Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

Arthdal official poster
Soompi calls this breathtaking.
Not wrong. I laughed so hard I couldn’t breathe.

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    While Koala’s Playground called it “laughably terrible”.

    Guess we know who has cozy ties with the industry.

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    it looks rreeeeaaaally bad. terrible. like it’s going to be an instant flop.

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      I am going to reserve my judgement purely because the writer and PD have good resumes. I am actually curious as to how such a dream team could produce something like this going by the trailers I’ve seen.

      Let’s hope the styling and creative team are the weakest parts. I wonder why the PD or writer has no say or is everyone agreeable with the entire look of this production? I can look at Song Joong Ki in this and take him seriously. Now with the heap of pretty flowers on top of his head, it’s near impossible.

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    I had the same response. That poster makes it look farcical.

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    Hahaha. My breath was not taken away by the poster 🤣. It is bad.

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    The title script looks like the runic alphabet… Neat… But were the show runners trying to incorporate some Northern European features? It feels like they’re cherry picking the well known elements from various places and cultures around the world… Maybe trying too hard to be distinct… Or cool?

    On a superficial note, I do like Kim Ok-bin’s hairstyle and earring as well as Jang Dong-gun’s mane of glory…

    And why are the characters backlit? Were the poster team trying to go for the look of an American superhero movie poster? Is it trying to say… “Feast your eyes upon all the most important people in this drama!!”…?

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      You are right, they borrowed and incorporated ideas from popular fantasy genre – mostly from the west.

      I can almost imagine Jang Dong Gun being Charlton Heston like, holding a curling rod in his hand as he majestically parts his hair.

      The backlit is totally called for.

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    It looks like they’ve combined African, South American, Mongolian and Viking’s culture with Celtic and acient China jewelry. The incorporated some plastic or paper flowers like a crown and painted faces like they do in New Zealand. It’s a complete mixture of everything and anything it gives me Xena series vibes. So if they will be in bad weather, they’ll be perfectly clean , have their hair perfectly styled and washed every day no sign of dirt,…

    I was once making some photos of a film making and I asked the director why those guys have perfectly ironed and clean clothes when they supposed to have hard time because they’re shipwrecked and the weather is not welcoming either but he didn’t think it was something important.

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      Looking pretty is the top priority, no one cares about realism. Many shows goofed up on this aspect but it is a matter of the extent. Unfortunately for Arthdal, the terribleness of it all is so in your face that I am afraid I will find it hard to get into the drama. The most unfortunate character in the whole styling mess happens to be the main lead. I already had trouble believing Soong Joong Ki as macho army captain in DOTS, it’s worse in this one – he looks like a flower child, a boy abandoned in the woods and adopted by the fairies.

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        Maybe he’s kind of creature adopted by an elf from Lord of the Rings.

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      Don’t forget Native American. The face painting and clothes reek of Native American culture. It’s like they said screw Korean historical accuracy, let’s just steal from everyone else cuz it looks cool. It doesn’t by the way.

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        I think this is what bothers me the most. We see all these rip offs from various regions but nothing much we can recognize as Korean or ancient Korean. Granted it’s a fantasy drama and not historical but I would appreciate a little authenticity.

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          Exactly. I don’t mind if they exercise a little creative license given the time period and the fact that it’s fantasy, but at least incorporate some Korean elements.

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    Is it just me? I think this poster reminds me of Avengers: Endgame poster. The only difference is one excites me while the other disappoint me.

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      Now that you’ve pointed it out, I think I have not seen a truly creative character based movie or drama poster in a long time. This format, especially one which features an epic cast and the all important jostling of whose head is bigger on the poster or who’s in the center, has been around for a while.

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    Looks to me they put Game of Thrones in Avatar! They live in extreme cold and main guy can freeze to death or the rest will melt away in summer and only main lead survives!

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    HAHAHAHAHHAHSHAHAHAH

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Absolute Boyfriend

My question: Do robots in robot dramas act exactly like humans?
Obviously this is my first robot drama(actually 2nd though I barely watched Are You Human Too). While I am prepared to take things with a pinch of salt and how advanced A.I. is, I just don’t see “09” as man-like robot or evenly remotely a robot.

The times it’s obvious 09 is a robot is when they make him dumb. Blame it on bad programming.

