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  1. I think the mask is to contrast the two brothers: not everything is as it seems with that Hyung, Kang SungMo (KSM) while our hero Lee Ahn is what-you-see-is-what-you-get. Don't get me wrong, though. The Hyung is kind but he's got an ulterior motive. That's why when the Hyung stood in front of the posters, the posters look ominous whereas when Lee Ahn posed right smack in the middle of the three posters, the whole feel of the posters switched from being sinister to being comical. Kill me but my Spiderman tingly senses tell me that KSM lied about his mother perishing in the fire. I think his mother is the one who escaped in the middle of the night and hid when she saw the evil man with the luggage. He probably hid the truth and identified another body as his mother's so his real parent could have a "free" life. He was complicit in the lie and the rush of the investigator officer to identify Jaein's dad as the arsonist and murderer. And he becomes a "daddy-long-legs" to Jaein, as soon as he was able to afford it, in order to salve his guilty conscience. His mom's existence is his secret he's willing to risk his life on to protect. We were already shown Jaein's and Lee Ahn's secrets. That's his. I'm blogging about this kdrama. I'm late for my post on the fourth episode but I'm already gave you a preview of it: KSM's guilt and character analysis (lol!) His being chained to the bathroom is the reason that 1) he's lousy with his jokes. He lacked "toilet humor" get it? hahaha or the ability to exchange social humor because he didn't grow up normally around kids unlike Lee Ahn. 2) he doesn't want to be close to Unnie JiSoo. He grew up weird. He can't READ her cues, just like Lee Ahn can't get an accurate read of the victims 3) when he saw the dead Lone Witness was chained. Remember? He told Jisoo that the murderer was taunting them. He said, "It's a challenge from the culprit." The murderer knew he was the investigator/prosecutor for this arson. The chain was a private message to HIM. Here's the link to my first impressions on Eps 1 and 2. https://bitchesoverdramas.com/2019/03/18/hes-psychometric-eps-1-and-2-first-impressions I explained the significance of this art. The Hyung is the "puppeteer" pulling the strings of the two kids, Jaein and Lee Ahn. And this is my half-review (I only did the first 30 minutes, lol) of the 3rd episode. https://bitchesoverdramas.com/2019/03/20/hes-psychometric-episode-3 I explained the tea set and the mask in that post. I'll probably blog about this because I find it intriguing and comical enough to watch after a hard day's work. I'm behind on my Haechi reviews, but I should be on top of this one.
  2. Yes, I'm abstaining from meat on Fridays, And I've giving up on (hahaha) wine for Lent (seriously). But I still use cooking wine because some food would taste odd without white white, red white, sherry, port... Like what is "coq au vin" without wine?
  3. @wenchanteur You (and "Memories of the Alhambra") convinced me to start all over again and watch this series. I believed I dropped this show sometime after the elevator scene, when he winked at her. When I came back from my long trip, I already lost all interest in the show. Here's my "First Impressions" post: http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2019/03/11/w-two-worlds-episode-1-first-impressions/ Somehow, it's fitting that I pick this up when I'm away on a trip again. It's okay if you tell me spoilers. I'll continue with Ep 2 when I get home.
  4. Wait. I'm confused. Do you have a child stashed somewhere? +2 688
  5. Starting Wednesday, I'm giving up beef, pork, poultry, and anything kind of meat from animals that walk on four feet, just on Fridays, for 6 weeks. I'm sticking to seafood. Raisins? Raisins sprinkled in cottage cheese is my go-to snack food. But I can't stand raisins in ice cream.
  6. GRRRrrrr. Is it that creepo bodyguard of Minister Min? I have to look at the bright side. This will definitely drive Prince Yeoning/Lee Geum insane with fury and revenge. It's just what he needs to turn the screws on the Minister Min. The plot, so far, is straight-forward and logical. Nothing as crazy as THAT other sageuk that's showing at the same time. It's on SBS; I doubt the producers are going to show anything subversive, seditious or ground-breaking. Jung Il Woo looks elegant in hanbok. He has a distinct advantage considering his mother is in textile. He's "classy" actor. https://www.soompi.com/article/364209wpp/49-days-jung-il-woo-is-from-an-elite-family But the scenes are shot in low-light so like @staygold, I feel like I'm spelunking. Hello??? I can't see anything, director. I had to brighten my screen 100% just to see the faces.
