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Open Thread #636

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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Dropping by to say you guys should check out No Second Chances if you have time this holiday season. I promise, it's worth your time!

I know it's a shameless plug, but it's such a good show that deserves all the love this world can give! ๐Ÿ’™

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I also rarely talk about non-Korean tv series, but The Good Place is also a really good show that is already on its final season. I am really glad to come across and binge my way through this forking amazing show. Sad that it's ending soon.

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Big fan of The Good place here.
Love everything Kristen Bell does.

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Kristen Bell is always amazing but The Good Place made me discover so many great and amazing actors. I am now a big fan of the cast! They are all so lovely.

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I'm glad the Good Place has been given a season to wrap up but I will miss it a great deal. It's one of the best American sitcoms I've ever seen.

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The show can honestly use more seasons since the writing has been consistent since Season 1 but I'm glad that they can wrap the show without losing its charm and plot. It really is a great show and I'm going to miss it so bad once it ends.

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It sounds tempting but 60-70 episodes is quite a commitment. If I skip other characters and only watch Park Se Wan and KDY, will I understand the plot? ๐Ÿ˜

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It's only around 35 episodes if you count them by hour ;)

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You could do that if you're short on time. I think watching the first 2 episodes in full to get a grasp of the plot and then using the fast forward button whenever something bores or annoys you until you are finally caught up with the latest episodes will help, just don't skip PSW and KDY's scenes hehe. The drama is also good whenever you're doing some chores or working out because it doesn't really require you to be too focused on it. But tbh I found myself not using the ff button too much with the recent eps since the show is becoming better and better each week as all of the characters get entangled.

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I'm enjoying No Second Chances, although by now I only stick because the main couple and the old couple, they are worth it.
When I began watching I thought it was a 16 episode drama, and just last week I realized it's a 30 episode one. I usally don't watch long dramas (the ones with 20 episodes are hard to finish) but I will stick to this one. Park.ha and Hae-Jun are too cute together to drop!!

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YES!
not gonna lie... I put this drama on my list only because of kwak dongyeon and park sewan and they didn't disappoint me at all. they just.. work so so so well together. I knew their talent, but I was curious about how they would go together.

about the drama... I kind of watch doing some FF, but I have some expectations about the story like heejun and his mom relationship and his "harvard" time.

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Since there is four days left in the year, I am going to use this opportunity to re watch the best show of the year, Pegasus Market. Those 12 eps will just go by.

I am trying to decide what else I should watch. Kingdom? Watcher? SKY Castle?

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Definitely Kingdom and Sky Castle!

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Kingdom is a quick six but SKY Castle is 20 and I don't think I will have it done by New Year's Day.

And I just loved Watcher as well.

Decisions....Decisions.....

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Go with what show makes you excited the most! All are good shows so no time will be wasted whatever you choose to watch! hehe

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I must be one of the few people that stopped watching Sky Castle. I watched 15 episodes in four days and really liked it, but then I dropped. I didn't like were it went. I mean: I imagine the drama was supposed to last 16 episode but because of its success they extended it to 20. Just lost interest. Read the recaps and enough for me.

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Hye-na's death was the start of SKY Castle dragging. The drama should have just focused on the kids' education. But once Hye-na died, it became an endless cycle of crying and finding her killer.

The highlight of Episode 15 was the fight scene. It was inappropriately hilarious. A girl just died, yet these parents are fighting over who raised the worst kid.

SKY Castle is the nation's drama first, for the acting and second, for the plot.

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Sky Castle is truly brilliant but it also can't be binged. Kingdom is a short six eps and the next six eps are due soon so it's a perfect time to catch up on it. But if you want to watch Sky Castle, you need to watch it slowly because otherwise you'll get overwhelmed and drop it.

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SKY Castle is best watched live because the theories were the best part of the show. No chance to be spoiled when no one knows what will happen after its bomb-dropping cliffhangers. I'm so sad kkumnetz blog is gone because kkumnetz translated all the knetz' theories. I hated the happy ending, but I will always remember the SKY Castle syndrome fondly. All the variety show parodies and iconic lines everywhere.

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All of them!

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I'm going to go with SKY Castle, but certainly enjoy whatever you decide to watch!

And, oh my gosh, what can you say about Pegasus Market! So fun and oh so good!