Absolute Boyfriend 1st ep – it’s a breezy start, shenanigans will probably follow soon. I just keep forgetting that Yeo Jin Goo’s character is a robot. He’s more like a puppy who’s been sent to the ‘wrong’ owner. Very cute and eager to please.

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    The real Aji-3 in INAR was very robotic in her actions. Ji-ah acting as Aji-3 was, understandably, much more human. Nam Shin III in AYHT was less robotic than Aji-3 but more than Zero Nine.

    I have to agree that YJG doesn’t come across as very robot-like here. I’m not sure if it’s the directing or his interpretation of the character or both. CSB and SKJ’s body language as their respective actual robots was a lot less natural than YJG’s here. He’s cute as a button, but nothing from his expression, intonation, or body language make me think he’s a robot. But… maybe that’s what they are going for…? A very very human-like robot…? I don’t know. I’m gonna give the show a few episodes to see how I feel about it.

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      From what I remember of AYHT, Seo Kang Joon had those small details which differentiated Nam Shin III from his other character.

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    anyone knows how you are human ended?
    what happened to robot and real son and female lead and mom

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*NO SPOILERS* Put Your Head On My Shoulder Behind The Scenes
Audio isn’t clear but I think Lin Yi was replying to Xing Fei who must have teased him for monkeying around):
“How am I different from a monkey?”
“Monkeys live in caves…
I live in your heart.”
Smooth boy,smooth…

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    Yaaaaah! Lin Yi, stop being Wei Yi in real life too!! 😵😵😵😵😵😵😵

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Last night I should have gone to bed right after a good chat with @kimbapnoona. Of course, I didn\’t do what I was supposed to.

I made the mistake of checking if the new episodes would be up. Did I underestimate the efficiency of these sites?

I apologize to my neighbors and the dogs in my vicinity. I\’d like to assure them that screams and hysterical laughter will not be repeated in the future. At least not in the middle of the night.

#PYHOMS#Putyourarmonmyb****#Putyourarminmymouth

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    🤣🤣🤣 I always knew that you are my people.
    So what else can I do now it is 10:30 PM here?
    Click. Play.

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    Lol E, I am sooo slooooooow what did you censor in this? Inquiring mind wants to know 😂😂 we love censors! 😍

    It’s official – I’m gonna be so dead when I reach ep 24. 😱 I take spazzing seriously. Perhaps imma be kicked out of my neighbourhood but I don’t care

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      Eh…one of the hardest thing for me is not to spoil too much on my fanwall. It’s extremely hard because I have to keep all the squeeing to myself.

      Last night I failed so miserably. I didn’t even care if I woke up neighbors.

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SPOILER: Trailer for this week. You’ve been warned!

I have been taking breaks in between my work but honestly, I’m just not very productive today. I’ve been watching these BTS of Put Your Head On My Shoulders and…
Oh my heart! The trailers! I have been squeeing to myself for the past week because I didn’t want to spoil. It’s so AGONIZING!
Translations in comment.

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    Sweet Momnet? Eh…shouldn’t it be Sweet Moments? Anyway, please excuse my lousy translations. I’m nowhere near @kimbap noona’s standard.

    MM:
    “I can pass on the bridal gown…
    How about the ring?
    Where’s my ring?
    Not even a ring!
    *sigh*
    Gu Wei Yi
    Don’t pretend to sleep, Gu Wei Yi.
    Gu Wei Yi
    Gu Wei Yi
    Gu Wei Yi!
    Gu Wei Yi, wake up, Gu Wei Yi!
    *gasps*
    He’s not breathing, what shall I do?
    Right! CPR!
    Die! Die!
    You are finally dead!”
    *heavy breathing*(my own!)
    WY:
    “CPR needs mouth to mouth resuscitation
    Do you know that?”
    MM: “I don’t!”
    WY: “Momo…
    Can I?”

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      Eeeeepsss eeeppss i think I’m spazzing more at the fact that he’s finally called her MOMO😭😭😭😭😭😭

      Thank you for this!!! There was unfortunately another spoiler I saw (grr at me for going on dramalist to update my dramalist!) and it was the scene after this spoiler. I died, rewatched, died. It was a spoiler I couldn’t stop watching 🙈🙈🙈

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        Yes, I saw that too before this one came out. I think having this set up before all that action makes it even more squee worthy!

