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Recently Finished: Our Blues⭐️

With such a star-studded cast, I had to check out this drama! The stories were kind of (actually, a lot of) sad and full of bitterness at times that it was hard to watch. The vignettes made it easy to keep watching because after 2 or 3 episodes you could get at least some closure or change in a relationship. The stories I didn’t care for were the ones that made me cry the most though. Overall, I enjoyed watching the drama even though everyone is too nosy, lol. Or maybe I’m just used to not meddling in others’ lives. Anyways, I was glad to see Kim Woo-bin looking healthy and back in dramas!

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    I was so pleased how the writing turned out, after starting out so depressing. Really glad I stuck with this show.

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Recently Finished: Yumi’s Cells Season 1❤️

When this first aired I heard really good things about it, but I wasn’t too sure about the animation, it turned out to be my favorite part! I loved seeing the cells work in Yumi’s head and in others as well. It was fun to see what cell was involved during certain situations and it made me think about why I acted a certain way in my own life, lol. I’m very excited to start the 2nd Season! Wung was a good guy, but I knew going in he wasn’t the end game. I’m not sure about Ba-bi, but I’m still gonna watch it!!

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I recently finished watching My Liberation Notes! It was a very interesting drama, very different from anything I have seen recently. I loved the cast and I anticipated it a lot during the week, which is always fun. It made me think about what I would want to be liberated from and how little bursts of happiness can be added up during the day to make you realize you truly are happy.

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    My Liberation Notes was not what I expected it to be. The cast was what drew me in! I had to at least see the first few episodes for them. Once I saw that it was a slice of life and family related, I knew I had to stay and finish it, since those are the types of dramas I like to watch. I’ll admit that I was expecting a happy ending. To be honest, I was really confused for the last four episodes. I didn’t get the artistic value to making me guess what timeline we were in. I was used to weird scenes here and there, but I was just lost and kind of took what people said online to make sense of it. From the beginning, Gu’s alcoholism made me uncomfortable, that and the use of “worshiping”, but I thought that it would make sense towards the end. It did… but it also didn’t for me. Again, I read what people had to say about it and was like, “okay, I guess..”. I get that the ending is more true to life. Our three siblings, and Gu, are still in a journey filled with ups and downs trying to find themselves and making their lives better for themselves, but I guess I wanted a My Ajusshi type of ending where it felt nice to leave that world knowing everything was going to be okay. Everyone in My Liberation Notes will probably be okay! The drama did show us that they were smiling and fairly comfortable in their current state. Maybe because some things hit too close to home is why I wanted a very bold happy ending! Anyways, Lee Min-ki was great, haha! I think he is the one I liked the most. I constantly complain a lot to my family that I have coworkers that talk too much, but honestly, if given the chance, I can out talk them, lol. And what magnetism does Sohn Seok-gu possess?! I dislike drinking scenes in general in kdramas and drunks are not my favorite, but he was so attractive. I need him in another drama soon! Preferably a rom-com because we are guaranteed a happy ending, right?!!

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Haven’t watched a Korean movie in a while, it’s hard to find time to watch dramas too, but I had the afternoon to myself and watched Mission Possible. It was entertaining and fun! I would see another!

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I am a little jealous of my dad these days. He really got into watching TV during the pandemic. He told me he got bored of the Netflix recommendations and told me to recommend something good to him. I said, “Good? Watch a drama then” lol. We had already watched Signal, Kingdom, Squid Game, Sweet Home, D.P., and Vincenzo together, but I’ve been really busy lately that I haven’t had time to sit down to watch something with him. He was hesitant at first, but he is having fun watching them. I think he has watched more than I have this year!

