Beanie level: Chaebol’s poor doppelganger

First post and first completed drama of the year! After being on my watchlist for what feels like ages, I finally got around to watch Into The Ring/Memorials and I had a blast!! I’m glad people recommended it a lot!

I wish I had an unlimited supply of similar rom-coms, with a cute couple who is supportive and can communicate and respect each other! I need to find more!!
I think this might be my favourite rom-com since Fight My Way.

I wasn’t too fond of the political stuff at first, in fact the initial episodes didn’t quite convince me, but I was hooked soon after that! I actually watched the whole drama twice already, and had a lot of fun both times!
Lovely cast, amazing chemistry and great production in general, I couldn’t ask for more! ^^

Most supportive boyfriend award goes to: Ggong!!
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They’re the cutest!!
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Come on! So adorable! ^^
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Also, it might be only the second week of the year but I’m calling it now, this will be my pick for the best oldie in 2022 roundup! xD

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    Yessss! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! <3 I was just thinking yesterday that I need to rewatch!

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    They’re SO cute!

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    This was such a fun show! Glad you enjoyed it!

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    He’s the best boyfriend.

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    They were super cute!

    I really liked the direction too and the fact the PD kept it until the end and not just for the first episodes.

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    Twice I’ve tried to watch this, twice failed. It’s been sitting in my “marathon – older shows” folder…so maybe third time will be a charm this year?

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      It’s funny because that saying is kind of a recurring theme in the show!
      Se-ra seems to like it a lot! ^^

      So good luck on your 3rd try!!
      But if it’s not gonna work it’s alright too, we all enjoy different things, after all!! 😉

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    Gong and Sera are to me the best OTP in dramaland.

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    omg this is one of the few dramas that was just so good and did not go downhill in the second half

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DAY 31 – THE END

Last round-up post and last post of 2021, only a few minutes before midnight strikes here!
Just a little visual recap of shows I’ve watched the second half of the year, similar to what I did with this post back in June. Lots of nice dramas, lots of fun! ^^
Here’s to a great 2022 (..drama wise, at least)!

Happy New Year to all!! 🎉🥰

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Them!!! 🥰
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And also these boys and girls!! 🥺
#RacketBoys
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DAY 22 – BEST SECRETARY/ASSISTANT

It’s Yeo biseo, from Dali and Gamjatang! The best and most stylish too! Also a great Cupid…if we don’t count that part where she inadvertently made her boss’s new “crush” pass for a swindler xD

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DAY 21 – THAT CUTE LITTLE DRAMA

I’d say Hello, Me!. It was simple and (mostly) lighthearted and fun. A nice watch ^^

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    DefiniteY a nice watch, loved how well the dual life times were portrayed.

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DAY 19/20 – MY 2021 CRUSH/SHIRTLESS SCENE

It turns out my 2021 crush sort of aligns with that shirtless scene out of the blue so I’m just writing one single post for both! xD
(Also I skipped day 18, I feel like the best cameos were in dramas I haven’t actually watched! lol)

I started the year crushing hard on Kim Jung-hyun while watching Mr Queen.
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Then had a lot of fun going through basically his entire filmography, and catching him on Ig live…but in the end I was the one getting kinda crushed by yet another controversy that involved him *big sigh*. No more crushes, I said to myself!

That didn’t last too long though! Because I watched Sell Your Haunted House and ended up falling for Jung Yong-hwa a little. It must have been the pretty necklace! xD
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Lastly, to wrap up the year well, my most recent crush, Kim Min-jae. At this point I expressed my love for Dali and Gamjatang so many times, this is no surprise; he was a big reason why I enjoyed the show so much! Of course the classic shower scene had to be included in this drama! xD
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DAY 17 – BEST IDOL TURNED ACTOR

Reading other Beanies’ posts made me realize there are a lot of idol-actors around!
As for the ones in show I’ve actually watched I can only think of Kim Se-jeong (The Uncanny Counter) and Jung Yong-hwa (Sell Your Haunted House), and I liked them both in their respective roles.
I did like Yong-hwa a bit more though, if I have to pick one! xD

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Not only in this year’s drama, but in The Package too. It’s from a few years ago, I’m glad it was mentioned here back when SYHH aired, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have given it a go! And that would have been a pity because it’s such a nice show?! Especially in these dire times, I enjoyed virtually traveling to Paris/France a lot! To me it was a light and breezy rom-com, 12 episodes with lots of laughter (and I really mean a looooot, in certain scenes xD) and some tears too, quite refreshing vibe compared to other similar shows, I recommend it!

