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Open Thread #591

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. A very happy weekend to you.

I'm entering hibernation mode (the cave that introverts may know well), and need a complete 360° break from humans for a few days or weeks. But that's impossible when one is working 6 days a week. I've got a regular Sunday commitment as well in 2019, so absolutely no days off from people in the near future. 😩 I'll lose it like this - any suggestions anyone?

Last time this happened, I took off abruptly for a few days on a solo holiday, but this time I've been attending weddings and a concert in January and can't quite do that.

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I work alone at home so I have all the alone time I could ever want, but may I suggest eschewing any communication devices and building a blanket fort with food, chocolate and dramas/books enough for one night? Repeat as needed.

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Hahahahhaha - yes, I think that is ideal. I do need to sleep well so I'm alert in Court the next day, but this is the plan too, I think.

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Also, working from home has its own challenges. I admire you! Fighting!

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Thank you!
It is difficult sometimes, like right now, when I'm supposed to be working and I'm browsing Open Thread instead, but for a semi-recluse like me, it's ideal, so it balances out :)

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I can relate to your need for a break. Since you’re unable to escape, are you able to make time to be “alone” in nature? I’ve found walks to be deeply restorative, like a form of moving meditation. I’m fortunate to live in a small city (population 200,000) with many parks and waterways. Even a stroll along the busy streets is peaceful when I don’t have to communicate with a companion.

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This is great! Sadly I live in like the 7th largest city in the world (~20 million) and am dead in the center of the business area, but I'll see what I can do - after all, I can see the sea from my place.

Walks are a decent way to exercise too - you kill two birds with one stone.

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The sea! I envy you that. Perhaps hiding behind the biggest, darkest pair of sunglasses will aid in your sense of escape 😎

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even though medical experts will say that the more natural sunlight that reaches your eyes, the better for your mood 😉 Perhaps a combination.

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20 million!!! I live in a smaller (much smaller) city. I think I would implode if I lived anywhere with more than a million people. With that said, exercising by myself and with my dramas is usually what I need to recoup.

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My country has 8 millions... I can't relate neither :p

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Hi @greenfields
I go for walks. I take a break suddenly - go off from the office for 5-10 minutes or more if I know I won't be missed. Or take longer lunch breaks where I can sit and (I'm also in a place where there are people around me all the time) stare at strangers. I could sometimes climb a nearby hill where there's a park and not many people about ... just that it's hot.

At home, I disappear into my room with a book and forget about the mobile devices. More often I sleep, even just a nap and then I'm refreshed enough to do some stuff for a couple of hours before I really hit the sack.

Hope that helps! 😃

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Thanks! I love these inputs. *readies similar escape moment from the office* I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who disappears/wants to disappear from the workplace when no one is looking. <3

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You're definitely not alone! It's tiring to just be around people all the time.

I'm maybe a little bit fortunate because I have a tiny room to myself, and I mean teeny-tiny. I have to practically crab walk in and out of the spaces because the desk(s) are too big for the room. LOL. But at least, I'm alone most of the time.

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Hahahah - having a room to yourself is amazing! I'm still a junior/rookie office person who shares a desk in a cubicle. XD Your tiny office sounds cozy at the very least.

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I have a similar situation. I find if I plan an escape (even months into the future) and completely block it off it will keep my head above the daily tidal waves of humanity.

Also, forest bathing!

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What is forest bathing? Is that not a thing for the movies? O_O

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Seems that forest bathing is just hanging out among nature in the form of gardens, places with lots of green ... trees and plants. Taken from the Japanese Shinrin-Yoku (Bathing in Forest? Forest Therapy)

https://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/herbal-remedies/forest-bathing-ze0z1301zgar

https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2018/07/10/forest-bathing-really-may-be-good-for-health-study-finds/#4c072352508e

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Damn - I need to move out of this city fast. The 7th largest city in the world is miles away from forests. :/

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@greenfields An alternative is having potted plants and even fake grass in your little balcony or corner of room. Sit and stare at the plants LOL or just be there among them. I know plants are great for lifting the spirits indoors. Just remember to rotate them with ones outside so that they don't die for lack of sun. ;-)

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@greenfields, @growingbeautifully,

I seem to recall that Otto von Bismark, the Iron Chancellor of Germany, was in the habit of recharging his batteries by hugging a big oak tree. I vaguely recall reading that in The Secret Life of Plants by Christopher Bird and Peter Tompkins. Leaning up against a big old tree might be just the ticket for you. Just be sure to politely introduce yourself to the dryad first. ;-)

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@pakalanapikake So, Otto was the original tree hugger? Here I thought It was Henry David!

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Keeping Bonsai might be another alternative to recharge your energy if you have a hard time to plan a trip to forest bathing. But it takes sometimes generations to make a perfect bonsai tree. Bonsai is a magnet of Chi(気) so it is believed to repel bad energies yet small enough to keep them in a tiny apartment.

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@greenfields It exists! Isn't it a great name for essentially communing with nature!?
Our local botanical garden offered two hours of forest bathing on Valentines Day morning. It took place in the orangeries as we are in the midst of a snowy winter.
Even small blocks of time make a difference❤

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It's entirely possible that Thoreau was into tree-hugging before Bismarck (oops, I mangled his name before). But as a good Prussian, his Teutonic heritage might have predisposed him to hanging out with trees just like Wotan and the other gods.

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You say you're working 6 days a week and have some commitment on Sunday. Hopefully not full day... I think probably the best thing you could do is find a block of time or perhaps if necessary take a half day off "for errands" and then use that time to hit a spa or get a theraputic massage for relaxation. Something like that can concentrate a lot of destressing in a short amount of time.

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Done. Solid idea. I'll pull this next week. XD Maybe on a Friday afternoon or Saturday. Because really, it affects my work and I'll start to pull my hair out. Thanks!

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Our fellow Beanies have made several good suggestions, so I don't know what else to add at the moment ...... so I just want to say that I hope you are able to find a bit of spare time to take a break. May you be able to "run away from it all" even if it's for just a little while! :)

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Thank you korfan! Hehehe - Beanies are always awesome, its why I very confidently put up a request for ideas/advice/words of comfort over here. ^^

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Agree with taking walks during your day. Bring a snack lunch and just walk. When home turn off your phone or the volume. I'll tell my friends I'm going to hermit. If you live with others do they understand if you just hang in your room for the weekend?

Its important that you can recharge.

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“Hermit” as a verb. I love it.

