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Open Thread #640

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 Lunar New Year, friends!!!

Hyun Bin sent a video wishing his fans a happy lunar new year (on my fanwall, in case anyone is interested!

Other than that, I'm still in the black vortex of Hyun Bin obsession. Anyone else in here with me?

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You're not alone(although mine is linked to both him and Yejin.)

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I ship them so hard!

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Beware of going deep into the HB rabbit hole. May you not get lost 😆.

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Too late 😝

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Happy weekend guys ❣️🎉
Who watched the ending of JOY of Life last week with me?
I am sooo upset I haven't watched a single thing since then, that hasn't happened in...never-ever-before.
Sequel comes in 2021...December, but before that, we gotta live, thank God for BTS...I need my boys rn.
What's airing presently that's annoying you?

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Yes, add me! The wait will be long and tedious. This drama managed to grab my heart.

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Happy Friday Beanies!

A daily CLOY spaz with some friends yesterday brought us to the line from episode 9 when Jung-Hyuk said: "One step should be ok". After I'd finished dying all over again, I started thinking about some lines and/or speeches that have stayed with me long after a drama has ended. Here are some of them(in no particular order):

"One step should be ok" ~ Crash Landing On You.
"Whether you’re a man, or an alien… I don’t care anymore" ~ Coffee Prince.
"My wish is that your wishes come true" ~ Moonlight Drawn By Clouds
"Clichés are the best" ~ Extraordinary You.
"The pain may hurt, but it will pass. If you bear it for just a little bit, it will pass by." ~ Healer.
 "...going through this life is the first time for all of us anyways." ~ Because this is my first life.
"Take care of your "star pocket". There are moments in life that sparkle. Whenever that happens, save those moments in your star pocket. When you face hard times or you are sad, take a star from that pocket and find the power you need. " ~ Because this is my first life.
"Things will be fine when you turn 30" ~ Be Melodramatic.

So Beanies, what are some of your favorite lines from dramas?

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"We are all......misaeng". Sigh

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I love this quote. I miss misaeng.

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“She said your life will be a dead end, whatever happens, I am willing to stay with you.” JoL

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"There are moments in life that sparkle" ;) I also remember that one

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Mom was awesome in that scene 🙂

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Don't have exact quotes but two great dialogues, more like speeches for me:
-Kang Joo-eun on believing you can endure in a tough situation because it means you haven't reached your limit yet in Oh My Venus, which is her life mantra.
-Hwang Jung-eum's touching words on healing Ji-sung just before their first kiss.

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The second one is from Kill Me,Heal Me.

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It's been a while since I watched Oh my Venus, but I like that one.

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Some great quotes from General Nokdu from Nokdu Flower:
- Boundaries are only in your mind
- If fear could disappear by avoidance, it would have never existed in the first place. Fight it. The only way to overcome fear is by confronting it.

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I love these! I should watch Nokdu flower sometime. Maybe during the inevitable post-CLOY slump I feel coming.

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You should! It is full of quote-worthy dialogues. It's not a light watch though, so don't watch it for entertainment. :)

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I'll remember that

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I don’t remember the exact quote but it’s from My name is Kim Sam soon. When Hyun Bin was asked about why he loves Sam soon and he said “ Why do people keep living even when they know they will die” essentially saying that there’s isn’t always a reason behind loving someone. Sometimes you just do even though you know they might break your heart.

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This one too! “The body asks the heart, if I am in pain the doctor will cure me, but if you are in pain, who is going to cure you? The heart replies, only I can cure myself. Maybe that’s why, every person has their own way of healing the pain in their hearts. Drinking, singing, throwing a tantrum, crying, laughing, talking to a friend, traveling, running a marathon. The worst thing to do is to ignore the pain in the heart.” – Sam Soon

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I'm working towards watching MNIKSS.

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That show was so ahead of its time, a classic gem.

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Not exactly quotes, but some expressions that come up every now and then just touch my heart: "how can you do that to someone's precious child?", "you've lived diligently", "you've lived well"... I love how these ideas are expressed, in my culture they are valued but are not usually verbalised

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I love it when they say "I'm a mother's precious child" because that is so true. It's a beautiful feeling to know you are loved.

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It is! Also like how it conveys the idea that everybody, no matter what, deserves love and respect

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One of my favorites is from Ae Ra in Fight For My Way. Its a paraphrase so bare with me.
"thats enough. Thats enough. We both know that you're not going to hire me. But you don't get to hurt me. I decide how much Im willing to take. And thats enough."
And then, like the badass that she is, Ae Ra turned and with her head held high, left the interview.

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I remember thinking I'd like to try this once when I watched that scene. Ae Ra was a badass indeed.

