dangermousie: (Capital Scandal Secrets by miss_dian)
Up through ep 14 of City Hall and it's such total love, honest.



I really don't like dramas (or any sort of long fiction) where the characters stay static and do not learn and I love that CH isn't like that - she teaches him idealism and he teaches her the nitty-gritty of politics. Which is perfect because to be a good politician, you need both. Without his lessons, she'd be an idealist who'd never get anywhere, let alone not be elected. Without her lessons, he'd be successful but soulless, seeking for meaning without knowing it - using success instead of true satisfaction. I think part of the arc of this drama is his finding validation within himself and not needing to substitute for the lack of same by craving love/approval of his absent father* And of course, she teaches him trust and love but he teaches her self-worth. They both had it all there but it needed to be brought out - she needed someone who'd help her believe in herself and he had plenty of belief in himself but he needed to have someone else believe in him, to function properly.

They are so perfect together. I especially love the constantly teasing vibe they have going on. And I love that they are both adult. It's so refreshing. Not to mention he is drawn to her because of her stubborness and her principles and her backbone. LOVE.

Side note: I know his fiancee was as popular in fandom as a case of leprosy but I like her. I would never want to be around her and I can't say she is a good person but (a)I love that the drama never demonizes her and (b) I admire her - she is someone who entered into an engagement that is basically a cold-blooded business arrangement on both sides (when she tells Jo Guk something to the effect of she does not care how and who he fools around with as long it doesn't jeopardize her chances to someday become First Lady, and she means it) and sticks to it - she doesn't fall for her betrothed, and anything she does to bust up his falling in love with Mi Rae has nothing to do with jealousy or evilness or whatever but pure ambition. If she thought he could have a sterling career and marry her (i.e. the fiancee), she wouldn't care if he had a dozen Mi Raes. I sort of admire that. And I admire that the drama never presents her as evil for it.

But I can tell angst is about to hit for our lovers! I can feel it. You can't have both a successful career in politics and emotional entanglement like they are having. Not to mention, they both know that if they ended up on different sides of an issue, and she believed her position was righteous, she would fight even him.

* who should die in a fire, btw. For many reasons, the latest being the little surprise dinner. Duh, of course one should totally invite one's unacknowledged son to lunch and then spring his girlfriend on him there too, and then tell her while the guy has to listen that she should dump the guy because otherwise he is going to make her political life very difficult and telling her to choose between her constituents and her boyfriend. While said boyfriend basically has to sit there and listen to his father try to treat him like a puppet again. WTF? I love Mi Rae's reaction btw - she is so awesome.

Some ridiculously awesome shippiness from ep 13-14 )

Not related, but look at my yummy lunch:



Blurry pic of side dishes )

ETA: the scene with Jo Guk and his father in ep 15 OMGOMGOMGOMG. So much YES. And when he tells him he is going to break it off with fiancee and leave his father stranded for political money because "it's in my blood" OMGOMGOMGOMG so much love.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal Secrets by miss_dian)
Up through ep 14 of City Hall and it's such total love, honest.



I really don't like dramas (or any sort of long fiction) where the characters stay static and do not learn and I love that CH isn't like that - she teaches him idealism and he teaches her the nitty-gritty of politics. Which is perfect because to be a good politician, you need both. Without his lessons, she'd be an idealist who'd never get anywhere, let alone not be elected. Without her lessons, he'd be successful but soulless, seeking for meaning without knowing it - using success instead of true satisfaction. I think part of the arc of this drama is his finding validation within himself and not needing to substitute for the lack of same by craving love/approval of his absent father* And of course, she teaches him trust and love but he teaches her self-worth. They both had it all there but it needed to be brought out - she needed someone who'd help her believe in herself and he had plenty of belief in himself but he needed to have someone else believe in him, to function properly.

They are so perfect together. I especially love the constantly teasing vibe they have going on. And I love that they are both adult. It's so refreshing. Not to mention he is drawn to her because of her stubborness and her principles and her backbone. LOVE.

Side note: I know his fiancee was as popular in fandom as a case of leprosy but I like her. I would never want to be around her and I can't say she is a good person but (a)I love that the drama never demonizes her and (b) I admire her - she is someone who entered into an engagement that is basically a cold-blooded business arrangement on both sides (when she tells Jo Guk something to the effect of she does not care how and who he fools around with as long it doesn't jeopardize her chances to someday become First Lady, and she means it) and sticks to it - she doesn't fall for her betrothed, and anything she does to bust up his falling in love with Mi Rae has nothing to do with jealousy or evilness or whatever but pure ambition. If she thought he could have a sterling career and marry her (i.e. the fiancee), she wouldn't care if he had a dozen Mi Raes. I sort of admire that. And I admire that the drama never presents her as evil for it.

