It so happens that 8 years ago, on 12.12.12, I decided it would be a fun idea to start a blog. Fast forward 8 years, and here we are, and what a journey it has been! 🤩
So, why am I writing this post? Well, Sharra suggested to me on Patreon, that it might be a fun idea to ask you guys to share how you came across the blog, and to maybe tell us a little about yourself, like which country you’re from, and anything else you’d like to tell us.
I thought it was a really fun idea, and so here we are! I’ll go first! 😉
1. How did you come across the blog?
Tee hee. Well, I started it, that’s how. 😆
If you haven’t come across the blog’s origin story yet, the summary is, I’d gotten to really enjoy reading other blogs, once I got into watching dramas seriously. I thought Javabeans and Girlfriday of Dramabeans were superstars, the way they were able to talk about dramas so articulately, yet make it sound like so much fun. It never occurred to me, though, to actually start a blog of my own.
One day, I came out of lurking on Stephanie’s blog Crazy For Kdrama (now reborn as Kchat Jjigae), to suggest Queen In-hyun’s Man to her as a worthy watch, which then emboldened me to delurk more, and comment on her posts more (yes, I was a total lurker before that!). One thing led to another, and before I knew it, Stephanie had invited me to do a guest post for her year-end-review series. I was thrilled and accepted immediately. Wow. It was a dream come true, to be asked to write about dramas!
In the process of working out that guest post, Steph asked if I had a blog, coz if I did, she’d introduce it in my guest post, she said, and I thought, “Well.. maybe I’ll make one? Just to see?”
And so I did. And here we are. Kinda crazy, now that I think about it. I basically started this blog on a whim, you guys, and now, I’ve been at it for 8 whole years. This has been one heckuva whim! 🤯😂
For my previous telling of the blog’s origin story, you can go here.
2. Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
(1) You guys might already know this, but I’m from Singapore, a tiny island city state that is so near the equator that it’s literally summer here, all year round. The humidity is really high, but I tell myself that it’s good for my skin. 😅
(2) I’m ethnically Chinese, and studied Chinese in school, so I do know the language. I just need to reclaim it a bit, coz I sucked really bad at Chinese in school, and hated the regimented way Chinese was taught, and it was hard coz no one spoke Chinese as a matter of habit, in my home. English is my first language (as it is in all schools in Singapore), and now I watch Chinese dramas as a way to hone my mother tongue. It really does help! I’ve been told that I’ve become more fluent, and I’ve also become better at reading Chinese. Huzzah! 🥳
(3) I’ve never taken a Korean class, and for some reason, the idea of picking up Korean casually, by watching dramas, gives me more of thrill than the thought of actually taking classes. Knowing Chinese totally helps in picking up Korean. Having taken Japanese lessons for a while in school, also helps. I’m not fluent in Korean (yet?) but I can understand a lot more now than when I first started watching kdramas in 2007!
(4) I’m not the sporty type, at all. I have come to really enjoy doing weight training and Pilates in recent years, though. But, I’ve been lazy because of COVID, and haven’t worked out in literal months. Eep.
(5) I have two younger sisters, whom you see me mention from time to time on the blog. I’ve watched dramas with my youngest sister, who was the one who first brought home Goong in a box set, and started me on my very first kdrama. Ironically, though, she doesn’t watch dramas now despite being my initial enabler, and it’s my other sister, who now lives in Australia, who actually follows the blog and watches dramas, and has drama conversations with me. And now, several of this sister’s friends follow the blog too, woot! Funny how things turn out sometimes, eh?
Ok, now enough about me – tell us about yourself in the comments, using these two questions? 😃