Itazura Na Kiss & Versions

Itazura Na Kiss & Versions

Itazura Na Kiss is a a Japanese manga which has spawned version after versions across Asia.

The drama has proved popular that it has also been made into films.

The currently popular A Love So Beautiful is purported to have the same framework of the Itazura Na Kiss.

It is a story of a high school girl who finally found the guts to confess her love to a super handsome fellow student with an IQ of 200 via a love letter.  She ambushed him one day and tried to give him her love letter but he refused to take it.  Her undying admiration continued on fuelled by the boy’s hot and cold treatment of her.

Versions from different countries varies a bit but not much.  So you think if you’ve seen one, you have seen them all.  But that is not really the case as every version has its own charm and hook.

The first adaptation was a Japanese drama made in 1996.  It was made up of 9 episodes which can be seen in youtube.  It is said that this is the best version as it remained really faithful to the manga version.  It is even called Itazura Na Kiss.

It started with a Kiss (2005) & They Kissed Again are Part 1 & Part 2 of the Taiwanese version, starring Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng.  This in my opinion has the real heart.  It looks and feels real.

Playful Kiss (2010) was the Korean version and my favourite.  I am shallow, I just adore the impossibly gorgeous tandem of Kim Hyun-joong and Jung So-min.  They have a cute chemistry and Hyun-joong is just oozing with sex appeal.

Mischievous Kiss Love In Tokyo 2013 & Mischievous Kiss Love in Okinawa 2 (2014) are the Japanese remake.  The Okinawa was when they went on their honeymoon.

Kiss Me (2015) is the Thai version.  Among the various versions, this one is the most different.

Miss In Kiss (2016) is a Taiwanese remake.  The girl in this version is the plainest amongst all the girls.  But having said that she is still rather endearing.

Korean Drama Catalogue (Mi Lista)

Korean Drama Catalogue (Mi Lista)

Currently, I seemed to have run out of Korean dramas that I’d really like to watch.  It seems I just have to see again my favourite dramas that I have seen previously.  There are many dramas that I would like to see again.

Here is my list of favourites:

Cheese in the Trap

I absolutely love this drama.  It is a sweet romance between Yoo Jung (Park Hae Jin) and Hong Seol (Kim Go-eun).  Yoo Jung is the heir of a big company while Hong Seol was a hardworking college student.  To start with Hong Seol was rather weary of Yoo Jung as he has a rather psychotic tendency.  He can blow hot and cold and therefore you are not sure where you at with him.  But having said that Yoo Jung was attracted to Hong Seol, he was very romantic but in his own terms.

The development of their relationship was so sweet and at times rather disturbing (if that is the word).  Yoo Jung was so forceful in his chase of Hong Seol.  Before she really knew it was became the girlfriend of Yoo Jung. Hong Seol was not sure whether to fully trust Yoo Jung but in the end she did truly loved him.

This drama is rather addictive.  I have seen it several times and it feels as fresh each time.  Brilliant acting by both leads.

The only thing was that the ending was just to hanging!  Hong Seol was left waiting for an email from Yoo Jung for his return!


Coffee Prince

This drama is a good starting point to watch if you have just heard of that ever so gorgeous Korean actor Gong Yoo.

This is about a romance between a playboy, Han Kyul, and a tomboyish woman, Yoo-joo.

Yoo joo had to pretend to be a boy in order to secure a job in an all male coffee shop, which is a project given to the playboy Han Kyul by his family to teach him a lesson for being spoilt and layabout.

Han Kyul treat Yoo joo well like a little brother but he started feeling more brotherly with Yoo Joo.  He started questioning his sexuality.  He was pretty sure he was not gay as he was not attracted to other men.

But he can’t really deny himself any longer and just went for Yoo joo, who at his time had a massive crush of Han Kyul himself.  This is in episode 10.  Gong Yoo is so damn gorgeous!  If you had not seen this drama before, I advise to binge watch in over the weekend!  I just rewatched episode 10 now and I miss them so much I have to rewatch the whole thing.





BBC Plans to Shame the Elderly into paying TV Licence


BBC celebrates the year of the whores rather the horses an ironic mistranslation

BBC Plans to Shame the Elderly into paying TV Licence

There was a news item purporting that the esteemed British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is planning to use the silver haired celebrities to persuade the 75 and over to forego their free tv licence and voluntarily pay up from their pensions. These celebrities, most probably  extremely well off and awarded titles by HM govt will proffer  heart-rending pleas of poverty for the Beeb (BBC)

How much are the BBC be paying these celebrities?!!!

Shame on you BBC senior managers. You mismanaged a great institution and now passing the financial buck to the elderly and the vulnerable.

You obviously ignored the news today, where supposedly respectable charities are using their data gathered information to pressurise, almost abuse, the elderly and the vulnerable into donating.  You are adding to the woes of these people.