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I would vote for WATCHER. 3 great leads. Excellent acting and you will see Seo Kang-joon get physical. He was in great shape.

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Pegasus Market is soooooooo fun!
Highly recommendable

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Kingdom!

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Watching Black Dog, Diary of a Prosecutor and No Second Chances. Diary is my current favorite.

I also marathoned the J drama , Ore no Hanashi wa Nagai/If Talking Paid. Enjoyed it, itโ€™s a food drama as much as it is about a family communicating and growing closer.

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If Talking Paid is so accurate for a NEET and that's the best part about it.

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Hello everyone! I sit at work still in full on Christmas food coma and dream about instant noodles for a change. But I still can't stop thinking about food, and I'm curious what are typical Christmas or other holiday, that Beanies celebrate, food that is served only during that time, which mean that you basically eat it once a year? In my region it wild mushroom ravioli-type dumpling served in clear soup made of fermented beetrots, I love it.
This week I spend binging on Witcher and having it's silly song earworm into my brain in two languages, so almost no Korean dramas beyond VIP really good finale.

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Toss A Coin? I just googled it.

"...food that is served only during that time" That's actually hard. It used to be that folks get to eat certain special dishes on festive occasions, now we can eat them anytime.

I celebrate Christmas and Chinese New Year. We don't stick to the traditional Christmas food so it can be anything. If it's Chinese New Year, we try to have the traditional dishes - it can vary from home to home. Most dishes for the occasion are chosen for their symbolic meanings - typically to bring luck in the coming year. For example, fish in Chinese sounds the same as the word for surplus or abundance. Rice cakes or niรกn gฤo sounds the same as taller or higher.

In Singapore, we are huge on Chinese New Year goodies or snacks - pineapple tarts, coconut cookies, egg rolls, bbq pork slices which we serve to guests who visit, as gifts and of course for our own consumption.

By the way, I've never had ravioli in beetroot soup and fermented beetroots at that! Sounds delicious!

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O'Valley of Plenty... :D

Singapore pastries sound delicious!
Fermented beetroots are pretty easy to make altough people usually make them for Christmas. We used to have a proper winters so fermented veggies are a thing for winter months.

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So it's not really a Christmas food but a dessert that's only eaten in winters; Meethi Tikya, made of jaggery, that I absolutely love and am craving. Unfortunately (or fortunately) it's a home cooked dessert only and can't be found in restaurants so I have to wait until be mom is less swamped so that she can make it for me!

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^Meethi Tikiya (Sweet Pakistani-style cutlet) A lot of people in Pakistan make these. Meetha, in urdu, means sweet and Tikiya is a round fried cutlet or cake, and this name literally translates to a sweet fried cutlet
Discription taken from google๐Ÿ˜…

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Deep fried seewts, mmmmm.

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For us antipodeans, Christmas is seafood. And we just eat it chilled and fresh with a few sauces and salads. This Christmas day we had smoked salmon, prawns and Moreton Bay Bugs. Seafood is expensive here so I look forward to it every year.

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I'm not fan of fish but I like seafood a lot when it's fresh, but living away from any source of fresh seafood it's a rare treat for me, and it expensive here too, so I get you.

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Grandma used to cook a storm for Chinese New Year and those dishes (braised eggs with fatty pork, stuffed duck, deep fried spring roll) we only got to eat once a year.

Sadly, some of recipe didn't get passed down to my aunts and due to health reasons those dishes are now unservable. ๐Ÿ˜ข

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We are much the same! We have kept only one dish out of what traditionally was a twelve course meal- a mushroom soup served over egg noodles for the Eve.

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Lefse (norwegian), which is basically a flatbread made from flour, shortening (lard in olden days) and water. I know it sounds bland, but spread with butter and sprinkled with sugar, it suddenly becomes yummy! I don't eat gluten, but I eat lefse at Christmas. It tastes like family and childhood.
Gingerbread piggies (Mexican), a ginger-flavored bread (like the cake, but much less moist) made into cute pig shapes. Another gluten treat that I indulge in only at this time of year.

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It doesn't sound bland at all, I can polish a lot of good bread with just butter and salt.

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Especially just out of the oven, with a little butter. I really miss that about making bread. It's so easy to look at the cutting board and go "where did half the loaf go?"

