Beanie level: Errand boy

It’s a “watch My Ajusshi and cry” kinda day. I guess the best worst part of the show is that it makes me realize how my problems are so small (but not insignificant)

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    It’s in the air. I’ve been listening to the music from My Ajussi.

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      I know right! I end up doing the same too (or googling quotes from the show) because rewatching the show is too much (what part do you pick when all of it is so good???)

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        It’s really bad, but I ff to parts where Park Dong-hoon and Lee Ji-an are together and then I play through the OST videos on Youtube, like Dear Moon, and One Million Roses, and There’s a Rainbow. It’s my go-to place when all else fails. (oh and also the Jang Ki-yong bits, especially when he realises at the end. Tears well up). It all has beautiful feels, melancholy but not depressing. IMO Lee Sun-kyun is an outstanding actor. There is so much love in it, in so many of the relationships.

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Happy women’s day to all the women and men here! If we gain appreciation and respect for the gender that birthed us(and is a reason behind our existence) the world will become a better place.

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Share some happy news?

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    Our local health department is partnering with our inner city community clinic and distributing COVID19 vaccine to the public finally. I just got 6 people who otherwise would not get a vaccine one TODAY. I’m also part of a mobile vaccine unit that will be going to homeless shelters and low income housing to get vaccines in ark in the next 2 weeks. The pandemic may be ending soon, hopefully.

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      Showers of blessings upon you, @ally-le! 😢

      Because my state is throwing away excess vaccine in the rural counties while the cities have waiting lists( of the eligible) that are over a quarter of a million people, I will drive 4 hours tomorrow for my first shot. At least I’ll be one less person the city has to handle. I feel very lucky to even have the option.

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        there’s such a thing as excess vaccine?

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          The rural clinics get say 1000 vaccines and only 50% want it, and it has to be in cold storage that they don’t have, so yeah, it can go to waste if they don’t use it within the allotted time frame.

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        I think I’m closer to you than 4 hours! We have good vaccine options here. I’m glad you’re getting one today though!

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          Ok, I exaggerated a bit, it was a 2 hour drive each way 😜 Are we closer than 4 hours? MO is a capital-M Mess 🤦🏼‍♀️
          It was a great experience, super organized and staffed with tons of friendly people. I didn’t feel A THING except my vaccinator’s fingers resting on my arm as she gave me the shot. Get to do it again in a month! YAY 🎉💉🎉 I hope the same for all Beanies and their loved ones, soon.

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      This is such a happy good news. Thanks for sharing this and thank you for being a pert of all of this. I’ve spent the entire pandemic thinking that I’m basically useless if I was of no help in this time 😂. I won’t discuss the situation with vaccination in my country because it isn’t happy at all. You’re doing great Ally.

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        Part*

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        Just keep up the public health measures in your own way—you’re helping more than you think!

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    I got my pop his first vaccine shot. One of my brothers is going to actually help me keep an eye out to make sure he takes it well AND one ofy brothers FINALLY LISTENED TO ME about our dads declining memory AND I SLEPT FOR 6 STRAIGHT HOURS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MAYBE A YEAR. Or. Longer!

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      A long uninterrupted sleep is the best. Also it’s SO good that your dad got his vaccination. Such a relief.

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    The stray cat at my office are so well fed that they even refused two whole fish for lunch, yet the café lady still fussed over the cat for not eating

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    We learnt about and get to use a new tool for investigating language used in native English speaker countries in class today. It’s called corpus/ corpora. This will be very helpful for studying real language usage for teaching English language to our students. We had fun learning and it was a very productive class.

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Looking for Netflix Recommendations!
I have finally realized that the next k drama crop isn’t for me. Even if they might be good I’m not in the mood. So I’m finally trying to come out of my Asian drama comfort zone and welcome a bit of a change. Looking for Netflix recs, sth preferably like Derry Girls, short, funny, with a historic background but anything will do right now as long as its good.
P. S. I have no idea why this sounds like an ad, I guess I’m just sleepy.

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    Some of the docu-series are really good!! One that I recently finished “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel”– short and sweet at just 4 episodes, but very compelling and keeps the viewer invested

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    Have you seen Never Have I Ever? It’s hilarious and heartwarming and very much in the vein of Derry Girls.

