Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

I don’t know what to make out of MoTA’s writer Song Jae Jung’s interview. When I first read snippets of it on the fanwalls, I was quite disgusted. Then when I read the thing in its entirety, I felt that it made sense. Not her explanations about how the game worked but rather why issues arose and why it’s a mess. Best of all, she’s surprisingly candid.
I’ll talk about the ones which drove many up the wall as it did me – Hee Joo and the romance between her and Jin Woo.

Q: When creating the character of Yoo Jin Woo who has married twice, do you worry about the next romantic relationship between this character and Park Shin Hye?

A: It is pretty hard to write romantic details. In my initial ideas, the drama was the story of a man whose life was destroyed to a greater extent and he was much colder. While character Hee Joo was developed to have such a relationship as of “The Man from Nowhere” and “Léon”. It’s like a person who is in a state of desperation, then meets pure innocent and attains salvation. I started the script with the two character’s relationship falling between friendship and love. But when I heard that the two actors were cast, I struggled to adapt it to the romantic genre without ruining the structure of the story. Those who love romantic genre will probably wonder why there is so little romance and why things are so messy. The reason is that right from the beginning, I didn’t plan to write a romantic script. These romantic details are actually much more than in the original.

I wished Ms Song had just gone ahead with original idea and let Min Joo be the star. I would love Min Joo and Jin Woo to have that kind of relationship in “The Man From Nowhere” and “Leon”. Isn’t it also more befitting to have a 12 year old who is pure innocent rather than an adult woman who instead comes across as naïve and spineless?
Frankly the thought that Ms Song wrote the character Hee Joo(as we know it) after Park Shin Hye was cast cross my mind several times. I just dismissed it. Ha! It seems it’s not far fetch at all. I can imagine Ms Song going

“Park Shin Hye is known for her crying, let’s maximize her talent in this drama! Have Hee Joo’s tears touch Jin Woo’s stone cold heart. Won’t the viewers be delighted?

(Crying Park Shin Hye + Cold Handsome Jerk Hyun Bin) X KISS KISS = SUCCESS”

Ms Song didn’t even bother to give an excuse to why the romance is messy. An afterthought or Reverse Engineering? This applies to both Hee Joo and the romance – the outcome is unnatural, forced and written without passion. Maybe Ms Song was forced to write all these like the way writers do with PPLs.
Exactly what is Ms Song’s message in this interview?

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    That was actually a really revealing interview. The romance was shoehorned in, probably due to pressure from above because of the bankability of the two stars. Ratings wise, it has been a successful tactic, but I do think this weakness will prevent MoA from becoming a drama that people return to watch again and again. I also get the feeling that Ms Song was just as frustrated and disgusted by the PPL in episode 12 as many viewers were. It detracted from the story, and at times became laughable. this was in direct contrast to the elegant (and humorous) way the Subway ppl was merged into the game.

    What was Ms Song’s message? I think she bowed under the pressure and was forced to change her original story in order to maximize star presence. I think she finds this regretful, and is probably frustrated because if MoA had been allowed to completely center on Hyun Bin’s journey without the misguided, and frankly distasteful romantic arc, it could have been an action adventure classic. By having to fit in PSH’s tears and such, I think we lost some threads that would have made the rules of the game clearer, and why it went so terribly wrong.

    That said, I really hope in the future Ms Song takes a long look at how she writes female characters.

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      I thought it was interesting as well. I already knew this writer struggled with her female characters and that’s she’s very plot driven – honestly characterisation isn’t her strong point and that’s quite unusual for a kdrama writer.

      Being forced to shoehorn in a loveline just because they cast PSH would have been really hard.

      If it wasn’t for that character, I probably would have laughed off the inevitable sausage fest and enjoyed the show rather than dumping it out of frustration.

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        Have you seen “Encounter” today? Any flipped tables yet? *waits impatiently*

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          Maybe I might be able to fit it in tonight or tomorrow night. I’m so busy the next week. I’ll add you to the list of people anticipating my table flip.

          PS – do you think I’ll flip a table after this week’s episodes?

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      I liked that idea with “Man from Nowhere.” Everyone should see this kmovie by the way. It would have worked well here and I could also see how she could have worked the love story in the background was well. Mee-joo becomes the innocent who brings Jin-woo out of his jaded place, only to recognize Hee-joo as the protector and the provider for Mee-joo and voila, a love-line. That way it’s not forced and naturally flows from sister to (more age appropriate) sister.

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        *Min-joo (sorry, Korean names still escape me)

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      Yes, I felt that she was very frustrated and even forced to write in the romance.

      I even think she may not like Park Shin Hye too much. I remember being taken aback by the scene where Hee Joo couldn’t decide on Jin Woo’s offer in ep 3 and Min Joo’s retort was everything I wanted Hee Joo to say. That’s not what you do to your female lead! Make her look like an idiot and her little sister the one with all the sass. Of course, this is entirely my conjecture. Who would sabotage his/her own work?

      Me thinks Ms Song is unprofessional. She seems unapologetic and not motivated to improve.

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    Ooooh. This interview tells me A LOT about her as a writer. And I’m not sure I like any of it.

    First things first, the romance- not really invested in it so I don’t really care, but I think she should’ve pushed to go with the platonic but redeeming relationship. Unfortunately to me it seems like it was forced upon her by the directors and producers and the casting, and she didn’t have much choice. The downside of being a scriptwriter- you don’t have as much pull as you’d like too. And thus we have… whatever this is. Kinda reminds me of K2 in a way- I wish the central relationship in the K2 had been between a child and Ji Chang Wook’s character. It would’ve carried more nuance. Same thing here. Plus it honestly would’ve fit with the overall story more, this show’s most interesting point is the game, and, like a lot of people pointed out, if you took out the romance the show would be much the same and better. Which, surprise surprise! It was supposed to be like that all along!

    On wards to some other things she said—

    “I’ve never been trained or practiced writing drama scripts. I wrote the plot to my preference through the characteristics of sitcoms and mixed feelings that I have when watching movies and reading books. But when I heard that I had to divide the script into 16 episodes, I wondered if it would become strange or not.
    If I have to point out clearly, I have written 16 endings. I didn’t intend to write a 16-episode drama, but to create a script for a one-hour movie. But I have to divide it into parts and make them into 16 continuous episodes”
    :
    Oh dear. I only know a little about scriptwriting but I’m pretty sure you should never write a tv show, kdrama or otherwise, like you would a movie…

    “I rarely read novels or stories, because reading novel stresses me out at work. I only read stories of living people.”
    Reading about real people is good for characters, but not for story telling. No wonder her stories are often all over the place. She admits she doesn’t know how to write one. Fabulous. We watch dramas of someone who has no idea how a fictional story telling works and she gets hailed as the “golden writer” of dramaland… Well then.

    “I also questioned whether the public could understand this kind of material or not”– never assume your audience is an idiot! Chances are they’re smarter than you and pick up on things you didn’t!
    Oh and she basically admitted that Queen In Hyun’s Man was a fluke?

