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Open Thread #635

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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Hello everyone! What a beautiful spring we have this winter in here. Doesn't feel like Christmas at all, but maybe the perspective of being jobless by the end of the year dampen my feelings, or it's just weather. I still can't catch up with dramas, only watching VIP, which is superb and feels way to short, and finally giving a watch to SWORD DYNASTY, and I think that the biggest problem for Chinese productions is budgeting, spending 99% of drama budget on trendy names is not a wise move.

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Not sure what you mean by "trendy names."

Licensing rights expense is usually separate from the production budget.

Chinese government regulators passed a law a couple years ago dictating the highest salary among the cast members cannot be more than 35% of the production budget. The major streaming platforms and production companies also pledged a total spending limit on the entire cast salaries.

Main problem seems to be how the production is financed and how much the production company wants to "skim" from the production budget into its own pockets. A Chinese drama director hired on to direct a drama spoke of a couple ways that money was "siphoned off" and how his complaints to the bosses fell on deaf ears.

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So my point still stands, they are terrible at budgeting, they don't how much they can defraud safely without affecting the drama.

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Happy OT, Beanies!
I’m curious about what country is on your bucket list? If you had to pick just one country to visit once in your lifetime, which one would it be? I’m excluding South Korea because “visiting your oppa” doesn’t count as an answer 😜

Though I have South East Asian genes, I’m a winter girl through and through. I love snow, chilly weather, crispy air, hot chocolate, mulled wine, fuzzy sweaters, wool beanies, and long parkas. That’s why Iceland is my #1 dream destination. I’d probably walk through the whole Iceland and never stop being amazed.

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I would love to take Orient Express through multiple countries, but without bunch of murderers on the board ;)

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The murderers are what made it fun, shach! And Poirot, of course. 😉

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Too much murderers will spoil the fun, one is more than enough ;)

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Only one? It's hard!

I'm going to Korea the next Summer, so Japan. I went once but didn't visit all I want to see. I want to see the all the seasons : their unique snow, the cherry flowers, the autumn leafs, their little islands, etc.

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This August I could visit Japan. My first time in Asia, and I loved it. A dream come true. Just much better than I expected (and I had high expectations).
My next project is Peru.
But my dream is to go down the Nile in a steamboat.
I am a reenactor and thinking about doing such a "Death on the Nile" trip in my 20's outfits is my goal.

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Macchu Picchu is gorgeous! A must go. 👍

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I dont think I can pick just one. I'd probably lean towards England.....can I just say the UK?

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175+ countries worth watch.

20+ years for home country.
1 year for top 10 countries in your view.
6 months per country for the rest.

And i don't believe in borders for this particular reason. I don't want to be a subset of any state. More like a Nomad.

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I want to go to Taiwan to eat lots of interesting yummy food :D

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Also a SEA girl, I would love to visit iceland! My birthday is actually today and I've always wanted a wintery birthday. One day I'll make it happen!

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Happy Birthday, Aevah! :)

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100% recommend Iceland. It's gorgeous, the people are fantastic, and your love of wool and sweaters will be perfect there.

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My travel bucket list: Europe, all of it. Trans-Siberian Railroad because that will give me a taste of China, Mongolia, and Russia. New Zealand and Australia.

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Yes, yes it is. Thanks.

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Transiberian <3

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I'm not sure I can pick one. Iceland is up there (during the summer please), New Zealand, France.

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I've always been curious about sailing in the Indian Ocean. Dubai would do for me

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I would love to visit Ireland. The Castles and Cliffs call out to me especially the Cliffs of Moher. The scenery from what I've seen in pictures and movies and imagined from the books I've read just seems so romantic and dramatic and broody.

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If you love the outdoors and wide open skies and breathtaking scenery, you have to go to Scotland then and visit the islands. Puffin Island is beautiful. And the castle ruins in the wilds are poignant reminders of the battles forged and fought in this wonderful, untamed country, so different and apart from England. And the Scots are lovely, lovely people, and so proud of who they are. The Scottish breakfast is to die for. The haggis is the most delicious thing ever, as amazing as the broiled spinach in English breakfast.

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I'll have to make it a 2 part trip in that case. Thanx 🙂

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Just one. Hard. Very hard.

I would like to do the road trip on the Pan American highway in South American from Lima down to Chile. And also visit Patagonia in Argentina.

And of course Africa. Tanzania, Kenya for the wildlife and birds!!

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Austria. Since I started studying German, I want to visit this country. I planned to spend three days this January in Vienna with a friend but she cancelled. So, I decided to travel alone. It will be my first vacation all by myself :)

An Asia Tour would be great. It was a project with a highschool friend who is half Chinese and we wanted to do it after college graduation. The thing is, back in highschool, we didn't expect to be this broke XD Someday, we will eventually do it.

