Koala Announcement: A Change is Likely Gonna Come

Everyone around me has been bugging me to write this post, and of course I dragged my feet until the last possible moment. Part of me feels like I’m pulling a Brett Favre (I’m retiring, oh wait, I’m back, nope, retiring for good, just a moment I’ll play one more year…..), but it’s the sad reality that I simply cannot find anymore time to write about my beloved dramas the way I used to starting from tomorrow onwards. I’m starting a new job, chingus! I’ve been working full time already, but now I’m taking on an even more challenging role in my profession, and with it comes commensurately more responsibilities and multiple more hats to wear. I’m already bending time and space in order to write as much as I have for the past two years, and it has been a fabulous ride I’m loathe to interrupt.

I have no idea what the future will entail, only that I likely won’t be writing as much or as often. Sometimes I may go days between a post, or maybe not. I may post multiple times a day when I have time, or may not. I simply don’t know at this point, other than a change is likely going to come. For better or worse, I treasure my happy little home here that so many of you have made such a fun place to putter around, and I will endeavor to keep it going for as long as I can. Even if Hello Kitty wears a koala costume, everyone can still tell it’s Kitty inside. No matter how this blog morphs and adapts based on my life, I hope I can always write about dramas, and hear people share their own experiences and opinions with me. This has been a public announcement from Koala. If anyone has discovered the ability to clone oneself, please contact me ASAP.

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Koala Announcement: A Change is Likely Gonna Come — 162 Comments

  1. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

    but in seriousness…good luck and i will definitely still check your site once a day not the usual 3x/day.

  2. All I can say is :((((((((((((
    But after all, your job is more important than your site, so you should give your best to your job, but don’t forget that we readers will always be supporting you! πŸ™‚

  3. Congratulations!! I’m very happy for you on your new job. If I recall correctly, about a year ago when Dream High was on air, you wanted that to come true for yourself and so it did! …….. yet…….. I can’t help but feel sad that I won’t have a daily dose of your thoughts and witty remarks (gosh I loved too many of them). Definitely all the best!!!

    • You remember! Yeah, at my seniority level in my profession, changing jobs takes quite a lot of time and networking resources to find the right fit. Took a year from when I started bitching about my job for me to land the perfect next opportunity. πŸ™‚ It’s a step up, but also about triple my stress level and people reporting to me. Which will surely lead to less time to goof off, sigh.

      Thanks for all the support from everyone. I really appreciate it~

      • And we really, really, really appreciate you. YOU are most important to us, of course, but more so, to yourself. So don’t stress yourself even more with this blog. Write when you can, post when you’re able. All the best to you in your new job!

        Wow, you are such a juggler, because I know you also have a wonderful husband and kid(s?). I can’t even imagine how you’ve done what you have been doing for so long so competently – watching so many dramas, writing, posting… whew! You are indeed our great Captain Koala. Hat’s off to you!

        Take care of yourself always. Love you much… *Hugs and kisses*

  4. Most of time I’m a silent reader, but I can tell your blog is a wonderful and insightful source of information for me. Take your time, do your best I’ll be happy to read your posts even if it’s one post a week (sincerely I hope to be much more frequent). Don’t let the job erode your sharp and witty sense of humor, and your natural writing skills:)

  5. You already work full-time?!?! And I believe you have little koalas and a Mr. Koala who love you and want some of your time. So, it’s a miracle you’ve been doing as much as you have already. Thank you! Hope your new job is fabulous for you, and I will look forward to any posts you are able to write in the future.

    P.S. How BIG is the koala-disguised Hello Kitty in the tree? The bark of that tree is really neat!

  6. Awww, this is such a bittersweet post ockoala. I loved coming here for your up-to-the-minute updates, but I understand that real life is very important, especially since you are starting a new job! Nevertheless, congratulations and best of luck in everything you do!

  7. Although I am so sad about this and I will surely miss your daily updates but congratulation for your new work/challenge and I wish you the best luck my dear.

    I really enjoyed a lot while reading your thoughts and this become one of my favorite blogs that I must check every day. And I will still check it eagerly for any new post in future ^_^

  8. What a sad day and year for K-Drama.
    AM Addiction announced their plan to close the website today.

    Thundie stops her activities earlier this year.
    K-Drama world was shaken up due to the Megaupload and file-sharing business.

    I’m sad. πŸ™

    But I’m very happy for you, Koala πŸ˜€
    Good luck to you! I’m very glad your career is going well.

      • Ahahaha, your post (almost) made me laugh.

        But hey, it’s sad for us, but it’s a happy promotion for Ms. Koala, so…Congratulations! I’m definitely going to miss the only blogger I know who covers Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and China, but I’m always going to look forward to if and when you post. Thank you for spending so much time in making this site fulfilling for us drama fans πŸ™‚

  9. I just happen to find your blog a few days ago and thought that it was a really good and fun one, usually I never post I enjoy being silent, but with the really good news (for you ^^) Congratulations!!! Wish you the best in this new adventure – and sad ones for us. I decide to write and tell you that I will miss you and your blog. Thank you very much for your time and to share with us your thoughts, I enjoy it.
    Hope you have a little time to give to us. If not, take care, live well and be happy.

