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Rants and Weekly Raves (RAWR) #415

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Anne: Hello Everyone! I am just a little late with the posting, and again I don't have too much to post. I did continue with Love Across the Galaxy  and Alchemy of Souls, but everything is just following along the story lines. I don't remember any particularly memorable moments, except this... and then this.... when we find out that Master Lee's "body" is the correct biological age and no, he didn't discover some magical spell to keep him eternally youthful...Now... is he lying or is he telling the truth? We will find out next week!   I have continued on my quest of watching a lot more Korean dramas lately, due to the obvious lack of interesting shows coming out of China. Maybe it's my taste in choosing only certain genres, but almost every Korean show that I'm watching has some sort of corruption between the wealthy and some sort of government entity. Maybe I am not current in global politics, but what is with this intense focus that Korea has on corr

Rants and Weekly Raves (RAWR) #414

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Anne: Well...vacation is over and back to the realities of life. Although I guess I didn't go that far away from reality since I refused to let my work email pile up into high triple digits and having to go through it all in one go. It was quite relaxing for the most part since I was able to ignore almost all the scheduled meetings. I did managed to watch some of the older (as in one or two years from now) Korean dramas that had been in my queue. Now on to the shows that I've watched this week. (I'm writing this as I'm catching up on this weeks episodes of Alchemy of Souls . And next week we should talk about how the CP in this drama is really Jang Uk and the Crown Prince.) Immortal Samara I was very, very excited when this show dropped all of a sudden. I have watched the first 8 or so, and it is everything that I expected it to be...for better or worse. Yang Zi plays Yan Dan, one of two last descendents of some sort of plant, and her body is basically a treasure trove

Rants and Weekly Raves (RAWR) #413

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Anne: Happy Tuesday drama lovers! So...I am actually on vacation this week (more like work and vacation since I'm still working some...just took 6 hrs of meetings today). Rented a place near the river...take a look out the backyard of this place.  And the backyard leads directly to the river.  The water is freezing! Yes, it's like 102F or something outside, but the water is probably <80F. I can't tell. It was cold, but not the bone chilling cold that basically paralyzes you. No wonder most people tube down the river. You stay mostly on top where the water is the warmest. Next time, I'll need to bring my dive suit, at least it'll help with keeping me a bit warmer. I do need some swim shoes though...I was NOT liking the "moss" that I sometimes step on underneath the water. You can't see the bottom...so...it makes that whole sensation of "slime" between your toes a bit... shiver ... I was hoping that since I have a LOT of time this week, some

Rants and Weekly Raves (RAWR) #412

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Anne: Hello drama watchers! Another week and the heat continues to set record breaking temperatures. The 5 year old is in theater camp these last two weeks, and I am still waiting to see what role he is supposed to play. First week was a tree, or rather a "baby" tree growing up. And now he is a bee, particularly a bee that likes to speak in rhymes. All of these seemed more normal than what he said last Friday...He asked me how to get abs. I'm pretty sure my faced looked like this...πŸ˜• He wanted abs because a 6 year old has abs in his theater class. (The entire time, I'm trying to figure out why a 6 year old has abs. And then I figured that they probably weren't really talking about what I'm picturing inside my head.) I asked, very directly, "are you sure that it wasn't a costume" (they were dressing silly that day). He was adamant that they were real. I told him that I could draw some on his tummy... He rolled his eyes and walked away. Yes, this

Rants and Weekly Raves (RAWR) #411

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Anne: Well...another week has gone by, and I remain glad that my life is a very boring and routine flow of time that resolves around the exact same schedules as the weeks and years before. But the lack of any interesting dramas have put my drama watching into a breaking halt, to the point that I re-watched the Sleuth of the Ming Dynasty and re-read the novel. As such, this week's post will be quite short. The Insider Oh man....How much more can the writerz torture Kim Yo Han? First, the little boy he was trying to save ended up being hit by a car by a major baddie (the writers must be having some sort of sadistic tendencies). Then, he finds out the identity of the person who murder his grandmother, and it's none other than Jang Seon Oh, his prison buddy that helped him to become the leader of the prison gang. In the meantime, the prosecutor friend who betrayed him before is now trying to keep Kim Yo Han in prison indefinitely as protects his and his family's self interests.

