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Open Thread #599

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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Happy Weekend Beanies!

I have a one year temp job!!! Job hunting woes brought me to Dramabeans a few years ago, which is why I am so relieved to share this good news with you all. :) Of course I was disappointed a first that my employer changed his mind about giving me a permanent job at the last minute, but it offers a lot of work experience with a good salary and benefits. The fact that I do not have to worry about finding a job for a whole year is a very nice bonus as well. Usually my temp contracts last only a few months.

Since work does not start until after Easter I have 10 more or less relaxing days left to get things in order and watch a lot of K-drama’s. ;)

Romance is a Bonus Book:
Episode 7 is next. While the plot starts to thicken with the love quartet, I find myself losing a bit of interest. Up until now I enjoyed the relationship between Eun-Ho and Dan-I because it mirrored my relationship with the people around me during the bad times. It was nice to recognize myself in Dan-I and at the same time learn to understand the people around me through Eun-Ho. However, I do not drop K-drama’s, so my goal is to finish this before work start. Possible obstacles in this challenge are the K-dramas mentioned below.

Special Labor Inspector Jo:
Episode two is next. I am a simple Beanie. I see Kim Kyung-Nam, I press play. The unfair practices make my blood boil, but I get Chief Kim vibes, which means I expect comedy and comeuppances in the future.

Her Private Life:
Episode two is next. How to juggle a full time job with fandom life. I hope our female lead will me teach me her ways. What have I learned so far: Stay clear from fan girl stampedes. :P Also, keep an eye on Oppa. Less than five minutes screentime and I suffer SLS already. You can take my advice even literally, since he has become a lot fitter and cuter since the last time I saw him. ;)

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Just pretend you're a plucky Contract Worker main character in a K-Drama!! Be on the lookout for a handsome parachute employee who may be the CEO's grandson in disguise, learning the business from the ground up! :)

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Ooooooh, that would make things more fun indeed! :P

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Congratulations @turtuallysarcastic for the year contract!
Do follow @alessar's advice.
I know what you are saying with:

I am a simple Beanie. I see Kim Kyung-Nam, I press play.

With me however, it is more like, I see KKN's PRISON PLAYBOOK "brother" Jung Kyung-ho, I press play. I am waiting for JKH's new drama.
I hope you have a great year.

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Thank you! I hope you do not have to wait too long to see Jung Kyung-ho again :)

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Yay, you accepted the offer! I hope you gain great skills from it that will either turn into a permanent position or help you secure one in another company (:

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So do I! My offer to rant to me still stands by the way ;)

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Thank you! I just had a bit of a mixed week. I had a really positive, promising interview two weeks back, but for some reason it didn't result in an offer :( But on the other hand, I got called up for an interview for a job I applied to a while back, and it was unexpected.

I'm falling into a job hunt slump so it's hard to keep preparing and submitting applications, but I know it's important that I don't stop, especially since it's nearing university graduation season and a flood of jobseekers will be entering the market.

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"I'm falling into a job hunt slump so it's hard to keep preparing and submitting applications, but I know it's important that I don't stop..."

Actually, during slumps it is better to pause job hunting for a bit. True, you might miss out on opportunities, but you'll regain energy and yourself. I kept going during slumps and it brought me in dark places. Please do not make that mistake. But if you can keep doing this than by all means do so :)

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@turtuallysarcastic Thank you for the advice! I've decided to take a break after this week. The plan is to catch up on dramas, read some books and buddy watch Youn's Kitchen with my mum ^^

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Oooh congratulations! Two years back I was waaay too active on DB because I didn't have a job and now I am back to it again because I resigned and came back home! I love how beanies provide us with comfort without realising it!

I managed to hold on to RiaBB and it was all right somehow.... Not bad but nothing to write home about!

Hehhehhe I almost didnt notice oppa in ep1! I didn't even know that he was supposed to be the second lead! What other show has he been in?

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Thank you! I hope you can find a job or some rest, whatever it is you seek at the moment ;)
Your opinion about RIABB seems to be spot on in my case as well. Glad I can finally give it a fitting description.

Oppa played Moo-myung in Netflix webdrama 'My Only Love Song'. He was a silent, dependable knight who loved the princess. He literally was silent for most of the show, but his expressions (he started as a model) made up for it!

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Rest first! And catching up with dramaland and beanies!

Ah that webdrama was actually in my list but then Jong Hyun got involved in the current scandal and I can't watch him anymore :(
Oppa does look like a model! Can't wait for more of his role in that show!

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I am glad I could enjoy that webdrama when ignorance was pure bliss. It is a shame that you will not be able to, but I would have reacted in the same way if I were you. :)

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If only dramaslump hadn't come calling then! But it's okay, there are many other show's shows waiting to be watched 😊

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Congratulations 🎉

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Thank you! :)

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Congratulations on the job! You never know, this could turn into something permanent!

Enjoy your kdrama-watching!

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Thank you! We will see in a year what happens ;) Right now I am more worried about juggling *GASP* 3 K-dramas! :p Btw, I am glad to hear you are feeling better ;)

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@turtuallysarcastic Thanks, I'm glad to be feeling much better.

3 kdramas! You can do it!

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Congratulations! Hope you enjoy your new job.
Special Labor Inspector Jo: It is not easy to meet a nice loan shark in dramaland, so that is plus- Kim Kyung-nam fighting!

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Thank you! I hope he will do well in this drama! :)

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Congratulations on your new job!!! I'm happy for you!

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Thank you ! :)

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I'm so happy for you! It must be a big relief to have employment again.

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Thank you! Yes it is a relief whenever that happens. I do hope the next time will be the last (for a good while).

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Congratulations @turtuallysarcastic and may this be the start of greater security and the joy of learning lots of new things! 😃

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Thank you! Yes to Greater Security! Joy of learning is already ingrained in my personality :p

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I was wondering why South Korean movies are usually so long. It looks like they're short of good editors. I know it's hard to do good editing when there's plenty of material but most of the time it's better to make a good spring cleaning in it by not getting too lost in details, other subplots and keeping the eyes open with excitement all the time. There're exceptions of course. Even some movie critics told it several times, when guessing who will win a prize (for example at Cannes), if South Korean movies would have better editing it could win several times already.

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I know what you mean: movie night, suddenly realising that it may be 3 am by the time you get to the credits, fighting to keep awake through the slow bits... :-p

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Are there dramas that is your type, you know you will enjoy, but you just can't summon the right mood or timing for it so it's been forever on your To Watch list?

I've loved Hu Ge since Chinese Paladin, waited for Nirvana in Fire from its production stages, but its years later now and hard to find the time and mood to watch it.

Also interested in Radiant because of NJH, added to my list to watch once its done airing, rave reviews makes it better, but I don't know if I will ever get to it.

Sometimes sitting down and hitting the play button seems so easy, but getting my heart and mind into focusing on it is what's stopping me. :(

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I think it will be like this with all of the current dramas. I really don't have time to watch any anymore, so sad!

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I know what you mean... After watching a few shows, it gets easier to drop a few, and to watch the ones that you think will be worth your time, don't you think?

What I'm doing now is trying to watch different genres, and that way I can make the most of my drama time, as I like pretty much all kinds of dramas...

For example, I told myself to choose between Confession and Doctor Prisioner.. And in the comedy genre, II had to choose one between Waikiki and My Fellow Citizens... Just because there are so many dramas and so little tme, cause I do love my reading time, and there's this thing called life that get in the way of my dramas and variety shows :)

btw, I'm currently watching Confession, Waikiki, He's Psychometric and hopefully I'll start Her Private Life this weekend.

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Wow! You have a lot on your watch list. Makes a lot of sense to choose. I'm open to dropping dramas now (unless it's a weekly watch event I do with my sisters). But I also do feel so bad if I hear that the other drama is so good and a must not miss, and by not watching it now I know for sure I'll probably never get to it later. Sad.