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      I totally forgot about that. I did watch NHIE but stopped it midway because I was distracted. I did like it but only kdramas could retain my attention back then lol. Thanks I’ll catch up to that 😊

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    I’ve never seen Derry Girls so here are my short but good pics: October Faction, Umbrella Academy, Sherlock, Queen’s Gambit, Bodyguard and Travelers. Raising Dion was cheesy but still good enough to pass the time.

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    I really enjoyed Call My Agent, which I think is one of cleverest comedies I have watched in years. French, with an ensemble cast, and so so smart.

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      Thanks, I’ll probably start from this one 😊

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    Will never stop recommending Anne with an E. ❤️❤️❤️

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      Your suggestion definitely came to my mind and it’s on my list for when I’m in the mood of watching something serious and heartwarming.

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How many of you treat yourself with gifts? What do you guys think is a good gift to one self? I’m a person with no interests and likes nothing specifically lol so this is pretty confusing. Plus, I think I’ll end up liking things only when they’re new so why bother 🤷🏻‍♀️

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    I do. In fact I’m very patiently waiting for my last treat.
    UPS parcel is somewhere on route with some pretty Mandalorian sneakers for a happy beanie.

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      That’s a great gift to self. Hope you get to wear them soon 😊

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    Books. Rather, eBooks now.

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      E-reader + library card can add up to a very affordable “gift that keeps on giving”. Depending on your local library system, of course.

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      Ah I wish I was into books. Have never been a big fan of reading, though I would read some self help books sometimes. But books are such a good gift to avid readers plus they always love it.

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    I don’t buy a lot of gifts for myself but I do buy GOT7 albums when they come out, kpop concert tickets, and once I bought a hoodie that GOT7 JB designed (which I actually kinda regret because I realized I don’t like hoodies that much 🤦‍♀️)

    If you don’t have any interests like that, you could treat yourself to a fancy meal or a nice dessert, buy a new outfit, or buy materials and learn how to crochet/knit/embroider/sew/quilt (it could be a way to treat yourself and also develop a new interest at the same time).

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      This reminds me, I hope you’re doing well with GOT7’s disbanding.
      Also that’s a great advice. I actually do know how to do cross stitch, so this can help develop and polish a hobby. I don’t know why I’m so stingy when it comes to spending on food and clothes etc. I think clothes, accessories etc lose the charm once you have your hands on them. When I think about spending on food, I think if I have to spend on anything, why should it not be sth that lasts 🤦🏻‍♀️ that’s pretty contradictory.

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        It did hit me pretty hard at first but then I realized GOT7 haven’t actually disbanded. They’ve left JYPE but they still have the rights to everything and have promised they will be back as a group 💚

        I’m glad the advice helped 😊 I’m the same way. It’s hard for me to justify buying things unless it’s something I really want.

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    I love stickers! Sometimes a new skincare product makes me really happy. Or even a new box of tea or chocolates!

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      This reminded me that I used to LOVE stickers when I was a kid. We should keep our interests alive. I was a big collector. I’m into skincare, tea and chocolates as well but I don’t know if I see them as self care.

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    I do. I’m currently waiting for a book that I pre-ordered 🙂

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    I am terrible at gifts to myself (from me or when other people ask what I want) so I tend to go for something I need anyway but a nicer version than I would usually get/pay for the premium version to not get ads.

    I did get myself a subscription box for my birthday last year (like the beanie box but different because that does not ship here) which was fun for a while but got cancelled when the novelty wore off.

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      Oh I can feel you. I think gifts to self should be more than a need. The one time you can slip and get what you want. My issues is just that I regret it later. In that case your take is pretty apt, you may need sth anyway so why not get a step ahead to reward yourself and at the same time, avoid any regret.

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    I do. I treat myself even when it isn’t my birthday 😂 Try buying a perfume for yourself, or a pillow! Something you can use for a long time and may serve as a reminder to yourself that you love yourself ❤️

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WAPZ! ❤️

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      Thank you Purple 💕
      I like both your suggestions and the significance behind them. And it’s really good that you treat yourself often. It does lift one’s spirits.

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    Actually, I can always find reasons to gift myself. The only problem is when I don’t have enough money for it LOL.

