Beanie level: Noble idiot

I knew there was more than a dozen reasons as to why Jung Kyung Ho is my ultimate bias. Him being the adorable puppy that he is irl is one of them. 😆😍😍😍

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    JKH has been a leading man for sometime but somehow under the radar among international fans. It’s just wonderful that he earned broader recognitions through Jungwan in HP.

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      Exactly. He’s nearly always the leading man or main cast but flew under the radar. I think Heartless City put him on international viewers map, LoM and Prison Playbook solidified his presence, HosPlay just catapulted him to another level. For me, LoM started my JKH phase, and I went into a JKH rabbit hole 🤭.

      I do think there was a phase where he was more known as SNSD Sooyoung’s boyfriend, I’m happy he is now known as himself: actor Jung Kyung Ho. Anyways, I hope we will hear wedding news for JKH-SY 😆.

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      True true! Oddly, it was his lesser known work (One More Happy Ending) that reeled me into the JKH rabbit hole. Been following him ever since. Hihi

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        He’s very dreamy in One More Happy Ending which would be a perfect drama if ending at Ep 12. JKH is quite unique in that he’s not macho macho but has a kind of sensitivity that you can readily feel his warmth and lovely personality.

        As for Life on Mars, I just can’t picture a better choice than him to play that lead role.

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          Of all his roles, I’d say Soo-hyuk of OMHE resembles his real personality the most. Which was why I found PD Shin’s comment amusing. What do you mean it might be hard for him to play a tsundere like Jun Wan? He’s been playing that stereotype for years! Good thing JW still managed to show some of JKH’s goofy side. For some scenes, he actually reminded me of Song Soo Hyuk and Kang Min Ho.

          And yes, his role on LoM just might be my ultimate fave too. That subdued loneliness. Gah! 😍😍😍

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Hadn’t felt as excited watching an ongoing show since Hospital Playlist… Gah! 1st episode in of Record of Youth and I was hooked, line and sinker. What’s odd is the premise of the show isn’t something we haven’t already seen. 2 bestfriends becoming rivals in career and love. And yet, they’ve managed to turn this show into a completely fresh take. I’ve always loved Park So Dam. And I think Park Bo Gum is cute, though I’m not as in love with him as I am with, say, Jung Kyung Ho or Park Hae Jin. But RoY just might be the show to finally reel me in. And watching it just after I’ve finally finished watching Reply 1988 sure isn’t helping. Hye-jun reminds me so much of Taek, especially since they sport similar hairstyles. Haha! HJ is like Taekie mixed with Jung Hwan’s steeliness. XD
HJ just might turn out to be me top fave male lead yet.

I know, I know.. Saying this at only the 2nd week mark is too early. So please, please don’t disappoint me, Show. I’m counting on you to be this season’s de-stressor. 😀

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    I think, while it may look to be doing what’s been done before, it is getting at something in a new and more intense way. It’s interesting that it’s either left some people bored and others irritated – it may be scratching at a sore that hasn’t really healed and people would like left alone because it hurts.

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Legit squealed when I found out Marriage, Not Dating\’s OST is on Spotify. Still one of my fave OST albums. Great, now I want a rewatch. Still sad I don\’t see Han Groo in kdramaland anymore. She could\’ve have done so many more hits.

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    It totally wasn’t before. Good to know! I love that OST, even the opening that should probably be annoying, but somehow still manages to put a goofy smile on my face whenever I hear it.

    I can’t believe it’s been 6 years. It was the first show I commented on almost all the recaps of, so it’s a sentimental favorite. I remember I was so happy both Han Groo and Yeon Woo-jin lucked out with such great first leading roles. I so wish we’d gotten more from her.

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I don\’t get how some people can go to a fandom just to bash on it. Tsk. Let\’s just ignore them, beanies. Not worth the attention they\’re seeking.
But I hope your results came out negative, @mindy. 🙏�

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    You’re right. I wish I wouldn’t have engaged in the first place.

    And sadly, I’m still waiting! I think the uptick in cases has slowed down the testing process 😞 even though we don’t have it as bad as many states. The guy who swabbed me said 3-4 days.

