Pretty Man – Chinese Drama Review & Summary

Pretty Man – Chinese Drama Review & Summary

I have been watching this drama, though only the first episode is subtitled in English, so far.

Based from what I have seen on the first episode, this would be another brilliant drama, starring My Mr Mermaid lead actor, Xiong Dylan  as Lu Jin Nian.

The lead girl is played by Li Sierra.  She is Qiao An Hao who comes from an affluent family, whilst Jin Nian was a self-supporting student.

The drama started on the present day.  Lu Jin Nian is now a president of his own lucrative movie company and An Hao is a bit actress.

It then showed that they are in a relationship, though rather a complicated one.

There was a wedding photo at An Hao’s apartment.  She was setting the table for two when there was a knock on the door and here comes Jin Nian.  The atmosphere was rather awkward though it ended in bed but Jin Nian intoning an apology to the absent Jia Mu.

Then back to the past…

The two young protagonists first met one rainy day.  An Hao stared at the very pretty boy, Lu Jin Nian, who ignored her.  Seeing that he was not interested in any friendly chatter, An Hao transferred her attention to a snail in the rain, she held a leaf over the snail to protect it from the rain.  This somehow captivated the rather remote Jin Nian that upon noticing that An Hao’s dress is stained with blood from her menstruation, he covered her with his jacket and then run off.

The next time they met was when she was with Jia Mu (played by Xu Yi Jie).  Jia Mu was best friend with Jin Nian.  And from then on Jin Nian and An Hao became inseparable.

I hope the next few episodes are to be subbed soon.  Subber out there, please translate the episodes in English.

Xiong Dylan (Dylan Xiong)

Xiong Dylan (Dylan Xiong)

Dylan Xiong is a Chinese actor and singer.  In fact he is a member of a Taiwanese boyband called SpeXial (coined from Extra and Special).  Dylan as an actor is going up and up.  He started the year, 2018, playing the lead role in Pretty Man after a successful 2017 starring in My Mr Mermaid.

It seems we will see more of him as 2018 progresses; he is lined up for more projects.

Here is Dylan singing.


Birth Name: Xiong Ziqi

DOB: 6 June 1992 (25)

Drama & Films

(those seen by GGLife)


Patupat – Ilocano Glutinous Rice Dessert

Patupat, photo by Arnold Gamboa

Patupat – Ilocano Glutinous Rice Dessert

Patupat is a specialty of the Ilocanos.  It is a sweet glutinous rice cake.

Depending on which part of the Ilocos region, patupat can be wrapped in banana leaves or with intricately woven palm or banana leaves.

The photo below shows the specialty of Pangasinan, patupat encased in woven basket of palm leaves.


Where The Lost Ones Go – Chinese Drama Review

Where The Lost Ones Go, Chinese Drama

Where The Lost Ones Go – Chinese Drama Review

Just started watching this Chinese drama which is comprised of 24 episodes.

The story started in 2007 when Ye Zi (Boey Cecilia) was a college freshman, studying traditional Chinese Art.

One day she was taking a rest on a bench on the school ground when she saw someone painting in a nearby ground floor studio/classroom. She was so intrigued by the painting that she moved nearer to see it better.  She overheard a girl telling the painter that she had waited for him until the end of the movie but he never showed.

The painter said that he was not interested and he has a girlfriend already.  He then saw a Ye Zi looking in from the window, watching them. 

He jumped into the window and run off with Ye Zi.  They ended up near a pond.  With some innocent flirting and long staring at one another, as dramas like this are, then ended up tumbling into the water; both of them ended up soaking wet including Ye Zi’s bag. 

She then run off and mistakenly picked up the boy’s iPod.

The boy painter was Xiang Ze Yi (Fan Kris) who majors in oil painting and who happens to be the handsomest boy of the Art Department.

So far the drama is sweet but you can feel there is a coming doom and gloom in the background as moments from present day showing Ye Zi looking forlorn. And an older Ze Yi looking more like a graffiti artist rather than an oil painter.


Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Fennel Bulb, photo by PH Morton

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Fennel is related to the carrot family and indigenous to the Mediterranean but they are now grown in many parts of the world.

It is a perennial herb with yellow flowers. It is very aromatic.

Fennel is very versatile.  The bulbs, see above, foliage (leaves) and seeds are widely used in culinary around the world.

The bulb is delicious drizzled in olive oil and balsamic vinegar and then baked in the oven.  It is sweet tasting, perfect starter or as a side dish with roast meat or even baked fish dishes.

Click here for the baked fennel bulb.

Pork Leg Asado With Pineapple

Pork Leg Asado, Photo by Ruben Ortega

Pork Leg Asado With Pineapple

This recipe is as good tasting as the photo shows.  The secret to this is marinating the meat in order for the sauce to get into all the crevices of the meat sinews.



  • 2 lbs pork leg, chopped to the bone into manageable pieces
  • 1½ cup water
  • 1/2 tsp whole blackpeppers
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 1 inch cube butter
  •  1 large white onion, peeled chopped finely
  • 1 lemon or 1½ tbsp of fresh calamansi juice
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 small can of pineapple

 Method of Preparation:


  1. Using a large bowl, mix together the soy sauce, blackpeppers and lemon juice (or calamansi juice)
  2. Stir in the sliced pork leg and leave to marinate for an hour (or overnight in the fridge).
  3. Drain the meat but keep the marinade.
  4. Heat a large lidded frying pan or a casserole pan.
  5. Add the oil and then the butter.
  6. Fry the meat and cook until golden brown on both sides.
  7. Pour in the marinade and also the water.
  8. Drop in the bay leaves.
  9. Cover the pan and leave the meat to simmer until the meat is tender.
  10. Add the can of pineapple, including the juice, and cook for another 7 minutes.
  11. Serve immediately with a freshly boiled rice or green salad.




A Tale of Samurai Cooking A True Love Story 2013 (Review & Recap)

A Samurai Wedding

A Tale of Samurai Cooking A True Love Story 2013 (Review & Recap)

I have just watched this 2 hours Japanese film this cold Sunday afternoon/early evening here in London.  I must admit it is a perfect movie for a lazy end of the week.

There are lots of food, some samurai fighting, intrigues in the Edo period and of course a BIT of romance.  I have to point out that it was really tiny, small, minute romance.  Even the ending when they had sorted out their misunderstanding the hug was so sedate.  It was not even a full hug.  It was just a one shoulder hug between Haru and Yasonobu.

The story is that Haru ended up reluctantly marrying Yasonobu who is 4 years younger that her on the behest (pleading of Yasonabu’s father, the master cook from the Funaki Family who serves in the Kaga Domain)

Haru, played by Aya Ueto, is an excellent cook, who was orphaned  at a very early age of 12.  She was then taken in to cook for the concubine of the House of Signoria (whatever?) 🙂  She became a great favourite of the concubine and treated her more like a daughter.

During a gastronomy festival, Funaki Sensei presented the upper class with a mystery dish.  He then asked each of the diners to guess what the dish was,  Only the concubine was able to guess it correctly and she then confessed that Haru told her.

Funaki Sensei was impressed that he beg Haru to marry his son.  Haru said that she was already married though in a process of divorce.  Her husband’s family had to send her back because she was noisy and too assertive.

Funaki Sensei beg and beg and assured Haru that he will sort out the divorce. She had to marry Yasonobu to save the Funaki family.

Yasonobu, played by Kengo Kora, is a second son.  Being not the heir initially, he was more or less free to do what he wanted and he wanted to become a samurai warrior and marry the only daughter, Sayo, of the dojo.

He fell in love at first sight with Saya and hoped of marrying her and be the master of the Samurai dojo.

Unfortunately his elder brother, the heir to the Funaki culinary dynasty died in the plague.  He, therefore, had to forget Saya and continue his father’s legacy.

Saya ended up marrying Yasonobu’s best friend.

