movie: Oscars ‘to… Oscars!

I cracked up over that line in Ang Babae sa Septic Tank: “Oscars ‘to… Oscars!” Thank you Chris Martinez and Marlon Rivera for doing a film about Filipino filmmakers’ obsession to make it to international film festivals by capitalizing on poverty porn or “poor-nography”. Because to be honest about it, it’s so frustrating to see…

No. 2101: ‘I am a Marine’

His real name is Kim Tae-pyeong but as a Marine, he is No. 2101. To the rest of us, he is Hyun Bin. Some call him Binnie although I can’t get past the title “Elvis of Korea” that The Economist has apparently given him. The Economist?! Hyun Bin is one of the featured Marines in…

the next target?

After the Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung saga, it seems the Chinese media in general is homing in on newly married couple Barbie Hsu (aka Da S) and Wang Xiao Fei. Wait, that is not entirely accurate because eversince these two hooked up, the media–from HK, Taiwan and the mainland, where Xiao Fei comes from–have…

Farewell, Abhisit

This is the prime minister that Thailand is about to lose. Despite living for seven years in this SE Asian kingdom, I still can’t understand the Thai psyche, especially its politics, and I have given up. Maybe Abhisit is ahead of his time and Thais are not ready yet for the kind of statesman that…

Arashi’s red string

I like the concept of the red string, which is a Chinese and Japanese legend. It’s called the red string of fate or red string of destiny. (Photos for this post are from nada醬 at Weibo) According to this East Asian myth, an invisible red string is attached to the ankles of a man and…

Joseph Chang, the rough diamond

I wouldn’t have imagined Joseph Chang in an idol drama but he is one reason why I love watching Love You. If it wasn’t him playing Song Jie-xiu, I don’t think the character would be endearing despite his annoying ways. Just look at this photo: This is the first time I have watched Joseph Chang…