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Boxing Day - Cricket - what else you wish for?

Enjoying SNS days egging both(all sides). Much more fun than playing video games.

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2019 - Overall an average year.

Resolutions - none. never believed in this nonsense

Spent too much time watching fictional characters ruining themselves and others.

Economically - an above average year
Heath - lost weight, underweight - made mom frustrated/angry/upset. Thankfully b/c of her i'm still alive and active. A parent is your best insurance.

Politically - annoyed/egged a lot(only online) and had entertainment at their expense. (real life - said nothing, acted absentminded or having no interest. Reflected everything to economy)

Sports - played none. spent lot of time watching/reading.

Aim - to get out of stealth mode and make your presence felt. You are alive and do matter. Only then you can make them stand with/for you. Hope to win in future.

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Hi beans!!!! It's the last Friday of 2019!!!!

Have a happy day and a happy weekend!! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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Thanks! You too! :)

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Several very important k-ent updates today:

1) Shin Sung Rok will channel his inner Kang Do Young (Liar Game) as he is confirmed as the MC for a new musical programme: Double Casting on tvN! Yay! Uhm Ki Joon will also be on the show! Double yay!!!
Some info: โ€˜Double Castingโ€™ is a program that gives the ensemble actors, who are filling the musical stage harder than anyone, but who did not receive attention, to become the main characters of the stage. ๐ŸŽญ

2) SSR might return with a new drama by TLE writer-PD duo. Currently him, Eugene, Lee Ji Ah and Bong Tae Gyu are offered roles. If SSR and Eugene confirms, it will be a 3Dad1Mum reunion! The drama was 12 years agoooooo ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป.

3) Secret aka Park Hae Jin and Jo Boa's limbo drama might have an airdate soon. It is rumoured to replace 9.9 billion won woman ๐Ÿ˜Š.

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I just read your post regarding #2 a little while ago! I'm crossing my fingers that their reunion happens!

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I hope it will happen and I also hope it will be not in a heavy makjang drama. Gimme scenes like coffee and bunny ears hyuk again writernim. Hahaha

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Ohhhh...some updates from last week's office move. We officially moved to a new building this week!

I finished unpacking my stuff and decorated my small cubicle. I tried several ways to get to the office and I'm satisfied with the duration it took me from door to door. I will have to do more experiments with more variables: rain, school holiday, not school holiday etc. All in all, the move went smoothly and I'm adapting to this change more willingly than I thought I would ๐Ÿ˜†. I hope I will continue with this pace and feel.

We also watched the annular solar eclipse from the office window!!! Managers, seniors, juniors gathered around and had a fun time trying to spot where it is because it was so cloudy that day. The sun and moon combo peeked through the clouds, and we tried to take pictures but our pictures didn't do justice to what we saw. It was spectacular ๐ŸŒ™.

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Last few days of vacation. I don't want to go back to work. ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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I feel you rabbit! I feel the same each time my vacation is ending huhuhu ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ญ

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Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the holiday season!

Finally caught up on every drama I was behind on, except VIP. Just two more episodes to go with that one. It's turned out to be more interesting than I thought it would be.

Also, just started Stove League. Namgoong Min is playing quite a different character than what we're used to seeing from him. From the way he's playing this new character, you'd think he needs a B12 shot ---- the demeanor is so low energy. He's surrounded by baseball players but I think he's the one playing the big game.

Everyone take care and have a great Friday!

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It's seems like Hwang Jung Eum never heard about Streisand effect, threaten to sue over commnets specualting about her having plastic surgery will only bring this topic a lot more attention. And she look really, really different from what we used to see, mostly she lost like ton of weight, but she really look different to me.

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Merry Christmas, Happy weekend and a Happy 2020 for all my dearest Beanies!