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Hermit as a verb is definitely awesome. I use "hibernate" for the same thing. Shall I switch vocab? Hmmmm...Tbh I live with my parents actually - the Asian culture you see in Kdramas is my reality (unless you're Asian then it may be your's too). And they kind of....maybe don't entirely?

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I have been using hermit as a verb for years. Also peopling is a useful term to describe too much contact with people, something I try to avoid. (See the term hermit above, both in noun and verb form.)

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Hermit. Peopling. Noted. I like the use of these words. Shall follow suit.

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Ah yes—the multigenerational home. My mother's family all left home (and the continent) as young adults but the two uncles eventually made their way back home to Malaysia when Grandfather needed more help. To this day, the Uncles (they're always plural) grumpily share their childhood home. When I visit, I actually stay in my mother's old room.😉

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Walking is good because it is easily done. I had to put in extra long hours last few months, so I took a break walking/running outside during lunch time. It was so funny when one time my boss, who was going out to get her lunch with one of co-workers, drove her car close to me, shouting Rocky song.

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When I find myself unable to physically escape and hibernate, I find that putting in my earbuds and playing my favorite and most mood appropriate music helps alleviate some of the stress. Walks, if possible, also help, but even just scheduling a getaway and knowing that it is coming, allows for a little breathing space as I anticipate the coming relief of solitude. Having that date on the calendar can make a big difference.

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Yeah - that's usually my go-to mechanism as well. My last proper break to myself was in August, and that's been my strategy in the interim. Music. But its kind running on its last legs now.

Umm..I think that's a fair point. I may be able to schedule one at the end of March or something, but that alone may cheer me up for a bit. Thanks E!

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Does break from humans also mean no telephone, no television, and no internet and for instance no dramabeans???
Does it include real books or music?

There are tons of great books to read while listening to classical music...

Anyway, I wish you success.

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Just real people around me, and work & home responsibility? Thanks javinne! I wish me success as well.

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@greenfields Find a way to get some “Me” time. Listen to what your body is saying. Saturday morning walks in the park helped me. Meditation and music while sitting in the grass soothed my soul.

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meditation is amazing - its a common thing in my family and something I grew up with. It's just that I lack the patience for it. Tbh that's the ideal - thank you for the reminder.

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"entering hibernation mode" I know that feeling well! It can look like a getaway vacation or just an evening of mental quiet surrounded by whatever comfort foods, books, or bubble baths and fluffy pillows it takes to get to (breath in, breath out, repeat). A 7-day/week commitment doesn't help, but carving out tiny hibernation capsules can help more than you think at the time. I think a candlelit room with a face mask and no distractions is one quick but effective mental rest place. Good luck greenfields!

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"tiny hibernation capsules" - that alone sounds SO GOOD. Thank you for putting it in those words.

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Napping time with Yoongi! ;)

As a fellow introvert I always try to 'reward myself' every evening after a bad day, or even just a long day peopling ;) They may ruin the beginning of your day, but never let it end that way, I say :) Try to look forward to something. I used to crave my mom's cooking whenever I had a late and tiring shift, and it never tasted as good whenever I was simply home (on time) :p
But I am aware that this is not always easy to accomplish. :)

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"They may ruin the beginning of your day, but never let it end that way, I say " Brilliant! It is not easy but you're kind of right. Also napping time with Yoongi. ^^

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Does your office have a rooftop? It seems to be THE place where people escape to in dramas. Just be careful if you do.
I for one need fresh air often and I get peopled out easily, so going for quick walks around the building is a must. I once tried going swimming during lunchtime because it relaxes me (no people, just water) - but it also makes me hungry and tired for the rest of the afternoon. 🙈

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No rooftops, but swimming during lunch? I'm amazed. That'd be wonderful but too time consuming - also as you say, tiring. But it sounds absolutely wonderful. O_O Did I mention that I'm amazed?

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Currently watching:
Touch Your Heart/Reach of Sincerity - The first episode was really cute (She taught herself how to transfer calls! He bought lunch for a person he didn't particularly like on the first day of meeting her - you can't convince me he's cold). I'm saving this one to binge later.

Romance is a Bonus Book - While Dani absolutely deserves credit and recognition for her contributions, perhaps having hers as the sole name under Marketing was not the way to do it. Maybe she could've been billed together with the rest of the marketing team, or something. After all, she wouldn't be the one to take responsibility if something went wrong - the marketing team would. As for Ms Go, I think we should let the show flesh out her character a bit more before we start yelling for her to be burnt at the stake. She has the makings of a complex and interesting female character, and goodness knows we could always use more of those.

20th Century Boy and Girl: Warm and familiar and sweet.

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Yes, let's hope the Ms. Go character has more going on other than just being "the mean colleague at the office."

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I think Danyi and Go are going to end up as fast friends by the end of the series.

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Me too

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Happy Weekend Beanies!

Today I challenged myself to one of my new year resolutions and won! I told myself to stop sitting next to my phone while uselessly going through job applications, instead of having fun once in a while. So I went to a city close by to explore a new Asian market, some shops and hobby clubs for future reference. My body hurts from all the walking and carrying all the Asian snacks, books, dvds and writing tools I bought :p I would love to pick up writing, reading, and watching non-Korean stuff again after a long K-drama filled hiatus.

Another reason why I am proud of myself: I finally met Bo-Gummy on my laptop screen! I started watching Moonlight Drawn By Clouds last week and so many handsome men! :P Shout out to @ndlessjoie for giving me the brilliant idea of scheduling job hunting and K-dramas in a day. I made a novice mistake (on purpose) by scheduling way more Bo-Gummy than job hunting this week. Oops?

Ironically a recruiter did call me right before I left to schedule a job interview next week, so I no longer feel bad for not doing much job hunting this week. ;)

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Congrats on winning your challenge @turtuallysarcastic! Every little victory counts and should be celebrated!! 🍷 (the emojis are no longer rendering in colour, but this is supposed to be wine!)

All the best with the recruiter's job and the job hunting! I'm on the other side of the spectrum ... I'm trying to hire someone and it's tough!!! 😉

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Thank you! @growingbeautifully I am able to see the wine ;) I shall keep my fingers crossed so that you'll find a new employee soon! :)

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You've met Bo-Gummy! Yay! :)

Best of luck on the job hunt.

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Thank you and yay indeed ! :)

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Yay! A fun day and a interview already.

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Yes to both! I really hope I can put your advice into practice from now on. I really need to start planning relaxation as well ;)

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MDBC is a favorite of mine and all because of Bo-gummy! So glad you're watching this! Good luck on the job hunt!