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      @mindy personally I’m glad you finally spoke your mind. It was refreshing as I usually ignore the posts from that person.

      Here’s hoping those test results are fine. Are you feeling okay?

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        I am! I’m really feeling fine now, my earlier symptoms were probably something else but for all I know I could be an asymptomatic carrier so just trying to be careful.

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      Mindy! Dont have the covid! Im sending ypu all the positive thoughts Ive got! And ill borrow some from other people to send your way as well. The wait sucks, but the relief when youre told youre negative is sweet. Dont have it, Mindy! Dont you do it!

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      I was glad someone said something even though it will change nothing. I always just scroll past thinking “if you hate everything so much, maybe stop watching them?” But I guess everyone needs a hobby? 🧐

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      Oh.. It’s been the same in my region. Good thing that more laboratories have set up their own Molecular testing so the samples are more attended to. Though it seems with a new lab comes 5x the number of samples to be tested. 😅
      But hwaiting! We’ll get through this. Praying with you, @mindy.. ☺️

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    @cindymahri @mindy

    I’m so sorry you had to have such an encounter with such a negative Nancy/internet Karen and get such vitriol spouted at you ☹️ But I trust that you two, after being such long-timers here, will not let it get to you 🤗🤗🤗

    I’ve had a few encounters with that person, and a few others as well, and now I don’t even bother…. Such people exhaust me even before trying to be the bigger person to try to hold civil conversations with them, so now I simply choose to ignore, especially in the era of COVID— if people liked to hide behind a screen and a username to attack people online before COVID, it’s certainly become the hobby and habit of even more people now 🧐🧐

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      True.. With everyone stuck at home, the online world has become a more toxic place. Good thing it’s not everywhere, though. There are still patches of sunshine in the web, like you my fellow beanies. ☺️ 🌞❤️

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Phew! I\’ve been off the radar since I went back to the frontlines to work in the Molecular Lab for covid testing. 😅
Gotta catch up with the challenges. Wasn\’t even able to finish last month\’s. 😔

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    Thanks for your contribution in the fight against covid19, beanie. Just out of curiosity as a genetic engineering undergrad student, which subject of molecular biology did you pursue? It’s completely fine if you don’t want to answer this 😅

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      Hi, fellow STEM Beanie! I’m a Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science graduate.. Now career-inclined to Molecular Diagnostics. ☺️

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        Great! I was really hoping to join a sample processing laboratory in my region as a volunteer but no one is recruiting undergrads.
        All praise to STEM/Life science!
        #LifeScienceIsLove

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    Awww, kudos to you!

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Rewatching some scenes from About Time on Netflix reminds me of how much I actually liked this show early on. Lee Sung Kyung and Lee Sang Yoon’s chemistry was 🔥 and the concept was interesting. I wonder what went wrong that I even removed it from my archive.. I guess the show just lost steam in the later parts. Too many tropes, unnecessary family politics, and wasted story.. *sigh* Such a waste. I hope I can see LSY in a better show soon. He was so swoony in About Time. Hope he can have another romcom project for us to swoon to. 😄😍😍

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    It really got bad that I dropped it on Ep 14 or 15!
    They just ruined what would’ve been a great drama. 🤦‍♀️

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      Indeed indeed.. I just hate it when writers only plan for the first half of the story and just wing it for the latter half. So many dramas than went down this way. CITT, MotA, W.. 😔

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    You had me in the first half of your comment. I have to say YOU HAD ME THERE!! 🤓
    I said out loud ‘ehh someone “actually liked” about time!!!’ and then I read the next lines and got my breath Back. Completely agree with you. It was a really refreshing plot and it had great potential but after the first half it just plunged down. I watched it up until 9th episode. Then I couldn’t take it anymore. They paired two good actors but could not pair the plot with good development.

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    I finished the drama because of him.

