Beanie level: Loan shark with a heart of gold

THE MANDALORIAN: Chapter 5: “The Gunslinger.”
Written by: Dave Filoni
Directed by: Dave Filoni
The Mandalorian defeats a pursuing bounty hunter in a dogfight, but with his ship damaged he lands at a nearby repair dock, run by Peli Motto in Mos Eisley on Tatooine. He seeks work in a cantina to pay for the repairs, meeting aspiring bounty hunter Toro Calican, who is tracking elite mercenary/assassin Fennec Shand. As Calican needs to complete the bounty to join the guild, The Mandalorian agrees to help when Calican offers to let him keep the money. They find Shand in the outer desert, but she destroys one of their speeder bikes during her capture, so The Mandalorian goes to get a dewback they passed for transportation. While Calican watches Shand, she tells him that The Mandalorian betrayed the guild, making the bounty on him and The Child worth more than hers. Shand offers to help Calican capture The Mandalorian if he sets her free, but he shoots her dead aiming to take their dual bounties. Calican rides the remaining speeder bike to the repair dock, taking Motto and The Child hostage. The Mandalorian arrives, uses a flare to disorient Calican, and kills him. He takes Calican’s money to pay Motto for the repairs, thanking her before leaving Tatooine. Out in the desert, a mysterious figure approaches Shand’s body.

Humm not my fave episode. Maybe because I’m not a STAR WARS nerd. There is quite a bit of nod and references to the previous ST movies that I wouldn’t have known if I didn’t watch the recaps.
The episodes are too short (30 mins) and Ming-Na Wen was unutilized. She better return in future episode.
I think I like it more when Jon Favereau is in charged of the script.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNq0jUhVuq4

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THE MANDALORIAN: Ming-Na Wen (Yay).
The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Mulan actress will appear as the assassin Fennec Shand, who crosses paths with Pedro Pascal’s masked bounty hunter midway through the first season of The Mandalorian.
A fox can be a sly predator—or it can be the vulnerable, hunted prey. Ming-Na Wen’s new Star Wars character from The Mandalorian is someone who knows how quickly one can become the other.
The first appearance of her character is in this new teaser video, with her facing down the faceless lead character, a man without a name apart from the warrior tribe whose armor he wears. She delivers a somewhat ironic line: “Your name will be legendary.”
Is she the light side or the dark side? Good guy or bad? Or does her allegiance lie somewhere in the middle? “Thinking that she’s a mercenary, it can go either way,” Wen said. “I think it remains to be seen.” Wen compared her to Han Solo, a survivor who didn’t start out believing in any cause but his own. Then again, Fennec Shand made her name committing murder for the galaxy’s top crime syndicates, so she’s much closer to the sinister side than the wisecracking smuggler.
She is definitely someone who’s loyal to herself.

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    I love her. And Liu Yifei? When and sign me up!

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      I just watched chaper 5 and I’m glad that she is going to be in more episodes.

      I’m still looking forward to the live action Mulan and hopefully Liu Yifei would stay out of politics till the movie is over. With 300 million budget she can’t afford to be so careless.

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TEA LOVERS
It’s cold and rainy and I’m in the mood for some hot tea but I don’t know much about tea except for Costco’s green tea. Sometimes it gives me a headache and I think it’s the amount of caffeine it has.
If any of you have any fave tea that you’d like to recommend I’d really appreciate it. I’d also love it if it has nice floral aroma.
🙇.

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    Try oolong.

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      Thank you!
      It looks like today is a day for ordering tea. I have chamomile and lemongrass on my list.

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    i do like hibiscus tea.. it is a it tart I think.

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    If you’re sensitive to caffeine but still want your tea, herbal teas is a good alternative. Lots of herbal teas are also floral. Stay away from the darker teas like black teas and maybe even the green teas

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      Thank you :).

