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Open Thread #529

Happy Friday everyone!

Here is your Open Thread, which is here for you to chat about anything you want, whether it be drama-related or not. Nothing’s off-topic here! Spoilers may be rife, so proceed accordingly.

 
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Many dramas have ended and it's time we welcome new ones☺️.

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Hi Beanies! Real life and BTS took over lately and I haven't had much time for dramas or dramabeans these past three or four weeks. I missed so much! ^^ Hope everyone has been well and is looking forward to Christmas and the New Year.

I wanted to ask: Any New Year Resolutions?
Mine are -
1. Stick to my Keyboard practice and lessons and get some professional qualification;
2. More time on people and relationships, less on work and yes - dramas
3. Find a boyfriend. :'( Ideal traits - not too tall, capable, earning well (err - I'm materialistic? or realistic) and generally a sweet guy.
4. Figure out the career situation/direction.

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Just curious, but how are you going to do #3?

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Err... good point. Now might be a good time to turn to the DB Community for a plan? ^^;

My vague idea is to get out more, interact with people my age more. I work, come home, sleep and work again. Would be possible to meet guys if I included the occassional Friday evening plan with friends (not that I have many in the vicinity)?

There's also the occassional Dreaded Arranged Marriage meeting which may - who knows - actually lead somewhere one of these days.

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The "Dreaded Arranged Marriage" meeting is now disguised as Match.com and other "dating" sites. LOL! I never had these and just dated people that were in my circle of friends at school and work, or military (as my case ended up being). Always keep your eyes pealed and don't count anyone out, even if they don't meet your ideals initially. I just went to a wedding a year ago where the groom was much shorter than the bride and one of her ideals was to marry someone tall (at least taller than her) and she dated all these really fine, modelesque males for a long time and this guy was forever in the "friend zone" before she finally realized that he was better than any guy she'd ever dated, and got off her hang up and now they have the cutest baby boy! He's so good to her, worships the ground she walks on.

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Hahaha I'm on these (kinds of) sites. We have them in India - where I'm from - and my parents handle it. Can life be any more sad? Haha

Your friend's story could be made into a funny drama. We can have one episode cameos for all the terrible dates, and the male lead is obviously the "friend zoned" guy. ^^;

And whoa - military? Now that's cool.

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@greenfields, the drama will be better version of "the time i loved you "

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If you add "single" to number 3 you might have to travel to drama land to find one... because that's been my tag line to my friends lol Every man I consider fine turn out already have someone, and I always like "In dramas those kind of guys are always single, why....." What I'm trying to say is... like what Ally said, always keep your eyes pealed and don't count anyone out..
I've come to that realization recently... and actually considering my best boy-friend. He's nowhere near my ideal type. I like tall boys, he has similar heights with me. I like fair boys, his skin is darker than mine. I like leading and capable boys, he's the type of person who hates spotlight. But when I look back, we always have good conversations, even after living faraway from each other the last 7 years. We chats almost everyday and sometimes until my thumbs hurt...
He actually confessed of having romantic feeling towards me 8 years ago, after keeping it to himself for 3 years... but I liked someone at that time and you know, he's not my ideal type so I didn't take it seriously. He's never been in relationship with anyone and neither do I.
Maybe because I'm a bit older now I realize what we have is precious and not everyone has someone like that in their life. So I'm actually considering taking a step towards him, but afraid if we have relationship then it broke, our friendship might be unrepairable. And I'm not sure with my own feelings so I haven't done anything yet, keeping it at status quo.
He's studying abroad right now, and I'm planning to go visit him around spring next year. Partly to confirm my feelings. He has no idea what's happening with me right now so hopefully I'm not in this alone hahaha
This suddenly turns into weird confession sorry

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Hahahaha no problem at all. Good luck and good luck! ^^; I'm cheering for you!!

As for the criteria, you're right. It is a bit too much, It's just an ideal, not the expected. BTS' Suga is my imagined ideal as well. I don't actually expect to find a guy like him, sadly. But that may indeed be the problem as you say. I need to stop imagining.

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We need an episode two after you visit him, ok!?!

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Ok~ you'll have it! ^^ Thank you @ally-le @greenfields

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Girl, I'm with you there....I've been in perpetual singleland for a VERY long time...and I feel like it just get's harder with time. I'm in my late 20's and it seems like everyone is either in a serious relationship or married. I wish I would have tried to date more when I was younger, but I was so focused on my career...now that I'm done all that, there's no one around to date =(
And yes, I've tried EVERYTHING ..... I've been on more than one dating site, speed dating, blind dates and dates set up by friends. I've even given my parents an "okay" to set me up.

Either I have unbelievable high standards (which I really don't think I do) or I'm just destined to be alone. BLAH.

Sorry, end rant.

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*highfive of gloom*? Late 20s, everyone in serious relationship, married or about to? One and the same, we are. Sisterhood of Single. I focused too much on career too, I think. Only to switch very recently so I'm starting from scratch anyway. It's like my whole life is on restart.

Giving parents the "okay", I will agree, is the ultimate sign of having tried EVERYTHING. Damn that destiny.

*no worries about the rant. Similar internal ranting happening here as well.

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*highfive* indeed.
Sorry, I didn't mean to turn your positive post into a downer! I really do hope that you try all avenue's to meet people and give everything a shot (I actually found speed dating really fun).
And yes, my parent's were my last straw...bless them, they really try...but it's really hard to not feel awkward about the whole conversation...again, "try everything" is my motto.
I think life just gets more lonely now - I don't want the love of my life or someone to sweep me off my feet...I'd just like to have a companion, someone in my corner when things get crappy, someone to go try that new restaurant or go watch a crappy movie with. I have lots of friends and love them, but now they have obligations with boyfriends and in-laws (and rightly so) and they have a new go-to person.
You just start to feel like you've really missed the boat, and you're waiting for another one but not sure when it'll be here.

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Hehe I'm not sure it was a very positive post. I scrolled down and there's a comment about things to be thankful this year. Now that's a positive Beanie ^^; *hugs that Beanie whom I can't find again* I, on the other hand, am thinking about things I'm not happy with this year.

Agree and more agree about life getting more lonely. I didn't particularly care about getting a boyfriend until one of my absolutely closest friends got into a steady relationship almost two years ago. The loss of her time, energy and attention was - for me - heartbreaking. And a one sided heartbreak at that. Haha. ^^; We're still close obviously, but like you, my life can get a bit lonely.