Canada looks great with its landscapes. I will only visit it on summer because it's too cold for me on other seasons haha

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I want to visit Salzburg! But even if I'm not living far, it's kinda complicated to go over there... and expensive. But Vienna is beautiful town :)

Why did you want to learn German?

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Salzburg sounds great! I did a presentation about it for a class years ago. It's true that transportation costs a lot :/

It just kind of happened haha In middle school, I actually wanted to learn Spanish but since there was no places left, I chose German and ended up loving it!

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Melonia! For Hobbiton. 😉

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I no longer have any other countries on my bucket list. I'd be perfectly happy moving back to Molokai, where it's warm, gentle tropical breezes, relaxing and laid back.
No traffic lights, no two story buildings, no winter coats. That's for me.
Although I've read the internet is spotty...wonder if you can get Asian dramas?

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Molokai is definitely on my list too.

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@egads BTW, are you (or have you) going to watch the last episode of HIStory 3: Make Our Days Count? Have to admit I shed a few tears the last episode. I do have a few thoughts.

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I am not going to watch, but I do know how it ends. I have thoughts also. As I never found their relationship in any way healthy, I also did not find it romantic. I'm sad that this character had to live such a difficult life, and then was not even given the respect of having his arc end on screen. I have more thoughts, in case others don't want to be spoiled, I won't vent them here.

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Iceland was on my bucket list, and I was fortunate enough to be able to travel there a few years ago. It is an amazing place. Loved it!

Now I'd love to be able to travel through the SEA countries. If only it wasn't so hot and humid there! (I really don't like heat and humidity.) I know that sounds ridiculous, contradictory, and impossible. But hey...that's why it's a dream! :D

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My daughter teaches school in Morocco and loves it. (So I'm going to have to say, "Morocco.")

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I am having a hard time picking between Northern Europe (UK) or the Mediterranean (Greece).

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I would list the UK as one of my most favourite places in the world, mainly because I'm an English literature major, and to see the things, places and history I read about in classics and books before my eyes is moving beyond words. The Tower of London is one such experience. It chilled me to the bone standing there, staring at it, and to know that so many famous people, including Henry VIII's wives, were imprisoned, and died, affected me so much. And the British Museum showed me the mummies, what they looked like, what it felt like looking at them. I walked into the Ancient Roman and Greek galleries, and I couldn't breathe - it was so overwhelming, to see civilizations unfold right before my eyes. To see the artifacts, the busts, the clothes, everything, just brought home the fact that it's all real.

Yorkshire and the brooding moors where Emily Bronte based Wuthering Heights on is next on my bucket list.

And, if I had a country I would like to go to, I would say China. That's where my ancestors came from. I would like to trace my roots one day, go back to the village where my great- great grandparents lived...my in-laws originate from Guangzhou, and it was common practice to marry within the clan itself. But the horror stories about China make me reluctant to go.

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I’ve had fantasies of traversing the old Silk Road from Beijing to Samarkand to Rome...

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I also complain I can't think of just one country, but let me try.
Since it is mostly safe, big and full of gorgeous natural landscapes, it would be Australia. 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
Lately I need nature more than ever.

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It's burning to the ground. Stay away.

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LOL

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But nature in Australia will try to kill you?

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Double LOL😂😂😂

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What a great question and such interesting responses @cherryinbloom.
For me I've wanted to take my camera and spend at least 6 months traveling the depth and breadth of India. I'd stay with families of my friends who live in the US, but whose parents and relatives are still in India.

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Happy weekend Beanies!

Last week @katakwasabi asked us whether we were ready for 2020 and my reply consisted of some variations of the word ‘no’. Fortunately, a lot of things got settled or made some progress this week, which makes me now look forward to Christmas break and January. 😀

The manager finally contacted me this week to apologize for the serious delay (I admit that I thought I had been ghosted again) and immediately scheduled the remaining test round in 2 weeks and final feedback moment in 3 weeks. This means that I will know my fate right after Christmas break. Whether I am employed or not, I am leaving for Paris in the same week to see Day6, which should lift my spirits (even higher). 😀

Around the same time my dad has his MRI scan appointment for his lower back. He is also receiving physiotherapy and despite the sereneness of the situation I am simply relieved that there is some progress.In the meantime I am slowly getting into the swing of getting up early and going out a few times a day for a walk, grocery shopping or time with the god siblings. Out of gratitude for my help my parents paid for my Christmas microwave snacks and Ben&Jerry’s Cookie Dough ice cream (@egads told me to pamper myself on Christmas day). 😉

