Beanie level: Errand boy

Things aren’t great, Beanies. I had to drive home this weekend because Mum nearly died again last week and I’m pretty sure she won’t make it through the month. I have a business trip this week in yet another city. So yesterday I drove for 13 hours so I could spend Sunday here and leave my car. Then on Tuesday I fly off for work for three days then back to my own place for two days then fly back again to Mum and Dad’s place next Sunday. Very busy and stressful week with lots of running around and covering around 5000 kilometres. And all the while hoping that Mum doesn’t pass while I’m gone.

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    I’m so sorry Chingu. I am experiencing a somewhat similar family situation, and I know how tough this is. Be well, and take care.

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      Well, this is terrible as well. Sending positive thoughts to you and your family. Don’t forget to take care of yourself and to find time to not be ok if being not ok is a thing that you need. You have to take care of yourself before you can help anyone.

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      Sorry, egads, it’s a stressful time isn’t it? My biggest worry is what’s going to happen to my Dad after Mum passes. The stress, lack of sleep, lack of exercise and not eating properly is taking its toll on him too.

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        It’s hard on everyone, and I hope your father will be well despite the overwhelming toll. Don’t forget to care for yourself just like @isthatacorner says.

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      My prayers go out to you too my friend.

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    Aw, take care, Chingu. That sounds rough and awful. Praying for your mom’s health and for peace.

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    stay strong, aussie chingu. my thoughts are with you

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    Stay strong, Chingu!! Please take good of yourself too.

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    I’m sorry to hear this, chingu.
    I hope you’re able to focus on the love you’ve given and have been given throughout these years; no amount of distance/obstacles can erase that.
    <3

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    Praying peace and strength for you and your family.

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    That is such a hard thing to have to go through! Especially since you have to be away from your mom for so much of it with business. Like others have said, remember to take care of yourself. Remember that its ok to not be ok and that if you need to sit and cry and/or throw a fit—its allowed! I hope that you’ll be able to spend as much time as you can with your mom before things happen–whether its in person or via smart phones or internet or whatever else.

    Sending peaceful thoughts in your direction.

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    My prayers go out to you my friend.

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    Stay strong ChinguMode. I’m so sorry about your mum and the difficult time you’re going through. I am sure you have explored this already, but it is not possible to take some time off work?

    My thoughts are with you.

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      This has been going on for more than three years and she’s been in and out of hospital every few weeks since February. I’ve taken a lot of leave but at this stage it’s just not feasible to take leave every time she gets hospitalised. My job is allowing me to work from my parents’ city remotely the week after next and then obviously I’ll take leave when she finally passes. But for now I’m trying to manage both.

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        Sounds like you’re doing everything you can in this situation, ChinguMode. Sending as much strength as I can, your way. As the others say here, do take care of yourself too.

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    *hugs* and prayers and strength for you dear

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    I’m so sorry this is happening to you and your family. Sending positive thoughts your way. Please take care.

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    I’m so so sorry to hear that you’re going through all that– it sounds so stressful and exhausting. I hope you can get some rest here and there. Sending my best wishes to you and your family.

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Tell me our best thing this week, Beanies. I could use some cheering up.

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To close out my gif homage to Love Knot I leave you with this insight into Chinese Food Safety Regulations.

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    Yum, fox hair in my sandwich.

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    I started Love Knot late, literally the week before it ended. I am stuck at episode 22 and not sure I want to move forward knowing some of how it ends… Debating if I should do a post though with some of the gifs I made while watching.

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      I nearly dropped it long before that but continued because I just embraced how terrible it was. I have fond memories of this show – but doubtless for reasons unintended by the writers.

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    Oh, those two foxes are so cute!!

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      My favourite quote of this show will now be when one of the characters (now lying on a customer’s dinner table) said of the Fox Clan, “We’re very scientific”.
      That is now the Most Ironic Thing Ever Said on TV.

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    Haha – that made me laugh out loud! Thanks for that @chingumode

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Luckily Victoria Song’s latest acting class included the prompt So you accidentally married a small, furry animal .

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I can’t remember the last time a show’s finale was so serious and so unintentionally funny. Poor Love Knot , I haven’t stopped laughing.
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    I am not watching this show and haven’t a clue what it is about but your posts have been HILARIOUS. Thank you.