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Whether I get the job or not, Bo-gummy will always be there! ;) Though I must disagree a bit, since Gat and Jinyoung are not bad to look at either ;)

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Job hunting is absolutly draining. In my country, people looking for jobs with unemployment benefits actually have paid holidays (2 or 3 weeks I think) because job hunting is considered an actual job which deserves a real break!
I had a long time looking for work and I finally got one once I started to relax a bit, and speak with a somewhat slower and deeper voice... and suddenly I had 3 job offerings! So good luck! Don't give up and do take regular breaks!!

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Wow! Paid holidays! :o I do not even get benefits or financial aid :o But thank you for mentioning this @delsatu. It is nice to hear somebody else acknowledge how much of an occupation it actually is. :) I will keep your encouraging words in mind!

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Sounds like a nice balance, TurtuallySarcastic! Strolling through the market sounds delightful! (Although if your body hurts, perhaps it was more than just a stroll!) Still, that ache must feel liberating. And a call from a recruiter anyhoot - sounds like a good week after all. Happy weekend !

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Thank you @owl22! Yes, I had to check out some locations and did everything by foot ;) I left once the pain kicked in, but it was liberating indeed!

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Good luck with your interview! :)

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Thank you @carmen!

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Happy weekend!
This week was kind of a diet and exercise slump for me, so I'm pretty sure I'm going to be heavier next Monday than I was the last :( Does anyone know any mental pick-me-ups that can break me out?
On the drama front, I realised I was going off The Crowned Clown a bit, so I skipped the second episode and caught up on Haechi instead. I don't think I like it as much now that the actual king is dead. I think I'll wait it out for a couple more episodes before I decide.
The rest of drama week is awesome though
Haechi: LOVED IT SO MUCH. Kwon Yul and Jung Il Woo are pure joy. I can't wait to see them team up with Go Ara and Park Hoon. Park Hoon's character's really mysterious. I kept wondering if he's an undercover inspector or royal spy (if they had someone like that).
Reach of Sincerity: #<3<3<3
I'm also watching Legal High. Jin Gu seems to be having fun. He kinda reminds of Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock, the way he talks.
Has anyone seen Item? I really want to watch it, but I think I'll wait for the recaps to decide.
Have a good weekend, everyone!

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Hi @shinayame ... mental pick me ups? I think the mental will be greatly helped by some gestures (LOL) ie get the body to go with the mind. For eg. how about choosing to climb some of the flights of stairs instead of taking the lift all the way. At the same time, mentally pat yourself on the back that you're doing your body a great favour. You're exercising, walking off some unwanted weight and maintaining your health! 😂

Item: I'm watching it. It is intriguing with the supernatural element. The baddie and the good guy are all set to battle it out, while items are lost or found and may endanger the innocent. There's suspense and investigation, and also great, warm relationships. It's pretty well executed and although just 2 episodes in, I feel like I can recommend it.

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That's a great idea about the stairs! The stairs in my building up to a certain floor are kind of shady, though, so I've been walking to shops whenever I have to get errands done. I think it's more that I don't feel like exercising this week, when I've been pretty regular so far...oh well. Maybe I'll feel better by Monday.
Thanks for the Item rec! I'll definitely make time to watch it next week.
Also, can you please tell me how I can bold or italicize words here? There aren't any style options...

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You can use HTML formatting for some style options.

Replace the ( ) with the angle bracketts.
(b)bold(/b)
(i)italics(/i)
(strikethrough)cancel(/strikethrough)
I forgot 1 more! Nevermind. Will add it if I recall. I haven't tried the others with WordPress.

https://www.w3schools.com/html/html_formatting.asp

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Oh yeah, I found it! You can make a reference to something found elsewhere by using the blockquote.
(blockquote)quoting what someone else wrote(/blockquote). Remember to use angle bracketts!!

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Oh wow, thanks!
I'm no good with anything computery beyond what I need for work.

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Do you mean that as we type the text we can simply add (b)bold(/b) or do we have to go to the code?

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@tizzy

Do you mean that as we type the text we can simply add (b)bold(/b)

Yes, as you type you add the angle brackett, the 'b' for bold, close angle brackett. At the end of the word that's to be bold, again angle brackett, / the 'b' and close angle brackett. Only way is for you to try it and see. :-)

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Thank you, @growingbeautifully! I must try this!

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Haechi is SO GOOD. I kind of went off The Crowned Clown as well, but I'm hoping Haechi will keep me reeled in. I like sageuk, proper sageuk, a whole lot - so this one gives me lots of hope!

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I've never actually been a big fan of sageuks, mainly because it's so difficult to keep track of who's who in the beginning, but I'm hoping this one will change my mind. I really want to go back and watch shows like Tree with Deep Roots and Six Flying Dragons because people speak so highly of them.

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Item is fun, eerie, supernatural, and thrilling.The actress who plays the female lead is her stiff rigid self as she is in all her dramas. But if you can look past her acting, (which i have to do with Go Ara as well) you might like it. I keep wondering what kind of items are being made, by who, and why.

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I haven't seen buzz on the site yet but I caught the first 2 episodes of Legal High over last weekend (it's a weekend show). It's GOOD. Out of the gate I thought it was extremely funny. It reminds me of a 1930s screwball comedy with super rapid-fire dialog.

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Could I suggest you watch J-drama Legal High (if you are not already)? It is too early to tell, but I think they/K-version are still trying.

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Ooh—I wouldn't have paid attention to this show but you got me with "screwball comedy." It's one of my absolute favorite film genres!

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Hi Everyone! I hope you are all doing well today.

It's rain, rain everywhere ..... and it won't go away! Definitely a very wet winter around here. I hope the Beanies find themselves in more favorable weather conditions.

The Last Empress - Kang-hee ..... gosh she's awful. And the way she manipulates her own child, Princess Ari. Just terrible.

Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2 - After not airing for about three weeks, this show is back and I've kind of lost track of where things were. The editing is still weird.

Romance Is A Bonus Book - I still can't believe Eun-ho doesn't know about Hae-rin's feelings towards him.

Trap - What an extremely harrowing and scary ordeal in those mountains for Lee Seo-jin's character! ..... And it was only the first two episodes!!

That's all for now. Everyone take care and and have a great Friday!

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I'm thinking I can't actually watch every minute of Trap. It's too 'painful' for softie-almost-chicken-hearted me. Ep 2's ending was such a 'blow'. OCN is back to it's hard-headed, gritty, chilling shows that don't mind giving us the ugliness of crime, with this one!

