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Open Thread #689

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 New Year everyone. Hope 2021 brings us a lot of blessings and an end to suffering.
I'm not a resolution person at all. I know I can't keep them. However, there is one habit I'd like to change this year. And that is handling my finances carelessly.

I saw Lee Seunggi's house in MiTH and got to know that he excessively saved over the years, thanks to his banker parents and then decided to spend on himself. I have no close relative who is a banker (I've heard a lot about bankers having some good money saving, investing and spending habits), neither have I honestly learnt from anyone to make an efficient use of the money at hand. I usually find myself losing it all way too quick.

So I really want to spend, save and invest efficiently this year(and continue that in the long term) but I have no idea how. Do any of you have some good spending and saving habits that you don't mind sharing?

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I think the best habit in any economic situations is the most boring. Make a budget and stick to it. My husband made an excel sheet totaling our monthly and yearly expenses so our budget is always on plus to meet those seldom occurring expenses, like insurance.
Gosh, I'm embarrassed just writing that down.
Also, the best way to invest in anything is by small portions at a time in funds with low fees.
...Yeah, I'm totally boring. Happy new years!

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That's not boring at all, that's rather smart and very helpful. Thanks a lot 😊

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And when I'm planning my budget I always round up my expenses to the nearest dollar. I don't have to live on a strict budget anymore, but I don't go overboard either, except on food because I eat only organic food. I truly believe that eating organic saves me money in the long run by keeping me healthy. Over the years I've spent my extra money on paying off my debts so that when I retired I was completely debt free which allowed me to live on a small income. I also inherited some money and instead of blowing it on extravagant things, I loaned most of it to my children at a low rate of interest, which helped them, and is helping me now by supplementing my income when I really need it. I have always cooked from scratch; made most of my own clothes; recovered my furniture; made my curtains; etc. So now I have a really nice nest egg socked away in a checking account at a credit union, drawing a higher rate of interest than any CD pays.

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Sorry just saw this now. Thanks a lot😊. I especially like what you did with your inherited money.

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I’m totally boring too - we’ve also got the excel spreadsheet budget going on. It’s important in a budget to be honest about what you spend (eg no point in budgeting a small amount that you then ignore and always go over) and budgeting for treats as well as practical things. We save for irregular expenses (Eg once a year fees, a bit at a time to spread the cost); also emergency situations) as well as for long term.
And it’s worth finding a basic guide to investing (NZ has a free financial planning website called sorted.org.nz, there may be something similar relevant to your area) and learning the rules.

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I've run away from excel all my life (not related to my field in any way either so I just use it for basic stuff), will have to look into it now😅
Unfortunately, no I don't think we have any proper investing guide but thanks for the heads up, I'll check the NZ one to increase my knowledge.
Thank a lot 😊

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There are heaps of online budgeting tools around, it doesn’t have to be excel 😁 it’s just what works for us.

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This is boring advice too, but it works for me: always eat homemade (using lunchboxes when necessary); coffee and drinks are better at home too. I usually only spend money at cafes if I'm meeting a friend there. Been saving loads of money over the years by following this simple rule. Saving in small everyday purchases allows me to splash out every now and then by having dinner at a nice place, and still save money.
Another one, instead of meeting friends in cafes and bars (which, anyway, is unlikely under the current circunstances), meet them to take a walk somewhere nice. No money spent, social distancing is kept, and it feels better

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Oh this very helpful thanks 😊
I've always thought these day to day savings may not account for much but maybe if done consistently they do save one enough.

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Read the book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad. This will give some basic philosophical principles to keep in mind when building wealth. The secret is delayed gratification. Looking for opportunities to save instead of spend. Also Dave Ramsey has a good website on how to save money. People swear by him, although I’ve never actually used his methods. It’s another way to think about saving based on having just enough cash on hand and not be tempted to use credit. My rule of thumb is if I don’t have enough in the bank to use credit, then I don’t and I pay off my bills in full every month. Live below your means. When I was a student or just starting out my intern year, I clipped coupons and bough things on clearance only—even food and only enough to eat that week so they wouldn’t go bad and the. I’d have the heartburn of throwing it out. Budget just what you need to survive. Save the rest. Give yourself a small allowance for incidentals. Good luck!

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live below your means is the absolute best advice! i tell my 27 year old daughter this all the time.

PLUS, i have had her start a ROTH IRA and am making her contribute to her brokerage account that was left over from college (because she got a scholarship so we didn't need to use all the money)...

investing wisely is the best (currently) way to build wealth = retirement (and hopefully at an early age, not in your late 60s)...
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That's some really good advice. I also look into the book and the site. Thanks a lot 😊

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This is the one area I'm trying to focus on too. I just started reading Millionaire Teacher by Andrew Hallam which someone had rec'd to me a few years ago.
One thing I try to do is on payday move some money into savings. The very first thing I do before paying for anything else.
Well, I try to. It is usually recommended to have it automatically set up.
Also I have my retirement set to a percentage so when I do have any raise no matter how small that amount increases automatically too.

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Oh that's a good advice to save first before spending, will try that. Thanks a lot 😊
Also how's the book?

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So far it is good, though still in the first quarter of it. He is pro investing in index funds and not using actively managed funds.

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- Buy generics, not big brand. An article in local newspaper 30+ years ago said they were mostly actually the same because they're often made by the same 3rd parties anyway, and the big consumer product companies spend more on advertising & marketing than they spend on making the products.
- Whenever you want to buy anything, DON'T. Wait and think about it for a few days. How much do you really need it. How much do you want something else later, or just a bigger bank account. (This gives a lot of the same benefits as a budget/spreadsheet, but with less work).
- Try to persuade yourself that you like collecting money - think of it as a hobby like collecting stamps or coins.
- As others have said, eat a home, pack a lunch for work, fix coffee at home, etc.
- Take advantage of freebies when available & appropriate. Example: where I work they have free coffee & tea, or you can buy soft drinks from a vending machine. In such cases, learn to like coffee or tea. If they charged for coffee I'd keep a jar of instant at my desk.
- Think about retirement.
- Distinguish "wants" vs "needs". You probably NEED savings for emergencies or retirement more than you need whatever you want.

