Beanie level: Eunuch in drag

Memories of Alhambra: a gentle reminder that Hyun Bin doesn’t age. At all.

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Thoughts after Encounter Ep 2:

Episode 1 felt like a dream – Episode 2 felt like they’ve been slapped back to reality.

It makes me wonder though – that in this Opposite-Candy story, it feels like the show is suggesting that them maybe be dating would be such a big issue. Like here’s so much controversy with the fact that this CEO is dating this guy. Could be different things: 1) She’s much older than he is. 2) He’s her employee. But I can’t help but feel like it wouldn’t be such a big problem if it was the other way around.

The issue here could be compared to Jugglers but I feel like the secretary-boss relationship is on another level of intimacy – you’re working with each other every day and working on the same things. There would definitely be conflict of interest on that end.

But here – with her being so higher up and him being in an entry level position, there’s no way they could work together. So there shouldn’t be a problem.

Am I missing something here?

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    The asymmetry is precisely the point. Whereas no one would blink an eye if an older male CEO were dating some entry level female employee, now that the gender roles are reversed there is universal public disapproval. This is a woman who had the nerve to divorce out of a chaebol family and then went on to build a successful company of her own. God forbid she’d dare to date or be happy as well!

    The issue is further complicated by the fact that she lived her entire existence in the public eye because of her politician father. She is expected to be squeaky-clean, proper and to always follow the rules, no matter how archaic and unfair.

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      But irrespective of the gender dimension, there are many real-world situations where a boss-employee relationship would bring serious consequences. For instance in my job it is strictly prohibited for someone in a position of power to have a romantic relationship with a subordinate – and in fact it would be grounds for dismissal. The rationale is that free choice is not really an option when the other party is in a position of power. I was actually feeling uncomfortable at some points during their interactions precisely because of it: after getting drunk she can afford to tease him in a friendly manner but he is first worried about getting fired. Even if she is not using her authority over him in any overt way, there is still an imbalance there.

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        That’s true. But maybe I’m being overly-idealistic here, but if the relationship/feelings are really mutual (in this drama, we can still say it isn’t – a budding relationship for sure but they’re not really in the stage where they already have feelings for each other), I don’t think the fact that the other party is in a position of power should be a problem. Because even if there’s an imbalance, that party wouldn’t use his/her power for the other’s harm anyway. There may be some discomfort, but I don’t feel like that would be something they should worry about in the long run.

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      I think that’s why it’s sad that there is such a double standard. They shouldn’t have have to struggle with issues like this, but alas they do. Kind of sad that these are things that women in power have to go through. Just let them love and be successful!

      I agree with you on the divorce + successful CEO + politician father bit – she’s supposed to be a public figure who exemplifies good conduct. But this doesn’t mean she should be portrayed in a bad light if she starts dating her employee. I feel like the actual issue and the negativity that will surely hit just doesn’t match.

      Good thing dramas like this are here to start that conversation – because I feel like if it hasn’t happened yet, sometime it will, and this will be the kind of accusations a woman would have to go through if faced with the same situation.

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Cuban salsa party looking a lot like Carpe Diem from Chicago Typewriter:

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Currently watching:
Clean with Passion For Now
Encounter/Boyfriend

To watch:
Memories of Alhambra

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    Some thoughts:

    1. Clean with Passion For Now – I’m liking the dynamic so far – will definitely continue in the next weeks. Yoo Jung is showing off her acting chops like it’s easy. Kim Won Hae is here – sure he’s oversaturated, but I love him so I’m not complaining. Question to the peeps who read the manhwa though, is it accurate so far (character-wise, plot-wise)?

    2. Encounter/Boyfriend – Watching and staying for Bo Gum. Not so fond of noona romances, but since SHK and PBG are amazing actors, I will have to give an exception. Also Bo Gum’s stupid smiles. Also the cinematography. Also, did I already mention I’m watching this for PBG?

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      Beesgiggle! I haven’t seen you in foreveeeeeer! How are you?!

      I dropped Clean With Passion but I am watching Boyfriend… but only because I’m watching it with Bams. The show itself does nothing for me so far. :/

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        Mindy!! Sporting a new pic I see! (i miss you guys i cannot even tell you)

        Work has swallowed me whole – but I decided to go on leave today and tomorrow so I’m back to watching dramas. HORAAAY!

