Beanie level: Water maid

I wrote a little (okay, long) something on how K-dramas helped me through the hardest thing I’ve had to do. I hope you like it. I wouldn’t have been able to discover so many drama gems, or feel a little bit like a part of the drama-fan community (even though I’m not that active) had it not been for Dramabeans. https://hellohallyu.net/2019/05/19/on-cancer-caregiving-and-finding-comfort-in-the-familiar-via-korean-dramas/

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I’m dead

(cr: her private life, episode 10)

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    Join the club , we’re all going to turn into walking talking PMY&KJW crazed fans 💜💜💜💜💜💜

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So I binge-watched ALL of the Put Your Head on My Shoulder episodes and by all I really mean all, annnd I just got a promoted tweet from Durex O_o

This is the first time I’m seeing a promoted tweet from them in any of my social apps/profiles, and I usually pay attention to the ads cause I used to closely cover ad-tech.

Maybe this is me being paranoid, but this has me thinking the ad I was served was a part of the extended PPL. Head and Shoulders is a web drama after all. It would be pretty easy to match users who look up the drama on YouTube (which I did, using the Chinese title) or those who search for it on Google (which I also did).

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    Durex…the condoms? Man, that was PPL? And that short PPL reached you as an ad? Frightening!

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      I find the PPLs in this show done tastefully. Some of them are really funny and do integrate into the story well.

      Maybe it is just the site I have been watching, the show now inserted 5-second ads with the cast which I actually prefer infinitely more than PPLs because they are just more honest in its intent.

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        It was done tastefully, yes, I’m just a bit aghast at the reach of ads and the length to which they can be targeted (I shouldn’t be anymore given all that’s in the news, I know) but this was a new way of targeting I’d come across today.

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        There was quite a bit of PPL in the drama though. I’m curious about this – were all the shots of him looking up stuff on Baidu (assumed it was Baidu from the logo) also PPL? But why would they need to advertise Baidu 😕

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          😆 In today’s tech age, I will not be surprised if Baidu is already being considered as dinosaur, just like Google. Advertising in a youth web drama seems like an easy and smart way to spend money.

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            That is quite interesting. The extended Wechat PPL was inevitable, I guess, considering it was a Tencent web drama. But I was actually surprised to see Baidu, especially cause I thought Tencent and Baidu were rivals haha

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    In general I find these personalized ads intrusive and alarming, but here the fact that a Chinese youth drama actually secured a PPL from a condom maker makes me love this show even more!! 😆😆😆

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      That scene was hilarious. Is that really where they put them? By the gum?

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        I certainly will pay closer attention next time when I am in China!!
        But it makes a lot of sense! Easily accessible, and practice safe sex while maintaining fresh breath. 😆

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        Yep, it’s placed with the gum near the checkout in Singapore too. I think people still feel a bit self-conscious buying condoms, so they place it as near to the checkout as possible so you can grab it and pay with minimal embarrassment.

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i have to WORK but here i am delighting in everyone losing it over KJW in her private life and about to re-watch it with subs. at this point i care very little about whatever’s wrong with the drama. KJW!!!!!!!

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    do be honest i find the writing way better than some other rom-coms that i’ve seen and find it refreshing in some areas which is one of the reasons i luff it.

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      the male lead thinking her fangirling is cute and really digging it is SO refreshing but he was such a jerk in the first couple of episodes but then suddenly changed so that’s a bit eh? and they just introduced a second FL and the whole mum trauma thing which, well, i’m waiting to see how it goes

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      but despite his sudden change, what i like a lot is that he likes her for who she is, and they aren’t making him be a jerk to her for a long time until she “unlocks” something in him and gets him to start painting once again (which, i am assuming, will happen, but here he won’t like her just for what she did for him)

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        yeh i agree on his sudden character change but i’m glad they made him less of a jerk then he was at the start but i feel like them going head to head in the first 2 episodes might have been what made him tone down his jerkiness and he also seems to apologise when he is in the wrong so i also dig that. i was also surprised that he took her whole fangirling thing really cooly i thought he was gonna use that against her or get mad that he went through so much misunderstanding because of her secret but it was adorable that he joined her fanclub for whatever reason and likes her for who she is.

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          yup! also, i have to say, KJW is really nailing this character!

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            He nails every character but he is killing it with this one. I didn’t know he could be this adorable and swoony. So is PMY!

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hi peaple 😀 (her private life ep 5)

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i miss hyung sik (it feels weird to type out that i miss someone don’t actually know? idk)

anyway, here’s a song <3

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is it me or is \’my first first love\’ (jisoo\’s new drama on netflix) really that bad?

