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Rich Man, Poor Woman – Japanese Version

I watched this drama series and also the film of the same title and same characters, early last year.

I heard that South Korea is about to bring out their own version of this Japanese drama.  I have to say, it would be hard, if not impossible, to better the actors of this Japanese drama.

Shun Oguri as Toru Hyuga, the Rich Man made the role his.  He was so good as the young IT genius who built and empire.  He was arrogant and cocky and yet really vulnerable at the same time.  Whilst Satomi Ishihara, played Makoto Natsui, which so much effervescent, innocence and bravado.

They had such a good chemistry.


Song Ji Hyo – Korean Actress

Song Ji Hyo is a Korean actress.  Another reliable actress, who you know will deliver the goods by starring in decently scripted dramas.

Films & Dramas (my recommendations)

  • A Frozen Flower (rather a daring role. lots of tasteful nudity) *****
  • Codename: Jackal (cute action comedy)
  • Goong, aka Princess Hours
  • Emergency Couple
  • My Wife is Having An Affair this Week

Ogon no Buta – Japanese Drama

The Golden Piggy poster, NTV Japan : L2R: Kenta Kiritani, Masaki Okada, Ryoko Shinohara, Yu Oisumi & Katsuhisa Namase

Ogon no Buta – Japanese Drama

I watched the 10-episode series last night!

It was most interesting.  In fact I would go as far as recommend this to every tax-paying person.

The story has something to do with how taxes are paid and how it should be used but sometimes is mis-used.

How it is being mis-used by various government agency is what this drama is all about.

The world is controlled by money and also humans are controlled by money!!!

Persimmon (Sharon Fruit)

Persimmon, photo by PH Morton

Persimmon (Sharon Fruit)

Fruit Bowl, photo by PH Morton

Our fruit bowl is getting more adventures.  Early this new year, we have custard apple, passion fruit, mangoes, kiwi, several types of citrus fruits such as lemon, lime orange, grapefruit and nectarine.

We also have persimmon, which is apparently also called Sharon fruit.  Its scientific name is Diospyros Kaki.  This fruit is often seedless and sweet.  It can be eaten as a whole fruit; there is no need to peel it (but you can of course, if you wanted to.)

Sharon fruit can be eaten fresh, or cooked (in a pie) and even preserved.

Its orange colouring shouts richness in beta carotene and it is actually is a good source.

Cheney Chen – Chinese Actor

Cheney Chen


AKA: Chen Xuedong

DOB: 28 June 1990 (27)

He is a singer as well an actor.

*Dramas &Films:

  • Tiny Times (1, 2, 3 & 4) Films
  • Love ’til The End of Summer (Rush To The Dead Summer) TV Drama

*The above listed dramas and films are not the artist’s complete body of work but those the GG have personally watched. – thanks

Sengyou Shufu Tantei ( Japanese Drama Review)

Sengyou Shufu Tantei

This drama is also called My Shadow and Detective Housewife.

This drama actually is very memorable not only because the lead woman Fukada Kyoko is so pretty and the two male leads are gorgeous.

No, the drama actually tackles corporate espionage, marriage, love, trust, infidelity and forgiveness, amongst other things.

Serina is married to Fumi, who works in a large corporation.  Serina is a stay at home wife who is utterly devoted to her husband, that often she would confess that she is her husband’s shadow and proud of it.

Fumi’s work is competitive and stressful and often involved weekend  away from home and pretty late nights meetings.  His chief, a woman, started seducing him.  Before too long he was attracted to her and succumbed to lust. 🙁

Serina on the otherhand, purely on misconception and accident, secretly started working for a detective agency as an assistant to Jinnai, who developed feelings for her because of her innocence and purity.  Jinnai gave Serina self-worth and confidence.

Despite of  all the care and compassion from Jinnai, who confessed his feelings for her, Serina remained steadfast with her fidelity to Fumi.

Serina loved Fumi with all her heart and forgave him.

It is an enjoyable series.  Well recommended.

Joanne Tseng (Taiwanese Actress)

Joanne Tseng

Joanne Tseng is a Taiwanese actress and a pretty good singer.

Click here for Joanne Tseng rendition of Guess, Attention, Love OST.

She is getting a lot of exposure for being such a good young actress.

