Beanie level: Unemployed slacker in a sparkly tracksuit

Oh dear oh my… Hopefully this doesn’t turn into another drama with a subliminal body-shaming plot (yes, I’m looking at “Hello Venus” ugh)

https://www.soompi.com/article/1655060wpp/claudia-kim-makes-bold-transformation-in-new-drama-the-atypical-family

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    It won’t. They state that she cannot fly becuase of her weight.

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    May the hope stay young in your blessed little heart.
    Based on the picture alone I’d say that definitely, this will be the usual kind of backhanded fatshaming. Alone the fact that she obviously is not fat, but wearing a fat suit …

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      I try… I try to see the good in things and give the benefit of the doubt before making a decision, judgement, or conclusion, but some moments, some things, some environments (i.e. the hollow feeling K-Ent. industry) makes it hard. This is the reason why I don’t do “idol” dramas anymore—the types of dramas with a “wash, rinse, repeat” type writing that are made for a quick ROI, just delivered differently, but still distinguishable— and stick to the quiet ones whenever I find a reason to go back to Kdramas, which isn’t often anymore

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    THe closest thing I have seen to a non-shamed chubby person is this guy from Secret Royal Inspector. He is put in situations that would normally be basis for shaming him, but he acts and is filmed so beautifully that he just seems beautiful to me.
    In the very last part of the movie, summoning up what happened to people, the heroine laughs at him being unhappy and shameful … it’s totally not funny.
    Likewise, the hero beats up a villain who is clearly a haunted man, tired, and actually on his way to accepting execution in return for making things right. These are two moments when it is really hard to accept the OTP as our heroes, honestly.
    I put this link to imgur here, because the gif persistently was removed from DB.
    And then my post for the whole show with … like 3-4 gifs about this sweet guy. Also, early on, he is dressed like a woman as a disguise, and he acts beautifully, and though the girl he pretends to be flirts, she does not flirt in the usual vamped way reserved for woman who the audience is supposed to find completely undatable; she seems scared, but graceful and fresh like a summer rain.
    https://imgur.com/HiU9hhn
    https://www.dramabeans.com/members/CecilieDK/activity/1546606/

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    The way the actress is talking about putting on the fat suit reminded me of Gweneth Paltrow when she did Shallow Hal. “In 2001, doing press for Shallow Hal, Gwyneth Paltrow spent a lot of time talking about the fat suit she wore to play Rosemary, the film’s romantic lead. She spoke in particular about an experiment that she and the film’s makeup-effects designer had undertaken to test the suit’s credibility out in the world. At a fancy hotel in New York, Paltrow donned the fake weight. She walked through the lobby. She walked to the bar. She noticed how people looked at her, and how they refused to. “It was so sad,” she told one reporter. “I didn’t expect it to feel so upsetting,” she told another. “I thought the whole thing would be funny, and then as soon as I put it on, I thought, well, you know, this isn’t all funny.” And yet, she did the movie and it made fat jokes throughout.

    Putting on a fat suit seems like a version of Mickey Rooney playing a Japanese man in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I wish they would stop doing this.

    Compare this to Bridgerton Season 3- Nicola Coughlan as Penelope. Just saying. There is a better way.

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      💯 there are better ways
      And the fact that Gwyneth Paltrow even thought it was was in the first place— regardless if it was before or after her experience— says a lot to me about her and her thoughts, at least, about this one particular situation

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Okay, this is pretty creative, kudos to the art department for this drama production and their attention to detail and consistency:
The poster announcing that the drama (tentatively named “Cang Hai Zhuan”, trans. “Sea Searching Tale”) now has surpassed 1 million reservations (even before the drama has finished filming) has a little part of it that is reminiscent and mirrors the very first poster and animation the drama’s production released back when the drama was announced as filming started (back in late-December 2023).
Fun fact:
In C-dramaland, a “reservation” people pace for a drama before the drama’s release is basically a track record of people who have bookmarked it to watch once it’s released, it’s also a marketing tactic to attract investors— the more investors, the faster the drama may air after it passes the censorship board for review, and the faster the ROI comes back)

