Beanie level: Chaebol’s poor doppelganger

Red Moon, Blue Sun ep 31-32
Guys, all I want to know is-
Is it THAT easy to hypnotize a person? Simply by tapping a pen and talking in a soothing voice?

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    When the bell rings you will wake up and not remember this…
    ding

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      *confused*
      🤔 Or am I not confused?
      OHHH, that might’ve been the writer’s goal all along! I was confused enough by the final episodes anyway, due to the Reverse Psychology and the Reverse-reverse psychology she pulled.
      *shakes head and goes to sleep.*

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A notif for ALL the book lovers, young beanies, and adult beanies who still love reading youth novels. Because this TOTES sounds like an innovative sci-fi/mythology Kdrama in the form of a BOOK!! Color me eager!😁🤩
DRAGON PEARL BY YOON HA LEE
Well for me, this means a lot more than what I’ve already said. Because the PJO and HoO series basically shaped more than half my youth and Kdramas shaped more than a quarter (And I’m unashamed to say it aloud!😄), this book sounds like the PERFECT blend! Best of both worlds! A love child!(lol)
Actually, I didn’t love the idea of Rick Riordan hiring other writers and launching a line of other-myths-books, mainly because it seemed like milking cash cows and also murking/unnecessarily complexing up HIS universe he built for years and made us fell in love with. I still think so. Plus I gave a go to the Indian myth book which I dropped after only few chapters. And I NEVER drop books(😋). But this…this I can’t ignore, for obvious reasons. After all, we beanies are already tempered and burned by so many bad Kdramas, so trying this book won’t do any harm, right?
And you guys do not have to have even heard of Rick Riordan in order to read this book! His books and this can be treated unrelated by the readers who’re not familiar with the PJO universe!
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Here are some interesting quotes by Yoon Ha Lee ’bout the book.
RICK: I’m fascinated by the way you wove Korean mythology into a space opera. Did you grow up with stories about fox spirits, dragons, and goblins?

YOON: I did! I spent half my childhood in South Korea, and I had Korean storybooks about mythological creatures, and I liked reading folklore and folktales. Also, my parents would sometimes tell stories to my sister and me. They had this frustrating habit of telling me half of one and then saying, “Well, I don’t remember how it ended . . .”
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RICK: Your main character, Min, is cunning and deceptive, as a fox should be. Would you call her an anti-hero?

YOON: I think that’s a fair description, yes. She’s clever and determined, but her main solution to trouble is to lie or trick her way out of it!
Sounds like one of our favourite Kdrama heroine types, yes?
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RICK: Your characters’ powers—shape-shifting, Charm, controlling weather—are so cool. If you could conjure any snack food with Sujin’s magic spork, what would it be?

YOON: For pure Korean junk food, I would have to go with shrimp crackers. My grandfather used to give me pocket change to buy some from the corner store in Seoul
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Here’s the full interview:
https://www.readriordan.com/2018/12/11/rick-yoon-and-dragon-pearl-exclusive-interview/

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Part 2
The best (former)kiddie actresses who played Princesses
1. Three Kims. Obviously.
2. Jin Ji-hee
3. Park Eun-bin
4. Shim Eun-kyung
5. Lee Se-young
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Who sadly didn’t get a chance. Too old now.
1. Kim Hyang-gi
2. Seo Shin-ae
3. Nam Ji-hyun (well she was technically the princess in QSD, but I’m talking about costumes and the whole package)

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    In my sageuk fangirl opinion, Moon Geun-young was the ultimate young sageuk royalty before everyone on this list came along (Empress Myeongseong (2001). She is still the youngest to ever win a Daesang award and she won with a sageuk role.

    I’d say Kim Yoo-jung is the most experienced among the young sageuk starlets with Shim Eun-kyung, Park Eun-bin, Jin Ji-hee, Kim So-hyun, Nam Ji-hyun….
    Kim Sae-ron is known more as a film actress with very little experience in sageuks. Same with Kim Hyang-gi who’s career turns big screen in the past 5 yrs.

    Btw, Nam Ji-hyun played Princess Shim (King Sejong’s wife) before QSD came along. I think if it wasn’t for that role she wouldn’t have been cast as young Deokman in QSD. She played Deokman for around 10 eps. That was a lot for a young actress to carry.

    I have been rather impressed with Park Eun-bin for the way she able to easily and naturally transform her character to fit any age requirements in any sageuk era.
    Sadly, I can’t say the same thing with her latest modern drama.

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      Oooh. Interesting. I knew about MGY playing the Empress Myeongseong and later being the youngest Daesang winner, but never thought of her as a child actress. Probably because by the time I came around the Sageuk land she was already grown! Hehe.🤗
      In that aspect, I’ll name Kim So-eun as my ultimate princess! She has played teen royalty so many times, and the dragon top and the bulky skirt fits her form SO well. Don’t you think so?
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      Thanks for the extra info. I should go check Nam Ji-hyun’s princess role!

      I was just being silly with the fact the most of the most-loved child actresses having played royalty, hee. Because we all love Kim Hyang-gi and Seo Shin-ae, I would’ve loved if they were able to play them too. They would’ve made cheeky gonju/onju s, lol.

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        Oh Kim So-eun is definitely another stand out sageuk princess.

