The Guys of Koala-land Celebrate the Second Anniversary of the Playground

Two years, 2144 posts,and over 20 million views later, the Playground celebrates its second anniversary today by doing nothing whatsoever. In the US, a second anniversary is marked by cotton, so I’m going to whip out my comfy t-shirt and wrap my laptop in it for the night. I have to confess there are times I want to stop writing and take a sabbatical from drama land, and recently these urges come more and more frequently. But then one drama will literally grab hold of me and not let go, and then it’s back down the rabbit hole I go. I suppose that’s the way an addiction works, and really it’s not so bad since I manage to have a complete and fulfilling life outside of writing about dramas. ‘Struth, I don’t sit in front of the computer all day long watching and scribing.

While I don’t have time to participate in comment discussions as much anymore, I sincerely appreciate everyone who leaves a message sharing a thought or just a thank you. One aspect of writing that I find rewarding is spurring on discussion and making for lively debates that make drama watching more interactive. So it’s my turn to thank everyone who reads what I write, and shares what you think. And if I ever want to retire, I suppose I’ll keep going because my beloveds will say this to me. Let my guys wish me a happy anniversary and remind me of why they need me around, and everyone can enjoy all the pretty. Win and win!

No, this is not my utterly shameless and transparent attempt to parade my men in a row as a reminder of MINE-ership. They really do want to wish me a happy 2nd anniversary and give me a little encouraging pick me up.

Koala babe, you can’t quit. You have to keep writing and reminding people that I’m your “I Lub You”. I promise one day I’ll make A Moment to Remember 2 for you, and this time everyone will have their memories intact and crying will be kept to a minimum. I’m the first guy you MINED, and for that you will always have to be my drama girl.

How can you ever think about abandoning your oppa? Without you around, people mock as me some sort of hand towel. Have you ever seen a towel as chiseled and hard as my abs? I need you around to demonstrate to the world it’s okay to love bad actors with beautiful faces. I’m now mind-melding with you to remind you that I am forever your oppa.

I’m baaaaack! How can you ever think about quitting this gig when I’ll be around forever and ever just being gorgeous and beautiful and swoony onscreen. I’m your Jun Ki! If you don’t stay put others might try to claim me, and that would just break my heart. Don’t make me all sad, you hear! Remember that when I cry, you cry.

Koala jiejie, I promise I’ll pick better projects so please have faith and stick around. That @estel dongsaeng of yours keeps trying to stuff me under her bed, but I belong to you! I rely on your wisdom to help continue to guide me to a glorious future, so don’t desert me. Plus I’m already so cute, think about how smexy I will grow up to be in a few more years.

Listen here, Koala! After mocking me endlessly in Baker King Whatchama-goo, you can’t think that mooning over my puuuurfect voice and spot-on acting in Me Too, Flower! is enough penance for you. You owe me to keep writing about my future acting exploits, not to mention my newly acquired manliness and unlimited potential.

Koala nee-chan, gomen ne. I know I’ve been shitty lately, what with buffing up to look like a beefcake and forgetting that I am really just a big dorky kid in a young man’s body. Plus my acting hasn’t improved and my recent projects all suck. But you have faith in me, right? I’m still your Pi, right? I can do it, I promise I can recapture the magic of that Summer when I lit up your heart with wondrous rays of love.

My dear sweet Koala, If I promise to be less broody and happier, will you stay with me forever? Do you see the cool trick where I’m looking more and more like Tony Leung (looks and acting). How cool is that? You always had faith I would be the winningest member of F4, right? You know you love me, so just sit down and don’t think about going anywhere.

If you keep writing about dramas, unni, I’ll sing my song to you. I’ll sing it every day just for you. You know, the one called “Will You Marry Me?” Have you heard of that one? :-D You don’t want to make me pout, do you? Think of the dimples!

What the heck, unni! You just MINED me and now you’re raising the possibility that one day you’ll swan off and leave me in a free-for-all lurch. Not cool, totally not cool. I’m a one-MINED kinda guy, and now you’re my drama gal. Capiche? Sheesh, wait til I rock your socks off in Big, I hope you bought more socks by the dozen pack. You’re gonna need it.

Oh my Koala, how you have suffered for so long. How many horrible dramas did you endure for me? Lets count – Woody Sambo, Easy Fortune Happy Life, Girl in Blue, The Daughters, Waking Up Love, Unbeatable….. wow, that list is sure long and filled with so many truly shiteous dramas. But now I’ve finally turned the corner for you, and you got to bask in the bliss that was Office Girls. You deserve even more happiness in the future, so stay with me and I promise to make it all up to you. Okay? Pinky swear? With the stars as witness, ten thousand years, never change.