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    It’s really cool (and I already have this one on my 2025 watch list 😉)

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      Yea, many think—hope— for a late 2024 release, but I doubt it’ll be that soon. I also hope it isn’t THAT soon because I want production to take their time in post-production with the editing and perfecting of the drama after filming is wrapped. Rumours are saying the drama is slated to wrap filming in May. Other rumours are saying after filming wraps, Xiao Zhan will be heading to London for the Gucci Cruise fashion show as the brand’s Global Ambassador, before he heads back to China and starts filming his next project (which I’ve already read 2 rumours about just this past week)

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    Interesting marketing strategy. I always learn so much from you. 😊👏

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      I definitely don’t know everything, it’s all just things I’ve also learned along the way in years of watching Cdramas and observing how things work in their system 😅

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        I’m grateful for your insightful comments. The behind-the-scenes challenges that the cast and crew face and overcome to bring us our favorite dramas are truly inspiring.

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          ♥️♥️
          Yea, I’ve been asked why I care about the behind the scenes aspect of the things I watch, and it’s because I find that it helps me to see and feel things on a more human level, that the actors/actresses/entertainers/production crew are—at the end of the day— still just humans like you and I and everyone else. That they also deserve love and respect like and other human being on earth does, that their hard work on a production should be appreciated and seen and not left as “just boring behind the scenes/off camera stuff”. If juicy gossip about a celeb’s lifestyle and what they WANT ppl to read online is what the masses like and is what keeps them interested, then I am not afraid to admit that I am not of the masses, and am more interested in the quiet off camera/behind the scenes stuff that show to me the things that are not staged and that are not set up and that are not all that interesting or pretty to look at, the more down-to-earth stuff for lack of a better word

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            💯 Exactly that!! You manage to put in words what I deeply feel but perhaps cannot express so beautifully! ♥️♥️♥️

            Some people feel that the magic of showbiz gets diluted by knowing more about off-screen efforts but I feel otherwise.

            I have zero interest in celeb gossip … my only take on it is sadness that our favorite actors who give us so many relationship goals on-screen cannot even imagine to do these things off-screen.

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    **HASN’T finished filming

    Geez, multiple hours after publishing this post and I’m seeing ALL of the typos and errors about it now 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

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Forgot which Beanie it was (sorry!!!) that shared about handholding & back hugs and HANDS— lovely hands:
This is probably my all-time fave drama scene that incorporates all 3 of those things. Starts @ the 2:20 mark and goes to 3:00. This scene for me is both 🥰🥰🥰 and 🥵🥵🥵🥵

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    That was cute. What’s the name of the drama?

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      “The Oath of Love”!
      It’s one of those “idol” dramas made with a really popular main cast, but the story actually has a lot of heart and isn’t simply all about the romance ♥️ Hard to believe that the main leads met for the first time in person only half a month before filming began, their on screen presence and chemistry together is so good. The director even said that 80-90% of their scenes together are basically them ad-libbing and improvising and just feeding off each other. Their counter “argument” to that is them saying that the director hardly ever said “cut!” once a scene was supposedly done and let them continue going/acting, so their only option was to keep going lol And it turns out, whatever they basically improvised and ad-libbed on the spot is what ended up being the final edit and result shown in the drama lol

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    ^^
    @claire2009 Thus one is for you!! 😍😍😍♥️

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    Bebeswtz 🥰🥰🥰 and 🥵🥵🥵🥵 is the perfect reaction!!

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    Ah, thank you, this is so cute 😍 And I see why you were mesmerised by his jawline 😚

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      This was him in 2019 before he buffed up and was a bit slimmer, but at least not borderline scary slim like he was in the costume drama, “The Untamed”

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        He really looked of that world in The Untamed.

