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Unexpected guidance!
#GratefulMay

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My friend once asked me how would I define the privelege I have. Looking around I told her it’s in everything but if I really had to sum it up in one sentence it would be,
“The tea that’s made for me before I wake up”.
Today I was low and it was there for me again.
#GratefulMay

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The rain, the cold breeze in warm summer and then the beautiful blue sky full of clouds.
#GratefulMay

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I’m grateful for,
People who help me silently. Without overt display.
#GratefulMay

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May Blues kicked in hard from the very first day. But still I promised myself to celebrate what I’m grateful for in May. Things I’m grateful for:
A roof, food, security, family.
#GratefulMay

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If someone needs a good pick me up, I live alone’s latest episode with Song Seung Heon is gold. The girls are relatably squeeing over him right in front of him 😂

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    I loved this episode. The first bit with the live episode was hilarious.

    Is it bad that I didn’t know who Song Seung-heon was before this week’s episode? I’ve never watched a drama’s he’s been in before. Any suggestions?

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      SSH was very popular in the 2000’s due to Autumn in my Heart. However I am not really a fan of his acting, only recently he has started to act better. In Black, The Player and The Great Show he was good but they weren’t exactly great shows so I dropped them. His popularity does remain huge in Korea because of 2000’s period. That said I actually do want to try his upcoming show with Seo Ji hye, let’s have dinner together.

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      My Princess with Kim Tae Hee.

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Background music is important and in most shows I like the bgm more than the osts. However, I haven’t appreciated bgm that plays on funny moments unless it’s wacky like Jealous Incarnate’s No, No or WLKBJ’s what or the goat sound in Reply 1988. But even in other shows, there is a music playing around in funny moemts that gives a certain oomph to that moment and adds value to that scene. The King lacks that. There is hardly any music playing in the show anyway. But the lack of bgm is taking away a lot from the scenes. I don’t find KES’s brand of humor funny but without any bgm or adequate editing it is straight up bland. While I alsways loved bgm, now I certainly know of its importance and need.

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    Recheck before posting WAPZ!!!!
    Sorry for the typos Jealousy* moments* always*

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    I noticed it in ep 4. It was awfully quiet. But even with bgm, there’s no saving of this lackluster script and execution. Sigh

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      The lackluster script, execution, dare I also say acting, isn’t saving the show at all. The pace is slow too with lots of filler. What has happened till now, should’ve happened by the second episode. And even if it did, I would’ve still called it slow.

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Do we have a theme for May yet? Can we have a Grateful/Thankful May? These are testing times and I often forget that I have much more to be grateful for. Let’s discuss what we’re grateful for this May

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    I’m not sure if we’re in the mood for any more themes just yet… We suggested 2 for the month of April— #LiteratureApril & AhjummaApril— but so far, I’ve not posted or seen any posts for #LiteratureApril and have only seen 1 post for #AhjummaApril

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      Lol. I think I posted like 2 poems and then just…..eh.

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        I also posted two entries for Ahjumma April but the interest is low reasonably. Well, I was thinking of doing this as a personal activity anyway, I just thought the more the merrier.

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          Practicing and voicing thankfulness is always welcome in my book!! ☺️☺️☺️

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          We came up with the two themes – Music March and Ahjumma April – but hadn’t thought about May. I haven’t seen a lot of Ahjumma posts. I didn’t even write the one I intended to myself. I think the wall has theme fatigue.

          Still, posting things we’re grateful for isn’t a bad idea. It’s a stressful time for everybody and that’s not likely to change in the next month.

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      I posted a couple of things on Ahjumma but wit no tag (I never tag my posts), and we are also having the six words challenge (now I correct myself because I’m tagging those).

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The King’s time and space travel is giving me Someday, One day vibes which dealt with travel both ways too. Big shoes to fill.