    At least she’s honest about her writings flaws, but yikes, I already had my expectations for MOA dropped bellow 0 when it started due to W, but her explaining how she writes TV shows highlights that all my previous concerns about her writing style are not only right, but unlikely to change in future endeavors. Watch me watch her next drama anyway for fun even though it will be just as bad… *face palm*

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      K2 would have been so so much better if it had been a child instead of a child-like love interest. Her dancing with that packet of ramen while he watched over the security camera……super dumb and creepy.

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      I doubt it was the Director. I had to check him up more than once because I couldn’t believe it’s the same guy who directed Forest of Secrets. There was hardly any romance there although the chemistry between the two leads was just awesome.

      I will place my bets on the other parties. Bring in the hallyu star for ratings guarantee. You know the formula –
      1 Handsome/pretty actor +
      1 Hallyu Star +
      4 kisses
      = Ratings min 10% + PPLs sponsorship

      Can’t deny that it works like magic. Just read the fan’s comments – they are loving the “chemistry” and raving about the kissing.

      That’s why I need a drama like Sky Castle. Zero popular star. Ratings start with no hype, no star power, a miserable 1% and skyrocket to 19% entirely on storytelling and acting.

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    Honestly the romance should never have been a part of this story. Yes to friendship and comradrae but not to romantic feelings. It is a shame she had to bow down to pressure and write something she clearly struggles with.

    I couldn’t help but snicker that she based Hae Joo’s character on PSH! Them waterworks!

    And I loved Leon! This could have been like that for sure!

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      Now we know why Min Joo gets great lines!

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      I keep feeling that the “romantic” theme song they use doesn’t actually match the scene. Someone in production is trying too hard.

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    Oh boy.
    After W, it was clear to me that she was better at writing plots than characterization. Better, in the sense of a lesser evil though. She has innovative ideas, but IMO her world-building is always too robust. Like she forgets to fill in some details.

    I know making TV shows requires teamwork, primarily the writer, director and actors. And just like it shows when there is passion and sincerity in the work, so does it show when people are lackluster about it. And in MOA, it really shows that a lot of things are forced, and almost serendipitous.

    Seeing how Ms Song’s dramas turn out always pains me, because at the heart of it is usually an innovative and interesting story. But every single time, it gets ruined by terrible execution. I wish these ideas were in the hands of a more skilled writer, and a team that cares more about the integrity of the story.

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    Relationships aside, cause i was never invested in it anyways..what grated me most was her interview saying the drama is magic or a mere virus. And mostly her words saying Zombie Cha’s cause of death was mere speculation to trick viewers. I can’t with this. Now that its near the end, there are loose ends and it seems that writernim can’t explain them so she conviniently says..’oh it was just speculation to throw viewers off’ and ‘oh treat it like a virus’….

    I hope audiences will pay close attention to the story in which Jin Woo will pay his mental debt to Hyung Suk instead of his love affair because this really is an important thing to me.

    Well..you gave viewers no basis to focus on Jinwoo and Zombie Cha. So dont go around saying pay attention to that rather than the loveline that was shoehorned in.

    Thus, it seems that the audience is confused.

    Well yes. Yes we are. The drama should have answers as much as there are questions. MotA introduced a lot of questions..unfortunately a lot are left unawnsered. And a drama should be self explanatory, if a scriptwriter has to explain her plot to viewers…that means the point was not conveyed to the viewers at all.

    Nevertheless, making it into seasons won’t be a problem.

    Don’t think of making a season 2. You initially wanted to make a movie, and you struggled to write this one with your 16 endings whatevs. Why do you think making it into seasons wont be a problem 🤔

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      I am just glad that I dropped the drama and didn’t wreck my brains over it. I said before that I would hate it if I spend effort analyzing plot and things which wouldn’t make sense in the end.

      Everything in this interview screams of a writer who rebelled against rewriting her original idea to the extent that she gave up on her story. Doesn’t her attitude smack of someone who doesn’t care and it’s like “Take it or leave it”? I can almost imagine her going:
      “You want romance? Sure! I’ll have her falling head over heels with the guy in seconds and follow him around love struck.”
      “You want PSH? Sure! I’ll make the heroine cry in every episode.”
      “You want lipstick, earrings etc PPL? Sure, I will dedicate an entire episode to it!”
      “You want a romantic first kiss? Sure! I’ll have the hero jerk demand it!”
      “You want a steamy love affair? Sure but I’ll invite zombie Hyung Suk to bed.”

      Obviously, it’s so bad that I wonder if she is doing these on purpose. Make a statement you know. If they want to fault her, she still has the ratings to show. That’s why she declared making it into seasons won’t be a problem. This is after she said she struggled with writing the story into 16 eps. The message is ” You want anything that sells? Sure, I can deliver. Crap including.”

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    Maybe when PSH is crying, writer-nim is crying too because of the changes she had to make?

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    I’m so glad I dropped it. Someone should edit it to become an adventure without a romance and then market it again. I’d probably watch that.

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Sky Castle
#SorryNotSorry

Poor Prof Cha but really, he was wrong. Still 🤣🤣🤣
By the way, this show shifts tone amazingly!


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    “By the way, this show shifts tone amazingly!”
    exactly I’m surprised when realizing I’m laughing like it’s a comedy then getting stressed /sad/serious when they change scenes, this drama’s balance and shift between serious & comic is excellent so far !

    I wonder if someone will do a YT video comparing Prof Cha in Sky castle and Han JungHo in Heard It Through the Grapevine, seriously they must be brothers, wondering if they will share the same fate…

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      LOOOL. I was so pissed at Prof Cha in this episode because of his nonchalant concern in Prof Hwang’s desperation for help, like I should have known better but that still made me pissed…

      And then this scene happened and I end up ROFL again at just how small that pyramid and compassion-less world he is living in. I wasn’t as surprised as his family that he thought that way anymore after that scene with Hwang. Ki Joon doing a reality check for us and finally slammed that damn pyramid into pieces (2 pieces?) – hope that’s a sign they are finally freed from that pyramid world that twins are stuck living in.

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    I laugh out loud during this scene hahaha. And he got locked out 🤣

    P/s: Yay! You can post gifs between lines~ hihi

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      +1 , also seems like Koreans do like Prof Cha misfortune, the video is the most viewed on JTBC drama YT channel for that ep x)

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      Yes! I laughed out so loud that probably my neighbors heard. It’s doubly great to see the twins work together!

      Thanks for the tip on posting gifs.

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    I’m not there yet but finally the twins will have something useful to do.

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      I’ve always like the twins, they are good kids.

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        I wanted to like them but after 13 eps they are mostly like all the others, too superficial, we know almost nothing about them.

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          Oh, that’s strange. I feel entirely the opposite. It’s true that not much has been shown on them as in they don’t have their own story arcs but in whatever that has been shown, I think they are genuinely good kids. They try to protect their mother by obeying their father the best they can. They are fiercely loyal as shown in the episode where they defended Se Ri. They aren’t twisted like Yeh Suh. They are just normal kids which is rare considering how dysfunctional the family and whole neighborhood is.

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      Yeah they did. Out of all the kids, those two I truly can’t stand.

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        I only like Yeh Bin but then again, she is one of the only characters I find realistic.