        From the two Boyfriend recaps I read though, no progression yet story-wise and I just decided I wouldn’t be watching it. But my goodness I saw PBG’s smiling in the beanie wall – I CANNOT RESIST.

        What else are you watching?

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          I’m always changing my avatar lol

          I haven’t really been watching anything for months. It’s been ages since I finished a drama. I’ve been checking out all the premieres lately but nothing is grabbing me. The ones I’m sticking with so far are SKY Castle and possibly Alhambra (I’ve only seen 1 ep)

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            Same! The last drama I’ve finish was 17 But 30 – it was nice but it didn’t have the same crack factor than say BTLIOF or INAR. Just not the same. :(((( Hoping to find a drama with the same magic.

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    Eeeee! You’re back on DB! Missed ya. Glad you’re back in the land of dramas!

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      I’m glad I’m back too! I’ll be back in the office tomorrow though – I’m hoping one of the new dramas will stick though, so I have something exciting to go home to and fangirl about on DB.

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        Fingers crossed, then! I myself have been in a slump for a little while, but Boyfriend/Encounter has pulled me back in. I’m loving the tone of the show, and SHK’s character is awesome. She feels so relatable. (And of course… Bogummy. My heckin heart is getting murdered.)

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HELP! I need to get out of a sad funk and in need of dramas for a nice escape. What’s good to watch these days?

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    Did you see 30 but 17? It took a few episodes but it turns into a super sweet uplifting watch.

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      Yes! That was the last show I watched. Then I just didnt have the time to check out the newer shows. :(((((

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    I saw the first couple episodes of Third Charm and it looked good. There are so many amazing actors doing shows right now. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to watch any of them.

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      Same! So many dramas, so little time

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        I really want to see Shin Dong Wook’s drama, which looks like a foodie one, and it comes out with just one episode a week, but that’s still too much!

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          Been seeing that drama on the Beanie wall! Definitely one of the top ones I’m planning to see

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    I’d say Terius Behind Me, it’s silly but adorable and heartwarming. Who wouldn’t want to watch So Ji Sub care of the kids? 😀

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As MG comes to a close (I haven’t watched it yet, no spoilers please!), my only regret is not coming to one of @kimbapnoona’s rabbit sessions. Can we have reruns on the weekend? Hahahaha

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If you haven\’t been hearing from me, that\’s cause I\’ve been OT-ing for 2 weeks straight. 🙁 So tired, but there\’s dramas to watch and beanies to talk to. So there\’s something to be positive about!

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Just caught up with MG – noble idiocy at its finest #whyamistillwatchingthis

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Ah Si can be the worst person in the world, and then he does stuff like this and all your anger is just gone. #whyamiwatchingthis

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    I’m more angry with Shancai than Ah-si. I’m so angry with her at the end of episode 20 that at this point I don’t even care whether she ends up with Ah-si, Lei or any random man in Shanghai.

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      I just don’t know why she can’t admit her feelings to him yet when it’s clear to the both of them (and all their friends and really, the whole world) that they like each other. It just doesn’t make sense why she would make him go through all that unnecessary pain, regardless of whether he and that other girl is a good match or not. Le sigh. I guess they want to hamper on the point that distance (or in this case, the presence of competition) really makes the heart grow fonder.

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        She doesn’t have heart, this guy has risked his life for her twice, TWICE!
        Even if she doesn’t like him, she can try to be friendly with him.

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      Honestly why he will sticks to her I don’t know! No other guy will tolerate it! And i hate it as a FEMINIST that I am saying that! Ugh!

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        Shancai is always nice to everyone, except Ah-si. Her attitude is not cute or endearing. So far I only found people who watch 2018 MG are the one who has watched the previous version, 2001 Meteor Garden and/or BoF. Good, young audiences don’t need this nonsense!
        I really hope in this version Ah-si is really dating this monkey girl. He needs to tone down his obsession with Shancai.

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          Oh she will be getting her cumuppance for sure! I hope!

