Beanie level: Loan shark with a heart of gold

As if 네 and 뭐 weren’t hard enough. Make me wanna rip my hair out why don’t you.

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What do you think is the most overused trope in Korean dramas? I’m beginning to think it’s “Surprise! We knew each other as children!”

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    Is that girl even young Yeon Seo?

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      Yep. That’s what I’m also thinking. I’m quite puzzled coz from Dan’s memory, she’s running away while he’s drowning.

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        I know! I thought he died as a kid then became an angel. I have no idea at this point.

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    Why is it so important that they knew each other as children?

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      To reinforce that it was destined to be.

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      Other than the “they’re destined to be” reinforcement, I think it’s supposed to be the writer’s plot explanation for why Yeon Seo could “see” Dan when he was angel. For once though, I think they could have just gone with the “god destined them to fall in love as angel and human from the beginning” reasoning instead of throwing in a childhood background.

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    Totally!

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    My least favorite example of that was in Oh My Venus. The show ends and then there is a brief epilogue that showed that they had met once for a minute when they were kids. It was so unnecessary.

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    This exact “something is falling on girl but guy swoops in and protects her from said falling object” trope was already done 13 years ago in “Spring Waltz”, starring Han Hyo Joo & Daniel Henney 🙄🙄🙄🙄

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    One show when I thought it worked well was Healer.

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    Occasionally it works, I think, like in Just Between Lovers, because the accident left the leads with a trauma that helped them to connect.

    In What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim, it half worked in that it showed us a facet of Youngjoon’s character we weren’t privy to, but they milked the “we were meant to be” too much.

    But other than this, how was the first episode of Angel? The highlight reel piqued my interest. Especially the hijinks.

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    Nooo not another one! I’m so sick of this trope.

    Can’t a man and a woman meet and fall in love like normal human and not mystically liked from childhood? Is it to much to ask, drama?

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Having watched a ton of dramas, I tend to appreciate the subversion of hackneyed tropes. When a good drama subverts these tropes, it becomes that much more special for doing so.

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    One of the most satisfying ones for me was in the Korean version of “Fated To Love You” *SPOILER* when they made fun of the amnesia trope, gave it to the male lead, but made the best of it and didn’t drag it out

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      I stoped reading after the spoiler warning, but I trust your post was quite awesome. 😂

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        You still haven’t watched it??

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          Nope. Did I say I was?

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            No, it was just such a hyped up drama at the time of its airing that I thought many people had watched it, just like DOTS, but I guess I could say that the same actually goes for DOTS— it was such a big drama and had so much hype, yet, to this day, I haven’t watched it, nor do I plan to do so 😅

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            Oh.

            DotS is one of my guiltiest of pleasures.

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            😅😅😅🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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Does 뚱뚱하다 mean fat more than it does chubby and does 통통하다 mean chubby more than it does fat? So basically, what is the better word for fat and what is the better word for chubby?

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    No clue 🤷‍♀️

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    I don’t think Korea has a word for “chubby” that is equivalent to the Western’s definition of “endearingly fat”. According to Naver, 통통하다 is supposed to be the rougher sounding of the two, but because 통통하다’s definition also specifically mentions “someone short and fat” it could be closer in meaning to chubby’s definition of “round.” Personally, unless you want to emphasize someone being short and stout, I would just stick with 뚱뚱하다. I think the difference between fat and chubby is determined more by context than the actual word itself.

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      Thx! Yeah, I wanted to make sure I didn’t offend when I meant no harm. Like, your baby is chubby. No, I really meant chubby! lol.

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    I think 뚱뚱하다 is the better one for chubby, it’s usually the word of choice for describing babies and toddlers.

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I like her and this drama already. She made a very good point that she could have been seriously injured tripping over the stool. I get that all of the maids should not have been subjected to that physical harm, but, I’m sure it provided them with a different/additional perspective.

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    Eh….I am burnt out on a person making a sacrifice for a asshole who continues to be a asshole and the burned person has to wait for them to change or change them through the power of love.

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      I understand how you feel. I’ve been there too. But, this one feels different for some reason, at least for now.

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    It was easy to get caught up in the story. SHS is wonderful!

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A while ago, I did something for which I deserved punishment. I can’t quite remember what I did to be honest, but I do remember the punishment ordered. I must perform aegyo on my wall.

Apart from posting a pic/video of me doing so on my wall—which was never going to happen (sorry @raonah @greenfields)—I figured I had to find the right person for the job with the right GIF.

Thank You Dora!

P.S. This is definitely in my top 5 favorite scenes in that drama, easily.

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    I just finally watched this. Wish I’d seen it during a rabbit watch. Loved it.