  7. Same here. I like what DM brings to the table: the ambiguity: will he or won't he? I recognized belatedly that the actor who plays DM also played a bad character in the last kdrama I was watching, Memories of the Alhambra. It was a non-speaking role so I'm glad he has lines now. As for MoonSoo, I think the actor playing him is killing it. I only saw him in Let's Fight Ghost where he played a creepy killer. I didn't know that he had it in him to play a light-hearted role. MoonSoo is too earnest though. I hope he doesn't lose that optimistic zeal as he deals with politics. My new post for Episodes 7 and 8 is here. I'm still behind four episodes but I should catch up this weekend. http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2019/03/01/haechi-episodes-7-and-8/
  8. Same thing here, @lightbringer06. I'm enjoying this drama. Will have to continue watching this and blog some more. I've been a bit distracted with another drama. I'm liking Go Ara's character here. Hallellujah! We've a strong,THINKING female in a kdrama once again. I don't mind if she doesn't end up as a romantic interest of the Prince, MoonSoo or Dalmoon (lol). It would be nice if she did, but she's her own woman. As for the bodyguard of the Minister, yes, I wonder what his backstory is. He was there in the beginning when the Minister was discussing the Haechi symbolism with the Bad Investigator (at 3:04). I think Dalmoon will eventually side with Prince Yeoning. I often give myself the creeps when I make predictions on my "First Impressions" post, but I think we'll end up with the four main people on the "Avenger's Team" that is The Prince, Moonsoo, YeoJi and Dalmoon. If you noticed I didn't include the Good Investigator on the list because I knew he was going to die soon in the script. (His name wasn't on the top billing. lol.) Okay, I'm off to review the next episodes....
  9. Yes. I love pizza with ham and pineapple. We call it "hawaiian pizza" here but I don't know how other parts of the world call this ham and pineapple combo. But I love pizza with a lot of things: anchovies, shrimp (as in shrimp scampi), pepperoni, sausage, bacon, ham, prosciutto, barbecue chicken (but not chicken feet, haha), mushrooms, black olives, artichokes, spinach, arugula, green peppers, fresh basil. The other fruit-meat pizza combo I eat is steak (thinly sliced NY steak) and pear. Add green veggies like arugula and you have all the 5 food groups there. Yummmy. cre
  10. Exactly. KSH can play more roles because her voice isn't limited to that babyish voice. To me, that breathy airy voice is fine if she's a pre-teen but she's a grown woman. 35 years old. Is there an age limit of aegyo? lol. Can a 30 year old woman girl do aegyo? How about a 40 yo one? 50? Or my age? Actors should start branching out and go beyond the aegyo roles; they have a shelf life and an expiration date. I know Hyeri gets flak for her acting but at least she knows she can't be doing this forever. This article in netizenbuzz stuck in my head. I'll highlight what I found funny. http://netizenbuzz.blogspot.com/2017/05/yoo-in-na-and-iu-reveal-they-were.html Article: Yoo In Na, "Went on vacation to America with IU, everyone thought we were elementary/junior high school kids" Source: Mydaily via Daum 1. [+1,288, -178] Probably because their heights and bodies look like chodings 2. [+1,134, -30] My unni lives in New York and she's over 40 years old but people think she's in her twenties. Just like how we're bad at guessing westerner ages, westerners aren't really good at guessing Asian ages either. But then again, Asians are pretty youthful looking in general. 3. [+714, -47] You look younger the less defined your features are ㅋㅋ westerners have more dimensional faces so Asians by comparison look younger. 4. [+370, -3] White people are pretty bad at guessing Asian ages 5. [+367, -24] IU has a choding body even by Korean standards tsk tsk tsk 6. [+301, -4] I remember an American singer had a concert in Korea and they said in an interview that they have a ton of junior/high school fans in Korea ㅋㅋㅋ but when I saw the concert footage, everyone was actually in their twenties ㅋㅋ 7. [+250, -15] IU's considered a choding by Korean standards too 8. [+257, -65] I understand mistaking IU as a choding but I feel like you couldn't make that mistake with Yoo In Na's body... 9. [+86, -5] They're right... I remember being hit on by white kids who were 10 years younger than me. And black people don't age either. Their skin looks the same in their teens or their fifties. 10. [+55, -5] Basically a roundabout way for foreigns to say they feel no sexual attraction +2 500
  11. + 2 I think she's stuck in these roles because of her choding body and choding voice. What a nightmare! She's a 36 year old actress still playing this kind of female Peter Pan in her roles. Soon, Kim SoHyun, who's 19 years old, will overtake her and play the mature woman to her school girl. Hmmm...maybe it's a good idea for her to play an auntie role to KSH just to wake writers up and stop infantilizing her. 498