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          Gaaaah I cannot get that scene out of my head especially that… that…. earlobe bitting 🤯😱🤯 And i was suddenly back to that live watch we saw on Sunday when Wei Yi was told that that was her sensitive part! Ahhhh! 😱😱😱

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        GAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!! Why did I just watch this clip while eating breakfast!!!!! How could the PD cut this clip right there??????

        Outie, this is very cruel of you.😭😭😭

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          How did Wei Yi your breakfast taste? Was it extra delicious?

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            I cannot tell. It defied gravity and my nose does not have taste buds.
            🍳🍞👃😵

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            @kimbapnoona lolz things that happen during spazz. Something even science cannot explain 😂

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            Speaking of sausage……….

            @outofthisworld, @13infamyss, @mayhemf, and @lurkermabz,

            I started reading the novel which is a bit different and darker than the drama. There is a tiring but hilarious trope the drama omitted. When they first started out living together, there was an kiss resulted from MoMo falling on top of Dora. She awkwardly tried to get up very quickly and accidentally propping herself up with her hand on his groin. She felt a strong reaction from him. This is when she realized that he might have feelings for her!! 🤣🤣🤣

            I wrote a little more about the novel in our Rabbit chat group this morning if you are interested.

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            @kimbapnoona thank you for that 😱 snippet from the novel!! That would have been a crackfest scene had they included that in the drama

            I felt the same with A Love So Beautiful. It was so different as the novel focused more on the aftermath of their 3 year breakup and was really quite ticked about the characters. Not too dark but it was just something I didn’t expect. But when once again I got to that part how Jiang Chen went crazy over Xiaoxi and their breakup, I was over the moon and I equally love the drama and novel!

            Anyways thanks for letting us know! I’ll drop by on rabbit tonight.

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            @kimbapnoona – Oh my goodness.. am never eating a sausage again.. LOL
            This is hilarious.. I wish they had kept that scene..
            but we still got a blood draining from his head scene..
            so its ok i guess..

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          @kimbapnoona Now I’ll have a different view for sausage. Hahahaha

          It’s so hard to read the google translated, novel sometimes it doesn’t make sense. Hahahaha

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    He called her MoMo-A. eeeeeeee. Yeah!! Is this happening. What’s all this.

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Doraemon vs Doraemon
pfffffff
There’s a bunch of deleted scenes, this is one of them. It’s where Wei Yi and Momo goes shopping and Wei Yi bought all the doraemon things for Momo. Yet he was insecure when a life size Doraemon appeared!

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Cruffin – not a mystical creature in some fantasy world but a heavenly result when Mr Croissant meets Ms Muffin!
My specimens are far from the real thing. I’m new to the world of laminated goodness, previously lamination = plastic. Oh,I didn’t know butter can be plasticized too!
Lesson from this bake = never egg wash with yolk only. I had only the yolk but should have skipped it altogether. Result – I ruined the look, too burnt.
@bammsie remember my issue with the baguette? This time I floured my tea cloth with rice flour, it worked like magic.

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I think one main reason why I am enjoying Put Your Head On My Shoulder so much when I usually find most rom coms too cheesy or tropey – it’s hilarious! Every episode never fails to make me laugh out loud.

I love it when dramas gives you a trope and promptly subverts it.
I love it when none of the characters is always amazing or too cool to be made fun of.
I love it when a drama doesn’t take itself seriously.

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Awwwwwwwwww

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Sigh…my favs against each other? Why did you sign up for this Jong Hyunnie?

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Show! What have you done to me? Put Your Head On My Shoulder

My sons think I’ve gone mad. “Are you watching your kdrama again, mom?” It’s amazing that they automatically assume I am watching korean dramas even when they can hear that it’s Chinese.

I am laughing out loud(yup, every single episode!) and squeeing(more and more) like a teenage girl. What happened to the woman who don’t like rom coms? Especially the young ones!

I really like how the show captures the flutters of first love – every move, every touch is magical. Even the slow mo is real. You kinda shut out everything and the world literally revolves around your love in those moments.

I’m almost all caught up. Will put up the least spoilerish picture here

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    These are the dramas that I like: Dramas where even the slo-mo sucks you in because it feels real, it feels raw, it feels relatable but not forced and not done for the sake of trying to make the viewer ‘savour’ the moment– which is what I feel like Korean romcoms tend to do A LOT and then I am completely distracted by all the theatrics and get sucked OUT of the moment and can’t enjoy the drama anymore

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      Yes! yes! yes! I hate slow mo so I am surprised I like them in this show. Although my first romance was *ahem* decades ago….I can relate to how Momo is feeling.

