Getting ready for SuperM concert ~ it’s a four hour drive so I’m packing lots of snacks and loading up playlists to get me pumped 🤗🤗

Here’s hoping it’s jopping y’all ~

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    Have fun!!!

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    So jealous!

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    Have fun! How exciting.
    I’m curious as to who your most excited to see and if after the concert if someone else will have grabbed your attention.

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      So, I was most excited for Baekhyun and Kai ~ I’m an exo l at heart after all. But Tae Min had so much grace and dignity (weird to say for a kpop idol I know) that you couldn’t not watch him on stage, and Taeyong from NCT had this infectious energy that he quickly became a favorite, to my surprise since I’m not usually a fan of rappers. ^_^

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        I’ve heard a couple times that live Taemin is an amazing performer or as good as what you see in videos. Also, curious because I’ve heard people say they go to a concert liking everyone or maybe preferring someone and then leave with a different member, lol.

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    Have a great time!

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LSG says his title from Hwayugi is the phrase he most recalls from that drama, and that he’s the most like Son O Gong of his characters 😻 gosh I need to pick Vagabond up again for him ~

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See Sic Date
Date #2 ~ Coffee with Cocoa

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“See Sic Date”
Prologue

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So, I might have watched all four episodes out of Vagabond today. Maybe. Current theories are in the comments to avoid spoilers ~

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    The tattoos must mean something ~ from the scarface bad guy’s containing his tracker(?) to LSG’s “God of War.” I’m wondering if blonde LSG was part of a gang or something before he took in Hoon, that’s why he suddenly was looking for a real job to support them and settled on stunt man since he was already involved in fighting. Episode 4 made me really feel that there is more to his past than we have seen so far.

    I heard someone theorize that perhaps SSR’s partner that died 7 years ago was Hoon’s father and LSG’s brother, which would explain why LSG wasn’t involved in Hoon’s life until his hyung died. I’m also curious as to Hoon’s mother, but maybe that will be a dead end (as in plot point, but they do casually kill people a lot in this show)

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    The assassin Lily might be my favorite character so far, she’s murderous but doesn’t suffer fools, and enjoys the shirtless sight of LSG just like the rest of us ~

    Suzy’s character is a little exasperating, she’s intelligent but keeps acting like an airhead ~ maybe that makes her a more complex character, but at this point she really should know better than to let LSG’s character run off by himself, he’s the main informant for so many attacks and incidents already.

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Final Makjang Monday ~ Snippets Because I can’t just choose one (and Because @strawberry inspired me with her story)

Buckle in Beanies, it’s story time!

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    Origin Story
    In the beginning (as in the day she was born), they tried to kidnap Cocoa (as in me). My mum was very tired that day (obviously), but the nurse taking care of her insisted that they rearrange the furniture in the hospital room after my dad left with my hungry unnis and oppas for food. (I also mark this as the moment when I became obsessed with ice cream cake, which they went out to buy, but I digress).

    The nurse said the room arrangement was precautionary, as there had been reports of someone trying to get onto the new baby ward (fresh babies are hot commodities apparently). Later, Mom awoke to a different nurse in the room, who has just squeezed between the bed and the wall to get to the crib where Cocoa lay sleeping obliviously (setting up a precedent for the rest of my life). Groggily Mom asks the new nurse, who is gently trying to take sleeping Cocoa from the crib, what she needs, and the woman instantly becomes defensive, fiddling with the IV pole which Mom notices is not hooked up to anything (but her pain addled brain just registers it as “huh, weird nurse”). She notices that the new nurse is wearing a different uniform, but also just shrugs it off (I should stop wondering where I get my nonchalance from). The weird nurse books it from the room, rattling the bed as she quickly squeezes back out through the space between the bed and wall.

    A few minutes later the original nurse checks on Mom, who is by this point TIRED of the weird nurse shenanigans, and asks why she needs checked on AGAIN when she’s trying to sleep (she just had a baby for goodness’ sake). The nurse instantly turns on the alert, asking what the other nurse looks like, what she wore, twenty questioning my (again) exhausted mother.

    Turns out the other nurse was wearing a uniform from a costume store nearby, and that day she had finally managed to sneak onto the new baby unit, and nearly got away with it (it being Cocoa, being me).

