Beanie level: Errand boy

Reading beanies’ thoughts on the possible reasons why Misty is named thus.

I had wondered too but somehow the title reminded me of this comic I read as a child. I loved and still do love mystery stories. This one had some of the most out of the world mysteries I’ve ever read. To this day, a number of them still stay in my mind.

This is the cover of the annual I had. Too bad I don’t have it anymore, I’d love to read the stories again.

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What an episode!
Mother
amazing acting all round.

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Joining @gadis…in appreciation of Wise Prison Life’s awesome cast. Amazing talents!

In this video, in order of appearance: Lee Kyu Hyung, Jung Woong In and Park Hae Soo

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    WPL is full of great, talented actors. I wish I understand Korean a lot better so that I can fully enjoy their performance clips on YT.

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    Stage actors rocks! Most of the talented actors on tv and films have a stage/musical background.

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I confess that I don’t exactly anticipate kiss scenes in kdramas. More than being visually assaulted by sub par kissing, there had been instances when a kiss ruined an actor in my eyes forever. For example, Lee Min Ho in Heirs and Kim Rae Won in Doctors. Illogical but I can’t help it. So I get a little nervous when an actor I like has to do some hot kissing scenes, he might be ‘irreversibly damaged’. Glad Ji Jin Hee did it like a pro!
Gif credit: triplem

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    Ji Jin-hee is a pro! I need to check if he’s ever done any r-rated movies 😎 You know just for study purpose!

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      So…did he?

      I avoid watching R-rated scenes or movies starring actors I know. For example, Jo Yeo Jung. Sometimes while watching them in a drama, parts of their naked bodies would flash across my mind with no warning.

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Not sure why I got a bit nostalgic about Chinese New Year reunion dinner this year. Maybe I felt I could have put more effort into cooking the food instead of simple steamboat fare. I’ll try harder next year.

I chanced upon this interesting documentary A Bite of China and this one featuring Chinese New Year. The series go beyond food and takes you on a delightful gastronomic feast for the eyes. It goes into the history, practices and most of all the human story.

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M & M
Mother & Misty – wonderful wonderful dramas which I am watching now. I’ve caught up so it’s agonizing waiting for new eps.

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Misty
Move over “Return”.
This is how you do mystery/crime drama.
Sharp, badass and with style.

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    Everything you said.

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    Gosh this is too hot.🔥 I haven’t watch epi 3 + 4 yet but seriously can’t wait to see these two fall in love again. It’s funny how Ji Jin-hee has a successful and ambitious wife again this time after Kim Hyun-joo! 😂

    And yes “move over, Return! ” LOL.

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      You are right! I can’t wait for them to fall in love. I’ve never been more excited about Ji Jin Hee than this.

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It has always been that we look at photos and laugh at the hairstyles of old.
This is a rare one which I think the old hairstyles look miles better.

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AMAZING.
Mother ep 6.
The pace, the awesome BGM, the cinematography, the insights, little revelations, the acting…so beautiful.
“Are you the woman who abandoned MY daughter?”

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    How does she know soojin biological mother? Can’t wait for more. I hope the rating pick up

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      Is the rating dismal? I’m not even following that anymore unless someone gives the number.

      Remember Soo Jin had an accident in front of the barber shop? Mom went to thank the biological mother but she pretended nothing happened. It’s also possible that Mom concluded thus because she just heard Yoon Bok called the woman ‘granny’. Call it a mother’s instinct.

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      Rating epi 5 : 2.5% / epi 6: 4.2%

      The absence of Return for Thurs slot helped on the rating, and I think it will increase more next week because lack of competitions (no drama from SBS, KBS and MBC).

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    This scene is so good! I could not breathe!