Joanne Tseng (Taiwanese Actress)


  • Born in Taiwan
  • on 17 November 1988 (29)
  • Finished Theatre & Drama degree at the National Taiwan University of Arts.
Films & Dramas:

Jo Jin Hee – Korean Actor

Ji JIn Hee

Jo Jin Hee is a Korean actor


DOB: 24 June 1971 (46)

Married to Lee Su-yon since 2004 (2 sons)

Films & Drama
  • I have a Lover
  • Dong Yi
  • One Warm Word
  • The Second Last Love
  • Misty – coming 2 Feb 2018 yay

I love this actor.  He has that old Hollywood essence a la Cary Grant.

I absolutely adored him in I have a lover.  He was cheating on his wife in the start of the drama and was truly nasty towards her.  He even so far as divorce her.  But the second part of the drama, he did everything to win her back.  “Yabo, sorry I messed up”


Yang Yang – Chinese Actor

Yang Yang

Yang Yang

Yang Yang – Chinese Actor

Yang Yang is a Chinese actor & singer.

His career went mega stratospheric that he was commemorated in an official stamp. 🙂  I can understand this as he has got a perfect profile 🙂 🙂 🙂

He was only asked to carry the Olympic torch in 2016.

Here he is singing.

Films & Tv Dramas:

  • Love 020, (he made such impression on me 🙂  )
  • Tornado Girl
  • Once Upon a Time
  • The Left Ear

Unexpectedly Yours (Filipino Movie)

Unexpectedly Yours movie poster from Star Cinema Productions

Unexpectedly Yours (Filipino Movie)

It was lovely to see Robin Padilla and Sharon Cuneta again in a movie.

These two used to be a real life couple, but that was another time as they are now both married but not to each other 🙂

In the film, their chemistry is still bubbling hot despite all the years.

Sharon is still beautiful in spite of the extra pounds.  And Robin… well Robin is Robin.  Gorgeous with that devil may care attitude and a look that is so tantalisingly sexy.  🙂 – the Bad Boy persona.

The film itself is pleasant, plenty of funny moments and lush scenery of the monied area in the the Philippines.

But storywise, it would certainly not leave you thinking about the narratives afterwards but instead makes you think how much the darling of 80s Philippine cinema, that is Sharon Cuneta, gained so much weight.  But as of writing this blog, Sharon has continued shedding the excess pounds and would certainly look different comes next movie.

I have to be honest, I was not riveted with this film.   It is extremely lightweight with not much of a story. I kept wanting to check my Facebook in the middle of it.

What is the story about?

Patricia (Sharon) had just turned 50 and menopausal but deep down still hoping to reconcile with her ex-husband, who she witnessed proposing to another much younger and thinner woman during her birthday celebration.  This incident drove her to drink.  And whilst the worse for wear, she stumbled into a stranger’s hotel room in a drunken faint.

The stranger happens to be someone who used to go to the same high school as her.  He is Cocoy (Robin) who has carried a torch for her for over 35 years, though she barely knew he existed.  Cocoy made his fortune from being a seaman.

The next time Patty saw Cocoy again after the hotel room malarkey was during his moving day to his new house, which coincidentally is next door to Patty’s house.

Patty shares her house with a rather rebellious daughter (Julia Baretto), who has an internet boyfriend from the UK.

Cocoy shares his new home with a young nephew who fancied the girl next door (Patty’s daughter).

It so happened that Patty and high school friends are organising an alumni reunion; Cocoy came to the rescue to find a last minute venue.

Cocoy has become a constant companion for Patty, who is suffering from the onset of menopause as well as work politics and assassination to her ‘out of touch’ CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) role in the  company she works for.  To top it all, her bullying mother is constantly harping about her weight, ex-husband and daughter.

In one family confrontation, she inadvertently sidelined and marginalised Cocoy role in her life.

He felt betrayed and unwanted.  He secretly decided to go back to seafaring.

With her daughter having gone to the UK to meet her boyfriend and Cocoy gone, Patty felt all alone.  And during the class reunion, she finally did a shoutout to Cocoy, who surprise, surprise, was also attending.  Happy ending for this two.

And the daughter came back from the UK, heartbroken having found out that her online boyfriend was still shagging his other girlfriend.  🙂

Yap, that is the story!  Despite the rather hackneyed script, Sharon and Robin made the film watchable.

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