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[Drama-induced Shopping] It started with a phone


You From Another Star

By @kingsqueen

Korean dramas are definitely shopping enablers. I think my first K-drama inspired purchase was my Samsung Note 5 phone. I was adamant before that those phones looked silly because surely they were too big. But then, gradually, as I watched everyone in dramaland use those phones I felt that I *needed* one… along with an S-view cover for it. I still have that phone and I still love it, but the new ones are starting to lure me in!

After the phones, it was the food. I searched and found that we actually had not one, but TWO Korean BBQ restaurants in our area. Nothing like the ones I watch in dramas, but close enough! I could finally try all the foods that were begging me to taste them. We now go regularly to one or the other restaurants to get our fix. I even HAD to search our area to see if anyone sold soju. For the record, they do… but ugh, it tastes like rubbing alcohol! I’ve even tried to cook my own Korean meals at home. We’ve also hit up the Asian markets to find snacks and other novelties.


Oh My Venus

Then, cute fantasy dramas led me to purchase a few T-shirts with cartoon versions of my OTPs on them. Knowing that no one in my circle would have anything like them and that people might wonder and ask about the graphics made me a little giddy. I keep hoping to introduce my favorite characters and my drama addiction to other people I know in real life and not just my internet friends.

I like all the cutesy products that they have, but I feel like I’m just a wee bit too old to pull some of them off… so I’ve refrained from those purchases. I’m sure my children are thankful!

Probably my most expensive Korean drama inspired purchase was my Kia Optima, though. I never seriously thought I’d ever want a Kia… until I saw how nice those cars looked. I started noticing them more and more around town, and mentioned them to my husband. Now, I never mention cars to my husband because he LOVES to trade cars. Anytime I even remotely mention that I might be unhappy with any facet of my car, he decides it’s time to car shop… something I loathe doing. So, knowing that, and still bringing it up to him was purposefully getting something started!

I ended up getting the exact car I wanted and am still happy with it today. One of the best inspired purchases I’ve made to date. The car drives like a dream, has lots of fancy upgrades, is stylish… and didn’t cost a fortune. Of course, now my husband thinks we need a Kia Stinger every time he sees one on a show. I have to keep telling him that’s WAY out of our price range! 🙂


Flower Boy Ramyun Shop

Recently, I’ve finally decided to delve into Korean beauty products. I’m getting a little (*ahem*) older, and I’m starting to think I need to take better care of my skin. Well, lo and behold, K-beauty products are popping up everywhere in the U.S., and darn if that 50-year-old Korean drama actress doesn’t look 30! They must be onto something. So, I hit up Amazon and YouTube to search out some good products (and something I can afford) because obviously I now need a 10-step Korean beauty regimen. I have to say I was thrilled to be getting compliments on my glowing skin even after just a few days of use.

On top of all that, I’m definitely curious about Maxim Gold coffee sticks after watching Shopping King Louis (I’ve got them on my Amazon wish list) and electric rice cookers (do I eat enough rice to justify an expensive purchase like that? Probably not). I’ve even considered different furniture based on decor I’ve seen in dramas.

But I promise I’m really not as obsessed as I sound. I don’t really see what the difference would be if I were inspired by things I had watched on American television. My kids roll their eyes at me sometimes, but I can take it — I just give it back to them when they are begging for the next thing that they think they just *have* to have.


Shopping King Louis

 
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Thanks for your lovely tale, @kingsqueen! I completely relate to the food inspiration from dramas, and though I’m terrible at seeking them out, I get a lot skincare product envy whenever I watch..

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Such a cute post! I definitely understand the endless list of kbeauty products out there that are just so tempting to buy since even all the male idols and actors have better skin complexion compared to yourself ^^'

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so funny, thanks for sharing! i went as far as to make jjajangmyun from a recipe i found online -- only to look at my husband and daughter while tasting it, realizing that we don't know if it was good or bad, as we'd never tried it before...
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but because of watching kdramas, i now make alot of korean foods. it's a nice addition to my repertoire of foods that rotate from asian to european to middleastern...

