Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

I’ve just watched Search premiere and it felt like Predator met the Dirty Dozen and the Walking Dead. Not pretty sure of what I’m watching, really.

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    but it is good, scary but good..although this can’t be sustained for 16 episodes.. so i hope this wraps up at 8.

    Predictable storyline though

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    This description and the 10 episode thing highly recommends itself to me.

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      😂😂😂
      CGI is not the best, but it’s entertaining.

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Random thoughts about Start-Up premiere:

– I know it’s drama land and we need all the tropes, but… do I have to believe that dad dies and mum doesn’t go back to SK to get her child back? As when she divorced her husband, she also divorced her daughter? And she never sent her money, or payed her studies when she’s so well off? Really? I really hate when tropes are just incredible in the worst way possible.
– Such a Cyrano premise, where the girls falls in love with the guy that impersonates the writer. I always wanted Cyrano to get the girl. So I guess I’m rooting for JiPyeong and I don’t like what the promotion poster is telling me about the OTP.
– I guess the Sans were the three boys who wanted the letter of one of them to be delivered to InJae. Who’s the secret admirer? It would be nice it were DoSan and he’s still in love with InJae.
– Just two episodes, and I love Nam Joo Hyuk performance. Just a couple of weeks ago I loved him in his ahjussi clothing fin School Nurse Files with all his imperfections and so normal, and now he’s a total mess (in other way) and I’m loving it. Even so, my love for him doesn’t grant me to stick to the show (I refer to The bride of the Habaek.
– It is not necessary 85 minutes long episodes if you are going to spend 15 minutes with slow motion images and stills of people looking nice or landscapes that are supposed to be gorgeous.
– First episode was boring. The past story could have been told in a much shorter time, imo.
– It’s my first Suzy drama. After hearing so many bad things about her, I’m not finding her terrible, just correct, although I like much more Kang Han Na (I loved her in JBL).

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    “I guess the Sans were the three boys who wanted the letter of one of them to be delivered to InJae. Who’s the secret admirer? It would be nice it were DoSan and he’s still in love with InJae.” <– What are you referring to here? Just curious.

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      In the first episode, when we first see the girls with grandma, there are three boys in uniform that want to deliver a letter to InJae because one of them likes her, but she refuses to take the letter. I’m wondering if the three boys are DoSan and his friends (in SamSan), because when they are told about DalMi, one of them (I believe it’s YongSan says that name is familiar).

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    Agreed abt the mum, esp since she had fought w dad about her daughters’ future. N yes i do get some people are horrible but it’s hard to fathom that eonni could change so drastically in a year when theyve been so close before. The backstory was kinda long but i didn’t mind cos i liked both child actors a lot.

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      Exactly! Mum said their dad’s duty was to work to provide money so they can go to college and she left her younger daughter alone, and never sent money so she could study. Makes no sense.

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Missing: the other side. Beware of some SPOILETS

I could finally finish and I have to say I liked it a lot. Not the best drama ever, for sure, but it was really entertaining and thanks to it I discovered Ko Soo, as I had never seen him in a drama. The acting was solid and the story was well developed even with all the tropes involved. When I began watching I was thinking that it was too light for an OCN drama, that I was expecting something darker. I mean: the town where the missing were was bright and beautiful, the villagers wee all happy, our hero and his sidekick helped solving cases and everyone seemed to be smiling, so where was the darkness?

Well, it was there. Missing didn’t care for minute, even if I was thinking otherwise. From the minute one of the leads was killed in episode one, to the overwhelming stories of the missing ones. From Jang Mi who was killed by her boyfriend and had no one to look for her for more than a year, to the tireless efforts by Mr. Jang to find her daughter passing through the frustration Wook feels about his mother abandoning him. It makes you think. It’s not so complicated to have a lonely life that can lead you not to be missed by anyone, to being the one who can look for you because your are the dearest person to a father, a mother, a sibling, a friend…

I have to say that while airing I kept thinking the show will give us the miraculous return of YeoNa, because she and Det. Shin were a really nice couple and you could see how much they cared about each other. It was not that I wanted it that way, but you know, we re in dreamland, and we get the happy ending more often than the sad one. Well, we didn’t get a happy ending and it was the best for the story. And it was so sad to learn that all the deaths of the children from the Blue Sunshine Orphanage were just because of money. If I wanted darkness, this really gave the correct share of it.