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    Chick flicks are my kind of dramas that’s why this is hitting the right buttons for me. Honestly throw me in Mr. Nice Guy headlining the drama my way, that will be an automatic watch for me!

    And lol they’re staring into each other’s soul.. again.

    Hope to see you again on the upcoming live spazz! From the sound of your post, it will be another squeefest event! Also Thanks for that insight on the meaning behind their names! That was so cute to know they are interlinked, one way or another.

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    I’m still waiting to start this with the hubs, who is more into cdramas lately. The anticipation is killing me though!

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    started this on my Sat afternoon and now I’m all caught up on subbed episodes,while dying to watch the raws…there’s just something about in dramas like this that just gets to me.

    Thank you,Beanies for hyping this one up.

    Now cue the spazzing and squeeing 🤭

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This is bad. How did I end up watching 5 episodes of Put Your Head On My Shoulderin one go? At this rate, I will be all caught up and waiting for new eps!

Youth dramas, rom coms are not my thing so I am surprised at how much I like this one. For one, it makes me laugh out loud. The leads are adorable and yet more mature like many rom com characters I’ve come across.

I also realized years of kdramas have conditioned me to not expect the hero to dial for an ambulance! Maybe hospitals in China are too far away? Or the Koreans just have stronger backs and legs!

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    Gaaahhh, why do they behave more like real people in the real world? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    So happy that you are enjoying this like I am, @outofthisworld!!

    You know what else I love? The show touches on birth control and menstruation and make them funny in a non-cringey way (at least for me as a viewer)!!

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      And the no bra-scene!

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        Haha! You are right! That one was good, I was wondering why was she all bundled up.

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          I mean it is not that they are having frank conversations about sex, but at least the drama is not pretending that all these things don’t exist, especially when a man and a woman cohabitate!

          Another example: she was embarrassed and didn’t want him to go into the bathroom right after she finished her business! That is a REAL thing we can all relate! 🤣

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            Huehehhehe that epilogue is soooooo cute!

            And can we talk about the “other” bra scene now that I remember?!!!!!!!! He got so shook he threw in her toothbrush in the basin, but once he got his thoughts organized, gentleman as he is, offered her to choose a new one……… “a new one” but she grabbed them all. Huehehehhehehehehehe.

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      OMO!!! I going to post on this later. That scene was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo GOOD!!! I didn’t expect it.

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      I am at ep 6 now so I don’t think I’ve seen that part on birth control. What stood out for me were the conversations Wei Yi, Mo Mo and Fu Pei had. This could have easily been a love triangle with all the silly tropes.

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    Yay! Welcome! Welcome to the spazz club of Put Your Head On My Shoulder!

    On the ambulance – Huehehheheh that’s one of the many things adore about our Wei Yi! The hero who doesn’t wear capes but he’s quick and he does think! If he doesn’t know the answer, google! 😅 I hope we see more of his practical and realistic but still unconventional acts!

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      Honestly I was shocked at how calm he was. This type of scene would usually have the hero screaming the girl’s name, haul her onto his back and run all the way to the hospital. All the while, shouting at her to hang on! I can literally see it in my mind.

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        Lolololol nope he got is unorthodox though and through. 😆😆 He was breathing hard tho so we know he was panicking on the inside.

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I got curious when I read that Lin Yi is currently with Beijing Sports University, majoring in Ballroom Dance.
Check this out Put Your Head On My Shoulder beanies @13infamyss @kimbapnoona @hades @mayhemf @lurkermabz

From start to 0:49

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    This was so awesome and so hilarious at the same time–his awesome dance skills and the music he’s dancing to respectively. I need to find this in better quality!

    FYI Timmy Xu is right after Lin Yi’s performance in the compilation. He’s a super popular singer and also starred in the beloved BL series Addicted/Heroin.

    P.S. His happy face here reminds me that I need to post a GIF later.

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      I think because he’s new, there aren’t many YT videos of him. I dug this one out by using Chinese to search. There are probably more Chinese videos out there rather than on Youtube since it’s not used in China.

      Re: Timmy Xu – just googled him. Another of those super talented and good looking people, gosh!

