爱就宅一起

To GET Her, 爱就宅一起 is the latest taiwan drama to hit Singapore by storm and of course, Taiwan itself. This drama actually caught my attention because it is really different from the normal taiwanese love drama i have watched. It’s about a love story between a ‘house’ woman, Rainie, and a ‘once’ popular superstar, Jiro Wang from Fahrenheit 飞轮海.

‘House’ woman??? or ‘house’ man(it is the same), refers to someone who loves to stay at home using the computer all day without leaving their seat. except for visiting the toilet… obviously. During meal time, they simply take what they want and head back to their own fantasy world. are you one of them as well? there’s more to that to be a ‘house’ man. let us see if you fit the role…

First, love online games, anime, comics and everything else! Second, slovenly dressed. Third, quiet. Lastly, being forgotten easily. those are just some examples of a ‘house’ man. hope you are not one of them.

alright, this is a simple review of the drama. the house woman named MoMo, 默默, she is the main female lead in this drama. she is not the usual female lead that you usually see in taiwan dramas. what do you expect?! she is a ‘house’ woman. this is a picture of her…
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cant really imagine she is the female lead. Back to the story, she is just a very normal typical ‘house’ girl. she scores very well in her studies, always hands in her work on time. Many of us think that she is the kind of student teachers’ like. but teachers dont really like her and they always forget her name. she reads a comic everyday to sch about a prince called 卡沙巴 . so her world is basically all about the world of prince 卡沙巴. Ok, now the ‘super’star. his name is Mars.  marsthat’s him. once a very popular superstar. An all-round celebrity in drama and singing. Had acted in numerous dramas and released many albums and concerts too. however, because of some negative news report about him, it led to the lowest point of his career. his company decides to send him to school since he does not have any job at hand. also, he was forced to moved out of his house provided by his company. to cut things short, he found a place to live in and it happened to be 默默’s home. he is even in the same school and same class as her. therefore, they kind of live together under one roof and love just happens….

i cant imagine a celebrity falling in love with a ‘house’ woman. As the story goes, 默默 slowly opens herself to him. it’s really interesting and do try watching it if you have the time. Channel U is showing it now. i think it’s ep 4 now, but i am watching latest ep online. it’s ep 7 now. off to ep 7 now! watching half-way~

Boys Before Flowers!

March 22, 2009

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Boys Before Flowers (or Boys Over Flowers) originated from the Japanese comic, Hana Yori Dango. If you have ever heard of the Chinese drama, Meteor Garden, the storyline is about the same. However, I would prefer the Korean version as I think they’re much more good-looking in my opinion. Haha.

The story is about a girl, Jan Di, whose family owns a dry cleaning store located near the luxurious and well known Shin Hwa College. Jan Di meets the four richest and most spoiled boys, F4, when she delivers laundry to the school one day. After saving a boy from commiting suicide, she is admitted to the school. Jan Di dislikes the F4 group as they did whatever they want to, especially the leader of F4, Goo Jun Pyo. An incident involving Jan Di’s friend, Min Ji, forces her to declare war on Goo Jun Pyo. At first, both of them hated each other, and Jun Pyo made things very difficult for Jan Di in order to drive her out of the school. However, as time passes, Jun Pyo realized that he liked Jan Di and they become a couple soon after. The plot continues when Jun Pyo had to leave the country to take over his father’s work, the Shin Hwa empire. That is when Jun Pyo and Jan Di’s problems starts to surface.

The Cast:
Koo Hye Sun as Geum Jan Di
Lee Min Ho as Gu Jun Pyo
Kim Hyun Joong as Yoon Ji Hoo
Kim Bym as So Yi Jung
Kim Joon as Song Woo Bin