I found specially touching Her Jun Ho acting (when is he not?) and the story of Mr. Jang looking for his sweet HyunJi, and to think about all those children lost in this world, stolen from their parents and their families, the uncertainty of not knowing, because as the rational you thinks how little are the chances of that child being alive, you always hold on to the tiniest hope. The moment he realized his daughter had been dead since the day she was lost in the park, it was heartbreaking. It doesn’t matter that more then 20 years had passed, the pain was unbearable.

Above all the stories, the one I loved best was the one about Thomas. It made me think about all the young people who sacrifice their lives for a cause. In a war casualties are so many times forgotten, mass graves with so many people, not a record of who they were. My country lived a Civil War (1936 – 1939) and both sides committed crimes, mass graves are quite common and only recently have archeologist been working on them. As I listened to Thomas story, I could not help to think of all those families who saw a member (a son, a daughter, a father, mother, sibling…) running to fight for a cause an never returned and never new what happened and could never pay their respect to their rests, so I couldn’t think of a better ending than his smile.

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    You described what I loved about this drama perfectly ❤

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    I was relieved that the drama didn’t go for the “happy ever after“ route for Detective and Yeo Na, because that would be succumbing to the usual kdrama rom com trope/cliche. Although my heart broke for all three men who lost the important women (or woman to be in the case of Hyun Ji) in their lives, they managed to get closure in the end and for that, I am grateful. Even our dear Thomas, may he forever be smiling.

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Hi, Beanies!

After almost two weeks WiFi-less I’m back home and trying to catch up with dramas, not an easy task considering all the dramas on air that I want to follow… just taking one step after another.

During theses past days I’ve been at my dad’s as I was having some reform works at home. Now I’m back to my apartment with by new and beautiful floor and lots of boxes to unpack… so this weekend there will be a collusion between my self wanting to have a liveable house and my other self wanting to indulge into some nice drama. I bet we all know who will win, don’t we?

My dad’s house is in the countryside, very near the coast (well, my hometown is a port but it’s a big city), so during these vacation days the only thing I did was getting loads of sleeping, and beautiful walks. Autumn is here and October is one of my favourite months of the year, because light is so beautiful and when we have a sunny day, you can still feel a bit of the summer with you.

These are some pics I took on my walks.

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    Beautiful!

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    Welcome back! I remember when you wrote you were going to be off the grid and I thought how could I be without connection for that long?
    Seeing the photos of where you were makes perfect sense and it looks beyond lovely and the perfect escape – refuge – resting place.
    Thanks for sharing! And get those boxes unpacked so you can watch in peace!!!!

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      Araso, araso… I’ll unpack the boxes… tomorrow!!

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    The pictures are so beautiful! Autumn is my favourite time of the year, it’s always so colourful and even cloudy and rainy days are nice somehow.
    Enjoy your weekend catching up on dramas!

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      I love Autumn too, mainly because in my corner of the world we don’t have a proper spring, as Winter lasts until may usually, so I really, really love September and October.

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    💚 the sea! Welcome back, you_ve been missed! Cme and spazz with us over the current fluffy dramas!

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      Catching up! Boxes can wait until tomorrow!!

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        Look out with those boxes! Last time I left one over the weekend, it stayed put until the next time I needed to pack and move 🤣

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      And the mighty Atlantic. No other sea like it. I know you understand 💗

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    Gorgeous! I miss going off on holiday!

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      I usually go on a trip on October, but not this year. In fact if it hadn’t been for Covid I should have been to Rome… but I’m not sad, I really enjoyed my relax days at my dad’s.

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        Well your hometown does look like a place i’d go for holiday 🏞🌅

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    Welcome back! Your photos are so beautiful!!