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These are all excellent advices thanks a lot.
I struggle a lot with the wants and needs. I'm not a shopaholic per say but if something gets stuck in my mind then I want to have it even if I don't need it at all. I'll surely try thinking of it the way you have told. Thanks a lot 😊

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especially the daily starbux coffees @ $4 + tip... gosh, you can buy a pound of coffee to make at home that will last you weeks... once in a while is okay - but don't do it daily...

and GOOD LUCK, it's hard at first but you get used to it and you will be rewarded building a safety net = SAVINGS in the bank! and if possible, if you cannot invest, at least look at bank CDs... tie up some money periodically and get some interest (not much these days, but better than the nothing you're getting having money sit in savings).

please don't day trade, however. that's too risky! online accounts over $5000 will give you access to a broker for advice/consultation at no charge (at least with schwab)... tho many young people are starting accounts with robinhood because you don't need a big hunk to start with... but, do research (watch CNBC) and invest wisely, slowly and steadily.

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I'm not poor, but I've never had a Starbucks in my life. That's one of the reasons why I'm not poor :)

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Yeah, I bought a French Press and make my coffee at night (cold brew) and make iced coffee every AM. My secretaries buy Starbucks daily. I even bought one a French press as a hint.

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Anything you can do with a French Press can also be done with one of the cheap reusable filters my nearby supermarket carries, plus a 32-oz plastic glass or any other container that the filter will sort-of fit into the to of. Start in any mug or container you have, and when you would have poured it out of the FP, pour in thru the filter into the glass. The easy-to-find 32-oz glasses are temp-sensitive and work better for cold-brew.

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Thanks for asking such a great question! I’m learning so much from the responses already!

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I'm glad you're learning, these are all very helpful and I didn't think of many of these ways at all.

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I'm not very good at it myself. However, I always remember my father's way of saving. He could save a lot of money by the rule "save many more times than spend." He considers himself, and is considered, a little bit stingy but trust me that's where the money lies.

I am thinking of adopting the approach somewhere in the middle; but the truth is you really need to spend less than to save. In my country the government does nothing for us though once we retire, so everything is up to you and your planning for your future financial situation.

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That is actually pretty wise. And I'm thinking if done consistently it can help save a lot. Thanks a lot 😊
Regarding the retirement, we have the same situation. So savings are always needed.

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Try to be a minimalist. Everytime I want to buy things, the 1st question: Uh ehmm where can store it? Lol
If I want to buy cloth: Uh is it match with my other cloths (I dont want waste my time mix match my cloth), is it easy to laundy and to iron? If it doesnt I pass. Lol.
I just want spend my life laying around, watching dramas without thinking much about my belonging. I'm lazy like that. Ha ha

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I'm like that too 😅
But controlling that buying urge is difficult.
I'll try adopting your ways. Thanks a lot 😊

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cooking at home is the first step! watch your grocery mailers, buy meats on sale - bring home a pork shoulder roast, let's say. you're single, you don't need a whole roast, right?

you cut it up, discarding the fat and tendons/gristle, and either put chunks or small thin slices in pint freezer baggies - by PORTION. if you eat alone, put single serving portions in the baggies to freeze. if you have a guest (or two) you can defrost 2 or more baggies - AND you bought it on sale a month ago!

whole chicken. i still purchase whole chickens @ $.99/lb. because my parents taught me to be frugal. i roast the whole chicken, strip the meat off the bones, baggie the meat and freeze (in pint baggie portion sizes) to use later in soups or pasta... i save the carcass and make chicken broth from the bones, and if i don't need the broth right away, i freeze the bones, the neck and gizzards AND brown pan drippings from roasting into pint freezer baggies to use later. just take it out, toss in stockpot, add water to the frozen chunk of chicken goodness... and voila, chicken broth to use for soups or stews...

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Woah! Thanks a lot 😊. I guess starting saving from food is the first step indeed.

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eating out is the one of the most expensive item in most people's spending habits...

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We don’t eat out either. Which is why my husband is a great cook!

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Happy New Year everyone!!! I hope this one will be more about sharing joy with people we love, travelling, concerts, plays, movies, etc. than social distancing.

On another note, sometimes the video player is not on mute... The first thing I do when the page charges is to close it, which means wait for the little cross to appear because it bothers me for reading the articles. Honestly, I don't understand what it brings to this website, the content is pretty random and isn't really about Kdramas.

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I hate those *&Y^*(&T%& videos. @db-staff please make them go away, or a least give us an account setting to disable them.
And whoever is in charge of ways to raise money needs to think about the annoyance factor of everything they do. Annoy people too much and they might go away, or just donate less in some cases.
This applies to zillions of other sites and companies, not just DB.

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@kurama Happy New Year!

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Thank You!

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Thank You!

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Happy New Year Beanies! 🥳🥳🥳

One of my many Dramabeans traditions is writing about my new year’s resolutions and how they evolve, but last year (yes, 2020 is so last year!) really made them impossible to fulfill. Some were directly affected by the pandemic, others no longer were a priority after adapting to all the chaos. Understandable, new year resolutions are full of hope and ambition, which…yeah, not now.

Instead I would like to give you Beanies one new year resolution for 2021: Keep Healing and Beaning On.

I prudently take credit for coining Beaning On during the first lockdown, but the verb explains itself. We could have flooded Dramabeans with the negativity we observed everywhere else, but we kept discussing K-dramas, we kept our paradise mostly safe. Beanies acknowledged pandemic suffering, whether it was from other Beanies or their own, while adapting and continuing with life sometimes as if 2020 was not happening at all. Survival: Beanie Style.💪

Surviving is pretty much the only thing you can do when a pandemic has pushed you off the normalcy surface and keeps dragging you back down the fiery pit whenever you try to climb out. Vaccines might be a big step into the right direction, but back to normal is not yet on the map for this year. Climbing out might not be realistic for now, but we can start to climb up.

Maybe you have been gravely ill like my warrior friend, and need to recover physically. Maybe you struggled with (un)employment like I did and also need to (re)learn the professional ropes. Maybe you suffered financially and need to start saving up again. I could go on, but I think I got my point across.

Dear Beanies, you have been kind to each other, you have been kind to your environment, now be kind to yourself in 2021. Do not scold yourself for not getting it right away. Be patient with yourself. Breathe in and out. Take a break. Sleep. Eat. Watch K-dramas. Or not if it is not working for you. I do not dare to hope for normal, but I hope we are at least feeling better this year.

