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Open Thread #629

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 FRIDAY BEANIES ♡ Hope you all have had a good week so far. I’m counting down the days till my Christmas holidays start (18 days to go) so I can finally just relax without having to worry about school.

Have you guys ever had this problem where you have this vision of this EXACT outfit you want to wear, but when you actually look for the pieces to put it together... you can’t find a thing? It’s soooo annoying. I wish I could just magically make perfectly fitted clothes for myself out of thin air.

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That would be me, and the best (but really worst) part that expectation rarely met reality when you put that outfit together ;)

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I have the same problem whenever I am thinking of cosplaying on a low budget. (Not that I have money or creativity to pull it of on high budget, do not read me wrong). ;)

I still often ask my mom whether my outfit choice is acceptable, because I am not fashionable at all! :P

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I have this dream of this dress. Its a charcoal gray dress made of the coziest of sweatshirt material, comes down to just below the knees. The sleeves and collar are the baseball t-shirt style and they are a floral rose pattern on the same charcoal gray background. I have no idea where this dress came from. It lives in my dreams. It sounds so pretty and comfortable and cozy and I WANT IT (although knowing me I'd get it and be all...but...what do I wear with this? Knee high boots? Tights? Leggings? What color tights? I bought this nifty 60s inspired dress navy blue background with orange and white tiny flowers. So pretty! It fits so well! Every time I look at it Im like...what do I do with you? What color shoes? Heels? Boots? BOOTIES? Flats? CAN I wear tights with you? Because I love tights and leggings. WHAT COLOR?! SO CONFUSED I've had this dress for seriously like 4 months. It still has the tags because every time I pull it out I'm just...stumped)

So...yes. I am QUITE familiar with this outfit dilemma!

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“Because I love tights and leggings.” Did I write that? Ha😃 I think cute navy flats and bare legs or thin navy tights sounds like it would go with that perfect dress of yours. I love the sound of that comfy drama dress you described too!

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that grey dress sounds so cute and comfy!! maybe one day you'll find it!

since I live in Singapore where the weather is always crazy hot, I never wear heels (the swelling will kill you) or boots, and most of the time, it's too hot to wear tights or yoga pants for anything other than, well... yoga! hahaha. so if I were you, I'd probably be wearing flats or sandals with that pretty dress!

This Christmas, I'm looking for a dress, preferably white/cream or maybe even floral, with long flounced or ruffle sleeves, with a high neckline, kind of vintage-style. You wouldn't BELIEVE how difficult it's been to find something suitable (especially for a shortie like me 🤦‍♀️)... Maybe I just have to give up 🤣🤣🤣

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Happy weekend Beanies! May the great weather be with you, because autumn here entered in dreary phase, it's cold, dark and rainy. I binge-finished "The Longest Day in Chang'an" and it was best Chinese drama I watched so far, I'm off to read whatever I find about Tang Dynasty and Silk Road and I'm fairly impressed with Jackson Yee, he was able to keep up with more experience actors. Now I'm feeling weird not having any drama to obsess over.

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That's my next drama (Longest Day) once I finish The Untamed (which has too much cuteness to rush!)

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Chang'an is on my to watch list. It looks excellent but I've not really been in the mood for the drama. I watched the first episode right after finishing The Untamed for the first time and just wasn't ready to watch that type of drama yet.

I will eventually watch it though as from the first episode alone I could tell it was going to be an amazing drama.

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Yes, it not easy watch, it needs right mood and time because one really need to pay attention to subs to not to miss anything, so I watched it over period of time and then binged last 20 episodes or so.

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I'm putting it back on my list!
As for something else to obsess over, have you seen NIRVANA IN FIRE?

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It's on my watchlist, I plan to watch before the end of year ;)

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Nirvana is one of my top favorite cdramas. It is a masterpiece as it's so superbly done.

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It is one of my favorite dramas!!!

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Happy Weekend Beanies!

First things first: *puts hands on her hips and uses Eomma tone* @michykdrama get off social media and start reading! :P

Strange job hunt story time: Before I started my previous job, back in February an acquaintance tipped me off about some vacancies in her company and I applied, got interviewed and ghosted. It happens all the time, so I do not think much of the situation (and the company for that particular behavior), moved on and got eventually hired on my previous workplace.

Yesterday this acquaintance contacts me again about the same vacancies and asks my permission to forward my resume to her manager. Five minutes later I get a call from that manager. He is very interested in my profile and still in dire need of extra staff, but by some mystery all applicants keep getting rejected and the company itself also got ghosted about the whole recruitment process. Very strange, considering that the recruiting department used high-tech applications to keep applicants updated and yet waited a very long time to vaguely inform me that I had not been hired back then.

