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Open Thread #637

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 New Year 2020 and Happy OT!
It's still deliciously slow in the office as work starts to increase momentum, however it's my volunteer work that's going a bit crazy. Several meetings and lots of preparation to do. I don't seem to have free time each weekend, the first 2 weeks of January.

Still I'm thankful for another year completed and a new one begun, with family doing OK, with work to do and dramas to watch (if I could only get out of the last bit of slump!)

I have been watching or trying to watch.

Kdramas
Crash Landing on You - As the stuff that annoyed others didn't bug me, I find that it's getting better and better. The dynamics of the characters, are lovely to watch and how the coincidences and coming together of the couple(s) that may take place, look organic.

Psychopath Diary - I've taken a break from this for a bit. I would like to see how the complications get unraveled, but show has strangely not gripped me as much as I thought it could.

Cdramas
Joy of Life - This is a joy to watch. The intrigue and twists, and how our hero gets around the blocks and deadly blows are compelling.

The Romance of Hua Rong - Runaway brides and husbands out to woo them back seem to be my catnip. There are some huge plot holes and silly segments that I had to FFD through though, but I may continue to see if it improves towards the end.

To Get Her - Could have been better. I was just picking this up to while away the wait for JOL. Some bits are insanely funny, but that may not be enough to elevate this show from light fluff.

Have a great start to the year!

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Or look who came in first today πŸ˜‚.
Happy OT @growingbeautifully and happy new year πŸŽ‰
I agree Psychopathy Diary is dragging the misunderstanding. I'm now at EP 10 and he's still the same.
Cdramas; i picked up SWORD DYNASTY and i think I'll stick around for a while. I would've liked it better though if gave your opinion. Happy 2020

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Hi @martinjsimwaba I did not watch Sword Dynasty because I now select shows based on some YouTube video reviews. Something about the lack of correct lip syncing in the overdubbing and the 'false' positive comments that covered the screen during the airing of the episodes gave me pause. The show may appeal to those who like action though.

You may like to watch one first impression review here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aeh9ySyAqc0

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Happy (first weekend of) 2020 Beanies!!! πŸ˜€

What an eventful week! New year’s eve was the calmest day of them all ironically. Most of my friends wanted a break from our traditional grand dinner and celebrated with their parents instead. As a result my K-drama friend and I decided to invite the birthday friend from last week to chill with us, without any drama about the menu or activities. In the end we should have worried more about the location, because none of our parents wanted to give up their evening of peace and quiet to host us, no matter how small our gathering would be. All three of us basically got kicked out by our parents that evening! πŸ˜‚ Out of respect for their wishes, we last minute hired an apartment where the three of us could talk, cook and watch movies together and stay the night at a very cheap price.

For the more exciting part of the week: I took part in my final job tests round this Monday, and it all went very well! Next Monday I should receive that phone call that might change my life. Either I am permanently hired, or I will get helpful feedback to keep in mind. I do not have much time to fret about it, because I have other cover letter deadlines this weekend and I still have a lot to do for my Paris trip next week. I will be at the Day6 concert in Paris during the next OT, but I probably will have a lot of tea about the feedback and the concert to share in two weeks, whether you will like the long OT post that comes with it or not! πŸ˜‰

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How nice to be going for a concert in Paris! Yes do come back and tell us about it.

Good that you're happily organised in getting your job hunting done. All the best and have a good, safe trip!

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Sunbaenim is the first one to know, you earned it after enduring my (un)employment rants for so long! πŸ˜†
Thank you for the best wishes! Paris is on a (public transportation) strike, so having a safe transportation might be a challenge.

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What a great way to start the year, Turtie! Have fun!

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Have a wonderful trip and fingers crossed for an exciting phone call!

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Since there is no CRASH LANDING or STOVE LEAGUE I’ve been itching for something to watch all week... Finally, at midnight last night I casually hit play and ended up watching two episodes of PSYCHOPATH DIARY.

Random thoughts of someone who doesn’t watch crime shows:

The OST tells me it’s a comedy (I really like it) and if I skip gruesome murder scenes I could continue watching... I don’t think anyone but Yoon Shi Yoon could sell this character. I like that he seems dumb to everyone but he really isn’t (don’t spoil me if he turns out to be magnificently stupid later on, please).

Guys, I relate! He doesn’t like conflict and is an introvert. I thought he was a coward and pushover as everyone else in the drama says. But then I learned that he also chooses to be like that because he’s kind. (I think that will be his saving grace, now that he thinks he thinks he’s a serial killerπŸ˜‚). At the end of two episodes he’s questioning whether always being kind is really the right thing to do. I think he’s a very interesting character, in sum.

