A great big Happy 4th Birthday to our Musings of a Twinkie community! Woohoo~! *blows noisemaker* Can you believe that our little community has been around for 4 years?! And it’s all thanks to readers like you! 🙂
Let’s get started with the celebration, Twinkles! It’s our birthday as a community!
Now, in honor of our 4th birthday, I thought sharing with each other how we came to join this community and thoughts on this little community of ours would be a memorable way to start the celebration. Shall we hear from the creative forces here at Musings first and then from you all in the comments below?
The first blogger to join me here at Musings was Jules. You may recognize her from her blog byline:
Here’s what she has to say:
Jules: I first stumbled upon Musings back in 2011, whilst in search of subtitles for a drama I was–at the time–obsessed with: A Thousand Kisses. Grace’s site was sub-free, but her weekly recaps saved my life (or at the very least my sanity) and provided me with a forum in which I could discuss the drama and, in the second half of its run, complain bitterly about the direction in which it had been taken.
(Side note: I remember when Musings switched over to its current domain name as I could no longer access the old site and became utterly frantic, believing that now I’d never find out what was going on inside the heads of my favourite pairing. [Woo Jin and Joo Mi, in case you were wondering. ^^])
Around the same time, I began watching High Kick 3 and suffered the same dilemma: no subtitles. Luckily, once again, Grace came to the rescue with near-daily recaps and, once again, kept me from losing my mind. Shortly after the show’s end, I volunteered to screencap for Grace’s Rooftop Prince (and then King 2 Hearts) recaps and from there, it was a short hop and a skip to writing the occasional recap and review.
And now it’s three years (and many, many dramas) on, and although much about the site has changed, one thing has not: its creator. She remains one of the best people I’ve ever known and her friendship–and the friendships of those I’ve grown to know and love because of Musings–remains a bedrock of strength in my life.
Thank you, Grace, for creating not only a blog, but a real community, forged of real connections and friendships, at which you remain the centre, the heart. We love our Musings, and we love you. <3
*sniffles* Why do I get the feeling that reading these birthday thoughts/comments are going to bring tears to my eyes?
The second blogger to join me was Mawiie, the resident maknae, or as we like to refer to her from time to time, the sneaky lil’ ninja maknae. 🙂 You may recognize her from her blog byline:
Here’s what she has to say:
Mawiie: Eeep! Has it been 4 years already since Musings has been launched? It seems just like yesterday that Grace welcomed me by approving my first comment! How time has flown, huh? 😉
I first stumbled upon Musings more than 2 years ago, in a moment of post crack drama withdrawal, when I desperately needed to read additional recaps. I was a silent reader at first, but I remember being in awe when I saw the friendly atmosphere in the comment section. It gave me the courage to post comments here and there, and before I knew it, it was as if you guys had accepted this newbie as one of yours as well. So I came back every day, posting more and more, until Grace eventually gave me a chance to contribute as a guest author.
In the last two years, you’ve seen me shamelessly express my bias, followed me on drama dates, ogled at eye candy with me and witnessed my little artistic venture into the clay world. Heck, you’ve even seen me fly all the way to L.A. to meet up with Grace and romp in Pseudo Korea! But most importantly, you’ve talked to me, and you’ve shared your love and expressed your excitement over one thing or another. You’ve made this place a real community where people want to return to.
As you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t been posting anything lately. The truth is that I have been in a k-drama slump (gasp!) for a while now. But you know what? I still come back and check Musings every day because there is always someone around to share tidbits about their newest drama crack, or just to stop by and say hi. So I want to thank you, Grace, Jules, NewKDramaAddict, and YOU, Twinkles, for making this place a home we can always come back to <3
Hurray for our 4th year, and may we have many more to come! *throws confetti*
Awww…our maknae. *wipes tears surreptitiously while no one looks*
The third and final blogger to join me was NewKDramaAddict. I often tease her about having learned the secret to bending time. Why? Because while the rest of us are sometimes sporadic with our posts, our fearless NKDA is constant despite her hectic Real Life schedule, and she makes everything look so effortless. Truly.
You may recognize her from her blog byline:
Here’s what she has to say:
New KDramaAddict: It is hard to believe that it has been 4 years since Musings beginnings! Surprisingly, I’ve only been a Twinkle for 3 years now. I first came to Snoopy’s Twinkie’s blog because of one drama: A Thousand Kisses. I wouldn’t be surprised if you hear that a lot from other Twinkles. A lot of us were drawn to the site because of ST’s wonderfully written recaps. At the time, I was pretty new to reading drama blogs.
ST’s Musings was one of the first blogs that I started reading pretty faithfully because of ATK. Even though the drama drove us crazy, we continued to come back to read and commiserate with each other as the writer went from “writing a great drama” to “totally losing her mind!” Okay, that is how I felt. Talk about a HUGE disappointment!! However, after the drama, the one thing that kept me coming back week after week was the Movie Monday blog segments. Every Monday, we would get a different movie reviewed. Some I had seen and made sure to leave my comment but others I’d never seen before and was so glad that they were mentioned because I don’t think I would have considered watching them otherwise.