    Anyways, (and most importantly) my dad and older siblings appeared later with ice cream cake,
    The End
    PS No I was not allowed to eat the cake. And yes, I do hope that poor woman trying to steal babies got some help. Babies really don’t solve any problems.

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    Oppa has CANCER! WHAT CAN BE MORE MAKJANG!

    I found out in the past two years that my oppa had cancer when we were children. How did I not know this? See origin story for my obliviousness from, well, birth.

    I always thought V oppa (his name starts with a V, nothing to do with BTS, though he is a good looking musician), was the best of my oppas. He was funny, always ready with a joke or a waggle of his eyebrows, athletic, he was a skater boy, and could do flips over picnic tables, musical, I can still sing the song about pie he made up for me one day on his guitar (he can play almost any instrument by the by, not to brag, my oppa is the best).

    He was the best looking too, a prince version of Snow White if you will. Skin as pale as snow, hair a black shaggy ebony. Long eyelashes, black eyes, and a fineness, a fragility, a preciousness to him, a fire that flared brightly (yet like many bright flames easily put out).

    I recall him being sick, of course. His waves of hair spread out black against a white hospital pillow. His inability to eat for so very long. When I found out about his cancer recently, suddenly so many things in my memories made sense. My intimate knowledge of children’s hospital play areas, my hatred of Sprite that lasted years (sprite in little paper medicine cups was the drink of choice as Mom got the cups from a nurse so she could have us kids share a bottle of the noncaffeinated soda during those long hours in the waiting rooms).

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    My oppa survived, but that sickness changed him. He became the bad boy with a tragic past in a school drama. He was kicked out of school minimum of three times, was chased by girlfriends’ fathers in the middle of the night, broke an arm here, knocked his teeth out there. Was a master of snark. Came home like a skunk kite at 3 am (I can still vividly remember peeking from the stairs as he actually physically drop kicked our oppa who was trying to restrain him one night). Finally dropped out of school and disappeared from the country.

    Oppa was a firework that burned so bright because he was convinced he was burning out. He didn’t though, because he is and always will be one of the best oppas. Even at his worst points he would randomly show up to take care of us younger kids (he is eight years older than me), and make frozen dinners the most fantastic meal ever. He taught us drinking games with bottles of soda, introduced us to anime, never left the house without a guitar.

    It took untimely deaths of others, his friends and fellow bright stars, to make him finally run away, this time to another city where he got competitive with his girlfriend at the time. But this time productively, a competition of who could get a university degree first. He lost the race, but still won a graphics degree. He is a software engineer now who gets to travel to different countries regularly for work, he’s a foodie, a devoted cat dad, the bass player in a weird punk techno band in New York City.

    He’s my oppa, and he’s worked so hard. Even if his life is a makjang.

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      His life is a makjang but he’s had tremendous growth. He will be a much better male lead than most existing ML’s in dramas. Hope he is in good health and condition now.

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      Is your oppa looking for quiet nerd who just likes to knit, hang out with her dog, and travel? Because I would not be adverse to a son-in-law in a punk band.

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        Gosh, I wish you were talking about a son like that because I would personally love to take you up on that offer. A dog owning, knitting, traveling nerd? Swoon. Alas that I am a straight female.

        Sadly, the oppa in this story has been with his current partner for going on six years, they have two cats together and are on each other’s insurance policies (I don’t know why, but putting someone on your insurance seems almost as formal as marrying someone).

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          Pffft. I know married couples who haven’t mingled their insurance.

          Also, I’m happy for them. Kind of. Maybe.

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    In the end, I’m so long winded I only had time to write two stories (snippets are hard to attain when you are as verbose as me).

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I should be able to predict this. I’ve fallen for the goofy best friend character once again. Why is he both the funniest and most practical i the whole show?? #unrequitedlove #mingrue

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Early Makjang Monday (because I work tomorrow)

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    Family lore has it that my great grandfather immigrated to the US from Germany to escape a murder charge. On the boat over he met my great grandmother, and they proceeded to have twelve children, eleven of which were daughters.

    He was a violent drunk, and a not very successful farmer.

