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Open Thread #682

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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Little Boy - 1315k - 19th November. What a upmove.

1415k - 19 December.

Not so best of a week.
Laptop > Metallic Body > leaking current > giving me slight zap each and every day multiple times > Just had to change the power adaptor

> turned into a game > patience > don't show anger > don't get frustrated > control > calm > and bang goes 1 punch to the metallic body.
1st battle > goes to the laptop
few minor battles > laptop
Better or worse i persisted and was about to have my own taste of victory and then i lost control and 1 more punch to the laptop i lost the whole game. All efforts, all struggles and no +ve outcome.
Lose the game > pay the price
Price > HDD > struggles 3 days to repair and recover logical bad sectors but few physical bad sectors had also popped up and after that > lost all data > files+data+passwords > Intentionally kept nothing elsewhere. In real life, side plans don't pop up to save you so why keep this plan here, it was all in all fun battle with a set price.
Foolish approach with lot material losses. Fun none the least.

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Someone steps in, someone left shows the foolishness of people. Only if things were so easy to sort out, solutions right at hand, everyone enjoying life with no problems. Delusional beings. Highly delusional who seek comfort in shortcuts and have always ready to point fingers so as so absolve themselves of any responsibility whatsoever. That's why they are the facemasks. You can do makeup as much as you want, it can make truth run around but in the end facts and truth remains the same. Nothing is gained without reforms and people don't exactly want these reforms. So chair will keep on hosting new ones but overall situation will remain same. That's the present and future for everyone.
I for one don't want to be in this kind of present and future and i openly don't associate with these identities and for that matter don't care about their lives. Whatever they get is because of their own actions and they deserve it.
My trouble is being part of a human society i have to carry baggage of their actions too. So all in all people like us will suffer for no reason whatsoever. That's unfair human world for you.

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Thank you for reminding me to back-up.

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So, I have to ask - are you going to keep back-ups now? Or continue without a net?

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It was reported this week that Korea's main TV networks will be cutting back the number of 2021 dramas. On average, 10 to 12 dramas are produced per network. In 2021, it will be below 9. TV networks no longer self-produce dramas. It was also reported that drama production budgets will be cut meaning that there will be less highly priced stars leading projects.

Yonhap News reports the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the trend toward mobile-based binge-watching of content, e-commerce firms, like Coupang and online portal operators, including Naver, have revealed plans to break into the highly competitive streaming market. Naver, South Korea's No. 1 online portal operator, has been also expanding into the entertainment sector by joining hands with entertainment and logistics titan CJ Group. At the same time, Kakao, the operator of the biggest chatting application Kakao Talk, has come up with plans to invest 300 billion won ($268.8 million) by 2023 to produce original content for its live-streaming channel Kakao TV. It has started with reality TV shows.

Netflix, which launched its service in South Korea in 2016, got a head start in the country's online video service market, with its paid subscribers topping 3.6 million as of October.

Wavve, led by terrestrial broadcasters like KBS, and tving, run by entertainment giant CJ ENM, have also made their presence felt thanks to their original shows and drama series that are popular in Asia. In July, Coupang, a leading delivery service provider in South Korea, acquired Singapore's streaming service operator, Hooq, a joint venture established in 2015 by Singapore Telecommunications, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros, as a way to diversify its business portfolio.

Less productions and more local distribution channels will mean that it will be harder for international fans to get new k-dramas.

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If there's love, there's a way 🙂

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Well...I guess that's one way to curb my kdrama addiction.

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It's a good way to see it. Personally, I don't watch even a 10 or 20% of the amount of dramas being made per year (let alone watching them live), just because I don't like most of genres. So, even now, even being an international consumer, I am a very poor consumer😂😂😂😂😂
So, I can only hope those who were trying to get a job in the field or will lose a job in the field, due to less dramas.... and I mean those who really need their income, I don't care about millionaires, I hope they will find a way to survive.
Thanks, covid.... You are running so many plans😒

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i don't think Covid had anything to do with this. It's more of a shift in consumption.

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Meaning, the pandemic might have accelerated what was already in motion.

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I know 😆
I said it for fun.

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I, for one, welcome this cut because I have a huge backlog of dramas on my watch list that I still need to get through. I was planning to binge three finished dramas before the Bean Count in early December, but we're already halfway into November, and I'm not going to make it.

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Don't worry, regardless the mode of production or the distribution media, they would still try to sell the content to international market. Why limit themselves only to local market if they can stretch their revenue stream further?