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      Lol that’s pretty good. Keep gifting yourself.

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    I don’t treat myself with gifts , neither on my birthday or for Christmas.
    If I need something and if it’s a bit pricey (but being thrifty it’s never that pricey ^^’) , I’ll buy it thinking “oh let’s consider this as my birthday gift to myself” when birthday is months away x).
    That’s the case when I find a jigsaw puzzle with a picture I really like, I buy maybe one (two max.) per year so I see it as a gift to myself.
    The other case from last year : library card so cost-efficient compared to a few books’ price 🙂

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      Same! I’m not much of a shopper but if there’s something i fancy that’s a bit expensive i just think of it as treating myself.

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        Yup I can relate to both of you. The only exception being, I may want to treat myself but don’t eventually. This once in a while gift to self is a good idea.

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          Yes give it a try sometimes! It’s fine to think about it first but you’ve worked hard so it’s nice to have a ‘reward’ once a while.

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I’m not sure what I feel about Mr Queen but it is that kind of a show that you don’t need to feel, just enjoy. I’ve had sageuk allergy and idk why I wasn’t able to like any sageuk but one reason is that all sageuks I came across had a very weak king/prince in front of all the conspiracies. And I think that is why I liked Seven Day Queen. No matter how evil YSG was he could shutup anything against him. It was also the reason why I don’t have much issue watching Chinese historicals because the main characters are not limited to being the royalty, neither are they so weak being the protagonist.

However, Cheoljong is very sympathetic. I especially like the element of biased and inaccurate history. I am usually sceptical of historical records because we never know the full truth. Right when I was thinking the politics in Mr Queen is getting repititive, they spiced it up. I still think the politics part is atypical and lacking but Cheoljong makes it watchable or maybe it’s KJH.

I guess I am mainly staying because of the humor. I don’t see Kim So Huyn asJang Bong Hwan unfortunately. She seems no different than an eccentric time traveler and I guess that is mainly because we haven’t even seen enough of BH to associate any characteristic with him. The humor realted to KSH/JBH is great though. And its surprising how the humor is totally amiss when it comes to other characters (except Court Lady Choi). The star of the show is undeniably Shin Hye Sun, she deserves a Daesang.

I am intrigued about the next 8 episodes and it is thoroughly enjoyable but I wish the narrative was meatier.

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    Lol the name is So young.

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How can one not fall for Ki Seon Gyeom? I think I can safely say the confession in ep 10 was one of the best I’ve heard in dramaland. KSG is so soft to Mi Joo. He is a generally soft kind of a person but atleast they show that he’s different with Kim Woo Shik, his family and even Dan Ah but too soft with MJ. It’s hard to not fall for him but at the same time I understand why MJ faces communication issues with him and what exactly is frustrating for her. In fact, these 2 episodes made me understand MJ’s character more. We know very less about her especially compared to KSG and DA but she’s surprisingly likeable. At one point it felt like MJ is the audience’s gateaway to understand SG. I feel whatever MJ is feeling regarding SG. Also even if communication problem is at core, this couple does talk and listen equally. They have meaningful conversations that aren’t pretentious.

Also, props to ISW for pulling off this difficult character. I’ve always liked him as Jang Geu Rae. But maybe that was because I liked JGR not really ISW, otherwise I would’ve checked out any of his other dramas but I didn’t. However, from now onwards, I would be looking forward to his dramas. Also SSK had some really good subtle expressions this episode and SY and TO are acing it as always.
That said, I still think the story itself is weak but everything else balances it. The delay benefited us because it makes for a perfect winter cozy watch. But KSG’s don’t really exist in real life so his softness towards MJ will just raise my standards higher and bring me no good lol.

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    WAIT! I literally just post about this too! Except that I’m not that satisfied with Mijoo’s reasoning. I understand where she’s coming from, but it feels lacking compared to how much we’ve explore KSG motives

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      I concluded that she’s just our gateaway for knowing KSG for that exact reason. She is a very underdeveloped charater in comparison.

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    It’s the best confession ever.
    I felt all kind of emotions while watching.

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      I know right! I don’t remember any other that was better.

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I like the main couple in Run On and SG is especially adorable but the secondary couple is electrifying and more interesting. They better get more scenes soon.