First I am having a sleepover at my friend’s place this weekend and we will K-pop karaoke our way from there to a mutual friend’s place for her birthday party. I am looking forward to the change of scenery and the social contact, after living like a hermit these past two months and especially now that I am celebrating the holidays this year with fewer people than I usually do. 🙂

I have also finished reading Pride & Prejudice and am taking a small break from reading to start afresh in January. I managed to catch up a bit on both Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung and No Second Chances, and I hope to finish the former before 2020 and watch the latter on Sundays from 2020 onwards. The remaining time is booked for work (I hope) and my new year resolutions. I wrote my 2019 resolutions down in the last OT of 2018 and I would like to reflect on them and make new ones next week. The condition of course, is not giving in to the K-dramas that premiered last weekend! 😛

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and I expect a lot of good Christmas shenanigans stories from you all next week! 😊

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Glad to hear that you're out and about, and have got plans and another job test. All the best!

Happy Christmas!

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Thank you Sunbaenim! I am just trying to make the most of it, job or not ;)

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Good news, hope all this hassle will end with great job :)

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So do I! :)

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It sounds like you’re doing a great job taking care of yourself, congratulations! Commendable! Happy holidays and best of luck with the job interviews.

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Aww thank you! I am just trying every day not to let my life revolve around being employed, and at the same time trying to find employment. :)

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Lost interest in tv media for most part (except sports, news(mostly politics)) but new airing shows brought me back to tv drama land. Most probably the 1st time in 2019 that i watched 4kdramas in a week.

Open worldnews start to read news and see protests. popcorn ready. 2019 certainly was year of protests. Directly/ Indirectly these small movements do affect our social system and our economy.

Electorate votes you to do work but incompetent folks don't have the qualifications. They don't know how and what of work, complication of policies and then they turn against their own people. That's the only thing the know. That's the only thing that keeps them busy.

Seriously, These idiots make governance an uphill task.

Tomorrow - TV shows of 2019.

Next Week - The World Between Us.

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Christmas Time - Most +ve time of year. Not with any religion and certainly not with fictional human gods. Its just over years Business Marketing has created this feeling in where i consider this period of year the most +ve among overall human population.

There is one strict rule i follow which i'm now even extending to all Good morning/night type lines too.

Never wish if you don't believe in but do show respect to others wishes with a smile and a nod.
So no happy xmas/newyear/birthday/mothers-day. It feels more like routine and no warmth in it. Everyone just utters the same words like a parrot. It feel empty and nonsensical.
So i've decided to say it when my heart truly wants to say it. Any other time its just fake and useless.

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Happy OT!
I'm happily able to drive at last, after having had a strange 2nd fall in 1 month and landing on my elbow and hand. It's a hassle typing with just one hand. Anyway I'm rejoicing about being able to get behind the wheel.

The good thing that comes from the unfortunate event is that I got to stay home and watch some shows.

Kdramas
Psychopath Diary - This is quite a hoot to watch. Angsty parts should be up about now, with our hero getting the blame for all the murders.

Crash Landing on You - Quite delectable, especially the leads together, and HB alone.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - What I posted elsewhere. "The last three Disney produced sequel episodes were never up to the standard of the original. However at least this last episode was better than the other two in this trilogy. It did enough in terms of fan service, by bringing back every possible good guy oldie from the past.

What I'm iffy about: I felt that there was too much travelling to new places to obtain objects or intelligence, not all of which was necessary. The character who had played a big role in a past episode only appeared fleetingly, and new characters popped up, and hardly had an intro. Why the no. 2 baddie decided to change, is not exactly clear.

From previous episode til now, why/how the main characters had a connection, in which their present realities get merged, was never addressed, plus now they can do even more than just see each other and talk. Abilities with the force were not consistent. Sometimes they used the force, and sometimes they forgot to. I think I find Chinese Xianxia and Wuxia dramas with the flying and fighting somewhat more consistent. Of course they were not made over a spread of over 40 years, but still...

The 2 things that were brought back from the original series that had me amused (why were they forgotten for so long?) was the Jedi ability to alter thoughts and to raise drowned space craft.

If one doesn't look too deep, it was satisfying enough. The series should have been put to rest when George Lucas stopped directing, however this finale was good for some resolution and closure."

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Cdramas
Joy of Life - So far, always a pleasure to watch. The show marries interesting intrigue with light-hearted moments and a romance that gets a bit twisty. Love how hero finds his way with lots of help, and is capable of interpreting the unspoken. Not the boring type of palace intrigue, but a show that holds one's attention..