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This drama is actually the most “in” thing in Korea now. For me, I did not start watching it until they released the 19th episode. I know I’m slow but I thought the drama looked boring, since it’s all about love. Boy likes girl. Girl likes boy. Problems arise. There is a third party. How uninteresting. Well, I started watching because I stumbled upon the preview in youtube, and I thought Kim Bum(So Yi Jung) looked cute. What really attracted me was how Jan Di resolves the problems Jun Pyo created for her. I think she’s really strong. I would strongly encourage you to watch this drama as a way to relieve your stress, although there are some parts that were kind of depressing to watch and I had to take the tissue box from my living room.
Anyway, I have some news here. One of the cast of Boys Before Flowers, committed suicide. Jang Ja Yun, 26, had the role of the school bully in the drama, who bullied Jan Di countless times. After her last appearance in Boys Before Flowers, she was found dead in her house by her sister. She had hanged herself most probably due to depression. I think it is quite sad for such a sweet girl like her to just die just like that. Suicide does not mean solving all the problems you have in life. I don’t exactly blame her since her parents passed away ten years ago, and she had pressure from her fans, director, and antis.
 
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The Boys Before Flowers cast attended her wake.What’s up with all the suicide? Do you realize that Ja Yun is not the only actress in Korea that committed suicide in the past six months? Hopefully this is the end.

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Sad things aside, there is news (it should be true) stating that there would be a Chinese remake version of Boys Before Flowers! Not the Taiwan version, the CHINA version. Imagine that. Anyway, these are the pictures I found. Cheesy huh?

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The uniforms looked as though it’s been picked from some “cheapo” shop in China. Look at that girl. She looked too… Chinese. Not that I’m trying to discriminating the Chinese in China but…Well, let’s just hope that it would produce high ratings in China. Fighting!

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Last night the final 11 American Idol hopefuls took to the stage with America’s most ethical genre- Country. A wide array of songs were choosen, but this writer could not help but notice that singer Carrie Underwood’s songs were one of the most popular, be it with the audience or with the judges. Although it was established earlier that it was ‘Country Night’, a prerequesite theme from way, way, way long ago in Idol history, most of the contestant managed to turn their picks into jazzy, blusey soul music. Notably, the only one who succeeded with a proper country song was Megan-Joy, the 22-year-old blondie from Sandy, Utah.

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There are mixed reviews on her performance, although, personally, I thought it was really refreshing. The unique tone of her vocals really bring a different edge to the show every week. It’s even more amazing how she makes singing so effortless. She had the flu, though, during her stint on the show this week (Get well soon Megan!!) and was coughing and sniffling throughout the comments from the judges. Regardless, she still looked FABULOUS in the springtime tie-dye maxi, going with the whole ethereal look for spring, yet still blending in to the country colours of umber and colbalt.

We have more performances to look forward tonight as Carrie Underwood takes the stage! Last night, two of the contestants sang songs from her albums, Danny Gokey with ‘Jesus take the Wheel’ and Matt Girund with ‘So Small’. I loved Danny’s performance. Before he sang, they showed a clip of how Danny kept messing up the words when he had to sing in front of country star Randy Travis (the week’s mentor..) but managed to pick up the pieces just in time for Randy nod in approval.

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I’m not particularly sure if it was just me, or was it just the chorus of the song, but the moment Danny moved from the stanza into the chorus for ‘ JESUS, take the whheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel!!!!!!!” the entire audience stood to it’s feet and screamed. Hands across the audititorium were raised as Danny’s voice took the runs that seemed were written just for him, and for a moment, he simply free-styled it out, hitting all the explosive huge notes you usually only hear from Whitney or Mariah. I thought that song was touching. Paula was right, saying that the way he sang the song, with the softness of it for the verses before going into a more passionate frenzy for the ‘Jesus’ part, was like writing a story.

Although, does anyone think that the winter parka Danny was wearing for the show was a bit much? I mean, yeah, the song says ‘ She was driving last Friday on her way to Cincinnati, on a snow white Christmas Eve” but there’s no need to embody the song to the literal sense that it was written about a woman who was driving in the Winter.

A little more on the Billboard hit, Jesus Take The Wheel, it was Carrie’s debuting single on her first CD, Some Hearts. The single also peaked at Number 1 on the U.S Billboard Hot Country Songs, at 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at 4 Billboard Hot Christian Songs.

