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Open Thread #598

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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Am I really the first to comment on this weekโ€™s open thread! ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅฐ. Hello everyone! I am looking for my next drama if anyone has recommendations. I donโ€™t really want anything thatโ€™s still airing, the anticipation kills me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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What genre, kind of drama do you want to watch?

Dark/ thriller: Save me & Forest of secrets
Romance: Touch your heart just ended. It is pure fluff

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Thanks for the recommendations! I am thinking a family drama like 5 children! Something a little longer that I can really enjoy for a while. I also really enjoyed let me introduce her too so something like a thriller would interest as well. I am also looking for some recommendations on Chinese costume dramas, I
watched princess agents and goodbye princess and really enjoyed them.

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The only long family drama that I really liked is Ojakgyo Brothers

I havenโ€™t watched any of the dramas you mentionned.

Cruel City & Two Weeks are other dark/ thriller dramas that I liked

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For costume C-dramas, try The Story of Ming Lan and The Secret of Three Kingdoms, both are very good.

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The Story of Ming Lan is excellent.

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Have you watched Father is Strange? Kindly check it if you like watching Family dramas with more than 20 episodes ..

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I second Father Is Strange for a mostly fun family drama.

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I liked What Happens to My Family
a little more than Father is Strange.

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Father is Strange is good.

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For Chinese costume drama, try Nirvana in Fire. For slice of life kdramas, try Father is Strange, what happens to my family, three brothers, or marry me now...

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Have you watched You Who Rolled in Unexpectedly? It's a really nice family drama.

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Check out IU's 2013 "You are the Best!" โ€”ย a family centered drama and pursuing one's dream.

2016's "Monster" is good but tackles business and politics.

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How was save me btw?! I am considering watching that.

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I loooved it!!

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They captured the atmosphere really well

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Itโ€™s really well paced and I really liked all the characters and their interactions with each other

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though it stars taec and yeji, the first episode gives me goosebumps that i am indefinitely postponing watching the series.

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It is kind of scary, I only watched it during the day & made sure I wasnโ€™t alone

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@dramafan90 Lover of Dramas, what kind of shows do you like? I'm sure everyone Beanie here will be able to recommend you long, long lists of shows. But we could filter it a bit for you if we know what you definitely want to see or don't like to watch.

My kdrama faves off the top of my head: Healer, Signal, Life on Mars, Children of Nobody (Red Moon Blue Sun), Circle, Forest of Secrets (Stranger), Just Between Lovers (Rain or Shine), My Ahjusshi, Chicago Typewriter, Avengers Social Club ... there are lots more. :-)

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Thanks for the recommendations! I was thinking a longer family or revenge drama would be nice to sink my teeth into. I was also looking for some Chinese costume drama recommendations? Like Goodbye princess or princess agents? I have been in a little slump lately with dramas and wanted some solid recommendations to get back in the zone. I never really finished goodbye princess cos it started to get really annoying ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

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I just binge watched the 46 eps C drama "All Is Well" in two weeks. It's an excellent family drama.

I'd dare say it's is No. 2 on my top C dramas list, just after Nirvana In Fire. It supersedes even The Story of Ming Lan which I raved about not long ago.

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Did you watch 'All is Well' with subs? I'd like to try it.

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@dramafan12 Youtube channel CN drama is uploading All Is Well with English sub (yay!). Three eps available so far.

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@giegie thanks for the info. I'll bookmark that channel.

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@giegie Good to hear that there's Eng subs, then more people can enjoy this drama.

@dramafan12 I didn't watch with subs. Dialogue in modern Chinese are much easier to understand. I need help when it comes to period dramas but Eng subs isn't a good solution because the translation is often off. However it still helps me to understand the general meaning.

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Other than the weekenders, a relatively long "family" drama would be the Reply series. I specifically rec Reply 1988 if you haven't watched it yet, or Reply 1997. My favorite "revenge" drama is sageuk Six Flying Dragons, although only a part of that is really revenge. It's definitely a drama that you would have to "sink your teeth into". Enjoy!

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Aah... if you're thinking of long Chinese dramas, then my fellow Beanies will be able to give you great recommendations.