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    The directing is amazing. The way it shifts from drama to comedy is seamless!

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Sky Castle ep 16

The Worst

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    This leaves me without a doubt that Woo Joo isn’t the culprit. Yeah, not that I seriously thought he was. But I am sure Prof Kang’s words will come back and bite him very badly. This means Yeh Suh is very likely to be the one.

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      and I promptly changed my mind after watching Yeh Suh in the next scene. Hahaha!

      I really hope it’s not Yeh Bin. Why is there a box in there?

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        I dont think its Yesuh though. She is finally connecting the dots about Coach Kim’s sketchiness in ep 16. Will have to see how she acts on her suspicion. Huhu

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          She broke down again in the bathroom after reading nasty comments about Woo Joo – don’t think Coach Kim’s meditation is as effective as before. Woo Joo’s arrest is doing it in her head when she’s barely holding in that guilt she has for Hye Na.

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            I think this is what Coach Kim miscalculated – she thought she could fix Yeh Suh weak mindset, by making Hye Na and Woo Joo Yeh Suh’s driving force to get her head in the game, but that will be her demise. It worked in the past, doesn’t mean it works every time like a charm.

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    Revolting. I’m sick watching each and every scene of him. I don’t want him on my screen.

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      him and his family (excp Yebin)
      How can parents to be like that? It’s so scary…..
      I remember that last year, I red a news about 10 y’o girl must live at mentality hospital just because she can’t handle her private class schedule. She always mumbling in English and say sorry to her mom cause she can’t get perfect score for math.
      That’s really scary…..

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        Now that is nightmare. I hope Yeh Suh doesn’t turn that way 😵😵 tho after this week I’ve been wishing she doesn’t get into SNU.

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Sky Castle ep 15

Thoughts and potential spoilers in the comments.

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    My my, what an episode! If I sound repetitive, I probably am.

    I hung on to that thin thread of hope when Hye Na didn’t die on the spot but I forgot – this is Sky Castle. Show that defies the norm. So I once again went – ‘I can’t believe she died’.

    What I love most is how everyone derails in the aftermath. Including the Hwangs. It will deteriorate further in the coming episode since Woo Joo is now officially arrested and charged. More than a whodunit, I like that we get to see the behavior and reactions towards the tragedy.

    Now, about who murdered Hye Na, I am removing Woo Joo out of my suspect list. He looks too grieved? Prof Kang seems more suspicious. Maybe the show wanted to deceive but why was he not shocked by Hye Na’s calling him Dad. It seems like he already knew. Anyway, he’s a murderer. And he killed his own flesh and blood.

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      Yep I call him murderer right there in the hospital. That was totally inhumane. I can’t bear to watch when Woo Joo’s dad argues that she’s not that just some girl. I already knew he wouldn’t save her right then. I re-watched the scene where he rushed to the hospital from the restaurant – I thought he was on the phone regarding Hye Na’s case but nope, he was dealing with another hospital case that invovled the president’s………….. and of course he chose that case over life of the girl he’s been living with for some time. His reputation mattered to the end. I hope he gets no redemption.

      I’m so over guessing who did it lol. But I’ve been reading theories instead to feed my brain lol. People are still hell bent on making Woo Joo the bad guy here – one theory said Hye Na was actually mouthing “Woo Joo” instead of asking for water and that she was actually pointing out to her murderer than trying to cling on to Kang’s hand. They were also wondering why Woo Joo looked down over the balcony right away instead of searching around for Hye Na if he was supposed to meet her there?

      But one thing is clear from this episode – he still holds grudge over the death of his mom and he does blame his father for it. They don’t look like a perfect family as they seem to appear on the outside.

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        And omg Soo Jin – she’s soo stupid. 😖😖 If she ends up in jail for tampering the evidence, I would be glad to see her there. She doesn’t admit it but I feel like she’s accusing Yeh Suh of murder already and she’s started cleaning up after her mess. My gut is still telling me she didn’t do it. Coach Kim would have let Soo Jin listen to her confession if she did, but she only got that “I’m going to kill her” phrase in the bathroom recorded. When Ki Joon was bad mouthing her on how she can be normal like nothing happened in the class – if they only knew the nightmare she gets at night.

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          That bag of evidence was screaming loud and clear from the garbage truck, LOL! I’m sure it will come and bite her.

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            I was actually hoping that the bag rolled over, dropped, and did not leave the SKY Castle premises. It did look like it was gonna happen that way.

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        Also I don’t get this scene – the twins’ mom said “I’m hesitant to share this information, but Se Ri wasn’t the only one Hye Na fought” and then the scene switch to Woo Joo’s family. Like 🤔 what does she know and did she really tell on Woo Joo to the police?????

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          where’s this part?

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            It’s the scene before the switch to police interrogating Woo Joo’s fam. Before Woo Joo’s mom incredulously said impossible, he and Hye Na were close, the twins’ mom said that part. We didn’t get to see what she actually told the police?????? Now I’m dead curious.

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            Thanks!

            Hmmm….could be a red herring, I don’t know. Hopefully, we will get some answers in tonight’s ep. Then the dreadful wait again till next week!

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        “one theory said Hye Na was actually mouthing “Woo Joo” instead of asking for water”

        Yeah, that scene puzzled me. I would say viewers are over thinking but then, the scene seemed redundant if it’s otherwise. Still, everything else tells me it’s not Woo Joo.

        Nothing wrong about Woo Joo holding it against his father over the death of his mom. This are the kind of things buried in one’s mind and surfaces in traumatic times where accusations fly without restrain.

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          Yeah I don’t believe Woo Joo did it either. I just don’t see the motive there and I was devastated with him right there when he was holding his head and the medics came out of the ICU with Hye Na’s face covered. Augh that scene hurt.

          Anyways I mentioned in @larelle79 wall post there were too many things (once again) going on in this episode that it was so hard to find time to mourn and feel her death. I think I only felt it hard when Ye Bin cried for her. And then another shift of emotion again next scene 😑😑

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    Omo! The episode was a wild ride. I actually think Yesuh didnt do it. But mum thinks she did, and coach seems to fuel the fire.

    Speculation:
    For sure the culprit is not one the parents. And out of the kids, i rule out soohan and twins. The others are viable suspects. Seri fought with Hyena about Harvard. Yesuh is Hyena’s rival in all aspects. Woojoo is a bit far fetched, maybe its his way to test his father? To see how his dad will react, will he prioritize someone he knows or not? His mother did die similarly as Hyena Huhu. Yebin is also farfetched but she’s a good liar, i wont be surprised if YB is twisted after befriending Hyena.

    Anyways. Jinjin’s fam remain my favourite. Jinjin was surprisingly very nice and accepted Sujin’s apology. And i love how she tells everything to her husband, nothing is a secret between them. She held it in very hard. Hua3

    Seri is a piece of work. Why is she still living in prof Cha’s house? If she really wants to be disrespectful, move out and live on your own, and visit your parents once in a while. And mama cha is not really helping. I actually felt bad for prof Cha when he fought with seri.

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    In the thumbnail is it Prof Cha wearing prison uniform?