        I’m very happy that Kim Hyang-gi is having a thriving film career. I can’t believe she is 18 already.

        Thanks for sharing. Sageuk has been a training ground for these young child actors.
        Heo Jung-eun is shaping up to be another great child actor.

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      I looked up Heo Jung eun and immediately recognised her from Moonlight and Sunshine (lol!) Also remember her from the Hwajung recaps. Yup, you’re totally correct. She’s the next Sageuk baby. She has already filled off the “Play a Princess” criteria TWICE at such a young age. And she’s going to be in ASADAL! Another reason to watch it! And I love her character’s name there(Tan-ya), so different from the usual names I’ve heard so far.
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      You’re welcome!☺ But what did I share? It’s nothing new to you?!
      If you had fun with my random OCD induced article, then I’m glad!😄🤗

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So beanies, what’s with plenty of sageuks launching this year and me procrastinating at the moment…this happened. I suddenly had this OCD desire to make a list of *insert trumpet sound, lol* …;
“Decidedly” flower-boy Hallyu Stars who have played King/Crown Prince 😂🤣😅 (Not in a particular order, okay?)
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1. Song Joong-ki
2. Lee Jun-ki (Not Joseon robes, tho. Goryeo)
3. Yoo Ah-in (multiple times. Oh yes.)
4. Yoo Seung-ho
5. Park Bo-gum
6. Hyun Bin
7. Ji Chang-wook (Yuan emperor robes)
8. Kim Soo-hyun
9. Jung Il-woo (Yangmyung-gun is finally gonna be crowned!!)
10. Seo In-guk
11. Yoo Yeon-seok
12. Yeo Jin-gu
13. Yeon Woo-jin
14. Lee Je-hoon
15. Yoon Do-joon
16. Park Hyung-shik(Silla robes)
17. Jung Hae-in
18. Im Shi-wan(Goryeo robes)
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Those who have not surprisingly made the list
1. Lee Min-ho 😮😯
2. Lee Jong-suk (Poor boy himself stated he doesn’t have a face cut for sageuks, and he’d kill to play a Prince. Funny, and sad.)
3. Park Seo-joon 😕(He has the perfect kingly/princey aura! Whyyy PD-nims!!)
4. Nam Joo-hyuk (Well to be fair, I don’t think he can pull it off, but for the list’s sake…)
5. Jang Geun-seok
6. Song Jae-rim
7. Lee Min-ki
8. Kim Woo-bin
9. Gong Yoo (Oh well. He’s not a flower boy..but you get my point)
10. Lee Seung-gi (Probably too impy to play a king! We’ll have to be satisfied with a onkey king,lol!!)
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Whom did I miss?🙄 Whom did they miss?😋

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    This is great!

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    Lee Seunggi has played a king, though not a sageuk one, but definitely an impish one!

    Jang GeunSeuk has played a prince. Twice.

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      King, Queen, Mama Queen, Granny Queen, Crown Prince, Crown Princess wear 4 circular dragon emblems on their robes. Crown Princess and Prince will have them and the other patterns in silver, while the others’ are gold. Princesses of King and Queen get the dragon replaced by circular flower designs and girls from concubines get none, I think. Princes who are not crown princes wear the same attire as ministers, only in a different color. See the 3rd pic above, the back of a man with purple robes? That’s a Grand Prince(King’s brother).😃

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    Yoon shi yoon in Grand Prince. Ahaha

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      @midnight @katakwasabi
      I meant the dragon robes and conical crown(optional), hee. To where them you have to be a Goryeo/Joseon King/Crown Prince.
      So LSG disqualified. Sadly. JGS playing the brother to king in Hong Gil-dong : disqualified. YSY : Grand Prince. So no no. 😋
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      Midnight, is the other time you mention JGS playing prince JACKPOT? If not, I’ve missed that one. Can you tell me?

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        Yes I meant Jackpot, but he doesn’t wear the dragon robes.
        Sorry I missed that part of your qualification requirements😁 .

        But you mentioned princes, princes didn’t wear dragon robes, did they? I thought only the kings did.

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And this one. I especially love that collective poster. Gives SO much feels.

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Red Moon, Blue Sun OST part 2- Moonlight
It’s one of the best ending theme songs I’ve seen in a while. Starting at the culminating buildup of each episode towards the ending, bursting out RIGHT at the climax and continuing through the ending credits, it keeps the already shell-shocked and dazed viewer in that state until the last moment the screen goes blank.
Not only that, it’s a catchy but surprisingly appropriate track. I’ve been repeating it in my head for days!

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    I’ve loved all of the ending theme songs of this show, especially the one that played at the end of episode 18! I repay the last few minutes of each episode multiple times to experience the combination of music and the scene!! The show’s amazing!

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Last one.

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    I don’t know any other outfit that could make high-tension wires look beautiful. 😉

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      LOL. I’ve always thought of those wires and towers as a nuisance whenever I tried to photograph the perfect sunset, aeroplane or birds, but here it too is turned into a work of art!

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Continuation from above.
These are SUCH a treat to the eyes, I couldn’t help but share. 😉

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@ndlessjoie , pakalanapikake and everybody who love Ghibli sceneries and wallpapers. 🙂

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    I love that one with the goldfish. 😉

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      Make me wants to be that girl. Even if the scene was a normal one without being under-the-sea but just a school girl relaxing on her porch, it looks so relaxing.