As for family type shows... these would normally be 'soap operas' and like @sukstan says here, the Reply series. A show which has a family with a twist and some suspense is Suspicious Housekeeper. Hope this helps!

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A Long family drama would be the High Kick series. There are 3 of them - I prefer the 2nd one, except for the last episode.

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My favorite of the High Kick dramas is the first one, mostly due to the character Jung Il Woo played, really exceptional.

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Weirdly, most of my favorite dramas feature *dysfuntional marriages*. My Ajusshi and My Wife Is Having An Affair This Week, Misty and Matrimonial Chaos.

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LOL ... maybe you're discovering something about your psyche?

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

I've been in bed for about 4 days because I've been super, super ill. It started with a swollen tonsil, which then turned into basic cold symptoms, which then escalated into a bunch of things going wrong ...... or at least I felt that way! I tried to stay hydrated as much as I could but I was super nauseous and I couldn't even keep water down for about two days. It was awful and freaky!! I want to say I'm getting better but I'm still coughing up a storm and nothing is working to calm it down. I've tried honey, ginger, lemon, teas, gargles, coconut oil and nothing! I've burst capillaries under my eyes and throat from the severity and intensity of the coughing. I absolutely have no idea what happened or where I picked up such an aggressive bug from, but it's been an absolute terrible experience.

In between rounds of sleep, I've been trying to keep up with the drama-watching. I may be ill, but I'm a dedicated Beanie!

My Fellow Citizens - This looks like it has the right amount of silly and fun. ..... It's interesting, I've never really warmed up to actress Kim Min-jung until she did Mr. Sunshine, but I look forward to watching her being hilarious in this.

The Fiery Priest - Through my illness-induced haze, all I remember is our hot-tempered priest looking incredibly good in black attire. ...... Maybe that's not a bad thing to remember! Heh!

Doctor Prisoner - I think I could watch Namgoong Min and Kim Byung-chul go head-to-head everyday. Seriously.

Confession - This is just so good. So many questions ..... about everybody! Who knew what when, and who's covering what? ....... Kudos to the actor playing Jong-gu. You certainly don't want to cross paths with a guy like the one he's portraying.

The Banker - So I went into the first episode with the best of intentions and fully convinced that I would like it. But things didn't work out and I'm actually a little surprised about that. It's unfortunate really.

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

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Hey @korfan! I sorry to hear you've been ill and suffering so much with the coughing! I hate that! I've just recovered from the flu myself. I sort of felt the throat going sore and immediately self-medicated for nose and throat. When it still got worse (but more slowly than if I hadn't made efforts to sleep more, drink more water and take the meds), then only I checked with the doc if I needed anti-biotics. Fortunately I didn't, and I've been slowly improving with the odd coughing fit and nasal nastiness.

I hope you can rest well despite the cough and be up and about next week.

Talk about Beanie dedication! That's an impressive list for one so ill. I'm still sticking to just Confession and loving it like crazy, and at the most I may catch the odd Drama Special or an Agatha Christie for a quickie without the weekly commitment.

Continue to take care of yourself now, and I hope to hear that you're all better next week! Also, I'll see you on the Confession thread!! :-D

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Hi @growingbeautifully! Ugh! The coughing fits! That's what I get!! I don't know anyone who gets them as bad as I do. No idea why that is. I should be put in a test tube and studied! *laughing* ....... Glad to know you're feeling better.

I've been doing a quick read of the Confession thread. Love reading everyone's comments about the show.

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I have zero dramas at the moment. Sounds like I should pick Confession from the whole lot.

I was contemplating the drama but the synopsis didn't strike me as anything particularly interesting.

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@outofthisworld Give it a try and see what you think! The synopsis didn't include (if I recall correctly) any detail that particularly stood out. But the details to this story are interesting and the acting is fantastic.

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@korfan Thanks. I'll start this then.

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@outofthisworld Great if you start this show. The subs come out later than for other kdramas, but it's worth the wait. I may end up watching the show once raw and then subbed.