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      Exactly! That was my question too! I rewatched the video very carefully and see nothing similar except the part where Prof Cha was clowning behind the grill like partition.

      So did we spot the killer? I can’t imagine his motive though? By the way, how did he know that Se Ri fought with Hye Na? I really hope he isn’t the murderer.

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        I just rewatched – I believe his wife told him about it. After he yelled at her that they fought, twins mom was like – I told you that we’ll talk to her after she ate.

        But wow. I’m crossing my fingers he didn’t do it. Like. And he was so adamant about “people with higher education” and “model student” are the least suspects……….. 😵😵😵

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      GASSSP!!!! What is this. Why is the thumbnail like that. Did they give away a spoiler by accident 🤯 thanks for your eagle eye hehe

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        it’s just the editing team having fun, look at 4:15 it looks like he’s a prisoner, they use some editing to fit his previous character in Goblin but in the thumbnail they make him look like a prisoner.
        Just like the thumbnail of a previous bts where he was like Seri with long hair and Harvard clothes haha x) .

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Memories of The Alhambra

I promise this is not a shitpost(Like why should I try to be funnier than @sicarius? I just can’t) nor my diss on Hee Joo.

I have a theory – Hee Joo is *drumsrollllllllllllllllllllll* THE VILLAIN!

What if this girl is actually the smartest in the world? All those crying are just faked and used to fool Jin Woo!
Hee Joo struggled to make ends meet. Her debts are piling, Spanish loansharks are worse than those in Seoul. She’s also fed up that her brother See Joo is not helping to share her burden. Instead, he holed himself all day long in his room playing his silly games. That little twerp! After all, it was Hee Joo who introduced him to the world of gaming. Now, she’s working her butt off with no time to play. In reality, Hee Joo is an advanced player and coding genius, more than See Joo . Those years of guitar practicing sharpened her mind and mental dexterity.

Fed up with his addiction, Hee Joo decided to hack into See Joo’s computer. The smart ass that she is, Hee Joo quickly got up to speed on what’s going on. She also knew that lil bro met Hyung Seok. However, big sis got another idea. Why not that smug ass Yoo Jin Woo? After all, man married twice and a starlet on the second time, he must be weak! She immediately took over See Joo’s game, and got into action.

That faked call to Jin Woo, See Joo’s disappearance soon after was all planned. By Hee Joo. She’s the Master or Mistress if you will. Next step, lure Jin Woo to Granada. Make him lose his mind. Make him trust her and nobody else. 10 Billion Won you say? Ha! Not enough! She wants more. Eventually everyone and everything will be in her hands.

All this while, Hee Joo plays the part of a hapless girl who cries at the drop of a hat. She ‘falls in love’ with Jin Woo, gives him her devotion, vaguely remembers her lil bro(who she secretly packed off to Timbaktu without a phone). She also plays a double role – Emma. Oh sweet Emma!
Emma:
You can do it (play till you die, idiot!)
I will wait for you(to collect your billions, *evil laughs*)

We are mistaken.
She isn’t just a potted plant.
She is a carnivorous one.

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    I am surprised because a few days earlier I thought that after writing such a weak heroine, SJJ, the writer should use tears as a tool where her next fl uses them to manipulate people. You took it to the level and I hope now she writes this instead.

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    omg i would love this twist so much

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    Emma’s stare at the end just cracked me up. This is wonderful.

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    yes!!!!!! please become a drama-writer.

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    If you’re correct I might actually pick it back up.

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    Rather than have her be the genius programmer, have her be a genius another way — getting all the top programmers/hackers to do what she wants by smiling at them if the comply and crying if they don’t 🙂

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    I said this earlier that maybe SJ and HJ are in this together to get money from the game. And maybe emma or HJ is the overload of everything haha

    Imagine the betrayal JW will feel though. Yikes 🤣

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    In all seriousness, this will be a very clever twist. And with 4 eps left, the writer definitely has enough time to pull this off. Just imagine the level of betrayal and suffering Jin-woo has to go through. (Why does Alhambra making me so bloodthirsty?)

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      I have dropped the show but watched some clips and read the recaps. This idea came to me when in the latest episode, it has become much less likely that Prof Cha is the villain. So who’s the one? Is it Director Park? Some even suggested Sang Beom. Both to me are dead boring.
      That’s where the idea of the least likely person came to mind. I thought it would even answer some of the questions that left me scratching my head like:
      – why Hee Joo is so passive about finding See Joo and leaving it to Jin Woo
      – why Hee Joo fell in love with Jin Woo so rapidly and hanging onto him

      Everyone is asking what’s the purpose of Hee Joo? If this is the answer, we have been trolled by writer, LOL!

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    Hehehehehehehe *claps*

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Sky Castle Whodunit

Read in comments

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    Is it
    1) Mi Hyang
    2) Yeh Suh
    3) Prof Kang
    4) Coach Kim
    5) Yeh Bin
    6) Woo Joo
    7) If you can top it with someone more incredible than no. 6)

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      I wouldn’t count out WooJoo or even Cha family yet;) isn’t the scene of the murder in the future? The older children are in 11th grade, with full year before uni exams? Which would made them 17/18, and on WooJoo birthday cake the age candle was 19? Episode 14 already suggested that, he isn’t exactly what we see, so who knows what happens in a year.

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        Yes. There are lots of theories going around. And one of them is woojoo is not as nice as he seems~ huuu

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        I was just wondering the same thing. Why is he 19 yo? Is it really a time jump or not?

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        That was the most subtle time jump ever! I had to rewind and replay that segment.

        I am surprised Hye Na managed to stay for so much longer after that latest outburst.

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        Oh guys, keep in mind though, 19 is the Korean age. Meaning it is 17-18 in our age. Usually Koreans graduate highschool around 19-20 years old depending if they have early or late birthday. So it isn’t really a time
        jump per se.

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        But I do have a concern over the fact that Hye Na’s hair length changes. Her hair seemed shorter on the exam day and when she found out that she’s second in place. And then her hair seemed longer again at the cliffhanger 🤔

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      Right now Mi Hyang or Yeh Suh are the one with motive to do it, but if it’s one of them I think there would be no surprise at all. Yeh Bin doesn’t have the motive and the energy to push Hye Na, so it won’t be her. Right now I put my bet on Woo Joo because so far his character seems to be so flat, so I’m thinking the twist for him is on its way. I’m not sure if I like that kind of twist.

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        Yeah, right now Yeh Suh and her mom are only logical choices, but with time jump, who knows what happened during that year, and who else Hye Na put in murderous mood.

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        Woo Joo might snapped thinking that Hye Na used him for her purposes. Who else would have invited her to go up that tower and she went happily so.