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      Another show that Lin Yi appeared on was 美少年学社 (Handsome Youth Society) in 2017, there are a few videos on YT.

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        I heard about that one when I looked him up on MyDramaList earlier. Will check that out after this ongoing drama is done.

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    Thanks for sharing!!! Whoa he could pass up as an idol too! ^___^

    I think because he’s new, there aren’t many YT videos of him

    Hopefully this drama will give him more exposure.

    I wondered if this drama is popular in China right now? 🤔 I think the word of mouth that this was written by the same author of A Love So Beautiful helps if it’s indeed popular.

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      Hopefully! ALSB actors seem popular right now, like Shen Yue and Hu Yi Tian scoring lead roles after the series.

      And Lin Yi is really doing good considering he’s only 20. Have you checked his official IG? I got curious as he followed 4 people, including SHK and one account related to her. (off topic, I know. :D)

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    Thanks for sharing Outie!

    Some of these new generation of actors are really trained to be all-around entertainers. I am continually surprised how well so many can act, sing, and dance!

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    Thank you for sharing this! I’ll check this out after work. 🙂

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    Those long legs!!

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Thanks to @linda-palapala for recommending this lovely song. Usually, I only love OSTs of shows that I love or at least watched. I dropped Monster Killer – Wu Xin despite my current craze about Elvis Han because paranormal/monster/fantasy is not my fav genre. However, I might just pick it up again because I see a story and a heart rending one in this MV. Also, I can’t find any other Elvis Han shows more agreeable than this.

There are better HD videos than this one but of season 2. I can only find this MV of season 1.

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    Thank you! This is a more complete version than the one I had and fits the piano music I had found. I’d forgotten about the flute part in the middle. This OST still gives me goosebumps/chicken skin/chills, (whichever phrase your culture uses)! One of my favorite scenes is in this video: they’re on their honeymoon and dancing in the street. So beautiful.

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      Quite a number of my favorite music are OSTs. They are made more special when you loved the show and listening to the music evokes the emotions and feelings you felt for the show/characters.

      Even as I write, I am picking up this show again. At first, I thought it was just about Wu Xin going round like a ghostbuster but it looks like there’s a lot more to it.

      Did you watch the 2nd season? I read that it wasn’t as good.

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        I can’t find anywhere to watch the 2nd season with English subtitles. In fact, since DF was the only site I could watch the first season, now I can’t find it anywhere either. I’ve read the 2nd season wasn’t as good too, but that’s always subjective isn’t it! And now I heard they’re filming the 3rd season.
        Paranormal/monster isn’t usually my favorite either, but I loved the characters in WuXin so much I suffered thru the monsters!
        You’re right, the ending is heart rending, so sad but also a bit cruel if you ask me. I felt so badly for Wu Xin. The music just tugs at your heartstrings even more at that point and the words are so melancholy but beautiful.

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          I just finished ep 4. I think I gotten used to the monsters though that evil girl is a little too much and I know she will be a huge nemesis of Wu Xin.

          My heart already aches for Wu Xin(spoiled it for myself while trying to determine whether this is a good watch). Elvis Han did such a wonderful job bringing this character to life. He has got that X factor – boyish charm, awesome smile and just the right hint of vulnerability. I wish he has more watchable dramas.

          I am surprised that 2nd season is not subbed. It seems hard to get C dramas subbed? I’ll finish this season first. If I am still crazy over Elvis Han, I’ll try the 2nd season. Actually I was contemplating Secret Of The Three Kingdoms but I didn’t get started.

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            Secret of Three Kingdoms is my friend’s favorite drama, but I haven’t been able to get thru it since I didn’t like the other character, but mostly because there aren’t enough Elvis Han scenes! One of the few he doesn’t die in since it’s based on a real person. I will watch it at some point.

            I have Never Gone on the Watchlist, almost dropped it but I checked a couple of scenes from different episodes and he was so cute I have to watch it at some point. Some fans’ complaints were that it had a different ending from the novel, but what C-drama doesn’t! Plus they didn’t like the actress.

            I really liked Siege in Fog even though there’s something not quite right about it, maybe the editing, the writing? I dunno. But he’s the main character and I kind of liked everyone in the family. Since it’s Republican you know it has a sad ending.
            I really like Chinese Paladin 5 – I think it was one of the first ones he did. And even though he has purple hair. Starts out a bit silly but gets pretty good later on.
            These are the only ones available to me.
            But he’s definitely the cutest in WuXin.

