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Odds and Ends: Meat in the city

HeadsNo2: So, KCON. That was a thing we went to.

javabeans: It happened. It’ll happen again.

gummimochi: And next time, we won’t stay at the skeevy apartment.

HeadsNo2: You know how Airbnb says “Don’t go there, live there?” Well, we lived there. We definitely got a taste of what living in Newark was like.

gummimochi: Also Newark =/= New York.

girlfriday: But KCON NY was fun, and our panels went well, despite the fact that one of them was advertised as being at the wrong time. Thankfully, people still came!

javabeans: That time snafu was unfortunate. We had people come up to us afterward asking when we would be on, and we’d just finished.

HeadsNo2: Wamp wamp waaaamp.

javabeans: But still, we were very happy to talk to you guys in person and to have the turnout. And to get a chance to meet our minions in person, like chickachunga, whom we immediately put to work as our photographer. She’s adorable, by the way.

girlfriday: Yes! We plan to take her everywhere we go. Like a mascot, but way more useful.

javabeans: Our first panel was early on Friday, and it was our romance panel (“Boy Meets Girl Meets Fate”), which we thought was a good topic since it covers 99 percent of K-dramas.

girlfriday: We talked about tropes like wrist-grabbing and the evolution of character archetypes like the Candy, and evil forces of Fate like mothers-in-law, and how happily-ever-afters always need Fate’s approval.

javabeans: The topics were fun to talk about, inasmuch as romance is the bread and butter of dramaland and there’s just a lot of examples of people in love in interesting ways. Okay, some less interesting ways too.

HeadsNo2: But seriously, what is with the wrist-grabbing?

gummimochi: WHY IS IT ROMANTIC?

javabeans: Come to KCON LA to hear our answer!

HeadsNo2: Good plug.

girlfriday: Our second panel on Saturday afternoon was about fandoms and meta dramaland, and the production stuff behind the scenes.

HeadsNo2: That was a really fun topic to pick javabeans and girlfriday’s brains about.

gummimochi: We also had a good number of people during the Q&A session, asking really insightful questions about the future of the industry. Actually, there were so many that we had to ask them to pull javabeans and girlfriday aside afterward. Then there was the lightning round…

javabeans: And Heads and gummimochi always pull out the fun lightning rounds. I loved the one where they asked girlfriday to describe Scholar Who Walks the Night in 5 seconds and her answer was, “Lee Jun-ki…. is really pretty…!”

HeadsNo2: *Ding!*

girlfriday: Did I really say that?

HeadsNo2: No one will ever know! Except for all the people who recorded it. I swear, as soon as we announced the lightning round, all these phones came up.

girlfriday: javabeans described the hypothetical Blood sequel, Blood 2: The Bloodletting, as “Vampire doctor loses control and starts drinking his patients.”

HeadsNo2: That would make it watchable.

javabeans: Would it, though? I might just prefer Scholar 2: Lee Jun-ki is Still Pretty.

HeadsNo2: Overall though, KCON went pretty darn well. The feedback from the fans was super fun.

gummimochi: But really, we were most concerned about javabeans being able to walk around Newark.

HeadsNo2: We were actually worried that she wouldn’t even make it. And she wouldn’t even update us. We didn’t know until she got on the flight.

javabeans: I DID update you! Was it my fault that my answer was, “I don’t know yet! I’m still in pain”?

girlfriday: To be fair, we went to the doctor’s office EVERY SINGLE DAY the week of KCON, just to get approval (and shots) to get her on that flight. And we still didn’t know until that morning whether she would be able to get on the plane. It was that down to the wire.

javabeans: She came into my room that morning and asked, “Can you walk? Can you get on the plane?” And I was lying there carefully, saying, “I’m not sure yet. I’ll try.”

HeadsNo2: All I kept saying was, “Get a cortisone shot! GET A CORTISONE SHOT.”

girlfriday: On the upside, javabeans being on crutches got us to the front of the security line at the airport. These are the perks.

javabeans: You’re digging real deep there for a silver lining.

girlfriday: It’s what I do.

gummimochi: Thankfully everyone made it in (eventually), though Heads and I were waiting for our Airbnb host for a good 30 minutes while he was “coming downstairs.”

