Beanie level: Noble idiot

Was looking up options for streaming dramas in NZ and found this on a site,,,,,,

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    Dae Boo-na is a fantastic actor…

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    Hello friend. I am on a mission to find more Kiwi Beans so that I can visit them, being from the fair land myself. I have had the misfortune of mistaking two NON Kiwi beans for Kiwis and it was most embarrassing.
    Are you a Kiwi bean dear Sadhana? Or are you just currently residing here? I need to know!
    (p.s. illegal streaming is your best bet in NZ. Everywhere else “videos are not available in your country” and VPNs fail thee!! you know, being in Narnia and all)

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      Hello. I’m not a Kiwi bean, but I will be in Kiwi-land soon for a few months on a work assignment. That’s why the research. Ah, too bad about the streaming. At least there’s Netflix! Also, why.. do VPNs fail there? :O We use them pretty often at work (my colleagues there I mean) and they seem to work? πŸ€”

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        Oooh cool! What is your work assignment and where will you be stationed?

        I mean, I don’t think ALL the VPNs fail? I just haven’t had much luck with them on Viki for certain shows. You can get Viki (I haven’t tried any of the other streaming sights) but not all dramas are available basically and I found their subs painfully slow even though we live in the future so I gave up after a while.
        What VPN do you have? It’s worth a shot.

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          The company I work for is headquartered in Auckland, so will be there for a while. We’re helping Auckland Transport with a new project, and I’ll be involved in that.

          As for VPN, we use Cisco’s AnyConnect. But yeah, Viki subs are pretty slow though they tend to be better than others. Netflix has most of Dramafever’s content now so there’s a quite a bit on there.

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DB is active on insta? And has almost 40k followers? :OO

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Strangers from Hell feels less like a K-drama and more like a Korean thriller movie in its gritty and unflinching portrayal of violence. Hard to watch but vv compelling and having just binge-watched S2 Mindhunter – it seems like the perfect show to continue, esp given the policewoman\’s sleuthing for serial killers based on patterns. If the show keeps this up, it\’s going to be a great ride.

Also, spoiler for ep 2, look away, but LDW fits the psychopathic killer role so well XD

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    After Trap, it’s the second drama from ocn’s cinematic projects. Hence the movie vibes πŸ™‚

    Maybe it’s because I’m used to Korean thrillers, I don’t find it that violent, well physically speaking. I like that it’s focusing on the atmosphere and less on the graphic violent bloody scene (for now).

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      Ahh! I find it very hard to watch Korean thrillers even though they’re so well made. I have to take multiple breaks. Something about them cuts to the core even if they’re not that gory.

      Yeahhh, the creepy atmosphere-setting has been 💯/💯

      Have you checked out the web-toon for this? Do you have plans to?

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        I only took a look at the first chapter before the premier. I will wait for the drama to end before reading it.

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-spoiler-
moment at eighteen episode 9

watched it raw before sleeping last night but that scene at the end where jun woo is hurt deeply that soo bin believed that message \”more than him\” and walks away – i crumbled inside. OSW\’s acting SO well with moments like these. you could see the devastation written all over his face in just that one frame. </333333

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    posting it now because even the next morning, this scene has stayed with me. πŸ™

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    everyone, suffer with me once again https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajgYPT0Euv4

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    I have rewatched that scene soooo many times.
    Her hurt conviction when she shows him the text.
    The total defeat and hurt in his voice and eyes when he asks her if she believed it more than him (more than the crystal clear way he’s told her he likes her so many time + his supporting actions!!)
    O, Hwi Young, you have reaaaaally messed up, haven’t you!

    dear @avakai, may I sit in a puddle of my tears next to you?

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      *expands corner to welcome more heartbroken-over-momentat18 folks*

      i think losing soo bin’s friendship or trust will be the thing that starts hwi young down a path of redemption. but then i wonder if soo bin will really disown him as a friend despite all he’s done because it looks like they share a deep bond because of their shared somewhat scarring upbringing.

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    What also got me was sb oh s…t i messed up expression. I am so glad she could see and hear his reaction to the Message.