Though Yasonobu is now the heir, he was a terrible cook and rather a spoiled brat.

He was also cold to Haru.

Haru was patient and was caring and supportive to her husband.  She taught him the basics of cooking and for all it’s worth Yasonobu was quite an able apprentice.  So much so that he got promoted from the samurai school of cookery, eh???? 🙂

It was quite fraught during that time, uprisings were everywhere.

Yosonobu would have died if Haru did not take it upon herself to sabotage his mission to join a small band of men intent on assassinating the Lord of Kaga.

Yosonobu was so frustrated when he found that his bestfriend died during the failed assassination.  He blamed Haru for preventing him from joining the dead.  He was on the act of beheading Haru when his mother came up and slapped him; telling him that he was a thoughtless idiot.  He was self-centred not thinking that he was her only remaining child.

When everything has quietened a little bit, Haru packed her clothes and went. She left a letter saying that she is releasing Yosonobu from their marriage and now free to marry the woman, who he truly loves.

Haru has opened a little beach cafe (without the coffee – being the Edo period hahaha) and was contented until her next customer happened to be Yosonobu, who said that he had been looking for her and that his father advised him not to come back without her and that his mother wanted a grand-child but only if Haru was the mother.  And that he had no feelings whatsoever for Saya and likes being married to Haru.  Ahhhhhh

Haru run to his right shoulder for half a body hug.  Ahhhhh

And they happily trod on together back to the family house.

It was a cute drama.  The costumes are so lovely.  Aya Ueto was stunning with her geisha like make-up.  Kengo would have been drop-dead gorgeous if did not have that Samurai part shaved head. 🙂

Kwon Sang Woo – Korean actor

Kwon Sang Woo

Kwon Sang-Woo

Kwon Sang-Woo is a South Korean actor and entrepreneur.  He is gorgeous and charming.  He made a few tear-jerker dramas opposite Choi Ji-woo.

Here is the gorgeous Kwon Sang-woo singing


DoB: 5 August 1976 (41)

Civil Status: Married to Son Tae-Young (former Miss Korea)

2 Children

Educational Background: BA in Education Hanman University


Kwon Sang-Woo Films & Dramas


Doctor X (Japanese Drama Review)

You might have noticed that all I have been posting these last few days are Japanese dramas and Japanese actors and actresses.

Well I am currently obsessed with dorama.  There are plenty of good dramas from China, Taiwan, Thailand and not to mention, South Korea but there is something about Japanese dramas that is cut above the rest.  Their stories are usually never hackneyed.  There is always a surprise here and there.

Well, scrolling through various Japanese dramas on offer, I always see this Doctor X and continued on looking for other dramas.  I mistakenly thought that it was a porn/adult movie and I am not interested.

Well as you can see on the poster there is a vivid X and a sexy woman.  I thought this would be a doctor and nurses kind of kinky drama.  LOL

However I read in a profile of one of my favourite Japanese actors that he had appeared in Doctor X.  What?!!!  And before you know it, more and more actors and actresses with wholesome image seemed to have appeared in the drama as well.

Time to investigate for myself.

I am glad to report after reading the synopsis that Doctor X is a real medical drama and quite a popular one as well as it has now grown into 5 series!

For my real review watch this space for a blow by blow 🙂 🙂 🙂 account.  I shall start watching.

Here is the first of the blow by blow:

In the first 5 minutes, the leading lady pulled down the trousers of the man who was having an attack in the middle of the dance floor of a club.  The testicle was shown briefly!  Woah!

What are the 6 Ks of Surgeons?

  1. Kitsui (hardwork)
  2. Kitani (dirty)
  3. Kiken (hazardous)
  4. Koshi warui (bad back)
  5. Kakko warui (not cool)
  6. Kyurou yasui (low pay)

Just finished episode one and I must say I was very impressed,  Daimon Sensei has the best legs in dramaworld.  She makes me want to wear high heels all the time as well.

I was like her.  I finished work at 5:00pm exactly not even a minute extra.  Love this drama.


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