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Rants and Weekly Raves (RAWR) #430

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Anne: This is my second attempt to write this post... I accidently erased everything when I was ALMOST done!!!! Stupid automatic saving!!! Ah!!! It's like my thesis all over again. That time, I erased an entire chapter.  So...let's see how much of my brilliance I remember... I started by saying that I spent a lot of time watching shows and while I was writing...and that I finally have time because I was done with the documents. Also...I have learned a skill I never though was necessary: how to monster-proof a 6 year old's bed from the monster living underneath his bed. Who knew that a fort of pillows was the deterrent.  Anyway... on to the shows... or rather just one show that I REALLY liked. My Uncanny Destiny So... I was saying before that I started this because I was taking a break from my other dramas. Even from the start of episode one, I raised my eyebrow at how Liu Xuan Ming's dad died and its relation to Ye Zhao Nan's birth...which forever started a life lon

Rants and Weekly Raves (RAWR) #429

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Anne: Hello Everyone! Have we all survived New Year's? Today is the last day of my "vacation", and I seriously had a very hard time getting out of bed this morning, at 10am 😁. Before I was married, I used to be able to sleep until 2pm, and the only reason I got up was because I needed to eat. We've reached the end of the year and the beginning of a new one a lot faster than I would have thought. And my plan to do a year end recap of the 2022 dramas ended up unfulfilled. Let's combine the overview for 2022 and the current dramas of last week into one post! 2022: The year where, apparently, female power made a combat What was the most memorable dramas of this year for me? Of course it has to be some of the more surprising "girl power" type stories. Granted, due to my preference, I am referring to the costume dramas.  The most notable, probably because it was the last one to finish before the year ended, was New Life Begins , where there wasn't one iot

Rants and Weekly Raves (RAWR) #428

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Anne: Welcome to an additional RAWR focusing on the short-short dramas that I have enjoyed this past year. With the way my work schedule has been, these dramas became one of my favorite things to watch. They are usually only 3 to 12 minutes long, usually only about 24 episodes, and quite a few have interesting twists to the usual genre of the longer dramas. Now, into this categories, I'm also adding in the BL dramas, but I'm limiting it to the Taiwanese, Korean, and Chinese ones, which can be anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes. The Thai based ones are usually much longer, sometimes up to 45 or 60 minutes, and I normally don't watch too many of those (and most of the times I'm watching for the skin-ship more than the plot πŸ˜‰). So here are some of the more noteworthy short dramas this year.  BL shorts For our first category, I've selected two, one from Taiwan and one from Korea. I've written about both of these in earlier posts. So if anyone has missed the earlier

Rants and Weekly Raves (RAWR) #427

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Anne: Hello everyone! It is Tuesday again and I am officially on my vacation. Well...sort of. I swear my vacations have become days when I'm allowed to miss most meetings, but still have to do work stuff. At least I get to sleep late. And in the meantime, the entire state of Texas is seriously hoping that we don't lose power again like LAST year in the next week due to the "cold front" that will drop us down to snow-capable temperatures. Do we really expect anyone to have actually winterize the power grid?  Since it is the last two weeks of the year, and since I have a bit of time these days, I'm thinking of continuing the tradition of doing a year end review. Now...this year's pickings are pretty slim...and my horrible memory might make this an interesting exercise. But, I will see what I can come up with for the last two weeks of the year. For this week, I've been jumping around a lot from show to show. I just cannot seem to focus or something. I'm i

Rants and Weekly Raves (RAWR) #426

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Anne: It is nearly the end of the year!! I am looking forward to the two weeks, somewhat, vacation that is at the end of December. The funny thing is I'm actually off 3 days before the 6 year old. Am I just a little bit of a bad mommy to be looking forward to 3 days of ALONE time with no work....he he he... My heart is giggling in delight.  I am also looking forward to taking him to school in the morning since I don't have to catch the 8am meetings.  While I did spent the last two weeks watching a lot of shows, most of them were crime reports on Netflix. Let's take a look at what shows I've watched and whether anything caught anyone else's fancy. New Life Begins This continues to delight me every episode. Here in episode 22, Yin An, who came to the realization of how annoying and condescending he treated his women, was finally able to "hear" their inner conversations that their facial expressions were conveying. In this realization, he was also able to &qu

Rants and Weekly Raves (RAWR) #425

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Anne: Happy Thanksgiving week to those who are in the US. I am officially off work this week! (Mostly because I have like 100 hours of vacation that I'll lose at the end of the year. They are over the limit that gets rolled over.) I'm not going anywhere really, just a quick trip to take the 6 year old to visit his aunt and uncle. (He informs me that I'm his "second" favorite person when his Auntie is around, but I'm his favorite person at home.) In terms of every day life...not a whole lot is happening, except for work and work and then even more work. And me trying to figure out what in the world am I going to give people for gifts this year? Don't you find that as you get older, there really isn't a whole lot that you want as presents? The things I really need, I can't ask other people to get me. And what they can give me...I feel like it'll just add to the piles of other stuff that I will just end up throwing away. But if you ask the 6 year