Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

It looks like the end of 2018 might just be the end of my slump! Finally. I even had to make notes because January is looking exciting. 😀

Currently watching:
– Top Star Yoo Baek
– My Strange Hero
Waiting to binge:
– Dance Sport Girls
Looking at January dramas, I have several options (will eventually choose 2). In order of interest:
– The Man Who Became King
– Romance is a Supplement
– What’s Wrong, Poong-Sang
– Reach of Sincerity
– Best Chicken*

*don’t ask, I just saw that Park Sun Ho is in this (APAD’s Joo Young Joo Young!). However, I refuse to be roped into another Rich Man, Poor Woman (sorry Suho). Do you hear me MBN?

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Live reactions watching Revenge Returns episode 1:
#1 Before pressing PLAY.
#2 While watching the episode.
#3 After finishing it.

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I. can’t. This show is hilarious. I should have waited to binge the whole thing. 😂😂😂
#TopStarYooBaek
#deathbylackofsubtitles

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Watching Praise of Death… this place looks familiar. Now I want Yoo Ah In to show up. 😉
#ChicagoTypewriter
#Whereisthewig

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I finally convinced sis to watch Flower Boy Next Door. She said she laughed her head off at the karaoke scene. So we watched it together and died laughing, again. Y’know what I’m sayin’?

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Mini-end of year review through OSTs:

#3 A Poem A Day – Instrumental BGM (sorry, I only found a clip with Indonesian subtitles!)

The magic of this drama was it heroine Bo Young, a young woman who wore her heart on her sleeve. Fanwars aside, everyone who watched this drama was #TeamBoYoung. Lee Yubi played a physical therapist who was funny but not childish. She was professional at work and cared for her patients. She took a lot of crappy situations with a smile, and when she cried it broke my heart. Poetry was her solace and her dream. This BGM used to play whenever she read a poem, and later, when other characters started reciting poetry. It signalled to me that something special was about to happen every episode, without ever being preachy. The drama was not perfect but this is the memory I will take away from APAD: I watched Bo Young grow, and I saw how her inner beauty reached others through her honesty and love of poetry. And yes, I rediscovered my love of poetry too.

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Continuing my mini-end of year review by listing my favourite OSTs.

#2 Mr. Sunshine OST 4 – “Sound” by Lee Suhyun of AKMU.
Mr. Sunshine’s OST did not really grab me at first. It was too dramatic in a sort of pompous way. But then I heard Lee Suhyun’s warm voice. “Sound” has a lilting rhythm, which goes perfectly with the scene of Ae-Shin smiling to herself as she sits in the rowboat with Eugene. The OST also reflects the pace of the show: slow, gentle, confident, and tinged with melancholy. The pace was not everyone for everyone, and it took getting used to – like riding a boat down a river. Mr. Sunshine always had an undercurrent of danger that exploded at certain points, but even those epic moments were unrushed and deliberate, but always beautiful.

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    I love her voice in this. I had this on repeat right after it came out.

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Why was I not alerted about the delightful web drama Top Management? Two episodes in and I’m ROFL every 5 minutes. 🤣🤣🤣 Kpop fans must have had a blast.

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I haven’t watched enough dramas this year to write a Theme of the Month post, so I’ll be sharing my most memorable OSTs here with a mini-review. I started out 2018 with:

#1Just Between Lovers OST 7 – “Where We” by Ryu Ji Hyun & Kim Kyung Hee.

This haunting tune has a man and woman singing a duet, tentatively reaching out to each other saying, “you sing a song, I sing along.” Both our main characters were wounded souls who struggled every day with the trauma of having been in a major accident when they were young. They learned to open up to each other about their pain. They fought for their happiness and love. In the song, the beauty of the voices is accompanied by relentless piano chords, just like life goes on even after tragedies. This drama really lives up to the “healing” tag.

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    Yes JBL is the right healing drama also being a melo. But so is the song. Such a healing song and it is my happy go lucky song that I’ll tune inro when I feel low. The voices complimented each other so well. Also love the 1st and 2nd osts of JBL. Plus such a good idea. It is always better to talk about osts that hardly disappoint.

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    oh the feels, JBL💝

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Ooooh something to celebrate: when I wake up I’ll be over 20,000 likes! 🎉

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Well, judging from all the fanwall posts this should be an interesting read… *grabs popcorn*

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I followed The Piano Guys before I even knew about kpop or who BTS were. Cello+piano+Epiphany=😭

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Yup, watching a C-drama was the right choice. A heroine who says “Fate? You can choose whom to love. No one is forcing you.” Then there’s the super handsome general who likes to tease her.
#DaMoYao

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Yoo Yeon Seok.😍
I’m now imagining Gu Dong Mae dressed up as Hee Sung in Mr. Sunshine. 👌
Eugene wouldn’t have had a chance with Ae-Shin.