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Oh I know what you mean! It's interesting, this type of show with grizzly elements, aren't usually my thing but here I am watching this. I do like a good mystery and this has that, so this may be what got my attention and has me looking forward to the next episode!

Yes, that ending on ep 2! Oh dear! The thing is, is it really the little boy or someone else? I almost want to question everything because not everything (nor everyone) is at it seems.

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@korfan,
Thank you for that comforting thought. I have to keep reminding myself that all is not as it seems, and that I can't really trust anyone's point of view, least of all the protagonist's. ;-)

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@pakalanapikake It's just that everything seems so suspect right now. The worst-case scenario could have certainly happened but with what we've seen and not seen, who really knows.

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Happy Friday @korfan!

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@ndlessjoie Happy Friday to you too!

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I love Seojinnie but at the first whiff of trouble, i bailed. I so want to see it but I'm avoiding stress right now until the high blood pressure gets under control. And drama stress is pretty bad stress usually.

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@scifiwritir I completely understand about avoiding the drama stress, especially with Seojinnie's new show. That show is going to be one wild ride for sure.

Definitely take care of yourself and your health!

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Winter rains are terrible. Favourable weather conditions is becoming more rare now. Climate change is real but mr. trump and capitalists find it fake.

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Hi Everyone and Happy OT!
I wish I had more time to spend here to play but I don't.

Just had a fun Lunar New Year lunch, which was for a change, not at a Chinese restaurant but at a Western one. It was so 'different'. Over here we have this tossing of salad with sauces and different toppings. It's usually with raw fish. But at this restaurant, it was with cooked meat. And the way it was set up with different coloured veges made it look like a cute pig's head with a bit of lotus root for it's nose. Tasted OK too even though the sauces were not the usual. 😁

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Can't blame any restaurant on jumping onto the bandwagon of Lo Hei. It's the biggest money making period for Chinese restaurants.

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It was not terribly well patronised but far from empty, and there was another table doing the loh hei very gently. We watched and giggled ... it was a table with all men ... maybe 2 Asians and 4 who looked not-Asian and not local and not slight in size (almost like footballers?). The majority of them had no clue what to do with the salad. I was amused by how slowly and carefully they tossed and how they had the darnest time trying to get the looooong strands of salad onto their plates. 😄

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Hahaha...there's no such thing as a gentle Lo Hei! The messier the better.

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It's my first time in a long time watching multiple dramas I am enjoying so far. Time to share!

Romance is a Bonus Book: I know I am invested when my aggravation meter goes through the roof at any conflict for the characters I am rooting for. And, even though I am seeing their flaws, I still love them and am rooting for them. The whole cast is great and this show is giving me warm & fuzzies.

Reach of Sincerity: I haven't watched this week's episodes, but the first 2 episodes were a good start. It's the kind of drama you can watch without thinking too much, which I appreciate. Yoo In Na is hilarious in this.

The Light in Your Eyes: I only watched the 1st episode, so I won't judge too soon. But, I am getting My Ahjussi vibes with a touch of comedy maybe? Nam Joo Hyuk's acting is a major improvement from Bride of the Water God.

Top Star Yoo Baek: I wanted to watch this show so badly when it was airing, but couldn't get past the terrible subs. Alas, I am fighting through the terrible subs for this show at the moment and considering it a practice of my Korean comprehension (which is much better than I thought!).

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On The Light in Your Eyes, Nam Joo Hyuk is really good here. I was very impressed by him in the first two episodes. He was also really good in Weightlifting Fairy, but a bit of a downer in Bride of the Water God. But I also think Water God wasn't a great drama so it wasn't him alone that didn't work there. OVERALL, my impression of Nam Joo Hyuk is really good at the moment.

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oh are we talking about Nam Joo-hyuk? I can't forget his remark that he had to eat ramen for a whole year when he was young (junior high?) because of his family's financial woos. He just doesn't look like a person who had such difficult past. Hope for the best for him.

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That's good to hear. Someone else said he was good, and I was so not impressed with him in Water God. Like, I sort of sworn to never watch him until he could grow some facial hair. LOL.

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@ally-le Watch the music videos of Akdong Musician (AkMu) with him...adorkably perfect!
https://youtu.be/0Oi8jDMvd_w
as well as https://youtu.be/x2XX3cNW4K0
Water God, not so much

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I’ve seen him in these. Yes, cute. But not much acting. BOTWG was too much for him. Not enough gravitas.

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Happy Friday beanies!! As I write this, I’m sitting in a darkened room praying my 10 month old falls asleep (no luck- he’s decided to practice standing now 🙄) so I can glom dramas while my husband goes out with his friends. Bliss!
For some reason I decided that I was going to give up sugar for the next 6 weeks. It’s only day 2 and I’m suffering 😵 but I have reach of sincerity to look forward to. It’s like rolling around on a fluffy marshmallow. It’s soooooo cute.
Also I have serious hair envy for yoo inna.

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Sugar withdrawal is hard. I like that you're replacing it with a sweet drama. Hoping your baby's legs get tired soon.

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Best of luck on your sugar reduction/elimination goal! You can do it!

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Thanks!

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Good luck! After eating an entire jar of Nutella in a few days, I've decided to start decreasing my sugar intake. In my defense it's been a super stressful couple of weeks so I've been eating crappier than normal. I once stopped eating added sugar years ago and that first week or two was terrible, but after that it got so much easier.

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Good luck! That is one thing (giving up on sugar) I can NOT do. My (wishful) thinking is that as long as I enjoy I will be ok/ it wouldn't hurt me health-wise.

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Good luck with giving up sugar! I've found that if I can make it 3 days without sugar I stop craving it so intensely - you're almost there!

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I gave up sugar for 6 months and it nearly drove me insane. The only way I could bear it was by considerably upping my protein intake, especially for a very heavy breakfast.

And this may sound crazy but vinegar can calm sugar craving wonderfully. Not vinegar in a salad or food. Having a spoonful or two of it by itself, any kind or taste you like or prefer.

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I may just try it!

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That's because vinegar has sugar in it... That's what the carbohydrates in vinegar are.

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I konw. But it still amazes me. Fruit have lots of sugar too but fruit never calms my sugar craving, makes it worse even.

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I have sweet tooth and many years ago i used to eat raw sugar 100g+ each meal. I knew i was getting addicted to it. maybe because of its elements that give you instant energy. or maybe because of chemicals in it. Then one fine day i decided i will stop eat sugar and for past many years i have successfully followed my rules. Though i do eat some sweet products once in a while.
Its quite possible that your body has become dependent on sugar's elements. almost an addiction. Build up determination and change sugar intake with something else lik real fruits juice or try sugarcane or other sweet fruits.