Therefore the manager has decided to take matters into his own hands and has requested transparency about my job interview back then. On top of that he has scheduled another job interview that he himself will conduct with some of my (future?) colleagues, to make sure that I am the right fit for the job. I am of course happy for the second chance, but I also feel bad for the manager and the company. Ghosting applicants is not nice, but it does not cause that much harm. However, ghosting your company and its employees about recruitment processes, accidentally or not, is not done.

It did end my week on an exciting note, since I only had one other interesting job application to busy myself with. The god siblings were also sick and exempted from daycare/kindergarten, so helping my parents with taking care of the poor terrors was the main priority this week.

I did manage to read Pride and Prejudice (10/61 chapters) and write roughly 1700 words for Nanowrimo in between all that. The word target is 3000 for now, but that will increase soon. I wish I could do more at a calmer pace, but I am quite proud of how I am keeping up with both challenges.

I am however juggling 4 K-dramas again, and I do not know whether to be proud or to worry for my sanity. Extraordinary You was almost put on the back burner, but this week’s episodes were too good to postpone. That means that Rookie Historian, Pegasus Market and No Second Chances were put on hold instead. :P

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Ooooh! A fellow noveller! You're doing way better than me... 8 days in and I've got 0 words to show for it.

Job interview issues are extremely annoying - especially when it's the company doing shady shtuffs. I hope it works out for you this time, if you want it to, and if the company's shady recruitment practices don't put you off of working there.

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I am exceeding my own nanowrimo expectations by actually writing more than 100 words this time ;) So do not feel bad, because I am literally writing 3000 words (excluding Dramabeans gallore) because I want to write more, a 50,000 words novel is too much :p The fun part about the whole project is that you can do whatever you want and people will still be supportive ;)

As for the company, it worked out for the best, actually. Recruitment has usually no idea about what people are supposed to do on the job, so I prefer applying to employers/department heads directly. Unfortunately they often leave it to the recruitment department or external recruiters, sigh.

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I signed up for nanowrimo on 11/2 hit my target for the day and ....never wrote another word. I'm going to write today! Probably! I wish there was another way to get the story fully fleshed out and out my head without my having to...you know...write it.

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Same! It is why I am doing things differently this year, and it works for now. ;)

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I’ve been awful this nanowrimo ~ I even made my goal low, finish some stories instead of writing new ones, but I’ve only managed it two days so far... even reading has been hard 😑

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Mine is a write-off (pun... not intended) for the second year in a row. I mean I even picked up dramas this November. I don't know why I said I was even going to try.

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We try because (for me at least) there is an idealized version of myself who writes constantly and competently. But reality is I’m laying in bed with my cats checking Dramabeans again...

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@hotcocoagirl and @leetennant: I understand your frustrations very well, but at the same time I am grateful that even more eloquent Beanies suffer from this. I hope to reach your level someday, on and off Dramabeans, and this makes me feel a bit closer to you :)

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(Thank you for grouping me with Dame Judi)

We each have our own paces with writing, even though we look around and seem to see people speeding/chugging ahead. It comforts me sometimes that I’m not the only unpublished writer of my friends from uni, in spite of the fact that the others often had much more successful nanowrimos than I ever had (yes, I am that petty...)

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It just occurs to me we should have made a db nanowrimo group and used the site to encourage each other and organise virtual write-ins with each other... Maybe next year?

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@leetennant @hotcocoagirl @turtuallysarcastic @isthatacorner, how about we choose our own month for a writing group? I didn't sign up for Nanowrimo this year because I figured it would be a disaster anyway (like everything else this year), but then just this morning inspiration struck and I wrote 1000 words and made notes, and I think I might actually really run with this idea.

Anyway, how about we start the new year with a group? That way 2019's bad vibes won't taint what we do.

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Beanie Writing Group @egads
I love it!

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@egads & @leetennant

I’m in ~ I know I will likely be useless for organizing and only good at saying when I can’t make it, (I’m planning a solid six months of chaos post move/new job), but if someone wants to give me a structure to both write and interact with others in January sign me up ~

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Y'all I think I would actually write with a beanie lead writing group. What a great idea!

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@leetennant @isthatacorner, @egads

“I know I will likely be useless for organizing and only good at saying when I can’t make it, but if someone wants to give me a structure to both write and interact with others in January sign me up”
What @hotcocoagirl said ;)

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I have nearly finished the fifth draft of my novel.
I expect one final read/re-write small details to complete.