    My grandmother was the second (or third?) eldest, and worked through highschool in order to provide food, clothes, and schooling for the younger children.

    My grandfather dated her older sister in highschool, before meeting her and deciding she was the better sister (my grandmother was known for her intelligence and loyalty, my great aunt for her, ahem, infamous number of “rolls in the hay”).

    My grandmother worked to put my grandfather through university, the first in their small town to go. They had a deal that he would do the same after getting his degree. Too bad he got her pregnant during his last term (my mother thinks it was intentional so that he could be better than her with his higher education).

    They still managed to own a gas station, a nursing home, and various other properties that made them the prosperous couple in that small town. My grandfather also worked as a school teacher, while my grandmother managed all the paperwork.

    My grandfather however had many affairs, with both employees at their businesses and students. It even turned out he had a hidden second family with a previous secretary. My mom tells the story of my grandmother getting suspicious and following her husband to his lover’s house (that he had paid for from a secret account). After my grandparents dramatically split up, my grandfather’s house became known as the den of iniquity in that small town, where one could procure drugs, sex, or alcohol at any time.

    My grandmother died suddenly of a heart attack when she was still young. It was widely known that, despite the public shame of the divorce (which back in the 1970s put all the blame on the wife), and his awful treatment of her (he still came to her when he needed money up until the day she died), she loved him and only him until her last breath.

    The daughter of a murderer, the devoted wife of an abuser. I never met my grandmother, she died too early for that, but she was famous for her humor, her crafting, her love of soap operas, her loyal heart, and the sparkle that never left her eyes. If ever there was a tragic heroine of a makjang, it would be her.

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      Super Makjang Monday. She sounds like she was a force to be reckoned with and I’m sad she didn’t live long enough to accumulate all the businesses in town.

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      I think I should say “what a strong, powerful woman” rather than “men suck” and so I will. Really, the things women have come through with a smile on their face and a twinkle in their eye is extraordinary.

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      Wow. I’m in awe of the strength I see in these stories. It’s a testament to you to come from such a grandmother. I hope you meet her someday in the afterlife.

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      Somebody else I know has a sparkle in her eyes, loves crafting, and watches a different sort of soap opera. I think your grandma would like you, but you won’t have the tragic makjang story, and I’m sure this would please her a great deal.

      If I could time travel, I think I would go back and deal with the men who make women’s lives so difficult.

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      The women folk always come through don’t they? Amazing!

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    I might delete this later, because, however makjang a story this is, it’s still a true story.

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    It’s Monday here, btw. You’ re not early for me.

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Makjang Mondays: My Life as a Medical Makjang
AKA Reasons My Coworkers Can Never Find Me on DB

Warning: a compilation of all my complaints this past year and a half of work. So it’s long. Sorry.

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    Episode one introduces the fresh out of school protagonist, a nurse just moved back South from a big city in the North. It’s been years since she lived at home, and she feels like a failure, returning with a degree in a career she began to hate while in school.

    Her first day on the job she accidentally insults a coworker, as every drama protagonist does, and the prejudice against her as a Northerner (picture a Seoulite moving to Jeju) coalesces into active dislike, despite her protests that she grew up in the town.

    The bullying gets worse in the next several episodes, the nurses her age refusing to acknowledge her when she talks, the older ones looking askance at her lack of accent and awkward conversation topics. She is easily made a scapegoat in those first few months, only able to hide and cry when someone yells at her once again.

    She tries to befriend some of the secretaries and aides, only for it to backfire as they find our heroine a buzzkill on their night out drinking (what can she say, she does think it dangerous to down beer like water before an hour drive home). She’s not invited out again.

    Like all Candy’s, she is a single and singularly inexperienced twenty something when it comes to romantic love. And, like so many of those too sweet Candies, when the social work life is all talk of sex and alcohol, sharing pictures of the latest thirst trap met on dating apps, she has nothing to contribute, and hits up the library instead after her shift (and after getting obligatory PPL Taco Bell (hey it’s my story and I never eat at Subway or Pizza Hut).

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    There is an awkward episode in the middle when the constantly peppy, constantly oversharing manager corners her while she works to ask for spiritual advice. Huh, I guess our heroine really is a Fanny Price character.