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Your body needs sugar. Just make it a balanced part of the other carbohydrates in your diet. Giving it up is hard because you need it.

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Happy Friday Beanies!

It's been a while. I realize when I don't watch kdramas, I don't post. Just done with C drama - The Story of Ming Lan. More than the clever schemes and diabolical plots, I like how the show gave depth to each character and there were so many!

I marathoned the show running up and through Chinese New Year. So it's bingeing on drama and food all the way!

I am totally lost with the new dramas that's being aired. I tried a bit of The Light In Your Eyes because I have a soft spot for NJH. But halfway through the 1st episode, I didn't get enough of him but instead lots of Han Ji Min. It's strange. I really liked her in Familiar Wife but not in this one or at least what I've seen of it so far.

I just started Trap. Had a quick check on the comments and I think this should be the right choice!

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Hi @outofthisworld I see you've had a full New Year (full stomach and enough entertainment?).

I've been trying to watch much less kdrama, as I've got more to do these few weeks. However I still got enticed by Item and sucked into Trap and am enjoying Romance is a Bonus Book. I you like suspense and being stressed while watching, Trap is definitely the ticket!

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I was actually very busy whole of Jan and leading up to the new year. Somehow, I still managed to finished that crazy 70 odd eps C drama. Sometimes, the busier I am, the more I watch. Something gives and that's sleep!

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We watch in the name of relaxation. Who needs sleep when we're so happy and relaxed? 😆

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I used to have soft spot for NJH but Habaek killed it, he is better when he is paired with good actors but still the emotional scenes shows how long way is ahead of him in terms of acting, I dropped The Light in Your Eyes, because I'm still bitter that SHJ have to play second fiddle to him.
Trap is really gripping, hope to see you in the comments section soon :D

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I love MING LAN to pieces and much respect to the writers and director for keeping the customs and traditions of the era in tact. This is what I watch historical dramas for.
So many complex characters to love and understand even the baddies. The relationship between the main leads progressed naturally and what a dynamic duo with respect for each other as husband and wife. They met as complete human beings and they were equal in their marriage despite living in a Confucian society.
So much to praise about this show but I'll stop here before I spoil it for others.

I'm so sad that it's over and I hope there is a season 2. Maybe after the real life couple's baby is a little older.

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Last week I had some time to chill so I buckled down and watched hours of a kdrama's Making. The amount of time it takes to film one scene, even of someone walking, is a lot of effort and setting up. Made me just feel more sad for the actors and crew. It's been a norm for a while now, but the 1 hour+ length of dramas 2X a week and live filming schedule still doesn't sit well with me. They tried preproduce and it didn't hit but some are still doing it. I just wish there are more experimentation with how its run and set up.

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Indeed it is hard work, seems like. I read like in Saguek they (minor characters) wait all day to film to show a few min. on the screen. btw they are saying best approach is preproducing parts (like first 5-8 episodes) before the broadcast.

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Are we not getting the light in your eyes recaps? the first two episodes were so good! :(

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Finally a lot of new dramas, but the break gave me opportunity to watch ones that I missed during last year slump, and they were all amazballs: Life on Mars, Mr Sunshine and Matrimonial Chaos, plus I fall for Yanxi Palace, what a wonderful female characters! I wonder if that's common for C-dramas?

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Hello all:

The Big Chill is over...so that's good. Hopefully it'll be over for a while.

Romance is a bonus book: Loving this but fearing stress. Esp unnecessary stress. I think Director Ko is pretty much the kind of person you need in your life to learn how bad life can be. She is neutral but self-serving. She only hates people whose lives seem better than hers. I suspect she would like our heroine if she understood Dani's life whereas our second lead female will have a more direct dislike for her.

Haechi: Loving my Jung Il Woo. So glad he's back. That Milpoong is not menacing enough, even if he's a putz/psycho combo. Should i even care about why he's so psycho? Bad childhood? Family genetics that will ultimately lead to Sado?

Item: KKW is so menacing. Evil, addicted to power and powerful objects without going over the top. Not really feeling the hero as much yet. A nice guy but KKW is just electric onscreen.

Touch Your Heart: Loving everything about this. I forgot how much i love Yoo In Na.

Legal High -- At first i didn't like the kversion because the jversion had the best silliness and the Japanese are so good at societal mockery and at mocking greed. Koreans always have to give stories heart so i was groaning for a while but now i'm liking it.

Spring Turns to Spring: super silly and super fun. Looks like my ship is coming in. Our shy married lady and the news director will hopefully get together. But who will our would-be anchorwoman end up with?

Am avoiding crowned clown because ...stress.
Chinese Drama:
Haolan is like pop corn, super addictive and over-the-top empty drama calories. It's one crazy female villain after another. Minglan had a great finale. Stressing as all get out but one of the best cdramas ever.

Have a great weekend all.

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omigosh, i forgot Radiant. I love this!!!! Tragic and sad. Two episodes in and i'm hoping that it doesn't pull the same stuff it pulled with Mama Fairy. If an older woman and a young man fall in love, i want him to see her as old. I grew up on Harold and Maude and it bothers me the way that waaay older women with younger lovers are either made utterly young in the guy's eye or made to be silly women who are being taken care of. I still haven't forgiven Coffee Please for once again not affirming fat women. So here's to older and fatter women being seen as worthy of love.

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I'm crossing my fingers for news director and married unni too!
I kinda don't want Bo Mi to end up with anyone right now, though, because I feel like she's still a bit too selfish for a healthy relationship to work. Hopefully, by the end of the show, she'll have opened her mind to other people (like she is doing now for Lee Bom) so she'll be in a better place for a relationship.

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Yeah, she is taking a while to grow up. She is so pushy and selfish that it's hard. Married Unnie still hasn't grown up yet either. She's still allowing people to push her around. Might take a while for these two.

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Just jumping in to say "hi" Carole! Ill Woo is such a cutenik isn't he! The Crowned Clown is quite good even with the stress. I mean the Joseon era must have been nothing but stress anyway! Spring turns to Spring - how could a body swap troupe actually still be so fun to watch? I love it! I just started Sky Castle (intense), and am loving Romance is a Bonus Book. Have a great weekend!

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Hey there, owl chingu! How goes? Yeah, just when i thought the whole famous people body swapping thing was getting old. And sitting here actually liking the machinations of the adulterers amazes me. Usually adulterers stress me out. I didn't see sky castle because it wasn't on viki. I'll have to look around.

