[drama] YOU LIGHT UP MY STAR. not.

I have been looking forward to the Joe Cheng-Janine Chang drama YOU LIGHT UP MY STAR because the premise is really interesting about a very popular and successful onscreen tandem whose image begins to crack. Anything that offers a glimpse into the entertainment world is interesting to me so I was sold. But almost four…

those never-ending rumors: who’s gay?

There are two types of rumors that people love about celebrities: 1) who they’re dating (or  sleeping with) 2) who’s gay. Sex(uality) sells indeed. These are some of the Asian celebrities who have been rumored as gay:   JO IN-SUNG – since he did FROZEN FLOWER five years ago, rumors about him being gay became…

I love my oppa/ge ge: the charm of incest dramas

THAT WINTER THE WIND BLOWS is on the halfway mark (episode 7 this week out of 16 episodes) and it’s getting more exciting. I like the suspense and so far, I can still suspend my disbelief on some plot points, but more on that later. Meanwhile, the incest angle between brother Oh Soo and sister…

and the award goes to…

(this post is dedicated to mehmeh) So another award-giving season is over in Taiwan (though there is still the Golden Horse next month) and what of the results? I am happy that Bolin Chen won best actor. He deserves it. His role as Daren Ge in In Time With You was the more difficult one.…

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…

drama: what if Roy Qiu didn’t play Qin Zi Qi?

(Roy Qiu…why you so hot part 23) Gong xi fa cai! Since there is no Office Girls tonight due to the airing of TTV’s version of Kouhaku, I’m reduced to watching previous episodes. And the more I watch, the more I wonder what if Qiu Ze did not accept the role of Qin Zi Qi…

movie: Road Less Traveled

(Dateline Taipei part 8 ) Road Less Traveled was on my to-watch list while in Taipei so it was a pleasant surprise after the interview with Van Ness Wu to get an invitation to watch no less than the premiere the following night. But my interview with Ariel Lin pushed through the night of the…

the ‘not-so-brave’ ones

Taiwan is making a military drama that’s supposed to encourage the young and able male generation in serving, as well as extol the armed forces’ contribution to the country. Read: propaganda. I wonder if this was the drama that they were talking about before where they planned to cast young, popular actors to make the…