  10. delurking today….

    mixed feelings – sad that you’ll be posting less, but happy for you on your new job because it is something that you really want. Congratulations!

    back to lurk mode….^^

  11. dear Ms. Koala, thanks for the heads up πŸ™‚

    I was wondering how one can hold up such blog with so many (speedy) updates!! So thank you very much again for everything you’ve shared with us, despite being busy offline as well and creating this happy playground! whatever may or may not happen in the future, this remains a wonderful playground in my heart πŸ™‚

    I’m happy for you that you’ve found a new challenge! I wish you to be successful in your new job and to enjoy it just as much as you enjoy writing here πŸ™‚

  12. Remember when you went on vacation and said that there wouldn’t be any posts for a week and you posted everyday that week. Just wait, every time you think you’re out they keep pulling you back in. lol. Congrats and good luck. Post only if it’s fun. This won’t stop me from refreshing you page twice a day every day like i normally do.

  13. I’ve been lurking here for almost 4 months. Your blog was the one that actually introduced me to dramaland, and I thank you for that. Even if you can’t visit as often, it has been a fun ride reading through your recaps and other posts. Good luck in your job! I know you’ll do as well as you did for this site πŸ™‚

  14. First of all, congrats on moving up in your profession of choice. I wish you all the best. You are one of my daily must reads, so I will still continue to follow your posts as I enjoy your viewpoint and musings on the kdrama world. Even if you’ll be writing fewer posts, it will still be like checking in on an old friend.

    Be healthy and live life well.

  15. First, good luck on your new job, and congratulations!!!

    Second, thank you for always writing such thoughtful posts!

    Third, we’ll miss your writing, but I’ll continue to visit your site πŸ™‚

  16. Awwwwwww. So sad for me but so happy for you koala. Over the years, you’ve become part of my life, part of my addiction, so I will definitely have very strong withdrawal symptoms when you don’t post anything. I hope and pray you will still have the time to write often, albeit intermittently. Thanks for keeping us entertained with your raves, rants, humor and insights all these years. Fighting!

  17. congratulations! I’m also one of those who are just silent readers, but I definitely enjoyed your blogs. It kept me updated with all the dramas and news, I could never go a day without coming by here! Your writings about news and dramas are exactly my thoughts, that is why I’ll still come by and see for your updates no matter how long it is for new updates! ^^ Hope you the best!

  18. Congratulations Captain on your new job!

    I wish you continued success in your profession. Also, I wish to Thank you for all the posts and news about K-dramas,J-dramas, C-dramas, TW-dramas etc. Not only do they fill my drama addiction :), they educate me as well. I will miss your prolific posts but I’ll still visit AKP.
    Thank you again for generously sharing your talent and time! Cheers to you! (^__^)

  19. Congrats and Booo! all in one go!

    You are a unique voice and service in Dramaland and I don’t want you to go, but I know all too well the realization of professional goals away from a blog presence must take precedence. Much love to you, Koala!!

  20. I wish you all the best with your new job, Koala sis! Definitely I’m gonna miss your recaps and you insightful thoughts about dramas, about the lessons about life that immersed in each scene. I came to your website by chance when looking for recaps of 49 Days and then has kept sticking around, checking your site several times everyday. Although it is sad (for us audience) that you will have much less time to spare for us, I’m happy for you that you get the job you dream of and work for it. I wish you and your family a great Dragon year :). And again, good luck with your new job ^^

  21. Congrats on your new job!

    I’m sad that you won’t be blogging as much anymore. I have been reading your blog for about a year and half now & have really enjoyed your insight, opinions, and up-to-date news on K-dramas, J-dramas, and T-dramas. I will still continue to visit your site daily, so I hope you will still find time to post small snippets of anything even if they aren’t long blog posts.

    Good Luck Koala on all your future endeavours and thanks for all your wonderful blog posts!! πŸ™‚

  22. Look at that bunch of hypocrites : ” I’m sad but i understand… ” Ha !
    Well, i am not sad. I am angry. And i don’t want to understand. I want to punch that insolent plushie… Just when i started to become a regular. πŸ™
    OK. Truth is i’m happy for you Ms koala. Work world is hard, and if you found a good tree you sure have to stick on it ( as we say in France to bring good luck : Merde ! ). Family life is to be cherished too for sure.
    Anyway, the worst is not certain yet isn’t it ? And if it is, Drama Fanland is a small world, and you never entirely recover from the addiction. ” Mad grin “.
    Take care and stay healthy.
    Going back to grumble in my cave…

  23. Congrats on your new beginning..i hate that i’m gonna miss you but hey..real life is more important than anything else…on that note..i would like to thank you for all the things you shared with us.. and hopefully this web will stay open (or is it?)…
    God bless and more power to you….

