drama: AMOUR ET PATISSERIE (first impressions)

I rather like the alternative title of this PTS drama: A PATISSERIE WITH NO NAME, rather than the literal LOVE & PASTRY.     So obviously, it’s going to be about food, in particular, pastries. I’ve been craving for sweets myself (after missing all the delicious desserts when I was back home recently because I…

the mask of a celebrity

I never really understood the penchant of celebrities to wear face masks when they go out thinking they’re going to blend with the crowd and not be recognized. Okay, I get it. In countries like Taiwan, even the slightest cold would prompt the wearing of a face mask. I was there once suffering from sniffles…

my 2011 in interviews

(This has got to be the fussiest blog post I had to do. Editing audio is really mafan!) To paraphrase Forrest Gump, journalism is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. Sometimes you get an assignment to interview someone and it happens to be a celebrity. Sometimes also the interview…

TV: Taiwan’s Sunday idol drama battle 12/11… and the winner is…

I’m actually surprised, but not that surprised at the results. In Time With You’s finale vs Office Girls’ episode 17. Who won? ★週日22:00-24:10 (2011.12.11) 1     我可能不會愛你 (民視)     5.51 2     小資女孩向前衝 (台視)     4.66 3     真心請按兩次鈴 (華視)     0.55 3     門當父不對 (中視)     0.55 And the winner is: In Time With…

drama: a happy ending… In Time With You

(Dateline Taipei part 10) The first thing that Ariel Lin answered in our interview as soon as we sat down in her management office last week was about In Time With You. She said she took the role because she liked the script, although she didn’t expect the feedback to be this good. ITWY has…

Ariel Lin on The China Post

(This post is for angeleyes and other Ariel Lin fans out there) I’ve been busy with many things I forgot to check if my article on Ariel Lin came out on The China Post today. They don’t upload the features section online so I had no way of knowing. I only confirmed tonight when my…

behind the story: Ariel Lin

(This is part of the series on behind-the-scenes while covering celebrities.) (Dateline Taipei part 7) When interviewing celebrities, you sometimes never know whether it will happen until the last minute. Like this interview with Ariel Lin. Before I arrived in Taipei, I was already making arrangements with her manager through email with the help of…

Ariel Lin’s love or bread choice

It’s all over Sina Weibo tonight on the reported break-up of Ariel Lin and her boyfriend Cheng Jia Yao, who allegedly cannot take the heat of her intimate scenes with that tattooed actor in In Time With You. I can just imagine the torture of someone not to the ebiz born having to deal with…