Beanie level: Entertainer-in-training

Listening once again to the OST that saved my 2020 (with the pathetic bean count of 5)

Perfect for singing along. 👌

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BTS “Boy With Luv” pansori version… I can’t get enough of his voice. Congratulations on being nominated as Best New Actor Lee Bong‑geun!

Byun Yo-han also got a Baeksang nomination so I’m happy.

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    What episode is this from?

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    This is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

    Same here. Big congrats to Byun Yo-han and the other 5 nominations for “The Book of Fish.”

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      Have you watched it yet @kiara? I haven’t been able to find it on legal or alternative sites.

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        Not yet. It’s still in the theater so it’s going to take a while before we can watch it on line.

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THE SINGER / SORIKKUN (2020)
Thank you to everyone who recommended this movie.
Lee Bong Geun (main actor) is a professional pansori singer, and he sang my favourite OST from SIX FLYING DRAGONS!

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    I wish I could purchase this film on DVD, but I didn’t see that option on Amazon. I have a feeling it has to do with more and more people moving to streaming services. It’s so disappointing for me, as I am someone who still likes to buy DVDs. 🙁

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      My DVD player broke down repeatedly so I’m one of those who has moved onto streaming. I still have my DVDs though (and VCRs!). I liked having a library.

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Finally, I know who sang my favorite OST in SIX FLYING DRAGONS: Lee Bong Geun.

Dramas should give musicians more credit. It’s so fitting that Ddangsae’s Avenge is a mix of rock and pansori.

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    Yes, I found out who he was a little while ago, but I double checked to make sure that the lead in the Singer was also the same singer for the Six Flying Dragons Ost. This particular song is so haunting.

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      Yes, I had to double check too. It’s a shame his name is not mentioned on YouTube, just the composer.

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While Eumseom’s Tribal Chic look was certainly traumatising, I don’t think Psycho Elf Boy received enough attention. Hence the appreciation post LOL.

He was deviously great for a few episodes before the bad writing ruined him

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    Can you imagine him and the original flower boy Lee Junki in a cross dressing sageuk together? They’d give the Rivendell elves a run for their money lol.

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    Wow he looks sooo pretty with long hair and strong makeup. I’m intrigued, but Arthdal Chronicles seems to gain so much hate from the beanies so I’m not sure if I should watch it. Any advice?

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      Song Joong-ki gave a fine performance as male twins Saya (above) and Eunseom (not pictured). He was not the problem with AC. There was also the great Eunseom-Ipsaeng bromance (SJK and Kim Sung-cheol).

      @wishfultoki, how about providing an image of SJK as Eunseom in his BLUE LAGOON look?
      (Technically I don’t know how to do it.)

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        Sure, I include Magic Horse as a bonus (SJK always looks good on a horse don’t you think?)

        @purplefall Alas I can’t recommend Arthdal. It was certainly different to regular kdramas and started with a bang, but it got bogged down by some puzzling writing choices. TvN’s decision to divide it into 3 parts and then spring a Season 2 announcement on us without warning did not help at all. *feels mad all over again*

        If you are interested, I’d recommend watch Episode 1-2 for Magic Horse and Carrot Boy. Then skip to Episode 7, where you will meet Saya (aka: Psycho Elf Boy). Nothing much happens in between except lots of unwanted cruelty by the Arthdal troops. At the start of Ep 7 there is a handy recap of the few important events in Episodes 1-6.

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          Wow love your pic! And thanks for the guide haha, I’ll definitely follow that to save me some eye rolling 😀

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          @WishfulToki I binge watched AC yesterday and wow I’m glad I did it. There are plot holes left and right, but the entertaining values are truly top notch. Everything looks high quality, and everyone looks so so pretty. I also like the way they explore the theme of human weakness and betrayal, and the fact that all the characters are morally questionable at some points. I also like that Eunseom gains people’s acceptance without hiding his Igutu origin. I can see how Eunseom and Tanya will form the “good” force that upends the ruthless ruling in Arthal. However, I’m not sure about the role of Saya in the trio. His character is like 50 shades of grey. Will he go all the way to hell or will he let his brutal side be subdued by Tanya and side with Eunseom? Anyway, so many questions are left unanswered at the end of season 1, can’t wait for season 2 ;D

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            Wait what?? You binged the whole thing!! Most… impressive. Did you sleep last night? Maybe it works better as a binge-watch, without the stupid divisions into Parts 1-3.

            By the end of it I wasn’t sure if Tanya was that “good” either. But yeah, the most intriguing character for me was Saya. My guess is that he will side with Tanya and Eunseom eventually because he is the “mirror” of the prophecy, but probably after he goes all the way to hell, since he was headed that way by the end of Season 1.

