Au revoir

I’ve just spent the last ten minutes thinking of a title for this post—one to match the main image above. Alas, my creative juices have forsaken me (although they did proffer “Night,” which feels sort of right and also sort of wrong) and I can’t think of anything apt or witty. So “Goodbye” will have to do.

Because I will not be blogging for a long, long time. In the days ahead, there is simply no place for kdramas; my heart and my priorities lie elsewhere.

About three weeks from now (January 12) the blog will celebrate its third birthday. Since it is almost certain I will not remember that day when it rolls around, I want to take the opportunity now to thank all of you for reading, for commenting, and for lurking. You are the reason the blog exists.

Ockoala, Serendipity, Michael, Softy, Laica, momosan, leonardswench and supah, thank you for spending so many hours writing for Thundie’s Prattle. It has been such an honor for me and I hope you will continue to write, if possible. Thank you, too, for your friendship and for all the little notes of encouragement (they make me cry, dang!).

For rallying around me, for rearranging the year-in-review schedule just for me, I owe you heaps, javabeans. I’m so sorry that in the end I could not deliver. You’re my star among kdrama bloggers; your faith in my writing was the impetus that birthed this blog. Thank you for everything.

To end, let me quote from the intro for my year-end review (I did get started on a draft but had to stop after several paragraphs):

I do not know if my contentment with this year’s offerings is a sign that I’m losing my edge as a half-baked critic (thus disappointing those who expect me to toe the this-year-sucks line) or that I’m simply regressing, becoming the hopeful viewer that I used to be. All I know is that I expected two things from my dramas and they delivered: to entertain me, and, occasionally when real life got a tad hard to bear, to distract me.

In short, I really enjoyed my kdramas this year. The ones I love the most are Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, Can You Hear My Heart, and City Hunter. Months (or years) from now, if I do return to kdramas, the first thing I’m going to watch will be the last two episodes of Flower Boy Ramyun Shop. This drama (the fourteen episodes that I marathoned in two days) made me laugh so hard last week when I was in a dark and uncertain place; everything about it is perfect. Girl K, Ojakkyo Brothers, and The Princess’s Man are all wonderful as well, although they do not own my heart like the first three. Rounding up the list of dramas that I was going to include in my year-end review are Best Love, Protect the Boss, Royal Family, New Gisaeng Story, Tree With Deep Roots, Romance Town, and You’ve Fallen For Me.

I need to stop here. Thank you again and Happy Hols. Hug your loved ones A LOT.

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119 thoughts on “Au revoir

  1. Thanks so much for inviting me here, Thundie, but more importantly, thanks so much for the years of blogs and recaps you’ve provided on dramas that no one else was really covering, and for having your own opinions, eloquently writing about them, and sharing your heart with all of us fellow k-drama lovers.

    As you move forward on your own path, please take all of our love, best wishes, prayers, and positive thoughts for your journey. And come back to see is as often as you can, we’ll miss you.

  2. Dear thundie,
    I will miss your writing so I hope it’s not goodbye but “see you later.”
    행복한 휴일!
    화이팅!
    doozy

  3. Take care, Thundie, and thank you for all the encouraging comments that you sent my way. I can only guess what you must be going through right now so I hope that you will feel much better in the months to come.

  4. Dear Thundie,

    I was looking eagerly for updates and felt a shock reading your Au Revoir post. Here is hoping that this break will be temporary and we’ll see your writings here again and soon. Whatever it is you are going through doesn’t seem a light thing so God give strength and patience. Our prayers are with you and hoping to see you here soon.

    Also please know that I love your blog.

    • why hello there dear wife! ^^

      ah coming back to the post..i really hope this is not a goodbye goodbye but more of a hiatus :’( i love reading your blog and your hairy article just turned me into a believer!
      i wish the very best for you!
      take care :)

  5. Thundie, thank you so much for your wonderful writing, especially your great recaps of Brilliant Legacy (and your waxing lyrical about BSB).

    Wishing you all the best!

  6. Dear Ms. Thundie,

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful writing to the world. I know that you will be sorely missed by kdrama watchers like me everywhere. I hope that you will be able to overcome whatever it is you are going through and come back to blogging again someday. I, along with many others I’m sure, will eagerly await your return. Take care and Happy Holidays!

  7. nooooo. i will miss coming to this place so much. but i wish you luck and success in whatever you’re doing.
    hope to see you blogging again. merry christmas and happy new year!

  8. Au revoir et merci beaucoup! I will definitely miss your posts and the least I can do is to thank you and wish you Merry Christmas!

  9. Just when I was about to finally finish Shin Don and hit you with an epically long post! With who will I share my sadness after the ending now? : o

  10. Oh Thundie…. I will miss your writing… I come here daily to ready your thoughts and review about kdrama… your writing is always insightful and well-thought.

    I am like other reader hopes that this Au Revoir is just a temporary break.. and best of luck on whatever you are doing next…. be happy! be healthy!

    lastly, wish you a wonderful holidays!!!

  11. Thundie,
    I wish you all the best…you’ll be missed for sure.
    I believe God will always look after you and family.
    Take care, and thank you for the times, efforts, and happiness you’ve shared with us through this blog! *hugs*

  12. Oh Thundie, I am sad reading your “last” article, and teary eyes when I get to the part of what you want to watch 1st thing if you ever come back to Kdramas (last 2 eps of FBRS)… I am sorry I could not be much help for you in a time like this, I hope and pray that you’ll always be strong, healthy and keep the faith.