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@pakalanapikake
Here are the dissapeared Only Yesterday pics. Nothing much, I just wanted to complete the post. 🙂


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    @peony,
    Thanks so much for persisting in your efforts to post these screen caps. Wow. They are gorgeous. I hadn’t heard of ONLY YESTERDAY until you mentioned it. It looks like another Ghibli film I will enjoy. Thanks! 😉

    I couldn’t recognize the flowers, which look a bit like marigolds — which can also be used for dyestuff. These are actually safflowers, whose seed is used for edible oil. As is typical of Studio Ghibli animation, the realism is practically photographic. I didn’t realize that safflower is a thistle — but I can see it now. If they had been purple, I would have recognized them as thistles immediately. (Artichoke and cardoon are also thistles.) Years ago a wild purple thistle grew near my front door on which black ants “herded” aphids that fed on the sap. They were fascinating to watch.

    Interestingly, safflower is called “dyer’s saffron,” probably because it produces similar colors. However, true saffron, used as a spice (which lends its color and flavor to paella), is produced by a small autumn-blooming crocus. I used to grow it in my garden. The Phoenicians introduced the bulbs to England in antiquity, where it was a major crop that lent its name to Saffron Walden. It consists of the bright red stigmas of the flower, and is too expensive to use as dyestuff. It is incredibly expensive because harvesting is labor-intensive, and each flower yields only 3 stigmas. In the decade since this article was published, prices can only have risen. I saw somewhere that the good stuff currently fetches US$5,000/pound.
    https://money.cnn.com/galleries/2008/fsb/0807/gallery.most_expensive_foods.fsb/4.html

    Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, is used to economically impart yellow color to food, and is also used as a dyestuff.

    Safflower petals as dyestuff:
    http://www.jennydean.co.uk/dyeing-with-safflower-petals/

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      I’m so glad you liked those, and also the Jodha Akbar OST. 🙂 Did you see the pics of red-curtains-and-sword-fight scene I mentioned?
      At the first glance I too thought they might ne Thistles. Thanks for those two articles. Interesting stuff. 😉 I never knew it was an expensive spice!
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      Ghibli drawings are so unbelieavably realistic and soothing to eyes, its overwhelming in the best way possible.
      Here are more pics for you.
      http://www.dramabeans.com/activity/p/679840/
      http://www.dramabeans.com/activity/p/679843/
      http://www.dramabeans.com/activity/p/679846/
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      This had been a long convo with so much digressing, but in the best way possible. No? 😉
      Pleasure talking with you, Ms.PP!

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        I apologize for chewing your ear off, @peony. Don’t get me started… I see so many connections that my mind full of trivia goes into overdrive.

        Yes, I saw those gorgeously diaphanous red drapes in the JODHA AKBAR stills. The colors of the clothing were so saturated, too. Simply stunning. I can imagine what they look like as they billow in the zephyrs.

        Those Ghibli stills are nutrient-dense eye candy for the soul. They look like watercolors. More than a few remind me of Claude Monet’s work. The use of light and darkness, and the sense of tranquility they convey, is incredibly soothing. The colors look like they are straight out of nature. None of that jarring fluorescent pallet that scorches the retinas.

        That is one reason why I enjoy the colors of the fabrics in the dye yards in Kdramas. Many of them look like they are actually colored with natural dyes. (I noticed that the villagers’ hanbok in 100 DAYS MY PRINCE looked as if they had been made with natural dyes like madder root.) I took a couple of workshops in dyeing with natural materials after being transfixed by freshly-dyed silk drying on a clothesline about 20 years ago. The jewel-like hues stopped me in my tracks. I felt as if I were being nourished just by looking at them — and almost missed dinner. Those colors spoke to me on some internal level that I can still recall viscerally, and gave me great joy. 😉

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          You have studied so many intersting things!
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          Oh you didn’t give me an earful, I was just joking! You must’ve seen that I too have a really bad habit of writing chapters out of nothing and also deviating off-course. 😉
          Plus I learn new words when I’m talking with you!
          I felt as if I were being nourished just by looking at them — and almost missed dinner.
          Hehehe. I know. I’ve a simple gif of raindrops falling on a Ghibli movie rural cottage…water gurgles in a nearby trench, the atmosphere is green, cool and secluded, and raindrops continue to fall on pitter-patter manner…..wooow. Just looking at that gif even for a few seconds put a smile on my face.
          Okay. I really should stop now without bothering you anymore. It has been since..Christmas eve? Woah.

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      Also, I’m bit curious. Why don’t you use the “Post video” function when you fan-post your numerous videos? That way, it might catch attention of more beanies because the video gets a preview.
      Just a suggestion. Didn’t mean to sound intrusive! 🙂

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        A few other folks have asked me that as well. 😉

        It drives me bonkers to see a video clip and have no idea what it’s from (especially if it’s in a foreign language I can’t read). I hit upon citing the Kdrama & episode it appears in, along with artist name, title, album, and year. It’s how I wrote my music logs when I was a disc jockey.

        I try to do the same thing with bibliographic information for reference articles, as fits the 200-character limit. I must have been a librarian in a past life. LOL.

        For me, it’s a matter of context. Most of the stuff I post here is background information that relates to something in Kdramas or films. I’ve formatted my posts so readers can scan for productions they’re interested in.

