Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

Looks like I’ll be waiting for Top Star subtitles for a while…. I just want to binge the last 3 episodes and claim a bean (because I’m totally counting it as a 2019 show). This SLS is too painful.

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    It is great that you are keeping up with the show as I gave up after episode 7.

    I could not even call it SLS because those two make absolutely no sense together and for Ma dol to pine for her just bothered me even more. He is gonna make a great partner for someone, just not Kang soon.

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      Well, honestly I wouldn’t finish it unless I binged it. I was frustrated by ep. 7.

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        What made you frustrated in ep 7? I’m also putting this on hold and waiting for all the eps to come out and be subbed. The wait for each ep is too long. Might as well wait even more 😂

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          There was less funny, and I wasn’t happy with the heroine. She is supposed to be naive because she lived a sheltered life on the island, but it was a little too much. I wish she could be clearer and say if she likes a guy or not. It’s not fair to either of them.

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So you’d think this is typical sageuk intrigue… but then the Crowned Clown says palace logic is all wrong and inhuman, and he acts on it. 👏👏

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    I’m loving this drama. I want to binge it the second it comes out, but I wind up watching a little at a time to savor it.

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      Me too! I actually check how many more minutes are left while I watch, not because I feel it’s too long, but because I wish there were more left to enjoy!

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The Crowned Clown Ep.3 : I watched it raw with little bro, then with subtitles. I did not expect a hunting scene so soon in the drama! Yay, more danger. I’m exhausted but it was worth it. 😀

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Thank you everyone who posts stuff about Last Empress. You made me laugh a lot. Pics, gifs, video clips, ToD cameo, fan fiction and live commentary-I feel I’ve watched the drama without watching it😎

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I started “Best Chicken”. Good news: I did not get burned by episode 1. Very raw emotions displayed below. I have a feeling the heroine’s plan of ruining the fried chicken restaurant will backfire…

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    This. Looks. Morbid.
    An animation about chicken not wanting to be dumped into hot oil in a show about their delicious flesh…..😆

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      Mini spoiler: the heroine’s big plan is to spoil potential customers’ appetites with this morbid flyer.

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Seeing the news of Junho cast in a new drama reminded me how much I loved him as Seo Yul.
I hope he eats well and doesn’t overdo it. Fighting!




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Episode 1 of The Crowned Clown reactions be like –
Show:

Me:

*feverishly scribbles a petition for recaps*

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There is always a good excuse for some Wang Kai on my fanwall. Today it’s celebrating 21,000 likes. 😎
#NirvanaInFire
#nicenumbers

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    #NirvanaInFire (a thousand times yes).

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      Jing Wan FTW!
      I have been checking out Like a Flowing River and am again wowed by his brand of enigmatic and understated strength of his acting.

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        I am definitely going to check it out. Thank you!!!!!

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          It is made by the same production company as Nirvana in Fire, and focuses on the period after the Cultural Revolution in China which we do not see often in Dramaland. Like a Flowing River is definitely a slow burn, but it is incredibly well written, directed and of course, well acted! My parents who are from that generation (although they did not grow up in China) are enthralled by the show.

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            I am EXCITED! I swear I was born in the wrong era lol.

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        “Like a river!!” Whoops, wrong drama. 😉
        Thank you for the recommendation!

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        riding the comments , I watched NIF last year, was my 1st C-drama , loved it ! Checked NIF2 but was not as the same level.

        @giegie0384 recommended me
        – The disguiser (saving it for later, I smell of binge watch obsesssion),
        – Suddenly this summer (Giegie I binge watched it , couldn’t keep up with the plan of one ep a day ^^’ , it was very good <3 and realistic, thank you 🙂 ),
        – Story of Yangxi palace (might start it this week or saving it for later, not sure if I can stop myself from binge watch again ^^')

        So for a new C-drama watcher, do you have any reco for good dramas, read some comments so as long as it's not dragging , I'm fine with any period : historical like NIF, modern like Suddenly this summer . Thanks a lot in advance 😀 !
        I should check AvenueX reco' also, since she also recommended Suddenly this summer ^^

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          Sadly, I haven’t found any other C-drama on the same level as NIF, but I can recommend:
          -Princess Wei Young (addictive and great OTP)
          -Prince of Lang Ling (my first C-drama, magical, drags a bit in the middle)
          -When A Snail Falls in Love (20 eps, modern, crime, Wang Kai), – A Love So Beautiful (cute, high school).
          – Scarlet Heart, the original. I just love the OST and beautiful shots. 30-35 eps I think.