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Fresh-Faced Carrie Underwood was the first ‘Country’ singer to come out of American Idol. She sang Inside your Heaven, the Idol single for that season, Independence Day, a Country single by Martina McBride and When Angels Brought Me Here by Guy Sebastian. Carrie is a multiple Grammy Award Winner, as well as a seven-time platinium artist from her Album, Some Hearts. More recently, she gave her voice to the ending theme of Disney’s Enchanted, singing the song, Ever Ever After.

Right after her second platinum of Some Hearts, Carrie was on the Washington Post livechat and shared with her fans about some parts of her personal life and goals. One fan asked if she was Christian, and if that was the inspiration for Jesus Takes the Wheel.

I am a Christian but I think so many people can relate to Jesus Take the Wheel because even if they’re not Christian I’m sure there’s been some point in their lives when they’ve needed help from something or someone, which is why the song is doing so well.

Which is true really, some people just need help, be it from God, or from whoever! =) Yay Carrie for being responsible to her fans (Called Carrie’s Care Bears, BTW.)

On a more final note.. THE TOP 10 HAVE BEEN CHOSEN!!

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Of the three that made it into the ‘Bottom Three’ my favorite was still Alexis Grace, 21, single mom. Unfortunately, Alexis was kicked out even after she sang a second rendition of ‘Jolene’, the hit song recorded by Dolly Parton. The judges had deliberated whether or not to save her, but in the end, still decided that they would let her go. Alexis fell apart, literally. And whilst I did not particularly like her performance of Jolene ( She warped it, really, so much that it didn’t even sound like something Dolly wrote!) I still think she deserved to have another chance. I mean, COME ON. If Anoop Desai, who screwed up ‘Beat It’ by Michael Jackson still had a chance in this competition, then Alexis ought to as well.

Oh wells. All the best Alexis Grace, I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of you!! -Taa

LOVE, Gwen ❤

 

Xiao Zhu's latest album 'Fashion Man'

Xiao Zhu's latest album 'Fashion Man''

‘潮男正傳’ tells it all about this celebrity who is now the most popular Pop Idol in asia and some even termed him as the ‘King of Dance.’ He won tons of awards in his singing career bagging another 3 awards here at the Singapore Entertainment awards this month:

  • Most popular male singer
  • Most Stylish hunk
  • SPH media award – Best Artiste of the Year (all-round)

羅志祥 aka Xiao Zhu is someone who works really hard in his career and goes beyond just entertaining people and satisfying the requirements of his fans. He is today one of the most influential person among the younger generations shaping the fashion and value systems of young people. we can always see this in his interview when he said that he wants to change the life of people through the hardwork he put in in his music.

haha. Xiao Zhu is the One celebrity in the world that can Act, Sing, Dance, host etc. on TV. you can never find someone more talented than him in the chinese media business. I have been  noticing him since my secondary school days (i am in uni now) and i was so crazy that i rushed home before 5pm on weekdays just to watch him in 娛樂百分百 whether is there lessons or not. Imagine telling your friends that you are going to ‘pang sei’ them just to catch your favorite TV show. It was totally insane. Ever since, I was keeping up with him  and he sort of accompanied me through my schooling days.   

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Metamorphosis of Show Luo

This picture described the journey of Xiao Zhu since his first group album with the boy group ‘The Four Heavenly Kings'(first person on the left), team Romeo( 2nd person). The Third person was the new embarkation in his career and album by going solo after a series of unhappiness and negative remarks that he is ‘out-dated.’ The fourth was the new look in the album 舞所不在. And finally the last was his makeover in the latest album that sold more than 12000 copies in taiwan alone.

Xiao Zhu is not like michael jackson who hit the world immediately. He is someone who had been through the darkest period of the chinese show-biz culture that once a celebrity is not appealing anymore, he/she will be taken out of the rat race and left to survive on his own. He was then left to become the host of an unpopular show that he had to be downgraded to be toyed by other celebrities by making fun of him. His career was further exacerbated  by debts that he borrowed. It was really sad that he needs to borrow money from friends to stay alive. 