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"But I also do feel so bad if I hear that the other drama is so good and a must not miss, and by not watching it now I know for sure I'll probably never get to it later. Sad."

Exactly my feelings towards Dazzling!!

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I know the feeling. Not many, but I have a few dramas like that including Ten miles of peach blossoms, which I tried a few times, but was never able to continue.

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Omg YES @ Nirvana in Fire. I’m a sucker for historical dramas, and I’ve seen so many people rave and recommend NiF so it’s been sitting on my list for a while. However, I’ve never had the feeling, mood or desire to watch it for some reason. Even when I have literally no dramas to watch, I can never bring myself to get past the first couple minutes :/

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Me. When I'm looking for something to watch, NIF is at the top of my list. But I end up looking elsewhere. :(

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

I'm still recovering from my nasty cold. Not 100% yet, but doing much better. I hope that many of the Beanies that were also ill last week are also doing much better.

My Fellow Citizens - The look on Hoo-ja's face each time Jung-gook opens his mouth and just blurts out the truth! *laughing*

The Fiery Priest - Ok, so the gangster with the bob cut just cracks me up each time I see him. However, I do wish he would stop beating up the food delivery guy, over tongue-twisters of all things!

Doctor Prisoner - It's one move and then a countermove, and two more after that, with everyone in this one ...... but I sort of can't stop watching.

Confession - Ooooo, the reveals at the end of the sixth episode! Nicely done, show!

Her Private Life - I've only watched ep 1, but so far so good!

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

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Glad to hear you're better! I hope your cough has eased up.

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Thanks @purpleteapot! Still coughing a bit, but definitely not as bad as last week.

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😊 happy that you’re recovering too!

Doctor Prisoner is really addicting. I’m waiting for more episodes to start Confession

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Thanks @sibel!

Doctor Prisoner is just fun to watch. I always think the episodes end way too soon! Heh! Confession is quite good. When you start watching it, I hope you enjoy it as much as many of us here are.

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Glad that you are recovering well!

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Thanks @outofthisworld!

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YAY! Glad you're feeling better! I have to go back to a committed watching of Fiery Priest since we both have similar tastes in dramas. I like it, i just haven't been committed to it and all those episodes look so darn formidable.

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Thanks @scifiwritir! Do get back to Fiery Priest when you get the chance. It's another fun watch, especially since things have picked up.

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will do. i will say that although i do think kdramas are addicted to overplotting, when they do revenge dramas that "habit" of overplotting works really well.

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Which episode are you on The Fiery Priest? Bob cut guy or the long long dragon punk (according to Song Sac 😂)cracks me up as well, and he’ll get his ass whopped soon.

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@giegie0384 I've watched up to episode 12 (eps 23 & 24), so I'm a little behind most of our fellow Beanies, but that's ok.

Yeah, bob cut gangster guy will get what's coming to him soon! I don't know if it's the hair swing or the loud outfits, but it's all just too hilarious!

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Fiery Priest -- about the tongue twisters... It must have been so much fun --and probably so frustrating too -- to memorize, practice, and act out those scenes! I wonder if there were many takes and if there are any of such behind-the-scenes videos ...

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@halfmoon I think you're right regarding those particular scenes.

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Friend Zone looks super funny! if there's an online link someday, please share!
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I follow dozens of Jidols and actors and on my homefeed i saw that 31 second cut scene from official twitter profile. Song is quite catchy and is from episode 02 of the ongoing show of Uchida Rio.

Same old formula of comedy romance. cliche scenarios
but worth 1 time watch - timepass
Lot of Fun and entertainment. there are subtitles but i don't think anyone has uploaded it online.

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Hello all:
Cold/flu/what-all-that-was is finally over with.
Still keeping up on korean gossip, which i really shouldn't be. But hey news about sex, drugs, Seung-ri and Robert Holley tickle my ears.
Landlord selling the two-family house we rent. Will see if the new buyers, whoever that will be, will let us stay. Annoying having to wake up in the morning to let random strangers come into the house. Especially since i'm fighting insomnia. Not happy about that.
Dramas:
My Fellow Citizens-- Loving this drama and our villainess. Love the ost but can only find ost part 1.
He's Psychometric -- Loving this. What a surprise this drama has been!
Confession-- i really do like this but am not a fan of governmental weaponry intrigue. I'll have to put up with all that.
Kill it -- i am so confused right now.
Her Private Life -- not feeling it but will give it four more episodes to grab me.
Doctor Prisoner -- Ah this drama! Point-counterpoint\
Special inspector -- This depresses me in a bad way. I find myself hating all the evil in the workplace and feeling sorry for the poor.
Beautiful World -- This depresses me, but in a good way. Apparently, i can't stand financial depression but i can deal with human evil and adolescent cruelty. Go figure.
Persona -- now added to netflix. Will watch it when i can.
Banker -- Good, not as exciting as the jdrama.
Watching Deserving of the name, at last.

Chinese dramas:
Pushing Hands -- love it
Destiny's Love -- love it.
Golden Eyes -- I couldn't finish the drama. I hate-watched it for a while but after a while the hate took over. The women were all stereotypical and all the crimes the villainess did are pretty much ignored by the end as we are trained and manipulated to pity her. This was 50 hours of my life that i will never be able to get back.

That's about it. Have a great weekend, all.

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Glad to know you've recuperated! I'm a little surprised that landlord doesn't get together with you to schedule the visits from potential buyers. I hope something can be worked out regarding this matter. Whatever happens though, I do hope you and your family get to stay in the house.

I'm liking the villainess in My Fellow Citizens also! It's a fun watch! You have a great weekend also.

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Yeah, i'm surprised too. Then i realized... i could just say something. It actually hadn't occurred to me that i had a voice and a say in this thing.

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I sincerely hope some sort of scheduled arrangement, that is convenient for all parties involved, can be made.

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It really is. Getting ready for 8:15 guest when one has not slept and trying to get older son dressed...aargh! Today we actually asked him when the potential buyer was here, "Do you have your clothes on?" Because kid just whips off his clothes and walks around naked. I'm supposed to go to Equine Advocates, a rescue farm for race horses, tomorrow but nooooooooo..all that plan has to go down the drain now. Potential buyer scheduled for 10 am and another scheduled for 2 pm.

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Destiny’s Love is hilariously funny! The funniest Cdrama I’ve come across so far.

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It is very funny definitely!

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Do you sleep at all?? How are you watching all these ??😮😮

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The #upsideofinsomnia

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I didn't know I would envy of a person with insomnia :) Good that you are well now.

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No, don't envy it...even in jest. It affects the health, affects one's weight, one's livelihood. It's horrible. I got it when i had a really traumatic experience about 38 years ago. The PTSD got worse and worse and then became insomnia about 34 years ago. Sometimes i would go weeks without sleeping. Even a dramalover wouldn't want all that awake time.

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so sorry about that. Praying for you to get better

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Thanks so much. I've tried everything. Now it's homeopathy. I might end up becoming a fruitarian. Who knows?

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Hi @scifiwritir Carole, what a lot to go through ... And without sleep! just a note to say I'll pray for you.

I hope you'll continue to enjoy Confession too. It's coincidentally a title that got me thinking how properly confessing to the right person actually brings healing and peace. See you on the Confession thread!

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Thank you so much for the prayers. I super-appreciate prayers. Yes, confession is good for the soul. Just speaking one's heart and being real..whatever the cost. See you on the thread.

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Yesterday I had my french teachers for dinner and there we were talking about word register. My man was telling them that english is much more rich with expressions but they were insisting that french should be the one. So we g..fled it and there's Korean language in the first place 😋 - it hurt their french pride and english is really placed before french. I wasn't surprised about korean at all and once I'll learn it to be able to read it's wonderful poetry.

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...g..gled it...