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      My thoughts:
      1) Mi Hyang – I think she’s all bark and no bite. Nasty as hell but I don’t think she can kill someone. She has many opportunities to throw Hye Na out or kill her, why wait till now? Maybe Hye Na made another demand and again threaten to reveal all on social media? Something in MH just snapped. Still, I think unlikely.
      2) Yeh Suh – she might be desperate enough since she doesn’t want her cheating to be exposed. Assuming she’s still under the influence of Coach Kim, girl might have become even more cray.
      3) Prof Kang – maybe he finally found out that Hye Na is his daughter and wish to get rid of her to save his reputation. Especially now that he’s made Chief of Planning. But he seems to cowardly to kill someone like this. Maybe he will call his mother to do the dirty job.
      4) Coach Kim – this woman is mad. Nothing is impossible.
      5) Yeh Bin – did she find out that Hye Na has been using her all along and snapped? Physically, she seems to small sized to push Hye Na off.
      6) Woo Joo – This one! I was shocked to see theories abound on the web regarding this chap. Well, who knows?
      7) Prof Cha – guy lost his marbles after Se Ri’s incident. Naaaa…

      Everyone tells lies according to the OST so nothing is as it seems to be.

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        At whose house did hyena fall from?

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          If I am not mistaken, the previous scene was the cake cutting which took place in Woo Joo’s house. However, the interior of the place where she was walking doesn’t quite look like Woo Joo’s mom’s decor. Also, it doesn’t look like a place she is very familiar with so it can’t be Mi Hyang’s place.

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          Hmm interesting. I thought the facade looked like she fell from Woo Joo’s, but now I have to go back to make sure it’s actually his house. Or perhaps someone else’s.

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          The building looks like the library.

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        Woo Joo will be such a surprise twist. I noted that he too seems to
        Walk on eggshells with Hye Na. The more he hangs, I think the more he sees she’s not black and white. And I feel like he brushes this off cuz he likes her. I don’t know why and but we seem hell bent to see that he’s not as perfect as appears hey???? I wonder if that statement that he ran away before because he and his stepmom fought a lot had more story to it than what we’re being shown.

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        I wouldn’t put past it any teenager, after all at that age they are more emotions than brain, even those smart ones like Hye Na, she thinks that she has all that revenge plot figured out, but in confrontation with Mi Hyang she clearly out of depth, shame there isn’t any adult in her life that would recognize how toxic this current arrangement is for her and remove her. Yeh Suh seems to reach her teenage rebellion phase thank to Coach Kim and she hated Hye Na even before, but now not only she her rival in school but in house and in love, it could too much to stomach for her.

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      Let’s add Hwang to the mix as well. What is said to Kang in the elevator was absolutely chilling.

      The facade left the minute he wrote that article. He is truly vindictive.

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      Mr. Jo. LOL idk. Maybe he will do some dirty work for Coach Kim.

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Sky Castle Ep 14

CRAY CRAY CRAY to the MAX! This drama pulls no punches.

I’ve told myself to expect anything yet I didn’t see that coming.

I love it when a show gives details which matter. Not drop them like crumbs which lead to nowhere or even forgotten.

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    Ep 14 was amazing. So many things happening. So many questions asked a d answered.

    The ending was unexpected 🤯.

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      I can’t help comparing this drama with MoTA – how this one does almost everything right and MoTA is messing up badly.

      No one runs around in this drama like a headless chicken nor questions tossed and never get answered. The Candy girl is far from bland and what did they do with her? *Splat* No fairy tale ending of getting acknowledged by Rich Dad nor did she wait for her Prince Charming to solve her problems.

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        Right and there’s actually a plot to follow and we don’t get tossed and turned by the events just because the writer says so. There is a story to the twist. It’s backed up with logic. Hye Na’s death (errr if she did die that is, but really who can survive that height) makes more sense plot wise cuz she stepped into the world of chaebols in hopes she too can get her own happy ending. She played the role of manipulating b.tch to survive, but not enough. It’s a great representation of reality that these big wigs get away with and it needs to be put in a limelight and puts a stop to it. I hope she does not die in vain, and that Woo Joo mom steps up again to unveil what went on. Too bad she’s no detective, so I want to see how far can her writing get.

        Secretary Seo’s death was totally unnecessary and I personally felt like it was a ploy to toy with our emotions. I’m over this writer who changes her own plot just because she can. She did that with W when she made a decision to reset her story (ie the plot twist to make her male lead have a freaking amnesia 😒) I should have know better than put my trust in her.

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          Re: survival rate, that’s Kdrama after all, people here survived worse 😉 so we can have hopes for another medical miracle.

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            😂😂 Right. K-Drama and Marvel/DC Comics really are no different with how high their survival rate is. Everyone just doesn’t die 😭

            Anyways, serious mode on, I feel like it will be less dramatic if Hye Na actually survives that fall. She’ll be able to pin point her murderer, and I feel like it doesn’t bode that well given how this drama has been dropping real bombs episode per episode and what we saw each cliffhanger was never an illusion that their situation gets better. I feel like it would be inconsistent had she made it alive. Not that I don’t want to survive this, but like, sigh, Whatever I’m rambling and not making so much sense.

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            @13infamyss, no I totally get it, I want too, Hye Na to survive, because she is my favourite atypical heroine, but on the other hand for the sake of show integrity I want her dead.

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    After seeing that dead fly and what happened, is it wrong I kind of chuckled because people do drop like flies in that community.

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      To be fair, this is only the 2nd death. I must say it shocked me though. Just like how they killed off Young Jae’s mom in the first episode. I couldn’t believe the woman took a rifle out there in the snow and blew her brains out.

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        The 2nd death that we, the viewer have seen. Why we only see 4 families, the community is a bit large.

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          I never thought about that. Maybe enough craziness to go around?

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          That is true. Perhaps that kid who killed himself before Young Jae’s story was a resident of SKY Castle too. Otherwise how is his father and Young Jae’s father friends. They’re all doctors. Now that I think of it, maybe that family too was from that community.

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            Coach Kim prepare specifically for SNU medical school, so maybe that’s why, and seems that this doctor families are hell bent to have every children of their to become doctor too.

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    And what struck me was narrative, when Coach Kim asked SuaH if parents will be able to love children who aren’t perfect and don’t live to expectation and camera showed Seri and her mother trying to reconnect through something normal like mother-daughter shopping, and it remind me of all the flashbacks of abuse Young Jae’s parents put him through when he got less than perfect grades.

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      Which is why I was surprised he went to find his father (I guess anything to twist the narrative to get the investigation into Tutor Kim going by Woo joo’s Mom). I mean, the man was going to shoot him at one time when he was a teenager. There are just some things that would justify not being forgiven.

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        I think it’s hard to determine how much a child can forgive their parent.

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          You are so right. I can see it as him evaluating things after time apart. They both lost someone important and need to lean on one another right now. I hope that was not the last we see of them now they are reunited because their storyline was really interesting.

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            I am watching Children of Nobody at the same time. It’s interesting to see how one parent who is a advocate against child abuse actually abused her own child. Yet she cannot see it as such.
            Unconditional love may exist but it’s always more complicated. There’s expectations, projecting your goals onto the child and even desiring the best for the child at whatever price.

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            I am reading great things about Children of Nobody from you all and I will watch it one day. I just need a break.

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            This! This was why although I found their reunion touching, I wish we were shown what made Young Jae come back to his dad. I wish we knew how the reconciliation happened.

