Beanie level: Chaebol’s poor doppelganger

I’m finally watching ‘The Irishman’ and I need to take a break because it’s too long – 3hrs!!! It’s a great watch especially since it’s a true-crime story but I have google every name cause I am not very familiar with most of the figures.
Quick question for the American Beanies – why do your rich people like to give their kids their own names or similar sounding names? It’s so confusing. Do you know the struggle I had with figuring out which Kennedy was which? The names are also mouthful. Oh my gosh, I have a headache.
Then again, on my side of the world, while it’s not unheard of to name your kid after yourself, it seems like it’s quite common amongst the ‘elite’ in the USA. 🤔

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    I think it’s about legacy and all that. I think it’s a bit silly and strangely harkens back to monarchy but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    Not neccesarily just along economic lines. It is just a pretty common practice.

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      I was going to say it’s not just the rich that name their children after themselves. Everyone does it. It all comes down to vanity. Narcissism at its finest.

      I feel the same about Koreans naming their kids similar names and when American’s kids all start with the same letter. It is hard to keep them all straight. Lol

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I’m somewhat confused at some EXO fans’ reaction to Chen’s marriage news. I thought most EXO fans were at least older now. I’m not a fan but maybe that’s why I was happy for him (which is weird for me because my first reaction to young people getting married is 😊) . I guess I was just glad that amidst the tragedies in K-pop, at least an idol is living the life he wants. At least, I hope that’s the life he wants.
The entitlement and extremely unhealthy degree of attachment to these celebrities, though. I understand some people feel slighted because the amount of dedication they’ve put towards their idols but reality is they have their own lives. You feeling sad is one thing, but like an emotionally and mentally healthy person, you’d understand it’s their life to live and you get over it. Not start a manhunt to have him kicked out of the group.

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      I just read parts of the letter and…
      these crazy entitled abusive unhinged fans need help… quick…
      🙁

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    You should say this again, but this time to so called SUJU fans who petitioned to have Sungmin kicked out of the group for his marriage a few years back… Yes, it’s been a few years—6 to be exact— and Sungmin is STILL on hiatus from SUJU, and all the other SUJU members still feel like they’re on pins and needles every time someone mentions having Sungmin rejoin

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      It’s insanely ridiculous to be honest. I wasn’t into SUJU during that time period so I didn’t know what was going on. I still can’t believe they more or less kicked him out for having a family.
      It’s the reason Kim Hee Chul, a 36 year old man – A GROWN ASS MAN – has to keep apologizing for being in a relationship even though the general fandom seems cool with it.
      I think the fact that the fandom can decide to be ‘cool’ or not on a such a personal and private matter is fucking ridiculous tbh.
      I also keep reading translated comments like ‘Chen should be sorry for tarnishing EXO’s image’ because of the keywords now associated with EXO is ‘father’
      🙃🙃🙃
      Don’t they realize the problem in that statement? Like, how is being a parent tarnishing to one’s image? The fact that it is in fact ‘tarnishing’ is a problem!

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        Yea… a click bait comments section of a Kpop news article came up on my Google Feed today and it was basically all just means comments about EXO-M and EXO… One of the larger comment threads was one that had a picture of EXO with only a select few members and the comment attached to it was something along the lines of “EXO should have just been these 6 members to begin with, and EXO-M should not have even been created/existing in the first place… I don’t understand why SM even bothered going thru all that trouble creating EXO-M”

        😕😕

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#Black Dog
So, who’s taking care of the kids that aren’t leading the class? Who’s taking care of the average students and the struggling ones? The ones that aren’t academically inclined?
I understand how elitist their education system is. The reality of things is that not one school or two can change it. In such an insanely competitive system, it’s better to try your best to have an edge. The school trying to help the ‘1%’ kids is (because they are putting in a lot of effort) the way it can be but there’s just too much focus on them. Not everyone’s brain is wired to ‘cram’ and ‘memorize’. So, who has got the back of the kids in 99%?

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    I’m only following the recaps but the drama doesn’t seem interested in answering your question so far. I was hoping to read about the effects of all this on that 99%. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the drama seems very focused on power politics and admin wars, not really on the students who are on the receiving end of all this.

