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Open Thread #588

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Happy Friday all! 😄 Wish you a great weekend!

Last week I
√ saw BTS in concert (a bucket list item crossed off!)
√ met the amazing Beanie crowd in Singapore
√ travelled to Singapore & got away from work.

Basically it was a great week and the happiness has carried over to this week. I've been unusually cheerful, and also not quite focused - dunno if I got any work done, but I'm definitely glad I went. It was a huge expense but no one thinks I went overboard. Which is reassuring - it's okay to be nice to yourself. ^^;

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Addition
√ met a dear beanfriend in Singapore though she's not from Singapore.

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I'm glad the happy mood is spilling over! Besides the highlight of the trip, did you get to do any sightseeing, shopping and eat any nice food?

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I really wish you could have joined. :)

It was raining on the first day so we mostly just walked around, saw some markets, a Hindu temple ,(at Bugis?), had a Melona Bar & patbingsu.

Day 2 - gardens by the bay. Cloud forest is gorgeous 😱. But after lunch it was all BTS - check out the venue, determine how we'll need to get in, where we can get merchandise, the light sticks and what not.

Day 3 - BTS.

What I really enjoyed was all the food. 😄 Korean or not, it was absolutely YUM.

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I felt as if I was coming down with a stomach flu the night before. It's the most icky feeling. I wouldn't have made it for dinner. I just crashed and went to bed early.

Gardens by the bay - Cloud Forest is my fav too but I suspect it's because I love the cool and misty air inside, LOL!

Good to hear that you enjoy the food. It's our national pastime -eating!

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HAHA, I like the Cloud Forest for the same reason, cooling! But I haven't been to Flower Dome before... Lol.

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I know you you're a vegetarian, but, do you eat seafood? If so, did you try the chilli crab or black pepper crab?

What kind of merch did you end up picking up?

I'm glad you were able to get to see BTS in concert. 🖤

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No merch - we gave up. The queues began a whole day prior haha. We focused on the lightsticks.

Me too hades! ^^; It was a bit surreal to watch these people in real life after practially stalking them online for over a year and the 3 hr short concert went by so fast its all a blur, but its wonderful to have seen them in concert.

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That sounds like a perfect trip!

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Triple perfect~

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Glad you enjoyed your vacation! ♥️ Singapore is a lovely place! Best part is you got time off work!!

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YES! hahaha

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"Basically it was a great week" - sure sounds like it!

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Absolutely.

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@greenfields
Good to have had you grace our land and get back safely. Very good to know that you enjoyed your stay and the food in the heat and humidity! 😆 So I guess it's back to saving more $$$ for another trip! 😂

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Hhahahah I wish you could have graced us with your company as well! ^^; *hugs* Hopefully I'll be able to travel there again!

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nothing can beat watching your fave. group in a concert LIVE! so happy for you!

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It's a bit surreal tbh - seeing them in person after ive practically stalked them online for over a year. I felt kind of silly haha. Plus it went by too fast - but it WAS amazing~

have you seen any of your fave groups live?

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actually i have cause. i have been to (this will show how long i have been following kpop) dbsk,jyj,G.O.D. SHINee shinhwa yeah

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Congratulations on such a wonderful week! It's okay to spoil yourself sometimes! So you flew from India to Singapore? How long was that flight?

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Thank you! It was a five-six hour flight. ^^;

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It's also important to be nice to oneself. Keep up the good mood!

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Absolutely. *nods emphatically* :)

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The Crowned Clown has me obseeeeeessed! Surely, it's not just me?

Also, can someone point me to an emoji cheat sheet on here please? >.<

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I join you in the obsession over The Crowned Clown. Such a good show!

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There are several off in internet-land 😊
For some reason the one I chose to bookmark is
https://coolsymbol.com/emojis/emoji-for-copy-and-paste.html

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Naeuri Cobol, I'm honoured - your help is much appreciated! 😁

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A sageuk that is doing it for me - imaging that! I became a fan o Lee Se-young in Vampire Detective and The Best Hit. I think her acting is quite versatile. And Jin-Joo x 2, yeah, that works!

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@saner
Here are some emoticons/emojis on my fan wall. You'll need to copypaste the code to get the emojis to render.

http://www.dramabeans.com/members/growingbeautifully/activity/704693/#acomment-704695

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Thank you so much!

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Im also obsessed with Crowned clown. Just love that drama 😍

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It's super good - the week's wait hasn't felt this long for a while!

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This week I felt like watching some cheesy unabashed fantasy so I decided to try out Chinese drama King of Blaze, which turned out to be pretty good. What kind of lured me in was that the show was advertised as happening in both the past and modern times and it turns out that the show had 2 seasons and Viki just crammed it all together. So the first 26 or so episodes are a martial arts fantasy complete with high flying kung fu and sorta-magical powers and then in part 2 the entire cast reincarnates as modern people (except the main guy is immortal) so the 2nd season is kind of "My Love from the Stars" but with a supernatural villain who wants to suck all life force out of earth to revive his home planet.

And this is the angle that made it a little more interesting to me. A couple years ago China cracked down on gay representation in media but it also started to suppress magic. So in order to keep the traditional martial arts fantasy element going to they had to give everything a little veneer of sci fi. (Kind of like how that show about the Fox people had to describe them as being aliens in the recent TV drama but they were just fox spirits in the source novel.) So now the kung fu magic gets referred to as "psychic power" and the main character - who is a god - is depicted as coming from an alien planet. They refer to his homeworld as being from a solar system just like Earth but actually the visual team got ambitious and clearly illustrated it as a "ringworld" which is a famous sci-fi concept for an artificial world. Overall the alien world/god realm comes across a lot like Asgard in the Thor movies but it somehow feels like a fresh take, like they started at the point of traditional Chinese fantasy and took this half step toward sci fi and landed in the logical place without trying to rip-off marvel.

The actual story was decent but not exceptional. As you might excpect since there are two seasons the ending of the first season is ~messy~. The cast is good, the whole thing revolves around Chen Bolin and he carries it pretty well. So far I'm into the modern season and it's been pretty fun since the reincarnated characters are mostly quite different in their second lives and sometimes the actor's look (especially the support cast) has changed so much it's hard to realize who's who. Friends have become separated, enemies have become friends, parents have become mentors.

Now don't get me wrong, this show isn't high art. There's plenty of scenery chewing and some forced melo. The main character is a high-functioning Tsundere, especially in his modern incarnation. It definitely doesn't take itself too seriously at times but I will say everyone is committed to the material and it's CONSISTENT. There are consequences to people's actions and the twists haven't been too nutso (especially coming off Alhambra... ugh). So anyway if you like this kind of show I would recommend it.