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    These are some of the dramas he has watched:
    -Juvenile Justice: I haven’t watched it, but he said it was okay. He said it was slow at first, but once he got into it, he enjoyed it. He liked the main actress and her sidekick.
    -My Name (twice): He’s watched this twice already because he was so bored and wanted something in the background. He likes action and apparently this drama had some good action. He wants another season or another similar show to this.
    -Move To Heaven: I’m pretty sure all he liked were the fighting scenes, lol. To be honest, I don’t think he truly understands Autism and the spectrum, so he was kind of confused.
    -Vagabond: He truly is my father because he really liked Vagabond. This was the first drama he found on his own. I told him he would enjoy it, and left it at. He did enjoy it and, like myself, was pissed at the ending. He is still hoping for a second season. I, on the other hand gave up already.
    -The King’s Affection: This one surprised me because I thought he was going to drop it after an episode or two, but he kept watching until the end and enjoyed it. I haven’t seen it and when I would stop and watch it for a while, I wasn’t surprised when he fast-forwarded the lovey scenes. No wonder he finished it, all he wanted was the action scenes, lol.
    -The Silent Sea: This is the last drama we watched together. I personally like sci-fi, so I thought this was a good drama to watch with my dad. It was a good one to watch together because it was interesting and quick. He is not really a sci-fi person, but tolerates it enough to watch some of it with me.
    -Mr. Sunshine: He is currently watching it after The King’s Affection. I am not sure he is understanding the time period it is set in, but I can see that he is liking it. I haven’t seen it yet, so maybe I will wait on his recommendation.
    -Vincenzo (again): Everytime he finishes a drama I ask him what rank that drama falls into, you know A tier or B tier or even your top 5. I don’t think he knows any of the drama names or how to begin organizing them, but when I ask him which one is his favorite, I don’t finish the question when he answers Vincenzo. He really loves this drama!

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      See whether he likes Hellbound if he can stand the gore in Sweet Home but the 2-part structure may be confusing.

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    He’s like my dad. 😂 Though I’m quite surprised that my dad also enjoyed watching Hotel del Luna. Has your das seen the following? He might like these also.

    Bad Guys
    Beyond Evil
    Designated Survivor
    Mad Dog
    Train
    Save Me

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      I haven’t even watched Hotel de Luna yet! But maybe my dad will like it too😁
      Love your recs! Personally, I wish he could see Beyond Evil and The Good Detective because I know he will like them. However, he can’t read very well so he watches them dubbed in Spanish. I am not a huge fan of dubs, but since my thoughts are in English, Spanish dubs don’t seem that horrible to me now lol.

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    He might also like Fiery Priest. A lot of action scenes plus same writer as Vincenzo.

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I really enjoyed Beyond Evil when I watched it a couple of months ago. I do like a good mystery, but I think I avoid them because in my mind they have a higher rate of going off rails towards the end. In rom-coms, it’s easier for me to forgive a bad ending because “well, at least that was cute”, but in thrillers it’s infuriating, “waeee! You had such a great story”. I heard good things from Beyond Evil and it did not disappoint! It is also memorable because I watched it with my sister:)

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    My sister wanted to spend time with me over her winter vacation and she decided that we should watch a KDrama together since she wanted to cheer me up by doing something I like. On one condition though: it had to be either a thriller/mystery. I’m a rom-com/slice of life girl, but I do enjoy a good story, as long as it is not scary! I had heard of Beyond Evil being a solid drama, so we decided to watch it together. It took us like two months and a half to get through all of it because our schedules never match up and towards the end I could see her getting a little over it, but I could also see that she enjoyed it. Of course, as an avid kdrama watcher I was curious about a lot of things so I asked her.

    My Sister’s review on Beyond Evil (spoilers ahead!)

    Me: What did you think of it? (Right after it was over)
    Her: It was pretty good. Too long for my taste. (I can’t believe this! She rewatches everything! Especially shows that are like 9 seasons long!! In all fairness it is background noise, but still I am over her watching the same thing over and over again,lol😂)

    Me: What did you like about it? Dislike?
    Her: I liked that I didn’t know what was going to happen next. It wasn’t predictable, so that was cool. I disliked that it was too long. 12 episodes would’ve been better. Also, the whole town development plan was boring and confusing, I don’t care about that.

    Me: What was the scene you remember the most?
    Her: When we found out the brother (Lee Dong-shik’s Hyung, Kang Jin-mook) was the killer. Also, when the girl (Yoo Jae-yi) threw eggs at him (Han Joo-won). It was funny, lol.

    Me: Who was your favorite character?
    Her: The butcher girl (Yoo Jae-yi) was pretty cool. She was not a cop, but still part of the team.

    Me: Would you recommend this to others? Of the three you’ve seen (Oh My Venus, Squid Game, Beyond Evil) which has been your favorite?
    Her: Yeah I’ll recommend it to my friend that watches dramas. Squid Game is still my favorite because it was interesting and didn’t go the way I thought. It was quick to action too.

    Me: Any last comments?
    Her: Where the romance at tho?
    Me: I thought you wanted to watch a thriller not a romantic drama.
    Her: But still…lol

    Me: Anything else?
    Her: I guess I liked his (Han Joo-won’s) character development. They were really good actors, especially the divorced guy that was also in Squid Game (Lee Chang-jin), he was pretty interesting. The twists were good for sure and the reveals as well. It was fun to find out who knew whose secret. The older cop (Lee Dong-shik) was also a good actor too and tricked me various times into thinking he was evil.

