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Open Thread #566

Happy Friday everyone!

Here is your Open Thread, which is here for you to chat about anything you want, whether it be drama-related or not. Nothing’s off-topic here! Spoilers may be rife, so proceed accordingly.

 
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Hi all! Happy Friday!
I ran away from Life to the (cloudy) beaches a little further South in the country this week, so I'm on vacay! ^^; Also the new BTS album came out today so I'm a happy K-ent fan. Now that I'm on the other side of the comeback, I need to start thinking about RL again. *sighs*

Hope you're all managing RL well~
Enjoy your weekend!

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Enjoy your vacation!

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Thank you

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How nice! Have all the fun!

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Enjoy your vacation. Have fun. ^_^

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Thanks :)

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Enjoy all your free time while you can!!
*hands some sunscreen and a fan*

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Thanks rukia!
*gratefully accepts*

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I got the fan for you specially when I was in Nagasaki... ๐Ÿ’•

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*squeals in delight* Thank you @rukia! *finger hearts* ^^

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Enjoy till the end. And love yourself *double wink*

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Hahahaha! Thanks :D

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Oh right, the comeback...I think I'll avoid my BTS sources this weekend, health precautions, however futile :p

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Hahahah good luck with that!

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Vacation + BTS album, now that's double fun!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’Enjoy the vacation~

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Thank you! :D Hope you enjoyed the album? ^^

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Enjoy your vacation!!!

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Thank you :D

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Hope you're enjoying the beaches and relaxing.

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I am~ thanks mugyul! :)

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It's like a gazillion degrees outside and the only drama that doesn't require much brain power is Witch's Love and I'm loving it just because the PDA is so cute, their relationship is so real- they actually talk things out (!) and everyone else (including me) is awwwing. Rawr for such cuties. It makes the green acting at times unnoticeable.

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I just started Witch's Love.
I like the grannies!

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I love it when @mary suggests a drama... ๐Ÿ’• ๐Ÿ’• ๐Ÿ’•

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I started this at @mary's suggestion, and have not gotten a thing done this morning. It is flufftastic and fun.

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Thanks to @mary I started watching witch's love today and like you I'm enjoying it but, I heard subs are not so regular. -__-

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Viki is subbing it and they're usually done 24ish hours after raw is out. :)

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Haha, "doesn't require much brain power". That is so true, though. Plus Hyun Woo, yk.

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I'd put on the giant magic ears every time just to get more of his voice.

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I choked when she bought out those gigantic ears. She still looked amazing in them tho!

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Yeah, I must not be the right kind of witch since adjumma is all I can pull off.

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@allphryne ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Same.

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This drama is so cliche but there is something about it that makes it interesting. I also like it is an easy watch, something I dont have to watch so seriously.

I cant help rooting for the Director and Cho Hong although it seems many people root for the comic guy to get the girl. I understand that the Director's character is so hard to like, I was like that too at the beginning...but there is something appealing about him, and more importantly Cho Hong chose him. I hope he is okay about her being a witch.

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@hikarinw Exactly! I wasn't too sure about the Director either but there's something about him. He listens to her and apologises and is so kind while showering her with affection. I'm totally rooting for him. That scene in the movie theatre shows how into each other they are! ๐Ÿ’

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LOL. I was having a secondhand embarrassment at their kissing. Find a room, guys! So much smooches ๐Ÿ˜‚
I hope the Director will stays that way till the end. They are cute together ๐Ÿ˜

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Hehehehe. Everyone else in the theatre was more into them than the actual movie. ๐Ÿ˜‚ And the Director in the lift "well the movie was nice" ๐Ÿ˜‚ SUREEE.

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I only ever hear people on Team Director. Nice Guy is nice but he's too late... Cho-hong and Sung-tae already like each other. They even talk out their fights and apologize. My sweet babies T____T

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Really? I guess it depends on the medium of watching then. At this one site I go, so many people want to see Cho Hong and the comic guy together. I always thought I am the minority that likes the Director, because firstly its Hongbin, and the character he plays as the nice and gentle guy makes it perfect to root for.

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Even for me the comments are overwhelmingly supporting comic guy. Director Ma is the minority. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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@hikarinw @fencejumper *pats the bench* come sit with me, we'll be Team Director all the way.

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@mary @fencejumper yessa! I'll grab popcorn for us ๐Ÿ˜†

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Wohoo! Director Ma your supporters are hyped and ready @mary @hikarinw

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We need a bigger couch.

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I'm giving a shot to Witch's love lately.
Time is on hiatus, and I'm looking for a drama that is as fluffy and cute as possible or a j-drama that is good.

I just can't do with anything that kills any character or has depression issues.

Please help me guys.

