Three Heroes & Five Gallants (Drama Review)

Drama

Three Heroes & Five Gallants (Drama Review)

Three heroes and five gallants poster

  • Genre: Historical, Action, Martial Arts, Romance
  • Release Date: 2016
  • CDrama: 44 episodes
  • Origin: China, based on 19th centuryoral tale of heroism by Shi Yukun

Cast:

  • Chen Xiao as Bai Yutang/Sleek Rat
  • Yan Yikuan as Zhan Zhao/ Imperial Cat
  • Zheng Shuang as Ding Yuehua
  • Liang Guanhua as Bao Zheng/the Judge
  • Liu Dekai as Emperor Renzong of Song
  • Ma Shuliang as Pang Ji
  • Xie Ning as Xu Qing/Mountain Rat
  • Rao Xiaozhi as Pang Yu
  • Li Xinyu as Consort Pang
  • He Yu as Lu Fang/Sky Rat
  • Wang Daqi as Han Zhang/Earth Rat
  • Wang Maolei as Jiang Ping/River Rat
  • Han Zhengguo as Gongsun Ce
  • Wu Jing as Sha Qiukui
  • Zhang Zhixi as Jin Yalan
  • Zhang Na as Ji Saihua

The drama started with the judge Bao Zheng being hijacked by a band of bandits.  The judge is an upright man who lives by wisdom and fairness.

 

Bleach (Japanese Movie Review)

Film

Bleach (Japanese Movie Review)

Bleach poster

  • Genre: School, Youth, Fantasy, Mystery, Martial Arts, Supernatural, Manga
  • Release Date: 2018
  • Origin: Japan, Based on a manga, created by Tite Kubo

Cast:

  • Sota Fukushi as Ichigo Kurosaki
  • Hana Sugisaki as Rukia Kuchiki
  • Miyavi as Byakuya Kuchiki
  • Erina Mano as Orihime Inoue
  • Yosuke Eguchi as Isshin Kurosaki (Father)
  • Masami Nagasawa  as Masaki Kurosaki (Mother)
  • Ryo Yoshizawa as Uryu Ishida
  • Taichi Saotome as Renji Abarai
  • Yu Koyanagi as Yasutoro ‘Chad’ Sado
  • Seiichi Tanabe as Kisuke Urahara (ex grim reaper)

Review & Synopsis

This film is loosely based on a manga.  Loosely I say because having read the summary of the manga version online, it seems some of the character’s schoolmates have their own superpower, which is not really tackled in the film.

Anyway, the film revolved around a young highschooler named Ichigo Kurosaki.  From an early age, he can see ghosts and sort of help them.

This special power is known by his father, Isshin, who is super handsome and fit, and by his two young sisters, Karin and Yuzu.  They live in Karakura Town.

After another day of saving another soul, he was in his bedroom when he noticed a girl in Shogun outfit.  They were both surprised to see each other.

The girl was a grim reaper and before they can properly introduce themselves to each other, they heard a great commotion downstairs.

A hollow has snatched Yuzu.

They followed the hollow, which is a gargantuan ape-like creature with super vigour and agility.  They are of course invisible to those without sixth sense.

It took all Rukia’s, ( the soul reaper) skill and power to fight and yet she can’t completely vanquish the hollow.

The injured Rukia told Ichigo that she needs him to help her by making him a substitute reaper, otherwise the hollow will devour both of their souls.

Though he was reluctant, Ichigo allowed the blade of Zanpakuto to pierce him in the middle of his chest.  Rukia’s every ounce of power flowed into him.

Apparently, Ichigo is really special because he has a high spiritual pressure, which made the new Zanpakuto almost double in size.

Ichigo metamorphoses into a gorgeous samurai warrior in the style of manga. 🙂 He has orange hair and brown eyes.

Before long, the hollow was defeated by this new gorgeous fighting machine.

Ichigo woke up the next day confused as everything seems to be normal and yet not quite right.  Yuzu, his young sister, cannot remember being kidnapped by the hollow.

He was still contemplating what had happened when he was in school.  A cute girl, Orihime has a crush on him and he might have liked her too but he was distracted by a new student, who was none other than Rukia.

Rukia, having lost all her power to Ichigo has to stay by his side and assume a human body.

Rukia explained to him that there are two kinds of souls.  The first one is the whole or normal ones, the human called ghosts.  The second type is the hollows.  The hollows are soul eater, they especially like feeding on souls of those who died with a grudge to bear.

Rukia told Ichigo that she needed to train him to defeat the hollows. now that he is a soul agent.

She then told him that there are two main duties fo a soul reaper.  First is to guide the soul of the newly dead to the soul society to undergo a ritual called a burial.  The second duty is to destroy every hollow with the Zanpahuto. (sword)

What Rukia did not tell Ichigo was that aside from hollows, a small band of remaining Quincy is after the soul reapers. The Quincy are humans, who have the ability to detect the whereabouts of hollows but more some reason, their tribes were annihilated by the soul reapers.  Probably because the Quincy has the power to manipulate the soul energy of both the Reaper and Hallows.