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      I’m hoping next week’s episodes will touch these 99% because in the latest episode, there was some opposition against the clear favoritism of the 1%.

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    The rest 99% will be way better than the top 1% from such a system, because in the university most of the 1% just fail… because higher education is not about clearing exams by rote learning… I hate that there is actually no focus on them understanding the subject actually. In the end it is us University teachers who have to deal with them and make them unlearn. We have to teach them how to think and reason, i just wished they are taught this from school…

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      I can attest to this. My country’s education system, too, is built on memorizing rather than applying your knowledge. It’s just not as competitive. I struggled when I got into uni because I had to unlearn how to memorize and learn to understand and apply.

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I’m loving the Do family on Return of Superman. They’re just a bundle of joy. And this news also got me excited 😆 Kang Gary!!!! The long awaited comeback!!
https://www.soompi.com/article/1375643wpp/the-return-of-superman-cp-tells-story-behind-casting-gary-and-son-as-new-family

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Diary of a Prosecutor ep #6
The actress that plays Jung Ryeo Won’s mother is absolutely phenomenal! My heart broke for her and Ryeo Won’s characters. She’s such an amazing actress!



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Caught up on Diary of a prosecutor ep 5! This show is so brilliantly hilarious!!

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    I just started and was hooked after 10 minutes.

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      I’ve also just started it. Watched 4 eps in 2 days. Even if the humour is a bit hit-and-miss for me, I love the characters.

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Eum Moon-Sun, the bob-haired guy from Fiery Priest gave an amazing performance at SBS Awards show. He’s so talented!! Honestly, the audience did not deserve him!!

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    Awww video unavailable!! Any idea what song he performed to?

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      It’s this ‘Swing Baby’ song. I don’t know the original song or if it’s originally Korean but if you watch Running Man, it’s the song Ji-Hyo, Se-Chan, Kwang Soo and Haha danced to – it was a swing dance performance. Some episodes leading to the Nevis Swing episodes.

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Every now and then, I rewatch scenes from BTIOFL and I’m again reminded of how much I really love Se-Hee and Ji-Ho’s relationship. I especially love how Ji-Ho does somethings that are completely natural to her and Se-Hee is in the background having a moment of enlightenment followed by quiet contentment and awe of how compatible they are. It’s so beautiful to watch over and over again!

HAPPY NEW YEAR BEANIES!


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    His head nod is everything.

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    It’s on Netflix now! Which just means another excuse to rewatch! Hoorayyyy!!

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      That’s where I’m rewatching it.

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        Sadly, like Viki, they changed several of the songs (CEO Ma’s musical moment, Se-hee’s kimchi-making), but I’m just glad it’s somewhere I can make my friends watch it. Lol!

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Me side-eyeing the cliched Starving African kids quip they pulled in Diary of a Prosecutor. They almost got the right pictures/video – it was missing THE crucial FLY. That golden globe winning fly that finds a way to star with almost every starving African child. Almost perfect! It’s the details!!! I guess IT was too busy staring in another photo shoot. In their defense, It’s a pretty famous fly! I heard IT got bodyguards after the numerous attempts made against ITS life.

What we desperately need in Africa is pest control. We can’t seem to get rid of that fly no matter how hard we try. The fly is like male Korean celebrity trash! When you think you’ve done your best to get rid of their ‘scuminess’ by unearthing their latest evil, they come crawling out after a while with a comeback like Michael Bublé crawling out his cave during Christmas.

I don’t blame them though. Nothing proves altruism more than someone weeping over the state of us starving African kids – especially if you have photos to prove it (we don’t see cameras much). We bring pity out pretty easily – and also seem to invoke or afflict people with selective blindness. No matter how hard a lot of people try, when they look at the African map, it’s a moderately vast desert populated by animals, us starving kids and our beloved pet lions. No countries whatsoever!
It’s one thing I miss so much being so far away from home especially during Christmas. Us kids have sports competitions between our pets (cause we’re starving and we can’t run) and the winner gets to star in their own special photo-shoot/video shoot along side the infamous fly. If you manage to kill said fly, our village chief will give to you half a chicken wing and 20 grains of rice to last the year. It’s something we look forward to every year. I’m so sad I can’t partake in it 😕


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    Ugh, THE Fly falls in the same category as “Oh, but your English is so good!”, “Did you swim here?” and “Your name is hard to pronounce. Can I call you — instead?”