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No Stove League? Why? Only one episode last week, and now I have to wait even longer to find out how they resolve the military problem? Hmph.

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Sorry, I meant since last week! I’ve watched nothing since Sunday and it feels like forever πŸ™ˆ.
We should get STOVE LEAGUE episodes this weekend, I hope.

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Don't worry there is going to be new episodes this week. No news of that not happening. And I know for a fact that it did air today.

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I just misunderstood Toki, and then had a bit of crisis. I'm good. It's all good. My life doesn't revolve around dramas. Nope. No, it does not.

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It does feel like FOREVER 😬 can’t wait for new episodes!

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Awww... us rabbits like peace. But I am not sure I'll stay down like Dong Shikkie though. :P

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The Korean drama production method of live-shoot scheduling has been criticized for years. It leads to extremely long hours, tight weekly deadlines, extra stress on cast and crew and accidents. We rarely hear about these conditions unless there is a set tragedy or production company scandal on labor violations.

When CLOY went on sudden hiatus for cold weather and safety conditions, I thought it could only be the result of the star power of Son Ye Jin and Hyun Bin to make things right. The week before, HB bought the entire crew long winter coats. They were also working on Christmas eve. In interviews, it has been described as a "hard" or difficult shoot. But the good performances by the leads has generated good early ratings so it was in everyone's best interest to not jeopardize a good thing. It is nice to see common sense for safety and health concerns prevail over the normal production standard.

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I was wondering about that! Still a bit confused with how kdrama shooting works.

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The star power you mentioned reminds me of Han Ye Seol during the filming of Meung Wol the Spy.

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And in that drama, Myung Wol is a North Korean spy! It would be nice to have her cameo in it! Haha

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I also really think it’s the star power that made CLOY take this step. They don’t dare mess around with HB and SYJ.

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What surprised me is....Crash Landing filming is still not finished. I thought it was preproduced. The first stills/teasers were released way before it aired. Based on news released, the script read was in August and they started filming around that time too.

The coat gift to staff is a normal occurance in kdramaland. Many artists do the same. Also this is not the first time a drama takes a break for filming purposes. I do wonder if they ran out of footage, hence the need to take a break + bad weather conditions.

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Now that you mention that it doesnt seem like they were filming in winter. At least the eps we've seen. Usually the ears are so read and you can see people's breath.

I do like how often shows seem seasonal at least to where I'm watching. I hadn't realized how used to it I've become until Chocolate. It keeps surprising me with how hot the actors seem and in some scenes you can hear the insects?

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From what I read, CLOY began filming in September in Switzerland, then went to Mongolia, then to Jeju Island, then to central South Korea, SE of Seoul. The foreign filming pushed back the start date two weeks. The production company may have filmed multiple episode pieces in the foreign locations to be spliced into later episodes (such as the paragliding scenes).
In recent cast interviews, they said they would be filming through the end of 2019. Unlike American TV shows and dramas which work on the basis of filming one episode/work week, the Korean system pushes for 2 episodes to be filmed and completed each week. That is why production companies try to have enough lead time to get many episodes finished before it starts to air.
Most people assumed it was preproduced because it had a three month lead time before the 12-14-19 premiere. Built into the schedule were off-days for the leads to do other work (photo shoots) and show PR (especially for Netflix in late October). The pressure to complete episodes is enhanced because I believe the production company only gets paid when complete episodes are delivered for airing.

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While I'm glad that they postponed the shoot, CJ has been awful at paying their workers ugh. They need to have workers unions like Hollywood has, like the government needs to get involved cause that's the only solution.

I'm sick and tired of live shooting schedules causing harm to fellow cast and crew. It needs to END NOW!! Korean Odyssey Show had a crew member who got paralyzed due to an incident.

Also if any show needed to be pre-produced it should've been this show. Back in the Summer, they shot in Mongolia/Switzerland and that EP 1-7 scripts have been completed. Tsk Tsk, I hope that at least the quality can remain consistent...

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Happy new year beans!!! I hope everyone had a joyous time with friends, family and most importantly, yourself πŸ₯³!

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Happy New Year, my friend! Hope you have another great year with His Royal Hotness and that you get to go to SK and see him in person!

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Awwww~ thank you rabbit. Even when RH is not on my mind, you remind me of him kekeke 🀣.