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      true! she realised the truth just by seeing the sincerity of his hurt. she has to deal with not just hurting jun woo but also that hwi young, whom she clearly trusts a lot, deliberately lied to her to mess w her. I like that they show in the preview that she tries to patch up with jun woo right after this scene

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Thank you A Moment at 18. I look forward to Mondays now.

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😂😂😂

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i love this song <3
and ong seong wu is acting the heck out of his role
guess who\'s an OSW stan now πŸ˜€
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABAlZPbLtcE

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oh…. india = punishment posting?

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    and then he TAUNTS her and laughs at her saying “you might have to go to india too ahahahaha. do they have idols there?”

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OH NOOOO. WTAF WAS THAT TRAILER FOR EP15 OF ONE SPRING NIGHT??????????? I\’M GOING TO THROW THINGS AND CRY SIMULTANEOUSLY

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bean friends, any binge-watch recs for sick-day binge-watching? any language, and not very cerebral please. thank you!

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    Marriage not dating
    30 but 17
    These dramas make me feel good & happy

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    Witch’s romance

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    The Boy Next Door (short Korean series; absolutely hilarious)
    Lost in Austen (4 episode short; has a made-for-TV feels but so addicting)
    Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (pretty fun; takes place in the 20’s in Australia)
    My ID is Gangnam Beauty (found it incredibly cute)
    Welcome to Waikiki (quite funny)

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      thanks! I’ve watched all the korean stuff that you’ve recommended but miss fisher’s sounds interesting!

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    Put Your Head on My Shoulder – available on Youtube, very cute romance

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      thanks! I already watched it. it would have been perfect for a binge-watch though!

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the more i like one spring night, the more worried i\’m getting for how it\’s going to end. ngl, the scene where ji ho says \”she\’ll be my last\” and his sunbae says \”don\’t be so sure\” gave me chills. 😟

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    also 😙👌 for the confrontation scene and how ji ho handles it.

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    AND when he says “she’s the only one who saw me as yoo ji ho” 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

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    i feel this x 100!! i think this is such a sad reflection on our experiences with k-dramas tbh. the writer is doing _such_ a good job with the characters so far, yet i don’t feel safe! i keep saying “please don’t eff this up writer-nim, please.” because we all know that can happen ;__;

    keeping my fingers crossed till the end!

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      yes exactly! i’m not ready for the show to end though. only two more weeks! TT__TT

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the third episode of WWW was kinda underwhelming,,, mostly cause I didn\’t care for the romance at all (sorry JKY, you\’re pretty but…)

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    Yep. While I like the romance, this eps focused too much on that and as a result, the eps isn’t as fast-paced and exciting as the first 2 eps.

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      yep! all my excitement after the first week fizzled out. i’m having to force myself to watch the fourth episode….

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    I couldn’t even get though it. So boring. Gonna drop. Bye.

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      😂😂😂 I’m gonna give it a few more episodes before I drop it. only cause my watch-list is so sparse. sigh.

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Apparently my unlurking has made me a \”Noble Idiot\” now. *Runs off to find someone to give up on for \’their own good\’ and subsequently wallow in misery*

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The original version of the Tiramisu song – for no reason other than it\’s Monday afternoon and I already want some cake to get through the week https://youtu.be/3pb0tXvhBhs

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Jambinai have a new album out and it\’s FANTASTIC! I don\’t listen to metal much anymore but their unique folk-prog-metal sound is something I enjoy a lot. They were the first Korean act I\’d ever listened to and they continue to awe me. https://youtu.be/9JKFCs-LZ70

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So it\’s almost 4 a.m. I had a coffee late at night so my body is tired but my brain is wired and I can\’t stop listening to this album (not k-pop). I don\’t know what genre it is exactly – electro? house? techno? but it\’s great! (This is the solo project of the frontman of one of my favourite Indian indie bands Peter Cat Recording Co.) https://open.spotify.com/album/6tldEdeKb9lNx13WArpPRJ?si=xkE4Y4XMRuKPnFpCjJHQqg

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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 πŸ˜•

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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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          Hahaha. In India too they put them by the checkout counter, amid the gum and the candy.

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            really?!?! HA HA HA HA

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            I remember going to the supermarket with mom for the first time and looking for candy and finding condoms. Thankfully mom didn’t notice. also hi from a fellow Indian beanie

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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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