Your Fukubukuro - 12 well-made short stories that can provoke thought, with a bit of magic, a few twists, and some heart.

Lucky's First Love/The World Owes Me a First Love - Light and fun. While it appears to have the normal rom-com tropes, the joy of watching is in catching the nuances of what is not being said that show how the couple care about each other, while they think that they don't. Boy will they be the most surprised to end up a couple.

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Am sorry to say but I've decided to drop Cdramas for now until EVER NIGHT 2 comes on our screens. After watching PRODIGY HEALER I lost all interest in Cdramas. Yes our hero was caring and a softie but what's with him promising everyone that he'll protect them when he's always around when they need him the most. That wasn't the worst part of all, all the good guys died.
Is there any Cdrama that's as good as AN ORIENTAL ODYSSE

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I dropped An Oriental Odyssey because I despised the FL. I think if there was a different actress I might have liked it but I've discovered Janice Wu is an awful actress (it's one reason I've not watched Le Coup de Foudre yet even though I've heard it's good).

But there are tons of good cdramas out there. But there are also tons of awful ones. Have you tried cdramas like Nirvana in Fire, Story of Yanxi Palace, The Untamed, Ashes of Love, 10 Miles of Peach Blossoms, Story of Ming Lan?

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Thanks @trinpie for the recommendations, I'll try them all and pick the one that will interest me the most.
And Yes the female lead was full of herself but i didn't think it was a big deal. I think the would've been better if they gave the actress from King Of Blaze

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Arsenal Military Academy is a crack-ly drama!

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I absolutely adored Oriental Odyssey. And I liked the female lead - I'd never seen her in anything else and she was fine in that role. It was just really dorky and fun. In fact, I'm re-watching it.
For dark, I liked Bloody Romance. For family love, I liked NIF2. For lightness and beauty and wonderful relationships, I liked Untamed. Right now I'm watching Joy of Life, but the verdict is out whether or not it will be excellent.
I don't care for the modern c- dramas so much anymore, they seem all the same.
But the Wuxia/xianxia and historical, I guess it depends on the actor (shallow?).
Seeing @trinpie list I didn't like any of the ones she mentioned (personal taste of course).

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@martinjsimwaba What I do nowadays is watch a couple of drama reviews before I embark on cdramas... it's hard to know what is good or ok to watch as there are SOOOOO many.

Have you tried reviews like these to help you find your next cdrama?
For eg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_ceiCLzhxg

or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xQMYadUw_I

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I so so want to watch JoL. I've heard from everyone it's super good. But I have determined I'll wait until end of January when it's almost finished airing before I'll watch. Let's see if I can stick to this plan!

I loved the ML in Lucky's First Love. He is a weirdo but sweet and awkward.

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I like the ML in Lucky too, but ended up watching him in the other one that aired at the same time "Standing in the Time". Maybe I'll go back and watch Lucky now.

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Hi everyone, happy Friday!!
So i decided to go back in time Picked up MY LOVABLE GIRL And wow! I fell in love with KRYSTAL JUNG right away. Now I don't know what to right now
Any recommendations?

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Krystal, I felt, was better in Player. Have you watched that show?

What genre of shows do you like?

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I watched player up to Ep 08 when it was airing, I haven't been able to finish it ever since

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Out of curiosity, is anybody here also getting into Thai-entertainment?

I thought my obsession with K-entertainment was bad enough but now it's even worse! It's kinda exciting actually because even though I was born and raised in SEA I was never interested in the entertainment industry here but now I'm getting to see and watch more coming out of the region and it's so nice. Maybe that's why I'm so obsessed.

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Through dramas I do wish that people's perception of the region will start to change, because whenever shows make mentions of SEA it's always as a backwards place and it really ruins the experience for me. As we head into the future I just want more positive representation for us.

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I was totally offended when I watched Negotiation and it pictured Malacca strait controlled by pirate. It's one the busiest (if not f**kin' THE BUSIEST) trade route in the world. Singapore wouldn't have been so rich if that's the case.
And who are these terrorist they implied in the movies? I'm not sure the writer have any knowledge about the history and geopolitics of SEA.

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Thai entertainment was mixed into my childhood. I think they have a rich culture and lots to offer. Actually I'm not as up to date as I once was, but am glad to see more people express interest.

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I'm leaving for a short holiday to Paris followed by New Years eve in Madrid. I am so excited!!! Bonus: I get single day for solo travelling in Paris. It's the one day I'm most looking forward to.

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Do you know what you will visit in Paris?