I'm hoping that at the end of the twists and investigations and court cases, there will be healing and lots of bonding. ;-D

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there a re a number of interesting series aside from Confession. Do check out the revenge series Kill it with Ki Yong and Nana and the Namgoong Kim starer Doctor Prisoner; the romcoms I Hate YOu Juliet with Lee Hong Ki and one with a police thingy touch, He's Psychometric with Park Jin Young of GOT7.

Crossing over to Thai series, there's the Hua Jai Sila remake.

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@korfan You mean you've been trying to get well from such a bad illness without any medical help?!!! I'm finding nowadays that if I don't act fast to stop the illness from escalating, I take far too long to recover and get relapses easily.

I do try to avoid antibiotics so that I can build up better resistance, but when I have to, I take them and finish the course. It's been harder as I get older, to recover well fast, and regain strength without some help. :-(

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@koalacruz
Thanks for the recommendations. I do usually watch something like 3-6 shows concurrently, however in this period of time, I've decided to be picky because I have less time for 'leisure'.

So far I'm glad I started Confession which has an interesting narrative, several mysteries to unravel (and have fun speculating about) and protagonists who are coming together nicely and whom are easy to root for.

I am thinking of starting one more show but maybe in the weekend. :-)

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Try pure propolis.

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@Lemongrass Oh yes, I have propolis. I have the throat spray and the capsules. Sprayed my throat once a day for a few days, and it may have reduced the inflammation and got the soreness going faster.

Maybe that and fast action to reduce the inflammation has reduced the coughing which used to be prolonged.

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That sounds horrible; hope you wonโ€™t ever have to go through something like this again

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I hope so also.

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Oh no. :( Please see a doctor about this.

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I certainly will if things don't improve.

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Are you in one of those countries where healthcare is ridiculously expensive?

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I'm in the U.S. ..... I think it's more about me being a bit stubborn when it comes to going to the doctor's office.

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Then I'm with @purpleteapot on this. Just go.

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Aw, please don't hold it off! The coughing sounds really bad, if it's causing capillaries to burst and disrupting your sleep. Don't let it evolve into a pesky chronic cough!

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Oh migosh! Get well soon! You got really hit hard by that cold. So far, mine isn't nearly that bad. Am hoping i don't have to look forward to the suffering you're enduring.

Our villainess in My Fellow Citizens is sooooooooooo good! She does evil so coldly well. I love it when she's on the screen.

Yeah, Banker has too much gravitas and not enough righteous obsession and spite. Ah well. It makes me want to go back and rewatch the original.

I have to catch up on fiery priest. So many episodes past. It looks formidable but a good beanie knows how to catch up.

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That's terrible @korfan. I hope it leaves quickly.

I plan to start Confession this weekend.

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Yay! @ndlessjoie Mugyuljoie, see you on the Confession thread! :-D

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@ndlessjoie I hope so too!

Let us know what you think of Confession!

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I'm really hoping your terrible symptoms will subside soon! If they last, then its probably not something you can just solve with home remedies. Definitely gauge when a good time to go to the doctor is.

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Will do.

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Do your tonsils always give you problem? If you get recurring infections, maybe you want to consult a doctor on removing them.

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@outofthisworld No. Last time was, one time, around 15 years ago.

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That's good, at least it isn't the problem.

I second what @growingbeautifully commented up there. This might be the time for stronger intervention. I am very wary of flu because I have asthma and mine is almost always triggered by a bout of prolonged respiratory infection. I've learnt that I got to nip it in the bud before it blows up and gets very hard to suppress.

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Sorry to hear. Get well soon! Confession is well written. I was surprised it held my attention when there is not much action going on, crime is nothing new, and there is no particularly interesting characters.

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Thanks @fanwho. Continue to enjoy Confession.

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Poor korfan, sorry to hear you've been sick. Hopefully you will bounce back over the weekend and put this illness behind you! The only K-drama I'm watching that you are also watching is Doctor Prisoner which I'm really enjoying. Did you see Prison Playbook? I thought it was very well done, one of my 2018 favorites. I'm swamped with work this weekend not to mention getting my taxes done tomorrow (bleh) and the recent K-news corruption in the entertainment world is disheartening to say the least. I think I'll stroll the aisles of our local nursery and make plans for a few pretty flowers, a few veggies, and herbs for late spring planting. Feel better soon!