      I bought a bag of expensive tea last week thinking that expensive teas would be the best lol. I tried one bag and didn’t like it so I’ve learned to ask first.

      * I didn’t know that typing a name of tea gives me -1 wth DB?

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        I find that DB has the weirdest “rules” about flagging words and posts 🤨🤨🤔🤔🤔

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          I didn’t know r e d g i n s e n g is banned here lol.

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            Yea, and apparently you can’t post in another language unless it’s Copy & Paste… I tried posting something in Chinese for “Go Go Squid” before and it took me forever to figure out that trick

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            @bebeswtz

            Oh I didn’t know that. Thank you:).

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    While on a medical treatment , my doctor asked me to limit myself to a cup of caffeine per day. And that included green tea. I’d suggest to cut down on the amount or to make it less strong.

    As for other tea, I do drink lemon verbena, sometimes chamomile, (roasted) barley, corn silk tea, or just some honey+lemon. I don’t like Tumeric tea .

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      Thank you :).

      I probably need 1 cup of green tea twice a week. I drank only a cup per day and still have headaches.

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    Kiara, another option for you is decaf tea. I drink Earl Grey, which I think is flower-y, Decaf and it tastes the same to me as regular tea. Any brand should be fine.

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      Thank you :).

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      I like Earl Grey but I find it a bit strong. I’m a fan of English Breakfast and Ceylon. (I used to order loose leaves and had fun mixing them and brewing my own tea).

      For reference: https://www.whittard.co.uk/tea/tea-type/black-tea

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        I like English Breakfast as well!

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        Thank you :).
        Is the Earl Grey milk tea any good?

        Tea was not the thing in my tropical culture and my family were not into it either. I just started drinking it when I moved to a colder climate.

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          If you like milk with tea, then yes. I also like to buy a variety with lavender added.

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            Lavender? I love the aroma but I’ve never had it in my tea. I did try rose tea and didn’t like it.

            Lady Grey is also nice. It’s like Earl Grey but softer and with orange.

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    If you don’t find a favorite, you might try rooibos tea also. Plain, with honey or vanilla, or even chai (especially good on a very cold and wet day).

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      Thank you :).

      I’m going to try both for the first time :).

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    If you have access to a Korean market, there are a lot of non caffeinated options. Barley tea is my favorite, corn husk tea or corn tea is great as well. There’s also one called 둥글레 and in English it’s called Solomon’s Seal Tea. All three teas are slightly sweet without any sugar added and are a bit nutty in flavor.

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      There’s also citron tea that’s more of a citron jam that you put in hot water and make a sweet tea with. It’s citrusy and sweet and you can eat the rinds. I would pretend I was drinking the tangerine tea that was made in Coffee Friends when I drink this drink 😉
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XdjWn1ZY-uA

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        Thank you :).

        I am close to a Korean market but most of their tea is only in Korean so thank you for the Korean name.
        Citrus flavor <3.

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          For reference:
          Barley Tea = 보리차
          Corn Tea/Corn Husk Tea=옥수수차/옥수수 수염차
          Solomon’s Seal Tea= 둥글레차
          Citron Tea=유자차

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    Jasmine tea and Rooibos tea!
    I love it with honey, but that’s just optional. You can drink it plain too.
    You can also make a jasmine latte by adding milk!

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      Thank you :).

      Now I remember having Jasmine tea before at Peet’s coffee and liking the smell and taste. I’ve never heard of Rooibos tea before but I’m going to try it :).

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Baby Yoda is going to be the death of me!

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THE MANDALORIAN fan-girling continues..
I love a series that does less talking and more show me which leads to all kind of feels.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Space opera, Space Western.
Timeline: somewhere between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens” so the original Yoda died already.
FAVE QUOTES: Chapter 1.

“I have spoken” -Kuiil (voice by Nick Nolte).

“I was once a Foundling”-Mando, the Mandolorian (played by Pedro Pascal).