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            @WishfulToki Yeah I didn’t plan to binge watch it, it just happened that way, I managed to have 4 hours of sleep though haha. To be honest, I FF a lot of cheesy and disturbing dialogues between the backstabbing couple Tagon-Taealha. I found that they have more interesting interactions with other characters than with each other. Their relationship is doomed from the moment they make that silly promise not to sacrifice for each other (who in the right mind would do that?!!). But yeah I agree that AC feels great as a binge-watch, I can’t imagine watching this season in parts over a span of 9 months!
            As for Tanya, I put “good” because while she’s no longer that naive and pure girl, she hasn’t abandoned all of her conscience for greed and survival like many in her tribe. For a weak girl in such dire situation, she’s doing great job staying afloat imo. However, I also think she gives out irresponsible advice of “following your heart” to the waifs. It’s a radical advice even in today’s standard, let alone in the ruthless state of Arthdal. Among the trio, I have a feeling that Saya will be the one that is most concerned with the prophecy and eventually makes it a self-fulfilling prophecy. Whatever his ending is, I hope he survives till the last ep so that I have plenty of time swoon over his pretty look XD.

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            @purplefall, I am glad you enjoyed AC but there will be no season 2 for me (if there is one). 18 episodes at about 1 hour and 25 minutes each is all I am willing to commit. I can’t even remember now but if writer-nim couldn’t bring together whatever it was that had to be reunited in that amount of time well, sorry, I am done.

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            @bong-soo I don’t blame you. I’m not sure if I’d have been able to enjoy AC this much if I had had to watch it in parts. AC format is so unconventional for k-drama, not to mention uneven writing, inept administration and poor communication from the production team.

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        That picture came out huge 😂😂

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        Haha I looked it up and your Blue Lagoon reference is perfect LOL. That look reminds me of SJK in A Werewolf Boy. I think I might give it a try while I’m anxiously waiting for Vincenzo ep 17 😀

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    Vincenzo is that you?

    lol I shouldn’t have seen this

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And now Taec is singing it too @ndlessjoie and @leetennant 😉🤣🤣

(Btw doesn’t he know how the One Ring ended up?)

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For 14 episodes I racked my brain about a certain music theme in VINCENZO and couldn’t place it. Thank goodness for reddit. It’s from Rossini’s Barber of Seville (minute 2:00).

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I know @ndlessjoie and @leetennant will appreciate this nod to MARY STAYED OUT ALL NIGHT 😉

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Happy Easter beanies! I’m back and catching up on VINCENZO (on ep. 4). So glad that it’s living up to my expectations of
a) Song Joon-ki in a suit 🔥
b) absurd comedy like FIERY PRIEST.

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    Oh Toki I’ve missed you! Just dropping by to tell you this. Hope you enjoy the current crop of shows.

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      Hello! 🙂 I’m only watching VINCENZO of this current crop. Are there any other good ones?

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        I think Nevillera is a heart-warming show. You may pick that one up if you’d like. I saw that some Beanies like Hello, Me! as well, but I haven’t watched it.

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        Today I’m starting “The Jingbirok: A Memoir of Imjin War” KBS 2015. It’s a 50 eps sageuk. I couldn’t watch it live since there was no subs.
        I think this is more historically accurate like “Jeong Do-jeon” if you are in the mood for some history.

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          50 eps? You all have my respect. I don’t think I can watch something that long again. Am I getting older?

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            It’ll probably take me the rest of the year to finish it lol.
            I have ADD with dress up sageuks but this has a lot of history in it which is more interesting to me.

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            @kiara all the best to you for this watch. It’ll probably take me the rest of my life to finish it because it is a saguek + 50 eps. Normally, the period drama also doesn’t focus on romance so.. perhaps it’ll take me this life and my next one as well.

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            @mmmmm

            Thank you!
            I’ll alternate with the fusion so it’s all good :).

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          @kiara THE JINGBIROK is definitely on my list! Let me know what you think of the first few episodes.

          @mmmm I can handle 50-episode historical dramas, but more than that is tough. I like longer dramas because we get to know the characters from childhood into to adulthood, with their successes and failures. KIM SU RO (32 episodes) left me disappointed because it was all about how he became king. I could easily have watched 32 more episodes about him actually being king!

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            Toki, you know you and your saguek group always have my respect for the tenacity you all know. Looking at how many episodes you have to watch for each show makes me shudder. Honestly, I was relieved Navil only has 12 though I know this isn’t good for my attention span. 🙄

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    Happy Easter Toki! I’m glad you are back before Jung Il-woo’s sageuk.
    Do you happen to have any kind of contact with @pakalanapikake? I haven’t seen her comment in a very long time. I hope she’s doing ok.