    There’s turmoil at episode eight, not because of a kiss, but because of the large hospital downtown closing. Enter new characters as doctors, nurses, and aides transfer over, trying to hold onto their jobs (there is a running social commentary about the for profit nature of this healthcare system, that burns through both staff and facilities, both emotionally and physically). There’s a lot of bitterness over the closure, with the current staff at odds with the new staff, despite the definite experience the cynical newbies bring.

    The peppy manager, still in the middle of her life crisis, transfers away to a different department, and is replaced by a punk country nurse who is constantly tired because, surprise, cancer. (Punk country is what I like to call pink hair, gauged ears, and a redneck accent thicker than the smoke of a bonfire).

    The secretary who was once hoped to be a friend now also bullies our heroine, ignoring her and loudly talking about socially “inexperienced” who think they are better than others. There is an entire episode revolving around the incident of the protagonist requesting that staff not discuss their communicable diseases in the hallways outside patient rooms, only to receive a series of angry text messages from the secretary denouncing her for her insensitivity and narcissism. This same secretary then merely continues on with graphic sex stories while grieving families stand close by the desk, even going so far to flirt loudly on the hospital landline with her crush in another department, because it’s not her personal cell so she can’t be punished for it.

    Our heroine buys the Kubler Ross book on grief and death to try to become better at dealing with people in crisis. (Oh Lord I’m starting to hate this protagonist myself, such a goody two shoes)

    During this time our lead is befriended by the leader of the girls who originally bullied her, that clique currently fighting amongst themselves, during a late night junk food run (picture obligatory PPL as they sit outside of Taco Bell, looking at the sky and giving character exposition). They talk of their hopes and dreams, the bully saying that her dream really is to be a mother, regardless of what else, she wants a baby of her own. The same woman is busy flirting with one of the new young doctors, and wants our protagonist on her side, disappointing our lead who had found the doctor’s sincerity and kindness refreshing, until she saw him eyeing the, ahem, assets of the often unkind woman.

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    The fight between the clique, by the by, reaches the point where administration is involved to decree that they are not allowed to work together anymore. Too bad the ward is too short staffed to actually follow that decree.

    The secretary attempts suicide in the parking lot (while walking with a group of people she lays down in front of a car because she wasn’t invited to join the clique at a waterpark), and quits soon afterwards, loudly asserting only heartless people can work in healthcare.

    Oooh, before I end that plotline, I just want to mention this secretary’s crush’s racist comments towards the heroine that had her debate calling HR on him, only to decide it wasn’t worth it with people like him.

    At this point in the story, let’s call it episodes 10-13, the heroine finds her PPL Taco Bell runs joined by various other characters who use it as a chance to give exposition and badmouth each other. Our girl keeps her mouth full and wonders idly why she bothers socializing (I guess she really isn’t as kind as Candies usually are), and supposes she shouldn’t be surprised when one of them tells her rumors that the other had spread about her.

    The leader of the bullies has decided that the heroine is once more her enemy, as they both are up for the same promotion. One of the managers goes into seizures while at work, another leaves after sending a very public email to all the administration and medical doctors, and the relief manager is hit by a Truck of Doom. The post of manager is now open.

    Things are also heating up between the bully nurse and her naive doctor, sneaking around in break rooms and the like, until one of her “on the side” one night stands declares himself her “SNS official” boyfriend. The doc didn’t know she was still seeing other people, and promptly switches to night shift to nurse (hehe) his broken heart.

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      I blinked really hard and in disbelief at the “secretary attempts suicide in the parking lot.” Is this for real? Like, this really happened and you’re not just writing a great fiction?

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        Yes, everything here happened. I even left out some stuff, like the woman who was hastily transferred away for flirting with the wrong person.

        Shoot! I forgot all about the mystery of the break room thief! They got away with hundreds of dollars…

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      a real Truck of Doom????????

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    Episode 14 sees our girl working as manager,

    struggling with the outright animosity of some of the staff. Now she gets in trouble for not reining in the clique, who have devolved into “jokingly” telling sexual, emotional, and health information about the others at the nurses station as a means of backstabbing.