    Me: So when are we going to watch our next drama?
    Her:….
    Me:….
    Her:……bye
    Me. TT.TT

    Update: I am still trying to convince her to watch All Of Us Are Dead together.

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Recently Finished:

-Twenty-five,Twenty-one❤️: Loved it!! This was definitely a fun, emotional ride. I think what I loved the most about this drama was the fact that I had something to look forward to. It had been a while since I live-watched a drama and was excited thinking about it. It gave me Reply vibes (which is a good thing for me), especially Reply ‘88, since it focused a lot on family and friendships. So, like a fool, I legit thought we were going to have a husband reveal, like “sike, fooled ya, he is the father all along.” This was a decent and lovely ending, but I wished my brain had known from the start what was going to happen, and maybe the clues were there and I just glossed over them. I think if I would’ve been better prepared, I would not be so angry at the scenes from the present. I would’ve felt a lot better if Min-chae referred to Ko Yu-rim as auntie or something. I can understand first loves are not always endgame and can remain a part of a lovely memory/time, but friendships that are outgrown kind of make me sadder:( Unless, I totally screwed that up too and they are still friends?

-Business Proposal❤️: Loved it too because it was lots of fun!! And also another drama I looked forward to? I was excited for its 12 episode run, but after the finale I can see the appeal of a 16 episode drama, although honestly we only needed one more episode or two so shouldn’t dramas be 14 episodes instead?!! I thought it was trope-y and fun, but I was definitely not happy with how everything progressed. I would have loved to have seen more of the family falling for Tae-mu and not just his wallet. I would’ve loved for Harabuji to accept Ha-ri with his own words. I would have loved to see Ha-ri and Tae-mu openly date with the whole company knowing. I wouldn’t have minded a wedding or two. Or even seeing what kind of company Young-seo created. There are many things that could’ve been, but that is just my own greediness, since I had soooo much fun watching it that I just wanted an awesome ending.

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    It’s been a while since I have written on my fan wall! I always use my fan wall like a mini drama diary. I saw my last post, which was on Christmas, and I was saying how I wasn’t feeling so good. Sadly, I am still not feeling good. I am “okay”, but frustrated because I finally felt like I was going to overcome this since I made progress last year. But, your gut health really does influence your brain, and my anxiety has been really annoying this year because my stomach has been haywire and it’s all a circle that repeats itself. When I get like this, I tend to shut people out. Not on purpose, but more like I can’t even muster up the energy to do what I like. I always want to comment and chat, but it always gets hard to express myself when my mind is all jumbled. And it gets harder when I stay away for a while. But, like I said, I use Dramabeans as a mini diary for myself. I sometimes like to go back and see my 1-2 sentences I have on a drama I watched. It’s April already, I haven’t watched much, but I have enjoyed what I have watched:
    -Extracurricular (late 2021)⭐️: Very different from anything I’ve seen, which makes it interesting to watch because you don’t know what is going to happen. I took my time watching this just because it was intense.
    -Our Beloved Summer❤️: Caught up so I wouldn’t get spoiled with the finale. I enjoyed it and definitely have lots of opinions on it. It was cute, but I don’t think it’s rewatchable for me.
    -You Are My Spring❤️: I heard it was good and I saw the cast, so I had to watch it. I really enjoyed watching it and liked it very much. They were a very cute couple and I liked the ending, but I needed a little bit more oomph.
    -Beyond Evil❤️: I really enjoyed this one, especially because I watched it with my sister. It took us forever to finish it because we could never coordinate, but it was still exciting. I will have to ask her what she thought now that we finished it.
    -Happiness❤️❤️: Love, love, love! I really enjoyed this one! I kind of knew what I was going into, but not really, so I was very pleasantly surprised by how the story progressed and how everything happened. This is the drama I keep recommending to people even when they don’t ask me, lol.
    -More Than Blue: The Series (Taiwanese)⭐️: Apparently this is a movie that has been remade in other countries, but I didn’t know. Netflix just recommended it to me and I had nothing to watch so I watched it. So,so sad, but good. It made sense, but it didn’t. I don’t think I’ll see the movies, just because the drama made it look real and I don’t think I could get that feeling from a 2-hour movie.