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    I was legitimately so excited for this but the first episode was so shallow and juvenile I found myself skipping to the last episode to see what ended up happening. The only thing that stuck out as worthy to me was the leads’ friendship. Ji Soo as an airhead puppy was cute for about five seconds and I’m not sure if it’s the acting skill or just the character that isn’t working out :/

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      Arghh. WhAt a bummer. I needed something light and thought this will do.

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        It’s pretty much a rehash of Because This is The First Time starring SHINEE’s Minho and Park So Dam, but…dumber. I mean I can’t really be a fair judge because I only watched two episodes (first and last). I just thought it sucked because they took everything that made the first series so wonderful and replaced it with glitter and sparkles. I get it’s a ‘youth’ drama, but you can have depth while showing the simpleness of young people’s emotions (e.g. Reply 1997)

        I’m still gonna tune in to the next season though because the last episode has an open ending and apparently they’ve shot 16 episodes of this (and I need to know if Ji Soo gets the fricking girl because as much as this disappointed me I still shipped the leads, they were cute)

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          yeah, i “watched” it with the preview button on netflix. i couldn’t believe what i was seeing, ugh. i liked the second couple better than anything in the series, though. i’m thinking i’ll just read comments on how the second part of the season goes, lol.

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    i was so excited i had a reminder for it and five minutes in episode 1 is all too much already i had to stop.

    sorry jisoo,noona had to pass this one up.

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ryan gold is already softening up in ep 3 but he was such an ass in the first couple of episodes that i can\’t wait for him to fall to the ground and beg deok mi to step on him

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i\’ve spent some time with MotS, listened to it about 4-5 times from start to finish, and the unsettling thing about it was that except for a few parts here and there, it was very hard to remember it was a _BTS_ album unless i actively reminded myself \”oh yes, this is BTS.\” even on Tear, (which I liked) and which some people did not like because it was Pop, you could still tell it was BTS, but here not so much.

i\’m seeing so much love for this album on my twitter and my guess is that a lot of the fans BTS has made since seeping into the american mainstream actually liked them _because_ of their close-to-pop sound, and since this took that to the next step, it makes sense that they\’re so happy.

this is not a comment on the inherent goodness of the musicality of their songs. i don\’t have enough music theory to talk about what works what doesn\’t but just my reaction as a fan on the overall mood of the album.

i\’m all here for bands exploring diverse sounds, be it pop or whichever, and growing musically, but i want to see what makes them _them_ in the new music as well. which is what i think is disappointing about this.

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    I have to agree. I do think Persona, the intro song, meets the standard. But the rest of it is disconnected – there’s nothing Jungian or philosophical about it. And the songs blend into one another. I do think they needed more time to produce this, and perhaps with all the big name western producers, BTS’s producers weren’t able to exert as much artistic control this time.

    This album is western pop for the western market.

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      maybe that was part of the problem you know? when the title and persona came out i think we all expected it to be a high-concept art album but…. it’s not.

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        Yeah. I don’t think this is bad music per se. The songs are easy to listen to and I’ve been listening to them aaram se. The problem is my expectations from a BTS album with this Jungian concept were too high

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      Even as someone who hasn’t listened to a lot of BTS, I thought the same, that it wasn’t very BTS and more an the poppier side. BUT, such is the case of older artists. They sometimes change or try different things over time that might appeal some people/newer fans and totally not to others/older fans.

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        yeah. it was a bit of a throwback to the last time this happened for me which was with linkin park. i grew up on their hybrid theory/meteora era stuff and listening to their stuff on a thousand suns was a bit of a whiplash. i went back to one more light when i heard the news about chester [=(] and i found that i actually really liked the album even though it was really different from the LP i was used to. i hope in the next few albums BTS continues to explore if that’s what they want, but retain their character a bit more.

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          LP is my favorite band and a very true statement indeed. Their sound changed and grew, but damn if it still wasn’t good – just evolved. But it was definitely unexpected and in the beginning almost jarring. But, looking back you can see the evolution. (Their last album is amazing btw)

          I think it’s expected for groups to change up their sound if they have been around long enough. We would probably be complaining if their sound was still the same saying that all the songs sound alike lol

          The LY era marked a change to their sound, I just see Persona as a natural follow up. I listen to BTS because their individual songs speak to me, not because their songs fit into a genre of music I prefer. As long as they keep making music that I enjoy I will keep listening 😊

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            yeah, we definitely would have complained if their sound had remained the same, lol. it’s true that persona seems like a logical follow up of the LY era ( which i liked) but something about it just didn’t work for my personal taste. maybe i just had too many expectations, idk. i just hope i get to like a future BTS album as much as i liked LP’s last album. ^^

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    i’m all here for bands exploring diverse sounds, be it pop or whichever, and growing musically, but i want to see what makes them _them_ in the new music as well.

    This, this, and this again.

    I was just talking about the album with greenfields and sicarius over on greenfields’ fanwall. Kaleidoscopic talked a bit more about the mixing here. So just know that you’re not alone in your disappointment and your feeling that this is a bad album.