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WAI? WAI? WAI? Why Waikiki?
I was so looking forward to ‘Tae Swoon’, ‘Sung Min’ and even Lee Yi Kyung.
I never thought I’d find it hard to laugh but really, I only cracked up at the awesome Park Sung Woo’s segment.
It doesn’t make me love the actors less though. I think Kim Jung Hyun is great in comedy and Son Seung Won is so cute. It just makes me madder that the writing falls short. I like to think that I have varied taste when it comes to comedy. I don’t care if it is low brow, silly or whatever but sadly this doesn’t work for me.
More than anyone, I wanted to love this show and give it a thumbs up but sorry dudes, see you in your next drama.

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    Have you tried until epi 2? I think epi 2 was better. Tbh I expected that you will dislike this 😁 because I remember you also dropped Chief Kim. LOL. I found both these shows have some similar vibes.

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      Oh, I haven’t tried ep 2. I didn’t think it could get better. Usually, I would give a show at least two episodes but for this one, I felt there’s some fundamental issues which will always stay. But since you said it, I’ll try.

      You expected me to dislike this? Hahaha…I don’t remember much about Chief Kim but I dropped it not for the same reason. I just couldn’t get into the show.

      *SIGH* I wanted to watch Tae Swoon so much and he’s so cute in this show too.

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        My issue is more on the editing and directing for this drama, but there are times I will just close my eyes for such issue. LOL. I can’t promise if you will love epi 2, but I found myself fully enjoyed and loved epi 2 than epi 1.

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        ha ha ..s ame here.. ep 1 is just too hard to digest

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    Hmm, that’s interesting to me ~ I don’t usually watch comedy personally, so I wasn’t necessarily going to watch this. But I tried it for the actors and couldn’t stop laughing, which is a first in several years for me. What sort of comedies do you like?

    I’m sorry it’s not your cup of tea, I hope dropping it gives you space to find a different drama that’s more your style!

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      I am not fussy about comedies. I even enjoyed Jim Carrey’s and Rob Schneider’s type of humor. As long as it makes me laugh. So it’s very puzzling and frustrating when I read how my fellow beanies are enjoying and laughing along with this show when I get zilch from it. I’d rather be with the crowd, it’s much more fun.

      I just had to vent my frustration on my wall but I have no intention to be a douchebag. I’ll give ep 2 a try and slink out if it still doesn’t work for me.

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        Haha, I don’t think you’re a douchebag at all. It does sound rather frustrating ~ I personally have a hard time with the humor of Jim Carrey and Rob Schneider (second hand embarrassment is way too strong for me), so it is very interesting to me that I find this so funny.

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Mother
I don\’t know who is worse – \”Oppa Who Kills Children\” or \”Mothers Who Let Their Child Be Killed\”

I can accept one but three in a show is ridiculous. Or maybe not?

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    I’m curious to see where they’re going with all of those mothers.

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      Yeah…what is this sickness they have? Sadly from what I read from news, it happens in real life. Mothers who let their boyfriends/husbands abuse their children and in some cases, it leads to death. I’d kill anyone who lay their hands on my babies so I don’t understand.

      Do these women need love(from a man) so much? Why did they accept him killing their children? Why did Won Hee’s mother not report him earlier? How did that lady entrust her two kids to the same guy who murdered one of her children?

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        From all the three mothers that we have seen, she’s definitely the craziest of all.
        It’s a different case if she didn’t know how her child died, but damn😡😡😡😡😡

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The Woman Who Didn’t Want To Be or To Be Called “Mother”

I like that this show gives us more complex characters than the typical cardboard ones.
In episode 3, Hye Na concludes that her mother doesn’t love her. It’s heart breaking to watch to say the least. The poor child has been hanging on this last thread of hope that somehow, somewhat her mother did really love her despite of all that has happened. However, the mother’s appearance on TV, her demeanour, her words put a the last nail in the coffin. So, it was interesting that in ep 4, the drama chose to show how the mother was affected by Hye Na’s death. It doesn’t excuse her or make her crimes any less. It is just rare that a show can depict a villain without stripping her of all humanity or trivialise her inhumanity with some sob story.

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    I want to see het jealousy and pain once she know her own childs is no longer hers! I love it the writers add humanity to see her character so we can witnessing her crumble because of her own child.