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    Perfect! I believe the aegyo punishment was for not recognizing Lullaby immediately when In2it performed it 😄

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As any Put Your Head On My Shoulder watcher knows, there are a ton of cute moments in that drama. This one ranks in the top 10 for me. #toodamncute

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Goodbye Team Physics of Love!!! You had your fun moments and your annoying moments. You had your human moments. 💚💚💚

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Dear EXID,

You have my attention. Your EP was dope. Yes, I said it, dope.

I love the flow of the songs themselves and the flow between songs. While I didn’t love every song, the whole package worked for me. Great vocals. 90’s vibe on some of the songs. Midnight @13:43, what is this!?!?!?

Awesome Job,
Hades.

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    You noticed them late… This is their last album together… 2 of them are leaving the group!

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      LE and Hani leave the agency but can still take part in future group’s activities. Wasn’t it the deal?

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        Yeah but then I saw certain comments from fans saying that this is their last album together so I think the common consensus is that it would be hard to come back together, atleast for the next few years when the other three members establish their individual careers.
        Only time will tell I guess..

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          Ahh the 7 year curse hits everyone.
          I have seen comments from Hani saying this isn’t the end tho.
          At least none of them have to enlist?

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            They will be like SNSD with members leaving SM to pursue their solo career but are still part of the group. I think that’s what they want at least.

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            @mango
            Same thing is happening with Block B right now, and happened with Shinhwa. I don’t blame them. At this point it’s more lucrative for many to pursue solo activities. Being tied down by less than savoury companies is not something I’d wish upon anyone either.

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Not so daily Korean practice.

He is a puppy.
이남자는 강아지예요.

@raonah, did I get that right?

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You know those dramas you know are bad, but you like them because they\’re terrible? Even the drama knows it\’s terrible. I started one today and I\’m already on ep. 05. It’s called Well-Intended Love. Netflix recently added it, and I decided to check it out for some reason. I know I’m in for some suffering soon, but, it’s only 20 eps long and all 20 eps have been uploaded. That means if anything should go South, by best friend MR. FF Button will help we out.

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    Oh no.
    I really wish this drama didn’t exist.
    Please feel free to report back as you go through the episodes. I guess it’ll be nice to have some else share our pain.

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      😂🤣

      Everywhere.

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      NO HADES, don’t do it. Back away from the bad drama. Just stop.

      This is NOT a drill. Episode ten will test your faith in humanity on a deeply fundamental level.

      It’s too late isn’t it? @hades is already lost. I shall wait for your post of rage and horror.

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        Is there a way to do an internet banner to warn unsuspecting drama watchers away from the very badly named A Well Intended Love?

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        I…I just started this one.

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          ROFLMAO!!! What do we do @larelle79!?

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            I…I don’t know. THE PRESSURE !!!! THE PRESSURE !!!!

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            I’m now on ep. 7. What ep are you on?

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            I am still on ep 1. I have had to stop to take care of….you know, life. I had planned on making a bigger dent tomorrow but now I am kinda scared. 😉

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            Lucky you. I had a good bit of free time today and I made “good” use of it. Now I’m on ep 8. You can still run. You should run. The makjang has begun.

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        OMO. Both you and @leetennant have told me to run, but for some reason I’m not running. I’m even more curious to know what’s in store. I am mentally prepared I tell you. Nothing can faze me now I tell you. NOTHING!!!

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        I feel like you and @leetennant are now in an epic rescue drama. Like a buddy cop drama.

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          We get up every day and try again despite our lack of success. We will keep trying against all the odds against a drama streaming system stacked against us.

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      Will do!

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One of my all-time favourite happy pill songs.
#IslandParty2019 #ChristmasInMay

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@raonah N.Flying truly is awesome!
#IslandParty2019

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    They have so many good songs! I used to only know Hot Potato (which is awesome) but recently I’ve been listening to their other songs and I’m really impressed!

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      I’m surprised that you like them that much especially given that their earlier stuff is sorta rap heavy-ish.

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        Which songs in particular? Their songs are very upbeat and fun.

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          Of the songs I like, “One N’ Only” and “Heartbreak.” I guess they’re more like GOT7 style though.

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    Love how goofy this video is. The Real is another favourite.

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    Just hug him Geu Rae! 😂

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      IKR! They wanted to kill each other as interns. It’s interesting how much his character has changed since the early part of this drama. He became a lot more likable. (No spoilers please) But I don’t like how they haven’t meaningfully addressed his harassment of women.

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Not a single female executive.

I think one of the main points of this drama was to highlight the many things wrong with the corporate workplace, especially as it relates to company culture—and by extension societal norms etc.. It does not find solutions for many of them but opts instead to show how difficult it is to bring about change. More than that though, it shows the need for and value of a fresh/new perspective.

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    Misaeng is the realest show ever. I loved how they showed women in corporate or even generally in work more so in collectivist cultures of Asia. There were 3 main women in Misaeng, all 3 very different but all under some kind of misogyny.

