selling the drama: king & queen of Instagram

(This is part of a series on how companies or individuals “sell the drama”) Not really a blind item but this couple’s relationship has been reported to be on the rocks lately. The dude is from a famous all-male group that paved the way for Taiwanese stars to break into the region more than a…

drama: the bitter taste of Tiamo Chocolate

The drama literally starts with the leading man marking his birthday by being named as the heir to his father’s business and the first thing on his agenda is to piss off his father because he has mommy issues. He walks off, turns his back on the perks of being the SOB (son of the…

the dating habits of stars

There were loud whispers on Twitterverse over the weekend: Van Ness Wu and Arissa Cheo have broken up. The two have unfollowed each other on Twitter and late last month, Arissa was retweeting emotional love quotes. Around that time, just before he had a presscon (making his entrance via a speedboat no less) for his…

my 2011 in interviews

(This has got to be the fussiest blog post I had to do. Editing audio is really mafan!) To paraphrase Forrest Gump, journalism is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. Sometimes you get an assignment to interview someone and it happens to be a celebrity. Sometimes also the interview…

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…

it’s going to be F4 day, sorta

(Dateline Taipei part 4) Been really busy running from one place to another. And tomorrow is gonna be a crazy schedule because after starting it off with a visit to the presidential office for a tour, I’d be meeting him: Then him… … to talk about this movie: …where he sort of parodies himself. Then…

F4: a bunch of depressed guys?

It wasn’t really a surprise to read today about Vic Chou’s depression. This has been written extensively with the press noting of his tendency to lock himself up at home for months playing video games. But this was one of those rare times he talked about it, and even acknowledged it. But ZaiZai is not…

everyone wants to look like a K-pop star

We just did a segment on this for TV… on how Taiwanese stars are being sent to Korea to learn new dance moves and acquire new looks (uh, a visit to Korea’s ‘beauty clinics’ maybe?). It’s easy to spot the wannabes. – bold use of eyeliner, check. – edgy hairstyle, check. – androgynous look, check.…