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Thing is, Warner Brothers and Universal Entertainment have signed deals with CJ E&M and Wavves to distribute and produce their own K-dramas recently. So while there's going to be more places/opportunities for us fans and the actors!, it means more money and stretching us fans out as a result.

Netflix Korea getting a head start was really smart, enabling them to work with the biggest stars/writers. Plus AppleTV+ with Pachinko, is also starting to get their feet into Korea when it releases, with also Lee Sun Kyun (Mr. Robin) coming soon. UGH!!

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yeah I really wonder what this means for us international watcher in the long run. what it means for asian dramas streaming sites like VIKI. Would be sad if they gonna struggle with this deals as they are now the only longest running streaming sites that is reliable in my region. I hate that every sites is fighting over dramas and make it only on us...I think many more gonna use illegal site because drama not being available in your region or simply not enough money to spend on all streaming sites...

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Viki is owned by a billion $$ company, yet they don't pay their subbers, any who I digress. But yes, it's giving me Dramafever shades. IQIYI has also popped up a lot lately too. Such a shame, I know more revenue is good, but too much greediness is gross. Hearing that next yr, fewer K-dramas will be produced is also something to think about...

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Given the quality of some dramas over the past couple years, perhaps they will start being a bit more selective.

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I haven't been as into kdramas in the last few years so I'm honestly not that upset. I have a huge backlog of older dramas like someone else stated and I've been finding that I actually enjoy older kdramas ALOT more.

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I don't mind seeing the big names less, gives newer actors/actresses a chance. My question is, what will be shown in the absence of the dramas?

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Most variety shows are much cheaper to produce than a drama series. That is why there has been an influx of camping travel and eating shows during the pandemic.

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Hope everyone is well! I have nothing exciting to share except that I recently finished watching Hospital Playlist and WHOLY MOLY AWESOME SAUCE! Loved it so much...just read an article saying filming for season 2 will start this December! Weeeee

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That's good news. Hospital Playlist was a happy place for me this year and I look forward to hanging out with them again.

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Woohoo, I'm clapping my hand like a seal. Hope we get to see it air soon.

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happy friday beanies!!
drama updates: i have 2.5 episodes left of BTIMFL, and i DON'T WANNA LEAVE!! asfghfs specifically, i do not want to leave lee minki, and am dreading finishing the show just for that reason.

i told myself i would watch one episode of my ajusshi on monday, ended up binging 3 eps, and now i've finished 5 episodes in total. the drama is just so interesting, and idk i can't really put it into words what i like about it? it's not super funny, but i always smile at funny scenes, it's just very heartwarming, and when i watch iu or lee sunkyun walk the streets alone, i almost feel like i'm cold too. i think binging the show has made me a bit sad, so i think i'll space out the episodes more.

my reply 1988 rewatch is going great, it really makes me feel so happy! i thought i knew everything of what happened, but it's honestly like i'm visiting old friends. plus, i pick up on easter eggs now, which is fun. gonna watch ep 3 today, excited for the sobangcha dance!! and to see oppa again, ofc ◡̈

life updates: well, covid numbers are rising like crazy, so i'm happy i saw my friends last week bc i've put myself on lockdown now. school is okay, just screen time is a lot, so i've ordered blue light glasses. and ugh i have to finish my apps due sunday and dec 1, but i'll get there. i'm already 25% done with the school year, which is WEIRD!! i just hope i'll get to spend at least a few days of school in person eventually?? but idk if that will happen ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

anyway, wish you guys all the best! enjoy the weekend!
love and hwaiting,
shachi <3

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My Ajusshi is so bittersweet. R88 probably makes the perfect balance, actually! I’m so glad you introduced me to it. I don’t know if I would have watched it without your incessant enthusiasm, and that would have been a TRAVESTY!

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AWW NOODLES! that means the most <33 thank you for watching the show! i'm so happy you liked it ◡̈

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Tale of the Nine-Tailed's Jo Bo-ah received a honorary firewoman/firefighter as part of Korean Fire Prevention Week. Congrats Jo even the TofNT team!

Source: https://www.hancinema.net/hancinema-s-news-jo-bo-ah-receives-commendation-as-an-honorary-firefighter-146701.html

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Jo Boa, fire fighters. FOREST flashbacks.

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The clams.
Where are the clams?
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Send in the clams ...
- (sung obviously to the tune of Send in the Clowns)

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🤣🤣

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The clams have moved to Penthouse. They are in that pool under the statue.