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Wow, congratulations! :) I hope you can use the remaining time to plan your 2020 work ;)

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@turtuallysarcastic Yay on the writing! ☺ Wishing you luck on the job search.

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Always a pleasure to read your supportive replies, thank you! :)

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Hahaha! Omg @turtuallysarcastic thank you! 😘

Sounds like you had a very productive week! With job hunting, reading, writing AND drama watching!

I read 2 books and caught up with Nokdu but certainly ive been on social media a bit more than I should have! 🤭

You keep going with the writing! Looking forward to having a chance to read some of your stuff from Nanowrimo! 💪👍❤️

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Well, you asked me to! :p Well done with the reading and Nokdu! Now that you mention it, I did do a lot this week... did not feel like it strangely enough.

I am still thinking of and looking for a perfect piece to publish on my fan wall for you (I'll tag you, no worries), but so far no inspiration or courage to do so ;)

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Tag me as well! I like to see others’ writing ☺️

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You had a productive week. Good work!

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Thank you for your support, it is actually now that I look back on it that I realize how much I did! :)

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Glad to hear that there are positives in your life and other people's kids to keep you busy! 😁

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Everything is a positive, as long as you do not mention work :D And yes the two terrors kept me busy! :p

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Ahhh sm1 else that's watching No Second chances finally!!

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Hello watching buddy! :p Feel free to tag me if you want to rant about it! I am trying to fill my fan wall with more than just Extraordinary You posts! :p

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Same to you, though I should warn you of my all text rants in advance 😅

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https://www.gzeromedia.com/graphic-truth-world-on-fire-why

could add few more countries there. + climate change protest + minor policy based protests.

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I like gardening. I like to see flowers bloom and it always irked me how much happiness human derive by plucking these beauties for their own gratification. Flowers look good when they are alive not when you pluck them to show your feelings.

What kind of love is shown by taking a beautiful life?

I know Floricuture is such a big business and livelihood of 1000s but still i just can't understand he logic of it.

There are times when you do something in real life and suddenly remember a scene or an act or event from media. A fictional event.

Similar scene is from - High End Crush. As usual Hero gives Heroine a bunch of flowers and heroine say something and i really liked liked that scene.

Well, in one other drama someone actually give a flowerpot. Practical solution. But in a romantic scenario looks much like knitted sweeter or knitted scarf. Pushing it hard.

Latest - 15min episodes. kdrama. Heroine has those decorated plants. Easy to compare real life with fictional

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I agree about flowers - bouquets are pretty, but I feel sorry for the shortened lives of the flowers! When I was little, my sister and I "helped" our grandmother by picking some flowers in her garden - we quickly learned that the flowers are meant to be enjoyed alive!

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I get why people use flowers as a +ve measure but the base of it is a -ve action. Its the same old someone's misery is someone other's happiness. I have never ever (as far as i remember) given or plucked anyone flower
flowers.(This is my own policy as well as principle) Blooming flowers are like cheery children. Alive they give you immense happiness.

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I just don't get giving cut flowers because their beauty is so short lived and kinda seem pointless to me. That's why when I give flowers I always give potted plants so their beauty will last longer.

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That's such a good thing. I honestly do like bouquets but yes they are very short lived. The happiness would be way greater if we constantly see those flowers alive. I'll probably gift potted plants from now on too.

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That's the best choice. I call them decoration or show piece(non flower ones) But as i said in main comment - for the receiver it can be a bothersome to take care of a plant. This is why i never suggested it to my mom.
Artificial flowers a good option but then human world already have too much plastic waste.
Everything has its pros and cons. But after the real struggle you get to come across one best choice.

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I love flowers and I love to have them in my garden - so I can take photographs of them. Especially in the growing season when I can catch a dahlia unfolding over a couple of days.
There is a FB group of flower photography - but mostly cut flowers. :-(

So I give photos of flowers so they last longer for sure. I've posted some on my fan wall if you want to see them.

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As a lover of plants in all forms - as a gardener, house plant keeper, and bouquet lover, I have to disagree with you. Cutting flowers does not kill or harm a plant, anymore than having a haircut damages your health. Often cutting blooms encourages a plant to be more floriferous. As long as you are meeting a plant's need for water, nutrients, and light you are taking care of it, not harming it when you harvest its flowers. And flowers fade and wither even when you leave them on the plant. Remember: the flower is not the plant.

If you are cutting flowers from your garden, it helps to take a few here and there if you don't want your flowering plants to look bare. Or you could have a separate cutting garden bed.

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w00t to the weekend Beanies!

