Beanie level: Water maid

Controversial take incoming! (Flex X)

I know many people have commented (unfavorably!!) on our ML Ji-soo’s hairstyle but having now gone down a Wiki hair-history rabbit hole (look up Pompadour hairstyle, for some fun times!) I’d like to offer an alternate view.

It seems our fine fellow’s hair is a form of Quiff, with fade, or the more hilariously named ‘Psychobilly wedge’. The style itself I like, I’m just not a fan of the amount of product in there (which gives it that ‘greasy’ look).

However, I do enjoy having a change from every other ML’s hairstyle, where we typically either get the ‘combed forward’ look (love a man who combs over his food!)

or what I like to call ‘half open curtains’ where there is a part, but the two sides of the hair on the forehead sit curled apart.

BUT what I did have to laugh at this week was the make-up artist’s over-enthusiastic lipstick application for Ji-Soo, especially when compared to the bare faced Kang-hyun…

Here’s my version of their scene:

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    I think his hair’s got swag. Completely fits with the over-the-top style of his character, grease and all. Same with his lipstick. In 19th Life it made no sense for his character. But if a guy’s gonna wear lipstick, it’d be Ji-soo.

    Tho your version of that scene made me laugh. If I was the FL, I’d want a bit of Plum Assignment myself. 😂

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      I hear you @indyfan!

      I’d love a scene of Ji-soo ‘setting’ his lipstick with a tissue (I hope you know what I mean, I realise I don’t know how to officially describe that move!) and then blowing himself a kiss in the mirror before heading out to kick some bad guy ass! 💋

      or maybe redoing his lipstick in the passenger seat visor-mirror whilst our FL driver looks on in a long-suffering way🤣

      Go meta on the make-up 😁

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        Hmm, I’m not sure either. Is it setting, sealing, blotting? In any case, it would be a great scene. I vote for car application with FL around for maximum laughs.

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          Oooh, yes, blotting is jogging some brain cells of memory loose. I think that’s right 👏

          I would also settle for my proposed car scene as a behind the scenes video extra😂

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    Hahaha! I almost lost my morning coffee over that makeup meme! For a country that elevates skincare to high art, it’s always funny to me when the MUAs’ work isn’t.

    As for his hair, I actually don’t mind it. I’m all about “change of pace” with my drama watching these days and that style fits the bill perfectly. 😉

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      “Half-Open Curtains” is a perfect descriptor!! I really disliked this being Junho’s main hairstyle in KTL. He’s just styled better with it all up or all down. And he knows it too, I think!!

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        Do you think K-drama barbers just have three pictures up – combed forward, half-open curtains and swept back? 🤣

        My least favourite, which I thankfully haven’t seen often, is a kind of ‘shaggy dog’ look with slightly wavy combed forward hair. To me they look like they’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards, as they say in the UK. The 2ML in Ghost Doctor had this look and it was so off-putting! 😁

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          Are you talking of the haircut Joo-won has on Midnight Studio? Isn’t it a bonus when it’s also orange?

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            I haven’t seen Midnight Studio, but the mere sound of that makes me want to stick forks in my eyes…😒

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        The half-open curtains is Junho’s main hairstyle in real life too, I think.

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    Okay, this is hilarious.

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      Thanks @eloiseflood – I’m a dork who enjoys puns and a good play on words, so I tickled myself with the ‘plum assignment’ – it’s the little things in life amiright? 😁

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    I have no problem with Isoo’s hairstyle in Flex x cop either.

    The worst hairstyles in shows I’ve watched, imho

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      The bottom one is so bad- it looks like the equivalent of a comb-over combined with a ‘pudding bowl’ – an ungodly mash-up!

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K-DRAMAS: Things that make me go, hmmmmmm

First up – quick disclaimer. I have never done a wall post before, so I have no idea what I’m doing😁 Also is this like a tree falling in the forest – if no one reads this, do I cease to exist? 😢

OK existential angst out of the way… As a fairly recent but avid K-Drama fan there are so many things I love about these stories and shows, and a few things that are genuinely problematic (but those are in every country’s output).

This, however, is a more tongue in cheek look at the ‘things that make me go, hmmmmmm’.

1. Electric Toothbrushes

For a world where rich characters pride themselves on showing off their wealth at every opportunity (never heard the words ‘limited edition’ so much in my life!) I am always amazed that no one seems to own an electric toothbrush.