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"Everyone is terminally fated to die from the moment they're born, they just tend to forget that while they're living,"--Chocolate.

"The body is a container for the soul. Death takes off the clothes the soul was wearing."--A Thousand Days' Promise.

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Just remembered the one from Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, when Raon tells the prince that it’s easy to help someone whose body is hungry, but difficult to help someone whose heart is hungry, because those people act like they’re fine... and then offers her own heart that is full of affection, it's so sweet!

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I like so many quotes from Perfume.

Yi Do's mum consoled Yi Do when he was at wits end. It was a great son-mum moment. Some of her words to him:

- If a person doesn't move, life won't bring you anything.
- Life is about enduring it. If you become strong and endure it, one day destiny will take your hand again.

Perfume Ahjusshi said some awesome words to Jaehee.

- All of the choices were made by you. It's not good to blame your fate for everything.
- No matter how you look, are you confident that you'll take care of yourself and love yourself?
- There is no life that is without difficulties. Do not lose your courage. Hang in there and be healthy. As long as you're alive, miracles may come to you. That is life.

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I didn't watch Perfume but I love these.

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There are so many good lines that turn into quotes from so many dramas. It's hard to remember them all but a couple that have stood out for me are these:

ML: "Life, go on by, she'll take a while"
FL: "Time, don't hold on to me, I still have a place to go to"

The above quotes makes no sense taken out of context, maybe. But, for some reason it has stayed with me for a long time. It's from Bottome of the 9th with 2 Outs.

Another one is more recent from Romantic Dr. Teacher Kim 2:

"After passing this long river called life, I have learned that there are moments where we can linger but none where we can stay."

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Bottom of the 9th with 2 Outs is one of my favorite friends-to-lovers drama

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After a really few bad weeks, this was actually a good week. Not just a good day but a whole good week. Didn't have to deal with much stress or felt depressed. I can't believe it's Friday already. Infact today was really calm.

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Happy weekend everyone!
(Posted in the last weeks open thread earlier, good job Purpleink!)
Here is some rambling from me, I just need to let it out somewhere.

I met with the doctor today and she was very kind and calm. Not stressed at all as they usually are in my country. Got medicines prescribed to me that she wants me to try even though I'm scared of messing with my head with chemical substances. One is to help me sleep and the other one is to "help me feel less useless". The doctor thinks I'm having depression, but I don't feel depressed, a bit down yes but not depressed. It feels like I don't fit in anywhere and with these medicines they will try to fit me in a mold I know don't belong in. It honestly scares me.

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It can be scary to try them but you can always stop if the medicines don’t help you sleep and feel better. I’m a big believer in how much medicines can help, so I wish you the best.

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Agree! We all struggle sometimes, and medicines don't change your personality, they just address some symptoms that might be making your life harder. I also find them scary, but I've seen what a difference they can make. And it's always a work in progress... If it doesn't work out for you, you can always try something different. Fighting!

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I'm scared of getting addicted to them. I don't want to take them for the rest of my life.

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Can you see your doctor again and talk about your concerns? It is ok to ask that before you start taking any kind of medication! Anyway - and I'm saying this without knowing any details of your particular situation - most of the times medication is needed just for a while, to get the chemistry right again (for instance, getting enough sleep can make a world of difference on people's way of thinking)

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Depression is often caused by a biochemical imbalance. Getting that balance right can make a huge material difference to people's lives. We need to get rid of the stigma around these types of drugs, they save people's lives.

Having said that, I also don't know what condition Purplepink is being treated for or what kinds of drugs they've been prescribed.

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Agree with @leetennant, we can't advise you about this over a chat-wall. @purpleink93, if you have concerns about your prescription, you need to talk to a professional. We are here to talk and support you, but you need to look for support in real life too. A friend, a familiar, a helpline, a support group... There are options, and talking helps!

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Not being able to sleep well is a real downer. I've struggled at times with insomnia for over twenty years. I too don't want to get addicted to pills, so I do lots of research and try to find organic things to try. I started taking melatonin, because I live in a part of the world that doesn't get very much sunshine in the winter. I also have a bag of lavender I harvested last summer, and I shake the bag up vigorously right before to go to bed so the lavender scent is somewhat strong. I've been more successful at sleeping lately, and feel much more energetic and sharper in my mental processes. Good luck, I sympathize with you.

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The balance in chemistry in your brain is more important than you think. You may need the medicine to just go on, just like you just need insulin if you're diabetic. You need balance in your body. And then, once you have found that balance you need to do something else, just like if you're diabetic, you'll avoid certain food, if you've had a muscular problem, you'll go to the physiotherapist, and if you're a bit down, you may need the advices of another type of therapist. Mental health is important and there are many people in the world who thinks that just by saying "cheer up, you'll get over it" it's enough, when it may not be. Don't be scared to look for help, but don't rely only on drugs.