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*laughing*

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Only bad news happens on TotNT this week:

"In order to ensure an improved and more complete quality of production, ‘Tale of the Nine-Tailed’ will take a break from airing for a week. On November 18, a special highlight broadcast of ‘Tale of the Nine-Tailed’ will air, and on November 19, the show ‘Future Class’ will air instead. Episodes 13 and 14 of ‘Tale of the Nine-Tailed’ will air on November 25 and 26."

Source: https://entertain.naver.com/now/read?oid=009&aid=0004694771

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Since I saw the news earlier today, I've been trying to decipher what "ensure an improved and more complete quality of the production" actually means. Reshoots? Editing glitches? Does anyone have an idea. I can't believe they turned the heat up and now I have to wait two weeks for new episodes! (/whining over)

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Another TvN news roundup:

Second season of Hospital Playlist will begin filming early next month (December 2020) with main characters returned and new characters during this season next year (2021).

Sources: https://www.soompi.com/article/1437643wpp/hospital-playlist-reported-to-begin-filming-season-2-this-year-tvn-responds, https://entertain.naver.com/read?oid=382&aid=0000870617 and https://entertain.naver.com/now/read?oid=609&aid=0000355895

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I think this week's schedule of Kairos and Fly Dragon was only one episode per this week because of Korean baseball season fever. Let's hope to have a successful Korean baseball season like K-dramas did in the past.

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It is not a Happy Friday for me 😾 Windows asked to run a tiny update, which I stupidly decided to do, 30 minutes before work. As you can expect, the update was successful, my computer restarted, and voila: I had no internet. Networks disabled. I remember reading @lordcobol’s fanwall rant the other day and didn’t think much of it, but now I can’t even open the Device Manager and get system error messages at every turn. I hate Windows 10. Give me back my Windows 7. 😭

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I just learned that I don't read carefully. 😆

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Don’t do that to me! Someone even upvoted whatever you wrote... or was it a joke about Friday the 13th? I’ve already heard that one 😒

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I was telling you to commiserate with @lordcobol thinking you hadn't already seen his post.

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Let me know when it's safe to gloat about being a Mac user.

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*crickets*

I have an iPhone 7 and am not too happy with it... bought 3 chargers in 2 years and had to send it in for repairs because I happen to own one of the "small percentage" of these with a faulty component on the main logic board. I've heard good things about Macs but I scream and run away whenever I see the prices. So I won't be switching to Apple anytime soon.

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Yes, there are definite downsides. My Mac has held up far longer than any laptop I've owned, so it's been cost effective for me. *frantically searches for wood to knock on*

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I use Mac too and I used my first one for 9 years. I just changed to the new one this year. It’s super pricey, but given the length of time I seem to be able to use it I think it’s an ok choice for me.

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Why do you need to knock on wood?

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@mmmmm Knocking wood is an old superstition to keep bad spirits from hearing what you said and making the worst come true.
Like I’ve had my Mac since 2013, and it’s still running strong mostly - knock wood! I don’t want it to stop!

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Ahhh.. thank you @midnightramyeon! Now I learned something new today -knocking my wood! I hope my new Mac runs smoothly for another 10 years or so!

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@midnightramyeon Is this ok? Or should I delete 'my'?

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@mmmmm Your instinct is correct, you should delete "my" - that makes it sound more... late-night adult level, if you get my drift. (Idiomatic language is so complicated!)

Think of wood like a proper noun/person's name in this situation, no articles or possessives. There's a better term for this kind of noun, but I can't remember it right now.

I'm not sure if that explained it or just made it more confusing! English is ridiculous!

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Oh, @mmmmm, the most common way to phrase it is "knock wood", said after the thing you want to have happen.

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@midnightramyeon I LOVE it and you're so kind to explain that in such great detail. I think I get what you mean. I will try to keep my promise that I will use this idiom correctly from now on -knock wood! 😂😳💁

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@mmmmm You got it! That's perfect <3

And I used to be an English language teacher, so I love opportunities to flex my "profesora" muscles again. Now I'm interested in the origins of this phrase, so I look forward to some pleasant hours of happy research :)

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Thank you @midnightramyeon for explaining.

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@midnightramyeon Seonsaengnim.. I am an amateur English language teacher too in my country. It’s always nice to learn new things from the native speakers. Forgive me if my English is sometimes wrong. ☺️ *low bow*

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It’s ‘deep’ bow actually. 🤣🤣🤣

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Just to be clear, I upvoted your comment to cheer you up, not because I like what happened to you. ^ o ^

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Thank you. I feel better already. I managed to run a system restore. Fingers crossed it works.

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Keep us posted.

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Thank you, I solved it by restoring the system to 3 days ago, before the evil update. Time travel works sometimes.