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This is on my list of things to try, but I've got to find the Korean black bean sauce first. Apparently the Asian markets close to us only sell the Chinese version, which they tell me is different. :)

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yes, chinese black bean sauce is very salty...

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Can relate, the skin care products are shipping right this moment. I had to go for a different city to try food as there's none in my city.
As for smartphone, I got Note 8 but that's cause I liked it before dramas. It's a good feeling seeing everyone in Ajusshi (which is what I'm watching now) with the same phone though :]

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It sounds like you are having fun discovering new things.
I'm jealous of the Korean barbeque. Those big bowls of mixed rice always look so good to me, but have a feeling they'd be too spicy.
I definitely fell down the skincare rabbit hole which drama beans helped with because of the blog so they did with Beautytap.
Though she has completely different skin type than me I love watching Gothamista's YouTube videos on skincare.
Love the Goblin .....t shirt?

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I *did* order that picture on a t-shirt. I found it on Redbubble....along with some Big Bang t-shirts. :)

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Big Bang T-Shirts on Redbubble?....going there now.

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Rice cookers don't need to be justified, in my house. They just need to last for 10 years or more with daily use.

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This had me cracking up.

FYI: Maxim coffee is pretty good (I buy it at the local H-Mart) and yes, those fancy rice cookers really are worth it. I love my rice cooker so much (it even makes cakes).

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I've had the Maxim, it tastes like hot liquid ice cream, lol. It's good, but watch your blood sugar.

The closest I've come to buying something drama-related was also from Shopping King Louie -- I came *this close* to buying a lightsaber on Amazon.

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Hmmm...rice cooker could be justified maybe if it's a multi-use appliance! :)
@blnmom - Which Maxim tastes like that? I think I've got white mocha or something like that on my list. If it's a different flavor please tell! :)

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I think it's all the Maxim Golds. There are like 3 flavors but it's all pretty much a lot of sugar and cream with a little bit of coffee. :-)

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While reading this article, I felt the downward spiral of shopping addiction. Idk if that was what you wanted, @kingsqueen, but I found it hilarious and relatable.

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LOL - I'm glad it's not just me! :)

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And I just realized that "just me" is also your screen name, so now I feel "punny"! LOL!

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HAHAHAHAH just realized it tooo and puns are usually my thing. Disappointed i didn't see it sooner

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Korean cosmetic products are definitely my weakness. I went there last year and almost half of my budget was spent on cosmetics. They were too cute to handle!! With cutesy packaging and of course, all the beautiful faces of their models..sigh. I was a lost case. I almost bought anything that the shop sales lady suggested, even though I might not be needing them. Egg eye pack, snail face mask, sleeping pack, different shades of beautiful lipsticks, the 3 in 1 foundation, facial wash, foot pack (!)..
And to make matter worse was that every brand has lots and lots of outlets at the subway stations, and I just could not help myself. One good thing is I am still using all those products and has not been tempted to buy anything else so I guess my shopping spree was worth it. 😅

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Cute packaging would be my weakness too! I can see it now!

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i feel too, last year me n my little sister go to seoul and half of our budget we buy for skincare and kaanu coffee. the crazy thing they sell mask 10 free 10

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Loved your article! Our whole house is Asian-inspired and I wouldn’t have thought it was because of dramas, but definitely our CUCKOO rice cooker was a drama-inspired purchase, because why would I need a 500.00 rice cooker when my 150.00 one from Japan was just fine? And beauty products, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I saw me in this article, and we recently bought my parents a Hyundai too—I didn’t even realize that one. That’s the first Korean car we’ve ever bought. *falls off chair*

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ooohh, does your rice cooker tell you your rice is done in Korean?? i'd almost buy one just to hear that!
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Yes! When we got it, the default was Korean, and I couldn’t figure out how to change it. I had to FaceTime my Korean friend to make that first batch of rice. We changed it to English for a while, but the Korean voice is so much cuter, that we changed it back!

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Oh a cute Korean voice that tells you when the rice is done?! I'm feeling a stronger pull towards the rice cooker purchase now for some reason....LOL!

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It talks throughout the cooking process. It tells me to lock the top, announces when it starts cooking, announces when the steam is released, announces when it’s done cooking, and every button you push talks!