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Fluffy & cute dramas
Because Itโ€™s the First Time
Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy
Buzzcut Love (KBS Drama Special) the girl has cancer but it's not depressing and has a happy optimistic ending AND Kim Jung-Hyun is the hero :D
Ex-Girlfriend Club
Fight for My Way
Flower Boy Ramyun Shop
Gogh, the Stary Night
Iโ€™m Not a Robot
Jugglers
Marriage, Not Dating
Oh My Venus
School 2017
Sungkyunkwan Scandal
The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry
To. Jenny (Short Drama)
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Whatโ€™s Wrong With Secretary Kim
You Drive Me Crazy! (Wb Drama)

Really good J-drama ( they are all oldies but really good):
Long Vacation
Orange Days
Pride
Virgin Road

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I second Because Itโ€™s the First Time (8 episodes), You Drive Me Crazy! (2 episodes) and Long Vacation (11 episodes). They're short and sweet. Nothing drags and the focus is on characters and relationships.

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I have watched all the korean ones.
Now I'm watching Long Vacation, thank you for the recommendation :D

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Why donโ€™t you try watching j-movie โ€œClosest Love to Heaven (Kyo no Kira kun). Supper cute movie.

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Marriage, not Dating has been mentioned- it is one of my all time favorites. I think that I have watched it clear through 3 times now. The sound trach is so good that you will hear some of the songs repeated in later shows.

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I have watched it. Thank you anyway

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Good Morning to ALL!!!! HAPPY FRIDAY!
August was the month where I finally began watching C-dramas. I have watched Nirvana on Fire 1&2, Ode to Joy 1&2, Love Me if You Dare, When a Snail Falls in Love, Oh My General

I finally finished Legend of Fuyao. Great story about Fuyao's journey of self-discovery and love. OTP had great chemistry! Costuming was beautiful.

I also watched Guardian- It gave me Dr Who vibes w/ the journey to the underground world and all. Fun storytelling. Wish they had spent more money on CGI budget, but once you get past it, all was good. The "bromance" was splendid. I wish they were allowed to portray their interaction for what it really was - a love that spanned 1000 years. I hope there is a S2. At least it deserves it, just so they can develop that story more

Love Lost in Times was FANTASTIC!!!!! Thank you @tsutsuloo for the suggestion. I fell in love from the beginning. The costuming was amazing! OTP fell in love really quickly, which I didn't believe at first, but it was soon proven to be very true and genuine. I loved all the Princes and their different personalities, their individual experience in the palace was quite interesting. Emperor was an egomaniac who ruined his sons ( I could draw modern-day comparisons, but I'll leave the toxic reality to other boards. LOL)

Just started watching Bromance -it's Taiwanese. Light, crossdressing story. So far, very predictable in all respects, but I'll stick with it until the end.

Please suggest more C- dramas to watch. I am interested in well-developed stories, great costuming , and a female heroine who is NOT a wall-flower/Candy waiting to meet her Chaebol and "live happily ever after". I already have The First Half of My Life and Legend of Yun Xi on the list.

Enjoy the weekend!

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I was supposed to do Fuyao thanks to @linda-palapala exuberant posts. For some reason, I just can't get started which is strange since I like both leads. Maybe I am looking for something more serious? So I tried Guardian but couldn't get past the 1st episode. At that point, I figured I was probably not in the mood for fantasy genre.

I then tried Story of Yanxi Palace and I am binge watching now. It's a tiring show though because backstabbing occurs like every minute and our heroine skips around landmines like she's playing hopscotch. Many C dramas are beautifully shot and the period ones are crazy resplendent. This one is no exception. It has a very interesting hue and each frame is like a painting. If you like palace intrigue, try this.

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@outofthisworld
Believe me, Fuyao gets serious, but only after about episode 22-23. There's quite a bit of levity the first half and trials and tribulations and serious danger in the 2nd half, but in the 2nd half they're already together as a couple and work together and support each other, which was so refreshing in a drama. I'm so sorry you couldn't get into it! I have to admit I did ff thru quite a few scenes in the first dozen episodes...
I adored Nirvana in Fire 2. Still haven't been able to get into NIF 1, which every body else in the world loved. But NIF 2 is a slow paced, some action but I loved its quiet contemplation and the young man (Ping Jing) coming of age and finding his true self. He's a young man with a free spirit, born into a military family. The first half is a bad guy taking revenge on his family because of whatever, and the first half builds Ping Jing's family relationship with his father and older brother. The second half his brother sacrificed himself to save Ping Jing who has to take over his brother's role as military leader to guard the border. Then his dad dies. The court convinces the teenage king that Ping Jing's family had gained too much military power and manages to also get rid of Ping Jing - for awhile he goes into mourning in the mountains but when his "best friend" who betrayed him tries to usurp the throne, Ping Jing (who is a brilliant military strategist) has to come back and try to save the young king. I also liked that the romance was practically nil, but the young lady (doctor) that he falls in love with is first his best friend.
I'm not too sure you'd like Love Me If You Dare, though I've watched it 3 times. You might not like how the main characters are drawn, Wallace Huo is a genius criminal profiler but very socially inept because of his background and so sometimes quite inadvertently rude. He was also kidnapped and tortured for quite a long time. Sandra Ma is a young college student who becomes his assistant, then his lover, then his wife.
If you want serious, some of Mimu's list wouldn't fit your criteria. Looks like her list is a lot of modern romance (but I'm not sure).
I've wondered about Yanxi but don't think it's on Viki or DF yet.
I also like Siege in Fog, a Republican era drama. Not as well written as the above and there's no levity. Of course it has a sad ending too, which is to be expected because of the era. It stars Elvis Han.