But then again Jimmy Saville, et al, allegedly got away with abusing whoever they fancy in your ‘backyard’.

I remember that there was a puppet show called ‘Mongrels’, which was more an adult comedy program than for children.  They shot a 3-minute stint in front of our office at Holders Hill Parade, North West London.  We thought it was a wasteful stunt.  There were about 20 people. Three were in the cast and the rest crew members.  Someone doing the clapper, a camera person, sound person, umbrella, and the rest standing around.  What a waste of lIcence fee payer’s money.  I would like to know how many people actually watched this adult puppet show, which was made at a great expense?!!!

If you need to shame the 75 and over to pay for licence fee, you should start at the heart of the BBC.  Do you really need the most highly paid stars to present something inane, bearing in mind that viewers are no longer focused into their televisions.

Also the corporation has layers of bureaucracy that would even make local councils look better 😉

To cut cost, why not cancel subscription to Eurovision?

Possibly the BBC should be like  ITV; put on commercials in between shows or have adverts on some radio stations.

Product placement during tv programs, Show someone from Eastenders watching on their Samsung tv, drinking coca cola, surfing in their Macbook pro or iPad, I am sure no one would mind.

The only shows that I usually watch on  BBC are the excellent documetaries,  Dr Who, which has not been great the last two years and Sherlock Holmes.  The latest single Christmas episode was too pretentious, it was incomprehensible and bored me to tears.  The writer was running away with his personal take on Sherlock, completely ignoring Arthur Conan Doyle’s vision.  What next, Sherlock having it off with Watson?!!! 🙁

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE

AgathaDame Agatha Christie is a popular British author; Guinness Book of World Records lists her as the bestselling author of all times.  She had written 66 detective novels, 14 short stories, and even had time to write 6 romantic novels under the pseudonym of Mary Westmacott.  I think she would probably be best known for her creation of the brilliant but rather busy-body Jane Marple and the Belgian Hercule Poirot.

Agatha Christie’s play called The Mousetrap is the longest running show of the modern age.  It opened in the West End in 1952 and it had continued to run eversince.

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE

I learned that one can never go back, that one should not ever try to go back – that the essence of life is going forward.  Life is really a one – way street.


Farewell Leonard Nimoy


One of our Star Trek Commemorative Plates of the man or should I say Spock himself

Being an avid Science Fiction (sci fi)  fan, I have read many novels seen moves and TV and radios  series of the genre.

I prefer to read, watch or listen to sci fi that has potential to become science fact and indeed has happened!

One such TV series is Star Trek. I grew up in the 1960s and there was not much sci fi on TV. I listened with my parents to some sci fi plays such as  the classic ‘Quatermass’ on BBC radio every Sunday evening. When ‘Dr Who’ came along on BBC TV in 1963  (now the longest running continuous sci fi tv series in the world). I was so happy and despite the black & white viewing  and sometimes wobbly stage sets and  minimal primitive special effects (sfx), the excellent actors and stories ultimately enchanted millions of viewers.

With the advent of colour viewing TV in the mid 1960s, more  sci fi  Tv series were produced, many from the USA.

One such was,  of course ‘Star Trek’. Created by Gene Rodenberry, it introduced the crew & their weekly adventures in a faster-than-light travel space ship called the ‘USS Enterprise’.  There were  British sailing ships called HMS Enterprise AKA Enterprize)  in the 1700s and one in 1800s.

In the pilot episode (1964) of Star Trek, one of the crew was referred to as a ‘Vulcanian’ a humanoid from from the Planet Vulcan orbiting the star 40 Eridani  . about 16 light years from earth, Vulcan could reached in a few days in the warp speed Enterprise class star ships. The Vulcanian was called ‘Mr Spock’, as apparently his Vulcan name was unpronounceable to humans!

A new to the scene actor named Leonard Nimoy was chosen to play Spock.

The Vulcan race looked human except for pointed ears, arched eyebrows, distinctive hairstyles, a slight green skin pallor due to green blood.

Vulcans were stronger and faster than humans, due the higher gravity less oxygen rich atmosphere and heat on Vulcan. Vulcans were extremely long lived too 300 years. They exercise extreme control over their emotions as taught by  a venerated philosopher named Surak. as early in their history Vulcans were prone to violence.

My Spock was later described  as being  half human with his father the renowned, statesman like ambassador Sarek (well played by actor Mark Leonard) and human mother Amanda Grayson.

This early Mr Spock looked rather harsh and shouted a lot!

Spock Pilot Star Trek 1964

Spock Pilot Star Trek 1964


After the pilot show, Gene Rodenberry was not satisfied and made big cast changes for the series proper in 1966. A new captain of the Enterprise was brought in ( William Shatner as Capt Kirk), A new ships doctor, actor Deforest Kelly as Dr (Bones) McCoy.