But I can tell angst is about to hit for our lovers! I can feel it. You can't have both a successful career in politics and emotional entanglement like they are having. Not to mention, they both know that if they ended up on different sides of an issue, and she believed her position was righteous, she would fight even him.

* who should die in a fire, btw. For many reasons, the latest being the little surprise dinner. Duh, of course one should totally invite one's unacknowledged son to lunch and then spring his girlfriend on him there too, and then tell her while the guy has to listen that she should dump the guy because otherwise he is going to make her political life very difficult and telling her to choose between her constituents and her boyfriend. While said boyfriend basically has to sit there and listen to his father try to treat him like a puppet again. WTF? I love Mi Rae's reaction btw - she is so awesome.

Some ridiculously awesome shippiness from ep 13-14 )

Not related, but look at my yummy lunch:



Blurry pic of side dishes )

ETA: the scene with Jo Guk and his father in ep 15 OMGOMGOMGOMG. So much YES. And when he tells him he is going to break it off with fiancee and leave his father stranded for political money because "it's in my blood" OMGOMGOMGOMG so much love.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal Secrets by miss_dian)
Up through ep 14 of City Hall and it's such total love, honest.



I really don't like dramas (or any sort of long fiction) where the characters stay static and do not learn and I love that CH isn't like that - she teaches him idealism and he teaches her the nitty-gritty of politics. Which is perfect because to be a good politician, you need both. Without his lessons, she'd be an idealist who'd never get anywhere, let alone not be elected. Without her lessons, he'd be successful but soulless, seeking for meaning without knowing it - using success instead of true satisfaction. I think part of the arc of this drama is his finding validation within himself and not needing to substitute for the lack of same by craving love/approval of his absent father* And of course, she teaches him trust and love but he teaches her self-worth. They both had it all there but it needed to be brought out - she needed someone who'd help her believe in herself and he had plenty of belief in himself but he needed to have someone else believe in him, to function properly.

They are so perfect together. I especially love the constantly teasing vibe they have going on. And I love that they are both adult. It's so refreshing. Not to mention he is drawn to her because of her stubborness and her principles and her backbone. LOVE.

Side note: I know his fiancee was as popular in fandom as a case of leprosy but I like her. I would never want to be around her and I can't say she is a good person but (a)I love that the drama never demonizes her and (b) I admire her - she is someone who entered into an engagement that is basically a cold-blooded business arrangement on both sides (when she tells Jo Guk something to the effect of she does not care how and who he fools around with as long it doesn't jeopardize her chances to someday become First Lady, and she means it) and sticks to it - she doesn't fall for her betrothed, and anything she does to bust up his falling in love with Mi Rae has nothing to do with jealousy or evilness or whatever but pure ambition. If she thought he could have a sterling career and marry her (i.e. the fiancee), she wouldn't care if he had a dozen Mi Raes. I sort of admire that. And I admire that the drama never presents her as evil for it.

But I can tell angst is about to hit for our lovers! I can feel it. You can't have both a successful career in politics and emotional entanglement like they are having. Not to mention, they both know that if they ended up on different sides of an issue, and she believed her position was righteous, she would fight even him.

* who should die in a fire, btw. For many reasons, the latest being the little surprise dinner. Duh, of course one should totally invite one's unacknowledged son to lunch and then spring his girlfriend on him there too, and then tell her while the guy has to listen that she should dump the guy because otherwise he is going to make her political life very difficult and telling her to choose between her constituents and her boyfriend. While said boyfriend basically has to sit there and listen to his father try to treat him like a puppet again. WTF? I love Mi Rae's reaction btw - she is so awesome.

Some ridiculously awesome shippiness from ep 13-14 )

Not related, but look at my yummy lunch:



Blurry pic of side dishes )

ETA: the scene with Jo Guk and his father in ep 15 OMGOMGOMGOMG. So much YES. And when he tells him he is going to break it off with fiancee and leave his father stranded for political money because "it's in my blood" OMGOMGOMGOMG so much love.
dangermousie: (Legend: Sa Ryang by alexandral)
Watching Australia finally made me do something I should have done a long time ago: start converting my 2003 pictures of my month in Australia and New Zealand into digital form (back then I still used film). It's going to take a while as I have tons and tons of pictures, but I am rather pleased with the result so far (I didn't use negatives but photos to be scanned instead because I wanted to see how it went).

So here is the first batch, 50+ photos of Australia and New Zealand, from August 2003. And yes, the colors are real.



More Australia pictures here )

And then I went to New Zealand and fell even more in love.