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Ahjumma April
Yesterday, I was having a conversation with my friend over how humans have to make an effort to please in every non blood relationship, I also recognized that effort is required in blood relations too. There is just too much pressure to live upto the expectations that so many of us end up faking many things, the ones we don’t inherently want to do. While watching Kim Ji young born 1982, I could not ignore how close this was to the reality of several women. From the moment we are born, to the experiences we share growing up. My favorite scene from the movie was essentially, a sad one. KJY’s ex colleagues find out that they have a camera in the ladies washroom and that footage is being watched by few men in their office. The women are sad and enraged but amidst all this, they crack a joke. All 3 of them laugh at that and then sigh again! How many times have we done this? I feel like making fun of the issues has been the coping mechanism most women use when they realize they can’t solve the problem and they can’t change the world. Cry, get over it. Laugh, get over it. I once had an idea to write a similar story as this but I thought it’ll be very preachy, surprisingly KJY born 1982 wasn’t. It was just life. It’s how many women around the world live all their lives. It isn’t exaggerated, yes as a movie it focuses on not the happy parts of a girls life but the sadder ones for the critics who think that this movie only has complaints. And yes those happy moments exist for which we are thankful for being born a girl but the society fails women on many more aspects and that needs to be addressed and that’s what this movie does, incredibly and simply. To all the moms here, do me a favor, show this movie to your boys. This is the movie you show boys to because the women already know all this, they live through all this.

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    When I began to act more as a feminist activist, I began not by trying to convince women to be like me, but to convince men to talk to the women in their lives and listen to their stories: how we ignore patronizing, how we are discriminated at work and in life, how we are hysterical but boys have strong personalities, the reason we go together to a bathroom, why we would never alone a friend that has drunk too much, why we always ask the taxi driver to wait until we’re in. Those things men don’t. And then, I got male friends that listened and realize there was “another life” that they didn’t know about. I’m not saying every man is doing certain things on purpose, but because we all have learned certain things, it doesn’t mean we have to go on with them.

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      That’s great! And that is the approach that should be taken. While I do think that there are several women who have internalized misogyny and they are a problem too but they still understand because we share experiences. However, that’s not the case for men, so many things that people have normalized for women is actually sth that shouldn’t exist in the first place. For instance when I drop friends at their home at night, I stay in the car long enough to see them go inside their homes. This might seem like a caring gesture but no it’s actually just that we want them to go inside their homes because it’s dangerous outside. It’s a normal thing, it shouldn’t be. I studied in a class of where there were 4 women to 1 man, so generally most men wouldn’t really want to bring up discussions that discriminated against women but they still had those concepts. However, my degree encouraged discussions and these men took the effort to speak to women, some didn’t as well. The ones who did, I saw a considerable change in them by 4 years, they promoted feminism and spoke for women rights. They finally got it. Women have very different experiences than men and men can just not understand them without noticing or discussing because they are more priveleged and it’s a concept that any sort of equality will lower them, terribly wrong concept.
      Please watch this movie, I’m sure you’ll like this. I will however say that I got really bad subs on drama c**l so look somewhere else or wait for better subs.

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        I’ve already have the link to k*ssa**an, I believe the subs are also pretty bad.
        I can’t find it in any other site.
        I will tell you whenI’ve watched!

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Ajhumma April
I realized there is a special reason behind me liking I”ll find you when the weather is fine
It’s the lead MOK HAE WON. Dramaland has some awesome women. Search WWW’s women had me in awe, Bae Ta mi and Scarlett being their true badass selves and holding leadership roles made me think  “I’d like to be like them”. Be Melodramatic’s trio picking themselves up after falling and acing at life and career made me think “I wish to be like them”. Then there are also women in dramaland that I relate with but they don’t entirely represent me, the Candy. My inability to say no, endure, or even be an underdog is similar to theirs, but a guy certainly can’t solve my problems and unlike most Candies (lol) I have never been the center of attention. Unfortunately while watching the Candy I feel that even if I hold any similarity to her, I should be ashamed of that. So whenever I look at them I say “I definitely don’t want to be like that”. Then came Mok Hae Won. She was quiet, introspective, I would also call her introvert. She couldn’t fight back work pressure but she had a say. She has few good friends. She doesn’t forgive easily if someone wronged her. Cool people don’t appease her and she knows how to find her warm spot and get away from uncomfortable positions. Mok Hae Won is the first woman in dramaland that is completely amazing while being herself. She is the one female that I see and think “I am her and I don’t need to be ashamed of that”. Her character is the only female lead I remember that doesn’t make me feel that I’m not living the right way, I hope I was more upfront and daring or whatever I am, I hope I wasn’t. She’s just there being normal and her awesome self, not badass, not dependent, not extraordinary. She doesn’t need to do something to become better. She is the best already.

