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Musings of a Blindsided Infatuated Fangirl

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So the news broke today, out of the blue: Kim Woo Bin’s been dating model Yoo Ji Ahn for the last two years.

!!!!!

Woah.

That came sorta out of the blue, didn’t it??

As a fangirl with a sizable crush on Kim Woo Bin, I hafta say, this sudden piece of news has given me pause for thought. I’m surprised, really, at the unexpected emotions, even though my logical side is coping well.

All I can say at this point is, I’m.. processing.

Clazziquai Project – Tattoo

You know the great thing about blogging about your k-loves?

Practically everybody in the dramaverse seems to know about it (ok, maybe not everybody, but sometimes it feels like it), and therefore, all your friends come eagerly and very efficiently bearing any kind of news tidbits related to your k-loves.

Most of the time, it’s delicious little tidbits, like the various interview clips and articles that get shared on a regular basis on my Gong Yoo post and my Jang Hyuk post. Very much appreciated, especially given the reclusiveness of said k-loves.

Sometimes, though, the news isn’t quite of the expected variety. Like today.

So today was just another regular day. I’d just had lunch, and returned to my laptop, ready to get back to whatever it was that I was doing before. [See? I can’t even remember what it was that I was doing >.<]

And then I saw it. The first hint that things were.. about to change.

My friend pinkblossom had tweeted me, and this is what she said:

I had no clue that this was rooted in any kind of reality, and thought that pinkblossom was being her usual very cute self, commiserating with me coz Woobie was holding hands with another girl. Tickled, I replied:

And THEN, I noticed that my friend snow_white had left me a message on my King of Dramas review which said:

Ok. Woah. That’s when my fingers googled faster than they’d ever googled before, and found evidence to prove that the news was indeed true and very true.

Kim Woo Bin is indeed dating a fashion model. And not only that, they’ve been in a relationship for about 2 years now. The chemistry in that photoshoot was actually all real.

I quickly sent pinkblossom an updated message:

And I also had a quick conversation with snow_white:

And honestly, that’s my official stand on the whole issue of Woobie – and all celebs in general too, for that matter – dating.

I mean, ok, if a celeb prefers to date quietly, that’s perfectly fine and good, if it’s for reasons like protecting their privacy. But if it’s to preserve the illusion of their “availability” to their fans, then I think that’s really rather unhealthy and unwise, even. That’s how we end up having secret marriages, furtive pregnancies and hidden children. Which, honestly, isn’t at all fair or healthy for any of the parties involved, right?

So, in principle, I say, props to Woobie for being ballsy and matter-of-fact about his relationship. I am a little proud of him, even.

Thanks, too, to pinkblossom & snow_white, for pointing me towards the news. As blindsided as I was, I’d rather know than not. So really, really. Thanks, you guys. ❤

Then what’s the problem, you ask?

Well.. While my logical side is quick to adapt, my emotional side is still.. adjusting.

To put it dramatically, it feels as if my heart just took a bit of a bullet.

Ow.

I didn’t see this news coming at all, to be honest. Although, why I didn’t see it coming is hard to answer. I mean, Woobie’s completely hawt, right? And he’s already got a reputation for being the open, affectionate sort. So, I’m not at all surprised, actually, that he’s so matter-of-fact about going public with his relationship.

At the same time, I’m completely taken aback that now, when I look at him gazing out of my phone or out of the various rotating banners on the blog, the feeling is rather.. different.

Now, instead of immediate swoon or squee, the emotion that pushes to the forefront is a touch of wistfulness. Sniff.

Something’s changed, and I can’t explain it. Coz this hasn’t quite happened to me before. I mean, I continue to nurse my Jang Hyuk crush happily and blithely, and the fact that he’s married doesn’t make a difference at all.

In Woobie’s case, is it because he was supposedly single when my crush emerged? Or is it because in my dreams, he’d actually felt so accessible and close, appearing more than once as my boyfriend, and now that dream notion’s been effectively real-life crushed?

I really don’t know. Maybe I’m just processing and adjusting and soon all will be well in the world again.

Is it enough of a shock for me to actually take Woobie off phone wallpaper duty, or off header duty on the blog? Well, no.

As I type this, he’s still smiling at me out of my phone, and still gazing at me with fiercely schmexy eyes out of my blog banner. Ok, several of my blog banners.

And I’m listening to this post’s featured song, Clazziquai Project’s Tattoo, on repeat. Mostly for these words in the chorus:

I can’t ever let you go my baby
Every night I dream of you honey

Coz even though I’m still adjusting, in the end, I really don’t think this news is going to make a meaningful dent in my Woobie love.

And coz regardless of what’s goin’ on in Real Life, in my dreamscape, I still like to think that Woobie’s always going to be all mine. ❤

After all, a fangirl’s allowed to dream, right?

Author: kfangurl

Proud to be a k-fangirl since 2007. Main diet of kdramas with movies and kpop on the side.

135 thoughts on “Musings of a Blindsided Infatuated Fangirl

  1. *sigh* I feel your pain…only it’s with another person. 😉

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  2. Aww….that’s a really sweet post kfangurl *hugs*
    It is definitely everyone’s choice to hide or reveal their personal life but kudos to him for this news because he is currently the it thing in dramaverse and actors usually try to hide their relations to maintain the perfect illusion for the fans as you mentioned….it’s great to know that there are people who are above all this and for that I respect him….

    As for the love, we can still find him in our dreamland ♥ anytime 🙂 and of course in dramas to continue our squeeing whenever he appears on-screen 🙂

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    • Thanks, dear snow_white.. All the fangirl sympathy is helping to soothe the shock ❤

      Yes, definitely, respect to Woobie for being upfront and honest, without worrying about the impact on his popularity. I like that confident streak in him. A lot.

      I’m super sure that when he next shows up on my screen, I’m still gonna squee in spite of myself. He has that effect on me, somehow. And yes.. dreamland is still a safe haven where Woobie’s mine ❤

      For now, I guess this is necessary.. adjustment. My heart’s still reeling. But I’ll survive. #Fighting!

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  3. Awww… would you like some honey peanut butter to help soothe the pain? 😦

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    • Heh. I just had a chocolate praline, actually. I’m all out of peanut butter. And it does seem to take a bit of the edge off.. I better not make this a habit! 😄

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      • If I could, I’d send you some. Alas, I can only send the virtual soothing equivalents of peanut butter, chocolate and a warm blanket…
        I wonder if I would feel the same way if say, GY announced he was now taken. It’s a strange thought. I’d always assumed that the boundaries between RL and dramaland were clearly demarcated in my mind. These days I’m not so sure anymore! 😉

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        • Yeah, that’s exactly it, DDee!! I’ve always thought that I manage my RL and dramaland boundaries well.. And I’ve always had no problems whatsoever with dating or marriage news. Jang Hyuk’s completely taken status doesn’t affect me one bit, and I continue to swoon and spazz over him just a blithely as if he were single. So I’m a little baffled today by my gut response to Woobie’s news. I don’t quite understand it. And never thought I’d feel this way over a celeb either.

          Woobie must be extra special, is what I’m thinking..

          But adjust, I will. And, thank you, for your sweet prezzies of warm blanket, peanut butter and chocolate. *snuggles*

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          • Yeah he must be. Sigh. And he was looking so bloody good in those Heirs stills too. I mean, seriously, I thought he looked the best out of everyone. Anyways, he’s still yours to conjure up in your daydreams right? 😉

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            • Woobie does indeed look intensely, *blindingly* hawt in all the promo materials that Heirs is pushing out. He appears for just a few seconds in each trailer, and I’m toast. Happy toast. Flat on the floor. Knocked out by the hawtness of his screen presence.

              I thought I was just being, y’know, extremely biased, considering my humongous fangirl crush on him, but everyone else in the dramaverse seems to agree that he has more chemistry goin’ on with PSH than LMH, and that he looks way more interesting. At least, that’s the sentiment I’ve come across.

              A small part of me wonders if he might just swoop in to get the girl, coz it HAS happened before, when audience reaction favored the 2nd lead. It’s happened in Hotelier, Beautiful Days, How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor, and Queen of Reversals.

              On the one hand, people are saying, Naw, forget about it. As long as LMH is breathing and alive, LMH’s gonna get the girl, coz he’s the bigger star.