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Sorry for the late response Kurama! Sadly its not been a well planned holiday, and with bookings full and a public transport strike in the city a few places such as Disneyland and the Catacombs had to be ruled out. I did a wonderful bike tour of the city just today where they showed us some of the major monuments. Cycling is the best way to explore this city in my opinion. Just FYI cycling around the Louvre is just the best experience! I'm staying at my cousin's house here so we did lug a Christmas tree a few blocks from the shop to home which was interesting :P So it was a homely Christmas for us. I did visit a couple of Christmas markets here which are wonderful and I've eaten some really tasty food here. Its just 5 days for me in Paris so really sad to be missing out on a lot. I'm going to spend tomorrow's day in the Louvre and probably just roam around as much as I can in Central Paris on my solo day.
I was in Brussels for 2 days and explored more of it. The Grand Place and the Square are wonderful places to see in this season. Also visited the Atomium, Mini-Europe, the Comic Strip Museum, and the European Parliament and Commission. Although I didn't get down at all the attractions, I did see most of the city as I had taken the City Sightseeing Hop on-Hop Off bus. Again are a lot of great food and drinks there.
But really wishing it was a longer trip and also wishing I could have done a lot more.

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Paris and Brussels are beautiful cities :)

If you have time, Orsay Museum is really great too :)

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Finally watched Parasite . While it was great and a very intelligent depiction of a capitalist society, where there are Parks, Moons and Kims all around us and we are one of them, I don’t think it was outstanding. Several people liked it immensely so I thought it would be mind blowing but maybe I had my hopes too high. Nevertheless it was uncomfortably realistic and has me pondering now. What does one do to end or deal with this huge socio economic difference that exists in most capitalist socities?

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Socialist democracies, like in Scandinavia? Those seem to be pretty successful and smoothing out the differences and reducing the dog-eat-dog nature of capitalism. (There are others like a train wreck, of course.)

Basically, countries that believe in a social support network, especially for health care and education.

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This week has dragged on for way too long. I am ready for the holidays to be over. With Christmas and New Years falling on a Wednesday it has made taking any additional days off nearly impossible due to our schedule. I should be happy with getting those days off though but I am greedy. On top of everything I am still in a bit of a drama slump. Flitting from drama to drama and not finishing anything.

My Country ep. 10 LOVE LOVE this one. The only one really keeping my attention. The acting, cinematography, writing and music are all amazing. Even though I've guessed some of the schemes and plots, the drama has still taken some turns I've not expected. I hope my boys have a happy ending, bathing together for the rest of their lives.

The Love By Hypnotic ep. 7 This one is a bit silly and low budget but entertaining. It's got tropes I love like arranged marriage (contract marriage) and the tsundere ML falling for the FL first. Entertaining fluff.

Age of Legends ep. 5 I like the premise of this and it has the lovely and talented Sandra Ma in it, but sadly the ML Willian Chen is lacking. He is stiff and awkward in his acting which detracts from the drama. So far entertaining but it's not pulled me in.

A Little Thing Called First Love ep. 25 Still slogging through this. I am determined to finish this! This drama definitely should have only been 24 episodes long (typical cdrama romcom length) and not the 36 it is. You could have skipped episodes 15-25 and missed absolutely nothing. Seriously, nothing has been happening for the last about 15 episodes. The ML actor is bad and should stick to being an idol. He is a blank and vapid doll.

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I wanted to watch Age of Legends for Sandra Ma but couldn't find any reviews. Hmm I'll wait for comments to know if I should dive into it.

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I've seen Age of Legends a couple of times. It's pretty badly written actually, but since I like Sandra Ma and Wm Chan, I watched it...(suffered thru it?)

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You were brave to go through the whole drama haha I will just stick to Sandra Ma movies.

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I’ve watched over half (31/47 episodes). I honestly don’t recommend it. It’s just a mess. It started out OK even pretty good. But rapidly became a mess & not in a good way. The story is weird, it just seems like the writer didn’t have anything more to add & just picked things out of a hat. Things start but go nowhere. The acting is cringeworthy. There’s no story. Don’t bother you’re gonna waste 35hours of your life.

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Ha! Thanks for the review. Right now it's ok and kinda interesting but the ML acting leaves much to be desired and I can already see some issues. But if it gets worse I don't think I'll stick with it.

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It’d hopefully have been fine if it wasn’t so long. They probably just didn’t know how to kill time.

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Thanks for your review and sorry to make you remember painful memories from this drama! I won't feel bad for skipping it then.

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😂😂 you’re not missing out.

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Chinese dramas: More episodes, more money. Thus the makers seriously water down content.