I am taking my own advice and going on a small semi-hiatus of sorts. My first month on the job has been really hard because I had to suddenly replace my busy private life while unemployed with a workaholic lifestyle to keep up with my formation and everything else. Having December as your first month at work means getting a lot of attention because of your new job and the holiday cheer, end of the year review and the #2020Roundup on Dramabeans, unfinished K-dramas…My holidays were spent tying up all those loose ends in order to focus more on my job formation in January. I need to take the exam early February, but since my internship takes a whole year I fear there might be more difficult months like this one ahead of me. So after the What We Are Watching post tomorrow it is back to only lurking and Open Thread for me, for at least a month. Let us hope that I can get some breathing room and a new batch of K-dramas by...

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*Let us hope that I can get some breathing room and a new batch of K-dramas by February!

Lots of love❤️

Turtie 🐢

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This is beautifully said, and I completely agree: Dramabeans has been an oasis of goodness for me in 2020. Without denying the reality around us, here I felt there were nonetheless good souls, good cheer, and good drama discussion. This is a Good Place!

Good luck to you on your hiatus, Turtie, and we'll see you again soon! :-)

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Same! I came to this world and this site very late, but the welcome has been warm, and it's helped me navigate some of the craziness of 2020 too. Thank you, all!

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@carlybisek I agree that Dramabeans truly has been an oasis :)

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Thank you for such a beautiful message. Wishing you all the best whilst you focus on your training and work - fighting!💪力!I look forward to more of your posts when you have time!❤️

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@turtuallysarcastic Thank you for these kind and uplifting words; I really needed them. It has been a very difficult year for many of us and I can honestly say that this site has helped a lot. I love watching dramas and I love discussing them with Beanies. I love reading all of the fan posts and I love the enthusiasm that we all share for these dramas and this site. I have to remind myself not to give in to feelings of sadness and despair (not always easy!). I have to remind myself that there is a lot in this world (and in my life) to love, celebrate, and be grateful for.

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Happy New Year! I hope this year brings everyone health, happiness and COVID19 IMMUNITY!

Been busy:
1. Starting position as co-editor of a local medical journal.
2. Writing a lot.
3. Editing a lot. (I’m sure the minions here at DB are laughing as they know what my own writing looks like prior to editing—I’m really terrible at editing my own writing, though!)
4. Teaching a lot.
5. Spending more time with patients and physicians slaying fears of the vaccine.
6. Working more. It’s the season.
7. Took a week off, only to write an article, still nice to see water and sand and not have to worry about work.
8. Annoying my family. I’m just a bit (a lot) of a germaphobe which I’ve never been until this year.
9. Watching dramas to break up the space.
10. Commenting on Dramabeans has been a luxury.

On the kdrama front:
1. Finished Spies. Weak ending, didn’t get the emotional punch I wanted and the romance between the leads kind of felt lukewarm. I did like the caper-like action at the end that served as a nice bookend to the beginning.
2. Run-on. Oh my. Love everything about it. Self-sufficient FL who is smart, spunky, disrespectful, and the alpha to our beta male. Love our beta male who has never done anything for his own happiness. A lost soul trying to find himself. Love the secondary leads and their push and pull of attraction. And a female position of power that is not abusive. And an artist to make her softer around the edges. No bad guy, just a bad system to rally against.
3. A Love so Beautiful-Korean. I really loved the Chinese web drama, so I’m comparing everything back to this. I wish the Kdrama version wasn’t so cut and paste though. I think the second episode had a different setting (Internet cafe in the Chinese vs Noraebang in Korean version). I need to rewatch the first again to remember. I want the kdrama version to be different though. But I love the story so much that I’ll probably watch it all regardless.
4. Soul- Disney +. This is an amazing animated movie from Pete Docter who also did Inside Out which was also wonderfully done. Taking an abstract idea and making it accessible to the masses. This time, a soul trying to find her place on the world and how words (especially demeaning ones) can tear a person down, making them resign. Powerful stuff. Watch it!

A Conversation:
Me: A love so beautiful is on!
Hubby and daughter: [sit down to watch, first scene comes up with FL lead’s confession]
Daughter: omigod mom, this is so cringe I can’t!
[Runs out if living room]
Hubby: Well, at least we know she’s still not interested in boys.
Me: Unless she isn’t.
Daughter: [gets on-line with her best friends, one is math genius, to write a YA romance.] .

Moral of the story: And so it begins.

2nd Moral: Who knows what 2021 will bring, but I’m sure it will continue to keep me on my toes!

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Thank you for slaying fears of the vaccine! 💐 🏆 🥇
I love the slice-of-life scene you shared!🤣

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You probably don't know about the other conversation's I've shared. You'll have to go back to the OT circa 2017-2019 when I was just getting into kdramas and everything was new! I think I was on it for 100 weeks straight.

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"Math genius" is this adorable 1/2 Chinese kid in my daughter's class she's been friends with since Kindergarten--they do math competitions together. I've done a series on their relationship: "My daughter and the math genius," through the OT. She would totally cringe if she knew. LOL.

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Oooh, I need this in my life!! Sorry to have to ask, but what does OT stand for? Do I just need to visit your fan wall? I will scurry there as fast as I can, if so! Us parents need our outlets too, and as long as no one’s identity is revealed, I’m all for it!! 🍿🍿🍿 (I’ve got my popcorn ready!!)

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The OT is the OPEN THREAD. What you're reading now, lol. Yeah, it would be easier if it were on my fanwall. The numbers of them were 487-587 about. 488 is one of my favorites. Here's my first official conversation: https://www.dramabeans.com/2017/02/open-thread-487/#comment-2705089

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OK, I’m already riveted by your K-drama-like romance/love story w your husband!!😍 The buckwheat flowers, and your mutual love for Gong Yoo! I have yet to introduce Mr Dramadillo to Gong Yoo, so now I’m keen to see whether he would fall under GY’s spell, too...🤣

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LOL thank you! Sorry for being a numpty!😛 I’m so excited!!

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I’m just flattered! Enjoy reading!

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Little Boy - winter - cold - and a boost.

as expected 1815k crossed - 1915k - January 19

Momentum intact and now is right time to accelerate.

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Time to buy 1st video game in a while - Cricket 2019
Time to start forex trading - target 300k for 2021
Time to become more strict and to take steps to achieve long driven objectives.
Time to lobby+join social circles and be more politically active.
Time to invest into foreign real estate.
Time to get out of the middle class bubble and step into rich aristocracy.
Time to be more hungry for everything - time to balance everything out.

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1st day suits it - In 2017 or may 2018 i had written a comment that i find it hard to memorise korean and chinese names. Whereas differentiating between Japanese names was easy and so was easy to remember them.