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Soooo many times I’ve noticed my fingers trying to press Ctrl + D to get me out of real-life events... at least with computers it’s sometimes possible to time travel, as you say! So glad it worked. That is a stressor we can all commiserate with.

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I insisted on having Windows 10 Pro to have more control over the OS. Every time there is a Windows update, I really worry whether my 2012 loaded (at the time) laptop can "live through it" unscathed.

Eventually I learned to delay or pause updates. Critical security updates are delayed for shorter time frame. Features updates are delayed for as long as possible.

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Windows 10 updates are serious monthly stressor events.

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One problem with learning to delay or pause updates is that you have to KEEP learning. There have been at least two unofficial ways that were better than the official ways (especially for 10-home) but which stopped working after updates.

I can understand why M$ decided to make updates automatic with Win-10 so people who didn't pay attention would get them, but they also went out of their way (repeatedly) to stop people who do pay attention from having any control. Inexcusable.

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On Windows 10 Pro, the way to delay is pretty easy to find for an administrator account.

My Windows 8.1 Pro laptop update process has higher failure rate but OS simply reverses the fail then I can decide whether to try again on a "luckier" day. Update might take a long long time but I'm less concerned about it negatively affecting the computer's functionality.

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5 reminders popping up even after youve selected the time for update 🙄

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Funny thing is now my computer is desperate to update to the same exact thing that caused the crash, reminders popping up everywhere. So I put the updates on pause for a week. I'm trying to hold out until Microsoft gets their act together and realises Update KB4586781 is evil.

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I thought it was just me. Like, I just couldn't find where I could turn off the automatic update function. So they did take it away. I hate updates, it always breaks something.

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Our company decided to update to Windows 10 in the middle of our year-end closing period and it was a nightmare!

*fighting Toki!

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Omg, that is absolutely sadistic.

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I'm really sorry. I only use Windows at work, so I have to do nothing, it's the company that updates (or not) the thing.
All my personal devices are 🍏 so I don't have those problems... I have others 😅

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Shhh. I'm trying to quietly gloat.

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Preciouss, should we talk about The Great Seducer or The King: Eternal Monarch?

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I'd really rather talk about Mary. She misses you as a devoted viewer.

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*clears throat*
My preciousssssssssss
*strums guitar while sitting outside in the cold wearing fingerless gloves and reciting poetry because it makes me feel warm*

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I cannot recall having a single problem with Win10 since it came out, aside from the first couple of weeks. You might check the Intel and mfg sites for drive updates and such.

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I held on to Windows 7 till the very end when Microsoft officially ended support for it. I miss it so much :(

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I finally felt like I'm officially dropped DDSSLS after only ten episodes (T-T) and became my only underrated K-drama of 2020 that ended with my drop. I didn't care how my prediction that Lala will kidnap or Lala's missing but unfortunately the next episodes, she didn't kidnap, I think. Also my reason on dropping this show is the confusion of number of stalkers... I don't know if how many stalkers did affect Lala's life but unfortunately, I felt my loss of DDSSLS and considered DDSSLS as one of the worst titles on K-dramaland. DoSolLa's writer... please be very careful the next time with your next drama to write an appropriate title to understand with an audience.

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I dropped it simply because it just was not interesting to me. I tried to care, but just didn't.

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Same, I just found it boring and confusing.

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I am sorry to hear that you decided to drop DDSSLLS. I think it's still a very lovely show even when my attention wanes a bit because of Start-Up.

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I dropped when we learned about the age gap, but it's not that I was enjoying it that much. In fact I found RaRa quite annoying and was only struggling to watch because of LJW. Not enough, I'm afraid.

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Happy weekend Beanies and keep Beaning On!

Anyone interested in the end of the year review in December?🧐

For the Rookie Beanies among us: a long time ago, early 2017 to be exact, Dramabeans got a new website and made it possible to register. Many lurkers like me grabbed this opportunity to become more visible on Dramabeans, and one way to do that was participating in the theme of the month that our Dramabeans overlords picked at the beginning of each new month. Lucky Beanies would see their K-drama related submissions (about favorite OTP, food, soundtracks,…) get posted on the website during that month. The theme of the month somehow ceased to exist this year, and some Beanies started doing (Music/Book/Movie/K-drama) month challenges on the fan walls, but that also has died down.

Every December the theme of the month would be the end of that year review, measured by the K-dramas you watched that aired in that same year. Basically, this year you should write about the K-dramas that aired in 2020 that you did watch and the impact these shows left on your person, your life, your 2020.