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Honestly I just think that the impression some people have that their own language is richer than others, is simply that they have a deeper knowledge of it. But I can well believe it about Korean :-)

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A week after Spring Break and I'm already tired again and dreaming about Summer Vacation.. Any teachers around here, Beanies?!!
I'm an introverted, and sometimes I feel like I'll never recharge properly after a day teaching Elementary kids...
I do like the children, and sometimes I wish I could just play with them the whole day and throw the teaching part out from the window lol
I teach korean kids in China, btw.. They love to hear what I know about their country, and how interested I am about their culture, music, and dramas, of course :)
But sometimes I think enjoying the students is not enough, cause there's so much more to teaching nowadays.. Meetings, recess duty, lunch with the class... All those things are draining me, to be honest!

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Hurray for teachers! They make a world of difference.

What do you teach?

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I teach 2nd grade here while living abroad.. So it means I teach most subjects.. Back at home I was used to teach Kndergarten.. Maybe that's one of the reasons I feel so tired, as I'm teaching a new grade and there's so much I need to learn...

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I like to work with children but at the same time, I can't handle them for long periods, haha. I'm sure it is rewarding but exhausting.

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I spend time with younger kids (3-6) and older kids (6-9) for a couple of hours each week and there are times when I wonder why 2 hours are so tiring. There are also times when I didn't realise the 2 hours just flew by, and felt refreshed. :-)

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How long is your day? Little kids can be really exhausting, it's really an art to be a good teacher and have enough power for your working and personal life. Power up vacation time will come soon! 😉

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I'm a high school teacher (art, animation, design, photography, etc) in the United States. Am also a reading teacher and have taught English and American culture in Taiwan to junior high school kids in a public school there.

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How nice. You must have experienced lots of new things teaching in overseas. Was there anything interesting (like ideas) you found with junior high school kids in Taiwan?

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There are a lot of variables to consider when it comes to comparing US schools with Taiwanese ones. But, with my particular experiences, it was much more rewarding and exciting to teach Taiwanese students than US ones. Most (but not all) of the Taiwanese students seemed to value education and were thirsty to learn. The parents were very supportive of the schools and teachers were treated with high respect. The school I taught at in Taiwan was quite large and made up of students from all demographics of the city. I could be much more creative with projects for the students in Taiwan because they were ready for whatever challenge I presented. (Which is quite a bit different from my experiences as a teacher in the US where sometimes students will whine and drag their feet if any new challenge takes them out of their limited "safe" space to work) For instance, in Taiwan, in addition to the regular work of reading, writing and discussing in English, the students were eager to act out scenes and plays, write English poetry, film English video tutorials for younger siblings, translate folk tales into English, make shockwave flash videos of cultural concepts and to share information and experiences with an Ohio group of students wanting to learn Chinese. (my kids were way ahead of the Ohio group in participation by the way) But back in the United States, it was sometimes a struggle just to get a student to upload photographs from a camera onto the computer without getting a parent to come in and complain about how unfair it was to expect a student to be able to know or learn that technology. ???? It's hard to explain exactly. It was just a culture where education was highly valued and here in the US, in some areas of the country, education is seen with far less importance or value. Of course this is just what I have seen from a very limited number of schools although I have spoken with many Americans who have taught in other countries and in some of the Asian countries, my experience seems to be similar to theirs.

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Thank you for this comment, it is so interesting especially for someone like me who also teaches in the US but was born and raised in Taiwan until my family and I emigrated when I was in my early adolescent.

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@kimbapnoona Oh, how nice! The year I spent in Taiwan was 2006-2007 so it would represent things there at the time. I wrote a blog about the experience at the time. This is a url to the end page of that blog if you want to see it. http://tinyurl.com/y24a9t3o I loved the time I spent in Taiwan and the people there. In fact, 3 of the teachers I taught with are still friends that I communicate with regularly and I also was lucky enough to keep in touch with several of the students who are all grown up now and just finishing grad school.

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I’m feeling way better than I did last week 😊 hopefully everybody’s better.

Had my first round of finals... we’ll wait and see; stress is the most useless thing

I’ve been distracting myself with some Yang Yang. I’ve started Whirlwind Girl, I am almost finished actually. I like it it is nice, nothing groundbreaking but it’s good binging material.
For some reason I’m really into binging C dramas these times.
But I dropped Guardian though too over the top, & not a fan of the graphics.

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Glad to know you're feeling better this week!

Sending you good wishes for your finals. :)

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Thank you!! ☺️

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Happy Weekend Beanies!

I've been snared by the charms of one Chinese actor and I went trying clips of his dramas to see which one to dive into. One particular drama turned me off. Forced kissing, pinning down the girl - how are these romantic?

I don't know about the development of Chinese dramas because I haven't been watching them until recently. Were these tropes always in them or did they learn from kdramas? Whichever the case is, I hope writers and PD stop making such trash and sell them as romance.
The comments in the YT clips were all gushing about how hot and romantic the scene was. It's so wrong.

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Hello! I recently started watching Cdramas, and can't get enough. Can I ask which actor you're speaking of? What shows have you watched so far?

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The actor is Elvis Han Dong Jun.

I've watched very few C dramas. China produces dramas like a factory line, there are so many. Some never even get broadcast. I don't like fantasy or cheesy romance so my choice is even more limited. But when C dramas are good, they are very very good - examples: Nirvana in Fire, All is Well.

Few others that I liked were
Nirvana In Fire S2
Three Miles of Peach Blossoms(FF)
Ashes of Love(FF)
Battle of Changsha(FF)
Love Me If You Dare
When A Snail Falls In Love
Ode To Joy(FF)
Like a Flowing River(on hold)
Monster Killer Wu Xin S1(current)
Meteor Garden(FF & Snark watch)

Considering
Secret of Three Kingdoms
Never Gone

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You've watched a ton actually! I am about two-thirds into secret of the three kingdoms, and i recommend it! it's nothing groundbreaking, but it does drama well, and ma tian yu is so painfully pretty, especially in the emperor garb. Elvis Han is quite good in it too! But my favorite character is the empress. Such a well-written, complex and layered character, and the Regina Wan brings her to life beautifully.

I also just recently finished watching Ever Night, and it was one of the best things I've watched, like ever. I highly recommend it! (even though you said you don't like fantasy, this is really, really well done fantasy, so please consider!)

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I'm gonna make long wall of text tomorrow for ALL IS WELL
You should try The World Between us too.
Few moths ago i had made very similar comment. All of physical intimidation is being treated as vanilla romance by foreign audience. I scratch my head when read those comments describing physical abuse as romantic acts.

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I am actually watching the The World Between Us, my first TW drama in years. These days, I go to Douban for recommendations. I don't know how reliable the ratings are but at least the popular dramas didn't get many stars.

I am not sure if foreign audience is the sole problem. Fans are just gushing over the handsome male lead and forgetting everything else. Replace the face and I'm sure the comments will be that of disgust. In reality, even if a man is handsome, he will look ugly because of his action. Just look at these once 'good looking oppas' in the Burning Sun scandal.

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Would that particular drama be “Siege in Fog”? Because I adore Elvis Han and Sun Yi (and Republican dramas), but I was also turned off by those type of scenes that you mentioned. Eek

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Yes! I would have been a sucker for this kind of story if it wasn't filmed like that.

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Happy Weekend, my fellow beanies!!!
This week, I watched Individualist Ms. Ji Young after reading the dramabeans 'short but sweet' special. The drama is short, but it's so natural to watch to be felt like an actual movie split into two parts. I can't write the fancy words, but the drama touched my heart in a good way. Then, I watched Tomorrow I'll date with Yesterday's You and was fascinated by the story again.
But I'm not following any airing drama at all, after finishing The Light in Your Eyes.
As for my life, there's nothing special. I'm studying to sit for a job exam in June. Helping my father's work, here and there with a D5600 and learning photography with experience.
Last but not least, BLACKPINK in Coachella 2019!! (I'm sorry).

