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Open Thread #706

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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3115k Almost - fake stats. Spring truly has come - well not for many - not for many families - not for many children - Well, that's human world for you.

Good to see Japanese Fansubs rising - I do think anime fansubs aka 2d going down actually brought more into into 3d aka real drama world.

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You can't trust virtual identities - who knows what is truth n a lie or even fiction or even being the truth of someone other so i take words of virtual world at face value - free Views floating in virtual world not be part of anyone. But what about events and actions and antics? are the real or they r merely part of virtual reality? Is the "I" of real world is same as of virtual world? As said in 2020 - I don't consider both the same - Surely they do take some resources from my side but truly they have their independent presence.

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Space is an exhilarating experience for me - As well as a truly painful one. I have too many desires, some desires are too big and desires that usually make a human a human - a true human.

I do want to experience all the planets of this small galaxy - Then ventured out to see other galaxies - How things are formed and come into life - speed of light isn't much of help either- I'll keep this vague but those who think will be able to awake their true human and see where i'm pointing at - and those who have reason to understand do understand - pros and cons and how dangerous and big this is.

This gives me the biggest heartache - If 7.75 billion is the price then i think this offer must be taken at the earliest, that's the responsibility of everyone.

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I'm hearing that Bae Doona and IU have begun filming a movie together. They last worked together in 'Persona'. A prestige Japanese director is involved, Hirokazu Koreeda who had worked with Bae on the film 'air doll' back in 2009. He was the director of one of my alltime favorite films 'After Life'.

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Afterlife was a great movie, i agree!

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Wow, this is great news. Kore-eda is one of my favorite filmmakers of all time and anything he does is worth the effort to find and see. Don't think I've actually seen "After Life" but "Nobody Knows" was such a powerful watch for me. Years after seeing it, small scenes still pop up in my head and the same for "Still Walking". Thanks for the alert.

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I'm loving this trend or idea of working with critically acclaimed foreign directors. I love seeing different Asian megawatt talents work with some of my Korean faves!! This film is probably going to air in Cannes 2022, and I can see a lot of awards buzz for this. Hirokazu Koreeda, say no more, this guy is a humanistic genius!!

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For many international viewers, the gateway show to Korean culture was the variety show "Running Man." Lee Kwang-soo will be leaving the popular Sunday TV variety show “Running Man” due to health reasons. The 35-year-old star is one of the original cast members of “Running Man” when it premiered in July 2010. On Feb. 15, 2020, Lee Kwang-soo had a car accident that injured his ankle. Apparently, he has never fully recovered and the stress and strain of the action of the show did not help his recovery.

It was a shock and surprise announcement because Lee's vast popularity was based on this show. But he always said that he was an actor first. My personal irony, probably shared by many, is that I know him as a variety comedian but I have not watched any of his dramas or films.

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Honestly, I don't think Running Man helped the actors members : Lee Kwang-Soo, Song Ji-Hyo or Jeon So-Min in their acting career. It made them more famous and helped with CF contracts but as an actors I don't think so. Song Joong-Ki was smart to leave the show at the beginning of his career.

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I think it helped Lee Kwang-soo a bit as he was pretty much unknown when he joined and he's built a solid film career though I'm sure he's had to turn down roles because of scheduling. I don't think RM helped SJH or JSM in their acting careers and may have even hurt them.

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Yeah IA. I think for variety shows, it helps the men more than it does for the women involved. Of course, being in a national variety program, helps with their coverage and possibly $$. But it also stagnates them b/c of their images, that sometimes can overwhelm the actor's overall image. Song Joong Ki was very smart in leaving before he blew up, as the show didn't overshadow him/'damage' his image either. I guess, balance is important. You can do some variety show appearances here and there, but you've to make sure you balance them out so it doesn't overtake you.

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Song Ji-hyo said all her years on Running Man has beat her up, she's like those ex athletes whose joints are now shot.

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welh, start with Live with Lee Kwang-soo, Jung Yu-mi, and Bae Sung-woo. The cast is excellent. I've rewatched 3 times since it came out in 2018. I've seen many of his other movies and dramas, but Live is special to me.