Initially I was not going to bring this up, because the pandemic happened and nobody should have to relive 2020. However, I have been writing about my struggles on OT and in these end of the year reviews ever since I registered as a Beanie back in 2017, and that somehow turned into a source of comfort for me and many other Beanies. This year nobody got spared, so I guess even more Beanies might need that comfort and a space to talk about their struggles right now.

I am not taking credit for this idea, because I am only the nth Beanie to bring this up this year. I could just fly solo and post it on my fan wall, but I think it would be a nice end to this year for many of us if more Beanies participated and helped to establish the rules.🤗

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I'm interested because there's a lot of dramas will be coveraged for 2020 end-of-the-year reviews on Dramabeans:
- Itaewon Class
- It's Okay to Not Be Okay
- Do You Like Brahms?
- Hospital Playlist
- Start-Up

... and some had no full Dramabeans recaps:
- Penthouse: War in Life
- Birthcare Center
- Men Are Men
- The Good Detective
- More Than Friends

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I'm also interested, would love to relive some of my favorite 2020 k-drama moments and reminisce about them with you all!

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This is a great idea Turtie! I like it 😊

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It's a lovely idea.
In fact, I was thinking about doing something similar to the "drama challenge" we had this year but with 2020 dramas, and I wanted to write a little essay about something very particular about this year's drama.
Whether it's on my fan wall or anywhere else, I would love to share my thoughts about the dramas I've watched this year and how important has this community been for me during this very special 2020.

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Please do! I would love to read it!

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I’d love to do this. Unfortunately, I think I’ve watched only two 2020 shows so far, lol.

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I think if you've watched one, you qualify.

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Turtie, that's a great idea! I was afraid I wouldn't want to look back on 2020, but only a couple of hours ago I scrolled through my Giphy account looking for a specific gif I wanted to share with another Beanie (congrats again, Eazal, he!) and got reminded of all the dramas that helped me cope with this weird year... I watched so many dramas that I'm not sure anymore if they helped me keep my sanity or just finished breaking my brain for good 😋
But let me go down memory lane! I'll just stick to dramas aired until summer. By early 2020 I got so many fuzzy feelings watching When the Weather is Fine, A piece of your mind, Mystic Pop-up Bar, and My Unfamiliar Family! b>Hyena was fun, Kingdom 2 deserves a cinematography prize for that frozen lake battle scene alone, My Holo Love was a really endearing trope-salad, and Extracurricular was intense and a bit left-field. I watched Itaewon Class already in the autumn, some months after airing, but that underdog crew and the power OST deserve some love! And, of course, the big productions: Crash-landing on Youand It's okay not to be okay were eye-poppingly pretty and polished, and full of cute side characters.

And then there was The King:Eternal Monarch, which I liked beyond any rationale, and giffed intensely, but, hey, this has been a hard year!
So, yeah! I'm totally up for a December drama round-up! Let's all re-spazz at out favourite moments, I'll definitely need a mood booster for the end of the year, taking into account that where I live we're quickly sliding into a new lockdown *sigh

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I think it’d be a nice way to round off the year! I actually live watched dramas this year which is not normal for me but I’m not sure how many I finished - CLOY (which seems so long ago it’s hard to believe it was this year) and Mystic Pop Up Bar might be the only 2020 dramas I actually finished (as opposed to dramas I finished in 2020 of which there are many, many more).

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I think i enjoyed a lot of dramas this year 😂 but i’m more of a reader so I’d be happy to read Beanies’ take on this year’s crop.

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I’m in. I credit drama with basically saving my life this year by reminding me how to be a human. Drama and the Beanies too, no pressure lol. I’d been thinking about writing about it on my wall, but it would be so nice to have a more structured outlet where we can all share together. I love this idea.

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@magajesj @carlybisek @mrsz6 @eazal @hcatfan @ndlessjoie @flyingcolours @beffels @parkchuna @midnightramyeon Wow, thank you for the enthusiasm and the suggestions!😀According to the rules up to last year, only 2020 aired K-dramas would qualify this year, but upon reading your replies I found that rule rather restrictive. It excludes Beanies that did not watch (many) 2020 K-dramas or did not find them that memorable. I can imagine how much harder that must be for rookie Beanies who are still trying to fit in here. I probably will write one essay about 2020 shows because I have enough to say on the topic, but I might also include the memorable older shows that I watched in 2020. Some Beanies do not write essays but showed their talent during the fan wall challenges and I am curious to find out which throwback one-liners they will come up with!😀 There have been good things this year, reminding each other of them might help end the year on a slightly better note.😉If it is just us we could use a hashtag on the fan wall and tag both the participants and the readers? I am up for better suggestions, though. Organization is not my strongest point.🤔

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Count me in! I don't have the attention span to write essays, but am game for shorter formats. Maybe we could pick funny prompts? Just riffing now, but we could make up something like:
day 1 - best power strut
day 2 - yummiest food
day 3 - cutest glasses
day 4 - best dance

... ideas, Beanies?