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it is on VIKI now.

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Good morning Beanies! Hope everyone had a fabulous week. I've got a 3 day weekend which I'll spend it eating Indian and binge watching dramas.

Encounter 6.5/10 I was enjoying this until the last about 4 episodes which were SO SLOW. it was like watching frozen molasses. Each episode felt like 5 hours long and by the time the drama ended I was just glad it was over and done with. I did like the reversal of her being the one with the status and power though and Park Bo-Gum was lovely.

Story of Ming Lan 8/10 Really liking this one. It's basically a slice-of-life Chinese historical. Great actors and chemistry between the leads (they ended up getting married in real life after filming which explains the great chemistry). I love their relationship and how strong they are as a couple. I've got about 10 episodes left of this one and highly suggest to anyone who enjoys Chinese dramas.

Legend of Yunxi 6/10 This one is not bad but definitely cheesy. The main girl was supposed to be this ugly person and have this hideous carbuncle on her face but it was just some silly squiggle lines drawn on her cheek and it was really hard to take it seriously (and suspend belief that she was supposed to be ugly). The music is poorly used, it will overpower everything else, even dialogue, and it wont fit in the scene. Overall the story seems like it will be enjoyable and actors are doing fine, even if the main girl can be a bit obnoxious at times.

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I tried Yunxi but dropped it because i'm kinda taken in by Haolan. Plus am watxching so many dramas and awaiting so may more. Seconding Minglan as one of the best Chinese dramas.

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I really want to watch Legend of Haolan! But I like to binge watch things so I wait for them to be finished or almost finished before I start watching. But Haolan has the 2 main actors from Story of Yanxi Palace, which is one of my top Chinese dramas, and both actors did an excellent job so I'm super excited to watch it!

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Almost everyonbe in yanxi palace is here. (An exxageration but...) It is a slow sub so it takes two or three days for each full episode. Best to binge it.

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I really liked Yanxi Palace and it's been strange to see practically everyone in Hao Lan. I wonder if there was a 'two dramas for the price of one' contract on offer with Yanxi Palace. 😄😄

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I am watching Ming Lan and enjoying it. Yeah I like it is not totally story of the palace and women in it.

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I saw Legend of Yunxi when it aired though I drifted a bit towards the end. "Cheesy" is a good word for it. @trinpie—If you end up making it to the end, please explain the ending to me. I still don't understand it.

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If I make it that far! Though I may not be able to figure the ending out myself. I still don't understand what happened at the end of Legend of Fuyou 😅

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I hate LoY's ending. *SPOILERS*. I heard there are two endings, one is she's dead and the other one is she's alive. The one that you watched probably she's 'alive'. I put in quotation mark since I dont think it makes sense at all for her being alive. I feel like the director just wanna please the audiences. I would prefer she died (not because I wanna a sad ending but it would be make more sense since what she did to her own heart).

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Glad to hear I wasn't the only one who thought it didn't make sense. I wasn't sure if it was a dream state or whatnot. *shrugs* That was a series that had some fun, flirty moments and I'll remember it for that.😉

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Wait.. I forgot.. I actually watched the other ending (how did I forget about watching both endings? Lol). Both has similar scenes, only Yun Xi didn't show up at the end. The ML was sitting down alone in the garden.

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The Story of Ming Lan is officially one of my top three dramas, if not the best I've ever watched. I watched the latter episodes raw and subbed, finished with a giddy smile and immediately went back to the beginning to catch what I must have missed. It is just as good the second time around.

I'm not following any of the new batch of Kdramas except Reach of Sincerity, and only marginally at that - I haven't watched this week's episodes. Ming Lan is other-drama ruination. I can't put it down just yet.

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About Encounter/Boyfriend. By coincidence I had stumbled on Youtube clips from 'Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food' and was reminded what a passionate noona romance drama was SUPPOSED to feel like. The two leads in Boyfriend had all the fire and passion of a pair of elderly book club members.

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TGIF! ohmy I am so busy with all new dramas (Glad we have long weekend. Thanks Lincoln). btw does Joo Ji-hoon work on multiple projects(Item, Kingdom), or Item filming is done(it started shoot on 26th Sep.)? anyway JJH fighting!! (My fave drama of his is Devil. I just loved him there)
And I am glad they offer various genres - saguek, fantasy romance, mystery, comedy.. (It is too early to tell, but) I'm glad this didn't seem to impact the ratings of The Crowned Clown which is still good (and music is superb). This time I checked into press conferences (mainly) for new dramas.(Feb 10-11th, OSEN).

1. The Light in Your Eyes
This drama is about a woman who became old losing her time, and a man who lives his life mindlessly. It will search the meaning of time with Han Ji-min and Kim Hye-ja playing the woman named Kim Hye-ja as 25 and 70 year old. In the show Kim Hye-ja, aspiring news anchor suddenly ages into an old woman. Nam Joo-hyuk, an aspiring reporter, co-stars as Kim's love interest.

It is said that the drama had Kim Hae-ja in mind from the planning stage. PD Kim Seok-yoon said, "We hoped viewers are even more touched by actress Kim Hae-ja people are familiar with being on the center. It is the character only an actress who has bold acting and wide spectrum can digest. It had to be Kim Hae-ja." Kim Hae-ja said this was the project made her flustering for the first time in 59 years. "It is a drama I've never experienced before. It is very different from any other drama. It was so refreshing that I felt flusterd." But she said she worried a lot because she had to play a 25 years old person's mind in 70 years old's body. "It is very refreshing, but I was worried it just ends there. Director-nim said "Just do trusting me". I got so much help from him." Kim also mentioned about Han Ji-min who plays her younger version. "There was no scene we acted togeter in the same frame, so I couldn't see her but I was thankful that lovely and young actress played my younger years."

PD Kim Seok-yoon works again with same writers who worked in JTBC's "My wife having affair this week" and "Awl". "It is a drama revolves around culture shock when 25-year-old becomes 70. You might view it as extension of story about living. The thing I wanted to focus on life is time. I wanted to tell a story focusing on how we can deal with getting old.". Kim Hae-ja said, "It is project which can make people comparing it to their lives." Kim Hea-ja is 79 years old this year. "25-year-old turning into 70's is not even situation showing in the novel much. I wouldn't be able to do this project without help from director-nim." Kim added, "I've had new experience through this drama. It is new drama to vieweres, but I hope this reminded them to think we are talking about my story."