            @outofthisworld I agree with your statement – “I think it’s hard to determine how much a child can forgive their parent”. We’ve seen this happened with Se Ri and Prof Cha too. After she outed her true feelings and that she didn’t want to be the kind of daughter he wants her to be, I thought for sure she would ran away from home. That she would cut ties with him cuz she’s tired living for his dreams. But what did she do instead? She had a nice getaway with her mom, then she still went back home, knelt before her father and asked for his forgiveness. At the end of the day, her love for her family made her come back and want to reconcile with her dad.

            Speaking of Se Ri – love love that scene from ep 13 when she walked away from her fight with Suh Joon. I honestly thought that she made such a fraudulent crime because she isn’t scared of her dad. She isn’t scared of the fact that her dad will go nuts once this big fat lie gets out in the open. But man, when she turned and walked away after she said she’d figure out a plan, her face betrayed her fierce composure. Gaaaah she does fear what’s about to happen and how much the truth will break her family.

            And then cut to her plan – send a confession text to her dad, lol. Well at least Prof Cha learned it directly from her and not from anybody else.

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          If child was raised in such an environment that parents constantly rammed into his head that their abuse is sign of love, it will be hard for him to reject them or call it what it is.

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        Yes, he wrote in his diary how much he hate his parents, but his mother’s death clearly broke him further, and she committed suicide after reading his diary, that was one unhealthy family.

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This scene is bulls***

I hate Jinwoo here. Yeah, I get that he has been driven to the edge and needs all the affirmation he can get but the writer is selling this as romantic. Now, that is just wrong.
This girl has practically given up her life for you and even her little brother. We know it’s because she’s irrational and dumb a.k.a. damsel in love. And you still need her to prove to you? Love or madness?

Writer-nim, do us a favor. Viewers don’t need an excuse for a kiss scene. Well, if you can’t think of a good one, skip it altogether. Don’t even try.

On a different note. I think PSH did good in this scene. She looked as uncomfortable as she should be. Heck, how is this romantic? Guy looks like Hyun Bin but is actually a zombie trying to suck the life force out of her. No wonder she leaned backwards instinctively.

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    God even their first kiss is entirely about him. Man I’m glad I dropped this.

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      It was terrible LT! 😢 I cannot believe this is the romance the show is promoting – he’s a game and drug addict at this point, unemployed, twice divorced, limping, murder suspect, just lost his friend (Sec Seo who died helping him) — and she’s supposed to be this paragon of virtue who is standing steadfast by his side as he goes through this difficult phase of his life. 🙄 Never mind that he lied to her about her brother for a year (yes she knows) and that brother is still missing. I’m just…UGH.

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        Every weary soldier needs solace, GF.

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        And I still don’t see why there’s any romantic feeling at all. Is it because he gave her 10 bn won? Or is it because she grew attached while she took care/babied this person she didn’t know, a year ago. Or is it because she saw him fall down those stairs? I really dont get it. The history doesn’t justify this at all.

        In fact what the show tells us is that this guy falls in love with her BECAUSE she stayed with him and he too, is awed by her devotion.

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    It just didn’t make sense to me either. I do hope this writer is not losing the idea he/she did with W last year.
    And Hyun Bin looked so washed out and exhausted. Was he supposed to look that way?

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      W didn’t make me so angry. I couldn’t follow the plot and gave up after a while.

      This drama invokes stronger reaction. Usually if a show is meh, I just drop it without much ado. I don’t know if it’s because I liked the initial episodes quite a lot or that this whole Hee Joo thing annoyed me so much.

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      Yeah. After everything Jin Woo went through, Hyun Bin should be looking that exhausted in that scene. In fact I was disappointed by how perfectly washed and combed and soft and stylish his hair was – everything else seemed on point

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        I was quite distracted by how perfect his hair stayed, but there wasn’t even a 5 o’clock shadow for god’s sake. His face looked wan and washed out – but the rest didn’t fit.
        This show has been fun since the beginning, but today I found myself disappointed and wondering where the story is going.

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    I disliked JW from the beginning of this ep. After he ran away wanting to complete the ‘quest’ and not meeting Seo’s family at all. Then he jumped to Korea, and threw a hissyfit and went totally cray2 and start throwing punches. Then he returned to be alcoholic. And then he was self absorbed wanting proof from HJ. What on earth.

    JW became unlikeable to me in ep 11. Even HB’s dimples can’t change it. Huuuu

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      Anyone else hoping he doesn’t survive the game?

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      It’s not that he ran-away, it is that he is a man of action… it is of no use to stay and hear the family of secretary Soe cry and throw a tantrum at him, when he is exhausted himself.

      JW wanting to finish the quest so urgently is his coping mechanism (he is surviving like a soldier who can’t afford to feel anything, except remain focused on finding Se Joo who could possibly hold the key to the crazy game, or beating the game in order to survive). I wonder when the testers will get to level 4… JW’s warnings are falling on deaf ears.

      I didn’t like him going back to drinking, but it seems that he is just so exhausted. He knows that once they turn the servers back on, he will be back in the game. It doesn’t matter if he was fired, he is not in the game because he wants to be, but because he is stuck.

      It seems that in the preview, JW will make professor Cha his ally, because that is the only way to prove that he is not crazy and that the game is dangerous… which means that professor Cha’s life will be in danger now.

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        He needs to meet the family not to cry with them, but at least show some respect to the family members. Have a decency of a human being. He is not a game character, he talks about family, but he doesnt evem comfort Seo’s family when he claimed Seo is a brother to him.

        He can resume playing after that. Whats the rush? The servers are down anyway. Not that him rushing to korea made any difference whatsoever 🤷🏻‍♀️

        JW is too rushed. He needs to stop, analyze and think. But he doesnt. And never had ever since he played this game. He doesnt hear what others tell him but pushes others to listen to him huhu

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    Do we know if Jin Woo ever sat down with anyone and told the whole story from the start and what happened when he played the game? I know his secretary was there so he must have known.
    But it looks like JW just tells people “I have to play…” but hasn’t explained what is going on in the game.
    Maybe if he did that then they wouldn’t be so fast to think he was crazy. I mean, this IS an AR game.
    I think more than anything that is what has bothered me the most – his lack of communication and expecting everyone to follow his orders without explaining anything.
    Imagine how the story would have been if he told all the developers what happened and they could have helped. Or if Director (now CEO) Park had played the game with him.
    sigh. all those ‘what could have been’ moments…

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Why did I ditch this to pick up Memories of Alhambra?

I was in a major slump when I first watched Children of Nobody when show started. Then I went for my 2 weeks vacation. When I came back, fanwall posts were all gushing on Memories of Alhambra so I forgot Children of Nobody and went soak myself in dimples(that’s a great excuse!)

Fast forward to present – I am so done with MoTA although I still squee over dimples. As a thriller or whatever the genre is, Children of Nobody is gripping. I am just half way through. Seeing all the fanwall posts about twists, mind blowing stuff makes me want to watch as quickly as I can and be current.

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We All Lie

Daebak OST from Sky Castle. Can’t wait for the weekend!

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    🎵 Shout it out !
    What you want for the world 🎵
    More daebak dramas like SKY castle 🤗😎!

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    Amazing OST. I hear this song and I get chills.