The regulators have issued a soft ep limit of 40. So, more makers are dividing dramas into seasons. Seasons used to be pretty rare.

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I watched episode 8 of Age of Legends but dropped it due to lots of flashbacks. Also, that is my fourth or fifth time I watched Chinese drama with that old guy in it. I swear almost every Chinese drama he is in it. In my past life, I must be his relatives to watch him in Chinese drama. Smh.

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Oh your comment cracked me up 😂😂

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William Chen as an "actor" has been lacking since he started. There is a hilarious and cringe worthy video of his bad acting scenes. Pity the voice actors who dubbed him.

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I thought he was pretty good in "Only Side by Side With You" and Lost Love in Times.

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He was passable in Lost Love in Times. There are tons of much better actors out there though.

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Yes, there are better actors. There's something about Wm Chan though that makes me sympathize with his real life story, so I stay a loyal fan.

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He was meh. I did not even finished Lost Love in Times.

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I finished it, but fast forwarded thru a lot of the side stories.

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I soldiered through it. One of the last cdramas I finished. Maybe I did it for the second male lead who was a better actor than William Chen. Producers messed with the character during post-production. The actor spoke out against that. Maybe this is why he hasn't been on the screen much lately?

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I had failed one of my exam last year and retook it. I passed.
Anyway today had been tiring and I got the good news. So I feel good.

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Congrats!

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Congratulations

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You should feel good, congratulations! You deserve a reward😁

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Yeah - good for you!!!! You earned a good rest! Congratulations!!!

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Congratulations! 🎉

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Good on you! Celebrate. You have the privilige of patting yourself on the back.

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Congratulations and well done!

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Happy OT everyone!
Well two weeks ago I gave notice at my job and today was the day I finally walked out the doors. :-( It was a very bittersweet ending but I heard from so many people that I am a good technical writer - and even heard through the grapevine that if I ever want to go back they would hire me in minute! And there was even mention that they may need to create a permanent position for a writer, and if that happens that I MUST apply! (talk about feeling appreciated!)
So. I didn't burn any bridges, got sent off well with lots of hugs and tears. And here it is, now Friday afternoon - I'm home with nothing to do. hmmmmmmm maybe down time with dramas?

Thank you to all the beanies here for the congrats and good wishes. I'll start to get excited for the new year in about a week.

Earlier this week i got a call from the friend who introduced me to kdramas years ago. After I got totally hooked she started watching cdramas and Turkish and Pakistani dramas as well. But this week she asked "Can you recommend any good kdramas?"
Now that there are so many on Netflix I of course recommended Crash Landing, Prison Playbook, Stranger and others.
But then I suggested The Untamed, telling her it was my crack and that I'd now watched all 50 episodes 3 times and have read the novel twice.
At that she was instantly intrigued. So I'm hoping she will tell me that she started it and loves it. hahhhhh

Tomorrow is the winter solstice (my favorite day of the year) and then start getting more sunlight every day - at least here in the Northern Hemisphere.
So happy happy joy joy to all you wonderful beanies around the world!

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First day of vacation for all three kids. Busy. I still wake up early thinking it is time for kids to go to school. Smh. My daughter wake up early too thinking it was time for school too. Smh

I have not watching any Korean dramas right now. So far, I am watching Chinese dramas. I guess you can say I go back to my roots of watching Chinese dramas. When I was young, my mom obsessed watching Chinese dramas with Vietnamese dubs. Back then, they do not have English sub yet. Therefore, we watched and loved Chinese dramas a lot back in the days.

Therefore, I hope everyone have a great Friday!!!

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I too strangely have felt more of a pull towards cdramas lately. All starting with The Untamed. I've watched cdramas before The Untamed before, and then always continued more with kdramas ... but now I'm mostly looking for cdramas to watch!

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I think it's because Kdrama rarely break the mould whereas with cdrama you will get surprise in one form or other.

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Hmmm... maybe. I still can't put my finger on it. Maybe the relationships are more organic, less forced, ... with so many more episodes than kdramas, some characters have more character development. The romances are less in one's face and much is not said. Less ceremony and more nuanced.

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Hi beanies! Happy weekend and I hope everyone had an awesome week 😆.

My week was a mix of nostalgia and bittersweet.

For starters, my long term project has ended. Yay 🎉! The feedback I received boosted my work morale. I needed something to reignite my work enthusiasm and this was it. It always feels amazing to conclude a project on a positive note after all the effort and hardwork poured into it.

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On the other hand....yesterday, was the last day in my old office. I felt melancholic while I packed my stuff. My heart somewhat felt shredded as I shred my stacks of paperwork (mostly from the recently closed long term project) to save space.