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@db-staff I can’t seem to post comments on recaps 😔
I think I went overboard in praising Spies on the last episode recap 😂

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    This happened to me under Ep 9 or so of spies recap too. I commented thrice while changing my wordings but got the same result and gave up in the end.
    I wonder why.

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So Mr Queen ep 14 is 1h 20min long and Lovestruck In the City is 30 mins. The latter was way more digestible even if I am liking Mr Queen (politics aside, I hate that). Please learn and spare us I would watch a good movie if I had to commit for one and a half hour. 

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    I actually like the long run times when the show is good!

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      I think this sits well with me after a few episodes. Like if the first 8 or so are less than an hour but then they increase the time gradually so I don’t mind it that much. But right from the beginning is too much. Also having watched dramas for long, I’m just accustomed to them ending by an hour so, whenever it exceeds that, it feels like a chore.

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        I think one reason it might be easier for me has to do with the fact that I very often leave drama episodes or movies partway through and resume them later on (sometimes same day, some times after a few days). My friends always tell me it’s weird, but it’s just the way I am with this sort of thing.

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    This is the main reason I’m putting Mr. Queen on hold. I was in the middle of episode 4 (well, not that much, minute 25 more or less) and I felt so very little was happening… and I don’t really like all the politics (I’m watching Six Flying Dragons, my brain is already drained by all those intrigues). The acting is fantastic, and I love CJH voice off, but episodes are too long, just too long.

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I’m digging Run On but I’m also pretty skeptical. This is pretty opposite to what I thought before I watched the first two episodes. I like it and it is an easy watch but what is it about? I’m unclear about the story. Maybe it’s only character driven but even that needs some purpose. What is that here? Is it a standard romantic drama about two people falling in love? I feel that works better in movies than in dramas.
But Im Shi Wan’s role is very interesting and he and Soo young are acing it. SSK ‘s character is atypical but she is doing well, it’s just that in her scenes with Soo young, SY clearly steals the scene.

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    What I noticed about SY’s character (and thus is really unusual for mr oblivious here) was that she, as a chaebol heiress in the fashion and celebrity business, was walking around in sensible sneakers. A first sighting for me.

    And yes, she’s so far the more compelling personality.

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      While it may be simply PPL, i think it was good that they wore sneakers. I also noticed that.

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      I noticed the sneakers and it made me laugh. It was too practical for a K-drama.

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    From the first two episodes, I’m going to say falling in love, finding a purpose, falling and getting back up in their lives and careers. Kind of romance/youth drama stuff.

    I like all of the actors and characters, but Soo young really caught my attention.

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      I think these themes exist too but the story doesn’t exactly seem to be based on them like in Record of Youth.
      I have only seen SY in Squad 38 and I was disappointed because I had heard only good things about it. However now I realize her character was so bland in the show, she wasn’t given the opportunity to be slightly interesting and show her acting skills.

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Every now and then I drop by the cdramas channel at discord to shamelessly ask for recs. I’ve never been disappointed. Thanks beanies for introducing me to “Find Yourself” but also neck moles and 😍

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    Hmm, this is an interesting drama. If it were half the length it actually is, I think it would’ve been a very good drama.

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    I still haven’t finished this but it was nice.

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    Is this a remake of the Taiwanese drama of the same Chinese name – Autumn Concerto?

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    Yay! I’m glad you liked Find Yourself. What do you think of Song Wei Long? *~*

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      As you read above I like his neck moles and heart eyes 😂
      Other than the shallow reasons, I think he is still pretty green. But that did not show up in FY however that was very obvious in Go Ahead. He did have good chemistry with Victoria Song but she was the star of the show rather than him.

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DAY 9:
I skipped again, I don’t think I adore any OTP i saw this year as much.
But well, shows I watched just because but ended up loving them:

My Unfamilar Family: I only read the premise and thought, hey that looks like a family weekender. Until I realised it airs in the week. But I honestly just watched it to see how a family drama fits in the weekday drama format and Han Ye ri. I had heard good things about her but never really watched her in anything. Little did I know that I would rather stay for Choo Ja Hyun and her character Eun Joo.

Mystic Pop Up Bar: I was simply bored and had nothing to watch. Saw its only 12 episodes and available on Netflix so gave it a try. Those were some pretty good 12 episodes.