    I hear this song and I get sad too cuz I know the episode is ending at a cliffhanger again….

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    It sounds great until I try to listen to lyrics🤦🏻‍♀️

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This scream was entirely silent but so so powerful in getting the message across.

Just when I wonder how the show can top itself, Sky Castle does it again. Rating hit 12.3% and things are derailing so fast that I can’t catch my breath.

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    Is it too late to watch the show? I know 12 ep have passed but will i be able to amke any sense of it if I just watch the last 4 episodes? Lel. I clearly made the wrong drama choice for the weekend.

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      You need to start from the 1st episode. I binge watch the first 8 episodes in less than 5 days.

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      The show is 20 episodes, actually.

      Just watch from the beginning!

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Rush job.

This year’s attempt at Christmas log cake failed – it was supposed to be a vertical, not horizontal cut. Either I didn’t do the maths when I read the recipe or maybe I just needed a video to show how it’s done. Hope it tastes better than it looks.

Durian Log Cake
Asian theme Christmas party

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    Durian log cake?? Impressive & bold & I want it!

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    @outofthisworld your baking skills are something I wish my mom had (she does not know how to bake and could not find the time to learn). Your baking always fascinates me

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      Thank you for your kind words. I am sure your mom is a good cook even though she doesn’t bake. I can’t really cook or rather I don’t get to do it much.

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        The best part about mom;s cooking is that its really healthy. She never puts too much oil

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I have not watched ep 7 but reading fanwall posts made me pause, She did it again.

The answer could be that Hee Joo is already in the game. This maybe like Inception – a game within the game. And just like how Cha Hyung Seok dies over and over again, there is a certain glitch in Hee Joo’s character.

Now if this is true, the question is when did it start? What is real and what isn’t? What is going to be Jin Woo’s spinning top at the end of the show? Maybe Hee Joo’s crying? If she does, he’s still in the game. If she doesn’t, it’s HURRAY!

Christmas wish – Level 10 Player Hee Joo. No fears no tears.

cr: asfirstsnow tumblr gif

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    I understand her crying this time. She’s angry. Her brother has been missing for more than a year and someone who knows (or sort of) what happened to her brother covered it, deceived her and took advantage of the situation. If I were Hee-joo I would try to find a way to sue Jin-woo and J-One.

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      Yup, her tears are totally warranted this time. I can fully understand it, and it’s for his brother (who should be her priority) instead of some stranger she only met a few days before.

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      She’s not proactive or feisty enough to sue JW. She maintained a year emailing her brother eventhough she knew it wasnt him 🤷🏻‍♀️. She waited until JW came to meet her to get clarification. I feel that HJ pities JW more than she’s angry with him. She should have been angrier about the whole situation.

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        Exactly, why keep emailing him back when she was suspecting him? I’m still waiting for something to happen for her character but she keeps being dull and crying 😩

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          Didn’t she say she recently figured out. Not sure when. Or even how? A valid conclusion would have been ‘does Jin woo know details about my brother and what is he hiding’. Thinking Jin woo is writing emails seem a bit far fetched.

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      Yeah. This time I didn’t mind. There was good reason. She is angry that someone deceived her and her brother and it is possible her brother is dead.

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What’s worse than a wooden actor?

One with too many micro facial expressions or one whose face exaggerates every single emotion.

Sigh It makes watching so tiring.

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    Just curious, who is this in reference to?

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      I had one specific actor in mind when I wrote this but unfortunately, it does apply to more than one. Most of these actors are super popular and get raves for great acting. I suppose their style just doesn’t sit well with me. Different strokes for different folks.

      Maybe my nerves were raw when I was watching MotA last night. Hee Joo – PSH’s character made me want to throttle her. I was of course being unreasonable. Rationally, I will admit it is the writer and PD who made the character such a piece of work. It doesn’t help though that PSH seems to gravitate to such characters.

      Perhaps given with a character who is without guile or color, PSH might be over compensating by acting out each emotion be it small or big but I can do without all those eyes widening, mouth agape and trembling.

      If you are her fan, I apologize for offending however unintentional.

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        No offense taken! I’m not very familiar with her work (other than seeing her in a few episodes of Doctors) but do know she gets a lot of criticism. From what little I’ve seen, she can definitely improve in certain areas. I do think it seems to be more her role in MotA. Her character definitely seems to be written to be there as a support for the male lead.

        By the way, I haven’t seen the last couple episodes yet. The reviews of them aren’t really making it all that enticing anyways.

        Either way, I hope there comes a point in the drama where PSH can step up her acting game. Or that her characters gets a moment to shine (which doesn’t seem likely).

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          Does she get a lot of criticism? I admit I didn’t try to search but whatever I have read, I haven’t come across any critical review of her work , it’s either her fans who love her to bits or anti-fans who bash her.

          I just hope that her character improves or stay in the background

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            I’m still fairly new to K-dramas, but I have seen people criticize her acting at least a bit. And not in reference to just one drama but her other works as well. But like you said, it could just be people who don’t like her in general and don’t even give her acting a shot.

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Ashes of Love
That face when the Hero gets smacked by her adorable pigtail, I am a goner.
Thanks for making me laugh so that I’ll be ready for the tears.
gif cr: weibo-talk.blogspot

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Weekend bake – Tau Sar Piah(mung bean flaky pastry)
Last year, someone gifted my husband a box of tau sar piah from Penang. It wasn’t from the famous shop but a hasty purchase at the airport. While we appreciated the good gesture, it wasn’t so for the pastry. It was stale(not near expiry date though) and quite inedible. I thought I could do better at making it myself. Verdict – nowhere near the famous Penang Tambun of course but at least they are fresh and tasty.

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Pandan Kaya(custard) Cake
I’ve been wanting to make this cake. Not too difficult, just needs a bit more time because of the custard layers. Pandan or screwpine is a popular plant whose leaves are commonly used in Asian cooking. I love the aroma and taste. This cake has no artificial flavoring or colors.

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I had a terrible day. My dear son messed up one of his exam papers. It was like all the years of cramming and money spent on tuition went to waste. I needed a drama but I couldn’t find one. After finishing 30 but 17, I found myself in a slump again. For some reason, I decided to watch Voice of China the latest season. I followed the first few seasons and have been blown away by some amazing talents.

I rarely come across Chinese music clips post on DB so here’s one. I love this Tibetan singer at 55:52. I have always like traditional music of the minority people of China and this is a fantastic example of the type I love. Check it out.

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    Really loved the music.

    And *big big big hugs*

    Hope all will be ok. 💖 Love to you and your family.

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    I know you in pain but can I tell you that your son might be in much pain than you are. We all make mistakes but we learn from them. As a mother I know you expect more from your kids but at times it just doesn’t work out the way you want to, kids will behave differently than you expect them too. Right now he is sad about flunking the exams and more sad for disappointing his parents.

    I know it’s not easy and not my place but can I dare ask if you can console him? He will feel a lot better and hopefully in the near future your son will grow up to be a great person you will be proud of….