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OT week 113. It’s been about a month since I last wrote on the OT! Spring is such a busy time for us, and I had a cold this past week, and finally feel like I’m back in the land of the living today. Son and I had a rough week together after I found out how far behind he is on his piano (which I know he hates doing) and he’s going through that pre-teen “I hate everything” stage. But we’re making great progress these past 2 days, so I thought I’d come here and celebrate! He’s still got a long way to go before he performs this in 10 days (and he hadn’t even read the last page of the piece until 2 days ago!) but as I told him, time management, multi-tasking, and meeting deadlines is something he has to learn now, so that he’ll be dependable as an adult. (I could see his point about this piece though—he’s been working on 3 others which he has done in other competitions, and just didn’t think this one was as important.) Otherwise, I hope to get on the golf range today and yes, I got my taxes filed last night!

On the drama front, I’ve picked up “He’s Psychometric” because I liked the sound of the premise, the mystery, and I do feel that Jinyoung is a good actor as well. I’ve not been disappointed at all. I really am engaged with this one. That last scene, though---scary. There are some great veteran actors in this and I always think the side characters make a drama great. The way the boys cry in this one is especially good; they both rip my heart out every time.

I’m hoping to start “Her Private Life” this weekend and also the short films with IU (“Persona”). I need a good artsy film with thoughtful acting, directing, cinematography and lighting. It sounds like “Persona” should fit that bill nicely.

Conversation:

My daughter and the math genius: the separation. So, I’ve been dreading next year for my daughter because all her friends are leaving her to go to a school for highly motivated kids, and I thought math genius was as well, which would actually be perfect—the separated-childhood-friends-meeting-in- adulthood-and-falling-in-love trope.

Me: So all of daughter’s good friends are leaving this school next year. I heard math genius was as well.

Math genius’ dad: Actually, we were, but he’s staying now.

Me: Really? What changed your mind?

Math genius’ dad: Well, another Chinese mother with kids at the same school as ours convinced us not to move him. [She happens to be sitting not far from me and beams.]

Me: Why? [We can’t because we don’t live in the city and so daughter doesn’t qualify.]

Math genius’ dad: The teaching is better where we are now, we think. At least the teachers all have post-graduate degrees.

Me: Daughter will be glad that not everyone she’s friends with is leaving! And I agree, the kids at our school can go to the university to take classes (as part of our tuition) if they need to. [Chinese mother’s daughter is in the 10th grade and takes Calc II at the university.]...

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Moral of the Story: The saga continues, no forced separation or noble idiocy in our story yet!

2nd Moral: This is my real life “Sky Castle.” Less drama, just as much stress. Hopefully, I won't be caught up in bribery, scandals, and death.

3rd Moral: Have a great weekend everyone! Watch dramas, listen to music, feel better!

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Welcome back to OT!

When I was watching Sky Castle, I could relate to the pressure, stress and madness that children and parents go through to do well. No bribery or scandals here but deaths -sadly yes. Suicide is on the rise and mostly, it's the high achievers.

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That’s what is so sad that these kids are pushed or feel they are pushed so hard that there is no way out besides for suicide. It happens here too. As a parent, I am always teetering on how much is too much to expect as a parent.

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I wish children come with manuals although I know I just said last week that I don't read manuals! It's not easy being a parent especially in today's world where social media issues are very prevalent among children and teens.

When I read of these suicide cases, it's not always so straightforward as a case of parent pushing a child. Yes, there are some where a child commits suicide because of failing to live up to their parents' expectation but I noticed that these happen to younger children. We as adults must understand how something 'small' is perceived very differently to a child. There's also a tightrope balance to muster between extolling the importance of good grades and telling them grades is everything especially not their lives!

For teenagers, it's kind of different. The expectations are that of the children of themselves. I know so many parents who complain that their teenage children are too hard on themselves. Overachievers like those who excel in everything, never fail in their lives are vulnerable. I heard of cases where just one setback can destroy them. Resilience is one very important trait which I hope to cultivate in my children. No matter how able and capable they are, how strong or weak, they must learn to not give up on life.

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Teachers having post-graduate degrees are better teachers? well, whatever it works. - someone is happy. I wonder what Math genius will be when he grows up- you made me curious :)

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Depends on the degree. All the teachers at our school have at least a masters in education, some even doctorates in education, certificates in gifted education, etc. where they spend more time learning about what teaching methods there are for different types of students. My kids go to a school where undergraduate students come to learn to teach. We’re really quite lucky and I’m always a little sad when students leave to go somewhere else, thinking they’ll get a better education. Maybe they will, but I think this school is pretty good.

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In the last week:
Dropped DR. PRISONER. I went away for the weekend, and when I returned I realized I did not miss it.
Tried MY FELLOW CITIZENS but also dropped it.
I observed that SK scandal fatigue sets in after four non-stop weeks of Burning Sun coverage. More charges, less bombshells as the cases move through the investigation stage like a snail trying to climb an oak tree.

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Good morning fellow Beanies!

Touch Your Heart 8/10 The lead couple in this is adorable! I did also love them in Goblin so it's not surprising. I love how both of them are like teenagers in the first blush of romance and learning how to date and love together. Oh Yoon-Seo is so cute. Characters like her can be annoying but Yoo In-Na is doing a great job to make you love her. And Kwon Jung-Rok has been a sweetheart from the beginning (I was worried he would be a cold jerk). The only issue I have is the episode I ended on had Kwon Jung-Rok pulling the worst trope ever, the noble idiot. I HATE this trope because it assumes the noble idiot knows better then their partner and takes away their partners choice. It's not romantic or thoughtful, it's an asshole move. So I really hope it doesn't go anywhere.

Clowned Crown 9.5/10 Phenomenal. Excellent writing, directing, acting, story, and cinematography. I wasn't that big a fan of the ending, not because it was poorly done, but because I was so invested in the story and characters that I wanted the plot to go in a different direction. Best drama I've seen in a long time.

Cleaning With Passion 6.5/10 This drama is ok. It can be over the top at times and have some annoying moments (like when her brother got in trouble for defending his father from being assaulted, but the guys who were assaulting him got off scotch free). I also don't like Jang Sun-Gyeol. He is a dick and I don't know why Gil Oh-Sol fell for him. I don't like characters like him, which sadly is a popular character type in dramas, and it only makes me have second lead syndrome because usually the secondary characters are much better.

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Glad you loved Clowned Crown. I miss cinematography and music.

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Hello Beanies! I hope you are all doing well! I was wondering if you could recommend me a good Cdrama. Usually, I watch a completed one while I wait for subs on live shows I am watching. I still haven't dipped my toes in the really long ones because...lots of episodes scare me, so preferably shorter ones, 30 or less. I've watched the more popular ones mentioned on DB already. Or do you know if any of these (Lion Pride, Single Ladies Senior, or Iron Ladies) end well, if you could be kind and let me know. Please and thank you😀 Have a great weekend everybody!

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Have you seen Boss and Me aka Shan Shan comes to Eat?

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Ooo, I have not heard of this one before. Thank you😀 I will check it out when I get a chance!

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The weekend is nearly here, but it's cold with snow and rain in the forecast. I'm just gonna get this out of the way first... Finally finished The Item. I have no idea what to say. That ending. Either someone said, No, you can't have any more episodes, or, Yes, you can have another season. Not opposed to either, but I recently had to deal with the ending of Memories of the Alhambra (fun for 14 eps!), so I call cop-out. It was fun for 30 episodes, and I will outline some fan fiction for the ending. :D

In other news, watched My Healing Love. What a tropey, kitchen sink-type melo! I should expect these things by now. Honestly, I really just needed a Yeon Jeong-Hun fix. However, non-snarky, super-smiley Yeon Jeong-Hun is no fun. (Now wanting to re-watch the deliciously awkward Can Love Become Money?) Thanks to my years of anime watching, the ending wasn't too surprising. Meh.