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      ‘Did you swim here?’ What the hell? Don’t they know Africans can’t swim? We live in a desert! We don’t have water to drink. Are they making fun of our sufferings?
      💀💀💀

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        😂😂 How dare they make a mockery of our pain

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      And my personal favourite, when someone hears you’re from an African country and they immediately follow with “I knew a person from [completely different country on the other side of the continent]” like you’re somehow supposed to know them.

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    Couldn’t agree more about the pest control.

    Although I was hesitant between the fly and the mosquitoe (at least in my home country).

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      Oh, mosquito is family in my side of the big plot of desert that is Africa. We managed to strike a deal with the mosquito chieftaincy. We’re mostly on good terms now. I’m sorry to hear about the the mosquito still being a problem on your side. Maybe with enough exposure like this on Kdramas, people will pity us enough for the mosquito to stop. Trust me, it worked for us.

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    Ugh. As an African-born woman, I feel your pain. One of my producer colleagues was based in Kenya for 10 years as he produced videos and short films for Save the Children all over the African continent. While he strived to tell people’s stories with dignity, he loathed the reality that the maudlin, tragic narratives —paired with a A-list celebrity—brought in the most money.

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      What pisses me off the most about those videos is how its intention has been twisted. There are people suffering in parts of Africa (like the rest of the world) and also people who genuinely donate or want to try help make the world a better place. But I just hate how Africa has become the yardstick for suffering. We’re the poster card for poverty and destitution. That’s not all there is to being African!
      And those videos continue to propagate that notion that we all need WellCare packages to survive. I hate how petty I become because I know that there are people who are actually suffering.
      But I hate so much how Africa has been turned to the poverty tourism destination.
      I hate how so many non-Africans, especially celebrities, go to some impoverished African cities/villages and takes pictures with the kids there (without their permission) just to show they went to ‘Africa’ and how altruistic they are. So they can get as many compliments on how nice they are to go to poor, destitute Africa and help those kids swat the flies.

      And throw comments like this when they meet you.
      ‘I did some volunteering work in Africa!’ Okay? I didn’t ask you that! Where in the continent though? It’s a HUGE continent- I hope you know. Did the airplane just drop you in the middle of no fucking where? And while you’re at it, show me the pictures of how you infiltrated people’s homes and livelihood to take a picture you can post online to brag about. ‘Those poor African kids!’ 😊☺️😑🙃🤬

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        F***. I’m clutching my abdomen, laughing and crying at the same time.

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It has come to my attention that I tend to watch more dramas when I’m very busy. I’ve had 3 exams in a week and I have seen a movie, I’m caught up with Chocolate, Crash Landing on you, Stove league, Black Dog and Diary of a Prosecutor. This is more dramas than I watched throughout the semester.

I think it’s because I know I’m too busy to be watching so it comes off as a proper escape but when I’m more free, having all that time paralyzes my interest. I do have the most fun in hobbies when I‘m busy. Summers are a drag!!
Or, the content that airs during my exam period is the kind of content that speaks to me? Or it’s everything? 🤔

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    Oh wow you’re a brave soul! I dared not watch during a semester or I was scrambling to get schoolwork done DX I read a lot of recaps though lol

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    So i manage to stay away from dramas but I tend to visit dramabeans and watch YouTube videos a lot during exams! Like today I have my last exam but here I am replying to you 🤷‍♀️

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    Every now and then, I rewatch scenes from BTIOFL and I’m again reminded of how much I really love Se-Hee and Ji-Ho’s relationship. I especially love how Ji-Ho does somethings that are completely natural to her and Se-Hee is in the background having a moment of enlightenment followed by quiet contentment and awe of how compatible they are. It’s so beautiful to watch over and over again!