I was thinking about this specific thing for a long time and had several different interpretations of it.

The one that i really go ahead with is -

+ve - nick name , pet name, affectionate name
-ve - namecalling, not giving identity.

-ve is very good political tactic whose modern use is obfuscated by rabble-rousers. Over years even i have developed my own system of it and i most probably will use it in future in real life action.

The 1st line of critic starts from name itself. That this fictional has no sense of agency. no merit, no quality. The hierarchy is right away drawn at the 1st step. The with with title is direct way to show respect towards it. If name is identity then take that name away and left the material without any character. Thing is everyone uses this tactics in their life and yet when faced with questions start to appear innocent. That's why they are facemasks.

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@catocat
Did you catch Mitsuki Takahata's turn as the black&white movie star? She is amazing and I would so want to watch her in film in this story. They have let the nuances of her fact show, so not only is she is particularly stunning but her face is full subtle actions - with a killer side-eye.

You can see this show spent all its budget on these B&W scenes. OMG they so capture that particular quality of mid century Japanese films. It's quality of light is so different to other B&W - japan's visual quality isn't just shades of grey, it is like everything is carved from the same material.

Also surprised at Yuya Yagira - wow does he have the face and mannerisms of a 1950s Japanese actor.

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Happy New Year dear Beanies! One of the best things I did in 2020 was to finally sign up
here after 3 or so years of lurking.

Looking forward to more dramas with you in 2021 ❤️

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👍🏼 It’s good to be a full-fledged Beanie!

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I’m curious about your DB name~

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Happy new year, Beanies! All things considered, 2021 can only be better, right?

I look forward to more drama watching with all of you!

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@hcatfan Happy New Year!

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One thing above all today: Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin. SQUEEEEEEEE 🤗

I’m trying to watch Run and am just not “getting it”, this is quite frustrating since everyone else seems to adore it.

I think I will start watching “A Suitable Boy”, a BBC series made from one of my favorite books ever, by Vikram Seth. We can finally get it in the States on Acorn.

❤️❤️❤️Much New Year love and thanks and best wishes to all the Beanies and Minions ❤️❤️❤️

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I'm thinking dropping Run. I don't really like any characters, they were written to be blunt and cool, but I just find them weird and don't really care about them...

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I think I will drop it as well 👍🏼

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I feel kind of ridiculous for being so excited about a celebrity couple, but also 😍. I hope they do well now it’s all confirmed.

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Me too. I’ve been “following” HB since he was a young squirt still wet behind the ears (and painfully shy in interviews), how did he get to be 38? Aaaaaack, I’m so old 🤦🏼‍♀️ I hope for the best for them.

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But he is your son! 😂😜

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😒 thank you for reminding me that you will never forget that.

🤣😂🤣

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There are some things in the Baniedom that must be preserved. See my wall for the other Hyun Bin-related content that I can’t forget. 😆

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What a relief to know that that is preserved for all eternity 👍🏼 😝

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It’s kind of horrifying how fast the time goes. People like Hyun Bin and Lee Seung Gi debuted while I was at university which surely I only just graduated from a few years ago 😅

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I was reading your comment and it just hit me that people born in 2000 will be old enough to drink legally this year.

You know, in case I wasn't already feeling old...

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@hcatfan you only need to be 18 to drink in my country so people born in 2003 😱😱😱

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SYJ and HB are adults so they should be able to date in peace. But that is not the general rule in Korea. Celebrity dating is a "scandal" because it upsets the highly cultivated pure image of a star, especially in the advertising world. A cynic would say that they kept it under wraps for the last 8 months because they both had a record number of endorsement deals to protect.

But there is added pressure on celebrity couples which is why their success rate is low. First, the shippers who wanted this match want to take credit for it and demand more from their couple (more intrusion into their privacy). Second, conservative culture places demands on women to give up careers to be housewives and mothers. Third, cultural expectations impact on future work opportunities.

I recall Kim Tae-hee's interview after finishing Hi Bye Mama. She said that being a mother was something she needed to be in order to do her role. But afterward, she felt guilty about doing the show because she not at home with her family. Rain and KTH have had a successful marriage but their careers have ebbed back and forth. The bottom line is that there are hard, emotional consequences for celebrity couples.

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Ji Sung and Lee Bo Young are great examples to follow! Both are Daesang acclaimed actors, who have made time for their careers as well as their personal life. What they do is, one of them does a project, and the other does one after the other finishes one. So if LBY's working rn, JS's on duty for the house care/child duties and vice versa.

Altho this yr, both are doing dramas, so I guess b/c their kids are a bit older now, they're freely doing two projects at the same time. My hats off to them, and esp. Ji Sung for allowing his wife the chance to still act. Usually, when stars marry, the wife suffers usually. They don't act as much anymore. So to LBY still working, and choosing good projects with good casts, is great to see. Even she herself said back then, when they marry, their career would be over, but now its different.

As for celeb dating, I disagree. I think back in the day, it would've cost them. But it depends usually. I think getting married/settled down once you establish yourself is a good thing. Actors aren't Idols, who are beholden to fan theories/fantasies to an high degree. They have a bit more laxness b/c actors (generally film) are more respected than Idols.

In Korea, it's slowly changing a bit. A lot more women don't end up marrying/having kids b/c of economic/gaining more independence in Korea. There's def. more than meets the eye. Plus, for HB+SYJ, they just came off of CLOY/are both well matched in fame/$$, that most/if not all are congratulating them. Generally, I see a lot of Korean stars (who aren't big per say) dating and/or currently dating/engaged. After the first wave of news, people tend to not care as much. As long as one doesn't bring attention to themselves, it should be fine imo.

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I decided to look back at the high profile, public reveals of Dispatch for the past decade to see what happened to the couples. Of the 8 reveals, 4 couples broke up within 1.5 years; 2 couples denied the story (never subsequently confirmed); 1 couple is still dating (2020 Heechul/Momo) and 1 couple got married (Rain and KTH).
I think the low percentage of success can be attributed to having their relationship made public before the couple is ready or comfortable to announce it. If it was not such an issue, there would be no secret dating scandals.

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@welh Yeah, I just think that in HB's/SYJ's case, they are at an age where people settle down. Their fame/success/$$ are well matched with one another. Esp. for HB, whose dating history is more publicly known.

I do think a lot of stars end up dating on the down low due to media attention. But end up dating normal/non celebs in the end. Chaebols are tricky, b/c it seems suffocating.

