The Anthem of the Heart (Japanese Movie Review)

Anthem of the heart poster

Genre:  School, Youth, Musical, Romance, (Psychological) 🙂

Date Released: 2017


  • Kento Nakajima as Takumi Sakagami
  • Kyoko Yoshine as Jun Naruse
  • Anna Ishii as Natsuki Nito
  • Kanichiro as Daiki Tasaki


The Anthem of the Heart (Japanese Movie Review)

This is a very watchable film with good acting from the four leads.

The story is about a girl who somehow ‘lost’ her voice.  It all started when she was very young.  She was a blabbermouth kid, who talked about everything that came into her head, including about the things that she saw.

She loves fairy tales and she aspire to be a princess someday. 🙂 Don’t we all?!!!

One day, this chatty little girl was coming home from school.  She passed this Blue castle like edifice, which she loved so much.  She saw her father just leaving the castle with a woman.  They were so lovey dovey. 🙂

She excitedly run home to report to her mother what she saw. She happily said that her father was in the castle with a princess.  She then asked her mom ingenously why she did not want to be the princess?!!!

The mom told her never to talk about what she saw with anyone.  Then the next thing was that her parents were divorcing.

As the horrid dad was moving away after the divorce, the girl came running after him.  All he said to her was that it was all her fault. She shouldn’t have told.  The divorce was her fault and wish she never talks.

From then on the girl stopped actively talking.  When she talks she gets excruciating stomach ache.

During her middle school, her homeroom teacher appointed her as one of the four to lead the Regional Friendship Exchange Executive Committee.  Their project was to present something at  the community centre.  They decided to hold and present a musical.

Jun Naruse volunteered to write the script which is about a poor girl who wanted to join in with the dancing at the castle at whatever cost.

Of course no one can play the role of the poor girl except Jun.  For some reasons, she can sing beautifully without any problems but she just can’t talk normally.

During the preparation of the musical everybody got close together.  Naruse thought herself in love with Sakagami, who in return has been in love with his first love, Nito.

Nito is still in love with Sakagami but felt guilty for not standing up for Sakagami in elementary school.  She also thought that he was already in a relationship with Naruse Jun.

The fourth member of the team was Daiki.  He was an ace baseball player but currently injured so he had time in his hands.

On the last day before the musical event, Naruse overheard Sakagami confessing to Nito.

She was so upset that she lost her singing voice but regained her speech.

On the day of the presentation Naruse was nowhere to be found.  Anyway the show must go on.  Nito ably substituted for her.

Sakagami went looking for Jun and found her in the now derelict Blue castle.

She confessed her love to Sakagami, who was so kind in turning her down because he was in love with Nito.

Naruse accepted it and agreed to go to the community centre for the rest of the musical presentation.

She took over from Nito for the last bit of the drama and did it beautifully.

Towards the very end of the film, all fours were standing at the school building rooftop for one final shoutout.

Daiki shouted “I love Naruse Jun”

So happy ending for all after all,


I like this film because despite Jun debilitating inability for normal speech, she was not bullied or shun by her schoolmates.  Usually you get name callings and isolations from this kind of dramas.

Naruse Jun looks like a cute little puppy.



Tortang Dilis (Anchovies Omelette) Recipe

Tortang Dilis, photo by Ruben Ortega

Tortang Dilis (Anchovies Omelette) Recipe

For the above photo, I would just like to take this moment to thank a very good high school friend of mind, Mr Ruben Ortega, who is a very good cook as well as lucky enough to live near the sea (Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines), thereby getting the freshest seafood and vegetables to turn into delicious cuisines. Thanks!

Anchovies Omelette is perfect for breakfast, lunch and even dinner.  With the right sauce it can be a complete meal with just a small (;) ) serving of rice.

Dilis omelette in the size of small burgers over a bed of leafy salad can be an appetising starter for a dinner party.

Dulong or silverfish can be a suitable substitute for dilis or anchovies.  Either one will be perfect for this egg batter recipe.