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Hi beanies. This has been a particularly difficult week for me. My best friend lost her father and the news came when he was getting better after testing negative so it was extremely heartbreaking. My grandmother is also not well and we are planning to get her tested just to be sure. Her oxygen levels are ok and her temperature is also under control so we're cautiously optimistic. The Covid situation here in India is horrible. It's really scary because there are no hospital beds anywhere. The news is so traumatising that I have stopped watching it. It's made everyone quite irritable and understandably so. I have been trying to cope with everything the best I can. Online classes have started for our next semester so I have that to work on and it's a welcome thing. I have also managed to reduce my social media use and gotten back to reading (I'm reading chiclit but honestly it's helping me lol). I've started watching the American sitcom The Middle and it's honestly the most relatable American sitcom for me. It's hilarious and my happy pill. I'm waiting eagerly for Doom At Your Service and I've dropped my other dramas. At this point, I'm just thankful that I have food on the table, a roof over my head and I am safe and right now, that is more than enough.

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*Give a hug*

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Sending you good thoughts and good energy, and hoping for your grandmother's swift recovery! Glad you are safe right now, and hope things will improve in India quickly!

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Yeah its really hard right now Mani-chan and all Beanies! Take care of yourselves! 🤗

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Sending thoughts and condolences your way. Hugs.

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*hugs*

I'm hoping for everyone's safety and good health. I'm glad that you managed to reduce your social media time as I think it might be able to reduce the anxiety that might be caused from being overly exposed to news.

There are a few Beans who always post pictures of some beautiful flowers, I found watching those pics soothing and relaxing.

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I'm sorry about your friend's father, and I hope your grandmother feels better soon.

Don't put down your reading of chiclit. Reading what you like is good, and there's is nothing wrong or less than about lit that is written and marketed to women. For many reasons that I won't delve into here, things that women enjoy and like to spend time with are almost always seen as less worthy of doing than things that are traditionally enjoyed by men-type peoples, like say, sports or super hero stuff, or well, you get the idea. So, enjoy your chicklit novels, let them give you an escape and a place to be that is not filled with the grim realities of the news. And if you want some recommendations I'm sure Beanies will be ready and willing to give you a long list. (jumping off my feminist agenda soapbox now)

Stay safe and stay well.

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Much love to you! Yes, reflecting on what you have and not what is going on is a great coping skill. I hope you stay healthy and that your family will too.

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I think of you every time I read the news about the situation in India! I hope you and your loved ones stay safe. I think stepping back a bit from social media is a great idea, it’s so easy to get caught up in a spiral of looking at the same things over and over again and it doesn’t make you feel good.

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Hopefully it will peak sooner than later, and no more damage to you and your closest and nearest.

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I'm so sorry about your friend's father. Hoping that your grandmother recovers quickly.

I think it's a good idea to limit the news you take in since news usually uses fear so that we'll be compelled to watch. Take care and stay safe.

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I'm sorry about your friend's father. I hope you and your family stay safe.

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I wish you did not have to go through all of this. I am not as good with words as the others above me, so let me give you a virtual hug, a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on instead.

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mani, once again you sound wise beyond your years. The last few years just taught me that it’s good to know the news, but I don’t have to know it alllllll day long.

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It's frightening, @manichan and India was doing so well for such a long time. Stay safe and find all the distractions you can. I hope your loved ones stay safe too. We live in disturbing times. Who could have imagined it?

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I'm going to join @egads on her soapbox for a moment: Never be ashamed of the things that make you happy,especially not the books that make you happy. We consume media to escape, so never feel silly for what brings you joy, especially not when that content is made by and for women, since we already deal with enough bullsh*t in this world. Chick lit is a wonderful genre (though I have mixed feelings regarding the term for a number of reasons I won't expound on here), especially when you're going through a hard time. I read a lot of fluffy romances after my father died because it was the only thing that kept me totally out of my head for a little while each day.