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Haha. When will oppa ever be out of mind, Katak? That's absurb! ;)

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I hope he will never be out of his own mind, rabbit! 😱

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🀣 Although judging from the characters he played, he probably already is. πŸ˜†

Just make sure he's not out of your mind, friend. ✌️

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Happy New Year OT Beanies! This is the first one, right? Woohoo!

I know New Year's is full of people making resolutions that tend to be about accomplishing/completing goals, doing new things, sticking to plans, etc. But I'm curious - does anyone have any resolutions for things they don't want to do in the new year? Like breaking a bad habit? Not putting energy into soul-sucking relationships? Letting go of _fill in the blank_?

I just came up with one yesterday after reading a really compelling article about the dwindling art of conversation (blame social media, blah, blah, blah) - so I've decided to try and leave the small talk behind and not have "boring" conversations. Which will be tough as a Canadian, cause we tend to overdo it with talk about the weather...

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Sometimes I think small talk gets a bad rap. It is easy and non stressful and you can leave it there or take it further. Also, it let's you get to know the one you are conversing with, there rythm of speech and such.
The thing I'm always trying to work on is being a better listener.

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In my part of the US if we didn't talk about the weather, we could months without speaking to anyone. What else do you talk about if you can't say anything about the recent snow, the currently warmish temperature, and the forecasted snow?

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I’m trying to eliminate all added sugars. I really, really don’t want to 😀

So, you’re not really giving up inane small talk as much as pledging to have more meaningful conversations? That sounds like a good goal!

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Pretty much! Though that sounds suspiciously like a resolution... :P

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I'd like to give up stuff that's not great for health. It eats into my drama time though because it includes to avoid sleeping too late because I keep staying up to watch a show. To put a positive spin on it, it's to get more sleep!

When I lack sleep, I feel the sneezes coming along, the soreness in the throat, the headaches ... So

does anyone have any resolutions for things they don't want to do in the new year?

It's not that I don't want to watch more dramas, or that I don't want to stay awake longer, but rather that I don't want to be ill too easily and too often!! πŸ˜† πŸ˜‡ πŸ˜‰

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My New Year's resolution is to go to bed earlier. On weeknights, I go to bed after midnight, so I'm always dying at work, but I was watching Jo Byung-kyu on I Live Alone, and he goes to bed at 10pm, which inspired me to stop sleeping late. Then again, he wakes up at 3am(!), which I will never do.

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So one of those people that can function on very little sleep. At least five hours seems to short to me, though I wish I could be like that.

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Even twelve hours of sleep is not enough for me. I'm never not tired.

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I do function on 5 hours of sleep, but I also do get bouts of sleepiness and the threat of falling sick. It's also dangerous if one has to stay awake to drive along long roads!!

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2020 starts with Cricket.

Good start of 1st week with many Japanese movies translated.
Hot gimmick is the shoujo trash that makes all body ache. Strong heartburn and forces you to become violent towards fictional characters. Well, its shoujo so you in with all the protection.

Good start with money.
Installed Tiktok - had idea about it and after using it for half and hour confirmed my poor opinion of its addicts. Ahem this generation. sigh.

Learning 3d modeling once again.

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Happy New Year beanies! I spent a few weeks in Philadelphia and Colorado over Christmas visiting family members. Lots of traveling across the country. I watched Stranger with my brother. He liked it but thought the middle dragged and I agree. I think he would like Crash Landing on You. I adore this show so much! I am in love with the smart characters Jeong-Hyeok and Se-Ri played by very smart Hyun-Bin and Son Ye-Jin. Did I say smart Hyun-Bin before handsome Hyun-Bin?! Well he is both (puh pum, puh pumβ™₯). I loved Ye-Jin in Personal Taste and I think she is such a bright star in Crash Landing. This K-drama gives me the same feels as when I first watched Pasta, Boys Over Flowers, and Coffee House, as if I am rediscovering K-dramas. It is very well done and I am enjoying the story. Gah, episode 6 cliffhanger ending. And I heard CLoY won’t air this week – you’re gonna make me wait double??

Also watching Chocolate, the new cast of 1N2D, Black Dog, Psychopath Diary (I’m behind, does it get better?), Radio Star with good ol’ SuJu Hee Chul and Faker (cute episode), and season 2 Tokyo House.

It is fun reading all the end-of-year Dramabeans awards and voting. Thanks, DB team for all your hard work.

