Beanie level: Eunuch in drag

Beanies! Any recommendations for feel-good Korean or Chinese dramas? Gotta spend my quarantine time somehow 😛 Stay safe, friends!

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Hospital Playlist ep.1 was so good! It made me alternate bt choking on laughter to choking on tears. I love the characters so much already~

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Hyena has a great first week! kim hye-soo is great as always and it’s good to see joo ji-hoon in a drama with a plot (i’m looking at you, Items).

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I had a fleeting thought of getting a one-time beanie box to try a few weeks ago, but these obnoxious ads pop-ups are convincing me to do otherwise.

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Woot! New year, new beanie level~ ✨✨ Does any beanie know which character/drama/trope (?) “eunuch in drag” prefers to?

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Wishing Beanies a warm and cozy holiday season!
Here’s to another year of great dramas-watching with you lovely peeps~

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I’m just gonna leave this here~

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Stove League is off to a good start! I enjoyed NGM in almost every role, and this seems like a classic underdog tale to lift my stresses~ Altho I do hope the supporting characters aren\’t as one-note.

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I think Bae Doona has just been confirmed for Forest of Secrets Season 2! *SQUEALS* I might cry if this isn\’t true.

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I’ve watched this clip and the full ep. a few times today already, even tho there are no subs. XD I got the gist of the show from the comments but really, XZ is all I need.

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    I’ve watched this episode at least three times. The show is actually quite fun and has introduced new (to me) talented singers. It’s just that XZ is a plus here.

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      Same here! All the singers in this episode, junior and senior, are so good! I’m enjoying every performance. Once I got the rules of the show, you’re right, it’s pretty entertaining. I wish there are English subs, or that it will get subbed soon!

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        I wish there will be subs soon but I doubt it unless there are fan subs. But from what I can understand the interactions with the veteran singers are hilarious. This Group B is pretty talented but Group A is just as fierce. I’ve seen some of the singing clips but haven’t had time to sit and watch Team A’s episodes yet.

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    This is the premise of the show:
    https://mydramalist.com/52253-our-song

    I love that despite entering the entertainment industry was by chance and never his first choice (seriously, no one—ABSOLUTELY NO ONE— enters the industry and says they want to retire from it with just 20 years lol), he still puts everything he’s got into all that he does— every drama, every variety show appearance, every live show, every interview 😍😍😍😍😘😘😘😘🥰🥰🥰🥰

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      Oooh! Thanks for the info! I’ve been trying to glimpse the comments for tidbits of information but didn’t think to actually google the show. LOLS. But wow, he said that? That’s a rarity indeed. But tbh 20 years of hard work are more than enough – I would wanna retire early and enjoy the rest of my life loaded and doing whatever I want. hehehehe

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        I think it’s because entering the entertainment industry and being a celebrity was never his (first) choice, regardless if he has the talent to show for it and to back it up or not, because many who do enter the entertainment industry and actually go to acting school and take their art seriously (but not saying that Xiao Zhan isn’t serious with the opportunities he’s given) see it as a life-long career path and something that becomes a part of themselves as individual people– not simply as a job that they go to from 9-5 every day.

        I say this all the time, and I’ll say it again here: The guy has a good and steady head on his shoulders– and that’s what makes him all the more attractive 🙂
        If he is realistic enough, mature enough, and pragmatic enough to think and say,
        “Yea, it’s (acting) something that I enjoy doing and something that I take seriously, but I just don’t know if it is a life-long passion, and I know that there is actually something else that has my interest and my heart, so I will keep doing it for now, but I know my limit,” and knows to back away without trying to push and pull and make life difficult– that takes restraint and a mature individual to do so. He’s not letting all the popularity, fame, and money get to his head and have an influence over his personal choices

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        I believe that he is still a lover of music, because he’s learned to play the violin since he was little, but I think his passion lies in drawing (also something he’s learned since little), and because he went to design school for post-secondary (university)

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@growingbeautifully pointed out this yt channel and now I’ve down another rabbit hole of interviews and cute clips of XZ. I’m def not complaining! 😛

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My attempt to branch out from the Untamed includes watching Guardian (which I\’d heard conflicting things about) and Special Labor Inspector Jo (which is wacky fun so far). Let\’s see if this sticks 🙂

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    I didn’t like Guardian but know a lot of people did. Hopefully you find something!

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      Guardian starts off a bit rough for me but I’ll stick with it for a few more episodes before I decide

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    Yea guardian can be conflicting… They went with a different concept than the novel due Chinese censorship….when I watched again after reading the novel… I realized the main leads are acting out the novel characters while the rest are acting out drama script… If that makes sense… I also recommend some of the Guardian crack vids on YouTube they are the best…

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      Ha! I actually watched one of those crack videos, which made me want to watch the drama. Ohhh I see. That might explains a weird feeling I have watching the characters interact. I’m gonna give it a few more episodes before I decide i think.

