Gentlemen’s Dignity

50. Eun-yi

In the episode 14, time 01:04:55, Yi-soo accidentally runs into Do-jin with Eun-yi right outside of the Yoon’s office.

Yi-soo tells Do-jin sarcastically that a son must not be the only entity that appeared in his life, meaning that Eun-yi must also be in his life now. Do-jin introduces Eun-yi to Yi-soo as his old girlfriend, and describes Yi-soo as someone who he has recently lost. And onto the episode 15, time 11:44, Yi-soo corrects Do-jin by telling Eun-yi that she isn’t someone Do-jin lost, but rather someone he has recently dumped, and that she feels it was uncalled for. This is where Kim Eun-yi realizes that Yi-soo mistakenly thinks Do-jin broke up with Yi-soo because of her, so in the episode 15, time 24:20, Eun-yi clarifies the situation to Yi-soo, and in the process we see a glimpse of how classy a lady Eun-yi really is.

Yi-soo gets a call from Eun-yi, “Hello…. Who did you say you were?”

Now, they are sitting across from each other in a café, both appearing very calm and surprisingly relaxed, just staring at each other until Eun-yi breaks the silence, “You were surprised that I called you, right?”

Smiling faintly, “I have a bad habit of doing things on an impulse.” Pointing to Yi-soo, “It’s just that I keep thinking about you.”
“Did you two break up?”
Yi-soo’s eyes showing fire, “By any chance, did Do-jin ask you to…”

“Do-jin doesn’t know that I called you, because he’s a little preoccupied right now because of Collin. I’m sure you have million questions about me, about Do-jin and me, and about his son, but you never had chance to ask Do-jin about anything, did you? Do you love Do-jin a lot?”

Smiling a bit sardonically, “Is that what you really wanted to know?”
Smiling brightly, “That’s because love is always the most important thing.”
“I’m not sure why whether I love Do-jin or not is that important to you.”

“That’s because I have also stood in front of the door you are standing right now. A long ago, that’s the door I also have opened. The door to the world that I never would’ve imagined existed. However much you love Do-jin, Collin will be a difficult and cumbersome entity, I’m sure. I know, because it was like that even for me, his own mother. I’m not sure how Do-jin felt, but 20 years ago, I loved a man named Kim Do-jin, had his baby, was shocked and scared, so I ran away.” Smiling sheepishly, “My only excuse for my behavior at the time is that I was young. Do-jin really had no idea (about Collin). It’s okay for you to stress over Collin, but I didn’t want you to stress over me, so that’s why I called you. Because as you can see, I’ve aged gracefully from being happily married to a (wonderful) man. That’s all I wanted to say. If you’ll excuse me.”

Eun-yi gets up to leave, but Yi-soo pops a question, “How in the world did you find courage to open that door?” The door to the world of relationship, marriage, and difficult kids, I assume.

With a faint smile, “I had no choice. Because I was a mother.”

Eun-yi then bows her head subtly and starts to leave, but Yi-soo stops her again, “Twenty-two year old Kim Do-jin loved you. I know that for a fact.” Smiling appreciatively, “That’s good news for Collin.” She bows again and leaves. Feeling unfettered, Yi-soo smiles earnestly perhaps for the first time in a long time.

One obstacle down, infinity more to go. Yes, I know, I’m being a downer, a regular party pooper, but that’s because we are dealing with an obstinate, juvenile, rigid and old cranky pants named Kim Do-jin.

51. Love Doctor

In the episode 15, time 14:50, we get to see the depth of Do-jin’s love for Yi-soo. He tells Yoon that he ran into Yi-soo outside his office. “Since she most likely came to talk to you about something, when she comes back, whatever it is, do your best to help her. If she cries, be sure to offer her a handkerchief. And make sure you wait until she’s done crying. If she curses me out, agree with her. And if she happens to ask about me, tell her that I feel really bad about what I did.“ And while Do-jin is saying this, we see heartbroken Yi-soo walking down the sidewalk listlessly.

In the episode 15, time 39:50, of all people, Lee Jung-rok’s scary, spunky rich wife, Park Min-sook, serves as an impetus that Yi-soo needs to shake out the lovesick doldrums she finds herself in.

Sitting in an outside café having tea together, Min-sook tells Yi-soo, “I’ve heard about what happened to Do-jin.” She means Collin. Yi-soo feels somewhat uncomfortable talking about it with her, “Ah, right.”

“Are you okay? If you don’t want to talk about it…”
“No. I don’t think I’m okay. We weren’t together that long, but he even asked me to move in with him. And nobody did anything wrong. I know that. But can I really be happy with a man and a son who’s not mine? Some days I feel I can, but other days I don’t think I can, and I feel like I’m at a crossroad, not knowing which way to go.”

Min-sook commiserates with her, “You cannot advance nor retreat…” Suddenly, Min-sook looks straight into Yi-soo’s eyes, “So?” Surprised, Yi-soo can only say, “I’m sorry?” Smiling benevolently, Min-sook enlightens her, “It’s just that I see the words, In spite of it all, written all over your face.”

Yi-soo realizes for the first time that that is exactly how she feels deep inside. It doesn’t really matter to her that he has a son. What really matters is that they still love each other. Yi-soo repeats what Min-sook said, “In spite of it all,” and she sees hope.

52. The Beauty and the Cranky

A microcosm of Yoon and Mae Ah-ri’s world in terms of their relationship, their obstacles, and their interactions occurs in the episode 15, time 43:40. Hearing a knock on his office door, Yoon doesn’t reply nor stop from packing. The door opens, and Mae Ah-ri cutely stands with only half of her body into the office, smiling.

Yoon stops what he’s doing and just looks at her. She closes the door, and walks up to where he is. He just sighs and looks at her. Petulantly, she asks him, “How come you’re not saying anything?” She imitates his tone and mannerism perfectly, “I’m busy. Why are you here? Leave already.” He retorts, “I’m not busy, I know why you’re here, and it’s not like you’ll leave just because I ask you to.”

“Don’t talk like that. You’re scaring me. Ah… Why is it that I like you better as cranky?”
“I’m going home.”
“Wait! Give me your arm for a minute. It shouldn’t take long.” She quickly puts a beaded bracelet on his wrist.

“What is this?”
Brightening, “I bought it from a street side vendor, because it was cute. Don’t feel any obligation* or anything. Bye.” *(I think she means, don’t feel obligated to return the favor or feel burdened as to what it might mean)

She turns to leave, but he stops her, “You. Come here.” He then pushes the long sleeve up to find a matching bracelet on her wrist. She grimaces, and he begins to chide her, “Hey, Lim Mah Ah-ri…”

Pretending to be shocked, “Uh? They look exactly alike. No wonder. Now I know why it looked so appealing. It’s uncanny how people’s taste can be so consistent, right?” Sighing, he takes the bracelet off and hands it to her, “Take it back.”