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Happy Lunar New Year Beanies!

It's a weekend without new episodes but it's a weekend with family!

The Beanie Rewatch on The Heirs makes me laugh and goodness, that drama was awful!

The only interesting thing that happened this week was that I met up with an ARMY friend who I met in SK last year. We ended up spending 15 hours talking about life, BTS, SVT and just anything under the sun. That was the first time I talked to someone that long but it didn't feel long though. It felt wonderful despite me spending the day sleepily >.<

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ARMY!!!
Officially jealous of you...

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Do you like BTS???

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Ha!
I don't like BTS, I loooooooovvvvvvveeeeee BTS *pants*

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OMO! ME TOO! Who's the bias?

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Happy weekend Beanies!

My poor godson has been sick and banned from daycare this week, which means that my parents and I have been his main caregivers the whole week. Our hopes for a quick recovery were dashed by the pediatrician, who diagnosed our poor baby with the early stages of pneumonia. Caregiver duty is thereby extended until next Thursday. On top of that my goddaughter has no school until Tuesday and my parents have to meet with the physiotherapist at the hospital this Monday afternoon to discuss my father’s back treatment. So I am on my own this Monday afternoon with an energetic toddler and her ill baby brother and I do not feel confident about this responsibility at all, despite everyone telling me I am doing great with them. I should take some comfort from that and the fact that there is no other option. This is actually the best scenario we can wish for at the moment, because if he still has a fever tomorrow, he will have to be hospitalized instead. Of course I would babysit by myself all the time if that meant my godchildren would never have to stay at a hospital.

Ironically, I watched more this week than I usually do. To end our days on a positive note my friend and I watched ‘Ouran high school host club’ to laugh and shut off our brain every evening. Fortunately it is only about a dozen twenty minute episodes without any logic.

I have also read contradicting statements about whether ‘No Second Chances’ will be airing tomorrow or not. I actually do hope that they are postponed, because in that case I can catch up on some episodes before February starts next week. I am seriously considering challenging myself to a February movie month, which is not going to work out if I keep getting behind on No Second Chances episodes and watch them haphazardly like I am doing now.

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Awww... poor baby. Hope he recovers soon! And fighting! I've never have to babysit 2 at a time, but my friend just gave birth to another baby, so I foresee this in my near future.😋

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Thank you, it would not be unwise to mentally prepare yourself...even babies have mischief in their tiny bodies ;)

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Ooo... don't remind me. lol.

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I read that No Second Chances will be replaced with a movie.

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I read the same, but because it was contradicted somewhere else I wanted to ask around first. But thank you, it seems like I read correctly. ;)

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Sick babies can be a challenge to take care of partly because you feel so bad for them. I hope he's much better by tomorrow.

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Thank you, he was full of mischief today, so I hope that is a good sign....and I hope that he will not be too full of mischief when I am in charge next Monday ;)

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You will be fine. Just prepare books, toys, art, and music with a nice nap in the middle will get you three through the day.

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Thank you, naps will certainly be part of the schedule ;)

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Happy Friday Beanies!!

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Also, my first attempt at the whole HTML formatting so here's to hoping it worked! Hope y'all are having a fantastic week and getting ready for an even better weekend!

So, here's the thing. There has been a problem that's been nagging at me for some time now, and I decided to do something about it.

I love food (This is not the problem). I love to eat food (don’t we all?). If I could, I would eat anything edible that comes my way however, I am a vegetarian. I was raised as a vegetarian. I have never eaten meat so I don’t miss it, nor have I had the urge to try it. Those of you that decide to give up meat/dairy/any type of food after having been introduced to them, I don’t know how you do it! I don’t know if I could ever go vegan. But I digress. Food. Right. As we all know, pull of Korean food is real. And, if you're a Kdrama watcher (me) the pull get exponentially stronger as you watch people on your screen gobble down amazing looking food.

I have tried to find many Korean restaurants around me that would serve potentially vegetarian food. You know - make the soup with water instead of beef broth , not eat the banchan (nearly everything has fish sauce!), etc. I swear my gluttonous heart would cry every time I realized I couldn’t eat the glorious spread in front of me. So I decided to take matters into my own hand. I searched and researched recipes. I finally found several recipes that will take me as close to authentic food as possible. I will not claim that it’s “real” Korean food but, it’s as close to Korean food as it will get for me.