The Spies who Loved me: At this point I should stop doing this year end review, because all my posts have The spies who loved me 😂 I am clearly obsessed. But I remember only checking out this show because it was on IQIYI. (And this reason no longer holds true because IQIYI is testing my patience by putting the episodes on VIP but I DO WAIT for it to be available to me. Wow.) Not an Eric, Yoo Inna, Im Joo Hwan fan. But the premise and posters did sound unique and made me curious. And here we are, 12 episodes in and I’m still gushing about this show.

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    I could basically copy/paste this post, that’s how much I second everything you say here.

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    Loving spies too! And yes, waiting for the free episodes to come out!

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      Ally you might be busy but join us on the recaps. It’s quite lonely there lol. So glad you’re loving Spies.

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        Yes, @ally-le, join us on the recaps! I want to talk about this show so badly, and we’re a bit sparse in the room for discussion. 😊

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    I’m glad you are love the Spies. I’m a fan of all 3 and have been looking forward to it.

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      It’s very tightly written. Happy watching!

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    Liking The Spies Who Loved Me also , but I’m only on episode 3!! (Time issues and all that *grumble*) I’m so behind!!

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DAY 7:
Directly jumped here because Day 6 doesn’t apply to me. The biggest thing that keeps me glued to watching dramas is not knowing anything next. As soon as dramas become predictable they lose my interest. So rewatching is never an option.
But OSTs yum. I don’t listen to kpop but my entire playlist is Korean thanks to OSTs. I could go on and on with the list so I’m just compiling what comes to my mind first.
Wish it were a dream, Hi, Bye Mama : I listen to instrumentals more than songs and this one automatically starts playing in my mind’s background at any glum moment 😂. But weirdly it is also comforting. That’s what I like about instrumentals, yo can attach any meaning to them.
Still living in Wonderful Days, Into the Ring : I have yet to watch the drama but I have already heard all the OST. This soothing, sweet song is quite uplifting. I haven’t read the translation so I’m not sure what I am listening to lol but it’s good enough to not bother about it.
Run to You, The spies who loved me : This song had me from the first instance I heard it. And I don’t quite understand why. This has the most kpop like elements but it’s not really that. It’s like a mashup of kpop and drama osts genre and just works. So it’s on repeat!

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DAY 5:
Drama I watched for the bean. Not really for the bean but for the discussions around The King Eternal Monarch here and at bitches over dramas. That totally made me feel that the commenters are smarter than the writer and she clearly hasn’t thought that far. Other reason(s) shown below.

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DAY 4:
Drama(s) I couldn\’t finish:
I know Covid was one of the major reasons but also restlessness and inability to escape fully in the dramaland lead me to drop more dramas than watching them.
I have a huge list and some of them I even loved but I just dropped them for not being able to keep up with the long episodes:
1.When the weather is fine (around ep 14, I liked this show but it fades in comparison to YJGS which was a well done village based show)
2. My Unfamiliar Family (ep 11, I actually wanted to complete this but idk what happened)
3. Tale of Nine Tailed (ep 5, It\’s a hit here but it was missing some vital points for me so I didn\’t want to get involved further).
4. Start up (ep 4, I found it likeable too, the episode length stoped me from pressing play).
5. It\’s okay to not be okay (ep 7,attention span again, didn\’t press play on the long episodes).
6. Oh My Baby (ep?, i don\’t even remember, I was just bored and thought it\’s heading to a direction I won\’t want).
There are probably others that I don\’t remember right now but for many I can\’t even point out why I dropped them. They weren\’t necessarily bad but they didn\’t retain my attention and interest. Considering shows that I completed were:
1. Hi, bye mama
2. Hospital Playlist
3. The King Eternal Monarch
4. Mystic Pop Up Bar
5. The Spies who loved me (if it gets conpleted by the end of the year).
Clearly all these shows are long and I didn\’t even like two of these (1,3) that much but still completed them. So I wonder what\’s the issue. Maybe I lose interest because there\’s not much to look forward to. Maybe some are predictable or maybe it\’s mostly just the mood.