HeadsNo2: The Airbnb from HELL.

javabeans: Please don’t ask any more questions about that place, I don’t want to know the answer to any of them..

HeadsNo2: You mean like, why did we have to buy sheets from the dollar store?

gummimochi: And how well we slept that night when we finally got clean linens?!

HeadsNo2: I’ve never been more excited about sheets. Or 99 cent towels. All the 99 cent towels.

javabeans: I pinky-promise we’ll have clean sheets for you in LA. They might even be the same sheets.

HeadsNo2: I don’t even care about the sheets. I care about the meat.

girlfriday: OKAY. Can we talk about the meat? And the ridiculously small portions of it?

HeadsNo2: And how there was just not enough meat in all of New York to feed us??!

gummimochi: *hangs head in shame* I have nothing to say in justification for the morsel-sized portions.

javabeans: Is this a thing in New York, where you pay $35 for an adult portion of beef and get a tiny child-size morsel instead? Because there is no way we’re just supposed to order nine full orders of beef to feed five regular people. Also I left hungry.

HeadsNo2: I left hungry too, but I didn’t want to say anything. It was NINE PORTIONS after all.

girlfriday: Is everyone a model in New York? Because in LA, one portion will feed one person. It’s kind of the definition of A PORTION.

javabeans: The Korean term literally means “one person amount”!

HeadsNo2: Now that you guys have talked so highly about LA portions, we’ll be expecting delivery on these promises. Just sayin’.

javabeans: Oh, this is not hard to promise, because here in LA, we eat like normal people. You order dinner, and you don’t need a second dinner.

gummimochi: I’m pretty sure I ordered a 1:1 ratio last time, and the server asked me if I was sure. Answer: “Yes.”

javabeans: Did you leave hungry? Also did you get a burger on the way home?

HeadsNo2: I left hungry for you.

gummimochi: There was a Shake Shack nearby. That’s why there’s one on every corner. It’s like Starbucks, but for meat.

girlfriday: This is no way to live.

HeadsNo2: Starbucks for meat? YES.

javabeans: Hilariously, girlfriday had just muttered to me, “Starbucks for meat? Ew!”

HeadsNo2: But KCON. That was a thing we went to.

javabeans: It happened. And it’ll happen again.

 
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Come to Florida! There's lots of meat in many varieties!

.... okay, that sounds super-innuendo-y. I regert nothing. Still, Florida! Come here, too!

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Yes! Please come to the sunny state.

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YEEEEEEESSSSSSS!

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NY. LA .. Paris ? Oh please, come to Paris Kcon, I'll promise clean sheets and great food.

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And much better accommodations so YES PLEASE come this way. ?

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Yes, come to France! I've got delivered 10 kg of premium organic beef today and ordered another for october so there will be plenty of meet and I cook way too much so I'm giving to everybody a lunchbox for the next day. I'm not a meet eater but everybody else is and I love to cook. I could try something to your taste and my chilli peppers are getting more spicy day by day. ;-)

I'm sorry about AirBnB though, I'm traveling with them for 2 years by now and I'm quite happy. I always check the feedbacks to assure myself before booking something. I came back from my little holidays from Île d'Ouessant yesterday and we had a lovely cottage with a great view on the sea and lighthouses only for ourselfs.

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Yesss come to kcon paris please!!!

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If you give us BBQ cravings at 3am, the least you could do is spill the Airbnb from hell story. (Unless it's really scary. In which case, I'm out!)

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I'm curious about the wrist-grabbing. Has anyone who has been to Korea or lives there now seen it happen in real life? I've never seen or experienced it.

Also, AirBNB sounds scary to me. Like Craigslist for places to stay. You guys are braver than me!

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Drunks and douchebags are universally the violent ones. I like to think it's no different in SK.