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            wow thanks for the several reco’ , I’ll add them to my to watch list ^^ .
            I didn’t know that Scarlet Ryeo was an adaptation, I dropped the Korean version at ep4, wasn’t my thing and didn’t have that much time back then, it’s hard to pick up a drama already dropped but maybe I’ll give a try to the Chinese version ^^

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            just checked there’s a season 2 for the C-drama Scarlet Heart, it’s a spin off ? or not ?

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            I can’t believe I’ve watched them all lol.
            Come to think of it, I have seen a lot of C dramas but there is no place like DB to share thoughts etc beside viki and the ladies at Problematic.

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            @kudoran Scarlet Heart is nice, but never ever watch Scarlet Heart 2, the sequel. It is awful 😆

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            @wishfultoki ok , it’s fine ’cause I already have so many shows on my to-watch list *notes do not watch the season 2* x)

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          @kudoran You are in good hands with @giegie0384 who is much more well-versed in C-drama than me! But I have watched more C-dramas this past year and am excited about the rising quality. Nirvana in Fire is my absolutely favorite drama in all Dramaland, no contest.

          The Disguiser is also made by Daylight Entertainment which made Nirvana in Fire I & II and the currently airing Like a Flowing River! If you like Wang Kai and a solid police procedural, you might want to check out A Snail Falls in Love.

          The Story of Yangxi Palace is definitely pretty addictive featuring a very strong heroine (I think almost unrealistically so), but I got a bit haremed out around 40ish episode 😅 but plan to pick it up again soon. I have downloaded Suddenly This Sumemr per AvenueX’s recommendation and plan to watch it on the plane next week!

          If you are in the mood for a fluffy drama almost without angst, my favorite is Love O2O. It is a drama I still rewatch when I need a quick mood lifter. The SML is Bai Yu (ML of Suddenly This Summer) who also starred this year in Guardian which AvenueX is obsessed with (I myself couldn’t quite get into….)

          Many (including me) find A Love So Beautiful really sweet and satisfying. It is basically an unofficial Chinese adaptation of Itazura Na Kiss but with a much nicer although still tsunderey male lead. Accidentally In Love is a funny and silly drama but has lots of heart and a kickass heroine. It is great if you want to watch something to turn your brain off. @jenmole and @sicarius recently have fallen in love with another campus drama When We Were Young which I plan to check out very soon.

          If you like fantasy historical drama, I definitely recommend Three Miles of Peach Blossom with Yang Mi and Mark Chao. (also going by Eternal Love but there is another drama with identical name.) The story is really epic and engrossing and Mark Chao is absolutely magnetic . It becomes crack when they get to the 3rd world, around 32nd episode when they reunite.

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            wow so much details, thank you very much 😀 !!!

            I kinda have a slump with Kdrama, still watching them (Sky castle is daebak!!!!) but starting new ones doesn’t tempt me that much.
            C-dramas seem like longer than K-drama so it might change my watching habit, maybe live watch Kdrama and have a Cdrama as filler , might try that ^^’ .

            I’ve watched “It started with a kiss” many years ago when I watched some Tw drama along with Hana Kimi Tw ^^’ , it’s been a while I haven’t watched any Tw drama though ^^’ (last one was Just you) ,same goes with Jdrama since Kdrama took all my time…

            I’ll add those reco’ to my to watch list, seems like AvenueX is well-known too so I’ll check more of her videos.

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            if any of you are on mydramalist, please feel free to add me 🙂 , same username kudoran , I’d check your watch list and be less of an inconvenience hehe ^^’ (and you can also check mine, maybe you’ll find a gem hidden there or get surprised by some ratings oops haha x) )

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            @kudoran
            A Love So Beautiful is a C-drama filmed in 2017, and I have not yet seen the Taiwanese adaptation, but I know there are a lot of fans for the original and its sequels, like @isthatacorner. I am from Taiwan but have seen shamelessly few Tw-dramas. My favorite might be the older drama In Time With You from 2011. The male lead Chen Bolin’s bedrooms eyes are absolutely dreamy and the heroine is deliciously complex. It is a great friends-to-lover drama which even prompted a Korean remake.

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            My first C-drama was that one classic mainland production ROMANCE OF THE 3 KINGDOMS. Although it was based on Luo Guanzhong’s novel, more than half of it was true to the history which got me hooked pretty fast despite being overwhelmed with so many characters. Fortunately I watched it with a couple of friends who were well versed in history.

