Beanie level: Chaebol’s poor doppelganger

Ep #4 VIP. I’ve said ‘last episode’ three times already. It’s 2:20am and I have exams soon. This is a dangerous game I’m playing with myself.

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Jang Na Ra on a motorcycle is something I need to gif. I didn’t think it was possible for me to ever look at that death contraption and think ‘Hot’ or ‘cool’. That’s the Jang Na Ra effect, I guess.

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Beanies, how do you make GIFS? Your gif game is on fire!!! I can make gifs from YT source videos but there are cuts I can’t find on YT that I desperately want to make into a gif.

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    It depends on what you are watching the shows in: i watch on my computer, with windows OS , i put it in game mode, record the screen for the part i want to gif, then upload to a gif site, edit and done.

    Now it’s harder on phone with Netflix blocking even screen grabs so you need to use a computer.

    Hope it helps

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    I’m fancy and use Photoshop

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    Giphy Capture. Super easy. I do it from desktop/laptop.

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Watching VIP ep #3 and I’m honestly here for Jang Na Ra.

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Chocolate ep# 4: Really? Really?

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    Off to watch now.

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      In the middle of it, and just came to a part were I had to stop and think, “Moon Cha-Young I love you” . They need to put a bit more of this vibe into it.

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        I am soooooo sick of her brother and I am so sick of Cha young having him in her life. He is a cockroach and she needs to stump him.

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          I hate him right now. I loved her amnesia and no one would blame her.
          I like this show though I wish they’d even it out more between the dark and the humor and leave any new trauma behind and let them be able to heal and grow. Some parts in this ep I thought I was watching an old Grey’s Anatomy episode, but other times this show has this gentle ebb and flow to it.

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    Okay @esther, which part because these memes can match a couple things.

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      That’s the beauty of the meme – it applies to many scenes but it was mainly the accident and surgery scenes.

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    Same. Really, show?

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I’ll be honest: I’m only watching Chocolate for YKS. I know it’s a melo but the series of unfortunate events are all happening at once and are all too sudden… without a cause! I don’t feel the dots connecting and the story comes out so contrived, it’s hard for me to relate well to the characters. The actors are doing an amazing job carrying the show on their shoulders because otherwise, the plot is bland.

In as much as I like Yoo Teo, I don’t even get his character. Like, where did he come from? Why is their bond so strong? And really, there has to be more to Cha Young and Lee Kang’s characters that she’ll feel such a bond. I mean, she forgot his name. They need to show us how she came to fall in love with him as she met him again – enough to go to a whole other continent to escape him. Hopefully, they will.
Everything just feels forced so I’m barely attached to the story they’re telling. I’ve been skipping through tbh. Big ups to the actors for pulling the weight! Oh, and the OST!!! The OST is amazing!

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    It seems like Cha Young sees him as her happy place. In childhood, she was forced to do what she didn’t want. Later on, some boy showed her something that made her tear up from the happiness. After the death of her parents, she was trying to find that feeling of happiness or find that escape from the real world. Plus, she is working as a chief, so this encounter must have meant a lot more for her than for him. It doesn’t help that her prince charming is still a kind person.

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      I get that he reminded/reminds her of good and happy times. But she barely knows him and unless much of her falling in love happened off screen, most of what they’ve shown us doesn’t add up. It doesn’t make sense to me, at least. I don’t see where/how she could have developed a love so strong she’d move to another continent away to avoid him. The time-skip makes it even harder for me to connect. I get a crush or even a sense of attachment but she couldn’t even remember his name.
      Maybe I’m just the one who doesn’t get it. 🤷🏾‍♀️

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        I’m guessing some things happened off screen and we may get more flashbacks. Earlier she did say it wasn’t love yet. She might’ve developed more feelings after the three of them spent more time together.

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      I haven’t seen many signs that he’s still a kind person. His medical ethics are sorely lacking too.

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      I agree that I think we’re supposed to accept that he made her extremely happy once. She also fell for him when she watched him at work, and then when she was around him as her boyfriend’s bff. Being around him became too much and she realized she was in love with him, not her boyfriend, so she left.

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Saw a ‘Gangnam Blues’ clip today and remembered Lee Min Ho. Where is he, though? For such a famous actor, I haven’t heard anything about him in a while. I realized I’ve seen a lot of his works for a non-fan… (BoF, Heirs, Personal taste, Faith, City Hunter, Legend of Blue Sea) and my most memorable of his projects is Gangnam Blues (okay, Kim Rae Won was why I checked it out). It was so different from what he normally did and it painted him in a different light.
I’d like to see him in a morally grey or villainous character. I think he’ll pull it off well!