I finally braved the challenge and made Kimchi along with a few banchan! Please excuse my VERY poor picture taking skills

KIMCHI: Surprisingly easy to make! You just need some patience. I already know what I'll be doing differently next time I make it. Yes, there will be a next time. I've even gotten Mr.SK addicted to it!

Banchan

Soondubu Jiggae to send me straight to heaven

Today I am remaking all of the banchan (I made this last week and we devoured it). We are hosting a couple of people and we'll be making Bibimbap, Ramyon (what I'm MOST excited about) and, Soondubu Jiggae!

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Pity that the pictures don't show up. I've never had the chance to try Korean food and feel super intrigued about it. Kudos for daring to make it yourself, that sounds amazing!

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Clearly I failed at the formatting! I'll try to see if I can somehow post the pics

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I'm not vegetarian, but I dont like shrimp or very spicy things so when I found a vegan mild kimchi in my grocery store I was super excited. Only problem is I'm now addicted to it and it's fairly pricey. Luckily the Grocery outlet also carries it, lol.

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YES! It's so good but it's so expensive! I'm glad you're able to find something near you that you can have though

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Uni is in full swing. I'm kinda glad epsiodes for basically all dramas airing over the weekend are postponed because I don't think I would have been able to watch any of them! Still haven't had the chance to watch Black Dog episodes. I'll probably (hopefully) watch it tomorrow!

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Happy New Year! Mine has started some weeks ago, but I'm all for New beginnings 😋
So, this week the stars aligned and I got posted on a place not far from home. This means a shorter commute (on one hand, yay!, on the other hand, less "me time" to listen to kpop and podcasts, buh!), and, more importantly- I can come home for lunch for a luxurious half an hour!
I've found the perfect k-fix for this daily respite: Prison Playbook! The slice of life format without cliffhangers makes it perfect to watch parts of episodes and just turn off by the end of a scene (by 1:30h running time, it's not as if I could binge watch anyway). And it is a great show! Good actors, sweet humor, quirky characters and a setting so foreign to me that just watching how they live their lives is engaging for me (are prisons in Korea really like that?).
From Tuesday to Friday I can come home, relax a bit in jail, and go back to work fully refreshed, it feels dandy! 🕺
So, Beanies, I've had a really nice week! Hope you had one too, and let's all head into a well-deserved weekend full of relaxation and kdrama

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Prison playbook is awesome,, but hey! It has also some cliffhangers, it is just that they cook it slow on you so that you cannot stop "bingeing", LOL...
Still, it is worth it. Have fun

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i sat in the background while my husband finally watched it -- and he LOVED IT!! imagine that, without any glamorous pretty woman in the lead (no offense Krystal, i liked you in this drama) and an ensemble cast of dudes -- super likeable dudes!!!

just like My Ahjusshi -- the ensemble dude posse, that is...

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hello Beanies, didn't want to let another week go by without sharing something, so just dropping by to say a quick hello:-) hope everyone's doing good:-)...have been super busy with work, and its only January (but days are going by so quickly already), haven't watched much of kdramas lately, having a bad hangover due to Joy of Life cliffhanger ending at the moment:-( can't wait for 2021 to come soon enough!

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2021...sigh

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Thanks to the lack of new drama episodes this weekend I started Romantic Doctor Kim 1. It might have the most unusual first episode I've seen in a K-drama outside of Pegasus Market.

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Did you drop Stove League?

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I'm still watching.

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Hi there, beanies! It’s a grey world where I am, the sky and the ground are the same color – turn the world upside down and it doesn’t matter – winter blahs.

I was sorry to say goodbye to Please Take Care of My Refrigerator after 5 years. It was a sort of filler show for me, but I usually found it entertaining and I loved the chefs’ efforts to create tasty foods. Speaking of that, Baek Jong-won’s newest show, Delicious Rendezvous, is fun especially with Hee Chul and Kim Dong Jun (who has the cutest facial expressions). Hee Chul is a charmer and has grown on me over the years. Also, he is everywhere these days on Ask Us Anything, Matching Survival 1+1, and My Little Old Boy, but I think he needs a new hairstyle than the yellow mic-chin parted down the middle hair he’s had for a while now. Something that shows off his handsome features better. He’s a keeper though, surviving all these idol years and still going strong without scandal (as they say).

Crash Landing on You is good, I’m sticking with Stove League (although it’s losing it cohesiveness with the internal club value clashes), Black Dog, Romantic doctor Kim 2, and I’m wrapping up my Reply 1988 rewatch with ep 20 tonight. I LOVE this show so much. What will I rewatch next that can fill my K-drama nostalgia-loving heart like Reply does?

All the Parasite accolades are well-deserved and amazing. I feel so happy for the elation that the director, producer and cast are experiencing with their international acclaim. (Maybe rewtaching Pasta is called for?)

