Beanie level: Noble idiot

Hello my fellow beanies 👋
I haven’t been around much (actually I’ve sunk back into my old lurking ways), but I wanted to share my excitement with you… I’M GOING TO KOREA!!!
I’m going with my sister (who first introduced me to K-dramas) and we are spending 4 weeks there (doing a couple of tours, and spending the rest of the time in Seoul), we are leaving in 2 days! I’m super excited, but also a little nervous, if anyone has any hints/tips or must see places, let me know 🛫🇰🇷

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    That’s awesome! Have fun!
    I’ve never been to Korea but I’ve heard that in some places the toilet paper is outside of the bathroom stalls so make sure you grab some before you go in! (I think I heard that subway bathrooms especially were often like that).

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    AMAZING !!!
    If you have a favourite KDrama or two, explore filming sites!
    https://koreandramaland.com/
    (or at least, that’s what I would do, if I was going to Korea. teehee)

    Have fuN!

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      Thanks for the link, I’ve got the Sam-soon stairs on my list of places to go, I’ll have a look and see if there are other places i’d like to see 😀

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    The Secret Garden of Huwon Tour in Chandeokgung Palace is amazing, highly recommend, have been there twice.
    And my favourite district in Seoul is Insadong, but that’s cos I love the arty, historical stuff. Don’t know what you’re into, but every district in Seoul is different so there’s something for everyone.

    Go to as many Tea Houses and Dessert Cafes as possible! They’re wonderful!
    I don’t know where else you’re going, but I actually enjoyed Busan more than Seoul, and there are plenty of cool things like a day trip away from Seoul (like Suwon or any of the mountains) if you need to get out of the Metropolis.

    Other:
    Get a T-Money card- it does buses and taxis and subways and even some stores (like you can pay for starbucks with it) and it works country wide.
    Public Bathrooms can be nasty, so it’s usually better go inside a shop. Korea has terrible plumbing so they usually make you put your toilet paper in a bin beside the toilet :/ this can take a bit of getting used to, and I can’t say I did it all the time because it kind of grossed me out… so I just flushed a lot haha.

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      Thanks for your reply, the secret garden tour it’s definitely on my to do list, but always glad to have extra confirmation.
      As a pastry chef, tea houses and dessert cafes sound wonderful, do you have any particular favourites? We will be staying in Jongno and Hongdae areas, if that helps.
      I’m a country girl, so some day trips out of Seoul would be good, we have booked a DMZ/JSA tour, a Naejangsan autumn leaf tour and a day trip to Pocheon art valley and we might do more if we find the city overwhelming.
      Thanks for the tip on the bathrooms 😕

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    Have a wonderful time!

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    How fantastic! I hope you and your sister have a great trip!

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Oh dear, I had three days off this week and look what happened!!!
Tomorrow I go back to working 40+ hours a week (plus about 8 hrs travel), I think some will have to go 😭😭😭

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I wanted to watch more Korean movies. So I started with ‘Mood of the day’, followed by ‘The beauty inside’, and I have just now finished ‘Architecture 101’. Inadvertently I just had a Yoon Yeon-Seok marathon 😍 If only he wasn’t a sleazeball in that last one 😪



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    He is so good in Beauty Inside! I absolutely loved all the actors playing that character, but he sold the last couple of minutes of the movie.

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      I absolutely agree. I’m glad it ended with him, he really made me believe that he was the same person who had fallen in love with her.
      Actually all of them did well, I was pleasantly surprised.

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        Yes they all played the character really well! I loved the story and I’m really looking forward to the Korean version. Although, here the girl will be the one who keeps switching bodies. Which I’m not sure I like somehow. It won’t have the same kind of connotations or issues that the movie showed so beautifully.

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          Absolutely, the social implications are very different. Where a girl will be called promiscuous and be shamed, a guy is more likely to be considered a hero, at worst a playboy.

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            I know right? She had to deal with the issue of being seen as a “lose woman” in a society like Korea that’s still very close minded about such issues. Where the situation reversed, we cannot expect the same level of gravitas for the same situation. That definitely changes a lot of what the movie was trying to do.

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          yes i totally agree! in the movie i loved how han hyo joo’s friends began to gossip behind her back claiming that she was seeing different men everytime. i doubt that would be as serious of an issue if it’s the guy that’s seen with a different girl. The movie is a gem and I think every actor and actress slayed their role.

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            Yes! That was my favorite part of the movie tbh. It just drove home all the issues that dating this one guy would lead to. Imagine if they get married and then the next day his face changes. What would they even tell her family? Her relatives? It would be so messed up! In the end, it makes her decision to love him anyways that much more poignant because in a way she’s ready to accept all that baggage. It just won’t be the same if the girl keeps changes instead.

