Wait, it’s a new year already?
Wait, it’s half a week INTO the new year?
No one has ever accused me of timeliness. (Early, yes, late, sometimes, but precisely on time? That’s only for wizards)

Tonight is my first of 2020 to relax. So far this year has been filled with work, cooking, cleaning, the usual busyness that makes up the mundanity of my usual days.

Yet 2020 is already so different for me.

My work is at a new hospital, in a new city, in a new specialty. I’m still learning, and I’m lost half the time, but it’s interesting and scary and feels like I’m in school again except this time it’s real and someone help and… It’s a good thing orientation lasts so long for new specialties. I’m content with the work knowing I’ll be better at my profession afterwards.

After work today I drove to a Korean restaurant that had good reviews, and waited in the cold for my table for one, amidst the crowd of Saturday night get togethers. The food was delicious, the atmosphere low key, and I might definitely maybe have a new last shift of the week tradition. Someone has to be the fatigued contract worker eating tteokbokki in the background of the kdrama of life.

Right now, freshly showered, full of tteokbokki, wrapped up warmly with tea and a cat in my lap, my little apartment to myself seems horribly cozy.

Anyways, here’s to 2020, already ridiculously more full of peace than 2019 ever was.


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Y’all, we can make fun of Cinderella and the 4 Knights all day for this Makjang Candy mess, but I’m rewatching and the end of ep 2 has me sobbing like a baby. Park So Dammmmmm

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    Yes, I realize that my taste in dramas is trash. But it’s my taste, so I’ll just have to live with it ~

    Also my sister is watching with me and she’s fighting so hard to make the case that the secretary dude is the most important knight of the four…

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      Right now he has umbrella holding, cooking, and covert video camera-ing going for him (what? Obviously he took the sneak videos of the three other knights for the chairman’s slideshow presentation to Park So Dam)

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      Human-Cat-Beverage Being with trash taste sounds absolutely delightful to me!

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      Is it great? No. Did I care when I was watching it? No.

      Oh my gosh Coco, the one thing I hate about this drama (well, that I remember two years after watching) is that the secretary didn’t get a satisfying ending for me. I want HIS story. Or maybe I just wanted…….well anyway, I’m team secretary is the bestest knight too.

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      Oooh yes, now that I think of it, that is the Mr Secretary I should have included in my Errand Boy Saga!

      I like this drama and still listen to the OST. Who cares if it descended into Candy makjang. *shrugs*

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        HOW did we not remember him when giffing that epic?!

        This is my go to drama for drunk gifs, (Jung Il Woo with finger hearts), and the OST is in my background music rotation.

        Honestly, the best part of dramas when I came to them was the cheesy forget the rules of real life laugh and enjoy nature of them ~ it’s fun to just laugh and swoon and not think too deeply. And, somehow, part of it still gets you in the heart. Like Park So Dam and Jung Il Woo just trying to get by, and Secretary justifying the manipulative actions of the ceo who has been his main family for so long… sorry over analyzing again 🥰

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    I would have stuck with it but that seamstress/designer girl was dreadful, I felt so bad for Ahn Jae-hyun that he had to be partnered with that drip, blechy.

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    This drama is objectively terrible, and I can’t say I loved it – but I will very likely re-watch it someday (sooner rather than later now, it seems). It’s a testament to how charming actors can make even the most derivative and trope-y drivel work. And how one bad cast member can bring scenes to a screeching halt (do I need to say who?). Plus the soundtrack was solid and it was mostly cute if you turned your brain off.

    Also, Ahn Jae-hyun’s moping and pulling leaves “she loves me, she loves me not” shtick while Park So-dam was trying to reason with him is legit one of the funniest things he’s done and really endeared him to me after this drama.

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Binge watching Personal Taste over the weekend, and I think *gasp* I’m starting to see the appeal of Lee Min Ho? Also my favorite Son Ye Jin character so far! I love their friendship ~

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    Like, he’s not a chaebol, he’s this workaholic who’s put love on the backburner, and seems like a cold neat freak (oh, writing this makes me realize why I relate to him).

    She’s honest and just so eager to be loved, and I think I rooted for her from the beginning, when Chang Ryul called her a puppy ~ one of my worst memories is being called a puppy by the person I called my best friend, as the reason she didn’t want to hang out with me anymore. … I also didn’t make that connection until writing this.

    Darn it show, I relate to both leads so much. I’m only on episode 7, so please please please keep it up to the end!

