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  1. @ktcjdrama ~ wish I could remember the name but am not able to place it as I watch a lot of documentaries besides dramas. the series was about neuroscience but many documentaries on that topic cover these kind of facts. national geographic channel series called "brain games" shows this kind of info in a fun way. so after racking my brain, my guess is that it is most likely the series called "the secret life of brain" which had five parts and covered brain development in baby, child, teenager, adult and old age.
  2. kekee... sadly we all feel like that sometime regardless of what our age is. one of the funny things that soompi has taught me is I am romantic. LOL. like @triplem rightly pointed out, am not going to be squealing about any OTP moment and instead posting some random out of the box stuff. but it is about developing the confidence to post your thoughts and just have fun. there is lots of value in folks having different thoughts because it adds variety to the discussion. it adds a different persona. think about how boring it would be if we were all saying the same thing. it is why we surf channels!!! hahahah... so don't worry so much if you don't have much to say sometimes. I don't either when folks are posting about abs. rather than appreciate the abs, I am just thinking of the effort the guy has to put in gym and how much food he gives up -- yes, my aunty brain totally kicks in and I have to refrain myself from saying "please feed the boy some rice!" 706
  3. 704 learned something new today -- so stargazing also has to do with a ship? @stargazer187 ~ always assumed that you just like watching stars. hahahahah... me and my science brain.
  4. 702 @nohamahamoud2002 ~ yea good threads can make a drama feel better. but then a bad thread can ruin even a good drama. sometimes, it is a hard fit for us if you feel like you don't belong. other times, few people post and it changes the tone of the thread for the better and people are able to understand even if they disagree. so it all depends on the people. but yea, daily threads are fun place even if small. are you watching shady mom-in-law? it looks good. come join us. left-handed wife is close to ending no?
  5. thanks @sn2111a ~ was hoping that am not boring people when everyone is enjoying the fluff. hahahha... haven't seen beauty inside but in rich man poor woman, the condition was almost like a plot detail that was forgotten after a while. here, we see a condition not only from start but also how it impacts small details of every day life that we don't think about -- like the aspect of getting lunch in a crowded room. as for the voice recognition, it is also about how he is doubting himself and his abilities as his strengths of reading people have disappeared. he correctly assessed the driver was attacking him in the dark room at ep 4 but because gal hee said that he was mistaken, then he assumes that it was his mistake. so he needs to get to a position where he can trust his judgement and recognize his other sense. that takes time. so in this documentary series I watched (which I shared in above post about face blindness, it was about development of brain and different senses -- fascinating stuff), one thing they showed is how we rely heavily on some senses like sight but then when it it is lost like in a stroke or accident, the person has to learn to trust the other senses like smell and voice to recognize the person. that takes time and there is actually a biological and chemical brain process involved -- so the brain has to stop using that part of the brain for sight and rely on the areas where smell and hearing is involved. so the brain has to kind of re-wire itself. but once that happens, the person is able to easily identify someone by their walk or other movements even if they can't physically see them. so min ik does need time -- to accept his condition, for his body to re-wire itself and then, for his survival instincts to kick in and to trust himself.
  6. LOL.... oooh the pressure!! 694
  7. kekkee.. thanks... hope you are not asking me to analyze this armpit moment (saw stills). LOL. am afraid my analysis skills is for very dry boring stuff. not for OTP moments! hahahahah... ... you know a drama is in your brain when you wake up and think "ooh, I should have added that to my post too!" and make another post. hahahah... 690
  8. just some additional thoughts on ep 1-4. so were folks familiar with face blindness before or what is a it a new concept for you? many years ago, I watched this documentary about the brain and development and one of the stuff they talked about this. based on that documentary, some of the stuff they present here matches. so in the programme, they showed both ends -- one person who remembers every person they see and they actually called it a curse. that person felt like it was information overload and hated it. they were also side effects like intense headaches etc because of overheated brain. so the ability to forget is actually a gift!!! then the programme showed this lady who had face blindness. she actually got it after a stroke or some accident. (don't remember which). but the sudden onset was quite terrifying for her. and from what she described is how the drama shows for min ik. how people's faces are blank -- so thats a great description for us to understand and it is well done by PD. this lady was married and had 3 teenage kids. (all in high school I think). she was really devastated and heartbroken that she could not recognize people she loved. so something her husband did was to create a kind of uniform where he and kids would wear certain colours (so kid#1 blue, kid#2 red etc....) or outfits to help her identify who was whom. he also wore the same outfit or variations of it to help her identify him easily. he also asked other family members (like siblings/parents/cousins etc) to have a kind of uniform when they met her so that she could start identifying who was whom. eventually, like min ik uses height and gal hee adds the hair cut, she was able to use other markers including voice and body build to be able to identify people. so she was eventually able to live with her condition. however, she lived in a rural area and it terrified her to visit her kids when they went to uni in a more urban area because it was filled with people. we also see that min ik who admits that he is afraid of going out to lunch when there's so many people... so many details like that, the drama did get right! so kudos to writer and PD!!! also like the explanation of how gal hee is imprinted in his mind and it isn't that he sees her. lots of old people who have alzheimer often have trouble recognizing the current person's looks but easily remember how that person was in their youth. so the youthful memory is imprinted in brain...so the drama's explanation of how gal hee is imprinted seemed logical and also plausible (at least for a non-medical person like me). the other thing the drama is doing well is showing how vulnerable min ik feels with face blindness. we often take our ability to read emotions for granted but it is actually a very important skill. did you know that babies actually can read emotions and have some form of EQ? okay, I watch way too much of discovery channel but anyway. in this one documentary, they showed how babies can recognize sadness, happiness, anger, irritation. so when you smile at a baby, they smile back but they aren't necessarily mimicking you. basically they recognize that you are not a threat and that their world is safe and so it is okay. thats part of why babies smile once they like you. so we may think much of our communication is verbal but thats actually untrue. about 70-80% of our communication is actually non-verbal. so the way we say stuff, our tone, our expressions, body language -- all of that plays into how we communicate. famous business people are very good at reading a room and people. it is a necessary skill. so by min ik losing that due to his face blindness, he is indeed really handicapped because he can no longer tell people's intentions. so I really like how the writer and PD have used this medical condition in a logical way and show min ik's vulnerability, character and situations....