    • Of course I’ll keep the website open and running! I plan to continue writing, too. Just not sure how often is all. πŸ™‚

      • dear ockoala, congrats and my very best wishes for your new job! It always puzzle me how you did keep this site and the many, many posts with all the hats you wear. How did you find the time, do you sleep at all? πŸ™‚

        Yes, please and keep this site open (just post only when you are able), and thank you. God bless you, Mr Koala and your baobeis’ (they sure have grown mighty fine). πŸ™‚

      • Hi simplesim!

        The baobeis are a handful but a wonderful joy to have in my life. If only they’d stop trying out out-lawyer me in every argument. XD I do sleep, don’t worry. Thanks for saying hi~

  24. plus Γ§a change, plus c’est la mΓͺme chose.

    I will miss my morning coffee and Koala Kdrama comments. But I will continue to check in and appreciate your sharing all the more when it happens. Congrats!

  25. Best of luck Captain Koala on your new position in the professional world! I thought it was quite amazing already that you balanced a job, a family and this. I hope you still have some time to enjoy dramas even if you don’t write about them. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing your opinions and writing about asian dramas πŸ™‚

  26. I have been following you and your site for a while now and in the last few weeks finally started to de-lurk and actually post here and there. I am so glad for you and your promotion! I am also glad that you will continue to write about dramas even if it is less! thank you for all you do and many blessings for your future!

  27. Ms. K, I will surely miss your recaps but yes, will continue to come and check on you. Congratulations and more power and success on your new promotion!!! keep it up and stay healthy, stay happy and yes definitely have fun too!!! God bless you more too!!!

  28. Congratulations on the new job!! That’s great news but as an avid reader it does sadden me as you would discuss more than K-dramas on your blog. Thanx to you I re-discovered my love for J-doramas and discovered TW-dramas. Thank You! Come to think of it so many changes are going on in cyber world that I wonder if I’ll even get an opportunity to watch dramas in the future…ugghhh!! *what a depressing thought*

    Anywaysss, good luck with your future endeavors! πŸ˜€

  29. Kudos to your new job madame K… am so happy for you… will still be visiting your site daily for my own dose of Koala goodness… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  30. Your blog has become a habit for me to visit for the current happenings in Asiadramaland.
    Thanks for taking the time for this. It’s been an interesting ride and I hope that your future endeavours will bring you many reasons to smile.

  31. I am going to MISS you or rather your FABULOUS updates… so sad … but I’m SO happy for you too … i started work 2011 after staying home for my boy for 4 years .. less time for drama but i still make time coz i love & enjoy watching the latest… you have been a great source of info … starting work in 5 mins … God bless you in your job ! Will still check your site every week πŸ™‚

  32. Congratz Koala unni!
    We are all very sad and happy for you at the same time.
    Thank you for introducing me to the wonderful drama that is Sunny Happiness.
    I keep going back and rewatching it.

    Good luck with your future endeavors!!

  33. I’ve been following this blog since it started (lol, I’m one of those silent lurkers who reads every single post and checks for updates five times a day), and I have to say…. you and this blog is absolutely amazing and has aided in hundreds of hours of procrastination. So, um… thank you. From the bottom of my heart.

    Congratulations on the new position ^^

  34. good luck on your new job & thanks for hard work all this time, miss koala ^^
    i won’t ask you about recaping drama but i hope you still can give us your insight about new drama ^^

  35. Congrats for the new job Ockoala! Many more success, happiness and properity in the year of dragon..

    ps: Real life does intrude drama watching and writing… πŸ˜€

  36. I will definitely miss your posts and esp your recaps ( moonsun *aaawww*). Thanks for your selfless sharing of everything πŸ™‚

    All the Best….Cheers to ms.K! xoxo

  37. Congrats for the new job Ockoala! Many more success, happiness and prosperity in the year of dragon..

    ps: Real life does intrude drama watching and writing… πŸ˜€

  38. Man… this sucks… First Thundie, now you too. If dramabeans goes too, I am definitely calling it quits with kdramas. You all get me addicted to visiting your blogs once, not twice … okay, who am I fooling … ten times a day and then tell me you’ll are cutting down going forward. All in the name of “real life” when I don’t seem to have (since becoming addicted to kdramas).

    Okay, now that my rant is out of the way, I want to talk you for sharing your love of dramas with us. I found your blog about 8 months ago (when I was looking for Protect the Boss recaps). I watched my first TW drama because of your recommendation and haven’t looked back since.

    I know that you will do well in your new position. Why? Because the care and attention that you gave your blog will just be transferred to your career and the employees that you supervise. So, good luck to you. Keep throwing us some tidbits as I will probably still check your blog once … no twice … okay, ten times a day, just to see if you post.