              On the other hand, when Lee Byung Hun got the girl in Beautiful Days, he was the lesser known star. But audiences loved his character and his smoldering intensity so much that the writers changed direction and he got the girl instead. So.. Long story short.. Hmmm?

              Also, yes, Woobie’s still mine to conjure up in my dreams. That’s what I’m telling myself, anyway. I’ve got a better grip on that today, but I feel like I’m still in the midst of processing. *munches on peanut butter granola bar* Yes, it helps ^^

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              • I totally agree with those who think KWB presence and charisma is outshining LMH’s in all the Heirs promos. Although I do think it’s too soon to tell if he has more chemistry with PSH, but it could just be that I haven’t scrutinised it as closely as others would’ve.

                As for who will get the girl, isn’t that a good reason to keep watching the show?? And if there’s anyone who could prove a viable challenger to LMH, it would be KWB, looking as he does right here! I mean, he’s totally bringing it!

                And all indicators point to Kim Eun Sook knowing what audiences respond to and being really happy to provide it. And I suspect, the casting choices points to this too. So who knows where this will go?

                And you’re holding up really well! And I can see that responding to comments is part of your processing mechanism 😉

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                • Ooh.. Innnteresting. You make an intriguing, convincing case, DDee! (You’re like, perfect kdrama counsel in the court of drama law!)

                  And KWB DOES look quite spellbinding in the stills AND the trailers. Who knows how this might shake out? If he does swoop in to get the girl, Imma be so proud! ^^ Coz it takes QUITE the potent second lead to topple the originally planned lead. And I think Woobie’s plenty potent. That screen presence! So strong and thick you can practically cut it with a knife! *commence fangirl flailing*

                  Yes, I do think that I’m holding up well! Y’know, given the bombshell & everything. I like to think that I’m a reasonable fangirl, regardless of the extent of my spazz and squee. And you’re right, answering comments does help me to process. Coz typing is one of the ways that I process my thoughts (hence the blog, heh). Thanks for chatting me through this, DDee!! ❤

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                  • Weeelll… I’d take Woobie over LMH any day…. 😄

                    I have NO interest what.so.ever in Heirs but I’ve decided to watch a few epis for Woobie and CNB cutiepie Min Hyuk, to see how they fare. *g*

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                    • Hee! Once upon a time, I was quite taken with LMH. I think that was when I watched City Hunter.. I thought he was so cool. But now, I’d take Woobie over LMH (ok, more like over almost anybody!) in a flash. ^^

                      Yay that you’re giving Woobie & Min Hyuk (he IS a cutie) a chance to wow you.. I have almost zero interest in this show, but for the fact that Woobie’s in it, and I believe he will BRING it and be as awesome as possible. *gets ready to squee*

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  4. …i just read this article just this afternoon at soompi page…and you know who came in to my mind after seeing the still photos of Woobie with his girl?…but of course it’s YOU…*sigh*…Woobie is taken???…my oh my!…even SidusHQ confirmed it….so i said…hope that kfangirl is ok with this heartbreaking news…as a fangirl we knew that our k-love has a personal life and only human to experience this kind of thing…but a sudden news such as this one will surely melt your heart away…i’m feeling with you right now…don’t worry girl everything will be fine..anyway he’s just dating and for sure another Woobie will come your way..:)<3<3<3

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    • Aw. Thanks, evez. You’re so sweet of think of me ❤ And yes, this has been a decidedly strange day.. I’ve always thought of myself as a fairly restrained fangirl (well. Aside from the monster confession posts).. And even though my tendency for Woobie-related spazz has been stronger than my usual, I just didn’t expect this kind of news to affect me this way. I’m usually very accepting of celebs dating and getting married and all that. So I’m quite surprised myself, at how this news has put a distinct bit of cloud over my emotions today.

      I’m sure I’ll adjust soon-ish.. As for another Woobie.. Well, Woobie snuck up on me and I fell hard, so I consider him very special. We’ll have to wait and see 🙂 In the meantime, I’m still quite firmly stuck on Woobie ❤

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      • ..have a pocketful of sunshine!..:) and i’m sure you’ll recuperate soon from that wrecking ball news that hit you painfully..and so much about that KWB dating a 1 yr older model…you know netizen?.. and now bashers just keep on posting comments on different sites. ..the latest i’ve read was about an angry fan who gave Woobie a Balmain sweater as a gift…the scenario?…it said that the said sweater gave it to his girl and posted a pix on instagram wearing it?..well, how would you feel if you are that fan?…wow!…i’m thinking this news came in just in time for the premiere of “Heirs”?…funny, was it another promotional material?…oh well, one thing is for sure…you still a <3Woobie gir<3 and that Woobie of yours is talk of the town…:)

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        • Aw, thanks evez! *basks in the pocketful of sunshine* I do feel better today, and I think I’m about halfway processing the whole thing.. maybe.

          I can only imagine the emotional turmoil that must’ve gone through the fangirl’s mind, who gave him the sweater.. But logically speaking, he might not have given it to her. Girlfriends often do wear their boyfriend’s clothing, so that might’ve been what happened. Although, I can see how that would still be hard for the fangirl to accept. Like, your token of love just got smashed coz it got worn by the girl who “stole” your imaginary boyfriend. It’s a completely twisted thinking, for sure. But I can see how that might shake out in a fangirl’s mind.

          I do hope they stop bashing Woobie soon, though. I’m sure he never meant to hurt his fans in any way. And being quite a “new” celeb, this might all be very bewildering to him.

          And your thought, about the release of the news being timed to coincide with Heirs’ premiere.. that’s definitely thought-provoking. I wouldn’t put it past the k-ent machine to do that.. Although, most of the time, these relationship things are kept hush-hush in case the “taken” status affects the star in question. So.. With that kind of approach, it does make me wonder if maybe it really wasn’t intentional after all? Since angry Woobie bashers may NOT want to watch him in Heirs?

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          • 🙂 thanks that you’re feeling better…back to the usual you..more k-love and k-drama reviews on the go…

            ..you know ..i’m thinking…even without that Woobie news “Heirs” would definitely a sell out…array of male castings would definitely KILL all fangirls!..OTP / still photos and teasers of the castings are already on the surface plus sumptuous promotions from SBS what can we expect?.

            In this world of fandom crazy things happen all the time…and bashers will always be there and we can’t halt them from blurting their emotional outbreaks on the nets like what we usually do in expressing our passion for our k-love here…:) and we do sometimes embellish our emotions to the utmost….:) from your mind to ours plus exchanging of caring thoughts equals KFANGIRL MAGIC!..and for me that’s the BEST part of it!…<3<3<3

            and about Woobie having a girl?…it's but a ok…i'm thinking you were shaken by this red diamond of yours how would you feel if it's GY?…LOL!..

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            • Yes, I DO think I’m more my usual self today, evez, thank you!.. I hadn’t realized that you guys would be able to feel my disconcertedness so clearly, through the post. Awww ❤ I feel the lurve, I truly do ❤❤ SO much sympathy, care and concern, over what is admittedly not technically a huge deal. You guys ❤

              I knew something was way off, when I couldn’t bring myself to watch any kdrama on the day the news broke – THAT’S shocking, isn’t it? Plus, I’d been in the middle of an ep of IHYV, which I am really enjoying, and yet, after the news broke, hours later, when I tried to go back to it, I just didn’t have the heart to watch. That’s when I really understood that this was hitting me way harder than I ever expected. 😛

              I’m in a much better place now, so yes, I’ve resumed watching kdrama, and another review should be ready to go live in about a week, I think ^^

              As for GY.. y’know, another thing that I realized through this whole thing, is that Woobie has actually effectively de-throned GY as my biggest k-love. For now, anyway. ❤

              And yes, nothing is going to touch Heirs.. That show is probably going to break ratings records even if it turns out to be terrible.

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              • I’m totally teasing you but I think I might know why you didn’t have the heart to watch IHYV that day. Because Lee Jong Suk played besties with Woobie in School 2013 and they are close in real life. I can just imagine in the back of your mind thinking…you traitor! You probably knew all along that Woobie had a girlfriend!…

                I think if I were in your shoes, that would have been my angry fangirl thoughts.

                Ooooh, Gong Yoo dethroned! But you are staying true to your motto: “A fangirl gets to change the object of her fangirling whenever she wants.”