I plan to relax this weekend before starting back on Monday's schedule for 2020. Wishing you all a good year and happy K-drama viewing, let’s do it! \/ (Fighting!) luv owl

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Son Ye Jin was in Personal taste? That was her? I didn't recognize her at all while watching CLOY. Oops

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She was much younger then.

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Hello everyone I just started Go Back Couple (love it so far) I’m at episode 3 & the 2nd ML Nam Gil aka Jang Ki Young is wearing a uniform. It is a black/grey suit with a military like beret & a suitcase (I don’t know the exact English word). I was wondering if anybody knew what kind of uniform it is & why he is wearing it?

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That was such a little gem of a show. I'd love to see Son Ho Jun in another lead role. He is being slept on, lol.
And the mother/daughter storyline..❀❀

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Yes to a lead role for Son Ho Jun!

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Jang Ki Young in a uniform is LOVE so I forgot why he was wearing it

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Yay Go Back Couple, enjoy !

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I am Assexual. There I said it. So one would think that all the problems, I had gone through and am still going through was enough. But oh no, there had to be another thing that bothered me during my depression. And that is marrying and especially, having kids. Another thing to worry about now and the future. I found out I was Asexual and that is when I realized a lot of things about myself. I told my mother that I won't marry. I told her I just didn't want to ever marry and have a baby. (My parents don't but my sister knows about my asexuality, and but she can't seem to believe it. Nor would my parents except that or understand about such a thing's existence.) But my mother said that I had to do all that. Though she wanted me to do all those degrees, so that I could earn my own money and not have to depend on others, she thinks marriage is important. Infact my mother herself earns the money to take care of the family but my father doesn't earn enough money to do that at all. Infact my mother not only does her job but also does the work around the house but my father thinks housework is a women's job. So he rarely does work around the house except in cases where my mother is not home, for a long time. So on those days when both me and my sister has to do most of the work, he might help in making the food. But not without complaining they we should be ashamed we can't do it alone and that he is a man and they are not supposed to do such work. See that's not the biggest problem, the problem is he mostly idle and literally does nothing except when he does go for his job, which he does only for two days a week. Yes you read that right. He even does not do that a lot of times cause of some reason or the other, making excuses. My mother herself has no problem with either him or my brother not doing anything around the house (though she does have a problem with my father's job). My brother is the one who spends the most money (once he literally spent 'my allowance' without me realizing until too late, on an online game, money which I had saved, it was a lot), and is always outside the house and doesn't like to eat home cooked meal, demands my mother to give him money, even the times she says she doesn't have enough money. So he mostly orders food or forgoes eating the whole day. My mother says he's just a kid (who is in college by the way). My mother really spoils him and literally says nothing most of the time even when he hits her or shouts at her. And I pointed it out to my mother and she literally said his wife will take care of him. So she expects me and my sister to help with the chores and so we do. A lot of fights happen in my house, every other day. You see for my mother marriage is really important too. She thinks that otherwise people will talk, otherwise they will wonder. Except it's not about what they will think of me but about my parents.

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Just the day before my birthday she suddenly realized I would turn 24 and that she couldn't wait any longer. She even told me she doesn't care anymore if I get a job or not I have to marry that's it. She will find me someone to marry but I can decide if I want to marry that person or not, that much she will do. But marry I must. For the time being she is fine but she really could do anything. See once she even filled out my information for a matrimonial site and I discovered it and got angry and said no. She removed it, thankfully. She constantly talks about trying to find me someone. There was a fellow D.Ed student who was herself married by the time we finished with D.Ed. and since I always said I am not going to marry whenever someone in college asked me, she said I would. When I said I would never have a kid, she said there is no way cause you would yourself want to have a kid. When I said even if I do end up marrying somehow I won't have a kid. She insisted that I would myself want to marry and have a baby. So many people think, 'how can a woman not want to marry or have kids? They have to'. And that's what my mother thinks too. I seriously don't know what to do. Basically my problems haven't even started.

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I’m so sorry your mother is putting all this pressure on you. It’s hard to break the norms. Good luck in finding a job and being able to support yourself so that they can no longer dictate your life.

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Thank you so much for being supportive ❀️

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I am asexual too, you are not alone. Of the 1% on this planet, 2 have come out as Beanies on the same day ;). It is a shame that you have to endure all this from your family. I wish I could cheer you up or give you some advice, but I have to admit that I got lucky with understanding parents and a society that does not care as much whether you are married with children or just hook up every night.