Seeing the clip caused me to check out their old interview (because Kim Rae Won looks too much like a snack) and I laughed hard at LMH’s comments on playing Gu Jun Pyo at the 3:05 mark. They both seem funny.

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I know I’ve said it before but I have to say it again. I LOVE HAVING YOON KYE SANG BACK ON MY SCREEN!!!!!!!!! Fine, I yelled it this time but it’s not my fault I’m so excited!! The BTS!!!

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    He is dreamy.

    Words I never thought I would type about a person.

    Dreamboat, sure, but dreamy. What am I, a 13 year old with a Trapper Keeper.

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    I did not recognize him as the doctor from The Greatest Love. In this one he looks so sad.

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    Aww that smile…

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I leveled up!! Where can I meet with my chaebol doppelgänger? I need to swap ASAP! I want to be a globe-trotter and I’m tired of being a broke bitch student 😫😫
I used to be more excited before about leveling up.

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Okay, I’m really curious. What’s the appeal in love triangles? Like, why are there so many dramas that use this trope? For me, it’s the fastest motivator to drop a drama.

A plot centered around a love triangle is going to cause nothing but unnecessary drama, pointless heartbreaks and otherwise nice characters acting out of character pursuing a dead-end romance. Someone always gets hurt and then there are episodes devoted to watching them cry in the shadows or hinder the main characters’ reciprocated love.

It seems like such a tiresome and draining plot device. I understand writers use it to elongate the story but I don’t understand why the audience receives it well enough for it to be a popular plot device.

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    Angst. They want sth to act as a hurdle. That is why SLS exists, they make the second lead so appealing that one thinks he/she deserves more. But it’s actually really just angst, which is important to keeping some people engaged. Now I guess many people including me are better off without a second lead causing useless problems for the destined to be couple.

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      I’m one of those people that feel they are better off. Especially in K-dramas where the seemingly nice SL starts to force their feelings on the female lead and somewhat bully them into a quasi relationship.

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    In addition to angst/conflict I think some people like to imagine having two people vying for their attention.

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    I have no problem with love triangles. They work because they do exist in real life so it’s very easy to understand and place yourself in their shoes. Many kdramas do use it only as plot device which is probably why some people begin thinking most of them as this.

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    Forced and contrived conflict lol.
    Don’t know how to write decent characters with decent motivations and therefore realistic conflict? Love triangle.
    😛
    Sometimes kdrama is so “here’s how to write using a bingo chart” it’s hilarious, but also do I wish more from it a lot.

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    I despise love triangles. I know they are present in most dramas, possibly to create tension that would otherwise not exist but I really don’t like them as a plot device. Especially when a second lead keeps pursuing someone who has made it very clear that they are not interested or that they are interested in someone else. It’s almost as if the second leads go “That’s why I like him/her! He/she doesn’t want me and so I’ll pursure them even harder”. How is that a thing that makes sense??

    Ok rant over. I really don’t like love triangles in case you couldn’t tell.

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      I can spend hours ranting about how ridiculous of a plot device it is. Personally, I’m an independent being who can not stand the thought of someone imposing their rules/feelings/way-of-life on me. I don’t like to impose and I expect not to be imposed upon.

      In love triangles, the SL almost ALWAYS end up imposing their feelings on the ML. And imposing feels like there’s a hand wrapped around my throat. It frustrates me to no end and I feel like I can’t breathe. It is no exaggeration when I say I ABHOR love triangles. And when the SLs aren’t imposing their feelings, they’re spending precious screen-time crying in angst. I don’t get angst after a certain age! Like, move on with your life. It’s been a couple of episodes already!!! I guess I can’t relate.
      If someone doesn’t like you back, you try to move on. It might be difficult depending on how much you like them but you can move on. I just don’t get how you can make that tiring, exhausting plot device take center stage in the story you’re telling.

      And if it was done in taste (I honestly don’t think it can) it’d be less exhausting. But K-dramas and J-dramas – and dramas in general – have proved it can’t over and over again. I just despise how otherwise reasonable characters become so unbearable and forceful. It’s like they just destroy a character’s growth/trajectory just to create unnecessary conflicts.

      Rant not done but I will stop here.