There was a boy in his class, Uryu, who happens to be a Quincy.  He knows that Ichigo is now a reaper because he can feel his strong spiritual pressure and he also knows that Rukia is a soul reaper.

Rukia is warned by Kisuke, an ex-grim reaper, that she is being hunted by her brother Byakuya and Renji.

Rukia knows that this is likely to happen as she has lost her power to a human.  This means as per  Soul reaper code her extermination and Ichigo is just a matter of time.

She made a deal with her brother, telling him that she can defeat the hollow they have been hunting for the last 54 years, the Grand Fisher.  And Ichigo can vanquish the hollow.

Byakuya and Renzi gave them some time to do their mission.

Rukia trained Ichigo extensively in martial arts.

Then came the death anniversary of Ichigo’s mother.

His family went to the cemetery but on the way, his two sisters got waylaid by a little girl, the same little girl who killed his mother.

When Rukia and Ichigo got to them, the hollow, the Grand Fisher, had the sisters in his clutches.

Rukia turned Ichigo into a fighting machine.  It is sort of edifying to note that the hurricanes and tornados may be the work of the invisible hollows! Hmmm

Anyway, they chased the Grand Fisher everywhere in the town and created chaos everywhere including in the coffee shop where Ichigo’s schoolmates were gathering.  Chad, who has super strength like the Haulk was tasked by Ichigo to look after their schoolmates.  Uryu was also there.

After a prolonged battle between Ichigo and Grand Fisher and with a little help from Uryu, the hollow was finally defeated.

A budding bromance between Ichigo and Uryu was cut short by Renzi.  He stabbed Uryu, then started fighting Ichigo.

It was a real test for ichigo but he managed to injure Renzi pretty badly in the end.  But then Byakuya was also after him and his sister, who refuses to harm Ichigo.

Ichigo was no match for Byakuya.  Several times he was left prone to the ground and yet he would get up again and again until Rukia cannot take it anymore and pretended that she holds Ichigo in contempt.

Byakuya then stopped his assault on Ichigo because his sister had managed to retrieved her power back from Ichigo and she went with her brother and Renzi.

Ichigo was left thinking that once again, his life was saved by another.

He woke up at home after a very long sleep as if everything that happened was just another figment of his imagination.

He went to school and everyone was accounted for except for Rukia but Uryu was there.


I really enjoyed this film.  It has a good story and the action is hyped and fast.  I totally recommend this film which can be seen on Netflix!

The actors are gorgeous.  Sota is super handsome and Hana has that seriousness about her that is rather affecting.

****4/5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike D’Angelo (Thai Actor)

Actor/Idol

Mike D’Angelo (Thai Actor)

Mike Angelo
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BioData

  • Birth Name: Pirath Nitipaisankul
  • AKA: Mike Angelo, Mike Pirat, Mike Pirath
  • DoB: !9 December 1989 (28)
  • Height: 1.80 cm
  • Civil Status: Single (has a son, Maxwell, with ex-girlfriend, Sarah Casinghini)
  • Occupation: Singer, Idol, Actor

Dramas & Films:

  • Mr Swimmer (2018)
  • Full House (2014)
  • Kiss Me (2015)
  • My Little Princess (2016)
  • Delicious Destiny (2017)
  • My Amazing Boyfriend 2 (2018)

Facts & Factoids:

  • Fluent in English
  • He used to be in a duo called Golf & Mike; Golf was his older brother.
  • He is a good dancer.
  • It used to bother him when he can’t communicate with his Chinese colleagues when he can’t speak Mandarin fluently.
  • He cooks.

Straight from Horse’s Mouth:

When ask..

  • When you are looking at girls, do you look at the face or the body?  Ans: Body
  • What type of girls does he prefer?  Cute or sexy? Cute.
  • Long hair? Short hair?  Short
  • Around 160cm or 170cm in height?  160 cm
  • He likes Chinese food, especially duck’s tongue, lobster, crayfish, hotpot.

Ni Ni (Chinese Actress)

Actress

Ni Ni (Chinese Actress)

Ni NI for Bare Skin Project Beautiful without make-up

BioData

  • DoB: 8 August 1988 (30)
  • PoB: Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Height: 1.7 m
  • Education: Communication University of China – Broadcasting & Hosting
  • Occupation: Model, Singer, Actress
  • Work Period: 2011 – present
  • Civil Status: Single

Dramas & Films

Facts & Factoids:

  • Exes: William Feng Shaofeng; Jing Boran
  • She is a film actress.
  • The Rise of the Phoenixes is her first television drama
  • She is one of the Four Dans in 2013 with Yang Mi, Angelababy, and Liu Shishi

The Rise of Phoenixes (CDrama Review & Summary)

Drama

The Rise of Phoenixes (CDrama Review & Summary)

The Rise of Phoenixes poster

  • Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction, Political
  • Release Date: August 2018
  • Origin: Chinese, based on Huang Quan, a novel by Tianxia Guiyuan.
  • CDrama: 56-70
  • Netflix: New subbed episodes available every Friday