            Winter is my favorite time for historical C-dramas because they are pretty long. I just finished “The Story of Yangxi Palace” I was hooked on the beautiful, intelligent, talented and ruthless ladies of the harem and their struggles. It felt real to me more than the main character.

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            @kimbapnoona I heard about “In time with you” and its good reviews, have added it on my to-watch list (but I think the Korean version wasn’t that well received ^^’)

            @kiara : “Winter is my favorite time for historical C-dramas because they are pretty long.” I watched NIF during the fall, but I think that winter suits the mood better indeed 🙂

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            @kudoran, it’s When We Were Young 2018…that I absolutely fell in love. There’s a 2016 but I think the synopsis is different and doesn’t seem like my kind of thing.

            @kimbapnoona Where is our C-drama group chat??

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            @jenmole glad that I added the good one (2018) on my to-watch list, the picture reminded me of Sicarius posts with the red school uniform ^^
            thx for sharing ^^

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            Uhm I’m sorry but you OBVIOUSLY have to watch Meteor Garden 2018 @kudoran… 😜😜😜😜😜😜

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            @sicarius I’ve seen many Beanies raving about it, the pineapple and so on (and the girl nobody cares about ? don’t even know who she is but seems like there’s some fast forward to do)
            Hana Yori Dango was my 2nd drama , left a very deep impression and started my drama journey; was my first time having my heart crushed by noble idiocy, evil mother and so on . I can’t listen to Planetarium w/o getting super super sad </3 ; the ost was quite good : Kizuna is one of my fav'
            so Hana Yori Dango my sweat honey (yep I wrote sweat for a reason =P) maybe I'll watch your Chinese cousin, much later,maybe for 2019 2nd half

            @all sorry for all those comments, didn't expect it when I asked for some reco ^^'

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            @kudoran kekekeke it’s half a joke, half serious. It’s ridiculous in many places but has a good heart. Also Pineapple ftw.

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          @kudoran Glad you enjoyed Suddenly This Summer. And you’re welcome! ^^
          I second Kimbapnoona’s recs below. I loved both A Love So Beautiful and Love 020. (Just ignore the bad kisses in L020) Yang-yang is a great onscreen kisser but the girl is just uggggh! ALSB’s ending is one of my favorite endings ever! And yess, how did I forget to recommend Ten Miles Of Peach Blossoms? Drama made me cry. Mark Chao is love! Do check them out when you have time.

          @kimbapnoona *bows*
          Btw, I checked out ep 1 of Game Of Hunting the previous week and I didn’t really like it? It’s well acted and cinematography is really good but the story (or stories about business) is just not my thing. And I love Huge, he’s pretty and cute and all but him acting cute is just not cute. Lol.

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            I will add Game of Hunting to my list to check out! I love Hu Ge but I cannot imagine him acting cute!

            Have you watched Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost? The first 20 episodes or so are such cracky fun, but inevitably it took a turn to the melo and I put it on hold. Is the story satisfying enough to bear all the angst, @giegie0384?

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            @kimbapnoona He’s an ass in the drama. Steals his terminally ill friend’s girlfriend (who is his ex way back in college). I think I’m just not used to him romancing someone, as I’ve only seen him play serious roles. I was cringing watching his romantic scenes in GOH.

            I have watched Ashes last year. Phoenix is love! <3 I loved ep 1-25 (best eps imo) but it started to get draggy from ep 25-45. I liked the demon princess but her loveline took too much airtime, and it started to get repetitive and boring. Though the middle part is draggy I thought it’s not that bad, and the drama did a great job in developing the second lead’s character. Sadly, it’s at the expense of the main leads airtime and character developement. So the Demon Lord part and ending felt rushed. It’s still worth watching. Just ff through the boring scenes. 😀

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            @giegie0384 “ALSB’s ending is one of my favorite endings ever” this is so tempting, should I just start ALSB instead of trying the new crop of Kdrama, hmm, I’ll let you know 😉

            I’ve seen some reviews about Ten Miles Of Peach Blossoms/eternal love , might check it for the hype, maybe for spring ^^ (already have so many things to watch x) )

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            @kudoran It is! I just love the ending so much. Left me satisfied but at the same time wanting more. It’s mostly because of the lead’s chemistry. Hui Yitan & Shen Yue are just so natural on screen partners.
            And I see you’ve already started watching the show. 😉

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            I decided not to start The Crowned clown, will wait some weeks and Beanies reviews, so I have some time for ALSB ^^

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            having watched ep1 , I got some déjà vu , having seen some scenes on the fanwall long time ago ^^’, funny experience for a new drama x) , I think that it was @modernflapper, wasn’t it ? It’s been a while I haven’t seen her around 🙁

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    Wang Kai 😍😍😍😍😍😍 His voice is like *melts*

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    Jing Wang and his sexy deep voice omo omo omo <3 !!!