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        Yep.. The thing is guardian got lucky with real good actors for main leads…. And the production team supported what they were doing by following the novel more… There are a lot of Easter eggs that the team drops in the series.. As hint to the couple’s relationship which they cldnt do openly…. Like I said the novel readers got it while watching.. That made it interesting..

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        If you are interested in the novel… Although I’ll warn you it’s not completely translated… And the translation gets updated once a month😖 but on bright side. It’s 85% complete… And really good

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          oh thanks for the link! I’m interested in the story and if the drama doesn’t work out, I’ll turn to the novel for sure. 😛 I’m really liking the lead actors so far, but the supporting cast is kind of lackluster, especially the new intern guy. His scared face cracks me up bc it’s just ridiculous. But that’s just my initial reaction based on 2 episodes.

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            The intern guy is one of the worst drama characters ever. I’m not even kidding. I absolutely hated him. I watched 20 ep. and just couldn’t take it anymore. I liked the main guys and they did a good job but almost everyone else was badly written characters with just as bad actors. The overall plot seemed like it could be interesting and was an interesting idea but just couldn’t keep watching 😅

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            @trinpie oh no! this does not bode well. Yea besides the lead actors, the other supporting actors are just bleh. Also, I get that Haixing is a fictional Earth-like planet, but like, can the set design be something else other than a mish-mash of mid-20’s Shanghai aesthetics, badly-done steam-punk-ish props with a sprinkle of modern cars? Wow, I’m already having so many salty feels.

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            @strawberry i think the reason the world building doesnt add up is coz the drama converted the supernatural in the novel to science fiction….since they cant depict ghosts and such in modern setting they had to go with aliens….thats why the execution feels a bit mismashed its supposed to be supernatural but the are explaining it away as alien tech…it weirded me out since that aspect was so different than the novel, still i watched it for the leads…

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            @raekaddict that makes so much sense! I forgot about the restrictions on supernatural elements in Cdramas. That’s too bad tho. Now I gotta go read the novel.

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            @strawberry ….yea enjoy!!!!

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        yup.. same i think i know which crack videos you talking about..
        there are 3 or 2 from same person and so good..

        but that is all of guardian i watched.. the series was boring up until ep 12 then i dropped it

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      welps, I gave up on the drama and was just jumping around watching cute moments bt the two leads. I’ll def read the novel now~ and maybe watch the other crack videos haha

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        i think you should give the drama a try after you have made a headway in the novel…like i said the main actors were portraying their role from the novel…so the subtle acting is wonderful to watch….

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    Yay for Special Labor Inspector Jo! Wacky fun is the right description.😁

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This year is a new record for me with 14 beans. Ha! I usually only have like 2-3. If only I could give all of them to the Untamed… :3

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Phew! I just sent in my entry for this month\’s theme and feel oddly nervous. *rolls back under my blanket to hide*

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I went to see Parasite today, and now have so many feelings that I don’t know what to do with.

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I’ve seen GIFs of this interview but finally watched the whole thing. Could I love XZ more? Yea, I could. oops.

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      Chinese interviews are quite fun to watch in that they have less filters. You don’t get the sense that it’s all scripted. Of course, they still are but the contents, topics ventured and questions asked are much wider than K ones.

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        That’s a refreshing change for me! I’m surprised at the questions she asked and loving the way he answered. The convo flows so naturally and honestly.

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          This is the rabbit hole which I entered after I finished the drama and can’t get out ever since.

          I must qualify however that I’ve watched more Wang Yibo’s interviews than Xiao Zhan’s. Just like in the drama, I first started watching XZ’s interviews. Then I tried WYB’s. The difference between them is like night and day. Where XZ is fantastically eloquent and poetic even! (the way he answers so sensitively and gives much thought to each question) , YB’s style will shock you. I better stop writing else this reply will turn into an essay.

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            I think I did the opposite of that by watching a ton of WYB’s interviews and kept on watching because he’s so entertaining. hahaha Now I’m going down the rabbit hole of XZ’s interviews – what a difference!

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            This is a very good interview. Why have I not seen this before? Love how intimate it is. His answers also helped with the overall aura of the interview.

            And I guess I need to see the interview of WYB. I know his personality is on the other side of the spectrum.

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            Outie you can’t leave us hanging like that! An example of a shocking Yibo interview please 😌

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    He’s so comfortable, laid back, and just HIMSELF in this interview… I love it~~

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    One of my fave interview of his. It’s so straightforward and they talked about many things that usually is left untouched in other interviews. Xiao Zhan is so thoughtful, I fell for him more and more.
    Iirc, he has another interview with her this week, but seems like there’s still no eng sub yet.

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      My feelings exactly! At certain points, I thought he might even teared up, or maybe I teared up lols. Ahhh I’m looking forward to the eng subs for the new interview!

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      I read somewhere that with this interview, the reporter was asked by XZ’s staff to ask him hard/difficult questions and the lady even was quite hesitant about it, like she was saying “really, are you sure?”, and the staff said yes since that was what XZ wanted. this interview with him shows how intelligent, realistic and disciplined he is. but may I say I want him to have a lovelife, maybe not now but in the future?