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Why is it that whenever I see nice glasses in a drama I think of you?

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I like this idea, I’m not great with essays but I love a good prompt 😅

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As I said before, I have an essay in mind, just have to work on it. I have a month, hehe.

My ideas for only airing dramas, would be something like this.

- male / female lead you loved the most.
- male / female lead you just couldn’t stand
- the drama you wish had a different ending
- the drama you got couldn’t finish
- the drama you finished just for the bean
- the drama you know you will rewatch
- that OST you’re obsessed with
- the OTP you didn’t think you’ll adore
- the drama you watched just because and end up loving
- the drama beanies convinced you to watch and you can’t be thankful enough
- the crush you discovered in 2020
- the “oldie” (like not 2020) you loved the most

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Those are good ones! I'll start preparing a prompt list and leave it on the Beaniewall, to see if other Beanies would be into this

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What we need is an organizer (not it! because I don't have time). We need a volunteer.

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What about #2020roundup for hashtag?

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Love it!

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Oooh! Good one! :)

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this sounds like FUN! keep me updated, i'd love to chime in

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Well, this is not good.

tvN’s “Tale of the Nine-Tailed will not air new episodes on November 18 and 19.

On November 13, a source from the drama stated, “In order to ensure an improved and more complete quality of production, ‘Tale of the Nine-Tailed’ will take a break from airing for a week.

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When I read the news this morning, it made my bad week end on a particularly worse note. 😒😪

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ARGH!

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This year's Christmas made me sad even the New Year 2020/2021 because of Covid-19. Let's be happy for us when I still struggling with my happiness so I'll try my best.

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does anyone know any kdrama or even kmovie (nor matter what genre cause I'm desperate lol), that had very good writing like my mister? Thanks in advance.

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Mother, but it's a darker and harder watch than My Mister.

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Much harder is right.

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100% would also def. recommend on par with My Ahjussi.

My Ahjussi and Mother are the only Korean shows I have every watched that has superb acting, writing, and directing. But what makes both these shows so beautiful and masterpieces, are the two central relationships in this show are so strong and never wavers.

Whereas, other shows the main pair would break up b/c of misunderstandings, but here the love each character has never wavers and always beautiful. I've never seen such a beautiful and incredible relationship that the central pair have in My Ahjussi/Mother in any medium of show EVER!!! In K-dramas, I haven't seen something like their's since :(( and prob. never will since these 2 shows are in a class of their own!!!

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BTW Mother is based on a Japanese drama, but the Korean version is much better.

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Look K-dramas can get a bit soapy/preachy at times, but when they know how to gut your emotions and hit you where it hurts :(
It must be a superpower/formula the writers/PD have, its astonishing lol. I think compared to American shows, K-dramas got the heart/inner reflections a lot to conjure up our emotions more.

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Signal
Queen In-Hyun's Man
You From Another Star
Mother

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Misaeng K drama
Yong Jiu Grocery Store T drama
Be Melodramatic K drama
The genres are very different but they all have good writing. The one that comes closest to My Mister is Misaeng (or maybe Signal) because they are by the same PD.

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To add something new to the ones mentioned: Forest of Secrets (both seasons).

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Mother is absolutely a masterpiece, I agree. Oh my... it is in the same level that my Ajusshi.
Misaeng is also very very good.
Not quite the same level, but not mentioned above by the other beanies, I would say: Just between lovers.

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Also adding Nine: 9 Time Travelers. This show sorta blew my mind when I saw it half a yr ago. Mind blowing plot twists, more plot focused. But honestly, the main pair at the beginning I didn't see their chemistry until the last episode. One of the best K-drama Sci-fi shows ever made!!

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one of my fav's!!

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Yes, Nine is one of my top dramas of all time!

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Mother is quite good
Misaeng
Just Between Lovers

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Chocolate
Late Night Restaurant
Children of Nobody

maybe? They won't match the vibe exactly like My Mister, but I liked all of them and they do seem to match a similar sort of tone for me.

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Never seen My Ahjussi but My Unfamiliar Family with it’s central theme on..well, familial relations was a pretty perfect watch for me. It has just the right amount of melo n humour, with a light sprinkle of makjang.

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I'm eagerly waiting for Start-Up new episodes this weekend.