But also, Mani, you are doing the right thing by limiting your intake of media etc. When things got scary bad here that was what I did as well. Just find the things that comfort you and embrace them. Sometimes we need to unplug even though it feels selfish and uncaring. The situation in India is scary, and it seems like you know what you need to do to take care of yourself. I hope your grandmother is okay and feels better soon. I'm praying for India every day, and hoping things get better quickly.

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{{{More hugs}}}

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Hello all:

Been a busy week. I did manage to write an essay on various ghost cultures and lore across the world. Totally forgot to include korean ghosts. Wrote a specfic poem and submitted a story to the jules verne society anthology. So I've ben busy. I would rather have been outside puttering around in my garden but noooo winter in Albany just keeps hanging on with weird gusts of wind and sudden snow. It's never spring until May is over.

Loving Be My Dream Family --my first daily in years. So funny. No really stupid victimmy character in sight. Episodes 21-23 had me cracking up.

The Happy Loner -- fun so far.

Law School -- Everyone in this drama is seriously shady. It better not turn out to be Professor Yang who killed Professor Seo when all is over with. And it better not be Han Joon Hwi either. Am loving Kim Bum. As always. I missed him on screen.

Taxi Driver.. well, as our hero expected, the lady loan shark will mess everything up. Aaargh, such a bother. I'm loving the evil CEO. He's been one of my favorite actors since i saw him in Tomorrow with you. He reminds me of Yoo Ah In; he just grabs hold of a roll and goes for

Dramas this upcoming season are looking so good. Awaiting, Dark Hole, Mine, Bossam, Move to Heaven. None of these will disappoint. They better no

Have a great weekend, all...and a happy spring. keep safe.

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oh yes, and Youth of May. How could i forget that?

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Right, and Youth in May!

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Snow in Albany? What? It's been in the 80s most of the week in Eugene and that's not that far away.

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There's a Eugene in NYS?

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It's been a rough week. My family is originally from India, and the Covid situation in that country is just devastating. We lost a member of the extended family this week, and I'm struggling to stay on top of even the most basic tasks. I have even put k-drama on temporary hold, even though it's my go-to coping mechanism.

Please spare a thought (or, if you so believe, a prayer) for all the millions in India who are struggling right now. If you are able/willing to make a donation, please do so.

Much love, Beanies.

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Sincerely hoping that things will improve soon in India, and my condolences on the loss of your family member. I hope you are able to find ways to soothe and care for yourself, whatever that looks like. Wishing you all the best. Be well.

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I'm sorry about the loss of your family member. I hope the situation in India begins to improve.

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I will think about them, and about you as well. Hang in there! And do not feel bad for putting K-dramas on hold, you will get back to them once you feel ready.

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My condolences on the loss of your family member.

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A tragic situation, keeping all in prayer~

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Dramabeans is so quiet these days. There was a time when the OT would have hundreds of posts by now. It makes me sad.

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I know, I guess there’s so many other places to comment about stuff these days.

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You go to other sites and you see comments way down too. News sites, entertainment sites, hobby sites, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. It seems to be pretty much across the board, unless they're all gabbing-it-up on tiktok these days beyond my field of vision.

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Maybe it’s screen fatigue, maybe because so many places you get jumped on if you inadvertently say the wrong thing or have an unpopular opinion and it’s just not worth the hassle (that doesn’t tend to happen here but it definitely stops me commenting in some other places)

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I used to drop by early every week and post big comments, but real life took over and now I am always late with short comments that are no longer what they used to be. Multiply my story with that of many Beanies and we have a possible explanation.

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I think for me at least pandemic fatigue is also a factor - it feels like everything is always the same and I have lost the will to make the effort to comment 😅

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Life does take over. I've currently moved cities to help out members of my family. I don't get to dramabeans as often and I'm not able to watch everything that I'd be watching at home. I also don't want to inadvertently stumble over spoilers so I'm censoring my scrolling through the posts. I'm saving it all for later. Meanwhile I keep reading Korean newspapers in English because the real life political drama is mesmerising. Since Stranger 2 I've been following the politics there and that led me to the Samsung story. I can't put it down.

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Random question for children of immigrants whose parents had a language different to the country they arrived in - did your parents teach you their native language or did they just encourage you to learn the language of your new country only?