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Thanks @owl22. I haven't watched Prison Playbook, but I've read positive comments about it from the Beanies here. I'll have to get around to it when I can. With tax season upon us and the arrival of spring, there is certainly a lot to do! But it sounds like you have a plan to tackle it all!

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Could it be allergies with the season changing and stuff? Aww I hope you feel better soon!

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Hi Everyone and Happy OT!
Thanks for starting OT early this week @mary!

Those of you who read my post some weeks ago may recall that I mentioned I had to change my car. I used to drive a stick shift, fully manual car for years and years. But now I finally got my new car and it's automatic :-D And (*don't laugh*), I had to practise and practise driving in it for the last 1.5 days!!! I mean I took the trouble to go out in it to see if I could negotiate the lack of clutch pedal, the lack of the need to go to neutral gear (do we ever go to neutral?) and since the new car has lower 'horsepower', I tried out climbing up the steep-ish slope of my office carpark late in the evening when it's less busy.

I also tried out the Econ button, the lower 'S' and 'L' gears and worked on remembering which lever was for what since my old car had things the other way around!!! I'm glad to say I only hit the wipers by mistake once (instead of the turning indicator). All in, I'm glad to say I made it out and back without incident and the car was smooth and fine.

Once I get past the stress of figuring out if I'm driving it correctly while not meeting any other traffic physically, I should be able to enjoy the drive. I'm even going to try out cruise control on Sunday, when we hope to find a longish stretch of road that is clear of most traffic ... those who've been here know that this is not an easy feat!

So I'm having fun reading car manuals and watching videos in how to drive an auto car. How's your week been? :-D

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"when we hope to find a longish stretch of road that is clear of most traffic"

Let me know if you can find one!

I am amazed at your dedication. I've learnt this about myself after five decades - I fail at reading manuals. I am just ADHD when it comes to manual, I flip a couple of pages if I do at all. Then I get impatient, throw it aside and tackle whatever machine it is. Luckily my husband and now my sons love reading manuals.

About manual cars, I kinda miss the clutch and gear shift stuff. Nostalgia? I have never owned one, the only manual car I've drove was my driving instructor's car more than 25 years ago. One of the most dreaded part of the test was clutch control on a slope. Okay, maybe it's second to parallel parking. I am still sticking to manual parallel parking even though my car has a parallel park assist feature. I remember it was scary giving control over to the car during my test drive. I guess old habits die hard. One day, we don't even need to touch the steering wheel.

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LOL @outofthisworld I don't actually read the manual from cover to cover. I choose the parts I want to know about and read the relevant pages. However, it's not entirely boring either Heheheh!

Checking up Youtube for advice is also very helpful.

As for the longish stretch of road, we're planning to try on a Sunday afternoon, on the PIE heading towards NTU. Should be a good chance for the cruise control. I think most of the expressways towards town on a Sunday should be relatively clear *fingers crossed*

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You are still much better than me. I only check the manual if I run into a problem and the one who read it isn't around :P

Another road you can try is the West Coast viaduct from Pasir Panjang towards CBD. It's always relatively empty and more so on Sunday since there's less heavy vehicles.

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LOL I did try it early this morning!!! It was not early enough to avoid the traffic, but it was relatively smooth going. :-D

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Congrats on the new auto car and welcome to the automatic car club! Sounds like you're doing just fine with it. ..... I love that you read the car manuals. Now I know that there at least two of us in the world who still read manuals! *laughing*

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3 of us. I might even read the manual again and again if I really like it!

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Manuals are awesome. Very handy in a zombie apocalypse.

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True, especially those for cars, sized to fit the glove compartment, and are thick and 'solid', so one can throw them with ease to whack zombies with them from a distance!!! :-D

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Yeah! I'm not a lonely manual reader anymore!!! :-D

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This week, I made a mistake about my work schedule, told all my coworkers about being off, then realized I had to go in to work. Went in an hour late, making up a lie. Coworkers were confused anyway. This is what my nightmares are made of.