        So I guess I have a bias towards readers, not viewers. 😉

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    Gorgeous!

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Randomly stumbled on this funny fan made video for SKK Scandal. Oh the feels!😂
You won’t be able to refrain from at least smirking once during the video.

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Ok. This is TOTALLY out of the topic, and I haven’t even watched/read Game of Thrones, but this is PRETTY funny!
So I wanted to share it with you guys in case you haven’t seen it already.
Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!
If Game of Thrones was made in 1995

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    It’s more like late 80s or early 90s for me, rock ballad was no longer popular in mid 90s. I recall 1995 was a pretty cool year in pop culture.

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      Mmm. You might be correct. I don’t know at all about the 19’s western pop culture. I simply re-posted the video title.☺

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@pakalanapikake
Nothing much. but thought you’d like it. 🙂
Even though I can’t understand Korean and the editing is crappy at times…wow, think about an AU where this happens!

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    Wowser, @peony! You really have my number. I recognized the footage from THE KING’S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK HYANG — mashed up with scenes from QUEEN SEON-DEOK, I think. I haven’t watched the latter, just a few scenes of Bidam’s demise. It looks positively epic! Throw in scenes of Ha Ji-won in EMPRESS KI or DAMO, and it would be totally over the top. Many thanks! A great follow-up to the CROWNED CLOWN trailer. 😉

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      Oh. You haven’t watched QSD? I must say I’m surprised.😅 Then this video might not have worked on you to the maximum effect.☹️
      In QSD, Princess Deokman in disguise(Lee Yo won) teams up with her used-to-be-timid-but-now-sassy twin unni Princess Cheonmyung, and they go against Mishil.
      In the vid, Princess Cheonmyung’s footage is replaced nearly-seamlessly with Seol nan’s, so now it look likes the future Queen Seondeok’s unni is Seol nan!
      I love Cheonmyung, but Mishil gained the upperhand because of her previous weaknesses. Since it’s Seol nan this time, Mishil’s not gonna stand a chance against the epic twin sisters!!!!!
      (I *think* I did a sufficient job explaining the video to you.🤗)
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      Ah good ‘ol Bidam. Matter of factly, I was team Yushin. Bidam charmed me for quite a part in the drama, but then Yushin won me back!😉 A major side reason was I have this weird dislike/fear for characters/actors who sweep me off my feet WITHOUT me knowing it a one bit. LOL. So when I realised one day I was TOO much attached to Bidam and Kim Nam gil, I was like; “Hell. This won’t do!” Heh.
      Still, I sure did cry a lot at his death, but there were *other* scenes I cried more. You’d know if you’ve watched it.😉😆
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      Did you like Empress Ki? I watched it immediately after QSD, and compared to that EK failed to move my heart and feel connected to ANY of the characters. Yeah, great acting, expensive costumes, great plot….but almost ALL the characters were..so ruthless, so anti-hero like, SO typical-politician like, I didn’t feel sad at the tragedies that befell them. I was like; “You had that coming.”
      In contrast I felt for even the villians in QSD. Apart from Mishil, because of course everybody love her.
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      I’ve heard Damo is great, but I don’t “willingly” and knowingly watch tragedies anymore. My heart has grown weaker lol.

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        @peony,

        “Then this video might not have worked on you to the maximum effect.” LOL! Ah, but it’s the thought that counts. I am touched. 😉

        Yep, it’s shocking how many famous sageuks I haven’t gotten around to watching yet. Some simply don’t resonate, while others mess up the history. And some are just plain daunting at 50+ episodes. So many sageuks, so little time, especially since I started watching contemporary shows. I loved Jo Hyun-jae as Seja in TKDSBH, so checked out his earlier work, and watched 55 episodes of BALLAD OF SEO DONG, which took place in Shilla and Baekje.

        Thanks for filling in the blanks for me. At first I didn’t realize that the future Queen Seondeok had a twin sister – now played by Seolnan. What a great switcheroo. Seo Hyun-jin eventually spit nails in some of her scenes with her usurper sister, so I can see why she was recruited to whoop Mishil’s butt.

        I’ve seen some early scenes from EMPRESS KI, which aired at the same time as TKDSBH, and had a much bigger budget. (I don’t recall whether I’d seen Ha Ji-won in anything at that point. I don’t think so. Her turn in the film DUELIST made me a fan, and later led me to watch the drama version, DAMO, which I didn’t like the first time I tried it because of the wire-fu and rock soundtrack. DUELIST is one of the most beautiful sageuk films I’ve ever seen, and has a different ending from DAMO, so you might consider giving it a go.) Despite its shoestring budget, TKDSBH made the most of what it had – an inspiring story and memorable characters, a great ensemble cast, gorgeous cinematography, and oodles of heart. EMPRESS KI had a lot of pageantry, but just didn’t engage me. I can only take so much ruthless political stuff – or I have to be in the mood for it.