          PS: i am so angry that I don’t even know how to write proper grammar as per my previous comment😫😫😫

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    I liked how the cookies changed colors in one scene from another. LOL Darn inconsistencies. But seriously, after episode 20, I ask myself #whyamiwatchingthis.

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      I didnt even notice that! HAHAHAHA. At this point, I’m still hoping the show can still redeem itself. Am I too optimistic? Hahahuhuhu

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Oh hey, Shan Cai and Ah Si could get along after all. 😂

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    Ahahahahaha who knew they had such a long history already 😂

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      She’s been pretending to not like him this whole time. Hahaha. Look how she’s protectively hugging him in that second photo!

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Gotta say though, Shan Cai and DMS have the best chemistry when they’re teasing each other and being comfortable with each other. #whyamiwatchingthis

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    In this scene, when they were this close and she didn’t grimace (and when he’s domineering and aggressive, she always does), you just know she’s getting there.

    AHHHHH

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    Love seeing Ah Si being less aggressive too! He didn’t push for a kiss, like we’d all expect him to. Yayy for character growth, because after /that/ scene and him not apologizing for it, he needs it the most.

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    I loved it when she was obviously waiting for a kiss but he didn’t push through. I feel like he’s waiting for her to kiss him or at least until she tells him she likes him, too before he kisses again.

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      Exactly! I love that he respects her that way now. A big leap from before, definitely.

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    There must be something magical about this story. After watching just one clip of the show ytd, i can feel myself falling down the MG hole again.

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      I know. After watching so many versions of it, you just don’t get tired of it. Hahahaha

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Not anticipating the beach scene in the next episodes of Meteor Garden. More DMS pettiness ahead.

And the bgm on the wide shots of the beach: ALMOST PAAARADIIIIIIIISE!

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On Meteor Garden’s ep 4 incident: very conflicted about it because /no one/ should experience something like that ever. DMS did what he did out of anger and jealousy. Cont below:

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    And it really pained me to see SC crying and struggling with him throughout the whole scene. But I wanted to see it from DMS’s perspective – he’s used to getting what he wants just like that and our girl is the complete opposite. She’s spunky and a complete fighter, not afraid of him or his money. Very attractive traits for sure, but he’s having a hard time because of that. Add to that the fact that she looks like she likes his best friend would have been a big blow as well. So I guess what I’m saying is that this whole scene made me realize how far DMS is from the perfect guy he thinks he is and how much character development we can expect from him. The way he stopped in the middle of it and promised not to hurt her again is already indicative of that – that he is /capable/ of having that big of a change. Now I’m just excited to see that come to fruition.

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      That was tough to watch. She looked genuinely frightened. I thought he was mainly driven by anger and his possessive nature, plus hormones. The scene made it perfectly clear that forcing a kiss is NOT romantic, which I thought was good. I still need him to apologise for it though.

      I like this updated version so far because of the promise of character development too.

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        OMG, I thought the show will scrap that scene!!
        I thought Dao Ming-si in this version will be better than the 2001 one. VIU only gave me 2 episodes today. From the first episode when he throw the food at Sanchai I could see regrets on his face, it’s better than the previous version of Dao Ming-si.
        Ugh, I like the first two episodes, I hope DMS will apologize to Sanchai and the show runner stop copy paste from the old one.

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          Whoops, I hope I haven’t spoiled it for you!
          So far I like this Dao Ming-si more, and yes, that scene showed him as quite flawed although you can see he regretted it.

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        Yes! I saw someone on twitter saying something like, “hey, forced kisses are not romantic. They shouldn’t make it like that.” I wanted to say back that, yeah it wasn’t. She felt violated and he felt bad about it. But yes, I’m waiting for the apology as well. Hoping it comes in ep 5.

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I know this isnt K-drama related, but who’s watching the new Meteor Garden? I’m surprised I like the new Dao Ming Si??

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    He’s pretty handsome….

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      At first I thought he wasnt, but the more I look at him he looks better! Hahaha

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    Me me me me me!!! *raises hand with heart eyes*

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      Yayy! People to fangirl with! It’s such a guilty pleasure drama, but I’m more in it for the nostalgia factor – having watched all the Hana Yori Dangos and seeing them reimagined makes me happy. *heart eyes*

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    1. It doesn’t have to be K-drama related for you to post on the wall.
    2. Me.
    3. Me too.