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Thanks for the review.

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My absolute favorite T-drama is In Time With You and have been wanting to watch more Chen Bolin in a new project. This sounds like a fun watch! Thanks for the recommendation, @alessar!

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You're welcome! I will warn you Part 2 is not as good as part 1. There's a lot of filler and it kind of floundered for a while, but I've stayed with it and I'm still enjoying it.

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Happy OT Beanies!

I've been busy at work, home and preparing for Chinese New Year. Made my usual pineapple tarts for gifts and found an absolutely delicious recipe for cornflake cookies. I need more self control and have sealed the bakes up in air tight containers.

On the drama front, I am dreading the end of Sky Castle. Thus I had mixed feelings when I read of the exemption this week. So I still have another week to go!

I am not sure if it's because of all the talk about the weak female lead in MoTA that I went to pick up a female centric C drama - The Story of Ming Lan. I found myself thinking writer Song should take a leaf out of the books of the good C drama writers. Sure, the genre is entirely different but Song needs to brush up on her ability to write coherent plot, string up subplots and strong female characters.

The biggest problem with C dramas is that they are simply too long! As a result, some meander, some derail and many don't end well. If I can condense them to a third or quarter, I am sure they will see the overall quality go up.

Well, it's not all losses with MoTA. The bad - I won't start another drama by this writer and neither will I watch PSH again. The good - I will definitely check out Hyun Bin's works.

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Pineapple tarts? Yum!

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I used to get pineapple filled pastries from a Mexican bakery (cubliettes? Something like that. They were basically tarts). So YUM!

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Cubes? The Taiwanese have something similar.

I think the pairing of tart pineapple paste with decadent buttery pastry is awesome in whatever form.

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This was a cooked down, sugar added filling (not too much sugar but definitely sweet).

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@alessar sounds similar to what we have here. We grate the pineapple, add sugar and cook over low fire on stove.

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Did you make chocolate coated cornflakes? I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM! 😋

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I have not tried.

Mine is more butter cookie with cornflakes. Are you taking about the type with less cookie dough or none?

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None! Just coating the cornflakes in the melted chocolate~ It's the best! Hehe.

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With the excuse that my big oven no longer works, and my mum-in-law is retiring from baking, I've been out and about trying tarts at practically every store or stall that has them. Still can't find that great home-made taste and rich, melt-in-the-mouth pastry, except as made by a friend of mine.

I bought 4 jars, with the intention of giving 2 away. Well it is going to be almost an utter fail in this because we've finished 2 jars in a week, and have rescued the 3rd from the gifts package, and after we eat that, we'll probably be eyeing the 4th!!! 😋

So what are we going to give away? Anything else but not necessarily the pineapple tarts!!! 😂 😎 (trying to be cool about it too!)

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Hahaha...you might as well complete your rescue mission with the 4th!

The prices of Chinese New Year goodies are exorbitant! Ever rising and more than the CPI! I think it cost at least SGD1 for one piece. I know that pineapple tarts have always been pricey but now the other cookies are also hitting $20 or more for a small bottle. My cornflake cookies cost less than $3 per bottle and I use good butter. Pineapple tarts slightly more.

My weekend bake will be kueh bangkit(coconut cookies). This is the trickiest one.

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I applaud your industry and energy. I'm sure your family, friends and all who get to eat your bakes are going to be enjoying themselves. 😁

Ah, I've not had good melt in the mouth kueh bangkit for a while. Thanks for reminding me about what I should get! 😆

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I'm in love with the MING LAN couple. A good relationship starts with straight up honesty etc. It's shocking for a historical series.
I hesitated to watch pass 40 (my fave eps 😍) but they are so good I'm willing to go to hell and back with them.

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Could you link the recipes here? I would like to make something new for Lunar New Year as well!

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Sure @ally-le, I will post them on my fanwall soon.

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Not a K-pop fan but after the breakup of JenKai I was reminded of the discussion in this post
http://koalasplayground.com/2019/01/21/son-ye-jin-and-hyun-bin-deny-dating-again-after-pictures-of-them-grocery-shopping-in-la-surface/

I have thought that PR plays a very important part in image building of celebrities and K-ent has very strong PR , they can actually portray stars as saints. I have never believed celebrities variety personas but faking dating is still new to me. Noise marketing maybe? Side eyeing every Dispatch photo taken of celebrities in a garage.

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I read a very funny thread somewhere that K-dramafied the JenKai breakup. Lee Soo Man probably offered Jennie money to break up with Kai, over a cup of water of course. Or YG, Kai & the kimchi slap. 😅 Wish I could find it again.

Re K-ent. Idols are definitely portrayed as saints, even more so than actors. Jenkai may have been dating for real, or may have all been a publicity stunt. Who knows.

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I was shocked by the break up news too, I feel like if dispatch hadn't exposed them, they might have still been together. Someone had tweeted that the words used to describe their break up had a connotation of being forced to do something. I'm not a conspiracy theorists, but it seems like something YG would do. In any case, I was rooting for JenKai so much and I hope both of them are okay.

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I find Asian celebrity dating "scandals" so bizarre as compared to American scandals (which are pretty much confined to adultery, harassment or criminal charges). The amount of misinformation, snap judgments and cynical speculation is rampant without any fact checking. This is a SNS/fan driven story and not a media driven one.

A simple Google search for SYJ interviews would have disclosed to anyone that a) she has worked basically nonstop since 2017 on 2 movies, TV show and CF endorsements; b) she likes to travel alone on vacation; c) she likes to cook and entertain friends (male and female) at home; d) she has a close female married friend in the US that she visits often; and e) she is focused on her career and projects and not dating.

In her recent promotional interviews, she is friendly to all her male co-stars because that is her personality. Why some fans project more on her or any other celebrity is a strange cultural disorder especially when they do not accept clear denials from the parties involved in the story.

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All I can think about the HB/Son Ye Jin dating "scandal" story is that if I came tooling around the freezer section at the grocery one day and saw either of them, much less both, I'd pass right out 😵

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hopefully AFTER you get their autographs or a selfie...
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oh whoops, there i go sounding like a rude american... but in LA, don't celebs expect to be recognied?

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Teeheehee, there probably would be footage of us from when they helped me with the EMTs.

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Wait a min, does this mean that they were there when I was??? *makes note to only go to grocery stores while in LA*

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😲whoooaoomg!!!

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Yes. And this breaks a myth: celebrities need groceries, too.