        Thanks again – and Merry Christmas! St. Nick should be attempting to get down our chimney any moment now. 😉

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      In a nice coincidence, Princess Seonhwa of Seodongyo is the younger sis of Deokman and Cheonmyung! You knew that?
      Anyway, I really love the Seodongyo children’s choir theme song you shared with me the other day, which is influenced by the 1st Korean written poem(?). It was pretty fun, and I always crack up at its meaning; “Seonhwa Gonju is going to be Prince Seodong’s secret bride tonight. What if the moon sees them? Aigoo, what to do!”
      LOL. SO kinky🤣.
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      I’ll go search DUELIST. Thanks for the suggestion!
      Merry Christmas! I hope you and your family get many surprisises from St. Nick! 😁

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        @peony,

        LOL at Shilla Six Degrees of Separation between QUEEN SEONDEOK and BALLAD OF SEO DONG. I did not know the characters were sisters. This is hilarious. Prince Seo Dong’s little ditty was the Three Kingdoms version of paparazzi cooking up a nice juicy scandal just to increase newspaper sales. The things some guys will do to get a date. Sheesh.

        As for DUELIST, I saw it mentioned in a comment on the 2008 Korean-Chinese wuxia BICHEONMU, which had all kinds of nifty swordfights, including in the tops of bamboo. One of them takes place in a big dye yard where long pieces of fabric are drying on clotheslines. DUELIST and CHUNO also have artfully shot scenes of swirling textiles and robes. Very beautiful. I enjoyed BICHEONMU very much. Joo Jin-mo plays the tragic protagonist. In DUELIST, Ha Ji-won and Gang Dong-won’s battles look like tangos with swords. Simply stunning. 😉

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          Exactly. Now, if I was Seonhwa, I would be super pissed off at Seodong for staining my name and status in SUCH a blatant way….but oh well, I’m Peony, not Seonhwa. (Hmmm. I wonder what kind of flower is Seonhwa?😋)
          I’ve the minor issue of not being a big fan of Joo Jin mo, but I’ll look out for both the films. Because I LOVE the fights in bamboo woods and also the flying-white-bedsheet fights! Lol. I won’t be able to resist if both of them are put together.

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          Haha you took it seriously and actually went out of your way to translate Seonhwa! I could’ve done it myself if I wanted- I use Google translate for Hanja names mentioned in Sageuks ALL the time. I was simply joking up there…because Peony is a flower and Seonhwa must be a flower too. It’s actually lame, I realize. Anyway I must say I’m touched. 
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          Oh ho. Then then they’re not white bedsheets but dyed fabric!?! Talking about flowing-sheets-fighting-sequences, I suddenly remembered that Bollywood “Sageuks” usually have plenty of them. Because those palaces, especially Moghul ones have BILLOWING silk curtains literally everywhere, so they more often than not get tangled up when a swordfight happens in the premises. LOL. But it’s very cinematic and gorgeous, if you ask. The most clear one in my mind is Jodha Akbar (the one with Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan, one of my all-time favorite Bollywood films).


          Because you shared those gorgeous OSTs with me, it’s only fair if I do the same! 😉 So here’s a bonus, one of my all-time fave Hindi songs- from Jodha Akbar. Look at the beautiful poetic lyrics. (And the sceneries, of course)
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_E8euJ1sEg
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          Nocturne – Beautiful. How to say it…the lingering tone it is sung, quite sweetly matches that of the MV and the lyrics. Delivers the needed effect. At first I was bit off put with a Korean song in a Wuxia/Chinese setting/MV, but soon I noticed the Korean actors and features at the itch dissolved, heh. Joo Jin mo looks quite nice here (not to mention VERY appropriate looking for the period setting), I let go of almost all of my previous reservations of him, lol.
          Long story short, you sealed the deal for me, Ms. PP. I’m certainly going to watch this piece of art the first time I find enough time and peace. Green bamboos, huts, flute music, flowy white Hanfus and falling white petals in cool weather is MORE than enough for me, if nothing else. 😉
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          Have you seen Ghibli movie Only Yesterday? Overall, the movie had little to no message/story, but there was an interesting and beautiful bucolic scene of farmers plucking saffron flowers from since the dawn, drying them and making rouge, and dyeing clothes with the leftover byproducts. SOO beautiful. The whole sequence is backed with traditional Bulgarian(I think) farmers’ music, because the main lead is in love with those. Such a treat to the ears and eyes. I think you might like it.


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            Oh lord for some weird reason the pics are not getting posted. You can look here for that epic Moghul fabric-flying scene.
            http://specials.rediff.com/movies/2008/jan/31sli5.htm
            https://bollyspice.com/jodhaa-akbar/
            I’m REALLY sorry for the numeorus fake notifs I probably sent your way while trying to post this!
            I wasn’t able to find the site where the dissapeared Ghibli pics belonged, tho. Sorry. 🙁

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            @peony,

            We Beanies with flowery names have to stick together, sez Ms. Chinese Violet (Telosma cordata)-Jasmine. I’m kind of disappointed that Seon-hwa is a generic “good flower.” Good in what sense? Fragrance? Color? Durability? Ever-blooming? Medicinal properties? Ability to survive frost, flood, and drought? Pfft.