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          He really did! 🥰 I still can’t believe it to this day the basis as to how he was cast for the drama (“The Untamed”) was due to someone showing the drama’s casting director a picture of him smiling ☺️ Truly, there is no difference between Xiao Zhan’s bright smile and that of the animated character’s smile

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Before I can figure out how to embed X (Twitter) posts again onto the FanWall, @seeker you’re just gonna have to click through the link— sorry, m’dear!! ♥️
https://x.com/vanessa36963575/status/1778836881024897208?s=61&t=0gOkmmtm1TO8vGocsQ4NXg

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Question to Beanies:
How do y’all embed X (Twitter) posts? It used to work for me just by pasting the link into the “Paste video URL here” function of the FanWall for me, but not anymore 🤔

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    I think as we have recently had bots on the site they may have changed some of the settings to head them off at the pass and uploading may have been temporarily effected.

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      Oh maybe!! I did see a slew of bots in a row as soon as I clicked into the Beanies section this morning

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That jawline

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    And how would you describe it – chiseled… well-defined!? 😊🤭

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    Thanks to your posts, when I saw this actor on my instagram feeds, I was like “Ah, this is the actor one beanie likes very much” 😅 I don’t know his name.

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      Chinese actor-singer, Sean Xiao Zhan ♥️
      I wonder how instagram figures things out 🤭🤔

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        I guess it shows similar photos to the ones I stopped and looked at.

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          Claire … if anyone is wirth the time to *stand and stare* it is him. Even my mom recognizes him now. 🤭

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            *worth the time

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            What have I done?? 🤦🏻‍♀️
            But also 😏💅🏻

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            Well you most definitely are the best kind of publicist one can hope to have.

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            Also … will there be some Sunday night motivation this week to ensure early attendance on Monday. 🧐💃

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            LOL Good to know that I can do and can be good at what I actually went to school and got a higher education for (Public Relations and Communications)

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            … And potentially?? New rumours are flying around today of him potentially participating in a Republican Era drama next. But as always with rumours, I take it with a bucket of salt. Maybe there will be a new ad campaign or some bts footage of some sort because he did just do a (pre-recorded) livestream earlier this week for one of his endorsements

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            Education and talent are quite often unrelated. You are a lucky one who’s got both. 😊

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            Aren’t “pre-recorded” and “livestream” contradictory words. But sounds fun.

            New drama is best believed after official confirmation. Till then it would be great if it does work out.

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            Yea, I went school for that, and although my current job isn’t exactly a PR or Communications titled position (it’s actually more Admin.), lots of what I do still incorporate the skills I learned (ALL the emails, crisis management, HR dealings with people, etc. XD)

            Right? I don’t know why his brands keep calling it a “livestream” when it’s pre-recorded XD Silly

            Yea, I never believe nor trust in the casting rumours/melons his name get pulled in, no matter how many times his name gets pulled in (there was this one drama melon with Dilreba that also kept pulling his name in— I think it was done some 5 to 6 times over a course of a year-and-a-half) and will always wait for either XZ Studio to confirm, the production to confirm, or himself to confirm

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            Education always pays off. While I never thought / understood it while studying, in life circumstances and jobs we are often guided by what we have learned.

            Most popular artists get lots of casting rumors. Sometimes as a strategy for them to sign on or just to publicize the project so that they can say A didn’t do the project so now B is doing it. This also creates unnecessary friction between the artists and pits them against each other in A vs. B scenarios.

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            Yea, a lot of people at the time were attacking Dilreba saying that she’s “desperate” and also attacking her team of people saying that they were using him for clout. I can sort of see why, since the rumour kept floating around and not only once or twice, but way more than that and for quite a long period of time, too

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            These kind of rumors can be rather disconcerting.
            Even the recent dating fiascos involving Korean artists were sad rather than newsworthy and before one could blink comes the news that they have called off the relationships.