It ruined my day. Honestly wanted and still want to crawl into a hole. T_T Why am I like this?

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*hugs* Will it be a funny memory in the future?

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*hugs back* Thank you.

Unfortunately no, not unless my nightmares where I'm late to work or forgot about going into work stop. Institutions are doing a thorough job of cultivating this anxiety.

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:( oh no. But in any case, I'm sure you're thinking about it far more than your coworkers who've probably long forgotten that you were to take time off. Don't dwell on it. And/or watch dramas haha. *sending sympathies*

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I agree. I'd like to say to think positively (or don't think about it). From my experience, usually other people don't think seriously even though you think they do.

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I'm sorry to hear this ruined your day. Mistakes and/or schedule confusions can happen to anyone. This is not something you did on purpose. Would you have preferred that this not had happened? Of course! But it did, you made it through the day and you are here now safe and sound. Please don't beat yourself up about it. :)

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Thank you. :')

It happened early this week and I haven't talked about it, been mentally beating myself up all week, but surprisingly writing this here and beanie responses made me feel lighter. Really, thank you.

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You're very welcome. :)

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I used to do this all the time. It's hard when your schedule isn't 9-5 Mon-Fri! You're right, it's the worst feeling when you're sitting there and realize you just missed an appointment. The good thing is that people are generally understanding and nice about it. It only got better when I finally got a smartphone and a reminder app. Now I'm on time for everything, and I can be nice and understanding when the other party forgets. ๐Ÿ˜

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Aw, thank you for sharing. Our schedule changes every week and sadly I'm not always on top of things even when I'm so paranoid that I double and triple check. I'm also super conscious of what others think with always the worst scenario in mind, so it's nice to be reminded of positive side of things. :)

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Heh! I work flexi-hours and not always in the office but also sometimes at clients' places, so when I'm home or in the office, I always wonder if I should be somewhere else!!! ;-)

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I was also sick :// but Iโ€™m feeling better. I spend the whole week in my bed :/
I got round1 of my finals next week and I couldnโ€™t open a single book ://

I wasnโ€™t really in the mood for any drama but somehow ended up checking out Doctor Prisoner even though I didnโ€™t initially have any interest in it ... and OMG i love it! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ but now I have to wait a week...

Definitely check this drama out once itโ€™s finished, it is good binging material

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Seems like there's some kind of flu bug going round. I'm under the weather too...

I also happened to end up checking out Dr Prisoner, and sticking with it! I love Nam Goongmin here! So charismatic. I'd think this is his best role so far! Hope Na Yi Je wins all the way!

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Thank you. He is stunning

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Sucks to fall sick before exams. Get well soon!

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Thank you

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Glad to know you're feeling better. Definitely take care.

The episodes of Doctor Prisoner are pretty good. Glad you're enjoying the show also!

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Thank you. Yes it is soo good!

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I had to reschedule a final once because I was too sick (and too contagious) to take it. Hope you feel well and do well on your finals.

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Thank you. Oooh that sucks :/

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@sibel All the best for your finals and hope you recover completely soon!

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Thank you very much

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Oh no, another sicko beanie, sorry to hear this! Doctor Prisoner really is good, tough scary prison life and all. Well, feel better and hope you can enjoy the weekend~

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Thank you, you too :)

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Thanks to Netflix, making up, for all the buzzy dramas I missed over the years due to lack of access. Halfway through Marriage Contract which even my dad is enjoying. First drama I am watching with Lee Seo Jin. He has thick hair and dimples, just like Shah Rukh Khan, and whom my mother loves. lol. So every one is happy. And The Winter, The Wind blows just dropped on Netflix this week. So lots of happy bingeing ahead.

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Enjoy Marriage Contract! It's a good one, and it's great for watching with parents (I watched it with my mum).

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@ela @purpleteapot Oh yes, Marriage Contract was really nice. I loved the little girl to bits and the couple grew on me so much. I really enjoyed their understandable romance and liked the realistic ending.