Leonard and his distinctive appearance as Spock now known as a Vulcan, was retained and he became the second in command to Kirk.

Spock’s appearance was softened, as was his voice and manner, becoming calmer and most logical as befits a Vulcan.

Spock’s  ‘bantering’ and put downs with Dr McCoy with Kirk as referee were brilliant, but their underlying loyalty and friendship to each other shone through as the series progressed; His Vulcan catchphrase and hand gesture became legendary too!

Off course,  this crew became legendary in TV sci fi  & the motion picture history.

Leonard Nimoy was also known to us in early  ‘Mission Impossible’ TV show fans as ‘Paris’, a master of disguise brought in to the ‘Impossible Mission Force’ 1969-1971.  Mission Impossible was made at the same studios at the classic Star Trek series and so Leonard could swap pointy ears for various disguises!

Leonard was also a guest star in one my favourite detective series ‘Columbo’.  Spock’s logic was no match for Columbo’s detective ability

Mr Spock appeared in the various Star Trek sequels  and movies including the excellent  reboot of the franchise under JJ Abrams

Zachary Quinto’s likeness as the young Spock although in a different time line captures that essence of Nimoy.

Spock and then other characters live on in the Star Trek novels I enjoy reading.

Leonard  Nimoy crafted and evolved Spock into one of the most popular, recognisable & iconic characters in entertainment.

Where ever you are now in that ‘undiscovered country’ Leonard  “Live Long And Prosper“…

Spock LLAP


Classic  original crew of the EnterpriseClassic original crew of the Enterprise



Spock,_resurrected Zachory Quinot young spock

Spock in his second Century                             A young Spock (Zachary Quinto)

paris Leoanard Nimoy& Peter Falk in Columbo

Paris in Mission Impossible                 A baddie in Columbo

Farewell Leonard Nimoy


The Unmaking of Lucy Beale – EastEnders Special


The Unmaking of Lucy Beale – EastEnders Special

Yes, I am afraid, I surrendered. I watched Eastenders after a hiatus of 3 years.  I made a decision three years ago not to watch EastEnders anymore as it was making me uncomfortable with all the nasty shenanigans and wheeling and dealing of horrible characters.  I know it was not for real, it was only a tv soap but it did get me down!  

Anyway, lately there was such a buzz regarding one of the show’s major character’s demise.  I sort of saw the character  ‘grow up’ (though several actresses had played the role over the years).  I was, therefore, suitably intrigued with all the hoopla about the murder of Lucy Beal.

It seemed I was not the only one.  William Hill, the betting shop, had to close  the wagers that was started to guess the killer of Lucy Beale as they were inundated with so much bets, so many risk takers, more  than what William Hill can handle! LOL  I wonder who was the final winner and how much was won?!!!

Lucy Beale was killed last year and it took a long time to give her the closure she deserved. Everyone, every character in the soap was shown as the potential murderer and my goodness, they milked every scenario, every story line for all its worth.

EastEnders is a long running UK television soap which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.  The Lucy Beale murder closure was the pinnacle, the highlight for the anniversary.  And as a special treat to fans, followers and licence payers, Eastenders was shown as a ‘live’ action.  For me this was not really a treat as most of the scenes were so stilted and the acting so wooden, you can use the actors to fence off the studio.  🙂 🙂 🙂  Many of the scenes were so dull and could have been easily written out completely.

The ending was tense and really unexpected and sorry to say a bit of a cop-out.  Probably, they didn’t want any of their leading actors to go so they used the story line that Lucy’s youngest brother, Bobby, killed her.

The final outcome will be shown tomorrow.  Probably Lucy will not going to be laid to rest just yet.  Perhaps Ian will be blaming Jane for the murder and Jane would willingly go to prison as she adores Bobby and will do anything for him including cover for him……

la la la la la………..

Television Series Best Theme Tunes

There are some theme tunes that even with the first few notes, you know immediately where or what television program they came from. Over the years I have come to love the theme tunes as much as the tv shows themselves. In fact in some cases, I remember the theme tune but no longer the shows it represents.

Anyway for now I shall be posting my favourite ones. Let me know yours.


This one is of course from Inspector Morse composed by Barrington Phelong. Apparently in each episode of Morse the beginning morse code of the theme tune is varied to incorporate the name of the baddie or the antihero or in other words, the murderer.
This one of course is Dr Who’s. Classic at its best and in my opinion the best version of them all. It seems each series the theme tune is altered a little.
I love this theme tune of Star Trek as much as I love William Shatner’s Captain Kirk.
Apparently this is Peter’s favourite theme tune of all.
This tune makes me want to watch Hawaii 5.0, the original all over again. I love it. It is very bright and energetic tune.
Of course, the list can’t be complete without A-Team

This is Ma and Pa

The Persuaders Theme
Batman, Batman


Patrick Jane & Teresa Lisbon

heartThe Kiss

Jane and Lisbon

sitting in a tree,
First comes love,
then comes marriage,
then comes baby
in a baby carriage!