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    It’s not a huge list LOL.
    I was mostly unable to watch shows I really wanted to, so my mind considers them dropped even if they were never started.
    Also typos stopped* completed*

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    Interesting list! I dropped IOTNBO very early – like ep 3 or 4 – I watched that spectacular cameo by KDY and then gave up.
    And Oh My Baby did not at all sustain my interest.

    What is YJGS? (village based show?)

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      Yong Jiu grocery store 😅
      I think you’ve seen that too. I just happened to watch these two back to back almost so even if the stories were different, YJGS’s storytelling remains the best for me.
      Plus I remembered I still have to complete I, Myself.

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        Oh haha yes! I watched it! And liked it 🙂
        I think someone else watched I, Myself too, but didn’t love it as much as I did.
        I suspect YJGS is still the better drama in most respects.
        It’s just that I, Myself resonated with me more 🙂

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        Btw, to plug my earlier recommendation a bit more, I’m really really enjoying Hikaru no Go these days!

        I’m about half way (18/36) and haven’t ff-ed a scene, which I think is very respectable given my track record with cdramas. AvenueX reports that it drags a little in the 20s, so I’m waiting to see how I feel about it.

        So far, though, I have found this a lovely, slow, coming-of-age drama (practically zero romance – *phew), about how this young boy builds confidence, resilience, mental strength.

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          I’m guessing you have already watched a few more episodes till now 😅
          I did start HnG. And was convinced that I want to continue but didn’t get the opportunity. My only concern was that I could see that it’s adapted from a comic. Idk if you get what I mean but it felt very obviously that it was dramatized directly from the comic. It’s good that it’s retaining the feeling of the original but I’m not that into comics so it was slightly weird.

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            I finished HnG, and loved every minute of it. Did not ff, did not find any episodes ‘draggy’. Yes, it is obvious that it is a comic adaptation, which helps swallow the fantasy element. The themes in the story were really wonderful – besides the relationships (lovely solid friendships across generations, teacher-student, parent-child), there was a focus on loss and belonging. What is the price of integrity. What it means to be passionate about something. I loved it through and through.

            Also, it helps that this had a terrific ensemble cast. If I could give the casting director an award for putting together this team, I would!

            I was also delighted to discover that this was the same production team behind My Huckleberry Friends, another one of my favourite coming-of-age cdramas.

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            @pickleddragon it has all the elements I like in a show so I will check this again. Thanks for the suggestion 😊

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    I found myself in the same situation as you this year. I was dropping dramas constantly and my only reason was that they weren’t holding my attention. The stories were interesting, but they never sucked me in. On the flip side, there were a lot of dramas that did suck me in this year. I think I’ve learned to just not keep watching a drama if I’m not fully invested.

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      That’s the best thing you could do to yourself. There’s no need of wasting precious hours of your life over sth you’re not even sure you like even if it is the talk of the town.

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DAY 3:
A PPL a drama feels empty without
The King Eternal Monarch in the PPL drama. Need to have some space time hijinks in between face masks and kimchi.

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DAY 2:
This year had some really good women characters. Women taking the center stage and even at times being ahead of their male counterparts. And even though I have liked most of the female leads in this and last year (in the dramas I’ve watched and dropped together), I still couldn’t find that one which I could say is someone I can see myself or the women around me in. Untill came,
Kang Ah Reum in The Spies who Loved Me
I finally found the one female lead that is isn’t super badass but just the adequate amount that makes her look realistic. She is mature and we see her growth over her two marriages. She is ultimate girl crush but someone I can also become. Scarlett from WWW may have been the girl crush too but I knew she’s a tad bit unrealistic. Ah Reum on the other hand is just perfectly imperfect.

This is the first time in kdramas that I think a writer hasn’t crafted an imaginary character out of their desires but after looking, observing and understanding the women around her. She is smart, sensible, not careless and is saving her guys rather than the other way around. It’s hard to top her, I have finally found the fleshed out female character that wears the crown of the best till now. And she constantly surprises me by becoming even better every episode. Props to Yoo In Na for making her so natural, so realistic.