Even the chaebols are still stuck in the dark ages with an old manual one.

I have considered that maybe it’s a sound design issue, but even in scenes where characters aren’t speaking, they still only have a manual. I think we need some Oral B product placement Stat!

2. Product Placement

Speaking of Product Placement…. there’s a lot. Sometimes it’s integrated well into the story/characters, but often it is jarringly out of place, and the fact that the direction veers into Ad mode (slow tracking shots, overly long close-ups, awkward enthusiasm from otherwise cynical characters, etc) makes it stand out like dogs’ balls.

BUT personally, I have now decided to embrace the lunacy. I get a kick out of anticipating the PPL (someone yawns ostentatiously, and I’m immediately waiting for the co-worker to offer them a packet of Kopiko coffee sweets!). I haven’t turned it into a drinking game yet, but that may well happen…

My all time favourite is probably rich chaebols with their own chefs, who also eat at the best restaurant suddenly telling us how ‘delicious’ a subway sandwich or Domino’s pizza is.

Sure, dude, sure. That is less believable than you falling in love with a secretary who spilt her coffee on you, but OK.

One final aside. If I ever go to Korea and no one gifts me random packets of ginseng, I’m going to be very offended 🙂

3. Airbags

I have never seen so many people killed or injured in car crashes as I have in K-dramas, (not to mention mowed down by Trucks of Doom!).

They often seem to have no speed limit, so perhaps that’s not surprising, but I can’t get over the fact that they never seem to have any side airbags (and sometimes not even a basic steering wheel one).

Going back to our PPL, don’t the car companies think it’s bad press for their brands to be shown this way??

4. Curtains

Yes, the lack of airbags means it’s often ‘curtains’ for our characters, but I’m talking literal curtains here – specifically in the bedrooms.

It is so bizarre to me that characters seem to have curtains or blinds (that we see in the background) but never close them when they go to bed…

As someone who sleeps with an eye mask (and closed blinds!) I don’t understand how they are not woken up at dawn by the sunlight….

4. Pyjamas

Staying with the sleeping theme, how can so few characters (even the super rich ones) own nightwear- you’re telling me you don’t have PJs, a nightie, or even a t-shirt and shorts combo?

It is so jarring to see characters going to bed or waking up in ‘normal’ clothes. Even if they don’t have PJs, why not strip down to your boxers and a vest or t-shirt?

Those trousers are going to be damned uncomfortable and will also look like crapola the next day. Just saying..

5. Saying Goodbye

This is no doubt more of a general cultural thing, but I do find it really strange the way characters hardly ever end conversations on the phone, or say goodbye (at least not that is translated into subtitles).

I often see characters just move the phone away from their face, or just flip it shut (if it’s a flip phone) seemingly mid-conversation.

For a culture that is highly concerned with manners and politeness (and showing that in forms of speech, using two hands, turning away when drinking – these are all things I’ve picked up watching shows!) it seems odd to just hang up on people!

6. Phone chargers

Whilst we’re on phones, how long do their batteries last in dramas?? It seems like no one ever plugs their phone in to charge (especially overnight) and yet they never conk out (unless it’s a key plot point in a thriller for the FL to be unreachable and in danger!)

Other phone points:

a) Does no one ever use voicemail? They just call the person eleventy billion times (yes that’s what it feels like!) to get the same non result but don’t leave a message

b) No phone case? This is no doubt back to our beloved PPL but couldn’t they have a case with a cutout for the brand logo or something?

I also love when people are literally run over or kidnapped, and the (uncased) phone has dropped to the ground but somehow doesn’t have a scratch on it (or even a cracked screen!) Oh, the lols.

7. Drs

So what I have learnt from K-Dramas is that there are no Drs practices/surgeries in K-drama land. Apparently, even if you are just a bit tired, have a cough, or have cut your hand, you will need to go to HOSPITAL.

The hospital system is apparently not overloaded by all these time wasters, and has plenty of beds to just give people an IV drip for 24 hours!

Conversely in medical K-dramas, we never seem to meet these types of patients and everyone is having life-threatening surgery, or has been impaled by building materials in an industrial accident.