Conciliatorily, “Since I’ve already bought it, can’t you just wear it?” But looking at his stone-face, her face drops, and she gives up, “Okay. I won’t wear mine. I’ll take mine off.” She starts to take her bracelet off, but he interrupts her, “Lim Mae Ahl.” She stops, “Yes?”

“I have known Tae-san longer than you’ve been alive. It’s the same for all four of us. And we are going to be there for each other for the rest of our lives. What you’re thinking right now, what you want from me, will only destroy all that. That’s why we can never work. And you know what I mean.”

Getting excited, “Is this bracelet some kind of a handcuff? It’s just an accessory that even Do-jin or Rogi* oppas would wear. Did I ask you to take off your wedding ring or to buy me one? I just thought that it would be nice if at least one item that you wear on your body is a gift from me, that’s all. Fine. Don’t wear it!** Throw it away, then.” *(Rogi is a more familiar way of saying Rok, from Jung-rok) **(She says this sentence in ban-mal)

She takes the bracelet off his wrist and throws it into the trashcan.

Calmly, he tells her, “One more thing.” She yells in ban-mal, “What?”

“Don’t sprinkle ban-mal here and there when you talk to me. There is 17 year age difference between us.” She just glares at him and storms out of the office, and he, now free to feel sad, looks melancholic as he looks down at the trashcan. He then looks at his wedding ring, looking even sadder than before.

53. Tainted Woman

In the episode 15, time 49:45, Yi-soo makes a pivotal decision. She calls Do-jin and tells him to meet her in front of his apartment because she’s already there. Standing face to face in front of the fountains, she tells him with heated emotions, “The more I think about, the more I feel shortchanged. From your confession to farewell, you did everything your way. You even lied to me. You promised me that you wouldn’t stop liking me first before I do. You said you’ll be so today, tomorrow, and the days afterward, at least up to a month from now, so that I don’t have to worry, that you’ll love me for at least a month. You said so with your own lips!”

Do-jin just looks at her, looking sad.

She’s not done. “I know what happened to you was something momentous. But, I’m not worried one bit about you. I worry about me, because I don’t know why but I miss you and think about you all the time. So, the farewell will be on my terms. From this moment on, when I call you, no matter what you may be doing, you have to come out. The promise that you wouldn’t stop liking me first before I do, the promise that you will love me for at least a month, I want you to honor that. Until I no longer want to see you, until I stop missing you, until I can part with you, I want you to wait by my side.”

Quietly and with a tinge of sadness in his voice, he replies, “I’ll do it… whatever Suh Yi-soo wants.”

So he shows up on the street, in the bookstore, and in the theater, only because she wants him to. But they are always at a distance, so close and yet so far kind, from each other.

And at the end of the movie in the episode 15, time 54:20, where they sat across an aisle, as they were going out, a man accidentally bumps Yi-soo, and when Do-jin holds her from behind, she tells him to let go, “because you pushed me away a lot harder than this.”

That triggers in Do-jin all those hurtful things he said to her, about the insensitive remark he made about him sleeping with another woman when she came to his place with the shoes, about telling her to stop pestering him unless she’s going to sleep with him, and in his mind, he apologizes to her for those things. In essence, he’s growing up, becoming a gentleman he’s capable of, all because of his love for one woman.

In the episode 16, time 13:55, lying on her bed, Yi-soo is in the midst of walking the memory lane with Do-jin. Suddenly, she remembers what Dong-jin said to her right before she headed out to meet her mother in the episode 16, time 06:45, “It’s better that I go with you than worry about what it is you’re facing, whether you’re crying all alone, or whether you went home okay,” and she realizes that he still loves her just as much as, if not more than, before.

She suddenly gets off the bed, and waits for Do-jin on his usual walkway in between apartment complexes in the episode 16, time 15:20.

When Do-jin realizes that she is still not in the normal conversational mood as usual lately, he asks her, “Do you want me to continue to stand in front of you, or you want me to go in?”

“Why do you ask me that? Do you want to stand here or go in?”

When he doesn’t say anything, she asks him the real reason why she came, “Do you miss me or don’t you? Do you want to try to hold on to me or do you want to let me go?” He realizes where she’s going with this, and he doesn’t say anything.

She’s not patient today. “Say something, because I’m dying from curiosity.” A dam in Do-jin bursts, “The ethics teacher is dating a man with a kid. Is she crazy? If she’s normal, why would she date a guy with a baggage? There must be something wrong with her, too. Similar people tend to hang around together, you know. This is how the rest of the world’s going to perceive you. I didn’t love Suh Yi-soo so I can turn her into a tainted woman. So…”

But before he can finish, which surely would’ve been, “No longer associate with me,” she walks away from him.

Well, at least Yi-soo now knows exactly why Do-jin “dumped” her.

54. The Doctor is in

In the episode 16, time 27:30, the love doctor extraordinaire, otherwise known as Park Min-sook, strikes again. She happens to run into Do-jin as he’s looking for a chair for Collin. She sounds surreally empathetic, “It’s hard, right? Between a woman and a child, you’re not sure if you should be a man or a father…” Do-jin looks thoughtful but stays silent.

She tells him, “I ran into teacher Suh the other day. She was taking it hard.” She then comes to the point, “When a man tells a woman, I love you, do you know what he should never say afterward?” She has his undivided attention. “I’m sorry.”

A light goes off in Do-jin’s head, and he looks guilty, because that’s exactly what he said to Yi-soo, that he was sorry but he can’t keep his promise to make her happy. He also realizes that saying sorry means he’s giving up on their love.

The doctor finishes the session with an astute observation, “For some reason, men don’t seem to be aware of such a simple concept.” She bids him goodbye and leaves, and he becomes more contemplative.

In the episode 16, time 40:37, Sa-ra asks Yi-soo, “Did you guys break up for good?”

“I’m not sure. He doesn’t even try to hold on to me. I mean, it’s not like he did anything noble.”

Sa-ra almost yells at her, “Of course, he can’t hold you! Put yourself in his position. You suddenly found out today that you have a kid. But you say to Do-jin, I suddenly found out today I have a kid, and the kid is not yours, but since we love each other, it’s okay, right? Is that what you say? Or do you say, I’ll give you time to decide whether to break up or not with me who’s now saddled with a kid? Even I couldn’t be that thick-faced to hold on to him. No woman in her right conscience would.”

Yi-soo realizes for the first time that maybe his decision not to see her anymore must not have been that easy for Do-jin, either.