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Beanies, sorry if this sounds shallow but I genuinely want to ask when did you start using anti-aging creams and eye creams? I turned 31 two months ago and I think I should start using one but it feels somehow awkward to go shopping it? 😅

Should I start using it because people usually start with it after turning 30 or should I wait when my lines are more visible?

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Any side effects?

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I would suggest for you to use it when the lines would be more visible 😊 I don't think age is a good indicator for you to start using those cosmetics anyway. It is possible that you would younger without them 😉

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@cherryinbloom Aside from lines, it's the dark spots that make one 'look' old. So if you're in a sunny place (and even if you aren't) sunblock is probably a daily use item before you go out. Remember to keep moisturizing. 😃

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To me, it sounds like now's a good time to start. I agree that starting too early can be tricky, but "too early" to me is like early-20s. I think early 30s is the right time. It takes a little time to get into a routine and find products you like, too. My philosophy is that you can't prevent aging altogether--but you can delay it a lot. So I started before the lines got visible, hoping to delay them becoming visible. I'm not expecting to look 30 my whole life, but I'd like to look younger than my age as long as I can :D

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I would start when you want to start, which if it's now, then do so. I honestly didn't start puting anything extra on my face until I was 39, and I think it was because I was turning 40 and felt like it was time to. I buy almost everything on-line and through the beautytap store. I even went to their store in Costa Mesa when I was there a couple weeks ago. They have a lot of options on their website and they are in categories like "anti-wrinkle." I didn't have any wrinkles when I started, but good skin care can prevent fine lines as well. I'll just give you my regimen just so you get an idea. I have mainly dry skin but will get a pimple now and then in my t-zone. And I don't have sensitive skin, so can basically use anything.

1. Oil-of-Olay Regenerist facial wash (at night only)
2. CosRX Low pH First step gel cleanser (twice a day). I actually don't rinse this off, I just leave it on because it's also hydrating.
3. CosRX AHA/BHA clarifying toner.
4. CosRX Hyaluronic Acid and/or CosRx Snail essence (I use both in the winter because I think it keeps my skin hydrated better)
5. Goodal green tangerine vitamin C dark spot serum (at night)
6. CELLNCO 24K Gold Peptide Anti-wrinkle Ampuole (only at night--this is my secret weapon LOL).
7. Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream SPF 40 (I use this as my "foundation" and my sunscreen as well and I only put on some blush, eyeliner and lipstick afterwards. I definitely care more about keeping my skin healthy and glowing than covering it up with make-up).

It's taken me about a year to get these products figured out. Hope this helps you! And, it's not superficial to take care of what God gave you!

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Oohh I just ordered my first CoxRX product recently and it's a toner. I'm excited to try it. My bare skincare routine is definitely not set in stone. I'm still figuring out what works for me and learning more about different brands/products.

I heard about the snail essence and it seems really popular (sold out when I was browsing ULTA the other day). How long do you think it took for you to notice its effects? Or maybe for any product, in general?

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I love everything I’ve tried of COSRX. It’s so reasonable comparatively. For me, dry flakey skin was what I saw improvement in first, and it’s gradual. I’m on my second bottle of the snail mucin but I would say that I was 1/2 way though my first bottle before my mom stopped nagging me about my skin, and finally complemented me on how good it looked! Also, I was in LA and people I didn’t know well told me how healthy my skin looked. Now, I am terrible at drinking enough water and that’s important too, but knowing my skin regimen is making me look healthy and hydrated is important to me as well.

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Thanks for sharing!

I think I need to be more patient on testing products and not testing more than one new thing at a time. And I’m so bad at drinking water too. LOL Trying to drink it more lately though.

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And FYI, when I was in LA, I went to a true kbeauty store in Ktown and that’s who recommended the vitamin C serum I’m using. I have small freckles, but not huge sun spots and I have a darker complexion than those fair Koreans, so I think that’s why she recommended it. I may or may not continue to use it. I like my freckles and a tan is always appreciated, so if I see I’m getting too light, I’ll probably stop it.

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@cherryinbloom—Taking care of your skin isn't a shallow concern. BusinessWire predicts the global anti-aging market will reach $66.2 billion USD by 2023. And, as always with anything related to "beauty," it's a wobbly line between "self-care" and buying into the patriarchy.

I'm 50 years old and generally look about 40. I have no lines yet thanks to genetics, sunscreen and obsessive hat-wearing. I'm also very lazy and try to keep things simple.

Early 30's is a great time to re-evaluate your regiment. My main regret from those years was that I didn't start wearing sunglasses until my 40s. I couldn't rationalize spending hundreds on prescription sunglasses that I'd probably lose. Zennioptical finally made multiple sunglasses an option.

While I don't have wrinkles, I attribute the handful of age spots under my eyes to inconsistent sunscreen use before my mid-30's and lack of sunglasses. Anybody who doesn't know me would likely assume they're just normal freckles.

My skin looks more dewy when I drink 2 L of water a day and eat lots of green veg. And how do I know I'm dewy? My husband—who rare says anything about my skin—will actually complement on my skin.

About five years ago, I went through a phase where I spent a ****ton of money on "anti-aging" serums and whatnot. Basic skincare is important but I definitely tripped into an obsessive state. Once the jams and jellies ran out, I took stock and pared my routine down to the bare minimum. My menopausal skin is now happy with the following routine:

1. Gentle cleanser (Cetaphil)
2. Good quality hyaluronic acid to prep skin for moisturizer (COSRX Snail 96 Mucin + OZ Naturals Super Youth 2.5% Retinol Moisturizer)
3. Moisturizer/sun screen (Alba botanica very emollient sunscreen SPF 30)
4. After washing at night, a rich cream (Andalou Resveratrol Q10)

I'm always on the lookout for a better daytime moisturizer. It's now windy and bitterly cold in my part of the States. I'm open to any recommendations from older beanies who can recommend a good non-greasy moisturizer for cold, windy climates.

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Can't spell. Meant to say skin care regimen. Wish we could edit here. blargh

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Yes, the Cosrx Snail 96 is super. I have tried other snail products but this one is simpler and yet effective. As Ally brought up here, Goodal green tangerine vitamin C dark spot serum is something I like. I have freckles and dark spots. I do not know if this products faded my freckles and dark spots but I keep putting on. I think this one can use it both in the morning and night, which I do. I have watched a video where a famous Korean( and Japanese) youtuber recommended and showed a great improvements with pigmentation. ( but they are young)
As for moisturizer, I use Premium Ginseng Gold Cream and Red Ginseng Eye Wrinkle Solution Treatment by From Nature. The cream is light . I have tried many eye creams and I found this product better than other more expensive products. When I use foundation or BB cream while my skin is drier side, I mix it with Hyaqua moisture soothing cream also by From Nature. I buy those items often through Rose and Rose or Korea Dept.