    Episode 16 ends this nightmare of a melo with our lead interviewing for a job in a different city, telling them that she appreciates the myriad experiences of her current position but is ready to move on. She smiles at the interviewer as she expresses gratitude to her coworkers for teaching her so very much.

    Later, back at her job she is shunned again since the clique has made up, but now she merely raises her eyebrows and asks after their patients, which usually sends them scattering. Busy trying to decide how to break it to her boss that she too is quitting, she hears loud voices trying to whisper down the hallway about a staff pregnancy, where no one knows who the father is.

    “Really,” is all she can think, “what kind of makjang is this?”

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      I hope your new job is full of well adjusted boring people who just want to do their job well, drink tea, discuss mystery novels, and become addicted to kdrama because they want to be as cool as Coco.

      Or at the very least, are only a fraction as makjang as this nest of nasty is.

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      Whoever would’ve thought nurses could be such horrible people wow. Why weren’t more people fired!?! :O
      Glad you’re moving on

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        And I just recalled I forgot all about the person who is stealing money from people’s bags in the break room! They got away with like $300-$500, only like $20 of which was from me (they rifled through my belongings when I accidentally left my locker unlocked while in the bathroom, then threw my wallet with all the cards in it in the public bathroom after taking the cash)

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      No wonder you kept asking for uplifting Gifs this year! I am sorry you’ve had such a hard time and hope your next adventure is full of nice, boring people.

      I also worked at a medical office once upon a time. Seriously. What is it with healthcare staff and gossip? The cliques and backstabbing you described were also there. But I was Jang Geu Rae so they only rarely spoke to me, and I’d avoid their coffee room breaks on purpose.

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        Yes, I really struggled to stay calm this year… Beanie’s never fail to cheer me up with gifs though!

        I’m not sure honestly what it is about gossip. At first when I started complaining my mom would tell me every office is like this, I just need to get used to the working world. But now she is helping me move to a different city because she knows how bad it’s been for me here.

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      Whoa, that’s some daily drama! Better than General Hospital. Too bad there was no love line for our heroine, but maybe this was just her backstory for some fabulous new rom-com! Congratulations on the new job. I only knew some of this, and you’re right for moving on!

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        I’ve decided I prefer to keep the drama on my screen, hehe.

        i think our heroine needs a time skip. Several years of just working and being boring then she’ll be ready for the next drama plot line.

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      Holy moly, some of the jobs I’ve worked had bad co-workers, but never that terrible! I wouldn’t have lasted a week in that place. Hoping your new job has lots of nice people and maybe some Park Shin Hye fans!

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      Goodness what an unhealthy environment to work for! How did you manage to do this for 16 episodes is beyond me!! I hope your new workplace treats you with respect and you get to meet nice people and make true friends. And also keep HR in your speed dial.

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      That’s a level of crazy makjang that makes me happy that you’ve found a new position. I second @egads in wishing that the new place is filled with boring, well read, hard working characters. The only makjang should be the occasional patient family drama.

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      yours was the dictionary definition of “toxic workplace”. Glad you found another job !

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      I’m so glad you’re leaving that makjang mess behind! Seconding egads in hoping your coworkers are lovely, boring people who handle the stress of work with books, tea, and comradarie.

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      Wow! That was really hell! I would have broken a few bones on my way out because they deserved it so much! I am glad that you are moving to a new job and I really wish you will have meet lot nicer people who are sensitive and cool and talk about books!

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    Yes, I did write myself as a protagonist of a medical drama, and yes, I did cast Park Shin Hye to play me. What can I say, she has great hair.

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      I’m so glad you quit. Those people don’t even deserve to be in your amazing and goddess-level presence. Not to mention, your fabulous hair and amazing outfits.

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        To be fair, I have to wear a uniform at work, so they were never blessed with my great style ~ 😉

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          Then I’ve decided that your co-workers are also blind. If they couldn’t be blessed by your style, your amazing personality must of been shining through the uniforms HOW COULD THEY NOT SEE THAT!?!!!

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      You also have great hair, so it is on point casting.