Also in the 'meh' catagory... Boyfriend/Encounter. Maybe the leading man shouldn't be prettier than the leading lady? This is my first Park Bo Gum, so maybe I should watch something else. To me, he's kinda vacant in this one. I'm 4 eps in and all I can think about is how pretty it's shot, and how I want to put Song Hye-kyo in my pocket. I'll come back to it one day.

Went back to Romance is a Bonus Book. This noona romance seems a bit more believable to me, I like it for now. Maybe since I have no romance right now, I should lay off the heart eyes. (Or maybe Touch You Heart killed me inside)

Going to tackle Dr. Prisoner this weekend and engage the other (better) part of my brain. Happy viewing viewers!

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@reen212000,

Park Bo-gum was great in LOVE IN THE MOONLIGHT, if you're up for a sageuk.

I'm thoroughly enjoying DOCTOR PRISONER. Namgoong Min (uri hero), Kim Byung-chul (crooked medical director of prison), Choi Won-young (eeeevil chaebol), and Jang Hyun-sung (prosecutor) are having a blast facing off against each other.

I'm enjoying the heck out of CONFESSION, another crime-mystery-thriller that has an intricate plot. KILL IT is also keeping me on the edge of my seat.

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About Park Bo-gum, I would start with I Remember You/Hello Monster, then Reply 1988 for the contrast. Or vice versa... :-)

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I still have IRY on hold and keep meaning to get back to it. Same with Reply 1988. I sense a pattern.

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@delurker Yeah, I first watched PBG in I Remember You and preferred him there as a more angsty psychopath than in other shows, except maybe Reply 1988.

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I think the first drama of his I saw was the Korean version of Nodame Cantabile, but he was a very typical second lead there, so I didn't really notice him. I tried Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, but I got bored. On second thought, Hello Monster and Reply 1988 may be the only ones I can actually recommend...

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Hi beanies! I'm loving Her Personal Life the most these days, feeling vindicated for my secret fangirl-ing. Well, it's not exactly secret just as Deok-mi's after work hours life isn't completely secret, but let's say we limit exposure for self preservation when possible. I can't think of another actor who could play an artist who can't laugh at himself if his life depended on it as well as Kim Jae-wook (pausing for a fangirl moment here). This is going to be great!
While I'm on the subject of fangirling, I have two girl crush actresses: Nana and IU. So glad to see Nana in Kill It and looking forward to IU in the upcoming Netflix special.
Don't forget to watch Take Good Care of My Refrigerator ep 214/215 featuring Lee Gi-Kwang (he's a bit of a picky eater says this fangirl). Also watching Doctor Prisoner with Namgoong Min (his smile can go either way - evil or heart melt).
I am so impresses by that massive Cannon getup and step stool that Deok-mi hauls around like a feather when it comes to her idol addiction. Fighting \/

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Gi Kwang is so cute and such a good dancer - i was disappointed that he had issue doing the Heels dancing in Why Not the Dancer... was it a macho/man thing or is he just such a perfectionist that he won't do anything if he can't be perfect at it?

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Yeah, not sure. I LOVED that show with Gi Kwang, Eunhyuk, Taemin, and Jisung - my first time seeing him and his dancing - then watched him on Dancing High. Now that i think of it, Jisung didn't choose team leader Gi Kwang on that show. That makes me curious.

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Happy open thread friday beanies.
Dramas I'm watching:
My Fellow Citizens : i didn't expect to like this drama but i love it. The cast is really really good.
Her Private Life : this drama is somehow relatable. We all behave like this. More like deok mi not sindy. And it's really funny. I've watched both episodes twice now. The way ryan looked at deok mi when he first woke up made me think he's already falling for her though i wonder how it's going to work if he thinks she's les.
NOTE: I'm sorry if I'm spoiling it for people who haven't watched it yet

Cassandra clares The Red Scrolls Of Magic was released this week. Who's read it already??

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I'm enjoying both MY FELLOW CITIZENS and HER PRIVATE LIFE as a respite from my thrillers (CONFESSION, DOCTOR PRISONER & KILL IT), and HAECHI, which continues to crank up the intensity.

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I started Hello Joann, a 2016 Chinese rom-com about a feisty riches to rags heroine and her rather spunky friend who serves as the narrator. Sadly (or thankfully in my case - I'd be bingeing, otherwise) all the subs were apparently deleted on YT, but CNDrama has been uploading two episodes a day, which I'm quite happy with, as it fits nicely into my schedule.

Has anyone seen this? I'm eight episodes in and it's been very good. The characters aren't behaving the way you'd expect them to in a drama, which makes for good watching. I'm just wondering why it's not more highly rated on MDL.

I hope your weekend is enjoyable.

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TGIF! Hope everyone had a good week! One of news this week was about Joo Jin-mo (Big Issue)'s wedding. He is getting married to a family medicine doctor Min Hye-yeon who graduated from Seoul National Univ. College of Medicine and has been a consultant for various beauty and health programs, and also called as Kim Tae-hee in doctors's world. It was announced that the wedding will be held in June. I always felt Joo is one of actors who never got recognition he deserved (even with his good looks). They say the reason Joo couldn't make it like Lee Byung-heon or Jang Dong-gun is because he does not have a main project attached to his name. Currently I am enjoying his action acting in Big Issue (what a photographer has to go through to take a picture!) Per wiki (and namuwiki) Joo Jin-mo (45, real name:Park Jin-tae) was born in Seoul and majored in Physical Education in the college. After military service while making preparations for the police officer exam, Joo made his debut in the entertainment industry when he did model activities. As he started his acting career, he used his manager's name "Joo Jin-mo" for his stage name. Joo was cast in his first drama Dance Dance in 1999 as a lead, for which he underwent extensive dance training. Next he did the critical hit film Happy End where he played a man having affairs with a married woman (It was said he played an important role of housewife audiences entering the theater in the morning hours). Also he was in the drama Sad Temptation(1999) playing a gay couple with Kim Gap-soo (Kim mentioned about this in the interview linked before in OT. heh)

Joo also played a major role in the much-hyped historical film Musa as well as in Wanee & Junah, a melodrama(2001). His activity slowed down since and he mentioned about this in a variety- that once he got popular, he became arrogant and fought with directors and did not even participate in stage greetings. He thought it was strange that the scenario did not come in, but later he learned that rumor was spread in the industry that he didn't have ability and had bad personality. It was then that he came to reflect on his own actions. After some films he had been cast were cancelled due to lack of financing, Joo did the boxing drama Punch in 2003, then returned to the big screen to do the comedy film Liar. From 2004 to early 2005, Joo filmed the epic historical drama Bichunmoo, but due to copyright issues, it didn't air on Korean TV until 2008.

Meanwhile, his 2005 drama Fashion 70's received good ratings of 30%. In 2006 he starred in the hugely popular romcom film 200 Pounds Beauty. His controversial 2008 film A Frozen Flower, which told the story around the love triangle between a homosexual Goryeo king (Joo), his queen (Song Ji-hyo), and the royal guard (Jo In-sung), gave Joo his first Best Actor trophy at the Baeksang Arts Awards.

Joo sang "Like Rain, Like Music" during his first fan meeting in Japan and later released as a digital single...

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...in September 2011. In the film Gabi/coffee (2012) he played a con man who becomes embroiled in the espionage and political conspiracy surrounding King Gojong in late 19th-century. In 2013, Joo starred in Chinese drama Flowers in Fog which was shot in France, and aired on Hunan TV. He then returned to play a fictional character based on Goryeo King Chunghye/Wang Yoo in Empress Ki for which he received Top Excellence Award in MBC drama awards. On the big screen, Joo did Friend 2, the sequel to the 2001 hit film Friend where he played a gangster, the father of Yoo Oh-sung's character (Why I don't remember this??).