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This is a “Namja Hands/Fingers” appreciation post

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Happy Birthday Hong Jong Hyun!
#howtokeepwarm#watchHJH


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    Happy Birthday @outofthisworld boy! What is he up to these days?

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      Is it bad that I don’t know? Hahaha….I have not been stalking him. I only found out that today is his birthday from @llljr because all the while, I thought Jan 7 is his birthday. It’s not entirely wrong because that’s his lunar birthday.

      I’ve been neglecting my bias 😭😭😜

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        LOL you might stalking him back when he has a new drama! 😎

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        i don’t think u have neglected him? idk what he’s up to these days too, except him being a Honorary Ambassador of the Pyeong Chang Olympics Games. the gifs u made are from the new promo video he filmed for the games isn’t it? 😉

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        belated happy bday to this beautiful namja…hehehe
        I guess i should be the most guilty if neglecting my bias cause i found another oppa to swoon over… and i just forgot about him and his bday.
        any news abt him coming back to dramas or anything..?

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Mother Another heart wringing episode
There’s no dramatics, there wasn’t even much progress in terms of running away but there’s so much more.

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    Hyenaaaaa! She is such a gem and I’m so proud of her not breaking after growing up in such circumstances.

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I am watching 2 dramas but why does it feel like I’m in a slump? I think it’s
1) I made a mistake starting Mother too early and now suffer the agonizing wait for new episodes each week.
2) I knew not to make the same mistake and picked Return which I thought was already well in at 8 episodes. I forgot this was the new format of 30 minutes per episode so I basically finished 4 episodes in one go. So now, I too am waiting each week for new ones.
Mother is awesome so far. I love the cinematography, the music, the melancholic feels and the acting. Return is much simpler, I think it is the whodunit that grips me. I am a sucker for this genre. I have always been suspicious but but…is Lee Jin Wook cross-eyed? The mystery.
I also started “Cross”, not impressed. It’s not helping that I keep expecting Jo Jae Hyun to murder his patients instead of Go Kyung Pyo. Also, this drama makes me miss Wise Prison Life so much.

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Wise Prison Life
What an AMAZING drama! The best I’ve seen in character study, depiction and a deft balance of humour, realism and entertainment. A rare show which I fell in love with almost all the characters and cast.
This is now right up there with Forest of Secrets as my top rated and fav dramas of all time. I’ve love love Choi Moo Sung(discovered and loved him in Reply1988 more than the boys), finally a drama role worthy of Jung Woong In and so excited about thespians like Lee Kyu Hung. Actually everyone in the cast was stellar, I’ll probably have to write a few long posts to talk about each actor.


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    Every actor was so great in their roles and they sold their characters so well. I love them all so SO MUCH and right now I’m tearing up just thinking about them. I MISS THEM ALREADY

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      Me too!

      It got me out of my kdrama slump. I was searching for a show that could entertain me and this beautiful thing came along. Not only did it entertain me, it made me laugh, cry and reflect on issues. It’s really a gem. Sadly, there were no recaps on DB except for the first two episodes. I’d have love to read the thoughts and comments. I guess fans must have written on the fanwalls. OTs and What We Are Watching but I’ve been out of DB.

      There are many undiscovered, underrated acting talents in Korean showbiz and often the drama itself is the one that lets down the actor. So, I am thankful we get dramas like this(even though very rare) which introduces us to such artists.

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        That’s what happened with me too! I was in a slump and I casually started Prison Playbook because Kang Seung-yoon of WINNER was in it. I thought, okay, if I don’t like it, I’ll just watch the episodes he’s in since I know he’s already leaving after a few eps.

        Then I somehow marathoned 10 episodes in 2 days during the holiday season… Slump cured and not only that, but my heart was so full, it could burst. From happiness, to sadness, to misery, to loving and caring for them all.

        I love that I now know Kim Sung-cheol because of this show and I know he’s a stage actor mostly but I hope he breaks into dramas because his portrayal of Jailbird was so good! Then we have this cast full of film actors or newbie actors and you wouldn’t think that anyone’s not pulling their weight because everyone’s so good in their roles and I’m sure Shin Won-ho had a big hand in extracting these performances from them.