As for HB/SYJ, they prob. dated since that U.S pic in 2018. Maybe not seriously, but who knows? Only thing of concern is that people will go even more shipping crazy b/c their OTP ship sailed. The Couple awards at award shows don't help either in regards to that.

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I feel the same - I’m a bit confused and surprised by my own excitement. Mr Dramadillo has had to endure my squee-ing, and feign interest when I show him pictures of them... but I don’t have any one else to squee with in person!🤣 Really wish them happiness together.

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Mr Beffels has to put up with a lot of that too. 😂

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So be jealous, mr. Ally watched CLOY with me and liked it. I even told him last year that they were seen at a grocery store in SOCAL together, but denied the dating rumors. I told him tonight that the were a couple and he was like, Duh, they were dating last year when they met up in CA. 😂

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😄 that’s awesome!

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So jealous!! I'd love it if Mr Dramadillo would watch CLOY with me. The problem is that I sobbed copiously when watching it for the first time on my own, so he's a bit concerned about putting me through that again...(I'm a waterfall when it comes to ill-fated relationships. *sigh*)

Last night, he was catching up on footie highlights next to me (pausing to point out the Korean player - LOL) whilst I re-watched all the CLOY promotional videos they did for The Swoon, and I'm worried he has reached BinJin saturation point. :oP But I'm trying to convince him that there's so much humour in CLOY, and that the view into North Korean life makes it all worth it. Wish me luck! We finish Healer soon, so we will be picking our next joint watch shortly...

I love that Mr Ally saw through their 'we've been dating for 8 months' claim. You've got a sharp one! :o) I read somewhere that their response to that sighting is that they bumped into each other in LA. Uhh...hmmmmmmmm...

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My money is that Run On is about bullying and abuse, both physical and psychological: an in-depth look at it in all it's variations. IMO it's worth seeing through till the end because it's making some important points.

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Hello Beanies, wish you happy holidays and a happy new year! I only watched three kdramas last years and i watched it few months after they were on air, so I have nothing to add on DB. 2020 was a lackluster year for tv watching, but lately i've been obsessed with Bollywood especially their web series. I love Panchayaat, Sacred Games and The Family Man. Last night i just finished Dum Laga Ke Haisha, which I reallylove. I rewatched Dum Laga Ke Haisha right after I finish it and I still can't stop listening to the OST all day long, that's how much i love it XD.
I'd like to ask bollywood fans beanies, is there any website like dramabeans for bollywood fans? or maybe in forum format like soompi? What tv/web series you would recommend me? What is your must watch list of bollywood movies? Thanks!

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Omg I'm so glad you are liking Bollywood, the Indian in me is super happy. Although Bollywood hasn't offered anything decent in recent years, there are some pretty good movies. Bhool Bhulaiya is a personal favourite. It's a horror comedy but I'm not sure if you will find it funny if you're not a native Hindi speaker. Jab We Met is another cult classic with an ost to die for. Also it's a bit cringy but Main Hoon Na is my guilty pleasure. If you're interested in more web series, I have heard a lot of praise for Bandish Bandits and Made In Heaven on Amazon Prime
P.S. I too love the ost of Dum Laga Ke Haisha. Moh Ke Dhaage is my favourite song. It's lyrics are super touching.

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Also Taare Zameen Par and 3 Idiots starring Aamir Khan are absolute gems but you need to keep tissues in hand with these

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Bandish Bandits was a good watch and I loved it! Sometimes it feels kinda cliché but if you are a music nerd like myself you'd love it. It's filled with the goodness of Indian classical music🥰

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Loved the classical music in Bandish Bandits, but the plot was kinda silly, lol.

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I agree with you about the plot but it's been ages since us Indians had good original songs from Bollywood. These days we only get garbage remixes and Bandish Bandits became more famous for its soundtrack for this very reason

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Thanks! I'll add them to my list. I subscribe to three different streaming services for my new Bollywood obsession 😄, I'd better can find all of them on those platforms.
Moh Ke Sange for Sandhya is also my favourite, I'll look up the lyrics on the internet.

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My favorite bollywood films would be considered old now: Wake Up Sid (2009), Break ke Baad (2010), Mere Brother ki Dulhan (2011) and my all-time fav Band Baaja Baaraat (2010). These films all have a very special place in my heart.

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I loved Dum Laga Ke Haisha! It had a premise that felt really unique at the time, and I found the acting so fresh and unaffected, which is a departure for Hollywood, IMO.

I’m Indian-American, but I tend to like my Bollywood content a bit less mainstream, I guess? There’s some pretty decent drama series content on Amazon Prime: Made in Heaven (very popular, but I didn’t love it), Paatal Lok (a bit violent, but well constructed/acted), Pushpavalli (my personal favorite). Oh, also, there are some pretty good web series on YouTube, like Little Things (on Netflix).

Some films of recent vintage that I’ve enjoyed: Andhadhun, Chopsticks, and Super Deluxe (in Tamil).

Enjoy!

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I expected DLKH would fall to the old cliche with the girl transform herself to meet society beauty standard. Sandya never have self-worth problem. She could even respond Auntie when she mocked her weight "that's something call metabolism", LOL. She's hurt when Prem rejected her and his family tried to use her, but her tears is never about herself.
I think DLKH has replaced when Harry met Sally for my favourite romcom of all time. It's really good, I'm about to watch it for the third time 😄

Thanks for the recommendation!

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Happy New Year everyone.

I still think 2021 will bring about a constriction in k-dramas and films until at least summer. This pause may give some creatives time to hone their next projects.

With that in mind, I wonder if last year's copycat themes, such as the dangerous-revengeful housewives, will get more play or will there be something refreshingly new on the horizon?

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I’m interested to see when/if we start seeing the pandemic showing up in dramas

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Happy New Year, dear Beanies! Wishing each and every one of you a 2021 filled with good things.

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Happy new year shout out, korfan!

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Happy New Year!

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Currently watching:
*True Beauty:* no new episodes this week because of COVID; hope everyone on cast and crew is safe.
*A love So Beautiful (remake):* it's okay but 2 episodes in, I'd recommend the original. Thus far, the charm just isn't there.
*Lovestruck in the City:* Just when I think the show has found it's groove, they pull the rug right under me.
*Run On:* I'm so into this show it, doesn't make sense. I can't wait to binge it upon completion. Sooyoung's character finally grew on me this week.
*Crash Landing On You:* I'm trying, I really am but I'm having a hard time getting into this drama. Been stuck on episode 3 for 3 days now. Some dramas are better when you watch them while they're airing and you can take part of the "buzz". Is this one of those cases? In my early dramas days, I would have lapped this right up, now not so much.