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                • Hahaha!! Y’know what, maybe that had something to do with it! Maybe not specifically about Lee Jong Suk being a traitor (heh!), but that in my mind, he IS closely linked to Woobie. After all, I love that they’re besties. So maybe he just reminded me too much of Woobie. And I know that looking at pix of Woobie that day felt way different, so.. it makes sense. ^^

                  And yes – that motto sure is coming in handy, isn’t it? ;D I put that up coz I saw how I’d swung from being a total Park Shi Hoo fangirl, to being smitten over GY. So I put that there for just in case.. And then Woobie happened 😛 These major shifts in my fangirl heart don’t happen often or easily, I promise! It’s just.. Woobie snuck up on me, and I fell hard, and he’s extra special ❤

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              • SEE?…that’s what i felt the moment i’ve seen photos and articles of Woobie here….”kfangirl is in LOVE with Woobie”…this red diamond gem dethroned GY from no.1 spot…nonetheless, things really happen like that..it’s hard to keep devotion to your biggest k-love especially when the rival takes everything in control…:)..ahhh, remembering the lines from 2ne1’s song wherein Woobie is part of the MV…”keep falling in love again”…<3

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                • Hee, that you spotted the depth of my Woobie love right away 😛 Yes ma’am, I am in love with Woobie, and in a big way. He just snuck up on me, and by the time my brain registered the love, I was already in deep. Very, very deep. Guess with these things, you really never can tell, eh? ^^ My Woobie my wuv ❤❤❤

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                  • You’re so cute!…i’m reallly amazed with your love with Woobie and it’s so much fun reading comments from others too..sharing their secrets in a no holds barred confession about their k-love…well my first three..GY/Binnie and Wookie plus non-stop accumulation of k-love…it’s so NICE to fall in love with these Korean hunks!LOL!…

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                    • Aw, isn’t the mutual sharing and confiding between fangirls the best?? Coz, really, who better to understand how we feel, but another fangirl in love, right?? ^^

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  5. Well, isn’t it always the ones who sneak upon you that give the most happiness and ‘pain’? 🙂 My ‘condolences’ anyways.

    After readind your post I had a giggle thinking about my own ILU and how me along with probably all of his (ahjumma) fans were hoping he’d finally find a girl and get married, LOL! I was almost fistpumping when the news about his impending marriage broke. 😄 I guess it’s because I’ve been a fan for so long now that he feels almost like family.

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    • Aw. UTW is a total sweetheart, & I was very happy for him too, when the news broke. I think practically the entire dramaverse was happy for him, he’d been publicly single for so long ^^

      I dunno, maybe if Woobie was way older and was ready to settle down I might’ve felt differently today.. Or not. Heh. I’m still puzzling over my gut response today, and can only conclude that Woobie must be extra special. I know in my HEAD that this isn’t a big deal at all. It’s just that my heart’s lagging a bit today. I think 😉

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  6. I was half awake half asleep when I saw the article on Soompi page and the first person pops up in my head is of course, YOU. I was kind of panicking myself…. Oh, no… what would happened to kfangurl? Is she going to be alright? Is she breathing? He’s been sneaky yeah for the past two years, hiding his girl in his pocket until that photo of him and her dining in hotel buffet emerged today. I feel your pain and I’m pretty sure you will be fine and move one… someday *hands a box of Kleenex* I bet distraught myself one day when my YSH step out with a girl someday…

    Fighting, kfangurl. We are all here for you…. Be strong, chingu-ah! ❤

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    • Aw. You’re so sweet, Nelly, to think of me even when you’re half asleep!! ❤ *accepts Kleenex and gracefully wipes away a single tear*

      I dunno.. I can’t decide whether Woobie kept the romance under wraps on purpose, or if everyone was just slow to catch on. After all, he didn’t seem to have any qualms about going public today when asked about it.. On the other hand, I’m sure interviewers would’ve asked the question at some point. Right?

      Sigh.. I’m sure I’ll process this fully at some point.. Right now, it’s still a work in progress. Although, I do think I am managing pretty well *pats self on back*

      Thanks for all the support, Nelly ❤ If YSH decides to drop a similar announcement some time in the (verryyy distant) future, you can be sure that I’ll be there for you too ❤ Muaks!

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  7. Aww, I can imagine the shock. And understand your feelings. I did have to laugh how you mentioned it’s totally different when they are married, like JH. You think nothing of it. Because the ball and chain has already been locked, it’s a done deal. But with the single ones it’s different.

    I think with K-actors especially, their dating life is so secretive because it seems like just holding hands with someone and getting caught is tantamount to ‘SCANDAL!’ It’s all pretty ridiculous sometimes. And I totally agree with you about the dangers of preserving the “illusion.” The celebs are still human too and have rights to privacy. Every aspect of their lives shouldn’t have to be fake or phony. It’s almost like old Hollywood. It’s amazing the stuff that went on within that bubble. I’m sure it’s the same today, but people are so much more out in the open, there’s no secret or life and marriage contracts by all-powerful studios. As far as we know anyway. I can’t say I know much of how it’s done in Korea. I just enjoy watching the dramas and try not to think about the cut-throat, seediness of anything. But then again, I try not to do that for anything in life. :p Why depress yourself?

    It’s interesting that they revealed he had a girlfriend of 2 years NOW. I can only say because he’s about to become WILDLY popular with “HEIRS” Whereas before he was like, “Hey, it’s that cute guy!” in dramas. Perhaps this is his way of saying, “okay Netizens, calm down, if you see me with a woman, now you know, she’s my girlfriend. Nothing to see here…” In a way it’s like a protection for him from those rabid fans out there. I don’t know for sure, just my thoughts. 😛

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    • Aww.. thanks for empathizing, Lady G ❤ It’s been an oddly draining day, and I haven’t done anything out of the ordinary except process this. Such a surprising experience, really.

      Yes, I think it would’ve definitely been different if Woobie had already been married when he crept up on me. Then it’s just part of the package, I guess? That’s probably how it was with Jang Hyuk. By the time I discovered him, he was all married and with kids & everything. But then there’s also the factor that I regard Woobie as extra special, among all my k-loves. Maybe that’s what’s making it harder to process. I am usually SO much better at this, I promise!

      You make an intriguing point about the timing, Lady G.. I could imagine that.. Releasing it now, before the fangirls go wild. Although, some reports claim that his relationship with Yoo Ji Ahn has been common knowledge in fashion circles all this time. Those reports seem to indicate that the news breaking now is just coincidence.. Like, it’s always been common knowledge for those in the know, and the rest of the world just happened to find out now. I haven’t decided what I think about that.

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      • It probably was common knowledge, but he wasn’t that big a K-star yet for people to really take notice. But I smell publicity stunt, like Evez mentioned. Not that he’s dating, that’s real, but the timing of it all. And since there are so many American fans like us, we want to be in the know on all these handsome and pretty young stars in the drama too.

        You’re right, to learn their married with kids it IS part of the package and you accept it easier. You have to. But I see that ‘Woobie’ is your latest and by far, at least from your past posts, the greatest to you. Aww. It’s like school or something, where there’s a really hot and nice guy you always crushed on, and then you suddenly find out he has a girlfriend all along. That really lets the air out of your tires if you KWIM. Hmm…I think when the comes I find out Oh Ji Ho has a girl or is getting married, I’d feel just as you today. Not sure. lol. But hey, remember, she’s just a girlfriend, not a wife. Sometimes they come and go for celebs.

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        • Yeah, the timing does give pause for thought, I have to agree.. And I think non-Korean audiences may be more open to news of celebs dating & such, and that would actually stir interest in the star’s projects. In Korea, though, I wonder if it would work the same way.. Stars’ “taken” statuses, especially these younger stars whose fanbases include lots of screaming teenage girls who are likely not thinking straight, is particularly touchy. So, theoretically, releasing news of Woobie’s “taken” status might actually hurt rather than help ratings..

          Right now there are some vehement Woobie bashers, who’ve taken issue with a photo of his GF wearing a sweater that was a gift from a fan. The bash? That he had given away the gift to his GF. Illogical, yes. But the backlash is all too real, and I have to wonder whether these angry bashers will boycott Heirs as a result.. Sigh. I just hope they stop with the bashing soon. Poor Woobie. I’m pretty sure he didn’t see this level of fury coming.

