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Open Thread #642

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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Happy OT y'all.. wish you good health and success in all your endeavors.

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Hello Dear Beanies! I hope you are all doing well today.

Let me start out by saying that I'm requesting your advice/suggestions as I find myself in the most unusual of situations. I no longer have any professional references because they have all passed away! This has occurred over the span of the last two and a half months. ...... To make matters worse, this came at a time when I was about to embark on a job search, looking to get back to work after a 12+ year absence! I'm absolutely devastated and don't know what to do. I have not one single name to put on my resume whom prospective employers can call. My time away from the job market is already not going to do me any favors and now with no one who can professionally speak to my abilities and provide relevant employment details, truly has me in the panic zone. Help Beanies! What to do??

On a different note, I've been enjoying all of the Love, February posts. The Beanie talent shining through once again! You guys make my day. Everyday.

That's all for now. Everyone take care, have a great Friday and Thank You in advance for any guidance you can provide.

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Hmmm.... I am no expert in job references, but an acquaintance once put me down as a reference for job application because I can speak of their good qualities and integrity. Perhaps that will work?

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Maybe any former colleagues? Those who were in the same position or level as you? Anyone you worked fairly closely with?

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Hi @korfan
I believe @edgarpordwed and @msrabbit are right. Friends and people in other areas of our lives can also vouch for us. If you are active in clubs or religious groups, and more so if you've held posts of some responsibility, the leaders there might be able to be your referees. I believe that it's mainly the character of the prospective employees, that employers want to check on.

A more time consuming alternative, is to just take up a less demanding job first, like a temporary position that does not require much in the way of references. After some time in this job, that employer can act as your reference for the more permanent job of your choice.

All the best!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Hey korfan,
Maybe a person at the company or institution who knew your former reference(s) could do a little research and provide a letter or be willing to be contacted on your behalf? I would think someone would be willing to do that considering the circumstances. Best wishes for your employment-seeking ventures!

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Do you really need a reference? Does the company actually ask for any? I have never listed any on any resume. And when I was in a position to make hire decisions I never paid any attention to references.

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Hey korfan, it depends on what you need the references for. When I used to work in management (I'm in the UK) we would only check the references to make sure that someone had actually worked in the job & for the amount of time that they claimed on their CV. That means that anybody in your previous job (the HR department for example of you have one of those) could be your reference. They wouldn't have to vouch for you personally.

Not sure where you're located, and it could be very different where you are, but you could give anybody who would have access to the previous employment records as a reference. 12 years is a long time of course, and companies might not have kept that on file for that long but it could be worth a try.

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Have you done any volunteering? Many times references can be gleaned from the place you volunteered. I went back to work at the age of 55 (I'd been a housewife previously), and didn't have a hard time getting a job--but I was willing to even work part-time. Many times employers like older workers because they have life experiences and are more stable.

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@msrabbit @edgarpordwed @growingbeautifully @owl22 @windsun33 @cloggie @kdnomore

Thank you all for taking the time to respond. Definitely appreciated. :)

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Np. Good luck on your job application.

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Happy Friday, everyone! I usually don't make it to OT early enough, but I was awoken super early this morning. Wish you a great weekends and I am gonna go back to sleep. ๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ˜ด

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Sleep is awesome.

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It is. Except I overslept and was late to work. :P

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Happy weekend Beanies!

My parents and two godchildren are taking turns getting injured or falling ill, and I have been busy trying to take care of my parents and their responsibilities when it comes to household chores and taking care of the godchildren for a few weeks now. January at least had some fun activities that required preparation and offered a distraction. February on the contrary, looked like nothing but a never ending circle of the previous weeks, so last week I wished for a February challenge to spice things up.

So much of my time and energy is devoted to my loved ones nowadays, that I barely have any left on evenings and weekends to focus on my personal stuff like K-dramas and *ahem* job-hunting among other things. I even got small food poisoning this week, probably as a sign of exhaustion.