Honorary Mention: Eun Jung. While good characters are always appreciated , I love my grey ones too. Eun Jung is a deliciously complex character and I totally understand her. Life wasn’t as good to her and it reflected in everything around her. Still she was beautiful inside out and was so wonderfully portrayed by Choo Ja Hyun.
Kang Mo Yeon : for disrupting the female character expectations.
And @azzo1 for narrating her own story to us wonderfully this year 😅

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    This is the best description of Ah-reum! ❤ She is “perfectly imperfect,” as you say, and therefore so relatable.

    It also just occurred to me that I may have picked up Spies because of a comment or post you may have made, @wapz, come to think of it….

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      Ah Reum is just amazing!
      I’m glad i managed to lure someone to watch Spies 😅

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    I love these two!

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    How could I forget @azzo1? She’s definitely my first place this year!

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      Honestly Stuck on You is one of the reason I watched only 4 dramas this year, everything else fades in comparison 😅

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      Aww! Why so sweet ❤☹

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    I’ve been curious about Spies – it seemed like an interesting premise, but I didn’t have the bandwidth to pick it up. How would you rate it generally in the larger scheme of dramas this year?

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      What really shines in Spies are the relationships and character depths. I love morally grey characters and noone in Spies is perfect. The premise is good too but I especially like the way Yoo Inna’s character is written. The female lead is breaking many stereotypes and that is apparent from the very first episode. The dialogues are spot on and the characters are all mature. The spy stuff is actually secondary to the relationships because the title is pretty literal. But don’t expect much from the spy stuff it isn’t that serious. I have watched very less shows in 2020 so Spies is actually at the top for me because the writing is very good (provided I haven’t seen many shows that were big hits this year).

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        Nice! Thanks for the review. I didn’t like Yoo Inna in Touch Your Heart (actually I didn’t like that drama much), so I was skeptical of this. Good writing sounds like a draw, although I must admit the “spies” in the title was what attracted me in the first place 😂 I will add it to my list! But I doubt I’ll finish (or even start) it in time for the year-end bean

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          I have never liked Yoo Inna in anything even if I have seen her several times. Here she is different and is nailing her role. The spy stuff is a prominent part of the show(even involves the female lead yay) but the relationships dynamics are stronger. Also I can’t guarantee if you will like it or not fully. Right now I’m totally invested that is why I am praising is a lot more, this might be different for everyone 😅

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    What? I get a mention? I kind of feel really flattered!

    Thank you 😂

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      Of course you get the mention!
      You made our 2020 better <3

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I’m late to this roundup. 2020 had some really great dramas but all the blame is on the year, that I could hardly finish 4. Or maybe it’s just my attention span. Well still. Favorite boys goes to:

Im Eun seob (When the weather is fine) Chan Hyuk (My Unfamilar Family).

Kudos to Im Eun Seob for being a breakthrough  for silent, introspective, caring male leads. Thanks for telling me that a good life can be lived with your loved ones as long as we are aware of it.

And Chan Hyuk made me fall for Kim Ji Suk for the first time. I could never understand his appeal and thought he suits second lead better. But for me he still hadn’t reached the best role. He shone as Chan Hyuk. This is by far the best and natural friends to lovers transition I have seen in dramas and KJS inhaled his role. It’s pretty apparent from the wall that everyone liked these two.

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    You’re not too late at all – welcome to the Round Up! (And great picks!)

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    You’ve explained both character so well!! I feel exactly the same way, specially for ChanHyuk. I never shipped him with EunHee but then, by episode 11 I think they totally bought me. It was there and I could believe their love story and I’ve never squeed so much with a confession!

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Anyone who watches The Spies who Loved Me, did IQIYI just randomly put VIP on the new episode?

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    iQiYi will do that…

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    Iqiyi VIP the 2nd half of dramas.

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      Whaaaaaat I was jussssst about to start it from iQiyi thinking that the VIP is just early access and we will be able to watch the VIP-locked one in a few days (I just downloaded the app). So now from ep 10 onwards it’s VIP only?

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        VIP episodes are usually available by the time the new episode airs. So I guess there is going to be a week’s delay. So if you started now, you will be able to watch 9 episodes without any wait. I too am angry at this but the show is worth suffering a little.

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          Orrrr not… Maybe i just confused it with Wetv, they release VIP episodes after a week. But does IQIYI do that @katakwasabi?

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      I didn’t know they have been doing this. I only know they release episodes in advance and VIP them for cdramas.

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