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      i read the discussion on greenfields’ fan wall ( hard agree with everything said there) but just saw the thread on mixing… and yeah… i’m curious where they’ll go from here though, musically.

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ok so i watched the first ep of argon and wow, the feels. some journalists are exactly as judgy, idealistic, and even if they\’re great journalists – high-key terrible people to work with (cont)

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    and this is weird but i don’t know if i miss the newsroom _more_ now or if i am relieved i no longer work in one

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So I met @greenfields yesterday and it was great fun catching up over tteokbokki and makgeolli!! AND I met other friends (who were into dramas once upon a time) for dinner and had tteokbokki again!

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me watching the drama the man living in our house: ah this is breezy, a little funny, nice!

male lead at the end of ep1 of to female lead: hi im your stepfather

me:

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    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 that was definitely one of the WRIEDEST OTPs in drama land.

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      i’m still like ??? this is the premise of the show?? i don’t know if i should continue watching 🤔

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        It wasn’t the best drama but I liked it. Probably because it has two of the Model Avengers and I love all of them but oddly enough I haven’t liked but a few of their dramas.

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        I kind of liked it too. And the model avengers made it watchable. And Do-han’s first role as well!

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          ah! okay, with all your endorsements, i will give it a go 😀

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        Actually they kind of manage to nullify it. As in, the legal recourse re the step father – step daughter madness is the right path. Also the mum equation.

        So it’s kind of fine, but also really weird. 🤣 The drama is alright. Watch it until you can’t.

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    I enjoyed it, but I still can’t get over how bizarre the OTP was. Like, what? They do try to resolve the stepfather thing during the course of the show, though.

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OMG OMG OMG OMG ZOMGGGGGG

Just finished Ep 10 of The Light in Your Eyes/Radiant

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came on DB to indulge in some romance is a bonus book fangirling (and run away from work and to-do list) but love, february posts have made me all senti. T_T

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squeeeeeeeee

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seriously, what\’s with socially awkward chaebol men and their obsession with cleaning robots in dramas

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    men in dramas are progressive now. The women can’t be cleaning robots ofc – that’s totally backward. But how can the man be the one doing the cleaning? Enter: the cleaning robot! A neat little solution to the problem,

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      isn’t it PPL.. from gosling to kdramas, all tech products being shown in action 🙂

      lol..i’ve been meaning to buy one.. and if i could earn more even driverless car

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        that is usually my answer to everything i see in a drama.. “must be ppl” but some of these have been adapted off webtoons, which means it was a writerly choice (unless webtoons have ppl too? idk)

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      hahaha… filed under *sad but true*

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    i always wonder, if love is all about money!
    How we must show chaebol and the big emotional gap that a woman will fill.

    In reality, a rich guy is a pampered guy. Rich women are exquisitely b’ful too. Rich guy can fall in love with a rich woman. if he is handsome, he is used to women falling for him and probably will be a playboy or experience. He has brain, so in all probability he understands society, humans and has his own point of view on every person he meets. He has lived a good life so probably is an happy person !!! 🙂

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      i don’t think all rich people are 100% socially functional or even happy. from some people i’ve seen, it’s almost like their basic material needs are met, so rich kids find absurd things to make themselves unhappy with.

      rich or poor, everyone has their insecurities and failings, so i am not sure we can come to the conclusion that they understand everything and are happy!

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        ah!.. i never meant 100%.. but what i mean is that a person does not have to be broken to fall irrevocably in love with someone and neither do all poor girls awesome 🙂

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finally watching #TheSmileHasLeftYourEyes and i like how they use different undereye makeup for each eye to make seo in guk look slightly demented

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oh man, being on here is making me realise that k drama twitter (as awesome as it is) is nowhere as near active as DB is. *resolves to lurk here more often*

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    What exactly does kdrama twitter constitute of? I haven’t really seen much hype there. Are there any good accounts/people to follow? DB is a really active place for drama followers.

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      i had mostly followed beanies’ twitter accounts (there was the mistake cause if they’re on db… they’re posting all the drama content, well, here) and a few accounts that post random screencaps haha

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db\’s latest feature on SIG reminded me of this. not a big fan of his other music but this one is a BOP! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NK9tN33ymg

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Paging all Indian beanies: what do you think of this? I am wondering if I should give it a go!

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    @Ana Thanks for sharing this. 🙂
    It’s a great initiative and if you really want to learn Korean language then you should give it a try. It’s good to learn as many language as possible. I’ll give a thought about this too.

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    Oh! Nice idea. Distant learning is great! And 2,500 is not much at all!

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    that’s such great news…. go for it. and 2500INR is good amount to br invested on a new language… do give it a try.
    I am also thinking shall i go for it or not ?

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