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            Maybe that’s why I didn’t start Three Kingdoms. I took a quick look and the focus was more on the Emperor.

            Never Gone has quite bad reviews. Again, I watched some clips. He looks great in it but the criticism of the actress seems valid. Thing is Elvis or Han Dong Jun which I prefer to call him, usually plays lively characters or is such a passionate sort of guy(and in real life too!) that you need an actress who can match him.

            Sorry to say this but I can’t watch Siege in Fog. What’s with all the forced kissing and getting on top of the girl? He looked really good in there though.Such a pity. It could have been such a great and sad romantic drama.

            I hope he gets better dramas.

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            I agree with you about his ability to play lively, passionate characters is his best trait. I think that’s why my 2nd favorite drama of his is actually Chinese Paladin 5, and I usually don’t like that kind of thing.
            Siege in Fog: Haven’t watched it for awhile, but I seem to remember a couple of forced kisses, which he stopped once she made it clear she was unwilling. In that era men had all the power so he could have forced her whether she wanted it or not. (Who am I kidding – men still have power if they want to use it). The other thing is, because it was the Republican Era and his family represented the warlords, I don’t think they were meant to be portrayed as a good heroic family, and his character wasn’t meant to be portrayed as a good, perfect and true hero (though he sacrificed himself to be with his brother in the end). What kind of man would he be if he’d given up his family and like a coward fled with her to America? I thought it was an interesting study and portrayal of the end of the Republican Era.
            Again, he is best with roles that are livelier and passionate, but he also needs to develop as an actor. I didn’t think he was very good in Three Kingdoms for that reason.
            On an aside having to do with men’s power over women, I have come to respect men who are able to control themselves, which so many men don’t have. In fact, I wonder if kdramas don’t do a dis-service to naive young females who think all dreamy leading men are that way in real life.

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            @linda-palapala

            “On an aside having to do with men’s power over women, I have come to respect men who are able to control themselves, which so many men don’t have. In fact, I wonder if kdramas don’t do a dis-service to naive young females who think all dreamy leading men are that way in real life.”

            I remember getting culture shock when I first started watching kdramas. Although I am Chinese and we too have a long history of gender oppression, the Koreans if kdramas depict correctly, fare even worse in this aspect. With the Burning Sun scandal, it’s clear that reality isn’t very different.

            Back to Elvis Han, I too think he’s not quite there yet in terms of acting. I am very charmed but can see his weaknesses. You are right about his acting in Three Kingdoms. He’s stiff or as I like to say, uses stock expressions in scenes where he’s scheming or serious. At least it looked that way from the little I’ve seen. He is best in lighter scenes or romance. I also do not have problem with his emotional scenes although I can’t say he’s very good at crying. I haven’t properly watch a scene where he cries but from those MVs or trailers, the tears look too much to be real. Nonetheless, he has my heart in these scenes because who can deny a sad puppy?

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            @outofthisworld That’s one reason I’m curious about Never Gone – this is his latest drama and I want to know if he’s grown as an actor and can do more contemplative roles. Siege in Fog and Three Kingdoms were totally serious, but Never Gone should have some lighter moments as well.
            Mentioning kdramas and naive young girls, there’s the opposite as well – good-looking leading men who are mobbed by female fans. Xu Kai was mobbed by female fans at the airport. They actually managed to break his phone.
            As far as “gender oppression” it’s just more hidden and subtle in western culture. But it’s still there. I was recovering from surgery in a hospital room with a young woman who’d been shot in the abdomen by her boyfriend, etc. Just one personal example.

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    She is really amazing in finding all those OSTs gems.

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I wish I am less cynical when watching dramas. Too often, I laughed when I’m very sure it wasn’t supposed to be funny. Romantic, sad or even scary(that’s why I can’t watch zombie shows) but not funny.

I chanced upon this yummilicious Chinese hunk Elvis Han while watching Monster Killer Wu Xin. Too bad, I found out that I don’t like monsters alongside with xianxia and I also giggled whenever the ‘monster’ or evil spirit appeared. So I went looking for another show with the actor in it and found that there were many fanmade videos of him in a recent drama – Siege In Fog. This particular scene had me howling in laughter. I am sure it was supposed to be romantic but darn my cynicism!