For this reason I am participating in the Love, February challenge. To remind myself every day of the things I loved that particular day. To distract myself for a few minutes with an attempt at poetry. To create small happiness for myself, in order to survive this slump. To draw strength from other Beanie entries and comments.

And it is working.

I cleared out my pile of job applications this week and I am determined to submit them one by one. From next week onwards I want to make more time to work my way through them, Iโ€™ll even sacrifice Saturdays if I have to.

This spark is what I have been looking for ever since I got fired back in October, and I am willing to get behind on K-dramas and recaps to use them as job application submit rewards to keep this spark alive. Except for Coffee Prince. My friend and I breezed through the first two episodes last weekend, and I need to keep hearing Mr. Voice for inner strength. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Glad to see you busy and purposeful as always @turtuallysarcastic. I'm trying to remain that way too, what with the Novel Corona Virus causing disruption in planned activities.

Remembering and being thankful for the experiences of everyday is a great idea... whether February or not!!!

Have fun with Coffee Prince! ๐Ÿ˜†

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Thank you! Remaining purposeful (and busy) is a daily challenge. I hope you and your loved ones remain healthy, both in body and mind. โค๏ธ Coffee Prince is amazing! ๐Ÿ˜†

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Do take some moments to take care of yourself too !

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Thank you!

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Anyeong everyone how have you been?
It's always good to be here ready everyone's posts (comments)
Now in Dramaland there's so many dramas and I am having it difficult to keep up.
I just have one question, In Cdramaland there's no such thing as MAIN LEAD? How can four 42min episodes only be about the supporting characters with only glimpses of the main lead that are even less than 30secs? 8f someone just joined you and wants to know the main protagonist, what would you say?.

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Hi @martinjsimwaba Which cdrama are you referring to?

As far as I know, there are usually main leads and they do appear an awful lot in the episodes. You can check the show in MyDramaList, and under 'Cast and Characters' first few will include the main leads/roles, so you'll know who they are. Hope that helps. ๐Ÿ˜

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Hello @growingbeautifully
I watched THE SPIRIT OF THE SWORD and I tell you, in 10 episodes NICHOLAS TSE and GILLIAN CHUN would only appear in 4 episode. And in the recent episodes of EVER NIGHT Ning Que would only appear briefly and less than 30 secs at that.

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I remember some complaints about a c-drama that did that, and I guess it's one that's airing, but I don't know which one, since I wasn't watching it. And I watch a lot of c-dramas!
Just finished The Golden Eyes and it was really good, but you have to pay close attention to the details. Other than that one, I mostly watch xianxia/wuxia dramas.

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Ever night 2

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There is a cast billing: starring, special starring, also starring...

Starring is usually, but not always, the main or 1st lead. Cdrama productions have been known to take screen time from 1st lead and give it to 2nd or 3rd lead. Sometimes money is involved.

Special starring can be billed alongside starring, or before also starring but still has limited screen time.

Currently streaming cdrama Forward Forever is based on a manga that has 2 male leads. Haung Zi Tao (aka Tao formerly of Exo) is "starring". Jackson Yi (TFBoys) is "special starring". They are billed side-by-side at the head of the cast. Jackson Yi doesn't have even 1/2 the cumulative screen time as Tao through ep 8. It looks like a secondary (or lower ranked) female character might have been promoted to 1st female lead even though she isn't billed that way.

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So that's just the way it is in Cdramaland?

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Yup. Sometimes feels like bait-and-switch. Production teams have to bow down to investors, clout, and/or agency demands.

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And quite often heavy censorship.

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A drama production must receive a permit before filming begins. So censorship is a given and every production team starts self-censoring the material even before applying for the permit.

Problem arises when censors change the rules to apply to all dramas that haven't aired, or, when one or more of the main cast members have a huge scandal.

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I guess I just have to accept them as they come. Thanks @sni

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My vacation is near its end. I'm sad ๐Ÿ˜”.

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It's unfair.
You deserve better.
I also deserve better.
Life should be eternal vacation.