So I’m prob a bit cray cray to notice all this stuff, but please feel free to chime in to validate me make your own observations 😊

Not sure if you’re meant to tag with these things, so apologies if it’s an unwelcome intrusion. Of course, just scroll on by if so…. @Lapislazuli @Vienibenmio @Seon-Ha @Reply1988 @elinor @minniegupta1 @koalatown @indyfan @mrsbuckwheat

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    Love it! Your commentary is so on point and funny! Of course in C-drama land there is a brand of electric toothbrush that has made it in and everyone gets it as gift for almost no reason- graduation, new baby, new job you name it. It comes in couple colors of black and white too! 🤣.

    After watching Hyeri’s YouTube episode with PHS and PSH where both Hyeri and PSH apparently have matching IV bandages from getting IV fluids… it seems that this really is a common remedy in SK for any minor ailment including possibly just being tired.

    I do wonder about those fancy cars and airbags. Maybe that’s why they don’t make it obvious what brand of car those people drive. Maybe it’s like how Apple refuses to let villains in movies use their phone so if you see some sketchy person using one it’s usually a double agent.

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      Thanks so much @koalatown! I didn’t know that about Apple and now I am going to use that info to try and sleuth who the killer must be (android phone!) or the double agent in US crime dramas- if that works it will be hilarious 🙂

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    😂😂😂😂😂 Wow, this is great! Are you sure this is your first fanwall outing? 🧐 It took me months to achieve even modest competence at posting gifs or pictures, so I’m doubly impressed. And you’ve hit so many of the goofy high/low points of dramas – I’ve been complaining about airbags for ages! I drive a Korean-made car and I worry. 😬 If you want total immersion in hilarious meta-PPL, try Be Melodramatic.

    PS Seon-ha is @attiton. I think lots of people scan the fanwall daily and would see your posts anyway, but the tagging is entirely welcome, at least for me!

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      you are far too kind @elinor – thank you! I should admit right now that I posted this, ahem, three times before I got it right (links messed up, everything was bold, etc)🤣 I used the brilliant @claire2009 post with instructions on links and formatting (thank you Healer’s) otherwise I wouldn’t have made it at all 🙂
      Thanks for the recommend as well re Be Melo. Will add it to the list. ❤

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        Be melodramatic is absolutely the best PPL drama. I have heard King Eternal monarch is worth watching for hilarious PPL but I have never tried it as I don’t watch sageuks unless I have too.

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      I’ll second Elinor’s praise. You were born to live on the fan wall! Well done you. To this day I think I’ve posted only one or two gifs. 😅

      The first few posts really do feel like you’re speaking into the void. I hesitated posting myself for the very same. But fear not, active Beanies are always scanning the wall. If you post it, we will come. That said, not many people tag others for that reason. And some do mind being tagged, but they’ll let you know. However, I don’t mind being tagged at all.

      Tho I have sadly little to add to this convo except to applaud you for noticing so many dramaland idiosyncrasies so early in your watching career. I will say tho, no one in my country uses voicemail. I have no idea why. But it’s either a missed call or a text message saying you’ve missed their call. 🤦🏾‍♀️

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        thanks @indyfan! You make a good point about voicemail, which has been heading the way of the dodo – I think it bothers me when someone has to ensure a character knows something ASAP, but they don’t leave a message or even text them the info… stooopid.

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          The unpersonalised answer phone message is the bit that hits me as strange as most people I know have personalised answer phones. I tend to text my clients in case they don’t have credit to check the answerphone but leave messages for friends.
          Re the mid sentence cut off I noticed and got very confused by that. Too.

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        Yeah, I posted my praise on an earlier version that got deleted :). I know how it is Aigoo…

        Welcome to the Fan Wall. It’s fun here.

        No need to tag me, unless you’re actually talking to me, OK? I’d appreciate that. Do know, though, that I read every Fan Wall post. Every…last…one.

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          I was responding to the all-bold version when it was deleted. But, yes, we have *all* been there, done that so no one judges on that.

          And lack of/miscommunication is a hallmark of many kdrama plots, sometimes the basis of the entire plot.

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          OMG!!! I am mortified. I had no idea there was a comment on my botched version when I deleted it! Nooooooo! 🤦‍♀️😞😭
          I’m so sorry I missed it but thank you for taking the time to stop by again. More than my useless ineptitude deserves no doubt 🙏

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        I still can’t do gifs.

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        It’s the same in my corner of the world. I haven’t seen anyone used it. It’s either missed calls, or they leave their message on another SNS platform that everyone uses here which is Line.