As I inserted the papers bit by bit into the shredder it jogged my memory: the effort and teamwork it took to complete projects, the tears some might spill (me) because of stress, the meddling bosses, the even more meddling bigger bosses, the clients, the late nights, the early mornings, the travels, the miscommunications, the squabbles and lots more.

Most importantly it reminded me of how times has changed and change is inevitable. What I can do is flow with it or embrace it. But...knowing myself, I will complain about this change a lot while adapting to it. Heh. I even complain about dramas and fictional characters, of course I have real-life complaints too 🤣.

Adieu old office. This marks an end of nearly a decade in the building. Hello new office. I do want to see the new office layout and the new environment might be good. But I'm not looking forward to add approx. 30 minutes to my current 1hour-ish (per way) daily commute and I'm really not looking forward to expensive lunch choices and longer queues *cries inside*.

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Good luck on your new job! Changing is hard, but everybody needs change to evolve! Your comment about lunch options just made me think: where I live, people take packed lunches to work because most options for eating out are either too expensive on the long run or totally unhealthy... Would that be weird where you live? I usually just cook an extra portion for dinner and take it to work the following day. Hate spending the whole day stuck indoors, so I usually eat my packed lunch and then go out for a stroll and a cafe and it really works for me! (deleted previous comment because my word corrector hates me and sometimes goes amok)

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Thanks flycolours! Me and my colleagues were spoilt with affordable breakfast and lunch choice around our old office building. We were all discussing about new lunch options and best ways to commute to the new building. Your suggestion is not weird, I do have plans to pack my own lunch too. Maybe my 2020 resolution will be to cook more 😆.

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And who knows what new things you will learn and new places to explore!
It all makes a chance for new experiences, and best of all new stories to tell!

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Well congrats on finishing the project successfully! Sounds like your hard work didn't go unnoticed
Change sometimes is hard but you will get used to it. In two weeks I'm starting a new job and my commute will go from 10 minutes to 45 - ouch! But I'm hoping this new job will be as good as my last one.

Enjoy all the new things that come with a new location!!!

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Congrats and all the best for your new job @stpauligurl!!!

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Thanks - we'll all have new stories to tell next year won't we?

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I hope they will give you a pay increase that offsets the additional lunch costs and compensates for the extra commute time. 👍🏼

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Lol! We all hope that happens 🤣.

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What a lovely and personal comment you wrote, Katakwasabi. Congratulations, and also sympathy to you for the bittersweetness.

"...it reminded me of how times has changed and change is inevitable. What I can do is flow with it or embrace it." This is the perfect time of year to ponder the past, let go of it, and make our plans and wishes for the new year. Best of luck to you!

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Thank you @jamieopso!

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Hi Beanies, wherever you are! I'm happy because tomorrow I'm going to my hometown for Christmas! After a particularly crappy year, I'm just glad to go and spend the holidays at my mom's, be with both my sisters at Christmas (a rare occurrence), have my kids spend time with their cousins, meet friends, and enjoy myself in my native language! I'm ready to crack a bottle of champagne to celebrate the future and to say goodbye to 2019, good riddance, yayks!

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I was up until 4 am reading on Sunday night/morning. Around 3am I could feel my throat start to swell up and I thought to myself, "Might as well stay up and finish the book. There's no way Im going to work on Monday" (which I did, obviously). Even though I only took one additional day off, I have felt like microwaved crap ALL. WEEK. LONG.
So, I did the grown up thing and went to a Little Clinic who told me that I probably had a virus and a sinuses or allergies and probably a post-nasal drip. I was like, all your uncertainty aside, you HAVE to know more than me so I will take your advice. Please fix me, I hurt and am quite unhappy about it.
So, she gave me a list of instructions.
1. Get a neti pot (the store I went to sold the stuff to go in the pot but not the pot gr)
2. Get Flonase
3. Dont get both a neti pot and flonase as they may possibly cancel each other out.
4. Get a 24 hour over the counter allergy pill
5. Get Mucinex for your virus
6. Dont take Mucinex and the allergy pill at the same time
7. But its ok if you take them both at the same time, they just wont be very effective
8. Take ibuprofren for pain
I sat there with this printed off list--given to me by her, this was not just my notes not making sense--every single thing she has said seems to contradict everything else that she said. So, I bought the flonase, the allergy pill. I already have mucinex. I drank orange juice, took the allergy pill, did the nose spray and spent the better part of the afternoon napping/coughing myself awake from napping. So now Im eyeballing the Mucinex. That will help suppress the cough....? I am so confused.

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Wow, I feel your pain. Hope you get well soon!

