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…

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…

24HRTV in yen, shirts and ratings

The numbers from this year’s 24HRTV are out. Source Total donations: 1,545,226,444 yen (US$16 million) This amount is just second to the 2011 drive (hosted by Kanjani 8) that collected 1,989,414, 252 yen. Obviously, that year was understandable because it was a few months after the Great East Japan earthquake. Last year’s event, also hosted…

P.S. to 24HRTV 2013: koete koete…

I meant to write about 24HRTV but life happened so I’m more than a month late. It was also the first time that I watched it almost round the clock, only sleeping when Arashi was not onscreen and nevermind if streaming sucked big time. I even bothered to connect my laptop to HDMI, the better…

Arashi and a lesson from SMAP

I’ve seen SMAP’s performance of their 50 hits¬† on SMAP x SMAP (to celebrate their 22nd year since their CD debut–thanks for pointing that out @FindAiba), which can be watched here. As I said on Twitter, something has to be said about the group’s agility (at their age) and longevity, all things considered. And as…

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…

KAZOKU GAME: otsukare, Sho-kun!

First a confession. I love Arashi to bits but I can never claim I have watched all of their solo dramas, not even Jun’s, who is my ichiban. And the only other drama I fully watched of Sho’s is NAZOTOKI WA DINNER NO ATO DI. It takes more than liking an actor to keep on…