses to post Min-ki gifs... 😛

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What a beautiful short story. I never looked at drama flowers that much, but I might think of you and DB when I see buckwheat now.
Your family and friends sound really nice, @natzillagorilla, you are lucky to have them.

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I never really look at flowers either! I was just so drawn to those buckwheat ones...
I really am incredibly lucky ^^ thank you so much for reading!

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Thank you for sharing such a lovely story ~ sometimes, the littlest of things can mean the most, especially in certain seasons of our lives. I’m glad these flowers have bloomed for you, and pray you will continue on a flower path!

PS I’m jealous of your botanical aunt! Now I want to try to track down some buckwheat flowers 😊

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I’m jealous, too! I have a very black thumb, and I place the blame on myself for all failed experiments in my ecology lab... but I love flowers! Hopefully whoever I end up marrying has a green thumb. It was one of the few traits that I sadly did not inherit from my mother.

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I'm the same! Complete black thumb...so far my onluly success is a fern hahaha.
And in my case I inherited my black thumb from my mom 😂😂

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I’m jealous that you even got a fern! Teach me your ways. At least you’re in good company with your mom.

A friend of mine once asked if I could water her succulents over our winter break and I, for some strange reason, said yes. They are SUPPOSED to be easy to take care of and I only had to water them once a week and yet somehow they almost died.

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Awww!! ((heart goes out to you!!)

I've been wanting indoor flowers for years, but each attempt just makes me feel like a serial killer so now I'm scarred:

1) Beautiful small white blooms and an ivy
2) Lillies (an indoor plant version)
3) African violets
And the list goes on...

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I...didn't even know succulents could die!

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I'd like to join your black thumb club as well. My mother-in-law gave us a nice arrangement of succulents. I took it to the backyard and the rain came and flooded away the beautiful arrangement. I'm told that I should have put some rocks on top to keep it from floating away. I killed a small village of succulents!

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@jenmole Oh no! Those poor succulents! At least that’s an understandable mistake. At least, I consider it to be one. I know nothing about taking care of plants. I could probably tell you a lot about plant life cycles and cellular structure, but, well, I can’t seem to apply that knowledge in any useful way. 😂

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... I just killed a pot of African violets... but my geraniums are going strong! I really want to grow rosemary, because it smells so great, but I haven’t been able to get the seeds to sprout...

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Keep trying with the Rosemary!! Once it sprouts, it's really easy to grow!

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@natzillagorilla I will! I’m hoping to plant some seeds this week!

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I love flowers too! I dream of having a garden to myself, but only just started having plants in my apartment last year ~ only one plant remains from the many I got last summer 😶😅

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Thank you for reading, Cocoa!
I agree, there are certain times in which you'll just pay more attention to every little detail around you and it'll suddenly take a whole completly different meaning in your life <3
Pleaaaase try to grow them, they're so simple yet beautiful!!
Thank you SO much for your wishes!! *walks away while blasting Big Bang's Flower Road*

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😊 I’ll let you know if I find buckwheat!

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*fans her eyes in Bo Young style* This is so beautiful!

And yes, I want Oska socks too if you ever find them.

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Bo-young's style of fanning her eyes is my fave!!
Thank you for reading!
Finding Oska socks is my goal in life, I'll succeed somehow!

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@natzillagorilla Your aunt was so sweet! ❤

I totally relate to the "Things seduced me right and left for years, but I always told myself I didn’t actually need them so I never caved in."

Trying to not become broke whilst watching k-dramas is a full time job!

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Right? Such willpower is needed, even with things I don't really care for (like Subway!) I even drank one or two coffee drinks while watching Coffee Prince, even though I really dislike its taste lol

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😂 Subway has invaded every drama. I was watching Mother (a serious sombre ep) and at the end Subways name popped up in the credits as a sponsor and I legit 🤦. I hope they don't include crying scenes in a Subway.
Coffee Prince was so swoon worthy tho so it's acceptable to try bitter coffee. #CreatingFakeExcuses

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Subway is so imprinted in my brain! I was watching I'm not a Robot and did a double take when Quiznos showed up lol...like I couldn't process there were any other sandwich restaurants other than Subway in dramaland

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😂😂 When Subway attempts at brainwashing people. I haven't watched that yet but I can't recall any other sandwich places featured in dramas. Subway def has a monopoly over them.