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      Can’t find you on MDL but this is mine if you’re interested. ^^ https://mydramalist.com/profile/Jane84

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        I sent you a request , thanks for the link, your completed list is so impressive O_o !!! I saw some Jp dramas also, maybe time to pick them up too ^^’ …for the 2nd half of the year, it’s not like my to-watch list has more than 100 shows , nope not at all x)

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          Thank you for the request! I thought you were joking when you said you have 100 plan-to-watch dramas lol Our 10-rated dramas are almost the same. ^^

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            You’re welcome, I don’t know why you couldn’t find me :/
            nope not joking, but some dramas have been on my to-watch list for years, so I don’t think I’ll ever watch them all ^^’ , will still try to watch as much as possible haha x)
            Glad to see our fav’ drama are similar ^^ , that makes your list and ratings more reliable hehe 😉 (but also means I’d be tempted by more dramas and movies , aigoo~ x) )

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            @kudoran I kept writing your name in small letters and 2 “u”s, no wonder you woudl’t show up. 😅
            Good luck finishing those dramas. 😉

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            And yup, it was modernflapper. It’s been months since I last saw her post.
            (Reply to your other post.) ^*

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2018: A Year of Kpop discovery

Looking back at 2018, I realised 1) I discovered new groups. BTS, EXO and SHINee comebacks didn’t make it to my list. 2) I prefer hard rock over soft pop (I don’t even know the terms – help out a classical musician!). 3) A girl group made it to my list @mindy! 😀

1. iKON- Love Scenario
2. PENTAGON- Shine
3. iKON- Goodbye Road
4. Wanna One – Boomerang
5. Stray Kids – My Pace
6. NCT U – Baby Don’t Stop
7. EXO CBX – Blooming Day
8. Stray Kids – District 9
9. Mamamoo – Starry Night
10. Seventeen – Oh My!

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    GOOD. Top 10 lists without a single female artist make me angry.

    Love Scenario is good, too.

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      Hmm, well, making lists is a subjective exercise. I like songs based on their musical quality and appeal, doesn’t matter who sings it, new or established singer, male or female… so don’t be angry. Also note this is a list of groups, not soloists. Otherwise IU would be up there.

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    From your list, I love:
    1. iKON- Love Scenario
    2. PENTAGON- Shine
    3. iKON- Goodbye Road
    5. Stray Kids – My Pace
    9. Mamamoo – Starry Night

    Which is half your list! HAHAHA

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      Fab! I guess the other half of your list includes some BTS, right?

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        Yeah. These aren’t my top 10 tbh. I’d need two lists. 1. BIG LOVE – will be a lot of BTS, some Winner, a little iKon. 2. Non-BTS & YG – Stray Kids, Key’s solo, LocoXBaekhyun collaboration, Mamamoo yes, Imfact’s NANANA & a few others. 😅

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I will not get excited about this. I will not get excited. I will not…
GAAAH THE POSTERS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL I CAN’T WAIT!


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My little ship is going to sink right? It looks so pretty all decked with balloons. 😭😭
#TopStarYooBaek
#AbsOverFlowers
#SLSisreal
#GiveLeeSangYeobaleadrole
#MaDolOppaFighting

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    I desperately want to find a reason to use the hashtag #absoverflowers now
    IMMEDIATELY

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      If you are watching Top Star Yoo Baek, you can use it every episode lol.
      Yoo Baek=Abs
      Ma Dol=Flowers

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      Look at the man carrying them. HELLO !!!!

      #yesithinkmadolisbetterlookingthanyoobaekandiwilldieonthathill

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    Sorry to inform you, but that ship ran into an ab-berg, and is going to sink like a stone. If only a certain top star had been dumped on a different island.

    #absoverflowers is a superb hashtag

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    Awwww here’s to hoping dramaland will give Lee Sang Yeob a lead role this year. And that he will finally get the girl. Same prayers for Ji Soo. 😂😂😂

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      Actually one of the first things I saw Lee Sangyeob in was a 50-ep weekender called A Little Love Never Hurts. He was lead in that. It was pretty good, I’d watch it again if somebody put it on a licensed site.