  12. Thanks @gerrytan8063 Here's my take on the game and what it means to this episode. I'll only post an excerpt so I won't bore people with my long observation. source: http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2019/02/25/haechi-eps-5-and-6-the-game-of-chance But apart from my difficulties distinguishing the characters apart, this episode posed no surprises. The titles of each episode were self-explanatory and hinted at the direction of the plot. So far, we had: Episodes 1 & 2: The Lowly Prince Episodes 3 & 4: Your Name is… Episodes 5 & 6: The Misfortunes of the Virtue For these Episodes 5 and 6, the game of chance “Seung Geyong Do” provided the key to interpreting the events. To me, it was the metaphor for the episode. The Good Investigator Han and his team were playing a more complicated version of the Monopoly boardgame. Instead of competing for prime real estate in Atlantic City, NJ, the players won coveted "positions" in the Joseon government depending on where their game tokens landed. Ahbong (or the small, squat inspector) won a position and bragged that one of his privileges was dismissing high-ranking officers. His job description led the other players to worry about their own positions and to jockey to keep their spots on the boardgame. Aiming for his sympathy, his friend said, “AhBong, I’ve regarded you as my own son.” His superior, the Good Investigator Han warned him, “I’m your boss.” And with a baleful glare, YeoJi dared him to take her piece off the board with “Do you want to die?” Only the innocent MoonSoo had no power over him. “Not me! You know how I finally made a secret royal inspector after much toil. I’m Lord Moon Soo.” So Ahbong chose MoonSoo's piece to be demoted from the game. MoonSoo complained, “You bastard! I held a secret royal inspector position only in a board game. Must you wreck that, too?” But AhBong reasoned out that MoonSoo was the weakest piece among then, and an even bigger pushover than he was, so what could he do but target him. To placate Moonsoo, YeoJi offered to give him his coveted Saheonbu inspector position if she won the next round, which she did. See that? To me, the point of the boardgame was to demonstrate that even among the virtuous people, a power play was unavoidable. Despite MoonSoo's appeal to the better nature and to the goodwill of AhBong, he lost his spot on the boardgame because he was the weakest link. That was just how it is with life. You win some and you lose some. And it’s just too bad, or tough luck! if you lose out. Hopefully, there’ll be friends, like YeoJi, to help you out. And that’s what happened to Lee Geum in real life. He suffered a "misfortune" or a setback in this episode although in the boardgame, he accidentally won and became the King. His newfound friends couldn't believe that he won the game, against all odds. As a reward, he magnanimously appointed them to their “fantasy” or dream roles in his "fantasy" kingdom. To wit, he made AhBong and the other inspector in charge of the Capital Bureau to protect Hanyang because of their loyalty and diligence. The Good Investigator Han was designated the prime minister because of his conviction and fairness. Hmmm... But Lee Geum forgot that to become the highest member of the state council, a prime minister also needed the backing of the strongest faction. As for YeoJi, he said, “You are so meticulous that you’re tiresome, but you know the rules and principles,” so he named her “commissioner of the police bureau.” Last but not the least, he sent MoonSoo over the moon by appointing him Inspector General of the Saheonbu, to enforce the laws of the nation, because he believed in the equality as the true way of the world. lol. Of course, everybody was mightily pleased with their positions because their skills and talents were recognized for the job. And we viewers were also left with a feeling of satisfaction at seeing this unlikely team bonding. There was even this moment when Lee Geum joked about how handsome he was, and YeoJi looked away. lol. That was a signal for us observant viewers to expect a "loveline" between YeoJi and the Prince in the future, of course. However, as I said earlier, the boardgame was a metaphor to life. It's only a simplified version of the real power play in politics and statecraft. Soon enough, Lee Geum would discover that he actually had much in common with MoonSoo in the game. Although he was instrumental in jailing Prince Milpoong, because of his devious tricks and cunning tactic, he wasn't any different from MoonSoo. MoonSoo was demoted by Apbong in the boardgame because he was the weakest link. Likewise, Lee Geum would be "stripped" of both his role in the investigation and his position in the real world to guarantee his younger brother's ascendancy to the throne. He had been the “secret” weapon and the crucial witness, in taking down Prince Milpoong. At the meeting of the Noron council, the Prime Minister described him as the “nail” in the spot where they didn’t expect. The meaning behind the comparison to a nail couldn't be any clearer. The nail, aka Lee Geum, caused them to stumble in their plans unexpectedly, but the nail could be hammered down. The Prime Minister said ominously, “But currents constantly change and we’ve been victors for a long time, and we know how to always win, do we not?” Sure enough, the victory lap of Lee Geum and Team JungSeok was only short-lived. They were playing a game of chance after all. In the next