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            I agree, when a piece of news— be it about the artist’s personal life (like dating news) or their work (dramas, movies, endorsements, etc.)— goes deeper than necessary and digs into the artist’s character as a person, then that’s disconcerting, regardless if it’s true or not. It’s why I hold so dearly those who are willing to vouch for each other in the biz and the celebrities who have long-standing friendships and collaborations, because that at least helps me and gives hints to me to see and feel that the celebrity being vouched for and whom has these longstanding relationships is actually a good person (like Xiao Zhan) versus someone who’s shifty and has all this work but doesn’t have many who would vouch for their character as a person nor stand by them personally as a person because they are silently being seen as problematic (I can think of a few, but I will refrain from naming names 😅)

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            While show business is essentially seen as fake I disagree. Firstly on-screen emotions cannot be just “acted” out it needs something more than a training as an actor to emote. Secondly given the nature of the work true, genuine people are truly respected.

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For those who watched— and loved?— the C-drama, “Meet Yourself”, the Grandma actress — or Nai Nai, as fan of the drama love to refer her as— is in another drama, “Best Choice Ever”. It’s on YT and also on the WeTV (a.k.a. Tencent) app as well if you’re subscribed to it. On YT here, CROTON should already have the English subs if anyone needs them

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    This just popped up on my Viki feed (US). Looks like the first 3 eps are being released tomorrow (Friday)!

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      I wonder what sort of terms— in regards to the timing of the release of the drama— does Viki have with C-drama networks. This drama, in particular, already has all 3 episodes up on this YT channel, CROTON, with subs. On the drama’s network’s app, WeTV (the international app for Tencent) 8 episodes have been released as of today.

      I know that even within China itself and between it’s domestic drama networks, if a single drama is being aired and/or streaming online simultaneously, one network (mot of the time, it’s the network that has produced the drama) will have the upper hand and will set out the terms (be it airing schedules or streaming schedules) for how the drama is pushed out, and much of these terms almost always relate back to the timing of when each episode is aired/stream by each respective network that is involved, as a way to prevent spoilers.

      E.g. The C-drama “The Oath of Love”, was produced by Tencent and also streamed online on their platform. The drama’s tv airing rights was sold to Hunan TV. Between the 2 networks, the terms they set was that Hunan TV would air the drama’s tv version of the episode-of-the-day first at 8:00PM, and then Tencent would upload their web version of the episode-of-the-day 2 hours later at 10:00PM. This was done as a tactic to avoid spoilers for those who watch the tv version versus those who only stream dramas online. Another factor at play— which also explains why the 2 networks involved were so cautious about their plan of action to prevent spoilers— was that at the time the censorship board gave this drama the “Okay” and it’s license to air & stream online, it approved 2 ever-so-slightly different versions of the drama, a tv version and a web version. Even though it’s 2 “different” versions, the only thing “different” was how the drama episodes were edited to start and end, yet, that is still quite the difference to a viewer’s experience. I personally found this way of going about it quite odd, but maybe the producers chose this path just so they could get the drama moving along and just air (it was filmed in 2019, didn’t air until 2022, because Xiao Zhan was caught in a cyber bullying controversy for most of 2020— he was the victim, sadly), as it’s said that it is easier to get a drama to pass the censorship board as a web drama than it is a tv drama, due to the fact that more families with children will watch tv together versus stream a drama together online (which makes sense imo) and the tv version needed to be “cleaner”. Yet, in the end, none of the actual content/ meat of the drama was ever even changed up for the tv version of this drama. I think the producers applied to the censorship board to have this drama reviewed as BOTH— a web drama and a tv drama— because they thought that as long as the drama was approved to air as either version, then it would be good enough.