It is frustrating to have to explain again and again that I have zero interest in sexual relationships and do not see myself as a parent. Being a good daughter, sibling, cousin, friend and aunt/godmother is more than enough for me, and a romantic partner would merely be a nice bonus rather than a requirement.

No matter what happens, keep in mind that this fellow ace is cheering you on and that I am always willing to listen if you need to talk. Maybe one day we both can fully figure this out. ❀️

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Hey there fellow Ace ❀️. It actually feels so good reading you comment. It's nice to know someone else who is asexual like me. Thank you for sharing and being supportive😊 Nobody in my family is actually okay about sex for pleasure. But it's still important for them that one has kids. It's totally complicated but that's how it is.

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I hope you can help them understand, and leave you alone. That's bullying, you know! πŸ˜’
And it must be stressful because it is still your family.
By the way, I don't know if money plays a role, but trying telling them raising a child cost more than one million dollars, and most man are irresponsible and abandon their children, so you would be left alone to pay for everything. That is not fair.

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I actually came out on Dramabeans because I felt it would mean a great deal to you. I am glad I made that decision❀️.

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@amy1009 and @TurtuallySarcastic I don't understand your feelings, but I acknowledge that they are real and belong to you. No one should be "guilted" into doing something that is not what they want or being someone they don't want to be. Thank you for sharing.

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Thank you 😊

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I'm sorry that you are facing these difficulties and stressful times. I unfortunately do not have great suggestions, but wanted to offer my thoughts and moral support. You may not have an answer now, but please hang in there and take a step at a time. I hope you'll be able to get a job (that you'd love) and prove them wrong. But mostly, I hope they'll turn around and be understanding and supportive. With that, I'm going to send you lots of ((( hugs )))

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Thank you ❀️

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Truth be told the only other person I actually told that I was asexual to (other than my sister) is a friend I made on Tumblr, and we bonded over our love for the same drama. That person has has been very supportive of me and otherwise I would never have been able to write about me being Ace here, if it wasn't for that person.

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Hang in there! You're still very young, and it's totally normal that you're still figuring out who you are and how you want to live. I wouldn't get to hung up on words, you have the right to define yourself however you want, but give yourself room to experience change, live is evolution! I can only tell you that my ideas about what I wanted for me changed greatly from 24 until now. When it comes to what you tell about your family, I do understand your constraints. Although my southern European context is totally different from yours, I come from a fairly patriarchal and hierarchical family (fortunately, they softened with time too) and my mom gave me a hard time when I chose to study what I liked instead of what she thought was a safe bet... I had the opportunity and the means to support myself abroad and I never even considered coming back in the last 20 years. Funny thing, after setting out to live on my how terms, I ended up choosing to have a fairly conservative life - but having been able to take my how decisions made all the difference to me! I hope you find the best way to negotiate with your family and send you good vibes and energy for whatever you decide to do! Everything will work out fine!

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Thanks for sharing and being so honest. That's brave. When we verbalize our feelings somehow they become more and more real, don't they?

Life is a long journey and I can only repeat to you the advice my dad told me since I was very little: "Always be independent. Never depend on anyone. In this world there's only one way to be independent and that is to have your own money". That's the best advice ever.

I'm not asexual, but I live alone, I don't have a partner or children. Life has brought me here and I'm happy with my life. I could only change this for something better. I'm a hopelessly romantic, and I guess that's the reason I've never found anyone... not that I ever spend a minute trying to find someone, though.

Follow your path, it will lead you to your own happiness. You don't have to make others happy. Your only task in this life is to find your own happiness.

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Your mother seems to be a super woman. Wow... and in regard to your being asexual, believe me, I understand it, for I feel I am asexual too. I like my oppas but only in tv. In the real like I don't like men (or women, by the way), and I never wanted to have babies, and I am not interested in anything from the "happy ever after", because I don't believe in that happy ever after, although I do believe in everlasting life πŸ€”
It is just that, it is a long story. But anyway... fighting! You don't need to get married to be happy, you have the right to be happy with yourself.
Not all women are good to be mothers nor they need it.
I recommend you to read the book from Jean Shinoda, the goddess in every woman (I think that's the title). There are three types of archetypes where the woman in complete in herself and doesn't need a man, even many of these women are literally virgins and happy to remain like that, because they have no genuine interest not even curiosity in sexual relationships. It is ok. They are good for other things and remaining chaste is even a protection.
Hang in there, and don't believe in men. The most of them are not good.

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What can I say my mother thinks that we need someone to care of us when we are old and so marrying and having kids is important. She doesn't think I can live my life alone.