“I can bring you in warm, or I can bring you in cold”- Mando

“I don’t know if you heard but the Empire is gone”- Mando

“Perhaps he remembers I tried to roast him”-Mando

“Do not self destruct. We’re shooting our way out”-Mando

(Pic: IG-11 voice by one of my fave director Taika Waititi who is going to direct the final chapter 8 of season1).

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    Pedro Pascal? Didn’t know he was in that, saw him in Narcos and found him great! Might watch this series with my kids… Are they showing it only on Disney platform?

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      Yes 🙂 Narcos, Game of Thrones etc.

      It’s on Disney+. You can get 7 days for free and the monthly fee is 6.99.
      It’s family friendly of course. If your kids watch it they might/will want a baby yoda for Christmas :).

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THE MANDALORIAN: Love the two female characters in this episode Dune and Omera. The helmet, the chemistry <3.
Chapter 4: "Sanctuary"
Written by: Jon Favreau
Directed by: Bryce Dallas Howard -following his father Ron Howard's footsteps.
Arriving on a sparsely populated planet, the Mandalorian encounters former Rebel Shock Trooper-turned-mercenary Cara Dune, in hiding after taking "early retirement". They fight and she asks him to leave the planet. While preparing his ship, two desperate village fishermen approach to hire him to drive off some Klatooinian raiders. He accepts in exchange for lodging, using their credits to enlist Dune's help. At the village, Omera, a widowed mother, houses them. The Mandalorian confides in her that no one has seen him without his helmet since childhood, when the Tribe took him in as an orphan. Despite discovering that the raiders have an Imperial AT-ST, the villagers refuse to leave, so the Mandalorian and Dune train them to defend themselves. At night, they provoke the raiders, leading the AT-ST to a trap set at the village, but it stops short while the raiders attack. Dune lures the AT-ST into the trap, where the Mandalorian blows it up; the remaining raiders flee. With peace returned, the Child plays happily with the village children, and the Mandalorian plans to leave him there. Unfortunately, a Guild bounty hunter has tracked the Child, but is killed by Dune. Realizing the village won't be safe, the Mandalorian departs with the Child.

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THE MANDALORIAN: The first female director at the helm 👍.
Chapter 3: “The Sin”
Written by: Jon Favreau
Directed by: Deborah Chow
The Mandalorian delivers the Child to the Client and collects his bounty of 20 Bars of Beskar steel. Atypically for a bounty hunter following their code, the Mandalorian asks about the plans for the Child, but is told that it’s none of his concern and he leaves before conflict arises. Returning to the Mandalorian Covert enclave, the Mandalorian gets his damaged armor replaced and weapons upgraded by the Armorer, who forges a full cuirass from some of the Beskar reward, while the remainder goes to the Mandalorian “foundling” children for their future. Accepting a new job from Greef Carga, the Mandalorian prepares his ship to depart, but instead turns back to infiltrate the Client’s base of operations. Killing many Imperial Stormtroopers, he rescues the Child from a laboratory where it was being experimented on by Dr. Pershing, whom he lets live. On the way back to his ship, the Mandalorian is ambushed by the other bounty hunters and Greef Carga, demanding he hand over the Child. After he refuses, a firefight breaks out, leaving the Mandalorian heavily outnumbered and cornered. Unexpectedly, other Mandalorians arrive from the Covert enclave, attacking the bounty hunters and giving the Mandalorian opportunity to reach his ship with the Child and escape.