  39. I`ve enjoyed your take on dramas especially since you watch all kinds but I really must compliment your writing… it has a spin, a style that is rather unique and very fun to read… ultimately that’s what keeps us all coming back to play… so write less often but write as well as you always have and the rest of us will just have to understand that tried but true saying: all good things come to those who wait! Take care of yourself and thanks a lot for the ride so far…

  40. Good luck. I have no idea actually even now how you manage so many posts each week. Whatever makes you happy… good luck and best wishes for your new job and new juggling act.

  41. On one side ;( on the other πŸ™‚ i’m happy 4 u Chukhaye! Omedetto! Congrats! on ur new job. Thanks 4 not closing this blog πŸ™‚ hope u’ll hav fun in ur work coz without fun doin it there’s no happiness in it.

  42. On one side ;( on the other πŸ™‚ i’m happy 4 u Chukhaye! Omedetto! Congrats! on ur new job. Thanks 4 not closing this blog πŸ™‚ hope u’ll hav fun in ur work coz without fun doin it there’s no happiness in it. Just sayin u know it better then me. I think i haven’t said it before U R D BEST ^^

  43. I has been fun being apart of your passion. Best of luck on your new chapter. May passion follow you to all corners of you life.

  44. Ockoala, congrats and good luck in your new job! It’s been entertaining reading your witty writing, hope to read more of it even if it’s on a much less frequent basis.

  45. First of all Congratulations on this new milestone in your career! πŸ™‚ I’ll miss checking and rechecking your site as part of my routine before I check my emails at work πŸ˜›

    More power! πŸ™‚

  46. Aww… too bad, but big congratulations. As someone who’s been frustrated with her job, I’m happy that you’ve found a new and hopefully a fab opportunity.

    Just a thought… does it take less time if you don’t to snapshots? I would much rather read a review without snapshots than not at all. Or a review/thoughts and comments versus a full on recap. I can imagined the recaps you’ve been doing take an incredible amount of time.

    Again, big congrats!

  47. Gongratulations on the new challenge in your professional life. All the best!

    I will definitely miss your daily postings; they have been part of what I look forward to each day. I will look forward and be grateful for whatever you can post.

    Thanks for the enjoyment I’ve experienced from your postings.

  48. O…no…love your daily news about all of Asian celebs, but you gotta do what you like to do and wish you the best for your carrier in the future…cheerssss!!!!! πŸ™‚

  49. Hi, I’ve been following your blog for the passssst few years I think, time flies! I fell in love with your writing longgg time, but it wasn’t until your drama review of playful kiss that I have to visit your blog everyday to check for update of posts. Congratulation for the new job, Unni. I wish you all the best, and thank you again for always being awesome πŸ™‚

    Thai fan. <3

  50. I just have to say that reading everyone’s comments makes me all weepy with happiness. Thank you guys so being so kind and caring towards me. ^___^

    Just an reminder that I’m still planning to write: recaps, news, reviews, etc. Just not as frequently, and likely much later than I usually post.

    And I’m not joking, but every time someone calls me Koala unni or Captain K, I feel like a good friend is waving at me and saying hello. It gives me the warm and fuzzies.

  51. Ms. Koala, congratulations for your new job!!!
    just asking: is it possible to have something like an open thread post? so while we’re waiting for your post, we still can share or spazz about dramas…
    you can set the rules
    anyway, hope everything works well for you…

    • An Open Thread is an awesome idea!! πŸ˜€ So, I don’t have anybody to spazz over dramas with and then sometimes I watch a drama wherein I’m all shaky and spasmodic with flailing arms no less, and I HAVE TO DISCUSS THIS RIGHT NOW OTHERWISE I’LL EXPLODE (like with What’s Up currently). So, an OT would be great without me making a fool out of myself! πŸ˜‰

  52. This is sad news for most of us, inlcuding you Captain K … I too have been mostly silent reader. I found out a little too late about your post. Lie to Me – It loved it to pieces and was trying to find youtube and bumped into your post – don’t ask me how ^_^ I didn’t know there were such thing as blog/web/post about dramas! You’d wonder which planet I live in right? yeah …. downunder πŸ™
    anyhow … you have such a great sense of humor and great writing skills, it will definitely be a WASTE if you don’t use it ^_^
    so … I guess my 3times a day check on your post will have to be adjusted too – sigh …
    All the best … and look forward to your next post – whenever that is …
    Koala unni aja-aja hwaiting ! ganbatte !! Jia You !!

  53. ooh perfect morning..:(
    when i have a relax time 4 a while and check this site i found this announcement..ooh it’s really sad but i understand..congratulation Captain thank u for the whole recap..:)
    but where i can play now?

  54. So happy for you Koala! We at the playground feel so loved that you would want to share this announcement with us. I’m so glad you’re not calling it quits. Thank you for working hard to continue even when you are so busy!! We shall be patiently waiting at the playground for you=) All the best!

