About the MBC strike

So news from the grapevine has it that MBC has said that the TeukSora x HaeSeo* group date will be aired on both 10 and 17 March. Like most TeukSora fans, I was happy that WGM resumed regular broadcast this last weekend (and what a good episode it was!). That was until I read that the PDs and crew working on MBC’s stable of airing dramas would be joining in the strike as well. I had been under the impression that the situation was getting better since WGM resumed broadcast but this, apparently, was not the case since things have just gotten worse.

For me, it is good that I get to see TeukSora after such a long while and I really do appreciate that short but really sweet episode that aired on Saturday afternoon. On the other hand, I feel quite bad that someone had to have given in to the arm-twisting by MBC for WGM to air. This feeling, in particular, arose when I read about how MBC had been making use of the success of its dramas to put down the strikes. It was this that made me realise just how important it was to MBC to have a popular variety like WGM resume regular broadcast because it firstly supports the facade that the labour strike was not as big an issue as it seemed. The resumption of WGM’s broadcast also enforces a feeling of false security for both investors and viewers alike, that things will be back to normal soon and that will help buoy sales and advertising revenue for MBC, both which I am sure have been affected negatively by the strike.

I do not know much about the problems within MBC that are causing the strike, but I think I can safely say that they have to be pretty serious to the members of the staff if these strikes are taking place on an annual basis. And to have the drama PDs join in as well now. That says A LOT especially if it is true that MBC has been making use of the performance of the dramas to hit back at the staff that have been on strike since January.

The upside to this is that the crew behind ‘The Moon That Embraces The Sun’ is part of the team that is joining the strike and MoonSun is THE best performing drama that MBC has had in a while. This might mean that a real end is in sight for the labour strike since MBC would be feeling more pressured to let MoonSun continue its winning run right till the end. As we saw with WGM, a strike does impact ratings so it would only benefit MBC to let MoonSun finish its run unaffected. On the other hand, if MBC stubbornly refuses to budge, I am afraid that we might be looking at no more TeukSora again very soon.

I honestly feel bad because going on strike is not an easy decision for any employee to make because you are directly attacking the hand that feeds you and your family. To give up on the strike and head back to work while your peers are still holding their ground is an even harder decision to make since it primarily makes you look like a traitor to everyone else. It is also an issue of putting down your pride to give up on something that you believe in, and in Asian societies like ours, both pride and how others view us as individuals, are REALLY big things. So it must have been really difficult for whoever it is to give up on the strike and head back to work because of all the repercussions tied to it.

I am not so noble to say that as a viewer, I am going to take a stance against bullying and the abuse of power by not watching WGM as it airs while the strike goes on. As a foreign viewer living outside MBC’s realm, what I choose to watch or not watch has no  immediate and direct impact anyway. As cheesy as this sounds, I will, however, have it in mind to be more thankful for each episode that airs during the strike. Someone in MBC is making sacrifices to do the work while the others continue to fight for what they all feel is right. This person (or persons) will be doing A LOT more than what he/she is usually required to do since everyone else is on strike and I think for that alone, he/she is fully worthy of thanks.

That aside, I hope that somebody in MBC wakes up soon and does something substantial and positive to end the strikes once and for all because this sort of thing really does nobody any good.


* I had typed ‘EunHae’ before it occurred to me as to just how blasphemous that would be especially in light of what EunSeo did to ‘get’ DongHae. Hence ‘HaeSeo’ it shall be.

Quick note on DH2

Own opinion but I think that HaeSung is going to say no, not because she does not feel for JB but because she is unselfish enough to not want him to torpedo his career because of her.

Am expecting a time jump to happen soon where Rian will be supporting YooJin in his rock star endeavors, where they are in a situation where they are together but not quite together. And of course, where HaeSung has gotten to a point where she can finally accept JB. Yes, I love JB x HS! ^^

With only five episodes left in the bag, I hope that they use the time to tie up all the loose ends and mess that was created in the first half of the drama. I know I will be throwing a fit if they attempted to do a U-turn on anything at this point in time. As it is, they have already wasted so much airtime in the first four weeks.