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Besides Kingdom it\’s also a terrible time to watch Hi Bye Mama. Showing the deceased\’s perspective and how every moment is precious with your loved ones is so depressingly appropriate rn when most of us are either scared of purs or someone\’s else\’s life. Stay safe guys, I hope the world gets through this safely.

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Hospital playlist: Umm so what exactly is the story? Is it just going to be random case to case and person to person for the next 10 eps. This totally has an episodic series feel but that\’s what this team doesn\’t do. As of yet it is just giving me atypical medical drama feel with things being more over the place. Against the popular opinion, I don\’t feel anything. I thought episode 2 will be better but again it\’s just random patients combined with an emphasis on the humanistic side where they definitely want us to feel things. I\’m not invested but I will stay watch for my favorites. Show you have both JKH and JJS, don\’t disappoint me!

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    You’re not alone in your opinion, I was okayish with the first episode even with the weird tonal shifts. But I finished the second episode feeling quite detached from it all. There needs to be some continuing plot-lines as the medical storylines are getting wrapped far too easily for me. Also there isn’t really anything different about this show from other medical dramas. We are getting very similar medical cases and stories and conflicts to other medical dramas. At least, RDTK (S1 I have not seen S2) gave high pressured cases and a fun, memorable character in Teacher Kim. Some of the characters feel a little one note (JKH character only seems to be angry all the time and the overt focus on Kim Dae Myung’s character’s far too close attachment to his mother is getting a little annoying and far too strange for a character who is supposed to be 40 years old). T

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      Oh yeah I was tired by this episode. As you said in your post, there seems to be no end goal. I was hoping this would be something like Life. While Life focused on hospital politics maybe this would’ve been slice of life, but right now it’s just juggling everything and I’m not impressed. The only running theme seems to be the song the band is going to play. There should still be a story, there is no story at all for now.

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Given my reluctance to watch medical dramas, I still made it through the first episode of Hospital Playlist. Like every other show by this writer-pd duo, I\’ll have to give this show at least 4 episodes, I\’ve mostly found their first few episodes to be all over the place because there is always a huge ensemble cast. On the other hand Sung Hwa is such a badass girl crush. I\’ve always wanted to be like her including being the main vocalist of a band lol. It\’s weird that I\’m more envious of characters like her rather than inspired.

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Looking back at my playlist, I hardly have any song that speaks to me as a woman. Today is international women\’s day so please link me to any song that speaks to you as a woman!

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So the monarchy setup is modern? Why did I naturally assume that it will be a historical. I\’m more interested now because I dig modern monarchy setups. But I know I\’ll be watching only 6 eps 😂

https://www.soompi.com/article/1386933wpp/the-king-eternal-monarch-introduces-characters-of-lee-min-ho-kim-go-eun-woo-do-hwan-and-more

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    It’s a time travel drama with a monarch in both modern and sageuk setup. Ahahaha

    His photo reminds me of Lee Hyuk. I can’t! Lol

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    The soompi article got me totally confused, but my main takeaway is: double role for Woo Dohwan, more screntime for him, yay!

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This is so beautiful. While I do know that Boa is a good singer, I’ve never liked her as much but here, she is wonderful. However, LDW is surprisingly good and their voices sound great together.

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https://www.koreaboo.com/stories/running-man-legendary-moment/

I agree with this so much and I suddenly miss the old RM. Really want to see a good old episode right now 😢

