Sunday, September 29, 2019

[from ddoboja] Celebrating 1000 posts! • Life Update • Current State of Blog

Hi guys!
It's been a while since I've posted a [from ddoboja] post so it's kinda awkward starting this post off LOL
But I wanted to make a personal post since we recently hit 1000 posts on this blog!
Yup, that's right...

So let's catch up~


A lot has happened in the past few months, first...

< L I F E >

Ya gurl graduated from college!
I'm now a bad b with a bachelor's degree πŸŽ“
Thank you everyone who left me really sweet messages on Twitter and for teaching me what "sama sama" means ♡


Y'all might have noticed the lack of posts during the summer and even a bit now...
I know for sure that I don't post as often as I used to compared to last year

I definitely think that my blog is a community where I can share my honest thoughts with you guys and I'm really grateful to have that.
So I'm going to be a bit real with y'all
#sad_ddoboja LOLOL

I'm sure most of y'all are aware of how confusing life can be once you're no longer a student...
Like many of my peers, I was confused about what I wanted to pursue and was also extremely stressed because I didn't have a job lined up for post-grad...
My parents never burdened me with finding a job, they always told me that the right thing will come up at the right time but I think I was stressing myself out the most...

When I wasn't in class, I was busy applying to a SHIT TON of jobs and it's honestly really disheartening when you don't hear back from any place you applied to.
I got into a negative state of mind where I was doubting myself and my abilities and when I would work on posts for the blog, I would sometimes even think, 'Why are you even working on this? You should be applying to more jobs.'

But thankfully, I was invited to do some summer work at an office I used to work at when I was a student
In the summer, I worked full-time and amazingly, I recently got hired for a full-time position at another place so that basically explains the lack of posts in the past week...
I've been busy going to training orientations and I'm still getting used to that 9 to 5 lifestyle

I'm still trying to translate as many variety shows and dramas as I can but tbh, it's hard to keep up with every single drama that's airing from start to finish especially when I'm not watching anything... γ… γ… 
I don't want to give you guys half-assed posts where I don't even understand the references in the comments and the translation ends up being confusing.

So that's why I've been focusing on one at a time (e.g. Search: WWW, Hotel del Luna) rather than during a separate roundup for each day.
I know it's annoying to not see translations for a drama you're interested in but to maintain the quality of my posts and organization of my blog, I know it's best to just do the drama roundups one at a time. 

With variety show roundups, I'm trying to be more consistent with the Sunday variety shows and on the topic of 'Running Man' - like I've said in a previous post, I usually translate things that are trending on the front page of Naver. For example, articles for 'I Live Alone' trend on the front page ranking for hours after the episode airs on Friday and tbh, Running Man hasn't been trending on the front page for a while and when I do go hunt for Running Man-related articles, the comments usually have less than 100 upvotes....
It's kinda hard to keep track of when there's not a lot of activity γ… γ… 

If y'all want to send me articles of Running Man episodes then I'll go ahead and translate it but in my experience, it's been hard finding popular, trending RM articles and if I do find articles, there's always a lack of comments and upvotes.

I'll try to translate Naver TV comments for 'Running Man' but just wanted to give y'all some insight of what's been going on with that.

< M I S C >

I know I'm kinda private on this blog - like all y'all know about me is that I'm a recent Korean-American graduate who really enjoys watching 'I Live Alone' and Na PD's variety shows, enjoys listening to Day 6 and IU LOLOL 
But I've been thinking about doing a FAQ/Get to Know Me post or a behind-the-scenes look of what goes into my blogging process because there seems to be some people who want to get to know more. If you guys have some questions you want to ask, you can DM me on Twitter (@ddo_boja) or just leave a comment below! πŸ˜Š

As always...
Thank you for always being there for me and for showing me support when I got MIA for a few days LOL
You guys really motivate me to work harder everyday and help me become more confident in my skills

Thank you for reading, commenting, and supporting me.
It really means a lot γ… γ… 
I hope you all have an amazing week and hope you enjoy the month of October! 

우리 또 보자~ 
(t/n: let's meet again~; uri ddoboja~) 


[I Live Alone Roundup + Naver TV Comments] Kian84 reunites with his elementary school class + Hwasa teaches Sung Hoon some dance moves

Nationwide ratings for episode 313 that aired on September 27: 8.2% (cr. Naver TV)

1. [+6402, -29] The teacher is kind and so cool... Meeting a good teacher during your school years is a really big blessing in your life!

2. [+3213, -128] Kian84 is the only person in 'I Live Alone' who's worth winning an award this year. Kian hasn't had an episode where it was boring. Because he does things he wants to do without being artificial, he only gets criticized but the only person who's real in a reality show is Kian84. Kian84 did everything this year.