Don't have too much to share - heading back to my home town for a friend's wedding. We've got our first dusting of snow - which people are freaking out about, yet... it's totally not uncommon. Maybe slightly early, but still in the realm of normal. The slowly declining temperatures outside plus the heat cranked up in my office make it pretty difficult to get dressed in the morning. Ah, such is winter time in eastern Canada!

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That's the nature of winter, to surprise everyone, especially maintenance workers, every year ;)

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It's our annual ritual here, no matter when the first show happens...
Wtf?!? 🤯Snow????🤯🤪HOW? WHY??

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The snownotsnow made me a little angsty tbh. I know it's coming but I'm still not ready.

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

Secret Boutique - Oh wow, episodes 10 & 11! Unexpected revelations!

Melting Me Softly - Using the fast-forward button so much with this drama that I watched two episodes in about half an hour. This might be a new record for me.

Pegasus Market - Halloween episode was a hoot!

Vagabond - Edward Park. Just what is he all about?

My Country - That guard from Ihwaru who sometimes accompanies Hee-jae, has he been instructed to just stand around? Because it seems to be the only thing he does well.

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

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That guard from My Country is just ridiculous! He might as well run the other way 🤦🏻‍♀️

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Right? Exactly!

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Well, I cut that guy some slacks.
1. Yeon was destined to go. 😢
2. His order is to protect Hee Jae. Can't risk going to save Yeon and have some loose arrows or swords killing Hee Jae instead.

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But he did the same thing in an earlier scene where HeeJae needed protecting. I've got my eye on him, that's all I'm sayin' 😉

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Haha. That guy is doomed! 😉

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Just so you know, thanks to you, whenever he appears in my screen in episode 11, I laughed. :P

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So Melting Me Softly is basically Strong Woman all over again. This writer needs to stop.

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SWDBS had its merits and some good laughs, thought it was rather vulgar and schizophrenic in its tonal changes. Melting is utterly irredeemable.

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No Thrash Me is worse. Way worse. Its the prime example of HOW NOT TO DO A DRAMA 101.

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SWDBS actually did some things right. This show has not done one thing right since scene 1.

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That guard who didn’t protect the young woman when Hui Jae had to wield his sword for him? Meh, what a wimp. I too can’t believe he’s still around. Worthless. But on the other hand I’m dying for Nov 10 and 11 episodes!

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That guard had better do something amazing by the end, otherwise there was no reason for him to be in the cast.

My bets are still on Edward being the ultimate puppet master.

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@ndlessjoie Up to the episode I've watched, it's clear Edward Park has the network/contacts necessary to do things on a big scale. You just may be right about him.

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Have a great weekend and week @korfan. Wish I had more time and energy to 'play'.

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@growingbeautifully Thanks! ☺

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I want to try and learn Korean so that my drama watching becomes easier. But right now I am already learning Spanish as a beginner and am not sure if I should be learning both languages at the same time. I already know three languages. And I have read that Korean is easy to learn and that you can learn Hangul in a few hours. I wonder if Duolingo is a good way to learn Korean. I am thinking maybe I should learn Hangul first and then use Duolingo. I am only looking for a basic understanding as of now.

Me and my sister had a fight today. I wanted to watch kdramas with her but she thinks I can't find time to watch with her and that when she wants to watch with me I am too tired or sleeping.Thing is I am available to watch with her most of the time but she is doing other things or not watching with me whenever she is free, and by the time I get tired she comes to me and gets angry and tells me why did I slept even though its cause I wait for her to have time. But she just doesn't have the same consideration. Or says she will watch alone and sometimes I give in or let her watch alone. And she hates cliffhangers so much that she will watch a lot like crazy and it's hard to keep up with her. She first told me she will watch some other kdrama while I don't get time but now says she can't wait for the next episode so she can't watch something else. She thinks it's better not to watch anything together at all. Sigh, I really like watching with her and it's one of the very few things we do together but I just don't want to fight with her over something like that. So I have decided not to watch with her. There goes the only person I share interest in kdramas with.

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LingoDeer is much better than Duolingo altough not free, but really worth it. Hangul is easy but grammar is not, plus sentence structure really differ a lot from usual European's languages.
Maybe try watching it at your own pace and discuss dramas together later?

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Agreed, LingoDeer is much better for learning Hangul than Duolingo.

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Ah cause my other languages that is Hindi and Marathi (both of which use the same alphabets), are similar in two respects that I know about so with korean it will probably be easier for me. Both Korean and Hindi/Marathi use the same alphabets for the same sounds and the sentence structure of both Is Subject object verb, as for Korean pronunciation, it actually easy for me too (Also though I have used romanization to learn song lyrics for K-pop I have no problem in reading it with almost correct pronunciation).