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Reading thorough this felt like therapy, nothing like happy dose of shopping! 😄
And if I can't afford to do it myself, then at least I can enjoy it through other beanies' experience 😆
The car purchase must be the biggest kdrama induced shopping so far! Wow! 😀

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I’m sure watching kdramas has at least made me more aware of Korean brands and probably more likely to buy them.

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LOL at the maxim coffee. it was because of this month's theme that i went down the korean aisle at the supermarket and considered buying the instant coffee. but decided against it cause they probably would've cost a bomb -_-

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if only I actually liked coffee!!!
maybe it can be your one-time-only purchase?
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Ramyun, skin care products, and the phones. I had the colorful Samsung Corby that everyone used in You're Beautiful (anyone remember that ? 😆) and then Galaxy Note by watching The King 2 Hearts and pretty much every drama that aired around that time even though the size was very questionable back then.

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I started to pay more attention to phones in any drama after watching Corby PPL in YB, lol. Heck, I even considered to buy 1 but I already got my own (not Corby), so I kept replaying that cringe cheesy youtube Corby ad video (hey, they are cool at that time XD) by 2pm. Ah the young me, so innocent :p

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Ah yes, the ad with 2pm. Good ol times 😆

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I can totally relate, @kingsqueen! My first kdrama was My Princess and I was so green with envy over Kim Tae Hee’s large Smart phone. I never bought a Samsung though because I was in an Apple eco system, but I was inspired to get the iPhone 6.

It always fascinated me to watch Kdrama actresses pat their faces when applying skin care products. Well, I do the same now. And it’s been 7 years since I converted to BB cream. I also have ditched my Obagi skin care regiment for Missha. And yes, I use Korean sheet masks too.

And food? I discovered dukbokki from dramas. Thank God I live in Los Angeles where there is a proliferation of Korean KBBQ. I like going to Kiorean markets but I always the ajummas where to find stuff. I still can’t drink soju though. I’m not Korean, BTW.

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BTW, I was tempted to buy this last year. I took a photo, LOL.
http://www.awesomescreenshot.com/image/3284935/e3526418033bd3998412f128a03d556e

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No one can resist Song Joong Ki! 😂

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I think the whole endorsement thing is interesting, the difference between Korea and the States. With how a top star here would be the face of a beauty company but not put their face on the actual product .

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One thing I want to experience is the Korea spa. But my Korean you have to bare all, LOL! Should I just cover my face?

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I tried one of those about 10 years ago before I even knew what a k-drama was. I loved it! Especially the scrub. You leave feeling like a baby's butt! Yes, you have to be nude but after about 15 minutes you don't mind. I went with a very close girlfriend so it wasn't so bad. There's a lot of eye contact to keep from looking other places. Lol. I recommend it.

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Thanks @thatstp! That’s on my bucket list. Now I have to find someone who will do it with me. Or maybe it’s better if I do it alone, LOL.

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Thanks @kingsqueen! I loved it.

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Such a relatable experience. As my budget is not that big, I'm still at the mobile phone and food stage. But I definitely thought of Kia Optima as a pretty car too, though it's way out of my budget.

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We bought a Korean car too. (And I have to admit, it was in the running because of how positive Korean Dramas have made me feel about all things Korean--except for trucks of death, and phone booths, and trucks of death crashing into phone booths.)

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I held out on the rice cooker for years because I just didn't see the point. But one day I saw a fancy one on clearance for 90% off, and if it ever dies I will replace it for full price. Only the coffee pot keeps it from holding the number one spot in my kitchen appliance use.

I too bought a Kia, a Soul though, so I'm not sure if I was influenced by dramas.

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Wow! What a deal! If I find a super deal like that I probably wouldn't be able to hold out either. :)

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But now I'm sad after reading that @ally-le has a rice cooker that speaks Korean. Mine just makes a quite sound to tell me its done.

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*quiet

I hope an edit button is near the top of Mary's to-do list. No pressure though, just hoping.