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Hi @linda-palapala, thank you once again for your suggestions. I hope I'll be in a mood for some fantasy drama soon.
My top C drama is NIF1. I guess I'm with the majority in liking NIF1 more than 2.
I have watched LMIFD, it was alright but I kind of lost interest towards the end.
I like When A Snail Falls In Love better.
Tried OSO and A Love So Beautiful. Both didn't work for me. Maybe I am not into solely romance but then I quite like Ten Miles Peach Blossom.
Thing about C dramas is there are so many eps! The drama must hook me fast otherwise I drop them all too easily.

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"...drama must hook me fast otherwise I drop them all too easily."
I hear you there! My solution to that problem (because I know the hook-me-fast hardly ever happens) is I skip to several different episodes and watch a bit until something hooks me, or doesn't. For example I might go to episode 21 and have a look, then skip to ep 30 and have a look, or episode 8, etc., and sometimes I actually watch the ending first. After skipping around if something catches my eye I say okay, how did we get to this interesting point? If nothing catches my eye or ear, I say forget it.
I didn't like Snail because it didn't seem very well acted. It's by the same author as LMIFD so maybe I was expecting too much.
I'm really looking forward to Wolf (Majesty of Wolf) in December, with Darren Wang. Do you know who he is? He hasn't done too much but I love the way he looks, he's not the usual pretty boy but there's something appealing about him. And, I think this will be the first time a C drama has featured werewolves.
Thing about so many eps in c dramas, at least they're only about 40 minutes, as opposed to over an hour kdramas, which I now find to be difficult as they're so long. I'm liking the ones now that are 30 minutes each.
Keep up the suggestions, maybe we'll find common ground!

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Darren Wang? Perfect for a werewolf, LOL!

I prefer more masculine looking actors. That's why some C and K actors don't appeal to me.

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There I spent so much time describing things you'd already seen! At least I had fun.
I didn't like Peach Blossom but don't remember why...
I guess I could try Snail again, though Wang Kai isn't my favorite male lead, and I usually watch anything depending on who the male lead is - shallow, yes.

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@outofthisworld
Well now you're going to have to name me some of the masculine actors you're talking about!
Would you include Darren Wang in that group? Even though he's young.
My favorites don't have to be that masculine, just not high school looking. My favorite actors have been around my daughter's age, which means they've just gone into the military or will soon. I can't get into the young guys. With the exception of 3 Chinese actors: Darren Wang, Elvis Han and Liu Haoran.
But I'm so curious as to your definition of "masculine"! hopefully it doesn't include "jocks".

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@outofthisworld: I forgot to mention if you don't mind fantasy, William Chan's Love Lost in Times is really good. He's the Crown Prince but his dad wants to kill him. She's a sorceress who saves his life and they fall in love. That's only the first few episodes. But when he's about to be killed she has the power to not only stop time but go back in time a year to see if she can change things so he doesn't die. But she only has a year to fix things or else everything will revert back except she will have never existed. It's very good mostly as per usual for me, I ff thru quite a bit of the secondary characters' storylines...

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C-dramas suggestions: (May be you would have watched)
Nirvana on fire 1 & 2.
Love me, if you dare.
Stay with me.
Love O2O.
A love so beautiful.
My amazing boyfriend.
The eternal love.
Boss & me.
Memory lost.
When a snail falls in love.
Les interpreter.
The starry night, the starry sea.
The fox's summer.
The lost tomb.
My Mr. Mermaid.

If you have not watched Suddenly Seventeen Chinese movie then you can watch. It's a good one. ^^

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I have Memory Lost on my watchlist (because it's from the same author as Love Me If You Dare, but I haven't been able to get into it. It seemed silly at first - but I should try again, right? Most of your suggestions are modern and I think @outofthisworld wanted more period pieces with beautiful costumes.
Any other suggestions along that line?

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Haha...I am not looking for period dramas. Actually I used to avoid them when Hong Kong was churning all those dramas set in the palace. I absolutely dislike the gaudy costumes and sets. The Chinese however have ridiculous budgets and can splurge on gorgeous sets, costumes and cinematography. Perhaps not all are of high standard but of the very few I've seen, they are very good.
Period dramas are also bit more challenging to watch because there's parts of the dialogue which I don't fully understand.