Guy and Gal in an arranged marriage. He loves her like crazy but she loves someone else. In this scene, he takes a bullet in his shoulder for her. He’s in immense pain, losing blood and faint. She realizes how much he loves her and decides to ‘give’ herself to him. Guy who seemed at death’s door a while ago, rises to the occasion and the two consummate their marriage. Maybe the blood flow got diverted?

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    Is the drama itself any good? I just finished watching another C-drama and now I have nothing to watch

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      I am passing on this one, not my type of drama.

      Which C drama have you just completed? I finished All Is Well which is superb and haven’t found anything to watch since.

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        Within the last couple of months while on a K-drama slump, I’ve just been binging C-dramas lol Ones I’ve completed (not in order):
        – Three Lives, Three Worlds, Ten Miles Of Peach Blossoms a.k.a. Eternal Love
        – The Flame’s Daughter
        – Sweet Dreams
        – Ashes Of Love (favorite one I’ve completed)
        – Because Of Meeting You (Chinese remake of S.Korea’s “Jang Bo Ri Is Here!”
        – I Will Never Let You Go a.k.a. Legend Of Hua Bu Qi
        – Here To Heart
        – Story Of Yanxi Palace (watched it with my mom)

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          Wow! That’s an impressive list! Of these, I’ve watched 3310, Ashes of Love and Yanxi(probably I’m your mom’s age). I make a lousy viewer of romance and fantasy and so many of these in C dramas.

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            For the longest time, my heart wouldn’t let go of and wouldn’t move on from “Legend Of Hua Bu Qi”, but I forced myself to do it, and I’m happy that I did lol Because I’ve found another gem in “Ashes Of Love” that will now have my heart for a very long time and will be a permanent fixture on my re-watch list 🙂

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    I don’t watch this drama, but I can relate to the feeling of being too cynical to appreciate a dramatic love story on TV shows. (Or perhaps this is all the fault of that pesky thing called logic.)

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@midnight I’ll start the ball rolling 😉😄 You can set up a bakery whereas I am limited to simple loaves and buns. Recently, I took a class on artisan baguette so that’s my new endeavor. Challenging to replicate at home because my oven refused to go above 205C and too small for a baking stone.
@linda-palapala I don’t have many recipes, just a couple of tried and tested ones. Hopefully, I will add more as I bake more.

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    I LOVE THIS! These are BEAUTIFUL!

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      I love the color of your top crust. My oven goes well above 250 but the crust just refuses to brown. If I leave it too long the bottom will burn. I have to use my oven’s grill every time to properly brown the top.

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        My oven is supposed to hit 250C but when I checked with an oven thermometer, it read a miserly 205! Could inaccurate temperature be your issue as well? However, mine is a microwave convection with no heating element or fan so yours maybe a different issue.

        I had to bake my boules in a corningware to create steam in an enclosed space. 25 mins with lid on and 20 mins with lid off. For the baguettes, I used an inverted rectangular aluminum foil tin(the disposable type used for parties), spray water and weigh it down with a tray.

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          I’ve checked my temperature and it is correct. I think the walls and the ceiling of my oven aren’t very well engineered to distribute heat uniformly, unfortunately. Your breads look perfect.

          I bake my boules in a Pyrex dish and the crust turns too thick and hard. I will try a corningware next time.

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            My crust is also thicker and harder than I would like it to be. I suspect one of the reasons is the longer baking time in order to achieve a brown crust. If the oven works perfectly, then we should have a good oven spring and nice crust in a shorter baking time.

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    Beautiful and tasty looking!!! 🥖🍞

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    yum yum yum..

    did anyone try the organge condensend milk drink from coffee friends? i want that

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    Can I just live in your kitchen please?? (eats all the bread).
    These look delightful, you’ve motivated me to bake something soon 😊

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    Oh myyy! Lovely hole patterns and color!

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    Wow, these look sooooo delicious!! is that cheese in the baguette? yummmmm

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      Yes, I had some Edam lying in the fridge so I threw them in. It’s yummy when melted and gooey although that’s not how I normally eat hard cheeses.

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        I love cheese! especially when they are melted and are stringy!! soooo good!!! I’m drooling just by seeing your post lol!!