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If you do nothing else you should use the sunscreen. The sun does the most damage to your face and infact your arms. Parts of me that have always been underneath clothing has better skin than the parts of me that has always been out in the sun.

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I started buy anti wrinkle products in early 30s and found myself spending too much on expensive creams that do very little for me. Use a sunscreen religiously and you can delay aging a whole lot.

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My advice is don't use any, you're still way too young to be using such products. I always find it strange that some women in their thirties (I'm in my thirties) feel compelled to use such products, which will ultimately ruin their face.

Just eat healthy, live healthy, and wear sun-screen if you're going out in the sun, and you should be as good as new! Exposing your skin to creams (chemicals) is not healthy for your skin in the long run, and might actually have the opposite effect later on.

In conclusion, it is up to you of course to do what works for you, but I just thought I'd share my two cents.

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Happy Friday everyone!
So I wanted to try an old Drama and I came upon Beautiful Gong Shim, and wow! it's really good when you watch it.
But what tragedy Happened at the end of REMEMBER SON'S WAR? Some one told me that the ending is heartwrenching. Can I try it?

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Beautiful Gong Shim is a lovely story ~ glad you're enjoying it, too.

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Heh! I recall the wonderful wigs. They really looked quite natural and I was amazed she could get her own hair under them without a bulge showing up anywhere. 😂

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I laughed my heart out at the first scene when Namgoong Min picks up a cookie and blows out the dirty only for it ending up in his mouth.
Bahaha!

😁😁😁😁😂

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Not sure why people called it heartwrenching. I remember the last two eps being frustrating, but the final resolution was what I wanted.

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I've contemplated about it for long.
But now I'm going to go for it and see for myself

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Hello everyone! I'm slowly getting back into the swing of watching dramas, EXO is not active and news of Junmyeon has dwindled to nothing at this point.
I'm currently enjoying My Strange Hero and The Crowned Clown, two wonderfully amazing and entertaining shows. I'm also working full time, for the first time in my life yay, but the downside is how exhausted I am all the time. I barely have time for anything else once I get home from work.

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Congratulations on your employment!
Big TCC fan here also.

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Thank you!

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why am i more drawn to lee hyuk when he gets psycho? oh no, something's wrong with me

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Question. Do you get some of your best thoughts, idea or aha moments in the shower like I do?

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🙋 Me! Racing thoughts can be really overwhelming, especially during showers.

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I compose and refine my best closing arguments (for jury trials) in the shower, and while driving!

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Your response made me google the whole idea a bit more and sure enough, there's a scientific reason behind it all.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/52586/why-do-our-best-ideas-come-us-shower

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Interesting, and it sounds logical.

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More like my best scheming moments happens in the bath tub with rose petals. Like those royal ladies in sageuks lol.
I had to plan how to get away from doing dishes, cleaning bathrooms and things that I don't like to do haha.

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More like my best scheming moments happens in the bath tub with rose petals.

This is wonderfully makjang.

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I usually overthink in the shower and get a little stressed out, so I'll always put on some exciting music to sing to😄

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Taking singing in the shower to the next level! I like it!

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every time i'm in the shower, i always wish for waterproof paper and pen so i can write my shower thoughts... because my thoughts make the most sense whenever i'm taking a bath lol

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my shower thoughts

I love this phrase.

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Me too! Without that, they disappear down the drain as soon as I'm out of the shower. I

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Yes! I would deduct show gels as a work expense if I could.

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lol

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*meant "shower gels" heh

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I got your meaning.

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Haha! I was working my way down the comments and actually googled this and used this in a response to one of the responses before I got to yours. I makes so much sense though!

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So funny that we both picked the same article from google!

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Indeed! Mental Floss seemed like a reliable source and I think I've heard of it before. Plus, the article was well written. So, I took my chances. LOL.

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Haha - for me it's more like I zone out, and eventually have to remind myself to finish up and get on with the day!

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My best problem solving and creative time is when I'm driving. I'm never in the shower long enough to get my thought processes really going.

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I'm usually a prune by the time I'm out of the shower.

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I just binge watched the anime That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime. In one word, daebak.

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Beanies I have some really good news. I am officially the vice captain of my house (in school) and it's extra special cause our school is completkng 150 years this year.

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Congratulations!

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Mani-chan, congratulations to you on your accomplishment in this historic year!

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I just rewatched Chugakusei Nikki. I find it so hard to let it go. From now on I'll compare every drama with it. My mind is full of thoughts and feelings. What an inspiring drama! It's about dealing with your feelings and taking responsibility of them even if these feelings are disapproved by others, becoming independent of others, rebuilding your life at the age of 28, being persistent, beginning to live for yourself instead of worrying about other people's opinions. It would surely have been easier to live a conformist but unsatisfying life but Sensei was brave enough to take risks.

Finally someone was so kind to finish translating Sachiiro no One Room.

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Watched Episode 8 and 9 . -ve
Gonna watch 10 now.

Chugaku Sei Nikki 0 deserves some criticism in writing as well as direction. Little bit more effort and the drama it would have been the almost perfect show easily beating others from any genre. But when it clicks then it clicks really well with your heart. Objectively you might find the story lacking but when you start to see it as a life then you start to see the impact it makes on the audience.

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I feel the same @bernadett There are very few shows that have moved and engaged me so deeply as Chugaku Sei Nikki.

I think, as individuals, we get so many messages/judgements/"rules" from our exterior world, that it's almost impossible to listen to our interior voice. This show captured the disconnect so well. Akira always seemed to know his hearts voice, and Hijiri did as well, yet she was always responsible in her actions.

I am ready to rewatch it.

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a bit off topic. The actress、Kasumi Arimura is fully aware that her face is round shape. So she sends her picture with her mouth full while eating at a sushi restaurant via her instagram saying ' whether I am happy or sad, my face is round. Interesting' I love that she embraces her facial shape while most actresses try to change their shapes.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BtBLP5FlrfS/

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It's Friday, yay!
What I'm watching:
I Can See Your Voice season 6 started! Coffee Friends, The Fan, The Manager, Wind-Bell, Boyfriend, The Crowned Clown, IN2D, My Strange Hero, Battle Trip - well, guess I've stayed K-entertained this week. Anyone watching This Is Us? The Vietnam episode made me cry. Have a super beanie weekend everyone! {{waving}}

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Wind Bell is good. Easy watch. Good time pass.
More shows with less than 20 minutes per episode can elevate the standard of dramas.

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Good, short kdrama with an open-ending that works because of the restored relationships.