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I'm curious about what they said about wrist grabbing. I'm not Korean, but I've worked with some and I've been wrist grabbed by Korean men (Wait. Does that makes it sound like I'm surrounded by them?? Haha...) and it's not violent like what we see in dramas. It's more of a hey-I-wanna-hold-your-hand-but-I'm-too-shy-so-I'll-grab-your-wrist-instead sort of thing. It's cute, actually. I guess it's has to do with their "skinship" concept, in that while the guys are testing the waters, it's a way to get some physical contact with girls without being creepy.

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Oh, so it does happen in real life! I was starting to think it was just a thing drama writers made up, like falling down on top of someone and accidentally kissing them.

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It's not just Korean and definitely not romantic in real life. Even in dramas it's rarely swoony. Mostly I'm just chanting at the girl to punch the douche *le sigh

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Ummm, guys, you can't just leave us hanging with that AirBnB story. Give us the deets!

Poor JB, I hope you get better soon! You're such a trooper. I never would've guessed from the pics that you were in such pain.

I love that pic with your four doing the heart sign. Why are you all so cute?!

Time to scour YouTube for this lightning round.

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Looking forward to seeing you at my first KCon in July!

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one day i will not be late purchasing tickets. it will happen.

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Sounds like a fun time and - hey - the Airbnb story will always be something to talk about once the memories have blurred a bit.

Oh, and Lee Jun Ki IS really pretty, and I was totally fine watching 20 episodes worth of drama for that. Don't judge me.

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Have you guys set your panel dates for Kcon LA?

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There has to be some kind of recording of the panel somewhere right?

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I hope you're better now javabeans.
Thank you girls for all your hard work.

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Hey gang, please tag yourselves in the photos! They're not high enough rez to read your nametags.

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Panel pic l-r: gummimochi, headsno2, jb and gf :-)

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See the last picture, the tallest one in white dress is Girlfriday, then Javabeans, Heads and Gummimochi. I don't know the one who wear glasses, maybe she is new minion.

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I would guess that is most probably chickachunga?
And it's gf, jb, gummi, then Heads, right? In the last pic.

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Ok, I've already been wondering about this in the past but how tall is girlfriday? O.o

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Hahaha. Thanks for sharing, Guys. If it's not too much to ask, I can't read the name tag and I don't know who is who.

Thanks again.

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I wonder if the last KCON here in Abu Dhabi had a kdrama panel... next time I'll spend more time in KCON.

Feel better javabeans!

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Someone on OT asked me to talk about my experience at KCON(not)NY, so here's a quick-(-ish) recap for the curious. K-pop ahead, you've been warned:

Thursday night Concert:
Only made it in time for the concerts. Ailee made me a fan, had her backing track cut out in the middle of a song and kept going with an amazing acapella ver. She was very emotional and happy to be performing in her hometown for the first time and her excitement was contagious. Seventeen were cute and fun. Dynamic Duo got the crowd totally going, was very impressive. Apparently I missed the Park Bo Young fan stuff earlier that day but she was tiny and adorable on stage and said she was surprised at how many people wanted her autograph!

Friday

Convention:
hot. so hot. picked up some skincare goodies (Tonymoly, TFS) some swag (Korelimted snapback, tanktop, twoL backpack) and some yummy yummy food (bubble tea, cucumber kimchi tofu tacos whaaat?) and only souvenir type thing was a KCONNY light stick. Apparently they've stepped up the convention from years past, it was fun and there was a lot going on.

Panels:
JuncurryAhn and DANakaDAN were so packed could barely see them, so just stopped by for a glimpse. SM producers were really interesting and had some good stories and insights. Culture Clashes in Hallyu was actually really great, touched on some extremely sensitive topics and managed to effectively facilitate a dialog with the audience on some very tough things.

DRAMABEANS:
First off, THANK YOU JAVABEANS!! you were so amazing to suffer through the pain to be there! The panel was great, so many insights from the girls. A lot of it was things I've heard them say in various podcasts, scattered about in recaps or just offhand comments so it was great to hear it as a cohesive narrative. Lightning round was HILARIOUS. Also yes, there were so many people wanting to talk to JB and GF, so I talked to Heads and Gummi - cause really how totally amazing are they?? So very. Also, Chickachunga is adorbs, I can confirm. I'm in the audience pic by the way, (one of like 2 people not looking at my phone?) on the right side, left of the girl in the bright orange, that pale dot is ma face!! Anyway, thank you ladies for going through so much to be there and interact with your legion of fans, we love you so much and appreciate it!