move of the Prime Minister, Lee Geum was compelled to retract his testimony and to frame the Good Investigator Han. Against his will, he was forced to give up his role in the mission in order to ensure his brother's enthronement as king. Lee Geum asked the Prime Minister why he had to go through such lengths to destroy people. “You’re going to abandon Prince Milpoong anyway. So why? For what?” The stark brutal answer was “Because that’s how we win, Prince Yeoning. Shall I tell you how we’ve prevailed so far? We need to plant fear into everyone. To demonstrate what happens when you resist and how it ends. If everyone in the world sees that, then no one will ever dare to come forward easily. That’s always the way to win, Prince Yeoning.” So Lee Geum walked out of that encounter, overpowered and demoralized. The image of him walking alone and meeting YeonJi is a scene we’ve witnessed before. Do you remember where we've seen this before? ... source: http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2019/02/25/haechi-eps-5-and-6-the-game-of-chance
  13. Ah! Ghost Detective? Then nope. I remember exactly when that series derailed. After Chuseok. The show was fine before the whole nation went on a break for their "Thanksgiving" gathering, but when people returned from the break... It was as if the producer, director and writer had too much rice wine to drink during the holiday. They had a collective mental blackout. Searching for a good drama to watch is really turning out to be like serial dating to me... SPEED serial dating to me. "Thank you, next." +2 772
  14. I even signed up for a weibo account just to see what's going on. lol. I don't know what I was thinking... since I couldn't read a single word of Chinese and had to rely on the translator. lol. Yes. You worked hard on that project (and didn't people use it without giving your team credit?) with @chinlylin, @mikoshine, right? Give yourself a pat on the back!
  15. What do you mean? I have to choose my own ending? Like these books but in drama version?? What fresh misery is this? 762
  16. Oh gosh! So THAT's why he looked familiar! I recognized him but I couldn't place him. You were subbing his show with GG! And our GG was given a hard time by the fangirls of this actor and his then-GF. Ahhhh... I've beginning to remember. Did this Cdrama end happily? Maybe I should watch it now....
  17. Hmmm... That’s not saying much about the state of singlehood when the choice was either be murdered or be single for life. Like, who’d chose murder? Give me liberty singlehood or give me death!! I was going to watch "Item" but it spooked me. I'll probably watch Episode 9/10. At midpoint, it's easier to determine which way the wind is blowing. +2 726
  18. Oohh. The Last Empress writer. She's been writing a long time, too.Enough time to hone her craft. I didn't think any good would come of that script so I bailed out after the first... I don't know... 10 min. So who did Jang Nara end up with? That bodyguard Choi Jin-Hyuk? I like the actor who plays the King so I was hoping he'd be rehabilitated. But it might be too much to ask of this writer. Choi JIn-Hyuk is one actor who's 2 dramas away from being on my "shunned" list. lol. Good-looking, yes. Smarmy, yes, too. 724
  19. I think I'm going to blog about this kdrama. I don't care about the low ratings. As far as I'm concerned, there's only ONE poll that matters: our own personal opinion. Here's what I think of the characters as of Episodes 3 & 4 (or Ep 2). I'll just post an excerpt because I write long analysis as people here know. source: http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2019/02/20/haechi-episodes-3-and-4-wizard-of-oz Enjoy! ****************** The lead characters, Lee Geum, Moonsoo, YeoJi and DalMoon, remind me of Dorothy and her three companions in the Wizard of Oz. They’re imperfect. They start off the adventure searching for a missing piece of themselves: brains for the Scarecrow, heart for the Tinman, courage for the Cowardly Lion and home for the homesick Dorothy. In the end, they find that they were carrying the missing piece in them all along. They’re perfectly imperfect. Take for instance, Lee Geum. He’s born a prince but he’s considered an outsider since his mother was a low-class servant. He’s neither fish nor fowl. But rather than live respectably and nobly, according to the royal status in which he was born, he chooses to become a good-for-nothing. It’s almost a wish fulfillment on his part to ruin himself. His own father the King pointed that out. Instead of proving his father wrong, he’s happy to ruin himself just as the father predicted. I like this father-and-son conversation of the King and Lee Geum: K: You didn’t cry. On the day you were born here in Bogyeondang you didn’t cry. Because of that your mother’s and the court physician’s faces went white with fear. But I thought to myself that it would be best if you just died like that. It would have been had you been born a girl. I wondered if a prince born from a low-class mother could ever live up to his name. Who in this world would willingly call you a prince? LG: What is it that you want me to say? “I’m sorry for not dying” or -- He's being defensive. He thinks his father called him out there to protest