Han Ji-min mentioned she took upon the role because of Kim Hae-ja. "I really wanted to do because of Kim Hae-ja sunsaeng-nim. Hae-ja role in the script...

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was very attractive, so even if I only appear for short time, I felt very honored being able to play her younger years. It was dream-like time acting using sunsang-nim's respectible name as my character's name." About the effort she has made to digest the role, Han said "I tried to replicate observing her gesture carefully what sunsaeng-nim did like habit during the script reading. When I look for sunsang-nim when there is no filming, she lives her role in her daily life. There were many things I felt shameful as hoobae, and I thought I wanted to be like her many times. She is my role model. It was set I've learned a lot."

Nam Joo-hyuk plays a reporter hopeful. "I am always nervous and flustering. Acting was such happy moments for me and I was able to act comfortably because sunbae treated me so well." He is confident because his character Lee Joon-ha has many similar traits as himself. "He has his own story and difficulties inside even though it doesn't show outwardly, and that image is similar to me. I think that is why I felt comforabley when I acted and many natural images came out."

Since there are 12 year age difference, there are certain expectations about their chemistry. Han Ji-min said, "Actually when I act on the set, I try to film without thinking about age difference or senior/junior relations. Because many sunbae-nims I've met made me act comfortably on the set, I made a serious effort for Nam Joo-hyuk not to feel ackward or uncomfortable. At least one the set I acted with mindset working with my partner and co-worker, so I acted having a lot of fun." She addeid "We don't know how precious the time given to everyone is when we have them, but once it passes, we miss and feel sad. I hope this drama is meaningful project to make you reflect about youth and getting older. There was time I got teared up, even though it was funny on the set. I hope "Light in your eye" becomes Resonant drama touching and affecting you in good way."

INNERview Kim Hye-ja, 2013
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIJAJiIIOwo

My first impression on the show was depressing but interesting. btw I still remember Nam Joo-hyuk's remark on having difficult youth due to family's financial situation. TLIYE fighting NJH fighting!
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The weekend is almost here and I am SOOOO happy about it. We have a 3 day weekend and I can't wait. It has been a stressful couple of weeks and I am ready to decompress.

I haven't really watched dramas this week though I started Touch Your Heart/Reach of Sincerity and I think it's cute from what I saw, but I wasn't that far into it. The DOTS parody had me rolling. I'm actually watch DOTS now so I actually got the joke.

I will say that I am SUPER annoyed about the extension for The Last Empress. As much as I love the show, I was ready for it to end this week. I need and am ready for all of the evil-doers to get their comeuppance. I'm even more annoyed that they extended and Choi Jin Hyuk isn't available to film. Like what the HECK! How do you film without one of your leads? If a lead is not available you don't extend.

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"SUPER annoyed about the extension for The Last Empress. " -that is me! I was so ready. I am glad Choi Jin-hyuk got out that hell of shouting match.

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We all know what is going to happen with his character, but I would at least like to see it. Maybe they wrapped it up on Thursday's ep which I still have to watch. Ugh

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2. Item
This is a drama based on original web toon "item" with writer Jung Yi-do(Save me) and PD Kim Sung-wook (Goodbye, Mr.Black) at the helm. It tells the story of Joo Ji-hoon, as a prosecutor Gang Gon working to reveal conspiracy and mystery hidden in the desire of people who try to get a hands on a powerful and supernatural item, teaming up with Sin So-young(Jin Se-yeon), a criminal profiler. PD Kim explained about the drama. "It is fantasy fusion drama, based on webtoon of same title, re-created as a story occurred in Korea by the writer Jung. In telling unrealistic story, I thought it would hard for viewers to focus if they think "This is fake", so all production team work hard on CG. Joo Ji-hoon who did "Along with the gods" gave many opinions. We are working our best not to disappoint people."

PD Kim continued, "We made with the sense that as we make a drama of 16 eps with CG or fanciness, it would be nice if we could also talk about people around us. I am not confident to continue ep 16 with only CG. You will know watching ep 16 that our drama is something the leads' personalities, each character's attitude, and writer Jung's moral character are all combined. If I have to pick different traits from other fantasy like Goblin, each person's story and mind is combined and make an inflection point. "If there is such item in Korea, what if it happens in our life - we focused on these thoughts. This is MBC drama, and the fact we are talking about this in Korean main station tells you it is worth doing it. I think actors joined because they understood."

PD Kim mentioned about the first meeting with Joo Ji-hoon. "I wondered if he was a human. He was more like a race horse. It was amusing I felt like he was about to start running the track off the gate. I thought I should ride along even if I might fall off from that horse. When I met him, he was impressive." Joo Ji-hoon said, "Someone likes Ji-hoon a lot. He said JH was like Red Hare red horse. I think I worried a lot if that was complement." Joo also said, "Because I did "Along with the gods" I thought I could do well, but it was my misunderstanding. It was my arrogant thought and I still feel lost. Then again thanks to "Along with the gods" I could work out the different opinions with director-nim rather quickly. It is hard to ask to change the acting tone because of technique, but we could share such conversations and that had tremendous benefits. Also In the train scene Korail (Korea Railroad Corporation) actually overturned the train and let us act. I am thankful for production team and MBC's efforts and love Korail." About the drama, Joo said "Actually when I read the story, it was interesting but I wondered how much we could express in the drama. Even with a project which has fancy and huge scale blockbuster as side dish is ultimately just a story of people living. I joined because the drama within is very strong and had the story anyone can...

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...empathize, in addition to many watchable stuff. But while effects are abundant in the drama, there is no such thing actually happens in the reality. We made working hard worrying."

Joo also mentioned, "I am very grateful for the response me returning home in glory. Because of that I started to watch "Goong" again from a year ago. It was cute. As you get a year older, you find an old saying never wrong- Others' rice bowl looks bigger(=The grass is always greener on the other side). (Is he talking about Haechi?) Sometimes I am envious or think such subject suits now better, but if that is well-made rice cake, ours can be fried rice, or spicy fried chicken and if we make a good drama with our strength I think viewers watch us. I am working with such mindset. Honestly I want ours made well, and others are well made too."

About Jung Il-woo's comments on cheering "Item" on, Joo said "I am accepting Il-woo gun's cheering with thanks. I only rooted for "Fiery Priest" because I am close with Nam-gil hyung. I read the (JIW) article and I think it is nice. There used to be competition structure or rival atmosphere among 3 stations and cable, but now we are all rooting for better Korean contents. I think when various stations make good contents, they can give viewers many delicious stories." Joo continued. "Isn't it nice if everybody does good by cheering each other even though they compete at the same time slot? It will make beautiful world. If "Haechi" and "Item" get certain ratings and love, since broadcast schedules end in similar time, I might think about all gathering and watch together."