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    Welcome back! Love the picts ❤️

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    Absolutely delightful, thank you for sharing the photos! I wish I could go there 🙂
    Good luck with the move.

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      I’m lucky to live in this corner of the world, I can’t deny it 🙂

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    Wow!! 🤩🤩🤩
    Welcome back!

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    Welcome back! Thanks for sharing these great pics!

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    This is so beautiful! Welcome back, Eazal! ❤️

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    Welcome back, @eazal! I saw the most beautiful photos. I made me cry a bit because of natural autumn weather. So I love that third photo where there’s a white lighthouse and great stormy skies. These photos made me felt like I’m in heavenly paradise.

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      Thanks so much for your words. It is indeed Paradise.

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I live for their smiles, I needed them!
I need a S3. Please, Drama Gods, listen!

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This hurt, show. In the good way, but it still hurt.

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Just because.
Watching My dear youth – Coffee Prince had side effects and I need lots of Gong Yoo right now.

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I gave a try to More than friends but it was a no the moment the FL, who works four part time jobs, had the latest foldable Samsung. I didn’t finish episode one. I should’ve known better…

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    She didn’t only have the latest foldable Samsung. Almost every year she was shown calling the ML with the respectively last model. It didn’t even make sense for her to pay off the phone by instalments every year.
    I still like this drama somehow…

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    This was one of the things the Just Between Lovers did so well.

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He already knows.

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The way Shi Mok was holding the photos… all the anger and the anguish… what did you do to Pros. Seo?

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Four hours in office and my feet already ache *roll eyes*

But I’m happy I have a huge pc screen instead of my tiny laptop and I’ve met some of my coworkers and we can talk and comment things which is great.

I don’t have to wear mask while I’m sitting at my desk, so in my survival kit to the office I’ve brought this little friend: six months without red lipstick has been definitely too long!

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    I envy you! Need to wear mask at all times, and my lipsticks are all just drying away in the bottom of my purse🙃
    Now, really, getting to be with your coworkers again -and appreciating, he! – is nice! Enjoy it (but keep safe)

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    That is so cute! I thought that it was a pen at first 🙂

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    Is that Jun K masquerading as a lipstick? 😂

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      I would gladly take him, haha
      One of my boys!!
      Now I will feel something special whenever I use it 😂😂😂

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After six months working at home, tomorrow I will go back to the office. We are gradually going back, it would be 6 of us in our department (we’re 15). I have to admit I am terrified about three things:
1- Shoes. I’ve been barefoot for six months. I’m very likable to fall down and kiss the ground because I have forgotten how to walk in formal shoes.
2- Actual office clothing. I’ve been living on a track suit since March. I’m specially terrified about trousers with zippers. I’m avoiding them this week, but I cannot avoid them forever.
3- My hair. My crazy dull curly hair. I’ll have to do something so I don’t look like I’ve just escaped from Ok Hospital 😱
I keep repeating to myself: Fighting!!

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    FIGHTING ~!!!

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    Fighting!!!

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    @Eazal You got this! Forza!

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    It’s crazy how we unlearn all the grooming we’ve been sold into for decades! I 😂

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      It’s so true! I can’t believe tomorrow I’m wearing shoes!! Shoes!! I have two shoe cabinets full of shoes and I’ve only use a pair of sneakers and flip flops since March!
      I foresee tragedy. I’m telling you.

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    You can do it! I know you can! 🙂

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    Take plasters! I had epic blisters after my first day back in formal shoes…..I literally had to walk home in bare feet (once I was clear of the train station) because I couldn’t stand it.

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      I will! Good thing is I drive to work and don’t have to walk much, but it will be all day long in the office.

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    Oh well – don’t expect things to be normal or the way they were before. NOTHING will ever be the same!

    I feel your pain about wearing clothes other than sweatpants and sandals or bare feet!

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      It’s going to be tough… but you know when the going gets tough…

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    Hwaiting!

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    Good luck at work. I feel like you should just rock up in trackies and no shoes and see what happens.