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I hope it works out for you soon. A companion is the nicely way to put in words what we all want in life, to he honest. :)

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@greenfields,

It feels like long time, no see. You've been busy with Real Life. ;-)

As a person of a certain age who's been there and done that, I'd like to give you a hand with #3, finding a boyfriend. The following story is true, and only the names have been changed. Think of it as a parable. YMMV. ;-)

At the age of 29, a combination of events and circumstances prompted me to get into therapy. For a solid year, I put the focus on getting my head together, and benched myself from my already non-existent social life as I had no interest, time, or energy for dating.

I had broken up several years earlier with my first significant other, whom I truly had thought I would marry. In my heart of hearts, I had come to realize that that was not to be, and attempted to end it amicably. (We had started dating when I graduated college two years before he did, although he was actually a year older.) Ultimately I had to quit my gig at the campus radio station because crossing paths with him there became too frustrating.

As I came to understand myself better, I gradually realized that I would like to come out of my shell for companionship with an emotionally healthy adult human male. My only other criteria: that he have a good heart. That was it.

With that in mind, on the full moon in May, I donned my favorite yukata and a touch of patchouli, looked up at the moon as I stood in my backyard bathed in its light, and stated my wish to the Powers Who Be. It was like sending off a etheric message in a bottle.

In those pre-Internet days, my mundane options were: (1) go to bars and clubs (no way!); (2) religiously read the "Personals" classified ads in the local newspaper and see if any of them resonated (some did, but I didn't have the guts to respond); (3) go to dances and gatherings hosted by local organizations such as churches (did I mention I was shy?).

About 5 weeks later, I got a call from a girlfriend one Friday night after work. She wanted to go out and socialize, and needed some moral support. I was inclined to just stay home. She said, "I'll never meet anyone if I stay home. They're not going to form a line at my doorstep." I could stay in my comfort zone, or I could try out a new behavior. I relented and selflessly agreed to go out with her.

We had two options: a dance hosted by a local church, or a "rap group" organized by a respected local outfit that had been meeting for something like 20 years and was open to the public. We went to the rap group.

The site was an ornate mansion dating back to the Gilded Age of Wall Street tycoons. It now served as a church, which rented out the facilities to community groups. The upper story contained classrooms which were not air conditioned. The beautiful grounds included a lovely paved terrace and gardens.

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I love what you wrote. Just wanted to acknowledge it for now. Will respond properly after work. In the meantime, thanks for sharing. *hugs*

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Note: "Rap session" is the term I was searching for when I wrote "rap group." The 1960s meaning of "to rap" = to discuss, or to shoot the breeze (or the bull), as in a "bull session."

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Participants were randomly assigned to one of a number of classrooms where a moderator would introduce the evening's rap (discussion) topic. Everyone took turns stating their response to the question, which was along the lines of, "Do you make decisions with your heart or your mind?" It went on for about an hour as everyone had their say. Then we hastily retreated downstairs for refreshments in the sweltering July heat.

After getting a snack and speaking with one person, I ran into my girlfriend, who kept meeting weirdos. The heat was killing me, and I needed fresh air. I made a beeline for the French doors to the terrace. The humid night was still, and after standing around in the twilight with my tootsies beginning to ache in my "lucky" purple high heels, I tottered over towards the corner of the building, where I hoped to catch a breeze.

A young man, who looked to be about 26, came over and said, “I thought you were a statue until you moved.”

There was no place to sit down, and my feet were killing me. I asked if it would be okay if we went over to the edge of the terrace so I could lean against the balustrade. He agreed, and we found ourselves near some trees. During our conversation it came out that he had recently taken a leave of absence from his programming job and spent 4 months traveling in Hong Kong, China, India, Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia on an around-the-world ticket. He passed through Hawaii, where I had lived for several years. We had a nice, relaxed conversation. It wasn't his first time at this twice-monthly gathering. He'd attended a couple of times before.

He struck me as a sincere, down-to-earth person with a sense of humor. He was from the middle of the country, and was soft-spoken and unassuming. His voice was pleasant, and he had a hint of a twinkle in his hazel eyes. He was just a couple of inches taller than me, so I could pretty much look him in the eye without having to crane my neck uncomfortably to avoid staring at his collar bone.

He was no Robert Redford, but looked attractive, neat, nicely dressed in a suit, and well-proportioned. Whereupon the mosquitoes emerged from the shrubbery and had a field day biting my bare arms. I remarked that I felt like a blood donor, which elicited a chuckle.

The night was winding down as we made our way to the wrought iron gate. When we got there, he asked for my phone number. A little voice inside told me that he was okay. He said he'd call the following week, and we exchanged numbers.

Afterwards, I was stunned out of my shoes. I had gone solely to provide moral support to my friend, who spent the whole evening avoiding weirdos. I wasn't even looking, and met a truly nice guy. Then I recalled that conversation with the moon. Suddenly I felt as if the Universe had delivered a man with a good heart via FedEx. And it scared the pants off me.

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Epilogue 1:

He'd told me that he would phone me on a certain day. My schedule changed, and I realized I wouldn't be home when he planned to call. So I left him a message on his answering machine telling him when he could reach me. When we did get to talk, he thanked me profusely for leaving a message, which confused me. What was the big deal? It turned out that he'd often had his calls go unreturned, which struck me as just plain rude. Someone else's bad manners led to a conversation that continues 31 years later.

Note: He was actually about to turn 31, not 26. A regular baby-faced Kim Hye-sung. ;-)

We went to the movies on our first date. THE KARATE KID 2 was filmed on the windward side of Oahu. When I saw Chinaman's Hat (a famous landmark), I jumped up and down in my seat. He was amused. Apparently I didn't scare him off.

Closing thoughts:

Looking back on it, his first words to me sound like something out of a cheesy Kdrama, although it would be decades before I saw my first show. He said those words with the utmost sincerity.

God works in mysterious ways. Decide what your heart truly yearns for, and let the Universe know. Then get out of your own way. Just be ready to answer the door when the Cosmos delivers. ;-)

Epilogue 2:

I stayed in touch with a couple of mutual friends of my ex's. One of his oldest buddies was an anthropologist who had gone to Japan to teach ESL, and married a Japanese woman. We stayed in touch via the occasional airmail letter. I was awaiting an ESL teaching position in Japan at the time I met my boyfriend, but gave up on that idea. The anthropologist eventually brought his wife home to meet family and friends in New Jersey, by which time we'd also tied the knot. We got to meet his family, and had a blast.

After a few years, my penpal came down with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and eventually died. His sister informed me of the funeral, which I attended with great trepidation. I was afraid I'd run into my ex. Sure enough, in the packed church, I spotted him sitting a couple of rows ahead of me, and made myself as invisible as possible.