I loved DDSSLLS still. It has many heart moments, and those small heart-warming moments brought me ultimate joy. It's when I was reminded that best gifts normally come in small packages.

I made Jjapaguri for the first time yesterday. It was pretty easy to make though I forgot to boil the water first before I put the noodles in. The noodles so became a little bit too soggy, but it was still very delicious and has unique flavour.

I'm unavoidingly drawn to the actor Kim Seon-ho. I slept pretty late these days not because I had to prepare for work the next day, but because I couldn't help myself stop searching for everything him. He is indeed a very interesting person. He is also very funny and charismatic in 1 Day and 2 Nights.

Oh.. if Ji-pyeong is gonna be heartbroken one of these days I'll be heartbroken too. How am I gonna cope with that?

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SeonHo newbie 🌱 1n2d is wonderful in Start Up. I have a soft spot in my heart for him and cheer for a good ending for him in this drama.

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I detest the news channels in my country. Too much shouting and no actual discussions. They have verbal fights and my parents just love watching the debates. My head hurts and I don't get sleep ugh I hate it.

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If I want news, I go out and find it. Government websites, interviews, the occasional news outlet for international news... but I'm so glad I got out of the single news outlet echo chambers (or even the mainstream media echo chambers). If I want to know about something, I have to go out and look up my own research about it.

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basically, I'm just trying to echo your sentiment, I hate news channels and I feel like they're mostly just there to fuel the fire and get ratings (hence good business) nowadays.

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I get 90% of my news from Google News. It scans hundreds of sources. news.google.com

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Hello Beanies! I’m way behind on all my k-drama watching, because the rest of my life is so busy right now. Hope to catch a breather soon.

I hope you’re all well and staying safe and healthy! Happy Friday.

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Hey Beanies, and happy Friday!

It's been a rough week at work. How to tell one's boss: "It may not look like it, but I really am trying so hard to move things forward!" I'm struggling not to sacrifice my general well-being to the giant soul-sucking imoogi behemoth of futility that is the Corporation, but it seems that all "support" functions (and those "" contain all the sarcasm they can hold) are designed to be as inflexible, inconsistent and calcified as possible. I should have stayed home and married the boy next door, I guess. Got some cats, learned to garden and enjoy life, etc.

Anyway, with lockdown still in full swing and no real end in sight (if I read between the lines of the PM's recent speech), I have at least been reading a book that makes me laugh out loud; enjoying my Korean class, albeit now moved online; started working on a new embroidery project-as-present; and caught up with my little nephews back home on FaceTime (one being VERY verbal, the other making up for his limited but solid 10 or so intelligible words with oodles of 22-month-old enthusiasm and barely-curbed desire to instantly press the red button on any phone he sees).

I know it's going to be okay. But it's just been a little hard. I've been spending a lot of time here this week to add some sunshine to my days, and you guys never disappoint!

Stay safe, be well, happy watching and happy weekend to all!

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Fighting @carlybisek! I feel you as one of the corporations underlord. There are time that they cold be soul draining indeed.

You seems to have lots of fun productive activities like up. How's the Korean learning so far? I'm learning python language and gosh my brain is rusty. My only consolation is that so far it's easier than learning Korean.

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Thanks, @yn00na! The joy of corporate life, right?

I'm really enjoying learning Korean, actually. I'm trying to treat it like a game or a puzzle - takes the pressure off and somehow that helps learning. How's the python coming along? I'm not sure I think that would be easier than Korean !

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Well, it's not written in hangeul, so that helps 😄 You're right in not putting pressure on us learning new language. It should be enjoyable otherwise it won't be sustainable.

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Hello my dear corporation underlord chingu!
After some three very rough months (we received a ransomware in August and were barely able to do anything for one month), now my body has decided I need to take things easy. After my migraines increased from 2-3 a month to 10-14 a month my doctor told me if I wanted to die young I was doing pretty good (not her exact words but I got the message), so this week I've been leaving office in time, and had the rest I needed and for my body and my head, and I hope I can be better in a couple of weeks. We deserve better than be suffering this way!

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Hope you continue to take better care of yourself!

Be careful, stay safe!

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Corporate underlord chingudeul unite - we absolutely deserve better! I'm so glad you're putting yourself and your health first. Keep getting your rest - I hope these migraines will be a thing of the past very soon for you! 💕

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Wishing you well and fast recovery. 10+ migraines sounds downright scary. Glad you are prioritising your health over work. They can always have another worker, but we only have our one body!