Here are the Korean variety shows I typically watch every week: Master in the House (go, team, go! – their cheerleading challenge went well!), My Little Old Boy, The Return of Superman, LoJ, 2D1N season 4 (love the new cast camaraderie), Ask Us Anything (the quality of each episode varies drastically), Delicious Rendezcous (I like the format), The King of Mask Singer (love the participation by so many amazing singers/performers), The Manager (focus on the managers is such a refreshing angle), Jung Hae In’s Travel Log (he was too adorable cruising around NYC and getting doused at Niagara Falls), Humanimal (watch the first 2 eps – it’s just ok), Happy Together (I love the casual conversation with guests), Because I Want to Talk (Dong Wook is a great MC for this type of in-depth talk show); Weekly Idol (it is what it is), Immortal Songs 2 (impressed by the show’s consistent quality), Radio Star (ditto for quality here, too), Love Naggers 3 (I watch through squinted eyes at some of the tangled relationships)’ E-news Exclusive, Battle Trip, and Yu Huiyeol’s Sketchbook.
Yep, that’s a lot of K-entertainment! Makes me happy! ♥

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I had a weird drama-watching week in that I really liked (or even loved) everything I watched (apart from the daily drama, but that doesn't really count)

I now feel I'm going to end up paying for that by hating everything next week in that well-know phenomenon called drama-karma.

Alternatively, I've suffered enough over the past 12 months that I deserve this.

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And in case you're interested in what I watched:
ongoing dramas: Stove League, Black Dog and Prosecutor's War
Just Dance
Jdrama Nagi's Long vacation
And I started Someday or One Day

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From the Korean Times:
Cable channel tvN's North Korea-themed drama "Crash Landing on You" has been accused of glamorizing the reclusive state, police said Wednesday.

The conservative Christian Liberty Party lodged a complaint with police against tvN on Jan. 9 for allegedly violating the National Security Law. It claims the soap opera ― which is mostly set in a small village in North Korea ― has only depicted North Korean soldiers in a "peaceful" way.

The party released a statement on Jan. 10, insisting South Korean citizens have been "incited" by the TV series that failed to clearly indicate that North Korea is the nation's "main opponent."

"Our security law stipulates we should not sympathize with an anti-government organization that threatens the nation's existence," the statement reads. "We want the instigators to be promptly investigated and punished."

Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency has been reviewing the complaint, but reportedly has not yet launched an investigation.

Since the TV series is based on fiction, many believe the cable channel is unlikely to be punished.

"Fiction-based dramas have rarely been punished for breaking the security law," a police agency official said.

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I posted a comment on The Korea Times website under the article you mention. I started my comment with, "Give me a break," bet you can guess how I felt about the article. Sometimes South Koreans are just to critical for their own good.

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There are issues with CLOY, but that article totally misses the mark. My main problem with it is that shows all the soldiers and town people in spiffy brand new clothes and uniforms. Meanwhile there are many stories out of China about North Koreans stealing food from Chinese farms to take back to the DPRK. I would not say that the show "glamorizes" the North, but it does make it look a lot nicer than it really is.

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i wondered, while watching, just HOW the south koreans know how to - or upon what evidence do they - portray the north -- its cities, its housing, its citizens and mainly its military...

are the perceptions/portrayals based upon "witness accounts" or "surveillance photos" (if any) or just stereotype/assumed perspectives by south koreans? it has to be a fictional account of life in the DPRK, right? how can we know what is real or fiction, is my question....

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It comes from many sources, some more reliable than others. Quite a bit comes from recent defectors, but more recently super-sharp spy satellites are being used. And some info always leaks out into China, despite the risks.

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What do you think of my Top 5 list of the worst OST songs for Korean dramas? Compiled after research that was a little too extensive for my sanity.

5. Eternal Love, Healer
4. You are my Destiny, MYLFTS
3. Love is the Moment, Heirs
2. Stand By Your Man, Pretty Noona
1. Almost Paradise, BOF

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I think Love is the Moment is still more terrible than Almost Paradise but also I like that we have a new contender, Stand by Your Man, yes that's terrible too. Also I don't dislike Eternal Love that much, it was excessively used but it wasn't as bad as the others. This is a very handy list, I sang all of these songs and now I want my brain to shut up.

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Yep it's a tossup in terms of the order. I was debating whether Stand By Your Man should be on the list since it's not an original song for the show but I never liked that song and now even the first few bars send me screaming.

Eternal Love is not the awful ear worm the others is but it's not a great song and it was badly used in the show.