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I loved lee Seol Jin but Jo Jin mo looks like shah rukh khan
Watch him in empress Ki,,,
And woman with a suitcase "...the witticisms and banter ...really enjoyable

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Hi all:

Am recovering from an icky fluy cold kinda thing. Ugh. Do not get it. Anyways, with the help of homeopathy and some phytoncides done by forest walking (thank you kdrama for enlightening me) I will be better in a week or so, hopefully.

Dramas:

I picked up a Star on the Road needs to pick up. Now it's turned into just another drama about an actor and a clingy newbie girlfriend who wants him. Ah well. I watched the last episode without subs so many there is something i am missing that will infuse hope into me.

My Fellow Citizens -- This is a surprise. So much fun. I always liked Siwan but never really loved him. But his acting has really grown.

Dr Prisoner -- oh my! Point, counterpoint. Strategy, counter-strategy. Machinations, counter-machinations. And i am so here for it although sometimes i think, "Good grief! This is so over-the-top." NamGoong Min does a good job of making me hate the villainous warden. Villainous warden is just walking the edge of caricature but succeeding as well. And why is rich imprisoned chaebol looking like they're gonna redeem him?

Confession-- I LOVE LOVE LOVE this drama. My drama crack. Yunho is sooo good. And so hot.

The Psychometric Guy -- I didn't give this drama much hope. I figured it'd be a kid show. Then it seemed to be meh. But after the sixth episode, i am liking it a lot. Am getting "Missing" vibes so i hope doensang can save hyung from going full on evil. Hey, just because you're alecythimic (?) doesn't mean you're bound for psychopathdom, does it?

Kill it: Well, let's just say that this drama has yet to show its uniqueness. A drama doesn't have to be unique. It can merely be good or even competent. This drama is both, but i watch it without any great love for it. With NamGoong Min being all passionate, and Yunho being all subdued melancholic indifferent to everything in life except dad, and that psychometric bros being all broey-, it's hard to work up my passion for this. Still watching tho. So there's that.

The Banker: I'm watching. It's good but i have no passion for it. I loved the Japanese version. I think fleshing out the plot diluted the passionate love for numbers and rules that the jdrama had. Plus the jdrama had Masato Sakai. So there's that. I guess the writer had to make it connect to korean banking laws so i understand, i think..but still.

Chinese dramas:

Golden Eye: Oh my lord! Never have i hated and been so addicted to a show. The easy plotting, the late (tragic) backstory that was supposed to make us love the tough-feral female cop and the murderous villainess, the mistaken belief on the part of the writer that we loved her characters, the hokey 70's cop show/moody flute music vibes. I hated watching every minute of it, and yet i could not turn away. I was that addicted. May i never get caught up in a children's show kind of adventure drama ever again! The only way one can enjoy this is to check one's head at the door...

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-- continued
...The only way one can enjoy this is to check one's head at the door.

Destiny's Love: i am really loving this. Avenue X is a channel on youtube that discusses Chinese culture and drama and the host is sooo good. She recommended it. It's a bit of a cross between Goblin, Mama Fairy, and My Love From the Stars. It's silly and likable and just plain fun. I find myself laughing through all the episodes.

Have a great weekend, all.

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Avenue X is essential viewing for C-drama fans. I love her critical analysis and commentaries on behind-the-scenes production issues. One of my favorite videos was her explainer on how most productions do not show the qin being played properly. I can't find the original video but she did this second version a couple months ago.

Now I'm always on the look out for bad fake playing!

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i loved that one as well! Between her and Marcus Sim, i'm generally good to go.

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I join you in the sick ward because I came down with who knows what, but it's awful. Hope you feel better soon!

I'm watching three of the shows on your viewing list and enjoying them also. Doctor Prisoner is tad over-the-top, but it's a goooood over-the-top!

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It is, isn't it? It's all about gamesmanship so it's fun to watch. I did find myself, in a moment of clarity, saying, "So you really want this psychopath to go free so our damaged hero can avenge himself against folks who didn't allow him to go to his mother's funeral? And heck, we saw more about the pregnant woman than we did about his mom?" Yep, i had to let that sink in. And now that it's sunk in that i will let anyone die and any bad guy go free because of dead grandma...i'm cool with it.