Also since I don't earn and have a job yet, I am not allowed to use even my money for buying apps, so that is out of question. So Duolingo or YouTube it is.

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Same script.
hindi > urdu > farsi = thanks to pakistan shows

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Huh? No one was ranking any languages here.

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Also my sister doesn't want to talk about anything we don't watch together nor talk about other kdrama related stuff that's other than related to the particular episode we are watching (sometimes not even then). Plus she only mostly likes crime and horror (not even most fantasy) and though while I'll watch any genre within some limits I still prefer to avoid crime and horror if I can, though we do find something to watch anyway. Nor does she even wants me to know what she herself is watching at all (not at all, nothing, she will not even have me look at what she is watching, even sometimes by mistake) cause privacy. Plus no currently airing dramas for her either.

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I'm sorry you're going through this with your sister :( I hope things will get a little better!

But, hey, on the bright side, whenever want to discuss dramas, there's always us here on DB! ♡

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whenever you want**

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Thank You😊

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Learning Korean is quite manageable, especially if you're watching dramas! I learnt the alphabet on YouTube, and a lot of the rest came from watching dramas and picking up speech patterns and stuff. In my experience, at least, the more I watched, the more I became familiar with how native speakers use their language. I do have a knack for languages, though, so maybe that's why it was fairly doable for me? My sister, on the other hand, isn't as comfortable learning languages, and hasn't picked up much after years of listening to kpop/watching dramas.

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I find Koran easy to pronounce and my sister is the one who manages to remember words and phrases while I struggle, but she is surprised that I am the one who is right on how to pronounce the words correctly. I also always have to prove her through Google translation (robotic voice aside) that she has misheard a word or mispronounced it cause despite her remembering more words cause that is a problem for her.

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Congratulations on learning Spanish!!!
Me encanta! 😉☺😉☺😄
I also would like to learn some Korean, so that my drama watching become better.
Don't know if I will ever be able to go there... I don't think I would want to live in Korea though, but visit... it would be a blast! I would definitively enjoy the country side more than capital city. 😄

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Maybe the way you and your sister can set a schedule to watch dramas together: so many hours/episodes on certain days of the week.

Having mutually agreed upon parameters (a compromise) can help manage expectations on both your parts. So if you can come to an agreement ahead of time, then it may help prevent arguing or feeling disappointed about it in the moment.

Good luck! It's fun to watch and discuss with others. And you can always discuss with Beanies. :)

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Oops, typo in my first sentence: It should start "Maybe you and your sister can set a schedule..."

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I'll give it a try 🙂

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Good news for beanies who liked Parasite but missed, or didn't have access to watch, Lee Sun-kyun in My Ajusshi. In Viki's coming soon list I see they're now listing 'My Mister' (the alt title). I'm very excited. For the past year and a half I've been telling people this was my favorite TV drama ever. When Drama Fever was killed off I lost my access to the series.

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This is months later, but just caught up with the zombie infested Joseon era Kingdom. What. a. show. it's cruel to wait months for the next season.

I have this burning question and I hope ppl here can help out. In the last episode 6, it is revealed that the zombies are temperature dependent and not light to be alive. So why did the zombies wake up only at dawn to attack? the previous night when all were ready for the zombies, it was cold as well , so why were the zombies not alive then? (Prime Minister Cho's attendant also says - that the night is very cold so he should get some rest). Why did the zombies not attack during the cold night?

Ju Ji-Hoon is so attractive because of the subtle shades of reluctance and fear that he embodies. The last show of his fearing face , close up - ace.

Bae Doona is good! Her way of speaking in that era's proper Korean is fine and not theatrical as usually portrayed. She is so dazed and stunned and tired when we meet her with the prince, and hence just monotoned in her talk. She is someone who is quiet , soft spoken yet has immense strength and fearlessness in character. Doona nailed it.
The Queen is creepy, the actress good!

I just am so lost about the zombies attack in the last episode. The prime minster knew that they would attack in the morn, why did not in the cold night? This plot hole? is eating my head..

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The last shot of his fearing face , close up - ace.

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It might just be a bit too warm for them. Could be a couple of degrees makes the whole difference.

And I agree. Both actors are amazing.

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I think they were too far away to reach the "fort" by morning. The defenders thought they can rest in the morning and stand watch again the next night so they started clearing the defenses. Unfortunately, the zombies had other plans.

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Yes, also got this from reddit. Being colder, the Z were always on the move even in the morning. No off time for them , hence they are ready to attack in the morn.

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Hey there, all:

Am trying to prepare for this winter. I hate winters. With a passion. Once i'm outside the house and walking in the cold, i don't mind it. But it's all that psyching up to go outside.