          And you hit the nail on the head, Lady G! This IS like school, where I had the hugest, most humongous crush on the awesome-est guy. And then I suddenly found out that he’s had a girlfriend all along. Deflate, activate! 😄

          But I do appreciate the fact that they’ve been together a long(-ish) time. Apparently when he found the transition from modeling to acting a rough one, she was the one supporting him through it. A girl who sticks by her guy through tough times when he probably didn’t have a whole lot of time for her, is worthy of respect, I feel. Maybe they WILL last the long haul, it’s hard to say. Or, as you said, sometimes girlfriends come and go for celebs. Who knows?

          In the meantime, I’m learning to love Woobie anyway. Adjustment still in process, but, there’s progress. ^^

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          • Good point about the ‘Taken’ status affecting the drama rather than helping. 😛 If those bashers dare try to boycott Heirs, the Lee Min Ho fans will come down on them like white on rice and a new Korean war will break out. And they are a HUGE army. And not to mention the support from the new breed of fierce Choi Jin Hyuk fans (admittedly, I’m one! lol) So I think nothing will touch that drama! LOL.

            If the whole sweatshirt thing is what it seems then it does smack of tactlessness on his part. But eotteoke? Love and life is most often about living and dealing with each others mistakes and imperfections. He probably thought it would be something funny. I’m sure he’ll apologize if it gets out of hand.

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            • Yeah, I’m sure NOTHING will touch that drama. It’s the very definition of a hype drama. We are all flailing and losing our heads over it, and it hasn’t even started airing yet! 😄

              If I’m not mistaken, the photo of Woobie’s GF wasn’t a purposeful, “Hey look, my GF’s wearing my shirt” sort of a thing. I think she somehow got photographed wearing it, and someone doing online detective work post-announcement pieced it together (same sweatshirt given to Woobie, & you’re Woobie’s GF?!?!). So I think it’s more thoughtless accident than tactless joke.

              I’m sure Woobie won’t hesitate to apologize if it’s warranted.. I just hope the bashers stop the hysteria soon. These ones remind me of sasaeng fans who go crazy on their kpop idols. Thing is, Woobie *isn’t* a kpop idol, so this is coming a little out of left field.

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              • Fans and their hysteria get my goat. It was a gift for him and he can do whatever he wants with it. At the end of the day, that hurt fan should be thankful he didn’t trash it! Who’s to say he didn’t wear it? Maybe it wasn’t his style or color, and if SHE’s wearing it, maybe it’s too feminine for him. LOL.

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                • True, dat. If it’s a gift for him, he can do whatever he wants with it, even if it’s giving it to his GF. I suspect it was more a case of lending it to her rather than giving it to her. And probably with so many gifts from fans, he may not even have registered in his mind that what he was lending her was a gift from a fan. Plausible, right?

                  I can see why a fangirl might be doubly crushed: first, dating announcement. Then, to REALLY rub it in, you see your token of love on your k-love-of-your-life’s GF.. Burnnn. So, I can understand the loss of one’s reasoning, in the moment. But I hope they straighten out their thoughts soon, coz this really is unreasonable behavior..

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                  • You’re right about a fangirl’s heart. That is a burnnn! But they should seriously calm down. I mean, in reality, if someone burns us a bit, do we go off the deep end and start ‘hate’ groups, etc. etc? No we deal and move on. But it’s the stigma that celebs have to deal with. They need to be perfect or else they will suffer at the mob mentality of fans. It’s a shame.

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                    • Yeah, that’s the tough thing about being in the limelight.. People scrutinize and are extra judgy, even when they logically have no right to be.. Probably one of the big reasons GY says he hates being in the limelight.

                      I’m fairly sure that the fangirls will calm down and come around at some point.. If they truly care for Woobie, I’m sure they’d respect his choices. And I’m still pretty confident that he’ll find a way to manage this in a respectful and dignified manner.

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  8. Didn’t see that coming. I have fallen into the thought that most entertainers are gay. My take on celeb personal stuff-as long as they aren’t hurting anyone, I do not care, and frankly if I were a celeb, I’d lie like a rug about it and keep it totally under wraps. I also tend to keep a nice big admire from afar distance with celebs. Actually my biggest fear is find out that someone I think is totally hot is a giant jerk, or even worse, a complete moron, because smart is the big sexy for me in real life.

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    • I agree! I tend to think that way sometimes too. And I would really hate to know the guy I like is a jerk and they put on the ‘Nice guy’ show for fans. American fans are hard-pressed to hear stories of how their favorite K-stars really are. Because everyone is so ‘nice’ to work with. You barely hear negative stuff. But I totally believe some of them as nice as reported.

      I was surprised when I watched a 45 minute interview with Gong Yoo on Youtube. He said he was difficult to work with back in his twenties. He was going through tumultuous times and growing stardom. Because his personality was not typical Hallyu or Hollywood star guy. He was more quiet and reserved. Came off as very intelligent. I really appreciated his honesty and he even apologized to everyone he might have gave trouble too back then and fans he brushed off. It was a terrific interview. And my respect for him soared. I had already really liked him as an actor too.

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      • I agree with you both!! Knowing more about your favorite celeb in Real Life can be such a double-edged sword.

        On the positive side, I totally agree with Lady G, that watching that reflective, candid interview of GY did increase my respect for him.

        At the same time, it can be devastating, to learn that your favorite celeb is a giant jerk or a complete moron >.< I know that when the Park Shi Hoo scandal broke, I was super relieved that I wasn't a PSH fangirl anymore. I used to love him to bits, and I think I would've been shattered by the rape allegation. And even though the case has been dropped, it's been too much of an eye-opener, in terms of showing his poor judgment in real life. I don't begrudge or blame the fangirls who still stick fiercely by him.. I just don't think I could've done it, in their place.

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        • Thanks to that scandal people are probably now like, ‘Park Shi WHO?’ Ugh, and I had started watching Princess’ man and liked it too. How terribly disappointing. What’s frustrating is that you will never know the truth about the whole thing. Sometimes the women lie too. Yes, very poor judgement indeed for both him and her. :/

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          • “Park Shi Who?” Bwahaha!! Good pun! But yeah, that whole thing was just super distasteful. I followed the case with moderate interest for a good stretch, and regardless of what went down that fateful night (yes, she could’ve totally been lying), I can safely say that PSH displayed a lot of poor judgment, not only the night itself (don’t sleep with a random girl you just met if you’re a top-star whose reputation matters to you, duh), but also in the days following, in the way his side approached the allegations. Just.. Not pretty.

            I’m thinking that sometime, someday, I might be able to watch a PSH drama again and be able to enjoy it for what it is, but I’ll admit upfront that I’m not there yet. I really did enjoy TPM as a drama, enough to think that I’d watch it again sometime.. I’m relieved I watched it before the scandal broke, tbh. Did you ever finish your watch of TPM? Or was it too hard to continue, given the scandal?

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            • This is the first I’m hearing about the PSH scandal! When I read your comments I went and researched it now. I don’t normally follow all the latest Korean news and all that. But now I do.

              I was only on the 3rd episode of TPM, but I kept getting sidetracked by so many other dramas so I put it aside. Now I think I’ll just push it over a little more. Aish, that punk. Not saying he’s a bad person, just not very bright at all. This is S. Korea, dude…kiss your career goodbye for a long while.

              But I also stopped because I think you have to be in a certain mood for historicals. I realize that aside from Chuno, TWDR, Jumong, and Faith, I’m not too crazy about them. BTW, I didn’t make it to watch all of Jumong, the summer just got crazy for me in RL and it still is, so I’m at episode 29. LOL. But that’s a major breakthrough for me, since i’ve never watched a drama longer than 24 eps.

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              • Right?? Just not a very wise move, on his part, no matter the truth of what went down. And for a top-star with a reputation at stake, that was just really, really short-sighted. And he wasn’t even drunk, so he made that bad decision while fully sober. *shakes head*

                I’m just really relieved that this Woobie bombshell is in a completely different vein.. Having a girlfriend of 2 years, I can deal with. Anything like the PSH scandal, nooooo. So, keeping that in mind does help a lot, actually, in terms of processing this.