Christmas has been so-so this year, because most of the plans got cancelled or downsized last minute, so it was not as grand as I am used to. However, I had some snacks, alcohol and ice cream at home and watched K-drama episodes, so all in all I had some good evenings. Though I hope you all had more fun than I did. ๐Ÿ˜€

My end of the year entry got published 3 years in a row! I depended on it, because my 3 write ups formed a trilogy about my journey to permanent employment and happiness. I am grateful for the positive reactions some Beanies left, because it is quite scary to put yourself and your darker parts out there, but in my case it has to be done to get better. ๐Ÿ˜€

As this is the last OT of 2019 I found it fitting to reflect on my 2019 new year resolutions. Fortunately I am not as hard on myself as I used to be, which made succeeding a lot easier. ๐Ÿ˜‰

1.) Find a permanent job. This requires effort on my part of course, but the whole point of my journey was learning to understand that a job is not everything in life and not something I can fully control, so I guess it does not count as a new year resolution? ๐Ÿ˜‰

2.) Learning an 8th language to acquire polyglot status. I started January 1st 2019 on Duolingo and completed the basic course level. I would like to learn more languages in the future, but completing the additional levels in the several languages I am already learning, will keep me busy on Duolingo in 2020.

3.) Start another hobby. My friend and I have are nearly finished with our Korean language class over Skype and we might continue this, but I would like to have something non-Korean to do as well. Transit problems were the villain in 2019, but at least reading, writing and watching could be done from the sofa. ๐Ÿ˜‰ In 2020 I would like to continue with a mix of K-dramas, reading, writing and watching non-Korean stuff. I have a never-ending list of movies and soaps and I finally want to press play.

4.) Travel. It is really hard to travel big when unemployment does not guarantee you the necessary money and freedom to do so. Fortunately there was the GOT7 concert as highlight of a weekend trip to London in 2019, and in the same vein 2020 will start with a Day6 concert during my weekend trip to Paris.

5.) Enjoy life, whether I am employed or not. Only possible because I stuck to the 3 new year resolutions mentioned above. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Good luck on your job hunting.

I felt so good that I was trying to learn two more languages than the three I already know. But 8? I'm impressed.

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Thank you. I come from a trilingual country and went on to study 3 more during my master in translation because I love languages. Korean and number 8 followed after that. So it is just a combination of my interest and how things work around here, and I only consider myself fluent in my native language and maaaybe English. ;)

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So I don't watch Wednesday-Thursday's dramas but they won't air some of the Weekend's ones like Stove League and Love Is Beautiful, Life Is Wonderful >_<

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Good Morning Beanies,

So much leftovers for Christmas. My hubby and kids are happy. I am ok with lots of red meats, turkeys and curry chicken. The only thing, I am happy is that cinnamon pie crust that my mother in law made for me which I totally forget at my sister in lawโ€™s house. ๐Ÿ˜ญ Also, fresh rambutan from my auntโ€™s house which I did not forget. ๐Ÿ˜‹

I am still watching Chinese dramas. Since, Temptation Island is done.My hubby and I are still watching 90 Day Fiancรฉ. Today, is season finale of Mandolorian. I hope Baby Yoda is still alive and be on second season. I have watched four episodes of Witcher in Netflix. It seems ok so far. I know it is from the book. However, I read the writer of Witcher mapped out for seven season of it. Yeah, good luck on that being on Netflix. Other than that, wow it is almost 2020. I got some ideas of what I want to do in 2020. However, first thing is to take care of things for my oldest son to prepare him going to high school and 8th grade graduation. Also, take care of things for my daughter for her life just in case if anything happen to me or hubby. By then, hopefully, I can work on me.

I hope everyone have wonderful day!!!!

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Goodbye 2019! Out of 92 dramas that premiered this year I completed 12. Thatโ€™s already better than last yearโ€™s bean count of 9, and I dropped more dramas this year as well (2019 resolution achieved!)

I also caught up on some great previous dramas: OJAKGYO BROTHERS, SIX FLYING DRAGONS, KINGโ€™S DAUGHTER SOO BAEK HYANG and LOOKOUT.

Add little crackstatic cdrama ARSENAL MILITARY ACADEMY with fun fanwall spazzing, and overall I had a good drama year. ๐Ÿ˜Š

So, I have time this weekend: should I start Black Dog or Diary of a Prosecutor? ๐Ÿค” Or No Second Chances?

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Oh yes, and my sageuk review got published this year! Not too bad an ending for 2019 ๐Ÿ˜…

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Black Dog or Diary of a Prosecutor? ๐Ÿค” Or No Second Chances?

Iโ€™m watching all three, Iโ€™d go with Diary of a Prosecutor.

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Haha all 3? Thanks, maybe I can give them all a try. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

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All three have their own merits.