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    Good show and great choice!

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    The Package was so funny! JYH ‘s character was the best (the chastity belt 🤣)

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    Before THE PACKAGE I had never had a desire to visit France. Now I do. In fact, in a time when a physical trip was impossible I and my wife even watched a Great Courses course which amounted to a tour of France and explored its history, food and wine (and beer in Normandy).

    I recommend THE PACKAGE to anyone who is in search of a light show.

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Finally I’m up to date! I like taking my time to write posts and find/make gifs, but I like watching dramas more, so whenever I’m free I’d rather do that instead of making posts, so I end up being late! The struggle lol! xD

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DAY 16 – BEST NON HUMAN CHARACTER

I pick Hong Ji-ah’s hairpin for this!! I mean!!! Stabbing people never looked so cool!

#SellYourHauntedHouse

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DAY 15 – SAGEUK SPECIAL EDITION: MOST UNNECESSARY DEATH

I’m not really a sageuk fan, I’ve only ever watched 3 in my kdrama watcher life!
Mr Queen was the one I watched this year, and the only death I can remember was the one of Kim Byung-In? There were a lot of fake-outs, that’s for sure!!
Anyways, poor Byung-In was done so dirty as a character imo; he wasn’t my favourite by any means, but his development (or the lack of it) was disappointing. I remember thinking he should die (sorry bud!!) at some point, but then when it happened and the way it did made me reconsider. Not cool!

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DAY 14 – MOST MEMORABLE SCENE

It’s hard to choose only one, anything from Mr Queen honestly!! xD
Especially the first few episodes and most of the confrontation scenes between So-Yong/Bong-Hwan and the King!! For me Shin Hae-Sun and Kim Jung-Hyun did so well there!!!
Just adding some pics of my favourite moments (that I can think of right now, but there are more)!
Also the banquet that So-Bong prepared, and overall episodes 11-12 (with that cliffhanger) had a lot of great moments!

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DAY 13.2 – DRAMA I LOVED BUT BEANIES DIDN’T

Not sure about this because I think every show I watched this year got enough love from Beanies.
Maybe I loved Dali and Gamjatang a bit more than others, and I was less critical of it too, it was a satisfying watch for me.
Otherwise I feel like I was one of the few people that was ok with Mr Queen finale. At times it was not fun at all to be here (or anywhere else on sns, really) after that ending lol! Anyways, let’s not open old wounds! xD

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    I was ok with the Mr. Queen finale..

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      *High five* xD
      I don’t think I’ve watched something so polarizing before 😅

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DAY 13.1 – DRAMA BEANIES LOVED BUT I DIDN’T

I feel like this is a really unpopular opinion, but it’s Vincenzo for me. I did not complete it, only watched the first 3 episodes; I think any interest I had died with Yoo Jae-Myung’s character! I didn’t know it was just a special appearance so I was quite disappointed about his fate. 😅
The main reason I checked out the drama was out of curiosity about Italian related aspects (yes, I had a lot of fun seeing Song Joong-Ki curse in Italian, at least xD), but in the end I couldn\’t quite get behind the “cool mafia guy” concept, so I didn’t bother continuing it.
Obviously I can’t judge the whole show, but yeah, I don’t think it was for me.

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DAY 12 – BEST QUOTE

I’m not someone that remembers specific quotes really, I forget everything pretty fast! xD
But I found this pic in my gallery and it was a needed reminder at some point this year, so I’ll go with this!