his reappearance in Hanyang and to wish him dead. K: So are you happy? I’m asking whether you’re happy to have ruined yourself just as this father of yours had sneered. You could have proven me wrong by living differently. No matter how much lowly blood flows through half of you, you could have lived a decent life had you wanted to. So then why are you living like this? Why is this all that you’ve let yourself amount to? But his father only expresses reproof for his squandered opportunities. LG: I guess it was because I was born too great. You want to know why I live like this? Fine! I was born so high and mighty that this is the only way I can live, Your Majesty. Even if I wanted to try to do something, there’s nothing I could ever do, so I figured I might as well try to become a good-for-nothing. K: Indeed. That’s who you were, Prince Yeoning. Extremely quick-witted and exceptionally gifted. That’s what made my heart hurt even more every time I saw the makings of a king in you. His father had high hopes for him, and he still does. He wants his son to show his truth worth. LG: Why are you being like this? If it’s because of my insolent jest... K: I’m dying soon, Prince Yeoning. Before that happens, isn’t possible for you to show the world the you that I know? I’m asking whether you can’t restrain yourself just a little more and show the rest of the world that worthy and respectable side of you. LG: Your Majesty. The sad part here is that when he leaves the King behind, he calls him "Father." It doesn’t help Lee Geum that he refuses to correct and defend himself against the false impression which his father, and even younger brother, Prince Yeonryeong, have of him as a troublemaker. The town crier said that, "If you're born a male and you can't let your name be known to the world, it's better to go and live in the mountains." For Lee Geum, his name "Prince Yeoning" is not something he can be proud of. However, because Lee Geum moves in both circles in society, the elite ruling class and the commoners, he has the advantage of being an “untouchable.” He’s untouchable because none of the political factions consider him an asset to have in their partisan fighting. He’s shunned because of his low-class mother. But he’s untouchable, too, in the sense that he can rise above the fray. The concerns of both the ruling class and the commoners don’t concern him so he can make a judgment between right and wrong without favoritism. In an odd way, that’s his added value to the Haechi: his cynicism. To balance him, there’s the idealistic Moonsoo. Moonsoo’s known to be the fool because he’s failed state civil exams eleven times. In the same way that Lee Geum accepts that he’s a scoundrel, Moonsoo is resigned to being a fool. But he’s smart. He’s ingenious. When Prince Milpoong’s men came dangerously close to discovering Lee Geum’s hiding place, Moonsoo rescues him by imitating an animal noise. He’s observant. On test day, he struck a friendship with Lee Geum because he noticed his regal horse outside. Not only that, he could smell the alcohol on Lee Geum. He’s adaptive. Lee Geum can fool him once, but he can’t fool him twice. He’s also witty. When Lee Geum told him that he didn’t need to apologize for creating a ruckus about his test-cheating, he retorted, “What are you saying? Why should I apologize when someone else committed the crime?” But above all, he’s smart because he knows right from wrong. I think his failure says a lot about his character. Anybody who fails the test ten times, and still goes back to try it again, with the same eagerness and optimism, isn’t a fool. Rather, he’s a believer. He believes in the inherent fairness of the test. He thinks he’s the one at fault for failing, not the test. And this mindset is helpful in re-creating the Haechi. He believes the justice system is fair and the ones at fault are the people who fail to uphold the standards of fairness. Unlike Lee Geum who believes that the world is unfair, he believes that justice will prevail. He tells the prince that ideally, or in the world he imagines in his head, a just world is where people who commit crimes get punished accordingly, regardless of who they are. Hence, he follows the test-cheater Lee Geum “until the truth is revealed and justice flows like a river.” As for YeoJi, it’s too soon to tell what she’s missing. She’s a woman in a male-dominated profession. I suspect that, although she likes her job as a detective, she likes to show her feminine side, too. It’s telling that she didn’t remove the geisha hairpiece outfit right away. She was dressed in her damo clothes but her hair was still up. When asked about it, she explained, “I just tried wearing it up. Women wearing their hair up looked so pretty.” ... source: http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2019/02/20/haechi-episodes-3-and-4-wizard-of-oz **************** And here's my First Impressions of Episodes 1 & 2 http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2019/02/17/haechi-episode-1-first-impressions/
  20. Who's this writer? 722 I've started to shun actors. Some actors just don't know how to choose their projects. I know they've bills to pay, too, but for the love of mike, can't they leverage their talent and demand script revisions?