3. [+2525, -86] Being naturally pure is Kian84's charm. Kian84 helps people remember their own innocence and naiveness that many they often forget about

4. [+1199, -21] She's a cool teacher~! It might be because she's a teacher but the things she says gets embedded into your heart~!

5. [+1055, -20γ…γ…Žγ…Ž his appearance became normal γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹ what's with the captions γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹ Worked hard to find dandyness 

Original Source (MBC via Naver TV): Exchanging yum~ Bang & Hwa siblings starts with a mukbang as soon as they meet up... ☆★

1. [+2649, -84] They're 12 years apart, let's stop tying them together..
↪ [+525, -15] I hope the production team doesn't try to match them together when they're 12 years apart in order to create buzz 

2. [+2100, -63] These two really seem like siblings γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹ I like their chemistry
↪ [+122, -4] How can you not order late night food when they're eating together γ…‘γ…‘ Only I'm gaining weight again
↪ [+160, -4] It's forreal a sibling chemistry... Let's stop pushing them together... Let's comfortably watch the members' natural chemistry.. I Live Alone

3. [+1963, -77] Hwasa sharply cut it off saying that it wasn't those emotions γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹ I really like Hwasa γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹ 

4. [+1527, -26] They destroyed 4 servings of meat as soon as they met up γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…Œγ…Œγ…Œγ…Œγ…Œγ…Œγ…Œγ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹

5. [+1477, -31] Hwasa was the funniest because she ordered 4 servings of meat in consideration of a full Sung Hoon γ…‹γ…‹ γ… γ… γ… γ…   

Omg Kian's baby pics γ… γ… 
He was so smol
Also I died when they asked about Narae and Sung Hoon's set at the concert and Narae revealed that it was cancelled because of the storm omg LOLOL

Saturday, September 21, 2019

[I Live Alone Roundup + Naver TV Comments] Park Narae opens up about her father + Kwon Nara shares a glimpse of her daily life

Nationwide ratings for episode 312 that aired on September 20: 8.6% (cr. Naver TV)

1. [+3093, -23] Your father is probably really proud of you up in heaven. Narae unni hwaiting!!!

2. [+1398, -27] Stay strong~ But because of family history, I hope she controls her drinking a bit 
↪ [+150, -9] I teared up when she said at the end that she understands why her father drank so much and that she thinks he really going through a tough time.. But my tears went back in because I remembered how she set up Narae Bar and had fun while drinking... Unni... Drink moderately now... 
↪ [+131, -4] Park Narae set up Narae Bar because she wanted to cook for people who help and love her, the main reason wasn't alcohol

3. [+731, -51] Isn't the final filial duty quitting drinking, being healthy, and living happily? γ…œγ…œ

4. [+447, -19] It was heartwarming to watch... I related with her because I thought about my father who passed away, your dad will also be proud of you - always hwaiting!

5. [+220, -11] He's probably really happy, live well~ γ…Ž    

Original Source (MBC via Naver TV): The thing Narae wants to do the most if her father was alive, "I want to buy him a drink..."

1. [+870, -19] Seriously, if there are oldest sons like Sung Hoon and Lee Si Eon, whose father is still alive, I really want to recommend them to draw courage and buy their fathers a drink. I'm the oldest daughter but after drinking with my dad, I don't know how but I created a bond with my father and I also developed confidence. If I go back home, my dad would be waiting after making snacks. 

2. [+764, -23] She began to understand her drinking father after becoming an adult.. Today's episode was moving and had sincerity

3. [+588, -15] You have to treat them good while they're alive γ… γ…  I think I'll regret being an undutiful child for the rest of my life γ… γ… γ… 

4. [+545, -7] The person who stole money from Narae's father and ran away needs to be punished

5. [+509, -7] It's my first time genuinely supporting a celebrity who doesn't need anyone to be worried for them but Park Narae-nim, please reduce how much you drink and I hope you can provide us with a lot of laughter by being healthy!! I'm always supporting you from a distance place

Original Source (MBC via Naver TV): Kwon Nara's awesome skincare tip! Really simple green tea face mask!!

1. [+883, -55] Of course, it's a variety show but... But isn't the purpose of this show to watch people living alone...? γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹ It's not some comedy show... It's nice to watch people living while doing small things;; It's annoying to see people leaving nitpicking comments, ugh..