  55. Wow, congratulations unni! (: i hope you’ll be comfortable with your new job and that you’ll be surrounded with nice co-workers all day that enjoy dramas as much as we do:D thanks for all the memorable posts and comments and I’m excited for future posts! πŸ™‚ <3

  56. Congrats and all the best for your future endeavours captain K!

    Although I only discover AKP mid-Lie to me recaps, I enjoy your writing alot! And will continue lurk at your HSI thread ^^

    P.S. I like hello kitty too, the koala kitty is so cute.

  57. Congratulations! Good Luck!

    I’ve been lurking here for quite a while. It’s one of my “happy place”. I will miss it a lot but I will keep looking here from time to time!

  58. Koala unni, this is bad news for me. I carry my iphone w/ me everywhere and your site is at the top of my bookmarks’ list (and I’m not joking either).

    I know this is not goodbye, but somehow deep inside I feel really sad. However, despite my sadness, I think you desired a really nice break.

    As always, I hope you’re adjusting well to your new job & GOOD LUCK!

  59. Clones are less willing to work, yet weirdly more ambitious, underhanded, and power hungry. Don’t try cloning.

    Thanks for your efforts for the community.

    Will appreciate what you are able to do.

    Wishing you the best.

  60. *squeeezess and hugssss*

    Congrats on your new endeavor sweetie! Personally, I’ll selfishly miss you being constantly here writing most endearingly about dramas, and I can just keep in touch with you this way or that, but I’ll also be reminded of you are occupied with enjoying LIFE….. I’m grinning mad. :))))))))))))

    I know you’ll miss AKP and drop by whenever, and we’ll all be here ready to party! Cheers!! xxx

    • Twinnie!

      I’ll probably end up writing more than I ought to (bad me), but less than I want to. Nice compromise, eh? XD I miss spazzing, too. My SIL just watch LoCh2008. She doesn’t love the story as much as we do, so she was all like “been there, seen that.” Makes me want to rewatch it~

      • Okay, so since you’ve mentioned about spazzing….I wanted to recommend a drama to you, Koala. You have to watch — What’s Up!!! O.M.GGGGGahhh!! I’ll keep ‘my’ spazzing to a minimum but despite the 20-25 min cuts per episode this drama is shaping up to be fantabulous!! SO FRIGGIN’ GOOOD!! Lovin’ all the characters except that pesky villainous character. For the last couple of days I’ve been meaning to errmm, respectfully, rec. this drama!! neways, Congratulations once again! πŸ˜€

      • you know, I’ve just rewatched bits of LoCH08 to wash away ITWY. And I bet when I’m 80 I’ll still rewatch bits of LoCH08 and it’ll always be extra satisfying remembering how we were spazzing like we’ve just found candy for the very first time!

        *HUG* Hope u r having an awesome rewarding day at new job! *muak*

  61. I will miss you, Koala Kitty πŸ™‚
    You made my mornings when writing recaps for dream high a year ago πŸ™‚
    Good Luck
    πŸ™‚

  62. koala dear,

    congratulations on your new job! i’m sure you’ll do very, very well. and thank you for giving us the heads up about not being able to write as often as you want to. don’t worry, we’ll all be waiting for you here at the playground.

    cheers! ganbatte kudasai! πŸ˜‰

  63. Oh Koala this is such sad news for us drama addicts…But on the other hand CONGRATULATIONS!! Thank you so much for all the work and effort that you’ve put into this site. At least we know that we’ll be hearing from you soon. I still have this site at the top of my bookmark list and I’ll constantly check back often. Who else mixes kdramas, twdramas, jdoramas and cdramas but you? Koala fighting!

    Good luck with everything! We all hope that you can find as much time for us but more importantly take care of your new job, health and family first!

  64. ahhh, lost for words here, I think I found your blog during PK, we may not share the same taste on drama all the time but you know what I like most about your writing, I can tell that you’re one truthful and gutsy girl err lady, and I know I can always count on you on that matter. Thank you so much for this last year. Congrats on your new job, gosh, after all this time, I’m still amaze how you do it..

  65. Congratulations on the job thing, bear. πŸ˜€

    Thanks for all the recaps. We’ll wait patiently, no pressure. <3

    *Starts grabbing koala's Zai zai and Kang Ji Hwan when she's not looking*

      • Dangit. Oh well, I have a funny feeling that you’ll be *more* tempted to post stuff now. Just because you told yourself not to! Isn’t that weird?

        We have a saying for that: “masarap ang bawal” — (translation: forbidden stuff gives more pleasure) Haha!