        Btw, some people are commenting on the first episode recap to discuss. Maybe you could join us!

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          I am hopeless with Kpop and kvariety. It was only from comments on those streaming sites that I got to know some youngsters in the cast are known figures in showbiz. This is exactly the type of show I’d like a idol actor or any new actor to be in. The focus is purely on acting and they will have a wonderful opportunity to learn from their sunbaes.

          Stage actors are usually wonderful because the stage is where true thespians cut their teeth if they love the art.

          You are right about the Shin Won ho, I can’t stress how important a PD is.

          These days, partly due to my busy schedule, I have less time to write comments. Well, at least I can start to read them.Thanks for the heads up!

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            Yes! It’s such a blessing when stage actors come share their talent to TV/film because TV doesn’t really deserve them. Hahaha!

            Heh, I forgot to say who’s Seung-yoon. He was Jean Valjean, the prodigal son of Minchul our Papa Bear. I’m so happy he did well.

            Hope your schedule clears up a bit soon! (For more drama watching and DB time hahaha)

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    this show, despite the long hours, was always the one i was excited to watch because their shenanigans was so much fun to watch and all the characters were so well written and acted out. definitely my fave work from this PD

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      A Twitter mutual of mine started watching PP and she said that the episodes aren’t really long like what I warned her since they’re only 45 minutes long. And I was like: girl, they’re 1.5 hours per episode.

      She was so shocked because she truly felt that they were only 45 minutes. Hahaha!

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        They really do go fast despite the length

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          I keenly felt the length when I was watching the first episode. Then, I didn’t know what to make out of the show. Soon, I was marathoning it and it did strike me strange that I took longer than usual. I’d completely forgotten that each was 1.5 hours. Every episode was gold.

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    I have been wondering where you are! Are you now out of drama slump? LOL

    Absolutely loving this show. Still haven’t watch the last two epi because refuse to let go of this gem yet!

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      Hello there, chingu!

      I can’t really say I am out of the slump. Funny thing was while I was in it, I drifted further and further away from DB. Actually I had been watching Nirvana In Fire 2 until Wise Prison came along and I devoted all my attention to the latter. So, it seems that I can now survive a day without checking DB. I still open the first page every now and then but I kind of lost the will to write anything. My two posts on Wise Prison Life were because this show is so darn awesome, I just had to post. So, maybe till another great drama comes along and make me post.

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        Hi there! Long time no see!

        Yay for this wonderful show bringing you out of your drama slump! And I relate with the “DB slump” too… I went through a phase where I didn’t spend my whole day on DB but Wise Prison Life and Just Between Lovers brought me back in full force. Go Back Spouses was a good show too!

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          Hi chingu, good to see you here.

          Even you had a DB slump? I remember those days when you were the first or one of the first few who reached Goblin’s Underpants. What riotous fun we had then.

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            So much fun! The other day Azzo was talking about those days too! 🙂

            I did! But not a complete departure from DB. Just stopped spending like 18 hours a day on here! 😛

            Have you been keeping well in rl?

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            Yes, I have. Thank you.

            Busy schedule probably isn’t the only reason for my absence. I guess DB is somewhat like a drug. I had very little time in Nov and Dec so it’s kind of like Looney going to prison and the drugs being less accessible. Once you wean off it, the craving lessens.

            Okay crap analogy, ha! Talk about Looney, many viewers were upset with his ending. Sadly, that’s the truth. I don’t think drug addicts can fight their addiction alone. For Looney’s case, it was unfortunate that he thought his lover and his family weren’t there for him when they actually were waiting anxiously. It also shows how easily one wrong turn can end up with such serious consequences.

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        Ahh I know that! I hope we’ll be seeing you around during Laughter in Waikiki because you know Tae-swoon is back 😌😋 DB is the only social acc that I’m still actively using at the moment, although I’m also at lost whenever beanies talk about INAR or JBL because I’m not watching LOL. Despite of being active here, I’m quite behind with drama. I’m watching many drama, but those days have long gone when I will check drama immediately after the sub out 😅

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          Yeah, I caught a glimpse of that news about Tae Swoon 😋.