Lee Seon-kyun & Jung Ryeo-won make for a good drama

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My favourite one is Black Dog, the main character is touching and school's matter really interesting. No Second Chances's main couple is cute but all the other characters are crazy! Diary of a Prosecutor didn't click with me.

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Thanks! I like school dramas that focus on teachers (in that respect SCHOOL 2013 is still my favourite) so Iโ€™ll give it a try. I also happen to love Seo Hyun Jin. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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I'm watching all Diary of a Prosecutor, Black Dog and No Second Chances and I highly recommend the three of them.
If I had to chose one... complicated, but probably Diary of a Prosecutor.

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I need to share this and I can't keep in myself something like this cause doing so is nothing but suffocating. I never knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I had not decided on a career. I didn't have friends. All I had was my love for the English language and Reading which was my hobby. While I was in my 10 std in school I realized that I wanted to go in the Arts stream cause I could learn about English language and literature. It's cause I loved books I thought it would be a good idea to be a writer, this way I get to write stories myself. My mother had wanted me to take science. But I convinced her otherwise. My mother though wanted me to be a teacher like her cause that's all she knew about. So in Junior college (two years i.e 11th and 12th std) despite my introversion and social anxiety I managed to finally make friends. I still wanted to be a writer and write novels. My mother (and everyone else) told me that you can't earn money easily like that. I still wished it anyway. But I quickly realized that I am not good at stories. I tried but always got stuck while writing. Reading books was the only reason I wanted to do it after all. But I didn't have the skills. So I agreed with my mother. So I wanted to teach secondary school. My mother was vague about it and said she will see. My mother actually wanted me to teach primary classes. So during the holidays after junior college finished she told me that she wanted me to do D.Ed (Diploma in education which was two years) which meant training for being a primary school teacher. I wanted to do B.Ed (Bachelor in education) which was for teaching secondary school. She also wanted me to be a teacher as early as possible. You see secondary school meant I had to teach only English and Social sciences. Since I was supposed to be good at english and loved reading that seemed like a good idea. But if I were to become a primary school teacher I'll have to teach all subjects to young kids. Not only was I not good at in school or interested in teaching those subjects, teaching young kids isn't easy. You have to teach them from the basics with not much prior knowledge and that's harder for someone like me. I am not equipped for that. But my mother said when it came to managing students little kids would listen to everything I say. So what do I choose ease of handling kids or competence and interest. I would choose the later of course. And so I said no, this is what I would do. But my mother insisted even though she herself teaches higher classes. Not only that she wanted me to become one as soon as possible. And so she wanted me to skip B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) that is my arts degree. It's of three years.

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B.A is compulsory to be able to teach in primary schoo. What about the learning experience I'll get in these three years. What about the fact that I had friends and was finally opening up and I would have less social anxiety. Cause I don't know how to do even most things, I can't talk to new people or strangers. But things were becoming easier. Anyway not only did my mother herself teach secondary school, rules had changed since her time. I knew it would be hard for me to be doing D.Ed anyway. But she didn't believe me. She one day without telling me where we were going took me to a D.ED college to enroll me there. Once there because of my social anxiety and because I didn't know what to do so I could say nothing. I wish I had just said no then and there. But I was afraid of what my parents would do too. It's not like I could just leave them. Next month was my first day. I was confused didn't know what to etc. Not only that from the next day on I had to travel by bus all by myself. I didn't even know how buses worked. I had to face a lot of problems commuting to college. Not to mention it took hours. Many a times I was late.I still didn't know all the stops except home and college. Even then I faced problems. In college I had to do a lot of work. It wasn't easy. I had to study for all the languages too. Not to mention all the activities I had to do. I couldn't complete my work on time. Assignments were incomplete, not to mention I had to teach kids in schools too. Many a times I went in with incomplete lesson plans. All that despite my social anxiety? Because of that I didn't interact with other students that much during the start. I was always found reading books and sitting alone during lunch time. Later teachers and other students tried to help me through things but it still wasn't easy. You see even though the other teacher trainees had to teach English medium schools many being from Marathi medium needed a lot of help. Many a times they asked me for my help in something. Even other teachers needed my help in English. Once I wrote someone's entire English lesson plan while the other person helped me with another subject. Though there were a few other students from English medium schools. But when even someone who was supposed to be the English teacher (she wasn't good at it herself, she had interest but not the skill in English) needs your help in English you know you have got a problem. My mother figured that since there were less of those from English medium and I was good at English I would easily get a job. Our Indian education was all messed up is all I knew.