Friday Concert:
Mamamoo fangirl here, so that was fun. DAY6 rocked it, and did a fun little stage with Mamamoo. Eric Nam was a little rocky but made up for it with his bubbly personality. BTS was BTS, the ARMY fangirls permanently damaged my hearing I think, but still, fun.

Newark: um... ew? Sorry Newark. Also, you are not New York.

Overall a fun time, don't know that I would go back, but maybe for the LA one someday. Thanks again DB team, you are as lovely in person as you are in digital format!

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You saw bts? Me is jelly @[email protected]
I wanna go kcon one day. The db panel looks like fun. Hope you get better soon JB~

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Mamamoo is my FAVE GROUP EVER. I am sooo jealous!

Seeing both the DB team and Mamamoo in one day... I would die of happiness...

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Thanks for the quick recap! Sounds like you had good time.

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You saw mamamoo, day6 and eric nam??? On top of that, attending db panel too?
You lucky one i am so jealous sob T.T

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"javabeans: Oh, this is not hard to promise, because here in LA, we eat like normal people. You order dinner, and you don’t need a second dinner."

KBBQ RULES in L.A.! There's SOOOOO many places to choose from... with meat on top of meat on top of more meat... with overflowing banchan... and you don't have to take out a second mortgage to afford a decent meal. Out here, you can even get a bottle of good makgeolli for $1.00. A BUCK. ?

Should be a good time had by all. Seeyas in July! :D

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yesssss so much good kbbq in LA. last time i was in ktown i went to a $12 AYCE place that was actually pretty legit. ugh. so good.

also where are you getting one dollar makgeolli??!

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I sincerely apologize for New York. Well portioned meat is hard to come by here. A luxury only for special occasions once a year (or two).

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There wasn't a line at Shake Shack? There's always a line.

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I keep wondering... Heads is not a Korean?

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Aw man, Newark always represents NJ so wrong.

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Well big city is all like that. Years ago, I used to live Central/southern Jersey and worked in Newark (close to train station). One good thing working in city like Newark is that they don't expect/want you to stay late (or weekends) at work. lol

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Is girlfriday tall or is everyone else just really short?

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Yes.

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See ya ladies in LA! Got tickets for Sunday's concert lineup, so I'll be there all day. Still unsure if I'll be there on Saturday or if I'll be exploring the city. I'm only an hour and a half away from LA btw -- but there's always something I could stock up on while in LA.

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Cute new haircut, javabeans!

Glad you girls survived Newark!

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Headsno2 is not like I had imagined ... She's very pretty !!!
You look cute with short hair, javabeans.

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Who's the girl with the glasses? She's a cutie.

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Thanks for sharing these details and photos with us!

Hope you're feeling much better javabeans!

Thanks also to the entire DB team for all you do!

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Ooh! I've always thought Heads is of Korean descent!

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stayed in Newark once for cheap hotel for a SM concert. ugh. the chicken chow mein was also shocking! even though the place was "chinese" run, stir fried chicken was served over a plate of rice, and the "noodles" was a separate bag of croutons that tasted like fish cookies. even panda food court is more palatable than that?!! is chinese noodles scarce in Newark? i'd rather go to LA over NY anyday for anything kpop.

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You gals were in my hood! Hahahaha sorry Newark scared/scarred you.

I'm a hop, skip, and a jump outside NWK, though I have friends who are keepin' it real living in the midst of it, and fella used to live there. As far as meat, I'm a vegetarian but if you were in Manhattan you won't get much bang for your buck bc it’s fancy like that. Did you go into NYC and visit Koreatown? You'll find Korean food in Edgewater or Edison NJ, and there's a place closer by too in East Hanover. If you wanted some good portions in Newark, the Ironbound district’s Portuguese restaurants/steak houses like Iberia or Spanish Tavern should treat you right! Next time consider staying in the nearby but surprisingly more scenic/safe South Orange. If you need a guide lmk. Peace and kimchi! xo

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