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Never watched PN and never heard Stand by Your Man... But by the song title alone I vote it worst song hands down

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On the other hand, Eternal Love is pure cheese and would hate it under normal circumstances, but Healer drilled it into my mind attached to Ji Chang Wook's face. Just by remembering the song, I get a Pavlovian reaction to it (no, I don't salivate, but get an endorphine kick, hee)

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I agree with waspz. I chuckle when I heard Almost Paradise. But due to recent Heirs posts by beanies, Love is The Moment put me in rage. And I didn't even watch that crazy show!

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Stand By Your Man drove me away from the drama. I hope to never hear that song again.

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I only watched 4 episodes and I still physically cringe whenever I hear that song now. Sad, I used to like that song.

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Same here. I hated it total.

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You are my destiny was/is a cringy for me because I watched a bad dub, man! You should have heard it, sounded like someone kicked a 90s stereo.

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The story itself didn't help, but Stand by your man is one of the reasons I won't be recommending Pretty Noona to anyone. I get an eye tic every time I think about it now.

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: D

Almost Paradise is forever tainted for me now, as is Stand By Your Man after that travesty that was called Pretty Noona....

i don't want to hear either of those songs ever again...

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Stand By Your Man, was played so much that it started to turn my stomach every time I heard the first few notes fall on my ears. I do like, Your Are My Destiny, though. I can't say I like all the song in, Descendants of the Sun. But I did like the second lead couple so much, that any song that played while they're on the screen is bearable.

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Pretty close. I think the worst soundtrack ever was for Glamorous Family (Elegant Family), but that was not really an OST.

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Hey there!

Dramas:
Kdramas: Am only watching Stove League, Money Game, The Game. I love these dramas. Stove and Money have a quiet realism that feels right. Stove League is totally showing me the ins and outs of baseball, and am loving our weary depressed self-loathing hero. Those tears in the last episode as he held the baby! Wow! The Big Bad in Money Game is on the edge of madness and ouri ahjusshi actor plays him so well. I had to get over the change in his features though. Did he get a facelift? I'm not a fan of romance but i'm hoping for a romance in Money Game. Usually when we have a poor put upon woman with hidden inner strength, she is either a total caricature candy or a touchy nasty overly feisty bitter selfish woman. (Looking at you 99 million woman). But there isn't a lot of self-pitying bitterness or selfishness to our heroine. And she looks normal with a girl-next-door beauty. And as for The Game, Taecyeon has grown up from a kid to a seriously handsome guy. His acting has so improved. Story is pretty typical in many ways but i like it that everything and everyone will all come together to heal some past issue.

Japanese:
Nee, Sensei -- My impatience with this kind of doormat exemplar of Japanese femininity battles against my need to watch a jdrama with a cute male lead.

Chinese dramas:
Joy of Life is finished and i so hope the next season will have the same actors.
Ever Night 2 -- feels cheaper somehow and has less gravitas but i'm in.
Dr Cutie is adorable! The second lead syndrome is hard though. The fated otp consists of a guy who is just stiff, and the second lead is so wonderful. Ah me, i'll have to endure i guess.
Handmaidens united -- silly, old fashioned, romance.

Have a great weekend, all.

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miss carole -- one of my favorite quiet Jdramas was Kazoku no Katachi which is about a single woman who has a very busybody mother (very typical for japanese women and their mothers) and a bachelor (tho he's not handsome by kimutaku standards, but was one of SMAP's members)...

i really liked it, but i really love Ueno Juri who is the main woman lead... it's cute, smart and realistic...
i hope you enjoy it.
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First World Problem #504

Some sort of computer glitch leaves me unable to download a library ebook that I've had on hold for WEEKS, and which finally came around to me yesterday. I've been trouble-shooting on my end and talking to or emailing tech support of 3 different organizations, but so far no luck. (There are too many organizations involved, and I can access each of them separately but not in the combination that would actually let me do anything useful. Some sort of ISP / backbone interconnect problem??????).

And they hit me with this exactly when I want to read over the weekend because of the Chinese-New-Year-induced kdrama drought. Grrr... 🤬😭😭😭

And yes, it is Problem #504 because "504 Gateway Time-out". Over and over.

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I hate those computer problems. Sorry to hear that you had to go through those. Is it possible to make a trip to the library? Maybe you'll pick up something for the weekends.

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You’re in LA! There’s got to be a Chinese/Lunar New Year celebration or twelve that you can Crash! That’s what I would do.

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Crash Landing on Lunar New Year?

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Where can we find Sohn Ye Jin at the last minute? Bring some toothpicks!

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At an LA grocery store.