And before I log out of this app, JinMan and JiSoo should totally get together. Imagine the kind of dancing that their kids could do!!

Anyway, think this is about as much as I will write on DH2 for now. Will do more post drama coz I actually prefer doing that. That and yes, I have a mountain of other things to finish…

Argh!! So many things to do, so little time even with the additional day in February this year!!

PS: This post also makes it twice that I am posting via the WordPress app. I think I will avoid using this unless I really have to. Tis quite a pain to format on this thing especially when you are code-challenged like me. T_T

So JinWoon got there first

See Teukie? This is what happens when you waste time pretending to be polite and considerate when all you really want to do is pounce and hoover up her face. I sincerely hope that your laptop, iPad and television are all still intact. Then again, they probably are still in danger all through tomorrow till after the gossip columns across all media forms have had their field day. It is, after all, only two days after your ambitions towards progress with Sora were laid bare for all the world to see.

Actually, we all knew it after watching how the both of you bed-shop but that is another story for another day…

Next time, talk less act more! Put that mouth of yours to other better uses instead of digging graves for yourself, you frustrating man!!

Sora’s lost her mobile… T_T

@reveramess: 촬영중 핸드폰을 잃어버렸다..ㅜㅜ 그간의 추억들이 너무 안타깝다… 정신머리좀 봐! 이번엔 백업 꼭 해놔야지!!

Translation : Lost my mobile while filming. All the memories.. ㅜㅜ Makes one feel regretful. Keep the spirits up! This time round there will be backups!

Poor Sora lost her mobile while filming this morning. T_T I hope some good samaritan retrieves it and brings it back to her. I wonder how many text messages from her hubby there are in there, how many unpublished selcas of them there are in there, how many…

Oh no!! It just occurred to me that the photo of her first ever dukbokki dish with Teukie is in that phone!! THAT is IMPORTANT!! OMG!! O.O Phone!! Come back!! NOW!! >_<”’

On the side, I am glad that he got her to follow him back on Twitter so even if they lose their phones like how it is with Sora now, they can still keep in the loop and not lose touch totally till the next WGM filming. Am quite sure that he knows by now that she has lost her phone coz he has been flitting in and out of Twitter all day today. If only he would get her a new mobile (of his favoured iPhone kind) just to save his number into it as the very first one on her contact list (speed dial too of course)… *dreams*

Can some kind soul with better Korean help me tell Teukie that please? Thanks! Muaks!! ♥

PD Kim JunHyeon on the couples of ‘We Got Married’

A sojourn through Dimple Couple @ Baidu produced this little gem of an article, which proved to be quite an interesting read, so I decided to do a quick translation from the Chinese translation to share. I am a little lazy to do the grey boxes hence am just hyperlinking to the thread on Baidu in case anybody wants to have a look at it.

The extracts of the article located at the top of the Chinese translation has been omitted because being a ‘highlights’ portion, it just repeats what was said below. The sentence structure of some parts have also been changed while translating to make for easier reading while retaining the original meaning of the sentences as a whole.


WGM’s PD Kim JunHyeon’s Revelation : Researching an Artiste’s Ideal Before Deciding a Match

What is the common factor between Alex and ShinAe, Crown J and Seo InYoung, Kim WonJoon and Park SoHyeon?

All couples that appeared in MBC’s ‘We Got Married’ (hereinafter referred to as ‘WGM’) became the topic of ‘real romance’ rumors after their appearances.

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Episode Notes : 111008

Thanks to the MBC strike and the drought of new WGM episodes, there is a bit of time for me to go back and catch up on writing on older TeukSora episodes that I did not get to write about. I initially thought of working backwards but I figured that since I have the time, that I might as well work from the very first episode since I would be rewatching everything all over again anyway. So here is the first of the result of that ‘working backwards’ that I am doing. With any luck, I will get derailed from doing this very soon when the strike is over but till then, I shall endeavor to catch up as much as I can.