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Happy OT and weekend Everyone!
It's a busy, busy weekend and work week (x10) ahead. I've finished with the dramas I was watching and am in that limbo where I've not got the urge to pick up any of the currently airing dramas, but at the same time I am kind of glad of that, because I don't think I have that much time.

And yet, I'd like to be watching something ... so ... maybe an old drama? Or maybe a quick 1- 4 episodes sort of show or web drama? Any recommendations peeps?

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also no watch after MotA. Will pick up zombie sageuk Kingdom on Netflix as it is only 6 episodes. I follow J Ji-hoon's career. Tried the movie Cheese in the Trap and I cannot stand the physical violence on women. tried the drama which I thought started well, but no go beyond ep6. Watched Tang Wei movie Finding Mr Right. I enjoyed it. Also, movie Mountains May Depart. One of those movies where you kinda end with the thought - "what was that?" (in a good reflective way). Yeah, like you, short tales and on movies mood these days.

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OT week 102! It’s such a sunshiney day today! Happy because it’s been dreary all week, as has been my mood. Had an installation dinner/meeting last evening for a group I’m now a board member of, and at the last minute, both kids were able to hang out with some Korean friends. Son went bowling with one, daughter just played with the other. Funny thing is that both these families are really just our acquaintances, but their kids love ours, which is nice. Hubby was wanting one of them to be much closer to us, but they don’t cook, and really to be our friend, you have to be able to entertain with us. They are much more introverted than we are. But we are inviting them over to have home-made ramen with us today. The other family owns several restaurants in town, and ironically, they don’t cook or entertain much either. But they do watch kdramas…

Speaking of Kdramas, I’m watching:

My Ahjusshi: I’m so late getting to this, but am making good progress, on episode 11 now. The plot is picking up speed, and I usually don’t like workplace shenanigans, but I’m really invested in this one. I like that it’s about a normal, nice guy trying to be the head of something, because, as much as we see to the contrary, there are good people in positions of power. I know some really amazing and altruistic people who are heads of businesses, school systems, and even government (yes, that’s not a typo). I’m going to try to get 3 episodes in this weekend and have 3 left for next week for anyone following along!

Boyfriend: I started episode 15 and got to Bo-gum Jin-Hyuk getting dumped and I had to pause. So, maybe trying again tonight to finish it. How could you break up with such a puppy? But Seo-hyun has one hell of a poker face.

Conversation:

I wish I could just post a screenshot of my conversation with that kdrama-watching acquaintance when she invited my son to go bowling, but this will have to do:

Klady: Sorry to text so late, but could your son go bowing with us tomorrow? *It was about 10 pm*

Me: We can make it work. He’d love to hang out with J.

Me: I’m watching “Boyfriend” with PBG and SHK right now.

Klady: I’m watching “Mr. Sunshine!” Is “Boyfriend” fun?

Me: *fun? What does she mean by fun?* It’s gorgeous. I liked “Mr. Sunshine.” It’s so beautifully shot, everyone is so, so, so amazing in it!
Klady: That’s kind of fun!

Me: *”fun” would probably not be the first adjective I’d use to describe it*

Klady: We should get together sometime to watch a drama. lol!
Me: So is it J’s birthday? … … …

Moral of the Story: Yeah, I think I’ll just watch these on my own for now. I don’t think I’d have a lot to say to her.

2nd moral: Beanies, you are my intellectually stimulating, kdrama-watching friends, and I wouldn’t trade you for the world.

3rd moral: Yay for sunshine! I need sun like I need air.

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Huh, "fun", yah? I guess it means entertaining? She might think we take this too seriously? Oh well! We are what we are 🤗 and we're proud!!! 😁
Happy Week 102*, and I'm about to catch up with you on MA 10 and 11.
*we must be in the same weather pattern as I haven't seen the sun for more than 10 minutes in 15 days until this morning. What's the use of a foot of snow without a blue sky, seriously? Bleah. Anyway, yay for now 🌞

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I have to say. I have a few friends in Korea who I frequently talk, but I am the only one talking about dramas. Yes, they usually ask if the drama I mention is "fun". Glad for you finding families who watch kdramas.

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I guess it’s a cultural thing then. And “entertaining” is probably a better word as @bbstl says. I see this women out and about not too infrequently (our kids are in some of the same activities) and I usually give her recs based on what I’m watching.

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I think because "fun" is probably the direct translation of 재밌 and its variants, which also gets used for "interesting," "entertaining," etc.

My siblings and I always found it odd when my mother's friends would ask us adult visiting kids if we came to "play" (another common thing to say), because there are generally only very specific ways adults play in the U.S.

Not everything translates exactly or well. :)

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So I started exercising again after a long lazy break and after pulling something in my calf earlier this week I remembered why I don't exercise 😮 So now I hobble around and stairs are like Mount Everest. I feel like a 200 year old. But that also means sitting in bed watching kdramas! So maybe it isn't all bad!

30 But 17 This one is super adorable. I only have the last episode left. It's not been a very deep drama but it's been a fun and fluffy watch. Woo Seo-Ri could have been a super annoying character but Shin Hye-Sun did an awesome job and made her such a cute and fun character. All the characters were fun in general, and I love that there weren't any bitchy secondary characters. Yoo Chan was so adorable with his infatuation with the odd but youthful noona. I don't know who Ahn Hyo-Seop is but when he and Shin Hye-Sun where together on screen together they were like a couple of puppies that I want to snuggle forever. The only issue I had was all the dumb and frustrating near misses of her meeting her old friend, or Gong Woo-Jin just missing finding out who she really is, or vice versa. It got old really fast. But this has been an enjoyable and fun watch and I really hope it ends well.

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Ever Night I am really struggling on this one. I keep trying to plow ahead because my Mom was obsessed with it and binge watched it in a week and I've heard from others it's really good. I'm on about episode 17 but it's been a slow watch to get to that point. It is finally starting to pick-up and I can see potential of where it will go. But one of my big hang-ups is Chen Feiyu (Arthur Chen). He is not the greatest actor which is sad as he is the main character. He makes the stupidest facial expressions and sometimes I wonder what emotion he is trying to express. He isn't terrible but he is extremely green. I guess being the son of a director and actress gives you instant access to lead actor status 😑 I also wish there was more screentime with Sang Sang. Right now she is a barely there servant. She shows up in rare moments to serve Ning Que and then goes back to not existing in the show. But I'll keep trudging through this one in the hopes I catch the obsession others feel.

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I on the other hand thought that he did a great job. The character was mischievous, mysterious and all about revenge. I am not great at rating dramas but I really enjoyed EVER NIGHT. it was the second Cdrama I ever enjoyed after ORIENTAL ODYSSEY.