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      Welcome back, I hope DB will be a place of sustenance for you once again. And I sure hope you can feel better soon. This gut stuff is really amazing, a friend’s mom started taking a probiotic (on drs advice) and her chronic sinus infections went away.

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        Thank you😊 Yes, I do hope that it does get better soon! I am on the lookout and researching everything because I’ve done a lot already and I don’t want to give up!

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      Hi
      You popped up on the beanies page so I had a look and found this post and wondered if you had found a solution because its not good when gut health is all over the place. Have you looked into Functional Medicine as a treatment plan? Practitioners look at the whole person and environment and use food and supplements as the solution. Depending on your location you should be able to find out about them on a Google search or via the Functional Medicine Institute.
      All the best.

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        Hi! Thanks for stopping by and commenting:)
        My gut health is still all over the place, but I am getting treated by a naturopath and it’s still early, but I did like everything we have discussed and are working on. I have gone through a lot of pain because of my gut, so I’m definitely trying to get it treated because I want to enjoy my 30s! What’s crazy is that earlier this week someone else recommended me Functional Medicine as well!! I have gone through so many doctors and have tried sooo many things to feel better and in one week, two people recommend the same thing. I will definitely keep that in mind if I don’t get anywhere with this new doctor I’m seeing. Thanks again for looking out😊 Beanies are the best!!

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          So happy to hear you got a naturopath involved. I hope all goes well and you can get your health optimised and get your joy back. Two recommendations in one week! I love those kinds of coincidences. It just goes to show being open about what’s going on in your life sometimes pays off.

          I am loving the Beanie community too. I used to pop over for the recaps and it was by chance I started reading the comments and that was it I signed up this month and haven’t looked back. The K drama crew are my people and bring me so much joy because I can finally discuss dramas with other people. It’s the main reason I am sticking with watching live when I prefer to binge watch. I can’t believe that it’s only this year I am noticing the K drama community online!

          I live in the serious world of psychotherapy and have been looking at the link between physical and mental health. I looked at training as a naturopath and eventually decided on functional medicine hence my recommendation. I am in the early stages of training due to work and study clashes but hopefully will be able to complete the training and offer a more rounded service for my clients in the future.
          Would be good to keep in touch and hear the good news when you get to the other side. We know these are not quick fixes but relief when it comes is much appreciated.

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            Thank you for your kind thoughts!

            I was a lurker for a while too, and when they made the fan wall, that’s when I started commenting. I love talking dramas, but I’m not so good at writing about it, so I mostly read what others have to say and nod along, lol. I’ve been really busy lately so live watching has been on the back burner, but I had to watch My Liberation Notes, since the cast was great. Still haven’t been able to comment on it, but it’s still nice to read.

            I hope that all your future endeavors go well! Fighting! I will definitely be hanging around here and hope to see you around as well!! 🙂

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            Yes live watching is hard waiting on subtitled versions and finding places to access them but I Iove the banter.

            I know what you mean about being active online when the busyness of life kicks in I wake up at stupid o’clock so have a lot of time to kill when everyone else is enjoying their sleep over here so that helps me to catch up and share thoughts.
            Take care of yourself and I will see you around ☺️

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To those that celebrate: Merry Christmas!! I hope that you may enjoy your time with family and loved ones! 🎄🎁

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    I’ll be honest I’ve been having a hard time and hanging out on DB has been fun even if I am just lurking!

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      Same! I love coming here as if it’s my secret hideout!
      I kinda felt useless when I just used to watch drama all the time & not study (I’ve valid reasons for not studying though, it’s not just dramas) but after coming here I’ve stopped thinking those stuffs! I really can’t express how fun it is read the fan wall, how amazing it feels just to see 10 20 red numbers on your notification icon! To talk to the people here whom I’ve no clue about who they are, from where they are! This all just feels so right and so good! Ahhh idk why I’m getting emotional🥺
      Saranghae beanies!!! 😘😊

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        ❤️ ❤️

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        Aww, I’m very emotional today so I definitely understand where you are coming from.🥺 Sometimes just knowing someone is watching and enjoying the same drama as you, feels good. People around you don’t know what that’s like, but Beanies do! 😊

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      *hugs* for me, hugging and being hugged take away all the pain so I don’t know what you have been through but let’s hug. I’ve been through a hard time too, and being here helps a lot (though I’m mostly on Discord lately. *shy*

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        Hugs!! A warm hug from a friend is all you need sometimes, so I will definitely accept yours and give you one back!😊

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    Merry Christmas! This site is indeed special. Hugs

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    Merry Christmas!