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To top it off they are kind of religious. I am totally an atheist.
They tend to bring up religion so many times. Even while talking about marriage, my mother couldn't help but being it up. They are actually disappointed that I don't believe in god either.

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Well, your mom is not the only one. My mom is an atheist and she still nags me about marriage and kids and thinks those are better than a stable job with pensions.

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"don't believe in men. The most of them are not good." That is terribly sexist!!!! Just like it is acceptable to be asexual, liking men should also be acceptable. Let's not be prejudiced either ways. Don't forget Men are also humans like women and both men and women are equally good or bad depending on their personality :) world is still a beautiful place full of nice people.

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Kudos to you for being honest and bold enough to come out. I'd say is ensure you are educated/skilled enough to be financially independent. I think in society that takes precedence over everything. You can assert your rights to be whatever you want if you are financially independent.
Don't be worried about what your parents will think. Inform them about your choice and also how you are independent and have ability to sustain in the world. They will likely accept you as you want with passage of time. Every parent takes time to really understand that they cannot change their child by ordering them about.

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Happy 2020 Beanies! Happy 1st OT too!

I have fallen the The Untamed rabbit hole TT__TT

I've got two episodes left. I think I finally understand why Chinese dramas needed a rewatch after finishing a drama. You've been with the characters from the start. You were with them the whole journey, you can't help but love them dearly. I've felt this with The Untamed and Arsenal Military Academy. A little late to the party but I'm here~~~

The year started with me binge watching The Untamed, and I think it's a great start!

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What? You have two episodes left? I thought you had just started?

I am not one who rewatch shows, not even my faves but for this drama, I highly recommend a rewatch. Even if you don't rewatch it in entirety, at least the first 2 episodes and some key parts(that's a difficult one!). Trust me, you will see things in a new light and notice details which you did not catch earlier.

The Untamed has the best collection of BTS I've ever seen. I think you will enjoy them immensely if you are invested in the characters and now get to see what went on behind the scenes.

Some beanies have also gone on to the novel and donghua. Although I have not read the entire novel, I have read another book from the same author, I love it!

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I started a few weeks ago, had to pause it bcs of the holidays then went back binge watching when the year started >.<

If the bts had english subtitles then that would ease the heartbreak I'm gonna feel after finishing. Not sure if I'd go to the novel and donghua though, unless it's very different from the drama.

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Happy 2020 to all! Hope we get to have more fun chatting about kdramas this year. I know I'm loving Crash Landing On You and enjoying it so much more than I expected.

I also started watching Romance is a Bonus Book since it's hard for me to wait around until the weekend for new episodes of CLOY.

I went to Korea back in November for 3 weeks and it was the most amazing thing ever. I'm Korean American and had only gone once before when I was very young. It was nice to see that my Korean was passable enough that Koreans were surprised when I said I was from the US. I'd like to practice my Korean more and be more natural, hoping that watching kdramas will help increase my limited vocabulary. :)

TGIF! Can't wait to just relax for the next two days. Love the weekend. <3

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Happy Friday everyone and Happy New year πŸŽ‰ 🎊 πŸŽ† πŸŽ‡ to everyone who made to 2020. And may 2019s soul rest in peace so it doesn't come back. It was really awful for me.

In Dramaland I think I'll pick REMEMBER SON'S WAR on top of CLY Son Ye Jin is making my day.

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Wishing you a much better 2020.

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Thank you and same to you

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Anyone else waiting to the Twelfth Night?
In Spain we celebrate Epiphany. During the night the Three Wise Men (Mechior, Caspar and Balthazar) bring presents to all childen who previously wrote them a letter. The ones who've been bad don't get a present but coal (although it's sugar coal, you can eat it).
Every Spanish child has been threatened to receive coal if they don't behave.
So anyone around shares this tradition?

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That is a neat tradition. Thanks for sharing! It sounds quite similar to what we do with Santa in the US, but I’ve never heard of it being done with the three Wise Men.

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We also celebrate Santa (best of both worlds!) but Wise Men (Magi) are everybody's favorite. Biggest Christmas Parades take place January 5th, and they are massive. I still nervous that night.
Children would leave their shoes in the living room and the Three Wise Men would leave their presents. In exchange, children leave cookies for the camels and milk for the Magi.

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Some of my family celebrates Epiphany.

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Grand family meals on this day (January 6th). Presents everywhere and children happy as ever. It's the best day of the year.