    This gif alone is surreal.

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    I was crying tears of laughter. How did they keep a straight face because that is great acting there.

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      There was another “poignant” scene of them at the bus stop and their Lord is in a doggy carrier at their feet and I was rolling on the floor.

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Just watched last week\’s episode of Greasy Melo because
a) waiting 2wks for episodes is too long and
b) I defrosted jjajangmyeon, peeps.
Remarkable lack of horses and kittens.

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Buster says he’d better be getting his pickled radish this week.

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    I think we’ll have to visit and bring it with us since his drama people won’t be on screen until next week.

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      I was wrongly informed I was getting an episode this week. I shall search my fan wall for this purveyor of false information and throw a cleaver into their door.

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Sorry Love Knot but powerful immortal men watching their destined brides grow up will never not be f\’ing creepy.

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    Yep. I don’t mind chance encounters, like what happened with the the fox trio, but I found that creepy too. Plus it makes the beginning scene where the fox broad tell Helan who this generation’s destined girl make no sense.

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    Episode 24?

    Creepy as hell.

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      And that’s following on from the episode where she apparently married to a small canid. I have a vision of her spending her honeymoon carrying her husband around under her arms and cleaning up his litter.

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No, really.
Enjoy your honeymoon, guys!

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How did they get this mortally-wounded guy out of the police station anyway? Did they carry him out unconscious with a hole in his head and no cops noticed? They really were China’s Keystone Cops.

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Everyone’s somber and crying and the female lead delivers her tragic monologue and I am laughing my ass off so hard over here .

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    I don’t know what you’re watching, but that looks (unintentionally?) hilarious

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      It’s supposed to be tragic but I’ve been laughing for five minutes straight. It’s Moonlight and Valentine (Love Knot), which I thankfully concluded was hilariously bad halfway through and have been enjoying it mostly for how terrible it is. But this scene really took the cake.

      I love how they cut from the transformation scene because they couldn’t afford the special effects and substituted in a real damn fox. I live in hope the next episode involves her going about her daily life carting her ‘husband’ around under her arm.

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This is one of my least favourite tropes but somehow this show has managed to pull it off. I actually laughed. First time for everything.

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    This is one of the very very few dramas I’ve dropped.

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      I should hate it but I don’t. It’s just so… nice. It took me a while to get into it and the pace is slow but I’m not bored. Still, it’s not very bingey. I might stop where I am and watch it a few eps at a time during the next week.

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        I thought it was sweet and appreciated a break from angst.

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        I didn’t hate it. Just… nothing happened. Too cute and too slice-of-life aren’t my thing, and this one was both.

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And after all that, what I ended up watching was 20th Century Boy and Girl because it was first alphabetically on my hard drive.

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I think I’ve just unlocked the mystery of why Japanese romances are so… unromantic.

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Maybe I\’ll unlock the mystery of not hitting \’Post\’ before I\’m ready…

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The question for this week\’s bingewatch choice is:
What drama did you start watching but couldn\’t stop? The one where you needed sleep/food/human interaction but HAD to see what happened next?

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    So many!! Right now I have Marriage Not Dating on my mind. I think I watched each episode 3 times while it was airing.

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    Probably… Circle. That drama was riveting.

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    My first, Nirvana in Fire.

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      Damn, so many people say this. I really just don’t like historicals. I have a saeguk to-watch list a mile-wide as well. I should get over my prejudices.

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        Totally get it! There are dramas that everyone loves but I just cannot seem to be in the right mood or feel motivated enough to watch them.

        That being said, I really have never heard of anyone who doesn’t think that this is anything but amazing. I was just talking to @cloggie about it who just finished watching NIF and myself rewatching it for the second time after two years. There is nothing more satisfying than watching bunch of smart people trying to outsmart each other. Every character is drawn with depth, and I can understand every character’s motivation and his/her struggles. I still found myself just as absorbed by the story and surprised that I was just as moved watching it for the second time, and lamented when it was over.

        Also that for 54 episodes of 40-minute each, the story stays focused until the very end. Now I have so many more dramas under my belt, I can still say no other drama even comes close to the level of its writing (also fortunately supported by a wonderful cast.)