55. Like father, like son

In the episode 16, time 42:39, Collin skipping his class brings Do-jin in front of Yi-soo for parent-teacher conference. Yi-soo formally announces, “Your son skipped* his class today. And it’s been only three days since his transfer (to this school).” *(Ttang-ttang-e-chi-da, 땡땡이치다, means be lazy and miss either work or school)

Do-jin confesses, “I skipped* work today, also.” She squints her eyes, as if to say, I’m not in the mood for your silly joke today. He explains, “If you call me at this hour, I have no other choice, teacher.”

“Then why didn’t you say, that wouldn’t work, I can’t, or I don’t want to?”
“Because I was curious, ‘what would she say?’”

Her countenance softens, “Are you saying that you’ve missed me?” He doesn’t say anything, and she realizes that was not parent-teacher material, “I have a request for you. I have never done this before, but especially for you, I’m thinking about receiving chon-ji*. I’ll text you the place for this. Make sure to have your cell phone next to you.” *(촌지is a gift or money given to a teacher from a parent to ensure preferential treatment of the student. It’s a common practice, at least when I went to school in Korea)

Shortly, in the episode 16, time 44:34, Do-jin gets a text from Yi-soo: I’ll receive chon-ji this weekend. Saturday 2 pm. Leave your schedule open.

But Do-jin’s surprised to find that the gift Yi-soo was expecting to receive was… him. Because she has prepared a picnic feast spread over a blanket on a grassy meadow by the water. He’s speechless, but she’s not, “Today’s program on the agenda is a picnic. It’s a part of all school curriculum. Sit down.”

She opens one of the Tupperwares, and noticing that he’s still standing, with an eerie calm, she repeats, “I said, sit down, Collin’s father.” (This is how school teachers address parents in Korea) He sits down on the blanket, but can’t help pointing out the flaws of her plan, “For a chon-ji receiving place, it’s too open.”

Not meaning to sound sarcastic, “Oh, yes. Collin’s father likes enclosed spaces, I forgot. We’ll go there next time. But for now, since we’re here on a picnic, have some food.” She splits the wooden chopsticks and hands them to him. After looking at her for a while, he finally accepts them.

She clarifies her order, “I didn’t give you that for you to eat, but rather for you to feed me.” He looks up at her, and she explains, “I got up early this morning with military mindset, battling fatigue, to prepare these foods, so reward me with some food, and I want you to enjoy them, too.” He looks at her, but his head drops as if his heavy heart can no longer supply enough oxygen against gravity.

But his heart begins to beat faster, and his head lifts up when she says, “I must like Kim Do-jin an awful lot… because I don’t care if he is a father of a kid. I keep telling myself that I’ll end it the next time I see you, but the truth is, every time I see you, my knees buckle, my heart flutters, and it’s all I can do to keep from crying. So, how can I part with you feeling this way?”

Somberly, he tells her, “That’s not the right choice.”

“I don’t think you’re in a position to give advice. I know you’re doing this because you don’t want to seem selfish, but you love me.”

His eyes, no longer heavy, flashes anger, “So, I should hold on to you because I love you? You think I should cling to you in the name of love? Even without any obstacles, people break up every day. But we have…..” He was going to say an obstacle called Collin, but he can’t bring himself to, so he rephrases it, “For a woman like you, there is no reason for you to travel this rocky road.”

Exasperated, “I am going on that road. All you have to do is stand at the end of the road.”
Not so pleased himself, he starts to say, “Think your age…” which is a common Korean saying, to mean that she’s not thinking wisely, but his senses get completely discombobulated when she suddenly hugs him.

The unexpected and sorely missed physical contact from her renders him completely speechless and catatonic, and Yi-soo’s sounding more and more like Do-jin when she makes an off-beat observation, “This doesn’t sound like my heart beat.”

She finally lets him go, “If you don’t want to admit it (that his heart was beating like crazy), we’ll just say it was mine. Let’s eat.” He’s still breathing hard from mixed emotions of desire and exasperation, while she, who was able to pretend to eat her sandwich nonchalantly initially, also breaks down and starts to sniffle.

In the episode 16, time 48:57, from her empty bedroom, we hear Yi-soo urging Do-jin right outside the door, “Come on, let’s go in.” Looking completely exhausted, she lays herself down on her bed, “Come on. Lie down next to me. I’m sleepy. You have to toh-doc-toh-doc* me. And don’t forget to caress my hair until I become bald, too.” *(토닥토닥 means to pat lightly and repeatedly, as in a shoulder, to induce sleep, as he has done before when he sang her a lullaby. “Toh” is pronounced like, go)

Sensing him still standing, she gently reminds him, “Can’t you see how much I’m trying? If I’m willing to put forth this much effort, even if you don’t feel like it, at least go along with it. Ever since we broke up like that, I haven’t had one good night sleep. So, toh-doc-toh-doc me. Please.”

Still showing reluctance, he slowly sits down by her head, and she closes her eyes. He tentatively starts to stroke her hair, but he stops when he notices tears falling from her closed eyes. His stroking becomes slower and tender, as he tries to hold back tears from his own eyes.

56. Sweet Payback

After Do-jin comes out of Yi-soo’s house, he can’t find energy or inclination to drive back home quite yet, so he puts his head on the steering wheel to take a brief shuteye. Sometime later, he awakes to find the two thugs that made Yi-soo cry before getting out of their car in front of her house. They call Yi-soo out to a bar, and Do-jin follows them and witnesses one of the thugs taking her cell phone out of her grasp and throwing it. The thugs are there to bully Yi-soo into signing an agreement stating that her mother will accept nominal monetary compensation and scram out of their lives despite the fact that she has raised the two thugs and stood by their father for the past 24 years. And the phone throwing occurred because out of frustration, Yi-soo called her mother and told her to get out of there with all their wealth.

While Yi-soo’s in the restroom to collect her frayed nerves, the four gentlemen exercise a little bit of their own brand of bullying to the two thugs, so that when Yi-soo comes out to the bar, the two thugs are meek, compromising, and almost apologetic. Of course, Yi-soo finds out exactly what had transpired while she was crying in the restroom, including the bit about Do-jin introducing himself as the oppa who loves Suh Yi-soo.

Yi-soo plays that part over again, and her eyes become misty. And she finds out that she has to pay for the damages the four amigos caused, also.

As costly as the bar brawl is to Yi-soo, Do-jin’s proclamation that he loves her proves to be priceless and gives her courage and resolve to… buy him a new pair of shoes.

In the episode 17, time 03:00, Do-jin walks morosely along the walkway next to the fountains when he spots Yi-soo standing on the same walkway yonder. He stops walking, and she self-assuredly walks toward him with a faint smile on her face, holding in her arms a shoebox with a bowtie. When she stops in front of him to just stare at him, he asks her, “Were you waiting for me?” She replies calmly, “Yes.”