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The funeral Mass was followed by a repast at a catering hall. I hadn't driven around in the area since parting company with my ex, and got lost. Eventually I found the place, and was one of the last to arrive. I grabbed the first seat I saw. There, across the round table from me, was another of my ex's old buddies, who looked at me and said, “That face. I recognize that face.” To his right, my ex was sitting beside him. I looked up, smiled, and said, “Hi, Jim. Hi, Bob.”

Thanks to the deceased, we got the opportunity to bury the hatchet. That chance encounter was something that I could not have engineered if I'd tried to. After coming to understand myself, I was able to understand where my ex was coming from, and we mended fences. We kept on talking until he died of the effects of juvenile diabetes at the age of 48.

I am forever grateful to our old buddy, who in death brought us back together and gave us one more chance to forgive ourselves and each other.

PS: Blessings on your quest, greenfields.

With warmest aloha,
PakalanaPikake

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Aloha and mahalo, PakalanaPikake - I would like to thank you for sharing your story. Very lovely.

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You're most welcome, parsinger.

"When the student is ready, the teacher appears."

I think the same holds true for other relationships as well. ;-)

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I loved reading your story and this gives me hope that one day the universe will listen to me as well...as you said, I just need to get out of my own way =)

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Aloha, Kimchikay!

My intention when I wrote that parable was to give hope and comfort in knowing that other people have been in the same boat. Thank you for letting me know that it encouraged you. I debated with myself whether to tell that story or not.

Aside from deciding what it is you want in your life, and putting in your request with the Universe, there are a couple of other metaphysical factors that come into play.

1. Energy flows where attention goes, so learn to express your desires as what you want, rather than what you don't want. For me, it's still all too easy to focus on what I don't want. Keep on griping about that person, thing, or circumstance you can't stand, and what do you attract? Exactly what you don't want, because that's where you put your energy.

2. Describe your heart's desire in the broadest possible terms, then stand back and let the Universe deliver in its own way and in its own time. Don't try to micromanage God.

3. Develop the attributes within yourself that you wish your future significant other to have. That way you'll be able to recognize him/her when you finally meet, and you'll make it easier for him/her to home in on you (#1). You will also have become a better person yourself.

4. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. You don't have to become a daredevil, but consciously and selectively changing habitual behaviors and attitudes can get you out of a too-comfortable rut. Just as importantly, it also gives the Universe a little wiggle-room in which to operate.

5. Frame your request with the intention that it be for the highest good of all involved, and mean it.

6. Learn to enjoy your own company. It never ceases to amaze me how many people don't go to the movies or out to eat simply because they are alone. (Granted, that could be my younger, nerdy-introvert self talking.)

I'll get off my soapbox now. ;-)

Blessings,
PakalanaPikake.

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Thank you so much for this! I am slowly working on some of the tips you mentioned however I know I need to be patient and have faith that something (or someone) good is out there for me.

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I'm also very grateful for these tips. Objectively speaking, I'm aware of these ideas, but I've never effectively tried to put them into practice. I think this is Step No. 1. The answer to the question of how I intend to acheive the New Years Resolutions.

Your soapbox is the best. ^^

Lots of love,
Greenfields

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@PakalanaPikake

Thanks for the insights + heads up to your post. Lots of couples are such simple stories...serendipity is a wonderful thing.

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Everyone has the right to set their own criteria. So...the following is in no way to diminish what you are looking for. However, reading the thread + your post, (I can’t help with the dating scene)...maybe the way you are interpreting the ideal traits is leaving your ‘talent' pool too small.

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You may be absolutely right. I feel like randomly writing my thoughts here has allowed me to see different perspectives. I live in my own head, and don't have much of an opportunity to discuss this stuff with the people around me (11-14 hr work day + Saturdays is no joke). Thanks Beanies, I might be in love with this community after all. ^^

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You don't have to reinvent the wheel all by yourself. ;-)

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@greenfields

I know that work pattern.

Seriously, you sound way more interesting than the market your activities are putting yourself in.

There is nothing wrong with them, but its full of "another fish in the sea”. I read your list...you’re not after just another fish...you are after a diamond.

Best of luck.

P.S. @PakalanaPikake has some wise words.

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@Tom - thanks for that! ^^; I do agree that I don't see myself keeping up this work pattern for very long. Its just that I don't know what else to do. A late switch to music is always possible, hence the pro qualification. ^^p

This is the second or third time you've commented with kind words. I wish you were registered so you'd get a notification, but I'd just like to say thanks! :)

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It's cool.

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What a wonderful love story, Pakalana Pikake! Thank you for sharing.

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You're most welcome, KdramaAhjumma. ;-)

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Thanks for the many blessings. ^^; I feel distinctly more positive about 2018 and in fact, even 2017, after reading your post(s) and tips below.

I'm always happy to read about happy beginnings to new chapters in another life - partly I think, because I tend to begin things with apprehension and tension, rather than anticipation and calm; and so the rare occassion where I am told I can choose to relax and let the Universe take me where it will, is very reassuring.

Sincerely,
Warm aloha back,
Greenfields

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You're most welcome, Greenfields. I'm happy to give you permission to hang loose and go with the flow. But it's even better for you to give yourself permission. ;-)

To that end:

1. Don't sweat the small stuff.
2. It's all small stuff.

Cheers!

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Aloha PakalanaPikake sabu!
Mahalo for sharing <3.

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*waves at Kiara*

Aw, shucks. You're so welcome. ;-)

PS: I've recently posted vintage humor by Rap Reiplinger, Frank Delima, and Andy Bumatai on my fan wall, along with Haunani Apoliona's gorgeous slack key for Alu Like ("Striving Together"), and Ozzie Kotani, too. Enjoy! ;-)

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I will check it out.
Mahalo!

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@pakalanapikake
As always, lovely. I would pay to read your writing. What a great pick-up line from your, now, husband. I’m imagining this fair skinned goddess standing on a fairer granite or marble stone balcony just from that line. Gorgeous. I would agree with you, though; more times than not, the most important people come to you when you’re not even looking.

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Wow, Ally! Thanks! I don't think anyone's ever said they'd pay to read my writing before. Ha!

The funny thing is, his first words to me were not a pickup line at all. It was a statement of fact. I just asked him. He meant it literally. And that was exactly how I heard him. LOL! Geeze, are we nerds. Made for each other. ;-)

Come to think of it, I was wearing a long tea-length white tank-top dress (from Hawaii, naturally) with a couple of life-size lavender iris plants silkscreened on the front on the diagonal. And those matching dark lavender heels.

In the gloom, from a distance, with my white Irish hide I probably did look like a marble statute on the slate flagstone terrace.

