Beanie level: Errand boy

Theme song from the Taiwanese drama, Shards of Her:

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Finally got around to watching Black. Overall, it was a pretty decent drama. Unfortunately, the last few minutes were so disappointing.

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    Thanks for the tip because I have been tossing around the idea to give it another try.

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      Even though I didn’t like the last few minutes, I would still encourage you to rewatch it, if that’s what you want to do. It might still be worth it for you.

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    I guess time, distance and binge watching makes a difference. Because the live watch of that trainwreck scarred me.

    It’s no exaggeration, Black was the last time I let myself get that emotionally invested in a show. While shows like Big made the fracture lines, Black was the one that broke me.

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    I’m probably the only person that liked the ending 😂😂

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I might repost this on the discussion thread. Some questions about Mu-deok after watching the latest episodes of Alchemy of Souls:

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    The Alchemy of Souls involves the involuntary or, in some cases, voluntary exchange of souls. That exchange is physically represented by the blue mark on the chest/shoulders of the individuals involved.
    Why was that not the case when Naksu entered Mu-deok’s body? Instead, Uk notices Naksu’s blue eyes. What could be the significance of this? One thing it does do is bring new meaning to the eyes being the window to the soul. It also makes me wonder if the original Mu-deok ever truly left her own body. Could both souls currently inhabit the same body?
    Though in a supposedly weak body, Naksu is still able to some interesting things, such as open the door to that strange room at Jinyowan, something that select members of the Jin family exclusively claim to be able to do. I read a comment asking if Naksu could be the long lost older daughter of Jinyowan’s leader. I, on the other hand, started wondering if the original Mu-deok might be that lost sibling.
    But I am also wondering if she could be someone ever more powerful.
    When Uk’s soul was in danger, I believe it was Mu-deok/Mu-deok’s soul—and not Naksu—who saved it. The woman Uk sees is blindfolded and wears a much softer expression on her face than we commonly see in the possessed Mu-deok (aka Naksu).
    Was the blindfold that the original Mu-deok wore hiding something else? Could she have already been inhabited by a powerful soul? Could a blue sheen have been seen in her eyes? I am kind of going all over the place here, but I am thinking about many things, including the question of who is currently in possession of the original ice rock mentioned in episode seven.
    I’ll have to think a bit more about this.

    Side note: the Crown Prince’s mother was revealed to be the head of Cheonbugwan. Does this mean he also has mage blood? This seems to be the case after watching his duel with Uk. I remember the shocked expression on Uk’s face at one point.

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      Hey i had the same thought too, that it might’ve been Mudeok who saved him not Naksu. I really hope they have an interesting story for Mudeok and not forget her just like that.

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        I am hopeful that she is a significant figure who will not be forgotten by the Hong sisters.

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          Wook tells MD-Naksu he saw her during the unsuccessful alchemy of souls attempt, but she doesn’t know what he’s talking about, so Naksu’s soul/consciousness wasn’t “inside” the alchemy process and it must have been the real MD who saved him. That at least means the Hongs haven’t forgotten about her yet.

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      Regarding Mu Deok, Heo Yeom says the the Songrim leader and Jinowoyon’s leader/elder put an end to alchemy of souls where people were going wild. I think MD is either the reincarnation of that leader/elder or the leader/elder herself. She was the one performing the ritual. Due to this development I’m now less sure that MD is the long lost daughter and I believe it’s more interesting if she’s the OG leader not Bu Yeon, the eldest daughter of the Jin. At least the relics in the secret room called her the ice stone. But I guess the show will veer towards, making her BY and the reincarnation.
      Regarding CP’s mother, she said she’s from Choi family, though technically she’s from the Seo family. That’s indicating she has soul shifted too probably. I don’t think the CP has mage blood. That shock was probably because he was yielding his power to the sword, something Uk can’t do yet and will probably left him dead. Though, the CP couldn’t perform that.

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        I’m loving all these theories!😊

        Re: the Crown Prince’s mother, I think she’s a Seo by birth, but married into the Choi family. Because her husband (the king) is obsessed with having an heir born under the King’s Star (and taking many concubines with strange horoscopes), I think she’s trying to secure her power and place behind the scenes. She was revealed as the Danju, but it wasn’t clear to me what the link was between the Danju and Cheonbugwan. And how is she creating/getting ahold of all those soul ejectors?

