Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

In addition to squealing about the cute, I also want to give a shout out to Ye Soo-jung being effortlessly badass as the Evil Ganglord (sorry, I mean chaebol mother-in-law at a funeral of course, my mistake) who rules her people with an iron fist.

#WWW

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    I thought the tattoo gun in an earlier episode was a delightfully nasty and unpleasant touch.

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    She hasn’t had much screen time and I’m terrified of her.

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      Right? She’s just scary. I get apprehensive every time she appears.

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        Me too! I don’t want to be anywhere near her given that I shiver just seeing her on screen.

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    This role is quite the departure from the usual roles I’ve seen this actress in. She is definitely something else in this drama.

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      She always plays these kind, artistic, wise characters. Like in On The Way to the Airport, or Twelve Nights.

      Here: tattoo gun. Mind blown. She’s obviously having a ball with this part.

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The suffering of kdrama fans… We all need Scarlett’s super powers to bring our favourite actors back to live. More twins!

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    For anyone who watched Inspiring Generation, that was my reaction regarding Kim Jae Wook’s character…

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    We all felt this in our souls. lol.

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    So I just have to ask… If you were Scarlett, who would you bring back?

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      Ji Soo from He is Psychometric. Kim Kwon posting a recent picture of him and Da Som opened up the wound that I thought already healed.

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        Those wounds can go a long time. I still refuse to believe there was an 126th episode to High Kick Through the Roof. It’s one thing if a magnificent story requires a sacrifice to the drama gods; it is something else entirely to kill off two characters for no reason at all!

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      I’ve got two.

      1) the traffic cop from Possessed. She didn’t deserve to die. In an alternative universe she had a kick-ass twin sister who single-handedly brings down the baddy
      2) Baek Soo-Ji in Let’s Eat 3. I loved her so much from season 2. Why drama? Why?

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        Number 2, Baek Soo-Ji. Exactly! Why????

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        So, a question. Jang Do Han from The Guardians. Did he have to die for the story to work?

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          I’m okay with him dying – but there could have been a much better way for him to die.

          That said, I watched it knowing that he wasn’t going to make it out of the drama alive, so maybe … but … well, it was Kim Young Kwan, so I’m very open to him reappearing as Jang Do Han’s nice twin brother.

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            Let’s hope there’s no need for triplets!

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            The twin idea would make the brothers 2x KYK + 1x Shin Dong-wook.
            Which is probably all I can handle.

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I think I’ve spotted a new kdrama trend that’s giving a whole different meaning to SLS. Anybody else notice the absolute awesomeness of the second female leads recently? They’re not interested in stealing the ML. It’s obvious that they aim higher and just go and steal THE WHOLE F*CKING DRAMA

I’m loving it kdramaland, long may it continue.
From top to bottom:
Lee Da-hee as Cha Hyun in WWW
Kim Jae-kyung as Veronica Park in The Secret Life of My Secretary
Kim Min-jung as Park Hoo-ja in My Fellow Citizens

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    YES! I’m loving this new trend. πŸ˜€

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    Park Hoo Ja is My Fellow Citizens. It won’t be the same without her~

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    Loving it!

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    Pretty much.

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    Really great second female leads! Scarlett stole my heart in ep 5, Bae Ta Mi asked her for help and she came in a heartbeat and beat that crap out of that car with her! Watching Scarlett is like peeling off skin of onions. She’s so layered and the different sides of Scarlett are so interesting and lovable. I love all her sides especially the one who has a love-hate relationship with makjang dramas! 😂

    I really like the direction we are going with them second leads. Hope to see more of them in Dramaland. I saw Kim Ji Won’s article popped up here and would like to add her character in Descendants of the Sun! Loved her character there; she’s got no interest in the main love line and has a story and love line of her own! 😍

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    When characters take on a life of their own, that’s the best testimony for any actor’s prowess.
    These are wonderful examples. And let’s all hope that we see more of their like!

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Netflix just added Are You Human Too. Is it time to relive last year’s robo madness? Or maybe just the first 12 episodes?