            I documented my translation process for other Beanies who cannot read hanja. Yeah, I’m pedantic that way. LOL. 😉

            You better believe it that all those Korean dramas and films I mentioned have scenes in dye yards, so the fabrics are a rainbow of colors. It would be so borrr-ing if the textiles were plain white. 😉

            I’ve watched very little in the way of Bollywood productions, mainly because Kdramas got to me first. Thank you for that excerpt from JODHA AKBAR. The sets are gorgeous – and the music is exquisite. Thanks for the links to the review and the swordfight article. It really does look like the Mughal version of DUELIST – but in broad daylight. Oh, joy! Netflix has it. It’s officially on my to-watch list now. 😉

            I posted “Jashn-E-Bahaara” on my own fan wall. So soothing. I used to regularly listen to Singh Kaur’s beautiful and uplifting recordings of Sikh devotional music. Javed Ali’s tender rendition of “Jashn-E-Bahaara” reminds me very much of her. Check out “Ardas” with Celtic harper Kim Williamson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2Ws6CYy74Y.)

            “Nocturne” is indeed beautiful, and I like both versions. Actually, all the music in BICHEONMU is lovely. IIRC, the drama is a joint Korean-Chinese production, which is probably why you were getting clashing wuxia-sageuk vibes. The Chinese version has 33 episodes as opposed to the Korean’s 14, and from what I’ve read, the story was fleshed out better, according to a comment I saw somewhere. Interestingly, it was the first pre-produced Kdrama. There was a copyright issue, and it didn’t air in Korea until 2008, years after it aired in China. I’ve only seen the Korean version, but if you have access to the Chinese one, that might be even better, although it will be dubbed. I want to hear Korean being spoken by Joo Jin-mo, whose voice I like a lot. – Also, be aware that there’s a movie version that came out in 2000. I watched it with German subtitles!

            Dang! I just recalled that you avoided DAMO because tragedy is too much for you nowadays. You will not be happy with the ending of BICHEONMU. In which case, just watch the early episodes up until the friendship between the two guys breaks. Enjoy the flitting around in the tops of the bamboo, and the cloth swishing in the marketplace. But bail out before the ending.

            – Continued –

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            Part 2 of 2

            From my Kdrama log:

            I was surprised by how quickly I was sucked into BICHEONMU, even with all the fight scenes. (This was still pretty early in my Kdrama-watching career.) The story is a morality play on the consequences of covetousness and the collateral damage therefrom. Betrayal and revenge are the bitter fruit, the poisoned gift that keeps on giving… in manifold and varied ways on the part of numerous characters. The moral orientation of the swordsman’s heart, and his/her selfless use of the martial art for the benefit of others versus personal revenge, are major themes.

            The tragic hero is set on his path literally as he is born, but until dogged pursuers finally locate him and his uncle twenty years later, he leads a peaceful, solitary, and sheltered life, albeit one of wary guardedness. Meeting the love of his life in the marketplace, and making the acquaintance of his first friend outside the family, have tragic repercussions for the ungrounded young man who is still not privy to the family secrets and the true nature of the martial arts manual that has been in the keeping of his uncle – who was actually one of his father’s bodyguards – a fellow countryman in exile.

            Somehere in China in the Won (Mongol) nation, a potentate decides he must possess the Bi Cheon Mu Manual of Gogoryeo Swordfighting stewarded by a Korean general who has accompanied his prince as a hostage. The potentate, NamGoong Yun Gil, Minister of Won, sics a general on the lineage holder to assassinate him – but his newborn and the manual are spirited to safety.

            You can guess where this is going to go. Buckle your seat belt, but don’t watch all the way to the end.

            Thanks again for the pointer to ONLY YESTERDAY. It looks wonderful. I expect that I’ll enjoy the Eastern European music very much. I read that “Hungarian Dance No. 5” by Brahms is also in the soundtrack.

            And don’t worry about the posts that bombed. Sometimes it happens. Thanks for keeping at it until you succeeded. 😉

            -30-

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          Here I posted them separately. Hope I’m not being a nuisance!
          http://www.dramabeans.com/activity/p/679225/

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      Oh ha ha I cannot believe I forgot that your name too comes from a flower. I have a screencap of your explanation of the username, in one of the REBEL threads. I’ve a habit of collecting such trivial information, that’s why. Not because I’m a stalker, lol.In fact I’ve screencapped MANY of the interesting tidbits I found in DB comment threads.
      Here’s a memorable excerpt from Only Yesterday.
      How could this yellow flower produce such a bright rouge? Kioko-nae-san told me sad tale from old days. The girls didn’t have gloves, and their bare hand would get pricked by the thorns. It was their blood that made the rouge red so deep! I could understand their resentment they must’ve felt towards the fancy city girls. To make a handful of rouge it took nearly 100 Ibs of petals. The rouge was literally worth its weight in gold!…………………The liquid from the pressing wasn’t wasted either. “Let’s go dye our clothes. Safflower, do your best. Cheer me up with your pretty color!” For those village girls, with no chance of make-up or kimonos, Safflower dye brought color to their drab lives.
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      Seonhwa was probably intended to mean “A good girl who is like a flower”. A simple name. In my opinion it’s actually complex than plainly naming your child after a flower/fruit, like Yeonhwa, Momoko or Rose. (Don’t tell me your mother’s name is Rose, because then I’ll have to go dig a hole and jump in!) I don’t have anything against “pretty” names, but you get what I mean.
      Heck, in Empress KI, theare was a bodyguard named Guksu, which means “noodle”!! 0.0
      And in Empress’s Dignity, sister’s name is Oh Hello!! Like, wut. It would’ve been better if it was “Kim Hello” or “Nam Hello”, but when you say “Oh..Hello..”.., I’m speechless.
      .
      The song captured your heart, didn’t it? I knew it. My favorite line is;
      “We met and yet me do not meet
      Flowers bloom and yet they do not
      Spring in our eyes,
      Autumn in our heart.”