However, his life changed after his first debut album in 2003 that proved many wrong with their judgement that he could no longer stand on the stage. The second album ‘達人Show’ soon came climbing up the taiwan’s music chart with song ‘戀愛達人’ hitting the number 1 spot for weeks. 

show-luo-expert-showSoon, movies and dramas producer came hunting for him. Commercial advertisments too, even hollywood came knocking on the door as he became the chinese version of Zac Efron.

High School Musical

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yup. He is now the most sort-after celebrity in all areas and even though i am in university now, i am still watching his shows and dramas. His past experiences in life had molded him into the person he is today that is focus, energy-driven with a never say die attitude, and a filial son who treasures his relationship with his mum.

 

Xiao Zhu and his mum

Xiao Zhu and his mum

i wish him all the best in his upcoming album and career. JIA YOU!!!!!!!

owen-and-cristina_454x3261Grey’s Anatomy, the ABC hit drama kicked off it’s fifth season in February this year, latching on to the series’ popularity. Amidst the tears, I found myself reluctantly admitting that for once, I have become a veritable obsessive-monster when it  concerns TV programmes. Previously, I found my addiction shopping and spending money- which is the only upside I have discovered as pertaining my spending so much time with the TV. It appears that my savings have been increasing steadily, which is definitely a good sign.

But back to Grey’s, I was hooked on to the show (unfortunately) during my exam period. And seeing that my major is communications, watching a medical drama did nothing to help in my studies, except serve as a motivation- finish three chapters and I get to watch half an episode. Thank God, since the ending of the school term, I have been religiously watching the drama, managing to finish seasons one to four within a few weeks (Imagine how much money I have saved!!).

Season One starts off with the main character Meredith Grey, who the show was named for. The title Grey’s Anatomy, is actually the spoof of a famous medical textbook, Gray’s Anatomy. Meredith, a recent med-school graduate is ready to kick-start her Internship year.

Note; Doctors in training have to complete a year of internship at a ‘teaching hospital’, like NUH, before moving on to 5 years of Residency, where they continue to learn about surgery/medicine, and following that choosing a speciality, be it Neurology, Cardiothorasics, Dermatology, OBGYN, Trauma surgery, or General surgery.

SO, Meredith is up to start her internship year at Seattle Grace Hospital, Seattle’s best teaching hospital- but not before a fling the night before her first day. She woke up, feeling horrid, no doubt an effect from all the tequila the night before, and not even remembering the name of the guy she slept with.

And here comes twist number 1. The mysterious fling she had turns out to be her boss. To be very honest, I was ready to bury a hole in my couch and stuff my head in on her behalf.

derekAnd even as she corners him in a stairwell and insists that their relationship is merely to be professional and nothing else, he blatantly insists otherwise, and this sets the tone for the entire season, their skanky scandals, coupled with professional backstabbing and witty medical banter. Of course, Grey’s would truly be a bore if not for my very own favorite character, Dr. Cristina Yang, played by the ever youthful Sandra Oh. I first saw Sandra in her potayal of Principle Gupta in Princess Diaries, the teeny-bopper movie staring Anne Hathaway ( Ella Enchanted, Get Smart, Bride Wars), Julie Andrews (Sound of Music, Enchanted) and Heather Matazzaro. She was awarded only a small role in the box office Disney movie, as opposed to her current (and rather meaty role) as the Hospital’s top intern.

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It’s quite interesting really, when one looks into Sandra’s portrayal of Cristina. Cristina’s history is as such: Born to a Korean family, she was raised in the wealthy suburbs of Beverly Hills and was seemingly the genius of her class. She has multiple qualifications to her name including a M.D from Stanford University (an Ivy League) at the same time, graduating top of her class for said M.D and a PhD from Berkeley. When she came to Seattle Grace Hospital, she was intent on becoming the top intern of her year (again, this comes with perks, the top intern will be awarded a solo surgery at the end of their residency.) She also comes from a broken family; her dad died when she was 9. She converted to being a Jew when her mother remarried a Jewish man. Despite her family’s religion, she believes only in medicine and has said more than once that she is a strong atheist.