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      Riiiight??? Kyaaaah! He was too swoony! Seriously! That scene in the theater? Plus at the hospital when he confessed that he was arrogant for thinking that he could easily let go of Mika? Shucks. 😍😍😍

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Day 20 – Favorite Actress(es)

Same. A difficult list to come up with. So I vote for two. Although they aren’t my only favorites, they’re the ones I’ve particularly admired recently.

Tilda Swinton must be one of the most versatile actresses right now. And it’s amazing how she just morphs into the role that you could no longer remember that it was her behind the character. And Saoirse Ronan. One of the best actresses of her generation, I daresay.

Huh. Seems like my Actors entries are all Europeans. 😅👀

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    Saoirse Ronan is one of my favourite too! I watched her in Hanna and was blown away. I also remember her as Salmon in The Lovely Bones eventhough I don’t really remember the plot for the movie. She was a good child actress and become better and better as she ages.

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      Indeed! I’m amazed by how she just gets better and better with every project. ☺️

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      Saoirse Ronan is an amazing talents. She was so young in Atonement but she was so good. I’ve been following her work ever since.

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Day 19 – Favorite Actor(s)

Ugh. This is so difficult. There are just too many!!! But off the top of my head, these two tops the list for now.. I first discovered BC in Sherlock though, and you can just imagine my joy when I found out he was going to be Dr. Strange, a role almost tailor-made for him. As for Eddie, I first saw him in Les Mis and his take on Marius had me in tears.

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    Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne!!! 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

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    I’m insanely in love with these actors too!! Like you, my love for BC stemmed from Sherlock and grew b/c of Dr. Strange haha I first saw Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything and it was amazing (to say the least)

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Day 18 – Most Disappointing Movie

Can’t decide between The Last Airbender or the two Percy Jackson movies. I’m a huge fan of both source materials and it irks me to no end that they ruined our hopes of seeing it in live-action on the big screen. Grrrr.. Good thing it’s not an uncommon sentiment and the movie gods have granted our wish for a remake. Please please please don’t botch this up again. 🙏🏼🙏🏼

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    Loved the Percy Jackson books too! I have all the books of the series plus Heroes of Olympus and Trials of Apollo till book 4. Excitedly waiting for the final book of that series!
    And I agree, the movies were disappointing.

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Day 16 – Best Movie of 2019

Apparently this one is gonna be multi-entry. But come on. 2019 was a good year for movies but I doubt anything can surpass the grandeur and anticipation of this decade plus finalé to the Avengers’ Infinity Saga. And it delivered! Above and beyond.. Well yeah. A good chunk of it was fan-service.. But huuuu! Watching it just makes my MCU heart so happy. ☺️

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    It was truly a masterpiece… but my personal favourite is Infinity War

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      True.. I love the emotions and gravitas of IW more too.. Endgame was fan-service truly. 😆

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Day 16 – Last Movie seen in theatres

Oooh! Also Little Women. Huh. It seemed so long ago. 😕😔

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Day 15 – Least Favorite Book Adaptation

Hands down – the two Percy Jackson live-action movies. Grrrr.. My blood still boils thinking about how they butchered one of my favorite book series. Hopefully, hopefully, the coming series will redeem it. I still hope to see the 7 demigods aboard Argo II. But we can’t reach this part if they bomb the first series. 😒

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Day 14 – Favorite Movie Quote

For the life of me, I couldn’t remember any particular line that I love from any movie, although I’m sure there were tons.. Until I came across a post from a friend. And it reminded me of how much I loved this line from Jo March of 2019’s Little Women:

“Women have minds and souls as well as just hearts, and they’ve got ambition and talent as well as just beauty. And I’m sick of people saying love is all a woman is fit for.”

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Day 13 – Favorite Love Story

Huuu.. This one is a tough question. Especially for movies. I guess series will always have an edge in telling love stories – they get to flesh out characters and make them feel real and un-fairytale-ish. Which is probably why the love story that comes to mind is of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler’s. At almost 4 hours runtime, it didn’t even cover the entire book (which I also loved). I could go on and on talking about why I love their story but I guess I could shorten it into saying that even with how old this film is, the story is unique and the characters relatable. Rhett’s love for Scarlett spanned decades, even waiting when she’s married not one but two before him, waiting even through her infatuation with her childhood crush. And Scarlett. Yep. She’s still one of the most colorful female leads in the history of literature and cinema. She’s just so strong and yet insecure, confident and yet, honest enough to own her mistakes. And even though the story ends on a cliffhanger, I like how she vows to get Rhett back. And knowing her sheer determination, we know she’ll be successful at it.