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Mine sounds like a cartoon with sound effects every day. It makes a steam engine sound accompanied by an announcement “steam is being released!” just before it’s done cooking it. I can make porridge, sticky rice, steam veggies, pork buns, and all kinds of rice. Really, it’s the best rice cooker I’ve ever owned—after I got through the sticker shock. We eat rice daily.

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Which one did you get, if you don't mind me asking?

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@kingsqueen it’s the 10 cup CUCKOO. I’ve copied the newest model: https://www.amazon.com/Cuckoo-Electric-Induction-Pressure-CRP-HY1083F/dp/B00E4XYQNG
Mine is about 265.00 on Amazon now though. So that’s not bad: https://www.amazon.com/Cuckoo-Electric-Heating-Pressure-CRP-P1009SW/dp/B00XQEM2BM

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@ally-le OOOHHH, pretty. I want, but cannot justify. I'm the only one in my home that eats rice every day so this seems too luxurious for just my needs. (that last one costs more than I paid for my first car)

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Oh my, those ARE pretty! I’m perfectly content with the $30 rice cooker I bought from Target, but I will be dreaming about one day owning one of those beauties.

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Thanks for the links! I like those, but I don't think I could spend that much money for that kind of appliance. I'll have to wait for a really good sale! If we ate rice daily it would be different.

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@kingsqueen One way I justified the cost is that it’s a multipurpose appliance! You can cook anything in it! It’s a pressure cooker, steamer, and rice maker!

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I have a Soul too. Coming from a 7 seater GMC Envoy, gotta say I love it.

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@kingsqueen—Thanks for your funny, relatable post.

When I noticed how everyone was patting on skin products in Because This Life is Our First, I wondered, "What the hell are they doing?" @girlfriday and @javabeans's vlog about cosmetics pushed me over the edge and I purchased a bottle of Corsx 96 Mucin. I cannot believe that snail mucus is part of my daily skin routine but there you have it.

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I use this snail mucin too! I love cosrx products!

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@Ally let’s try this for the love of SJK. One photo for each day of the week.
http://www.awesomescreenshot.com/image/3286057/e67ab373cbef107ea72b323e0f0040c1

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Hahaha! That’s hilarious.

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I use this. Didn’t realize it’s snail MUCUS!!!
http://missha.ee/en/catalog#!71/products/444

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I want to try the skin care stuff, but it's so expensive and I react badly to so many things that I'm afraid of wasting my money.

**"How do they harvest the snail mucus" she wonders with a shudder.

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I share your curiosity about the harvesting and found this Great Big Video story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac_iW3iA01E

(I tagged you on my fan wall too.)

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Beautytap has a daily sale. Some 20 or up off. Plus, the include lots of samples. Could be away to try something you really want to.

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I have the Corsx snail essence....and have not told anyone I'm using it, lol. I'm not sure if it is doing anything , but no bad reaction either. It may be one I notice the difference when I run out.

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I remember coveting in particular:
-the Samsung phones on Rooftop Prince (the phone played a semi-important role in the drama). I've preferred Samsung over any other phone brand since.
-those ridiculously bulky whole-body massage chairs which frankly, I dont have space for
- the glass which turns clear-to-opaque in Gong Yoo's room in Big. I've been describing that to friends for years but they don't think we even have that in our country??

I have to say though, these companies are well aware of the marketing reach they have with Kdramas, and some of them have been overdoing it with the product placements lately. I mean, no way doctors eat *that* many subways. Or sweet coffee drinks.

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Or pizzas and ginseng packets 😂

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Those ginseng things cost a LOT

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Exactly! I was intrigued after Chief Kim (best ginseng PPL) but I'm too broke...

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Smart glass! I've been wanting to see electric glass with my own eyes for years. I've only seen it in the movies and TV.

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They'll never convince me that CHEFS eat at subway! LOL!

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Hahahaha yes!

That's the most unbelievable! I can bring myself to believe that other professionals like doctors are too time strapped to care what they put into their mouths, but chefs ((eye rolls))

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@kingsqueen what a fun read!
I really had no clue how influenced we all are by what we see, until I watched a KDrama and screamed with immense glee, "I have the SAME LG phone as the Main Lead!!!!!" HA HA HA HA

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@kingsqueen The Kia love is so true! AOY 2's Kang Unnie had a gorgeous blue Kia too. First time being infatuated with a car.