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Happy Diwali to my Indian beanies 🪔 ✨

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Are there any Ha Hyun Woo fan here? He sang one of Itaewon soundtrack, Diamond. I have been listening to his performance in King of Mask Singer, he hold the record of 9 wins!, and with his band Guckkasten. His voice has such unique quality with a lot of power and range. Here I wish mire that i can speak Korean. There's no subtitles when you listening to music :(

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Oh my gosh where have you been. I am an AVID Ha Hyun Woo fan, ever since my first boyfriend introduced me to his King of Mask Singer video and "Fantastic Baby"... which actually is one of my least favorites by him, but whatever. I was converted--and while that relationship lasted NOT very long, my love for Ha Hyun Woo has never changed. The man is amazing.

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I know right. I'm so glad spotify algorithm put him on my playlist and got me hooked on his incredible voice. I love Guckkasten songs as well. What an interesting band.

I've been watching all his videos that I can find in YouTube. He has such great stage present. No matter what big instruments are on stage, his voice is still the dominant presence. Gosh, what would be the chance that i can see him live in my neck of the wood :(

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Yes, I love his singing! I go back and watch his King of Mask Singer performances periodically, and it's also fun to see him on reality shows - he's quite an interesting person.

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He seems very sharp and certainly an interesting person. I'm amaze at how he trainned his voice to get that strength and range. I wish there are more videos of him with eng sub.

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Happy Friday, Beanies!
This week I decided on purpose not to watch any Kdrama or whatever video on YouTube, except those on stretching because I am continuing doing some yoga and stretching and light weight lifting and stuffs... at home, since all gyms are closed due to the lock down.

You see, I am trying to lose weight and finally doing something about it... I am 1,60 meters high (5,24 feet) and my weight has always been between 57 to 60 kilos (125 to 132 pounds), but according to whatever nutritional statements I should be thinner. Also, my legs are fat, they have always been... 🙄

So, let me tell you, in the last three or four years, I have been in between 60 and 63 kilos, and in the last two months up until 68 kilos!!!!😱
Only once in my life I was 69 kilos (152 pounds), and that was when I was 19 years old and heavily depressed because my life sucked back then. Different reasons, mostly family reasons. My mother was awful.

Now, I just couldn't believe I gained too much weight after I moved, but well, the gyms are closed and I was really frustrated for different other reasons.

At this moment, after being 4 weeks already doing intermittent fasten and avoiding carbs, I am again in 63 kilos. But I have the goal to be again 57. Simply, to be able to wear the clothes I had in college. That's all....
Most of my clothes are right now in the basement..not fair. 😒
I want to wear some of them for the last time, make pictures, and let them go after some 10 or 15 years of service.
Go minimalist, let it go.

But I still need to lose 6 kilos.
Please! At least, give me some encouragement😂😂😂
Next week I will come back to the two dramas I am watching.

Thank you all for being there!!! 😍

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This is a rough, rough road of a year. And you are doing brilliantly managing it all. There have been similar times in my life, and I remember how discouraging it felt to be working towards it but feeling thwarted and disheartened. So here's a big "fighting!" from me, but I also want to say that you are wonderful now in the clothes you're wearing today, and wonderful you'll be in those college kick-backs and whatever you put on in the future.

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You're already half way there. Wishing you success and encouraging you to eat well enough to remain healthy on the way to your goal.

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Wishing you success AND good health!

Short story. About 20 years ago, I was told by my doctor to get below 150 lbs for x, y, a, and z reasons FF to now... like you I used this down period to get below 150 by a few lbs. Saw my doctor (new as of a few years ago). He Looked at my weight and said - why did you lose weight? Are you sick? 🤣

I told him my story and he told me to stop dieting, my previous weight was fine. Things change ...

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Happy weekend beans!

Some updates:

1) I reached 10000 posts on DB. This comment will be my 10001 post 🤣.

2) Kairos is still exciting to watch. The acting is great, the directing/cinematography is sleak and modern, the plot is still tight, the music is on point. All in all I'm a happy watcher as of ep 5. Can't wait for ep 6. I really hope it remains good through out its run.

3) Rok Monte is arriving soon. He showed his dressing room on IG. EMK Musical shared some practice pics. I'm excited to see more Rok Monte updates for Monte Cristo 2020. 21st Nov 2020!!!

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I think I probably owe you about 50☕️. Sorry, life got in the way. How is my Winner member Kang Seung Yoon doing in Kairos?

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so far he hasn't been featured often enough by my liking... i love WINNER!

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I don't have time to fit it in right now and I feel guilty for neglecting his project.

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He's doing fine! In fact...good~~ He has an important role and the feedback for his acting has been positive. Yay!

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