It’s been a while since I’ve watched or read this love story. I should revisit it soon. ☺️

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    I also love this movie! We know once Scarlett sets her mind on something she will stop at nothing to get it. So Rhett better watch out.

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Day 12 – Favorite Animated Movie

I could think of so many entries. Haha! But the one that tops the list these days is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse. This was one of the movies I really regretted not watching on the big screen. I guess when I saw it on the the Now Showing signs, I thought “Spiderman again?”. But when I finally saw it in blu-ray, I immediately regretted judging it too soon. The story is, despite the over-familiarity, very fresh, the dialogues are witty, and the art… THE ART!!! The graphics truly deserve high-end cinema viewing. Huhu

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Day 11 – Favorite Childhood Movie

Couldn’t remember which one topped the list.. But I’m quite sure it’s one of these three. 😅

Mulan – Who doesn’t love Disney’s Mulan? The bad-ass FL, the beautiful soundtrack, rich animation, and that story that blazed the trail for the movies to follow.

Brother Bear – Ugh. The first 3 or 5 times I watched this, I couldn’t stop crying. And the soundtrack. ❤️❤️❤️

Cinderella (1997) – I remember we watched this on VHS. Haha! I actually really enjoyed this film, along with its wacky multiracial cast. Of course I only knew later on that it was actually a film adaptation to a beloved stage play. Which I still have not had the luxury to watch live. 😅

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Day 10 – Favorite Director

Too many! Haha

Bong Joon Ho – was elated when the world finally knew what we most of us already know. BJH is a genius.

Christopher Nolan – I love the themes in his works and his clear hand in producing masterpieces: Dunkirk, Interstellar, Inception, to name a few.

Jon Favreau – ‘coz he brought me into the MCU web and I didn’t get off since.

The Russos – while all of the directors in the MCU are all brilliant in their own ways, these two brought on the most epic entries.

Runner-ups – Taika Waititi, Wes Anderson

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    Good choices!

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    Taiki—I love, love, love that man’s work.

    Just finished season 2 of What We Do in the Shadows. They’re my new favorite TV ensemble since the end of The Good Place.

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      I knew I should have included his photo. Haha! I looooved Thor Ragnarok. One of my top MCU picks. And also, adored Jojo Rabbit. I need to watch more of his works. Hehe

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Day 9 – Barbie in the Princess and the Pauper

Looks like my recent entries are both cartoons. Haha! Seriously though, there was a time in high school when a classmate and I can recite line per line the 10 minutes of this movie. Haha! Still my favorite Barbie movie. Ahh. Childhood. 😆

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Day 8 – Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron

A bit confused on what makes a movie sad. Is it because the story is sad? Or the movie is so bad that it’s sad? As for this film, it’s definitely a good one though the story (and the songs) had me sobbing. Which, as I’m no crier, is quite a feat. Seems like most of the movies that make me cry though are cartoons. Pixar, anyone? 😅

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    I’ve never seen this but Pixar is a killer for making me cry! I’m too scared to watch Up with my kids in case I frighten them by bawling my eyes out at the start 😂

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      HAHAHA! Yep. Beware beware. 😆
      I still laugh remembering when my college friends and I watched Toy Story 3. It’s a kid’s movie but most of the people in the cinema were college-age and up. And no eye was dry when the credits rolled in. Haha!

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    I actually love this movie. The animation is frakking stunning, and the soundtrack/score is amazing, and the story always makes me feel things, and I too am no crier.

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When you already know the plot twists ahead, more or less, but you\’re still blown away. These were the finest final 2 episodes I\’ve watched in quite a while.. Kyaaaah!!! SO EPIIIIIIC! 😍

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