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Wait till you're my age :)

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Oh, Iโ€™m there, believe me!! ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฃ

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I know how that feels. Sympathy. ๐Ÿคœ๐Ÿค›
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hello beanies...finally after what seems like an eternity, i got off early from work today (more like 'on time'), and now looking forward to the weekend...i'm sad to say i haven't been reading much of your articles here on DB, due to lack of time so, i will try to read as much as i can right after this:-)...also, haven't been watching much of kdramas but i have seen few cdramas...on a personal note, last few days, i realized that when i watch kdramas episodes real time, week on week basis, as they get aired, i stop watching in the last two episodes of the show, and most of the times i read the finale recaps on DB (which are always fantastic, by the way)...so i have tons of kdrama, which i haven't officially 'completed' watching...i never used to do this before but somehow in the last 4-5months i'm behaving in this peculiar manner...LOL, just thought i would share this observation of mine:-) until again, take care and be safe!

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I do the same thing! Most of the time it's because I don't want it to be over, but sometimes, the main characters have hooked up and I can the happy ending coming and I'm done. Korean Odyssey would be an example of the 1st, and What's Wrong with Secretary Kim is definitely an ex of the 2nd. I was so annoyed with those two by ep 15 lol!

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There are many fan theories on how CLOY will end. Many are hoping for a โ€œhappyโ€ ending. But the premise tells of a sad ending. Since this is a pure fantasy story line, anything is possible. Some believe OTP will wind up in Switzerland. Some believe JH will defect to SK despite the harsh ramifications to his family. Others think there will be a sad parting of the couple. The worst idea is that the entire story is just Seriโ€™s dream.

It would take a monumental plot twist to make that work. But I noticed JH and Seri have had the most truthful conversations when they are drunk/drinking; acting like an old couple. The last one where JH wanted to be married with twins struck me as did Seriโ€™s reaction that she was too sober to hear that. Is there a hidden truth to the story elements of the series?

Could the entire series unravel to a โ€œhappy sadโ€ ending to find that JH and Seri are actually already a married couple? She has just given birth to twins, but is suffering the burdens in her marriage. They are a poor couple in an old neighborhood. JH is away for a months at a time as a low wage laborer at construction jobs. As the youngest daughter, Seri has had the burden of taking care of her retired, sickly parents. She hates her brothers for not helping her out, financially or as a caregiver. Her mean landlord is going to increase the rent on their shabby apartment because there are now โ€œtwo more occupants.โ€ The NK village women are her neighbors. The Ducklings are neighborhood businessmen scratching out an existence. Her whole world is crashing around her; she wants to escape her fate.

No one is around to give her support. She uses the people she knows to dream about being a rich, independent woman which then manifests into a debilitating postpartum psychosis (in the form of the CLOY story). In the end, Seri has an emotional โ€œcrashโ€ in the arms of JH, who vows to be a better husband and provider by moving them to the countryside, away from all their problems (to find their own neutral quiet place like Switzerland in her dream).

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๐Ÿ˜† What a thoroughly well thought out possible/alternative CLOY reality!!! CLOY is the only kdrama I'm following... kind of.

It will really be interesting what the writers will be giving us for the ending. A surprising thought just occurred to me - how about a shocking reverse defection. Through his father's influence, JH manages to get Se Ri back to NK safely to be reunited with her ahjumma friends, into whose lives she starts to inject some 'capitalistic spice' with new business ideas. They start their own enterprise and become super rich ahjummas with a lot of 'power'. Seung Jun ends up helping her with Seo Dan by his side. JH goes back to his great love, the piano, and wins accolades for NK. With her new found power, Seri gets special permission to travel back and forth between the 2 Koreas and runs her family's business as well, which her brothers make a hash out of. - Happy Ending! - ๐Ÿ˜‚

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The problem with that scenario is that it is 100% at odds with the current situation in North Korea. I cannot see it go that way at all.

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And then, they all end up in reeducation camps and do hard labour for the rest of their lives before dying of starvation in the next famine. Happy ending!