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Thanks for sharing your story @natzillagorilla! It was very lovely to read. How great are your aunt and grandpa! I hope that your health improves and that your family keeps giving you lots of love. Take care😊

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Thank you for reading!!
I'm doing way better now, thanks for your wishes! <3 <3

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I'm not supposed to cry when I come to DramaBeans. I'm especially not supposed to cry when reading about drama induced shopping on DB. You all are killing me with your write-ups.

This is lovely @natzillagorilla, and how lucky are you to have such great family. Your bench is beautiful, and I hope your buckwheat continues to flourish. I also wish that someday those Oska socks will find their way to you.

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OMG, you weren't supposed to cry!!
Thank you so, so much <3 <3 <3
Those Oska socks will, eventually, find their way to my feet, I tell you!

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I'm like crybaby Bo Young, and a happy story will get me every time.

Oska socks! "Fighting!"

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Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed reading it.....

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Thank you for reading it! <3

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Lovely story. Thank you for sharing it.

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*chingu mode on* Yah! Thank you for reading it! <3

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@natzillagorilla Gosh dang, girl! I'm weeping over here, how dare you and your family be so wonderful and precious? Thanks for sharing your story, I'll be over here in a corner tearing up and eating a tub of ice cream.

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*hands you tissues, hands you baby Sol, shares ice cream*
Thank you for reading, bammsie <3

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You handed me baby SOL? Are you trying to make me cry even more? 😭 I hope you’re comfortable with hugs, because I’m going to smother you with them if you let me.

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We can have a hug party! (I may need one right about now since I just finished watching APAD ep7)

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Hug parties are the best! (and ahh.. how do you feel about the ep?)

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And I am not thoughtful at ALL. Wishing all the best for you and your family + health! 😓 why I forgot to do that in my original comment.. sigh

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No worries, lol! Thank you so much!

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"Seeing these pretty flowers flourishing when they weren’t really supposed to, made me feel like I, too, was thriving." I LOVE this. It's stories like yours (connections between dramas and real life) that actually fulfills my kdrama fangirl heart. All the best for you, @natzillagorilla!

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Thank you SO much!! <3
I've been sick for 2 years and I can't even begin to tell you the amount of times I've felt a connection with my situation/feelings at the moment and a drama during this time...it truly is amazing!
Thank you for your wishes!!

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Thank you for your inspiring story @natzillagorilla and may you recover your health and maintain your lovely, good humor, always.

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Thank you SO much for your wishes!! <3

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What a beautiful story! Your family is awesome! The bench really tugged at my heartstrings. And the buckwheat growing made this write up even better! Thank you for sharing your story!

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Thank you for reading!!
Even my aunt was surprised by the bench, my grandpa was super sneaky ^^

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Your story was so sweet. I love the picture of the first Buckwheat leaf 🙂

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That's my fave pic! It looked so pretty, and fragile, and we still didn't know if it'd actually grow into a flower...<3

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The pig-rabbit should be the unofficial mascot of this month's theme since these last two had the same cute cover photo. I for sure still want one and it's been like 8 years since I've seen You're Beautiful.

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It's just too cute!!

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Awesome post!! Your grandpa and aunt are da bomb!!! I myself am not limited to dramas only but also K-Pop stuff so - I have BTS21 stuff, and hoodies, Yook Gong, Chil Gong and Pal Gong - for now! Still sourcing for Shinhwa Orange Hoodie.
Fighting!!

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Don't even start me on kpop memorabilia! Why are the lightsticks so freaking expensive? I wanted a Highlight one, but those prices...no, no, no.
Good thing, though, if I buy one thing, small as it may be, I won't be able to stop! I'm also a 2nd generation fan so I think it's a bit more difficult to find stuff where I am since everything I see is from newest bands I don't know!

