Beanie level: Loan shark with a heart of gold
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Simple scene, but for the first time, I actually found him adorkable.

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Sweet Munchies Episode 1 Thoughts

The first half of this episode was quite boring. It felt like it was trying to go along the lines of \”Midnight Diner\”—but not doing so as well. A restaurant that is open from late in the evening to early in the morning to cater to people who work or are awake during that time. There is only one chef who does not have a set menu but rather cooks things he thinks his customers may enjoy depending on the moment—and in this drama\’s case, what pairs well with drinks. Usually, \”the moment\” is heavily influenced by the customer\’s story or what they\’re going through at the time. In this case it\’s Kim Ah Jin, a contract PD who has a hard time at her work place.

Not only does being a contract worker make her work life difficult in terms of access to resources and the tasks assigned to her, but it also causes difficulty in the way her coworkers treat her. One of her hoobaes is very disrespectful towards her. Some tasks that should be assigned to him are assigned to her instead because she is a contract worker. What\’s worse is that he is the one who is sent to assign the task to her. To add insult to injury, one of Kim Ah Jin\’s sunbaes looks down on her work/initiative/being a contract worker and treats her like an assistant. I assume that her coworkers are giving her a hard time because she is a contract worker, but you can\’t ignore Kim Ah Jin\’s intersectionality here as she is also a woman.

Like Chef Park Jin Sung who I will get to shortly, we have a character we are supposed to root for. But that becomes difficult when she submits a proposal for a show on the network and it quickly becomes clear that she didn\’t put in as much thought or research into the project as she should have.

To start of, I have problems with the concept of the show itself and her intentions behind creating the show. \”Midnight snack made by a gay chef.\” Kim Ah Jin states that she wants to use the shows as a platform to show that the gay people are no different from those who are straight and to break though the ignorance when it comes to how the LGBTQ+ community is perceived. One can assume that she had good intentions, but as her boss rightfully said, the concept is something that would receive criticism from both sides—the LGBTQ+ community and everyone else who is watching. She did not even know something as basic as how many other cooking entertainment shows were on air—although her pesky hoobae did. I get that her boss sprung the short notice casting on her and gave her only 24 hours to find a gay chef for the rose, but this also shows that she gave no consideration to who might want for the role should the show be green lit. Did she even consult with anyone in the LGBTQ+ community, even in terms of research?!

This part of the storyline reflects one of the biggest problems I have with LGBTQ+ content that is produced in Asia. The BoyLove (BL) genre which focuses on gay love is oftentimes written by women for women and more often that not, not for the LGBTQ+ community. The result is that you end up with the sexualization and romanticization of gay characters.

Then we have Park Jin Sung, the chef who can\’t catch a break. His father gets into a car accident and does not have car insurances to cover the bills. His hyung who owns the space his restaurant is in without warning puts the space for sale. Park Jin Sung is a desperate man. His father is in hospital and he is out of a job. He tries going to the bank but is unable to get a loan. He then goes to loan sharks, but the interest is too high. When he is trying his luck at scratch-offs, he encounters his regular Kim Ah Jin who is desperately in need of a gay chef. Kim Ah Jin asks him if he knows any gay chefs and when he hears how much money the role can make, it peaks his interest. So long story short, he shows up at the casting call—where we see only one other chef show up —and auditions.

This is where I have the biggest problem with episode 1. \”From now, I am not me.\” \”I must hide my identity completely.\” \”No problem, I can do it once.\” \”Right now this is my only way to make a living.\” I\’m sure this show was trying to be clever in trying to show that the act that Chef Park is putting on right now is similar to the act that many gay men have to put on to hide their identities to make a living. That it\’s about survival. But I\’m sorry show. There is a huge difference between the two. Gay men are oftentimes compelled to dawn a straight persona for most if not all of their lives in order to conform to and survive in a society that actively discriminates against them.

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    I tried commenting on the recap but it wasn’t going through. Are comments being screened or something?

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    Thank you, you summed up the issues that I have with the concept behind this show as well.

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Uploading this as a video instead of a GIF to safeguard the beanies who haven’t seen the episode yet.

Having said that, this is probably the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time.

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Me: Hey, do you want to hear a joke?
Ryan: Sure.
Me: Why do people say “break a leg” when you go on stage?…
Because every play has a cast.
Ryan: ⬇️

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Not going to lie, QQ is beginning to piss me off. But, it’s scenes like this that help balance out the annoying. So funny. And Ryan’s facial expressions are the best. Seriously.