My husband’s father is Dutch but has lived in our mostly English speaking country for about 40 years and he has always been completely against the idea of his kids learning the language. They never spoke it at home and he always gets very scornful “why would you bother” when my husband tries to learn it as an adult. Is this a common attitude?

Neither of my in-laws seem to any value in teaching the kids other languages, and it’s really getting on my nerves at the moment 😅

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I grew up in a multilingual household where, in addition to various languages, English was also spoken. So I don't think my parents were too concerned about just speaking English with us. I learned to read/write in the other languages as an adult on my own though.

In contrast, although my husband and I are also multilingual, we chose to speak only English with our child (because he wasn't talking as a toddler, and someone suggested he was confused). Sure enough, when we switched to English-only, he started speaking a mile-a-minute. We have since re-introduced our native language, and our kid can understand what we're saying, but does not speak the language.

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I can see there would definitely be challenges in a multilingual household with small people learning to talk! It’s awesome that he can understand you in both languages now.

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much to my chagrin, my mother came to the US as a japanese national married to my 2nd generation japanese american army father in 1951. she brought her two sons and an infant daughter - born in japan - to america, then my sister and i were born here in the states.

because my mother was a recent immigrant, and was rather ostracized by my father's japanese american community for not speaking english -- she refused to teach us japanese. she was trying to learn english, and she later explained "you kids had to live here, so you should speak english and i didn't want you to speak with a japanese accent"....

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if only she just spoke japanese at home to us, we would've absorbed it like a sponge...

i'd have to say - based upon my/your elders' experience being immigrants to a country that does not speak their native language -- one can appreciate their efforts to not project the discrimination inflicted upon those who don't speak the native/current resident country's language fluently....

but i wish it weren't that way, for myself. and i hope you and your husband can teach your children their ethnic heritage language.
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Yes I think you’re right that when they made the decision to not teach their language at home, they were making that decision from a place of wanting to do the right thing for their children. I also wish it wasn’t that way.

I also wish now that my father in law would be less dismissive of my husband’s efforts to learn the language as an adult - he doesn’t see any point at all because it isn’t spoken here, but husband would really like to get more in touch with his cultural heritage.

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My best friend's first language is Hungarian, her husband grew up bilingual English/German, and they both grew up for the most part in the US and live there now. Their three American kids speak English, German and Hungarian. The boys (twins) preferred to speak German together, and their English rapidly improved once they hit preschool; their daughter seemed to prefer Hungarian for quite a while. But they're now between the ages of 5-8 and speak all three correctly.

I know that all kids are different, so maybe it just worked out for them, and I know there were moments early on where they were worried about the kids' English. But ultimately she says they're glad they stuck with it. I'm probably so enthusiastic about this because I wish that my dad had grown up speaking Czech like my grandfather so that he could have passed it on to me. Instead, I had to learn all my languages the hard way! 😆

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I’ve had to learn all mine the hard way too 😄, and I feel like I remember less of them all the time, which is what not using them often will do I guess!

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I am multilingual, and being Chinese, I can speak four dialects fluently.
So what happened was when growing up, my parents speaks to each other in dialect 1, to the kids in dialect 2, grandparents in dialect 3, and so on. I ended up picking up all these without formal education in Chinese.
In my opinion, English is very important as a global language but to really know a culture, learning the language is the best way.

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Oh, that’s a pity. I see only advantages in learning other languages, even more so if it’s connected to family/roots. Knowing another language and culture is a precious gift parents can give their kids, if they have this possibility.

What kind of memories does your in-law hold from the Netherlands? Maybe he doesn’t remember the country fondly and therefore doesn’t value the language.

As for me, my great-grandparents were the ones who immigrated. They taught my grandparents (well, that wasn’t really an option, since they themselves didn’t speak my country‘s language), my grandparents taught my parents, and my parents taught me and my siblings. My parents always saw it as a gift they could give us, us getting to know another language and culture by default like that.