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@kingsqueen Very entertaining post. I totally clicked after seeing Cheon Song Yi. Girlfriend got me out of my long drama slump.

Like you, I now frequent more Korean restos. For meet ups with friends, I almost always recommend that we go Korean. While I cannot drink soju on its own, I make sure I have a bottle at home. I just mix it with any soda/juice that we have.

I've also had four Samsung mobile phones now for the past 5 years, for personal and office use.

And don't get me started on skin care. I can't get enough of products from innisfree and Nature Republic. (Though I'm sadly too impatient to adopt a 10 step program.)

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Ok I need to know where I can purchase those tshirts with the cutesy couples! I would totally buy a Pinocchio couple tshirt!!

Anyway omg I just bought Maxim coffee sticks over the weekend and well I hit up my local HMart and bought Melona ice cream bars too...yes I have seen both Shopping King Louis and Strongest Deliveryman :P

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I got my t-shirts from Redbubble. I got the Goblin one and some Big Bang shirts. And one with a finger heart. :)

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This!! I am the worst PPL junkie ever. If I see it in a Kdrama, I want it. LG and Samsung must love people like me!
It's too easy here in SoCal to get all the food goodies at the local H-mart, including ready-made bulgogi and japchae. Dried seaweed and kimchi is on the menu every day for me. Innisfree beauty products? Check. I recently bought one of those single butane burners so I can cook ramyun on my back patio and pretend I'm on a rooftop like in "Fighting My Way"! I have a little electric grill for grilling samgyeopsal too! I also love my Korean made Glasslock storage containers for leftovers; the US products don't seal properly and leak. Saving up for a Cuckoo rice cooker and designer handbag(s). I can't give up my Subaru for a Kia or a Hyundai car though.

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Thanks—making note of Glasslock. Always looking for better food storage!

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I've been eye-balling those storage containers too! (I've got a whole cabinet full of plastic ones though, so I'm going to have to replace them slowly!)

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SoCal is the best for all things Korean related, isn't it?! Within a 20 min drive, I can hit 3 Korean supermarkets. S-Mart, H-Mart and World Market. I'm 20 minutes from K-town. There's a Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong 6 minutes from my house. I have been a Samsung fan since Nextel was bought out by Sprint so I'm always envious that I see the latest Galaxy phone on my dramas before it's released. I already had a butane burner so I just bought a grilling pan. (It's a bitch to clean) I would love to try their skin care products but since a lot of them have skin brighteners I only use the masks. (I'm already light skin to be black, don't want to make myself lighter) Costco has a Korean rice cooker for around $90 that I was told is very expensive other places. Right now I use an all-purpose steamer but it's a hassle for a small amount so I want a small capacity rice cooker. I bought my oldest daughter that owl muff we saw on We Got Married. The addiction is real. lol.

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Oh yeah, I love soju. But just the flavored kind. Peach, pineapple, pomegranate, grapefruit and white grape. Mixing soju with makgeolli is delish.

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I have a small rice cooker from Kohls, but it is not Korean. Makes 2 cups. However it is red and looks cute, so I like it. I'm not feeding a tribe anymore,lol! But I still have a large capacity one from those days

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Love glasslock!! Brought one back from the kimjang in Seoul, and I would have brought back a jar if I could have figured out how to transport!!!

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First of all, I'm super excited to be featured! Thank you!! :)
And second - thank you for all the kind comments!

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Boy, does a lot of this sound like me! I don't have the Galaxy Note, but i do have a Galaxy phone! I have found every Korean restaurant I could find locally, and even recently began using Saranghae skin care. Not going to go for 10 steps because I live in the south and I think that would be too much for the humidity down here. We even bought the rice cooker! I have finally (finally!) gotten my husband interested in the dramas, the music (somewhat. he may just tolerate me on that!) and the FOOD! Yeah!

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How do you like the Saranghae brand? I've seen that on Amazon. I'm going to have to replace at least one item I have as soon as I'm certain which one is irritating my skin (I think it's the foaming cleanser).