Get well! This cold is a doozy. Ear/nose/mouth scratching.

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Well you know how it is with drama-watching ..... sometimes you just have to "go with it". Heh!

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LOL!

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Oh dear another recovering Beanie! Flu season has hit the world from East to West from the look of comments here!!!

I hope your recovery is quick and complete @scifiwritir!

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thank you! Me too!

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Gosh, I feel so bad reading about our poor sick beanies this week. Seems like a late bout of the flu, but who can ever tell? I am also loving Doctor Prisoner and all the evil conniving and revengeful plotting. I hope to catch up with my K-drama viewing next week as this weekend is pretty full with other stuff. Feel better and hopefully you can enjoy some of your weekend, fighting! \/

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Hey, Owl! Oourimanida!

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havent started watching banker and and confession and fellow but will be picking up soon [maybe this weekend? hahahaha] love the 3 revenge series and quite hook with a couple of thai series [including a revenge one, remake of hua jia sila].

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Just read on allkpop that Seungri is most likely to receive only 2 to 3 years' of imprisonment and maybe he can even get away with a probation! I don't know about the law and punishment but this seems like a slap on the wrist for the crimes he has been accused of.

I'm also surprised that no bigger names have been revealed because I am sure there is a few businessmen, politicians and the rich and wealthy connected to this. If the system remains corrupt or invincible, how can real change be brought about?

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I think i heard someone (maybe on Dramabeans, maybe elsewhere) say that Koreans still remember the unfair and harsh imprisonments of their history and they balk at anything too punitive. Who knows?

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Oh dear, you can't right a wrong with another wrong!

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It seems like they're getting ahead of themselves. They're still uncovering more as they investigate.

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You are right! Not sure if the entertainment lawyer who made this comment is too confident or if it's really true. Either way, it does speak volumes, doesn't it?

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Does it speak volumes about me that I kind of am not surprised other names are not mentioned? One tactic is to delay bringing in more results, and then to come up with other scandals to bury this one under. So people sort of forget to follow-up on the last one.

I'm not really following to see what happens, but it should be interesting to watch.

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I can't help it. Having seen so many dramas about coverups, i can only think...coverup and corruption. Probably isn't true for all the non-indited but true for a few of them. Probably. #cynicaldramawatcher

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@growingbeautifully and @scifiwritir

I was and still am a very cynical drama watcher. I thought those stories of corrupted politicians, prosecutors and how the rich get away with murder were highly dramatized. Who knew reality isn't that far off? *shudders*

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In a lot of dramas it seems the rush the prosecution of criminals before all the evidence is found. Sometimes, it's more about putting blame on someone and closing the books than finding the real justice. Of course, that's TV ... so it's probably an exaggeration OR it's the medium criticizing what they see actually happening.

But definitely, this is an investigation that should be done methodically.

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I do not know. Too many bribery and corruptions with people have lots of money and power.

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...and no moral compass, either.

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Hi beanies
This is my very first post ; reason is Jo Jin Mo
What a revelation
Netflix has brought empress Ki and loved him as Wang yu but the currently airing drama Big Issue is phenomenal: really gripping story line; loving the ruthlessness of his boss and mellowing at last , the poignancy of looking at his child through the telescope and the mad train sequence
Absolutely highly recommended
Am rewatching woman with a suitcase and the dialogues between him and Choi Ji won are so witty with superb comebacks and smart ass ness all around ,,
Then caught up on an old drama of his called punch
And am currently watching is queen of the game from a long time ago
This man is emotes such rawness and feeling that he is every character he plays ... seems highly underrated

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Welcome to OT! ^^

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Welcome! I wish US Netflix had Empress Ki.

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Me, too! I've been saving it for when I hit a lull, but that's never going to happen!

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I believe Asian Crush also has Empress Ki (Yes: https://www.asiancrush.com/series/014936s/empress-ki/) so you can watch it there legally, though ad-supported if you need a viewing source.

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Welcome to OT. I really enjoyed The Woman with a Suitcase. You're so right about the banter between the two. They made that drama for me.