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I completed 9 dramas this year.
Or: When Beanies in a Slump Write Bad Poetry.
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Grand Prince gave me some sageuk Yoon Shi Yoon,
and the show improved as it went on, though I was not over the moon.
Just Between Lovers was an achingly beautiful sight to be seen.
It only took me 8 months to get past episode thirteen.
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Rich Man and You Who Forgot Poetry made me shed a tear,
of frustration, mind you, not sadness or fear.
Island parties and dancing whales were my summer highlight
while the World Cup makjang raged overnight.
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Mr. Sunshine you were my long-awaited show.
I marvelled at the witty bromance, the colours, the snow.
I appreciated the allegories, Ae-Shin the heroine was bold.
Yet I still don’t understand why the overall product left me cold.
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To.Jenny with only two episodes gave me music and a good story.
Are You Human Too? nearly broke my neck with all the twists in the journey.
My 100 Day Prince showed me uncomfortable D.O. in all his glory.
I was entertained, but the endings felt somewhat rushed and sorry.
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In despair I decided to binge the cute Thirty But Seventeen
Finally, I enjoyed earning a bean!
However, Top Star Yoo Baek subtitles are currently lost at sea.
So if Cleaning With Passion does not deliver for now,
send help someone, before the slump forever taketh me.
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Or send tiramisu cake.

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    Wasn’t expecting another entry in my trash drama category but “A poem a day” managed to frustrate me so hard , it’s now friends with Big and The big hit ^^’ .

    Live watching Just Between Lovers was hard but so rewarding, one of my fav’

    I loved To.Jenny , another fav’, it’s like I’ve found Splash splash love v.2018 : special drama power ^^

    100 days my prince , the story never was intending to be of high quality however the acting was great , D.O. 1st lead Jjang <3

    Haven't watched the others so can't comment ^^'

    and now I have tiramisu cake song stuck in my head x)

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      I agree on the special drama power haha. I watched several while in the Slump.

      The Big Hit… what a disappointment. It started out so good… *cries*

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        *The Best Hit*
        (I don’t want to offend BTS fans!)

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          I hope BTS fans can read and see the context by themselves, you don’t need to add that comment for them.

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    Tokiiiiiii

    Tokiiiiiiiiiiii

    Watch My Ajusshiiiii

    I haven’t watched more than a few episodes of a drama in 3 months

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      I forgot about giving that one a try!
      I feel I need to be in the mood for something dark though. And that doesn’t happen often. TT

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        IT’s the best drama I have ever seen

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          It is so beautiful.

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            actually I’ve finished it recently and I understand why Beanies loved it esp. if they live watched it ; however it was a pretty strong drama but not one of my fav’, to each their own…

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    👏👏👏👏👏

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    Was The Grand Prince this year? Really? That was a memorable drama for me this year? Gosh. The slump is real, I’m scared to count up how many dramas I’ve actually finished this year…

    At least I made it to Errand Boy with gif stories?

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      Come to think of it I spent more time on DB writing gif stories, partying on an imaginary island, and writing bad poetry than actually watching dramas this year. May 2019 get us both out of the slump!

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        Same ~ I didn’t even attempt to watch You Who Forgot Poetry, I just skipped straight to the Island.

        So, I didn’t level up through a great drama I couldn’t quit talking about, but rather through the time wasting activities of a slump? Huh. I hadn’t thought about that…

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*sending radio message from my Slump Raft*

Ahoy, beanies. Any luck on finding subtitles for Top Star Yoo Baek, legal or otherwise?
*sobs over the radio*

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As a Beatles fan, I approve. D.O. takes it so seriously. 😂😂😂
#ChonaMcCartney #ChenHarrison #ChanyeolStarr #Laynnon

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    😂😂😂 I like it better than the original 😄 Their English pronunciation is so good! Do any of them speak English?

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      I think Suho, DO and Chen can speak decent english.. Suho was the spokeperson when he did variety show ‘Exciting India’ and exo’s producer Marz also said his english is getting a lot better. I am just not sure why exo hardly speak english in their interviews when obviously they can understand it.. 🤔

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    D.O looked so happy when he did Beatles Code. Lay looked nervous but Chen helped him… Aww, how much I miss exo in variety shows..

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      Yeah, D.O was rocking the Beatles hair 😂 I think the singing was really good, even if I think they’re faking the guitar bit. Chanyeol also looks like he’s really playing the drums.

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Thirty But Seventeen Ep. 7 (14-15): I am usually critical of the way kdramas portray drunken people for laughs. But now Mister Gong has gone and made it look cute, drat that mini umbrella. ☂️

Also, that not-wrist-grab! She holds onto his shirt to guide him home, which shows me she respects him even though he’s dead drunk.

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    i really miss this show. I need my weekly dose of cute again :'(

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Plumbing her way into his heart? I don’t know but it’s really cute.

This is my first time seeing Yang Se-Jong in a drama. I love his voice!

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I started Thirty But Seventeen! And it\’s so much fun to identify the bits of classical music (yes, this is a nerdy post).

Also: \”PLEASE CALL ME JENNIFER\”. Wut. ROFL. 🤣🤣

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