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    Why is this interview making me cry 😢😭

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<The Untamed – A romantic comedy
Coming soon to a theatre near you.

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It’s not Kdrama related but watching Chris Morocco trying to recreate a Korean dish makes me giggle.

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My Untamed status: currently reading the novel, re-watching the drama, and saved the donghua for a rainy weekend binge. Also: reading fanfics! Below are some of my favorite crackastic reads so far! 🙂

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Coming out of my Untamed haze to post a new #MakjangMonday! This week\’s entry is a collection of my rather mundane childhood stories, proof that I was mostly a normal kid. (See comments below!) 🙂

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    One.
    My mom is a Buddhist and my dad just believes in ghosts (oh really), so Christmas wasn’t a thing in our household. On the very rare occasion where we did something Christmas-related, my sister and I were overjoyed. That year, my parents took us to the amusement park. Right by the front entrance stood a giant Christmas tree, its multicolors lights blinked rapidly and its branches were weighted down with loads of decorations. To keep curious people away from the tree, there was a red metal railing installed all around it. I, for once, was feeling adventurous and declared I wanted to sit on that metal railing for the picture. So here I was, high on the holiday spirits, took a leap of faith and lifted myself to sit on the railing… only to fall over on the other side, flat on my back. The metal railing was rounded and slippery, making my downfall super predictable. I was so embarrassed and distinctly remembered feeling an intense sense of hatred and fear for the tree. We left the park via a side entrance because of that. And years later, when we went there again for the holiday, there stood the same Christmas tree, with the same red metal railing around it, glaring at me. Needless to say, I ran back outside and my parents had to coax me in via a side door that the security guards used.

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    That summer, the “cafe” where my dad worked organized an outing to the beach and invited our whole family to come along. It was just for a day, but I was ecstatic because it would be my first time going to the beach. Being the only kids in the group, my sister and I were being so pampered. I remembered seeing the ocean appearing slowly as we drove down the road, the burning heat of the sand under my feet, and the cooling waves against my legs. It was such a beautiful summer day.

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    At this point, we had moved into the apartment complex where my sister and I were almost kidnapped. My dad quitted his job as a bouncer, and there were no shady cafes anywhere near our place. One day, out of the blue, my sister suggested that we wrapped these thin blankets around ourselves as if they were gowns and play-pretend as the women we saw at the cafe, aka prostitutes. We loved to play-pretend and the idea didn’t sound like the worse thing ever because we remembered them as the kind women who offered us candies when our parents wouldn’t. It lasted for about 2 minutes until my mom heard us saying things like, “One more drink!” and clanking our plastic cups. She gently told us we shouldn’t pretend to be prostitutes but didn’t elaborate on why. We didn’t ask her why. I think we were too embarrassed and just wanted for the scolding to stop.

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    The apartment complex was right next to a wholesale flower market. I loved walking through the stalls with my mom, trying not to touch the pretty bouquets and searching for any flower that fell on the ground. The smells of chrysanthemum and lilies stand out to me in my memories of this place, especially during the Luna New Year. The day after the celebrations were over, there would be piles of unsold flowers taller than me outside the market. My cousin and I loved to raid those piles and would bring home bunches of fresh, slightly bruised flowers for my mom and aunts. We were damn proud of ourselves!

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    I had blocked out most of what happened on the day we went to the embassy for our interview except for a few blurry flashes. The lady who interviewed us was very bored and seemed like a strict person. There was a glass window separating us. My sister and I tried to stand on our tip toes so we could see her. One of the things we did was that each of us had to sign our full names out on these documents. My parents had made my sister and I practiced at home, so we knew how to do it. I was so nervous when I had to do it, making sure I didn’t misspell my long-ass name. The last thing I remembered that day was watching a young woman dragging a suitcase full of photo albums of her and her husband to her interview to prove that their marriage wasn’t a scam.

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    My family and I have lived in the US for over a decade now, and we only came back to visit my mom’s side of the family in Vietnam once some years ago. I was in my teens, and being an overweight kid who barely could speak the language anymore, there were a lot of looks and mean comments tossed at me wherever I went. It was horrible. I remembered when we went to visit a temple by the beach, I overheard this family openly talked about my body as if I wasn’t standing in front of them. Enraged, I turned around and asked them to stop, ending the sentence with a few English curses out of frustrations. They started to argue back and I, for a moment, raised my hand and was ready to punch them. I couldn’t remember who stopped me. Must be one of my cousins. As we walked away, I started to cry out of anger, fists still clenched tight.

    (Funny enough, whenever I get really angry now, I would start cursing in Vietnamese. Of all the vocabulary I could etained, my subconscious mind picked the dirtiest curse words.)

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    There is a photo of a three-year-old me standing in front of a merry-go-round bawling my eyes out. My parents had both walked away, wanting to take the photo of just me. But I have mistaken it as them leaving me and started crying and tried to toddle over. I can always recall the fear I felt at that moment and how tiring it was to cry that hard. It’s the only memory I have at that age.

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