I’ve been a BIG fan of Asian movies forever, it seems. Every Saturday, my oldest brother would take me with him to a local theater and we would watch Martial Arts (mostly HongKong/Japanese) movies together. There are a lot of fond memories spent with my brother who has since passed away. I loved going to the movies with him, and he really is the reason for my fascination with the Asian theater that never faded away.
It was in December 2012 that I was asked to become a contributor and take over the Movie Monday postings. It actually made sense because movie weekends are pretty much a staple in my household, but I admit my first writings were for Musings as I’d never written anything before that wasn’t work related. Over 1 + year later, I’m still writing the Movie Monday post. I’ve also done a few “End of the Year” drama reviews and my one (and only) drama recap of You’re All Surrounded. Yes, folks, you won’t see me do another recap anytime soon.
As we have reached the 4th year milestone for our little blog, we are ever grateful to all who visit and post their comments. We are thankful that someone reads it, especially my movie reviews. Most of the time I don’t get any comments, but at least there is a reference there whenever someone is looking for a good movie to watch. I hope to be here another 4 years and continue to bring you great movies to watch!
I don’t know about any of you, but I for one am thankful that NewKDramaAddict accepted my offer to blog the “Movie Monday” posts because I don’t watch nearly as many movies as she does, and I was starting to run out of movies that I had watched and could blog. LOL
As for me, you all know me as Snoopy’s Twinkie or ST as some of you prefer to call me. You may recognize me by my blog byline:
As my byline mentions, I started Musings of a Twinkie back in 2010 during the whole Sungkyunkwan Scandal frenzy, and since then, it’s been an adventure that I could never have imagined. How does one even envision what Musings has become? I can’t even fathom what Musings will become in the next year…next five years…next ten and so on.
What started out as a few blogs posts to help ease some frustrations during SKKS has morphed into a tight little community of hearty Kdrama lovers who take some time out of their precious Real Life schedules to drop by, read, and sometimes comment on various posts. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, your comments are oftentimes much-need encouragements after a long day. And I so appreciate how Twinkles here try to maintain a position and encouraging community, especially during the trying times of our Real Lives.
For me to try to articulate any further how much I appreciate the Musings community would be futile since I can’t. So much has happened over the four years…
Bonds somehow forged with “strangers” despite distance, culture, and language differences.
Random surprise gifts and acts of kindness from incredibly generous Twinkles.
Fun romps through Kdramaland with some of the coolest people that I have had the privilege to befriend.
Unforgettable trips/visits and conversations with Twinkles as Kdramaland blurred into Real Life.
The list could go on and on, and I would never run out of things to say…because you have blessed me so incredibly with your continued support of this blog. Whether you are a silent reader–lurker as one of my little minions calls herself 🙂 –or a Twinkle who leaves comments, I thank you. Thank you for the past four years!
I hope that in my small way, I’ve been able to provide you with some safe and happy moments as you traverse through this thing we call Real Life.
Now, before I become all maudlin and start to cry–you all know that I rarely cry–let me continue the birthday celebration with a special October/4th Birthday giveaway. Heh…I should really clarify and say giveaways, huh? 😉
In honor of our 4 years together, I’m going to be sending out four prize packages with little surprise/mystery goodies of some food and Korean souvenir items. However, what you can see now and indicate a preference for are the four “featured” items shown below:
Prize Package #1: The Special Edition OST to Sungkyunkwan Scandal, the series that was instrumental in starting our Kdrama community back in 2010.
Prize Package #2: The Girls’ Generation 2011 Concert CD set. With recent news of the 9-member group downsizing to an 8-member group, this CD set is guaranteed to become a collector’s item for you SNSD fans.
Prize Package #3 and #4: The movie War of the Arrows, starring Park Hae Il and Ryu Seung Ryong. NewKDramaAddict reviewed it this week in her “Movie Monday” post (here). Yes, I’m a big fan of Park Hae Il and Ryu Seung Ryong and purchased two copies for this month’s giveaways. 🙂
Now for the rules:
1. Must be a subscriber to this blog as this is a thank-you gift to my subscribers. If you’re not already a subscriber, that is easily remedied by subscribing (right side of the screen).
2. Open internationally. We are, after all, an international community of Kdrama lovers!
3. You can enter by leaving a comment below. Please feel free to leave comments about what brought you to Musings of a Twinkie, who you are, where you hail from, what you love about kdramas, etc.…anything that you just want to share with the community at large. One comment will count as one entry, and only one comment will be counted per day. However, you’re always welcomed to leave more than one comment if you so desire; I’ll just be counting one per day.
4. The giveaway starts now and ends at 11:59 PM (PST) on October 13, 2014.
You may enter for yourself or give the prize away to a loved one. Good luck, Twinkles! And many thanks for helping our little community reach its 4th birthday! Happy birthday, Twinkles!!!