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True @windsun33 however, extrapolating from the very unlikely scenario of paragliding into NK, walking out of NK, etc situations ... I'd like a crazy, happy ending!! ๐Ÿ˜

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They will just go to Switzerland

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Please, not the "it's a dream". I have a terrible experience on a Spanish TV show. Not the "it's a dream" please.
If you cannot do something better than Life on Mars (I mean the BBC show, I haven't seen the kdrama) don't go there.
I'd rather have my sad ending.

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I'd watch this show. I like this turnout better than what can already be. Unfortunately kdramas aren't that brave to do this kind of setup unless it is an adaptation like Life on Mars.

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You have the makings of a great fanfic.

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Hi Everyone! Happy OT and show watching, and Happy Keeping Healthy in these times of health concerns with the 2019 Novel Corona Virus (2019-nCoV) 'on the prowl'. At this stage, we in Singapore, find that authorities have raised the level of the health alert, which means stopping gatherings and increasing surveillance.

My life is inevitably somewhat disrupted. Instead of watching the usual shows and getting on with my usual preparations for time with children and adults in little retreats/courses,.... I've been sucked down the rabbit hole of vlogs and news on the 2019-nCoV.

I've suddenly become a fan of several v-loggers on YT and their take on what they see, hear and experience in China. I've even gained a sudden interest in epidemiology and detailed explanations of symptoms and what these signify is happening in our bodies.

And now, in terms of my work and volunteer time, I find that I'm to start working only from home (I do spend 2 days a week working from home now, but it's going to be all 5-7 days!) and my volunteer 'work' meetings and retreats are being cancelled. Sooo.... I guess I need to try to continue life as normally as possible, but it's going to take a whole lot of self-discipline to stay home and not be watching all those vlogs instead of working!!! Heh! ๐Ÿ˜…

I really feel for the affected people of China. My situation is nowhere near horrible, but just the little disruptions, the pockets of panic (crazy folks are already emptying shelves in panic buying) and bits of paranoia are already so disruptive. It's a 100 times worse in China.

I take my hat off to all those ordinary people, doing their best to just get on with life, with calm and at peace, and major kudos to all those in the 'line of fire', dealing with the virus and it's fallout at so many levels. The losses in terms of lives and livelihoods are going to be phenomenal and global. This is really going to be a difficult experience for so many people to be able to go through and rise from, but I believe they/we will do it.

Please pray with me for all the persons battling the virus and all its consequences; may we stand together as a community of the Earth and grow from this experience. Jiayou China! and to all of us Fighting!!

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I watch the vlogs now very often too. Some are good and radiate positivity while others are a harsh critique on China's communist party. Idk what to feel but I just hope this virus is over soon. There are so many people stuck and i don't really trust the stats. Praying for health and safety of every person in Wuhan and those affected elsewhere as well.

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"Praying for health and safety of every person in Wuhan and those affected elsewhere as well." - Amen to that @wapzy

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stay healthy everyone -- the numbers increase every day and nearly double every 2 days... wash hands, wash hands, stay indoor, limit exposure if possible!

that poor Dr. Li Wenliang who just passed away - thoughts and prayers go to his wife, child and unborn 2nd child...

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whoops, cases double every 4 days...

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But really 2.56 million people, world wide, died of pneumonia in 2017. We need to be careful, but also keep things in perspective.

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i understand what you're saying, i'm not trying to promote panic by any means. 4 years ago i had a flu that turned into pneumonia that turned into ARDS and i was in the hospital for almost a month. i have to be exceptionally careful not to catch viruses and have to get flu shots every year and received the 2 pneumonia vaccines...

people like me and others with immune system weaknesses have to be careful.

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Please do so.

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Terribly sad and tragic about Dr. Li Wenliang and yes, thoughts and prayers to his family.

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Good advice @spazmo ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Stay safe!

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Thanks @hebang. I just returned from the shops to see the results of panic buying... like a tourist, I was taking photos of empty shelves. I was actually finding it funny (ha! ha!). This buying thing coincides with the 15th and last day of the Lunar New Year.... so..... the queues at the payment counters were long. ๐Ÿคช

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It's Friday my beautiful, lovely amazing fellow Beanies!