Tomorrow i'm going to see parasite! So happy.

Dramas:
I've been a wimp about a few dramas that i really liked. I stopped watching Camellias because the stress and murder were too much, stopped watching Catch the ghost the second our sweet cop got that loan, and stopped Nokdu (which i loved) when drama of older son started. I had already stopped watching vagabond and melting because the plots were getting silly. I stopped watching Lies Within because the actress only seems to have been given one emotion to play and i was getting bored with that. Min ki notwithstanding. I should just suck up and watch stuff i like right.

Faves now are:
Extraordinary you -- i thought i indulged in character torture when i write my stories but the writer of the mangas in this drama is either obsessive, struggles with ADD, unable to come up with new characters, or stuck with tropes.

My Country -- This is one drama i never fast-forward. There is never a dull moment. I'm even interested in the scheming. And i love Jang Hyuk. He's so dang likeable. Plus i always liked Bang Won as a historical figure. Blame Six Flying Dragons for that.

Miss Lee: Soo good! I love these working class dramas that totally explain how some economic situation or business works but i also love the characters and the relative absence of tropes. Please, writer-nim, no redemption arc for Ji-Na please!

Pegasus Market: Ohmigosh! I got goose pimples from the korean folklore halloweenand felt so proud of the show for that. And the ramen nostalgia scenes made me laugh out loud. Love this drama.

Jdramas
Junichi -- Love this drama so much. Writer better starts showing some more layers of the story though. There is just so much episodic stuff i can take without having an actual story arc.

Busu... (In love with the ugly girl): Pretty girls are entitled and mean is all i have to say. Mercifully jdramas don't thrown around redemption arcs like kdramas do but they don't throw around happy endings much either. So i'm wary.

Happy weekend, all.

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@Carole - can't speak for all the others, but Nokdu deserves a go, hyung's heel face turn was an unexpected direction but I actually think it makes for an interesting spin on the usual 'scheming plotters who plot' trope in sageuks.

I've stayed with The Lies Within too, I find it weirdly compelling (I have so many questions!) but I agree that Lee Yoo-young is underused. I love her as Seo-hee anyway, but she deserves better than being stuck in the long-suffering-wife trope. Things generally look up when she and Lee Min-ki have a scene together, even if they're at odds.

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i loved nokdu also. loved it but when it comes to certain drama lies, i just can't. i should force myself to get back into it. I'll force myself to get with Lies Within because i do like the male leads but dang. The roles for women in this drama are so stereotypical. Fearful mom, quivering jelly wife, tough female cop. Aigoo!

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Is that you pogo? 👋 🦉

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Hey owl!

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i'm with you, Carole - tried to watch LMK in Lies Within but could not get interested in it... love My Country, Miss Lee and Pegasus Market just like you!

i'm liking Catch the Ghost, actually -- maybe because Kim Sun Ho is so adorably cute...

and now i'm waiting for Chief of Staff, season 2 to begin this weekend...

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Everyone in CTG is super cute. I should just force myself to do some catching up on everything. Chief of staff is due to begin this weekend? Oh my! I'm still annoyed at the way it suddenly "ended" its first "Season." But i'm intrigued. I hope i remember all the players and who is scheming with or against whom

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Of thanks for the reminder about CoS season 2 this weekend. I like this drama!

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@scifiwritir and @owl - i was mistaken obviously... netflix has loaded Season 1 of CoS... not Season 2 as i thought...
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I see it will start up with S2 next Tuesday.

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yeah, i just looked again... and the second season will be up... okay i guess i'm not going totally crazy.
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CoS season 2 ep 1 and 2 are already on Netflix!

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Jang Nara in VIP is pretty amazing!

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Hi Everyone and Happy OT!
It's 11.30pm and I just stopped work for the day. Eyes are strained 😵 and bleary. 😩 Still I had to drop by (Heh!)

I just got a nice Crispy Choc cake for my 21 year old's birthday. Will eat it tomorrow. Chocolate lovers, don't you just rejoice seeing the toppings of different kinds of chocolate all over a base of... errr chocolate? White and dark choc in rounds and discs and cubes and even in powdered form, sifted over softly. Even the Happy Birthday is on a special choc card. 🎂 Can't wait to eat it! 🎂

As my kids' birthdays are close to mine, I'm making it an excuse that I can get to 'share' this birthday cake with at least one of them. 😉

I'm watching very few shows and sporadically ... one thought that hit me when watching Catch the Ghost - 'Oh no,... are the characters who first appeared to have ability and nice personalities now changing to become irritating, soppy, unable to make the right decisions especially professionally?' Likely due of course to 'lurve' and jealousy. Sigh. I hope I'm wrong but some hints and indications have got me worried.