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I went into depression the first year. I had screaming matches with my parents, hated all the work, came home late was extremely tired and even threatened to kill myself. (I would actually go through with it). All my teachers knew I didn't want to do D.Ed in the first place. When one of my teacher found out that I had skipped B.A she said just what I had thought. What about the experience. That experience would have been helpful here. Other students who knew stuff said that B.A was indeed compulsory to get into primary school. I told my mother this. First what the teacher said wasn't confirmation enough and she said that the students were lying, they only care about themselves. In this world no one does said the cynic in her. As the end of the year exam came I failed three subjects. If I failed two, I could have gone into my second year and could finish them with the current year's exams. But since it was not so, I had to now study at home. I passed the other two subjects but I still failed in Hindi. Except this was extremely formal Hindi you would find only in books. Formal Hindi was what was taught in school. But here you had to learn the importance of the language, the teaching methods, evaluation methods, etc. But the language in my textbook was extremely advanced. The level of Hindi in my 12th textbook was way easier in comparison. Besides I couldn't just learn from the textbook and pass. The questions were tough. So I failed 5 times and finally passed the sixth. In the off year while I was no longer as depressed I spent a lot of time watching tv besides studying and since my notes were incomplete learning Hindi was even harder. And somehow those not good at English students still passed mainly due to hard work, so I was ashamed of myself.

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Then in the second year problems increased things became tougher and I had to do even more work, this time we had to write research papers, teach in a lot more schools, and this time my work unlike first year was even more incomplete. I somehow managed even though my lesson plans notebook was a little incomplete this time. In the later half of second year I got depressed again because of this. This time depression was worse. I couldn't eat, I slept a lot, I cried a lot, thought living was a waste of time. Hated the world and people basically. I also found out somethings about me. Anyway thank goodness I started watching kdramas, they actually got me through my depression. But after I finished D.Ed my mother found out finally that I was right. B.A was indeed now compulsory. Cause most schools won't accept me as a teacher and the ones that would, would not allow past 1st and 2nd std according to my mother's research. Thing is since I hadn't got my results yet and colleges started in July while my exams had just finished in June. I couldn't do two degrees at once cause they would clash with each other. So either I had to do it externally, which meant I could not attend regular classes and had to only show up for exams and assignments or I could wait one year. Again despite what I said my mother was impatient. So now not only could I not have friends anymore I had to learn by myself without any help. Instead I would have preferred one year at home instead of three years. Cause I had to continue those remaining two years externally. And so I am not in depression but there are times I do get depressed, get lonely and cry at times. This past month has been so good that I am not even that much depressed. I feel way better. But I don't know what future holds. Hope I can find a way to do what I want to do.

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Can I ask what it is that you really want to do?

I dont want this to sound harsh, but I would suggest not working with children unless you feel a real calling or affinity for it.

Also, is there someone you can talk to about your anxiety and depression and maybe your school has a guidance counselor to lay out al lm the classes you need and then you can have that plan in hand to show your mom.

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@bcampbell1662 It's either really teaching high school or I have to figure things out after I start teaching primary schools. Cause then I can earn my own money. Right now though there is no escaping me having to teach primary classes. My mother said I have to give the teacher's test which is extremely hard. Also she made me tutor kids. One of them had me crying in front of the other kids cause I could not handle it. The kid's parents skipped nursery for the kid and expects too much of the poor kid and so teaching him was hard and he was in the lower class than 1st std. Most other kids are in 1st to 6th. I had to teach them at the same time. For four hours straight. Their teachers themselves were lazy and didn't teach them much so me and my sister had to teach them together. Their English was bad, many can't read even what's supposed to be way lower than their level. My sister will gladly teach even though she is not going to be a teacher herself. She can but I wasn't able to (my mother joined to help her later). So I said no more, I was crying again and so my mother said okay if I don't want to I didn't have to take tuitions. So I stopped. My parents still expect me to. They keep on guilting me or trying to make me continue especially by saying that I will learn how to teach kids. She even thinks to ask one of her friends to let me help her in her friend's school and that I am inexperienced so to help me a little. I said no and to wait for me to finish the exam at least. Not to mention it's my last year of B.A. My mother said if I did indeed want to teach higher classes I could on my own later. But atleast I will have a degree in hand to make things easier. She always tries to say such things only to tell me she changed her mind. She has done that so many times now that I can no longer believe her.