Kang So Bong is still one of my favourite characters…

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    If you dont mind me asking, where are you writing from? I immediately looked but I’m not seeing it.

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    I just started watching this and I like it so far.

    Does it get bad after 12 eps? And by 12 you mean 12/18 or 12/36?

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      The trio were great and I love this show so much so I could be biased but the first twelve episodes were full of fun and surprising stuff that after episode twelve some viewers felt the villainy is getting repetitive (not for me though HAHA I still enjoyed this show so much from beginning to end)

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      No, it doesn’t get bad! 12 eps is my kdrama shorthand for: watching all the nice/cute/fuzzy stuff and stopping before Angst kicks in. I’m rewatching it and loving it all over again.

      I’m also feeling nostalgic for this time last year when it aired and I was totally obsessed with it and spent soooo much time discussing this show with other Beanies

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        That’s great to hear. I took a peek at the drama thread, there’s so much discussion. That’s usually a sign of either a good/thought provoking or really bad drama. Obviously in this case, it’s good not bad.

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          There was a lot to talk about! Not everybody liked our tsundere heroine in the beginning (I think I spent 6 recaps just defending her – because she’s awesome) and then there’s the whole AI/human discussion…

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            Ah…yes, now that you are back being So Bong, I remember this was your profile pic for a very long time. You must have loved her. I’m starting to warm up to her too after a rather uneven start.

            Truth is I picked this up because My Absolute Boyfriend is a letdown and I wanted to see if this show does it better.

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            Ah yes, I seem to have dropped MAB for an AYHT rewatch.

            I liked that the drama did a gender reversal of the traditional rom-com male/female roles: she gets to be difficult and prickly at the beginning, and he’s a smiley beam of sunshine.

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    You were the first person I thought of! 😂

    I’m really excited to fall into robot politics again!

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Beanies, can I have a virtual hug please? I\’ve just taken my (very ill) cat to the vet. The vet said he\’s gone downhill so quickly, it almost looks as if he\’s been poisoned. I\’m … yeah… not good

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I didn\’t think it was possible but the world made me angrier today than I\’ve been in a while.

I need one of these

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    Ooh, that looks like a great room. I want one.

    Maybe you could make a small scale room out of junk and destroy it?

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    I found the car more satisfying.

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      I hadn’t watched the car episode yet when I posted this. Yes, loved the car and I loved that she used the money to pay for the car. Badasssssss

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        I can’t decide if I want to be Scarlet or just need a Scarlet for back up. I’m leaning more toward being Scarlet.

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          I want to be Scarlet – but without actually having assaulted someone, I think.

          I did used to do martial art and worked in tech, so I’m definitely on my way.

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    Wait wait wait
    Lemme tell you a story.
    I have always thought it would be fun to open some kind of game room like this. But instead of an escape room or Lazer tag, there’s just cubicles filled with different shit and you pick your choice of weapon, from broadsword to axe to baseball bat or whatever, and then you just full on destroy everything in the room. Crystal, cardboard, styrofoam, maybe even have a fruit ninja room.
    You’re in protective gear obviously.
    The only difference is I didn’t plan on having it as uh violence management centre, my original idea came because coming up to and during one’s period one typically feels like committing several first degree murders and also breaking every plate in the house and I think it’d be cool if there was a place you could actually do that.
    I feel there’d be a lot of legal and mental concerns if released commercially BUT I STILL WANNA DO IT.
    You wouldn’t be attacking anyone real. The plates could be stuff that needs to be recycled anyway.
    I feel like sometimes some people need a healthy controlled release of their anger and destroying a table with a broadsword would be just the thing … That or it’d promote even more violent behaviour… Anyway. I want a broadsword now.

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OMO – just when I wondered where to watch Chief of Staff it turned up on Netflix!

I can watch 4 live-airing shows at the same time. This will be fine.

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I’m doing a course in writing a Radio Drama at the moment. It’s a lot of fun, but I thought I’d share this experience.