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        Sometimes we get a text message to say you have a voicemail, which no one ever checks. Cause usually it’s just silence from someone who accidentally left the phone on after the beep 😆

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    YAY for your first wall post! You don’t have to tag, but please do keep tagging me because I love reading these kinds of compilations and sometimes I miss them on days when everyone’s chatting on their fanwalls 😀

    Absolutely love these observations – I didn’t even realise some, like the curtains thing or the airbags (where are they?!?!??) but PPL is my absolute favourite feature, actors trying their hardest to naturally deliver what are essentially ‘advertisement lines’ is hilarious and it’s even funnier when it’s a really good actor who’s giving it their all to make it believable, even though EVERYONE knows it’s PPL 😆

    And also on the hospital note – even in instances where they don’t go to hospital because it’s like a singular scratch or a small cut or something, the characters usually pull out a massive first aid kit and they always use those tong things to wipe down, put antiseptic on and then put a bandaid on. That’s so many steps for something so minor, like I’ll usually slap a bandaid on (with my hands!) if it’s big or hurts but otherwise, don’t even give it a second glance.

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      I was watching a c-drama recently and had to laugh. The ML gave the FL some handsoap to wash off some minor wound/scratch under tap water, and that was that, nary an ointment nor bandage. In a k-drama, it’s such a long song and dance they manage to fall in love during the process. 😂

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        so true, I love the way they have to seductively ‘blow’ on the injury for full healing to take effect as well 🤣

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          I hate the blowing on open wounds as I just think they are adding germs. I also don’t get the stick thing they use to add the ointment. I just hope it is disposable otherwise its going to contaminate the ointment and the person who uses it next 🤢

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      Thank you Lapislazulii. It feels like my birthday! 🎂🎁 – certainly a red letter day for me as a long-time lurker (for a few years) before I actually started commenting here. So appreciate my ‘mentors’ giving me a pat on the back 🙂 You are all legends.

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      Well, I do clean any wound thoroughly; but what I noticed in Kdramas is that the blood is still there even after they clean the wound! 😆 I mean everyone knows it’s makeup, so they can’t really wipe it out, but it always throws me of the story every time I see that.

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        Yes, they just pat on the wound with a cloth and never wipe the blood off. Maybe the patting is a mental therapy 😆

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          Patt on the wound with cloth, soft blowing some air to the wound like you would a 7 yo, apply some oilment onto it, and put a plaster on. And you are good to go.

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    why electronic tooth brush.. so many people don’t use it.. and it is expensive for no reason

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    Wow, this was funny and so true! 🙂

    Almost all the things you mentioned grabbed my attention when I started watching k-dramas (not so long ago, compared to many beanies). The fact that they don’t say goodbye on the phone is something that I still don’t understand. Why do they hang up on people so abruptly?

    And about beds… Many times there are no fitted sheets. They usually rest directly on the mattress.
    Is this so in SK or is this another “only in K-dramas” thing? 🤔

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      thanks @isagc 🙏
      Our planets obviously align 🙂 – I nearly added a note about the lack of bedsheets in the curtains point!

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        I guess that’s something which stands out when you have been all your life putting on fitted sheets 😅

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          I once read somewhere “ghosts are just normal people dying trying to fold fitted sheets” LOL. The struggle is real 🤣🤣

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      Fitted sheets are not a thing in many cultures, including Europe. In fact, I can’t recall having seen fitted sheets anywhere other than US and in swanky hotels outside of US. It’s not a thing in the Indian subcontinent for sure, though I can’t talk about Japan or China.

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        Wait! Are “fitted sheets” mattress covers “with elastic on the outside border to ease application”, or are fitted sheets just plain cloth, that you have to fold origami-like onto the mattress, cursing the lack of modern technology in the process? *grabs pen to take notes* 🤓
        If 1) that’s a quasi standard in Europe, if 2) I only know this from the US as well, and am saluting everyone’s ninja-like abilities to apply them correctly.

        But yes, I do wonder about the lack of both in kdramas. 🤔🤣

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          I love the multicultural melting pot of varied experience that is DBs! Vive la Différence !! 😍

          Speaking as a European (although I don’t live there now) fitted sheets definitely exist in Europe (IKEA sells them, for e.g), but not everyone uses them…

          My understanding of bed coverings (not a sentence I envisaged writing!) is this:

          1. Mattress protector
          You sometimes have this – usually white, slightly padded. It does what it says- protects the mattress so it is less likely to get marked through the sheet.