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It's all so twisted but what can I do.

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@amy1009 that is a lot and no easy answers. A degree and experience is always worth something, especially if it leads to some independence.

You mentioned helping your co workers with their English and your skill with it. Teaching adults or translating books or texts may be something to think about on the future when your able to and ready. Or you may discover a love of finding that spark in children ......infinite possibilities.

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To clarify teachers here is teacher trainers that is those supposed to train us to teach. And students here refer to the teacher trainees like me.

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@bcampbell1662 Yeah that idea did cross my mind. Translating sounds good. That's another possibility my parents themselves came up with once. Learn a language like German and be a translator. At this point what my parents actually want is anyone's guess.

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@carmen I know how you feel I only made one really good online friend who I share things with but that's it. Outside of that I have no one. My sister does listens to me sometimes. But even she doesn't understand what I am going through. Also I did try to say to my mother how I felt but sadly she really doesn't actually want to change her mind.

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@carmen Also thank you so much.๐Ÿ™‚

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@bcampbell1662 and @carmen thank you for your encouraging words. โค๏ธ

I thought of quite a few possibilities and I am going to give myself a chance to find out what exactly works for me.

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@amy1009 I hope you find what works for you most and you and your parents find middle ground along the way.

Seeking advice from a career advisor might be helpful to outline what you want to do, your aspirations, the options for the career path you aspire etc.

You mentioned that you like English, maybe a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL) certification is an option that might interest you?

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We'll be here cheering you on, no matter which career path you choose. I hope you find a happy compromise that allows you to find some new friends.

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hello beanies...it's so hard to believe that the end of another year passing by is just around the corner...this year, most of the months, i was jobless, penniless and almost homeless, i didn't imagine anything positive would even happen, but here i'm now atleast with a regular paying job, for which i'm grateful...i'm happy that i completed my year one of watching kdramas, and i'm pretty sure this is just the beginning...i think i may need to work on my patience though, as i found myself dropping shows one after the other to find something to hold my attention...maybe coz i had an entire decade of backlog to catch up on, hence maybe too many options (of completed kdramas) made me impatient LOL...hope everyone has a great year end, and an even better beginning to another new year:-) until again, take care:-)

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Hi @pcch2345
Congrats on getting through a tough period of joblessness and almost-homelessness. It must have been scary and depressing. Congrats also on getting a job.

LOL kdramas. I've become slumpish over kdramas after Hotel Del Luna, and am in a cdrama mood nowadays. If you feel that there's so much to catch up on with kdramas, it will be 10 times worse with cdramas ... plus they are often soooo long.

Have fun watching and don't feel bad about dropping shows. ๐Ÿ˜„ Happy New Year!

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Watching ep 8 of Chocolate.

Stopped to order some Godiva.

PPL.....it works.

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It's chocolate, it's normal.

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Ep 8 annoyed me. I just stopped during ep 9 to eat some chocolate, not Godiva though.

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Hello all:

Hope everyone had, is having, or will have a blessed holiday. It's my 35th wedding anniversary. So am chilling.

Dramas:
Stove League -- Am liking it. I've always liked Namgoong Min but he does have a certain actorly tic that can get on the nerves. A kind of semi-preoccupied look and way of interacting with other characters. I think for this drama, this acting tic of his is perfect.
Prosecutor's Diary -- I hate when dramas give us an unsympathetic female character and we are supposed to like her because she is the female lead. I don't care how crappy a life she has had or why she is so bitter against rich boys but i guess i'll have to put up with our tough prosecutor from Seoul.

99 billion woman -- Can we take a moment to love and commiserate with the actor who plays the vicious abusive husband? He is so good but i so want him not to be stereotyped. I wish kdramas didn't give acting jobs to folks because of how they look. It might be hard on some folks -- always being viewed as ugly or evil in the eyes of certain ahjummas who can't tell the difference between real life and dramas. As for the drama, i know kdramas are about intersectionality but darn it, i so hate everyone in this drama all being connected to each other somehow.