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Current cdrama that I'm following right now is Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost. It's quite good, and of course you get that reincarnation trope. It's mostly fluff at the beginning but then it's makjang in the middle (the Empress is sooo bitchy) and from what I've read it soon to be followed with heartbreaks but I'm not worried too much because it got happy ending (based on its novel).

Just gonna copy paste the synopsis from mydramalist.

In ancient times, the Flower Goddess dies after giving birth to a daughter. Before she passed, she fed her daughter the Unfeeling Pill, ordered her subordinates to keep the girlโ€™s birth story a secret and to imprison her within Shui Jing for 10,000 years. The girlโ€™s name is Jin Mi.

4,000 years later, the Heavenly Emperorโ€™s second son, Xu Feng, was entrapped by someone and mistakenly entered Shui Jing. He was saved by the ignorant Jin Mi. After living together for 100 years, Xu Feng gradually developed feelings for Jin Mi. Someone close to them wants to use those feelings for their own benefit.

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@whatsthescenarioโ€”You've gone all in with C-dramas! Bravo! I urge you consider indulging in BLOODY ROMANCE. I would have missed this entirely had it not been for @kimbapnoona's hilarious but enthusiastic praise in last week.

I was certain I'd need time to rest after Legend of Fuyao but ended up diving right into this delicious web drama. What's to love?

โ€”It's only 36 episodes, many of them only 30 minutes long! As the series nears the end, episodes are stretching to 45-ish minutes. Because the first half zips along so briskly, you find yourself just hitting next! next! next! (This is also why I love starting C-dramas when they're half-way done.)

โ€”Despite a limited budget (compared to a series like Love Lost in Times or even Legend of Fuyao, it's still visually appealing. They've put the money into a solid story, good actors, sumptuous costumes, decent cinematography and lovely animation.

โ€”The lead actors are hella attractive and their growing love is believable.

โ€”I love, love the animated interstitials used for flashbacks and exposition. Such gorgeous ink work.

โ€”The supporting characters are a touch campy but it's all good. All the womenโ€”even the ones you hateโ€”kick serious ass.

โ€”The storyline has some elements of La Femme Nikita. A young woman is sold into sexual slavery by her father and escapes to join a society of female assassins. Like all assassins, she's paired with a "shadow", a young man who guides her in protocols, protects her and serves her every way. Except sex. Sex is verboten and punished with permanent anti-erection witchcraft.

โ€”So far, the OST are limited to three potent little songs. They're not something I'd usually listen to in the car but repeated exposure, paired achey love scenes have beaten me into submission. A Lifetime Waiting for You, sung by Tia Ray is the opening song and love theme. Out of favor is the closing credit theme, performed by Li YiTong, who's also the lead actress. (Note that this last video shows scenes from another drama altogetherโ€”with the same actressโ€”but it's the right song.) Episode 30 has a power ballad by Gary Chaw I never knew I needed but I won't give you that one because it's a bit spoilery.

How to get started?

Watch the first 19 episodes with English subs at this YouTube channel.

Speak Mandarin or want to watch later episodes without subs? <a href="https://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzczNDMyODEwOA==...

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How to get started?

Watch the first 19 episodes with English subs at this YouTube channel.

Speak Mandarin or want to watch later episodes without subs? Go to the YouKu channel for full episodes, previews, and BTS clips.

The Chinese culture site Douban has the most complete list of actors.

Check out the buzz at MyDramaList. It's an addiction, y'all.

Final noteโ€”the drama is an adaptation of an erotic web novel. I scanned the English translation and found it to be absolute dreck. The drama wisely took the best bits and dropped the rest. (There's a tiny bit of discussion about this last week.)

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It's also possible to watch this at dramac**l but the video quality is superior on YT.

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I am so happy to hear that I have dragged @tsutsuloo on this bloody journey with me!!

Mission accomplished and moving onto the next rank!

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I love, love the opening song of Bloody Romance! ^^

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Yes, I love the opening song too! I don't follow this drama that much, only watched Puff Kuo's parts XD but I never skipped the song.

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And opening credits is gorgeous! ^^ Drama is one of my two current faves (Ashes of love is the other one).
I like her char in the drama.

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I highly recommend The Disguiser and Sparrow!

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Chinese dramas that I enjoyed were General and I, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, Memory Lost, The Sound of Desert, Battle of Changsha, Rookie Agent Rouge, My Sunshine/Silent Separation, Love O2O, Boss and Me

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Since you enjoyed Legend of Fuyao I recommend Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms which stars the same actress. Although many viewers didn't like the CGI, the story never lost me throughout it's long run. I also recommend Prince of Lan Ling, Sound of the Dessert, and Imperial Doctress. All have female leads that you described.