      … Sorry, that was a really long and rambled replay. You can choose to ignore lol

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        I haven’t been watching c-drama long enough to have a bigger picture understanding of what’s going on, because the systems are so entirely different than in Korea. But it has definitely been my observation that things are changing, even in the short time I’ve been paying attention to it. I’m going to guess that the increasing popularity (and demand) internationally for c-dramas is causing production companies to scramble to change their systems so that dramas are released faster on OTT. Platforms are probably starting to bid more aggressively as viewers are wanting to see dramas “in real release time,” which they’ve been able to do with K-dramas for a while now. Subbers are also probably scrambling to keep up. The rush to make changes is showing up in weird episode release schedules, seemingly out of the blue drama launches, and things supposedly “slipping by” the censorship boards (if netz comments are to be believed). It will probably take some time for it to settle into a smoother rhythm, but I think the growing interest in c-drama is inevitable. With k-dramas starting to churn out more and more cookie cutter productions, c-drama has some unique qualities to offer drama lovers wanting to try something a little different. I hope this pressure will have a positive effect on k-dramas going forward, tbh

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          I agree! And I think Netflix has definitely caught onto the new trend and trajectory of popular dramas shifting from being Kdramas to now being Cdramas, ergo, there have been quite a handful of new Cdramas that have either appeared on Netflix as soon as it is done airing/streaming in China (“Amid a Snowstorm of Love”), or appear on Netflix in the middle of it’s run (the new Detective Dee” drama), or have new episodes appear on Netflix at the same time it is airing/streaming in China (“Everyone Loves Me”)

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      Just opened my iQiYi app (International version) and found it there, too! I guess Tencent sold the streaming rights to them as well

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        Are you going to watch?!

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          I think I will! I like Yang Zi and Xu Kai, though I’ve watched more dramas of the former than the latter. There’s also a veteran actress in this whom I had seen and watched in a previous drama and I absolutely adore her ♥️ I just might need a few days to adjust before I dive right in:
          I just finished a drama earlier this week and I’m also in-between some reading material and have other things on my watchlist, so my mind and emotions are a bit scattered at the moment. I think I’ll start this once I’m able to collect myself. It’ll also give this drama some time to air more episodes before I dive in, so I’ll have more to watch once I start

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If anyone wants to smell like Cha Eun Woo, designer Tom For is your go-to. If anyone wants to smell like BLACKPINK’s Ji Soo, then head towards the Dior counter of the cosmetics store
https://www.allkpop.com/article/2024/04/want-to-smell-like-an-idol-here-are-10-fragrances-personally-worn-by-your-favorite-idols

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Ignore me if you must, but #FangirlingHour has commenced for me:
These 3 pics & 1 gif are of the same one man— let that sink in 🫠🤯 HOW??
Like wtf, Xiao Zhan?? 🤌🏻🤌🏻

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    Why wtf!? Just the many ways of looking adorable in white.

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      I mean to say that he’s so versatile as a person/human being. All of the pics depict and convey completely different things/feelings for me— cute, soft, ethereal, and 🥵– but somehow, it comes from a single person… Him ♥️ And it just blows my mind, ergo, “WTF” lol

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        Hahaha… human being are complex creatures. 😊 And thank God for that. Unlike one-note characters in dramas human beings display different emotions in different contexts.

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        While we do have interactions with *one* side of a person (especially when we’re not close to them) and tend to categorize them on the basis of that, the same person simultaneously has interactions with many others, showcasing different aspects of their personality.

        In media it takes a great artist to be able to portray different aspects of their personality even though the story may be pretty much one dimensional.

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    Are you watching this.

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      I haven’t started watching and have only read the DB recaps for Eps. 1-2. I do intend to watch it– it’s the reason why I started my Disney+ subscription (besides also wanting to watch “Shogun”) but I just haven’t had the time to sit down and actually watch anything yet. This is one of those dramas I wanna be able to fully enjoy with undivided attention, but real life hasn’t allowed me the time and day just yet 😅 I mean, even though I’m busy, I am still watching stuff/have stuff playing in the background, but it’s stuff that I don’t find requires my undivided attention, whereas something as intense and great as “Wonderful Life”– it’s Kim Nam Joo for crying out loud! #girlcrush– I want to be able to give it my undivided attention in order to fully enjoy it

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Again, if people want/need a calendar for April

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XZ Studio and their random drops of things because they know fans miss him ♥️ Behind-the-scenes snippets from making his Boucheron ad campaign

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If anyone wants/needs a calendar & planner for April

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Finally figured out why “Shogun” wasn’t showing up for me on the Disney+ app:
I needed to change the app’s default content ratings for content that’s being shown to me from 14+ to Mature (18+) 🤭😮😅

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Sending thoughts, lots of love and prayer to those in the east coast of Taiwan right now! ♥️ But if you’re in the midst of the unfolding situation, you’re probably not even going to see this post atm, but possibly much later 🥺😭

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    Oh gosh the poor people.