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you're the perfect candidate to search high and low (mainly in Ktown) for any sightings of our beloved Javabeans and Girlfriday... that outta keep you busy this weekend?

hmm, where might they show up... Parks BBQ or Kang Ho Dong's Baekjeon.... maybe Star BBQ?

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Sam’s BBQ?

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With the exception of QUEEN: LOVE AND WAR I basically took the last cycle of dramas off. I wrapped up PSYCHOPATH DIARY. I wanted to watch ROMANTIC DOCTOR TEACHER KIM (20 episodes) before starting RDTK 2. I expect to finish RDTK tonight so suddenly my viewing card looks to be filling up quickly.
Along with Q: L&W and RDTK 2 I anticipate watching THE GAME: TOWARDS ZERO, TELL ME WHAT YOU SAW and I’LL GO TO YOU WHEN THE WEATHER IS NICE hence forth known as NICE WEATHER (until a final title is decided upon). Coming down the line will be Lee Min-ho’s THE KING: ETERNAL MONARCH which according to Wiki will finish production this month.
Unfortunately that means TOUCH will have to be dropped before I even started it. Sorry Lee Tae-hwan.

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Also I forgot about 2 more dramas coming soon that I want to check out:
This Friday (31 Jan.) Park Seo-joon’s ITAEWON CLASS will premier; and
Coming in February will be WISE DOCTOR LIFE.

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Happy Lunar New Year to all!

I have a completely random question for all ye kdrama veterans - what do the various Bean levels on DB stand for? I am not at all aspirational, but curious to know the hierarchy and the references. Some are obvious to me (Jang Gu-rae, Sparkly Tracksuit), but many are not. Is there a DB post somewhere that contains an explainer? Thank you in advance.

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A few people have posted lists but I'm not sure any of them have explanations. (@greenfields, @sicarius do you have lists?) If you post on the fanwall when you level up and ask about your level, Beanies will usually suggest characters and dramas they represent.

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I just checked the levels. Wow there are a lot of them.

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There is an active list on the second from the top wall post on @db-staff's profile.
There used to be an archive of what the levels are but it was removed. Someone who's handle I forget right now, went through an archive website and got screenshots of said archive though. (I cannot currently find my bookmark, if indeed I did bookmark it)

As for the levels themselves... they don't seem to be in a particularly significant hierarchical order in terms of what they are called, but it does get harder to achieve each level as you go up (take it from someone who is the highest tied non minion beanie after @mary).
How you level up is still under much debate and research, but the main contributing factor is commenting on recaps and news threads more than fanwall, and constant activity in general.
However! I don’t think anyone has done a complete definition list of what each level IS.
Let's see, let me go through our current known-to-have-been-achieved list and see what I know and can define. I’ll be back in a moment.

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I have this post from @anothernicole that have a screenshot of the DB ranks. But no explanation.
http://www.dramabeans.com/members/anothernicole/activity/789007/

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That is exactly what I saw

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Ah I did not bookmark it! *bookmarked for future use* Thank you.

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It’s also pinned on the discord beanie page. Somewhere.

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Okay, here is my ROUGH GLOSSARY OF LEVEL UP TERMS
Someone correct me if I’m wrong. Some of them I think have specific drama references, but some I think are general. The specific ones I don’t know as well.
Candy- Every hard working multi job juggling rom com female lead extraordinaire.
Geu Rae- I haven't seen MISAENG but you know what this is so it's fine.
Water Maid- I believe this refers to Musuri ; "Musuri is a Korean term referring to female slaves in charge of odd chores in the court during the Goryeo and Joseon Dynasty of Korea. Their main tasks were miscellaneous works such as drawing water from a well, making a fire in the fireplace or cleaning"- (thank you wikipedia), and I believe that there have been several female leads and or characters in sageuks who are this. What sageuks I do not know. (Perhaps it's a bit like a historical version of the candy character minus the multiple jobs. Someone who has seen more sageuks than I may correct me on this.)
Noble idiot- the bane of my drama watching existence. If this is a proper dictionary though then: a main character who makes a decision to be separated from the other half of their OTP main couple, for a supposedly noble, but ultimately stupid and unnecessary reason that could probably just be avoided if they just talked to each other… often involves an envelope of money from a meddling to be in law. If I had to list every drama this was in I would be here till next Christmas.
Eunuch in drag- the only thing I can think of this referencing is MOONLIGHT DRAWN BY CLOUDS where our female lead disguises herself as a eunuch for a reason I have just forgotten. There might be another drama with this starter plot but I don’t know.
Chaebol’s poor doppelgänger- I believe the main ones this is referring to is MASK (2015) and BRIDE OF THE CENTURY (the one with Hongki).
The Goblin’s underpants- there was a whole bromance joke about the Goblin’s underpants in Goblin. Idk; I didn’t watch GOBLIN.
Wrongly accused fugitive- I feel like this refers to many dramas. Although HEALER comes to mind first, since he’s accused of murder in like episode 4 or something.
Errand boy- I like to pretend this is the Night Courier (again, Healer) drama we never actually got, since Healer is The Errand Boy, but also there are a million dramas with errand boys and girls as the leads or as a job of a Candy lead.
Rooftop Room Dweller- all the dramas where they live in a rooftop house; there are so many I doubt I could list them all. ROOFTOP PRINCE, HUNDRED MILLION STARS, SHUT UP FLOWER BOY BAND, A MOMENT AT 18, SHOPPING KING LOUIS etc.
Loanshark with a Heart of Gold- I haven’t seen any of these (fully) but I know this because I asked the q about what dramas had this when I levelled up: NEIGHBORHOOD LAWYER JO DEUL GO, LIAR GAME, DREAM HIGH, MISS KOREA, REUNITED WORLDS.
Entertainer-in-training- I guess anything...