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    This scene is just so hilarious and ridiculous! And I love it so much 💕💕💕

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    this is comedy at its best – it’s one of the popular techniques to just pile on the antics. I completely lost it when the doves came out LOL the flowers, the barn setting, the doves, the falling petals! QQ, you’re such a tropey and adorable writer hahaha

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    Yeah, she boneheadedness gets annoying sometimes, but then I also think that’s what’s so great about the show. She thinks that because she’s the screenwriter, everything must proceed as she had written it, including how characters feel about each other, without realizing how by virtue of her still existing, she’s unwittingly become the main character and mucked everything up. sigh, it’s so great.

    also, random side note: does anyone else think she looks like what Lee Il Hwa (Reply series mom) would have looked in her youth?? Their facial expressions are so similar to me.

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    i’m on ep. 7 and literally can’t wait to get to this scene! ahhhhh! this show is hilarious and so cute~

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    You’re not making this any easier for me to try not to binge the rest of the available episodes. 😂

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      Lmaoooo. Siiiiigh this is ending next week for the VVIPs 😰😰😰

      I finished ep 14………….. I’ve run out of episodes to see Ryan again 😢😢

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        🤣🤣 I stopped after episode 9. The first half had me in stitches with the whole martial arts contest.

        Chants, “I shall not binge! I shall not binge! ”

        Continues to start a bunch of new cDrama as distractions. Most of which I’ll end up dropping.

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      #sorrynotsorry?

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      Jen, restraint is overrated.
      *whispers* succumb and catch up!

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        I was thinking about this today. I like certain kinds of food. If I eat too much of those particular kinds of food all at once, I feel sick and don’t want to see those kinds of food again for a loooonnnnnggggggg time. So, yeah. I tend to get sick often.

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    I laughed at this, QQ trying to salvage her original script and stage this dramatic scene, complete with flowers, fighting, doves and falling petals 🤣🤣🤣. She’s such a tropey writer, I love her!

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    Is this available on We Tv for only VIP users? I have been meaning to check this but it isn’t available on viki in my region 😭

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      That sucks that Viki is not available in your region.

      WeTV/Tencent Video has up to ep 8 for free (non-members) and up to ep 14 for VIP members. As I understand it, VIP members get 6 eps in advance of non-members.

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        Oh thanks a lot. Just checked. I’m not sure if the number of episodes available to non VIP members will increase as the show goes on but as of yet the show seems a hoot.

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“What I liked about baking is that, it’s meditative in a way. But you’re productive, because at the end of it you have something that you can eat, which is even better because you can eat what you make.”

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Who is this KUN guy? I like him already.

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I don\’t know if it\’s been then longer than I\’ve observed, but Apple Music now as a C-Pop section.

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I made the decision to watch my first 100+ episode K-Drama–Brilliant Heritage. I wonder if I\’ll finish it? It\’ll suck if I end up at episode 70 and just can\’t take it anymore.

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Is it Friday yet!?!?!?

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Never Have I Ever. Quick take.

+ Sendhil Amithab Ramamurthy #priorities.
+ A lot more diversity than I expected.
+ The female lead is not perfect. She’s far from it.
+ Surprising depiction of parents/parenting/family.
+ Some interesting curveballs that keep things interesting, but…
– The plot is still obvious from the get.
– Some things I wanted to have happen didn’t.

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오랜만에 TTMIK 웹 사이트에서 새 방문해서 새 배치고사를 봤어요. 이 시험은 진짜 싫어해요. 답을 모르면 제거과정에 의해 쉽게 알아맞혀요. 그래서 제거과정에 의해를 안 하는 것을 결정했어요.

제 결과는 제가 3레벨에 있네요. 좀 실망해요. 더 공부 해야 되죠.

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    These tests are always unreliable anyway, I wouldn’t get too hung up on that… You being able to write all this in Korean is quite impressive! Fighting!

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If you like the 10 minutes ago me and you’ve never heard TVXQ!’s “Tri-Angle (Extended Version) (Feat. BoA & TRAX)’ I recommend you check it out here first then watch the react video.

[1] The styling is so Japanese. I wonder Max thinks when he looks back on his hairstyle in this.
[2] This song was super boring at the beginning. I was so close to skipping it. Then the metal kicks in. Was not expecting that.
[3] After watching the react video, I realize now what the triangular relationship was—Mozart (classical), Rock/Metal, and Backstreet Boys Pop.
[4] I think this qualifies as iconic.