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      I’ll give shoes a try. At least for the first day. Flat shoes, anyway.

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    Oh! Be safe.

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    you can do it and you will look great. i hope it isn’t too taxing! good luck!

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    All the best! I can only imagine what you’re going through!!

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    Fighting! Hope the return to the office is going great guns so far!

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I’ve just finished Misaeng. It took me so long to watch, even when everything I heard about it was so good, because I was never in the mood to watch a 20 episode drama. The waiting was worth it, because I’ve fallen in love with the show in a way I haven’t felt in a long way, and Jang Geu Rae won my heart from the very first episode.

I work in a big company, a corporation that has branches in more than 40 countries all over the world and more that 35.000 employees, so I know how One International would feel like. Business policy in countries like mine and SK may be different, but in the end an office is just an office. During the 19 years I’ve been working there I’ve met all the stereotypes shown: the misogynist that would always treat a woman like someone who can only do basic stuff, even if she’s more qualified than him; the guy who’s always chatting and knows all the gossips around; the hardworking mum; the workaholic; that one who thinks that knows better that you and wants to teach you how to do your job; the one who can’t be a boss because he’s not a leader; the leader who doesn’t want to be a boss; the stoic one; that one who doesn’t want to share his knowledge with you, because if you know then he’ll be useless; the one who’s already decided you’re useless and stupid, but once you begin to work along him gets to admire you for your knowledge and your hard work; the one who claims to be working but is only wasting his time; the one who reports everything to the boss. And of course, Oh Sang Sik and Jang Geu Rae.

My first boss was exactly like Oh Sang Sik: he was a workaholic, had a strong character, treated his team as a family, defended us to the point he got demoted because he was annoying. He never pledged to his bosses will, he was hardly soft with other branches of the company. And when he was demoted, he kept working hard and being enthusiastic about his job. He was disappointed, of course, but he cared so much for his people that even when he retired his retirement party was the biggest one I’ve ever attended.

And what can I say about Jang Geu Rae? I can hardly speak about him without tears coming to my eyes. From the very first episode I felt I needed to protect him because the world was not ready for him, for his kindness and his effort. It was not the other way round, it was not that he wasn’t ready for the world, not at all! The world would be a better place if all of us could see it through Jang Geu Rae’s eyes. If I think about myself 19 years ago, I can feel what Jang Geu Rae felt. I had a degree then, but it was just a paper. I had to learn so many things: from how to use the fax (yes, faxes were a thing back then), to know who to address when I had a doubt, to learn how to make a business phone call and to navigate through office politics and learn who was a friend and who would care nothing for me. Just one look from Jang Geu Rae and I would break into tears. Im Si Wan acting was just amazing (his eyes, face expression, body expression, he WAS Jang Geu Rae!!).

This goes directly to my top list drama.

P.S. How is it possible that the writer of this masterpiece (I know it’s based on a webtoon) was also the writer of The Bride of Habaek? Was he badly hit in the head?

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    “Misaeng, the drama, is an adaptation of a manhwa with the same name, written and illustrated by Yoon Tae Ho. On the other hand, “The Bride of Habaek”, the drama, is also an adaptation of a manhwa with the same name, but manhwa is by Yoon Mi Kyung. Both drama adaptations had the same scriptwriter write, but the two dramas had different production crews, companies, and even different directors…. This just goes to show just how much the people behind the scenes overall can have an affect on the overall end product XD

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      I totally get it, but usually a good script is the base for a good production.
      Directing is almost everything in any production (imo). A good director can make an average actor or writer shine. But it all begins with a good script. And I couldn’t finishe episode 2 of TBOH.

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    your thoughts on Miseang really makes me want to pick it up now!

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      Well, you know that what someone likes, others don’t, but I really can’t recommend this enough.

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    Im Siwan got me to watch all of The King Loves, that’s how good he is.

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    I’m so glad you watched it! I didn’t watch it until last year, and you said everything I felt. It’s my #1 drama.

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      It doesn’t beat Secret of Forest to me, but it’s really close.
      I’m so happy I watched.