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Lightsticks!!!
They are so so expensive!!!! My daughter got her BTS Bomb as a birthday gift. I regretted not getting the SuJu one when I went to their concert - but tickets itself were so expensive my girls said let's forgo them and get T-shirts instead - so that's what we did!
I'd like to get my hands on a Highlight one too. And Shinhwa and BTS of course.

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that such an emotional story @natzillagorilla and how well you have penned down ur thoughts.
so happy that you found buckwheat flowers from Goblin and may be a message from the Angels to not to stop dreaming.... fantastic post.
i am not at all sure why..? but i dont get tempted by any such things to the extreme to buy them... only thing that i bought due to my kdrama addiction is 5 pairs of chopsticks. And yes i had to struggle a lot to find them in my city/online/grocery agregater.
but everytime i eat my noodles with those i feel like to be in Seoul.

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Chingu ya~~<3 Thank you for reading ^^
I love that you have 5 different pairs of chopsticks!! And that you feel like you're in Seoul when you use them <3 Maybe since you have 5 different pairs, you could pick 5 different cities! ^^

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hehehe.. 5 cities... i can select 5 places which i want to visit if by any chance i want to go to korea (jeju island, busan, seoul, incheaon..i cant find any 5th one)

and yes i forgot to wish you a speedy recovery.

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Such a touching story! I think many of us will remember it for a long time. I hope you tell your aunt and your haraboji that they have a lot of international fans. :)

I cracked up at "What would I tell my mom? How could I explain to her what a Pig-Rabbit was and why I desperately needed it in my life?" The lure of Pig-Rabbit is no joke.

May you continue manifesting the impossible!

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I hadn't even thought of telling them, but surely will now! ^^
I was so glad I didn't have to look for a way to explain my need because when I got the keychain plushie she stared at it with an expression of "why are you so happy with that thing?" lol *bulletdodged*
Thank you so much for your wishes! <3

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You have a really great aunt and grandpa! :)

Talking about shocks, I think South Korean made good socks and it's alternatives for souvenirs for tourists, LoL. My boss traveled to Seoul a few years ago, he got all of us Gangnam shocks, and recently a friend of mine traveled there and got me two pairs of Spongebob shocks, LoL.

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YES! They have amazing ones, so cute! They make a lovely souvenir...I don't know why I hadn't thought of that before!

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lovely story! thank you for writing it and so glad you are getting better! i think the flowers had some goblin magic in them for you. (looking at all my drama induced purchases) it really helps to have things like that!

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Thank you for reading!!
I agree, Goblin magic indeed ^^

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Awww @natzillagorilla This post made me unlurk! Thank you for writing this :) You have such an amazing family!

Seeing these pretty flowers flourishing when they weren’t really supposed to, made me feel like I, too, was thriving.

This gave me goosebumps! Hope you are well on your road to recovery now <3

And this reminds me of @vannerie who grew a whole buckwheat garden.. she hasn't been on DB for a while though..

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Lol! I'm glad I made you unlurk, you've been missed!
I'm slowly, but surely getting better, yes! Thank you for your wishes! <3 <3 <3

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I have Enrique's panda hat. My daughter who taught school in China for 3 years brought it back as a gift. She's never watched Flower Boy Next Door--or any Korean Drama and didn't realize why I was squeeing. . (That's something I can only share with my youngest daughter--who got me addicted.)

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No way!! So she bought it without realizing you'd seen it before? (on Enrique's pretty head?) That's awesome! Double the surprise! ^^

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Great post! Loved that the buckwheat flowers gave you something to hang onto when you were recuperating! What a wonderful family you have to go the extra mile to make you happy! :)

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Their timing was just perfect! ^^
They truly are wonderful <3 Thank you for reading!

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You have such an adorable family who went out of their way to build you that bench and get buckwheat seeds for you! 💕

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They're truly fantastic ^^
Thanks for reading!

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