    I’m sorry I rambled a lot…

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      Don’t be sorry @feenah9895 You are right that my son could be feeling worse than I do despite his nonchalance. The story is more complicated. The mistake was made not because he lack preparation, knowledge or skill. Nor was it carelessness. He took a risk, did something he had been told not to, with a mistaken notion that it would still be fine. This was why it angered me. If he lacked the ability, I would have reacted differently.

      He wouldn’t admit it but I think he must be regretting his action more than I do.

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        Yea he won’t but he regrets it the most….I’m sure next time he won’t take a risk anymore. He will always do what was asked of him.. I hope with time you will get over it…

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    I read your post and thought that “oh that’s how my mum would’ve felt when I messed the important exam a few years back.” I honestly, never thought that she would’ve felt bad about this too. But things fall in place eventually and maybe this was supposed to happen to land him where he is meant to be. Good luck to your boy. I am sure he is feeling worse now. These things can have a really negative effect on a child’s self esteem later.

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    Is it his psle? I hope both of you feel better soon ❤️

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    I sincerely wish things will be ok for you and your son. I hope you feel better soon.

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    I’m sure that your son is feeling worse . The fact that he took a risk will teach him a lesson for years to come.

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My Favourite Things in 30 But 17
1) The love Yoo Chan and Woo Jin have for each other.
2) A childhood love trope which I actually like.
3) Seo Ri is awesome and so is Shin Hye Sun.
4) Paeng is cute but Yang Se Jong is thepuppy.
5) Woo Jin crying like a proud mama when Chan won the race.
6) Mini Chan wins the Best Child Crying ever.
7) Children & Chickens grow up too fast.
8) Teenagers are always hungry. I can attest to that.
9) Chick Junior didn’t land in hot soup.
10) Jennifer’s cooking.
11) Hee Soo is The Boss.
12) You are your worst enemy as Kim Tae Rin found out.
13) You can cook, clean and keep the house in STYLE. This is drama, my real life tells me.
14) When one door closes, another opens.
15) What if… is sad.
16) Please call me Jennifer Best line ever.
17) Don’t Think, F-I-L!

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    I’m going to copy your post and keep it somewhere as a checklist of reminders for myself. 😀

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    Love your list!
    Although for most teens, I would encourage something more in line of:
    “F-I-L, don’t overthink (but do think about it a little bit before you act)”

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    I’m liking this list! 🙂

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    I just finished this yesterday! I love it! And your list!

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      So did I! I thought you were up to speed with the show. I binge watch it in a week, I love it!

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        I had to take a break, but finished last 4 episodes while on a plane last weekend! I still have to add a couple things to the recaps at some point.

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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival or Chuseok to beanies! 中秋节快乐

As a child, I have fond memories of walking around the neighborhood in the night, carrying my lantern. Each year, I’d get to choose a different lantern. I remember being fond of the ones which comes in animal shapes and were fashioned with wires. They were wrapped in multi-colored cellophane . However, the best part is lighting the candle because we don’t usually get to play with that.

These days, most children’s lanterns are battery operated and the bulb comes encased in inflatable plastic. When my kids were younger, I bought them the traditional cellophane ones with real candles. It was a blast. They had a hard time keeping the lantern lit because a gust of wind would easily blow the flame out. Or they were too unsteady holding them and the lanterns caught fire.

Mooncakes prices have overrun inflation. It’s exorbitant to say the least. A box of 4 can cost USD40 for the basic flavors. I think the trend of giving them as corporate gifts to business associates gave rise to this phenomenon. Needless to say, restaurants, bakeries and hotels jumped onto the wagon happily.

These were mooncakes I made previously. This year, I had no time to take pictures before they were consumed.

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    *cries* They’re so lovely, and so are your memories! Thanks for sharing!

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    中秋节快乐! Those are beautiful!

    Alas, growing up in the US and with working immigrant parents, I only saw lanterns through dramas. LOL

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      Thank you!

      Are the lanterns available where you are now? I loved festive occasions when I was a kid. As I got older, they became less significant. These days, however the importance of preserving traditions and such has returned. We should try putting up lanterns, enjoy mooncakes and sip Chinese tea under the full moon during this festival.

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        Yes, we are pretty close to Chinatown and lots of other Asian markets. I totally agree with preserving traditions. We never get to see the full moon where I’m at coz it’s ALWAYS foggy. Next year I’ll at least work on the lanterns. I’ll share some stories tonight with the kids! Hope you enjoy your celebration!

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      Sammeeeeeeeeee
      I learn most about Chinese culture through the movies I watch with my parents.

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    Looks good! Ah I miss those times where I would light candles and burn the wax on my hands. I think part of my childhood memory might involve burning my traditional lantern away too. I love my cellophane lantern too! Not to mention those fire crackers, those that are safe to light here. How I wished I went down to play today, but had to work instead

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      By fire crackers, do you mean sparklers? Yeah, they are great fun, aren’t they?

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        YES. My Cousin once lit the entire bunch up. It was a pretty sight 😂

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        yes! i miss playing sparklers at the beach during my teenage days!

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    Those are beautiful

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    Theyre so pretty! I think I got to have a lantern only once or twice as a kid, before I stopped participating in the (few) events held by the Chinese community.

    My mom has kept buying, gifting and receiving mooncakes every year around this time though. Every year she convinces me to try them (“theyre different this year!”) and every year I get tricked into trying them… and almost every year I end up disliking them, but feeling bad about taking a piece so I end up eating the whole piece anyway.

    Sadly those precious mooncakes are wasted on this westernized child.

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      I am impressed, you ate the whole piece? The ones in the picture above are mini sized. Usually they are about three times bigger. For those and especially the lotus paste traditional types, I would cut into quads or even 8 pieces. I do know of people who love them and eat an entire piece.

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        We cut them in 4 pieces too! I meant I ate the piece I took which was a quarter of the entire thing (still… quite big), not the entire mooncake. I think one of those constitutes a full meal!!

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    中秋节快乐!Wow looks yummy! Are they snowskin?
    I grew up with cellophane lanterns as well, (my parents have nv gotten me a battery operated one before) and picking a lantern becomes THE decision of the festival.
    Nowadays the focus have changed to which hotels have the best mooncakes 😂, but it was a pretty sight to see children carrying their lanterns and playing with sparklers last night beneath the bright moon.

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      Yes, they are snowskin. We have shops that sell all ingredients including premixes and mooncake fillings so it’s very easy to make them. My family prefers snowskin rather than the more traditional ones.
      I think battery operated lanterns are more suitable for younger kids like toddlers. Most children like the fun of real candles. The glow is different too, they look much prettier to me.

      It tickles me to see hotels trying to outdo each other in coming out with new flavors or exotic ones. I must admit though that some of the packaging are so beautiful.

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        They are prettier indeed.
        And gosh the mooncake boxes are really getting so exquisite… it could be the reason why the mooncakes are getting so expensive😂.

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          I don’t have discerning taste so it’s all wasted. Forget about the ones filled with truffles or XO, let’s just take the Maoshanwang durian mooncake for example. For SGD75, I’d rather buy the actual durian. Anyway, I bought the MSW puree and made lots of these snowskin mooncakes with it -unadulterated, pure durian filling.

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