There are about 10 people in the class, in the first half we wrote stuff, and we’re now in the second half where we actually perform and record 4 of the written small scenes. It’s all radio so you don’t have to look the part, but still, I’m not an actor so this is a bit out of my comfort zone. However, going out of your comfort zone is a good thing every now and then. There are also more men than women in the class, so I get to do more parts than some of the guys. It’s a really nice group of people, a fun atmosphere and everybody is very supportive.

The part that I had to play in one of the scenes basically involves a woman being restrained to stop talking so that the baddies wouldn’t find them. It was hard to get the sounds of the struggle right by just rustling with clothes, so the teacher basically said: you’re going to have to get physical with each other to get this right. Yeah, this was so far out of my comfort zone that it needed a whole new postcode but hey, I was up for doing that. Plus we only had to make the right sounds and I was quite comfortable with the guy I was doing this scene with.

Only, what I hadn’t counted on, was that my body found it a lot harder to appreciate the difference between real and acting and my inner monologue pretty much went like this:
Cloggy’s body: fight – fight
Cloggy’s brain: this is fake. This is fine
Cloggy’s body: struggle struggle
Cloggy’s brain: do not damage your fellow-actor. You actually get on with this guy
Cloggy’s body: I can feel he’s quite skinny. We can totally take him down
Cloggy’s brain: do not pull his face away from the microphone. (poor guy still had to say his lines too)

Then my next lines – a bit after this struggle – were: thank you , you saved my life. I was surprised by how much I didn’t want to say that. I wanted to say something very very very different. Mind won over yet again.

Cloggy’s brain afterwards: that was totally fine
Cloggy’s body: yeah not a big fan of that

So even though I have to give my body a pat on the back for totally being up for the fight, I was really intrigued by how strongly that Fight or Flight response was activated by something that I knew was fake and I have a renewed respect for the (mainly) actresses who have to go through that as a job.

And yes, yet again I’m seeing certain scenes in a whole new light.

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    Thank you for a very enlightening post. You made me wonder, do they have nightmares occasionally??

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      They must have. I can’t believe they don’t, especially as they have to get into character as well: look fearful, crying etc. That must make it so much worse.

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    This course sounds fascinating! I love radio dramas! Although the only radio dramas I’ve heard so far are the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the BBC’s adaptation of A Suitable Boy. Do you have any radio drama reccos? Thanks!

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      The BBC did a radio adaptation of A Suitable Boy? How interesting! I keep waiting for someone to make a movie of it but of course it would be impossible.

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        The radio adaptation is Fab. Speaking as someone who can’t decide on favourite books, but if I could, A Suitable Boy would be at the top. The radio adaptation is voiced by some really good Indian actors who’ve done no-mainstream films. A film based on it would be impossible, yes, but maybe a series? (but they’d butcher it i’m sure – _-)

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          Yes, let’s have a series! It’s one of my favorite books as well 😁

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      It’s hard to recommend something as things that the BBC does (and they’re pretty much the only place where radio drama gets made) are only available for 30 days after. They did a great adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park for example, but that’s no longer on their website…

      Hitchhiker’s Guide is an absolute radio classic.

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        Ah that’s too bad! the BBC iradio player isn’t available where I live either so… sigh. Not sure if your class might have touched on this but I’ve heard a few audiobooks where they add in background sounds, and read it in a dramatised way, with different actors for different parts. Would this be considered an audio-drama? Is there a difference between such dramas and radio dramas apart from the medium for which they’re made?

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          There are two different ways of doing books. If they read out the entire text (including all the descriptions) and add sounds, even if they use different actors it’s still considered an audiobook.

          If it’s partial text, descriptions have been cut out or cut short, and it’s dramatised, it’s considered a radio/audio drama.

          Not sure if I explained that very well…

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    This is really interesting and enlightening. Add in youth, power imbalances, and for many, past traumas, I imagine that that response could be even stronger and more difficult to restrain. I’m glad Hollywood is beginning to bring Intimacy Coordinators to sets to prevent abuse and coercion of vulnerable actors during intimate scenes, but perhaps that needs to extend to all scenarios that place actors in physically (and psychologically) vulnerable positions.