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#2021 Roundup
Day 24: Your Secret Pleasure

I don’t think I watched a guilty pleasure drama or variety show this year. For dramas, my guilty pleasure would be something with lots of chemistry even though the plot isn’t there (like my first drama Descendants of the Sun, lol), but this year I didn’t get the chance to watch a drama like this. As for variety shows, it would be something like My Daughter’s Men or Don’t Be Jealous, but these shows weren’t renewed probably because of the Corona of it all.

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#2021 Roundup
Day 23: Best Bromance/ Womance

Although I loved the first season better than the second, the 99 Liners were the very best of friends in both seasons. They cared for each other, understood each other’s pain, rooted for each other, and made time to spend with each other. They made each other laugh and made beautiful music together as well. It made me wish that I had kept a strong connection with my school friends.

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#2021 Roundup
Day 22: Best Secretary/ Assistant

Shim Deok-chul harabeoji was the best manager to Chae-rok! He gave him morning calls and would be so observant to all of Chae-rok’s needs and emotions. He was meticulous and very good at his job. Chase-rok definitely benefited from having such a great person next to him!

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#2021 Roundup
Day 21: That Cute Little Drama

When I think about the dramas I watched this year and the word cute, then I definitely have to mention one of the Chinese dramas I watched. I tend to turn to C-dramas when I want something cute and sweet because some of them really build up the friends to lovers relationships in a realistic and overly sweet way. Like, My Little Happiness! It was so cute, I got cavities. C-dramas can really do the fluffy romances right sometimes (and then you ignore the other parts that don’t make sense! lol).

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#2021 Roundup
Day 20:Shirtless Scene

I am a very shy Beanie! I’m not saying that I don’t enjoy those scenes, but I am the type to be embarrassed if I am caught watching them. That is why, although appreciated, the shirtless scenes in Vincenzo made me turn a little red because like I’ve told you before I watched this with my dad. I totally faced another way when the kiss scenes came up, too. Talk about uncomfortable and they weren’t that scandalous, lol!

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#2021 Roundup
Day 19: Your 2021 Crush

I already knew that Lee Do-hyun was great, and I did watch Sweet Home and Youth of May this year, but it was really 18 Again (which is from last year, but I only got to this year) when I started thinking he was really great. I could totally believe that he was an ahjussi in a young man’s body. He was my crush for like 5 seconds though because I have not even thought about and will probably not watch Melancholia, oopsie.

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#2021 Roundup
Day 18: Best Cameo

They were on screen for a couple of minutes, but it was still funny to see Nichkhun and Chan-sung on the tv screen that Jang Jun-woo was watching. My dad watched Vincenzo with me and when I told him that it was funny that they showed up because they are Jun-woo’s real life bandmates, he still didn’t believe me that he was in a popular Korean group until I showed him one of their songs!

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#2021 Roundup
Day 17: Best Idol Turned Actor

Im Si-wan! Since I’m trying to stick to only dramas I watched that aired in 2021, the acting award will go to him for today. Misaeng is still one of my faves, so I watched Run On because of him and I really did love the drama, but just in general I needed a little oomph to really rave about him and the drama.

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#2021 Roundup
Day 16: Best Non-human Character

The only non-human character that I can think of is the dog from Mad For Each Other, whose name I have forgotten! This year seems very underwhelming to me because I find it really hard to recall anything from the dramas I watched. At this point, I’ll just give all my beans to Vincenzo! And as you guys have reminded me, Inzaghi!!

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#2021 Roundup
Day 15: Sageuk Special Edition:Most Unnecessary Death

I didn’t watch a sageuk this year, mostly because I didn’t have time and also because it’s harder for me to live-watch sageuks since they sometimes require more attention. It’s fun to see Beanies talk about sageuks on the wall though. It feels like I’m watching along, and dodging a bullet at the same time, lol.

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#2021 Roundup
Day 14: Most Memorable Scene

Like many Beanies have said, the last scene in Navillera really touched my heart. It was so beautiful and moving! In a drama like Navillera, it was expected to have an ending like this, but still, I just let the tears flow when it came around.

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#2021 Roundup
Day 13: Drama Beanies Loved But You Didn’t Or Drama You Loved But Beanies Didn’t

I go to Beanies for my drama recommendations, and that was especially true this year when I couldn’t really live-watch a lot of dramas, so I don’t think that I was off the Beanie path much this year. The one drama I have strong feelings for is Oh, Master! and I think we all collectively disliked it a lot!

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