“Did you… wait a long time again?”
“Yes. So, isn’t it about time you stop pretending* not to like me? I’m sorry for pretending not to notice you before, for pretending to like someone else, and if this is a payback for hurting you then, I think I’ve served my penance long enough.” *(튕기다, means ‘to pretend not to like someone when one really does.’)

He tells her quietly with a tinge of sadness, “That’s… not it.”
“If it’s not that, then come back to me… Kim Do-jin oppa who loves Suh Yi-soo. (I know) what you did…” In the bar.
He interrupts her, “Don’t wager your whole life on some meaningless words.”
“You liar. Are you really going to be cowardly about this?”
“If cowardice is an option, then I’ll take it.”
“(But) I’m saying I’m okay with it. I’m okay with the fact that you have a kid.”
He’s just as adamant, “(But) I’m not okay with it… because I can’t give up… your happiness. I can’t no longer ruin somebody’s life. So…”

Moved and thus softly, “I understand. I’ll go. If that really is your wish, then I’ll do what you ask.” He seems both relieved and disappointed. But she doesn’t leave, “I’ll be sure to do that… in my next life. But in this lifetime, I can’t do it.” He looks at her now with hope and sadness.

She takes the shoes out of the box and lays them in front of him on the pavement. Still kneeling, she looks at him with a faint smile filled with love, “Wear these when you decide to come (back) to me…”

He’s speechless, and she gets up. While smiling brightly, she tells him sweetly, “On a nice day, looking pretty.” She’s paying him back, without interest.

After contemplating long and hard, Do-jin decides to wear the “glass slippers.” As in Cinderella with testosterone. (Sorry for sounding grotesque, but I thought it sounded better than Cinderella on steroid)

Dressed up as a bear clown, he gives Yi-soo, in front of her school, a balloon and an invitation to the Qualze Resort promotional open party. She suddenly remembers Do-jin talking about “the world’s most unique amusement theme park” to be built in Choon-chun back in the episode 12.

Certain that the bear clown was Do-jin, Yi-soo decks out in a simple, elegant, and borrowed dress.

In the episode 17, time 17:10, she walks into the party at the same time Do-jin’s giving the presentation speech. In the middle of the speech, he notices her radiant presence, and he inadvertently stops talking for a few seconds.

Later, Do-jin teasingly chides Yi-soo in time 19:25, “Who told you to be this alluring? I almost messed up my presentation thanks to you.” Giving him pretended evil eyes, “You sounded pretty good to me.” She clinks his wine glass with hers, “In fact, you were magnificent.”

They both look at each other’s eyes and smile, but the bubbles burst in time 21:30, when Yi-soo notices that Do-jin’s not wearing the shoes she gave him. Seemingly not noticing her agonized expression, he asks her teasingly, “Why were you late tonight?” She manages to recover. She smiles, “I’m sorry. I was busy looking at the mirror.”

Still teasing, “That means there is a man whom you want to impress in this place. I wonder who that might be.”
Smiling, “Chi*. By the way, how come you’re not wearing the shoes today?”
*(치, or che, 체, is an expression to denote displeasure, anger, or sarcasm. She uses it here teasingly)

Feigning ignorance, “What shoes? Did I buy shoes?”
Surprised, “No. It’s just that the other day…”
“The other day? Ah. I must sound dumb again.”
Her eyes bugging out, “Don’t tell me…”
“Yes, The last few days, I’ve lost my memory again.”

She asks him about the recording pen, and he tells her that he lost that, too, “Did you, by any chance, say anything important to me?” Do-jin carries this practical joke too far, telling her in essence that he didn’t send her the invitation and that he has no idea what shoes she’s talking about.

At that moment, the Qualze Resort president asks Do-jin to go up to the stage because he heard a rumor (that Do-jin spread) that he plays some mean drums. Do-jin asks Yi-soo to be close to the stage so that she can listen better, but she’s so distressed that even standing right in front of the stage, she doesn’t notice the shoes Do-jin’s wearing while he pummels the drums like a rebellious teenager.

Now, all Do-jin has to do here is draw Yi-soo’s attention to his shoes, like lifting his leg or pointing to his shoes with one of the drum sticks, but he’s having too much fun drumming to notice her angst. So, it catches him by total surprise when she bolts out of the party. He chases after her too late, and in a fit of anger, she ignores Do-jin’s call and heads out to a hotel named “She” (maybe they took down the words –raton’ as in Sheraton or maybe there is a hotel chain in Korea that caters only to love-forsaken women) and works very hard to get plastered.

Do-jin figures out where she might be with Sa-ra’s help, and he finds her car in the hotel garage. But since the front desk refuses to tell him her room number, he waits for her in the lounge in front of the elevator. He ends up spending the night on the sofa getting up and down out of the sofa every time the elevator door opens.

The following morning, he finally spots her coming out of the elevator, looking positively postictal. Not realizing that she has asked for a designated driver, blinded with jealousy, Do-jin follows her to the Qualze Resort construction site, and in the episode 17, time 39:00, while walking down the weedy memory lane Yi-soo gets a call from the fellow downtrodden Mae Ah-ree who wants to know how one knows when love is really over. Mae Ah-ree tells her that she still can’t believe it actually happened – that she and Yoon are officially over.

Yi-soo feels her student’s pain, as she remembers all the good times she and Do-jin spent together in this very grassy wilderness spot. Not knowing that Do-jin is standing about 10 feet behind her, the suddenly teary teacher asks her student, “You feel like crying, too, right now?” Mae Ah-ri becomes teary then bawling, “Yes.”

“The memories appear (in your head) even clearer?” Mae Ah-ri cries more as she says, “Yes!”
“You miss him even more desperately?” Mae Ah-ri nods yes while crying.

Yi-soo makes a tearful but scholarly conclusion, “Then, it’s really over. Men may call it a tidy farewell, but we were essentially abandoned.” Amused Do-jin raises his eyebrow at her not so flattering assessment of men in general.

Yi-soo hangs up her cell phone amid Mae Ah-ri’s renewed wailing, muttering not so softly about men, “The jerks.” But when she starts to yell into the greater voids of wilderness, “Hey, you jerks! Hey, Kim Do-jin! You are a jerk!” he has heard enough. He hurriedly walks forward and stands next to her to offer some words of wisdom, “Curse me out to my face. Why do you do it to my back?” She turns to him, and in shock, she stumbles and falls to the grass.