Rants and Weekly Raves (RAWR) #410

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Anne: Hello everyone, again I am one day late. I really have no excuse except that I needed to finish work last night. The 5 year old boy started space camp this week and he is very excited. Although he always tells me that he doesn't remember anything that he did during the day. Today, when I asked specifically if he had milk during lunch, he says that "No milk. We get to choose water or juice." I then asked what he picked, and he said juice and then added, "No one picks water." Sounds about right. And now on with the shows! A Dream of Splendor I wake up Sunday morning, and they dropped the rest of the episodes. So I spent the rest of Sunday afternoon binge watching everything to the end. This will be an overall review of the end with little details so I don't give away too much for those who is still waiting. As expected, happy endings all around. Although the "mis-understanding" between the leads did last a bit TOO long. And seriously, no one ev

Rants and Weekly Raves (RAWR) #409

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Anne: I have since come to the realization this week that the 5 year old has the vocabulary of a teenage girl in every 80s movie ever made. Everything is "Oh My Gosh!", "What the hell?!", "That is ridiculous!", "Are you serious?!". It is quite funny. That's the only little bit of silly news that I have of the real world. And now back to drama land... Jinxed at First This was on my Viki list, and I started it this week just to see what it was all about. The story is a bit fantastical, about a family of female shamans who could see the future of anyone they touch. For years, they were the properties of royalty, until a chaotic time allowed them to escape captivity. However, being free didn't last long, and one of the line ended up being back under someone else's protection. Lee Seul Bi, a woman who has been kept in captivity and hidden away by a wealthy family who uses the women's powers to keep themselves wealthy and powerful.  How

Rants and Weekly Raves (RAWR) #408

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Anne: Another week goes by and I have to start by apologizing that not only am I one day late, but I also have little to post. I came down with a stomach virus of some sort since Friday and basically spent the next three days and nights in bed, and missed all my prime show watching times.  But I did watch this...(It's not new exactly, but it did just come out on streaming) The Lost City , starting a bunch of people I never thought to put into a film together (but this may also be because I haven't been to a movie theater in like 7 years...something no one ever warned me would happen when you have a kid). It is a movie full of all the cliches and plots devices that we have seen and then some. But everything is put together in a new light with a slight twist and it was VERY enjoyable.  It is a simple story about a romance writer who has lost her spark (due to personal loss) and a model who wants to be more than a pretty face. They get pulled into an adventure because someone had

Rants and Weekly Raves (RAWR) #407

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Anne: Hello everyone! I am one day late on the post. I fell asleep with only two drinks during dinner last night. Today is the first day of summer vacation for the 5 year old and he fell asleep at his normal bed time. My week has gone by as usual, with nothing interesting to report. So...onward with the discussions! From Now On, Showtime! As mentioned last week, this is one of my current favorite shows. Cha Cha Woong is a magician with the ability to see ghosts. He can also "share" his "energy" with the ghosts that allows the ghosts to handle physical objects. His fantastic "illusions" are the result of his 3 ghost workers who can interact with physical objects without being seen. Cha Cha Woong is the last remaining descendent of a long line of shamans. But due to his first hand witness of how his grandfather was treated when his grandfather was accused of interfering in a police capture of a serial killer that ended in the death of a detective, ChaWoong r

Rants and Weekly Raves (RAWR) #406

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Anne: Ah...memorial weekend...one extra day in the weekend...and I spent it ALL catching up on the Korean dramas that have somehow sucked me in. I have little else to update so let's just get to the discussions! Again My Life Well...all's well that ends well... As expected, Hee Woo's friends were running their own "plans" in order to help him. We now know why Secretary Kim stuck by Cho Tae Seob this entire time, how she "died" to become the reaper who gave Hee Woo a second chance, and the origins of the man who murdered Hee Woo in his previous life. Cho Tae Seob was, at one point, doing some slightly questionable things for the "greater good", which for him has always been a stronger Korea. It was during this transition phase of his, that he set in motion a series of events that led to a fire at the orphanage where Secretary Kim and her older brother (Tae Seob's eventual hit man) were rescued by Tae Seob. In the end, Hee Woo removed everyon