  21. Was Guigui in this show? How come the guy looks familiar?? Was he her love interest in another show? His name is Hans Zhang. And @angelangie what's the Chinese word for: husband wife third brother and third sister-in-law? I'm sorry I'm picking your brain. On a sunnier note, Taecyeon will soon be discharged! Hurray! May 16. He served well. Proud of him! "Taecyeon will be discharged on May 16! Previously, Taecyeon gave up his green card in the United States and also received surgery for the discs in his back in order to serve in the military. He is currently serving in the 9th Armed Forces Division in Gyeonggi Province as a military instruction assistant. After transferring agencies from JYP Entertainment to 51K, it’s expected that Taecyeon will continue to further his acting career while the other 2PM members serve in the military." source: https://www.soompi.com/article/1287201wpp/stars-will-discharged-military-2019
  22. hahaha. That's me! Complainer Extraordinaire and Resident Sourpuss. By the way, to make everything easier and less confusing for me, I've devised a new system for the reaction emojis. This means people shouldn't tag me on Mondays. I only give angry emojis on Mondays because well... it's a Monday. Who's happy on a Monday? Better to tag me on weekends. hahaha. @staygold, Cinderella? I've got your back, dear! @Table122000, thanks for being my partner. @Lmangla and @sushilicious, thanks for that anti-love game. @Sejabin, hope you're feeling better. Take care of yourself now. See y'all later! +2 Edited: 586
  23. Okay, I'll put that movie in the queue. Thanks! I found the long hair of the male avatars in the game spooky. It took me awhile to get used to them visually. Thank goodness, the hair wasn't stringy and disheveled. I dislike greasy and messy hair on my actors. I feel like sticking my hand through the screen and running a comb through their hair. I've gotten used to kdrama style of acting but since this is a new world to me, I'm keeping an open mind when it comes to acting. It's kinda like ballet. Even if the Bolshoi company and the Mariinsky (or Kirov) company are both Russian, there are differences that I connect with each one. For me, Bolshoi is more powerful and passionate ballet with exuberance and Mariinsky is more about elegance and refinement, and emoting feelings even just with the finger and wrist movements. So same thing with dramas and the directors' different style and approach. I'm patiently waiting till C-drama clicks with me. I'll learn...
  24. Thank you. Sometimes I just want to have straight-up, no-nonsense, no-brainer happy endings. In real life, I would have no use for a guy like Xiao Nai but in my dreamscape (dream + escape world), sure why not? It's a good thing that the girl is in the same business so they'll have something in common. But if she's in a different but equally demanding profession, say, the medical or legal field, which has its own track and hierarchy, then it'll be ridiculously hard to have a marriage without one of them yielding to the other. The heroine is willing to have her career take a backseat because they are both working towards the same goal: designing a game. However, a resident in the hospital or a clerk at the Supreme Court won't have the same luxury of putting her career on hold.... I’m not going to comment about the actors’ acting skills or physical beauty because that’s entirely up to viewers’ taste. Each reviewer will have his/her preferences, and since I’m not Asian and this is only my … hmmm… second? third? Chinese drama, I don’t want to be accused of being racist. One of my complaints about the story is the diminished financial literacy of the heroine. I like that she asserts her financial independence in the beginning, but towards the end, when she joins his company as an unpaid intern and later, as his life partner, she seems to regress and to allow him to make the financial decisions for them as a couple. While I understand that this story is pure romance, I'm concerned that this kind of arrangement sends a wrong message to young women to assume the traditional and dependent role. That is, let the big man deal with the money matters, and the little woman shouldn’t worry her head about it. This mindset is fine and dandy because we're watching a romance, but in real life, this way of thinking isn’t optimal especially with this generation of working women. In the real world, I would add have added a caveat or a warning to the rom-com. To me, if the girl is going to help out significantly and take a daily role in the company after their marriage, then she should also have a voice in the business decisions (instead of just being a sounding board) and specific shares in the business profits. True, it is Nai’s company but perhaps a limited liability company (LLC) will work after their marriage, so they can protect their large personal assets from any potential liabilities, like business debts. Moreover, if something happens to him, she should be able to step in and make decisions on his behalf for the company. But then, all this is my VERY unromantic side talking, so feel free to ignore my unsolicited advice. Will wait to hear more recommendations from you. No rush because the other ladies and I are still gushing over this one. lol.