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    Your descriptions of all the different kinds of people one finds in an office are wonderful 👏🏽

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      While I was watching I could tell you the names of some coworkers. That’s how good this drama is.

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    “the world was not ready for him, for his kindness and his effort. It was not the other way round, it was not that he wasn’t ready for the world, not at all! The world would be a better place if all of us could see it through Jang Geu Rae’s eyes.”
    Woah I never thought of it this way. I always thought JGR was a misfit in that environment but obviously this statement is proved wrong by how so many newbies in the workforce relate with JGR. We’re all terribly confused but learn step by step.
    Am I jealous that your first boss was like Oh Sang Shik? I definitely am. You may have been mentored so well under him. And I think some good mentorship right at the beginning of your career helps you excel a lot. Also I was looking for the manhwa but I could only access a chapter in English and even that chapter which cpuld be considered half of ep 1, made me appreciate the dramatization in Misaeng a lot. They changed a few things here and there for the comic to come to life and it was well done. So it comes as a huge surprise to me that Bride of Habaek was by the same scriptwriter?? But this does again prove that teamwork makes a show great and I’ll credit Misaeng’s PD too here, he must have been involved in the dramatization process.
    So glad you watched it finally and liked it. I don’t think I can ever rewatch Misaeng even if it’s simply my favorite ever but I was hoping to catch up on the Chinese remake “Ordinary Glory” if I need to feel like JGR again 😂 (i don’t need to feel that I live that life). I still stand firm by my statement that we’ve all been JGR at some point in our life and well all our lives are Misaeng (incomplete life) so there’s no need to stress about petty things-work gets done).

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      It takes a lot to realise our lives are incomplete and that we have to love and live with what we have. I like the idea of embracing Misaeng.

      As for my first boss, yes, I am lucky to have learned from him. Unfortunately he was demoted less than two years after I began. But even so, he was always near so I could learn from him.
      He’s retired now and he usually comes to the same beach I go during the summer. So when he is there, he comes to where I am and no matter what I’m doing I have go go with him for a walk, and then go to visit his wife and chat with them for a while. He doesn’t care if I’m sunbathing, taking a bath or taking to friend, I just have to go with him 🤣
      When he doesn’t see me he looks for my dad and asks him where I am, in case I’m hiding (I would never do that!!)

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    I really need to check this one out one of these days. I’ve always read positive things about it.

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      Please, do. I don’t usually want to watch long dramas, but this one has not one single minute wasted. And if you work in a big office, you’ll be able to relate so much.

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    @Eazal Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this drama. It is truly a wonderful drama that I believe more people should watch.

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      It is!! I had been wanting to watch it for so long, but I was lazy because I don’t like long dramas. But, this was such a heartwarming experience… I didn’t lie when I say that while I was writing about JGR tears came to my eyes. I’ve never been so touched by a character in a drama as I was by him.
      This is a MUST watch.

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        I understand what you mean about his character. I felt as if I were experiencing everything with him.

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    Misaeng is depicting workplace so well that I asked my staff to watch it – and refer to certain scenes as part of new staff induction.

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A beautiful mind was finally a drop. I know a hospital drama is full of inaccuracies and lots of nonsense, but this was too much: a girl with hemophilia inherited from his father… the only case in the whole history of mankind; doctor ignoring a patient’s will not to be reanimated because he can truly read him; a traffic policewoman who can investigate a murder and spend all the time she wants in restricted areas of a hospital; a doctor that gets arrested twice for the same crime in public and then returns to hospital as if nothing ever happened. It was too much. So sorry because I really LOVE all the leads.

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    OMG Idk what episode you stopped at, but please push through at least to episode 6-7. I will agree it starts out frustrating, but its one of those dramas that’s actually pretty good by the end. It’s one of my faves

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      I’ve watched until episode 6 (complete), and I had to stop it because nothing made sense.
      Maybe I will finish it some day, but right now, I just can’t.

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    Aww this is probably one of my ultimate favorite dramas. I’ve watched it like 6 times to the point where I know entire dialogues lol I know I’m crazy. 😂

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      Well, what one likes another one doesn’t. There’s not a rule.
      I may finish it someday, but right now I’m too frustrated.