I am high key pissed at Chocolate #7.
It’s a hospice. All the patients have terminal illnesses. It’s not shocking they suffer from depression.
It should be expected and they should have psychologist/psychiatrists employed. The doctors there should also have some form of sensitivity training. So when a patient attempts suicide, you don’t have irresponsible doctors saying things like ‘I didn’t peg you someone who could do such a selfish thing.’
That kind of irresponsible statement makes sense coming from a family/loved one – their emotions are on a high from shock, fear and anger. But not from a professional.
And one should never, ever tell a suicidal person they regret ever liking them and they don’t deserve to be born again as anything if they commit suicide.

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    This part was shocking. I wondered why they were handling it this way. I wish they would explore on this topic more in the next episodes. This is actually a good drama to explore topics like this. And have the doctors act like professionals onscreen. I do hope the writer has something more to show than just this one episode.

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    I’d guess that one of the reasons the suicide rate in Korea is so high is because of the lack of knowledge about depression, even among professionals, and society’s view on it.

    I’m 40 and live in the states and as a child and into my 20s I definitely remember talk of it being selfish act. Or that depression is something someone should be able to snap out of with the right attitude or fill in blank. Though that was not the medical profession. I’m not sure how it was treated in the 80s and 90s.

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      And my fear is that this drama will just reinforce society’s view on it instead of providing an alternate action. The hospice would’ve made a good platform for them to expound on how to deal with it – dealing with death, desperation, their struggle and suicidal tendencies. By the looks of it, it wasn’t just the patient who needed help. Joon’s character is now taking the blame for it too. And he doesn’t know how to deal with it either.

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    Did they say that? That’s disgusting, I know this show is nonsense but it should just be harmless makjang not offensive.

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    I have dealt with depression, twice in five years. The second time around was the worse. I had even threatened suicide especially the first time but it’s not something I would actually go through. But people (esp my family and considering they are the reason it even happen) telling me to just snap out of it that the depression will just go away, as if it were that simple makes angry. That’s not how depression works. That said it is actually kdramas that helped me through a lot of it. And I wished I could make them understand and I can even feel the after effects even now. Even my sister doesn’t seem to get it despite trying to make her understand multiple times. I agree with Mei Gue-Rae I hope this drama deals with this topic sensitively. I haven’t watched this episode, I guess I will watch both of this week’s episodes later instead.

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      *makes me angry

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      @amy1009
      I’m so glad you have the strength and determination to not succumb to it! And to have an outlet like K dramas to help you through it. Most of the time, dramas are cathartic for me too.

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        Thing is my depression was why I stopped watching American shows much. I had become sensitive to the voilence and the dark and gritty during my depression, even though the worst I had seen was Criminal Minds and Supernatural. Infact when I returned to them for a bit I actually went for lighter fare. That why I had turned to Kdramas in the first place. At least with them I can relate to things and I care about the characters and not feel Oh just another dead person like I used to cause before I had got desensitized to it. Here I can never have the same problem. Even the sad dramas that make me cry feel cathartic. Mostly Kdramas are an absolute delight. I don’t regret dropping other fiction for kdramas.

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      You might want to skip Jun’s portions toward the end of the episode then (better yet, everything with the patient after she comes back to the hospital).

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    I dont know if this is good or bad (probably bad, actually) but my best friend was a therapist at a hospice for years. Her job was to help end of life patients come to terms with their lives coming to an end, and help their families. That job? KILLS any and all form of sympathy/empathy that they may have. I was so happy when she stopped working there because I had to literally limit how much time I spent talking to her. She would tell me about her job and her patients and my eyebrows would be in my hairline they were raised in shock and horror and outrage at the stuff that SHE was saying about the patients–including the ones who tried to kill themselves. After working there so long and witnessing so much death—people and human suffering—stopped being a thing to her.

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      That doesn’t sound good.

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        You know, I didnt think it did. But it wasn’t just her. It was EVERYONE who worked in that hospice. Since they are so surrounded by death (and this is just my armchair therapist speaking, I dont know anything) they distance themselves from it in self defense. She wasnt aware how dark she had become until she left that job for a different one, still dealing with death and helping people prepare but in a different setting than a hospice.

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          I kind of understand that though it still disturbs me a little. It’s a good thing your friend got out of it then.