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      Woah Coco! That was a lot of tea that I had to get a real drink to read along! Just reading it gave me stress because I can barely handle my own family problems that I wouldn’t know how to handle your coworkers. Glad you found another place! Hopefully you find someone to hang out with:)

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      Wow Coco, your workplace sounds horrible. I’m so glad you’re leaving – the new place can only be better than this.

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    Wow Coco what a story 😱
    Anyway congrats , fighting and good luck
    We should’ve send the assassinations squad to break some necks/bones 😉😉

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Beanies, today is going to be a mehjekdgh sort of day. Any fits to send to give color would be appreciated ^_^

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@minacci @ally-le
I put the link to the google doc with all the Love, February post links in the comments.

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Makjang Pictures to go with the previous story (sorry I couldn’t figure out how to insert home pictures)

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Makjang Monday ~ Candy the Cat

I wasn’t sure what to write for @justme ’s Makjang Mondays at first, which family secrets should I spill, what embarrassing story should I unearth (my life is boring but I have more awkward stories to tell than I want to admit to).

Then I realized, I had a Candy walk straight from a melo and into my life this summer. This is her story ~

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    *cue rain and thunder* Her mother was pretty, very pretty, pregnant, and sadly so alone. When strangers took her to the shelter they wondered if she had been abandoned before or after they knew she was expecting.

    They would never know.

    *cue separated from birth family for her own good* Her children all looked just like her, down to the freckle on their noses. Except one, the youngest and smallest. The doctor didn’t think that baby would survive, but a kind worker at the shelter took her home, and bottle fed her hourly until she grew. After weaning even the other children were taken from the mother, the shelter knew the chances of them being adopted were better separately.

    *cue orphanage scene* The littlest one struggled once back at the orphanage, always the smallest and weakest, she couldn’t keep up with the others. But she tried her best, when her brother clawed his way up the wall, she jumped after him as high as she could (it just wasn’t high enough).

    One day she was picked up by cold hands that held her close, promising a warm home. She was still too small, and the promised home had to wait for her weight to increase to healthy limits. They waited, she was pretty and less rambunctious than the other kittens, which is what they wanted. *cue selfish family expectations*

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    When she arrived, she found herself confronted by the residents. While the woman with the cold hands cuddled her and safeguarded her, when she inevitably had to leave Henrietta (her newly christened name) was left to fend for herself. She snarled at the ahjussi who tried to sniff her, and the unni who tried to touch noses was angrily swiped at. The uppity ahjumma however ignored her, which made Henrietta even more furious.

    She was the new maknae, but she refused to be treated as such. After the first couple of days of her rebuffing their advances she began to approach them first. A sniff here, a pounce there. Soon, she was fast friends with her unni, the previous maknae, who had spent months kowtowing before the ahjumma would deign to acknowledge her presence.

    The ahjussi was a kind, elderly sort of man, whose joints creaked and fat wobbled whenever he moved. Henrietta, after the first few rejections, eventually allowed him to take care of her, brushing her hair as gently as the mother she never got to know. *cue kind adoptive grandpa trope*

    The ahjumma continued to turn her face away when Henrietta entered a room. Unni told her that the ahjumma only let the ahjussi near her, and that only because he had taken care of her too when she first arrived in the house. Unni said just to wait, and one day she might let you be near her. But Henrietta was a Candy through and through, and wouldn’t let anyone ignore her just because she was young and naive.

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    She did all she could to get the middle aged woman to notice her, from batting a tinkly ball to her, to sidling up next to her, to great flying leaps from nowhere (Henrietta was growing like a weed in the comfort of her new home). Nothing worked. Eventually, Ahjussi and Unni had to leave, they were only visiting for the summer, and she was left alone with Ahjumma.

    She realized then that this had been her purpose all along, to be a companion to the curmudgeonly woman. Determination sparkled in her eyes, she would make this ahjumma her family no matter what it took.

    Daily she coaxed, tried to cuddle, jumped on her back out of nowhere, even bit her tail. These tactics had worked with Unni, after all.

    And slowly, but surely, as in all good dramas, the older woman crumbled under the tenacious energy of the Candy who just wanted to be loved.

    Ahjumma might still find her annoying at times, but it’s okay, because Henrietta is part of her family now. And however much they might claw at the other, they know that they have each other.