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BTW, we drink the soju the same way they did on Rooftop Prince - with shots of Ready Whip! Makes the watered down vodka taste a little less meh.

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It was much more tolerable as a "somaek" (I think I got that right - mixed with beer?) But we aren't regular drinkers anyway. It was mostly for curiousity's sake! LOL!

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Now I am hooked too, & my husband 😊

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This is so funny. I joined the KDrama world at the end on 2016. My friend Chris introduced me and I am so hooked. We talk about them, dissect plot and character arcs. We read books about Korean history and culture so we can better understand what we are seeing. A few months later I cancelled my TV and haven't watched Canadian/American TV since (except the occasional thing on Netflix). I go to Korean films with friends (easy to do here in Toronto). I have learned to read and pronounce Hangeul and have started learning Korean (thank you Talk to Me In Korean). The skin care I have used for many years is now sold in Korea but is a US company (Paula's Choice). I recently moved from Apple to Android and I HAD to have a Samsung. I am exploring Korean food. I have soju in my fridge and I do like it. I also started buying the odd K-pop tune for dancing while cleaning / de-stressing (hello Exo's Monster) until I discovered BTS and now I am a goner. I have posters over my desk. Stickers on my phone. I am saving to visit. Now I need to stop having expensive dentist bills that eat my savings.

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I just received my Talk To Me in Korean book Sunday. LOL! I've already learned a lot, but I'm hoping to improve and possibly maybe, hopefully, SOMEDAY be not as reliant on subtitles. :)

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Did you know that Hot Topic sells KPop shirts?
https://www.hottopic.com/band-merch/shop-by-genre/k-pop/

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We are *all* enablers, arent we? LOL! Thanks! I've bookmarked that since I saw some Big Bang stuff. :)

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I heard that the KPop tees are some of Hot Topic’s best selling items.

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A very relate-able post, especially the food!
The closest Korean restaurant/market is three hours away from me :( But my younger sister and I go about every three months to eat Korean food, buy kimchi and maxim sticks :)

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Omg this is so relatable. I have a weakness for the fashion myself. It's interesting how the trends end up trickling over here. I still remember watching 'You're Beautiful' years back and seeing the leads' colorful skinny jeans and then being so dumbfounded when that became a hugee trend in the states. My latest must-haves have been threader earrings and ear jackets, which I'm starting to see in US stores. I guess I'm ahead of the game fashion-wise lol. I also always wanted to try the food, but I don't live in a big city, so gotta live with that. I do have quite a bit of Korean skincare though.

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Great write up @kingsqueen. I squealed with glee when I found Korean ramen in my local grocery shop! And jumped up and down (scaring my cats in the process) when I saw the same brand ramen being made in The Great Seducer. I texted my husband immediately (who does not share my enthusiasm for Kdrama's unfortunately) about how excited I was and he texted back saying 'its okay you little weirdo, we'll get some more for you'!!

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LOL, I could have written this! To be fair, I already had my Kia Soul and a Samsung phone when I got into Korean dramas, but I never would have discovered the wonders of Korean food, makgeolli, and Korean beauty products if it weren't for dramas. My last two phone upgrades (to the Galaxy 8+, then the 9+ on the day it was released) happened because I saw the new, sexy phone in a drama and NEEDED it, lol.

The PPL works, y'all.

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I upgraded from the 8+ to the 9+ on release date too (not because of dramas, I'm a tech junkie). How are you liking the 9?

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I love it, but I've been a fan of the Galaxy line for years, so that's no surprise! Really the main difference from the 8+ is that the 9+ comes in purple :)

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Me too. I've had a Samsung phone since I switched from a Nextel chirp phone (dang I'm getting old). I have the purple 9+ also.

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Well, I already had a Samsung phone, but it wasn't the big one that the characters had. LOL!
I'm a PPL person's dream! :P

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Hey age is just a number!!! Cutesy idol/anime products - love window shopping. OST music shopping is my thing and I have a collection. I have expanded into the K-Pop scene. Fangirling boy bands that could be my sons. Thinking about attending a K-Con venue. Just enjoying life in the K-Drama world!!! <3 <3 <3

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