          I am watching Mother now but the show just started so it’s bad if I get hooked on it. Maybe I’ll try Return cuz I like Go Hyun Jung.

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        Nah… good analogy! And you are right… once you are able to stay away for around 10 days, you stop being curious abt fan walls and DB in general.

        I was upset but I thought it was quite realistic. And it didn’t break my heart as much as it did for others. I had spoiled myself from fan walls so that helped cushion the blow. I did feel really bad for the lover and family! They were only following his wishes and he wanted them not to.

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    not surprised that Jung Woong In can be adorable fairy godmother. He was a sweetheart in Last Scandal, too.
    Very surprised: That Jung Hae In can have such a menacing look in his eyes. I was more startled by him occasionally than the Baldy. He should try playing a gangster.
    Kaist with his physical humor, irreplacable.
    Regretful that Dr. Ko didn´t stay around longer, very good actor, that!
    Looney: want to see him in theater, isn´t he a theater actor mostly (people shared youtube clips of him practicing at some point on their walls)

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      Yes! Jung Hae-in was SO SCARY the first episodes he appeared. I couldn’t believe it because how can that face be that menacing?!?!?! So props to him though that while he looks like a puppy, he can turn into a wolf with a look.

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        I’d thought he would be real badass. Read somewhere that he’s a relatively new actor or rather he’s been slowly building up his resume. I’m impressed.

        Captain Yoo’s hyung is just as awesome. Why haven’t I noticed him before?

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          Captain Yoo’s hyung was so good too! When these brothers cry, I cry. I’ve only seen him previously in Chief Kim.

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          Jung Hae-in is still quite new, he debuted like 4-5 years ago if I’m not mistaken. He is charismatic and has a convincing expressions. I’m looking forward to see what he will give us in Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food.

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      I felt that Jung Woong In got typecasted as a villain since his marvelous turn in I Hear Your Voice. He’s capable of so much more. So, I am really glad for Lt Paeng.
      Who knew that the prison guards and warden would turn out to be such lovable characters. The warden was a surprise for me, I had taken him for a fool but it turned out quite the opposite.

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        I also thought he was spineless and just says yes to everything Capt. Na says so I was pleasantly surprised when he put his foot down in saving Lt. Paeng from being transferred.

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Finally, a scene that made me do a gif 😛
Wasted my time on C-drama Tribes and Empires and I’ve been in one of the longest kdrama slump which is partly why I’ve been orbiting out of DB world.
Tried Just Between Lovers, stuck to it for 7 eps and I blame myself for not loving it like so many beanies do. Just started I’m Not A Robot, it’s cute and funny. Surprisingly, I like YSH here when I couldn’t like him before. Yet, I not feel compelled to continue with either shows.
Better luck with Smart Prison Life? I really hope so.

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    I feel you on Just Between Lovers. I thought there was something wrong with me for not liking it. I quit halfway through I think the 2nd episode. And, next to Yeo Woon in Warrior Baek Dong-soo, Kim Min-kyu in I Am Not A Robot is my favourite Yoo Seung-ho role.

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      I stubbornly watched JBL for 7 eps. Usually, beanies recommendations work but sadly this time, it didn’t. Not that the show is bad. I know it’s dealing with serious issues like survivor’s guilt etc and probably one rare show that delves into them deeper than any before.

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        Ugh now I don’t feel really bad because I know this show is good, but somehow it didn’t click well with me. I already figured my own reasons why I’m unable to love JBL. Mostly it has to do with the flow of the plot. 16 epi for healing drama is just.. too long.

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Wishing all Beanies a Healthy, Happy and Wonderful 2018!
In dramaland, may we get more awesome dramas 🥂🎉🎆🍻🎊

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Wishing all Beanies a Blessed Christmas and Joyous time with family & love ones.
original gif : Jong Journey

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