Some Day or One Day Been watching this drama with my mom and lil' brother and we all absolutely love this. I figured I would with all the Beanies who have been raving about it. And it also has GregO in it, one of my lovely consorts. But the story is very interesting, well written and it's fun to throw theories out between my family (which we have been pretty spot on so far). And the acting is perfect. It's a crime GregO has not had a main role until now!! The romance is both beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’”

Because of Meeting You I watched this because of Deng Lun. He is so wonderful in this drama. A wonderful partner and daddy ๐Ÿ˜ I need a Deng Lun in my life. This is the cdrama version of Jang Bori which I had also watched a few years ago. From what I remember this one is pretty close to the kdrama version. It's the same mix of frustrating yet addictive makjang plots. I hate the adopted mom.

But now I don't know what to watch! I really want to watch Find Yourself because noona romances are my catnip, but I want to wait until it's closer to being done. But other then that I don't know what else to watch ๐Ÿ˜ญ Life is hard!

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My favorite character in Some Day is MoJunjie (Patrick Shih). I'm hoping he'll One Day have a lead in a drama.
I tried Find Yourself but couldn't get into it, at least for now. The lead male is nice, but office romances can get so boring, imo! We'll see.
Because of Meeting You - hmm, I don't know where to watch this one. I'll look around.
Happy Friday!

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This week was (mostly) good. Okay so a few things happened. I got my wifi back a few days ago. But I was busy with assignments so I wasn't able to comment on any recaps. But I am finished with that. I did watch dramas. Started two even though I told myself not to, heh. I have two months left for my exams. I also have some relatives visit for a few days. So I will be busy so I guess I will comment or post even less.

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Iโ€™m having a bad day.

I know I said that I hope to have the Medicap up but we just escalated things here and I have colleagues exposed and I HATE uncertainty, but so much is still so very uncertain about how this Coronavirus is going to affect all of us.

Stay safe And healthy wherever you are beanies.

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Strength to you and all your coworkers!

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Yes, uncertainty is the worst stress giver. And stress makes one more likely to get sick! All the best to you and your colleagues and may you all be well and stay fine throughout this whole episode. Take care of yourself @michykdrama!

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I hope you and your colleagues stay healthy and strong. You do incredible work.

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Hope it gets better.
*sends hugs*

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Hope you and your colleagues are all okay !
Pls stay safe too!

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Stay safe, you and yours!

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Praying for you and your colleagues and your family too!!!

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So many deep / serious comments this week.

I just want to say:

1: If you want virus news, these are the best sources I've found:
https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6
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https://www.cnn.com/asia/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-02-07-20-intl-hnk/index.html
Note the the URL for the CNN one changes every day.

2: It seems like subs for some shows are unusually slow. Did the subbers fall behind over Chinese New Year? Are they sick? Both????

3: It seems that one of the main early symptoms of the virus is a slight cough. With my acid reflux & asthma, "slight cough" is my specialty. If the virus gets common in my area, I might as well stay home and self-isolate just because if I go out in public people will jump to the wrong conclusion. At least I'll have Dramabeans & kdramas to help me pass the time.

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Perhaps you'd like to join Love(less), February to pass time?

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A few days ago CNN said that New Zealand said they were trying to find homes for about 200 tons of live lobsters that were sitting around because China had cancelled orders because of the virus. Anybody need some bargain lobsters? Can NZ repurpose them locally?? Will we get lobster-flavored Melona bars???

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Itโ€™s funny what our thoughts drift to at times ๐Ÿ˜‰ Now I can see how things like surplus lobsters in NZ can affect the stock market.

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Such a sensible solution to return them from whence they came. ๐Ÿฆž

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Yay!

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Phew. Lobster-flavored Melona bars don't sound that appealing...

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run, sebastian, run!!!