Cast:

  • Chen Kun as Ning Yi
  • Ni Ni as Feng Zhi Wei/ Wei Zhi
  • Ni Dahong as Nong ZhiZheng
  • Hai Yitian as Ning Chuan
  • Zhao LiXin as Xin Ziyan
  • Bai Jingting as Gu Nanyi
  • Qiu Qing as Zong Chen
  • Zhang Xiaochen as Helian Zheng
  • Yuan Hong as Jin Siyu

Synopsis:

It is about cross-dressing and double-crossing into love. 🙂

Wow, a few episodes are now available on Netflix so watch this space.  OMG I am such a rooting couch potato these days.  There so many Chinese dramas to watch and Korean as well.

 

 

Ginisang Munggo with Talong (Mung Beans Stew with Aubergine)

Filipino Recipe

Mung Bean Stew. Photo by PH Morton

Ginisang Munggo with Talong (Mung Beans Stew with Aubergine)

This is a delicious recipe which is easy to make.  Very filling and will delight the whole family especially during winter time.

Below is the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mung beans (can be left to stand in lots of water to make the beans swell and would cut minutes of cooking time)
  • 1 medium size aubergine (eggplant), sliced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch ginger, peeled and julienned
  • 100 g pork belly, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cube vegetable bouillon
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper

Method of Preparation:

    • In a medium size pan, cover the mung beans with enough water and bring to a boil.  Lower down the heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Carefully discard the water and some of the green bean husks that gather to the top.
    • Using a casserole pan, fry the garlic and onion until golden brown.
    • Stir in the pork slices and cook until brown all over.
    • Add the ginger, stir.
    • Add 4 cups of water, crush the vegetable bouillon over it.
    • Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
    • Add the mung beans, cover the pan and leave to simmer for 15 minutes more.
    • Pour in the fish sauce, give it a stir.
    • Add the aubergine and cover the casserole once again and allow to cook for five minutes.
    • Check the seasoning, add salt according to taste.  Give it a good measure of black pepper.
    • Enjoy with freshly boiled rice.

Yum, ang sarap

All Out Of Love (Chinese Drama Review)

Drama

All Out Of Love (Chinese Drama Review)

All Out of Love poster

  • Genre:  Drama, Romance, Mature Relationship
  • Release Date: September 2018
  • CDrama: XX Episodes
  • Origin: China

Cast:

  • Wallace Chung as Cheng Tianyou
  • Ma Tianyu as Liang Sheng
  • Sun Yi as Jiang Sheng

I have seen a brief trailer of this drama and it really looked interesting.

Apparently, this might be a pseudo incest drama. Ehhh????


Episode 1

I have to say that the little girl who played a young Jiang Sheng is the cutest little child.  Her acting wasn’t bad as well.  The little boy Liang Sheng and their friend were both good little actors.

Jiang Sheng lives with her mother, who looks like the mistress of her father.

Her father does not have much them with them as she appears rather starved of a father’s attention.  While she was playing with the neighbourhood children, they saw a factory blowing up in smoke.

Her mother went to the evacuation centre to look for her father.  He was badly wounded and next to him was a boy just a year older than Jiang Sheng.  Apparently, they were there with the child’s mother who was a reporter but died in the accident.

Jiang Sheng’s mother took the boy home and introduced him to Jiang Sheng as Liang Sheng, her biological brother.

The boy was very sad and would cry himself to sleep.  Little Jiang Sheng got into his protective shell.  Before long they were inseparable.

When the father got out of the hospital, he treated the children differently, favouring Liang Sheng.

Liang Sheng noticed and he made up for it with Jiang Sheng.  He often gave her the choice food that was usually given to him as a treat.

As years passed they couldn’t be any loving siblings to one another.

 

 

 

Public Toilets Near Cutty Sark

Toilet break at Cutty Sark, photo by PH Morton

Toilets at Major Tourist Attraction

 

Public Toilets Near Cutty Sark

I was looking through our photos taken when we recently visited Greenwich, South East London, around the tourists-famous Catty Sark Tea Clipper museum and noticed this black edifice, which reminiscent of a Doctor Who’s TARDIS.  It seemed bigger on the inside.

Anyway, it cost £0.50p to use it.

A tip:  if you are going with a nearest and dearest, you could go in together.  If a small family, it could comfortably hold about six altogether.

The only thing is that you should all be so close as the toilet does not flush each time you use it.  It is only after you exit that it flushes and self-clean.  And you can only stay for a maximum of 20 minutes, which is more than enough time before it automatically open.

🙂 That does not mean you are trapped inside the toilet for 20 minutes, you can press the open button anytime, but the usage time is for 20 minutes only.

The toilet above is directly across the road from the Cutty Sark.

If you do not have a fifty pence or a chance, the nearest free toilets are inside the Royal Naval College which is about 300 yards across the road.  Or you could always stop for a beer at the Gipsy Moth and use their beautifully maintained loos.

 

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