  9. 680 @kokodus ~ the synopsis reminds me of veer-zaara!! LOL
  10. actually thought private as in army rank "private' hahahahha.... LOL... so was wondering what army drama is this? and maybe it has some hot abs and hence the spike in posts! 684
  11. must be getting old because I feel tired after watching a few episodes. hahaha... @triplem ~ thanks for the recommendation; am enjoying this drama. feels like its been a real while since I watched a rom-com. however, it doesn't feel like some of the rom-com these days where there is a lack of substance. here, there is a bit of pathos undercurrent to both of them that it humanizes these characters and makes them feel more relatable. so here's some thoughts from watching up to ep 4.. (apologies if these thoughts already expressed) -- so we have seen tons of candy characters in dramaland. the self-sacrificing overworked girl who is very nice etc. so what makes gal hee feel fresh and different? so part of it is the real disillusionment that nice people don't necessarily win. we start the drama with her mom dying and basically not amounting to anything. she almost says the saying that patience will eventually yield some reward is utter BS. so part of her feels that frustration keenly. even her sister's education is partly her own dream. she is in essence like those parents who live vicariously through their children that it is not even the children's dream. so it is going to be interesting to see how she reacts when she finds out her sister actually is hiding out somewhere in the city. did her sister have different dreams? or did she not want something so expense? -- like @thistle, normally hate deception dramas. it always feels like a breach of trust is not something that a relationship can come back to. but here, gal hee' initial decision to impersonate veronica park partly stems from that disillusionment and frustration that she feels -- she will never be someone. it was interesting that secretary eul wang said gal hee was happy about stuff that she is actually entitled to -- a lunch hour, not working overtime or on weekends... so immediately gal hee is deflated when she realizes that she was taken advantage of in a sense by min ik and at that moment in the restaurant, she just wants to feel like she matters or is that special someone. so it will be interesting to see how she feels when she realizes that she was always special to min ik (based on the title "I loved you from the beginning") -- so was wondering why write a side character like a blind brother and then it struck me that it wasn't random. because gal hee is used to living with someone with a disability, she is able to handle min ik's prognosis with a kind of ease. she does not make it a big issue and neither does she minimize it. she helps him when needed but she doesn't overdo it. so his face blindness isn't new in some sense to her because her brother is blind as well. it is also interesting when she tells her sister to wave bye to her mom and tells her that if her brother doesn't see them, then do they not exist? so besides the idea of blindness, we also see glimpses of the idea of sensing a presence and loving someone even if you can't see them. so we have that kind of literal "love is blind" theme in this drama. -- another character that struggles with identity is dae joo. he wants to quit because he feels like a minion. when he meets veronica park, he asks if his business card isn't enough. she hilariously tells that she will spot value in any man -- card, face or body!! hhahaha... in that sense, she is well suited to be his match as she is someone who sees below the surface and spots value. since she is known for her acumen business sense, she should be able to genuinely recognize dae joo's talent. but is dae joo bad or good. considering it is rom-com and he is the second lead, he can't be bad right?.. veronica is a real hoot by the way. -- min ik feels fresh in the way he feels vulnerable and so eager to please his family. there is a kind of mild sarcasm but it is not over the top. makes me wonder who the driver reports to. why do I feel like it is the adoptive mom? the uncle seems more human and accepting of min ik than the mom who does drama in front of everyone... so yea, compared to a typical rom-com, we actually have interesting themes, some good depth and heart. but at the same time, it is controlled and so doesn't veer into melo territory. looks like it will be good. hopefully, stays that way!
  12. watched ep 2 of the secretary drama. wish it had a different name but am enjoying it. more than a romance, it feels like a light hearted drama with lots of heart. so nice to watch... will write in thread after I catch up... 668
  13. @rolisrntex ~ have a great holiday! maybe you can catch up after you come back. @msmy ~ not sure about the writer but at least the first two episodes are certainly intriguing and not the typical daily so far... hopefully we will have the air of mystery and eventual resolution done well. @lu09 ~ yea, it looks like she isn't the biological mother of jenny and am reminded of the cartoon 'tangled' and of rapunzel's mom. she is even willing to harm jenny to get jenny to behave the way she wants. this makes me wonder why she kept jenny with her all these years. right now, jenny is a cash cow and is earning well as a designer but as a child, what did jenny provide? . @Ldy Gmerm ~ don't recall seeing this actress before but she's certainly creepy in how she changes from concerned mother to calculating look. find it interesting that so far, she gives eun seok "get out of here" looks all the time. why so guarded already? she seems to have done a good job of manipulating jenny by insisting her memories are false and jenny has some sort of mental problem. but how long will that work? @Ameera Ali ~ what did you think?
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