Joo made his stage debut in 2015 with the musical "Gone with the Wind". Joo said, "Rhett Butler is a character every actor would dream to play." This was followed by melo drama "My Love Eun-dong" in JTBC. Since then he appeared in Woman with a Suitcase(2016). Bad Guys 2(2017), and Big Issue(2019). His hobby is Baseball and Taekwondo. It is said that his handsome appearance is not a trendy impression (of handsome) that women prefer (too manly with thick face line), so he has more male fans. Most of the roles he played made his co-star- actresses sometimes male actors- to draw more attention, so in the film industry he is called "actor who makes the actress stand out."

As an actor or entertainer, he has never caused big controversy except when he starred in the drama Empress Ki where he played a character based on Goryeo atrocious king Chunghye, who was changed as imaginary character right before the broadcast. In the interview for the show, Joo said "If you want to shoot a historical film, why don't you make a documentary rather than a drama". Joo also said, "It is important to act well as an actor. I am focusing more on the relationship between the characters rather than historical accuracy." With the criticism of the public (ignoring the importance of history), his image of actor and entertainer suffered after this incident.

One interview I found most recently was the one done for "Big Issue". [hankookilbo, 2019.03.03]
Joo introduced his Han Seok-joo character in the show as strong and professionally dedicated photographer. He said because Seok-joo had his own personal story, his biggest worry was how to act reflecting on the character well and tried to act in earnest maintaining the emotion line. As he introduced the show, Joo said since the contents and situation changes in every ep. the show wouldn't be boring for viewers. About Han Ye-seol who plays opposite of him, Joo said she was cheerful since their first meeting. And she showed bright energy even with difficult shooting situation, he could gain energy and they've been shooting having fun. The scene Joo remembers the most was the first day of 2019 and when he filmed under the water. "On January 1st my feel temperature was like -10c, but I held the camera fighting with severe cold weather in a rooftop in Gangnam. And recently I shot the...

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...the scene struggling to survive under the water, and thought seriously "It is not easy for a person to survive under the water." So two scenes were most memorable."

Another interview I checked was done in a magazine shoot in 2015 before My love Eun-dong which I think quite a few beanies watched.
Here is Q&A session.[elle.kr, 2015.06.18]
Q: How did you get to star in My Love Eun-dong?
Joo: The reason I chose to appear in My Love Eun-dong is because as I've been playing a lot of typical characters, there was prejudice by the public. They seemed to feel I am an actor with a wall. When I received this script, I thought that I could express differently from the characters I've played so far. In some ways, it was the same love story, but I thought I could show a "relaxed performance" than before. I personally liked the nostalgic feel.
Q: It seems awkward if an actor acts a top star.
Joo: It feels awkward to do dialogues as written in the script. So I took out some and tried to express it according to the situation as much as possible. I am acting feeling at ease, cursing even, believing in the power of editing. The director-nim also makes it possible to play it naturally without restraint. I think I will be able to demonstrate my bright and free spirit through this role. Last year I had hardtime physically and emotionally while shooting Empress Ki. In addition to being an historical drama, there were many difficulties because I was locked in the frame to play the pure love. I thought I wanted to peel such skin.

Q:I heard that Empress Ki did good in overseas.
Joo: I heard not long ago. I am quite obtuse about such news. I heard that it ranked number one in the ratings of all overseas dramas in Taiwan. Ha Ji-Won and Ji Chang-Wook already had a fan meeting in Taiwan. An entertainer moves on a bandwagon when a piece works well, but I do not have such tendency. When the movie "200 pound Beauty" was popular, I didn't even do a commercial. I always got immersed into the next piece and felt everything else was annoying. I just take it positively thinking 'I'm not an entertainer, I'm an actor,'
Q:It's been 16 years since you debuted.
Joo: Looking back at the filmography, unlike peer actors who have moved after making point with one strong work, I do not seem to have such major project. An actor with still a lot of potential-so I think myself. Unfortunately, I am getting older before I show all my possibilities. Still I am confident that since I have a lot of experience I can show my acting more clearly.
Personally, rather than a masculine role, roles in Happy End, Wanee & Junah were most memorable. I did not prefer manly role, but the tough and masculine image seems to be built due to my voice and appearance. I never tried to be mysterious or to be masked, but the work and the press gave me a mask. People around me who know my true self say that actually real Jo Jin-mo is a comedian, but the public knows it wrong...

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...I am a very interesting person.

Q:What The real Joo Jin-mo does when he is not working?
Joo: I did work-out after Empress Ki ended. I started playing golf again with my acquaintances and once I went out to the field, I felt competing spirit. I lived on the golf course all summer and fall. Another longtime hobby is fishing. I went fishing almost all over the country. I do baseball with my colleagues every week.

Q: It sounds like the life of an athlete.
Joo: Right. I usually live like a sportsman. If I put it nicely, I am faithful to my life, but I think I couldn't get married as I have a lot of interest here and there. I did not postpone the marriage plan because of work at all. Since I was a child, every time I was dating I aimed for marriage thinking "This is the woman". But it always went south when decisive time came. When I fall in love, it may sound like a fool to some guys but I cannot do anything else. I only see the person. One time, I arrived at the hotel after 14 hours flight to attend the overseas film festival. As soon as I unpacked, the call came from the lady- Come to her now. I immediately canceled all the schedules and bought my ticket back to Korea. When I asked her what was going on upon hurriedly arriving she said, "I missed you."

Q: Did you regret?
Joo: I did not regret, but now I don't do that anymore. Since I have to take responsibility for what happens after that. Now I draw a line.
Q: Since you stake everything in love, it would be easy to get into the role of Ji Eun-ho.
Joo: Right. There are a lot of things I can relate to my character of "I love Eun-dong". People who have developed a realistic sense might say how you can like the girl you liked when you were young, and would say "it is not possible", but I understand. The mind of Eun-ho in the script. When he thinks about the person, he visits her because he wants to see her, and situations where such feelings conflicts with reality. So while acting, I feel strange and fun.

Q: You look flustered like you are a newbie actor.
Joo: My attitude toward a project changed a lot. I was worried about viewership ratings until Empress Ki, but I feel if we can have just a few mania viewers who can sympathize with this emotional feeling, it will be success. I think that my attitude to approach Eun-ho character is not for my performance or my image, but for my new thinking I want to put it all down even if it ruins my image. If such sincerity can be relayed, I think it could be a work remaining in someone's mind for a long time.

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...Q: Is it because you are more relaxed as you are in your 40s?
Joo: Am I in 40's? It's been quite a while since I left my ID at home. In the past, I wanted to look good to others, and I bothered some to have a great dialog in my part, but now I want to live as it flows. To me there is only one thing urgent and that is marriage. I got famous When I was young, and have lived competing with other actors, but since when, I changed my mind. Anyway, many Koreans already know the name Joo Jin-mo, so if possible I just want to put a different color on it.

2009 Singing Maria from 200 pound beauty
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HeK94jfMW8

2015 another interview (for My love Eun-dong)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHG2BWOWagQ

Congrats Joo Jin-mo! I first saw him in the film Happy End and shocked. (and I heard some shocking behind story that time which I still wonder if it is true.)

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Thank you, @fanwho! I've been a fan of Joo Jin Mo since watching Fashion 70s when it was new and wonder why he seems to never have hit it as big as he deserves.

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Brilliant actor , chiselled features, can really act, I think the scene in Empress Ki where he hears about the death of Ki and the way his eyes fill with tears is superb. Love love his voice, really liking big issue , unfortunately both his drama and himself are underrated, he was superb in woman with a suitcase, with a lot of pizzaz

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Jin-Mo was in the first kdrama I ever watched, My Love Eun-Dong. I’m glad he’s doing well and getting married. I wish them a long and happy life together! Thank you for another interview!l, @fanwho

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That was probably the second or third drama I ever watched. He was great in that.