        I would also recommend watching it with The Problematic of the Unproblematic recaps. It may help to clarify who’s who in the beginning since the cast is quite large.

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        I am picky about my historical dramas. My favorite I think is Rebel: Thieft Who Stole The People. I really wanted to be into Six Flying Dragons but only made it halfway until I lost interest. I can’t handle anything over 25 episodes.

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      I keep hearing about this from many Beanies. I may need to give it a try. I love epic saeguks.

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    Coffee Prince was my first all-nighter.

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    Probably coffee prince for me as well!

    I binged the first half of city hunter too… Until i caught up with the airing episodes.

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    Voice

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      Oh, ok. I have that lurking on my hard drive. Maybe I’ll watch that next weekend.

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        Just a helpful suggestion, please don’t try to binge watch voice the way I did in 2 and a half day. I had a massive headache and nausea as I tried to watch all those jam-packed heavy criminal plots. Just like FoS, voice should be watched over at least two weeks. Wish I knew better at that time.

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    For me it was Cheer up Mr Kim. Watched it with my hubby, on the weekends, and there were a few 2AM finishes.

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I finally got my first delivery of Makgeolli today.
Me after my first taste: “This is kind of horrible”.
Me 10 minutes later: I want more

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    Have you tried soju? I think Makgeolli is much easier to drink than soju but what do I know. I’m not a drinker. Still, I drank a whole kettle of Makgeolli in Korea because I was drinking solo.

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      Oh I’ve been drinking soju for ages. I even created a soju martini for the site. I drink soju a lot like I drink sake.

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        I must try then. I can take sake but was told that soju taste like thinners, LOL. It’s just so expensive here compared to in Korea.

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          Well I’m a gin person and I drink martinis so I like how clean soju tastes. But to a lot of other people it probably tastes like pure alcohol.

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            I was surprised that I liked soju after watching various videos where people compare it to medicine.

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    I love Makgeolli.

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I’m dropping Are You Human. Was looking forward to this but I’m finding it shallow, with broad strokes used for characters and rushed plotting. I’ve seen this show before, robot notwithstanding

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    Aw shame, I was planning to binge it this weekend and catch up.
    I have been reading negative comments about the female lead though. I’m not sure her role is essential to the story … we’ll see I guess.

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      I really dislike her. I know what they’re going for but I find the characterisation slapdash, which is really unusual for a kdrama. The fact is, I started watching Episode 4 (7-8) and I wandered away and realised I wasn’t even watching it anymore. I was that bored.

      The show is basically the standard ‘corporation as saeguk royal family’ thing with the overbearing King, the scheming Prime Minister, the arranged marriage, the spoiled Princess and the impoverished female lead interloper caught up in their schemes. The robot almost seems incidental as though it’s their ‘hook’ for making the same show they always make.

      It does not help that season 3 of the far-superior Humans has started in the UK and it’s actually exploring the themes this show is glossing over.

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      Also I know everyone is raving about Seo Kang-joon’s performance but to me it’s all over the place (although a lot of that may be the writing). They’ve also given him this infuriating tic of winking when he’s being a human lie detector, which just comes off as stupid.

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    I watched last week’s episodes enthusiastically and enjoyed them, but I haven’t started this week’s, the motivation just isn’t there despite the fact that I had nothing to do today. :/ And it really does seem like it will be the typical chaebol storyline with an evil dude who wants to take over the company, but with a robot as the hero. I don’t think I’m officially dropping it yet, partially because I do appreciate the attractive men who do seem to be pulling their acting weight as opposed to the female lead, but I’m not jumping to watch each new episode, so that says a lot.

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    I don’t think it would be near as good as The Princess Man, given their target audience. I will category this drama as trendy. But I don’t think it’s shallow yet. This drama has a core and has a story to tell.. And the pacing is always moving and we always discover something new information. I admit, if it’s another writers, I will lose hope and drop right away. I just trust the writers because She is start to dig deep behind the surface, particularly with Nam Shin Character, though I won’t expect something wonderful. But that’s okay though if you don’t enjoy it, and hope you will find something better to watch .

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So do I only get one serving of fusion cuisine this week?

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I know that if they get on the plane to Iceland then there would be no show, but JUST GO TO ICELAND NOW, PLEASE. My heart can\’t take it.

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