Smiling, he gallantly offers his hand to her, and she mutters to herself that she drank too much because she’s seeing a mirage (of him), but when shaking her head doesn’t make his image disappear, she becomes catatonic. He helps her up and shakes her hips free of debris while joking, “This woman, it’s always ha-uh (하의)* area that’s a problem.”
*(Remember 하의 meaning lower clothes or skirt. Here it means lower area, namely hip area)

When she continues to look at him like he’s an alien, he introduces himself to her anew, “I’m Kim Do-jin. I have a 19 year old son, a checkered past, and I have a knack for making women cry. I’m not particularly a good guy. But if you’re okay with all that, do you want to date?”

Thinking he’s still just toying with her, she reacts violently, “Yeah, right. No! I’m not going to do anything like dating anymore. I’m going to live by myself!” She spits the last words out at him and turns around. Then she stops and turns back around… to look at his shoes.

She stammers, “Those shoes…” He taps the foot for added effect, “I was wearing these shoes when I played the drums.” Flabbergasted, “What did you just say?”

He explains to her that he was just playing a practical joke on her when he pretended to have a memory lapse. He tells that he was going to surprise her on the stage, but she couldn’t wait and left. She asks him in a teary tone, “Really?” Suavely, he replies, “It must be real, right, if I had come all the way over here looking for you? Didn’t you think it was peculiar because I was so accommodating from the beginning?”

After mulling over what he said, she abruptly yells at him, “Hey, Kim Do-jin! You want to die? How can you play that kind of joke on someone clueless like me? I wouldn’t know unless you play straight (대놓고)** with me. And all night long, I was thinking the worst…”

He consoles her by hugging her, apologizing, and telling her that in the future, he will be straightforward with her. While still hugging her, he grabs his nose, wondering how she can still reek of alcohol when she’s talking in the opposite direction, “Just how much did you drink?”

She yells at him, “I drank because of you, you jerk!” He just smiles at that. She then makes a comment about how pretty his shoes are through her wailing, and he tells her, “Of course. How can they not look pretty considering whom they are from and that it’s me wearing them?” At this, she tells him to shut up, “You, jerk!” And he smiles even more. She hugs him back finally, but that doesn’t stop her from wailing, stomping her feet, and hitting his back.

**Dae-noet-ko (대놓고) is a tricky word. In this context, it means straightforward, but it usually means recklessly, without constraint, without manners, etc. So Do-jin uses this word’s second definition on her later in the episode 17.

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  1. Dear Michael and CJ,

    First of all… WOW, what a labor of love and what a special treat!! Thundie’s Prattle is not worthy!

    Thank you, both of you, for collaborating on this amazing review and recap. When I first saw the draft, I wondered what motivated you to write 46,000 words (!!) on a drama that hasn’t been blogged about much (but what do I know, this cave dweller who has finished all of one drama the entire year). But as I read one scene after another, the story began to grow on me and pretty soon I was lapping up every word and eager for more. I had no idea this drama was so cute and funny and also super romantic; no one told me until now!

    For the untold hours that you spent writing and screencapping, for being so thoughtful with the numbering (that made it so easy to follow the plot), and for friendship, patience and everything else, thank you!!


    • Hi Thundie,

      We are thrilled that you liked it so much. The dialouge was what attracted me to the drama initially, but it felt laborious early on, because it took a while for me to like the Do-jin character. More than once, I wanted to scrap the whole project because I just wasn’t warming up to the Do-jin character, but I couldn’t because I’ve already amassed so much Q&A material intercontinentally with CJ. I didn’t have the heart to “waste” all the work CJ did for me, so most of the credit should go to CJ.

      And thank you, Thundie, for all the behind-the-scene work that you do to make this post a reality.

  2. Second the WOW! It was enjoyable reading about a drama that was definitely one of the highlights of the year! Why? Because the characters, in age, not maturity were closer to mine so I enjoyed every moment! Amazing screencaps and write-up! I wish I could be as eloquent! Good job to both of you!

  3. Could a sweet TP reader post a link to this review on Soompi (Gentlemen’s Dignity, Jang Dong-gun and Kim Ha-neul threads)? Thank you so much! I know fans of the drama would really love this review because it’s so compelling and delightful a read and is full of helpful notes on the meanings of words, etc. Please help spread the word, muah!

  4. This is why I adore your reviews! I fell in love at this drama, not at the beginning I have to admit, but later after few weeks of awesome intros and more awesome JDG. It came like summer breeze, and stayed as flower ahjussi. At 1st it was all about fun, and JDG made it happen with his pals. I loved intro for every episode, it was clever way of showing, family ties aren’t only ones, friends can be more then right family. Drama was super cute, funny, well acted, romantic and warm.
    Thanks girls, for amazing review and smile on my face right now! Keep up, good job!

    • Thank you, mtoh. Yes, I also loved the intros for giving us not only funny moments like the Girls’ Generation cameo appearance but also using the intros as a vehicle to give us insights into the F4 characters.

  5. Wow Michael, you and your cousin CJ really did an amazing job with this. It took days to read through all of it. You can tell this was the work of two people cuz of all the details. Thank you both for all your effort in putting it together – so glad you decided not to abandon it. You are right – it would have been a pity to lose all the hard work your cousin put into this. I love reading about dramas from your perspective cuz you always add your masculine touch by noticing things women wouldn’t – like for example that scene when her skirt unravels. I laughed when I read about how you wondered why the sales vendor wouldn’t complain or question why he wanted the table cloth and just hand it over to him. I can tell you it’s cuz he looks like that and probably gave her a smile as he asked. If he gave a wink, she would have handed over her entire stock I bet. I never did finish watching this drama all the way through and only caught a few scenes here and there on cable reruns. I had the same problem as you and had issues with the lead male character DJ. How can he go from being a womanizer to someone who is willing to go so slowly in the relationship overnight – it’s just not realistic. Out of all his friends, I liked Yoon the most just like you. The other two sort of bugged me with their choices in life. TS should have fallen in love with a woman worthy of his love and I still say he chose poorly. As for that other playboy friend, his best scene was when he sang over the intercom to his wife as she walked through one of her stores and made her cry. His motive for doing that might have been off, but at least he gave her a moment of happiness she deserved for staying with his cheating butt all those years. My biggest problem with this drama was Yi Soo. Her character annoyed me at every turn. Everything she did and said the first few episodes frustrated me and it only got worse as the series progressed. That whole scene you described where she doesn’t notice DJ right in front of her cuz she is so “one track minded” was the most ludicrous of all – more so cuz DJ finds that amusing. I know I shouldn’t compare, but I had a hard time believing this was the same writer for SG. She dropped the ball in this drama if you ask me cuz the characters she created here just didn’t measure up to the ones in SG.