                TPM’s a good watch, but you definitely need to be in the mood for it. It’s pretty intense. I remember I had to take breaks during episodes at times, just to give myself a breather. I remember liking The Moon that Embraces the Sun “better” in the sense that it was much easier to lap up the episodes, coz it was less intense. TPM’s got a more robust story, though, so it’s objectively the better show.

                In terms of sageuks, have you tried any of the fusion ones? Those can be good fun. I loved Sungkyunkwan Scandal when I watched it. That was my first sageuk of any kind. SUCH a fun ride. It’s like Coffee Prince, Joseon style ^^ If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it for when you want something light and fun 😀

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                • Sungkyunkwan Scandal was one of the first K-Dramas I saw after Nice Guy, because I really like Song Ki Joong. It was cute, and made me a fan of Mickey. So I loved Rooftop prince which had a bit of fun fusion.

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                  • Oh, oh! Have you seen Queen In-hyun’s Man, Lady G??? It is WONDERFUL. I heard such good things, but was still blown away by how good it was. I kid you not. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it! Wonderful fusion time travel epic romance. Super well-done in handling not just the time travel device, but the romance itself. So melty.

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                    • I have that one on the list! I started it but then got very sidetracked. I will get back to that one. I even read your review on it. 😀 I’m actually going to read your reviews on Ojakgyo Brothers and Panda and Hedghog, because those 2 I want to see also. I’m not worried about spoilers. 🙂

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                    • QIHM deserves a high-up spot on that list, truly. It’s such a satisfying watch. I love it! And it balances the 2 timelines really well, which is something that Rooftop didn’t do as well.

                      D’aw! You’re so cute, to brave all the spoilers even before watching the show! I’m the opposite, I’m very spoiler-averse if I intend to check out a show.. I want to experience it in its full impact, the way it was intended, and I feel like spoilers mess with that.. Funny how things work differently for all of us, eh? ^^

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                    • Okay, I will put it up there. 🙂

                      That’s true about differences. Sometimes I hate spoilers, but with those 2 dramas, I don’t know when I’ll get to watch them, i just know I want to. Especially the O brothers. All those hotties in one movie. :squee!: I’m in love with Ryu Soo Young. And speaking of the last topic about actors in real life, I fell more in love when I read what he did for the sick little boy a few months ago.
                      http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/04/05/2012040500601.html

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                    • Omomo!! HOW SWEET IS THAT?!?!? D’AWWW. So many warm fuzzies! That is one sweet man. No wonder you’re all melty about him!

                      Ojakgyo Brothers is a lovely, lovely watch!! Perfect to balance out any heavier show that you happen to be watching, or as a sweet little nightcap before bed. Or both. LOVE. IT. You’ll wish that it was 100 eps instead of just 58. I kid you not. It takes a little while to get all set up (around 8 eps, I think, which is normal for a family drama), and then after that, it’s all systems go. So much fun, so much squee, so much warmth, so much swoon. ❤

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                    • I swear I read it and immediately cried as if I were watching a K-drama. It just struck a chord. Plus I’m loving his character and acting in Two-weeks. I’m constantly defending his character because viewers are like wishing he would ‘die’ and he’s not even a villain! He’s a frustrated cop. I have to catch up! That series is about to end. So I’m definitely on board for the O brothers. (I can never remember how to spell it! haha)

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                    • I know, his sincerity really shines through. If it were just for show, he wouldn’t go to the extent of bringing the boy back to Korea and getting him surgery. Sweet, sweet man. Imma developing a soft spot for him, just based on this, seriously.

                      I plan to check out Two Weeks! I love Lee Jun Ki, and I find the premise intriguing. And yes, I can see Ryu Soo Young’s character isn’t the villain. He’s just trying to do his job, poor guy.

                      Ryu Soo Young’s character and his love line is one of the major pluses in Ojakgyo Brothers. He starts out a total cad but there is so much charm and sweet to come in the later eps. You’ll love him in this, I’m sure! ^^

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                    • It was just a total random and beautiful act of kindness. Something like that is not cheap either. I’m glad the little boy’s family allowed that to happen. They will be RSY fans forever now. I’m getting more excited to watch Ojakgyo Brothers now! 😀

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                    • Yeah, no. That kind of surgery is definitely not cheap. And that he did it so spontaneously.. just, beautiful.

                      And yes, you SHOULD be excited to watch Ojakgyo Brothers! Even people who swear they don’t watch longer dramas come away loving it. ^^

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  9. What’s with so many k-celebs outing themselves as taken this year? Something in Seoul water maybe? Uri Paksa just anounced in radio the other day that he’s been dating for a year now. Can you hear hearts breaking all over the globe….? ^^

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    • Omo. I didn’t hear about that! And just as he’s gotten to be quite the hot piece of property too! Waitaminute – isn’t that a touch similar to Woobie’s announcement? As in, it comes just as he’s (arguably on the cusp of) getting to be serious hot property? I wonder if this thing is timed for that..? Hmmm..

      But yeah. I HAVE noticed the spate of dating news.. Maybe it’s a sign of the times.. Maybe this is us witnessing the k-ent world coming to terms with being more accepting of celebs who date openly instead of in secret?

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      • Wow. It sounds like it’s both! Timing, publicity and a turn toward “Western” values.

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        • If that’s true, then things are definitely a-changing, aren’t they? In principle, I’d support that change, sting to the heart notwithstanding. It’s better for celebs in that they don’t feel they have to sneak around. Well. If they want to date quietly that’s completely up to them, of course. That’s their prerogative, but at least now more of them would feel like they have a choice. And I think that’s a good thing.

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          • I agree, it is a good thing. It’s hard to keep up a ‘veneer’ and act like you’ll be single the rest of your life just to appease the fans. lol. And anyone who dates a celeb should understand too that she has to share them with the world. There’s a give and take.

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            • And worse, when that veneer can’t be kept up and crumbles around them, and people find out that they’ve been sneaking around for the longest time anyway. I feel like that’s way worse, tbh. Coz then people see you as a cowardly liar. Better to either be upfront about it, or just take a firm “no comment” stance on questions related to your love life. No veneers.

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  10. awww! i know exactly the feeling! but mine hasn’t gotten married yet but is on a sabbatical due a worst ordeal and i stand by him.

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  11. awww! i know the feeling, agassi. but mine is a different scenario. my heart is broken because my klove is on sabbatical due to the worst scandal in hallyu this year. i stand by himto this day and wait.

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    • Gosh, that must’ve been an awful, awful day when you first heard the news.. I feel for you, soo bin. That must’ve been a shocking, tough day indeed. This announcement that took me by surprise is small beans compared to what hit you.. HUGS.

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  12. :)..you know…still photos/bts/otps/teasers of “The Heirs” are on different sites already!..every fangirl is super excited about the premier of this drama…just today i saw still photos of your red diamond gem “Woobie” with a bike…and he absolutely L-O-O-K-S STUNNING!..*woooot* for Woobie..will i see him riding a bike with PSH?…my!…totally manly!…and you know it’s really sexy seeing your cutie doing an aggressive role..will he outshines the gorgeous LMH?….ehem!….that for us to see…. 🙂

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    • I KNOW. The teasers, stills and vids are EVERYWHERE. Everywhere you turn, there’s something about Heirs, to which I have no complaints about whatsoever, especially when it means I get peeks at lovely Woobie ^.~ I’ve been drooling over those Woobie-with-a-bike pix.. He looks so badass cool, I love it! I AM curious to see how he and LMH will face off against each other, but I hafta admit, I am terribly biased. In my mind, Woobie’s already outshining LMH, and the drama hasn’t even started yet! 😄

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  13. …yes, back to your previous comment “even if it stinks”….this drama will surpass its flaws…SBS is canny enough putting adorable castings in a drama and as expected fangirls are now crazy and having a non-stop spaaaaaazzzzzz and squeeeeiing like what we do here and as i said…being a K-fangirl is the best! 🙂
    Fangirling release our hormones of happiness…hurray!hurray!…we get good benefits out of it after all..LOL!

    ..it’s ok to be biased everyone of our kind is having k-favorites…event though, the best part is learn to respect and embrace each one’s favorites be in positive or negative approach and for me the what’s famgirling is all about!..<3<3<3..