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Ultimately the meds just relieve the symptoms. It's your body that heals itself.

Another prescription:
Lots of rest
Drink lots of fluids
Eat more fibre/fiber
Gentle exercise
A few not overly stimulating dramas
More sleep
Smile at yourself,... you're doing good!
😄 😆 😇 😉

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the mucinex will make you hack out the goo... it loosens phlegm. which is a good thing, you want to get the goo outta your bronchial tubes...

plus lots of spicy hot tom kha gai (or seafood) thai soup is what dr. spazmo prescribes... it soothes numbs your sore throat and the spices (galanga, kefir, lemongrass) help your cold/drainage and the spicy chilis boost your immune system!

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Dearest @isthatacorner, one day, when you marry Jackson Wang, and he’s screaming at you at 1 am to go to bed, don’t think he’s being overbearing or controlling, ok? He just knows you need to sleep or you will get sick! You need some self-restraint, hon, 7-8 hours of sleep a night should reset your immune system. Guess when your immune system works the most efficiently? When you’re sleeping! You know all those kdramas where people die of overwork? It’s because they don’t sleep. Ok, doctor’s orders: SLEEP.

About all that other mumble jumbo:
1. You can use your netti pot/squeeze bottle to rinse your nose out and Flonase at the same time. Use the saline rinse first and then blow your nose out really good before using the Flonase. Do the nasal rinse every day during the winter--whether or not you’re sick—to rinse out viruses and bacteria too. Also—use distilled water and clean that apparatus out daily and make sure it’s completely dry before you use it so you don’t get some amoeba in your brain.
2. You can use an antihistamine and Mucinex at the same time too. If you want to dry things out further, take something like Mucinex-D with a decongestant. You might have to show ID though or get a prescription because the “D” part is controlled due to the God-forsaken meth makers. Take the antihistamine (cetirizine or fexofenadine is what I prefer) every day—sounds like you have been sick a lot this year and this will keep your allergies in check so that you don’t get sick as often. Doing a daily nasal rinse helps this too. Actually, if you do a nasal rinse, Flonase, and an antihistamine every day this next year, you would probably feel a lot better. Aim the Flonase (I actually prefer rhinocort or Flonase sensimist over the counter) away from the middle of the nose too, so you don’t get irritation and nose bleeds.

That was about $200.00 worth of advice if you saw me in consultation minus the allergy test interpretation. Hope it helps!

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Ally have I told you recently you're the best? I'll print this out and read it every day! Mostly the part about being married to Jackson Wang, swoon.
And I've totally been sleeping! Like, I wake up with a headache because I've slept too much! I'm growing as a person.
Thank you, @ally-le

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I just got fired from my job yesterday even though I've been working really hard at it. I'm feeling really depressed because I'm 30 years old, obese, divorced, in-debt (due to student loans) and now fired. I am a failure at life.

If anyone can share any words of encouragement I would be really grateful TT_____TT

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You’re only 30! I can say this because I’m 12 years older than you. You’ve come to the right place. @turtuallysarcastic just wrote her end of the year piece that may help you. http://www.dramabeans.com/2019/12/2019-year-in-review-all-is-fair-in-happiness-and-work/ Actually, her last 3 end of the year write ups are quite good as she’s navigated the job hunting, temp job, and getting fired in the last 3 years. Other than that, use this time to work on yourself. You can fix one of these “failures—“ taking better care if yourself. Eat better, get some exercise, lose weight. Getting control of one part of your life may lead to having more motivation to do other things. All is not lost. The internet is full of 7-minute work outs, and couch to 5k is a great app I’ve used (I hate to run). Good luck and fighting!

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Ok, so, you're here with us. Db is an awesome place, so you're obviously due for an upswing.
I'm not good with the advice thing because I tend to ping-pong ball from one disaster to another. But I'll tell you this: stop (or don't) compare yourself to whatever version of yourself lives in your head. Don't fall into the trap of, "I'm [x] years old. I should be ____ ____ ____" because it IS a trap designed to make you (and me) feel like crap. Every time you say to yourself, "I'm 30 years old for pities sake I SHOULD...." whatever you say after that is just going to make you feel bad. Look around. Find the tiny victories and celebrate tf out of them. And then watch a drama and hang out on at db because you need happy things around you. Or at least I do when I fall into the trap.
You can get up again.
Honest.

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Don't be silly to think that you are a failure. Every life is different, an experience, that is all. Wipe your tears, pull up your socks and find another job!!

If you get time watch "My Ahjusshi" how life can be turned around completely !! :) I am sure there are plenty such people who have found way from deep despair in life to happiness!

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