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I like Arthur Chen - a lot. First off, I am so very glad (and relieved) that he is not one of those flower boys. (I have nothing against them, but ...) I like my male leads good looking and masculine (Manly). So when he wields his sword, it's credible because there is strength. Arthur is 19 and very tall for his age. His build is perfect, not skinny and not an extra ounce of fat in him. I have nothing to complain about his acting, too.

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He is good in some scenes. like the action scenes you mentioned. His action scenes are believable and he seems to have the athleticism to carry the scenes. But he is still super green in his acting. I also don't find him very attractive but that might be because he is way too young for me to find attractive. I personally found Chao Xiaoshu the most attractive guy so far :D

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I didn't think his acting was bad. What matters is how believable the relationship is. Around episode 30 i finally understood what all the clans, regions, histories were. That helped the obsession kick in. Hold on til then, if you can. Then you'll probably like it.

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"stairs are like Mount Everest" lol This reminds me of some good old days. Once I worked in 17 story building (The company had 17 floors- top floor had all the computer related heavy equipment and I always wondered why they had the heaviest stuff on the top floor, when they had fitness center in the basement). We used to have the Mount Everest contest company-wide in which you walk up to the top floor. Can't remember who won but it was fun walking up in group.

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I felt the same about the near misses, it wouldn’t be a classic kdrama if there aren’t some ridiculousness like the near misses. The built up was worth it towards the end, all the annoyance you had toward the near misses disappears with the final episode. Enjoy the final episode!

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Welp, it's a bit of a schizofrenetic (I made that word up) drama week for me. I'm not sure what got into me. I binged Devilish Joy in (gulp, blush) two days. SO FUN. But also I'm watching The Last Empress and two shows with a sick/dying Choi Jin-hyuk was a little much. I mean, we don't seriously believe TLE will kill him off, right?? RIGHT???? What is wrong with that man. Pick shows where you THRIVE! Anyway, I'm working my way through the last four episodes of Boyfriend mostly out of duty at this point. After the insanity of TLE, it was hard to calm down and get into BF, so I'll try again tonight. And Poong-sang has me hooked, too. I haven't watched this week's episodes yet, but I miss those crazy people already. I'm saving The Crowned Clown till I get a bunch of episodes to binge, because I know once I start (I've done 1-2 so far) I won't want to put it down. THEN ON TOP OF IT ALL BECAUSE I AM NUTS, I started rewatching Faith and honestly, once I get into Faith, that's all I want to watch. I love that show more than I should and it is my rabbit hole forever. The only thing that would make this crazier is if I suddenly miss Healer---but no, I won't even let myself think about that right now.

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my goodness I was out of breath reading this like as one sentence. lol That is lots of drama and you may need to take a break before you hurt your eyes and have headache. As for The Last Empress, I was sad about the possibility of them killing off Woo-bin, but then again this is infamous makjang drama writer's work. Anything can happen and I don't have my hopes up.

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Ah! I meant to mention that Devilish Joy got picked up by Viki (as did 30 Going on 17). When I looked a day or two they didn't have all episodes to 100% yet but were about 2/3 of the way through the complete series. I'm struggling to remember what episode I was on when DramaFever was canned and thus where I left off.

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When I learned that Devilish Joy was on Viki, I started watching it from the beginning because I saw parts of all the episodes, but the last few were not completely subed and the video was bad. Now I'm at a standstill again because Viki hasn't gotten all the episodes subed in English. As to Choi Jin Hyuk, I've seen several dramas he's in--Pasta was the first but he didn't register with me in that one, nor in Fated to Love You. It was Tunnel that first drew him to my attention. I started looking for the dramas he was in from that point on. He seems to have a hard time getting a happy ending: Gu Family Book, Devilish Joy, and now it appears The Last Empress. I've got Pride and Prejudice on my to watch list. All I can say is, the guy looks great in suits, and I really like his smile!

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Faith was also my thing when it first came out. I actually watched it 3 times in a row! I haven't done that with many shows but, it deserved it! Have fun!

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Faith is also one of my favorites, especially beginning and end.

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Hola Beanies! It's Friday here and I'm ready for the weekend. My stress from the beginning of the month has returned and I'm hoping I get what I need from other people so I can get these projects done. Anyway, I'm definitely back in k-drama mode. I took a small break from MY ONLY ONE and checked out DEVILISH JOY. DJ is okay. I put it in the category of white noise drama. I am loving LAST EMPRESS. That show makes me so happy. I legit get giddy while I'm watching it. Never expected to love it so much. Also started HEALER which I like so far. Ji Chang Wook has really come far. I remember watching him in Smile Donghae and he was fine. The past couple of dramas I've seen with him I've really enjoyed him. He has a really good screen presence. There are a couple more dramas I want to try out, but I don't want to overload myself.

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Happy Friday here on DB! Haven't posted on OT for a while. This week and last week I marathoned my way up to the current SKY Castle episode because all the Korean ahjummas I know and their children were telling me how good it was. I love a lot of things about this drama, but I especially love how raw and focused it is on Korean society's problems in education. As an ABC (american born chinese) student, I feel the same pressures, although not to that dramatized extent. I still don't know what I want to do in life, but I definitely have been taught exactly who I'm supposed to be. This past year, there was a suicide at my school, and it was incredibly shocking, but I felt like I could kind of understood him. I'm very glad SKY Castle is exposing how horrific the system can be to so many students, especially those already struggling with mental health issues or unstable family connections. I hope its popularity can at least help bring about some changes in Korean and Asian education as a whole.

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ABC (american born chinese)? You never get old to learn something new^^ It seems a few Asian countries have same issues but I doubt this show will have (positive?) influence on education system in some way.

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There was a suicide at my kids’ school last year too—a 13 year old. Their school is very academically challenging, but I’d like to think that in the US, it’s less common. But that’s probably me burying my head in the sand. I haven’t been able to watch Sky Castle for that reason.

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I understand this. I am avoiding Sky Castle as well- we know that landscape all too well! We are in an area where achieving academic excellence is the norm, and our local suicide rate reflects that. We chose to go a different route with ours; they went to a nutty/ crunchy charter school that focused on the whole child, and we strongly encouraged them to step off the treadmill after HS and take a real gap year. In spite of these handicaps, they are all considered "successful" out in the real world, and I am happy because they have all become lovely human beings.

Also, your perception is correct.
https://bpr.berkeley.edu/2017/10/31/the-scourge-of-south-korea-stress-and-suicide-in-korean-society/

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That’s an eye opening article. I’ve actually read similar stats. I agree that S. Korea won’t be able survive its own culture at the rate its going. Really, $6 mill vs. $30 mill in Japan on mental health and suicide prevention. That’s abysmal.