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          The King’s family name is Go, so it is unlikely that she’s married to the Choi family. I applaud the show for not holding onto mysteries for so long. Usually we find out several answers alongwith other questions in the next episodea. We’ll probably find the answer to this soon too. (Though that also kind of makes me skeptical because I’m hoping the Hong sisters have enough material to cover all episodes and not all mysteries are revealed soon and they have nothing much left later on).

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            🤦🏻‍♀️ You’re right, of course!! Then you may also be right about her being a soul-shifted Choi!😳 In which case, does anyone have our CP’s best interests in mind? I feel a bit sad for him! I hope he and the 3 seasons (not sure about spring!) can come together against the Danju.

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        “I think MD is either the reincarnation of that leader/elder or the leader/elder herself. ”

        Yes, this is what I was thinking about when I mentioned the original ice rock in my comment. I don’t know if the writers will go with this or with the lost sister story. Perhaps they could kill two birds with one stone, i.e. a special soul was already inhabiting the body of the missing elder sister before Naksu performed the alchemy of souls.

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      I keep wondering whether both souls are inhabiting Mu Deok’s body as well! It’s hard to tell whether it’s Naksu or Mu Deok who is powerful and special, or whether it’s both.

      My heart broke for Naksu when she realised that what she had fought to avenge her whole life was a misunderstanding of what happened when she was a child.💔 It will be interesting to see how this revelation changes her attitude towards the four maje families, and even Yul. I think it probably informed her advice to Uk to join Songrim.

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        I am still waiting for more information about her father; I wonder if that was the entirety of the story. Either way, you are right. To have lived so long having believed a false story. That vulnerability led her to Jin Mu and his influence.

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      Those relics said no “that blind girl has returned who is the ice .. “.. She is the ice ball thing everyone is looking for , who enables alchemy of soul. The eldest daughter aka the blind girl was used as the container of that ice object (and ofcourse she is powerful given family she belongs to).. Also, i think King is not dead and in the queen’s body ( they threw one hint today, a woman’s soul may enter man’s body, so vice versa is possible to)… ALSO, Jang Uk’s not so father has to be alive too somewhere

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        “not so father” 😂😂😂

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        “She is the ice ball thing everyone is looking for , who enables alchemy of soul. The eldest daughter aka the blind girl was used as the container of that ice object.”

        Yes, I am thinking along those lines.

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This was the hairstyle I wore to work today.

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The latest episodes of My Liberation Notes….

🙁

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Just two more episodes to go for All of Us are Dead, then I\’ll be able to check out the comments.

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Red Sleeve Cuff finale. Oh, so many thoughts! I had to write them down in the early morning. Hopefully, I didn\’t forget anything. Please see reply.

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    Wow! What an emotional ending. If, for any small moment, audiences thought there was a chance that history would be ignored and that we would get a somewhat happy ending, episode 16 and our long epilogue that was episode 17 surely would have disabused them of any such hopes. Episodes 16 and 17 were the equivalent of what happens after “happily ever after.”
    As for the novel, I haven’t it, so perhaps other Beanies could chime in at this point.
    I cried for Deok-im. I felt her longing for her what she had lost, including her relative freedom. In the end, whether or not through compulsion in the form of Yi-san’s ultimatum, she gave in and lived the life of a concubine. She chose a man who could never be her husband in the truest sense. A man who for the most part acted and spoke in the office of King: a king who could demand and not ask; a king who was not expected to utter such words as “Thank you,” or “I’m sorry;” a king who was father to not just his own children, but to the people of his kingdom. (Side note: this makes Yi-san’s words, “I am sorry,” after Deok-im’s death significant).
    Deok-im not telling Yi-san that she loved him:
    Perhaps this was the one thing she could have under her control. The one advantage she could have over Yi-san as King Jeongjo. I could understand her not wanting to show that she would give herself fully and completely to him. I do not know that she ever completely trusted him, and not necessarily through any fault of his own (and as written above, he had duties and could not devote himself exclusively to her). How could she know that once she admitted those feelings and he had all that he ever wanted from her that his own feelings would not diminish in time? Even when she does confirm her feelings for Yi-san on her death bed, she does not say “Yes, I love you.” It is more like: why do you think I chose this life in the first place? Why do you think I have stayed by your side through all this time?
    Yi-san:
    For all his power and for all the benefits of his office, the one thing he could not truly have was the conjugal bliss he desired with Deok-im. He could not be hers completely and he could not live as a true family man. His was a life of many responsibilities and many roles to fill. The difference between him and Deok-im was that he had so many things to fill up his days, to take up his time, and to consume his thoughts. She, on the other hand, could only spend each day waiting for him, hoping that he would come to see her. This part truly made me mourn for Deok-im’s lost life.
    Yi-san’s dream/afterlife:
    I wonder if, when we see Yi-san wake up from his nightmare earlier in the drama, he had actually dreamed the events of the future (i.e., what we end up seeing unfold). He seemed genuinely perturbed and he had been asleep for a long time (enough to dream such a long dream). In the end, however, he would have forgotten his dream and moved on with life, never imagining all that he would lose in th