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Just dropping by to say that I read a very interesting article on Ask Korean about some historical mundane Korean things, like when Oppa started to have different meaning ๐Ÿ˜‰

Link: http://askakorean.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-misplace-props-in-pachinko.html?m=1

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I love this blog!

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I just read his articles on k conservative politics. And found him on twitter. He is great.

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Thanks for posting this! I wish I'd read it before I read Panchenko. I really enjoyed the book and have recommended it to a few people. I loved reading about the origin of Yobo and I have often wondered what it's literal meaning is, since I have assumed the translation of "honey" was what English speakers us in a similar situation.

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Thanks for the link to this blog. I love it. Pachinko is the book I push the most this year, and it's interesting to read about the historical errors, and learn even more about this period in Korean and Japanese history.

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Thanks so much sharing, @dorotka. I've added him to my list of weekly online reads.

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this is my other "read"... he posts very interesting articles. his early posts have the most hilarious comments to which he snarkily replies...
: D

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Thank you @dorotka for this link. This is one of the reasons I love DramaBeans. I ordered the book before reading his list of "ill-fitting" props but that's fine. I am looking forward to reading this book.
I am still laughing after reading his: AAK! Policies (Read This First).

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I just skimmed through this blog and really, the most popular questions sound so racist and then hilarious, but his answers are all well articulated and educational even!

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I've mentioned in the past that I donate blood... and I've noticed 2 Korean-food type signs right near where I donate (same parking lot)... and I enjoyed the recent LA-area Beanie meetups... so finally the light bulb came on.

Would any Beanies be interested in a combined blood-donation + Korean snack or lunch?? Or would any non-donor like to arrange to show up around the time I expect to be drained finished? My treat for anybody who donates.

I haven't eaten at either place (rarely eat out anyway) so I don't know how good they are, but when I'm there I could ask the Red Cross people while I'm busy bleeding.

The earliest I can do it is Friday, Sept 28 (because they limit how often you can donate and that's the first day they'll let me).

Relevant names / places:
Google shows all 3 at the same street address:
2814 Sepulveda Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

Red Cross Torrance Blood Donation Center
to make an appointment 1-800-733-2767

Da Maat meats, etc "Classic Korean fare"

Okrumong shaved ice, etc

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If only I were in LA.
This is a great idea, @lordcobol!

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Such a good cause and Idea to catch up and donate or just catching up and talking about mundane things or kent related things.
I wish I would have been there. T__T

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I'd do this if I were in LA!

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What a great idea, too bad I'm nowhere near LA.

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Good luck! Too bad I am in South. Not only that I was told I could not donate the blood - I am too light :(

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Happy Friday Everyone!!
I got back from vacation earlier this week and am now back at work...
Which is not a bad thing, 'cause now I want to travel to other parts of the world as much as possible!!
We went to Japan and only did a fraction of the things we'd planned, but it was a wonderful experience.
My favorite place was the Japanese garden in the park in Shinjuku. My favorite food was ramen. Oh. My. Goodness.
We walked and walked and walked and I think that I'll need lots of time to truly savor everything we saw and did!
Take care!
Fighting!

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But tell us a bit more about your trip! I have to ask - did you check out an onsen? Or the tea ceremony? Rent a Kimono? Check out kabuki? stay at a ryokan?

Like I said, most of this is too expensive for me. T_T I only managed to do a cheap ryokan, a public bath & a tiny for fun tea ceremony at Kinkaku-ji - all in Kyoto.

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Funny, when my son drank tea( we live in Kyoto) which is called Koicha( dark macha tea), it was so strong, he had really hard time to control himself( he has ADHA and caffeine affect them sometimes). So shortened tea ceremony is sufficient( they offer Usucha( light matcha tea). Otherwise your legs would get so numb after sitting in Japanese style for hours!
Actually I find most expensive restaurants in Kyoto are overrated and probably hotels as well.. So travelling economically is not a bad thing at all. Hope you had a nice time. Nowadays I see foreign tourists having trouble with heat and I feel very bad for them. But thanks goodness, we have arrays of vending machines for water supplies everywhere

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Yikes about your son. Hope it wasn't too bad.
Yes - I had a very nice time in Japan. Since I come from an even hotter country, the summer there was pretty easy on me. :) And I was with Japanese friends who knew where to get what. Fun and relaxed trip.

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I didn't rent a kimono, but I bought a yukata and learned how to put it on properly and how to put on an obi.
Unfortunately our budget didn't go far enough for the Ryokan with a private onsen. We stayed in a small Ryokan one night and really enjoyed it.
I'm not able to kneel for the tea ceremony, so we didn't try this time. Our friends are researching one that would be possible for me. Because there has to be a next time. No negotiations.
I figure that what we couldn't do this time will be waiting for us next time.

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Very nice Rukia! I'm glad to hear you had a fun time. Most importantly, you were able to spend some time with your son, right? Yay!