Koala cutie pie, shhhhh, I sneaked over here from JB’s place. I know you adore me, and I adore you, too. You can’t ever stop trying to steal me away from JB, okay? I enjoy the tug-of-war, though really my heart belongs to only one gal. You know who. ;-) Yeah, I know you love her, too.

You will never ever get to see that dream pairing of me and Kawaguchi Haruna in the J-dorama adaptation of Faster than a Kiss if you stop watching dramas, oh super chirpy nee-chan who adores me. I promise I’ll keep doing eclectic projects but always toss in one rom-com for you every so often. So sit tight and don’t get itchy fingers.

© 2012, ockoala. All rights reserved.


The Guys of Koala-land Celebrate the Second Anniversary of the Playground — 135 Comments

  1. Happy anniversary sweetie! Those 2 years have gone by so fast plus the additional years spent together on DB talking about dramas and life. Here’s to many more years of drama watching & friendship.

    • Drama-watching for years? Maybe. Friendship for years? Definitely. Btw, I’ve hidden the La Maison truffles. C has taken to calling it “the good chocolate” and won’t eat anything else. Ha, you’ve created a high taste monster.

  2. First off, congrats on the 2nd anniversary! Don’t ever leave dramaland! Reading your posts makes me feel like I’m not alone in my love for dramas. <3

    Secondly, on the MINE-ing, you took all the good ones!!!! LOL.

  3. Everyone, Seung Gi and my Shin call me unni instead of noona because we’re cool with each other like that. It’s our special thing. They call everyone else noona, but they only have one unni. That’s me! They are still real boys. ;-)

  4. Happy Anniversary! Good job, good job. For a while I thought you might get tired and pack it in. Enjoyed this and, fortunately, there are other hotties to drool over, so I don’t have to claim jump.

  5. Cheers & Happy 2nd Anniversary dear Ms. Koala!!!! (:
    Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for drama + movie + novel land!
    I believe many will agree with me that your work have touched and inspired many people across continents myself included. It has been nothing but ♥♥♥ for me ever since I added your site to my favourites list. So here’s wishing you good health & happiness from the bottom of my heart and many happy returns for your site! 万岁!!!


  6. Happy anniversay Ms. Koala. Reading your articles is like my daily snacks, once in the morning and once at night. Thank you for all the efforts and hard works. You’re really amazed me as to your excessive energy. I don’t know how can you really manage to work full time and write so many article every day. I can’t, after a long day, all I want is not doing anything but watch tv or doing brain less tasks. You are the best.

  7. Btw, Of all men posted above, I love Mr. Kang, Mr. Qiu and Mr. Song. Oh gosh, if they were to be in front of me, I might have syncopy. Hehehe…

    • You can wantz cat nip with a side of bOObs? :-D

      Thanks for gift of many more moons. But I’m not your unni, since you are the ageless sage over us all.

  8. Congatulations and Happy anniversary Captain! Here’s looking forward to many many more journeys and shipping with you. I love your writing and your humour. You have now become an integral part of my day, and my kdrama (now expanded to other fares) experience. I value your thoughts and opinions so please keep on writing. No shipping out!!!! For everything, thank you, thank you, thank you *bows three times.

  9. Happy anniversary Koala!((: Thank you for sharing your opinions and letting us read your recaps all the time! I know you must take a lot of time out of your schedule for this blog and I appreciate it so much that you keep posting! <3 *HUGE TACKLING HUG* thankyou Koala :D

  10. Koala jie jie,

    Happy Anniversary. On your special day I will overlook the fact that a few of my bfs accidentally found themselves on your list. I’m sure you plan to return them after the cupcake party, yes? :P. *hugs*

  11. Happy 2nd Anniversary Capt K!!! :)
    You are such an amazing captain to the dramaship! thank for all your musings and posts and here’s the many more years of enjoying dramas.

    And may TW dramas get just a little bit better, which reminds me that I need to watch the FG finale.

  12. I’ve mostly been a lurker who is now delurking to say your site rocks, you deserve all the best wishes from these fellas and THEN SOME! Where’s handtowel in a handtowel when you need ‘im?

  13. Awww Auntie K
    Congrats on the second anniversary of the Playground!!!
    Thank you for creating such an important Kdrama haven for all of us addicts.
    It feeds my addiction!!!

    Thank you ^.^

    Btw I go to Korea in a month. YAY!!!

  14. Congratulations on this milestone! I didn’t know Lee Seung Gi was one of yours too! Heee. Cheers for more fun times ahead, talking about dramas, life and family. Jiejie jiāyoú 加油 !

  15. Happy Anniversary, Ms. K.
    Looking forward to the many more coming of dramas and minerships.
    Btw, SeungGi was one of yours now? I thought he’s loyal to me? But well, as long as you’ll keep this playground, then…. as long as you’re happy.