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        “I guess I can’t relate.
        If someone doesn’t like you back, you try to move on. It might be difficult depending on how much you like them but you can move on”. This ☝️👏👏

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To be caught between a rock and a hard place is wanting Ha Ji Won to reject Yoo Teo (because I detest love triangles so much and love triangles between friends is what I hate even more) but at the same not understanding how she can say no to that face.

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So far, I love Chocolate’s OST so far. Have I also mentioned that I’m immensely glad YKS is on my screen again?

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Chocolate #1: happy to have YKS and HJW back on my screen. I\’d forgotten HJW can pull off being silly since I hadn\’t seen her in anything in a while… like, at all! Other than being excited to see YKS, I\’ll have to keep watching. Melo isn\’t my genre but I\’m hoping it turns out to be a \’JBL\’ style melo – the kind that hurts but makes sense and has a happy ending.

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I’m convinced I’m in a toxic relationship with my tutors/lecturers. I spend most of my time chasing after them – whether it’s my thesis or because I’m supposed to shadow them – and they spend all their time ignoring me.
I get angry and upset cause I shouldn’t be treated that way! I get angry for feeling small around them. Then, they turn around to smile at me, and call my name, ‘Esther!’ And it’s all forgotten. I don’t know what to do with my anger anymore. Now, I’m singing praises to my friends, ‘Dr. asshole isn’t an asshole!’ As they tell me they’re going to hurt me again! And they do… the very next day!
Sometimes, all they do is just explain the consultation they just had with ONE patient (while I’m sat there like decoration as they see their 15th patient that morning) and I’m happy.
This is toxic!! How do I break up with them even though it’s not a relationship?

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    I had this with my thesis promotor. Me and my friend joked we were going camping in front of his office every time we went to try and catch him. We did spend a lot of time waiting around.

    We even tracked his movements and pieced together his schedule, by spying on people and questioning the other students who had class from him, his phd students and other master students.

    He was the kindest sweetest and most invested academic I had ever met and I was lucky to have him. But sometimes contacting him required a little detective work…

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      Yea same, we used to slide notes underneath his office door. Or hang around the previous years lecture halls

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I don’t know about anyone else but I found it hard to laugh at shows staring people who were close to Sulli post her passing. They normally shoot a program 2-3weeks in advance and the episodes that came out 2-3 weeks after her passing were most likely shot days after the news broke out. It’s sad that professionalism entails them to keep the show going on. Especially people on variety shows – like,
you have laugh or make jokes when you’re hurting. How do you even keep up with the pretense and shock and the grief? I guess that’s one of the things that make show-biz so messed up.

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    show must go on..
    that’s the undying rule of entertainment.. or professions which MUST go on (news etc etc)… joker in a circus?

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Managed to squeeze binging ‘The Secret Life of My Secretary’ into my busy exam schedule. It involved a lot of skipping through mainly because cause I didn’t have the time and also cause of the dragging of the plot.
That aside, it was a cute watch. It was what I needed to rejuvenate me from my studies.
That aside, his rare disease ‘Prosopagnosia’ as portrayed (not the actual disorder) in the drama is something I found I could relate to. Without my glasses, faces are a blur. Of course, I can see someone’s face at a very short distance but even the people closest to me, I can’t make their facial features out. It has become a sort of armor for me though. When I walk about without my glasses, everyone is faceless and it feels like I’m alone in the world and it’s somewhat nice. It’s just a hassle when I have to walk into a class that I’m late to and can’t recognize anyone. Otherwise, I don’t mind it much.

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I’m just watching Secret Life of My Secretary and I’ve just met the nutjob that is Veronica Park. I think I love the way ‘awesome’ sounds when she says it. Has it ever sounded so ‘awesome’ before? Normal is almost always boring – it’s the nutjobs that make things interesting…. when they’re not burning down your house or up to something sinister..👀
Harmless Nutjobs are ‘Awesome’!

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Kang Ha Na is unbelievably beautiful. I’m always in awe of her. I also love how she’s kinda weird.

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There’s something about Shin Sung Rok’s smile. It’s absolutely beautiful!

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Not watching Extraordinary You but I’ve watched all the BTS from Lee Jae Wook’s YT channel. He’s so adorable 😍 😍😍

Why do I like the way his face changes when he’s on asshole mode? And the way he reverts to an adorable gummy smile once they stop rolling? Having my Wookies come through for me this year was awesome – Kim Jae Wook and Lee Dong Wook. But discovering another Wookie (WWW) has been the highlight of my year!

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