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Thank you, @greenfields!
I guess that as a loan shark with a heart of gold you have to protect your identity even more than ever... ๐Ÿ’•

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@rukia - hahaha yes indeed. You saw through me! As a wrongly accused fugitive, I suppose like knows like. ^^ I'm in disguise. ^^ *shhh*

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We were with both of our grown up sons, so it was heaven and then we were discovering Japan as well and we were abele to spend time with our younger son's girlfriend in Nagasaki, so yeah. It was wonderful times a gazillion. ^^ <3 <3 <3

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That looks quite an weaboo act.
How were you able to go through Public Bath?
@rukia Bleach movie has almost flopped.

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I saw Bleach, CatoCat. So disappointing. I think I'll swear off of live action... ๐Ÿ˜’

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@spazmo, our friends from Nagasaki told us that this is a very old tradition. They used to put lights on the boats and set them to go out on the sea, but they don't do that anymore.

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Sorry, I had to look up that word. *pfffft*
My yukata will be a bathrobe most likely and who knows what I'll do with the obi? It is really pretty.

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does your home town host a Bon Odori in July or August? wear your yukata and obi there and dance the night away!

posted a query somewhere else, asking you about your trip - just seeing this post now...

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the Bon Odori (festival honoring spirits of ancestors held in late summer) are always held by the Japanese Buddhist Temples.

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@spazmo, we were in Nagasaki for that!! It's an occasion for remembering all those who died during the previous year. Groups of people carried 'boat' floats all over the town, each 'boat' decorated to show the interests of the deceased. As they go around, they set off LOTS of firecrackers to show that they are celebrating the person's life and they are not sad. Almost all of them join a big parade which winds its way through the center of town and finishes near the waterfront. We had to buy ear plugs! There wasn't any dancing or special food that we noticed. I found it moving. Everyone participated, very young to fairly old.

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I'm still reeling, actually. There was so much to absorb...!

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that would've been more likely the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance event... it's held on August 6th here in Seattle (the day Hiroshima was bombed).

the Obon Festivals are all about dancing and food booths...

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I had to look up 'weaboo', and I don't like being called that. AT ALL. When I go on holiday, I like trying out local things instead of sticking to what I'm told I should do by American travel sites on Google.

Re the public bath. It's quite normal in Japan so it's up to you to get over your discomfort. No one is staring at you.

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@greenfields, I thought that comment was directed at me, for trying to dress like a local.
Whatever, I had a wonderful time and had so many distinct and memorable experiences. Building up treasured memories is something that I will cherish for a very long time and this only gives me great happiness.
*hugs and more hugs*

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@rukia - hahaha I thought it was directed at me. XD On reading my response right now, I think my words appear more forceful than they were meant to be. Apologies Cato!

That's all that matters Rukia! <3 ^^; *hugs you back*

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I know I've already wished you this, but WELCOME BACK AGAIN! Japanese ramen is the one thing that I really want to have when I go to Japan some point in my life.

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Thank you, dear @ally-le.
I hope that you can go soon. And to other places in Asia as well!! ๐Ÿ’—

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ohhh, you MUST do the sashimi!!! and the grilled unagi!!! and the freshly made manju... oh, and the different flavored tamago.......

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And the mochi in convenience stores... Yum! ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Lol I think you are a fabulous gourmet. You would like j-show โ€œKoroku no Gurumeโ€. Please go to โ€œIzakayaโ€ next time. They offer you any kind of Japanese food. You would love the casual atmosphere as well.

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I love Unagi but I had a very unfortunate accident . I went to an expensive restaurant well known for unagi( I usually do not spend money on foods but,,,) last year, then a bone of unagi got stuck in my throat and remain there for almost a week. It was a very painful and unpleasant experience. Since then I have not manage to bring up my courage to eat it...

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Oh dear!
I remember that my father used to make us eat bread soaked in vinegar to make fish bones soft so that they would go down without hurting.
I wonder if my adventurous eating tastes come from parental remedies like this?

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oh noooo --- that's awful, i'm so sorry!!

i got the unagi on sticks, grilled on food carts in osaka...

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I am so glad that you enjoyed staying in Japan. Encountering a different culture is fun, isnโ€™t it. Next time please stop by TSUTAYA (book and DVD rental shop) . The shops are heaven for Kdrama lovers.

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@pecopon, we saw several of those while we were walking all over Tokyo! They are HUGE!

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Welcome back Rukia. I'm happy to hear you had a wonderful trip.