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      Yea, most people online are saying “Things shouldn’t be that bad, especially since the population of of that population of Taiwan is small”, and I just about lose it. People are people are people, and a life is a life is a life. One gone is already one too many. I haven’t even been able to bring myself to read more on the situation yet. If I do it now, I’ll just go down a doom-scrolling rabbit hole

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        Yes its hard to avoid the checking for more news and updates but we only ever get part of the story. They move on to the next big thing and leave us hanging not knowing how things turned out for the people left homeless, starving and mourning the loss of loved ones and the life they once knew.

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[“Joy of Life” season 2 has passed the censorship board]
Hopefully it’ll get an air date soon or else it’s airing license will expire and it’ll have to go back to the censorship board to get reviewed again and maybe edited again

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    YEEEEESSSSSSS!!! 🎉

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      I have hopes that it’ll air this year as it was promoted as going to air this year when the network had their industry event last year (the annual event the respective networks have to promote ongoing projects or completed projects just waiting for sponsors and a time slot). So unless the network wants to lose sponsors, I think they will find a time and place to slot the drama in to air— maybe during summer break (wherein viewership for dramas are usually higher)

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        I won’t hold my breath, but I’m cautiously optimistic. Ok, maybe more like recklessly optimistic! 😀

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          There’s nothing wrong with that! 🥰 I would just find other things to keep your mind busy and off of this— almost to the point of forgetting about it— until it finally and actually airs, and that way, the surprise element will still be intact once it finally happens, but if it doesn’t come when you hope/expect that it will, then you won’t be too upset or disappointed. It’s a hard lesson I had to learn the hard way with another Tencent drama that was announced to be released but then was changed with just mere hours before it was supposed to premiere, and nothing came of it until half a year later

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            I’ve been finding that that’s the best way to approach ALL anticipated c-drama releases 😉 I know their launch dates are not as random as it seems… but they really do just suddenly spring up. Like… 1-2 weeks notice, if that!

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            Thank you for sharing this – I’m excited to have concrete updates for this drama!!

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    Here @seeker no need to go back to the go if you don’t want to. Just come here directly 😏

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      *video

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        I legit fell down my chair!? 🤯♥️👌🤭👏👌

        I must say your fan service in unparalleled. I clicked on the notification with the mention of my name and when I scolled up … I may have disturbed the peace. 😳

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          Oh my goodness , are you okay??
          Maybe I should start putting disclaimers in the things I tag you in from now on, just so you’re prepared 😅

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            No, no. It’s fine. I do know what to expect when I click on your notifications but still it is a shock each time. 😊 I never knew beauty could be so shocking!?

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            @seeker And as you can see, he’s far from doing anything in particular or on purpose to make himself look “good-looking” or “sexy”, etc. He’s literally just being his (freaking adorable) self! He really doesn’t need to even try— although, we KNOW when he is lol, like his GQ magazine photo spread— and he just kills people with his genuineness and natural beauty (I don’t even think he’s wearing that much makeup here, probably just a base layer of concealer or foundation)

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            It would be funny to model for nightwear in a full face of makeup but then again we’ve seen all that and more in dramas. 🤣

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      Thank you for your hard work in making this gif. I know it’s not an easy process and I must confess this and that snow flower ones are my all time favorites.

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    Oh! and updated display picture too. 🧐🤭😊

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    😘

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He’s so soft 🥺🥺🥺 The 8 seconds mark— I can’t even ahhhh

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New endorsement announcement (with MIIOW). I never knew I needed to see him in silk pyjamas, but here we are 😍🥰

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