To all lovers of The Untamed, although I will tag few or none, I may still be adding stuff to my fan wall. Do drop by just in case!! 😉 You can keep tagging me if you like. I'll flit and lurk around your walls ... so busy... sigh 😣 😢 🤪

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I recently fall for ruby chocolate, but I will eat whatever choco is throw at me🤣

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Ooh, what is ruby chocolate? I am a chocolate lover and have never heard of it.

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Didn't know about it either apparently it's a sweet yet sour type of chocolate.

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That...could be good? I don't think I've met a kind of chocolate I don't like, except for white chocolate.

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It's supposed to be new variety and has deep pink(natural) color, the only popular brand that has it as far as I saw is KitKat, I usually buy local handmade bars.

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Thanks! I'll have to look for it, now that I know it exists. That'll give me an excuse to visit my local chocolatiers this weekend. :D

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Chocolate cake .... 🤤🤤😍😍🍫🍩🍪🌰

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It's 10:00 pm for me and am reading this while eating a Chocolate chip muffin, heh (I know that it's not same as cake but CHOCOLATE!!!)

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Happy early birthday! My birthday is this Monday 😆 And you definitely also deserve to eat some of that cake! Don't hold back just because you're the parent! You deserve to be treated also!

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Happy early birthday!!

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Thank you! ❤️

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Happy Birthday in advance @trinpie!

Heheh! I don't care when my birthday is, I'm gonna eat that cake!!! 🤪

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Thank you! And enjoy that cake! 😈

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Thanks @trinpie I most certainly am enjoying it!! True blue chocolate everywhere and great cake in the middle!

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Happy birthday in advance! Hope you have a good time with the cake, it sounds delicious!

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Thanks @pogo1 and everyone! I accept all good wishes even though the birthday is a few days ago LOL!!

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What a perfect description of what must be the perfect chocolate cake! Happy birthday 🎉

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Thanks @owl22 It is a great cake. Started enjoying it today and there's more to come... it's a big cake!

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Happy birthday to you and your kids ❤️

I am a chocolate cake FIEND. I bake a lot, and I always try and venture beyond chocolate cake to 'expand my horizons' as a baker, but... nothing ever comes close to a good chocolate cake 🤷‍♀️

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Thanks @choijunu. I was thinking about how if I made my own cake, it would be strangely lopsided and all I'd manage to put on it would be chocolate rice on cream, and the cream would only be on it to hide the unevenness. LOL.

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I love baking, too. My favorite will always be a really good devil's food cake with homemade chocolate frosting; but I also really love a chocolate cake/frosting with homemade whipped cream between the layers.

Also good: spice cake with caramel frosting and maybe a layer of fruit jam/jelly between; carrot cake with cream cheese frosting; banana bread with chocolate chips; and chocolate chip cookies baked with salted butter.

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That cake sounds wonderful. Happy Birthday to you and your kid!

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The cake sounds wonderful! There's always time for chocolate! Happy Birthday to your 21-year-old and to you in advance! 🎂

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I'm reading this while saving myself the temptation of gorging on chocolates, but thanks to your post I think I'll have some today 😅

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Hi Beanies🌞

It's my first time in Spain, exactly Girona, Catalunya and we're staying in an amazing house in the old city centre. It's lot of first time for me these days and although I'm a horrible person for producing more CO2 by traveling by car, but it's beautiful.

I ate cuttlefish black rice and it reminded me of the cuttlefish black noodles scene in Scent of a Woman. It was really nice. I got scolded at first that why I didn't take Paella, but I like to try something different. We'll see how it goes but tomorrow morning I would like to go to see the museum of art just next to us.

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Have a great time in Spain!

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Thank you 😄

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Happy Friday, everyone! I am waiting and waiting for an appointment, so decided to pop in! I am bumped that we've got no new episodes of Secret Boutique this week. ☹😢 But I am excited about the long vacation I am going to take soon, which reminds me that I really need to finalize the trip and make some arrangements. Sigh. Not my favorite part of vacationing!

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I hate baseball >_<

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Hahaha. The problem is they love it, sk there's nothing we can do but wait... it doesn't help that it ended on an odd episode, so the cliffhanger is even more unbearable.

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Secret boutique has had so many delays that I've decided I'm going to binge it after it's over.

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Good plan. I am in too deep. Can't wait.

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I didn't start so I have slight advantage 😂

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So the weekend is here and I have on my plate Pegasus Market, My Country and I am gonna try and get some eps of Buster S2 and Put Your Head on My Shoulder.