      So simple and poetic. Not to mention beautiful.
      I’ve studied classical Hindusthani music*blushes*, but actually my heart is owned by Classical Chinese and Celtic music. Both are very calming and relaxing, but I think Chinese music tends towards the pure, loving and also “enlightening” side, while Celtic music is calming in almost a sadistic way. Like..”Hush now. Or bad things will happen!” So I don’t listen to Celtic music on regular basis because it often leaves me in a calmed, but also doped and stunned mood, lol. Just my opinion. Listen to “Mordred’s lullaby” by Heather Dale and you’ll know what I’m saying.

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      But I know there’re plenty of fun, upbeat tones in Celtic music too, actually more than Chinese music. (The Chinese music I’ve listened to so far is never at one extreme or another, it dwells on the pleasant middle.) I love “Tir Na nog” by Celtic women and listen to it when I need mood uplift. Tir Na Nog is your ancestry right? If I remember correctly? 😉
      However, because I don’t have enough GB right now to listen to the track you suggested, I’ll listen to that later. 
      .
      Ahhh! You went and told me Bicheonmu is a tragedy!! I’ve said; “I don’t watch tragedies knowingly”, remember? All you should’ve done was refraining from telling me that it has a sad ending, and I would’ve watched it to the end!
      .
      Bb..but, you can still write a pretty long description on your PC, then cut-paste it to your post, then ALSO post a video clip! There, readers and viewers both are attracted! And the usual “viewers” who might have had their love to “read” hidden, might get a wake-up call from your post! Many birds from one stone. I’m saying this because I too, get swept past some of your video clips, and there might be many people out there missing out on your posts as well. But if it’s not your thing, I understand. I too don’t like to do things that go against my style.  Reading again and again about what you’ve said on this matter, I see I’m probably missing out on your point. You only want to show people the path/link, and if they’re interested, they can go search for themselves, right?
      But what if the Beanie is currently not in a mood or too tired to open a separate tab and see the article/video, but is willing to see whatever is posted on the fanwall? That sometimes happen to me.

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      @pakalanapikake
      I listen to the Sikh/Celtic track you suggested. It’s hypnotising. Sure helps you fall asleep. Thanks for suggesting it. Sikh-Celtic wasn’t a combination I have even imagined before! 😉
      Here’re are some traditinal Chinese tracks I think you might be interested to see.
      1. Red Plum Blossoms– It’s a folk song(I think) and this is a famous cover of it.
      Original MV- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfKuIwF_vbo
      Lyrics vid- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvAxXwFql-8
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      2. Meeting in Ao Bao– also a folk song
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFt525jnWho
      Lyrics- Chuan Tong – Ao Bao Xiang Hui

      十五的月亮升上了天空哪
      shi wu de yue liang sheng shang liao tian kong na
      为什么旁边没有云彩
      wei shen me pang bian mei you yun cai
      我等待着美丽的姑娘呀
      wo deng dai zhe mei li de gu niang ya
      你为什么还不到来哟嗬
      ni wei shen me hai bu dao lai yo he

      The moon on the fifteenth rises into the sky
      Why are there no clouds on the side?
      I am waiting for a beautiful girl
      why have you still not yet arrived?

      如果没有天上的雨水呀
      ruo guo mei you tian shang de yu shui ya
      海棠花儿不会自己开
      hai tang hua er bu hui zi ji kai
      只要哥哥我耐心等待哟
      zhi yao ge ge wo nai xin deng dai yo
      我心上的人儿就会跑过来哟嗬
      wo xin shang de ren er jiu hui guo lai yo he

      If there is no rainwater in the sky
      The cherry-apple blossoms won’t bloom by themselves.
      Older brother, as long as I wait patiently
      the person on my heart will arrive.
      .
      3. Pray for the Earthquake in Ya’an – Duno why it’s called like that, however it’s one of my favorite tracks.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kJ9S4RoJN8
      I hope you enjoy! 😉

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Watching Memories of the Alhambra and Boyfriend reminds me strangely, strongly (and pleasantly!) of the time we were watching  Moon Lovers and Moonlight brought by Clouds!
Two simultaneously airing dramas, so different from each other yet having enough similar vibes to be occasionally compared. Also capturing the most number of comments here at DB! And YY\’s poetry. Yeah, Good times.😄
Hope the effect continues!

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Medical drama beanies, watch this! It’s not perfect, but fairly impressive. Starring Ha Ji-won, Seo Hyun-jin, Park Shin-hye, Song Hye-kyo and Moon So-ri, it’s like the epicest women-power cast EVER!
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P.S.- I’ve always had a feeling Seo Hyun-jin and Ha Ji-won share a similar vibe, and the video proves it. Put together (with matching hair, no less) I had a hard time trying to distinguish who’s who, lol!

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    Daebak!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you for sharing this!!!!!
    And among the casts, age wise, PSH is really just an intern compared. :))

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    Wow, its good!

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Guys, anybody can decipher the meaning behind this MV? The song is sweet, the drawings are beautiful and dreamy, but I wanna know what does it mean!
BTW, that’s one creative labyrinth! Bended trees with still growing canopy providing the doorways? Wow.🌲🌳 Plus it’s a see-through labyrinth!