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THE MANDALORIAN: The green baby with no name and a bounty hunter with a heart.
Chapter 2: “The Child”
Written by: Jon Favreau
Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa
While returning to his ship with the Child, the Mandalorian fights off an ambush by rival bounty hunters. Nearing the ship he finds it being stripped by Jawas for parts. The Mandalorian violently confronts the scrap merchants, but he’s stunned while besieging their Sandcrawler and dropped from its roof. The following day, Kuiil assists the Mandalorian in locating and negotiating with the Jawas to retrieve his ship’s components. A deal is struck for the Mandalorian to hunt “The Egg” within a dark den, but the large “Mudhorn” beast inside violently hurls the bounty hunter out of the cave. Repeatedly charging the Mandalorian, damaging his armor, and almost knocking him out, the Mudhorn rushes in for the kill, but the Child uses The Force reflexively to levitate the beast, allowing the surprised Mandalorian to maneuver to kill it. Having traded “The Egg” for his ship’s components, the Mandalorian and Kuiil repair the stripped vessel, allowing the Mandalorian to leave the planet with the Child.

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THE MANDALORIAN: As a fan of FIREFLY and ROGUE ONE I am completely obsessed this show.
Season 1: Episode 1 “Chapter 1”
Written by: Jon Favreau
Directed by: Dave Filoni
Five years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a Mandalorian bounty hunter accepts an under-the-table commission from an enigmatic Client who appears to have Imperial connections, directing him to track down and capture an unnamed fifty-year-old target. While the Client is indifferent to the target’s well-being, his colleague Dr. Pershing insists the target be brought back alive. The Mandalorian is given a down payment of a single bar of Beskar steel, sacred to his people. He brings it to a Mandalorian Covert enclave, and an armorer there uses it to craft a pauldron for him. Arriving at the planet that was the last reported location of his target, the Mandalorian is aided by a vapor farmer named Kuiil. Tired of the chaos that bounty hunters bring to the area in trying to claim the bounty, Kuiil leads him to the target’s location in a remote structure. Entering the heavily defended encampment, the Mandalorian reluctantly teams up with bounty hunter droid IG-11 to clear the camp and find the quarry: a Child who appears to be of Yoda’s species. When IG-11 attempts to terminate the infant per its bounty orders, the Mandalorian shoots and destroys the droid, taking the Child alive.

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THE MANDALORIAN
@Disney Plus.

I didn’t know what to expect but I’m loving the story and writing.
I’m not a big STAR WARS fan but ROGUE ONE got me mildly interested in the franchise.

Yoda looking like a baby at 50. So unfair to humanoids.

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    Still so cute.

    Hey, he could be an idol. Big eyes and ears.

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THE UNTAMED: What is this craziness?
I had a plan to watch only the pilot episode last night but ended up watching 11 episodes lol.
At this rate I’ll be done by this weekend and I’m already planning on re-watching it.
This really hit the spot and perfect timing also.
Thanks so much for recommending it! You know who you are <3.

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    This made me laugh.
    I feel like all the Beanies who have not drunk the punch are like ” Here we go again. The smiles, the ribbon, best big sister, and Rabbits!”

    Welcome to the club.

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      lol Yea, that’s why I haven’t done a re-watch or posted anything more after I finished my first watch. It may be a sign that our constant posts of the series is taking a toll on other Beanies who have not watched yet, and I can understand XD

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        The Untamed will never die because people keep watching it and getting sucked down the rabbit hole 😆

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          LOL I’m just trying to do my part in not being so obnoxious and trying to be mindful of the other Beanies who have not watched 🙂

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      Lol I’m going to try and keep the fangirling to a minimum.

      I’m sucked in by the sibling love (Yanli my girl) and finally a bro-mance done right!

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    Welcome to the club, Kiara. 😊

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    Welcome to the Beanies Untameables 😆 there is a whole support group to help you through your addiction (except it seems to keep the addiction going so maybe we are going about it the wrong way 🤔)

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    Welcome!! I was shocked at how quickly I became addicted to this show!

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    Thank you everyone!

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    Wait, hold up. This is your 1st viewing.

    Just when I thought you Kiara. 😉

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      Yes:). I saved it for the holidays on purpose and I’m glad I did since I have a lot of time to marathon it.

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    I am so happy that it is living up to the Beanies’ hype for you @kiara knowing that you are a seasoned period drama viewer!! ☺️☺️☺️

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      Thank you 🙂. The link to the novel helped a lot!