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[1] I don’t like Jang Baek-ki. (No spoilers please if he actually “improves” or not).
[2] I’m happy that he finally asked his sunbaenim out for a drink.
[3] I’m usually not a fan of hair covering eyebrows, but it looks really good on him here. Pity this is before he styles it.
[4] Is Kang Ha-neul ever going to take on a character I wouldn’t eventually dislike?
Misaeng GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

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    He has ok characters in his movies though 😉

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      I doubt I might ever get around to those, so I’ll take your word for it. 😉

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    I actually quite like his characters in Misaeng, The Heirs (yep, I watched this), and Angel Eyes.

    I hope you enjoy Misaeng. 😊

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      I am enjoying it thus far.

      His character in MLSHR left a really bitter taste in my mouth, so I was hoping for a different type of character here. Those two have a lot of similarities I think.

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        Jang Baek Ki reminds me of someone that I know, so I was not as miffed with him as I should have been. He is the type of person that can get on anyone’s nerves at the office for being a know-it-all and having an inflated belief in himself.

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      I just want to comment how adorable he was with Nam Ji Hyun in Angel Eyes.

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@umbrellaman This song has an interesting beat/flow. Something tells me that the lyrics will be just as “interesting.” 😂

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For once, a video where 3/4 of the comments aren’t of just one or two members. I’m looking at you TEN stans.

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I woke up to some amazing news this morning! Taiwan has legalized same-sex marriage. They are now the first country in Asia to do so. I’m hoping that Japan will follow in the near future—and SK of course, but Japan seems to have made greater strides especially in the courts.

What makes this really worth celebrating is that the most progressive of the same-sex marriage bills was the one that passed. It should be noted that there were three (3) bills being considered. One was the the government’s which was labeled the most progressive and the other two being considered were by conservative and anti-gay groups. The latter is like a group of men making laws on the reproductive rights of women. You can find more details of those proposed bills via the link below:

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201905130005.aspx

It should be noted that this marriage bill does not allow for adoptions outside of a partner’s biological children and does not recognize trans-national unions where a spouse is from a country where same-sex marriage is not legal. The fight continues. But for now, we take the wins where we can!

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    🎉🎉🎉 I am so so so proud of my country, @hades!! 🎉🎉🎉
    The fight absolutely continues, but what a huge first step especially for an Asian country.

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      This is big news. My international news feed is filled American states banning & criminalising abortions, so it’s great to see good news from another part of the world. *cheers for Taiwan*

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        I was just going to say this. We’re going back to the stone age, so it is good to see such progression being made elsewhere. I loved the campaign men did of wearing skirts in order to challenge gender stereotypes: https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-48254477
        Yay for marriage equality!!

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          Thanks for sharing that, @umbrellaman!! Haha the sky blue shirt and navy blue skirt WERE my uniform in middle school!! 🤣

          So happy that so many supporters came out to fight for the cause!!

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          Men wear pants. Women wear anything they want–pretty much 🙃. We are told from a very young age what colors, clothing, mannerisms, responsibilities etc. are acceptable for the respective genders. Even I get shocked seeing a man in a shirt. I think that’s because it’s not what I know to be the norm–I don’t see it often, nor do I wear skirts myself. Thankfully, a lot of this is beginning to change. The more it’s put out there and the more we do away with gender stereotypes, the more these things will be acceptable.

          To be honest, I never thought there would come a day when not only would it be ok, but it would be a generally socially acceptable trend for men to wear pink or skinny jeans for example and not be considered gay. Even men’s skin care has become a multibillion dollar industry. None of these trends picked up over night. But, once we get over the shock of seeing men in skirts and allow greater freedom of expression in that regard, it will be just like men wearing skinny jeans.

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        @greenfields, yes, I woke up reading the US headline about how the anti-abortion law Alabama passed is more restrictive than the Pre-Roe era, and about how House Democrats are so ineffectual even armed with Mueller’s report. This indeed is such welcoming news!

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          What annoys me about the anti-abortion law in Alabama is that:
          [1] They seem to have purposely made it so asinine and dangerous so as to try to get it to the Supreme Court to challenge Roe vs Wade.
          [2] Very few if any women had a hand in writing that bill. It was all a bunch of men writing a bill for women and many of them not only had no proper scientific or biological understanding of issues associated with abortion and a woman’s body, but were using highly contestable science they framed/reframed for their own ends.

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    Yes this is good news. I only realised today that the Constitutional Court ruling wasn’t legalising same-sex marriage but simply stating that legislation was needed to bring the law in line with the constitution.

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      Indeed. Funny enough, I only learned about this via the drama HIStory2: Right or Wrong–and doing my own digging after.

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    While we’re on the subject of same-sex relationships and Taiwan – have you seen History 3 Trapped yet? And if so, where did you watch it (subbed)?

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