That’s not it!
That’s not all!
The baby’s drinking alcohol!



Omigod! It happened! It finally happened.

The will they, won’t they scenario between Patrick Jane and Teresa Lisbon has been there since day one of the crime series, The Mentalist.

The sexual tension has always been apparent.  But their relationship is deeper.  They really care for each other ;  Patrick Jane is like a little boy bounding from one accident/disaster after another and Teresa Lisbon is always been there to bail him out.

They have tender moments together but most of the time, Teresa treats Jane with a bit of exasperation because of his boyish exhuberance and penchant for trouble.

During the 6th season, where Jane seemed to be attracted to a mysterious woman while he was AWOL in some South American country, it felt wrong.  Jane and Lisbon go together.

And then finally Teresa had decided that she wanted someone in her life and started dating and getting serious with Agent Pike, again this was not right.  Teresa should be with Jane.

It was so sad that Teresa was to all intent and purposes was ready to to move on, get married and settle down with Agent Pike in Washington DC.

I can’t help but shout a little to Patrick Jane via our innocent television to stop Teresa from leaving.

Lo and behold! Jane heard me and like all romantic films, it was suspenseful.  Teresa had a wistful look as she checked in for her flight.  Unbeknown to her Jane was on his way but was late.  It was all too late, methink!

But no, Jane climbed over a wire fence and hurt his ankle in the process and yet he limped and beg to be let it to someone on the other side of the already closed doors of the airplane.

He found Teresa and this was when it got really romantic; the moment we have all been waiting for.

Jane said “That truth, Teresa, is that I cannot imagine waking up Knowing I won’t see you. The truth is I love you.”

Teresa tearfully said that it was too late.  At this point Jane was carted off the plane by security.

The next scene was that Jane was under arrest for invasion of the plane.  Teresa entered and I went all mushy.

She asked him to tell her again what he said in the plane.  Jane reached out and there was that kiss…

At last!

Can’t wait for the new series!!! Waiting with bated breath!

AHA! Dr Who Animated!

I saw a link to this animation via Facebook. It is genius. The short animation captured the ongoing drama in Dr Who.

I still think that Chris Eccleston is the best Dr, but have to admit that each of the Doctors did bring something different which only enhanced the fabric of Dr Who’s history.

The animation is a rework of the stunning single “Take on Me” by the Norwegian’s 80s band AHA, fronted by Morten Harkett.

Crispy Pata (Crispy Pork Leg)

Crispy Pata, photo by Arnold Gamboa

Crispy Pata (Crispy Pork Leg)

I used to love watching cooking programs back in the Philippines, though I did not really cook, if I could help it. LOL

Anyway, I used to love Nora Daza, who didn’t?!!!, and a very hyperactive Chinese chef, Cook with Yan!

I am so glad that cooking programs are still around and booming.

I found this recipe from the iconic television channel in the Philippines, GMA, although during my time is was more popularly known as Channel 7.

Crispy Pata is really delicious; a real treat for the carnivorous like me! yum yum yum


Recipe: Crispy Pata with Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese Dips


Crispy Pata

1 whole pig’s leg (pata, about 3-4 lbs) cleaned
6 pcs dried bay leaves
2 tbsp whole peppercorn
4-6 star anise (optional)
6 tsp salt
2 tsp ground black pepper
2 to 3 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp leeks
1 tbsp sili green
12-15 cups water
8-12 cups cooking oil

Pour water in a cooking pot then let boil. Put in dried bay leaves, whole peppercorn, star anise, leeks, sili green and 4 teaspoons of salt. Add the whole pig’s legs in the cooking pot then simmer until the leg becomes tender (about 45 to 60 minutes).
Remove the tender leg from the cooking pot and set aside until the temperature goes down.
Heat a clean large cooking pot (preferably with cover) and pour in cooking oil.
When the oil becomes hot, deep fry the rubbed pork leg. Continue cooking in medium heat until one side becomes crispy, and then cautiously flip the leg to crisp the other side.

Chinese dip (soy and vinegar)
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp dark soy sauce
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 red finger chilli in diagonal slices
2 shallots or half a red onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tbsp shredded fresh ginger

Mix all of the ingredients together and serve as dip for the crispy pata.

Thai Dipping Sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce
2 pcs calamansi
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp chili flakes
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp cilantro

Mix all the ingredients and serve as dip for the crispy pata.

Vietnamese Dip
4 cloves garlic, minced finely
3 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp sugar
½ cup water
2 ½ tbsp fish sauce

Mix all the ingredients and serve as dip for the crispy pata.

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