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I totally get what your saying, I'm so hyped for each episode of Run On, it's crazy. I think it's the conversations between the leads. Somehow, I can never fully anticipated the course of the conversation and I find this so thrilling. And, of the course it's THE SMILE. I feel like Tim in Jurassic Park, climbing that electric fence, when Im Shi-wan smiles like that.

I decided to drop Crash landing into you after episode 2. When an hour long episode really feels like an hour, that's a signal. I'm still not sure why though. Hyun Bin is magnetic, he always is, and I find the north Korean perspective original but something about the show just feels...dated?

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I think you and I may be sharing the same brain cell, lol. I feel the same way about Run On, and honestly, the oddball interaction between the two leads is really doing a lot for me.

I watched CLOY for Hyun Bin, and was not disappointed with him, but the series didn’t “stick” for me, especially when I tried to watch it a second time. The North Korea angle was the most interesting thing about the show, but the fish-out-of-water sentiment was mostly explored from the perspective of the water. That was interesting, but I found it weird that—for a South Korean having the almost unprecedented experience of living in a North Korean village—Son Yejin’s character showed so little curiosity about that world. It was a weird choice by the writers, IMO.

Also, as much as everyone has gone on and on about the romance in CLOY, I didn’t really feel it. It felt, as you noted, really dated. I mean, it’s weird that a 15-year old show like My Name Is Kim Sam Soon has more profound and timeless things to say about love and relationships than a show made in 2020!

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I should add that I have now watched MNIKSS an unhealthy number of times and could probably write an entire dissertation on it, lol.

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@lillamy and @RK123,
You both hit it on the head! CLOY just feels dated! I started watching K-dramas 10 years ago and 10 years ago I would have loved this. I would have binged CLOY along with King 2 Hearts and compared all the differences. Son Ye-jin's character grates my nerves for the exact reason you mentioned. North Korea is one of the most secretive places on earth and all she can think about is taking a bath or worrying Hyun Bin's character all day. I just couldn't.

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happy friday, and happy new year beanies!
at long last, 2020 has come to an end… this year feels like the longest year ever, yet somehow, i don’t really know how my winter break has ended (the past 9 days have gone by quicker than just 1 day of school T_T).

all of my college apps have been submitted, and it was actually a super weird feeling to see that i’m really just done with everything— i spent the next 45 mins making a spreadsheet of the accounts and dates of when i’ll hear back from places T_T and i got into 2 of my safety schools, which was honestly just really exciting!

and now, that everything has been completed, the OFFICIAL drama watching has COMMENCED (cue evil laugh). i watched two episodes of r88 back to back yesterday (stayed up until uhhh 3:30 am), and have two more eps to catch up on, which i will do right after this (no episodes this weekend tho bc the drama took this week off 5 years ago). i’m just happy i got to catch up so i can watch the last four episodes as they air. part of me is dreading ep 18 so much, and i really do not want to see the drama end T_T

the other dramas i’ll be binging soon are ITR, which i find really interesting and funny, and i have to pick up coffee prince again LOL it’s been a while!! if i start a new drama, i think it’ll be lawless lawyer, i miss seo yeji a lot, and am looking for something action themed!! i also realized that i never finished FMW, so i kinda want to finish it, but… i don’t know, ahn jaehong’s character in that just really frustrates me.

i learned my lesson from last month and will not binge my ajusshi ever again, unless i want to be super quiet the next few days (which is what happened last time afgshdj). i wish i could describe how much i love MA, but words simply fail me — iu and lee sunkyun’s performances are just so phenomenal (as is everyone else’s, but especially them of course) and i love how they don’t even need a lot of dialogue to communicate emotions like they do… i have 6 episodes of the show left, but… this drama looks like a 100 for my spreadsheet, and the only other drama with a rating that high is reply 1988, so that says a lot. the dramas aren’t comparable with each other because they’re so different, but both casts are simply stellar and have such a way of making me feel like i know the characters and that i’m part of the show. (is that even english or grammatically correct? idk anymore T_T)

anyway, happy new year again beanies. i wish you all a happy 2021, and send you guys a virtual hug. i hope this coming year will be good to you ◡̈

love and hwaiting,
shachi

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ps. can we just talk about how amazing iu is?? she’s only 27 (international age), and her songs are so versatile from pop music that puts me into a good mood to sweet ballads that are so touching. and if that wasn’t enough, on top of that, there’s MY AJUSSHI!!! i’m constantly in awe of how she just… EXISTS AND DOES ALL THIS LOL

not to mention she’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL what the heck!! and she came from such difficult conditions. wow, i just love iu.

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She's amazing and I look forward to more dramas from her too.

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My Ahjussi is so perfect. There’s nothing I can say that would improve on anything you’ve already said, but I remember staying up almost all night after I watched it to just mull over everything the show had done with these carefully drawn characters and this perfectly crafted narrative about ordinary people finding kindness and joy while navigating the misery of their lives. It was so profound and so gentle that I felt sort of cleansed by the experience. (That made more sense in my head, lol).

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it makes PERFECT sense-- that show will stick with me for a while. every now and then when it's very quiet, i can hear "grownups" by sondia in my head and i think of LSK sighing as he walks

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I couldn’t binge my ahjushi. I could only watch an episode at a time. It grew on me like got under my skin and became a part of me.

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there's SOMETHING about the show that i can't quite put into words-- i don't know what it is, but it's stolen my heart

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Congrats on receiving 2 acceptances already!!🥳

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thank you ◡̈

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Semester's ending which means I have been buried deep under non-stop deadlines, been up since more than 24hrs, decided to drop by here to ask everyone "IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE 2020 WOTHA DRAMA TITLE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?", before I go take my desperately needed 12+hrs of sleep!