#kpopeducation #iconickpop

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    I really enjoyed their reaction to IU’s above time, just for the reaction to the jig part, lol.

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I was listening to Max’s new song ”Chocolate” again (awesome song) and I was reminded of “Balloons.” It’s one of those super iconic K-Pop songs that almost everyone knows. So it led me to thinking. I’ve been meaning to compile a list of Iconic K-Pop songs for the longest and I figured I’d l enlist the help of my fellow beanies to do just that.

What songs to you think are iconic in the world of K-Pop?

Please post on your wall and tag me so I don’t miss anyone.

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    It’s funny that DB5K were the ones who made this song to be iconic, but their version is actually a remake 🙂 A remake of the original childrens’ version, I believe 🙂

    Not going too far off, another really iconic song of theirs, besides the obvious one (“Mirotic”), is “Love In the Ice” <3

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    GOT7’s Just Right

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    This is hard for me because I am so new to kpop, but there where definitely titles that I’d see pop up alot. Like songs I became aware of before ever listening to them.
    Like Replay by SHINee and Sorry Sorry by Super Junior. I Am the Best by 2NE1 and Bang Bang Bang by Big Bang. I almost want to say G Dragon in general, lol.

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      You’ve listed some very Iconic ones! G Dragon is incredibly prolific.

      Who are some of your favourite artists thus far?

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        Probably top two are SHINee and Big Bang, though that obviously comes with some issues. Also, love Taemin and GD as solo artist.

        I’m hoping that Road To Kingdom will rekindle some of my old affection for Pentagon and also maybe introduce me to some new groups.

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          It took be a while to get back into Pentagon after E’Dawn left.

          I had no clue about this show until you mentioned it. It looks really cool! I will most definitely check it out. Although, I feel like, why is Pentagon there? They’re the biggest/most well known group I might think. Has this show had previous seasons before?

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            Queendom was the predecessor to it which was girl groups. I didnt watch it but I’ve since seen a lot of love for it. It had Park Bom, (G)idle, Mamamoo, and others on it.
            I guess the first round will be dance covers/revisions. Someone let out a spoiler on which group will be covering what so I’ve been slowly watching the originals that I dont know.

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      And Ring Ding Dong and Sherlock by SHINee!

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    Everything that came out in 2009 tbh.

    Lol. Don’t Don by Super Junior deserves more credit. That song and MV were epic.

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    I have never seen this!

    Where have I been?

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      lol. I don’t know a ton of old K-Pop either, so I don’t blame you.

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    Dream Girl by SHINee, one of the songs that got me into Kpop

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이 영화는 봐야 되네요.

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    Hey, this has so much potential! Cyrano de Bergerac is a favorite trope and this would be welcome addition.

    You’re right about the dearth of shows with queer female leads. I’ve only seen a couple on asian crush and hotpot dot tv. (Hotpot features their conventional dramas by default. One has to click Browse to see the LGBTQ filter.)

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      So much potential indeed!

      Today was the first that I’ve heard the name for the trope. I firmly believe though that a trope can be as hackneyed as you can get, but the scriptwriting and delivery can make it amazing.

      I haven’t checked out HotPot is a while.

      Viki also has a few with the HIStory series among them.

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    Well, that edit went well.

    This is the trailer link I was talking about: https://youtu.be/B-yhF7IScUE

    This is the other part of my write-up that got deleted:

    1] One of the few queer films with a female lead. Seriously, there are disproportionately more dramas and films with queer or gay male characters than female characters.
    [2] And she’s Asian?! What?! Heck yes!!! (I’ll just wait another two decades until we get a South Asian queer (female) lead).
    [3] I’m just super hyped for this. Please don’t be a let down. Please.

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It\’s kinda crazy given the type of site that this is that there is no secure https:// version. I hope that the powers that be can get this sorted sometime in the immediate future.

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So, the HIStory series may be no more. That also means that there’s no HIStory2: Crossing the Line 2. That sucks, royally.

The two producers who created HIStory series have left LINETV Taiwan one after another and the CEO of CHOCOTV just…

Posted by Adam Uni on Thursday, April 2, 2020

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Trying to write a sentence in 6 words is much more difficult that I expected it would be. A challenge indeed. Maybe I just suck.

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