          2. On top of this you have a ‘flat’ sheet (you have to tuck it in) or a ‘fitted’ sheet – it has elastic all the way around, so you just stretch it over the mattress.

          The fitted sheets are much easier to put on, but as noted elsewhere, can be a nightmare to try and ‘fold’ when you are storing them – there are YouTube videos on it! 🤣

          3. Beyond this you can have a top sheet (always a flat sheet) and then blankets, or a duvet/doona or quilt (I think sometimes called a comforter or down-filled quilt in US).

          I believe that is the limit of my bed-coverings knowledge…. Thankfully for those reading this 😊

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            We replied almost the same at the same time 🙂

            In Spain everybody uses fitted (or flat) sheets. No one sleeps directly on an uncovered mattress, as we see in K-dramas.

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            Woah, thank you both, @isagc & @aig00iness 😂🫰 Then my initial guess was right, and 1) it is: mattress covering with elastic outer seam, so to speak. We use those, too, and don’t have the flat sheets (to fold around the mattress & tuck in precisely pleated) any more. The literal translation of the name would be something like “strain” or “suspense” bed sheet. (Though I guess, “stretch” makes even more sense.) 🤣
            No uncovered mattresses here either! Why would they sleep directly on their mattress?! 🤔😂

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          In Spain we cover the mattress with two things.
          One is the mattress pad, usually plain white, sometimes it has one side cotton fabrica and one side waterproof fabric.
          And then, over the mattress pad, we put on the fitted sheet (sometimes they don’t have elastic corners so you have to fold them under the mattress, but this kind is becoming obsolete, I think). Fitted sheets usually are the same color/pattern as the cover sheet (this one never has elastic borders, it’s flat).
          We lie on the fitted sheet and cover ourselves with the cover sheet. We call them “sábanas bajeras” (fitted sheets) and “sábanas encimeras” (cover sheets).

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            Isa, I think this is what I am talking about. I think most countries do have a sheet over the mattress and then a duvet cover (or a thin sheet to cover in warmer countries that do not have AC). With fitted sheet I mainly meant the elastic rimmed sheet, that you need ninja moves to tuck under the mattress without breaking your back lol!

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      Funnily enough, when I was younger I didn’t realise for the longest time that the hanging up on the phone thing wasn’t the norm because thats how my family & extended family talked on the phone. Answer with a ‘mm?’ ‘yes?’ ‘what’ and then just hang up randomly hahahah 😆

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        Different strokes for different folks @lapislazulii 🙂 Or as poet Philip Larkin wrote:

        They f*ck you up, your mum and dad.
        They may not mean to, but they do.
        They fill you with the faults they had
        And add some extra, just for you. 🤣

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    Thanks a lot for the hilarious read 🤣

    1. Toothbrushes
    I think normal toothbrushes are used for visual effects, like you can get angry while toothbrushing, showing by your face and arm movements. It’s easier to do with normal toothbrushes than with electrical ones.

    2. PPL
    The 2 most in-the-face PPLs I’ve seen are from Signal and Dr. Slump. In Signal, the FL’s mom offered Lee Jehoon’s character something to eat when he came visit her, and the food was a burger wrapped in Subway wrap papers, served together with a Subway cup??

    In Dr. Slump, when Yoon Park’s character was feeling down, Park Hyungsik’s character cheered him up by slipping something in his pocket, and sure enough, it’s Kopiko shown upclose LOL.

    4. Going to bed without removing makeup and hair gel
    One funny scene from “Here to heart”, a C-drama, that I watched: The FL and ML spent their first night together after their reunion, and they did wear pyjamas, but the following morning, the ML’s hair was still heavily gel-styled and makeup heavily worn.

    5. Saying Goodbye
    I’ve got to assume that the moment they say goodbye is never shown in screen LOL.

    I think they don’t leave voicemails for the same reason they don’t leave texts, to avoid important messages being heard by non-related people if the phone falls into their possession.

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      well, as I said elsewhere, it was only possible thanks to your amazeballs post about how to do links/GIFS etc – so thanks are returned to you with bells on🙏❤ @claire2009

      I agree that the unrealistic hair/make-up thing is often annoying, but this is another thing that US/UK etc dramas do at times as well so I didn’t include it as a specifically K-Drama oddity.