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Her spiritual beliefs, or lack thereof become a problem when she enters into a relationship with her boss and fellow doctor, Preston Burke, who in this story, is a world class Cardiothorasics surgeon (meaning he deals with hearts.) He is Cristina’s complete opposite, a God-fearing, Christmas-celebrating, spiritual man. One of the most pressing situations that Cristina found herself in, was upon moving in with Burke, he approached her and said “Lets decorate our Christmas tree together.” Decorating of Christmas trees to Cristina is distinctively foreign, since being Jewish, she doesn’t celebrate the holiday, and secondly, because she does not care for spirituality, has not thought of Christmas beyond dinners and presents.

She however, overcomes a change when she sees a young patient rejecting a newly transplanted heart. The nine-year-old boy, Justin, was ‘refusing to live’ with his new heart, at the same time refusing to believe in the ‘Christmas Values’ his mother keeps shoving down his throat. After the successful transplant, Justin’s condition does not improve, causing his mother to be teary with panic. Cristina, seeing this, sits down during the middle of the night to talk to an asleep Justin. She tells him that even though she doesn’t believe in Santa, she believes in medicine, and it is the faith that keeps her going. She learned from Burke that faith, be it in a spiritual manner or simply in yourself is the key to ‘Greatness’.

Throughout seasons one and two, Cristina and Burke battle their differences and even try going out on a date, discovering during the date that they had nothing in common, and that Cristina was extremely hard to know. However, the couple battle their differences and Cristina accepts Burke’s marriage proposal.

And here comes twist number 2: Burke, who has been THE most attentive, understanding, sensitive boyfriend, leaves Cristina at the altar.

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And Burke’s reason? He feels that Cristina isn’t happy for the marriage, and he feels that he forced her into it.

Frankly, I think it’s a stupid line. And more to the point, I rather think that they wrote Burke out of the story because the actor that plays him, Isaiah Washington, was caught in some disagreement with his fellow cast members. If it was for that reason, and that reason alone that Burke left poor Cristina at the altar, that would make a lot more sense. Anything else would just be total and complete poppycock.

So I forgive Burke for being such an ass to Cristina, because in my eyes, it is the producers’ fault for having to write Burke out in such an abrupt manner. But very quickly, here comes twist number 3!!

Are you guys ready for this? *drumrolls*

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Introducing Major Owen Hunt!! Kevin McKidd is the newest addition to the Grey’s cast, playing kickass-hardcore trauma surgeon Owen Hunt. Dr. Hunt was first a surgeon in the field, and made his debut appearance in season five (now showing), saving a man’s life by shoving a pen casing into his throat (from the outside) to help him breathe. Hunt was written into the show mainly as a love interest for Cristina to replace Burke. This is because much of Cristina’s character development comes from how she grows to being a person, as opposed to just as a world class surgeon.

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Many would recognize McKidd from his movie Made of Honor also starring Patrick Dempsey (who plays Dr. Derek Shepherd and Meredith’s love interest in Grey’s). McKidd played the role of the burly scottish suitor Colin McMurray (A DUKE! No less!) to quirky Michelle Monaghan‘s Hannah. Dempsey, who acted as Hannah’s best friend was also McKidd’s on screen love rival. One wonders if it was thanks to the chemistry on ‘Made of Honor’ that made the producers cast McKidd again as Dempsey’s rival on Grey’s. Although this time, Dempsey’s Derek Shepherd has no qualms whatsoever in the love affair, Dr. Shepherd quickly finds himself in competition with Owen Hunt to see who is the better doctor.

With so many eye-candies on Grey’s, it’s no wonder that I have since started dreaming about becoming a doctor. Would you believe it that I actually went as far as to research the medical procedures that took place in the show? But then again, marrying a surgeon, as beautiful as that dream would be to come true, would mean living with a man who has a good reason to keep odd hours. I’m not sure about how the Singapore system works, but in Grey’s, most doctors work 24 hours, and are on call for the next 24, they sleep when they can, wherever they can. Still, one has those medical perks to look forward to. Imagine never needing to pay medical bills! Hurrah for companies that offer medical perks!

I’m off to continue my drama chase for season five of Grey’s– Taa!!

hugs, Gwendoline 🙂