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    those look beautiful and yummy~
    ancient time ago, I was into making bread and probably bake every weekend
    but nowadays, I am so darn lazy…

    p/s: mind sharing the brand of your m/wave convection? is it good? my kitchen cant fit oven & microwave so I was thinking to buy a convection

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      My oven is a Panasonic NN-SV30. I bought it to save space on my kitchen top. However, now that I want something where I can crank up to 250C or more, I am considering a built in oven. That will have to wait till I renovate my place. If I have space, I’d built a woodfire brick oven, LOL!. These combo ovens can’t crisp your pizza or good at making crusty bread. Maybe, I shouldn’t blame my equipment – there’s this Korean baker on Youtube, he or she does the craziest artisan bakes in a tiny convection oven. Check it out

      So cute but totally awesome!

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I just got to share this. Dramaland has always been notorious for fake musical instrument playing. Instruments of crime are usually the piano and violin. Guilty genre – occasional music themed drama but the worst(PD: I don’t care!) is romance dramas.

Came across this hilarious TwoSet video where they(classically trained violinists and YTubers) tore apart this ‘so bad that it’s good’ scene from the recent Chinese remake Meteor Garden. I remember laughing so much at this scene during beanies’ rabbit watch. You don’t have to be a violinist to hear and see that Rei is doing it all wrong but it’s sure funnier to have these guys roast the scene.

Bonus – they actually played what it would really have sounded like if Rei played the violin the way he did and all the other bits.

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    I’m subscribed to their channel too! I saw this. Their takes on kpop are also fun and hilarious. I watch it to remind myself why I’m not a prifesdional musician. I’m just not that talented!!! 😂

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      I also can’t be a *professional musician (or amateur writer). 🤣

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      Yeah, I’m also reminded that I am not Ling Ling. Should have tried harder from the time I was 3 days old.

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    Oh my! I laughed so hard. I don’t play any instrument so I don’t notice these in detail. But the ‘clapping’ had me in splits!
    Thanks for the share!

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    I like the true sound version. It’s a huge improvement.

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    @natzillagorilla

    *deactivates my account*

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    LOL. I was going to say even the fake piano playing is bad. Violin is hard to fake, I’ll give actors that, but piano is super easy to fake. Come on! But when they did the real sounds at the end, they did take that into account.

    I actually stopped watching Boys Over Flowers and Naeil’s Cantabile because I can’t watch the bad fake playing. The best fake playing ever was in Monstar, where most of the actors were actual musicians, and Kang Haneul *learned to play the cello* for the drama. He was fantastic. He wasn’t really playing, but he had the correct fingerings, bowings, shifts, vibrato, everything!

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    They are hilarious!!!

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    whatta RIOT!!!

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I am surprised at my consistent inability to watch dramas for my bias.

I tried 1 episode of Mother of Mine and despite a gratuitous shower scene of Hong Jong Hyun, I can’t muster any interest to continue. Show has all the cliches and tropes of your typical weekend drama.

Dazzled by the awesome The Light In Your Eyes, it’s a tough act for any new drama to interest and much less impress or hook me. Then came All Is Well a Chinese family drama. I’ve never watch a C-drama of this genre in decades. In recent years, I’ve only tried period or fantasy C dramas and a very occasional non-period drama. Modern C dramas generally don’t appeal to me and the few I’ve watched are fluffy rom coms and criminal procedural.

I’ve changed my banner which will now show recommended dramas unless some actor makes me irrational enough to put his face up. I am still fond of HJH but in the light of things happening in k entertainment, it’s a timely reminder that what we see onscreen is very often not what is real.

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    I’ve read somewhere that All is Well is doing pretty good in China.

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      I read that it was good but never felt tempted to try until now. I binged watched to ep 20 in 5 days.

      It’s a well made drama with excellent character study, traditions and family relationships. It comes from the same production house as Ming Lan.

      If people are sick of watching poorly written female characters, forget about K dramas and try C dramas.

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This scene gutted me.

I’m very familiar with Ahn Nae Sang. He’s a veteran and supporting cast in many kdramas I’ve watched. Dependable and sometimes very good when given the right script. I think this is the best I’ve seen of him – a powerful and absolutely gut wrenching performance. Same for Lee Seung Eun. She’s always awesome no matter what and she’s a gem in this one too.

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I am reminded once again why I love Nam Joo Hyuk in rom com. He’s the sweetest, cutest thing evvveeerr!

Look at this clueless, hapless dude! I just want to squish him.

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