More New Zealand pictures here )
dangermousie: (Legend: Sa Ryang by alexandral)
Watching Australia finally made me do something I should have done a long time ago: start converting my 2003 pictures of my month in Australia and New Zealand into digital form (back then I still used film). It's going to take a while as I have tons and tons of pictures, but I am rather pleased with the result so far (I didn't use negatives but photos to be scanned instead because I wanted to see how it went).

So here is the first batch, 50+ photos of Australia and New Zealand, from August 2003. And yes, the colors are real.



More Australia pictures here )

And then I went to New Zealand and fell even more in love.



More New Zealand pictures here )
dangermousie: (Legend: Sa Ryang by alexandral)
Watching Australia finally made me do something I should have done a long time ago: start converting my 2003 pictures of my month in Australia and New Zealand into digital form (back then I still used film). It's going to take a while as I have tons and tons of pictures, but I am rather pleased with the result so far (I didn't use negatives but photos to be scanned instead because I wanted to see how it went).

So here is the first batch, 50+ photos of Australia and New Zealand, from August 2003. And yes, the colors are real.



More Australia pictures here )

And then I went to New Zealand and fell even more in love.



More New Zealand pictures here )
dangermousie: (Paap)




Yes, it took me forever to upload all my Japanese photographs (2 years!!!) but finally it's done! (For past entries go here.

This last batch has photographs from Kyoto, Himeji, and Tokyo.

Seeing that I posted my Thailand photos already, either Singapore or Argentina are next.

Without much ado, part the last )
dangermousie: (Paap)




Yes, it took me forever to upload all my Japanese photographs (2 years!!!) but finally it's done! (For past entries go here.

This last batch has photographs from Kyoto, Himeji, and Tokyo.

Seeing that I posted my Thailand photos already, either Singapore or Argentina are next.

Without much ado, part the last )
dangermousie: (Paap)




Yes, it took me forever to upload all my Japanese photographs (2 years!!!) but finally it's done! (For past entries go here.

This last batch has photographs from Kyoto, Himeji, and Tokyo.

Seeing that I posted my Thailand photos already, either Singapore or Argentina are next.

Without much ado, part the last )
dangermousie: (TODAW grin by bambinainnero)
Behind cut are yet more photographs of Kyoto from my 2006 trip.

Samples:

Traditional:



And not:




A hundred of so photographs here: Temples, Umbrellas and Colors )
dangermousie: (TODAW grin by bambinainnero)
Behind cut are yet more photographs of Kyoto from my 2006 trip.

Samples:

Traditional:



And not:




A hundred of so photographs here: Temples, Umbrellas and Colors )
dangermousie: (TODAW grin by bambinainnero)
Behind cut are yet more photographs of Kyoto from my 2006 trip.

Samples:

Traditional:



And not:




A hundred of so photographs here: Temples, Umbrellas and Colors )
dangermousie: (Legend end by miss-dian)


More photographs of Kyoto.

I'll try to let the pictures speak for themselves.

Photographs here )

More to come...
dangermousie: (Legend end by miss-dian)


More photographs of Kyoto.

I'll try to let the pictures speak for themselves.

Photographs here )

More to come...
dangermousie: (Legend end by miss-dian)


More photographs of Kyoto.

I'll try to let the pictures speak for themselves.

Photographs here )

More to come...
dangermousie: (Lives of Others by alexandral)
I took about 800 photos in Buenos Aires and Colonia. Luckily, I won't be posting most of them. I will be posting a decent chunk :)

Just uploaded them all.

The tango pictures came out especially pleasingly surreal:





The swanky city of the dead that is La Recoleta:



dangermousie: (Lives of Others by alexandral)
I took about 800 photos in Buenos Aires and Colonia. Luckily, I won't be posting most of them. I will be posting a decent chunk :)

Just uploaded them all.

The tango pictures came out especially pleasingly surreal:





The swanky city of the dead that is La Recoleta:



dangermousie: (Lives of Others by alexandral)
I took about 800 photos in Buenos Aires and Colonia. Luckily, I won't be posting most of them. I will be posting a decent chunk :)

Just uploaded them all.

The tango pictures came out especially pleasingly surreal:





The swanky city of the dead that is La Recoleta:



dangermousie: (Coffee Prince hug by alexandral)


This is all Chiang Mai, all the time...

Chiang Mai photographs here )

Hope you enjoyed the photographs! I certainly enjoyed posting them. Next photo post? Buenos Aires.
dangermousie: (Coffee Prince hug by alexandral)


This is all Chiang Mai, all the time...

Chiang Mai photographs here )

Hope you enjoyed the photographs! I certainly enjoyed posting them. Next photo post? Buenos Aires.

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