        Have a happy 2012, koala πŸ˜€

  66. congrats to our dear koala. understand that everyone has to be off to greener pastures and “do what we have to do thing”. fully fully understand. guess we all have something in common..

    will miss you heaps. Oh, BTW, thank you for getting me hooked on to your playground since M3 rollercoaster. Can never thank you enough for being the first to inform me about Inborn Pair and Wild Romance, yeah! me luv WR so so very much.
    but then again, shall check in every now and again… much appreciate your latest updates.
    Kamsahamida, domo arigato guzaimas

    cheers and all the very best to our dear koala

  67. Thank you so much for everything you’ve done. You have no idea how much happiness you’ve brought to people’s lives…one of them is MINE! If I will ever to be born again, in my next life, I want to become fluent in english/japanese/korean languages, and able to write as great as you are…maybe by then I’d be able to help you out…LOL! Unfortunately, not in this lifetime… Good luck to your endeavors and God speed! ^_^

  68. Thanks so much for all the hard work you have been doing!

    I discovered your blog through BBJX.. and I have been coming here almost every day ever since.

  69. Oh so sad πŸ™ *sniff* *sniff*
    But i’m happy for you Ms. K . Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving us a dose of our (kdrama) vitamins since you started your blog. I know this is not goodbye yet but we’ll surely miss your constant updates. Good luck and God bless! mwahhh! mwahh! tsup! tsup! πŸ™‚

  70. Hey Koala! Gosh, I am going to miss you like crazy. But I def understand the juggling act, and trying to win against time. Its not fun. So God bless you and may you find strength in him always and may he help you prosper in your job, and all aspects of your life. I will miss you, but whenever you can write, just write. omo, everythings changing. We’ll definitely meet up when Yoon Eun Hye get married to whomever. Thats a guarantee πŸ™‚

  71. Chukahaeyo Koala! Although I’ve only been reading your posts for about a year or so, I’ve enjoyed it immensely! Good luck on your new job! Don’t worry, we’ll still be here anxiously waiting… πŸ˜€

  72. Congratulations!!! I will surely miss you, though. Not a day pass by that I don’t visit your blog and I still will.. As they say (whoever he/she was).. writing will haunt you, it’s just in your system.
    I’ll be looking forward for some juicy notes about my Baby Geun Young from you.

    Good luck and God Bless you!

  73. I am personally thankful and appreciative of your passion in doing what you are quite good in doing! Thank you and all the best to your new job. I will continue to lurk in here for whatever you may wish to share at any time you have the time, WHEW! You did a very good job and made so many of us happy and entertained in every possible e-way.

    I salute you!

  74. Wow! You’re the coolest Koala ever! You even manage to get a new job ahead of me. *so envious now*

    Anyway thank you for the effort you’ve been giving since the Playful Kiss days. πŸ™‚ That’s when I first saw your blog and been hooked since then. Your blog became one of those sites which I MUST visit each day. I hope you will enjoy your new job and although I’m sure you will be a lot busy now, I’d understand if you won’t be updating as much as you do in the past.

    Please take care of your health too… Your new job plus managing this blog might take so much of your time so make sure you won’t leave your eucalyptus tree that long, okay? ^^

  75. Congrats on the New Job, I hope you will be doing wonderful things. You will be miss but they say absent make the heart grow founder.

  76. Wishing you all the best on your new job!!

    I became a fan since last year encountering your site accidently. Your site became an everyday stop for me and will continue to be. I am sad that i won’t get your well detailed insight on dramas anymore.

    Now i am really sad :(. I feel like i am losing two good things, Office girls and you.

    Best wishes!!

  77. Oh chingu, I’m happy for you! I still have no idea how you managed to keep AKP so thoroughly updated for so long. You did bend time and space! *g*

    I’ll miss you for sure (but I might email you/bug you on twitter frmo time to time), but I totally understand your decision. *hugs*

  78. Congratulations on new responsibilities!

    It will leave a void but as Sere in the above comment, I understand. .

    Thank you for informing your readers.

    Best of luck.

  79. It’s okay. Coming from a person who doesn’t take blogging seriously and is focusing on her studies at University, I wish you all the best at your job. I’ll still look forward to your articles.

  80. I’ve been your visitor eversince aeons ago but never posted a reply..just wanna say that your writing always make my day… I wish you all the best! Thanks much…

  81. This is good news!
    All of the good karma you have sent out over the interwebs has and will keep coming back at you. Not to mention all the skills you honed with critical thinking,analysis and writing.
    Whatever you do, may you be happy!
    Thanks for all your words over the years. We will miss you.

  82. I just wanna say “THANK YOU”!!! You’ve made my new adventure into KDramaland a whole lot easier and I will be forever grateful for the hours and hours you have spent in keeping me up to date and sane. I’ve enjoyed all of your thoughts, posts and pictures.

    Good luck to you in your new adventure. I’ll be here waiting for any bones you want to throw… πŸ™‚

  83. Although I am a regular visitor on this site, this is the first time I am writing a comment. I want to thank you so much for writing all those blog posts. I especially love reading your opinions for each dramas you watched. Sensitive to every detail with great humor. Although I am sad that you are writing lesser posts, I am hearted to know that you will continue to write even though your schedule is tight. Once again, thank you so much for writing and sharing.