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    I agree. The reason I have always had a soft spot for LMH long before Faith, is Personal Taste. The whole show is just so down to earth and earnest.

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    Unrelated but I also have a feeling he got plastic surgery after this show. I know that people change as they grow old but he did have some significant change that just doesn’t come with only ageing, after Personal Taste and in my opinion he last looked best here.

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      He might have. I don’t know. My soft spot for him doesn’t have anything to do with his looks.

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    My first Kdrama and my favourite “romantic scene” ever with Lee Min Ho running to buy pads for Son Ye Jin. He was a hero at this moment and that’s it.

    The OTP kept me engaged in their relationship until the angst kicked towards the finale épisodes. Son Ye Jin captured my heart so easily even if her character’s drinking habits made me worry. I knew nothing about the drinking culture in Korea back then.

    All the lead actors left a strong impression on me except LMH. I was even surprised to find out he was really popular haha It would be great to see him back to a more average character (well, just anything but a chaebol) because he doesn’t challenge enough as anactor imo.

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      I swooned at him making tea for her (I was struggling with my own cramps during that episode so it made me especially love him 😅)

      Son Ye Jin is so sweet! The only other drama of hers I’ve seen is Something in the Rain, where she was mainly the cynical object of the male lead’s affections. I think a great deal of LMH’s appeal here is his chemistry with her ~ they play off each other better than any other otp I’ve seen in a while (maybe because the focus is friendship at first?)

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        I liked that scene too! Actually, him taking care of her when she had cramps. That would make anyone swoon 😀

        I liked their relationship too! Like you said, they started as friends/roomates so they had time to get close as people before becoming lovers.

        If you want to see more of Son Ye Jin, you should watch her movies. Classic (with Jo Seung Woo and Jo In Sung) is my favourite of her. You will fall for both her and JSW, maybe not JIS since it was in his early days.

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    You have never seen it till now? I’ll be honest this could possibly be one of my least favourite LMH dramas?

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Just finished My Country, it inspired my first gif story in a while ~

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    Seon Ho drives fast yet lazily through modern day Seoul. He answers calls on his headset concerning local politics and corrupt businesses. He’s still trying to change the world by getting his hands dirty. He arrives at the isolated beach where Yeon was killed, and turns off his phone. Pouring out a drink, he looks up at the sky, imagining the kites they flew all those years ago, one turning into a parachute as he sips his soju.

    He loosens the knife he has hidden in his suit when he realizes that there is a parachute, with a person attached to it. As it gets closer he can make out a North Korean military uniform. Closer and he sees the harshly cut hair, looking out of place above Hwi’s face.

    Hwi lands with his usual dexterity, and with twisted smiles they acknowledge that, once again, they are on different sides of a war.

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    Flashback to the two waking up after their supposed deaths at the hands of the palace guards.

    Flash to the end of the 19th century, as they fight in traditional clothes using swords against guns that just can’t seem to stop them.

    Flash to the 1930s as they use their seeming immortality to save many in the resistance against the Japanese.

    Flash to the 1950s where they are left on opposite of a war once more.

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    In the present day, Seon Ho smirks, and helps Hwi to his feet. It was getting boring without him.

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    I needed this. Thank you!

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OMG the ppl was right ~ maxim gold instant coffee is delicious ~ I made it the way Sunny taught HRH, using the wrapper to stir and licking it clean. 🥰☕️


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Sooo Arsenal Military Academy? I’m on episode 32, and I just really need Liengcham to reciprocate Yanzhen’s affections already okay
Also Shen Tingbai has my heart and my respect
Manting does too

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    And Ji Jin
    And Heung Song

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    And Yanzhen’s sister
    And Xiang Jun

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      Gaaaaaaaaaasp!! Qiqi!!! I’m sorry bb girl. I know we haven’t talked about you, but we love you lots too!!! I loved that you fought so hard for your poem the first time I saw you. I love that you love Liangchen and admire him because he was your hero! I love that you are exactly like your amazing hot gege and that a Gu definitely runs in your blood. We love you Qiqi-bb! 😘😘

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    And Xie Xiang’s shipping parents

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      I love Xiang Xiang’s parents!!! Okay, okay I love anyone who loves Gu Yanzhen. But I love them extra because they grew to like him fast. Iffy at him at the beginning but they were a goner in no time. Just like me! 😁😆

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    Not to forget petty king Yanzhen himself
    And his eyebrows
    And his kissy face
    And …

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    And Xie Xiang herself who takes no crap from anyone
    And the way she looks for murder weapons when Yanzhen confesses
    And her patriotic zeal that stops her from seeing the romantic interest male characters have in her
    And her wig that amazingly no one notices (HOW, the theater troupe even styled it without noticing!)
    And her ability to pass physical exams (love how the “how” of how she passed the first episode military exam was ignored)
    And how she needs Yanzhen to lighten her life, just like he needs her to make him more serious (they balance each other!)