      My view is it’s fine if it’s organic (i.e. a character comes home after a big night out and crashes without taking off their make-up) but in that case it would be good to see a bit more smudging in the morning! 😜

      Equally I’ve seen shows that feature female characters getting up early in the morning to go to the bathroom and redo their make-up etc so that when the guy wakes up they seem ‘naturally’ perfect. Those nicely observed moments make me laugh, but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that in a K-Drama so far….

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        ❤️
        I don’t think we will ever see this in Kdramas

        female characters getting up early in the morning to go to the bathroom and redo their make-up etc so that when the guy wakes up they seem ‘naturally’ perfect

        Female characters in Kdramas are assumed to always look pretty no matter what 😉

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      I think the most PPL I saw was King The Land. That series was a walking advertisment for every product in SK, and some outside (Thiland tourism I believe).

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    Congratulations on your first post. Keep going!! Beans will always respond so no existential angst in Beaniedom.

    You had just the most awesomest of “issues” and the gifs are just so on point.

    Welcome!!

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      Why do you always have the cutest gifs? Omo!

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      Thanks so much @seeker ! I feel like a visiting Ming dynasty envoy in Joseon with this lovely welcome 😂Totally spoilt!
      I am probably going to do a post about it, so that more people can laugh at my dimness (!) but I actually had no idea that there was a ‘wall space’ where everyone’s wall posts lived. Only discovered that after I had posted.
      I thought you had to go to someone’s profile to see their wall, which was why I assumed no one would see this, given I’m a newbie and have very few followers…
      You live and learn 😁

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        Thank you for your hard work in acquiring the knowledge, composing this brilliant post and taking the time to respond to all of us.

        As Indy says – You were born to live on the fan wall!
        So come, hang out with us. You’re sure to have fun.

        If you go to the Beanies tab you can see both the Recent Fan Posts and Recent Comments across all threads. There is a “more” option under the last one which you can open to go through these in detail.

        Feel free to ask anything to anyone in case you have queries. Ordinarily the Open Thread posted weekly on Fridays or else your Fanwalls are a good place to ask questions.

        PS – The follow button is a non-fuctioning honorary mark of respect to another Bean. You will of course get a notification when someone follows you. You can only see the number of your followers and those who you are following on your Fanwall but not their names. But if you click on a Beanies display name it takes you to their fanwall and you can see on the bottom left of the header if you’re following them. You can also see this on the Beanies tab. You can click on the follow button which takes a little while to reflect following so if you double click it you will go back to unfollowing them. 😅

        Also some Beans like yourself have different display and user names. You need to tag them on their user names which you can find out by clicking on their display names and going to their fanwall. If you click on the url, the last words would be their username which you need to @ to which would send them a notification of your comment. For example your display name is Aigoo-ka-choo which your be visible above your comments / post while your username which I would need to tag you at, as seen from your fanwall url (https://www.dramabeans.com/members/Aig00iness/) would be @Aig00iness

        So now you would be receiving 4 notifications from me. That I have

        1. Commented on your post.

        2. Replied to your comment on your post.

        3. Mentioned you.

        4. Followed you.

        Cheers! Looking forward to reading more of your posts. 🫰

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          Thanks so much for all this brilliant info @seeker🙏💕

          One thing that I have discovered that may be useful for others is that you can get someone’s user name in a slightly quicker way (this is on PC/Chrome, so not sure about other web browsers).

          1. If you just ‘hover’ the mouse over a DB user’s name (in a comment, for instance) the url ‘link’ for that user’s page will appear in the bottom left corner of the screen.
          2. On that you can see the @ username (the last bit of text in the link) without having to click through to their wall, etc.

          This is me, saving precious seconds, to spend on watching more K-Drama! 😁

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            You are absolutely right of course. This is for when it doesn’t work (for whatever reason). Usually when you start typing a Beanies tag in the reply box it shows prompts with similar names with an at times be confusing. For example there are Beans with tags Healer and Cera who are NOT Claire or myself. 🤷‍♀️ Both these Beans appear to be inactive but they are regularly and mistakenly sent notifications in respect of comments made by Claire and me.

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        I forgot to say that some beanies have a dedicated tag group of beanies they have confirmed are happy to be included in a tag group usually associated with a drama or specific issue but this is the exception. Most beanies see the fan wall posts by scrolling through the beanie tab. Unless it’s a busy day following a popular drama when beanies are producing lots of gifs and it is very busy fan wall posts are unlikely to be missed.