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    Let your imagination run wild and don’t hold yourself back or limit yourself to just the things you’ve heard or read in the stories and fairytales you grew up with…. Create your own story, create your own fairytale

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      K. But what does the two kids being swallowed in an avalanche, a woman(probably mom?) dreaming about it, going to meet up one kid(what has happened to the other kid?), a plane crash and the woman and kid being transformed into unicorns mean? Are they in heaven now?
      I thought other than being a simple, sweets motivational song it has some hidden dark undertone?

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        Fairytales are not, and don’t always have to be, all good things and only consist of rainbows and unicorns

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          I didn’t say I think that all fairy tales should have happy endings now did I?😉
          I just wanna know the story that MV is trying to tell, ’tis all!

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            Well, that’s my interpretation of the MV & lyrics… Including the part about fairytales not always having happy endings

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          Ahhh. I see. Sorry for misunderstanding!😀
          Mmm, I guess what you’re saying makes sense more than trying to read too much into the MV.
          Thanks for the help!

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Crimes of Grindelwald reminds me of a makjang and a conspiracy Sageuk put together.
1. Girl leaves with another man because she mistakenly believes the male lead has left her.
2. Girl leaves the male lead and joins the villain for “Greater Good”.
3. The villain is silver-tounged and convinces the citizens that there’s something wrong with the system and everything needs to be purified.
4. The innocent, carefree male lead gets roped into the politics and ugly stuff mainly because of the girl and also because he has no choice but to average/work for the more experienced but incapacitated forced-to-background mentor, who’ll provide the lead with kindly encouragement and clues and stuff.
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Oh wow. Did I just describe half the plot of Rebel: thief who stole the people ? 😝😂 Lol I totally didn’t realize it until after I finished the list!
Well at least Rebel didn’t give of an unpleasant makjang-y feel.

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    while i understand dumbly in case of grindelwad, wht was he doing with voldemort, order n baby potter :O .. he cud have just ended the suffering ages ago..

    also hope rowling ain’t planning to draw comparison to potter n long lost brother to show y dumb dumb cared so much abt the potter boy (u know dumbly killing long lost brother accidently could also feature somewhere)

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    I’m STILL mad at Queenie.

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      AND Tina…
      I mean seriously, they’re like bratty high-school girls who turn the other way if they don’t get what they want the exact instant!
      As of now, Leta seems ten times better.
      Speaking of, what happened to Leta? Did she die?

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        Totally agree, Leta was 100 times better but yes, she died. Have those sisters never heard of communication or compromise? Grindelwald practically said no-mags be damned and Queenie still went with him. Not only that but the man she is trying to marry is telling not to trust him and yet she does. Dummy.

        Tina was just silly. If she had sent a letter or called him and said, “Dude WTF?!! I thought we had something going on?!!” she would have found out the truth.

        At the end do you think Leta was telling Newt, his brother or both “I love you”?

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          These magic schools should include something like “social studies” to their curriculum. I dunno. It feels like after writing so many fat books and having time to lengthily explain her characters, J.K. Rowling isn’t great with developing her characters into sensible people within a two-hour timespan.
          .
          Ah, that’s a difficult question. I think she said that to both? Yunno, as a friend-and-a-little-bit-more to Newt, as a lover to Theseus, and in gratitude to all the pleasant moments she shared so far with both of them…

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NO longer a Eunuch! Wheeeeee
Can’t think of a normal Chaebol’s poor doppelganger , so I’m going for a Joseon Royal Sis-in-law’s Modern-day poor doppleganger lol!
And that’s the most apt role for me to transcend from my Joseon role-playing to modern day Seoul, I guess. I still get the Prince, the guard, the inspecter and an (ex)fellow eunuch to watch my back until I properly adapt to this era, muahaha. Talk about priorities!



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Guys, if your Corned Beef can has a \”Ready to Eat\” label, would you still not cook it or what?
I\’ve a can opened, but it looks/smells raw to me.

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    Yep. Canned Corned beef smells like that – the type u open with the key screw thingy right? Usually my family adds onions & put in on the frying pan fr a few minutes – great as a sandwich.

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      What about the smell that? It’s a bit nauseating to me. Can you get rid of it if done in your way?
      Also, why does it have a “ready to eat label” if we’re supposed to cook it?

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      What about the smell? It’s a bit nauseating to me. Can you get rid of it if done in your way?
      Also, why does it have a “ready to eat label” if we’re supposed to cook it?

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        It is ready to eat & you can eat it straight- however my family likes to eat it hot/warm.. The onions once cooked will help reduce the smell a little.

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      Thanks alot! I’ll try what you said.😃

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My 1st ever Potato bread is a success! I used the dough to make my 1st ever braided bread too.
@captblackdog No crust problem this time around. And no yeast-y taste either! 
Now, can somebody enlighten me whether there’s any special way to eat braided bread? lol

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    That looks delicious. We always just pull braided bread pieces off to eat them.

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      Thank you.☺
      We’re going to eat the braid for evening tea now, so I’ll follow the “instructions” lol. It’s funny how I made some food without knowing how to eat it!

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    This looks great! Well done! 👏 glad that everything went well.

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