2. [+871, -40] It's nice to watch her just living slugg~ishly.. Not everyone has a fun time living alone, some people live sluggishly~ like this too

3. [+582, -42] She's quite pretty. She's not even a deer but her neck length γ…Žγ„·γ„· Her no makeup face is pretty in a clean way and she looks pretty when she laughs. More than anything, I like her because she looks nice. 

4. [+440, -35] I had fun watching it γ…Žγ…Ž But I'm getting mad reading the comments below - whether if it's fun or not, can't you just watch the people you want to and not watch the ones you don't?? Also, she's showing her daily life but I don't think she needs to be funny in a fake way, if she does go for the funny path then you'll shit on her for being fake but if she doesn't, you'll say she's boring... Just like how there's all types of people in this world, it's the same for people who appear on 'I Live Alone'. You can just watch it the way it comes out or why don't you become a PD or a writer and do all the planning and casting for 'I Live Alone'.. 

5. [+355, -27] But the funny thing about people is that if they try to forcibly do something then it's obvious that they're going to say that the person is aware of the camera and is being unnatural γ…œ

6. [+344, -30] Her skin is really the best........        

omg I teared up watching Narae's part γ… γ… 
when they went to visit their old family store and Narae talking about how she's slowly reach her father's age before he passed γ… γ… γ… γ… γ… γ… 
I just want my Narae corgi to be happy γ… γ… γ… γ… γ… γ… γ… 

also I noticed how I always put "(special guest) shares a glimpse of their daily life" whenever a special guest comes out LOL
I'm so sorry for my lack of creativity when it comes to titles but tbh I think that's the most accurate description LOLOL

Saturday, September 14, 2019

[I Live Alone Roundup + Naver TV Comments] Petit Si Eon School (part 2)

Nationwide ratings for episode 311 that aired on September 13: 8.4% (cr. Naver TV)

1. [+1730, -75] Kian's hypnosis stairs γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹ Isn't he seriously a variety show god γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹ He's funnier than most comedians and he looks so much more handsome since he changed his hair 

2. [+1353, -43] He kept apologizing and I can sense the sincerity.. I hope their friendship can get closer through this opportunity

3. [+1392, -88] The broadcast company bastards did too much to Henry γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹ They ended the episode like that last week and made him get shitted on severely.. Seeing today's episode, Henry was really apologetic towards Kian 

4. [+638, -28] Kian and Roy Bang hard carried this Petit Si Eon School, I'll tell~ you~ what~ (t/n: the "말~이~죠" in the original comment, they're copying Sung Hoon's "rap" LOLOL it can be translated into like "I'll tell you what")

5. [+652, -60] Kian, you were born into being a person who does variety shows, I'll continue supporting you~~ 

6. [+327, -42] People who went onto Henry's Instagram to shit on him needs to reflect, I'll tell~ you~ what~ 

1. [+818, -41] When Kian was scrubbing Henry's back, he said a lot of dead skin was coming out... and said that means he's working that hard, I thought, 'Kian is a writer'... Kian, Henry, let's both win-win~~ Yesterday's episode was hella funny~~~

2. [+791, -51] Although Kian is eccentric, he's pure and you just need to lead him well but even if a person acts nice or well-rounded, they're calculating and they only think about their gains and a selfish person doesn't change no matter what they do. The important thing is that there aren't a lot of pure people around us and it's that much harder to encounter them. That's why I like Kian and I wish he becomes more successful and is happy. 

3. [+386, -9] You'll think of stairs, I'll tell~ you~ what~

4. [+350, -21] They must have their own affection for one another since they spent so much time together for a lunch, if we want to keep seeing the Idiots' natural self then we need to refrain from excessive criticism. 

5. [+309, -72] Seriously, Si Eon's "Are you having fun??" Sung Hoon's "I'll tell~ you~ what~" γ…‹γ…‹ Kian's stairs γ…‹γ…‹ Our Henry's immediate piano performance, as expected, he's a musical prodigy. The Four Idiots are the best. Our Henry γ… γ…  My heart hurt because he was on his toes so much in the studio γ…  Henry, everyone knows your pure and nice so don't get too hurt over last week's comments       

1. [+1392, -62] Seeing how Henry sincerely apologized, I'm also apologizing for shitting on him. But the production team is also problematic for editing a variety show like a drama
↪ [+239, -26] This is seriously a case where the production team's greed turned one innocent celebrity into trash in a second. I'm not a fan of Henry and I just enjoy watching 'I Live Alone' but they really crossed the line this time. 
↪ [+198, -19γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹ They're the one who's watching a variety show like a drama but they're blaming it on the production team γ…‹γ…‹ Whether they edited it like a drama or a movie, it's still a variety show but you're the one who overlooked it and shitted on him and you're going back and said it's the production team's fault 

2. [+887, -26] γ… γ…  Seriously thank goodness they resolved the misunderstanding γ… γ… 

3. [+866, -44] I'm so mad at the production team - they're using up Kian's opening ceremony party for this and Henry was the only one who got hurt, *sigh* I'm sad even though they made up

4. [+777, -39] The production team needs to reflect

5. [+636, -17] Hing... thank goodness Henry apologized and they reconciled γ… γ… γ… γ…    


I'm glad they made up γ… γ… 
But why are people going onto his Instagram to personally attack him?
Like I understand if people leave relevant comments on the clips but personally attacking him on his Insta is going too far...