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    LOL! These are hilarious 😂😂😂👏

    The lack of pyjamas in dramaland concerned me for a very long time. Ah, what an I saying, I am still rising my eyebrow anytime this happens. It is most odd, if they go to bed in the clothes they were wearing all day. But it’s also weird they would change into other daywear to do so. Most of all cable-knit sweaters. *circles down a mental rabbit hole yet again!* Argh! 😂 WHY?!

    My second most pressing concern is, how long they look at their partners when having a chat while driving a car. Nooo! Don’t they know about their lack of airbags and trucks of doom lurking behind every corner?!?! How can they take their eyes off the street?! 😂 My poor nerves.

    PPL is almost always fun. In a cringey way most of the time, but I can applaud if it’s included in some sort of surprising or entertaining way 🥳 Interesting how this is not really a thing, or as “in your face” in other TV productions… 🤔

    Keep it up! 👏🥳
    *grabs Dyson vacuum to get on with the weekend chores*

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      Thanks @sonai!
      1. So with you re nightwear. It’s like they deliberately pick the least appropriate gear – cable knit sweaters indeed! 🤦‍♀️
      2. Re the driving thing, that is definitely a pet peeve, but the reason I didn’t include it is because I find US/UK etc shows are basically just as bad, so not exclusively a K-drama thing.

      I even understand intellectually why it happens (mostly because they film internal driving scenes on low-loaders, so they are not really driving) but it still drives me NUTS when they take their eyes completely off the road for what feels like a full minute. This is up there with smoking in terms of teaching people terrible habits!

      I hope you have time to wipe some shiny balm over your face after the vacuuming. Enjoy🤣

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        Always! 😂

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          This gif makes me wonder: Do people really do sheet masks in SK? I do t think it’s that normal here; but even Kreality shows such as Single Inferno always show both men and women doing face masks. I thought it was a bit strange for men to do so so naturally.

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            🤔 I was kinda under the impression that sheet mask were a Korean invention 😂 Of course, my knowledge is solely drama based, so… But that would explain their popularity, if that is even depicted realistically in dramas. 🤓

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          All the lols!!! 🤣Pre K-Drama initiation I was a backwards cave dweller who rubbed serum/moisturiser into my face. I had no idea you were only allowed to pat delicately in order to get your glow up🤦‍♀️

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    Annyeong Beanie! Your observations are spot-on! A few that always bothered me til today are the curtains and saying goodbye on the phone.

    The curtains are paired with not turning off the lights when going to bed. I know they need the lighting but *maybe the fluoroscent in your eyes are why you can’t sleep sir!* it’s not just about the crush you can’t confess to or the villain scheming that’s keeping you up.

    I read somewhere recently that Korea has excellent hospital service – free healthcare, short waiting time, but i’m not sure how accurate this is or whether that’s a good enough reason to go to a hospital for a cold. Maybe they don’t have clinics? 🤷🏻‍♀️

    The voicemail part doesnt really bother me, i suspect it could be a cultural thing? Where i’m from, I know no one around me ever use voicemail. Before mobiles, most people dont have phones with answering machines so leaving a message when you can’t reach someone is not really a thing.

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      Oh no – it was going so well. But my reply to you has disappeared into the Bermuda triangle of moderation. Apparently I ‘posted an inappropriate word’ – but god only knows what it was (needless to say there was nothing offensive in the post!). 😭😭😭

      I guess this is part of getting the full Beanie experience????🤷‍♀️

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        Definitely! DB is always torturing me with random moderations and IA word flags.

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        Here’s a list of inappropriate words compiled by @sicarius after years of testing and observations.
        https://www.dramabeans.com/members/sicarius/activity/1457805/

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        OK, so I’m following @sicarius advice re IWs and trying to post what I did before in sections to see if that will narrow down the potentially offensive word…..

        This is not exactly genetic splicing, but I feel like I should be wearing a white lab coat as I undertake this very IMPORTANT experiment 🙂

        So here is part 1:
        Love the comment re not being able to sleep because of the light, not their angst. So true.😂

        I do enjoy how some recent shows have seemingly poked fun at this though, with characters who tell others they won’t be able to get a wink of sleep due to their concerns (!) only to then cut to them completely passed out, mid-snore without a care in the world. Gold. 👏

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          Part 2 got banned again, so it’s definitely something in there….