    You are surely missed by all your cyber friends across the world. Our prayers for you and your love ones. Love you Thundie, till we meet again, soon I hope…

  13. Dear Thundie,

    I don’t know what to say, so I wish you a New Year full of optimism! I hope the year to come will bring you strength you need for whatever things you do in life! I wish you will always be able to share burdens and happiness, wherever you are!

    A bien tot! See you soon! Tot zien! Hẹn gặp lại!

  14. Thundie,

    I definitely don’t see this coming and I still think this goodbye of yours is only temporary (okay, i’m hoping) but I thought it’s important to leave a comment here to tell you this: thank you. For your opinions and witty writing over the years, for your refreshing perspective here in your space and occasionally in DB – for your sense of humor and wit, thank you. I’ll miss your writing and most definitely you heaps!

    Wishing everything is well on your end – my prayers are with you in this trying times, and hoping I’ll see you here again. *hugs*

  15. Dear Thundie,

    Another lurker speaking here. I discovered kdramas a while ago, and I discovered this blog not so long ago while searching for Lee Min Ho on the internet. How happy I was when I read the post about Lee Min Ho on this blog! Ever since, I have checked this blog almost every day and whenever there was a new post, it brightened my day. So I’m very sad and a little teary-eyed while writing this.
    I hope you know that your blog and all of your writings is much appreciated. It were your post about Can You Hear My Heart that make my start the drama and for that I’m eternally grateful.

    I hope you will find the strength to overcome whatever life throws at you. I will really miss you (and the lizards!) and I hope you will have many smiles and bright sunny days in the following year.

    May all your Christmases be white.
    Lots of love and hugs!

  16. My dearest Thundie,

    How can I let you say au revoir without properly giving you my best wishes? If my playground is my home after getting married, then TP is the home I grew up in and you are the always constant sunshine and joy supporting spreading drama love. You are loved, as you can see by the outpouring of support. And you will be missed, greatly and sincerely. But your mark on K-dramas will never be forgotten even if you don’t write for a long time, and your words will always find an excited reader in me.

    Love,
    your silly little Koala

  17. Thank you Thundie – it was always a pleasure reading your blog. I will miss you and wish you all the best for whatever lies ahead of you!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year 2012 to you!

  18. Dear Thundie,

    In times like this, one can only say thank you. The thought that you have had a difficult year and yet still kept going (with such cheerful, upbeat posts as well) makes me ever more grateful to have discovered this wonderful blog.

    Stay strong and be well and know that everyone here is thinking of you.

  19. ahhh… Thundie!
    May you find peace and love where ever you go! We are also sending your way thousand of love and positive thoughts to tide you over in your time of need. We will be waiting if and when you do come back…
    Many hugs…

  20. Thundie, thank you so much for the effort and love you put into this blog. I hope all will be will with and yours and that you return to us soon! Here’s hoping 2012 brings you joy and excitement at every turn. :)

  21. You’ll be missed, Thundie. A lot! I’m going to take this as more of a “see you later” than a “goodbye” cos goodbye seems just too…final and sad. In any case, I hope everything will go the way you want it to in the end. I’ll be sending positive thoughts your way. Thanks so much for starting this blog and for all the epic convos at the open thread at DB back in the day.

    If you will excuse me for using a often-used-and-abused line: fightin’!

  22. Wait… wait wait wait!!! I go away from visiting for a fortnight, and *this* happens? Excuse me a second here….

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!! ::sniffle::

    Just when I found a kindred soul that allowed me to squee to my heart’s content without passing judgment, we’re losing you to the “outside world”? Oh honey, you don’t know how much this hurts my heart. Are we *ever* going to share that bottle of makgeolli I’ve been saving for a special occasion? I just hope and pray that your next path in life is a gentle one, with as little fuss as possible. Please keep us in your thoughts, and check in every now and again (like on Twitter or something). {{{{thundie}}}}

  23. Dear Thundie

    I have only just found you and sadly we are losing yoou, I will miss your reviews which has helped me to enjoy dramas that I would never have tried if not for you
    Here is wishing you all the best and hope this break will be temporary, that you will be back!!
    Will keep checking in anyway:)

    Take care, my dear:)

  24. Thundie, your site has been one of my comfortable home on cyber space. I am a major lurker and I have been following your writing since koreanfilm.org. Thank you for your wonderful insight and your writing has enriches my drama viewing.It is hard to say goodbye :( and hope you will be blessed with your loved ones . Happy new year.

  25. Thundie. Take care of you. We would never forsake you, your loyal blog followers, stalkers, lurkers, commenters. We understand when you need to take care of you. After all, you’re a real person too, not just a k-drama writing guru.

  26. Dear Thundie
    “May every sunrise hold more promise and every sunset hold more peace.”I’m sure you have your reasons for going on a blogging break.I’m taking the audacity to call it a ‘break’ because your blog is one of my favourite ones and therefore selfishly I hope you return soon.Your reviews always brought a smile to my face and was one of the places where I could catch a little sunlight whenever I was in a dark place.Your witty writing will be sorely missed.So come back soon.Cyberspace will be a little more silent if your prattle is missing..Take care.And a big Hug to you.

  27. Dear Thundie
    Thunderous applause for your labours of love
    You presence will always be felt even if you are not posting
    May you be happy and healthy always
    Hope to welcome u back very soon

  28. Unni,

    Dropping by during a brief moment of internet acces on my vacation. I just want to let you know that I’m keeping you in my thoughts, and that I hope you will eventually return to us. You are an essential part of the K-drama blogosphere, and quite frankly I can’t imagine what this community will be like without you. If it weren’t for you, I would not be writing today. I haven’t forgotten that.

    We all love you and your writing, but it is your own happiness and peace of mind that is most important. I wish you the very best. Stay strong.

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