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    Welcome! Enjoy the ride!

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Breaking news: Goo Hara Passes Away 😭.

I’m not into K-pop but it was hard to avoid the news about Hara and her ex.
The news about Sulli’s passing made me worry about her and Lee Yoo-young.
Now this is beyond devastating. R.I.P Goo Hara!
https://www.soompi.com/article/1367711wpp/breaking-goo-hara-passes-away

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    Oh no, it is devastating.

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    Oh, she’d promised to deceased Sulli she will live even for her the best she can. I hope they will have better life next time. RIP Hara.

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    Hard to avoid indeed. CNN has it on their home page as one of “Today’s top stories”.

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MY COUNTRY : JANG HYUK is without a doubt my fave Bang-won.
Prediction for next sageuk role. King Sejo with the SFD writer or the main character in Sambyeolcho Rebellion with the NOKDU FLOWER writer.

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    he has already done tree with deep roots with SFD director

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      King Sejo is different and they do cast actors that they are familiar with.

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MY COUNTRY eps 12: Bang-won cut ties with his father.
I’m guessing the rest of this show is going to be Bang-won vs King Taejo and Bang-gan.

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    This scene sequence was so dramatic and well done. Starting from his visit to King Taejo and what his father said to him. Then coming back and hearing Hwi tell him what he needed to hear.

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      My favorite scene from eps 12. I thought Taejo was just stubborn for not acknowledging Bang-won as the son who saved him and his minions but he was just cruel.
      Bang-won is now done being used and for the first time he’ll fight for his own cause.
      I’m looking forward to the last 4 eps.

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MY COUNTRY eps 9:❤️ Yeon-ah ❤️
These two together. My heart can’t take it 😭.

Sun-ho: Go…Yeon-ah
Yeon: Oraboni, will you be ok?
Then Park Wan-kyu starts singing and I lost it.
Yeon walks away but kept stopping to look back at Sun-ho 💔.

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    I figured that is what was gonna happen and I should have been prepared. Yeah, dramas have been breaking my heart this week.

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      I love every scenes they had together because it felt so sincere. She knew him well enough to see the best in him. I totally understand why she was crushing on him.

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      But I wasn’t prepared 😞

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        Me neither. You can tell (and Do Hwan does an exceptional job acting) that he really loves her too, as a younger sister now, but it may have been more in a different time and a different place…..*sniff*

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Tom Hanks in “A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.”
Release date: Nov 22nd.

“You love broken people like me”

I can’t wait to watch it!

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    Oh, Childhood… ☺️☺️

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    Oof, why can’t more people be like that? 😢😢😢

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      Have you seen the documentary about him? It’s just wonderful.

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        Oh yes. I cried the second it started and then just kept crying all the way through!

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          Me, too!!! 😿 It was so darn touching ❤️

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            I’m glad I’m not the only one.

            This will be a great movie to watch on Thanksgiving.

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        Yes it is. It made me want to go out and be the best person I can be.

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MY COUNTRY: History and Geography.

This might be helpful to those of you who are watching “My Country.”
Big thanks to Bodashiri for compiling this. It is intended for SFD but it’s the same historical background for My Country.

https://swordsandparasols.tumblr.com/post/150989555265/kings-of-goryeo-in-pre-sfd

SHIN DON is the most authentic sageuk based on King Gongmin’s era and my personal favorite.

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    Thank you @kiara! I love maps.

    LOL Tamra is Jeju Island? I never knew *hides in a corner*

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      Yw:).

      Hey we are all learning :).

      There is still so much historical background from Goryeo’s Northern border so I figured that we should at least have some kind of idea where it’s located.

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MY COUNTRY’s epic OST Part 1. “REMEMBER”

It’s so addicting!

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MY COUNTRY’s love square is now completed.
Hwi is one lucky guy.

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