  16. CONGRATS ON THE 2ND ANNIVERSARY MS KOALA!!!!!!! ^^ *pops champagne and haves a glass*
    i’ve been a reader of your blog here for quite a while but only just started commenting. just wanna add that i really appreciate your recaps/insights and providing us a place to share ours too ;D

    “I need you around to demonstrate to the world it’s okay to love bad actors with beautiful faces.”
    i lol-ed so hard. but yes we need you to show us that it’s okay to do so.

    thank you and i look forward to more from you! <3

  17. Happy anniversary!!! Wow… 20 million views in 2 years– you know you’re doing something right, right? Here’s me adding my voice to the chorus of voices cheering you on. Hwaiting!!! We love you and we’re nomu, nomu grateful for you– you’ve given us so many wondrous gifts. I’ve noticed you seem to post 3-4 posts/day, 7 days/week, which is effing amazing, but also kinda burnout-inducing. (Seriously, how do you do it?) I hope you know we’d still love you if you decided to post fewer posts/day, or not at all on certain days of the week. etc. I think we all want uri Koala to have a sustainable habitat– I hope you’ll make that a priority in the coming year.

    Loved the pep rally with all the purdy– I think I need to have me one of those too.

  18. Koala!! I’m so happy for you :) Totally love the cupcakes at the top. Cute and delish! And did I mention about this post? Awesome. Too much pretty for my eyes!!

    Thanks for the amazing blog and here’s to many more years in drama-land! I absolutely love that you have not just an interest in korean media and pop culture but japanese and tw/mainland as well. Bring out the champagne! Cheers!

  19. Congradulations! time really flies, the second anniversary already!
    Thank you for all you have given us in this second year!

  20. Happy Anniversary Koala! i love the dramas that you picked to recap so lets cheer for many more good drama to come for us to share together. Congratulations!!

  21. Happy Two! Thanks for generously sharing information, pictures, videos, pictures and of course recaps of our favorite actors and dramas; your site is such a source of inspiration for me =)….God bless you Koala, please keep on blogging….we love you!

  22. Happy 2nd Year Anniversary! I love everything that is Koala’s Playground! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, opinions, and ideas with the rest of us dramalovers!

  23. Wow, over 2000 posts and 2 million views! Congratulations on 2 years. (Two must be your number!)

    So here’s hoping for TWO times the happiness on this special day. Thank you for all your tireless news and spazzing posts, your lightning-fast recaps, and your amazing, amazing translations, all delivered in your trademark friendly and funny Koala style. I hope you don’t ever get disenchanted with kdramas, even if your posts become less frequent because of real life busyness, because your voice is an essential one in the drama blogosphere.

    Also, your stableful of hunks are quite rightly forbidding you to leave. How can you say no to those faces? :)

  24. “You always had faith I would be the winningest member of F4, right?”
    LOL me, too =D

    ” I’ll sing my song to you. I’ll sing it every day just for you. You know, the one called “Will You Marry Me?” ”
    kekekeke ^__^ i discovered & loved LSG since i heard it a few yrs back ;P

    this entry was soOo entertaining to read =] Happy 2 Yr. Anniversary Mrs. Koala !
    if you ever stop writing about dramas, idk what i’ll do since i haven’t found a blog
    that can compare to yours :P to many more anniversaries to come !! <3

  25. Happy 2nd anniversary , Koala san !!!! I love all the guys you posted ! and most importantly , I loooovvvvve Hello Kitty ! as in !!!

  26. happy 2nd anniversary, ms K. it’s been fun reading your blog.

    he he…. i’ll fight over my Zai Zai with you, you can take the rest, kay :-)

  27. happy 2nd anniversary Ms Koala.
    Ever since i discovered this site due to LTM i started visiting regularly.
    Your reviews and recaps have been my guide in looking for dramas to watch.
    Thank You. More power to you!

  28. Oops, I’m late, sorry!

    Happy 2nd Anniversary, dearest ockoala!! You’re a super amazing blogger; I stand in perpetual awe at your output (how do you do it, teach me!). May you have many more giddy years of blogging and mine-ing!

  29. Happy 2nd! I found your site while LTM was airing and you were the only recapper sticking with it after episode 6. THANK YOU for all the recaps, news items and novel translations that have brought me hours of enjoyment. Dramaland wouldn’t be the same without you!

  30. Cheers to a GREAT gal and to a WONDERFUL blog! I love you! I do! I do! I do! I have faith in ZaiZai being the the winningest F4.

  31. Happy anniversary and Congratulations… I am a new fan and have been enjoying reading your blog, although I ONLY watch T-dramas (to refresh my Mandarin). I know this is very time consuming but please keep-up with your excellent work. It has been fun reading about Asian dramas and their actors/actresses… i.e., a change of pace from American/European ones.

  32. i may be a month late but still happy 2nd anniversary! more to come!

    thank you for keeping us “alive” :)

    take care Ms. K :)

    all the best!

    still keeping ship!

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