I am not ready for next week's episode γ… γ… 
We're finally going to learn more about Narae's father γ… γ… 
ugh I teared up just by watching the preview γ… γ… γ… γ… γ… γ… 

Just as a reminder, please refrain from making generalizations about Koreans based on last week and this week's comments.
They're not the same commenters.
tbh, the reactions were not so different from us since most of us were annoyed by last week's episode too
And honestly speaking, reading comments like "Knetz are always (insert negative characteristic)" or "Koreans are (insert negative characteristic)" is disheartening to read because people are making generalizations about my country and my people and one of the reason's I created this blog was because I wanted to minimize that type of attitude.
Please always keep in mind that they're not the same commenters ever and you shouldn't make generalizations about an entire country and its people based on comments about pop culture.
That's like making generalizations about Americans based on TMZ commenters.

Monday, September 9, 2019

[I Live Alone Roundup] Petit Si Eon School (part 1)

Nationwide ratings for episode 310 that aired on September 6: 8.7% (cr. Naver TV)

1. [+3431, -135] I don't know if it's scripted or if it's real but just by today's episode, Henry is hella anoying - if a person doesn't like it then you should catch onto it and stop, if it was another hyung, would he have been that annoying? He wouldn't because he would be scared, I think he was being annoying because Kian is nice and because he's a pushover 

2. [+3271, -198] Kian reached the top in his field but did the other bastards reach the top?? Why are they looking down on a person, what makes them better
↪ [+339, -10] These words seriously resonate with me
↪ [+602, -20] You're 100% right. Amongst the 'Idiot' members, Kian is the only one who's a top in his field of work. Henry, Lee Si Eon, and Sung Hoon aren't at the top. Rather, they're the case who rose in their field because of 'I Live Alone' 

3. [+2335, -69] Is it only a joke if it's a joke to you? My eyebrows were raised the whole time while watching; I usually liked Henry more but he didn't understand what he did wrong until the end and I was disappointed that he didn't apologize

4. [+1988, -33] They didn't fight but Henry kept on one-sidedly looked down on Kian hyung and annoyed him. It's correct that Kian is special and don't you think that Chung Jae also gets frustrated? But Chung Jae has been with him for several years and it was quite nice to see him respect him - Henry is young and he's being really rude to his hyung

5. [+1654, -40] If I was Kian, whether it was filming or not, I would've thrown a punch

Original Source (Sports Chosun via Naver): 'I Live Alone' Henry vs. Kian84, five stage great war → 'Petit Si Eon School' Conflict explosion

1. [+2492, -90] My hands suddenly turned into fists while I was watching Henry...

2. [+2007, -58] But Henry went too far γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹  

3. [+1740, -58] He's saying he's joking around when he created an embarrassing situation where not a single person laughed? Seriously, if he was next to me... Wow...

4. [+1748, -131] Can guys do that when they're five years apart?? I'm not just talking about age but looking at it in a personality way, it felt like Henry has been hella looking down on Kian since a while ago γ„·γ„·γ„· If I say this, will people call me a snowflake γ… 

5. [+1714, -108] In the past, if the other members would say something after seeing Kian's behavior then Henry would say things like, "Hyung, you do you" and hella acted like he understood him but these days, you can see that he's looking down on Kian..... With the other members, you can sense their affection towards Kian but with Henry, he seemed rude and you can sense that he was honestly looking down on him so he became unlikeable 

6. [+1028, -9] When someone messes around with you first and pisses you off and then say, "Are you mad?" or "Are you the type that gets annoyed easily?" when you get mad or become serious, hearing things like this is the most annoying  

7. [+967, -36] I'm seeing Kian differently after seeing him holding back. Henry went too far.  

I did not expect Si Eon School to go like this or receive these types of reactions o.o
IDK if it was scripted or if it's the editing but tbh, Henry was kinda odd during this episode...
My favorite scene was the watermelon dropping because everything else was awkward to watch γ… γ…