  25. Just dropping by to say that my friends and I started watching this show a couple of weeks ago and we're absolutely over the moon with the lead characters. If you want to join us and read our analysis, mostly done by me, feel free to drop by and share your own thoughts. I recently declared Xiao Nai the best boyfriend ever, and we'll be using him as yardstick to measure all the other kdrama, cdrama, jdrama, boyfriends we watch against him. Here's part of our reasons: http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2019/02/14/best-drama-boyfriend-ever/ Here's my first impression on the show and why we were hooked to complete 30 episodes in 3 days (that's an exaggeration of course, bu you know I mean... http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2019/02/06/love-o2o-eps-1-to-5-first-impressions Here's an except because I don't want to bog you down. ...for my blog-readers who are avid fans of Pride and Prejudice (paging @agdr03), I’m going to write a more detailed recommendation to encourage y’all to give this romcom a second look. It’s fun to watch when you’re over-worked and stressed-out like me. I’ll give you three big reasons. (Warning: spoilers. But just read the spoilers so you’ll know what to expect.) First, online gaming = ballroom dances As I said in “Memories of the Alhambra,” my gaming experience is limited to a feisty purple dragon named Spyro who hunts for dragon eggs and head-butts nasty orcs. To go from playing Spyro the Dragon to watching lead characters roleplay personas with long hair and flowing robes was a big leap for me. The only way I could sit through numerous fight scenes of Weiwei and Xiao Nai was to view their encounters as ballroom dances. The way I see it, the fictional university in Love O2O is as segregated as the nineteenth century England of Jane Austen. Girls dorm with girls; boys dorm with boys. Unless they’re part of a couple, the students mingled with people of their own gender in and after classes, during lunch and sporting events, on weekends and schooldays. No wonder the online game “A Chinese Ghost Story” was popular among students! It’s the largest venue available to students where they can interact freely with the opposite sex. Gaming doubles as a dating service for the college students. I had to smirk when in Episode 2, the game announced that the lead characters’ marriage was the 158,999th marriage on that server alone. The anonymity of the popular game allows the students to meet others and match up with a partner without the hassles of real-life dating, e.g., vetting the other person, spending money to go on dates, surviving the dreaded introduction to their friends, and escaping a boring date. Logging onto the game was the 21st century version of going to a ballroom dance. For instance, allies in duels are chosen like a dance partner. There are no strings attached and partners can change for the next round. Also, there are rules of interaction in the game, just as there are etiquette guidelines to courtly behavior in a ballroom. How the gamers comport themselves online — not only in battle, but in the chatgroups — reveal much about their personalities. But most importantly, partnering with someone in the game, like choosing a dance partner in a ballroom, allows the couple ample time to converse (or “chat”) and FLIRT with each other. ...... Here's also an analysis on Episode 2 http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2019/02/15/love-o2o-episode-2-highlights/ On Episode 3 http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2019/02/15/love-o2o-episode-3-highlights/ and on Episode 4 http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2019/02/15/love-o2o-episode-4-highlights/ So, there you go. I'm posting the links here because each blog write-up has tons of pictures and it will be a pain to transfer. None of us speak Chinese, so we had to rely on the abysmal subs on Netflix. But for me, this show was a good introduction to Cdramas and a welcome change from the typical kdrama fare. I'm looking forward to more of your recommendations, @angelangie. See you later!
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