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There were two horrible things I won’t mention (you all know what I mean) in Dinner Mate but also two of the best in a drama: a beautiful, real and sassy OTP and a wonderful and funny OST that can make you smile even if you don’t want. I’ve been listening to it all afternoon long. I needed something nice to cheer me up. Mission accomplished!!

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    i Loved this too for the same reason you had! One of the best chemistry this year! 😍

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    Couldn’t agree more. Great mature and realistic couple (which is why the…flaws…drove me so nuts – I wanted more of DH and HK!) and a great OST. Happy listening!

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He smiled!
And it was YeoJin the one who made it!
😊😊😊

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    It’s always her! 😭😭😭

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    It wasn’t a smile, but I also loved the look on his face when she asked him if he wanted to have a drink with her earlier in the episode. And then the back slap made me laugh out loud! She gets the best reactions out of him.

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Bots names are getting more and more creative.

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Someone said it!!
The only thing that made sense to me in the last three episodes of Flower of evil.

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    It’s hard to believe in the 20 years (and all of its logical and illogical implications) but I’ve managed to blank it out with not too much effort – a willing suspension of disbelief, in the interests of going with the flow and totally enjoying it. I understand we should demand veracity and a truth we can believe in, but the leads and their pain and tribulations are so convincing that I don’t care. I don’t care that the killer has been on life support for so long and is now up and at it again, without drawing a breath; that parents can do what they are doing to aid and abet; that the deeds, misdeeds, and betrayals of the past are so easily awakened, but I do care about the leads and how they’ll end up. That’s enough for me. I totally taken in. I’m not going to spoil it for myself with a need for logic!!

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      I can totally understand it!
      My problem is I was loving the drama and having so much fun with it, and then things went downhill in the last three episodes. I can handle nonsense, and nothing being logical, I can really. The main problem to me is that the show was consistent and logical until that point so I’m a bit in shock.
      And regarding this screenshot, I really can’t understand the “first love” trope, so I find it refreshing some one said this aloud 🙂

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        You’ve been more thoughtful than me. I don’t care about these two that much. I’ve always thought he was questionable. The only thing keeping him the story now is his “unquenchable” feelings for her, which as you point out are incredible. She just seems weak at the moment. I thought her character was going to be involved more in taking the story forward, but she has simply ineffectually dabbled.

        What’s left? These questions, for me: How will the leads survive what is closing in on them? Will he prove right those who suspect him or will he emerge exonerated? And how about the conflicts she faces as a wife and as a policewoman – how is she going to emerge from that? In the end if the status quo is reestablished without problems, that’s when I’ll be disappointed. I want him to be treated fairly. I want her to stay true to him and true to herself. I want them to be a happy family. I want the perps to be stopped so they don’t continue to harm people. But I don’t want it to be a trite closure. I don’t know how they can give me my happy ending and do that, so that’s what keeps me watching. But kdrama often surprise me in where it ends up. It’s that unpredictability that keeps me watching.

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Only two episodes into Misaeng and I’ve already cried like a baby and given my heart to Jang Geu Rae. Only two episodes and I understand you so much, Beanies.

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    Oh man, you are in for a ride. I don’t think I’ve ever felt a fictional character more than Jang Geu Rae.

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      Ditto on this.

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        It’s just amazing how you can feel that bond only in two episodes. I fiercely want to protect and defend Geu Rae at all costs.

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    Ah you got to it! Lee Sung Min was the heart stealer for me though.

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      I can totally understand I know I will have that feeling when I’m more into the drama, but episode two just got me bursting into tears feeling what Geu Rae was feeling. I can rely on his feelings so much, so much. I once was there.

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    Sending you strength!! The urge to wrap him in a safety blanket will only increase!!

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      I have that feeling. I just want to protect him from all the monsters out there. I can rely to him so much. He’s so lost, you just want to embrace him and tell him, I’ll be by your side, lean on me.

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