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      Hahaha. Thanks, @hades! And yayyy!!!

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        @hades I blame you. I just watched ep. 1. I don’t have time for this aaaaaaaagh

        Question: Do people wear uniforms at university in China? For a second I was really glad that this seemed like a college drama, and then they were in uniform. ?

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          They are in uni. I don’t remember them being in uniform in ep. 1. They aren’t in another of the other ones either. Are you sure you’re watching 2018 ver?

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            I am on ep. 2 now. I think they were all wearing formal clothes on the first day of uni and I mistook it for uniforms.
            Yeah, 2018 version!

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Revelations over at WWWSK have been so abundant this week, it\’s so great!

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    It’s good that we finally know why the parents have been keeping the identity of the real kidnapped son under wraps. I’m not sure if I can blame them now though – because they had no I idea that he retained his memories. On the other hand though, I feel like if he had been experiencing those nightmares every night for the past 15 years or so and has an intense phobia over cable wires, they should have suspected something was wrong. Shouldn’t they have questioned that or brought him to the doctor for help somehow?

    So although I can’t call them the worst parents on dramaland, it’s just upsetting that they let that issue go and took that route because its easy.

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      Yes. I can’t say they’re evil anymore, but they took the easy way out – apparently they never even took YJ to the doc to be sure about the amnesia?

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        And it never seemed to occur to them that the amnesia could be impermanent. I understand their incomplete understanding of PTSD issues, but this much (that amnesia is not always permanent) would’ve been a clear logical deduction for them, or the doctor they consulted would’ve told them the possibility.

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      I think there’s some inconsistency in the writing. If he has been having nightmares every night ever since, which he tells Mi-so, I’m sure his parents would’ve known he still remembered the incident. Plus he had a phobia of cable ties and women who looked like his kidnapper. It would’ve been hard to hide long enough till he moved out from his family home.

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        Though, he doesn’t wake up screaming from his nightmares; they seem to paralyze him more than anything, at least see an adult. And that house is big enough they couldn’t have heard him.
        The phobia of women, though, how did they never make that connection? I could buy the cable ties, but even amnesiacs can develop phobias they don’t remember.
        His parents definitely had willful obtuseness in this situation any which way though.

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Just saw episode one of Mr. Sunshine and so far so good! Excited for tomorrow\’s episode!

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probably late, because i\’m always late nowadays

BUT OUR BTLIOF COUPLE WILL BE MI SO\’S PARENTS IN WWWSK????

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    It’s been like 12 hours since I saw the stills and I’m still on a high

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      Hahahaha. I just saw the news and freaked out!

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        I’m on a high anticipating the new Lee Min Ki GIFS and pics that will come out of this. XD

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          I love that one year later, and we’re still not over it. :)))) The BTLIOF fandom was suddenly awoken :))))

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          I’m so looking forward to the fan wall spam when it airs.

          I love seeing LMK content on the wall. Especially when it’s not posted by me. Especially when it’s new LMK content.

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    Hahahaha. Same same.

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Just noticed that Kang Ki Young’s character calls Young Joon by a different name? Is that a nickname or another term that i just dont know about? #WWWSK

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    I think he calls him “owner”, I assume it’s because he (or his family) owns the company.

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      Oh I see. Sometimes he says it so affectionately I thought it was his nickname for Young Joon. Thanks for the clarification!

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      In ep 8, Mom call his son ‘uri hyun’ and Mi-So get confuse expression before answer Mom’s question.

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HAHAHAHAHA Park Min Young’s face after she was pushed back is comedy gold! #WWWSK

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What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim looks so funny! (Also helps that it’s from the PD that gave us BTLIOF!!) Have you guys seen it?

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    YES! I’m loving it! Making gifs as we speak!

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    Yes! it’s really on par with the webtoon which is a plus

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    It’s so funny! Over the top but super cute, just the light comedy I need at the moment. I’m also in love with Park Min Young’s gorgeous ponytail, I wish my hair was that lush and long!

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