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I finally finished My Ajusshi . It took me 2 years to finish this. Two years back I wasn’t in the right mental state to watch it, I loved it but it drained me. 2 years later things weren’t getting better so I decided to continue it back from the beginning since Viki picked it. I am glad that delay happened because it lead me to understand the show way better than I would have 2 years ago. I related with every character in the show in one aspect or another. Being the silent middle child, Dong Hun struck me as the most familiar but it was Choi Yu Ra’s low self esteem and inability to fight herself and the world that related to me the most. Sang Hun and Gi Hun’s career failures, Yoon Hui’s inability to settle in a loving and caring community but the one she finds unable to connect with and Jung Hee’s inability to move on. And Ji An made my problems petty and small, she made me realize that there are many other Ji An’s around me and I could only put some effort in becoming a Dong Hun in their life. I can’t describe this show, really. 2 years ago I called it a tale of depression. Every other character was depressed in one way or another and to show that depression there was some solid reason attached to it. Dong Hun’s depression and unfulfilment agreed way before him finding about Yoon Hui. Yes it was a broken family but I felt the hollowness of Dong Hun’s soul went way beyond that. It was what made me relate to him initially. This show is wonderful and I would actually want to know the views from those who didn’t like it as much. Why did they think that? To me it’s flawless but I’d like to see this show from another angle. Since, March starts tomorrow, I’ll be a little early and post my favorite song from the show. The translated lyrics in this video don’t do enough justice to the song as they are different from the beautiful translation at viki, still it is amazing, like the show.

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    *unfullfillment existed way before*
    I told myself I’d write a lot about My Ajusshi after I’m done with it but the last episode and entire show just wrapped up so nicely that I’ve mostly been speechless.

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      I finished that drama just feeling so satisfied by it. Like taking a deep cleansing breath. It breaks your heart but puts it together again so beautifully.

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        Yes unlike most dramas where you feel that hole, after MA I felt my heart was full.

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    wow..i didn’t even realize this series released 2 yrs ago.. feels like last year

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      It premiered in March 2018, has been 2 years almost. Also maybe we didn’t have really good kdramas last year, so maybe it stayed in your mind 🤔😅

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    What a beautiful write up for a beautiful show! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. This is my favorite song from the show, too. I just love it and still listen to it often.

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      Thanks a lot, I really couldn’t convey much of my thoughts after the end. I love it, it clearly gets a 10 from me. I kept listening to this song since I watched an episode when it aired, the song is one of my favorites too.

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    I don’t remember everything about this show anymore but I can try to talk about some things I didn’t like about it, I doubt many people will reply that because it’s such a popular show. Not that it doesn’t deserve it, drama has many amazing qualities but you didn’t ask about them. 😛
    I hated his brothers. The other issues were small stuff, like IU not being very good on second half, and the ending being a little too open for interpretation, but I really detested these 3 characters and their repetitive scenes and their stories and they took a lot of time, that could have been better spent exploring his wife, his boss, his absent son, his mom, the loan shark, or pretty much anything and anyone. 😛

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      I have seen a few people weite that they don’t like My Ajusshi aa much as others but that’s where the discussion stops since it’s such a favorite to many lol. But I totally encourage that dialogue and that’s why I asked I wanted to know why those people didn’t like it. I have always thought that while live watching you can see more issues then while marathoning because you get enough time to assess a single episode. I agree that the 3 brothers got a lot of time but that was completely fine to me because they were the main characters anyway. I also agree that many others were hardly explored specially Jun Yeong and Ji seok. For a show with a somewhat ensemble cast, there were four characters that were more central to it. But all these were very negligent to me compared to the whole experience of the show.

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    This is the drama that I think is perfect. It’s hard to watch but so worth it.

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      It is hard and perfect for me too. I dropped it once 2 years back and started it back from the beginning in December this year, could only complete 2 months later when there were only 16 episodes.

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    You described Dong Hoon so perfectly. In fact, every time I thought about Dong Hoon’s deep loneliness I couldn’t help but cry a little.

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      Thanks. Dong Hon had a lonely charm that just related with me so much. That hollowness was deep but so ordinarily humane.

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I’m not even sure what is the exact name of this song. I’ve read somewhere that it’s Endless Yearning. I don’t fully know what all the lyrics mean except for some that was subbed by subbers at Viki when it played in Yong Jiu Grocery Store. I love it from the moment I heard it, because I relate. I know it’s a sad song but it’s also hopeful just like the MV, just how it was used in the show. There is despair but there is also a tinge of hope. Today is this kind of day. It has been this kind of day since long. There my be lots of despair but there is hope, there is hope.
Love,
February

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