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February has given way to me binging The Gilmore Girls - if there was ever a series that one could watch mindlessly and enjoy without effort, this is it for me. Thatโ€™s not to say I havenโ€™t watched any K-dramas, because I have! And I donโ€™t mind admitting to an extra treat or two like biscotti with coffee or chocolate covered cherry gummy hearts at midnight to get me through snowy days!
Have a great weekend beanies!

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My daughter and I are watching this right now too!

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Really? Itโ€™s a rerun for me, it never dull and Inlove the 3 (well 4, actually if you count Trixy) Gilmore women.

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Great to hear you enjoying shows and nice midnight treats! Sounds so cozy. I tend to be falling off my chair by 10pm ๐Ÿ˜† so whether I get down to rummaging for food depends on whether I wake up!

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Does anyone have an opinion of the series 'How Are You Bread'? I'm starting to suspect the project may have been financed by Ji Chang-wook just so he wouldn't have the distinction of being in the worst drama of the year,

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It's not the worst, that would probably be Forest. Actually I kind of like it - it's fluffy without being pretentious and over the top. Hardly the best drama ever, but far from the worst.

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In many kdramas it seems like it is pretty hard to become a cop with all the tests etc.

Yet in almost every kdrama most of the cops are portrayed as total idiots who are also corrupt and lazy.

I guess it's a kdrama thing.

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Corrupt of theyโ€™re in Seoul
Lazy if theyโ€™re in the countryside

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Busan seems pretty corrupt also.

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And tougher.

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bahahaha! hilarious (cos its true)

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Dear beanies! Happy weekend those who have it all free!!
I still need to work on Saturday until 20 hour and I have a cold. Where I live usually between -3 and 5 Celsius, so you can imagine.
I really feel I need to take a sick leave.
Now, let me tell you I have just arrived from visiting my brother in Lyon and my nephew is the most beautiful two and half bilingual little boy I have ever met, with wild but soft blond curly hair, so beautiful!!!!!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ƒโ˜บ
It makes me think of moving to France for good, but by the way, I need to learn French... I had promised myself I would find this year... kind of... ๐Ÿ™„
My dad still sick waiting for donations, examinations and arrangements for his surgery...
And the rest of my family are doing ok.
I have barely time to watch any drama, and yet, I am more or less in Romantic teacher dr. Kim 2 and one Chinese drama on viki, just because I still have viki in my tablet...

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Sending you lots of positive vibes, for your dad to get the medical treatment he needs...
And for learning French, if you could afford it, spend some time in France. You'll learn quickly by being immersed in the language!

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All the best to you and to your dad!

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Iโ€™ll keep your father in my prayers and hope you all are able to raise the funds for him!

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Anyone going to the BTS (California) concerts?

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No. Going to concert in Orlando. Very stressful buying tickets on Ticketmaster!

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๐Ÿ˜‚ itโ€™s super stressful

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Nah, I am more into Jpop.

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really? which groups? just curious becuz my husband is an audiophile and collects music from all genres... Jpop, Kpop, r&b, rap, country, european pop...

i have a friend who used to tour with Exile, playing keyboard...

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Kalafina, Wagakki Band, Garnidelia, (some) Baby Metal, Ayumi Hamasaki, couple others.

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Who are the most sought after screenwriters?

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http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/02/top-10-favorite-drama-writers/
Although they may not all be sought after and there are definitely others.

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Does anyone have news about the following dramas that still didn't air? Are these canceled?: "City of Stars", "Dreamcide", "Fall From the Sky/ Paul Fell From The Sky", "Invisible Man"

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Is anybody else finding this drama year to be generic and dead boring? Korea is only making, like, five dramas and that's all we're getting. There's nothing new or innovative and even the really good, well-written shows are suffering from being unoriginal.

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Me too. I actually started a c-drama. Sigh.

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Five? I have 9 on my list that are currently airing, and about 10 more that I am not watching.

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Five types
The OCN action thriller, the slice-of-life, the crime corruption story, the romcom with all that annoying gender shit, and the sageuk with all of the annoying gender shit.
This year has so far been really generic, even the good dramas are just standard ones. They're dull as dirt in how standard they are and a lot of them are quite regressive too.