    ..And i know from the very start, in your heart Woobie already outshines every k-hotties!.. 🙂

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    • Yes, I’m pretty amazed at how the people making Heirs managed to get so many popular stars on board AT THE SAME TIME. That’s the trickiest part, I’d imagine, given how each star is popular in his/her own right and therefore has lots of their own schedules and commitments to tend to as well. Good news for fangirls everywhere, though, coz we all get to squee and spazz and swoon at our screens together. Eeee!! 😀

      Definitely, I agree with you that being respectful of one another’s biases is important.. I hate when fan wars break out and people get upset and nasty. This is supposed to be a happy thing after all, right??

      And yes. Woobie. My sweet Woobie. In my mind, he’s way awesome. And hot. And cool. And mesmerizing. And just lovely. ❤❤❤

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  14. …in my own observation..fan wars happened most of the time among k-pop aficionados…fangirling there is more extreme…they do really get nasty on their comments sometimes…you will be amazed when you read their exchange of words…and end up asking yourself…”isn’t that too harsh”?…i admit i’m liking some k-pop groups and have biases as well and i also give my opinions and leave comments but in a fun and friendly way…but to others…it’s a war!…why is that?…maybe the k-pop fans consist mostly of younger generation..LOL!..oh well…

    😉 YAY!..i’ve seen trailer no. 5 from drama fever…pretty exciting!…a second of confrontational scene between two tower…LMH and Woobie and that made fangirls die again…as for the premier..i don’t know if this will be readily available now for the streaming here…or i have to waaaaaait….

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    • You’re right, most of the nasty fan wars happen over the kpop idols.. Although, I’ve encountered some heatedness over actors/actresses too.

      I just saw trailer #5 too!! Woobie being silent and fierce = very promising start indeed! 😀 I’m diving into the live watch hysteria for this one, and I’m EXCITEDDD. Another drama priority to juggle here in Tokyo, but I have No. Complaints. Whatsoever. Bring it on, Heirs!! 😀

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  15. …yes! bring it on!..isn’t the trailer intriguing?….”it said the comeback of Lucifer?..why was LMH called by that name and LMH says chingu to Woobie…i’m super excited too…what could each character offer?…or who will shine among these stars?…

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    • I’ve read some comments on E1, and it seems that Woobie’s totally bringin’ the badass fire, so I’m already prepared for some serious squee! Eeee!! 😀 But again, I AM completely biased, aren’t I? ;D

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  16. 🙂 YAY!…i just wrapped up e1 @drama fever and it was an awesome start from SBS i liked it much!…..the opening just gave me a perk!..it’s like a strong coffee that gives you so much caffeine..LMH doing some surfing and shirtless!…Woobie with a bike! He’s really good doin’ badass image….i know that you are a Woobie girl but for me i like these two-tower combination LMH + Woobie = winner!…i think this drama is going to show more…my heart was touched and bit teary-eyed on the halfway of e1..PSH’s scene with her omma…couldn’t wait for the e2…enjoy Woobie while in Tokyo..damn! that red gem will totally stuck in every fangirl’s dream…e1 did not show much of him but boy! he really explodes..

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    • I just watched E1 too – Woobie is arresting onscreen, no doubt about it. Can’t take my eyes off him, even to read subs, HA! Overall, I feel like E1 is just a prelude to the real story, so I’m waiting to see how the story unfolds once we get everyone back in Korea. So far, so good. More Woobie would make this show better, in my very biased opinion, Lol! ;D

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      • 😉 and i’ll go with you with that biased opinion…Woobie totally blown me away with his scenes…the part where he is bullying one of his classmates and the one where he met he’s soon to be step dad?…the looks and the acting skills of Woobie got me there…no wonder he was chosen to do the second lead..Woobie is promising!….i just hope that his character in this drama will keep on bring out the best part of him…i’m delighted to share to you that even some of my friends here noticed that…we share our thoughts about this drama and my friends here are LMH followers but Woobie suddenly sneaks into the view…LOL!

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        • Ooh!! More Woobie appreciation in the house is always, ALWAYS a good thing!! 😀 And I certainly don’t blame them.. He is completely magnetic onscreen, and in my biased eyes, is way more arresting than even LMH is right now. I almost felt bad for finding him swoony while he was being a bully.. Almost ^.~ Coz he’s just too hot to feel bad about ogling, heh. I’m sooo looking forward to more Woobie scenes!! Squee!

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          • I read a brief article @soompi PSH in an interview said Woobie likes skinship!…weww!..but he explained that “hugging” and “holding hand” show you care!…soooo?…if i could just run to him i would probably say this:”hey Woobie, your’re kfangirl’s dream man, can you lend that precious hand of yours to comfort her?” LOL!….kiddin’ aside, don’t feel bad about Woobie’s character as a bully..y’know that only shows that he really portrays his character well….i just feel that it was made that way on purpose…that’s why it’s intriguing….e2 bringing in another character and some mind boggling revelation…honestly, the fact that i love Kim Tan, i’m so eager to find about this Choi Young-Do’s character…what’s in store for this guy?….one thing is for sure for now, every episodes have earned this drama a tumultuous squeeing from a fangirl like you and me, so until e3 shows keep calm and let that squeeeeee resume!… 😉 <3<3<3

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            • Oh, I’ve seen reports circulating about the Woobie’s skinship bent too, and that is SO him! He’s very touchy-feely with people he’s comfortable with, and I love that he’s that way! Sweet, affectionate Woobie ❤

              I just caught E2 too, and even though the show is still introducing characters and feels like they’re still doing set-up, I’m already curious to know more about Young Do’s character.. Woobie makes him seem very mysterious, and so badass charismatic! Swoon.. Every time his scenes show up on my screen, I’m completely spellbound ❤

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              • ,,,yes it is!…everytime Woobie is on screen it’s like Young Do’s character is catching a spell to the viewers that would make you want for more!…i like Woobie’s role here..for just 2eps. i feel like his role in this drama is tailor-made for for him.. 😉

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                • Ooh. Now that you mention it, evez.. I do find it hard to imagine anyone else playing Young Do. But then, I AM completely & utterly biased when it comes to Woobie ;D

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                  • 😉 …and go on with that biased feeling of yours….a fangirl has the right to be prejudiced for the sake of klove…LOL!…and i am thinking if this role is given to Jung Hyongwa i don’t think he can portray this as good as Woobie..i’ve seen JYW in his dramas and i guess the role of Young Do will not fit him…so it’s a good thing it’s Woobie…the looks! super like!..<3<3<3

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                    • Wow. I’d completely forgotten that Jung Yong Hwa had been offered 2nd lead on Heirs prior to Woobie.. Thanks for reminding me, evez! Now that I think about it, I feel like Young Do would be SUCH a different character in JYH’s hands. I’ve seen him play cold and aloof in Heartstrings, so I can sort of imagine him being a cold and aloof Young Do.. I doubt Young Do would’ve felt as, well.. *dangerous* as he does now, in Woobie’s hands. Innnteresting.. Casting is so important, isn’t it?

                      The element of dangerous and mysterious that Woobie’s brought to Young Do makes our 2nd lead such a fascinating character.. And yes, I totally reserve the right to be completely biased in Woobie’s favor, in the name of fangirl love ;D Hee.

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    • LOL! This article is so strangely translated, I have no idea what they’re trying to say! 😄

      I do agree that KWB is very tactile.. I love the bits of handsy we get to see during his variety segments with other actors.. Not just with Lee Jong Suk, but also with Lee Jong Hyun. Handsy Woobie = ❤❤❤

      And if KWB is truly saying that he prefers to be friends with people older than himself, I’m happy to volunteer 😉 Ahem.

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      • LOL. I noticed Han Cinema posts tend to get loosely translated here and there. I’m also thinking that he finds nothing wrong with being ‘touchy feely’ toward others.

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        • Nuh-uh. Absolutely nuthin’ wrong with touchy-feely Woobie. That’s my favorite version of Woobie *cough*

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          • haha. I’m on Woobie’s first 5 minutes in ‘Heirs’ and man does he have super star charisma written all over him. My assessment of him being ‘Fierce’ when I first saw him for a minute or two in another drama was absolutely correct. He’s got Jang Hyuk fierceness about him. Woot!