  • 1/4 kilo dulong or dilis (anchovies)
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 heaped tablespoon plain flour
  • 2 stalks spring onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp chopped  fresh flat parsley
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder (optional) for a spicier taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for pan frying

Method of Preparation:

Combine eggs, salt, pepper, flour and spring onion, garlic, parsley and chilli powder in a large mixing bowl.

Beat using an egg beater or a fork until everything is mix in together.

Tip in the plain flour.  Add more flour if the consistency is too runny.  It should be more like an American pancake gloop. 🙂

Add the fresh dulong or dilis.   Ensure the dilis are covered batter.

Heat a frying pan and pour-in enough cooking oil.

Once the oil is hot, (to test, drop a few grains of salt, if it is hot enough, the oil should sizzle) add a small ladle of the anchovies batter.

Cook the first side for about 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown then flip to cook the other side.

Remove and drain over paper towels.

Continue cooking the rest of the anchovies batter.

Serve hot with spiced vinegar dip or just plain tomato ketchup.

Ang sarap!

If you like this recipe, please comment below.

My Dear Loser Series: Happy Ever After (Thai Drama Review)

Happy Ever After poster

Happy Ever After is just one of a series of dramas centering on losers, who prosper and attain their dreams.

I think there were already two previous dramas from this series but as Push Putto and Esther are my favourite, then of course I had to watch this first.

Genre: Romance, School

Released Date: 2017

No of Episodes: 12

From: My Dear Loser Series: Happy Ever After




My Dear Loser Series: Happy Ever After (Thai Drama Review)

The story is about a couple who are still in love with one another after 10 years of togetherness but due to failure to communicate their wants and expectations, they begin to feel awkward with one another.

They came from different backgrounds.  Korya is a little princess, very confident from a rich family.

Ton is a bit of a dork, obsessed in following hair trends.  (This makes for very funny scenes)  He is very sentimental but rather slow.

I love this drama because it does not take itself seriously.  There are plenty of pastiche scene that would make you laugh out loud. And it does not adhere to political correctness.

In fact I was grinning from ear to ear throughout the first episode.  Push Putto is very likeable as Ton. Very handsome to look at but absolutely clueless and rather tactless.  With his veneer teeth, extremely white and even, he just makes you smile.

Esther is also brilliant.  A very versatile actress.  One minute she is making you laugh, the next she is wringing your emotions.

Korya (Koya)’s family does not approve of Ton.  They did everything to  prevent their daughter to have anything more to do with Ton.

But as Korya said, Love conquers all, so she decided to live with Ton despite her parents warning.

Ten years on and Korya, the heavier for it, is not as happy as she should be with Ton and he in her.

There was a scene where Ton and his friends attended their 2004 Mass Comm alumni reunion.  Korya attended too.

One of their alumni friends told her that she looks lovely despite being pregnant.  Ton was the first one to laugh.  He said that Korya is not pregnant but fat.

Korya was upset with Ton insensitivity and so were their closed friends, both male and female.


Don’t forget to smile.  When you smile beautiful, men will come to you like flies.

But I am human not a poop.



Ariel Lin (Taiwanese Actress)

Ariel is one of most favourite actresses.  She is so versatile and looks so much younger than her age.


  • Pinyin Name: Lín Yīchén
  • DOB: 29 October 1982 (35)
  • Height: 1.6 m
  • Civil Status:  Married to businessman, Charles Lin
  • Educational Background: BA in Korean and Literature and MA in Acting (for Screen)
  • Occupation: Singer and Actress


Ariel Lin (Taiwanese Actress)

*Dramas & Films:








***Please note that the listed dramas and films above are not the complete body of work by the actor.  They are just those seen by The GG Team.

Esther Supreeleela (Thai Actress)

Esther Supreeleela (Instagram 16/09/17)

Esther Supreeeleela is a Thai actress, who is perfect for light-hearted modern young romance comedy.


  • DoB: 18 May 1994 (23)
  • Ethnicity: Thai Malaysian
  • Height: 1.67 m
  • Civil Status: Single (in a relationship with Ken Phupoom Phongpanu)

Esther Supreeleela (Thai Actress)

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***Please note that the listed dramas and films above are not the complete body of work by the actor.  They are just those seen by The GG Team.