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The ‘ShimShimTaPa’ Call

Since it is ‘dry season’ now, I figured that I would take the chance to work backwards and cover those things that I always wanted to talk about but could not coz I was either busy or away, and one of those things was this, Sora’s call into ‘ShimShimTaPa’.

Hours after this call came about, I had to go catch a flight to Okinawa so I watched a recording of the broadcast sans subs while enroute to the airport in a cab. Even without subs on a tiny screen, the happiness that Teukie radiated was simply blinding. Actually, ‘happy’ does not even begin to describe the feeling that he was reflecting on his face. ‘Ecstatic’ probably comes a lot closer. But yes, Park seobang was a VEEEEEERY happy camper that night!

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Aii… EunHyuk ah… *sigh*

This expression and stance of HyukJae’s is probably the best representation of the past weekend. Truly. It was a REALLY BAD weekend to be a HyukJae fangirl. I had so much to say that I ended up not knowing what to say (and am still in a mess over how to say what I want to say) such that I just spent all my time after the broadcast ended watching and re-watching the group date in its entirety over and over again. And each time I would end up screaming at him through the latter half of the broadcast. But ah well. The pitfalls of being a fan. You shriek at him in pique and ire when he is making an absolute ass out of himself but still love him after the sound of that last scream of frustration has faded away. Such is the irrationality of it all. Thankfully the whole hullabaloo has since died down and no, fangirl-ism was not what I wanted to talk about.

My initial thought over the Fighting Junior group date was that it would run along the lines of that which Ssangchu had between SS501 and the Wonder Girls, ie everybody sits to share a meal, exchange a bit of information about themselves and their interests, play a few games. Same sort of a thing, just a little (??) rowdier coz it is, after all, a group date involving SuJu boys. And it pretty much turned out that way, just that I did not expect them to make it into an entire variety within a variety, complete with a show title, slogan, etc. Which, to my mind, was where the whole problem lay coz that took away the reality aspect of the programme and made it fully into a variety.

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Hae helps with defining Teuk’s “ideal”

Remember this?

SuJu’s in-house fish has something to say about it.

@donghae861015: 특이형이랑 같이본 힐링캠프^^ 멀리계신 어머니가 생각이나네요*^^* 늦었으니 내일 일어나서 바로 전화드려야겠어요!!사랑합니다 어머니^^

Translation : Healing Camp that I watched together with Teukie-hyung^^ It made me think of my mother who’s far away now*^^* Since it’s late, I’ll wake up tomorrow and call her right away!! I love you mother^^

@special1004: @donghae861015 뭐가 이상형인지 알겠지?^^마음이…우리도 착한 맘~~글구 부모님한테 잘하자 ㅠㅠ 노력해도 잘안돼…ㅠㅠ 맘이 정말 이쁜게..중요해..사람 말투에 배어나옴..그치?…ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Translation: You know what I meant by ideal type right?^^The heart… We should have kind hearts~~ And be good to our parents ㅠㅠ Even if we try hard, it’s not enough… ㅠㅠ To have a beautiful heart.. is really important.. It comes out through a person’s manner of speech.. doesn’t it?… ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

@donghae861015: @special1004 Yeah !! That’s right !! 말할때 들어보면 알지*^^*

Translation : Yeah !! That’s right !! You would know just by listening to her speak*^^*

For those of you who still fail to feel any remorse over bashing and/or doubting Teukie over his use of the word “ideal” in his tweet. If you still do not get it after reading this exchange, I have nothing save for sympathy for you over the absence of anything substantial under your cranium in the space between your ears.

And yes, if you were having doubts over it, I did just call you an idiot.


Translations by: Allrisexiahtic