Or maybe since the weather is still tolerable I might actually go outside and do something else. I have been talking with some people and I think I might start taking up bird watching.

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I vote to go outside and enjoy the nice weather! :D

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Put Your Head on My Shoulder is a nice binge material.... very very very nice

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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a wonderful online bird resource.

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Anyone have experiente with making kimchi? I'm thinking of trying to make my own kimchi as I've been eating a lot of store bought one lately and I wonder if it would be hard to just make my own. I also miss having some korean bbq, there are lots of korean restaurants in the area where I live but I don't think any of my friends would be up for it and I would feel awkward going on my own. I guess that's the problem from being the only one in my social circle who enjoys kdramas and korean cuisine. Funny thing is one of my ex-housemates is a kpop and kdrama fan, but I only found out after we both moved to different areas. I should maybe make some other friends but it's not that easy.

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It is easy to make but it'll smellllll!!! I made it once and my family strictly forbidden me to do it again :/

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Haha, thanks for the warning, I guess I'll have to make it when no one is around.

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But remember that whatever container you'll use to store it, it'll retain the "aroma" for a very long time, no matter how hard you'll try to get rid of it.

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I recall a line from one K-drama. The mom visits with a big plastic tub of kimchi and advises 'Don't forget to leave in in a warm place for a few days before eating it.'.

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I started making kimchi around 2 years ago because of k-dramas, and now I make it all the time :D As for the smell, it is not necessarilly so bad, depends how sensitive you are about it :D also, it is much better to use glass containers (jars, e.g.) than the plastic ones, because they wash much better afterwards :) And this is the recipe I follow: https://www.maangchi.com/recipe/tongbaechu-kimchi

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My husband and I make our own as well. We’ve even bought a mini clay vessel (a smaller version of those huge ones you see in kdramas) and make it one a month or so. I would recommend you chop all the cabbage before brining it. It’s so much easier and takes up less space if you do. Using glass jars is also a must. The smell doesn’t permeate through them as much. It’s not hard to make, just can be a little time consuming. We brine our cabbage in a sink, so that leaves us without a sink for a day or so! Good thing we have another!

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I have been eating kimchi my whole life and have watched it being made many times, but have never made it myself. If you are going to make it in any volume you might want to buy a mini-fridge to use as a kimchi refrigerator. My mom kept one in the garage.

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Happy Friday all my fellow lovely Beanies ❤️ After today I have a 3-day weekend with my Birthday on Monday 😁 I'm going to spend it being utterly lazy by laying in bed reading and watching dramas. It will be glorious.

Extraordinary You Ep. 4 (8) Love love love this one. My favorite out of the ones I'm watching. Love the meta humor and the characters. Can't wait to visit my mom next weekend and continue watching this.

Tale of Nokdu Ep. 3 (6) I am enjoying this but a bit disappointed it is as heavily political as it is. I can tell it will get dramatic and dark later on which dampers my enthusiasm. I was hoping for a light and humorous cross-dressing drama. Both actors are great though and love them.

Graceful Family Ep. 6 Liking it, mostly for how awesome Mo Seok-hee is. But I've started getting frustrated as the baddies keep getting the upper-hand. I hate dramas that have the bad guys winning until the very last episode, with almost no progress by the heroes. Hopefully this drama doesn't go that way.

Vagabond Ep. 6 The action is entertaining but there are so many suspend belief and ridiculous things that it comes off as humorous when it shouldn't. The drama takes itself way too serious which I think is the problem. I also HATE the shaking cam.

Love and Destiny Ep. 1 Only 1 episode so far but I am already interested. I loved 10 Miles of Peach Blossoms (it was my first cdrama and what got me into cdramas) and this definitely has all the hallmarks of that drama (it's done by the same production group after all). Liking the main actress and she fits her role. Not sure on the main actor as I've not seen enough of him yet to really judge. He seems so old though (yes, I'm shallow). But if he's a good actor I don't care about that.

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I'm caught up on Nokdu and I get your concerns about the politics stuff, but I think it's pretty well done because the focus of that storyline is still very character-centric and not just stock villains plotting.

So far (ep 11), the story's been really good at balancing out the lighter elements with the more intense ones, there's still lots to enjoy and I hope you do!

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I'm sure I'll still really like it! I just have to realign what I was expecting vs what is reality 😁

Plus I do like the actors and characters immensely so far.

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I have Love and Destiny on my must watch list forever. I have not started this yet. Maybe, before the Pillow Talk drama. I read rumors that will be airing in January 2020.

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Happy (early) Birthday !!!

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Thank you! ❤️

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