  84. Koala congra an realy happy for u i start reading recap crazliy because of you thank u it’s realy enjoying and my mom always thanks u from saving from my other addicting thing u change my life I’ll always remember u as my life saving I start my exam and come sometime but I’ll miss u when I come back here THANK U sincerly

  85. Thank you sooo much Koala girl. I shall miss all your update and recaps. You have opened up a whole new world with your insightful updates. Where shall I go for my daily fix of Korean drama and actors/actresses gossip? However, congratulations! I hope it all goes well for you. Please stop by now and then with some snippets cos I shall still be checking regularly πŸ˜€

  86. awwww… congrats Koala!! best wishes at your new job!!

    i will miss your frequent updates on kdramas, tw/c dramas, and jdramas…. i haven’t been able to find a good blog with your mix yet!! i hope you will find some time to come update every so often!! πŸ™‚

    thanks for all the blogging in the past!!

  87. Congrats! on your new job. You’ve been one amazing Koala providing us(me) various gossips and introductions for Chinese language dramas. Without your comments, I would have never known BBJX, for example. Thank you so much for all you have done and I’m looking forward for your occasional posts in future.

  88. Congrats and best wishes Ms. Koala, going to miss you…. but I am glad you get to do what you want to do πŸ˜€

    btw – the hello kitty in koala costume is simply awesome.

    take care

  89. I get the feeling that the 100+ comments left over the past few hours to share how much this blog and YOU mean to us must have brought warmth to your heart and maybe also tears in your eyes.

    We wish you the best in this great career opportunity and fully support this decision of yours to focus on this matter. We too will miss you very much.

    And no matter what, Shen Ling will always be mine. ^^

  90. Congratulations on your new job– I hope you find it very fulfilling. I so appreciate all the time and energy you’ve put into this blog so far, and will be very grateful for however much you’re able to contribute in the future. I’m just relieved and happy that you’re not closing down the playground altogether (but would understand should you decide that you need to do that). I hope that you will post according to what best meets your needs and not feel pressured to post when you don’t have the time or energy. We want you to be a healthy, happy Koala, so please take good care of yourself (and don’t forget that that includes getting enough sleep).

    A suggestion to consider is that if there’s a drama that you’d like to recap but don’t have time to, you might try just posting your comments (and perhaps a single screenshot) for each episode. Usually, what draws me to one of your recaps is mainly to read the intro to the recap and the “Thoughts of mine” section (rather than the recap itself). Your insights, analyses, and emotional reactions are what I most appreciate. I think a simple episode commentary would be way faster to write than a full-on recap, but still full of Koala-goodness. You could even do one commentary for a pair of episodes (like for the K-dramas that have back-to-back episodes).

    In any case, wishing you all the best!

  91. Thank you for all the amazing news and recaps you’ve shared with us. All the best with your new job and hope you and your family have a long and healthy life =)

  92. Congratulations! I had also recently discovered your blog. Started watching BBJX and “The Moon That Embraces the Sun” because of you. Thank you for your hard work! Still looking forward to your Kdrama recommendations too. I am a TVB fan, but watching CDrama and Kdrama now.

  93. Unni, I feel like crying but I hope all the changes in your life are for better… much much better!

    Be happy!
    Hugs from brazil!

  94. BIG Congratulations on your new job responsibilities Ockoala.

    You’ve generously provided us a playground of recap efforts and drool-spazz fun ….
    While it’s sad you won’t be back as often – hopefully you will find some time off to come back more frequently than you envision. With more hats to wear, you’d also need more well-earned downtime — ahem, you know where to come!

    All the best.

  95. Congrats Captain Koala!
    I am also more busy with work recently and unfortunately couldn’t read as much of your posts as earlier.
    Best wishes for your new endeavors in life!

  96. Hi Koala, Congrats and happy for your new job. I hope you won’t really stop writing, just rest for a while and maybe if time permits you will still be here….;sob;sob;. I just love your writing on all the kdramas, I for one accidently found your blog while trying to quench my thirst on Lie To Me. I still think that LTM was the best memory of 2011. Hmm…guess..you have a life afterall and I respect your decision. Thank you for the wonderful writing. I’ve enjoyed it tremendously. Good luck to your new future and lots of lots of love my chingu.

  97. Congratulations on your new job Ms. Koala! I hope that you can still spare a little of your time here at your playground for I will surely miss you. I appreciate your recaps but what I like best are your thoughts for they are really insightful and fun to read. Thank you for all your hard work. You have made my days a lot brighter…XXXX..

  98. Congratulation on your new job. I hope it’s not a good bye.
    You are the one who introduce me to my princess. Not in a million years I think I will love Song Seung Hun and Kim Tae Hee. But now, look at me. I search and update every post of Kim Tae Hee and Song Seung Hun. What a great influence of you.
    You also gave me some encouragement to enter c-dramaland, after I stuck in k-dramaland. BBJX is the most wonderful drama of last year.
    So it’s okay if you make just some posts in a month.. or even one post only. We’re still love you.