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            • Right?!? His screen presence is so fierce and potent that you can practically cut it with a knife. He hardly has to even say anything, and I’m mesmerized. Although I know he always brings it, I really really hope they give him proper room to shine in Heirs.. He is pretty darn amazing. He is just BRILLIANT in School 2013, Lady G.. If you haven’t seen it, I super highly recommend it!! And that’s not a biased fangirl recommendation either! *pinky promise*

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              • I still have it in mind to watch it! Thanks. I’m going to try and catch Heirs this weekend. Every time I go on DF it’s slow and keeps pausing. It’s doing that for the other dramas I’m watching on there too. It’s so annoying as a paying customer. But I assume it’s lag because of backed up servers with everyone watching the series. I’m taking a break from K-drama and watching a Taiwan High-School drama called ToGetHer with Jiro Wang. He’s so adorable. It’s only 12 eps. So I will be back to K-drama in no time. lol

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                • Aw that’s a bummer about lag on DF!! And as a paying customer, that’s extra annoying. I hope it fixes itself soon! I’ve caught the first 2 eps of Heirs.. So far, nothing groundbreaking, but it’s pleasant enough, and whenever Woobie shows up, I am suitably spellbound ^.~ That’s enough to keep me committed to this show, though I hope it turns out to actually be good!

                  I’ve heard of ToGetHer (hur at the pun, but what’s the official pronunciation of this thing, I wonder? ^^) but haven’t seen it. I don’t watch much TW drama at all, tbh. Hope you enjoy your little detour with TW drama.. My little detour now is J-dorama, just coz I’m here in Tokyo ^^v Still got my feet firmly in kdramaland, though *digs in heels* Coz I love my kdrama. And my Woobie ❤

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                  • The more I think about it, the more I think I am watching Heirs just for Woobie and Choi Jin Hyuk. So far the two biggest jerks in the drama! LOL.

                    I’m really not big on H.S dramas (But at some point I WILL give School 2013 a fair chance! lol) and I am so disappointed to see LMH playing High school AGAIN, after such awesome adult roles. There’s way too many characters to follow. But I will get back to it soon. I think all the hype turned me off to it too. I can’t stand when things are over-hyped so I try to avoid looking at it and reading about it too much. I know that seems weird. I like J-Doramas, but sometimes I find them too wacky and they are really cheap in the romance department. However some that have really caught my attention were mystery and family dramas anyway.

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                    • I do have a soft spot for high school dramas done well, but I hafta admit that at the moment, it’s Woobie that’s keeping my attention on Heirs. Two eps in, the main story still feels like it’s being set up, and I’m not yet fully engaged by it. I’d like to see how it unfolds once the story leaves the US. I think the awful Engrish is distracting not just me, but the actors as well. LMH was really stilted in some English-speaking scenes & I can’t helping feeling like maybe he was distracted, since he’s capable of better delivery.

                      I think too much hype can be a dangerous thing.. Like, how does a drama actually live up to the hype that it’s built, if that hype is as highly explosive as it’s been for Heirs? The probability for disappointment increases the higher the hype machine cranks, imo.

                      I haven’t seen all that many J-doramas, but I did go through a phase of loving several of their manga adaptations. Probably not your thing, since most of those are High School dramas.. Have you seen 1 Litre of Tears, tho? It’s a classic which I checked out, out of curiosity, and ended up really liking. Plus, it’s based on a true story. And yes, it does make you cry (the title’s such a giveaway), but it’s a worthy watch if you haven’t seen it 🙂

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  17. *CRUSHED* will now proceed to begin an extended mourning…i will suffer the pain, because my Woobin can never be guilty of anything… its all my fault. he’s too perfect, and my love has been squished by a big butt.

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    • Oh my.. I totally know how you feel, wonder woman!! I was completely crushed too. I feel your pain. Hugs.

      It took me several days to process the news.. If it helps at all, I now feel way better, and my Woobie love has not suffered an iota. So I believe you’ll power through the mourning and emerge on the other side still having lots of love for Woobie 🙂 Hang in there.. And be kind to yourself ❤

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  18. ..yes, casting played an important ingredient in a drama…you see?…aside from LMH is a season actor of Korea, honestly speaking he’s gorgeous and i think Woobie can equal LMH’s charm….both possess good looks and stunning aura…though i have nothing against JYH, infact, i love this guy ‘coz of his singing capacity and skill in playing guitar plus the fact that he composes most of their songs….he’s so cool on that spot…..nonetheless, Woobie has this “adorkable” *giggle* feature that JYH doesn’t acquire…so like what i’ve always said…two-tower combi(lead and the second lead) of Heirs” is a winner..

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    • That is true, Jung Yong Hwa is pretty cool when it comes to music and playing the guitar – no wonder his 2 roles so far have been musically related. He’s still rather limited as an actor, though, so I hope he gets better at it, if he’s serious about acting more..

      Yes, I’m definitely curious to see how Woobie and LMH face off against each other – how will they each fair, badass to badass? I’m leaning towards Woobie being fiercer, but again, I’m ALWAYS on Woobie’s side, aren’t I? ;D

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  19. ..YES.. i heard you loud and clear.. 😉 and i have no objection with regards to that..LOL!…can’t wait for the e3….i just hope as the story progresses, Woobie’s character is not gonna end up like what we usually see in our drama for second lead….sometimes i feel pitiful for the second lead as if they are doom to be despaired and suffer for the rest of their life…i just wish the writer would come up something new and give a better twist for Choi Young Do’s character..

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    • I hope so too!! I’m thinking (believing!) that Woobie would’ve chosen the role carefully, so hopefully this means that we have more to look forward to from Young Do than standard 2nd lead stuff ^^

      Joining the live watch has been easy and quite fun so far.. But then, we’re only 2 eps in, and nowhere near a good cliffhanger yet, so let’s see how I do when the show leaves us on a serious cliffhanger between weeks. I might remember all over again why it is that I haven’t been doing live watches, heh 😄

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  20. ..and i’m enjoying it too, 🙂 after watching the episode, i would read all comments from viewers and that made me more amaze…reading comments have somewhat enlightened and bewildered my awareness at the same time…for just two episodes, Heirs garnered a passive and tumultuous comments from netizens….in a way, reading commentary reviews is fun after all…:)

    ..as what you said the best is yet to come as we are all in tense situation watching Heirs…you know i’m still gonna acquire a copy of this drama even if it’s done streaming…i’d still love to marathon the viewing and have it re-watching without interruption… 🙂

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    • Aw, I like to re-watch my favorite dramas too.. I still don’t know yet how well I’ll like Heirs as a show, but if Woobie’s awesome in this (& I suspect he will be quite) then I’m pretty sure a selective re-watch will be on my horizon ^^

      I haven’t been checking out all that many online comments on Heirs yet.. Partly coz I’m just waiting for the story to get back to Korea.. Right now, I feel like we’re just setting things up and that the real story won’t start until everyone’s back in Korea. Also, THAT’S when LMH & Woobie will face off, and I hafta admit I’m pretty eager to watch that scene ^.~

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  21. …hello kfangirl.. 🙂 how’s our Woobie girl in Tokyo this day?…i just wrapped up e3 and e4 of Heirs @drama fever….and looks like the face off that we’ll be anticipating is going to happen on e5…though i’m sure you did squee again when you saw Woobie on both episodes…especially e5…boy!…Woobie knows how to swag after all, have you notice that?..the scene in the car with Rachel and while the rock music played on?…he did swag a bit…and he’s so cool doing it..LOL!….wow!…what is this i’m anticipating every episodes?…apart from wanting to see LMH’s gorgeousness it’s Woobie’s character i want to see on screen…i guess it’s now my primary reason why i have to watch Heirs… ;)..<3<3<3

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  22. …oh i’m referring to e4 ’bout the swag thing….:)

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    • Hee! You got me there, evez. I guess I AM a Woobie girl ❤ Coz he’s a huge part of why I’m live-watching Heirs ^^ I definitely paid extra attention when Woobie showed up on my screen. And yes, that includes the scene in the car with Rachel and the rock music.