My brunette hair was probably shoulder-length back then. If I had washed it and let it air dry, it would have fallen into "wash 'n' wear dreadlocks" (natural ringlets). If I had brushed it, it would have frizzed out in the humidity. Finger-in-the-light-socket frizz. (Hubby doesn't remember it, so at least it wasn't Medusa hair that scared him off.) Pygmalion would have torn his own hair out trying to sculpt mine. ;-)

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hello! i'm new to dramabeans and i'm so happy to find this website with so many people as crazy as me about kdramas, especially the writers who all write such dedicated recaps. thanks! :))

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Welcome! Glad you could join us!

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Welcome 🤗🤗 hope you enjoy it here!

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If you stick to this lovely community, next year around this time you'll be glad for dramabeans. Welcome 💜

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Welcome! *rolls out the welcome mat* Hope you stay around for a while. I've been here for 44 weeks!

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🎊🎉welcome to DB!🎉🎊

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thanks everyone! ☺️

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Beanies are interested, full of information, friendly and generous :)

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Is anyone else watching Nothing To Lose? I'm really loving the three leads here - their portrayal of their characters are so layered and multi-dimensional. They are all very different as well.

This is the first drama of Yeon Woo Jin that I've watched that I've wanted to keep watching because both Marriage Not Dating and Introverted Boss didn't really keep my attention. I really like his acting and his character here, very understated but very convincing as a judge. His character and portrayal is probably the main character that actually brings the most realism to this legal drama.

Dong Ha... this is the first time I've ever watched him and he is a bit of a whirlwind in the sense that every time he comes on screen, there's just this extra power like a gust of wind. His portrayal of DHJ is the opposite of Yeon Woo Jin in that it is much more intense and charismatic. He reminds me of when I first watched Kim Woo Bin in School 2013. A face that is not conventionally attractive, yet that I had observed some hype for (from White Christmas for KWB and Suspicious Partner for DH) and was curious why until I saw them on screen. I even went back to read all the recaps for Suspicious Partner for his character. A part of me attempted to watch the drama, but (don't shoot me, SP fans!) I didn't really feel the chemistry between the two leads enough to invest more time into the series considering how much of it revolved around them. I am really excited to see him recognised and hopefully he gains even more popularity and roles because I want to see more of him without having to crawl through "main plots" to get to his scene stealing moments.

Park Eun Bin was actually the main draw for me, coming off Age of Youth 2 and it's open ending. I know there were early reservations around her character but I think hers has naturally grown the most and I do have a soft spot for her. When she cries, it feels so natural and I just feel for her and her situation. Ji Seung Hyun as Choi Kyung Ho is also so good that I just couldn't help crying when I thought of his sacrifice. Their story just breaks my heart.

I am very curious though whether the big bad has been established or will there be more revelations. I definitely think the dad is a bad guy, but I also feel the mum has had a role to play. I feel she somehow manipulated Joo Hyung to attack CKH. There is just something about her demeanour that seems very off.

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This show really has fantastic main casts - I haven't catch up after epi 4 yet but I'm going to continue watch, just for the casts. Yeon Woo-jin and Park Eun-bin especially have never disappoint us with their consistent performance in each drama despite of mediocre and bad that drama is, how I wish these two have met in a better drama. These two are truly gifted actors. I also have seen much of Dong-ha's works and he is improving in each project which is good.

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I really do feel like the current batch of dramas have less "buzzworthy" casts (probably because a number of them are in the military) but I really appreciate these less popular but compelling actors get their chance to shine especially considering how many lead roles have landed on the laps of idol actors (though I do like a select few idol actors, the amount that get lead roles are disproportionate).

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DongHa is king.
He rejected the lead on I'm not a Robot to be a second lead instead because he wants to build experience.
After him, all the idol fans being "she/he got the lead but it's better than the last project" should stfu and sit down.

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it is a wise choice, I actually said a while back that I think he is capable of being lead but still shouldn´t since there is a danger of clichés and typicality, and that side characters often leave more freedom to the actor to make it his own. >I am not watching the drama for lack of time though

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I actually wasn't convinced by the first 4 episodes and wasn't really fond of the two leads. But i was ready to give the drama a chance and watched 5-8. I liked those Episodes a lot more. Mainly because of Dong Has character Han-joon and Choi Kyung-ho. Those two nailed it for me. But then i realised that the main leads weren't given much screentime in those Episodes (actually a thing fans of Yeon Woo-jin complained a lot about) and that didn't really bother me at all. But since i liked 5-8 i watched 9-10 and was soooo annoyed by the end of 10 that i dropped this (mainly because of that creepy-child-molester-f**khead. That goddamn motherf***** really got on my nerves! - sorry for the strong language but i just keep exploding thinking about him). Thinking back i can't even really remember scenes with the main couple that well and not remembering that is never a good thing when watching a drama. Sadly this one's just not for me.

Dong Ha actually had a great role in Chief Kim, too. It was the first drama i saw him in and I liked him there a lot. If you haven't watched that yet i would recommend it to you^^

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I agree, the first four episodes left me on the fence but Dong Ha and Choi Kyung Ho were definite standouts that led me to continue watching. Now, they are ramping up the bigger mystery so I am curious and still engaged. I do see red flags to where there are a lot of other characters who I don't really care about or who will take us down unnecessary plot lines. But I think I do like the main three leads enough to continue tuning in. But I do agree that I don't think this is a drama that I will really watch for the main couple because I am more curious about Han Joon than the main couple even though I really like their characters. While they have an unspoken understanding, it's not the most exciting romance.

I think I will eventually check out Chief Kim, but I need to be in a certain mood to watch office dramas especially if after coming home from work.

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Oooh first time I can finall join in the open thread, it’s usually always too late.
Back in the drama slump as BTIML has finished, I tried Nothing to Lose but cannot stand the writing, which is disappointing as I love the leads!

Watched this really interesting Netflix original called Mindhunter and loved it! Especially loved the character development of Holden where in certain scenes towards the end of the season, I couldn’t recognise him and was stunned.
It’s really bizarre but fascinating seeing the show talk about theories that I usually either read or talk to friends about, makes me wish I took criminology along with law at uni.

Any good shows airing at the moment? Christmas break is next week, wish I saved BTIML for now lol

Also, anyone know how to cope with post-uni anxiety, graduating soon and have no idea what to do in life!

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Hahahaha! *high five* on law school, post-uni anxiety, graduating soon and no idea what to do with life.

As your sunbae, my only advice is to definitely do something. Anything. Whether it's law or not - more school, swtich to journalism, writing, theatre, music, freelance, whatever. Don't sit at home doing nothing. Work. Start with law if that's all you know. If you hate it, quit once you've found something else you want to do and figured out a way to get started doing it. That's all.

An idle mind really is the devil's workshop.

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Welcome to OT!

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You don't live your "life". That is probably overwhelming to even consider.