    Henrietta Goose, named for her unni, Gerda Goose

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Lee Seung Gi is a total showboat, who honestly only ever plays the same arrogant man in his dramas. But gosh darn it I love him. Just watch him get way too into dancing and say you don’t love him too

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    Thank God I’m not the only one who thinks he plays the same arrogant jerk in every one of his dramas. Haha But yeah, variety Seung-Gi is jjang! 😊

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    Oh my goodness everyone confessing their love for Lee Seung-gi, coincides with my new found love for him!!

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      Gahhhhhhh I totally credit him with making me fall for kdramas. What has made you like him? Oh, and welcome to his fan group, we have lots of gifs

      img src=“http://media.tumblr.com/0b0a468deeb8715e597c4d8245fd95ca/tumblr_inline_n7emubUA4K1qglk01.gif”

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        Do you ever get curious of why people like a certain someone? I always heard of Lee Seung-gi but i think that he had just gone to army when i started watching dramas. I watched King2Hearts and liked him well enough but that was it. I started the first season of NJTTW and was like okay he seems nice enough. Then, I started Master in the House and haven’t missed an episode since! He grew on me, but, my goodness, he is really showing off his charms in Little Forest!! Looking forward to Vagabond, haha!

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    Was he an arrogant man in You’re All Surrounded? Does dude with PTSD out for revenge count as that?

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*sidles in through a side door, gives a short wave from the shadows*
Hey chingu, Coco here ~ my drama slump has been so utterly complete that I’ve barely even checked DB in a great while. I’ve just laid despondently on my rooftop wondering when another drama will come along and interest me… I’ve turned on the first five minutes of several currently airing ones only to get distracted and never turn them on again… I thought this slump was the end of my drama relationship.

But I just spent the weekend binge watching 10 episodes of a drama. And I wanted to squee about it, so here I am, buckle in your seatbelts for “Village: Secret of Achiara”

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    I’d recommend you Children of Nobody/Red Moon Blue Sun from the same writer 🙂

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      That is even more amazing than Village achiara!

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      Okay, I’ll have to check it out! I’ve stayed away from that one because of the themes… I’ll try it, but I often can’t handle realistic abuse storylines. Village is such a melo that so far I’ve not been bothered by any of the crimes characters have committed.

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        I liked Children better because Village had too much going on for me. It has a mysterious feel to it that doesn’t completely ground it in reality 🙂

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    VSOA is a mystery show centered on Moon Geun Young, a young woman raised by her grandmother in Canada after all her family, except her, died in a car crash in Korea. After her grandmother’s death, she discovers a letter postmarked “Achiara” containing a newspaper clipping that falsely claims she also died in that car crash. She becomes convinced that she has family still living in Achiara, and gets a job as the English teacher at the village school.

    Everyone is friendly enough to the new teacher, but she soon realizes that the villagers are full of secrets and distrust for outsiders. Especially when she discovers a corpse in the woods…

    Okay, now that you have a gist of the plot, here are the things I love:

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    First off, this show is melo and dramatic at its core

    http://66.media.tumblr.com/edc8ac8dc66fbf4c2c67698b03cb9250/tumblr_nvq6vnO6mE1r0nsxwo4_400.gif

    In the first episode alone we get hair pulling, blackmail, hints of incest, foreboding dreams, crazy fortune tellers, and so much more!

    I’ve not watched a melo in a while, usually sticking to romcoms and sageuks, so the serious drama here has actually been refreshing for me ~ I’d forgotten how enjoyable a good water thrown in the face could be

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    I love Moon Geun Young, she is maybe the first Korean actress whose name I memorized, and, whatever else you can say about her dramas, I always find her characters enjoyable and relatable.

    Also her style is always flawless (except maybe in Cheomdangdong Alice). JUST LOOK AT HER CARDIGANS

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-o5SBTEQnupg/VmJypz9RWLI/AAAAAAAAkXc/PbBPCd5kJYI/s1600/TVAS-ep15%2B%25286%2529.jpg

    Excuse me while I update my wardrobe to reflect her sympathetic yet stubbornly determined English teacher. (Really though, at first I thought the character would be a bit of a wimp, running and crying at the first possible run in with a serial killer (again, this happened in the first couple of episodes), but underneath her sensitivity is a backbone of steel, and she will not back down from discovering the truth, no matter how many characters threaten or undermine her).