Sidenote, happy anniversary to Mr Queen, that aired for the first time on this day last year! 🎂
(A year later and I’m still not quite over it..can you tell?? xD)

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DAY 11 – SECONDARY CHARACTER THAT STOLE MY HEART AND THE SHOW

It’s hard to steal the show with Shin Hae-Sun leading it, but court lady Choi (Cha Chung-hwa) in Mr Queen was definitely able to stand out, she was just too funny!! xD
The trio, So-Bong, court lady Choi and Hong Yeon and their interactions were one of the highlights of the show, for me (plus the royal chef too!).
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DAY 10 – BEST CONFESSION

Honestly nothing I watched from this year had any special or memorable confession scene for me. I did like Dali and Gamjatang finale’s proposal though, it was both funny and cute!

But I still want to mention a scene I really loved from Do You Like Brahms? even though it’s not from 2021. And it’s not quite a confession, it’s that scene where Joon-Young plays the Moonlight sonata/birthday song “mash-up” for Song-A, then asks her to be friends. I just find it so tender and sweet, and also quite unexpected in the way it played out, which is rare with confession scenes, you almost always know it’s coming! xD
I just watched the drama a couple weeks ago, so it’s still fresh in my mind and when it comes to such scenes, it’s the best one for me this year, no matter how many times I watch it..hehe! ^^
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I’m a little sad I didn’t watch this when it aired and missed out on the fun!
(P.S. 2 consecutive posts about DYLB: can you tell I loved it?? xD)

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DAY 9 – THE OLDIE I LOVED THE MOST

This one is definitely Do You Like Brahms?.
I don’t know why, but I needed some convincing to start this drama, even after watching DAG and looking for more of Kim Min-Jae’s work. I’m so glad I caved in in the end because I loved it a lot!! Yes, there were some not so fun times thrown in the mix, but as Chae Song-A said, compared to the pain I felt, I got much more happiness and comfort from it…or something along those lines. ^^
I loved the setting and the slower pace; the characters felt real in a way that made it natural to care about them and their stories, imo; I think that\’s one of the strengths of this show.
Bonus points for the great chemistry between Park Eun-Bin and Kim Min-Jae: those making videos are just as entertaining as the actual show, sometimes more because they hurt less! xD

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DAY 8 – DRAMA BEANIES CONVINCED ME TO WATCH

The honor goes to Racket Boys for sure!! It was not on my radar at first, also I wasn’t really watching any drama this summer, but all the fan wall love definitely made me curious and convinced me to try it, and I am very grateful for that because I ended up loving it!!

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    and an added plus were the Prison Playbook cameos!!!

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      Yeah! Though I haven’t watched Prison Playbook yet, so I couldn’t truly appreciate those cameos…i need to fix that! 😁

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DAY 7 – OTP I DIDN’T THINK I WOULD ADORE – 2

For some reason, based on fan wall posts, and other reactions in general, I didn’t get the feeling that I would fall for the couple in Dali and Gamjatang. So when I finally started the drama I was not expecting much from them, to be honest…but then by the time episode 1 ended I was 100% sold and on board!! xD
I mean!!! They looked so adorable to me?!?! I couldn’t resist them!!
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It’s not like the story is super original or anything, it’s almost trope after trope, but sometimes simple is best, I suppose! It totally worked for me!! ahaha!
Random but, something I thought after rewatching the first couple of episodes (the part that was set in the Netherlands, to be exact) is that it would have looked great as a stand alone rom-com movie, or the beginning of one; maybe one with less death and drama, though! xD
I also enjoyed how their relationship progressed; there were some hiccups here and there, sure, some things shouldn’t have been said or done, but overall it was great!! <3
Loved Park Gyu-Young and Kim Min-Jae chemistry too!

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DAY 7 – OTP I DIDN’T THINK I WOULD ADORE – 1

Today I’m late!! And also have two entries (as if I didn’t the other times too lol).

First, I definitely didn’t expect to be so invested in Mr Queen couple because, let’s be honest, they had a rough start and it was quite a confusing situation! xD
I really wasn’t sure what to expect here. I mean, they went from this:
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…to this!!! xD
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So yeah, I ended up loving them as a couple, and I suppose Shin Hae-Sun and Kim Jung-Hyun get most of the credit for that!! I adored them together for sure, at every stage of their complicated relationship!! ^^
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