You live in the "now". Today! Do small things, use your judgement to make decisions and allow yourself to fail and make mistakes along the way. Learn by critical observation and reflection but don't get stuck in the past.

I don't like the expression "live your passion" since it presupposes we have a passion or we introspect ourselves to death trying to understand what "passion" is or feel bad for not having one. Instead, find out what you're good at (objectively), do it and get better at it. You'll learn to love it.

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hi everyone exams going on so i am not able to watch many dramas but trying to cover up my late joining by watching old and sweet dramas like healer(not so old), boys over flower, school 2013. i loved the school series. i had already watched school 2017 and not school 2013 works as a icing on it. wanna watch school 2015 after exams

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Fighting!

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thank you.hey can't control my craving so i watched school 2015. i think i can handle it. just English left ( Maths happens to be in the middle but its my fav subject so i can handle) it was amazing. falling more and more for kim so hyun. lets fight ghost lined up next. wishing for a good result.fighting!

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Watching the C Drama Tribes & Empires: Storm of Prophecy on Dramafever. The cinematography of this show is on a whole nother level-Amazing! The production values are stellar as well.-sets, costumes, the details, the on location shooting. The visual beauty of this drama is stunning and at times overwhelming. The story is interesting and the acting is good. I hope that the story can stay solid throughout. I'm taking the episodes slowly as there are a lot of characters and relationships to absorb.

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I want to watch this because the trailer looked AMAZINGGGGGG....I'm waiting for more episodes though since historical Cdramas tend to have more episodes. I think I'll wait till half of the series is subbed.

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Yes, the cinematography and production values is really elevating this drama. I'm also really enjoying the worldbuilding--it's not often you get an epic fantasy that actually *feels* like it's a whole new world with its own history and mythology and sense of scale. I know some ppl are complaining about the slow pacing, but with so many characters and plot threads it's kinda inevitable.

On the other hand, I really wish they would cut down on the flashbacks. Viewers don't have goldfish memories, we don't need an entire 5 min flashback to something that only happened a few eps ago! I also really wish the DF subs are better--they're Anglicizing the dialogue and removing a lot of the nuance and poetry.

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Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all doing well today. I also hope all of you are having a fun time watching all the new dramas!

This week:

Temperature of Love - Yes, still watching this and seeing why so many viewers found it so frustrating.

Jugglers - Hoping we get interesting backstories on some of the characters. ..... Glad to see Daniel Choi back in dramaland!

Black Knight - So far, beautiful to look at. ..... It's trying to be atmospheric, but it has a mystery vibe more than anything.

While You Were Sleeping - Finally finished this! Good riddance Yoo-bum!

That's all for now. ...... Take care everyone and have a great Friday!

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I dropped Temperature of Love halfway cuz I ran out of time and was watching the other more interesting dramas. Still wondering if I should finish it

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I understand about dropping or pausing a drama for another, more interesting drama. Nothing wrong with that. As for finishing Temperature of Love, that's certainly entirely up to you.

Whatever you decide to watch, have fun and enjoy! :)

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I couldn't finish TOL either, even my love for the two leads couldn't get me there.

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It does take some effort to get through it. I suppose it's not much of an endorsement for this show, but I can see how it lost the sparkle it began with. ..... This being said, I kind of wonder if it was written this way on purpose, to actually make the viewer feel as frustrated as the main characters feel. If this was the case, I'd say it did a good job. Whatever the situation is, I only have 3 episodes to watch.

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I know, I really loved the two leads. They have one of the best chemistry I've seen! I just got bored halfway and opted for more interesting dramas that were showing that season.

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I like Black knight so far. It seems so romantic. The atmosphere, osts, mystery...etc reminds me the Vampire knight. I even find here Kim Rae Won is beautiful as Kaname LOL.

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Yoohooo helloooo!!

Had a good nice week this week. But tomorrow, I'm back to not having a car at my disposal. Boo. Haha.

How was your week?

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Having an ok week here.

Sorry to hear that you won't have a car available.

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The car was a bonus to my week. It's just cos my dad had some offshore work to do. I'm not hung up over it, heh.

Ah, yet another normal week huh. It's 3 more Fridays to a new year. Time flies so fast. I'm not quite sure why Trump still lasts... oh yeah, this week might have been a bit traumatizing, in international news.

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Not that great on domestic scene also, these are some confusing times.
What does your nickname mean?

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Uhm, nothing? That was me being cheeky, haha.

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Thought so. It's still funny😸

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I finished 4 dramas, that should sum it up nicely *dances with fantastic baby like swag GD*

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Hello back at you!

my week was a bit tiresome and extra busy at work but looking forward to the coming weeks already gets me sane

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Good! Having something to look forward to is fantastic! I'm just in a happy good place right now.

Even Dump can't bring me down!! Of all things to mess with, he messes with people's hopes, desire and sense of belonging/home . I ain't religious but even I was stunned when he announced what he announced wrt Jerusalem.

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😧 and it's as if he didn't knew beforehand or he was briefed of the possible reactions to what he promised to do during his campaign.

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Lol. No point talking about/to him. He'll just do whatever nonsense he'll want to. All eyes are now on Robert Mueller.

Whatcha gonna do, USA? I'm just shaking my leg and watching in amusement, haha.

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New dramas. Old dramas. Weird varieties.
Why tf is no one subbing Kang's Kitchen. What is wrong with humanity??? 😡😡😡😡

And thanks a lot to Daesung (and Bigbang) for giving me only fluffy feels after the very bitter ones I get from Suju 😢😢 Still can't believe they are only 6 (sometimes 7) 😢😢😢😢😢

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My top 2017 k-dramas are:
- Chief Kim
- Live up to your name
- Buamdong Revenge Club
- Tunnel
- Lookout
- Age of Youth 2
- Defendent

Good, but not quite the best:
- Forest of Secrets
- Circle

(I will start binge watching Because this life is my first over the holiday)

Movies:
- Taxi Driver
- Handmaiden
- Train to Busan

Fave C-drama this year: Nothing gold can stay.
Fave C-movie this year: Wolf Warrior 2 - like a roller coaster ride from start to finish.

Currently rewatching an old TVB series: Blood of Good and Evil. How I miss that golden era at TVB where there were plenty of charismatic actors that can completely bring their character to life and complemented by their beautiful leading ladies that have a unique look. I also love the theme songs that accompanied these older series. Guess I'm feeling nostalgic.

Most memorable American drama: The Handmaid's Tale. This one affected me emotionally every episode, so much that I can only watch a maximum of 2 episodes at a time. It's haunting, riveting and disturbing.

Also enjoyed BBC productions: And then there were none, and Witness for the Prosecution. Love me some Agatha Christie!