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Almost 25 years ago, I had a boss who is an Asian.
She told me one day, it was only Asian kids moms who always talk about school academics or how good their kids were doing in her son's HS. Her son's school is considered one of the best in the state. However, none of Caucasian moms talked about those issues with her as if those are not a concern for them much. She found it quite interesting. So apparently, Asian moms in USA tend to be obsessed over their kids academic achievement.
My son went to a British boarding school where there are many mainland Chinese boys attend. He was told how much their parents used violence( or physical punishment) against his Chinese friends when they did not meet their parents expectation. I was also punished severely by my father when I did not meet his expectation and this made me dislike study in my HS time. So I felt their pain very much while my son told their incidents. They do not have their choice in what career paths they choose as I was( and I rebelled against my family).
In Korea, there is an underlying Confucius idea still stuck in their psyche. They tend to focus on filial duty and study to become officials. However I think that fundamental flaws in Asian society in general is that adults think that their kids belong to them completely and they have to guide their kids to have a better life. I think that they have to peek into their minds more and should find their own greed using their kids. I hate parents say to their kids' for your sake' while they do it not for their kids but for their own greed( upping themselves as a family by having their doctors sons, for instance)) Their kids academic achievements are often their own awards.

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Hello all:
Catching my breath between two major storms and the intense cold here in NY to drop by.
Dramas:
I gave up on Liver or Die. I liked it but i just knew my heart would go through the ringer and i couldn't deal, cowardly act i know. Plus the whole adultery thing bothers me.
Liking Spring Turns to Spring because we need something that is not life or deathy for the nonce. Will be great to see our two opposite leads become friends. Not sure if our mousy housewife will end up with someone else other than her husband but payback will be coming his way i am sure. Loving the hubby's partner in adultery. Usually i don't but she's hitting the right marks for me. (See above.)
Didn't want several dramas this week because i was trying to avoid stress.
Skipped most of Encounter but came back for the last two. I am now a Bogum fan. I will stick to him like....gum.
Story of Minglan continues to be good but then i went googling to see if it has an unhappy ending. Some say yes but most say no.
Watching Legend of Hao Lan. Back to royalists.
Watching Kingdom and wow, i am not a fan of dubbing. It reminds me of old martial arts films from the 70's. I shall have to muddle through. Not sure how the king, who is isolated, could get the plague. Is the zombie stuff related to the moon?
I've got to find Romance is a bonus book because...noona romance and LJS.
Awaiting Tower of Babel.
Have a wonderful weekend, all.

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Bogum is the best "gum" ever.

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" I will stick to him like....gum." lol I like him but more like as cute dongsaeng - Still remembering him in Youth over Flowers Africa trip.

"Tower of Babel" the one with Park Si-hoo? I read it is 19 rate until ep 4 (like early ep. of Misty). Can't wait. lol

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I am gonna try to like Park Si-hoo. I just wish he wouldn't smirk so much. I know, i know, he can't help it. It's his face. The story looks good. We shall see if finally i "get" him and his skillz.

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I dislike summer and winter. The i don't like rainy season either.
The only good season where temperature not fluctuates much and whether remain good for action is FALL.
I live near mountains and all my life never seen live snowfall.

@risaa have you seen touch yet?

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I would be very happy to share, and send some 'live snowfall' your way!

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A few things mustn't be shared. Enjoy the blizzard to the fullest. warm wishes from my side. Meanwhile @bernadett rewatched the whole 10 episodes.

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TGIF! Oh my I was so frustrated at Alhambra ending that I didn't feel like doing much this week. I thought we'd have happy ending(of Jin-woo) at least after reading the writer's interview (yeah like someone mentioned, she shouldn't have an interview giving false hopes or false impresseion she knows what she is writing). Oh well at least acting was great all around. There were a few interviews now that several shows ended, and one of them was with Min Jin-woong (33) who played the secretary Seo Jung-hoon in Alhambra. Min made his acting debut in the 2014 film “Fashion King" and did a few films and dramas, including Yong-pal (2015), Drinking Solo (2016) and recently "Father is Strange" where he gained some popularity.

[OSEN, 2019.01.21] In the interview, Min talked about what he thought about the show. "I was curious when I first received the script- How it would be materialized. It was the drama showed more imagination than I imagined. I filmed having so much fun. I was worried about technical part and CGI because it was fantasy drama- putting a concept into a feasible visual product, but it came out much better than I thought. Actually in the beginning the video was such high quality that even staff members worried as they didn't expect it. I heard because the screen after the game was logged in was actual game-like, they used less CG. In addition to camera technique, the script was good too. Because there were so many foreshadows and twists, it was fun to watch re-runs in addition to broadcast. As I watched with other people, I was amazed thinking "Really, to this degree?" at people's reactions. After the first episode which showed the potential, there was ruckus in the group chat room from excitement. As for me, actually until episode 4 was aired, I was so confused and felt lost that I could only understand by sorting out the timeline. After I watched the outcome in broadcast, I read the script from the first episode again. Once I understood, reading scripts were more fun."

Min showed nice bromance with Jin-woo(Hyun Bin) in the show. "No word I can describe how much I liked Hyun Bin hyung. At first I worried what if he was difficult person since he was popular, but he took good care of me from the start and treated me kindly. In the beginning the overseas filming was extended, and actors who were close chat and ate meals together on days off. Also we had one week break after we returned to Korea, and for about 3 days I met hyung and spent time together." He continued, "Lee Seung-joon(director Park) hyung gave me advice about Jung-hoon character, "If you love Hyun Bin, you are done." I liked Hyun Bin hyung before, but I liked him even more while filming. Actually I felt weird when we filmed the hospital scene. I had some romance in previous dramas (Drinking solo, Father is strange), but it was even more ardent and thicker with Hyun Bin hyung. We were so embarrassed after we filmed the scene." He added, "I didn't...

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...know Seo Jung-hoon character would receive this much love. Since I couldn't watch the broadcast, I looked for on-line video clips and found the response was good. But they watched me not because of me, but because of Hyun Bin who watched me, you know. I also loved when I watched hyung's face while filming as a viewer's point of view."

About Hyun Bin's charm, Min said "If I am with hyung, I'm just pulled into his charm. There are many sides that he is humble and down-to-earth, he is playful, he is considerate of others and takes care of everyone without making fuss. It was remarkable watching him by side. He is good to sunbae too. I thought he was a wonderful person many times. And He is such good looking!"