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@fanwho,
Thank you so much for your translations of Joo Jin-mo's interviews. I'm intrigued to read his comment about portraying Rhett Butler on stage.

I really like his voice. His rendition of "A Frozen Flower" accompanied by geomungo (black crane zither) is beautiful.

Congratulations to him and Dr. Min on their pending nuptials.

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Happy Friday!!! Anyone watching Nice to Meet You, C-drama? I want to know where I can purchase the ring and earrings that Hui-Hui is wearing in Ep 52 when she gets slammed by Yu Yi. Oh wait what am thinking, no way I can I afford them!

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Has anyone watched Martial Universe? I'm about 8 episodes in and it just doesn't seem very good. Even my bias Yang Yang is not carrying it for me. I think I'm going to drop it and would love to hear other opinions.

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I didn't realize it was on already.. I was waiting for this one because of Yang Yang too :)

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The first(and only) one who had interview from Touch of your heart/Reach of Sincerity I found was Sohn Sung-yoon (35) who played prosecutor Yoo Yeo-rum in the show. I was surprised to find that she has 13 years of acting experience.
[Starnews,2019.04.08; newsis,2019.03.28] First, Sohn talked about the drama. "I was happy just to join because I did the drama for the first time after 2-3 years. And it was even more valuable work because I worked with Lee Dong-wook and Lee Sang-woo oppa, and Yoo In-na unni." She continued, "It was joyful and happy work. I really feel like 16 eps passed in a blink of an eye. They say you follow the captain in the boat. Director-nim had such nice personality that everyone filmed happily in friendly atmosphere."

It was hard to see Sohn in the TV. Even though she was in "What is wrong with Secretary Kim" last year thanks to her connection with PD Park Jun-hwa, her screen time was short. PD Park is a savior to her. After working with PD Park in drama Rude Young-ae ssi (2009-2010) Season 5 and 6, she again worked with him in Secretary Kim and Touch Your Heart. After tomorrow's victory (2015-2016), she took breaks due to agency problem, PD Park made her offer for the role. "I was able to get in touch with him after 7-8 years after Rude Young-ae ssi and met him after a long while, and he asked "What you are not doing a project?" So I said "When director-nim don't give me a role, who will give me one?" And he said "I will contact you when there is a role perfect for you." Since then he called me a few times to play some small characters. He gave me a kidnapper role in Secretary Kim, and I said "I will come over running with thanks if you call me for any role." and the outcome was better than I expected. And maybe he was satisfied because he gave me Yoo Yeo-rum role fitting my age and character in this project. He took a chance risking director-nim's position and I am very thankful...I am grateful he kept his promise." But Sohn said she felt more burdened because of time she didn't work than the responsibility doing the role. "There were some views that I was old. Since it was drama I did after a really long while, I worried if I could do well matching to the trend."

In the show Sohn was prosecutor Yoo Yeo-rum, a law school alumni of Kim Se-won (Lee Sang-woo). As a smart and brave person, she got the envy of FL Yeon-seo by receiving the affection of Jung-rok and Se-won. For her acting, her worry changed to assurance thanks to the help around her, especially director. "Director-nim gave me direction well, so I could act not too deep or not too shallow." Also she had good memory about other casts. "It was fun just to see the romance of Dong-wook oppa and In-na unni. There was no end in laughing at the set. In ep 4 Jung-rok and I was so close that Yeon-seo got jealous, but actually during waiting time after the shoot, In-na unni and Dong-wook oppa were so friendly each other that I felt...

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...left out. Reality was the opposite of the drama situation."

Sohn did not have agency. "I received a lot of help from unni and oppa while I went to the set driving alone. I did shooting in cold weather, in the situation you can't take care of others, in-na unni gave me Hot pack, and Dong-wook didn't hesitate to give me heater. When I was lacking in acting, Dong-wook and Sang-woo oppa gave me lots of advice, and In-na unni gave me a lot of strength by cheering." Sohn said that she was deeply moved by the text Yoo In-na sent. "She said, "Let's try to think together (because I didn't have an agency)". Usually people say "It must be hard", but with the word "Let's think together" I felt trust and could rely on her.

Sohn also reunited with Lee Dong-wook/Kwon Jeong-rok in 8 years after SBS weekend drama The Scent of Woman (2011). Sohn appeared as a person who had crush on Kang Ji-wook (Lee Dong-wook) in the show. Sohn said it was awkward to see him in a long time, "At that time, I had a crush on oppa. Dong-wook oppa feels difficult to approach, but he is like a tsundere. He takes care of me very well." She said about Lee, "He is still good-looking". "When we did the last shoot, oppa said "Since we met after 8 years, let's meet after 8 years again." ". Lee also gave generous advice in acting. Yeo-rum can be misunderstood as a mean character. "Dong-wook oppa told me how to appeal being nice from being hateful. I've done many villain roles, so there are a lot of bad habits. When I smile without realizing oppa said "You smile too much that Yeo-rum might give out bad impression." nicely."

How was acting breath with Lee Sang Woo/Kim Se-won who played a prosecutor? Sohn received the support of viewers with a romance with Lee. "When I first saw him I felt a sense of tactlessness, I felt like a tree with firm roots standing on the ground, I was type shaken like a rice paddy, so I was sure that I could rely on him when acting. And to meet my expectations, he advised so that I could have good directions when I felt lost." She didn't have concern because of his wife, So-yeon Kim (39)? "When I heard that Sang-woo oppa was cast at first, I was worried because Kim So-yeon's image came to my mind. but Once shooting started I was so immersed that I couldn't think of his wife at all. He approached me as Se-won well." Sohn added, "He doesn't talk much and shy a little, but he is really warm once you become close. I talked to him comfortably, but when we parted, he said "Goodbye" like a total stranger. We had good teamwork naturally when he gave me acting advice."

People are interested in the ending(Interview was done before the show ended). "The ending is satisfying. You know, there is "roman" that women dream about once. Because director-nim is sensitive and knows what women like so there is something making your heart fluttered. When I shot the last scene, I became emotional without knowing it. Lee Sang-soo...

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...Lee Sang-woo oppa is also a romanticist. He expressed simple for the things it could be felt cheesy if not acted properly."

Sohn has attracted attention by being cast in this drama because PD Park was called 'Roco Artisan' and 'God JunHwa' as dramas Let's fight Ghosts (2016), This Life is the First Time (2017) and Secretary Kim became hit in succession. However, Touch Your Heart had 3-4% ratings, which was lower than expected. There are opinions that background and character are similar to Secretary Kim.
About opinion that it followed the formula of hit drama Secretary Kim, Sohn said, "I thought it was completely different. The background, characters, etc. can be seen alike, but the acting reflecting the personality of the actors, the grain of the work, and the direction of the story flowing were different. Wasn't there a humane attraction in Touch Your heart? I am glad that sincerity reached the audience like the title." She continued "Rather, there are parts I expressed hard because of my professional prosecutor role. I was criticized somewhat because I could not persuade viewers. I was happy to take on a big role after a long time, but it was shown on the screen that I felt burden. I was disappointed I could not show more various images."

Sohn started acting in 2006 with KBS drama 'Hwang Jin-yi', and has taken a small step at a time playing short characters for a long time. There was a letdown with her agency problem and she took a break, but Last year, even though she didn't appear in the drama much, she did a film "Yeo Gyeongseong" and the play "Idiot" communicating with public and building filmography. Still the public cannot think of her name easily, so although KBS novel "Samsaengi" (2013) received much love from middle and old-aged people, she is hungry for recognition. She is preparing to take a second leap with new agency. "I thought when I work with this company, they will not have me out of work for two years or starve to death." ".