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      Pffffffffft. It’s totally okay. Even her parents didn’t notice her wig when she came home passed out (episode 17). Show, you do you.

      And how she needs Yanzhen to lighten her life, just like he needs her to make him more serious (they balance each other!)

      Oho! You are very close to episode 38! When you are done with that episode and when you get a moment, do read my long essay about it and how it’s one of the most memorable. http://www.dramabeans.com/members/13infamyss/activity/927081/

      😉😉😉 I always have a thing with yin yang couples. Manting and Tingbai are too!

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    And Shen Junshan
    Not the way he keeps getting romantic moments with Xie Xiang (my otp shipper heart is hurt each time he shows up instead of Yanzhen)

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      I’ve read somewhere that some viewers liked Junshan as the one being admitted to the hospital most often – another role reversal in the show.

      But yes, Junshan is amazing minus his role in the love triangle lol. I kinda wish he had a forbidden romance with Xianrong! To see him be conflicted between love and patriotism!

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        But he had? It was just never said, but I thought that they had thing going on from the way before.

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          I honestly thought he only saw her as a friend. But thinking about it again, you could be right. They had a thing going on, but to me it was Xianrong who had her feelings more invested in what they had together than Junshan.

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            Or rather she was more expressive than Junshen 😉

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        Lol. He himself said he spent a lot of time in hospital that year.

        There were definitely feelings on her part. It’s harder to tell about Junshan. I’m going with Ji Jin’s speculation that Xianrong was not just a friend. I remember she came to the academy one day and Junshan ran out to meet her. The guys were hanging out by the gate wondering what was going on between the two, the little gossips. 😂

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          I went back to ep 10 where he spent the night on the beach with Xianrong. I thought that was a beautiful scene.

          If Junshan ever had feelings for her romantically, I don’t think it was too deep. Hmmmm maybe the romantic in me expected that they would be some sort of star crossed lovers, fighting against all odds. Lol But he let go Xianrong just like that because he couldn’t stomach the fact that she was in association with the ones who murdered his family’s factory workers. He, I guess, will never get over that.

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    Cocoa!!!!!! 😭😭😭😭

    I just really need Liengcham to reciprocate Yanzhen’s affections already okay

    I had long for a plot where female leads do not chase boys….. Arsenal gave what I wanted….. I cheered when Xiang Xiang doesn’t make it easy for him but my heart……! Somewhere deep down something is screaming in me at Xiang Xiang to please notice him and give him some love 😭😭😭 drama you’re too much 😭 you give me what I want and I’m still not happy lol.

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      Hehe I love your love for this show! I’ve been busy irl so I’ve been vicariously squeeing through other’s fanwall posts ~ but my feelings couldn’t be kept back any longer 😘

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        Your feelings cannot be contained. It doesn’t matter what other people say or think, your feelings will not change. 😉

        Good luck with real life! We’re here to spazz together when you can.

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    And the fact that Coco is watching this drama! \^O^/

    I was wondering why you kept liking my posts and was about to ask. I’m so happy you’re enjoying it. 🙂

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    I was in ep 1 and FL passed the military exam without any explanation. I paused and decided to come back later. Then ML came up and was crazy rude to a singer and carried her away like a bag of potatoes. Was there any explanation that justifies that so maybe this can get a third chance? So many people like it.

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      The explanation is that the first episode is bad, and that the male lead indeed starts out as a spoiled jerk. Give it a few more episodes and if you don’t like it don’t continue.

      Be warned, the drama has a degree of absurdity, so you just gotta roll with it. Overall it’s fun and has characters that grow and mature through their friendship and adventures they face together.

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      I had the same conflict. You’ll have to go past episode 3 or 4 to understand the show’s charm.. ahem. I couldn’t get past episode 1 and now I completed 20 plus episodes in 2 days and am near the end now.

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        Yay, welcome to the squad!!
        I also binged about 20 episodes in 2 days *cough* I only slowed down because I didn’t want it to end .

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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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    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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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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