Friends in the SoCal area: I hope you were not affected by the wild fires. I live in SoCal too, we smelled the smoke all day Mon and Tues and saw the ashes falling from the skies. My coworker had to evacuate her home.

Things I am thankful for this year:
- a husband that packs me lunch and takes care of dinner, paying bills and caring for my parents. I am one lucky girl!

- parents who are still able to fly from Toronto to LA to visit me.

- not affected by natural disaster.

- a stable job, a good boss and friendly work environment.

- a k-drama community at dramabeans!

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I only finished 13 new dramas this year. 31 overall, but most of them are old drama. I was in hiatus from watching asian drama for a very long time, so there are many dramas to cath up.

This year my top three are:
Live up to your name, Dr. Heo
Forest of Secret
I actually want to say Because This is My First Life, but later episodes really put me off. So the third position I'd give to Tunnel.

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I'm glad that you are safe! Seeing people here lost their homes, animals, farms etc breaks my heart 😭🙏🏽.
I'm currently in Orange County but far enough from the fire. We don't even smell the smoke from here even though it's pretty windy. This has been the scariest thing I've ever witness in my entire life. The sight of it is like from a movie.

"The Santa Ana wind" or "The Santanas" as the locals originally called it is just fanning this fire and now we are getting more small fires in nearby counties.

I too have a lot to be grateful for!

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I loved reading this! And to all my SO-cal beanies, I hope you all are safe as well!

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Your husband seems like our oppass from any good drama. Lucky you!

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It's too soon for end year graces, stop it! 😊 But one should always be grateful for good things she has. Than you for some tips on dramas and movies. I also 💙 Witness for the Prosecution, it has superb script and great actors.

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Train to Busan is last year though

My top three by grade /quality are Chicago Typewriter, Avengers Social Club and Save me. By addiction or obsessiveness they are Suspicious Partner (hard to let go of the office meetings and Captain and such), Strongest Deliveryman (got addicted to Dimples and Go Won Hee) and School 2017 (there was never enough). By satisfaction (as to, from beginning to end I can agree and accept everything): Miss Perfect, Circle, The Package. By cuteness and romance: Radiant office (so tender, so careful, so considerate!), Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (so devoted, so unwavering!) and Live up to your name (so Omg-Kim-Nam-Gil-Why-You-So-Intense-I-Cant-Breathe-But-Please-Dont-Poke-Needles-In-Me-Just-Keep-Up-The-You-Know). So, almost all my dramas Hit The Top (LOL).

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open thread, so distracted people keep asking this and that.

year end review unwritten, my year was all about secondary, third, fourth characters and pairings and also discovering a lot of young and rising actors and actresses. Kim Sun Ho, Go Won Hee, Kim Jung Hyun etc. some of them having a very busy year. It was also about seeing a different side of familiar faces and comingto perhaps like / tolerate /take interest in them more than before. In a way, they became "new" actors for me again, like I met them for the first time (Jung Yong Hwaand Ji Chang Wook for example, who I just didnt like before, but it changed for the better this year). So I can even understand the "new actor" award going to someone who´s been on the arena for some years, but shed a new light on their abilities recently.

also, it was a year where second leads subverted every trope about second leads you can think of.

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and of course Su Ji and Mr Ma - I haven´t learned the names of the actors but I should write about them and list them just so that there is an article to remind me of it.

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Apparently Age of Youth S2 appears on Netflix later this month (or Single house share, whatevertheycallit)

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I haven't finish Because This is My First Life. Apparently I really lose interest after Se-hee's ex came into picture. I can't accept why Se-hee loves Ji-ho more than his ex. After what they've been trough with miscarriage and refusal from his parents. I know she's cool and all that, but doesn't feel fair for me.
I keep watching for my love for Mr. Ma. He's the best boyfriend/partner ever. He talks like a human, he acts like a human. I'm getting bored with tsundere in drama. Dear God, can I have Mr. Ma in real life? I know I'm not as smart and cool as Suji. But I'm good at making ramen, so it counts, right?

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Hiiiii have you seen Mystery Queen? (Park Byung-eun was great in that too)

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No, I haven't seen it. Mr. Ma was there, ooh, I'll check it 😄

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I fell in love with him there. So cool!

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Hmm? But love was never fair.

And some relationships just go through too much to the extent that both parties cannot fall back in love with each other. Life's just like that.

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Haven't finished it either, but I only have the last two episodes left. I think it's the time that has passed since the miscarriage et al. Its been over a decide right? In the drama. Times heals all wounds, including Se Hee's, without him even realising it.

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Agree with @peeps and @greenfields. It's just that maybe BTIMFL was to real for my drama watching experience.

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LOL about the ramen! And I don't see why you couldn't have a Mr. Ma! There's lots of these types of funny guys around--you just have to look past the exterior sometimes!

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Thank you, I will report to you when I get my own Mr. Ma 😄
He doesn't have to be a CEO. Someone who is nice and good with people, supportive to his friends, not confrontational but understand how to deal with conflicts...argh I just love Mr. Ma Sang-goo 🙆😘😂

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I dropped it right around the same point.
I really tried to get into the pairing but I just couldn't...I wanted Ji Ho to be more head strong and I was tired of Se-hee being too tsundere. I also feel like they had more chemistry off screen than on screen.

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Mr Ma is such a reliable fortress of support and played so charmingly, plus he does musical number(s) - one in the drama but I am sure there are more we didn´t get to see that were meant only for Su Ji. there has to be with this guy.

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OT week 44! Hello Open Threaders! I hope everyone had a good week this week! I was able to finally introduce Man to Man to my busy intensivist (ICU) friend after talking about it for about six months. She’s actually more impressed with Park Sun-Woong, who is a riot that first episode. I don’t know how much time we’ll have to watch it together before the end of the year with how busy this season is, but she loves it, so hopefully, a new kdrama addict is in the making!

I also started Forest of Secrets, and I really like the “Sherlock and Watson” vibe I’m getting from our protagonists. I’m almost done with Episode 5 and it gets better with every episode! I jumped along with everyone else (except for Si-mok) when that girl took a breath and wasn’t actually dead! Cho Seung-Woo is amazing in this. It would be so convenient to not feel any emotional connection as a prosecutor or detective. It would make those jobs much easier, I would think. (I have a friend who is a state prosecutor with small children and I have no idea how he sleeps at night.) And CSW portrays that perfectly.

So, just planning some holiday parties (we’ve had one, been to one, have one next week, and planning another the weekend after) including a new one with my Free the Kimchi ahjummas where we’re doing a gift exchange of everything Goblin! I can’t wait. We’re up to Episode 10 in our year (or more) long watching of this. I know, it’s getting old, but it’s really not getting old! We all are enjoying ourselves so much.