    Also, that sounds like a cool class.

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      It’s a really cool class and I’ve learned that telling a story when all you’ve got is sound, is very hard.

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As I’m waiting for my other dramas to be subbed, I randomly picked up Unkind Ladies on KBS’ YouTube channel. I’m totally loving it. This cast list probably explains why…

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    A cast full of experienced actresses jumping at the chance to play another role than ‘the cute one’s mum’ or ‘the evil aunt’

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    I always wanted to watch it but time is my worst enemy!

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Just changing my look for the weekend, to celebrate the Errand Boys Cat Extravaganza

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Here are two pictures of my cat Boswell. In the first one, he\’s proudly modelling one of the t-shirts that @ChinguMode made – if anybody is wondering how she became a Loan shark so quickly, well, I guess now the cat is out of the bag.

This video shows my cat at his worst behaviour: his obsession with string. This has led me to believe that maybe in a previous life he was a physicist but now, as a cat, the only theory he can come up with is: if I pull it something happens.

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It’s been a while since the Errand Boys were asked to run some errands, but @YYishere called on all of us to adopt a stray cat, in the Handbook for Errand Boys – please check it out here. http://www.dramabeans.com/members/yyishere/activity/787617/

I think we should all do this – it is for a good cause after all – and post the image of the cat we’ve adopted. Here’s my new cat.

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    This can – of course – also be a picture of your real cat

    Tagging some Errand Boy Beanies : @snarkyjellyfish @stpauligurl @bcampbell1662 @katakwasabi @tsutsuloo @coffeprince4eva @ndlessjoie @kethysk @lordcobol @hotcocoagirl

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      Btw I don’t know how to post a picture in the reply section πŸ™

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        You have to turn it into a gif and then you can post it.

        Or you can post a picture on your fan wall and just tag me

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          By reply section I meant comment section. I know you understood. I just felt like explaining my brain fart to you…

          I’ll try to gif trick.

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      Ah thanks @cloggie – I don’t have any cats right now but I’ve had three that I loved and were with me for many long years. I’ll get their photos made into gifs and load them later. Mickey, Kato and Bert.
      I miss them, but I don’t miss the cat hair and litter boxes…. but I still miss them.

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        I love my 2 cats but I will NEVER miss the rude and obnoxious way they wake me up at ungodly hours of the morning. n e v e r.

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          I’m now using an interactive cat feeder for my cat’s dry food and that has stopped him from waking me up. It’s been such a good result! I’m not a fan of meowing at 4am

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            Yeah for technology!

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            please give me the details of this new technology!! I might buy it!

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            First I got a Petsafe timed feeder, which meant that Mr Cat got fed at 4am, as he liked. Then I moved to Doc & Phoebe’s mouse shaped feeder, where you fill fake mice with food and hide them around the house. I think it’s amusing, Mr Cat thinks it’s fine and no longer meows for his food

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    I currently have 2 strays. Well, not strays any more, but you know what I mean. And they are tired of me being gone to do errands and are looking forward to the view from the rooftop πŸ™‚

    There have been a couple others — you are looking at my first one in my avatar.

    I’ve posted about the 2nd here
    http://www.dramabeans.com/members/lordcobol/activity/234594/

    BTW, he eventually settled down and became to closest I’ve had to a normal cat. (1st was abnormally affectionate, intelligent and polite, 3rd is dumb and uncoordinated, 4th is unusually timid even by cat standards).

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      That’s a great cat story!

      I posted a picture of my real cat (a stray who I’ve had for just over a year) in the response to YY’s post.

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      @lordcobol – thank you for a big laugh this morning! How did I miss that? You are a very funny writer…
      Now I’ll have to write about my cats that kept me company for a total of 22 years.

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    Can I adopt a rabbit? Hehe

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      Yes, I think it’s perfectly fine to adopt a stray rabbit too

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    Stray no. 1 is 8 years old and was spoiled to the max for the first 4 years of her life β€˜as the only child’. Now that she has a little human around and another stray she is moody and grumpy. However exactly at 8pm each night she will jump on the sofa to stare with β€˜the most affectionate eyes’ at her dad and me, asking for pats. She prefers to sit on my hip, with half her body of top of me and the other on the sofa while I watch my kdramas.