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      Hello kiara! I’m totally here for Jung Il-wook’s sageuk. It’s the only drama I’m looking forward to in the next few months. If DB doesn’t recap it (which they most likely won’t because it’s MBN) we should hijack a thread. 😀

      I don’t have any contact with @pakalanapikake and really miss her :'( I hope she’s ok.

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        I’m definitely going to watch for Jung Il-wook and the veterans. I’m not a fan of the leading lady but the crown prince looks familiar.
        Yes, I’m totally up for hijacking a threat. The controversial Gwanghae never gets old beside Kim Tae-woo is awesome in sageuks.

        Our poor Paka. I’m worried about her health since covid 🙏🏽.

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          I watched WARRIORS OF THE DAWN a few weeks ago and am now a Gwanghae fangirl too. 😀 It was so nice to see Yeo Jin-goo play a Gwanghae that I could root for (not like in THE CROWNED CLOWN). THE JINGBIROK would be great to follow-up on that period… if only I had more time!

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            @wishfultoki
            I enjoyed WARRIORS of the DAWN too.
            I’m just going to watch it in slow motion haha. It’s going on pause when Jung Il-woo’s sageuk comes out.

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      *Jung Il-woo. How could I misspell Oppa’s name? XD

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    Happy Easter and welcome back!

    Glad you’re enjoying Vincenzo!

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I interrupt my self-imposed exile to assure @ndlessjoie and @sicarius that you are free to drop RIVER whenever you want. I’m so disappointed that our long-awaited Goguryeo drama is going down the drain before I even get to watch it.

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Me trying to keep up with notifications and not miss replying to comments:

Could I also ask to not be tagged in the Love, February posts pretty please? Thank you!

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Please DB increase security on the fan wall and rid us of those Monday bots.

Love, February?

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@peridot sent me on a research spree about earrings before Joseon. I found this interesting bit of info:

King Seonjo of Joseon (reign 1567~1608) tried to forbid men from putting on pierced earrings because it was against Confucian teaching like “Don’t harm your body because it was originated from your parents. Harming your body is the most undutiful thing”. But king’s order didn’t work at all. Ironically, when the Japanese invasion called Imjin war (1592~1598) broke out, the only way to tell Joseon men from Japanese was the cavities on Joseon men’s ears for earring. The earring customs died out from Mid-Joseon period.https://bodashiri.tumblr.com/post/131338645631/six-flying-dragons-male-makeup

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    For some reason, this reminds me of Russia’s relationship with male facial hair. Basically, Russian nobles used to think wearing a beard was required because shaving would mar the body had given to a man. After Peter the Great went around Europe trying to find out how trying to find what distinguished the more advanced Western European countries from Russia, he created a beard tax to try and wipe out the Russian practice of wearing huge beards. I think he thought this would help modernize Russia. Apparently, failure to pay the tax could result in a man being forcibly shaven.

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      the body God had given to a man****

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      Innnteresting!

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      Whenever a king tries to modernize a country trying to remove an ancient practice, they find opposition. In Spain it was the length of men’s cloaks by Charles III. In 1766 his Minister (Marqués de Esquilache) wanted to terminate de use of long cloaks and broad brimmed hats replacing them by the French-style short caps and tricorns in an attempt to modernize the conservative Spanish society and improve safety as the long cloaks (to the ankle) and the big hats helped concealing weapons and hiding the face of bandits, as these measurements were not followed by commoners he ordered that those who didn’t follow were arrested. This finally lead to a mutiny known as “Esquilache mutiny” and even at the end these measurements were adopted, Esquilache was deposed as a minister and he and his family went back to Italy (that was also a reason he wasn’t loved by people, as he was Italian, and had been serving the king since he was the King of Naples, before becoming King of Spain).

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        That’s very fascinating! Never heard of this before, but now I’m very interested.

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    Napoleon invented buttons on shirts and coats in the hand parts to prevent soldiers from wiping their noses and mouths into the sleeves.😂

    more info on russian beard:
    http://orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/clergy_hair.aspx

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      That’s funny re Napoleon! Also very French. Reminds me of this passage from Barbara Tuchman’s WWI history book “The Guns of August”:

      “[French politician] Messimy, having fervently stamped out [Chief of the Army General Staff] Michel’s heresy of the defensive, did his best, as War Minister, to equip the army to fight a successful offensive but was in his turn frustrated in his most-cherished prospect—the need to reform the French uniform. The British had adopted khaki after the Boer War, and the Germans were about to make the change from Prussian blue to field-gray. But in 1912 French soldiers still wore the same blue coats, red kepi, and red trousers they had worn in 1830, when rifle fire carried only two hundred paces and when armies, fighting at these close quarters, had no need for concealment. Visiting the Balkan front in 1912, Messimy saw the advantages gained by the dull-colored Bulgarians and came home determined to make the French soldier less visible. His project to clothe him in gray-blue or gray-green raised a howl of protest. Army pride was as intransigent about giving up its red trousers as it was about adopting heavy guns. Army prestige was once again felt to be at stake. To clothe the French soldier in some muddy, inglorious color, declared the army’s champions, would be to realize the fondest hopes of Dreyfusards and Freemasons. To banish “all that is colorful, all that gives the soldier his vivid aspect,” wrote the Echo de Paris, “is to go contrary both to French taste and military function.” Messimy pointed out that the two might no longer be synonymous, but his opponents proved immovable. At a parliamentary hearing, a former War Minister, M. Etienne, spoke for France.

      ““Eliminate the red trousers?” he cried. “Never! Le pantalon rouge c’est la France!”

      ““That blind and imbecile attachment to the most visible of all colors,” wrote Messimy afterward, “was to have cruel consequences.””

      The Guns of August (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books) (pp. 94-95). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

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        I loved this. So very French. “Le pantalon rouge c’est la France!” 😂😂

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        It is always this way here – it’s impossible to change things, unless they’re instructed to do so by someone they respect profoundly. Holland had a slogan while elections “Le changement, c’est maintenant !” but he couldn’t do any reforms just in his private life it worked 😉 It’s in their blood to protest against anything but as for uniforms they have some high fashion designer behind it and they’re really nice. ( I remember the first uniforms of Ryanair and they were so cheap and hideous that you could only pity the staff who had to pay for them from their own pockets).

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    I’m glad that I inspired you! 🙂 I should do my own little research. I am, after all, a lover of piercings. LOL. I remember seeing earrings in dramas set during other periods. And it’s interesting that men still had pierced ears into the Joseon Dynasty, even though the practice eventually disappeared.

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    25% 😅🤣🤣🤣

    I’m not compatible with Baby ’cause I’m Mommy. Compatibility doesn’t count. 🥺

    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    How much did you guys get?

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      50%
      “Ok, so it looks like you could be compatible, but there’s a chance you might also not be compatible.” 😂😂😂

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        LoL. You might go with one of the comments below that quiz saying that ‘I got 50% and that’s good ’cause we can complete one another’

        Oops 😎

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      Btw, I love the pic it’s so HUGE here. 🤣🤣🤣

      😘❤️❤️❤️

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      I win! 100 %.

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    I tried this, and got 100% 😂😂😂

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    Apparently, I’m 100% compatible 😊 In real life, I’d probably be too embarrassed to even look or speak with him!

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    🤣🤣🤣 I win!!! 100% compatible. “Talk about a match made in heaven! You are everything Kim Seon Ho could want in a partner and more. You two have similar values and balance each other out perfectly. Do I hear wedding bells?”

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      I guess @pickleddragon, @sirena, Kim Seon Ho and I will have a lovely life together.

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        Yes, we will 😂

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        I’m not a fan. I will leave him to you. It’s okay. His heart won’t be broken.

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        NOOOOOOOOOOOOO 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱

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        You know most people got 100% compatibility with him and that’s surely impossible for someone to have so many compatible with him.

        So the conclusion is that people who got low compatibility rate might actually be the ones for him. 🥺

        How come I came up with this conclusion is beyond me. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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    I got 100% compatible 🤣🤣🤣

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    I guess I’m the only one with zero compatibility 🙈 How could this happen??? 😭😂

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      Maybe that means you will bicker a lot and then fall in love 😉

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      We are the ones for him unnie 🥺

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      I got the same! This thread made me laugh so much, though!🤣 my theory is that it’s because I only drink coffee sometimes, which makes me incompatible with most people in K-dramaland.

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        I, too, don’t drink coffee. 😅 I’m caffeine-intolerant. Do you think that’s the reason for the low compatibility rates?

        You know, the overall diet consumption should be balanced in a household. I say here that if Baby is into coffee, we shouldn’t. That’s real compatibility.

        🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🥲🤣🤣

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          That is my theory!! And I totally agree with you – compatibility can take the form of complementary tastes, so you don’t end up fighting over the last of anything. For example, I like crusts, and am married to someone who doesn’t, so there is less waste and no arguing over the baguette/loaf ends. And no one needs to be unnecessarily altruistic.😁

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    I also got 100%! Even though I didn’t pick tteokbokki despite knowing his love for it. 😅
    Dunno why but it’s one of kdrama food staples that I’m not particularly fond of. Tteokbokki just tastes too starchy for me. 😅🤷🏻‍♀️

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      It’s very starchy but the sauce is great. I love spicy tteokbokki sauce. 🥰

      So now you see, it’s more difficult to get low compatibility rate.

