movie: SUDDENLY IT’S MAGIC

I love films whose main ambition is just to entertain and nothing more. And that is what SUDDENLY IT’S MAGIC is all about, a Philippine production that casts Thai heartthrob Mario Maurer in the male lead. I seldom watch films from my native Philippines not because I don’t like to but because there are few…

fashion meets art meets culture

I got this invitation to the launch of the new fashion line of Thai brand TUBE GALLERY. The art work is by Belgian artist Christian Develter using the Chin ethnics of Myanmar, particularly their facial tattoo, as inspiration. TUBE GALLERY’s designer then used it for the new collection. Very nice. (Please DO NOT lift content…

Ananda to produce Thai Autumn in My Heart

I may finally be watching again a lakorn (Thai drama). When I first started living in this country, I’d watch lakorns because I didn’t have cable. I still don’t have cable but it’s because I really don’t watch TV except when it’s World Cup or at the office for news. And why would I go…

life is like a bowl of durian

I was transcribing my interview with KVS, the director of the World Film Bangkok, earlier for my next popasia column and I had a laugh when he wanted to change the lyrics of his favorite song: “life is like a bowl of cherries, don’t take it serious…” to “life is like a bowl of durian,…

movie: Ananda, Mario & Ploy in Kurosawa

I am able to watch a Thai movie whenever @jovefrancisco is in town and tonight, it was this period movie called The Outrage that was inspired from Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon. I attempted to watch Rashomon, trying to be a good student of Japanese films, but I stopped midway. So shoot me. And I was ready…

coming this September

My favorite Japanese fast fashion store is opening in Bangkok on September 9. I saw the huge ads at Siam BTS station over the weekend and the model looked like A-mei I was confused and thought I was in Taipei. The first time I went to a Uniqlo in Tokyo, I practically went crazy. I’ve…

my masseuse was a wrestler

Went for a Thai massage today after Sunday lunch buffet at Oriental in honor of a friend who’s returning to Taipei. Health Land is one of the famous spa and massage places in Thailand and there are branches everywhere. But I have never tried it. I go to a Wat Po (where majority of Thai…

oh no… not another Hollywood remake!!!

What? Hollywood is ruining remaking another Asian film?! Look who’s not happy about this recent development: Yes, Hollywood is remaking Death Note. I’m not a fan of remakes, whether by Hollywood or Asia because there’s so much room for creativity in this world, why “borrow” a complete work only to end up ruining it? Think…