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Sugar coal seems like a mixed message to me. Misbehave & get sugar! :D

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Well, children don't know it's sugar coal, so you expect to be ACTUAL coal. And remember it means no other presents!!

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If I had known the gem Dance Sports Girl would turn out to be and that it only has 8 epsiodes I would definately have tried watching it before the year 2019 ended (yes I'm being greedy for beans and also I haven't finished it yet but I love it❀)
Ahh better late than never, right!?

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Absolutely!

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It's a wonderful drama.

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The episode number was a little too short than usual that I had to pause for a week before watching the last ep

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Hello all:
Hoping everyone is doing well this new year. I myself am feeling a bit unsettled. Probably the bombing, probably the deaths of several of my friends's sons, primarily by suicide. Hard times all over. i hope everyone has a good healthy and happy new year.

Dramas:

Stove League -- my present kdrama crack
99 million woman -- the coincidences are annoying me and the stress is horrible. A good show but i can't say i'll ever watch it again.
Prosecutors diary -- wish i could like female lead
cdramas:
Joy of life -- my crack cdrama
Yanxi palace -- princess adventures. = fun and short
must get back to lingjian mountain
Chongqing hot pot on amazonprime. a good movie.
Must connect to sword dynasty

jdramas:
nee sensei -- good... a bit too much like ugly girlfriend

have a great year y'all

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Happy New Year!!

A bit spooked by "deaths of several of my friends's sons, primarily by suicide" Care to explain a bit?? Sure it is terribly heartbreaking. Young are dreams of the world, them losing their lives to any cause, worst, killing themselves is the biggest disappointment ever for the world.

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Last year, three of my friends' sons committed suicide, friends' friends also killed themselves, several had car accidents or horrible illnesses, and one friend's son disappeared off a naval ship in the middle of the ocean. It's just been one grief after another. I got used to suicides and friends' suicides over the past year. But last year was just too too much. Then one of my friends relatively young hubby got early onset dementia. He and my friend spent days crying over his mind leaving him. It's just upsetting. I'm glad that my sons aren't afflicted with depression. No matter what happens, they're always in a hopeful mood. But my friends' sons were always in panic, grief, depression, no matter how good their lives were. Mental illness is just horrible. And suicide just echoes through the lives of everyone it touches.

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Terribly sad to hear this!! :(

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Binge(ing) People with flaws. Not a big deal.
I am disappointed the characters are so vain.
In general, the values this drama portray are very low.

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Thought the same at first, but then the drama starts showing that they are different from how they thinkabout themselves... Episode 11 is super sweet, you realize that actually ALL of them (except Jangmi's awful Mom) are caring and soft-hearted. It's a fairly run of the mill drama, but it has a heart

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What do you mean? I really like the characters and mostly because everyone is pretty nice and more realistic than usual cardboard kdrama people.

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I understand what you mean. I also like that the ML is far than perfect, even his parents say the only good thing he has is his face, LOL!!!!
I like that. I like also the relationship between all the siblings in both families, and the FL with her Bestie...
Nevertheless, I dislike that the main plot has mostly to do with being "pretty"/"handsome" or not. The traumas they have "disliking handsome men", "becoming handsome" (in order to get revenge or avoid being humiliated), all of that show me that physical appearance plays a dysfunctional role in the lives of all these people, and I don't like that.
Now that the leads are supposedly falling in love with each other, I don't get to understand why...πŸ™„, it feels shallow and flat, although I see how the writer wants to create a bigger impact by recalling the "trauma" from 15 years ago, for example....
It is ok, I keep on watching while cooking or doing the chores, but still... It feels vain to my taste.

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This will be explained later, it's really not about being pretty or being labeled as desirable. The FL has some issues and she uses this as an excuse. The ML became handsome but was never really able to get over his rejection so he never even used this to get any experience, he was too afraid of any woman. The physical appearance issue is just a pretense for them, ML is even more insecure than FL, they are not vain, or shallow, they are just living in their past. The three handsome brothers are also presented as vain boys but later shown to be caring guys even they try to do something bad. Maybe the problem of this show is that it tried to sell itself as wacky comedy when it had some really funny moments (which did not involve toilet humor) but it's not as silly as it pretended to be.

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Thanks for the defense. I will keep on watching for it is an easy watch, and also, I want to see how the show redeem itself. πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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I would give it a try. In fact, for me the characters (and not the main couple or their love story) are what drives me to watch the drama every week. The relation among the siblings is amazing and more complex that one can see in the surface, and all the rest of the relations is pretty real, just as @lixie said.
But then, I can understand you don't finally like it. I couldn't finish Sky Castle, for instance.