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I don’t know how to describe it, maybe Sweet Home? 😅

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2020 Drama Titles:
The Cursed
Crap Landing on You Everybody
It's OK to Not Be OK
Total Failure to Accomplish One Thing
Hi Bye Normal Life

(titles from 2019 & before that fit 2020)
When the Virus Calls Your Name
Catch the Virus
I Picked Up A Virus On the Road
Special Health Inspector

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Creative titles! I like'em

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Lol. I remember when we used to do these all the time. Here’s mine:

When Covid19 Blooms
Hospital Playlist (yeah, didn’t have to go far there)
School Nurse Quarantine Files

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Tale of the Nine Zoom Meetings

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Ooh, I love a wee word/title challenge! Lord Cobol wins for the most hilarious choices/riffs, so I shall try in earnest!🤣 I know I’m not choosing only one title, but I just had too much fun selecting different ones from the bean count list, and could not stop myself once I got going!!😁

Personally, 2020 has been a year of trying to learn that It’s Okay To Not Be Okay, especially when it comes to the Black Dog (this is sometimes used as a metaphor for depression, in case the reference is not cross-culturally recognised). Because we are People With Flaws, and our political systems can often spew Lies of Lies, in The Game: Toward Zero infections, Nobody Knows if our falling short of a United Effort Against One Thing will ultimately mean we can move on from 365: One Year Against Destiny soon. At the very least, we can Welcome 2021, Live On, get back Into the Ring, and eat Chocolate.🍫 (And watch more K-dramas, of course!❤️)

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WOW! All titles very ingeniously used!!

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Bravo!

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Wow! All the titles have been used. That only leaves No Touch People.

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Happy New Year, Beanies! Here we are, finally having turned the page on 2020. And while I know that that doesn't mean any switches get flipped, the symbolism of a new year is helping me rally to a little optimism that good things can be on the horizon of us personally and as a world.

This is a silly, but I confess I felt a little spark of joy when I saw the announcement about SYJ and HB in the last few minutes of my 2020. It somehow felt auspicious, to start the new year with some love - even though it has absolutely nothing to do with me, it made me smile. Last January started with me in serious anxiety that the US was going to go to war with Iran, so...as the line goes, I'm not superstitious, but I am a little stitious, and I will gladly lend a little serendipity to the start of 2021 in the hope that the year is beginning as it means to go on.

I wish you all the very best in 2021! Good health, happiness, fulfillment, peace, ease and grace to you all - and some dramas that move you, make you laugh, make you think and make you keep sharing all your great comments and perspectives.

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I’ve never heard that expression before, but I LOVE it! I am moderately stitious myself, especially when it comes to Good Signs, so I will also take the SYJ & HB union as auspicious.

Wishing you all the best in 2021 as well!😊

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I’m pretty sure it’s from The Office (American version), and I really love it, too. Have a happy and healthy year ahead! :)

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Happy New Year! Good riddance, 2020! May 2021 bring us a respite and let us come closer to one another

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Happy new year! I know it’s just another day really but I’ve been feeling pretty meh the end of the year (kids all sick, including one with chicken pox despite being vaccinated - feels so unfair to be one of the 3% or so not effective for, at least it seems to have protected the other two - so that was a real downer on Christmas!) and then I woke up New Years Day and it was beautifully sunny and everything just felt better.

I know not much is going to change immediately and I hope we can all keep on keeping on well. I’m not one for New Years resolutions really but I want to see myself trying more things this year. I’m fortunate enough to not have to stay at home but having done so for a long intense period it’s hard to break the habit of just staying home and watching tv.

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That’s a great resolution! I hope the universe cooperates and allows us to go out more as well!

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Fingers crossed! I’m just really hoping that we can continue to manage things at the border here until the vaccine roll out (and that vaccine roll out is effective, I can see that vaccine refusal is going to be a thing)

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Happy New Year beanies!!! Wishing 2021 will be a happier and healthier year for all of us and drama God showers us with quality drama.

I am loving TV show House Detox. For those that dont know, it's a home decluttering show, host by Park Na-Rae, Yoon kyun-Sang and Shin Ae-ra. What makes this show really shine is the focus on rethinking our attachment with our possessions. Rather than buying new furnitures or organizing widgets from stores like Home Depot or Container Store, they really try to utilize what are already in the house in the most creative way.

The house does not end up looking like pretty stage house. But the house is optimised to maximize functionality for the household. They dont just reorganize items, they reorganize way of life. No wonder most of their clients are in tears.

Anyway, enough gushing. For those wanting inspiration for NY resolution, check out this show and this will for sure help.

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Hello beans *waves*

Happy New Year!! 🎆🥳
It's the first week of 2021! Before starting (continuing?) my dramaland journey in 2021, let's recap what happened in my 2020 dramaland~~

Recap of Kat's 2020 dramaland:
1) started the year waiting for Master in the House and Penthouse and Double Casting, all were announced at the end of 2019 😆
2) 4th Jan: Sungrok presented an award at 2019 Golden Disc Awards 📀
3) 12th Jan: Sungrok 1st ep as Master in the House fixed member 🎊
4) 1st Feb: Penthouse casting confirmation 😎
5) 21st Feb: Double Casting premiered + Sungrok MC debut 🎊
6) 6th Mar: Sungrok withdraw from Penthouse due to scheduling conflict (from articles/posts I read, it's due to Penthouse season format and he just joined Master in the House as a fixed member) 🥺
7) 14th Mar: Rebecca Musical last performance 👏🏻
8) sometime March: Kairos casting talks 🤓
9) sometime May: Kairos cast confirmation 😎
10) 25th Sept: Monte Cristo musical 10th Anniversary casting revealed. Sungrok joins the cast as Edmond Dantes/Monte Cristo for the 4th time 🎭
11) 26th Oct: Kairos premiered 🎊
12) 21st Nov: Rok-Monte first Monte Cristo performance in 2020 👏🏻
13) 19th Dec: Sungrok won Best Entertainer Award in SBS Entertainment Awards!! 🏆
14) 22nd Dec: Kairos final ep 😭
15) 25-26th Dec: Monte Cristo full dress rehearsal via Naver live 🤩
16) 30th Dec: Sungrok won Best Actor Award in MBC Drama Awards!!! Yay!!!! 🏆

Hahahaha. Did I mark my calendar with Sungrok activities? No except for Kairos premiere date aka 26th Oct 20 🤭...the others, I just searched for old articles and posts to make this list~ Some activities might be missing. Looking back at the list, SSR had a busy 2020 and I had the opportunity to watch him in a drama, variety shows and also an online musical performance. Thank you Shin Sung Rok for being active in 2020! Looking forward to new projects in 2021. Fighting!!! 💪🏻

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2021 has arrived,,I’m looking forward to a great year ahead, a better and safer one for everyone. as for kdrama and tv shows ‘ cast and crews I’m thankful and hopeful that they can maintain production while taking care of their health and safety during this testing times.