Jin Se-yeon who plays a profiler said, "I got very nervous as I acted with sunbae-nim who acts really well. I even wondered if I have acted well so far. Because even though you try hard, it can be different when it is shown, you know. I tried to work hard. On one side, I just trusted directornim's directing. I think I followed director-nim and writer-nim a lot.

Kim Gang-woo who plays sociopath evil character Jo Se-hwang said, " It has been while since I played an evil role, and I like it. Now people hate me when they see me. I am fighting 1 against multiple people war, and hope people enjoy watching. They wrote flatly "Sociopath" in the character introduction. I thought even if I do well, it will just make even. There were not many sociopath and sociopath before, but now there are too many regardless of Korea drama, film, foreign drama and movie. It became such common character. Actually I thought a lot and debated, but maybe "conventional" is not always bad. I act straight using standard tactics. Since everyone has evil emotion or evilness in him, I am trying to pull it highest." PD Kim said "As I did this project with him, I thought I had to absolutely trust him. Evil has to have detail, and Kim Kang-woo acts holding center axis for such detail."

singing in the film Kitchen, 2009
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Z-NO_sYobU

with kingdom casts, 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAlxOOnCjxQ

First impression on the show? It was confusing but interesting except the Chaebol part (so typical). Joo Ji-hoon was great as expected, but Jin Se-yeon is ? Item fighting!
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3. Haechi
With PD Lee Yong-seok(Iljimae, Village) and writer Kim Yi-young (Isan, Horse doctor) are at the helm, Haechi is saguek telling the story of young Youngjo/ prince Yi Geum(Jung Il-woo) fighting against Noron head Min Jin-heon(Lee Kyung-young) to become a king with help from Damo Yeo Ji(Go Ah-ra), public officer seeker Park Moon-soo(Kwon Yeol) and clown/thug Dal-moon(Park Hoon). What is fascinating about Youngjo is that he wasn’t considered a strong contender for the throne because his mother was water-maid (lowest class)- Dong-yi (remember her cute son in the finale ep?).

How Jung Il-woo decided to do this drama? "I worried about the return project after army discharge. I am grateful that director-nim chose me so that I can work on a good project. I am acting with my life on the line pulling all my passion and energy. I didn't notice much difference before and after the army duty, but my body sends me signal. In the army I report in 9am and left in 6pm, but as filming drama, I pulled all-nighters and did field filming in the cold weather, so even though my mental was ok, my body responded. I was infected with virus and had to take a few days off. I felt so sorry troubling others. But now I think I got used to. Also we stick to 69 hour a week shooting schedule." (PD said they kidnapped Jung Il-woo, not cast him)

Jung mentioned about his character. "Yi Geum is young Youngjo. Because he has various images, I worry everyday how I have to express. I am building up the character discussing with director-nim a lot. It was refreshing he was young Youngjo, not the politician Youngjo or grandfather Youngjo people are familiar with. I am learning a lot as challenging many different things."
He continued. "I looked for Youngjo related materials played by Lee Soon-jae and Song Gang-ho sunbaenim. Especially I turned to the acting of Song Kang-ho and Yoo Ah-in in "Sado". The one I worried the most was tone. I am trying to use tone which is not too heavy or not too light. I am agonizing over many things including pronunciation, gaze etc. I hope viewers enjoy these multi-dimensional and various images."

Go Ah-ra, who plays damo(woman investigator) Yeo said, "I really wanted to do authentic Saguek. Hwarang and Joseon Magician were fusion sageuk. There are many scenes I have to do action, so I am attending action class too. People can expect cool scenes even though doing action is hard." She added, "I am learning martial arts passionately. I already like sports. While I learned the skill to use a sword I felt joy. I looked so cool. I looked like a human weapon."

Kwon Yul, who plays officer Park said "I played mostly dark and strong characters in the past, but Park Moon-soo is mischievous character like only possible in cartoon, having growth with passionate conviction. He has power to move people's heart. His action is big, voice is big, not caring about face expression, so I am crushing myself as much as I can...

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There will be bromance of Jung Il-woo and Kwon Yul. "Yi Geum is the most important character for me. Since he is the character standing in the center to change the world, it was important who would be cast for Yi Geum, and I liked it was Jung Il-woo. I wanted to feel energy to command the world after his army duty. Since it is Park Moon-soo's king making journey for Yi Geum, we are spending much time together. He is Dongsaeng and hoobae actor- I like him a lot."

Jung also mentioned about Kwon, "Not just character to character, I am sharing conversation with him as man to man. I talk about life with Kwon Yul hyung a lot. He is really cool person. I see him as a person I respect, actor and hyung I have many things to learn from. I follow him trusting. Youngjo didn't become a king by himself. He became the king because there were many helps, and also if I try to make a character by myself, I don't think I can make it. On the set people give me advice and strength when I am in the process completing Youngjo character. I am thankful I could make more solid character with help."

When asked about competition and burden about "Item" airing at same time slot, Jung said, "I feel burdened because we started same time with "Item" but I am fervent fan of Joo Ji-hoon hyung-nim....We have to make our project great, but I wish "Item" comes out good too. It will be nice if we could have competition of good faith."

Casts of these two shows promoted their drama in (MBC and SBS) radio shows. It seems everyone's complain/hardships was filming in cold temperature. For example, Jung Il-woo said "We filmed upto ep 8. There were many scenes we got soaked in rain in -14c temperature. As soon as I got wet, it froze." Go Ah-ra said "Hair got stuck on gat/hat, which we couldn't take it apart. It was that cold." Kwon Yul added, "We are all filming out in the fields. The reason I don't say anything is because I am frozen.(heh) Only now my body feels like it is melting."

Showbiz Korea JUNG IL-WOO, 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAr29UpBySE

singing (Flower Boy Ramyun Shop), 2011
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lY2OWBLrOQ

It is mystery how Youngjo could become the king (Rumors include him poisoning the late king). My first impression on the show? OK (I am spoiled by TCC, especially music, and Go Ah-ra is ?) But pleased to see Park Hoon (hi you talk!) and Kwon Yul (hi glad to see new you- you were so scary before!). The historical figure Park Moon-soo is special in my mind because a novel about him as king's special inspector solving mystery was one of my fave reads when I was young.
Haechi fighting!
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