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In that respect I tend to agree. Even the ones I am watching are pretty heavy on all the usual tropes and cliches. Though I am watching several, most are casual - only two on my Must See list - CLOY and Tell Me What You Saw.

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Maybe because I've only been watching for a a few years but I still find a lot of fun and happiness from watching dramas. Of course I wasnt exactly burnt out on western tv it's just that when I tried k dramas I found I really liked the format of them.

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I like slice of life, so I'm happy. I'm also waiting for something good and out of the ordinary.

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I think kdrama's always been this way. You may be suffering from some kdrama overdose LT!

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I've noticed K-dramas tend to give us three *GREAT* dramas per year. We can all name them and would largely agree on the titles. Then there's a longer list of second-tier dramas. This year the second and third tier dramas are just dreadful. Most shocking in is how Netflix is pouring money into badly misguided dramas. Abyss? Arthdale? Vagabond? Well, at least we had the original and clever 'Psychopath diary' which has the unusual distinction of getting better the longer it ran

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Made a special trip to the store today to stock up on items that met both the following criteria:

1: I might need them if The Virus comes to my area and I decide to self-isolate.
2: They will last long enough so I'll be able to use them eventually anyway.

That includes LOTS of things, not just food, but the reason I'm writing this is to hint to everybody that it might be a good time to stock up. Items on my list that some people might overlook include:
Toothpaste
Toilet paper
Cat food
Cat litter

Store had normal amounts of all those (and food) but was sold out of hand sanitizers. Guess other people think differently.

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There is currently a mad rush on TP in Hong Kong. It's insane.

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Supermart shelves are emptying out of rice, oil, noodles, canned food, disinfectant, sanitizers, paper products ... partially less bottled water ie the inexpensive ones are bought up ... However I don't think we need to overbuy. If everyone thinks the same way, there will be insufficient for some who really need some essentials.

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Yes. Where you are I'd expect people to be getting worried, but here in California it seems pretty normal except for me and whoever bought the hand sanitizer.

FWIW, I normally keep at least enough food and water for at least a week, in case of earthquakes. But due to special (and non-virus-related) reasons I currently have enough food for about 3 months. So as long as they keep the water & electricity I'm in good shape.

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I recall in the 1970s the US had a toilet paper emergency bad enough to require government intervention. All because a late night comic had made a joke that caused viewers to panic and stockpile hoards of toilet paper, emptying out store shelves across the country.

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currently watching 20th century boy and girl and Iโ€™m wondering why it took me this long to watch such gem ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

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It is a gem, indeed...! When you finish, you can read the post @ally-le and I wrote in defense of this beautiful drama!
Wow, just yesterday I was remembering some parts of it and I was thinking, I want a rewatch!!!! โ˜บ๐Ÿ˜€

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oh no why did you have to defend the drama??? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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It was a theme of the monthโ€”because it was criminally underrated and no one watched it! Actually, I wrote one and then @javinne and I wrote one on Best Friends. So here are two essays for you!

http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/01/in-defense-of-20th-century-boy-and-girl-when-you-dont-want-to-ride-a-roller-coaster/

http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/03/best-friends-forever-forever-best-friends/

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I read your post again, Ally, and I loved it even more. I repeat, I need a rewatch!!!!!!!!!!!!โ˜บ

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omg thank you for this!! i also noticed the low comment count :(

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I *literally* stumbled on this drama this week. I dropped the tablet I was watching a K-drama on and when I picked it up that was the drama that was on-screen.

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Yesterday was my birthday!
I feel older day by day ๐Ÿ˜†.

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Hope you had a great day!

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I did Korfan~ thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Iโ€™m wanting to watch Tvnโ€™s catch the ghost...... canโ€™t find it anywhere!!! I have VIKI, amazon prime and Netflix. Any suggestions???

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Drama Cool & Kiss Asian are both streaming it online for free.

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