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        Oh, good to know! I’ve only ever seen him as a bad guy in dramas, and as second lead in the weekender House of Bluebird.

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LOL I can’t wait for episode 8 now. They parodied the hands thing from Mr Sunshine 🤣🤣

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Allow me to introduce the ridiculous makjang couple in Top Star Yoo Baek.
Summary: Years ago they had a thing, but the doctor left to study abroad. He married someone else in a rush. They met again when his wife was ill in hospital. They couldn’t help themselves and kissed passionately in front a vending machine. Just then the wife died and he lives with the guilt. Both now work at the island school, as a doctor and a teacher… for one student.
I think I should just watch An Empress Dignity?

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    Heh. They’re strangely cute though.

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    You can just watch both (because i do 🤣🤣🤣) .. The Last Empress’s makjang is in a different level than Yoo Baek; i watch it coz i want to know who the heck the mysterious old man who keep making noises early in the morning (i dont care about this couple anymore because even the teacher’s student is wiser than him)

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Starting the year off with Bok Soo’s smiles is no bad thing. He’s such a fool in love.😂
Still, I hope the show eases up on the rom and moves on to… I dunno. Reform the discriminatory school system?

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    I wish it was 12 episodes instead of 16. This episode cute for the first 20 min then too much filler and lipstick 😂😂

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    LOL Now that everyone has their filling of Bok su’s cuteness 😂😭, writer-nim, can we now move on to something more heroic?

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    Super cute scene. ^^

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@ally-le in response to your post, I fell through the kpop rabbit hole this year too! I already knew BTS and EXO (and have embraced my EXO-L identity), but I discovered others here on DB:
– Winner: Sunbae @jenmole at the Beanie Island Party.
– iKON: discovered during @hades’ #kpopeducation. Prob my favourite songs this year (Love Scenario, Goodbye Road…).
– GOT7: sunbae @raohna. @isthatacorner helped me appreciate the beauty that is Jackson.
– Girl groups: still not a big fan, but credit to @mindy for posting some good songs.
– Highlight: Prescribed music at the medical centre at the island made me Curious… @ally-le and @delphy.
– BTS: @greenfields and @fatcat007 kept the non-fakeu love for BTS going. I feel I know Yoongi and Worldwide Handsome a lot better after writing about them in gif stories.

If given the choice I still listen to kdrama OSTs rather than kpop, but I prefer kpop over Western music for random dance fiascos games or parties. 🎉😎🕺🏻

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I’m logging off until 2019, so Happy New Year! See you sometime in the future.

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I’ve read several comments now about DB becoming a more negative place… so how about we lighten up and spread some Christmas cheer?

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Somebody mentioned Manes of Glory in OT and I immediately went on a google gifs spree.

(Nobody can tell I am becoming obsessed with Yoo Seung Ho all over again, right?)



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This year I fell down the kpop rabbit hole during an Island Party. It all led to this, thank you for the recommendation YouTube. The little drummer cat is my favourite.

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Taking inspiration from my friend @greenfields, I decided to draft my New Year Resolutions here. They are drama-related, of course:
1) Banish the word “slump” from my lexicon. Think positively: there is no slump, just intermission (applicable when real life hits or no drama really appeals).
2) Do other fun stuff during intermissions, like sports or meeting up with friends.
3) Continue the K-drama diet, i.e.: watch no more than 2-3 ongoing dramas.
4) Restrict my time on Dramabeans: check beanie wall only 3-4 days per week.*
*possibly the hardest one to achieve.

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    No. 1 – 3 is pretty doable but no.4 though…
    good luck..? hehehe

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      Thank you. It’s difficult but important. At one point this year I was spending more time on DB than actually watching dramas or doing other stuff. Scrolling down the beanie wall takes ages XD

      Maybe I will revise it to: check DB only once a day… 🤔 I’ll keep thinking about this one.

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        I’ve taken to scrolling through the wall more quickly. If someone’s posting about a show I’m not watching/interested in, I usually skip the post.

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    Good luck Toki, but I want to see you around still! Don’t go disappearing on me!! I miss you!!!

    My resolution is simply to actually watch more dramas again…

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      That’s a good resolution, but don’t force yourself. Let the good dramas come to you.

      And you will of course see me around to provide silly comments and fun gifs.

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    I think checking DB beanie wall 3-4 times a week could become a bigger wormhole. Like you might keep wanting to see the content you haven’t yet and go from one page to the next. But good luck with that. I guess I visit DB 7/8 times a day.

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