movie: Hotaru no Hikari update

Who missed Ahomiya and Buchou? Hotaru no Hikari is one of my all-time favorite Japanese dorama. I watched both first and second season and I’m looking forward to the movie adaptation of the manga by Hiura Satoru. There’s update from the Japanese press on the cameras rolling in Rome. I’m glad they retained Ayase Haruka…

drama: Office Girls on secret relationships

(Roy Qiu…why you so hot part 2) It’s the sixth week for Office Girls and I am liking how the story is progressing. I hope the Chinese Wikipedia is not accurate because it says that the drama will only have 10 episodes. WHAT?! Only 10 episodes of Roy Qiu goodness?! I love how the relationship…

behind the story: Westlife

(This is part of the series on behind-the-scenes while covering celebrities.) While my friends @blissful_days and @paositivity are enjoying tonight’s Westlife concert in Manila, I am sitting at my desk writing this and it would have been perfect if I had an old CD from the Irish lads blaring in the player but I chucked…

drama: The Fierce Wife… a review, kinda

I have been reading and hearing a lot of good stuff about The Fierce Wife. At first I thought it was an American drama in the fashion of Desperate Housewives, The Good Wife etc etc so I wasn’t interested. But when I learned it was a Taiwanese drama, I was intrigued though I was also…

behind the story: Arashi

(This is part of the series on behind-the-scenes while covering celebrities.) My friend @kayteegee8’s tweet today reminded me that it has been five years indeed since the Asia Song Festival in Gwangju, South Korea, where I saw Arashi for the first time (KT’s second?). I was in Seoul, where KT was based then, for a…

Johnny Kitagawa: The Idolmaker

By Yasminka Lee in Bangkok Japanese impresario Johnny Kitagawa sets new Guinness World Records as the most prolific ‘idol band’ producer in the world If there is one person that fan girls of Japanese pop have to thank, it is Johnny Kitagawa. Without him, Japan wouldn’t have produced some of its most famous male idols…