upcoming kdrama and tv shows:

I am excited to watch ‘Be a Meal’ [MBC] coming this Jan 11, it’s a drama about a woman who is born with a talent of cooking royal cuisine, oww I love food-centric drama, so eventhough the number of ep is mindboggling (100+) but as long as it featured gorgeous food and weekender-light story, I’m in. (that is for an on and off watch during my skincare routine at nights hahaa)

Most of the times variety shows don’t interest me, but of only a few I’ve watched I love Grandpas Over Flower (Europe ed), Yoon’s Kitchen (Spain edition), and Coffee Friends, all created by Na PD, so I’m excited that this coming week there will be new show from the PD, Yoon’s Stay [TVN]. This time the Yoon’s team is managing a Hanok Guesthouse in Jeollanam-do. veteran actress Yoon is back with regulars (Lee Seo Jin, Jung Yu Mi, Park Seo Joon,,and this time there will be Choi Woo Shik too). Curious to see how it’ll turn up, but in Na PD I trust! :)

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I seem to be on a roll here, so I’ll go on with a Iist of my most anticipating drama this year, from the least to the most scale of anticipation of mine :)

(8) Joseon Exorcist (SBS, in March)
a mesh up between sageuk and fantasy feels like far from my cup of tea, but I like how Jang Dong Yoon is honing his acting skill, so I’m looking forward to it for him :)

(7) Hong Chun Gi/ Red Sky (SBS, in Fall 2021)
I love Kim Yoo Jung, she’s a charmer that I like all her prev dramas, but I have to be honest, my excitement was doubled up because of Kwak Si Yang ;)

(6) Sisyphus, The Myth (JTBC, in Feb)
my anticipation could be higher should the drama’s theme is different, but because I love Cho Seung Woo, and Park Shin Ye’s turn in Pinocchio is my fave, so I’m hoping for the best.

(5) Times (OCN, in Feb)
this is where I’m also keeping my anticipation in check because it sounds like it will be time-traveling sort of story, but Lee Seo Jin would be able to make me tune in to it after his performance in ‘Trap’.

(4) Sunbae, Please Don’t Put The Lipstick (JTBC, in Jan)
great visuals, beautiful pairing, and I hope for a wonderful romance drama.

(3) Mount Jiri (TVN, in 2021)
my trifecta: Joo Ji Hoon, Jeon Ji Hyun, in a story penned by Kim Eun Hee who crafted Sign (SBS, 2011) that I love. Soo excited!

(2) Undercover (JTBC, in April)
I heard it’s an adaptation of a BBC drama, but I don’t dig any info of it, avoiding spoiler so that I can come to it with a fresh mind, and hoping to be immersed in the magic of Ji Jin Hee and Kim Hyun Joo <3

(1) Hospital Playlist, Season 2 (TVN, in April)
I miss the fab 5 sooo much that I’m keeping tabs with behind the scenes video, religiously tuning up every Thursday night on Na PD youtube channel which aired BTS video of the cast. I’m ready for the season 2, for all the tears and laughters the 5 doctors and buddies will be sharing with me <3

Here to a great year, in real life, and kdrama!
Beanies, cheers!

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Hello Beanies! Happy new year!

I'm watching Forest of Secrets 2 and I really want to like it but why is Bae Doo Na's hairstyle so bad? I much preferred her with short hair in the first show. It looks like she walked off the Kingdom set and did not brush her hair....

Also another question (on a serious note): how do they film dramas safely during Covid? Do they test all the actors and staff on a regular basis?

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Hello all! As someone who missed all dramas in 2020, can you give me your lists of MUST WATCH dramas? I'm up for any genre at the moment.

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Into the Ring/Memorials!!!

Nana is FABULOUS as the kinda-crazy Goo Se-ra with a strong sense of justice and she and Park Sung-hoon are definitely my favorite OTP of the year, perhaps ever. The story is completely hers from beginning to end while still fleshing out the other characters. Despite her strong personality, Se-ra manages to not really ever come across as annoying.

It's about politics, but it's never too heavy, and it's one of the few dramas with no angst towards the end. At its heart it is a comedy. There are emotional moments, but the director handles them so delicately and deftly without beating you over the head with them.

The drama retains its creative integrity with its quirky characters, OST, and way of filming throughout its run, unlike most dramas that make a big statement for the opening week and then start to look and sound like every other kdrama. Despite taking place in a (fictional) district in Seoul, the drama feels very small and contained, and the worldbuilding is exceptional. The locations are just... 💖

And it's just a gosh darn delight.

So, yeah. Check it out!

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Hospital Playlist.
It has a really lovely warmth to it. Also, a wonderful ensemble piece with flushed out and interesting characters and relationship dynamics all played by very talented and charismatic actors.
Oh and music!

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And that should be fleshed out characters. Lol!

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I second Into the Ring. Also, Stove League. It ran from late 2019 through 2020.

I like your profile pic by the way.

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For melo/makjang, Penthouse.
For something different, The School Nurse Files.
For some thought provoking science fiction, SF8.

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Anybody else been having trouble posting on the fan wall?

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It's been almost a year since I do self-quarantine. I move to another city to stay with my parents. My parents nearly 60 years, both of them is a hard-working entrepreneur, and I love them. I know how hard for them to make sure my three sisters and I are graduating from college. It's been three years since my parents started doing business, and it keeps getting worse, but we survived (I'm graduating from college!). Still, it's like a dug hole, cover hole because we keep take on debts as working capital and work hard to pay off debts. Now I'm working as a screenwriter with a small salary, and it still makes me happy, though. The hardest part of staying with my parent is when they lack working capital and use all of my salary, which I think it's fine because it's the best I can do for them. Still, now in my mid-20s, I don't have any savings because of that. I feel ashamed for myself because sometimes I'm getting tired every time they need money if you watch "Do You Like Brahms?" I feel so relate with Park Joon-Young, but in my case, my parents don't force me to pay, and this business it's the last hope in my family. I can't tell them, "let's change our business, this actually makes a loss rather than a profit", no I know how hard for them to build this, they build a kitchen, they hire many people, there's so much already done for this business. 

Maybe it's way too personal to tell on Open Thread, but I can't talk this with my friends they all know my parents, and my sisters still in college I don't want to worry them. 

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Oh @fikura, that sounds really tough! Glad you felt able to share here. I’m sorry I can’t do more than read your comment/story, but I hope you feel even a little bit supported, knowing that beanies are here and thinking of you.❤️

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