Min also talked about the lead's chemistry. "The chemistry between Hyun Bin and Park Sin-hye was much better than you might imagine. Even with the CEO Cha (Kim Eui-sung)- there were amazing chemistry among actors. I liked the bromance with Hyun Bin hyung, but the romance with Park Sin-hye was nicer to watch. I was impressed with their acting ability. Writer-nim wrote the script well, but I had no idea the things in the bracket could be come out like that. Hyun Bin and Park Sin-hye made it fantastic."

Alhambra had issues with the ending. In the finale, Emma who was programmed to delete the bug with the key killed Yoo Jin-woo, turning him into pile of sand. The show lacked the explanation on why Jin-woo became the bug, or why he had to be removed as bug and it caused the viewers' outrage after the show completed. Especially it made the viewers furious with open ending that leads didn't meet at the end. "I think Yoo Jin-woo and Jung Hee-joo will be happy enough. I also wanted to see Hyun Bin hyung's bright happy face again. I think there were many people who wanted to see Jin-woo and Hee-joo's clear conclusion. I assume if they imagine themselves, they might be able to see happier ending."

Min debuted in the film Fashion King in 2014, and appeared in a few films and dramas. He said he was satisfied with what he has achieved in 5-6 years since he debuted. "I am just grateful. When I meet friends or acquaintances and talk about my filmography, I realize I am blessed. As I gain more experience, I realize I had no idea I would be doing this good. I hope this can continue."
On the question "What is actor Min Jin-woong's strength, weapon, or charm?" Min said "I think my comfortable and ordinary looks. Don't I look like a dongseang, oppa, hyung you can meet or exist around you? It is the face not fancy, or special so that it might fit in variety of areas and situations. But I'd like to play a character who has story in heavy genre kind. Because I've done acting closer to a boy, I want to play a character who is not a boy-like. Also I want to do a romance acting at least once."

heh he is such Hyun Bin fanboy. Continue with another interview..

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Here is Q&A session[StarNews, 2019.01.24]
Q: Alhambra ended which started as pre-productions show.
Min: It was broadcasted for 2 months after being filmed for 7 months. I waited to watch the show eagerly every week, and now I feel sad thinking it finished too quickly. Because it was pre-produced we had 2-3 weeks to sort out our feelings until the wrap-up party. Everyone, after spending time together from spring to winter, worried and expected how it would be presented in the screen, and I am grateful that many people enjoyed it. Most of filming were done on Monday, and when good ratings came out on the weekend, we gained strength filming on Monday.

Q: It made 10% high ratings.
Min: People around me told me ratings were good. I was also grateful that many scenes including the ones with me in them became issue.
Q: Secretary Seo showed various sides like being cheerful as well as being serious.
Min: I talked about my character with director-nim and writer-nim a lot. I wanted to portray the closest family and dongseang in addition to secretary, not just the lead's secretary. I tried to mix many different characters reading the script so there was some disparity in the character toward the beginning and ending of the show. I depicted more cheerfully in the beginning to show sadness more distinctly later.

Q: NPC role could be your first and last.
Min: It will be hard to play another NPC role unless a project deals with game. I think Sec Seo was sorrowful, but grateful and cool person to certain degree. I only heard the explanation that my character plays game together and offers help in the beginning, so I've never imagined he would be that much active. Also I predicted he would do the new quest with Se-joo(Chan Yeol), but the plot took unforeseen path. Many people died going through various incidents and revived as NPC player. I felt I played the important point of development and it was being resolved toward good direction, so I acted enthusiastically.

Q: You must have felt differently when you acted from when you monitored as they depicted the game world as a drama.
Min: There were so many scenes I was stunned. Everyone worked hard, especially video team, camera crew, action crew and props team. They had hardships visualizing from written letters. I had no idea how it would be materialized, but when my imagination was shown in reality, I was so thrilled and quality was very good. I watched every episode with curiosity what the script would have next.
People asked me a lot about the plot in the next ep. once drama finished an episode because it was suspense thriller as incidents got twisted with the timeline going back and forth, in addition to its unique nature. I didn't say anything so that they can have more fun. I even kept secret from my family.

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Q: How were Park Hoon(CEO Cha) and Kim Eui-sung(Prof. Cha) who played villains on the set?
Min: I knew Park Hoon hyung previously. When I heard about his casting, I contacted hyung and we often hanged around together on the set. His original character was "JanMangDoongyi"(cute). He is easy-going, affectionate and down-to-earth. Kim Eui-sung sunbae-nim was very gentle on the set and I felt he was young at heart. He has dignity and hardness at the same time. When I greeted him first, he treated me kindly calling "Jin-woong ah". I was happy that he said I was hardworking hoobae and grateful that he remembered me.

Q: How was working with Hyun Bin and Park Sin-hye?
Min: I took the sub love line with Bin hyung next to Park Sin-hye. He is someone you can't NOT fall for. He was very considerate and he mentioned first for the things I couldn't say on the set. I just followed him silently, trusting as I liked him a lot. Whenever I saw him, I squealed "So handsome!". Also he was a very nice person. I fought with Park Hoon hyung saying "Because I like him". Park Sin-hye is amazing. She actually brought in Korean meal she cooked herself for the people on the set. She talked to me first and I saw her many nice images. She seemed living with cool and nice thoughts, and many times she felt so mature. She is more attractive than shown in variety. I respect her. And maybe because Bin hyung and Sin-hye had acted for a long time, they knew how to make set atmosphere comfortable.

Q: What Alhambra means to Min Jin-woong?
Min: It was the first time I've filmed for 7 months, and as I filmed for a long time I learned a lot. It was special feeling watching different outcome from what was written, and I learned how I had to imagine and act. I found out more fun and exciting screen could be produced exceeding my expectations. I think my view got broadened. And there were many times I was surprised watching sunbae-nims' acting. I realized actors could make it striking even with a trivial thing.

Q: What do you think about disagreements on the ending?
Min: I think it is naturally viewers' right. I don't try to deny people's various opinions. As a member of the team, I understand how much thought the writer put in before she made the conclusion. I think it was ending for everyone. It was an open ending. How happy it will become next will depend on each viewer's imagination, and I hope they look favorably.

Q: You are already an actor with 6 year experience, starting with the 2014 film "Fashion King".
Min: It is natural that many people don't know about me yet. Since I am in mid-30's already, I thought about how to go up beating others. But this is not the age issue. There are many times I am still the Maknae/youngest on the set. I think 30's is period for everyone to work hard. I played the first meaningful role in "Drinking Solo", and many grateful things have happened doing projects including "Father is strange". I'd like...

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to keep greeting audiences well through films and dramas.

MJW fighting!

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