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A warm welcome @current. I confess that I did not give Joo Jin Mo much of a chance. He was recommended to me, but the show I saw him in was too much of a soppy romance for my taste so I threw him out with the show unfortunately. Your post has got me thinking that I should give the poor guy a second look. :-D

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Welcome!

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Welcome :)

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Welcome

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Welcome to OT! When I first saw Joo Jin-mo (in a film) ages ago, I thought he was exceptionally good looking. But when I watched him in talk show variety(Yasimmanman?), he had boy-like charm- shy and naive. I like his action in Big Issue and sorry that the show is not doing well.

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Hi current, welcome aboard! I didn't realize Big Issue is on Netflix! There are so many dramas, new and old, to sift through and choose which ones to watch. And if you stay at dramabeans a while you, too, will go down the drama rabbit hole (which is kinda fun)!

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Hiya
No big issue is not on Netflix but on kissasian , with current scandal rocking the entertainment industry it is so topical - this drama is spot on with how this the paparazzi tries to make a living out of the scandalous secrets which entertainers want to to keep but there is a humane side ,,,not all is sordid and seamy
Highly recommended

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@current -waves- Welcome! ^^

I still have Empress Ki on my longgg to-watch list of old dramas.

I've been thinking about giving Big Issue a try; you helped motivate me some more. :] I'm gonna go from watching 1 drama to 3-4??? XD

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Great to hear that you will give big issue as try . You will like it I promise as it reflects the current scandal rocking the industry . It is sordid but excellent acting all around and I am really surprised at the poor ratings .

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Good morning fellow Beanies! Hope everyone has had a lovely week and will have a even more lovely weekend :3

Crowned Clown 9.5/10 This drama is phenomenal. Best drama I've seen in a long time. But I am having a hard time finishing this. Because it's so good the drama agitates and worries and stresses me out about where things will go so I only watch like 30 min. at a time before I need a break. I only have a couple episodes left which means more agitation as things are really heating up. I really pray everything turns out as I like these characters too much for anything different.

I Picked Up a Celebrity On The Street 7.5/10 This one is cute but you really need a huge helping of suspension of belief. I wasn't really caring for the first about 5 episodes and I just couldn't get behind the romance since it wouldn't have been a very true romance (he was her victim and it would have felt like Stolkholms). I also got annoyed with how selfish she was and how much she lied. At one point blaming him for her kidnapping him. But once he managed to escape it got much better. I just wish that happened sooner then half way through the series. But now that he isn't actually kidnapped anymore the series has started turning much cuter. All the actors are doing a really good job.

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I Will Never Let You Go 7/10 This drama had one of the stupidest endings ever. It's like the drama ran out of time and the writers just gave up on the last episode (thus the lower score). Overall the drama was entertaining but nothing really memorable or special. Acting was good and the main couple were cute and had good chemistry when they managed to actually be together, but the plot wasn't anything to write home about.

Ashes of Love 9.5/10 Finished this for the 2nd time but watched it with my little brother and mom this time. I love this drama and thankfully my brother and mom also loved it. I love the characters and how they grow in the drama. I especially love how Yun Ru was written. His descent into darkness makes complete sense why he goes there and even until nearly the end I felt pity for him. And the other characters growth was well written. Great romance, characters, and plot. Love Love Love.

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Re: I Will Never Let You Go- Ikr. I was so mad and was cursing for 5 minutes after I watched the final ep. I was not expecting a good ending (just decent) but it was beyond bad. I enjoyed the drama as a whole though.

YunRu was the most developed and well-written char in AoL. I didnโ€™t pity him though. :D

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Yessss. It was just so stupid. Like the writers didn't have a clue what to do with the characters, or time, so did what they did instead of coming up with an actual ending for them.

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Ashes of Love is one of my faves. Made me fall in love with Deng Lung. My fave dramas will always be Minglan, Ashes of Love, The Eternal Love, and Ever Night.

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Some of my favorites! Ashes of Love, Nirvana in Fire, 10 Miles of Peach Blossoms (Eternal Love) and Story of Yanxi Palace are my favs :D But I did really like Minglan (almost a fav).

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*high five* For watching these two Chinese dramas. I dropped these two dramas. LOL..

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