just sayin’ #4

This post was prompted by Charlene Chua’s article on The Rubbish New Paper (Singapore). I don’t wish to contribute to her fame notoriety as an entertainment writer because apparently, this is not the first time she has “offended” (her word, not mine) fangirls, and I’m sure it won’t be the last time. But she’s not…

the bell finally tolls for Zai Zai

After The Big Upset in 2009–that not only upset his fans but ruined his friendship with Mark Chao as well–Zai Zai finally won Best Actor at the Golden Bell, Taiwan’s version of the Emmy’s. Well done, Zhou Yu Min!!!   (credit on the photo) I was reading the Vic Zhou thread on Asianfanatics and I…

movie: Jay Chou’s ROOFTOP

I was prepared to end up regretting watching THE ROOFTOP, Jay Chou’s second film as a director. I’m some fan, yes. But the film has been in the news for the wrong reasons: alleged environmental violations, labour disputes plus all the negative news that come with being Jay Chou.     THE ROOFTOP is like…

in a So Ji-sub state of mind

After MASTER’S SUN, I need more doses of So Ji-sub. But SORRY I LOVE YOU is out of the question. I don’t like melo-angst. So I checked out SJS’ other works. It brought me to ROUGH CUT and despite the fact that this was directed by Kim Ki-duk, whose THE ISLE traumatized me so much…

pandatherapy: Taipei Zoo’s ‘little dumpling’

So today, it’s official: let’s call her Yuan Zai, Taipei Zoo’s darling panda girl. Everyone knows the precarious relations between Taiwan and China and while panda diplomacy may not smooth out the kinks between the two sides of the straits, everyone can be united in agreeing that Yuan Zai is the cutest thing to happen…

L.O.V.E. according to Arashi

I’m writing this while listening to Arashi’s new album. From the first track alone, 愛を歌おう, I fell in LOVE.   The album shows the growth of the group and the individual members. Ohno is reaching higher notes. Sho’s rap is constantly evolving. Aiba’s voice is getting smoother. Jun is definitely the most improved singer. And…

just sayin’ #3

Shuukan Josei is at it again. It seems that there’s someone from that magazine who is living in an eight-year-old drama. I really shouldn’t even bother about this but it’s my nature to get it out of my system so here goes the third installment of this corner. First off, if two people are together and…

MASTER’S SUN: perfect drama for the Halloween

When MASTER’S SUN (Joogoonie Taeyang) was recommended to me by @syzazulkiflee on Twitter, I had serious doubts. One word: ghosts. When you live alone in a country that loves to do horror films set in condominiums, it’s not really a welcome distraction. And I have to be honest, I don’t really watch dramas unless I…