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      I get the numbness that comes with job and the experience. As a medical student, we get loads of ‘sensitivity’ and ‘communication skills’ courses. They teach of the most basic interaction skills that you think it’s too obvious but then I go to the hospital and I realize that a lot Doctors lack these basic skills. It’s as a result of being numbed or burnt out. I get it. We make a lot of morbid jokes but only amongst ourselves. These doctors should still maintain a level of professionalism when interacting with the patient. They don’t have to be emotionally attached but they should know what not to say.

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        Exactly

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        Medical personnel need TLC too.
        After watching episode 8, I’m starting to think there might be more behind this. It just feels like the insensitivity of the Doctors is in contrast to the kind and thoughtful portrayal surrounding the scenes in other characters. I hope I’m right.

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    It was terribly insensitive (both doctors).

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I am an hour into the acclaimed Parasite and I’m a nervous wreck. So far, the plot is so simple but yet it has me biting my nails and shaking my legs. It’s totally not what I expected and it’s the kind of ‘intense’ plot that gets me. I’m just too nervous I need to take a break.

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    I just completed it as well. Watched it in two parts. It is intense indeed.

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Rewatching clips from Another Miss oh and I am immediately grateful for the actress Seo Hyun Jin is and how big of a mess her character is and yet lovable.
She carried that show on her shoulder cause Lord knows Eric pales in comparison.
It wasn’t just her, though. The supporting cast, too, were amazing. It shows what good writing, directing and acting can do.

Also, how different, almost unrecognizable she is in Black Dog is a testament to her acting chops. I’m back to Seo Hyun Jin fan girl mode. Her last projects were shows I didn’t enjoy (B.I and the one with Yang Se Jong)

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I’m really enjoying Diary of a Prosecutor! We’ve had so many prosecutor/lawyer dramas that at a point, like Sageuk, they all merge into one drama. So I love the different approach this drama is taking. I love the humor and it’s slice of life tone. It’s just my type of show – reminds me of Prison Playbook. Also, most of the cast (main and supporting) are familiar and well seasoned actors. It’s a treat watching the show!

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I should be studying but I started the J.drama @mindy unintendedly recommended. I’m enjoying it!
I took a forensic med course this semester (and will be taking it the next semester too) so I totally understand the newbie’s perspective.
I used to be so fascinated by forensic pathology. I read loads of crime books and as a kid, I wanted to be one when I wasn’t saying a writer. But taking the course was a very different experience. It’s still a very interesting field to me – it’s just too depressing. Their attention to detail, the knowledge and continuous research is incredibly fascinating. But…but… I refuse to spend my life seeing cadavers every day…. especially after 8 years in med school!
One thing I took away from the course is that I want to be cremated when I’m dead. I never thought about it before till now.

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VIP ep#6
I just love how complicated our characters are and how good the actors are portraying them. Pyo Ye Jin has one of those doe eyed faces. The type that looks innocent and if she so much as winces, you’d feel bad for her. The kind of face that makes you wonder if she’s just as innocent as she looks or she’s faking it and then, makes you feel bad for thinking she could be faking it. The kind of face that suits her role perfectly!
Having seen spoilers hasn’t ruined the experience for me. Instead, it has made me focus more on the characters rather than spend time trying to guess who the mistress is. Despite knowing her identity, I still understand and sympathize with her. I guess it’s a mixture of good writing and good acting! I’m really enjoying VIP. I love how the plot is not solely focused on the affair. We get to see our characters lives and watch how they found themselves where they are.
I love when a story doesn’t let me take sides or decide who is bad or good – no lines! Rather, it’s about characters who make certain decisions based on triggers and situations. Said decisions may be morally wrong but the focus is not whether or not they’re bad or good but on how they came to make such a decision and the next decision they make based on the outcome.
Also, Jang Na Ra and Lee Chung Ha!

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    This is as far as I’ve gotten so far – although it’s a good show, I must just not be in the mood for it. I find it so depressing. It is great to see all of these amazing actresses in one place though!

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    I agree with you! I like that they are not guiding us into loving this or hating that.
    I’m at ep.11 and I don’t hate YR and/or SJ, I just want to know more about them and what happened between them.

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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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