"I am a really slow person," said Sohn who defines herself. "Life is waiting, you know. I realized if I run without giving up, I have a chance someday. I want to give courage and hope to peers like me. I want to be a force for people who work toward a dream, people who have hard time because of lack of works- if they don't give up and wait like me, they will have a chance someday. Marriage plan? Marriage is already late, so I want to get married after people know more about me. Many people in my age get married and have children- doesn't it mean my competitiveness is increased?"

SSY fighting!

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I've gone back to marathoning finished dramas, after live-watching for most of last twelve months. I have to say that I really prefer it.

At first I thought that it was because I knew that something would end 'well' before I'd start but I've come to realise that I don't really care that much about that. I often don't even read reviews of dramas before I start them, I just press 'play' and hope for the best. I like watching random things, and I don't mind too much if I end up dropping them after 2,6 or 12 episodes.

What really makes a difference for me, is that I don't think too much when I'm just watching one episode after the other. Instead of giving myself a week of thinking time, as I wait for the next episode to air, I purely sit back and let the drama do whatever it wants to do. I don't write the next episode in my head and end up being disappointed if the drama goes a more standard route than what I'd envisioned.

Watching dramas this way was what got me into k-drama in the first place.

I still like seeing what people put on their fanwalls - so I can decide what I'm going to binge when it's ended its run.

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I do a mix of live watches and marathoning oldies-but-goodies. My favorite way to marathon is to read DB recaps while binging select episodes.

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I was listening to one of the old podcasts the other day, where Javabeans and Girlfriday were discussing a drama that I was watching and it made me laugh so much.

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Will the recaps for trap and the light in your eyes be finished soon? They're both at the last eps!

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Hello Beanies! I know I am already too late to watch Healer but I started it last week and OMG! 😍 I fell in love with Ji Chang Wook Oppa!!! Who didn’t? Who wouldn’t? I’m already in episode 17. Though I read the DB recap first before going into the drama so I pretty much know what is the ending. And it is satisfying for my taste. Anyway, I would like to ask if anyone of you know the link on Spotify for its OST Eternal Love by Michael Learns To Rock? I couldn’t find it there but maybe it’s written in another language? Please please please help me on this. I really want to add that song in my playlist. If it’s not in Spotify, do you know how to request Spotify to add this song in the list? Appreciate your help on this beanies! 😘 I wish I could turn back time so I can join the festivities in Healer recaps. More than 11,000 comments in the final episode? That’s crazy! Hahaha! I wish another drama will come up which could send us to party mode again. This time, I will make sure I will attend with or without invitation. Hahaha!

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@gemwendz,
It is always fun to meet another HEALER fan. HEALER was my first kdrama so it holds a special place. I even chose my DB name in homage. I added my comment of gratitude to episode 20–Final last January. Don’t forget to add your own.

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Hi @marcusnyc20 it's 14 days to JCW's discharge! 😊

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Hi @growingbeautifully and yes!
(Also happens to be my birthday.)
It’s nice that the DB powers to be have been giving their nod to JCW by carrying the blue, white and red header for so long.
Lol. To me it gives him (what they call) an All-American look except the red would be on top.

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@marcusnyc20 Bong-soo, I just added my gratitude to the entire Healer family. 😊

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@gemwendz I second @marcusnyc20 Bong-Soo on welcoming another Healer fan. I'm always glad that viewers new to the show watched and loved it as much as we did and still do!

Where the OSTs are concerned, I just got them from YouTube and listened to them for ages. I really like walking to the beat of Eternal Love. It never fails to make me nod by head and move in time to its beat. I just listened to it/watched MV again and it brings back all the happy feels. 😁

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@growingbeautifully I also watched the MV at YouTube and had it on repeat. It’s been awhile now since I was so deeply moved by an OST and if only I had known this song before 2016, then I would use it for our prenup video. Heheh! Anyway, I saw a version of this song at Spotify but it’s a duet of MLTR and a Chinese singer named Phoebe. So, the lyrics is a mix of Chinese and English. I was looking for the original version though in Spotify so that I can add it on my playlist and could sing to the tune even if I am offline.

Healer introduced me to Ji Chang Wook Oppa. I haven’t seen his other shows yet. And I am looking forward to his discharge from military service on the month end. It’s good that I just recently discovered this gem of kdrama as I will only have to wait for a few more days before I can see him again. Weee! Hope he will star in a drama very soon.

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Hello!

It’s spring break for me right now, and I went out every other day this week so... RIP bank account. Watched Shazam! last Sunday, which was a fun movie, tho it dragged a bit towards the end. 7.9/10.

So many new dramas coming out these couple of weeks, but I’m only interested in Waikiki 2 (pretty much binged watched all current 6 eps last night 😬). Maybe I’ll try out Doctor Prisoner once all the eps come out bc yknow, Namkoong Min. I’m also eyeing Warm and Cozy w/ Kang Sora and Yoo Yeon Seok, but who knows. Mayhaps I’ll just rewatch School 2017 for nth time.

Cdrama-wise, my friend is obsessed with that one drama with Tao. Might give that a try since some people said the leads have good chemistry. I tried to watch Nice to Meet You, with Janice Man but I gave up after 15 eps DESPITE how beautiful the leads looked. Officially dropped The Rise of Phoenixes after 56 eps bc... I just can’t.

BTS came back, but none of the songs from the album really stood out. BLACKPINK also came back, and I only liked one song from their album. Just waiting for that SNL performance from BTS now ig.

Finally, I’m so happy for my girl Ni Ni (Chinese actress). She popped up in an SK-II ad at Costco and I was so shook. She has a movie coming out later this month AND currently filming a Xianxia drama with Chang Chen. She’s also casted in Shock Wave 2 with Andy Lau, and I’ll be even more shook if she comes out speaking (good) Cantonese.

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Ngahahaha

Dropping in to say:

I miss Shin Sung Rok and Jung Kyung Ho.
I can't waith for their upcoming dramas.
I really hope I will like SSR's Perfume. Its his first drama lead role so I'm excited. But I am having a difficult time with recent romcoms. I dropped WWWSK and TYH after ep 1. I'm not interested to continue with HPL. I didn't try watching RIBB. Last romcom I remember watching while it aired and really enjoy was Go Back Spouses in 2017. Huhu

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Hello Beanies--I need some help, I'm looking for a place to discuss old Kdramas. I usually don't watch new dramas until way after the fact due to subtitle issues. Any help you could give me on a web page to search for, and discuss older dramas, would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi @kdnomore Kwan, There are several other blogsites which do discuss shows. Besides here on the recap threads, which usually will no longer be active (except the Healer Ep 20 thread!), you may try https://thefangirlverdict.com/

If you haven't tried that blog before ... Kfangurl and Lady G. cover completed shows, a mixture of K and C shows and movies. I believe that even months or years later, Kfangurl will still reply to comments, so in a sense you won't be alone. Also the reviews are meticulous and insightful, with the reasons for why they received the reviews that they do.

Other places you may be able to ask questions and get some responses, Soompi (which I find too unwieldy) and http://bitchesoverdramas.com/welcome/ :-) I might just do a Google search generally to look under a particular show's name as well. All the best!

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Can someone please help me find a drama name.
All i remember is that the male lead was abandoned by his mother and then had to live with his father who got remarried.
There was a scene where a kid was crying in the playground and he went and comforted him as it reminded him of the time he cried during a family photoshoot
And in the final episodes he reunites with his mother and tells her how everyone had a family and he was the only one left abandoned

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@fanwho

I really like him as an actor , his eyes and voice are too good , shame he is so underrated, currently watching big issue
Loving the storyline

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Tagging @madkdr

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@madkdr sometimes the dropdown for tagging just takes a long time to load for me. Do you have adblock, maybe? Or, what device+browsere are you using?

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I can tag at my own post and reply to my post but not another's post. I'll try tagging you here and see if turns blue -
@mary

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Ok it does but there's no drop down menu. Guess I have to remember all the spelling LOL!!

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And I'll check on adblock. Thanks!!!!

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