    Stray no. 2 was picked up from the shelter as a skinny, underfed and a super tiny kitten. I had to nurse him 24/7 to bring his weight to an acceptable limit. He is now 4, larger than an average cat, and has the nickname of β€˜wanna be puppy’. He likes to bring his 12 kilos of fur muscles atop my chest, nose touching my nose, while I lie on the sofa and watch my kdrama’s.

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      My stray (from a shelter) likes to sit half on my lap and half on the sofa too! He’s obsessed with food and therefore on a strict diet

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      that sounds sooo cute!

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    I would love to adopt a cat, but my bird would probably kill me in my sleep.
    I did adopt a dog this year from the pound. They forgot to mention her severe anxiety and Houdini skills so it has been interesting. Plus, and hate to say this about a fellow female, but pretty sure she has been getting by on her looks. Lol. But she is mine now πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

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Cloggie\’s worlds collide (once again)

Cloggie’s male friend who lives in the US: Korean imports are everywhere these days
Cloggie: Oh, you’ve seen BTS?
Cloggie’s friend: What’s a BTS?
Cloggie: Not what – who. Weren’t you talking about kpop?
Cloggie’s friend: I was talking about cars
Cloggie: I’ll get my coat.

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3 easy steps to drama addiction: Angel’s Last Mission case study

Step 1: I’m not going to watch this until ep 4. Evidence of this smart decision http://www.dramabeans.com/2019/05/premiere-watch-angels-last-mission-love-one-spring-night/#comment-3463966

Step 2: see that some beanies like it and press play. Think it’s the best thing I’ve seen in a while http://www.dramabeans.com/2019/05/team-dramabeans-what-were-watching-157/#comment-3466488

Step 3: watch all the episodes that are subbed & cry when there’s no more (because Shin Hye Sun is amazing and L looks like an angel)

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My parents: enjoy your birthday with all those that are near and dear around you.
Me: me, my cat, a book, two new games, some drama watching and a bottle of wine. Excellent. Result!

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When Cloggie met @hotcocoagirl

Unsurprisingly, @hotcocoagirl was delightful and we had a lot of fun talking kdramas.

Here are the evening’s highlights:

Best moment: Introducing Coco to the culinary delight that is Kimchi pancakes

Not surprising moment: forgetting to take a photo of the food until @hotcocoagirl said the word β€˜picture’ and that reminded me. So yes, there was (even) more food to begin with

Most embarrassing moment saying kamsahamnida to our waitress and her not understanding me. Made only slightly less embarrassing when it turned out she didn’t speak Korean at all (apart from annyeonghaseyo which she’d said to me when I arrived). Turned kinda sweet when she said it back to us when we paid the bill. And yes, I am amused by the fact that the US/UK combo taught the Thai waitress in the Korean restaurant a word in Korean. That’s the true global power of kdrama. Plus, I think that being able to say that will come in handy, so we did something useful.

Most secretive moment : the eagle-eyed amongst you might have spotted that there are three plates. There may or may not have been a third person there. That may or may not have been Coco’s sister. As the two of them are potentially plotting a take-over of their place of work, which will only work if nobody knows they’re sisters, it would be wrong of me to talk about Coco’s sister.

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Ep 13 of My Fellow Citizens and my favourite Loan Shark (not with a heart of gold) is still in fine form.

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Apart from the awesome female characters, it\’s the physical slapstick humour that makes My Fellow Citizens such a fun watch.

(keep an eye on the guy with the braces going in for the hug)

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Lee Min-ho and Kim Go-eun in a KES drama is a hard-miss for me. Kang Ha-neul and Gong Hyo-jin in a drama written by the Fight My Way writer and Are You Human Too PD on the other hand…

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For @katakwasabi here’s my favourite Hoo Ja outfit: ep 6 & 7’s Evil Head Schoolgirl look

#myfellowcitizens

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