drama: Office Girls, the trouble when it rates

(Roy Qiu…why you so hot part 17) Warning: This is a rant. The trouble when dramas rate, they get extended, the story stretched and unnecessary agony dumped on the audience. This is what’s happening to Office Girls right now since TTV decided to take advantage of its good fortune in the ratings by extending the…

movie: You Are The Apple of My Eye

(Dateline Taipei part 12) I was disappointed. I could no longer find You Are The Apple of My Eye in the theater listing on the newspapers. I thought, well, it’s been screening for months now, fat chance I’d have been able to catch it. When I interviewed Angie Cai in January this year, Apple was…

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…

movie: Perfect Two, coming soon

(Dateline Taipei part 9) Taiwan’s film industry is really vibrant this year and it’s really a good thing. A film that’s soon to be released is Vic Chou’s Perfect Two (Match Made in Heaven) with S.H.E. Ella and Xiao Xiao Bin, directed by Kevin Chu. I saw the trailer during one of those times I…

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…

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…

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…

ground zero for Taiwan’s paparazzi culture

(Dateline Taipei part 6) Coming from mainstream–if not, serious–media, I have always been fascinated with the entertainment side. I am currently working on a project and the visit to the Next Media office is part of my research, but I don’t even know if it will be feasible. The paparazzi culture is quite difficult to…