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      Continued….

      the near future.
      So I liked that our drama went back to that dream in what we can assume is either an afterlife scene or a pre-death dream sequence. This time, however, Yi-san chooses to not leave Deok-im behind. He chooses to not walk out that door. Instead, he walks back to his beloved. He chooses the life he was not free to choose before as King. Deok-im tells him that is expected at court, but he takes her hand and they walk through their favorite garden (what a beautiful place; it is like their paradise, which is fitting for this sequence).
      I know that the focus was on the romance, but I also wish we could have been shown another afterlife/dream sequence in which Deok-im is reunited with her friends and even Court Lady Seo. Living near a book shop and continuing to transcribe works while being with your closest companions does not sound like a bad afterlife after all.
      Even though Deok-im could not live the same life with her fellow court maid friends, I am glad that they still were there for her in some capacity when she became a concubine. It would have been too much to bear without them.
      I felt for so many of our female characters in this drama. And what a shock that our quiet, sweet, Young-hee made that bold decision to experience a bit of passion and love, even at the expense of her own life.

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        I thought going back to the dream was very clever. I really liked the ending and how they tied it back to that time ok his life when she finally let herself be with him and they both were happy, if just for that fleeting moment.

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    @sicarius tagging you to all the red sleeve discussion as requested.

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Yesterday’s work hairstyle. Unfortunately, the hair pin was a little crooked.

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    It’s beautiful. ♥️

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    Wooooow! How long did it take?

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      The braid itself looks more complicated than it actually is. The most difficult part was combing through the length (it’s currently at my tailbone) and tangles of my hair, and then trying to divide the hair as evenly as possible. I divided my hair into four sections. I then braided each section as I would a normal, three strand braid. After each section was braided and tied, I then braided the whole thing as I would a four strand braid (I used the simplest four-strand braid technique, as there are a couple of variations). In short, it looks like a complicated braid, but it’s a combination of essentially four three-strand braids. The following video was my inspiration, although she divided her hair into three sections and then braided each section as a normal three-strand braid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFWr5dzRo7Y

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      As for time, I’m not sure. It did take a while, so I set aside enough time in the morning. This time around, my mom helped me with the two center braids.

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        So cool, but also a lot of effort!

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          Yeah, although not very difficult, it does take time. I only attempt these kinds of hairstyles when I know I’ll have enough time to tack them. The most frustrating part is detangling my hair. Whether long or short, my hair has always been tangle prone. And now, due to the weight of my hair, I also end up snapping my strands.

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    You can do a cameo in a Kdrama sageuk!

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      That would be lovely. But I would be so out of place, lol. Maybe just a shot from behind. And I would need a black wig. 😉

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    I really like it! Such beautiful hair!

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Not a hundred percent positive, but I believe I saw a wild cat a little while ago, possibly a bobcat. It looked at me for a bit, then fled. It wasn\’t very big.

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    I’m looking at videos to help me identify it. It did not look like any of the big domesticated cats near my house. It had a wild look.

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    And they are native to the county in which I live.

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    🐈

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Devil Judge…

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Has anyone seen this Vietnamese film? I watched it yesterday on Neflix.

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    My husband is watching it. Says no one ends up happy. 🥺

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      Yes, it is sad, but I like to imagine different possibilities when it comes to the ending. I think that the ending we are shown does not necessarily mean the end when it comes to the relationship between our two leads.

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Nice 🙂

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Watching both Bossam and Youth of May and wondering who will win the award for worst father of the year.

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    Which father are you referring to in Bossam?

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      Mostly the vice premier character. I’m a little more conflicted about Gwanghae. I know he is trying to go after his enemies, but it is terrible to use his daughter that way.

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        Tbh, I initially thought you meant the King.

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          He wasn’t initially on my mind when I wrote this post, but he does many questionable things.

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And another lovely song:

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    I love love love the traditional music mixed with the more modern ones.

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      The second part sounded kind of trotty, If I’m not mistaken. In this particular song, however, I must admit that I prefer the first part.

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Lovely song from Bossam: Steal the Fate

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