    I started watching cuz I am a huge JDG fan, but it turns out my interest in him must have waned over the years cuz I didn’t last very long after the drama started – partially cuz he is a family man now and he has aged a lot. Instead of marveling over his looks, I started counting all his wrinkles and questioned just how many botox injections these guys must have had to keep up their appearances. That bathroom scene where he pins her against the door by merely hovering over her still traumatizes me cuz I noticed wrinkles on his upper body no fan should ever have to see. That scene literally hurt my eyes and I had to look away in sadness muttering about how cruel time is on some people. As his fan, I should have avoided watching this drama cuz now I look at his photos in magazines wondering just how much they photoshopped his wrinkle lines. Arghh…ignorance was bliss before AGD came along.

    Anyway thanks for giving us something interesting to read for those who didn’t follow or catch this drama. If I knew this was coming, I would have waited just to read this and skip the drama itself.

    Hey Thundie – bet you are happy cuz after reading all these pages, you can count this as another drama watched for this year. 🙂

    • Hi Softy,

      It’s sad getting old, right. I think if they made this a more of a sophisticated F4 group involved in a story that is mature, intelligent, and yet have smart repartees that I know the writer is capable of, then it would’ve been great. Trying the same physical attraction formula with aging stars without a whole lot of substance just didn’t cut it for most part.

      I agree that Tae-san should’ve gone for Yi-soo, but I thought this was a realistic depiction, because life is sometimes like that where you can’t help but feel attraction for someone when others think you shouldn’t. Even though Tae-san appreciates Yi-soo as a good person, I guess he really didn’t feel attracted to her, or maybe he didn’t think she would fall for someone like him as evidenced by his initial reaction when he finds out that Yi-soo likes him. The second rationale sort of makes sense, because both Tae-san and Sa-ra have a lot in common. They both have fiery personality, short fuse, basically inconsiderate to others, and somewhat egotistical.

      Regarding the other playboy, Jung-rok, he technically didn’t cheat on his wife, Park Min-sook, if we go by what he said. He tells his friends that he only drinks tea (or wines and dines, I forget his exact words) with other women, alluding that he never slept with any of them. His singing over the intercom was nice, but I thought his best scene with his wife was the bicycle scene, when he essentially tells her, when he thinks she can’t hear him because she’s listening to music, that she is not young or pretty, and the only thing going for her is her money, but she is still “sticky,” meaning that he’s inexplicably attracted to her despite all that. She smiles at that, probably because that may be the only time he was really being earnest and truthful with her.

      Over time, I grew to really like Park Min-sook character. Her love doctor ability aside, I really liked her straight, no-phony-allowed kind of attitude. I especially liked the scene when she forces the woman who slapped one of Yi-soo’s students apologize to the student, when she saves Sa-ra from the golf bully at the golf range, and when she stands up to Sa-ra, telling her in no uncertain terms that she has every right to give Sa-ra’s car that she was holding as a collateral to Tae-san because he is her husband’s friend. And that’s not counting the fact that she’s leasing one of her buildings to her husband’s three friends dirt cheap just because they are her husband’s best friends.

      I also liked the fact that not everyone gets to have everything. Yes, Min-sook is filthy rich, but she cannot have one thing that she probably would’ve have exchanged all her riches for – her own baby. Jung-rok and Min-sook probably would’ve become closer sooner if they had their own baby, but they resolve that problem eventually and become closer because of the adversity.

      But you’re right. The writer didn’t quite reach the same lofty standard she set with Secret Garden in this drama.

      • I still have a problem remembering all these names or else I could cite more examples in my response. Dummy me just realized Min Sook is my mom’s name so no wonder that sounded so familiar all this time.
        Despite its faults, you are right – this drama did have its moments. I totally agree with you about those great scenes, especially that one where Min sook lies that she is the aunt of that kid in trouble and how she “owned (put her in her place)” that snobby rich woman was priceless. Out of the 4 female characters, MS was my favorite cuz she had a good head on her shoulders.
        So her husband never cheated on her? I find that surprising cuz now I don’t get why the other 3 tried so hard to prevent her from finding out where he was every time he was with a new young woman. I thought it was pretty messed up that his bad behavior trained her not to trust him and lowered her sense of self worth and now I’m to believe that all happened cuz he had tea or wine with all those gorgeous young women. Yeah I don’t buy that at all. The man looked and acted way too guilty just for having some wine with a woman. Sorry, but no sane husband would risk his marriage over tea or wine.
        I just realized I left out some of my other fav scenes – the ones with Yi Soo and the student who had a crush on her. It wasn’t just her lectures to do better that got to him and made him change his behavior, but the fact that she cared enough to be there for him whenever he needed someone to believe in him. The other one was when an angry client threw something at one of the architects who work for DJ and he allowed himself to get hit and how it angered DJ so much he unleashed his wrath on the client and walked away from losing all that money. Totally loved how DJ cried over the lost income only after his anger subsided. On a shallow note, I thought those good looking architects at DJ’s firm should have come out more. 🙂

        • I think we are both speculating as to whether or not Jung-rok slept with other women after he married Min-sook. I admit that I really didn’t watch Jung-rok and Min-sook couple or Tae-san and Sa-ra couple scenes that carefully, so I could be wrong but I don’t recall anybody saying that Jung-rok committed adultery. Maybe that’s what the writer wanted, for the viewers to speculate.

          My take on Jung-rok, and mind you it’s a complete speculation on my part, is that he may have slept around before the marriage, but I like to give the man the benefit of doubt because we don’t have a definitive proof of his infidelity. I believe in being innocent until proven guilty. Maybe his habit of flirting with other women is hard to break, but what if he really couldn’t find it in him to break his wedding vows. What if it’s not insanity but immaturity, addiction of his old ways, and stupidity of feeling inferior to his wife are what he’s suffering from.

          Then why did his friends work so hard to protect him if he’s not really guilty? Well, you’re not his wife, and yet you don’t believe him. Imagine how hard it would be to believe him if you were his wife. And you’re much nicer and less scary of a person than Park Min-sook. And beside the friendship thing, his friends are financially vested in Jung-rok not to get Min-sook angry. And Min-sook doesn’t strike me as a person who would wait for something like definitive proof before getting angry or jumping to conclusions.

          By the way, you’re not the only one who doesn’t believe him. I asked my cousin, and her more or less exact words to me were: Based on his character depiction, I think he did sleep around.

          On a different topic, yes, your other favorite scenes of Yi-soo and Do-jin were mine also. But unfortunately, while Yi-soo’s character was more or less consistent, I thought that Do-jin’s was being incongruous and annoying, flipping between being mature and downright juvenile.