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    (Excuse I forgot I have a dentist appointment ~ will finish this later)

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    I was just thinking the same thing about being in a drama slump and not being able to get out of it! I will have to try and watch VoSA, missed it the first time around…🙄 thanks for the recommendation.

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    Beanies, ( @kimbapnoona & other The Last Empress fans), The Dowager Empress herself is here, and maybe only slightly less crazy than usual


    http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t413/javabeansdb/drama/2015/village/village2/village15-00062.jpg

    She’s obsessed with having a son to take over the big company, despite having the complete loyalty of her stepson and a clairvoyant daughter (who is a rebellious artist of an eleven year old).

    She’s known to be too-pretty-for-her-age, and might have killed a woman. Who knows. I’ve not finished the drama yet. But her hair pulling skills are just as adept in this show ~


    http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t413/javabeansdb/drama/2015/village/village2/village14-00550a.jpg

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    There are, of course, two male leads to assist Moon Geun Young in her quest ~

    Reluctantly, the aforementioned son of the Dowager Empress, forced to recently return from the US and take over the CEO position (and sadly cut off his bleached hair)


    http://static1.dienanh.net/upload/2015/10/15/the-village-secret-of-achiara-50959.jpg

    His righteous soul is torn between getting justice done, and trying to please the expectations of his idolized stepmother and demanding grandmother.

    I’m still attached to the actor from his Beautiful Gong Shim days, so I’m rooting that HE didn’t kill a woman. But again, who knows.


    http://www.stellarsisters.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/the-village-achiara-s-secret-16.jpg

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    The other male lead is the maknae of the local police department, who dreams of being a detective. He’s played by Yook Sung Jae, of BTOB and Goblin fame, and whom I am surprised to find just as charming an actor here as he was as the nephew turned god in Goblin.

    He’s smitten with Moon Geun Young from the beginning, and does his best to assist her in finding her family, pestering his colleagues at other police departments to get him the needed information. He is a bit too young for her though, in my opinion, but love lines (happily in my opinion) are utterly secondary to MGY’s character and the plot in general.


    http://i.ytimg.com/vi/rbVuIziwrbM/maxresdefault.jpg

    Too bad he’s really just a clumsy kid, but the bromance with his police hyung (who is a smart and competent policeman, despite being content with his place as a smalltown cop) is perhaps the best relationship in the show.


    https://6.viki.io/image/d1066d3262bf4ba685cbba944405568b.jpeg?x=b&s=380×214&q=h&e=t&f=t&cb=1

    My mom giggles whenever Yook Sung Jae is on screen with his antics, and we both ship him with the school administrative assistant who keeps tricking him into buying her KFC. I think I need to introduce her to BTOB after this show.

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    The supporting cast in general is full of familiar faces (even if I’m bad at their names). From Jang So yeon (aunt in Father is Strange, secretary turned fish cult leader extraordinaire in Secret Life of My Secretary), to Jo Han Chul (detective from Healer here playing a… detective. hehe), the supporting characters are nothing to sneeze at.

    (though I will say that I was disappointed by the treatment of a cross dressing character. not just by the other characters calling him a pervert, but the way he himself acts, saying that he enjoys dressing as a woman since it scares other women ~ just, I know I shouldn’t expect any better but the creepy cross dresser is a stereotype I would very much love to do without)

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    Anyways, the plot is cray cray, and I can’t predict what will happen even now at episode 10. There are still so many unanswered questions, and I love it. Let’s just hope Moon Geun Young stay away from a ToD long enough to get them answered.


    http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t413/javabeansdb/drama/2015/village/village1/village4-00504a.jpg

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    You have many more twists and turns to go through! I live watched, and enjoyed the heck out of this drama.

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Second meetup with @mindy was so lovely ~ she even wore a cat themed dress for me 🥰

I wore black, per @oppafangirl @wishfultoki @bbstl @raonah ‘s advice.

@sicarius I did wear pink shoes…

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Alright, chingu ~ I need advice. For a beanie meetup with @mindy Should I wear all black, or be colorful?


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