In other news, i must say that i finally understand LDW's sex appeal. Plus he's such a sweetie. He isn't as much of an ICB for me as Jung Il Woo but he's cool. And Jung Il Woo would cook delicious meals for me.
Cdramas --
Joy of Life is my crack. Love, love, love this drama. A great balance of court intrigue and humor.
Lingjang mountain -- silly fun
I'm not really being pulled into Sword Dynasty. Will see if any of the other countless period dramas are doing it for me.

jdramas --
Dropped busu (ugly girlfriend) because heroine's extreme sweetness feels preachy to me.
Nee sensei -- very sweet but the male lead is such a wish fulfillment character that the drama better give him some texture and layers or a good backstory.

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

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Happy Anniversary!

I just started Stove League and I'm liking it also. Interesting observation regarding Namgoong Min. He certainly has an acting style that is all his own. I'm finding him doing a "low-key" delivery in this drama, restrained almost ..... but it's totally working here. Certainly looking forward to what happens next.

Hope you're enjoying the holiday season! Have a great weekend also!

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Have a great new year!

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Happy Anniversary @scifiwritir! How wonderful 35 years!!

I'm also enjoying Joy of Life so much. I'm so entertained. I refused to start Sword Dynasty after watching a review on it. Instead I've marathoned and completed an earlier show Love and Destiny and found it OK after much FFDing of filler episodes.

Have a great weekend and New Year!

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I just wish Sword Dynasty would grab me...but alas no. And i really do like the actor who plays the main lead. Thanks for the good wishes.

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LOL Li Xian was so frowny in Go Go Squid that I found myself also frowning along with him. Pity about Sword Dynasty.

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I noticed Namgoong Min's "tic" in I Need Romance 3. At first, I just thought he was ignoring FL, but I think you're right, it's an acting technique/habit. I am intrigued by it, enough to watch his shows. Now I'm definitely going to start Stove League. Thanks for the rec.

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I remember seeing him on a reality show. We Got Married, i think. There's definitely a low-key 4d personality to him. I like him but wow, that acting style.

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Happy anniversary! ๐ŸŽ‚

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Thank you!

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I'm just polishing off my post for the Fan Poll we ran and it will be published imminently. We only got 79 votes for the second poll (100 for the first) but I think that should be enough to draw some clear conclusions. I haven't closed off the survey collector though so if you do want to nip in and choose a best fish then now's the time. Every award season deserves some controversy.

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LOL. That was a great read @leetennant I'm so glad you mentioned Nobody's Child. That one got me very 'deep and long'. And that dying fish is a metaphor for kdramas and me at the moment. ๐Ÿคฃ

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Children of Nobody really was great. I'm sad the subject matter was so dark that so many people were put off.

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Wow! It's been 3 weeks since I've been on Dramabeans. Just ... holiday busyness, I guess. I listened to a lot of podcasts while baking, cleaning, wrapping, etc. and read books for relaxation. Work was exhausting, with extra hours and so many deadlines. Is it possible to feel too tired to watch kdramas?
My biggest kdrama-related item in 2019 was (finally, after lurking for 10 years) registering at Dramabeans and jumping into the community. Let's be real Dramabeans is more than community - it's family. I baked lots of delish cookies for all my families. You're welcome and I'll enjoy eating them in your stead.
I hope everyone has a great New Year, especially those Beanies who had hard times in 2019 - sending you all energy and good wishes for 2020!

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Thanks for the cookies @rareniva! Have more sweets and confections! ๐Ÿฉ ๐Ÿช ๐Ÿฏ ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿฅง ๐Ÿฎ ๐Ÿฅฎ ๐Ÿฅ  ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿง‡ Happy New Year!

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Thanks for the well wishes. Going back to real life after a month long vacation, I am gonna need them.

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Guys, I need some help remembering which drama this scene is from.
I remember it being a Chinese palace drama.

The scene stars with the female lead with her son talking when the emperor decides to show up. The female lead then decides to hide inside this huge wooden box. The emperor, once he arrives, quickly realizes where the female lead is hiding and orders his son to bring the box over so they can play go. The woman laters opens the box to breath.

I have a feeling it's from the Yanxi Palace but I'm not really sure.

Would love to know where this scene is from. Thanks!

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