      I’m liking what I see so far, in terms of how there’re indications of layers and depth to his character, even though these are still just hints at the moment. I really hope to see more of that fleshed out, coz there’s definite potential there. So far, though, we’ve been spending most of our time with the OTP, with precious little screen time devoted to other characters. Hopefully that will change once we go back to school – now THAT’S something I really looking forward to! ^^

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  23. 🙂 ..i also want to see this two interesting character once they’re in school the fox and the tiger as mentioned by Rachel.. i want to see how this two characters interact and that preview of e5 looks interesting….i want to see more Kim Tan and Choi Dong Yo facing off….so until the next episodes…as for now i am already enjoying some OSTs especially “Love Is” by Park Jang Hyun <3<3<3…super like… 🙂

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    • Yes, the rivalry between Tan and Young Do is definitely one of the big draws for me.. I’m actually MORE interested in that than the OTP romance at the moment. What we’ve gotten so far is quite a bit of OTP sweet.. I’m ready for some bad-boy spicy now *ahem*

      The OST’s pleasant and breezy, though I hafta say, nothing’s really hooked me quite yet. Maybe as I become more invested in the story, that’ll change. In the meantime, though, I’m just happy that nothing’s giving BOF’s Almost Paradise a run for its money – and fingers crossed that it’ll stay that way! 😄

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  24. ….oh the preview of e5 also shows Woobie doing some bad boy act with PSH…..the battle of lead and the second lead begins…quite exciting!.

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    • Absolutely!! I think it’s going to be fun to watch Young Do try to exert his presence into Eun Sang’s life. Plus, this only means more Woobie screentime, and for me, that’s ALWAYS a good thing! ;D Bring it on, E5!

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  25. 🙂 ..just as i thought!…e5 of Heirs brings the best out of Young Do’s character!…oh my!…we see the usual charm of Kim Tan’s feature….but have to admit that Young Do’s personality engulf Tan’s!…Woobie is so exciting and very engaging in episode 5…you’re not only gonna squee out of adorable eye candies that this drama have nonetheless, there’s definitely one character that will shine…ahahhah! Lee Min Ho has a competition and Kim Woo Bin is outshining him…am i getting it right?…unless the writer and the director will do something on Kim Tan’s character for the succeeding episodes….the face off is so much adorable to witness…the meek and poker-faced look of Kim Tan versus Young Do’s teasing and cunning look…i’m waiting for you e6….. 😉

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    • I just finished watching E5!! Yes, I see what you mean, evez! Woobie’s Young Do just fills up the screen with his presence, whenever he appears!! His screen presence is formidable, I tell ya! So delicious to watch! And I love the measured smooth tones that he speaks in this ep.. So cool and unruffled. Squeee!!

      E5 still felt like set-up, though thankfully, it felt like the final bits of set-up. I’ve been waiting for actual face-offs between our various characters, and I thought E5 was going to give us that. Now, looking to E6 instead. Come on, Show. Bring it! 😉

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  26. …and ah…i’m having this second lead syndrome…i do love Lee Min Ho, who could not love this adorable guy?…he’s the most treasured Korean actor here in the Phils…..honestly speaking k-pop idols are more overwhelming here…however, if you are a kdrama follower, you would experience this second lead condition am i right?…and i am right now again… Woobie is just so enticing as Young Do and i guess this is just one of the reasons why i keep on streaming this drama though the internet connection sometimes sucks…:(

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    • Oh yes, Woobie has that magnetic draw, so you can’t help but want more of him on your screen, even if he is playing second lead! LMH has a more mainstream appeal, but for those who have an appreciative eye, there is so much substance and charisma to enjoy with Woobie ❤

      If you haven’t seen School 2013, evez, I highly recommend it.. ESPECIALLY if you’re suffering from second-lead syndrome for Woobie.. He’s so amazing in School 2013, plus, his role is so meaty. You get lots more Woobie goodness, and there won’t be any second-lead syndrome either.. Maybe a good choice to keep you going between episodes of Heirs? 😉

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  27. WAKE UP CALLS from Kim Woo Bin! And my favorite Gumiho Choi Jin Hyuk. O wow! If only I could download some of these as soundfiles into the phone and use it for the alarm. If my phone wasn’t so basic and cheap I would. Especially the Choi Jin Hyuk ones. His voice makes me melt. But they are both swoony!

    http://www.dramafever.com/news/8-irresistible-wake-up-calls-from-kim-woo-bin-and-choi-jin-hyuk/

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    • HAHAHA!! I LOVE THESE!!! 😀 And indeed, I’m coming around to the realization that Choi Jin Hyuk has a dreamy voice. So deep and sexy! And Woobie is adorable in the vids!! I love the angel/devil one, and the Friend 2 one is pretty cool too. And the NG vid is hilarious!! I can totally see how filming these felt awkwardly embarrassing for Woobie! 😄 AWESOMENESS. When I have some time, I just might download some of these and make them into phone alarms! ^^

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    • Aw. What a dorky cutie he was in high-school ❤ He got laughed at by classmates when he said he wanted to be a model, so I’m guessing high-school wasn’t such a breeze for him. So proud of him now, seriously ❤

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      • Aww, it’s never a breeze for anyone really. :/ But look, he’s showing them now! Making dramas, movies, CFS, modeling, wonder what those who laughed are doing?

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      • Didn’t really watch Heirs but I Loved this! That last pic…❤ Now I really have to get back to my KWB drama creation. But I’m also working with another friend and helping her beef up HER drama idea! Such fun!

        http://www.dramafever.com/news/15-times-choi-young-do-gave-us-second-male-lead-syndrome/

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        • Gurgle. I just love Woobie ❤ Those pix and gifs are such a lovely walk-through of some of many worthy Woobie moments in Heirs! And yes, that last pic! I confess I paused and rewound several times during that scene. He was not kidding when he put on 12kg of muscle for Friend 2! Now he looks more gorgeous than ever, shirtless! *drool*

          Aw. Working with a friend on a drama idea is fun! (As I’ve found out through you!) Take your time – when you’re good and ready, our Woobie drama will be waiting for ya! I, too, am kinda swamped and haven’t been able to give our Woobie drama the love and thought it deserves. But! We will be back, Woobie! ❤

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          • omg-I love your pink and girly banner with Kim Yoo Jung!! She is going to be an acting force to be reckoned with one day. And she’s so young yet.

            Yes, I’ll definitely get back to my Woobie drama. It needs to be structured and put in order. I’ll have to do that on a separate document. lol. I haven’t seen Friends 1, so I’ll have to watch that sometime to get the full scope if I want to see part 2.

            More KWB goodies! http://www.hancinema.net/kim-woo-bin-i-want-to-learn-how-to-sing-63953.html

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            • YAY that you love the girly pink Kim Yoo Jung banner!! 😀 She’s just precious and so very talented. I can only imagine what an amazing actress she will be as an adult; she’s already delivering such nuanced and layered performances at such a young age! Respect, seriously.

              Yep, our Woobie drama needs some love.. With the current onslaught of the festive season and all the hectic schedules that come with, though, I’m thinking we can give it a break till after Christmas and New Year’s.. He’ll still be waiting. He’s sweet that way 😉

              I’ve got Friend already downloaded but haven’t watched it yet. I plan to do the same, watch Friend before progressing onto Friend 2, just to get a full understanding of the context of Friend 2.

              And that article! Aw. Woobie’s bad at singing, dancing and sports?? 😄 Poor baby. I love that he wants to learn those things, coz I do see them as being useful skills for an actor. And having taken singing lessons, I can vouch for the huge difference that a good teacher can make. Maybe one day Woobie’ll be crooning love ballads for some drama’s OST? 😀 *daydreams*

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              • LOL. If Lee Min Ho can *sing* then I’m SURE Woobie can sing once he gets some good lessons too! 😀 No Sports either huh?? LOL. I’m sure he’ll learn fast.

                They have Friends on Netflix I think, they used to. I’m in the middle of watching ‘The Tower.’ It’s giving me extreme goosebumps. Scary to imagine it. Yeah, I’m not rushing with our Woobie drama. I actually think it’s pretty fully developed by now. 🙂 Thanks!

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                • Yep, the right teachers will teach him well, I’m sure! ^^

                  Cool that you’ve got access to Friend! I found Friend 2, but there aren’t any subs yet. *sadface* But usually movie subs take longer to come out, so I shall be patient! For Woobie’s sake 😉 ❤

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    • Hee. Thanks Tanie. While part of me can’t help squeeing a little at the fact that Woob is single (and therefore technically available to date me – yes, like that would actually ever happen, right?), I do feel rather bad about taking any kind of pleasure in his single-ness. I do wonder how he took the breakup, and if he was sad. Or lonely. (I totally volunteer to soothe the loneliness away, of course.) 😛

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