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I am also more interested in the other characters rather than the main couple. I hate the love triangle with the cousin, by the way.

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Hi y'all!
i hope you're all having a lovely start to the New Year. I am so ding dang grateful that the holiday season is over. I just wasnt feeling it this year--I didnt even go to Hobby Lobby or Michaels and pillage the after Christmas sales that I've been looking forward to all season long. My thought was, even if I can't/don't feel like celebrating much of anything in my apartment I can get tons of cute stuff for next year (in my hopefully much better apartment!) but when the sales rolled in, I rolled over and went back to sleep. Could be this stupid, lingering, cold/flu/plague/allergies/wtfamIevendyingfrom?! continuing to drain the energy out of me. I dont know. But, oh well. That ship has sailed.
Things have been so stressful and hectic in libraryland!
There haven't been any more run-ins with the manager but we're a small staff and since it was the holidays most of the staff took 2-3 days off to spend time with family, friends, celebrate the season. Except--just because its the holidays doesnt mean that things slow down at the library! Things pick up! For the last two weeks I've had kids in the building from the time the doors open until we close. Most of them staying 4+ hours day, not even leaving to go home for meals (and there without any adult supervision, I might add). My manager kept looking at me like: DO SOMETHING WITH THESE TINY HUMANS. But, there wasn't much I could do because we were short staffed. Shrug.
I had teacher collections come in, out reaches to prepare, story times to prepare and 3 separate things to look at regarding collection development and I had to fill out a self evaluation form. Its hard to give an honest evaluation when I know my boss doesnt like me. It was hard to get as much of it finished as I did, but. I tried.
I dont really have real resolutions--except for the ones that I made on the wall--but I do want to try and get to know my sister this year. She's exactly 10 years older than me and I can count how many times I've seen her in person (7). She's married with two young kids and she lives in Georgia I think. We're friends on facebook. She posts a lot about her friends who became like sisters to her, stuff about letting go of people who dont spark joy in your life, and religious stuff. When my older brother got married last year the two of them became closes so I reached out to her as well. But now I dont know what to do! I have her phone number and said that I would call or text but I have no idea what to say!
Also, as much as I love my little apartment Im making moves to actually...go out in the world some? I'm supposed to meet up with some coworkers next Wednesday (they chose a place that is literally down the road from me. Feels like I cant say no) and I'm trying to find a class of some sort to take. Not an educational class but something for fun. There's going to be a one-off Korean cooking class in March that I want to take but I need something before then! I just can't find...

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There's going to be a one-off Korean cooking class in March that I want to take but I need something before then! I just can't find something. I want something to take me out of my comfort zone, but not so far outside of my comfort zone that I'll have a panic attack in the parking lot and never leave my house again, you know?!
Right now I'm watching CLOY, All I Want for Love is You, Alice Ke's doppelganger/time travel drama, Nokdu (which I am so behind on---sorry @katrina!) and Second Chances.
Oh! Some older gent at the library told me that he loves watching things with subtitles and I asked him why the heck he isnt watching dramas, then?! He said because I haven't recommended any to him. I told him to watch Chicago Typewriter and he is to come and chat with me next week. What else can I rec to an older gent?
Happy New Year, chums!

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Can anyone suggest an new/old K-drama which is interesting from start to end?

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Chicago Typewriter? Healer? Enjoyed every single minute in these two

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yes Healer is amazing, seen. Is Chicago Typewriter as good?? Will check

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Chicago Typewriter is amazing, but for some, the first episodes are slow. It also has a couple of weird characters, things that you don't understand so easily, but oh my... It is so worthy! The music is amazing.. Cinematography on top... wonderful acting, very emotional...
Me, I loved it and it made me laugh and cry a lot....

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I've watched recently Matrimonial Chaos and enjoyed it so much, it was different. And also Fight for my way.
My last year's favorite shows were Be Melodramatic, The light in your eyes and Search Query WWW.
In case you haven't seen any of those I would recommend them.

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What is news on Park Bo Gum????? Awaiting his next drama/movie!

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For people who liked Be Melodramatic, the actors Ahn Jae-hong and Jeon Yeo-bin with Kang So-ra and Kim Sung-oh will be in Knowing Brother the 11th January :) They will promote their new mvie Secret Zoo I guess.

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I'm so glad Dramabeans is back. I had flashbacks to the Drama Fever debacle and didn't know how I would cope without this site! 😁

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