          • I’m totally in agreement with your cousin CJ on the idea that he cheated either before or during the marriage. It’s like that saying where there is smoke there is fire. I knew his friends covered for him cuz they were protecting their own interests, but at the same time, they genuinely cared for MS’s feelings and didn’t want to see her get hurt or angry so that’s why they covered for him. I inferred from their looks of disappointment every time they caught him with someone new that they believed something more than just drinks was going on. So even his friends didn’t believe in his innocence. Plus MS was a smart woman and since she was burned so many times, it’s no wonder she lost her ability to trust. I doubt she would have been relegated to such a state that she cant believe a word of what her husband says unless she genuinely believed he was cheating. Isnt there some kind of saying about how it’s semantics to argue about the degrees of cheating cuz even emotionally stepping out on a marriage is being unfaithful. I think what it comes down to is that it doesn’t matter how platonic his flirting was after marriage, just the fact that he sought out the company of all those young women was wrong. Whether he did anything to warrant all those accusations is not the point cuz based on his “wandering eyes” past, he should have kept his urges in check. Using the excuse that he felt inferior to her as a basis to cheat is just plain selfish. I can’t rememeber how this drama ended now, but I was happy when she decided to divorce him cuz that was a healthy decision for her so she can learn to get back her self worth. He shook up the foundation of their marriage so I thought it was a little too late in the game to make amends.
            Now I remember why I wasn’t able to sit through entire episodes of this drama. The actions of these characters frustrated me cuz I just didn’t get where they were coming from. I like my dramas to blur the lines of reality and not step over to the realm of improbability so often. 🙂

            • Ah, Softy, I love how you think because that’s how I view marriage and “cheating” as well. I think since Bill Clinton, the line became somewhat blurry as to what really constitute as sex, but regarding what infidelity should be, I absolutely agree with you that Jung-rok committed infidelity even if we assume that he didn’t actually sleep with other women.

              This discussion all started because I wanted to point out that “technically” he may not have crossed the line of no return, because Min-sook does take Jung-rok back, telling him that they’ll live their lives with realization that they could divorce at any time, but that’s really no different than any other relationship.

              I think Thundie thinks we are fighting. Okay, Thundie, we are not quarreling anymore. You can take the blue background off, because I can’t read anything. 🙂

            • Hey Michael,
              This reply might go to the wrong spot cuz there was no reply button after your last one. Guess we commented too much. Hahaha I don’t think Thundie thought we were fighting since we were just having a casual conversation about AWG- I just assumed she was trying out a new christmas background on this theme and realized the one she chose just took over the entire page so she changed it back. I can see why you had a hard time reading the page though cuz I did too.
              I think cuz of A Wife’s Confidential, I’ve been on the fence about affairs. Before that drama came along, my stance on cheating was pretty firm, but that character’s situation made me realize sometimes in life people end up married to the wrong person. So when the right person comes along, what are they supposed to do – turn their back on potential happiness just to stay committed and be miserable. Once they discover who they were meant to be with, I don’t think it’s wrong to get a divorce and start over. This is all just based on that drama and not something I would do in real life.
              Anyway, it was very interesting to get your take on things cuz it cleared up a lot of questions I had about AGD. Glad we got this chance to share our thoughts. 🙂

              Hey Thundie, still working on the rest of those recaps, but it’s gonna be rushed. Hoping it won’t end up being too long. 🙂

  6. Thank you!

    This was great fun to read. I watched the show and though it was flawed I still enjoyed it. Reading your thoughtful analysis gave me some wonderful cultural nuances I had been unaware of and a smattering of the male perspective. I only wish I could have you around for all the dramas I watch.

    Again thank you for your hard work.


  7. Thank you, Amy, for reading. And for your wish. I know what you mean, because for me, having CJ around is great because I no longer have to listen to lines I can’t quite understand 20 times over. I just give her the episode number and time, and viola, I get my answer. 🙂

    • Can you loan out your cousin for those of us with no Korean relatives? Just kidding! You’re very lucky to have that resource. Thank you for paying it forward by giving us great read alike this.


  8. Hi Michael, CJ and Thundie!!!!

    Thank you all for your hard work and for this long recap / review. I am just halfway done and probably need a few more days to finish but I thought I should really thank you now. I love AGD. Really… love it. It’s one of the very few (*sad face) dramas I have watched and completed this year. Admittedly, this show is littered with holes in plot, theme and characterization, but there were also an equal number of LOL moments for me. From a smile to a chuckle, a guffaw to hysterical-back-slapping-rolling-tears kind of laughter, yup, this show did produce!

    In that sense, I would say that AGD was probably THE most enjoyable show I watched in 2012.

    I am really sad that there seems to be a dearth of good dramas to watch nowadays, especially of the romcom variety (*my particular brand of crack). I was just now looking at my viki list and was shocked that this year, I only got to finish 3, yes THREE! k-dramas (and one j-dorama, Rich Man Poor Woman). (I did drop many after a few eps) Pathetic! My love is not waning, but now I have been relegated to re-watching favourite dramas, AGD among them. (BTW, I am watching King of Dramas now, which I am enjoying so much, hence has a very good potential to increasing the number to 4 finished dramas in 2012! yey!)

    For me, AGD is really about the enduring friendship among the F44, the four gentlemen trying so hard to maintain, nay, nurture, their dignity. Their brotherhood, care and love for each other is a sight to behold – so precious and lovely.

    This is the first time I have ever watched Jang Dong Gun in anything, and just with this one show, he has shot up above all the other most-loved k-drama actors in my list to sit atop the throne to rule them all. Yup, now, I can understand the legend (and this is just a romcom!). I am so excited to see him in Dangerous Liaison, where just from the previews, he looks so hot!

    Michael, you know I am your fan, and I continue to savour your writing. I even take notes! (because I so want to understand the Korean language and culture). CJ, thanks for your help and adding more details. And Thundie, it’s always good to read from you. Thank you, thank you for hanging on… *hugs to all

    • Hi wits,

      You’re so right about the F4 brotherhood. I could’ve just as well written about the elder F4 and the young budding F4, because there was enough material there to rival this post. The most touching scene for me was when Yoon’s wife died, and all three of his friends instantly dropped everything to be with him. Their camaraderie was enduring and precious.

      In a recent interview, Jang Dong-gun said that one thing he regrets about this drama was that he was not in a better physical shape. That may be why he looked so gaunt in this drama. I may be wrong, but I think the last time he did a drama was “All about Eve,” and if you love Jang Dong-gun, you would love that one. I thought that was his best drama.

      And thank you for being one of my most ardent fans and my most diligent student of the Korean language. 🙂

  9. Hello!

    Thank you your post. I actually watched and enjoyed watching AGD when it first aired. I suppose I enjoyed the drama as the characters were my age and I actually have a group of male friends who continue to be bachelors. My boyfriend was on the receiving end of a lot of questions of “do guys really do that?”