When it comes to being confused, my parents’ choice was to separate things neatly. They were very disciplined in speaking to us in just one language, at least while we were little, so we wouldn’t be confused. „At home“, with them, we spoke one language, „outside“, without them, another. We naturally learned my country’s language by going to kindergarten, church, school and so on.

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Happy weekend Beanies and keep Beaning On!

And a happy weekend for me for a change! My exam went well today and I won’t have to study anymore until formations resume in September! 🥳

There is always a catch of course. The new work year starts next week, so any more formations would keep us from our duties. My duty will be the call centers, so I told my boss I would print some handy work manuals and study them this weekend to prepare myself. My boss gave me a small lecture about studying on weekends which is only expected while preparing for an exam. This is not really encouraging me to prepare anything this weekend to be honest!😅

I Guess I will need to find a happy medium between preparation and rest the coming weekends, because as much as I deserve and need that long formation break, I also know that I really need to thoroughly revise a lot if I want to fulfill my call center duty.🤔

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It’s great that your boss is encouraging some work life balance! Managing to switch off from work is really important, and (for me at least, you may be different) limiting study time means you use it more effectively and actually retain more anyway. Good luck!

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Thank you! I am a perfectionist, so I am aware that I am partly responsible for my stressy predicament, but the challenge is figuring out which parts are my own doing and fixing them, if that makes sense.😆

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Such bosses are rare. I'd say take their advice but obviously if you feel like you need this preparation before you dive in work then do what you seem right. However, never make overtime or working on weekends a regular habit. Because this way, on certain days when you'll be still doing your best and packing up on time, you will feel like you're being lazy and can work a few more hours. The pandemic has already made overworking a bad habit. Also the general attitude is "if they can handle more work, give them more work".

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Just watched the first episode of ‘so I married the ant-fan’. I really liked the first episode, guess I was really looking for an escape...real life is tiring at times very tiring

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This is exactly what I am using "Anti-Fan" for. It came at the right time - fun and easy-to-digest escapist fluff.

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Funny, for all the many dramas I’ve watched, this slipped through. I will have to check it out, thanks for the reminder.

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a little late to the OT this week but I needed to vent about Oh! Master!!! I know many others have dropped the show several weeks back but I was holding out because, Lee Min Ki and Nana (THEY'RE SO BEAUTIFUL TOGETHER). but even they, and the few cute couple moments we got in the recent week, can't salvage the show.

1. the end of ep 12 was ridiculous. the TOD trope was bad enough, now noble idiocy? I don't get it. who taught Korean drama writers that inflicting sudden emotional pain on your significant other is a solution that saves them from pain in the future???
2. is it just me or is Joo-In not doing a good job drawing the line with Yoo-Jin?
3. Yoo-Jin. I wanna slap this character for treating Joo-In like she's an item to be owned. the girl made her choice. respect it

will I drop the show this coming week or will the Lee Min Ki/Nana couple entice me again? why do they have to look so good together though

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Noble idiocy is behavior you would never want done to you. I don’t get it. Meh.

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April 25, 2021 at 2:21 PM
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Remember 2014 Promise 2021 is a documentary 7 years after the sinking of the Sewol. 35 students were rescued; several tell their stories. I wish them healing and peace as they remember those who died.

Started Bossam, go Il Woo!

Idol group competition show Kingdom Legendary War is high quality. I love how the members are so complimentary to other groups and learn from each other. Good dancing, production, and singing,

Still nursing this rotten cold and now it’s raining and chilly. Longing for warm days! Stay well, friends~

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Ps I don’t know what that weird date at the beginning of my post is ???

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Hello fellow Beanies, Dramabeans is a great place to be, I can read about my favourite Kdrama actors, learn about series I haven’t seen and find lots of interesting stuff. I stopped watching English speaking television just after Christmas last year (2020) and haven’t looked back. I find great enjoyment in South Korean programs.

On my profile page under Fan Wall, why is there a limit of 200 characters? An extra number would be helpful. I’ve noticed some of the images I’ve uploaded have disappeared and a small, feint square appears. Has this happened to you?

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Hello, it’s me again,
My avatar doesn’t appear on any comment I make. Why is this so?
Thank you.

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