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…

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…

Wu Chun admits… finally.

October started with an admission long coming: Wu Chun finally owns up to his 18-year relationship. I can’t decide whether this is Brunei’s tightly-guarded secret or Bandar Seri Begawan’s open secret. I mean, the place is practically a kampung and to be able to guard this from the pesky paparazzi from Hong Kong and Taiwan–who,…

when Jay Chou met Teresa Teng (+ fave JC concert guests)

Or rather, when the Mandopop king resurrected the Taiwanese songstress for two nights at his concert in Taipei. Jay’s concerts is one of the must-see among Taiwanese artists. He always has some surprise up his sleeve and in this instance, it was the hologram of the deceased singer, beloved among the Chinese (she sang The…

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…