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Loanshark with a Heart of Gold was probably initially inspired by Dream High but has recently been hijacked by Jang Hyuk's character in Greasy Melo, which is odd because nobody liked that drama (except me).

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I like it too!

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*adds Greasy melo to the list*

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I really liked it although it meandered a little. Dim Sum!

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It got a lobotomy. That was my biggest problem with it.

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I liked it too!! Best bromance in ages!

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and me!

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*Night courier LEVEL, we never got.

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I think Fugitive might be inspired by Lee Junki in Two Weeks

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Takk!!

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You haven't seen Misaeng? Noooo. Well I don't get to tell what you should see. But please see Misaeng.

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It's on my watchlist, for what it's worth hahaha

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Entertainer-in-training- I guess anything that has a kpop or acting or singing sub or main plot… which is a lot of things, again. DREAM HIGH, TROT SINGERS, TLAHL?
Fan Club President- the main ones that spring to mind are REPLY 1997 and HER PRIVATE LYFE’s main female characters. I don’t know any others off the top of my head. Seeing as these levels were made almost 3 years ago however, I would think it mainly refers to the former (and any other older example).
Unemployed Slacker in a Sparkly Tracksuit- You know that one apparently but do I… I guess this is in a lot of things. The only thing I can personally think of (other than this being both my level and myself if it weren’t too hot for a tracksuit right now) is SHOPPING KING LOUIS though hahaha
Contract Girlfriend- MARRIAGE NOT DATING. BRIDE OF THE CENTURY. Perhaps BTLIOF would fall under this but that was a contract marriage lol. Her Private Lyfe… there could be another classic drama this refers to, I don’t know.
CEO’s Overworked Secretary- Every secretary ever? Every secretary drama ever? Secret Lyfe of My Secretary, What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim… Introverted Boss? Wasn’t the sister a secretary? And again, if there’s some classic drama this refers to, I don’t know it sorry.
Top Star’s Underappreciated Girlfriend- Does this refer explicitly to TOP STAR YOO BAEK or something else?
Top Star’s Underappreciated Manager- See above. Although I feel like this could just be many a top stars manager.

I will just leave it at this for now, being the highest level an active account has reached, and perhaps work on a greater glossary some other day (since there are A LOT OF LEVELS).

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Unemployed Slacker in a Sparkly Tracksuit was initially Secret Garden I'm sure.

Also, I nice work Sic!

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Oh ofc it was! I knew there were some classic escaping my mind!!! (since I have only seen a handful of them) Thank you!

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Hyun-bin and his “one of a kind” sparkly track suit that impressed precisely no one!

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I think Fan Club President refers to the main FL in Man to Man, the PHJ K-drama, which would fit the time line for when the levels were borne.

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Mmmm Man to Man aired on April 21st. The new site was launched on April the 7th/8th I think.
I was under the impression that they made all the levels about dramas that had aired prior to that date (Seeing as how the final level is Rebel who Stole the People which aired in Jan 2017)

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April 2017 that is ^

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Well, I’m mistaken then! I knew it was close!

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I will add it to the list anyway though since she is indeed a fanclub president!!! :)

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Oh btw, I will make a google doc of all of these, and make a post (when I've got a working list) to work on future levels too.

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And please if you know anymore dramas that relate to a level, comment away!

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After checking kdrama watermaid I got Dong Yi

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@amy1009 thank you!

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Top Star's Underappreciated Manager is probably from My Love from The Star.

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How could I possibly have forgotten STRANGER/FOREST OF SECRETS, for rooftop dweller! (I even have Bae Doona as my profile picture *hangs head in shame*)

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plz tag me when you do 🤗

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