          I’m now partitioning even more to narrow it down…
          Part 2 a)

          Sadly I don’t think healthcare is free in SK. As far as I understand it, it’s similar to the US where medical bills can easily bankrupt people. If someone has a well-paid job and good health insurance then it’s probs a lot easier….

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    @aig00iness This is a rockstar first wall post. Heck, I could not even find my wall until @attiton Seon-ha guided me to it and then walked me step by step on how to post more than the 200 stipulated words. The fact that you posted this so successfully and debuted with such a fantastic write-up is incredible. Please tag me in future write-ups, too; it’s so good.

    I can’t even tell you how much some of these have frustrated me (in a good way, though). The absence of airbags in the face of trucks of doom would be the first one. I know many countries still have cars on roads without airbags, but SK is a developed country with an airbag rule in place since 2002. So this one is such an odd choice by makers (the latest culprit being Doctor Slump, though it was a need due to plot convenience).

    Abrupt phone conversations: I learnt the word ‘Abuseyo’ but also learned that they never say bye. They just keep the phone. To see this put into words is not only hilarious but almost comforting that I am not the only one. The same goes for having lights on, not drawing curtains, PPL, pyjamas (though some of the dramas do have the actors in gorgeous pyjamas), and the most irritating one—keeping lights on while sleeping.

    Let me add one from my end: Cooking. Moms seem to be cooking all day, every day, in amounts good enough to feed an army, but none of the kids ever cook. The most they put together is a pack of rameyons. They always seem to be eating outside yet always look beautiful (a bowl of ramen late at night would make you wake up in the morning looking like a butterfish).

    However, I must say the following things could be cultural (including those from the comments too:
    Going to the hospital: I heard from my Korean friends that they run to the hospital often and find that a bit of a cultural shock in the US.
    Leaving Voicemail: As @indyfan mentioned, no one, absolutely no one, leaves voicemail in my home country.
    Fitted sheets (I already mentioned this in a comment above).
    Great post!

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    This is the Beanie resource folder compiled by kmromrell, claire2009 and darwi.

    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/16vrpxsSwfc6FGA-8-ZXnzI9w3Ch7ebkm

    In the How to Dramabeans folder you will find two documents by Sicarius 🥰 a Beanie Level Glossary and an Inappropriate Words list.

    Do feel free to reach out in case you need anything else or have any other queries. ♥️ 🫰

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    Welcome!
    Sleeping in a sweater: I get that if they are sleeping in the same house as someone of the binarily speaking other gender, in a culture where hugging is a big thing, even hugging without actually touching, … that sleeping then might be done with the whole body covered, but still, keeping on sweater and sometimes even coat seems a lot. There are so many sweaters under the covers in K-dramas.
    Going to the hospital for the sniffles – and also rushing out to get medicine for everything. I get that there are some things that are good to eat if you have a hangover, but what kind of medicine are they talking about? Is it just fat+salt or what? There’s a lot of medicine buying, I think.
    After having watched some K-dramas, I made a bingo-sheet – which I developed further with the help op Seon-ha and @Reply1988.
    Medicine is not on them, but sweaters def. are. The bingo cards could be a drinking game, it could be a fun introduction to K-dramas, or it could just be a fin way to watch K-dramas with friends.
    You can find links for my bingocards and pictures of filled out ones (with a lot of footnotes) on my oldest fan wall pages.
    Here’s the rom com bingo card for copying
    https://1drv.ms/w/s!Ak0ACLil5-J3gZZNZpE_tIX6vcGLbg
    As for now, this is my oldest fan wall page, where there are filled out bingo cards.
    To see more, just write “12” and “11” where now it says “13”.
    https://www.dramabeans.com/members/CecilieDK/?page=fan_wall+5&acpage=13
    Here is a sageuk card .. I recommend copying, and then cleaning away all the colours and instructions, then you have one usable one.
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/18i7anOyKyo0ST6sYALdMy_omJwKb29ExjqikC82MpHs/edit?usp=sharing
    @darwi has a more impressive trope-registering. I am not good at sheets, but … she’s got the know-how.
    Have fun!

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      Thanks for the welcome @ceciliedk !
      And thanks (with extra side dishes!!) for the brilliant bingo cards. They are fabulous🤣👏
      Highlights include:
      1. “Kiss with no change in lip muscles”
      2. “Parent ruins child’s life but ‘that’s ok’ in the end”
      3. “A falls and lands on top of B”
      so much gold to mine here. Look forward to reading through even more 🙂

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