Beef Goulash Recipe

Beef Goulash, photo by JMorton

I think the best way to eat beef is by slow cooking it in stew or casserole to make every sinew mouth-wateringly soft especially when using cheep cuts of meat.

Goulash is a Hungarian national dish. This dish is a history in itself.

During the 9th century, goulash or rather gulyas was a staple of Hungarian herdsmen, looking after the cattle.  They used to eat cuts of beef boiled with vegetables.  The word gulyas actually means herdsmen.

Then came the 15th century and the invasion of the Ottoman Turks.  The Turks introduced paprika to Hungary.

Hungary loved paprika.

They embraced paprika into their cuisine in such a big way.   Gulyas got the paprika treatment, which we know now as goulash.

To cook an authentic goulash, be generous with the paprika.

Recipe to follow and the postulant cook is experimenting!




Nowruz Mubarak

Nowruz Mubarak

Pomegranate, Photo by JMorton

Peter and I were out and about today;  we took an uber to go for Peter’s physio at the Royal Free Hospital.

Our Uber driver was really chatty.  After talking about the weather, we told him that it would be the first day of spring tomorrow, 20 March.

He mentioned that it would be an important day for him tomorrow.  In fact he will be taking a few days off beginning tomorrow.

He said it is Persian New Year.

He further elaborated that the first day of the New Year is spent visiting friends and relatives who are older than the visitors.  Parents, older brother, older sister, uncles, aunties, etc.

On the second day, it would be the turn of the younger ones, especially the children, who gets presents, usually money.  So it would be normal to see Iranians handing out fiver or tenner to children during the next few days.

I asked him how to wish someone a Persian New Year.  He said carefully, Nowruz Mubarak.  I repeated it and he was very impressed.  🙂

So wishing you all a Nowruz Mubarak.

He said that a lot of pomegranates will be on offer as well as recipes with saffron.  There will be a lot of sweet things like cakes and biscuits.

He mentioned a funny thing, he said that they even have a version of Santa Clause during the New Year celebration. Interesting!

The family get-together will happen during the weekend for grand eating out or dining in.

He said that in Iran that new year festivities usually last for a good couple of weeks.

Happy Persian New Year to you all!


My Tutor Friend (Classic KDrama Review)

My Tutor Friend poster

My Tutor Friend (Classic KDrama Review)

This film is a classic.

Genre:  Romance, School

Released Date: February 2003




This film is a laugh out loud drama with stellar cast (see above).

Though it was released in 2003, it has easily stood the test of time.

15 years had hardly touched the above thee actors.  They look the same, they have hardly aged.  The only change is in their popularity.  They are more famous and proven their acting prowess.


Anyway the story is about Suwan (kim Ha Nuel) having been forced by her mother to tutor Kim Ji Hoon, the son of her mother’s affluent friend.

Suwan was very reluctant at first as she had had it with tutoring hormonal and temperamental boys but her mother reminded her that she needed the money more than ever as her father was currently in between jobs.

Suwan was right to be wary of Kim Ji Hoon.  He just came back from studying abroad. He was spoilt and pugnacious.  He was a very good fighter, an able pugilist, that Jong Soo, the leader of a high school gang hated him so much.   Gong Woo was hilarious as Lee Jong Soo.

Though he was in his final year in high school, Ji Hoon had been at it for the last three years.  And at 21 he was as old as Suwan who was in her second year in college.

Suwan tried her very best to tutor him but he was not receptive.  During their tutoring time, he would  often escape through his bedroom window to engage with more fights or go on dates.

Suwan would be there in his room waiting for him, sometime forced to cover for him.

He noticed how dependable she was that he started to look at her differently.

Unfortunately for him she had a crush on someone else.

But being a film, it can’t be too complicated so in the end Suwan lost out to God as her crush opted to become a priest.

In the end Jong Soo and Suwan fell for each other.  So cute.  Jong Soo turned out to be a rather jealous boyfriend.

This film is an undemanding movie.  The characters are lovable, even the baddies are tolerable.

I highly recommend it.

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