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Thank you, dear @ndlessjoie!
*hearts*

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Happy Friday, Beanies!! I hope everyone is having a good time.^^
I'm so happy as I'm going to my home after 2 months for a festival. I'll enjoy my vacation to binge watch dramas at night. ๐Ÿคฃ
I'm enjoying Thirty but Seventeen I feel so giddy watching Woo-Jin's awkwardness which is so sweet and finally his bottled up smiles but I feel sad for Chan.
My ID Is Gangnam Beauty Finally it's a Friday so the new episode will be here. I'm happy with the pace and it's will delightful to watch Kyung-Seok shake up Mi-Rae's feeling though I'm dreading about Soo-Ah's closeness can be mistaken by Mi-Rae.
I started watching Witch's love. Thanks to @mary I finished 1st episode and I'm happy and intrigued.

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Enjoy your home-time! <3 ^^

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Thank you, It was much needed one. *_*

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IF anything I believe Soo-Ah will force Kang Mi-Rae to face her own feelings.
Our boy has got the moves. Watched ep 9!

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Absolutely in love with webtoon "I Love Yoo". So far soooo good!

Before Let's eat 3 I started to read korean novel Vegetarian, went for vacation after resigning from my job - went finally home for summer, btw forgot the book at home, and I was surprised that it's written from husband's perspective. What I did realize is that it looks like Koreans really love meat, they eat like 3 times per day mostly meat, just little bit of vegetables and it looks little bit disturbing to me. I remember when I came to France that them eating meat or meat products like ham and salami two times per day 7 days a week was quite shocking to me, because it's not healthy at all. But now watching Let's eat 3 I'm not surprised anymore and it's first timeto me while watching it I'm not hungry, so I'm quite happy about it.

Happy weekend to everyone!

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I Love Yoo is a really great webtoon. My only problem with it is waiting every week for the next installment. I have decided to never begin another ongoing webtoon again, because this one is stressing me out. #teamKousuke

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I know it's like friday never comes as fast as we wish... I let my tears to come out freely today. #teamNol

Age Matters looks also good, but like a typical k-drama ;-)

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I love yoo is getting a bit depressing now ๐Ÿ˜ฅ. I used to be team qtip but now i am almost switched to team nol ๐Ÿ˜‚
Age matters is too clichรฉ for me there are a lot of other fluffy ones too try some others.

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I'm gonna stick with qtip. I like Nol too, but I can't abandon Kousuke.

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@egads @Sam

I like Kousuke but he's like a typical hero. Shinae has feelings for Nol who just need a good supportive family or friends, he needs a big hug, but we know with who she'll finish with although Kousuke has a great journey to absolve to get rid of his screwed mother and father.

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I have never even touched any meat product.
Though, I want to try some sea food.
Watching people eat rice 3 times a day, every week is shocing in its own way.

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That must be great! Every culture has it's bonuses :-)

When I was 16 I decided to stop eating meat for health reasons and it's already 21 years I did so, don't miss it, I have to cook it though, but I'm quite picky about where that meat comes from (spoiled by my grandmother's organic no antibiotics farm. I'm eating fish sometimes and start with seafood, because living by the sea now but they say I have a luxurious taste (abalone, homars,... not mussels, bigarneau, huรฎtre etc.) It's really easier to cook meat, because with veggies you need lots imagination. I started to use weed in my food and it's tasty and filled with minerals and vitamins. But once I was invited in Thai restaurant and for vegetarian dishes they use chicken stock, so I had stomachache for 3 days and the same happens sometime when I'm invited and they cook vegetables with meat and after they put them aside and you can't refuse them. But it's no pleasure to eat.

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I love I Love Yoo too even though I haven't caught up with it in a while. It's time to get back to webtoons ^_^

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Happy Friday, beanies.

I am trying hard not to freak out because I have the first half of my final clinical exams next week. I am sooooo nervous and trying not to freak out ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ.

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Don't take tension. Relax.
You'll do well for sure. ^^

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Oh, sweetie. Deep breaths. Stay hydrated. Beanies are with you, Fighting!

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Hwaiting!

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Hwaiting for your exams! *does a happy dance*

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Happiest of Fridays all! I have been neglecting my long list of kdramas/varity's (Your House Helper, Just Between Lovers and Master in the House) because I cannot stop watching To All the Boys I've Loved Before. I am obsessed. My heart. Peter Kavinsky. Lana Condor.

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I keep watching it, too. I love how straightforward Lara Jean is.

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Yes! I loved it, too! I went to see Crazy Rich Asians with a group of girlfriends on Wednesday and after the movie I was telling them all about "To All the Boys I've Loved Before." I thought it was adorable and now I want to do a movie marathon with it and 16 Candles. Peter Kavinsky gave me all the Jake Ryan heart flutters that I love from 16 Candles.

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Does anyone know the name of the music playing in Que Sera Sera ep 8 (min. 18) when Jung Yu-mi enters the fashion industry party? I feel like I've heard it before but can't place it. I tried to find it everywhere but couldn't.

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Yes, it's familiar, and now it's bugging me, too. Alas, I don't know jazz all that well. I'm reminded a bit of pianists David Amram or Keith Jarrett.