      🤣🤣🤣

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They were so young! Some of my favourite guys are in this scene too.

(The childhood bit was definitely the best part of this drama, sawry Kim Soo-hyun).

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    I loved them all so much!! So precious. It’s crazy how young they look!

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Picture 1: The question I ask myself every time I watch a cringey C-drama
Picture 2: The answer to my question

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My heart is weeping because I finished the drama and there are no more episodes. 😭

I’m sad I didn’t watch this in time for the 2020 bean count. Thank you for everything little drama.

#APieceOfYourMind

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    It’s so good, right?! One of my favourites. I remember being so excited every week to watch the episodes as they came out.

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      It’s a very binge-able drama actually, though it would have been good to watch it live. I remember I skipped it last year because I wasn’t in the mood for a “romance”. I imagined there would be lots of kissing etc, but that was not the case at all (which suits me just fine).

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        Yes, it’s very much a “healing” drama and the relationship between Seo-woo and Ha-won is very sweet. It’s great to watch in the winter. It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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    Wonderful, isn’t it?

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    Now I’m remembering how this drama made me feel and also wondering if I loved it or School Nurse Files more last year. I wrote nearly 4000 words on the latter but APOYM was just so beautiful. It’s a tossup I think.

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    It was a great drama! I loved everything!

    Banbogi was the best part :p

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    In terms of Kdramas of 2020, this one and “…Brahms?” has my whole heart ♥️

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I randomly clicked on A PIECE OF YOUR MIND. I thought the first episode was lovely and different to the usual kdrama fare. Chae Soo Bin’s acting is so natural.

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    OMO OMO OMO! This show is amazing! I hope you will like it. You might find it a bit weird at first, but it is actually amazing if you give it a chance. After about episode 4, it really delivers! It was one of my top three romance dramas for 2020.

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      Thank you for the encouraging comment… I checked out the recap thread and beanie comments were quite negative, so I was feeling lonely for liking it so far (I’m on episode 4 now!)

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        IDK, I loved this show. I think there was a small but committed contingent of Beanies who also loved this show. It’s a bit of an odd one and lots of people were disoriented by the beginning (which, I’ll admit, was sort of meh from my perspective as well), but it consistently gets better episodes 3 or 4 through 12 are great IMO. Seo-woo and Ha-won are such an adorable couple.

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        I loved this show from the first scene to the last. Although we are a minority, we are loud in our love.

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    Yayy YES!!

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    I’m someone else who loved this show. :o) I think it suffered a bit from having its total number of episodes cut, but overall, I think it posed such thought-provoking questions about love and grief. I hope you continue to enjoy it!

    If you don’t mind spoilers, I cannot recommend highly enough that you check out @LeeTennant‘s blog post about this show: https://invisibledragon.home.blog/2020/04/30/a-piece-of-your-mind-a-beautiful-ethereal-study-of-grief/ It really helped me understand and appreciate the show even more, and the insights she shared about grief resonated with me deeply. Definitely check it out after you finish, if you don’t before. :o)

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      Thank you! I will check it out after I finish it. I’m already on episode 7! 🙂

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        Yay! I’m really happy that you’re enjoying it! Because of your post, I listened to the OST again today, which is just delightful. I also love that little poem that Ji Soo and Ha Won recite together in Norway. It’s a few simple lines, but I found it strangely comforting!

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      Oh, wow, dramadillo! I’m so glad this post resonated with you like this. I did love this show to pieces.

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        I..eerrrr… finished the drama and read your post (thanks for the link @mellowarmadillo!). It’s really beautifully written. It’s like the drama opened up a window into LT’s soul, of which I only knew the irresistibly indifferent beanie. Thank you for sharing your piece with the world… I’m rambling and can’t say much else at the moment because I have to think. I have a feeling I’ll be gently thinking about this drama for a few days.

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    Liked APIYM a lot! There’s a turn of events on ep 2 that weirded me out, but the drama turned around and became super cute and comforting as both leads started (and helped each other) healing. In the end, this drama had one of the best OTP of the year, and the homestead crew is just adorbs
    Still hate the second ML, though! 😑

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    Love this show… 🥰

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#SecretRoyalStoogesEp4

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    How bad is this show? Worth a look or nah?

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      Well, the characters are really bad at the royal inspector job… I find that amusing. Others find it meh.

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These two idiots 🤣

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