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    Well to be fair with YYS, most of his early works were a-hole roles, I think Reply 1994 really helped him in landing nice characters? Though I still commend him for choosing villain ones even after Reply, honestly he’s really good in both lol ❀

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Gah, I’m re-watching Pinocchio and I seem to have found a kindred spirit, one of the most idiotic of all noble idiots. His reasoning appears to be: “I don’t deserve to be happy so I’ll make you all unhappy too” 😤

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What is happening??? 😭😭😭

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One day I am going to try this (but probably not when anyone else is around 😋)

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@redfox Congratulations! I took a screenshot for you just in case πŸ™‚ now I can go back and like all your posts right?

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    hehe, I managed to take a screencap myself, but thank you for helpfulness! I think I have now done the weirdest most pointless thing in my life, too.

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I do not watch melo\’s very often, because I usually get depressed and infuriated. BUT, peer pressure obviously gets to me, because I am considering starting Just Between Lovers.
Could anyone tell me if I should do it, or will it be too heavy for a rom-com girl like me πŸ™‚

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    The thing that makes JBL stand out from other melodramas that I have seen (and disliked) is that it’s dramatic without being dramatic. Everything is pretty grounded and real. Nothing seems overwrought or theatrical. It really does feel like you’re watching real people live their real lives.

    I’m someone who loves comedy and only likes sad stuff when I’m in the right mood but I always find myself in the right mood to watch JBL when a new episode comes out.

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    Give it a try for 2-3 episodes and if you don’t like it no need to continue. Like mindy says it feels grounded and real – so there is pain and suffering as well as moments of calm and happiness (and the romance is slow-burning but so goooood).

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      I think I’ll take your advice, I really don’t have any qualms about dropping dramas I don’t like πŸ™‚

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    I rarely watch melodrama but JBL surpasses the level of my craziness over any drama I’ve ever been addicted to. Give it a try unless you don’t want it to took over your kdrama world. 😁

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    JBL is all heart, emotional and dramatic without traumatizing its viewers. In spite of the seemingly heavy tone of the drama, it does not overwhelm me (and other JBL lovers) that by the end of an episode I don’t feel weigh down.

    – a Beanie who has watched only 1 melo before JBL
    wait is 7 Day Queen a melo πŸ˜‰

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Seung-Gi Oppa is back!!! κ°μ‚¬ν•¨λ‹ˆλ‹€ SBS 😍😍😍

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And another one πŸ™‚

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I mostly listen to Korean music these days, but I was reminded of this Australian band, so I thought I’d share πŸ™‚

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This made me laugh, because it is just so real for those of us who need glasses, just one of many small inconveniences 👓👓👓

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    LOL yes! I was actually waiting for the comedy using those misty glasses. Too bad it did not happen. 😂😂😂

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Oh no, my obsession seems to be getting worse, I just finished my bean count for this year, then I checked what I had last year, and I\’ve gone from 24 last year to 35 this year 😯

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    Almost same, already got 35 beans,with a very long to watch list as compared to last year’s 22

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I watched Running Man, and the subs called vegemite a type of jam!! Is this a loose interpretation or a literal translation? Because I would love to feed some to the person who described it as jam 😈 Actually, for that matter I would love to see the members try it and see their facial expresions 😆

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    Sooo…..its not then? I remember Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen did one of their movies in Australia and thats pretty much how they described it. And they said it was gross. Is that not true as well? I knew I shouldn’t trust an Olsen twin…

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    I kinda don’t trust the subs completely! I had heard things about vegemite and knew that “jam” just doesn’t cover it! πŸ˜›

    I just googled now and it says “a type of savoury spread”- so maybe the Korean word for spread and jam is similar?

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    I’ve tried vegemite during my trip to Sydney, and oh my my the taste… let’s just say it literally left a bad taste on my mouth. I was eating it with my aussie friends, they said I have to tried it since this is an aussie thing, and my reaction was pretty transparent, so I ended up apologizing to them for not liking their culture, and they pretty much laughed, they expected me not to like it🀣

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Today in class we had to make a marzipan figurine, but we got to choose what it would be, here’s what I made πŸ™‚

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    Adorable! Now the real question is whether or not you are going to eat your creation. πŸ˜‰

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      Haha, actually they put them on display so I can’t. But I don’t really like marzipan anyway 😉

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        I like marzipan when there is a stronger almond flavor. In some cases, the sugar is too overpowering.

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    Lol, this is cute. It reminds me of the time we were doing fondant figures in class and I made one of Wang So.

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    Hi, this is totally unrelated to your post but may I know which part of Australia are you from? I am from South Australia!

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Hahaha!!! I was thinking the same thing 😋

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😭😭😭

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This is my go to song when I need a pick me up 🙂

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