The piece actually begins when the woman in the purple/white outfit enters with her partner.

I, too, had noticed a lot of great background music in this show. Dave Brubeck's hit "Take Five" played in ep. 5.

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It's helpful to know that someone else is agonizing over it :)

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My college group sang with Dave Brubeck! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผ Still thrilled about it!

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It's "Days of Wine and Roses" , theme song from a film of the same name. It was a big hit and won an Oscar in the early 60s.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Days_of_Wine_and_Roses_(song)

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Thank you! you're awesome ๐Ÿ˜˜

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Thanks for identifying it, @bbstl! (How cool is it that you got to sing with Dave Brubeck!!)

@butterfly89, I had a feeling it was from the Great American Songbook, although it dates to about 1961. Johnny Mercer's earlier works are standards, so maybe "Days of Wine and Roses" is considered one, too. "Moon River," also by composer Henry Mancini and lyricist Johnny Mercer for BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, is one of my all-time faves.

http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/588267/

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Started watching Life & am now up to date but can't really get behind it. I only like scenes with President Gu (Cho Seung Woo) in them. Can't help comparing Life against Forest of Secrets and am somewhat disappointed in Life - maybe my expectations were too high to begin with.
Lt Han Yeo Jin (Bae Doo Na) in FOS was such a great character but the same cannot be said of Dr Ye Jin Woo (Lee Dong Wook) who has so far just been sneaking around, eavesdropping, posting anonymously & having imaginary conversations. Am surprised at a poorly written character from the same writer.

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I actually like the dynamics of the two brothers. I was crying in Eps 10. Dr. Ye Jin Woo acts a bit stalkish and he is sooo pale!! and he is a man of few words, seriously!!. I am actually interested in the point where ' saving lives' mingles with 'business for profits' and how they try to skate on the fine line. One of the major problems in our society is that the phenomenon/ the trend is there in every country and only few business( people who are closely associated with the winning business) make tons of money with this trend and they sacrifice patients. It is a dire problem and I enjoy watching how each who is involved with the hospital copes/ or sometimes fights with the trend.

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"soooo pale!" I often think that Lee Dong Wook looks like he could use a snack and a blood transfusion.

I am enjoying Life, but it doesn't quite meet the level of FOS. That story was so tightly written with so many twists and nuanced characters that you couldn't tell who was good and who was bad.

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LOL LDW said he puts lip balm at night - that's about it. I love the scene where he cleaned up the room because I could just imagine him doing it at his home (He is known as JipDolYi/ home boy).

btw guess what. Some time ago, My sister (who is doctor, no drama watcher) casually said there would be Lee Dong-wook filming in her office for some drama (Of course I knew that was LIFE). I said "How exciting. Are you going to go watch?" She said "Nope I am not his fan. Besides they are going to do it at night." How can she miss out on such opportunity! :(
She also mentioned one time she saw actress Kim Jung-eun in her hospital. I asked how she looked. She said "Well, she stood out."

This hospital turned out to be filming sites for many dramas - started with Surgeon Bong Bal-hee, and include My golden life, My mother is upset, Sol pharmacy's sons, Family's honor, Beethoven virus, Jewel bibimbap, Love you thousand times, Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors, and recently Whisper, and currently LIFE. Hospital staff said they receive some fees which are used for hospital's patients and helping poor folks.

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Thatโ€™s fascinating! I always wondered if they filmed in real hospitals or a set. I remember seeing BTS for Goblin and Romantic Doctor Kim as these were filmed around the same time and both used the same hospital on the same day. Yeo Yoon Seok (from RDTK) and Lee Dong Wook (as the reaper from Goblin) saw each other. I wonder if it was your sisterโ€™s hospital as well. So are you saying that Lee Dong Wook was in your actual sisterโ€™s office? I think I would be beside myself if he filmed in my office.

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Happy Weekend Beanies!

This week I read or heard somewhere that โ€œnew yearโ€™s resolutionsโ€ are easier to maintain when you start them in September, rather than January. I can see where theyโ€™re coming from. January over here means sales, late new year parties and winter, which does not help if you plan to save money or lose weight ;)

September on the other hand still has some nice weather (in my region at least), you are well rested and happy after the summer holidays, TV shows start their new seasons, hobby courses start againโ€ฆ I personally do not make resolutions/promises I cannot keep, but I find myself setting deadlines that coincide with the resolutions.

Most job applications that kept me busy this month have a September deadline, followed by a long, thorough selection process. I want to finish resuming and revising my Korean notes by the time classes continue againโ€ฆ in September. I could go on, but I think many Beanies get what I mean.

So depending on how things are organized where you live, what do you prefer? Not necessarily resolutions, but when does life slow down and speed up again?

My weekend resolutions are continuing with resuming my Korean notes and finishing episode 9 (17/18) of 30 but 17 and face the pain of waiting for episode 10 like a true Beanie :p