And, what would my open thread entry be without a conversation? Some background. So, my husband and I had a pretty bad argument this week (it’s bound to happen sometimes with two very opinionated and strong people in one household) and I didn’t talk to him for 3 days. Well, we talked, just not really “talked,” and skinship was out of the question! LOL! But we made up and this is what this looks like in my house.

Me: Are you going to apologize?

Him: No.

Me: Well, I don’t think I did anything wrong, so I don’t know what I should be sorry about.

Him: Well, I didn’t do anything wrong either…*smirk, knowing that he is SO IN THE WRONG, but to stubborn to admit it*

Me: Fine, do you need a hug? *Opens arms*

Him: Actually, I really do need a hug; work was horrible today.

Me: Awe, come here! *Gives big bear hug*

Him: I’m still not apologizing. *Obviously enjoying this human connection*

Me: Well, I wouldn’t take it now anyway (I’m not that manipulative.) *Still in a bear hug*

Moral of the Story: Sometimes, all it takes is time. He did apologize, at dinner, in front of the kids, because it’s important to show humility and that saying sorry is not the end of the world. And I apologized too.

2nd Moral: Because this is my only life with my husband and my kids.

3rd Moral: I’m spreading kdrama cheer this Holiday Season, hope you all are too!

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Hahaha, that sounds so cute.

In the end, sometimes the only sorry we need is sorry for the harsh words or actions made when angry. There might not have been any fault at all, because opinions can be different and there's always lots of ways to skin a cat (although I don't wish to know any).

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And that's what our argument was about-- harsh words said in the moment. It's okay to have disagreements. It's NOT okay to be belittled and disrespected, I don't care who you are or how long you've known a person. Don't let anyone do this to you and get away with it. Accountability is the key.

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Hahaha this is so cute. I was going to comment on how awesome Forest of Secrets is, but then I decided your real life is far more awesome. :) Yay for Goblin gift exchange!

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You can still tell me how awesome it is! And we all have "awesome" lives, we just have to be living it!

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Hahaha, then @ally-le, FoS is truly awesome. I actually love the OST here. There are a couple of epic pieces, one I recall from near the end, last episode, courtroom scene. I'll leave it at that. ^^;

My only criticism is that - I think of it being in the same genre as Signal, and of equally high quality; but a little lower on emotional impact and delivery. In comparison with Signal, FoS falls just a little short. But that's in terms relative to Signal, so in absolute terms, Forest of Secrets is truly amazing. :D

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@greenfields

I can so see where you are coming from on Signal. There are a couple of the cases which are heart wrenching and nail biting.

Ranking these shows is like splitting hairs

However, the use of the time-shift “blackbox” (cinematic term for magical device to solve plot issue) is the difference for me. The time-shift allows Signal to build a connection between normally unrelated hyper intense cases.

FoS is a 16 hour platonic (for once in Kdrama), single story line, slow pressure cooker...

For me, thats where it has few parallels.

Oh...and a couple of its OST songs are killer.

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Hugs can cure anything :)

I always look forward to reading your stories with your hubby on OT.

FOS was good but not great for me, I think I'm in the minority on that one though.

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Which dramas are Beanies watching now? MBC dramas are killing the competition for me this week!

Two Cops - Am absolutely loving this drama! Not too fond of the female lead but love the bromance <3 and JJS is great at portraying Kim Sun Ho's character.

I Am Not A Robot - Watching this for the leads. Finally a drama that portrays Yoo Seung Ho's charm and ridiculously sweet smile. Chae Soo Bin is great as always.

Is Black Knight or Doubtful Victory worth watching? I dropped Temperature of Love at around episode 28 and I'm wondering whether its worth continuing...

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Of the dramas you listed here, I've only watched Black Knight. It just started this week so many of us here are still trying to figure out what it's all going to be about. It's a little mysterious with a bit of a fantasy element to it. We'll see what happens.

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Black Knight - well the scenery and mysterious dream sequences are worth experiencing if nothing else. Enjoying the slow reveal (for now) and the enigmatic characters and their motivations. It is not everyone's cup of tea especially if a viewer requires more cut and dried - good guys and bad guys upfront. But the sense of mystery is very well done and it has the makings of an "epic" romance line. I suspect it will be a slower paced story.

Doubtful Victory - more of a mindless watch for me. If you accept the premise, the plotholes and sometimes irrational behavior, the action and story is pretty fast paced. It doesn't do anything for me when it tries to slow down and bring in the typical korean drama emotional manipulation/pitiful back story/fated sweethearts/super villain line. If you're short of time - then this wouldn't be something to start watching, you're not missing much.

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Thanks! I started Black Knight cuz I dont have any weekend dramas now. You're right, felt pretty lost in the first episode though but I'm curious about the mystery. And yes the idea of a real hero in the form of Kim Rae Won is an "epic" romance in itself

Doubtful Victory - the only reason I'll watch this is Yoon Kyun Sang. Will start if I run out of dramas to watch which I doubt I will

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So, it is confirmed there will be MBC Drama Awards this year! Yeay! Hopefully I can see my Rebel Avengers to conquer the night. It's all about appreciation rather than choosing the best among the best, but still we will be happy to see our fav drama / actors to win awards for their hardworks. Thankfully Honey Lee, Kim Ji-suk and Kim Sang-joong already won actor awards and this drama also have won 2 best drama awards so far. I know Yun Kyun-sang should also receive something so I think he will get it during MBC Award, and I also want to see other casts especially Honey Lee and Kim Ji-suk to win something again.

From Soompi : The award for MBC Grand Prize /Daesang was previously 100 percent decided by viewers’ votes, but this year, it will be based on votes from experts like drama critics and MBC producing directors (PDs). The awards for Popularity and Drama of the Year, however, will still be chosen through votes on MBC’s official website.

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I just discovered Nell this week and although it's extremely sad, I keep replaying the music video for The Day Before.

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Ah... I used to torture myself with that MV too. (But I got obsessed because of Song Jaerim.)

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Hi everyone.
so yesterday I was watching the finale of REVOLUTIONARY LOVE and as much as I loved the show, iam not happy about where we left our OTP. I mean Hyuk confessed his feelings as soon as he fell for Join. I was expecting Join to do the same when she figures her heart. but....

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I agree. I never got the vibe that the h cared for the H romantically but instead just saw both him and the OM as really good friends.

Overall, the only part of this drama that I enjoyed was the romance between the Policeman and the Stewardess (too bad they didn't have more screen time).