    However, as I am not of Korean descent, I have to rely on the efforts of the submerse. As you know, a lot of meaning (spoken and cultural) can be lost in the translation. Reading your thoughts and explanations gave me a better insight into the AGD world. I teared all over again.

    Thank you, again!

  10. Hello again Michael and Thundie! Hi CJ!

    I watched AGD while it was on it’s regular run via cable (…yes, I had the Korean package installed to our monthly cable subscription, uhm..despite of the fact that I do not understand nor speak a word of Korean!) I solely depend on recaps and I patiently wait for English subs so that I could fully understand and enjoy the dramas.

    Occasionally, I stumble upon rare treats. I have been your fan Michael, ever since your post on LTM. You made me appreciate the drama’s richness with your little nuggets of cultural wisdom. Up till present, that recap, stands to be the best one I have read…ever!

    Thank you for recapping AGD. It’s one of the dramas I enjoyed watching this year. Hehe, I have now rearranged my weekend schedule to accommodate an AGD marathon. Because of this post, you made me want to watch it again, this time guided with your language and cultural annotations!

    Ahh…AGD, I fell in love with it’s soundtrack…hmm, IDK, I even tolerated “High, high!” I discovered three actors Jang Dong Gun, Kim Hae Neul and Lee Jong Hyuk. I finally understood the hype around Jang Dong Gun, why he is considered “beloved” in Korea. When he’s together with KHN on screen, you can’t help but notice how charismatic they can be…truly. So, despite of his wrinkles and flab (err…yes, flab), I’m a newly minted Jang Dong Gun fan…oh and Kim Hae Neul’s too! Lee Jong Hyuk took a lot of getting used to because I knew him before as the villain in most of the dramas I’ve seen him in, (think: Chuno); in AGD, he was the worst in the lot, but to my surprise, his comedic timing was impeccable. I ended up laughing at his antics more. (I understand, LJH is currently enjoying a second wind in his career post-AGD, especially with CF’s.)

    Lastly, I love stories on friendships. I especially loved the mini stories before each episode – the prologues. The writer brilliantly used them to give us a hint of the episode’s content. They were like mini stories introducing each character and his quirk, that was a clever way to give us insights on the character’s personality.

    So I guess this is au revoir? I hope I don’t get to wait for another year for a new & awesome recap! Michael and CJ, your collaboration rocks! Really, really cool!

    • Hi drmjs,

      Lie to Me was actually much more enjoyable for me to write than this one, especially early on, but what makes it all worthwhile are comments like yours and others. Thank you.

      I think you may be psychic, because what determines when I write again depends on a drama and my work schedule, and unfortunately, for the entire year of 2013 I’ll have additional workload added to my already insane work hours, which means no time during weekends as well, so it would be almost impossible for me to write again until early 2014. See you then, unless, of course, I win a lottery or something. 🙂

  11. This is one of the best romantic comedy series ever. I like how mature their roles are but they still depict the natural humor of a true gentlemen. They all look so adorable and nice.

    • Yes, as romantic comedies go, this one was pretty good. And I’ll take your word for it, that the guys all look adorable and nice. 🙂 Maybe that was the problem for me.
      Compared to guys, there was a dearth of true ladies for my taste. Other than Yi-soo, Sa-ra was too coarse and selfish, Min-sook too bossy, and Mae Ah-ri too sassy.
      I know, I’m being two-dimensional and hypercritical, but hopefully I’ll come across a drama with female F4 to drool over sometime in my lifespan.

  12. I have a problem with dramas…why is it OK for the lead male character to be a jerk/immature/non respectful person in the first episodes and then turns out to be a good boyfriend later on? Is it OK for women to be “wooed” this way? Can’t someone fall in love without having been upset and looked down upon?

    • I agree with you, Mello. If I could, I would write nothing but mature, sophisticated, and interesting characters and plots, but some may view that as vanilla. Unfortunately, conflicts, angst, and generally despicable things have to co-exist to some degree with good, noble, and happy things to make it interesting. I guess that’s why they call it a drama. But you’re right. Too much of going to one extreme is not good. Kdramas, I think, tend to take it to an entirely off-this-world kind of level with this particular issue.

  13. Because I am a compulsive obsessive nerd, I just have to correct you on one particular: it was Hyun Bin in Secret Garden, not Won Bin.

    • Thanks, Jiamin, for being compulsive and obsessive. 🙂

      Just the other night, while I was in the midst of writing an important email, my daughter came into my room and asked me if I have a SD card. Not wanting to interrrupt my train of thought, I told her what I instinctively thought would be the best answer for her not to engage in any further conversation with me, “No. I don’t even know what a SD card looks like.” Which is partially true, since while I have seen a picture of SD card before, I have never used it, and at that engrossed moment, visualization of a SD card was the farthest thing from my mind.

      I couldn’t help but look up and smile at her though, when she replied, “What kind of a nerd are you, when you don’t even know what a SD card looks like.” She has called me a nerd a few times in the past affectionately, because she says while I’m obsessed with technology, I don’t understand technology.

      So, I guess I’m not even a passable nerd anymore. It’s so hard getting old. 🙂

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  15. These men look the part that they ought to be gentlemen. Are you sure they’re wack jobs interested in sex? I doubt it, I think they’re gansta type people who title themselves gentlemen, or maybe people call them gentlemen because they look so similar to one. I don’t know very much about pseudo, I might be a pseudo-poshie for all I know, I promise you no one is pseudo- anything on purpose, it just happens because the people do things a little differently or because of the white lies used as compliments about them, that’s all. A pseudo-normal is one who’s Catholic, thinks it’s the one true church, drinks iced coffee and does things people ”think” are a little odd sometimes. Same thing.

  16. Hi @softy, I don’t think you’re a JDG fan at all as you claimed you are. You’re most probably a JDG hater than a fan. What kind of a fan would say horrible things against her idol? So I don’t really believed you’re a JDG fan. Don’t you think some things are better left unsaid? Most especially if you don’t really what you’re saying. And who says no one doesn’t age? Everyone of us will reach that point whether we like it or not. But I’m sure JDG looks better than most of us as he aged. I’m sure even without the wonder of science, he will age gracefully. It was just so evident because it took him 12 years to return to Kdrama land. So most of our memories of him was his AAE days when he was just 28 yrs old. So there was really a drastic change in his looks (as he got older) but he’s still as handsome nonetheless. That’s probably the reason why you’re telling us that he has undergone aesthetic procedures or photoshopped looks. But how sure are you? Even without wrinkles, most celebrities featured in magazines are “photoshopped” especially if they don’t have flawless skin. And most Korean celebrities went under the knife and obviously most Kpop idols. That’s why they look so fake. But mind you, JDG is 100% pure and natural and was born with pretty boy looks. I should know because I’m an avid JDG fan for almost two decades now.

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