  99. first, congrats on the new job :):):)

    second… is it ok for you if i cry? you know i am one of your biggest fans. you are just way up there in my book. i just hope you won’t be totally leaving… even once in a while will be enough because i know that it takes so much passion to do this with and RL job that take so much toll of your time (speaking from experience).

    third… awwwwww you even posted a book summary! i feel like it’s bbjx once again.

    koala sis, i hope you allow me to continue calling you that… thanks for introducing me to wonderful dramas e.g. bbjx and dtly… i would never have watched them without your wonderful writings here.

    onwards,,, all the best for you sis! <3 <3 <3

  100. Congrats on your new adventure! Truly enjoyed and still enjoying all your posts. Will miss your frequent posts but hope you will still post more than expected, LOL!

  101. I’m so excited for you and your new career endeavors- you’re amazing! And although you’ll be super busy, don’t forget to stop by your playground as often as you can. All of us kiddies will be eagerly waiting for our daejang.

  102. Miss K, FIGHTING!!!!

    I understand the pressure that writing this blog is… A blogger, a mother, and a professional… The only think I can say is WOW!!! I support your decision of taking “time off”, because you HAVE a life, outside the drama world!! I’m doing the same thing, God knows I love dramas, I crave them, but I’m breathing now, taking one step at the time and some “time off” the drama world, I’m getting ready to start college and that is a huge task to tackle!!

    I always love your posts and how you make me laugh, I even miss the “camp” meetings with all the craziness of Lie To Me, but if something I learn from life is that IT MOVES ON!

    So Unnie, FIGHTING!! I bet on you and pay double, I declare grace, favor and open doors in the name of Jesus! Luv you Unnie, Fighting!!

    PS. Can you write one or two, just, you know, have a place to hang out? Mhahahaha Luv You!!! A million Hugs and Kisses!!!

    xoxo
    Marjorie = ~Angel~

  103. Even though I just recently found AKP (around October), it’s already one of my most frequented sites on the interwebs, and I already feel like part of the family (even though all I do is lurk).

    It’s always been amazing to me how you could handle so much, and it still is, so it’s completely understandable that you need to slow down a little to go on with life ^^~ I’m a little sad that the writing pace will go down, since I love reading your recaps, even if I don’t get the time or opportunity to actually watch the shows. But as long as you don’t stop writing completely, it’s fine, and I promise I’ll leave Zai Zai and KJH well alone as deference to Unnie =3

    I don’t know exactly how this message got so long, but the main message is: As long as you’re happy, we’re happy, so chukkadurimnida and hwaiting and jiahyou and saranghae <333

  104. Dear Koala,

    Wish you enjoy with your new job and good luck.
    I will be visiting your playground as usual.

    Since PK, I like your blog so much.
    I really appreciate for all your great work at this playground.
    Thanks million, my dear Koala.

  105. dear ms koala,
    Good luck on your new endeavor. i wont be sad because i know you would still be around to write and give your insights on dramas and watch over our hwanhye ship, though perhaps not as often as before. My love for LTM brought me to your playground and from then on I visit almost daily to get news about our couple.
    More than this, let me thank you for making my love affair with korean drama stronger, reading your recaps and learning from your analyses, finding new dramas to watch with your ratings and favorites as guide.
    I really love your review on LTM making use of the “sense and sensibility” approach in
    making an assessment of it. Indeed it touched my heart. If i were teaching drama now i would definetly ask my students to watch ltm and read your review.
    You have become my mentor who made me enjoy and appreciate korean drama more. I have asked others who love watching Korean dramas to visit your playground as well.
    Rest assured i will almost always visit your playground to hear from you .
    I am also looking forward to being one of the many to celebrate the first anniversary of the hwanhye forum with you as our captain.
    Thanks to you I found new friends and a home in AKP.
    Again, congratulations and God Bless!.

  106. Unnie, I haven’t been on your sight for a week due to school work but when i read this i was really sad. You began my love for korean dramas and it is sad to think that i would not be able to read your comment or recap on the dramas we will love in the future. I want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for the joy you have brought to our lives by taking your time to write your commentary on each drama. I hope that all your future endeavor are successful.
    kumawo and Saranghe!!!!!

  107. Thank you all for leaving such amazingly supportive, kind, and generous words of encouragement. I really appreciate it, and take every single comment to heart. I’ll keep writing, maybe not as often, but it will always be my honest thoughts on whatever comes to mind.

  108. It will indeed sad Ms. K on your decision but happy for your new job. This blog is really special since becoming a fan of M3, you putting up a discussion forum for us to play around, analyze hints and all, knowing those wonderful fans that up to now i have contact with. I am really thankful for that Captain! We will always be here your supporters whatever happens.

    Captain K.. fighting!

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