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All these months of 15 hour study and 0 hour kdrama seems like shining past. Because of those bloody days my current one month vacation seems like a luxury cruise, trip to Kashmir and Switzerland, one week in Charlie's chocolate factory and a truffle dish all combined together 😀

I'm on a 15 hour drama, variety show and kpop vacation. As I'm allergic to human beings and those are my remedies I'm on cloud nine to have them in life. Dramas I binged,
While you were sleeping
The liar and his lover
Mad Dog
School 2017
Buamdong Revenge Club
Rewatched - bad guys, moorim school

Thank you real life, I'll meet you in January in a totally different land. But now let me enjoy this beautiful moment 🐧

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Goooood morning!

Very little going on in my watching. Only thing I've watched this week is Because This Is My First Life which is amazing. I have watched 10 episodes and I love how refreshing and progressive and modern it is. A man who respects the woman? A woman who wont let herself be pushed around? A couple who actually talk to each other? An awesome friendship between multiple women instead of a bitchy 2nd lead woman? I also love how the drama is showing what women have to deal with in every day life. Like what Soo-Ji has to put up with as a woman in a corporate business and the harassment she faces. Or when Ji-Ho was assaulted and how her co-workers responded to it. My jaw dropped when Se-Hee was aware enough to know that when they get divorced it will be Ji-Ho who will be the most negatively affected by it simply because she is a woman. The archaic idea of how in-laws have complete control over a daughter-in-laws life. Se-Hee is a complete weirdo but he is the best male lead in a kdrama I think I've ever seen. He respects Ji-Ho, he doesn't want his mother or others to treat her less, he is aware of the issues women have to face, he doesn't dictate what he thinks will make Ji-Ho happy, instead he let's her make her own decisions on what will make herself happy. More rom-coms really need to be like this.

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I’ve just finished it too. Made me wonder how their depiction of sexual harassment in the workplace influences wider Korean society. I mean, the three women talking about SooJi in the toilet - surely the watching demographic for this series would include working women, and the wives of working men. I hope this drama influences workplace attitudes for the better. (Perhaps a vlog topic one day - what positive impact does kdrama have on Korean societal attitudes)

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ah I meant BTIOFL - it was very straightforward. I just saw the captioned comment

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Hi Beanies!

I just recently finished Because This is My First Life and I'd actually give it a 10/10. What would your scores for this show be? I found it brilliant, and it was filled with life lessons. I may not be married yet, but this show is something I could watch again as I get older haha. That show also reminded me of a Philippine drama which is named, On the Wings of Love. OTWOL is kinda long though. Almost 150 episodes if I'm not mistaken, but at least 20 minutes each.

Are there any new good dramas to watch for this month? I wonder if Jugglers and Black Knight are good, but I'm waiting for Lee Seung Gi's Hwayugi/A Korean Odyssey. Hope it will exceed expectations.

I don't know if I'm currently getting "bored" with the dramas at the moment, but I rewatch Korean movies like My Sassy Girl and A Werewolf Boy every so often.

Have a great weekend, Beanies!! I hope you're all doing great. See you in the next open thread!

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A mention of #OTWOL deserves a reply and a like.

Hmmm, that's right. OTWOL and BTIMFL have similarities. Both were excellent at tackling real life.

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Omg I thought I was the only one aware of OTWOL here. Haha hello there!

Both had flaws but I'd still consider those as wonderful.

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I would rate it 8/10 for the first 14 episodes but 6/10 for the whole series. I really didn't like the ending.

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Not watching a whole lot.

K drama untouchables. It’s ok.
J drama Kimi wa petto, the newer one.
C drama Tribes and Empires
C drama Let’s Shake It

Various other C J or K dramas that I watched partially and haven’t picked back up.

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Hi beanies, hope you are all well. I have not been on OT for a long time. In 10 days I have exams with Sejong Institute and I am already nervous. I've missed all shows but saw A Taxi Driver and V.I.P. on local Filmasia festival. Damn it, LJS, it took some time to fall asleap after watching you.
I plan to try Judge vs. judge and Mysterious Il-seung on the weekend.

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Omo- Black!!! This drama is killing me. Compulsive viewing but I feel like I have to brace myself before each episode. I catch myself preparing mentally and almost taking a deep breath before I hit the play button.
Every episode is so full on. But in episode 16 I had the biggest laugh I’ve EVER had in a kdrama - I laughed so loud I scared the dog and the kids came running (including my teenage boy who’d been plugged into his computer all day!).
Short legged granddad for an Academy award 🤣🤣🤣

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I submitted some of my cartoon versions of "how the drama should have ended" for last month's theme. I guess I didn't do it correctly. (Big sigh here.) I thought it was MADE for me.

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That would have been fun! I wonder how many entries get submitted. I sent one in this time too and it wasn't chosen. I wondered how much competition there was. Your cartoon should have made it!

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Thank you. I kept refreshing and looking all month long.

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That's a shame but could you post some of your cartoon versions? I'd love to see them. :)

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https://ktoonsbyfox.wordpress.com/2016/06/12/my-alternate-ending-for-cheese-in-the-trap/ is how I thought Cheese in the Trap should have ended. (And if you click on the link you'll be take to my cartoon blog of Korean Dramas

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Thanks for the link. I'll go and have a look tomorrow. :)

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I thought your ending was hilarious. Seol should be with a good guy like Chilbong. Great work!

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I really enjoyed your alternative ending for Cheese in the Trap @barbara-fox Thanks again for sharing. :)

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Thanks

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My life is slowly turning into a kdrama and this is the last thing i expected. There a guy, "A" who attends the same college as me, and we happen to take the same train. The train happened to be packed on a particular day so we were practically on top of each other. Whenever I looked over at him, he was licking his lips while looking at me. Eventually the train cleared and we got seats. When the train finally got to my stop, I stood up and suddenly the train jolted forward. I fell into him and ended up gripping his thigh... and everyone on the train witnessed this. And he just laughed. It was so embarrassing.

On a different day, we went to the park because I really wanted to go on the swings. While we were at the park, my new boots ended up getting dirty (suede is so beautiful but a pain to upkeep). So he got on his knees and starting cleaning my boots for me 😩😊

To everyone getting ready for finals; good luck!!! You got this!! You dramas will be waiting for you when you finish ^-^

*putting lots of positivity into the air*
💫🌸✨💕💫🌷✨💓💫

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This is sweet. Good luck in 🎓 and 💜

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Wow. Definitely some kdrama moments. Good luck with exams and "A".

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Your kdrama life is becoming interesting! ..... Let's see what happens in the next "episode". 😉

Good luck with everything!

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might have to break down and (reluctantly) pay $6.99 to watch Blade of the Immortal, Kimura Takuya's film...

i really hate wormy things (as were in Princess Mononoke... but the movie sounds rather "funny" at times, in all of its bloody glory...

expect the swordplay to be great, however.

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